Daily Archives: March 29, 2019

March 29 The Troublemaker Within

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:1–5

Key Verse: 1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.

I used to wonder if the Christian life really worked. Even after I had been a pastor for a while, I still wondered. I’d look at the Scriptures and then at my life, and they did not always match.

Even though most people have the idea that the Christian life does not work out the way the Bible says it does, I could not be content with doubting what the Word of God says. So I fasted and prayed, confessing to the Lord everything I could think to acknowledge. Still, I believed I was missing something.

I soon discovered the actual reason my Christian life was not working according to Scripture. I had been overlooking one very important truth—a truth that would ultimately transform my life of faith from a burden to a buoyancy. The problem was coming from within me. That is, our greatest troublemaker is our flesh. The main cause of defeat for the believer is the propensity to sin.

We receive a new nature the moment we are saved. However, Scripture reveals that because of the way our thinking has been “programmed,” we retain certain longings that do not fit a child of God. These attitudes and desires may come and go for the rest of our life, but they no longer define who we are. We are new creatures in Christ because He broke the power of the flesh. Therefore, it is clear that we cannot live the Christian life without God.

There is a battle waged between our flesh and the Holy Spirit, and the only way to win is by allowing Jesus Christ to live His life through us.

Dear heavenly Father, please reprogram my attitudes and desires. Give me a new way of thinking that is in accord with Your Word. Help me win the battle over the troublemaker within.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 92). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 29 Complete in Christ

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:6–10

Key Verse: Colossians 2:10

You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

On a scale of one to ten, how complete would you say your life is? What person, job, object, or achievement would make your life more fulfilling? Most of us would have probably scored moderately high on the first question and added a few names or items to the second.

Did you know, though, that the apostle Paul insisted that once we place our trust in Christ as Savior, at that instant we become “complete in Him”? The word complete in the original Greek meant “full.” When a person is full, he has no room for anything more. Think about this: if Christ is in you, your life is a “ten.” In Jesus Christ is “the fulness of Deity” (Col. 2:9 nasb). That is, Christ is the sum of all perfection—without blemish or want.

That same Christ resides in you and supplies all your needs. Therefore, when you have Christ, you have it all. You lack nothing. You possess eternal and abundant life. In Him are all of the wisdom, love, patience, kindness, and comfort you will ever need. No demand is unmet through the limitless resources of the indwelling Christ. Since you are complete in Him, your search for meaning is over. Christ is your life, and that is enough.

Almighty Lord, thank You that I am complete in You. My life is a “ten.” All my needs are supplied. I have it all. I lack nothing![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 92). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 29 The High-Priestly Prayer

Scripture reading: John 17:1–26

Key verse: John 17:20

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.

This Scripture forms what scholars call the High-Priestly prayer. In it Jesus prayed for us and made His requests to the Father on our behalf.

Warren Wiersbe discusses it:

This is the greatest prayer ever prayed on earth and the greatest prayer recorded anywhere in Scripture. John 17 is certainly the “holy of holies” of the Gospel record, and we must approach this chapter in a spirit of humility and worship. To think that we are privileged to listen in as God the Son converses with His Father just as He is about to give His life as a ransom for sinners!

No matter what events occurred later that evening, this prayer makes it clear that Jesus was and is the Overcomer. He was not a “victim”; He was and is the Victor! “Be of good cheer,” He had encouraged His disciples; “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33) …

Why did Jesus pray this prayer? Certainly He was preparing Himself for the sufferings that lay ahead. As He contemplated the glory that the Father promised Him, He would receive new strength for His sacrifice (Hebrews 12:1–3). But He also had His disciples in mind (John 17:13).

What an encouragement this prayer should have been to them! He prayed about their security, their joy, their unity, and their future glory! He also prayed it for us today, so that we would know all that He has done for us.

Jesus, thank You for Your prayers for me! Thank You for Your concern about my security, joy, unity, and future glory.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 92). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

‘Mother Of All Caravans’ Forming In Honduras – Up To 20,000 Hope To Cross US Border: Report | ZeroHedge News

Mexico is bracing for the “mother of all caravans,” after Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero warned on Wednesday “We have information that a new caravan is forming in Honduras, that they’re calling ‘the mother of all caravans,’ and they are thinking it could have more than 20,000 people.”

The figure has been disputed by activists such as Irineo Mujica of group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, who has accompanied several caravans in Mexico and said in a statement that “there has never been a caravan of the size that Sanchez Cordero mentioned.”

Olga Sánchez Cordero

According to AP, past caravans have hit “very serious logistical hurdles at 7,000 – strong.”

Honduran activist Bartolo Fuentes, who accompanied a large caravan last year, dismissed the new reports as “part of the U.S. government’s plans, something made up to justify their actions.”

Later Thursday, Honduras’ deputy foreign minister, Nelly Jerez, denied that a “mother of all caravans” was forming in her country.

“There is no indication of such a caravan,” Jerez said. “This type of information promotes that people leave the country.” –AP

Sánchez Cordero made the comments alongside US Secretary of Homeland Security earlier this week in Miami, Florida.

Meanwhile, around 2,500 Central Americans and Cubans are currently making their way through Mexico’s southern state of Chipas right now in yet another caravan. Last year’s caravans contained up to 10,000 people at some points.

Mexico’s tolerance for the caravans is wearing thin it seems, as they have stopped giving migrants humanitarian visas at the border, while some previously hospitable towns along the well-traveled route are have stopped allowing caravans to spend the night.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday that Mexico is doing its part to fight immigrant smuggling.

“We are going to do everything we can to help. We don’t in any way want a confrontation with the U.S. government,” he said. “It is legitimate that they are displeased and they voice these concerns.”

Sanchez Cordero has pledged to form a police line of “containment” around Mexico’s narrow Tehuantepec Isthmus to stop migrants from continuing north to the U.S. border.

The containment belt would consist of federal police and immigration agents, but such highway blockades and checkpoints have not stopped large and determined groups of migrants in the past. –AP

System-wide meltdown

In a Thursday letter to the House and Senate, Homeland Secretary Nielsen made an “urgent request” for assistance to stop what she described as a tide of migrants overwhelming the border, according to CBS News.

“DHS facilities are overflowing, agents and officers are stretched too thin, and the magnitude of arriving and detained aliens has increased the risk of life-threatening incidents,” wrote Nielsen – citing the increasing number of migrants arriving each month in large groups.

Nielsen wrote that her “greatest concern was for the children,” as Customs and Border Protection currently has over 1,200 unaccompanied children in custody. The Trump administration has been widely criticized for earlier policies towards migrant children, such as separating families and keeping minors in poorly equipped detention facilities.

Nielsen also asked for more detention facilities in her letter, a point of disagreement which nearly led to a second shutdown this year. Democrats have reasoned that capping Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention beds would force the administration to narrow its ramped-up deportation efforts.

Nielsen said that the Department of Health and Human Services would require more emergency resources such as medical and legal assistance to handle the influx of children. She also asked that Congress grant more authority to DHS to return unaccompanied migrant children from Central America to their countries, saying that putting these minors in the custody of sponsors in the U.S. becomes a “pull” factor for more migrants to make the trip north. –CBS News

“Let me be clear: the journey of any migrant — especially at the hands of a smuggler or trafficker — is not a safe one,” reads the letter. “We must be able to come together on a bipartisan basis to take action.”

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Source: ‘Mother Of All Caravans’ Forming In Honduras – Up To 20,000 Hope To Cross US Border: Report

The kalam cosmological argument defended in a peer-reviewed science journal

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Here’s the peer-reviewed article. It appears in a scientific journal focused on astrophysics.

Here’s the abstract:

Both cosmology and philosophy trace their roots to the wonder felt by the ancient Greeks as they contemplated the universe. The ultimate question remains why the universe exists rather than nothing. This question led Leibniz to postulate the existence of a metaphysically necessary being, which he identified as God. Leibniz’s critics, however, disputed this identification, claiming that the space-time universe itself may be the metaphysically necessary being. The discovery during this century that the universe began to exist, however, calls into question the universe’s status as metaphysically necessary, since any necessary being must be eternal in its existence. Although various cosmogonic models claiming to avert the beginning of the universe predicted by the standard model have been and continue to be offered, no model involving an eternal universe has proved as plausible as…

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The Nuclear Option: New York Times, Washington Post Lose Russian Roulette — Christian Research Network

“No two people have done more than these two buffoons to peddle fantasy claims, unfounded conspiracy theories and outright lies regarding President Trump’s supposed collusion with the Kremlin during the 2016 election.”

(Charles Hurt – Breitbart)  In the wake of the journalistic catastrophe exposed by the Mueller report, it is important that we record as many of the lies that we can and shine a bright light on the most dishonest goats in the media over the past two years.

No publications deserve more contempt and ridicule than The New York Times and The Washington Post. Both were once serious newspapers dedicated to ferreting out the truth and holding accountable those in power.

Sure, they have always suffered from metropolitan biases, but they also always aimed for the truth. They were nobody’s stooges — at least openly. No more. Both newspapers are now entirely dedicated to blindly advancing a crazy political agenda and, we now know, are more than willing to lie and shade to push their twisted information on readers.

In today’s world of fire hose information from every direction, the greatest human superpower is the ability to filter out all the dishonest streams of misinformation coming from all the dirty outlets that have lost all credibility.

I will never read another story about even baseball in The Washington Post ever again — now that I know just how fully committed they are to distorting every little thing.

The New York Times is an even greater disappointment considering the gold standard stature the Gray Lady once held in the constellation of American newspapers.

In February 2017, NYT published a story headlined, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts with Russian Intelligence,” by Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo. The story cited “phone records and intercepted calls” and relied upon “four current and former American officials.”   View article →

via The Nuclear Option: New York Times, Washington Post Lose Russian Roulette — Christian Research Network

Time for Christians to Leave the Democrat Party? — Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

 

The party of godlessness is taking their extremism up a few notches to the point you can no longer be neutral. Just a handful of things liberal Democrats have supported in recent weeks include: infanticide, anti-Semitism, environmentalism, illegal immigration, transgender surgeries, the LGBTQ agenda, legalizing prostitution, and of course – socialism.

Does the cycle of godlessness begin with those elected to office, or the people who vote them into power? If you haven’t thought about leaving the Democrat Party, it may be time to at least stop blindly voting for them, especially if you’re a Christian. If you refuse to reconsider, you have a serious conflict of interest on your hands. Many on both sides need to repent of idolatry.

I am certainly not suggesting the Republican Party is full of angels. I’m thankful for President Trump’s strong pro-life and pro-Israel stance, but I don’t agree with him on all the issues, nor do I go along with every single policy they endorse. There is however, a stark, glaring contrast today between the two major political parties in the U.S. and the chasm is getting wider and deeper.

More than ever, progressives are all about power. Their goal is big government control and one-party rule in America. Karl Marx would be proud because the revolution can only advance by doing away with God & Christianity, families, natural marriage, religious freedom, work incentive, and private property. Social justice ideology has practically consumed any professing Christians in the Democrat Party to the point they justify blatant immorality.

‘It’s all about the people,’ they say. Nancy Pelosi said Democrats are doing God’s work. They say Republicans and Christians are the ones who are bigoted, intolerant and racist.

But before we get to the slippery slope of socialism, we should call out immorality for what it is. Democrat presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris recently said she would “decriminalize” prostitution based on consent. Wouldn’t that lead to more sexual abuse and less protection for victims of violence?

Next, you already know about Democrats in New York voting to legalize infanticide, the murder of a living baby even up through the delivery process. But the Party of death also voted against providing medical care or protections to a baby born alive in the case of a botched abortion.

Think about this: a living, suffering human baby is placed on a table crying and in pain – and is left to die. They wouldn’t do that to a puppy or a kitten – or a fish.

Condemning the liberal mindset that defends animal life over human life, CEO of MyPillow.com, Mike Lindell said this last week at CPAC:

“I see a Party saving minnows in California and killing babies in New York. Are you kidding me?”

And some say a wall on our southern border is “immoral.” Did you know that on Friday, House Democrats voted in favor of illegal immigrants voting in U.S. elections? The key word here is “illegal.” This is no longer your great grandparent’s Democrat Party.

They did this under the guise of the bill, “HR 1,” and essentially voted to defend local governments choosing to go against federal law and allow illegal aliens to vote. Georgia Democrat, John Lewis said they are “prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in.”

Texas Republican and American Vet, Dan Crenshaw asked, “What kind of government would cancel the vote of its own citizens, and replace it with noncitizens?” He later Tweeted:

“Today I offered a motion to recommit #HR1 reaffirming that only US citizens should have the right to vote. “Dems rejected it. Next time you go to the ballot box, keep that in mind. The future of their party is in cities like San Fran, where illegals can vote. Let that sink in.”

Prior to Democrats regaining power in the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi promised to work hard for the LGBT lobby, for noncitizens wanting to cross our borders, for women wanting abortions, and for those wanting to protect the environment.

Then there’s Corey Booker who first grilled Mike Pompeo, then a judicial nominee, asking if they believe LGBT relationships are a sin. So, if you don’t believe in gay sex, you’re not fit to serve?

Don’t forget Hillary who, from her high perch above the law, thinks Trump voters are just a bunch of deplorables.

But there are plenty of headlines about the 29 year-old college grad and bartender from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC recently said she’s so worried about the environment and the planet she wonders if it’s still okay to have babies.

She also just called for the U.S. to end its relationship with Israel. Her radical socialist policies should are concerning. The “Green New Deal” she introduced would cost trillions and she doesn’t seem to care or understand how we’d pay for it.

Writing about Democrat radicalism, Washington Times contributor, Robert Knight stated:

But she’s the new face of the Democratic Party’s plunge into outright socialism. All six of the major announced contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination have endorsed her sweeping “Green New Deal.” He added that “socialism “promises of guaranteed income equality,” “free” medical care,” “free college tuition,” state ownership of the means of production, confiscation of private property, central planning and a one-party system inevitably result in coercion and violence.”

I agree that socialism violates the laws of nature and nature’s God, and the progressive worldview begins with the false idea we’re not really created in God’s image, and we’re merely products of random events.

The sexual revolution was part and parcel of socialist thought in the 19th century, just as it’s a driving force in the Democratic Party today, which pushes LGBTQ sexual anarchy and abortion. A consistent feature of the revolution is that “the ends justify the means.” So, lies are good as long as people keep falling for them.

Seventy-five years ago, six-time candidate for the Socialist Party of America, Norman Thomas, stated:

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”

Marx wrote that socialism is the last necessary step on the road to communism. Ronald Reagan once said, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party; the Democrat Party left me.” But he said this in the 1980s. It’s nearly forty years later and too many Americans believe the same lies and keep voting the same way simply because they always have.

Since our actions and words will be judged, don’t you think God will hold us accountable for how we vote?

For those who trust in Jesus Christ and believe the Bible is true, if you vote for policies that go against God’s teachings and biblical morality, it might be time to reexamine your priorities, values, and even who or what your faith is in.

via Time for Christians to Leave the Democrat Party? — Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

Democrats Introduce Resolution To Impeach Trump With Reasons To Be Filled In Later — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Congressional Democrats have drafted a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump. Since the Mueller report cleared Trump of collusion with Russia, the Democrats weren’t sure why they should impeach Trump and have left the reasons for impeachment on their resolution blank for now.

“Donald Trump has committed the high crime of TBA,” reads the resolution written by freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, “and should be impeached and immediately removed from office before he can further damage this country by [INSERT SCARY THINGS HERE].”

“He absolutely should be impeached for something, I’m like pretty sure,” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. “He’s a bad man and he made fun of my Green New Deal, which I worked on for like hours.”

Trump was dismissive of the resolution, though. “I’m the greatest president ever, and the Mueller report says I’ve never done anything wrong in my life and deserve a raise.” While saying this, he blocked reporters from looking into the Oval Office, where he said “nothing is going on” and definitely “nothing impeachable.”

Despite criticism that she needs to provide actual evidence of crimes worthy of impeachment, Representative Tlaib insisted: “We have to pass this resolution before we can decide what’s in it.”

via Democrats Introduce Resolution To Impeach Trump With Reasons To Be Filled In Later — The Babylon Bee

Watch This Video To See Why The Corrupt Liberal Media And Political Industrial Complex Must Stop Donald Trump At All Costs — Now The End Begins

This is why the corrupt Liberal media and political-industrial complex must stop Donald Trump at all costs

He wasn’t supposed to win, and everybody including Donald Trump knew it. Slithery end times figures like financier George Soros had filled Hillary Clinton’s war chest to over one billion literal dollars, and the corrupt Liberal media had already coronated her. And from morning to evening they repeated their indoctrinational mantras over and over and over again. It was decided, accept it. Hillary Clinton would be the next president because the American shadow government had decreed it to be.

But then something happened, something changed, the Matrix sprouted a glitch, and one by one the people began to wake up. It was as if God Himself had anointed a candidate who would break through the noise and the chatter, and speak truth the American people.

So here now we present to you, in one amazing supercut, the incredible end times message of Donald Trump, and after watching it you will understand immediately why the Liberal media and political-industrial complex must stop this man at all costs.

Donald Trump Exposing The Corrupt American Shadow Government

This supercut was taken from the 2016 presidential campaign. 

The Liberal establishment had it all planned out. Hillary Clinton would step into office after Barack Obama, and she would continue to sweep all that corruption under the rug. But the election of Donald Trump proved once and for all that America is actually governed by a corrupt shadow government that goes all the way back to the early days of the 20th century.

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford

I have often said that I believe, in my opinion, that God raised up Donald Trump in these end times to prevent the collapse of America long enough to do what needed to be done for Israel. Israel is always the nation God cares most about, all the other nations, including America, are just a “drop in the bucket” as the Bible declares. But any nation whose leaders are willing to bless Israel will still be blessed in return.

“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.” Isaiah 40:15 (KJV)

In just a little over 2 years, God has used Donald Trump to have Jerusalem declared as the capital of Israel, the US Embassy moved there from Tel Aviv, and last week recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. And in an amazing article from yesterday, we showed you that the Trump administration may just be planning to support the building of the Third Jewish Temple as part of an overall Middle East Peace covenant.  For bible believers and students of prophecy, these are exciting times.

Pray for Donald Trump, for the salvation of his soul, and that God’s protective hand will continue to remain on him as his enemies continue to assail and attack him night and day.

This is the overflow from Trump’s Michigan rally March 28, 2019

After two and a half years of relentless attacks from the Liberal media, Donald Trump is seemingly more popular than ever. 

via Watch This Video To See Why The Corrupt Liberal Media And Political Industrial Complex Must Stop Donald Trump At All Costs — Now The End Begins

CNN Blames Ratings Slump On Lack Of News They Want To Report — The Babylon Bee

ATLANTA, GA—Both CNN and MSNBC saw a ratings dive this week after the Mueller report determined there was no collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia in the 2016 election, while Fox News appears to have done very well in the wake of the news.

CNN has waved away the drop in ratings, claiming it is just because there’s not that much news this week that they would like to report on.

“It’s been kind of a slow news week, in terms of things we actually want to report on,” CNN correspondent Brian Stelter wrote on his Twitter account. “Yeah, there’s a bunch of stuff happening this week, but it’s not stuff that we really want to talk about. So of course we’re gonna have a little bit of a ratings downtick.”

“It’s perfectly natural to see a little bit of a dip in ratings when your entire narrative is being destroyed and you’d rather just not talk about it,” Stelter added. “All part of the business.”

Executives at the station confirmed they will simply be playing Columbo reruns for the remainder of the week in lieu of talking about Mueller’s report, the Green New Deal getting obliterated, the wall beginning construction, and Michael Avenatti’s arrest.

via CNN Blames Ratings Slump On Lack Of News They Want To Report — The Babylon Bee