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.”


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


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

This is What Concerns Faith Leaders The Most in America Today — CBN News feeds

The Barna Group has just released the largest study ever on religious freedom in America. It took four years to complete and the results are astonishing.

Three quarters of U.S. clergy now believe religious freedom is becoming less valued in our country and two out of five adults polled – 43% – say Americans have less religious freedom than they did 10 years ago.

Appearing on the CBN News program The Global Lane, Barna president David Kinnaman said a vast majority of pastors feel they are often constrained or limited in the way they preach or teach in today’s society.

“They actually feel pressured to not preach on certain topics or pressured to speak on topics that they are not ready to talk about,”  he explained.

And what are some of those topics?

Kinnaman said members of the clergy struggle with how to address issues of sexuality, the LGBTQ community, and immigration.

Some evangelical Christians have complained that many pastors are less likely in today’s society to preach about sin, consequences of sin, homosexuality, and hell.

“There is all this pressure to speak out on issues, or not to speak out on issues,” said Kinnaman.

Declining church attendance and morality are also issues of interest.

72% of faith leaders said they are especially concerned about young people dropping out of church.

Surprisingly, Kinnaman said their researchers found that young Christians are often more willing to be challenged and pushed by the church than the church is willing to challenge them.

“Those who are resilient in their faith are actually taught about a lot of really deep, theological truths and we don’t shy away from that in those churches that retain young people, that produce resilient discipleship.”

Kinnaman said the church environment is more difficult today than in years past and Barna found that many young Christians fear speaking up about their faith and important issues.

“They feel misunderstood, marginalized. It is a very difficult  environment to grow up as a young Christian,” he explained. “So we should acknowledge that and recognize that, but be all the more committed to teaching these young people the truth about scripture.”

Barna polled Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and other faith leaders. Researchers found that religious liberty is something that concerns all faith groups in America.

“I think this is an important thing. If we are concerned about religious liberty for Christians, we also ought to be concerned about religious liberty for people of other faith groups,” Kinnaman said.

While adults of various faiths share a growing concern about religious freedom, the study reports that under the last two years under the Trump administration, the concern has been mitigated somewhat.

One of the main concerns expressed at this point is about people practicing their faith outside the four walls of their places of worship.

“When you talk about opportunities to run institutions like adoption services and others in a very religiously plural culture, there are concerns about how will people’s rights, how will these organizations, how will these churches, how will these colleges and universities – how will their rights, to practice their religion – not only to worship…but be able to practice those faith commitments in the public square,” said Kinnaman.

One big take-away from the study?

Kinnaman said it’s finding a “better way forward” when it comes to protecting religious liberty rights for all Americans.

via This is What Concerns Faith Leaders The Most in America Today — CBN News feeds

More Wolves and False Teachings — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Are these wolves in your church? Most churches have at least one or two of them.
James MacDonald abused his position to enrich himself, as well as abusing people around him.  And so did others.
Another example as to why Thabiti Anyabwile is a wolf. He continues to prove he is a racist and not a pastor.  He also demonstrates unbiblical ideology with his teaching of generational sin.
This Pope is more and more the appearance of an anti-Christ.
Notice the Pope’s official logo for his visit to Morocco –  the symbol of Islam swallows up the cross. His partnership with Islam is anti-God.
Farewell Francis Chan. And yet he defends the indefensible.  A good summation of his apostatizing. Beth Moore and a “Christian” LGBTQXYZ activist are now defending Chan!
Beth Moore just goes from bad to worse.
Homosexual Christianity” is an oxymoron. But it is invading the church.
Where is the discernment?!?!Gloria Copeland, just like her husband Kenneth, is a false teacher and most likely not even a Christian.
Albert Mohler used to be a really good teacher, but over the past few years he seems to be disintegrating into LEFTISM.  He needs to be avoided as he apostatizes into a wolf.
The false gospel of the evangelical reparations movement. Just another LEFTIST “social justice” lie. I wonder why they don’t demand “reparations” from the black Africans who sold them into slavery. Think about it, though; no one living for the past few decades had any immediate family who were slaves or slave owners. How far back should we go to punish any wrong-doing?  And what about the “white” people who never had slaves (the vast majority) and who even fought a war which freed them: why should those families be liable for slavery?  And why should I feel guilty?
Todd White is a dangerous wolf pretending to be a Christian.  Here is a whole collection of information proving just how dangerous he is.
So a woman working for a Catholic institution is surprised when they hold her to their moral standards? Then she makes the asinine comparison of sexual immorality with birth control. Unbelievers want to work in Christian (or quasi-Christian) organizations, yet are continually complaining about the moral requirements. Perhaps they should stick with working for unbelievers.

via More Wolves and False Teachings — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Breaking: Illinois Prosecutor’s Association Condemns State’s Attorney Kim Foxx: Her Actions “Undermine the Very Foundation of our Public Court System” — The Gateway Pundit

The Chicago Police sent actor Jussie Smollett a bill for $130,000 on Wednesday demanding payment for his false statements.

The police letter to Jussie Smollett said, “The Chicago Police Department take seriously those who make false statements to the police, thereby diverting resources from other investigations.”

The Chicago police told Smollett to send them the payment in a timely manner.

Smollett was let off this week by the corrupt State’s Attorney’s office after his vicious stunt to smear Trump supporters as homophobic, racists.  He allegedly employed two Nigerian brothers to play the parts of the homophobic white men.

On Friday an Illinois prosecutors group condemned Kim Foxx and listed her many dishonest and questionable actions this week.

The Illinois Prosecutor’s Bar Association released a letter on Friday condemning State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for her highly irregular and dishonest maneuver to dismiss all charges against hate hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association serves as the voice for nearly 1,000 front line prosecutors across the State who work tirelessly towards the pursuit of justice. The events of the past few days regarding the Cook County State’s Attorney’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case is not condoned by the IPBA, nor is it representative of the honest ethical work prosecutors provide to the citizens of the State of Illinois on a daily basis.

The manner in which this case was dismissed was abnormal and unfamiliar to those who practice law in criminal courthouses across the State. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges alike do not recognize the arrangement Mr. Smollett received. Even more problematic, the State’s Attorney and her representatives have fundamentally misled the public on the law and circumstances surrounding the dismissal.

The public has the right to know the truth, and we set out to do that here.

When an elected State’s Attorney recuses herself from a prosecution, Illinois law provides that the court shall appoint a special prosecutor. See 55 ILCS 5/3-9008(a-15). Typically, the special prosecutor is a neighboring State’s Attorney, the Attorney General, or the State Appellate Prosecutor. Here, the State’s Attorney kept the case within her office and thus never actually recused herself as a matter of law.

Additionally, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office falsely informed the public that the uncontested sealing of the criminal court case was “mandatory” under Illinois law. This statement is not accurate. To the extent the case was even eligible for an immediate seal, that action was discretionary, not mandatory, and only upon the proper filing of a petition to seal. See 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(g)(2). For seals not subject to Section 5.2(g)(2), the process employed in this case by the State’s Attorney effectively denied law enforcement agencies of legally required Notice (See 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(d)(4)) and the legal opportunity to object to the sealing of the file (See 20 ILCS 2630/5.2(d)(5)). The State’s Attorney not only declined to fight the sealing of this case in court, but then provided false information to the public regarding it.

The appearance of impropriety here is compounded by the fact that this case was not on the regularly scheduled court call, the public had no reasonable notice or opportunity to view these proceedings, and the dismissal was done abruptly at what has been called an “emergency” hearing. To date, the nature of the purported emergency has not been publicly disclosed. The sealing of a court case immediately following a hearing where there was no reasonable notice or opportunity for the public to attend is a matter of grave public concern and undermines the very foundation of our public court system.

via Breaking: Illinois Prosecutor’s Association Condemns State’s Attorney Kim Foxx: Her Actions “Undermine the Very Foundation of our Public Court System” — The Gateway Pundit

Weekly Watchman for 03/29/2019

Listener Questions and Comments

Today we read your comments from the week and answer your questions, always going to the Word of God for eternal truth and biblical perspective. We open the podcast today with Mike giving a brief report on his experience this week at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Anaheim, CA. He spoke there about the threats against biblical Christianity from government and media.The topics include the House bill HR5, social justice, Replacement Theology, what exactly is the purpose of what we call “church”? We also touch on mindfulness promoted in government schools, how to confront a back-slidden spouse, psychology creeping into churches, as well as the good and the bad of the Hebrew Roots movement.

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Media Refuses to Report on Christians Being Slaughtered

The media did their job by reporting on the horrific mosque attack in New Zealand last week where fifty were killed, but the ongoing mass slaughter of Christians does not fit the liberal media narrative. Persecution is at record levels – but we’d never know it. And thank God if you live in America where religious freedoms are still a protected right – for now. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted around the world.

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Intelligent Design: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Most people have heard of the idea of “Intelligent Design,” but there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation out there regarding this concept.  On today’s podcast, we cover three areas such as defining Intelligent Design, and looking at the positive attributes as well as some of the concerns.Author and international speaker, Jay Seegert (The Starting Point Project) is back with us today to discuss Intelligent Design and to take a fresh look at Genesis from the perspective of creation.

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If We Know God Loves Us, Why Don’t We Act Like It?

Mike LeMay is speaking at the NRB Convention through Thursday. Tomorrow’s show will be a rebroadcast from a past Friday’s Q&A episode with Mike and David.

Today, our broadcast manager, Andy “Crash” Connell visits with Dave Wager.

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Mueller, Trump, Christians, and Government

After two years of painstaking investigation and more than $25 million in taxpayer costs, Special Investigator Robert Mueller has concluded that, wait for it… President Trump did not collude with Russians to undermine our election system in 2016.  Talk about a dramatic “thud.” That should be the end to all this, but as we know, it is just going to continue as liberals will spare no taxpayer expense to undermine the president’s reputation and policies because they refuse to accept the truth.Are we seeing similar scenarios unfold within American Christianity?  Despite the Bible’s clear teachings on a variety of “social issues,” a growing number of Christians and churches refuse to accept the truth of God’s Word, choosing to compromise or believe what seems “right” to them.John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio joins Mike and David to discuss how opinions are being elevated over facts, in politics, in the media, and even when it comes to doctrine in some Christian churches. We also discuss Canada’s new “Risk Tracking Database” that some feel is a portal to government intervention into private lives and religious beliefs.  How long before this might come to America?

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for March 29, 2019

March 28, 2019
Fighting for injured workers’ rights
RENEWAMERICA STAFF — In Utah, unethical “insurance medical examiners” hired to deprive injured workers of guaranteed Workers Compensation medical and other benefits are protected by “state policy” from any liability for harm resulting from their fraudulent examinations…. (more)

March 28, 2019
FOX NEWS — President Trump, in an exclusive wide-ranging interview Wednesday night with Fox News’ “Hannity,” vowed to release the full and unredacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and related documents used by the FBI to probe his campaign, saying he wants to “get to the bottom” of how the long-running Russia collusion narrative began…. (more)

March 28, 2019
NEWSMAX — Americans can learn a great deal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation – – it just won’t have anything to do with the Russia collusion hoax. In the end, Mueller’s $30 million investigative apparatus failed to produce any evidence of collusion between President Trump’s 2016 election campaign and the Russian government, despite nearly two years of intense effort by Mueller’s team of partisan lawyers with extensive ties to the Democratic Party…. (more)

March 28, 2019
Demands in FOIA lawsuit copies of communications about ‘dossier’
WORLDNETDAILY — Obama administration appointees James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence at the time, and John Brennan, the former CIA director, are in the bull’s-eye of a new Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit…. (more)

March 28, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — Donald Trump supporters caught up, but not charged, in a 34-month Russia investigation point to March 20, 2017, as the day their troubles really started. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence opened its most publicized hearing into Russia election interference…. (more)

March 28, 2019
PAUL BEDARD — Sen. Rand Paul escalated his demand for an investigation into former Obama officials who “concocted” the anti-Trump Russia scandal, revealing that former CIA Director John Brennan was the key figure who legitimized the charges and discredited “dossier” against the president…. (more)

March 27, 2019
NEW YORK POST — The Green New Deal failed to pass a procedural vote in the Senate Tuesday, with Democrats slamming the GOP motion as a “sham” and with two exceptions voting “present” in protest…. (more)

March 27, 2019
‘Unplanned’ earlier hit with ‘R’ rating for being about abortion
WORLDNETDAILY — The “Unplanned” movie, scheduled to open Friday, was filmed largely under cover of anonymity because it’s about Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. And it’s been given an “R” rating, not because of any nudity, violence or mature language, but because it’s about the violence of abortion. Its makers were denied permission by a publisher to use certain music because of the subject…. (more)

March 27, 2019
Pompeo announces expansion of existing ‘Mexico City Policy’
WORLDNETDAILY — When President Trump took office, he began acting on his commitment to a pro-life America immediately, reinstating the Mexico City Policy that pulled U.S. funding from the business profits of the International Planned Parenthood Federation…. (more)

March 27, 2019
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — Tucker Carlson opines on how the media reported the summary of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and why they are angrier than ever instead of being happy an American president was not compromised by Russia. Carlson said they should apologize but knows that the media will “escape what they deserve.”… (more)

March 26, 2019
Former CIA chief seriously backpedaling after Mueller report
WORLDNETDAILY — As a CNN commentator, former Obama CIA Director John Brennan repeatedly insisted Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation would unearth crimes by the president and his aides, openly accusing Trump of treason…. (more)

March 26, 2019
NEWSBUSTERS — The Media Research Center would like your assistance in helping those suffering from Collusion Delusion Syndrome (CDS). Many journalists are baffled, sad, and bewildered after the Mueller report failed to find collusion or obstruction by Donald Trump. In a special video, MRC President Brent Bozell explained, “The Media Research Center, with your help, is sending a special care package to every member of the news media and on Capitol Hill suffering from CDS.”… (more)

March 26, 2019
NEW YORK POST — Special counsel Robert Mueller has definitively put to rest the collusion theory of President Trump’s election. That’s not a little embarrassing for the many journalists, talking heads, celebrities and instant experts who spent more than two years furiously speculating about Moscow “pee-pee” tapes, treasonous rendezvous and the president’s imminent arrest…. (more)

March 26, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Attorney General William Barr told Congress Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, destroying two years of media speculation and bad reporting. The obsession to prove collusion has dampened the media’s journalistic abilities, leading to a seemingly endless list of corrections, retractions and apologies…. (more)

March 26, 2019
U.S. voters restored Democrats to power believing lie
ART MOORE — Special counsel Robert Mueller concluded there was no conspiracy with Russia to hijack the 2016 election, but the investigation did have an impact on another election. It was the 2018 election, in which Democrats regained control of the House amid the belief by many voters that the opposition party needed to hold accountable a treasonous Republican president, points out reporter investigative John Solomon in an opinion column for The Hill…. (more)

March 26, 2019
WES VERNON — He succeeded in private business, served as governor of Massachusetts, was nominated to run for president in 2012, and was elected by the voters of Utah as their United States senator in 2018. But freshman senator Mitt Romney apparently can’t think of any way to build his own legacy in “the world’s most exclusive club” except to hang his hat on the memory of a deceased senator (John McCain) whose record, while heralded by some, is decidedly “mixed.”… (more)

March 25, 2019
Alan Keyes says the true meaning of liberty ‘has been targeted for oblivion’
ALAN KEYES — Thanks to a slew of modern thinkers reveling in the death of God, and working with a vengeance to prevent what they would therefore have to call His resurrection, modern “social science” is predicated on what C.S. Lewis accurately recognized as the “Abolition of Man.”… (more)

March 25, 2019
REUTERS — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election did not find that any U.S. or Trump campaign officials knowingly conspired with Russia, according to details released on Sunday…. (more)

March 25, 2019
MEDIAITE — President Donald Trump’s first reaction to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings, which were revealed in a summary on Sunday by the attorney general, came via tweet. Moments later, he spoke to cable news outlets from tarmac in Palm Beach, Florida. “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”… (more)

March 25, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Attorney General William Barr delivered a report of the special counsel’s Russia investigation to Congress on Sunday. By far the most significant finding in the four-page letter is that the special counsel did not find evidence that President Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russians to influence the 2016 election. Barr also said that evidence was not sufficient to establish that Trump obstructed justice during the investigation…. (more)

March 25, 2019
NEWSMAX — Celebrating “no collusion and no obstruction” as reported by Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, President Donald Trump claimed “complete and total exoneration.” “Collusion, the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard,” President Trump told the media before boarding Air Force One, leaving Florida’s Mar-a-Lago during a weekend away from the White House. “No collusion and no obstruction…. (more)

March 24, 2019
Rules Toledo cannot use ‘code provisions’ to halt peaceful speech activity
WORLDNETDAILY — A federal judge has come to the defense of several pro-life demonstrators who want to engage in peaceful speech activity on public sidewalks outside of an abortion business in Toledo, Ohio…. (more)

March 24, 2019
NEWSMAX — Author David Horowitz compared Democrats to Satan in an interview Saturday night, saying they have the same “arrogance” as the serpent did in the Garden of Eden. Horowitz, whose latest book is “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America,” was on “Huckabee” and did not hold back on his criticisms of the American left…. (more)

March 24, 2019
Al-Baghdadi: “Obey me as far as I obey God”
NEWSMAX — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed “caliph” is still at large. With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the world’s most wanted man, responsible for steering his chillingly violent organization into mass slaughter of opponents and directing and inspiring terror attacks across continents and in the heart of Europe…. (more)

March 23, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Rep. Devin Nunes isn’t celebrating special counsel Robert Mueller’s submission of his final report to the Justice Department. Calling for full transparency, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee amplified his demand to see the “scope memo” for the years-long investigation, going further than Democrats calling for the release of the full Mueller report for the public to see…. (more)


March 29, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump will host Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House on April 9 for talks on strengthening their strategic partnership and working on shared priorities in the Middle East, the White House said on Friday.

President Donald Trump overrode his budget team and backed funding for the Special Olympics on Thursday after his proposed cuts to the athletic program drew heavy fire from both Republicans and Democrats.

The United States is keen to see that Malaysia, Singapore and others are fully aware of illicit Iranian oil shipments and the tactics Iran uses to evade sanctions, a top U.S. sanctions official said on Friday.

President Donald Trump on Thursday extended an immigration designation granting protected status to Liberians in the United States for an additional year, just three days before it was to expire, a rare move from a president who has taken a hardline stance on immigration.

President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Washington on April 10, Yonhap news agency said on Friday, citing the South Korean presidential office.

Pope Francis enacted sweeping new legislation to protect children from sexual abuse within the Vatican and other Holy See institutions in Rome, as well as by its diplomatic corps worldwide.

The number of confirmed cases of cholera in the cyclone-hit Mozambican port city of Beira jumped from five to 138 on Friday, as government and aid agencies battled to contain the spread of disease among the tens of thousands of victims of the storm.

U.S. and European regulators knew at least two years before a Lion Air crash that the usual method for controlling the Boeing 737 MAX’s nose angle might not work in conditions similar to those in two recent disasters, a document shows.

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased to an 11-month high in February and sales for January were revised higher, suggesting that lower mortgage rates were starting to lift the struggling housing market.

U.S. consumer spending barely rose in January and income increased modestly in February, suggesting the economy was fast losing momentum after growth slowed in the fourth quarter.

AP Top Stories

A strong spring storm that pounded the San Francisco Bay area with hail on Thursday moves into the central U.S. Friday, bringing heavy rain to the flooded Missouri and Mississippi rivers and severe storms for the central and southern Plains. In addition, heavy wet snow will fall from Wyoming to Nebraska.

The Trump administration has approved a series of secret agreements allowing US companies to explore selling nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia, according to a leaked document.

Israel confirmed Thursday it carried out an airstrike the night before in northern Syria while a war monitoring group said the attack killed an Iranian and six Iraqi fighters allied with President Bashar Assad’s government forces.

Destroying enemy surface ships and submarines, “spying” close to enemy shores, bringing massive firepower to strategic areas and launching deadly undersea drones are all missions the Navy hopes to see more of in the future — as the service plans to add as many as 32 attack submarines in just the next 15 years. Overall, the addition of attack submarines represents the largest overall platform increase within the Navy’s ambitious plan to grow the fleet to 355 ships.

A Visalia man’s $2 Babe Ruth card could fetch him more than $4.5 million, experts confirm.

Russia has said its troops will remain in Venezuela “for as long as needed” in a blunt rejection of Donald Trump’s demand they leave immediately.

The United States on Thursday urged Saudi-led forces to conduct a transparent probe after eight people including five children were killed in a strike near a hospital in Yemen.


MPs in Italy’s ruling populist coalition have clashed over a major new bill to tackle sexual crimes including rape and revenge porn on the internet.

In a world first, US doctors have transplanted a kidney from one HIV-positive patient to another.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó will be barred from holding further public office for 15 years, the maximum allowed by law, the state financial controller has announced. Mr Guaidó, head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, declared himself interim president in January. He has the support of more than 50 countries, including the US.

A Russian businessman has won back his $436m superyacht, the latest development in his long-running divorce proceedings. A UK court had previously ordered the former oil and gas trader to pay his wife $600m in a divorce settlement.

Russian officials say Jehovah’s Witnesses detained for their religious beliefs beat and burned themselves and were not tortured while in custody. Human rights lawyers and activists said the suggestion was “laughable”.


Organizers of a meeting to discuss an upcoming mayoral race in Georgia barred reporters from attending – unless they were African-American.

A staggering 92 percent of family members slated for deportation over the last six months has ignored those orders, according to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A federal judge in Denver ruled the Family Talk Christian ministry of Dr. James Dobson is not subject to the Obamacare requirement that employers fund abortion for employees.

Describing itself as the “answer to Facebook and Twitter censoring Christians, conservatives and liberty,” a new social-media platform called USA.Life launched. Many users are signing up. USA.Life is necessary because “censorship affects elections, people’s lives and relationships.”

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 29, 2019

The Foundation

“Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.” —James Wilson (1791)

Legal Hurdles Exacerbate Border Crisis

Trump administration officials warn about ever-growing immigration trouble.

Facebook: Racially Defining Hate

Facebook’s latest actions serve to reinforce the leftist redefinition of racism.

Another Pivot to Health Care

Americans care a lot more about health insurance than Robert Mueller’s report.

A Sanctuary City Becomes a Sanctuary From Justice

The Ninth Circuit dismissed a lawsuit by Kate Steinle’s parents over her killing by an illegal.

Smollett Nominated for NAACP Award — Seriously, Not Satire

“The system worked in his favor because the system isn’t always fair, especially for people of color.

Saving Daylight, European Style

The European parliament voted this week to scrap the biannual time change. Hooray!

‘Justice Is Blind’

Where are we as a country if the justice system can be used solely to ruin political opponents?

Video: Lee Remarks on the Green New Deal

“I rise today to consider the Green New Deal with the level of seriousness it deserves.”

Today’s Opinion

David Harsanyi
The Media Have Done Tremendous Damage to the Country and Themselves
Jonah Goldberg
Democrats Taking a Nonsensical Approach to Climate Change
Tony Perkins
Amazon Gets More Smileage Out of SPLC
David Limbaugh
Joe Biden’s Pathetic Pandering
Joe Bastardi
Lost in the Flood: The Whole Truth on the Great Plains Disaster
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top News Executive Summary

Adam Schiff in the spotlight, William Barr being ambushed, Jussie Smollett update, going nuclear in the Senate, and more.

Friday Short Cuts

Alpha Jackass: “I am frustrated with politicians who all the best they can muster is to give thoughts and prayers. Enough of that.” —Cory Booker

Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 3/29/2019

Deus Ex Machina: Religions Use Robots to Connect With the Public
Gabriele Trovato is worried about tomorrow. Or at least that’s what he confesses to SanTO, one of his religion-inspired robots. Just shy of 17 inches tall, SanTO resembles those small figurines of saints often found in Catholic homes—except with a computer, microphone, sensors and a facial recognition-enabled camera. As Mr. Trovato touches and speaks to the machine, its deep, echoing voice responds with a Bible quote: “From the Gospel according to Matthew,” it says, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Should they ever become sentient, robots could join faiths themselves, raising questions about religious identity, he said. Would a robot count for a minyan, a Jewish quorum for religious obligations?

DOJ to receive criminal referrals for Russia spygate
After special counsel Robert Mueller confirmed his longtime assertion that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, House Intelligence Committee ranking Member Devin Nunes is “going on offense” to probe the origin of the collusion claims. Nunes plans to send a criminal referral next week to the Justice Department detailing “multiple referrals on a number of different crimes” as part of an investigation of alleged misconduct by the DOJ and the FBI.

UAE official urges Arab openness to Israel
UAE foreign minister calls the decision to ban contact with Israel ‘very, very wrong,’ expects increased contact between Arab world and Jewish state; ‘in 15 years’ time, discussions will revolve around equal rights in one state,’ he says of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Is the IDF prepared for Palestinian violence this weekend?
With a violent week behind it, Israel’s security establishment is bracing for thousands of Palestinians to riot this weekend across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, marking Land Day and the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return demonstrations along the Gaza front.

Pope enacts new legislation to prevent child abuse in Vatican
The over-arching law, which the Vatican first promised to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2013, goes into effect on June 1. It calls for a Vatican official or employee convicted of abusing a child to be dismissed, sets up procedures for reporting suspected abuse, and imposes more screening of prospective employees to prevent hiring potential abusers.

End-of-Days Expert: Disaster Drills, Sign ‘Governments Know Something Big is Coming’
“There were always drills but the number is growing by leaps and bounds,” Ovadia told Breaking Israel News. “Everyone, secular and religious, from every country, is talking about the end-of-days. It is clear that there is some knowledge out there driving this. So many governments are preparing for a global crisis, something unprecedented. The governments making these drills know that something big is coming.” “It is understandable to hold hurricane drills or the like in a specific season,” Ovadia emphasized. “But there is no season for earthquakes. It is remarkable that so many countries decided to hold earthquake drills at the same time.”

Trump Administration Cracks Down on International Abortion “Backdoor Funding Schemes”
“The Trump administration has been the most pro-life administration in history, and Secretary Pompeo and President Trump should be thanked for closing the loopholes that allowed NGOs to take our taxpayer dollars and give them to sub-contractors that commit or promote abortions.” -Students for Life of America president, Kristan Hawkins

Seismic activity in Montana means potential for large earthquake
Western Montana is a hotbed of seismic activity. There have been 16 earthquakes in the area since Jan. 1, and scientists say a big earthquake is a possibility, but there’s no way to predict when that could happen.

Missouri House approves Bible class in public schools
A bill introduced Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) and passed by the Missouri House would allow school districts to offer study of the Bible as an elective class. “The resolution declares that the purpose of such courses is to teach students the biblical content, characters, and narratives of the Bible that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture,” the bill reads.

U.S. to put Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights on the map
United States government maps are slated to be redrawn to reflect US President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, according to a report by Voice of America. A State Department spokesperson told VOA that the map changes would be “consistent” with Trump’s declaration, although he did not indicate how long it would take to make this change.

Palestinians call for mass Gaza border protests on Saturday
Factions in the Gaza Strip are urging Palestinians to participate in Saturday’s mass protests near the border with Israel afternoon prayers. The factions urged Palestinians on Thursday to “maintain the peaceful and popular nature” of the protests, and said they don’t want to give Israel an excuse to use force against the demonstrators.

Religions Use Robots to Connect With the Public
Gabriele Trovato is worried about tomorrow. Or at least that’s what he confesses to SanTO, one of his religion-inspired robots. Just shy of 17 inches tall, SanTO resembles those small figurines of saints often found in Catholic homes—except with a computer, microphone, sensors and a facial recognition-enabled camera.

The Pentagon is ‘Absolutely Unapologetic’ About Pursuing AI-Powered Weapons
Protecting the U.S. in the decades ahead will require the Pentagon to make “substantial, sustained” investments in military artificial intelligence, and critics need to realize it doesn’t take that task lightly, according to…Defense Department officials. Efforts to expand the department’s use of AI systems have been met with public outcry among many…who worry the U.S will soon entrust machines to make life-and-death decisions on the battlefield.

Shuttle diplomacy: Egyptian delegation returns to Israel after meeting Hamas in Gaza
The Egyptian team tasked with mediating an agreement to end days of fighting in the Gaza Strip continued with its shuttle diplomacy Thursday afternoon, returning to Israel at around 1pm, after meeting with Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups. The delegation, made up of Egyptian intelligence officials, returned from Gaza via the Erez Crossing, to convey the Hamas response to an Israeli proposal for restoring calm along the border.

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to stop NSA’s mass data collection
Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would end the collection of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency in an effort to undo a widely criticized security measure passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. “The NSA’s sprawling phone records dragnet was born in secrecy, defended with lies and never stopped a single terrorist attack,” said Democratic Senator Ron Wyden…

Cyclone in Mozambique death toll climbs as cholera cases confirmed in Beira
The first cases of cholera have been confirmed in the cyclone-ravaged city of Beira, Mozambican authorities announced on Wednesday, raising the stakes in an already desperate fight to help hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in increasingly squalid conditions. The death toll in Mozambique is now at least 468, with 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi.

Someone alive today will live to be 1,000 years old, ‘incendiary’ tech honcho claims
Someone alive on Earth today will reach the ripe old age of 1,000. That’s according to one prominent British scientist, who is determined to “hack” human mortality by finding a scientific answer to the Fountain of Youth.

China Shuts Down, Changes Locks on 1,000-Member Church
China shut down a well-known 1,000-member Beijing church over the weekend and then changed the locks to prevent members from returning to the building.

Fed investigation sought into San Antonio ‘bigotry’
The backlash against the San Antonio City Council’s vote to exclude Chick-fil-A from an airport contract because of its owners’ religious beliefs now includes a formal request for a federal investigation of the city.

Islamic Terrorists Ramp Up Attacks On Nigerian Christians
Islamic terrorists killed more than 120 Christians and burned dozens of homes in northern Nigeria in a series of attacks they have waged since February.

Mexican Cartel-Linked Drug Operation Busted in Minnesota, Say Police
A raid on a luxury high-rise residence in downtown Minneapolis Saturday resulted in the seizure of 64 pounds of methamphetamine, three pounds of heroin, and the arrests of two males–one believed to have direct ties to a Mexican cartel.

Texas Legislature Advances Multiple Pro-Life Bills
Iconic red state Texas is the most populous state in the country with unanimous Republican leadership across both the state legislature and the gubernatorial mansion. Its conservative legal leadership, in the state attorney general and solicitor general offices, is second to none across all the nation’s red states. As such, the Lone Star State is sometimes looked upon as a paragon of how a red state ought to govern when it comes to some of the bread-and-butter issues that undergird the American conservative movement.

Facebook Hires George Soros to Help Remove Conservative Content from Platform
Facebook has drafted in the help of billionaire globalist George Soros in a bid to remove “unwanted” Conservative content from the platform to better regulate elections.

WATCH: Vicious self-hating Jew Bernie Sanders exploits the Holocaust in political ad
Bernie Sanders has spent much of his adult life in the U.S Congress, and has accomplished next to nothing other than attacking Israel and its supporters. Since Sanders has ascended to the national spotlight in 2016, few have done more to legitimize Jew-hatred in the United States. However, Sanders may have reached a new low with his recent political ad.

Facebook Hires George Soros to Help Remove Conservative Content from Platform
Facebook has drafted in the help of billionaire globalist George Soros in a bid to remove “unwanted” Conservative content from the platform to better regulate elections.

“Rome, city of bridges, never walls!,” says Pope, “Jesus demands” we take in Muslim migrants
The Pope lives in a walled city within Rome. Will he tear down those walls? How many Muslim migrants has the Vatican taken in? Or is it the poor and disenfranchised of Rome and Italy in general who must pay the price for this man’s virtue signaling?

Netanyahu orders army to be ready for ‘wide-scale campaign’ in Gaza
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has instructed the army to be ready for a “wide-scale campaign” in the Gaza Strip ahead of major clashes expected over the weekend.

Wikipedia Editors Paid to Protect Political, Tech, and Media Figures
However, Feinberg’s article noted several of Sussman’s requests involved removing or watering down potentially damaging material about clients, even when citing sources considered reliable on the site. Such removals would appear to violate Wikipedia’s neutrality policy…

Ilhan Omar Attacks Nancy Pelosi for Opposing Boycott of the Jews
The horror of the hate is very real, but we can be grateful that American is seeing this, hearing this, finally — the true face of the new Nazi party. The notoriously hard left enemedia has hidden the evil of the Democrat party for far too long. Scrub as they might, the antisemitism of the new Democratic leaders is too obvious to shroud. Omar’s “it’s all about the Benjamins” remarks evoke Goebbels and company’s “international Jewish conspiracy.”

Headlines – 3/29/2019

Hamas and Israel risk another Gaza war in deadly game of chicken

IDF readies for massive weekend protests along Gaza Border

Egypt Urges Hamas to Show Restraint Ahead of Anniversary of Gaza Border Protests

Hamas says no ceasefire deal until after massive weekend protests

Israel said to offer Hamas numerous concessions in return for curbing violence

False missile alarm sounds in south amid skyrocketing Gaza tensions

Hamas claims rockets fired at central Israel were self-activated

Hamas source: rockets were launched since Israel meant to attack ahead of its elections

How the Gulf States Got in Bed With Israel and Forgot About the Palestinian Cause

Senior UAE official calls for ‘strategic-shift’ in Arab-Israel relations

Analysis: US officials baiting Israel into painful concessions with promises of regional peace

Poll: Likud, Blue and White draw even, Netanyahu still favored for PM

Netanyahu uses icy relationship with Obama to try to win votes

With over 6 million online followers, Netanyahu’s internet empire prepares for election

Gantz gets bodyguards following threats on social media

Yad Vashem urges US politicians to end ‘divisive anti-Semitic language’

US State Department offers to fund programs abroad against rise of anti-Semitism

German band Rammstein blasted for concentration camp video

Top UAE Official Urges Arab Openness to Israel, Days After Condemning Trump’s Golan Recognition

Syria Says U.S. Should Give Israel ‘South Carolina’ Instead of Golan Heights, ‘It’s the Land of Senator Lindsey Graham’

US redrawing official maps to include Golan as part of Israel

Top minister: ‘As far as Iran knows it’s Israel’ that carried out Syria strike

At least 7 said killed in airstrike on Iranian weapons depot in Syria

Syrian Security official: unclear why Israel attack army warehouse

Footage said to show aftermath of airstrike in Syria attributed to Israel

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Report: US approved sale of nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia

11 dead, 16 wounded in Somalia bomb blast, say medics

Ship hijacked by migrants off Libya escorted to Malta

US Senators introduce bill to stop transfer of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey

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Emissaries from around world gathering in New Zealand for remembrance

Three hurt, suspect dead in explosive attack at China police station

At least 18 dead after truck slams into crowd on Guatemala highway

2 killed, 2 wounded after gunman’s rampage in Seattle

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs bid to block Trump’s gun ‘bump stock’ ban

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Ukraine president accuses Israeli tycoon of meddling in election for revenge

Venezuela to Ration Power in Caracas, a Measure Long Avoided

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Russia Says It Sent ‘Specialists’ to Venezuela, Rebukes Trump on Military Action

OPEC Struggles to Keep Russia on Board With Oil Cut, May Offer Shorter Extension

Democrats want a faster release of Mueller’s Russia report

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Trump vows to release FISA docs now that Mueller probe is concluded, slams ‘treasonous’ FBI

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Comey reveals he concealed Trump meeting memo from DOJ leaders

FBI must hand over docs used to keep Comey memos secret, judge rules

Republicans on House Intelligence Committee call on Adam Schiff to resign

President Trump calls on Adam Schiff to resign, accuses him of ‘knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking’

Trump Vows ‘FBI & DOJ’ Will Review ‘Outrageous’ Jussie Smollett Case

Twitter considering labeling Trump tweets that violate rules

Ex-NSA contractor pleads guilty in largest theft of secrets ever

The Pentagon is ‘Absolutely Unapologetic’ About Pursuing AI-Powered Weapons

Army turns to video gamers for new recruits

The FCC has fined robocallers $208 million. It’s collected $6,790.

U.S. charges Facebook with racial discrimination in targeted housing ads

U.S. Projected to Add 1.5M Illegal Aliens to Population this Year

Nine arrested in Thailand for posting election ‘fake news’

European press gets popcorn out for another chaotic day of Brexit

UK leader Theresa May makes final push on EU divorce deal

May plans watered-down Brexit vote to secure departure delay

Oil Prices Fall As Trump Targets OPEC On Twitter

India Says Space Debris From Anti-satellite Test to ‘Vanish’ in 45 Days

$1 million prize awaits Israeli team if moon landing works

Fukushima contaminants found as far north as Alaska’s Bering Strait

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ozernovskiy, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Taltal, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Port Blair, India

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Mendi, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Mexico raises alert level for Popocatepetl volcano as activity intensifies

After Cyclone Idai, bodies litter Mozambique’s fields, and the true death toll may never be known

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Iran news agency reports flash-flood death toll up to 44

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March 29, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day


5–6 Several specific instructions comprise this general admonition to be faithful. The first is to trust in the Lord and not in oneself, because he grants success. In other words, the teaching is valid because God will bless it. Bāṭaḥ (“trust”; GK 1053) carries the force of relying on someone for security; the confidence is to be in the Lord and not in human understanding. Here the object of faith is what the Lord has said through the wise teaching of the father. The call is for a trust characterized by total commitment—“with all your heart,” “in all your ways.” Bînâ (“understanding”) is now cast in a sinful mode (cf. 1:2, 6), so there is to be a difference between the bînâ that wisdom brings and the natural bînâ that undermines faith.

The traditional rendering “acknowledge him” (v. 6) needs to be refined, for the expression suggests “confess him.” But the verb is “know him,” and it reflects the intimate experience of a personal relationship. The sequence of the lines may also suggest their communication of a promise: by trusting him fully you will know him. What these beautiful expressions call for is “absolute obedience and surrender in every realm of life” (Fritsch, IB, 4:799). When obedient faith is present, the Lord will guide the believer along life’s paths in spite of difficulties and hindrances. The idea of “straight” contrasts to the crooked and perverse ways of the wicked.[1]

Trust in the Lord (vv. 5–6)

Trust God entirely, ‘with all your heart’ (v. 5a). God demands an undivided commitment to himself. Too often Israel had a loyalty divided between the Lord and the false gods of the nations. We can be tempted to trust the wisdom of the world rather than rely upon divine revelation. The psalmist says, ‘I hate those who are double-minded’ (Ps. 119:113). Jesus said, ‘No one can serve two masters’ (Matt. 6:24a), and he taught that the greatest commandment is to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength’ (Mark 12:30).

Trust God exclusively, and ‘do not lean on your own understanding’ (v. 5b). By nature we are inclined to foolishly rely upon our own inclinations and desires: ‘All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way’ (Isa. 53:6). Many people make crucial life decisions in areas such as marriage, finances, and vocation not based upon God’s revealed Word but their feelings. Proverbs tells us that our feelings are unreliable: ‘There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death’ (14:12); ‘he who trusts in his own heart is a fool’ (28:26a). A man may feel that he would be happier if he were to divorce his wife. A mother may not feel like using the rod of discipline on her children. In their quest to grow, churches may be tempted to resort to worldly methodologies that compromise biblical principles. The wise man does not lean on his own understanding but trusts that God’s way is best. The one who chooses his own way arrogantly claims that he knows better than God.

Proverbs also warns us against being improperly influenced by other people: ‘The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted’ (29:25). We must evaluate the counsel and influence of friends, family members, and worldly experts against the Word of God, and we must have the courage to risk their disapproval when Scripture directs us otherwise. The command to trust God also brings to mind the way of salvation. Conversion takes place when we repent of trusting in our own goodness and wisdom and put our faith in what God has done for us in Christ (Eph. 2:8–9).

Trust God extensively: ‘In all your ways acknowledge Him’ (v. 6a). We are not merely to acknowledge God’s lordship over our religious life; we are to bring God’s truth to bear on every aspect of life. We trust him in how we run our families, our education, our careers, our finances, and our friendships. He is Lord of all! Abraham Kuyper said, ‘In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, “That is mine!” ’ The wise person is characterized by continuous contemplation of God and a ready observance of his will, not only in the great issues of life but also in day-to-day routine. No matter is too small for God’s attention. To paraphrase one commentator, it is self-idolatry to think we can carry on even the most ordinary matters without his counsel.8

God blesses those who trust him: ‘He will make your paths straight’ (v. 6b). The person who trusts God entirely, exclusively, and extensively will enjoy success in life.[2]

3:5–6 / The command to trust in the Lord is expressed positively and negatively (it is foolish to trust in oneself; cf. 26:5, 12; 28:26a). The motive in 6b is the assurance of divine direction in life.[3]

5–6 O. Plöger points out that wisdom joins Yahwism (were they ever really separate?) in this command to trust in the Lord, an ideal that is sounded frequently in the Psalter and elsewhere. The contrast between such trust and one’s own intelligence or insight is not a put-down of wisdom teaching, because the truly wise person knows of limits. Wisdom is a gift of God (2:6), but whoever claims to be wise is more foolish than the fool (Prov 26:12; cf. also Jer 9:22–23), and the next couplet (vv 7–8) reinforces this idea. The Lord’s role in the ways of humans is also indicated in 16:9 and 20:24 (cf. Hos 14:10).[4]

3:5–6. These verses represent the heart of the exhortations. The son is admonished to trust in the Lord with all his heart (v. 5a). Such trust completely believes what God says, including accepting His words of wisdom while rejecting the way of folly, obeying His commands, and embracing His promises. Trust also involves resting secure in God’s loving, protective care and relying completely on His resources. Thus the trusting one will not lean on his own understanding (v. 5b). “In acknowledging one’s own lack of resources, one becomes open to God’s power and wisdom, which is a better guide to life” (Longman, Proverbs, 133).

The one who trusts God and not his own wisdom will also acknowledge God in all his ways (v. 6a). To acknowledge God is to know Him personally and to be in fellowship with Him (Kidner, Proverbs, 63–64). The trusting one thus pursues his relationship with the Lord in everything he does (cf. 1Co 10:31).

The result of trusting and pursuing the Lord is that He will make your paths straight (Pr 3:6b). As the lifestyle of the wicked is crooked in both a moral sense (they live corruptly) and a pragmatic sense (they face difficulties of their own making) (see 2:15), so the lifestyle of the righteous is straight in both senses. His way of life is straight morally (i.e., he lives in a God-honoring way) and smooth pragmatically (i.e., he faces fewer obstacles to a successful, joyful life).[5]

3:5–6. To trust in the Lord wholeheartedly means one should not rely (lean) on his understanding, for human insights are never enough. God’s ways are incomprehensible (Isa. 55:8–9; Rom. 11:33–34); yet He is trustworthy. All the wisdom a person may acquire can never replace the need for full trust in God’s superior ways. Heart in Hebrew refers to one’s emotions (Prov. 12:25; 13:12; 14:10, 13) but more often to his intellect (such as understanding, 10:8; discernment, 15:14; reflection, 15:28), or will (5:12).

As a person trusts in the Lord and acknowledges Him (this is not a nod of recognition but an intimate knowledge of God) in all his ways (cf. all your heart, 3:5), he finds that God makes his paths straight. This means more than guidance; it means God removes the obstacles, making a smooth path or way of life, or perhaps better, bringing one to the appointed goal. (On ways and paths, cf. v. 17 and see comments on 2:13, 15.) Proverbs teaches that those who follow wisdom have an easier, less problematic life (e.g., 3:10, 16, 24–25).[6]

3:5 First, there must be a full commitment of ourselves—spirit, soul, and body—to the Lord. We must trust Him not only for the salvation of our souls but also for the direction of our lives. It must be a commitment without reserve.

Next, there must be a healthy distrust of self, an acknowledgment that we do not know what is best for us, that we are not capable of guiding ourselves. Jeremiah expressed it pointedly: “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23).

3:6 Finally, there must be an acknowledgment of the Lordship of Christ: “In all your ways acknowledge Him.” Every area of our lives must be turned over to His control. We must have no will of our own, only a single pure desire to know His will and to do it.

If these conditions are met, the promise is that God shall direct our paths. He may do it through the Bible, through the advice of godly Christians, through the marvelous converging of circumstances, through the inward peace of the Spirit, or through a combination of these. But if we wait, He will make the guidance so clear that to refuse would be positive disobedience.[7]

3:5, 6 The words trust in the Lord echo the command of Deut. 6:5 to love God with all our being. The verb trust is complemented by the verb “lean.” Trusting in God is a conscious dependence on God, much like leaning on a tree for support. The idea is reinforced here by the command to acknowledge Him, which means to observe Him and get to know Him in the process of living. In doing so, a person finds time and time again that God smoothes out paths.[8]

We All Need God’s Wisdom

Prov. 3:5, 6

When God invited Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted, the king requested wisdom (1 Kin. 3:9). That God-given wisdom taught Solomon that only a fool tries to solve life’s problems without God’s help.

Any time we spend wondering about how to get out of a touchy situation is time wasted. God’s guidance is more than sufficient for all the tests or trials we might have to face—but in order to benefit from it, we have to seek it out, just as Solomon did so long ago.

In this life, tests come in all shapes and sizes. Some we anticipate; others blindside us in the middle of a rainy afternoon. Some tests require us to endure; others ask us to make the right decision immediately. Regardless of the package in which the test comes wrapped, God instructs us to come to Him for the wisdom we so desperately need.[9]

[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, pp. 64–65). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Newheiser, J. (2008). Opening up Proverbs (pp. 59–61). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 23). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Murphy, R. E. (1998). Proverbs (Vol. 22, p. 21). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[5] Finkbeiner, D. (2014). Proverbs. In The moody bible commentary (p. 896). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[6] Buzzell, S. S. (1985). Proverbs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 911). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 798). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 748–749). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Pr 3:5–6). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

March 29 Redeeming Your Suffering

scripture reading: Romans 5:1–5
key verse: Philippians 1:29

To you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.

Snoopy, the cartoon character created by Charles Schulz, reflected on the meaning of life in one humorous strip. After much contemplation, he spotted Charlie Brown coming with his supper dish and exclaimed: “Ah, meaning!”

We grin, for we all want to experience true meaning in life. It is exactly because suffering seems to have no meaning that we seek to recoil from it.

What meaning can there be in another miscarriage?

What meaning can there be in still another financial setback?

What meaning can be found for the person who has to use a wheelchair because of the intoxicated actions of another?

The meaning is this: we were placed on this planet to know and glorify God. As we suffer and turn to Christ, we accomplish both goals—to know Him intimately and to glorify Him. When our chief desire is to glorify God, suffering is but another means to achieve that end.

Others can experience and see the peace and joy of the indwelling Christ. His humility and long–suffering can shine in our darkness with radiant splendor.

You can redeem your suffering, give meaning to it, and rescue it from emptiness by realizing your pain can be used to glorify Jesus.

I may not understand my suffering, Lord, but that does not mean it is without purpose. I know You are working all things together for good. Help me redeem my suffering by realizing my pain can be used to glorify You![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

29 march (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The snare of the fowler

“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler.” Psalm 91:3

suggested further reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1–20

It was once said by a talented writer, that the old devil was dead, and that there was a new devil now; by which he meant to say, that the devil of old times was a rather different devil from the deceiver of these times. We believe that it is the same evil spirit; but there is a difference in his mode of attack. The devil of five hundred years ago was a black and grimy thing, well portrayed in our old pictures of that evil spirit. He was a persecutor, who cast men into the furnace, and put them to death for serving Christ. The devil of this day is a well-spoken gentleman: he does not persecute—he rather attempts to persuade and to beguile. He is not now the furious Romanist, so much as the insinuating unbeliever, attempting to overturn our religion, whilst at the same time he pretends he would but make it more rational, and so more triumphant. He would only link worldliness with religion; and so he would really make religion void, under the cover of developing the great power of the gospel, and bringing out secrets which our forefathers had never discovered. Satan is always a fowler; whatever his tactics may be, his object is still the same—to catch men in his net. Men are here compared to silly, weak birds, that have not skill enough to avoid the snare, and have not strength enough to escape from it. Satan is the fowler; he has been so and is so still; and if he does not attack us as the roaring lion, roaring against us in persecution, he attacks us as the adder, creeping silently along the path, endeavouring to bite our heel with his poisoned fangs, and weaken the power of grace and ruin the life of godliness within us. Our text is a very comforting one to all believers, when they are beset by temptation.

for meditation: We should be on our guard against falling into the snare of the devil (1 Timothy 3:7), but take courage from the fact that God is able to enable us to escape from it (2 Timothy 2:26).

sermon no. 124[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 95). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

29 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

Success at Work

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2

suggested further reading: Matthew 6:25–34

Solomon, the writer of this psalm, identifies two means that people believe contribute in an eminent degree to the amassing of riches. It is not surprising to find that those who become rich in a short time spare no exertion but work night and day in their occupations, allowing themselves only scanty payment from the product of their labor.

Solomon, however, says that neither living on a small salary nor diligence in work will by itself profit us. He does not forbid us to practice temperance in our diet or to rise early to engage in worldly business, but rather stirs us up to prayer and to calling upon God. He also recommends that we express gratitude for divine blessings and bring to naught whatever would obscure the grace of God.

Consequently, we shall rightly enter our worldly vocations when our hope depends exclusively upon God. Our success then will correspond to our wishes. But if a person takes no account of God as he eagerly makes haste, he will bring ruin upon himself by his precipitous course.

The design of the prophet is not to encourage men to give way to sloth, so that they think about nothing all their life long and abandon themselves to idleness. Rather, his meaning is that they execute what God has asked them to do. They should begin each day with prayer and call upon God’s name, offering him their labors so that he may bless them.

for meditation: No matter how diligent we are, if our work is not blessed by God, it will fail miserably. Sadly, this principle is far from our minds during most workdays when we so easily slip into the mentality that our success depends solely on us. Make a conscious effort today to remember that any success in work is a blessing from God.[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 107). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.