Daily Archives: June 10, 2019

June 10 The Stages of Faith

Scripture Reading: Romans 4:16–21

Key Verses: Romans 4:20–21

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Making the decision to follow Christ takes faith. No matter how weak our faith begins, salvation only comes through belief in Christ. Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, God begins the process of stretching and increasing our faith. When facing a challenge, a person with small faith might say, “I know He can, but I am not sure He will.” We all begin our journey unsure about many things, yet we are sure enough to take the first step.

At this point, our emotions play a big role in whether or not we believe God is going to hear and answer our prayers. We give up and doubt, and our faith remains restless. However, God wants us to continue on past that point to a place of great faith where we say, “I know He can, and I know He will.”

It is there that we begin to ignore the circumstances surrounding us. We trust in Him, meditating on His promises and seeking understanding. We remember what He has done in the past, and we refuse to give up.

Abraham “did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20–21 nasb). Through difficult times, our faith is tested, seasoning us as believers and teaching us that trusting in God alone is vital to keeping our confidence in Him.

Father, just as Abraham, in all his human weakness, followed You without wavering, I, too, claim Your promises and want to stand firm in my faith.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 169). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 10 God Is in Control

Scripture Reading: Psalm 121

Key Verse: Job 42:2

I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.

In his discussion on suffering and adversity in his best-seller When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner states that Job had to conclude that God was not really all-powerful. Job is “forced to choose between a good God who is not totally powerful or a powerful God who is not totally good.”

The thrust of his argument is that when bad things happen, God is apparently unable or uncaring. In other words, he claims that God is not the Sovereign Master of the universe.

When adversity strikes, we often are plagued with similar thoughts:

  • Why doesn’t God do something?
  • Why did He let this happen?
  • Doesn’t He care?

The Scriptures reveal a God who is always in charge, regardless of the circumstances. We live in an abnormal world where evil is present; but God’s providence is over all, and He uses His power for His purposes (Gen. 50:20).

God also cares. His Son met death on a cross because God’s love transcended suffering. Whatever hardship you face today, know that God is in control of your life and He cares for you. Never doubt God’s power or love.

Almighty God, how I rejoice that You are always in charge. Your providence reigns over all. You have the power to use every situation for Your purposes.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 169). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 10 Yes, Lord

Scripture reading: Read: Jonah 1:1–5

Key verse: Psalm 139:7

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

God instructed Jonah to go east to Nineveh. Instead, he headed west to Tarshish and into the pathway of rebellion. He knew if he preached God’s message, the Ninevites would turn from their wickedness and follow God. They were Israel’s dire enemies, and Jonah could not bear the thought of their repentance. So he refused to obey, and in his rebellion he found he was the one separated from God.

Disobedience does not cancel God’s commands. Our lack of obedience does not alter His plan. There is no such thing as “getting off the hook” with God. We can’t escape the presence of God. Even in the belly of a whale, God was there to convict Jonah of his sin. Resistance to God’s will brings suffering to others. Rebellion has a ripple effect and erodes relationships with God and others. It steals our joy, divides our minds, and causes guilt.

Many times we are given a second chance. Jonah was, but that is not always the case. God wants us to respond to His will by faith and obedience. God always accomplishes His will. Nothing we do or say alters His plan. There is only one way to answer the call of God and that is to say, “Yes, Lord.” Anything else results in disobedience.

I say yes today, Lord—to Your will and Your way. Help me walk in obedience to Your Word and Your plan for my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 169). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

“Last Fight For Hong Kong”: Over 1 Million March In Protests Against China…

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https://www.zerohedge.com, By Tyler Durden

Over 1 million Hong-kongers (according to the organizers; 240K according to the police), or one in seven, flooded Hong Kong’s streets on Sunday to oppose a proposed extradition bill that would allow Beijing to take people from Hong Kong to stand trial in mainland China.

According to the SCMP, it was the most unified protest march in the city in more than a decade, with some calling it the ultimate showdown over the bill, which goes to a vote on June 12 and if passed would allow the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions.

If turnout numbers are accurate, it would represent the biggest protest since 2003, when 500,000 people demonstrated against national security legislation that was later withdrawn by the government.  The sea of marchers set off from Victoria Park just before 3pm and streets in nearby Causeway Bay were soon brought to a standstill as protesters clad in white chanted and sang songs as they walked in the oppressive heat, according to the SCMP.

Cartoon Network Promotes LGBTQ+ ‘PRIDE’ to Children | CNS News

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(CNSNews.com) — The Cartoon Network, which broadcasts mostly children’s programming, expressed a “HAPPY PRIDE” to “all of our LGBTQ+ fans” in a tweet for June “Pride Month,” and encouraged the young homosexuals “to stand proud all year long!”

In the June 2 tweet, the Cartoon Network, which is owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, states, “We want to wish everyone a HAPPY PRIDE and encourage all of our LGBTQ+ fans to stand proud all year long!” The tweet then includes heart, unicorn, and gay-rainbow emojis and #pride, #happypride, #powerpuffyourself, #pridemonth, #powerpuffgirls.”

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June is celebrated as “Pride Month” in honor of the Stonewall riot in 1968, when gay partiers fought back against the police during a vice raid on the homosexual bar, the Stonewall Inn, which was then owned by the Mafia.

According to the Library of Congress, “Today, [Pride Month] celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”

The Cartoon Network was founded in 1992. According to its website, cartoonnetwork.com, the “Cartoon Network is the best place to play free games and watch full episodes of all your favorite kids TV shows with apps and online videos!”

In its CNShop pages online — it automatically links through despite a cursory note about items for sale for an “adult fan or parent” — there is a “Celebrate Pride Month!” page.  It is sub-headlined the “Steven Universe Made of Love Collection.”

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Some of the pro-LGBTQ+ products for sale include a gay-rainbow pin, gay-rainbow love patch, gay-pyramid key chain, a Ruby and Sapphire glass set, and a Ruby and Sapphire throw pillow.

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The description for the pillow reads, “Love is in the air! This multi-colored pillow celebrates the Ruby and Sapphire on their wedding day. Double sided, this pillow features the happy couple at the altar on both sides. Ruby, Sapphire and the nature behind them is painted in color while the rest of the scene is almost in a trance-like state.”

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Source: Cartoon Network Promotes LGBTQ+ ‘PRIDE’ to Children

Southern Baptist Convention 2019: Off to a Woke Start — Pulpit & Pen

Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church Mobile, Alabama 

Southern Baptists told their condemnation of racism isn’t enough; Told criticism of Beth Moore and David Platt is wrong

The Pastor’s Conference of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention began Sunday evening, and it was full Social Justice Warrior inspired Woke. Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church Mobile, Alabama said conservative, bible-believing Southern Baptists haven’t sufficiently dealt with the sins of the past (lynchings dating to 1886) and are too divided over current controversies involving women preachers and praying over the president. So much for the Soul that sins is the one condemned and all that inconvenient stuff. Nope. Southern Baptists need to repent of sins they haven’t even committed. Oh, and don’t criticize Beth Moore and David Platt.

Litton preached on Matthew 5:4 “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn.” Litton said there is a “hole in our repentance.” He encouraged Christians to walk through the Trail of Tears and realize what sin has done.

One might respond, “I’m not guilty of those sins. That is a form of rationalization. Nehemiah was not guilty, yet he wept for the sins and condition of Jerusalem,” Litton said.

This is a common theme among the Social Justice crowd. There must be more than individual repentance and it must involve a long process of tearful reflection. Of course, only one ethnicity must engage in that, but shhh! Don’t focus on that.

Litton also discouraged disputes over issues that roiled conservative evangelicalism in the last week: women preachers and David Platt’s prayer for Donald Trump.

“I wonder if we as Southern Baptists are dragging our feet in dealing with issues.” Litton said. “Are we dragging our feet fighting battles we shouldn’t fight?”

Defends Beth Moore and David Platt

“The most recent flashpoint are attacks against two people who I frankly love, Beth Moore and David Platt,” Litton said. “I know you are free to say what you want, but I thought under Christ you may not be free to just say anything.”

Litton then took a swipe at public critics of Moore and Platt in the ministry and media.

“You say, ‘I’m here to correct everybody,’ God help you,” Litton said. “We are being played by Satan for the cause of division that will strangle the Gospel from taking this world for the glory of God,” Litton said.

The division in the church shows the church is reflecting the “political culture of our nation more than the culture transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. We need to check ourselves,” Litton told Southern Baptists.

This raises an interesting problem. If someone is teaching error, or promoting incorrect doctrine in public, does it help or hurt the church if the error is uncorrected?

Can there be unity in error?

Should there be?

Racism & the Southern Baptist Convention: Resolutions not repentance

Litton said the Southern Baptist Convention resolutions against racism are not repentance for lynchings or racial sins of the past. Litton said all these resolutions have done is show, “We have resolved to say something, and that is not repentance.”

“SBC resolutions are not the same as repentance,” Litton said.

He then repeated it for emphasis, “Our resolutions at this Southern Baptist Convention are not the same as repentance. Our resolutions on race led nobody to weep over four girls who were bombed and killed at 16th Street Baptist Church blocks away from here. It has led nobody to weep over the 3,446 African-Americans lynched since 1886.”

Litton expanded the definition of racism to include indifference to the issues of African-Americans.

“You say, preacher, I am not a racist, Are you indifferent?,” Litton asked. “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. And there is a sin of being indifferent about what our Africa-American brothers and sisters are experiencing in this country—what they have, and there is an opportunity for us.”

Final thoughts

During the sermon, he cited II Corinthians 7:10 on godly sorrow: “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.”[1]

Of course, notice the worldly sorrow in the verse. Where does it lead? Is demanding people repent of sins they haven’t committed not the epitome of a worldly view? Isn’t that loading people down with unnecessary burdens?

Also, isn’t there a bit of a double standard at work here: Litton eschews public criticism of David Platt and Beth Moore, but engages in a critique of the critique.

Of course, the sermon was popular among the rising Social Justice Warrior Southern Baptists.

[Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission. Originally published at the Capstone Report.]

via Southern Baptist Convention 2019: Off to a Woke Start — Pulpit & Pen

President Trump Interview Discussing China, Mexico, Tariffs and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce… — The Last Refuge

Earlier this morning President Donald Trump called in to CNBC to discuss a variety of subjects including: the ongoing trade negotiations with China; the threat of tariffs on Mexico over illegal immigration; the federal reserve; the status of the economy; the duplicity of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; collusion by democrats; the upcoming G20 summit in Japan, and much, much, more.

During the interview President Trump directly calls out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for their anti-American position and self-interested advocacy for Wall Street multinational corporations. Additionally, President Trump pushes back against the claim that tariffs lead to higher U.S. prices, citing examples of China subsidizing their exports and low U.S. inflation.  Must Watch:

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(LOL… POTUS Trump chomping-at-the-bit to get tariffs on the EU.)

via President Trump Interview Discussing China, Mexico, Tariffs and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce… — The Last Refuge

New Credo Video with Stephen Dempster: Is Justification in the Old Testament?

Where is justification visible in the Old Testament? How should we think about the connection between faith and works in the life of Abraham? Should we consider Abraham a type of new Adam and if so, how does he point us forward to Christ as the last Adam? Is justification lost on the prophets?

In this new Credo video, Stephen Dempster explains how the doctrine of justification by faith alone in Christ alone is present in the Old Testament. Watch other videos like this one on the Credo Video page.

Source: New Credo Video with Stephen Dempster: Is Justification in the Old Testament?