Daily Archives: June 17, 2019

June 17 An Eternal Perspective

Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:18–22

Key Verse: Matthew 21:21

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

Some of the most noble and valiant events in history were born out of hearts that had an eternal perspective.

George Washington, renowned Revolutionary War general and first president of the United States, demonstrated such a heart. From his earliest days, he was taught by his mother to put God first in his life. When he accepted a position of leadership in the war, he had no idea how much his faith would be put to the test.

One of the most precious documents Washington ever produced as a young man was a small prayer diary that he titled “Daily Sacrifice.” Peter Marshall and David Manuel recount Washington’s prayer in The Light and the Glory:

O most glorious God … I acknowledge and confess my faults; in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day.… O God, who art rich in mercy and plenteous in redemption, mark not, I beseech Thee, what I have done amiss.… Cover my sins with the absolute obedience of Thy dear Son … the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me.

Washington made a habit of private prayer, and his faith inspired his men in the most brutal conditions. He is remembered for his great deeds, certainly, but it is his faith that made his impact lasting. Only when your focus is on the eternal will your work have eternal merit.

Father, like George Washington, I confess that I am often weak and imperfect. I praise You for Your mercy in covering my sinfulness with the blood of Jesus.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 176). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 17 He Will Revive You

Scripture Reading: Job 42:1–6

Key Verse: Job 42:5

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.

Faith works anywhere:

  • At a bedside in the hospital
  • At the dinner table on the family farm whose crop has been ruined by hail
  • At work before the important staff meeting
  • At the end of the month when the checkbook runs red
  • At home when the neighbor will not let go of a personal grudge

Faith works at all times, in all places, because it trusts in God, who is always at work in heaven and earth to achieve His eternal, good purposes. Faith that conquers every obstacle triumphs when our chief concern is that God’s will be done.

Each of us has an agenda to some degree. We want to see our sick loved one healed, our farm productive, our finances solvent, our relationships harmonious. While God does plan for our welfare, He sovereignly weaves our pain, disappointment, perplexity, and unanswered prayers to accomplish His ultimate purpose—to bring glory to Him in all things.

Once you are confident in God’s supreme faithfulness to you, your faith in Him will carry you through any adversity. Your faith in God’s promises, His character, and His unfailing love will sustain and strengthen you. Though you fall, He will upright you. Though you faint, He will revive you.

Dear Lord, when I fall, upright me. When I faint, revive me. Carry me through each adversity by a dynamic faith that conquers every challenge.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 176). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

06/17/2019 — Wretched

WR2019-0617

•A Divine Cordial from Thomas Watson
•Sovereignty and Ray Comfort’s kidney stone
•Todd is getting ready to disagree with Phil Johnson
•How do you know you got a word from the Lord?
•Hollywood fights abortion in the name of the women they mistreat
•Taylor Swift turns bad arguments into song lyrics
•180 CEOs think abortion is good for business

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WATCH: “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” Becomes Unofficial Anthem of Anti-Extradition Protesters in Hong Kong — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

 

As record numbers demonstrate in the streets of Hong Kong to protest a proposed extradition law and the mainland Chinese government, a Christian song penned in 1974 has become an “unofficial anthem.”

Christian groups in the autonomous territory in southeastern China of approximately 7.4 million people — a former British colony — have been singing “Sing Hallelujah To The Lord” by Linda Stassen-Benjamin while protesting and marching in the streets. The song, which is catchy and simple in melody, is popular around the world and has been translated into many languages.

The demonstrators have also been protesting against police brutality. The authorities apparently have a distaste for the Christian song, as evidenced by one sign a protester carried, which reads: “Stop Using Baton Or We Sing Hallelujah To The Lord.” Numerous clips of protesters singing the hymn have been posted to Twitter and other social media.

Approximately 2 million protesters have taken to the streets to express their opposition over a proposed law that would send suspected criminals to be extradited to mainland China to be prosecuted and to demand that China-backed Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam resign.

Reports indicate that although further action on the contested extradition law has been suspended though not completely scrapped, the protesters, many of whom are young, are continuing to push back. Demonstrators fear the Chinese government will employ the proposed law to target and effectively silence their critics.

In addition to the Christian hymn, the protesters have being singing “Do you hear the people sing” from the musical “Les Miserables.”

The presence of Christians and others singing “on the front lines of the protests were helpful in making the demonstrations look more like an outdoor worship service rather than the ‘organized riots’ the government said it had to crack down on to bring back law and order,” Shanghaiist noted Sunday, calling the 1974 song the “unofficial anthem” of the uprising.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter

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McConnell Calls Out Dems for ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’: They ‘Reflexively’ Oppose Anything He’s for

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democrats for being unwilling to work on immigration issues, claiming they had “Trump derangement syndrome.”

McConnell discussed Democrats’ reluctance to work with Republicans on the immigration issue, calling it “a real problem.” He used the example of a recent bill to provide aid at the border that was shot down by Democrats, despite there being no mention of the wall.

“I’m going to bring it up freestanding next week and see if they really aren’t interested in dealing with this mass of humanity that we have to take care of at the border,” said McConnell. “What’s the objection?”

He went as far as to claim that the president has had more cooperation with Mexico than with Democrats on addressing the immigration issue.

“I think it’s safe to say the president is getting more cooperation out of Mexico than he is out of congressional Democrats,” said McConnell.

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McConnell also pointed out that Democrats are avoiding helping the president, saying they are against anything he supports.

“I think they’re suffering from Trump derangement syndrome,” said McConnell. “Whatever he’s for they are reflexively against. But this is humanitarian.”

While he did admit that Republicans are still supporting the wall, the bill will solely be addressing humanitarian issues related to immigration.

“We want to build a wall. We think the president has made a good case for that. That’s not what this is about. This is just the humanitarian part of the problem on our side of the border,” he said.

Source: McConnell Calls Out Dems for ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’: They ‘Reflexively’ Oppose Anything He’s for

Trump, Iran, China, #Spygate, and Judges: Senator Lindsey Graham and Hugh Hewitt

Senator Lindsey Graham sits in with Hugh Hewitt to discuss a smorgasbord of subjects including President Trump, Iran, China, Venezuela, #Spygate, Bill Barr, Joe Biden and judicial appointments.

Source: Trump, Iran, China, #Spygate, and Judges: Senator Lindsey Graham and Hugh Hewitt

US planning ‘tactical assault’ on Iran in response to ‘tanker attack’ — report

UN sources believe that the United States is planning to carry out a “tactical assault on Iran” in response to the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which it blamed Tehran for without providing credible evidence.

Source: US planning ‘tactical assault’ on Iran in response to ‘tanker attack’ — report

Truth, by its very nature is exclusive — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Truth, by its very nature is exclusive. If something is true, it means that contradictory statements are necessarily false. Nobody doubts this when it comes to the hard sciences; people believe that the statement “gravity exists” is objectively true, and that the statement “gravity does not exist” is objectively false. But, when it comes to religion and worldviews, people have no problem saying “Christianity may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” —Kim Kurtz (from, The Nature of Truth and Why It Matters to the Faith of Our Kids)

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The Nature of Truth and Why It Matters to the Faith of Our Kids — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

by Kim Kurtz

No other religion emphasizes the importance of truth like Christianity. God in His infinite wisdom knows the high value of truth and does not hold back from us. Truth holds power and truth is necessary. And as sons and daughter of God, truth is our right.

As I’m wrapping up my manuscript and preparing it for publication, I thought I would post one more excerpt. This is from “Chapter 14: Apologetics and Worldviews” of my upcoming book, Pouring In, Inspiring a Personal, Passionate, and Permanent Faith in the Next Generation. (Greg Schrock also contributed to this chapter)

What do our kids need to know to be able to give a reasoned defense for their faith? They need to be able to answer these five questions…

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Thousands of Christians March for Jesus in France

(Evangelical Focus) — On May 25, thousands of French Christians took the streets to participate in a new edition of the Marche pour Jesus (March for Jesus). This year, the marches took place in six cities: Lille, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Paris and Strasbourg. French Christians, as well as a large number of Latino and African migrants, got together to pray…

Source: Thousands of Christians March for Jesus in France