Daily Archives: June 20, 2019

June 20 Fear or Faith?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22–34

Key Verse: Matthew 14:31

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

When faced with a serious challenge, what is your first response? Do you run from the situation with fear in your heart, or do you stand and face the enemy with the shield of faith? God wants us to stand firm in our faith.

He has promised to contend with those who contend with us (Psalm 18). Therefore, we can face each situation with confidence and power knowing that He is with us and He is in control.

He provides the wisdom you need for the challenge, the strength you need to do what seems to be impossible, and the protection you need from the enemy’s wicked plots and schemes. You never have a reason to feel fearful, because you are God’s beloved, and He will fight for you.

Matthew 14 relates a story where the disciples had to face their greatest fear—loss of control on an open, storm-driven sea. Scripture tells us that Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him across the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:22).

The Lord did not make a suggestion to His disciples; He told them to go. Jesus knew His disciples would encounter a great storm and their faith would be tried. When He came to them walking on a storm-tossed sea, they thought He was a ghost.

Don’t allow fearful thoughts to keep you from seeing the Savior. Whenever there is danger or a threat of any kind, He always makes His presence known.

Dear heavenly Father, help me reject fear and embrace faith. I thank You that in every situation, You make Your presence known.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 179). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 20 Enduring Hope

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3–7

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:5

As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

In only his second start since returning to the San Francisco Giants following cancer surgery on his left arm, Dave Dravecky crumpled to the mound in the early innings. The cancer-weakened bone in his arm had snapped. Further surgery was required, and baseball became his pastime.

His faith in Christ sustained him through the countless trips for treatment and the uncertainty of his future and health. He autographed each baseball picture featuring his long stride and cocked arm with Paul’s statement of confidence to the Corinthians.

“My wife and I have committed these verses to memory,” he said. “We realize that our life on earth is temporary and our circumstances and afflictions, however severe, are still light and fleeting when viewed from the perspective of eternity.”

You need not lose heart in your heartaches. God is working through your trials in a mysterious but productive manner. As you place your focus on His eternal presence, you will have sure and sturdy hope.

Dave Dravecky has enduring hope. You, too, can be encouraged, knowing that God is in control of your life, both here and hereafter. His hand is loving, steady, and able.

Lord, give me an enduring hope that knows You are in control of my circumstances, now and in the future. You are loving, steady, and able to guide my life. I relinquish control to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 179). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Can We Know Anything about the Historical Jesus? Yes, and It’s Much More than You Think! — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

In 2000, I made the difficult decision to step away from my faith. I entered into what I call theistic-leaning agnosticism, one step removed from pantheism. I believed that some kind of God could possibly exist. However, I didn’t know that a person could know if that God really did exist and most certainly could not know anything about the historical Jesus of Nazareth. These doubts were brought on the claims of the Jesus Seminar who held that less than 14% of the sayings attributed to Jesus were actually his own. The Seminar claimed that the rest of the sayings were inventions from the apostles. Couple the Seminar with PBS’s show From Jesus to Christ which claimed that the Christ of faith evolved over time from the Jesus of history, then one could see why I needed some serious answers. When I asked Christian leaders about how I could know if Jesus was accurately portrayed in the Gospels, I was met with scorn and hostility. Add to that the nepotistic hypocrisy I often saw, then stepping away from the faith was pretty easy.

However, everything changed in 2005. I was introduced to the writings of Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, and Gary Habermas. This past week, my journey came full circle…

Can We Know Anything about the Historical Jesus? Yes, and It’s Much More than You Think!

via Can We Know Anything about the Historical Jesus? Yes, and It’s Much More than You Think! — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

June 20 The Reality of Sin

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1–7

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 4:7

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

Malcolm Muggeridge, the late British author who converted to Christianity, once said that the evening news was proof enough for the reality of sin.

Entering the human race through Adam’s rebellion in the Garden, sin pervades our planet, expressing itself most vividly in the twisted, tainted actions of men.

We sin because we are sinners. Every man and woman conceived on planet earth is born with a sin nature—a bent away from God that seeks to live independently of Him, either passively or actively rejecting Him.

If you trace your human heritage, you would ultimately arrive at Adam and Eve, the fountainhead of the human race. When they sinned, we all were dragged down with them, for our humanity was bound up in them.

The evidence that we are sinners is, as Muggeridge attested, quite obvious. Crime, drugs, war, greed, and corruption of every sort are the staple of our media diet. But the greater problem is that we as individuals experience the ravages of sin. After all, a society’s problems are but the culmination of individual ills. Its cure can be found only in Christ.

Dear Lord, I recognize that my basic nature is sinful. Only through Your provision for redemption am I set free from sin. Help me walk in this freedom instead of being a slave to sin.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 179). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Evidence for Jesus’ Miracles Outside the Bible — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Everyone knows the Gospels are chock-full of Jesus’ miracles. Making the lame walk, causing the blind to see, and even raising the dead were no problem for him.

Christians heartily embrace Jesus’ miracles. After all, if Jesus is fully God, he created the universe. And if he’s capable of creating the universe, certainly he could give someone his sight back.

Skeptics, however, disagree. Not only do they deny Jesus’ deity, they deny that Jesus performed any miracles at all. Sure, he might have been a wise man who said some good things, but performing miracles is out of the question.

But why come to that conclusion? The Gospels make no bones about Jesus’ miraculous powers. Why not trust these sources?

It’s because they think the Gospels are biased. In other words, since the Gospel writers were obviously Christians, they embellished the stories about Jesus with the hopes of winning many over to their cause. In the end, they can’t trust that the Gospels report the facts objectively.

While I disagree with that logic (sometimes the most committed people to a cause are in the best position to tell the world about it), I believe we can still demonstrate that Jesus was a miracle-worker without using the Bible…

Evidence for Jesus’ Miracles Outside the Bible

via Evidence for Jesus’ Miracles Outside the Bible — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Watch: ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Presents Deep Dive into Hunter Biden’s Ukraine, China Dealings

Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” ABC’s chief national correspondent Tom Llamas laid out some of the issues concerning some of former Vice President Joe Biden son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, which appear to have coincided with certain events during the elder Biden’s term as VP.

Source: Watch: ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Presents Deep Dive into Hunter Biden’s Ukraine, China Dealings

Russia did it? FBI’s DNC hack blame basis undermined by court filing

U.S. government documents reveal ‘doubts’ on the FBI’s conclusion that ‘Russia was behind an alleged hack of the Democratic party’s servers in 2016’. Former CIA officer, Ray McGovern, told us that the DNC invented the ‘Russia hacking story’ as a distraction to the Wikileaks revelations.

Rice Shuts Down NBC Claim Race Relations ‘Worse’ Under Trump | News Busters

During an interview with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the Third Hour Today show on Thursday, NBC reporter Sheinelle Jones grilled the prominent African American Republican on whether race relations were “worse” under President Trump. Rice immediately rejected the notion and called on the press to knock off the “hyperbole” in its coverage.

“There are people who will say it feels worse now when we’re talking about race, or it just feels like a divisive environment,” Jones claimed. Rice completely dismantled the premise: “Look, it sure doesn’t feel worse than when I grew up in Jim Crow Alabama, okay? So let’s drop this notion that we’re worse race relations today than we were in the past.”

The nation’s former chief diplomat continued to scold the reporter: “Really? That means we’ve made no progress, really? And so, I think the hyperbole about how much worse it is isn’t doing us any good.”

Undeterred, Jones followed up: “So for people who say, you know what, it’s top down, it starts with the President, it starts with the words that he speaks.” Rice again shut her down: “Oh, come on, alright. I would be the first to say we need to watch our language about race….but when we start saying, ‘Oh, you know, it’s worse today,’ no, they’re not.”

Earlier in the exchange, Jones engaged in similar exaggeration when discussing the President’s recent comments about foreign influence in elections:

President Trump said last week that he would be open to listening to foreign entities if they had dirt, if you will, about some of his adversaries. Critics have suggested that he’s almost put a for sale sign on the upcoming election. Do you worry that he’s done that?

Rice took her to task: “Let’s not overstate this, alright? People say things, the President has a tendency to want to say provocative things.”

Asking about the results of Robert Mueller’s investigation, Jones wondered: “Were you surprised by the conclusion of the report?” Rice replied: “Look, I guess Congress can decide. I think most Americans would like to move on.” Jones pressed: “Does the report warrant talks of impeachment?”

It’s good that Rice took the time to point out the absurdity of some of Jones’s questions, especially on the topic of race. Reporters should be held accountable when they’re just repeating liberal talking points without scrutiny.

Here is a transcript of the interview aired on June 20:

Read more: Rice Shuts Down NBC Claim Race Relations ‘Worse’ Under Trump

Biden Dodges Questions About Son’s Shady Foreign Business Dealings

Democrat frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) refused to answer questions about the deal Hunter Biden’s private equity firm and the Chinese government made, instead promising to address potential conflicts of interest on his first day in office, ABC News reported.

Source: Biden Dodges Questions About Son’s Shady Foreign Business Dealings

These Are the Safest and Most Dangerous Countries in the World in 2019 …

Did you ever wonder which countries are the safest (and the most dangerous) in the world? The Global Peace Index ranks the safety of every nation. Here’s how they calculate the rankings:

In assessing peacefulness, the GPI investigates the extent to which countries are involved in ongoing domestic and international conflicts. It also seeks to evaluate the level of harmony or discord within a nation; ten indicators broadly assess what might be described as a safety and security in society. The assertion is that low crime rates, minimal incidences of terrorist acts and violent demonstrations, harmonious relations with neighboring countries, a stable political scene and a small proportion of the population being internally displaced or refugees can be suggestive of peacefulness.

In 2017, 23 indicators were used to establish each country’s peacefulness score. The indicators were originally selected with the assistance of an expert panel in 2007 and are reviewed by the expert panel on an annual basis. The scores for each indicator are normalized on a scale of 1–5, whereby qualitative indicators are banded into five groupings and quantitative ones are scored from 1–5, to the third decimal point. (source)

You can find the 23 indicators on this chart.

Here are the rankings of all the countries.

Iceland is the safest country in the world.

The safest and most peaceful country in the world is Iceland.

Iceland has ranked number one for more than a decade, mainly because it shares no borders with another country. And for those of us who love guns will be pleased to know that a third of the Icelandic population owns firearms.

The 25 safest countries in the world

Where are the safest countries in the world? According to the Global Peace Index, these are the top 25.

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Portugal
  4. Austria
  5. Denmark
  6. Canada
  7. Singapore
  8. Slovenia
  9. Japan
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Switzerland
  12. Ireland
  13. Australia
  14. Finland
  15. Bhutan
  16. Malaysia
  17. Netherlands
  18. Belgium
  19. Sweden
  20. Norway
  21. Hungary
  22. Germany
  23. Slovakia
  24. Mauritius
  25. Romania

The United States ranks a staggering 128th out of 163 countries, down four places from last year’s still terrible ranking of 124. Considering we have five of the world’s most violent cities, this may not surprise everyone.

The most dangerous countries in the world

There are also places you should not go if you are looking for safety. According to the Global Peace Index, these are the most dangerous countries in the world.

  • Cameroon
  • Iran
  • Mexico
  • India
  • Palestine
  • Colombia
  • Venezuela
  • Mali
  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Ukraine
  • Sudan
  • Turkey
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Libya
  • Central African Republic
  • Somalia
  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • South Sudan
  • Syria

And the most dangerous country in the world is Afghanistan.

These countries would be the safest in the event of WWIII

What if you were traveling when World War III broke out? If you needed to flee with your family in the event of war, where you should go would depend on where you were when the fighting broke out.

  • If you are in the United States, Canada is the most peaceful neighboring country, ranking number 6 on the index.
  • If you are in the UK, Ireland is the safest place to be, ranking number 12.
  • People in France and Italy should head to Austria, the fourth safest nation.
  • Those in Spain should head to Portugal, which ranks number 3.
  • People in Australia should go to New Zealand, the world’s second-safest country.
  • If you happen to be in Russia (not an easy feat for Americans due to visa requirements), Japan is the safest place nearby, ranking number 9.
  • Folks in Eastern Europe will find the Czech Republic the safest place nearby, landing at number 10 on the safety index.
  • If you are in Germany, you should head to Denmark, which is the 5th safest country.
  • Those in India, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia will find the best haven in nearby Singapore, which ranks number 7.
  • If you’re in Southern Europe, Slovenia is number 8 in regard to safety.

Of course, being admitted to those countries in the midst of war could prove difficult. It might be a good time to have something to trade with the folks at the border.

Source: These Are the Safest and Most Dangerous Countries in the World in 2019 …

Medications and Social Media Tied to Alarming Gen Z Suicide Spike — CBN News feeds

Suicide among teenagers and people slightly older than that has spiked to the highest level in nearly two decades.

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says it’s now the second leading cause of death among Generation Z-ers behind auto accidents. Out of every 100,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 24, 14 commit suicide, a sharp increase over previous years.

Experts cite several underlying causes for the upward trend.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to drug use, including street drugs like heroin, but also drugs prescribed by a doctor.

More than 200 prescription medications list depressive symptoms or suicidal thinking as possible side effects. The risk of these side effects increases if a person takes multiple prescriptions carrying those possible side effects.

Psychiatrist Peter Breggin, the author of Medication Madness, told CBN News far too many people who are taking these drugs don’t read the warning labels, and too many doctors don’t mention the possible side effects of drugs they prescribe.

“Any drug that is affecting your mind, your mood, your feelings, has the potential to cause a disaster. Most of the school shooters have been on psychiatric drugs, and a great number of them were on psychiatric drugs at the time or shortly before they committed violence. And violence and suicide go together. Are you going to turn your rage out or are you going to turn your rage inward?” he said.

Social media also comes under fire because studies show it increases the risk for depression, anxiety and bullying.

Christian psychiatrist Daniel Amen told CBN News he advises parents to hold-off on allowing their kids to use social media until age 14.  He warns parents of young children against developing a false sense of security just because parental controls have been put in place.

“So even if it’s safe, what it’s doing is setting them up to spend more and more time on it as they grow. And all the research I know says that’s a bad thing,” he said.

Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors told CBN News people of faith need to face the reality of suicidal depression in their midst.

“The church, the community of believers out there need to get more serious about mental health issues and themes in everyday life,” he said. “We need to put it at the front and center, the forefront of the church.”

Suicide warning signs include talking about suicide or feelings of hopelessness, contacting people to say goodbye, and giving things away.

If you or someone you love struggles with suicidal thoughts, free, anonymous help is available any time by calling the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

via Medications and Social Media Tied to Alarming Gen Z Suicide Spike — CBN News feeds

The DNC Sold The Brooklyn Bridge To The FBI — Christian Research Network

“When was Russia-was-behind-the-hack proven to be true? The FBI never tested the computers. The DNC at the time was constructing a Russia-did-it excuse to deflect attention from its damaging emails and did not want law enforcement to poke around its story too much.”

(Thomas Farnan – Human Events)  George C. Parker was a con man who specialized in selling unwary immigrants the Brooklyn Bridge. His ruse was discovered when the police had to arrest a few poor souls who set up toll booths on the access ramp. The resulting expression, “I have a bridge to sell you,” is a gibe at the victims of dumb frauds.

Last week, Andrew McCarthy ended his article about the dubious Russian origins of the Steele Dossier with the following statement:

Really? We’re supposed to believe that when Steele was not slumming with the wannabe likes of Sergei Millian, he was plugged in to the crème de la Kremlin? Count me skeptical. As Daniel Hoffman, the CIA’s former station chief in Moscow, told the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, trusted figures in Russia’s national-security bureaucracy “never stop” working for the Kremlin. In Trubnikov’s case, “there’s no such thing as a former intelligence officer.” And Surkov might as well be Putin’s right hand. If these characters were Steele’s sources, they were not spying on the Kremlin but getting the West believe what the Kremlin wanted to West to believe.

It is a stretch to think Steele was plugged into real Russian sources.

He had not been to Russia in many years (McCarthy places his absence at nearly twenty). He spent his professional life as an anti-Russia gadfly. Fatuous claims are made on his behalf that Putin has ordered him to be poisoned.

Hilariously, he’s the ex-spy our vaunted intelligence services relied on to explore whether Putin had kompromat on Trump.  View article →

via The DNC Sold The Brooklyn Bridge To The FBI — Christian Research Network

The Next Generation Needs the Gospel Rather than Another Cheap Pragmatic Trick — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

“We must be willing to do whatever it takes the reach the next generation.”

This sounds like a line that many Christians can embrace, and sadly, many Christians charge hard with this line as their motto for ministry. Unfortunately, even the most passionate Christian can be passionately wrong. While boundaries and prohibitions may seem like bad things that hold us back from reaching our full potential as a local church or an individual believer—God’s boundaries should never be viewed through a negative lens.

Every Christian motto is built upon a theological foundation. It’s either fueled by low theological conviction that takes a backseat to pragmatism or it’s fueled by a high theological conviction that drives decision making and functionality. We want the latter rather than the former. When pragmatism takes priority over theology, the church is driven to do all sorts of things in the name of reaching people for Jesus in ways that Jesus would never approve.

Pragmatism Leads to Worldly Worship Models

An honest survey of church history will demonstrate that the church has been driven to embrace models that do not look like what God had in mind for genuine God exalting worship. From seeker sensitive marketing evangelism models to the Emergent Church that attempts to become so relevant to culture that it becomes irrelevant. If your model for ministry is “whatever it takes” people will begin to dream up and imagine all sorts of tactics for weekly worship that will attract the culture to your church. But, is that what Jesus has called us to do when he said, “go and make disciples” when he issued the Great Commission?

We have all seen the YouTube videos of zip line mishaps, motorcycle accidents, and drone crashes inside church buildings that occurred while churches were seeking to attract people from their community. It seemed like something that would draw in the crowds and make the church seem relevant and exciting, but instead it became an instant video clip for people to laugh at online rather than to connect people to the Savior of sinners. When ministries abandon the Scriptures and point people to cheap attractions rather than to Jesus—their ministries become shallow and look more like a carnival than a church in the process.

Is the Bible sufficient or must we dream up something new in order to reach the next generation? Does your church need a marketing trick to reach the community or is Jesus enough?

Pragmatism Leads to the Embrace of Worldly Ideologies and Methods

There is no doubt that this world with devils filled is threatening to undo us. We live in a broken world with complex layers of injustices and oppression against women, crimes against children, legalized abortion, legalized same-sex marriage, and ethnic division and discrimination. We walk a broken road through Vanity Fair as we journey toward the Celestial City as depicted by John Bunyan in his classic work The Pilgrim’s Progress. As we walk this path filled with traps of Satan and all manner of human depravity—how should the church approach the sins and depraved patterns of our ungodly society?

If the church is fueled by the motto “whatever it takes” we will be led to believe that broken ideas that emerge from a broken culture will suffice. In recent days, the Southern Baptist Convention voted to embrace Critical Race Theory and intersectionality as “analytical tools” to view and approach our culture. Why should the church be encouraged to abandon Scripture and embrace ideologies that have emerged out of the sewer of radical feminism and Marxism in order to reach a God hating culture? Is the Bible really outdated and uniformed regarding the complexities we face in our day? Is Jesus not enough? Does the gospel need help from culture to reach the culture?

Pragmatism will always lead the people of God away from the will of God at some point. If the gospel is working—pragmatism says, “do it.” When the gospel seems to not be working, pragmatism says, “do something else that gets better results.”

We must remember that the Reformation was about the recovery of God’s Word. When the Scriptures are not viewed as sufficient—worship and ministry models will be contaminated by the ideas and methods of the world. When Paul was writing his final letter to Timothy before he was martyred for his faith, he didn’t say, “Timothy, do whatever it takes to reach Ephesus with the gospel.” He said:

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (2 Tim. 4:2-5).

The motto—”whatever it takes” will eventually lead you to walk away from the Word of God. Beware of the broken road of pragmatism.

via The Next Generation Needs the Gospel Rather than Another Cheap Pragmatic Trick — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

God’s holy name, misused and abused, even by believers — Christian Research Network

(Marsha West – Christian Research Network)  You can run, you can hide, but you can’t get away from it, “God knows I’ve tried.”  It seems that wherever you go, whether it’s to the mall, a movie, the golf course, the hardware store, or even a buffet line, God’s name is being misused loudly and proudly.  It’s so common that most people don’t even notice.

But some of us do.

It’s rare to watch a TV program without hearing G-d this, G-d that….”Oh my G-d!”  Some people like to punctuate each word, “Oh – my – G-d.” Others say it as if it’s a single word, “OhmyG-d!” And there are those who shorten it to “Oh G-d” in a despairing tone. If he’s a guy of few words, just saying “G-d!” will make his point.  For added punch, some people tack on damn, as in “G-D America!”

I don’t mind when someone says, “God bless you,” or “God be with you,” or my mom’s personal favorite, “God love ya.”  I take offense when someone uses God’s name as a curse.

It’s disheartening to hear the Lord’s holy name abused, especially by Christians who say they love Him. The way we use God’s name is an indication of how we feel about Him.  According to Exodus 20:7, anyone who misuses His name is treading on thin ice.  “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

God holds us accountable for every word we utter. Sobering thought, isn’t it?

The Lord loves those who pursue righteousness (Proverbs 15:9).  He wants His people who are called by His name to love one another; to be compassionate and sensitive so that we might win others to Christ.  I admit that being sensitive isn’t one of my strong suits. In fact, I’m often viewed as insensitive because I say and write what’s on my mind.  But it’s never my intention to hurt people’s feelings. If I engaged a Buddhist, or a Muslim, or someone who’s into Native American spirituality in conversation, I certainly wouldn’t be so crass as to say, “Swear to Buddha,” or “Oh Allah!” or “Great Spirit damn you!” Yet those who believe in the God of the Bible are rarely afforded the same respect.

The politically correct brigade would rather throw themselves in front of train barreling down the tracks than offend anyone, but without the slightest hesitation abuse the Lord Jesus’s name.  Christians are to stand there quietly and take the abuse!

You choose the words you use.  John (not his real name) is a good example of a person who chooses the words he uses. Until my husband retired a few years ago, he and John worked together on several projects. He’s a really nice guy, but like so many people today he has a potty mouth. A few years ago John was at a conference we attended. We noticed him in line at the buffet table a few people ahead of us. He was close enough for us to hear some of the discussion he was having with a couple in line ahead of him. Their elevated voices carried from their lips to our ears. The guys used some pretty salty language and John tossed out Christ’s name several times as a curse. He’s well aware that my husband’s a Christian but at that point he didn’t know we were a few feet behind him. After filling his plate, he headed for a table, spotted us, and paused to say hello. He insisted that we join him at his table and we agreed. Throughout our conversation I couldn’t help but notice that he didn’t abuse the Lord’s name one time!  Instead he chose to say, “Gosh darn,” “For cryin’ out loud,” “Holy smokes,” or some such.  I can only assume that because John knew that he was in the company of Christians, he chose his words carefully. It was a totally different story while he was in the buffet line.  And yet, during the short exchange with the couple he was chatting with, he chose to besmirch Christ’s name like there was no tomorrow, without taking into consideration the people around him that might be offended.

Speaking of offensive, one of the things that really gets my goat is all the sexual situations, which includes nudity, violence, and profanity on TV; likewise in movies, music and novels. As a result, most Christians say they’re watching less and less TV and they’ve pretty much given up on going to the movies.  Plus, they’re more selective about the books they read. Because believers strive to live a righteous life a fair question to ask is: Does it please God when His people continually fill their minds with filth?

No!  He’s displeased.  So those who claim to love Christ must find entertainment in other ways.

Which brings me to Hellywood (not a spelling error). Those who run the show such as writers, producers, directors, actors and the like, choose (there’s that word again) to blaspheme God in every way imaginable, which is why, unless the film is PG, my husband and I choose not to see movies. I mean, why would we spend money on a theater ticket to hear our Lord’s name misused?  And why, pray tell, should we put money into the pockets of God-hating far left Hollywood moguls who use the millions they earn from theater goers to produce more filth?  Sure, there are movies we’ll go and see once in a blue moon, but as I said, we choose the ones that are PG rated.  Hellywood occasionally comes up with a winner, but regrettably the losers outnumber the winners by a substantial margin.

What is a good rule of thumb for serious Christians to follow when choosing what to view, read, or listen to? Ask yourself…

Would I invite Jesus to watch this movie with me?  If the answer is no, leave the theater or grab the remote…click!

Would I want Jesus reading this magazine or novel over my shoulder? No? Then toss it in the trash!

Would my choice of music be pleasing to my Lord?  It’s not?  Then choose music with lyrics that are glorifying to God!

Jesus teaches against not only the act of sinning but also arousing our desires. If a person you know arouses a desire within you, here’s what to do about it: “And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.” (Mat 18:9) You’re not alone in this, brethren. The Holy Spirit works within regenerate Christians a desire to stop sinning – and He always gives you a way out.

I’ll close with this reminder:


Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things…and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9).

via God’s holy name, misused and abused, even by believers — Christian Research Network

June 20, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone it said was on a spy mission over its territory but Washington said the aircraft was targeted in international air space in “an unprovoked attack”.

Iran has created a grave situation and jeopardized global oil supplies with its aggressive behavior, Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the kingdom was consulting with allies on next steps.

Iran would be the only beneficiary of any end to arms exports from Britain to Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the deployment of weapons in Yemen was legitimate.

Oil rose more than 3% toward $64 a barrel on Thursday after Iran shot down a U.S. military drone, raising fears of a military confrontation between Tehran and Washington.

A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on President Trump and the leaders of Britain, Canada and Ireland to help him as he appeared in court at an appeal hearing.

When 20 Democrats take the stage next week for the first of 12 prime-time presidential primary debates, they will assemble according to months-in-the-making plans by the Democratic National Committee to accommodate its largest-ever field.

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia disagreed with the conclusions of an international investigation that named three Russians and a Ukrainian this week as suspects in the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014.

Venezuela’s crisis is spilling across the border into Colombia as Marxist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries recruit migrants to strengthen their ranks.

Top Chinese and U.S. officials will resume trade talks in accordance with the wishes of their leaders, but China hopes the United States will create the necessary conditions for dialogue, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining whether Deutsche Bank complied with laws meant to stop money laundering, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

AP Top Stories

Amid concerns about white nationalists enlisting in the U.S. military to gain combat training, the Marines have discharged a reservist who was identified as belonging to a notorious hate group. Meanwhile, the Army National Guard took a different approach in dealing with an enlisted man who held, but has renounced, similar extremist views.

Members of the local LGBTQ community are divided after an announcement that uniformed police officers will be allowed to participate in this year’s St. Louis Pride Parade.

Poland is trying to water down a push by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the European Union to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday accompanied by a clutch of senior officials, including the head of the state economic planner, as Beijing looks to bolster North Korea and perhaps jumpstart stalled talks with Washington.

Harley-Davidson Inc will partner with China’s Qianjiang Motorcycle Co to build a new smaller motorcycle than its trademark “big hogs”, making good on promises to move more production outside the United States that have angered President Donald Trump.

Google is pouring $1 billion into easing the high-priced housing headaches that it and its Silicon Valley peers helped give the San Francisco Bay Area. The pledge by Google CEO Sundar Pichai consists of a $250 million investment fund and $750 million of company-owned land. It will be used to build at least 15,000 homes that will include low- and mid-income housing.

American Airlines is buying 50 new long-range planes from Airbus, giving a big boost to the just-launched A321XLR model and spurring Boeing to push ahead to develop a rival aircraft.

Russia and China on Tuesday blocked an American initiative that aimed to halt fuel deliveries to North Korea, which Washington accuses of exceeding its annual ceiling for 2019.

President Donald Trump’s administration is threatening to furlough or lay off up to 150 employees at the Office of Personnel Management if Congress does not agree to eliminate the federal agency or find a new way to pay for the positions.

Apple Inc has asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15%-30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, according to a Nikkei Asian Review report on Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for convincing minors to produce child pornography through smart phone apps.


Canada resettled the largest number of refugees out of 25 countries in 2018. The country accepted just over 28,000 refugees last year, with the U.S. coming in second with 22,900.

Kenya’s government has ordered a group of 76 refugees to return to a camp they had fled after some of them faced homophobic attacks, a UN agency says.

New Zealand has launched a gun buy-back scheme in the wake of the deadly Christchurch mosque shootings. More than $136m have been set aside to compensate owners of semi-automatic weapons which were banned following the attacks.


The state of California has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters that they may be dropped from registration lists if they don’t respond or vote.

CNN political commentator Angela Rye claimed on the network Tuesday night that the United States is headed down a path that leads towards the implementation of “death camps.” The topic of “death camps” gained media attention on Tuesday after Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleged that the detention centers that house migrants are the equivalent of “concentration camps.”

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 20, 2019

The Foundation

“We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.” —Thomas Paine (1777)

‘Everyone I Don’t Like Is Hitler’

Totalitarian leftists keep wrongly throwing around the “Nazi” label over any disagreement.

Big Government Is Wrong Solution for Big Tech Censorship

Lawmakers treat speech infringement as an excuse to increase government control.

America’s Disunity Benefits Iran

There’s nothing moderate about the mullahs, no matter what Dems and the media say.

Utah Veteran Turning 101 Gets 5,000 Birthday Cards

“Frey said he had not expected to ever get so many cards.” Happy Birthday!

Observations From an Indignant Millennial

Perspective from a bold young woman who has departed the lockstep leftist orthodoxy of her peers.

Video: Be Honest — You Just Don’t Want to Work

Check out Jason’s take on why so many young people are embracing socialism.

Video: Biden Supporters Shocked by His ‘Racist’ Quotes

Many students said they would reconsider their support after hearing his former words.

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Michelle Malkin
Oberlin’s Racial Hucksterism Comes Home to Roost
Guest Commentary
Fox Poll Reveals Disturbing Truth: Democrats Are Lying About Collusion Because Lies Work
Larry Elder
AOC Got a Pass on the Cost of ‘Free’
Veronique de Rugy
Central Planning Is Poisonous to Innovation

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Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Iran attacks drone, Democrats use budget to obstruct, refugee’s planned attack, and more.

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Don Lemon, Nancy Pelosi, Burgess Owens, Matt Walsh, and more.

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News – 6/20/2019

IDF Paratroopers Accidentally Uncover Ancient Guard Tower from time of King Hezekiah
The remains of the watchtower were discovered on a hilltop inside a paratrooper base in southern Israel. It is estimated that the tower originally measured 15 x 10.5 feet and was built from large stones, some weighing as much as eight tons. The remains of the tower currently stand six feet high.

Arson attacks in Israel continue. This time in the Galilee
The land of Israel is under attack as a wave of arson set by Palestinians continues across the country. On Tuesday, a huge forest fire burned out of control near Ramot Naftali in the Galilee region. Firefighters are still working to extinguish the fire.

Second congressional Democrat staffer charged in scheme to dox Republicans amid Kavanaugh confirmation fight
Former congressional staffer in doxing case denied bail. A second aide to New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan is facing federal charges stemming from a scheme to publicly post the personal information of several Republican politicians amid the contentious confirmation hearings for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The aide, Samantha Deforest Davis, was a staff assistant in Hassan’s office from August 2017 until last December. She was fired after Capitol Police discovered her possible involvement in the so-called “doxing” effort.

Ex-France president Sarkozy to face trial on charges of corruption, influence-peddling
Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France, will stand trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling after the country’s highest court rejected his final appeal Tuesday. FRANCE 24 reported that Sarkozy, his lawyer Thierry Herzog, and former judge Gilbert Azibert face charges stemming from allegations that Sarkozy accepted illicit payments from L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt during his successful 2007 presidential campaign.

Police In Spokane Washington Use Rooftop Snipers To Protect ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ While Baptist Pastor Preaching The Gospel Is Arrested
A Baptist pastor was arrested and jailed on Saturday after refusing to move across the street from the Spokane, Washington Public Library while exercising his free speech against a ‘Drag Queen Story Hour.’ The event had a significant militaristic police presence, including camouflaged snipers positioned atop the roof to oversee the large crowd that stood both for and against the men dressed like women reading stories to children.

Four charged with shooting down MH17 plane
Four men have been charged with murder over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 passengers and crew. Dutch investigators have accused three Russians, Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko of involvement. Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over conflict-hit Ukraine, near the Russian border. A court case is scheduled to begin in the Netherlands on 9 March, 2020. International arrest warrants have been issued for the four men.

It’s Time for America to Break with Beijing
Xi Jinping has rejected the concept of comparative advantage, the very notion underpinning the system of international commerce. Why should America sign a trade agreement with a country that does not believe in trade?

Senators grill DOJ over investigation of Planned Parenthood
‘If the FBI has not taken action, please explain the justification’.

Iran: Crowd cheers as woman beaten for not wearing hijab
A video by an Iranian activist shows a crowd in the Islamic Republic cheering as a women was dragged across a road and beaten. Her crime, according to the activist, Masih Alinejad, was dancing and not wearing the Islamic hijab required by law for any female older than 13, “Meanwhile, Leftist feminists in the West are donning the hijab, the symbol of oppression against which these Iranian women are rebelling,

China’s Xi departs for state visit to N.Korea
Xi, who will be in North Korea for two days, is the first Chinese leader to visit the reclusive country in 14 years.

U.S. drone shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile, official confirms
A US official confirmed Thursday morning that a US military drone was shot down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards claimed earlier that they shot down a U.S. “spy” drone in the southern province of Hormozgan, which is on the Gulf, the Guards’ news website Sepah News said.

American tourist attacked in Berlin after saying he was Jewish
A 23-year-old American said he was hit in the face in Berlin after telling a group harassing him that he was Jewish. The man, described as a tourist, suffered a black eye in the incident, which he reported via a police website, according to news reports. Police are investigating the Tuesday night attack as an anti-Semitic crime.

Xi Jinping visits N Korea to boost China’s ties with Kim
China’s President Xi Jinping is in North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005. The two, who have met in China four times, are expected to discuss the stalled talks over the North’s nuclear programme as well as economic issues. China is hugely important to North Korea, as its main trading partner.

Irish border: UK expert panel to advise on post-Brexit arrangements
The UK government has appointed a panel of experts to advise on alternative arrangements for the Irish border after Brexit. Alternative arrangements refers to ways of maintaining a soft border without close regulatory alignment between the UK and the EU. It is normally used to refer to technical or technological solutions.

Saudi arms sales: Court of Appeal demands review
Campaigners have won a legal challenge at the Court of Appeal over the UK government’s decision to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) argued the decision to continue to license military equipment for export to the Gulf state was unlawful. It said there was a clear risk the arms might be used in a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

Amazon drones could be used to spy on your home and spot intruders, patent reveals
Amazon wants to use its network of delivery drones to keep watch over customers’ houses by forming a flying Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The company has patented a system that it calls “surveillance as a service” which would see its network of delivery drones filming Amazon customers’ homes from the skies while on their way to delivering packages.

Pittsburgh resident, Syrian man arrested on terrorism charges after allegedly planning attack on Christian church
A 21-year-old Pittsburgh resident and Syrian refugee accused of planning an attack on a Christian church… Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, was arrested Wednesday based on a federal complaint charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device or weapon of mass destruction in relation to a plan to attack a church.

DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud
The Homeland Security Department is looking to upgrade the software it uses to analyze biometric data on hundreds of millions of people around the globe, and it plans to store that information in Amazon’s cloud. The agency’s Office of Biometric Identification Management will replace its legacy biometric analysis platform…IDENT, with a new, more robust system hosted by Amazon Web Services, according to a request for information released Monday.

IDF holds largest drill in years to prepare for future Hezbollah war
Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian Gulf. The Israeli military said the…exercise had been planned long in advance and focused on the immersion of all branches against threats emanating from Israel’s north.

China, U.S. to resume trade talks but China says demands must be met
Top Chinese and U.S. officials will resume trade talks in accordance with the wishes of their leaders, but China hopes the United States will create the necessary conditions for dialogue, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday. Negotiations to reach a broad trade deal broke down last month after U.S. officials accused China of backing away from previously agreed commitments.

China: The Perfect High-Tech Totalitarian State
China is in the process of fulfilling what Stalin, Hitler and Mao could only dream about: The flawless totalitarian state, powered by digital technology… where the individual has nowhere to flee from the all-seeing eye of the Communist state.

Ebola fears worsen after more than 300,000 flee Congo over violent ethnic clashes: report
The threat of the second deadliest Ebola outbreak continues to grow in central Africa as more than 300,000 people have fled the Congo since early June because of ethnic clashes, reports say.

As Tensions Between Iran And The United States Continue To Rise, Israel Holds Massive Military Exercises Debuts F-35 Adir Stealth Fighter Jet
Israel made history this week by being the very first nation anywhere in the world to hold war games using the incredibly powerful new F-35 Adir stealth fighter jet. The Hebrew word “Adir” means “mighty ones” and these planes certainly are that. It gives the Israeli Air Force advantages in the air that no other nation in the Middle East currently has.

Popular Online Home Schooling Resource Quietly Promotes LGBT Lifestyle to Children
As the LGBT agenda tries to slowly work its way into American society, Christian activists are warning that parents who home school their children need to be aware that LGBT material has already found its way into popular online instructional videos.

The Best Predictor of What Is Coming Is On Your Television
In the remake of the movie, 1984, I remember being surprised when I found out that the invading force in the movie was changed from Chinese to North Korean. However, when I learned that the Chinese are largely in control of Hollywood, I completely understood the term predictive programming and its subsequent use for psychological manipulation.

Hollywood Punishes VidAngel For Cleaning Up Their Smut
On June 17, VidAngel was handed a $62 million bill, payable to Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. While the company appeals, let’s puzzle over what Disney could possibly do with more control and money.

The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans
Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks.

Hong Kong protesters embrace unexpected Christian anthem: ‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’
A hymn sung by Christian groups participating in the anti-extradition Hong Kong protests has caught on and become an unlikely anthem for the movement of millions in the streets.

Rich-Kid Democrat Staffer Who Doxxed Political Enemies Gets Four Years In Prison
“the largest data breach in Senate history.”

Headlines – 6/20/2019

International Atomic Energy Agency recognizes Palestine as a state

Hope fading for two-state solution, says Friedrich Ebert Foundation director

EU ‘ready to work’ with US on peace plan, as long as it aims at two states

After long wait, some Israeli news outlets okayed to cover Bahrain summit

Gaza banks to dole out Qatari cash, but 40,000 cut from recipient list

Trump’s pick for UN envoy says she’ll fight anti-Israel bias

US anti-Semitism czar: Armed guards should protect every synagogue, JCC

US interfaith leaders gather to beef up security for houses of worship

Troops uncover First Temple-era observation post on training base

Israel holds large military drill amid US-Iran tensions

Netanyahu, at major drill, warns: IDF has huge destructive power, don’t test us

Iran could target Israel to escalate tensions with US – report

Germany warns risk of war in Gulf still ‘serious’

US envoy on Iran says Tehran ‘without question’ behind Gulf of Oman attacks

US Navy expert: Mine in tanker attack resembles Iranian make

Trump’s Critics Wary Even as They Agree Iran Is at Fault in Attacks

Trump envoy says US seeking talks with Iran, not war

Iran tensions spike amid Pentagon shake-up

Iran ‘categorically rejects’ US tanker attack allegations

Iranian Official Calls On World to Unite Against ‘Savage Monster’ U.S. As GOP Lawmakers Push for ‘Striking’ Militarily

Iran’s President Rouhani says scaling back nuclear commitments is a ‘minimum’ measure

Sen. Graham: Trump, Netanyahu will stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon

End appeasement toward Iran’s regime, urges top selling German paper

Staff evacuated as rocket strikes near foreign oil firms in Iraq

Syria Thanks Russia, Iran and China for Support in War, But Wants Turkey and U.S. to Leave

Feds arrest Syrian refugee accused of plotting terrorist attack on Pittsburgh church

‘Credible evidence’ ties Saudi prince to Khashoggi murder, UN expert says

Saudi Arabia dismisses UN report on Khashoggi killing as ‘unfounded’

Turkey’s Erdogan says Khashoggi’s killers will pay the price, be held accountable

Turkish lira drops on report Trump considering economic sanctions

Record 71 million people displaced as “major powers” fail to halt crises, UN Refugee Agency says

Get your fax right: Bungling officials spark Japan nuclear scare

The ‘Great Firewall’: China censors videos, social media posts of Hong Kong protests

China’s state media spreads false information about Hong Kong protests

China won’t allow Hong Kong leader to step down despite mass unrest

Ocasio-Cortez says US running ‘concentration camps’ on border

Trump, in 2020 campaign mode, calls Democrats ‘radical’

Fed wary of economic clouds, but leaves interest rates unchanged for now

US said in late stages of YouTube kids’ video investigation

DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud

Florida city pays $600,000 to hackers who seized its computer system

Amtrak power outages cause chaos for commuters along Northeast Corridor

Sky’s the limit: Rise of delivery drones has cities asking who owns airspace

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Sola, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

A swarm of 1,000 earthquakes hit Southern California – how nervous should we be?

Earthquake swarms feed molten rock to newly forming volcanoes

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Flood kills 7 in Black Sea region

India’s sixth biggest city is almost entirely out of water

Arctic could face another scorching annus horribilis

More Bad Buzz For Bees: Record Numbers Of Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter

European Space Agency probe to intercept a comet

Russia strives to have the first baby born in space, claims the top scientist

Cosmonauts Refuse to Provide Semen Samples in Space

Australian sperm donor wins legal battle to be recognised as father

Using CRISPR to resurrect the dead

Eroding trust in vaccines leaves populations vulnerable, global study finds

Ebola fears worsen after more than 300,000 flee Congo over violent ethnic clashes: report

More than 100 children in India have died this month from a mysterious ‘brain fever’

Parents take school to court for teaching their 6-y-o girl gender fluidity, causing her distress

House votes to block funding for Trump’s transgender military ban

Adult performers to picket Instagram HQ over company’s nude photo rules

Nxivm: Sex cult leader Raniere found guilty in New York

Inside the Global Exorcism ‘Boom’ – So many people are needing their demons exorcised, the Vatican recently had to put on a dedicated “exorcist training convention”

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Tullian Tchividjian is Planting a New Church

Bachelorette on show’s sexual relations: ‘I can do whatever, I sin daily and Jesus still loves me’

Man Runs Into Riverside Church And Allegedly Says He’s Going To Shoot Everybody

LAPD Detective Accused Of Recording In Angel Stadium Bathroom Is Chaplain Who Worked With Youth

Niger: Muslim mob torches Christian church, pastor’s car

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June 20, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

11. God judgeth the righteous, &c. Others read, God is a righteous Judge, and God is angry every day. The words will certainly admit of this sense; but as the doctrine is fuller according to the first reading, I have preferred following it, as I see it is more approved of by the most learned divines, and, besides, it is more suitable to the subject which David is now considering. As Saul and his accomplices had, by their calumnious reports, so far succeeded in their wicked design as to have produced a general prejudice against David, so that he was condemned by almost the whole people, the holy man supports himself from this one consideration, that whatever may be the confusion of things in the world, God, notwithstanding, can easily discern between the righteous and the wicked. He, therefore, appeals from the false judgments of men to Him who can never be deceived. It may, however, be asked, How does the Psalmist represent God as judging every day, when we see him delaying punishment frequently for a long time? The sacred writings certainly most justly celebrate his long-suffering; but, although he exercises patience long, and does not immediately execute his judgments, yet, as no time passes, yea, not even a day, in which he does not furnish the clearest evidence that he discerns between the righteous and the wicked, notwithstanding the confusion of things in the world, it is certain that he never ceases to execute the office of a judge. All who will be at the trouble to open their eyes to behold the government of the world, will distinctly see that the patience of God is very different from approbation or connivance. Surely, then, his own people will confidently betake themselves to him every day.

12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready.

13 And he hath prepared for it the instruments of death; he shall make fit his arrows for them that persecute.

14 Behold, he shall travail to bring forth iniquity; he hath conceived wickedness, and he shall bring forth falsehood.[1]

7:11 / A God who expresses his wrath every day: Instead of the mt’s ʾēl zōʿēm (“a God being indignant”), the lxx appears to have the Hb. reading ʾal zōʿēm (“not indignant”). Several factors make the mt the more likely original. (a) The parallel line has God followed by a Hb. participle. (b) The context refers to God’s protecting “the righteous” and judging “the wicked” justly. A note of God’s mitigating his anger would seem out of context. (c) Verses 9–11 describe defining attributes of God by Hb. participles (“who searches,” “who saves,” “who judges,” “who is indignant”), which are characteristic of “doxologies of judgment” (Amos 4:13; 5:8–9; 9:5–6). They give praise to God who judges decisively. Among them Zeph. 3:5 bears a close resemblance to Ps. 7:11: “Morning by morning he dispenses his justice.”[2]

Ver. 11.—God judgeth the righteous; rather, God is a righteous Judge. So Rosenmüller, Bishop Horsley, Dr. Kay, the ‘Speaker’s Commentary,’ and the Revised Version. And God is angry with the wicked every day. There is no need of inserting the words, “with the wicked,” since, of course, it is with the wicked that God is angry. What the psalmist means to assert especially is that God’s anger continues against the wicked as long as their wickedness continues.[3]

Verse 11.—“God judgeth the righteous,” etc. Many learned disputes have arisen as to the meaning of this verse; and it must be confessed that its real import is by no means easily determined: without the words written in italics, which are not in the orginal, it will read thus, “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry every day.” The question still will be, is this a good rendering? To this question it may be replied, that there is strong evidence for a contrary one. Ainsworth translates it, “God is a just judge; and God angrily threateneth every day.” With this corresponds the reading of Coverdale’s Bible, “God is a righteous judge, and God is ever threatening.” In King Edward’s Bible, of 1549, the reading is the same. But there is another class of critics who adopt quite a different view of the text, and apparently with much colour of argument. Bishop Horsley reads the verse, “God is a righteous judge, although he is not angry every day.” In this rendering he seems to have followed most of the ancient versions. The Vulgate reads it, “God is a judge, righteous, strong, and patient; will he be angry every day?” The Septuagint reads it, “God is a righteous judge, strong, and longsuffering; not bringing forth his anger every day.” The Syriac has it, “God is the judge of righteousness; he is not angry every day.” In this view of the text Dr. A. Clarke agrees, and expresses it as his opinion that the text was first corrupted by the Chaldee. This learned divine proposes to restore the text thus, “אֵל, el, with the vowel point tseri, signifies God; אַל, al, the same letters, with the point pathach, signifies not.” There is by this view of the original no repetition of the divine name in the verse, so that it will simply read, as thus restored, “God is a righteous judge, and is Not angry every day.” The text at large, as is intimated in the Vulgate, Septuagint, and some other ancient versions, conveys a strong intimation of the longsuffering of God, whose hatred of sin is unchangeable, but whose anger against transgressors is marked by infinite patience, and does not burst forth in vengeance every day.—John Morison, in “An Exposition of the Book of Psalms,” 1829.

Verse 11.—“God is angry.” The original expression here is very forcible. The true idea of it appears to be, to froth or foam at the mouth with indignation.—Richard Mant, D.D., 1824.

Verses 11, 12.—God hath set up his royal standard in defiance of all the sons and daughters of apostate Adam, who from his own mouth are proclaimed rebels and traitors to his crown and dignity; and as against such he hath taken the field, as with fire and sword, to be avenged on them. Yea, he gives the world sufficient testimony of his incensed wrath, by that of it which is revealed from heaven daily in the judgments executed upon sinners, and those many but of a span long, before they can show what nature they have by actual sin, yet crushed to death by God’s righteous foot, only for the viperous kind of which they come. At every door where sin sets its foot, there the wrath of God meets us. Every faculty of soul, and member of body, are used as a weapon of unrighteousness against God; so every one hath its portion of wrath, even to the tip of the tongue. As man is sinful all over, so is he cursed all over. Inside and outside, soul and body, is written all with woes and curses, so close and full, that there is not room for another to interline, or add to what God hath written.—William Gurnall.

Verses 11–13.—The idea of God’s righteousness must have possessed great vigour to render such a representation possible. There are some excellent remarks upon the ground of it in Luther, who, however, too much overlooks the fact, that the Psalmist presents before his eyes this form of an angry and avenging God, primarily with the view of strengthening by its consideration his own hope, and pays too little regard to the distinction between the Psalmist, who only indirectly teaches what he described as part of his own inward experience, and the prophet: “The prophet takes a lesson from a coarse human similitude, in order that he might inspire terror unto the ungodly. For he speaks against stupid and hardened people, who would not apprehend the reality of a divine judgment of which he had just spoken; but they might possibly be brought to consider this by greater earnestness on the part of man. Now, the prophet is not satisfied with thinking of the sword, but he adds thereto the bow; even this does not satisfy him, but he describes how it is already stretched, and aim is taken, and the arrows are applied to it as here follows. So hard, stiff-necked, and unabashed are the ungodly, that however many threatenings may be urged against them, they will still remain unmoved. But in these words he forcibly describes how God’s anger presses hard upon the ungodly, though they will never understand this until they actually experience it. It is also to be remarked here, that we have had so frightful a threatening and indignation against the ungodly in no Psalm before this; neither has the Spirit of God attacked them with so many words. Then in the following verses, he also recounts their plans and purposes, shows how these shall not be in vain, but shall return again upon their own head. So that it clearly and manifestly appears to all those who suffer wrong and reproach, as a matter of consolation, that God hates such revilers and slanderers above all other characters.”—E. W. Hengstenberg, in loc., 1845.[4]

[1] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 86–87). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Hubbard, R. L. J., & Johnston, R. K. (2012). Foreword. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Psalms (p. 70). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 44). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[4] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, pp. 74–75). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

June 20 Discontentment

scripture reading: Philippians 4:10–13
key verse: Philippians 4:12

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

You probably know people who live in a state of constant agitation. Even on a good day, they seem to be slightly irritated. Something isn’t quite right—the weather, their hair, their schedule, their plans for the weekend, their bank account. And though they are believers and in general are emotionally well balanced, it is not unusual for them to voice some kind of complaint.

At the heart of their lingering frustration is a basic lack of contentment. They have not comprehended the lesson that Paul learned: “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Phil. 4:11–12 nasb).

So much of what you deal with on a daily basis are things you cannot change, either problems with people or environments over which you can exert no influence. You can respond in two ways: by grumbling and letting the frustration level rise, or by giving thanks for blessings received and looking ahead with peace and hope.

Hold on to this promise: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13 nasb).

Dear Lord, help me accept the things I cannot change. Help me replace my grumbling and frustration with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving.[1]

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

20 june (1858) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.” Acts 10:44

suggested further reading: Micah 3:5–8

There is a necessity that the preacher himself, if souls are to be saved, should be under the influence of the Spirit. I have constantly made it my prayer that I might be guided by the Spirit even in the smallest and least important parts of the service; for you cannot tell if the salvation of a soul may depend upon the reading of a hymn, or upon the selection of a chapter. Two persons have joined our church and made a profession of being converted simply through my reading a hymn—“Jesus, lover of my soul.” They did not remember anything else in the hymn; but those words made such a deep impression upon their mind, that they could not help repeating them for days afterwards, and then the thought arose, “Do I love Jesus?” And then they considered what strange ingratitude it was that he should be the lover of their souls, and yet they should not love him. Now I believe the Holy Spirit led me to read that hymn. And many persons have been converted by some striking saying of the preacher. But why was it the preacher uttered that saying? Simply because he was led thereunto by the Holy Spirit. Rest assured, beloved, that when any part of the sermon is blessed to your heart, the minister said it because he was ordered to say it by his Master. I might preach today a sermon which I preached on Friday, and which was useful then, and there might be no good whatever come from it now, because it might not be the sermon which the Holy Spirit would have delivered today. But if with sincerity of heart I have sought God’s guidance in selecting the topic, and he rests upon me in the preaching of the Word, there is no fear but that it shall be found adapted to your immediate wants. The Holy Spirit must rest upon your preachers.

for meditation: The one who is filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) is filled with the word of Christ (Colossians 3:16); the mark of being filled with the Spirit is speaking the word of God (Luke 1:41, 42, 67; Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 7:55, 56; 13:9–10). Do you pray this for your preachers? And for yourself?

sermon no. 201[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 178). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

The Difference Between Believing THAT the Gospels Are True and Believing IN the Gospel (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace discusses the evidence for Christianity with apologist, Sean McDowell, as part of the “Advocates” series from Awana. In this clip, J. Warner talks about the difference between “ belief THAT” and “belief IN.” Is it possible to trust the gospels are reliable without being a Jesus follower? If you’re interested in this great series for high school students, visit the Advocates webpage.

To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

via The Difference Between Believing THAT the Gospels Are True and Believing IN the Gospel (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Greg Gutfeld slams CNN’s cowardly cut from Trump rally: ‘You’re not allowed…You’re a cable news network!’ Conservative News Today

Fox News contributor and comedian Greg Gutfeld has some sage advice for CNN: Grow up!

Speaking Wednesday afternoon on FNC’s “The Five” about CNN’s telling responseto President Donald Trump’s official 2020 campaign launch, Gutfeld slammed the network for cutting away from the president’s rally and then crying about the president’s words like emotional children.

“Once CNN was criticized, they turned it off,” he said. “You are a news network. You are not allowed to turn it off. We can change the channel, but you are a cable news network!”

Ostensibly, yes, though even some high-powered Democrats have admitted that CNN effectively functions as nothing more than an arm of the Democrat Party.

Listen to Gutfeld below:

— Read on www.bizpacreview.com/2019/06/20/greg-gutfeld-slams-cnns-cowardly-cut-from-trump-rally-youre-not-allowed-youre-a-cable-news-network-766875