Daily Archives: June 21, 2019

June 21 The Reward of Faith

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:35–41

Key Verse: Matthew 14:27

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Jesus had sent His disciples on ahead to Bethsaida. They had crossed the Sea of Galilee with trepidation. As skilled fishermen, they could tell that the cool air on their faces preceded a storm front. The volatile air currents would soon clash and a violent tempest would erupt—something they had learned to dread.

In the dead of night, the torrents of rain started. Even with their seasoned experience, the tossing seas and whipping winds were daunting. Just when it seemed as if they would die, a ghostly figure approached their boat by walking on the water.

When was the last time you were overcome with fear? Do you remember how you felt? Right now, you may be facing a fearful situation. Perhaps you feel as though you are barely surviving the tempest blows, and your faith is being confronted with a terrifying unknown. Matthew 14:27 reports that Jesus told them not to be afraid. This is Christ’s message to you. Augustine writes, “Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.” You may not understand how God will deliver you, but you can be sure that He will.

Take courage! Believe that He will calm the raging storm surrounding you, and you will witness the clouds breaking apart.

I believe, Lord, even though I cannot see. Give me courage. Calm the raging storm around me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 180). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 21 Profiting from Suffering

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:12–16

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:10

May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

The best way to deal with suffering is to set your eyes on Jesus, not your circumstances. Most of us have little problem following Christ when things are going well, but at the first sign of a storm we instinctively run for cover.

After Jesus calmed the raging winds, He turned to His disciples and asked, “Why did you doubt?” No one knows the length and depth of suffering. However, we know from Scripture that God wants us to place our entire trust in Him during times of difficulty and heartache.

You may be struggling with a burden that has endured for years. You are tired, doubtful, and angry. Satan is tempting you to give up, but God has not given up on you.

Remember, His purpose for allowing suffering is to mold and shape you into the image of His Son. And nothing so sands and polishes a saint like the fiery trials of adversity.

Peter said, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10 nasb).

Let nothing keep you from trusting Him, no matter how great the winds of affliction. Sink your roots deep into the grace and love of Christ.

Master, when I am tempted to give up, help me remember that You have not given up on me. Conform me to the image of Your Son. Sand and polish my life through the trials of adversity.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 180). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jordan: DHS Data Shows High Numbers Of Criminal Illegal Migrants In Caravans | ZeroHedge News

Via SaraCarter.com,

The Department of Homeland Security released data to the House Oversight and Reform Committee revealing a significant number of illegal migrants attempting to enter the United States have criminal histories, to include aggravated assault and three individuals convicted of murder.

In a letter released Thursday ranking Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asked DHS Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan to provide to the committee detailed criminal history on all the migrants in the January, 2019 caravan and the October 2018 caravan. He asked that the information be delivered to the committee no later than July 5.

The data – which included internal documents and analysis – was collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Data provided to the Committee shows that hundreds of migrants approaching the southern border have criminal histories,” said Jordan.

The committee has also requested  an “update of CBP’s monitoring of several groups of 1,000 to 4,000 migrants in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Veracruz, including a summary of migrants with criminal records.”

Former ICE Director Tom Homan, who President Trump announced as his pick to be appointed to the new position of Border Czar, said approximately 20 percent on average of those arrested illegally crossing the border have criminal histories.

“These are people who are not only violating our U.S. immigration laws but violating our criminal penal code,” Homan told SaraACarter.com.

Further, Jordan and committee Republicans are asking for all “daily summaries of ICE HSI Office of Intelligence’s Human Smuggling Cell (HSC) referring or relating to the repatriation of caravan members with an extensive criminal record, U.S. full extradition warrants, and INTERPOL notices for extradition since May 1, 2014.”

Trump issued a national emergency proclamation in February, stating that the “southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics” threatening “core national security interests.”

The documents produced to the committee thus far reveal the following information:

  • In October 2018, CBP’s Office of Intelligence (OI) tracked one caravan estimated to include nearly 8,000 individuals that arrived south of California in December 2018. ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) established that 660 of these individuals had U.S. criminal convictions—nearly 40 were convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Three individuals were convicted of murder.
  • In January 2019, CBP OI tracked a caravan that departed Honduras with more than 3,300 individuals. ICE HSI identified 860 individuals with U.S. criminal histories, including over 20 convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon early 30 convicted of sexual offenses, two convicted of violence against law enforcement, and one convicted of attempted murder.

Full letter below:

Source: Jordan: DHS Data Shows High Numbers Of Criminal Illegal Migrants In Caravans

No, AOC, those are not ‘concentration camps’. Enough with Hitler already!

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez keeps insisting that detention centers for illegal immigrants are somehow ‘concentration camps.’ Arguably, the only thing worse than wanting open borders is comparing everything to Hitler.

Source: No, AOC, those are not ‘concentration camps’. Enough with Hitler already!

Pope Calls for New Catholic Theological Curriculum – Teaching Students to View Muslims as Brothers — The Gateway Pundit

Pope calls on faithful to be as blind to real life dangers as he is.

This guy is a continued clown show. When he’s not pushing global warming and open borders, he’s pushing partnership and brotherhood with Islam.
God save your church!

Robert Spencer has fun with this one.

Radical Islam has its own plans.

ABC News reported:

Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits.

The Jesuit pope made the call during a speech at the Jesuit-run theology university in Naples. It follows his outreach this year to the Muslim world with the signing of a joint statement with the imam of Cairo’s Al Azhar, the seat of Sunni learning, establishing the relationship between Catholics and Muslims as brothers, with a common mission to promote peace.

In his speech, Francis said dialogue and partnership with the Muslim world is necessary “to build a peaceful existence, even when there are the troublesome episodes by fanatic enemies of dialogue.”

Catholic theology students must learn the culture, language and way of thinking of Jews and Muslims “to better understand and live out our relationship,” he said.

After the theologically doctrinaire papacies of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, Francis has stressed instead the need to “walk together” with interfaith partners, often joking that theologians should ruminate on a deserted island while religious leaders press ahead with dialogue on the ground. He has also called for a more pastoral, merciful and conscience-driven approach to sticky theological problems, such as Communion for the civilly remarried.

via Pope Calls for New Catholic Theological Curriculum – Teaching Students to View Muslims as Brothers — The Gateway Pundit