Daily Archives: June 26, 2019

June 26 Seeds of Discouragement

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:28–32

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 17:32

Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

Words are so powerful in the way they affect our actions. A simple word of caution may prevent us from ever setting foot on a path of destruction. A word of encouragement could give us the confidence we need to follow God’s call on our lives. A trait of conquering faith is that it turns a deaf ear to discouragement. Instead of listening to—and believing—the words of the faithless, we need to hold fast to the promises God has given us.

As David listened to Goliath’s threats, he wondered why no one would challenge this giant. Goliath was mocking God, yet no one seemed too concerned with putting an end to it. David’s courage rose up within him, and he voiced that he wanted to fight Goliath. However, discouragement began bombarding him. David was determined to ignore it, resulting in a conquering faith.

Despite the discouragement, David was determined to triumph. Likewise, we need to remember the example of David and refuse to allow the seeds of discouragement to take root in our hearts. We must remember that God is on our side, and that He is the One who will conquer all our enemies as we place our faith in Him.

Heavenly Father, I refuse to allow the seeds of discouragement to take root in my heart. I believe You will conquer all of my enemies as I put my faith in You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 185). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 26 The Broken Man

Scripture Reading: Psalm 145

Key Verse: Psalm 145:14

The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.

The minute seed corn that was buried in the ground burst forth into a cornucopia of grain. Likewise, the Christian, stripped of self-sufficiency and entered into a new dimension of life in Christ, is positioned for maximum fruitfulness in the kingdom of God.

The broken man enjoys a new measure of power in the Holy Spirit. He looks to the Spirit of God to work in and through him, putting no confidence in the flesh. He is charged with the life and energy of the Holy Spirit.

The submitted man is joyful in the Lord. He is no longer hostage to changing circumstances, riding the ups and downs of emotions or happenings. The joy of the Lord is his strength.

The yielded man is alert to the needs of others. God uses him to minister to other hurting people because he is not consumed with his own problems. He has wisdom and insight from the Lord to share, not his own futile reasoning.

He still must deal with the trials and ordeals of daily life; but there is a lift to his countenance, a surety about his ways. He relies wholly on Christ. He has freedom, liberty, and new devotion to Jesus and His work.

Lord, I submit. I yield my life to You. Make me joyful despite adversity and alert to the needs of others. Minister through me to hurting people. Give me new freedom, liberty, and devotion to Your work.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 185). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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June 26 Freedom from Bondage

Scripture reading: Psalm 101:1–8

Key verses: Ephesians 4:31–32

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

The young man told of the anger and bitterness consuming his life. Finally, in frustration he said, “I feel trapped just like a bird tied to a short tether. I want to be free, but it doesn’t seem possible.”

Many believers feel just as trapped as this man. For years they have been bound by old habits, feelings, or physical addictions that God never meant for them to bear.

One of the first steps to freedom from bondage is acceptance. You must accept God’s personal love for you. No matter what your circumstances may be, Jesus loves you.

The second step is to ask God to forgive and cleanse you from any sin in your life. Forgiveness of others is also a key factor. Until you forgive those who have hurt you, you will never experience true freedom.

A third step is to be honest with God about your feelings and weaknesses. If you have suffered disappointment, tell Him about it. He cares and wants you to know that you can bring anything to Him in prayer.

A final step toward freedom is to ask God to help you gain His perspective on your situation. God is your dearest Friend. He promises to take care of you and provide for your deepest needs. Ask Him to reveal His personal love for you and the grace that is yours in Christ.

Father, help me be honest with You about my feelings and weaknesses. Cleanse me from any sin in my life and help me forgive others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 185). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

7 Delusional Fantasies Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Trying To Sell America

From the ‘Green New Deal’ to ‘Medicare For All,’ slavery reparations to open-borders amnesty, the Democratic presidential contenders are selling Snake Oil, not serious proposals.

Source: 7 Delusional Fantasies Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Trying To Sell America

Gallup Poll Finds 60 Percent Want Abortion Illegal in All or Most Circumstances – Highest in 8 Years

Sixty percent of Americans say abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances, according to a new Gallup survey that also found adults holding contradictory views on the subject.

Source: Gallup Poll Finds 60 Percent Want Abortion Illegal in All or Most Circumstances – Highest in 8 Years

Madonna Argues that ‘Jesus Would Agree’ with Abortion, Franklin Graham Claps Back

Well-known evangelist Franklin Graham has responded publicly to pop star Madonna after the world-famous singer suggested that Jesus “would agree” with women having abortions.

Source: Madonna Argues that ‘Jesus Would Agree’ with Abortion, Franklin Graham Claps Back

The Pain Of This New Economic Downturn Is Starting To Show Up All Over The Country | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

It is going to take a miracle for the U.S. economy to pull out of this tailspin, because the economic numbers are really starting to deteriorate very rapidly now.  On Tuesday we got some more new numbers, and they were just as bad as we thought they might be.  But even before today’s numbers all of the data were telling us the exact same thing.  The New York Fed’s Empire State manufacturing index just suffered the worst one month decline in U.S. history, Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index just suffered the largest one month decline that we have ever seen, global trade numbers are the worst they have been since the last recession, and just last week I detailed the complete and utter “bloodbath” that we are witnessing in the U.S. trucking industry right now.

So considering what we already knew, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that new home sales in the U.S. were down a whopping 7.8 percent during the month of May…

Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 7.8% in May, as sales plunged in the pricier Northeastern and Western markets.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 in May, down from 679,000 in April. During the first five months of the year, purchases of new homes have fallen 3.7% compared to the same period in 2018.

Those are absolutely horrible numbers, and this is precisely what a recession looks like.

On Tuesday we also learned that U.S. consumer confidence is rapidly declining

Consumer confidence is on the decline.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index tumbled to 121.5 in June, dropping from a downwardly revised reading of 131.3 in May and snapping three consecutive months of improvements.

June’s results missed consensus expectations for a reading of 131.0, according to Bloomberg-compiled data, and marked the lowest level in nearly two years.

Once again, this is precisely what we would expect to see during a recession.

And yet I continue to see some clueless mainstream media reports that insist that the U.S. economy is doing well.  Apparently FedEx didn’t get that memo, because they lost nearly 2 billion dollars in the quarter ending May 31st…

In the fiscal fourth quarter, which ended May 31, FedEx reported a loss of $1.97 billion, compared with profit of $1.13 billion a year earlier.

FedEx blamed this horrible number on the ongoing global economic slowdown, and unfortunately things are not likely to get any better for them any time soon.

Many in the mainstream media continue to speak of “the next recession” as some future event, but when we get the final economic numbers many months from now we may discover that it had already started by now.  In fact, one prominent economist recently stated that he believes that “we’re probably already in a recession”

Gary Shilling, an economist and financial analyst who is credited with predicting several recessions over the past 40 years, thinks the U.S. is in a relatively mild slump.

“I think we’re probably already in a recession but I think it will probably be a run-of-the-mill affair, which means real GDP would decline 1.5% to 2%, not the 3.5% to 4% you had in the very serious recessions,” Shilling, president of economic and financial research firm A. Shilling & Co., said in a recent interview broadcast this week by Real Vision.

And even Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is now admitting that our economic outlook has become “cloudier”.  The following comes from ABC News

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday the economic outlook has become cloudier since early May, with rising uncertainties over trade and global growth causing the central bank to reassess its next move on interest rates.

Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Powell said the Fed is now grappling with the question of whether those uncertainties will continue to weigh on the outlook and require action.

I find it very interesting that Powell chose the Council on Foreign Relations as the venue for this address.  I think that tells us a lot about where Powell’s true loyalties are.  The Council on Foreign Relations has dominated the political landscape in Washington for a long time, and this has been true no matter which political party has been in power.

Meanwhile, the global trade war continues to intensify, and over 300 companies are literally begging the Trump administration to find a way to end it

More than 300 companies are talking to government officials in Washington this month about how detrimental the trade war between the U.S. and China has been and will be to their business.

Testifying in front of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, major U.S. companies including Best BuyHP and Hallmark Cards are voicing concerns about how the additional tariffs that President Donald Trump threatened to slap on China would impact their businesses and cause them to lose business to foreign competitors.

Sadly, it isn’t likely that the trade war will end any time soon.

In fact, it is probably much more likely that a shooting war will start in the Middle East instead.  And if that happens, our current economic problems will dramatically escalate.

The wheels are starting to come off, and the U.S. economy is beginning to spin out of control.  Perhaps the Federal Reserve will be able to pull another rabbit out of the hat and pull off a miracle once again, but I doubt it.  We haven’t seen conditions like this since the great financial crisis of 2008, and the remainder of 2019 threatens to be extremely “interesting” indeed.

Source: The Pain Of This New Economic Downturn Is Starting To Show Up All Over The Country

Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church In Cincinnati Invites Drag Queen ‘Sparke Leigh’ To Read LGBTQ+P For Pedophile Literature From The Pulpit — Now The End Begins

The building caretaker at Mount Auburn Presbyterian church in Cincinnati, Ohio dressed up as a drag queen to read a book in scheduled children’s time during the Sunday, June 16 worship service.

All Christians should be aware of and be prepared for the arrival of the ‘gay church’ that will rewrite the Bible and begin to push the narrative that God loves you “just the way you are” with no change required on your part. We will be writing about this in detail in the coming weeks., and have already begun to tell you about in articles like this one here and many others as well. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, the Church Age is coming to a close, and things are getting ready to break into tiny, little pieces as the Bible has warned us it would.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)

I wish I could sit here and tell you that one, last, big end times revival was coming, but sadly I cannot. Neither do we find that idea anywhere in Paul’s writings or the book of Revelation. Jesus Himself said that the last days church before the Rapture would be lukewarm, self-focused, and wealthy. And where does Jesus say that He would be? Locked outside of the very thing He shed His blood to create. So with that in mind, not only is the ‘gay church’ possible, it’s a guarantee.

Drag Queen Reads During Worship Service as Cincinnati Church Celebrates Pride Month

FROM CBN NEWS: The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Dan Davidson dressed up as “Sparke Leigh” complete with a purple dress, makeup, high heels, and “a glitter beard” and stood at the Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church door greeting members and visitors. Following the song “God Welcomes All” by the church choir, Davidson walked up on stage and read the book Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag to the audience. The story was intended for children, some of whom sat at Davidson’s feet during the reading.

“Harvey dreamed that everyone — even gay people — would have equality,” Davidson read. “He dreamed that one day, people would be able to live and love as they pleased.”

Davidson has performed as a drag queen in Seattle, Washington, before he moved to Ohio last month, according to the newspaper. At another point during the service, a man stood up and told the audience the story of his “coming out.”

Mount Auburn Presbyterian, a member church of the PCUSA, is celebrating pride month throughout June, The Enquirer reported.  Gay pride flags cover the halls and rainbow candles are on the church’s stage.

As CBN News reported earlier this month, a liberal church in Texas sponsored a drag queen story hour for children after the local library canceled the event.

KVUE in Austin reports that Open Cathedral Church in Leander rented a room in the public library and hosted the event scheduled for June 15. The church paid the fees to rent out the room, which is available to all members of the public to rent. At the time of publication, 400 people had responded that they planned to attend the event.

The church renamed the event from “Drag Queen Story Time” to “Leander Family Pride Festival,” according to the television station.

Open Cathedral Church is a progressive church that embraces LGBTQ ideology. Lead Minister Ryan Hart said the church has received an “overwhelming” amount of positive feedback from both their members and the Leander community as a whole. He said they expressed there has been a need in the community for a drag queen event like this.

CBN News has previously reported about numerous events targeting young children with LGBTQ activism, including a middle school in North Carolina that invited two drag queens to speak with students about their personal identity and gender. The drag queens spoke on a panel and encouraged the children to celebrate LGBTQ lifestyles. READ MORE

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Evangelism, Apologetics, and Godly Conduct — The Reformed Reader

In his first letter to the early church, the apostle Peter very much emphasized the themes of Christian speech and Christian conduct. In Peter’s teaching Christian speech and Christian conduct are derived from the truths of the gospel. Through Christ’s death and resurrection the Christian is given new life, forgiveness, and hope. Now our calling is to holiness as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, our Savior and example.

Peter also wrote that when we do good we will sometimes suffer for it. Sometimes people will abuse us, ridicule us, and slander us for doing what is right in God’s sight. We’re called to keep walking in Christ’s footsteps and not retaliate with evil speech, but to bless instead, as Jesus himself called us to do and as he did in his own life.

It’s very important then for Christians to know that when we talk about the Christian faith our daily conduct is also of utmost importance. When we’re defending the faith, sharing the gospel, or explaining the hope we have in us, Peter said we should do so with meekness and respect (3:16). In the same context Peter talked about our good conduct in Christ (3:16). In other words, if you are the most polished apologist or the most proficient teacher of theology but your conduct is unchristian, you are doing no one a favor except the devil. Calvin explains it well in his comments on 1 Peter 3:16:

What we say without a corresponding life has but little weight; hence he joins to confession a good conscience. For we see that many are sufficiently ready with their tongue, and prate much, very freely, and yet with no fruit, because the life does not correspond. Besides, the integrity of conscience alone is that which gives us confidence in speaking as we ought; for they who prattle much about the gospel, and whose dissolute life is a proof of their impiety, not only make themselves objects of ridicule, but also expose the truth itself to the slanders of the ungodly. For why did he before bid us to be ready to defend the faith, should any one require from us a reason for it, except that it is our duty to vindicate the truth of God against those false suspicions which the ignorant entertain respecting it? But the defense of the tongue will avail but little, except the life corresponds with it.

 John Calvin and John Owen, Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010), 110.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015

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