Daily Archives: July 8, 2019

July 8 How to Handle Fear

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:26–32

Key Verse: Matthew 14:30

But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

Before we know it, fear strikes furiously. We fail to see a certain circumstance coming, but now that it has arrived; we have serious questions as to how we will avoid its impending consequences.

When we are grounded in our faith, confidence emanates from our lives. Then in the presence of confidence, there is no fear. When we exude certainty, the outcome is never in question. We know God will prevail.

The focus of our lives must be set upon God in order to defeat fear. Even removing our eyes from Him for a moment can send us trembling in fear, forgetting the power that rests with the One who loves us completely.

On the turbulent waters of the Sea of Galilee, Peter leaped over the side of the boat toward his Savior. While a sense of doubt existed in Peter’s mind, he decided it would disappear if he, too, could walk on the water.

For a short period of time, Peter was right. He began walking on the waves just like his Savior. But then he began to focus on the whitecaps and wind instead of Jesus.

By placing our focus upon the Lord, we demonstrate where our faith rests—solely upon God, whose unconditional love gives us the confidence we need to be free from fear.

Lord, lift my eyes up to see You, my rock, my solid footing, when the troubled waters pull me down and I become afraid.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 199). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 8 Loneliness

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139

Key Verse: Matthew 28:20

Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

The thought of loneliness usually stirs visions of being physically alone. Yet many feel lonely even in a crowd of people. Loneliness is an experience of the heart and cannot be simply chased away by material gain or the wealth of possessions. Only Jesus can truly satisfy a lonely heart.

Corrie Ten Boom wrote of her time spent in isolation in a concentration camp:

A solitary cell awaited me. Everything was empty and gray … Here there was nothing, only an emptiness, a cold gray void. “O Savior, You are with me, help me; hold me fast and comfort me. Take away this anxiety, this desolation … Take me into Your arms and comfort me,” I prayed. And peace stole into my heart. The weird noises still surrounded me, but I fell quietly asleep.

I soon grew accustomed to the cell, and when worries threatened to overwhelm me I began to sing. What a change in my life! I talked with my Savior. Never before had fellowship with Him been so close. It was a joy I hoped would continue unchanged. I was a prisoner—and yet—how free!

No matter how dark your loneliness appears, God will bring light, hope, and a sense of total security if you will call out in faith to Him.

Dear heavenly Father, when I am overwhelmed with loneliness, let me realize that no matter how dark it may seem, Your light of hope and love still penetrates. I am not alone. You are with me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 199). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 8 Your Ultimate Welfare

Scripture reading: Psalm 139:1–24

Key verse: Psalm 100:5

The Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.

Have you ever asked God for something that He did not give you? At first, you might have felt slighted or upset, but perhaps much later you saw the reason why God said no.

God promises to give only what is good for you and no less. Why? The Lord loves you with an affection beyond imagination, and He fashioned every intricate fiber of your being (Ps. 139). It makes sense, then, that He knows exactly what you need and what blessings would benefit you.

Imagine a father taking his four-year-old son through a toy store. The little boy is overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds and points everywhere, shouting and dragging his dad down the aisles. In the sports section, the boy spots a sleek air gun and goes wild with delight. “Please, Dad, please!” he begs.

Of course, the wise father knows his son is far too young to handle such equipment safely and says no. After the son has finished pouting about the answer, the father takes him down another aisle and helps him select a gift that suits his age and abilities.

What would you think of a father who gave in without considering the consequences? Not much. Your heavenly Father is careful. You can relax in the assurance that God answers your requests in absolute wisdom and tenderness and always with regard to your ultimate welfare.

Father, give me the faith to understand that You answer my prayers with regard to my ultimate welfare.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 199). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Putin: People in the West Are Fed Up With Liberals Pushing Sexual Weirdness on Them (Video)

Why are Western politicians so afraid to state the obvious? Whom, exactly are they afraid of?

Listen to Putin talk common sense on globohomo.

Source: Putin: People in the West Are Fed Up With Liberals Pushing Sexual Weirdness on Them (Video)

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Doctrinal Shift on Homosexuality — Reformation Charlotte

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) stood as one of the last denominations to reject homosexuality. Until recent years, sparked by the current Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) president, Russell Moore, the SBC has taken a slow but decidedly noticeable shift in its position on the issue, causing deep division among the ranks of the denomination.

In 2014, Russell Moore, along with other leaders such as JD Greear and Al Mohler held a meeting with “gay Christian” activists to break bread which was characterized as a “softening of tone” against homosexuality.

Current SBC president, JD Greear, was quoted as saying in 2014 before his tenure as president, “I do want to apologize to the gay and lesbian community on behalf of my community and me for not standing up against abuse and discrimination directed towards you. That was wrong and we need your forgiveness.” Of course, Greear never stated exactly what that “discrimination” was that he was referring to. Earlier this year, Greear called on Christians to “stand up for LGBT rights” while insisting that the Bible doesn’t speak of homosexuality as harshly as it does other sins.

In recent weeks, one of the most notable figures in women’s Bible studies, Southern Baptist Beth Moore, has been under fire for her refusal to directly label homosexuality as sinful. While claiming that she holds to a “traditional” view on sexual immorality, Beth Moore recently removed a section in one of her Bible studies from 2009 that spoke of homosexuality as sinful, claiming that she “exceeded Scripture” by doing so and caused people to feel “demonized.” Since then, Moore has put out a blog post attempting to clarify her position, yet still avoids directly labeling homosexuality as sinful. In fact, her blog post doesn’t even mention the word “homosexuality.”

In response to Moore’s blog post, some homosexuals responded overjoyed at her doctrinal shift on the issue, depicting the obvious fruit of her “softening stance.”

Read more: The Southern Baptist Convention’s Doctrinal Shift on Homosexuality — Reformation Charlotte

Trump-supporting pastor says socialism and Christianity are incompatible | Baptist News Global

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham added the rise of the Democratic Party’s socialist left to a list of concerns like abortion and same-sex marriage on the line in “a battle for the soul of our nation.”

“Socialism is fundamentally at odds with the Christian worldview and seeks to suppress all peoples in support of the state,” Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, said in a televised sermon on Sunday. “No one serious about their Christian faith can be serious about supporting socialism.”

Jack Graham

Graham, SBC president in 2003-2004, promoted his sermon titled “Christianity vs. Socialism” on Twitter as “one of the most important messages I have delivered.”

“The president said in his State of the Union address that America will never be a socialist nation,” said Graham, a member of Donald Trump’s unofficial evangelical advisory team.

While some in the audience cheered the president’s line, Graham said, others withheld applause, “because there’s another element in the country that believes that socialism — a brand of democratic socialism or otherwise — is what America needs today.”

Graham, 69, said polls show a majority of Americans still oppose socialism, but the gap is narrowing – especially among those ages 21-35 influenced by socialist teaching in “elitist” schools, typically secular but sometimes even in “so-called Christian universities.”

“Some young people see capitalism, corporate America, as being greedy, without compassion, without concern, and we have to admit that there is a lot of greed in people’s lives,” Graham said. “But here’s the thing, young people under 30 have not seen in their lifetime the devastating effects of Soviet-style repression and oppression through socialism and its big bad brother communism.”

“Socialism is totally secular and is predicated on atheism,” he said. “Our faith in Jesus Christ is built on the word of God, the revelation of God, that God exists, that we believe in the resurrection of Christ, and with that faith comes freedom to live an abundant life with liberty, but Karl Marx, the father of scientific socialism, considered religion of all kinds, and specifically Christianity, as the opiate of the masses. You’re on drugs if you believe in God.”

Graham said some may argue that socialism being promoted today in the United States is different than the old-school socialism represented by Cold War totalitarian regimes.

“It would be a catastrophic miscalculation to think that socialist hostility towards religion, and Christianity specifically, has changed in any way since the days of Karl Marx,” Graham said. “Socialist countries today are secular in nature, often repressing and oppressing people of faith, all faiths, and particularly are determined to root out Christianity.”

“Name me one socialist-style country, communist or otherwise, that is open to faith without oppression and suppression of that faith,” he said. “It is at the very root of this thing called socialism.”

Graham said the economic danger posed by socialism is that it “leads to misery, poverty, disease and death.”

“In America, socialism has produced a welfare state of sorts, and that will not work for the future of America,” he said. “It’s not working now.”

“Every healthy person should work, and that includes senior adults in so-called retirement,” Graham said. “The goal of your life is not to get to the beach and better your tan or lower your golf score when you quit working. The goal of your life is to honor God, glorify God, by working hard your entire life and serving with him with what he has given you to use for his glory. That’s the goal of your work life, and it never stops.”

President Trump has said the recent Democratic primary debates suggest the party is moving toward socialism.

“I heard there’s a rumor the Democrats are going to change the name of the party from the ‘Democrat Party’ to the ‘Socialist Party,’” Trump quipped during a White House briefing June 28. “I’m hearing that, but let’s see if they do it.”

Source: Trump-supporting pastor says socialism and Christianity are incompatible

Trump’s Approval Rating Hits Highest Point Of Presidency, New Poll Reveals | ZeroHedge News

Are the walls closing in yet? A new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday shows President Trump’s approval rating has hit the highest level of his presidency. As The Hill reports of the numbers:

The survey, which was released Sunday, found that 47 percent of registered voters approve of the job Trump is doing in the White House, a figure that represents a 5-point increase from April. Fifty percent of registered voters disapprove of Trump’s performance as president, however.

Meanwhile, 44 percent of voting-age Americans said they approve of Trump’s job performance, while 53 percent said they disapprove of it. Just 39 percent of voting-age Americans said they approved of Trump’s job performance in April.

Via The Independent

And the Washington Post grudgingly acknowledged: “The survey highlights the degree to which Trump has a narrow but real path to reelection.”

Trump was seen as strong on the economy, with a majority of those polled (51%) saying they approve of the president’s handling of the economy, with 42% voicing disapproval.

Source: The Washington Post

But on a host of other issues the majority of respondents were unhappy with Trump’s performance, with a firm majority, 65%, answering affirmative when asked if he’s acted in an “unpresidential” way since taking office. Only 28% agreed that he has acted in “fitting and proper” way as president.

A majority disapproved of his handling immigration, health care, women’s specific issues, abortion, climate change, gun violence, foreign policy, as well as taxes.

The poll comes at a key moment when Democratic primary candidate early front-runners are emerging ahead of 2020, notably former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), Sen. Kamal Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The poll also asked respondents how they saw Trump matching up to five potential Democratic nominees, of which Biden was the only to emerge with any clear advantage.

Per the Post’s summary of the figures:

Among registered voters, only Biden emerges with a clear advantage, leading Trump by 53 percent to 43 percent. Trump runs very close against Harris (46 percent Trump, 48 percent Harris) and Sanders (48 percent Trump, 49 percent Sanders), and he runs even against Warren (both at 48 percent) and Buttigieg (both at 47 percent).

We should note that the words ‘Russia’ and ‘election meddling’ and ‘Russiagate’ or anything related to it or its impact after three years of almost non-stop coverage were conspicuously absent from the survey.

Whatever happened to that? …The walls are closing in!

Source: Trump’s Approval Rating Hits Highest Point Of Presidency, New Poll Reveals

The importance of a Bible teacher’s transparency: it relates to accountability

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

On June 18, I and 5 other ladies signed an Open Letter to Beth Moore and it was published on several of our platforms. It asked Moore 5 plain questions regarding her stance on homosexuality, and noted that her associations and partnerships with several high-profile gay-affirming and openly homosexual Christians were causing confusion between her life and whatever doctrine she held. (1 Timothy 4:16). So we asked the questions about her doctrine.

The issues covered in this essay are a Bible teacher’s accessibility, accountability, and transparency.

After two weeks of controversy, stirred because Mrs Moore refused to directly acknowledge the letter or answer the questions, (timeline here), then finally publishing a ‘kind of-sort of’ explanation, Beth Moore announced she was taking time off from Twitter.

One of the charges Moore made against the publishers of the Open Letter was that we did not go through…

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Lies Young Women Believe 07-08-2019

by Beecher Proch | 7/08/19

Do you ever feel alone in your struggle with fear of the future? How about when you fight insecurity? Or lust? Do you look around you and think, “I’m the only person who struggles with this.”

If so, hear me: you don’t struggle alone. 

I was recently at a huge young adults conference. The final morning of the conference left an image in my mind I won’t forget.

We had just finished an impactful time of worship. The room lights dimmed, and the huge screen lit up, asking us to take our phones out and turn on the flashlight. We were going to take a poll. If your answer was “yes” to a question, you simply raised your flashlight and then lowered it again.

The questions began, and flashlights starting bobbing up and down. With the fourth question, things began to get brutally honest:

“Do you struggle with fear?”
“Do you struggle with insecurity?”
“Do you struggle with secret sexual sin?”
“Do you doubt God?”

Thousands of flashlights lit up the room.

It was one of the most powerful moments of my life. Not just because of everyone else’s vulnerability, but because in lighting up the room with flashlights, thousands were acknowledging “yes, we struggle” while also seeing “I’m not the only one who struggles with this!”

That moment inspired this post. As we raised our flashlights, we represented everyone who wasn’t there to raise a flashlight. You. Your best friend. The girls in your youth group. Life isn’t easy, and we are all going to struggle. You might struggle with everything listed above. You might only struggle with one or two of them. And when you do, here are three things to remember.

1. You are never, ever alone.

When Israel was facing brutal enemies and the unknown, God told them this: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. . . . Do not fear or be dismayed” (Deut. 31:6, 8).

Even when you feel alone in the struggle, God is right there with you. Ask Him for strength to overcome what you’re facing and thank Him that because of His Spirit being alive in you, you are never, ever alone.

2. Transparency beats loneliness.

If you can put together a small group of friends to be transparent with and spur each other on, do it! Even if it’s just with a friend over the phone. When we talk about our struggle, it’s like holding up a flashlight in a dark room. Other people respond, and the darkness is pushed back. Transparency overcomes loneliness.

3. Don’t believe the lie.

Listen again to God’s promise to His people.

He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).

Write it on your mirror. Your phone. Your car windshield. Think about the thousands of flashlights flickering on in that room. Yes you will struggle. But no, you do not struggle alone.

The next time you’re struggling and hear that little voice whispering, “you’re alone in this fight . . . and you can’t tell anyone,” run to the truth found in God’s Word. Talk about it. Be transparent. Here is a list of verses to remind you that God is always with you. Run to them!

Verses to use in the fight against loneliness:

Now it’s time to be transparent: do you feel alone in your struggles with fear or insecurity or doubting God?

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