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.

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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Ugly Americans: US Women’s Soccer Embarrasses the Country With Their Petty Displays, Cursing at the President, and Stomping on US Flag — The Gateway Pundit

The US Women’s Soccer Team won the Women’s World Cup on Sunday 2-0 over The Netherlands.

This is great news for the US and women’s soccer.

What is not great news is the embarrassing, petty displays, the cursing their President and their stomping on the US flag.

UGLY AMERICANS–

In their first game the US women’s team stomped on the women from Thailand 13-0 and rubbed it in their faces.

In a later match against England US soccer star Alex Morgan mocked the Brits by pretending to drink tea after a goal.

Before the tournament outspoken liberal Megan Rapinoe told reporters her continued protest against the National Anthem was for black lives matter, gay rights, a f*ck you to President Trump.

Then during the tournament last week Rapinoe told reporters she was not going to the “f*cking White House.”

And then finally after their historic win on Sunday the team tossed down the US flag and stepped on it.

Overall the shoddy display by this group of athletes was an embarrassment.

Mark Levin spoke for many Americans this morning when he said, “Megan Rapinoe and other America-haters on that team (not all of them) can go to hell.”

via Ugly Americans: US Women’s Soccer Embarrasses the Country With Their Petty Displays, Cursing at the President, and Stomping on US Flag — The Gateway Pundit

July 8, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Lost Coin

Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!” In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (15:8–10)

Like the first story, this one also takes place in a village setting. As does the previous parable, this one presents a poor person of low social standing facing a major crisis—a woman who lost a coin of great value.

If the scribes and Pharisees were insulted that Jesus asked them to think like a shepherd, calling on them to imagine themselves in the place of a woman was an even greater insult. Shepherds were considered unclean, and in that male-dominated culture women were deemed insignificant and not worthy of respect. It should be noted that while the scribes and Pharisees resented being compared to a shepherd and a woman, God Himself did not. In Psalm 23 He not only pictured Himself as a shepherd (v. 1), but also as a woman (v. 5; preparing a table was women’s work), while in His lament over Jerusalem, Jesus pictured Himself as a mother hen (Luke 13:34). It was mercy that prompted Jesus to assault their foolish pride, since only the humble can be saved (Matt. 5:5; James 4:6, 10).

The parable describes a woman who had lost one of her ten silver coins. The coin was a drachma (a Roman denarius), which represented a day’s wage for a common laborer. While that may not seem like a large sum, in a bartering society, where money was not used as frequently as in most modern societies, it was a significant loss. The money may have been an emergency fund, to be used when needed to make critical purchases. A more likely possibility is that the coins represented the woman’s dowry, given to her as a wedding gift by her father and providing security for the future.

How she lost it is not relevant to the story. It may be that she had strung the coins together and worn them around her neck and the cord broke, or she may have bound them up together in a rag as a sort of purse and the knot came undone. To carry out her desperate search, it was necessary for her to light a lamp even in the daytime, since houses usually had either no windows, or at best very small ones. When a quick look around failed to reveal the coin, she proceeded to sweep the dusty, hard-packed dirt floor of the house and search carefully and intensely for it.

At last, to her great joy, she found the missing coin. To celebrate, she called together her female friends and neighbors (both nouns are feminine) saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!” People in a small, tight-knit village would share each other’s sufferings and joys, so a party celebrating the woman’s joy at recovering what she had lost would have been appropriate. Are eternal souls worth less?

In terms of ethics, the Pharisees would once again have agreed that she had done what was necessary under the circumstances. All would agree that having lost a significant sum of money, there was nothing else for her to do but diligently search for it until she found it. This parable too was aimed squarely at them, as Christ’s emphatic statement I tell you indicates. Yet they again failed to make the connection between their contemptuous disdain for lost souls and God’s passionate concern for them. They failed to share in the joy that exists in the presence of the angels of God, who have a keen interest in the redemption that produces God’s joy (cf. Matt. 18:10; 25:31; Luke 2:10–14; 1 Peter 1:12; Rev. 3:5), over one sinner who repents. The joy here is God’s joy, the joy that fills heaven, and in which the angels and the redeemed share (cf. Rev. 4:8–11; 5:8–14).

The Lord’s indictment of the scribes and Pharisees was clear and inescapable. How could they affirm the ethical responsibility of a shepherd to search for a lost sheep and a woman to search for a lost coin, while condemning Him for seeking to recover lost souls? How could they understand the joys of the humble men and women in a village over temporal recovery, and utterly fail to comprehend the joy of God in heaven over eternal salvation?

The theological and Christological elements of this brief parable are clear. The woman represents God in Christ seeking lost sinners in the cracks, dust, and debris of a dirty world of sin. He initiated the search for those sinners who belong to Him through His sovereign choice of them, since like the lifeless, inanimate coin, they can do nothing on their own (Eph. 2:1–3). Jesus came all the way from heaven to earth to search for His lost ones, pursuing sinners into every dark corner, and then shining the light of the glorious gospel (2 Cor. 4:5–6; 1 Tim. 1:11) on them. Having found the lost sinner, God in Christ restores him or her to His heavenly treasury, and then expresses joy in which the holy inhabitants of heaven share.

Recovering the lost requires costly grace. The sinless Son of God became a man, lived with sinners, bore God’s wrath for sin on the cross, and rose in triumph from the grave. None of the false gods of the world’s religions are like the true and living God, who seeks and saves unworthy sinners because He values them as His own; who makes His enemies His friends for the sheer joy that He receives in saving them.

Yet God’s seeking and saving lost sinners does not happen apart from their repentance. That reality is not part of the sheep and coin stories, since they are not persons. It is, however, a theme of the last and longest of the three parables in this chapter, the tale of two sons and a loving father (vv. 11–32), which is the subject of the next chapter of this volume.[1]


The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8–10

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?” (Luke 15:8)

The Pharisees we meet in the Gospels were wrong about many things, including God’s requirements for salvation and their own righteousness, and wrong about the true identity of Jesus Christ. But at least they were right about this: Jesus was a man who welcomed sinners. We know this because they said, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2).

This is one of the best summaries of Jesus’ ministry anywhere in the Gospels. How ironic that it comes from the scribes and the Pharisees, who were speaking more truly than they even knew! To “receive” people in the biblical sense of the word (Gk. prosdechomai) was to welcome them into fellowship, to accept them and associate with them. In that culture, one of the most tangible ways to establish this kind of friendship was to share a meal. “To invite a man to a meal,” writes one scholar, “was an offer of peace, trust, brotherhood, and forgiveness; in short, sharing a table meant sharing life.”

This is the very essence of salvation: God the Son sharing his life with us. Remarkably, he shares his life with sinners. Some Bible translations put the word “sinners” in quotes, as if to indicate that somehow this was the wrong word for the Pharisees to use. But these people were sinners; this was just the word for them. They were reprobates. They were liars and cheats, lechers and lawbreakers, swindlers and thieves. In the words of John Chrysostom, “The tax-gatherer is the personification of licensed violence, of legal sin, of specious greed.” Yet Jesus welcomed these people into his fellowship. He even ate with them—not as a duty of philanthropy, but because he had mercy on people who were lost in their sins.

At the Table with Jesus

Jesus Christ is the friend of sinners. If you know that you are a sinner, then this is the best of all possible news, because it means that there is still hope. Despite the fact that we have fallen into sin—doing things we should never do, as well as not doing things that we really should do, and therefore deserving the wrath and curse of God—Jesus is ready to receive us. He wants to welcome us. If we come to him—even after everything we have done wrong—he will take us to himself. This ought to make what the Pharisees said one of the most joyful statements in Scripture: “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2). Praise God!

The Pharisees did not say this with joyful praise, however. This is one of those times when you have to know how somebody said something to know what they really meant. Here Luke uses the little word “grumbled” to indicate what tone of voice the Pharisees used. The Greek version of the Old Testament used the same word to describe the way the children of Israel grumbled in the wilderness (e.g., Ex. 15:24). It expresses a strong undercurrent of discontent. When the Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners, they complained about it bitterly. Rather than making their remark with admiration, they made it with condemnation.

Jesus hardly could have done anything to give these men greater offense than to eat with sinners. A man is known by the company he keeps, and thus the Pharisees were shocked to see that Jesus preferred “the society of notorious sinners to their own irreproachable manners and decorous conversation.… They could not understand why a teacher of holy life, instead of frowning upon the notoriously profligate, should show a preference for their society.” As far as they were concerned, this could only mean that Jesus was guilty of moral laxity. He was not taking sin seriously enough, but going soft on depravity. The Pharisees believed that to eat with people who were known for loose living was to condone their immoral behavior. “Let not a man associate with the wicked,” the rabbis said, “not even to bring him to the law.”4 Jesus broke this tradition every time he sat down to eat dinner with sinners (which he did, of course, any time he ate with anyone at all, including the Pharisees!). To associate with people of low moral character was to give them public recognition. Thus the Pharisees accused Jesus of sharing in unrighteousness.

What the Pharisees saw as a problem was actually the solution! The very thing they criticized was the very thing Jesus had come to do. He had come to make sinners holy for God, and sharing table fellowship was part of his plan. It is only in being received by Jesus that anyone can ever be saved. How can Jesus help us unless he has a relationship with us? In that culture—and perhaps in any culture—having a relationship meant sharing a meal. So Jesus ate with sinners.

Rather than getting grumpy about this, the Pharisees should have been rejoicing. If they had, then the rest of what Jesus said in this chapter would not even be necessary. Replace the word “grumbled” with “rejoiced” in verse 2 and you get rid of everything that follows. But the Pharisees were grumbling, and therefore Jesus taught them a three-part parable about sharing God’s joy in finding what is lost.

What Woman …?

In the first part of this triple parable, a shepherd finds a lost sheep and brings it back home, rejoicing. In the third part of the parable, a father runs to embrace his long-lost son. In between those two famous parables Jesus told a story about a housewife who found her missing money: “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:8–10).

The first lesson this story teaches is that Jesus cares as much about women as he cares about men. Although at first this may seem like an insignificant detail, Jesus begins by talking about a woman. He could just as well have told this story about a man, of course. In fact, one of the old Jewish rabbis told a somewhat similar story about a man who lost a little coin and then looked for it until he found it. The rabbi then compared the man’s careful search process to the way faithful Jews should look for hidden treasure in the Torah.

Jesus could have told his story about a man, too, but instead he chose to tell it about a woman. He did this despite the fact that he was speaking most directly to a group of men—the scribes and the Pharisees. There must have been women in the audience too, as there almost always were. In chapter 8 Luke told us that as Jesus went from place to place a large group of women went with him (Luke 8:1–3). These women were devoted to Jesus’ teaching. They wanted to hear everything he said, and on this occasion he told a story that touched the world of their experience—the story of a poor woman at home who lost one of her only coins.

As far as we know, this is something the rabbis never did: set the story of a woman side by side with the story of a man. First Jesus told a story about a man who went out into the wilderness to look for his sheep; then he told a story about a woman who swept her floor to look for her coin. By putting the story of a woman next to the story of a man, Jesus was reaching his whole audience.

This may still seem insignificant, but consider how many times something like this happens in the Gospel of Luke. Two miracles are performed, two stories are told, or two examples are given, and one of them relates specifically to women. First Jesus healed a centurion’s servant (Luke 7:1–10); then he raised a widow’s son (Luke 7:11–17). Jesus told two parables about how God answers prayer: one is the friend at midnight—a story about the man of the house (Luke 11:5–13), but the other is the story of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1–8). In teaching about the sign of Jonah, Jesus used two examples from the Old Testament: the men of Nineveh and the Queen of the South (Luke 11:29–32). Jesus performed two miracles on the Sabbath: one was the woman with the disabling spirit (Luke 13:10–17), while the other was the man with dropsy (Luke 14:1–6). In describing the people that he saved, Jesus called one of them “a daughter of Abraham” (Luke 13:16) and the other “a son of Abraham” (Luke 19:9). Jesus told two parables about the kingdom of God. The first story was about a man working in his garden to sow a mustard seed (Luke 13:18–19); the second was about a woman working in the kitchen to mix leaven in with her dough (Luke 13:20–21). Similarly, in his teaching about the coming of the Son of Man, Jesus used examples of men working in the fields and women grinding out their grain (Luke 17:34–36).

Can you see what Jesus was doing? In contrast to the other preachers of his day, he wanted to teach women as much as men. To do that effectively, he made a point of using examples that related to their life experience. According to Luke, Jesus Christ is not a male chauvinist: his ministry, his gospel, his teaching, and his theology are explicitly for women.

There is more, because the woman in this parable represents the character of God himself. As she looks for her lost coin, and as she rejoices in finding it, she shows us the joy that God has in finding lost sinners. This is a connection people sometimes miss. It is easy to see that the shepherd who finds his lost sheep must be God the Son, who said, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:14). It is also easy to see that the father who finds his lost son must be God the Father. But if these three stories are parallel, then in some way the woman who finds her lost coin must also represent God.

Going back to the early church fathers, many Christians have thought that this woman represents the Holy Spirit—an interpretation that seems to fit with the other stories in the parable. If the first story is about Jesus the Good Shepherd and the third story is about God the loving Father, then it would make good sense for the middle story to show us the Holy Spirit. There may even be a specific point of connection in the story, because in order to find her coin, the woman had to light her lamp. Perhaps this refers to the work of the Spirit in lighting our way to God.

Admittedly, this interpretation seems somewhat speculative. But whether the woman in the parable stands for the Spirit or not, she certainly shows us something about God. This is not to say that God is a woman. (He is not a man, either; God does not have a gender, although most commonly he uses masculine terms to reveal himself to us as the Father and the Son.) But from time to time—on rare occasions—God compares his attitudes and actions to the love of a woman. For example, speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God said, “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you” (Isa. 66:13). To help us understand the comfort of his compassion, God says that his love is like a mother’s affection for her only son. Here in Luke, Jesus tells us that the love of God pursues us the way a poor woman pursues a lost coin.

God is not embarrassed to make this kind of comparison. The women he made in his image are able to reflect his grace, as Jesus showed throughout his earthly ministry. Jesus cared for the women in his life in a way that elevated their sense of dignity. Therefore anyone who treats women with disrespect, or fails to prize their gifts, or dismisses their capacity to learn sound theology, or puts them down in any way does not have the love of Christ, who cares about women as much as he cares about men.

As Precious as Silver

The story of the lost coin also teaches how precious we are to God. Notice that there is a progression in the larger parable. The lost sheep was only one out of a hundred. The lost coin is one of out ten. The lost son will be one out of two (although really both sons were lost, as we shall see). Needless to say, a coin cannot possibly compare with the precious life of a son, but since it is one out of ten, it would seem to be more precious than the sheep—at least as far as the ratio is concerned.

The coin was certainly precious to the woman, who we may infer was very poor. The coin she lost was a drachma, which in those days was roughly equivalent to a full day’s wage for a common laborer. It is hard to work out an exact equivalent, and it depends on what kind of work a person does, of course, but it would amount to perhaps a hundred dollars in today’s economy.

Needless to say, anyone who dropped a hundred dollar bill would take the trouble to look for it, especially someone living below the poverty line. Although the parable does not give us any other details about the woman’s financial situation, ten coins may well have represented her life savings, and therefore she would have guarded them with her life. According to custom, in those days a housewife would have kept her money in a chain around her neck, or else tied them up in a little rag. When she discovered that one of her coins was missing, she would have done anything to get it back. Her coin was too precious to lose; it had to be found.

The value this woman placed on her lost coin shows the great love that God has for lost sinners. We are as precious to him as silver—an analogy that works at several levels. To begin with, the relationship between the woman and her coin was that of ownership. Even when it was lost, the coin still belonged to her. In the same way, each of us belongs to God. Even if we have fallen away, and even if we never acknowledge him, we still belong to him by virtue of the fact that he made us. So when we finally come to God in repentance, through faith in Jesus Christ, God is getting back his own.

Another point of comparison—not mentioned explicitly in the parable, but illustrated by its central image—is that like the coin, we bear a royal likeness. At the time of Christ, coins generally bore the imprint of the Caesar in Rome. Since we are made in the image of our King, we too have been stamped with his likeness. Furthermore, silver is a metal that remains precious even after it tarnishes. Unless it is kept polished, silver will darken with time; nevertheless, it retains its value. This is our situation exactly. We were made precious when God fashioned us in his own image, giving us a dignity that surpasses all the other creatures. Sadly, our race has fallen into sin and is now darkened by all the sins of our depravity. Nevertheless, we are still valuable to God. Even in our lost and fallen condition, he considers us his prized possession.

Know for sure that we are precious to God. Now that Jesus has paid the price for our redemption by bleeding and dying for our sins on the cross, we are more precious to God than ever. Do not wonder whether or not your life is even worth living. Do not feel forgotten. Do not doubt that God loves you. The story of the lost coin shows that God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love. Even when we are lost, we are still precious to God and will be useful to him when he finds us.

Lost!

This story also teaches that until God does find us, we are helplessly lost. A lost coin is certain to stay lost until it is found. We are in the same situation spiritually, for we cannot find ourselves. Once we are lost, we will stay lost until we are found by God.

Each of the stories in this triple parable has to do with something that is lost: a lost sheep, a lost coin, a lost son. But notice that each of these things gets lost in a different way, so that together these stories give us a full picture of what it means to be lost. The sheep simply wandered away from its shepherd. Heedless of danger, it followed its own instincts and appetites. The same thing happens to us when we go off and pursue our own pleasures: we end up far away from God, and whether we realize it or not, our souls are in mortal danger. As we shall see, the son got lost by his own deliberate will. He chose to walk down the path of rebellion, and when he discovered that he was lost, he knew that he had no one to blame but himself. Yet the coin was lost through no apparent fault of its own. It slipped between the woman’s fingers, or fell out of her purse, or got knocked off the table, and then it was truly lost.

When we use this parable as an illustration of our own spiritual experience, we have to admit that what happened to the coin is never the whole story for us. We can never say that we got lost through no fault of our own. We are like the sheep that wandered away, or like the son who turned his back on his father and went to live in a far country. Yet, we may well be able to say that what happened to the coin is part of our story. The hard circumstances of our lives conspired to keep us away from God. Maybe no one took us to church when we were children, or taught us what the Bible says about salvation. Or maybe people sinned against us, and this only drove us further into sin. But however it happened, the reality is that we are as helplessly lost as a silver coin that has fallen from a woman’s purse and rolled into a forgotten corner of her home.

Now, despite our intrinsic value, we are useless to God. We do not have a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, and therefore we do not praise him, have not loved him, and will not serve him. This is what it means to be lost. “Like a coin that is lost,” writes Richard Phillips, “sinners lie unused and unseen, no longer contributing the value for which they were fashioned, while God’s image with which they were stamped is increasingly tarnished and covered with the dust of sinful living.”

Are you able to identify with that coin? Do you know what it means to be lost spiritually? What makes the situation so completely helpless is that coins cannot find themselves. A lost coin is hardly able to leap off the floor, land on the table, and roll back into its owner’s money bag! This is why the woman made such a diligent search: a coin will stay lost until it is found.

This illustrates our own spiritual situation until we are found by Christ: we will stay helplessly lost until Jesus comes to find us. Michael Wilcock describes this part of the parable as a story about “the finding of that which cannot help itself.” He explains:

The coin is lifeless, it cannot move, it can certainly not find its own way back like the son, it cannot even bleat for help like the sheep. Of course in some senses lost mankind is not, like the silver coin, inanimate. But spiritually—from the point of view of the Spirit—it is lifeless; and the coin is an apt symbol of those who see the requirements of God and know themselves incapable of rising to them. Only the all-powerful Spirit can rescue men who in that sense are lost.

A Thorough Search

We may be helplessly lost, but we are not hopelessly lost, because Jesus is able to come and save us. This is a fourth lesson from the story of the lost coin. Jesus does not simply leave us in our lost condition, but is looking to find us.

When the woman in the parable discovered that one of her precious coins was missing, she started to search for it. Although her coin was lost, it was not forgotten, and she was determined to get it back. In those days most homes were only about the size of a one-car garage, but they were very dark, with only a few small slits to let in the light. Typically floors were made of dirt, sometimes covered with straw. In Galilee, where Jesus came from, they were usually made of flagstones. How easy it was, therefore, for the woman’s coin to get covered with straw, or to be concealed by the dust, or to fall into a crack between two stones. In order to find it, she would have to light a lamp, get out her broom, and make a clean sweep.

In the first part of this parable, Jesus emphasized the persistence of the good shepherd, who looked for his lost sheep until he found it. The woman who lost her coin was equally persistent. She knew that the missing money had to be in her house somewhere, and she would not stop looking until she found it. But what Jesus especially emphasized was the meticulous thoroughness of her search. With extreme care the woman lit her lamp, swept her house, and searched diligently to find her lost coin. We can imagine her getting down on her hands and knees to examine every square inch of her home. Subjecting her floor to the most careful scrutiny, she looked in such a way as to find. This is the way people look for anything they really want to find. First they look in the most obvious places, but if the missing item is still nowhere to be found, they go back and conduct a more thorough investigation.

This is also the way that Jesus looks for lost sinners: in such a way as to find. The reason Jesus came to earth in the first place was to seek and to save what was lost. This is why he became a man, why he performed miracles, why he preached the kingdom of God, and why he died and rose again. Jesus was looking to find.

Even now he is still conducting his search, looking in every corner of the world for the sinners he died to save. Jesus has sent his gospel out into the world—the gospel that says everyone who trusts in his cross and believes in his empty tomb will be saved. He has sent his Spirit out into the world—the Spirit who convinces people they are lost in sin and invites them to come to Christ. He has sent his church out into the world—the church that proclaims the gospel, by the power of the Spirit, to all the unreached peoples on all the lost continents of the globe. Jesus is looking to find and seeking to save. With painstaking thoroughness, he will keep searching and searching until he finds every last one of the precious coins that belongs in his pocket.

If you are lost and waiting to be found, Jesus is looking to find you. He is searching and seeking to save you. Here is how Anne Lamott described her experience of being lost and getting found:

[Jesus] was relentless. I didn’t experience Him so much as the hound of heaven, as the old description has it, as the alley cat of heaven, who seemed to believe that if it just keeps showing up, mewling outside your door, you’d eventually open up and give him a bowl of milk.… I resisted as long as I could, like Sam-I-Am in Green Eggs and Ham.… He wore me out. He won. I was tired and vulnerable and He won.… Then, when I was dozing, tiny kitten that I was, He picked me up like a mother cat, by the scruff of my neck, and deposited me in a little church.… That’s where I was when I came to. And then I came to believe.

The Joy of Being Found

Every lost sinner has a different story to tell, because we all get found in different ways. But whenever and wherever and however Jesus finds us, we all share the same joy. This is the fifth and final lesson from the story of the lost coin: it is a joy to be found by Jesus Christ—a joy that lasts forever.

When the woman found her lost coin, she gathered her girlfriends to celebrate (the Greek words that Luke uses for “friends and neighbors” are feminine). Because her search was so rewarding, it led to great rejoicing, which is really the main point of this story. Thus Jesus ended this part of his parable by saying: “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).

This statement is virtually repeated from verse 7, where Jesus said there is “more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7). Here in verse 10 he makes no comparison, but when he mentions “the angels of God,” once again he is pulling back the curtain so that we can see what joy there is in heaven whenever Jesus finds a lost sinner. Jesus ought to know, because he has been there!

It is always a joy to find something that is missing, as we know from everyday experience. Even if what we find is only something small, we invariably tell someone else about it. “Hey! Look what I found!” we say. “You’ll never guess what I just discovered!” Yet the simple joy of finding something lost cannot compare with the surpassing joy of being found by Jesus Christ. What a joy it is when Jesus finds you in your lost and helpless situation, when you respond by repenting of your sins and receiving the free gift of eternal life. What a joy it is to see someone else come to Christ. What a joy it is to the angels, who love to celebrate the grace of God for the poor lost sinners of our fallen race. What a joy it also is to God himself. When Jesus spoke about “joy before the angels,” he was not referring only or even primarily to the joy that the angels have, but also to the joy which they witness every time a sinner gets saved. The angels see the joy of God.

If you want to bring joy to the heart of God—and to your own heart—then turn away from your sin and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation. If you are not yet a believer, the angels are waiting to celebrate. What joy there will be in heaven when you finally come to Christ! Then, once you have come to Christ, do everything you can to welcome other people with the love of God, just as Jesus welcomed the tax collectors and the sinners. Jesus is looking to receive sinners, and he is calling you to be part of the search party.

A beautiful example of the way Jesus looks for lost sinners—and of the joy he brings when they are found—comes from the Bayview Glen Church in Toronto, Ontario, where Pastor Sam Nasser was preaching in Persian to an Iranian congregation during the summer of 2004. Pastor Nasser was troubled by the fact that one of the women in the church was talking on her cell phone during the worship service. At first he thought it must be some kind of emergency, but when it happened again the following week he was even more disturbed.

Nasser invited the woman to his office to confront her about this ongoing distraction. “Pastor,” she said, “I already told you! My husband in Iran is very interested in how I became a Christian because of listening to you.” This still did not explain the cell phone, but when the pastor asked for a further explanation, the woman said,

I bought a calling card, and I call my husband in Tehran so he can hear you preaching. He puts the call on the speakerphone so my mother and sister can hear too. They have been inviting other friends and family over, and for the past three months, they have been listening to you preach. More people come every week. I am not talking on the phone. I’m just holding it up so they can hear your message about Jesus!

Needless to say, Pastor Nasser invited the woman to sit right at the front of the church. The following week he preached on the love of Jesus for his precious children. At the end of the service he asked if anyone wanted to pray to receive Christ. Suddenly the woman with the cell phone started to shout: “My husband! My husband! My husband got saved! My mother and sister want to come to the Lord too!”

Even if he does it over the cell phone halfway around the world, Jesus is looking for lost sinners. He is looking for them every time somebody preaches the gospel. He is looking for them right now. I pray that he will find you, because I know that when he does, you will rejoice. So will the hosts of heaven. And so will Jesus.[2]


Luke 15:10. There will be joy in the presence of the angels. If angels mutually rejoice with each other in heaven, when they see that what had wandered is restored to the fold, we too, who have the same cause in common with them, ought to be partakers of the same joy. But how does he say that the repentance of one ungodly man yields greater joy than the perseverance of many righteous men to angels, whose highest delight is in a continued and uninterrupted course of righteousness? I reply, though it would be more agreeable to the wishes of angels (as it is also more desirable) that men should always remain in perfect integrity, yet as in the deliverance of a sinner, who had been already devoted to destruction, and had been cut off as a rotten member from the body, the mercy of God shines more brightly, he attributes to angels, after the manner of men, a greater joy arising out of an unexpected good.

Over one repenting sinner. The word repentance is specially limited to the conversion of those who, having altogether turned aside from God, rise as it were from death to life; for otherwise the exercise of repentance ought to be uninterrupted throughout our whole life, and no man is exempted from this necessity, since every one is reminded by his imperfections that he ought to aim at daily progress. But it is one thing, when a man, who has already entered upon the right course, though he stumble, or fall, or even go astray, endeavours to reach the goal; and another thing, when a man leaves a road which was entirely wrong, or only starts in the right course. Those who have already begun to regulate their life by the standard of the divine law, do not need that kind of repentance which consists in beginning to lead a holy and pious life, though they must groan under the infirmities of the flesh, and labour to correct them.[3]


9–10 As in v. 6, the extent of joy expressed is striking (v. 9). Considering the neighborly feelings in a small village, this is understandable, especially if the coin represented a tenth of the woman’s savings. Moreover, Jesus’ final comment (v. 10) reinforces the point. “In the presence of the angels of God” is a reverential reference to God, as is “in heaven” (v. 7). This parable, like that of the lost sheep, justifies Jesus’ welcome of sinners (v. 2).[4]


10 Functioning in the same way as its parallel in v 7, this addendum allows Jesus to draw out the relevance of the parable by drawing it back into the co-text provided by vv 1–2. In Jesus’ appropriation of the parable, the emphasis again falls on the heavenly joy that ensues from the repentance of a sinner, thus characterizing Jesus’ table fellowship with toll collectors and sinners as an expression of the divine celebration accompanying the recovery of the lost. (On these motifs, see above on v 7.) Although Jesus’ final remarks do not develop it, the enhanced portrayal of the woman’s efforts as she attempts to locate what has been lost might also provoke reflection on the initiative taken by God in human recovery.[5]


The Lost Coin (15:8–10)

Keeping cash at home is not something we encourage in a society based upon the gathering of interest upon capital, where inflation can be unpredictable and where stealing is rife. However, in New Testament times, to keep family treasures (or to bury them) was commonplace. Here a woman had ten silver coins. Sometimes these were worn around the head by women on their wedding day. Each coin represented a day’s wages.

This woman lost one, lighted a lamp and swept the house. All of us have had this experience at one time or another. We know the frantic search for a bunch of keys or perhaps for a passport—the feeling of helplessness, the almost infantile cry as we turn over cushions and books. Jesus knows human nature and understands such moments. Then he describes the relief on finding the coin—the joy as friends and neighbours are called to share in the happiness of this time.

It seems the Lord wanted hard-hearted and foolish sinners to consider the depth of his longing for our restoration, and his great joy when we are at last restored to him.[6]


15:8–10 / The Parable of the Lost Coin makes the same point. When the woman lost one of her ten silver coins, she turns the house upside down in search of it. When she finds it, she is delighted. As in the case of the Parable of the Lost Sheep, there is joy in heaven whenever one who is lost (sinful) is found (repents). Both of these parables drive home the point that it is natural to respond with joy when something (or someone) is recovered. This joy stands in sharp contrast to the Pharisees and other “respectable” religious people who grumbled because Jesus spent time with those whom the Pharisees would regard as “lost.”[7]


10. Likewise—on the same principle.

joy, &c.—Note carefully the language here—not “joy on the part,” but “joy in the presence of the angels of God.” True to the idea of the parables. The Great Shepherd. The Great Owner Himself, is He whose the joy properly is over His own recovered property; but so vast and exuberant is it (Zec 8:17), that as if He could not keep it to Himself, He “calleth His friends and neighbors together”—His whole celestial family—saying, “Rejoice with Me, for I have found My sheep-My-piece,” &c. In this sublime sense it is “joy,” beforeor in the presence of the angels”; they only “catch the flying joy,” sharing it with Him! The application of this to the reception of those publicans and sinners that stood around our Lord is grand in the extreme: “Ye turn from these lost ones with disdain, and because I do not the same, ye murmur at it: but a very different feeling is cherished in heaven. There, the recovery of even one such outcast is watched with interest and hailed with joy; nor are they left to come home of themselves or perish; for lo! even now the great Shepherd is going after His lost sheep, and the Owner is making diligent search for the lost property; and He is finding it, too, and bringing it back with joy, and all heaven is full of it.” (Let the reader mark what sublime claims Himself our Lord covertly puts in here—as if in Him they beheld, all unknown to themselves, nothing less than heaven in the habiliments of earth, the Great Shepherd above, clothed in a garment of flesh, come “to seek and to save that which was lost”)![8]


10. Similarly, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who is converted.

Does this passage mean that the angels rejoice when a sinner is converted? There can be no question about the fact that God’s holy angels take a deep interest in our salvation. See Matt. 18:10; 25:31; Luke 2:10–14; 1 Cor. 13:1; 1 Peter 1:12; Rev. 3:5; 5:11; 14:10. They may know more about it than we imagine, for they dwell in God’s immediate presence. Hence, their rejoicing over a sinner’s conversion must not be ruled out.

But that is not exactly the teaching of our passage; at least, that is not its main point. That main point is this: God, who has his dwelling in the presence of the angels, seeks sinners, and rejoices over even one of them who repents or is converted. So, should not you, Pharisees and scribes, be concerned about those people you now despise? Should you not do all in your power to help them?

On the subject of God’s deep interest in sinners and his joy in their conversion and salvation see also the following beautiful passages: Isa. 62:5; Jer. 7:13 (and its many parallels in that book); 32:41; Ezek. 18:23, 32; 33:11; Hos. 11:8; Zeph. 3:17; John 3:16; Rom. 5:6–11; 8:32; 2 Peter 3:9.[9]


Parable of the Lost Coin (15:8–10)

15:8–10. The second parable is remarkably simple and reiterates the same basic point as the first: something lost (a coin) was diligently searched for and ultimately found, to the great joy of the finder. As with the parable of the lost sheep, the reaction of the woman who found her coin—calling neighbors and friends—is not true to life. It is an exaggeration. However, it is meant to make the point that there is extravagant joy in the presence of the angels (15:10 indicating God Himself) when sinners repent. Both of these parables teach that it is God who takes the initiative to seek the lost (cf. 19:10), as demonstrated by the controversial actions of Jesus who sought the social and spiritual rejects.[10]


15:10. Jesus repeated the message of verse 7. A repentant sinner brings celebration and joy to heaven. The question lingers: Does it bring the same joy and celebration to you? Do you share God’s feelings of love and pity and care for sinners. Is your heart so heavy for them that their repentance—their being found for the kingdom—swells your heart with joy? Hopefully, this week the results of your witness will flood heaven with joy.[11]


10 γίνεται χαρά, “there is joy,” may be a Lukan “improvement” (cf. Acts 8:8) to the χαρὰ … ἔσται used in v 7, which may reflect the source at this point. This verse stands behind Luke’s formulation in v 7. The phrase ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀγγέλων τοῦ θεοῦ, “before the angels of God,” is odd and is probably not original. In late Hebrew and in the NT, for something to be so “before God” is an indirect method of attributing the matter to God (cf. Walls, NovT 3 [1959] 315). A step further toward indirectness involves substituting “the angels” for God. But then the process seems to have gone into reverse here with the addition of “of God” (Walls’ suggestion [NovT 3 (1959) 314–16: God rejoicing before or with his angels] finally falls foul of this “of God”). God is no more content than is the woman with what remains to him. There is special importance for him too in that which has been lost but is restored to him. Because of v 7, “who repents” introduces here as well a note that takes us outside the dynamic of the parable. The parable is intrinsically interested in the recovery of the sinner, not his or her repentance as such.

Explanation

The present parable forms a close parallel with the preceding, only now with a relatively poor woman and her coins in the place of the relatively rich man with his sheep. Once again the point is that God takes special delight in the restoration of the sinner who has been lost from his People.

A drachma is probably about a day’s wage for a day laborer. The coins likely represent the family nest egg, there to buffer against difficult times or to meet special needs. The one coin represents a significant part of the woman’s savings. With a lamp to catch the glint of the coin and a broom to make it tinkle, she searches with care for her coin. Naturally enough, the woman is not content with what remains to her but makes every effort to retrieve her lost coin.

When the coin has been found, she invites her friends and neighbors to share in her joy. The coin has become more important to her in its recovery than it had been originally as part of her nest egg. In the wider setting there is a challenge to actively identify with the joy that results from the restoration of a sinner to God.

v 10 applies the parable to God. God is no more content than is the woman with what remains to him when some of his People are lost from him in their sin. The penitent sinner is a source of great joy to God.[12]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2013). Luke 11–17 (pp. 299–301). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Ryken, P. G. (2009). Luke. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (Vol. 2, pp. 113–125). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[3] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 2, pp. 341–342). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 251). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[5] Green, J. B. (1997). The Gospel of Luke (p. 576). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[6] Childress, G. (2006). Opening up Luke’s Gospel (pp. 139–140). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[7] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 232). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[8] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 115). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[9] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke (Vol. 11, p. 749). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[10] Zuber, K. D. (2014). Luke. In The moody bible commentary (p. 1582). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[11] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, p. 249). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[12] Nolland, J. (1993). Luke 9:21–18:34 (Vol. 35B, p. 776). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

July 8, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

The Trump administration has few realistic options to get a citizenship
question onto next year’s census, but by keeping the issue in the public
eye it could still trigger an undercount of residents in Democratic-leaning
areas, legal and political experts told Reuters.

The capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Britain has set “a dangerous
precedent and must end now”, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
said on Twitter on Monday.

A second Turkish ship planning to drill for oil and gas off Cyprus arrived
off the Mediterranean island’s northeastern coast on Monday, triggering a
strong protest from Nicosia of an infringement by Turkey of its sovereign
rights.

The rule of law has crumbled in Venezuela under the government of President
Nicolas Maduro which has usurped the powers of the legislative and judicial
branches

Iran threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up
its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity as its next potential big
moves away from a 2015 nuclear agreement that Washington abandoned last
year.

Deutsche Bank laid off staff from Sydney to London on Monday as it began
18,000 job cuts in a 8.3 billion “reinvention” which Germany’s largest
lender said would mean yet another annual loss, knocking its shares.

Impunity and unlawful killings are going on unabated in the Philippines,
three years into a war on drugs, with a pattern of executions under the
guise of police sting operations and a state unwilling to investigate, a
rights group said on Monday.

AP Top Stories

Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest
earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both
should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One”
strikes.

The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has
arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media
said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting
to the impoverished, authoritarian North.

Migrants are human beings who symbolize all those rejected by
globalization, Pope Francis told a special mass on Monday, saying “the
weakest and most vulnerable must be helped”.

Starbucks apologized after an employee reportedly asked six police officers
to leave or change their location in one of the company’s shops in a
Phoenix suburb because another customer reported feeling unsafe. Starbucks
said it has “deep respect for the Tempe Police Department” and was
apologizing “for any misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may
have taken place” during the July 4 encounter.

Hordes of people waving rainbow flags poured onto the streets of Madrid for
one of the world’s largest gay pride events on Saturday, celebrating and
asserting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
community.

A new law in Iran could see the organs of convicts on death row pre-sold to
buyers if the prisoners agree before their executions.

Five people were arrested during overnight clashes in Hong Kong between
riot officers and anti-government protesters, police said Monday, as the
political violence rocking the international hub shows no sign of abating.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday that it removed a
prominent priest from public ministry after reviewing what it described as
a “credible allegation” that he had sexually abused a child decades ago.

Dozens of powerful Afghans including bitter rivals met the Taliban in Doha
on Sunday, discussing a possible ceasefire and the future of women and
minorities after 18 years of conflict.

An alleged Dutch-born Islamic State militant went on trial in the
Netherlands on Monday for war crimes in Iraq and Syria, including breaches
of the Geneva Conventions, after posing with a crucified body and sharing
images of dead victims online.

At least 13 civilians were killed in an air raid as the military repulsed a
jihadist assault in northeast Borno state, residents and a security source
said Sunday.

BBC

US immigration officers have used facial recognition technology to search
drivers’ licenses in states that issue licenses to undocumented immigrants.
Millions of licenses were scanned by FBI and ICE agents between 2014 and
2017, without the holders knowing.

A former Congolese rebel leader has been found guilty of war crimes and
crimes against humanity. Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on
18 counts including murder, rape, sexual slavery, and using child soldiers.
He becomes the first person convicted of sexual slavery by the ICC.

Hundreds of young people belonging to India’s Jain community have begun
renouncing the material world to become monks who always walk barefoot, eat
only what they receive as alms and never bathe or use modern technology.

WND

A U.S. school district was caught allowing Muslim students to interrupt
classes to “convert” others to Islam has refused to release information
about its promotion of Ramadan.

The British teacher, in south London, allegedly demanded five days of
detention for a boy and a girl after they asked to be exempted from an LGBT
lesson on June 20 during gay pride month.

Americans who are 18 years old can vote in elections, enlist in the
military and die for their country. But California believes they are not
“adult” enough to buy a gun.

Top teachers in effectively are forcing Islamic indoctrination on students
in Britain, with a growing movement to strip parents of their legal right
to remove their children from objectionable religious classes.


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 8, 2019

The Foundation

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

Leftmedia Torch Trump’s Favorability

Recent polling finds the president’s net approval rating down in a majority of states.


Dems Define Platform: Open Borders, Free Stuff

They exploit the border crisis for political optics while avoiding any legislative action.


‘Mini AOC’ Silenced by Death Threats

When an eight-year-old girl can’t even make a joke, you know the Left has gone too far.


Nike CEO Mark Parker: It’s All About the Money

There’s a face behind the faceless corporation running anti-American Kaepernick ads.


Venezuela’s ‘Death Squads’ Enforce Socialist Dream

A new UN report says the government has killed nearly 7,000 people in the last 18 months.


Black Americans: Choose Patriotism Over Pessimism

While no nation is perfect, to overlook the privilege of living in America is to be spoiled rotten.


Video: Have Americans Lost Pride in Their Country?

Andrew Klavan discusses a New York Times video about how pride in America is outdated.


Humor Video: The Democrat Debates in a Nutshell

In case you missed the Democrat debates, here’s an animated recut of real quotes.



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The 2020 Democrats Lack Hindsight
Jeff Jacoby
‘Proclaim Liberty’: How the Hebrew Bible Molded Revolutionary America
William Federer
New Political Party Founded to End Slavery
Todd Starnes
U.S. Women’s Soccer Won the World Cup, but It Lost America
Ken Blackwell
Iran’s Domestic Opposition: An Alternative U.S. Policy in the Middle East
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News – 7/8/2019

US Intelligence Officials and Satellite Photos Detail Russian Military Buildup on Crimea
Russia has added troops, aircraft, and weapons to Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in what amounts to a “significant” buildup of forces over the past 18 months, according to U.S. intelligence officials, observers, and new satellite photos that reveal the locations of new S-400 air defense systems and improvements to Soviet-era bases. Those officials and observers of the region say the additional firepower gives Moscow greater defensive control over the Black Sea and puts offensive fighters and ships closer to the Middle East.

“The Deutsche Bank As You Know It Is No More”: DB Exits Equities In $8.4 Billion Overhaul, To Fire Thousands
The bank which only a decade ago dominated equity and fixed income and sales trading and investment banking across the globe, and was Europe’s banking behemoth, is no more. On Sunday afternoon, in a widely telegraphed move, Deutsche Bank announced that it was exiting its equity sales and trading operation, resizing its once legendary Fixed Income and Rates operations and reducing risk-weighted assets currently allocated to these business by 40%, slashing as many as 20,000 jobs including many top officials, and creating a €74 billion “bad bank” as part of a reorganization which will cost up to €7.4 billion by the end of 2022

Indian police arrest priest & school teacher after they attempt to ‘sacrifice’ 3yo girl
Police in India have saved a 3-year-old girl from imminent death at the hands of her own relatives, as they planned to “sacrifice” the toddler after getting the green light from her parents, local media reports.

7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia, tsunami warning issued
Indonesia’s geophysics agency has issued a tsunami warning, after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in the Moloccan Sea to the country’s east. The figure was later downgraded to 7.0 The quake struck shortly after 10 PM local time on Sunday, at a depth of 36km, …

Trump: Iran better be careful
“Iran better be careful, because you enrich for one reason, and I won’t tell you what that reason is, but it’s no good. They better be careful,” he told reporters.

Netanyahu: Iran’s uranium enrichment steps are like those Nazis took in 1930
This enrichment, the prime minister said, “is for only one thing – to prepare nuclear weapons.”

Netanyahu: Archaeology, DNA prove Palestinians not native to Land of Israel
“There’s no connection between the ancient Philistines & the modern Palestinians, whose ancestors came from the Arabian Peninsula to the Land of Israel thousands of years later,” Netanyahu tweeted. Netanyahu tweeted that, “A new study of DNA recovered from an ancient Philistine site in the Israeli city of Ashkelon confirms what we know from the Bible – that the origin of the Philistines is in southern Europe,”

Iran claims to pioneer new electronic warfare unit
The US says it carried out cyberattacks against Iran in late June after Iran shot down a US Global Hawk drone over the Gulf of Oman. The attacks were judged to be a better response than airstrikes, which would have killed Iranians. In response, Iran has rolled out this new unit, the latest in a series of Iranian claims to have created indigenous technology.

Saudi Arabia launches arrest campaign against Palestinian expatriates
“There is an intensified campaign to arrest more Palestinians living in the kingdom,…the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been tracking down and detaining Palestinian expatriates living in the country, after the Kingdom launched a new arrest campaign again to track down these Palestinian targets. Qamedi explained that the Kingdom is targeting these individuals on suspicion of affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood,…

Ex-IAEA official to ‘Post’: Iran cutting nuclear breakout time by two months
Things could get worse in 60 days if Tehran carries out previous threats .

IDF shoots down drone after it infiltrates into Israel from Gaza Strip
A drone which infiltrated from the Gaza Strip and was seen over the community of Zikim was intercepted by the Israeli military and taken in for inspection, the army said on Monday. The drone was identified by Israeli radar systems as crossing over the border in the northern Gaza Strip, flying near the communities of Karmiya and Zikim and tracked by troops until it was downed.

Deutsche Bank will exit global equities business and slash 18,000 jobs in sweeping overhaul
Deutsche Bank announced Sunday that it will pull out of global equities sales and trading, scale back investment banking and slash thousands of jobs as part of a sweeping restructuring plan to improve profitability. Deutsche will cut 18,000 jobs for a global headcount of around 74,000 employees by 2022. The bank aims to reduce adjusted costs by a quarter to 17 billion euros ($19 billion) over the next several years.

1 in 4 Americans have no plans to retire
Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals’ retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce. Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they’d like.

Pentagon’s Cloud Project Under Fire as Award Nears
The Pentagon plans to award a long-awaited cloud-computing contract next month, but the huge program—expected to cost up to $10 billion—faces mounting complications from congressional scrutiny and a court challenge. Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. were designated in April as finalists…drawing complaints from rival companies…which say the contract-award process was skewed from the start to favor Amazon…

World cannot shut China out, vice president says, in jab at U.S.
China and the rest of the world must co-exist, Vice President Wang Qishan said on Monday, in an indirect jab at the United States, with which Beijing is trying to resolve a bitter trade war. Top representatives of the world’s two biggest economies are trying to resume talks this week to try and resolve their year-long trade dispute, which has seen the two countries place increasingly harsh tariffs on each other’s imports.

Second Turkish drillship arrives off coast of Cyprus: shipping data
A second Turkish drillship, which is expected to begin drilling for oil and natural gas near Cyprus this week, arrived off the Mediterranean island’s northeastern coast on Monday, Refinitiv Eikon shipping data showed. Last month, European Union leaders warned Turkey to end its gas drilling in disputed waters around the island or face action from the bloc, after Greece and Cyprus pressed other EU states to speak out.

‘Europe’s biggest sex festival’ hits England, aerial photos show
Europe’s biggest swingers’ party has come to the UK again for three days as raunchy revelers get into the swing of things.

They Thought She Was Crazy: Doctor Extracts RFID Chip from Sex Trafficking Victim
Doctors thought this patient might need psychiatric help — until an x-ray revealed she’d been forcibly implanted with an RFID chip for trafficking.

Gates Says Steve Jobs Cast ‘Spells’ to Keep Apple From Dying
Apple’s Steve Jobs was singular in his ability to take a company “on a path to die” and turn it into the world’s most valuable — in part by “casting spells,” billionaire Bill Gates said.

Official Lutheran Church is really a Coven of Witches – Exposing Satanism and Witchcraft
A church holding membership in the Evangelical LutheranChurch in America, the largest Lutheran denomination in the country, worships God almost exclusively as a woman. The church, Ebenezer Lutheran in San Francisco, also participates in rituals to honor ancient goddesses.

‘80% of the Muslims in the West are Unemployed Beggars’
…If we do not remain vigilant, it will be coming to America as well. It is already here, but not like it is in Europe. There is still some hope for America. But we must fight as if our entire future depends on it, because it does.

BREAKING BOMBSHELL: NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes with Children, Child Exploitation, Pay to Play, Perjury
New York Police Department detectives and prosecutors working an alleged underage sexting case against former Congressman Anthony Weiner have turned over a newly-found laptop he shared with wife Huma Abedin to the FBI with enough evidence “to put Hillary (Clinton) and her crew away for life,” NYPD sources told True Pundit.

Jihadists massacre entire Christian village in Mali killing at least 100, many burnt to death
At least 100 men, women and children were slaughtered in Sobame Da, a mainly-Christian village in the Mopti region of central Mali, by heavily-armed Islamist extremists on 10 June.

UN Backed Obrador, MX National Guard, Sinaloa’s vs Federal Police, Related Cartels In Unfolding Mexican Civil War
In Part One of this series, I alleged that the newly formed and UN sponsored and trained Mexican National Guard would one day become our FEMA camps guards. In Part One, I painstakingly detailed, through an overview of EO 13603 and FEMA camp manual, FM 39.4, how foreign troops would become our captors. Before the newly formed Mexican National Guard, backed and trained by the UN, can become a threat to the people of the United States, they must first win their emerging civil war.

SB 75 Is Kryptonite for Kids-MSM and Liberals Combine Forces to Attack Millions of Children
Attention, if your child is middle class and above, SB 75 which will spread across the country, will be the reason that your child is forced from the public school because of reverse discrimination! And the MSM is completely on board with this repressive legislation


Headlines – 7/8/2019

Jordan: No to deal that neglects Palestinian state

Hamas: We eroded Israel’s deterrence

Palestinian-American political activist Linda Sarsour tweets that Jesus was Palestinian, Twitter goes crazy

Archaeologists say they found town where future king David took refuge from Saul

Israeli chef gets anti-Semitic threat after critic pans NY restaurant prices

‘Not Everyone Believes Holocaust Happened,’ Florida High School Principal Says

Germans divided as US calls on Berlin to send ground forces to Syria

Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy after latest enrichment breach

Iran steps further from nuke deal, adding pressure on Europe

Iran says recent enrichment steps ‘reversible’ if EU meets obligations

Iran will only discuss issues in current nuclear deal, not take part in new deal

Netanyahu: Iran’s uranium enrichment steps are like those Nazis took in 1930

Trump warns Iran to ‘be careful’ after Tehran says it will breach uranium cap

Iran is not looking for war with any country: Iran army chief

Iran tanker detention by UK will not be left without response: Defense minister

Pompeo warns Iran of further sanctions

Iranian scientists held in US over accusations they violated sanctions

European powers call on Iran to halt nuke deal breach, but balk at sanctions

Trump hits back after UK’s top envoy calls his Iran policy ‘incoherent’

Sudanese say US pressure was key to reaching transition deal

Libya’s Mitiga airport resumes air traffic following a missile strike

President Trump weighs decision to pull all US troops from Afghanistan

Tens of thousands in Hong Kong take message to mainlanders

Hong Kong police arrest five after another night of clashes

Venezuela opposition says it will meet Maduro envoys in Barbados for talks

Trump says migrant detention centers to open to media

Nevada college professor shot self on campus to protest Trump, police say

Crowd Chants “F*** Trump!” After U.S. Women’s World Cup Victory On Fox News Broadcast

UK justice minister says likely parliament will find a way to stop no-deal Brexit

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

FBI, ICE using state driver’s license photos without consent for facial recognition searches: report

3,000 earthquakes since July 4, and more big ones likely coming

6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesia, Tsunami Warning Cancelled

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Masjed Soleyman, Iran

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near La Cruz, Costa Rica

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Union, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

US Gulf Coast put on alert for potential tropical storm to form late week

River flooding in Tennessee ruins cotton, soybean crops

‘I’ve never seen anything like this’: 180 sheep fall to death due to dry soil from European heatwave

US may dump 1.5 tons of rat poison on Farallon Islands to halt invasive rodents

A mother gave birth to other couples’ babies because of an IVF mix-up, lawsuit states

London pride march draws thousands as homophobic hate crimes rise

Church of England says it will recognize marriages of transgender worshipers

Prominent Detroit priest removed from pulpit over child sex abuse allegations

Atheist group’s “In No God We Trust” banners stir controversy in Fort Worth

Ethiopian authorities order evangelical church to shut down, Christians forced to leave


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Arrogant Todd White Goes Full Copeland Prosperity — Does Not Care What You Think

Beth Moore: Calling Homosexuality a Sin is “Exceeding Scripture”

Former Followers of Pastor Jane Whaley Allege Round-the-Clock Prayer So ‘You Don’t Have Time to Question’

Church ‘Cult’ Survivor Says He Was Beaten Because He Was Gay: ‘I Was Scared For My Life’

Pope Francis claims US televangelist (Bishop Fulton J. Sheen) performed miracle, paving way for sainthood

Benny Hinn’s nephew details tragic tale of how televangelist exploits followers in new book

Black Pastor Says Abortion is Murder, But White Legislators Have No Business Stopping It

The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid – A Course in Miracles

Tulsi Gabbard Had a Very Strange Childhood  – Dem Candidate Was Raised in a Cult

Putin: We Live In A World Based On Biblical Values; Liberals Are Trying To Dismantle It


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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

Whoa! Clinton Library REFUSES to Hand Over Information on Bill Clinton’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein — The Gateway Pundit

Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein

Florida billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on Saturday in New York for sex trafficking of minors, reported The Daily Beast.

He faces federal sex trafficking charges.

Reporter Yashar Ali believes there may be a second defendant in the Epstein case.

In May 2016 FOX News reported that former President Bill Clinton traveled with Jeffrey Epstein on his famous “Lolita Express” at least 26 times and frequently ditched his secret service detail.

And now this…

OANN reported that the Clinton Presidential Library is refusing to hand over information on Bill Clinton’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein

Via Jack Posobiec:

via Whoa! Clinton Library REFUSES to Hand Over Information on Bill Clinton’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein — The Gateway Pundit

Wow! Liberal Media HIDES Violent, Profanity-Laced Meltdown by Freshman Democrat Rashida Tlaib at Migrant Detention Center (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Last Monday several Democratic lawmakers, including freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, toured the illegal migrant holding facility in El Paso, Texas.

Ocasio-Cortez reportedly SCREAMED at Federal Law Enforcement Agents “in a threatening manner.”

When she left the facility Socialist Rep. Ocasio-Cortez told reporters, “No women should ever be separated from their children.” She also accused border officials of forcing women to drink from a toilet.

These same open borders representatives also held a press conference with reporters following their tour of the facility.

During her speech Rep. Rashida Tlaib suffered a violent, profanity-laced meltdown.

Here is video of Tlaib cursing during her speech.

The media totally ignored this revolting display.
It’s nice to have Democrat privilege.

via Wow! Liberal Media HIDES Violent, Profanity-Laced Meltdown by Freshman Democrat Rashida Tlaib at Migrant Detention Center (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Leaked Document Suggests Google ‘Blacklisted’ Pro-life Videos Just in Time for Irish Abortion Vote — Pulpit & Pen

With a recent surge in censorship of pro-life and conservative views, Google has admitted to interference in Ireland’s 2018 abortion referendum, which Google claims was to “help voters.”

Numerous videos from Project Veritas, a pro-life organization, were blacklisted from YouTube, which is owned by Google. When users searched for specific terms, Google manually altered search results, meaning videos selected by Google appeared at the top of search results.

This interference from Google came one week before Ireland’s referendum, which allowed abortion nationwide. Searches such as “irish catholic,” unborn life,” and “abortion is wrong,” were affected by Google’s manipulation of the system.

The document leaked to Project Veritas was later corroborated by the Breitbart news organization.

Some blacklisted phrases relating to the referendum were:

  • “abortion is wrong”
  • “abortion is barbaric”
  • “abortion is murdering”
  • “Murder of innocent babies”
  • “Repeal the 8th”
  • “Right to life”
  • “abortion and Down syndrome”
  • “abortion and the Catholic Church”
  • “child murder”

Read more: Leaked Document Suggests Google ‘Blacklisted’ Pro-life Videos Just in Time for Irish Abortion Vote — Pulpit & Pen

Google fires another Republican engineer who disagreed with Democrat party policies

WINTERY KNIGHT

The firing happened in early June, but I was busy at the time, and didn’t blog about it. This isn’t the first time that Google has fired software engineers for disagreeing with Democrat party policies. The last one, you’ll remember, was James D’Amore. This time, it’s Mike Wacker, who was fired for expressing Republican views and dissenting from Google “reporting” policies.

The Daily Caller reports:

A Republican Google software engineer has written an open letter describing a culture of left-wing “outrage mobs” that make use of the company’s anonymous bias reporting channels to shut down dissent.

The open letter, published Tuesday morning on Medium, was written by software engineer Mike Wacker, who was reported himself multiple times via the company’s anonymous reporting tools.

“If left unchecked,” Wacker wrote, “these outrage mobs will hunt down any conservative, any Christian, and any independent free thinker at Google who does not bow down to…

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Allie Long And Megan Rapinoe Of US Women’s Soccer Team Show Their Hatred For America By Dragging The Flag On The Ground After Victory — Now The End Begins

The U.S. Women’s Soccer team defeated the Netherlands on Sunday 2-0 to become World Cup champions. The celebration seemed to prove that for many, the embrace of this team has much to do with the contempt for America by some players.

You can hate Donald Trump all you want, it is your right as an American citizen to passionately dislike the current president. I have no problem with that. I hated every minute of the narcissistic, Socialistic and corrupt Obama presidency. But I never, not once, disrespected the American flag or disrespected our National Anthem. You don’t show your dislike of the president by trashing the country, or in this case, dragging the flag on the ground and stomping on it. All that does is show how you feel about America, and not the president.

The fact that the US Women’s Soccer association is allowing this behaviour and not saying anything about it is equally disgusting. But it does show you how Liberals feel about America, they hate it and everything it stands for. Take a real, good look at the video below, and burn the images of those players stomping the flag. Because if Liberals win in 2020, that is exactly what you will get for 4 long years.

Shame on you, Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long, for taking a moment that should have been a time of great celebration for the United States, and turning it into something cheap and repulsive. I cannot celebrate your victory on the soccer field, and I pray to God that you and your ilk are denied victory at the ballot box next year.

Top US Women’s Soccer players toss American flag in grass after victory, Trump takes higher ground

FROM BIZPAC REVIEW: Radical lesbian player Megan Rapinoe elevated herself as the face of that contempt and it was only fitting that she was involved in a troubling scene where a celebrating player discards the American flag by throwing it to the ground.

That player, Allie Long, is grasping the American flag in one hand, hanging to her side low enough for the flag to drag in the grass. Rapinoe approached and motioned for Long to get rid of the flag so they can do a group pose holding the World Cup trophy, along with a third player. Long responds by dropping the flag on the ground between her legs as the three players mug for the camera.

Excitement aside, it was a disrespectful move —  to her credit, another player quickly swooped in to pick the flag up off the grass. Despite Rapinoe protesting the national anthem by taking a knee, an act she called a “good ‘F you’” to President Trump, and declaring that she would not be “going to the f–king White House” if the team won the championship, a play backed by teammate Ali Krieger, the president and first lady responded with class Sunday to their victory.

“Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” the president tweeted.

To be clear about Rapinoe’s politics, she was only too happy to accept an invite from radical socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to tour Capitol Hill.

Equally clear was that toxic hatred of Trump was a driving factor for many of those following the team. This was seen on Fox News when the network did a live shot of a sports bar in Lyon, France, where Americans in the city were watching the game. READ MORE

via Allie Long And Megan Rapinoe Of US Women’s Soccer Team Show Their Hatred For America By Dragging The Flag On The Ground After Victory — Now The End Begins

July 8 A True Servant

scripture reading: Matthew 23:1–12
key verse: Matthew 23:11

He who is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Those who chose roles in our nation’s government during the colonial days did so on the noble basis of public service. Compensation was small, and recognition was not the determining motivation.

How interesting that our notion of public service has eroded through the centuries. Now those elected to govern are usually motivated by greed or power. Once they are in office, their energies are focused on the maintenance of their position, not service to their constituency.

However, biblical servanthood is always cloaked in the garment of true humility. It is not self–seeking. Its real value lies not in pleasing or helping the one served, but in honoring the Master and reflecting His character.

Do you serve others so that you can be recognized for your efforts? Do you serve to gain position or acknowledgment?

You can maintain such humility only by cultivating an intimate relationship with the servant heart of Jesus Christ. The dearer Jesus is to you, the more you are enveloped in His holy humility. The more in awe you are of God, the less likely you are to succumb to pride.

Do not let a servant spirit be corrupted by corrosive motivations. Keep close to Christ, and you will gladly take towel in hand without regard to the outcome.

Heavenly Father, purify my motives for service. Help me take the towel of servanthood in hand and not worry about the outcome.[1]


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