Daily Archives: July 12, 2019

July 12 How to Handle Anger

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:43–48

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:26

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.

Like a sore festering on our bodies, so is unforgiveness in our hearts. The gaping wound left by someone angers us. Instead of attending to it, we leave it open. We want the world to see what was done to us. Each time we look at how mangled we are, our anger grows. Anger can destroy us from without and within. It quickly can turn into uncontrollable rage, or it can simmer quietly for years inside of us. Paul told us to not sin in our anger (Ephesians 4:26).

God created us with emotions. Anger is one. However, He does not want us to use it to hurt others or become embittered. Anger should be expressed sparingly—not for selfish purposes or to gain our own way. And always, anger needs to be dealt with immediately and not left to linger in our thoughts.

In teaching, Jesus emphasized the importance of forgiveness, especially when dealing with anger and personal hurts (Matthew 6:14–15). Realize that Satan looks for every possible avenue to thwart your Christian witness. Therefore, don’t allow anger to become a place where he can build a stronghold in your life.

If you are struggling with feelings of anger, ask God to help you deal with it before it grows any further.

Lord, Creator of my emotions, I turn them over to You. When I am angry, give me the desire to rise above self, and the strength to forgive.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 203). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 12 Immorality

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:1–10

Key Verse: Colossians 2:10

You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Our usual defense against immoral thoughts or actions is a recommitment to personal discipline, chastity, or holiness. Gritty determination helps stem the tide of impure thinking or actions for a season; but for those who suffer its unrelenting temptation, immoral desires seriously erode any appearance of a joyful, content Christian life. God knows the severity of such passion, and He has provided a firm defense—although a radical departure from our ordinary tactics.

Our first line of defense against the onslaught of immorality in any form is to understand our new position in Christ. Consider this example: you are asked to put together a model airplane. The box cover portrays the plane, but the pieces inside have been switched. You can imagine the frustration of trying to get the model to match the picture.

If we don’t understand our new identity in Christ, we will be flustered trying to match our behavior to this new Christlike image. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a noted British preacher, explained, “You once were a child. Now you are a man. Therefore, quit acting like a baby.”

Immorality can never match your new identity in Christ.

Precious heavenly Father, cleanse me from immoral thoughts, words, and deeds. I am a new creature in Christ. I want my behavior to match my new identity.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 203). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

President Trump Impromptu Presser Departing White House – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  As President Trump departs the White House for a trip to Wisconsin he stops for the assembled media pool. The president fielded questions on a variety of current topics leading off with the unfortunate resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.  [ Watch Video and Transcript below]

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Congressman accuses Pelosi of sedition | WND

A Texas congressman accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of sedition for urging illegal aliens to resist the Trump administration’s plan to enforce existing deportation orders.

“Suggesting that people break the law in this country is sedition,” said Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, in an interview Friday with the Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney.

“And I think we are going down a very difficult path that we, and I say we to represent Nancy and the gang, that we cannot turn back on.”

The New York Times reported Thursday that a massive deportation operation delayed two weeks ago will be carried out this Sunday.

Pelosi on Thursday urged illegal immigrants to resist deportation, contending they have the right to refuse to open their doors to ICE officers, the Washington Times reported.

“These families are hardworking members of our communities and our country. This brutal action will terrorize children and tear families apart,” Pelosi said during her weekly news conference.

In the interview with FBN, Gooden noted Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas allegedly instructed her staff to cross the border into Mexico and encourage migrants to break the law by crossing into the United States.

Hillary Clinton also has urged illegal immigrants to resist the deportation.

The former Democratic presidential nominee and secretary of state posted “legal advice” in Spanish on how to evade ICE agents, saying, “Por favor comparte (please share).”

The document advises illegal aliens not to answer the door if an ICE agent knocks, letting the agents know they have “the right to remain silent,” and to not sign anything without talking to a lawyer.

Clinton also instructs illegal aliens to take photographs and video of the ICE agents, and write down their badge numbers and type of car.

Schumer: ‘Cruel policy’

The deportation operation is focused on illegal immigrants who have been ordered deported after completing their court hearings and have ignored ICE efforts to schedule an orderly departure.

But other illegal immigrants encountered at the same time also could be arrested and deported, ICE officials said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was among others who urged resistance.

“No matter who you are or what your status is, this is the United States of America — where ALL people have rights. Know yours,” she wrote via Twitter.

A coalition of lawyers has rushed to a federal court in New York to ask a judge to stop the deportations, the Washington Times reported.

The lawyers argued that anyone who was ordered removed in absentia and without an attorney should be granted an automatic new hearing.

“We will not stand by and let the Trump administration arrest and deport thousands of Central American families and children without giving them a fair day in court,” said Judy London, a lawyer at Public Counsel, one of the activist groups, according to the Times.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York predicted that when photos of the deportations go viral, Trump will have to cancel the operation.

“I warn President Trump, the pictures of these raids aren’t going to be pretty,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “You’re going to have to back off from this cruel policy because the American people are a lot better than you.”

Trump’s campaign team accused Democrats of “sabotaging” the deportations and embracing an “open-borders” policy.

“If people who ignore court orders & stay in the U.S. illegally are not deported, we do not have rule of law,” the Trump campaign war room said via Twitter. “Democrats have become the party that puts illegal immigrants first!”

Source: Congressman accuses Pelosi of sedition

“They Have No Fear” – A Dozen New Epstein Abuse Victims Come Forward | ZeroHedge News

Jeffrey Epstein’s defense team is arguing that their client should be released on house arrest until his trial. They’re also arguing that the charges being brought against Epstein in New York were previously resolved in Florida ten years ago, where Epstein struck his sweetheart deal with prosecutors led by now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

But it appears the FBI’s request that any other victims of Epstein come forward succeeded in convincing more than a dozen women, whose cases were not part of the Florida prosecution, to come forward and testify about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Epstein.

According to the Miami Herald, which revived prosecutors’ interest in Epstein with its ‘Perversion of Justice’ series of investigative reports about how Epstein was let off with a slap on the wrist and minimal jail time despite evidence that he was an inveterate, unrepentant pedophile. At least four women have contacted David Boies, the New York power-lawyer who represents some of Epstein’s victims, and at least 10 others have approached other lawyers who have previously represented Epstein’s victims.

Following Epstein’s arrest Saturday in New Jersey, four women have reached out to New York lawyer David Boies, and at least 10 other women have approached other lawyers who have represented dozens of Epstein’s alleged victims in the past.

Jack Scarola, a Palm Beach attorney, said at least five women, all of whom were minors at the time of their alleged encounters with Epstein, have reached out to either him or Fort Lauderdale lawyer Brad Edwards.

“The people we are speaking to are underage victims in Florida and in New York. They are not individuals whose claims have previously been part of any law enforcement investigation,” Scarola said.

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“I believe that there was a fairly effective message that was delivered by New York authorities that victims need not fear that they will be treated in the same way that victims had been treated in South Florida,” Scarola said

For Epstein’s lawyers, the timing couldn’t be worse. The enigmatic financier’s legal team filed a motion Thursday for pre-trial release, arguing that Epstein had maintained a “spotless” record since pleading guilty to Florida state charges a decade ago. Epstein’s lawyers have offered to surrender his passport, “demobilize” his cars and his private jet, hire a security team to monitor Epstein, have him wear an ankle bracelet and have “trustees” live in Epstein’s $77 million Manhattan mansion along with hm. Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, has also pledged his Palm Beach estate for his brother’s bail.

Prosecutors are alleging that Epstein abused dozens of girls between 2002 and 2005. They have also argued that Epstein’s limitless means make him a flight risk, no matter how restrictive his bail conditions are.

But New York prosecutors – who say they found “an extraordinary volume of photographs of nude and partially nude young women and girls” while executing a search warrant at his Manhattan residence last weekend – have already argued that he’s likely to either flee the country or add to what they say are dozens of victims as young as 14 from New York to Palm Beach.

“I don’t care if he gives up his license and his jet, he still has the wherewithal to take off any time,” said Spencer Kuvin, a Palm Beach attorney who represents three Epstein accusers. “Think about it – if he was a plumber in Queens, do you think the judge would say ‘Yeah, let’s give him an ankle bracelet and send him home?'”

Prosecutors have also cited Epstein’s history of alleged witness intimidation as another reason he should be held.

12 years ago, Epstein signed a non-prosecution agreement with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida after federal agents identified three dozen girls who were allegedly victimized by Epstein at his mansion in Palm Beach.

As part of the deal, Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to two lesser prostitution-related charges and serve 13 months in the Palm Beach County jail. During his stay, Epstein’s valet picked him up six days a week and drove him to his West Palm Beach office, where he worked under a work-release program.

Judging by their stories, it appears Epstein abused many of these women in New York, which would clearly constitute new crimes that would be outside the scope of his previous deal.

Source: “They Have No Fear” – A Dozen New Epstein Abuse Victims Come Forward

Beth Moore Labels Christians Against Homosexuality, ‘Hyper-Fundamentalists’ — Christian Research Network

“While some of us aren’t afraid of the term “fundamentalism,” for many evangelicals the term has a negative connotation. Essentially, Moore is insulting those of us who have a Biblical sexual ethic and is implying that we are all stuffy, KJV-only, kill-joys and party-poopers.”

(Pulpit & Pen)  In a continued social media meltdown, similar to the one that had the unstable and hysterical feminist take a break from Twitter back in May, Beth Moore labeled Christians explicitly opposed to homosexuality “hyper-fundamentalists.”

Moore was referencing her Christian critics who have repeatedly asked her to clarify her position on homosexuality, noticing her leftward drift. While Moore sidestepped the issue and refused to say whether or not she viewed homosexuality as a sin, her fans claimed that Moore had been sufficiently clear in past writings, and therefore didn’t need to repeat herself. However, it was revealed over the Independence Day holiday that Moore has deleted anti-homosexuality passages from newer Kindle versions of at least one of her older books, thus covering up any evidence that she opposed homosexuality.

Moore has since taken to playing the victim, claiming that the “attacks” (read that: requests for a clarification on her position) have “almost made [her] cry.” Her friends in the Southern Baptist Convention have been out in full force attacking her critics today, with one ERLC board member claiming that “discernment blogs are a big threat to the SBC.”

In response to those dismayed that she has expunged remarks critical of homosexuality from her books, Moore said the following on Twitter:  View article →

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New Study Confirms All Your Opinions Are Correct — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A fascinating new study released today from a very reliable source confirmed that all your opinions are correct, there are no flaws in your worldview, beliefs, or hot takes, and that everything you say is more or less absolutely correct.

The study researched everything you believe and found that it is true, all of it. From your opinions on religion to your takes on politics, the extremely reputable study found that you are 100% correct both in your high-level assertions and in all the supporting details of your claims.

“Based on this new information, we definitely recommend never examining your beliefs to see if there are weaknesses, never challenging your own assumptions to see if they hold water, and never adjusting your thinking to align with truth,” said one expert. “We also recommend not doubting this study itself. Share its results immediately so you can show everyone on your social media feeds that you are, indeed, right.”

The study also researched everything you disagree with and found that it is deeply flawed, inherently opposed to logic and reason, and totally destructive to human progress. The only logical conclusion, therefore, is to hate people who disagree with you, and maybe punch them.

via New Study Confirms All Your Opinions Are Correct — The Babylon Bee

What is Christian Apologetics and Why is it Important? — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is within you: yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

If you’ve been around church or church people for any length of time, you may have heard the term “apologetics” and wondered what it means. More importantly, you may have read the above verse from 1 Peter and wondered how the defense of your faith plays out in the real world.

The word “apologetics” stems from the Greek word “apologia”, which means defending one’s beliefs through proofs or reason. But what does it look like to “make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason”? Will we have to be Biblical scholars or seminary graduates in order to engage in apologetics?

This is where our text from 1 Peter can be a very helpful guide. Let’s jump in and unpack the meaning of Christian apologetics together…

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Better gear up for the 5 major changes coming to the Church (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

This article by CRN managing editor Marsha West was first published May 25, 2015.

John Burton has written a piece titled “Ancient and Emerging: 5 Major Changes Coming to the Church.”  Before you get all excited, or maybe even concerned over those changes, you should know a bit more about Burton.  As it turns out he’s a “prophet” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement.   According to his blog, John Burton, he “has been developing and leading ministries for over 20 years and is a sought out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. Burton has authored ten books, has appeared on Christian television and radio and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City.”

That Burton was associated with IHOP-KC could only mean that he has served under IHOP’s Pied Piper Mike Bickle.  I spent quite a bit of time researching Bickle for a piece I wrote and discovered his strong ties to the NAR or what some refer to as  Dominionism.  Also identified was his involvement with the Kansas City Prophets (KCP).  According to Pastor Ken Silva, the KCP:

brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever. These so-called prophets were a group of men that coalesced around a church known as the Kansas City Fellowship, pastored by Mike Bickle, that attracted a following of other likeminded churches in that region. (More on the KCP here)

It gets worse.  Mike Bickle believes that God speaks to him in an audible voice.  But here’s the kicker.  He has visited heaven – twice.  On one visit he told false teacher Bob Jones:

I stood in this room and it had…clouds, it was a room only maybe 20 by 20 or 30. It was a little room. It had clouds in the bottom, on the top and the walls…I stood there, I was at the Lord’s left hand, and I stood there, this was not a dream, this was as real as life here…I know it wasn’t a dream or a vision… (Source)

I included Bickle’s background and a snippet of the tall tale he spun on his alleged visit to heaven to highlight the fact that he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

So here’s my question: why is John Burton proud of his association with a false prophet who’s the main man at IHOP-KC?  IHOP–KC is viewed by many mainstream scholars as a cult because it is a “false, unorthodox, extremist” sect of Christianity (dictionary.com).

On his blog Burton calls himself a “prophetic messenger and revivalist.” Revival?  What revival?  There’s no sign of any sort of “revival” in America or any place else (except an occult revival), so the “revival” the so-called prophet refers to is……where?

Before I get to the 5 major changes “Prophet” John B predicts, those of you who are unfamiliar with the nuts and bolts of the NAR should know what we’re dealing with. Over the years it has had many handles such as Kingdom Now; Latter Rain; Joel’s Army; Manifest Sons of God – they keep changing the name as if this will allow them to keep their heretical teachings hidden.

What is the goal of the NAR loons leaders?  To transform society into the kingdom of God on earth.

How do they hope to accomplish this lofty goal?  By taking control of various aspects of society.  (Here’s the plan)

Apologetics Index describes it as:

a dominionist movement which asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle.

Leading figures in this seemingly loosely organized movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them.

They place a greater emphasis on dreams, visions and extra-biblical revelation than they do on the Bible, claiming that their revealed teachings and reported experiences (e.g. trips to heaven, face-to-face conversations with Jesus, visits by angels) can not be proven by the ‘old’ Scripture. (emphasis added )

So, keeping John Burton’s background in mind—especially the part about his affiliation with IHOP-KC, here’s what this so-called prophetic messenger revealed about the future:

Fortune teller looking into crystal ball

I call this the ancient and emerging church. Ancient because it’s rooted in scripture; emerging because the biblical structure has been largely forsaken. What will this ancient and emerging church look like? Here’s just a small peek into a grand shift in the structure of the church:

1. Services will become more like prayer meetings. One of the greatest indictments on the church today is that prayer is not the driving force. Today, people tend to choose churches based on the appeal of the teaching and the worship instead of the fervency of prayer. If the church was a house of teaching, or a house of worship, that would make sense, but it’s not. The church is a house of prayer for all nations. Every person in the church will function as a burning intercessor and the services will be marked by this unified groan of fiery prayer.

2. Personal need will give way to personal mission. Today, churches are often more like organic, socially driven hospitals. People tend to use the church as a way to meet their personal needs instead of serving it as a minister of God. This is going to change. Of course, there will still be personal ministry and true needs will be addressed.

However, instead of the church functioning as a hospital, it will once again function as a mission-driven military. The mission will take precedence. The saints will be equipped for service, not for personal survival. In this ancient and emerging model, their will be MASH units that will take very good care of the wounded with the primary purpose of getting the soldier back into battle. Apostles will again lead with governmental authority and pastors will be seen as the main leader less and less as they focus more on shepherding and less on primary leadership.

3. Teaching will be minimized while instruction is emphasized. Teaching is mostly for personal edification while instruction is mostly for corporate assignments. Today, most churches focus on teaching principles of scripture, providing truths that will help Believers navigate through their lives and giving nuggets of biblical info. While there will still be important Bible teaching, apostolic instruction will emerge as a necessary new ministry.

There is enough Bible teaching online, on CDs, in books and on video to turn every one of us into personal spiritual giants. We need to take it upon ourselves to grow. What is lacking, however, is apostolic leaders, military commanders who give instruction and assignments to a ready army. Teaching is personal growth-based while instruction is a call to corporate action for the sake of mission fulfillment.

An example of apostolic instruction is this: The apostolic leader gives a corporate assignment for everybody in the church to fast for a week and then show up together to prayer walk through the city streets. It’s a corporate call to action versus biblical study. It’s mission focused versus personal growth focused. Personal growth will be largely our responsibility between services so we can be ready to respond to the corporate instruction where we will receive our assignments.

4. We will gather together most days of the week. The 24/7 church will again emerge as the church drives culture instead of reacting to culture. Cares of life will lose their power as we simplify our lives and put corporate prayer and mission ahead of most everything else.

This may be the most challenging change for Christians. Today, Sundays are the days to set aside for corporate worship while we give precedence to our ‘normal lives.’ In The Coming Church, the very reason we live will be to pray on fire together every day, receive apostolic assignments and then move out into our lives as kingdom ambassadors. It wouldn’t be surprising if a tithe of our time is what became the standard. Two to three hours a day, whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or evening, or even in the late night hours, will be given by every believer to praying on site together with others, ministering and giving ourselves to intercession-fueled kingdom ministry. Of course, much of what we have been giving ourselves to will have to be eliminated so we have the time necessary to devote.

5. Worship will be supernaturally driven. There is a new sound coming to worship, and it’s not simply a new style. There is a supernatural, otherworldly groan of intercessory worship that will explode out of the entire body as a new breed of trembling worship leaders lead the way into the shock and awe of the glory of God. We will no longer simply sit in a pew or stand with a raised hand while a familiar worship song is sung.

The prophetic, groaning sounds of Holy Spirit facilitated worship will make it normal to shake and fall to our faces as we cry Holy! The natural, logical sing-a-longs will be no more. We will have a hard time standing as God’s Shekinah and Kabod glory resides in his church. Worship teams will practice less and pray in the Spirit with tears in their eyes more.

Of course, this is an extremely limited glance into the many, many changes that are coming. I wanted to share this to provoke you to preparation. There is much that you and I enjoy in the church, or that is comfortable to us, that we will have to let go. Again, the coming church will be troubling and shocking, but it will result in the power and life that we have been crying out for.

God is about to answer that cry.

This is…..nauseating.  My head is spinning.  Seems the Church is in for some BIG changes, at least according to “Prophet” John B.  Notice that the changes he purports would empower a few and turn the rest of us into mere puppets.  Sound familiar?  The message he’s sending is that we mustn’t hold to God’s sacred Word as our final authority.  No.  We must abide in what those who are supposedly hearing from God tell us.  I mean, really?  Coming from someone with his decidedly unbiblical theology it’s pretty easy to figure out where this rubbish came from.

Hint: The Evil One

We are not to fear evil, brethren.  We are not to back away from it.  We are not to cower in the corner.  We are commanded to:

Armor of God Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,  and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel… Ephesians 6:10-19  (emphasis added)

I’ll close with this admonition: Stand against the schemes of the devil!

Recommended:

Dominionism and the Rise of Western Imperialism by Sarah Leslie

Dominionist are on the move…and they mean business by Marsha West 

Research Sites:

Herescope

Deception in the Church

Apologetics Index

Copyright by 2015 by Marsha West.  All rights reserved.

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