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