Daily Archives: July 13, 2019

July 13 Getting a Grip

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:26–32

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:31

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

We cannot believe someone would commit such an act against us—cut us off in traffic, gossip about us, or show another form of disrespect. We wonder, What did I do to deserve this?

Getting a grip on our anger is imperative, especially when we are in the company of others who have not offended us. If we allow our anger to explode, everyone around us will sense its fury. Nothing can be gained from this. When anger comes, step away from the situation and take time to calm down. Tell God what you are feeling, then ask Him to defuse the situation.

When we acknowledge to God that we are angry, then He will help us identify the source of our frustration. He will also teach us how to deal with the situation from a godly perspective. God has a lesson for us to learn in every circumstance of life. Frustrations will come, and we will feel angry. However, we can say no to anger and yes to God’s ability to deal with our frustrations. Ask Him, “Lord, what do You want me to learn through this?”

When you pray this prayer, He will make His will clear. Anger will disappear once you know that God has a plan in mind that includes freedom and not frustration.

Lord, when I am angry, teach me to surrender my feelings to You and to ask, instead, what I am to learn. Make me willing to hear Your answer.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 204). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 13 Neglect

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1–12

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 5:12

David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.

Have you ever been passed over at work for a promotion that you felt you deserved? Or have you ever not received due recognition for your work?

If so, you will be excited to know about a dynamic principle that runs through the life of David that kept him in line for God’s blessing in similar circumstances. Though anointed as king, David spent many years on the run from his former boss, King Saul. On several occasions David had opportunity to kill Saul and seize the kingdom. In each instance he refused.

When Saul ended his life on a remote battlefield, David could have declared himself king over all of Israel. Instead he initially ruled over the single tribe of Judah. Seven and a half years later, the remaining tribes of Israel asked David to rule them.

The principle is this: David allowed God to promote him in His way and in His time. He refused to take the bull by the horns. David allowed God to give him credit.

Wherever neglect occurs in your life, remember that God will exalt you in due season. Then, like David, you can realize that “the Lord had established him as king over Israel” (2 Sam. 5:12).

Father God, cleanse me from selfish ambition. Establish and promote me in Your perfect timing. Give me the patience to wait.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 204). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Black Pastors Call on Nike to Sever Relationship with Colin Kaepernick

The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) called on Nike Thursday to end its relationship with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has a prominent endorsement deal with the athletic company.

Source: Black Pastors Call on Nike to Sever Relationship with Colin Kaepernick

American Psychological Association Launches Task Force Encouraging Non-Monogamous Relationships — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

The American Psychological Association has launched a task force that will encourage “awareness and inclusivity” for any kind of sexual impulse, according to CBN News.

The APA has said the task force is dedicated to “Consensual Non-Monogamy” and is advocating for “people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical, non-monogamous relationships.”

“Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience,” the APA said on its site. “However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all. This task force seeks to address the needs of people who practice consensual non-monogamy, including their intersecting marginalized identities.”

However, Andre Van Mol, a California doctor and co-chairman of the committee on adolescent sexuality for the American College of Pediatricians, told the Christian Post that there is a “cult of affirmation” of people hoping to understand what he called “marginal sexual behavior.”

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Former ICE Director Slams Dem Rep for ‘Political Theater’ After Clashing at Hearing over Border Conditions | IJR

Former acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Tom Homan is slamming a Democratic lawmaker for the “political theater” after the two clashed a Friday’s hearing.

During Friday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the detention facility conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border, the heat turned up when Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) laid into Homan. Connolly expressed disapproval of the treatment of migrant children.

The Democratic lawmaker shared that he’s heard “horror stories” that he thought was “fiction” and later added, “The equivocation, the enabling, the rationalization is inexcusable.”

After, Connolly was questioning acting Homeland Security inspector general Jennifer Costello when he then shouted, “I’m not calling on you, sir!” after Homan expressed that he was “extremely frustrated.”

“Of course not,” Homan responded, suggesting that the hearing “isn’t about transparency.”

“You’re not at the border right now!” Connolly said. “You’re in a hearing room! It’s my time!”

Watch the video below:

Discussing Friday’s clash at the hearing, Homan told Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs late Friday that he was “insulted” by the Democratic lawmaker because he “threw out dirt and wouldn’t let me respond.”

“This is about political theater. He ran out of there like a little girl. He’s a coward. He didn’t want to hear my response because this was all political theater. … This is about transparency but you won’t let me respond to what you’re saying. If this is a focus of Congress to push a false narrative … that tells you what this is all about. This is about resisting this president, this about open borders. They don’t want to hear the truth.”

See Homan’s interview below:

As IJR Red reported, Vice President Mike Pence visited border detention facilities at the southern border on Friday and blasted the “outrage” comparison of the migrant shelters to concentration camps.

Source: Former ICE Director Slams Dem Rep for ‘Political Theater’ After Clashing at Hearing over Border Conditions