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

Federal Prosecutors Accuse Jeffrey Epstein of Witness Tampering – Claim He Paid $350,000 to Potential Witnesses — The Gateway Pundit

Jeffrey Epstein

Federal prosecutors argued on Friday that Jeffrey Epstein should be denied bail while he waits for his trial on sex trafficking charges because he is already tampering with potential witnesses. 

Epstein’s lawyers argued to Clinton-appointed US District Judge Richard Berman on Thursday that he should be given bail and confined to his $77 million Manhattan mansion with an ankle bracelet.

Federal prosecutors responded in a filing Friday arguing that Epstein continued his degenerate sex trafficking of young girls after his previous conviction, proving he is unreformed and unrepentant.

“And any doubt that the defendant is unrepentant and unreformed was eliminated when law enforcement agents discovered hundreds or thousands of nude and seminude photographs of young females in his Manhattan mansion on the night of his arrest, more than a decade after he was first convicted of a sex crime involving a juvenile,” prosecutors wrote in their submission.

CBS reported:

They also said they were worried Epstein, 66, might try to derail his trial. They said Epstein recently paid $100,000 to one individual “named as a possible co-conspirator” in a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida 12 years ago.

They said the payment, along with $250,000 sent to another person who was a former employee and was named as a possible co-conspirator in the non-prosecution agreement, came after the Miami Herald last November began publishing a series of article describing the circumstances of his state court conviction in Florida in 2008 and the deal to avoid federal prosecution.

“This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations,” prosecutor said.

Why wasn’t Jeffrey Epstein given the Roger Stone/Manafort treatment and raided by the FBI with a CNN camera crew in tow?

Manafort was also accused of witness tampering by government prosecutors and they tried to transfer him to notorious Rikers Island jail.

When will Epstein be transferred to Rikers?

via Federal Prosecutors Accuse Jeffrey Epstein of Witness Tampering – Claim He Paid $350,000 to Potential Witnesses — The Gateway Pundit

Saturday Sampler: July 7 — July 13 — The Outspoken TULIP

Giving us our “weekly dose of Spurgeon,” Pyromaniacs publishes Turn Away as an encouragement to focus our gaze on the right things. You’ll appreciate the practical instruction in this brief meditation.

Those of you following the current events with Beth Moore might appreciate An Open Letter to Beth Moore — Timeline of Events compiled by Michelle Lesley. Keep this post handy; Michelle will add updates as things progress.

You might also wish to visit The End Time to read The importance of a Bible teacher’s transparency: it relates to accountability by Elizabeth Prata.  She makes extremely important points that we must take seriously.

Ever the gracious Southern gentleman, Justin Peters pens My Thoughts on Beth Moore’s Blog Post with such gentleness and respect that the truth he shares seems easier to digest.  He brings out a fresh perspective on the situation that some of you might really appreciate.

Continuing her series on worldly attitudes that ensnare Christians, Leslie A of Growing 4 Life challenges the ways we respond to criticism in Thinking Beyond the Obvious (Part 4). Given the climate in social media these days, her Biblical wisdom demands our attention.

In his article for Gentle Reformation, Kyle E. Sims cries More About Jesus I World Know. He illuminates the beauty of understanding theology.

Parents,  Matthew Tuck’s  essay, Reading the Bible to My Son in Not Ourselves, is both touching and instructive. Not only will you enjoy reading it (the writing alone is splendid), but you’ll come away inspired to teach God’s Word to your own children.

If you want a more intellectual approach to the Christian response to homosexuality, go to Blog & Magog for Douglas Wilson’s piece, Emoting Like Pelagians. I appreciate the lesson on theology as well as the practical application to one of today’s most pressing issues.

Nathan Busenitz, in his article for The Cripplegate, encourages us toward Heavenly Clarity as we swim through the fog of earthly troubles. Why do I use the metaphor of  swimming through fog? You’ll have to read the article to find out!

Having lived in a nursing home for pretty much two years, I greatly appreciate Michael Coughlin for posting Go Therefore: Nursing Home in Things Above Us. I would add that nursing home residents need more than brief visits and monthly Bible Studies. They need real friends who visit often and spend time with them. It’s a truly horrible way to live — a Christian who makes genuine investments in these suffering people has a powerful opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ.

via Saturday Sampler: July 7 — July 13 — The Outspoken TULIP

Franklin Graham Says Samaritan’s Purse is Heading to Southern Border to Help Minister to Migrants — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

One of President Trump’s biggest evangelical supporters has directed his ministry to begin supporting border churches that minister to migrant families flooding the US-Mexico border.

Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told CBN News that Samaritan’s Purse is now working with 18 partners to assist over 200 churches that are caring directly for immigrants on both sides of the border.

“We have been asked by churches in the area to help them and that’s what we’re doing,” said Graham during an interview on CBN’s Newswatch program.

Graham said churches need bedding, blankets, toiletries and food. “Many of these migrants they’ve been traveling for …as much as six months,” said Graham. “They’re tired. They’re dirty. They’re frustrated and they’re coming into our country.”

In recent weeks, Christian songwriter Nicole Nordeman and some other Christian leaders have urged Graham to support border ministries. But Graham said their pressure did not influence the decision to get involved.

“We respond to need and no question the need on the border has been building for some time,” he said.

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Source: CBN

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Craig Parshall on Christian Viewpoints Being Banned From Amazon — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

CBN has reported this week that a book written by NRB member Anne Paulk, who heads the Christian ministry Restored Hope Network, has been stripped off of Amazon’s popular book site. When questioned about the banning of Paulk’s book, Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction, Amazon replied that the book violated its “content guidelines.” The tech giant’s rules openly state that even though books containing “objectionable” viewpoints will be permitted on its site, nevertheless works exhibiting “intolerance” toward “sexual orientation” issues will be stricken.

While the intolerance by Silicon Valley Big Tech companies toward Christian orthodoxy, along with their pattern of viewpoint suppression, has been established beyond dispute, questions regarding a solution still remain. Congress has held hearings on the problem of viewpoint discrimination by these large internet platforms, and another is slated for later this month in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the focus will be on antitrust issues.

It seems obvious that enterprises like Amazon and Facebook wield market dominance of monopolistic proportions. For instance, the number of monthly users on Facebook’s many platforms exceeds all the users of its seven web rivals combined, according to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ recent op-ed in The New York Times. As for Amazon, Jun-Sheng Li wrote in Tech Crunch last March that “Amazon has nearly 50 percent of all e-commerce trade.” While I am a great believer in free enterprise, antitrust laws were designed to set guardrails around monopolies in order to squelch unfair, anti-competitive conduct that harms consumers. The problem with applying antitrust laws to stop viewpoint suppression by Big Tech companies is that it may be a clumsy fit, as antitrust rules are designed to benefit consumer choice and pricing, not to vindicate freedom of speech. And even if these companies were broken up, it would do little to change the worldview of Silicon Valley that has a record of intolerance toward conservative political opinions and traditional Christian views.

But aren’t these private companies? Absolutely. And aren’t they entitled to decide their own rules and censor anyone they wish? Not necessarily, for two reasons. First, they are unlike traditional businesses that sell their privately owned services and products through their privately operated avenues of distribution. Rather, they are online platforms that have both aggregated control over, and have trafficked in, a quasi-public cyber resource: the internet, which – like our interstate highway systems, navigable rivers, electric power, and radio and television spectrum – is an essential public resource that, by its nature, requires some level of government management and regulation. The internet was first called ARPANET, named after the research unit within the U.S. Department of Defense that originally developed it, aided by the National Science Foundation and a small army of computer engineers and academic institutions acting as defense contractors. It slowly opened to public use – most dramatically in 1983, when a universal Internet Protocol (IP) was established and ARPANET became the internet. While this communications phenomenon has never been clearly defined in terms of legal status, one thing is clear: Neither Amazon, nor Facebook, nor any other tech company may lay claim to ownership or dominion over cyberspace.

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Source: CBN

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The Heart of Darkness: The Sexual Predators Within America’s Power Elite | The Most Important News

(By John W. Whitehead) As I documented in the in-depth piece I wrote earlier this year, child sex trafficking—the buying and selling of women, young girls and boys for sex, some as young as 9 years old—has become big business in America. It is the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns.

Adults purchase children for sex at least 2.5 million times a year in the United States.

It’s not just young girls who are vulnerable to these predators, either.

According to a 2016 investigative report, “boys make up about 36% of children caught up in the U.S. sex industry (about 60% are female and less than 5% are transgender males and females).” (Read More…)

Source: The Heart of Darkness: The Sexual Predators Within America’s Power Elite