Daily Archives: July 21, 2019

July 21 The Struggle with Temptation

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1–13

Key Verses: Luke 4:1–2

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

Everyone faces temptation. Even the Son of God was tempted by Satan to turn away from God. But Jesus saw through the enemy’s schemes and remained firm in His love and devotion to the Father (Luke 4:1–13).

One of the reasons Jesus came was to personally identify with our needs and struggles. He understands how you feel under the weight of temptation. He has faced the tempter and overcome the darkness and adversity associated with Satan’s fiery trials.

When you face temptation, know that you do not face it alone. Jesus is with you, and He provides the strength you need to say no to every dark thought or evil imagination. In times of temptation, when the enemy whispers lies to defeat and discourage, take your stand against him by clothing yourself in the mighty armor of God (Ephesians 6). Also know that you can never disappoint God. He knows exactly what you are doing even before you do it, and He loves you still.

Temptation is not a sin. Sin is the result of our acting on the temptation. God provides the strength we need to steer clear of temptation. You can say no to all evil because Jesus lives in you, and He has given you the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth and knowledge. Therefore, take your stand as a child of God and claim His strength and victory!

Father, I know temptation is common to all. Give me the strength to steer clear of temptation and reject evil.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 212). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 21 Greed

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 11:24–26

Key Verse: James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

What drove the two biggest business deals of the late eighties—the $25 billion takeover fight for RJR Nabisco and the $14 billion merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications? Was it the conviction that bigger is better? Was it the search for corporate “synergies”? On paper, maybe. But three telling new accounts make it clear that the real moving forces were raw ego, greed, and ambition.

Such is the way Time magazine described the driving force of greed in our culture.

From corporate takeovers to individual ambitions, greed is a prime motivation for millions. We want more than we have; we want it now.

Clearly the Christian must move countercurrent to the prevailing tide of greed when it comes to a generous spirit. Generosity does not flow from educational, governmental, or financial systems. The polluted power of sin within each of us prevents generosity from naturally coming forth from us.

Generosity is a godly quality because God is the Author of cheerful giving (2 Cor. 9:7). Do you feel stingy? Are you slow to help others? Only a deliberate step of submission to the Lord Jesus Christ with a humble request for a giving heart can begin the blessings of a generous spirit.

Dear heavenly Father, deliver me from greed. Make me a cheerful giver. Bless me with a generous spirit.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 212). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 21 Perfect Faith

Scripture reading: Matthew 14:22–27

Key verse: Matthew 14:27

Immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Just as Peter did, we spend a good portion of our lives learning to live by faith. Peter was certain that he had unwavering faith in Christ. However, it was about to be tested. In the middle of a severe storm on the open Sea of Galilee, the disciples tried not to become overwhelmed with fear. They struggled furiously with the sails and longed for Jesus’ help. But He was not with them on the trip, or at least that was what they perceived.

Suddenly, something caught their attention. An image that appeared to be a ghost was walking toward them on the water’s raging surface. It was Jesus, but their frantic minds did not recognize Him.

They cried out in despair. Jesus, sensing their anguish called back, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid” (Matt. 14:27). Peter exhibited real faith as he stepped out of the boat and walked toward Jesus.

It wasn’t until he was a distance away from the boat that his faith began to crumble. The stormy swells and the winds created a curtain of doubt in Peter’s mind. His attention shifted from the Lord to the storm, and he began to sink. Perfect faith is set on Christ. It does not waver. And the person who exhibits it will never sink, not because of his ability or strength, but because of God’s faithfulness.

Perfect my faith, Lord. Give me a faith that does not waver. Give me a faith that is securely grounded in Your faithfulness.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 212). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sunday Talks: Dr. Ben Carson Discusses Ridiculous Racist Accusations and Media Complicity… — The Last Refuge

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson appears on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the ridiculous accusations of racism against President Trump.

In one of the reference points, Dr Carson reminds everyone about the February 2016 ABC debate when all the other candidates left him hanging, but not Donald Trump.  Funnily enough CTH wrote about that specific moment at the time; and it’s interesting how that moment stayed with Dr. Carson and he references it well over three years later.

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FLASHBACK February 6th, 2016 – Few people will talk about this, and fewer will even want to acknowledge it, but what Donald Trump did before the ABC debate began shows the measure of a real man’s worth.

Trump and Carson

At the beginning of the ABC debate, each of the candidates were being introduced in a specific order. The first name called to the stage was Chris Christie. The applause was loud and lingered through the time when Martha Raddatz called the second candidate Ben Carson.

Dr. Carson did not hear his name called (easy to understand why when you listen to the video) and stood in the entry-way. The moderators, with their backs to the candidates, didn’t notice his absence and called the third name on the list, Ted Cruz.

Ted walked past Dr. Carson and onto the stage. Carson remained in the awkward, and embarrassing position, ‘no-mans-land’, on-camera but out of sight of the live audience.

What happened next shows the remarkable character of Donald Trump.

The fourth name called was Donald Trump, but by then the back-stage crew and candidates were aware of Dr. Carsons’ position. Trump slowly approached, and then realized the embarrassing position of a fellow candidate hanging in the wind.

Trump showed his leadership by standing right next to his friend, and not walking onto the stage.

The other names continued to be called, and proceeded as mentioned. But not Donald Trump, he remained with his colleague thereby reducing the internal anxiety felt by Carson.

It would have been very easy for Trump to walk by Ben, just like all the other candidates did. But instead he chose to wait, and remove the embarrassment factor by infinite magnitudes.

Then, like a boss, when Dr. Carson was called to the stage, Donald Trump waited and allowed Dr. Carson to get the audience response and appreciation.

It takes a lot of courage to make split second decisions like that, and it shows a remarkable insight into the man’s character.

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People often mistake Donald Trump’s self-confidence for arrogance or even narcissism. But there is not a narcissist on the planet who would have put themselves into a position like that to assist a competing colleague.

Here’s Mr. Trump talking to an audience member several years ago, and reminding them that no-one is “less than”.

via Sunday Talks: Dr. Ben Carson Discusses Ridiculous Racist Accusations and Media Complicity… — The Last Refuge

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Compatible with Biblical Christianity? — Pulpit & Pen

In addressing a church in compromise, the apostle Paul urged the Corinthians to “Learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another” (1 Cor 4:6). For Paul, utilizing the text of Scripture as the norm of Christian Faith and practice was critical to church unity. Paul taught that Scripture is theopneustos (i.e., God-breathed), and that it is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17). Paul counted the Berean Jews as “more noble” than those in Thessalonica, because they did not unquestionably receive Paul’s teaching, but instead compared it to “the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11). Indeed, Scripture serves as the sufficient and authoritative means by which Christians may discern whether a movement or practice is appropriate.
In light of the above, is the movement known as Alcoholics Anonymous (here forth A.A.) consistent with what the Scriptures teach? Below I have cited four reasons why A.A. is not only incompatible with biblical teaching, but it is actually a competing religion.
A.A. Espouses a Relativistic Notion of GodAccording to Alcoholics Anonymous (i.e., the “Big Book”), “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express himself in our group conscience.”1 The pamphlet, Members of the Clergy ask about Alcoholics Anonymous, states,
Most members, before turning to A.A., had already admitted that they could not handle their drinking—alcohol had taken control of their lives. A.A. experience suggests that to get sober and stay sober, alcoholics need to accept and depend upon a spiritual entity, or force, that they perceive as greater than themselves. Some choose the A.A. group as their “Higher Power”; some look to God—as they understand Him; and others rely upon entirely different concepts.2
From the biblical perspective, there is only one God (Is 43:10), and any conception of God that is contrary to the God revealed in Scripture is an idol (Ps 96:5; cf. 1 Cor 10:14). Neither the nebulous notion of a “Higher Power,” the collective consciousness of an A.A. fellowship, a “force,” or a subjective conception of God will suffice. While the reasoning behind A.A.’s “ultimate authority” may be altruistic, it is nothing more than idolatry. Moreover, encouraging someone to “accept and depend upon a spiritual entity” that is not the Christian God is both sinful and dangerous.
A.A. Rejects the Authority of Scripture 
The tenth of A. A.’s “Twelve Traditions” states,

No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues—particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups opposes no one.3

A.A.intends to portray an innocuous image while remaining neutral on controversial issues. However, such an attempt at neutrality is itself non-neutral. One cannot be lukewarm on an issue such as the Lordship of Christ. Jesus said to his disciples “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matt 12:30). Jesus said to the church at Laodicea, “You are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Rev 3:15-16). An attempt at neutrality, or even silence, is itself an opinion on “controversial issues.” Therefore, because A.A.intentionally rejects the exclusivistic nature of the Bible’s truth claims (e.g., Acts 4:121 Tim 2:5), it rejects Christianity by implication.
A.A. Calls a Disease What the Bible Calls Sin 
The Bible identifies drunkenness as sin. Paul wrote,

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. (Gal 5:19-21a)4

For A.A., alcoholism is a disease, and alcoholics are sick.5 However, biblically speaking, devoting oneself to an addiction to alcohol (or anything else) isn’t merely a disease, it is sin. More precisely, it is the sin of idolatry. Because A.A. does not accurately identify the problem, it is unable to provide a sufficient solution. Hence, A.A. members introduce themselves as alcoholics into perpetuity. By distinction, the Christian gospel makes sinners free from bondage to sin6 and the Holy Spirit sanctifies his people. While Christians may still struggle with sin,7 they are no a slave to sin and are a new creation in Jesus Christ.8Jesus said, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

A.A. advocates a distinctly non-Christian spirituality 
A.A. calls its groups “fellowships,” and throughout A.A. literature, discussions regarding a spiritual awakening or experience(s) occur.9 The twelfth of the “Twelve Steps” states, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”10 A.A. requests that clergy “Recognize the spiritual (though nondenominational) aspects of the A.A. program.”11What is the “spiritual remedy”12 offered by A.A.? It is participating in the meetings which includes confession and reciting the Twelve Step creed, praying and relying upon a subjective conception of God or not, abiding by the instructions in the “Big Book,” and even evangelizing “prospects” (i.e., people who struggle with alcoholism but want to stop drinking).13Indeed, A.A. is a religion in itself and is therefore completely contrary to biblical Christianity.

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Michael R. Burgos Jr. It originally appeared at the Biblical Trinitarian blog.

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1Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, New and Rev. Ed., (New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., 1955), 565.

2Members of the Clergy ask about Alcoholics Anonymous, Rev. Ed., (New York: The A.A. Grapevine Inc., 1992), 13.

3Alcoholics Anonymous, 567.

4 Cf. Luke 21:34Rom 13:13Eph 5:181 Pet 4:3.

5Alcoholics Anonymous, xi, 64, 115.

6Rom 6:76:18-228:2.

7 See Rom 7:7-251 John 2:1.

82 Cor 5:17.

9Alcoholics Anonymous, 49, 114, 569.

10 Ibid., 60.

11Members of the Clergy, 17.

12Alcoholics Anonymous, xvi, 60, 133.

13 Ibid., 90.Biblical Trinitarian Share

via Is Alcoholics Anonymous Compatible with Biblical Christianity? — Pulpit & Pen

After Calling the Border Crisis a “Distraction and “Manufactured” — Chuck Schumer Now Blames Trump for the ‘Inhumane’ Conditions — The Gateway Pundit

It seems like it was just yesterday that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi ridiculed President Trump calling the border crisis a “distraction” and a “manufactured crisis.”

But Chuck Schumer the politician has now changed his tune.
On Saturday Chuck went to the border and then blamed President Trump for the crisis.

Schumer told reporters the conditions at the holding centers are “inhumane”.

Democrats are putting illegal aliens first — in front of Americans.

via After Calling the Border Crisis a “Distraction and “Manufactured” — Chuck Schumer Now Blames Trump for the ‘Inhumane’ Conditions — The Gateway Pundit

David Jeremiah Says Modern Church is an Entertainment-Driven Social Organization Eager to Blend in With Secular Society — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Pastor David Jeremiah speaks at a special session celebrating the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel at Proclaim 18, the National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 1, 2018. | (Photo: National Religious Broadcasters)

Many U.S. churches today have “forgotten” their purpose, becoming entertainment-driven social organizations eager to blend in with secular culture instead of focusing on biblical discipleship, Pastor David Jeremiah warned.

“The Church is coming under attack; it’s forgotten what the Church is supposed to be,” Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, told The Christian Post. “We’re not an entertainment service; we’re not here to see how close we can get to what the world does. But there’s so much of the world in the Church and vice versa that we can’t tell a difference. We have to hold to the truth. We have to get nourished. If it’s not happening, you’re a social organization and not a church.”

Jeremiah, who also serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, explained that amid a nationwide decline in church attendance, far too many churches have become “obsessed” with remaining relevant.

“There’s an incredible motivation on the part of everyone to be successful, and a lot of times people program their churches to see how many people will sit in the pews on Sunday,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with getting people there, as long as you share the Gospel. But there’s no glory in just a number.”

“Don’t worship at the attendance altar,” Jeremiah advised. “A lot of good things happen in churches when there aren’t huge numbers but the pastor has prepared a good message and there’s worship. We get off on this thing that we have to be bigger than the guy down the street and how to get more people in the building. When you’re focused on that, you’ll never preach anything that’s controversial and you’ll always be trying to figure out how to get more people to come.”

The New York Times best-selling author pointed out that ironically, churches that focus on entertainment and fail to present the whole Gospel are actually driving millennials and Generation Z away. He cited research from Barna Group and the Cornerstone Knowledge Network which found that 67 percent of millennials prefer a “classic” church over a “trendy” one.

“Here in California, we see interest on the part of millennials and younger for the Bible and for truth,” the pastor said. “Most of the time, we see statistics about how people are leaving the Church, but in many respects, young people are demanding more truth, more teaching, and less entertainment. They’re not interested in shallow expressions of religion.”

He told CP that many Christians feel uncertain when it comes to living each day as followers of Christ — even though God equips all believers with everything they need to walk confidently as members of His kingdom. This, he said, is often a failure on the part of church leadership.

“Christians have two major markers in their lives: When they become Christians, and when they go to Heaven. But most Christians don’t know what to do in between those two markers, and that’s because churches don’t teach them,” Jeremiah said. “The whole idea that God expects us to build character in our lives is a foreign thing to so many people because it hasn’t been taught and explained from our pulpits.”

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Source: Christian Post

via David Jeremiah Says Modern Church is an Entertainment-Driven Social Organization Eager to Blend in With Secular Society — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

No Wonder Google Execs Cried When Hillary Lost – They Funded Crowdstrike – The ‘Experts’ Behind the Russian Hackers Story — The Gateway Pundit

The day after the 2016 Presidential election the leadership team at Google was caught crying at a company-wide meeting with one exec saying “We lost.”

Now we know that they were behind the firm that claimed Russia hacked the DNC – Crowdstrike!

The Gateway Pundit previously reported after the 2016 election on Breitbart.com’s video showing Google execs crying like children after Hillary Clinton’s loss.

A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe.

We now know more about why these execs may have been crying after the election – Google is funded Crowdstrike!

In July 2015 Google invested $100 million into Crowdstrike

Google Capital, the two-year-old growth equity arm of search giant Google (GOOG), announced its first security investment on Monday morning.

The fund has pumped $100 million into cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. It was joined by cloud computing company Rackspace (RAX), which is a customer, and the firm’s existing investors Accel and Warburg Pincus. The new infusion represents a Series C round for the Irvine, Calif.-based company, bringing its total funding raised to date to $156 million.

Crowdstrike admitted this on their website.

At about this same time, the media reported in February of 2015 (four months before Trump even announced running for POTUS) the Intel community was advising Congress and the White House on the issue and extent of Russian hacking and blaming Russian hacking (going as far back as 2012) on Ukraine aggression.

This information was no doubt based on claims made by Crowdstrike.  A year later, the only firm that investigated the DNC  emails that were released by WikiLeaks was Crowdstrike.

How was Crowdstrike able to determine that in 2015 the Russians hacked Congress because they were upset about Ukraine and then a year later claim Russians hacked the DNC because they didn’t like Hillary Clinton?

We reported on May 11, 2019, that Roger Stone and his legal team are requesting the report from Crowdstrike, the firm connected with the Deep State and tied to Google.

Their position is that if the Mueller team and the FBI did not inspect the DNC server, then how can they know that the server was hacked. This logical argument makes sense.

The Mueller team is fighting back against the Stone team and arguing that it is not necessary to see the documents that support that Russia hacked the DNC.

This is preposterous!

We’ve been reporting for months that the entire Russia collusion delusion is a sham.

To date there has been no evidence reported that proves the DNC was hacked by the Russians.

No reports to date show that the DNC server was inspected by the Mueller team and the FBI. Since this is the case, there is no way the Mueller team can claim the server was hacked.

More people believe that the DNC had emails stolen by an insider and this is how the DNC emails reached WikiLeaks. The WikiLeaks team has stated numerous times that Russians did not provide them with the DNC emails.

Since there is no proof for the emails being hacked, the reports that Russians were involved in the collusion delusion evaporate.

This would and should destroy the entire Russian sham make-believe case. Our reporting has been confirmed by others in the Intelligence community.

We reported that former NSA employee and whistle blower, Bill Binney, has reviewed the information provided online by WikiLeaks and it shows that the data coming from the DNC was not hacked but rather copied to a disk or flash drive!

Binney says:

The problem with the Mueller report and the Rosenstein indictment is it’s all based on lies. I mean the fact they’re still lying about the, saying the DNC was hacked by the Russians and the Russians gave it to WikiLeaks.

Well, we had some of our people and our group, the VIPS, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals, look at the data that WikiLeaks posted on the DNC data. They actually posted the DNC data…

…that entire set of data was read to a thumb drive or a CD Rom then physically transported. Now this is what Kim Dotcom is saying. This is what Julian Assange basically was inferring. Others have been saying the same things.”

It’s clear the DNC was not hacked and it’s more likely an insider like a Seth Rich copied the files to a disk drive and turned them over to Wikileaks.  This is more likely than reports that the Russians hacked the DNC.

Now we know why Google executives were crying when Donald Trump won the Presidency.

They were tied to the purveyors of Russian Collusion – Crowdstrike!

Hat tips D. Manny and Yaacov Apelbaum

via No Wonder Google Execs Cried When Hillary Lost – They Funded Crowdstrike – The ‘Experts’ Behind the Russian Hackers Story — The Gateway Pundit

July 21, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Ver. 9.—That ye may prosper in all that ye do. The verb here used (הִשְׂכִּיל) means primarily to look at, to consider or attend to, hence to become intelligent, to be prudent, to act wisely, and so to have success, to prosper. It is the prosperity which comes from wise and prudent action that God commends to his people (cf Josh. 1:7, 8).[1]


29:9 keep the words of this covenant. The spiritual experience of God’s faithfulness to Israel should have led to obedience to the stipulations of the Sinaitic Covenant in the future, but could not without a transformed heart (vv. 4, 18) and the true knowledge of God (v. 6).[2]


29:9 In light of all of God’s mighty acts on Israel’s behalf (vv. 5–8), he had every right to expect them to observe the Deuteronomic covenant and thus ensure their success; but human nature being what it is, even miraculous displays of power did not always lead to faith and repentance (Jn 12:37).[3]


[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Deuteronomy (p. 447). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Dt 29:9). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Merrill, E. H. (2017). Deuteronomy. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (pp. 305–306). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.