Daily Archives: July 24, 2019

July 24 Snares of the World

Scripture Reading: John 10:11–18

Key Verses: Hebrews 13:20–21

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Cattle ranchers know all too well that the barbed-wire fences designed to protect their livestock can become dangerous traps for curious animals. In an effort to reach grass that is just outside of the fence, cows often poke their heads between the twisted wires and become entangled in their razor-sharp snares.

At this point of entrapment, the cow is generally helpless. Though it may pull and thrash, the barbs only dig deeper into its flesh. It must now cry out for help. A seasoned rancher will be able to quiet the animal and carefully release it from its place of bondage.

Though it may not be quite as obvious, we, too, can become deeply entangled in the world’s snares. Many times traps can exist deep within the hearts of those around us. Inner struggles can often prove to be more painful and destructive than external trials.

How wonderful it is to know that we have a “seasoned rancher” in our lives! Jesus is often referred to as the Good Shepherd, and for good reason. Throughout the Bible, we are likened to sheep in need of direction and rescue. Jesus came to earth to physically, spiritually, and emotionally experience our trials firsthand. He came to answer our cries of help and to release us from the barbs of the evil one.

When the devil tries to ensnare you, there is no need to fight, struggle, and thrash. Instead, be still and call out to the attentive Good Shepherd. He tends to His flock faithfully and will be there for you in your time of need.

Lord, keep me from the snares of the world. Give me direction so I will not be entrapped by the barbs of the evil one.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 215). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 24 Anxiety

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25–34

Key Verse: Matthew 6:34

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

In her booklet Overcome Your Worry, Pamela Reeve shares how the character and sufficiency of God are the antidote for every form of worry:

The provision of our God covers the past, the present, and the future. Peace comes from the possession of adequate resources.

God can keep our minds at peace, even as He’s promised, because we have adequate resources to take care of the sin and guilt of the past. We have the cross of Christ …

We have adequate resources for the present: That great Resource, the Holy Spirit, who will give us the wisdom we need, the enablement we need, the control we need—all that we need for the present.

… We have the adequate resources for the future if Christ is our Savior.

… All worry is basically distrust in the character and might of God. Exercising faith in God is the antidote to worry. Faith is believing that God is good.

… Are you worrying about something coming up ahead: Lack of finances, failing health, loss of a friendship? Keep filling your mind with the truth—God knows all about it. He has all the power to handle it for your good, and because He loves you so, He will.

O Lord, Your provision covers my past, present, and future. I rejoice that I can leave all my anxieties and worries with You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 215). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 24 An Open Door

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 16:1–9

Key verse: Revelation 3:8

I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Here are some requirements of faith:

Listening to God. Whenever you face change or need to make a crucial decision, take time to pray, and if possible, be still before God. You may miss God’s instructive voice because you have filled your life with noise and activity. Study His Word, and He will speak to you through the Scriptures.

Obeying God. It must have been difficult for Abraham to leave his home and loved ones in order to do what God wanted him to do. However, there was no other way. God instructed Abraham to leave Ur and travel to a place that God would reveal. Obedience is a direct doorway to blessings. It is something God takes very seriously and something He rewards generously.

Depending on God. God always is near. No matter what you face, He watches to see if you seek Him or chase after the affections of others. Allow Him to be your first choice in every situation, and He will bring blessings and hope to your life.

Waiting on God. God does not always answer your prayers immediately. He may make you wait. This testing is for a purpose: Will you cling to Him in faith or crumble in fear? Always hang on to your faith.

You never know when your Deliverer may open a door of immense hope.

Lord, I choose to listen to You, obey You, depend on You, and wait on You. I want to cling in faith rather than crumble in fear.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 215). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

07/24/2019 — Wretched


•Witness Wednesday phone fishing
•Ambivalence is worse than antipathy toward the Gospel
•Are movie passes better than the Gospel?
•Marcus the Atheist has rejected the Gospel without ever hearing it
•George the Catholic janitor doesn’t know how to get to heaven

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John Piper Returns to Passion Conference in 2020, Joins Host of False Teachers — Christian Research Network

“So what’s the problem with the conference? For starters, it’s filled with false teachers — and Piper, who so many hold in such high regard as a solid Bible teacher, clearly approves of them. He is, in his own words, united with them. He isn’t there just to get on the stage to preach the gospel to their audience. He sees himself as one of them and clearly sees them all in full communion with him.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  John Piper used to be a reputable pastor. In Reformed circles, he was one that you could turn to for solid biblical advice and theological teaching….

But his slide into theological disarray began with his reinterpretation of the historic Westminster Catechism quote, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever.” Piper wrote his own version of this into to what now says, “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in him.”

This new interpretation is not a doctrine found anywhere in Scripture, yet, this subtle change changes the entire dynamics of one’s theology. John Piper, who has regularly attended Louie Giglio’s Passion Conference for a number of years, has done so based on his own invention of this unbiblical doctrine. Of Louie Giglio, he writes in his bookAn All-Consuming Passion for Jesus…  View article →


John Piper

Louie Giglio

via John Piper Returns to Passion Conference in 2020, Joins Host of False Teachers — Christian Research Network

Intelligent Design: The Most Reasonable Explanation for the Origins of Life — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Intelligent Design: The Most Reasonable Explanation for the Origins of Life

A question that scientists, philosophers, and theologians have attempted to answer is how did life begin?

Essentially, there are only 2 possible explanations to this question:

  1. Life was created by chance; or
  2. Life was created by an intelligent designer.


Proponents of the theory that the Big Bang and all life thereafter was created by mere chance include:
-Charles Darwin, Naturalist (Geologist, Biologist)
-Richard Dawkins, Atheist (Evolutionary Biologist)
-Sam Harris, Atheist (Neuroscientist, Philosopher)
-Steven Hawking, Atheist (Theoretical Physicist)
-Lawrence Knauss, Atheist (Physicist)
-Michael Shermer, Atheist (Scientific Advisor)

The men listed above claim that Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859) gives us the best explanation regarding the origins of life. However, even Darwin admits that his book is just an argument to his theory on natural selection. He never intended to be able to explain the origins of life.

Not only does chance not prove to be a reasonable conclusion it would have to…

Intelligent Design: The Most Reasonable Explanation for the Origins of Life

via Intelligent Design: The Most Reasonable Explanation for the Origins of Life — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

A GOD WHO UNDERSTANDS YOU: The Reason Why You Have Trials And How God Uses Them To Bring You Back To His Loving Grace : These Christian Times

Why does God allow hardships in our life? Often times God uses storms or hardships in our life to get our attention. God desires the best for our lives and when we have drifted away he uses storms in our life to bring us back to him.


— Read on www.thesechristiantimes.com/2019/07/24/a-god-who-understands-you-the-reason-why-you-have-trials-and-how-god-uses-them-to-bring-you-back-to-his-loving-grace/

Barna Update: A Snapshot of Faith Practice Across Age Groups

Barna research has covered declining affiliation among Millennials, as well as younger generations’ reluctance to share about faith with others. Even so, among practicing Christians, levels of personal belief and practice are often remarkably similar across, regardless of age. Data drawn from FaithView, Barna’s new online database, offer an overview of Christian generations in the U.S.

How often do Christians attend church? What do they believe about God? Do they regularly open their Bibles? See how these key markers of faith trend across the age groups, from Elders to Millennials.

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July 24, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued to block a U.S. House of Representatives committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns, with his lawyer accusing the Democratic-controlled panel of “presidential harassment.”

Army Secretary Mark Esper was sworn in as U.S. secretary of defense on Tuesday, hours after being confirmed by the Senate in a strong bipartisan vote that ended the longest period by far the Pentagon had been without a permanent top official.

A new U.S. rule aimed at slashing the number of asylum cases at the southern border with Mexico faces a court test on Wednesday when a federal judge will hear arguments about whether to block the measure pending trial.

South Korea protested on Wednesday against a Japanese plan to remove it from a list of countries that face minimum trade restrictions, saying it would undermine their decades-old economic and security cooperation and threaten free trade.

New U.S. proposals for a safe zone in north Syria do not satisfy Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, adding that an agreement on the issue needs to reached as soon as possible because Ankara has no patience left.

Facebook Inc will pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices and the social media giant will restructure its approach to privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

Nissan Motor Co warned on Wednesday that first-quarter profit tumbled around 90% percent, a day before it is expected to announce more than 10,000 job cuts as the crisis deepens at Japan’s second-largest automaker.

China warned on Wednesday that it was ready for war if there was any move toward Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló could step down on Wednesday after almost two weeks of protests against his administration, sparked by the publication of offensive chat messages and a corruption scandal, local media reported.

AP Top Stories

Two veteran senators – a Republican and a Democrat – unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs serving seniors and low-income people.

Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh ordered the massacre of some 30 migrants he said were “mercenaries” sent to topple him in 2005, a member of the former strongman’s hit squad told a truth commission on Tuesday.

Iran has threatened to cut its imports from Brazil unless it allows the refueling of at least two Iranian ships stranded off the Brazilian coast, a sign of the global repercussions of U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic.

Iran is ready for “just” negotiations but not if they mean surrender, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, without saying what talks he had in mind.

For the first time in seven years, the State Department did not list how many Americans were sexually assaulted, robbed, murdered or kidnapped in Jamaica in its 2019 Crime and Safety Report. That information was previously published in reports that were cited in a 2018 Free Press investigation, which found that sexual assaults of U.S. tourists in Jamaica is an historic and unchecked problem, with an estimated one American raped a month.

The U.S. government will pay a minimum of $15 per acre to farmers hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China under an aid package to be unveiled before the end of the week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Tuesday.

From ballistic missiles to unmanned drones, Yemen’s Huthi rebels appear to have bolstered their fighting capabilities, posing a serious threat to mighty neighbor Saudi Arabia.

The governor of Hawaii on Tuesday visited protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on the state’s tallest mountain while acknowledging that their grievances were not just about a new observatory but also about the treatment of Native Hawaiians going back more than a century.

The former principal of an elementary school in Ann Arbor has sued the district, saying she was pushed out of her job because she’s white. Shannon Blick, 39, had run Lawton Elementary School for five years and possessed what her lawyer calls a “spotless and pristine employment record” before she was placed on administrative leave in April and effectively forced to resign. The lawsuit seeks $5 million and claims that Blick was forced out of her job so the district could replace her with an African American principal.


The US Senate has voted to extend the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which was at risk of running out of money.

Cuba has dismissed the findings of a US academic study which found brain abnormalities in US diplomats who worked in Cuba.

Top Kenyan officials led by Foreign Minister Monica Juma have handed back 35.4kg of gold, worth at least $1m, smuggled from Tanzania.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas provides eight specialized housing halls, specifically tailoring them to fit the needs of students with numerous backgrounds or lifestyles, including nutritious students, study-intensive students and LGBT students. One floor is intended for black students. The housing options are reportedly popular among students.

Even the word “Christian” ran afoul of YouTube. An ad for a ministry to veterans was rejected for including the word “Christian.” “Please remove the unacceptable content to continue.”

Mid-Day Snapshot · July 24, 2019

The Foundation

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.” —Noah Webster (1788)

It’s Mueller Time … Again

Stuttering, stumbling, asking to repeat questions — the special counsel’s testimony is a train wreck.

DOJ Opens Antitrust Probe of Big Tech

Social-media giants are on notice as government opens second antitrust investigation.

Democrats Demand Economy-Killing Marxist Wages

Even $15 an hour isn’t enough for some Democrats, who want a minimum wage of $20.

House Democrats Rebuke Anti-Semite ‘Squad’

The chamber overwhelming passed a resolution rejecting the anti-Israel BDS boycotts.

Comey Lied to and Spied on Trump

DOJ IG Michael Horowitz’s investigation may expose FBI misconduct at the highest levels.

Color of Skin or Content of Character?

What if Americans understood the differences between color and culture?

Video: Fiscal Conservatism Is Dead

Trump’s deal with Democrats unleashes spending, uncaps debt. Bill Whittle reflects.

Video: Minimum Wage Hurts Beginners

John Stossel investigates how Seattle’s $15 minimum wage killed entry-level jobs.

Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen
Bernie Sanders Runs Into Socialist Reality
Rebecca Hagelin
Donald Trump a Racist? Seriously?
Star Parker
Understanding Why ‘The Squad’ Screams ‘Racism’
Ben Shapiro
Why the Left Is Reconsidering Al Franken
Walter E. Williams
What’s Most Important?
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Mueller testifies, Esper confirmed, anti-trust probe, BDS vote, 9/11 victim fund, and more.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Beto O’Rourke, and more.

Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 7/24/2019

Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease – External Situation Report 51
Since our last external situation report (data reported by 14 July 2019), 91 new confirmed EVD cases with an additional 75 deaths have been reported across the two affected provinces. We continue to observe sustained local transmission with a large number of cases in Beni Health Zone. In addition, cases continue to be exported from Beni to other health zones via the movement of cases and their contacts.

USGS reports magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit in Searles Valley, near Ridgecrest
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Searles Valley early Tuesday morning. The quake was reported near Ridgecrest, less than a month following the massive 7.1 and 6.4 quakes that rocked the region earlier in July.

Strong earthquake 6 mag, Balleny Islands region
A earthquake magnitude 6 (ml/mb) has occurred on Tuesday, Balleny Islands region (0 miles). The temblor was picked up at 20:33:24 / 8:33 pm (local time epicenter). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

BDS Proponent Ilhan Omar uses Israeli company to Power Website
Ilhan Omar (D, MN), who introduced legislation that seeks to protect those who want to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) Israel, uses an Israeli company to power her own website. Reddit user ‘EthanB111’, noticed that the site ‘IlhanOmar.com’ is powered by WIX, a company that allows its customers to easily build websites using simple drag and drop tools. WIX does not hide the fact that they are based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

What is the state of religious freedom in Israel & the Arab world? Here’s what the media is not telling you.
For the last several days, more than 1,000 Foreign Ministers, religious and civic leaders, academics and survivors of religious persecution from more than 100 countries have gathered in Washington for a State Department conference on advancing religious freedom. Keynote speakers have included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Pence, U.S. Ambassador At Large For International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Yazidi survivor of ISIS Nadia Murad, Sheikh bin Bayyah (considered one of the most influential Sunni Muslim theologians in the world), and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Is Bubonic Plague Predicted in L.A a Sign of Zechariah’s Prophecy in 2019?
During a Periscope broadcast on Friday, celebrity doctor Dr. Drew Pinsky, known simply as Dr. Drew, predicted that Los Angeles is in danger of an outbreak of Bubonic Plague in what he termed an imminent “apocalypse.” Ironically, Dr. Drew blamed civil liberties organizations, which he called “clueless do-gooders”, for exacerbating the problem by blocking alternative solutions for homelessness. He also referred to left-wing politicians as “disgustingly negligent.”

Dem Director: Rural White Americans ‘Not Grateful Enough’
David Atkins, a regional director for the California Democratic Party, who posted a nine-tweet thread on Thursday accusing “rural white Americans” of being “ungrateful” for what the federal government had done for them while charging the same group of voters with being “whiny” and “bigoted.” “You know who is not grateful enough? Rural white Americans,” Atkins wrote to begin his diatribe.

The rise of the Satanic Temple in Canada
As the national co-ordinator for the Satanic Temple in Canada, Marc has overseen the group’s latest developments and events since he started the chapter here in 2016. He says he got involved shortly after retiring from a decade in the Canadian military, searching for a new purpose in life, and new regimens. Many members, including Marc, were raised in devout Catholic households. Once they eschewed those beliefs, they found their way to Satanism. And it makes them feel whole. Lately, Marc can barely keep up with the sudden explosion of interest in the Temple and says hundreds of people across the country are trying to join.

Israel attacks Iranian stronghold in Syria – report
Syrian state television said on Wednesday there were reports of an Israeli attack on a strategic area in southern Syria where Western intelligence sources previously said Iranian-backed militias are known to be based. According to Ynet, explosions began around 12:40 a.m. near the Golan Heights. Then again at 1:00 a.m. two more explosions were heard. One in the Quneitra area and another in Tel al-Hara in the northwest of Daraa.

Boris Johnson: New PM to form government after taking office
Boris Johnson will head to Downing Street later after he takes over from Theresa May as prime minister. The new Conservative leader will take office on Wednesday afternoon following an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. After entering Number 10, he is expected to announce a clutch of senior cabinet posts, including chancellor of the exchequer and home secretary.

Europe heatwave: French city of Bordeaux hits record temperature
The French city of Bordeaux has hit its highest temperature since records began, as Western Europe braces for the second heatwave to hit this summer. On Tuesday, Meteo France registered 41.2C (106.1F) in the south-western city, breaking a 2003 record of 40.7C. Forecasters predict a record-breaking run across Europe this week, including Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

Guatemala president seeks to unblock US migration deal
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has filed an appeal against a court ruling blocking a deal to reduce the number of asylum seekers reaching the US border. He said last week’s court injunction could damage ties with the US. This comes after US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Guatemalan goods.

Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months
Do you remember the good old days when we had “12 years to save the planet”? Now it seems, there’s a growing consensus that the next 18 months will be critical in dealing with the global heating crisis, among other environmental challenges. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030.

Iran claims U.S., Israel assassinated head of IAEA
The Iranian Tasnim News Agency published a report Wednesday quoting unnamed official sources suspecting Israel and the United States had assasinated Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency who died last week. According to the report, Amano was assassinated because he would not give in to pressure calling him to slander the Iranian nuclear plan…

Death toll from India, Nepal, Bangladesh floods jumps to over 300
The death toll from severe flooding in parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh rose to more than 300 on Monday, even as heavy rains are starting to ebb and water levels started to recede in some of the worst-affected areas.

Priest who said he urinated in communion wine, was attracted to satanism gets 25 years for child porn|
The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, a retired Idaho priest who once claimed to have urinated in communion wine at least once at his church, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison without parole for what investigators said was the most disturbing child pornography case they had ever seen.

BREAKING: House Passes Anti-BDS Resolution in Direct Opposition to Omar and Tlaib!
A recently-passed House resolution which opposed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has exposed a glaring rift among Democrats, as members of “The Squad” including Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib opposed the idea.

Mexico had the most murders on record for the first half of the year
Mexico set a new record for the number of homicides recorded during the first half of the year, with the number of deaths rising 5.3% compared to the same time period last year.

The Chiapas “Infectons” Are Crossing US Border with Implanted and Deadly Diseases
In Part One of this series, through a brief review of a previous give part series, itw as revealed that the Chinese fully plan to use bioweapons in order to exterminate as many Americans as possible as a potential prelude to a massive Chinese colonization of the United States. Much of this information was obtained from a 20 page leaked document containing the contents of Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe’s intentions to takeover America.

BREAKING: ILHAN OMAR SUPPORTERS Caught Threatening, Attempting “to Dox a Somali WhistleBlower” Who Revealed Ilhan’s Crimes
The Gateway Pundit was sent several updates last week on Ilhan Omar’s history of tax fraud and her marriage to her biological brother.

Trump Administration Set To Expand ‘Expedited Removal’ Of Illegal Aliens
The Trump administration is set to expand the ability to rapidly deport illegal aliens who cannot prove they have been in the U.S. for two years or more, according to a federal filing on Monday.

Patriot Missile Batteries Are Being Installed As Pentagon Reactivates Key Saudi Military Base That Was Previously Used To Stage All Previous Middle East Wars In The Gulf
In the Bible, the nation of Iran is called Persia, is mentioned 29 times and figures prominently in end times prophecy, and at the moment it seems that the United States is preparing for war with them on a fairly large scale. The Pentagon has reactivated the Prince Sultan Air Base, and is filling it right now with hundreds of troops and massive firepower. This is the same air base that the United States has previously used in every Middle East campaign. Add to that Britain announcing plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz, and you got the recipe for another Gulf War.

Comey’s Cyber Spy in White House Stole Classified White House Material — Is Now Working for CNN
Yesterday a report was released that corrupt and fired former FBI Director James Comey had a spy in the Trump White House.  We know he stole information and shared it with Comey, the question is, did he try to frame the President as well?

CSI Beersheba: Israeli team develops tool to help detect blood at crime scenes
At crime scenes , forensic analysts work alongside investigators to collect evidence and analyze it for chemical, biological and physical markers, such as DNA.

Headlines – 7/24/2019

Greenblatt: Palestinians have aspiration, not right, to East Jerusalem capital – US plan won’t be based on ‘fictions of international consensus’

Ahead of peace plan rollout, Jared Kushner applies big data to Arab media

U.S. Mideast Envoy: Trump Hasn’t Decided When to Release Political Part of Peace Plan, Hope He Decides Soon

Commentary: Trump’s Economic Plan Is Necessary Because Peace Is Not Possible

Trump’s Middle East envoy faces resistance at U.N. Security Council

Trump’s Mideast envoy blasts UN Security Council over peace process

PA’s top diplomat: Another country will recognize Palestine by end of month

Hamas says ‘real opportunity’ for prisoner swap if Israel gets serious

House overwhelmingly OKs resolution opposing Israel boycott in rare bipartisan vote

Israel, US to increase energy cooperation in a variety of fields

Syria says Israel attacked posts held by its military, allied militias

Israel attacks Iranian stronghold in Syria

Lebanon accuses Israel of threatening civilian infrastructure

Israel: Iran smuggling dual-use items for Hezbollah arms by sea into Beirut port

‘The port of Beirut has become Hezbollah’s port’

Iranian news agency blames Israel for death of UN nuclear watchdog chief

France stresses need for Iran to respect nuclear accord

Iran is ready to negotiate but not if negotiations mean surrender – Iran president

US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

US may have downed more than one Iranian drone last week, top general says

Saudi cabinet says disruptions of maritime traffic violate international law

Iran vows to secure Strait of Hormuz

UK sent mediator to Iran to ‘plead for their ship to be freed’: Khamenei aide

Britain wins early European support for Hormuz naval mission

Pakistan’s Imran Khan says to meet Taliban in peace push

Afghanistan asks for explanation after Trump claims US could wipe it ‘off the face of the Earth’

Four dead in rebel attack on Thai army base

Russia expresses ‘deep regret’ over South Korea airspace violation, Seoul says

Boris Johnson wins race to become UK’s next prime minister

Israel congratulates new British PM Johnson, thanks May for friendship

Boris Johnson’s chaotic path to power finally pays off

‘I Don’t Know What He Will Do’: Europe Braces for Brexit With Boris Johnson

Editorial: Will Boris Johnson become the third Conservative prime minister to be undone by Brexit?

IMF downgrades world growth, warns of ‘precarious’ 2020

IMF says trade conflicts could make a sluggish global economy even worse

Puerto Rico officials order governor, aides to hand over phones amid scandal

7 striking photos show how massive the Puerto Rico protests really are

U.S. willing to offer Maduro guarantees he’ll be left alone if he leaves Venezuela

Trump Wants to Punish Guatemala Over Failed ‘Safe Third Country’ Deal

Mexico sets 1st half murder record, up 5.3%

Republican Senators Introduce a Resolution Deeming Antifa Members ‘Domestic Terrorists’

FBI Director Wray: Russia intent on interfering with U.S. elections

President Trump vowed millions of immigration arrests in dramatic raids. ICE caught 18 family members.

Mueller takes the TV stage; Democrats hope America tunes in

In high-stakes Mueller hearing, there are big risks for everyone

Barr says Mueller asked DOJ to send letter limiting testimony to ‘boundaries’ of report

Trump blasts decision to let aide accompany Mueller to testimony: ‘VERY UNFAIR’

Mitch McConnell: Mueller ‘case is closed,’ Americans ‘moved on’ from Russia investigation

Justice Dept. ratchets up antitrust scrutiny of Big Tech

The Department of Justice just launched a broad probe into whether big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and others illegally harm competition

UPS Seeks Authority for Commercial Drone Flights

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Balleny Islands region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sumberasri, Indonesia

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Tropical Storm Dalila forms in the East Pacific

Tens of thousands without power after rare Cape Cod tornado touches down twice

Europe braces for another heatwave as forecasters predict record-breaking temperatures this week

Where will the West’s next deadly wildfire strike? The risks are everywhere

As rats overrun California cities, state moves to ban powerful pest-killers

Chinese scientists’ new technique to wipe out mosquito populations may provide vital new weapon against range of deadly diseases

Deadly fungal infections may increase with global warming

St Lucia, Barbados on Ebola alert

Christian doctor who nearly died of Ebola returning to Africa: ‘God has opened the doors’

Sex with HIV still a crime? Updated laws divide advocates

Russian LGBTQ activist is killed after being listed on gay-hunting website

Atlanta Mayor Hosts Drag Queen Story Hour at City Hall

Straight Pride Parade Permit Submitted To City Of Modesto

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Anthony Wade – Setting the Record Straight on Charismata, Cessationism, and Abuse of the Gifts (Part 1)

Julie Roys – 8 ways to rationalize sin from ‘The Bachelorette’

Juanita Bynum skips conference after pastor allegedly enters hotel room without permission

Lance Wallnau Hosts $997 per person ‘Spiritual Warfare’ Conference at Trump’s D.C. Hotel

New York Bans Declawing Cats, Allows Abortions Up to Birth and Infanticide

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July 24, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

7. The Prophet expresses more clearly here what we referred to in our last lecture,—that God is hard and severe toward refractory men, and that he is merciful and kind to the teachable and the obedient,—not that God changes his nature, or that like Proteus he puts on various forms; but because he treats men according to their disposition. As then the Prophet has hitherto taught us, that God’s wrath cannot be sustained by mortals; so now, that no one might complain of extreme rigour, he, on the other hand, shows that God favours what is right and just, that he is gentle and mild to the meek, and therefore ready to bring help to the faithful, and that he leaves none of those who trust in him destitute of his aid.

First, by saying that God is good, he turns aside whatever might be objected on the ground of extreme severity. There is indeed nothing more peculiar to God than goodness. Now when he is so severe, that the very mention of his name terrifies the whole world, he seems to be in a manner different from himself. Hence the Prophet now shows, that whatever he had hitherto said of the dreadful judgment of God, is not inconsistent with his goodness. Though God then is armed with vengeance against his enemies, he yet ceases not to be like himself, nor does he forget his goodness. But the Prophet does here also more fully confirm the Israelites and the Jews in the belief, that God is not only terrible to the ungodly, but that, as he has promised to be the guardian of his Church, he would also succour the faithful, and in time alleviate their miseries. Good then is Jehovah; and it is added, for help. The intention of the Prophet may be hence more clearly understood, when he says that he is for strength in the day of distress; as though he said,—“God is ever ready to bring help to his people:” And he adds, in the day of distress, that the faithful may not think that they are rejected, when God tries their patience by adversities. How much soever then God may subject his people to the cross and to troubles, he still succours them in their distress.

He lastly adds, He knows them who hope in him. This, to know, is no other thing than not to neglect them. Hence God is said to know them who hope in him, because he always watches over them, and takes care of their safety: in short, this knowledge is nothing else but the care of God, or his providence in preserving the faithful. The Prophet, at the same time, distinguishes the godly and sincere worshippers of God from hypocrites: when God leaves many destitute who profess to believe in him, he justly withholds from them his favour, for they do not from the heart call on him or seek him.

We now then understand the Prophet’s meaning. He shows, on the one hand, that God is armed with power to avenge his enemies; and, on the other, he shows that God, as he has promised, is a faithful guardian of his Church. How is this proved? He sets before us what God is, that he is good; and then adds, that he is prepared to bring help. But he does not in vain mention this particular,—that he takes care of the faithful, who truly, and from the heart, hope in him; it is done, that they may understand that they are not neglected by God, and also, that hypocrites may know that they are not assisted, because their profession is nothing else but dissimulation, for they hope not sincerely in God, however they may falsely boast of his name.[1]

7 The goodness of God forms a basic tenet of Israel’s faith, particularly celebrated in the psalmic literature whose language is prominent throughout v. 7 (e.g., 2 Ch 5:13; Pss 25:7–8; 69:16; 118:1, 29; 135:3; 136:1; 145:7–9; Jer 33:11). Also as here, it repeatedly forms the basis for the response of faith, expressed in trusting obedience (e.g., Ezr 8:18, 22; Pss 34:8; 73:1; 100:4–5, 106:1–3; 107:1–2; 109:21, La 3:25). Where the goodness of God is successfully impugned, faith soon crumbles (e.g., Ge 3:1–7; Nu 14:3, 27).

In this context, as an expression of covenantal commitment to defend his people, the Lord himself is a “refuge” or stronghold of protection (māʿôz, “strength”; cf. Ne 8:10; Pss 27:1; 31:2, 4; 37:39; Pr 10:29; Isa 25:4; Jer 16:19). He “cares for” (yādaʿ, lit., “knows”; e.g., Ex 33:12; Pss 31:7; 91:14; Jer 1:5; 12:3) the faithful, acknowledging their relationship to him and the claim on his goodness, which is inherent in that relationship. The “trouble” from which he gives protection is graphically illustrated in Judah’s sufferings at the hands of Assyria. It demands a “trust” that is too often missing or misplaced, but it affords one of Scripture’s most dramatic testimonies to the Lord as a “refuge” for those who indeed put their hope in him (Isa 33:2–4; 37:3, 6–7, 29–38; cf. Isa 12:2; 26:3–4). The note of grace sounded here, highlighted by its juxtaposition to the surrounding verses, is already implicit in v. 3, and it foreshadows the theme of Judah’s vindication in the following sections (vv. 12–13, 14; 2:2[3]).[2]

Judgment in a Context of God’s Care for His Own (1:7)

7 Good is Yahweh,

a refuge in the day of adversity.

And he knows those who seek shelter in him.

The message of Nahum up to this point appears purely in negative terms. Almost nothing but judgment has been discussed. But now it becomes apparent that those who turn to the Lord have nothing to fear. He is good, and his people shall enjoy an abundant salvation. Actually the judgment on Nineveh must be viewed from the perspective of God’s intent to show mercy to his people. He responds to their cry for relief from oppression by sending judgment on their enemies.

Indeed, it must be recognized that God’s “own,” his favored ones who find him to be merciful, cannot be identified merely as “Israel” after the flesh. As a matter of fact, precisely the historical context of Nahum’s declaration of the goodness of God to those whom he knows indicates that a simplistic or purely ethnic definition of “Israel” cannot apply. Earlier in God’s dealing with the inhabitants of Nineveh through the ministry of the prophet Jonah, God indicated that he could be just as merciful to the heathen Ninevites as he had been to his own people. The fact that Nineveh in Nahum’s day was targeted for devastation could not blot out the reality of the earlier mercy shown to the inhabitants of Nineveh in response to their faith and repentance. For Israel too would bear the brunt of devastations by the same Babylon that was to bring judgment on Assyria. The Lord is good—but only to those who seek shelter in him. This phrase suggests not merely faith, entrustment to the Lord. It recognizes an imminent danger from which the person who trusts must seek deliverance. The ultimate source of this danger is in the Lord himself as he manifests his righteous judgments. But the repentant sinner seeks for help in none other than him.

According to the prophet, God knows those who seek shelter in him. This “knowing” of the Lord must be understood in the full biblical sense of “loving” with the most intense care. When the prophet Amos declares that God has “known” Israel alone among all the nations of the earth, he cannot mean that God possesses cognitive information about only one nation in the world (cf. Amos 3:2). Instead, he means that this people alone as a nation has received the special love of God.

The Lord knows those who seek shelter in him, meaning that he loves them, cares for them, cherishes their well-being. This concept belongs precisely in this context because it provides a proper framework for understanding God’s coming judgment that will devastate the earth. For the sake of his people, as a step toward the full realization of their salvation, God shall judge Nineveh and the Assyrians.“Goodness” in God is most frequently associated with covenant fidelity (ṭeseḏ; cf. 2 Chr. 5:13; 7:3; Ezra 3:11; Ps. 106:1; 136:1; etc.). Particularly in association with the glory of God manifested in his dwelling among his people it is declared that the Lord is good. Those who seek shelter in the temple of God will find out just how good and merciful he is.[3]

God is with his people (v. 7)

The great nineteenth-century preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, said, ‘Have you read this chapter through? It is a very terrible one; it is like the rushing of a mighty river when it is nearing a cataract. It boils and seethes and flows with overwhelming force, bearing everything before it; yet right in the middle of the surging flood, stands out, like a green island, this most cheering, comforting and delightful text.’

What an oasis of peace it is for the uniqueness of God is revealed here. All people are good some of the time, but he, the Lord Almighty, is good all of the time, as the hymn writer said:

How good is the God we adore,

Our faithful, unchangeable friend,

Whose love is as great as his power

and knows neither measure nor end.

God’s people were rightly fearful. But, in the past, the city of Nineveh had seen the goodness of God on display when he sent the reluctant preacher, Jonah, to them. So none of them could ever accuse him of being unfair now because he had been gracious in the past. The Ninevites had responded to Jonah’s message with repentance and that had brought salvation and blessing to them because God did not destroy them. Tragically, they had forgotten his mercy. Trouble was coming their way and the only way of escape was by seeking safety in the presence of the one true God.

Reminding the people of past events, Nahum says, ‘The Lord is good’, and many people should be able to acknowledge that fact. He then goes on to describe the positive benefit from a living relationship with God.

A refuge required

God is referred to here in a way that the ancient people could readily understand as a ‘refuge in times of trouble’. There were no early warning systems, or ground-to-air missiles to give protection to the population at large. They needed to be in a safe place. Safe cities were specifically designed to cater for large numbers who could take refuge when an enemy was advancing on their land. Here, God is compared by Nahum to a refuge. When people come to him, they find that he is the one who cares for them, not just in their lifetime, but also through death and on into eternity.

The ultimate example of this is the Lord Jesus who, on one occasion, was challenged by the Jews to prove that he really was the Christ. He used a simple, but profound, illustration to impress upon them that he is God. He said about his people, ‘I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.’ Then he probably brought his hands together in a firm clench and said, ‘I and the Father are one’ (John 10:28–30). That is the ultimate refuge, locked into God’s hands, safe and secure, never to slip or fall.

It was as if Nahum were saying, ‘Nineveh, to the world at large, you may appear big brash and brave, but nothing compares to having God as Lord and Saviour, and his covenant people are to rejoice in this great fact.’

The result of faith

Nineveh is reminded that God is the ultimate carer: ‘He cares for those who trust in him.’ He shows grace to all people but especially to those who have put their trust in him. (For a more in-depth study of this great subject see Grace—amazing grace by Brian Edwards.) But there is a great warning issued here for his love will not overlook sin; and to be true to himself, God must punish sin. This is what Nahum sets alongside the grace of God.[4]

Ver. 7.—The Lord is good. The Targum adds unnecessarily, “for Israel” (Ps. 25:8). He is “good,” in that he is a strong hold in the day of trouble, as in the perilous time when the Assyrians attacked Judæa (comp. Ps. 27:1; Jer. 16:19). He knoweth; loves and cares for (Ps. 1:6; 37:18; comp. 2 Tim. 2:19; and see note on Amos 3:2).[5]

1:7. The Lord’s people are reminded that the Lord is good. He will provide a stronghold, a place of safety and protection in the day of their trouble. And God has a personal knowledge of His people who flee to Him for protection: He knows those who take refuge in Him.[6]

[1] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Twelve Minor Prophets (Vol. 3, pp. 430–431). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Armerding, C. E. (2008). Nahum. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel–Malachi (Revised Edition) (Vol. 8, pp. 572–573). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Robertson, O. P. (1990). The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah (pp. 69–70). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Anderson, C. (2005). Opening up Nahum (pp. 36–39). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Nahum (p. 2). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[6] Boyle, M. J. (2014). Nahum. In The moody bible commentary (p. 1381). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.