Daily Archives: August 9, 2019

August 9 Grace and Peace

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:11–14

Key Verse: Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Once we enter into a relationship with Christ, confessing Him as our Lord and Savior, we are redeemed. The guilt that shadowed our past vanishes in the light of God’s deep forgiveness. While God views us as His sons and daughters, righteous in His sight, we still stumble. Feelings of guilt can rush over us, whispering that we are unworthy in the eyes of our heavenly Father and robbing us of our peace.

When those thoughts enter our minds, we must put them aside and remember what God has proclaimed over us: we are righteous. But we still must confess those sins to the Lord in order to restore our relationship with Him.

Paul writes, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.… For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:12, 14). Living under grace does not mean we have a free pass to sin; rather, it means when we do stumble, God graciously extends a hand of mercy to us when we go before Him and repent. We can never do anything to earn God’s grace and forgiveness in our lives. No matter what we do, it’s only by His grace that we are righteous. It’s only by His grace that our guilt is washed away.

I can do nothing to earn Your grace, dear Lord. It is a gift, and I praise You for it. Your forgiveness covers all my failings.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 232). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 9 Walking Away from God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 73

Key Verse: Psalm 73:25

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.

His family could have been in upheaval. Maybe he had just witnessed the promotion of a man he knew to be a fraud and a thief. Whatever the causes were, Asaph was discouraged to the point of questioning his faith or, rather, the point of his faith.

If trusting God was such a good thing, why were evil men getting away with murder? Why were the arrogant only getting richer and more powerful by the day, while humble and good people were suffering? These questions could just as easily be asked today. And maybe you have asked them.

What finally turned Asaph’s heart around and put fresh wind in his spiritual sails? He realized once more these powerful truths: “Yet I am always with you [God]; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps. 73:23–26 niv).

The glory of the wicked, when viewed from an eternal perspective, was shown to be fleeting, shallow, and temporary. Asaph had to take a journey through doubt and anger and questioning before he could feel secure in God again. Never be afraid to take this journey.

Dear heavenly Father, when I look at others and question why, help me remember to view things from an eternal perspective. Let my journey through doubt and anger be swift so that I can feel secure in You again.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 232). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 9 Sin and Suffering

Scripture reading: Jonah 1:1–17

Key verse: Jonah 2:2

And he said:

“I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction,

And He answered me.

Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,

And You heard my voice.”

One of Satan’s most deceptive lies is that sin impacts only the person committing the sin. It is a large part of today’s philosophy of moral relativism, which says that whatever a person believes is right for him is indeed right. People believe in fewer and fewer absolutes.

“I’m not hurting anyone but myself” has been uttered under more than one rebellious breath. People should take time to examine that self-absorbed statement and consider why they would ever choose to hurt themselves anyway.

Sin’s roots are those of wild weeds. They grow uncontrollably until they engulf not only the offender but also many others surrounding him. Sin can choke the life out of anyone, including a believer.

Jonah was the only prophet called of God who is on record as having rebelled against Him. The result was that his circumstances grew so bad that he twice preferred death over life. In addition, those innocent and unwitting people around him suffered. The sailors on the storm-tossed ship that carried Jonah had no idea about the baggage he was bringing onboard or he never would have made it through customs!

Although the temptation to sin sometimes seems irresistible, there are few occurrences in life as sobering as seeing an innocent person, especially a loved one, suffer for your rebellion.

Dear heavenly Father, I don’t want to suffer for my rebellion or cause a loved one to suffer. When temptation seems irresistible, keep me from yielding to it.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 232). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

08/09/2019 — Wretched


•God’s providence in terminal cancer
•Visiting Alistair Begg’s church
•What are the qualifications for sharing the Gospel?
•How do I comfort a Christian whose loved one is in Hell?
•Can Christians eat Halal food?
•Todd has been wrongly pronouncing Canada wrong.
•Why is eschatology a secondary issue?
•Elon Musk wants to plug our brains into computers
•Was Revelation written before the Temple was destroyed?

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August 9, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Giving Is in Concert with Other Christian Virtues

But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also. (8:7)

Giving does not take place in a vacuum, isolated from other Christian virtues. It must not be done contrary to what is in the heart, for that would be hypocrisy.

Paul’s affirmation to the Corinthians, you abound in everything (cf. 1 Cor. 1:4–7), was an encouraging compliment to those vacillating believers. They abounded in saving, securing, sanctifying faith, having a strong trust in and reliance on the Lord. Logos (utterance) refers here not to speech, but to doctrine, the “word [logos] of truth” (2 Cor. 6:7; cf. Col. 1:5; 2 Tim. 2:15; James 1:18). Knowledge is the ability to apply doctrine to the issues of life. Earnestness (spoudē) means “eagerness,” “energy,” or “spiritual passion” (cf. 2 Cor. 7:11–12). Love (agapē) is the noble love of self-sacrifice Paul had inspired in the Corinthians through his example, teaching, and preaching.

Because of the spiritual virtues they possessed, Paul exhorted the Corinthians, See that you abound in this gracious work also. God’s grace had produced those virtues in them, and the apostle wanted it to flow out through their giving.[1]

7. But as. He had already been very careful to avoid giving offence, inasmuch as he said, that Titus had entreated them, not so much from his own inclination, as in consideration of the charge given him by the Macedonians. Now, however, he goes a step farther, by admonishing them, that they must not even wait for the message of the Macedonians being communicated to them; and that too, by commending their other virtues. “You ought not merely to associate yourselves as partners with the Macedonians, who require that; but surpass them in this respect, too, as you do in others.”

He makes a distinction between utterance and faith, because it is impossible that any one should have faith, and that, too, in an eminent degree, without being at the same time much exercised in the word of God. Knowledge I understand to mean, practice and skill, or prudence. He makes mention of their love to himself, that he may encourage them also from regard to himself personally, and in the mean time he gives up, with a view to the public advantage of the brethren, the personal affection with which they regarded him. Now in this way he lays a restraint upon himself in everything, that he may not seem to accuse them when exhorting them.[2]

7 Paul recognizes that a special visit from Titus would not in itself guarantee the success of the collection. So he appeals to the Corinthians’ desire to exhibit every sign of spirituality (cf. 1 Co 1:5, 7; 12:31; 14:37). By using the word charis (“grace,” GK 5921) of the virtue of giving (“grace of giving”), he makes it clear that generosity stands alongside faith, speech, knowledge, and love as an expression of divine grace in humans. Already excelling in Christian virtues and gifts of the Spirit, the Corinthians were to make sure they exhibited the grace of liberality as well.[3]

7 This verse is the climax of vv. 1–6; Paul now faces the Corinthians, in effect, with the challenge to complete the collection. At v. 1 he introduced the “grace of God,” which, he said, had been “given in the Macedonian churches” (v. 1) and from whom it had “overflowed … in generosity” (v. 2). Now he addresses the gift-laden church in Corinth, where, however, the “grace” of generosity in the collection was not in evidence, calling on them to “overflow” in the same “grace” (i.e., as in v. 6).

The sentence (1) begins on a hortatory note, “but just as you overflow …,” (2) lists some evidences of the grace of God among them,56 and (3) concludes “[may you] also overflow in this grace”58:

  But just as






























all earnestness,






our love for you—


[may you]


also overflow




this grace.


Critical to the verse is the verb “overflow,” which picks up the Macedonians’ overflowing joy, “which has overflowed in the riches of their generosity” (v. 2). In the present verse it occurs first as a present indicative (what is happening) among the Corinthians and then as a present subjunctive (what should happen). This verb is written to encourage and admonish the Corinthians. They overflow in other “graces”; let them also overflow in this.

The various catalogues of charismata in the First Letter do not appear to follow any logical system. This is not the case here. The first three—“faith” (to work miracles of healing?61), “speech” (teaching, glossolalia, and prophecy?), and “knowledge” (an understanding of God and his ways?63)—relate to activities that are prized within the Corinthian assembly. To these he pointedly adds “all earnestness,” which in the context of this letter means “all earnestness” for Paul (so 7:12), something that has only now been shown. The last in the list is “in our love to you,” that is, the love that Paul has for them (see 6:11–12; 11:11; 12:15); there is no mention of their love for him.

The Corinthians were strong in activities that are local to and centered upon them (miracle-working faith, charismatic speech, and theological understanding), but weak on those that are for the benefit of those outside, in this case the “saints of Jerusalem.” As they overflow in other “graces,” let them also overflow in this.

Significantly, the grace of God is both (1) “given,” that is, by God (see on v. 1), and, (2) at the same time, actively overflowing from believers. This can only mean that believers are not passive in the experience and ministry of the gifts of God. Indeed, the apostle designates certain gifts that believers are to desire (1 Cor 14:5, 12–19) and for which they are to pray (1 Cor 14:13). Clearly the grace of giving is among these, and in this case the climactic point to which the previous six verses have been leading.[4]

8:7 / Paul exhorts the Corinthians to exceed in the matter of giving just as they have in other areas. The implication is that the Corinthians excel the Macedonians in many ways. In 1 Corinthians Paul had emphasized the richness of the Corinthians “in all things” in Christ, including all speech and knowledge (1:5). Here he adds several more items to that list, including earnestness and reconfirmed love for Paul (cf. 7:7, 11, 12). Of course, the rich possession of spiritual gifts had also led the Corinthians to a realized eschatology that evidently elevated such riches, including material wealth, in a presumptuous and self-contented way (cf. 1 Cor. 4:8–13). Perhaps it was difficult, therefore, for the Corinthians to donate to a cause with such future goals as the collection for Jerusalem. In any case, Paul exhorts the Corinthians to also excel in the grace of giving to the collection for Jerusalem. Everything that the Corinthians have is a gracious gift from God; therefore, they should give commensurately, particularly now in the matter of the collection.[5]

Ver. 7.—Therefore; rather, but. In the following verses to ver. 15 he tells them his wishes about this collection. He desires them to show generosity among their other graces (ver. 7), not by way of command, but that they may emulate others and show their love (ver. 8) by following the example of Christ (ver. 9). And by acting thus they would prove the sincerity of their former promises (vers. 10, 11), especially as he did not wish them to give more than they could justly spare by way of reciprocity (vers. 12–15). As ye abound in every thing, in faith, etc. Perhaps “by faith,” etc., “St. Paul,” says Grotius, “knew the art of the orators to move by praising.” This method of conciliating attention is technically called proparaitésis. The praise was, of course, sincere, though, no doubt, it was expressed with the generosity of love (see 1 Cor. 1:5). And in your love to us. The Greek is more emphatic, “and by the love from you in us;” i.e. by the love which streams from you, and which I feel in myself. In this grace also; namely, the grace of Christian liberality.[6]

7. However, as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this work of grace as well.

  • “However, as you excel in everything.” Pastoral care must be based on wisdom and tact, which Paul relies on as he seeks to encourage the recipients of this letter in their giving. He refrains from giving the impression that the Macedonians are superior to the Corinthians. He avoids commanding his readers to participate in the collection. Instead, he praises them for their record of excellence in many areas—in fact, Paul purposely writes that they excelled in everything, so that also with respect to the collection they might excel. He demonstrates the art of motivating people by addressing them positively and by pointing out their virtues (compare 1 Cor. 1:4–7). He lists five areas in which the readers surpass others.
  • “In faith, in speech, in knowledge.” What comes to mind immediately is the list of spiritual gifts in Paul’s first canonical letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 12:8–10). In this verse, however, faith is not a creedal statement but trust in God whereby proverbial mountains can be moved (Matt. 17:20). Faith that works miracles seems to have been more evident in Corinth than elsewhere.

The Corinthians were also blessed with the gifts of speech and knowledge (1 Cor. 1:5) by which they demonstrated their faith. Indeed, the gifts of faith, speech, and knowledge form a triad. The Corinthians excelled in communicating the message of salvation as spiritual knowledge. With their mouths they proclaimed the spiritual knowledge that they believed in their hearts (see Rom. 10:10).

  • “In all diligence, and in our love for you.” The Greek word is spoudē, which I have translated “diligence,” occurs twice in Romans (12:8, 11) and five times in II Corinthians (7:11, 12; 8:7, 8, 16). With respect to this verse, Paul accentuates the word by modifying it with the adjective all.

The gifts of faith, speech, knowledge, and diligence are nothing without love, as Paul teaches in his letter of love (1 Cor. 13:1–3). For this reason, love appears last in this series of five strengths. This, then, is a subtle reminder of the indispensability of love.

The Greek text of verse 7 shows two readings, either “in your love for us” or “in our love for you.” Most translators adopt the first reading in view of the thought sequence within the verse. It is difficult to accept the second reading, for Paul cannot praise the Corinthians for love they have received from him. However, the second reading is the more difficult and is probably the original text. Some scholars, therefore, add a verb to the clause to clarify its meaning. For instance, one translation reads, “in the love you learned from us” (NCV).

  • “See that you excel in this work of grace as well.” As a tactful pastor, Paul adds to the five qualities in which the readers excel the matter of the collection. He calls it “this work of grace.” And he wants his readers to remember that the Macedonians begged him for the privilege of participating in this work of grace (v. 4). So, the Corinthians also should see it as a privilege. The repetition of the verb to excel was not accidental; it was written for the purpose of stimulating the Corinthians to act.[7]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2003). 2 Corinthians (pp. 285–286). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 2, pp. 288–289). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Harris, M. J. (2008). 2 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 499). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Barnett, P. (1997). The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (pp. 402–404). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[5] Scott, J. M. (2011). 2 Corinthians (p. 178). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 2 Corinthians (pp. 195–196). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 19, pp. 279–280). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

RenewAmerica Newsletter for August 9, 2019

August 9, 2019
CLIFF KINCAID — If the alleged El Paso killer’s so-called manifesto against Mexican “invaders” is to be taken seriously, what we have seen is a bloodthirsty backlash to a well-established political movement that seeks to diminish the influence of white voters and replace their role in American society with that of brown people and other designated minorities. This political movement favors free health care, free college, and public housing for illegals, in order to entice them to enter the U.S…. (more)

August 9, 2019
BYRON YORK — The manifesto written by accused El Paso mass killer Patrick Crusius is the basis for the argument that the shootings were inspired by President Trump. Media commentators, Democratic presidential candidates, and all types of Trump critics have made that case in the days since the murders…. (more)

August 9, 2019
DAILY MAIL — The warped loner, 24, declares himself a servant of ‘evil incarnate’ and rants about everything from schizophrenia to satanic rituals and massacres. He even hints at the idea of ‘hunting’ a victim to kill at the University of Dayton – writing: ‘We take a b***h, a person, man, convince them to come with us then poof, gone lol down?’… (more)

August 9, 2019
Insiders say Trump leaning toward ‘red flag laws’
NEW YORK POST — You can’t walk through the streets of Manhattan these days without smelling weed. Even as evidence mounts of the health problems associated with marijuana, New York has insisted on joining other greedy states scrambling to legalize this deceptively dangerous drug…. (more)

August 9, 2019
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER — Charles Manson – – the notorious cult leader convicted of orchestrating a string of L.A. murders, including actress Sharon Tate’s, in 1969 – – has been dead for two years. But he’s newly thriving in the pop consciousness thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is set in the summer of those gruesome killings…. (more)

August 9, 2019
Liberals have ‘fantasy of killing their opposition’
NEWSMAX — While claiming “America is a society that has moved beyond racism,” author David Horowitz on Newsmax TV said it is also one where liberals fantasize about “exterminating” people who do not agree with them. “This is a fantasy that liberals have of killing their opposition,” Horowitz told “Newsmax Now,” rejecting Universal Picture’s upcoming movie release “The Hunt,” which features a plot of slaughtering “deplorables” – – Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign term for supporters of President Donald Trump…. (more)

August 6, 2019
NEWSMAX — Universal Pictures has pulled advertisements for film billed a gory satire about well-heeled vacationers slaughtering “deplorables” for sport after recent mass shootings that killed 31 people and injured 53 others. The studio’s move on “The Hunt” – – an R-rated film from producer Jason Blum and starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank – – came over the weekend after ESPN withdrew a spot that the cable network had previously cleared, according to The Hollywood Reporter…. (more)

August 6, 2019
Network focuses instead on shooter’s obsession with violence & guns
CNN — The gunman who opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, this weekend had an obsession with violence and mass shootings and had expressed a desire to commit a mass shooting, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said Tuesday…. (more)

August 6, 2019
NEW YORK POST — Over the weekend, America suffered two mass shootings within hours of one another, in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. These followed another mass shooting in Gilroy, Calif., a week earlier. The alleged perpetrators of the attacks were young, “lone-wolf” gunmen. All three carried out carnage against innocents using high-power rifles. All told, Santino ­Legan (Gilroy), Patrick Crusius (El Paso) and Connor Betts (Dayton) killed 34 people and injured dozens more…. (more)

August 6, 2019
Said his actions were result of ‘lack of treatment’
NEWSMAX — A former girlfriend of Dayton mass murderer Connor Betts told NBC News that on their first date he showed her body camera footage from a mass shooting at a synagogue, the first of what turned out to be a number of warning signs that led her to break up with him…. (more)

August 5, 2019
THE HILL — Former Vice President Joe Biden has a small lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, but Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) posted solid gains and are closing the gap on the front-runner, according to a new poll…. (more)

August 5, 2019
LLOYD MARCUS — My prayers and heartfelt sympathy goes out to the victims of the El Paso Mall shooting. The gunman posted a manifesto. http://bit.ly/2ZridtQ One of the issues which angered the gunman is illegal immigration. Democrats and fake news media will jump on this like white on rice. Despicably, they will launch a bogus narrative that the gunman is a typical Trump voter, driven to violence by Trump’s racist rhetoric…. (more)

August 5, 2019
BRYAN FISCHER — The United States is in collective shock over two mass shootings that happened over the weekend in America. The latest casualty figures I’ve read place the toll at 29 people dead and scores more wounded. The Talking Snake Media and the regressive left immediately blew past the tragedy of the decimated families and spent all their energy and air time demonizing President Trump and blaming the carnage on him…. (more)

August 5, 2019
JUDIE BROWN — Mass shootings in America are unacceptable. We as a people are better than this. The reality of a culture that is sinking further and further into decay and violence is real. Accept it or not, it’s happening with or without your agreement. Many Americans agonize over their fitness and physical health. We go to great lengths to eat the right things, to exercise, and to develop good habits. As the saying goes, you are what you consume…. (more)

August 5, 2019
SELWYN DUKE — In the El Paso shooting’s wake, evident is the same wash-rinse-repeat pattern. There are the inevitable calls for gun control by demagogues concerned only about people control, those who put the onus on whites when most mass shooters are non-white, and propagandists who blame the “Right” when most violence originates with the “Left.” It’s quite tiresome, really. In truth, the main underlying cause of increased mass-murder events – – and so much evil in general – – is a severe philosophical/spiritual malaise besetting our nation…. (more)

August 5, 2019
Orchestrator of racial division slams president as ‘racist’
JOE KOVACS — In the wake of this weekend’s mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that left dozens dead, former President Barack Obama issued a scathing attack Monday on the rhetoric allegedly used by President Donald Trump to describe immigrants and some minorities in America…. (more)

August 5, 2019
NEWSMAX — Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, one of the congressmen who was shot by a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game in 2017, said Monday he does not blame Sanders for his injury, and he does not think President Donald Trump should be blamed for the weekend shootings at an El Paso Walmart…. (more)

August 5, 2019
Less than a day after El Paso Walmart carnage
DAILY CALLER — At least nine people are dead and 26 injured following a mass shooting in downtown Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday, according to police. This marks the second shooting within 14 hours. A gunman opened fire at an El Paso, Texas, shopping area Saturday, leaving 20 people dead and 26 others wounded…. (more)

August 4, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has taken Baltimore and other Democratic-led urban areas to task for their disrepair and poverty, but a once-downtrodden city like Detroit is actually better off now than before, an expert told the Washington Post…. (more)

August 4, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Only one country in the world has a higher per capita homicide rate than the city of Baltimore. According to WorldAtlas, the murder capital of the globe is Honduras – – where there are 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people…. (more)

August 4, 2019
Enjoy the memes, but beware ‘dark, psychic forces’
DAILY WIRE — It’s all fun and games until someone summons a demon. Since New Age guru Marianne Williamson’s breakout performance at the first Democratic presidential primary debate in June, conservatives have ironically embraced her kooky candidacy, in some cases even making donations to ensure she made it to the second debate…. (more)

August 4, 2019
PJ MEDIA — On Friday, former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that his former employer will try to prevent President Donald Trump’s reelection. “Do you think that Google will attempt to influence the election outcome, attempt to prevent Trump from being reelected?” Carlson asked…. (more)

August 4, 2019
DAILY SIGNAL — Apple News has banned one of the nation’s top pro-life news sources from the platform, saying that the organization displayed “intolerance” toward a specific group. The Apple News platform, a free news app, banned LifeSite News Wednesday, just two weeks after accepting the pro-life outlet onto the platform. It said the LifeSite News channel did not comply with Apple guidelines and its content showed intolerance “towards a specific group.”… (more)

August 4, 2019
JERRY NEWCOMBE — America has an anger problem. There was another random shooting – – this time in a city east of Santa Cruz in California. The Mercury News (7/28/19) reports: “At least four people were dead, including a suspect, and 15 people injured after a gunman cut through a security fence and opened fire on a crowd Sunday evening near the end of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, sending panicked festival goers running for their lives.”… (more)


August 9, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Friday said he has been speaking with the
National Rifle Association to ensure that the gun lobby’s “very strong
views” are considered as congressional leaders weigh possible gun
legislation after two weekend mass shootings.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected a plea from
more than 200 mayors to call the Senate back early to consider new gun
legislation, following two weekend mass shootings that left 31 people dead.

Thailand’s army is fighting a “hybrid war” waged by enemies who are using
“fake news” to turn young Thais against the military and the monarchy, the
army chief said in a rare interview.

Anger was mounting in Kashmir against India’s decision to revoke the
special status of the Muslim-majority region, residents and officials said,
although authorities eased some curbs to allow people to offer Friday

The revolving door at the governor’s office in Puerto Rico may finally stop
with Wanda Vazquez, the newly sworn-in chief executive of the bankrupt U.S.
territory, who said on Thursday she has no plans to resign.

Canadian Kristian Lee Baxter, detained while travelling in Syria last year,
was freed on Friday, the second Westerner released by the Syrian government
in two weeks with help from neighboring Lebanon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on
Aug. 9 1999 by then president Boris Yeltsin. He has been in office as
president or prime minister ever since, a period spanning two decades.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to all government civil
servants to tell them that preparing for a no-deal exit from the European
Union is his and their top priority.

The recent escalation in the U.S.-China trade war has brought forward the
next U.S. recession, according to a majority of economists polled by
Reuters who now expect the Federal Reserve to cut rates again in September
and once more next year.

The White House will discuss violent extremism online with representatives
from a number of internet and technology companies on Friday, according to
a White House spokesman.

July 2019 now stands as Alaska’s hottest month on record, the latest
benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging
from rapidly vanishing summer sea ice and melting glaciers to raging
wildfires and deadly chaos for marine life.

U.S. producer prices increased moderately in July, lifted by a rebound in
the cost of energy products, while underlying producer inflation retreated,
which could allow the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again next

AP Top Stories

A new proposal from the Trump administration could make trips like these
unnecessary in the near future. The plan would allow states, pharmacies and
drug manufacturers in the United States to import prescription drugs from

Mexican authorities found 19 bodies, some dismembered, in the southwestern
state of Michoacan, as the government seeks to combat rising violence with
a new militarized police.

The U.S. and the Taliban both say they are close to calling it peace after
18 years of war and multiple rounds of tense but cordial negotiations
between dark-suited diplomats and turbaned fighters over cups of tea in
plush hotels in Doha, Qatar.

Nearly half of the 680 people detained in Wednesday’s U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement raids at food processing plants across Mississippi were
released the same day.

A 92-year-old former SS private will go on trial this fall in Germany on
5,230 counts of being an accessory to murder, accused of helping the Nazis’
Stutthof concentration camp function.

An American human rights volunteer is reportedly in critical condition
after he was shot four times in the Philippines.

A Lebanese businessman designated by US authorities as an important
financial supporter of Hezbollah was sentenced to five years in prison and
ordered to forfeit $50 million, the Justice Department said Thursday.

NOAA forecasters now expect 10 to 17 named storms, up from the previous
estimate of 9 to 15. Of those, about half will become hurricanes.


The chancellor does not expect the UK to slide into recession after data
showed the economy shrank by 0.2% between April and June.

Malaysia has charged 17 former and current Goldman Sachs bankers –
including Richard Gnodde, the most senior banker in London – over the
corruption investigation at its state development fund 1MDB.

Mexican police have found the bodies of nine people hanging from a bridge
and seven more corpses hacked up and dumped on the road.

The UN’s human rights chief has criticized the latest US sanctions against
Venezuela saying they would intensify the suffering of millions.

A new breast milk bank in Kenya is helping mothers donate their milk to
babies whose mothers cannot breast feed them.

Parents in Kenya are putting children as young as 10 on contraceptives in
an attempt to keep them in school. One in five girls between the ages of 15
and 19 are pregnant or have a child already.


In his first statement following the shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton,
OH, former President Obama has come forward with an aggressive plan for
Democrats: Do more, and consider passing gun confiscation laws.

News – 8/9/2019

New Movie Has Blue State Elitists Hunting Red State Trump Supporters For Sport
Violent ads for a movie about blue state elitists hunting red state Trump supporters for sport have been pulled in the aftermath of the mass shootings. Studio executives say that they fear the tragedies will eclipse the ultra-dark and violent satire. TV station ESPN has yanked the trailer without waiting for Universal to make up its mind, opting not to air the clip at all in the next few weeks, according to a source at the station. “We pay for everything, so this country belongs to us,” one of the hunters says in a trailer which is still available on YouTube. The hunters reportedly pick their “prey” based on social-justice sins like using racist language on social media.

Man ‘Full of Anger’ Kills 4 in Southern California ‘Machete’ Rampage
According to the AP, Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney told reporters the man’s motives appeared to be “robbery, hate homicide.” The suspect and all the victims were Hispanic, the AP reported.

Philadelphia Archbishop on Gun Control: ‘Only a Fool Can Believe That [It] Will Solve the Problem’
According to Chaput, who assumed his current position in Philadelphia in 2011, it’s foolish to believe “gun control” will make mass violence go away.

The space race is now, and America can’t afford delays
For the past few years the national security discussion rightly looked beyond our atmosphere to the next battleground. The latest threat assessment by the U.S. Department of Defense should dispel any myth that there is no space race. There is, and the U.S. is far behind. The proliferation of laser and cyber weapons as well as counter-space technology by our adversaries is deeply troubling. Fortunately, we are on the precipice of action to further U.S. space interests, unless that effort gets bogged down by personal agendas.

President Trump Readies Executive Order To Crack-Down Hard On Social Media Censorship Of Conservatives
According to Politico, the Trump administration is in the process of drafting an executive order that will “tackle Silicon Valley’s alleged anti-conservative bias”. And it is very much in President Trump’s own self-interest to do this. Social media played a key role in helping him win in 2016, but since that time we have seen an unprecedented wave of censorship on the major social media platforms, and most of that censorship has been directed at conservative voices.

Mexico cartel hangs bodies from city bridge in grisly show of force
The merciless dogfight between Mexican drug cartels has produced its latest macabre spectacle with the discovery of 19 mutilated corpses – nine of them hung semi-naked from a bridge – in a city to the west of the capital. Falko Ernst, an International Crisis Group researcher who studies Mexico’s cartels, said this week’s slaughter was clearly intended to intimidate rival criminal groups, the families of their members, as well as Mexican authorities.

NORAD intercepts two Russian bombers off coast of Alaska, Canada
U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers near the Alaskan coast Thursday, North American military officials said. The North American Aerospace Defense Command — also identified by the acronym NORAD — said two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets intercepted the two Russian Tu-95 bombers as they entered the Alaskan and Canadian air defense identification zones.

NOAA now expects above-normal Atlantic hurricane season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration increased the odds for an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season Thursday in an update to the forecast it gave nearly three months ago. Now that El Nino has ended, conditions are more favorable for more frequent and stronger named storms as peak hurricane season begins, the organization said.

Somali Refugees Accused of Plotting ISIS Attack Sought U.S. Citizenship
Two Somali nationals granted refugee status in the United States are accused of attempting to join the Islamic State (ISIS) and sought to obtain American citizenship. Last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that 21-year-old Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and 20-year-old Abdi Yemani Hussein — both refugees in the U.S. from Somalia — were arrested on suspicion that they were planning to join ISIS.

Democrats guilty of ‘the ultimate hate crime’
A policy-naked party that would kill a baby on its birthday, believes you can marry your cat and denounces the rule of law will hawk their moral superiority. And half of America will cheer them on. And so will the principal enemy of the people – the majority dishonest media, a media that has convinced nearly half of America that Russia elected Donald Trump – the most extraordinary hoax ever. This is the Democratic Party,…

Germany to put 92-year old former SS guard on trial for Nazi crimes
Bruno Dey who guarded the Stutthof death camp – where 65,000 people, including many Jews were killed – as a 17-year-old soldier is accused of preventing prisoners from escaping; ‘What use would it have been if I had left, they would have found someone else?’ he says

Powerful twin typhoons churn over Western Pacific as they close in on land
Twin typhoons were churning over the Western Pacific Ocean on Thursday, threatening to bring severe tropical impacts to multiple parts of Asia.

Iran is reportedly jamming ship GPS navigation systems to seize them
Ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf have reported unusual GPS interference, among other problems, and the US believes Iran is to blame.

Temple Watchers Say Foxes Spotted Walking Near The Western Wall In Jerusalem Is Fulfillment Of End Times Prophecy, But Is It?
The word ‘foxes’ appears exactly 8 times in the Bible, 6 times in the Old Testament and twice in the New Testament. None of the places where the word appears has any discernible connection to any known Bible prophecy regarding the rebuilt Jewish Temple in the end times. When you read a little deeper, you find that they are not quoting the Bible for their proof text, but the Talmud which is not the Bible, not scripture and not the word of God.

The White Supremacist Terrorists Are Coming…The White Supremacist Terrorists Are Coming!”
…some racist psycho murdered a bunch of people in Texas, so it’s time to “take the gloves off” again, pass some new kind of Patriot Act, further curtail our civil liberties, and whip the public up into mass hysteria over “white supremacist terrorism.”

New Zealand advances legislation that would decriminalize abortion
New Zealand is one step closer to decriminalizing abortion. New legislation passed Parliament by a 94-23 vote Thursday. If it gets final approval, the legislation would mark the first change to New Zealand’s abortion laws in over 40 years.

“Nobody Speaks For The United States”: Trump Bashes Macron Over Mixed Signals Toward Iran
President Trump took to Twitter Thursday to express frustration over the US “maximum pressure” campaign designed, according to prior statements, to bring the Iranians back to the table to “negotiate a better deal” after the White House’s unilateral pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal brokered under Obama. He slammed EU countries, particularly France, for sending mixed signals.

The Seven Steps of Genocidal Tyranny
Between researchers such as Mike Adams, myself and others, it has clearly been established that America is suffering from a bad case of false flag attacks. By the end of the first 24 hour cycle, the false flag nature of the El Paso shooting had already been established beyond a reasonable doubt. Now we have learned that the Dayton shooter was an Elizabeth Warren supporter and we are not totally certain about who he really is. Therefore, I am not going to waste anymore of time debating forensics, disputing eyewitness accounts which collaborate each other’s stories. America is looking, as I have already labeled it, a TET Offensive of false flags sponsored by the Deep State Left. End of story. Now, we are going to talk about why this is happening and, more importantly, where this is leading.

THE HUNT: Liberals Blame Trump For Mass Shootings As Hollywood To Release Movie About The Targeting Killing Of Trump Supporters For Sport
Whoever first said that ‘liberalism is a mental disorder’, I think it was Michael Savage, really hit the nail on the head with that statement. Think about it. At this very moment Leftist Liberal Democrats are blaming President Trump for the recent mass shootings, despite the fact that the Dayton shooter was a Leftist Liberal who hated Trump and wanted Socialism in America. But somehow, Trump is still the problem.

LGBTQ+ Activist Transforming Public Schools Freely Admits That Their Goal Is To ‘Train School Teachers To Completely Smash Heteronormativity’
The LGBTQ+P for Pedophile movement has no idea of any kind about wanting to ‘live in harmony’ with those around, no sir. They don’t want mere tolerance, they don’t even want you to grant them ‘acceptance’. So what do they want? As Elly Barnes so clearly states, they want to “completely smash heteronormativity“, that is to say they want to destroy the notion that being heterosexual is the normal way to be. Where does this idea of heteronormativity come from? It comes from the mouth of God.

Grass Gestapo Out Of Control: $30K Fine & Potential Foreclosure For Too-Long Lawn
While some people might think “Well, just cut your grass regularly and the government will leave you alone,” it isn’t always that simple…

Headlines – 8/9/2019

Murdered Israeli Yeshiva Student Laid to Rest, as US Jewish Groups Unite in Condemnation of ‘Dastardly Act of Terror’

Hamas and Islamic Jihad praise ‘heroic’ West Bank slaying of student

UN, Western diplomats denounce murder of 19-year-old Israeli student

Thousands attend funeral for teen terror victim, as father vows to ‘choose life’

In response to West Bank terror, Netanyahu hints at annexation of Area C

Netanyahu vows to push Israeli sovereignty in West Bank after terror attack

At scene of terror attack, Netanyahu vows Israel will ‘settle the score’

Manhunt widens on 2nd day; security forces seek to nab killers, prevent attacks

Security forces dismiss suspicion Etzion stabbing attack was failed kidnapping

Experts push for domestic terrorism law after spate of massacres

Report: Terrorists behind Jerusalem pizza bombing received more than $910K

West Bank settlement resident facing over 100 counts of child sex abuse

HBO drama looks at killings of teens that ignited Gaza war

Palestinian leadership split on suspension of agreements with Israel

Palestinian leaders express outrage at Jewish calls to visit Temple Mount

Getting Ready: Temple Institute Practices Burning the Red Heifer

Foxes seen walking near the Western Wall, fulfilling biblical promise

‘Four Antisemitic Crimes Per Day Since 2001,’ Official German Statistics Reveal

Head of EU-Iran trade entity loses job after report on his Israel criticism

‘In some parts of the world, Jews are at a constant threat of being killed’

US slaps designated terrorist Hezbollah financier with prison, $50 million fine

Iran Says Israel Joining U.S. Coalition Will Have ‘Disastrous Consequences,’ Looks for More Arab Support

Iran is reportedly jamming ship GPS navigation systems to get them to wander into Iranian waters

Trump accuses France’s Macron of sending ‘mixed signals’ to Iran

Explosions rock Turkish ammunition depot near Syria

‘Playing with fire’: Push on Idlib threatens millions, UN says

A scathing new Pentagon report blames Trump for the return of ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Somali Refugees Accused of Plotting ISIS Attack Sought U.S. Citizenship

Egypt says security forces killed 17 jihadists after hospital attack

2 million expected in Mecca for hajj pilgrimage, a pillar of Islam

200 hit by New Zealand massacre take part in hajj pilgrimage

Qatar’s Tamim called Trump to discuss relations, Afghan peace talks: state news agency

Tensions Continue High Over Kashmir, With 500 Arrests And A Communications Blackout

Pakistan rules out ‘military option’ in Kashmir row: Minister

North Korea keeps testing missiles, ‘playing Trump for a fool’

US calls China ‘thuggish regime’ for singling out US diplomat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s lawyers protest against ‘political prosecutions’

Hong Kong protesters kick off three-day airport rally

Turkey heading towards ‘Russian-Chinese axis’ after ejection from F-35 program

Russia’s military has been rocked by a string of explosions and fires in recent weeks that have left dozens dead or wounded

Vladimir Putin has dominated Russia for 20 years. Will he ever step down?

Italy’s government on the brink of collapse as deputy leader calls for elections

Venezuela’s Maduro defiant in face of US sanctions

US sanctions could ‘significantly exacerbate’ Venezuela’s crisis, UN warns

Mexico cartel hangs bodies from city bridge in grisly show of force

Trump names counterterrorism chief as acting director of national intelligence

False alarms, real trauma. Americans are on edge after string of mass shootings

After El Paso Shooting, Workers Plot Their Own ‘What-If’ Escape Plans

Police: Man dressed in body armor, carrying tactical weapons arrested at Missouri Walmart

Off-duty firefighter stops man armed with 100 rounds of ammunition at south Springfield Walmart

The NRA is reportedly warning Trump that supporting universal background checks will hurt him politically

Rabbi Abraham Cooper: Trump is right to work with social media firms to reduce gun violence and online hate

The link between pot and mass shootings may be closer than we think

Mass Shootings Aren’t Becoming More Common–and Evidence Contradicts Stereotypes about the Shooters

Knife crime: Fatal stabbings at highest level since records began in 1946

California gang member in custody after stabbing, robbery spree that killed 4, wounded 2: police

With every new tragedy, another ‘strong’ campaign

Trump Slams Shepard Smith and Fox News After Anchor Says White Nationalism Is a Real Problem

Nadler: Committee has launched ‘formal impeachment proceedings’ against Trump

Confusion at the Iowa State Fair? Biden says ‘we choose truth over facts’

Commentary: Killing Free Speech in France, Germany and on the Internet

As Big Tech Silences Christians, New Platform Gives People of Faith a Voice

FBI Surveillance Proposal Sets Up Clash With Facebook

WhatsApp vulnerabilities ‘put words in your mouth,’ lets hackers take over conversations

Amazon is developing high-tech surveillance tools for an eager customer: America’s police

Amazon delivery robots are officially on the streets of California

The U.S. Air Force’s Secret X-37B Space Plane: A War Machine?

Bernie Sanders vows to dish truth on UFOs if elected

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Baklan, Turkey

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Hongtu, China

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hirara, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 16,000ft

Karangetang volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Volcano erupts near Tokyo, prompting warnings of ash and gas

Powerful twin typhoons churn over Western Pacific as they close in on land

China issues ‘red alert’ as super typhoon approaches mainland

Above-normal hurricane season now more likely with El Nino’s end, NOAA says

Philippines declares epidemic after more than 600 die from dengue fever

Bio-warfare experts question why Canada was sending lethal viruses to China

Supreme Court to Decide if Transgender Rights Prevail Over Christian-Based Businesses

Another Attack Targets Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria

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August 9 The Voice of His Spirit

scripture reading: Hebrews 3:7–19
key verse: Hebrews 3:15

It is said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

When he was five years old, he responded instantly to your voice.

When he was ten years old, he waited until your instructions were repeated at least two or three times.

By the time he was a teenager, he ignored you.

Such is also the danger when you stifle the Holy Spirit’s gentle voice.

He nudges you to avoid gossip and grumbling. You listen, but fail to obey. He brings Scriptures to your mind repeatedly; you are convicted, but gradually lapse into your habit. Over time, your spiritual sensitivity is dulled. The Word of God no longer penetrates your soul, much less brings pangs of conscience.

A hardened heart and numbed conscience are the dangerous consequences of regularly muffling the Holy Spirit’s persistent voice. If you procrastinate or have disobeyed so consistently that God’s Word no longer convicts or delights you, then you are in the perilous process of quenching the Spirit.

Quickly repent. Confess your sin, your habit, your neglect, and thank God for His restored fellowship.

Surrender your rights to His lordship, asking Him to shape you into His image. Listen and respond instantly to the Spirit’s voice.

Soften my heart, Father. Make me immediately responsive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

9 august (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Love thy neighbour

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 19:19

suggested further reading: Romans 12:6–13

Remember that man’s good requires that you should be kind to your fellow creatures. The best way for you to make the world better is to be kind yourself. Are you a preacher? Preach in a surly way, and in a surly tone to your church; a pretty church you will make of it before long! Are you a Sunday-school teacher? Teach your children with a frown on your face; a fine lot they will learn! Are you a master? Do you hold family prayer? Get in a passion with your servants, and say, “Let us pray.” A vast amount of devotion you will develop in such a manner as that. Are you a warder of a gaol, and have prisoners under you? Abuse them and ill-treat them, and then send the chaplain to them. A fine preparation for the reception of the word of God! You have poor around you; you wish to see them elevated, you say. You are always grumbling about the poverty of their dwellings, and the meanness of their tastes. Go and make a great stir at them all—a fine way that would be to improve them! Now, just wash your face of that black frown, and buy a little of the essence of summer somewhere, and put it on your face; and have a smile on your lip, and say, “I love you. I am no cant, but I love you, and as far as I can I will prove my love to you. What can I do for you? Can I help you over a stile? Can I give you any assistance, or speak a kind word to you? Perhaps I could look after your little daughter. Can I fetch the doctor to your wife now she is ill?” All these kind things would be making the world a little better.

for meditation: The effectiveness of what we say and do can depend to a large extent on how we say and do it (1 Corinthians 13:1–3). Faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience and godliness are to be supplemented by brotherly kindness and love (2 Peter 1:5–7).

sermon no. 145[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 228). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.