Daily Archives: August 25, 2019

August 25 Peace with Others

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:10–18

Key Verse: Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Have you ever encountered a person who would not allow you to be kind to them? Despite your loving comments or gestures, perhaps they insulted you or accused you of having some ulterior motive. How should Christians respond to those who will not accept another’s attempt at peace?

While the New Testament contains several passages instructing believers to practice peace, Romans 12:18 does so with the understanding that some people will not accept your peace offerings. As such, the apostle Paul added two qualifications to the command to be peaceful.

First was the condition, “If it is possible.” This indicated that there are times when peace with another person is not possible. These people may not be interested in a peaceful environment, or they may even enjoy causing other people harm.

Second was the phrase, “as much as depends on you.” This should only be taken to mean as far as you can go without sacrificing your God-given principles. When one’s conditions for peace countermand God’s rules for living, then this peace is unacceptable.

Despite the occasions when peace may be impossible, it is still the Christian’s responsibility to seek peace. Do not use the above qualifications as an excuse to give up. You will only be excused when you have made every effort for peace.

Lord, I realize it is my responsibility to seek peace. Help me to make every effort to achieve peace with others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 248). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 25 The Power Within

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26–29

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:27

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.

In his book The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, R. A. Torrey wrote,

The Holy Spirit dwells in every child of God. In some, however, He dwells way back of consciousness in the hidden sanctuary of their spirit. He is not allowed to take possession as He desires of the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. Some therefore are not distinctly conscious of His indwelling, but He is there nonetheless.

What a solemn, and yet what a glorious thought, that in me dwells this August person, the Holy Spirit. If we are children of God, we are not so much to pray that the Spirit may come and dwell in us, for He does that already. We are rather to recognize His presence, His gracious and glorious indwelling, and give to Him complete control of the house He already inhabits, and strive so to live as not to grieve this holy one, this divine guest.

How considerately we ought to treat these bodies and how sensitively we ought to shun everything that will defile them. How carefully we ought to walk in all things so as not to grieve Him who dwells within us.

When we grieve God’s Spirit through sin or wrongful attitudes, we miss the full benefits of His presence. The power that indwells us is the same power that indwelled Christ while He was on earth. Pray and ask Him to reveal Himself to you today in a fresh new way.

O Lord, thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit that is at work in me. Reveal Yourself to me today in a fresh new way.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 248). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

EXCLUSIVE: John Brennan Caught in Another Big One – Claims Ignorance of Material Events Involving Trump – Russia Collusion Conspiracy While in Office — The Gateway Pundit

Former Obama CIA Director and current MSNBC contributor John Brennan is believed by some to be the architect of the Russia-Collusion sham.  He now claims he doesn’t know much about the topic!

John Brennan is said to be the mastermind of the coup to remove President Trump from office. Much of this sham started with the still unproven conspiracy that Hillary Clinton’s emails were stolen by Russia.  Once the emails were stolen, they were supposedly used by Russia to damage the US election and Hillary Clinton.

For example, we first hear of “dirt on Hillary” meaning Hillary’s leaked emails in the Papadopoulos setup by the Deep State:

House Democrats’ claim against Papadopoulos:  “Russians, through intermediaries, informed one of candidate Trump’s five named foreign policy advisors, George Papadopoulos, in April 2016 that the Russian government had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails” [source].

The Deep State is trying to claim that the ‘dirt’ term originated with the April 26, 2016, meeting between Professor Mifsud and George Papadopolous:

According to the Deep State, George Papadopoulos met with Professor Joseph Mifsud in London on this date.  Mifsud says Putin has thousands of Clinton emails.  Mr. Mifsud said he had returned from meetings with high-level officials in Moscow. There, he said, he learned that the Russians had “dirt” on Mrs. Clinton as Mr. Papadopoulos later told the F.B.I. Mifsud later denies having said that. [source]

Also, the always anti-Trump House Democrats claim that Mifsud showed Papadopoulos a preview of these leaked emails during this meeting:

In evidence before the FISA Court, the DOJ also revealed that the Russians previewed the release of this information to Mr. Papadopoulos at that time [source].

But the real question here is, when did the FBI/CIA/NSA learn about this “dirt on Hillary”?  Well, if the meeting occurred on April 26, 2016, Brennan said he discussed the “dirt on Hillary Clinton” with Jim Comey and Mike Rogers:

BRENNAN: Well, first, I knew that it was a very intense Russian effort to interfere in the election, number one. Number two, I am well aware and have a lot of experience in observing what the Russians will do to try to suborn American citizens, to get American citizens to work for them. And this was a very intensive effort. And, so, as I said in my op-ed, myself and Jim Comey and Mike Rogers at the NSA, we talked about the importance of making sure that our radar, our collection radar was up so that we had early indications – or be able to uncover – any effort on the part of the Russians to work with American citizens. 

The American citizens were reaching out to the Russians, as well, to see what they could get, see if they could [get] any dirt on Hillary Clinton.  So, my radar was going because I knew the Russians were engaged in this effort and I was aware of contacts with American citizens  – that may have been totally innocent on the American citizens’ part and maybe they weren’t abetting at all.

So it’s safe to assume that the FBI/CIA/NSA learned about the “dirt on Hillary Clinton” somewhere in between April 26, 2016 (date of the Mifsud-Papadopolous meeting where the term allegedly originated) and August 5, 2016 when the FBI/CIA/NSA started reporting on the issue.

But Brennan recently gave an interview to Rachell Maddow where he said he didn’t know the Russians were looking for Clinton’s emails until after he left office:

BRENNAN: So many things I learned since I left office because of what has appeared in the press. You know, the Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr. and others. And also when I was CIA director, I didn’t know that it was the day that Mr. Trump basically gave a public call to the Russians to find Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, that it was in fact the same day that the GRU was actively looking for it (“it” being the emails) [source].

Brennan is not telling the truth again.  For him to suggest that he didn’t know about the Trump Tower setup with Donald Trump, Jr. or to suggest that the he didn’t know of the events involving Papadopoulos and Misfud until after he was out of office are preposterous.

We know that Brennan had regular weekly meetings in the White House where he brought the documents to be shared and let no one leave the meeting with this material.  He didn’t email the material in order to prevent a paper trail.  It wasn’t in Obama’s daily brief, it was too sensitive.  All the king pins in the Trump – Russia farce were there, from Obama on down.

It’s likely that Brennan didn’t just know about the Hillary email sham and all its ingredients but he likely put it all together.

Hat tip D. Manny

via EXCLUSIVE: John Brennan Caught in Another Big One – Claims Ignorance of Material Events Involving Trump – Russia Collusion Conspiracy While in Office — The Gateway Pundit

Videotapes and Documents Show That Paige Patterson Continued to Cover Up for Abusive Pastor Even After He Confessed to His Crimes — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Videotapes and letters from almost 30 years ago are providing insights into how a prominent Southern Baptist leader defended and tried to rehabilitate a popular but predatory pastor. In its ongoing investigation into sexual-abuse coverups in America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Houston Chronicle this week described the newly unearthed documents.

According to the paper’s review of letters, interviews, and almost five hours of tapes, former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president and seminary president Paige Patterson “personally investigated and downplayed” abuse claims against Darrell Gilyard, a pastor he’d mentored. The items also show how Patterson and others attempted to blame and silence Gilyard’s accusers while maintaining the pastor’s reputation and career.

Patterson Defended Darrell Gilyard as a “spokesman of God” 

Gilyard received national attention when televangelist Jerry Falwell featured his “miracle story”—including a background of homelessness that was later questioned. Though Gilyard lacked pastoral training, his charismatic delivery earned him the title of “the black Dr. Vines,” referring to Jerry Vines, another former SBC president who mentored him.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, allegations against Gilyard emerged from several SBC churches he served in Texas and Oklahoma. Even after Gilyard confessed to some claims and resigned from Victory Baptist Church near Dallas in 1991, tapes show Patterson defended Gilyard and spoke about “sins” committed by his accusers, who were “not innocent either.”

Patterson hailed Gilyard as “a spokesman of God” and “one of the most brilliant men who has ever stepped into the pulpit.” He asked church members not to publicly discuss the situation—something Patterson also did in 1987, when Gilyard resigned from another Dallas-area Baptist church after 20 women accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.

In a 1987 letter to E.K. Bailey, pastor of Concord Missionary Baptist Church, Patterson urged Bailey to “forget the past” and keep quiet while Patterson tried to “rehabilitate the gifted young preacher” from “mistakes.” Patterson wrote that Gilyard “is no longer a problem to you” and “is worth salvage,” asking Bailey “not to disparage him any further.”

That year, partly due to recommendations from Patterson, Gilyard was hired at Hilltop Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma. More accusations soon arose, and in a 1989 letter, Patterson admitted to Hilltop’s co-pastor, Dan Maxwell, that it had been “unwise” to promote Gilyard until he’d learned “lessons of life that are important.” Patterson also indicated that any allegations against Gilyard needed to be substantiated by two or more witnesses.

Patterson promised to monitor Gilyard, who was directed to see Dallas counselor Don Simpkins in the late ’80s. During a meeting with eight accusers, Gilyard, and Patterson, Simpkins says Patterson focused on the women’s pasts and frightened them out of pressing charges. The counselor called the situation “a dog and pony show,” saying Patterson stopped taking his calls after Simpkins told him Gilyard “needed to be removed from ministry.”

Gilyard Continued Preaching But Eventually Was Convicted

Gilyard continued to gain popularity, however, and preached at the SBC pastors’ conference in 1989 and 1991. At Victory, allegations of sexual misconduct continued. The newly discovered tapes feature comments from Martha Dixius, a social worker at Victory, who describes Gilyard’s accusers as traumatized and “hurting.” Dixius, now deceased, says in the tape: “There is a lot of depression… It is eating [the women] alive.”

After his 1991 resignation, Gilyard headed to Jacksonville, Florida. In 1996, the insurer of Gilyard’s church paid $300,000 to settle sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Patterson eventually cut ties with Gilyard. Vines, who’d once written that Gilyard shouldn’t be leading a church, wrote in his autobiography that he “had no other option but to forgive” Gilyard after the pastor admitted “moral failings” to him about 2003. Five years later, Vines wrote that he saw “the first sign that I had been misled” by Gilyard.

via Videotapes and Documents Show That Paige Patterson Continued to Cover Up for Abusive Pastor Even After He Confessed to His Crimes — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

August 25 Running to the Father

Scripture reading: John 21:15–19

Key verse: John 13:38

Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.”

Peter spoke passionately to Jesus, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake”(John 13:37). The Lord’s response left His disciple feeling grief stricken and out of control: “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times” (John 13:38).

We know the story well: Peter ended up denying Jesus, not once but three times. It was the pinnacle of temptation: tempting you to deny Christ as your Lord and intimate Friend. Although nothing can keep you from the saving love of God, not even the vilest sin, entertaining thoughts of temptation certainly quenches His Spirit.

Turn a few pages farther in the book of John, and discover the goodness of God’s mercy. The risen Lord was talking to Peter, and He made a point of encouraging and reinstating His wayward disciple (John 21:15–18). This is what Jesus does for you whenever you yield to temptation.

After Peter denied Christ, he remained with the others. He did not leave the stronghold of his spiritual environment. He was there in the Upper Room when Jesus appeared.

When you sin, do not run away from God. Instead, run toward Him. Seek His forgiveness and restoration. Accept His love and the fact that He has paid the price for your sins.

I run to You, Father. Forgive me. Restore me. Thank You for paying the price for my sins.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 248). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.