Daily Archives: August 28, 2019

August 28 A Barrier to Peace

Scripture Reading: Psalm 85:1–13

Key Verse: Psalm 85:2

You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people;

You have covered all their sin.

Sin robs you of peace with God because it places a barrier between you. Author and Bible teacher Kay Arthur states, “Sin will take you further than you ever want to go.” She is right. The enemy entices us to sin. When we do, we suddenly find we have drifted further from God than we would have thought possible.

A lack of peace often indicates that there is something wrong within a person’s life. It could be that he is believing Satan’s lie by thinking that God has abandoned him. Nothing could be further from the truth. God’s love for us is eternal.

Another reason we lose our sense of peace is because of sin. The way to reclaim the joy and peace that sin has stolen is to humble ourselves before the Lord in prayer and ask Him to forgive our transgressions.

The psalmist wrote, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.… Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit” (Psalm 51:1, 12). King David wrote these words to the Lord after his adulterous affair with Bathsheba. Anguish over his sin motivated David to pray for forgiveness and for the restoration of the joy of his salvation.

God heard David’s prayer and restored him. The Lord will do the same for you. His peace and joy await those who turn to Him.

Lord, forgive me of my sin. Destroy every barrier that blocks me from Your presence. Restore the joy of my salvation and give me peace.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 251). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 28 A Personal Invitation from God

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:18–21

Key Verse: Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

The Bible typically portrays sin as black or dark, but in Isaiah 1:18 (nasb), the imagery changes: “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”

In Bible times, these colors were some of the brightest colors that could be produced, and they were absolutely colorfast. You didn’t just wash out a scarlet stain from a piece of cloth. If the material was dyed with scarlet, it stayed red. The idea of something dark red becoming as white as snow or wool was certainly out of the question.

Yet that is what Christ’s red blood does to your sins. It wipes them away completely, and all God sees when He looks at you is purity—no spots or smudges of unrighteousness soiling the fabric of your life.

You can find a good example of this spiritual principle in science. If you take a white card with a big red dot on it and look at it through a special red photographic light filter, you cannot see the spot at all. The entire card appears white. Through the filter of Christ’s blood, you are “eternally white” in the eyes of God.

Does God see you through the covering of Jesus’ blood, or are you still trying to scrub out the flaws in your heart and life by your own effort? You were not designed to be self-cleaning. Let Him do the job.

Lord Jesus, thank You for the invitation to be washed white as snow. I accept. Wash away the crimson stains of my sin. Remove all the spots and smudges.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 251). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Mish: Here’s The Many Ways That Democrats Are After Your Money | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

Democrat candidates are lining up with numerous radical schemes to take your money.

Cornucopia of Schemes to Take Your Money

The Democrats are competing with each other with ideas to take your money and waste it.

For example, Senator Ron Wyden proposes taxing your money before you even have it.

Rethinking Capital Gains

Please consider Democrats’ Emerging Tax Idea: Look Beyond Income, Target Wealth.

Biden Plan

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the candidate most prominently picking up where Mr. Obama left off, has proposed repealing stepped-up basis. Taxing unrealized gains at death could let Congress raise the capital gains rate to 50% before revenue from it would start to drop, according to the Tax Policy Center, because investors would no longer delay sales in hopes of a zero tax bill when they die.

And indeed, Mr. Biden has proposed doubling the income-tax rate to 40% on capital gains for taxpayers with incomes of $1 million or more.

But for Democrats, repealing stepped-up basis has drawbacks. Much of the money wouldn’t come in for years, until people died. The Treasury Department estimated a plan Mr. Obama put out in 2016 would generate $235 billion over a decade, less than 10% of what advisers to Sen. Warren’s campaign say her tax plan would raise.

That lag raises another risk. Wealthy taxpayers would have incentives to get Congress to reverse the tax before their heirs face it.

Wyden Plan

Instead of attacking favorable treatment of inherited assets, Mr. Wyden goes after the other main principle of capital-gains taxation—that gains must be realized before taxes are imposed.

The Oregon senator is designing a “mark-to-market” system. Annual increases in the value of people’s assets would be taxed as income, even if the assets aren’t sold. Someone who owned stock that was worth $400 million on Jan. 1 but $500 million on Dec. 31 would add $100 million to income on his or her tax return.

For the government, money would start flowing in immediately. The tax would hit every year, not just when an asset-holder died. Mr. Wyden would apply this regime to just the top 0.3% of taxpayers, said spokeswoman Ashley Schapitl.

There are serious challenges. Revenue could be volatile as markets rise and fall. Also, the IRS would determine asset increases annually, requiring baseline values and ways to measure change. That’s easy for stocks and bonds but far more complicated for private businesses or artwork.

The rules would have to address how to treat assets that lose instead of gain value in a year, and how taxpayers would raise cash to pay taxes on assets they didn’t sell. Under Mr. Castro’s proposal, losses could be used to offset other taxes or carried forward to future years.

Warren Plan

The most ambitious plan comes from Sen. Warren of Massachusetts, whose annual wealth tax would fund spending proposals such as universal child care and student-loan forgiveness.

The ultra-rich would pay whether they make money or not, whether they sell assets or not and whether their assets are growing or shrinking.

Ms. Warren, who draws cheers at campaign events when she mentions the tax, would impose a 2% tax each year on individuals’ assets above $50 million and a further 1% on assets above $1 billion. Fellow candidate Beto O’Rourke has also backed a wealth tax, and it is one of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ’ options for financing Medicare-for-All.

Won’t Stop There

Expect more and more radical ideas to pay for nonsense like the “Green New Deal”, an idea that will cost an estimated $51 to $93 trillion.

Elizabeth Warren backs the Green New Deal so she is the most desperate to raise the most money the fastest.

They claim this a tax only on the wealthiest citizens. It won’t stop there. It never does.

Source: Mish: Here’s The Many Ways That Democrats Are After Your Money

Chick-fil-A director’s peace offering to ‘stressed out’ Popeyes employees goes viral FOX news

https://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=6072843572001&w=466&h=263

Popeyes may have started the viral “chicken war” but one Chick-fil-A location used their chicken sandwiches as a peace offering.

In the heat of the battle, a Popeyes in Greensboro, N.C. ran out of chicken sandwiches, and one Chick-fil-A fanatic, who was in line to try the competitor’s new spicy chicken sandwich, captured a special moment that has gone viral — and turned into several funny memes, FOX 4 News reported.

In the shot, a Chick-fil-A director was caught handing out chicken sandwiches to the Popeyes in Greensboro, North Carolina, to help the “stressed out” workers across the street.

POPEYES ANNOUNCES CHICKEN SANDWICH HAS SOLD OUT MONTH EARLY, EXPECTED TO BE GONE BY END OF WEEK

Jené Walker candidly shared on Facebook that she was in line at Popeyes when the director came across the street to give chicken sandwiches to Popeyes’ employees and even offered to give customers a free chicken sandwich on him. She called it the “funniest, yet nicest thing” she’d ever seen.

Jené Walker captured a Chick-fil-A employee walking over to a nearby Popeyes and handing out free sandwiches to Popeyes employees.

Jené Walker captured a Chick-fil-A employee walking over to a nearby Popeyes and handing out free sandwiches to Popeyes employees. (Courtesy of Jené Walker)

The manager at the Chick-fil-A store said the man in the photo, Nick, has been friends with the Popeye’s employees for a very long time and the workers will usually come over to Chick-fil-A for breakfast, but weren’t able to since the launch of the spicy chicken sandwich Aug. 12.

“Chick-fil-A,” Walker wrote. “I promise to NEVER cheat on you!! You’ve shown loyalty to me…even when I was about to be disloyal to y’all. I love y’all forever.”

And, for the record, Walker told Fox News she has not tried Popeyes’ new sandwich.

Walker’s post has been shared over 17,000 times and spawned several memes.

CHICK-FIL-A CEO PROMISED DAD HE’D UPHOLD CHRISTIAN VALUES, STAY CLOSED ON SUNDAYS

One that has been shared over 80,000 times says: “Shirley, you come work for us and you can go to church on Sundays.”

And Walker took her shot at one, too:

“Chick-fil-A:…But why y’all have to come after us? We stay in our lane. Popeyes: IDK, I just work here. I love y’all. I told them to go after McDonald’s and Wendy’s.”

Source: Chick-fil-A director’s peace offering to ‘stressed out’ Popeyes employees goes viral

Trump Lets Veterans Hospitals Have Bibles Again — Pulpit & Pen

[The Daily Signal] The VA revised directives to permit religious literature, symbols, and displays at agency facilities following a string of incidents in recent years in which individual medical centers banned Christmas carols and a Christmas tree, chapels removed Bibles, and chaplains faced restraints on religious expression.

Generally, the VA had inconsistent policies across the country.

Officials designed the changes to protect the religious freedom of veterans and their families.

The new guidelines, which went into effect last month, referred to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing a cross-shaped memorial to World War I dead to continue standing on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland.

The high court’s decision highlighted the important role that religious symbols plays in the lives of Americans and their consistency with constitutional principles.

To continue reading, click here

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Fred Lucas and published at The Daily Signal]

via Trump Lets Veterans Hospitals Have Bibles Again — Pulpit & Pen

THE GREAT CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE: Mosul Goes from 15,000 Christians to 40 Following Obama’s Presidency — The Gateway Pundit

ISIS terrorists torched an 1,800 year-old church in Mosul according to reports in July 2014. (Ammon News)

** July 2014: ISIS Removes Crosses From 30 Mosul Churches – Turns Orthodox Cathedral Into Mosque
** July 2014: 1,800 Year-Old Church Torched by ISIS in Mosul
** July 2015: ISIS Blows Up Ancient Orthodox Church in Mosul – 4 Children Killed
** April 2016: ISIS Blows Up Historic Clock Church in Mosul

There were 15,000 Christians in Mosul, Iraq before ISIS took control of the third largest Iraqi city in 2014.
Now there are just 40 Christians left.

AINA reported, via Religion of Peace:

Before ISIS, Mosul was home to 15,000 Christians. In July, Mosul was home to about 40. Any questions?
“This cultural genocide, thanks to the indifference of Europeans and many Western Christians more worried about not appearing ‘Islamophobic’ than defending their own brothers, [has] sadly worked,” The Gatestone Institute wrote.

Mosul, the third-largest city in Iraq and home to one of the largest Christian populations in the region before the rise of, and persecution by, ISIS, now has the reputation of celebrating Christmas, minus the Christians. And yes, political correctness — fear of calling out Islam for what it often is — is in large part to blame.

The Voice of the Martyrs lists nine major radical Islamic groups, including Al Shabab, Boko Haram, al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and the Taliban, responsible for persecuting Christians from Afghanistan to Kenya to Libya.

And in America, it’s become this, a headline from The Tennessee Star: “Miss Iraq Says Ilhan Omar Exporting ‘Muslim Brotherhood Agenda’ to America.”

Former Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, went on to say, during an interview on “The Sara Carter Show” that was widely reported, “Ilhan Omar does not represent me as a Muslim, does not represent millions of Muslims in the Middle East. You know, like in Arab countries, we call her the Muslim Brotherhood.”

But be careful how you speak about Rep. Omar. As Jeanine Pirro learned, after her employer Fox News chastised her questioning of Omar’s ability to simultaneously embrace both Islamic principles and the U.S. Constitution, too much talk can get you suspended.

via THE GREAT CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE: Mosul Goes from 15,000 Christians to 40 Following Obama’s Presidency — The Gateway Pundit

Why I Am A Christian: Freedom (Stott) — The Reformed Reader

“If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”  “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law” (John 8:36 & Gal. 5:1 NLT).  John Stott wrote well about this  freedom we have in Christ:

“The fifth reason why I am a Christian is that I have found Jesus Christ to be the key to freedom. …And freedom is a great Christian word.  Jesus Christ is portrayed in the New Testament as the world’s supreme liberator.  …Freedom is a good modern word for ‘salvation.’  To be saved by Jesus Christ is to be set free….”

I well remember, as a very new Christian, being shown this verse and being introduced to what are called ‘the three tenses of salvation’. They go like this:

Firstly, I have been saved (or freed) in the past from the penalty of sin by a crucified Saviour.
Secondly, I am being saved (or freed) in the present from the power of sin by a living Saviour.
Thirdly, I shall be saved (or freed) in the future from the presence of sin by a coming Savior.

It is a simple structure, which encapsulates what the Bible means by ‘salvation’; and it enables us, whenever the word occurs, to ask ourselves which tense of salvation is in mind: past, present or future. The fact that we have been saved frees us from guilt and from God’s judgment. The fact that we are being saved frees us from bondage to our own self-centeredness. And the fact that we shall be saved frees us from all fear about the future.

In the rest of this chapter (5) Stott explains the different biblical nuances of what “freedom in Christ” means.  It’s an edifying chapter – well worth reading!

John Stott, Why I Am a Christian (Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 2003), 87.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015

via Why I Am A Christian: Freedom (Stott) — The Reformed Reader

August 28 The Great Liberator

Scripture reading: John 8:31–36

Key verse: John 8:32

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Jesus is life’s Great Liberator, and one of the ways He rescues us is to free us from bondage to sin. If you are struggling with a particular sin, He will help you when you surrender and repent.

  1. C. Sproul addressed the issue of sin:

The reason we continue with these pockets of repeated sins is because we have a heartfelt desire to continue them, not because we have a heartfelt desire to stop them. I wonder how honest our commitment is to quit. There’s a tendency for us to kid ourselves about this anytime we embrace a pet sin. We need to face the fact that we commit the sin because we want to do that sin more than we want to obey Christ at that moment. That doesn’t mean that we have no desire to escape from it, but the level of our desire vacillates. It’s easy to go on a diet after a banquet; it’s hard to stay on a diet if you haven’t eaten all day …

I think what we have to do is first of all be honest about the fact that we really have a conflict of interest between what we want to do and what God wants us to do. I think we have to feed our souls with the Word of God so that we can get what God wants us to do clear in our mind and then build a strong desire to obey.

You find freedom in Christ when you surrender and lay aside the sin that besets you. Obedience is the threshold, and the Great Liberator knocks.

Father, I surrender my will and the sin that so easily besets me. Create within me a desire to live in obedience to You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 251). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.