Daily Archives: August 29, 2019

August 29 The Prince of Peace

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:14–18

Key Verses: Ephesians 2:14–15

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.

It is one of modern culture’s great tragedies: what many people seek and work so hard to achieve is in fact not a product of all their accomplishments and effort. Millions of people are turning the world upside down looking for peace, while never realizing that the “genuine article” is simply not of this world. Money cannot buy it; success and fame can never guarantee it. Until you have peace with God, you will never experience inner serenity.

Since genuine peace is not dependent upon outward circumstances, it is possible to experience a tranquility beyond our comprehension, even in the midst of life’s most tragic moments. But this real peace is not possible unless there exists absolutely no impediment between us and God, and the only way the barrier of sin and self can be removed is through the cross of Calvary. If we would simply bring our struggles and needs to the foot of the cross, we would find an abundant source of peace. A heart at rest is not rooted in some worldly principle or philosophy; it can be realized only through an intimate relationship with the person of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:14–15).

The devil will take every opportunity to destroy our calm by drawing attention away from Christ to things that may seem important at the time, but in reality have no other purpose than to distract. Don’t waste your life looking for peace in all the wrong places—just remember, the Prince of Peace is its only true source.

Lord, I seek no other source of peace. You are the Prince of Peace. Keep my eyes focused on You and eliminate every distraction.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 252). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 29 Strength to Say Yes

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12

Key Verse: Hebrews 12:1

We also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Imagine trying to go about the day with your legs tied together, with the rope just loose enough to allow minimal mobility. You would eventually get things done, but even the simplest task would be slow work. Between falling and tripping over your feet, you might avoid injury long enough to reach your destination.

That is a picture evoked by the word ensnares in Hebrews 12:1. This term was used to refer to snaring an animal with a trap or a net, leaving it alive but rendering it incapable of getting away. Habits of sin work in a similar fashion; ones that are allowed to remain a part of consistent behavior become a snare in your life.

You may be able to function in certain basic areas, and your appearance or career may not be affected immediately, but sin eventually trips you up and prevents the full and unencumbered life God wants you to experience. The “little” problem of fudging on an expense report may later turn into full-scale embezzlement as sin’s hold wraps tighter around your life.

If something bad has a hold on you right now, turn it over to the Lord before it gains a firmer grip. Jesus wants you to feel the exhilaration that comes from making choices that please Him, and He always provides the strength to say yes to His principles.

Father God, give me the ability to say no to things that ensnare. Clear my pathway of all that would trip and entrap. Give me divine strength to say yes to Your principles.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 252). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

08/29/2019 — Wretched

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•China removes Christianity from Robinson Crusoe
•Biblical sexuality can get you removed from YouTube
•One man fired for following the Billy Graham rule
•NBC declares heterosexuality oppressive
•The murder and mayhem hour is different where you live
•Disgraced pastors are back again
•Joel Osteen won’t avoid the wrath of Godless culture

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via 08/29/2019 — Wretched

Defending Bethel Church, Jackie Hill Perry Says Word-Faith Teaching Is Not Heresy — Pulpit & Pen

A contributor to The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and the ERLC – a butch lady pastor and Same-Sex Attracted ‘spoken word artist’ named Jackie Hill Perry – is only making things worse for herself as she’s trying to defend her endorsement of Bethel Church and Jenn Johnson over the weekend.

As Reformation Charlotte writes, “Last week, Jackie Hill Perry, a woke feminist, spoken word artist, and Gospel Coalition contributor, announced that she was not “tribalistic” in who she associates within Christendom and that she has no problem fellowshipping with even the worst of the worst charismatics — Bethel Church.

“I’m going to be a bit frank so clutch your pearls or grab your tea, whichever suits you best, ” Hill Perry said,

One thing I want you all to know about me is that I’m not tribalistic when it comes to ministry. You might see me on platforms with Reformed folk one day and with non-Reformed folk the next day. You might see me laughing it up with the Southern Baptist’s one moment and being churchy with some Cogic saints the next. Why? Because I believe that God’s church is big and multi-faceted and it’s made up of people that are complicated and nuanced.

She was then seen in a video with Jenn Johnson, daughter-in-law of Bill Johnson of Bethel Church, fully endorsing her saying “she got all the Holy Spirit.”

Now, Hill Perry is doubling down on her endorsement of the false church and false teachers, saying that she doesn’t see those who teach falsely as false teachers. What?

Perry made the following claims:

  1. There is a difference between a false teaching and a false teacher, and one can be guilty of false teaching without being a false teacher (hence, excusing her endorsement of Jenn Johnson).
  2. In order to be a false teacher, one also has to be godless in their outward conduct (substantially untrue, Biblically…consider the Pharisees).
  3. The Word of Faith Movement is not heresy.

And yes, of course, Perry referenced good theologians who have “politics that deny the dignity of people” and “defend racist ideologies.” She’s a Critical Race Theorist and Cultural Marxist, and it always comes down to skin color for bigots and racial divisionists like Perry.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Word-Faith heresy, it was founded by E.W. Kenyon and teaches the notion of “positive confession,” that by speaking one’s desires as though they’ve already come to pass will actually cause those things to come to pass.

Most Kenyonists, or Word-Faith theologians, also hold to “Little God Theology,” which teaches that man is just a smaller, weaker version of God, but essentially deified. Word-Faith also ordinarily teaches the Kenotic Gospel, that Christ “emptied himself” of divinity and did miracles by faith rather than by Godhood (which is why they claim you can do the same miracles as Christ).

Kenneth Hagin instituted this stream of thought into Kenyonism, and it has been taught by the most popular Kenyonists, from Kenneth Copeland to Creflo Dollar to Joyce Meyer.

Aside from those three names (Copeland, Dollar, Meyer), popular adherents today include Joel Osteen, Eddie Long, Fred Prince, Brian Houston, Christine Caine, and others.

Please note that Perry ended her apostatizing rant by quoting Albert Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in her defense. Mohler platforms Perry at The Gospel Coalition, where he serves on the leadership council. Please note that Albert Mohler said that people should not associate with or use Bethel music in May of this year.

But to quote Albert Mohler at the 2019 ShepCon Q&A, “The people I platform speaks for where I stand on these issues.”

via Defending Bethel Church, Jackie Hill Perry Says Word-Faith Teaching Is Not Heresy — Pulpit & Pen

Why are so many young people calling themselves socialists? — Christian Research Network

“[S]chools and colleges have replaced the empirical study of economics, history and politics with race, class and gender indoctrination. Few young activists of the old Occupy Wall Street bunch, and few of the current violent Antifa street fighters, know the 20th century history of “socialists” who were actually hardcore communists.”

(Victor Davis Hanson – Fox News)  “Socialist!” is no longer a McCarthyite slur.

Rather, the fresh celebrity “Squad” of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen – Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; –  often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas.

A recent Harris poll showed that about half of so-called millennials would like to live in a socialist country.

Five years ago, septuagenarian Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was considered an irrelevant lone socialist in the U.S. Senate – Vermont’s trademark contribution to cranky quirkiness.

But in 2016 Sanders’ improbable Democratic primary run almost knocked off front-runner Hillary Clinton, even as socialist governments were either imploding or stagnating the world over.    View article →

via Why are so many young people calling themselves socialists? — Christian Research Network

Michael Brown, Todd Bentley, and the Charismatic Cover-Up — Pulpit & Pen

Todd Bentley (left), Michael Brown (right)

[828 Ministries] Regarding the most recent Todd Bentley scandal, which includes allegations of homosexuality and polyamory, as well as other kind of sexual misconduct, Dr. Michael Brown said, “The internet is burning up with news of yet another scandal in the church, this time with serious accusations against charismatic evangelist Todd Bentley. What is God saying to His people through this current crisis? Regarding Todd’s situation, I have no specific comment, since: 1) I have not supported him being in ministry since his divorce and remarriage in 2008, and I am on public record to that effect. 2) I have no connection of any kind to Todd and his ministry. (I also disagreed publicly with the way other leaders handled things in Lakeland, where Todd became prominent.) But, after prayer and reflection, I do believe there are important things to share that are applicable beyond this current, alleged scandal.” — Dr. Michael Brown

What is God saying to His people through this? Stop following absurd charlatans who kick people in the face to impart healing. Stop chasing the false charismata. Start representing God Dr. Brown and stop representing those that are doing the bidding of Satan. While I am glad that you stopped supporting him after his divorce, that does not quite let you off the hook. First of all, the fact that you have not supported him should not prevent you from weighing in on the story objectively. You should be able to rebuke what is clearly wrong and chew gum at the same time. More importantly, your statement reveals that you did support him prior to the revelation of infidelity. That means you were ok with the assault of the sheep in order to heal them. This is why you have no credibility left Dr. Brown. Bill Johnson not only prayed over Bentley at his commissioning ceremony but oversaw his bogus restoration yet Johnson is someone you voraciously defend should anyone dare question him. Nevertheless, Brown feels he has four points he wants to make.

“First, this is not the time to throw stones at charismatics, as some non-charismatic critics have been quick to do. To be sure, we charismatics have done a very poor job of self-policing, and, to be sure, we have had more than our share of sexual scandals. (Note that I write “we” and “our” as a charismatic myself. I will gladly point the finger within my own circles.. At the same time, there have been similar scandals in the Southern Baptist Convention, in non-charismatic, reformed circles, and, of course, in Catholic circles and beyond. In light of this, we should examine ourselves carefully, in the fear of the Lord. Are we living righteously before God? Are you? Am I? Are we conducting ourselves in purity?” — Dr. Michael Brown

In 2006 Ted Haggard fell from grace and that is putting it mildly. He was the head of the National Association of Evangelicals and used his pulpit in Colorado to rail against homosexuality to his 15,000 + congregation each week. Then he was busted in a decades long homosexual affair with a male prostitute who he was also doing crystal meth with. That Sunday my pastor started his sermon by saying we ought not to be throwing stones and passing judgment. He was wrong then and Michael Brown is wrong here. The bible makes it clear that we are to judge those within the walls of our church. It is those on the outside we are not supposed to judge as the church usually operates backwards in these regards. Here we see the microcosm of the problem Dr. Brown has that has left him as a gatekeeper for false teachers. He gladly points his finger in the general direction of false teaching but refuses to name the name. So, he wrote an entire book on the error of hyper grace but considers Joseph Prince to be a dear brother who just has some holes in his theology (actual quote). Now, I do not like the usage of “throwing the first stone”, which Brown uses here to muddy the waters. You can not condemn someone and still suggest that they are disqualified from ministry.

“Second, when we fail to address sin in private, it will explode publicly. This is doubly tragic, since it not only brings reproach to the name of the Lord, but it also drives away people who, before, were open to hear the gospel. They are anything but open now, wondering which leader is a sexual predator and who is covering something up. Again, I have no comment on the most recent accusations against Todd, since I do not know what is false and what is true. But I do know this (and it applies especially to those of us in leadership): God gives us many opportunities to repent in private before allowing us to be exposed publicly. If we keep sweeping sin under the rug, it will come back to haunt us and to bite us. That’s why it’s always best to repent quickly, completely and without excuse, casting ourselves on the mercy of God. He is more than able to forgive and even restore.” — Dr. Michael Brown

Are you serious? The word “restore” does not have to mean ministry! God can restore our walk with Him and that should be our focus. Not getting the cash cow back on the market as soon as possible. Haggard tried pretending he was restored after two months. It is insulting and remember the theme here beloved — God will not be mocked! One can almost see the internal struggle Brown is going through. He knows Todd Bentley is wrong here. At a bare minimum, Brown knows the admission from Bentley about the sexual texts about his own wife shared with his interns! Brown correctly states and is keenly aware of what is at stake here. There is real palpable damage to the cause of Jesus Christ. Yet Brown hides again behind a thin veil of feigned ignorance. When I challenged him years ago about why he was going to appear on Benny Hinn’s show for a week, Brown claimed he had never seen the accusations made against Hinn. When challenged about his defense of the NAR he pretended the NAR did not exist! This attempt to stake out the moral high ground while refusing to actually denounce anyone? That is just what Michael Brown does.

“Third, it is absolutely inexcusable and totally unbiblical for church leaders to put the reputation of an abusive leader before the real needs of the victims of that abuser, along with the needs of those who will be abused should that leader stay in position. This is one of the biggest reasons for outrage in the current situation as well as in similar situations that have been well-documented in recent years. It is not simply that a leader sinned, but that other leaders rallied together to protect the reputation of a fallen leader while completely neglecting the lives of those damaged by that leader. Not only so, but by failing to properly discipline a sinning leader, the door was left open for the pattern of abuse to continue. God’s people are usually quick to forgive those who fall and show true contrition and repentance. But they have a much harder time forgiving leaders who played political games at the cost of the spiritual well-being of others.” — Dr. Michael Brown

Dr. Brown — this is what you do! All the time! In this one article you have already said multiple times you will not say anything about the accusations. This situation is impeccably documented. We have videos from Lakeland. We have the divorce and remarriage. We have Bill Johnson and Rick Joyner’s involvement. Let me ask you — do you agree with Joyner that The Proverbs verses about the righteous falling apply to Todd Bentley? Do you agree that the NAR looked like horses asses when they commissioned him a prophet? Do you think it is appropriate behavior of anyone, let alone a minister of the Gospel, to send sexual pictures of his wife to his interns? C’mon Dr. Brown, who is kidding who?

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Anthony Wade and first published at 828 Ministries. HT Churchwatch Central]

via Michael Brown, Todd Bentley, and the Charismatic Cover-Up — Pulpit & Pen

Survey: 45 Percent of College Students Want ‘In God We Trust’ Removed from Currency — National Review

A survey of college students across the U.S. found that nearly half would like to see the motto ‘In God We Trust’ removed from American currency.

via Survey: 45 Percent of College Students Want ‘In God We Trust’ Removed from Currency — National Review

August 29 Our Fleshly Nature

Scripture reading: Proverbs 6:16–19

Key verse: Galatians 5:17

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

In Proverbs 6:16–19, the Lord lists six things He hates: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness, and a person who sows discord. The seventh one He includes also as an abomination.

Each testifies to the fleshly nature that was ours before we came to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Many times we don’t know how to handle this side of our lives. Because we are believers, our sins have been forgiven. Still there are times when we return to our old way of thinking.

When this happens, go to God in prayer, and ask Him to speak His Word of truth to your mind and heart. By doing this, you can build discernment into your life. Godly wisdom does not come overnight. It must be cultivated. When the author of Proverbs wrote, “Feet that are swift in running to evil,” he was writing about a lack of true spiritual discernment.

Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup. He was spiritually shortsighted, and his feet rushed to evil. Here is an excellent rule to follow: do not make any decisions when you are too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. When situations arise that demand immediate action, refuse to rush to satisfy your flesh. Allow God to control your appetite, and you will mature spiritually in every way.

Dear Lord, when situations arise that demand immediate action, grant me the strength to refuse to satisfy my flesh. Help me control my desires. I want to mature spiritually.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 252). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 29, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

The Trump administration on Thursday will propose rolling back Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas operations on Thursday, a government source said, relaxing standards on one of the main pollutants scientists’ link to climate change.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would maintain a force in the area of Afghanistan even if Washington reaches an agreement with the Taliban to end the 18-year war that began after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States by al Qaeda.

Some children born to U.S. citizens stationed abroad as government employees or members of the U.S. military will no longer qualify for automatic American citizenship under a policy change unveiled on Wednesday by the Trump administration.

A growing majority of U.S. Republicans, especially younger voters, are worried that human behavior is damaging the planet, according to a survey of global attitudes to the environment conducted by an Amsterdam-based polling agency.

The U.S. parent company of Timberland, Vans and Kipling will no longer buy Brazilian leather, it said on Thursday, as continuing forest fires in the Amazon raise questions about ecological stewardship in the world’s largest rainforest.

European Union ministers on Thursday urged Britain to choose an orderly Brexit, with some openly expressing concern that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament increased the risk of a chaotic split.

Israel’s military accused Iran on Thursday of intensifying efforts to set up precision-missile plants for Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

Contracts to buy previously owned homes unexpectedly fell in July, according to a report on Thursday from the National Association of Realtors that suggested households might be holding back due to heightened concerns about the economy.

Argentina will negotiate with holders of its sovereign bonds and the International Monetary Fund to extend the maturities of its debt obligations as a way of ensuring the country’s ability to pay, Treasury Minister Hernan Lacunza said on Wednesday.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose moderately, pointing to sustained labor market strength despite slowing economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 215,000 for the week ended Aug. 24.

AP Top Stories

Hurricane Dorian took aim at the Florida coast early on Thursday, whipped up by warm Atlantic waters as it threatened to become a dangerous Category 3 storm.

India’s two main ports said on Thursday they had been warned by the coastguard and intelligence officials that Pakistan-trained commandos have entered Indian waters to carry out underwater attacks on port facilities.

Hong Kong police said they banned a Saturday protest by the organizer of previous historic mass marches, citing public safety concerns, a move that could anger demonstrators ahead of a planned 13th straight weekend of pro-democracy rallies.

Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas said Wednesday two overnight suicide bombings killed three Palestinian police officers in the strip, placing the Palestinian enclave in a state of alert.

A federal appeals court ruled that atheists and others who do not believe in God can be prohibited from delivering an invocation at the Pennsylvania statehouse.

An abandoned oil tanker anchored off war-torn Yemen that is degrading along with its cargo could explode and cause an environmental disaster, experts said Wednesday as UN inspectors prepared to visit.

As Arctic ice melts, Russia stands to gain access to oil and gas fields historically locked beneath northern ice – and is building up capability to launch cruise missiles from newly navigable waters to threaten America’s coastlines. As polar seaways open up, China is eyeing a new “Polar Silk Road” – shorter shipping routes that could cut weeks off of shipping times from Asia to Europe.

Emerson College President Lee Pelton on Wednesday condemned the Straight Pride Parade set to take place here Saturday as a “perversion” led by “angry and misguided people” in a sharply worded email to students and faculty.

BBC

Brazil has banned setting fires to clear land for 60 days in response to a massive increase in the number of fires in the Amazon rainforest.

The WHO said that fake versions of Augmentin are in circulation in some pharmacies in Kenya. It also said they could be found in Uganda. Augmentin is a common antibiotic used to treat a number of bacterial infections, and in Kenya it can easily be bought over the counter in pharmacies.

Several thousand people have rallied in Hong Kong to protest against alleged sexual violence by police during the past months of demonstrations. The rally was billed as a #MeToo event, echoing global protests to end sexual assault and harassment.

WND

New research has revealed that nanoparticles from tattoo needles are traveling to the body’s lymph nodes – a possible explanation for some allergic reactions to tramp stamps, cutesy calf ribbons and inspirational quotes. Initial research in 2017 showed that pigments leak from the tattoo site and amass in the body’s lymph nodes. But the new study into the phenomenon has ID’d chromium and nickel particles migrating the same way.

A former chairman of the board for the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, of Los Angeles was arrested for allegedly having stolen more than $11.4 million from his church for personal expenses.

California schools may soon allow parents to administer medical marijuana to their children on K-12 campuses.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Aug. 29, 2019

The Foundation

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

MSNBC Forced to Retract Latest Anti-Trump Fake News

Lawrence O’Donnell was forced to apologize for peddling another fake “collusion” smoking gun.


NYT Labels Grassroots Patriots ‘Angry,’ ‘Racist’

In a gross smear against conservatives, the Times continues churning its racial bilge.


Cultivated Hopelessness: Americans Lose Faith, Patriotism

A recent survey of Millennials and Generation Z reveals troubling cultural trends.


Rigging the SAT in a Different Way

Is the College Board going to drop the “adversity score” from the test? Not really.


A Burning Sensation in Brazil’s Amazon

How bad are the fires in the Amazon jungle? Not as bad as the media coverage.


The Biggest Threat to ‘Free and Fair’ Elections: BIG Tech

Facebook and Google are actively undermining the integrity of national, state and local elections.


Virginia Hunters Raise $17K to Feed the Hungry

Generosity provided “more than 27.7 million servings of venison provided to date.”


Video: Ilhan Omar Allegedly a Corrupt Home-Wrecker

Anthony Brian Logan looks at the evidence against Omar in the divorce of an alleged lover.


Video: Obama Netflix Debut to Undermine Trump

Barack and Michelle Obama debut “American Factory,” a documentary about alleged prosperity.



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Headlines – 8/29/2019

Trump delays ‘Deal of the Century’ Israel peace plan yet again

Honduras recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Why HBO’s series on revenge murder of a Palestinian teen is causing controversy

IDF: Gaza rocket fired at Israel lands in Strip, triggering sirens in south

Gazan terrorists fire mortar shells at Israel; IDF retaliates with airstrike

Hamas cracks down on Gaza following deadly blasts

Gaza on high alert after suicide bombings kill Hamas policemen

From Star Wars to real life: Drone war takes flight – As drone strikes become more frequent, the risk of unwanted escalation becomes greater.

Hezbollah No. 2 threatens Israel with ‘surprise’ retaliation in ‘coming days’

Lebanese troops open fire at Israeli UAVs that reportedly entered their airspace

Israel, US pushing to bolster UN peacekeepers in Lebanon

Nearly 3,000 IS Fighters Still in Syria: Russian Envoy to UN

Erdogan discusses fighting in Syria’s Idlib with Trump

Erdogan says won’t allow US to delay Syria ‘safe zone’

U.S. sanctions two networks linked to Iran’s missile proliferation program

Report: US cyberattack hurt Iran’s ability to attack tankers

Iranian FM: US must observe nuclear deal if it wants talks

EU insists Iran nuclear deal must be part of any future pact

Iran’s Rouhani calls for unity to overcome U.S. ‘economic war’

Why is China hiding its oil tankers from US trackers?

China sends fresh troops into Hong Kong as military pledges to protect ‘national sovereignty’

Mainland Chinese Sneak Into Hong Kong’s Protests – to Support the Cause

Inside Beijing’s Toolbox to Crush Hong Kong – cops, surveillance, and even a replacement “international city” in the works

North Korea building warheads to penetrate Japan defenses, Tokyo claims

Violence Follows Pro-Independence Protests In Indonesia’s Papua Region

Queen Elizabeth approves Boris Johnson’s ploy to quell Brexit fight in Parliament

UK petition against suspending parliament passes one million signatures

Iowa Corn Farmers Fume at Trump for Backing Oil Refineries Instead of Them: ‘He Made Promises’

Ex-Pentagon chief Mattis says bitter politics threaten US

How Trump got under the media’s thin skin

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell apologizes for unverified Trump-Russia report: ‘We are retracting the story’

Eric Trump: Trump Organization taking legal action over MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s ‘reckless attempt to slander family’

Mark Levin: Lawrence O’Donnell’s Trump-Russian oligarch claim proves why media isn’t trusted

American Airlines Launches Facial Recognition To Board Passengers At DFW Airport

Doorbell-cam company Ring partners with 405 police agencies across US to share footage, fight crime

Apple apologizes for letting contractors eavesdrop on Siri’s sex recordings

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachinohe, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bamboo Flat, India

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 34,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Stromboli volcano in Italy erupts to 12,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Dorian Slams Virgin Islands; Likely to Approach Florida as a Major Hurricane

Hurricane Dorian roars toward Florida as state of emergency declared

As Hurricane Dorian threatens the Space Coast, NASA works to secure its launch pads

As Hurricane Dorian looms, Florida Democrats say Trump is ‘out of his mind’ for diverting disaster funds to the border

Tropical Storm Podul to unleash flooding downpours, strong winds on southeastern China, Vietnam

Over 800,000 ordered to evacuate as downpours bring flooding, mudslides to Japan

Morocco flood kills seven at football match: Officials

Intense heat to roast most of Europe through midweek

Earth’s Future Being Written in Fast-Melting Greenland

Bolivia lost 1.2 million hectares of forest to fires this year, government says

US ready to fight Amazon fires only in cooperation with Brazil

Why Everything They Say About The Amazon, Including That It’s The ‘Lungs Of The World,’ Is Wrong

Apocalyptic footage shows cars narrowly avoiding flames from massive Alaska wildfire

Thousands of Burning Man fans are in the middle of a desert with a huge fire threat

The temporary city built for Burning Man is visible from space

Severe hunger threatens millions in Somalia as climate emergency deepens

Several Big Drug Companies Considering Massive Settlements To Resolve Opioid Suits

US opioid crisis: experts say payouts from drug makers ‘highly questionable’

Extreme acts of violence in Mexico are on the rise: 27 burned to death at a strip club

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August 29, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

3:21 glory. Because of the power that God has given to the church, Paul gives glory to Him.

in the church and in Christ Jesus. In this letter Paul uses a variety of images to describe the mutual relationship between the church and Christ: the body and the head (1:22, 23), the reconciled and the reconciler (2:14–18; 4:3), and the bride and her groom (5:22, 33).[1]


3:21 glory Denotes honor and majesty. See note on Rom 1:23.

Amen Paul closes several sections of his letters this way (Gal 1:5; Rom 11:36; Phil 4:20). See note on Gal 1:5.[2]


3:21 church. Paul conceives of the church as a unified whole, not as isolated entities (see 4:4–6).[3]


3:21 to Him be the glory. Only when His children meet this level of faithfulness will Christ be fully glorified with the honor He deserves from His church.[4]


3:21. Paul concludes his prayer that to Him, God, would be given glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. The world will see the glory of God through the Savior, Jesus Christ, as revealed by His chosen instrument, the Church. As His body, all believers everywhere are to serve Him, not through their own strength, but rather through God’s strength and power as He works within each of them as they walk by the power of the Spirit. Believers bring honor and glory to God through Jesus as they live their lives in His mighty power.

This first half of Paul’s powerful letter to the church at Ephesus ends with the word Amen. From this doctrinal treatise in chaps. 1–3, Paul turns to how to apply it in chaps. 4–6.[5]


3:21. Finally, we see his glory. The power God has manifested and continues to display has a purpose—bringing glory to him. All that God has done is to resound to his glory forever. God has done things in the church among his people and in Christ Jesus where his people now abide and where God completed his plan of salvation. As we see and recognize God’s work in the church and in Christ, we respond in praise and worship, giving God glory.[6]


21. Translate, “Unto Him be the glory (that is, the whole glory of the gracious dispensation of salvation just spoken of) in the Church (as the theater for the manifestation of the glory, Eph 3:10) in Christ Jesus (as in Him all the glory centers, Zec 6:13) to all the generations of eternal ages,” literally, “of the age of the ages.” Eternity is conceived as consisting of “ages” (these again consisting of “generations”) endlessly succeeding one another.[7]


3:21 / Most of the doxologies in the nt connect the glory of God to Christ in some way (Rom. 11:36; 16:27; Gal. 1:5; 1 Tim. 1:17; 1 Pet. 4:11; Jude 24, 25); this is the only passage that refers to glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Some commentators take this as part of the author’s liturgical language, which should not be pressed for any kind of theological precision (see Houlden, p. 305). However, given the teaching about the church in Ephesians, the relationship of the church as the body to its head, Christ, and the occurrence of so much liturgical language, it seems more likely that this statement is chosen deliberately. Christ (head) and his church (body) form the entire sphere of God’s glory as well as provide the means by which that glory is proclaimed to all humanity. This praising of God’s glory is to go on throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. This amen is a final liturgical declaration that everything the apostle has written may indeed be so.[8]


21  The wording “to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus” is unusual. It does not imply that “the church” and “Christ Jesus” are placed on a level with each other. God is to be glorified in the church because the church, comprising Jews and Gentiles, is his masterpiece of grace. It is through the church that his wisdom is made known to the spiritual forces of the heavenly realm. “The heavens declare the glory of God” but even greater glory is shown by his handiwork in the community of reconciliation. This community, moreover, consists of human beings who are united in Christ, members of his body, in whom Christ dwells: the glory of God “in the church” cannot be divorced from his glory “in Christ Jesus.” The “glory of God in the face of Christ” has illuminated the hearts of his people (2 Cor. 4:6) and is reflected in the glory which, in life as well as in word, they ascribe to God through Christ.

This ascription of glory will have no end: not only now but “in the ages to come the surpassing wealth of his grace” continues to be shown “in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7), and provides occasion for eternal praise.

The “Amen” which follows the doxology would be the congregation’s response as it was read in their hearing. It is through Christ, as Paul says in another letter, that his people “utter the Amen … to the glory of God” (2 Cor. 1:20). With this loud “Amen” the first half of the present letter is concluded.[9]


21 With the use of the personal pronoun “to him,” Paul picks up the thought that began v. 20: “Now to him who is able …” To or for this one (i.e., God) there is “glory” (doxa, GK 1518). We must insert the verb “be,” as Greek often assumes its presence. Paul has pointed to the praise of God’s glory above (1:12, 14; see comments there). Here doxa refers to “honor as enhancement or recognition of status or performance, fame, recognition, renown, honor, prestige” (BDAG, 257). God receives the kind of recognition he well deserves “in the church” and “in Christ Jesus,” where in both cases the preposition “in” (en) has a locative intent. Both phrases pick up the central themes in the broader context of chs. 1–3. “In the church”—its very existence, identity, and godly activities—God’s fame and honor are proclaimed. But, as Paul has made clear, the church is the corporate Christ, and so “in Christ” God receives glory. The church’s glory derives from its head, Christ (cf. 5:26–27). Christ and what he has done in constituting the church—Jews and Gentiles together in one glorious body—manifest the glory of God. Who could imagine what God was up to? In fact, it was a mystery! How glorious is the God who could accomplish this!

How long will God receive this glory? Forever! Paul concludes the doxology with a complex and unique prepositional phrase that reads, literally, “to all the generations of the ages of the ages. Amen.” Paul employs a similar expression of praise in Galatians 1:5, but it lacks “all the generations.” The plural “generations” speaks of ongoing progressions of generations of people. What of the “ages” (aiōnōn)? Paul spoke of this age and the age to come (1:21), of coming ages (2:7), and the purpose of the ages (3:11). Again, the point is an unending passage of time into the future. This praise to God will know no limits: as far as time and eternity take us—forever—God receives the glory he deserves. God’s glory never ends. Amen! With this solemn final word, Paul exclaims, “This is true!”[10]


What, Then, Is His Due? (3:21)

God does more—more than we can ask or imagine; and he does this according to his power—sovereignly and personally. Our response must be praise. He is deserving of more glory than we can offer. More glory is due him. Glory in the church, glory in Christ, and glory in perpetuity are due the One who is so able and so loving.

In the Church (3:21a)

Glory is due God “in the church” because he has chosen to use her as the instrument of his purposes on this earth and for eternity. Here his gospel is proclaimed, his law taught, and his people are nurtured in his grace and equipped for his service of world transformation. Thus, when Paul earlier pictured the temple of living stones rising to heaven where the angels sing glory, the apostle also pictured the Spirit indwelling as a Shekinah glory—the presence of God’s power and glory.

Whatever is accomplished by us in the church, it is done because our God is able and has enabled us, and therefore the glory belongs to him. Thus the church throughout all time proclaims along with Paul that God is indeed “the glorious Father” (Eph. 1:17). This fits with the concept Paul began earlier in the epistle that God’s grace and our redemption are to “the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14). And from God’s “riches of glory” flow his inheritance in the saints (Eph. 1:18) and the Spirit’s strengthening of our inner man (Eph. 3:16). There will be glory in the church because God is working his power through each of us.

In Christ (3:21b)

The church that has been in Paul’s mind since the first chapter—that temple made of living stones that rises to heaven with the Spirit indwelling—is a natural place for giving glory to the enabling God. We readily understand what it means for there to be glory to God in the church. But what does it mean for there to be glory to God “in Christ” (Eph. 3:21b)? The answer involves understanding our position and our God’s passion.

If there is glory in the church, then the thought naturally follows that there is glory in Christ. After all, we have learned in the first chapter of this epistle that the church is Christ’s body (Eph. 1:23). So if there is glory in the church, there is glory in Christ. This is not merely an abstraction but, yet again, an affirmation of our union with Christ. Those who are in the church are recognized by God as having the identity of Christ. As his body, we have his attributes accounted to us: his righteousness, his holiness, his life. We may approach the Father who is able to help us, and we may approach him with confidence, because we are recognized as having the privileged position in and of his own Son. Because we are his body, we have his position, and, conversely, whatever we do is to his glory. But there is more than a tie of words between glory being given in the church and in Christ; there is also progression of thought.

We need both of these truths—that we represent him and he represents us. Since his glory is reflected in what we do as his body, we must always consider if our actions actually are bringing him glory, and repent if they do not. At the same time, the realization that we have his position answers a question that has been hanging in the air since the outset of this chapter. Early on, as the apostle’s thought unfolds, we may be willing to agree with him that our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. The question that remains is whether “he who is able” is willing to do such things. The answer is, yes. Because we are in Christ Jesus, he is willing to do more in our behalf than we would ask or even imagine. We have Christ’s position, and thus we have our God’s love.

Yet there is something even more than love, and perhaps even stronger than God’s love, that assures me that he is willing to do what he is sovereignly and personally able to do for those who are in Christ Jesus. The immediate subject of the apostle is not the love of our Savior but the glory of our Savior. The reason that I rest assured that my God is willing to use his power for those who are in Christ Jesus is that he is passionate for the glory of the Son who represents the wonders of his love and the beauty of his own nature.

We sometimes mistakenly think of grace as some material blessing or privileged circumstance that God provides to us. But grace is simply an expression of his character. His grace is evident in the glory that is in Christ Jesus. The One who loved us and gave himself for us is an expression of the character of the Father. The fact that there is glory to the Father in him means that the love that Jesus possesses and reflects is the nature of the Father. The glory that is in Christ is also in the Father. Thus the mercy, love, and compassion of the Son are the glory of the Father; they are the expression of the glory that is his chief passion.

Recently I received a letter from a good friend of mine, a pastor who had just resigned from a very difficult church situation. He had endured years of stress, financial sacrifice, family strain, and career jeopardy. Yet, through it all, this man has been one of my chief encouragers. However great his difficulties have been, he has always taken the time to write to me, to encourage me, and to remind me of the eternal promises of the gospel. In the letter in which he told me that he had submitted his resignation, he did so again. He wrote, “I rest in God’s passion for his own glory.” Whatever happens, whatever is required of sacrifice or success, this wonderful pastor trusts and teaches that God is not only able to do more than we can ask or imagine, but is also willing to do so because we are the body of Christ and our God is passionate for his glory.

Sometimes this is all that can make sense of things in the world. Today I worry about funds; my readers may be worrying about their jobs or relationships; but in many parts of the world there are faithful Christians in far worse circumstances. A Christian mother in the Sudan will hold a child dying of starvation, and she will remain faithful. While you read this, somewhere in this world a Christian is being tortured and is crying out to God for help. While we enjoy Christmas celebrations to commemorate the Savior coming to a stable two thousand years ago, other Christians will depart this life at the hands of persecutors and will see Jesus face to face. How does it all work together? I don’t know. It’s beyond what I would ask or even imagine. God’s sovereign and good intent is more than I could believe were it not for the coming of the Savior to suffer and die in my behalf.

When tragedy and heartache come to believers, what evidence is there that God is truly sovereign and loving? The answer will not be found in our circumstances, but rather in the character of God revealed in Christ. Cancers do come; tragedies do strike; one baby of a faithful couple lives and another dies; capable people serve in difficult and obscure places all of their lives. There may be no evidence of the sovereign, personal love of God since what he is doing is beyond our asking or imagining, but there is yet glory to give to Christ in these situations. He is the One whose very life and ministry make evident that what God is able to do on an eternal plane, beyond what we can ask or imagine, is for his glory and for the eternal blessing of those who love him.

As I write these words, the longtime chairman of our board of trustees is fighting a very aggressive cancer that has already claimed one of his lungs. He once said this to me: “We are praying for God to heal, but I know that whatever he does will bring glory to God. God will reserve the glory to himself.” That is a mature faith, and it is a sustaining faith: “My God is working beyond my asking or imagining according to his power at work in me, because he is zealous for his own glory.”

I remember a pastor who told me of a man who, having just come to faith, said, “I always thought it would be great if God were like Jesus.” He is. God’s glory is in Christ, and that is the reason that we know that our God is able and willing to help us.

In Perpetuity (3:21c)

How long will God keep this zeal for his own glory? Forever. We should never limit God’s glory to the time of our finite measurement. Perhaps that is why the apostle says that the glory due our God is throughout generations and throughout time. The expression “for ever and ever” (a Greek metaphor, literally “unto the age of ages”) is often found in Paul’s expressions of praise (Gal. 1:5; Phil. 4:20; 1 Tim. 1:17; 2 Tim. 4:18) and elsewhere in the New Testament (e.g., Heb. 13:21; 1 Peter 4:11; often in Revelation). This is not merely a redundancy. There is an intended emphasis that our hearts are meant to endorse.

With saints of old we thus proclaim, “Amen!” (Eph. 3:21). This word is frequently used in the New Testament to signal a wholehearted corporate endorsement of a prayer or praise (especially 1 Cor. 14:16; 2 Cor. 1:20; see for examples in Paul: Rom. 1:25; 9:5; 11:36; 15:33; 16:27; Gal. 1:5; 6:18; Phil. 4:20; 1 Tim. 1:17; 6:16; 2 Tim. 4:18). Paul invites us to join our hearts with his in this reminder that God will continue working throughout this generation. He is not simply the God of a former people. There is still work for this generation and every generation to do, and he is able for this generation, even as he was able for the generations of the past.

And he is able for ever and ever. There will never be a moment that glory is not due him, and therefore there will never be a moment that he is not working through you to do immeasurably more than you would ask or even imagine. In your moments of great success, he is able. In your moment of greatest fear, he is able. When you have failed, he is still able. When the challenge ahead is too great, he is able. For ever and ever glory is due him, for he is always able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us, and continues to be at work for the purposes of eternity.

At this year’s Thanksgiving service I listened as the wife of one of our pastors gave glory to God. She spoke in the light of the recent murder of her brother. For some years this brother had lived in rebellion against God but, through the witness of his family and others, a glorious transformation had occurred. She reported how her brother had one day come to her father and said, “Now I know where I am going and Whom I trust.” After that, the brother changed and the circumstances surrounding that change were already more than the family could ask or imagine; God had worked sovereignly and personally to bring the young man to himself. After so much pain before knowing the joy of his salvation, one would think that the murder of this young man would totally devastate this loving family. Of course, in many ways, it did. But this dear sister reported how, after her brother’s death, and even while her father held his dead son in his arms, the father said that he was at peace. He knew that God had preserved the son until the time that his eternity was secure with the Lord. But even this promise of eternity was not all that caused the sister to rise to her feet to give glory to God.

She rose to her feet to give the glory to God that her family was now praying for the salvation of the man who had murdered her brother. The Lord is using the family of a man recently saved to pray for the eternity of the man who killed him. Is this senseless? To the world, yes, it is. It is even more than I would normally ask or imagine could be right. But in the church, and for those who are in Christ Jesus, such amazing love is but another reason to give glory to God, for we know it is more evidence that he is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work in us. We give him glory not only because he is able to work immeasurably above all that we would ask or even imagine, but also because in Jesus Christ we know that our God is willing to give supernatural blessing so that there will be glory due him in the church and in Christ, through all generations for ever and ever. Amen.[11]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1709). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Eph 3:21). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2267). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Eph 3:21). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Bond, J. B. (2010). The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 875). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] Anders, M. (1999). Galatians-Colossians (Vol. 8, p. 132). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[7] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 349). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[8] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (p. 227). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[9] Bruce, F. F. (1984). The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (p. 331). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[10] Klein, W. W. (2006). Ephesians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 102). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[11] Chapell, B. (2009). Ephesians. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 175–180). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

August 29 The Liberty of the Spirit

scripture reading: Galatians 5:1–13
key verse: Galatians 5:1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Jesus knew that on their own the disciples, and all believers, did not have the power and spiritual resources necessary to be His witnesses throughout the earth. In every dimension of our lives, the Holy Spirit releases power within us to be witnesses to God’s truth, and only by submitting to the Lord’s leadership through the Spirit do we find wholeness.

Jack Hayford observes in The Power and Blessing:

In the judgment of some, “a life of submission” sounds like a page out of a handbook for membership in a religious order.… In fact, in much of today’s church, many have almost sanctified the notion of autonomy, of independence, of “I can do just about whatever I want, because of my freedom in Christ.”

In terms of spiritual reality, we are made free. But our liberty in Christ isn’t a program of perpetuating self–rule in the soul. Our “freedom” is (1) to free us from practicing sin, (2) to free us from smallness of soul, and (3) to free us from a “Lone–Ranger” order of independence which proposes “me” as the singlehanded controller of everything in my life.

The spirit of submission, lived out in biblical terms, proposes that God could, in fact, use other people to teach me.… I’m exposing myself to the possibility that at times these “others” will adjust and correct me in the spirit of love.

I’m free in You, Lord. Free from sin. Free from smallness of soul. Free from selfish independence. Your Spirit has made it possible. Thank You for my liberty.[1]


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

Unpacking the Clown Car | American Thinker

The ubiquitous hatred coming from left-wing media, politicians, and Hollywood types is astonishing. 

The smear merchants from the left side of the political aisle in America have presented us with an ugly picture of themselves as bigoted hatemongers.  It is apparent that the mudslingers from the self-righteous left are intent on framing those from the right as hateful bigots while failing to recognize their own rampant and savage bigotry.

There is no denying that bigotry exists in all of us.  It is worldwide and as old as humankind. We are bigots the moment we look down on another because of their race, religion, sex, social status, or beliefs.  Bigotry is visible in all societies and not limited by sex or caste.

Consider the hatred between some Muslims and Jews, Irish Catholics and Irish Protestant, and the Iraqis and Iranians.  Bigotry is not limited to the present. Hitler and his followers’ hatred of the Jews, the Athenians warring with the Spartans and the Punic wars between the maritime states of Carthage and Rome are but a few examples of this human failing that violates every human being directly or indirectly during their lifetime.  

Serious problems occur when we fail to recognize our own bigotry.  I freely admit that I think Democrat beliefs and policies are offensive and downright stupid.  I am a bigot.  However, I do not hate Democrats and certainly do not wish them any harm.   It is painfully apparent that mouthy celebrities, sanctimonious politicians and the ludicrous “hate Trump media” have descended into the world of malignant hatred. These gaslighting specialists not only lie proficiently but promote political violence against those that do not ascribe to their beliefs.

C.G. Jung, a pioneer of psychology and psychiatry, called this projection of our own unknown self a “Splinter Personality.”  If we are unable or unwilling to recognize our own bigotry, we conveniently project it onto others.  The following quote illustrates this perfectly.  “For over five years this man has been chasing around Europe like a madman in search of something he could set on fire.”  Unbelievably, these words were spoken by Hitler describing Winston Churchill.

There were millions of U.S. citizens who voted for Obama in 2008 who were upset to learn that he was reelected in 2012 and that the country would have to endure four more years of his odious policies. However, disappointment did not turn into primal fear, terror, and out-of-control hatred.  That is what the country has had to witness with the election of Donald J. Trump — malignant hatred for the candidate whom the left did not support.  Too often, the hatred aimed at Trump is by default projected onto his supporters, e.g., immediately after the Pittsburgh massacre, Trump supporters were blamed for “Nazi Vandalism.”  

The ubiquitous hatred coming from left-wing media, politicians and Hollywood types is astonishing. There seems to be no sense of personal responsibility for their part in dividing the country.  Unfortunately, as long as their own bigotry resides in the unconscious, there is no hope of lifting the need to project their “splinter personality” onto others.  This cripples their ability to see others who have differing beliefs without poisonous hatred.

The best means of discovering our “splinter-self’ is psychoanalysis.  For most of us, this is a luxury we cannot afford or are unwilling to commit to.  For those of us who do not long for another to guide us into the unconscious, an effective means of discovering what it is we cannot admit in ourselves is to take note of which qualities in “the other” make us excessively and obsessively angry and irritated.  If we then take an honest look at ourselves, we will usually find that we have similar qualities that we project onto others.

When we become conscious of the characteristics that we are projecting onto others, projections will automatically be withdrawn.   It then becomes possible to see the objects of our hatred objectively.  We still may consider them as unpleasant, stupid, and even crazy, but the excessive hatred will be lifted, along with the desire to destroy.

— Read on www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/08/unpacking_the_clown_car.html

Tulsi Gabbard Slams DNC for ‘Lack of Transparency’ after Failing to Qualify for Upcoming Dem Debate — National Review

The DNC came under fire following the 2016 election after it was revealed they worked to secure the nomination for Hillary Clinton instead of Bernie Sanders.

via Tulsi Gabbard Slams DNC for ‘Lack of Transparency’ after Failing to Qualify for Upcoming Dem Debate — National Review

29 august (1858) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The voice of the blood of Christ

“The blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24

suggested further reading: Genesis 4:1–16

There is a cry heard in heaven; the angels are astonished; they rise up from their golden seats, and they enquire, “What is that cry?” God looks upon them, and he says, “It is the cry of blood; a man has been slain by his fellow; a brother by him who came from the bowels of the self-same mother has been murdered in cold blood, through malice. One of my saints has been murdered, and here he comes.” And Abel entered into heaven, blood-red, the first of God’s elect who had entered Paradise, and the first of God’s children who had worn the blood-red crown of martyrdom. And then the cry was heard, loud and clear and strong; and thus it spoke: “Revenge! Revenge! Revenge!” And God himself, upstarting from his throne, summoned the culprit to his presence; questioned him, condemned him out of his own mouth, and made him henceforth a fugitive and a vagabond, to wander over the surface of the earth, which was to be sterile henceforth to his plough. And now, beloved, just contrast the blood of Christ with this. There is Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God; he hangs upon a tree; he is murdered—murdered by his own brethren. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not”, but his own led him out to death. He bleeds; he dies; and then is heard a cry in heaven. The astonished angels again start from their seats, and they say, “What is this? What is this cry that we hear?” And the mighty Maker answers yet again, “It is the cry of blood; it is the cry of the blood of my only-begotten and well-beloved Son!” And God, uprising from his throne, looks down from heaven and listens to the cry. And what is the cry? It is not revenge; but the voice cries “Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!” Did you not hear it? It said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

for meditation: Abel died, but through his faith he still speaks to us (Hebrews 11:4). Christ died and is alive for evermore (Revelation 1:18); He is always speaking for us, if we come to God through him (Hebrews 7:25).

sermon no. 211[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 248). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

Ten Ways to Break the Stronghold of Pornography | Living Waters

These ten biblical tips will help you break free from the terrible grip of pornography.

  1. Would you ever take pornography to church and view it during worship? You may as well, because God is just as present in your bedroom as He is in the church building.
  2. Face the fact that you may not be saved. Examine yourself to ensure that Christ is living in you (2 Corinthians 13:5). See Romans 6:11–22; 8:1–14; Ephesians 5:3–8.
  3. Realize that when you give yourself to pornography, you are committing adultery (Matthew 5:27,28).
  4. Grasp the serious nature of your sin. Jesus said that it would be better for you to be blind and go to Heaven, than for your eye to cause you to sin and end up in Hell (Matthew 5:29).
  5. Those who profess to be Christians yet give themselves to pornographic material evidently lack the fear of God (Proverbs 16:6). Cultivate the fear of God by reading Proverbs 2:1–5.
  6. Read Psalm 51 and make it your own prayer.
  7. Memorize James 1:14,15 and 1 Corinthians 10:13. Follow Jesus’ example (Matthew 4:3–11) and quote the Word of God when you are tempted (see Ephesians 6:12–20).
  8. Make no provision for your flesh (Romans 13:14; 1 Peter 2:11). Get rid of every access to pornographic material—the Internet, printed literature, TV, videos, and movies. Stop feeding the fire.
  9. Guard your heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). Don’t let the demonic realm have access to your thought-life. If you give yourself to it, you will become its slave (Romans 6:16). Read the Bible daily, without fail. As you submit to God, the devil will flee (James 4:7,8).
  10. The next time temptation comes, do fifty push-ups, then fifty sit-ups. If you are still burning, repeat the process (see 1 Corinthians 9:27).
  • — Read on www.livingwaters.com/ten-ways-to-break-the-stronghold-of-pornography/
  • Thursday Briefing August 29, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

    PART I

     The Despair of Failed Programs: Why Government Can’t Solve Pre-Political Problems

    PART II

     How Can Elite Universities Be Fair in Their Admissions Process? The SAT Student Adversity Score Wasn’t the Answer

    PART III

     The Christian Response to Societal and Cultural Failure: Why Good Things Should Happen in Communities Where Faithful Gospel Churches Are Found


    DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

    PART I

    WALL STREET JOURNAL

     De Blasio Gives Up on Educating Poor Kids, by Jason L. Riley

    PART II

    What happens when we die? – The Christian Post

    We all want to know what happens when we die. Let’s look at what God’s word says, and then see how it relates to our lives.

    Unless Jesus returns first, we will all die.

    Most of us have lost someone we loved to death. So, we all want to know what happens when we die.

    Let’s look at what God’s word says, and then see how it relates to our lives.

    What God says about death

    1. We will all die, unless Jesus returns first.

    Hebrews 9:27 says, “People are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”  Death comes for us all. 

    Psalm 49:10: “All can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.” Neither wisdom nor wealth can prevent it. 

    James 4:14: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” This is true of us all.

    2. We die so we can live eternally.

    People often wonder why death exists. If God were all-loving, he’d want to destroy death, we assume. If he were all-powerful, he could. But he doesn’t.

    Why not? 

    Because of sin.

    The thief said, “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve” (Luke 23:41). The Bible agrees.

    Romans 5:12 says, “Sin entered the world through man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” This wasn’t God’s intention. He created a perfect world, with eternal life with him.

    But when sin entered, death stayed. Death exists not because God doesn’t love us or isn’t powerful, but because of sin.

    Now, God had a choice.

    We could live forever in these fallen, sinful bodies and world, or we could step through death into eternity in paradise. God’s word is clear: “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” (1 Corinthians 15:50). And so physical death frees us to live forever in glorified bodies, with God in his heaven.

    Then, one day, death will be destroyed forever. Revelation 20:14 says, “Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 21:4 is clear: “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

    3. Death is eternal punishment for nonbelievers.

    Revelation 20:15 says, “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” In Luke 16, Jesus described hell as eternal torment. This is eternal separation from God. None of us wants this.

    This is why it’s so important to do what the thief did: to choose Jesus today. And to tell those you know tomorrow. So be ready now. The Lord said to King Hezekiah, “Put your house in order, because you are going to die” (2 Kings 20:1).

    4. Believers are with Jesus.

    Our Lord told the thief, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” This was a Persian word for the walled garden of the king. Not only would the thief receive eternal life, he would spend it with the King himself! “Today,” he said. According to Scripture, only a Christian can receive this promise.

    Paul: “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23). Jesus taught us that the moment we die, the angels carry us to God’s side (Luke 16:22). When we close our eyes here, we open them there. We never die! We are forever and always with Jesus.

    Imagine a small boy who falls asleep in the back seat of the car. When the family gets home, his father picks him up and carries him into the house. When he wakes up, he’s home.

    That’s exactly what happens for us, if Jesus is our Lord.

    5. We are in glory. 

    It is paradise, as Jesus said.

    Paul said “to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Revelation 14:13 says, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.” We will know God and each other as we are known (1 Corinthians 13:12).

    And Revelation 22 promises that we will eat of the tree of life and live forever.

    What should we do now?

    Let’s learn from the thief.

    Jesus was and is the sinless, perfect Messiah, the only One who can get you off your cross of mortality. Don’t look to the soldiers, the authorities, the religious leaders, or your own wealth or status—the nails are secure.

    There’s only one Savior.

    Do what the thief did. Turn to Jesus now.

    Ask him to forgive your sin and save you from hell and for heaven.

    Turn your life over to him now. You have only today.

    And know that he will answer you. This is one prayer he always answers for us as he answered it for him: “Today you will be with me in Paradise!”

    God doesn’t care about your past, only your future. If this thief could be with Jesus in Paradise, so can you. But only this way, for we’re all thieves. We’re all sinners. We’re all nailed to the cross of mortality.

    And there’s only one way down. How ironic: a crucified criminal was the first Christian in heaven. Not an apostle, or rabbi, or priest, but a thief. Just like us.

    What about those you love who are in heaven?

    For them, it will only be a moment before they see you again. There is no time in heaven. They don’t feel the separation we feel. In heaven, there is “no more death or mourning or crying or pain.” For them, you will be united again momentarily and eternally.

    If this were your day, would you be ready?

    Are you ready now to meet God?

    Is Jesus your Savior?

    Are your sins confessed?

    Are things right in your marriage, family, and relationships?

    Are you ready to meet God?

    The choice is with you.

    Conclusion

    One of the most powerful sermons on our theme was preached many years ago by Arthur John Gossip as he spoke at his wife’s funeral after her dramatically sudden death.

    Gossip noted:

    In the New Testament . . . you hear a great deal about the saints in glory, and the sunshine, and the singing, and the splendour [sic] yonder. And, surely, that is where our thoughts should dwell. I for one want no melancholious tunes, no grey and sobbing words, but brave hymns telling of their victory. . . . Think out your brooding. What exactly does it mean?  Would you pluck the diadem from their brows again? Would you snatch the palms of victory out of their hands? Dare you compare the clumsy nothings our poor blundering love can give them here with what they must have yonder where Christ Himself has met them, and was heaped on them who can think out what happiness and glory?

    I love to picture it. How, shyly, amazed, half protesting, she who never thought of self was led into the splendour [sic] of her glory. . . . To us it will be long and lonesome: but they won’t even have looked round them before we burst in. In any case, are we to let our dearest be wrenched out of our hands by force? Or, seeing that it has to be, will we not give them willingly and proudly, looking God in the eyes, and telling Him that we prefer our loneliness rather than that they should miss one tittle of their rights. . . .

    When we are young, heaven is a vague and nebulous and shadowy place. But as our friends gather there, more and more it gains body and vividness and homeliness. And when our dearest have passed yonder, how real and evident it grows, how near it is, how often we steal yonder. For as the Master put it: “Where our treasure is, there will our heart be also” (quoted in Yandall Woodfin, With All Your Mind, 231).

    Where is your treasure today?

    Originally posted at Denison Forum.

    Adapted from Dr. Jim Denison’s daily cultural commentary at www.denisonforum.org. Jim Denison, Ph.D., is a cultural apologist, building a bridge between faith and culture by engaging contemporary issues with biblical truth. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture in February 2009 and is the author of seven books, including “Radical Islam: What You Need to Know.” For more information on the Denison Forum, visit www.denisonforum.org. To connect with Dr. Denison in social media, visit www.twitter.com/jimdenison or www.facebook.com/denisonforum. Original source: www.denisonforum.org.

    29 AUGUST 365 Days with Calvin

    Bearing Others’ Burdens

    Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

    suggested further reading: 1 Corinthians 13

    The weaknesses or sins under which we groan are called burdens. “Bearing another’s burdens” is singularly appropriate in a teaching recommending kind behavior, for nature tells us that those who bend under a burden ought to be relieved.

    Paul orders us to bear the burdens of others. We must not indulge or overlook the sins by which our brethren are pressed down, but relieve them, and that can only be done by mild and friendly correction. Many adulterers, thieves, wicked, and abandoned characters of every description would willingly make Christ an accomplice in their crimes. All would choose to lay upon believers the task of bearing their burdens. But as the apostle has just exhorted us to restore a brother, the manner in which Christians are required to bear one another’s burdens cannot be mistaken.

    The word law, when applied here to Christ, serves the place of an argument. There is an implied contrast between the law of Christ and the law of Moses. It is as if Paul says, “If you are very desirous to keep a law, Christ enjoins on you a law which you are bound to prefer to all others, which is to cherish kindness toward each other.” He who has no kindness has nothing.

    On the other hand, the apostle tells us that, whenever someone compassionately assists his neighbor, the law of Christ is fulfilled. He thereby intimates that everything that does not proceed from love is superfluous, for the Greek word he uses here conveys the idea of what is absolutely perfect. But since no one performs in every respect what Paul requires, we are still at a distance from perfection. He who comes closest to it in regarding others is yet far distant with respect to God.

    for meditation: Sadly, we grow accustomed to living with selfish hearts in a selfish society, seldom realizing that true joy flows from a life of service in which we bear the burdens of others. Yet God is patient with us, continually putting the needy on our life’s path. What needy people has Providence placed on your path at the present time? Are you bearing their burdens in love by praying for them, sympathizing with them, and acting for them? What concrete actions could you take this week to help bear someone else’s burdens?[1]


    [1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 260). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.