Monthly Archives: September 2019

September 30 Magnificent Grace

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:17–24

Key Verses: Romans 6:1–2

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

Family-oriented movies often end by showing a reunion of loved ones. We see family members with arms around each other in an expression of love and support. Through the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus gave us this same picture of our heavenly Father’s attitude toward us (Luke 15:20–24). There, Jesus revealed the magnificence of grace. We see that the one sinned against runs out to eagerly welcome back the one who sinned. The one who was wronged takes the initiative, because of love, to restore the broken relationship; the one mistreated shows compassion to the one at fault.

And there is even more. The prodigal did not know his full rights as a son would be restored. As believers, however, we know in advance what awaits us when we humbly return. Because of grace, we can count on acceptance no matter how long we have been absent from the Father or how far we have wandered. Grace guarantees that the Lord will greet us with compassion and forgiveness and lovingly restore us to full rights as His children.

It is not our performance—not good deeds or even the correct apology—that matters; it is our position in Christ. When God sees that we belong to His Son, He forgives us. The parable of the prodigal points us to the truth that, because of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven even before we return. While this does not give us license to sin (Romans 6:1–2), it does give us reason to celebrate. Our Father waits to welcome us home.

You wait to welcome me home, Father. I am assured of Your magnificent grace. Thank You![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 285). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 30 The Risk of Obeying God

Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1–11

Key Verse: Luke 5:4

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

Once Jesus finished speaking to the crowd from the bow of Peter’s boat, He turned to the brawny fisherman and said, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for the catch of a lifetime.”

The idea seemed intriguing to Peter, but was it plausible? He was a leader, a man others turned to for wisdom concerning the sea. Jesus’ request appeared preposterous, if not crazy. No one fished in the Sea of Galilee during the daytime. Fishing was done at night and in shallow water.

Yet Peter obediently responded, “Master … at Your bidding I will let down the nets” (Luke 5:5 nasb). Disregarding the questionable looks of his peers, Peter raised the ship’s sails and headed out into deep water. The result of his obedience was a great abundance of fish, so many that the nets began to break and the boat began to sink.

What has God placed His finger on in your life that requires you to launch out into the deep? Is it a new job, a relationship that needs healing, an unmet goal?

Peter wasn’t alone in the boat, and neither are you. Jesus sailed out there with him. So raise the sails of your life, put out into the deep, and prepare for a huge catch!

Dear heavenly Father, I know there are risks, but I am ready. I am willing to leave my comfort zone. I am raising the sails of my life, launching out into the deep, and preparing for a huge catch.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 285). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 30 Unity of the Spirit

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:1–16

Key verse: Ephesians 4:15

But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.

The structure and function of the human body are complex and endlessly fascinating. Even with all of the advances in modern biotechnology, scientists and doctors do not know everything about it. What they do understand, however, is that all of the body’s organs and fluids work together in an intricate harmony.

When something goes wrong with one part, the entire body is affected in some way. All processes must be in good working order for the body to be healthy and growing. That is the way the body of Christ functions as well. We all work together and operate as one organic unit when we recognize our connectedness with Jesus as the Head.

Ephesians 4:15–16 explains this relationship: “But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

If one part of the body is diseased or hurting, the entire body suffers. Trying to ignore the problems of one person is as futile and ultimately harmful as ignoring cancer and hoping it will just go away. Jesus wants us to come to Him to resolve difficulties and restore wounded members.

Dear heavenly Father, join me in vital union to Your spiritual body. Connect me by the Spirit to Your church.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 285). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Democrats are ‘panicking’ as illegal spying is set to be revealed, says Dan Bongino | FOX news

As Democrats ramp up their impeachment efforts against President Trump, Fox News contributor Dan Bongino said the party is starting to panic at the possibility of being linked to illegal spying, as the Department of Justice inspector general prepares to release his report on the matter.

“It’s never going to stop. I mean, the republic is dying a slow death,” he said Monday on “Fox & Friends.” “We’re on life support here… They’re panicking because the IG report’s about to come out, which is about to expose a massive government spying operation against Donald Trump.

“Here’s the key takeaway — in collusion with foreign governments,” Bongino continued. “That’s why they’re panicking. And they’re panicking because… what the Obama administration did is 1,000 times worse than what they’re alleging Donald Trump did.”

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Bongino also said it’s Trump’s job to protect the office of the president by standing firm against congressional lawmakers, specifically Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., by asserting his privilege as commander in chief.

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“The first job of the president right now is to protect the presidency,” he said. “The White House counsel and others have to draw the line. This is one of the sleaziest members of Congress, Adam Schiff. He went in front of the American people in a public hearing where people could look at a public transcript and literally lied about it, and then tried to cover his tracks.”

“This is a nationally televised, important hearing and he lied. He’s a liar, this guy,” Bongino added. “Don’t disclose anything to this guy.”

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The report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which focuses on government corruption and political overreach, is still being processed and a final release date has not yet been disclosed.

Source: Democrats are ‘panicking’ as illegal spying is set to be revealed, says Dan Bongino

Southern Baptist Convention Ministry Partner, George Soros, Behind Trump Whistleblower Report — Pulpit & Pen

As many might already know, Russell Moore and Jim Wallis run the Evangelical Immigration Table for George Soros, who founded and funded their open borders ministry organization. Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the SBC. What you might not know is that the recent “whistleblower report” against Donald Trump was provoked by the evangelical Left’s best friend, George Soros.

According to One News Now

An investigative journalism group funded by leftist billionaire George Soros is reportedly responsible for sections of the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump that allege he put pressure on Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son for political gain.

In fact, Breitbart first tied the whistleblower report to Soros. According to Aaron Klein of Breitbart, “Even though the statement was written in first person – ‘multiple U.S. officials told me’ – it contains a footnote referencing a report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).”

The OCCRP, according to World Net Daily, had Soros’ Open Societies Foundation as its second-largest donor (in some years OSF has been its largest donor). In other words, it has the same financial backing as the SBC’s and ERLC’s Evangelical Immigration Table.

World Net Daily has pointed out that the “OCCRP is cited in a key section of the complaint that claims Ukrainian officials followed up on Trump’s request for Ukraine to investigate allegations of corruption by then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was receiving $50,000 monthly from a natural gas company despite having no experience in the industry.”

The SBC has been weaponized against Donald Trump for the upcoming 2020 election. Lifeway recently released a poll sponsored by the ERLC that alleged (laughably) that evangelical voters care more about “racial justice” than abortion and that they want their politicians to be nicer (an obvious “dig” on the POTUS). ERLC research fellows like Thomas Kidd are daily attacking Trump in social media. The SBC president, JD Greear, recently commended Christians who vote Democrat. Many SBC leaders have been begging evangelicals to stop being loyal to the Republican Party.

It should come as no surprise that the SBC’s closet ministry partner, George Soros, is behind the whistleblower conspiracy against President Trump.

[Editor’s Note: HT OneNewsNow]

via Southern Baptist Convention Ministry Partner, George Soros, Behind Trump Whistleblower Report — Pulpit & Pen

Schweizer: Joe Biden ‘Was Steering Billions of Dollars of Western Money to Ukraine’ for Access, Influence | Breitbart News

Breitbart News senior contributor and Secret Empires author Peter Schweizer joined Life, Liberty & Levin Sunday on Fox News Channel to explain Joe and Hunter Biden’s Ukraine connections.

Schweizer told host Mark Levin that the former vice president’s son was being paid by Ukraine despite not having expertise in the energy sector while Joe Biden was the “point-person” on former President Barack Obama’s administration in dealing with Ukraine.

“The key question here that nobody seems to want to ask in the media is: What was he being paid for? He wasn’t being paid for his expertise. What was he being paid for? And what were the Ukrainians expecting to get in return?” Schweizer stated. “I think when you overlay the financial payments with the fact that Joe Biden as point person on Obama administration policy to Ukraine was steering billions of dollars of Western money to Ukraine it becomes crystal clear exactly why they were paying him money. They wanted access and they wanted to influence Joe Biden. And Joe Biden has been around a long time here, and he had to know exactly why his son was being paid.”

Source: Schweizer: Joe Biden ‘Was Steering Billions of Dollars of Western Money to Ukraine’ for Access, Influence

Rapper’s Anticipated New Album, Movie, & Merchandise Prompt Questions: Is Kanye West Promoting Jesus or Exploiting Jesus? — Julie Roys

Rapper Kanye West is releasing an album that’s all about Jesus. And social media, blogs, and fan sites are on fire with people praising West—and sharply criticizing him.

Some are mad because of repeated delays to the album’s release. Initially, West had promised that his new album, Jesus is King, would release on Friday. But late Friday, West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, wrote on Instagram that the album would drop Sunday after a “few final tweaks to the mixes.”

Now Sunday has come and gone—and there’s still no album. And fans like Maurice Schoonbroodt are ticked.

But much of the hullabaloo over West’s album has to do with its content. West, a rapper known for both raunchy and sacrilegious lyrics, now says he’s born again. And over the weekend, West reportedly announced that he will no longer produce secular music.

Some, like Chance the Rapper, who last year declared his faith in God to his more than seven million fans, clearly endorses West and his new direction. West made a surprise appearance at Chance’s concert on Saturday night where they declared in voice and gesture that “Jesus is King!” (See video in tweet below.)

However, Noah C., a writer at HNHH (Hot New Hip-Hop), expressed skepticism about West. “It appears that indulging in secular music would go against Kanye’s newfound mission as a newfound Christian,” Noah C. wrote. “We wish Ye the best on his mission, but it wouldn’t be the first time he publicly expressed a thought on a whim that never ended up manifesting. Kanye also claimed The Life Of Pablo was a gospel album – which featured hip hop production and wildly raunchy lyrics – so his understanding of religious music might be quite broad.”

Read more: Rapper’s Anticipated New Album, Movie, & Merchandise Prompt Questions: Is Kanye West Promoting Jesus or Exploiting Jesus? — Julie Roys

President Trump Delivers Remarks During Joint Chiefs Ceremony – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Earlier today President Trump delivered remarks to honor the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript, POTUS remarks @5:32]

via President Trump Delivers Remarks During Joint Chiefs Ceremony – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

LISTEN: GOP Lawmaker Trolls Schiff With Tape Of Him Fishing For Ukraine Dirt On Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz has uncovered an old prank phone call in which House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff tells two Russian radio hosts posing as a Ukranian politician that he’d gladly accept anti-Trump dirt from them.

“So, you have recordings of both [Russian journalist Ksenia] Sobchak and [Russian model and singer Olga] Buzova where they’re discussing the compromising material on Mr. Trump?” Schiff asked the callers, who were pretending to be Andriy Parubiy, the former speaker of Ukraine’s parliament.

“Absolutely,” one of the pranksters says.

“Well, obviously we would welcome a chance to get copies of those recordings,” Schiff said later in the call after he and the fake “Parubiy” go on to discuss more details of the bogus allegations.

In the call, which took place two years ago, Schiff has no idea he’s talking to pranksters.

The radio hosts, Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetzov and Alexey “Lexus” Stolyarov, told Schiff  the Kremlin had naked photos of Trump, Fox News reported.  They also told the California Democrat that former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn “had met with another Russian to talk about how to prevent the photos from going public.”

Gaetz accused Schiff of hypocrisy for appearing willing to accept information from the Ukranian government as his committee investigates Trump for advocating that Ukraine pursue an investigation that would have likely been politically beneficial to the president’s reelection campaign.

This comes as Schiff and the House Intelligence Committee take center stage in the impeachment fight as the committee is set to question intelligence community Inspector General Mike Atkinson on Friday. The committee also reached a deal for testimony from the whistleblower whose complaint set off scrutiny on Trump’s call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, shortly before which he put a hold on $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. Democrats have said the combination of the withheld aid and the requests for an investigation into the Biden family amounted to a proposed quid-pro-quo by Trump. …

While Schiff does not appear to question the veracity of the prank callers’ assumed identity on the January 2018 call, his office said they did not simply take the pranksters at their word.

“Before agreeing to take the call, and immediately following it, the committee informed appropriate law enforcement and security personnel of the conversation, and of our belief that it was probably bogus,” a Schiff spokesman told The Atlantic.

In the tweet posted by Gaetz, he shows a clip of Schiff saying this: “It is illegal, improper, a violation of oath, a violation of his duty to defend our elections and our Constitution for the president to merely ask for foreign interefence.”

via LISTEN: GOP Lawmaker Trolls Schiff With Tape Of Him Fishing For Ukraine Dirt On Trump — The Gateway Pundit