Daily Archives: September 8, 2019

September 8 This Grace in Which You Stand

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verse: Ephesians 2:5

Even when we were dead in trespasses, [He] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

There are times when we say words that we wish we could take back. Or perhaps we do something in such a way that we wish we could retrieve our actions and correct them. As these moments mount, we wonder how much longer our favor with God will last. We seek His forgiveness, but we wonder if we are in danger of exhausting God’s grace for our lives.

The truth is this: you cannot exhaust the grace of God. He loves you even when you act unlovable. He does hold us accountable for our words and actions. When our words or actions hurt another, we need to admit what we have done and ask God and the person we have hurt to forgive us.

Humility is a sign that God’s grace is flowing unhindered through us. Realize also that grace is a gift—something God gives us and something we should give others. When you are hurt by another’s actions or words, remember the grace that God has extended to you. Forgive and allow God to restore your relationship with the other person. God desires to transform our lives by the realization that His grace never ends. We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:5), and we are called to live grace-filled lives.

When is the last time you thanked God for His grace toward you? Take time to do this, and extend grace, love, and acceptance to another today.

Lord, thank You for Your grace extended to me. Help me to extend grace, love, and acceptance to someone today.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 263). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 8 Vision Without Boundaries

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16–20

Key Verse: Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Four stirring, motivational forces were behind the disciples’ desire to proclaim the gospel message: (1) their personal experience with the Lord; (2) the promise of Christ’s presence with them; (3) the promise and the coming of the Holy Spirit; and (4) the memory of the way Jesus dealt with those who were hurting. Theirs was a vision without boundaries.

However, their ministry certainly did not begin that way. There was a time on the Sea of Galilee when doubt and confusion ruled their minds. That was until Jesus stood up in the boat and commanded the waves and the winds to be still.

There was a night when all but one deserted our Savior, and that one was frightened and overcome with sorrow. The disciples wanted to believe Christ was the One promised by God, but their vision was shortsighted—much like ours at times.

Jesus knew the Father’s plan reached to eternity. It was His destiny to become the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. No boundaries erected by man or Satan could stop the plan of God.

The same God who raised Christ from the grave is alive in every believer. Never place boundaries on the vision God brings: “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6 nasb).

What a wonderful, glorious Friend, Master, and Savior we have in Jesus.

Dear heavenly Father, remove every boundary that limits Your work in my life. Expand my spiritual borders. Give me vision without boundaries.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 263). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Tulsi Gabbard says Trump impeachment would ‘tear our country apart’ | FOX news

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said in a new interview that she opposes an impeachment inquiry into President Trump because it would “tear our country apart.”

Source: Tulsi Gabbard says Trump impeachment would ‘tear our country apart’

Google’s ‘Dramatic Bias’ May Have Swayed Millions of Voters to Hillary Clinton in 2016, US Researcher Claims | Sputnik International

Hillary Clinton claims the study has been debunked, but its author, a one-time Clinton supporter, insists he has adhered to high standards of integrity.

Psychology researcher Dr. Robert Epstein claims he has found a “dramatic” bias in Google search results that may have shifted millions of undecided voters to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign.

His study focused on election-related searches from a “diverse group of American voters” – a total of 95 people across 24 states.

“I looked at politically-oriented searches that these people were conducting on Google, Bing and Yahoo,” he said in an interview with Fox News. “I was able to preserve more than 13,000 searches and 98,000 web pages, and I found very dramatic bias in Google’s search results – not on Bing and Yahoo, just Google’s – favoring Hillary Clinton, whom I supported strongly.”

Millions of Votes at Stake

He said the level of “bias” was sufficient to covertly sway between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes to Hillary Clinton.

He said it was manifested in as-you-type suggestions, as well as in subsequent search results. “We now know that those search suggestions have a very, very powerful effect on people, and that they alone can shift opinions and votes dramatically,” Dr. Epstein explained.

“And then search results appear below,” he continued. “The point is if there’s a bias in them – which means if a search result that’s high up on the list, if that takes you to a web page that makes one candidate look better than another – if you’re undecided and you’re trying to make up your mind, what we’ve learned is that information posted high in Google search results will shift opinions among undecided people dramatically because people trust Google and they especially trust high-ranking search results.”

“We found a very dramatic pro-Hillary Clinton bias on Google, but not the other search engines, and in all ten search positions on the first page of search results.”

Dr. Epstein findings, first presented in 2016, appear to demonstrate that Google’s search engine was withholding negative search terms for Mrs. Clinton, suggesting positive ones instead – but worked “a bit less hard to suppress negative search suggestions” for Donald Trump and some other politicians.

Trump and Clinton React to the Study

Trump paid attention to Epstein’s findings last month, albeit inflating the number of people that could have been swung to Clinton’s side, and suggested that Google should be sued.

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019

Mrs Clinton was quick to react, claiming that the report has been “debunked” already.

The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019

​But Epstein described her comments as “outrageous” and “blatant lies”, recalling that Alphabet, the company managing Google, was a top donor of Clinton’s campaign, and that her chief technology officer Stephanie Hannon previously was a director of product management at Google.

“She says my work has been ‘debunked’ – that’s blatantly false. My work has always adhered to the very high standards of integrity,” he maintained.

“Dr. Epstein’s study is reflective of what happens when a political crisis meets big monopoly tech corporations,” political analyst and author Danny Haiphong said, suggesting that the research “shows a coordinated effort among the corporate sector to support whichever political candidate they believe will serve their profit margins.”

He added: “Monopoly tech giants and the National Security State possess a vested interest in manipulating the hearts and minds of working people in the United States.”

Google maintains that its products have no political bias, and that its search algorithms are not programmed otherwise.

This is not the first time Google’s stated non-bias is put into question. In the summer, internet watchdog group Project Veritas leaked purported internal e-mails of the company’s “transparency and ethics” team, in which the employees discussed disabling the search suggestions feature for conservative commentators such as Jordan Peterson and Dennis Prager.

Source: Google’s ‘Dramatic Bias’ May Have Swayed Millions of Voters to Hillary Clinton in 2016, US Researcher Claims