Daily Archives: September 11, 2019

September 11 Assurance of Salvation

Scripture Reading: John 5:24–29

Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Freedom floods our hearts the moment we learn that we do not have to be perfect to experience God’s love and salvation. Living each day worried about how the next downfall might cast us in God’s eyes is not the way to live a life of freedom. While we must honor God with our obedience, our salvation isn’t going to slip away every time we slip up.

In order to gain a firm grasp of the assurance of our salvation, we need to understand God’s will for the redemption of mankind. Paul wrote, “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3–4). God desires that everyone would come to a point of recognition of sin and repentance.

At times, we may think that God is hiding His salvation from us. But He is not. Salvation is available for all people. Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 nasb).

Many fail to realize it, but God desires to be personally involved in our lives. He wants us to experience His grace, but we must take the initial step toward Him. When we do, He provides for every need we have, beginning with the salvation of our souls.

Lord, whether I—in my weakness—am up, down, or crawling back to my feet, You are constant, standing with hands outstretched to help me. Praise You for Your steadfast love.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 266). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 11 Encouraging Sagging Saints

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 16:10–21

Key Verse: Hebrews 6:10

God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Stephanas. Fortunatus. Achaicus. Aquila. Priscilla. Although names not on the tip of your tongue, these people were instrumental in the formation of the early New Testament church. Paul mentioned their indispensable labor in his parting instructions to the church at Corinth. Without defining their specific contributions, he remarked that their ministries refreshed and revitalized believers, including himself.

The local church today frequently errs in the notion that its pastor and staff members are the sole nucleus for the work of the gospel. They have vital functions, but the saints themselves share and participate in the growth of Christ’s body.

Your name may not be on the bulletin. You may not be a deacon or elder. But you have been equipped with spiritual gifts to strengthen the saints. A note with a brief word of encouragement, a phone call to someone in your Sunday school class, lunch with a discouraged parent, a small gift to someone in need—these are discreet but practical and encouraging ways to lift the spirits of sagging saints.

Ask God to show you how you might refresh fellow workers. Let Him lead you in appropriate ways to demonstrate His gentle love: “God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints” (Heb. 6:10 nasb).

Dear God, teach me to be an encourager and a source of hope to others. Show me how to refresh my fellow workers, demonstrating Your love in appropriate and practical ways.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 266). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 11 The Consequences of Words

Scripture reading: James 3:1–12

Key verse: Matthew 12:37

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

The Bible has plenty to say about the words of the mouth:

In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking,

But he who restrains his lips is wise. (Prov. 10:19)

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,

Sweetness to the soul and healthy to the bones. (Prov. 16:24)

These verses barely scratch the surface when it comes to addressing the subject of our speech. However, we can get a general feel that what we say has a powerful effect on our lives. James addressed this issue as he wrote about the tongue and the consequences of our words toward others (James 3:5–6).

We are communicators, and we are always in the process of communicating something, even in our sleep. Because we are created in God’s image, and He is the greatest communicator, we have been entrusted with a tremendous ability. When we misuse our words, we go against an important principle of God—for the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts to be pleasing and acceptable to Him (Ps. 19:14).

God gave us speech to communicate with Him first and then with others. Ask the Lord to convict you each time you use your words in a way that could harm your fellowship with Him. Realize your communication with others also reflects the way you communicate with God.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You today, O God. Help me realize that my communication with others reflects the way I communicate with You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 266). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 11, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Hong Kong activists called off protests on Wednesday in remembrance of the
Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and denounced a Chinese state
newspaper report that they were planning “massive terror” in the
Chinese-ruled city.

President Donald Trump called on the Federal Reserve to push down interest
rates into negative territory, a move reluctantly used by other world
central banks to battle weak economic growth as it punishes savers and
banks’ earnings in the process.

President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John
Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle
foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and
Russia.

Republican Dan Bishop won a special U.S. congressional election in North
Carolina on Tuesday, turning back a vigorous Democratic challenge to save a
longtime stronghold for President Donald Trump’s party.

Having once branded John Bolton a “war maniac”, North Korean officials
could see U.S. President Donald Trump’s removal of his national security
adviser as a chance to resume denuclearization talks without facing an
unyielding hawk on the other side.

While 10 Democratic presidential contenders debate in Houston on Thursday,
the party is eyeing gains farther down the ballot in Texas next year in
races for the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislature, party
strategists and political experts say.

Thousands of Indonesians prayed for rain in haze-hit towns on the islands
of Sumatra and Borneo on Wednesday, as forest fires raged at the height of
the dry season.

China announced its first batch of tariff exemptions for 16 types of U.S.
products, days ahead of a planned meeting between trade negotiators from
the two countries to try and de-escalate their bruising tariff row.

U.S. producer prices unexpectedly rose in August and underlying producer
inflation rebounded, but the data on Wednesday did not change financial
market expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again
next week to support a slowing economy.

AP Top Stories

Over 18 years, the rubble left by the destruction of the World Trade Center
has given way to a gleaming new complex of office towers, a museum, a
transit hub and a memorial that draws millions of visitors each year. But
though it no longer looks like a construction site, the rebuilding of the
World Trade Center is still incomplete.

At least 50 people have died as a result of Hurricane Dorian, a number that
is expected to rise as search operations continue. Nearly two weeks after
the category five storm devastated parts of the island chain, thousands
have been left without homes and essentials such as water and electricity.

A black market for everyday items like bread developed in the Bahamas due
to food shortages in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. An estimated 17% of
Bahamians are now homeless

A new report claims 489 illegal immigrants with detainers were released
across North Carolina over the past 10 months.

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to combat mass shootings
which suggests phones and smartwatches may be used to track people with
mental health problems.

The National Rifle Association filed suit Monday against the city of San
Francisco in response to city’s board of supervisors labeling the
gun-rights group a “domestic terrorist organization.”

A 73-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly beating her neighbor, 82,
to death with a brick at a home for senior citizens in Maryland,
authorities said Monday.

Anti-Israeli chants rang through the streets of a Hezbollah bastion in the
Lebanese capital on Tuesday as thousands of black-clad Shiites commemorated
the seventh-century killing of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson.

More than 30 pilgrims were killed and dozens injured Tuesday in a stampede
at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Karbala on the Shiite holy day of
Ashura.

– Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church,a church in Detroit, canceled an
anti-Muslim event scheduled for Wednesday’s 9/11 anniversary after facing
condemnation from politicians and organizations.

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov on Tuesday warned against trusting Russian
President Vladimir Putin, after Moscow freed him from jail in a historic
prisoner swap with Kiev this weekend.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said after a White House meeting on
Tuesday that there has been a “significant decrease” in U.S.-bound
immigration through Mexico, especially from Central America, and he expects
the trend to continue.

Members of the Trump administration visited Los Angeles Tuesday to get a
firsthand look at the city’s sprawling homeless encampments and efforts to
control them, while President Donald Trump directed his staff to develop
policy options to address the national crisis of people living on the
streets.

BBC

Bolivian wildfires have destroyed almost five million acres of forest and
grassland since August. Almost half of the losses are in “protected” areas,
known for high biodiversity. Scientists estimate that regeneration of the
local ecosystem will take about 300 years.

WND

A California church was vandalized after its pastor and members publicly
opposed the presentation of a “Drag Queen Story Hour” in a local public
library.

New Jersey’s Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, is expected to sign an
executive order Tuesday that will leverage the state’s purchasing power to
coerce gun retailers, manufacturers, and financial institutions to comply
with a more stringent gun-control regime.

Nearly four of five post-9/11 veterans have been deployed, compared to 58%
for pre-9/11 service members. 60% have served in a combat zone, up from
about 30% for those who served pre-9/11.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Sept. 11, 2019

The Foundation

“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams (1815)

‘Bad Cop’ Bolton Exits

Trump loses a voice for American strength and must find his fourth national security advisor.


The High Cost if Demos Reverse Trump’s Deregulation

Beyond raising taxes, new programs would only raise costs by increasing the regulatory state.


‘Progressives’ Worship Nature at Altar of Climate Church

The latest trend is twisting the Bible to support leftist economic policy on climate change.


CNN Fake News — Claiming Trump Endangered a Spy

The CIA takes the unusual step of publicly refuting CNN’s false reporting on Russian spy.


Debunking Another ‘Hate Crime’ Study

A study claiming that Trump rallies increased hate crimes by 226% is proven false.


Voter Segregation

MLK would be appalled by the segregationist language of black church leaders.


A 9/11 Retrospective

Honoring those who perished, and those defending our nation in the Long War today.


Video: Corporations and the First Amendment

UCLA’s Eugene Volokh presents five rules of free speech and corporations.


Video: Let Charter Schools Teach

Governments limit charter schools, but charters often do better than government-run schools.



Today’s Opinion

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Did We Learn the Lesson of 9/11?
Terence Jeffrey
U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Should Have Only 1 Goal
Rebecca Hagelin
The Problem Isn’t Guns; It’s Lost Souls
Gary Bauer
More Fake News on Kremlin Informant
Star Parker
Black Americans Are Doing Great Under Trump
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Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

North Carolina special elections, John Bolton ousted, American embassy attacked, CNN’s fake news, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Erick Erickson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tulsi Gabbard, Dan Crenshaw, and more.



Today’s Meme

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Headlines – 9/11/2019

In campaign pitch, Netanyahu vows to annex Jordan Valley if reelected

Netanyahu vows to annex all settlements, starting with Jordan Valley

Netanyahu hails ‘historic opportunity’ for Israeli sovereignty

Netanyahu’s push to annex the Jordan Valley, explained – it could have serious implications for the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations

US says peace deal still possible if Israel annexes settlements, Jordan Valley

Netanyahu’s Jordan Valley vow: Harbinger of US support or indication of failure?

UN warns Israel against Netanyahu’s ‘devastating’ West Bank annexation plans

Arab League calls Netanyahu plan to annex West Bank areas ‘aggression’

Saudi Arabia criticizes Netanyahu’s sovereignty pledge

Netanyahu briefly whisked away from campaign rally as rockets fired from Gaza

IDF airstrikes hit 15 sites in Gaza after 2 rockets fired at Israeli cities

Minister of theEconomy: Iran behind rocket attack Tuesday; an effort to interfere in Israeli elections

Political rivals tear into Netanyahu’s Gaza policy after rockets disrupt event

Netanyahu derided by right and left as he’s forced to take shelter from rockets

Netanyahu’s Jordan Valley sovereignty vow widely panned by politicians as ‘spin’

Likud blasts Blue and White for ‘gloating’ after rocket fire sends PM offstage

Netanyahu Accuses Rivals of Plotting to ‘Steal’ Israeli Election

In era of ‘gotcha journalism,’ charges of anti-Semitism can be weaponized

We’ll hit more targets: Nasrallah says lessons learned from ‘Hollywood’ IDF

Trump ready to meet Rouhani without preconditions

Trump fires Iran hawk John Bolton as national security adviser

John Bolton’s departure opens a door to ease tensions with Iran

Iran claims credit for Bolton dismissal

Iran: Bolton ouster ‘clear sign of defeat’ of US sanctions campaign

What does John Bolton’s departure mean for Israel?

Why the Trump-Bolton breakup was inevitable. They clashed over Iran, North Korea and more

John Bolton was fired, and the price of oil instantly fell

Russia says exit of Trump adviser Bolton unlikely to help ties: RIA

On Eve of 9/11 Anniversary, New US Sanctions Target Hamas, Islamic State, Other Terror Groups

US bombs ISIS-‘infested island’ in Iraq, new video shows

More than 30 dead in stampede at Iraqi Shiite shrine

African UN members urge lifting of Sudan sanctions

Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

Afghans brace for fresh violence after US-Taliban talks halt

N.Korea carried out super-large multiple rocket launcher test on Tuesday

North Korean leader supervises test of rocket launcher

American Businesses Say China’s Slowdown Is a Greater Threat Than the Trade War

Germany’s Merkel: We still have every chance of orderly Brexit

Venezuela starts military exercises at Colombia border, US promises Bogota ‘full support’

When Profanity Hits the Campaign Trail – Trump lowered the bar, and now some Democratic presidential candidates are cursing with unusual abandon. Why?

This algorithm can predict when workers are about to quit-here’s how

A new baby monitor could use AI to alert parents before infant awakes

McDonald’s acquires A.I. company to help automate the drive-thru, its third tech deal this year

Fighting Instagram’s $1.3 Billion Problem-Fake Followers

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Sitka, Alaska

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Bobon, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits East of the South Sandwich Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 10,000ft

Alaid volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Dorian death toll feared to reach thousands as storm caused ‘absolute destruction’ and ‘nightmare’ to the Bahamas

Desperation mounts in Bahamas as shelters turn evacuees away

Rare tornado hits farm in Oregon

Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event above South Pole to go down as the strongest on record

China’s pork prices surge 47% in August amid swine fever outbreak

Lawmakers renew fights over Trump’s border wall, abortion

Planned Parenthood Closes 2 Ohio Clinics due to Trump Pro-Life Rule

BBC Video Tells Children: There Are More Than 100 ‘Gender Identities’

Married man’s death during sex on business trip ruled a ‘workplace accident’

Philippines High Court Rejects Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Appeal

‘You’re Desecrating The Name Of God’: Gay Jewish Man Says Stranger Harassed Him Over Pink Kippah

Megachurch pastor Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide after struggling with mental health

Worshipers flock to mysterious crying Virgin Mary icon, hope miracle saves church from sale

Chinese Pastors Ordered to Preach about Confucius: It’s the ‘Erosion of Christianity’

Over 120 churches attacked since start of Syria’s civil war: report


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Pastor, author and mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide

California ministry forced homeless to work, stole their benefits, officials say

Falwell Jr. says FBI to investigate ‘criminal conspiracy’ at Liberty University

Bloomfield church cancels anti-Muslim 9/11 event after backlash

Ashura festival sees children left covered in blood as devout Muslims use knives to slice their heads open

Chinese Pastors Ordered to Preach about Confucius: It’s the ‘Erosion of Christianity’


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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

‘God is Our Refuge’ Watch Billy Graham’s Powerfully Moving 9/11 Message From the National Cathedral — Faithwire

Just days after the 9/11 tragedy shook the United States to its core, Reverend Billy Graham addressed the nation at a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.

The prayer service, orchestrated by then-President George W. Bush, was an interfaith service held to unite the country following the devastating attacks.

“We come together this day to reaffirm our conviction that God cares for us,” Graham began. “Whatever our ethnic, religious or political background may be. The Bible says He is the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our troubles.”

The evangelist pointed out that those who committed the treacherous act must be held accountable, “but today we come together in this service to confess our need of God.”

“We’ve always needed God from the very beginning of this nation,” Graham added. “But today we need Him especially. We’re involved in a new kind of warfare. And we need the help of the Spirit of God.”

“The Bible’s words are our hope, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,’” he added, citing Psalm 46:1.

Graham added that it was natural to feel angry, and question why God would allow something so devastating and evil to take place, but to trust in his eternal power.

In his message, Graham shared five things to be reminded of in wake of the 9/11 tragedy.

The first was that God can be trusted at all times, even when things seem darkest. Second, there is a reality of evil. Third, God is not the author of that evil, but the Savior from that evil. Fourth, we serve a sovereign God. Lastly, God is a loving, merciful, and compassionate God.

The mystery and reality of evil

In the face of the tragedy, Graham said, “we are reminded of the mystery and reality of evil.”

“I have been asked hundreds of times why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I do not know the answer. I have to accept, by faith, that God is sovereign, and that He is a God of love and mercy and compassion in the midst of suffering.”

The evangelist pointed out that it is important to remind oneself that God is not the author of evil, but the one that offers us salvation from such a thing.

It’s a lesson about our need for each other

The attacks were not just a reminder of how real and present evil is, but also of how deep the human need is to cling to one another and find community in others.

“A tragedy like this could have torn our country apart, but instead it has united us,” Graham emphasized. “So those perpetrators who took this on to tear us apart, it has worked the other way—it has backlashed. We are more united than ever before. I think this was exemplified in a very moving way when the members of our Congress stood shoulder to shoulder and sang, ‘God Bless America.’”

A message of hope

Lastly, Graham pointed out that the attacks serve as a message of hope, something that might be hard to grasp.

“There is hope for the present because the stage, I believe, has already been set for a new spirit in our nation,” Graham said. “We desperately need a spiritual renewal in this country, and God has told us in His Word time after time that we need to repent of our sins and return to Him, and He will bless us in a new way.”

He added that there is also a hope for the future because of the eternal promises found in the Word of God.

“As a Christian, I have hope, not just for this life, but for heaven and the life to come,” he pointed out. “And many of those people who died this past week are in heaven now. And they wouldn’t want to come back. It’s so glorious and so wonderful.”

“That is the hope for all of us who put our faith in God. I pray that you will have this hope in your heart,” he added.

Graham ended his message by encouraging the nation to look to God, and seek His names in the difficult times that were ahead:

“We all watched in horror as planes crashed into the steel and glass of the World Trade Center. Those majestic towers, built on solid foundations, were examples of the prosperity and creativity of America. When damaged, those buildings plummeted to the ground, imploding in upon themselves. Yet, underneath the debris, is a foundation that was not destroyed. Therein lies the truth of that hymn, ‘How Firm a Foundation.’

“Yes, our nation has been attacked, buildings destroyed, lives lost. But now we have a choice: whether to implode and disintegrate emotionally and spiritually as a people and a nation; or whether we choose to become stronger through all of this struggle, to rebuild on a solid foundation.”

“Our need of God” never changes, Franklin Graham says

Last year, Graham’s son Franklin, shared the video to Facebook, remembering when his father was asked to preach following the attacks.

“My father Billy Graham was asked to deliver a message at Washington National Cathedral three days later,” Franklin wrote. “Many things have changed since that day, but one thing hasn’t—our need of God. We need him as individuals and as a nation.”

Seventeen years ago tomorrow our nation was attacked in a way that it had never been before. My father Billy Graham was…

Posted by Franklin Graham on Monday, September 10, 2018

In a current post to Facebook, Franklin Graham pointed out that eighteen years after 9/11, there is still so much devastation and turmoil in the world.

“Who is able to fix these problems?” Graham asked. “There is no human being who can solve the complexities of the nations. But we have a God who can.”

“I urge everyone to pray that God would give our world leaders wisdom and that each one would turn their eyes to Him, the One who created us and made this magnificent earth on which we live—the King of kings and the Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.”

via ‘God is Our Refuge’ Watch Billy Graham’s Powerfully Moving 9/11 Message From the National Cathedral — Faithwire