Daily Archives: September 16, 2019

September 16 God’s Unconditional Love

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:6–11

Key Verse: Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

We have all been disappointed on some occasion by someone we love. Many of us have experienced the pain of abuse, betrayal, or abandonment. The remnants of these events often create “memory scars” upon our hearts, causing us to be wary of trusting or loving someone again.

As difficult as it is for our human minds to understand, God’s love is complete and unconditional. He is perfect, and therefore capable of exhibiting perfect love. The sheer magnitude of His all-encompassing adoration can be overwhelming. However, God wants us to know that we are worthy of His love. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

Can you imagine loving someone enough to allow your only child to die for him? God loves you that much. Before you were born, He allowed His Son, Jesus, to be sacrificed to release you from the debt of sin.

For this great act of sacrifice, God requires no repayment. He only asks that you accept His gift of love. If pain from past hurts has caused you to feel isolated and afraid to love, take hope. There is One who will never disappoint you.

Ask God to heal your heart so that you can begin to comprehend the assurance of His loving hand upon your life from this moment forward.

Dear God, heal my heart so that I can comprehend the assurance of Your loving hand upon my life, knowing that You will never hurt or disappoint me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 271). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 16 Do Not Grow Weary

Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6–15

Key Verse: 2 Thessalonians 3:13

As for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.

At various points throughout history, some Christians have been accused of being too teleological in focus. That is, they emphasized the life to come and their ultimate destination of heaven to the exclusion of concern for this present world. You have probably heard this comment: “He is so heavenly minded, he is no earthly good.”

In Paul’s day in the church at Thessalonica, many believers took this warped emphasis to the extreme. They were convinced that Jesus was returning at any moment, so they ceased working and waited for Him. You can imagine what chaos the imbalance caused within the early church, with some believers working harder and carrying the load for the others.

Second Thessalonians 3:12–13 (nasb) contains this reproof: “Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.”

It is all right to look forward to spending eternity with Jesus after we die and leave this earth; He wants us to eagerly anticipate His generous blessings to come. Yet the here and now matters to Jesus too. He wants you to grow in His fellowship, maturing and strengthening and becoming a better-equipped representative of His grace to a lost world.

Heavenly Father, keep my focus on this lost and dying world. Help me grow in fellowship with You, maturing and strengthening to become a better representative of Your grace.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 271). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 16 An Object of Bitterness

Scripture reading: Psalm 64:1–10

Key verse: Psalm 69:4

Those who hate me without a cause

Are more than the hairs of my head;

They are mighty who would destroy me,

Being my enemies wrongfully;

Though I have stolen nothing,

I still must restore it.

What should you do when you find yourself the object of another’s bitterness? For one, tell yourself the truth about the situation. Anytime you come under personal attack, recall God’s personal love for you. Ask Him to encourage you through His Word.

All of us sooner or later will run into someone who is angry or bitter. Using more bitterness to confront the guilty party leads only to a combative situation. Listen to what the bitter person is saying. Bitterness and anger are usually offshoots of deep hurt. You may not be able to turn the bitterness around in someone else’s life, but you can stop its continuation by asking God to help you understand why this person is the way he is.

Saying, “It seems that you are really upset. Can we talk about it?” may defuse the situation. Bitterness is much more involved than an act of quick anger. It is a stronghold and needs to be faced in an honest manner.

In Psalm 64, we read how one man prayed for God’s deliverance from the attacks of an embittered enemy. When you find yourself the target of an acrid violation, pray for God’s protection. Ask Him to give you wisdom in dealing with the other person as well as a healthy perspective on the entire matter. Your reaction to the assault is the most important issue with God. Therefore, be firm but loving in what you do and say.

Father, when I am the target of hostilities, give me the proper perspective in the face of adversity. Help me react firmly in love.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 271). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Fading Light Of Pop-Christianity — Christian Research Network

“The Hillsong brand of Christianity is one marked with pursuing earthly treasures, entertainment, celebrity, and sensationalism.  I like to call it “pop-Christianity”. Drawing from all the entertainment and commercial successes of the 21st century, pop-Christianity appeals to the temporal at the expense of the eternal.”

(Chris Saenz – Post Christian Era)  Many Christians were shocked in August when longtime Hillsong songwriter, Marty Sampson announced that he was “losing his faith”.

In a Twitter post (that has since been removed), Marty claims that he is “not in anymore” and wants “genuine truth. Not the “I Just Believe It” kind of truth”. His list of reasons that Christianity is “not for me”, according to Sampson, read like a laundry list of teenage rebellions to Christianity during youth group:

  • Christians are judgmental
  • Science disproves Christianity
  • Preachers fail morally
  • The Bible has contradictions

Many Christians will read this news and wonder how God’s power fits in to a Christian leader walking away from the Faith. Christians may wonder how someone so influential to modern Christianity can reject the faith he led others through. Is God losing His elect to the powerful forces of modernity?

In one of Marty’s most popular songs, Oceans, one lyric reads:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”

Did God fail to lead Marty into an unfailing trust?

Not in the least. View article →

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via The Fading Light Of Pop-Christianity — Christian Research Network

Donald Trump: Justice Kavanaugh ‘Assaulted by Lies and Fake News’ | Breitbart News

President Donald Trump reacted to the news the New York Times walked back their report on a fresh assault allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Source: Donald Trump: Justice Kavanaugh ‘Assaulted by Lies and Fake News’

The Smearing Of Brett Kavanaugh Is An Attack On The Supreme Court — The Federalist

Democrats, who have no interest in living with the constraints of the Constitution, see little downside in destroying trust in the Supreme Court.

Sure, it’s about partisanship and peddling books and selling newspaper subscriptions, but in the end, Democrats’ smearing of Brett Kavanaugh is also about delegitimizing the Supreme Court—the only institution that will inhibit the progressive agenda no matter who wins elections.

Conservatives justices aren’t merely wrong, they’re nefarious and racist and extremist, you see, so virtually anything Democrats do to try and stop them is now rationalized. In this world, the accused, rather than the accuser, bears the “burden of proof.” In this world hucksters like Michael Avenatti are turned into experts and major news outlets will eagerly repeat and spread slander as news.

This Sunday, The New York Times ran an excerpt from a new book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh,” in which reporters Robin Pogebrin and Kate Kelly not only rehashed allegations against Kavanaugh, but claimed that he’d been in another drunken incident in his college days.

My colleague Mollie Hemingway, co-author of a bestselling non-fiction book on the affair, had a copy of “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh” and noticed that the reporters had somehow failed to mention that the alleged victim had declined to be interviewed because she didn’t recall the incident. Whether dispositive or not, it seems like a noteworthy detail to skip in an excerpt accusing a Supreme Court justice of inappropriate sexual conduct.

We won’t even dwell on the fact that it was a liberal lawyer—one who happened to have been pitted against Kavanaugh during the Bill Clinton impeachment hearings—who opportunistically claims to have recalled this 35-year-old incident and reported it to the FBI. Jennifer Rubin and E.J. Dionne assure us he should be trusted.

In any event, the Times, caught in a blatantly unprofessional act, was forced to add an “editor’s note” that debunked the most newsworthy aspect of their own article. It was just another in an interminable series of “mistakes” by supposedly non-partisan journalists that happen to skew in the same exact partisan direction while creating the same useful perceptions.

Excited journalists were instead smitten by the professionalism and “principles” of The New York Times article. Headlines about “new allegations” were blasted across the media landscape even after the correction. The important thing to them is that journalists can keep framing Kavanaugh as a problematic justice and Democrats can keep using the word “illegitimate” to describe his seat.

Although Kavanaugh was nominated and confirmed in the same constitutionally sound manner that every Supreme Court justice in history had been nominated and confirmed, Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment. Sen. Kamala Harris, who not long ago put unsubstantiated gang rape charges against Kavanaugh in the congressional record, claims he underwent “a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice.”

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s “Chief Legal Analyst,” noted that “40 percent of the Republican appointees to the Supreme Court have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct.” This is the point of the whole enterprise, right? The implication, of course, is, “Why would any American respect the court’s rulings when it’s packed with sexual abusers?”

Now, I hate to break the news to Toobin, but notwithstanding the hagiography created by the cultural and political left, the notion that Anita Hill was a “credible” accuser is, to say the least, highly debatable. To this day, not a single person—and Clarence Thomas had scores of subordinates working for him during his years in government, before and after his confirmation—came forward to substantiate that the judge had ever acted in the ways Hill described.

On the other hand, 12 former female colleagues of both Thomas and Hill signed an affidavit supporting him. Not one person who worked with both came forward to vouch for Hill. And, as with Christine Blasey Ford, the FBI investigated Hill’s claims and couldn’t find any evidence to back her accusation. After the hearings, agents sent additional affidavits to the Senate accusing Hill of misleading the public by skipping important portions of her story and offering public testimony that contradicted what she had told law enforcement officials.

Yet, of course, in the liberal imagination Thomas is guilty, the same way Kavanaguh will be forever considered guilty, although none of Ford’s contentions have been corroborated or substantiated. Not a single person at the mysterious party where Kavanaugh supposedly forced himself on her have come forward. Not even her lifelong friend, Leland Keyser, who was pressured by friends and political forces to accuse Kavanaugh, remembers any such incident.

“It just didn’t make any sense,” Keyser told the New York Times reporters about Ford’s allegations. “I don’t have any confidence in the story,” she added.

Deborah Ramirez, another accuser, hadn’t even been able to recall supposedly swatting away Kavanaugh’s penis at college party until New Yorker reporters asked her about it—well, after “carefully assessing her memories” and landing on the correct answer. Now the Times reports that other third parties—Ramirez’s mother, for instance—remember hearing about the incident, as well.

I assume many more people will have miraculous recall as we move forward. What there won’t be are any consequences for journalistic malpractice. And Democrats, who have no interest in living with the constraints of the Constitution, probably see little downside in destroying trust in the courts even as they weaponize a serious issue for partisan gain.

via The Smearing Of Brett Kavanaugh Is An Attack On The Supreme Court — The Federalist

DUD: New York Times Forced To Add Correction To ‘Bombshell’ Kavanaugh Smear Article — The Gateway Pundit

Now it’s just getting embarrassing.

The New York Times has been pumping out fake news for years, but in the latest debacle, America’s “paper of record” took another major hit to its waning reputation.

The Times on Saturday ran a piece in which former Yale student and Kavanaugh classmate Max Stier claimed that in the 1980s, Kavanaugh had dropped his pants at a college party, prompting others there to grab Kavanaugh’s penis and push it into the hand of a female.

The story, though, omitted one major fact: Friends of the supposed alleged victim told the book authors that she doesn’t remember a thing about the alleged incident.

So The Times put out a correction.

“An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party,” The Times wrote in a correction Monday. “The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.”

The allegation came from  the yet-to-be-released book “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” by reporters Robin Pogebrin and Kate Kelly.

Within hours, Democrats, including Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, all running for president in 2020,  called for Kavanaugh to be impeached.

In another embarrassing episode, the newspaper’s opinion Twitter page tweeted on Saturday: “Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed she did not belong at Yale in the first place.”

Minutes later, the paper pulled the tweet, writing: “We have deleted an earlier tweet to this article that was poorly phrased.”

They later deleted even that tweet and posted another: “We deleted a previous tweet regarding this article. It was offensive, and we apologize.”

Pathetic.

via DUD: New York Times Forced To Add Correction To ‘Bombshell’ Kavanaugh Smear Article — The Gateway Pundit

2020 Democrats Push For Kavanaugh Impeachment Following New Unsubstantiated Allegations — The Federalist

Nearly every major 2020 Democratic candidate has called on the Supreme Court’s newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, to be impeached this week after the New York Times reported on fresh claims of previously unreported conduct, without any evidence to support the new allegations.

New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, out with a new book “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” attempt to re-litigate the Kavanaugh confirmation battle from last year with heightened focus a story that mirrors Deborah Ramirez’s account of when the two were classmates at Yale. The authors explore a new claim of harassment, of which the alleged victim and friends do not even recall the incident, and they admit in their new book that they found no evidence to support the claims made by Ramirez or Christine Blasey Ford.

BOMBSHELL: New York Times corrects Kavanaugh smear to note alleged victim does not recall any such incident. pic.twitter.com/yigeOyOCzo

— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 16, 2019

Democrats, however, are refusing to give up on ousting Kavanaugh, pushing for the justice’s impeachment after the New York Times’ report, in which the authors’ only evidence for the claims is their “gut reaction” that they are true. Every major candidate competing for the Democratic presidential nomination, except for the race’s front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden, has endorsed Kavanaugh’s impeachment in light of the report.

“Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached,” California Sen. Kamala Harris wrote on twitter.

I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice.

He must be impeached.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 15, 2019

“Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted.

“Yesterday, we learned of another accusation against Brett Kavanaugh—one we didn’t find out about before he was confirmed because the Senate forced the F.B.I. to rush its investigation to save his nomination. We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached,” former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke chimed in on Twitter.

Yesterday, we learned of another accusation against Brett Kavanaugh—one we didn’t find out about before he was confirmed because the Senate forced the F.B.I. to rush its investigation to save his nomination. We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.

— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 15, 2019

“The revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted.

The revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress. I support any appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold him accountable.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 15, 2019

“I strongly oppose him, based on his views on the executive power, which will continue to haunt our country, as well as how he behaved, including the allegations that we are hearing more about today,” Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said on ABC’s “This Week.” “My concern here is that the process was a sham. I don’t think you can look at impeachment hearings without getting the documents … and the attorney general is shielding documents.”

“This new allegation and additional corroborating evidence adds to a long list of reasons why Brett Kavanaugh should not be a Supreme Court justice,” Sen. Cory Booker wrote on Twitter. “I stand with survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin.”

This new allegation and additional corroborating evidence adds to a long list of reasons why Brett Kavanaugh should not be a Supreme Court justice. I stand with survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin. (2/2)

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 16, 2019

“It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached,” former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro tweeted.

It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.

And Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter. https://t.co/Yg1eh0CkNl

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) September 15, 2019

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg later called for impeachment as well, saying, “Kavanaugh should resign and if he doesn’t, the House should impeach him.”

Pete Buttigieg calls for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to resign or be impeached: “Kavanaugh should resign and if he doesn’t, the House should impeach him.”

Full statement: pic.twitter.com/eS8j8zLXtA

— Dan Merica (@merica) September 15, 2019

This story was updated Sept. 16, 2019, 1:11 p.m., to reflect that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg added his support for impeachment.

via 2020 Democrats Push For Kavanaugh Impeachment Following New Unsubstantiated Allegations — The Federalist

New York Times Reveals Source On Kavanaugh Allegations Was Reputable Nigerian Prince — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—Many people criticized the New York Times’ recent piece bringing to light new and recycled Brett Kavanaugh allegations, especially after the website issued a disclaimer admitting basically nobody remembered the alleged incident.

But the Times is standing by its story, going so far as to reveal its source: a reputable Nigerian prince who emailed the investigative reporters offering information in exchange for funds to be wired via MoneyGram.

“The Nigerian prince contacted us and said he had dirt on Kavanaugh, and who were we to question his story?” said Kate Kelly, one of the reporters who worked on the piece and new book on Kavanaugh. “Who  do we look like, Dick Tracy? If Nigerian royalty contacts you asking for a million dollars and promises you information on Kavanaugh, you have to act on that kind of lead.”

The Times reproduced the email the Nigerian prince sent them:

SUBJECT: I AM CONTACT YOU IN RESPECT OF FAMILY GOLD TREASURE FOR KAVANAH INFO

FROM: LEGITIMATENIGERIANPRINCEMAN

Dear sirs and/or madams,

My name is Bob Smith.I have very much need of reliable persons and it is my reason for contacting you today.I have a very big family treasure in the sum of $1,000,000 U.S. pounds and need this money extradited out of the country immediately.I hear you are in need of many information on Bret Kavanah the evil white devil judge.If you help me I am very willing to help you in return with money of a sizable nature.But first I require funds to come via wire and when wired money has come I will be able to leave my country and come to you with even more riches than your most wild imaginations can contain.Thank you for listening today but we will here from you soon.

HIS MAJESTY BOB SMITH

HIGHEST PRINCE OF NIGERIA AND COOL GUY

“As you can see,” Kelly continued, “this was pretty well-researched and the source was pretty darn reputable.”

via New York Times Reveals Source On Kavanaugh Allegations Was Reputable Nigerian Prince — The Babylon Bee