Daily Archives: September 17, 2019

September 17 God’s Undying Love

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:5–11

Key Verse: Hebrews 12:5

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him.”

Have you ever doubted God’s love for you? In times of crisis, we are often tempted to blame God, or to accuse Him of instigating our pain.

Oftentimes, believers feel that God is punishing them for a sin they may have committed. It is important to understand the difference between punishment and discipline. Punishment is God executing His judgment upon the wicked. Discipline is God’s correction of His children in order to protect them from further disobedience and harmful consequences.

You may wonder how God can discipline us and love us at the same time. The answer lies in Hebrews 12:5–6. Because God loves you, He wants to bless you with opportunities to grow in faith. As your faith increases, your trust in Him will increase, and your life will show the evidence of maturity.

If you feel that you are experiencing a period of discipline from God, do not resist it. God wants to use you in a mighty way. First, He must file away the rough spots in your life. Trust Him and be assured of His undying love as He shapes you into a beautiful vessel that He can use.

Father, I fear discipline, yet I know I cannot become who You want me to be without it. I give You my heart. I trust You to govern it as only a loving parent would.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 272). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 17 Your Time

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15–17

Key Verse: Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Time is life and how you spend it. It is the sum of your accomplishments and memories. Are you satisfied with your time management, or do you feel as if your schedule for the day, the week, the month is already filled with obligations of a career or commitments to others?

You can change. You can manage time without its managing you. Like Moses, you can ask God to teach you to number your days, that you may present to Him a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:12).

Begin with setting goals and priorities. What are your gifts and talents? What has God called you to do with them? How can you take small steps to reach them? This winnows out the insignificant and forms a mental picture of the essentials.

If necessary, find a space of a day or so to think soberly about where you have been and where you want to go. Pray, read, ponder, and write down what God impresses on your heart. Commit yourself to spend time daily with God. Doing that in itself may seem burdensome at first if your schedule is harried. However, you will find the time as God grants insight and prudence for your varied agenda.

Getting the big picture helps connect the daily dots of appointments, meetings, interruptions, and assorted duties. Time will become your ally, not your enemy.

O God, teach me to number my days. Help me manage time wisely. Let it become my ally instead of my enemy.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 272). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 17 Burden Bearing

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1–5

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 1:5

As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

When you see someone struggling with large packages, what is your first thought? Of course, you have the natural urge to give him a hand. You wouldn’t just stand there empty-handed and watch him flounder around and drop things.

What happens, though, when you know someone who is hurting emotionally or struggling under a burden that isn’t tangible? That’s much more difficult to assess. You wonder whether the person even wants your help or whether it would be right for you to get involved.

The essence of burden bearing is not problem solving. You don’t have to fix things for the other person; you simply need to come alongside him and show you care. That’s true encouragement. In fact, the person may be more open to your words if he knows you are approaching him in love instead of correction.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Cor. 1:3–4).

When you see someone hurting, don’t be afraid to offer comfort and compassion. The Lord will show you what to do from there.

Lord, help me reach out to others today to demonstrate comfort and compassion. Make me Your hands extended to a lost and hurting world.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 272). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

God Says it…That Settles it? — Gentle Reformation

I’m sure many of us can recall the couple-decade old bumper stickers which read, “God says it, I believe it, that settles it”. Or perhaps fewer of us still remember the gospel recordings of 40+ years ago of Christian performers singing some variation of the same slogan. While bumper-sticker theology and cheesy Christian music of yesteryear isn’t exactly the highest hanging fruit on the theological tree, unfortunately the typical response to this Christian catchphrase still makes the rounds in reformed and evangelical churches today. When the, “God says it, I believe it, that settles it” cliché is trotted out in our churches, we typically hear the just as tired rebuttal of: “God says it…that settles it! Whether I believe it or not doesn’t change the fact”. Case closed, right? Bumper sticker theology soundly silenced with slightly longer bumper sticker theology. (Maybe we just need to reduce the font size so it’ll all fit?)

Now truth be told, I must admit that I too am guilty of using the very same reductionistic argument in an adult church-school class or two in the past—and ashamedly, I believe it may have even made it into a sermon at one point! But can’t we do better? Doesn’t the Bible speak with greater precision, beauty, and delight than mere duty? Is there more to be said than “God said it, and that settles it?”

Duty
Surely the scriptures speak with an authoritative voice, and that speaking is definitive. After all, Jesus tells a parable to his disciples in Luke 17 which is about a servant who is required to do all that the master commands, concluding with the statement, “So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’” (Luke 17:10). Additionally, Jesus summarizes our love for him as an obedient love when he says, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). And if we can rightly be referred to as God’s slaves (Romans 6:22), will be welcomed into his glorious rest as faithful servants (Matt. 25:23), and are called upon to obey “because it is right” (Eph. 6:1, 2 Thes. 1:3), then surely there is a place for appealing to mere duty. But what I am advocating for in this post, and what the scriptures certainly advocate for throughout their pages, is a more robust rationale for our obedience than bare command.

Motive
God regularly calls us to be selflessly-oriented and others-focused. While this too could be folded into obedience (Jesus’ words in Matt 22:39 about the greatest commandment come to mind: “And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself”), it instead grounds our obedience in something more than compulsion. God calls us again and again to examine our motive, ensuring we are seeking to glorify him and serve others – he is providing for us a “more excellent way” than duty: love (cf. 1 Cor 12:31). Love for our God, and love for our brothers and sisters. We are called to obey, but with a greater intention in mind than simply doing as we “ought” to do.

Outcome
Not only has God provided us with a purpose for our obedience to him, he has also supplied an end or a goal of that obedience. A life lived according to God’s revealed will is regularly described as producing good fruit – fruit such as a harvest of “righteousness and peace” (e.g. Hebrews 12:11 and James 3:18). The obedient life has a telos, an end; and that end is a good and glorious one!

Character
Do we find ourselves obeying because we must; like the compelled and constrained child strapped into his carseat but who is still proverbially “standing on the inside”? Or do we seek to obey our God because we know what kind of person we want to be? Conforming our lives to the pattern of God’s law produces an upright character, against which their is no law (see Psalm 119:7, cf. the fruit of the Spirit, particularly Gal. 5:23). The desire to be found after the pattern of his character is far more glorious than simply “doing what we’re told”.

Design
Finally, God has not commanded us to obey as a tyrant, seeking for his followers to obey his arbitrary will. Not only is his law a reflection of his character he calls us to imitate (1 Peter 1:16), but he has provided what a life designed as blessed looks like. The abundant life (John 10:10) is the life lived in willing and glad subjection to God’s truth.

A Robust Ethic
The ethic offered in the Scriptures by our all-wise Lord is far more nuanced than, “Because I said so!” (even if at times insolence needs to be silenced; see Romans 9:20). While it is true that he speaks as Lord in his word, and not as one merely holding out to us just one of many possible opinions; he does so in a way that is beautifully attractive and robust. He calls us to obey, as one who delights in doing the will of our Father; because it is right; because it brings blessing to others; because it produces the good fruit of peace; because it conforms us to Christ-like character; and because it is the life well-lived. God calls us to obey, but unlike stressed-out parents in a moment of weakness, he does not snap at us with the simple retort: “because I said so…and that settles it!”

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Saudi Arabia and Iran Careen toward Conflict | Frantzman at Jerusalem Post

by Seth Frantzman
The Jerusalem Post
September 15, 2019

https://www.meforum.org/59357/saudi-iran-careen-toward-potential-conflict

Originally published under the title “Saudi-Iran Careen toward Potential Conflict.”

Less than 24 hours after a major attack by at least 10 drones or cruise missiles on key Saudi oil facilities, the rhetoric in the Middle East is heating up, and the region appears to be on the brink of conflict.

After US President Donald Trump spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was “no evidence” the large attack came from Yemen.

This now means that Saudi Arabia, which is investigating how the attack happened, is positioned to defend itself, but must choose wisely how.

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Seth Frantzman, a writing fellow at the Middle East Forum, is the author of After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East (2019), the op-ed editor of The Jerusalem Post, and a founder of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis.

Snowden book ‘violates CIA & NSA non-disclosure agreements’ – US lawsuit | RT USA News

The US government has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, alleging that his newly-published memoir ‘Permanent Record’ violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA.

The civil lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, claims that Snowden violated these agreements by not sending a draft of the book to the spy agencies for review – and presumably redaction – before publication. It also alleges that the whistleblower’s public speeches on “intelligence-related matters” violated the agreements.

Rather than pull the book from the shelves, the government wants to pocket all the earnings from its sale.

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“Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit,” said Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him.”

The CIA and NSA subcontractor shot to prominence in 2013, when he leaked classified documents revealing massive domestic and global spying programs by the NSA and its ‘Five Eyes’ allies.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia, where he has been repeatedly granted short term asylum, on the condition that he avoid carrying out any activities against US interests.

The US charged him under the antiquated Espionage Act, and if convicted, Snowden could face 30 years in prison. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the whistleblower-in-exile said that he would return to the US, but only if he believed he would receive a fair trial.

“I’m not asking for a parade. I’m not asking for a pardon,” he told CBS News. “What I’m asking for is a fair trial. And this is the bottom line that any American should require.”

Snowden insists that he never took an oath of secrecy, but an oath to defend the Constitution “from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Precluding a return to the US, Snowden has applied for asylum in France. The request found favor with the country’s Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet, who said over the weekend that France should stick “to our strong principles on immigration,” meaning that “we must accept asylum seekers.” French President Emmanuel Macron’s office later disavowed her remarks, however.

Source: Snowden book ‘violates CIA & NSA non-disclosure agreements’ – US lawsuit

If You Want to Understand the Constitution, Read Your Bible — Pulpit

[The Philadelphia Inquirer] As Constitution Day draws near, it’s worth remembering not only our founding charter, but also an often-overlooked source of its ideas.

The Bible.

Yes, the United States was founded during an age of Enlightenment when rationalism was, for some elites, in the ascendency and revelation was relegated to the sidelines. And yes, the founders drew inspiration from multiple sources, including British constitutionalism, Enlightenment liberalism, and classical and civic republicanism.

Yet, the Bible remained the most accessible and authoritative text in 18th-century America, and no work was referenced more frequently than the Bible in the political deliberations that led to independence and produced new national and state governments.

If we miss or dismiss the Bible’s contributions to the American constitutional tradition, we distort our understanding of the nation’s bold experiment in republican self-government and liberty under law.

Not all founders revered the Bible as divine revelation, but even the skeptics among them considered it useful in framing new constitutional republicans. Notwithstanding their diverse backgrounds and personal religious beliefs, the founders valued the Bible for its insights into human nature, civic virtue, social order, political authority, the rights and duties of citizens, and other concepts essential to framing a new political society.

There was, in particular, a consensus that the Bible was essential for nurturing the civic virtues that give citizens the capacity for self-government in a republic. For this reason, both John Adams and John Dickinson called the Bible “the most republican book in the world.”

Some founders also saw in Scripture political and legal models they believed enjoyed divine favor and were worthy of emulation.

The U.S. Constitution reflects a political vision informed, in part, by the Bible and contains features familiar to a Bible-reading people. Although it is difficult to establish definitively that constitutional provisions were derived from specific biblical passages, the lineage of selected constitutional principles can be traced back to biblical concepts that had previously found expression in western legal tradition, especially in the English common law, as well as in colonial laws and customs.

The Constitution’s basic design, defined by the separation of powers and checks and balances, reflected an awareness of original sin and the necessity to guard against the concentration or abuse of government powers vested in fallen human actors. This biblical anthropology was expressed in the Constitutional Convention, when James Madison said, “The truth was that all men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”

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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Daniel Dreisbach and was first published at the Philadelphia Inquirer]

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September 17, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

27. My tabernacle … with them—as foretold (Ge 9:27); Jn 1:14, “The Word … dwelt among us” (literally, “tabernacled”); first, in humiliation; hereafter, in manifested glory (Rev 21:3).[1]


The Source of Israel’s Renaissance (37:26–27)

Now the attention returns to Yahweh, the source of Israel’s renewal, who hereby promises to make a new (renewed) covenant with Israel. The declaration modifies the standard formula for covenant making with two significant if familiar qualifiers. The first, covenant of peace (bĕrît šālôm), derives from 34:25–31, where Ezekiel had expounded on the gloriously harmonious relations it effects among all parties in the deity-nation-land association. The second, eternal covenant (bĕrît ʿôlām), stems from Lev. 26:4. This expression, which is found in other prophets as well, speaks of both the chronological durability of Yahweh’s commitment and its inviolability. The latter places the “covenant of peace” into the same category as other eternal covenants: Noachian (Gen. 9:12), Abrahamic (Gen. 17:7), Mosaic (Exod. 31:16; Lev. 24:8), Davidic. Does Ezekiel envision a new covenant, or the renewal of one of these? If the latter is correct, which of these covenants is restored? Ezekiel provides his own clues to the answer.

First, the content of the covenant is defined by the familiar covenant formula, “I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Second, as a corollary to the covenant Yahweh will give to them [the land of Israel] (ûnĕtattîm). Without an adverbial modifier ûnĕtattîm appears to be a truncated form of the land-grant formula, forms of which appear in connection with the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants. Significantly, in three of the four occurrences of the covenant formula in Ezekiel it is accompanied by Yahweh’s promise to restore the nation-land tie.124 Third, Yahweh will multiply the nation, an expression that alludes to the promise to Abraham to multiply his descendants as the stars of the sky, the grains of sand on the seashore, and the dust of the earth. Fourth, Yahweh will establish his own residence in the midst of the nation. That this statement represents the climax of Ezekiel’s vision of Israel’s great new day is evident from: (1) the semipoetic parallelistic construction; (2) the assurance of the promise’s durability and irrevocability with the key word ʿôlām; (3) the repetition of the theme in the expanded recognition formula in v. 28; (4) the later resumption of this subject with the most detailed discussion in the entire book (chs. 40–48). Fifth, in a previous reference to the “everlasting covenant” (16:60–63), Yahweh had spoken of “remembering” (zākar) his covenant made with his people in their youth; this reference suggests a preexistent entity. Sixth, Ezekiel’s vision of the restoration is always presented in terms of past realities and past experiences. The original exodus from Egypt provides the paradigm for the new exodus from among the nations.

The terms of the covenant made at Sinai thus provide the background not only for Israel’s judgment but also for the hope of restoration. Built into the original Mosaic covenant was the prospect that Yahweh would not forever reject his people. Indeed, the present complex of promises bears a striking resemblance to Lev. 26:1–13, a text that has figured often in Ezekiel’s oracles. Here the prophet also anticipates nothing less than the fulfillment of Deut. 4:30. From the context of dispersion among the nations, the Israelites will learn that Yahweh, their God, is a compassionate God. He will neither fail them nor destroy them utterly. The basis of the nation’s eternal hope is Yahweh’s eternal, immutable covenant with the ancestors.

Yahweh’s residence is identified by two expressions, which reflect opposite dimensions of the divine character. miqdāš, Ezekiel’s favorite designation for the sanctuary (5:11; 8:6; 9:6), from qdš, “to be holy,” highlights the holiness of the residence and reflects the transcendent nature of the one who dwells within. miškān, residence, from šākan, “to reside, dwell,” occurs only here in the book with reference to the house of God (cf. 25:4, used of human dwellings). This expression reflects the immanence, the condescending presence, of God. In Exodus it is often associated with the ʾōhel môʿēd, “tent of appointments,” which symbolized Yahweh’s desire for regular contact with his people. Ezekiel’s combination of nouns and prepositions is paradoxical. The sanctuary is in their midst, among (bĕtôk) the people; the residence or dwelling place is over (ʿal) them. The latter may have been influenced by the image of the kābôd of Yahweh, which resided over (šākan ʿal) the tent of meeting (Exod. 40:35). Like the promise of land, so the promise of the divine presence among his people is often associated with the ancient covenant formula (cf. Exod. 29:45–46). Ezekiel’s statement expresses Yahweh’s definitive rejection of any threat ever to abandon his people again, as he had in 586 B.C., and as was so graphically portrayed in the temple vision of chs. 8–11.[2]


37:27–28 My dwelling place shall be with them. The oracle’s conclusion emphasizes the centrality of God’s presence to the renewed people, the greatest of all blessings by far. The “dwelling place” (Hb. mishkan) recalls the wilderness tabernacle. The sanctuary (Hb. miqdash; see v. 26) points rather to the temple, in particular the renewed temple, which will occupy Ezekiel’s attention in ch. 44.[3]


Vers. 26, 27.—With the people thus gathered (ver. 21), united (ver. 22), purified (ver. 23), and established under the rule of Messiah (ver. 25), Jehovah makes a covenant of peace (see on ch. 34:25; and comp. Ps. 89:3), further characterized as an everlasting covenant; or, covenant of eternity (see on ch. 16:60; and comp. Gen. 17:7; Isa. 55:3; Jer. 32:40); which guarantees the continuance between him and them of undying friendship, conjoined with the bestowment on his part and the enjoyment on theirs of the highest social and religious blessings. First, national existence and secure possession of the soil. I will place (literally, give) them, either to their land, as in ch. 17:22 (Smend), or to be a nation (Keil), or perhaps both (Kliefoth). Next, steady increase of population—I will multiply them (comp. ch. 36:37; Lev. 26:9). Thirdly, perpetual residence of Jehovah amongst them, I will set (or, give) my sanctuary (mikdashi, conveying the idea of sanctity) in the midst of them for evermore (comp. Lev. 26:11); my tabernacle (mishkani, the idea being that of residence or dwelling) also shall be with them; or, over them—the figure being derived from the elevated site of the temple, which overhung the city (Ps. 69:29), and intended to suggest the idea of Jehovah’s protecting grace. That this promise was in part implemented by the erection of the second temple in the days of Zerubbabel may be conceded, and also that Ezekiel himself may have looked forward to a literal restoration of the sanctuary; but its highest realization must be sought for, first in the Incarnation (John 1:14), next in God’s inhabitation of the Church through the Spirit (2 Cor. 6:16), and finally in his tabernacling with redeemed men in the heavenly Jerusalem (Rev. 21:3, 22). The last blessing specified is the intimate communion of God with his people, and of them with him—Yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. This, which formed the kernel of the old covenant with Israel (Lev. 26:12), became the essence of the new covenant with the Israel of the restoration (ch. 11:20; 36:28; Jer. 30:22; 31:33; 32:38; 8:8; 13:9), but only attained to complete realization in the relation of Christian believers to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 6:16).[4]


[1] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 611). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[2] Block, D. I. (1997–). The Book of Ezekiel, Chapters 25–48 (pp. 419–421). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1560). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Ezekiel (Vol. 2, p. 268). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

Court Rules that Christians Don’t Have to Provide Slave Labor to Homosexuals — Pulpit

Making someone provide a service or labor to those who they don’t want to work for is called slavery. It’s a bad thing. Realizing that in a “free country” you aren’t obligated to work for anyone who demands it, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that Christian artists can’t be forced to make homosexual wedding invitations against their conscience.

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CNN Proposes You Keep Your ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Yourself | Breitbart News

Many atheists and agnostics have a negative reaction to prayers said for them, CNN reported Monday, so Christians should probably keep them to themselves to avoid offending others.

Source: CNN Proposes You Keep Your ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Yourself

China makes churches replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping quotes: ‘This is what the devil has always done’ | The Christian Post

Churches across China’s central province of Henan have been forced to replace the Ten Commandments with President Xi Jinping’s quotes amid pressure from the government, a human rights magazine has revealed.

Source: China makes churches replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping quotes: ‘This is what the devil has always done’

New York Times forced to correct smear of Justice Brett Kavanaugh

WINTERY KNIGHT

Why do people think that CNN are biased leftist clowns? Why do people think that the mainstream news media is biased?

It’s very troubling to me that people in my office who are on the left still think that mainstream news organizations and “fact checkers” are unbiased and reliable. When the mainstream news media or “fact checkers” are caught in a mistake, my co-workers never seem to become aware of it. They live in a bubble, consuming “news” that confirms what they already want to believe about the world.

Here’s an example where the New York Times printed smears against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and then had to issue a correction.

The Daily Wire reports:

The New York Times was forced to correct a smear article on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after it was revealed that they excluded exculpatory evidence from their report.

“An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not…

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Ronnie Floyd Urges Southern Baptist Churches to Focus on Prayer and Evangelism — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

“God has blessed us greatly,” said Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, during his inauguration service on Monday (Sept. 16) at First Baptist Church, Nashville. “We must rise up.” Photo by Morris Abernathy

At more than 47,000 churches strong, Southern Baptists can have a massive spiritual footprint — they just have to harness the power of prayer and their resources for the sake of the Gospel, Ronnie Floyd said.

“God has blessed us greatly,” said the new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “We must rise up.”

Floyd sounded that clarion call Monday (Sept. 16) at the end of his inauguration service. He told the crowd of several hundred Southern Baptist leaders gathered at First Baptist Church, Nashville, that prayer, unity and a hyper-focus on missions were necessary to finish the task.

“I believe God wants me to call upon and to help mobilize a convention of churches and millions of Christians who have massive resources to do one thing — we must reach every person for Jesus in every town, in every city, in every nation and every country across this world,” Floyd said.

Earlier that evening, Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla., had told the crowd that in the days leading up to the service, he had called some pastors back in his small hometown in Alabama and asked what they would want from a new SBC leader.

“I heard one word over and over — unity. Unify us,” Traylor said.

Floyd said he is calling the SBC to exactly that — to show “this crazy world” a people of God who are overflowing with love, not given to online attacks and dissension. That kind of love plus prayer and a sacrificial use of resources is how the task will be completed, he said.

He asked Southern Baptists to “leverage your life and resources for this mission.”

“I am humbly calling every pastor to prioritize, elevate and accelerate their giving through our Cooperative Program, which is the financial fuel for all we do,” Floyd said. “We can do more together than we could ever do alone.”

During the inauguration service, pastors and leaders from every level of Southern Baptist life prayed for Floyd and challenged him to lead the convention into gospel unity. Several speakers, including his son, Nick, acknowledged Floyd’s “epic wake-up times,” or how he customarily gets up at 3 a.m. to pray. Nick took over the role as senior pastor of Cross Church of northwest Arkansas, where his father previously served for nearly 33 years.

“I’m thankful I heard my dad preach a sermon on Sunday and then live it Monday through Saturday,” he said.

Johnny Hunt, senior vice president of evangelism and leadership for the North American Mission Board, said it’s Floyd’s decades-long habit of meeting with God that inspires Southern Baptists to trust him as a “man of consecration” in addition to being a man with strong giftings in both administration and vision.

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College Professors Openly Discriminate Against Conservatives — David Fiorazo

For decades now, conservative speech has been suppressed on most college campuses across America. Whether its political correctness, intimidation by college professors, liberal peer pressure, or students self-censoring out of fear, today’s universities are not exactly bastions of free thought and the respectful exchange of ideas they once were.

Some parents barely recognize their kids after a semester or two of college. They come home supporting socialism, the LGBTQ agenda, climate change, and blaming America for most of the world’s problems.

But is it their fault? A new poll reveals that due to fear of backlash for their conservative views, a majority of Republican college students simply don’t share their political views in class – and sometimes not even on campus!

In today’s caustic, anti-Christian, progressive university environment, students can be mocked, intimidated, or coerced into adopting an ideology that goes against core conservative principles.

According to the College Fix,

“Even students who identify as Republican-leaning independents indicated they’ve kept quiet: 70 percent reported they have withheld their political views to protect their grades.”

Unfortunate, but understandable.

It is well-known that liberal professors outnumber conservatives by at least a 10:1 ratio, which means reading assignments, for example, are rarely from conservative or libertarian authors and sources. Faculty and administrators overwhelmingly donate to the Democrat party.

That’s not exactly a newsflash. For those who still may be unconvinced:

  • A Clemson University professor declared in a Facebook post that ‘all Republicans’ are ‘racist’ and ‘scum.’
  • Middlebury College administrators actually apologized to students who were upset that a conservative speaker had been invited to campus. They pledged to not make that same mistake in the future.
  • A journalism instructor at Mississippi State University compared a conservative student group to the KKK.
  • A University of Michigan department chairwoman published an article titled ‘It’s Okay To Hate Republicans.’”
  • A Kansas State professor kicked two students wearing MAGA hats out of class the day after Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

We could go on and on. Here’s an example from the comment section under a College Pulse survey:

In a sociology class at Arizona State, the professor asked if students would give a child hormone blockers if the child believed they were transgender.

One [student] said he would rather teach his daughter to love her body the way it is than change it. She [sat] straight up said, “So you would be a bad parent then? What was your name again?” Then she went to type something on her computer. Not a good day for him.

Finally – or we’d be here all day – during a recent freshman orientation, we’re told about some parents who were uncomfortable as campus speakers got up and introduced themselves by their names, titles, and also by the pronouns that they preferred to be called. And you dare not disagree!

One alarming poll shows that almost half of college students favor controlling speech on campus in order to promote a more inclusive, tolerant, and welcoming environment.

Friends, this is going on, like it or not.

One problem in all this is the lack of awareness. Too many parents of high school students have no idea it’s this bad. Others are rightfully concerned. Their kids could end up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debt and rather than receive a proper education, it’s progressive all the way.

In fact, the education system in America is in large part responsible for the progressive direction of government, just as Abraham Lincoln once stated:

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

Politics and government are downstream from culture, and we can clearly see the consequences of ideologically driven academia over the last fifty years.

The death of critical thinking, intolerance of the Christian worldview, and the lack of true diversity at most universities is the new normal, a nation-wide problem with no end in sight. Parents be warned.

via College Professors Openly Discriminate Against Conservatives — David Fiorazo

RenewAmerica Newsletter for September 17, 2019

September 16, 2019
And why banning “assault rifles” won’t save even one life
SELWYN DUKE — How did AR-15s become the plastic straws of the gun world? It’s simple: Demagogues need scapegoats. Yet just as banning plastic straws won’t make a dent in the ocean-polluting plastics problem, banning “assault rifles” (which aren’t) won’t save even one life…. (more)

September 16, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has “broken the Democratic Party” by delivering on GOP policies, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday. In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Cruz said “results matter.” “I think Donald Trump has broken the Democratic Party,” he said. “They are defined now just by hating him. They ought to be the party of jobs. They used to be a party focused on jobs. They’re not anymore… Results matter. We’ve delivered on policy. Cruz also responded to a New York Times report on fresh revelations about the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior as a student at Yale University in the 1980s…. (more)


September 16, 2019
CNBC — 2020 presidential contenders including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke on Sunday called for the impeachment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh after an article in The New York Times surfaced a previously unreported allegation of sexual misconduct against the justice when he was a undergraduate at Yale University…. (more)

September 16, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro called out the elephant in the room when he questioned whether Joseph R. Biden was mentally fit to be president, pulling back the curtain on a debate that has been raging inside the Democratic Party since the former vice president entered the race…. (more)

September 16, 2019
The sound of one hand clapping
ROBERT KNIGHT — If you weren’t looking closely, you might not have noticed that Republicans won two North Carolina congressional races last Tuesday, not just one. The media featured the 9th District race in which Dan Bishop defeated Dan McCready by 50.7 percent to 48.7 percent. They ignored the 3rd District, where state Rep. Greg Murphy swamped Democrat Allen Thomas with nearly 60 percent of the vote to fill the seat of the late Rep. Walter Jones, who died in February…. (more)

September 16, 2019
New Mexico called ripe target because president has a “good story to tell” about job creation there
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump 2020 campaign noticed something interesting while crunching data from its February rally in El Paso: A significant percentage of the crowd crossed into Texas from Las Cruces, New Mexico, including plenty of women and Hispanics, who will be pivotal to the president’s reelection prospects…. (more)

September 16, 2019
NEWSMAX — More than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion clinic doctor who died last week, authorities said. The Will County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release late Friday that an attorney for Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s family contacted the coroner’s office Thursday about possible fetal remains being found at the home in an unincorporated part of Will County in northeastern Illinois…. (more)

September 16, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — A prosecutor in California’s criminal case against two undercover journalists whose 2015 videos revealed abortion executives discussing their scheme to profit from baby body parts is “ignorant” of the law, contend defense lawyers. California alleges David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of Center for Medical Progress, defended by Liberty Counsel, violated state privacy laws by secretly recording executives in public places such as conventions and restaurants…. (more)

September 16, 2019
FOX 11 LA — An emotional meeting was held Tuesday night in Oak Park where parents were fired up about the school district’s new curriculum that teaches elementary school kids about transgender issues. The district says the curriculum is meant to discourage bullying against transgender children, but some parents are outraged…. (more)

September 15, 2019
NEWSMAX — The Dixon, Chicago, home where President Ronald Reagan grew up is at risk of closing down as a tourist destination due to financial constraints, The Chicago Tribune reports. The white, two-story house is running at a loss of more than $80,000 per year and only attracts between 5,000 and 6,000 visitors compared to 1994, when the home attracted about 20,000 visitors…. (more)

September 15, 2019
Quote from New Testament calls same-sex relationships ‘shameful’
WORLDNETDAILY — Police are investigating a lawmaker in Finland for posting Bible verses on Facebook. Päivi Räsänen, a member of parliament, was expressing criticism of the national church’s support for the LGBT agenda when she posted Romans 1:24-27…. (more)


September 15, 2019
MUST SEE: Role of Obama, Dem power-brokers, and liberal media in creating ‘fake news’ hysteria aimed at discreditingTrump
YOUTUBE — Hillsdale College’s National Leadership Seminar on “What is American Greatness” with Sharyl Attkisson, investigative reporter, on “Is Fake News a Myth?”… (more)

September 14, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — At the Democratic-primary debate in Houston last night, Beto O’Rourke formally killed off one of the gun-control movement’s favorite taunts: The famous “Nobody is coming for your guns, wingnut.” Asked bluntly whether he was proposing confiscation, O’Rourke abandoned the disingenuous euphemisms that have hitherto marked his descent into extremism, and confirmed as plainly as can be that he was. “Hell yes,” he said, “we’re going to take your AR-15.”… (more)

September 13, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — Texas senator Ted Cruz took aim at fact-checking website PolitiFact on Friday, criticizing the site for having previously claimed that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke does not plan to “take our guns” after O’Rourke explicitly suggested otherwise at Thursday night’s Democratic debate…. (more)

September 13, 2019
LLOYD MARCUS — Hello, America. The recording session for my Trump Train 2020 song could not have gone better. If you remember, my music producer is based in Baltimore. I asked him to gather singers to form a choir for the recording of the song. He reported back to me that all the singers he knows do not support Trump or are passionately against him. This prompted me to launch a clarion call for pro-America / pro-Trump singers. The response was tremendous…. (more)

September 13, 2019
CURTIS DAHLGREN — (Quoted by the Britannica from Grant Showerman’s ‘The Great Mother of Gods’ [Bulletin of the University of WISCONSIN, No. 43, Madison, 1901].) Here are some more pithy excerpts from the Britannica: “During the brief revival of paganism under [Caesar] Eugenius in A.D. 394, occurred the last appearance of the cult in history [the last open one at least]……. (more)

September 13, 2019
FOX NEWS — There were two special elections in the state of North Carolina on Tuesday night. Both of them were billed as close races. In the end, Republicans won both of them, and they won handily. In the more competitive race in the Ninth District, Republican Dan Bishop finished substantially better than the last Republican who ran during the midterms just 10 months ago…. (more)

September 12, 2019
Injunctions had blocked Trump’s ban on asylum for anyone trying to enter U.S. by traveling through a third country without seeking protection there
FOX NEWS — In a major win for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court issued an order late Wednesday ending all injunctions that had blocked the White House’s ban on asylum for anyone trying to enter the U.S. by traveling through a third country, such as Mexico, without seeking protection there…. (more)


September 12, 2019
Immigrants can be arrested at any time for possible deportation after they have served time for other crimes
WORLDNETDAILY — The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the Trump administration, affirming in a 5-4 decision that federal authorities can arrest immigrants at any time for possible deportation after they have served time for other crimes…. (more)

September 12, 2019
NEWSMAX — The average voter identifies closer with President Donald Trump on ideologies than former Vice President Joe Biden and all other Democratic presidential contenders, according to a poll conducted by the University of South California and the LA Times, reports the Daily Caller…. (more)

September 12, 2019
PJ MEDIA — On Thursday before the third Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Texas, the Trump campaign is flying a banner warning that socialism will destroy Houston’s economy. The ad is being flown from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time. The debate begins at 7 p.m. Central…. (more)

September 12, 2019
FOX NEWS — U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official and current CNN contributor. McCabe – – the former deputy and acting director of the FBI – – appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation…. (more)


September 12, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — The U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s 150th judicial nominee Wednesday, helping to fulfill the president’s campaign promise to remake the federal bench with a conservative bent. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham called the number of confirmations a “historic milestone.” “These conservative judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come,” the South Carolina Republican said…. (more)


September 11, 2019
YOUTUBE — On September 6, 2019, Liberty University welcomed the Honorable George & Candace Farmer to Convocation… (more)

September 17, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Monday that it looked like Iran was
responsible for attacks over the weekend on Saudi Arabian oil plants, but
he was in no rush to respond and was still trying to find out who was
behind the strikes.

President Trump said the U.S. would help its allies despite U.S. energy
independence, after Washington blamed Iran for an attack on Saudi Arabia
that has closed 5% of global crude output.

President Trump vowed at a rally in New Mexico on Monday to win the
longtime Democratic stronghold state in the November 2020 U.S. election.

Members of the U.S. Congress blasted Iran after the attack on Saudi Arabian
oil facilities, but expressed wariness about U.S. military action,
especially before they have a clearer picture of who was behind it.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week allowed a Trump administration rule to
temporarily take effect that will radically reduce the number of migrants
eligible to seek U.S. asylum. Judges and asylum officers are now being
directed to implement it.

Saudi Arabia’s oil output will be fully back online quicker than initially
thought following weekend attacks on production facilities, two sources
briefed on the latest developments told Reuters on Tuesday.

Taliban suicide bombers killed 48 people in two separate attacks in
Afghanistan on Tuesday, the deadliest taking place near an election rally
by President Ashraf Ghani, though he was unhurt.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for a return to an
international deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activities as the only way to
defuse tensions in the Middle East.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday criticized Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement last week that he intended to
annex the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank, saying it hurt efforts
to negotiate a peace deal.

Malta refused on Tuesday to accept 90 migrants rescued by an Italian Coast
Guard vessel in its search and rescue zone, setting up a potential standoff
with the new Italian government.

With 49 people killed last year after being shocked by Tasers, police
departments across the United States are trying out a “Spider-Man”-like
device that fires a tether that entangles and restrains the suspect.

AP Top Stories

New York City public schools will allow 1.1 million students to skip
classes Friday in order to attend the planned “climate strike” ahead of the
United Nations Climate Action Summit.

Iran has charged three detained Australians with spying, a judiciary
spokesman said, after the reported arrest of a travel-blogging couple and
an academic.

A Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture
vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to
fill thousands of cartridges to sell.

Streamlining multiple targeting sensors to destroy long-range targets,
arming forward- positioned robots to penetrate enemy defenses and receiving
organized weather-specific terrain mapping from nearby drones – are all
emerging combat dynamics increasingly made possible by AI-enabled weapons
and technologies. New applications of AI are consolidating data from
otherwise disparate sensor systems, analyzing seemingly limitless amounts
of targeting data in seconds and instantly sifting through hours of drone
video to massively improve attack options and shorten “sensor-to-shooter”
time.

SpaceX is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission for
changes in the spacing of its Starlink broadband satellites, in order to
extend internet services to a wider swath of the United States on a faster
timetable.

Two Arizona artists who refused to create invitations to same-sex weddings
due to their Christian beliefs were within their legal rights, the US
state’s top court ruled Monday.

Qatar announced Monday it will grant residency to foreign investors for the
first time, state media reported, the latest in a series of measures
designed to diversify the economy.

California added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday,
banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state’s refusal to cover
gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.

The leader of the Islamic State group released a new alleged audio
recording Monday calling on members of the extremist group to do all they
can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps.

BBC

Two separate suicide attacks in Afghanistan have killed at least 48 people
and injured dozens others.

As Australia increasingly debates China’s influence on its society, a new
MP is facing damaging questions over her past links to Beijing-associated
groups. Others, however, dismiss the controversy as “xenophobic paranoia”.

French police have begun an operation to evacuate a gymnasium and a tent
camp near the northern port of Dunkirk amid an increase in migrants trying
to cross the Channel.

WND

Two young Americans, Victor and Cynthia Liu, are “trapped” in China,
increasingly desperate and despondent because Chinese authorities have
blocked them from leaving for more than a year.

The world’s ozone layer is on track to be completely healed by the 2060s,
according to modelling by the UN’s environmental agency (UNEP).

A new public swimming pool in Montreal, Canada will have just one “gender
neutral” changing room, eliminating male and female designated facilities.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Congress shall make no law … prohibiting … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” —First Amendment

Warren’s Corrupt ‘Anti-Corruption’ Plan

Are lobbyists corrupt? Sure, but so are the politicians taking the money and writing the rules.


Desperate Dems Still Pushing Impeachment Charade

Nadler plays semantic games over whether he has initiated an impeachment investigation.


Big Law Forces Big Pharma Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma struggles under the weight of massive settlements with several states.


Constitution Day

Celebrate the enduring legacy of Liberty enshrined in our nation’s Constitution.


17-Year-Old Activist Is ‘Left’s Youngest Nightmare’

The way you advance in this world … is by putting in the work, grinding real hard.”


Video: Beto Calls for Gun Confiscation

Will Americans really “voluntarily surrender” their semiautomatic rifles? Nope.


Video: Goodbye, America

How is America to be defined? By its failures or its triumphs? Either way, it shapes our future.



Today’s Opinion

William Federer
Constitution Day: ‘A Republic, if You Can Keep It’
Rich Lowry
The Anti-Kavanaugh Campaign Could Be Just Beginning
Tony Perkins
In NYC, a Change of Orientation
Dennis Prager
Do You Know What the Democrats Said at Their Debate?
Stephen Moore
Renewable Energy Will Only Be Possible With Massive Increases in the Supply of Critical Minerals
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Democrat witch hunt, oil-attack fallout, Leftmedia enablers, Women’s March, taxpayer-funded abortion, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Erick Erickson, The Wall Street Journal, Jerry Nadler, Tulsi Gabbard, and more.



Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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Headlines – 9/17/2019

Netanyahu vows to annex Hebron, Kiryat Arba after election

France, Jordan leaders ‘share concern’ over Netanyahu annexation plan

Ayelet Shaked: ‘Trump’s plan talks about a Palestinian state in Area C’

‘Israeli’ drone shot down in Gaza belonged to Palestinian terrorists

Netanyahu planned ‘extraordinary’ Gaza op after speech interrupted by rockets

Defense chiefs stymied Netanyahu plan to hit Gaza before elections

Gantz assails Netanyahu over reports he sought to go to war before elections

Elections Committee head was told vote could be delayed due to war

Netanyahu and Gantz pray at Western Wall as bitter campaign comes to a close

Israel’s election campaign has been a religious war of words

Polls open as Israel faces taut election for second time in months

Israel’s Netanyahu fights for new term after decade in power

Netanyahu has unusual pre-election pitch: Voting is more important than sex

Fearing trouble as Israel votes, record 20,000 cops deploying at poll stations

Israel’s Do-Over Election: Deja Vu or a Chance for Change?

IDF troops in Afghanistan? What a US-Israel mutual defense treaty could mean

Islamic State’s Reclusive Leader Issues New Call for Action

ISIS leader calls for ‘caliphate soldiers’ to free detainees from camps, continue attacks

At meeting with Rouhani, Putin praises Iran for helping Assad in Syria civil war

Iran’s leader Khamenei says US policy of maximum pressure will fail

Brent crude oil jumps the most in history after Saudi attacks

Oil shock hits a global economy that’s already on shaky ground

Dow snaps 8-day winning streak on fears spiking oil will slow the global economy

OPEC, Russia Hold Off Pumping More Oil After Saudi Attack

Trump says U.S. does not need Middle East oil, but cargoes keep coming

Trump: It looks like Iran hit Saudis, no military option yet

Pentagon chief: US preparing response to attack on Saudi oil facility

Trump is trapped between two impulses on Iran

Trump says he does not want war after attack on Saudi oil facilities

Trump says US response to oil attack depends on Saudi Arabia’s assessment

Evidence indicates Iranian arms used in attack on Saudi, says Riyadh

US and Saudis considering joint military response on Iran after oil attacks

Israel ‘well-prepared’ for any spill-over from attack on Saudi oil plant, PM says

Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Field Seen as Realizing Worst Fears

Saudi attacks underscore evolving drone threat, experts say

The Saudi attack finds the oil market’s Achilles heel

Rohingya still in Myanmar face ‘threat of genocide’: United Nations

Pakistan Warns Of “Accidental War” With India On Line Of Control

North Korea explains conditions for getting rid of nuclear weapons ahead of U.S. talks

Hong Kong leader to hold dialogue aimed at easing tensions

Freedom at risk of being ‘lost’ in Hong Kong, says pastor

Taiwan says China meddling with elections after Solomon Islands cuts ties

Gertz: Xi Jinping Has Created a ‘Communist Nightmare’

China’s moves to tackle swine fever are ‘ineffective,’ and it may cause inflation to spike above target

Recession fears have hit an all-time high, a new Bank of America survey shows

Wall Street May Get $40 Billion Reprieve From Trump Regulators

Trump on GM strike: Nobody is better to auto workers than me

Manhattan district attorney subpoenas 8 years of Trump tax returns

The New York Times faces questions over Kavanaugh story

“They Played It Up Pretty Big”: Turmoil Engulfs the Times Over the Kavanaugh Debacle

Kavanaugh accuser’s friend dismisses original allegations, detail also not mentioned in NYT excerpt of book

‘The Times is DEAD’: Trump calls for resignation of those ‘involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story’

Facebook to stop news headline changes from advertisers

Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millions

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Willow, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Zhangye, China

8 earthquakes strike North Carolina within one week

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

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

90% of the world’s population just experienced the hottest summer on record

Smoke from California’s largest wildfire is visible from space

Humberto strengthens into hurricane, may bring heavy rain to Bermuda

New tropical system likely to join Humberto in Atlantic

Not everybody wants thoughts and prayers after a disaster, according to a study of hurricane survivors

NYC says 1.1M NYC students can skip school for climate strike protest

6 Killed, Over 5000 Tested Positive as Nepal Reels from Dengue Outbreak

YouTube and Facebook have an illegal steroid problem, according to new report

National ‘Day Of Remembrance For Aborted Children’ Memorials Held Across The Country

Christian artists can’t be forced to make same-sex wedding invitations, Ariz. Supreme Court rules

California adds Iowa to ‘travel ban’ over refusal to fund gender transitions

Baptist Church Makes History, Calls Transgender Pastor

For 1 in 16 US women, first sexual intercourse experience was rape, study says


Apostasy Watch

The Ephesians Road Out of Dispensationalism part 3

After Charter Denial, Baylor LGBTQ Group Pushes Forward

Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) Reveals Their True God, Places Pagan Deity in Sanctuary

Followers of Christ documentary, up for an Emmy, takes viewers inside faith-healing church


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

September 17 Your Internal Programming

scripture reading: Romans 12:1–2
key verse: Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Computers may appear much the same to the eye, but they function in thousands of different ways. The critical distinction is always in the software—the internal programming that performs multitudes of discriminating tasks.

Christians, persons who have received the Spirit of God at salvation, have entered God’s kingdom. They are new spiritual creatures (2 Cor. 5:17), but they retain the memory banks of previous years. Habits, thoughts, inclinations, and affections can still influence behavior as before.

That is exactly why too many Christians live in such a miserable state. They do not want to return to their former state, but on the other hand, they cannot enjoy their new standing as children of God.

Yet there is hope. Your internal being—mind, emotions, will—can come under the influence of the Holy Spirit who now indwells you. Your old mental grid system can be replaced by an entirely new set of thoughts and behavior through the power of God’s truth.

A new way of living is possible when you view life from God’s perspective and His truth takes up residence in your inner being. Real victory and genuine godliness take root and bear the unmistakable fruit of a Christ–filled life.

Heavenly Father, please reprogram my internal computer. Replace all the old thoughts and behavior patterns with the fruit of a Spirit–filled life.[1]


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

17 september (preached 16 september 1860) 365 Days with Spurgeon

A single eye and simple faith

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.” Matthew 6:22, 23

suggested further reading: Philippians 3:17–21

God will say to thee, “Take no thought for the morrow, be careful for nothing;” Mammon will say to thee, “Look ahead, be careful for everything;” and when God says to thee, “Give of thy substance to the poor;” Mammon will say, “Hold it tight, it is that giving that spoils everything;” and when God will say unto thee, “Set not thy affections on the things of earth;” Mammon will say, “Get money, get money, get it anyhow;” and when God saith, “Be upright;” Mammon will say, “Cheat thy own father if thou canst win by it.” Mammon and God are at such extreme ends of the earth and so desperately opposed, that I trust, Christian, thou art not such a fool, as to attempt to serve them both. If thou dost thou hast the worldling’s eye, and thou art a worldling thyself. Remember, too, if thou triest to do this we may suspect thee of having the hypocrite’s eye. As Matthew Henry says, “The hypocrite is like the waterman; he pulls this way, but he looks that. He pretends to look to heaven, but he pulls towards his own interest. He says, ‘he looks to Christ,’ but he is always pulling towards his own private advantage. The true Christian, however, is like a traveller; he looks to the goal and then he walks straight on to it; he goes the way he is looking.” Be then not like the hypocrite, who hath this double eye, looking one way and going the other. An old Puritan said, “A hypocrite is like the hawk; the hawk flies upward, but he always keeps his eye down on the prey; let him get up as high as he will, he is always looking on the ground. Whereas, the Christian is like the lark, he turns his eye up to heaven, and as he mounts and sings he looks upward and he mounts upward.”

for meditation: Not looking where you ought to be going can have disastrous consequences (Luke 6:39–42).

sermon no. 335[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 267). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

Tuesday Briefing September 17, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 The Extreme Politicization of the Supreme Court—and The American Press: The New York Times Reports “New” Accusation against Justice Kavanaugh, But the Paper Itself Became Part of the Story

PART II

 The Political Class Exiled to the Heartland? The Bureau of Land Management Moves from D.C. to Colorado

PART III

 Large Government Becomes World Government? The Left’s Favorite Economist ‘Jumps the Shark’

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DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

PART I

NEW YORK TIMES

 Brett Kavanaugh Fit In With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not., by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly

PART II

PART III

17 SEPTEMBER 365 Days with Calvin

Predicting Apostasy

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. 2 Thessalonians 2:3

suggested further reading: 1 John 2:18–25

So that the Thessalonians do not groundlessly promise themselves the joyful day of redemption in a short time, Paul offers them a melancholy prediction about the scattering of the church, declaring that believers must exercise warfare for a long period before gaining a triumph.

We have here a remarkable passage, and one that is worthy of observation in the highest degree. A grievous and dangerous temptation that might shake even the most confirmed believers and make them lose their footing would be to see the church, which had been raised up gradually and with difficulty and with much labor to some considerable standing, suddenly fall down, as if torn down by a tempest. Accordingly, Paul fortifies the minds, not merely of the Thessalonians but of all the pious, in advance, so that when the church does scatter, believers might not be alarmed as though it were a thing that was new and unpredicted.

Paul says that the day of Christ will not come until the world has fallen into apostasy and the reign of the antichrist has obtained a footing in the church. He uses the term falling away or apostasy to mean a treacherous departure from God, not just on the part of one or a few people, but a large multitude of persons. For when apostasy is mentioned without adding anything else, it cannot be restricted to a few.

Now, no one can be termed apostate unless he has previously made a profession of faith in Christ and the gospel. Paul therefore predicts a certain general revolt of the visible church. He says, “The church must be reduced to an unsightly and dreadful state of ruin, before its full restoration is effected.”

for meditation: God will establish his reign and kingdom; those plans cannot and will not be foiled. In light of this, we can know that whatever apostasies rock the church, she will not be destroyed. There is no reason for despair, and there is great reason for hope, because God—not the man of sin—is in control.[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 279). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.