Daily Archives: October 3, 2019

October 3 Good Things in Life

Scripture Reading: Psalm 63:1–11

Key Verse: Psalm 63:1

O God, You are my God;

Early will I seek You;

My soul thirsts for You;

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land

Where there is no water.

To earnestly seek the Lord, to long in your innermost being to know more about Jesus Christ, you must set your mind to do so. It is not an experiential moment in which you are waiting for a feeling or an emotion to affirm that the Lord has spoken to you.

Rather, it is an intentional, deliberate, daily effort at humbly and sincerely trying to find out more about God. If you’re going to seek the Lord, you simply must purpose to do it and trust Him to answer your heart’s cry.

The primary ways to learn more about God are to read His Word and communicate with Him in prayer. Perhaps you sometimes feel inundated with admonitions to read the Bible and pray, read the Bible and pray. There is a reason. These vital pursuits must be accomplished in earnest before your understanding of Christ is deepened.

The Holy Bible is a product of the mind and heart of God. It is the principal tool He uses to reveal Himself to us. He communicates to us through His Word and His Holy Spirit, and we communicate to Him through prayer.

Yet you also should consciously determine that in your conversations, Scripture study, church attendance, reading, and service, you will be tenacious in longing to discover His will and His ways. These are all methods in which we learn more about God. These are also the ways in which we are richly rewarded with the truly good things in life.

Lord, just as I set my clocks, tune my instruments, and program my computer, let me also set my mind to seek after You through study, prayer, and contemplation.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 290). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 3 Made for Praise

Scripture Reading: Psalm 19

Key Verses: Psalm 19:1–4

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun.

Our Maker designed all creation to be to the praise of His glory. The tiniest pebble and the tallest mountain bear testimony to God’s power and love. Warbling birds, chirping crickets, and croaking frogs all lend their special voices to the chorus.

Those who appreciate nature and the wonders of the environment from a godless perspective cannot fathom their real message. God intended the majesty of creation, even though its manifestations are now flawed by sin, to point us to Him (Rom. 1).

Have you ever been outdoors on a clear night in an open space, where there are no artificial lights to get in the way? You cannot count the thousands of stars in the sky. In that moment outside, your feelings of awe may well up so strongly inside, you are unable to speak.

Psalm 8:1 (nasb) is a wonderful prayer: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth, who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens!”

O Lord, my Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth, who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 290). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Agglomeration — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The Good – For Education and/or Edification
The Source of Adventism’s  Physical God.  Reminds one of Mormonism.
Why the Gospel of Thomas is not in the Bible.
Although somewhat lengthy for those who don’t like to read much, Gary Gilley has written an excellent articleabout the state of the Church and how we got here.
Some interesting history, if you take the time to read it all.
Are there really “ten lost tribes” of Israel?
What are demons? A thought-provoking follow-up on the article “Angels Unawares” which I linked to on August 29th.
HMMMM
Good summation of the teachings of Ravi Zacharias. He’s not really a wolf, but there are some questionable things about his teachings.
Bible Study Fellowship now using “vision casting
Wolves and False Teachings
The Gospel Coalition is about a false gospel.
Another reason why Campus Crusade for Christ, a.k.a. CRU, needs to be avoided: they are promoting the occultic false teaching of Enneagram.  The Enneagram has absolutely NO Christian origins. And if that isn’t enough reason to disassociate with CRU, perhaps this isOr thisOr even this!
Rick Joyner: Not only is he  false teacher deluxe, but he is also grossly ignorant of history when it comes to his “vision.”
Just when you thought Bill Johnson couldn’t get any more ridiculous.
This man’s total lack of discernment proves he should not be a pastor. It looks like he’s been “off base” for a very long time, and yet he’s accepted as a Southern Baptist Pastor?!?
Net Church, led by a wolf who does interviews at his “church.” It appears that this takes place before whatever “worship” services they have. This article is focused on his interview of lesbians—who certainly are NOT Christians (at about 28 minute mark), but I thought his blather about a horrid child’s book demonstrated what sort of “pastor” he is. The couple he first interviewed talked about how THEY pastored a church — yes, a woman “pastor.”  They seemed to think heretic Rob Bell is great, but they also have no clue about what a church is for and totally misrepresent Scripture. The whole video (if you have time to spend listening while doing something else) goes to show what sort of wolves pass for “pastors” and what passes for “churches” today. Beware!
The United Methodist Church continues to demonstrate their apostasy and rebellion against God.
A Bible version I just learned about, and it is one to be avoided: One New Man Bible.  Part of the charismatic, Hebrew Roots Movement nonsense.

via Agglomeration — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Cognitive Dissonance — Monergism.com Blog Feed


Cognitive dissonance is a state of conflict occurring within a person when they hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time. The conflict produces feelings of discomfort which the individual seeks to relieve by convincing himself they do not exist, or by adopting some other type of defensive maneuver to suppress the reality of the contradiction.

via Cognitive Dissonance — Monergism.com Blog Feed

Most Americans think social media has too much control over news, according to poll mainstream media quietly ignored | RT USA News

Some 62 percent of Americans believe social media exerts too much control over what news people see, and most think online platforms treat some news outlets differently than others for the wrong reasons, a new poll shows.

Not only do social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter distort the mix of news that reaches their users, but their actions result in a worse mix, according to 55 percent of Americans responding to a Pew Research poll published this week. Just 15 percent believe the platforms’ meddling results in a better mix.

Republicans are even more emphatic – three quarters say social media has too much control, and two thirds disapprove of the mix of news the platforms generate. However, 53 percent of Democrats agree Facebook and Twitter’s control is excessive, and 49 percent find the news mix distasteful.

More than half of respondents highlight one-sided news (53 percent) and inaccurate news (51 percent) as “very big problems” in social media’s influence on news. Censorship is a major problem for 35 percent – as much as “uncivil discussions about the news” – while users being banned is a major concern for just 24 percent.

Of the 82 percent of Americans who believe social media platforms treat some news outlets differently than others, most (88 percent) see producing clickbait (“attention-grabbing articles,” in Pew’s words) as a factor in currying favor with online platforms. Nearly as many (84 percent) see social media popularity as a factor, while 79 percent view an outlet’s political stance as a deciding factor. Only 34 percent think an outlet’s “high reporting standards” are favored by social media platforms, and just 18 percent view political neutrality as important to platforms.

The majority of respondents from across the political spectrum agreed that the posts they saw on social media were skewed toward one end or the other – 64 percent of Republicans said the news they saw was “liberal” or “very liberal,” and 37 percent of Democrats agreed. Just nine percent of Republicans, and 18 percent of Democrats, said the news they saw was “conservative” or “very conservative.”

Despite their apparent dissatisfaction with social media’s handling of news, the share of US adults who get their news from social media continues to increase year over year, according to Pew. Some 55 percent of respondents “sometimes” or “often” get news from social media, and 52 percent specifically use Facebook to get their news. YouTube is a distant second – just 28 percent get their news there – and Twitter is a far-off third, attracting 17 percent of newshounds.

Also on rt.com

Facebook ‘News’: A bold step toward total control of reality?

Unfortunately for three fifths of the American population, Facebook is poised to take even more control over the news users see, with a ‘News Tab’ to be rolled out in the near future featuring stories from approved news outlets.

Perhaps with that future in mind, many of the biggest mainstream news publishers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, declined to cover Pew’s survey, which polled 5,107 US adults in July for their opinions.

Source: Most Americans think social media has too much control over news, according to poll mainstream media quietly ignored

Stephanopoulos Coaches Pelosi on How to Make Impeachment ‘Airtight’ ‘Inevitable’ | NB Blog

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos touted his exclusive interview with Nancy Pelosi on Thursday’s Good Morning America, which was largely friendly to the Democrat House Speaker. In the lengthy aired interview, Stephanopoulos pushed Pelosi to make her impeachment case “more airtight” and eagerly wondered if impeachment “was inevitable.” The ABC anchor even asked Pelosi if she “heard the fear” in President Trump’s voice, pertaining to impeachment.

Source: Stephanopoulos Coaches Pelosi on How to Make Impeachment ‘Airtight’ ‘Inevitable’

President Trump Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  President Trump pauses to hold an impromptu press conference departing the White House for a trip to Florida. [Video and Transcript below]

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via President Trump Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Media Warns Excessive Forgiveness Could Set Back Outrage Narrative Hundreds Of Years — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Media outlets are issuing warnings that excessive displays of forgiveness and mercy could wreak havoc on hundreds of years of outrage progress. The warning comes in response to a high-profile case this week in which former police officer Amber Guyger, who is white, was found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean, a black man, in his Dallas home. Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Brandt Jean, Botham’s younger brother, made a victim impact statement, saying he forgave her, setting back race progress hundreds of years. Brandt then asked the judge if he could give Guyger a hug. The judge foolishly allowed it, setting back race relations hundreds more years.

“What people have to understand is, if we keep toying around with all this grace and mercy stuff, this whole racial divide could come toppling down,” explained Brad Hunter of CBS News. “Are people really ready to say goodbye to that? I must say that, as a journalist, I, for one, am not.”

“What Brandt Jean did in that courtroom sets black people back hundreds of years. If I had to put a number on it, I’d say it sets us back about 2000 years,” said Janelle Taylor of ABC. “What year does he think this is? 33 AD?”

“This deals a heavy blow to the progress we have made toward peak outrage,” said Jenson Hughs of CNN. ” We have a lot of work to do in the wake of this mess.”

Many reporters say that, while it is true that the Bible calls for forgiveness, there are no scriptures that say black people should ever forgive white people. “I don’t know what Bible they are reading,” said Hannah Corley of the Washington Post. “I’ve searched Bible.com for the term ‘forgive white people’ numerous times and nothing comes up. Sounds like bad Bible-ology to me.”

“We will rebuild,” said Roy Mathis, CEO of the LA Times. “Progress may have taken a hit today, but we’ve recovered from worse. We will survive.”

via Media Warns Excessive Forgiveness Could Set Back Outrage Narrative Hundreds Of Years — The Babylon Bee

McCarthy calls on Pelosi to suspend Trump impeachment inquiry, accuses her of ‘recklessness’ | FOX news

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., sent a letter on Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calling on her to suspend the impeachment inquiry into President Trump until “equitable rules and procedures” are set up.

Source: McCarthy calls on Pelosi to suspend Trump impeachment inquiry, accuses her of ‘recklessness’