Daily Archives: October 9, 2019

October 9 The Riches of God’s Grace

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3–12

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

When God bought your salvation, He spared no expense. He provided the costly blood of Christ to purchase your eternal life. Why is it, then, that some believers spend their lives trying to earn what God has already paid for?

Abraham Lincoln surmised that it is because believers fail to recall God’s great grace. Lincoln wrote, “We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.”

If believers imagine they have earned salvation through virtue, then when virtue is lacking, they believe they have lost the blessing. However, salvation was never based on human acts of piety. Salvation has its foundation in the sacrificial grace of Christ. His grace covers your sin. It was a great penalty to pay, but Jesus deemed that your salvation was worth the price.

Accept the riches of His grace and invest your life in thankfulness to Him.

Your grace covers my sin. Thank You, Lord! I am so glad You deemed my salvation worth the price.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 9 Prayer Protection

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:11–18

Key Verse: Ephesians 6:11

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

It’s late in the evening. You sit down to enjoy God’s Word and pray. But soon after you bow your head, your mind wanders. An evil thought creeps in and won’t go away. Where did that come from? you wonder. You try once more to put your focus on the Lord. As the minutes go by, however, you feel sleepier and sleepier. Before you know it, you’re waking up the next morning.

This scenario is a familiar one, and for good reason. Satan is pleased when your attention is diverted, and you feel like a failure in your prayer life. He knows God can use you most effectively when you pray, and harming your prayer life is the fastest way to short-circuit your ability to serve Him.

That’s why God has given you special prayer protection. The spiritual armor that guards your faith is also designed to keep you firm and strong as you talk to God. The breastplate of righteousness will keep your mind pure; the shield of faith will help you put out “the flaming missiles of the evil one” (Eph. 6:16 nasb).

Ask God to fit you with His armor when you pray. Trust the Lord to guard your time with Him. If you fail, don’t be depressed. God still waits for you. The victory in the battle of prayer is yours.

Almighty God, I claim Your prayer protection—the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the girdle of truth. Victory in the battle of prayer is mine![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Whistleblower had ‘professional’ tie to 2020 Democratic candidate — Christian Research Network

“Republicans will want to know more about the origins of the whistleblower complaint, especially given the unorthodox use of whistleblower law involved.” 

(Byron York – Washington Examiner)  In an Aug. 26 letter, the Intelligence Community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, wrote that the anonymous whistleblower who set off the Trump-Ukraine impeachment fight showed “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate.”

A few weeks later, news reports said the whistleblower’s possible bias was that he is a registered Democrat. That was all. Incredulous commentary suggested that Republicans who were pushing the bias talking point were so blinded by their own partisanship that they saw simple registration with the Democratic Party as evidence of wrongdoing.

“Give me a break!” tweeted whistleblower lawyer Mark Zaid. “Bias? Seriously?”

Now, however, there is word of more evidence of possible bias on the whistleblower’s part. Under questioning from Republicans during last Friday’s impeachment inquiry interview with Atkinson, the inspector general revealed that the whistleblower’s possible bias was not that he was simply a registered Democrat. It was that he had a significant tie to one of the Democratic presidential candidates currently vying to challenge President Trump in next year’s election. View article →

via Whistleblower had ‘professional’ tie to 2020 Democratic candidate — Christian Research Network

‘Our Deepest Needs Are Met Through God’: Clarence Thomas Speaks Openly About His Fall From Faith | CBNNews.com

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas reveals there was a time when he withdrew from God and relied on his own wisdom.

Source: ‘Our Deepest Needs Are Met Through God’: Clarence Thomas Speaks Openly About His Fall From Faith

October 9 Straight Paths

Scripture reading: Proverbs 3:1–12

Key verses: Proverbs 3:5–6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

As we listen for God’s still small voice to direct and guide us, we find Solomon’s words in Proverbs 3 to be especially meaningful.

When we place our trust in the Lord, we essentially lay down our right to attempt what only God can do—determine the destiny of our lives. One of the reasons we struggle greatly at times is that we resist His intervention.

We brush aside His plan for our lives but not without consequence. In doing so, we often settle for second best. For many, it is easy to accept His love, protection, and salvation but difficult to submit to the conditions surrounding His eternal care.

Is there a war raging within you? Do you fight feelings of jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, and pride? These are the signatures of the flesh that are at constant war with God’s principles and standards. They have nothing to do with the moving of His Spirit and everything to do with what keeps you from becoming all He desires.

The principles of God are timeless, and you never outgrow your need for them. Ask the Lord to open the eyes and ears of your heart so you may know His perfect will.

Help me trust and acknowledge You, Lord, rather than lean to my own understanding. Make my paths straight.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

In-N-Out Owner Keeps Adding New Bible Verses to Packaging: It’s ‘a Family Touch’ | ChristianHeadlines.com

Some company owners try to distance their brand from religion and faith. In-N-Out’s president, though, is embracing it.

In-N-Out Burger owner and president Lynsi Snyder, 37, says in a new interview with The Christian Post that she has expanded a tradition started decades ago when then-company president Rich Snyder printed Bible references on packaging.

“It was my Uncle Rich who put the Bible verses on the cups and wrappers in the early ‘90s, just before he passed away,” Snyder said according to the Christian Post. “He had just accepted the Lord and wanted to put that little touch of his faith on our brand. It’s a family business and will always be, and that’s a family touch. In later years, I added verses to the fry boat, coffee, and hot cocoa cups.”

The verses are discreet – on the bottom of a cup, for example – but easy to find with a quick search. The company has used well-known Bible references like John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world …”) but also less-popular ones like Nahum 1:7 (“the Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”).

Snyder said in recent years she has added Proverbs 24:16 (“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes”) to the fries container and Luke 6:35 (“but love your enemies, do good to them”) to coffee cups, The Post reported.

In 2015, Snyder told CBS This Morning about the Bible references, “Our main thing is we’re giving God the glory and that we believe that He has blessed this company. And He’s really had his hand on it through all the tragedy. … I don’t feel bad about having that on there. Do we have some persecution or haters? Sure. But I don’t spend too much time thinking about it.”

In-N-Out’s restaurants are found primarily on the West Coast and in the Southwest.

Snyder has a net worth of $3 billion, according to Forbes.

Source: In-N-Out Owner Keeps Adding New Bible Verses to Packaging: It’s ‘a Family Touch’

Judge Approves Devin Nunes’s Lawsuit Against Twitter — Opens Door for Thousands of Conservatives Mistreated by Social Media Giants — The Gateway Pundit

On Tuesday Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Tucker Carlson that a federal judge agreed with him that Twitter can be held accountable for its mistreatment of the conservative lawmaker.

This is great news for Trump-supporters!

Rep. Devin Nunes: Thankfully a judge now decided to agree with us that Twitter can be held accountable for its actions, for its negligence. So as many people know who have been on Twitter, especially if you’re a conservative, it’s quite often that things ‘randomly happen to you.’ You lose followers, some people can’t see what you post on Twitter, you get shadowbanned. In my case what was happening is they were allowing hundreds of accounts to slander and defame me on a daily basis. It was almost a minute-by-minute basis. Finally a judge said, “OK Twitter that’s it.” rejected all of their arguments. And now that case is going to move forward in Virginia. I think Americans understand that Twitter is a public company.

This is good news for the thousands of conservative voices who have been shadowbanned, silenced and censored by the social media giants.

Devin Nunes sued Twitter for $250 million in damages for censoring conservatives back in March.

A 2018 study by the leftist website VICE News found that Twitter is censoring top pro-Trump lawmakers.

Twitter is targeting pro-Trump Republican lawmakers Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe with the same shadowbanning technique.
Twitter was (and is) also censoring prominent pro-Trump accounts including: Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Paul Joseph Watson, TGP’s Jim Hoft, TGP’s Cassandra Fairbanks, former TGP writer Lucian Wintrich, TGP’s Cristina Laila and Laura Loomer .  Laura Loomer has since been eliminated from Twitter.

This should also alarm Facebook who has worked overtime to silence and eliminate conservative voices on its platform.  

via Judge Approves Devin Nunes’s Lawsuit Against Twitter — Opens Door for Thousands of Conservatives Mistreated by Social Media Giants — The Gateway Pundit

Who are the Kurds? Why is Turkey invading Syria? How should Christians respond? — Denison Forum

When cultural or geopolitical events warrant, we publish website articles intended to explain the issues and offer biblical perspective. In this context, we’ll look today at the escalating conflict in Syria involving Turkey and the Kurds.

Who are the Kurds? 

Though not a formal country, Kurdistan represents the areas in which the Kurds live throughout Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Armenia.

Between twenty-five and thirty-five million people known as Kurds live in a region straddling the borders of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Armenia. They are indigenous to the Mesopotamian plains and form a distinct community united through race, culture, and language. The exact origin of their name is unclear.

The Kurds may be mentioned on a Sumerian clay tablet dating to the third millennium BC. Many consider themselves to have descended from the Medes, an ancient Iranian people. The majority today are Sunni Muslims.

Their traditional way of life was nomadic, revolving around sheep and goat herding. The enforcement of national boundaries after World War I impeded the seasonal migrations of their flocks, forcing most of them to abandon their traditional ways for village life and settled farming.

They also became famous as warriors and mercenaries. The sultan Saladin, known for his victories during the Crusades, epitomizes their military reputation.

After the Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War I, Western allies made provision for a Kurdish state in the 1920 Treaty of Sèvres. However, the Treaty of Lausanne, which was signed three years later and set the boundaries of modern Turkey, made no provision for a Kurdish state.

As a result, because they live in an area that crosses several borders, the Kurds have majority status in no country. For instance, they constitute 15 to 20 percent of the population in Turkey, 7 to 10 percent of the population in Syria, and 15 to 20 percent of the population in Iraq.

Their status in their host countries has often been very problematic. The Kurdish Project notes: “Because the Kurds have remained a separate ethnic group, they’ve always sought autonomy and independence. These aspirations have resulted in almost continuous conflict and a history of repression, resiliency and reinvention in the face of existential threats by the Turks, Arabs and Iranians and their forebears.”

After uprisings in the 1920s and 1930s in Turkey, many Kurds were resettled and faced severe persecution. An armed struggle against Turkey began in 1984 in which forty thousand people were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced. Violent clashes have continued to the present.

How have the Kurds been involved in the fight against ISIS? 

In 2013, ISIS fighters attacked Kurdish enclaves in northern Syria. Kurdish fighters in Syria responded. An ISIS advance in Iraq in 2014 drew that country’s Kurds into the conflict as well. A US-led coalition helped defend the Kurds from ISIS in northern Iraq.

Later in 2014, ISIS launched an assault on a Syrian Kurdish town, forcing tens of thousands to flee across the nearly Turkish border. However, Turkey refused to attack the ISIS position in response or to allow Turkish Kurds to defend it.

In 2015, the Kurds aligned with local Arab militias in Syria to form a coalition known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Aided by US-led coalition air strikes, they drove ISIS out of much of northeastern Syria and established control over a large stretch of the border with Turkey.

Two years later, their coalition captured the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa. In 2019, this coalition captured the last pocket of territory held by ISIS in Syria.

Why are the Kurds being attacked by Turkey? 

Turkey’s military has been active in northern Syria since August 2016, when it supported a Syrian rebel offensive against ISIS. They now want to create a twenty-mile “safe zone” inside northeastern Syria to protect their border and resettle up to two million Syrian refugees.

However, this area is occupied by Kurdish fighters. American troops were employed in the area as well, but they were withdrawn by the order of President Trump on October 6, 2019. The White House stated that US forces, “having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”

Turkey then launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters the morning of October 9. “Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area,” Turkish President Erdogan said in a tweet. However, a spokesman for the SDF said Turkish warplanes were targeting “civilian areas” in northern Syria, causing a “huge panic” in the region.

That morning, President Trump defended his decision to pull back US troops from northeastern Syria, tweeting “Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!”

Others have criticized the president’s decision as “morally wrong and strategically short-sighted.” They warn that it will damage America’s reputation as a trustworthy ally, making it more difficult to assemble coalitions when we need them in the future. The president’s former envoy for the fight against ISIS criticized the decision as well amid fears that thousands of jihadist prisoners could be left unguarded and the Islamic State could be strengthened.

How should Christians respond to the Kurds? 

The Scriptures call us to respond to the Kurds in four ways.

One: Support Kurdish Christians. 

Christians in Kurdish territories date their history to the first-century Apostle Andrew. The church persisted until the Arab conquest, when a majority of the Kurds were forced to convert to Islam. Some Muslim Kurds, however, converted to Christianity.

There is an evangelical witness and church working among the Kurdish people today. They are our brothers and sisters and deserve our intercession. Paul’s commitment should be ours: “From the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9).

Two: Seek to lead Kurds to Christ. 

We can pray for Christians who are sharing the gospel with the Kurdish people, echoing Paul’s request: “Keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:18–19).

And we can ask the Lord how he wants us to help in sharing his word with them.

Three: Pray for protection for those in danger. 

Military conflict nearly always leads to innocent suffering. As we pray for those in danger, we can ask God to preserve their lives so they might testify, “Your right hand delivers me” (Psalm 138:7).

Four: Pray for peace in this conflicted region. 

I have been leading study tours to the Middle East for twenty-five years. It was my privilege to travel widely in Turkey some years ago while writing a book on the seven churches of Revelation. I am certain that the ongoing conflict in the region of Jesus’ birth grieves the heart of our Father. We should pray for lasting peace in Jerusalem and across the entire area as well (Psalm 122:6).

The One who came as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) is the ultimate answer to the conflicts of the Middle East and in every soul. As we turn to Jesus, we find in him “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Please join me in praying for such peace in every heart, beginning with our own.

via Who are the Kurds? Why is Turkey invading Syria? How should Christians respond? — Denison Forum

Democrats’ Fear of Durham About to Reach Panic Level — Christian Research Network

“This indeed should strike fear in the hearts of the Democrats. The Department of Justice holds the whip hand. They can indict people. Yes, the Democratic Congress can impeach. And no wonder they are trying their best to do that now. They are riding high–or some of them may think they are–because of polls and the nonstop outrage of the media.”

(Roger L Simon – PJ Media)  The important news of the day–far beyond the inevitable tedious impeachment jousting–is that John Durham’s investigation of the provenance of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of possible Trump-Russia collusion has expanded, according to several administration officials.

Fox News previously reported that Durham would be reviewing the days leading up to the 2016 election and through the inauguration.

However, based on what he has been finding, Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.

That’s the same Robert Mueller who testified under oath he was “not familiar” with Fusion GPS after years investigating a supposed scandal instigated by that company. This eye-rolling lie is far more significant than anything he has prosecuted others for. This is the same Mueller who also lied, administration officials just informed us, in denying, again under oath, he interviewed for the FBI job before becoming special counsel.  View article →

via Democrats’ Fear of Durham About to Reach Panic Level — Christian Research Network