Daily Archives: October 23, 2019

October 23 Something Beautiful

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1–12

Key Verses: Psalm 139:7

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

Under what circumstances do you most seem to notice God’s presence? When does your prayer life become more intense? When do you seek after God with every ounce of energy you can muster?

For most people, times of intense pressure and trials result in a greater awareness of the power of God. It is during these times—not during life’s greatest successes—that one’s utter dependence on God is at its zenith.

How odd that the hardships in life produce greater faithfulness. Would you not expect the opposite result? After all, it seems perfectly natural to praise God in times of joy; however, when your shattered life lies in ruins at your feet, what is there to be thankful for then?

During these trials, you quickly realize your own inability to positively impact your situation. The feeling of complete helplessness is a shocking eye-opener; in the face of desperation, the only alternative is to turn the matter over to God, who is more than able to meet the need.

It has been noted that those who cry, “A loving God would not allow that to happen,” are the people who have never experienced extreme trials themselves. Those who are familiar with pain through loss, famine, disaster, etc., are the ones who elevate the value of the lessons learned through hardships.

If you are facing insurmountable trials and you feel broken in spirit, bring your pieces to the foot of the cross. There you will find the One who can reshape your life into something beautiful.

Lord, when the rug is pulled out from under me and I am already on my knees, I find it easier to pray. Thank You for shaping my character during those times.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 310). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The True Hero of the Reformation — Ligonier Ministries Blog

It is right to celebrate and remember the Reformation. In this brief clip, Burk Parsons explains how, in our celebration of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others, we need to remember the true hero of the Reformation—God Himself.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for this month only, you can request your free digital download of R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Luther and the Reformation plus the ebook edition of The Legacy of Luther, edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols at ligm.in/Reformation. Offer ends October 31, 2019.

Transcript

It is appropriate that we would come together to celebrate and remember the Reformation. It is right and good to do so. As soon as we draw our gaze to Luther and to Calvin and to the other magisterial Reformers of the sixteenth century, as soon as we begin talking about them and praising them, they would be the first to say you’re praising the wrong one. Luther and Calvin and the other Reformers would draw our attentions and our gazes to Christ alone. They would tell us to fix our attentions on the gospel of Jesus Christ. They would say it is right to see what God has done. It is appropriate to celebrate what the Spirit has done.

But they would be the first to say that they themselves were not by any means the heroes of the Reformation but that God was the hero of the Reformation. The Word of God was the hero of the Reformation. The Spirit of God was the hero of the Reformation. It was God who, by His sovereignty and by His grace and by his power, led these humble sinners to serve Him, giving them the stewardship and the message of the gospel to expound it and the whole counsel of God for the people of God so that God’s people from every tribe, tongue, and nation from all around the world might hear that gospel that had been hidden and bound and chained for so long.

via The True Hero of the Reformation — Ligonier Ministries Blog

October 23 Cherish the Word

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1–9

Key Verse: Deuteronomy 6:6

These words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

Are you a list maker? Most people at least jot down their grocery items on a piece of paper before heading to the store. It’s so easy to forget the little details that we need to keep checklists to help us remember.

We’re just as forgetful concerning God’s Word many times. The Lord understands our natural weaknesses and our tendency to mentally push aside thoughts we don’t deem urgent at the moment. That is why He commanded His people to keep His words ever before them:

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:6–9 nasb)

In other words, they were to put God’s Word in the paths of their daily lives, everywhere they went and as a part of all they did. How can you do the same today? Find some verses that pertain to your personal circumstances, and write them out on cards. Keep the cards with you or in a prominent place in your home. You’ll be surprised how quickly they become a part of your everyday thinking and you will learn to cherish His Word.

Dear God, write Your Word on my heart. O Lord, teach me to cherish it and make it a vital part of my everyday life.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 310). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 23 God is Talking

Scripture reading: Psalm 138:1–8

Key verse: Isaiah 49:1

Listen, O coastlands, to Me,

And take heed, you peoples from afar!

If you’ve ever wondered whether God still talks to people, allow Him to use today’s verse to give an answer: God calls for people to listen and take heed (Isa. 49:1). God wants people to listen. Therefore, He must be talking.

Although God was speaking primarily to the nation of Israel in Psalm 138, you can be sure that His voice still guides, confirms, disciplines, and assures His children. Generally, there are four reasons He speaks.

Reasons: (1) God desires to have fellowship with us, His most precious creation, and loves us just as much as He loved the saints of the Bible; (2) God knows that we need clear direction in a difficult world; (3) God realizes we need comfort and assurance just as much as did Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul, and others; and, (4) God wants us to get to know Him.

But how do we know when God is speaking to us? Today, He uses four primary ways to share His heart with ours.

Methods: God speaks (1) through His Word, the foremost tool He uses to impart His truth; (2) through the Holy Spirit, who witnesses to our spirits; (3) through other believers who are walking in His Spirit; and (4) through circumstances He providentially arranges. It may be a still small voice, but it resounds loudly because of whose voice it is.

Dear Lord, speak to me today through Your Word, Your Spirit, other believers, and the circumstances of my life.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 310). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Hillary Clinton Accidentally Posts Condolences For Tulsi Gabbard’s Suicide One Day Early — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Oops! A social media scheduling error apparently caused Hillary Clinton to post her condolences for Tulsi Gabbard’s suicide one day early.

This morning, Clinton posted that she felt “great sadness” at hearing that Gabbard had killed herself. In subsequent tweets, she detailed how “tragic” it was that Gabbard had broken her own kneecaps, stuck her feet in concrete, then tossed herself off the docks near a seedy warehouse.

“It’s just terrible what happened, and though we disagreed, I hope we can all take a few minutes to send thoughts and prayers to the family,” Clinton concluded.

The post was deleted several hours later after the Clinton team realized it was scheduled for October 23, not October 24 as originally intended.

At publishing time, Clinton had accidentally posted early condolences for the unfortunate suicide of the social media manager who had OK’d the post and subsequently posted more condolences for the new social media manager, etc.

via Hillary Clinton Accidentally Posts Condolences For Tulsi Gabbard’s Suicide One Day Early — The Babylon Bee

Serial Liar Adam Schiff Threatens “Ethics” Punishment on GOP Heroes Who Stormed SCIF Room and Secret Coup Headquarters — The Gateway Pundit

Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and the Freedom Caucus held a press conference on Wednesday morning in the basement of the US Capitol against the top secret star chamber impeachment proceedings by Democrat lawmakers.

Democrats are holding secret meetings and releasing only pieces of testimony to their liberal fake news media on the sham impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump.

The liberal media once again is pushing the false narrative that Democrats have proof of a quid pro quo withe the Ukrainian government. This false narrative, like the Russia-collusion hoax is making headlines in the mainstream liberal media.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) told FOX News on Tuesday that not a single Democrat Trump-hating witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aide was being withheld from them by President Trump. As Ratcliffe said, “You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo!”

Following the press conference on Wednesday the GOP House members attempted to enter the star chamber impeachment proceedings.
The Democrats had them removed.

The American public is NOT ALLOWED to observe the top secret impeachment proceedings.

Rep. Mark Warner said Coup leader Adam Schiff is threatening “ethics” punishment against the Republican lawmakers who stormed the SCIF Room.

via Serial Liar Adam Schiff Threatens “Ethics” Punishment on GOP Heroes Who Stormed SCIF Room and Secret Coup Headquarters — The Gateway Pundit

‘A 1950s show trial’: John Pilger describes ‘disgraceful’ courtroom treatment of Julian Assange by UK judge | RT – Daily news

Veteran British journalist John Pilger has blasted the “atrocious” and “appalling” treatment of Julian Assange by a judge who decided this week to reject the whistleblower’s request to delay his upcoming US extradition hearing.

“To say it is surreal is not enough, it is simply appalling,” Pilger, who was present in the courtroom on Monday, told RT’s Going Underground. Pilger accused District Judge Vanessa Baraitser of using “disgraceful” and “dictatorial gestures” toward Assange and said she was clearly biased in favor of the attorney acting on behalf of the US government.

“Her bias was incandescent,” Pilger said, adding: “I’ve never seen anything like this. It belonged in a show trial in the 1950s… Moscow, Prague, you name it.”

Also on rt.com

WATCH: Rare glimpse of Julian Assange INSIDE prison van

The decision [by the judge] was made simply because the decision had been preordained – this is what the state wants, and this is what the state will get; regardless of anything to do with the court, regardless of any defense argument.

Assange’s lawyer had been seeking to delay US extradition proceedings scheduled to begin in February, arguing that more time was needed to compile evidence. Pilger and other advocates for Assange who have visited him at Belmarsh Prison have repeatedly said that the journalist has been denied access to the tools he needs to prepare his case, including a computer, access to certain documents and is prevented from calling his US lawyer.

Pilger said Assange’s lawyer pointed out that the extradition treaty between Britain and the US has a specific section that says a person cannot be extradited if the offenses are said to be political. In Assange’s case, he said, the charges are clearly political “under law,” explaining that they are based on the 1917 espionage act which was then used to chase down conscientious objectors.

Also on rt.com

‘I can’t think properly’: Assange disoriented as court rejects delay for extradition proceedings

Assange is charged with possession and dissemination of classified information and could face up to 175 years in prison for what is essentially the crime of exposing US war crimes.

Pilger also slammed the lack of prominent coverage the day’s events received in major British media, saying it was “deliberately excluded” and minimized. The journalist slammed the Guardian newspaper in particular.

[The Guardian] has played an appendage role to the state in undermining WikiLeaks and everything it represented.

Reports from Pilger and others inside the room suggest the WikiLeaks co-founder looked weak and weary, his months behind bars at a maximum security prison – much of that time in solitary confinement – having had a significant deteriorative impact on both his physical and mental health. He reportedly held back tears as he told the judge he could not “think properly.”

Pilger said his condition was the result of having “no access to proper exercise, no access to proper intellectual stimulus and no access to the people around him.” Even convicted criminals responsible for “terrible crimes” at Belmarsh still “have a human social life” which is denied to Assange, he said.

Labour MP Chris Williamson told RT that with Assange’s solitary confinement, Britain was in contravention with the UN ruling on torture. “We’ve known about the impact of solitary confinement for well over a hundred years and here we are in the 21st century in Britain, we are effectively submitting somebody who is in my opinion and international hero to this level of maltreatment.”

Pilger said that there was a “glimmer of hope” in the UK justice system when Assange’s case goes to the High Court – but there is “no hope” in the United States, which he said is a “false democracy” where justice “doesn’t exist.”

Source: ‘A 1950s show trial’: John Pilger describes ‘disgraceful’ courtroom treatment of Julian Assange by UK judge

SHOWDOWN: Adam Schiff Literally Runs Away As Group Of 30 House Republicans Storm The Democrats Closed-Door Secret Sham Impeachment Proceedings — Now The End Begins

Adam Schiff runs out back door as 30 House Republicans stormed a secure hearing room where lawmakers are conducting impeachment proceedings and demanded entry but were denied by “Democratic leadership,” they said Wednesday.

The Democrats are in an increasingly-tough position as the sham Trump impeachment proceedings drag on. And despite the best efforts of the fake news media to publish endless “Bombshell!!” headlines of the “coming revelations” that are sure to sink President Trump, it’s becoming more and more obvious they have nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Nothing at all. The best they can do is to present the appearance of an impeachment without actually ever voting to impeach. Which, I am pretty sure, is in violation of established US law and protocols.

“And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.” Leviticus 26:17 (KJV)

Today over 30 House Republican tried to gain access to these closed-door, third world-style sham impeachment proceedings but were denied access. DNC circus ringmaster Adam Schiff actually ran out the back door rather than face the Republicans. He ran away! Why? Because that’s what trickers, liars, con artists and other criminals do when confronted with the truth, they run, and that’s exactly what Adam Schiff did today. You can run, Adam Schiff, but you can’t hide.

GOP lawmakers storm closed impeachment proceeding and demand access

FROM WASHINGTON EXAMINER: The excluded GOP lawmakers sit on panels that are not officially invited to closed-door interviews of Trump administration officials whose testimony Democrats believe will show wrongdoing by the president. The lawmakers in the closed-door proceeding were interviewing Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper.

“A whole bunch of Republican Congress members who were duly elected just tried to get in to find out what is going on in their closed hearings, because we were elected to Congress and we don’t even know what is going on,” Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona said.

Lesko sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is one of the six committees originally tasked with conducting an impeachment inquiry by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But Pelosi, a California Democrat, has narrowed access to the closed-door questioning to the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees, and the proceedings have been closed to the public and the press.

Republicans demanded House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is running the proceedings, to allow them inside.

Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, refused to speak to the GOP lawmakers seeking admission.

“He left,” Republican Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas said. “He just go up and left. He doesn’t have the guts to tell us why we can’t be in the room, why he doesn’t want this to be transparent.”

Marshall called the closed-door investigation “the biggest farce of my life,” and other Republican lawmakers lined up to condemn the secrecy.

“To disregard, to repudiate, close to 60 million Americans in the 2016 election, if they are going to do that, do it in public,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican. “Show your faces so we can all see the travesty you are trying to foist on America.”

Schiff and Pelosi have defended the process by equating the panels in the closed-door inquiry to a grand jury and Schiff to the role of prosecutor, acting much like former special counsel Robert Mueller. Schiff said public hearings will take place, and transcripts will be released at some point. READ MORE

via SHOWDOWN: Adam Schiff Literally Runs Away As Group Of 30 House Republicans Storm The Democrats Closed-Door Secret Sham Impeachment Proceedings — Now The End Begins

DUH: Biden Apologizes For Calling Clinton Impeachment A ‘Lynching’ After Ripping Trump For Calling His Impeachment A ‘Lynching’ — The Gateway Pundit

You can’t make this stuff up, people.

President Trump on Tuesday compared the impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.”

“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was incensed.

“Impeachment is not ‘lynching,’ it is part of our Constitution,” the former vice president said. “Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It’s despicable.”

Then it turned out that Biden said EXACTLY THE SAME THING in 1998, when Bill Clinton was impeached.

“Even if the president should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense,” Biden said.

As he’s been doing since he first got into the race, Biden was forced to apologize.

“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily.”

So Trump chose his words “deliberately” and Biden just “accidentally” said the words? How is the same word OK when Biden utters it but racist when Trump says it?

Like we said, you just can’t make this stuff up.

via DUH: Biden Apologizes For Calling Clinton Impeachment A ‘Lynching’ After Ripping Trump For Calling His Impeachment A ‘Lynching’ — The Gateway Pundit