Daily Archives: October 24, 2019

October 24 Jars of Clay

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7–18

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:7

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

The apostle Paul knew true success in ministry, but he also knew something about pain and turmoil. During his ministry, he was hunted, imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, and mocked. His fellow Jews branded him a traitor, and he was often scorned or not trusted by his Christian brothers. Paul faced the worst that life had to offer, yet he retained the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus.

Unfortunately, many new believers assume that the saving work of Christ in their lives will prevent them from experiencing times of trials and troubles. Paul, however, disagreed. In 2 Corinthians 4:7–18, Paul illuminated the pain often associated with discipleship. Dispelling the illusion that Christians are spared hardships, Paul instead praised God for those times in which His power is revealed in human weakness.

In verse 7, Paul wrote about earthen vessels and the power of God. The NIV translates “earthen vessels” as “jars of clay.” The image here is of the unimaginable power of God being poured into fragile, cracked containers: you and me.

God’s glory is not revealed in spite of our brokenness, but rather through our brokenness. Just as a cracked jar will seep water, so will the power of God leak out from our fractured lives.

Do not be ashamed of your “cracks.” Rather, examine yourself to discover how God may be more fully revealed to you and others through your hardships.

Dear heavenly Father, let me realize that the “cracks” in my jar of clay provide openings for Your light to shine through. Reveal Yourself through me today.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 311). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Whole of the Christian Life Is Repentance — Ligonier Ministries Blog

We don’t just repent once. In this brief clip, Sinclair Ferguson explains that the Christian life requires daily repentance and submission to the authority of Jesus Christ.

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

Most of you know the story of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. The first of these theses was this: When our Lord Jesus said “repent.” He meant that the whole of the Christian life should be repentance. You ever heard somebody say, well I repented twenty years ago, thirty years ago, ten years ago, it’s done and dusted. No it’s not done and dusted for Jesus. It is the whole of the Christian life. This transformation, this newness, this difference that is the Christian life, takes place only when we find ourselves bowing down to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.

via The Whole of the Christian Life Is Repentance — Ligonier Ministries Blog

October 24 Sharpen Your Shovel

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1

Key Verse: Psalm 19:10

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

If you were an explorer, and you had a guaranteed, accurate map directing you to buried treasure, you would be committed to uncovering it, wouldn’t you? Nothing would deter you from the expedition. You would have a shovel in hand and a single-minded purpose that was not deterred by any difficulty.

Did you know that God’s Word is a treasure? It’s true, and not just in an obscure or abstract way. The Bible is truth, God’s unerring, unfailing, and eternal revelation to mankind. Every principle is rock-solid; you can bank your very life on what it says.

King David, who possessed much wealth, expressed the worth of Scripture in these poetic terms: “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart … They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb” (Ps. 19:7–10 nasb).

These are the words of a rich man, yet he found the Word of the Lord richer still. If you have read the Bible for years, you can certainly testify to its growing sweetness. If you are just beginning to “mine” in Scripture, you need to sharpen your shovel and get ready to dig—you’ll never reach the bottom.

O Lord, sharpen my spiritual shovel. I want to mine the wealth of Your Word. I am ready to dig into Your limitless resources.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 311). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 24 Hearing and Doing

Scripture reading: James 1:22–25

Key verse: Romans 9:26

It shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,

“You are not My people,”

There they shall be called sons of the living God.

How you enter church each week will have a great impact on how you exit it. The reference here is to attitude and intention, not to whether you look or act just right.

James told us to be doers and not just hearers of the Word. The only way to be a doer is to be an intense hearer. We must know what to do and how to go about it before we can be doers. It is imperative that we walk into church services having resolved that we will intently, actively listen to the preaching of the Word of God.

Pray for God to prepare your heart for what He wants you to hear from your pastor. Take notes. Pray during the message. Say something like, “Lord, what are You trying to teach me here?” If there is a particular point that God continually is impressing upon your spirit, ask Him, “Father, what am I missing? Reveal what You would have me learn. How can I absorb what I am hearing and apply it to my life?”

Comprehending God’s Word will help you become a doer of God’s Word. This is the truth behind Romans 8:29, in which God would have us to be conformed to the image of His Son. You must comprehend to be conformed, and you must be conformed to effectively communicate in speech and deed the Word of God.

Make me an intense hearer, Lord, so I can be an obedient doer. Conform me to the image of Your Son, so I can effectively communicate Your Word in speech and deed.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 311). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 24, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

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Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? (6:26)

There are many birds in northern Galilee, and it is likely that Jesus pointed to some passing birds as He said, Look at the birds of the air. As an object lesson, He called attention to the fact that birds do not have intricate and involved processes for acquiring food. They do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns.

Like every creature, birds have their life from God. But God does not say to them, in effect, “I’ve done My part; from now on you’re on your own.” The Lord has provided them with an abundance of food resources and the instinct to find those resources for themselves and their offspring. Your heavenly Father feeds them. He “prepares for the raven its nourishment, when its young cry out to God” (Job 38:41; cf. Ps. 147:9).

If God so carefully takes care of such relatively insignificant creatures as birds, how much more will He take of those who are created in His own image, and who have become His children through faith? Are you not worth much more than they?

Arthur Pink comments, “Here we may see how the irrational creatures, made subject to vanity by the sin of man, come nearer to their first estate and better observe the order of nature in their creation than man does. For they seek only for that which God has provided for them, and when they receive it they are content. This solemnly demonstrates that man is more … vile and more base than even the brute beasts” (An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1974], p. 229).

Jesus does not suggest that birds do nothing to feed themselves. Anyone who has observed them even for a little while is impressed with their diligence and persistence in foraging for food. Many birds spend the greater part of their time and energy finding food for themselves, their mates, and their young. But they do not worry about where their next meal is going to come from. They gather food until they have enough, and then go about whatever other business they may have until time for the next meal. Birds only eat excessively when humans put them in cages. They never worry about or stockpile their food. Certain species store seeds or nuts for winter, but they do so out of instinctive sense, not out of fear or worry. Much less do they stockpile simply for the sake of gloating over their hoard. In their own limited way they illustrate what we should know: that the heavenly Father feeds them.

Yet no bird is created in the image of God or recreated in the image of Christ. No bird was ever promised heirship with Jesus Christ throughout all eternity. No bird has a place prepared for him in heaven. And if God gives and sustains life for birds, will He not take care of us who are His children and who have been given all those glorious promises?

The idea that the world’s food supply is rapidly diminishing is untrue. A recent bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture states, “The world has more than enough food to feed every man, woman, and child in it. If the world’s food supply had been evenly divided and distributed among the world’s population for the last eighteen years, each person would have received more than the minimum number of calories. From 1960 to the present world food grain production never dropped below a hundred and three percent of the minimum requirement, and averaged a hundred and eight percent.”

Nor has the per capita amount of food been dropping. The same bulletin reports, “World per capita food production declined only twice in the last twenty-five years. In fact production of grain, the primary food for most of the world’s people, rose from two hundred and ninety kilograms per person during the early fifties to three hundred and sixty kilograms per person during the last five years.” It is also stated that only ten percent of the agricultural land in the world could produce enough food to feed every human being on our planet, even by the standard of U. S. consumption![1]


26 To worry about food and drink is to have learned nothing from the natural creation. If the created order testifies to God’s “eternal power and divine nature” (Ro 1:20), it testifies equally to his providence. The point is not that disciples need not work—birds do not simply wait for God to drop food into their beaks—but that they need not fret. Disciples may further strengthen their faith when they remember that God is in a special sense their Father (not the birds’ Father), and that they are worth far more than birds (“you” is emphatic). Here the argument is from the lesser to the greater.

This argument presupposes a biblical cosmology without which faith makes no sense. God is so sovereign over the universe that even the feeding of a wren falls within his concern. Because he normally does things in regular ways, there are “scientific laws” to be discovered. But the believer with eyes to see simultaneously discovers something about God and his activity (cf. Carson, Sermon on the Mount, 87–90).[2]


26 The first of the concerns mentioned in v. 25 (food) is addressed by means of an illustration from nature; the second (clothing) will be similarly addressed in v. 28. For similar lessons from nature in the OT cf. Job 12:7–10; Prov 6:6–11; Jer 8:7. Solomon was famous for them, 1 Kgs 4:32–33. For a close rabbinic parallel see m. Qidd. 4:14. For God’s provision for his animal creation see e.g. Ps 104:10–15, 27–30. While it is true that God’s creation provides the food which birds need, the statement that “your heavenly Father feeds them” should not be misunderstood. As Luther famously put it, God provides food for the birds, but he does not drop it into their beaks. More obviously than the flowers of v. 28, birds have to work for their food by searching and hunting, even if not in the human way of sowing, reaping and storing. This is not a charter for laziness, for birds or for humans. The argument is a fortiori: if God provides for the birds, how much more for you? The assumption that God’s human creation is of more importance to him than the non-human (cf. 10:31; 12:12) echoes the pattern of the Genesis creation narrative, where human beings constitute the final and climactic act of creation and are given authority over the rest of the animal creation (Gen 1:26–28; cf. Adam’s naming of the animals in Gen 2:19–20). While the idea of the “dominion” of humanity over the rest of creation has been seriously abused, especially in recent generations, the contention of some more extreme proponents of animal rights that humanity has no special place in God’s order for his world finds little biblical support and is here clearly contradicted. It is interesting to observe that the same assumption with regard to the vegetable creation in v. 30, while equally taken for granted, is less explicitly stated than here.[3]


26. Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are of more value than they, are you not? The sky above Palestine and neighboring countries is full of birds. Scripture mentions many of them. In the small compass of seven verses (Lev. 11:13–19) no less than twenty kinds are listed: eagle, ossifrage, osprey, kite, falcon, raven, ostrich, nighthawk, sea gull, hawk, owl, cormorant, ibis, water hen, pelican, vulture, stork, heron, hoopoe, and bat. In the old dispensation all of these were considered “unclean.” The pigeon and the turtle-dove are mentioned in Lev. 12:6 (cf. Luke 2:24); the sparrow and the swallow in Ps. 84:3; for the former see also Matt. 10:29, 31; Luke 12:6, 7. In addition to turtle-dove and swallow Jer. 8:7 mentions the crane. In the passage parallel to Matt. 6:26 Jesus calls the attention of his audience to the (already mentioned) raven (Luke 12:24). The barnyard with its domestic fowl is not neglected; note the strikingly beautiful passage about the hen and its chicks (Matt. 23:37), and the part the rooster plays in the story of Peter’s denial (Matt. 26:34 ff., and parallels). The eagle, referred to not only in Lev. 11 but in several other Old Testament passages (including such well-known ones as Deut. 32:11; Ps. 103:5 and Ezek. 17:3, 11) returns in the pages of the New Testament (Matt. 24:28; cf. Luke 17:37; Rev. 4:7; 12:14). We have already become acquainted with the dove in our study of the baptism of Jesus (see p. 214).

For a complete list and description of the birds mentioned in Scripture one should turn to the delightfully interesting work by A. Parmelee, All the Birds of the Bible, New York, 1959. That author calls the country in which the Sermon on the Mount was delivered “the cross-roads of bird-migrations.” Was a thick swarm of winged travelers cleaving the air at the very moment when the Lord spoke the words of 6:26? It is entirely possible.

What Jesus is saying here is that the birds of the air neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet are being fed and kept alive by their Creator. This passage must not be misinterpreted as if it were an encouragement to idleness. It could not have been that, for the Lord knew well enough that his audience was conscious of the fact that adult birds are by no means lazy. They work for their living. They do not just settle themselves on some twig and wait for food to drop into their mouths. No, they are very busy. They gather insects and worms, prepare their nests, care for their young and teach them how to fly, etc. A certain degree of “care” for impending contingencies can be ascribed to them, especially to the migrants among them; for, as the season may dictate, these travel to warmer or cooler regions. Nevertheless, two things must be borne in mind. First, birds are not guilty of overdoing a good thing. They are not like the rich fool of the parable (Luke 12:16–21). Secondly, when these birds prepare their nests, train their young, migrate, etc., they are acting “instinctively.” When we say this, are we not really affirming that it is their Creator who, by endowing them with these instincts, is caring for them, while they themselves are merely responding to certain stimuli?

With men the story is entirely different. It is they, not the birds, who not only sow and reap and gather into barns, but who, while engaged in all this, are often filled with dreadful forebodings, in large measure ignoring God’s promises! While the birds are “carefree,” men are “careworn.”

Christ’s argument—from the less to the greater, contrast verse 25—amounts to this: If the birds, who cannot in any real sense plan ahead, have no reason to worry, then certainly you, my followers, endowed with intelligence, so that you can take thought for the future, should not be filled with apprehension. Again, if God provides even for these lower creatures, how much more will he care for you, who were created as his very image. And especially, if the One who feeds them is “your heavenly Father” but their Creator, then how thoroughly unreasonable your anxiety becomes. “You are of more value than they, are you not?” asks the Lord, in a question so worded in the original that it expects an affirmative answer.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 421–423). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 215). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (p. 268). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 349–351). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Rand Paul: There Are GOP Senators ‘Whose Allegiance Is More to the Deep State’ Than Trump | Breitbart

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Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson questioned Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as to why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had not been aggressive employing his subpoena power as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee against various central figures involved with the effort to derail Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and his presidency.

Paul explained he had urged Graham to act. However, he said there were other Republican members of the U.S. Senate that had more of an “allegiance” to the so-called Deep State than Trump.

Partial transcript as follows:

CARLSON: So I don’t want to single out, I don’t want to be, you know, unfair to any particular senator. But I would tell you that I hear a lot from our viewers, you know, what is the answer? How did this start? Lindsey Graham is the Committee Chairman. He claimed he would get to the bottom of it. Why hasn’t he?

PAUL: Well, not just any senator can do this. So I can’t call a committee hearing and drag these people in. Senator Graham has the power. He is the Chairman of a powerful committee, the Judiciary Committee. And yes, I’ve encouraged him publicly and privately to do this.

Big Pharma And Microsoft Are Teaming Up In Something Called The ‘ID2020 Alliance’ That Will Combine Vaccinations With Implantable Microchips To Create Your Digital ID — Now The End Begins

Big Pharma is officially partnering with the tech industry to pair “immunization” with digital biometrics, meaning humans will soon be microchipped, tracked, and ultimately controlled through a global identification matrix.

For years we’ve been watching as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, now retired from the company he founded, use his billions to give ‘free vaccinations‘ to people in third world countries. Now Bill has become a founding partner in another company, this one is called the ID2020 Alliance, and its goal is to give every human being on Earth a digital id. How do they plan on accomplishing this feat? By combining mandatory vaccinations with implantable microchips. Genius, isn’t it? And coming soon to a theater near you, as the saying goes.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)

So now you know what Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were really doing over the past 10 years, travelling to third word countries and giving ‘free vaccinations’ to the poor, downtrodden natives. Those ‘free vaccinations‘ was research and a live testing lab to conduct the necessary experiments required to form ID2020. And as you will see today, this unholy hybrid of vaccinations and implantable microchips is already happening in Bangladesh, soon it will be Boston. A page on the Gates Foundation website says that Bill and Melinda have so far invested over $2.5 billion dollars to this project, with no end in sight. Can the man who put the world behind a personal computer now put a vaccination microchip digital ID into the global population? Bill Gates is absolutely positive he can, and indeed is well on his way to achieving that goal.

“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; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 (KJV)

We have been warning you about this for the past 10 years, and now it is happening. Are you ready for what comes next? I hope you are. Keep looking for that Blessed Hope, and thank God it comes before the time of Jacob’s trouble. If only my friend, Carl Sanders, the man who first revealed the inner-workings of the team that created the RFID microchip, had lived long enough to see this day.

Vaccines now being used to harvest biometric identities of everyone; Big Brother merges with Big Pharma

FROM NATURAL NEWS: The ID2020 Alliance, as it’s being called, is a digital identity program that aims to “leverage immunization” as a means of inserting tiny microchips into people’s bodies. In collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, also known as GAVI, the government of Bangladesh and various other “partners in government, academia, and humanitarian relief,” the ID2020 Alliance hopes to usher in this mark of the beast as a way to keep tabs on every human being living on Earth.

Similar to how cattle are marked with ear tags, this globalist alliance wants all humans to be “vaccinated” with digital tracking chips that will create a seamless monitoring system for the New World Order to manage the populations of the world with ease.

“We are implementing a forward-looking approach to digital identity that gives individuals control over their own personal information, while still building off existing systems and programs,” says Anir Chowdhury, a policy advisor at a2i, the Bangladesh government’s “Access to Information Program.”

“The government of Bangladesh recognizes that the design of digital identity systems carries far-reaching implications for individuals’ access to services and livelihoods, and we are eager to pioneer this approach,” he adds.

While the ID2020 program’s testing grounds are primarily in the Third World, the group says it’s also now working with governments here in the United States to start microchipping people through vaccination.

In Austin, Texas, for example, the homeless population is now being exploited as a collective guinea pig for ID2020’s microchip vaccination program, which the group claims will help to “empower” homeless people by supposedly giving them “control” over their personal identity data.

“The City of Austin, ID2020, and several other partners are working together with homeless people and the service providers who engage with them to develop a blockchain-enabled digital identity platform called MyPass to empower homeless people with their own identity data,” writes Chris Burt for BiometricUpdate.com.

The ID2020 Alliance, as it’s being called, is a digital identity program that aims to “leverage immunization” as a means of inserting tiny microchips into people’s bodies.

ID2020 is also jabbing refugees with its microchip vaccinations through two inaugural pilot programs known as iRespond and Everest. According to reports, iRespond has “improved continuity of care” for more than 3,000 refugees receiving drug treatments for chronic illness. Everest, on the other hand, has “assisted with the provision of access to critical energy subsidies and a range of additional services with secure and user-centric digital identities without relying on a smartphone,” Burt writes.

All of this is priming the public for an eventual mandate of microchip vaccinations, which will be required for every individual in order to buy and sell goods. Chowdhury openly admitted this in stating that digital identity systems will be necessary for “individuals’ access to services and livelihoods.”

In other words, the Bible is right: A global identification system is in the works that will eventually be required for people to function in society, and ultimately survive. Without these microchips in their bodies, people won’t be able to work, let alone eat, and it’s all happening right before our very eyes.

Keep in mind that ID2020 is a part of the so-called “REAL ID,” which will soon be required for those who wish to travel. REAL ID will also be used as a backdoor method of implementing mandatory vaccination policies for adults. READ MORE

Our Manifesto | ID2020

We believe the ability to prove one’s identity is a fundamental and universal human right. ID2020 Alliance partners jointly define functional requirements, influencing the course of technical innovation and providing a route to technical interoperability, and therefore trust and recognition.

ID2020 Summit 2018: Part 1

The ID2020 Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to improving lives through user-centric, portable, privacy-protecting digital identity. This year’s Summit, convened by ID2020 Alliance, brought together leaders and innovators in the field to discuss the technical and non-technical requirements to yield a collective roadmap that moves us towards broad adoption of “good” digital identity for all.

Carl Sanders Helped Design The first Implantable Microchip

Carl Sanders was an engineer on the world’s first implantable microchip, and in the process of working on this incredible end times device, Carl got saved and spent the rest of his life warning people about what was coming. What you will hear in this video clip is taken from a cassette tape that was sent around churches back in the 1990’s, I had one of those copies. When the Lord had me start NTEB, Bro. Carl and I became friends and he was a guest on our program many times. 

via Big Pharma And Microsoft Are Teaming Up In Something Called The ‘ID2020 Alliance’ That Will Combine Vaccinations With Implantable Microchips To Create Your Digital ID — Now The End Begins

October 24, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A year after the U.S. Vice President’s hawkish speech on China caused an
uproar in Beijing, Mike Pence is expected to strike a gentler tone in a
second policy address on the country Thursday, as hopes blossom for a
partial trade deal with Beijing.

A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump told a federal appeals court
Wednesday the president does not have to hand over his tax returns to New
York state prosecutors because he is immune from criminal investigation.

The leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment investigation
said on Wednesday that the State Department refused to comply with a
subpoena for documents that they now know are key to their probe into
whether President Donald Trump should be removed from office.

The 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London are believed to
be Chinese nationals, police said on Thursday, as they questioned the
driver detained on suspicion of murder.

New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods fell more than expected in
September and shipments also declined, a sign that business investment
remains weak amid the continuing fallout from the U.S.-China trade war but
other data on Thursday showed it has yet to have much effect on the overall
jobs market.

Chile’s president and lawmakers prepared on Thursday to push forward social
equality reforms after the easing of riots in the latest flashpoint of
protests against South American leaders.

More than half a million homes and businesses in California could lose
power this week as utilities including Pacific Gas & Electric and
Southern California Edison cut off electricity as a preventive measure
against wildfires.

Several U.S. states that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic are
pushing back on a proposed $48 billion settlement framework that would
resolve thousands of lawsuits against five drug companies accused of
fueling the addiction crisis.

AP Top Stories

President Trump on Wednesday announced “a major breakthrough” in Syria amid
bipartisan anger over his decision to pull U.S. troops from the region,
allowing a Turkish invasion that has displaced more than 100,000 of
America’s Kurdish allies.

The United States has been quietly reducing its troop strength in
Afghanistan despite the lack of a peace deal with the Taliban, weakening
its hand in any future negotiations with the insurgents.

An Iranian beauty queen is seeking asylum in the Philippines, fearing for
her life after Tehran demanded her extradition for a crime she claims she
did not commit.

Cars will soon start rolling off General Motors’ factory floors after a
month-long shutdown, but the pain will linger for some of the carmaker’s
key suppliers. American Axle & Manufacturing, Lear and other car parts
suppliers rely heavily on General Motors for revenue. The companies all
suffered varying degrees of damage from the sudden shutdown of operations
on September 16, when United Auto Workers members went on strike.

A fast-moving wildfire forced the late night evacuations of residents in a
northern California’s Sonoma County as intense winds fanned flames
southwards and tens of thousands are without power Wednesday night into
early Thursday.

Chan Tong-kai, the murder suspect whose case sparked a political crisis in
Hong Kong, has been released after serving 18 months in prison.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who’s still trying to settle a nearly
week-old teacher’s strike, proposed a combination of debt refinancing, tax
and fee hikes and assistance from the state Legislature on Wednesday to
close a massive $838 million budget deficit.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed and
abandoned the Syrian Kurds and advised the Kurds to withdraw from the
Syrian border as per a deal between Moscow and Ankara or be mauled by the
Turkish army.

In Hong Kong a single, 134.5 square foot parking spot at a 73-story office
tower in the glitzy financial district has sold for $969,000, according to
local media reports. That works out to just over $7,200 per square foot. By
comparison, the average apartment in upscale Manhattan goes for four times
less, at around $1,770, according to real estate analytics firm
NeighborhoodX.

The Virginia city of Norfolk has the right to move its “Johnny Reb”
Confederate statue from a busy downtown intersection to a local cemetery,
the state attorney general and a local prosecutor have determined.

Republicans in South Carolina have voted to proceed on a measure that would
strip abortion exemptions in cases of rape or incest, and criminalize the
procedure almost entirely as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.

BBC

Israeli ex-military chief Benny Gantz has been tasked with forming a
coalition government after PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts ended in
deadlock. It is the first time that someone other than Mr. Netanyahu has
received such a mandate since 2009.

A painting seized by the Nazis from a Jewish family in Germany in 1933 has
been found at a museum in New York. The piece is held by the FBI until it
can be returned to the Mosse family.

EU leaders are set to decide on Friday whether to grant the UK a
three-month Brexit extension, the BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler says.

WND

A jury in Texas prevented a father from intervening in the gender
“transitioning” of his 7-year-old son through chemical castration.

Complaining of a “Soviet-style process,” more than a dozen House
Republicans stormed a closed-door meeting Wednesday where Democratic
lawmakers were questioning a Defense Department official in the impeachment
inquiry into President Trump.

The Seattle Public Schools Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee (ESAC)
suggests that math is subjective and racist, saying under one section, “Who
gets to say if an answer is right,” and under another, “how is math
manipulated to allow inequality and oppression to persist?”


Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 24, 2019

The Foundation

“I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

Republicans Expose Dems’ Impeachment Secrecy

House Republicans storm the closed-door testimony of Pentagon official Laura Cooper.


Rep. Katie Hill’s Brewing #MeToo Scandal

Freshman Democrat admits to polyamorous affair with a young female staffer.


The Narco-Terrorist State Next Door

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Headlines – 10/24/2019

Gantz, set to be tasked with forming coalition, invites Likud to unity talks

Gantz calls for national reconciliation to end ‘political chaos’ in Israel

Urging compromise, Rivlin calls to form government ‘as soon as possible’

Gantz does have a path to the prime ministership. But does he want to walk it?

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Netanyahu agrees to meet PM-designate Gantz; other right, Orthodox leaders wait

Blue and White said weighing bill requiring Netanyahu to step down if indicted

Liberman says Likud MKs already ‘eulogizing’ Netanyahu behind the scenes

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UN Palestinian rights official calls for ban on Israeli settlement products

UN Expert Calls for International Ban on Israeli Products Made in Settlements

Poll: Nearly a third of Jewish people avoid publicly wearing things that might identify them as Jewish

IDF drone crashes in southern Lebanon, apparently after it was shot down

Nation-wide Protests Dominated by Young Lebanese, Calling to End Country’s Sectarian-based Regime

Russia steps up its presence in north-east Syria after Turkey deal

Russia Says Oil Sites in Northeastern Syria Should Be Controlled by Damascus – Kremlin accuses U.S. of betraying Kurds in Syria

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Russian Bombers to Land in South Africa During Unprecedented Deployment

Russia lands nuclear bombers in Africa as Putin hosts continent’s leaders

Ukrainian leader felt Trump pressure before taking office

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Judge orders State Department to produce Ukraine documents

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5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Enarotali, Indonesia

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5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Enarotali, Indonesia

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Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

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Will Christians Replace Commitment to the Gospel for Commitment to a Unified Dominionist Agenda to “Save the Country”? — Lighthouse Trails Inc

photos used with permission from bigstockphoto.com.

The headline above is from an article Lighthouse Trails wrote in 2015. We are posting this article again because this month four highly popular evangelical leaders did something that more than surprised many people. And we believe what they did is a perfect example of what this article is warning.

On October 18, 2019, Religious News Service reported:

This week SBC adherents watched in (near) terror as prominent Southern Baptist pastors, including Franklin Graham, Jack Graham (no relation to Franklin or Billy), Robert Jeffress and Greg Laurie [not SBC], tweeted their approval of a new book by Paula White, President Trump’s spiritual advisor. In another time, these long-respected gospel preachers and conservative leaders would never have risked reputation and religious conviction to promote her.

One can only speculate at this point why these high-profile evangelical leaders would endorse a book written by someone who has aligned with the prosperity-gospel and the New Apostolic Reformation (see links below). It doesn’t take much imagination to believe that these endorsements by the two Grahams (not related), Jeffress, and Laurie were politically motivated.

As we explain below, there is every reason for American Christians to be seriously concerned about the state of our country and to hope and pray for godly leadership in the political realm. But will Christian leaders and pastors replace commitment to the Gospel for commitment to a unified dominionist agenda to “save the country”? Sadly, in many cases, the Gospel has already been replaced with various substitutes, and dominionism is one of those.

2015 Article by the Editors at Lighthouse Trails:

Will Christians Replace Commitment to the Gospel for Commitment to a Unified Dominionist Agenda to “Save the Country”?

As America is fast approaching another presidential election year, Dominionist/Kingdom Now political and religious figures are joining forces with evangelical Christian groups. While having concern for the state of America is more than legitimate, will Christians replace commitment and loyalty to the Gospel for commitment and loyalty to a dominionist agenda? If they do, they will learn the hard way that compromise and a “whatever it takes” attitude will do more harm to the cause of Jesus Christ than good.

This article is not a statement that Christians should not be involved in or concerned about the political state of their countries. Rather, the intention of this article is to exhort believers to use discernment in understanding the times in which we live. It is to show how a present ecumenical, dominionist movement (that is heading toward a one-world religion to “establish the kingdom of God on earth”) is operating and deceiving many Christians. As Christians, we are to be witnesses for Jesus Christ and His Gospel message of salvation. But today, many Christians may be on the brink of buying into a plan that will ultimately create a global religion and global government.

The apostle Paul was very clear that we are not to entangle ourselves with those who say they are of the faith but preach “another gospel” (Romans 16:17, Titus 3:10, 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15).

The definition below of dominionism is helpful in understanding the goals of the dominionist movement:

The Gospel of Salvation [according to dominionism] is achieved by setting up the “Kingdom of God” as a literal and physical kingdom to be “advanced” on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ.

Dominionism shares some of the same ideologies as the emerging church, the primary similarity being the belief that a utopian “kingdom of God” will be set up on earth prior to the return of Jesus Christ, and in fact there won’t actually be a bodily physical return of Christ; but rather His presence will become more manifest within us the more the kingdom of God on earth is created. This is totally contrary to Scripture that tells us that Jesus Christ will return physically (where every eye shall see Him), and it will be to a world that has become completely chaotic and reprobate, not utopian and godly.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. (Revelation 1:7)

An article titled “7 Mountains – Set to Go Viral” examines the goals of this dominionist agenda, expressing “concern that this radical mandate for dominionism, and the leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which birthed it, are becoming part of the political Right and evangelical mainstream.” The article states that the “7 mountains mandate is already becoming a unifying rally point among evangelicals from many diverse theological camps and from some very unexpected quarters.”

The Dominionist/Reclaiming our Culture mind-set is a dangerous path that leads, not to biblical truth, but rather to an ecumenical, Road to Rome, “Army for God” that will attempt to force culture to be “Christian” (something Jesus Christ or the disciples never mandated) and will end up leading all down that Road to Rome and eventually into a one-world religion and one-world government.

The article assesses:

Not only does the Kingdom of God have a different King to the kingdoms of the world, but it has different citizens, has a different future and it operates by different principles. One of the principles that makes God’s Kingdom radically different to that of the world is the lust for power as opposed to the willingness to serve.

“Jesus said: ‘Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.’” (Matthew 20:25-28).2

This is not to say that Christians should not try to be a light and the “salt” in a fallen culture (Matthew 5:13). But there is a difference between what Scripture instructs us to do and what the 7 Mountains movers teach; they  believe they are “building an actual PHYSICAL kingdom here on earth — structurally through man’s mechanisms. This is the 7 mountains that they want to take over. They believe they can take them over by political, scientific, and psycho-social means.” And like the New Agers, they also want to build the spiritual kingdom within, “which they believe they can perfect themselves here on earth via mysticism” thus “they will begin to ‘manifest’ Christ — become the sons of God.”3

A Civil War?

In a radio transcript titled “Blues and Grays,”  Roger Oakland of Understand the Times states:

Christianity is about to be purified through a civil war, they say. Is this behavior indicative of a revival as some claim? Or is this exactly what occurred in the past when “enlightened Christians” became the “manifested sons of God”?

[In] an article written by Rick Joyner called the Coming Civil War in the Church. . . . Joyner states he believes a civil war will soon be breaking out within the church. He states: “There is a huge portion of the church which is being held bondage to the same religious spirit that manifested itself to the Pharisees, and it will attack any new movement that arises in the church. The more anointed the new movement is, the more these traditionalists will be threatened by it, and the more vehemently they will attack it.”

Joyner’s solution for removing the people who oppose this “anointed new move” sounds rather militant. Listen to what he says:

“The longer we continue to compromise with such institutions which use manipulation or control for the sake of unity or for any reason the more it will ultimately cost us to remove the cancer from our midst.”

Joyner then went on to describe how the conflict in the church will develop:

“The coming spiritual civil war will be between the Blue’s and the Gray’s. In dreams and visions blue often represents heavenly-mindedness, and gray speaks of those who live by the power of their own minds – which is equivalent to the brain’s gray matter. This will be a conflict between those who may be genuine Christians, but who live mostly according to their natural minds and human wisdom, and those who follow the Holy Spirit.” 4

In Kevin Reeves book, The Other Side of the River, Reeves discusses Rick Joyner. Reeves, a former elder of a Latter Rain/dominionist church, states:

Joyner’s blatant Latter Rain beliefs were assimilated into our congregation on the wings of the mythical end-times revival which would supposedly sweep millions into the kingdom. A super-spiritual elite group of prophets and apostles will be raised up, Joyner states, and will transform the world of these last days, doing greater miracles than even the apostles who walked with our Lord. Whole nations will tremble at the mention of their names.

Interesting. Sounds a lot easier to deal with than Jesus’ prophecy that “[Y]e shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9).5

In Final Quest, Joyner says he hears from a dead saint (one of the foolish virgins mentioned in Scripture), who has told him the things that are to come. According to one researcher, “Rick Joyner was one of the ‘Kansas City Prophets’ who now wields considerable influence through his ‘prophecies’ about a coming militant church.”6 Joyner states:

We are coming to the times when passive Christianity and passive Christians will cease to exist. There is a maturity, a discipline, and a divine militancy coming upon the people of God. Those who have succumbed to humanistic and idealistic theologies may have a hard time with this, but we must understand that God is a military God. The title that He uses ten times more than any other in Scripture is “the Lord of hosts,” or “Lord of armies.” There is a martial aspect to His character that we must understand and embrace for the times and the job to which we are now coming.7

We know that the Lord will return with a cloud of witnesses to bring down judgment on the earth, but we don’t believe Rick Joyner or the self-proclaimed apostles and prophets will be leading the way.

Will the Christian Church Sell Out?

During the years just prior to the 2008 presidential election, an all out effort was made by leaders in the emerging church to help get elected a liberal, far left president. Many of these leaders, such as Rick Warren, said things that made many conservative Christians feel guilty for voting on moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality. Books by emerging “progressive” authors suggested that Christians shouldn’t even become involved in politics (e.g. Shane Claiborne’s book, Jesus for President) (see our booklet on this issue).  And while the older conservatives were being manipulated not to vote, young Christians were being persuaded to vote differently than their “old fashioned parents,” to vote for social justice regardless of biblical standards or lack of them.  And, well, no need to say what these emerging efforts did to America.

No single political party can save the world. The Bible says that the closer we draw to the second coming of Christ, the worse the state of the world will be in. Rather than “evolving” into perfection, mankind is disintegrating.8 It’s because of man’s sin and a world that has for the most part rejected the Savior of the world. Revelation 12:9 states that the day will come when Satan will “deceiveth the whole world.” Yet just as Jesus gave the coin to pay the tax to Caesar, so too we as Christians can be responsibly active in our world. But foremost, let us remember that the Bible says we cannot serve both God and man at the same time (Matthew 6:24).The true calling of born-again believers is to preach the Gospel, make disciples, and contend for the faith. And we must never compromise by embracing dominionist agendas and interspiritual Peace Plans and joining forces with those whose goals and ambitions are contrary to the Christian commission given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must ask ourselves, is a militant dominionist agenda what we really want to embrace and support? Is it what we want to serve?

In a powerful radio interview a few years ago, former radio host Ingrid Schlueter addressed this dominionist agenda. She stated:

We have a group of leaders who are horrified with the moral collapse in this country. I am horrified with the cultural collapse in this country. We have a problem in identifying and discerning why our culture is collapsing. What we are seeing around us is not fruit of Christians not caring. It’s fruit of Christians abandoning the gospel. And if we’re not going to define the gospel along biblical terms, and we’re going to allow false teachers in among us, and we’re going to link arms with said false teachers, and we’re going to work with them who are preaching another gospel, who are teaching lies, if we’re going to link arms with them to save the culture, we are not only engaged in a futile effort, but God is going to, in turn, judge that conduct. Because judgment, Scripture tells us, begins at the house of God.9

An article on this issue states:

The sad fact is that great opportunities to present the message of the gospel of salvation are being lost. Precious time is being wasted . . . Those who truly need to hear a message of repentance, salvation and hope aren’t being witnessed to. Discipleship isn’t happening. . . . It is a false gospel that preaches that the culture/nation can be changed rather than focusing on the lost who will perish in hell if they do not repent. . . . And when the lost are truly saved and born again, their lives will change and this is when the miracles begin to happen and when the culture around them begins to be positively impacted by the salt and light of their changed lives.10

Lighthouse Trails is dedicated to warning the sheep about last-days spiritual deception. While it is difficult to have to sound this warning at a time when many are concerned about the state of their countries and the world at large, Jesus made it very clear about how we are to view the world, behave in the world, and reach out to the unsaved. He never told his disciples to form associations with those promoting spiritual deception in order to establish a kingdom on earth. On the contrary, Jesus said:

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-19)

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)

My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36)

Notes:

  1. “Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism”: http://www.crossroad.to
  2. “Seven Mountains Set to Go Viral
  3. Discernment Ministries in an e-mail conversation on 8/15/2011 with Lighthouse Trails.
  4. “Blues and Grays” by Roger Oakland
  5. Kevin Reeves, The Other Side of the River, (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2007), p. 99.
  6. http://www.discernment-ministries.org/ChristianImperialism.htm
  7. “TAKING THE LAND—“We Are Establishing Our Eternal Place And Position Here On Earth” by Rick Joyner, 11/29/05, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=3617
  8. Please watch Roger Oakland’s powerful DVD lecture series on evolution vs creation. It shows the connection between evolution and the current spiritual deception in the world today: Searching for the Truth on Origins.
  9. VCY America interview with Ingrid Schlueter
  10. “May Day Prayers: What Repentance?”

Links to Paula White’s teachings:

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/whitesfalseteaching.html

http://www.letusreason.org/Popteach39.htm

Photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission.

via Will Christians Replace Commitment to the Gospel for Commitment to a Unified Dominionist Agenda to “Save the Country”? — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Soros Groups Target Far-Left Candidates for Local Sheriff and DA Elections While Soros’s Son and Obama Focus on Redistricting Campaign — The Gateway Pundit

Billionaire George Soros is tight with the Democrat Party and perhaps its biggest donor. His organizations were connected to many anti-American actions during the Obama Administration and many more anti-America and anti-Trump actions since the 2016 election.

George Soros is a major Democrat donor and at the same time connected to numerous actions around the world that are very suspicious, if not corrupt and criminal. At the time of the 2017 Inauguration, we reported that Soros related groups were related to every major protest since the November election.

Soros was interviewed years ago on CBS’s 60 Minutes where he admitted helping Nazi’s during World War II. He helped Nazis steal from Jews during the war. Soros is a Jew. Note that even in this video he parades his activities in the Ukraine.

Soros was reportedly behind the airport protests after President Trump’s election. A week before that Soros was reportedly behind 50 Groups involved in the ‘Women’s Protests’ the day after the inauguration. Before that, Soros was connected to the groups demanding election recounts after the November 8th election and Soros money was funding more protests during these efforts. And DC Leaks released information showing that Soros funded Black Lives Matter protests across the country.

President Trump called out Soros when a couple of his paid stooges attacked Republican Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator getting him to cave during the Kavanaugh hearing –

We reported that a group attacking Judge Kavanaugh and other Trump Judicial nominees was being fueled by dark money from George Soros. Later Soros was connected to racial riots in DC before the midterms.

In the past month alone we reported that a Soros assistant was the official escort for 16-year-old Global Warming ‘Expert’ Greta Thunberg. Soros was also involved in the Russia collusion scam. He also has been involved with numerous politicians in Europe.

A couple of week’s ago we reported how Obama’s State and Justice Departments assisted George Soros in his attempt to control the Ukraine gas and oil industry.

Now it’s being reported that Soros related groups are targeting certain Sheriffs and DA’s around the nation and promoting individuals soft on crime and anti-ICE –

A left-wing criminal justice advocacy group with ties to George Soros is targeting nearly 500 prosecutor and sheriff elections across America in 2019 to install leftist local officials who will be soft on crime and refuse to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement.

The Appeal: Political Report has published a list of elections, filing deadlines, and voting dates to raise awareness for local elections for positions that are “responsible for setting a wide range of policies that impact detention conditions, incarceration rates, cooperation with ICE, and more.” The group is drawing special attention to populous counties where local elected officials will decide whether to participate in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program, a Trump administration initiative to partner state and local law enforcement with ICE to enforce immigration law and deport illegal aliens.

The kind of individuals that George Soros supports are anti-law&order and anti-American.

Far left billionaire George Soros has been systematically targeting district attorney races throughout the United States for some time. Several of his candidates have already won. His goal is to create havoc in communities.

We reported in September that in St. Louis City far left lunatic Kim Gardner took money from Soros in her race for St. Louis Circuit Attorney.

Soros funded PAC even released an ad in support of this far left and unqualified nutcase.

Kim Gardner won her election and is wreaking havoc on the city of St. Louis circuit attorney’s office.

Kim Gardner is so intolerable that two dozen attorneys and more than one-third of the trial lawyers left the office when she was hired. And this is a Democrat dominated office.

In early January St. Louis Police arrested a drug dealer in possession of over 1,000 highly addictive opiate pills and more than $30,000 in cash.

The St. Louis police officers also got a confession from their suspect.

But when investigators brought their evidence to Gardner’s Circuit Attorney’s office in downtown St. Louis the attorneys REFUSED to press charges against the dealer and handed the police report back to the officers!

The entire event was captured on video!

Gardner refused to charge the drug kingpin because the detectives involved were on her “police exclusion list.”

Kim Gardner created a list of originally 28 police officers but now the list is over 50 police officers who she will not accept their work because she claims they are racists.

Last week a suspect was arrested in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Xavier Usanga in north St. Louis last Monday evening.

According to KSDK Usanga was shot and killed while playing outside of his Hyde Park home Monday, according to St. Louis Metro Police Cheif John Hayden. An 18-year-old man standing nearby was injured in the backyard of the Usangas’ home, in the 3500 block of North 14th Street, just after 5 p.m. Monday evening.

The suspect confessed to the shooting that killed 7-year-old Usanga.

But when they brought this confession and evidence to the St. Louis City’s circuit attorney’s office Kim Gardner threw it out.

Gardner said based on current evidence she was not able to determine who was responsible for the child’s death.

Again… The suspect confessed to the crime but that was not enough for this radical lunatic in the Circuit Attorney’s Office.

Also, over the past weekend former President Obama reportedly showed up a George Soros son’s house for another far-left event related to Democrat efforts at redistricting –

It is so dangerous for our democracy to have a former Nazi sympathizer use tactics he learned in World War II against the US.  Our democracy is founded on freedom and justice.  Something Nazis stood against.

Hat tip D. Manny

via Soros Groups Target Far-Left Candidates for Local Sheriff and DA Elections While Soros’s Son and Obama Focus on Redistricting Campaign — The Gateway Pundit

October 24 Faith on Trial

scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:3–9
key verse: 1 Peter 1:7

That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Face it. You never will receive all you ask from God.

You will experience suffering that cannot be explained. You will be buffeted by volatile affliction. While on earth, you never will fully understand why you must go through trials. Your faith must be anchored in the eternal. You are assured that one day—maybe not on earth—your faith will be rewarded by your just Lord: “That the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7 nasb).

Faith sees past the physical world into what is invisible and eternal. Faith that rests on visible evidence is not faith at all.

You understand that sin has marred the world and that things will not be set straight until Christ Jesus comes again to establish His reign on earth. When you meet Jesus face–to–face, your wounds and sorrows will be replaced by His perfect peace and joy (Rev. 21:4).

Your faith will be rewarded one day—if not now. It is precious to the Lord, and it is your most valuable weapon in persevering on earth.

Father, each day my faith is on trial. Help me pass the tests, and let my faith result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus returns.[1]

 

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

24 OCTOBER 365 Days with Calvin

Striving for Moderation

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18

suggested further reading: 1 Peter 4:1–6

We learn from this passage that we must be sober and temperate in our eating and drinking. Though there may be an abundance of food and drink before us, we must be discreet in partaking so that meat and drink do not lead to trouble.

The heathen saw that very well, and it is no wonder. For we cannot wipe out the knowledge that we must eat and drink to live, not live to eat and drink. We eat food to strengthen us and make us able to perform our duties and not be useless. It is certain that bread and wine and meat are not given to make people downcast. But since without those people would become enfeebled by starvation, our Lord renews them and gives them strength, according to this saying of the psalm, that wine makes a man’s heart glad, and bread strengthens it (Ps. 104:15). So you see what we should remember about eating and drinking.

If we cannot be as perfect as required, let us lament our faults and at all costs beware that we do not act like beasts in eating and drinking, so that God may be honored by us as he ought to be, not only by our doing homage to him for life but also by regarding our very food as a reason why we should come to him. Let us also understand that he now gives us a mere taste of his love so that in waiting for the full enjoyment of it, we may learn to forsake the world and serve him with a more willing mind, knowing that he is not only our Master with complete dominion over us, but also that he is our Father who seeks to win us by his goodness.

for meditation: Moderation is the key to enjoying the wonderful blessings God has freely given to us without idolizing them and reaping the consequences of overindulgence. If moderation is difficult, Paul encourages us to turn our desires toward God and be filled with the Spirit rather than with wine. Do you struggle to moderate some of your desires? Find a way to sanctify that energy by directing it toward God and his service, and by remembering the reality of death, judgment, and eternity.[1]

 

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 316). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

24 october (Undated sermon) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Grace reviving Israel

“I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.” Hosea 14:5–7

suggested further reading: Colossians 3:16–4:1

The most beautiful tree in a garden is the one that bears the most fruit: and there is a promise given to a Christian that after his branches have spread, his beauty shall be as the olive tree; that is, he shall grow and be laden with fruit. The olive tree is evergreen; and so is the beauty of the Christian. Alas for the beautiful Christians we have in some of our places of worship on Sunday! Glorious Christians! If they could be packed up and sent to heaven just as they are, provided their appearances were true indications of their state, what a blessed thing it would be! But alas! On the Monday they have not the same sort of dress they had on Sunday, and therefore they have not the same kind of actions. Dear friends, there is so much Sunday religion in these days! Now, I like a Monday religion, and a Tuesday religion, and a Wednesday religion, and a Thursday religion, and a Friday religion, and a Saturday religion. I do not think the religion of the pulpit, or the religion of the pen, is to be relied upon. I think it is the religion of a draper’s shop, the religion of a corn exchange, religion in a house, religion in the street, and the religion of a fireside, that proves us to be God’s children. But how would some of you come off if you were weighed in these balances? Fine fellows, on Sunday; but poor creatures on Monday! You are not well arrayed then; but ah! If you were Christians, you would always be well arrayed: yes, you would always be as beautiful as the olive tree.

for meditation: God wants us to live the Christian life, not to live the Christian meeting! True worship involves practice as well as praise (Romans 12:1; James 1:26–27).

sermon no. 342[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 304). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

The Throne of Grace – Rebecca Writes

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14–16 ESV)

I’ve crossed the Canadian/US border once or twice a year for most of my adult life. One time the vehicle I was in was searched, and my luggage was rummaged through a couple of times, but I’ve never been held up in customs. 

Still, I am nervous every time I approach a customs window. The officer holds all the power, and I have none. He or she could deny me entry into the US for a trivial reason, or for no reason at all. No wonder I’m a little apprehensive at the border!

 

Come On In. The Door Is Open.

But a believer shouldn’t be nervous when they come before God. No, the author of Hebrews encourages us to approach him with confidence, even though God has more authority over us than a customs agent, and we have all personally sinned against him in ways that are not trivial, but serious. God’s throne is not a throne of wrath for us, but a throne of grace. It is a place where we will be granted mercy for our offenses against him. It is not a place where we will be denied good things, but where we will always find help when we need it.

How can this be? It’s because of the work our high priest, Jesus, has done and is doing for us. The Old Testament high priests, if you remember, passed through the veil and entered the earthly sanctuary—the holy of holies—just once a year. But in his work as our priest, Jesus atoned for sins permanently. He turned away God’s wrath against us (Hebrews 2:17) once for all time. Afterward, he “passed through the heavens” and entered the very presence of God, where he sits forever, giving us permanent access to God. We are always welcome in God’s inner sanctuary (Hebrews 10:19) through Jesus, our high priest.

 

Help When We Need It

What’s more, because Jesus is human, he knows our human weaknesses from experience. He understands how hard life is for us. And Jesus experienced all the kinds of temptations we face—without succumbing to them, of course. As Tom Schreiner puts it, “The delights and joys offered by sin were no stranger to Jesus.” [1] He understands from experience that it is often difficult for us to say no to temptation. He is truly sympathetic to our plight. 

And he has the power to help us. God’s gracious help is always available to believers because of Jesus’s work and his permanent presence in heaven. If we are in any kind of trouble or trial, we can ask God for help and he will not refuse us. If we have sinned, he will forgive us. When we are weak, he will help us endure. As believers in Jesus, we will surely “receive mercy and find grace” whenever we need it.

 

Only Jesus

We should cling to Jesus, then, or as the writer puts it, we should “hold fast our confession.” We should continue to embrace the gospel of forgiveness through his priestly work. 

The original readers of Hebrews were tempted to turn back from Jesus to return to the Old Testament sacrificial system, which simply foreshadowed the true forgiveness that came through the sacrifice of Jesus. It could not bring them real forgiveness. There is no access to God through the old system, but only through the work of Jesus. There is no open door, no throne of grace, no real forgiveness, and no timely help except through him. So the writer encourages them to not turn back, but to keep on confessing the truth of gospel of Jesus.

The warning to hold fast to our confession might seem less applicable to us than it was for the first readers of Hebrews. I’ve never been under the Old Testament sacrificial system, so I’m not tempted to return to it. You probably aren’t either. But I do know someone who calls himself a Christian, but no longer believes there is only one path into God’s presence. Christ’s sacrifice, he says, may be one way, but there are other valid paths to God, too. This view, sometimes called inclusiveChristianity, is not uncommon. The warning to hold fast to our confession, then, is fitting for us, too. We may never be tempted to go back, but we could be tempted to move on and seek God in less culturally offensive ways than through the message of cross of Jesus.

We must hold fast to our confession because there isn’t any other way to God. There is only one person who can go directly into the presence of the transcendent God, and who can also sympathize with our weakness and intercede for us. There is only one Son of God who became like human beings in every way “yet without sin.” It is only through his work that we can have confidence to approach God’s throne, where we will find constantly available mercy when we need to be forgiven, and constantly available help when we are enduring trials and temptations. 

There is no open door, no throne of grace, no help when we need it through anyone else. There is no hope except in the gospel of Jesus—not for the first readers of Hebrews and not for us, either. There is one else who can give us access to God. 

[1] Commentary on Hebrews by Thomas R. Schreiner, page 153.

Poll: Majority of Americans Want First Amendment Rewritten  – Washington Free Beacon

A majority of Americans believe the First Amendment should be rewritten and are willing to crack down on free speech, as well as the press, according to a new poll.

More than 60 percent of Americans agree on restricting speech in some way, while a slim majority, 51 percent, want to see the First Amendment rewritten to “reflect the cultural norms of today.” The Campaign for Free Speech, which conducted the survey, said the results “indicate free speech is under more threat than previously believed.”

“The findings are frankly extraordinary,” executive director Bob Lystad told the Washington Free Beacon. “Our free speech rights and our free press rights have evolved well over 200 years, and people now seem to be rethinking them.”

Of the 1,004 respondents, young people were the most likely to support curbing free expression and punishing those who engage in “hate speech.” Nearly 60 percent of Millennials—respondents between the ages of 21 and 38—agreed that the Constitution “goes too far in allowing hate speech in modern America” and should be rewritten, compared to 48 percent of Gen Xers and 47 percent of Baby Boomers. A majority of Millennials also supported laws that would make “hate speech” a crime—of those supporters, 54 percent said violators should face jail time.

American hostility to the First Amendment did not stop at speech. Many would also like to see a crackdown on the free press. Nearly 60 percent of respondents agreed that the “government should be able to take action against newspapers and TV stations that publish content that is biased, inflammatory, or false.” Of those respondents, 46 percent supported possible jail time.

The poll was released just two days after two University of Connecticut students were arrested for allegedly saying racial slurs in a viral video. The 21-year-old suspects were allegedly playing “a game in which they yelled vulgar words,” according to the police report. Lystad said such incidents and the rise of social media may be behind the increased willingness of Americans to curb speech rights.

“I think [our findings] are fueled in large part because of a rise of hate speech, but traditionally, hate speech is protected in the First Amendment,” Lystad said. “The Supreme Court has upheld that principle time and time again.”

Lystad launched the Campaign for Free Speech to advocate for preserving free and open dialogue in America. The group emphasizes that hate speech should be denounced, but does not think censorship is the answer. The group plans to push back against efforts to restrict speech at the local, state, and federal levels.

“Hate speech should be condemned, but legally, the answer to speech we don’t like is more speech, not censorship,” he said. “Our primary focus is education, and to help people better understand the First Amendment, free speech, free press, and why it’s so vital to our democracy.”

— Read on freebeacon.com/issues/poll-majority-of-americans-want-first-amendment-rewritten/

Soros Group Eclipses $70 Million Spent on Lobbying Since Trump Took Office  – Washington Free Beacon

Billionaire spent more in past 2.5 years on advocacy than prior 14 years combined

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The Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), an advocacy group funded by billionaire George Soros, has now pushed more than $70 million into lobbying efforts since Donald Trump took office.

Soros’s policy group, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that focuses on domestic and international advocacy, pushed $72 million into lobbying since January 2017. The amount that OSPC has put toward advocacy efforts over the last two-and-a-half years is a drastic uptick over what the group had spent in the prior 14 years combined.

Between 2002 to 2016, OSPC reported spending a total of $56.65 million, which averages out to $4 million per year with most of this money going toward efforts over a four-year period from 2012 to 2016. Since Trump was sworn into office, the group has averaged $25 million per year in lobbying-related expenditures.

Soros’s group has both in-house lobbyists and provides grants to other liberal organizations for their own lobbying activities. The group reported spending $15.89 million throughout the third quarter, its filings show. The money in part went to its own lobbyists pushing issues on Capitol Hill in relation to the 2020 Senate Department of Defense Appropriations Act, National Defense Authorization Act and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations, and issues pertaining to the Arms Export Control Act and War Powers Act. OSPC lobbied both the House of Representatives and Senate over the last three months.

OSPC has now spent $24.41 million this year, an amount that is in line with its record from last year. Throughout 2018, the group dropped $31.5 million into lobbying and was among the top three lobbyist spenders ahead of the likes of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Alphabet Inc., Boeing, Comcast, and Amazon, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Its 2018 advocacy money was increased by $15.3 million over the $16.2 million the group had spent in 2017, its previous record year.

OSPC currently shows two in-house lobbyists. The group, however, has no direct employees. Instead, individuals at the Open Society Institute, the legal name for the Open Society Foundations, perform work for OSPC, according to its tax forms.

In addition to its in-house lobbyists, the policy center also pushes funds to other like-minded progressive groups for lobbying.

During the first and second quarters, OSPC disbursed $8.5 million in grants to other left-wing groups. Much of the cash was marked toward the recipient’s own advocacy efforts, which is counted toward OSPC’s lobbying totals. Its third quarter grants are not yet available.

Some of the groups that received funds from OSPC throughout the year include America’s Voice and Border Network for Human Rights for immigration policy advocacy, Public Citizen to “support policy advocacy on government accountability and oversight,” and J Street for advocacy on the United States and Israeli relations.

“We are proud of our work and fearless in meeting the moral obligation of the moment to support organizations opposing hate filled attacks on synagogues, communities of color, and immigrants and refugees,” Tom Perriello, who leads OSPC’s work, told the Washington Free Beacon. “On some of the issues we work on, there historically had been a bipartisan consensus. But an administration that casually and callously refers to lynchings and coups and calls parts of the Constitution ‘phony’ presents historic challenges.”

“In a typical quarter, the top 10 spenders on lobbying represent corporate interests—big business, big insurance companies, big technology,” Perriello continued. “The Open Society Policy Center is, sadly, alone in fighting for the rights of workers, patients, and consumers. In the third quarter of 2019, corporate interests spent $320 million, outpacing us by a 10 to 1 margin.”

— Read on freebeacon.com/issues/soros-group-eclipses-70-million-spent-on-lobbying-since-trump-took-office/

Liberal Britain: dramatic change in attitudes towards homosexuality, abortion and porn in the last 30 years | Christian News on Christian Today

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The last 30 years have seen a dramatic shift in British attitudes towards a range of moral issues, including gay relationships, abortion and pornography.

New research by the Policy Institute at King’s College London compared data from 1989 with IPSOS Mori polls of 1,000 British adults conducted this year. 

In just three decades, there has been a significant drop in the number of people who believe gay relationships are morally wrong, down from 40% of the population in 1989 to just 13% today. 

While just over half of people (52%) in 1989 believed that “homosexuals should be treated just like other people”, today this figure has jumped to 82%. Significantly, 30 years ago, only 23% strongly agreed with this statement, compared with 64% now.

While a quarter of people (24%) 30 years ago believed that having a child out of wedlock was immoral, this has fallen to only 13% today, with the biggest decline among people aged 55 and above, where levels of moral disapproval have more than halved from 40% to 18%.

Society is becoming increasingly permissive of sex in popular culture, with those believing soft porn magazines in shops to be immoral falling from 38% of the population in 1989 to 22% today. Women in particular have become much more tolerant of this, down from 46% who believed it was immoral 30 years ago to a quarter today. 

People are also less likely to frown up full frontal male nudity on the TV, with those believing this to be immoral falling from 39% to 23%.  The biggest change in attitudes to this can be seen in the 55+ age group, falling from 60% to 29%. 

Attitudes towards drug use have also noticeably shifted. The number of people who regard taking soft drugs like cannabis as morally wrong has more than halved in the last 30 years from 60% to 29%. Even taking heroin is less likely to be viewed as immoral by today’s adults, down from 89% to 67%.

There has been little change in attitudes towards infidelity, with 52% viewing it as immoral 30 years ago, similar to 55% today.  

Men, though, have become slightly less accepting of unfaithfulness, rising from 49% 30 years ago to 55% today – in line with 54% of women who frown upon it now. 

When it comes to abortion, over a third of people in 1989 (35%) thought this was immoral, but today this has fallen to only 18%. 

There are signs, too, that society is becoming more open to euthanasia, with the proportion of adults who believe this to be immoral falling from 22% to 17%. 

The only issue in the survey that saw a significant increase in moral disapproval was capital punishment, which rose from 22% to 37% of the public since 1989.

The institute said that some of the changes in attitudes could be explained by the ageing Baby Boomer generation replacing the so-called Silent Generation, those born before World War II when social expectations were much more conservative. 

Professor Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, said: “These findings show Britain has become decisively more liberal on a range of moral issues in the last 30 years.

“That we’ve gone from being a country in which four in ten thought gay relationships were not just wrong but immoral, and in which only half thought gay people should be treated just like anyone else, to the society we see today, all in the space of a few decades, shows just how much attitudes can change.

“On all sorts of issues, from full frontal male nudity and violence on TV, to drug use and abortion, we are much more relaxed as a nation.

“One of the causes of this shift is that Baby Boomers – who grew up in more permissive times – have moved into older age, replacing a generation born before World War II, who had more conservative views.

“The result is that what were once pressing moral concerns have become simple facts of life for much of the public.

“However, some moral concerns, such as having affairs, have endured across the decades, or have even increased, such as capital punishment.”

Impeachers Searching for New Crimes | Gatestone Institute – by Alan M. Dershowitz

The search for the perfect impeachable offense against President Trump is reminiscent of overzealous prosecutors who target the defendant first and then search for the crime with which to charge him. Or to paraphrase the former head of the Soviet secret police to Stalin: show me the man and I will find you the crime. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The effort to find (or create) impeachable offense against President Donald Trump has now moved from the subjects of the Mueller investigation — collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice — to alleged recent political “sins”: “quid pro quo” with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress.

The goal of the impeach-at-any-cost cadre has always been the same: impeach and remove Trump, regardless of whether or not he did anything warranting removal. The means — the alleged impeachable offenses — have changed, as earlier ones have proved meritless. The search for the perfect impeachable offense against Trump is reminiscent of overzealous prosecutors who target the defendant first and then search for the crime with which to charge him. Or to paraphrase the former head of the Soviet secret police to Stalin: show me the man and I will find you the crime.

Although this is not Stalin’s Soviet Union, all civil libertarians should be concerned about an Alice in Wonderland process in which the search for an impeachable crime precedes the evidence that such a crime has actually been committed.

Before we get to the current search, a word about what constitutes an impeachable crime under the constitution, whose criteria are limited to treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. There is a debate among students of the constitution over the intended meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Some believe that these words encompass non-criminal behavior. Others, I among them, interpret these words more literally, requiring at the least criminal-like behavior, if not the actual violation of a criminal statute.

What is not debatable is that “maladministration” is an impermissible ground for impeachment. Why is that not debatable? Because it was already debated and explicitly rejected by the framers at the constitutional convention. James Madison, the father of our Constitution, opposed such open-ended criteria, lest they make the tenure of the president subject to the political will of Congress. Such criteria would turn our republic into a parliamentary democracy in which the leader — the prime minister — is subject to removal by a simple vote of no confidence by a majority of legislators. Instead, the framers demanded the more specific criminal-like criteria ultimately adopted by the convention and the states.

Congress does not have the constitutional authority to change these criteria without amending the Constitution. To paraphrase what many Democratic legislators are now saying: members of Congress are not above the law; they take an oath to apply the Constitution, not to ignore its specific criteria. Congresswoman Maxine Waters placed herself above the law when she said:

“Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment. What the Constitution says is ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ and we define that.”

So, the question remains: did President Trump commit impeachable offenses when he spoke on the phone to the president of Ukraine and/or when he directed members of the Executive Branch to refuse to cooperate, absent a court order, with congressional Democrats who are seeking his impeachment?

The answers are plainly no and no. There is a constitutionally significant difference between a political “sin,” on the one hand, and a crime or impeachable offenses, on the other.

Even taking the worst-case scenario regarding Ukraine — a quid pro quo exchange of foreign aid for a political favor — that might be a political sin, but not a crime or impeachable offense.

Many presidents have used their foreign policy power for political or personal advantage. Most recently, President Barack Obama misused his power in order to take personal revenge against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the last days of his second term, Obama engineered a one-sided UN Security Council resolution declaring that Israel’s control over the Western Wall — Judaism’s holiest site — constitutes a “flagrant violation of international law.” Nearly every member of Congress and many in his own administration opposed this unilateral change in our policy, but Obama was determined to take revenge against Netanyahu, whom he despised. Obama committed a political sin by placing his personal pique over our national interest, but he did not commit an impeachable offense.

Nor did President George H. W. Bush commit an impeachable offense when he pardoned Caspar Weinberger and others on the eve of their trials in order to prevent them from pointing the finger at him.

This brings us to President Trump’s directive with regard to the impeachment investigation. Under our constitutional system of separation of powers, Congress may not compel the Executive Branch to cooperate with an impeachment investigation absent court orders. Conflicts between the Legislative and Executive Branches are resolved by the Judicial Branch, not by the unilateral dictate of a handful of partisan legislators. It is neither a crime nor an impeachable offense for the president to demand that Congress seek court orders to enforce their demands. Claims of executive and other privileges should be resolved by the Judicial Branch, not by calls for impeachment.

So, the search for the holy grail of a removable offense will continue, but it is unlikely to succeed. Our constitution provides a better way to decide who shall serve as president: it’s called an election.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of The Case Against the Democratic House Impeaching Trump,Skyhorse Publishing, 2019.

When Sharing the Truth Are Relationships More Important Than the Facts? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

In this video, recorded at a Fearless Faith Seminar, J. Warner Wallace helps answer an audience question: What role do relationships play when trying to reach people with the truth? Should we focus more on the evidence or on building relationship before sharing the gospel with others?

To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

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