Daily Archives: November 4, 2019

November 4 The Believer’s Conduct

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:17–21

Key Verse: 1 Peter 1:21

… who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

We must guard against falling into the trap of turning our walk with the Lord into a grocery list of dos and don’ts. Should this ever happen, the passion, the zeal, the fervor that we once had for the Lord will vanish.

It is easy to get away from relationship and enter into a rigid pattern of relating to God. We can come to a point where we don’t feel or express anything, acting almost like robots for God. To fear God isn’t to be frightened into doing what He wants us to do. To fear God is to worship, respect, and love Him so much that we desire to do what is right. We desire to serve Him in a way that pleases Him and brings glory to His name.

Peter knew that we have to meld discipline with passion. With God’s love and forgiveness serving as Peter’s motivation, he fulfilled the law. This is the beginning of understanding how a believer needs to conduct himself. At the end of this portion of Scripture, Peter reminds us where our hope is: “Your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:21).

If you are living a life that supports your words, why would you do anything but serve Him? Our conduct reflects what we truly believe about our God and His Word. What message does your conduct convey?

Lord, when I asked You into my life, it was so I could be Your disciple, not Your robot. Keep me from turning our relationship into a list of rules and duties.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 323). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 4 “In the Beginning God”

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:1–4

Key Verse: Psalm 135:1

Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!

Our God is an awesome God who has seized the initiative in revealing Himself to mankind. Apart from God’s revelation, man would be mired in ceaseless ignorance and frustration. John Stott painted this awe-inspiring portrait of God in his book Basic Christianity:

“In the beginning God.” The first four words of the Bible are more than an introduction to the creation story or to the book of Genesis. They supply the key which opens our understanding to the Bible as a whole. They tell us that the religion of the Bible is a religion of the initiative of God.

Before man existed, God acted. Before man stirred himself to seek God, God has sought man. In the Bible we do not see man groping after God, we see God reaching after man.

The Bible reveals a God who, long before it even occurs to man to turn to Him, while man is still lost in darkness and sunk in sin, takes the initiative, rises from His throne, lays aside His glory, and stoops to seek until He finds him.

Before the foundation of the universe, God loved you and prepared a way for you to know Him and hear His voice. Meditate on that for a moment, and spill out your gratitude in worship.

Father, before I sought You, You sought me. I do not have to grope after You because You are continually reaching out to me. You prepared a way for me to know You and hear Your voice. I praise You![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 323). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Do You Believe the Whole Gospel? | Ligonier Ministries

Unbelief. This one word expresses the judgment Emil Brunner, the Swiss “crisis theologian,” used to describe nineteenth-century liberal theology. The rise of such liberalism was a conscious synthesis between naturalism in the world of philosophy and historic Christianity. Liberalism sought to de-supernaturalize the Christian faith and to restrict the modern significance of Jesus and the New Testament to ethical considerations, particularly with respect to the needs of human beings, and especially with respect to their material needs.

This provoked a significant dilemma for the organized church, first in Europe and then in America. If an institution repudiates the very foundation upon which it is built and for which it exists, what happens to the billions of dollars worth of church property and its numerous ordained professionals? The clergy were left with nothing to preach except social concerns. In order to maintain a reason for the continued existence of Christianity as an organized religion, nineteenth-century liberalism turned to a new gospel, dubbed the “social gospel.” This was a gospel that focused on considerations of humanitarianism and had at the core of its agenda a commitment to “social justice.”

The use of the term “social justice” involved an ironic twisting of words. What was in view in this philosophy was basically the redistribution of wealth, following the template of socialism. The false assumption of this so-called social justice was that material wealth can be gained only by means of the exploitation of the poor. Ergo, for a society to be just, the wealth must be redistributed by government authority. In reality, this so-called social justice degenerated into social injustice, where penalties were levied on those who were legitimately productive and non-productivity was rewarded — a bizarre concept of justice indeed.

The rise in importance of the social gospel provoked a controversy known in church history as the “modernist-fundamentalist controversy,” which raged in the early years of the twentieth century. This controversy witnessed an unholy dichotomy between two poles of Christian concern. On the one hand, there was the classic concern of personal redemption accomplished by Christ through His atoning death on the cross, which brought reconciliation for those who put their trust in Jesus. On the other hand there was the consideration of the material well-being of human beings in this world right now. It included the consideration of clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, and caring for the poor.

Many evangelicals at this period in history, in order to preserve the central significance of the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, gave renewed emphasis to evangelism. In many cases, this emphasis upon evangelism was done to the exclusion of the other pole of biblical concern, namely, mercy ministry to those who were poor, afflicted, and suffering. So glaring was the dichotomy between liberal and evangelical concerns that, sadly, many evangelicals began to distance themselves from any involvement in mercy ministries, lest their activities be construed as a surrender to liberalism.

The fallacy of the false dilemma takes two important truths and forces one to choose between them. The assumption of the either/or fallacy is that of two particular matters, only one is true while the other is false; therefore, one is required to choose between the true and the false. The either/or fallacy that stood before the church in this period was either the gospel of personal redemption or the gospel of social concern for the material welfare of human beings.

Even a cursory reading of the New Testament, however, makes it clear that the concerns of Jesus and of the New Testament writers cannot be reduced to an either/or dilemma. The problem with this fallacy, as with all fallacies, is that truth becomes severely distorted. The New Testament does not allow for this false dilemma. The choice that the church has is never between personal salvation and mercy ministry. It is rather a both/and proposition. Neither pole can be properly swallowed by the other. To reduce Christianity either to a program of social welfare or to a program of personal redemption results in a truncated gospel that is a profound distortion.

Historically, before the outbreak of nineteenth-century liberalism, the church did not seem to struggle with this false dichotomy. For centuries, the church understood her task as both to proclaim the saving gospel of the atoning work of Christ and, at the same time, to follow Jesus’ example of ministry to the blind, to the deaf, to the imprisoned, to the hungry, to the homeless, and to the poor. The ministry of the church, if it is to be healthy, must always be firmly committed to both dimensions of the biblical mandate, that we may be faithful to Christ Himself. If we reject either the ministry of personal redemption or of mercy to the afflicted, we express “unbelief.”

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine in 2010.

Source: Do You Believe the Whole Gospel?

November 4 The Fires of Affliction

Scripture reading: Psalm 77:1–20

Key verse: Hebrews 12:1

We also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

During her life, Mrs. Charles Spurgeon faced many difficult trials. The following is an excerpt from a devotional she wrote:

At the close of a dark and gloomy day, I lay resting on my couch … and though all was bright within my cozy room, some of the external darkness seemed to have entered into my soul and obscured its spiritual vision … In sorrow of heart I asked, “Why does my Lord thus deal with His child? Why does He so often send sharp and bitter pain to visit me?…”

For a while silence reigned in the little room, broken only by the crackling of the oak log burning in the fireplace. Suddenly I heard a sweet, soft sound, a clear, musical note, like the tender trill of a robin … plaintive notes, so sweet, so melodious, yet mysterious … Suddenly I realized it came from the log on the fire! The fire was letting loose the imprisoned music from the old oak’s innermost heart.

Perchance it had garnered up this song in the days when all was well … and the soft sunlight flecked its tender leaves with gold. “Ah,” I thought, “when the fire of affliction draws songs of praise from us, then indeed we are purified, and our God is glorified.” Perhaps some of us are like this old oak log, cold, hard, insensible; we should give forth no melodious sounds, were it not for the fire which kindles around us, and releases notes of trust and love in Him.

Heavenly Father, when I am being tried in the fires of affliction, help me to praise You. Give me a song in the night.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 323). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jeffrey Epstein, the Clintons, Lolita Express, the MIT Media Lab, and Bill and Melinda… | Natural News

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(Natural News) Just because pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is now being reported dead from alleged suicide doesn’t mean that his unspeakably heinous crimes against humanity, including the seemingly interminable trail of scandals associated with his child trafficking enterprises, have fully received justice.

Truth be told, there remain more unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries than definitive answers as to who all was part of Epstein’s vast network of child sex predators. More than likely, felonious sex crimes against innocent children are still continuing even in Epstein’s absence, which means there’s still a whole lot of work to be done in bringing it all to light.

What we do know is that political cronies Bill and Hillary Clinton maintained a close and personal relationship with Epstein over the course of many years, as did faux philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates. And yet, as far as we know, none of these people have been probed for information about the nature of their relationships with Epstein.

The Clintons in particular had long maintained an intimate “business” relationship with Epstein, with Bill having visited Epstein’s infamous “pedo” island numerous times via Epstein’s personal “Lolita Express” airplane. Bill Gates was also spotted at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion on numerous occasions.

As we recently reported, the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was also secretly accepting large cash “donations” from Epstein, as was The New York Times, which coincidentally had Joicho Ito, the now-former head of MIT’s Media Lab, on its board of directors.

Some of the biggest names in government, philanthropy, media, and education were all mysteriously connected to Epstein, we now know, which is why the saga can’t just be put to rest now that Epstein is supposedly dead. As far as rabbit holes go, in other words, this one runs very deep.

Why did Bill Gates meet with and donate millions of dollars to Jeffrey Epstein AFTER Epstein was convicted of sex crimes in 2008?

It’s certainly no secret that Epstein preferred to hobnob with the world’s richest and most famous people. And even after he was convicted of sex crimes back in 2008, Epstein maintained many of these relationships as if nothing had changed – and even formed new ones, including with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

The Epstein-Gates relationship reportedly began in 2011, a full three years after Epstein was convicted of luring underage girls to give him massages, after which he would sexually abuse them.

This apparently wasn’t a problem for Gates, who regularly visited Epstein’s New York City mansion with his entourage, as well as flew on Epstein’s private jet. Gates also donated at least $2 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Epstein’s behalf, for reasons that remain largely unknown.

The Times reportedly obtained a photo taken in 2011 of Gates and Epstein together at Epstein’s mansion, along with Jes Staley, who at the time was chief executive officer of investment bank JPMorgan. Staley has since gone on to become the CEO of Barclays.

Another noteworthy individual in that same photo is Boris Nikolic, Gates’ former science adviser who was apparently so intimately tied to Epstein that he was named in Epstein’s will as the fallback executor of his estate – a position that he has since legally resigned, now that the Epstein saga is being blown wide open for the world to see.

25 mind-blowing things that are likely to happen if the Dems succeed in removing Trump from office | Natural News

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(Natural News) A coordinated, deep state attempt to remove Trump from office at any cost is now gaining steam. With the collusion of the deep state media, CIA operatives and anti-Trump tech giants that censor all truth, the deep state is hoping to crush democracy, destroy Trump and install Hillary Clinton as President of the United States in just the next few months.

Should they succeed in achieving a U.S. Senate conviction of Trump — which would remove him from office — here are 25 shocking, history-changing events we may see unfold.

Disclaimer: This author does not condone any of the actions outlined below. This is analysis, not a call for action. Many of the events described below involve mass executions and other horrific crimes. We hope to see none of this come to pass.

#1) The stock market will implode. That’s because Trump seems to be the only person remaining in Washington D.C. who doesn’t want the stock market to crash. If Dems seize power, expect a collapse of the stock market and U.S. economic activity as Wall Street investors head for the exits. Democrats will thrust America into an economic nosedive approaching Venezuela-scale collapse.

#2) Once Trump is impeached, convicted and removed from office, the focus will immediately shift to removing Mike Pence so that Nancy Pelosi — current Speaker of the House — becomes President without any election taking place. (Note that the deep state traitors absolutely despise the voters and will do everything possible to override the will of the People.)

#3) Once Nancy Pelosi becomes President, she will immediately push to nominate and have Hillary Clinton confirmed as Vice President. This will require confirmation from the Senate, but if Senate Republicans have already lost any backbone to prevent the conviction of Trump, they will have no resistance whatsoever to Democrats shoving Hillary Clinton down America’s throat.

#4) At this point, the Republican party will have folded into oblivion, and the GOP will cease to exist as an influential political party in America. The Democrats will push for absolute rule through the continued elimination of their political opponents as described below. The voters will abandon the GOP and send them packing, opting for a new, independent political party to challenge the lawlessness and tyranny of the Democrats.

#5) This is not a prediction, but a possibility: After being removed from office, President Trump could form his own political party and run for president again. If elected, he could serve two more terms, since his first term will have been nullified by the impeachment effort. Most Americans who previously voted for Trump as a member of the GOP would go with Trump to the new “Trump party,” and the GOP would collapse to little more than a handful of delusional Washington academics who mentally circle jerk each other with elitist conversations like, “We are so polite” and “tis better to lose an election than be criticized by the media.”

#6) After removing Trump from office and installing Hillary Clinton as President, Democrats will immediately begin to work to reverse all of Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, which so far cover Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. This will be pushed with the media-led narrative that goes something like this: “Since Trump was convicted of working with the Russians to steal the election, everything he did while in office is tainted with criminality and must be reversed.”

To help remove Kavanaugh from office, watch for a reprise of the sobbing crisis actor Christine Blasey Ford, who has been practicing crying on cue and pretending to talk like a 16-year-old. Come to think of it, Greta Thunberg, an actual 16-year-old, is now pretending to be a climate scientist, which just goes to show you that acting is a crucial skill for Leftists, since nothing they do is genuine or rooted in reality.

The new, fabricated claims against Kavanaugh will likely consist of Blasey Ford claiming Kavanaugh recruited 12 circus monkeys to rape her on a trapeze while flying through the air after being shot out of a cannon. And he did it while holding a beer cup, too. The fact that she’s crying on camera means you can’t question it, remember? “All women must be believed,” say the Democrats. Unless that woman is Ivanka Trump.

#7) Beyond merely removing Trump’s Supreme Court justices, an effort will be made to reverse all of Trump’s federal judge nominations which have already been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. This will impact hundreds of federal judges. But remember, the Dems will claim orange man bad, and therefore all the orange man’s decisions must be reversed and nullified. (Never mind the fact that impeachment is the Dems’ attempt to nullify an entire election and erase the votes of the American people…)

#8) There’s one more thing that will take place on the nullification front: Dems will attempt to reverse Trump’s tax cut, his de-fanging of Obamacare and all his eliminations of regulatory burdens on various businesses. They will also claim that every executive order, international agreement or treaty signed by Trump is now null and void.

#9) Removing Trump will also unleash a coordinated agenda to block the upcoming confirmations of pro-Second Amendment judges to federal courts. As the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms explains in a November 1 press release:

…[T]here is a “hidden agenda” behind the impeachment efforts of House Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and it is designed to tie up the U.S. Senate and derail efforts to confirm more pro-Second Amendment judges to the federal courts. “It is clear to us that Capitol Hill anti-gunners are doing everything in their power to prevent confirmation of conservative judges who will adhere to the Constitution,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “By burdening the Senate with this nonsense, Democrats believe they can prevent confirmation of pro-Second Amendment judicial nominees during the final year of President Donald Trump’s first term.”

The patriot uprising and the coming mass arrest of all traitors in Washington D.C. (and your local state government)

#10) It’s unlikely that all the Democrat nullification actions described above will ever succeed because the moment Trump is convicted by the U.S. Senate, America will very likely see a massive patriot uprising against the corrupt establishment, culminating in as many as one million legally armed Americans converging on Washington D.C. There, they will demand the arrest and indictment of every last treasonous piece of D.C. filth who voted for impeachment in the House or the Senate. Before long, it will be swamp rat season in D.C., and the “new President,” Nancy Pelosi, will no doubt invoke the very same Insurrection Act that President Trump should be invoking right now.

That will result in the U.S. military being ordered to defend President Pelosi against a million armed Americans who are determined to oppose the illegal coup and defend the real president — that’s Trump — from the lawless deep state that fabricated everything to illegally remove him from power.

The net effect of all this will be a civil war inside the military itself that spills out onto the streets of America.

Former US Attorney General: Whistleblower Is Not Guaranteed Anonymity, He Does Need to Publicly Testify and Be Open to Cross Examination (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Democrats don’t want their anti-Trump CIA “whistleblower” to testify.
They know if America finds out his liberal background, ties to the Obama deep state, and far left anti-Trump work history, their case will be ruined.

The complete list of anti-Trump CIA “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella’s ties to top Democrat operatives will SHOCK YOU!

CIA snitch Eric Ciaramella filed a whistleblower complaint on August 12 over President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky where the two discussed ferreting out corruption.  This included talk on investigating the Biden crime family.

** The so-called “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella is a Democrat who had a “professional” tie to a 2020 Democrat.

** Ciaramella  coordinated and took guidance from Adam Schiff’s staff and Schiff lied about it.

** Schiff’s staff recommended attorneys for the so called “whistleblower.”

** Ciaramella was kicked out of the White House for leaking negative stories about Donald Trump in 2017.

** Trump-hater Ciaramella was behind the fake story that Putin told Trump to fire Comey — a COMPLETE FAKE NEWS STORY from 2017!

** Ciaramella’s attorneys worked for James Clapper, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and donated to Joe Biden.

** An attorney for Ciaramella is a member of the #Resistance.

** Ciaramella  worked with Joe Biden in the executive branch when he was Vice President.

** Ciaramella had no problem with the Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s million dollar pay-for-play scandal with Ukraine.

** Ciaramella traveled with Joe Biden to the Ukraine.

** Ciaramella worked with DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa in the creation of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

** A former associate of James Clapper, Charles McCullough, assisted Ciaramella with his complaint against Trump.

** And Adam Schiff’s aides, Abigail Grace and Sean Misko worked with Ciaramella in the White House.

On Monday former US Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Harris Faulkner that the “whistleblower” is NOT guaranteed anonymity and should testify in public.

Matthew Whitaker: A whistleblower is never guaranteed anonymity. All they’re guaranteed is that they won’t be retaliated against from a workplace and a job standpoint. For me, I believe this whistleblower does need to publicly testify and be subject to cross examination which is consistent with the American legal traditions that we all believe make this a great country.

via Former US Attorney General: Whistleblower Is Not Guaranteed Anonymity, He Does Need to Publicly Testify and Be Open to Cross Examination (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Archaeologists Discover AR-15 Cain Used To Kill Abel — The Babylon Bee

IRAQ—Archaeologists working near the ancient Fertile Crescent made a stunning discovery Friday morning: the AR-15 Cain used to kill Abel as recorded in the Bible.

Scholars have long suspected Cain could not have committed history’s first murder without access to some kind of assault weapon since guns are the root of all violence. Now, there’s proof, in the form of Cain’s personal, heavily customized AR-15.

“Cain was planning on using a rock, but the area was designated as a rock-free zone,” said one leading scholar at the dig site. “So of course, he had to use the next best thing: an AR-15.”

“If only there were sensible gun control laws, humanity’s first-ever homicide could have been avoided.” Researchers believe Cain bought the gun illegally, however, utilizing a little-known gun show loophole.

Several spent shell casings were discovered nearby. The gun had scary features like a handle, a stock, a barrel, and an “eye-looky thingy,” according to media firearm experts at the site. All of these features made the murder “triple bad,” since if it had just looked like a wooden hunting rifle, it would not be as scary.

At publishing time, scholars had also discovered a ticket stub to the Joker movie nearby, suggesting Cain was a white male incel influenced by Joaquin Phoenix’s disturbing performance.

via Archaeologists Discover AR-15 Cain Used To Kill Abel — The Babylon Bee

Putin pledges to ‘do everything to protect Christians in the Middle East’ | Washington Examiner

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Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to protect Christians threatened by the conflict in Syria, appealing to the plight of religious minorities as justification for Russia’s involvement.

After a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday, Putin expressed sorrow over the persecution experienced by Christians in the Middle East, according to the Associated Press. Russian leaders have worked to develop close ties with Syria’s Christian communities. Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart has called Russia’s intervention in the country a source of “hope for the country’s Christians.

“The Middle East is the cradle of Christianity, and Christians are in peril there, facing persecution, being killed, raped, and robbed,” said Putin. “Russia will do everything to protect Christians in the Middle East. We must help them restore and preserve their holy sites, preserve their congregations.”

At a meeting later in the day, Putin expressed concern for the “massive exodus of Christians from the Middle East.”

“We are watching what’s happening to the Christians in the Middle East with tears in our eyes,” said Putin.

Russia’s efforts to work closely with Syria’s Christians have also earned praise from Syrian President Bashar Assad, who called Putin “the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on.” Putin has propped up the Assad regime against his opponents in the country’s civil war.But some Syrian Christians are skeptical of the Assad-Putin alliance and want the United States to pressure Putin to agree to a political solution that yields a secular, democratic Syria. President Trump promised in 2017 to prioritize protecting persecuted Christians in Syria, and his administration has supported free elections and a new Syrian constitution. But the recent U.S. troop withdrawal from northern Syria raises questions about the strength of America’s influence in the country.