Daily Archives: November 9, 2019

November 9 An Absolute Essential

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:36–43

Key Verse: Luke 24:36

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

The disciples were startled by the figure before them. Though they had received reports that Jesus had risen from the dead, seeing Him in the room was almost too much for them to process. Jesus calmed them from the shock—“Peace to you”—understanding that there are some things too difficult for earthbound minds to grasp right away.

Have you ever experienced the Lord working in an amazing, supernatural manner and become frightened? Perhaps God’s provision startled you and you realized your dependence upon Him. That is why God sent the Holy Spirit—to calm you and give you peace.

  1. Paul Hovey writes, “The word ‘Comforter’ as applied to the Holy Spirit needs to be translated by some vigorous term. Literally, it means ‘with strength.’ Jesus promised his followers that ‘The Strengthener’ would be with them forever. This promise is no lullaby for the faint-hearted. It is a blood transfusion for courageous living.”

In the midst of God’s will, you may find yourself astonished, startled, and overwhelmed at what the Lord is doing around you. However, allow Him to speak peace to you through the Holy Spirit, and you will be able to face any situation with strength and maturity.

Holy Spirit, as the transfusion that injects courage into my Christian life, keep me from lacking faith in Your leadings.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 328). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 9 Learning to Listen

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:10–17

Key Verse: Matthew 13:16

Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.

One of the qualities that drew people to Jesus was His ability to listen. He listened with His entire being. That is why we see Him mingling with crowds of people and healing the ones who are sick. Jesus was the greatest communicator the world has ever known. He wasn’t worried about getting equal time in conversations or impressing others. He was interested in building relationships. So He listened.

Jesus could sense the hurts and the frustrations on the faces of the people He met. He gave them freedom to express their deepest needs. Two of man’s basic needs are love and acceptance. That’s how the Savior listens to us, with eyes of love and acceptance.

How do you listen to Him? Do you long to be near Him, to study His Word, and to hear His heart about certain situations? Or do you rush through prayer, afraid of what He might say and require of you?

Until we learn to truly listen, first to God and then to others, we will never know the deeper side of Christ’s love. Only in listening for His voice can we truly experience the intimacy of His presence.

Ask Him to help you become the kind of listener that He is to you. If you will listen, you will hear His voice.

Almighty God, I long to be near You, to study Your Word, to hear Your heart about the situations in my life. Forgive me for rushing through my time with You. Help me learn to listen so that I can experience the intimacy of Your presence.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 328). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Can We Get Meaning and Purpose out of Life by Being a Good Person? — Monergism.com Blog Feed

Those who attempt to get meaning, purpose and satisfaction out of life by being a good person will be sadly disappointed. If we want justice in the world we ought to be careful what we wish for, because more often than not, the injustice is our own. The problem with the world is not simply “out there” but it starts with me. When we discover the truth about ourselves and our moral failures, our first reaction is often to redouble our efforts and pledge to to do better. While this can be good on the surface, the problem runs much deeper than that… a problem in our nature. Because, in the end, we won’t do better. And we all know it.

Let me explain. When we look at the Ten Commandments honestly, we all fail miserably at it. Have I personally ever stole anything, or lied, or lusted, or been angry at my brother, coveted or taken the Lord’s name in vain? For me it is yes to all of the above. Which makes me a lying, blaspheming thief who wants to take more than I give. I am guilty of all of the above. My resolution to do better, while good, is a recipe for failure because deep down, in my own nature, apart from grace, I am depraved. The problem is bigger than myself. Just do a personal inventory/diagnostic by going through the Ten Commandments (and the Sermon on the Mount – Matt.5-7) yourself. Have you broken any of these laws? Can you obey them and love your neighbor as your ought by simply resolving to do so? I have yet to meet anyone who has, or can.

That is why those who spend all their efforts in politics or promoting good laws are only putting a band-aid solution on a problem that is much deeper. There is no utopia here. No amount of laws will bring it about. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud efforts and making just laws. But, by themselves, these fail to recognize that laws and outward resolutions do not solve the problem of corrupt human nature and will only bring us back to where we started from. Why do we need laws to begin with and why do we think it wise to have a balance of power? Because we all know, deep down, that giving any person or group that much power, no matter how good they appear to be, is a recipe for disaster. Humans have developed great technology and improvements to life, but have not improved their own corrupt, unjust nature, even a little.

This is why obeying God’s commands will never be enough to please God. If you want justice and want God to repay you for your deeds, you will be in for a rude surprise when you get it. You do not want justice. No, you want mercy. Jesus did not come to gather those worthy of life, because there is no one who fits that description. No, He came down for sinners, for those who do not deserve it, for corrupt people, like me, who justly deserve His displeasure. If he only loved those who were worthy, we would all be deeply in trouble. But so justice would not fall on us all, God became a human being to bear the burden of sin for all depraved people like me, who trust in Him. He takes ill-deserving people and not only forgives their sins but adopts them into His family and gives them a seat at His table. Praise the Lord.

via Can We Get Meaning and Purpose out of Life by Being a Good Person? — Monergism.com Blog Feed

November 9 The Way of Adversity

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7–10

Key verse: Romans 8:18

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The way of greatness is also the way of adversity. Anyone wishing to be used greatly of God will face suffering at some point in his lifetime. Suffering is not something that can be counterfeited or manifested to lift one up to a higher spiritual level.

It is a gift that God gives to everyone who longs for a deeper relationship with Him. In times of trial we learn to release self-sufficiency and seek God’s help.

If suffering has found you and you are weary under its load, turn to today’s passage in 2 Corinthians written by the apostle Paul. See within the text the hidden anguish and secret pleading of prayers offered by a man of God who was facing a great physical difficulty. Recall also the fact that opposition waited for him in almost every town he preached.

God has a purpose for your suffering. It is in the difficulties of life that He sharpens you for service and sands away the dross of your life. Because of his elite Jewish background and abiding fellowship with God, Paul fought the temptation to become prideful. God in His mercy allowed Satan to humble His servant through physical suffering, to keep him from exalting himself.

How great is the Father’s love? Too great to allow you to drift away from His abiding care. In trial and heartache, open your eyes to His nail-scarred hands.

Father, in the midst of my trials and heartaches, let me see the imprint of Your nail-scarred hands at work in my life.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 328). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

COUP FAIL: Schiff Star Witness Fiona Hill Obliterates Hillary-Funded Phony Russia Dossier in Testimony — The Gateway Pundit

Fiona Hill arrives on Capitol Hill

Schiff’s star witness Fiona Hill pretty much obliterated the Hillary-funded phony Russia dossier during her October congressional testimony.

Corrupt and Compulsive Liar Adam Schiff is attempting to unseat the President of the United States using characters like Fiona Hill.

The list of her connections to corrupt players in the Deep State is endless.

As we previously mentioned Roger Stone outed Fiona Hill in 2017 as a Deep State spy in the White House under then NSA Advisor General H. R. McMaster.

Fiona Hill is also connected to George Soros. Imagine our shock.

Adam Schiff and the Democrats brought in Fiona Hill, a former White House advisor and expert on Russia who resigned in July, to speak for 11 hours in a recent Deep State interview.

Hill had ZERO knowledge of the call President Trump had with the Ukrainian President, and only heard rumors. Democrats don’t care. They want to impeach Trump on rumors.

What the Deep State traitors weren’t expecting was for Fiona Hill to completely obliterate the phony Russia dossier that Hillary Clinton and her camp paid millions of dollars for in order to spy on Donald Trump.

The FBI also used the phony dossier to obtain a FISA warrant and three FISA renewals on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

Fiona Hill testified in October that former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele was likely a victim of Russian disinformation and that he was desperate to “drum up business.”

“Because if you also think about it, the Russians would have an ax to grind against him [Steele] given the job that he had previously. And if he started going back through his old contacts and asking about, that would be a perfect opportunity for people to feed some kind of misinformation,” Hill told Congress.

“I almost fell over when I discovered that he was doing this report,” Hill said when she found out Steele compiled the Russia dossier from a series of memos.

“Christopher Steele going out and looking for information. He’s obviously out there soliciting information,” she added. “What a great opportunity to, basically, you know, present him with information that he’s looking for that can be couched some truth and some disinformation.”

Read more here.

via COUP FAIL: Schiff Star Witness Fiona Hill Obliterates Hillary-Funded Phony Russia Dossier in Testimony — The Gateway Pundit

Kanye West Tells Black Americans Not to ‘Just Vote Democrat for the Rest of Our Lives’ | The Epoch Times

Kanye West said that black Americans shouldn’t “vote Democrat” in his latest political comments.

“Own your power. Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That’s not the power,” West said while speaking at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City.

West and Yeezy designer Steven Smith were discussing how they designed the popular shoe when West said he struggled to break through in the design space.

“As black designers out of America, you can’t have an opinion, you can only be the consumer, you can only be the demographic. And then a board room says, ‘This is the black demographic.’”

“You’re not going to go a whole interview with me without me saying it,” West added. “This is who you supposed to vote on. This is what you’re supposed to buy. This is your Popeye’s chicken sandwich you’re supposed to eat on. But it be exactly that. I have seen the board room in back. And it’s completely a concept of a demographic.”

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West speak onstage during the WSJ. Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA in New York City on Nov. 6, 2019. (Lars Niki/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards)

West championed economic opportunities for black Americans, including encouraging them to buy land.

“I say these things out loud so I don’t get killed,” West said. “Last year, I was killed by the press for having a difference—no, not having a difference of opinion, but having an opinion.”

West said there’s one in three African Americans in prison right now, joining the calls to free convicted Texas killer Rodney Reed, who is slated to be executed on Nov. 20.

“For black people, I’ve got to say, don’t just be a demographic. Own your power. Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That’s not the power, just voting on who they told us to vote on,” he later added.

“The power is when I talk to my lawyer, and Adidas was treating me mean, and I have seven points determination, I put on my trenchcoat and said, ‘We moving our factories to America,’” West said. He said he plans to move all his manufacturing to South and North America in the next two years.

Kanye West performs onstage during his “Jesus Is King” album and film experience at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Oct. 23, 2019. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA)

West, who met with President Donald Trump in Oct. 2018, has made other political comments recently.

West, speaking with radio host Big Boy shortly after his new album “Jesus is King” was released in late October, said: “We’re brainwashed out here, bro. Come on, man. This is a free man talking. Democrats had us voting Democrats with food stamps for years.”

“What are you talking about? Guns in the ’80s, taking the fathers out the home, Plan B, lowering our votes, making us abort our children … Thou shall not kill,” he continued.

When Big Boy wondered whether West’s support of Trump could be considered racist, West responded, “The most racist thing a person can tell me is that I’m supposed to choose something based on my race.”

“I’m not telling nobody not to vote Democrat,” he added. “I love Obama, I love lemonade, I love Wingstop, I love Polos, I love Jordans.”

Source: Kanye West Tells Black Americans Not to ‘Just Vote Democrat for the Rest of Our Lives’

2020 Election: The Obama Administration’s connection to the Southern Baptist Convention — Capstone Report

Russell Moore at George Soros funded National Immigration Forum event with former Obama Faith Outreach leader.

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty chief discusses immigration and polarization during NIF panel.

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is gearing up for the 2020 Election with a continued focus on immigration reform. Highlighting the ERLC’s commitment to this issue is its connection with the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) and the National Immigration Forum (NIF). These groups are George Soros and big business funded tools to shape US immigration policy.

As we reported earlier, the National Immigration Forum is well-known for its connection to liberal icon Soros. Also, “The National Immigration Forum (NIF) was founded by far-left attorney Dale Frederick ‘Rick’ Swartz of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, who opposed tracking and deporting visa overstayers and opposed sanctions against companies that violated immigration laws,” according to Michelle Malkin’s new book Open Borders Inc.: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?.

Moore joined a panel moderated by former President Barack Obama’s faith outreach advisor Michael Wear. Wear has been platformed by The Gospel Coalition and is Chief Strategist for the AndCampaign. Also on the panel was Cherie Harder of The Trinity Forum. The panel examined the perils of polarization to the Republic especially in the area of immigration reform. Tom Littleton first reported on the link between Obama’s campaign worker and evangelicalism on radio and on his website.

Dr. Moore urged evangelicals to participate in political debates, but not to get caught up in the debate. He cautioned making politics the core of one’s identity. He encouraged Christians to avoid tribalism that is problematic to finding solutions to today’s problems.

He also criticized evangelicals who despise immigrants (though who those evangelicals are was left undefined.) Dr. Moore said,

“An evangelical Christian who despises immigrants is an evangelical Christian who is self-defeating and self-loathing because most of the Body of Christ on earth right now not to mention heaven is not white, is not middle class, is not American, doesn’t speak English. And most of the places where God is most at work in the United States of America right now are in first and second generation immigrant communities.

As for the refugee resettlement programs, Dr. Moore suggested that the Christians who understand the political issue best are those who engage in outreach ministries to refugees. He said,

“A lot of secular people are fearful of evangelicals and evangelism, but what I’m saying to you is, that if you look at those places that are the most evangelistic, not the ones who talk the most about evangelism, but the ones actually doing it. You are going to find people who have deep, deep connections to the neighbors with whom they disagree that they do not demonize. So, for instance, if I’m going to find evangelical Christians who Get It when it comes to refugees, I’m going to look to churches that have evangelistic and mercy ministries among refugee communities. Who are the ones who say, when everyone says ‘These people are drains on our society, let’s get them out’, who say ‘No, No. This is my neighbor. These are people I love and who I’ve built a relationship with.’ That is a key component in how evangelicals ought to see it.”

Russell Moore rejected the idea that polarization over immigration is worse today than in the past. He said, the rhetoric of today mirrors earlier American issues with new immigrants. Dr. Moore said,

“I think it was always this way just with bursts of it in American life anyway, so if you hear the sort of language that is used about immigrants right now it is very, very similar to the exact sort of language that would’ve been used about the Italians and the Irish, Southern Europeans of all kinds in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. So, I think this is a persistent theme in American life that has to be persistently countered.”

In contrast, Dr. Moore said the belief that “if immigrants come into the country they are going to fundamentally change the country” is belied by the fears of the very immigrants themselves who worry their offspring will become thoroughly Americanized.

Moore pointed toward early 20th century fears among conservative Protestants that Catholic immigrants from Italy and Ireland would radically shift political power and allow the Pope to directly rule the United States. “That’s not how things turned out,” Dr. Moore said.

One interesting observation was the way coalitions are built in among some Christians, where politics trumps orthodox Christianity. Dr. Moore said,

“When it comes to politics driving faith, because I actually believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I think the Gospel as a means to any end including an end with which I agree makes the Gospel into a different religion. I think this is much of what is happening in American life right now, which is one of the reasons why you can see people who are able to form coalitions where they disagree about the most important things as evangelicals: What the Gospel is for instance, What the Trinity is, those sorts of things. But, excommunicate people who agree with them on all of that but who don’t agree with them on all the particularities of politics. That is a very, very dangerous sort of situation to be in. I say dangerous not just for the Republic. It is dangerous also for the church because it is a moving away, a walking away from the Gospel. That happens on the right. That happens on the Left. That happens in the center.”

Ultimately, Dr. Moore wants Christians to do something more than be civil in politics. He wants kindness.

Dr. Moore said something true—Christians should do better than civility. “I despise the term civility,” Dr. Moore said. “As Christians, I think, we are called to kindness, active kindness and love of neighbor, but if civility is all we can get in a public arena, then I’ll take it.”

via 2020 Election: The Obama Administration’s connection to the Southern Baptist Convention — Capstone Report

380,000 Soviet troops in East Germany were told not to interfere with bringing down the Berlin Wall – Gorbachev | RT World News

The USSR had scores of soldiers deployed in East Germany in 1989 but all of them were ordered to stand down to allow for Berlin’s “wall of mistrust” to fall, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said.

Socialist East Germany, officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR), remained riddled with Soviet bases after the end of WWII.

“There were 380,000 Soviet soldiers stationed in the GDR at the time. They obeyed orders to refrain from intervening,” Gorbachev told Der Spiegel on Friday. “My main responsibility was to rule out the possibility of violence.”

Moscow’s ambassador in GDR, meanwhile, was instructed “not to make any demands” to German politicians on how to handle the situation on the ground.

The wall eventually fell on November 9, 1989, leading to the USSR greenlighting the reunification of Germany a year later. Gorbachev called this event “one of the most important things I’ve ever done.”

We didn’t need the Iron Curtain. We wanted to get rid of the wall of mistrust between East and West – and all other walls, for that matter, between states, groups of people and individuals.

Also on rt.com

West hijacked Cold War victory but never cared how Russians feel about it – Gorbachev

The Cold War ended but, as time went by, “new dividing lines were created and NATO’s eastward expansion shifted these lines to Russia’s border,” Gorbachev said.

Despite the current tensions between Moscow and the West, the former Soviet leader believes there is a better future ahead.

“There are signs that both the West and Russia understand that communication channels must be activated. The rhetoric is gradually changing. Perhaps this is the first step,” he said, adding that there is still “a long way to go” before trust is mutually restored.

Source: 380,000 Soviet troops in East Germany were told not to interfere with bringing down the Berlin Wall – Gorbachev

IT BEGINS: Now Facebook Is Threatening to Delete Accounts that Publish Trump Campaign Rallies — Saying It’s “Clickbait” — The Gateway Pundit

As we reported on Thursday…

Democrats are using an anonymous anti-Trump CIA operative in their latest attempt to impeach US President Donald Trump.

It has widely been reported in the past week that Eric Ciaramella is the name of the anti-Trump CIA whistleblower.

Donald Trump Jr. even tweeted out the Ciaramella’s name.

Democrats know if Eric Ciaramella’s far left associations and background is disseminated their chances to impeach President Trump are widely diminished.

PLEASE REVIEW: The Complete List of DNC “Whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella’s Ties to Top Democrats WILL SHOCK YOU!

Democrats, their fake news media outlets and the social media giants do not want Eric Ciaramella’s name released.

On Wednesday night The Gateway Pundit received several warnings from Facebook that we violated community standards and our account is “at risk of being unpublished.”

In 2016 The Gateway Pundit was the 4th most influential conservative publisher in the US during the presidential election.

We were also notified from our readers that anyone who reposted our articles were ALSO THREATENED to be unpublished.

And we are not alone.
On Thursday morning David J Harris Jr. also reported that his Facebook page was being threatened.

David described it as a “modern day lynching.”

His account has since been taken down.  Facebook was threatened by this African-American Trump supporter.

And Sean Adl-Tabatabai wrote The Gateway Pundit and said his Facebook page is ALSO UNDER THREAT of being removed for posting Eric Ciaramella’s name.

For the record– It is NOT against the law to publish the name of the anti-Trump whistleblower… That is a lie pushed by the liberal media.

Another TGP reader –Lisa Renee Wood – wrote in to tell us her Facebook page was suspended for posting a whistleblower meme!

 

UPDATE—  On Friday Facebook ADMITTED they were deleting any mention of the anti-Trump CIA whistleblower.

Facebook admitted to preventing Americans from seeing the truth.

Facebook admitted to working with the DNC.

Via CNN’s Oliver Darcy—–

Now this…
Facebeook is also threatening users who post video of President Trump’s campaign rallies.
Facebook says this is “clickbait” a new excuse they are using to ban conservatives.

Via John Colaw and Conservative Newsroom:

Reporting on Trump rallies is now considered “clickbait!”

It is now clear that the Democrat Party, the far left news media and now social media giants are working in unison against this president.
They are banning anyone who names the anti-Trump whistleblower and blocking reports on his massive rallies

PLEASE PASS THIS ON!
We cannot allow these far left institutions to eliminate free press and freedom of speech in America.

via IT BEGINS: Now Facebook Is Threatening to Delete Accounts that Publish Trump Campaign Rallies — Saying It’s “Clickbait” — The Gateway Pundit