Daily Archives: November 11, 2019

November 11 How to Walk with God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 12:1–8

Key Verse: Psalm 12:6

The words of the Lord are pure words,

Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,

Purified seven times.

To find a cause that we will stand behind, fight for, live for, and die for takes us being in complete agreement with the principles and the leadership. How willing would we be to defend something that does not stir us with passion? How eager would we be to risk anything for a cause that merely piqued our interest?

Living in agreement with God and His Word is something we must learn if we truly desire to walk with Him. Keeping in step with God proves more than challenging if our hearts are not unified with His. After we have reconciled our relationship with God by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior, we must learn to trust Him by living a life in agreement with His principles and precepts.

What God says about His Son, His church, His Word, and sin are all of utmost importance for us. If we think that some of these are flawed or untrue, how can we walk in step with what God desires for our lives?

Disunity results in any organization when there is a disagreement between leadership and the body of people. How can the cause be advanced by someone when he does not believe in the cause he is advancing? As we submit more of our lives to Him, our wills are broken to the point that our wills become what God wills for us.

Heavenly Father, I submit my life anew. Break my will so I can easily submit to Your will for me.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 330). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 11 He Speaks in Silence

Scripture Reading: Psalm 42

Key Verse: Psalm 44:1

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds You did in their days, in days of old.

One of the most precious privileges we have as believers is the privilege of hearing God speak to us. In her book No Pat Answers, Eugenia Price wrote,

We rush at God with our questions and firmly believe that He welcomes them. Indeed, I imagine He expects them. After all, no one but God knows us as we really are inside. Still, when we get back only what we, in our sorrow, fear, or panic, recognize as silence, what of that?

It may be all we can expect by way of understanding the reason for our grief, shock, or fear. Could this be where we make our big mistake? Do we fall victim to time itself? Do we rush at God in our extremity, demanding an immediate answer in understandable words, not according to God’s time schedule, but because we want our question answered now with a pat answer?

How could we expect to be able to hear the voice of God in our distress when we have long ago forgotten, or never learned, to be quiet before Him?… There is no time element involved in divine mystery, but there is silence in it. And we can’t bear silence. We fear it. The radio or TV is turned on the minute most of us enter a room. Yet we are told that the voice of God is “a still, small voice.” He waits for our inner silence before He speaks on any subject. Possibly because He wants what He says to be heard.

Dear God, teach me to be quiet—to still the noise around me, to calm my soul and spirit, to wait in Your presence. I want to hear what You have to say.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 330). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

President Trump Delivers Remarks During New York Veterans Day Parade – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Earlier today President Trump and First Lady Melania attended the New York City Veterans Day parade to honor our nations service members. President Donald J. Trump has made it a priority to support American veterans. [Video and Transcript Below]

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via President Trump Delivers Remarks During New York Veterans Day Parade – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

November 11 A Higher Purpose

Scripture reading: Job 42:1–6

Key verses: Hebrews 4:14–16

Seeing then that 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 cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Mary Slessor was the daughter of a devout Christian mother and an alcoholic father. Her early years in the mid-1800s were devoted to survival in the slums of Dundee, Scotland. She was beaten frequently by her father and often thrown out of the house.

Yet in this cruel injustice, Mary gained a steadfast spirit, one that God used mightily in the years to come. She came to know Christ at the age of twenty–eight and soon after left for missionary training.

Chronic illness and loneliness brought her to the point of despair, but God gave her strength to answer His call. “Christ sent me to preach the Gospel,” she said, “He will look after the results.” In Africa, she chose to identify with the people to whom she witnessed by eating and sleeping on dirt floors of huts.

As a result of her earlier life, Mary was able to handle the most threatening situations. Her missionary efforts accounted for the rescue of countless twins, babies who were viewed as being children of the devil. She quickly earned the title “Ma Slessor” by the Okoyong tribe.

Adversity molded her for a higher service. Whatever you are facing, give it to Jesus, and allow Him to make something beautiful out of your life. Trust Him for the outcome and all the moments in between.

Lord, take the adversities of my life, and use them to mold me for a higher purpose. Take all that is ugly, and make something beautiful from it.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 330). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Is The ‘Mother of all Bubbles’ About to Pop? by Ron Paul

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Yet, last Wednesday, almost two months after the Fed’s initial intervention, the New York Federal Reserve pumped 62.5 billion dollars into the repo market.

The New York Fed continues these emergency interventions to ensure “cash shortages” among banks don’t ever again cause interest rates for overnight loans to rise to over 10 percent, well above the Fed’s target rate.

The Federal Reserve’s bailout operations have increased its balance sheet by over 21 trillion dollars since September. Investment advisor Michael Pento describes the Fed’s recent actions as Quantitative Easing (QE) “on steroids.”

One cause of the repo market’s sudden cash shortage was the large amount of debt instruments issued by the Treasury Department in late summer and early fall. Banks used resources they would normally devote to private sector lending and overnight loans to purchase these Treasury securities. This scenario will likely keep recurring as the Treasury Department will have to continue issuing new debt instruments to finance continuing increases in in government spending.

Even though the federal deficit is already over one trillion dollars (and growing), President Trump and Congress have no interest in cutting spending, especially in an election year. Should he win reelection, President Trump is unlikely to reverse course and champion fiscal restraint. Instead, he will likely take his victory as a sign that the people support big federal budgets and huge deficits. None of the leading Democratic candidates are even pretending to care about the deficit. Instead they are proposing increasing spending by trillions on new government programs.

Joseph Zidle, a strategist with the Blackstone investment firm, has called the government — or “sovereign” — debt bubble the “mother of all bubbles.” When the sovereign debt bubble inevitably busts, it will cause a meltdown bigger than the 2008 crash.

US consumer debt — which includes credit cards, student loans, auto loans, and mortgages — now totals over 14 trillion dollars. This massive government and private debts put tremendous pressure on the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low or even to “experiment” with negative rates. But, the Fed can only keep interest rates, which are the price of money, artificially low for so long without serious economic consequences.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST: DC Elites and Lobbyists Boo Trump – Alabama-LSU Fans Give President Trump ROARING STANDING OVATION, Chant “USA! USA!…” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump continues to be unpopular with communists, open border radicals, DC elites, mainstream media hacks and brainwashed liberals.
The DC establishment booed the president at the World Series last month.

But on Saturday the massive crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium gave the US president a roaring standing ovation and then chanted, “USA!… USA!… USA!…”

Judge Jeanine Pirro compared and contrasted the DC elitist crowd with the grassroots crowd from Middle America.

As TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk says in the video clip, “I want a president who is booed by Washington DC but cheered by Middle America!”

Via Justice with Judge Jeanine:

via COMPARE AND CONTRAST: DC Elites and Lobbyists Boo Trump – Alabama-LSU Fans Give President Trump ROARING STANDING OVATION, Chant “USA! USA!…” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Millennials: Communism is Cool, Trump a Threat to World Peace — Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

According to a new poll, seventy percent of Millennials now plan on voting for socialists and Democrats. And thirty-six percent support communism. For those keeping score at home, that’s one in three youngsters – brought up in the modern, atheistic, secular-progressive education system in America.

Not surprisingly, with the help of today’s media and Hollywood, these same Millennials believe President Donald Trump is a bigger threat to world peace than North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Most of us born prior to 1980 learned the truth about socialism before history books were completely rewritten in government schools. What’s so bad about Communism and what kind of death and destruction have socialist leaders inflicted on the world?

In its fourth annual report on attitudes toward socialism, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation reveal some alarming trends among under-educated young people in the United States of Entertainment.

I hope you’re sitting down for this next one. Only 57% of Millennials believe the Declaration of Independence better “guarantees freedom and equality” over the Communist Manifesto. And, only 62% of future world shakers believe China is a communist country.

Socialism is a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production. Is this confusing at all? Is this historical amnesia or is it the corruption of the left indoctrinating a generation of young people?

Marion Smith, executive director of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation states:

“When we don’t educate our youngest generations about the historical truth of 100 million victims murdered at the hands of communist regimes over the past century, we shouldn’t be surprised at their willingness to embrace Marxist ideas; We need to redouble our efforts to educate America’s youth about …the dangers of socialism today.”

Most of us don’t understand how kids can go through junior high and high school and not come away with at least a basic understanding of economics and world history. We remember the Soviet Union and Red China, and today, a few obvious examples are Cuba and Venezuela.

Rather than the facts, too many students buy into feelings-based liberal talking points about a softer, appealing brand of socialism. They follow people like congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, who wants to give them free stuff. Do they really believe capitalism is the problem? Yup.

Ocasio-Cortez has even said her generation has never known true prosperity. In America.

This growing love affair with socialism coincides with a foggy understanding of economic philosophies and is a result of biased, ideologically-driven public school curriculum. How else can you explain why even ten percent of Millennials say Trump is “responsible for more deaths and human rights abuses” than Russian leader Joseph Stalin who murdered tens of millions of people, or Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler?

The same way we can explain how 87% of high school students flunked a five-question test of basic knowledge about American history. These same students were also least likely to know who is on Mount Rushmore. Just four presidents; and only 35 percent got it right.

Millennials generally see the world through their own emotions and experience, which prevents them from acknowledging the truth about life and world history. Combine that with the fact the progressive education system teaches them how bad America is and you can begin to understand why they think the way they do.

People complain about the world and say they want equality, fairness, and justice. But do they really understand what they mean? Those same people are often the first to deny the God who created us, ignore the truth in the Bible, and criticize the Judeo-Christian principles that helped set the foundation for the great freedoms and moral values we have enjoyed in America.

We might not be able to re-educate people, but we better pray for God’s protection on this nation, fight the good fight, and speak the truth on these issues.

Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media

via Millennials: Communism is Cool, Trump a Threat to World Peace — Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

Alan Dershowitz: “Is There Any Possibility There Was an Impeachable Offense? The Answer Is No!… They Can’t Make Up Crimes!” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz joined Stuart Varney on Varney and Co. on Monday to discuss the ongoing coup against President Trump.

Dershowitz warned Democrats about going ahead with their unconstitutional impeachment vote.

Alan Dershowitz: Is there any possibility there was an impeachable offense? The answer is no. Take the worst, worst, worst case scenario, the president abused his foreign policy power to gain political advantage. How many presidents have done that over time? It’s not among the listed impeachable offenses. It’s not a crime. It’s not any kind of a crime. The framers has a debate on this and they rejected the concept of mal-administration as a ground for impeachment. You need to show bribery, treason or high crimes and misdemeanors. And even in the worst case scenario by phone call – It’s just not there… Look, I’m a liberal Democrat I think the worst thing Democrats can do is a vote on impeachment. He wins in the Senate. And then he uses that to win reelection.

Dershowitz then went through the list of phony accusations against President Trump:

They can’t make up crimes. We’ve had people saying:
** Disclosing the name of the whistleblower is a crime. No it’s not.
** Obstruction of Justice. That’s not a crime.
** Collusion. That’s not a crime.
** The phone call. That’s not a crime.

Dershowitz: “You can’t just make it up. To have a crime you have to have something in the statute book that existed before the actions took place and that was clear and unequivocal. It’s just not there.”

Via Varney and Co.:

via Alan Dershowitz: “Is There Any Possibility There Was an Impeachable Offense? The Answer Is No!… They Can’t Make Up Crimes!” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 11, 2019

The Foundation

“In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example … of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.” —James Madison (1792)

Veterans Day 2019

A day set aside in honor of American Patriot Veterans who have carried the banner of Liberty.


30 Years After USSR Collapse, Mindless Millennials Embrace Socialism

Ignorance is bliss — until it is not…


‘Scientists’ Advocate Population Control to Save Planet

Climate alarmists falsely claim the only “real solution” is to have fewer people.


Judge Rules Against Merit-Based Immigration

Should immigrants be able to provide for themselves? Not if Democrats succeed.


Dems Reject Fairness in Partisan Impeachment Inquiry

Democrats deny the GOP’s request that the so-called “whistleblower” testify.


Big Gov’t Is Fed by Immoral People

Which is best for individual rights and Liberty — socialism, libertarianism, or conservatism?


Why Blacks are Rejecting Ideological Stereotypes

The idea that blacks are simply “supposed to be Democrat” is totally absurd.


U. of Virginia Cancels 21-Gun Salute, Citing Gun Violence

The school may think it’s protecting overly sensitive students, but in reality it’s disrespecting veterans.


U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, our Marines remain the Few and the Proud.


Video: America’s Workforce Is ‘Disconnected’

“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe talks about his new book, The Way I Heard It.


Video: ABC Spikes Epstein Story but Targets Leaker

The media ignores leaked footage proving ABC News spiking a Jeffrey Epstein story.



Today’s Opinion

William Federer
Veterans Day
Gary Bauer
The Fall & Our Future
Tony Perkins
Banned Practice: YouTube Takes Censorship to Trans Debate
Hans von Spakovsky
Justices Should Reject Criminal Alien’s Appeal of Deportation Order
Kathryn Jean Lopez
More Than Enough to Go Around
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Hunter Biden in the hot seat, Reagan statue in Berlin, leaving the Swamp, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Kanye West, Thomas McArdle, Rand Paul, and more.



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November 11, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Monday he will be meeting with vaping
industry officials as well as medical and political officials to discuss
vaping and e-cigarettes, amid a nationwide outbreak of injuries and deaths
linked to the products.

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the White House would probably
release a transcript of a second call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr
Zelenskiy on Tuesday.

This week will mark a new and unparalleled chapter in Donald Trump’s
tumultuous presidency, as the Democratic-led impeachment probe goes public
with televised hearings into allegations about Trump’s dealings with
Ukraine.

Prominent U.S. Representative Peter King on Monday said he will not seek
re-election next year and will retire from Congress after his current term
expires, marking the 20th House Republican to announce plans to leave
Congress.

Ukraine expects the United States to maintain or even increase military aid
to Kiev next year despite the issue being part of a political battle in
Washington over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Defense Minister
Andriy Zahorodniuk told Reuters.

Looting, fighting and roadblocks convulsed Bolivia on Monday after
President Evo Morales’ resignation ended his 14-year rule and created a
power vacuum following weeks of violent protests.

Hong Kong police shot and critically wounded a protester and a man was set
on fire on Monday in violence that prompted leader Carrie Lam to denounce
“enemies of the people” and drew a chilling warning from a senior Chinese
newspaper editor.

Chinese retailer Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Monday that sales for
its annual Singles’ Day shopping blitz crossed the $30 billion mark at 4:31
p.m. (0831 GMT), putting the event on track to set a record in its 11th
year.

Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State — a
German and an American — beginning a program to repatriate detainees that
has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in
northern Syria.

AP Top Stories

Fourteen-term New York Republican Rep. Pete King won’t seek reelection, he
announced Monday in an early-morning Facebook post. King joins a growing
number of Republicans and a handful of Democrats who plan to leave after
next year.

Iran began pouring concrete Sunday for a second nuclear reactor at its
Bushehr power plant, a facility Tehran points to as its reason to break the
enrichment limit set by its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

An Iranian beauty queen sought by Tehran on criminal charges has been
granted political asylum in the Philippines, an official said Friday,
ending a three-week standoff at Manila airport.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian presidential election in
2021 would be open to anybody who wants to run and that there would be
numerous challengers for the presidency.

Seventeen men, including two Disney workers and a former middle school
principal, have been arrested in a month-long child porn investigation in
central Florida, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Saudi Arabia granted 73 foreigners “premium” residency under a new program
to attract overseas investment by enabling selected people to buy property
and do business without a Saudi sponsor.

Over 10,000 people turned out north of Paris on Sunday for a march against
Islamophobia that drew criticism from both the government and the far
right.

The Iranian navy added a brand new, domestically-made stealth destroyer to
its fleet on Saturday, Reuters reports, deploying the warship and its
purported radar-evading systems to join rest of the country’s regular navy
at the mouth of the strategically-crucial Strait of Hormuz in yet another
challenge to the U.S. Navy.

Iran has discovered a massive new oil field, President Hassan Rouhani said
Sunday, a find that would boost its proven reserves by about a third, in a
rare piece of “good news” for an economy battered by U.S. sanctions.

On Thursday evening, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito will dress in pure white
robes and be ushered into a dark wooden hall for his last major
enthronement rite: spending the night with a goddess. Centered on Amaterasu
Omikami, the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe the emperor has
descended, the “Daijosai” is the most overtly religious ceremony of the
emperor’s accession rituals after his father Akihito’s abdication. Scholars
and the government say it consists of a feast, rather than, as has been
persistently rumored, conjugal relations with the goddess.

BBC

A US financial regulator has opened an investigation into claims Apple’s
credit card offered different credit limits for men and women.

Two Australian states have declared a state of emergency as bushfires bring
a “catastrophic” threat to heavily populated areas of the nation’s east.

Zimbabwe’s central bank failed to introduce new bank notes as expected on
Monday. It had announced that it would roll out the two and five Zimbabwe
dollar notes and coins, the first real currency notes in 10 years. They
were expected to deal with the cash shortage.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping frenzy broke
records in its 11th year. The world’s biggest online shopping event raked
in more than $30.8bnin sales in 16.5 hours.

WND

Liquid Foundation for Men by MMUK (Men’s Make-Up UK), was voted in the
September 2012 issue of Men’s Health as the world’s best male face make-up.

Research team observed an association between increased screen time among
3-5 year olds and lower expressive language, thought processing, and
literacy test scores


Headlines – 11/11/2019

Jordan king says rule over border enclaves restored as Israeli lease expires

Jordan vows to respect Israeli private property rights in Naharayim enclave

Israel hopes Jordan open to new deal on Tzofar, Naharayim

Hamas leader Haniyeh said PA elections must include East Jerusalem Palestinians

France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

Israel Has Submarines Armed with Weapons That Could Kill Millions of People

Greece to officially adopt broad definition of anti-Semitism

US will leave about 600 troops in Syria for ‘enduring defeat of ISIS’

Nikki Haley: The U.S. Should Always Have the Backs of Our Kurdish Allies

Syria Car Bomb Kills Eight Near Turkish Border, Ankara Says

Kurdish medics injured in apparent attack on ambulance in Syria

Russian air strikes kill 7 civilians in northwestern Syria: Report

US urges early Iraq elections, halt to violence against protesters

Three killed in Iraq’s Nassiriya after forces open fire on protesters

UN urges Iraqi officials to prosecute those behind ‘use of excessive force’

Iran begins pouring concrete for 2nd nuclear power reactor

Trump tells Iran return of missing FBI agent would be ‘very positive step’

Trump to confront Turkey about buying Russian S-400 defense system

Turkey should scrap Russian missile system or face U.S. sanctions – White House official

Hong Kong protester shot by police during Facebook live stream as demonstrators block major roads

Hong Kong protests: man set on fire in shocking attack as anti-government violence escalates

Bolivia’s socialist President Evo Morales resigns amid election fraud allegations

Bolivia’s Morales announces resignation amid ongoing protests

Power Vacuum in Bolivia as Chaos Engulfs Streets in La Paz

Mexican officials uncover more bodies buried in mass grave south of Arizona border; total at 58

High-stakes televised impeachment hearings set for next week

Trump faces perilous test as impeachment hearings open

Ahead of public impeachment hearings, Trump tweets 82 times in one day

Trump urges allies to not ‘be led into the fools trap’ of saying Ukraine call ‘was not perfect, but is not impeachable’

Trump wants Pelosi, Biden to be called as impeachment inquiry witnesses, says he’ll release second phone call transcript

Schiff denies GOP request to have Ukraine whistleblower testify publicly, warns against ‘sham investigations’

Mulvaney’s Move to Join Impeachment Testimony Lawsuit Rankles Bolton Allies

Lindsey Graham says impeachment ‘invalid’ without whistleblower testimony

As Trump impeachment inquiry unfolds, biased media won’t ‘give him a fair shake,’ WH press secretary says

Sen. Ron Johnson: Trump withheld Ukraine money because of country’s massive corruption, not quid pro quo

Top House Armed Services Republican: Trump’s Ukraine call was ‘inappropriate’ but not impeachable

Americans know Democrats ‘used’ Robert Mueller to try to damage the president, Donald Trump Jr. says

Haley, in book, says Tillerson and Kelly tried to subvert Trump

Nikki Haley claims top aides tried to recruit her to ‘save the country’ by undermining Trump

Man Who Stabbed ‘Baby Trump’ Balloon Starts GoFundMe to Cover His Legal Fees, Raises Over $32K in One Day

Students turn against free speech amid ‘culture of conformity’

Inside Amazon’s plan for Alexa to run your entire life

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Picota, Peru

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Scotia Sea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

At least 14 killed as Bulbul extends flooding to eastern India, Bangladesh

Tropical Storm Nakri makes landfall on South-Central Vietnam coast

Australia bushfires: Smoke seen in New Zealand as Sydney region faces ‘catastrophic’ threat

6-foot, 5-inch male wins girls’ running event, named ‘Woman of the Week’

100 years ago, Germany’s ‘Einstein of Sex’ began the gay rights movement


Apostasy Watch

Monday 11-11-19

Jonathon Edwards – Love is the Opposite of Selfishness, Not Self-Love

Hebrew Word Study – Spare the Rod

Todd White and His Latter Rain, Word Faith / Gnostic Christianity

Bethel Church Denies Scripture, Says “Core Belief” of Christianity is that “People are Good”

NAR Offering Prayers for Their Political Idols — Paula White Edition

A Christian Comedian’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct Prompts a Reckoning in the Evangelical Press

Florida High School Denies Pro-Life Club, Allows LGBTQ Group: It’s ‘Blatantly Illegal’


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November 11, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Meaning of Prayer

Philippians 4:6–7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

For most people few doctrines associated with Christianity are more generally misunderstood than that of true prayer. It is totally misunderstood by nonbelievers, and it is misunderstood by many who profess the name of Jesus. The problem may be traced to the fact that so few persons know God well enough to be closely associated with him in prayer, and since none of us is as closely associated with him as we ought to be, prayer is at least partially confusing to us all. Does prayer change things? Or does prayer change people? Does God change his mind as the result of believing prayer? Or does God move us to pray? What does it mean to pray without ceasing? Who can pray? How do you pray? And why should a person pray anyway? In any gathering of God’s people many of these questions will receive different and sometimes even contradictory answers.

In the fourth chapter of Philippians there are two verses that are an exceptionally fine statement of the Christian doctrine of prayer. Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6–7).

For Christians Only

What is prayer? Prayer is talking with God, and the place to begin in any true definition of prayer is with the fact that prayer is for believers only. Paul did not write his words about prayer to the pagan world at Philippi or to the world at large. He wrote them “to all the saints in Christ Jesus” at Philippi. This means that prayer is exclusively for Christians. It is the means by which an empty soul that has been touched by Jesus Christ can be thrust beneath the life-giving fountain of God’s grace, can bask in God’s goodness, and can be supernaturally refreshed for life’s tasks. Prayer is the Christian’s antidote for anxiety.

I know something called prayer is offered a billion times daily by millions of people who are not Christians, but this is not prayer in any real sense. Scores of non-Christian people in the East spend the better part of a day spinning prayer wheels. Savages chant prayers in many jungle clearings. New Agers finger prayer beads. Many poor souls cry out a prayer in the midst of some calamity. Many non-Christians give themselves to a life of meditation. But this is not true prayer, if the person involved is not a Christian. Prayer is talking with God, and the only prayer that God hears and answers is one that is made through his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who alone provides access to his presence.

This truth was taught by Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus did not say that he was one of several ways to come to God, that he was a prophet who pointed out the ways to God; he said that he was the way to come to God, and he added, lest anyone misunderstand him, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” This means that no prayer offered to God apart from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ has ever reached God his heavenly Father.

There are more passages in the Bible that tell when God will not answer prayer than there are passages in which he promises to do it, and God definitely says he will not answer the prayer of anyone who does not come through faith in his Son.

Have you ever tried to pray and found God distant and unreal? Have you gone away without any real hope that God has heard you? It may be that you have never done the first thing God requires. Your sin divides you like a wall from God’s presence. It will only be removed by Jesus Christ. You need to come to him. You need to say, “Lord Jesus Christ, I recognize that I am separated from you by my sin; but I believe you died for me to remove that sin forever. Remove it now, and accept me as your child. Amen.” If you do that, God will remove your sin, and he will accept you as his child forever.

Barriers to Prayer

Now we must also add that although it is true that God does not hear the prayer of non-Christians, it is also true that he does not hear the prayers offered by many Christians. In fact, the Bible says that God will never hear a Christian’s prayer so long as the Christian is clinging to some sin in his heart. David said, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Ps. 66:18). Isaiah wrote, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isa. 59:1–2).

Do these verses describe your prayer life? If so, you must confess your sin openly and frankly, knowing that God “is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). We can only pray if our lives are open books before him.

In normal life we must know people well before our conversation with them flows freely. There are many people I know casually to whom I would speak about the weather, their work, their families, but to whom I would never speak about more personal things. There are others I know better; to these I would speak about some problems in my own life or about the concerns of others. Certain things I share only with my wife. How easily I can speak depends on how well I know the person. It is the same in our relationship to God. If we do not know God well, if our sin keeps us from him, if we do not recognize his characteristics and how he operates with people, then he is like a stranger to us and the prayer flows slowly, even though we have come to faith in Jesus. Instead, we must confess our sin and learn to spend time alone with our heavenly Father. When we do that our prayer will become the kind of communion that we have in conversation with a close friend.

Prayer for Others

Everything that I have noted up to this point has ourselves as the center; but if you know what prayer is, you know also that prayer necessarily involves other people. No matter how intimate the conversation may be between a husband and wife, it does not always center on their own affairs exclusively. They share news about their acquaintances and their concerns for them. So it is in prayer. The Bible calls such prayer “intercession.” First Timothy 2:1 says, “I urge you, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.”

As we meet with God in prayer—at the beginning of a day, at its end, or in any moment throughout it—these concerns should also be a part of our conversation with him. We should have great boldness as we present the concerns of others.

That great Bible teacher, Harry Ironside, tells a story about intercessory prayer in one of his books. He had been preaching in the Midwest and had held meetings in a church that contained a most unusual group of believers. They had Sunday services and midweek meetings, but they did not come together for prayer. He spoke to them about this lack. They said, “We don’t need to meet for prayer. We have no spiritual needs, for the Bible says that we have all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. And we have no need of material things, for we are well provided for. So we don’t pray.” Ironside said, “Well, that is unfortunate. At the very least, you should pray for me that God will give me freedom of speech as I go about preaching the gospel.”

They could not seem to understand his point, and Ironside left. Some time later he collapsed while in the pulpit. It was found that he had typhoid fever with a temperature of 106 degrees. In time he recovered, and during the next year he was back with this strange group of Christians. They said to him, “When we heard that you were sick with typhoid fever we began to pray for you. We prayed for you twice a week, but after we heard that you had recovered we stopped.” Ironside said, “Well, that is unfortunate also. As long as I was in the hospital room I was all right. All I had was typhoid fever. But now that I am out preaching the gospel, I am faced with the spiritual temptations that come to a Christian minister. Now I need your prayers more than ever.”

I know someone is going to say, “Do you mean to teach that God will only take care of another Christian if we pray?” No, I do not think intercession means that. But it does mean that God allows us to share in the blessings he gives to others and delights in using our prayers as a means through which he operates.

Let me illustrate this by another story. More than a generation ago a man named Hotchkiss went to Nigeria where he spent over forty years as a missionary. One day he was late for a service he was to have in a village located across a large plain. There was a rule in Nigeria in those days that no one ever crossed a large open space for fear of stampedes by the herds of wild game that roamed at large in the country. A safe path always passed within a short run of the trees. Hotchkiss was late, and he knew the quickest way to the village was to go directly across the plain. So he started across it. Halfway across the worst happened. He heard the thunder of rhinoceros hoofs, and as he looked up he saw a herd of the monstrous animals headed toward him. There was nowhere to go, so Hotchkiss knelt down in the middle of the plain, clasped his Bible to his chest, and prayed, “Lord, here I come.” An eternity passed as the roar grew louder and then faded away into the distance. At last all was quiet and Hotchkiss arose. He was standing in the midst of the plain marked with the hoofprints of a hundred or more rhinoceros. But he was alive, and he went on to his meeting in the village.

Years later, a couple from Ohio visited this man in Nigeria. In the course of their conversation the husband said to Hotchkiss, “I had a most unusual experience once that concerned you. One night I woke up suddenly with an irresistible urge to pray for you. And I did, committing you to God’s safekeeping.” Hotchkiss asked if he remembered when it was. The man had written it down that night in his Bible, and when they compared the times, it was on the same day and at the same hour that Hotchkiss had been spared on the Nigerian plain.

Someone may argue that God would have saved Hotchkiss anyway, even if the man had not prayed. Probably. But the point is that in God’s marvelous working he moved a man halfway around the world to pray for Hotchkiss in that hour. Thus, years later the man was able to share in the blessing of his friend’s supernatural deliverance. In the same way we have the privilege as God’s children of committing others into his hands for his blessing—our friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and family. As we do, we are permitted to share in his blessing on them. Our Christian life holds few joys greater than this one.

Supplications

There is one other point about prayer that comes directly from this passage. Prayer is not only talking with God, nor is it only intercession for others. Prayer is also an opportunity to present our requests to him. Paul calls them petitions, and he says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God invites us to place our earnest requests before him.

This is God’s cure for anxiety. Christians are troubled about many things. You may be troubled about your work, your family, the future, money, sex, or happiness. God invites you to place your request about these things before him. The promise of the verse is that the peace of God will keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

Have you ever noticed that the verse does not say that we shall necessarily receive the things we ask for? You would expect the verse to say, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and God will fulfill your requests.” But it does not say that. It says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Our prayers are often in error, and we pray for things that are not good for us. God does not promise to give us these things. All things work together for good to them that love God. However, God does promise to give a supernatural peace to those who share their real needs with him.

We must not think that Paul was recommending something for others that he had not found true for himself. Paul too had had this experience. Do you remember the prayer that Paul wrote in Romans 15? Paul was in Corinth and was about to go on to Jerusalem with the collection from the gentile churches. After that he had planned to travel to Rome as an ambassador of the Christian gospel. He asked prayer for three things: 1) “that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea”; 2) “that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints”; and 3) “that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed” (Rom. 15:31–32).

How were Paul’s requests answered? We do not know every aspect of God’s answers, but we know that Paul’s first request was not fulfilled literally. Paul fell into the hands of unbelievers and spent two years in prison in Caesarea as a result, although his life was spared. We have no information about his second request—that his collection might be received willingly by the saints in Judea—but there is no reason to think Paul received a warm welcome from anyone. Finally, we know that Paul’s third request—for a joyous journey to Rome—was fulfilled, if it was fulfilled, only after long delays and through much hardship. When Paul arrived in Rome at last, he arrived as a prisoner in chains.

God certainly did not answer Paul’s requests as Paul intended. But God did answer, and he answered exactly as Paul indicates in his words about prayer to the Philippians. He answered by giving Paul peace. Paul knew God’s peace even in the most difficult of earthly circumstances, and he writes out of these circumstances to tell us also to make requests of God, our heavenly Father.[1]


6 Anxiety can be good or bad. Paul has anxiety for the progress of the gospel (2:28) and the condition of the individual churches he has founded, and he sometimes loses sleep over them (2 Co 11:28), but he does not seem to regard this concern to be a noxious anxiety. It comes with the task of being an apostle. The anxiety Paul warns against is the kind that unhinges, paralyzes, and incapacitates one—“anxious, harassing care” (Lightfoot, 160). Paul is not calling for them to be indifferent toward life. The root idea of the verb “to be anxious” (merimnaō, GK 3534) is “to be pulled apart.” The Philippians are not to allow their lives to become so wrapped up with material well-being that they fall apart when their standard of living is threatened or their wealth is taken from them. They also need not be anxious about what is going to happen to Paul. Only those who are confident in the coming of the kingdom of God and in their vindication by God will not be overwhelmed by anxiety when trouble comes.

They are to “present [their] requests to God,” not because God is unaware of their needs and needs to be informed, but because it is a way to acknowledge their total dependence on God. When requests are accompanied with thanksgiving, they will be prepared “to surrender themselves to his will whatever the circumstances” (Peter T. O’Brien, “Divine Provision for Our Needs: Assurances from Philippians 4,” RTR 50 [1991]: 24). Michael, 197, writes, “The way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything.” If the Philippians are truly thankful for what God has done for them in Christ, they will not be anxious about the assaults of opponents who threaten them. A thankful spirit crowds out selfish pride, checks fear, defuses anger, and directs one’s thoughts outwardly toward others.[2]


Paul now turns to the second consequence of the Lord’s being “near.” They are to live without anxiety, instead entrusting their lives to God with prayer and thanksgiving. In so doing, he borrows from the Jesus tradition, that the children of the Kingdom are to live without care—but not “uncaring” or “careless.” Jesus invites his followers to live “without anxiety” because their heavenly Father knows and cares for them; in Paul’s case it is because their “Lord is near.” Apprehension and fear mark the life of the unbelieving, the untrusting, for whom the present is all there is, and for whom the present is so uncertain—or for many so filled with distress and suffering, as in the case of the Philippians.

On the contrary, Paul urges, “in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” “In everything” stands in contrast to “not about anything,” and means “in all the details and circumstances of life.” In situations where others fret and worry, believers in “the Lord” submit their case to God in prayer, accompanied by thanksgiving. For this combination see on 1:4. The three words for prayer are not significantly distinguishable; “requests” are “made known”44 before God “by prayer46 and petition.” In so doing one acknowledges utter dependence on God, while at the same time expressing complete trust in him.

Especially striking in the context of petition is the addition, “with thanksgiving”—although it is scarcely surprising of Paul. His own life was accentuated by thanksgiving; and he could not imagine Christian life that was not a constant outpouring of gratitude to God. Lack of gratitude is the first step to idolatry (Rom 1:21). Thanksgiving is an explicit acknowledgment of creatureliness and dependence, a recognition that everything comes as gift, the verbalization before God of his goodness and generosity. If prayer as petition indicates their utter dependence on and trust in God, petition “accompanied by thanksgiving” puts both their prayer and their lives into proper theological perspective. Thanksgiving does not mean to say “thank you” in advance for gifts to be received; rather, it is the absolutely basic posture of the believer, and the proper context for “petitioning” God. Gratitude acknowledges—and begets—generosity. It is also the key to the final affirmation that follows.[3]


Trust and pray (vv. 6–7)

Christians are not to be filled with anxiety and tossed with care. They are rather to bring their problems and needs to the Lord with the confidence that he cares for them and his care is sufficient. They are to do so with thanksgiving, remembering how very gracious God has been to them. An ungrateful child always seeks more from his parents without giving thanks for what he has received. We are not to be ungrateful children.

Believers who carry their burdens to the Lord will find peace and rest in their spirits. This peace will stand at the door and guard the hearts and minds of believers so that anxious care and worry cannot enter. It is a glorious peace from the Lord that unbelievers cannot find and cannot explain, and it is a peace that believers themselves cannot fully understand.[4]


4:6 / Because “the Lord is near,” his people need not be anxious about anything. This is in line with Jesus’ own teaching to his disciples: “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear … do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matt. 6:25–34). Christian existence in a pagan world was full of uncertainties: persecution of one kind or another was always a possibility, and the impossibility of membership in guilds which were under the patronage of pagan divinities was bound to involve economic disadvantage. But if the Lord was near, there was no cause for anxiety. Jesus had encouraged his disciples to have done with anxiety because their heavenly Father, who fed the birds and clothed the grass with flowers, knew their needs and was well able to supply them (Matt. 6:26–32 par. Luke 12:24–30). Similarly Paul says, in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. He uses three different Greek words for “prayer” here. There are slight differences of nuance between one word and another, but the main effect of the use of all three is to emphasize the importance in Christian life of constancy in believing and expectant prayer. Like his Master, Paul takes it for granted that an essential element in prayer is asking God for things, with the same trustful spirit as children show when they ask their fathers for things. In the prayer Jesus taught his disciples to use when addressing their heavenly Father, the provision of his children’s daily bread is included along with the establishment of his kingdom on earth.

Moreover, a grateful remembrance of past blessings is a safeguard against anxiety for the future: it adds confidence to the prayer for continued blessings. Hence the importance of thanksgiving in all true prayer.[5]


The Peace of Believing Prayer

Philippians 4:6–7

Do not worry about anything; but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all human thought, will stand sentinel over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

For the Philippians, life was bound to be a source of worry. Even to be a human being and so to be vulnerable to all the chances and the changes of this mortal life is in itself a cause for worry; and in the early Church, to the normal worry of the human situation there was added the worry of being a Christian, which meant taking one’s life in one’s hands. Paul’s solution is prayer. As M. R. Vincent says in his commentary, ‘Peace is the fruit of believing prayer.’ In this brief passage, there is a whole philosophy of prayer.

(1) Paul stresses that we can take everything to God in prayer. As it has been beautifully put, ‘There is nothing too great for God’s power; and nothing too small for his fatherly care.’ Children may take anything, great or small, to their parents, sure that whatever happens to them is of interest there, their small triumphs and disappointments, their passing cuts and bruises. In exactly the same way, we may take anything to God, sure of his interest and concern.

(2) We can bring our prayers, our petitions and our requests to God; we can pray for ourselves. We can pray for forgiveness for the past, for the things we need in the present, and for help and guidance for the future. We can take our own past and present and future into the presence of God. We can pray for others. We can commend to God’s care those near and far who are within our memories and our hearts.

(3) Paul lays it down that ‘thanksgiving must be the universal accompaniment of prayer’. Christians must feel, as it has been put, that all through life they are, ‘as it were, suspended between past and present blessings’. Every prayer must surely include thanks for the great privilege of prayer itself. Paul insists that we must give thanks in everything, in laughter and in tears, in sorrows and in joys alike. That implies two things. It implies gratitude and also perfect submission to the will of God. It is only when we are fully convinced that God is working all things together for good that we can really feel the perfect gratitude towards him which believing prayer demands.

When we pray, we must always remember three things. We must remember the love of God, which only ever desires what is best for us. We must remember the wisdom of God, which alone knows what is best for us. We must remember the power of God, which alone can bring about that which is best for us. Everyone who prays with a perfect trust in the love, wisdom and power of God will find God’s peace.

The result of believing prayer is that the peace of God will stand like a sentry on guard over our hearts. The word that Paul uses (phrourein) is the military word for standing on guard. That peace of God, says Paul, as the Revised Standard Version has it, passes all understanding. That does not mean that the peace of God is such a mystery that the human mind cannot understand it, although this also is true. It means that the peace of God is so precious that the human mind, with all its skill and all its knowledge, can never produce it. It can never be of our contriving; it is only of God’s giving. The way to peace is in prayer to entrust ourselves and all whom we hold dear to the loving hands of God.[6]


5b, 6. (3) Let there be no worry but prayerful trusting in God above.

Joy within, big-heartedness all around, and now prayerful trusting in God above. Says Paul, The Lord (is) at hand. In view of the immediate context (3:20, 21) the meaning is probably not, “The Lord is always nearby or present,” (cf. Ps. 145:18) but rather, “The Lord is coming very soon.” This, of course, is strictly true with respect to every believer. If the Lord arrives from heaven before the believer dies, then no one surely will be able to doubt that this coming was, indeed, at hand. But if the death of the believer occurs before the day of Christ’s coming, then two facts remain true both for the believer’s own consciousness and according to the clear teaching of Scripture: a. The believer’s life-span here on earth was very, very brief. In fact, it amounted to a mere breath (Ps. 39:5; 90:10; 103:15, 16); and b. the interval between the entrance of his soul into heaven and the Lord’s second coming was but “a little season” (Rev. 6:11), for in heaven he was geared to a different kind of time-scale. Hence, take it either way, Paul had every right to say, “The Lord (is) at hand.” Whatever happens in history is a preparation for this coming, which, as has been shown, will in either case be soon. This does not mean that the apostle excludes the possibility that by earthly reckoning there could still be an interval of many years before the Lord’s arrival. He is not setting any dates (see 1 Thess. 5:1–3; 2 Thess. 2:1–3). In view of the fact that no one knows the day and the hour when Jesus will return (Matt. 24:36), it behooves every one to be ready, working, watching at all times (Matt. 25:1–13). At the coming of the Lord all wrongs will be righted, and the believer will stand in the presence of his Lord, fully vindicated. Hence, let him not make too much of disappointments, or unduly trouble himself about the future. So Paul continues, In nothing be anxious or “stop being anxious about anything.” (See also N.T.C. on John 14:1–4.) There is such a thing as kindly concern, that is, genuine interest in the welfare of others. The verb (used in Phil. 4:6, and here rendered “be anxious”) can elsewhere have a favorable meaning, as it does, in fact, in this very epistle (2:20): Timothy was genuinely interested in the welfare of the Philippians. Often, however, it indicates to be unduly concerned about, to be filled with anxiety, to worry. Such worry may be about food or drink or clothes or one’s life-span or the future or words to be spoken in self-defense or even about “many things” (Matt. 6:25–28, 34; 10:19; Luke 10:41; 12:11). The cure for worry is prayer. Hence, the apostle continues, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known before God.

The cure for worry is not inaction. If one wishes to plant a garden, build a house, make a sermon, or do anything else, he cannot attain his objective by prayer alone. There must be careful planning. There must be reflection leading to action. Paul is not forgetting this. In fact, the reflection is stressed in verse 8, the action in verse 9. On the other hand, however, it is also true that reflection and action without prayer would be futile. In fact so very important is prayer to the Christian that it is mentioned first of all (verse 6b).

Neither is the cure for worry apathy. God never tells us to suppress every desire. On the contrary, he says, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Ps. 81:10). Proper desires should be cultivated, not killed.

The proper antidote for anxiety is the outpouring of the heart to God. Here questions occur:

  • In connection with what situations or circumstances should this take place?

Answer: “in everything.” Note the sharp contrast: “In nothing be anxious but in everything … let your petitions be made known before God.” Because of the specific context here, the emphasis is, nevertheless, on all such circumstances which might otherwise cause one to worry: “Cast all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). The outpouring of the heart to God should, of course, not be restricted to this.

“Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer.

That calls me from a world of care,

And bids me at My Father’s throne.

Make all my wants and wishes known!”

(W. W. Walford)

  • In what frame of mind should this be done?

Answer: with reverence and true devotion. That is implied in the words, “by prayer.” Prayer is any form of reverent address directed to God.

  • What is the nature of this activity?

Answer: it amounts to supplication. Note: “and supplication.” By this is meant the humble cry for the fulfilment of needs that are keenly felt.

  • What is the condition of acceptance?

Answer: that this be done “with thanksgiving.” This implies humility, submission to God’s will, knowing that this will is always best. There must be grateful acknowledgement for: a. past favors, b. present blessings, and c. firmly-grounded assurances for the future. Paul begins nearly every one of his epistles with an outpouring of thanksgiving to God. Throughout his writings he again and again insists on the necessity of giving thanks (Rom. 1:21; 14:6; 2 Cor. 1:11; 4:15; 9:11, 12; Eph. 5:20; Col. 3:15; etc.). Prayer without thanksgiving is like a bird without wings: such a prayer cannot rise to heaven, can find no acceptance with God.

  • What are the contents?

Answer: not vague generalities. The prayer, “Lord, bless all that awaiteth thy blessing” may be proper at times but can be overdone. It is easy to resort to it when one has nothing definite to ask. Paul says, “Let your petitions be made known before God.” There must be definite, specific requests (1 John 5:15). That is also clear from the example given us in what is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matt. 6:9–13). Note also the preposition before, in “before God.” One enters into the very presence of God, realizing that nothing is too great for his power to accomplish nor too small for his love to be concerned about. Is he not our Father who in Christ loves us with an infinite love?[7]


[1] Boice, J. M. (2000). Philippians: an expositional commentary (pp. 238–243). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Garland, D. E. (2006). Philippians. In T. Longman III (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 253). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Fee, G. D. (1995). Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (pp. 408–410). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Ellsworth, R. (2004). Opening up Philippians (p. 84). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[5] Bruce, F. F. (2011). Philippians (p. 143). Peabody, MA: Baker Books.

[6] Barclay, W. (2003). The Letters to Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians (3rd ed. fully rev. and updated, pp. 90–92). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.

[7] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Philippians (Vol. 5, pp. 194–196). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

How The Deep State “Justifies” Itself In America | Zero Hedge

“…the Deep State, in America, are not perpetrators of corrupt government, but, as The NYTimes explains, are instead courageous enemies of corrupt government…”

Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On October 30th, there was a panel discussion broadcast live on C-Span from the National Press Club and the Michael V. Hayden Center. The discussants were John Brennan, Michael McCabe, John McGlaughlin, and Michael Morrell. They all agreed with the statement by McLaughlin (former Deputy CIA Director) “Thank God for the ‘Deep State’”, and the large audience there also applauded it — nobody booed it.

John Brennan amplified upon the thought, and there was yet more applause. However, that thought hadn’t been invented by McLaughlin; it instead had evolved recently in the pages of the New York Times. Perhaps the discussants had read it there. Instead of America’s ‘news’-media uncritically trumpeting what government officials assert to be facts (as they traditionally do), we now have former spooks uncritically trumpeting what a mainstream ‘news’-medium has recently concocted to be the case — about themselves. They’ve come out of the closet, about being the Deep State. However, even in that, they are lying, because they aren’t it; they are only agents for it.

In America, the Deep State ‘justifies’ itself in the ‘news’-media that it owns, and does so by falsely ‘defining’ what the “Deep State” is (which is actually the nation’s 607 billionaires, whose hired agents number in the millions). They mis-‘define’ it, as being, instead, the taxpayer-salaried career Government employees, known professionally as “the Civil Service.” (Although some Civil Servants — especially at the upper levels — are agents for America’s billionaires and retire to cushy board seats, most of them actually are not and do not. And the “revolving door” between “the public sector” and “the private sector” is where the Deep State operations become concentrated. That’s the core of the networking, by which the billionaires get served. And, of course, those former spooks at the National Press Club said nothing about it. Are they authentically so stupid that they don’t know about it, or is that just pretense from them?)

How the Deep State’s operatives perpetrate this deception about the meaning of “Deep State” was well exemplified in the nine links that were supplied on October 28th by the extraordinarily honest anonymous German intelligence analyst who blogs as “Moon of Alabama” and who condemned there (and linked to) 9 recent articles in the New York Times, as posing a threat against democracy in America.

As I intend to argue here, the 9 articles are, indeed, aimed at deceiving the American public, about what the true meaning of the phrase “the Deep State” is. He headlined “Endorsing The Deep State Endangers Democracy”. (And that’s what the October 30th panel discussion was actually doing — endorsing the Deep State.)

However, he didn’t explain the tactic the NYT’s editors (and those former spooks) use to deceive the public about the Deep State, and this is what I aim to do here, by showing the transformation, over time, in the way that that propaganda-organization, the New York Times, has been employing the phrase “Deep State” — a remarkable transformation, which started, on 16 February 2017, by the newspaper’s denying that any Deep State exists in America but that it exists only in corrupt nations; and which gradually transitioned into an upside-down, by asserting that a Deep State does exist in the United States, and that it fights against corruption in this country. As always, only fools (such as that applauding audience on October 30th) would believe it, but propagandists depend upon fools and cannot thrive without them. In this case, the Times, in those 9 articles, was evolving quickly from a blanket denial, to an American-exceptionalist proud affirmation, that a Deep State rules this country and ought to rule it. I agree with the statement that “Endorsing The Deep State Endangers Democracy”, but I am more concerned here to explain how that endorsement — that deceit — is being done.

The first of these NYT articles was published on 16 February 2017, and it denied that the US has any “Deep State” whatsoever.

The second, published on 6 March 2017, blamed President Trump (since the NYT represents mainly Democratic Party billionaires) for mainstreaming the phrase “the Deep State” into American political discourse, and it alleged that that phrase actually refers only to “countries like Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan, where authoritarian elements band together to undercut democratically elected leaders.”

The third, published on 10 March 2017, repeated this allegation, that this phrase applies only to “the powerful deep states of countries like Egypt or Pakistan, experts say.”

The fourth, published on 5 September 2018, was an anonymous op-ed from a Government employee who condemned Trump and “vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” “This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.” So: still the NYT’s editors were hewing to their propaganda-line, that no “Deep State” exists in America — there are just whistleblowers, here.

The fifth, on 18 December 2018, said, for example, that “Adam Lovinger, a Pentagon analyst, was one of the first to wrap himself in the deep state defense” — namely, that they consist of “people who have been targeted for political reasons.” So, the NYT’s editors were now reinforcing their new false ‘definition’ of “Deep State,” as consisting just of Government whistleblowers.

The sixth, on 6 October 2019, said, “President Trump and some of his allies have asserted without evidence that a cabal of American officials — the so-called deep state — embarked on a broad operation to thwart Mr. Trump’s campaign. The conspiracy theory remains unsubstantiated.” So: the NYT’s editors were back, again, to denying that there is any “Deep State” in America. This was a signal, from them, that they were starting to recognize that they’d need to jiggle their ‘definition’ of “Deep State,” at least a bit.

The seventh, on 20 October 2019, was by a member of the Editorial Board, and it boldly proclaimed, about “the deep state,” “Let us now praise these not-silent heroes.” The propagandists now had settled firmly upon their new (and previously merely exploratory) ‘definition’ of “Deep State,” as consisting of whistleblowers in the US Government’s Civil Services, “individuals willing to step up and protest the administration’s war on science, expertise and facts.”

The eighth, on 23 October 2019, equated “the deep state” even more boldly with the impeachment of President Trump: “Over the last three weeks, the deep state has emerged from the shadows in the form of real live government officials, past and present, who have defied a White House attempt to block cooperation with House impeachment investigators and provided evidence that largely backs up the still-anonymous whistle-blower.”

The ninth, on 26 October 2019, which came from “a contributing opinion writer and professor of history,” alleged that the origins of “the deep state” are to be found with Teddy Roosevelt in the 1880s, when “A healthy dose of elitism drove Roosevelt’s crusade, as the spoils system had been the path to power for immigrant-driven political machines in big cities like New York. Yet the Civil Service laws he and others created marked the beginning of a shift toward a fairer, less corrupt public realm.”

In other words: the Deep State, in America, are not perpetrators of corrupt government (such as in “countries like Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan, where authoritarian elements band together to undercut democratically elected leaders”), but are instead courageous enemies of corrupt government; and they are instituted by the aristocracy here (today’s American billionaires), in order to reduce, if not eliminate, corruption in government (which, the Times now alleges, originates amongst, or serves, the lower classes).

The lessons about Big Brother, which were taught by George Orwell in his merely metaphorical masterpiece 1984, were apparently never learned, because even now — as his “Newspeak” is being further refined so that black is white, and good is bad, and truth is falsehood — there still are people who subscribe to the propagandists and cannot get enough of their ridiculous con-games. Though in some poor countries, a corrupt Deep State rules; a Deep State rules in America so as to reduce if not prevent corruption, the New York Times now concludes.

You can see how it’s done, in those nine NYT articles. Isn’t it simply amazing there?!

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/how-deep-state-justifies-itself-america

November 11 The Names of God

scripture reading: Psalm 96
key verse: Psalm 96:2

Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

Sir Winston Churchill. Albert Einstein. Bill Cosby. President George Bush. Already your mind has formulated thoughts and opinions concerning these individuals, such as courage, genius, humor, and leadership. That is because a person’s name reflects far more than mere identity. It suggests character and personality, the sum of each person’s being.

Your worship experience can likewise be elevated through a new appreciation for the names by which God is called in Scripture. God’s name is indicative of His personal essence. The psalmist wrote, “O Lord, our Lord, / How majestic is Thy name in all the earth” (Ps. 8:1 nasb).

Listed here are just a few of the names ascribed to God in the Bible along with the particular aspect of His character they reveal:

El Olam—the everlasting or eternal God. Refers to God’s eternal existence (Gen. 21:33).

El Shaddai—God almighty. Refers to the all–sufficient power and might of God (Gen. 17:1).

El Elyon—God the Most High. Refers to the sovereignty of God (Gen. 14:18).

Jehovah—the Self–Existent One. Refers particularly to God’s covenant relationship with His people and His redemptive work (Ex. 3:14; 34:6).

I praise You, Oh Lord. You are the everlasting God. You are God almighty. You are God the Most High. You are Jehovah![1]

 

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

Are You Ready For A Catastrophically Cold Winter? Here Is What The Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You… – End Of The American Dream

Experts are warning us that this will be a “freezing, frigid, and frosty” winter, and even though the official beginning of winter is still over a month away, it already feels like that in much of the country right now.  Over the next several days, it will literally feel like it is mid-January in much of the central and eastern portions of the United States.  Many areas will be hit by temperatures that are 30 degrees below normal, and heavy snow is expected in some areas of the Midwest.  Unfortunately, this bitterly cold weather is coming at a very bad time for corn farmers.  According to the latest USDA crop progress report, only 52 percent of the corn in the middle of the country has been harvested.  So about half of the corn is still sitting out there, and these extraordinarily low temperatures could potentially be absolutely devastating.  In essence, this cold front threatens to put an exclamation point on an absolutely horrific year for U.S. farmers.  According to the National Weather Service, we could possibly see “170 potential daily record cold high temperatures” over the next three days…

“The National Weather Service is forecasting 170 potential daily record cold high temperatures Monday to Wednesday,” tweeted Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman. “A little taste of January in November.”

The temperature nosedive will be a three-day process as a cold front charges across the central and eastern U.S. from Sunday into Tuesday.

We are being told that low temperatures in certain portions of Texas could plunge into the teens, and all across the Upper Midwest we could see low temperatures that are well below zero.

Of course this is not the first wave of record cold weather to come rolling through this season.  During the month of October, a couple of major blizzards roared through the Midwest and countless new cold temperature records were established.

And unfortunately we should expect a lot more bitter weather in the months ahead.  Both the Farmers’ Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac are projecting that this upcoming winter will be unusually cold and snowy

Not long after the Farmers’ Almanac suggested it would be a “freezing, frigid, and frosty” season, the *other* Farmer’s Almanac has released its annual weather forecast—and it’s equally upsetting.

While the first publication focused on the cold temperatures anticipated this winter, the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that excessive snowfall will be the most noteworthy part of the season.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which was founded in 1792, says that the upcoming winter “will be remembered for strong storms” featuring heavy rain, sleet, and a lot of snow. The periodical actually used the word “snow-verload” to describe the conditions we can expect in the coming months.

So why is this happening?

It is actually quite simple.

During a solar minimum, solar activity drops to very low levels, and that tends to mean lower temperatures on Earth.

Earlier this year, a panel of experts gathered to discuss the current solar minimum, and they came to the conclusion that it “could last for years”

If you like solar minimum, good news: It could last for years. That was one of the predictions issued last week by an international panel of experts who gathered at NOAA’s annual Space Weather Workshop to forecast the next solar cycle. If the panel is correct, already-low sunspot counts will reach a nadir sometime between July 2019 and Sept 2020, followed by a slow recovery toward a new Solar Maximum in 2023-2026.

“We expect Solar Cycle 25 will be very similar to Cycle 24: another fairly weak maximum, preceded by a long, deep minimum,” says panel co-chair Lisa Upton, a solar physicist with Space Systems Research Corp.

But that would actually be a best case scenario.

There are others that believe that we have now entered a “grand solar minimum” such as the one that our planet experienced several hundred years ago.  That one was known as “the Maunder Minimum”, and it resulted in a “little ice age”

The extreme example happened between 1645 and 1715 when the normal 11-year sunspot cycle vanished. This period, called the Maunder Minimum, was accompanied by bitterly cold winters in the American colonies. Fishing settlements in Iceland and Greenland were abandoned. Icebergs were seen near the English channel. The canals of Venice froze. It was a time of great hardship.

Ultimately, the longer winters and shorter summers during the “Maunder Minimum” resulted in famine all over the globe, and multitudes ended up perishing

The Maunder Minimum is the most famous cold period of the Little Ice Age. Temperatures plummeted in Europe (Figs. 14.3–14.7), the growing season became shorter by more than a month, the number of snowy days increased from a few to 20–30, the ground froze to several feet, alpine glaciers advanced all over the world, glaciers in the Swiss Alps encroached on farms and buried villages, tree-lines in the Alps dropped, sea ports were blocked by sea ice that surrounded Iceland and Holland for about 20 miles, wine grape harvests diminished, and cereal grain harvests failed, leading to mass famines (Fagan, 2007). The Thames River and canals and rivers of the Netherlands froze over during the winter (Fig. 14.3). The population of Iceland decreased by about half. In parts of China, warm-weather crops that had been grown for centuries were abandoned. In North America, early European settlers experienced exceptionally severe winters.

So far in 2019, there have been more than 200 days without a single sunspot on the sun.

We do not know when solar activity will return to normal, but for now we should all prepare for a bitterly cold winter.

Beyond that, we had better hope that we have not entered another “Maunder Minimum”, because right now we are struggling to feed everyone on the planet even in the best of years.

Despite all of our advanced technology, we remain deeply dependent on the weather.  Even a year or two of bad harvests could potentially be absolutely catastrophic, and the mainstream media will not tell us the truth until it is way too late to do anything about it.

— Read on endoftheamericandream.com/archives/are-you-ready-for-a-catastrophically-cold-winter-here-is-what-the-mainstream-media-wont-tell-you

11 november (1855) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Healing for the wounded

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

suggested further reading: Isaiah 57:15–21

Poor sinner, breathe thy wish to him, let thy sigh come before him, for “he healeth the broken in heart.” There thou liest wounded on the plain. “Is there no physician?” thou criest; “Is there none?” Around thee lie thy fellow-sufferers, but they are as helpless as thyself. Thy mournful cry cometh back without an answer, and space alone hears thy groan. Ah! The battle-field of sin has one kind visitor; it is not abandoned to the vultures of remorse and despair. I hear footsteps approaching; they are the gentle footsteps of Jehovah. With a heart full of mercy, he is hasting to his repenting child. In his hands there are no thunders, in his eyes no anger, on his lips no threatening. See how he bows himself over the mangled heart! Hear how he speaks! “Come, now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” And if the patient dreads to look in the face of the mighty being who addresses him, the same loving mouth whispers, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for my name’s sake.” See how he washes every wound with sacred water from the side of Jesus; mark how he spreads the ointment of forgiving grace, and binds around each wound the fair white linen, which is the righteousness of saints. Does the mourner faint under the operation? He puts medicine to his lips, exclaiming, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” Yes, it is true—most true—neither dream nor fiction, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” How condescending is the Lord of heaven, thus to visit poor forsaken man.

for meditation: Physical health is desirable, but short-lived; spiritual health is far more to be desired and will last for ever (3 John 2). We can live for a while with physical illness, but the unbeliever will die eternally with spiritual disease.

sermon no. 53[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 322). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

Monday Briefing November 11, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 There Is No Refuge in Ambiguity: Why Christians Must Always Be Prepared to Give an Honest Answer

PART II

 You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: There is No Refuge in Accepting Ambiguity as Policy

PART III

 Moral Change Typically Occurs Through Generational Change, Except on the Issues of Marijuana and Same Sex Marriage, But Why?

PART IV

 Nothing Exists as an Island, Not Even an Islamic Monarchy: The Liberalization of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

PART V

 The United Methodist Church Might Not Be “United” for Much Longer: The Impossibility of Holding Together Those Arguing for Two (or More) Positions on LGBTQ Issues


DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

PART I

PART II

PART III

PART IV

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Saudi Arabia Is Changing Fast, by Karen Elliott House

PART V

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE

UMC’s Western Jurisdiction announces ‘safe harbor’ for LGBTQ clergy, by Emily McFarlan Miller

— Read on albertmohler.com/2019/11/11/briefing-11-11-19

Hand Grenade & Pin: Why Clinton, the Bidens’ Cases May Blow Back All Over the Dem Establishment – Sputnik International

The Republicans’ decision to step up scrutiny towards Hillary Clinton, the Bidens and their associates in the Obama administration is a step in the right direction, believes Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel, adding that it could shed light on why then President Obama turned a blind eye to potentially criminal behaviour among prominent politicians.

While the House Democrats are pushing ahead with the Trump impeachment process, the Republicans have targeted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current presidential candidate and ex-Vice President Joe Biden.

— Read on sputniknews.com/analysis/201911111077273246-hand-grenade-pin-why-clinton-the-bidens-cases-may-blow-back-all-over-the-dems-establishment/

11 Nov 2019 – Rapture Ready News

“Too Many To Count”: The Global Persecution Of Christians
“It’s easy to go about our lives and forget that in places like Nigeria, Iran and North Korea being a Christian can often lead to death…”

Roman Catholic Churches Celebrating ‘Gay Pride’ Masses
Catholic dioceses in the United Kingdom have begun to host LGBTQ “Pride” Masses, events designed to welcome homosexuals into the church and combine gay pride with the Eucharist and other Romish sacraments.

Aged 90 and still taking cocaine — increase in older people admitted to hospital with drug’s effects
Pensioners aged 90 and over are being admitted to hospital after taking cocaine. Ten nonagenarians were admitted with mental disorders “due to the use of cocaine” last year, compared with two a decade ago, NHS Digital figures reveal.

Just as we suspected, climate youth puppet Greta Thunberg is controlled by George Soros
She’s all over the news these days, but 16-year-old Greta Thunberg isn’t homegrown or grassroots. Her climate schtick is completely a product of George Soros and Company, which feeds Thunberg her lines as she traipses around the world pretending to have come up with all this climate hysteria on her own.

Chaos In Bolivia After President Morales Resigns, Claims He Was Victim Of A Coup
Morales stressed that his resignation does not mean that the socialist case is defeated. “It is no betrayal. The struggle continues. We are a people.”

Dr. Mercola videos are now on Brighteon.com; Mercola unleashes damning video exposing Google’s racketeering and anti-trust FRAUD against health publishers
 Three years ago, I sounded the alarm over Google censorship, warning the natural health community that Google was sidling up with Big Pharma and would begin de-listing all natural health search results, effectively blacklisting most natural health content.

Unseasonably cold Arctic airmass, snow and freezing rain with gusty winds across the central and eastern U.S.
A significant early-season Arctic airmass will produce areas of snow and freezing rain, and gusty winds across the central and eastern U.S. into next week. Widespread snow from the Plains to the Northeast could fall as far south as Tennessee, with the heaviest snow likely to fall from upstate New York to northern New England. Numerous cold temperature records will be possible. The counterpoint to these wintry conditions will be continued warm temperatures in the West with air stagnation issues in the interior Northwestern states.

Scots face ‘baffling’ list of 21 sexualities to choose from in 2021 census including gynephilic and skoliosexual
BARMY officials have drawn up a “baffling” list of 21 sexualities for Scots to choose from in the 2021 census.

IT’S A CULT: Huge Six Story Mural of Disgruntled Teen Greta Thunberg Staring Down on the Masses Is Going Up in San Francisco (VIDEO)
How dare you!A HUGE six-story mural of lecturing teen activist Greta Thunberg is going up in San Francisco near Union Station. It’s a cult.

Caught On Video: Hong Kong Protester Shot By Police During Morning Clashes; Hang Seng Tumbles
Hong Kong police opened fire and hit at least one protester on Monday, the SCMP reported, as chaos erupted across the city, and the Hang Seng index tumbled.

— Read on www.raptureready.com/2019/11/11/11-nov-2019/

11 NOVEMBER 365 Days with Calvin

Walking Unworthily in the Church

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2 Timothy 2:20

suggested further reading: Obadiah

Here Paul tells us we ought to be earnest and zealous in endeavoring to put away all stumbling blocks to worshiping God in his house. If we see evil in the church, it must be purged; it must be quickly cut off and not allowed to grow. We must earnestly want the temple of God to remain pure and clean. Nevertheless, we may need to suffer some things to remain which cannot be taken away. When we cannot remedy such wrongs, we must mourn them.

However the world may go, we ought not to distance ourselves from the church of God under the pretense that people in it do not walk as they ought. Therefore, when we see inferior vessels in the church of God, let us not grieve and cite them as a reason to withdraw ourselves from church. Rather, let us persevere.

Paul shows us that, though the wicked strive to bring the name of God into reproach and dishonor, they will not cease to serve his glory, for God will turn their wickedness into goodness. When we look at the wicked, we see they were made to dishonor God, to destroy the reputation of his majesty, to abolish his justice, and to turn things upside down so that the world may have no more knowledge of him.

That is their goal, and the devil pushes them forward, but they do not cease to be vessels in God’s house. That is to say, God will find a way to use them in such a manner that he will be glorified by them. This does not excuse their wickedness or allow them to cloak themselves with a mantle as though serving him, for he well knows this was not their wish or intention.

for meditation: Some people will stick with a church no matter how far it strays from the truths of Scripture. Others will abandon a church because the people let them down or because of more minute issues. When we consider our local church, we must find a balance between these extremes. We must not expect ministers, elders, deacons, and other church folk to be free from sin. Let’s not judge the church by imperfect sinners, but by its perfect head, Jesus Christ. When church members implement this, sound churches will have much more peace in their ranks.[1]

 

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 334). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.