Daily Archives: November 14, 2019

November 14 Called with Confidence

Scripture Reading: Mark 16:14–18

Key Verse: Mark 16:15

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

After the Resurrection, Christ appeared to two of the disciples. However, the news of Jesus’ resurrection seemed too good to be true, so the other disciples, in their disheartenment, did not believe the reports. When Jesus appeared to them, He rebuked them for their unbelief. He knew they would need great faith to take on the commission God had for them, and that faith had to begin with an understanding of God’s power.

Eleven men had the responsibility of spreading the gospel to the whole world. They were eleven simple men with an overwhelming goal, fueled by the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Surely our task is not as daunting as that which the disciples faced, yet Christians often consider evangelism impossible.

Clarence Hall wrote, “The problem is not that we have exhausted our frontiers. The problem is that we fail to recognize them! And as our vision shortens, our pessimism deepens.”

Lord, I have been guilty of failing to recognize the frontiers for the gospel. Forgive my shortsightedness and infuse me with a powerful drive to witness for You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 333). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 14 Waiting on God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 106

Key Verse: Psalm 106:13

They soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel.

Psalm 106 records the bleak history of the Israelites’ wilderness journey following their exodus out of Egypt. Many negative episodes are chronicled, and one glaringly deficient trait was their inability to wait on God. In one incident, the Hebrews complained about their steady diet of manna, God’s daily, supernatural provision. The psalmist recounted, “They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but craved intensely in the wilderness, and tempted God [put Him to the test] in the desert” (vv. 13–14 nasb).

Failing to wait on God for His answer is usually coupled with a memory lapse of God’s past help. The intensity of our needs often fogs our vision of God’s faithfulness and power. Keeping God’s character in sharp focus is crucial to waiting for His response. When God’s ability to supply our needs is obscured, we too readily rely on our wisdom instead of seeking His counsel.

If you are tempted to move ahead without God’s guidance, pause and reflect on His perfect timing in meeting previous demands. The less you desire to wait on God, the greater your craving for instant solutions. You look for shortcuts instead of traveling the road of trust and dependence on God.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your help in the past. I need to remember these times as I travel down the road of trust and dependence on You. Help me bypass the shortcuts.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 333). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 14 Hope to Continue

Scripture reading: Psalm 62:1–12

Key verse: Psalm 62:8

Trust in Him at all times, you people;

Pour out your heart before Him;

God is a refuge for us.

For several days now, we have talked about pain and suffering. Some of the examples have brought profound thoughts of devotion for our Savior. But ask yourself, Is my affection the kind that remains intact, even when the answer to my prayers is not what I expected?

In Candles in the Dark, Amy Carmichael wrote,

I once wrote that God always answers us in the deeps, not in the shallows of our prayers. Hasn’t it been so with you?

One of the hardest things in our prayer life is to accept with joy and not with grief the answers to our deepest prayers. At least I have found it so. It was a long time before I discovered that whatever came was the answer.

I had expected something so different that I did not recognize it when it came. And He doesn’t explain. He trusts us not to be offended; that’s all.

Sometimes God reveals at least a portion of His will to you. Other times He doesn’t. In periods of adversity, this can be unsettling. But God requires you to go on in faith, even when adversity closes in all around you. In accepting His will, you find lasting joy. Does this mean you are never to feel sorrow or be burdened by stress? No. God weeps with you, and through the life of His Son, He gives you hope to continue. At times, this may simply mean to be still under His restful care.

Lord, when adversity closes in around me, help me continue to advance in faith. I know that in accepting Your will, I will find the hope to continue.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 333). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Less than half of US evangelicals identify as ‘pro-life,’ new poll suggests | The Christian Post

Only a quarter of evangelicals in the United States believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases, according to a new poll showing that a majority of self-identified Christians in the U.S. identify as “pro-choice” and less than half of evangelicals identify as “pro-life.”

Source: Less than half of US evangelicals identify as ‘pro-life,’ new poll suggests

November 14, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

13 According to the Chronicler, Nebuchadnezzar had previously taken part of Jerusalem’s smaller treasures (2 Ch 36:7; cf. Da 1:2). This time his despoilment was a major one, with only a few smaller gold and silver items left behind (cf. 25:15), along with the larger brass vessels (cf. 25:13–17; Jer 27:18–22).[1]


24:13 Nebuchadnezzar plundered the treasures of the temple and king’s palace, just as the Lord had said he would (cf. 20:16–18).[2]


24:13 He cut up Nebuchadnezzar’s actions suggest that Judah refused to pay tribute. Earlier in 2 Kings, Ahaz and Hezekiah had used bronze, silver, and gold from the temple to fund Judah’s tribute (16:17–18; 18:15–16).

the vessels of gold which Solomon the king of Israel had made in the temple of Including the altar, the table for the bread of the Presence, 10 lampstands, flowers, lamps, tongs, cups, snuffers, basins, incense dishes, fire pans, and door sockets (1 Kgs 7:45–50).

as Yahweh had foretold Refers to Isaiah’s prophecy in 2 Kgs 20:17.[3]


24:13 The plundering of the city of Jerusalem seemed to be very thorough. It is remarkable that there was still some gold from the time of Solomon left to be plundered after more than three centuries of foreign plundering. This fulfilled the prophecy to Hezekiah in 20:17.[4]


13. as the Lord had said—(compare 2 Ki 20:17; Is 39:6; Je 15:13; 17:3). The elite of the nation for rank, usefulness, and moral worth, all who might be useful in Babylon or dangerous in Palestine, were carried off to Babylon, to the number of ten thousand (2 Ki 24:14). These are specified (2 Ki 24:15, 16), warriors, seven thousand; craftsmen and smiths, one thousand; king’s wives, officers, and princes, also priests and prophets (Je 29:1; Ez 1:1), two thousand; equal to ten thousand captives in all.[5]


Ver. 13.—And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the Lord. “Thence” means “from Jerusalem,” which he entered and plundered, not withstanding Jehoiachin’s submission, so that not much was gained by the voluntary surrender. A beginning had been made of the carrying off the sacred vessels of the temple in Jehoiakim’s third (fourth?) year (Dan. 1:1), which was the first of Nebuchadnezzar. The plundering was now carried a step further; while the final complete sweep of all that remained came eleven years later, at the end of the reign of Zedekiah (see ch. 25:13–17). And the treasures of the king’s house (comp. ch. 20:13). If the treasures which Hezekiah showed to the envoys of Merodach-Baladan were carried off by Sennacherib (ch. 18:15), still there had probably been fresh accumulations made during their long reigns by Manasseh and Josiah. And cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon King of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord. (For an account of these vessels, see 1 Kings 7:48–50.) They consisted in part of articles of furniture, like the altar of incense and the table of shrewbread, which were thickly covered with plates of gold; in part of vessels, etc., made wholly of the precious metal, as candlesticks, or rather candelabra, snuffers, tongs, basins, spoons, censers, and the like. As the Lord had said (comp. ch. 20:17; Isa. 39:6; Jer. 15:13; 17:3; 20:5, etc.).[6]


13 Following the fall of the city, the Babylonians help themselves to the spoils of war. As one might expect, the temple and palace treasures are a primary target, as had happened many times before. Not only is the pattern followed, but also the prophecy of 20:16–19 is now being fulfilled. אשר עשה שלמה “which Solomon had made.” See 1 Kgs 7:51, some of which had been removed once before (1 Kgs 14:26). Montgomery (Kings, 556) and Gray (Kings, 752) regard the passage as secondary, partly because of its similarity with the preceding accounts of the sacking of the treasures and partly because it anticipates the later destruction of the temple. It is argued that Jer 27:19–22 is a contradiction because it refers to vessels still in the temple during the reign of Zedekiah. There is no contradiction here. In neither account, Babylonian or Judean, is it stated that everything was looted. Nebuchadrezzar clearly made provision for the continuation of the economic and political life of Judah after the first deportation, albeit in a much reduced form, by the appointment of Zedekiah as king.[7]


[1] Patterson, R. D., & Austel, H. J. (2009). 1, 2 Kings. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: 1 Samuel–2 Kings (Revised Edition) (Vol. 3, p. 948). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (2 Ki 24:13). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (2 Ki 24:13). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Bowling, A. C. (2017). 2 Kings. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 597). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[5] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 248). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 2 Kings (p. 477). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] Hobbs, T. R. (1985). 2 Kings (Vol. 13, p. 352). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

Ukraine Foreign Minister Undercuts Democrats’ Impeachment Case: No Connection Between Aid and Biden Investigation | The Western Journal

Ukraine’s foreign minister said Thursday that he did not see a “direct link” between the U.S. sending military aid to Ukraine and Ukraine opening an investigation into the Bidens. Democrats have accused President Donald Trump of suggesting a quid pro quo, claiming he planned to withhold military aid from Ukraine until that nation’s government investigated… The post appeared first on The Western Journal .

Source: Ukraine Foreign Minister Undercuts Democrats’ Impeachment Case: No Connection Between Aid and Biden Investigation

Ukraine Foreign Minister: U.S. Aid, Investigations Were ‘Never’ Linked | Breitbart News

Ukrainian foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko said Thursday that U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland had “never” linked U.S. aid to Ukrainian investigations of the 2016 elections or the Biden’s role in stopping a probe of Burisma.

Source: Ukraine Foreign Minister: U.S. Aid, Investigations Were ‘Never’ Linked

Elise Stefanik Stood Out on Day One of the Impeachment Hearings — National Review

Representative Elise Stefanik, Republican of New York, asks questions during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry in Washington, D.C., November 13, 2019. (Saul Loeb/Reuters Pool)

The New York congresswoman was clearly the strongest Republican questioner of the day.

Representative Elise Stefanik of New York earned high marks for her questioning of U.S. diplomats on Wednesday, the first day of public impeachment hearings.

Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake called Stefanik’s questioning “very impressive.” Fox News anchor Bret Baier agreed, as did former Obama administration official Michael McFaul and CNBC’s John Harwood. “None of them has much to work with, but Elise Stefanik is most effective GOP questioner by a wide margin,” Harwood tweeted.

Stefanik opened her remarks by making two simple points: “Number one, Ukraine received the aid,” and “number two, there was in fact no investigation into Biden.” It was a concise, coherent “no harm, no foul” defense stronger than other arguments Trump’s allies have made, even if Democrats responded by pointing out that attempted murder and attempted robbery are still crimes. Then Stefanik emerged as the committee’s most effective anti-impeachment messenger in questioning U.S. diplomat George Kent about corruption at Burisma, the gas company that paid Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on its board.

Stefanik noted that Kent, now the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs at the State Department, first learned about corruption at Burisma in 2015 when he was the “senior anti-corruption coordinator” for the United States in Europe.

“You testified that the issue of corruption in Burisma was in the U.S. interest because, and this is from your deposition, ‘that we had made a commitment to Ukrainian government in 2014 to try to recover an estimated tens of billions of dollars of stolen assets out of the country,’” Stefanik said.

“That is, the stolen assets that were in the name of the owner of Burisma,” Kent replied. “He was the one who we had believed stolen money.”

“This was the first case that the U.S., U.K., and Ukraine investigators worked on was against the owner of Burisma?” Stefanik asked.

“That’s correct,” Kent responded.

Stefanik further noted that in 2016, Kent was “so concerned about corruption questions related to Burisma,” he asked USAID not to cosponsor an essay contest with the gas company, and that he was also concerned about the “appearance of conflict of interest” created by Hunter Biden’s serving on the board of Burisma. Both points were, again, correct.

Stefanik wisely used her time to make the case that general concern about corruption at Burisma could be a legitimate issue that was in the national interest. But her line of questioning was not by any means an airtight defense against the charge that President Trump was acting in his personal political interest when he asked Ukraine’s president to “look into” Hunter Biden and Burisma and when he ordered military aid withheld in an alleged effort to pressure Ukraine to publicly announce such an investigation. Trump did not broadly focus on fighting corruption in Ukraine: He singled out only the company connected to Joe Biden’s son, and he involved his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pressure Ukraine to investigate it.

Kent himself testified Wednesday that Giuliani was not promoting U.S. interests in Ukraine. “I believe he was looking to dig up political dirt against a potential rival in an upcoming election cycle,” Kent said, pointing out that anti-corruption efforts could have been pursued through proper diplomatic channels, and that Giuliani was not working for the government. Kent also debunked the notion that Joe Biden might have helped Burisma when he was involved in pushing for the firing of Ukraine’s prosecutor general as vice president. Biden had requested the removal of “a corrupt prosecutor general . . . who had undermined a system of criminal investigation that we built with American money to build corruption cases,” Kent said. “I did not witness any efforts by any U.S. official to shield Burisma from scrutiny. In fact, I and other U.S. officials consistently advocated reinstituting a scuttled investigation of [Mykola] Zlochevsky, Burisma’s founder, as well as holding the corrupt prosecutors who closed the case to account.”

But Stefanik’s questioning still proved more fruitful than the performance of other Republicans on the committee, who stuck with the implausible no-quid-pro-quo defense or even claimed that President Trump had never wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

According to the rough transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked Zelensky to “look into” the prosecution of Burisma. “Biden went around bragging about that he stopped the prosecution” of Burisma, “so if you can look into it . . . it sounds horrible to me,” Trump told Zelensky. And during on-camera remarks at the White House on October 3, he said: “I would say that President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens.” Yet in Wednesday’s hearings, Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, claimed: “I think one of the mothers of all conspiracy theories is that somehow the president of the United States would want a country that he doesn’t even like — he doesn’t want to give foreign aid to — to have the Ukrainians start an investigation into Bidens.”

Stefanik’s points, by contrast, had the advantage of being correct, and they could matter in the court of public opinion when Republicans argue that Trump should not be removed from office because there were legitimate reasons to request an investigation into Burisma.

The New York congresswoman was clearly the strongest Republican questioner of the day.

via Elise Stefanik Stood Out on Day One of the Impeachment Hearings — National Review

Paul Craig Roberts Rages At The Latest ‘False’ Trump Impeachment News | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

As the media are all out to get Trump, there is no way to get any valid information about the so-called impeachment. But you don’t have to pay too much attention to notice that the Democrats and the presstitutes are constantly changing the focus. The alleged whistleblower, who only had hearsay information, if that, has dropped out of the picture, being too compromised by his affliations and prior meetings with Adam Schiff during which the “whistleblowing” was planned as an attack on Trump.

The Democrats and presstitutes then shifted focus to state department types who also heard second hand from “staff” about the alleged conversation containing a quid pro quo, a claim unsupported by the transcript of the telephone call or by the President of Ukraine. So now a new alleged phone call has emerged, or been invented. The acting ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor, a sleazy State Department type, today (Nov. 13) testified that a member of his staff heard Trump in another telephone call asking Sondland about the Ukraine investigation of the Bidens. This second-hand information is described by the presstitute media as a “bombshell.” God help us. It is nothing of the sort. But the presstitutes will repeat it until it is.

A person has to wonder how many members of staffs are permitted to listen to telephone conversations between heads of state. In my day it was zero.

What I want to know, and what we all should want to know, is why are the Democrats serving up hearsay information? Why aren’t the staffers themselves who allegedly heard the conversations on the stand testifying? The testimony should come under oath from those who allegedly heard the conversations. Are the House Democrats going to impeach the President of the United States on second-hand hearsay information?

As for the investigation of the Bidens and their payoffs for blocking Ukraine’s investigation of the corruption in Burisma, the Ukrainian company that hired the protection of Biden, Trump doesn’t need to ask for it in exchange for $1 billion. Ukrainian officials have released the records. http://www.stationgossip.com/2019/11/ukrainian-officials-release-records-of.html The presstitutes have not reported the release. Don’t expect the whores to report any true facts. They are incapable of it.

Burisma holdings paid Hunter Biden $3,166,000 for protection according to the records released by Ukraine. More importantly, the information released by Ukraine, according to the report, revealed that Burisma pressured the corrupt Obama State Department to intervene to end the Ukrainian investigation of Burisma for corruption. This is precisely what the Obama regime did. Joe Biden forced the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor by giving the President of Ukraine 6 hours to fire the prosecutor, thus ending the investigation, or forfeiting $1 billion.

We all need to ask ourselves why it is Trump who is under investigation and not Biden and Obama. We already know the reason. The American media is corrupt beyond the meaning of the word. The Democrats are the most corrupt political party on the face of the earth. And the military/security complex intends to deep-six Donald Trump for threatening their budget and power by normalizing relations with Russia.

If Trump goes down, America goes with him.

Most of the world will say, “Good Riddance.”

As for the Republicans, they will not choose Trump over the campaign contributions and protection of the military/security complex. Where is Trump’s attorney general Barr? Where are the Justice Department reports of the investigations of the felonies committed by the FBI and Obama’s Justice (sic) Department in the Russiagate hoax? Hasn’t Trump noticed that his own Justice (sic) Department has hung him out to dry? Indictments for the Russiagate felonies would blow the Democrats’ impeachment of Trump out of the water. Where are the indictments? The felonies have been known without doubt for a long time. A number of former US Attorneys and Assistant US Attorneys have described the felonies committed by the Russiagate hoax in detail.

Trump’s Justice (sic) Department is going to sell him out, and democracy in America will be the casualty.

Neither political party wants the profitable swamp drained.

Source: Paul Craig Roberts Rages At The Latest ‘False’ Trump Impeachment News

AOC Says Impeachment Necessary to Unite Dems, Stop ‘Potential Compromise of the 2020 Election’ — National Review

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a press conference before a town-hall meeting in Queens, New York, April 27, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) seemed to admit on CNN Wednesday night that she is motivated to pursue impeachment because she believes in will unite the Democratic Party and make victory in the 2020 presidential election more likely.

“At the end of the day, we have to be able to come together as a caucus, and if it is this Ukrainian allegation that is what brings the caucus together, then I think we have to run with however we unify the House,” Ocasio-Cortez told Wolf Blitzer, who asked the Congresswoman whether she hoped other potential violations by Trump would be considered in any articles of impeachment.

“. . . We also need to move quite quickly because we’re talking about the potential compromise of the 2020 elections,” Ocasio-Cortez ended. “And so this is not just about something that has occurred; this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.”

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Senate Republicans are considering dragging out any impeachment trial to force senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination to be on Capitol Hill instead of on the campaign trail.

“Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden might like that,” Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) said of the potential plan.

Last weekend, Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of turning impeachment into “a partisan issue” by attempting to call Hunter Biden as a witness in the public impeachment hearings.

“They want to distract the American people from the very words that Donald Trump uttered from his mouth in that call with Ukrainian officials trying to extort a foreign government into intervening into the United States elections,” she said in an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), whom AOC endorsed for president last month. “And, in fact, these witnesses that they’re calling are politically motivated. Republicans are turning this into a partisan issue.”

Ocasio-Cortez has long been a proponent of impeaching the president, saying during her congressional campaign last year that if elected, she would vote to impeach, and clashed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) in the past over Democratic leadership’s unwillingness to move forward with impeachment.

But last month, AOC told supporters that she was “over” the “boring” impeachment inquiry.

“That’s how I feel about it because we’ve got work to do,” she said, before going on to argue that “impeachment of this president is the short-term action we need to preserve our democracy, but if we are really going to thrive as a country, we need to make long-term investments.”

via AOC Says Impeachment Necessary to Unite Dems, Stop ‘Potential Compromise of the 2020 Election’ — National Review

The Anti-Gospel Message of Joel Osteen — Anchored in Christ

“…[T]here will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:1–3

I’m surprised when I hear people say that we shouldn’t judge preachers. “That’s not loving” or “The Bible says not to judge” are often responses.

My gut reaction is, “Have you ever read the New Testament?”

The New Testament is FILLED with warnings to beware of false teachers who come as wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15) disguised as servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13–15) and lead many away from the truth (Matthew 24:24). Our call as Christians is to follow the example of the Bereans in Acts 17 and search the Scriptures to see if what we hear aligns with God’s Holy Word.

I share this because of reports that Kanye West, an apparent recent convert I’ve mentioned here before, will take the stage at the church of someone I consider a false teacher—Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston. (I hope Kanye shares a clear gospel presentation.)

Beware of Joel Osteen

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Osteen without a smile. I am not anti-smile, but I am anti-false teaching because it feeds sugar-coated poison to lost and hungry souls. Preaching the Bible is more than just holding a Bible while you preach and occasionally quoting it to support your ideas—you might be mangling the Bible’s message like Satan did when he tempted Jesus in Matthew 4!

Below is an excerpt from Osteen’s book, Daily Readings from Become a Better You: 90 Readings to Improve Your Life Every Day, that shows the danger of his teaching. In this excerpt, he refers to Genesis 3, a foundational chapter in the Bible that establishes the sinfulness of humanity and our need for a Savior:

“Back in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they hid. In the cool of the day, God came to them and said, ‘Adam, Eve, where are you?’ They said, ‘God, we were hiding because we were naked.’

I love the way God answered them. He said, ‘Adam, who told you that you were naked?’ In other words, who told you that something was wrong with you? God immediately knew that the enemy had been talking to them.

God is saying to you today, Who told you that you don’t have what it takes to succeed? Who told you the best grades you could make in school were Cs rather than As? Who told you that you’re not attractive enough? Who told you that your marriage is not going to last?

Who told you something was wrong with you?

Those are lies from the Enemy. You need to reject those ideas and discover what God says about you.

“Well, I don’t think I could ever get this promotion, Joel.”

Who told you that? God said, “No good thing will I withhold when you walk uprightly.”

“Well, I don’t think I’ll ever get married, Joel. I haven’t had a date in so long I don’t think I’ll ever find someone who would love me for who I am and with whom I would be compatible.”
Who told you that? God said, “When you delight yourself in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart.”

“Well, I don’t think I could ever be in management. I don’t think I could be a leader.”

Who told you that? God says, “You can do all things through Christ.” The potential is inside you. It doesn’t change just because you don’t believe it or just because you’ve been through some negative experiences in the past. It has been deposited in you permanently by the Creator of the universe.

What Genesis 3 Really Says

No, Joel, God didn’t ask Adam and Eve, “Who told you something was wrong with you?” Scripture is clear that something was wrong with them: they had sinned against God who commanded them to not eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:16–17). God was confronting them for their sin, not comforting them in it. Instead of explaining the origins of sin in our world and how Jesus is the Savior promised in Genesis 3:15, Osteen thinks God merely wanted Adam and Eve to feel better about themselves.

I can only think that such teaching would make Satan smile.

While Osteen’s narcissistic words sound good to itching ears, they have more in common with the words of Satan than the Word of God. When Satan tempted the man and woman in Genesis 3:5, he said, “You shall be like God.” Osteen communicates the same idea with different words when he puts the fleshly desires of man at the center of the conversation.

Osteen’s Anti-Gospel

Osteen’s words here are anti-gospel. The gospel says deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Christ (Mark 8:34). It says “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mark 8:35). The god of Osteen and prosperity theology is nothing more than a butler who serves people what they want—health, wealth, and happiness. The human is at the center and God is our servant.

Osteen’s false “message of positivity” from Genesis 3 offers no comfort for the laid off man or the unmarried woman longing for a husband. If anything, it makes them feel worse about themselves and their “lack of faith.” When teaching neglects to expose sin and show our need for a Savior, it will distract listeners from what they truly need: salvation in Jesus.

The gospel doesn’t give us our best life now as Osteen promises, but it does give us hope through suffering. We are promised our best life later if we trust in Jesus and repent of our sins. The gospel teaches that God Himself is the greatest treasure imaginable, better than any amount of success or fleeting pleasure we could ever attain in this life.

Why I Share This

When I think of the prosperity gospel, I can’t help but think of my friend Cesar. He and his family attended a prosperity gospel church for many years that preached Osteen-esque messages. They thought they were good Christians on God’s path. But then God stepped in and opened Cesar’s eyes to the truth as he searched the Scriptures. Now, Cesar often shares with tears in his eyes how thankful He is for God rescuing him from the clutches of false teaching.

My hope for this post is that God would turn many more people like Cesar from false teaching and to His life-giving gospel. The true gospel is so much better because, as Albert Mohler frequently says, “…the biggest problem with prosperity theology is not that it promises too much, but that it promises far too little.

Other Resources to Help You Discern

Michael Horton shared this graphic in the PDF I linked to above:

via The Anti-Gospel Message of Joel Osteen — Anchored in Christ

Franklin Graham Slams Democrat Impeachment Hearing as ‘Day of Shame’ — Christian Research Network

Rev. Franklin Graham said Wednesday that the House Democrats’ first public impeachment hearing amounts to a national “day of shame.”

(Sean Moran – Breitbart)  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) held his first public impeachment hearing over President Donald Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Graham said that while the media have called the “Democrat-led impeachment inquiry ‘historic,’” it is, instead, “historically shameful.”

Graham said in a statement Wednesday:

It’s a day of shame for America. The media is calling the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry “historic;” and it is—historically shameful. That our politicians would bring this kind of harm to our country over a phone call, with the world watching, is unbelievable. As Christians, as those who follow and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, let us pray throughout the day and all of these proceedings. Pray for our nation, pray for our leaders, and pray for President Donald J. Trump View article →

via Franklin Graham Slams Democrat Impeachment Hearing as ‘Day of Shame’ — Christian Research Network

Tony Evans Incites Disunity and Division, Encourages Protest of ‘Dove Awards’ — Christian Research Network

“If evangelicals are so intent on finding ‘black leadership’ they need to look right past Tony Evans. Not only is he a Pelagian, inclusivist, and limited theist, but he is leading young black men into anger and resentment, making racial reconciliation next to impossible. That’s not the kind of leadership that should be sought.”

(Pulpit & Pen)  Instead of using his platform to promote unity and reconciliation, Tony Evans has capitalized on the color of his skin to sow seeds of discord in American evangelicalism. He is now encouraging the racist, divisive protests against the Dove Awards by Social Gospel proponents, Lecrae and Kirk Franklin.

As reported at Reformation Charlotte, Lecrae and Kirk Franklin are boycotting the Dove Awards (it’s basically the Christian Grammys) for editing out of Franklin’s 2016 award speech several comments that were racist and anti-police. Franklin politicized his speech and chose to blame white people in general for the deaths of Philando Castile and Walter Scott, who were shot by white police officers.

Franklin is a filthy-mouthed Democrat and pro-abortion advocate. Lecrae is a Social Gospel preacher who’s sold out any ounce of credibility to become like the world, fitting in warmly among the lost hip-hop culture. Both are protesting the Dove Awards under the Critical Race Theory badge of “diversity.”

Research

Pelagianism

Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity”

via Tony Evans Incites Disunity and Division, Encourages Protest of ‘Dove Awards’ — Christian Research Network

Airport Revenues Soar After Allowing Travelers To Pay To Turn Off CNN — The Babylon Bee

WORLD—Airports around the world are reporting record revenues after introducing a long-awaited feature: the ability to turn off CNN on television sets in their terminals.

For just one quarter, you can turn off CNN for a full fifteen minutes while you’re waiting for your flight, leaving you with the “far superior” experience of just staring at a blank screen.

“At long last,” said one man waiting for his flight at LaGuardia as he dropped a few dollars’ worth of quarters into the “Turn CNN Off” slot. “Honestly, I might fly more now.” He’s not alone: airports expect a 426% uptick in traveling over the holidays as flyers no longer have to worry about having the droning words of CNN hosts pounded into their heads for hours on a layover.

The feature has been one of the most-requested by travelers along with the dismantling of the TSA and pretzel bags with more than 3 pretzels in them.

The money-making move has inspired moments of human compassion and unity as travelers lend each other money or leave quarters behind atop the television sets for future travelers to turn off CNN. One anonymous philanthropist at DFW prepaid for over a year of CNN-less travel throughout the terminal.

“It’s great to see what humanity can accomplish when we unite,” said one man at LAX as he rummaged through his pockets to lend a quarter to a woman who wanted to turn off the CNN screen near her. “Here you go, miss. Enjoy your flight!”

CNN is protesting the move, saying it has cut their viewing audience in half, leaving them with just one.

A similar program is being rolled out in hospital waiting rooms throughout the country.

via Airport Revenues Soar After Allowing Travelers To Pay To Turn Off CNN — The Babylon Bee

November 14, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

The Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moves ahead on Thursday after an opening day of public testimony that linked Trump to a pressure campaign to force Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit him politically.

Kuwait’s ruler has accepted the resignation of the government submitted by the prime minister earlier on Thursday, a government communication office said.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters paralyzed parts of the Chinese-ruled city for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways, as students built campus barricades and the government dismissed rumors of a curfew.

Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan said Washington was not right to propose that Ankara get rid of the Russian S-400 missile defenses it purchased, calling it an infringement of sovereign rights, according to Turkish media.

North Korea said on Thursday it has been offered a fresh meeting with the United States, but is uninterested in more talks aimed at “appeasing us” ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in their negotiations.

U.S. producer prices increased by the most in six months in October, lifted by gains in the costs of goods and services, further bolstering the Federal Reserve’s stance that it will probably not cut interest rates again in the near term. Rising healthcare costs, if sustained, suggest inflation could trend higher, though it is not likely to become troublesome because of a moderation in the pace of rent increases.

China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.

AP Top Stories

A cease-fire between Israel and Gaza’s Islamic Jihad militant group appeared to be holding Thursday despite an earlier barrage of rocket fire that briefly disrupted a truce to end two days of intense fighting that killed at least 34 Palestinians, including three women and eight children, and paralyzed parts of Israel.

Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges, police said Wednesday.

India’s dependency on cash may slow the country’s transition to digital payments despite large numbers of internet and mobile phone users. For many citizens living in rural areas, cash is still the bedrock of daily existence because of a lack of facilities.

The Indian capital’s notorious air pollution hit “emergency” levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain’s Prince Charles. New Delhi has been choked on and off for weeks, as industrial and traffic pollution — combined with smoke from crop stubble burning — cast a toxic pall over the metropolis.

From “be water” to “blossom everywhere”, Hong Kong’s black-clad pro-democracy protesters’ tactics have evolved this week in their bid to overwhelm police by creating flashpoints in as many areas as possible.

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican’s finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia.

The U.S. Navy’s new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford might not be able to deploy until 2024. That’s years later than the Navy originally expected. The delay could further inhibit the ability of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet to deploy carriers. The nuclear-powered Ford, which cost no less than $13 billion to build, has been undergoing trials off the U.S. east coast since commissioning in 2017.

Eleven people have been accused of taking part in a major drug ring that sent truckloads of carfentanil – a drug 100 times more potent than fentanyl – across the country, including $2.4 million worth of drugs that were seized in West Nyack, New York.

BBC

Italy is set to declare a state of emergency in Venice after the Italian city was engulfed by 6ft high water levels, flooding its historic basilica and cutting power to homes. More than 80% of the city, a Unesco world heritage site, was under water when tides were at their highest.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have launched rockets towards Israel hours after a ceasefire took effect. The truce ended two days of intense fighting in which militants fired some 450 rockets and Israeli aircraft carried out waves of strikes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a scheme to lower the “overly expensive” price of insulin. The UN agency wants other drug companies to produce generic versions of insulin, which it will then test.

A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to around 50,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of a major clinical trial. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, which has already been given to around 250,000 people. Merck’s jab has now been approved by the World Health Organization.

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft has departed from a faraway asteroid and begun its year-long journey back to Earth. mThe spacecraft left its orbit around Ryugu on Wednesday with samples of the asteroid in tow.

WND

A federal judge on Tuesday expanded Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, finding “suspicionless searches” of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry to be unconstitutional.

The Mexican navy says two Italian crew members were wounded in an attack by armed assailants who boarded their ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The pirate attack was apparently carried out by several armed men who approached the Italian-flagged ship Rema in two fishing boats.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 14, 2019

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“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

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Headlines – 11/14/2019

IDF confirms Gaza ceasefire, says ‘Operation Black Belt’ a success

UN envoy urges ‘maximum restraint’ as shaky Gaza ceasefire takes hold

Rocket sirens heard in Gaza border area moments after announcement of ceasfire agreement

5 rockets fired at Israel in fresh bombardment as ceasefire crumbles

Hamas official suggests group will join fight if Israeli strikes don’t cease

IDF: Israeli forces are ‘walking a tightrope’ to prevent Hamas joining fray

Rockets Launched Deeper Into Israel as Gaza Death Toll Mounts

22 Terrorists Eliminated, 350+ Rockets Fired at Israel

Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 24, most of them terrorists

Israel threatens to target more Gaza terror leaders as rocket fire persists

IDF destroys Gaza rocket warhead production plant

Gaza rocket slams into old age home in Ashkelon, injuring a woman

Netanyahu: Islamic Jihad knows Israel will keep striking ‘with no mercy’

Netanyahu clashes with Arab MKs in Knesset, defends Gaza operation

Disagreement within Blue and White over unity government

Gantz dismisses claims Gaza violence could force unity government

President: Despite Gaza conflict, no extension possible for would-be PM Gantz

EU Fails to Enforce Requirement to Label Settlement Products, Study Shows

EU’s labeling of Israeli products originated with Neo-Nazi, Green parties

In new book, Haley says Tillerson vehemently opposed embassy move to Jerusalem

Pope blasts ‘inhuman, un-Christian’ rebirth of anti-Semitism

Jordanian TV host calls to ‘gouge out eyes of the Zionists’

US rejects Israeli request to condition Lebanon aid on disarming Hezbollah

Lebanon Slides Deeper Into Turmoil as Defiant Protesters Ignore President’s Plea

Trump contradicts aides and says troops in Syria ‘only for oil’

At White House meeting, Trump dodges US-Turkey row, says he’s a ‘fan’ of Erdogan

Trump: Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 system creates ‘serious challenges’

Trump expects to ‘work something out’ with Erdogan, Senators on F-35s

Sen. Lindsey Graham blocks Armenian genocide resolution after meeting with Trump, Turkish president

Uighur researchers say China running more camps than known

UK ministers threaten sanctions on Hong Kong officials

As Hong Kong descends into chaos, China mulls its options

Hong Kong violence forces students to flee, city ‘slipping into the abyss of terrorism,’ Chinese officials say

Hong Kong’s Transportation Chaos and Violent Citywide Unrest Enter a Third Day

There’s a power vacuum in Bolivia after Evo Morales left the country. Here’s what you need to know

Former President Evo Morales calls for peace in Bolivia

Bolivia interim president declares ‘Bible has returned to the palace’ amid growing uncertainty

Franklin Graham Asks Americans to Pray for Trump as Impeachment Hearings Begin

Trump impeachment hearings focus on Ukraine pressure campaign in first day

Diplomats accuse Trump as impeachment hits Americans’ TVs

CNN analyst: It’s a ‘problem’ for Dems that impeachment witnesses never met Trump

Graham: Hearsay cannot be the basis of an impeachment

Democrat During Impeachment Hearing: ‘Hearsay Can Be Much Better Evidence Than Direct’

Adam Schiff to Jim Jordan: ‘I don’t know the identity of the whistleblower’

Trump vows new Ukraine transcript release in post-impeachment hearing press conference

Trump on impeachment hearing: ‘I hear it’s a joke’

Rep. Paul Gosar sends cryptic tweets that read ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’ during impeachment hearing

Drag queen sashays into Trump impeachment hearings

DC bars offering impeachment inquiry specials, opening early to screen hearings

Russian news sites are claiming an American civil war will erupt during the 2020 presidential election

Dow closes at record high as Disney pops more than 7%

Powell: U.S. debt is ‘on unsustainable path,’ crimping ability to respond to recession

Fed chief signals central bank will defy White House demands for further rate cuts

Facebook says it deleted 5.4 billion fake accounts in past year

UK Labour Party says it has experienced a ‘large-scale cyber attack’ on its digital platforms

Japan’s Space Probe Is Returning to Earth With an Actual Piece of Asteroid

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto San Jose, Guatemala

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Broken Ridge

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Carlsberg Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Painan, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

State of emergency declared as highest tide in 50 years submerges 85 percent of Venice, Italy

Venice flooding becomes second-highest in history, as tourist hot spot hit with ‘apocalyptic devastation’

‘Venice Is On Its Knees’: Mayor Blames Worst Flood Tide In 50 Years On Climate Change

Deadly Arctic blast breaks records set more than 100 years ago

4 Dead As ‘Tinder Box-Like Conditions’ Fuel Catastrophic Bushfires In Australia

Climate change is damaging the lifelong health of children across the world, medical officials warn

‘Insect apocalypse’ poses risk to all life on Earth, conservationists warn

Superbugs On The Rise? New CDC Report Finds Threat Has Increased From Previous Report In 2013

Bishop who investigated sex abuse accused of sex abuse

Disney+ slaps content warning for ‘outdated cultural depictions’ on classic animated movies


Apostasy Watch

Where are the prophets to our church and culture?

Video: Pulpit & Pen Publisher Confronts Jim Bakker During Live Program

Ancient Child Sacrifice: The Legacy of Modern Abortion

Church votes to remove ‘First Thanksgiving’ tapestry over it being ‘disturbing, hurtful’

English Singer Threatens Canceling Halftime Thanksgiving NFL Show Unless Salvation Army Makes ‘Pledge Or Donation’ To LGBT Community


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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

November 14 A Man Worthy of Our Praise

scripture reading: Philippians 2:5–11
key verse: Psalm 66:1

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

There have been many courageous warriors through the ages—Charlemagne, Napoleon, Grant, Lee, Patton.

Many brilliant minds have made significant contributions—Galileo, Pasteur, Bell, Einstein, Salk.

Dozens of inspiring leaders have influenced world events—Washington, Lincoln, Churchill.

Yet all the brightest minds through the ages, all the mighty men of the centuries, and all the notable accomplishments of good men everywhere can never invoke the praise and admiration of the God–man, Jesus Christ. Think on His names.

He is the God of the whole earth; Immanuel, God with us; the Creator of all things; the Upholder of all things; the everlasting Father; the Beginning and the Ending; the Rock of my strength; the Chief Cornerstone; the Redeemer; the Great High Priest; the Amen; the Holy One of God; the Firstborn from the dead; the Lord of lords; the King of kings; the Righteous Judge.

These titles represent only a few of the attributes of our Savior. Meditate on the wonder of His person; you cannot help ascribing to Him supreme, unsurpassed, consummate worth.

Jesus is worthy of all your praise. No mortal can compare with Him.

Jesus, I praise Your name! You are Immanuel, Creator, Upholder of all things, everlasting Father, Beginning and the Ending; my Rock, Cornerstone, Redeemer, and Great High Priest. You are Lord of lords, King of kings, and my Righteous Judge.[1]

 

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

Have You Noticed That The Crazy People Are Starting To Take Over Our Society? | TMIN

It is getting scary out there. In order for society to function properly, we need to be able to assume that most people are going to behave rationally. And when I was growing up, it was generally safe to make that assumption. But now things have completely changed. No matter how hard one may try, there is simply no avoiding the hordes of crazy people that seem to be taking over our society. It is almost as if millions of us never learned the basic rules for how civilized people should treat one another. Sometimes this manifests in behavior that is simply rude, other times it manifests in behavior that is actually dangerous, and if you are really unlucky you will personally encounter someone that has fully embraced depravity on a level that most of us never even want to think about.

Let me give you an example of crazy behavior that is simply rude. Not too long ago, a Reddit user posted a photograph that really freaked a lot of people out

A female plane passenger took to Reddit this week to share a horrifying photo of a stranger performing a rude act during her flight.

The woman, who goes by WoodySoprano on the social media platform, posted an image of a traveler resting their bare feet on her headrest. Though the Reddit user’s face is cropped, her terrified eyes tell all.

“Going to be a long flight,” she captioned the photo.

This woman was never in any physical danger, but this type of behavior is incredibly rude.

Who would do something like that?

Of course sometimes crazy behavior does cross the line and actually becomes dangerous. For example, just consider what recently happened to one woman in Los Angeles

Heidi Van Tassel was parked in Hollywood after having a pleasant evening out with friends at an authentic Thai restaurant. Suddenly a man randomly pulled her out of the car, dragged her out to the middle of the street, and dumped a bucket of feces on her head, Van Tassel said and public records confirm.

“It was diarrhea. Hot liquid. I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes,” Van Tassel said. “Paramedics who came to treat me said there was so much of it on me, that it looked like the man was saving it up for a month.”

Nobody in their right mind would dump a bucket of warm diarrhea on some random woman.

But if you visit the major cities on the west coast, something like this could actually happen to you. In San Francisco alone, there have been more than 132,000 official complaints about human feces in the streets since 2008.

We have literally become a nation where hordes of people use the streets as a toilet.

What in the world has happened to us?

And if you are brave enough to go get something to eat at a local fast food restaurant, there is a chance that you might be viciously attacked by a complete nutjob

A woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for slashing a man’s throat in front of his family at a Taco Bell after he asked her to stop ranting at employees for taking too long on her food.

The victim, 48-year-old Jason Luczkow, told The Oregonian Thursday that he and his wife went to a Taco Bell along Highway 26 in July to pick up some food for the family when the errand took a horrifying turn, which was miraculously caught on video.

Have you noticed that people seem to get “triggered” a whole lot more easily than they once did?

These days, saying the wrong thing to one of these crazy people at the wrong time can result in violence very quickly

A Twitter user received over 126,000 ‘likes’ after she bragged about stealing a “homophobic” white woman’s purse and spending her money on tacos.

Yes, really.

“A white woman spawned out of nowhere today and started being homophobic to me so I stole her purse and now miss thing’s ID is resting in a target trashcan and her money is paying for my tacos and rent,” tweeted a user called @yourholygaymom, who describes herself as “the high priestess of gay twitter.”

The most frightening thing about that story is the fact that more than 126,000 people decided to hit the like button.

Like I said, the crazy people are literally taking over our society.

Those of us that try to behave rationally still depend on the police to protect us, but the crazies are going after them too

Video posted by CBS shows people deliberately covering an NYPD vehicle in trash on Halloween night, while a small group of residents sit by, laugh, and taunt the two officers that were left to clean up the mess.

One resident is heard saying “trick or treat”, followed by a slur.

The officers calmly show restraint as they are left to clean up trash filled boxes, broken eggs and rotting food. The officers were in the midst of responding to a domestic dispute call and were upstairs at a residence long enough for their vehicle to be vandalized.

It certainly isn’t easy to be a police officer these days.

If those officers had lashed out against the residents that vandalized their vehicle, they would have probably been demonized by the mainstream media for committing “police brutality”.

And as I mentioned above, once in a while you run into a crazy person that has completely embraced depravity.

In New Jersey, authorities recently arrested a man that was ““harassing people who refused to let him have sex with their farm animals”, and Vice Media recently showcased a program about people that “incorporate insects into their sex lives”.

Yes, this is what our society is actually becoming.

So why is this happening?

There are certainly a lot of factors, but two of the biggest are the fact that we have completely turned away from the moral standards that this nation was founded uponand instead we are constantly filling our minds with complete and utter filth.

Today, the average American spends more than three and a half hours watching television each day, and the material on our televisions is becoming increasingly depraved

A new study has a message for the many families who have said television content has grown coarser with each passing year: You’re right.

The study by the watchdog group Parents Television Council found a 28 percent increase in violence and a 44 percent increase in profanity over the past decade in shows rated TV-PG. It’s part of what the PTC calls “content creep” – that is, an increase in offensive content within a given rating compared to similarly rated programs a decade ago.

When we put garbage into our minds, that is eventually going to come out in our behavior. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “What You Think Is Controlled By What You Watch, And What You Watch Is Controlled By The Elite”.

Unfortunately, the trends that are causing all of this crazy behavior in our society are likely to continue to intensify in the years ahead.

The thin veneer of civilization that we all rely on every day is steadily disappearing, and that means that things are going to become increasingly difficult for those of us that are still trying to behave rationally.

— Read on themostimportantnews.com/archives/have-you-noticed-that-the-crazy-people-are-starting-to-take-over-our-society

14 november (1858) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The evil and its remedy

“The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great.” Ezekiel 9:9“The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

suggested further reading: Mark 3:22–30

There are some sins that show a diabolical extent of degraded ingenuity—some sins of which it is a shame to speak, or of which it is disgraceful to think. But note here: “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin.” There may be some sins of which a man cannot speak, but there is no sin which the blood of Christ cannot wash away. Blasphemy, however profane; lust, however bestial; covetousness, however far it may have gone into theft and plundering; breach of the commandments of God, however much of riot it may have run, all this may be pardoned and washed away through the blood of Jesus Christ. In all the long list of human sins, though that be long as time, there stands but one sin that is unpardonable, (Matthew 12:31) and that one no sinner has committed if he feels within himself a longing for mercy, for that sin once committed, the soul becomes hardened, dead, and seared, and never desires afterwards to find peace with God. I therefore declare to thee, O trembling sinner, that however great thine iniquity may be, whatever sin thou mayest have committed in all the list of guilt, however far thou mayest have exceeded all thy fellow-creatures, though thou mayest have distanced the Pauls and Magdalens and every one of the most heinous culprits in the black race of sin, yet the blood of Christ is able now to wash thy sin away. Mark! I speak not lightly of thy sin, it is exceedingly great; but I speak still more loftily of the blood of Christ. Great as thy sins are, the blood of Christ is greater still. Thy sins are like great mountains, but the blood of Christ is like Noah’s flood; twenty cubits upwards shall this blood prevail, and the top of the mountains of thy sin shall be covered.

for meditation: The price of life is far too costly for man to achieve his redemption (Psalm 49:7–9), but the Prince of life has achieved it

(Psalm 49:15) by his own death (Acts 3:15).

sermon no. 223[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 325). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

Thursday Briefing November 14, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 The LGBTQ Revolution in Television Primetime: The Battle for Eyes Is Really a Battle for Hearts and Minds

PART II

 Is Global Acceptance of LGBT Issues Increasing? Gaining Moral Affirmation and Change through Coercion

PART III

 Phillip E. Johnson, Brilliant and Courageous Defender of Truth, Dies at 79: Understanding the Centrality of Creation to Christian Theology


DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

PART I

PART II

WILLIAMS INSTITUTE

 Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 174 Countries: 1981 to 2017, by Andrew R. Flores

PART III