Daily Archives: November 15, 2019

November 15 Power for the Task

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:44–49

Key Verse: Luke 24:49

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.

You might think that Jesus would have expected the disciples to get started on the daunting task of global evangelization right away. However, in Luke 24:49, Jesus instructs them to stay in the city until an empowering happened.

How could the disciples impact the world if they were confined to the city? How could they wait to get started on such an important assignment as spreading the gospel? Jesus instructed the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit, because He wanted them to have God’s power for their great task.

  1. C. Dixon reminds us, “When we rely upon education, we get what education can do. When we rely on eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. But when we rely on the Holy Spirit, we get what God can do.”

Perhaps you have wondered the same things. God has directed you in certain areas, but He has also called you to wait. You may work well for God, but when God’s power works through you, astounding things happen. In one day, the disciples led three thousand people to the Lord. God can do great things through you too.

Wait for Him to empower you through His Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit, I want to rely on You to lead in the sharing of the gospel. I don’t want to be merely a Christian educator or orator.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 334). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 15 Waiting Is Not in Vain

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:26–29

Key Verses: James 5:7–8

Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

The good earth of America’s breadbasket has done its job. Once vacant silos stand ready for the year’s harvest.

Today’s promising bounty, however, was buried in the spring in soft furrows. For weeks, the vision of fertile fields could be seen only in the farmer’s mind.

Then seedlings peered out of the darkness and eventually matured into stalk and produce. Patience and perspiration were daily companions of the tiller.

James, the half brother of Christ, compared waiting on God to this scenario: “Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts” (James 5:7–8 nasb).

Waiting on God is not being resigned or idle. There are things we must do, tasks that are required. But like the farmer, we work and wait for God to bring forth the fullness of His answer. There are days of stillness and days of labor. Both are necessary.

The motivation to persist is knowing that God is actively preparing our hearts to receive the right answer at the right time. The waiting is not in vain. Both the process and the outcome can be to the praise of God’s grace.

Heavenly Father, help me realize that days of stillness and labor are both necessary for harvest. My waiting is not in vain. Both the process and the outcome will be for Your glory.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 334). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 15 Call Out to God

Scripture reading: Mark 6:45–52

Key verse: Mark 6:50

They all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

The disciples frantically wrestled with oars and sails as the little fishing boat became engulfed by the sea’s angry waves. How did they get into this mess? The answer: Jesus had sent them there. What a sobering thought. God leads us along ways that at times seem very dark and lonely.

Suffering pushes the limits of our ability to cope. The sudden death of a loved one brings shock. The news of a mate’s unfaithfulness leaves us numb. Our hearts seek comfort; our minds feel as though they will crush under the pressure. And we find ourselves crying out in anguish, even when we know that all He wants from us is an act of faith.

Jesus came to the disciples amid the storm. He didn’t come when the waves were calm, before the wind picked up its pace. He came when it appeared that all hope was lost during the fourth watch of the night. From their point of view disaster was unavoidable.

When Jesus approached the boat that night on Galilee, His first words were words of hope: “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” God had a deeper principle in mind for the disciples to learn; He is Lord over all things. Nothing, not even death, can overpower Him.

Regardless of your past or your present circumstances, God is with you. Never be afraid to call out to your sovereign Savior. He has His eye on you, and He will bring you into a safe harbor.

Savior, I call out to You today! Be with me and bring me into a safe harbor.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 334). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Can I Know That I Am Saved? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Our assurance rests not on the strength of our faith, but on the strength of the Savior in whom we have faith. From one of our Ask Ligonier events, Burk Parsons counsels Christians who may be uncertain about their salvation.

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via Can I Know That I Am Saved? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Decadence in the Church: Lifestyles of the Rich & Radical — Capstone Report

Inflated salaries, expensive homes, first-class globetrotting for Christian megachurch pastors, authors.

Maybe the problem with the church in America is not the pew-sitting evangelical but the decadent men leading the church?

Little of what we have would be considered necessities, and as long as we are living in our culture, we will be surrounded by luxuries. So why not simply begin a process of limiting and eliminating some of them? Why not begin selling and giving away luxuries for the sake of the poor outside our gates? Why not begin operating under the idea that God has given us excess, not so we could have more, but so we could give more? Now we’re getting radical.” –David Platt, Radical, p. 127.

During the sweltering month of August, megachurch pastor and author David Platt headed to see firsthand the crisis at the border. A first-class airplane flight took the Radical author to San Diego, California and from there he traveled into Mexico.

While at the border, Platt helped feed asylum seekers in the Tijuana, Mexico area. Platt’s image serving food was published online and he tweeted some general photographs and thoughts of his experience along the border.

He hit all the Social Justice, anti-nationalist talking points.

An image of him feeding refugees was published online by BR Now.

Those experiences including the image of him serving food to refugees in Tijuana contrast starkly with a first-class plane ride. Most travelers are stuck in Economy, but far more often than church members realize, Christian ministry celebrities and parachurch organizations provide luxury travel and accommodations. For too many Christian leaders, they live the Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous while writing books and collecting big paychecks from ministries you fund.

Platt is noted for his negative view of wealth and the American lifestyle. His book Radical is a screed against the excessive consumerism of Americans in general and American Christians in particular.

Yet, it is these same American Christians who fund Platt’s Radical lifestyle. Platt’s Radical organization took in over $1 million, most of it, about $490,225 from Secret Church, according to the most recent tax documents available.  His latest book Something Needs to Change urges Christians to do more for those suffering. In a slickly produced video published to YouTube by Platt’s Radical organization, he talks about his new project:

In the middle of our home hangs a painting. It’s a picture of how I want my life and family and church to count. It comes from trails I trekked among some of the highest mountains in the world and for a few minutes, I want to take you there with me. I want to take you to a place where children are dying of preventable diseases. Little girls as young as eight years old are being sold into slavery.”

His home is in the elite enclave of Vienna, Virginia and cost McLean Bible Church $835,000. As they say in real estate, location, location, location. The city is located in one of the richest, most educated sections of the country, according to the Washington Post.

One person close to the church said he understands the real estate market is expensive, but the church should have engaged in a real discussion about this move before spending almost a million dollars.

Platt’s first-class plane travel and almost million-dollar home stand out because of his outsized influence on millennial evangelicals—a group that is expressing doubt about capitalism and America.

In contrast to Platt’s expensive home, Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear lives in a more modest home purchased for $368,000 in 2016. However, some have noted Greear’s enthusiasm for expensive shoes. One Instagram account noted Greear sporting a pair of Jordan 3 Retro shoes with a price tag of about $220.

Christian publishing and conference speaking has its rewards too. For example Beth Moore.

Moore, the latest cause célèbre of the Woke crowd, was told to “Go Home,” by John MacArthur in a rebuke to women assuming the role of preaching. Moore’s home is valued at $1.8 million, according to one blog. And pulled in over $250,000 in compensation from Living Proof Ministries, according to its most recent and available Form 990.

But expensive homes are not only for the darlings of Christian publishing. Even church planters and denominational employees are reaping the benefits.

Expensive homes are a way that Christian organizations reward leaders. For example, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) spent millions on acquiring homes in expensive locations for church planters. Some of the examples exposed by Reform NAMB include: a $475,000 home located at 5141 N Apache Hills Trail, Tucson, AZ. In Tucson, the average home price is $179,000. Also, NAMB spent $415,000 on a condo located at 9025 Woodlands Trail, Unit 13 Alpharetta, GA, perfectly placed near Avalon to enjoy the best of big city life.

According to research from Reform NAMB Now, over 40% of homes purchased by NAMB they’ve located are valued over $400,000.

Your Annie Armstrong dollars at work.

These expensive homes provide a double win for ministers. According to the IRS, “If your congregation furnishes housing in kind as pay for your services as a minister instead of a housing allowance, you may exclude the fair market rental value of the housing from income, but you must include the fair market rental value of the housing in net earnings from self-employment for self-employment tax purposes.”

Big properties and big salaries come with big jobs. The leader of the North American Mission Board sold his almost 5,000 square foot, seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom home for $880,000 this summer. There is nothing wrong with owning a big home or earning a big salaries, but how can ministers afford such large homes? Unfortunately, Southern Baptists aren’t told how big a salary Kevin Ezell or Russell Moore earn leading Southern Baptist entities.

If there is nothing to hide, then why won’t Southern Baptist entities publish the salaries of top employees? This is required of non-church non-profits. Why aren’t our Christian institutions as open and honest?

Hoping to correct this failure to be open and honest about compensation, Morris Chapman introduced a motion at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting in Birmingham in June calling for transparency. His motion was referred to the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention for further action.

Maybe the Democrats are right? Maybe it is time to reconsider tax exempt status for Christian churches and charities. Too many leaders are earning big salaries and taking big benefits from the organizations. Even Christian leaders we support are often earning big salaries. Maybe they are worth every penny, but it is hard to judge when Southern Baptist entities hide their salary structures.

Maybe the problem in the church today is not the people in the pews, but the people in leadership?

via Decadence in the Church: Lifestyles of the Rich & Radical — Capstone Report

Southern Baptist and Evangelical Leaders Have Launched Concerted Attack on Conservatives — Christian Research Network

“Three of the latest examples of this are recent attacks on conservative resurgence leader, Paige Patterson, Reformed apologist James White, and the highly regarded pastor, author, and theologian, John MacArthur.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Those who tend to lack the sophistication of intellectual discourse tend to be well-versed in personal attacks and insults. This truth is couldn’t be made more clear than in today’s Evangelical environment. The leftward leadership of the Evangelical Church, particularly the Southern Baptist Convention, have abandoned all logic and reason and launched an outright tirade against conservatism.

The primary weapons of this attack are the denunciation of conservatives with false allegations of such slurs as “misogynist” or “racist.” The words themselves have lost all meaning in the battle but carry enough clout to arouse a large and growing segment of the “woke” within the Evangelical Church into an active attack, leaving, for the most part, the conservative no other option but to retreat.  View article →

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Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity”

via Southern Baptist and Evangelical Leaders Have Launched Concerted Attack on Conservatives — Christian Research Network

Weekly Watchman for 11/15/2019

Today’s Guest: Jan Markell | Understanding The Times host

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True History Behind Public School Decline

Today, we dive into an education update featuring an expert on the topic as we discuss some little-known history and a few key players that have brought us to the current state of education in America. Standards and test scores – not to mention faith and morality – continue to decline in public education. What can be done to reverse these trends?

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A Biblical Discussion on Fools and Their Riches

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Open War is Upon Us: the Reality of Spiritual Warfare

When darkness increases, light shines the brightest. So how does America look today? Where is the salt and light? Are Christians equipped for the spiritual and cultural battles we are faced with today? As we strive to share the Gospel, there is also a spiritual war going on against Christ and His truth. The Bible encourages believers to be soldiers for Christ. And in Ephesians 6 Paul tells us to put on the armor of God. Why?

Believers need preparation and protection! Paul writes that the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, the only offensive weapon for believers. We must speak the word and, in order to do that we need to know the word of God.

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Lawyer Suggests Paula White Committing Fraud, Running ‘Ponzi Scheme’. | Newsweek

Ethics lawyer Suggests Bush Trump’s Spiritual Adviser Committing ‘Fraud,’ and Running ‘Ponzi Scheme’.

(OPINION) Newsweek – Richard W. Painter, who served as the chief ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush’s White House, blasted President Donald Trump’s personal spiritual adviser Paula White, suggesting the religious leader was committing “fraud” and running a “Ponzi scheme.”

The White House recently announced that White, who previously served as the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Florida, would officially spearhead Trump’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative. Since taking on the official role, the prominent televangelist has continued to sell religious items that she claims will provide spiritual and material benefits to buyers. “This ‘prosperity gospel’ scam by ⁦@Paula_White⁩ tests the boundaries between ‘religious freedom’ and criminal mail fraud and wire fraud,”

Painter argued in a Wednesday morning tweet. “‘Send me money and God will make you rich.’ Now she uses her White House position to make her sales pitch.” On Tuesday, Painter raised related concerns about White. “Paula White now is running her faith-based Ponzi scheme from inside the White House,” he wrote in a tweet, sharing a link to a Newsweek article that reported on criticism of Trump’s adviser. ‘”Send me your January paycheck and God will pay you back with interest …. [perhaps out of somebody else’s February paycheck],’” he added. READ MORE

November 15, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump will travel to Britain for the meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from Dec. 2 to 4, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

President Trump made his final appeal to Louisiana voters on Thursday to wrest power from the Deep South’s only Democratic governor in an election later this week, seeking to showcase the power of his support in local races.

The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held its second public hearing on Friday in an impeachment inquiry examining President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The witness was Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters partially unblocked a key highway on Friday and then blocked it again during the evening rush hour, exposing splits in a movement that has been largely leaderless in months of often violent unrest.

Turkey sent an American citizen Islamic State suspect to the United States by plane on Friday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, after the man was refused entry to Greece earlier this week as Ankara begun to repatriate militants.

Russia freed two Lithuanians and a Norwegian in return for two Russian spies held in Lithuania, in a Cold War-style spy swap that brought several high profile espionage cases to a close.

Police investigating a high school shooting in California said on Friday they still did not what motivated the suspect, who killed two classmates and wounded three others before shooting himself in the head and collapsing.

U.S.-China trade talks are set to continue with a telephone call on Friday as both sides seek to hammer out a phase one trade pact, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, adding that progress was being made on the agreement’s details.

Pope Francis said on Friday politicians who rage against homosexuals, gypsies and Jews remind him of Hitler. “It is not coincidental that at times there is a resurgence of symbols typical of Nazism,” Francis said in an address to participants of an international conference on criminal law.

U.S. retail sales rebounded in October, but consumers cut back on purchases of big-ticket household items and clothing, which could temper expectations for a strong holiday shopping season.

U.S. industrial production fell 0.8%, faster than expected in October, as output for the manufacturing, mining and utilities sectors all fell.

AP Top Stories

The Democratic National Committee on Thursday announced the 10 candidates who will participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate in Atlanta on Wednesday. They are: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.

Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of mental health issues.

Exceptionally high tidal waters surged through Venice again on Friday, prompting the mayor to close St. Mark’s Square and call for more donations for repairs just three days after the Italian lagoon city suffered its worst flooding in 50 years.

A man has been executed in the state of Georgia despite a request from his lawyers for DNA evidence which they claimed would clear him of murder.

Iran introduced gasoline rationing and price hikes on Friday with an official saying that the revenue would be used for subsidies for 18 million needy families, state television reported.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under pressure from her own party to impose an outright ban on Chinese equipment supplier Huawei Technologies Co. from the country’s 5G network.

On a day another deadly shooting took place at a school across the country, Jesse Osborne, the teenager responsible for a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school in 2016, was sentenced to life in prison. Osborne was 14 at the time and is 17 now. He has 10 days to appeal his sentence.

A shadowy new missile soon could arm some of the oldest, and some of the newest, ships in the Russian fleet. The Kremlin has announced it plans to add the Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile to at least six vessels in the Northern and Pacific Fleets.

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Chile has announced it will hold a referendum on the country’s constitution following weeks of anti-government protests. Protesters are demanding social reforms and a change to the constitution which dates back to the pre-democracy era of the military leader, Augusto Pinochet. The vote will take place in April. At least 20 people have died and about 1,000 have been injured in protests that started over a hike in subway fares.

China’s largest dump is already full – 25 years ahead of schedule. The Jiangcungou landfill in Shaanxi Province, which is the size of around 100 football fields, was designed to take 2,500 tons of rubbish per day. But instead it received 10,000 tons of waste per day – the most of any landfill site in China.

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In a unanimous decision, the Lake County Board of Commissioners, of central Florida, passed a resolution declaring itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” this month.

A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of nine. He is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE). He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 15, 2019

The Foundation

“Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

‘Schiff Show’ Roundup: Pelosi, Clinton, and Yovanovitch

Cloaking impeachment in the Constitution is farcical. Plus, Bill Clinton’s advice.


Rewriting Disney’s ‘Woke’ Wrongs

Disney+ includes warnings before older movies about “outdated cultural depictions.”


Public Schools & ‘LGBTQ’ Propaganda

Curriculum changes sweeping the country mean kids are being further indoctrinated.


Pop Singer, Rainbow Mafia Lose to Salvation Army

The singer threatened to pull out of Thanksgiving Day NFL halftime show.


Two More Dems Under Ethics Investigations

Democrat who blasted Trump as “lawless” ironically finds herself under scrutiny.


Impeachment Triumphant!

The Left has finally brought us to the pinnacle of anticipation in the crusade to impeach Donald Trump.


Video: Don Cherry Fired but Justin Trudeau … Hired?

Cherry: “Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers.”


Video: Why the Impeachment Hearings Aren’t a Big Deal

Ben Shapiro explains what the House Impeachment Hearings all come down to.



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David Limbaugh
The Democrats’ Election Interference Projection
David Harsanyi
The Trump Manchurian Candidate Theory Will Never Die
Erick Erickson
Let the Voters Decide
Jeff Jacoby
The Counterproductive Cruelties of Occupational Licensing
Tony Perkins
In Order to Form an SPLC Union…
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Friday Top News Executive Summary

High Court tax-return scuffle, Rashida Tlaib investigated, trade progress, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Steve Scalise, and more.



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Headlines – 11/15/2019

Tenuous Truce In Gaza After 34 Palestinians Killed, Dozens Of Israelis Wounded

Fresh rockets target south but shaky Gaza ceasefire appears to hold

As rocket drizzle persists, some fume over ‘indecisive’ end to Gaza fighting

Flareup bequeaths new ‘alliance,’ as Hamas, Israel keep from fighting each other

As fighting fades, Islamic Jihad’s losses seen as less than catastrophic

Palestinians Claim Israel Misidentified Gaza Jihadist, Killing a Family of Eight

Southern Israelis wake to uncertainty as violence persists, schools shuttered

Gaza flare-up fails to ground five-nation air force drill in south

Unity talks stalled over Netanyahu immunity demand

6 days before deadline, Gantz’s chances of forming coalition seen as fading away

Cyprus signs $9 Billion gas exploitation deal with Israeli firm, energy majors

‘Dangerous’ Lebanon Crisis Evokes Start of Civil War, Defense Minister Says

As Protests Refuse to Abate, Lebanon Is on the Verge of a Financial Abyss. Here’s How It Got There

UN aid chief: Over 11 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

Syrian President al-Assad says ‘resistance’ will force US troops out

Russia establishes new foothold in Syria amid spike in violence

‘We Will be Violent Against the Unbelievers’: Erdogan Hints Syria Invasion Really Islamic Holy War

Erdogan vows to protect Christians in Syria, says their churches will be rebuilt

Worst Moments From a Trump-Erdogan Press Conference That Went Off the Rails

Turkish media paints White House visit as Erdogan triumph over Trump

Return to sender: Turkish President Erdogan says he gave back Trump’s ‘don’t be a tough guy’ letter

Turkey’s Erdogan says US proposal to drop Russian defenses not right: Report

U.S. Senate foreign relations chairman wants to hold off on Turkey sanctions bills

Turkey: Seventeen hurt in explosions at ammunition depot

Four Iraqi Protesters Killed, Dozens Wounded in Clashes With Security Forces

While You Weren’t Paying Attention, Iran Was Ratcheting Up Tensions in the Persian Gulf

IRGC commander: Iran will ‘never’ hold any talks over its missile program

Iran should stop honoring nuclear deal, powerful hard-liner says

Egyptian woman arrested for denouncing Sissi and his wife

Commentary: The US and Britain face no existential threat. So why do their wars go on?

How Chilean Protesters Took Down a Drone With Standard Laser Pointers

North Korea calls Biden a ‘rabid dog’ who should be ‘beaten to death with a stick’

North Korea say US offered to resume nuclear talks in December

SKorea, US defense chiefs reaffirm commitment to defend against NKorea

Trump hikes price tag for US forces in Korea almost 500% as Seoul questions alliance

Morales warns Bolivian leaders not to ‘stain themselves with blood’ as protesters take to the streets

Fox Business Guest: Soros ‘Controls Large Part’ of State Department and FBI

Jerusalem Embassy Move, Exit From Iran Deal Fueled Defiance Within Trump Cabinet, Nikki Haley Writes

Nikki Haley: Rudy Giuliani should’ve been named special envoy to Ukraine

Love him or hate him, voters say impeachment hearings will not change their views on Trump

Bill Clinton offers Trump advice on impeachment

AOC: Impeachment ‘About Preventing a Potentially Disastrous Outcome from Occurring Next Year’

Trump wants Supreme Court to block subpoena for his taxes

New York Fed Pumps In $104.293 Billion in Temporary Liquidity

70% of Americans say they are struggling financially

EU citizens warned over missing Brexit residency deadline

Brazil Deepens China Ties in About-Face – President Bolsonaro reaches out as domestic economy sputters

AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: Americans struggle to ID true facts

Biggest California earthquake in decades ruptured on at least 24 faults

Indonesia earthquake: Tsunami warning after 7.4-magnitude quake hits near Malaku islands

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ashkasham, Afghanistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sabang, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Perue erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

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

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Nor-easter: Strong winds, possibly dangerous storm surge and heavy rain expected

Venice faces more floods as state of emergency declared

Flooded Venice had tourists taking selfies, residents in tears

Venice flooding shocks couple hoping for romantic getaway; tourists say water ‘had risen within 15 or 20 minutes’

More drought coming? Most of California once again ‘abnormally dry,’ monitor shows

Wildfire threat darkens California dream, residents say

Dutch government slashes highway speed limit to tackle climate change

Medicines pose global environmental risk, experts warn

CBP chief warns Mexican ‘super labs’ flooding US with meth, as seizures nearly double

Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought

I wish I’d never been born: the rise of the anti-natalists

Student opens fire in California high school, killing 2

Japan emperor performs secretive $25m dollar ritual ‘where he sleeps with goddess’ – Officials deny sexual aspect to ancient religious ceremony


Apostasy Watch

Mike Ratliff – God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

Chip Brogden – The Most High Rules

Gary DeMar – The Bible and Judgments Coming

Rick Wiles Is Taking His Ball and Going Home

More on Wiles Here

Audio: FBC Naples Members Speak Out to Pulpit & Pen

Oklahoma Southern Baptists Are First to Adopt Resolution Calling For Complete Abortion Abolition

Drag queens sponsor Planned Parenthood fundraiser with performances attacking local pastors…

Planned Parenthood Unveils New ‘Abortion Care Finder’ Tool Online

Face and fingerprint scanning installed in churches as China increases surveillance


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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 15, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

23  We know from this verse that Joseph has already informed his steward about his brothers and the restored money. Probably it was this same steward to whom Joseph gave the order in the first place to replace the money in the brothers’ grain bags (42:25). It is most unlikely that the steward is himself making up this explanation about how the money got into their bags. He is passing along the answer Joseph instructed him to give. Joseph’s later disclaimer “am I in the place of God?” (50:19) might not be wide of the mark as an affirmation here. That is, while the steward states that it is God who has put the treasure in their bags, we know that it was Joseph who gave orders that the silver be returned to the sacks (42:25). What we know, the brothers do not know. “Its [viz., the steward’s response] dark ambiguity touches the innermost mystery of the whole Joseph story: God’s concealed guidance.”

The steward claims that God … must have put a treasure [maṭmôn] into your bags. He avoids using the word kesep̄, “money.” The word he does use (see Job 3:21; Prov. 2:4; Isa. 45:3; Jer. 41:8) is more dramatic. It refers specifically to buried treasure, as can be seen with the verb ṭāman, “to bury” (Gen. 35:4; Exod. 2:12). It was treasure, but they did not have to excavate far to find it. It was at the “mouth” of their bags.

The brothers must still be outside or near the entrance of Joseph’s house, for the steward brought out Simeon to them. One might have expected the recording of a happy reunion scene between Simeon and his brothers, but none is related. Simeon’s release was tied to the appearance of Benjamin in Egypt. That requirement now met, Simeon is given his freedom. If the brothers are elated to see him alive and free, then the narrator does not record that jubilation. Earlier, when the brothers first returned from Egypt, they never mentioned Simeon by name to Jacob. They only quoted Joseph’s terms for his release (42:33). At the beginning of ch. 43 the brothers appear in no particular hurry to return to Egypt to liberate Simeon, for they do not return to Egypt until their rations are used up (43:1, 2). Yes, Simeon is free now. Yes, they are off the hook as suspected thieves. But doxology may be premature. They are still in Joseph’s house, or the house’s courtyard. Only when they leave Egypt will they be able to breathe easily.[1]


43:23 Your God … has given. An indication of Joseph’s steward either having come to faith in God or having become very familiar with how Joseph talked of his God and life. So concerned were the brothers to protest their ignorance of the means of the money being returned and to express their desire to settle this debt (vv. 20–22), that they missed the steward’s clear reference to the God of Israel (“the God of your father”) and his oversight of events in which he had played a part (“I had your money”).[2]


[1] Hamilton, V. P. (1995). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 18–50 (p. 550). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 43:23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 15 The Priority of Worship

scripture reading: Psalm 86:6–13
key verse: Psalm 86:10

You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.

The book of Revelation reveals the priority of worship. Both angels and people, prostrate before the brilliant throne of grace, unceasingly praise the Lamb and the Father. Yet the clear teaching of the Bible is that resounding, reverberant praise should be the priority of the believer during the earthly pilgrimage also.

How much time do you engage in the exercise of worship? Perhaps more tellingly, what does worship mean to you? Do you have a strong reverence for God that is obvious in your lifestyle and witness?

The role of worship in your life can be dramatically elevated when you think correct thoughts about God. Martin Luther once said to his contemporary Erasmus, who had adopted a humanistic theology, “Your thoughts of God are too human.”

You may unintentionally reduce the divine splendor of God. You may lose sight of the majesty of God, reducing Him to your very finite definitions.

The less highly you think of God, the less you will worship Him. The more exalted your thoughts of God, the more you will bow humbly before Him, acknowledging His supernatural attributes.

Father, sometimes I limit You by human reasoning. Sometimes I am irreverent in my conduct. Set me free from these limitations so that I can truly worship You.[1]

 

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

15 november (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Awake! Awake!

“Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:6

suggested further reading: Titus 1:7–2:8

“Let us watch.” There are many that never watch. They never watch against sin; they never watch against the temptations of the enemy; they do not watch against themselves, nor against “the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life.” They do not watch for opportunities to do good, they do not watch for opportunities to instruct the ignorant, to confirm the weak, to comfort the afflicted, to succour them that are in need; they do not watch for opportunities of glorifying Jesus, or for times of communion; they do not watch for the promises; they do not watch for answers to their prayers; they do not watch for the second coming of our Lord Jesus. These are the refuse of the world: they watch not, because they are asleep. But let us watch: so shall we prove that we are not slumberers. Again: let us “be sober.” Albert Barnes says, this most of all refers to abstinence, or temperance in eating and drinking. Calvin says, not so: this refers more especially to the spirit of moderation in the things of the world. Both are right: it refers to both. There be many that are not sober; they sleep, because they are not so; for insobriety leadeth to sleep. They are not sober—they are drunkards, they are gluttons. They are not sober—they cannot be content to do a little business—they want to do a great deal. They are not sober—they cannot carry on a trade that is sure—they must speculate. They are not sober—if they lose their property, their spirit is cast down within them, and they are like men that are drunken with wormwood. If on the other hand, they get rich, they are not sober: they so set their affections upon things on earth that they become intoxicated with pride.

for meditation: The Christian in the pew should aim at the same standards as those which he expects to see in the Christian in the pulpit (1 Corinthians 11:1).

sermon no. 163[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 326). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

15 NOVEMBER 365 Days with Calvin

Enjoying God’s Blessings

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. Titus 1:15

suggested further reading: Revelation 14:1–5

We must be faithful and stand fast in our liberty. We must follow the rule given to us in the Word of God and not suffer our souls to be brought into slavery by new laws forged by men. A hellish tyranny lessens God’s authority and mixes the truth of the gospel with legalisms to pervert and corrupt the true service of God, which ought to be spiritual.

Therefore, let us consider how precious the privilege is to give thanks to God with quietness of conscience, being assured that his will and pleasure is that we should enjoy his blessings. To do so, let us not entangle ourselves with the superstitions of men but be content with what is contained in the pure, simple gospel. Then, as we have shown in the first part of our text, “unto them that are pure, all things will be pure.”

When we have received the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be cleansed from our filthiness and blemishes, for by his grace we are made partakers of God’s benefits and are taken as his children, even though there is nothing but vanity in us.

Paul goes on to say, But unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure. By this he means that whatever proceeds from those who are defiled and unbelieving is not acceptable to God but is full of infection.

Therefore, all the rules and laws they make are nothing but vanity, for God dislikes whatever they do. Indeed, he utterly abhors their ways. These things ought to be evident to us, yet hypocrisy is so rooted in us that we are apt to neglect them. We should readily confess that we cannot please God by serving him until our hearts are rid of wickedness.

for meditation: The wicked cannot please God because everything they do is defiled and abhorrent in his sight. The righteous, on the other hand, are pleasing to God; their righteousness is not their own, but Christ’s, and he washes all they do to make it pure in God’s sight. If you are a believer, thank God for the righteousness of Christ and the purity that it engenders. If you are not a believer, pray that God would show you your unrighteousness and impurity, and drive you to his Son for righteousness and purity.[1]

 

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 338). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Friday Briefing November 15, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 Sprite Ad Depicts Parents Celebrating Children’s Non-Binary Gender Identity: When Corporations Go Beyond Virtue Signaling to Virtue Preaching

PART II

 Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Disagree on the T in LGBT: The Clash Between Feminism and Transgenderism

PART III

 The New Political Activism: Boston and San Francisco Foreshadow the Trajectory of American Politics

PART IV

 Penance or Punishment? How the Story of Modern Prisons Explains Far More than You Might Think


DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

PART I

PART II

THE SPECTATOR

 Hillary Clinton’s transgender heresy, by James Kirkup

PART III

NEW YORK TIMES

 Boston, Long Led by White Men, Votes in New Guard, by Ellen Barry

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Revolutionary San Francisco, by Editorial Board

PART IV

Hunter and Joe Biden’s Democrat privilege – American Thinker

It’s okay to spend millions of taxpayers’ dollars in a fruitless effort to smear a Republican President on a whim.  But don’t you dare look at the Bidens, Clintons or Obamas.

November 15, 2019

An interesting unintended admission is repeated by Democrats regarding Joe Biden. The Democrats keep saying that President Trump wanted dirt on Joe Biden. This raises the question: “Is this an acknowledgement that there is dirt?”

If there is no wrongdoing, then there is no dirt for Trump to get, and no problem for Joe. This same logic was used extensively in investigating the President. Yet, in response to the President’s simple request for an investigation, the Democrats pulled out a proven, well-worn tactic. A long-standing maneuver of accusing the accuser.

Blaming the accuser – it’s a tried and true, successful and slick maneuver. Hillary Clinton first practiced this questionable and dirty legal option when, in her early career, she represented a rapist.  As a defense attorney so many years ago, she blamed the victim and won the case for her client. Then she bragged about how she won. On behalf of Bill Clinton, Hillary again pulled out this slick tactic, attacking the women who accused her husband of rape. The “me too” movement apparently is not for the Democrat Privileged Class.

Looking at Democrat privilege, compare Bill Cosby to Bill Clinton. Both had credible charges of rape brought against them but only Bill Cosby was held accountable. The Privileged Class should never be questioned, let alone investigated.

This tactic of “a good defense is a good offense” plays out every time someone attempts to expose Democrats. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff practices this dark art of concealment of the facts through a bombardment of unrelenting subjective attacks against those who want daylight. Using the heavy hand of the government to win is not new either.

This corrupt feat has become standard operating procedure in the Department of Justice and is exposed by Sidney Powell in her book, License to Lie.  She reports that FBI investigators, unchecked lawyers and loads of money can’ achieve a political means through brute force.  Rep. Adam Schiff can turn a benign phone call into a federal case simply applying this corrupt ploy he honed while in the DOJ.  The Obama healthcare disaster would have never passed the Senate, if the DOJ hadn’t fraudulently charged and thereby defeated Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Someone simply swiping a credit card at a hotel owned by a Trump company is enough “proof” that the President was bought and paid for. But a United States Vice President’s son involved in accepting millions of dollars from a Chinese military contractor and a corrupt oligarch is not worth looking into. It’s declared a “debunked conspiracy theory,” even before anyone investigates.

The press keeps saying Trump offered no proof of Biden’s potential crimes. Obviously, if you don’t look for something you won’t find it. It’s okay to spend millions of taxpayers’ dollars in a fruitless effort to smear a Republican President on a whim.  But don’t you dare look at the Bidens, Clintons or Obamas. Parlaying a multimillion-dollar goose chase of false narratives against Trump is fine… but better not investigate any Democrats. They are the privilege class. Biden, like Clinton, has a Democrat Privilege Card – meaning he never has to say he’s sorry, and especially never will be questioned, investigated, or charged.  Hunter Biden has a Democrat Privilege Card. Cocaine? No problem with laws or the press.  “Don’t hold us to those standards you set for President Trump; we are the Democrat Privilege Class.”

Deep down Democrats know that working with a very corrupt oligarch is both unsavory and likely criminal. The lack of any real substantive reporting on oligarch’s background screams out for attention. The old saying that you dance with the one who brought you reflects on the ties with Biden and his son. To suggest that a corrupt oligarch pays large sums of cash and expects nothing in return is the same unbelievable notion as Clinton not inhaling. This is the same son who had cocaine in his rental car, was given a pass, slept with his dead brother’s wife while married, again no problem. While any Republicans with such ethical problems would rise to the level a vengeful press and legal CNN anchors losing their lunch. But Hunter Biden has a Democrat Privilege get out of jail card.

So, Democrats, take heed from the Bidens, Obamas, and Clintons.  Don’t leave home without your Democrat Privilege Card. And for goodness sake, make sure when planning a crime, you set up a private server and smash your phone every month because committing a crime means you never had intent. You are part of the Democrat Privilege Class.

Steve Stockman was twice elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas.

— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/11/hunter_and_joe_bidens_democrat_privilege.html

Global debt on track to exceed $250 TRILLION this year — RT Business News

A new report by the International Institute of Finance (IIF) shows the world’s debt climbed by $7.5 trillion in the first six months of 2019 to a record high of over $250 trillion. It was driven by borrowings in the US and China.

The IIF said that “China and the US accounted for over 60 percent of the increase. Similarly, EM [Emerging Market] debt also hit a new record of $71.4 trillion (220 percent of GDP).”

According to the report, rising debt across the world has been a big concern for investors and economists. Record-low interest rates make it extremely easy for corporates and sovereigns to borrow more money.

“However, with diminishing scope for further monetary easing in many parts of the world, countries with high levels of government debt (Italy, Lebanon) – as well as those where government debt is growing rapidly (Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Greece) – may find it harder to turn to fiscal stimulus,” the IIF said.

The financial institute has also projected the global government debt to top $70 trillion, driven higher by the surge in US federal debt.

“The big increase in global debt over the past decade – over $70 trillion – has been driven mainly by governments and the non-financial corporate sector (each up by some $27 trillion). For mature markets, the rise has mainly been in general government debt (up $17 trillion to over $52 trillion). However, for emerging markets the bulk of the rise has been in non-financial corporate debt (up $20 trillion to over $30 trillion).”

— Read on www.rt.com/business/473528-global-debt-surges-us-china/

The Unspeakable Pride of False Teachers

“As a side note, if you wonder why Beth Moore is always in the news, it isn’t because the mean people won’t leave her alone, it is because she does exactly as the verse says false teachers do: stir up controversies. In fact, false teachers have a unhealthy interest in quarrels and they promote malicious talk and evil suspicions.”

(Elizabeth Prata – The End Time) Regarding the strange video Beth Moore made of herself and posted on Instagram. She filmed herself working out in pajamas, slippers, and bed head. The point of her video was to reassure her followers just how normal she is. She panned the camera to show her slippers working the step on her elliptical machine, took care to pan up to the lump of bed hair that wouldn’t lay down, and to note that she is still in pajamas, to which she gestured.

Moore opened the video by saying she thought she would share with us how “glamorous” she is, how “glamorous the ministry” is, of course meaning the opposite. She explained to no one who had asked, that she had taught the night before and well, when you arrive home you’re wound up. Beth said you have to wash some clothes and clean the kitchen and all that. Who can sleep? And well, when she awoke this morning she “ministered through a little devotional thread on social media”. She coyly explained that was why she was still in her PJs and she had to work out before going to work. “You need to see me on my elliptical in my house shoes” Moore said. So she thought she would just share.  View article →

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Beth Moore

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Regarding the strange video Beth Moore made of herself and posted on Instagram. She filmed herself working out in pajamas, slippers, and bed head. The point of her video was to reassure her followers just how normal she is.

She panned the camera to show her slippers working the step on her elliptical machine, took care to pan up to the lump of bed hair that wouldn’t lay down, and to note that she is still in pajamas, to which she gestured.

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November 15 – The law of faith – Reformed Perspective

“Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” – Romans 3:27–28

Scripture reading: Romans 3-4

Without faith there is no recovery of truth or life, no godliness, Christian discipline, good works, or pleasing God without it. Sound doctrine and good works emerge from faith itself. Thus sola fide is a hallmark of the Reformation, where we rediscovered how to be right with the God of the Bible. Other virtues make us like Christ, but faith alone makes us inChrist. You can love and follow Christ or you can believe and become one with the Savior. You can count the cost of redemption and try your best or by the hand of faith receive His merits and be justified. Faith is the sole means of salvation. Martin Luther said, “O it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith.”

Faith is the sole means of salvation because, first, it excludes all works from justification. All works are excluded on two fronts. First, God has excluded them. The Greek verb excluded is passive and without an agent it is known by Greek grammarians as a divine passive. God is the agent of exclusion. How has Heexcluded boasting? By doing all the work of salvation, which has been Paul’s point all along. This is a defense of God’s righteousness. Not our doing, because we cannot do anything. All we do is unrighteousness. Grace then becomes the necessary cause of justification. Christ becomes the material cause of justification. Salvation is of the Lord. Justification is God’s justification, which eliminates any pride. God’s work has excluded any work we might offer. So, we believe instead.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that God would preserve our missionaries from every danger. Pray that their work would prosper through their words and deeds.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Jared Beairdis the church planter and pastor of Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA) in Missoula, Montana, USA.

— Read on reformedperspective.ca/november-15-the-law-of-faith/

How Can the New Testament Be Inerrant If There Are Variants in the Ancient Manuscripts? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

In this clip from a Summit Worldview Conference session, cold-case detective, J. Warner Wallace, defines the notion of “inerrancy”. How can we call the New Testament the “inerrant word of God” when we don’t possess any original documents, and there are so many variations between the ancient manuscripts we do have?

via How Can the New Testament Be Inerrant If There Are Variants in the Ancient Manuscripts? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity