Daily Archives: January 6, 2020

January—6 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.—Psalm 61:2.

Yes, Lord! I would make this my morning, noon, and evening petition, that the great glorifier of Jesus would gently lead me to him who is a rock, and whose work is perfect. I know, dearest Lord, in theory, and can even reason upon it in seasons of coolness, that thy strength and thy security never fail; the failure is in me and my unbelief. And it is only when I lose sight of thee and thy promise, that I am tossed about with doubts and misgivings. If Jesus be out of sight, and thwarting dispensations arise, oh! how soon is my poor forgetful heart ready to exclaim with the church of old, “I said, My strength, and my hope is perished from the Lord.” Then come on the reasonings of flesh and blood. And then the question, whether my interest in Jesus and his salvation be sure? And then my poor heart goes forth, like the dove of Noah from the ark, having lost sight of Jesus, and can find no resting-place for the sole of my foot. O Lord the Spirit, in all such seasons do thou lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. If thou, blessed leader of the Lord’s distressed ones, wouldst be my pilot when those storms are beating upon me, I should soon be blown upon the firm landing-place of Jesus’s security. Oh! how should I ride out the storm, even when the tempest was highest, as long as God the Holy Ghost enabled me to cast the anchor of faith upon this eternal Rock of Jesus. O lead me, then, thou sovereign Lord, continually to all-precious Jesus. Open the port of communication, and keep it constantly open, between Christ and my soul. Faith will find a soft and quiet bed to sleep on, in the arms of Jesus, and no noise of wars shall break the soul’s rest while reposing on him; for so the promise runs: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.” Oh! then, once again I send up the earnest cry of my soul; let it be continually answered in mercy! When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 7–8). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

January 6 Streams in the Desert

When thou passest through the waters … they shall not overflow thee.” (Isa. 43:2.)

GOD does not open paths for us in advance of our coming. He does not promise help before help is needed. He does not remove obstacles out of our way before we reach them. Yet when we are on the edge of our need, God’s hand is stretched out.

Many people forget this, and are forever worrying about difficulties which they foresee in the future. They expect that God is going to make the way plain and open before them, miles and miles ahead; whereas He has promised to do it only step by step as they may need. You must get to the waters and into their floods before you can claim the promise. Many people dread death, and lament that they have not “dying grace.” Of course, they will not have dying grace when they are in good health, in the midst of life’s duties, with death far in advance. Why should they have it then? Grace for duty is what they need then, living grace; then dying grace when they come to die.—J. R. M.

“When thou passest through the waters”

Deep the waves may be and cold,

But Jehovah is our refuge,

And His promise is our hold;

For the Lord Himself hath said it,

He, the faithful God and true:

“When thou comest to the waters

Thou shalt not go down, but through.”

Seas of sorrow, seas of trial,

Bitterest anguish, fiercest pain,

Rolling surges of temptation

Sweeping over heart and brain—

They shall never overflow us

For we know His word is true;

All His waves and all His billows

He will lead us safely through.

Threatening breakers of destruction,

Doubt’s insidious undertow,

Shall not sink us, shall not drag us

Out to ocean depths of woe;

For His promise shall sustain us,

Praise the Lord, whose Word is true!

We shall not go down, or under,

For He saith, “Thou passest through.”

Annie Johnson Flint.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 6–7). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

January 6th The D. L. Moody Year Book

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall not pass away.—Matthew 24:35.

NOTICE how that statement has been fulfilled. There was no short-hand reporter following Jesus around taking down His words; there were no papers to print His sermons, and they wouldn’t have printed them if there had been any daily papers. The leaders of the people were against Him.

I can see one of your modern freethinkers standing near Christ, and he hears Him say: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.” I see the scornful look on his face as he says: “Hear that Jewish peasant talk! Did you ever hear such conceit, such madness? He says heaven and earth shall pass away, but His Word shall not pass away.”

My friend, I want to ask you this question—has it passed away? Do you know that the sun has shone on more Bibles to-day than ever before in the history of the world? There have been more Bibles printed in the last ten years than in the first eighteen hundred years. They tried in the dark ages to burn it, to chain it, and keep it from the nations, but God has preserved it, and sent it to the ends of the earth.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 10–11). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Hardcore Liberal Ricky Gervais Stuns Hollywood Into Shocked Silence As He Calls Out The Global Elites And Pedophiles Who Run The Industry — Now The End Begins

“You’ll be pleased to know this is the last time I’m hosting the Golden Globe Awards,” Ricky Gervais said Sunday. “I don’t care anymore. I never did.”

It was not supposed to go like that at the Golden Globes last night, not by a country mile. Liberal comedian Ricky Gervais, known for his biting humor, was just supposed to say some funny things about the rich and famous, do his bit and go home. Instead, Ricky Gervais, who is a Liberal, took at at the Hollywood elites and shot them with both barrels. Repeatedly. He made jokes about Apple’s Chinese sweatshops that produce their products, he referenced the pervasive pedophile culture, and blasted the rich and out of touch A-Listers for being rich and out of touch.

“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5 (KJV)

When I got saved 29 years ago, I was an up-and-coming Hollywood actor with dreams of stardom, and I was making great progress towards that goal when the Lord Jesus Christ stepped in and changed my direction as well as my eternity. Best day of my life. So I can tell you from a first-hand perspective that every bad thing you hear about Hollywood is all true, and it’s much worse than what you have heard. Hollywood is so ridden with all manner of sexual perversion, addictions, lust and greed that it almost qualifies as a modern day Babylon. Kudos for Ricky Gervais for torching the whole thing last night. Your career is finished, but you went out with a bang.

The reaction to Ricky Gervais opening monologue at the Golden Globes on Sunday night? It was a killer.

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: Ricky Gervais, hosting for the fifth time, repeatedly assured the audience he didn’t care about their gasps and shocked reactions to his most controversial jokes — after all, he said, it’s his last time hosting.

“Let’s have a laugh at your expense, shall we? Remember, they’re just jokes,” he advised the famous members of the audience. “We’re all gonna die soon, and there’s no sequel.”

Here are some of the most scathing lines — except for the vulgar digs about James Corden and Judi Dench as he skewered the disastrous “Cats,” which we aren’t allowed to repeat because this is a family newspaper.

Hollywood Pedophiles

“In this room are some of the most important TV and film executives in the world, people from every background. But they all have one thing in common: They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for you. He’s coming for you. Look, talking to all you perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies. ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’ ‘Leaving Neverland.’ ‘The Two Popes.’ ”

Hollywood's fascination with the All-Seeing Eye of the Illuminati

Hollywood Hypocrisy

“Apple roared into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing — made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. You say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, I mean, unbelievable: Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you? So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right? You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God, and [bleep].”

Jeffrey Epstein

“No one cares about movies anymore, no one goes to the cinema, no one really watches network TV. Everyone’s watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out going, ‘Well done Netflix, you win everything, good night.’ But no, we’ve got to drag it out three hours. You could binge watch the entire first season of ‘After Life’ instead of watching this show. That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself because his wife dies of cancer — and it’s still more fun than this. Spoiler alert, Season 2 is on the way, so in the end, he obviously didn’t kill himself — just like Jeffrey Epstein. (gasps) Shut up! I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care. You had to make your own way here on your own plane, didn’t you?” READ MORE

Ricky Gervais Uses Golden Globes Monologue To Expose Hollywood

Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais joked about Jeffrey Epstein, Felicity Huffman and more at the 2020 Golden Globes on Jan. 5.

via Hardcore Liberal Ricky Gervais Stuns Hollywood Into Shocked Silence As He Calls Out The Global Elites And Pedophiles Who Run The Industry — Now The End Begins

Famed Doctor Says Epstein Murder ‘More’ Likely After Graphic Photos Emerge — The Gateway Pundit

Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself.

That’s a meme that’s exploded on the internet. And for good reason, apparently.

CBS News on Sunday released explosive new photos showing the convicted pedophile’s jail cell, where he supposedly committed suicide, strewn with scraps of bed sheets and a supposed noose.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden on Monday said the photos showing injuries to Epstein’s neck convince him that the “findings are more indicative of homicide” than a suicide.

“I think there’s a lot of information that still hasn’t been revealed yet that is essential in order to arrive at a conclusion, whether this is a suicide or homicide,” Baden, the pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother to investigate his death, said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.

“I think the closing out of the case as a suicide so quickly was premature.”

The photos show makeshift nooses Epstein supposedly made out of bedsheets at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. But his neck is deeply marked, prompting questions about whether a cotton sheet could cut so deeply.

Baden, a former New York City medical examiner, said the photo showing the marks on Epstein’s neck “doesn’t match the ligature that was found at the scene and that the medical examiner copied to show how he was hanged.”

He added that “it was too wide and too smooth. This is a rougher injury.”

And he had more.

Baden also questioned Epstein’s two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, and on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple.

The doctor also said there are many unanswered questions. “I think the important thing is to find out what was seen when the guards first went into the cell. Was he hanging? Was he on the ground? As some people reported when he was found,” Baden said.

And he said “the removal of the body destroyed a lot of the forensic evidence.”

“EMS is not supposed to remove dead bodies from jails,” Baden said. “They’re supposed to have a whole forensic workup, what kind of forensic evidence is on the clothing, how long the person was dead.

“We can tell from the ligature mark that he had been — there was a tight ligature around his neck for many hours, and the front of the neck, before he was found — so he was dead for a long time. But we could be more specific about that if somebody tested out the stiffness of the body, et cetera, at the scene.”

“A lot was lost when the body was removed,” he said.

via Famed Doctor Says Epstein Murder ‘More’ Likely After Graphic Photos Emerge — The Gateway Pundit

January 6, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Foolishness of Ignoring God’s Will

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. (4:13–14)

The first negative response to God’s will is foolishly ignoring it, living as if God did not exist or was indifferent to and benign toward human behavior. James addressed such people in familiar Old Testament prophetic style (cf. Isa. 1:18); his words come now are an insistent, even brash call for attention. They also indicate disapproval for the conduct they address. James is in effect saying “Listen up!” or “Get this!” The phrase come now appears in the New Testament only here and in 5:1.

The targets of James’s rebuke are those who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” The Greek text literally reads “the ones who are saying,” indicating people who habitually live without regard for God’s will. The underlying Greek verb, legō, means to say something based on reason or logic. James rebuked those who habitually think through and articulate their plans as if God did not exist or care (cf. 4:11–12).

The specific illustration James chose was one that would have been familiar to his readers. Many Jewish people dispersed throughout the ancient world were successful businessmen, itinerant merchants who naturally sought out the flourishing trade centers in which to do business. Wise planning and strategizing in business is not, of course, sinful in and of itself but commendable. No spiritual principles are violated by anything the businessmen said. The problem lies in what they did not do. They did extensive planning, but in the course of their planning, they totally ignored God; God was not part of their agenda.

Like Satan’s five self-centered “I wills” (Isa. 14:13–14) that caused his fall, the businessmen’s statement contains five presumptuous elements indicating their ill-advised confidence. First, they chose their own time, today or tomorrow. Second, they chose their own location for doing business, such and such a city. Third, they chose their own duration, deciding to spend a year there. Fourth, they chose their own enterprise, to engage in business (literally, “to travel into an area for trade”). Finally, they chose their own goal or objective, to make a profit. James is not attacking their profit motive, but their exclusion of God. Allowing for no contingencies, they planned as if they were omniscient, omnipotent, and invulnerable.

In Luke 12:16–21 the Lord Jesus Christ told a parable illustrating the folly of presumptuously leaving God out of one’s planning:

And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

In verse 14, James gives two important reasons those who presumptuously leave God out of their planning are foolish. First, James says to such people, You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. Like the rich fool in our Lord’s parable, they were ignorant of the future. Proverbs 27:1 expresses the same principle: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Life is far from simple. It is a complex matrix of forces, events, people, contingencies, and circumstances over which we have little or no control, making it impossible for anyone to ascertain, design, or assure any specific future. Despite that, some people foolishly imagine that they are in charge of their lives. Sadly, such people ignore not only the existence of God’s will, but also its benefit. Christians have the comfort of knowing that the sovereign, omniscient, omnipotent God of the universe controls every event and circumstance of their lives and weaves them all into His perfect plan for them (Rom. 8:28). David wrote, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Ps. 37:3–5). In a similar vein, Solomon wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5–6).

James gave those tempted to do so a second reason that leaving God out of one’s planning is foolish: the brevity of life. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while, James reminded them, and then vanishes away. Life is as transitory as a puff of smoke from a fire; the steam that rises from a cup of coffee; or one’s breath, briefly visible on a cold day. How foolish, in light of the brevity and frailty of earthly life, to plan and live it without consideration for God’s will.

The Bible repeatedly stresses the shortness of human life. Job, possibly the first book of Scripture to be written, says much about life’s ephemeral nature. In 7:6 Job lamented, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and come to an end without hope,” while in 7:9 he added, “When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, so he who goes down to Sheol [the abode of the dead] does not come up.” “We are only of yesterday and know nothing,” said Job’s friend Bildad the Shuhite, “because our days on earth are as a shadow” (8:9). Continuing his lament, Job said, “Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good. They slip by like reed boats, like an eagle that swoops on its prey” (9:25–26). Job’s complaint to God in 14:1–2 aptly summarizes the frailty and brevity of human existence: “Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil. Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.”

The Psalms also stress the transitory nature of human life. “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,” wrote Moses, “or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away” (Ps. 90:10). “My days are like a lengthened shadow,” the psalmist mourned, “and I wither away like grass” (Ps. 102:11). Summing up the Bible’s teaching on the brevity of human life, David wrote, “As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer” (Ps. 103:15–16; cf. Isa. 40:6–8; 1 Pet. 1:24).

Their ignorance of the future and the frailty and brevity of human life should give pause to those who foolishly ignore God’s will.[1]


14 The key concern for James is the presumptuousness inherent in the boast. They brag about the future, over which they have no control, and in effect place themselves in the seat of God. James expresses the presumption with, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” Only God knows what each day will hold. He further challenges this presumption with a common biblical word picture for the brevity and uncertainty of life: “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” The businessperson who feels at the top of the world, who sees himself as a mover whose significance is measured by the scale of his enterprises, has lost perspective on the limited nature of human existence. Rather than a being of grand significance, the braggart is but a mist, a vapor that hangs for a moment in the air before vanishing.[2]


14 In essence this verse means: The steam or smoke, which appears for a little and then vanishes, graphically depicts the transience of life—a common idea even among pagans,80 and here used parenthetically to point the folly of planning without God. In his journal John Wesley wrote of his uncertainty while waiting at Chester for a favorable wind to sail to Ireland. “James would have approved the spirit of this entry,” observes Coutts, “contrasting as it does with the presumption of those he rebuked who planned the future without regard to the will of God or the uncertainties of life. What James urges is not a morbid preoccupation with possible disaster, but a realistic attitude to the future made possible by faith in God.… Realizing the future is uncertain not only teaches us trust in God, it helps us properly to value the present. To be obsessed with future plans may mark our failure to appreciate present blessings or our evasion of present duties.” Literature is full of references to the brevity of life: e.g., Bede’s parable of the sparrow; Sir Walter Scott’s “Till foam-globes on her eddies ride …”;82 Herrick’s “Gather ye rosebuds.” For Bible references, see, e.g., Prov. 27:1; Sir. 11:8f.; Luke 12:16ff.

The Greek has its common tinge of generic meaning, “since you are such as can know nothing of tomorrow,” i.e., not because they are conceited but simply because, like the rest of us, they are only human.85 The qualitative force is further expounded in “For what is …?” literally “Of what nature is …?”

The Greek can mean either vapor or smoke; but it seems that here the term is used for mist, perhaps of the Mediterranean mountains especially familiar to the seafaring merchants.87[3]


The Brevity of Life (4:14)

The merchants presume upon God for travel, safety, business, and profits. James counters their presumption with a stern reminder of the brevity of life, a reminder that evokes what he said in 1:9–11. Rhetorically James opens up with a word that leads to a suddenly incomplete thought, but the translations struggle to make it clear and readable English. The NRSV reads “Yet” and the TNIV “Why.” The Greek sentence, however, begins with the indefinite personal pronoun (masculine) “whoever.” But a verb does not follow—instead, James moves to “you do not even know what tomorrow will bring.” One might translate, “I don’t care who you are” or “Whoever you might be, it doesn’t matter …” because “you do not even know.…” C. F. D. Moule suggested the “whoever” functions here as a mild adversative: “whereas actually.”29

The merchants, in spite of their presumption, “do not even know what tomorrow will bring.” This translation is clear and is probably an accurate rendering of the Greek, but the Greek itself is messy. It begins with “you do not even know,” and this is the clear part. The verb is one of mental apprehension (epistamai, related to our word “epistemology”). Abraham trusted God “not knowing where he was going” (Heb 11:8), but the presumptuous merchants were not trusting God and still thought they knew where they were going, what they would do, and that they would profit. The grammar next becomes elliptical, and it is even possible that we are to read two clauses together: “You do not even know what your life will be tomorrow.” But, because so many early manuscripts add a “for” between “will bring” and “What is your life?” and because this early instinctual reading of the text functions at least as commentary, it is most likely that “What is your life?” is a separate sentence. That means we have to deal with “You do not even know what tomorrow will bring.” And the problem here is the Greek:

to

 

tēs

 

aurion

 

that

 

of

 

tomorrow

 

The “that” is an article that appears to be the object of “know,” but the “of” (tēs, the feminine genitive article) sends us looking for a feminine noun, and one is not to be found. So, we are left to infer the word “day” (hēmeras), leaving us with “you do not even know that, or what [will occur] on the day on the morrow.” The ambiguity of this English translation matches the ambiguity of the Greek. The wisdom tradition routinely reflected on the transitoriness of life in terms not unlike James (cf. Wis 2:1–9). James’s saying is rooted in Proverbs 27:1, which in some ways clears up our verse: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Jesus, too, made a similar statement (Matt 6:34). It seems safe to conclude that James asserts the brevity of life by asserting the merchants’ ignorance even of what will happen tomorrow, let alone what they think will happen in their business accomplishments over the next year.

James now restates his point, perhaps knowing that some of his readers will have been confused by his ellipsis: “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” The question deals with the merchants’ ignorance of what kind of life they may have: is it a long life? a profitable life? They do not know. Why? Because the life of a human being is “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Once again, James’s focus is the transitoriness of life and he draws on a stock image—a mist or vapor36 in the sky that under the heat of the day dissipates and disappears. When Abraham looked down the plain toward Sodom he saw a dense smoke, like “smoke [LXX atmis] from a furnace” (Gen 19:28). The sacrificial incense gave off a “smoke [atmis]” (Lev 16:13). But we are closer to James’s sense of transitoriness with Hosea 13:3:

Therefore they will be like the morning mist,

like the early dew that disappears,

like chaff swirling from a threshing floor,

like smoke escaping through a window.

And Wisdom 2:4–5:

Our name will be forgotten in time,

and no one will remember our works;

our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud,

and be scattered like mist

that is chased by the rays of the sun

and overcome by its heat.

For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow,

and there is no return from our death,

because it is sealed up and no one turns back.

Acts 2:19 refers to portents in the sky, one of which is “smoky mist.” Agrarian cultures watch the weather, and few things are as noticeable as vaporous clouds that bring no rain. These puffs of mist appear for awhile and then disappear.[4]


4:14 / In contrast to the secure rationality of their plans stands the insecurity of life: Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. In fact, life is utterly ephemeral: You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Their projections are made; their plans are laid. But it all hinges on a will higher than theirs, a God unconsulted in their planning. That very night disease might strike; suddenly their plans evaporate, their only trip being one on a bier to a cold grave. They are like the rich fool of Jesus’ parable, who had made a large honest profit through the chance occurrences of farming. Feeling secure, he makes rational plans for a comfortable retirement. “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you’ ” (Luke 12:16–21). By thinking on the worldly plane, James’ Christian business people have gained a false sense of security. They need to look death in the face and realize their lack of control over life.[5]


4:14 You are a mist. This is the idea from Ecclesiastes that life (apart from God) is not only meaningless but also a vapor or a mist (see the sidebar). The basic sense of “vapor, mist” is that life cannot be controlled, grasped, possessed, or extended. James is saying to his readers, “You cannot control your lives any more than you can control what happens to the vapor you breathe out on a cold winter’s morning. You make plans, but whether those plans will come to fruition is not within your power to control.”

appears for a little while and then vanishes. Although James is using the metaphor of a mist, we are to see reference to our birth (“appears”) and death (“vanishes” = disappears). These are the two events in our lives that most demonstrate our lack of control over our own lives. We cannot control when our lives begin or when they end, or under what circumstances they do so. The two events in our lives that we often most strongly desire to control are clearly beyond our control. Jesus made this same point about death in a related passage: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” (Luke 12:25).[6]


14. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

If we have no idea what the immediate future will bring us, then what is the purpose of life? The writer of Ecclesiastes repeatedly mentions life’s brevity and characteristically comments on the meaninglessness of man’s pursuit of material possessions. Nevertheless, at the conclusion of his book he states the purpose of life: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13). Seventeenth-century British theologians asked, “What is the chief end of man?” And they answered, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

The merchants James addresses have not asked about the meaning and duration of life. They have neglected the counsel of Solomon: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Prov. 27:1). They talk about the future with absolute certainty. Yet they have no control over it. They live their life but fail to inquire into its purpose. They are blind and ignorant.

James compares human life to a mist that quickly appears and then disappears. What is a mist? Nothing but vapor that vanishes before the rising sun. It is frail and lacks durability (compare Ps. 39:6, 11; 102:3; Hos. 13:3). Moses, who lived to be 120 years old, wrote a prayer in which he said,

The length of our days is seventy years—

or eighty, if we have the strength;

yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,

for they quickly pass, and we fly away. [Ps. 90:10][7]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1998). James (pp. 231–233). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Guthrie, G. H. (2006). James. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 259). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Adamson, J. B. (1976). The Epistle of James (pp. 179–180). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] McKnight, S. (2011). The Letter of James (pp. 371–373). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[5] Davids, P. H. (2011). James (p. 112). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Samra, J. (2016). James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 65). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[7] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of James and the Epistles of John (Vol. 14, pp. 147–148). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

January 6, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Friday said his Democratic opponents would tear down crosses and pledged to bring prayer to public schools at a re-election rally to shore up evangelical support.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians thronged Tehran’s streets for the funeral of military commander Qassem Soleimani, killed by a U.S. drone strike, and his successor promised to drive U.S. forces out of the region in revenge.

Iran announced on Sunday it would abandon limitations on enriching uranium, taking a further step back from commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal with six major powers, but it would continue to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will introduce and vote on a war powers resolution this week to limit U.S. President Donald Trump’s military actions regarding Iran.

The U.S. Senate remained at a stalemate on Friday over how to proceed with the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, as the chamber’s leaders wrangled over whether White House aides will be called as witnesses and the top Democrat appealed to a handful of Republicans who could help break the impasse.

U.S. senators, who had expected just weeks ago to be turning their attention to an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, will kick off the week focusing on “ordinary business,” with lawmakers still at loggerheads over trial rules.

UNESCO said on Monday that the United States has signed treaties committing it not to harm cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict.

Venezuela’s socialist government installed a new head of Congress on Sunday after armed troops blocked opposition legislators from entering parliament, in a move condemned by dozens of nations as an assault on democracy.

Ten U.S. states, led by New York, California and Illinois, account for 56% of carbon emissions from buildings nationwide, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that needs to be tackled over the next decade to combat climate change, according to a report released on Monday.

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The U.S. military presence in the Middle East was thrown into jeopardy Sunday, as Iraq’s parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from their country while the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said the U.S. military across the region “will pay the price” for killing a top Iranian general.

The head of Ukraine’s independent Orthodox Church compared Russia’s treatment of believers in annexed Crimea to “Stalin-era” repressions, after authorities ordered a church demolished.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has only managed to curb the supply of methamphetamines by less than 1% of annual consumption, proof that it has been a bloody failure, his main political rival, the vice president, said on Monday.

The U.S. Navy should acquire small, heavily-armed missile corvettes and deploy them like modern versions of World War II torpedo boats.

Scuffles erupted between police and protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, with dozens of arrests made, after thousands marched near the border, shouting pro-democracy slogans and venting their anger at mainland Chinese traders.

The Israeli army announced Sunday it would resume a pilot programme to train all-female tank crews, countering recent reports it had decided to shelve the plan.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister hopes all actors involved in the recent Middle East flare-up take steps to avoid escalation.

Germans who live near wind turbines could be paid compensation by the government under a proposal to boost supplies of renewable energy. Matthias Miersch of Germany’s Social Democrat party (SPD) said his scheme would encourage Germans to move near the controversial wind farms as well as rewarding those who already do.

Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria on Monday to retrieve crucifixes tossed by priests in Epiphany ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. By tradition, the person who retrieves the wooden cross will be freed from evil spirits and will be healthy throughout the year. After the cross is fished out, the priest sprinkles believers with water using a bunch of basil.

A student from Indonesia was identified as Britain’s most prolific rapist on Monday after being convicted of more than 150 offences, including 136 rapes. In four separate trials, Reynhard Sinaga, 36, was found guilty of assaulting 48 men whom he drugged after taking them back to his apartment from outside bars and clubs in the city of Manchester.

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One US military service member and two contractors were killed in an Islamist attack on a military base in Kenya.

A mysterious viral pneumonia that has infected dozens in central China is not Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), health chiefs have said. They also discounted bird flu and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and said investigations were continuing.

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Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, a former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and former CIA director, spoke with Foreign Policy this week about the implications of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, calling it “more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden.”

China’s attacks on freedom are legion, including ongoing repression of religion and a “social credit” system to enforce “correct behavior” and punish dissent. Now the government is demanding blood samples from children. The objective is to build databases for tracking and monitoring them in the name of “maintaining social stability.” Some fear the DNA samples authorities are collecting could be used for harvesting organs.


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Headlines – 1/6/2020

New US Middle East envoy visits Israel to discuss peace plan

Netanyahu: Israel stands with the US in its fight for peace and security

Netanyahu, in apparent stumble, calls Israel ‘nuclear power’

Iraqi PM: US told us Israel bombed pro-Iran militias in Iraq last summer

Iran’s revenge for Soleimani death to include Haifa, Israeli centers: IRGC ex-chief

Iranian official: We’ll turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust

Pompeo: We’re Having to Clean Up the Obama Administration’s ‘Mess’ in Iran

Pompeo: Doing nothing would have ‘created more risk’ than killing Soleimani

Escalating U.S.-Iran tensions scramble the politics of Trump’s impeachment

Warren implies Trump had Soleimani killed to distract from impeachment

Iran will feel it must retaliate against US, say military analysts

Trump Notifies Congress Via Tweet Of Potential ‘Disproportionate’ Retaliation Against Iran

From the Arab Spring to Trump’s Twitter Feed, How Social Media Changed Middle East Politics

Trump doubles down on threat to strike cultural sites in Iran

Senior US officials say there is widespread opposition within the Trump administration to targeting cultural sites in Iran

Trump’s Latest Iran Tweet Slammed as Threat ‘To Commit War Crimes’

Iran Condemns Trump as ‘Terrorist in a Suit’ After Attack Threat, Soleimani’s Body Returned to Iran

Iran Puts $80M Bounty on Trump’s Head for Soleimani Hit

Colin Kaepernick attacks US ‘imperialism’ in wake of Suleimani strike

Britain Backs Trump on Iran, Deploys Royal Navy to Persian Gulf

Boris Johnson: Qassem Suleimani was threat to all our interests

Iran Ends Nuclear Limits as Killing of Iranian General Upends Mideast

Iran: We’re not bound by nuke deal, won’t limit enrichment, after Soleimani hit

Merkel, Macron, Johnson urge Iran not to flout nuclear deal

NATO to hold urgent meeting on Monday over Iraq-Iran crisis

‘Million man’ Soleimani funeral procession said to be largest since Khomeini

Hezbollah will avenge father’s death: Soleimani’s daughter

US carried out ‘very stupid act’ by killing Soleimani: Hezbollah deputy leader

Hezbollah chief urges attacks, including suicide bombings, on US bases in region

Iraqi president urges self restraint to Iranian counterpart: Statement

Iraq’s Parliament calls for expulsion of US troops from the country following drone attack

Trump threatens sanctions on Baghdad after lawmakers call on US troops to leave

U.S. Killing of Soleimani Shakes Mideast Markets as Fears of War Grow

Saudi Aramco shares sink, Gulf bourses rocked by Iran-US tensions

Oil prices rise 3.6% on threat of retaliation for Suleimani killing

Hackers briefly deface website for U.S. government library with pro-Iranian message

Iran’s Cyber Attack on Billionaire Adelson Provides Lesson on Strategy

Three Rockets Fall in Baghdad, Two Near U.S. Embassy in Green Zone

US warns its citizens in Saudi Arabia of potential missile, drone attacks

Extremists kill 3 Americans in attack on Kenya military base

Jordanians come out in droves to protest gas import from Israel

Senate Republican eyes rule change to kick start Trump impeachment trial

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5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

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Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajiam volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Indonesia flash floods: At least 60 people killed

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

Are snowflakes and libertarians right to worry that killing Iranian terrorists will start a war?

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I talked to a few progressives and libertarians on the weekend. They seemed to think that Trump’s decision to sanction two Iranian generals would lead to war. Now, I asked the libertarians and progressives a bit about how World War 2 started. They didn’t know anything about how it started. Let’s see what Trump did in Iran, and then look at WW2 history to see if it is likely to stop or start a war.

Before I start, I just want to say that someone shared a post by far-left filmmaker Michael Moore claiming that Americans had ever heard of Soleimani or the Quds Force. Here are my previous 134 posts on Iran, my previous 9 posts on the Quds Force, and my previous post on Soleimani. Speak for yourself, Michael Moore.

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What is the Difference Between Sin, Transgression, and Iniquity? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

From falling short of the mark to crossing the line, the Bible describes sin in a multitude of ways. In this video from one of our live events, R.C. Sproul and Sinclair Ferguson call attention to the only One who is able to pay our immeasurable debt before God.

Just ask Ligonier to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions. Visit Ask.Ligonier.org.

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Kellyanne Conway Blasts Democrats: “I’m Not Going to be Lectured by People Who Voted Affirmatively to Fork Over $130 Billion in Cash to Iran” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On January 17, 2016, a cargo plane with $400 million in foreign currencies was secretly sent to Iran in the dead of night.

US officials held the ransom cash until US hostages were released on the tarmac. It was a ransom payment.

Two days after Obama sent Iran the ransom cash the US government wired 13 individual payments for $99,999,999.99 , each with an independent MICR, totaling $1,299,999,999.87.

Already the cash from Obama’s ransom payment to Iran has been traced to terrorist groups in the region.

This past weekend Democrats attacked President Trump after the president called a strike on Iran’s number one terrorist Qassim Soleimani.

On Monday Kellyanne Conway responded to the Democrats naysayers who lectured President Trump after the strike on terror leader Soleimani.

Kellyanne Conway:  I am not going to be lectured by people who voted affirmatively to fork over $130 billion in cash to Iran which helped to fund the Quds force. I don’t think it went to economic development or women’s freedom and liberation, do you?

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Beware of the Leaven of Legalism — Counseling One Another

It sometimes comes as a surprise to Christians when they realize that Jesus did not get along with everyone, and that everyone did not get along with Jesus. The religious leaders were often at enmity against Him. Chiefly this is because they were blinded by their own sense of self-righteousness, which resulted in them failing to see who Jesus really was, and too prideful to admit their need of Him. But when Jesus opposed them, it was not because He had a wrongly-inflated view of himself, and was personally offended. Jesus’s motivation was his love for God and others. When he saw how the doctrinal errors of the religious leaders, and the unbearable burdens they placed upon others, He spoke out against them. These errors put the spiritual well being of people at such risk. Therefore, Jesus warned His disciples to beware of the doctrinal errors of these religious leaders. Matthew 16:5-12 contains one such warning:

When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The reason Jesus uses the illustration of leaven (or yeast) in regard to doctrinal error is because, like yeast in a lump of dough, error spreads, and ends up affecting the lives of many. In Galatians, the apostle Paul does the same thing.

In keeping with Jesus’s example, the apostle warns the churches of Galatia to beware of the leaven of legalism. However, before I point out those specific dangers, let me help you properly understand two definitions. As we’ve seen before, the Christian life—when properly understood—is a balanced walk. We need to learn to walk on God’s good, straight-and-narrow road, and keep out of the ditches. The two ditches that Galatians opens our eyes to are legalism and antinomianism.

  • Antinomianism = is a compound word from anti (against) nomos (law) meaning against law, or against the righteous standards of the law. Antinomianism stems from a misunderstanding of the sanctifying power of grace. Though the person guilty of this error rightly understands that when we come to God for salvation God accepts us the way we are, he also wrongly thinks that God is then content to leave us the way we are. He rightly believes in the sufficiency of God’s grace to save us through the gospel, but fails to understand or embrace the reality that God’s grace is also meant to sanctify us, or make us holy.

In his outstanding book, The Whole Christ: Legalism Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance, Sinclair Ferguson says it this way. Antinomianism “fails to appreciate that the law that condemns us for our sins was given to teach us how not to sin.” (141) The Antinomian Christian is one who gets so enamored by the free grace of God in Jesus Christ that he abandons the hot pursuit of practical holiness. Instead he remains in spiritual immaturity by continuing to live in the flesh. Another way to say it is this: This professing Christian lives with one foot in the world and the other foot in the church.

  • Legalism also stems from a misunderstanding and misapplication of law and grace. It fails to understand the purpose of God’s law to drive us to Christ, where we find saving grace. It, too, fails to apprehend the fullness of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, and results in a person’s confidence remaining in their own law-keeping ability.

Again, Sinclair Ferguson gives helpful insight: “Legalism is simply separating the law of God from the person of God.” (83) “The essence of legalism is a heart distortion of the graciousness of God and of the God of grace.” (88) He then goes on to say, “Legalism is almost as old as Eden itself. In essence it’s any teaching that diminishes or distorts the generous love of God and the full freeness of his grace. It then distorts God’s graciousness revealed in his law and fails to see law set within its proper context in redemptive history as an expression of a gracious Father. This is the nature of legalism. (95)

The answer to both errors is a more accurate, fuller understanding of the gospel and its implications for Christian living. Ferguson says it this way: “Antinomianism and legalism are not so much antithetical to each other as they are both antithetical to grace. This is why Scripture never prescribes one as the antidote for the other. Rather grace, God’s grace in Christ in our union with Christ, is the antidote to both.” (156)

So, as the apostle deals with legalism in the first part of chapter five, and Antinomianism later in the same chapter, our attention again is drawn to God’s grace, the sufficiency of the work of Christ on our behalf, and the natural (or I should say, supernatural) outworking of the Spirit’s work in our lives.

  1. Legalism erodes the hope of righteousness by minimizing the gift of grace (vv. 2-6).
  2. Legalism hinders the true obedience of faith by minimizing the sufficiency of the cross (vv. 7-12).
  3. Legalism feeds the self-centeredness of the flesh by minimizing the priority of love (vv. 13-15).

God wants you to beware of legalism, which fails to understand the purpose of God’s law to drive us to Christ, where we find saving grace. But God also wants you to beware of taking His grace for granted and, as a result, living out the desires of your sinful flesh under the banner of liberty.

Listen to this sermon.

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Nancy Pelosi Crafting A New ‘War Powers Resolution’ That Will Protect Iran And Accuse President Trump Of ‘War Crimes’ For The Killing Of Rogue Iran General Qassem Solemani — Now The End Begins

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote a letter to her Democrat colleagues in the House on Sunday to reveal a new “War Powers Resolution” that amounts to a pre-emptive surrender to Iran in ongoing hostilities.

The man that President Trump ordered the strike is someone who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in the Middle East, and who was also behind the recent attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad. Taking out Qassem Soleimani was not only an easy call to make, it was one that was long overdue. The reason why he was not taken out before was because he had been protected for 8 years by the Obama administration. Now that Trump has taken decisive action, Nancy Pelosi is order Congress to pass a War Powers Resolution that will protect Iran from further attacks, and to declare that President Trump is guilty of ‘war crimes’.

When the real news sounds like you’re reading the satire site The Babylon Bee, you know things are really bad, and right now things are crazy bad in America. Yesterday when I asked which Democrat was going to be the first to collect the $80 million for the killing of President Trump being offered now by factions in Iran, a few commentors took me to task for even suggesting that jokingly. I wasn’t joking, and yet here we are less than 24 hours later and what do we see? Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic-controlled Congress preparing to pass a War Powers Resolution to stop President Trump from protecting America.

Right now, America’s biggest enemy and largest threat does not come from the Middle East, it comes from the Democratic Party who is doing everything they can to destroy this nation as fast as they can. One of these days, sooner rather than later, they just might do it.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Introduce Resolution Implying Pre-emptive Surrender to Iran

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Pelosi’s letter begins with the declaration that President Donald Trump’s airstrike last week targeting Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, leader of the terrorist Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC) Quds Force, responsible for the murders of hundreds of Americans and for recent attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, was “provocative and disproportionate,” terms suggesting the attack was illegal under international law and could constitute a war crime.

Harvard Law School professor emeritus (and Democrat) Alan Dershowitz argued in Monday’s Wall Street Journal that the strike was not only lawful, but an “easy call”: “The president has the constitutional authority to take military actions, short of declaring war, that he and his advisers deem necessary to protect American citizens. This authority is extremely broad, especially when the actions must, by their nature, be kept secret from the intended target.”

Nonetheless, Pelosi’s letter indicates that the House will declare the president’s action illegal under international law.

The letter further claims that Trump’s action “endangered our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran” — placing the responsibility for violence not on Iran, which recently attacked a U.S. Navy drone; a Saudi oil field; and, via proxies, Americans soldiers and civilians in Iraq; but on the United States, which had restrained itself until the recent assault by an Iranian-backed militia on the embassy.

The letter goes on to describe a new resolution that would “limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran,” essentially signaling a surrender in the potential conflict before the Iranian regime itself had managed to respond.

Pelosi adds that the resolution “reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.” Under current law, the War Powers Act of 1973 limits the time that a president can lead a military effort, without formal authorization, to 60 days following a required presidential report to Congress when hostilities begin.

The new resolution, which Pelosi says mirrors a similar Senate bill by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), would amount to an effective surrender by signaling that the president had no congressional support for striking back against Iran, and imposing a new deadline for any military action that would give Iran greater freedom of action. Paradoxically, the resolution could force the president to choose more drastic measures of conducting a war effort before the deadline.

By declaring the attack “provocative and disproportionate,” the resolution also invites international prosecution of the president, as well as members of the administration and the military itself, who carry out his orders. The U.S. does not recognize the authority of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Americans for war crimes, but the ICC takes a different view, and a future Democratic administration might well side with the ICC instead. Pelosi’s letter indicates that the new “War Powers Resolution” will be introduced and voted on this week. She has not yet indicated when she will transfer the articles of impeachment passed by the House on Dec. 18 to the Senate, which she claims is a necessary prerequisite to the Senate holding a trial on the president’s removal from office. READ MORE

House Voting On War Powers Resolution To Limit President Trump’s Power

Democrats say there should be no further strikes against Iran without Congressional approval. In a letter to House Democratic colleagues Sunday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “The House will introduce and vote on a war powers resolution” this week “to limit the president’s military actions regarding Iran.” Major Garrett reports from the White House.

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Iran: ‘Death to America!’ MSM, Democrats and Hollywood: ‘How can we help?’ – American Thinker

How long before we see Kaepernick peddling Soleimani Nike sneakers?

The successful U.S. drone strike against a top level Iranian enemy combatant responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans has roused the Democrats, their media mouthpieces and Hollywood haters to defend the terrorist and vilify President Trump. With their responses to the annihilation of  Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the Trump haters have officially joined Iran’s “Death to America” war against the United States.

For the record, Soleimani wasn’t in Iraq last week to take in the sights or recite his poetry. President Trump made it clear in a post-strike address to the nation, the target was there coordinating a military operation against American troops and diplomats. This didn’t stop everyone from Bernie Sanders to CNN to PBS to the New York Times to a mentally disturbed, washed-up actress from declaring their bleeding-heart support for Iran’s “most revered military leader.”

According to CBS, Soleimani was an “inspirational military genius.” CNN’s Anderson Cooper compared him to France’s WW II hero, Charles de Gaulle,  while his cohort, Fareed Zakaria,  described the now defunct General Soleimani as “heroic, “brave and “revered.” The New Yorker depicted Soleimani as a “flamboyant former construction worker with snowy white hair, a dapper beard and arching salt-and-pepper eyebrows” who rose to power in 1998 as the head of the Quds Force, “an Iranian unit of commandos comparable to the U.S. SEALs, Delta Force and Rangers combined.”
The air strike that killed Soleimani and several others early on Friday also  prompted Peoples World, the official
 newspaper of the Communist Party USA, to stand in solidarity with Democrats in their opposition to the military action. In a compilation of various reactions from Democratic presidential hopefuls and their colleagues, the CPUSA writer agrees with the Democrats that Trump is to blame for any impending retaliation, not Iran.

Joe Biden stated Trump “just launched a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox.” Senator Bernie Sanders lamented the fact that members of the Democrat Party along with the GOP voted to pass the annual war budget bill last month after anti-Iran war provisions were stripped out of it. “I was right about Vietnam. I was right about Iraq. I will do everything in my power to prevent a war with Iran and I apologize to no one,” said Sanders. Pelosi called Trump’s decision “disproportionate and provocative.” Senator Tom Udall(D-Utah) said the killing of Soleimani was “a reckless escalation of hostilities” and put us “on the brink of an illegal war with Iran.”

In addition to politicians, presidential candidates and media pundits siding with Iran, Hollywood liberals jumped on the Ayatollah train. A 46-year-old impaired looking actress named Rose McGowan tweeted out an apology to Iran saying “the United States is morally corrupt and acts illegally. It is only logical to appeal to Iran’s pride by apologizing.” Actor John Cusack said Trump’s actions were “full fascist 101 mode.”

The perpetually race-obsessed Nike spokesperson, Colin Kaepernick, tweeted: “America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.”

How long before we see Kaepernick peddling Soleimani Nike sneakers?

The traitorous left in this country are openly aiding the enemies of America. Quoting President Trump, “these people are sick.”

Photo Credit: Calvin Gordon Dodge on Facebook

— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/01/iran_death_to_america_cnn_democrats_and_hollywood_how_can_we_help.html

Here’s When Everything Will Go on Sale in 2020 – NerdWallet

What to Buy Every Month of the Year in 2020

It’s a new year, and countless sales lie ahead.

Here’s how to save money and plan your shopping for 2020. We listed the best products to buy each month, plus the holidays when you’ll find major sales — and a bonus: the national days when you can score free stuff.

January

With a fresh page on the calendar comes a fresh start for sales. These items are discounted in January:

  • Bedding and linens. Department stores hold bedding and linen “white sales” in January with deep discounts on sheets and towels.
  • Fitness equipment. Retailers know you want to get in shape. Expect fitness equipment and apparel sales to abound at sporting goods stores.
  • TVs and electronics. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount TVs and other home-theater essentials.

Mark your calendar: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 20.

Freebie day: National Spaghetti Day is Jan. 4.

February

It’s the month of love and gift-giving, but February might be a better time to buy major items for yourself than trinkets for your loved one. Options include:

  • TVs. Television sales spill over from January into February. Aside from Black Friday, this is one of the prime times to buy a new TV.
  • Winter items. With winter winding down, retailers will be looking to unload inventories of cold-weather products. Look for sales on apparel and winter sports gear.
  • Home goods. Expect retailers to have home and apparel sales on Presidents Day and the weekend preceding the holiday.

Mark your calendar: The Super Bowl is Feb. 2, and Presidents Day is Feb. 17.

Freebie day: National Frozen Yogurt Day is Feb. 6.

March

There aren’t any major shopping holidays in March, but that doesn’t mean a lack of sales. Look for deals on these products:

  • Tax software. Retailers like to discount tax-prep items in March ahead of Tax Day in April.
  • Grills. Buy your summer grilling necessities in March to avoid the spike in prices when summer arrives.
  • St. Patrick’s Day essentials. Around St. Patrick’s Day, online retailers and department stores usually discount green-themed clothing, party supplies and jewelry.

Mark your calendar: St. Patrick’s Day is March 17.

Freebie day: Pi Day is March 14.

April

April has its fair share of spring deals and discounts, including:

  • Vacuums. Buying a vacuum isn’t the most exciting purchase, but it’ll be less painful if you take advantage of a spring cleaning sale. Look for markdowns at department stores as well as manufacturers like Dyson.
  • Tax-themed items. Year after year, retailers and restaurants try to lighten the burden of Tax Day with discounts and freebies on services like paper shredding. Keep an eye out for these around mid-April.
  • Easter candy. The days after the Easter holiday will be filled with markdowns on candy, plastic eggs, stuffed animals and more.

Mark your calendar: Easter is April 12.

Freebie day: Tax Day is April 15.

May

April showers bring May flowers — and sales blossom then, too. Here’s a look at some items to consider buying this month:

  • Spring apparel. By May, retailers will discount spring clothing that has already been hanging on racks for a month or two.
  • Furniture. Three of the biggest blowout shopping days are Black Friday, Labor Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day is in May, so look for furniture and home-decor discounts from big-box stores.
  • Small kitchen appliances. Use May discounts as an opportunity to buy small kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers and blenders. These products normally are included in Memorial Day sales and make great wedding gifts.

Mark your calendar: Mother’s Day is May 10, and Memorial Day is May 25.

Freebie day: National Hamburger Day is May 28.

June

June may be one of the shorter months of the year, but its supply of opportunities to snag deals isn’t lacking. Smart purchases include:

  • Lingerie. Stock up on undergarments in June. That’s when Victoria’s Secret, for example, has been known to host its famed Semi-Annual Sale. The sale usually also occurs in December.
  • Gym memberships. Consider buying a gym membership during the summer and be sure to negotiate for the best deal. Gyms may be eager for sign-ups at this time.
  • Movie tickets. During the summer months, many movie theater chains offer film programs, which usually include cheap tickets to children’s movies.

Mark your calendar: Father’s Day is June 21.

Freebie day: National Doughnut Day is June 5.

July

The temperature usually rises in July, but the prices of certain items drop. Consider buying these:

  • Apparel. If you don’t want to wait for end-of-summer sales, buy clothes now. You’ll likely find a better price than you would’ve at the start of the season.
  • Patriotic items. Retailers like a reason to celebrate. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, there’s usually an abundance of sales on red, white and blue products (and items that are all three colors), as well as on sporting goods, jewelry and furniture.
  • Personal electronics. Black Friday is a big deal day that falls in November, but many retailers have added Black Friday in July sales, including Best Buy and Amazon (which features Prime Day). Expect discounts in nearly every product category.

Mark your calendar: The Fourth of July is … July 4.

Freebie day: National Ice Cream Day is July 19, and National Lipstick Day is July 29.

August

Close out summer by buying summer products? That’s right — look for end-of-season clearance sales in August on:

  • Back-to-school supplies. The start of school marks the need to buy small items such as pencils and expensive ones like laptops. Generally, the closer to the start of the school year you buy, the better your chances of getting a good price.
  • Outdoor products. Ride out the end of summer with a big deal on lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor equipment.
  • Swimsuits. There may not be many swimming days left by the time August rolls around, but that’s exactly why swimsuit clearance sales will crest. Buy swimsuits now for next year.

Mark your calendar: The first day of school is usually in August.

Freebie day: National Waffle Day is Aug. 24.

September

With deals on items as varied as mattresses and back-to-school supplies, September is a surprising month for good buys. Pick up reasonable prices on these:

  • Mattresses. Year after year, September is the time for mattress sales. Expect these from department stores and mattress centers, usually as a part of Labor Day sales
  • iPhones. Apple has been known to announce its new iPhones at the company’s annual keynote in September. Usually, the unveiling is followed by a drop in prices on the current phones in anticipation of the new models.
  • Appliances. Expect a series of blowout deals in the week leading up to Labor Day, including promotions on appliances big and small.

Mark your calendar: Labor Day is Sept. 7.

Freebie day: National Coffee Day is Sept. 29.

October

Don’t let the cost of shopping scare you during the Halloween season. There will be plenty of deals on these product categories in October:

  • Outdoor furniture. People generally spend less time outdoors when the temperature drops. Expect deals on patio furniture and outdoor living products when summer ends.
  • Jeans. Fall inventory arrives in stores in August and September, but you’ll pay top dollar unless you wait a few weeks. October is a great time to buy a new pair of jeans.
  • Candy. As the month gets closer to Halloween, your chances improve to snag a discounted bag of candy for trick-or-treaters.

Mark your calendar: Columbus Day is Oct. 12, and Halloween is Oct. 31.

Freebie day: National Taco Day is Oct. 4.

November

November is the month for Black Friday sales, which means some of the most popular technology products fall to their lowest prices:

  • Electronics. Electronics like tablets, laptops and gaming systems take center stage during Black Friday sales. Look for discounts on smartphones and activity trackers, too.
  • Home appliances. Reserve your major home appliance purchase — refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc. — for Black Friday deals. Often, sales can also be found throughout the month.
  • Tools. Home improvement stores discount tools, ladders and toolboxes during Black Friday promotions.

Mark your calendar: Thanksgiving is Nov. 26, Black Friday is Nov. 27 and Cyber Monday is Nov. 30.

Freebie day: National Sandwich Day is Nov. 3.

December

The end of the year is just the beginning for discounts in some product categories. Look for sale prices on these items in December:

  • Electronics. Those Black Friday electronics deals from late November will spill over into the new month.
  • Toys. Toys are a popular Christmas gift, and stores generally host big toy sales as the holiday season draws to a close.
  • Christmas decorations. Beginning the day after Christmas, shop sales for deep discounts — often upward of 50% — on decorations, wrapping paper, ornaments, artificial trees and similar seasonal fixings.

Mark your calendar: Christmas is Dec. 25.

Freebie day: National Cookie Day is Dec. 4.

Courtney is NerdWallet’s consumer savings expert. Her work has been featured by USA Today and The New York Times. Read more

— Read on www.nerdwallet.com/blog/shopping/what-to-buy-every-month-2020/

January 6 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

January 6.—Morning. [Or January 11.]
“Abide in me.”

Genesis 5:21–24

OUR reading leads us to think upon that eminent saint of the antediluvian church, Enoch, the seventh from Adam.

21, 22, 23, 24 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Here it is worthy of notice that the sacred writer says once that Enoch “lived;” but he changes the word and writes Enoch “walked with God;” thus teaching us that communion with God was Enoch’s life, and truly so it ought to be ours. He was not a mere talker about God, but a walker with God. This holy patriarch lived in unbroken intercourse with the Lord for three hundred years, not now and then visiting with God, but habitually walking with him. This is a point of great difficulty. To draw near to God is comparatively easy; but to remain in undivided fellowship, “this is the work, this is the labour.” Yet the Holy Spirit can enable us to accomplish even this. Continued communion is what we should aim at, and we should not be content with anything short of it.

Some excuse themselves from seeking after unbroken fellowship with God because of their calling, their circumstances, and their numerous engagements. Enoch had the cares of a family upon him, and he was also a public preacher, and yet he kept up his walk with God: no business or household cares should make us forget our God. Society with God is the safety of saints, it is their solace and delight, it is their honour and crown. More to be desired is it than gold, yea, than much fine gold. Happy was Enoch to enjoy it so sweetly, and so continuously. The long intercourse of this good man with his God ended in his being borne away from earth without death to that place where faith is lost in sight. He did not live like others, and therefore he did not die like others.

Paul tells us a little more concerning this holy man, and we will gather up the fragments of his history which remain on record, that nothing may be lost.

Hebrews 11:5, 6

5, 6 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Faith was the spring from which his communion was derived. Works do not make us walk with God; but faith brings us into his presence, and keeps us there. It is very likely that Enoch’s pious conversation did not please men, but that little mattered since it pleased God.

FROM Jude we learn that Enoch had an eye to the coming of Christ. The pure in heart who see God are the seers of their age, and look far ahead of others. What Enoch saw he told forth for the warning of others, and it is our duty to do the same, that sinners may be led to flee from the wrath to come.

Jude 14, 15

14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

How important is the doctrine of the advent of the Lord from heaven, since so early in the world’s history one of the holiest of prophets proclaimed it. There must surely be some very powerful influence in this truth, since the greatest teachers of it mentioned in Scripture were also among the most eminent for close fellowship with heaven. Enoch “walked with God,” Daniel was a “man greatly beloved,” and John was “that disciple whom Jesus loved.” O Lord, if the expectation of thy coming will make us walk with thee, be pleased to fill us with it.

Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear,

It is not night if thou be near,

Oh! may no earth-born cloud arise

To hide thee from thy servant’s eyes.

Abide with me from morn till eve,

For without thee I cannot live;

Abide with me when night is nigh,

For without thee I dare not die.

January 6.—Evening. [Or January 12.]
“The end of all things is at hand.”

AT first men lived for hundreds of years, but a few generations of long-lived men sufficed to make the race very wicked; and, when the holy seed of Seth intermarried with the graceless race of Cain, the people of God degenerated, the salt lost its savour, and the whole earth became corrupt.

Genesis 6:5–22

¶ And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (What a charge against man, and it is true of us all still.)

6, 7 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (What a blessed but was that. In the midst of wrath the Lord remembered mercy; even as in punishing sin he remembers Christ and all those who are of his family. The distinction made was the fruit of grace. It is not said that Noah deserved preservation, but Noah found grace.)

¶ These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. (In this he was a worthy descendant of Enoch.)

10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. (Those who are corrupt towards God are sure to be violent towards men.)

12, 13 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

14 ¶ Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. (In all our actions we must follow the divine rule. If our religious observances have not this inscription upon them—“Thus saith the Lord” they will profit us nothing.)

16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. (Noah must make the ark after God’s plan, and those who expect to be saved must receive salvation in God’s way. Not our whims but God’s word must guide us.)

17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

18, 19, 20 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. (As Noah was the preserver of life so is Jesus; and as he became the new head of the saved race, so our Lord is the Head of his church, which is the seed saved out of the world.)

21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. (Noah’s faith led him to obedience. If we would be saved from the destruction which is coming upon the world, we must submit ourselves without reserve to the commands of our Lord Jesus. We shall not be saved for keeping the commands of God, but if we have true faith we shall prove it by following the Lord’s directions.)

O Lord, we praise thy sovereign grace,

Grace o’er the raging flood supreme.

How well didst thou secure the race

Thou hadst determined to redeem.

They in the ark serenely housed,

Smiled on the universal wreck.

Fierce were the waves by vengeance roused,

But mercy held them all in check.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 11–12). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AND EPIPHANY – JANUARY 6

The Feast of Epiphany

The curious uncertainty that surrounds the feast of Epiphany is as old as the feast itself. We know that long before Christmas was celebrated, Epiphany was the highest holiday in the Eastern and Western churches. Its origins are obscure, but it is certain that since ancient times this day has brought to mind four different events: the birth of Christ, the baptism of Christ, the wedding at Cana, and the arrival of the Magi from the East.… Be that as it may, since the fourth century the church has left the birth of Christ out of the feast of Epiphany.… The removal of the birth of Christ from his baptismal day had great significance. In gnostic and heretical circles in the East, the idea arose that the baptismal day was actually the day of Christ’s birth as the Son of God.… But therein lay the possibility of a dangerous error, namely, a misunderstanding of God’s incarnation.… If God had not accepted Jesus as his Son until Jesus’ baptism, we would remain unredeemed. But if Jesus is the Son of God who from his conception and birth assumed our own flesh and blood, then and then alone is he true man and true God; only then can he help us; for then the “hour of salvation” for us has really come in his birth; then the birth of Christ is the salvation of all people.

Today you will be baptized a Christian. All those great ancient words of the Christian proclamation will be spoken over you, and the command of Jesus Christ to baptize will be carried out on you, without your knowing anything about it. But we are once again being driven right back to the beginnings of our understanding. Reconciliation and redemption, regeneration and the Holy Spirit, love of our enemies, cross and resurrection, life in Christ and Christian discipleship.

“Thoughts on the Baptism of Dietrich Wilhelm Rüdiger Bethge,”

May 1944

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Matthew 2:9–12[1]

 

[1] Bonhoeffer, D. (2010). God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas. (J. Riess, Ed., O. C. Dean Jr., Trans.) (First edition, pp. 90–91). Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

January 6 Let’s Sing!

Psalm 95:1

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

Isn’t it wonderful that you could be on your hands and knees, scrubbing a filthy floor and singing the music of Zion?

Music helps you transport your spirit from mundane corners to majestic splendor. The body follows where the heart leads—and vice versa, as a matter of fact. Your prayers will be more focused and your mind more alert if you’ve aligned yourself on your knees. Some of your best worship might occur when you’re jogging or driving a car, when your body is tensed to the task. Do you want to know how to incorporate worship into every moment of your day? Music is an excellent place to start.

Let’s sing unto the Lord because it’s one more way to give our bodies to His praises. Let’s sing because music expresses levels of adoration we can’t find in the spoken word. Let’s sing because the people of the world will be attracted to our music. And let’s sing because we absolutely can’t help it! Our Lord reigns![1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 7). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

January 6 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord

Exod. 14:13

Often God seems to place His children in positions of profound difficulty—leading them into a wedge from which there is no escape; contriving a situation which no human judgment would have permitted, had it been previously consulted. The very cloud conducts them thither. You may be thus involved at this very hour. It does seem perplexing and very serious to the last degree; but it is perfectly right. The issue will more than justify Him who has brought you hither. It is a platform for the display of His almighty grace and power. He will not only deliver you, but in doing so He will give you a lesson that you will never forget; and to which, in many a psalm and song in after days, you will revert. You will never be able to thank God enough for having done just as He has.

  1. B. Meyer[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

Monday Briefing January 6, 2020 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 The U. S. Strike Against Iranian General Qasem Soleimani: Consequential Action in the Middle East—But No One Knows the Consequences

PART II

 United Methodist Church to Divide: Why Theological Conservatives Are the Leavers, as Usual in Mainline Protestantism

PART III

 Christianity Today’s Editorial about President Trump—What Does it Mean?

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DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

PART I

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 US kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad airstrike, by Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Zeina Karam

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 Iran and U.S. Shift to Open Confrontation in Iraq, by Sune Engel Rasmussen

PART II

NEW YORK TIMES

 United Methodist Church Announces Plan to Split Over Same-Sex Marriage, by Campbell Robertson and Elizabeth Dias

PART III

How Do We Know the Bible Is True? | Ligonier Ministries

That’s an excellent question because so much is at stake in the Christian faith in terms of the truthfulness of Scripture. The Bible is our primary source of information about Jesus and about all of those things we embrace as elements of our faith. Of course, if the Bible isn’t true, then professing Christians are in serious trouble. I believe the Bible is true. I believe it is the Word of God. As Jesus Himself declared of the Scripture, “Your word is truth.” But why am I persuaded that the Bible is the truth?

We need to ask a broader question first. How do we know that anything is true? We’re asking a technical question in epistemology. How do we test claims of truth? There is a certain kind of truth that we test through observation, experimentation, eyewitness, examination, and scientific evidence. As far as the history of Jesus is concerned, as far as we know any history, we want to check the stories of Scripture using those means by which historical evidence can be tested—through archaeology, for example. There are certain elements of the Scripture, such as historical claims, that are to be measured by the common standards of historiography. I invite people to do that—to check it out.

Second, we want to test the claims of truth through the test of rationality. Is it logically consistent, or does it speak with a “forked tongue”? We examine the content of Scripture to see if it is coherent. That’s another test of truth. One of the most astonishing things, of course, is that the Bible has literally thousands of testable historical prophecies, cases in which events were clearly foretold, and both the foretelling and the fulfillment are a matter of historical record. The very dimension of the sheer fulfillment of prophecy of the Old Testament Scriptures should be enough to convince anyone that we are dealing with a supernatural piece of literature.

Of course, some theologians have said that with all of the evidence there is that Scripture is true, we can truly embrace it only with the Holy Spirit working in us to overcome our biases and prejudices against Scripture, against God. In theology, this is called the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit. I want to stress at this point that when the Holy Spirit helps me to see the truth of Scripture and to embrace the truth of Scripture, it’s not because the Holy Spirit is giving me some special insight that he doesn’t give to somebody else or is giving me special information that nobody else can have. All the Holy Spirit does is change my heart, change my disposition toward the evidence that is already there. I think that God Himself has planted within the Scriptures an internal consistency that bears witness that this is His Word.

This excerpt is adapted from Now, That’s a Good Question! by R.C. Sproul.

— Read on www.ligonier.org/blog/how-do-we-know-bible-true/