Daily Archives: January 7, 2020

January—7 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.—Lament. 1:12.

Dearest Jesus! I would sit down this evening, and looking up to thee, ask the instructions of thy blessed Spirit, to unfold some of the many tender inquiries wrapped up in this question of my Lord’s. Whatever the mournful Prophet’s views were of the church’s sorrow, when he wrote his book of Lamentations, surely sorrow never had its full potion poured out, but in the cup of trembling which thou didst drink. And as in all the afflictions of thy people thou wert afflicted, added to all thine own personal sufferings, theirs also thou didst sustain. And where shall I begin, dear Lord, to mark down the vast volume of thy sorrow? From the manger to the cross, every path was suffering. Indeed thou art, by way of emphasis, called “the Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Thorns and thistles the earth is made to bring forth, to human nature at large: but as in taking away this curse thou becamest a curse for thy people, none but thyself, dearest Jesus, was ever crowned with thorns; as if to testify the supremacy of thy sufferings. And did all our curses indeed fall upon thee? Was all the Father’s wrath, in the full vials of his anger against sin, made to light upon thee? Didst thou wade through all, and sustain all, and boat all, on purpose that thy redeemed might be delivered? Did great drops of blood in a cold night (when a fire of coals became needful to warm thy disciples) fall from thy sacred body, from the agony of thy soul’s suffering? Did the Son of God, who from all eternity lay in his bosom, the only begotten and dearly beloved of his affection, indeed die under amazement and exceeding sorrow, and the cry of his soul issue forth of his Father’s desertion? Were these among the sorrows of Jesus? And is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Is it nothing to you, O ye that by disregard and indifference would crucify the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame? Come hither, ye careless and unconcerned; come hither, ye fools that make a mock of sin; come hither, ye drunkards and defiled of every description and character, whose cups of licentiousness and mirth have mingled for him the wormwood and the gall: behold Jesus, and say, is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? My soul, bring the question home to thine own heart, and never give over the solemn meditation. It is, indeed, to thee everything that is momentous and eternally interesting. Yes! precious Jesus! every wound of thine speaks; every feature, every groan, every cry, pleads for me, and with me. If I forget thee, O thou bleeding Lamb! let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; yea, if I prefer not the solemn meditation of Gethsemane and Calvary above my chief joy![1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 8–9). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

January 7 Streams in the Desert

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil. 4:11.)

PAUL, denied of every comfort, wrote the above words in his dungeon. A story is told of a king who went into his garden one morning, and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found it was sick of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was all out of heart because it could not bear grapes, like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and have as fine fruit as the peach tree. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac; and so on all through the garden. Coming to a heart’s-ease, he found its bright face lifted as cheery as ever. “Well, heart’s-ease, I’m glad, amidst all this discouragement, to find one brave little flower. You do not seem to be the least disheartened” “No, I am not of much account, but I thought that if you wanted an oak, or a pine, or a peach tree, or a lilac, you would have planted one; but as I knew you wanted a heart’s-ease, I am determined to be the best little heart’s-ease that I can.”

“Others may do a greater work,

But you have your part to do;

And no one in all God’s heritage

Can do it so well as you.”

They who are God’s without reserve, are in every state content; for they will only what He wills, and desire to do for Him whatever He desires them to do; they strip themselves of everything, and in this nakedness find all things restored an hundredfold.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 7–8). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Wisdom — Christian Research Network

“Freedom of thought doesn’t always lead to wisdom as Ben Franklin surely knew.  But lockstep rejection of different beliefs bolstered by loathsome propaganda does always lead to brutal tribalism.”   

(Bill O’Reilly)  Americans are in danger and it’s kind of complicated so please stay with me here. Way back in 1722, an anonymous source who called himself “Silence Dogood” sent a newspaper editor a few opinions.  One of them simply said: “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom.”

Mr. Silence Dogood was really Benjamin Franklin.  And he was just 16 years old when he wrote that.  Incredible.

Today, there are groups that are paid big money by private individuals and political action committees to attack freedom of thought by designing propaganda campaigns that aim to silence opposition. Through his “Open Society Foundation”, far left billionaire George Soros funds some of this but he is not alone. Millions of dollars from both left and right wing zealots flow to the assassins of wisdom, something that would have appalled young Benjamin Franklin.  View article →

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No One Will Remember You! (Guinness)

The Reformed Reader

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We probably don’t think about it too much, but there is such a thing as an unbiblical and unchristian view of time and history. False religions often have erroneous views. For example, Mormonism teaches that matter is eternal. Many Eastern religions teach reincarnation. And so forth. However, Scripture teaches that God,who is not bound by time, created all things out of nothing. Time has a beginning. History has meaning and is moving forward. God is in total control of it all. He has a purpose and a goal for this world. And so on.

Speaking of time, Os Guinness’ 2019 publication Carpe Diem Redeemed is a great discussion of time and history from a solidly Christian perspective. Here are two paragraphs I marked up – they’re good ones to encourage you to get and read this book!

We are simply not at the center of existence. We will not always…

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January 7th The D. L. Moody Year Book

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.—Isaiah 65:24.

WE talk about heaven being so far away. It is within speaking distance to those who belong there.[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.) (p. 11). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

4 Ways to Take Your Thoughts Captive | Lies Young Women Believe

by Liza Proch | 1/07/20

Happy New Year, friends. We can’t wait to spend another year with you. To kick off 2020, we’ve pulled your favorite posts out of the vault. Enjoy them again (or for the first time) with our “Best of” series all month long. 

What you think will determine how you live in 2020 (and beyond!) In this post, Liza gives you practical ideas for how to take every thought captive. 

Picture this . . .

It was springtime, and the streets were quiet. From the king’s elevated balcony, there wasn’t much movement to be seen. No wonder, since most of the men of the city had gone out to fight in battle. He decided not to go. Maybe he was tired. He’d fought so many battles in his time. Didn’t he deserve a little rest?

On a hot day, he got up and started to pace. The sun was glaring, and as he turned his eyes away from its blaze, he noticed a glint of sunlight from a rooftop, a reflection coming from a pool of water. And then he saw her: Bathsheba. His thoughts raced, but instead of reigning them in and turning away, he called for her. He made the biggest mistake of his life.

If you’re familiar with the story above, you know that after King David saw Bathsheba bathing on the roof, he made her come to his palace, and soon after she announced that she was pregnant with the king’s child. To cover his tracks, David arranged for Bathsheba’s husband to be killed in battle.

First, he saw her.

Then, he lusted in his mind.

Finally, he acted, committing adultery, which led to murder.

We can’t change history (and wouldn’t want to, since God used all of David’s mistakes in His redemptive plan), but let’s just imagine that David hadn’t given into his thought to stay home from battle. He never would have been in a situation to see Bathsheba bathing or would have had all that free time on his hands to bring her up to the palace! Even if he stayed home, what if the minute he saw her, instead of instantly lusting after her, he had turned away? What if, instead of summoning her, he went inside and prayed for God to help him resist temptation?

Have you ever thought about thoughts? Have you pondered, Wow, I have this thing in my head called a brain and it enables me to think, to weigh two decisions and come up with plans. The thoughts I think shape my whole life!

What we think about shapes who we are.

Listen to 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

We don’t have to live with impure or negative thoughts bouncing around in our head. Those thoughts don’t have to lead to action. Here are four ways to take your thoughts captive.

  1. Define them. Ask God to show you where your thought life is struggling (Ps. 139:23–24). Thoughts that we have to “take captive” aren’t necessarily “bad.” They may not be judgmental or unkind or lustful, but perhaps your thoughts are out of line with the truth of Scripture or God’s view of you. Sometimes it’s a “good” thought that is simply occupying too much of our time, distracting us from other, more important things. Think back over the last hour. Is there a thought that sticks out in your mind that’s been hanging around? Is it a healthy thought? Define the unwholesome thought process that led you there so you can capture it!
  2. Talk to yourself. In the psalms, David often talks to himself. (Check out Psalm 103 for an awesome example of this!) Once we’ve defined our impure thoughts, we can capture them by talking to ourselves and reminding ourselves of God’s Truth. An awesome way to do that is by memorizing God’s Word. Then you always have it on hand when those thoughts start barging in again!
  3. Hand ’em over. We would be stranded if we had these thoughts “captured,” but had nowhere to ditch them. But instead, we have somewhere to lay them down. Jesus’ patience and kindness toward our constant thick-headedness never gives up. Lay those impure thought patterns at his feet and leave them there. How? Pray and tell the Lord you want to hand the thoughts over to Him. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut if our negative thoughts have become habitual, but with Jesus’ help we can make it out of that rut.
  4. Replace that space. If we don’t replace an impure thought with a pure one, there’s nothing to stop another impure one from jumping right into its place (Matt. 12:43–45). We don’t just “take every thought captive.” We also “set [our] mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). We have to revise our mindset to have a truly God-honoring thought life.

Have you struggled with your thoughts? How has God given you victory? Let’s talk in the comments!

January 7, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

25 The second laying on of hands is unique in the healing ministry of Jesus. The result was a complete cure. Mark’s account of it graphically records that fact with three parallel clauses: “his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” The word translated “clearly” (tēlaugōs) means “clearly at a distance” and indicates the completeness of the restoration of the man’s sight.

The healing method has raised questions, both because of the use of spittle for the healing and because of the gradual nature of the healing. Jesus’ first treatment appears to be only partially successful, so that he has to touch the man again. We have discussed the use of saliva at 7:33. Concerning the two-part healing, it is unlikely that Mark views this as a particularly difficult healing for Jesus, since elsewhere he portrays him as performing even more spectacular deeds with a single word or a touch—deeds such as raising the dead (5:41–42) and calming the sea (4:35–41). In 10:52 Jesus will heal Bartimaeus, another blind man, with a single command. Perhaps Jesus moved here only as quickly as the man’s faith would allow, since throughout Mark’s gospel faith is emphasized as requisite for healing (2:5; 4:40; 5:34, 36; 6:5; 9:23–24; 10:52; 11:22–24). One thing is certain: The episode is surely authentic, since the early church would hardly have created a story in which Jesus appears to be only partially successful on his first attempt.[1]


8:25 Then his eyes were opened. After Jesus touches the man again, Mark uses three clauses to show the progression to full sight: eyes opened, sight restored, sees clearly. There is no hint that Jesus is incapable or inept, perhaps with insufficient strength at the outset. No, Jesus has power over the situation throughout. Hugh Anderson states that in Jewish thought a two-stage miracle stresses even more the power of the healer. Perhaps the major emphasis, however, is to see the miracle also as a symbol of the gradual healing of the blindness of the disciples. Robert Guelich notes how the disciples, accused by Jesus of blindness in 8:18 and guilty of spiritual myopia, come to a glimmer of understanding in Peter’s confession of 8:27–30. The clear vision is connected with Jesus’s transfiguration (9:1–9) as proleptic of his resurrection. In 9:1–9 they are given a clear vision of who Jesus really is. They do not understand it fully at that time, and Jesus tells them to keep the event to themselves until the resurrection (9:9). Full restoration would take place at that time.[2]


25. Then he [Jesus] again laid his hands on the man’s eyes, and he opened them wide, was fully restored, and was seeing everything clearly. This time when the man focused his eyes intently, opening them wide, people no longer looked like trees. Vision had been fully restored. He saw and continued to see distant objects as if they were nearby.

It should be emphasized that this act of healing is by no means in line with slow present-day healings that require several visits to the “healer.” In the case here recorded the entire healing process was accomplished within a few moments, with the result: a change from complete blindness to perfect vision.

Exactly why it was that in this particular case the healing process occurred in two stages has not been revealed to us. Was it, perhaps, because especially this person was in need of understanding the inestimable nature of the blessing that was being bestowed upon him? The reason cannot have been initial lack of power on the part of Jesus. Surely, he who was able instantly to raise the dead was also able to impart instant recovery to this blind man. For a reason known to the Healer the present restoration occurred in two stages.[3]


8:25. Jesus placed his hands on the man again, and his sight was fully restored. The fact that this miracle took place in two stages shows that Jesus’ miracles are not formulaic and that healing can be a process. Perhaps Jesus used this miracle to show his disciples that their own “sight” was growing by stages. Because Jesus healed in many different ways, Christians should not try to reproduce the miracles through their own power. This two-stage miracle also shows us that Jesus will not give up on us. He who has begun a good work in us will bring it to completion (Phil. 1:6).[4]


[1] Wessel, W. W., & Strauss, M. L. (2010). Mark. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 823). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Osborne, G. R. (2014). Mark. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 137). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Mark (Vol. 10, p. 323). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] Cooper, R. L. (2000). Mark (Vol. 2, pp. 134–135). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Iran Has Terrorists Embedded Inside The United States And Across Our Border

So long as the world is entertaining worst-case scenarios, the media does Americans no favors in omitting that Iran-Hezbollah has for years prepared to strike in their own hometowns.

Source: Iran Has Terrorists Embedded Inside The United States And Across Our Border

7 Jan 2020 – Rapture Ready News

Major floods hit Israel after 20 percent of yearly rainfall in just 2 hours
Major flooding hit parts of Israel following days of heavy downpour on January 4 and 5, 2020, claiming at least four lives. The rain was so intense that the city of Tel Aviv received 20% of its yearly rainfall in just two hours.

Intense earthquake swarm shaking southern Puerto Rico, damage reported after today’s M5.8
Numerous moderate to strong earthquakes shook southern Puerto Rico over the past 9 days, with the strongest earthquake in the sequence — M5.8 on January 6, 2020. The quake struck 13 km (8 miles) SSE of Indios. “I’ve spent 29 years with Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, and it’s the first time I observe this kind of activity,” director Víctor Huérfano told The Associated Press a couple of days ago.

Tropical Cyclone “Blake” forms near northern Western Australia, landfall expected January 8/9
Tropical Cyclone “Blake” formed at 00:00 UTC on Monday, January 6, 2020, off the northern coast of Western Australia, as the first tropical cyclone of the 2019/20 Australian region cyclone season. Landfall is expected in the vicinity of Wallal Downs along Eighty Mile Beach late on Tuesday or early Wednesday, January 8 or 9 (LT) as a Category 2.

New Laws to Take Effect in China: Total Submission by Religious Groups to Communist Party
Chinese Christians have expressed their concern after the Chinese government announced it will soon require all religious personnel of any faith to support total submission to the Chinese Communist Party.

United States And Canadian Embassies Warn Their Citizens Living In Israel About Possible Missile Attacks From Iran And Proxies In The Coming Days
When all this news first broke a few days ago about the hostilities between the United States and Iran over the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the first thing we told you was look to Israel. Why? Because the Bible is true and all world conflict will ultimately lead you straight to Israel’s doorstep. And here we are just 2 days later and what do we see? We see the US Embassy as well as the Canadian Embassy in Israel warning their citizens of a possible missile strike in the coming days.

Air Force Launches 52 F-35A Lightning II Jets In Training Exercise Say It Is ‘Completely Coincidental’ and Has Nothing To Do With 52 Strikes Trump Warned Iran With On Saturday
Two days ago, President Trump let Iran know in no uncertain terms that he had ordered the Pentagon to target 52 sites in Iran that the United States was planning on hitting is Iran retaliated for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. Those 52 targets represented the 52 American hostages Iran held captive back in 1979.

Nearly 200 People Arrested Across Australia For Deliberately Starting Bushfires
Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame “climate change” for the disaster.

Truckers’ transportation coalition warns of “super supply chain crisis” as America’s cities may collapse into war zones: food, fuel, medical supplies could all be disrupted
The Executive Director of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) — known as Truckers.com — has issued a stern warning about a “super supply chain crisis” that could severely disrupt trucking and transportation operations that bring supplies to all U.S. cities.

Source: 7 Jan 2020