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January—13 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

And Enoch walked with God.—Gen. 5:22.

I have often considered, and as often found pleasure, in the consideration of the very honourable testimony which the Holy Ghost hath given to the faith of the patriarchs, both in the Old and New Testaments. What wonders were wrought by faith! “They walked with God! They endured (saith the sacred writer) as seeing him who is invisible.” They communed with God, and were as conscious of his spiritual presence, and spiritual society, as we are of sensible objects. Hence, by these acts of frequent communion, the souls found a growing likeness. The more they loved God, the more their minds were led by grace into an increasing conformity to what they loved. This assimilation is a natural consequence, even among natural things. He that walketh with wise men will be wise. We naturally imbibe the manners, the sentiments, yea, the very habits, of those with whom we like to associate. How much more must a frequent intercourse and communion with the Lord, and under his spiritual teaching, induce a conformity to the most fair, most lovely, and most beloved object of the soul! “Beholding, (saith the Apostle.) as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Are these things so? Then it is explained to thee, my soul, wherefore it is that thou goest so lean, and art yet so poor in the divine life. Thou dost not, as Enoch did, keep up a continual communion with Jesus. Pause, this evening, over the subject, and see if this be not the case. All the days of thine unregeneracy, before thou wert first brought acquainted with God in Christ, were spent in a total ignorance of God. There was then no communion with him; yea, not even the desire of communion. But when God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, shined into thine heart, then was first given to thee the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ. Recollect, then, what were thy feelings when the day-spring from on high first visited thee. Didst thou not flee to Jesus, as the man-slayer hastening for his life to the city of refuge? Oh! how feelingly wert thou made to value the very name of a Saviour! How earnestly didst thou seek him above thy necessary food! And if thou hast since intermitted those visits to Jesus, and lost a sense of thy daily want of him, can it be a subject of wonder that this leanness of soul is induced in thee? Will not a distance from, and a shyness of, Jesus, produce a poverty in spiritual things, as much as the want of food to the body will bring on a leanness and a decline in bodily things? Learn, then, this evening, an unanswerable reply to all thy complaints, and the complaints of the Church at large. Wherefore is it that believers live so much below their privileges, but because they live so much below the enjoyment of sweet communion with Jesus? If worldly concerns swallow up our time, as the earth did Korah and his company; if we are satisfied with a mere form of prayer in our morning and evening retirement, and in our family worship before God, while destitute of the power of godliness; if we are still but little acquainted with the Lord, and seldom go to court to behold the king in his beauty, and to be favoured with his smiles; it is no longer a matter of surprise, that, from keeping so poor a house, we are so poor in enjoyment. Oh! for grace to walk with God, as Enoch walked! Make me, thou dear Lord, jealous above all things of my own heart. Let every morning, with the first dawn of day, call me up to holy communion with thee. And let every night toll the bell of reflection, to examine what visits I have had from thee, and what visits I have made to thee; and let nothing satisfy my soul but the continual walk of faith with thee; that from an increasing knowledge of thee, increasing communion with thee, and increasing confidence in thee, my soul may be growing up into such lively actings of grace upon thy person, blood, and righteousness, that a daily walk of communion with my Lord may be gradually preparing my soul for the everlasting enjoyment of him; and when death comes, though it make a change of place, yet will it make no change of company; but “awaking up after thy likeness, I shall be fully satisfied with it.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 15–16). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

January 13 Streams in the Desert

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37.)

THIS is more than victory. This is a triumph so complete that we have not only escaped defeat and destruction, but we have destroyed our enemies and won a spoil so rich and valuable that we can thank God that the battle ever came. How can we be “more than conquerors”? We can get out of the conflict a spiritual discipline that will greatly strengthen our faith and establish our spiritual character. Temptation is necessary to settle and confirm us in the spiritual life. It is like the fire which burns in the colors of mineral painting, or like winds that cause the mighty cedars of the mountain to strike more deeply into the soil. Our spiritual conflicts are among our choicest blessings, and our great adversary is used to train us for his ultimate defeat. The ancient Phrygians had a legend that every time they conquered an enemy the victor absorbed the physical strength of his victim and added so much more to his own strength and valor. So temptation victoriously met doubles our spiritual strength and equipment. It is possible thus not only to defeat our enemy, but to capture him and make him fight in our ranks. The prophet Isaiah speaks of flying on the shoulders of the Philistines (Isa. 11:14). These Philistines were their deadly foes, but the figure suggested that they would be enabled not only to conquer the Philistines, but to use them to carry the victors on their shoulders for further triumphs. Just as the wise sailor can \use a head wind to carry him forward by tacking and taking advantage of its impelling force; so it is possible for us in our spiritual life through the victorious grace of God to turn to account the things that seem most unfriendly and unfavorable, and to be able to say continually, “The things that were against me have happened to the furtherance of the Gospel.”—Life More Abundantly.

A noted scientist observing that “early voyagers fancied that the coral-building animals instinctively built up the great circles of the Atoll Islands to afford themselves protection in the inner parts” has disproved this fancy by showing that the insect builders can only live and thrive fronting the open ocean, and in the highly aerated foam of its resistless billows. So it has been commonly thought that protected ease is the most favorable condition of life, whereas all the noblest and strongest lives prove on the contrary that the endurance of hardship is the making of the men, and the factor that distinguishes between existence and vigorous vitality. Hardship makes character.—Selected.

Now thanks be unto God Who always leads us forth to triumph with the Anointed One, and Who diffuses by us the fragrance of the knowledge of Him in every place.” (2 Cor. 2:14, literal translation.)[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 14–15). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

January 13th The D. L. Moody Year Book

The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.—Luke 19:10.

TO me this is one of the sweetest verses in the whole Bible. In this one short sentence we are told what Christ came into this world for. He came for a purpose, He came to do a work. He came not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.[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. 15). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

97% of CFOs Believe A Recession Is Coming In 2020, Survey | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Ninety-seven percent of CFOs (corporate financial officers) surveyed in a new poll believe that the United States will be in recession by the end of 2020.

Eighty-eight percent of CFOs represented in the survey work at companies generating greater than $1 billion in annual revenue.

Corporate financial officers are forecasting an impending economic downturn, according to a new survey of around 150 chief financial officers conducted by the consulting firm Deloitte. In its CFO Signals report covering the last quarter of 2019, Deloitte found that 97 percent of CFOs queried believe either an economic slowdown or recession will occur before the end of 2020. This is up from 88 percent one year ago. –Newsweek

According to a report by Newsweek, by the end of 2018, many CFOs surveyed “began to cite external factors” such as trade policy “over internal factors as the dominant constraint on their companies’ performance,” the report noted. And increasing concerns about a reversal of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history come amid related anxieties about Trump administration policies that may be hampering growth.

The external risk most frequently cited by CFOs in the survey was a combination of trade policy and tariffs.

The second-most cited external risk is political turmoil and general instability. Companies are also growing increasingly worried about upcoming election. While the impact of the 2020 election was only cited by a relative handful of respondents, its placement on the chart has moved substantially upward since the third quarter of 2019. –Newsweek

The CFOs surveyed expect very low interest rates and 10-year bond yields. They again expect a strong U.S. dollar as well in the upcoming year. At the same time, consumer and business spending expectations have fallen; CFOs are less likely to expect higher industry revenue and prices, according to the press release at PRNewsWire. 

Expectations for a U.S. economic downturn have risen since earlier this year, with 97% of CFOs saying that a downturn in the economy (a slowdown or a recession) has already begun or will occur by the end of 2020.  That’s up quite a bit from the 88% reported in 1Q19. Overall, 12% of CFOs say they believe a downturn has already commenced, and 14% say they already see signs of a downturn in their company’s operations.

“Compared to early 2019, companies appear to be taking more defensive actions related to downturn expectations — particularly around reducing spending and limiting or reducing headcount. While CFOs expect some form of U.S. downturn by the end of 2020, the good news is that expectations of a full-blown recession have fallen sharply since 1Q19.”  – Sanford Cockrell III, national managing partner of the U.S. Chief Financial Officer Program, Deloitte LLP

Perhaps this explains why one of the market’s most important pillars of support – buybacks – have suddenly collapsed?

Source: 97% of CFOs Believe A Recession Is Coming In 2020, Survey

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Did Jesus Really Claim to Be God? — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

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Sometimes you’ll hear Muslim apologists and other skeptics of Christianity ask, “Where does Jesus say, ‘I am God, worship me’”?  You won’t find Jesus using those words anywhere in the New Testament documents.  Instead, we read Jesus kept calling Himself “The Son of Man.”  On the face of it, that sounds more human than divine.  Is that right?  Did Jesus really claim to be God in words and actions other than “I am God, worship me”?   And if He did claim to be God, why wasn’t He more overt about it?  Why not just come out and say it plainly?

Frank invites Crossexamined.org board member, and budding apologist, Ryan Crews to the show to answer those questions and more.  Join them for a fascinating discussion about the self-identity of Jesus, and how to answer objections to the divinity of Jesus.

via Did Jesus Really Claim to Be God? — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

January 13, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

25 Jesus solemnly declared that this would be his last festal meal with his disciples till the dawn of the messianic kingdom. “The fruit of the vine” is a liturgical formula for wine used at the feast. The drinking of the cup at the Supper anticipates the perfected fellowship of the messianic age. In the OT and Judaism, God’s ultimate salvation is sometimes portrayed as a great feast—the “messianic banquet” (Isa 25:6–8; 65:13–14; 1 En. 72:14; cf. Lk 13:29; 22:29–30; Mt 8:11; see TDNT 4:1103). The vow of Jesus consecrated him for his sacrificial death, but it also held out the promise of victory and salvation. He will drink the festal cup anew, i.e., with a new redeemed community in the kingdom of God (cf. Lk 14:15; Rev 3:20–21; 19:6–9).[1]


25 Jesus’ words of promise were confirmed with a solemn oath that he would not share the festal cup until the meal was resumed and completed in the consummation. The sober reference “no more” indicates that this is Jesus’ final meal and lends to the situation the character of a farewell. The purpose of his vow of abstinence was to declare that his decision to submit to the will of God in vicarious suffering was irrevocable. Forswearing feasting and wine, Jesus dedicated himself with a resolute will to accept the bitter cup of wrath offered to him by the Father. Yet there is here a clear anticipation of the messianic banquet when the Passover fellowship with his followers will be renewed in the Kingdom of God.59 Then Jesus will drink the wine “new,” where in this context newness is the mark of the redeemed world and the time of ultimate redemption. The reference to “that day” envisions the parousia and the triumph of the Son of Man (see above on Ch. 13:24–27, 32; cf. 1 Cor. 11:26). Thus in the context of reflecting upon his violent death on behalf of the many, and just prior to the impending events of the passion, Jesus clearly affirmed his vindication and the establishment of an uninterrupted fellowship between the redeemed community and its Redeemer through the experience of messianic salvation.

The cup from which Jesus abstained was the fourth, which ordinarily concluded the Passover fellowship. The significance of this can be appreciated from the fact that the four cups of wine were interpreted in terms of the four-fold promise of redemption set forth in Exod. 6:6–7: “I will bring you out … I will rid you of their bondage … I will redeem you … I will take you for my people and I will be your God” (TJ Pesachim X. 37b). Jesus had used the third cup, associated with the promise of redemption, to refer to his atoning death on behalf of the elect community. The cup which he refused was the cup of consummation, associated with the promise that God will take his people to be with him. This is the cup which Jesus will drink with his own in the messianic banquet which inaugurates the saving age to come. The cup of redemption (verse 24), strengthened by the vow of abstinence (verse 25), constitutes the solemn pledge that the fourth cup will be extended and the unfinished meal completed in the consummation, when Messiah eats with redeemed sinners in the Kingdom of God (cf. Lk. 14:15; Rev. 3:20f.; 19:6–9).[2]


25. Jesus concluded the inaugural celebration of the Lord’s Supper with a promise to His disciples, Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” The fruit of the vine was a Jewish colloquialism that referred to wine; in this context, it specifically referred to the diluted red wine of the Passover meal. Earlier that same evening, Jesus had also told them, “I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (Luke 22:16). Those words assured the disciples that He would return (cf. John 14:3), and that He would one day celebrate the Passover with them again in His millennial kingdom (cf. Ezek. 45:18–25). Until His return, believers are to continue to celebrate the memorial meal of His table (cf. 1 Cor. 11:23–24). Thus, the regular celebration of Communion not only looks back to Christ’s death but also looks forward with eager anticipation to His coming. The previous evening, Jesus had instructed His disciples about His return and the end of the age (cf. Mark 13:24–27). Now, on the night before His death, He reassured them that the cross did not represent the end of the story.[3]


14:25 / I tell you the truth: This is the same solemn formula used elsewhere on Jesus’ lips with the force of an oath. See the note on 3:28.

I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until …: “The fruit of the vine” is a Semitic expression meaning “wine.” Jesus is taking a vow of abstinence, promising that he will not share in another festal cup until he has done the will of God and participates with his disciples in the joy of the consummated kingdom of God. In the translation until that day when I drink it anew, the word anew refers to the joyous situation of the fully realized kingdom of God of the future.[4]


14:25 I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine. As an amēn saying (cf. 3:28; 14:9, 18), Jesus’s words here give special emphasis to this fourth cup (see on v. 23), which concluded the meal. The vow of abstinence resembles a Nazirite vow (Num. 6:1–21, a vow of dedication to Yahweh). Jesus is also saying that he will never again drink wine on this earth, showing his “resolute will” to accept his Father’s will: his vicarious death was “irrevocable.”5

drink it new in the kingdom of God. This fourth cup was the cup of consummation, and the point is that God’s plan will not be finished until Christ returns and “the kingdom of my Father” has arrived in fullness. The “drink it new” anticipates the messianic banquet in Revelation 19:6–8 (cf. Isa. 25:6–9; 1 En. 62:13–16; 2 Bar. 29:5–8). This refers both to the “new wine” of the “new kingdom” and, adverbially, to Jesus drinking it “anew” at the end of the age.7 Our own eucharistic celebration likewise looks ahead to this eschatological banquet.[5]


25. I solemnly declare to you that from now on I will certainly not drink from this fruit of the vine until that day when I am drinking710 it new in the kingdom of God. Note the solemn introduction, for which see on 3:28. Jesus knew that he was about to depart from his disciples. In fact, he was going to lay down his life the very next day; or, according to Jewish time reckoning, that very day (Friday).

By speaking of “the fruit of the vine” Jesus undoubtedly refers to wine. Note close relation between “vine” and “wine” in Isa. 24:7. See also Num. 6:4; Hab. 3:17. At this time of the year (April), and under conditions then prevailing in Judea, it is hard to think of anything but fermented grape juice, that is, wine, the kind of wine used at Passover; hence, diluted or paschal wine.

Note the expression “(I will certainly not drink from this fruit of the vine) until that day when I am drinking it new in the kingdom of God.” For “the kingdom of God” see on 1:15. It is the kingdom in its eschatological sense that is meant here, the glorious realm of the redeemed, to which their souls ascend at death (Ps. 73:24, 25; Acts 7:56, 59; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:21, 23; Heb. 12:23; Rev. 20:4, 5b, 6). At the close of the present age it will be transformed into the new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:1 ff.). There believers, body and soul then gloriously reunited, will feast forever in the company of their Lord, to praise him forevermore. Then both passover and eucharist will reach their fruition.

We see, therefore, that communion not only points back to what Jesus Christ has done for us but also forward to what he is still going to mean for us. “Drinking new wine in the kingdom of God” (or “in my Father’s kingdom,” Matt. 26:29) is a symbol of the glorious reunion and never-ending festivities awaiting the children of God, in fellowship with their Savior—note: “when I am drinking it new”—in the hereafter. Cf. Ps. 23:5; Isa. 25:6; Matt. 8:11; 22:1 ff.; Luke 14:15; Rev. 3:20; 19:9, 17. Then, too, it is he, the Victorious Lamb, who will be the Host; and his faithful ones the guests, feasting with him![6]


[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. 947). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Lane, W. L. (1974). The Gospel of Mark (pp. 508–509). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] MacArthur, J. (2015). Mark 9–16 (p. 291). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] Hurtado, L. W. (2011). Mark (p. 240). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Osborne, G. R. (2014). Mark. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 264). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Mark (Vol. 10, pp. 575–576). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Mitch McConnell Sends Pelosi Shirt Reading ‘I Impeached The President And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt’ — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Mitch McConnell felt bad for Nancy Pelosi after watching her get forced to impeach the president by the radical wing of her party, then impeach him and sit on the articles of impeachment for weeks. So, he decided to cheer her up a bit.

McConnell had his staffers deliver Pelosi a shirt reading “I Impeached The President And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.” Pelosi did not seem to understand the nice gift, pointing her finger sternly and lecturing the McConnell staffer: “Don’t mess with me.” Though her dentures fell out before she could finish her rant, sadly.

“It’s the least I could do,” McConnell said, a grin slowly spreading across his face. “I feel bad for the poor girl — so much work on impeachment for nothing. Everyone needs a little consolation prize, a little affirmation. A participation trophy, you might say.”

As an offended Pelosi held a press conference condemning the shirt as a “slap in the face,” Mitch McConnell hurriedly confirmed hundreds more conservative judges.

via Mitch McConnell Sends Pelosi Shirt Reading ‘I Impeached The President And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt’ — The Babylon Bee

UkraineGate documentary shows Joe Biden’s ‘someone solid’ for Ukrainian General Prosecutor was anything but | RT World News

Former US vice-president and White House hopeful Joe Biden “brazenly lied” about supporting anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine while actually hindering them, according to a new hard-hitting documentary film.

US President Donald Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives based on the narrative that he interfered in Ukrainian domestic affairs for personal political gain – but it was Biden himself who interfered while he was Barack Obama’s deputy, according to ‘UkraineGate: Inconvenient Facts.’

The documentary was produced by French investigative journalist Olivier Berruyer, founder of popular anti-corruption and economics blog Les Crises.

Biden publicly boasted about using US and international aid as leverage in 2015 to get prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired and replaced by Yuriy Lutsenko, who was an interior minister in 2005-2006 but was later convicted by a Ukrainian court for corruption. After the 2014 Euromaidan coup the sentence was quashed.

Those interviewed in Berruyer’s film describe Lutsenko as a “crook” who was “abusing his office,” a man who “does not have any moral values and principles,” and who had done “nothing” to fight corruption while in his post.

“Our investigation and its many powerful testimonies prove that Joe Biden lied brazenly and misled many people” when he claimed Shokin’s replacement was “someone solid,” says Berruyer.

Source: UkraineGate documentary shows Joe Biden’s ‘someone solid’ for Ukrainian General Prosecutor was anything but

IG Report Bombshell: Did The FBI And DOJ Ask Putin’s Buddy To Help Get Trump? — Christian Research Network

DOJ official Bruce Ohr called a meeting of several federal agencies to discuss ‘working with’ a Russian oligarch because of his belief, premised on the unverified Steele dossier, that Trump was corrupt

(Margo Cleveland – The Federalist)  A previously unnoticed passage in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on federal surveillance abuse suggests Bruce Ohr and his compatriots were willing to bargain with a Russian oligarch to take down Donald Trump.

Two-hundred-plus pages into the IG report, while discussing former Associate Deputy Attorney General Ohr’s continued contacts with Crossfire Hurricane dossier author Christopher Steele, Horowitz revealed a significant detail that to date has been overlooked: “On December 7, 2016, Ohr conveyed an interagency meeting (including representatives from the FBI) regarding strategy in dealing with Russian Oligarch 1.”

The IG report added that after the meeting “one of Ohr’s junior Department colleagues who attended the meeting” asked “Ohr about why the U.S. government would support trying to work with Russian Oligarch 1”—the moniker used in the IG report to refer to one of Vladimir Putin’s closest confidants, the aluminum oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Ohr’s reported response is shocking: “Ohr told her that Steele provided information that the Trump campaign had been corrupted by the Russians,” and that the corruption went all the way to president-elect Trump. Ohr’s junior colleague told the IG that Ohr explained “this information was ‘the basis for the [Deripaska] discussion” in the interagency meeting they had just left.  View article →

via IG Report Bombshell: Did The FBI And DOJ Ask Putin’s Buddy To Help Get Trump? — Christian Research Network