Daily Archives: January 14, 2020

January—14 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

A certain beggar, named Lazarus.—Luke 16:20.

What an affecting representation hath the Holy Ghost here made of a poor, but gracious man! He was not only poor in the mere wants of life, but exposed in person to great misery; full of bruises, sores, and griefs. His lot was not to be taken into the house of the rich man, but to lie at his gate. He had the sorrow to behold every day some pampered at the tables of the great, caressed and entertained; but for himself, the crumbs which fell from their over-abundance appear to have been denied him. At length his sorrows are ended, and death removes him to the upper world. The rich man also died, and was buried; in hell he lifteth up his eyes, being in torments, and beholdeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. My soul! this is no parable, but a reality; and, in the general view of it, may serve to teach how very widely we err in our estimate of men and things. Who that looked on, but would have concluded that Lazarus was the most miserable of creatures? And who but would have thought the rich man to have been the most happy? Yet it was the aggravation of even hell itself, in the torments of the damned, to behold the felicity of the righteous. Jesus himself hath so marked it: “There shall be weeping, and gnashing of teeth, (saith Christ,) when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and ye yourselves thrust out.” Luke 13:28. But were these the principal points our Lord had in view in this representation? I think not.—My soul! turn the whole over again in solemn consideration, this evening, and see whether, in this certain beggar, there are not to be discovered features of thy Lord? Though he was rich, yet we know for our sakes he became poor, that we through his poverty might be made rich. Though he was in the form of God, and with him it was no robbery to be equal with God, yet he made himself of no reputation, and not merely humbled himself to the condition of a poor man, and one that had not where to lay his head, but he humbled himself to the cursed death of the cross. Was Lazarus poor, full of sores and maladies? And was not Jesus “the man of sorrows and acquainted with grief?” Who, like the Son of God, was ever so wounded? Of whom but Jesus could it ever be said, the Father of mercies, and God of all grace, was pleased, to bruise him and put him to grief? Did the beggar lay unregarded at the gate? And who can overlook the neglect and scorn, the cruelty and ill-usage exercised upon the person of Jesus, when he lay at the door of the rich scribes and pharisees, when arraigned at the bar of Pilate, and when nailed to the cross? Precious Lord Jesus! thy death closed thy sufferings, and angels attended thy triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven! Oh! the blessedness of beholding thee at the right hand of the majesty on high! Oh! the hell upon earth in refusing to hear Moses and the prophets in their predictions concerning thee! And what a tremendous close will it be—the everlasting torments in the hell to come, when thou shalt come, with ten thousand of thy saints, 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. Then, blessed Lord! every eye shall see thee, and they also which pierced thee; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of thee. Even so! Amen![1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 17–18). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Something Else — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.” Mark 2:3-4

The paralyzed man had four great friends who were willing to not only carry him but, with tenacity and great effort, make a way for him to meet Jesus. Did the paralyzed man ask them to do all of this? Mark doesn’t tell us. But the next verse says that when Jesus saw the faith of his friends, he told the paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven.

Wait. What? Jesus didn’t say, “Take up your mat and walk” first, which is what everyone probably expected, including the four friends. Jesus saw that something else needed to be healed first — the man’s soul. Then he healed his legs. Both acts astonished even the skeptics in the crowd. But only the latter miracle was visible.

What does this story tell us? Sometimes it takes more than one person to free someone from a life of darkness and sin. Our prayers carry people to the feet of Jesus. However, we must be willing to allow Jesus to heal in the way he deems best. That may mean taking care of something we haven’t detected in our friend or family member. Until it is removed, the person is unable to move on and accept Jesus as Savior. They are paralyzed.

Don’t ever give up on the people for whom you are praying. The Holy Spirit will help you find creative ways to bring them to Jesus. But then, you have to let the Savior do what he needs to do and trust his timing.

Lord, I often cannot see you moving in someone else’s life or see them moving towards a life with you. Keep my faith and trust strong, because you came to earth and died so that everyone might believe in you and thus be saved. Help me to see new ways to help that person see you face to face, and also to realize it is not my job alone, but may take several others, and you, Lord, acting as well. Amen.

By Julie Cosgrove
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January 14 Streams in the Desert

He putteth forth his own sheep.” (John 10:4.)

OH, this is bitter work for Him and us—bitter for us to go, but equally bitter for Him to cause us pain; yet it must be done. It would not be conducive to our true welfare to stay always in one happy and comfortable lot. He therefore puts us forth. The fold is deserted, that the sheep may wander over the bracing mountain slope. The laborers must be thrust out into the harvest, else the golden grain would spoil.

Take heart! it could not be better to stay when He determines otherwise; and if the loving hand of our Lord puts us forth, it must be well. On, in His name, to green pastures and still waters and mountain heights! He goeth before thee. Whatever awaits us is encountered first by Him. Faith’s eye can always discern His majestic presence in front; and when that cannot be seen, it is dangerous to move forward. Bind this comfort to your heart, that the Savior has tried for Himself all the experiences through which He asks you to pass; and He would not ask you to pass through them unless He was sure that they were not too difficult for your feet, or too trying for your strength.

This is the Blessed Life—not anxious to see far in front, nor careful about the next step, not eager to choose the path, nor weighted with the heavy responsibilities of the future, but quietly following behind the Shepherd, one step at a time.

Dark is the sky! and veiled the unknown morrow!

Dark is life’s way, for night is not yet o’er;

The longed-for glimpse I may not meanwhile borrow;

But, this I know, HE GOETH ON BEFORE.

Dangers are nigh! and fears my mind are shaking;

Heart seems to dread what life may hold in store;

But I am His—He knows the way I’m taking,

More blessed still—HE GOETH ON BEFORE.

Doubts cast their weird, unwelcome shadows o’er me,

Doubts that life’s best—life’s choicest things are o’er;

What but His Word can strengthen, can restore me,

And this blest fact; that still HE GOES BEFORE.

HE GOES BEFORE! Be this my consolation!

He goes before! On this my heart would dwell!

He goes before! This guarantees salvation!

HE GOES BEFORE! And therefore all is well.

J. Danson Smith.

The Oriental shepherd was always ahead of his sheep. He was down in front. Any attack upon them had to take him into account. Now God is down in front. He is in the tomorrows. It is tomorrow that fills men with dread. God is there already. All the tomorrows of our life have to pass Him before they can get to us.—F. B. M.

“God is in every tomorrow,

Therefore I live for today,

Certain of finding at sunrise,

Guidance and strength for the way;

Power for each moment of weakness,

Hope for each moment of pain,

Comfort for every sorrow,

Sunshine and joy after rain.”[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 15–16). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Solving Problems Through Prayer — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Read: 2 Chronicles 20:1-32 (see the bottom)


Problems are an inevitable part of life whether a person is saved or not.

The difference is that once a man or woman becomes a believer, the Father strengthens His child to face every difficulty.

Our omniscient and omnipotent God is greater than any problem. He knows our future circumstances and equips our heart and mind to withstand the coming trial. The moment we encounter a problem, we can turn to His omnipotence. He promised to meet believers’ needs and, therefore, is under His own divine obligation to give guidance and direction. Our first response should always be to call out “Father!” and pray. Immediately, two things take place: The problem’s growth is stunted, and God’s child is reminded of the unique position given those who trust in the sovereign Lord.

God always provides when we face problems. However, that doesn’t mean we should be sitting back and waiting for Him to work out the details. His provision may require an act of faith from us in order to reach a resolution. Experience and Scripture tell us that His solutions are always best, but human strength may falter when we hear what He asks of us in response to our prayers. Thankfully, He also offers the courage to act at the right moment.

Long before a crisis arises or a solution is needed, a wise believer will be seeking God in prayer. In trouble-free times, we can build a foundation of trust and communion with Him that can withstand any hardship. Problems are unavoidable, but as we seek our Father in prayer, He is faithful to deal with our difficulties.

By Dr. Charles Stanley
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2 Chronicles 20:1-32

Jehoshaphat Defeats Moab and Ammon

1 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. 
2 Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). 
3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 
4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. 
5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard 
6 and said: “LORD, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 
7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 
8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 
9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ 
10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 
11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 
12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 
13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD. 
14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. 
15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 
16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 
17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’ ” 
18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD. 
19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice. 
20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 
21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” 
22 As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 
23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 
24 When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. 
25 So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it. 
26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the LORD. This is why it is called the Valley of Berakah to this day. 
27 Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the LORD had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies. 
28 They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the LORD with harps and lyres and trumpets. 
29 The fear of God came on all the surrounding kingdoms when they heard how the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. 
30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.

The End of Jehoshaphat’s Reign

31 So Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His mother’s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. 
32 He followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD.

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January 14th The D. L. Moody Year Book

And one cried unto another, and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.—Isaiah 6:3.

WHEN we see the holiness of God, we shall adore and magnify Him. Moses learned this lesson. God told him to take his shoes from off his feet, for the place whereon he stood was holy ground. When we hear men trying to make out that they are holy, and speaking about their holiness, they make light of the holiness of God. It is His holiness that we need to think and speak about; when we do that, we shall be prostrate in the dust.[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. 16). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

3 Warnings for Preachers from E.M. Bounds | ChuckLawless.com

E.M. Bounds wrote about prayer and the church more than a century ago, but these warnings from The Weapon Prayer are still relevant for preachers today:

  • Sacred work,–Church activities–may so engage and absorb us as to hinder praying, and when this is the case, evil results always follow. It is better to let the work go by default than to let the praying go by neglect. . . . How easy to neglect prayer or abbreviate our praying simply by the plea that we have Church work on our hands. Satan has effectively disarmed us when he can keep us too busy doing things to stop and pray.”[1]
  • Praying preachers have always brought the greater glory to God, have moved His Gospel onward with its greatest, speediest rate and power. A non-praying preacher and a non-praying Church may flourish outwardly and advance in many aspects of their life. Both preacher and church may become synonyms for success, but unless it rest on a praying basis all success will eventually crumble into deadened life and ultimate decay.”[2]
  • Preachers of the present age excel those of the past in many, possibly in all, human elements of success. They are well abreast of the age in learning, research, and intellectual vigour. But these things neither insure ‘power from on high’ nor guarantee a live, thriving religious experience, or righteous life. . . . Herein lies the great danger menacing the pulpit of today. All around us we see a tendency to substitute human gifts and worldly attainments for that supernatural, inward power which comes from on high in answer to earnest prayer.”[3]

Preacher, what is the condition of your prayer life today?

__________________

[1] E. M. Bounds, The Weapon of Prayer (p. 3). Kindle Edition.

[2] Ibid., 54.

[3] Ibid., 58.

Source: 3 Warnings for Preachers from E.M. Bounds

What’s in phase one of the US-China trade deal? | RT – Daily news

Washington and Beijing are set to finalize the first part of their trade agreement on Tuesday, paving the way for a comprehensive accord that may end the long-running trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

Since the two sides reached the trade breakthrough in December, they have been further reviewing and translating the document. On Sunday, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin announced that Beijing’s commitments had not changed during the translation and said the official text is set to be available on the day of the signing.

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It was announced earlier that China has agreed to boost purchases of American products to the total of US$200 billion over the next two years. The increases in imports will span four industries, according to sources cited by South China Morning Post and Politico.

Manufactured goods are expected to see the highest increase, with China reportedly pledging to buy $75 billion worth of the products. The purchases could include autos, auto parts, aircraft, agricultural machinery, medical devices and semiconductors, Reuters said, putting the figure even higher at $80 billion.

Additionally, Beijing will purchase $50 billion worth of energy, $40 billion in agriculture and between $35 and $40 billion in services, according to the reports.

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The accord also covers such areas as intellectual property protection, technology transfer, currency, and market access to key sectors in the Chinese economy.

For its part, China has been very cautious with public comments on the matter and is yet to confirm its purchase commitments. Last week, Beijing said that it was not going to increase its annual import quotas for corn, wheat, or rice, raising some concerns that it would therefore be difficult to fulfil its pledges on farm goods.

Source: What’s in phase one of the US-China trade deal?

Franklin Graham: Dems Hate Trump Because He Hasn’t ‘Bowed Down’ to Them

The Rev. Franklin Graham said Monday that there has never before been such hatred as that of Democrats and liberal media for President Donald Trump.

Source: Franklin Graham: Dems Hate Trump Because He Hasn’t ‘Bowed Down’ to Them

ICYMI: Meghan living the dream, marry a prince, quit the job, but keep the cash! | RT – Daily news

Meghan Markle has shown every little girl how to live the dream: Find your prince, marry him, quit the job after a few years, keep the cash, and sign for Disney.

Prince Harry and Meghan are giving the traditional fairytale a modern twist. The palaces, the parades, and the press got a little too much for them so they’re moving to Canada to live the quiet life, and will only cash in on the royal connections a tiny bit.

ICYMI’s Polly Boiko has been inspired.

Source: ICYMI: Meghan living the dream, marry a prince, quit the job, but keep the cash!

Max Lucado’s Endorsement of Jen Hatmaker: What it Means and Why it Matters — Christian Research Network

[Paul’s] comments on unity were actually followed by specific instructions for Christians to reject their old way of life and to pursue holiness and Christlike compassion. Paul warns the readers to avoid even a hint of sexual immorality or greed. He advises them not to partner with anyone who is openly disobedient to Christ but instead to live as children of the light. So, according to Paul, Christian unity can only exist within the framework of God’s holiness.*

(Alisa Childers) In the past couple of years, Jen Hatmaker has received quite a bit of attention, not only as a New York Times best-selling author and social media sensation, but also as one of the most high-profile Christians to affirm same-sex marriage. This ignited a controversy that lit up the blogosphere with equal parts disagreement  and praise.

Despite being given the boot by Southern Baptist retailer LifeWay, her following has slowly gained steam, establishing her as a successful podcaster (her podcast, For The Love! is regularly found in the iTunes top 10 list of its category) and a persuasive voice in the progressive Christian movement.

Her shift on same-sex marriage isn’t the only indicator that her beliefs about Christianity have changed. Since its launch in 2017, Hatmaker’s podcast has been a veritable “who’s who” of progressive Christian leaders such as Sarah Bessey, Rachel Held Evans, Pete Enns, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Richard Rohr, Jeff Chu, Mike McHargue (“Science Mike”), Barbara Brown Taylor, Austin Channing Brown, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rachel Hollis, and Glennon Doyle. As I’ve written about previously, progressive Christianity affirms a different gospel.

Hatmaker has ushered in 2020 with a new podcast series called. “For the Love of Faith Icons” in which she will interview “our most beloved faith leaders as we ask our deepest questions and hear where they’ve found peace and strength to endure.” Hatmaker notes that each of these leaders “show us that our faith can expand, evolve, and be inclusive while never losing the heart of the Gospel and our belief in a God who is full of grace and mercy.”

The first leader Hatmaker invited was Evangelical pastor Max Lucado, a best-selling author whose books have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Beloved by young and old alike, there is almost no conservative or evangelical community that hasn’t been impacted by Lucado’s work.

Lucado began the episode by singing Hatmaker’s praises, indicating that he is a fan of her work and saying, “I think so highly of you. You energize me, to listen to your podcast…you make it so easy and delightful, and yet profound at the same time.”  View article →

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via Max Lucado’s Endorsement of Jen Hatmaker: What it Means and Why it Matters — Christian Research Network

Beth Moore and Christine Caine March Around Hospital 7 Times With Anointing Oil — Pulpit & Pen

Beth Moore and Hillsong-affiliated ‘pastor’ Christine Caine (who says Joyce Meyer is her spiritual mother) showed up to the hospital during Priscilla Shier’s surgery and marched around it seven times, like the Hebrews marched around Jericho (the hospital did not crumble down, thankfully). They also prayed throughout the halls with ‘anointing oil.’

Caine is a Word-Faith pastor who believes in little god theology and holds that she has the power to ‘decree and declare’ things into existence by her speech. She and Beth Moore, a favorite preacher in the Southern Baptist Convention who is supported by SBC leaders like JD Greear, cackled through the halls like schoolgirls, declaring healing and performing charismatic charlantry healing stunts.

Beth Moore said, “In the cab on the way to the hospital where our friend is having surgery. Armed and dangerous. And yes we will no doubt march around the hospital 7 times like it’s Jericho.”

She continued, “We may stop short of praise dancing with banners in the waiting room.”

via Beth Moore and Christine Caine March Around Hospital 7 Times With Anointing Oil — Pulpit & Pen

When a president is impeached, what should a Christian do? — Denison Forum

Only three presidents have been impeached, and none of them have been removed from office, so there will be little precedent to guide the Senate when it convenes to consider the case of President Donald Trump.

Impeachment is such a rare occurrence that historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said that the American public needs a “giant civics lesson” about it.

My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan group that calls Christians to “pray, think and vote,” issued a four-page guide to the impeachment process, saying that “Christians must be informed and committed to faithfully praying for our nation during this process (1 Timothy 2:1–2).”

So that we might be better informed Christians, let’s discuss why the Founding Fathers included impeachment in the Constitution, what merits removal from presidential office, the Christian foundation for the impeachment process, and what Christians can do during the impeachment process.

Then we can use our knowledge as the basis for our prayers, remembering that prayer for all of our nation’s leaders is a biblical mandate (1 Timothy 2:2).

What is impeachment?

Our lesson today will begin with the key passage in the Constitution that deals with impeachment and removal from office: The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” 

The use of impeachment as a way to remove corrupt officials from office dates in British history to as early as the fourteenth century. Although treason and bribery are familiar concepts, constitutional lawyers disagree about the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and some think that the Framers of the Constitution intended it to be vague, leaving room for Congress to interpret it.

In Impeachment: An American History,  Dr. Jeffrey A. Engel wrote that the word “high” indicated crimes against the state or its people: “This is … why the absence of virtue – evidenced by a president’s concern for his own welfare above and beyond the public’s, whose fate he is entrusted to preserve – is the best sign we have that the founders would have wanted him impeached.”

That was Engel’s take on a murky phrase as it applies to all presidents facing impeachment. David C. Iglesias, a former US attorney, offered another: “Some legal scholars argue the phrase means felony level offenses constitute a ‘high crime’ whereas a ‘misdemeanor’ would be given its common meaning which is a minor criminal offense in which the maximum length of incarceration does not exceed one year,” he said.

In 1970, Gerald Ford, then the House minority leader, led a failed attempt to impeach Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. At the time, Ford said, “An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”

What merits removal from presidential office? 

For more insight, let’s return to the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787, when fifty-five delegates met at the old Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

Despite the heat, they kept the doors and windows closed to ensure that the proceedings were conducted in secret. But records of the proceedings did survive.

Engel, the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU, said that George Washington was the delegates’ ideal when they created the presidency.

“Many in the room had personally seen him stumble, lose his temper, or choose the wrong course,” Engel wrote in Impeachment. “Yet none had ever seen him put his own needs above the nation’s. Consequently, any future chief executive who demonstrated the opposite – placing personal aggrandizement or malfeasance above their sense of duty to the people at large, perhaps even damaging the republic’s future in the process – would be so unlike the president they envisioned as to warrant removal and dishonor. When considering what the Constitution’s authors thought about which acts or defects might warrant a president’s impeachment, therefore, one shorthand explanation can be found in asking what would George Washington not have done?”

Why impeachment was included in the Constitution

Although the delegates feared that future presidents would fall short of Washington’s high principles, accounts of the convention show that impeachment was the subject of some debate.

Gouverneur Morris of Pennsylvania at first opposed impeachment because of the principle of separation of powers, saying that if a president committed a crime, he could be removed from office by not being reelected.

George Mason of Virginia disagreed. “Shall any man be above justice?” he asked. “Above all, shall that man be above it who can commit the most extensive injustice?”

Benjamin Franklin preferred impeachment and removal from office to the alternative for corrupt officials. He asked, “What was the practice before this in cases where the chief Magistrate rendered himself obnoxious?” Then he answered himself: our “recourse was . . . assassination.”

The delegates ultimately voted to include impeachment in the Constitution as a legislative check on the powers of the executive and judiciary, part of our system of checks and balances. Pennsylvania’s Morris changed his mind. “The people are the king,” he explained, not the president.

The Christian foundation for impeachment

Dr. Peter Lillback, president of the Providence Forum and an expert on our Judeo-Christian heritage, said in a recent interview that Christian principles influenced the decision. Most of the Framers were Protestants, and all of them would have been aware of the potential for those in power to descend into what Lillback calls “political depravity.”

Iglesias, Director of the Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics, pointed out that the delegates were biblically literate.

“The Founders would have read the account of King David’s commission of murder and adultery as described in 2 Samuel 12:1–15,” he said. “King David was subject to God’s law, and the Prophet Nathan confronted him about his sins. Indeed, Nathan saying to David, ‘You are the man’ is one of the most dramatic confrontations of power in the Bible. Nathan did not bow to David’s power or give him a pass because he was the King, rather, he held David to the same standard that would have been used for non-royal Israelites. I view this as a check on the power of the King in much the same way as Congress can check the power of the President.”

What can Christians do when a president is impeached?

Although Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached, they were not removed from office, and the Senate is unlikely to convict Trump because of its Republican majority.

But Christians can do a few basic things to be good citizens at this historic time for our country:

Pray. This is the best way to influence the proceedings on a daily basis.

Read the Constitution, particularly these relevant passages:

Contact your senators. You can be sure they are tracking what their constituents think.

Have an open mind, or at least be willing to change your mind. “The fate of the country may well hang, the fate of the Republican system may well hang, on the people who are willing to admit that their minds have been changed,” historian Jon Meacham said.

Balance truth with love: Be civil to others with opposing views and vote your conscience in the fall.

Remember, we are “one nation under God.”

 

via When a president is impeached, what should a Christian do? — Denison Forum

America Hates Hollywood: Poll Finds Tinseltown Less Trustworthy Than Government, Wall Street (And Trump) — The Gateway Pundit

People really hate Hollywood.

Although actors and actresses garner endless media coverage — and spend a lot of time telling all of us how they feel about President Trump — Americans don’t trust them.

According to a new poll released Tuesday by Morning Consult, just 4% of Americans trust Hollywood. That’s lower than the number that trust Wall Street (5%) and the U.S. government (7%).

The news media comes in at a dismal 8%.

The nationwide survey found that the most trusted brands in America are: the United States Postal Service; Amazon, Google, PayPal, The Weather Channel, Chick-fil-A, Hershey, UPS, Cheerios, and M&Ms. It is, however, a contest of mediocrity, as no brands were found to be particularly trustworthy, with these 10 brands garnering stamps of approval from just 34-42% of Americans.

But even above those are “your primary doctor” (50%) and the U.S. military (44%).

Americans also believe “extreme weather warnings (36%) and “teachers” (35%).

But Americans do trust two top celebrities. Tom Hanks came in at 34% and Oprah Winfrey at 27%.

Shockingly (at least to the news media), Trump comes in at 20% on trustability.

“Gen Zers are entirely not drinking the Kool-Aid. The survey found them to be distrustful of all things capitalist: corporate America, brands, and companies. They are also conscious of corporate behavior and likely to not purchase from a reliable company that they feel is run unethically,” Fast Company reported. “This is a stark contrast from the nearly two-thirds of baby boomers who trust most companies as their default position; half support reliable companies regardless of ethics.”

Just 15% of Americans believe that religious leaders will do the right thing, though.

Comedian Ricky Gervais nailed exactly how the world feels about Hollywood in his recent appearance on the Golden Globes.

“If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a political platform to make a political speech,” he told the crowd of limousine liberals, always eager to decry climate change as they jet around the world and tan on gas-guzzling super yachts. “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 f*ck off. OK?” Gervais said.

via America Hates Hollywood: Poll Finds Tinseltown Less Trustworthy Than Government, Wall Street (And Trump) — The Gateway Pundit

January 14, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Discriminating Way of God (1:6)

6 The reason for the certainty of the judgment lies in God’s knowledge of the affairs of his creatures. God knows! The knowledge of God involves not only an objective knowledge about the righteous but also a subjective relationship with them, assuring them that he cares for his own, protects them, and will reward them (cf. 31:8; 37:18; 144:3).

The intimate acquaintance with God as an expression of his love and care is expressed by the verb “know” (yādaʿ, GK 3359; NIV, “watches over”; cf. KB, 365). The verb, also used for the intimate relationship of husband and wife (Ge 4:1), marks the love of God for his children. God heard the groaning of the Israelites in Egypt, and he “knew” (Ex 2:25; NIV, “was concerned”). This knowledge about their miserable condition is the beginning of the magnificent story of the exodus, because he demonstrated his love for them by many signs and wonders (cf. Ex 19:4). God’s “knowledge” is a deep commitment to, love for, and care of his own; hence the translation “the Lord watches over” (cf. Ro 8:29–39). As such, it is an expression of his covenantal commitment (see Herbert B. Huffmon, “The Treaty Background of Hebrew Yadaʿ,” BASOR 181 [1966]: 31–37).

The “way of the righteous” is characterized by a love for God and a readiness to live a godly life. But there is a second way—“the way of the wicked” (cf. v. 1). The Lord offers no protection to those who are not reconciled to him; rather, their end is destruction. Jesus warned that those who know him must do God’s will as interpreted by him (Mt 5–7). Those who do not produce fruit will come under the judgment of Jesus’ words: “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Mt 7:23; cf. vv. 15–27).[1]


6. The final verse of the psalm sums up the contrast. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish (v. 6). The way of the righteous is overseen constantly by the Lord, whereas the way of the ungodly has no future. It is going to perish utterly. This is a poetic form of the challenge of Moses to the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 30:11–20. By implication the psalmist echoes Moses’ command: ‘Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’[2]


1:6 / The only mention of a divine action in this psalm is withheld until the last verse: the Lord watches over the way of the righteous. On the surface, the fates of the righteous and the wicked have appeared to be determined by natural law: the former go the way of a tree planted by streams of water, and the latter go the way of chaff. But the process is not automatic. The enigmatic word choice in verse 3 (“planted” and “streams,” noted above), may hint that the mysterious “transplanter” and “irrigator” is revealed now in verse 6. No divine action is explicitly predicated for the way of the wicked; it simply will perish. The implication is that without divine intervention life will degenerate into death; it is only with divine aid that it is possible to sustain life.[3]


6. The Lord knoweth them that are his, saith an Apostle. And as Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life; so in Jesus the Lord approveth of all that are in Him; and not only approveth and accepteth them in Jesus, but while the way of seducers waxeth worse and worse, the way of every poor justified believer in the Lord Jesus is known and approved by him, and all such are accepted in the beloved. 2 Tim. 2:19.[4]


1:6. The parting of the ways

To ‘know’ is more than to be informed (as in 139:1–6): it includes to care about, as in 31:7 (Heb. 8), and to own or identify oneself with (cf. Prov. 3:6). To perish is used in many senses: here for instance of a road or course that comes to nothing or to ruin; elsewhere of hopes or plans frustrated (e.g. 112:10; Prov. 11:7), of creatures that get lost (119:176), and of men and achievements that come to grief (2:11; 9:6). The New Testament brings to light the eternal implications which are already contained in it (e.g. John 3:16).

So the two ways, and there is no third, part for ever.[5]


Ver. 6. The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous.The way of the righteous:

  1. Contrasted pictures of life.
  2. That of the happy man illustrated by the law of attraction and repulsion. See the sentiments, habits, and disposition

(i) of the evil he is led to repel (ver. 1);

(ii) of the good to which he is attracted (ver. 2). Delighting and meditating upon God’s Word.

  1. By the law of vegetable life (ver. 3). The happy life of the good, like a fruit tree, is

(i) one of ceaseless appropriation and transformation,

(ii) of seasonable fruit bearing,

(iii) of prosperity under all circumstances.

  1. With all this the life of the ungodly is contrasted (ver. 4–6):

(i) As shown in the reason of the contrast. The character of the ungodly is self-evolved from their own nature. That of the good, from God.

(ii) In the result of the contrast. The ungodly having no solidity, nothing substantial in themselves, are compared to “chaff,” which is light and empty and easily carried away. And having no foundation, they cannot “stand in the judgment.” And having nothing to support them, must perish while the good shall prosper evermore.

  1. Lessons from these contrasted pictures.—
  2. That true happiness is not the result of chance, but of law—fundamental, immutable, Divine. This law may be thus stated: Every effect must have an adequate cause. An uprooted tree cannot bear fruit; so a soul whose faith and love are torn away from God cannot be happy or prosperous. The specific law of spiritual good is this: Character determines destiny.
  3. That God has so graciously arranged the conditions of happiness or misery that it is dependent upon each one’s personal choice. (D. C. Hughes, A.M.)

The Divine observation:

The question is not whether the righteous is apparently stronger than the ungodly, but what is the relation of the Lord to them both. The final award is not with man but with God. The destiny of the righteous and the ungodly is as distinct as their character. There is no blending of one into the other—the one lives, the other perishes. Consistently throughout the Bible life is always associated with obedience or righteousness, and death with disobedience or unrighteousness. Great value attaches to a consistency of this kind. It has a bearing upon the character of God Himself. It is because He never changes in His own moral quality that He never changes in relation to the actions of men. That “the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous” is the good man’s supreme comfort. Not that the good man challenges the Divine scrutiny in the matter of his actions, but that he is able to invite the Lord to look into the secret purpose of his heart and understand what is the supreme wish of his life. To know that the motive is right is to know that the end must be good. What we have to be supremely anxious about is the main purpose or desire of life; that being right, actions will adjust themselves accordingly, and, notwithstanding innumerable mistakes, the substance of the character shall be good, and a crown of glory shall be granted to the faithful servant. (Joseph Parker, D.D.)

The way of the righteous:

Or is it that the prophet saith not, God knoweth the righteous, but the way of the righteous; perhaps lest men, for doing one or two good deeds in all their life, should claim to be righteous, and for such righteousness claim acquaintance with God; and so indeed God might have acquaintance enough, seeing no man is so wicked but he may sometimes have good thoughts and do good deeds; but this will not serve: it must be a way of righteousness before God will know it. (Sir Richard Barker.)

Resolute righteousness safe:

And here the godly may take his comfort by the way, that it is not their slippings or treading awry, which may be by ignorance, or infirmity, that can make, with God, this shipwreck of perishing; it must be a way of ungodliness, which is not usually made without much walking and exercising, without resolute intentions and endeavours, without set purposes and persistings, that if a man be sure he is free from these, he may then be confident he is safe from perishing. (Ibid.).[6]


For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Or, as the Hebrew hath it yet more fully, “The Lord is knowing the way of the righteous.” He is constantly looking on their way, and though it may be often in mist and darkness, yet the Lord knoweth it. If it be in the clouds and tempest of affliction, he understandeth it. He numbereth the hairs of our head; he will not suffer any evil to befall us. “He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10.) “But the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Not only shall they perish themselves, but their way shall perish too. The righteous carves his name upon the rock, but the wicked writes his remembrance in the sand. The righteous man ploughs the furrows of earth, and sows a harvest here, which shall never be fully reaped till he enters the enjoyments of eternity; but as for the wicked, he ploughs the sea, and though there may seem to be a shining trail behind his keel, yet the waves shall pass over it, and the place that knew him shall know him no more for ever. The very “way” of the ungodly shall perish. If it exist in remembrance, it shall be in the remembrance of the bad; for the Lord will cause the name of the wicked to rot, to become a stench in the nostrils of the good, and to be only known to the wicked themselves by its putridity.

May the Lord cleanse our hearts and our ways, that we may escape the doom of the ungodly, and enjoy the blessedness of the righteous![7]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, pp. 83–84). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vol. 1–2, p. 100). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[3] Hubbard, R. L. J., & Johnston, R. K. (2012). Foreword. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Psalms (p. 43). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Job–Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 165). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Kidner, D. (1973). Psalms 1–72: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 15, pp. 65–66). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[6] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 28). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

[7] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, p. 3). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

Consuming Christ | A Slice of Infinity

In 2015, Americans spent 608 minutes of every day online. That’s almost 11 hours per day.(1) Of those 11 hours, at least an hour a day is given to online shopping.(2) I wish I could claim immunity from this statistic. I need a particular book, but then I begin to look at other products, like a new camera or a new outfit or piece of jewelry. Before we know it, we’ve spent an entire afternoon shopping for whatever is the latest and greatest product.

While some might feel great about finding the best deal after hours of comparison-shopping, I feel overwhelmed by the loss of several hours of the little bit of time I have in each day for leisure. In addition, I am suspicious that the more I indulge my desire to satisfy my purchasing power the more my identity becomes that of a purchaser. As Annie Leonard notes in The Story of Stuff: “Our primary identity has become that of being consumers—not mothers, teachers, or farmers, but of consumers. We shop and shop and shop.”(3)

How did we become a culture of consumers in the West? What began as a period of unparalleled optimism and prosperity in the United States, in particular, following World War II became a national obsession. Retailing analyst, Victor Lebow, expressed the solution for converting a war-time prosperity into a peace-time economy of growth and abundance: “Our enormously productive economy…demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption…. [W]e need things consumed, burned up, replaced, and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.”(4) In addition, the chairman of President Eisenhower’s council of economic advisors stated: “The American economy’s ultimate purpose is to produce more consumer goods.”(4)

Of course, the ever-accelerating rate of consumption as the main driver for an economy raises many questions. Is growth the only goal, the necessary goal of economies? Should the ultimate goal of the economy be mass consumption? Or can economies foster the creation of better societies regardless of monetary growth? However one answers these questions, it doesn’t take an expert to see the impact of consumerism on human societies. In the West, ours is a throw-away society, where what we currently have today is passé tomorrow. More insidious, of course, is the way in which a consumptive-economy works to make us feel inadequate if we do not have the latest and greatest shoes, clothes, cars, tools, technology, or gadgets.

Sadly, a consumer-driven mentality is not limited to the buying and selling of goods. It becomes a way in which we understand every transaction including how and where we worship. The seemingly casual language about “church shopping” belies the depth of a consumer mindset. It becomes more and more difficult to see the church as the present day representation of Jesus Christ; we are members of this organic body entrusted with mission and witness in the larger society. Instead, consumerism tempts people of faith to view religion and the worship of God as a product to be consumed. The faithful become “shoppers” examining who offers the best product. Following Jesus looks more like a marketing strategy for a better life, marriage, kids, etcetera, and we ‘shop’ until we find the latest and greatest product.

If belonging to a church is judged as a product to be consumed, the church must appeal to the consumer to “buy into” the product. What is sometimes proclaimed as the gospel resembles a self-help seminar. If you “buy into” product Jesus, you’ll find the answer to every need, solace for every discomfort, and escape from our every trial. Indeed, consumerism makes Jesus the ultimate product to provide us with the life we have always wanted: a life of comfort, convenience, and efficiency. As consumerism reduces Jesus to a commodity, there is more and more pressure to “sell” the benefits of following Jesus. The counter-consumer messages of the gospel are harder and harder to hear and often ignored or altered. But what did Jesus say?

Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth.
No one can serve two masters.
If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does life consist of possessions.
Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves….for my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.(5)

Indeed, in response to this last teaching of Jesus, John’s gospel reports that many of the disciples said that this statement was so difficult that they had no idea what to do with it except to walk away from him.

Who can hear the message of the gospel in a world that makes consumer confidence the measure of strength or weakness, success or failure? Who can listen to it when consumerism dictates the desire for a packaged Jesus, not too challenging and certainly comforting, ready and able to meet every need? Indeed, who can listen to the challenging words of Jesus in a world about the business of converting the buying and use of goods into rituals, and seeking our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption? Are we rightly consuming Christ or simply shopping for another product?

Margaret Manning Shull is a member of the speaking and writing team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Bellingham, Michigan.

(1) Jason Karaian, “We Now Spend More Than Eight Hours a Day Consuming Media” June 1, 2015. Accessed 27 July 2016.
(2) Matt Tatham, “For Every Hour Online, Americans Spend 16 minutes on Social Networks,” Experian.com, April 8, 2013. Accessed 26 July 2016.
(3) Anne Leonard, “The Story of Stuff,” www.storyofstuff.com.
(4) Victor Lebow as cited in “Consumer Culture is no Accident” by David Suzuki, Earth Easy.
(5) See Matthew 5:44, 6:19, 24, 7:1; Mark 2:17, 8:34; Luke 12:15; John 6:53-68.

Source: Consuming Christ

New study: which group of voters correctly answered questions about basic facts?

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The non-partisan web site Just Facts has been cited as an authority by IBM, PBS, Vanderbilt University, the Wall Street Journal, etc. In their latest study, they tested conservative and progressive voters to see which group had reality-based views of education, taxes, healthcare, national debt, pollution, government spending, Social Security, global warming, energy, hunger, and poverty.

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for January 14, 2020

January 13, 2020
REV. MARK H. CREECH — After a gunman opened fire in the West Freeway Church of Christ during a worship service last month, the Associated Press noted that 2019 was “one of the worst years in recent history for attacks on religious groups or places of worship.”… (more)


January 13, 2020
SELWYN DUKE — The conventional wisdom regarding Nancy Pelosi’s holding of the impeachment articles is that, as someone put it, she’d pulled the pin on the grenade and then didn’t know what to do. Yet even if she has bumbled into her current predicament, which seems likely, is there now some method to her madness? Has she found a way to turn lemons into at least a thimble of lemonade by using the situation to damage the presidential candidate she doesn’t want to see capture the Democratic nomination – – burgeoning Bernie Sanders – – and help the establishment choice, Joe Biden?… (more)


January 13, 2020
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump’s tweet in Farsi expressing support for Iranians protesting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has already earned over 200,000 likes, making it the “most liked Persian tweet” in the social media giant’s history, according to a leading think tank adviser…. (more)


January 13, 2020
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims he is ready to spend more than $1 billion in an effort to oust President Trump, but money may not be bringing supporters to his campaign…. (more)


January 13, 2020
NEWSBUSTERS — In the first 100 days since House Democrats began their impeachment push on September 24, ABC, CBS and NBC have aggressively aided the effort. A Media Research Center analysis finds the Big Three evening newscasts have battered the President with 93% negative coverage and promoted impeachment at the expense of nearly all other Trump news…. (more)


January 12, 2020
Freedom From Religion Foundation accused the governor of violating ‘the freedom of conscience of citizens in your state’
LIFE SITE NEWS — Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts has received some pushback for his recent proclamation declaring January 22 a statewide day of prayer to end abortion, chiefly from a group notorious for opposing intersections of faith and government…. (more)

January 11, 2020
NEWSMAX — Iran’s clerical rulers risk a legitimacy crisis as popular anger has boiled up at the way the state handled a passenger plane crash, which the military took three days to admit was caused by an Iranian missile fired in error. Video clips on Twitter showed protesters in Tehran on Saturday chanting “Death to the dictator,” a reference to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Reuters could not independently verify the footage. It followed a welter of criticism in Iran…. (more)


January 11, 2020
NATIONAL REVIEW — Iran admitted on Friday that its military had accidentally shot down a civilian passenger jet on Tuesday that belonged to Ukraine International Airlines and that took off from Tehran several hours after Iran attacked U.S. positions in Iraq. All 176 passengers and crew were killed in the crash, most of them Iranian or Canadian citizens…. (more)

January 11, 2020
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — After losing its top strategist, military commander, and arch-terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian theocracy is weighing responses. One, Iran can quiet down and cease military provocations. After attacking tankers off its coast, destroying an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, shooting down a U.S. drone, and being responsible for the killing and wounding of Americans in Iraq, Iran could now keep quiet…. (more)

January 11, 2020
WORLDNETDAILY — Terrorists who sow fear are now living in fear themselves after the precision drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, according to a new report…. (more)

January 11, 2020
WORLDNETDAILY — Sarah Sanders criticized Democrats’ war powers resolution Thursday morning, saying that she “can’t think of anything dumber.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans to vote on a resolution to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to engage in military operations with Iran by forcing him to obtain congressional approval before doing so, Fox News reported…. (more)

January 10, 2020
NATIONAL REVIEW — More than 200 members of Congress signed an amicus brief last week in support of the defendant in June Medical Services LLC. v. Gee, the hotly watched upcoming Supreme Court case. The plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of a Louisiana state law that requires abortionists to hold admission privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. In their brief, the amici asked the Court to craft a ruling that reaches beyond the merits of the case by clarifying the “undue burden” standard laid out in Hellerstedt and “tak[ing] up the issue of whether Roe [v. Wade] and [Planned Parenthood v.] Casey should be reconsidered and, if appropriate, overturned.”… (more)

January 10, 2020
JERRY NEWCOMBE — In 2008, Abby Johnson, the manager of the Bryan, Texas (100 miles from Houston), Planned Parenthood, became that organization’s Employee of the Year. By 2009, she quit for conscience’ sake. Why? That year, for the first time, she saw an ultrasound of an abortion of a 13-week-old unborn child in her own clinic. This was not a blob of tissue, a clump of cells, a non-living being. This was a baby that was fighting for his life…. (more)


January 10, 2020
BRYAN FISCHER — Homosexuals have been allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military since the disastrously misguided repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in late 2010. President Obama was able to ram the repeal through just under the wire because the Democrats temporarily held both houses of Congress, a situation that would change with the election in the fall of 2010. Elections have consequences, and open homosexuality in the military was one of the unfortunate consequences of naive voters placing regressives in office…. (more)

January 9, 2020
LLOYD MARCUS — During his heartfelt Golden Globes speech, Tom Hanks said his five children are braver, stronger, and wiser than him. Please do not think I am beating up on Tom Hanks for seeing this a little differently. I am simply pointing out that Hanks downplaying his fatherly position is a mindset we see reflected in practically every family movie and sitcom today…. (more)

January 8, 2020
THE HILL — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is backing a resolution to change the Senate’s rules to allow for lawmakers to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House sends them over. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced on Thursday that McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor to the resolution, which he introduced earlier this week…. (more)


January 8, 2020
Michael Atkinson targeted for handling of whistleblower complaint
WORLDNETDAILY — The intelligence community inspector general who already had been rebuked for his handling of the whistleblower complaint that triggered the Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump is under investigation, according to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif…. (more)


January 8, 2020
NEWSMAX — Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday told Newsmax TV he would like to see the Senate move forward on President Donald Trump’s impeachment by moving to dismiss the process because the president has not been charged with impeachable offenses – – rather than trying to gather evidence in the matter…. (more)

January 8, 2020
NEWSMAX — Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, maintains that senators are “absolutely not jurors” during an impeachment trial. Lee made his comments on Tuesday in a column posted by Fox News. He said the Constitution “sets impeachment apart from jury trials” by noting that “‘the trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury.'”… (more)

January 8, 2020
NATIONAL REVIEW — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has whipped the 51 votes required to establish the rules for President Trump’s impending impeachment trial without a concrete agreement on witnesses, according to multiple reports…. (more)


January 8, 2020
State Department official ‘circumvented the rules in pushing unreliable reports’
WORLDNETDAILY — State Department employees sought to provide special protections for the unsubstantiated and salacious claims about Donald Trump in the Hillary Clinton-funded “dossier,” according to emails obtained by government watchdog Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation…. (more)

January 7, 2020
NEWSMAX — CNN has settled a lawsuit with a Kentucky teen who claimed media organizations falsely labeled him as a racist following a well-publicized encounter with a Native American last year at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The network confirmed the settlement Tuesday, as did Todd McMurtry, a lawyer for Nicholas Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. Neither side would give details of the settlement…. (more)


January 7, 2020
NEWSMAX — A stampede broke out Tuesday at a funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said. The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession began, said Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency medical services…. (more)


January 6, 2020
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BARBARA KRALIS — Following the recent shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, which left three dead, including the perpetrator, USA Today ran a hysteria-inducing commentary that said,… (more)

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President Donald Trump is set to attend the World Economic Forum’s annual
meeting in Davos next week, but Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad
Zarif has canceled, organizers of the gathering of political and business
leaders said.

A federal judge ruled that the administration of President Trump is acting
within its authority when it comes to separating families at the
U.S.-Mexico border without any violation of the “rights to family
integrity”.

Six Democratic White House contenders will take part on Tuesday in a
high-stakes Iowa debate, as polls show an unsettled nominating race with no
clear favorite three weeks before Iowans kick off the party’s presidential
nominating contest.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday will discuss the
strategy and timing for sending articles of impeachment against President
Donald Trump to the Senate as Republicans balk at a call to dismiss the
charges without a trial.

Cyprus intercepted a vessel carrying 101 Syrians off its coast on Tuesday,
police said, one of the largest arrivals of refugees from the neighboring
country in recent months.

Indonesia’s human rights commission condemned plans by a mayor to launch
raids targeting the LGBT community after a local man was convicted in
Britain of sexually assaulting 48 men.

Amnesty International will ask an Israeli court on Thursday to order Israel
to revoke the export license of NSO Group, whose software is alleged to
have been used by governments to spy on journalists and dissidents.

Thailand and Indonesia on Tuesday signed an intelligence sharing agreement
that the Thai army chief said would help limit the movements of insurgents
operating in the Muslim-majority southern region of Thailand.

A climate research organization will offer access to a risk model that
predicts the probability of flooding for homes across the United States,
giving the public a look at the data institutional investors use to gauge
risk.

France, Britain and Germany formally triggered the dispute mechanism in
Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers on Tuesday, the strongest step they
have taken so far to enforce an agreement that requires Iran to curb its
nuclear program.

Egypt’s central bank is likely to cut interest rates for a fourth
consecutive time on Thursday, a Reuters poll showed, despite inflation
rising in December.

U.S. consumer prices rose slightly less than expected in December and
monthly underlying inflation pressures retreated, which could allow the
Federal Reserve to keep interest rates unchanged at least through this
year.

AP Top Stories

The Pentagon fired-off a new prototype conventionally-configured,
ground-launched ballistic missile as part of a broader effort to increase
medium-range attack options and further fortify deterrence efforts.

A former U.S. Treasury Department senior adviser pleaded guilty to
conspiracy for leaking confidential banking reports related to special
counsel Mueller’s Russia probe.

South Korea is getting an aircraft carrier. The vessel could help Seoul’s
navy to compete with its main rivals, the Chinese and Japanese fleets. The
vessel presumably would embark vertical-landing F-35B stealth fighters.

Japan’s deputy prime minister described the country as the only one in the
world with a single race, language and 2,000-year-old monarchy, sparking
criticism that he was ignoring an indigenous ethnic group and Japanese
racial diversity.

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan
politicians it said led a bid by President Nicolas Maduro to wrest control
of the country’s congress from U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.

The bodies of at least 29 people have been unearthed from a mass grave on a
property outside Mexico’s western city of Guadalajara, local authorities
said Monday.

Pope Francis repeated support for celibacy after his predecessor pope
Benedict XVI urged him not to open the Catholic priesthood up to married
men.

BBC

A tourist in Thailand has become the first person outside China diagnosed
with a new, pneumonia-like virus that has already infected dozens of
people.

The US has reversed its decision to brand China a currency manipulator as
the two countries prepare to wind down their trade war.

Smoke from the massive bushfires in Australia will soon circle the Earth
back to the nation, says NASA.

WND

ABC, CBS and NBC have given 124 hours of broadcast time to the Democrats’
effort to impeach and remove President Trump, with 93% negative coverage of
the president, according to an analysis by the Media Research Center.

The death rate from cancer in the U.S. dropped by 2.2 percent from 2016 to
2017, which was the largest single-year decline ever recorded, according to
a new report by the American Cancer Society.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 14, 2020

The Foundation

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

100 Miles of New Border Wall, Illegal Crossings Down

Trump is seeing success in both wall construction and stemming the tide of illegal immigration.


Warren Knifes Sanders Ahead of the Debate

Two media reports are meant to cast Warren as the victim of the Sanders patriarchy.


Why Two-Parent Homes Are Still Better

No, the benefits of in-tact families are not “a myth,” as argued by some on the Left.


Iran Shows Difficulties of and Need for War on Terror

The political rancor at home is arguably as challenging as any threat in the field.


Mechanic Creates Prosthetic for Girl So She Can Play Violin

She’s now able to join in playing music with the rest of her fourth-grade class.


Video: President & First Lady Trump at CFP Title Game

Overwhelming applause and deafening chants of “USA USA!” greeted them.


Video: Nancy’s Impeachment Gamble

If Democrats were actually going to sell their story, they had to stick with it.


Video: What Is ‘Fair’?

The word “fair” has become an all-purpose statement of moral superiority tinged with victimhood.



Today’s Opinion

Hans von Spakovsky
Trump Killing of Suleimani and Action Against Iran Legal — Despite Democratic Complaints
Ken Blackwell
Don’t Be Fooled by Liberal Dark-Money Influence
Gary Bauer
Saudis Expelled
Cal Thomas
What I’d Like to Hear From Candidates
Stephen Moore
Why Does Washington Demonize Drug Companies?
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday News Executive Summary

Impeachment transfer, new border-barrier funding, trade agreement, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from William Barr, Eugene Scalia, Dan Bongino, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

Headlines – 1/14/2020

Top Trump Official Rejects Claims Releasing Peace Plan Before Israel Election Is ‘Interference’

Even if Trump’s peace plan released now, Area C is still a battleground

Trump’s ex-Mideast envoy isn’t sure Israelis and Palestinians ready for peace

Trump ‘Understands What Is Needed to Bring Israelis and Palestinians Together,’ Says Jordan’s King

King Abdullah: Annexation talk, absence of gov’t harm Israel-Jordan ties

King says Israel-Jordan ties have been ‘on pause’ for 2 years

Overruling Knesset Speaker, committee pushes forward with plans to rule on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s request for parliamentary immunity

Israel Develops New Lightweight Armor-Piercing Missile

Jerusalem issues rare critique of Ukraine’s glorification of Holocaust deniers

Egypt Restores Historic Synagogue, but Few Jews Remain

Jersey City killers planned attack for months, previously shot at Jewish man

US sends home 21 Saudi cadets as probe finds Florida base shooting was terrorism

US Supreme Court throws out suit accusing Iran of funding terrorism

State Department security officials weren’t notified of ‘imminent’ threats to US embassies

Trump says it ‘doesn’t really matter’ if Soleimani was imminent threat

Soleimani’s past actions were reason enough to kill him, Trump says

US attorney general: Killing Soleimani ‘legitimate,’ Trump had authority

Barr says DOJ was consulted before Soleimani strike as Trump goes on defensive

Trump authorized Soleimani’s killing 7 months ago, with conditions

Pompeo says killing of Suleimani is part of ‘bigger strategy’ to deter US foes

Esper: U.S. Could Strike Iran Or Proxies ‘Where Legally Available And Appropriate’

Commentary: A powder keg that could engulf the world

Trudeau: Plane victims would be alive if not for US-Iran tensions

‘Collateral damage’: Canadian CEO says ‘narcissist’ Trump to blame after Iran downs Ukraine airliner

Dems silent on Iran protests as demonstrators blame regime, not Trump, for plane crash

Iran plane downing: Police deny shooting anti-government protesters

Iran police ordered to show ‘restraint’ at air disaster protests

Iranian protests enter 3rd day as injuries reported, internet disrupted

Iran anti-government protesters shout ‘death to the dictator’

#NancyPelosiFakeNews Trends After Speaker Says Iran Protests Against Regime Are ‘Largely Students’

‘We are captives’: Iranian actor criticises Tehran government

Iran state TV sees at least 2 news anchors quit: ‘Forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies’

France and Russia want to safeguard Iran nuclear deal: Macron

Libya talks in Moscow in diplomatic coup for Putin – Summit brings together two sides in civil war and confirms Russia’s increasing influence

Russia’s FM: Libya talks in Moscow progress but fail to get ceasefire deal

‘Not just a regional conflict’: US won’t allow China to invade Taiwan, lawmaker says

French strikes rumble on as PM vows to ‘go to end’

Amazon’s Bezos to Face Unprecedented Protests During India Trip

McConnell denounces Democratic war powers resolution

McConnell crows on Senate floor that Pelosi’s impeachment ‘gambit’ produced ‘absolutely nothing’

GOP leadership: There aren’t 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment

The stage is finally set for impeachment’s dramatic, divisive endgame

Tight polls, impeachment, billionaire wild cards: Uncertainty reigns in the 2020 Democratic race

Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can’t win, sources say

Evangelical media leader says Trump ‘must win,’ ‘will win’ in 2020; calls Democratic Party ‘institution of evil’

Mueller probe witness George Nader pleads guilty to child pornography and sex trafficking

‘Smile with your eyes’: How to beat South Korea’s AI hiring bots and land a job

Mass Panic: It’s Not Clear That Colorado’s Mystery Drones Even Exist

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kashima-shi, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ishige, Japan

3.3 magnitude earthquake reported in northern NY

Puerto Ricans standing on faith amid fear of deadly aftershocks

Residents urged not to return home as Philippines volcano continues to spew ash, lava fountains

Taal volcano in the Philippines erupts to 36,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000f

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

New eruption at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre), lava flows descending to the coast – Galapagos, Ecuador

New Zealand volcano eruption: Death toll rises one month after disaster on White Island

At least 57 dead in avalanches in Pakistani Kashmir: Official

At least 12 dead as massive winter storm system hits U.S.

UAE smashes 24-year-old rainfall record, widespread flooding and destruction reported

Venice canals nearly dry, months after historic floods

Australia’s wildfires provide a scorching warning on climate change to the rest of earth

One of the world’s top companies is giving young people the chance to veto projects that hurt the climate

N.J. parents can still cite religion as a reason not to vaccinate kids after bill collapses

Gene-editing tool’s pioneers win Israel’s Wolf Prize

‘A Terrible Toll’ – 61 Million Abortions Since Roe, New Analysis Says

CNN: The majority of women feel relief, not regret, after an abortion, study says

Selection bias and abortion propaganda from CNN

Same-sex marriage officially legal in Northern Ireland; Christian leaders express concern


Apostasy Watch

To Listen to Some Prophecy Pundits Antichrist Seems Bigger and More Important Than Jesus

Max Lucado’s Endorsement of Jen Hatmaker: What it Means and Why it Matters

Phil Pringle is the presumptuous prophet of ‘projection’

Post-Scooby Mortem — NAR Hack Draws Line in the Sand to Stand up for Bentley’s Demonic Ministry

Passion Conference: Parents barred from attending, errant teachings introduced, false teachers lauded, and more


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

January 14 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

January 14.—Morning. [Or January 27.]
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Genesis 18:1–15

AND the Lord appeared unto Abraham in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

3, 4, 5 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.

Abraham here became an example of hospitality, and thereby entertained angels unawares. He ran to meet the strangers, he saluted them respectfully, welcomed them heartily, and even made a favour to himself of their resting near his tent. Ungenerous spirits who never entertain either God’s servants or the poor, miss many a blessing. May we never be a churlish household.

And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.

And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.

And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. (The noble old man waited with pleasure upon the strangers. He spoke of a morsel of bread, but he made a feast. He was all kindness, goodness, and humbleness of mind: at once a true nobleman and a believer in God. Such are the fruits of elevated piety. Would to God we saw them in all professors.)

¶ And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

Where she should be. She was a worthy wife of her worthy husband, and therefore cheerfully aided him in providing for the guests. She was at that moment busy with household duties. We are in the way of blessing when we are in the way of duty. Abraham must have wondered how the chief one of the three strangers knew the name of his wife.

10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age.

12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? (Here was unbelief, which can express itself as much in a laugh as in a cry.)

13 And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

14 Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son (What an encouraging question is that. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Our family troubles, cares, and needs are not beyond the power and wisdom of our heavenly Father. Let us not despair, but in faith cast our burden upon him.)

15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

He who discerns all hearts could not be deceived. See how honest Holy Scripture is, for it records the faults even of the best of the saints; and yet how tender is the Spirit of God, for in the New Testament Sarah’s fault is not mentioned, for it had been forgiven and blotted out, but the fact that she called her husband “lord” is recorded to her honour. We serve a gracious God who, when our hearts are right, commends our good fruit, and leaves the untimely figs to drop out of notice. Let us be careful not to mar the joy of his promises and his grace by any unseemly expressions or actions. It would be a sad remembrance for us amid the recollections of divine love, to have to confess that we laughed at the promise.

The thing surpasses all my thought;

But faithful is my Lord;

Through unbelief I stagger not,

For God hath spoke the word.

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,

And looks to that alone;

Laughs at impossibilities,

And cries, “It shall be done!”

January 14.—Evening. [Or January 28.]
“Pray without ceasing.”

Genesis 18:16, 17; 22–33

AND the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

17 And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? (One of the three was the Lord himself, who for the time had taken upon him a human form. It may be that Jesus, who was one day to be born a man, thus anticipated his incarnation. Truly, “his goings forth were of old.” What condescension was this on Jehovah’s part that he would make Abraham his confidential friend! He is willing to do the same with us, for even now “the secret of the Lord is with them that fear him.”)

22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.

Two angels went to Sodom, but the third, the Lord of angels, staid to commune with Abraham, his friend.

23 ¶ And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? (When we are favoured with close access to God we should use it for intercession on the behalf of others. Note the arguments the patriarch used. We also should bring forth our strong reasons when we plead. The Lord is moved with pleas like those of Abraham. Undoubtedly he saves wicked nations for the sake of the saints who dwell among them, and, indeed, all the saved are forgiven not for their own sakes but for Jesus’ sake.)

26 And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes.

In our boldest pleadings we must not forget what poor creatures we are, and how condescending it is on the Lord’s part to let us plead with him.

28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. (The Lord kept pace with his servant, being quite as willing to answer as he was to ask.)

29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.

30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.

31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.

32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.

There is a time to keep silent as well as a time to speak. Abraham had gone as far as the Spirit of the Lord guided him, and he did not attempt to go further.

33 And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

Had there been but the small remnant of ten, Sodom and Gomorrah would have escaped. See then how precious the saints are to a nation. They may be unknown or despised, but they are the salt which preserves the whole. May our family be a part of that good salt; parents, children, and servants, all being through divine grace numbered with the righteous. But we must first have salt in ourselves by possessing a living faith in the Lord Jesus; otherwise we cannot benefit others, for we are not even saved ourselves.

Our guilt might draw thy vengeance down

On every shore, on every town:

But view us, Lord, with pitying eye,

And lay thy lifted thunder by.

Forgive the follies of our times,

And purge our land from all its crimes:

Reform’d and deck’d with grace divine,

Let Britain yet arise and shine.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 27–28). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

January 14 Friendship and Comfort

Matthew 7:11

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Many people remain lonely because they fear rejection. They think rejection hurts worse than loneliness and spend much of their time and money trying to avoid it. But that is a wrong attitude. Those who expect to be rejected usually will feel that they are. Those who expect to receive friendship and comfort usually will.

When you need friendship and comfort, offer friendship and comfort, and don’t expect rejection. Accept yourself where you are, whatever your need, and remember that Christ will not reject you. When you reach out to Him He will always respond with loving acceptance. He says in Matthew 7:11, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children [and your friends and all those around you], how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”

Your greatest source of comfort and hope is Christ Jesus.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 15). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.