Daily Archives: January 21, 2020

January—21 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

In deaths oft.—2 Cor. 11:23.

What did the apostle mean by this expression, but that from living in Christ, he was always on the look-out for dying in Christ; so that death could make no change of state, whatever change it made of worlds; for that, living or dying, he was still in Christ? Paul seems to be speaking out his whole soul in the thought. It seems as if the conscious sense of his union and interest with Jesus was so inwrought in his very nature, that he was in deaths oft, hoping that this providence, or that appointment, would be found the messenger to call him home to his Redeemer, to be with him for ever. My soul! as every night the bed of sleep to thy wearied body becomes a representation of the night of death, and the chamber of the grave, sit down this evening, and look over the memorandums of thine heart, whether there are some of the same sweet testimonies, and arising out of the same blessed source as the Apostle’s, thou art in deaths oft, and canst protest, as he did, by the rejoicing which thou hast in Christ Jesus, that thou diest daily? If the Apostle’s state is thine, the habitual frame of thine heart, from a well-grounded interest in Jesus, must be such as to leave a constant impression on thy mind, that the change of death, come when it may, and coming, as it must, from thy Lord’s own appointment, must be to thy happy account. It is to die, and be with Christ, which is far better. Here we live, we walk, we enjoy Jesus but by faith; there we shall ever be with the Lord; we shall see him as he is; we shall be like him. As here Jesus imparts all the grace the souls of his redeemed need in life to carry them on, and bring them home, so there he imparts glory: as he shines in one glorious fulness as the sun, so they as the stars of heaven for multitude and brightness. He that is the source and fountain of all grace in this life, is the source also of glory and happiness in the world to come. If, then, my soul, thou art in deaths oft, as one on the look-out for the coming of thy Friend to call thee home to himself, is not the prospect delightful? Wouldst thou shrink back if his chariot-wheels were now at the door?—Pause. Are you daily pleading his blood and righteousness with God? Are you most firmly, and most satisfactorily convinced of his conquest over sin, death, hell, and the grave? Do you heartily, cordially, fully approve of God’s rich covenant-mercy in Christ? Can you, do you, will you take God at his word, and give him the credit due to him, in believing the record which he hath given of his dear Son? And are you living daily upon these precious, blessed things, and under his grace, determined to die in the faith of them? What sayest thou to these solemn, but precious soul-transactions? Can a throne of grace witness for thee, that thou art constantly pleading them there, as the only means, the only security thou art looking to for thy acceptance? If so, and should the messenger of Jesus come, and find you upon your knees, would you say, Not yet, Lord? Would any thing make you linger here, when Jesus stood above, calling thee, “Come up hither?” O dearest Jesus, for more of that grace, for more of that faith, to overcome all fears, doubts, and misgivings. Oh! for some sweet increasing manifestations from thyself, dear Lord, day by day, that the nearer I am drawing to the period of my departure, the closer I may cling to thy embraces, and the more sensibly I may hang my soul upon thee; that when death comes thou mayest impart such strength to my poor dying frame, that, like the patriarch, I may cry out, “Into thine arms, Lord Jesus, do I commit my spirit; for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth!”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 24–26). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

January 21 Streams in the Desert

None of these things move me.” (Acts 20:24.)

WE read in the book of Samuel that the moment that David was crowned at Hebron, “All the Philistines came up to seek David.” And the moment we get anything from the Lord worth contending for, then the devil comes to seek us.

When the enemy meets us at the threshold of any great work for God, let us accept it as “a token of salvation,” and claim double blessing, victory, and power. Power is developed by resistance. The cannon carries twice as far because the exploding power has to find its way through resistance. The way electricity is produced in the powerhouse yonder is by the sharp friction of the revolving wheels. And so we shall find some day that even Satan has been one of God’s agencies of blessing.—Days of Heaven upon Earth.

A hero is not fed on sweets,

Daily his own heart he eats;

Chambers of the great are jails,

And head winds right for royal sails.

Emerson.

Tribulation is the way to triumph. The valley-way opens into the highway. Tribulation’s imprint is on all great things. Crowns are cast in crucibles. Chains of character that wind about the feet of God are forged in earthly flames. No man is greatest victor till he has trodden the winepress of woe. With seams of anguish deep in His brow, the “Man of Sorrows” said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation”—but after this sob comes the psalm of promise, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” The footprints are traceable everywhere. Blood-marks stain the steps that lead to thrones. Scars are the price of scepters. Our crowns will be wrested from the giants we conquer. Grief has always been the lot of greatness. It is an open secret.

“The mark of rank in nature

Is capacity for pain;

And the anguish of the singer

Makes the sweetest of the strain.”

Tribulation has always marked the trail of the true reformer. It is the story of Paul, Luther, Savonarola, Knox, Wesley, and all the rest of the mighty army. They came through great tribulation to their place of power.

Every great book has been written with the author’s blood. “These are they that have come out of great tribulation.” Who was the peerless poet of the Greeks? Homer. But that illustrious singer was blind. Who wrote the fadeless dream of “Pilgrim’s Progress”? A prince in royal purple upon a couch of ease? Nay! The trailing splendor of that vision gilded the dingy walls of old Bedford jail while John Bunyan, a princely prisoner, a glorious genius, made a faithful transcript of the scene.

Great is the facile conqueror;

Yet haply, he, who, wounded sore,

Breathless, all covered o’er with blood and sweat,

Sinks fainting, but fighting evermore—

Is greater yet.

selected.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 24–25). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

How Do Ancient Manuscript Variants Impact Our Notion of Inerrancy? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Haden Clark from Help Me Believe interviews J. Warner Wallace for the Help Me Believe YouTube Channel. Given that there are so many variants between the oldest New Testament manuscripts we possess, how can we trust them to tell us something reliable about Jesus? More importantly, how do these manuscript variants impact out sense of Biblical inerrancy?  Be sure to subscribe to Hayden’s channel.

To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

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January 21st The D. L. Moody Year Book

Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that My fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.—Jeremiah 2:19.

I HAVE travelled a good deal, but I never found a happy backslider in my life. I never knew a man who was really born of God that ever could find the world satisfy him afterward. Do you think the prodigal son was satisfied in that foreign country? Ask the prodigals to-day if they are truly happy. You know they are not. “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”[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. 20). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Open Borders violates Bible says Dr. Robert Jeffress — Capstone Report

Dr. Jeffress responds to question about Open Border Advocates infiltration of Evangelical institutions including the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southern Baptist Pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress said open borders advocates are promoting teachings contrary to the Bible. Jeffress is pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Dr. Jeffress said the Bible teaches nations and borders in Acts 17.

He made the comments in response to a question about reports of George Soros money influencing evangelical churches stance on immigration. Dr. Jeffress promoted borders on the Tuesday edition of the Todd Starnes Radio Show.

Todd Starnes asked,

Dr. Jeffress before we let you go, there has been a lot of talk in the evangelical world about the open borders crowd, about whether or not George Soros money may have been used to infiltrate many evangelical churches including Southern Baptist churches with this open borders agenda. Do you have any concerns? Do you have any concerns that George Soros money may be corrupting some of these ministries?

Dr. Jeffress replied,

“I don’t have any information about that, so I can’t speak to that. But what I can speak to is the whole philosophy of open borders is absolutely contrary to the teaching of the Bible. The Bible says in Acts 17 God has created the boundaries in which we live. The idea of multiple nations instead of one nation is God’s idea and to promote open borders is to absolutely be antithetical to the teaching of the Bible.  I can say that with certainty.”

Powerful.

Why are other Southern Baptists presenting mixed messages on border security? Thankfully, Dr. Jeffress is standing strong against the Evangelical Elites.

The interview with Jeffress covered other issues. Dr. Jeffress addressed the big story of the day—impeachment. Dr. Jeffress explained the real reason for the “hoax impeachment trial.” Dr. Jeffress said, “The president is being impeached, not because of Ukraine..but because he committed two unpardonable sins in the eyes of the Democrats. Number one, he beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. And number two, he is fulfilling every campaign promise.”

via Open Borders violates Bible says Dr. Robert Jeffress — Capstone Report

Like Cockroaches Scatter When the Light is Flipped On: So Are George Soros’ “RENTED EVANGELICALS” Racing to Hide in Darkness

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

George Soros is the embodiment of evil

Through the years I have written untold number of articles about this man/demon. He sees our globe as his stomping ground; almost like a satanic version of Monopoly.

He is the Globalist of Globalists of all time.  If you want to read other articles about him on my Word Press, just type George Soros.  He started his life as a self- hating Jew (learned this from his father) and helped the Nazis to confiscate all wealth from the Jews in Germany before he ushered them onto the trains which took my people to the DEATH camps.

His Latest Venture

In the last few years, this madman has infiltrated the Evangelical churches by finding “hirelings” to whom he gave millions of dollars if they would just hop on the false Social Justice gospel band wagon.  And unfortunately, there were plenty of takers including the…

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When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong | Lies Young Women Believe

by Micayla Greathouse | 1/21/20

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

In today’s post, Micayla gives us hope in the awkward.

Hey, you. Yes, you in the corner. I see you there, nervously tugging at your shirt, trying your best not to look out of place. You look at the group of girls gathered together and laughing. Everyone seems to be talking with someone. Except you.

Maybe you know the feeling. Trying to “fit in” with others at church or a new friend group at school can be uncomfortable. Maybe making a breakthrough in your coworkers’ “inner circle” seems impossible. If you move someplace new, loneliness ensues. Perhaps dread rises up in new social situations because of that time someone made you feel unwelcome.

For those of us more reserved people, these situations are no small feat. Even the most outgoing, extroverted people find themselves in the same place—desiring to belong, too.

What if they don’t like me?
What if no one wants to be my friend?
What if I’m awkward?

Insecurity is quick to tell us that we don’t belong. Instead of listening to the sense of inadequacy and the fear that whisper lies, here are five things to remember the next time you feel like you don’t belong:

1. You have a place of belonging with God.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6)

Often we wish we could run and hide in tough situations. How fitting, since God is the ultimate “hiding place.” He promises this all over the Psalms. Run to Him—the One who created you sees you, knows you, and loves you, and is the only one who can truly satisfy your desire to belong. Psalm 62:8 says to “pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” When your heart is hurting and you feel alone, the best place you can go is to the Lord. As you pray, try journaling your thoughts. This is a tangible way to express your emotions and write truth to dwell in. Then you can reference your journal the next time you struggle with these feelings.

2. Jesus didn’t belong.

Sometimes we can get so caught up with trying to fit in that we lose sight of what really matters. Jesus was not concerned with being well-liked. From the moment He was born, Herod wanted Him dead. Talk about someone really making you feel unwelcome! Jesus came to save sinners and make the Truth known, but who He was and what He said was often unpopular. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18). He didn’t “fit in.” When we refocus our efforts to living out the gospel, as Jesus did, our minds won’t be occupied with striving to belong.

3. This world is not our home.

If you feel a bit misplaced, that’s actually a good sign, for “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20). As believers, it is normal to experience feeling like strangers because we do not belong to this earth (John 17:16). Let the next time you are overwhelmed with insecurities and pressure to fit in be a reminder that this world is temporary.

4. This season is a gift.

A gift? Attending a new social event or having one more small talk conversation may be the last thing you want to do right now. In Ecclesiastes 3 we are told that everything has a season. Maybe this is a season that God is doing a big work in you. In this time of wandering, draw near to Him. As you rely on Him to be your comfort and fill you with His presence and joy, you’ll start seeing His gifts and His grace in unexpected places. Rest in the words of John, “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16). Ask God what He has for you in this season. Will you take time to notice?

5. You’re not alone.

“You’re alone,” is the lie that creeps in when it seems we don’t belong anywhere. But others are in the same boat. The dreaded words, “get out of your comfort zone,” hold a lot of merit. Say “yes” when you’re invited to a gathering, even if it may seem uncomfortable. Say “yes” to having lunch with someone new. (Disclaimer: ask God for discernment when it comes to hanging out with the right group of people). When you say “yes,” you’re allowing God to bring people into your life and you into theirs. Philippians 2 is a great reminder to look beyond our own needs and see how we can serve others. Rather than wondering what is in it for you, ask God to use you in someone else’s life. Don’t be afraid to step out.

The next time you feel out of place, think about these reminders. Dwell in God’s presence, where you will always belong. Let your loneliness propel you to notice someone else who is struggling. What can you do to help them feel like they belong? Share your thoughts with me below!

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Watch Live: Trump’s “Rushed & Rigged” Senate Impeachment Trial Begins | ZeroHedge News

Following yesterday’s unveiling of a compressed impeachment timeline that will give Democrats just two days to make their impeachment case, the media circus that will be President Trump’s impeachment trial is about to begin.

According to Senate rules, the trial session will begin at 1 pm in Washington, when Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger is expected to reprise his role from last week and bring the Senate to order.

According to a report on what to expect from the first day of proceedings from Fox News, the first order of business will be swearing in Senator Jim Inhofe, who wasn’t present for Chief Justice John Roberts’ mass swearing-in of the Senate “jurors”.

Roberts will be present to preside over the proceedings. He will be accompanied on the dias by two women, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough and Assistant Parliamentarian Leigh Hildebrand, who will likely be seen whispering in Roberts’ ear and passing him messages as they help him oversee the trial.

After the opening formalities are finished, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring forward his resolution setting the rules for the trial.

McConnell’s proposal is formally known as a “motion” in Senate parlance. According to the chamber’s rules, Pelosi’s seven appointed impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team will each have two hours to debate McConnell’s rules, which, as we noted above, include the compressed timeline and a ‘kill switch’ to end proceedings if Dems get out of line, as well as any amendments proposed by Democrats.

“Leader McConnell’s process is deliberately designed to hide the truth from the Senate and from the American people, because he knows that the President’s wrongdoing is indefensible and demands removal,” Pelosi wrote.

Of course, if the Dems succeed in calling witnesses to testify at the trial, Republicans can always threaten to subpoena Hunter Biden, whose employment at a shady Ukrainian gas company is at the center of the scandal that led to these proceedings.

Source: The Federalist Papers

Unless all 100 senators vote unanimously to end debate, each side will need to eat up all of the allotted time debating the rules.

Barring any unexpected developments, this should bring us to about 3:30

At this point, Minority leader Chuck Schumer will have a chance to propose some amendments.

McConnell’s approach creates a trial that is “rushed” and “rigged,” Schumer said in an interview.

“We can have votes before this awful resolution — this resolution that I have called a national disgrace — is enacted.”

If he does, the Dems will then get two hours to discuss and debate, as Fox explains.

The Senate has something known as “the amendment tree.” One could think of the McConnell proposal as the “trunk” of the tree. Schumer’s proposal is a “branch” of the tree. Schumer’s proposal, or proposals – so, sprigs growing off of the Schumer branch of the tree – all would represent possible amendments on which the Senate likely will have to debate and conduct a roll call vote on Tuesday evening.

What will Schumer propose? Different time allocations for the trial? Different times when they start or stop the arguments? Proposals on witnesses and documents?

By rule, Schumer’s proposal gets two hours of debate as well, with no senators participating in the debate – just the impeachment managers and the president’s counsel.

By the time all of the debates are finished, it should be roughly 5:30 or 6 pm. At this time, many suspect that the Senate will throw the public a curveball and motion to move into a closed session, kicking out all of the press and observers in the chamber. Whatever happens, Trump won’t be present: He’s in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum at Davos.

At some point later in the evening, the Senate will need to leave the closed session and take a vote on the rules. Though McConnell says he has the votes to pass his plan, it’s still possible that one or two Schumer amendments might be attached to the rules.

In summary: It’s going to be a long night in the Senate.

Anybody interested in following along with the proceedings can watch the live feed below:

Tyler Durden Tue, 01/21/2020 – 12:55

Source: Watch Live: Trump’s “Rushed & Rigged” Senate Impeachment Trial Begins

January 21, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Co 3:5–9). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


The Cure for Divisions: Glorifying God

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. (3:5–9)

The cure for division is turning away from self and setting our eyes on the one God whom we all glorify. When our attention is focused on our Lord, as it always should be, there will be no time and no occasion for division. When our attention is on Him it cannot be on ourselves or on human leaders or human factions.

Apollos and Paul were simply the servants through whom you believed. They were the instruments, not the source, of salvation. As Paul had reminded them earlier, he had not died for them and they were not baptized in his name (1:13). The same was true, of course, for Apollos and Peter, as it is true for all other ministers of the Lord of all time. All Christians, including even such men as those, whom the Lord used so mightily, are but His servants (diakonoi), or ministers (KJV). It is not the same word (doulos) often translated “servant, slave, or bond-servant” (7:21–23; Rom. 1:1; etc.), but simply meant a menial worker of any sort, free or slave. It was often used of a table waiter or what we would now call a busboy.

Paul was saying in effect, “No one builds a movement around a waiter or busboy, or erects monuments to them. Apollos and I are just waiters or busboys whom the Lord used as servants to bring you food. You do not please us by trying to honor us. Your honor, your glory, is misplaced. You are acting like the world, like mere men. Build your monuments, give your praise to the One who prepared the spiritual food we delivered.”

The world honors and tries to immortalize great men because men are the highest thing it knows. The world cannot see beyond itself. But Christians know God—the Creator, the Sustainer, the Savior, the Lord of the universe, and the Source of all things. He alone is worthy of honor. We are but His servants, His instruments. If an artist is to be honored, you do not make a statue of his brush or his palette. It makes no more sense for Christians to glorify men, even a Paul or an Apollos, who are only brushes or palettes in the Master’s hands. Such are to be esteemed and loved for their work (1 Thess. 5:12–13), but not revered or set against each other.

Those men had their God-appointed work to do. Using agricultural metaphors, Paul acknowledged that he had planted and that Apollos watered. They had done their work well and faithfully. But the real work was the Lord’s. God was causing the growth. No man, not even the best farmer or the best horticulturist, can give physical life or growth to a plant. How much less can anyone, even an apostle, give spiritual life or growth to a person. The most that men can do in either case is to prepare and water the soil and to plant the seeds. The rest is up to God. Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. The human instrument is not anything but a tool. All the honor for the accomplishment goes to God.

Paul here mentions only two types of ministry, represented by planting and watering. His principle, however, applies to every type of ministry. In our eyes, some Christian work is more glamorous, or seems more important or more significant than other work. But if God has called a person to a work, that is the most important ministry he can have. All of God’s work is important. To glorify one kind of Christian work above another is just as carnal and divisive as to glorify one leader above another.

Our Lord’s parable in Matthew 20:1–16 demonstrates the equality of our ministries in the day of rewards. Jesus gave the parable as a corrective to the disciples’ feeling that they were more worthy than others (19:27–30). We will all equally inherit the promised eternal life, with all its blessings. That is the sameness of future glory.

He who plants and he who waters are one. All of God’s workers are one in Him, and to Him all glory should go. Recognition of our oneness in the Lord is the sure and only remedy for divisiveness. It leaves no place for the flesh and its jealousy, strife, and division.

God does not fail to recognize the faithful work of His servants. Each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. God will “give their reward to [His] bond-servants the prophets and to the saints and to those who fear [His] name, the small and the great” (Rev. 11:18). That is the uniqueness of future glory.

God rewards on the basis of labor, not success or results. A missionary may work faithfully for 40 years and see only a handful of converts. Another may work far fewer years and see far more converts. Jeremiah was one of God’s most faithful and dedicated prophets, yet he saw little result of his ministry. He was ridiculed, persecuted, and generally rejected along with the message he preached. Jonah, on the other hand, was petty and unwilling, yet through him God won the entire city of Nineveh in one brief campaign. Our usefulness and effectiveness are purely by God’s grace (cf. 1 Cor. 15:10).

It is appropriate that God’s faithful servants be appreciated and encouraged while they are on earth. But they are not to be glorified, set apart, or made the center of special groups or movements.

Paul and Apollos were but God’s fellow workers. It was not their own ministry that they worked in, but His. What divine companionship! It was God’s church in Corinth, not Paul’s or Apollos’s or Peter’s. The believers there were God’s field, God’s building, and His alone. And the glory for any good work done there, or anywhere, is also His alone.[1]


5–7 Paul begins by asking the question, “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul?” Note that the apostle here uses the neuter ti (“what”) rather than the masculine tis (“who”). What he is talking about is not the person of these two church workers but their task or function.

Both Paul and Apollos are “servants” (diakonoi, GK 1356) of the Lord through whom members of the church in Corinth became believers—some through Paul and some through Apollos. The word diakonos does not have the strong authoritative connotation that the synonym doulos (“slave,” GK 1528) has; diakonos emphasizes the voluntary service or ministry that one renders for another person or persons. This word eventually came to denote a “deacon” in the church. The ultimate diakonos, of course, is Jesus Christ, who “did not come to be served, but to serve [diakoneō, GK 1354], and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mk 10:45).

But even though both Paul and Apollos are servants, this does not mean that they performed exactly the same ministry. Each had his own primary “task” or gift that he received from the Lord for his work (cf. Eph 2:12). Both, it is true, functioned in evangelism—in bringing people to salvation in Christ—but Paul’s main task was planting the seed of the gospel, while Apollos’s was to water that seed in order to help nurture the new Christians in the faith. Both, moreover, were successful in their individual tasks, yet the credit for the achievement was not to go to either of them but to the Lord, who “made [the seed/plant] grow” (v. 6; cf. v. 7).[2]


3:7 / Paul seeks to explain this seemingly clear image. Neither he nor Apollos is important. Only God matters. The Corinthians are so worldly that they cannot see beyond the human ministers, God’s servants, who labor among them in distinct but complementary and equally necessary ways. If there are differences between God’s servants, those differences exist because God has assigned different tasks to his workers. The tasks are important, but there is no reason to esteem one of God’s servants more than another. Rather, God is the one with whom the Corinthians are to be concerned and the one to whom the Corinthians are to give their devotion (only God … makes things grow).[3]


7. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who supplies the water is anything, but only God causes the increase.

Verse 7 supplies the conclusion to the preceding verse (v. 6): not man but God receives the honor and glory for the work performed in the church. Paul continues to use the imagery borrowed from agriculture by referring to “the one who plants” and “the one who supplies the water.” These two, however, do not receive credit, even though their labor is vital. God receives his full due. In the Greek, the word Theos (God) stands last in the sentence and thus receives emphasis.

Notice that in this conclusion, Paul does not mention any personal names. He is not interested in names but in results. The work of preaching and teaching the gospel that is performed everywhere can succeed only if God grants his blessing. The Corinthians must see the hand of God in the work accomplished by the ministers of the Word. The ministers are nothing in comparison to God. Should God desire to raise up a church without the aid of preachers, he could do so. But he employs ministers to effect the growth of the church (see Rom. 10:14). Paul is not deprecating the work to which preachers are called. Not at all! However, he purposely omits personal names to show the readers that not the preacher but God is important.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 73–75). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 283–284). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 70). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, p. 106). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

No Opting Out of LGBT History Instruction? — David Fiorazo

Public schools in three states so far have decided to teach elementary school children LGBT history in multiple subjects. It began in California last year, the trend-setting state, and others are jumping on board with the latest being New Jersey.

According to reports, school districts in Rockland, CA, require students in kindergarten through fifth grades to learn about the contributions of LGBT individuals in history and social studies curriculum, and many parents are upset there is no opt-out for their children.

This is just the beginning, and this is what happens when radicals are in control of the education machine in America.

How can such a small percentage of citizens influence the entire curriculum of a school district, a state, and eventually a country? California parents protested, urging the school board not to push this curriculum through, but they did it anyway.

But check out their response. When the board approved the new curriculum that includes LGBT history, parents of more than 700 students kept their children home in protest. Other concerned states should take their cue from these parents.

At the time, a spokeswoman for Informed Parents of Rocklin, Rachel Crutchfield stated:

“We believe that anyone who has made a significant contribution to society should, of course, be included in our history textbooks; however, the concept of sexual orientation is far too complex of a topic for elementary-aged children to be introduced to at school. … Let’s let kids be kids.”

But that’s part of the agenda, isn’t it? Reach and indoctrinate kids at the youngest ages possible to condition them against God. Amy Bentley, a math teacher in Rockland argued in favor of the new gay history and wants it taught at the elementary level because, “Many students enter middle school already knowing they’re different…”

What? Define ‘different.’ So, is she suggesting these young children think they are gay, lesbian or transgender, so they must be conditioned and reaffirmed? God created them, male and female, in His image, unique, and yes, different.

How do children know or understand they’re different unless adults teach them what to believe?

Family groups say the LGBT history contradicts biblical teachings on creation and sexuality, that it will be taught in multiple subjects, and the scope of the changes will impact every subject in school.

Illinois also joined the party deciding to implement the curriculum. The Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey launched a petition to urge the governor and legislature to allow parents to opt their children out. They object, as we all should, to their tax dollars being used for what is basically an assault on religious liberty.

His response? Democrat Governor Phil Murphy signed the new law requiring public schools to teach children about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

At a January 4 conference in Flemington, New Jersey, parental rights activists from grassroots group, Protect Your Children, were there to testify against the new law. But the president of the NJ State Board of Education, Kathy Goldenberg, told parents the board was not empowered to make any policy changes with regard to the curriculum focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

She explained:

“The law was enacted by the state Legislature, and it did not grant the board a policymaking role with this law,”

So progressive politicians are making decisions which cannot be challenged? Hopefully, you’ve been praying for America’s children, especially for the majority of families who disagree with our children being taught not only LGBT history but the radical sex education and perversion that’s been in schools for decades.

Prayer is good. But now it’s time to take action.

The issue of parental rights will continue to be one of the many education battles across the country. What about Bible history? The Scriptures have proven by archaeology, science, and secular historians to be accurate, reliable, and true. But you won’t find teachers opening up the Bible in government-run public schools.

Once again it seems Christians are left out. In fact, one of the new school history lessons is “about the memoir of a boy forced into conversion therapy.” That’s code by the way, for ‘Christians are intolerant, they should leave people alone, and their God has no power to change anybody.’

By the way, the New Jersey LGBT group behind the enforcement of the policy actually has someone in a position called, “safe schools and community education manager.” Safe schools? They’re teaching young children things they should not have to hear and more importantly, against the family values and the will of most parents. What do they mean by “safe”?

It’s time for concerned parents to get involved and slow down this madness and indoctrination.

via No Opting Out of LGBT History Instruction? — David Fiorazo