Daily Archives: February 9, 2020

The Sad, Swift Road To Destruction — CultureWatch

Another celeb thinks she is a theologian and wants to ‘correct’ our views:

It was Jesus who made this very sombre statement, as found in Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

And it was also Jesus who said the following: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). And if those two passages are not enough to shake us out of our lethargy and to shatter our delusions, then consider one more, this one from Matthew 7:21-23:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

The reality of fake Christians is an exceedingly important one. How many millions of people have convinced themselves that they are Christians when they are not? How many people go around claiming to be Christians yet routinely stand against everything Jesus and Scripture stand for?

In addition to countless individuals who fall into this camp, there are plenty of very public personas that are also doing this. Indeed, it seems that there is a never-ending stream of these celebs who claim to be Christians while pushing every anti-Christian agenda item out there.

And the two key indicators of their talk not matching their walk, of their profession of faith not lining up with what God has to say about these issues, involve their views on abortion and homosexuality. When you hear people claiming to be real deal Christians, yet proudly promote baby killing and the homosexual agenda, we have every right to ask some hard questions.

I have dealt with a number of these folks over the years. For example, a year ago Lady Gaga tore into some genuine Christians, Mike and Karen Pence, claiming that her version of the faith was to be embraced, not theirs. And the defining issue was – you guessed it – homosexuality. I discussed it here at the time: billmuehlenberg.com/2019/01/22/gaga-pence-and-christianity/

And here: billmuehlenberg.com/2019/01/22/29112/

But many others can be mentioned. One recent case involves the American pop star Taylor Swift. Of late the 30-year-old singer has been passing herself off as yet another Christian who has come to set the record straight on these hot potato issues.

She now sees it as her mission to correct 4000 years of Judeo-Christian teaching on these matters, and to bring us up into the 21st century. Thus she has been seeking to make the case as to why Christianity in particular is just thrilled with things like abortion and homosexuality.

As to the latter issue, consider a few article segments:

Taylor Swift says she felt compelled to publicly champion LGBTQ causes in recent months because rights are being “stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male” in the US today. The singer, who has been criticised in the past for not speaking up on political issues, particularly during the 2016 US presidential election campaign, discussed her recent shift to advocacy in a rare interview with Vogue magazine. “Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male,” she says in the September issue. “I didn’t realise until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of.” http://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/aug/09/taylor-swift-reveals-why-she-took-a-stand-for-lgbtq-rights

It did not take long for her to make up for lost time. So active and eager has she been to push the homosexual agenda, that she was even given an award for it:

The LGBTQ advocacy organization’s president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis announced that the group will honor Swift with this year’s GLAAD Vanguard Award. In a statement, Ellis said, “From boldly standing up against anti-LGBTQ elected officials to shining attention on the urgent need to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination through the Equality Act, Taylor Swift proudly uses her unique ability to influence pop culture to promote LGBTQ acceptance.” http://www.vulture.com/2020/01/taylor-swift-glaad-vanguard-award.html

And she tries to say it is because she is a Christian that she has taken these stands:

The new Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” features pop star Taylor Swift touting her shift to politics, and it takes a left turn when she tries to define what Christians believe to match her own progressive ideas. In the aftermath of President Trump’s election, Swift has not only been speaking out about political candidates, she’s even been using her music to promote a pro-LGBT agenda. For example, Swift’s rainbow-clad music video last year for her single, “You Need to Calm Down,” is an ode to the LGBTQ community and takes jabs at those who disagree with the lifestyle.

Now one excerpt from the Netflix film “Miss Americana” highlights how Swift has been breaking away from her earlier apolitical image to become someone with a heart for politics, tying it to her brand of religion. One clip from the film shows Swift trying to explain what led her to speak out on her political beliefs, particularly her endorsement of Democrat Phil Bredesen in the 2018 Senate race against pro-life Republican Marsha Blackburn. “This was a situation where, from a humanity perspective and from what my moral compass was telling me I needed to do, I knew I was right, and I really didn’t care about repercussions,” Swift said.

The excerpt depicts Swift arguing with her parents and publicist over whether to post social media messages regarding her entry into politics and the backlash it may cause. Swift goes on to describe her disgust with Blackburn’s Bible-based policies and Christian beliefs. “I can’t see another commercial and see Marsha Blackburn disguising these policies behind the words ‘Tennessee Christian values’. Those aren’t Tennessee Christian values. I live in Tennessee. I’m a Christian. That’s not what we stand for.” www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2020/february/pro-lgbt-pro-choice-taylor-swift-says-her-brand-of-christianity-is-the-real-christianity

And she made clear her pro-abortion views last year in an interview: “The Guardian met Swift as Tennessee lawmakers were voting to impose a near-total ban on abortion in the state. ‘Obviously, I’m pro-choice,’ Swift said on the matter. “I just can’t believe this is happening.’ She pledged to ‘do everything I can for 2020’.” http://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/aug/23/taylor-swift-trump-thinks-his-presidency-autocracy

There you have it, folks: the gospel according to a very young Ms Swift. She is here to straighten out our faulty beliefs. Jews for 4000 years and Christians for 2000 years have simply got things wrong here, and this budding theologian is here to set the record straight. And how very thankful we all are for these new revelations.

As is always the case in these sad situations, we need to keep people like this in prayer. If she persists in this shaking of her fist at God, telling him he is wrong, and that she is right, she will very swiftly and easily indeed slide into a lost eternity. She needs to learn that it is her Creator and Judge who gets to decide what is right and wrong, true and false, and not some young upstart.

She needs to renounce her own humanist agendas and surrender her life to Christ. Otherwise she is just another celeb who is on the highway to hell, as one rock song put it. Otherwise she is on the broad road that leads to destruction, as Jesus put it. Please keep her in your prayers.

via The Sad, Swift Road To Destruction — CultureWatch

Contending for the True, Biblical Faith: Jude Sermon — David Fiorazo

This message is a warning for today’s Christian church. Deceivers and false teachers have infiltrated the ranks and are leading many astray!

Early Christian church leaders warned about them and today’s church is filled with them. Some have accepted their unbiblical ideas because on the surface they might sound good. It is easy to fall into deception, but few understand the underlying spiritual dynamic going on – a war against the Truth.

Read more: Contending for the True, Biblical Faith: Jude Sermon — David Fiorazo

February 9 Life-Changing Moments With God

Now he is comforted.

The sun shall no longer go down, nor shall the moon withdraw itself; for You, mighty Lord, will be my everlasting light, and the days of my mourning shall be ended. You will swallow up death forever, and You, Lord God, will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of Your people You will take away from all the earth. These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of Jesus the Lamb. Therefore they are before Your throne, Lord God, and serve You day and night in Your temple. You who sit on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And You, Lord God, will wipe away every tear from my eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

What a glorious promise and picture of hope! I thank You, Lord God, for this promise of comfort eternal that awaits fulfillment when Jesus returns to reign!

Luke 16:25; Isaiah 60:20; Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 7:14–17; Revelation 21:4[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 50). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sanctified Minds and Bodies

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (NASB)

I was a teenager in the 1960’s. That period has often been called a time of the beginning of a great sexual revolution. I remember that time as magazines and movies becoming more and more open about nudity and sex. At the same time I remember people from my grandparent’s generation scoffing at all that saying that none that was any different from what was going on in what they referred to as the “Roaring 20’s.” My parent’s generation was the one that grew up in the Great Depression and then went to war during World…

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Devin Nunes Optimistic AG Bill Barr Will Get to the Bottom of C.H., Spygate, Mueller, Impeachment Hoaxes… — The Last Refuge

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the Russia and Ukraine hoaxes.  Rep. Nunes is optimistic Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham will get to the bottom of the weaponization of government; however, Nunes puts the majority of blame for promoting the hoaxes upon a duplicitous mainstream media in cahoots with Democrats in DC.


Additionally, it seems quite noteworthy – with the current urgency amid the media to rehabilitate the image of the Democrat apparatus writ large –  there’s a conspicuous absence of Adam Schiff.

via Devin Nunes Optimistic AG Bill Barr Will Get to the Bottom of C.H., Spygate, Mueller, Impeachment Hoaxes… — The Last Refuge

When the Left Lectures Us On Right and Wrong — CultureWatch

The sanctimonious and duplicitous left just loves to moralise and preach at us:

Here are two things you can always count on: One, the secular left loves to moralise, take the moral high ground, and tell us how we ought to live. Two, in almost every case our best response is to just ignore these folks, or tell them to take a hike.

The truth is the secular left can be amongst the most immoral – or at least amoral –  bunch around, yet they are going to keep lecturing us on morality? I don’t think so. Indeed, the blatant double standards and hypocrisy abounds just about every time they open their mouths and start telling us peons what is right and wrong.

Examples are endless of course, and we see this duplicity on display on a daily basis. We have socialists like Bernie Sanders for example lecturing us on the evils of capitalism, the need to make radical changes to our lifestyles to save the planet, and how we must do away with fossil fuels, etc.

But he and others like him happily drive around in their SUVs and enjoy flying in their private jets (yes, that picture is of him). They enjoy their collection of very nice homes – or should I say, mansions – while they denounce us for the way we live. Good grief, just zip it Bernie and Co. Nobody wants to hear sanctimonious sermons from old hypocrites like you guys.

Indeed, the same can be said about all the other leftist green hypocrites such as Al Gore. He lives the good life, has a raft of mansions (often right on the sea that is supposed to rise and destroy all of life), flies around in private jets, and drives around in a fleet gas-guzzling cars. Yeah, preach it brother, preach it.

And of course the American Democrats offer us a never-ending supply of this sort of thing. The most moralistic party around, it is made up of some of the most immoral folks you will find. Consider the batch of contenders for the Democrat nomination.

Every single one of them supports open slather on abortion, advocating and celebrating abortion right up until birth. Most of them denounce the rest of us as greedy materialists who need to radically reduce our lifestyles to save the planet, while they live like king’s kids.

They always seek to take the moral high ground, yet on a daily basis demonstrate what complete frauds they are. They go on and on, speaking of the need for civility and respect, claiming that Trump and the Republicans are the epitome of evil in the world.

Yet all we have had for the past three years are a group of whining cry babies who have never come to accept that their candidate was defeated, and Trump is their duly elected President whether they like it or not. So for three years they have been the most uncivil bunch of brats imaginable.

Three years of Russia, of the Ukraine, of impeachment – all because like spoiled brats and self-centred toddlers they cannot accept the will of the American people. And the highlight of this of course took place a few days ago when the ever petulant and hateful Nancy Pelosi ripped up Trump’s SOTU speech.

Talk about an out-of-touch whiny baby. Talk about a shameless grandstander who needs to grow up. But of course she is simply a clear manifestation of the Democrats in action. A Party that preaches to us about right and wrong yet does not seems to even know what those words mean. So stop lecturing us already.

Oh, and don’t get me started on someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is among the worst of the lot. But just one example is worth running with here. She of course famously said last year that we’re all gonna die: “We’re like, ‘The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.’ And, like, this is the war; this is our World War II.”

So she has declared war on all fossil fuels, cars, airplanes, and the like. But does she live what she preaches? Um, no, not at all. As Tammy Bruce explains:

“Since declaring her candidacy in May 2017, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign heavily relied on those combustible-engine cars — even though a subway station was just 138 feet from her Elmhurst campaign office. She listed 1,049 transactions for Uber, Lyft, Juno and other car services, federal filings show. The campaign had 505 Uber expenses alone,” the Post reported. “In all, Ocasio-Cortez spent $29,365.70 on those emissions-spewing vehicles, along with car and van rentals — even though her Queens HQ was a one-minute walk to the 7 train,” the New York newspaper noted. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tammy-bruce-alexandria-ocasio-cortezs-hypocrisy-is-on-display-in-some-remarkable-ways

And behind the political left stands the mainstream media which is also awash with double standards and hypocrisy. I have written plenty about this over the years. Like the left itself, these folks champion – or say they champion – things like tolerance and diversity and acceptance. But the almost complete absence of any counter points of view, of any conservative voices, gives lie to all this.

The MS is made up almost entirely of those of the secular left, and there is not a day that goes by that we do not see them bashing and hating on conservatives, Christians, and anyone else who dares to question their PC agenda. And what better proof do we have of this in Australia than that wretched Q&A show on the ABC? I rest my case.

But wait, there’s more. Perhaps the epitome of hypocritical moralisers and egotistical ethics’ preachers of course can be found in that cesspit of immorality and debauchery, Hollywood. These guys are forever lecturing the rest of us mere mortals about how we need to live, and it gets especially bad as the various annual award shows come around.

Speaking of which, Mark Latham, the leader of One Nation in NSW, just let out a ripper of a comment about this on the social media: “Great, it’s Oscars day, when the people who protected Harvey Weinstein for 20 years and sucked up to Jeffrey Epstein get to tell the rest of us how to run our lives. Puke.”

Of interest, it was decided that today’s Oscars will be hostless. The 92nd Academy Awards is perhaps fearful of how things transpired at the Golden Globes. Remember how host Ricky Gervais roasted all the Hollywood elites? I wrote about his performance last month, including his scorching barb at the Hollyweird crowd:

“If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. 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. If you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f**k off.” billmuehlenberg.com/2020/01/07/golden-globes-highlights-and-lowlights/

While he may not be hosting today’s event, that has not stopped him from already offering a few cutting tweets: “It’s great to see such diversity in the room tonight. Rich sex pests of all shapes and sizes.” And again, “I can’t wait to hear all your inspirational speeches about equality, and it’s great that the 3 hours you’re here tonight is the only time your badly paid migrant house staff will get some time off to sleep this week.”

If ever we had a group of sanctimonious moralisers addicted to lecturing us on all things right and wrong, it is this mob of hyper-rich, hyper-arrogant and hyper-immoral denizens of LA and beyond. Thankfully a few of these celebs keep their mouths shut and do not preach to us about morality, but far too many do.

The moral of the story is this: most of the loud-mouthed secular lefties have no morals. And if they do have any standards, they are simply double standards. So just leave us alone already – we really do not need you lecturing to us anymore.

via When the Left Lectures Us On Right and Wrong — CultureWatch

February 9, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

12–14 As the time approaches for Moses to take up the lead of the Israelites, he becomes concerned as to the identity of the companion God has promised him (32:34; 33:2). He believes that a mere angel is no substitute for the presence of God. “I know you by name” (v. 12) is tantamount to saying, “I have singled you out” or “I have chosen/selected you.” There are six uses of the verb yādaʿ (“to know, teach” in v. 13) in five verses (vv. 12–17). Moses asks the Lord for a demonstration of his love so that he might know and serve him better (v. 13). The Lord responds by promising, “My Presence [lit., ‘my face’] will go with you” (v. 14). With this new word the Lord reinstates the angel of his presence, in whom he has invested his “Name” (23:20–21), as the leader of Israel’s way to Canaan.[1]

teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favour with you (33:13). ‘Teach me’ is ‘cause me to know’. Moses pleads with humility and intensity that unless the Lord condescends to reveal to him what is going to happen, he will never find out. What Moses is concerned about is not the Lord’s ‘ways’ (which is how the Hebrew text is now spelled), that is his directions for human conduct as a whole, but rather his ‘way’ (the singular was the original reading of the Hebrew text), that is, regarding the future of Israel and how God is going to provide for them. As the one appointed to lead Israel, this is what Moses needs to know. With fuller understanding about how the Lord intends to act, Moses will have a greater knowledge of the character of the Lord himself, and as a consequence be in a position to act in a fashion that wins divine approbation. If he is left in the dark about what God intends doing, then he will easily stumble into all sorts of difficulties. And of course, if their leader stumbles, the people will not be far behind. Moses pleads with the Lord his duty of care towards the people he had claimed as his own and established his covenant with. Remember (‘see’, ‘take this other fact into consideration’) that this nation is your people.[2]

13. Observe how Moses improves upon God’s mercy; just now it was this people, and the Lord in displeasure had called them Moses’s people, but now Moses calls them God’s people. What a sweet prayer is that of the prophet’s to this amount. Isaiah 63:15–19.[3]

[1] Kaiser, W. C., Jr. (2008). Exodus. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, p. 545). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Mackay, J. L. (2001). Exodus (p. 555). Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[3] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Genesis–Numbers (Vol. 1, p. 384). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

February—9 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.—Isaiah 38:1.

My soul! whether or not the decree be as yet gone forth for an early day for thy removal, as here to Hezekiah, it must shortly arrive; and as thou knowest not how soon, it is good to set both thine house and thine heart in order; for he that is best fitted to live, is best prepared to die. How stands thy great account? This body of thine must go down to the chambers of the grave. And surely if the soul be safe in union with Jesus, such an event as the dissolution of the body is more to be desired than dreaded. If the pearl be safe, no matter though the casket be broken. Pause over the view; for though it be solemn, it is profitable. If a voice from heaven declared the dead to be blessed, who die in the Lord; then will thy death be blessed, if thou art living in union with Christ. See to it this night, this very night, whether this be thy case; all is well, if this be well. Hath not the Holy Ghost, in times long since passed, led thee to all-precious Jesus? And from his sweet teachings, and constraining influences, hast thou not ventured thyself upon him? Convinced that there is salvation in no other, neither any other name under heaven given among men, whereby thou mightest be saved, didst thou not cast thyself upon his blood and righteousness, and at a time when under the deepest sense of thy sin and his all-sufficiency to save? And hast thou not many a time since, when the false reasoning of men, the temptations of hell, and a host of foes, from within and without, would have turned thee aside from thy Lord; hast thou not, by his sweet, constraining, and supporting grace, been kept leaning upon Jesus? Yea, moreover, hath not that dear Redeemer, the Lord God of the Hebrews, who first met thee by the way, brought thee acquainted with himself, and caused thee to believe in him; hath he not since, in a thousand, and ten thousand renewed manifestations of his love, comforted thee, strengthened thee, and made thee sensible of his gracious presence? Surely, then, if he saith to thee, “Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live;” it is but the call of Jesus to the exercise of the last act of faith, and indeed to die to this world only, that thou mayest live with him in glory in a better. And wouldst thou now draw back? Didst thou first venture upon Christ, when thou hadst known but little of his faithfulness? And shall it be said now, that the shadow of a doubt remains, when multitudes of evidences upon evidences have been given thee, that he is, he must, he will ever be Jesus? Precious, precious Redeemer! Oh! for a full tide of thy grace to be poured in upon my soul, when thou shalt be pleased to send forth a messenger with “Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live;” that I may then gather all into one of the many tokens of thy redeeming love to a poor worthless worm, such as I am; and all the many goings forth of my soul after thee, through a life of grace, since thou wast pleased to quicken me to the knowledge and desire after thee: that finally, fully, and completely, I may, once for all, cast my soul into thy blessed arms, with a “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 45–46). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

February 9 Streams in the Desert

He answered her not a word.” (Matt. 15:23.)

He will be silent in his love.” (Zeph. 3:17.)

IT may be a child of God is reading these words who has had some great crushing sorrow, some bitter disappointment, some heart-breaking blow from a totally unexpected quarter. You are longing for your Master’s voice bidding you “Be of good cheer,” but only silence and a sense of mystery and misery meet you—“He answered her not a word.”

God’s tender heart must often ache listening to all the sad, complaining cries which arise from our weak, impatient hearts, because we do not see that for our own sakes He answers not at all or otherwise than seems best to our tearblinded, short-sighted eyes.

The silences of Jesus are as eloquent as His speech and may be a sign, not of His disapproval, but of His approval and of a deep purpose of blessing for you.

“Why art thou cast down, O … soul?” Thou shalt yet praise Him, yes, even for His silence. Listen to an old and beautiful story of how one Christian dreamed that she saw three others at prayer. As they knelt the Master drew near to them.

As He approached the first of the three, He bent over her in tenderness and grace, with smiles full of radiant love and spoke to her in accents of purest, sweetest music.

Leaving her, He came to the next, but only placed His hand upon her bowed head, and gave her one look of loving approval.

The third woman He passed almost abruptly without stopping for a word or glance. The woman in her dream said to herself, “How greatly He must love the first one, to the second He gave His approval, but none of the special demonstrations of love He gave the first; and the third must have grieved Him deeply, for He gave her no word at all and not even a passing look.

“I wonder what she has done, and why He made so much difference between them?” As she tried to account for the action of her Lord, He Himself stood by her and said: “O woman! how wrongly hast thou interpreted Me. The first kneeling woman needs all the weight of My tenderness and care to keep her feet in My narrow way. She needs My love, thought and help every moment of the day. Without it she would fail and fall.

“The second has stronger faith and deeper love, and I can trust her to trust Me however things may go and whatever people do.

“The third, whom I seemed not to notice, and even to neglect, has faith and love of the finest quality, and her I am training by quick and drastic processes for the highest and holiest service.

“She knows Me so intimately, and trusts Me so utterly, that she is independent of words or looks or any outward intimation of My approval. She is not dismayed nor discouraged by any circumstances through which I arrange that she shall pass; she trusts Me when sense and reason and every finer instinct of the natural heart would rebel;—because she knows that I am working in her for eternity, and that what I do, though she knows not the explanation now, she will understand hereafter.

“I am silent in My love because I love beyond the power of words to express, or of human hearts to understand, and also for your sakes that you may learn to love and trust Me in Spirit-taught, spontaneous response to My love, without the spur of anything outward to call it forth.”

He “will do marvels” if you will learn the mystery of His silence, and praise Him, for every time He withdraws His gifts that you may better know and love the Giver.—Selected.[1]


[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 44–46). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

February 9th The D. L. Moody Year Book

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.—Isaiah 26:3, 4.

AS long as our mind is stayed on our dear selves, we will never have peace. Some people think more of themselves than of all the rest of the world. It is self in the morning, self at noon, and self at night. It is self when they wake up, and self when they go to bed. They are all the time looking at themselves and thinking about themselves, instead of “looking unto Jesus,” Faith is an outward look. Faith does not look within; it looks without. It is not what I think, or what I feel, or what I have done, but it is what Jesus Christ is and has done, that is the important thing for us to dwell upon.[1]


[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 32–33). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Chinese Ambassador Does NOT Deny Coronavirus Came From Biological Warfare Program | The Daily Wire

The Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai. did not deny that the coronavirus came from China’s biological warfare program on Sunday and instead suggested that the deadly virus could have come from a military lab in the U.S.

Tiankai made the remarks on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” in response to China’s struggle to stop the coronavirus from continuing to spread. It has now infected at least 37,198 and killed at least 811 in China.

“This week, Senator Tom Cotton, who sits on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committee, suggested that the virus may have come from China’s biological warfare program,” CBS News’ Margaret Brennan said. “That’s an extraordinary charge. How do you respond to that?”

“I think it’s true that a lot is still unknown and our scientists, Chinese scientists, American scientists, scientists of other countries are doing their best to learn more about the virus, but it’s very harmful,” Cui responded. “It’s very dangerous to stir up suspicion, rumors and spread them among the people. For one thing, this will create panic. Another thing that it will fend up racial discrimination, xenophobia, all these things, that will really harm our joint efforts to combat the virus.”

“Of course, there are all kinds of speculation and rumors,” Cui continued. “There are people who are saying that these virus are coming from some- some military lab, not of China, maybe in the United States. How — how can we believe all these crazy things?”

“You think it’s crazy,” Brennan pressed. “Where did the virus come from?”

“Absolutely crazy,” responded.

“Where did the virus come from?” Brennan asked.

“We still don’t know yet,” Cui responded. “It’s probably according to some initial outcome of the research, probably coming from some animals. But we have to- to discover more about it.”


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Gospel Motives for Gospel Perseverance — HeadHeartHand Blog

Do you fear giving up the Gospel because of hostile opposition to it and to believers?

We are living in times of increasing opposition to the Gospel: verbal opposition, economic opposition, workplace opposition, legal opposition, etc.

Many have given up part of the faith, especially in the area of sexual ethics. Some have given up all of the faith and abandoned the Gospel altogether. Some of them have been well known Christian leaders.

How can I expect to stand in the face of opposition, if they can’t?

This fear of falling has some significant effects upon us:

  • It displaces Christ, resulting in man-centeredness. We have our eyes on people who threaten us rather than on Christ’s protection of us.
  • It demoralizes us, resulting in sin. We give up doctrinal and moral beliefs resulting in immoral behavior.
  • It destabilizes us, resulting in inconsistency. We are all over the place as we respond to attacks from all directions.

This fear of falling and its consequences can be removed and replaced with a confident expectation of perseverance which has some wonderful happy consequences.

How can we persevere when we are so weak and the opposition so strong? Paul gives us three truths. 

For more, see my sermon notes from my third sermon in the Colossians series entitled Complete in Christ (download pdf here).  Scroll down a bit further and you’ll find a one-page sermon summary infographic.

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Sunday’s Hymn: Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling — Rebecca Writes




Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals he’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.

Come home, come home,
Ye who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home.

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.

Oh! for the wonderful love he has promised
Promised for you and for me;
Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.

—Will L. Thomp­son


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“We Have Millions of Americans Whose Minds Are Poisoned By the Left and the Media” – Rep. Devin Nunes RIPS Fake-News Mainstream Media (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

Rep. Nunes ripped the liberal media after their disastrous three years of lying and misleading the American public.

For over three years the Democrats mainstream media has been wrong on every major issue including the Mueller hoax, the Ukrainian impeachment sham, the vicious attacks on the Covington kids, the Jussie Smollett hoax, the Russia collusion nonsense, the economy, etc.

The leftie mainstream media TRULY is an enemy to Truth.

Rep. Nunes urged Trump to move the entire NSC apparatus out of the White House and across the Potomac.

Rep. Nunes: I believe we’re going to get accountability. I believe Durham is going to get to the full story… I’ve been saying for a long time that the National Security Council that’s there at the White House, 400 and some people, he would be best to take all of those people, ship them across the Potomac, quarantine them, get them the hell away from the White House, because we know that a lot of the leaks for the last three plus years have been coming from that National Security Council. The President really only needs to have Trump appointees with him in the White House.

Then Rep. Nunes TORCHED the leftie media.

Rep. Nunes: That’s really what caused this problem Maria. The legacy media in this country, they’re not doing their jobs. This whole Russia hoax and Ukraine hoax, they were in on it from the very beginning. THey refuse to talk about just how wrong the Democrats really were… They’re just part of the team. They’re part of the socialist left. We never missed once. Everything we said came out to be true… We have millions of Americans whose minds are poisoned by the left and the media…

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February 9, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

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34 The testimony of John the Baptist began with v. 19 and now closes with v. 34. “I have seen” is the indisputable basis for “and I testify” (Phillips has, “I declare publicly before you all”). His testimony is that Jesus of Nazareth “is the Son of God.” In all three synoptic accounts, the descent of the Spirit is followed by a voice from heaven declaring Jesus to be God’s beloved Son in whom he is well pleased (Lk 3:22 par.). John’s testimony rested on God’s own declaration. Coupled with the visible descent of the Spirit, there could be no question but that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah.[1]

34 Again the Greek perfects must be allowed their full force. “I have seen” means much the same as “I saw” (v. 32). “I testify” is another perfect and points to the continuing effect of the Baptist’s words. They were not the idle utterance of the moment, said and then over. They continued with full effect. At the end of the verse there is a textual problem, whether we should read “the Son of God” (so NIV) or “God’s Chosen One” (REB).81 On the whole “God’s Chosen One” is probably the correct reading. It has good attestation, and it is unlikely that an original “Son of God” would have been altered into it, whereas the reverse process is quite intelligible. If we accept this reading, John is saying that Jesus is the object of the divine call. The choice of none less than God has fallen on him.

If the reading “the Son of God” were accepted there would be a certain stress on the deity of Christ. Each of the Evangelists in his own way brings out the deity of the Savior at the beginning of his Gospel. Matthew and Luke do it with the birth stories and Mark with his reference to Jesus as “the Son of God” in his opening sentence. John has already done this in the Prologue, and with this reading he does it again. The climax of the Baptist’s testimony would then be that “this is the Son of God.” This is all the more important in that this Gospel was written to bring people to a knowledge of this truth (20:31). “Son of God” is, of course, an expression that might mean much or little. The term was used of Solomon (2 Sam. 7:14) and in the plural of all Israel (Hos. 1:10). People who believe and are thus admitted to the heavenly family address God as “Father” and are said to be “sons of God” (though John never uses that term of them; see on v. 12). But here the expression will have its fullest force; it will point to the closest personal relationship to the Father. It will be an assertion of the deity of the Messiah. Either reading makes good sense, but “God’s Chosen One” seems to have the weight of the evidence.[2]

34 The formal introduction to John’s eyewitness testimony, “And I have seen, and have testified” (v. 34; compare 19:35), now sets the stage for John’s definitive statement of who Jesus is, and a narrative of the call of his first disciples (vv. 35–51). The voice of God, “This is he who baptizes in Holy Spirit” (v. 33), echoing John’s words, “This is he of whom I said” (v. 30) is reechoed in turn by John himself: “This is the Son of God.” The effect of the repeated presentation formula (vv. 30, 33, 34) is to give John’s testimony the same authority and status that the voice from heaven has in the synoptic tradition (at least in its Matthean form, “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I take pleasure,” Mt 3:17; compare 17:5; Mk 9:7; Lk 9:35). John’s voice dominates the narrative. Nowhere is the title, “Gospel of John,” more apt than here. John uses the emphatic “I” nine times in verses 19 to 34 (and once more in 3:28), but no one else (including Jesus) ever uses it within the Gospel’s first three chapters. John’s testimony here, like the voice at the baptism in the synoptic tradition, is “public” as far as the readers of the Gospel are concerned, even though there is no identifiable audience within the narrative. John, and not a heavenly voice, confirms Jesus’ identity to the reader, even though it remains for him to be “revealed to Israel” (compare v. 31). For the first time, the “One and Only” (vv. 14, 18) is explicitly defined as “the Son of God” (ho huios tou theou). The variant reading, “the Chosen of God” (ho eklektos tou theou), has a strong claim to originality because “the Chosen,” if it were original, might well have been changed to the more familiar “Son,” while a change in the opposite direction seems less likely (see the TNIV, “God’s Chosen One”). Still, the manuscript support for “the Chosen” is not strong (see above, n. 1). A plausible solution is that “the Chosen” was indeed changed to “the Son,” but that the change was made by the Gospel writer! If the author found “the Chosen of God” in his source, it would have been natural to interpret it as “the Son of God,” reflecting his own characteristic vocabulary (compare v. 49; 3:18; 5:25; 10:36; 11:4, 27; 19:7; 20:31), and just as natural for the traditional designation, “the Chosen,” to have survived in some later manuscipts. “Chosen,” like “One and Only” or “Beloved” (as in Mt 3:17 and parallels), points to Jesus’ unique position of favor in his Father’s eyes. Like them it is a title that would have been at home in early baptism or transfiguration accounts—just the sort of narratives the Gospel writer would have used in reporting John’s testimony. It is appropriate that John, the first eyewitness, should also be the first to identify Jesus as “the Son of God,” the title by which (along with “the Christ”) the author wants his readers to know and believe in him (compare 20:31). Having already acknowledged Jesus implicitly as “the Christ” (by disclaiming the title for himself, v. 20), John now confesses him openly as “the Son of God.”

If “Son of God” within the developing Johannine tradition clarifies and interprets “the Chosen of God,” in the Gospel’s present literary framework it clarifies and interprets (as we have seen) the otherwise difficult “Lamb of God” (v. 29). If this is the case, then the participial expression, “he who baptizes in Holy Spirit” (v. 33), also has a likely equivalent in “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (v. 29). Both are priestly acts in that they refer to a work of purification from sin which Jesus will accomplish, accenting first its worldwide goal and second the Spirit as the instrument by which he will carry it out. This work of purification—whether as “Lamb of God” or as “the Baptizer”—will begin with Jesus’ own baptizing ministry (3:22, 26; 4:1), but will come to full realization only in his sacrificial death and consequent bestowal of the Holy Spirit on his disciples (20:22–23).[3]

1:34 / Son of God: Some important ancient manuscripts read, instead, “the Chosen One (Gr.: eklektos) of God.” A strong case can be made for this variant. It is easy to see how a copyist might have changed “Chosen One of God” to the better-known Son of God, and difficult to imagine a change in the opposite direction. Also the titles given to Jesus in this chapter are, as a rule, not duplicated, and Son of God does appear later in 1:49. Yet the manuscript evidence for Son of God is very strong. That the copyists of the most ancient manuscripts were quite willing to let an unusual or unfamiliar title for Christ stand if they judged it authentic is shown by the well-attested “God the Only One” in v. 18 and “Holy One of God” in 6:69. Here Son of God is probably what the author wrote, but “Chosen One of God” was also clearly remembered and firmly fixed in some of the earliest traditions about John the Baptist (whether written or oral), so that it persisted in the manuscript tradition. Son possibly represents the Gospel writer’s interpretation of John the Baptist’s own term “Chosen One” (cf., e.g., the use of “Son of God” in connection with a reference to Jesus’ baptism in 1 John 5:5).[4]

34. This verse brings to a close the testimony of the Baptist. And I have seen and I have testified.… The perfect tenses show clearly that the man who had this wonderful experience wishes to declare in a most solemn manner that he not only saw but that the vision is still before his eyes; that he not only testified but that his testimony still stands. The content of the testimony is: (that) this one is the Son of God. By placing the title at the very end of the sentence a striking climax results, in beautiful harmony with the purpose of the Fourth Gospel, as set forth in 20:30, 31. With respect to the meaning of this title we can fall back once more on Luke 3:22. From that passage it becomes clear that the Baptist, in addition to seeing a bodily form as a dove, also heard a voice out of heaven, saying to Jesus, “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” Hence, the expression the Son of God here in John 1:34 refers to God’s own Son in the most exalted sense in which that term can be used. It expresses the peculiar relation which exists eternally between the Father and the Son (1:1, 18; 3:16–18; 5:25; 17:5; 19:7; 20:31).[5]

[1] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 380). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Morris, L. (1995). The Gospel according to John (pp. 134–135). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Michaels, J. R. (2010). The Gospel of John (pp. 115–117). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[4] Michaels, J. R. (2011). John (p. 36). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 1, pp. 100–101). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

February 9 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

February 9.—Morning. [Or March 19.]
“When I see the blood I will pass over you.”

ISRAEL’S deliverance from Egypt was a redemption both by blood and by power. In the following chapter we read of the redemption by blood.

Exodus 12:1–15

1, 2 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. (To be redeemed is the greatest event in a man’s history. The day in which we realise redemption must be the pearl of days to us for ever.)

3, 4 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: (Jesus was perfect, and in the fulness of his strength when he became the lamb of our passover.)

And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. (It was both in the evening of the day and in the evening of time, that by the general voice of the nation, Jesus was put to death.)

And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. (Not on the threshold, for woe unto the man who tramples on the blood of Christ.)

And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. (Do these bitter herbs signify our repentance or the Redeemer’s woes? Perhaps both.)

Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

Our Lord’s sufferings are well symbolised by the fire before which the lamb was roasted.

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. (We must feed upon Christ and upon a whole Christ.)

11, 12 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (Mark that word, “when I see the blood.” Our sight of the atonement brings us comfort, but the Lord’s own sight of it is the true reason of our salvation.)

14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

SIN is that sour leaven which must go from the heart where Jesus is the Saviour. The apostle Paul puts this more at length in

1 Cor 5:6–8

Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? (It is a spreading thing, and if any be left it will speedily multiply itself.)

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (May the Holy Spirit grant us grace to accomplish this sweeping of the house. Where the precious blood is sprinkled, no sin can be tolerated.)

Saints behold your Paschal lamb,

Trust his blood, and praise his name;

Keep the sacred feast and be

Now from guile and malice free.

Stand as pilgrims, staff in hand,

Quitting soon this servile land,

Follow on where Christ has trod,

Till he brings you home to God.

February 9.—Evening. [Or March 20.]
“The Lord hath redeemed Jacob.”

OUR last reading set forth the Lord’s command as to the passover, we shall now see it obeyed.

Exodus 12:21–36

21, 22 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. (They must abide under the shelter of the blood or perish.)

23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. (Else had Israel died as well as Egypt. It was not character or position, but the sprinkled blood which made the difference. The sacrifice of Jesus is the true reason of our salvation.)

24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

Whatever else we forget we must hold by the substitutionary atonement as long as time endures.

25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

The youngest ought to be instructed in the doctrine of atonement by blood: it is the most vital truth of our most holy faith.

28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

29 ¶ And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Death reigned where the blood was not sprinkled, and so must it be. Are we all marked with the blood of our Great Substitute?

31, 32 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. (Here was the overthrow of pride. The haughty tyrant surrenders, and becomes himself a suppliant. God’s sword can reach the heart of leviathan himself, though he thinks himself invulnerable and invincible.)

33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading-troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.

35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment. (These were not borrowed as we understand the word, but asked for, and freely given, because the people honoured the Israelites, and were afraid to incur their anger.)

36 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

Their long and unpaid services were thus, in a measure, requited by the gifts of the Egyptians.

When souls are spiritually set free from sin, the Lord is pleased to adorn them with many precious things; for he is abundant in loving kindness towards his people.

Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,

All our sins on Thee were laid:

By almighty love anointed,

Thou hast full atonement made:

All Thy people are forgiven

Through the virtue of Thy blood:

Open’d is the gate of heaven;

Peace is made ’twixt man and God.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 79–80). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Faithfulness

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23).

The word we’re focusing on this week inside the fruit of the Spirit list is- faithfulness.

As a reminder, the fruit of the Spirit is love. All other fruit stems from that one fruit. There is one fruit of the Spirit, it isn’t a plural. It’s one bundle.

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The Greek word in this verse for faithfulness is pistis. Helps Word Studies explains,

pístis (from 3982/peithô, “persuade, be persuaded”) – properly, persuasion (be persuaded, come to trust); faith.

Faith/pistis) is always a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people. In short, “faith” for the believer is “God’s divine persuasion” – and therefore distinct from human belief (confidence), yet involving it. The Lord continuously births faith…

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God is for us — Tried With Fire

Now all my heart’s desire
Is to abide
In him, my Saviour dear,
In him to hide,
My shield and buckler he,
Covering and protecting me;
From Satan’s darts I’ll be
Safe at his side.
(Emmanuel T. Sibomana)

“How do you know God is really for you?

Where should you look for proof that God is for you? Does it lie in the fact that your Christian life has been unbroken happiness? Does it lie in the fact that your Christian life has been one of ecstatic joy?
There is only one irrefutable answer to these questions. It cannot be found in our circumstances. It lies only in the provision that God has made for us in Jesus Christ.
This is the whole point of Paul’s question in verse 32 (Romans 8:32). We can be sure that God is for us because this God, the God of the Bible, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up to the cross for us all.
If this is true, Paul affirms, we can be confident He will give us everything we need.
This is the only way we can know that God is for us.”
By Grace Alone, Sinclair Ferguson, Reformation Trust Publishing, page 70.
A repost from January 11, 2011

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2020 Hasn’t Started Off Very Well — The Outspoken TULIP

Pain surrounds a lot of believers right now. Perhaps this new year has also been unkind to you. If so, follow the example of my second friend. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, trusting His sovereignty. He will give you a beautiful perspective.

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