Daily Archives: March 21, 2020

March 21st The D. L. Moody Year Book

Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.—Matthew 11:28.

I LIKE to have a text like this, because it takes us all in. “Come unto Me all ye that labor.” That doesn’t mean a select few—refined ladies and cultured men. It doesn’t mean good people only. It applies to saint and sinner. Hospitals are for the sick, not for healthy people. Do you think that Christ would shut the door in any one’s face, and say, “I did not mean all; I only meant certain ones”? If you cannot come as a saint, come as a sinner. Only come!

A lady told me once that she was so hardhearted she couldn’t come.

“Well,” I said, “my good woman, it doesn’t say all ye soft-hearted people come. Black hearts, vile hearts, hard hearts, soft hearts, all hearts come. Who can soften your hard heart but Himself?”[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. 59–60). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

March—21 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

A nail in a sure place.—Isaiah 22:23.

My soul, through grace, thou hast long been enabled to hang all thy grand concerns for eternity upon the Lord Jesus; and will it not be a very refreshing subject for thine evening meditation, to see how eternally firm and secure all rest, with an unshaken and unchangeable confidence? Behold him as he is in himself, in his person, work, and righteousness: Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Next contemplate him as the source, origin, fountain, and support of all the great things of salvation. There is not a purpose of God, but is founded on Christ; not a promise, but is made, confirmed, and fulfilled in Christ; and not a dispensation in all the kingdoms of nature, grace, and glory, but comes from Christ, and his own righteous government. Go on, under a third branch of meditation, and behold Jesus as a nail in a sure place, and that the persons, concerns, and blessings of his people, all hang on him: from him they derive all their spiritual strength, gifts, graces, authority, order, and appointment; on him they all depend for life, ability, power, and disposition to carry it on; and to him the whole glory of their services return, in an endless revenue of praise. Lastly, and above all, to crown thine evening meditation on this nail in a sure place, behold the hand of God thy Father, both fixing him there, and proclaiming it to the souls of his people: “I will fasten him,” saith Jehovah, “as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his Father’s house.” (Isaiah 22:23.) Hail! thou glorious almighty Mediator! founded on such authority, and possessing in thyself such eternal principles, evermore will I hang my soul, and body, and spirit, with all I have, and all I am or hope to be, in time, and to all eternity, on thee; for never can too great a stress be laid upon Jesus, nor too full a confidence be placed in him. How can a soul perish that hangs on God’s Christ?[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 85–86). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Thou Sweet Beloved Will of God — The Thirsty Theologian

Thou Sweet Beloved Will of God
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imageThou sweet beloved will of God,
my anchor ground, my fortress hill,
my spirit’s silent fair abode,
in thee I hide me and am still.

O will, that willest good alone,
lead thou the way, thou guidest best;
a little child, I follow on,
and trusting, lean upon thy breast.

God’s will doth make the bitter sweet,
and all is well when it is done;
unless His will doth hallow it,
the glory of all joy is gone.

Self, sense, and reason, they may scorn
that hidden way that leads on high—
still be my deepest will uptorn,
and so the pow’r of nature die.

And if in gloom I see thee not,
I lean upon thy love unknown—
in me thy blessèd will is wrought,
if I will nothing of my own.

O spirit of a little child,
Of will bereft, untroubled, pure,
I seek thy glory undefiled;
Lord, take my will, Thy love is sure.

O will of God, my soul’s desire,
my bread of life in want and pain;
O will of God, my guiding fire,
unite my will to thine again.

O will, in me thy work be done,
for time, and for eternity—
give joy or sorrow, all are one
to that blest soul that loveth thee.

Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017).

Right tune, wrong hymn:

The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

via In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Thou Sweet Beloved Will of God — The Thirsty Theologian

March 21, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

17:10b–11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica. The synagogue functioned not simply as a house of worship but also as a house of study in which people could investigate the Scriptures every day. This study group allows Paul to explore the Scriptures with them to verify his teaching. They treat Paul “as a highly respected rabbi or teacher of Scripture” and “[evaluate] his teaching based on his answers to the questions they put to him in light of their own prior knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures.” From Luke’s perspective, they represent true Jews. They examine the Scripture for the truth and recognize that what Paul says is true.[1]


11. The Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were true. 12. Many of the Jews, then, believed, as well as a number of prominent Greek women and not a few men.

We observe these points:

  1. Noble-mindedness. Luke compares the worshipers at the Berean synagogue with those at Thessalonica and praises the Bereans. Paul develops a close and loving relationship with the Thessalonians (see 1 Thess. 2:11); nevertheless, in respect to noble-mindedness the Bereans excel. They are more open to the truth of God’s Word than the people of Thessalonica are.

The reason for the openness of the Bereans lies in their receptivity to and love for God’s Word. For them, the Scriptures are much more than a written scroll or book that conveys a divine message. They use the Old Testament as the touchstone of truth, so that when Paul proclaims the gospel they immediately go to God’s written Word for verification. They do so, Luke adds, with great eagerness. Note well, the adjective great indicates that they treasure the Word of God. Luke ascribes the same diligence to the Bereans as Peter does to the Old Testament prophets, who intently and diligently searched the Word and inquired into its meaning (1 Peter 1:10). The Bereans open the Scriptures and with ready minds learn that Jesus has fulfilled the messianic prophecies.

Day by day, the Bereans examine the Scriptures to see whether the teachings of Paul and Silas accord with God’s written Word. They do so not from unbelief and doubt but from honest analysis and eagerness to learn the message of God’s revelation. Although Luke fails to mention that God opened the hearts of the Bereans (compare 16:14), in verse 12 he records that “many of the Jews” believe the gospel. These people believe because they know God’s Word. The situation in Berea differs from that in Thessalonica, where “some of the Jews were persuaded” (v. 4).

  1. Faith. Like the Jews in Thessalonica, the Jews in Berea had welcomed the local Gentile population to their synagogue and had instructed them in the truths of Scripture. In both cities, many God-fearing Gentiles, men and women, came to the faith. And in both places, the Gentile women were prominent. Luke displays evenhandedness in referring to men and women. Here he mentions the women first and then the men (compare 18:26). He repeatedly reports that prominent women in Jewish Gentile churches come to faith in Christ and give leadership. Luke even records names and relationships: Timothy’s mother (16:1), Lydia of Thyatira (16:14–15), Damaris of Athens (17:34), Priscilla (18:2, 18, 26), and Philip’s four daughters who prophesied (21:9). With the men, these women demonstrate faith in action.

Luke leaves the impression that a flourishing church arose at Berea. Nonetheless, he never indicates that Paul revisited the place. He relates that one of Paul’s travel companions in Macedonia was Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea (20:4).[2]


17:11. Paul could not have known that the Bereans would become a model for how to study the Bible. Luke gave a threefold description of the Bereans’ response to Paul’s preaching. First, they approached Paul’s teaching with some open-mindedness. The expression more noble-minded than the Thessalonians means that the Bereans were objective in their evaluation of Paul’s message. They judged his message by the standard of Scripture rather than their preconceived prejudices. Second, they also received the Scriptures with great eagerness. They had an appetite to learn. Finally, they examined the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so. They carefully evaluated Paul’s message to determine for themselves if it was true.[3]


[1] Garland, D. E. (2017). Acts. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 173). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[2] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 17, pp. 620–621). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[3] Marty, W. H. (2014). Acts. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (pp. 1711–1712). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

March 21 Streams in the Desert

According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matt. 9:29)

PRAYING through” might be defined as praying one’s way into full faith, emerging while yet praying into the assurance that one has been accepted and heard, so that one becomes actually aware of receiving, by firmest anticipation and in advance of the event, the thing for which he asks.

Let us remember that no earthly circumstances can hinder the fulfillment of His Word if we look steadfastly at the immutability of that Word and not at the uncertainty of this ever-changing world. God would have us believe His Word without other confirmation, and then He is ready to give us “according to our faith.”

When once His Word is past,

When He hath said, ‘I will,’ (Heb. 13:5)

The thing shall come at last;

God keeps His promise still.” (2 Cor. 1:20)

The prayer of the Pentecostal age was like a cheque to be paid in coin over the counter.—Sir R. Anderson.

“And God said … and it was so.” (Gen. 1:9)[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (p. 90). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

The Real Reasons Africa Has Another Locust Plague — Christian Research Network

“The obvious, burning, essential question is this: In this era of amazing modern agriculture, aviation and pest control technologies, how could Africa have reached this frightening precipice yet again?”

(Paul Driessen – Townhall) The China coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreaks, deaths and responses continue to dominate US, European and Asian news. Meanwhile, an equally or even more serious infestation is devastating East African crops and leaving tens of millions at risk of starvation and death. If COVID hits these weakened populations, amid their malaria and other systemic diseases, it would bring tragedy on massive scales.

“Across Somalia, desert locusts in a swarm the size of Manhattan have destroyed a swath of farmland as big as Oklahoma,” the Wall Street Journal’s Nicholas Bariyo reports. “In Kenya, billions-strong clouds of the insects have eaten through 800 square miles of crops and survived a weeks-long spraying campaign. They have “swept across more than 10 nations on two continents.” In parts of East Africa they “are destroying some 1.8 million metric tons of vegetation every day, enough food to feed 81 million people.”  View article →

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SWARMS OF LOCUSTS SWEEP ACROSS AFRICA: ‘MOST DEVASTATING PLAGUE’ IN MEMORY

via The Real Reasons Africa Has Another Locust Plague — Christian Research Network

COVID-19, Coronavirus, and Creation Virology

Dr. Joe Francis of The Master’s University answers important questions about viruses and COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Editor’s note: Despite a lockdown due to COVID-19, midterm and spring break, and pressures to get all courses online, Dr. Joe Francis of The Master’s University, a Creation College in Santa Clarita, California, arranged to provide us with some further insight into understanding viruses and the coronavirus in particular. We are grateful to him for this quick summary of general facts, as well as some of his preliminary research insights in this newly discovered virus.

Source: COVID-19, Coronavirus, and Creation Virology

Coronavirus explained: 22 questions with epidemiologist guiding Israeli response

Professor Yehuda Carmeli is head of the Department of Epidemiology at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and a professor at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. He is one of the medical professionals leading the Israeli Health Ministry’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Times of Israel spoke to him at 7:30 Thursday morning, the only slot available in his busy day. We asked him a host of key questions to try to understand more about the coronavirus. Among them: How is it transmitted, is it or is not airborne, and why it is so contagious? How many people worldwide will ultimately be infected, with what consequent rate of fatalities? Why are the elderly at greater risk, and why are other age groups so much less so? Why are Israel and other countries responding in the ways that they are, and whose approaches are more and less effective? And what should the public expect in terms of the virus’ impact — not only on our health, but the disruption to our lives — and for how long?

Source: Coronavirus explained: 22 questions with epidemiologist guiding Israeli response

Nearly 5,500 National Guard Troops Deployed in 32 States Over Coronavirus Outbreak — The Gateway Pundit

Nearly 5,500 Air and Army National Guard troops have been deployed in 32 states because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The deployment is said to be to help clean and disinfect public spaces, assist at medical testing facilities, support Emergency Operations Centers, provide logistic support and personal protective equipment training and sample collection.

“National Guard members work and live in every community across the nation and have a proven track record of success supporting civilian authorities after homeland emergencies,” spokesperson for the National Guard told The Hill.

The Hill reports that when asked if the White House could federalize the Guard to respond to the illness, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel told reporters that President Trump could do so if desired, but that such a move “would not make sense in this situation.”

“Every state has a different way to deal with disasters. If you were to federalize [the Guard], you would lose that ability,” he said.

The US now has an emergency declaration in every state, territory and the District of Columbia.

In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has deployed the state’s National Guard to assist at food banks. He has said that he will be using them for both humanitarian and public safety needs.

Mississippi is using their National Guard to distribute supplies and possibly helping to set up and support drive-thru COVID-19 screening facilities.

General Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard, took to social media to combat rumors of martial law or a nationwide lockdown, tweeting “I hear unfounded rumors about #NationalGuard troops supporting a nationwide quarantine. Let me be clear: There has been no such discussion.”

After a video of a train full of military vehicles said to be going through the Chicago area went viral, the Illinois National Guard responded on social media and claimed that it has nothing to do with coronavirus and that they haven’t moved vehicles through the area in over a month.

“There are a lot of rumors going around about the Illinois National Guard being activated to enforce a quarantine in Chicago or other areas of the state. Some even have video of a train moving military equipment near the city,” they wrote on Facebook. “We confirmed with our logistics officer that we haven’t had trains moving Illinois National Guard equipment through Chicago in more than a month. These are not our vehicles. The military moves equipment all the time. This has nothing to do with COVID-19 response.”

The IL National Guard also responded to another video on Twitter.

“People are understandably anxious about coronavirus. We will let people know as troops are activated for additional missions,” the organization wrote in a statement. “Please remember, the National Guard is a community-based organization. We are your neighbors, your friends, your relatives, your co-workers – we are you. We’re all in this together and we’ll get through it together. Stay safe!”

via Nearly 5,500 National Guard Troops Deployed in 32 States Over Coronavirus Outbreak — The Gateway Pundit