Daily Archives: August 16, 2020

August 16 Meditate on the Lord

 

Psalm 63:6

I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.

Many people spend their nights tossing and turning when they face difficult circumstances. But not David. When he lay on his bed at night, he simply meditated on the Lord. He remembered the many ways in which God had been faithful to him in the past.

Are you losing sleep over a situation or circumstance in your life? As you think about the past, the present, and the future, meditate upon it from God’s perspective. Keeping hope alive is partly based on reliving the memories of the good things we have experienced as a child of God and the difficult things God brought us through.

Think of what David must have meditated upon. David stood before that mountain of a man with three things: a sling, a bag of stones, and faith in the power of God to give him victory. And that was all he needed—the battle was his. Never forget what God has done for you in the past. Those victories will fuel your faith in victories yet to come.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 239). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

August 16th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.—Acts 1:8.

IF these early Christians had gone out and commenced preaching then and there without the promised power, do you think that scene would have taken place on the day of Pentecost? Peter would have stood up and beat against the air, while the Jews would have gnashed their teeth and mocked at him. But they tarried in Jerusalem; they waited ten days.

“What!” you say, “with the world perishing and men dying! Shall I wait?”

Do what God tells you. There is no use in running before you are sent; there is no use in attempting to do God’s work without God’s power. A man working without this unction, a man working without this anointing, a man working without the Holy Ghost upon him, is losing time after all. We shall not lose anything if we tarry till we get this power.[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. 141–142). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

August 16, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

God Uses Suffering to Perfect His Power

“for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (12:9b–10)

God not only wanted to display His grace in Paul’s life, but also His power; He not only wanted the apostle to be humble, but also strong. Because “power is perfected in weakness,” it was necessary for the fires of affliction to burn away the dross of pride and self-confidence. Paul had lost all ability, humanly speaking, to deal with the situation at Corinth. He had visited there, sent others there, and written the Corinthians letters. But he could not completely fix the situation. He was at the point when he had to trust totally in God’s will and power.

It is when believers are out of answers, confidence, and strength, with nowhere else to turn but to God that they are in a position to be most effective. No one in the kingdom of God is too weak to experience God’s power, but many are too confident in their own strength. Physical suffering, mental anguish, disappointment, unfulfillment, and failure squeeze the impurities out of believers’ lives, making them pure channels through which God’s power can flow.

Though his circumstances had not changed, Paul could still exclaim, Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. In 1 Corinthians 1:27 he reminded the Corinthians that “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.” The apostle himself had ministered among the Corinthians “in weakness and in fear and in much trembling” (1 Cor. 2:3). Paul’s weakness was not self-induced or artificial; it was not a superficial psychological self-esteem game he played with himself. It was real and God-given. He did not love the pain caused by the false apostles, knowing it was satanic in origin. Yet he embraced it as the means by which God released His power through him.

Verse 10 summarizes the truth of this passage. Eudokeō (well content) could be translated, “pleased,” or “delighted.” He was thrilled with the weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions, and difficulties he endured for Christ’s sake, not because he was a masochist, but because when he was weak, then he was strong.

Having a proper perspective on trouble, trials, and suffering is the cornerstone of Christian living. Focusing all one’s efforts on removing difficulties is not the answer. Believers need to embrace the trials God allows them to undergo, knowing that those trials reveal their character, humble them, draw them closer to God, and allow Him to display His grace and power in their lives. They should heed the counsel of apostle James to “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2–4).[1]


9b-10 The conjunctions “Therefore … wherefore” at the beginning of v. 9b and v. 10 respectively signal Paul’s own responses to the Lord’s reply to him (v. 9a). Because Christ’s power is made perfect in weakness, (1) therefore he will all the more gladly boast in weaknesses. (2) Wherefore he takes pleasure in weaknesses.

It should be noted that Paul does not boast in “weakness,” that is, in feebleness. The plural “in my weaknesses” (v. 9b) points to the sufferings “for Christ” listed in 11:23–33, whereas the “weakness,” singular, of v. 9a, the stake/thorn “given” to him by God (v. 7), was the climactic example.

The words “I will boast rather” of weaknesses sound a comparative note. To what is he preferring this “boasting”? In all probability he is recalling once more his flight to Paradise (vv. 4–5). This experience truly occurred; Paul would be a “fool” to deny it. But that experience did not make Paul “more” (hyper) than he is in reality, either as to the “weaknesses” people “see” in him or the word of God they “hear” from him (v. 6). Such an experience, astonishing though it doubtless was, does not accredit his apostleship. He will make nothing of it, that is, “boast of it.” “Rather” than boast of his ecstatic, (non)-revelatory experience, he “will most gladly boast” of his “weaknesses.”

He then gives the purpose for his preferred boast, namely, that Christ’s power “may rest on”39 him. Remarkably, this is the vocabulary of the tabernacle of the old covenant as applied to God “pitching his tent” with his people (Exod 40:34). In turn, this imagery is employed within the NT to describe (1) the incarnate life of the Word of God (“The Word became flesh and dwelt [i.e., ‘pitched his tent’] among us”—John 1:14), and (2) God’s future dwelling with his people (Rev 7:14; 12:12; 13:6; 21:3). In what has been described as a “bold metaphor,” Paul teaches that Christ in his power “pitches his tent” with his saints in their weaknesses.41 Ecstasy has all the appearances of divine power; but the reality is otherwise. Christ draws near to us, and gives his grace and power to us, in weakness.

In v. 10 Paul expresses his “acceptance of” various difficulties, beginning with “in weaknesses,” which is repeated from v. 9b and refers specifically to the stake/thorn. Following “weaknesses” are: (1) “in insults”—found only here in Paul’s writings (possibly they refer to the scandalous treatment of him as a Roman citizen by Romans and as an Israelite by Jews—see 11:24–25), (2) “in hardships” (lit. “necessities”—see on 6:4), (3) “in persecutions” (as described in 11:24–25; cf. Rom 8:35), and (4) “[in] difficulties” (lit. “tight corners”; cf. 6:4; the verb occurs in 4:8; 6:12).

Critical to v. 10 is the inferential “wherefore,” which picks up from the immediately preceding48 “I will boast … of my weaknesses,” which, “on behalf of Christ,” he accepts. The expression “on behalf of Christ I accept weaknesses, etc.” must be read alongside “we beseech you on behalf of Christ, ‘be reconciled to God’ ” (5:20). Because Christ is not physically present, in his place God “has given” the ministry and “entrusted” the word of reconciliation to the apostles (5:18–19). As Christ’s ambassador and apostle, Paul “beseeches” in Christ’s place and suffers in Christ’s place, as this list of sufferings shows (cf. 4:8–9; 6:4–5; cf. 2:16). Christ’s sufferings are replicated and historically extended in the sufferings or weaknesses of his apostle as he bids humankind “Be reconciled to God,” and it is of these—as opposed to triumphalist “visions and revelations”—that Paul “boasts” (v. 9b) and these that he “accepts.”

A connection should also be made between “weaknesses … on behalf of Christ” and his words “be spent on behalf of your souls,” a few verses later (see on v. 15). In both cases the preposition hyper is used. As apostle of divine reconciliation Paul suffers on behalf of the One he represents—though in a qualitatively different way (see on 5:21)—and he does so for the sake of those to whom he ministers. The keyword of the triumphalist “superlative” apostles (11:5; 12:11) is hyper (“more than,” “above”) Paul. It is Paul’s keyword, too. Madman that he is, his “weaknesses” are “more than” theirs (11:23), and those “weaknesses” replicate Christ’s sufferings, and do so on behalf of the churches. His nontriumphalist, servant ministry is again undergirded. He is their “slave” on account of (dia) Jesus (4:5).

Paul concludes the two parts of vv. 9b-10 with an aphorism: “When I am weak, then I am strong.” Such strength is not automatic to weakness. Rather, weakness (as of the unremoved stake/thorn—v. 7) creates the human context of helplessness and utter vulnerability in which Paul the minister of Christ pleaded with the risen, powerful Lord—who himself was once utterly “weak,” “sin-laden,” and “poor” (13:4; 5:21; 8:9) in achieving our reconciliation with God—who is now strong in resurrected power to give his grace and power to the one who calls out to him.[2]


12:9b–10 / If Christ’s power is made perfect in Paul’s weakness (and thus indirectly attests to Paul’s revelatory experience and his apostolic authority), then the apostle’s positive response to the revelation of the Lord seems quite logical: he will boast in his weaknesses. This idea of strength in weakness must seem counterintuitive, especially to the opponents, who “take pride in what is seen” (2 Cor. 5:12). However, Paul now realizes that everything that he once regarded as a cause for boasting is nothing in comparison with knowing Christ and sharing in his sufferings, so that he may participate in Christ’s resurrection (cf. Phil. 3:5–11).

Paul boasts in his weakness so that (hina) Christ’s power might rest on him. The verb actually denotes “take up one’s abode, dwell” and may well recall that the presence of God dwelled in the tabernacle and the temple (cf. Exod. 25:8; Ezek. 37:27; 2 Cor. 6:16). If so, the verb ties our passage back to 2 Corinthians 5:1, where Paul refers to his mortal body as “our earthly house of the tent,” alluding to the tabernacle in 1 Chronicles 9:23 lxx. Even during his earthly pilgrimage in the body, the apostle is conscious of the presence of God in his life through the Spirit. He was also conscious that the same power of the resurrected Christ would one day transform his mortal body.

Because Paul is the dwelling-place of the power of Christ, he takes delight in his weaknesses (v. 10a). Rather than continue his prayer for relief from the thorn in the flesh (cf. v. 8), Paul has now come to accept his infirmity and even to delight in it for Christ’s sake. This sounds almost masochistic, as if Paul likes to be abused. Certainly it opens the door to later Christian ideas of asceticism and martyrdom. Yet the apostle has come to his understanding of suffering after realizing that the power of Christ manifests itself most fully and obviously when he is at his weakest. Paradoxically, when I am weak, then am I strong. His light and momentary troubles are achieving for him an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (4:17).

Paul’s weaknesses are explicated in verse 10b by a short tribulation catalogue that resembles similar catalogues in 4:8–12; 6:4–10; and especially 11:23–29. This shows that, in discussing his revelatory experience in 12:1–10, Paul has not really left his theme in 11:23, namely, that he is more a servant of Christ than his opponents because of his greater sufferings. Yet it has become apparent that boasting in weakness and suffering is not so foolish as it might seem at first, for the extremity of his weaknesses only reflects the magnitude of his extraordinary revelatory experience, which is the very foundation of his apostolic authority. Furthermore, his boasting in his weakness is ultimately consonant with his principle of boasting only in the Lord, who gave him both his apostolic prerogative and his weakness (cf. 10:17).[3]


10. I take pleasure in infirmities. There can be no doubt, that he employs the term weakness in different senses; for he formerly applied this name to the punctures that he experienced in the flesh. He now employs it to denote those external qualities, which occasion contempt in the view of the world. Having spoken, however, in a general way, of infirmities of every kind, he now returns to that particular description of them, that had given occasion for his turning aside into this general discourse. Let us take notice, then, that infirmity is a general term, and that under it is comprehended the weakness of our nature, as well as all tokens of abasement. Now the point in question was Paul’s outward abasement. He proceeded farther, for the purpose of showing, that the Lord humbled him in every way, that, in his defects, the glory of God might shine forth the more resplendently, which is, in a manner, concealed and buried, when a man is in an elevated position. He now again returns to speak of his excellences, which, at the same time, made him contemptible in public view, instead of procuring for him esteem and commendation.

For when I am weak, that is—“The more deficiency there is in me, so much the more liberally does the Lord, from his strength, supply me with whatever he sees to be needful for me.” For the fortitude of philosophers is nothing else than contumacy, or rather a mad enthusiasm, such as fanatics are accustomed to have. “If a man is desirous to be truly strong, let him not refuse to be at the same time weak. Let him,” I say, “be weak in himself, that he may be strong in the Lord.” (Eph. 6:10.) Should any one object, that Paul speaks here, not of a failure of strength, but of poverty, and other afflictions, I answer, that all these things are exercises for discovering to us our own weakness; for if God had not exercised Paul with such trials, he would never have perceived so clearly his weakness. Hence, he has in view not merely poverty, and hardships of every kind, but also those effects that arise from them, as, for example, a feeling of our own weakness, self-distrust, and humility.[4]


10. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Paul applies the lesson he learnt from the Lord’s response to his prayers for the removal of the ‘thorn’ to all the difficulties he experienced in his apostolic ministry, whether personal weakness and hardships, or pain inflicted upon him by others. When he says, I delight in weakness …, the verb translated delight in (eudokeō) may also be translated ‘be content with’ (so nrsv), but in neither case should it be construed in such a way as to indicate that Paul was a masochist, enjoying the sufferings he experienced. The reason he delighted in his sufferings was because he knew that Christ’s power would rest upon him in the midst of them.

While Paul’s audience could have gained much by learning of the simultaneity of weakness and power of which Paul speaks in verses 7–10, his motive in setting it out was not limited to that. His opponents had criticized his apostleship on the grounds of his weakness (cf. 10:10), and very likely they regarded the many persecutions and insults that Paul experienced as inconsistent with his claim to be an apostle of the exalted Christ. By setting out the principle of divine power manifested through human weakness, Paul both defended his own claim to apostleship and cut the ground from under the claims of his opponents.[5]


Ver. 10. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities … for Christ’s sake.

The use of infirmities:—“Some of the arable land along the shore on the south-east coast of Sutherland is almost covered with shore stones, from the size of a turkey’s egg to eight pounds weight. Several experiments have been made to collect these off the land, expecting a better crop; but in every case the land proved less productive by removing them; and on some small spots of land it was found so evident, that they were spread on the land again, to ensure their usual crop of oats or pease.” We would fain be rid of all our infirmities which, to our superficial conceptions, appear to be great hindrances to our usefulness, and yet it is most questionable if we should bring forth any fruit unto God without them. Much rather, therefore, will I glory in infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

The sanctifying power of sorrow:—“For Christ’s sake,” that is the main point: the apostle took pleasure in pain, not as pain, but for Christ’s sake. In itself sorrow is not sanctifying. It is like fire, whose effect depends upon the substance with which it comes in contact. Fire melts wax, inflames straw, and hardens clay. So it is only in afflictions borne for Christ’s sake, that is, in Christ’s name, and with Christ’s spirit, that we can rejoice. Forasmuch as Christ hath suffered in the flesh, arm yourself likewise with the same mind. The Cross alone extracts life out of pain; without this it is death-giving. (F. W. Robertson, M.A.) For when I am weak, then am I strong.

Weakness a source of strength:

  1. Paul’s weakness. That is a quality which we are not accustomed to associate with the apostle, knowing what we do of his labours; but when we go deeper we discover that one of the most distinctive preparations for the work which he accomplished was his feebleness. Wherein, then, did it consist? 1. It was not intellectual. Even his vilest detractors could not deny his mental superiority. 2. It was not moral. There was no vacillation about him. 3. It was physical. Paul had to contend with some distressing bodily infirmity.
  2. The connection of Paul’s weakness with his strength. 1. There was a strength in his weakness. In the Divine administration there is a wonderful law of compensation. 2. There was strength as the result of his weakness. (1) The consciousness of his own weakness led him to cast himself unreservedly upon the Divine help. (2) But looking toward man, the result of this weakness was in Paul a great outflow of tenderness. One cannot read his letters without feeling the heart-beat of his sympathy. 3. But there was, also, strength surmounting his weakness. In spite of his infirmity, he laboured on just as though he had nothing of the kind about him. He was impelled to do this. (1) By his faith. Men as they looked on Dante when he walked the streets after he had written his “Inferno,” and marked the intensity of his earnest face, said one to another, “See the man who has been in hell.” The apostle moved in the midst of unseen realities. (2) By gratitude. Never was consecration more thorough than his. He felt that he owed everything to Jesus, and to Jesus he yielded all. Conclusion: 1. Here is a use of explanation. You wonder, perhaps, why you have such feebleness. When you see others with robust frames and unbroken health, you are apt to say, “Ah, if I had but their strength how much more might I do for my Saviour!” But you are mistaken. If you had their strength you might not really be so strong as you are now. 2. A use of consolation. You wish to work for the Lord, and think you can do nothing because of your feebleness. Then see in Paul’s life how much can be accomplished, weakness notwithstanding. Nor is he a solitary instance. Think of Calvin and his irritable temper and a fragile and diseased body. 3. A use of direction. We can overcome our weakness only through a faith and a consecration like Paul’s. The one answer that will avail to the cry “Who is sufficient for these things”? is this: “My sufficiency is of God.” “Out of Saul, what has made Paul?” Faith. (W. M. Taylor, D.D.)

Strength in weakness:—Note—

  1. This general law apart from its religious bearings. 1. Weakness is sometimes perfected in strength. Its greatest manifestations are constantly seen in those whom the world deems the strongest. A strong man is likely to be a self-reliant man, and such a man is morally certain to display some weakness. A man, again, who is consciously strong at some point, is likely to think that his strength at that point will make up for his carelessness at other points. For instance, you often see men of great intellect who are morally weak and loose, and who count on their intellectual strength to cover their moral deficiency. The man who is financially strong is now and then tempted to believe that money can carry him over the lack of courtesy or consideration for others. The strong men of the Bible are also its weak men. Abraham’s falsehood, Noah’s excess, Jacob’s worldliness, Moses’ unhallowed zeal, Elijah’s faithless despair, David’s lust and murder, Solomon’s luxuriousness and sensuality—all tell the same story which we read in the biographies of the scholars, statesmen, monarchs, and generals of later times. 2. On the other hand, strength is perfected in weakness. Let an ignorant but conceited man go to a foreign city. He says, “A guide is a nuisance, and I will have none of them. I will find out the objects of interest for myself.” And so he goes blundering along, exposing himself to insult and even to danger, wasting hours in his search for a palace or an art-gallery—a sorry exhibition of weakness. Another man goes into the same city, quite as ignorant, but follows a trustworthy and intelligent guide. He gains new ideas, while the strong man, so independent of help, is standing at street corners and painfully studying his guide-book. When they return home, the man who was weak enough to accept guidance is the stronger man in knowledge. Can you imagine any object more weak and helpless than a blind child, and yet what a strength it wins from that very weakness! Out of weakness the child is made strong. And then there is the familiar fact of the increased power imparted to touch and ear by the very infirmity. Then, again, the consciousness of infirmity often makes its subject so cautious that he really accomplishes more than another who is free from infirmity. The man whose health and strength are exuberant, is likely to be careless of them; while he who rarely knows what it is to be without an aching head or a feverish pulse, therefore works by rule and economises minutes and brings discipline to bear on rebellious nerves and muscles. It is this power of self-mastery wrought out through weakness, which gives such power over other minds and hearts.
  2. The truth on its religious side. 1. Real strength comes only out of that weakness which, distrustful of itself, gives itself up to God. (1) Take the case of Paul. Here is a man beset with various infirmities. And yet at this distance we can see that that very weakness of Paul was his strength. For it gave God’s power its full opportunity. It is a strange gift that we have of preventing God from doing for us all that He would. God often sees fit to use the very elements you and I would throw away. We do not count weakness among the factors of success. The world is at a loss what to do with it; but when God takes hold of weakness it becomes another thing and works under another law. So then Paul, having abandoned the idea of doing anything by himself, God took this weakness and wrought out victory for Christ’s cause and for Paul by means of it. (a) Take the impression which the character and history of Paul make on your own minds. You know something of the power which Luke’s record of his life and labours exerts in stimulating Christian zeal and in educating character. Do not all these things get a stronger hold on you through the very sympathy which the apostle’s sufferings call out? Did not his very infirmities endear him to the churches in his own day? Had not these somewhat to do with the liberal supplies from Philippi, and with the heart-breaking sorrow of the Ephesian elders at Miletus? (b) After all that we read of Paul, we rise from his story and from his writings with a stronger impression of Christ than of him. The radiance of the light eclipses the wonder of the lamp. That is as Paul would have had it. (2) Or go farther back. Christ called Peter a rock; and yet at that stage Peter reminds us rather of those rocks which one meets with in clay-soil regions, which crumble at the touch, and are, least of all stones, fit for foundations. Peter, blustering, forward, boastful, with a great deal of strength of his own, which crumbled into weakness at the first touch of danger—and yet—“On this rock will I build My Church,” &c. The Church which began under the ministry of weak Peter is surely no feeble factor in to-day’s society: but the Peter of Pentecost was not the Peter of Gethsemane. Between these two he had learned a great deal about the weakness of human strength and the strength which God makes perfect in human weakness. The consequence is that whereas in Gethsemane Peter asserts himself, at Pentecost he asserts Jesus. Where he asserts himself the issue is a coward and a traitor. Where he passes out of sight behind Jesus, he is the hero of the infant Church, whom we love and honour. 2. The text is no encouragement to cherish weakness. The object of Christian training is to make men strong: and Paul can do all things, but only through Christ that strengtheneth him. How beautifully the context brings out this thought! What was the ark of the covenant? Nothing but a simple box overlaid with gold, such a thing as any skilful workman could make. And yet, when it fell into the hands of Israel’s enemies, the priest declared “the glory is departed from Israel.” What gave it this importance and meaning? It was that which rested upon it—the glory which made its resting-place the holiest spot in the world. And so, when the power of Christ rests upon a life, all its commonplace, its weakness, are transfigured, and the weak things of the world confound the things which are mighty. Thus it comes to pass that out of the mouth of babes and sucklings God ordains strength. 3. The truth of the text is wider than some of us have been wont to think. It asserts not only that God will assist our weakness, but that He will make our weakness itself an element of strength. We are, naturally, like one who carries round with him a rough precious-stone, ignorant of its value, and ready to throw it away or to part with it for a trifle. This thing, weakness, we should be glad to throw away. Christ comes like a skilful lapidary and shows us its value. I remember a little church among the mountains, which sprang up through the labours of a man the best of whose life was spent in trouble—a church founded among a population little better than heathen; and in the church building there was framed and hung up a magnificent rough agate which he had picked up somewhere among the hills, with the inscription, “And such were some of you.” And that stone tells the story of our text—the story of the Church on earth; a weak, erring church, its leaders stained and scarred with human infirmity, yet with a line of victory and spiritual power running through it like a track of fire: rough stones hewn out of the mountains, carved into polished pillars in the temple of the Lord. (M. R. Vincent, D.D.)[6]

10. Hence, I take delight in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul began his discussion about boasting in 11:1 and continued it through his lengthy catalog of hardships in that same chapter. After his revelation of his celestial experience, he returned to his emphasis on weaknesses (vv. 1–6), and now brings his discourse to an appropriate ending.

The repetition of the preceding passage (v. 9b) is evident:

verse 9b

 

verse 10

 

Therefore, all the more gladly

 

Hence,

 

I will boast of my weaknesses,

 

I take delight in weaknesses …

 

so that Christ’s power

 

for the sake of Christ.

 

may dwell in me.

 

For when I am weak,

 

 

 

then I am strong.

 

The apostle gladly accepts the weaknesses that he has to endure: “insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties.” This is a shorter list of adversities than the one in the preceding chapter (11:23–29). For the sake of Jesus Christ, Paul joyfully accepts all these sufferings to further the gospel. He knows that he has to suffer much for the name of Jesus (Acts 9:16). But he also knows that he “can do everything through Christ who strengthens [him]” (Phil. 4:13; compare 2 Tim. 4:17).

The conclusion ends on a note of triumph: “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” He reiterates what he wrote at the beginning of this verse, namely, that he delights in weaknesses for the sake of Christ. All things are performed through and for Christ, so that he may receive glory and honor.[7]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2003). 2 Corinthians (pp. 405–406). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Barnett, P. (1997). The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (pp. 574–577). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Scott, J. M. (2011). 2 Corinthians (pp. 230–231). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 2, pp. 379–380). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Kruse, C. G. (2015). 2 Corinthians: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Second edition, Vol. 8, p. 267). Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press.

[6] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: Second Corinthians (pp. 493–496). New York; Chicago; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Company.

[7] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 19, p. 421). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

August—16 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

Sing, O ye heavens, for the Lord hath done it; shout, ye lower parts of the earth; break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.—Isaiah 44:23.

Come, my soul, and join this universal hymn of praise, this lovely evening. Surely, if the Lord, by his servant the prophet, calls upon all nature, both the animate and inanimate parts of creation, to join in the melody, well may “the redeemed of the Lord say so!” The heavens shall sing the song of redemption; for angels rejoice over converted sinners. The earth shall join the song; for the curse pronounced on the ground is taken away by redemption. Yea, the very trees of the desert, the most remote from the peopled city, in beholding the felicity of God’s chosen, shall clap their hands also. And mark, my soul, what is the running verse and chorus of this blessed song! It is Jehovah’s glory; for “the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.” Precious and principal feature in redemption! for what is God’s work is God’s glory. Think of this when thou art contemplating the wonders and glories of redemption! And, moreover, let these views of divine glory, the first and ultimate end, in creation, providence, and grace, become the assurance, and security, and comfort of thy mind, under all the remaining points to be accomplished in thy personal circumstances and interest in it. The Lord hath glorified himself, and will glorify himself in his people. Israel is the people of his purpose, the children of promise, the children of adoption, the objects of his choice, of his everlasting love; the seed of Christ, the purchase of his blood. “This people,” saith Jehovah, “have I formed for myself, they shall show forth my praise.” Pause, my soul, and ask thy heart, what can show forth God’s praise in any way equal to all our conceptions of Jehovah’s glory, more than by a way so gracious, so wonderful, and so passing all understanding, as that of taking them from nothing, yea, from worse than nothing, and constituting them a church, a people in Christ, his dear Son, to be the everlasting monument of his glory and praise, in the realms of eternity for ever? Well might the prophet exclaim, and well mayest thou join the song: “Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 243–244). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

August 16 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

The house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent.

Lord, as a living stone, I am being built up into a spiritual house. I am Your temple, Lord God, and Your Spirit dwells in me. If I defile Your temple, You will destroy me. For Your temple is holy, which temple I am. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in me, whom I have from You, Lord God, and I am not my own. For I was bought at a price; therefore I am to glorify You in my body and spirit, which are Yours. What agreement has Your temple, Lord God, with idols? I am a temple of the living God. As You have said, You will dwell in me and walk among me. You will be my God, and I shall be Yours. I have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in You, Lord God, in whom I am being built together for a dwelling place for You in the Spirit.

May the truth that Your Spirit dwells within me guide my words and deeds.

1 Chronicles 22:5; 1 Peter 2:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:19–22[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 247). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

7 new faith-based films coming to theaters, VOD this summer and fall

The success of faith-based films in recent years has led to a resurgence of Christian movies being made.

Although state lockdowns in response to COVID-19 led to the closure of movie theaters nationwide and upended theatrical debuts, streaming services have continued to offer Christian and faith-themed content for audiences. Some films will also be among those that spearhead the reopening of movie theaters in the U.S.

Here’s a list of seven new faith-based movies that will be released this summer and fall, some on streaming platforms and others in theaters.

Source: 7 new faith-based films coming to theaters, VOD this summer and fall

Dopey Posters and Memes, Again — CultureWatch

Some of the nonsense Christians post online is utterly dreadful – and unbiblical!

All believers will one day give an account of how they spent their lives for Christ. There will be many things looked at, but I suspect one biggee will be this: So many Christians will be asked, ‘Why did you not use the brains that I gave you?’

That we should love God with our minds (and the rest of our being) is crystal clear – Jesus said it was the greatest commandment there is. Yet millions of believers act as if they must throw their brains away to follow Christ. And it certainly shows.

One simply has to look at the social media on any given day to find plenty of senseless, moronic, and completely unbiblical posts, memes and quotes – and so often Christians are the ones posting them. Many of these folks should know better: they purport to be Bible-believing evangelicals yet they will still proudly put up brain-destroying nonsense.

And that in good measure is why this irregular series on dumb memes and sayings exists. There is never a shortage of this stuff making the rounds. So let me look at five more examples of this. Often they can contain a bit of truth, but sadly they also have enough error to make them rather worthless. The ones I start with here are not too bad, but my last one is an absolute shocker.

“Where did the early church meet?”
In this meme there is a list of Bible verses – 13 all up, mostly from the book of Acts – all of which say that the early believers met at homes. OK, that happens to be true. But what of it? Many are using this to say that we should do the same today, and church buildings are somehow evil or unbiblical.

There are some obvious problems with this line of ‘thinking’. The truth is of course that there were no church buildings back then, so they could only meet in homes or in other places. When persecution ramped up they may have had to meet outside of cities, or in catacombs, and so on. But description does not equal prescription. The early church also did not use computers, the internet, smart phones, or televisions. So should these be verboten for believers?

Don’t get me wrong: I am a big fan of house churches and have no probs with them. And I am often quite critical of our megachurches and the big, fancy monstrously expensive edifices we build, with all the other unnecessary razzmatazz such as strobe lights, smoke machines, the disco look, etc. But anachronisms are not very helpful here. Of course the early church did not meet in lavish church structures for the simple reason that there were none back then.

“God never shuts one door without opening another”
This too is often seen online, and it too may have some truth to it. The actual phrase itself is of course nowhere found in the Bible. If we mean by it that God can close doors to us, yes that is biblical. If we mean by it that God may have other plans for us than what we have in mind, yes it is biblical. If we mean that God loves to guide us along the way, yes that is true.

The book of Acts for example would give us cases of all that. But the phrase as it stands is simply not always true. Let’s say you love someone heaps and wish to marry her. But it does not work out, and you may say that God closed that door.

But does that mean God will open the door to another relationship leading to marriage? Not necessarily. Perhaps God is calling you to serve him as a single person. In which case there will be no open door – at least for a potential marriage partner. So at the very least we must take care with a saying such as this. It is not an absolute, and counter examples can be found.

“The day she stopped listening to what everyone else thought and started listening to her own inner voice, was the day that her life became full of light and hope.”
This and my next examples are much more cases of humanistic mush than they are of biblical truth. Yet sadly you will still see Christians running with these sorts of posts. Um, no one reading Scripture will fall for this foolishness. Not only do we need the wise counsel of others, but we can easily deceive ourselves.

We have plenty of proverbs for example which tell us things like ‘with a multitude of counsellors there is safety.’ We all have blind spots and the inability to see everything clearly and accurately, so we need others to help us see things as God would have us see them.

And Christians obviously would be very careful with this idea of some infallible “inner voice.” If by that you mean seeking to discern what the Holy Spirit is leading you to do, that is one thing. But if you mean running with whatever is bubbling through your head at the moment, that is a recipe for disaster. The voice you hear may be God’s – or it may just be your own voice, or even Satan’s. So Scripture must be our ultimate guide for whatever we hear or feel or sense.

“Above all else, be true to you”
This is similar to the above meme in not being even remotely biblical, but just the stuff of secular humanism. Once again, all the emphasis is placed on self – on the subjective, finite and fallen self. Instead we need objective truth that we must align ourselves to, and that comes from God and his Word.

The Bible makes it clear what sort of persons we are, and how unreliable we are. Consider just a few passages. Jeremiah 17:9 says this: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Being true to self – to a deceptive heart – helps no one.

And the New Testament speaks about the ‘natural man’ who cannot know the things of God. As 1 Corinthians 2:14 puts it, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

And even the Christian who has the Spirit of God abiding within still must be careful and not run with whatever seems good or feels good. Instead he must align all things with the infallible Word of God. Turning within can easily spell trouble; turning to God’s unchanging Word is the way to proceed here.

‘Scripture versus love’
This meme is the worst of all – and all the more shocking because I have seen so many Christians absolutely gushing over it. It shows a bunch of people holding Bibles on one side, and Jesus on the other. Jesus says this: “The difference between me and you is you use scripture to determine what love means and I use love to determine what scripture means.”

If one was not fully sure where all this was coming from, it was not hard to find out: it had a web address to look up. I knew this was a lousy meme, but I did follow the link. It only took around 20 seconds to see where this guy was at: he was an ex-pastor who is now pushing all sorts of unbiblical nonsense, including the homosexual agenda.

That fully explains the ‘love is all you need’ nonsense. That has long been the homosexual mantra. That has NEVER been the biblical Christian mantra. We know for a fact that a vague and sentimental ‘love’ can lead you away from God and straight to hell. Some folks have a romantic or sexual love for children. Should they just run with it because love is all that matters?

For heaven’s sake! Adulterers and fornicators also speak glowingly about ‘love’. But mere feelings are never what the true Christian runs with. We run with Scripture which fully informs us exactly what true love is – and what false love is.

And as any Christian with half a brain understands, the Bible NEVER pits truth against love. They must always go together. Of course we need the Bible to inform us what real love is about – and everything else for that matter. We are all lost if we do not have Scripture there to instruct us in all things.

Yet we had supposedly mature believers pushing this and saying how true it is! Good grief! When you have Christians going all mushy over patently unbiblical nonsense like this, no wonder the church is in such bad shape. We need to repent and start again, loving God with all our minds.

Sadly it seems far too many believers have understood Romans 12:2 to say “Be transformed by the removing of your mind” instead of what it actually says: “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Lord please, help your people to think for your glory!

via Dopey Posters and Memes, Again — CultureWatch

16 Aug 2020 – Rapture Ready News

“Ghost Town”: Shocking Dystopian Video Of NYC Shows An Abandoned And Boarded Up 5th Avenue
“This is all Manhattan, boarded up. Have you ever seen Manhattan look like this? The media will not report this.”

‘Sterilizing children’ bill heads to Calif. Senate floor amid public outcry 
A committee in the California state Senate voted earlier this week to approve a bill creating a fund for experimental medicalized gender-transition procedures, including cross-sex hormones and body-altering surgeries for both minors and legal adults.

16 Facts That Prove America Is in Deep Trouble and Why ‘The Return’ Is so Critical
Is this the generation that will witness the end of America? Throughout human history, every great society has eventually entered a period of decline, and sadly that is happening to us as well.

Islamists Storm Christian Church in Nigeria, Killing Four Worshipers
A band of armed jihadists stormed the Lion of Judah Christian church in Azikoro, southern Nigeria, last week, shooting four of the faithful dead.

Israel rejects $1.5B Chinese water plant after Pompeo said it could affect working relationship with US
In an interview with Kan 11, a public broadcasting television channel, during his trip to Israel in mid-May, Pompeo said: “We do not want the Chinese Communist Party to have access to Israeli infrastructure, Israeli communication systems, all of the things that put Israeli citizens at risk and in turn put the capacity for America to work alongside Israel on important projects at risk, as well.”

California rejected 100,000 mail-in ballots because of mistakes
More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by California election officials during the March presidential primary, according to data obtained by The Associated Press that highlights a glaring gap in the state’s effort to ensure every vote is counted.

San Francisco Sen. Scott Wiener introduces bill to decriminalize men having sex with boys (and left-wing media DEFENDS it)
San Francisco state Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a new bill to decriminalize adult men having sex with boys and he and his allies in the media are smearing all opposition as “homophobic” and “anti-Semitic.”

Chicago Spent $66 Million on Hospital That Treated 38 Coronavirus Patients
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D.) decision to renovate a local convention center into a makeshift coronavirus hospital cost taxpayers nearly $66 million—though only 38 patients received treatment at the facility, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Friday.

Islamists Storm Christian Church in Nigeria, Killing Four Worshipers
A band of armed jihadists stormed the Lion of Judah Christian church in Azikoro, southern Nigeria, last week, shooting four of the faithful dead.

VICTORY! California Judge Says John MacArthur Can Hold Indoor Church
A California judge today ruled that Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church can hold indoor church services and they can even sing songs.

Fiend who raped, murdered two Westchester moms is being freed
A man who beat, raped and murdered two moms as their young children listened to their screams in a Westchester County home invasion is about to be freed by the state parole board… But this year, the coronavirus surfaced.

They Caved: Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe Emerges Victorious in Second Amendment Fight With FBI
Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe tried to buy a firearm and was denied a few days ago. He later discovered that he was on the prohibited person list regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Was this an error?

America Is a Hard Country to Kill and That Is Why Various Nation-Destroying Plots are Being Perfected in Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela
In the vernacular, this is a set up piece. The purpose of this article is to present a general overview of a theme. The theme is the takedown of the United States by any means necessary.

Drag Story Hour Twitter Account Claims ‘Love Has No Age’ in Controversial TweetThe UK Drag Queen Story Hour Twitter account was locked after drawing fury from various social media users due to a post containing a pro-pedophilia message.

The CHICOMS Have Troops and the Ability to Cross America’s Northern Border In Force
…At the present time, we have a large contingent of CHICOM troops operating in Western Canada just north of the US/Canadian border. The CHICOMS are moving drugs with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The CHICOMS control British Columbia’s largest port, just like they did Long Beach before Trump put a stop to it.

Source: 16 Aug 2020

The Attempted COVID Coup Of 2020

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 • https://www.zerohedge.com by Angelo Codevilla

In March, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) presented the coronavirus to the Western world as a danger equivalent to the plague. But China’s experience, which its government obfuscated, had already shown that COVID-19 was much less like the plague and more like the flu. All that has happened since followed from falsifying this basic truth.

Americans were led to believe that the virus was unusually contagious, and that it would kill up to one in 20 persons it infected—a 5 percent infection/fatality rate (IFR). Today, we still lack definitive, direct knowledge of COVID-19’s true lethality. The absence of that knowledge allows bureaucrats to continue fearmongering.

By May, a  host of studies in the U.S. and around the world showing that the vast majority of COVID cases cause mild symptoms or none, and showing the IFR to be equal to or lower than that for most flus, forced the CDC to conclude that the lethality rate, far from being 5 percent, was 0.26%––double that of a typical flu. Instead of amending their recommendations in the face of this reality, the CDC and the U.S. government tried to hide it by manipulating the definition and number of COVID “cases.”

Trump says Big Tech is “100%” trying to control the information that “people see” | DC Dirty Laundry

(Natural News) During a recent interview with Breitbart News, President Donald Trump made the claim that Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are “100 percent” trying to control the information that Americans are allowed to access online.

When asked directly if Silicon Valley is impinging online free speech, Trump immediately answered with, “yeah, 100 percent. Do you have a doubt?”

Breitbart had just informed the president prior to this that Google has systematically turned off all search functionality for Breitbart and other alt-news websites in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

In essence, Google has made it next to impossible for people to find Breitbart and other conservative-leaning news content through its search engine. This means that most people will only be able to access left-leaning news content through Google that promotes Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as well as the larger Democrat agenda.

“The tech companies are very dishonest about that and about free speech,” Trump added. “It could be a big problem for them at the appropriate time.”

If Google wants to be a content provider, then it should be stripped of its immunity protections

As you may recall, Breitbart published groundbreaking leaked footage back in 2018 of Google senior executives plotting to unseat Trump after his victory in 2016. The plan is to turn Trump and his followers into a “blip” in history, meaning Google plans to interfere with the 2020 election to ensure that Trump loses.

When asked for a response to this, Trump cited his many accomplishments thus far, further joking that his tenure up until this point has been “a pretty big blip.”

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have also taken up the task of trying to hold Big Tech accountable for its censorship. This trio has spoken numerous times about how tech companies like Google are manipulating search results in collusion with the Democrats.

These three senators also penned a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Attorney General Bill Barr pushing for more accountability and possible antitrust action against Silicon Valley for its growing bias against conservatives and the president himself.

Google is undeniably engaged in behavior that goes against both its stated mission and its legal confines, at least as far as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is concerned.

If Google wants to be a content publisher, then its immunity protections under the law need to be stripped. Otherwise, Google needs to abide by neutral content provider guidelines, which restrict it and other tech platforms from censoring content for political purposes.

Mostly Republicans in Congress are taking Big Tech to task for its monopolistic control over information

During a recent hearing before a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) grilled Pichai about his company’s monopolistic behavior. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy has also expressed deep concerns about the nature of Google and other tech platforms, which are increasingly silencing viewpoints with which their leadership disagrees.

Trump is apparently fully aware of what is going on, but has yet to act. But as he indicated to Breitbart, his administration is waiting until just the right moment to strike, which hopefully will be sooner rather than later in preservation of the First Amendment.

“Class action them. Take their assets,” wrote one Breitbart commenter.

“It is illegal to conspire to take constitutional rights away much less actually do it as they blatantly are. They are stupid. Trap set. Spring it now. Two U.S. codes on the books. They are controlling the information illegally.”

More related news about Big Tech censorship is available at Censorship.news.

Sources for this article include:

Breitbart.com

NaturalNews.com

Source: Trump says Big Tech is “100%” trying to control the information that “people see”

Hemingway: Media Downplaying FBI Lawyer’s Guilty Plea To Hide Their Collusion — The Federalist

‘Today we’re talking about this one guy who actually doctored evidence. But in that court document today, it also showed that the FBI actually knew the entire time that Carter Page was an operational contact of the CIA.’

Hemingway: Media Downplaying FBI Lawyer’s Guilty Plea To Hide Their Collusion

The corporate media is minimizing FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith’s guilty plea to doctoring evidence that underlies the Russian collusion hoax, and Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway knows why.

“The media are kind of downplaying it and acting like it’s not a big deal. And that’s understandable because they were implicated in this as well,” Hemingway said on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “In fact, they were some of the worst offenders in perpetrating this collusion hoax on the American people. The last thing they want is for anyone to be held accountable. They’re trying to make sure this story goes away as quickly as possible.”

In an interview on Fox News’s “Special Report With Bret Baier” on Friday, Hemingway explained that Clinesmith’s guilty plea is significant because it is “the first indication of some measure of accountability” for the Russian collusion hoax in 2016.

“At the end of the day, not a single American was found to have colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election, but now we have the first indication of some measure of accountability for the people who perpetrated this false theory they did so much damage to the Republican president and his voters,” Hemingway said.

Hemingway elaborated in her interview with Carlson, saying that this criminal act was a “conspiracy” specifically directed at President Trump and Carter Page, one of the advisers for the Trump campaign.

“This is the beginning of the possibility that people will be held accountable for the conspiracy to target the Trump campaign through an illegal campaign to spy on Trump, on the Trump campaign and the Trump administration, to criminally leak about them, to doctor evidence,” Hemingway said.

“This should never happen to anyone. And, you know, everyone’s pointing out that … today we’re talking about this one guy who actually doctored evidence. But in that court document today, it also showed that the FBI actually knew the entire time that Carter Page was an operational contact of the CIA. They withheld that in all of their spy warrants. And that is a really big problem,” Hemingway added.

You can watch the full interview here:

via Hemingway: Media Downplaying FBI Lawyer’s Guilty Plea To Hide Their Collusion — The Federalist

Maria Bartiromo: Sources Tell Me John Durham Will Interview former CIA Director John Durham on Friday (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Republican Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

Senator Johnson was in the news all week after he first suggested that fellow Republican Senators were preventing him from issuing subpoenas for James Comey and John Brennan to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Later in the week, on Wednesday, Senator Ron Johnson said no one was blocking any subpoenas for Comey and Brennan to testify before his committee.

Now today on Sunday Morning Futures Senator Johnson told Maria Bartiromo that the FBI is not turning over documents on Obamagate that make it a waste of time for him to subpoena James Comey and John Brennan.

Senator Johnson needs to get his story straight.

At the end of the interview Maria Bartiromo told her audience that her sources tell her that John Brennan will be interviewed by John Durham ON FRIDAY!

That is very telling.
Durham worked his way up the ladder in the CIA and DOJ and now will interview the former CIA Director on Friday.

The chickens are coming home to roost.

Via Sunday Morning Futures:

via Maria Bartiromo: Sources Tell Me John Durham Will Interview former CIA Director John Durham on Friday (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Based on Prior Reports Clinesmith Is Just the Beginning – More Indictments Including Conspiracy Charges Remain in the Obamagate Investigation — The Gateway Pundit

We now have evidence that the DOJ is working on individual indictments for clear crimes made by Deep State individuals involved in Obamagate similar to the indictment of Clinesmith this past week.  But the major overarching indictments related to conspiracy are also in the works.

Republican Representative Devin Nunes was on FOX Business with attorney Gregg Jarrett this past week.  In the interview Nunes noted a couple of important items related to the Durham investigation of the Deep State gang behind Obamagate.  At the 3:20 mark below, Rep. Nunes shared the number of referrals his team has provided to the Durham investigators:

Well look, we’ve made 14 criminal referrals from our exhaustive three and a half year investigation.  And so there is plenty to look at here.

What’s fascinating about Nunes’s comments is that a year ago Nunes said his team had only eight referrals for AG Barr. 

In April 2019 Nunes said he has been working on the criminal referrals for over two years, but he was waiting until Bill Barr was confirmed as Attorney General to make his move — Nunes did not divulge any names.

Nunes shared, “We’re prepared this week to notify the attorney general that we’re prepared to send those referrals over.  First of all, all of these are classified or sensitive. … Five of them are what I would call straight up referrals — so just referrals that name someone and name the specific crimes,” Nunes told Maria Bartiromo. “Those crimes are lying to Congress, misleading Congress, leaking classified information. So five of them are those types.”

Nunes added: “There are three [referrals] that I think are more complicated. … So on the first one, is FISA abuse and other matters. We believe there was a conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, mislead the FISA court by numerous individuals that all need to be investigated and looked at that, and we believe the [relevant] statute is the conspiracy statute. The second conspiracy one is involving manipulation of intelligence that also could ensnare many Americans.”

Among the people who signed the FISA applications include then-FBI Director James Comey, DAG Rod Rosenstein, Sally Yates and Andrew McCabe.

“The third is what I would call a global leak referral,” Nunes said. “So there are about a dozen highly sensitive classified information leaks that were given to only a few reporters over the last two-and-a-half-plus years. So you know, we don’t know if there’s actually been any leak investigations that have been opened, but we do believe that we’ve got pretty good information and a pretty good idea of who could be behind these leaks.”

We also reported in late April this year that Former US Attorney Joe Digenova reported on the conspiracy indictments as well.  DiGenova discussed the Durham investigation and said that Durham is building a conspiracy case and anyone who lied to the court will be indicted for obstruction of justice charges:

The bottom line is this, it’s unfolding and what’s happening is, what Durham is actually doing is he’s painting a picture and not everyone of these acts is going to be a specific separate crime.  But they are going to be, what’s called overt acts in a conspiracy.  One to defraud the United States government.  One to deny the civil rights of Trump and Flynn and Page and a bunch of other people.

Based on Clinesmith’s indictment and guilty plea, it appears that this is where Durham is going.  The only thing Americans ask is to have all the indictments out before the election so Americans can see the criminal actions behind Obamagate and vote accordingly.

via Based on Prior Reports Clinesmith Is Just the Beginning – More Indictments Including Conspiracy Charges Remain in the Obamagate Investigation — The Gateway Pundit

HUGE: Former and Fired FBI Director Comey Is In Big Trouble – He Knew Carter Page Worked for the CIA But Signed Bogus FISA Warrants Anyway — The Gateway Pundit

Former FBI Director James Comey knew Carter Page was a CIA asset when he signed multiple FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page and candidate and President Trump.  He knew this because Carter Page told him.

Republican Representative Devin Nunes was on FOX Business with attorney Gregg Jarrett.  In the interview Nunes noted a couple of important items related to the Durham investigation of the Deep State gang behind Obamagate, but at the 3:15 mark below, Jarrett said the following:

Comey already knew Carter Page was an asset of the CIA.  You know how I know this?  Carter Page before the first FISA warrant application, he sent Comey a direct letter that said I work for the CIA.  I’m not a Russian spy.  How do I know that?  Because he gave me a copy of the letter, it’s in both of my books.  It’s also part of his Congressional testimony you’ll recall.  So isn’t it true that James Comey concealed this information from the FISA Court and perpetrated a fraud when he signed the FISA warrants?

This is some shocking information that you would only know if you read Jarrett’s book.  Clearly Comey committed a crime when he signed the FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page and the Trump Administration.  He is in some real trouble.

via HUGE: Former and Fired FBI Director Comey Is In Big Trouble – He Knew Carter Page Worked for the CIA But Signed Bogus FISA Warrants Anyway — The Gateway Pundit

Maria Bartiromo: Sources Tell Me John Durham Will Interview former CIA Director John Durham on Friday (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Republican Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

Senator Johnson was in the news all week after he first suggested that fellow Republican Senators were preventing him from issuing subpoenas for James Comey and John Brennan to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Later in the week, on Wednesday, Senator Ron Johnson said no one was blocking any subpoenas for Comey and Brennan to testify before his committee.

Now today on Sunday Morning Futures Senator Johnson told Maria Bartiromo that the FBI is not turning over documents on Obamagate that make it a waste of time for him to subpoena James Comey and John Brennan.

Senator Johnson needs to get his story straight.

At the end of the interview Maria Bartiromo told her audience that her sources tell her that John Brennan will be interviewed by John Durham ON FRIDAY!

That is very telling.
Durham worked his way up the ladder in the CIA and DOJ and now will interview the former CIA Director on Friday.

The chickens are coming home to roost.

Via Sunday Morning Futures:

via Maria Bartiromo: Sources Tell Me John Durham Will Interview former CIA Director John Durham on Friday (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Barack Obama Has “Privately Expressed Grave Concerns” About Joe Biden’s 2020 White House Run | ZeroHedge News

President Obama sure did take a long time to finally endorse Joe Biden for his 2020 run. The world couldn’t help but notice that Biden’s former partner in crime didn’t exactly hop at the chance to endorse Biden after it was clear that Biden would be the Democratic candidate for 2020.

Now, we might know why…

President Obama has “privately expressed grave concerns” about Biden’s run for the White House, according to a stunning new report from Politico. Obama reportedly said of Biden: 

“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f–k things up.”

Despite the endorsement and the former Obama administration painting a rosy picture of the relationship between the two, the Post describes their relationship as being “fraught with tension”.

Former White House communications director Jen Psaki commented of their relationship:

 “You could certainly see technocratic eye-rolling at times.” 

The attitude reportedly is what led Obama to endorse Hillary Clinton, instead of Joe Biden, in the 2016 Presidential race.

“The president was not encouraging,” Biden said of Obama’s support in 2016.

And while Obama was keeping his distance from Biden after his 2020 announcement he was “talking him down” behind the scenes.

Obama finally caved and endorsed Biden in April of this year, stating:

“I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now. He’s someone whose own life has taught him how to persevere,”

But speaking about Biden’s presence in Iowa during the caucuses Obama said:

 “You know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”

Why leak this story now? Right before the DNC convention? And sourced by Politico of all places. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

Interestingly,  Jim Rickards recently  suggested , admittedly a prognostication at best, that Biden won’t even make it to The White house and will soon be replaced as the nominee soon.

Democratic insiders will probably force him out of the race in the next week or so.

They don’t want to risk exposing him to the American people before the election. For Democrats, the stakes are simply too high.

One public incident or serious slip-up is all it could take to kill his chances in the election. The American people simply aren’t going to elect someone who they feel is mentally unfit for office.

Many voters obviously dislike Trump. But, no one could credibly argue that he’s suffering from cognitive decline.

So what’s going to happen?

The Democrat power brokers (Tom Perez, Donna Brazile, Valerie Jarrett, Philippe Reins, AOC, John Podesta and a few others) will get in a room and pick a new nominee.

Biden will “release” his delegates, and party leadership will direct the super-delegates to support that choice. This will start a stampede among the former Biden delegates.

The Bernie Sanders delegates will already be onboard because they’ll be part of the consultation. Then the new nominee will pick a VP and  the “convention” will tidy things up. The race will continue from there.

Alternatively, the power brokers could allow Biden to get the nomination and then remove him as nominee before the debates. That’s even easier because there are no delegates involved. It’s just an executive committee decision the candidate cannot refuse.

Still, the process will be a shock to millions of Americans who’ve been expecting a Biden candidacy.

How much of a surprise would that really be?

Source: Barack Obama Has “Privately Expressed Grave Concerns” About Joe Biden’s 2020 White House Run

Steve Bannon: “In Biden You Don’t Have a Manchurian Candidate, You Have a Beijing Candidate – Joe Biden Is in Cahoots” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Former Chief Strategist for President Trump Steve Bannon joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

This was an exceptional interview!

Steven Bannon nailed Joe Biden and the Democrat Party and their radical agenda for America.

Steve Bannon: If I was the campaign at the RNC I would amplify the message coming out of the (DNC) convention. Trump won in 2016 because he stood up for America, he stood up for working class people against a financial and political elite that was driving the managed decline of the United States. And you’re going to see over the next four days. That’s what they’re going to be talking about ore globalization, more economic devastation. Now coupled with this kind of undergirding of this cultural Marxism of Antifa and certain elements of the Black Lives Matter. So I think it’s perfect. This is going to come down to a pretty bold choice. Do you want the America of globalization? Do you want the America of Joe Biden… Or do you want the America of America First, economic nationalism and populism of Donald Trump. Look Jared laid out very succinctly in the first segment what the national security and foreign affairs are with this pivot… It was Joe Biden who was put in charge of trying to confront the Chinese Communist Party and he failed. So I think this week is going to be great for the Trump campaign and the RNC and the White House… They (Democrats) want death and destruction. They want the death of the American economy and the destruction of the American way of life. I think if that is highlighted by the end of the week it will smoke Joe Biden out of his basement. I think the policies themselves will blow this election out… Remember, with Bide you don’t have a Manchurian candidate. You have a Beijing candidate. Victory for Trump is very specific. It goes right through Beijing… Joe Biden is in cahoots. He’s compromised by Beijing.

There is much more in the video.
Bannon proves once again why he was Trump’s chief strategist.

Via Sunday Morning Futures:

via Steve Bannon: “In Biden You Don’t Have a Manchurian Candidate, You Have a Beijing Candidate – Joe Biden Is in Cahoots” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

InfoWars Reporter – Millie Weaver – Arrested This Weekend Shortly After Releasing “Shadowgate” a New Documentary on Social Media Psychological Warfare Used Against the American Public — The Gateway Pundit

Millie Weaver from InfoWars was reportedly arrested at home in Ohio this weekend shortly after releasing a video documentary labeled “Shadowgate”. 

The video is about a group of individuals and government contractors who are behind the Obamagate coup attempt of President Trump.  These people really run the government.

According to one supporter who shared with us the video:

This is the Most Amazing investigative documentary I have ever seen. Produced by Millie Weaver an Independent / Info Wars journalist.  Millie deserves a Pulitzer Prize, but instead was arrested Friday along with her husband on burglary charges and has been indicted by a grand jury seated in Ohio.  There is more important information contained in this report than I have seen in all the years I have been following internet news.

The video is about the preservation of our Privacy, Liberty, and Freedom.  The information contained needs to be made common knowledge before the election.  Big Tech immediately censored the report.

You be the judge.

via InfoWars Reporter – Millie Weaver – Arrested This Weekend Shortly After Releasing “Shadowgate” a New Documentary on Social Media Psychological Warfare Used Against the American Public — The Gateway Pundit

John MacArthur Calls Down Fire From Heavens To Consume Prophets Of Newsom — The Babylon Bee

SUN VALLEY, CA—John MacArthur called down fire from the heavens this morning to consume the high priests and prophets who follow pagan cult leader Gavin Newsom in the heathen, Gentile land of California.

MacArthur challenged the prophets, who had shown up at his church to shut down his service this morning. He suggested they built a wooden altar and see whose God was powerful enough to light it up.

“Well, we’ll have to check the fire code first, and it might contribute to climate change, but OK. Let’s do it,” replied the prophets.

The prophets danced around their fire, calling on all the gods of California, including Moloch, Beelzebub, Lady Gaga, and Gavin Newsom himself, to send a little fire their way. Despite the hills of California currently being on fire anyway all around them, not a single lick of flame came from the skies.

“Perhaps your god is using the restroom, or maybe he got COVID-19,” MacArthur quipped. “Guess he should have worn a mask and social-distanced.”

Finally, MacArthur ordered the altar wet seven times and then calmly opened his Bible to preach a 90-minute message out of Romans 1:1a. As he preached the Word of God to the congregation, the heavens opened up and torched the altar, consuming all the prophets of Newsom with it. The church then held a barbecue.

MacArthur’s faith is reportedly shaken from seeing the modern-day miracle.

via John MacArthur Calls Down Fire From Heavens To Consume Prophets Of Newsom — The Babylon Bee

Gavin Newsom Sneaks Into Grace Community Church At Night To Steal All The Hymnals — The Babylon Bee

‘Twas the night before Sunday, when through GCC,
No Spirit was stirring, for those gifts had ceased.
The hymnals were nestled all snug in their pews,
For J-Mac was coming to preach the good news.

Then in crept ‘Ol Gavin, with loathing and spite
To snatch up those hymnals, in the dead of the night.
He went one by one, threw each one in his sack
From the very first pew, to the one in the back.

Then Newsom he laughed, such a terrible laugh,
And said, “This will cut their dumb service in half!”
“No worship, no singing, they’ll cry and they’ll scream!”
“That will teach them for messing with COVID-19!”

But poor Gavin was shocked, when to his dismay
He heard the church singing, the very next day
He heard high notes and low notes, horns, violins,
For the old folks had memorized all of the hymns.

via Gavin Newsom Sneaks Into Grace Community Church At Night To Steal All The Hymnals — The Babylon Bee