Daily Archives: August 29, 2020

August 29 Robin Hood and Little John

 

Romans 5:10

If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Anyone who knows the story of Robin Hood will recall the first time the celebrated thief encountered Little John. Both men were traveling through the forest heading toward each other. They first saw each other at the opposite ends of a bridge which was designed to hold just one man at a time. Each was too proud to let the other pass first, so they both started across. They met at the middle, exchanged insults, and began to fight. As the story goes, both men fell into the waters below. Later, as they recovered on the banks of the river, they began to laugh at themselves. Subsequently, they became the best of friends. Not only had these adversaries settled their differences; they had gone a step further, becoming good friends.

Before we became Christians, we were in effect opposed to God. Our surrender to him didn’t lead to a mere master-slave relationship. As Paul says, Jesus Christ’s act of love has made His friends.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 252). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

August 29th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.—Matthew 9:29.

I REMEMBER a man telling me he preached for a number of years without any result. He used to say to his wife as they went to church that he knew the people would not believe anything he said; and there was no blessing. At last he saw his error; he asked God to help him, and took courage, and then the blessing came.

“According to your faith it shall be unto you.” This man had expected nothing, and he got just what he expected. Let us expect that God is going to use us. Let us have courage and go forward, looking to God to do great things.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 151). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

August 29, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

90:12 Teach us to number our days. An awareness of life’s brevity will lead to “a heart of wisdom.” This term probably defines the “fear that is your due” in the previous verse, for the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps. 111:10; cf. Deut. 32:29). This is really the center of the psalm. At this point our poet thinks of death as the factor that helps the believer to realize “that God shows him the way to the true and ultimate meaning of life.”[1]


Ver. 12.—So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. “Teach us,” that is, “so to reflect on the brevity of life, that we may get to ourselves a heart of wisdom,” or a heart that is wise and understanding.[2]


12. Teach us so to number our days. Some translate to the number of our days, which gives the same sense. As Moses perceived that what he had hitherto taught is not comprehended by the understandings of men until God shine upon them by his Spirit, he now sets himself to prayer. It indeed seems at first sight absurd to pray that we may know the number of our years. What? since even the strongest scarcely reach the age of fourscore years, is there any difficulty in reckoning up so small a sum? Children learn numbers as soon as they begin to prattle; and we do not need a teacher in arithmetic to enable us to count the length of a hundred upon our fingers. So much the fouler and more shameful is our stupidity in never comprehending the short term of our life. Even he who is most skilful in arithmetic, and who can precisely and accurately understand and investigate millions of millions, is nevertheless unable to count fourscore years in his own life. It is surely a monstrous thing that men can measure all distances without themselves, that they know how many feet the moon is distant from the centre of the earth, what space there is between the different planets; and, in short, that they can measure all the dimensions both of heaven and earth; while yet they cannot number threescore and ten years in their own case. It is therefore evident that Moses had good reason to beseech God for ability to perform what requires a wisdom which is very rare among mankind. The last clause of the verse is also worthy of special notice. By it he teaches us that we then truly apply our hearts to wisdom when we comprehend the shortness of human life. What can be a greater proof of madness than to ramble about without proposing to one’s self any end? True believers alone, who know the difference between this transitory state and a blessed eternity, for which they were created, know what ought to be the aim of their life. No man then can regulate his life with a settled mind, but he who, knowing the end of it, that is to say death itself, is led to consider the great purpose of man’s existence in this world, that he may aspire after the prize of the heavenly calling.[3]


12. “So teach us to number our days.” Instruct us to set store by time, mourning for that time past wherein we have wrought the will of the flesh, using diligently the time present, which is the accepted hour and the day of salvation, and reckoning the time which lieth in the future to be too uncertain to allow us safely to delay any gracious work or prayer. Numeration is a child’s exercise in arithmetic, but in order to number their days aright the best of men need the Lord’s teaching. We are more anxious to count the stars than our days, and yet the latter is by far more practical. “That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Men are led by reflections upon the brevity of time to give their earnest attention to eternal things; they become humble as they look into the grave which is so soon to be their bed, their passions cool in the presence of mortality, and they yield themselves up to the dictates of unerring wisdom; but this is only the case when the Lord himself is the teacher; he alone can teach to real and lasting profit. Thus Moses prayed that the dispensations of justice might be sanctified in mercy. “The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ,” when the Lord himself speaks by the law. It is most meet that the heart which will so soon cease to beat should while it moves be regulated by wisdom’s hand. A short life should be wisely spent. We have not enough time at our disposal to justify us in misspending a single quarter of an hour. Neither art we sure of enough of life to justify us in procrastinating for a moment. If we were wise in heart we should see this, but mere head wisdom will not guide us aright.[4]


[1] Bullock, C. H. (2017). Psalms 73–150. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 2, p. 137). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[2] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 2, p. 255). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[3] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 3, pp. 473–474). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 88-110 (Vol. 4, pp. 64–65). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

August—29 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.—Isaiah 45:11.

Nothing can give a higher proof of the love of God, than what the scriptures reveal concerning him. He opened a way of access to himself, when man by sin had lost the way; and in his dear Son he has made every provision for bringing us nigh by his blood. The throne of grace he hath opened for their approach, the assurance he hath given of accepting them in the beloved, the very tender and kind expressions which issue from the throne, and the answers which have been given to thousands, and are continually given to thousands who come there—yea, the promises with which they are surrounded, that “before they call he will answer, and while they are speaking he will hear;” all these are full of endearments, to show forth the love of God in Jesus Christ to all his people. But still, if possible, beyond all these, this portion from the writings of the prophet is most wonderful, and is confirmed by Jehovah’s own saying, “Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.” What! doth the Lord indeed allow himself to be commanded? Hath he thrown, as it were, the reins of government into the hands of his people; and, if the object of their petition be for his glory and their welfare, may they command him? My soul! what an astonishing, what an unparalleled instance of condescension is this! But are there any instances upon record of the kind? Yes! When Jacob wrestled with God in prayer, he boldly told the Lord that he would not let him go without a blessing—and the blessing he had. And God himself, a thousand years after, noted it down by the prophet, that “by his strength, he had power with God.” (Hos. 12:3, 4.) When Joshua was pursuing the enemies of God, and of his Christ, he bade the sun stand still—and it did. (Joshua 10:12–14.) When the Lord Jesus went with the disciples to Emmaus, and they constrained him to abide, he was entreated of them, and went in with them. (Luke 24:29.) And who shall say, what instances of wonder, grace, and love, in a thousand and ten thousand cases, both public and private, in the history of the Church and the Lord’s people, have been accomplished, of the same kind, and are every day going on, in their experiences? My soul! look at Moses, stopping the Lord’s hand, when coming forth to destroy Israel. (Exod. 32:9–14.) Look how Elias shut up, and again opened, the windows of heaven, by the prevalency of prayer; and read the apostle’s comment upon it. (1 Kings 17:1; James 5:16–18.) And when thou hast duly pondered the wonderful subject, say, what is there thy God and Father can or will deny thee, when thou comest to him in the name, and blood, and intercession of his dear and ever blessed Son? Read the inscription on his cross, in connection with this blessed scripture of the prophet, and then say with the apostle: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him freely give us all things.” (Rom. 8:32.)[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 255–256). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

August 29 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

Lord God, like Abraham may I not waver at Your promise through unbelief, but be strengthened in faith, giving You glory, and being fully convinced that what You had promised You were also able to perform. The children of Judah prevailed, because they relied on You, the God of their fathers.

You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. It is better to trust in You, Lord, than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in You than to put confidence in princes. Lord, You order my steps as of a good man, and You delight in my way. Though I fall, I shall not be utterly cast down; for You, Lord, uphold me with Your hand.

Lord, I’ve tasted and seen that You are good; I am blessed when I trust in You! Oh, I fear You, Lord. There is no want to me when I fear You.

Lord, may I trust in Your promises

and Your ability and willingness to keep them.

Then I will know Your blessings.

Proverbs 16:20; Romans 4:20–21; 2 Chronicles 13:18; Psalm 46:1–2; Psalm 118:8–9; Psalm 37:23–24; Psalm 34:8–9[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 260). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Weekend Snapshot · Aug. 29, 2020 – Top Stories This Week

Highlights From Trump’s RNC Speech

The president issued many warnings, but he was extremely upbeat and hopeful.


Here We Go Again — More Demo/BLM Race Bait in Kenosha

The Kenosha case is NOT the Minneapolis case.


Biden and Harris Pretend to Oppose the Demo Violence

Did Demos and their Leftmedia promoters finally find a race riot they didn’t like?


Democrats Falsely Claim ‘Epidemic of Gun Violence’

The lies are all in service to the Left’s anti-Constitution agenda of gun control.


Enemies of the State: Biden, Harris, Pelosi, and Schumer

Anytime Democrats invoke their oath “to support and defend” our Constitution, it should evoke herniating laughter!


Pelosi Argues Against Presidential Debates

Dems are looking for a way to prevent exposing Joe Biden’s stark mental decline.


Pelosi’s Postal Lie

She shamelessly feigns defending the Constitution while spinning conspiracies.


Harris Stokes Fear Over ‘GOP Voter Suppression’

Democrats sow division and fear, especially when it comes to minorities voting.


RNC Day One: A Dark Night for Democrats

Mainstream media outlets called the event “dark.” They obviously didn’t watch it.


RNC Day Two: A Couple of Compelling Kentuckians

Nick Sandmann took the media to task. Daniel Cameron did the same to Biden.


RNC Day Three: The Party That Loves America

From decrying riots to a big-tent appeal, Republicans are standing for our nation.


Make America’s Schools Great Again

Rand Paul has introduced legislation to expand school choice. Now is the time.


The Problem With White Parents?

When kids are pulled from failing schools, leftists blame the parents of white students.


‘There Is No Place to Hide’

Cuban immigrant Maximo Alvarez’s powerful testimony about the blessings of liberty.


How Trump Has Transformed the GOP

He’s the means by which working-class Americans are changing the party’s priorities.



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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people called Donald. The worst one is ‘racist.’ I take it as a personal insult that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist. People that think that don’t know what they’re talking about. Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.” —Herschel Walker

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 08/29/2020

BLM Co-Founder, LA Chapter Leader Discuss Group’s Occultic Practices of ‘Invoking Spirits,’ African ‘Ancestral Worship’   Aug 28, 2020 09:38 am

In an interview posted to social media, Black Lives Matter (BLM) Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors, along with BLM Los Angeles Co-Founder Melina Abdullah, discussed the “spiritual” component of the movement, explaining the practices and “rituals” performed to remember and “invoke” the spirits of deceased African Americans. “We speak their names … you kind of invoke…

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Megachurch ‘Pastor’ Running for Senate: Abortion ‘Is Consistent With’ Christianity, ‘I Will Fight’ to Keep It Legal   Aug 25, 2020 05:32 pm

(Christian Headlines) — A pastor of a Georgia megachurch who also is running for U.S. Senate said last week he believes legalized abortion is “consistent with” Christianity and he would “fight” to ensure it remains legal. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and a Democratic candidate trying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen….

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Calif. Church Fined $10K for Holding Indoor Worship Services, Singing During Gatherings   Aug 26, 2020 10:27 am

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A Baptist church in California has been fined $10,000 for holding a morning and evening service indoors and for also including singing during those gatherings. The church has been warned that continued violations of the Santa Clara County health order will result in additional $5,000 per occurrence fines. “North Valley Baptist is failing to…

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Jerry Falwell Jr. Resigns From Liberty University After Word of Wife’s Affair Goes Public   Aug 25, 2020 08:39 pm

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of what hails itself as the world’s largest Christian university, officially resigned Monday evening after reports went public that his wife had an affair for a number of years with a young business partner. He had already been on indefinite leave over a controversial vacation photo in which he posed with his pants…

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Restraining Order Against John MacArthur’s Church Denied by Judge for the Fourth Time   Aug 26, 2020 07:44 pm

  (The Signal) — A restraining order requested by Los Angeles County against the church led by John MacArthur, who is also the chancellor emeritus for The Master’s University and Seminary, has been denied by the judge. For a number of weeks, MacArthur’s church in Sun Valley, Grace Community Church, has been holding in-person services without social…

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Jerry Falwell Jr. Acknowledges Wife’s Illicit Affair, Agrees to Resign But Then Changes Mind   Aug 25, 2020 12:23 pm

(Business Insider) — Liberty University announced late Monday evening that Jerry Falwell Jr. “withdrew” his resignation, hours after he agreed to step down as president following a series of controversies he was embroiled in. Falwell walked back his resignation after multiple news outlets confirmed the news earlier on Monday. The college’s full board of…

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Appeals Court Rules Va. School District ‘Discriminated’ by Not Allowing Girl to Use Boys’ Restroom   Aug 27, 2020 12:11 pm

Photo Credit: ACLU RICHMOND, Va. — A 2-1 panel with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has again ruled that a Virginia school district discriminated against a female student who identifies as male by declining to allow her to use the boys’ restroom. “e hold that the board’s restroom policy constitutes sex-based discrimination and, independently, that…

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27% of Pastors Surveyed Believe Clergy Who Commit Adultery Should Permanently Withdraw From Ministry   Aug 26, 2020 11:29 am

Photo Credit: Nat Arnett NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Baptist Standard) — When a pastor commits adultery, nearly all of their fellow pastors believe they should withdraw from public ministry for at least some time. A LifeWay Research survey of Protestant pastors in the United States finds only two percent of pastors believe a fellow pastor who has an extramarital…

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Euthanasia Deaths Rise in Canada With One Third Citing ‘Being a Burden’   Aug 24, 2020 11:18 am

Photo Credit: Raw Pixel/Pexels (The Christian Institute) — Canada has seen a significant rise in the number of deaths by euthanasia taking place in the last year, with a third giving ‘not wanting to be a burden’ as a reason. A government report revealed that in 2019, 5,631 people were killed by euthanasia or assisted suicide, a rise of 26 percent on the…

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Austin City Council Allots $250K for ‘Abortion Access’ While Cutting $150 Million From Police Budget   Aug 26, 2020 01:51 pm

Photo Credit: Jonathan Borba/Pexels AUSTIN, Texas — The city council of Austin, Texas has voted to not only to cut and redistribute $150 million from its $423 million police department budget, but to also earmark $250K for assisting mothers with the logistics of obtaining an abortion. While state lawmakers last year passed a law banning funding of abortion…

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Democrats In a Bind – Joe Biden Must Get Out of the Basement But Joe Biden Can’t Leave the Basement | The Gateway Pundit

Joe Biden is a gift from God for the Republican Party.  It’s now official that he is the Democrat candidate and he is awful.

President Trump said yesterday in a campaign event in New Hampshire that former Obama Vice President Joe Biden is the worst candidate the Democrats have ever chosen for the Presidency.  Of course, he is right again.

The Democrats looked over their field, they wanted an outsider like Mayor Pete from a small city in the Midwest but he was awful.  They gave him Iowa but that didn’t work.  Crazy Bernie Sanders took over and was again running away with the now socialist-communist Democrat Party.  But the elites running the party couldn’t show the US so blatantly that they are now communists so they de-selected Bernie, like they did in 2016.

The only candidate left for the Democrats was old Sleepy Joe Biden.  The white man who’s been in politics forever with a horrible record of gaffes and no record of accomplishments.  But what else could they do?

Republicans held back and held their breath.  Could they really be going with this senile old man Biden?  Yes, they could.

The Democrats pushed their candidate on a strategy of shutdowns due to the coronavirus which helped justify Sleepy Joe hiding in his basement. They claimed the economic destruction of the China coronavirus is Trump’s fault blaming him for the virus deaths.  And finally, they said they can fix these things and President Trump can’t.

But then came their convention and the Hollywood elites put on a horrible show.  The Democrats paraded celebrities and all who came on stage hated the President and they let people know it.  There was no strategy – hate is not a strategy.

Then came the RNC which was magical. 

Stories of Americans hurt by prior policies and administrations brought tears to your eyes.  A projection of the greatness of America was on display and the many accomplishments of this Administration, some which the average Trump supporter had to look up to verify, were discussed.

Suddenly, reality hit the Democrats.  They know their polls are BS.  The coronavirus is waning.  The economy is on fire with the greatest recovery happening now, in spite of Democrat state efforts to sabotage the recovery.

And suddenly, the Democrats realized the riots they supported and remained silent about were directly pinned on them.  Their silence was admission of guilt.

Now they must get their candidate out of the basement.  But this risks more events like this:

 

Oh no…..

Victor Davis Hansen was on Lou Dobbs last night on FOX Business and he explained the predicament the Democrats are now in:

 

Biden has to get out but he can’t get out.  He can’t debate but he has to debate.  He’s a train wreck.  Everyone knows it.  The Democrats supported criminals and rioters in the streets and Americans are sick of it and the Democrats only solution is Joe Biden.

Time for Democrats to panic.

Source: Democrats In a Bind – Joe Biden Must Get Out of the Basement But Joe Biden Can’t Leave the Basement

And There It Is… NBA Agrees to Continue Playoffs But Only If Ads During Games Promote Leftist Politics and Civic Engagement | The Gateway Pundit

The NBA and the NBA Players Asssociation agreed to continue playoff this weekend but only if ads during the games promote leftist politics and civic engagement.

So now you can get lectures on Black Lives Matter during breaks in the game.

Do any of these players know anything about economics?

 

 

Source: And There It Is… NBA Agrees to Continue Playoffs But Only If Ads During Games Promote Leftist Politics and Civic Engagement

Bobby Kennedy Jr. Speaks in Germany Today in Massive International Event Dedicated to Protecting Children from Dangerous Vaccines | The Gateway Pundit

Bobby Kennedy Jr. joined members of the global community today in Berlin in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers our children face due to the vaccine lobby. 

Bobby Kennedy is the son  of the former US Attorney General and the nephew of the US President who famously said, “I am a Berliner.”  Bobby was in Berlin today to join forces with citizens around the globe who are concerned about our children’s health as a result of damaging vaccines.

The group Children’s Health Defense got together in Berlin with the younger Kennedy in an effort to bring attention to corrupt individuals and institutions in the globalmedical community pushing dangerous medicines on our children.

 

The Children’s Health Defense website shares various posts similar to the ones we published here at TGP over the past few months.

One post they tweeted discusses Dr. Fauci’s relationship with Bill Gates and how they are pushing for a coronavirus vaccine to be inserted into 7 billion people on the planet.  This post also addresses Dr. Fauci’s and the WHO’s efforts to prevent the use of HCQ and efforts to shut down those doctors who want to tell the truth about HCQ’s use:

 

The Children Health Defense team also warns about governments like in Australia who are pushing for this vaccine even though they have had a very minimal COVID-19 impact on their lives and economy down under:

 

Despite COVID winding down, elites want to push a vaccine on the people:

 

Today Kennedy spoke in Berlin about why he was there:

My very narrow purpose in starting the Childrens Health Defense was to address this problem [that vaccines are not adequately tested and put in use without any liability on the part of the maker] to get vaccines properly safety tested.  Because if they are not safety tested, nobody can tell you with any medical authority that that vaccine isn’t  injuring people and is safe”

Thousands came out and tuned in to see Bobby Kennedy Jr. at the event today.

Source: Bobby Kennedy Jr. Speaks in Germany Today in Massive International Event Dedicated to Protecting Children from Dangerous Vaccines

August 29 Thoughts for the quiet hour

 

Ye serve the Lord Christ

Col. 3:24

Our business as Christians is to serve the Lord in every business of life.

Mark Guy Pearse[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

August 29 Jerry’s Legacy

 

The truth … speaks highly of Demetrius.
(3 John 12)

Bishop Jerry Kaufman died this morning. He pastored Love Gospel Assembly in the Bronx, New York. He had a passion for “the inner city.” Like a character out of The Cross and the Switchblade, he ran with gangs in some of New York’s worst neighborhoods. The night he was saved he was instantly delivered from heroin, and three days later was in Bible college studying the Word of God. When he graduated, he came back to his old neighborhood and started preaching. With an incredible heart of love he built a church in “one of America’s ten worst neighborhoods” (according to Newsweek Magazine).

Many a Friday night I preached for him in the old synagogue that became home to the 1,500 people from every conceivable lifestyle whom he had won to Christ. He used to say with a smile, “Bob, we recycle them!” The services often went to midnight because Friday was their “night out.” In the old days they never thought about time, so now they came to celebrate and to stay “until the job gets done!” I have stood with tears of joy, watching those faces. They didn’t need to be coaxed; they’d been lifted from hell, and every breath was a song of praise. When I looked at what he’d built in the “devil’s backyard” and the price he paid to do it, I felt, “Lord, I’ve done so little!”

 

Today Jerry’s enjoying a well-earned rest, and the truth speaks highly of him. What will it say about you when you go?[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 241). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

August 29 Streams in the Desert

 

And he went out carrying his own cross.” (John 19:17.)

THERE is a poem called “The Changed Cross.” It represents a weary onewho thought that her cross was surely heavier than those of others whom she saw about her, and she wished that she might choose another instead of her own. She slept, and in her dream she was led to a place where many crosses lay, crosses of different shapes and sizes. There was a little one most beauteous to behold, set in jewels and gold. “Ah, this I can wear with comfort,” she said. So she took it up, but her weak form shook beneath it. The jewels and the gold were beautiful, but they were far too heavy for her.

Next she saw a lovely cross with fair flowers entwined around its sculptured form. Surely that was the one for her. She lifted it, but beneath the flowers were piercing thorns which tore her flesh.

At last, as she went on, she came to a plain cross, without jewels, without carvings, with only a few words of love inscribed upon it. This she took up and it proved the best of all, the easiest to be borne. And as she looked upon it, bathed in the radiance that fell from Heaven, she recognized her own old cross. She had found it again, and it was the best of all and lightest for her.

God knows best what cross we need to bear. We do not know how heavy other people’s crosses are. We envy someone who is rich; his is a golden cross set with jewels, but we do not know how heavy it is. Here is another whose life seems very lovely. She bears a cross twined with flowers. If we could try all the other crosses that we think lighter than our own, we would at last find that not one of them suited us so well as our own.—Glimpses through Life’s Windows.

If thou, impatient, dost let slip thy cross,

Thou wilt not find it in this world again;

Nor in another: here and here alone

Is given thee to suffer for God’s sake.

In other worlds we may more perfectly

Love Him and serve Him, praise Him,

Grow nearer and nearer to Him with delight.

But then we shall not any more

Be called to suffer, which is our appointment here.

Canst thou not suffer, then, one hour or two?

If He should call thee from thy cross today,

Saying: “It is finished—that hard cross of thine

From which thou prayest for deliverance,”

Thinkest thou not some passion of regret

Would overcome thee? Thou would’st say,

“So soon? Let me go back and suffer yet awhile

More patiently. I have not yet praised God.”

Whensoe’er it comes, that summons that we look for,

It will seem soon, too soon. Let us take heed in time

That God may now be glorified in us.

Ugo Bassi’s Sermon in a Hospital.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 254–255). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

News Weakly – 8/29/20 — Winging It

COVID-related Deaths
All along there have been questions about just what constitutes “COVID-related” in the death. I think this should. In Lima, Peru, 13 people were crushed to death at a nightclub stampede. What caused the stampede? The club violated lockdown rules and was raided by police. The crowd fled to avoid prosecution for violating the night-time COVID curfew. Clearly COVID-related deaths.

Mixed Messages
So, KFC is suspending their 64-year-old slogan — “Finger lickin’ good” — because it sends the wrong message when we’re not supposed to be touching our faces, but CBS is releasing and advertising their new season of Love Islandwhere everyone is doing everything that the authorities are telling us not to do during this COVID pandemic because, as we all know, eating chicken can be bad for you if it sends the wrong message, but the right message of hedonism, random sex, and partying with social crowding, wild parties, and maskless face-to-face close encounters is a wonderful thing for you and your kids.

Nothing To See Here
Let’s see … the RNC had its convention. Nothing of interest there. What else? Riots, shootings, unrest … well, nothing newsworthy, I guess. Just status quo. Like in Minneapoliswhen “unrest” broke out because of another shooting of a black man … who, as it turned out, took his own life. I mean, that can’t even be termed “black on black crime,” can it? But it was enough to start up the Minnesota National Guard and impose a curfew because people were breaking windows and looting stores. Makes sense, I guess, after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Jacob Blake in the back in front of his kids. Fortunately we have a new and quick system to determine guilt in these cases. If a black person dies in the vicinity of a police officer, it’s a hate crime. Easy, right? This is the current expectation. I don’t suppose it qualifies as “news” anymore. Part of our “new normal.”

Weird Protest
I have to be honest. There have been a lot of times protests seemed weird to me. Like when protesters block public roads to make their point … making enemies of potential allies because people couldn’t get to work. Or when richminoritysports figures refuse to work to protest racial injustice. (In case you missed it, those were three separatestories there.) They’re all doing it without pay, right? I would assume that their quest for justice would include the agreement that you shouldn’t expect to be paid if you refuse to work, right? (By the way, the NBA protests may have a point. There is absolutely an underrepresentation of white people in the NBA. I’m pretty sure that was the racial injustice they were protesting, right? No, of course not.)

Disinvited
What is news, perhaps, is that a “Christian college” acquiesced to student and alumni protesters and disinvited Vice President Pence to speak at their commencement because, the protesters said, “Mike Pence has failed to promote policies that reflect Christian values” (without, of course, explaining what policies he has promoted that didn’t reflect Christian values) and called it “disrespectful” to have a Christian vice president speak at a Christian school. I would suggest that disrespect of those in office and intolerance (not allowing views to which they’re opposed) on the part of the students and alumni does not reflect the kind of Christian values that Christ held.

Good And Bad Protesters
Kamala Harris defended protesters. “People are rightfully angry and exhausted … after the murders (of black people by police) … And I support them.” But she distanced protesters (and herself) from the violent, the vigilantes, and the looters. You can tell these are not part of the protesters because look how the real protesters react, intervening and stopping them from doing the violence, vandalism, and theft. Oh, wait … no. Not when they say, “Looting is reparations.” Kamala, you may not favor the criminal element of the protests, but there is scant evidence from the protesters that they have a problem with it.

Ain’t It The Truth
Yes, it’s the Babylon Bee, so, yes, it’s satire, but so close to true. The headline reads, “America Ranked #1 Place In World Where You Can Get Rich By Writing About How Awful The Country Is.” On the other hand, I did have to chuckle at “RNC Surprise: Trump Announces Space Force Has Defeated Jupiter.” On a more serious side, there seemed to be a lot more fact checking coupled with a lot less generosity in evaluation of the Republican Convention than there was of the Democratic Convention. Like, for instance, the “outlandish claim” that a Biden win will “invite MS-13 to live next door.” Does anyone think that someone actually expected a Biden administration to send out invitations to gang members to move into the neighborhood? Does no one grasp figures of speech like hyperbole anymore? (I say that without even agreeing with the claim.) That’s the kind of generosity I would hope for from the media which was certainly given to the Democrats and denied the Republicans.

News Weakly – 8/29/20 — Winging It

Thorned for a Reason — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

How do you see someone who is being a thorn in your flesh?

I am struck by David’s words in 2 Samuel 16 when Shimei, a relative of Saul, curses him and pelts him with pebbles  David, God’s anointed king, could have ordered the man to be imprisoned or killed. But instead, he tells his soldiers to leave him alone because, “It may be the Lord will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.” (vs.12)  David also indicates that God may have told the man to curse him. Why? My guess would be as a test of humility. The interesting thing is this happened while David was in a low period in his life. His own son was trying to dethrone him and kill him.

Is there someone in your life who just rubs you the wrong way? Maybe it is a neighbor who always complains, a coworker who is a backstabber and gossip, an in-law you just can’t please, or even a member in your church who likes to find fault with every little thing. How will you react? When our tolerance levels are like a rain gauge in a drought, it seems people just get on our nerves more than when our lives are overflowing with happiness. Is it because it is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, or might it be because God is sending us a message to lean on Him a bit more instead of on our own understanding and strength?

Christ came to love the unlovable, which if I am totally honest about it, includes me. Who am I to judge others?

Perhaps the best thing we can do when someone needles us is to take it to God. Maybe He is allowing this person to be like a sticker burr between our toes for a reason.

  • Is He using them like a mirror to reflect a sin we have yet to deal with in our own lives? (Remove the log in your eye before you comment about the speck in theirs idea.)
  • Is He testing our humbleness, or our faith-strength?
  • Is He preparing us to deal with someone ten times worse who is just around the bend that He can see coming into our lives even though we cannot?

True–Christians, in turning the other cheek,  are not called to be like wimpy spaghetti noodles and people should be held accountable for their actions. But, Scripture tells us to give thanks to God in all circumstances — that goes for those we just cannot seem to get along with at the moment.

Maybe if we all had the attitude of King David, it would then open the pathways a bit wider to spreading Christ’s message of forgiveness and love.

By Julie Cosgrove
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

Extending Grace to Others

Be Patient

More Than Helpful

Beware! We Have Many Observers

Harsh Judgments Can Kill One’s Spirit

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Thorned for a Reason — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

August 29 – Elihu reminds Job how he was saved — VCY America

August 29
Job 31:1-33:33
2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Psalm 43:1-5
Proverbs 22:8-9

Job 31:1 – Job outlines the disciplines of a godly man. While we may want to dismiss it as just the posturing of a hurting individual, we must remember that this is the testimony of one who is perfect and upright, fearing God and eschewing evil. He’s worth imitating in my humble opinion.

Personal Purity

  • Guarding the eyes (Job 31:1)
  • Guarding the heart (Job 31:9)
  • Guarding the feet (Job 31:9)

Relational Responsibility

  • Relationship with employees (Job 31:13)
  • Relationship with the poor (Job 31:16)
  • Relationship with the widows (Job 31:16)
  • Relationship with the fatherless (Job 31:17)
  • Relationship with the wanters-of-clothing (Job 31:19)
  • Relationship with enemies (Job 31:29-30)
  • Relationship with strangers (Job 31:32)

Spiritual Fidelity

  • Trusting not in wealth (Job 31:24-25)
  • Following no other gods (Job 31:26-28)
  • Hiding not sin from God (Job 31:33)

Job 31:15 – Slavery and abortion are both addressed with one verse. God made both master and slave (or employer and employee) – so how can one of God’s creation mistreat another of God’s creation?

Job 31:26 – Is Job saying we can’t enjoy a sunrise? No – Job is addressing those who worship the sun (Ezekiel 8:16).

Job 32:1 – The Great Debate is over – but not yet. Elihu enters the ring taking on all four debaters (Job 32:2-3).

Job 32:19 – Many a loquacious man has felt like Elihu, but unfortunately few have the wisdom of Elihu.

Job 33:8 – Having begged for the right to be heard, Elihu now seeks to confirm that he heard Job right. He will then go to the cross-examination of Job.

Job 33:12 – Job is not just – not because he has sinned and is being punished, but because he is becoming bitter against God. But God is greater than man, and does not need to give account of himself (Job 33:13).

There is always a reason for every act of grace which God performs for man. He acts sovereignly, and therefore he is not bound to give any reason for his actions; but he always acts wisely, and therefore he has a reason for so acting. Writing to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul says that God “worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” – Charles Spurgeon

Job 33:23-24 – The preacher steps forth, not spouting the conventional wisdom, but as one of a thousand, he is charged with a command from the gracious Lord – “Deliver the sinner from the pit – there is a ransom!” Like the ram in the thicket to be offered in the place of Isaac (Genesis 22:13), God has provided a ransom!

This is the only reason why any man shall be delivered from going clown to the pit, because God has found a ransom, There is no way of salvation but by the ransom; all who ever are saved are saved by the ransom; and if you, dear friend, would be saved, it must be by the ransom; and there is but one.
    Observe that the text says, “I have found a ransom.” This ransom is an invention of divine wisdom. I do not think it would ever have occurred to any mind but the mind of God himself to save sinners by the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ. The most astonishing novelty under heaven is the old, old story of the cross of Christ. That ever God should take upon himself the sin of his own creatures, that, in order to be able justly to forgive, God himself should bear the punishment which he must inflict for the creatures’ sin, this is something marvellous to the last degree. The rebel sins, and the King himself suffers the penalty for the rebellion. The offender commits the trespass, and the Judge bears the punishment. Such a plan was never heard of in human courts of law; or if it has ever been spoken of there, it was because, first of all, both the ears of him who heard it had been made to tingle while God revealed it out of his own heart. “I have found a ransom.” Nobody would have thought of that way of the deliverance of a sin ner from the pit of hell through a ransom if God had not thought of it. – Charles Spurgeon

Job 33:25 – Salvation transforms the life of one about to perish (Job 33:18). No longer in pain (Job 33:19), unable to enjoy life (Job 33:20), wasting away (Job 33:21), drawing near the grave (Job 33:22). Now his flesh is fresher than a child’s (Job 33:25 – that sounds like Naaman! 2 Kings 5:14), God’s favour is upon him (Job 33:26), and He has given man His righteousness! (Job 33:26).

Job 33:27 – The three friends thought Job wasn’t tryinghard enough to be righteous. Job thought he had been trying hard enough to be righteous. Elihu says you forgothow you became righteous.

Job is being reminded of his conversion. Why was Job righteous in the sight of the LORD? Not because he was perfect, but because he admitted he was a sinner,  that is why God delivered him! (Job 33:28). Because Job trusted the Ransom (Job 33:24).

2 Corinthians 3:1 – Like Elihu, Paul begs for a hearing from his audience. But unlike Elihu, Paul is not the younger man here.

2 Corinthians 3:6 – What is the New Testament? The declaration of the ransom! Isn’t it glorious! (2 Corinthians 3:8)

2 Corinthians 3:14 – Yes it is sad that our dear Jewish friends can read the Old Testament (this is the only place in the Bible where this phrase occurs) and not see Jesus. It is amazing that we can see Jesus even in Job!

2 Corinthians 3:18 – Speaking of glory – we are being changed into the glory of the LORD by His Spirit!

Psalm 43:3 – May we be led by His truth and light unto His Holy Hill!

Proverbs 22:9 – God blesses those who give to the poor. Note he did not give his stale bread to the poor – today we often believe “Give of your worst to the Master” Any old thing will do!

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August 29, 2020 Morning Verse Of The Day

Ver. 9.—The Lord also will be a Refuge for the oppressed. Misgâb, translated “refuge,” is literally “a hill-fort” (comp. Ps. 144:2, where it is rendered “high tower”). David’s use of the metaphor is reasonably ascribed to his having “often experienced safety in such places, when fleeing from Saul” (Hengstenberg; see 1 Sam. 23:14). A refuge in times of trouble; literally, in times in trouble; i.e. “in times that are steeped in trouble” (Kay).[1]


9. And Jehovah will be a refuge for the poor. David here furnishes a remedy for the temptation which greatly afflicts the weak, when they see themselves, and those who are like them, abandoned to the will of the ungodly, while God keeps silence. He puts us in mind that God delays his aid, and to outward appearance forsakes his faithful ones, in order at length to succour them at a more convenient season, according to the greatness of their necessity and affliction. From this it follows, that he by no means ceases from the exercise of his office, although he suffer the good and the innocent to be reduced to extreme poverty, and although he exercise them with weeping and lamentations; for by doing this he lights up a lamp to enable them to see his judgments the more clearly. Accordingly, David expressly declares, that God interposes his protection seasonably in the afflictions of his people. The Lord will be a protection to the poor in seasonable times in trouble. From this we are taught the duty of giving his providence time to make itself at length manifest in the season of need. And if protection by the power of God, and the experience of his fatherly favour, is the greatest blessing which we can receive, let us not feel so uneasy at being accounted poor and miserable before the world, but let this consolatory consideration assuage our grief, that God is not far from us, seeing our afflictions call upon him to come to our aid. Let us also observe, that God is said to be at hand in seasonable times when he succours the faithful during their affliction. The Hebrew word בצרה, batsarah, which occurs in the end of the 9th verse, is understood by some as if it were the simple word which signifies defence; but here they render it metaphorically distress, denoting those trying circumstances in which a person is so closely shut up, and reduced to such extremity, that he can find no escape. I, however, think there is more probability in the opinion of those who take ב, the first letter of בצרה, batsarah, as a servile letter meaning in, which is its ordinary signification. What is here said, then, is, that God assists his own people in the time of need, namely, in affliction, or when they are weighed down with it, for then assistance is most necessary and most useful.[2]


9. He who gives no quarter to the wicked in the day of judgment, is the defence and refuge of his saints in the day of trouble. There are many forms of oppression; both from man and from Satan oppression come to us; and for all its forms, a refuge is provided in the Lord Jehovah. There were cities of refuge under the law, God is our refuge-city under the gospel. As the ships when vexed with tempest make for harbour, so do the oppressed hasten to the wings of a just and gracious God. He is a high tower so impregnable, that the hosts of hell cannot carry it by storm, and from its lofty heights faith looks down with scorn upon her enemies.[3]


[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 57). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[2] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 118–119). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, p. 98). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

I Am The Way, The Truth, And The Life | Key Takeaways — Key Life

Who is God? A good place to start answering that question is to look at what God says about Himself. In this message from John 14, Steve examines the sixth “I Am” statement from Jesus: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Full sermon here.

I Am The Way, The Truth, And The Life | Key Takeaways — Key Life

Saturday Selections – August 29, 2020 — Reformed Perspective

50 Christians around the world sing Amazing Grace together

This is something special, a glimpse of what it might sound like when “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Rev. 7:9) God’s Church gathers to sing His praises.

Spurgeon vs. Marx

Karl Marx and Charles Spurgeon lived in the same city at the same time, engaged in “an epic battle for the souls of men in 19th century London.”

We must not become useful idiots for Erin O’Toole

While the new leader of the Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole, is pro-choice he’s said he’ll allow pro-life members to bring forward bills. But as CHP leader Rod Taylor argues, that may not mean much.

“In 2008, MP Ken Epp presented the Unborn Victims of Violence Bill, intended to protect pre-born babies from violent assaults perpetrated against their mothers. In 2010, MP Rod Bruinooge tabled his anti-coercion bill, Roxanne’s Law, meant to protect women from violent and abusive pressure to abort against their wills. In 2012, MP Stephen Woodworth presented Motion-312, his Personhood Motion, asking Parliament to establish a committee to explore when human life begins. Every one of these was defeated by a Conservative Prime Minister and a Conservative Government. When former MP Mark Warawa (now deceased) attempted to pass Motion-408, protecting babies from sex-selective abortion, his motion was deemed “non-votable” by the hand-picked committee. When a party leader or Prime Minister is not in favour of a bill, the chances of it passing are slim indeed.”

O’Toole’s motivation for allowing pro-life bills is to secure pro-lifers’ votes; that’s what he gets out of this relationship. But what are we actually getting from him? If the answer is nothing, or next to it, then we are simply “useful idiots” helping O’Toole achieve his ends. Christians involved in the Conservative Party need to consider if – and then how – their involvement can further God’s ends.

No Christianity? Then no human rights

There is no foundation for human rights apart from us all being made in the image of God.

Have you heard of QAnon? (15-minute read)

QAnon is a wide-ranging conspiracy theory, built around posts by an anonymous Q figure, which his expanding group of followers then pass along. Some of these posts have a Christian veneer, attracting Christians who know that there are indeed lies being spread by the mainstream media, whether that be transgenderism, evolution, socialism, or the denial of the personhood of the unborn. But that the media lies is not some great insight, and that a shadowy figure says it too doesn’t make him credible.

One appeal of conspiracy theories is that they are right about there being a malevolent force working behind the scenes. But it’s not simply the Russians, or the bankers, or the Deep State; the real hidden force is the Devil…and of course our own rebellious hearts. And while the Devil might like to stir up conflict, is his agenda primarily world-domination? Or to get everyone vaccinated? 5G implementation? Or would he be happier still to have people worried about maybes, supposedlys, and possiblys, even as we ignore the actual tasks God has given us to do? The more credible overarching conspiracy might well be a devilish desire to distract us with things outside our control, rather than contend with our own envy, impatience, gossiping, and other sins.

Joe Carter also weighs in on QAnon here.

Can a short white guy be a tall Chinese woman?

“It shouldn’t be hard to tell a 5’9″ white guy he’s not a 6’5″ Chinese woman…

Saturday Selections – August 29, 2020 — Reformed Perspective

August 29 – Sing the truth in love — Reformed Perspective

See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction! – Psalm 52:7

Scripture reading: Psalm 52:6-7

Tomorrow we are going to church. We know that we ought to sing verses like Psalm 52:6,7. They are in line with Psalm 2, where the Anointed laughs in derision at the intent of the wicked. With Christ, we laugh at the foolishness. God reminds us of our need to repent using our song of warning. That ought to be part of worship. If we love God, we must sing the truth, in love, to warn of the darkness.

As a social worker, I remember coming into the homes of addicts. The first thing that hits you is the stink and then the poverty. In one home, a toddler was walking around. It was winter, and there was snow in the living room while she wandered about in her sagging diaper looking for some comfort. Yet her guardians took pleasure in their own destruction because they were addicts. What is supposed to be euphoric turns into the nightmare of desperation.

But sin is like that. Hardly aware of it, we can put our trust in our idols. When God comes and brings punishment, one of two things will happen: we are enlightened and turn to Him, or we dig in our heels and take refuge in our destruction.

Let us listen to God today. Let us understand that we sing to warn one another and the lost. Sin is ugly and so are the results. Run to Christ!

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for blessings for our worship and the courage for our pastor to speak the truth in love, to each other and to the lost.

Rev. Al Bezuyen serves the Covenant Reformed Church of TorontoThis daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

August 29 – Sing the truth in love — Reformed Perspective