Daily Archives: October 1, 2020

Take the jab or lose your job: Medical journal calls for a MANDATORY Covid vaccine, says ‘noncompliance should incur a penalty’ — RT USA News

Take the jab or lose your job: Medical journal calls for a MANDATORY Covid vaccine, says ‘noncompliance should incur a penalty’

With half the US population reportedly unwilling to submit to an experimental Covid-19 shot, a new scientific paper has shed light on how state health authorities might enforce compliance with vaccine mandates.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, the paper outlines strategies for circumventing widespread fears over the safety of a rushed-to-market vaccine against the novel coronavirus, providing health authorities with a playbook for coercing a skittish populace.

The writers acknowledge that voluntary measures should be tried first, rather than mandating the vaccine for everyone out of the gate. However, if the target population doesn’t comply within a trial period, a mandate should be rolled out, and the penalties for refusing to submit should be harsh. Given “the costs of a failed voluntary scheme,” the writers warn, authorities should wait no more than a few weeks before rolling out a mandate if uptake falls short of expectations.

 Also on rt.com

Virginia health chief says he will MANDATE coronavirus vaccine, ‘strongly opposes’ exemptions

The paper says “six substantive criteria” must be met before a Covid-19 vaccine is imposed by the state. A federal body, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, must greenlight administration to certain groups of the populace first, and “only recommended groups should be considered for a vaccination mandate.”

High-risk” groups should be given priority on that list.

[T]he elderly, health professionals working in high-risk situations or working with high-risk patients…persons with certain underlying medical conditions,” and people living in “high-density settings such as prisons and dormitories” – as well as active-duty military service members – should be ordered to get the jab as soon as health officials are confident they have a sufficient supply to cover these groups, the paper suggests.

Rather than attempting to pass laws requiring certain populations to get the vaccine, the paper recommends that “noncompliance should incur a penalty” – and a “relatively substantial” one. The non-compliant should be threatened with “employment suspension or stay-at-home orders,” though fines or criminal charges are discouraged, because they “disadvantage the poor” and risk getting the mandate itself challenged in court. Worse, they “may stoke distrust without improving uptake,” it adds.

Whatever they do, authorities should avoid flaunting their relationship with vaccine manufacturers, the paper recommends – a tall order, given that President Donald Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine development initiative is helmed by Moncef Slaoui, the former head of pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine division who had to quit the board of directors of Moderna – a frontrunner in the vaccine race – to take the job. Slaoui notoriously was forced to offload over $10 million in Moderna stock after its value briefly skyrocketed following the announcement of promising early trial results.

For the non-high-risk groups, the writers suggest authorities “encourage voluntary uptake…using means such as public education campaigns and free vaccination.” Health officials have been hard at work conducting focus groups on which variety of “influencers” might best convince the American people to embrace what would be the quickest vaccine rollout in history (the standard timetable for vaccine development and approval, complete with post-shot monitoring for side effects, is 10 years or more) and what kind of emotional tone the message should take.

 Also on rt.com

Only 42% of Americans would take a Covid-19 vaccine before November, poll reveals, as Trump hints at jab by election day

A Yale University study conducted in July evaluated messaging strategies including guilt, economic benefit, trust in science, embarrassment, and community benefit to measure the effects on not only confidence in the vaccine itself but how willing the participants were to persuade others to take the shot – and how much they feared or looked down on those who had not received it. The results of that study have not been published.

The authors of the NEJM paper hail from Yale, Stanford University, and Indiana University, all institutions that have received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation has poured billions of dollars into developing multiple Covid-19 vaccines, setting up seven facilities to manufacture the leading candidates. While the US, UK, and several other countries have already paid for hundreds of millions of doses of multiple jabs, no western pharmaceutical company has yet declared victory in the vaccine race – on the contrary, the clinical trials of frontrunners like AstraZeneca and Moderna have yielded a bumper crop of troubling side effects.

Fears about the rushed rollout of the vaccine coupled with both Republicans and Democrats’ determination to turn the jab into a political football have convinced a majority of Americans that they don’t want to be among the first to get vaccinated. A poll conducted earlier this month suggested less than half the country would take the shot, even if they were paid $100, and polling shows the portion of Americans willing to take it has declined steadily since May.

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/502270-vaccine-compliance-mandate-study/

Poll: Half of America isprepping for ‘civil war’ | WND

Poll results that one survey organizer describes as “frightening” show that 3 of 5 respondents say the United States is on the “verge” of civil war and more than half already are preparing for it.

The poll was documented by Paul Bedard in his Washington Secrets column.

The assessment comes from Engagious, Sports and Leisure Research Group and ROKK Solutions.

“This is the single most frightening poll result I’ve ever been associated with,” Rich Thau, head of Engagious, told Secrets.

Bedard reported his column has been following surveys “that have been sizing up the state of the nation and business since the coronavirus crisis hit.”

This one, he said, is the first to “raise majority concerns about a potential war.”

That’s even though the Black Lives Matter agenda continues to “conduct heated protests to the point of riots” across America.

The polling said 61% believe the U.S. is nearing a second civil war. Forty-one percent “strongly agree” with that. And 52% are “so convinced that it is just around the corner, or after Election Day, that they are putting away food and other essentials.”

There have been allegations on both sides of the political aisle that the other side plans to steal the election.

Democrats across the country are lobbying for mail-in ballots, while Republicans are opposing abrupt and major changes in the election system so close to voting.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even has speculated about being president for a time, if either candidate cannot win a majority in the Electoral College and the vote is thrown into the U.S. House.

Secrets reported, “Predictably, it’s the political extremes who are most ready for war, with 52% of very liberal, 52% of very conservative, 32% of somewhat liberal, 34% of moderate, and 35% of somewhat conservative respondents saying they believe the statement ‘I’m concerned that the U.S. could be on the verge of another civil war.'”

Bedard reported there’s also a contributing factor from the coronavirus, because many people believe it will spike again, and food and other essentials will become scare.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2020/10/poll-half-america-prepping-civil-war/

Gallup Finds Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Will Win Re-election | Zero Hedge

24% of Democrats think Trump will win…

Authored by Megan Brenan via Gallup.com,

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trump’s job approval is up from 42% earlier in September

  • Except for approval on economy, issue approvals are below 50%

  • 56% expect Trump will win the election; 40% think Biden will

In Gallup polling conducted over the two weeks leading up to the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump’s job approval rating is 46%, its highest point since May. Although still short of the majority approval that incumbent presidents typically need in order to be confident of reelection, more Americans say they expect he, rather than Joe Biden, will win the election.

Trump’s Pre-Debate Approval Rating Remains Below His Personal Best

Trump started the year with the highest approval rating of his presidency (49%) amid his acquittal on impeachment charges, but it subsequently descended to the 38% to 42% range during the summer as the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic downturn, and racial injustice issues afflicted the nation.

Although the increase of four percentage points in Trump’s latest rating is not statistically significant, the poll’s internals suggest a rise in his support the second half of the Sept. 14-28 field period coincident with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and lying in state, as well as Trump’s announcing that he would quickly make a nomination to the Supreme Court. This suggests that some viewed his handling of the situation positively.

Line graph. President Donald Trump’s job approval rating since January 2019. Currently, 46% of Americans approve, marking a four-point increase from earlier in September.

While the president’s approval rating has edged up, he remains underwater, with 52% of Americans disapproving of his job performance. The current 87-point gap between Republicans’ (94%) and Democrats’ (7%) approval of Trump is still among the largest in Gallup’s history. Independents’ approval of Trump, now 39%, remains significantly below the 46% to 47% ratings for this group from April and May.

Besides Economy, Trump’s Approval Ratings on Issues Are Below 50%

In addition to Trump’s overall job approval, Gallup asked Americans whether they approve of his handling of six issues. The economy is the only one with majority-level approval (54%), marking an improvement from 47% and 48% readings in early June and mid-August.

His ratings on the other five issues are at or above where they were in mid-August but remain below 50%. These include crime (48%), foreign affairs (46%), relations with China (46%), response to the coronavirus (44%) and race relations (38%).

Majority of Americans Predict Trump Will Win Reelection

Regardless of whom they personally support, 56% of Americans expect Trump to prevail over Biden in the November election, while 40% think Biden will win. Although majorities of partisans think their party’s candidate will win, Republicans are more likely to believe Trump will win (90%) than Democrats are to think Biden will (73%). Fifty-six percent of independents predict that Trump will win.

Looking back, Gallup has asked Americans for their predictions in the late summer or fall of every presidential election year from 1996 through 2012, and an ABC News/Washington Post poll included a comparable question in 2016. In each of these polls, Americans accurately predicted the winner of the popular vote, though not the winner of the Electoral College. That is, in 2000 and 2016, the public predicted Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, respectively, would win the election. Although both of these Democratic candidates won the popular vote, George W. Bush and Trump, respectively, won the most electoral votes and ultimately became president.

The prediction of a Trump victory is not consistent with the average of recent national presidential vote-preference polls, which show Biden with a significant lead, but it is consistent with Americans’ expectation of a victory for the incumbent president in every race in which one has been running. The two most recent elections in which an incumbent lost — 1980 and 1992 — occurred before Gallup began asking Americans to handicap the presidential election race.

Bottom Line

While Trump’s approval rating has improved, it remains below the 50% threshold for an incumbent that has historically been associated with presidents winning a second term. In addition, Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going is near its historical low point, and while economic confidence has recovered from its record drop in the spring, it remains negative. Despite these strong indicators that suggest Trump’s reelection is imperiled, more Americans still believed before the debate that he is the favorite to win.

View complete question responses and trends (PDF download).

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/gallup-finds-majority-americans-believe-trump-will-win-re-election

[WATCH] Jake Tapper Suffers a Major Meltdown and Cuts Interview Short When Trump Spox Lists Biden’s Horrible Track Record With the Black Community | WayneDupree.com

Well folks, Jake Tapper has officially lost his mind.

During a fiery interview with Trump’s 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh, Tapper lost his cool when Murtaugh started list Biden’s horrific track record with the black community.

Tapper really lost it when Murtaugh brought up Biden stating that “all black people think the same” and his famous line of “you ain’t black” if, as a black person, you refuse to vote for him.

Tapper shot back at Murtaugh, declaring he wasn’t “Chris Wallace” and cut the interview abruptly off.

What a whack job!

Watch the video:

***Related commentary starts around the 5:00 mark***

MORE NEWS: ‘Trump Broke You Guys’ – Cruz Leaves Cuomo in Shock When He Exposes CNN’s Downward Spiral

Ted Cruz recently told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that “Trump broke you guys” when Cuomo flew off the handle while discussing also discussing Trump’s condemnation of white supremacy.

What’s really strange is that Trump has repeatedly denounced “white supremacists,” yet the liberal media still loves to use this as a talking point.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany brilliantly shredded the media on this matter today:

From Fox News

McEnany, during a heated White House press briefing on Thursday, called the news coverage of the president’s comments “shameful” and claimed the media “refuses” to cover his response.

“The president has denounced white supremacy, the KKK, hate groups of all forms, he signed a resolution—just last week, he expressed his desire to see the KKK prosecuted as domestic terrorists,” McEnany said.

“His record on this is unmistakable and it is shameful the media refuses to cover it,” McEnany said.

McEnany said the president has “continuously condemned” white supremacy.

“His record is not mixed in the slightest,” McEnany said.

I mean he’s condemned it on countless occasions, what more do these people want?

At this point it’s clear that they only want to push this lie as a desperate attempt to lower his approval.

It’s painfully obvious.

— Read on www.waynedupree.com/2020/10/jake-tapper-trump-white-supremacy/

A Swarm Of Nearly 600 Earthquakes Rattles Southern California As Speculation About “The Big One” Starts To Rise Again — The Economic Collapse

Over the last few days, a swarm of almost 600 earthquakes has shaken southern California, and a lot of people are becoming extremely concerned about what will happen next.  In fact, if you go on Twitter right now you will find a tremendous amount of speculation that “the Big One” could be coming.  The experts are trying to calm the general public by assuring them that it is probably not likely that “the Big One” is imminent, but they don’t know for sure.  Forecasting earthquakes is not like forecasting the weather, and experts will continue to tell us that a major event is not likely until the day when one finally happens.

But what everyone can agree upon is that earthquake swarms cause the probability of a major event to rise.  Of course that doesn’t mean that there will be a major event associated with this current earthquake swarm, and there may not be a major event if an earthquake swarm occurs next month.  But without a doubt what is going on in southern California right now is worth watching.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this current swarm of quakes has been centered “around the town of Westmoreland in Imperial County”…

A swarm of hundreds of small earthquakes struck in and around the town of Westmoreland in Imperial County over the past couple days

The Southern California Seismic Network recorded nearly 600 earthquakes, the smallest a magnitude 1.1, as of 6 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from the project by Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Most of the rumbling has been relatively minor, but during a period of less than three hours on Wednesday there were 45 earthquakes of at least magnitude 3.0

‘In just 2.5hr Westmorland swarm has had 45 quakes of M≥3.0. One of the largest swarms we have had in the Imperial Valley – and it is historically the most active swarms in SoCal,’ seismologist Dr Lucy Jones wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night.

A magnitude 4.9 quake has been the largest event so far, and we shall see what else happens over the next several days.

According to Dr. Lucy Jones, this earthquake swarm has occurred along some small faults “that connect the San Andreas and Imperial faults”…

None of the earthquakes that have been happening in the Imperial Valley are anywhere near the San Andreas fault. They are in the Brawley Seismic Zone – a network of small faults that connect the San Andreas and Imperial faults.

This is an area that has had some pretty serious earthquake swarms in the past.

In fact, the USGS is telling us that there were also large swarms in the area in 1981 and in 2012

The quake swarms “are located in an area of diffuse seismic activity between the San Andreas fault in the north and the Imperial fault to the south,” the USGS says. Previous swarms in the area happened in 1981 and 2012.

“Past swarms have remained active for 1 to 20 days, with an average duration of about a week,” the USGS reported.

Obviously the swarms of 1981 and 2012 did not produce something much larger, and hopefully this one will not either.

But the USGS is warning that there is a “very small probability” that a quake of magnitude 7.0 or above could potentially happen…

‘The ongoing swarm could trigger an earthquake significantly larger than the M4.9 that occurred on the 30 September (i.e., M7.0 and above),’ they warned.

‘While this is a very small probability, if such an earthquake were to occur, it would have serious impacts on communities nearby and would be followed by aftershocks that would increase the number of smaller earthquakes per day.’

However, as I noted above, the truth is that they don’t really know.

None of the experts has any way to reliably forecast earthquakes in advance, and someday when “the Big One” finally strikes there may not be any sort of advance warning at all.

But the experts do believe that it is inevitable that eventually “the Big One” will arrive, and one particularly alarming study concluded that the full length of the San Andreas fault could potentially “unzip all at once”….

For years, scientists believed the mighty San Andreas—the 800-mile-long fault running the length of California where the Pacific and North American plates meet—could only rupture in isolated sections.

But a recent study by federal, state and academic researchers showed that much of the fault could unzip all at once, unleashing a rare, singular catastrophe. Now, insurers have used that research to come up with a new analysis of the damage that could be caused by statewide break of the San Andreas.

Could you imagine the utter devastation that such an event would cause?

Scientists have discovered that enormous earthquakes in the distant past caused the ground to sink by as much as three feet in some portions of southern California, and some scientists have warned that if such an event happened today that “it could plunge large parts of California into the sea almost instantly”

The Big One may be overdue to hit California, but scientists near LA have found a new risk for the area during a major earthquake.

They claim that if a major tremor hits the area, it could plunge large parts of California into the sea almost instantly.

If you have read my new book, you already understand why I keep relentlessly warning people about these things.

Unfortunately, one day the time for warning will be over and disaster will strike.  According to Cal State Fullerton professor Matt Kirby, a big enough quake could cause vast stretches of southern California to sink dramatically “relatively instantaneously”

‘It´s something that would happen relatively instantaneously,’ Kirby said.

‘Probably today if it happened, you would see seawater rushing in.’

Right now, most people living in California are not thinking about earthquakes because they are dealing with the worst wildfire season in the history of the state.

Millions of acres have already burned, and the skies have been filled with smoke for weeks on end.

For many residents, this has been the final straw and they are finally moving out of the state.

But of course most Californians will just continue to stay where they are no matter what happens, and one day “the Big One” will turn all of their lives upside down in a single moment.

A Swarm Of Nearly 600 Earthquakes Rattles Southern California As Speculation About “The Big One” Starts To Rise Again — The Economic Collapse

“No, Not Trump, Not Ever”: Second Debate Moderator Worked For Biden, Tweeted Resistance Screed | Zero Hedge

Scully’s social media posts prompted one Trump sympathizer to wonder aloud: Do they ever hire Republicans to moderate these debates?

“No, Not Trump, Not Ever”: Second Debate Moderator Worked For Biden, Tweeted Resistance Screed Tyler Durden Thu, 10/01/2020 – 19:43

Update (1930ET): Since PJ Media and a handful of other conservative reporters first drew attention to the fact that the chosen moderator for the second debate, Steve Scully, has a long history of anti-Trump tweets (he also got his start in politics by interning in then-Sen. Joe Biden’s office during his college days, before taking a job in the office of Sen Ted Kennedy), more of Scully’s ramblings attacking Trump during the 2016 race and after have surfaced online.

In one now-infamous tweet, Scully shared a column from the NYT along with the line: “No, not Trump, not ever.”

And this photo of Scully grinning alongside Biden has also gone viral (we shared it earlier below).

Scully’s social media posts prompted one Trump sympathizer to wonder aloud: Do they ever hire Republicans to moderate these debates?

Will this be enough to prompt the organizers of the presidential debates to abandon plans to give the moderator new “tools” to stop the debate from going ‘off the rails’ and devolving into a chaotic “shitshow”, as CNN termed the first one?

* * *

President Trump tweeted Thursday that he wouldn’t allow the Commission on Presidential Debates to move ahead with promised changes to the debate formate, which the organization announced yesterday. 

In a statement, the Commission on Presidential Debates said it was mulling what to do, and also raised the possibility of equipping moderators with new “tools” – perhaps including the ability to cut a speaker’s mic.

“Last night’s debate made it clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the statement read. Although it didn’t say what changes were coming, the commission said it “intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.”

But Trump in a series of tweets sent Thursday afternoon, Trump boasted that he won the debate, and questioned “why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?”

It’s a good question.

Trump’s campaign held a 1500ET phone call with reporters to discuss the opposition to tweaking the format. During the call, the campaign told reporters that they don’t want to change the rules, and accused “swamp monsters” on the debate committee of having unseemly ties to Democrats.

Meanwhile, debate moderator Chris Wallace griped in a Fox News interview that the president had “put his foot” in the “beautiful cake” Wallace had baked.

“I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did,” Wallace added.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden on Wednesday said he was “looking forward” to additional debates but would not “speculate” on possible rules changes.

Before the call, PJ Media reported that the moderator for the second debate, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, had interned in then-Sen. Joe Biden’s office when he was in college, before going on to work full time in the office of Ted Kennedy, another Democratic Senator. Of course, many of the president’s most rabid supporters accused Wallace of being too hostile of an interviewer to fairly preside over the debate.

Finally, the biggest irony of all this farce, as National Review’s David Harsanyi put it, is that the answer isn’t to crack down on the candidates but to let them fight it out. “As with most issues pertaining to the debates, the Commission has it backward: We don’t need more rules, we need more open-ended discussion.”

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-accuses-swamp-monster-debate-organizers-colluding-dems-says-he-wont-allow-format

Trump says ‘I condemn KKK, white supremacists, Proud Boys’… and dares Biden to say the same of Antifa — RT USA News

Trump says ‘I condemn KKK, white supremacists, Proud Boys’... and dares Biden to say the same of Antifa

US President Donald Trump has denounced the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists and the Proud Boys – a faction of right-wing provocateurs he was asked to condemn at a recent debate – while goading Joe Biden to do the same for Antifa.

“I’ve said it many times, and let me be clear again: I condemn the KKK, I condemn all white supremacists, I condemn the Proud Boys – I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday night.

But [Biden] should also condemn Antifa. Antifa is a horrible group of people – they kill people… They’re causing insurrection, they’re causing riots, but the press doesn’t go after him.

Trump came under fire during the first presidential debate on Tuesday night after moderator Chris Wallace pressed him to “condemn white supremacists.”

“What do you want to call them? Give me a name! Give me a name! Go ahead! Who do you want me to condemn?” Trump replied. When Biden jumped in with “Proud Boys,” Trump said: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!” – but critics slammed him for declining to give a more direct answer.

 Also on rt.com

Democrats and liberal media elevate Proud Boys with hysterical reaction to Trump’s mention of the group in debate

Opponents have repeatedly assailed the president throughout his term for allegedly “dog whistling” to racists and “hate groups,” with Joe Biden often reviving a regularly misquoted exchange from a 2017 press conference in which Trump is alleged to have labeled white supremacists “very fine people.” A look at the transcript from the presser, however, shows the “fine people on both sides” remark was confined to those debating whether Confederate monuments should be torn down, not neo-Nazis.

Biden has also frequently accused the president of failing to condemn former Klan leader David Duke, who has voiced support for Trump, though even the establishment-friendly Politifact has deemed the charge “mostly false.” He has, in fact, explicitly disavowed Duke, the Klan and white supremacists, saying in 2017 that such groups are made up of “criminals and thugs,” and are “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

 Also on rt.com

‘Racism is evil’: Trump denounces KKK and neo-Nazis

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/502306-trump-condemns-proud-boys-biden-antifa/

October 1st The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.—Romans 5:8.

I KNOW of no truth in the whole Bible that ought to come home to us with such power and tenderness as that of the Love of God. There is no truth in the Bible that Satan would so much like to blot out. For more than six thousand years he has been trying to persuade men that God does not love them. He succeeded in making our first parents believe this lie; and too often he succeeds with their children.

The idea that God does not love us often comes from false teaching. Mothers make a mistake in teaching children that God does not love them when they do wrong, but only when they do right. That is not taught in Scripture. You do not teach your children that when they do wrong you hate them. Their wrongdoing does not change your love to hate; if it did, you would change your love a great many times. Because your child is fretful, or has committed some act of disobedience, you do not cast him out as though he did not belong to you! No! he is still your child; and you love him. And if men have gone astray from God it does not follow that He hates them. It is the sin that He hates.[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. 172–173). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

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10/01/2020 — Wretched

WR2020-1001•Story Time.
•Charles Spurgeon and Karl Marx were contemporaries with radically diff. worldviews.
•Current social justice view is very closely aligned with Marxism.
•Today you see rioting in the street, buildings being burned – it’s Marxism.
•Karl Marx hated God and was bitterly racist.
•Spurgeon’s sermons, while always full of fire, were also happy and full of joy in the Lord.
•Marx used the “N word” A LOT in his communications.
•Some preachers today preach against slavery, while some apologize for it.
•Social Justice has NO part of the gospel.
•Marxism is anti gospel, anti God, anti forgiveness, anti grace.

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10/01/2020 — Wretched

News Round-Up and Comment — VCY America

Date:  October 1, 2020  
Host:  Jim Schneider  
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Today’s Roundup consisted of several recent news stories that are largely ignored by major media outlets. Here is a sampling of the topics:

  • Bombshell allegation: Hillary created entire Trump-Russia hoax to distract from email scandal
  • Black Lives Matter leader arrested for allegedly spending donations on personal expenses
  • Pro-abortion groups spending millions trying to defeat Amy Coney-Barrett
  • Serious push in U.S. House to remove Speaker Pelosi
  • Satanic Temple sues billboard company that refused signs for abortion ritual
  • Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for third time
  • Trump still building the border wall
  • Minneapolis plan to defund the Police collapses
  • Survey finds only 2 percent of millennials have Biblical worldview
  • ‘Humanists for Biden’ take Christian-bashing to a new level
  • Vancouver streets hit with ads urging everyone to have just one child
  • ….and many more about voter fraud, microchips, mask-wearing and transgenderism.

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News Round-Up and Comment — VCY America

‘Shameful’: Kayleigh McEnany Spars With Media Over White Supremacy, Amy Coney Barrett Nomination — Faithwire

Image: CBN News/YouTube screenshot

Image: CBN News/YouTube screenshot


“This is a White House press briefing. You ask a question, you give me time to answer.” 

That was Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s reminder to journalists about how press briefings are supposed to go, after today’s briefing quickly devolved thanks to a series of testy exchanges, including one with Fox News host John Roberts.

Thursday’s testy briefing was reminiscent of the first Presidential debate Tuesday night, but McEnany was tasked with both moderating and answering the questions. 

(Watch the full press conference here or keep scrolling below)

Opening with a statement on Amy Coney Barrett, McEnany concluded that Judge Barrett is the right choice to serve on the Supreme Court. “Her qualifications are many, her character is unquestionable, her devotion to the constitution and interpreting the law as written is steadfast,” the Press Secretary explained.

Asked whether or not the President was downplaying Barrett’s views on Roe v. Wade by saying the Supreme Court case is not on the ballot, McEnany responded that Trump would never ask a judge to pre-judge a case.

‘I Believe God Put Me in This Place for a Purpose’: New WH Press Secretary on Faith, Love of Country, and Overcoming Adversity (FULL Interview)

https://www.faithwire.com/2020/05/28/i-believe-god-put-me-in-this-place-for-a-purpose-new-wh-press-secretary-on-faith-love-of-country-and-overcoming-adversity-full-interview/embed/#?secret=phBrdV6q1D

Barrett herself has said if personal convictions ever conflict with her duty under the rule of law, it is never permissible to follow personal convictions.

Under the ‘Ginsburg Rule’ cited by Joe Biden, there are no questions on how a judge will decide any specific cases that may come before her. Late Justice Ginsburg indeed applied that rule throughout the course of her hearing on the first amendment religious clause, and Judge Barrett will likely follow that precedent as well.

But there seemed to be a disregard for both precedent and preceding statements of fact by the media, which chose to fixate on the topic of white supremacy during today’s briefing.

Fox News reporter John Roberts criticized McEnany for not providing a “definitive and unambiguous” statement condemning white supremacy groups like the “Proud Boys.”

McEnany countered with a lengthy list of instances the President has denounced white supremacy, the KKK, and hate groups in all forms.

“He signed a resolution to that effect. Just last week the President expressed his desire to see the KKK prosecuted as domestic terrorists… and advocated for the death penalty for a white supremacist – the first federal execution in seventeen years,” McEnany said, while adding that the President’s record on this is unmistakable and it’s “shameful” that the media refuses to cover it.

Here’s the exchange:https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1311753434924634117&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.com%2Fread%2Ffeeds%2F59670467%2Fposts%2F2943076884&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=500px

Kayleigh later pointed out on Twitter that Roberts own wife, Kyra Phillips, reported that the President had denounced white supremacists just the day prior.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1311707130160873472&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.com%2Fread%2Ffeeds%2F59670467%2Fposts%2F2943076884&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=500px

Roberts then lashed out at Twitter critics later in the day during a live hit on Fox News:https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-2&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1311730708742901762&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.com%2Fread%2Ffeeds%2F59670467%2Fposts%2F2943076884&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=500px

It’s worth noting that while the nation is currently reeling from largely left-wing riots and protesting, calls to denounce anyone rioting in the name of Black Lives Matter or Antifa have been far and few between.

In fact, almost the exact opposite has happened. Over a thousand health experts recently signed a letter saying in regard to protests, “we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for transmission, we support them as vital to the national public health.”

So when one reporter asked why the President is holding rallies this weekend in Wisconsin red zones, McEnany was quick to point out that the First Amendment gives people a right to assemble like they did for the democrat nominee’s rally

“There seems to be two standards of health in this country: one for Trump supporters and one for everyone else,” McEnany stated.

McEnany reiterated the President’s statements over interruptions by reporters regarding those same statements as “mixed,” and saying that there is a difference between speaking about policy and actually enacting it.

In a reference to Tuesday night’s media coverage, the press secretary took a moment to regain the room’s attention by pointing out the irony. “It’s quite funny that the media goes haywire about interrupting in debates and then chooses to pursue that very same tactic themselves.” 

As far as the next debate goes, the Commission of Presidential Debates is considering a change in format. McEnany said the President is in agreement with the idea of a format change, saying he wants a fare exchange in the next debate with a change in moderator.

The next debate is slated for October 15th.

‘Shameful’: Kayleigh McEnany Spars With Media Over White Supremacy, Amy Coney Barrett Nomination — Faithwire

Devin Nunes: Current U.S. Election Status, Combined with U.S. Intelligence Community, Equals a “Banana Republic”… — The Last Refuge

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Ranking Member Devin Nunes appears with Lou Dobbs to discuss the 2020 U.S. election as contrast against the known weaponization of the intelligence apparatus.

Keep in mind this is a member of the United States Intelligence Oversight group, the “gang of eight” saying the U.S. election is being manipulated by the U.S. intelligence community and political allies. 

Oblique but BIG Release – OIG Horowitz Outlines Notification of FBI for Contractor Database Abuse…September 28, 2020In “1st Amendment”

DNI John Ratcliffe Presents Senate With Brennan Notes Showcasing Clinton Campaign Intent to Create Russian Conspiracy Narrative July 2016…September 29, 2020In “4th Amendment”

Former ODNI Ric Grenell Says Additional Intelligence Agencies are Intentionally Withholding Evidence of Wrongdoing…September 28, 2020In “AG Bill Barr”

Devin Nunes: Current U.S. Election Status, Combined with U.S. Intelligence Community, Equals a “Banana Republic”… — The Last Refuge

WATCH: Trump Clarifies ‘White Supremacy’ Comments And Reveals Plan For Black Communities (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump is under controversy over the comments he made at the first presidential debate when asked by Chris Wallace to tell White supremacist groups to ‘stand down.’

A reporter asked Sen. Tim Scott, “Do you find that concerning, the president’s refusal last night during the debate to condemn White supremacist groups?”

Senator Scott responded, “I think [Trump] misspoke in response to Chris Wallace’s comment. He was asking Chris what he wanted to say. I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it. If he doesn’t correct it that I guess he didn’t misspeak. Thank you.”

During the debate Wallace asked, “Are you will tonight to condemn White supremacists and militia groups and-”

Trump responded, “Sure.”

Wallace raised his had up to Trump to finish stating, “…to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities, as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland?”

Trump stated, “Sure I’m willing to do that, but I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right-wing.”

Wallace then asked, “So what are you, what are you saying?”

Trump responded, “I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”

Wallace stated, “Then do it, sir.”

Biden also stated, “Say it. Do it. Say it.”

Trump asked, “Do you want to call them? What do you want to call them? Give me a name.”

Wallace answered, “White supremacists and racists.”

Trump questioned again, “Who would you like me to condemn?”

Biden responded, “The Proud Boys.”

Trump stated, “The Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody has got to do something about antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem.”

Trump later attempted to clarify these comments after the media saw this as an endorsement.

The president clarified, “I don’t know who Proud Boys are, but whoever they are, they have to stand down. Let law enforcement do their work.”

A few days ago, President Trump unveiled his ‘Platinum Plan’ which will provide jobs for the Black community and also designate the KKK and Antifa as terrorist groups.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke about the plan, “Among another of item, among another number of items, I should say, in the plan, where he wants to prosecute the KKK as domestic terrorists and make lynching a federal crime.”

When President Trump unveiled the plan he said, “I’m here today to announce a brand new plan to deliver more opportunity, more security, more fairness, and more prosperity to Black communities. We call it the Platinum Plan. Platinum Plan. And that’s a contract with Black Americans, and it’s got to be something that people talk about for a long time to come. If you vote Republican over the next four years, we will create three million new jobs for the Black community. Open five hundred thousand new black-owned businesses, increase access to capital in black communities by five hundred billion dollars. And this includes investing in community development, financial institutions, and minority depository institutions. Build up peaceful and safe for urban neighborhoods with the highest standards of and you know this, of policing. We want the highest standards. We want that. We have to have higher standards of policing.”

Press Secretary McEnany also covered this in a press meeting stating, “He wants to create five hundred thousand new black-owned businesses, increased access to capital in black communities, almost 500 billion. He’s done that with opportunity zones. And it’s estimated that about a million people will be lifted out of poverty and given opportunity because of this.”

Click below to watch!

WATCH: Trump Clarifies ‘White Supremacy’ Comments And Reveals Plan For Black Communities (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

October 1 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

The fruit of the Spirit is … self-control.

Lord Jesus, everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but I for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

I will not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but will be filled with the Spirit.

If I desire to come after You, Lord Jesus, I must deny myself, and take up my cross, and follow You.

Let me not sleep, as others do, but let me watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let me who am of the day be sober. Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, I should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and Your glorious appearing, my great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Keep me faithful to my training regimen, Jesus, so I may be ready for Your return and, in the meantime, honor You with my life.

Galatians 5:22–23; 1 Corinthians 9:25–27; Ephesians 5:18; Matthew 16:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:6–8; Titus 2:12–13[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 1, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

The Authority for Discipline

Truly I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst. (18:18–20)

To emphasize the absolute trustworthiness of what He was about to say, Jesus declared, “Truly I say to you.” That phrase, which the Lord often used, should always be noted with special care, because it introduces a teaching of unusual importance.

The work of discipline should be undertaken with the greatest care. Done in the wrong way or in the wrong spirit it can do great damage by fostering self-righteousness and legalism, just as discipline not done at all causes great damage by allowing sin’s influence to spread like leaven.

Jesus’ promises in verses 18 and 19 have suffered serious misinterpretation throughout the history of the church, the most extreme being the Roman Catholic doctrine that the church has the divine authority to forgive sin. Many charismatics use these promises—along with others, such as those of Matthew 7:7 and 21:22—to claim from God every imaginable blessing and privilege just for the asking.

But in light of the context of what Jesus had just said, in the light of common rabbinical expressions of that day, and in light of the grammatical construction of the text, it is clear that He was not teaching that God’s power can be bent to men’s will. He was not saying that men can force heaven to do things. Quite to the contrary, His promise was that when His people bend their wills to His, He will endorse and empower their act of obedience. (See comments on Matthew 16:19, in chapter 4 of this volume.)

Jesus was here continuing His instruction about church discipline. He was not speaking about petitioning God for special blessings or privileges, and even less was He teaching that the church or any of its leaders has power to absolve the sins of its members. He was declaring that the church has a divine mandate to discipline its members when they refuse to repent.

The rabbis sometimes spoke of a principle or action as being bound in heaven or loosed in heaven to indicate, respectively, that it was forbidden or permitted in light of God’s revealed Word. A Jew of that day would have understood that Jesus did not mean that men could bend heaven’s will to their own but that God (here called heaven, a common Jewish substitute for God’s covenant name, Yahweh, or Jehovah) had an expressed principle with which the church must conform.

The grammatical construction in the passage also clarifies its meaning. As in Matthew 16:19, shall be bound and shall be loosed translate future perfect passives and are more accurately rendered “will have been bound” and “will have been loosed.” The idea is not that God is compelled to conform to the church’s decisions but that, when the church follows Christ’s pattern for discipline, it conforms its decisions to what God has already done and thereby receives heaven’s approval and authority.

Perfect passives are also used in John 20:23 in regard to forgiving or retaining sins. Believers have authority to declare that sins are either forgiven or not forgiven when that declaration is based on the teaching of God’s Word. If a person has received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the church can tell him with perfect confidence that his sins are loosed, that is, forgiven, because he has met God’s condition for forgiveness, namely, trust in His Son. If, on the other hand, a person refuses to receive Christ as Savior and acknowledge Him as Lord, the church can tell him with equal confidence that his sins are bound, that is, not forgiven, because he has not met God’s condition for forgiveness.

Some years ago a man told me he believed he was going to heaven because he was following the religious system prescribed by a popular cult. Because the bizarre beliefs of that group were utterly contrary to the gospel, I told him that he was lost, was still in his sins, and could not possibly be destined for heaven. On the basis of his own confession matched against God’s Word, the man could not have been saved. To tell him that he was still bound in his sins was not to judge his heart supernaturally nor sovereignly condemn him but simply to affirm what God’s own Word clearly says about him and about every person who hopes to come to God by any other path than trust in His Son.

Obviously, this is a serious ministry in the church and one that may be approached with great reluctance. “Who are we to do such work?” we ask. “What authority do we have for such strong dealings with fellow believers? We’re sinful, too.” But when the church administers discipline according to the pattern of Matthew 18:15–17, it can have perfect confidence that it acts in the authority and power of heaven, as promised in verses 18–20.

The Lord gives no command without giving the necessary power and authority to obey it. In these three climaxing verses in Jesus’ instruction about church discipline we learn that, when the Lord’s people sincerely seek to purify His church in His way, they have the energy, approval, and authority both of the Father and of the Son.

Jesus first assures His people that the Father acts with them when they work to purify the church: Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth (referring back to the two witnesses of v. 16) about anything that they may ask (in seeking the purity of the church) it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. When the church acts in God’s behalf and in accordance with His Word in matters dealing with sin, He acts in their behalf by confirming and empowering their faithful decisions and actions.

Agree is from sumphōneō, which literally means to sound together and is the term from which we get symphony. If even two of Jesus’ followers are in agreement with each other that a sinning believer has either repented or refused to repent, they can be sure they are also in agreement with the Father who is in heaven.

As already mentioned, to interpret this verse as promising believers a blank check for anything they might agree to ask God for not only does not fit the context of church discipline but does violence to the rest of Scripture. Such an interpretation is tantamount to magic, in which God is automatically bound to grant the most foolish or sinful request, simply because two of His children conspire to ask Him for it. The idea flies in the face of God’s sovereignty and completely undercuts the countless scriptural commands for believers’ obedient submission to His will.

Jesus also assures His people that He Himself acts with them when they work to purify the church: For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst. Not only does the Father confirm discipline when it is administered according to His Word, but the Son adds His own divine confirmation.

This verse is also frequently misinterpreted, though not with such serious error as in the misinterpretations of the two previous verses. To use this statement to claim the Lord’s presence at a small worship service or prayer meeting does not fit the context of church discipline and is superfluous. Christ is always present with His people, even with a lone believer totally separated from fellow Christians by prison walls or by hundreds of miles.

The context demands that the two or three are witnesses in the process of discipline. To ask or to do anything in God’s name is not to utter His name but to ask and to work according to His divine will and character. For the witnesses to have gathered in His name is therefore for them to have faithfully performed their work of verifying the repentance or impenitence of a sinning brother or sister on the Lord’s behalf. When the church gathers in the Lord’s name and for His cause and glory, it must be engaged in self-purifying ministry under His power and authority, and with His heavenly confirmation and partnership.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian of rather liberal persuasion who was caught in the terrors of Nazi Germany, wrote a book entitled Life Together. In it he gives some profound insights into the need for restoring a sinning brother to the fellowship of the church.

Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation. Sin wants to remain unknown. It shuns the light. In the darkness of the unexpressed it poisons the whole being of a person. This can happen even in the midst of a pious community. In confession, the light of the gospel breaks into the darkness and seclusion of the heart. The sin must be brought into the light. The unexpressed must be openly spoken and acknowledged. All that is secret and hidden is made manifest. It is a hard struggle until the sin is openly admitted, but God breaks gates of brass and bars of iron (Ps. 107:16).

Since the confession of sin is made in the presence of a Christian brother, the last stronghold of self-justification is abandoned. The sinner surrenders; he gives up all his evil. He gives his heart to God, and he finds the forgiveness of all his sin in the fellowship of Jesus Christ and his brother. The expressed, acknowledged sin has lost all its power. It has been revealed and judged as sin. It can no longer tear the fellowship asunder. Now the fellowship bears the sin of the brother. He is no longer alone with his evil for he has cast off his sin from him. Now he stands in the fellowship of sinners who live by the grace of God and the cross of Jesus Christ.… The sin concealed separated him from the fellowship, made all his apparent fellowship a sham; the sin confessed has helped him define true fellowship with the brethren in Jesus Christ. ([New York: Harper & Row, 1954], 112–13)[1]


20 In v. 19 prayer was expressed as a direct transaction between the two on earth and God in heaven. But now a third party is introduced into the scene. The wording makes sense only as a forward look to the presence of the risen Christ among his earthly followers. Its thrust is thus similar to that of 28:20, but whereas there the presence of Jesus “with you” is expressed in relation to the new post-Easter situation, here it is, remarkably, already in the present. The perspective is thus that of Matthew’s church rather than of the disciple group during Jesus’ ministry. The saying is linked to v. 19 with a “for,” which indicates that this is the basis for expecting united prayer to be answered: it is not just the prayer of the two who agree, but also that of Jesus who is “among them” because they have come together “in his name,” that is as his disciples representing him (cf. on v. 5, and cf. 10:40–42). While Jesus is on earth his disciples are his brothers and sisters (12:49–50) but even when he is no longer on earth he remains spiritually present as the focus of their unity.

This verse and 28:20 give fuller expression to the idea which we have seen to be probably implicit in Matthew’s adoption (and translation) of the title Immanuel, “God with us”, in 1:23. See above, p. 49, for this theme of being “with you” as a significant element in Matthew’s christology and ecclesiology. It echoes the OT theme of God dwelling among his people (cf. Ezek 43:7; Joel 2:27; Zech 2:10–11). When Jesus is the subject, it depends on the expectation, already firmly set before us in 16:21; 17:9, 23, that his mission will not finish with his earthly death but will be continued through his resurrection. The disciple community will continue even after that to be not merely the followers but also the companions of Jesus. His spiritual presence among them is the source of their authority to declare the will of God and to expect God to hear their prayers. And that presence is promised not to a formally convened ecclesiastical council, but to any two or three of his people who meet as his disciples.13

This saying is regularly compared to a rabbinic motif found especially in a saying from the early second century ad in m. ʾAbot 3:2 (cf. 3:6): “If two sit together and words of the Law are between them, the Shekinah rests between them” (i.e. God is present with them). W. D. Davies, Setting 225, therefore calls Matt 18:20 “a Christified bit of rabbinism.” The idea of spiritual presence is similar, and may represent a tradition of thought already present at the time of Jesus, but what makes the present saying remarkable by comparison is that the one present is not the more abstract concepts of the Law or the Shekinah, but the human figure of Jesus.15[2]


The Mediator (18:20)

‘For [gar] where two or three come together in my name, there am I in their midst.’ These ‘two or three’ are the witnesses of 18:16b. The reason they gather is to pray to the Father (the gar links verse 20 to 19) concerning the sinful brother. Moreover, they assemble in Jesus’ name (eis to emon onoma). This means that they acknowledge his presence: they believe 1:23 (‘Immanuel … God with us’) and 28:20 (‘I am with you all the days’). Jesus assures such people that he is indeed ‘there’ (ekei), ‘in their midst’ (en mesō autōn). Gathered as they are in his ‘name’, and knowing that the Father has enthroned him at his own right hand and granted him universal authority (22:44; 26:64; 28:18), they ask him to voice their requests to the Father (John 16:23–24; Heb. 4:14–16). That Jesus meets with them for this very purpose is clear from the flow of Matthew 18:19b–20: ‘it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together … there am I in their midst.’ The disciples ask that Jesus, having heard their prayers ‘on earth’ (18:18–19a), speak on their behalf to his ‘Father in heaven’; and that Father and Son, having concurred in their judgment (how could it be otherwise?), will cause their will to be done on earth as in heaven.

The promises of 18:19–20 are related more directly to the issues of sin, repentance and forgiveness addressed in 18:15–18 and again in 18:21–35. But Jesus’ assuring words have a broader application, as is clear from verse 19a: ‘concerning any matter about which they ask.’ They may pray, for example, that persons be healed through Jesus’ name (Acts 4:30), or that demons be expelled in his name (Acts 16:18), or that non-believers be saved by that same name (Acts 4:12). And if the Father grants a request on which two or three disciples agree, how might he respond to a whole congregation that has prayed ‘with one accord’ (homothymadon) for the sinful brother or about another matter embraced by the promises of Matthew 18:19–20?[3]


18:18–20 / Verses 18–20 are quite often included in the previous paragraph. Gundry says that Matthew composed verses 16–20 as an expansion of the saying in verse 15 (p. 370). They extend to the church the power of “binding and loosing” that was earlier given to Peter at Caesarea Philippi (Matt. 16:19). In the current context, prohibiting would refer to bringing judgment against the one who sinned against a fellow Christian and permitting would be pronouncing in favor of the accused. The final outcome would be excommunication or absolution. Whatever decision the church makes, it will be sanctioned in heaven.

Though verses 19 and 20 appear to be speaking of corporate prayer, the context suggests that the agreement reached with its heavenly sanction relates to the matter of church discipline mentioned in verse 17. The Greek text of verse 19 opens with the connective palin (“again”). That which two or three come to agree on (symphōneō means “to produce a sound together,” cf. the English “symphony”) has to do with the decision concerning an unrepentant member of the believing community. God will answer the united concern of praying people. In fact, wherever two or three come together earnestly desiring to know the will of God, he himself will be “right there with them” (Williams).[4]


18:20 where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. The “two or three” draws from the language of Deuteronomy 19:15 but also reflects the nature of Matthew 18 as providing community regulation and teaching. As such, it is not simply a cap to the “church discipline” section (18:15–20) but provides a culminating word for the first half of the Community Discourse. “At the thematic center of the Community Discourse, Matthew emphasizes Jesus’ presence with his people as the hope for their common life” (1:23; 28:20).[5]


THE POWER OF THE PRESENCE

Matthew 18:19–20

‘Again, I tell you, that if two of you agree upon earth upon any matter for which you are praying, you will receive it from my Father who is in heaven. Where two or three are assembled together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’

Here is one of these sayings of Jesus whose meaning we need to probe, or else we will be left with heartbreak and great disappointment. Jesus says that if two upon earth agree upon any matter for which they are praying, they will receive it from God. If that is to be taken literally, and without any qualification, it is manifestly untrue. On countless occasions, two people have agreed to pray for the physical or the spiritual welfare of a loved one—and their prayer has not, in the literal sense, been answered. Time after time, God’s people have agreed to pray for the conversion of their own land or the conversion of unbelievers and the coming of the kingdom, and even today that prayer is far from being fully answered. People agree to pray—and pray desperately—and do not receive that for which they pray. There is no point in refusing to face the facts of the situation, and nothing but harm can result from teaching people to expect what does not happen. But when we come to see what this saying means, there is a precious depth in it.

(1) First and foremost, it means that prayer must never be selfish and that selfish prayer cannot find an answer. We are not meant to pray only for our own needs, thinking of nothing and no one but ourselves; we are meant to pray as members of a fellowship, in agreement, remembering that life and the world are arranged not for us as individuals but for the fellowship as a whole. It would often happen that if our prayers were answered, the prayers of someone else would be disappointed. Often, our prayers for our success would necessarily involve someone else’s failure. Effective prayer must be the prayer of agreement, from which the element of selfish concentration on our own needs and desires has been quite cleansed away.

(2) When prayer is unselfish, it is always answered. But here, as everywhere, we must remember the basic law of prayer—that law is that in prayer we receive not the answer which we desire, but the answer which God in his wisdom and his love knows to be best. Simply because we are human beings, with human hearts and fears and hopes and desires, most of our prayers are prayers for escape. We pray to be saved from some trial, some sorrow, some disappointment, some hurting and difficult situation. And always God’s answer is the offer not of escape, but of victory. God does not give us escape from a human situation; he enables us to accept what we cannot understand; he enables us to endure what without him would be unendurable; he enables us to face what without him would be beyond all facing. The perfect example of all this is Jesus in Gethsemane. He prayed to be released from the fearful situation which confronted him. He was not released from it; but he was given power to meet it, to endure it and to conquer it. When we pray unselfishly, God sends his answer—but the answer is always his answer and not necessarily ours.

(3) Jesus goes on to say that where two or three are gathered in his name, he is there in the midst of them. The Jews themselves had a saying: ‘Where two sit and are occupied with the study of the law, the glory of God is among them.’ We may take this great promise of Jesus into two spheres.

(a) We may take it into the sphere of the Church. Jesus is just as much present in the little congregation as in the great mass meeting. He is just as much present at the prayer meeting or the Bible study circle with their handful of people as in the crowded arena. He is not the slave of numbers. He is there wherever faithful hearts meet, however few they may be; for he gives all of himself to each individual person.

(b) We may take it into the sphere of the home. One of the earliest interpretations of this saying of Jesus was that the two or three are father, mother and child, and that it means that Jesus is there, the unseen guest in every home.

There are those who never give of their best except on the so-called great occasion; but, for Jesus Christ, every occasion where even two or three are gathered in his name is a great occasion.[6]


Ver. 20.—The promise is applied to the public prayer of the congregation, as we see in what is called “the prayer of St. Chrysostom” in the English Prayer-book. Are gathered together. For the purpose of worship. It is a simpler form of the word used in Heb. 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” In my Name (εἰς τὸ ἐμὸν ὄνομα); literally, into my Name; i.e. with love to me, yearning for union with me, and acting for my glory. This would imply decent and orderly meeting for the highest ends. There am I in the midst of them. Christ promises a real, actual presence, though invisible, as true as when he appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, as true as when the Shechinah shone in tabernacle or temple. The rabbis had a saying that if two sat at table and conversed about the Law of God, the Shechinah rested upon them. The promise in the text, of course, implies Christ’s omnipresence and omniscience. This is his blessing on united, congregational prayer.[7]


20. For where two or three are assembled in my name. This promise is more extensive than the former; for the Lord declares that he will be present, wherever two or three are met together in his name, to guide them by his counsel, (Ps. 73:24,) and to conduct to a prosperous result whatever they shall undertake. There is therefore no reason to doubt that those who give themselves up to his direction will derive most desirable advantage from his presence. And since it is an invaluable blessing to have Christ for our director in all our affairs, to bless our deliberations and their results; and since, on the other hand, nothing can be more miserable than to be deprived of his grace, this promise ought to add no small excitement to us to unite with each other in piety and holiness. For whoever either disregards the holy assemblies, or separates himself from brethren, and takes little interest in the cultivation of unity, by this alone makes it evident that he sets no value on the presence of Christ.

But we must take care, first of all, that those who are desirous to have Christ present with them shall assemble in his name; and we must likewise understand what is the meaning of this expression; for we perceive how ungodly men falsely and impudently, as well as wickedly, cover their conspiracies with his sacred name. If therefore we do not wish to expose Christ to their ridicule, and at the same time to overturn what he has here promised, we must know first of all what is meant by this phrase. It means that those who are assembled together, laying aside every thing that hinders them from approaching to Christ, shall sincerely raise their desires to him, shall yield obedience to his word, and allow themselves to be governed by the Spirit. Where this simplicity prevails, there is no reason to fear that Christ will not make it manifest that it was not in vain for the assembly to meet in his name.

In this is displayed the gross ignorance of the Papists, who exclaim that Councils could not err, and that all ought to abide by their decisions, because, as often as two or three are assembled in the name of Christ, he is in the midst of them. But we ought first of all to inquire whether those persons, as to whose faith, and doctrine, and dispositions, we are in doubt, were assembled in the name of Christ. When the Papists leave out or perplex this matter, who does not see that they dexterously confound the distinction between holy and profane assemblies, so that the power of doing any thing is taken from the Church and conveyed to the sworn enemies of Christ? Let us therefore know that none but the pious worshippers of God, who sincerely seek Christ, are encouraged to entertain the confident hope that he will never leave them. Disregarding the bastard and abortive Councils, which out of their own head have woven a web, let Christ alone, with the doctrine of his Gospel, be always exalted amongst us.[8]


19–20. The repeated introductory formula indicates another independent saying of Jesus, but the flow of thought is maintained not only by the two or three echoing v. 16, but also by the repetition of the promise that decisions on earth will be ratified in heaven. The promise is not confined to ‘the church’ as a whole, but extends to the agreed request of two of you, because if their gathering is in my name then Jesus himself is part of that gathering. Davies (p. 225) calls this ‘a Christified bit of rabbinism’, as it echoes a Rabbinic belief that ‘if two sit together and words of the Law (are) between them, the Shekinah (God’s presence) rests between them’ (Mishnah Aboth 3:2). But now the ‘divine presence’ is Jesus himself. The Jesus who could speak the words of 28:20, and of whom the name Emmanuel could be used (1:23), here assures his disciples that that great universal truth applies also at the personal level. And that gives a whole new dimension to an apparently insignificant gathering of two or three concerned disciples. No doubt the primary application is to their prayer for the sinner of vv. 15–17, but the principle of Jesus’ presence among his people, and therefore of the efficacy of their agreed request, can hardly be confined to that specific situation (even though, like other such promises in 17:20; John 14:12–14; etc., it is not to be regarded as an automatic formula for success where prayers are agreed which are not compatible with the one in whose name they are uttered).[9]


Vers. 19–20. For when two or three are gathered together in My name.

The presence of Christ in the sanctuary:

  1. What is implied in this promise or the divine presence. God comes not here as to a court of assize, but to a Bethesda, to dispense mercy.
  2. The conditions under which the promise will be fulfilled. 1. To meet in the Saviour’s name is to seek its exaltation. 2. His name must be pleaded as the ground of approach to God. 3. The sole authority of Christ must be recognized if we would meet in His name.

III. The Jewish Church as well as the Christian had God’s gracious presence. 1. The incarnation was substituted for the Shekinah—a symbol. 2. The bodily exercises, carnal ordinances are at an end in the Christian worship. 3. We have the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. 4. Let us expect the Divine blessing. 5. If the presence of God be promised, how is it that professors are content with an occasional visit to the sanctuary? (J. S. Pearsall.)

The presence of Christ in the meetings of His people:

  1. The Promise. 1. There is a sense in which it is true that Jesus is present with all men at all times. 2. But in the text He meant something different from that to which we have referred. Jacob at Bethel. 3. It implies a readiness on the part of Christ to do for His people what they ask. 4. It implies a gift of those graces which are fitted to sweeten the spiritual intercourse of the soul with Himself, and to enrich it with those Divine ornaments which shall best display the lustre of His own glory.
  2. That in order to realize the riches of the promise the disciples must be gathered together. Also to meet in the name of Christ. Acknowledge on our part all fulness and power in Christ. (W. Willson.)
  3. When the people of God meet together for religious worship it should be in the name of Christ. 1. With His authority. 2. Agreeably to His directions. 3. That our expectations of success are founded on the influence which may connect itself with His name.
  4. When Christians are thus gathered together they may expect their Master’s presence. 1. A large number not necessary. 2. A particular class not necessary. 3. A particular place not necessary. Christ once present.

III. The Redeemer has important ends to accomplish in connection with the vouchsafement of His presence when His disciples are assembled. (T. Bradshaw.)

Christ’s presence consecrating His Church:

  1. The Speaker. 1. The beaming of His essential glory. 2. How our Lord claims to Himself omnipresence. 3. That our Lord here claims to Himself self-existence, independent existence. 4. Our Lord does not contemplate His own existence as a contingency.
  2. The acknowledged relation in which Christ stands to His Church. 1. Our Lord declares His headship. 2. The declaration which He here makes of His mind towards the Church (1) condescension; (2) faithfulness.

III. The view here given by Christ Himself of the Church. 1. The amount, “two or three.” The Church small in the world. 2. The unobstrusibe, humble character of the Church. 3. The special bond of the Church.

  1. The gracious promise which Christ here makes to the Church as thus exercised. (J. Macdonald, M.A.)

United prayer:

  1. United prayer is to those who exercise it a means of grace. 1. In recognizing this, you will get a clue to the advantages to be derived from united prayer as an agency for personal and relative spiritual advancement. 2. United prayer strongly tends to draw out the souls of those engaged therein in sympathy and care, and love for one another, and for Christians generally.
  2. United prayer is an instrument of service for Christ. Some phases of service to which Christians are called. The cultivation of personal spiritual life. The development and maintenance of the true nature, status, and influence of the Church of Christ. Effort to save souls.

III. How shall we, as Christians, avail ourselves to this means of grace and instrument of service for Christ? Exercise united prayer for the outpouring of God’s Holy spirit upon the Church, &c. For the conversion of men, women, and children. For the agencies employed, that they may accomplish the devout ends they have in view. (John Thomas.)

  1. The religion of jesus Christ is social. “Two or three.” Man is a social being. The gospel raises men to considerations of the highest nature, and to a uniting order of things. The servants of God have similarity of views; a common ground of dependence, a common relation to Christ; the same object of endeavour; oneness as to cause and interest, look for the same blessed end. We are not surprised that they “meet together.”
  2. Wherever they meet Christ is in the midst of them. 1. It is His word, grace, and spirit that forms the Church. 2. It is the love of Christ that prompts and influences them. 3. This subject constitutes a criterion of discipleship. 4. It may serve to encourage us when few in number. 5. It animates our thought in view of the eternal world. In heaven there will be a great gathering. (J. Birt.)

An august visitor:

  1. The place. “Where,” &c. A meeting place is intended; simple; it may be lonely.
  2. The presence. A spiritual presence. The world sees Him not. Time was when He granted sensible tokens of His presence to man; burning bush, Jacob; Christ incarnate; now the Comforter is come.

III. The purpose. He is in the midst for (1) inspection, “His eyes are as a flame of fire;” (2) for protection; (3) direction; (4) probation. He is in the midst to try with means and mercies—(5) salvation. (J. Basley.)

Jesus present in worship:—More than the numbers stated here have thus met. Christ is here. If we had met this evening to discuss questions concerning geography, we should probably have felt ourselves honoured with the presence of such a man as Sir Roderick Murchison or Dr. Livingstone. Had the discussion related to history, to antiquity, to chemistry, with what elatedness and bated breath should we have listened to that prince of historians, the late Lord Macaulay, to the world-renowned Layard, and to the wonder-working Faraday. Had this been a congress of nations—a meeting of crowned heads—planning the course of politics, disposing of the destinies of nations, and marking the limits of empires, how important should we have deemed the occasion! Notable visitors from other climes, men of mark and might from other lands, would have attracted our observation—have riveted our attention; our interest would have risen with the occasion. But we meet with other ends in view. We come together about our souls’ affairs; our present peace, and our everlasting salvation, are the matters which concern us. Compared with these other things are temporary and trivial. (Ibid.)

Jesus present in a simple sanctuary:—“Where two or three are gathered together.” There is evidently a meeting-place intended. Proud mortals love display. When Henry of England and his neighbour monarch of France met with friendly greetings, it was amid the most gorgeous glitter on the Field of Cloth of Gold. Christ makes no demand for parade or ostentatious display. It forms no condition in the terms upon which He will visit us. We have not a tesselated pavement; we can worship God without it. We have no encaustic tiles; Christ does not want them. (Ibid.)

Jesus present to inspect:—He is Light. He is the Searcher of hearts, the great Revealer. He visits thus all His Churches. He knows them all—their constitution, their practice, their state. He visits them as the florist visits his garden, to watch the progress of choice plants and flowers. He visits them as the shepherd does his flock, to inspect the condition of his sheep. He visits them as the officer does his soldiers, to see if they are at their post, if their discipline is as it should be, and their arms in good condition. What a sight for Christ do some churches professedly Christian present! How must His holiness loathe the worldliness, selfishness, pride, and the many foul abominations that are covered with a Christian name! Christ is here for inspection. No member, no character, no practice, no thought, word, wish, or feeling, escapes the notice of His eye. Christian professor! Christ sees thee. Thou art fully and thoroughly known to Him. (Ibid.)

Four present, but only one visible:—When it was decided to close the prayer-meeting in a certain village, a good woman declared that she would be there if no one else was. She was true to her word, and when the next morning some one said to her rather jestingly, “Did you have a prayer-meeting last night?” “Ah! that we did,” she replied. “How many were present?” “Four,” she said. “Why,” said he, “I heard that you were there all alone.” “No,” she said; “I was the only one visible, but the Father was there, and the Son was there, and the Holy Spirit was there, and we were all agreed in prayer.” Before long there was a revival prayer-meeting and a prospering church. (Ibid.)

In My name:—I. The place which the name of Jesus occupies in Christianity. The subject of knowledge. The object of faith and love. Doctrines, duties, precepts permeated with His name. Does not imply nominality, as the name of a book; but He is the substance of the thing. He is the life of Christianity.

  1. On what ground does the name of Jesus occupy this place in Christianity. 1. The Father’s appointment. 2. On His own authority as Messiah. 3. His Divine nature. 4. His perfect manhood. 5. His mediatorship.

Jesus:—1. The central force of Christianity. 2. The radiating glory of Christianity. 3. The attractive power of Christianity. 4. The ultimate victory of Christianity. 5. Who then will be ashamed of the name of Jesus? (J. Bate.)

Public worship acceptable to God:—No doubt the prayers which the faithful put up to heaven from under their private roofs were very acceptable unto Him. But if a saint’s single voice in prayer be so sweet to God’s ear, much more the church choir. His saints’ prayers in consort together. A father is glad to see any one of his children, and makes him welcome when he visits him, but much more when they come together; the greatest feast is when they all meet at his house. The public praises of the Church are the emblem of heaven itself, where all the angels and saints make but one consort. There is a wonderful prevalency in the joint prayers of His people. When Peter was in prison, the Church meets and prays him out of his enemies’ hands. A prince will grant a petition subscribed by the hands of a whole city, which may be he would not at the request of a private subject, and yet love him well, too. There is an especial promise to public prayer “Where two or three,” &c. (Gurnall.)[10]


20. For where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them. The expression “two or three” is a development of “two” in the preceding verse. The Lord again assures his disciples that the gathering of believers for prayer and worship need not be one of “crowding worshipers.” Even two or three will receive a blessing as long as they gather in his name, that is, in close fellowship with him; hence, with his atoning work as the basis of their approach to God, at his direction, and in harmony with that which he has revealed concerning himself. For the concept “name” see also on 6:9; 7:22; 10:22, 41, 42; 12:21; 18:5.

The promise is, “There am I in the midst of them.” The expression “Jehovah (“God” or “I”) in the midst of you (“her,” “us”)” is in Scripture generally associated with the impartation of strength, direction, protection, and consolation: “to help, to comfort, and to bless.” See such passages as Ps. 46:5; Isa. 12:6; Jer. 14:9; Hos. 11:9; Zeph. 3:5, 15, 17; Zech. 2:10. Similar is “I am (“will be”) with you” (Gen. 28:15; Deut. 31:6; Josh. 1:5; Judg. 6:16, etc.). We can safely conclude therefore that in the present passage the meaning is the same. It is in that favorable sense that Jesus is spiritually in the midst of his people gathered for prayer and worship.

Most comforting is also the fact that Jehovah—and this holds also for Jesus Christ—though great and infinite, in his tender love condescends to that which is small, weak, humble, and by the world generally despised (Judg. 6:15, 16; 7:7; Ps. 20:7; Isa. 1:8, 9; 57:15; Zeph. 3:12; Matt. 18:10; Luke 12:32; 1 Cor. 4:11–13). This explains “where two or three are gathered, etc.” See also on Matt. 1:23, p. 141.[11]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 3, pp. 136–139). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 697–699). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[3] Chamblin, J. K. (2010). Matthew: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 897–899). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[4] Mounce, R. H. (2011). Matthew (pp. 176–177). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Brown, J. K. (2015). Matthew. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 211). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Barclay, W. (2001). The Gospel of Matthew (Third Ed., pp. 221–223). Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press.

[7] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. Matthew (Vol. 2, p. 213). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[8] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 2, pp. 361–362). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[9] France, R. T. (1985). Matthew: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 279–280). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[10] Exell, J. S. (1952). The Biblical Illustrator: Matthew (pp. 407–409). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[11] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 702–703). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

October—1 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labour of the olive shall fail, and the field shall yield no meat, the flocks shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet will I rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation!—Habakkuk 3:17, 18.

See, my soul, in the prophet’s example, the blessedness of living above creature enjoyments, by living upon Creator fulness. Here is a sun, which never goes down! Here is a fountain, whose streams can never dry up! He that lives upon creature excellency, will want both food and comfort when that excellency dies, for they must die with it, when the period of its flourishing is over. But the soul that draws all from Jesus, the God of his salvation, will have Jesus and his salvation to live upon, and to be an everlasting source, when nature, in all its varieties, ceases to supply. My soul! what are thy resources for a day of famine? Canst thou join issue with the prophet? If blasting, or mildew, or frost, shall nip the fig-tree of its blossom; if both the vine and the olive fail; yea, if the staff of life, as well as the sweets of life, should all be gone; hast thou Jesus to live upon; canst thou rejoice in him, when there is nothing else left to rejoice in; and call him thine, and the God of thy salvation, when none will own thee, and thou hast none beside him to own? They say that music upon the waters always sounds best. Be this so or not, yet the melody of the soul is certainly sweetest when nature is out of tune, and the believer can take his harp from the willow and sing aloud on the tribulated waters of sorrow, to the God of his salvation. And this is a song never out of season, but of peculiar joy in the note, when from a new strung heart, the believer sings it of the God of his salvation, and addresses it to the God of his salvation. Blessed Lord Jesus! give me grace, like the prophet, so to sing and so to triumph, that since, lose what I may, I cannot lose thee, while thy creature comforts remain, I may enjoy them, from enjoying thee in them: and when all are taken away, still having thee for my portion, may I sing aloud with the prophet, though all earthly enjoyments cease, “I will still rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 284–285). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

October 1 – Why do Bible tours include Petra? — VCY America

October 1
Isaiah 62:6-65:25
Philippians 2:19-3:3
Psalm 73:1-28
Proverbs 24:13-14

Isaiah 63:1-4: From Jimmy DeYoung:

Isaiah asked two questions, the first in verse 1, “Who is he that cometh from Edom, from Bozrah?” This is the geographical location of Petra in southern Jordan. To this question the Lord responds with, “I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save”. 

In verse 2 the second question, “Why is his apparel stained with ‘red’ like him that treadeth in the winefat?” The Lord responds to this question, verse 3, “I have trodden the winepress alone”.The Lord said, their blood will be sprinkled upon His garments, “for the day of his vengeance is come,” verse 4. It is in verse 4 that the Lord finishes the thought of Isaiah 61:2.

This prophetic account is what will happen after the Lord goes to the Jezreel Valley at the time of the “Battle of Armageddon.” After all the enemies are destroyed by Jesus Christ, He makes the trip to Petra, traveling the 176 miles predicted by John in Revelation 14:19-20.

The blood rises as high as the “horse bridles” for that trip. The blood comes from the bodies of the hundreds of millions of men who die on the “battle field”. This will be a terrible time in history.

By the way, it is 176 miles from Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley to the entrance of Petra, the place “prepared by God” to protect the Jewish people in the last three and a half years in the Tribulation Period, Revelation 12:6.

This is the end time scenario of this terrible time of the end and the death of those who follow Satan instead of Jesus. It is a time when some of our loved ones may well be there because they have never trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

http://devotional.prophecytoday.com/search/label/Isaiah

Here’s some pictures from my recent time in Petra with Jimmy DeYoung:

Isaiah 62:7-9 – The lovingkindness of the Lord (Isaiah 62:7) is demonstrated in his work as Saviour (Isaiah 62:8) by redeeming His people (Isaiah 62:9). How did He redeem us? (Isaiah 53:5-6). The suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 is the LORD, the Redeemer of Isaiah 62:9.

Isaiah 64:1 – Rend the Heavens, Lord Come Down is a song based on this verse. 

Isaiah 64:4 – Quoted in 1 Corinthians 2:4, but what’s amazing is that this promise is for sinners! (Isaiah 64:5-7). We’ll see what this is in Isaiah 65:17-18 (Revelation 21:1-2).

Isaiah 65:5 – God doesn’t care for those who are “holier than thou.”

Philippians 2:20 – Paul was proud of Timothy. Servant in the gospel (Philippians 2:22). Naturally caring (Philippians 2:20).

Philippians 3:1 – Rejoice in the LORD! From Patch the Pirate:

Psalm 73:2 – Asaph’s Psalm of Slipping Steps. Return to the Sanctuary to see their state (Psalm 73:17).

Psalm 73:26-28 – From Earl Martin:

Proverbs 24:14 – Knowledge is to the soul what honey is to the taste!

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October 1 – Why do Bible tours include Petra? — VCY America

October 1 Thoughts for the quiet hour

 

At Jesus’ feet

Luke 10:39

At Jesus’ feet—that is our place of privilege and of blessing, and here it is that we are to be educated and fitted for the practical duties of life. Here we are to renew our strength while we wait on Him, and to learn how to mount on wings as eagles; and here we are to become possessed of that true knowledge which is power. Here we are to learn how real work is to be done, and to be armed with the true motive power to do it. Here we are to find solace amid both the trials of work—and they are not few—and the trials of life in general; and here we are to anticipate something of the blessedness of heaven amidst the days of earth; for to sit at His feet is indeed to be in heavenly places, and to gaze upon His glory is to do what we shall never tire of doing yonder.

W. Hay Aitken[1]

 

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