Daily Archives: January 12, 2021

America—What Happened? From Failed Prophecies to Collapse — Shane Idleman

Turmoil, chaos, and confusion are running rampant, and that’s an understatement. Those in the charismatic community are wondering how the “prophets” missed it, and conservative Christians are asking, “Why did God allow this election to end like this?”

First, we must realize that no one knows exactly why God does what He does. I rest in the fact that His sovereignty is my ultimate security. The Bible says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

Unless it’s clearly revealed in His Word, we can easily run into trouble when we try to figure out God’s will, and especially when we expect His will to be a reflection of our own. This is where I think some of the prophetic voices missed it—they prophesied what they “felt” versus what God was intending. They prophesied what appeared in their own view to be the best plan for America, but God has other plans. Add to this the celebrity status that was building in the lives of many well-known voices, and the danger of missing God’s actual purpose is even greater. All of us must guard our hearts and say like John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

Secondly, haven’t most of us been saying for decades that America is ripe for judgment? And how does God often judge nations? He uses foreign enemies from without and allows corruption and rot from within. Many in our land are echoing Jeremiah when he asked, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?” (12:1), but when we consider the unmasked hatred of all things godly, should we really be surprised?

Again, I don’t know God’s plans perfectly, but it seems that America reached the tipping point. Let’s be very clear: “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both” (Dwight D. Eisenhower). We lost our moral compass a long time ago. Historically, we know that God judged those nations who continually tolerated sin; wrong choices have devastating national consequences. Arnold Toynbee, who wrote  A Study of History in 1961, said, “Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today.” And that was written decades ago. What would he say now?

Thirdly, as much as I would like godly people in positions of leadership, from Mike Pompeo to Ben Carson, the state of the church in America should be our primary concern. We are a representative government, which means that those in power reflect the people who voted for them. How can we expect godly leadership to be elected by a lost citizenry, and the fault there (and the remedy as well) lies squarely with the church.

The church as a whole has become comfortable—too comfortable. All-night prayer meetings have been exchanged for all-night Netflix binges. Powerful worship services where the Spirit of God is moving have been turned into 60-minute programs designed to entertain rather than convict. Pastors are measuring success by “likes” and “followers” rather than Christlikeness and following Him. As I said in a recent article, The church must reset. It’s painfully obvious that most churches do not model themselves after the church that Christ commissioned. If America has any hope of rediscovering its moral compass, it will begin with a revived church fearlessly proclaiming the truth in the power of the Spirit. And that will come at a price.

Persecution Is the Norm

Persecution has been the prevailing atmosphere for Christians since Jesus walked the earth. He both warned and comforted His disciples when He said to them, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). As a matter of fact, the Pilgrims fled persecution and landed on the shores of America in 1620. In many areas of the world, persecution is a part of life. Children born into persecution are raised knowing that their commitment to Christ could cost them everything, and that understanding brings a purity and power to their testimony that we are lacking in our land of comfort and convenience..

When this reality hits America (we are merely tasting the firstfruits of what is to come, I believe), few will be prepared for it. America has experienced the blessing and protection of God, but America has turned its back on God, and we are starting to see Him remove His blessing and protection. As was the case multiple times in Israel’s history, we have become self-absorbed, self-sufficient, lazy, and lethargic—our prosperity has been a double-edged sword. When Israel drifted, the prophets would call them back. And God will raise up prophetic voices today—not soothing voices but voices “crying in the wilderness.” The sooner we listen, repent, and become doers of the Word the sooner we’ll see revival.

A Rude Awakening May Bring a Great Awakening

As much as we wanted an administration that is less hostile to Christ and His bride, could it be that God is giving us a rude awakening in order to usher in a great awakening? In studying past revivals, we can see that they were birthed in travail—prayer was the heartbeat of the saints. Talk of holiness and the things of God were commonplace. There was a desperate recognition of our own sinfulness and an insatiable hunger for God that we rarely see today. But now, under this new pressure, we see the refining hand of God at work. My wife and I were very encouraged that so many people showed up for our worship service on January 6th. The hunger for God was evident. Tribulation is a great magnet that draws us to the Savior.

Keep in mind that I’m saying all of this as a proud American who loves the gift of freedom and prosperity that God has given us to steward. Interestingly enough (although I can’t locate the exact paper trail), my family tradition holds that my maternal lineage can be traced to Peregrine White, the first baby born on the Mayflower in Cape Cod Bay. My great-grandma would also tell us about our connection with the Methodist circuit riders of long ago. But my duty to God must be greater than my duty to country. As Christians, we have dual citizenship. We have a responsibility to both, with God’s kingdom as the priority.

So yes, we are in disarray right now, but I truly believe that this can lead to a true  awakening if we once again place our hope  in Him and remember Paul’s words, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Stop focusing on what happened, and start focusing on what you can do.

America—What Happened? From Failed Prophecies to Collapse — Shane Idleman

“655 people have $4 trillion in wealth. 200 million can’t cover a $1000 expense.” — The Economic Collapse

The COVID pandemic has caused the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us to grow larger than it ever has been before.  Thanks to the hyperinflationary policies of the Federal Reserve and our politicians in Washington, stock prices have soared to unprecedented heights in recent months.  This pushed the wealth of the uber-rich to dizzying heights, but for the rest of the country 2020 was an unmitigated nightmare.  As I have discussed previously, one survey found that 2020 was a “personal financial disaster” for 55 percent of all Americans.  More than 110,000 restaurants shut down permanently last year, Americans filed more than 70 million claims for unemployment benefits, and tens of millions are potentially facing eviction in 2021.  But even though we are mired in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, those at the very top of the economic pyramid are laughing all the way to the bank.

Earlier today, I came across a tweet from Sven Heinrichthat really struck an emotional chord with me…

655 people have $4 trillion in wealth.

200 million can’t cover a $1000 expense.

I certainly don’t have any problem with people gaining wealth by working extremely hard and making society a better place in the process.

But most of the people at the very top of the economic pyramid only increased their wealth in 2020 because the powers that be decided to open up the firehoses and rain obscene amounts of money on them.

That isn’t right.

As a result of the deeply flawed policies that were implemented because of the COVID pandemic, the gap between “gains in financial assets and the health of the economy” was the largest ever recorded last year…

But as stock market indexes staged a huge rebound from the lows seen in March when the pandemic first hit, the gap between the wealthy and the poor extended an already widening trend to historic proportions.

A report via BofA Global Research published on Friday notes that a measure of the differential between gains in financial assets and the health of the economy hit a record at 6.3X in 2020.

My regular readers are probably sick and tired of hearing me say that the stock market has become completely divorced from economic reality, and now we have a hard number which backs up what I have been saying all along.

As I write this article, the Dow is sitting just above 31,000, and that is utterly absurd.

If the Dow were to fall to 15,000 it would still be overvalued.

Meanwhile, a brand new survey has discovered that only 39 percent of all Americans “would be able to cover an unexpected $1,000 expense”

Just 39% of Americans would be able to cover an unexpected $1,000 expense, according to a new report from Bankrate.com.

That’s down from 2020, when 41% of people said they could cover a $1,000 cost with their savings.

If only 39 percent of Americans currently have enough money for such an unexpected expense, that means that 61 percent of Americans do not.

According to Google, the current population of the U.S. is 328 million, and 61 percent of 328 million is just over 200 million.

So that is where Sven Heinrich got that figure from.

200 million of us have so little money that we are just barely scraping by from month to month.

And according to one of Walmart’s top executives, many of their customers do not expect “any kind of speedy recovery”

Walmart Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside said Tuesday that many of its shoppers don’t expect the economy to quickly bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost half of customers surveyed in November told Walmart that they were worried about the current health of the economy, she said when speaking at the virtual National Retail Federation conference. She said 40% said they didn’t expect “any kind of speedy recovery.”

Unfortunately, those that are pessimistic about how the U.S. economy will perform in 2021 are right on target.

It is going to be a very painful year.

Of course it isn’t just consumers that are concerned about the year ahead.  Small business optimism is falling as well

A popular gauge of small-business confidence in the US sank to a seven-month low in December as stricter lockdown measures and climbing daily case counts cut into economic activity.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ index of small-business optimism fell 5.5 points last month to 95.9, according to a Tuesday release. The reading lands below the average index value since 1978 of 98 and marks the lowest level since May. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected the gauge to dip slightly to 100.2.

Americans generally tend to be quite optimistic about the future, but looking ahead there just aren’t any reasons to be optimistic about the U.S. economy in 2021.

The COVID pandemic continues to get even worse, new lockdowns have been instituted all over the country, our federal government is in a state of chaos, and there will inevitably be more rioting, looting and civil unrest in the months ahead.

Plus, there will undoubtedly be some additional unexpected surprises that most people are not anticipating.

Before I wrap up this article, there is just one more thing that I wanted to mention.  A programmer in San Francisco named Stefan Thomas is the proud owner of 7,002 Bitcoin, but he can’t access his fortune because he forgot the password, and he only has two more tries before he is locked out permanently…

Take Stefan Thomas, a programmer in San Francisco, who told The New York Times that he has 7,002 Bitcoin tucked away — currently worth about $236 million, nearly a quarter billion dollars — but that he has no idea how to access it and can only guess two more passwords before being locked out forever.

Even setting aside the long term prospects for crypto, the key message of these horror stories is that taking digital finances into your own hands is a huge risk if you can’t manage your passwords.

Can you imagine how you would feel if that happened to you?

Sadly, it could be argued that essentially the same thing is happening to the nation as a whole.

America has “forgotten the password” to what once made us so great, and we are running out of chances.

Let us hope that we wake up before it is too late, because time is not on our side at this point.

“655 people have $4 trillion in wealth. 200 million can’t cover a $1000 expense.” — The Economic Collapse

Democrats Declare Unity Mandatory — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—With the country deeply divided, the incoming Democrat administration is promising to bring the country together by making unity mandatory for all Americans.

“Why didn’t somebody think of this earlier?” said soon-to-be President Kamala Harris. “All this time we’ve been trying to coax people into unity and where has that gotten us? Let’s make it mandatory! Then we’ll be completely unified! I really don’t see any way this could backfire in any way.” 

The Democrats in Congress applauded this innovative new idea for mandatory unity. They are currently drafting legislation that will require absolute, unquestioning unity from all Americans. Anyone who refuses to be unified– probably because they’re bigots– will be de-platformed, canceled, fired from work, and publically shamed by being placed in the stocks at the town square where democrats will throw rotten cabbages at them. If they still refuse unity, they will be sent to a special “Unity School” where they will break large rocks into little rocks until they learn the importance of undying unity with the Democrats.

“It ain’t complicated, folks,” said Joe Biden. “I’m all about unity. We need unity. And if you don’t unify with us because you’re an irredeemable racist pony soldier, we’re gonna make ya. I promise to be the president for all Americans who agree to unify with me and my agenda!”

The 1st and 2nd Amendments of the Constitution currently stand in the way of mandatory unity, but Biden says he has a plan for that. By packing the courts with a bunch of justices who really care about unity, they will be able to get past those roadblocks to unity and usher in a unified age of mandatory unity for all Americans– at least for the ones who agree to unify with them.

Democrats Declare Unity Mandatory — The Babylon Bee

Trueman: Critical Theory Is Self-Certifying And Resistant To Evidence — The Heidelblog

Critical race theory, like other critical ­theories—postcolonialism or queer theory, for example—is self-certifying. Its basic claims, for example, that racism is systemic or that being non-racist is impossible, are not conclusions drawn from arguments. They are axioms, and they cannot be challenged by those who do not agree with them. Those who ­dissent or offer criticism are, by definition, part of the problem.

…Nothing brings out the elitist paternalism of intellectuals on the left more quickly than the fact that those it seeks to liberate from oppression so often fail to support progressive causes. Critical theory began in the 1930s with the work of men such as Wilhelm Reich, Erich Fromm, Herbert Marcuse, and ­Theodore ­Adorno. These men evolved Marxist doctrines to explain why the proletariat in places like Germany flocked to the nationalist parties of the right, such as Hitler’s National Socialists, instead of allying with the left to precipitate communist revolution. The proletariat, they concluded, suffered from false consciousness.

Critical theory, whatever form it takes, relies on the concept of false consciousness—the notion that the oppressors control society so completely that the oppressed believe their own interests are served by the status quo. This is a wonderful idea. It allows every piece of evidence that might refute one’s ­theory to be transformed into further evidence of how deep and comprehensive the problem of oppression is. If factory workers buy houses in the suburbs and vote for Republicans, that’s not a fact that requires rethinking Marx’s theories; it’s a sign of how all-­powerful bourgeois ideology has become. Read more»

Carl Trueman, “Evangelicals and Race Theory,” First Things (February, 2021)

Trueman: Critical Theory Is Self-Certifying And Resistant To Evidence — The Heidelblog

January 12 Evening Quotes of the Day

Choosing Heaven Before Earth
2 Corinthians 5:2–9; Philippians 1:21–23

There is a great deal of difference between the desires of heaven in a sanctified man, and an unsanctified. The believer prizes it above earth, and had rather be with God than here (though death, which stands in the way, may possibly have harder thoughts from him). But to the ungodly, nothing seems more desirable than this world; and therefore he only chooses heaven before hell, but not before earth; and therefore shall not have it upon such a choice.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Kings Desire Few Things and Fear Many
2 Kings 19:1; Isaiah 7:1–2; 37:1; Jeremiah 22:24–25; 38:19; Ezekiel 27:35; 32:10

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire, and many things to fear; and yet that commonly is the case of kings.

FRANCIS BACON

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

January 12 When Right Is Wrong – Ray Stedman

Master Washing the Feet of a Servant

A daily devotion for January 12th

He replied, Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.Mark 7:6-7

Those are insightful words. With our Lord’s keen perceptiveness, He plunges right to the heart of the issue. When the Pharisees ask Him. Why do your disciples not observe the traditions? He points out to them, first of all, the effect that the observance of tradition has upon our lives. It produces hypocrites. You hypocrites, He says. I am sometimes amazed as I read through the gospels at the bluntness of Jesus’ language! In fact, Matthew’s account tells us that the disciples said to Him afterward, Do you realize that you offended those Pharisees?

But notice what He is doing here. He is pointing out the result of traditional worship. And He utilizes the word of the prophet Isaiah to show us what it is like. According to Isaiah, there is that which consists of right words but wrong attitudes. Everything outward is right, but inwardly the mind and heart are wrong. That, Jesus says, is hypocrisy–to look as if you are doing something religious and worshipful and God-related, but inside to have an entirely different attitude.

A few years ago, many of us were puzzled and offended when young people would say to us, in one way or another, We don’t want to come to church because churches are filled with hypocrites. Some of us could not understand what they meant. We knew there might be some churches that were filled with hypocrites, but not ours! We had honest difficulty with this. We could not see where there was any hypocrisy in a thoroughly Bible-centered, evangelical church such as ours. But what they were saying was this: You use great words–wonderful words–but you don’t really mean them. You talk about love, but you don’t love. You talk about forgiveness, but you don’t forgive. You talk about acceptance, but you don’t accept. And they were right.

That is what tradition can do to us. It externalizes religion, makes it outward instead of inward. As long as we are fulfilling the prescribed outward form, we think we are acceptable before God. That is the terrible danger of tradition. This particular form that Isaiah mentions here–right words and wrong attitudes-is widespread among Christians. We all suffer from it at times, and we ought to recognize it and admit it. And it has resulted in what is probably the most deadly danger to the evangelistic message of the church–the self-righteousness of Christians–thinking that because we do things in the right way, and say the right words, and believe the right doctrines, we are thus pleasing to God.

Father, I confess the many, many times I have done the outward things with the inward heart far removed. Thank You that You know me, and You have already made provision for my forgiveness. Teach me to worship You in spirit and in truth.

Life Application

Hypocrisy is a routine accusation made against professing Christians. Are we taking this critique seriously? What is a major obstacle that deters us from authenticity?

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When Rite is Wrong


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Mark 6:53-7:30

53When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

1The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and 2saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were “unclean,” that is, unwashed. 3(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)

5So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with ‘unclean’ hands?”

6He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
” ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
7They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ 8You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

9And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ 11But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban’ (that is, a gift devoted to God), 12then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. 13Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

14Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’ “

17After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? 19For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”)

20He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ 21For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’ “

24Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. 26The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

27“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

28“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

29Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

30She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

New International Version

Source: Daily Devotion: When Right Is Wrong (Mark 6:53-7:30) (raystedman.org)

January 12: Recognize God’s Perfect Knowledge and Unsearchable Wisdom – Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer

Pray The Bible: Promoting, Encouraging, and Assisting God's People in Biblical Prayer

That he has a perfect knowledge of all persons and things, and sees them all, even that which is most secret, at one clear, certain, and unerring view.

All things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom I must give account, even the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12-13(ESV)

Your eyes are in every place keeping watch on the evil and the good: Proverbs 15:3(ESV) They run to and fro throughout the whole earth, that you may give strong support to those whose hearts are blameless toward you. 2 Chronicles 16:9(ESV)

You search the heart and test the mind, that you may give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. Jeremiah 17:10(ESV)

O God, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4(ESV) Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Psalm 139:6(ESV)

Darkness is as light with you. Psalm 139:12(ESV)

That his wisdom is unsearchable, and the counsels and designs of it cannot be fathomed.

Your understanding, O Lord, is infinite, for you determine the number of the stars, and give to all of them their names. Psalm 147:4-5(ESV)

You are wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom; Isaiah 28:29(ESV) wise in heart and mighty in strength. Job 9:4(ESV)

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; Psalm 104:24(ESV) all according to the counsel of your own will. Ephesians 1:11(ESV)

Oh, the depth of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Source: Recognize God’s Perfect Knowledge and Unsearchable Wisdom (campaign-archive.com)

January 12 Evening Verse of the Day

130:5 his word The word davar generally refers to a statement, but it can indicate something more specific like a saying or a promise. God has made many promises to Israel—so many that the psalmist doesn’t need to be more specific.

I wait The Hebrew word used here, yachal, is synonymous with qawah (often rendered “wait”), which is used twice earlier in this verse. Both terms indicate waiting with anticipation (compare Ps 130:7).[1]


130:5 in His word do I hope. The psalmist expresses a certain hope since God’s Word cannot fail (cf. Mt 5:18; Lk 16:17; Jn 10:35).[2]


130:5 — I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.

God does not spring into action on our timetable. In fact, He often waits to the very last moment to intervene. Why? Waiting is God’s training ground for building strong faith. As we wait, we learn to trust.[3]


5. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait. The Lord will wait, that He may be gracious unto them that wait for Him (Isa. 30:18; Ps. 27:14). and in his word do I hopei. e., in His word of promise (Ps. 119:74, 81, 82, 114, 147). We must not only hope, but wait patiently the Lord’s time of realizing our hope. On the other hand, we must not only wait, but blend believing hope with our waiting—not wait in apathy, much less wait as those tired of hoping, and so ceasing to hope (Hab. 2:3).[4]


5. “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait.” Expecting him to come to me in love, I quietly wait for his appearing; I wait upon him in service, and for him in faith. For God I wait and for him only: if he will manifest himself I shall have nothing more to wait for; but until he shall appear for my help I must wait on, hoping even in the depths. This waiting of mine is no mere formal act, my very soul is in it,—“my soul doth wait.” I wait and I wait—mark the repetition! “My soul waits,” and then again, “My soul waits”; to make sure work of the waiting. It is well to deal with the Lord intensely. Such repetitions are the reverse of vain repetitions. If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people: they waited for the First Advent, and now they wait for the Second. They waited for a sense of pardon, and now they wait for perfect sanctification. They waited in the depths, and they are not now wearied with waiting in a happier condition. They have cried and they do wait; probably their past prayer sustains their present patience.

And in his word do I hope.” This is the source, strength, and sweetness of waiting. Those who do not hope cannot wail; but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. God’s word is a true word, but at times it tarries; if ours is true faith it will wait the Lord’s time. A word from the Lord is as bread to the soul of the believer; and, refreshed thereby, it holds out through the night of sorrow expecting the dawn of deliverance and delight. Waiting, we study the word, believe the word, hope in the word, and live on the word; and all because it is “his word,”—the word of him who never speaks in vain. Jehovah’s word is a firm ground for a waiting soul to rest upon.[5]


130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits. The psalmist is waiting for Yahweh’s forgiveness (see 40:1). Note the use of ’adonay and YHWH in verses 5 and 6, the same pattern as we have seen in verses 1 and 2.[6]


I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope (v. 5). This is a declaration of certain trust in the Lord. Twice the verb for ‘wait for’ (qâvâh, Pi.) is used and once the verb ‘to hope’ (yâchal, Hi.). These verbs are very close together in meaning, and convey the idea of expectant waiting.2 The psalmist is not waiting in case God should be gracious. On the contrary, he has clearly received forgiveness, and now continues in the sure confidence that God, while remaining just, is able to blot out iniquities (Rom. 3:26). Upon God’s own word he places his complete reliance (cf. the similar language in Ps. 119:49).[7]


5 With great anticipation the psalmist hopes in the Lord: “I wait [qiwwîtî] … my soul waits [qiwwe] … I put my hope [hôḥāle].” The repetition of the verbs for “hope” reveal the longing of his heart for a positive sign and a word from the Lord. In his desperate state (vv. 1–2) he has learned to be submissive to the sovereign Lord, who is the fountain of grace. In patient waiting, faith looks to the Lord to grant his grace (cf. La 3:25–26).

The “word” the psalmist is waiting for may be an oracle of salvation (Kraus, 2:872) or an act of salvation in fulfillment of God’s word of promise (cf. 107:20). From the concern with waiting like a watchman and from the concluding assurance that the Lord will redeem his people from their sins, I deduce that the “word” denotes a new act of salvation by which the godly person is upheld in faith.[8]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 130:5). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 130:5). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 130:5). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[4] Fausset, A. R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Job–Isaiah (Vol. III, p. 384). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

[5] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 120-150 (Vol. 6, pp. 119–120). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

[6] Bullock, C. H. (2017). Psalms 73–150. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 2, p. 440). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[7] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vol. 1–2, pp. 926–927). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[8] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 922). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Tuesday: Grace to the Chief of Sinners – Think And Act Biblically by Dr. James Boice

Theme: Paul the Pharisee

In this week’s lessons, we look at how Paul viewed himself apart from Christ, and the great change that took place because of God’s mercy.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-20

The first passage where Paul talks about his past is Galatians 1:13, where he writes, “For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.” Paul believed that by working against the church he was serving God as a faithful Jew. He, of course, did not realize at that point that the same God he was claiming to follow was establishing the very church Paul was persecuting.

The other passage is Philippians 3:4-6. Beginning in the middle of verse 4, Paul gives us what we might call his theological or religious resume: “If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.” This is an important passage because it tells us what Paul’s theological commitments were, and how he sought to live them out, before he was converted on the road to Damascus. His faith was misplaced because he was relying to some extent on his theological pedigree and was proud of who he was and of what he had achieved, religiously-speaking, up to that point.

Looking at all these things, Paul concluded that if anyone was living to please God, it was certainly Paul the zealous Pharisee. One thing he lists is that he was of the people of Israel, in other words, he was a Jew. We might wonder what advantage there is in being a Jew. Paul himself deals with that very matter in Romans 9. He has been making the case that everyone, both Jew and Gentile, stand before God as sinners in need of his grace. Still, Paul says there are advantages to being a Jew. For one thing, they have the Scriptures that point to Christ. Even though Paul did not understand all this earlier, by the grace of God he came to see how the Old Testament anticipates and points to the coming of Christ as the Messiah and Savior.

There are other advantages, too. Paul mentions the promises, the patriarchs, the temple worship, the covenants, the receiving of the law, as well as other items pertaining to the knowledge and worship of the one true God, who has now revealed himself in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. These are all great advantages to help lead people to salvation through Christ, and the Jews were the recipients of all these blessings.

Paul also says in Philippians 3 that he was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, which means that he was a pureblooded Jew. He did not have one Jewish parent and one Gentile parent; both of Paul’s parents were Jewish. In addition, he was circumcised on the eighth day, as God commands in the law. Even more, he was of the tribe of Benjamin. During the Jewish civil war in which there was a split in the twelve tribes, the result was that ten tribes formed the kingdom of Israel in the north, while two tribes made up the kingdom of Judah in the south. It was the tribe of Benjamin that remained with the prominent tribe of Judah, where the temple was located and where the worship of God according to the stipulations of the Mosaic law were occurring. All this was Paul’s background, and he was very proud of his theological heritage.

Not only was Paul proud of his ancestry; he was also proud in what he was achieving. He became a Pharisee the strictest sect of Judaism, zealous for a legalistic form righteousness that they laid down as the proper approach to obedience to God. Paul followed this legalistic course blamelessly. Moreover, Paul demonstrated his religious zeal by persecuting the church, believing it to be contrary to what God had commanded in Scripture. This is Paul’s religious past, and it explains why he was trying to destroy the church.

Study Questions:

  1. When Paul refers to himself as being of the people of Israel, what does he mean? What else do we learn about this advantage from Scripture?
  2. What does Paul mean when he calls himself a “Hebrew of Hebrews”?
  3. Why did Paul take pride in being of the tribe of Benjamin?

Reflection: How do people boast concerning religious things today? On what things do they rely for acceptance before God?

Source: Tuesday: Grace to the Chief of Sinners | Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (thinkandactbiblically.org)

How Can I Be Assured of My Salvation? — Key Life

Quite often, the Christian who struggles with the assurance of his or her salvation is actually struggling with feelings… versus facts. You may not feel like a Christian; however, if you have accepted Jesus Christ then, the fact is, your salvation is secure and sure. Not only that. The fact is that you are loved, forgiven and accepted by the God of the universe.

You may not feel God’s presence. While it may be frustrating for us, from our human perspective, more often than not, God meets Christians with only “a still, small voice”… if that. The problem is, we expect God to meet us, instead, in grand, emotional and miraculous ways. At those times of struggle, it’s helpful to remember 1 Kings 19:11-12, “The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

When we question God’s work in our life, the assurance of our salvation and the implications of faith, sometimes that question reflects a classic Christian problem, and that is the problem of missing the clear teaching of the New Testament on God’s grace made possible in Jesus Christ. There is no way to “fall off the path”… simply because of God’s grace and love for you.

Grace is a function of God’s love; it is not based on our actions or behavior. As Christians, we have been called to live in the freedom of Christ—His gift to us. The fact is, as hard as it is to accept at certain times, Christ has already paid for our sin, struggles and guilt. Shame should lead us back to God, but it often causes us to turn from Him.

As a Christian, your natural desire is to please God—even when you continue to mess up and to struggle—not because He will punish you if you don’t please Him, but because of His great love for you. The point is this: Our obedience comes from freedom… not freedom from obedience.

Remember that no one is always content or happy or even aware of God’s work in his or her life. (Aside from actual life right now, the Bible is full of examples—David in the Psalms, Job and Paul, among others). The problem with being human is that so often our feelings (or lack of them) get in the way. So, if I don’t feel like a Christian today… if I don’t feel joyous today… if I don’t feel loving today… if I don’t feel God’s presence today, then, it must follow that I’m not living my life as a Christian and something must be wrong. That mistaken thinking is just not true! Just because you don’t feel a certain way today has nothing to do with the facts—of God’s presence, of His acceptance, love and forgiveness, or of your salvation.

Remember that no one is always content or happy or even aware of God’s work in his or her life.

As an aside, the problem of feelings is especially true if we’re in the midst of pain, stress or trouble. This tends to directly “color” our view of life which, in turn, affects our relationship with God. Other things affect our relationship with God—our relationships with our family (especially with our parents), past issues, physical pain, relationship/job/family problems, anxiety, depression and the like.

Let me ask you a few questions: If you knew you were forgiven, no matter what, would you then find the joy restored? If you knew that God loved you and accepted you, no matter what, would you then be free? If you knew that you belonged to God and that He would never let you go, no matter what, would it be easier to worship and serve Him as Lord? If you answered “yes” to those three questions, then your problem is solved. Why? Because if you are a Christian, you are forgiven. You are loved and accepted. You belong to God and He will never let you go. Check out the following Scriptures (among others)… Matthew 11:28-29; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1-2; 8:28-39; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 as well as 1 John 1:9.

When Christians struggle with the assurance of their salvation, it reminds me of a swimmer who is drowning. The more that swimmer flails his arms and legs in a desperate attempt to save his life, the closer he comes to drowning… When, all along, if the swimmer were just to relax and let the water hold him up, he would be safe. The water—God Himself—can hold you up and you can trust in that fact.

How Can I Be Assured of My Salvation? — Key Life

January 12 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

He Suffered to Prepare Freedom from Suffering
Romans 6:9, 14; 1 Corinthians 15:53–55

He suffered to prepare freedom from suffering for those who suffer in Him; He descended that He might raise us up; He took on Himself the trial of being born, that we might love Him who is unbegotten; He went down to corruption, that corruption might put on immortality; He became weak for us, that we might rise with power; He descended to death, that He might bestow on us immortality, and give life to the dead. Finally, He became man, that we who die as men might live again, and that death should no more reign over us; for the apostolic word proclaims, “Death shall not have the dominion over us.”

ATHANASIUS OF ALEXANDRIA

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Son of God Joined Himself to Clay
John 3:16; Philippians 2:7; Colossians 3:1; 1 John 4:9–10

It was indeed a work of great love, that the Son of God joined to Himself our clay, and when He had joined it to Himself, raised it above cherubim and seraphim.

ALBERTUS MAGNUS

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

January 12 His by Donation, Dedication, and Relation – Truth For Life Daily

You are Christ’s.1 Corinthians 3:23

“You are Christ’s.” You are His by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; His by His purchase of blood, for He paid the price for your redemption; His by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to Him; His by relation, for you are named by His name and made one of His brethren and joint-heirs. Labor practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus.

When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted to loiter, cry, “No, I cannot stop, for I am Christ’s. If I were not purchased by blood, I might be like Issachar, crouching between two burdens; but I am Christ’s and cannot loiter.” When the siren song of pleasure would tempt you from the path of right, reply, “Your music cannot charm me; I am Christ’s.” When the cause of God invites you, give your goods and yourself away, for you are Christ’s.

Never contradict your profession. Be ever one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like Jesus, whose conduct and conversation are so reminiscent of heaven that all who see you may know that you are the Savior’s, recognizing in you His features of love and His countenance of holiness. “I am a Roman!” was of old a reason for integrity; far more, then, let your argument for holiness be, “I am Christ’s!”

Source: His by Donation, Dedication, and Relation (truthforlife.org)

January 12 Afternoon Verse of the Day

8:19 revelation of the sons of God Refers to the final unveiling of God’s family of glorified humanity—those glorified through faith in Christ. There may also be a hint of the unveiling at the apocalypse, as Jesus returns with His “holy ones” (compare Zech 14:5; Rev 19:11–16), a term applied in the ot to both divine beings loyal to Yahweh and believers (Dan 7:21–22, 25, 27; 8:24). See note on Rom 8:14.[1]


8:19 Creation is personified in this verse and the following verses in order to emphasize the wonder of the future glory of God’s sons (i.e., believers who have the rights of inheritance of all that God has in store for them).[2]


8:19 the creation. This includes everything in the physical universe except human beings, whom he contrasts with this term (vv. 22, 23). All creation is personified to be, as it were, longing for transformation from the curse and its effects. the revealing. Lit. “an uncovering,” or “an unveiling.” When Christ returns, God’s children will share His glory. See note on v. 18.[3]


8:19 Earnest expectation literally means “to watch with outstretched neck.” Creation is impatient to see the revelation of the sons of God.[4]


8:19 Now in a bold literary figure Paul personifies the whole creation as eagerly looking forward to the time when we will be revealed to a wondering world as the sons of God. This will be when the Lord Jesus returns to reign and we return with Him.

We are already the sons of God, but the world neither recognizes nor appreciates us as such. And yet the world is looking forward to a better day, and that day cannot come until the King returns to reign with all His saints. “The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own” (JBP).[5]


8:19 “the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly” The physical creation is personified as a person with an outstretched neck searching the horizon. Creation was negatively affected when Adam and Eve rebelled (cf. Gen. 3:17–19). All creation will ultimately be redeemed (except for rebellious angels, unbelieving humans, and their prepared place of isolation, cf. Bruce Corley and Curtis Vaughan, Romans, p. 95, footnote 46).[6]


19. The revealing of the sons of God. That is, their ‘adoption as sons’ (verse 23), coinciding with the ‘revelation’ (apokalypsis) of the Son of God (cf. 1 Cor. 1:7).[7]


19. For the intent expectation of the creation, &c. He teaches us that there is an example of the patience, to which he had exhorted us, even in mute creatures. For, to omit various interpretations, I understand the passage to have this meaning—that there is no element and no part of the world which, being touched, as it were, with a sense of its present misery, does not intensely hope for a resurrection. He indeed lays down two things,—that all are creatures in distress,—and yet that they are sustained by hope. And it hence also appears how immense is the value of eternal glory, that it can excite and draw all things to desire it.

Further, the expression, expectation expects, or waits for, though somewhat unusual, yet has a most suitable meaning; for he meant to intimate, that all creatures, seized with great anxiety and held in suspense with great desire, look for that day which shall openly exhibit the glory of the children of God. The revelation of God’s children shall be, when we shall be like God, according to what John says, “For though we know that we are now his sons, yet it appears not yet what we shall be.” (1 John 3:2.) But I have retained the words of Paul; for bolder than what is meet is the version of Erasmus, “Until the sons of God shall be manifest;” nor does it sufficiently express the meaning of the Apostle; for he means not, that the sons of God shall be manifested in the last day, but that it shall be then made known how desirable and blessed their condition will be, when they shall put off corruption and put on celestial glory. But he ascribes hope to creatures void of reason for this end,—that the faithful may open their eyes to behold the invisible life, though as yet it lies hid under a mean garb.[8]


8:19 / Verse 19 is charged with all the expectation of children on Christmas eve, and in Greek it nearly collapses under the weight of anticipation. The noun translated eager expectation, apokaradokia, appears only in the vocabulary of Christian writers and carries the sense of “craning one’s neck” or “straining for a glimpse.” Not only believers await the final revelation, but all creation—sub-human and supra-human—longs for the sons of God to be revealed, i.e., for Christians to inherit glory. According to Genesis 3:17 the ground itself was cursed because of Adam’s disobedience; and if creation suffered Adam’s defeat, the same creation must be renewed by Christ’s victory (see also Isa. 11:6ff.; 65:25). Paul’s scope of salvation far exceeds the saving of human souls, important as that is. Salvation is not like a space launch in which the booster rockets and fuel tanks are expended and then jettisoned after hurling a tiny manned capsule into orbit. Such a concept may have appealed to Gnostics who awaited the solitary heavenward flight of the soul as the evil material world around it perished, but it did not appeal to Paul. All creation longs for wholeness and freedom from pain, and all creation will also be the arena of salvation. In Gnosticism less of the world is redeemed than was created, like a germ of wheat in comparison with the full head, but for Paul the created world is the world God intends to redeem.

The focus of verse 19 concerns not the world as it is, but the world as it will be. The world may be a sorry place, and Paul would not deny it; but rather than lamenting that it is so he directs his gaze in hope toward the future. Believers groan in their creatureliness, but they also know they will not forever remain as they are. Creation is not God‘s final work. They learn to take God more seriously than their sufferings. Redemption is God’s final work, when believers will no longer be simply creatures, but sons and daughters in glory with Christ.[9]


19 Verses 19–25 support in some way what Paul has said in v. 18. But in what way? Is Paul explaining and demonstrating the suffering he has mentioned;1071 giving reasons for the patient endurance commanded by implication in v. 18; supporting the certainty of the future manifestation of glory;1073 or giving evidence of the transcendent greatness of the glory? None of these suggestions does justice to the focus of these verses, which is on the longing anticipation of future transformation shared by both the creation and Christians. In these verses, therefore, Paul supports and develops “to be revealed” in v. 18 by showing that both creation and Christians (1) suffer at present from a sense of incompleteness and even frustration; and (2) eagerly yearn for a culminating transformation.

Paul begins with the yearning of creation: “For the eager expectation of the creation is awaiting the revelation of the sons of God.” The word “eager expectation” suggests the picture of a person craning his or her neck to see what is coming.1076 Paul further enhances the idea of anticipation by using a common literary device: “eager expectation,” the grammatical subject, is put in place of the real subject, “creation.” But what does Paul include in this “creation”? Noting the naturally broad meaning of the word, and Paul’s addition of “the whole” in v. 22, some interpreters argue that Paul must mean the entire created universe—human beings, animals, plants, and so on. Others, however, insist that the distinctly personal activities Paul attributes to the creation (“anticipating,” “set free,” “groaning”) show that he has only the human part of creation in view (see Col. 1:23)—either all humankind or unbelievers only. However, while we may agree with Schlatter that the transition from v. 22 to v. 23—“we ourselves”—plainly excludes believers from the scope of creation in vv. 19–22, Paul’s insistence in v. 20 that the “vanity” to which this creation was subjected was not of its own choice appears to exclude all people, not just believers. With the majority of modern commentators, then, I think that creation here denotes the “subhuman” creation. Like the psalmists and prophets who pictured hills, meadows, and valleys “shouting and singing together for joy” (Ps. 65:12–13) and the earth “mourning” (Isa. 24:4; Jer. 4:28; 12:4), Paul personifies the subhuman creation in order to convey to his readers a sense of the cosmic significance of both humanity’s fall into sin and believers’ restoration to glory.

The “revelation of the sons of God” that creation keenly anticipates is the unveiling of the true nature of Christians. Paul has already made clear that Christians are already “sons of God” (vv. 14–17). But, experiencing suffering (v. 18) and weakness (v. 26) like all other people, Christians do not in this life appear much like sons of God. The last day will publicly manifest our real status. Nevertheless, since this “being revealed” as God’s sons takes place only through a further act of God—causing his glory to reach out and embrace us (v. 18), transforming the body (v. 23)—this revelation is not only a disclosure of what is already true but also a dynamic bringing into being of something new.[10]


19 Considerable difference of opinion reasonably exists as to the precise element in verse 18 with which this verse is to be connected. When there is good reason for doubt, one can only express his judgment and the reason for it. It seems that verse 19 is intended to lend confirmation and support to the patient and confident expectation to which, by implication, believers are urged in verse 18 and that this is done by instancing the “earnest expectation” of the creation. If “the creation” entertains persistent expectation, believers should do likewise—let us be astride the creation itself. The word “creation” denotes the creative act in 1:20. Here it must refer to the product. The question is: How much of created reality does it include? It must be observed that it is delimited by verses 20–23. And the best way to arrive at the denotation is to proceed by way of exclusion in terms of this delimitation. Angels are not included because they were not subjected to vanity and to the bondage of corruption. Satan and the demons are not included because they cannot be regarded as longing for the manifestation of the sons of God and they will not share in the liberty of the glory of the children of God. The children of God themselves are not included because they are distinguished from “the creation” (vss. 19, 21, 23)—there would be no purpose, for example, in saying “and not only so, but ourselves also” (vs. 23) if believers were included in the groaning predicated of creation in the preceding verse. Mankind in general must be excluded because it could not be said of mankind that it “was subjected to vanity, not of its own will”—mankind was subjected to all the evil it is called upon to endure because of the voluntary act of transgression. The unbelieving of mankind cannot be included because the earnest expectation does not characterize them. Even those who are at present unbelieving but will be converted are excluded because they will be comprised in the children of God who, as the partakers of the glory to be revealed, are distinguished from “the creation” (vss. 19, 21). We thus see that all of rational creation is excluded by the terms of verses 20–23. We are restricted, therefore, to non-rational creation, animate and inanimate. Since in verse 22 the apostle speaks of “the whole creation”, we are compelled, in the restricted sphere of the non-rational, to give the term comprehensive scope and we are prevented from positing any further limitation. Speculation, however, would be indefensible.

Of the material heavens and earth, therefore, the apostle speaks when he says “the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God.” There is, no doubt, personification here. But this is quite common in Scripture (cf. Psalm 98:8; Isa. 55:12; Ezek. 31:15). The truth set forth is not obscured by personifying what is not personal; non-rational creation is reserved for a regeneration that is correlative with “the revelation of the sons of God”. This “revelation” is but another aspect from which the glory to be revealed unto them is viewed. Not till then will the children of God be made manifest to themselves and others in the plenitude of their status and privilege as sons, and not until they are all glorified together with Christ will the body of Christ be manifested in its integrity and unity (cf. Col. 3:3, 4).[11]


19 Instead of considering the future simply from the standpoint of the redeemed, Paul enlarges the perspective to include the whole creation, which is here personified in exuberant language as longing for the time when the children of God will finally enjoy the consummation. The creation’s own deliverance from the frustration imposed on it by the fall cannot come until that time. The glorious future that awaits the children of God accords with the superior place given humanity in the creation (Ge 1:26–28; Ps 8:5–8). Literally Paul’s sentence reads, “The eager expectation [apokaradokia, GK 638] of the creation awaits eagerly [apekdechetai, GK 587] the revelation of the sons of God.” In the NT, the verb most often concerns the Christian’s attitude toward the Lord’s coming (e.g., Gal 5:5; Php 3:20; Heb 9:28).[12]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 8:19). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2171). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 8:19). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1440). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1711). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 8:19). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[7] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 173). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[8] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 303–304). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[9] Edwards, J. R. (2011). Romans (pp. 212–213). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[10] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Second Edition, pp. 535–537). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[11] Murray, J. (1968). The Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 301–303). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[12] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 137). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 12, 2021

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“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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Impeachment Fever

Nate Jackson

On January 20, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the next president under the theme “America United.” Meanwhile, in Congress, Democrats are busy impeaching Donald Trump eight days ahead of his departure.

Unity!

Is it any wonder why Trump will become the first president since 1869 to skip the inauguration of his successor? Aside from this (second) fraud of an impeachment, Trump truly believes in his bones that the election was stolen from him by his successor’s party.

Hillary Clinton can relate. She said in October, just weeks before Election Day and four years after her defeat, “I was the candidate that they basically stole an election from.” She continued, “I absolutely thought I was going to win.” Yeah, well, so did Trump and his supporters.

“Our election was hijacked. There is no question.” Oops. That was Nancy Pelosi in May 2017.

Which brings us back to impeachment, led by that same Nancy Pelosi. Democrats never let a crisis go to waste, and last week’s riot in the Capitol building is no exception. We don’t minimize what happened last week when saying that Democrats and the Left generally are grotesquely exploiting it as a smokescreen for widespread canceling, deplatforming, and censorship of conservatives to go along with impeachment of an exiting president.

Let’s be clear: This is a sham meant to maximize political benefit for Democrats while dividing Republicans.

The House will vote today on a resolution demanding that Vice President Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, but that’s only a prelude to the main feature tomorrow, which is a single article of impeachment: “Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” Even more stridently, the article is titled “Incitement of Insurrection.”

The Democrats’ article argues that, during his speech to supporters before the riot, President Trump “willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a county anymore.’” But Democrats argue the incitement didn’t start there. They also cite Trump’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger demanding that he “‘find’ enough votes to overturn the Georgia Presidential election results and threatened Secretary Raffensperger if he failed to do so.”

They want Trump not only immediately removed from office but they urge “disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States,” which requires a Senate conviction but likely runs afoul of the Constitution Democrats claim to be so very eager to defend. There certainly isn’t time for proper procedure in basically one week, though some argue that the Senate can hold a trial even after Trump’s term ends. Biden favors that so it doesn’t get in the way of his “unity” agenda.

The truth is that this division is the Democrat agenda, just as it has been for a long time. Spare us the pathetically disingenuous talk of “unity” when Democrats have spent years calling half the country “deplorable” “bitter-clingers” who are fundamentally racist. Biden, Pelosi, and company have even made Wednesday’s riot about race and not election fraud. As Pelosi put it, rioters had “chosen their whiteness over democracy.” Biden complained that the rioters were “treated very, very differently” than “a group of Black Lives Matter” during last summer’s “mostly peaceful” protests.

Unity!

So what about Trump?

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says Trump privately agreed that he bore some blame for the riot. (Draw your own conclusions.) We’ve said in no uncertain terms that Trump’s rhetoric ahead of the riot was needlessly and dangerously inflammatory, but we also believe he did not deliberately incite violence or literally mean for his supporters to “fight like hell.” It was irresponsible political hyperbole, not a battle plan.

For that and many other reasons, impeachment is the wrong remedy. Indeed, it won’t actually remedy anything. It’s not in Trump’s DNA to ever have a properly chastised attitude about anything, his supporters will never believe he deserved it, and Democrats will never stop hunting for the next GOP head. In short, it could incite violence. Does anyone else wonder if that’s the point?

If Joe Biden truly is an honest man (he’s not), if he really wants unity and thinks this is a “time to heal” (he doesn’t), and if he wants to prove he’s a leader and not a puppet, he’d put the kibosh on this impeachment nonsense once and for all.

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Dems, Big Tech Don’t Value Free Speech

Thomas Gallatin

If one does not value something, one will not act to preserve it. Worse, one might even oppose it. What America has witnessed in recent days — Big Tech’s swift and thorough purge in banning President Donald Trump coupled with a coordinated effort to eliminate a social media competitor, Parler — is the reality that these Silicon Valley tycoons don’t value freedom of speech at all. In fact, Big Tech, encouraged by Democrats, a party that ironically derives its name from democracy, attacked the very spirit of free speech by limiting and even eliminating the speech of those they disagree with — all under the guise of preventing “incitement to violence.” Such is the disingenuous justification of totalitarians.

The sad reality is that the West has seen this type of speech-trampling rhetoric before, and the results have never produced greater Liberty. Quite the opposite.

The Left loves to argue these Big Tech companies are private enterprises that aren’t bound by the First Amendment. As such, they are free to run their companies as they see fit, including banning or limiting the free speech of those who use their platform. Yet as David Harsanyi observes, “If you say that targeted deplatforming, though not Stalinist, is troubling, the same people who want to compel everyone to buy state-mandated health insurance, who want to dictate how corporations compensate their employees, who want to force nuns to buy abortifacients, and who want to destroy the lives of bakers and florists who run businesses according to long-held religious beliefs will vigorously defend the value of free-association rights that allow corporations to act this way. So I’m pretty skeptical that most of these people are genuine champions of individual market choices, and aren’t just super excited about silencing people.”

Big Tech companies are not merely banning speech with which they disagree; they are working beyond the confines of their private business context to actively encroach on the speech rights of those in other businesses with whom they disagree politically. On Monday, AR15.com, the world’s largest online firearms forum, was suddenly deplatformed by web host GoDaddy. The rationale was of course an unfounded and ambiguous allegation without any evidence provided of a violation of GoDaddy’s terms of service. Furthermore, GoDaddy’s decision was final, with no opportunity for recourse or method of appeal offered. It was simply a “we decided you’re guilty and the sentence is immediate elimination.”

One of the greatest ironies is Big Tech’s use of the “incitement to violence” canard to justify banning and deplatforming individuals and organizations while it has done little against Black Lives Matter and antifa activists who promoted and directly engaged in months of leftist violence and rioting across the country this past summer. Democrat politicians who actively supported the riotous mobs were not banned by these platforms either.

Just yesterday, Facebook announced that it would ban any messages containing the phrase “stop the steal.” The reason? To stop “harmful” misinformation. “We’re removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook & Instagram,” the company announced. Since when is “stop the steal” an incitement to violence? Since Democrats, Big Tech, and the Leftmedia declared it so, that’s when. Funny how when someone like Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims, as she did in May of 2017, that “our election was hijacked,” no one claimed she was “inciting violence” and should be banned.

To bring it back around to values, free speech is something Americans, maybe even particularly on the left side of the aisle, have long treasured, to sometimes ridiculous extent. Remember when flag burning was the preferred method of “speech”? Now only one side of the political divide truly values free speech. And the other side is doing everything in its vast power to crush it.

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His Name Was Brian Sicknick

Douglas Andrews

We at The Patriot Post have always supported Rule of Law and those who swear an oath to enforce it. Blue Lives Matter to us, and they always have. The death Thursday night of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick due to injuries sustained at the Capitol last Wednesday is no exception.

At first glance, we imagine Officer Sicknick and Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed 14-year Air Force veteran who was shot and killed last Wednesday by a Capitol Police lieutenant, as being on opposite sides in this fight. And they were, in the strictest sense. But the whole truth is a lot more complicated. Officer Sicknick was, after all, a Trump supporter.

If this is the first you’ve heard of his political affiliation, you’re not alone. And you can imagine why. After all, Brian Sicknick is supposed to be a resistance martyr, a cop who was murdered by a mob of pro-Trump zealots. That’s certainly what those on the Left would have you believe.

As the New York Post’s Matthew Schmitz writes, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Sicknick’s death as a reminder of the need to ‘protect our country from all threats, foreign and domestic.’ President-elect Joe Biden suggested that whoever backed Trump supports ‘an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy.’ The day’s violence, it seems, has become an all-purpose excuse to denounce and silence anyone not sufficiently anti-Trump.”

Yes it has. And what an inconvenient narrative it is that both Babbitt and Sicknick were veterans, Patriots, and Trump supporters. And Sicknick wasn’t just a passive Trump supporter; he was a committed supporter. He wrote letters to his congressman, for example, to make clear his opposition to the Democrats’ phony impeachment of the president. The first one, that is.

Sicknick joined the New Jersey Air National Guard in 1997, six months after graduating from high school. He deployed overseas twice — once to Saudi Arabia and once to Kyrgyzstan — and received his honorable discharge in 2003. But, as Schmitz continues, “a series of letters he later wrote to the editor of his hometown paper give a portrait of his disillusionment with the leaders of the country he served.” This culminated in Sicknick’s eventual decision not to re-up with the Guard. “I am no longer going to risk my life in hostile environments for a government that does not care about the troops,” he wrote.

As for President Trump’s policy of judiciously using the military, of ending the “endless wars,” and of bringing our troops home, it’s not hard to imagine Officer Sicknick thinking, At last, a president who gets it.

As Schmitz concludes, “The same people who launched a costly and failed war in Iraq now hope to humiliate and silence Trump’s supporters. But the concerns that led to the rise of Trump won’t disappear until our failed elites pay for their mistakes. When they smear Trump voters, they dishonor Officer Sicknick’s memory.”

There are still some questions surrounding the death of Officer Sicknick: Was it driven by a preexisting medical condition? Was he attacked at the Capitol with a fire extinguisher? We’re not sure how much any of this matters. What does matter, though, is that he leaves behind his parents, two brothers, and his girlfriend of 11 years.

Rest in peace, Officer Sicknick, and thank you for your service to our country and its people.

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The GOP Must Face a Reckoning

Harold Hutchison

In a free republic such as ours, elections themselves are supposed to be the ultimate form of political accountability. Unfortunately, the 2020 elections featured shenanigans that tainted the results. Thus, it’s time for further accountability.

This includes accountability for the riot at the Capitol, something that law enforcement and our court system are working on. Those who are guilty of breaking the law should be punished accordingly. End of discussion on that front.

Politically, GOP leaders must answer for the devastating results of this election. This will require some tough, honest conversations among the leadership and grassroots Patriots, not just an emotionally incontinent blame game. It will require adaptations, and, just to dream big for a moment, that may need to include the construction of our own infrastructure in technology, finance, and education.

The Republican and conservative establishments cannot escape blame for the 2020 election, largely because of their documented track record of failures to address double standards and attacks on the norms over the years.

Republican officeholders must be held to account for acceding to Democrat-instigated changes to election rules, like the signature verification debacle that contributed to GOP defeat in Georgia or problems with ballot counting in other battleground states.

Meanwhile, despite his defeat, Donald Trump will likely leave office with significant popularity among Republican voters. Why? Because he kept many of his promises, and because he delivered for grassroots Patriots on issues where the establishment’s performance was hit-or-miss at best, when they won despite tactical and strategic incompetence, or when they lost.

Back in 2018, we argued that changes in the political and media landscape required a reevaluation of strategy and tactics. In 2016, Trump was all that stood between America and a shamelessly corrupt Hillary Clinton administration.

Then he also delivered for our nation. Trump built more than 450 miles of border fencing and held the line against amnesty — when many in the establishment pushed heavily for the latter while slow-walking the former. He appointed superb judges when the establishment’s track record seemed to be a coin toss at best — for every Scalia, Thomas, or Alito, we got a Souter, Kennedy, or Roberts. He also stood up and fought back against a Left that for decades got away with smearing Republicans as Nazis, white supremacists, racists, bigots, and worse. Contrast that to the shameful silence from John McCain and Mitt Romney when Sarah Palin was falsely accused of inspiring the 2011 Tucson shooting that wounded Gabby Giffords and killed six others.

For all his flaws, Trump was taking on China and Russia, he was trying to get our NATO allies to pay their fair share, and he sought to fix a lot of dubious trade deals. He also, for good or ill, revealed the true colors of so many who purported to be Republicans and conservatives, yet were silent over many outrages from the Left. On the contrary, many made excuses for the outrages and abuses. And they wonder why grassroots Patriots turned to Trump?

At his best, Trump was an out-of-the-box thinker who had flashes of brilliance in tactics and strategy. At his worst, he was undisciplined and spoke without considering how his words could be used against him. He was both a charismatic messenger and a flawed one, and he alone bears responsibility for those flaws.

Back to the point at hand: Accountability must also be meted out to the Republican and conservative establishments. Officeholders, consultants, and pundits failed across the board. Some fought tooth and nail for the pre-Trump status quo, and thus lost the trust of grassroots Patriots. Trump’s rise — and his continued popularity and support among Republican voters — is a direct response to their many failures over the past 25 years. That alone will be a check on their power.

Yet the alternative Right is not without blame. Some of these folks gained trust by trafficking in misleading or outright false conspiracy theories. That failure also demands an accounting. Our side can’t just imitate the Left’s game of falsehoods. We’re not as good at it, for one thing, and it’s not what principled conservatism is supposed to be about.

Ultimately, the GOP must figure out how to proceed, whether with or without Trump in future elections, by heeding the lessons he taught and his supporters demand the party learn.

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Is Manchin a Man of His Word?

Douglas Andrews

To our fellow patriots in the great state of West Virginia: Please remind your senior senator to be a man of his word. And remind him that his constituents went for Donald Trump by 39 points. Otherwise, our republic is toast. Joe Manchin, you see, is the only thing that can keep us from being legislatively steamrolled by the Democrats.

Six days after the November 3 election, and long before last week’s Senate-flipping disaster in Georgia, Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, told Fox News’s Bret Baier that even if the Democrats took both of Georgia’s Senate seats in the January 5 special election and thereby achieved a 50-50 tie in the upper chamber — a tie breakable by soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris — we wouldn’t have to worry about the wing nuts in his party enacting their far-left agenda.

Welp, they did take the Senate. And despite Manchin’s assurances, we’re still worried.

You’ve heard the Democrats’ wish list: doing away with the filibuster and its time-honored protection of minority rights; packing the Supreme Court and lesser courts; adopting the economically and fiscally ruinous Green New Deal; granting amnesty and voting rights to illegal immigrants; and granting statehood to Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, thereby granting four more automatic Senate seats to the Democrats.

We have Joe Manchin’s word, though. His word.

“I commit to you tonight,” he said on November 9, “and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching … I will not be the 50th Democrat voting to end that filibuster or to basically stack the court, and in all the other things you’re hearing about, Bret, also, defund the police. I don’t know of any of the Democrats in the caucus that are for defunding the police. We’re not for that whatsoever. And when they talk about basically, Medicare for All, we can’t even pay for Medicare for some. It doesn’t make any sense at all.”

Here we are, then, in the sorry position of having to count on a single Democrat politician to save us from ruin. And we share this news because while Manchin once seemed unequivocal in his commitment to protecting the Senate and its rules and traditions, he appeared to get a bit wobbly this weekend in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. When asked by Tapper if he supported statehood for Washington, DC, Manchin replied, “I don’t know enough about that yet. I want to see the pros and cons. So, I’m waiting to see all the facts. I’m open up to see everything.” Puerto Rico? Ditto.

It could be Manchin now realizes that in a 50-50 Senate, he’s the most powerful man in Congress. How so? With VP-elect Kamala Harris poised to cast the deciding vote in all 50-50 ties, Manchin’s vote or non-vote will determine whether Harris gets to cast hers. Needless to say, both Republicans and Democrats are going to make sure Manchin feels the love.

Give credit to Bret Baier, a journalist’s journalist in an age of revolting leftist hacks, for pressing Manchin and nailing him down. “Let me just clarify here, Senator,” said Baier. “You are saying definitively tonight that even if Democrats take control, and Chuck Schumer becomes the Senate majority leader, that, if they try to break the filibuster, say the filibuster is over, you will definitively vote against that?”

“Absolutely. I will vote against that,” Manchin replied. “I have been very clear about that.”

Remember your word, Senator Manchin. And remember the will of your Mountain State constituents: Donald Trump by 39 points.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Big Tech

  • Twitter suspends more than 70,000 QAnon-linked accounts (Fox News)
  • Facebook suspends Ron Paul following column criticizing censorship (FEE)
  • Parler sues Amazon for suspending app from cloud service (Fox Business)
  • YouTube rival Rumble sues Google for “unfairly rigging” search algorithms (Fox Business)
  • Stripe stops processing payments for Trump campaign website (Fox Business)

Cancel Culture

  • Wave of companies cut off donations — much of it to GOP (The Hill)
  • Trump dropped by biggest lender Deutsche Bank for future business (Reuters)
  • Cumulus Media threatens to fire conservative radio hosts who suggest election was stolen (Examiner)

For the Record

  • Several Capitol Police officers suspended for misconduct (Examiner)
  • Outgoing Capitol Police chief says request for National Guard backup was denied six times (Examiner)
  • Could Trump face impeachment trial after leaving office? Seven things to know (Daily Signal)
  • The riot is not a political blank check for Democrats (Examiner)

Double Standards

  • Six videos of Democrats calling for violence or physical confrontations that are still active on Twitter (Examiner)
  • Twitter hasn’t suspended these accounts or tweets that incite violence (The Federalist)
  • Bill Gates bids for largest private jet firm weeks before publishing his climate change book (Disrn)

Elsewhere in Politics

  • Trump, Pence meet for first time since Capitol riot to discuss final days of administration (Fox News)
  • DHS Secretary Chad Wolf resigns due to “recent events” (National Review)
  • New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he won’t accept Presidential Medal of Freedom (NBC News)

National Security

  • Justice Department pursues at least 150 suspects in Capitol riot (NY Times)
  • State Department designates Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism (National Review)
  • Trump approves emergency declaration for DC ahead of Biden inauguration (Fox News)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Trump administration makes sweeping changes to speed up pace of vaccinations (The Hill)

Faith in Humanity

  • Bible podcast tops Apple charts as most downloaded in 2021 so far (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Free speech is a value, not just a right (National Review)
  • Policy: Three conservative principles for education (Newsweek)
  • Humor: Trump hides nuclear codes in Bible where Pelosi will never find them (Babylon Bee)

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Home of the Brave — Democrats and progressives are using the Capitol building riot as their Reichstag fire.

What I Can Teach You About Racism — Renowned political science professor Carol Swain started out life with every possible disadvantage.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?” —Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

For the record: “A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech.” —Elon Musk

Non compos mentis: “There’s no exemption for being put on the no-fly list. Even a member of Congress that commits a crime, you know, they’re expelled from the body. There are ethics charges that can be brought against those individuals. And people are looking at all of this.” —House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie G. Thompson

Braying jackass: “I think [Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley] should just be flat beaten the next time they run. They’re part of the Big Lie.” —Joe Biden basically calling said senators Nazis (Wait, is he inciting violence?)

Race bait: “Our priority will be black-, latino-, Asian-, and Native American-owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.” — Joe Biden (“Why not hard-hit, struggling business owners who need assistance, without regard to the color of their skin, gender or ethnic heritage?” —Ari Fleischer)

World’s smallest violin: “I have nothing but contempt at this point for Kevin McCarthy who carried the president’s water throughout these four years.” —Rep. Adam “Russian Delusion” Schiff

And last… “What more could America’s power elite be doing right now to send the message that only the Capital matters, and you clods out there in the Hunger Games districts need to stop whining about how much you’ve suffered?” —John Hayward

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Headlines – 1/12/2021

Jerusalem recognition ‘led to explosion of peace,’ departing US envoy tells MKs

Jared Kushner briefed Jake Sullivan on Trump’s Middle East policy

Sudan signs US-brokered deal to normalize economic relations with Israel

Egypt, Germany, France, Jordan meet on reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Germany, France call for 2-states at 67-line, prior to Biden presidency

Palestinians, Jordan accuse Israel of ‘Judaizing’ Western Wall Plaza

Gantz: I was wrong to shake Netanyahu’s hand, parties that oppose him must unite

Netanyahu cancels Cabinet meeting after Gantz speech

Court sets next hearing in Netanyahu trial for early February

‘Israel Must Transition From the Startup Nation to the Innovation Nation’

Lebanon on edge over low flying Israeli jets

IAEA chief: Iran moving rapidly to enrich uranium, mere ‘weeks’ to save deal

UN Atomic Agency Urges to Restore Nuclear Deal With Iran

Pompeo reportedly plans to disclose intel showing Iranian support for al-Qaeda

China Develops Helmets for Soldiers With Self-Destruct Button: Report

North Korea’s Kim vows to bring ‘arch-enemy’ US ‘to its knees’

Trump administration names Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism, frustrating Biden’s efforts to boost relations

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf stepping down from Trump administration

A Disgruntled Employee Changed The State Department’s Website To Say That Trump’s Term Ends Today, Sources Say

Trump, Pence signal common front in first meeting since attack on Capitol

Trump and Pence Signal President Won’t Resign or Be Removed

Trump Not Resigning, Will ‘Not Leave the Public Stage at All’: Gaetz

Nye County Republican: Trump will remain president for another four years

Bice: St Croix County Republican Party tells members to ‘prepare for war’ and to remove ‘leftist tyrants’ from local office

Lieu: Republican Members of Congress Who ‘Incited Insurrection’ Should Be Prosecuted

DC Attorney General Reportedly Looking at Charging Trump for Inciting Capitol Riots

House Republican Says Censure Measure Against Trump Due Tuesday

House speeding to impeach Trump for Capitol ‘insurrection’

Pelosi pushes ahead with impeachment, says Trump ‘imminent’ threat to democracy

Trump faces impeachment again as Democrats make mockery of Constitution

‘We’re Such Imbeciles’: House Democrat Fears Backlash over Impeachment

House to vote on impeaching Trump Wednesday

Can the Senate Try Private Citizen Trump after He Leaves Office?

Navarro: Trump ‘Itching to Defend Himself’ Against Impeachment

“Incitement” Timeline Debunked as Ex-Capitol Police Chief Says Pelosi, McConnell’s Sergeants-at-Arms Refused Security Measures

10 Times Democrats Urged Violence Against Trump And His Supporters

China Has Reacted to the Storming of the U.S. Capitol by Comparing It to the Wrecking of Hong Kong’s Legislature

Melania Trump condemns storming of the Capitol: ‘We are one nation under God’

2 Capitol Police officers suspended and at least 10 more under investigation for alleged roles in riot

Meghan McCain suggests Capitol rioters be ‘sent to Gitmo,’ treated ‘like any other terrorists’

Trump warned about potential civil liability, as some aides clear out desks

President Donald J. Trump Approves District of Columbia Emergency Declaration

Pentagon authorizes up to 15,000 National Guardsmen to support inauguration

FBI: Armed Protests Planned for 50 State Capitols, U.S. Capitol, Ahead of Inauguration Day

U.S. House Democrats urge FAA to work to avoid civil unrest on flights

Antifa marches through NYC as fears of political violence heighten

New York State Bar Association May Remove “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani After Capitol Rally

Thousands of Law School Alumni Sign Unconstitutional Petition to Disbar Cruz, Hawley

Tucker: Corporations colluding with Democrats to silence Americans

The talk radio network that airs Dan Bongino and Mark Levin warned staff to stop ‘dog-whistle talk’

Talk-Radio Owner Threatens to Fire Hosts Who Dispute Election Results

Rand Paul’s Wife Blasts Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey For Allowing Threats Against Her Husband

Facebook Says It Is Removing All Content Mentioning ‘Stop the Steal’

Even European Leaders Are Raising Concerns About Twitter Banning Trump

Parler sues Amazon for suspending app from cloud service, claims antitrust violation and breach of contract

Facebook sees $34 billion erased from market cap as Trump-ban fallout continues to spook tech investors

Twitter Shares Drop by 12 Percent After Company Banned Trump

CNBC’s Jim Cramer Warns Twitter Could Be in Trouble as Stock Plummets: After Trump Ban, They Need a New Draw ‘Very, Very Quickly’

Trump bans by Twitter, Facebook will trigger Big Tech giants’ ‘downfall,’ says ‘Social Dilemma’ star

Citing ‘censorship’ concerns, North Idaho internet provider blocks Facebook, Twitter

Report: Parler Suffers Massive User Data Leak

Parler data breach: Archived posts from Capitol riots could reveal platform’s role in the insurrection

Parler CEO: Attorneys Drop Company as Website Goes Offline

Top Trump backers compare social media crackdown on far-right to Kristallnacht

Greenwald slams liberals for being ‘overwhelmingly supportive’ of Big Tech ‘brute force’ against conservatives

Amazon to remove QAnon products from platform after U.S. Capitol siege

The Guy Who Built The World Wide Web Is Building A ‘New Internet’, Where You Control Your Data

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Censorship: Time to ‘Put Wokeism to Sleep’

The woke purge – Twitter’s suspension of Donald Trump is a chilling sign of tyranny to come

Patrick Byrne: This Is a ‘Communist Party Takeover’

AOC: Twitter Targeting ‘Neo-Nazis and Violent Insurrectionists’

Warnock calls Senate victory ‘a glimpse of God’s vision of a more inclusive humanity’

Supreme Court Refuses to Fast-Track Remaining Lawsuits Challenging Presidential Election Results

Are soaring markets and house prices an ‘epic bubble’ about to pop?

$150 billion wiped off cryptocurrency market in 24 hours as bitcoin pulls back

Despite global uncertainty, Israel Bonds secures record-breaking $1.8 billion in 2020

NASA calculated that the asteroid that could hit Earth in 2022 has the power of 150 Hiroshima bombs

6.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Turt, Mongolia

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Yoichi, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Castelo Branco, Portugal

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Turt, Mongolia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kishtwar, India

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Akutan, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Turt, Mongolia

More than a dozen quakes in 30 days: What’s going on in the Southern Appalachians?

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,500ft

At Least 12 Dead in 2 Landslides in Indonesia

Biden’s ambitious LGBT agenda poises him to be nation’s most pro-equality president in history

HHS finalizes rule protecting Christian adoption agencies from Obama-era LGBT regulation

Supreme Court rejects pro-life group’s challenge to abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

It’s Being Called the ‘Freedom to Kill’ Act: NJ Bill Allows Non-Doctors to Abort Babies up Until Birth

China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

Czech churches pan ‘tasteless’ use of yellow Star of David at anti-vax protest

Moderna using mRNA technology to create vaccines for seasonal flu, HIV and Nipah virus, company says

Vaccine requirements for travel would be ‘discrimination,’ global tourism group says

UK retailers call for police help to enforce mask rules

House Democrat blames Covid diagnosis on lawmakers who didn’t wear masks while sheltering during riot

Federal Judges Again Say ‘No’ to Cuomo’s Limits on Church Attendance

Critics mock NY Gov. Cuomo’s sudden denunciation of lockdowns, suggest Trump hacked his Twitter account

CBS reporter forces Nancy Pelosi to own ‘obstructing’ COVID relief after blaming Republicans

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Apostasy Watch Tuesday 1-12-21

Larry E. Ball – Christian Options Living Under A Marxist Regime

Jeremiah Johnson gets threats after Trump prophesy apology; slams some in prophetic movement

Krazy Katt Kerr Prophecies God will Supernaturally Storm Capitol Hill and ‘Kick Out’ Biden

Leading Christian Scholars & Apologists Call on RZIM Board to Own its Complicity in Ravi Zacharias Scandal

Prominent Baptist University Professor Calls for Impeachment of Russell Moore of the ERLC

One Down? Missouri Becomes First Abortion-Free* State

Raids in Israel uncover ‘gargantuan’ trove of stolen artifacts

Chinese Christians, missionaries falsely blamed for COVID resurgence

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

12 Jan 2021 – Rapture Ready News

BEIRUT: Daesh terrorists killed at least eight regime loyalists in eastern Syria on Monday, the latest in a series of deadly extremist attacks, a Britain-based war monitor reported. Five Syrian soldiers and three pro-regime militia fighters were among those killed in the Daesh attack on one of their positions in a desert region of Deir Ezzor province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Eleven others were wounded, some of them critically, meaning the death toll could climb,

Bird flu outbreak confirmed in ten states in India
New Delhi: As many as 10 states have so far reported confirmed cases of bird flu in the country, Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying informed on Monday. Delhi and Maharashtra are the latest places to report the cases of avian influenza, according to an official statement.

The top astronomical events to look forward to in 2021, from ‘supermoons’ to eclipses
Here are some of the top astronomical events of 2021. Venus and Jupiter conjunction: February 11, Quadruple conjunction: March 9 and 10four supermoons……

North Korea’s Kim vows to bring ‘arch-enemy’ US ‘to its knees’
During a rare meeting of North Korea’s party congress last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called the United States “our arch-enemy” and vowed to bring the U.S. “to its knees.” “Our external political activities must focus on our arch-enemy and the fundamental obstacle to our revolutionary development, the United States,”

A Nursing Home Had Zero COVID Deaths. Then, It Vaccinates Residents And The Deaths Begin
Vaccinating people is supposed to reduce or end coronavirus deaths. Right? But, at The Commons, such deaths are reported to have occurred only after residents began receiving coronavirus vaccinations. James T. Mulder wrote Saturday at syracuse.com that until December 29 there had been no coronavirus deaths at The Commons. The nursing home began vaccinating residents Dec. 22. Over a period of less than two weeks 24 coronavirus-infected residents at the 300-bed nursing home have died.

The “Crisis” Is Corporate Liberal Authoritarianism
Few entities capitulate to upswells of political hysteria more reliably than the tech companies. Knowing that there will soon be a Democratic presidential administration and Congress to appease, they launched this week what is the most drastic corporate censorship offensive in modern history.

Strong Quake Hits Mongolia-Russia Border: USGS
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck early Tuesday in northern Mongolia not far from the border with Russia, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), was located 33 kilometers south-southwest of Turt, US seismologists said.

Tribulation and Redemption in America
Consider that in the past year the radical Left – with whose cause Big Media, Big Tech, Big Education, Big Hollywood and the entire Democratic Party totally identify – has succeeded in: * indicting the freest, most welcoming and least racist nation on earth as irredeemably racist;

FBI warns of armed protests ahead of inauguration
The FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington and all 50 U.S. state capitals in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, a federal law enforcement source said on Monday.

Palestinians approve Russian COVID-19 vaccine for use in self-rule areas
Palestinian health minister confirms ministry granted ’emergency approval’ for Sputnik V, first shipment of which expected to arrive in February as PA accuses Israel of shirking duty to ensure vaccines available in West Bank.

Twitter Stock Falls More Than 10% Following Trump Ban
Twitter’s share price plummeted more than 10 percent at Monday’s market opening in the first trading session since the site permanently suspended President Donald Trump from the platform.

Netanyahu’s Inauguration “Gift” to Biden: Building in Judea and Samaria
When Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20, he will have on his desk several “presents” from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has approved the construction of 850 units for construction in Samaria. 850 Units in Samaria: “Revenge” for the Murder of Jews.

First Prayer Service in 54 Years Held at Jordan Valley Site After Clearing of Landmines
After three years of delicate and dangerous labor, approximately 6,500 landmines have finally been cleared from around a site that is holy to Christians and Jews, marking the site which, according to tradition. Joshua Ben Nun led the Jews across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

Echoes of Hezekiah: Jerusalem to get New Water Tunnel ensuring Unlimited supply
Providing water to Israel’s mountaintop capital city has been problematic since Biblical times. Israel is about to complete a massive project to solve this dilemma and part of the solution was the same used by King Hezekiah; tunneling through mountain rock.

Iran demands sanctions “snapback” removed in any new nuclear talks
Iran demands the removal of the so-called snapback mechanism in its nuclear accord, which could revive all UN sanctions against Tehran, in the event of new talks with world powers, a senior aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for relief from US and other sanctions.

Germany, France call for 2-states at 67-line, prior to Biden presidency
The United States has an important role to play in relaunching an Israeli-Palestinian peace process that would create a two-state resolution to the conflict at the pre-1967 lines, the Munich Group said in advance of US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The Munich Group — composed of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Germany and France — met Monday in Cairo.

FAO warns of new locust invasion threat in East Africa
New swarms of locusts in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya are spreading further in the eastern Africa region, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. In its latest update…FAO said the immature swarms have been migrating from…eastern Ethiopia and central Somalia and spreading into Ethiopia’s SNNP region and into Kenya’s northern and coastal counties.

Exclusive: China plans further Hong Kong crackdown after mass arrest – sources
The arrest of more than 50 democrats in Hong Kong last week intensifies a drive by Beijing to stifle any return of a populist challenge to Chinese rule and more measures are likely… While stressing that plans haven’t been finalised, the individuals said it was possible that Hong Kong elections …could face reforms…aimed at reducing the influence of democrats.

Gantz urges center-left parties to unite into one bloc against Netanyahu
Blue & White leader Benny Gantz on Monday urged center-left parties to unite in a bid to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming March 2021 elections, saying he was “ready to sacrifice a lot” to initiate such a move. Gantz’s statement comes as Israel prepares for a fourth election round in just under two years after its emergency unity government failed to reach an agreement over the state budget…

Oman to get its first crown prince in constitutional overhaul
Oman’s sultan has announced a constitutional shake-up that includes the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and new rules on how Parliament will work. A new basic law issued on Monday by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said also emphasises the role of the state in guaranteeing more rights and freedoms for citizens – including equality between men and women, state news agency ONA said.

Egypt reopens airspace to Qatar
Egypt is reopening its airspace to Qatari flights and allowing the resumption of flights between the two countries, aviation sources and state media said on Tuesday. The decision follows moves by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to end a boycott in which they severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar in 2017.

Shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Russia – Mongolia border region
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Russia – Mongolia border region at 21:32 UTC on January 11, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The quake was followed by M5.2 at 21:59 and M5.0 at 22:02 UTC, both at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

Are You Ready For Total (Ideological) War?
I am so consumed with self-righteous hatred, propaganda, and manufactured hysteria that…

L.A. students must get COVID-19 vaccine to return to school 
Once COVID-19 vaccines are available to children, Los Angeles students will have to be immunized before they can return to campus, Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday.

Powerful winter stom hits southern U.S., leaving more than 150 000 customers without power
A powerful winter storm swept through Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Sunday, January 10, 2021, leaving more than 150 000 customers without power.

Powerful winter storm slams Japan with record snow, claims 10 lives and strands more than 1 200 vehicles
A powerful winter storm is affecting Japan since Thursday, January 7, 2021, dropping record-breaking snow, stranding more than 1 200 vehicles, and claiming the lives of at least 10 people in snow-related incidents on January 9 and 10. Heavy snowfall fell across wide areas of the country, forcing some prefectures to request the Ground Self-Defense Force’s help in rescue operations.

Pro-Abortion Doctor Accuses Lila Rose of ‘Domestic Terrorism’ for Posting Pro-Life Tweet
Dr. Leah Torres — the OB-GYN who had her medical license suspended in 2020 following a controversy over a since-deleted tweet in which she seemingly bragged about cutting unborn babies’ vocal cords — is now accusing pro-life leader Lila Rose of publishing “violent rhetoric.”

Real life study: Masked schoolchildren are harmed physically, psychologically, behaviorally and suffer from 24 distinct health issues
A first-of-its-kind study, involving over 25,000 children, reveals that masks are harming schoolchildren in many physical and psychological ways and have a negative effect on their behavior, focus and interest in learning.

25 Insane, crazy agendas Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will push on America if they seize power after rigging the elections
After rigging the elections and staging the January 6th false flag “riot” at the capitol building in D.C., Democrats have some horrifying plans to roll out in their quest to achieve a full-blown Orwellian nightmare future for America… or at least what’s left of it.

What Really Happened In The Capitol On January 6th Reveals The Incredible End Times Agenda Against America
The whole world watched in stunned disbelief as rioters breached the Capitol building in Washington DC, with the incredible violence that followed supposedly at the hands of MAGA Trump supporters. But upon closer examination, and as more information has come to light, we see not just a deception taking place that day, but a deception wrapped within a deception with the sole purpose of carrying out a pre-planned agenda. This is not speculation, this is what happened.

Is Trump Preparing to Invoke Executive Order 13848? The Democrats Rush to Impeach Trump: Russia and Israel wait In the Wings
There are only 12 days to go to Inauguration. It makes no sense that the Democrats are preparing to Impeach Trump. It makes no sense that Pelosi tried to get Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. Twelve days! Trump is not even in Washington DC, therefore,  a repeat of the recent DC riot, is not likely! So, what are the Democrats in fear of? Trump has one more ace up his sleeve and he is attempting to play it.

Trump’s Counter Coup Against the Deep State, the Democrats and Their CHICOM Allies Is Underway
As the Democrats move to silence conservative voice prior to the scheduled inauguration, Trump is stepping up his response the near total blackout of both him and his supporters. Never before has a President been silenced. This clearly signals the fact that the President is a marked man.

STUNNING: All major western media outlets take ‘private dinners’, ‘sponsored trips’ from Chinese communist propaganda front
Other outlets involved in the propaganda operation include Forbes, the Financial Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg, Reuters, ABC News, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, AFP, TIME magazine, LA Times, The Hill, BBC, and The Atlantic.

House Republicans To Call For Trump’s Censure To Avoid Democrats’ Rushed Impeachment “Damaging Our Democracy”
“We cannot give credibility to the belief that Washington chooses to hold people accountable only for mere political advantage…”

Situation Updates – First they SILENCE you, then they come to KILL you… mass genocide against conservatives is No. 1 on the Left’s list of priorities

(Natural News) The communist / Marxist purge is on. The tyrannical Left has now deemed all conservatives, Christians, Trump supporters and gun owners to be “terrorists” who must be completely silenced by any means necessary. But after the silencing comes the killing fields, of course.

Source: Situation Updates – First they SILENCE you, then they come to KILL you… mass genocide against conservatives is No. 1 on the Left’s list of priorities