Daily Archives: October 2, 2021

October 2 Evening Quotes of The Day

Satan Has Most Advantage of Grumblers
Exodus 15:24; 16:2; Numbers 11:1; 14:2; 16:41; Deuteronomy 1:27; Psalm 106:25; Matthew 20:9–16; 1 Corinthians 10:10; Philippians 2:14; James 5:9; Jude 16

Satan has most advantage of discontented persons, as most agreeable to his disposition, being the most discontented creature under heaven. He hammers all his dark plots in their brains.

RICHARD SIBBES

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

Christians May Be Known by Mercy and Love
John 13:34–35; Romans 13:8; 1 Corinthians 10:18; 12:13; Ephesians 4:5–6; James 2:15–16

We do not teach and practice the doctrine of having goods in common. But we teach and maintain by the word of the Lord, that all truly believing Christians are members of one body and are baptized by one Spirit into one body; that they are partakers of one bread; that they have one Lord and one God. Inasmuch as they are thus one, therefore it is Christian and reasonable that they divinely love one another, and that the one member be solicitous for the welfare of the other, for thus both the Scripture and nature teach. The whole Scriptures speak of mercifulness and love; and it is the only sign whereby a true Christian may be known.

MENNO SIMONS

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

October 2 Evening Verse of The Day

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7:10 repentance. Turning from sin, a sincere decision to forsake a specific sin (or sins) and begin to obey God. Here, the term does not specifically refer to initial repentance that must accompany true saving faith (Mark 1:15; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 26:20), but to a turning from sin in the life of a Christian.

leads to salvation. “Salvation” here means not initial conversion, but growth and progress in the Christian life. Ordinary Christian growth will include times of profound sorrow for remaining sin.

worldly grief. Regret and sorrow of different kinds that do not seek forgiveness in Christ.[1]

7:10 leading to salvation Paul contrasts godly grief with worldly grief: Godly grief leads to salvation, whereas worldly grief leads to death. This is because godly grief brings repentance or a desire to change. In v. 11, Paul points to the ways godly grief benefited the Corinthian believers.[2]

7:10 godly grief. Grief that comes from God is characterized by repentance, i.e., remorse caused by having lost God’s approval and the consequent resolve to reverse one’s conduct and live for God (5:6–10, 15). worldly grief. Grief that comes from the world, i.e., a remorse brought about by losing the world’s approval, leads to a resolve to regain that approval, and this produces death, or divine judgment.[3]

7:10 sorrow … produces a repentance … leading to salvation. “Sorrow” here refers to sorrow that is according to the will of God and produced by the Holy Spirit (see note on 2Ti 2:25). True repentance cannot occur apart from such a genuine sorrow over one’s sin. The word “leading” is supplied by the translators; Paul was saying that repentance belongs to the realm or sphere of salvation. Repentance is at the very heart of and proves one’s salvation: unbelievers repent of their sin initially when they are saved, and then as believers, repent of their sins continually to keep the joy and blessing of their relationship to God (see notes on 1Jn 1:7–9). sorrow of the world produces death. Human sorrow is unsanctified remorse and has no redemptive capability. It is nothing more than the wounded pride of getting caught in a sin and having one’s lusts go unfulfilled. That kind of sorrow leads only to guilt, shame, despair, depression, self-pity, and hopelessness. People can die from such sorrow (cf. Mt 27:3).[4]

7:10 — For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Sorrow that doesn’t lead anywhere has no value. Sorrow for the sake of sorrow comes from the devil’s toolbox, not that of God. Godly sorrow leads to life; demonic sorrow leads to death.[5]

7:10 Godly sorrow produces repentance: True sorrow for sins leads to a change of mind and a turning to God. Since repentance means turning to God, who is the Savior, repentance results in spiritual deliverance, or salvation (6:2). But the kind of sorrow the world experiences produces death.[6]

7:10. The apostle writes that godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation. While many take salvation as a reference to regeneration, that does not fit the context. Paul is writing of the repentance of people already born again. Salvation here refers to deliverance from the deadly consequences of unrepentant sin, not only in this life, but also before the Judgment Seat of Christ (cf. Luke 15:11–24). For this reason, this type of sorrow should not be regretted. There are great temporal and eternal benefits for repentant sorrow.

In contrast the sorrow of the world produces death. Mere grief does not cause true repentance because it is not brought about by godly conviction. Death here is not a reference to eternal death (i.e., hell), but to physical, temporal death, or to the separation in fellowship that a believer experiences when he walks in the darkness rather than in the light (1 John 1:6). While this verse is often used to prove that repentance is a second condition of regeneration, the context will not substantiate this position.[7]

7:10 This verse contrasts godly sorrow and the sorrow of the world. Godly sorrow means grief which comes into a man’s life after he has committed a sin and which leads to his repentance. He realizes that God is speaking to him, and so he takes sides with God against himself and against his sin.

When Paul says that godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, he is not necessarily thinking of the salvation of the soul (although that could be true also). After all, the Corinthians were already saved. But here salvation is used to describe deliverance from any type of sin, bondage, or affliction in a person’s life.

There is a question whether the expression not to be regretted refers to repentance or salvation. Since it is equally true that no one ever regrets repentance or salvation, we can leave the question open.

The sorrow of the world is not true repentance but mere remorse. It produces bitterness, hardness, despair, and eventually death. It is illustrated in the life of Judas. He was not sorry for the results which his sin brought to the Lord Jesus, but only remorseful because of the terrible harvest which he himself reaped from it.[8]

7:10. To explain himself further, Paul contrasted two kinds of sorrow: Godly sorrow, which conforms to divine intent, and worldly sorrow, which does not.

Godly sorrow brings repentance. In this context, “sorrow” refers to regret and emotional pain, and “repentance” means a change of mind and behavior. When believers become aware of their sins, they often react with bitter sorrow. But they do not repent unless they change their lifestyles. Godly sorrow always leads to repentance. When true believers hear the rebuke of God’s Word, they turn to God for cleansing and forgiveness. Thus, Godly sorrow … leads to salvation and leaves no regret.

On the surface worldly sorrow may look similar to godly sorrow, but it brings death. The outcome of sorrow indicates its true nature. Even unbelievers may regret sins that they have committed, but this sorrow does not bring about God-centered repentance, and thus leads to death.[9]

7:10 “leading to salvation” Repentance is one of the necessary elements of salvation. Repentance was mentioned as a requirement by John the Baptist (cf. Matt. 3:2), Jesus (cf. Matt. 4:17), Peter (cf. Acts 2:38), and Paul (cf. Acts 26:20). Repentance is turning from sin and faith is turning to Christ; both are required (cf. Mark 1:15; Acts 3:16, 19; 20:21). I have come to believe there are several normative requirements for a mature salvation: repentance, faith, baptism, obedience, service, and perseverance. Christianity is a lifestyle relationship, not a set of loops to jump through, yet eternal life does have observable characteristics!

The covenantal tension between a sovereign God and a mandated human response can also be seen in this area of theology because Acts 11:18 asserts that God gives repentance. Salvation can be seen biblically as all of God and also requiring a human response. This is the paradox of a free salvation and a cost-everything Christian life.

The NT concept of salvation is described as an initial act of faith followed by a growing faith relationship and to be culminated at the future coming of Christ. This text seems to imply a future consummation. See Special Topic: Greek Verb Tenses for Salvation at 1 Cor. 3:15.

© “but the sorrow of the world produces death” This sentence has three key words that must be understood in their NT context.

1.    “Sorrow.” This verse contains all three Greek words for sorrow, regret, repentance. In this phrase, sorrow is lupeō, which means grief. Humans are sorry for past actions, but for selfish reasons.

2.    “The world.” This is a reference to human society organized and functioning apart from God. This is fallen humanity!

3.    “Death”. The use of this term is possibly purposeful ambiguity. It refers to spiritual death (cf. Gen. 3) and physical death (cf. Gen. 5).[10]

10. For sorrow that is according to God’s will produces repentance that effects salvation, which cannot be regretted. But worldly sorrow produces death.

The contrast in this text is plain: true repentance versus remorse, and salvation versus death. The one side of the proverbial coin is positive and elaborate; the other side is negative and brief. The dissimilarity is so striking that no one can fail to see it.

a. Godly sorrow. “For sorrow that is according to God’s will produces repentance that effects salvation, which cannot be regretted.” Once again, Paul condenses his teaching on God’s law, will, and guidance in the expression according to God (see the comments on verse 9). He means to say that sorrow for sin must be seen in the context of our God who gives us his commandments, makes known his will, and guides his people to obedience.

The sorrow that Paul mentions refers to sadness for sin that has been committed; such sorrow can cause the repentant sinner to shed tears of bitterness. For instance, when Peter disowned Jesus by swearing that he did not know him, he heard the rooster crow. Thereupon he remembered Jesus’ words, went outside, and wept bitterly (Matt. 26:74–75).

Paul writes that godly sorrow produces repentance, but in all his epistles he uses the Greek noun metanoia (repentance) only four times (Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:9, 10; 2 Tim. 2:25). And the related verb to repent occurs only once in his letters (2 Cor. 12:21). Although the Synoptic Gospels repeatedly record the noun and the verb, John’s Gospel and Epistles lack both of them. But Paul and John express this concept with two substitutes, the noun faith and the verb to believe. These two words occur numerous times in the writings of both John and Paul and indicate the action of a sinner turning to God in full dependence on him. The Old Testament teaches that God wants his people to turn away from sin and toward God. This teaching appears graphically in the prophecy of Ezekiel: “But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and does what is just and right, he will surely live” (18:21, 27).

Repentance leads to salvation, says Paul, that cannot be regretted. No one can ever say that he or she has made a mistake by having repented and thus receiving salvation. Salvation means restoration to the fullness of life. It means to be whole again, to live in harmony with God and his people. Perhaps Paul’s statement, “Repentance that effects salvation cannot be regretted,” was a well-known axiom In the early church. Whether the clause which cannot be regretted is connected with repentance or salvation is inconsequential. It is a fact that genuine repentance results in salvation, which then can be described as something that is not to be regretted.

b. Worldly sorrow. “But worldly sorrow produces death.” What a contrast! Now we see the opposite of the preceding pronouncement. Genuine contrition is a turning away from sin and a going toward God, but worldly sorrow is remorse that expresses itself in self-accusation. Peter repented and returned to the apostles and afterward met Jesus (Matt. 26:75; Luke 24:33–34). Judas was filled with remorse, but returned to the chief priests who rejected him (Matt. 27:3–5). Peter was restored and became the head of the apostles (John 21:15–19). Judas committed suicide and was doomed to destruction (Acts 1:18–19).

The Corinthians had chosen life by repenting and turning to God. They received salvation full and free and were completely restored in their relationship to God and Paul. When a sinner repents, says Jesus, the angels in heaven rejoice (Luke 15:7, 10). Paul also exulted at the news that the people in Corinth had a change of heart. His letter and Titus’s visit had not been in vain. The people in Corinth had abandoned their evil ways and had turned to the living God, the author of salvation. Hence, Paul’s joy knew no bounds when Titus brought him the news concerning the Corinthian church.[11]

10. Paul contrasts godly sorrow with worldly sorrow: Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. Godly sorrow which issues in repentance (i.e. a change of mind and heart and a willingness to change behaviour), when coupled with faith in God, leads to salvation. Repentance itself is not the cause of salvation, rather God saves us and freely forgives our sins only when our repentance shows that we have renounced them. Harris (p. 538) says that Paul ‘is relating repentance to salvation not as cause and effect but as antecedent and result’.

On the other hand, worldly sorrow does not progress beyond remorse. There are regrets over what has happened, but there is no accompanying change of mind and heart, or any willingness to change behaviour, nor any faith in God. The result is not salvation, but death (cf. Rom. 6:15–23). Chrysostom says, ‘Worldly sorrow … is regret for the loss of money, reputation and friends. That kind of sorrow merely leads to greater harm, because the regret is often a prelude to a thirst for revenge. Only sorrow for sin is really profitable’ (Bray, p. 266).

Biblical examples of godly sorrow can be seen in the cases of David (2 Sam. 12:13; Ps. 51), Peter (Mark 14:72) and Paul himself (Acts 9:1–22), while examples of worldly sorrow are to be found in the cases of Esau (Gen. 27:1–40; Heb. 12:15–17) and Judas (Matt. 27:3–5). It is worth noting that Paul acted to head off the possibility of mere worldly sorrow in the case of the ‘offender’ when in 2:7 he urged his audience to reaffirm their love for him so that he might not be overcome with excessive sorrow and so be lost to the church (see commentary on 2:5–11).[12]

10. Sorrow according to God. In the first place, in order to understand what is meant by this clause—according to God, we must observe the contrast, for the sorrow that is according to God he contrasts with the sorrow of the world. Let us now take, also, the contrast between two kinds of joy. The joy of the world is, when men foolishly, and without the fear of the Lord, exult in vanity, that is, in the world, and, intoxicated with a transient felicity, look no higher than the earth. The joy that is according to God is, when men place all their happiness in God, and take satisfaction in His grace, and show this by contempt of the world, using earthly prosperity as if they used it not, and joyful in the midst of adversity. Accordingly, the sorrow of the world is, when men despond in consequence of earthly afflictions, and are overwhelmed with grief; while sorrow according to God is that which has an eye to God, while they reckon it the one misery—to have lost the favour of God; when, impressed with fear of His judgment, they mourn over their sins. This sorrow Paul makes the cause and origin of repentance. This is carefully to be observed, for unless the sinner be dissatisfied with himself, detest his manner of life, and be thoroughly grieved from an apprehension of sin, he will never betake himself to the Lord. On the other hand, it is impossible for a man to experience a sorrow of this kind, without its giving birth to a new heart. Hence repentance takes its rise in grief, for the reason that I have mentioned—because no one can return to the right way, but the man who hates sin; but where hatred of sin is, there is self-dissatisfaction and grief.

There is, however, a beautiful allusion here to the term repentance, when he says—not to be repented of; for however unpleasant the thing is at first taste, it renders itself desirable by its usefulness. The epithet, it is true, might apply to the term salvation, equally as to that of repentance; but it appears to me to suit better with the term repentance. “We are taught by the result itself, that grief ought not to be painful to us, or distressing. In like manner, although repentance contains in it some degree of bitterness, it is spoken of as not to be repented of, on account of the precious and pleasant fruit which it produces.”

To salvation. Paul seems to make repentance the ground of salvation. Were it so, it would follow, that we are justified by works. I answer, that we must observe what Paul here treats of, for he is not inquiring as to the ground of salvation, but simply commending repentance from the fruit which it produces, he says that it is like a way by which we arrive at salvation. Nor is it without good reason; for Christ calls us by way of free favour, but it is to repentance. (Matt. 9:13.) God by way of free favour pardons our sins, but only when we renounce them. Nay more, God accomplishes in us at one and the same time two things: being renewed by repentance, we are delivered from the bondage of our sins; and, being justified by faith, we are delivered also from the curse of our sins. They are, therefore, inseparable fruits of grace, and, in consequence of their invariable connection, repentance may with fitness and propriety be represented as an introduction to salvation, but in this way of speaking of it, it is represented as an effect rather than as a cause. These are not refinements for the purpose of evasion, but a true and simple solution, for, while Scripture teaches us that we never obtain forgiveness of sins without repentance, it represents at the same time, in a variety of passages, the mercy of God alone as the ground of our obtaining it.[13]

Ver. 10.—For godly sorrow, etc. “For the sorrow which is according to God worketh out a repentance unto salvation which bringeth no regret” Sin causes regret, remorse, that sort of repentance (metameleia) which is merely an unavailing rebellion against the inevitable consequences of misdoing; but the sorrow of self-reproach which follows true repentance (metanoia, change of mind) is never followed by regret. Some take “not to be regretted” with “salvation,” but it is a very unsuitable adjective to that substantive. The sorrow of the world. Here sorrow for the loss, or disappointment, or shame, or ruin, or sickness caused by sin; such as the false repentance of Cain, Saul, Ahithophel, Judas, etc. Death. Moral and spiritual death always, and sometimes physical death, and always—unless it is followed by true repentance—eternal death, which is the opposite of salvation (Rom. 5:21).[14]

7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret. Paul now elaborates what it means to become “sorrowful as God intended” (7:9) and defines two different kinds of sorrow: godly sorrow and worldly sorrow. The former results in “salvation,” the latter in “death.” It is possible that by “salvation” and “death” Paul is thinking only of one’s final eschatological destiny. However, given the gnomic articulation of this truth in the form of general theological principles, it seems more likely that Paul’s thought also includes the benefits or harm produced in this life by the two kinds of sorrow. Godly sorrow produces sincere contrition, together with deliberate action (see 7:11) to rectify the situation. Far from producing “regret,” godly sorrow leads to peace in this life and eternal joy in the next life. “Worldly sorrow,” on the other hand, regrets more the discovery of the sin than the sin itself and is closer to resentment than true repentance. This kind of sorrow cuts a destructive path through this life and finds only despair and death in the next life.[15]

7:10 / Paul explains what he has just stated in verse 9b about being sorrowful as God intended. Paul’s distinction here between godly sorrow (lit., “sorrow according to God”) and worldly sorrow (lit., “sorrow of the world”) remains somewhat unclear. Evidently, the apostle wants to distinguish between two different motivations for sorrow and their outcomes. On the one hand, there is a kind of godly sorrow that effects a change of mind and behavior. This kind of sorrow leads to salvation in accordance with the will of God. On the other hand, there is a kind of worldly sorrow that brings death, probably because it is not characterized by a genuine change of mind and heart and a corresponding change of behavior. Hence, the sinner incurs the full wrath of God in judgment.[16]

10 The previous verse is now amplified, as signaled by the initial explanatory “For” (gar), followed by Paul’s much-quoted two-sentence proverb in which he contrasts “godly grief” with “worldly grief.” The one brings about repentance leading to salvation and brings no regrets; the other brings about death.

The first sentence gathers up the references from the previous two verses to “godly grief,” “repentance,” and “regret,” climaxing with a new phrase, “which leads to salvation.” The second sentence introduces the notion of “worldly” grief (in contrast with “godly” grief—v. 9), “which brings death.” The structure of Paul’s verse is:

For       
 the grief     
  that is according to God   
   works repentance   
    [that] leads to salvation,  
   [which]   is without regret.  
But       
 the grief     
  that is  of the world  
   works    
     death.  

Looking closely at the second sentence, one can see that Paul omits certain elements from the first (in reverse form) that are nonetheless implied. Thus it is to be inferred that “grief that is of the world works [unrepentance, which leads to] death [and is with regret].”

Critical to this verse is the word ametamelēton, meaning “without regret” (“unregretted”), which deliberately reverses the twice-repeated verb “regret” (metamelomai) of v. 8, which contrasted how Paul felt when he first dispatched the letter with his present positive feelings in the light of their reported “repentance.”

“Repentance,” which issues from “godly grief”—not the kind that is “of the world,” a superficial kind—leads to and is a prerequisite to “salvation.”20 Continuance in unrepentance, characterized by nothing more than shallow remorse unaccompanied by positive action in disciplining the offender, could have spelled the end of Paul’s ministry to them and led, in time, to their spiritual “death.” But “godly grief,” expressed in “repentance” toward God—as declared practically in the reaffirmation of Paul’s authority in their disciplining of the offender—would mean their “salvation.”22

To be noted is Paul’s verb “works” (NIV, “brings”). The “Severe Letter,” as ministered by Titus, aroused “godly grief,” which “works repentance to salvation.” In the next verse he will write, “See what this godly grief has worked in you.” The Corinthians were a body in whom the Spirit of God was present (1:21–22; 3:2–3); Christ Jesus is “in” them (13:5). They have “received the grace of God” (6:1). Paul’s words remind us that God does “work” in such people (cf. Phil 4:13), despite their evident shortcomings.

Once again we are confronted with the closeness of relationship between the gospel and the apostle who proclaimed it (see on v. 9). Intrinsic to that gospel declared by the apostle was the eschatological reality that in the Son of God, whom Paul and his companions proclaimed in Corinth, the “day of salvation” had dawned, in fulfillment of the promises of God (1:18–20; 6:1–2; cf. 1:6). To reject the apostle—as the Corinthians were effectively doing by their passivity toward the offender—was nothing less than to live as if the “day of salvation” had not come. But repentance toward Paul, God’s coworker and Christ’s ambassador (5:20; 6:1), and therefore repentance toward God, confirmed the Corinthians in their salvation. In line with his pastoral method employed in this and other letters, Paul is, by this statement, reinforcing his readers in appropriate attitudes, in this case “godly grief.”[17]

10 This verse describes two ways of reacting to pain or sorrow. God’s way (“godly sorrow” or sorrow “as God intended,” kata theon, vv. 9–11) invariably produces a change of heart, and this repentance “leads to salvation” (both present spiritual vitality and future eternal life) and therefore gives no cause for regret. Sorrow borne in a “worldly” way (tou kosmou, GK 3180), on the other hand, does not lead to repentance but has the deadly effect of producing resentment or bitterness. What makes suffering remedial is not the actual experience of it but the reaction to it; a “godly” or positive reaction brings spiritual benefit, both now and in the hereafter, whereas a “worldly” or negative reaction causes irreparable harm. As an example of “worldly grief,” David Garland, 355, refers to the grief-stricken merchants and slave traders of Revelation 18:11–13 who mourn the loss of their heartless profits, and as an instance of “godly grief” that produced repentance he points to John Newton’s confession of wretchedness and blindness in the hymn “Amazing Grace.”[18]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (pp. 1681–1682). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (2 Co 7:10). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2232). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (2 Co 7:10). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (2 Co 7:10). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[6] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1503). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[7] Hunt, D. L. (2010). The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 795). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[8] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1848). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 388). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[10] Utley, R. J. (2002). Paul’s Letters to a Troubled Church: I and II Corinthians (Vol. Volume 6, p. 256). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 19, pp. 254–255). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[12] Kruse, C. G. (2015). 2 Corinthians: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Second edition, Vol. 8, pp. 192–193). Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press.

[13] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 2, pp. 273–275). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[14] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 2 Corinthians (p. 171). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[15] Hubbard, M. V. (2017). 2 Corinthians. (M. L. Strauss, Ed.) (p. 119). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[16] Scott, J. M. (2011). 2 Corinthians (p. 168). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[17] Barnett, P. (1997). The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (pp. 376–378). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[18] Harris, M. J. (2008). 2 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 493–494). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Taking Time to Care — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10


Be intentional today to stand as one loved by God, with purpose and dignity. Reach out in kindness to someone today and feel His love flow to you … and through you.

God’s love, given generously through you, has a way of coming full circle back to you.

You have much to give! Stand tall! His grace will shelter you and protect you. His grace will fulfill you. His grace will enable you to step forward and not shrink back. His grace will enable you to give CARE even when you desperately want to receive care yourself. His grace is given to you in order to be given away. Let His grace flow to you … and through you as you care in the ways He has made you to uniquely show His love. It will fill you up in an unexpected way.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Four ways to show C A R E today …

C – Compassion = concern, kindness, consideration.
As you go through your day today ask God to show you where and how you can show kindness, consideration and concern in a meaningful and simple way to someone on your pathway. When you feel the nudge take the time to respond. Show consideration.

A – Appreciate
Show appreciation in an intentional and specific way to someone whom the Lord highlights on your radar screen today. Be genuinely appreciative. Say “thanks”.

R – Reach Out
Don’t wait for others to take the first step to greet, speak, say or do something. Be ready to reach out in the moment you become aware of the choice. Go first.

E – Encourage
It costs nothing to say a sincere and encouraging word. Be aware today that you have the power of life and death in your tongue. Bite your tongue when careless words want to spill out. Ask God to fill your mind and heart with His goodness toward others. Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Use your words to build.

Prayer to help action CARE in your lifeFather God, Today my heart yearns for love. To answer that yearning, please help me to extend CARE to those in my circle. Let me feel Your lavish love toward me today and help me to pass it out. May consideration, appreciation and encouragement mark my attitudes, words and actions today as I reach out with Your love. In Jesus’ name I pray.

by Gail Rodgers
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Love your Neighbor
•  Extending Grace to Others
•  Salvation Explained

Taking Time to Care — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Provoking to What? — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Provoked to anger, but what about being provoked to Love???


And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the  fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.” Hebrews 10:24

Asher, our German shepherd, is as docile as a dog can be. He lounges on the couch most of the day, runs only when the rare mood strikes, and is largely unmoved by other dogs nipping and pawing at his face or by my stretching it into comical expressions. Although he has snarled or clapped his jaw in anger (usually a rawhide chew is involved), it’s exceedingly rare. The best descriptor for Asher might be indifferent. It’s his nature.

In his book Gentle and Lowly, Dane Ortlund mentions that while the Old Testament refers to God being “provoked to anger” a number of times, he’s never “provoked to love.” This is because he doesn’t need to be. He is “slow to anger and abounding in love.” When he faces provocations like his people’s rebellion and wickedness, love and mercy “abound” from him easily and naturally. As Asher reacts with indifference and only rarely erupts in anger, God’s grace is constant and it takes much to incite his wrath.

We are just the opposite, though. The Greek word translated “provoke” or “stir up” refers to an irritant or something that incites reaction. Think of the person who cuts you off in traffic or a sudden blow to the funny bone — your reaction (anger, annoyance, wincing, etc.) erupts almost without thinking. If God is “slow to anger and abounding in love,” we are too often slow to love and abounding in anger (or similar sharp reactions).

Interestingly, Hebrews 10:24 uses this word—“provoke” or “stir up” — not as something inciting anger or annoyance, but love and good works. God needs little provoking in order to show mercy and love; we need much.

Just as interesting, the sentence continues into verse 25, which encourages God’s people not to neglect meeting together. One of the chief functions of Christian community is to stimulate one another to live in ways that are so natural to God’s good and gracious character.

Lord, I’m so grateful that you are slow to anger and abounding in love. Your mercy to me is light years beyond what I deserve. Build me up so that I might reflect your loving mercy to others, and provide for me people who can stir that up so that it flows out of me without thinking. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Consider what others have done that have “provoked” you toward loving and doing good. A surprising display of forgiveness? An unexpected kind word? An inspiring example? Look for an opportunity to do the same for someone else today.

By Jason Weimer
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   Do What You Can!
•  God Demonstrates His Love like this…
•  Salvation Explained

Provoking to What? — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

October 2 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Afflicted on Two Sides
Job 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:12

The godly have some good in them, therefore the devil afflicts them; and some evil in them, therefore God afflicts them.

THOMAS WATSON*

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Preferring the Slenderest Knowledge of the Highest Things
2 Chronicles 1:10; Psalm 139:6; Philippians 3:8

The slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things.

THOMAS AQUINAS*

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

2 Oct 2021 News Briefing

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‘War with Israel already started’ says Iranian FM spokesman
“The war with Israel has already started,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told Maariv. “Israel has carried out attacks that were intended to destroy our nuclear program for peaceful purposes. It murdered nuclear scientists and harmed the Iranian people. Iran is accused of terrorism, but there is no good or bad terrorist.

Palestinians down Israeli quadcopter in West Bank – report
Palestinians downed an Israeli quadcopter which was dropping tear gas on rioters in the town of Beita, south of Nablus, in the West Bank on Friday, according to Palestinian reports. The drone was reportedly taken by the Palestinians to the town afterwards.

Taiwan says record 38 Chinese planes entered defence zone
Taiwan has reported 38 Chinese military jets flying into its air defence zone on Friday – the largest incursion by Beijing to date. The defence ministry said the planes, including nuclear-capable bombers, entered the area in two waves. Taiwan responded by scrambling its jets and deploying missile systems.

Israel foreign minister makes historic visit to Bahrain
Israel’s foreign minister has made the first official visit to Bahrain by an Israeli cabinet member since the states established diplomatic ties last year. Yair Lapid had a “historic, warm and hopeful meeting” with King Hamad Al Khalifa and opened Israel’s embassy. The first commercial flight from Manama to Tel Aviv took off after his arrival.

UN agency for Palestinian refugees has urgent budget crisis
The UN agency helping Palestinian refugees is facing an “existential” budget crisis and appealing for urgent funding of $120 million to keep essential education, healthcare and other services running, the agency’s chief said Friday. “We keep struggling, running after cash,” Philippe Lazzarini told a small group of reporters.

Iran research site damaged by fire is missile production facility, Satellite pictures show
An Iranian instillation described as a “research center,” that caught fire on Monday, is a missile storage facility for the Revolutionary Guard Corps, satellite pictures revealed on Thursday. According to official Iranian reports, at least two people died in the fire and a third was wounded in the facility located west of the capital Tehran.

Oman braces for impact as tropical storm morphs into cyclone
Tropical storm Shaheen in Oman has morphed into a cyclone with surface winds up to 151 km, Omani authorities have warned. According to Oman News Agency, Shaheen is currently moving toward the coastal areas of the Oman Sea and is located 500 km away from the capital Muscat.

Tornado strikes German port city of Kiel, 7 injured 
A small tornado struck the northern German port city of Kiel, injuring seven people and damaging property, local media reported on Thursday.

Most US Christians don’t believe Holy Spirit is real (podcast)
Christian Post reporter Leonardo Blair breaks down the story behind a stunning new survey showing the majority of U.S. Christians don’t believe the Holy Spirit is real.

China Threatens India With A Weather Modification System That Can Cover 1.5 Times The Area Of Entire India
China’s State Council has announced its plan to expand the weather modification system which would enable it to control weather conditions. The system would cover a total area of 5.5 million square kilometers for artificial rainfall, which is about 1.5 times the size of India.

Australian Public Health Official Admits That 6 of 7 Recent COVID-19 Deaths Had Been Vaccinated 
An Australian government official from the province of New South Wales has admitted that six of seven recent COVID-19 deaths came from the vaccinated.

CDC Issues ‘Urgent’ Advisory Calling on ‘Pregnant People’ to Take Covid Jabs, Citing Spike in Deaths & Pregnancy Complications
The US’ top health agency has issued an “urgent” alert imploring “pregnant people” to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, pointing to a recent record surge in deaths among those with child and possible birth defects linked to the virus.

China electricity shortage: industrial production grinds to halt and traffic lights fail amid rationing
China is in the midst of a power supply crisis that has turned critical in recent days – threatening entire power grids and prompting analysts to slash economic growth forecasts for the year.

FCC refuses to budge on calls to update its radio frequency radiation and health impact guidelines 
Numerous studies outline the dangers of radiofrequency radiation (RFR), especially 5G frequencies, on humans. Thus, a group of individuals and organizations has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the agency to act on the dangers of RFR.

‘If you get the Pfizer vax, you’re more likely to get COVID’: Industry analyst flags FDA study
A former Pfizer employee, now working as an industry analyst, has provided documentation indicating the pharmaceutical giant—whose gene-based COVID-19 vaccine has now been reportedly injected almost 225 million times into the arms of Americans—knows these shots cause recipients to become more susceptible to contracting COVID-19.

World Food Costs at Risk of Soaring as China Faces Tough Harvest
China is set for a difficult harvest season as a severe energy crunch hurts the outlook for booming production, a development that risks triggering a renewed surge in world agriculture and food prices.

International shipping workers warn of global transport systems collapse
A coalition of unions that represent shipping workers around the world has warned of an imminent ‘global transport systems collapse’ due to lingering impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC allows hospitals to classify dead vaxxed people as “unvaccinated”
Hospitals and laboratories are required to follow these rules and report official covid-19 data based on these rules. It appears that these rules were designed in a way to conceal the number of covid cases in the vaccinated and to conceal the number of deaths caused by the covid-19 vaccines.

The Biden Administration Just Instituted the Largest Food Stamp Benefit Increase in US History
Americans currently on food stamps will see their monthly allotment raised by almost 30 percent, thanks to a change in policy from the Biden administration.

Does Sudden Spike in World Volcanic Eruptions Signal An End of Days?
Glancing at the title, “Largest Underwater Eruption Ever Recorded Gives Birth to Massive New Volcano,” tends to capture one’s imagination. But it’s not just one eruption, but an apparent host of fiery activity across the globe that seems unusually symbolic. Three in Alaska, Hawaii’s main island, Caribbean eruptions and a massive conflagration giving vent in the Canary islands. So, one must ask—Does this sudden fiery global display correlate to a biblical prophecy, or does it portend a secular catastrophe?

Boosters: how to kill more people with impunity
“—-Let’s take the weakest people and hit them with a booster(s) on top of the other two shots they’ve already had.” And to expand the destruction, people between 50 and 64 WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS should also take the booster.

Nearly 50k Medicare patients died soon after getting COVID shot: whistleblower
‘They are lying. There is no question they are lying,’ said Attorney Renz. ‘The mantra of ‘safe and effective’ must stop after today’s information.’

Slower USPS mail service to begin Friday as part of cost-cutting plan
Post offices nationwide will begin to see some delays in mail service beginning on Friday as part of the postmaster general’s new plan to cut costs and save money.

The Pfizer Vaccine Wasn’t FDA Approved…the Media is Just Claiming It Is
The fervor in which our government and media have been pushing this untested, experimental gene therapy on the populous is as suspicious as it is concerning.

77% of Population in Socialist Venezuela Now Lives in Extreme Poverty
In the “socialist utopia” of Venezuela, almost 77 percent of the population now lives in “extreme poverty” after rising 10% in a single year, a new study has found.

Project Veritas exposes anti-vaccine sentiment among Johnson & Johnson staff members
Project Veritas’ third video in a series investigating COVID vaccines and the individuals who work in health care and vaccine production exposes the anti-jab sentiment of two Johnson & Johnson employees who express doubts about the safety of the vaccine in the long term.

Canadian Military Used Pandemic to Test Propaganda on Own Citizens
Canada’s military used the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to test propaganda techniques on citizens, despite never being ordered to by the country’s federal government, a report claims.

Biden’s ‘Evacuation’ Was a Taliban Human Trafficking Scheme
After Biden evacuated tens of thousands of Afghan “translators”, refugee resettlement groups are desperately looking for translators to translate to the translators. Why do Afghan translators, who were supposed to be able to translate from English to their native language, need help from translators? It’s because they’re not translators.

Despite 95% Vaccination Rate, Harvard Experiences “Substantial Outbreak” of COVID
Despite having a vaccination rate higher than 95 per cent, Harvard Business School has been forced to move its first and second year students to remote learning after a “substantial” outbreak of COVID.

Satellite image shows more than 60 container ships wait to dock as log jam hits Port of LA
A satellite image has captured more than 60 container ships that are stuck waiting to dock outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as a massive supply chain crunch hits the United States.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/10/02/2-oct-2021/

‘My Little Pony’ goes WOKE with new Netflix movie introducing “progressive creatures”Posted: 02 Oct 2021 06:07 AM PDTIt appears “My Little Pony,” the kid-friendly animated franchise that dates back to the ’80s, has gone woke. Netflix has released “My Little Pony: The Next Generation,” and the 90-minute film welcomes new fantastical creatures, some of them fear-mongering, with a mission to restore the pony world of Equestria with magic.Starring Jane Krakowski, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Carson, Elizabeth Perkins, James Marsden, Ken Jeong, and more, the film puts a spotlight on a land that’s divided and is in need of somewhat of a political awakening.Continue reading ‘My Little Pony’ goes WOKE with new Netflix movie introducing “progressive creatures” at End Time Headlines.
Deep magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes coast near Vanuatu IslandsPosted: 02 Oct 2021 06:02 AM PDTA powerful and deep earthquake measuring a magnitude 7.2 has struck near the Vanuatu islands in the South Pacific on according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center.According to the Jerusalem Post, No tsunami warning was issued due to the depth of the quake, said the US Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.The earthquake, which was upgraded from a preliminary magnitude of 6.7, was at a depth of 531 km (329 miles), EMSC said.Continue reading Deep magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes coast near Vanuatu Islands at End Time Headlines.
(NEW PODCAST) “Mandate Madness” is sweeping the GlobePosted: 01 Oct 2021 05:54 PM PDT(OPINION) In today’s segment, we give an update on the extensive vaccine Mandate that is sweeping the Globe that has already resulted in thousands of jobs terminated, segregation, and the rise of new totalitarian measures. To watch or listen to this entire message find the link below:To watch on Rumble click HERE
To listen on Podcast click HEREContinue reading (NEW PODCAST) “Mandate Madness” is sweeping the Globe at End Time Headlines.
Bible archaeologists discover Mount Sinai where God handed Moses the Ten Commandments’Posted: 01 Oct 2021 12:26 PM PDT(OPINION) Biblical archaeologists have claimed to have located the holy mountain where the Bible says God gave Moses two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.They believe features and archaeological remains on the site in Saudi Arabia directly line up with the passage in the holy tome, some of which are fenced off as protected areas by the Saudi theocratic regime. According to the Book of Exodus in the Bible, Moses leads the Israelites to Mount Sinai which is enveloped by fire, smoke, and thunder.Continue reading Bible archaeologists discover Mount Sinai where God handed Moses the Ten Commandments’ at End Time Headlines.
California parents file lawsuit to stop curriculum that makes kids pray to Aztec godsPosted: 01 Oct 2021 12:12 PM PDTThree parents filed a lawsuit accusing the California state school curriculum of violating the U.S. Constitution over an Ethnic Studies lesson that asks kids to pray and chant to Aztec gods.TheBlaze reported: “Our clients are not opposed to having students learn about different cultures and religions, including the practices of the Aztecs,” said Paul Jonna, special counsel at Thomas More Society, which is representing the parents in court.“But the California State Board of Education’s approved Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum goes far beyond that by directing students to pray to Aztec deities,” he explained.Continue reading California parents file lawsuit to stop curriculum that makes kids pray to Aztec gods at End Time Headlines.
China’s manufacturing industry is now reporting that it is showing signs of troublePosted: 01 Oct 2021 12:04 PM PDTFactories in China are struggling at a time when the world’s second-largest economy has to contend with yet another concern: a growing power supply crunch.According to CNN, A government survey of manufacturing activity released Thursday fell to 49.6 in September, down from 50.1 in August. Any reading below 50 indicates contraction — and in this case, it was the first time the official survey showed activity shrinking since the Covid-19 pandemic began.Continue reading China’s manufacturing industry is now reporting that it is showing signs of trouble at End Time Headlines.
Pat Robertson steps down as daily host of The 700 Club after 60 yearsPosted: 01 Oct 2021 11:48 AM PDTCBN Founder Pat Robertson, America’s longest-running TV host, is stepping down from his role as daily host of The 700 Club. He announced on the 60th anniversary of CBN’s first broadcast that he is moving on to new projects.“Today’s show will be my final as host of The 700 Club,” said Robertson. “My replacement will be my very capable son, Gordon, who will take over as full-time host of the program.” Robertson will turn his efforts to teaching students at Regent University, which he founded in 1977, and will also join in future CBN broadcasts as news warrants.Continue reading Pat Robertson steps down as daily host of The 700 Club after 60 years at End Time Headlines.
Governor Newsom mandates vaccine for students at K-12 CA schoolsPosted: 01 Oct 2021 11:42 AM PDTCalifornia will mandate COVID vaccines for students and staff beginning next school term, becoming the first state in the nation to require schoolchildren to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement Friday morning at Denman Middle School in San Francisco’s Balboa Park neighborhood. The COVID vaccine will be added to the list of required vaccines for students to attend in-person school.At the briefing, Newsom noted positive trends in the state when it comes to beating back the pandemic, noting the state has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country.Continue reading Governor Newsom mandates vaccine for students at K-12 CA schools at End Time Headlines.

Weekend Snapshot · Oct. 2, 2021

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”

Biden’s Border Crisis Was Started by Obama

THOMAS GALLATIN
The former president says the situation is “unsustainable” while calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

Biden’s Outrageous Border Patrol Smear

NATE JACKSON
He and his “border czar,” Kamala Harris, disgracefully slander Americans enforcing the law.

Milley, Austin Reveal Big Biden Lie

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
The testimony of senior military leaders made clear that Biden lied about the advice they gave him on Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jailed

MARK ALEXANDER
This Marine knew the outcome and is now bearing those consequences.

Joe Biden’s Blame Game

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
While his administration continues to fail, our feckless president falls back on excuses.

X-Rated Adult Books Packaged for Children

EMMY GRIFFIN
“Education” literature increasingly contains content that is explicit, pornographic, and obscene.

McAuliffe Sides With Teachers Unions Against Parents

THOMAS GALLATIN
As Virginia’s gubernatorial race enters its final month, Democrat McAuliffe is exposed as an authoritarian.

‘Fiscal Insanity’ Is the Democrat Way

NATE JACKSON
All the same, the standoff between Democrat factions is rather amusing.

Massive Spending Costs ‘Zero Dollars’?

NATE JACKSON
Biden’s new message on Democrats’ $3.5 trillion behemoth is utterly laughable.

New York’s Branch Covidians

THOMAS GALLATIN
Thousands of healthcare workers are out of work due to Governor Hochul’s vaccine mandate.

The Supply-Chain Bottleneck

LEWIS MORRIS
Ships are sitting in Southern California just waiting to be unloaded.

Where’s That Flood of Evictions?

BRIAN MARK WEBER
After the CDC’s moratorium was lifted, renters are … still in their homes.

The CDC’s COVID Failures Mount

THOMAS GALLATIN
The once widely respected public health agency has become arrogant and politically beholden.

Quitting on COVID’s Origins

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
A leading medical journal, tainted from the start, punts on its duty to determine where COVID-19 came from.

Build Back Behemoth Medicaid

ROBIN SMITH
Biden’s plan is to greatly expand the healthcare entitlement state.

Why All the ‘Unexpected’ Jobless Claims?

NATE JACKSON
COVID clampdowns made a comeback in September, hurting the jobs market.

U.S. Homicide Rate Soared in 2020

THOMAS GALLATIN
There were 5,000 more murders committed in 2020 than in 2019, the highest rise since records have been kept.

Hispanics Are Abandoning Biden

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
The president’s border malfeasance is just one of the issues causing Hispanics to reconsider their political allegiance.

Tough on Russia? Not Pussycat Joe

THOMAS GALLATIN
Trump was right: No post-Cold War president was tougher on Russia, and certainly not Biden.

Journalist Shames Gold Star Family

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
An incident within the Capitol this week reminded us all of why we hate the media.

Most Radical Abortion Legislation Passes in the House

EMMY GRIFFIN
This disgraceful legislation should be sent back to the dumpster fire from which it came.

CNN’s Sexual Predation

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
The struggling cable news network has been in the news lately, but for all the wrong reasons.

A Military Draft for Women Is a Terrible Idea

EMMY GRIFFIN
And the devil said, “Let us erase women from the earth.” With help from the House of Representatives.

A Marine’s Record-Breaking Bad Day

MARK ALEXANDER
Some days in the air are worse than others — especially after a midair collision at 37,000 feet.

A ‘Joe Biden’ Chant Goes Viral

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
The president’s deep unpopularity is being expressed in an unprecedented way.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“In what world does the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speak to people writing books while he’s still serving in office? We’ve come a long way from the days of Dwight David Eisenhower, who wrote a resignation letter the day before D-Day just in case it failed. Now that’s what honor looks like.” —Gary Bauer

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INVASION: Biden Democrats Quietly Preparing For ANOTHER ‘350,000 to 400,000’ Migrants At Mexico Border In October: Report | Geller Report

This is by design, all part of the coup. The fraudulent Democrat regime mean to collapse the country in order to complete the communist revolution against these United States.

U.S. Officials Quietly Preparing For ‘350,000 to 400,000’ Migrant Encounters At Mexico Border In October: Report

By Daily Wire • Oct 1, 2021:

The Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security is quietly gearing up for a surge of “350,000 to 400,000” migrants in the month of October, according to a report from NBC News, and believe the border could see a huge influx of activity if the Title 42 COVID restriction on asylum lifts on Friday.

Title 42, instituted during the Trump administration, allows the federal government to “expel” immigrants, including asylum seekers, back to their home country without a hearing, over concerns that they could contribute to the spread of COVID-19. The Biden administration has kept Title 42 in force, but that could end as early as Friday, after a federal judge ruled that COVID-19 restrictions put in place in March 2020 were no longer necessary.

If Title 42 lifts, NBC News noted, DHS believes it could see hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers at the border, easily surpassing the record-breaking numbers of migrants seen over the summer.

“On a call this week with senior Department of Homeland Security officials, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asked whether the department was prepared for a worst-case scenario in which 350,000 to 400,000 migrants cross the border in October, according to two DHS officials familiar with the conversation,” NBC News reported. “The two DHS officials stressed that the estimate is not based on internal intelligence or calculations, saying it is meant to prepare the agency for what could be an overwhelming number of migrants who cross if a court order that lifts the Covid restriction, known as Title 42, takes effect at the end of the week, as is possible.”

“U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled Sept. 16 that use of Title 42, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authority implemented by the Trump administration to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in March 2020, did not give the Biden administration the authority to block asylum-seekers from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border,” the outlet explained.

The ruling follows a number of other rulings limiting the administration’s power to enact major, longstanding, national policies through administrative agencies, including the CDC, and the order takes effect October 1 — on Friday — though the Biden administration is still pursuing an appeal.

There has been a nearly continuous flow of migrants to the border since President Joe Biden took office, many seeking asylum or entry through routes that were cut off during the previous administration. Notably, Biden lifted President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which mandated that prospective refugees stay south of the border while their claims are being processed, allowing asylum seekers to enter the United States while they wait for a hearing.

Biden has also pursued major immigration changes, granting a temporary amnesty to around 150,000 Haitian asylum seekers — a move that appears to have encouraged thousands more Haitians to seek refuge in the United States. Approximately 10,000 Haitian asylum seekers have already been processed through Del Rio, Texas, but the president of Panama warned, earlier this week, that that was just the beginning; an estimated 60,000 Haitians are still making their way through Central American to the U.S. border.

Source: INVASION: Biden Democrats Quietly Preparing For ANOTHER ‘350,000 to 400,000’ Migrants At Mexico Border In October: Report

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE – WHEN AND HOW (A Symposium) — Mann’s Word

When is civil disobedience Biblically allowable, if at all? When is it Biblically required? What form should it take? The Scriptures offer diverse counsel on these questions. For one thing, we are to obey our governing authorities:

·       Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. (1 Peter 2:13-15)

However, there are clearly exceptions to this rule. If their rulings contradict those of God, we must obey God rather than the government. When the Apostles has been taken into custody, the Sanhedrin forbade them to speak of Jesus. However, Peter and John boldly retorted:

·       “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20; 5:29)

Obeying God rather than man is a principle with strong and consistent Biblical support. Puah and Shiphrah, Hebrew midwives, were compelled by their Egyptian lords kill the male Hebrew babies, but they wouldn’t and lied to the Egyptians about failing to do so. Consequently, God rewarded them for their disobedience (Exodus 1:15-21).

When then, is it justified to lie? Perhaps to avoid a greater sin, like not telling the National Socialists that you are not hiding Jews, which would lead to their murder.

Perhaps counteracting the greatest sins, for example, murder, would justify greater acts of civil disobedience:

·       Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? (Proverbs 24:11-12)

These verses take us a step further. Civil disobedience is not only permissible, but it is sometimes mandatory. One church attender recalls hearing the cries of Jews as the cattle cars passed their church on the way to their death camps. The church would simply sing louder. Would God hold them to account for their “silence.” The verses above would give us an emphatic “Yes!”

What does this say about our relative silence in the face of the neighborhood abortion clinic? What should we say to feminists and politicians who even celebrate the murder of the unborn?

How far should civil disobedience take us? Can we find a Scriptural understanding behind which the Church can march? I am now praying about moderating this discussion among a panel of Christians. Please join me in prayer regarding this difficult issue!

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE – WHEN AND HOW (A Symposium) — Mann’s Word

Why YouTube’s banning of anti-vaxxers is so ominous

What if there is a growing body of anecdotal evidence supporting those concerns? And, in any case, who decides what is and is not “misinformation”? More importantly, who decides which “misinformation” is permitted and which is forbidden?

Source: Why YouTube’s banning of anti-vaxxers is so ominous

Sen. Ron Johnson: There is not an FDA approved COVID vaccine in the US

Johnson explains the FDA approved the Comirnaty version that’s not available in the US

Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., claimed that the U.S. still doesn’t have an FDA-approved vaccine as he exposed what was really approved by the government agency on “Fox News Primetime.”

SEN. RON JOHNSON: We do not have an FDAapproved vaccine being administered in the U.S. The FDA played a bait and switch. They approved the Comirnaty version of Pfizer drugs. It’s not available in the U.S. They even admit it. I sent them a letter three days later going “What are you doing?” What they did is they extended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer drug vaccine that’s available in the U.S., here that’s more than 30 days later, they haven’t asked that very simple question. If you’re saying that the Pfizer drug is the same as the Comirnaty, why didn’t you provide FDA approval on that? So, there’s not an FDA-approved drug and, of course, they announced it so they could push through these mandates so that people actually think, “Oh, OK now these things are FDA approved.” They are not and again, maybe they should be, but the FDA isn’t telling me why.

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Source: Sen. Ron Johnson: There is not an FDA approved COVID vaccine in the US

Canadian Pastor Who Kicked ‘Nazi’ Cops Out of Church Arrested Again

Artur Pawlowski, the Canadian pastor who gained international media attention over his refusal to comply with draconian pandemic restrictions forcing him to shutter his church, was arrested again Monday.

Source: Canadian Pastor Who Kicked ‘Nazi’ Cops Out of Church Arrested Again

Spike in suicides grips US Army

A new Pentagon report indicates that suicide is on the rise among US troops, and the US secretary of defense is now calling the situation ‘troubling’ and a ‘paramount challenge’ for his department. #news #trending #currentevents ————————————————————————————————– Freedom over censorship, truth over narrative.

Source: Spike in suicides grips US Army

How Christians May Avoid Panic In The Midst Of A Cultural Revolution — The Heidelblog

Christianity offers the best news in the world. The gospel declares that through faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the forgiveness of our sins. With this assurance of God’s love, comes the promise that we receive a citizenship in heaven, a home has already been prepared for us, and that no sorrow of the present age is able to compare with the glory to come.

For Christians living in the United States, we have enjoyed a period of calm and peace to practice their faith free from persecution with liberties that previous generations never could have imagined. In recent years, something is happening, however, that Christians are struggling to process. Christianity is becoming unwelcome in a country that originally enshrined in its constitution the freedom of religion. The handwriting in on the wall, it’s only a matter of time before, it seems, Christianity may become the great enemy of the state.

This has caused widespread panic among believers not knowing what they should do to combat this vicious assault against their faith. To begin to understand a proper Christian response in times of revolution and persecution, there has to be a biblical appreciation of what exactly is happening behind the scenes, lest our responses themselves undermine the expressed purpose of the Lord in leaving us on the earth.

The Antichrist Crisis

In every given culture throughout history, including the United States, there is present cycle of iniquity that is working itself out to judgment. This is precisely why no nation, even one as great as Rome in its unmatched glory, has avoided a fall throughout the centuries. God told us this would be so throughout history. When God promised Abraham the land of Canaan, a type of the heavenly land promised to all believers, he first called Abraham to patience until a cycle of iniquity ran it course among the Amorites (Gen. 15:16). This was a way of saying that nations will run a course of satantic oppression in evil that, as Meredith Kline observes, “savagely turns against its citizens who refuse its mark.” This necessary to vindicate God’s righteous judgment.

Chris Gordon | “The Christian Response in Revolutionary Times” | AGR Live | 1 October 2021

How Christians May Avoid Panic In The Midst Of A Cultural Revolution — The Heidelblog

National School Boards Association Begs Biden To Label Outraged Parents “Domestic Terrorists” and Use The Patriot Act Against Them — The Gateway Pundit

Over the past year, school board meetings have become increasingly contentious events, as more and more outraged parents use their constitutionally protected rights to speak out against tyrannical covid mandates and the poisonous, anti-American critical race theory that is being taught to their children.

Instead of listening to the parents who pay their salaries, the woke school boards are responding by lobbying our dictator-in-chief to classify unruly parents who demand accountability as domestic terrorists.  

The growing backlash at these meetings has prompted the National School Boards Association to send a letter to Biden on Wednesday that begs him to use federal law enforcement agencies against parents and investigate them for “domestic terrorism and hate crime threats.” They shamelessly claim the situation is so dire that he should use the Patriot Act, among other “enforceable actions” against them.

The NSBA represents every single public school board in the US, which includes over 14,000 districts and 90,000 board members.

“Dear Mr. President: America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threatThe National School Boards Association (NSBA) respectfully asks for federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.

Additionally, NSBA requests that such review examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, an Executive Order to enforce all applicable federal laws.”

According to the letter that was signed by NSBA president Viola Garcia and CEO Chip Slaven, school boards are already being assisted by local law enforcement in many communities, but the extra security and new policies designed to keep people out of meetings have not stopped parents from just-plain showing up to voice their displeasure.

The NSBA doesn’t want their members to be held accountable for their terrible handling of the educational system; instead, they would rather crush anyone who gets in their way by any means possible. School officials have actually become so frightened of the parents who disagree with their baseless policies that they would be willing to see them tried as criminal terrorists. 

It’s sick. These people are unhinged and should have their citizenship revoked if they would be willing to put that evil misnomer on another American citizen for being concerned about their child. Absolutely disgraceful. 

In the letter, they implored Biden to take a “proactive” approach by using every Federal Agency at his disposal, specifically asking for the FBI, DOJ, DHS, and the Secret Service to crush what they call “extremist hate organizations” (concerned parents exercising their right to free speech) that have been showing up at meetings.

In other words, the tyrants are begging the dictator to send in the goons to crush the rebellion.

“As the threats grow and news of extremist hate organizations showing up at school board meetings is being reported, this is a critical time for a proactive approach to deal with this difficult issue.

NSBA specifically solicits the expertise and resources of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, and its National Threat Assessment Center, regarding the level of risk to public schoolchildren, educators, board members, and facilities/campuses.”

If homeschooling your kids wasn’t a priority before, it should be now.

The full letter can be found here.

National School Boards Association Begs Biden To Label Outraged Parents “Domestic Terrorists” and Use The Patriot Act Against Them — The Gateway Pundit

Maher Brutally Exposes Dems Plan To Use COVID To Push Spending — LifeZette

HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher is a liberal, don’t get it twisted but there are times that even he gets tired of their shenanigans and uses his platform to call out their hypocrisy.

During his Friday’s broadcast, Maher was brutally honest when discussing spending bills before Congress calling out leading Democrats who are using coronavirus to push spending as they “always wanted to” do, and bringing up Rahm Emanuel’s old quote. “it’s sort of like the theory, never let a crisis go to waste.”

The conversation was moving toward the lines of how the spending trillions of dollars concept won’t have negative economic implications, when Maher said: “I feel like COVID changed that. You remember that great book, ‘Shock Doctrine’ by Naomi Klein? And it’s sort of like the theory, never let a crisis go to waste. We saw how the Republicans did it when 9/11 happened. It was like, oh, well, we’ve always wanted to invade Iraq again. … And I feel like this is kind of what the other side did with COVID. I mean, they always wanted to send more checks to people who have kids.”

Just a few days ago, Nancy Pelosi told the media, “It’s not about a dollar amount…the dollar amount, as the president said, is zero.”

Looks like Maher might be a great ally on this topic, eh?

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

Maher Brutally Exposes Dems Plan To Use COVID To Push Spending — LifeZette

A discussion of felt emotions in worship, one that is sure to annoy all fans of scrunchy-face worship — Christian Research Network

“Is the intensity of Pentecostal worship a rational response of the heart, or is it a sensation? Is it evoked by consideration of truth, or charmed by a combination of chord progressions? Is the goal to rightly value and admire God, or to feel my feelings?”

(David de Bruyn, Strange Lyre: Nothing But Feelings) Pentecostal worship places great emphasis on intensity. By intensity, they mean a strongly felt experience of emotion, intimacy, joy, wonder, or happiness. Indeed, this is a close cousin of the ecstasy in ecstatic utterances….

The experience sought is one where active seeking gives way to a passive experience of overwhelming pleasure or emotion.

Critically examining emotional experiences like this has all the fun of ruining someone’s birthday surprise or spoiling a joke by blabbing the punchline before the narrator has finished. We don’t like people like that, who appear to find joy in lessening the joy of others. Not surprisingly, when a critique of someone’s spiritual experiences begins, the response is often an impatient sentiment along the lines of “Can’t you just let people have their fun?”, or, “What’s it to you if someone has a different worship experience to you?”  View article →

A discussion of felt emotions in worship, one that is sure to annoy all fans of scrunchy-face worship — Christian Research Network

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