Daily Archives: October 23, 2021

The Crown of Righteousness (Part 2 of 2) | Truth For Life Daily Program

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Source: The Crown of Righteousness (Part 2 of 2)

October 23 Evening Quotes of The Day

Pursuing Godliness in Solitude
Matthew 6:1–6; Luke 5:16; 1 Timothy 4:7–8

Exercising yourself to godliness in solitude will be a probable evidence of your uprightness. Men are withheld in company from doing evil by the iron curb of fear or shame, and provoked to do good by the golden spurs of praise or profit; but in solitariness there are not such rubs in the way of lust to hinder our passage, nor such baits in the way of holiness to encourage our progress. The naked lineaments and natural thoughts of the soul are best discerned in secret.

GEORGE SWINNOCK

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

Remember the Shortness of Life
Job 9:25; 14:1; Psalm 39:5; Isaiah 40:6–8

Remember you have but one soul; you will die but once; you have only one life, which is short, and which you must live on your own account; there is only one heaven, which lasts forever—this will make you indifferent to many things.

TERESA OF ÁVILA

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

October 23 – Speaking with the love God has shown us — Reformed Perspective

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy – James 4:12

Scripture reading: James 4:11-12

Yesterday, we discussed that when we humble ourselves, the Lord will exalt us. James goes on to show how we are to live humbly with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. In a family, you can be so at ease with each other that you let evil comments fly, not thinking about how words can hurt. James helps us see that this way of speaking not only hurts others, but speaks evil against the law. The law says you are to love your brother and sister, but if you speak evil against or slander them, you are saying the law does not apply to you in this area. Thereby, you change the law, as if the law was yours to do with how you will. This is why James says there is only one Law-giver and Judge, and He is able to save and to destroy.

This is a warning to us. He who saves lost sinners is also the same One who will destroy those who live in rebellion against God. In living in the joy of salvation as saved sinners, we are to keep this in mind. We are to see that ridiculing or slandering brothers and sisters in the Lord is a wickedness against which we must continually fight.

James goes on to say that we must have this same loving attitude to our neighbors. To do otherwise is to look down on them as judges, forgetting that we have been forgiven by the Judge not because of our goodness but because of His gracious love.

Suggestions for prayer

That we would be able to speak to everyone, including brothers and sisters, out of care and concern for their well-being.

Pastor Richard Bultje is a United Reformed missionary and pastor in the River of Life church plant in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Pastor Richard and his wife, Yukyung moved to Niagara Falls in November 2012 with their three children Calvin, Isaiah and Gloria. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

October 23 – Speaking with the love God has shown us — Reformed Perspective

Delight and Desires — VCY America

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalm37:4)

Delight in God has a transforming power and lifts a man above the gross desire of our fallen nature. Delight in Jehovah is not only sweet in itself, but it sweetens the whole soul, till the longings of the heart become such that the Lord can safely promise to fulfill them. Is not that a grand delight which molds our desires till they are like the desires of God?

Our foolish way is to desire and then set to work to compass what we desire. We do not go to work in God’s way, which is to seek Him first and then expect all things to be added unto us. If we will let our heart be filled with God till it runs over with delight, then the Lord Himself will take care that we shall not want any good thing. Instead of going abroad for joys let us stay at home with God and drink waters out of our own fountain. He can do for us far more than all our friends. It is better to be content with God alone than to go about fretting and pining for the paltry trifles of time and sense. For a while we may have disappointments; but if these bring us nearer to the Lord, they are things to be prized exceedingly, for they will in the end secure to us the fulfillment of all our right desires.

Delight and Desires — VCY America

October 23 Evening Verse of The Day

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20:3 The translation “before Me” seems to allow for other deities, so long as they are subordinate. A clearer translation would be “besides Me.” Thus, there are to be no other gods for the Hebrews except Yahweh. The theological lesson undergirding this mandate is that God is One, rather than many.[1]

20:3 before me. Lit. “before My face” or “in My presence.” The Lord is a jealous God who already claims Israel as His (v. 5 note).[2]

20:3 no other gods before me Forbids any personal loyalty or relationship with any deity besides Yahweh—the core idea behind the modern term “monotheism.”

Biblical Hebrew has no verb meaning “to have.” Instead, it conveys the idea of possession in a variety of ways. The most common is the phrasing found here: “there shall not be to you.” When used in relation to items that are animate (e.g., a wife, livestock, a deity), the phrase connotes a personal relationship.[3]

20:3 You shall have no other gods. Yahweh demands exclusive covenant loyalty. As the one true God of heaven and earth, Yahweh cannot and will not tolerate the worship of any “other gods” (cf. 22:20; 23:13, 24, 32); in other words, monotheism, the worship of the one true God, is the only acceptable belief and practice. before me. This Hebrew expression has been taken to mean “in preference to me,” or “in my presence,” or “in competition with me.” Most likely, “in my presence” (i.e., worshiping other gods in addition to the Lord) is the intended sense here, in view of (1) the creation account (Gen. 1:1–2:3), which makes any “other gods” irrelevant (since only the Lord is active); (2) the events in Egypt, in which the Lord displayed his superiority to “other gods” (cf. Ex. 12:12; 15:11; Ezek. 20:7–8); and (3) the persistent call to worship Yahweh alone (Ex. 22:20; 23:13, 24, 32–33; cf. Deut. 6:13–15). Even though this commandment does not comment on whether these “other gods” might have some real existence, Moses’ statement to a later generation makes clear that only “the Lord is God; there is no other besides him” (Deut. 4:35, 39; see also Ps. 86:10; Isa. 44:6, 8; 45:5, 6, 18; and 1 Cor. 8:4–6). See also note on Deut. 5:7.[4]

20:3 before Me. Meaning “over against Me,” this is a most appropriate expression in the light of the next few verses. All false gods stand in opposition to the true God, and the worship of them is incompatible with the worship of Yahweh. When Israel departed from the worship of the only one and true God, she plunged into religious confusion (Jdg 17, 18).[5]

20:3 no other gods: God was not to be viewed by Israel as one God among many nor as the best of the gods. He was and is the only living God. He and He alone was to be worshiped, obeyed, and adored by the Israelites. Critical scholarship has long argued that the concept of monotheism was an achievement of Israel, such as art was the achievement of the Greeks and order was the achievement of the Romans. These critical scholars believe that it was not until the time of Amos (eighth century b.c.) that true monotheism (the belief in one God) was achieved. But the witness of the Bible is very different than this critical approach. The biblical story has the belief in one God as the true faith from the beginning of Israel’s history as a nation. The first commandment is witness to this. And this was not something that Israel achieved; Israel was the recipient of the revelation of God.[6]  

The first commandment (20:3)

20:3. The first of the Ten Commandments is that Israel was to worship the one true God. Worshiping false gods would be setting up rivals to Him (before Me may mean “in opposition to Me” as well as “in My presence”) and thus overlooking His uniqueness (cf. vv. 22–23). Unfortunately Israel often disobeyed this very first command by worshiping the idols of other nations. This eventually resulted in her being exiled to Assyria and Babylonia.[7]

20:3 First commandment. Sole allegiance to ‘the Lord’ lies at the very heart of the covenant relationship. It is the foundation upon which everything else rests. The people were in practice to be monotheistic, worshipping only God. As is made clear elsewhere in the Pentateuch, the worship of other deities was punishable by death (Nu. 25:1–18; Dt. 13:1–18).[8]

No Other Gods (20:3)

20:3. The Lord is God, the only God (20:3)! The expression before Me probably has the sense of “in addition to Me.” One was not allowed to worship the one true God as if He were a part of a pantheon of gods. This expression is not suggesting that there actually are other gods. It prohibits the honoring of any other entity, real or imaginary, as God. Nothing else, no other gods (money [cf. Mt 6:24], pleasure, power, fame, even one’s self) can have the priority in one’s thoughts, words, or deeds. God’s people and indeed all living creatures, owe ultimate allegiance to Him and Him alone.[9]

Ver. 3. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.The First Commandment:

I. This Commandment does not tell the Jews that the gods worshipped by other nations have no existence; it tells him that he must offer them no homage, and that from him they must receive no recognition of their authority and power. The Jew must serve Jehovah, and Jehovah alone. This was the truest method of securing the ultimate triumph of monotheism. A religious dogma, true or false, perishes if it is not rooted in the religious affections and sustained by religious observances. But although the First Commandment does not declare that there is one God, the whole system of Judaism rests on that sublime truth, and what the Jews had witnessed in Egypt and since their escape from slavery must have done more to destroy their reverence for the gods of their old masters than could have been effected by any dogmatic declaration that the gods of the nations were idols.

II. The First Commandment may appear to have no direct practical value for ourselves. It would be a perversion of its obvious intention to denounce covetousness, social ambition, or excessive love of children. These are not the sins which this Commandment was meant to forbid. It must be admitted that there is no reason why God should say to any of us, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” If He were to speak to many of us, it would be necessary to condemn us for having no god at all. The appalling truth is, that many of us have sunk into atheism. We all shrink from contact with God. And yet He loves us. But even His love would be unavailing if He did not inspire those who are filled with shame and sorrow by the discovery of their estrangement from Him, with a new and supernatural life. (R. W. Dale, D.D.)

The First Commandment:

I. All want of a positive allegiance to Jehovah is a positive allegiance to another Elohim or supreme God. A self-reliant man, in the strict sense of the word, never yet existed. Man’s nature is such that he looks without him for support, as the ivy feels for the tree or the wall. If he has not the true and living God as his stay, then he is an idolater.

II. All allegiance to God that does not recognize Him as He has revealed Himself is allegiance to a false god. So a view of God as careless of personal holiness in His creatures, or as too exalted to notice all their minute acts and thoughts, or as tyrannical and arbitrary in His dealings with them, or as appeasable by self-denials and penances, is a view of a false god, and not a view of Jehovah, the only living and true God. And the man who, despising or neglecting the Holy Scriptures, and trusting to his reason or his dreams, or to nature, or to nothing, holds such a god before his mind, is an idolater; he has put another Elohim before Jehovah Elohim. Because the thought of the Divine Being which he thus introduces into his heart becomes the substitute for the true motion that should guide his life, he puts the helm into as false hands as if he had delivered it to Mammon. Several subordinate thoughts naturally follow.

1. The help of the true God, Jehovah-Jesus, should be sought by us to overthrow our false gods. By that very act we should offer rightful allegiance, and, in so doing, consecrate our life to the rightful service of Him who is our rightful King.

2. How watchful we should be in this earth, where the false gods are not only plenty, but exactly after the fashion of our own depraved hearts! It was said of Athens that at each corner there was a new god, and some have even said that in population Athens had more gods than men. It is so with our unseen gods of the unregenerate heart. They abound with different names and different characters, according to the tastes and characters of different men.

3. The Word of God ought to be in our hands all the while. This is the only offensive weapon against our false gods. (H. Crosby, D.D.)

The First Commandment:

This Commandment, as all the rest, hath a positive part requiring something, and a negative part prohibiting something.

I. We shall, in the first place, speak to what is required here, and we take it up in these three things.

1. And first, it requireth the right knowledge of God; for there can be no true worship given to Him, there can be no right thought or conception of Him, or faith in Him, till He be known.

2. It requireth from us a suitable acknowledging of God in all these His properties. As—

(1) That He be highly esteemed above all.

(2) Loved.

(3) Feared.

(4) Believed and trusted in.

(5) Hoped in.

(6) Adored.

(7) Honoured.

(8) Served and obeyed. And so—

(9) He must be the supreme end in all our actions that should mainly be aimed at by us.

3. It requireth such duties as result from His excellency, and our acknowledging Him to be such a one. As—

(1) Dependence upon Him.

(2) Submission to Him, and patience under cross dispensations from Him.

(3) Faith resting on Him.

(4) Prayers put up to Him.

(5) Repentance for wronging Him.

(6) Communion, and a constant walking with Him.

(7) Delighting in Him.

(8) Meditating on Him; and such other as necessarily may be inferred as duties incumbent on creatures in such a relation to such a God, whose excellency and worth calleth and inviteth men to all suitable duties.

4. Next, it is necessary that we add some advertisements to these generals.

(1) That the Commandment requireth all these, and in the highest and most perfect degree.

(2) That it not only requireth them in ourselves, but obligeth us to further them in all others, according to our places and callings.

(3) That it requireth the diligent use of all means that may help and further us in these; as reading and meditation, study, &c.

(4) That these things, which in some respect may be given to creatures, as love, fear, &c., yet, when they are required as duties to God, they are required in a far more imminent way.

II. In the next place, we should consider the negative part of this Commandment, for the extent thereof will be best discerned by considering what is forbidden therein, and how it may be broken. This idolatry is either—

1. Doctrinal, or idolatry in the judgment, when one professedly believeth such a thing besides God to have some divinity in it; as heathens do of their Mars and Jupiter; or—

2. Practical, when men believe no such thing, and will not own any such opinion, yet are guilty of the same thing, as covetous men, &c.

3. It may be distinguished into idolatry that hath something for its object, as the Egyptians worshipped beasts, and the Persians the sun or fire, and that which has nothing but men’s imaginations for its object, as these who worship feigned gods; in which respect the apostle saith, “an idol is nothing” (1 Cor 8:4).

4. We would distinguish betwixt the objects of idolatry; and they are either such as are in themselves simply sinful, as devils, profane men; or they are such as are good in themselves, but abused and wronged, when they are made objects of idolatry, as angels, saints, sun, moon, &c.

5. Distinguish betwixt idolatry that is more gross and professed, and that which is more latent, subtle, and denied. This distinction is like that before mentioned, in opinion and practice, and much coincideth with it.

6. Distinguish betwixt heart-idolatry (Ezek. 14; chap. 14:11, 12, and 16:2, 3), and external idolatry. The former consisteth in an inward heart-respect to some idol, as this tumultuous people were enslaved to their ease and bellies in the last two fore-cited places; the other in some external idolatrous gesture or action. (James Durham.)

The First Commandment:

First, there is the positive declaration of a personal God; and secondly, His claim to be worshipped as the one true and living God. The most obvious errors requiring our attention are four in number—Atheism, Polytheism, Pantheism, and Deism.

1. Except as a cloke for immorality and sinful indulgence, I am inclined to doubt the existence of Atheism, and the study of history confirms me in the doubt.

2. But what of the Polytheist, the worshipper, that is, of many gods; in this respect, at least, the very opposite to the last? It is not difficult to trace his origin. When time was young, men lived together in families, tribes, or small communities; beyond the circle of these they very rarely travelled. Before they were able to realize the idea of the oneness of the human race, each family would not unnaturally aim at being complete in itself; and as tending, especially to this, they would place themselves under the protection of some one particular god, and then gods multiplied, as a necessary consequence, upon the increase of people and subdivision of tribes. This was one cause. We might discover, without difficulty, others of a different nature. To take one instance, in times of ignorance, when the mind was unable to grasp the Infinite, men seized upon what was best in themselves, or what was noblest in nature, and deified this; and so at one time we find Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, receiving the homage of men; and at another we see temples arising to Faith, or Modesty, or Constancy, or Hope. But all this, whatever its origin, was openly denounced by the simple declaration standing at the head of the first table: “I am,” &c.

3. Of the Pantheist I shall only speak briefly. The meaning of the term is: “one who believes that everything is God, and God is everything.” He deifies all that is best in nature, especially the intellect or mind, and His Supreme Being is a combination of the united intelligences of the world. But if all that is intelligent, all that is best in created things, is God, then that which is best in myself is God, and demands my worship and adoration. And what is this but to give to the creature what belongs and is due to the Creator alone?

4. The Deist believes in a God, as his name implies, but does not believe that that God has ever revealed Himself to man; and this is to deny the Bible, to deny Christianity, to deny Christ. He holds that when the Supreme Being finished the creation of the world, He assigned to nature “Laws that should never be broken,” and then withdrew Himself from the government of the universe. Again, besides the fact that the Deist will not allow to God any superintendence or control over the works of His hands, thereby cutting off from man his most consoling faith in an all-wise and merciful Providence, He casts him adrift on the wide ocean of life, with no compass to steer by, and no chart to preserve his vessel from shoals and rocks, and all the countless perils of the deep. If God has not revealed Himself to man, then what can he know of a future life, what of the immortality of his soul? And with this unknown, it matters not what be his life and conduct on earth, for death is the close of all things, and there is nothing but darkness beyond the grave! (H. M. Luckock, D.D.)

On going after other gods:

Going after other gods is a snare of the spiritual life into which we are liable to drift before suspecting any danger, for it does not necessarily mean the pursuit of things evil in their nature, but of things, innocent enough perhaps in themselves, which, by impressing us with an exaggerated idea of their importance or blessing, absorb that devotion which we owe to God, and demand from us a service which is due to Him alone.

I. There is the God of public opinion. There is such a thing as healthy public opinion; but there are times when its tone becomes lowered, and a very imperfect standard of conduct is all that is needed to satisfy its requirements. It involves a moral effort to which many are unequal to retain, in its integrity, the sense of sinfulness attached to any course of conduct which God forbids when public opinion gives its sanction.

II. There is the god of pleasure. This is a deity which, when once installed in the heart of a man, is insatiable in its demands. Instead of remaining the handmaid of duty, it becomes its sworn foe; instead of being the solace and refreshment of toll, it harasses and interferes with our work. The man who is a slave to pleasure looks upon all work as a grievance more or less; to be shirked altogether, if possible, or to be got through as quickly as may be. His main interest in life is not centred in duty, but in amusement. But this exacting deity not only grudges every moment of our time which is not given up to its service, it grudges, too, every penny of our money which is not spent for its gratification.

III. There is the god of success. The dangers of the spiritual life attached to the worship of this god are very real. The man who worships success, who in his innermost heart values it more than anything else, and looks upon it as the one object to set before himself, by a natural law of his being, is prepared, if the need arises, to make any sacrifice for it, including even the incurring of God’s displeasure. There is no more dangerous rival deity which we can admit into our hearts than success. It blinds us to all that is by the way. It makes us inconsiderate and unscrupulous in the struggle of life; and as the competition of life increases, and the chances of getting on become fewer, we are tempted to subordinate all higher considerations to the one idea of personal advancement. Another and by no means the least mischievous effect of putting too great store by success in any shape, is that it leads us to look to it for our sole encouragement and reward in the efforts both of spiritual and secular life. As “it is not in man to command success,” it follows that those who make success their god can have nothing to fall back upon in the hour of failure. (M. Tweddell, M.A.)

The First Commandment:

How shall we conceive of God? Who is He? What is His name? The First Commandment answers these questions. The language is local, but the meaning is universal.

I. The meaning of the First Commandment for the ancient Jew.

II. The meaning of the First Commandment for ourselves.

1. The Divine declaration.

(1) The name “Jehovah.” Jesus of Nazareth is Deity in exposition—the Word of God. See how the “I am” of the burning bush reappears in the “I am” of the Nazarene (Matt. 18:20; 28:20; John 8:58; 14:3; 17:24; Rev. 1:8).

(2) The Divine relation. Who is Jehovah’s Israel in our day and land? It is the Church of the Living God (see Rom. 2:28, 29; 1 Cor. 12:27). If we really belong to Christ, truly loving Him and obeying Him and sharing His character, we are, in spite of all our diversities, one Christian personality; for in Christ Jesus there can be neither Jew nor Gentile, neither Greek nor Scythian, neither male nor female; for all in Christ are one, and Christ is all and in all.

(3) The Divine deliverance. As it is the Church that is the true Israel, so it is Diabolus who is the true Pharaoh, and Sin which is the true Egypt, and Jesus who is the true Deliverer.

2. The Divine prohibition. We ourselves need this prohibition no less than did ancient Israel. For, although Christendom, theoretically speaking, is monotheistic, yet Christendom, practically speaking, is largely polytheistic. Recall, for example, the practical tritheism of many Trinitarians, conceiving the three Persons in the Trinity as three distinct Gods; or the practical dualism of many Christians, conceiving the Father as the God of wrath, and the Son as the God of love: or, again, conceiving the Creator as the God of nature, and the Redeemer as the God of Scripture. Behold in the Pantheon of our Christendom how many niches there are for various gods—the god of the deist, the god of the materialist, the god of the fatalist, the god of the sentimentalist, the god of the churchman, the god of the pantheist. Concluding Lessons:

1. Our indebtedness to the Jew for monotheism.

2. Jehovah is to be worshipped.

3. Jehovah alone is to be worshipped. (G. D. Boardman.)

The First Commandment:

I. What is it to make God to be a God to us?

1. To acknowledge Him for a God. Deity is a jewel that belongs only to His crown.

2. To choose Him. An act of mature deliberation and self-dedication.

3. To enter into a solemn covenant with Him.

4. To give Him adoration.

(1) Reverence.

(2) Worship.

5. To fear Him. This fearing of God is

(1)—To have God always in our eye, “I have set the Lord always before me”; “mine eyes are ever towards the Lord.” He who fears God, imagines that whatever be is doing God looks on, and, as a Judge, weighs all his actions.

(2) To fear God, is when we have such a holy awe of God upon our hearts that we dare not sin; “Stand in awe and sin not.” It is a saying of Anselm, “If hell were on one side and sin on the other, I would rather leap into hell than willingly sin against my God.”

6. To love Him. In the godly, fear and love kiss each other.

7. To obey Him.

II. That we must have no other God.

1. There is really no other God.

(1) There is but one First Cause.

(2) There is but one Omnipotent Power.

2. We must have no other God. This forbids—

(1) Serving a false God.

(2) Joining a false God with a true.

III. What is it to have other gods besides the true God??

1. To trust in anything more than God.

(1) Riches.

(2) Arm of flesh.

(3) Wisdom.

(4) Civility.

(5) Grace.

2. To love anything more than God.

(1) Oar estate.

(2) Our pleasures.

(3) Our belly.

(4) A child. If we love the jewel more than Him that gave it, God will take away the jewel, that our love may return to Him again.

Use 1. It reproves such as have other gods, and so renounce the true God.

(1) Such as set up idols; “According to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah”; “Their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the field.”

(2) Such as seek to familiar spirits (see 2 Kings 1:6).

Use 2. It sounds a retreat in our ears. Let it call us off from the idolizing any creature; and renouncing other gods, let us cleave to the true God and His service. If we go away from God, we know not where to mend ourselves.

(1) It is honourable serving of the true God; it is more honour to serve God than to have kings serve us.

(2) Serving the true God is delightful, “I will make them joyful in My house of prayer.”

(3) Serving the true God is beneficial; they have great gain here—the hidden manna, inward peace, and a great reward to come.

(4) You have covenanted to serve the true Jehovah, renouncing all others. You cannot go back from God without the highest perjury.

(5) None had ever cause to repent of cleaving to God and His service. (T. Watson.)

The First Commandment:

I. Four things are here required.

1. That we must have a God—against atheism.

2. That we must have the Lord Jehovah for our God—which forbids idolatry.

3. That we must have the only true God the Lord Jehovah alone for our God.

4. It requires that all these services and acts of worship, which we tender unto the true and only God, be performed with sincerity and true devotion. This is implied in that expression “before Me,” or in My sight. And this forbids both profaneness on the one hand and hypocrisy on the other.

II. It forbids us four things.

1. Atheism, or the belief and acknowledgment of no God.

2. Ignorance of the true God.

3. Profaneness, or the wretched neglect of the worship and service of God.

4. Idolatry, or the setting up and worshipping of false gods. (Bp. E. Hopkins.)

The First Commandment:

The object of religious devotion has to be defined, and it has to be set into some ascertained relationship with ourselves.

I. What we have first to look at, therefore, is the self-disclosure of God, upon which He grounds His claim to Israel’s devotion. God is a Person; a personal Spirit like our own; a self-existent, eternal Spirit, apart from and above His world; a Person capable of entering into converse with men, and acting towards them as Deliverer and Saviour from evil. What follows? This follows—“This God shalt thou have for thy God; and thou shalt have no other!” A tie on both its sides solitary and unique must bind the human person with the Divine; saved with Saviour; Jehovah’s people with Jehovah’s self.

II. We are now, you perceive, in a position to examine our fundamental law, or First Commandment, defining the Object of Worship. It has resolved itself into this—a mutual relationship exists betwixt God and His human people, absolutely unique and exclusive. Besides Jehovah, Israel has no other Saviour; Israel, therefore, ought to know no other God. Jehovah is not simply first; He is first without a second. He is not the highest of a class of beings, but in His class He stands alone. Other Helper have we nowhere; beneath the covert of His everlasting wings must we run to hide. If we are not to people the heavens with shadowy powers, half Divine, or parcel earth among forces of nature, as the provinces of an empire are parcelled among satraps, or elevate human aid into the remotest competition with the Almighty’s; if to us there is but one seat of power, source of help, well-head of blessing, Author and Finisher of deliverance from every species and form of evil: then, what undivided dependence upon God results! what absoluteness of trust! what singleness of loyalty! what unstinted gratitude! what perfect love! More is shut out than polytheistic rites. Superstition is shut out, which trusts in mechanical aids and not in the free, living, and righteous Will. Magic is shut out, which seeks to extort deliverance by spells from unholy spirits. Luck is shut out, and the vague hope in what will turn up. Spiritual tyranny is shut out, which makes one man the lord of another’s faith and conscience. Policy is shut out, or godless state-craft, with its trust in human foresight, but none in the justice of Providence. Irreligion is shut out, which doubts if prayer avail or God can help, and puts its confidence only in the strongest battalions. Everything, in short, which divides the deep trust and hope of the heart between God and that which is not God, becomes a breach of loyalty to the unique, the solitary Deliverer. (J. O. Dykes, D.D.)

The First Commandment:

1. It is quite evident that this Commandment prescribes a general “fitnes’ of things,” the proper relation of man to God; aims to promote the highest happiness, directing man to seek his good in the highest source—God Himself; and describes the nature of man, setting forth a great principle of his being, that he is capable of giving allegiance to God, has faculties and powers capable of knowing and loving God. Our power of knowing and loving Him in the distinguishing power of man, separating him from the brutes with whom he is in many other respects allied. Not to exercise this power is to cast away the crown of our manhood. Of course, we cannot know God fully. Our weak, limited minds cannot comprehend the Infinite One. If we could comprehend God, we would be greater than He. The unknowable in God leads us to worship the God we know. This command calls us to a constant advance in the knowledge of God, so securing the activity and development of our power of knowing, and making it our duty to carefully attend to the revelation He has made of Himself. This certainly commends the study of nature; not only the poetic listening to its subtle teaching, but the scientific research for its great truths. This certainly commends the study of the Scriptures. Every neglected Bible should thrill the conscience with the charge, “You have not yet taken the first step towards obeying this commandment.” God’s revelation of Himself in the Bible is progressive. It had reached a certain stage at the time the Law was given at Sinai, sufficiently clear and full to make man’s duty plain. But it did not stop there. It unfolded through succeeding ages until it culminated in the Lord Jesus Christ. So this first commandment makes it our duty to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. To reject Him is not merely to reject an offer of mercy; it is to refuse to receive the complete revelation of God made in His Son.

2. The prohibitory form of the Commandment shows that there are tendencies in our nature to break this law of our being. We are prone to give supreme allegiance to and find our highest good in some person or thing other than God.

3. But even if we had full and accurate knowledge of the one true God, and were free from all debasing superstitions, we would still have tendencies drawing us away from entire consecration to Him. Whatever we value more than God, is our god. Wherever a man makes the gratification of himself his chief aim, he takes the crown belonging to God and crowns himself.

(1) There is a strong tendency to make the gratification of even the lowest portion of our nature our chief aim and greatest delight. He only can have the highest animal enjoyment who remembers that he is more than an animal, and honouring God, seeks to discover and obey His laws of healthful living.

(2) One would think that the exercise of our reasoning powers would lead the soul to God, yet there is a very strong tendency to make this exercise end in itself. Many of the great thinkers of the world have been worshippers of their own powers of thinking, and we who can with difficulty follow their great thoughts are prone to worship our own intellectual culture and acquirements, and to claim a considerable amount of incense from our fellow-men.

(3) How prone we are to make our loved ones idols! Now the idolatry of loved ones does not consist in loving them too much, but in not loving them enough. The father who allows his child to so absorb his love that he has no thought of or love for God, does not love his child as an immortal spiritual being, nor does he regard himself as such.

(4) Above the animal, the intellectual, and the social nature in man, is the spiritual. To ignore this nature, or dwarf it, is to degrade man. To have this nature in healthful control, and giving supreme allegiance to God, is to bring the whole man into obedience to this Commandment; it is to ennoble his social, inspire his intellectual, and elevate his animal natures; it is to reach the noble manhood God designs for us. (F. S. Schenck.)

The First Commandment:

I. The question we are now to try and answer is, What is it to have a God? I mean by this a true God, such as the Lord Jesus Christ is to us.

1. To have a God is to have one who can do three things for us.

(1) The first thing we want our God to be able to do is, always to help. The little cbild always needs the help of its mother. The blind man always needs the help of some one to guide him. The sick man always needs the help of a physician. We need some one who can always help us. Then it must be some one who is present in every place, whose eye never slumbers, and whose arm never grows weary. Is there such a one to be found? Yes, God our Saviour is just such a one.

(2) The second thing we want our God to be able to do is, always to save us. Our bodies are often in danger as well as our souls, and we want a God who can save them both. We can’t preserve ourselves; and our best friends can’t preserve us. Jesus says, “Look unto Me, all ye ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else. Besides Me there is no Saviour.” We need a God who can always save.

(3) But, then, there is a third thing that we expect God to be able to do for us, and that is, always to make us happy. When we are in health, and have affectionate parents and kind friends, and many comforts and enjoyments around us, we do not feel so much our need of God.

2. But, then, there are three things that He who is our God has a right to expect from us.

(1) He has a right to expect our highest love. He is good; He is holy. “God is love.” He expects, and He deserves, our highest love. It is right to love Him better than any one else; but it is neither right nor possible to love any one else in this way.

(2) The second thing He has a right to expect from us our unquestioning obedience. It may not be always right to obey, without questioning, all that others command us; but it is always right to obey, without questioning, everything that God commands. He never does wrong Himself, and never commands others to do wrong.

(3) Then there is a third thing God expects from us, and that is, sincere worship. Sincere means that which is true or pure. Worship. Let us see what this means. Worship is a word made up of two other words, viz., “worth,” and “ship” or “shape.” It means, then, that we should put ourselves in the position or shape that is worthy of God. Or, it means that we should render to Him the service that is worthy of Him. And what is the proper shape or position for sinners such as we are to put ourselves in before God? David tells us, when he says, “O come, let us worship and fall down; and kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Yes, a position of humble reverence is what we should put ourselves in when we would worship God. This is the shape or condition worthy of God for sinful creatures to appear in. But the shape of a thing denotes its use or service. If you see iron put in the shape of a bright, sharp blade, you know it is designed to cut. If you see it put into a round shape, like a ball, you know it is designed to roll. If you see a pile of wood broken up into the shape of kindling, you know it is designed to burn. And if you see a man in the form of a servant, with an apron on, and his sleeves rolled up, you know he is designed for work. And so when we appear before God as His worshippers—in the form or shape worthy of Him—we mean to say that we are ready to offer Him our prayers and praises, and that we desire to serve Him. And when we do this honestly and earnestly, with all our hearts, that is sincere worship. This is the service God deserves. He is worthy of it.

II. The reason why we should have no other gods than the Lord. I wish to speak of three reasons.

1. The first reason is, because it is very foolish to do so.

(1) God is too rich for any one to take His place. All the gold and silver, all the gems and jewels and precious things in the world, and in all other worlds, belong to Him. He has need of them to supply the wants of His creatures. It is very foolish to have any one else than the Lord for our God, because no one else is rich enough to be our God.

(2) God is too great for any one to take His place. He is the greatest of all beings. How foolish it would be to blot out the sun from the sky, and then try to light up the world with candles! Yet would be easier to do this than to put anything in the place of God.

(3) And then God is too wise for any one to take His place. How strange it is that anybody should ever think of putting stupid idols of wood or stone in the place of God!

2. The second reason why we ought to have no other gods than the Lord is, because it is very injurious.

(1) To have any other God than the Lord is injurious in two ways: one way in which it is so is, that it leaves us without help. Wouldn’t it be very injurious to a sick man to leave him in a place where he could get no physician, no medicine, and no nurse? Wouldn’t it be very injurious to a hungry man to leave him in a position where he could get no food?

(2) The other way is this: it exposes us to many troubles. We are told in the Bible, “Their sorrows shall be greatly multiplied who go after other gods.” All who are not Christians have some other god but the Lord. And all who do this will be made to feel how very injurious it is. When trouble and sorrow come upon them, they will have none to comfort them. When their sins press upon them as a heavy burden, they will have none who can give them pardon, and so lift off that burden. When they come to die, they will have no one to lean on as they go through the dark valley. At the judgment seat they will have no one to be their friend. In eternity they will have nothing to make them happy.

3. The third and last reason is, that it is very wicked. There are two things about this which show how wicked it is.

(1) There is robbery in it. And it is not robbing our friends, or our relations, or our fellow-creatures, or the angels of heaven. Any of these would be bad enough; but this is worse than all of them put together. It is robbing God!

(2) There is treason in it. (R. Newton, D.D.)

God supplemented:

“No other gods before Me.” That is, “No other gods in My presence; in sight of Me.” God will not share His sovereignty with any being. And this is the commonest way of breaking this Commandment in our day. There is no danger of breaking it through over-loving a fellow-creature, through loving a child, or a wife, or a parent, or a friend, too dearly. It is a frightful error to suppose that. But it is possible for us to think that God’s power must be supplemented by man’s power, by man’s influence, by man’s wealth, by man’s work. A pastor may lean on God—and a rich member of his congregation; but not without breaking the First Commandment. A politician may think that, besides God’s favour, he must have popular favour, to give him success. A business man may have it in his mind that public sentiment—even against strict right—must be yielded to in his business, although he believes in God as above all. A parent may feel that fashion and wealth have a power that cannot be dispensed with in giving his child a desirable place in life. A professed Christian may feel that Jesus Christ will save him, if only he does enough for his own salvation. All these are ways of breaking the First Commandment; not very uncommon ways, either! (H. C. Trumbull.)[10]

3. No other gods: possibly ‘no other god’, if the so-called ‘plural of majesty’ is used, as always when describing YHWH. Much argument has raged as to whether Israel’s faith was true monotheism, since she could visualize the possibility of ‘other gods’ to serve. But to quibble about this is to expect too much self-analysis: monolatry (the exclusive service of one God) is demanded of Israel here in no uncertain terms. Israel lived in the midst of a polytheistic world: this terse prohibition deals with one of the dangers that came from living in just such a world. These commandments were after all addressed to the ordinary Israelite, not to the religious élite of the day: they are expressed in strong simple terms, understandable to all, and deal with the temptations of the common man, not of the theologian.

Before me: literally, ‘to my face’. This slightly unusual phrase seems also to be used of taking a second wife while the first is still alive. Such a use, of breach of an exclusive personal relationship, would help to explain the meaning here. It then links with the description of God as a ‘jealous God’ in verse 5. Some modern commentators point out that ‘before YHWH’ or ‘the presence of YHWH’ elsewhere in the Torah seems to denote the altar of YHWH (Exod. 23:17). Therefore they see a cultic reference: no other god may be worshipped simultaneously with YHWH at a common sanctuary as, for example, was common in Canaanite religious practice. This is undoubtedly true, but seems, in itself, an inadequate explanation. In whatever detailed way we understand it, the main thrust is clear: because of YHWH’s nature and because of what YHWH has done, he will not share his worship with another: he is unique. For various other interpretations of the phrase, see Hyatt.[11]

Exod. 20:3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. In this commandment God enjoins that He alone should be worshipped, and requires a worship free from all superstition. For although it seems to be a simple prohibition, yet must we deduce an affirmation from the negative, as will be more apparent from the following words. Therefore does He set Himself before them, in order that the Israelites may look to Him alone; and claims His own just right, in order that it may not be transferred elsewhere. All do not agree in the exposition of the words, for some construe the word פנים, panim, “anger,” as if it were said, “Thou shalt not make to thyself other gods to provoke my anger;” and I admit that the Hebrew word is often used in this sense. The other interpretation, however, seems to me the more correct, “Make not to thyself gods before my face.” Yet still there remains a difference of opinion, for people are not agreed as to the particle על, gnel. Some explain it, “Make not to thyself gods above me, or whom thou mayest prefer to me;” and they quote the passage in Deut. 21:15–17, wherein God forbids a man, if he have two wives, and children by both, to transfer the rights of primogeniture to the second before the face of the first-born. But though we admit that a comparison is there made between the elder and the younger, still it would be too frigid an interpretation here to say that God demands nothing more than that other gods should not obtain the higher place; whereas He neither suffers them to be likened to Him, nor even to be joined with Him as companions; for religion is defiled and corrupted as soon as God’s glory is diminished in the very least degree. And we know that when the Israelites worshipped their Baalim, they did not so substitute them in the place of God as to put Him altogether aside, and assign to them the supreme power; nevertheless, this was an intolerable profanation of God’s worship, and moreover an impious transgression of this precept, to choose for themselves patrons in whom some part of the Deity should be lodged; because if God have not alone the pre-eminence, His majesty is so far obscured. I consider, therefore, the genuine sense to be, that the Israelites should not make to themselves any gods, whom they might oppose to the true and only God. For in Hebrew the expression, before the face, generally means over against; therefore God would not have companions obtruded upon Him, and placed as it were in His sight. Meanwhile, it seems probable to me that He alludes to that manifestation of Himself which ought to have retained His people in sincere piety; for true and pure religion was so revealed in the Law, that God’s face in a manner shone forth therein. The case was different with the Gentiles, who, although they might rashly make to themselves false gods, still would not do so before the face of God, which was unknown to them. Let us then understand, after all, that those alone are accounted the legitimate worshippers of God who bid adieu to all figments, and cleave to Him alone. Nor can it be doubted that these words comprehend the inward worship of God, since this commandment differs from the next, whereby external idolatry will be seen to be condemned. It is sufficiently notorious, that men may make to themselves gods in other ways besides in statues, and pictures, and in visible forms. If any should adore the angels instead of God, or should foolishly imagine any other secret divinity, none will deny that he would offend against this Law. God, therefore, calls for the affections of the heart, that He alone may be spiritually worshipped; and the expression “before my face,” may be not inaptly referred to this; because, although their impiety, who secretly turn aside to false worship, and cherish their errors within their own bosoms, may be able to evade the eyes of men, yet their hypocrisy and treachery will not escape the notice of God. Hence, again, it follows, that the one God is not rightly worshipped, unless He be separated from all figments. Wherefore it is not enough to make use of His name, unless all corruptions opposed to His word be laid aside; and thence we arrive at the distinction between true religion and false superstitions; for since God has prescribed to us how He would be worshipped by us, whenever we turn away in the very smallest degree from this rule, we make to ourselves other gods, and degrade Him from His right place.[12]

Ver. 3.—Thou shalt have. The use of the second person singular is remarkable when a covenant was being made with the people (ch. 19:5). The form indicated that each individual of the nation was addressed severally, and was required himself to obey the law, a mere general national obedience being insufficient. No one can fail to see how much the commands gain in force, through all time, by being thus addressed to the individual conscience No other gods before me. “Before me”—literally, “before my face,” is a Hebrew idiom, and equivalent to “beside me,” “in addition to me.” The commandment requires the worship of one God alone, Jehovah—the God who had in so many ways manifested himself to the Israelites, and implies that there is, in point of fact, no other God. A belief in the unity of God is said to lie at the root of the esoteric Egyptian religion; but Moses can scarcely have derived his belief from this source, since the Egyptian notions on the subject were tinged with pantheism and materialism, from which the religion of Moses is entirely free. Outwardly the Egyptian religion, like that of the nations of Western Asia generally, was a gross polytheism; and it is against polytheistic notions that the first commandment raises a protest.[13]

3. This is the first of the four first commandments, which belong to the first table of the law, concerning our duty to God. Our blessed Lord is the great Commentator upon it. Matt. 22:36, 37, 38.[14]

20:3 You shall have no other gods before me. God demands the exclusive obedience of each Israelite. The Israelites are to acknowledge the Lord as the one and only God. In the ancient world, where polytheism was the norm, this emphasis on one God is radically different. The expression “before me” does not imply order of priority. Rather, it means that the Israelites are not to place images of other gods in the Lord’s presence. This was the custom of other people (cf. 1 Sam. 5:2–7). Importantly, the prohibition against other gods is expressed as broadly as possible and not limited merely to worshiping or bowing down before them.[15]

The First Commandment. You shall have no other gods before me (20:3). The traditional Jewish interpretation of this commandment as a prohibition of idolatry is based on the fact that elsewhere in the Old Testament ‘other gods’ refers not to divine beings as such, but to the idols of wood or stone worshipped by other nations. This can be clearly seen in Deuteronomy 28:36, “There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone.” In this view the commandment is concerned with idolatry, and continues in more specific terms in verses 4–6.

However, it is preferable to take ‘before me’ in the sense ‘in my presence’, ‘when you are in the court of the King.’ It is the fundamental tenet of their covenant King that he brooks no rivals. That is why covenant was such a basic theological metaphor for Israel, and why there is no corresponding use of it in the ancient world. Other nations were polytheistic: they believed in the existence of a large number of gods with powers superior to mankind and controlling human destiny. Pagan thought saw no contradiction in the pious seeking to please first one god, and then another as circumstances changed. The exclusive claims of Israel’s God were not paralleled in the religions of the ancient world, but in the politics of the time. The great kings of the ancient empires demanded the exclusive loyalty of their subject peoples. It was high treason to enter into a relationship with another emperor. This was the focus of their treaty relationships with their vassals, and in a far higher sense it is such exclusive allegiance that is the emphasis of Yahweh’s kingship over his people. In his presence there can be no rival for their affection and service.

But how extensive is ‘in my presence’? Is this allowing for the existence of heathen gods and merely demanding of Israel that they exclusively worship the Lord? Certainly that was required, but it is unlikely that this commandment was intended to be restricted in such a way. The court of Yahweh was not merely the sanctuary or the promised land; it embraced the whole world of which he is the Creator, as is acknowledged in the fourth commandment (20:11) and as is expressed poetically by David in Psalm 139:7–12. Although many Israelites may at first have only understood this commandment as only claiming their personal devotion, it has no inbuilt restriction since it comes from him who can rightly claim, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” (Isa. 66:1). This was not a perception of God that developed only at a later date, but one that had inspired the faithful from earliest times, as can be seen in Abraham’s question, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25).

There is one other observation needed in connection with this and the other commandments: they are in the second person singular. It is unlikely that this ‘you’ is to be understood as a collective usage for the nation as a whole. That makes for a very awkward interpretation of ‘your father and your mother’ (20:12) or ‘your neighbour’s wife’ (20:17). These commands, though spoken to the nation as a whole, are addressed to each of them individually. The response that is required is a personal one. True loyalty to the King does not derive from a general, national response to his commands that is different from the aggregate of individual obedient responses from each of his subjects.[16]

3 In the first commandment there is only one difficult expression. It is the phrase ʿal-pānāya (“before/besides me”). Nowhere does this Hebrew phrase mean “except me.” Such phrases do exist in Isaiah’s vocabulary: “There is no God apart from me [mibbalʿāday] … there is none” (ʾayin zûlātî, Isa 45:21) and “none besides me” (ʾên ʿôd, Isa 45:6). But none of these is chosen here. The Hebrew preposition ʿal has such a wide use that no one translation can be affirmed to the exclusion of the others. Once in a while the words carry a hostile undertone (e.g., of Ishmael: “he will live over against [NIV, ‘in hostility toward’] all his kinsmen,” Ge 16:12 [my tr.]; cf. also Ge 25:18; Ex 20:20; Dt 21:16). Thus W. F. Albright (From Stone Age to Christianity [2d ed.; New York: Doubleday, 1957], 297, n. 29) translates it, “Thou shalt not prefer other gods to me.” The result, however, is the same: “I will not give my glory to another” (Isa 42:8). Houtman, 3:31, renders the ʿal as “above” (Ge 48:22; Dt 21:16; Ps 16:2) or even “in addition to” (Ge 28:9; 31:50; Lev 18:8; Dt 19:9).[17]


[1] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ex 20:3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 121). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ex 20:3). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 176). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ex 20:3). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 121–122). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[7] Hannah, J. D. (1985). Exodus. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 139). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] Alexander, T. D. (1994). Exodus. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 107). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[9] Zuber, K. D. (2014). Exodus. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 142). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[10] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: Exodus (pp. 340–347). New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company.

[11] Cole, R. A. (1973). Exodus: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 2, pp. 161–162). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[12] Calvin, J., & Bingham, C. W. (2010). Commentaries on the Four Last Books of Moses Arranged in the Form of a Harmony (Vol. 1, pp. 417–419). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[13] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Exodus (Vol. 2, p. 131). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[14] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Genesis–Numbers (Vol. 1, pp. 321–322). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[15] Alexander, T. D. (2016). Exodus. (J. H. Walton, Ed.) (p. 102). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[16] Mackay, J. L. (2001). Exodus (pp. 342–344). Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[17] Kaiser, W. C., Jr. (2008). Exodus. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, p. 480). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Peace, Joy, and Contentment — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Lord can take an impossible situation—no matter what it is—and move in ways mightier than you can imagine.


Discouragement can rob peace, joy, and contentment. But I have great news if you feel disheartened: You’re not stuck!

I’ve known people who appeared to be in an impossible situation. A few years later, however, they were in a terrific place, either in terms of their circumstances or their emotions. The reason? They never gave up. Instead of sulking in self-pity, they chose to believe God, step out in faith, and climb out of the emotional pit.

Nehemiah is a good example. He had every reason to feel defeated, because his people were in trouble. After receiving news that the city wall had been destroyed, this man of God acknowledged profound disappointment and grieved. Though pain flooded his soul, he didn’t allow himself to stay in that low place. Instead, Nehemiah cried out to God, seeking direction.

Sadness in the presence of royalty was punishable by death. But the Lord answered Nehemiah’s prayer with amazing power, prompting the king to notice his servant’s sad countenance and then to ask what he could do to help. This miracle led to the rebuilding of the wall and the redemption of God’s people.

The Lord can take an impossible situation—no matter what it is—and move in ways mightier than you can imagine.

Do you live in eager expectation of what the Lord will do? Or have you chosen to linger in the depths of despair? Like Nehemiah, turn your disappointment into a petition for God’s help. He can restore your hope and prevent negative emotions from gaining a stranglehold on your life.

Nehemiah 2:1-8 – And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before.  Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”
So I became dreadfully afraid, and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”  Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.  And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”  Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.  Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond ]the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,  and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.

By Dr. Charles Stanley
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Further Reading

•  How Big is God?

•  God is Bigger than all my Problems

•  Salvation Explained

Peace, Joy, and Contentment — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Will ye also go away? — Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. John 6:66-69 (KJV) 

Even though those of us who are in Christ would prefer it not be so, we are as Luther said, “Simul Justus et Peccator.” which means, in our justification we are one and the same time righteous or just, and sinners. Here is a link to R.C. Sproul’s explanation of it. It seems in my case that every time I find myself doing some very good Biblical research or exegetical work that I follow that up with, it seems to me as very sudden by-the-way, some sort of fleshly behavior that requires me to spend some time at the throne of grace confessing and repenting. It is at those times that I request God to take me home for I cannot stand myself behaving like I did before He had mercy on me. However, since I am still here it is obvious He is still working on me. I believe that apostates are those who’s faith was not genuine and when tests of their faith came upon them they could not take the pressure and so they walked away as John reported in John 6:66. Even though I don’t like it, I am positive that my failures are tests of my faith and God is using them to show me that I am not as mature as I thought I was, that is, He is keeping me humble. Those with genuine faith will remain as Peter told Jesus in John 6:68-69.  Below is today’s devotional from Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning for October 23, which is his take on this.
C. H. Spurgeon

“Will ye also go away?”—John 6:67.

Many have forsaken Christ, and have walked no more with Him; but what reason have YOU to make a change? Has there been any reason for it in the past? Has not Jesus proved Himself all-sufficient? He appeals to you this morning—”Have I been a wilderness unto you?” When your soul has simply trusted Jesus, have you ever been confounded? Have you not up till now found your Lord to be a compassionate and generous friend to you, and has not simple faith in Him given you all the peace your spirit could desire? Can you so much as dream of a better friend than He has been to you? Then change not the old and tried for new and false. As for the present, can that compel you to leave Christ? When we are hard beset with this world, or with the severer trials within the Church, we find it a most blessed thing to pillow our head upon the bosom of our Saviour. This is the joy we have to-day that we are saved in Him; and if this joy be satisfying, wherefore should we think of changing? Who barters gold for dross? We will not forswear the sun till we find a better light, nor leave our Lord until a brighter lover shall appear; and, since this can never be, we will hold Him with a grasp immortal, and bind His name as a seal upon our arm. As for the future, can you suggest anything which can arise that shall render it necessary for you to mutiny, or desert the old flag to serve under another captain? We think not. If life be long—He changes not. If we are poor, what better than to have Christ who can make us rich? When we are sick, what more do we want than Jesus to make our bed in our sickness? When we die, is it not written that “neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” We say with Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”

Soli Deo Gloria!

Will ye also go away? — Possessing the Treasure

Life Is Not Fair — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Yes, life is unfair. Jesus hasn’t promised us a fair world but he has promised us victory. “Take heart!” He said. “I have overcome the world.”


I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” John 16:33

The morning I met Anne in a book store, I sensed that there was something wrong. She seemed agitated and her face registered confusion and grief. When I asked her, “How are you?” She answered “I’m in shock.”

She had just received the message that her sister’s husband had died suddenly in a tragic accident. “I can’t imagine how my sister will manage without him,” she said. “And the children – they’ll be absolutely devastated.”

Alan, a wonderful family man had been a great provider. The family had just moved into their first new home. After a tough beginning, business had picked up and the family was looking forward to more good times together.

Just when things are improving for them, this happens,” she moaned. “It’s so unfair.” Her eyes glistened with tears. “My uncle lives in a Care Home. He has Alzheimer’s–doesn’t even recognize his children. His life has no meaning anymore. Why didn’t God take him instead?”

Yes, life is unfair. We’ll never be able to figure out why young people, with so much to live for, die in the prime of life and old people, tired of living, linger on.

I find comfort in the fact that Jesus never promised us a fair world. In fact, he said, “In this world you will have trouble.” From personal experience He knew about unfairness: mocked by His brothers, slandered by religious leaders, betrayed by a friend, condemned to death for a crime He didn’t commit. He also died as a young man at the height of his ministry.

Jesus modelled for us how to navigate through a world that is grossly unfair. His attitude was: Keep trusting the Father for he knows best. When life is unfair, remember God is still good. Keep obeying Him and reaching out to those who are suffering.

Jesus hasn’t promised us a fair world but he has promised us victory. “Take heart!” He said. “I have overcome the world.” As a Christian, you have all the power you need for the problems you face.

Father, when I don’t understand, help me to trust you that in all things, the good and the bad, you are working out your good plan in my life.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Life Can Bring Joy out of Sorrow by Norma Becker

•  Fully Surrender to the Lord

•  Salvation Explained

Life Is Not Fair — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

October 23 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“Preach Faith Till You Have It”
Romans 10:8–9

Immediately it struck into my mind, “Leave off preaching. How can you preach to others, who have not faith yourself?” I asked Böhler whether he thought I should leave it off or not. He answered, “By no means.” I asked, “But what can I preach?” He said, “Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith.”

JOHN WESLEY*

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

Let Everyone Read the Scriptures
Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 119:148; Nehemiah 8:13; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:15

Let every man wisely, with meek prayers, and great study, and also charity, read the words of God and holy Scriptures.

JOHN WYCLIFFE*

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

23 Oct 2021 News Briefing

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US, UN ‘alarmed’ by terrorist designation of Palestinian NGOs by Israel
The United States will engage Israel seeking more information about the designation of six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Friday…”We will be engaging our Israeli partners for more information regarding the basis for the designation,” Price said on a regular briefing call.

Bennett, Putin discuss Iran, airstrikes in Syria in five-hour meeting
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the continuation of current policy regarding Israeli airstrikes in Syria at their Sochi meeting on Friday. The meeting between the Israeli and Russian heads of state lasted five hours, leaving Bennett in Russia for Shabbat.

Vaccine mandate will have ‘catastrophic’ effect on jobs, business group warns Biden
A business group representing wholesalers told President Joe Biden that jobs will be lost if he follows through with requiring companies with federal contracts to have their employees vaccinated. Eric Hoplin…of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, laid out the case against the mandates and urged the president to back off his edict…

EU leaders give Merkel an ovation at final summit
Last week I waited in a packed press pen for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to descend the stairs at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. She’d already had lunch with King Philippe and later would go to a farewell concert featuring the works of Mozart and Beethoven. In other words, they were laying it on for her.

Middle East: Palestinians and Israelis clash over hillside
Eight people have been killed and hundreds injured in protests in the occupied West Bank. The number of Palestinians killed in confrontations with Israelis this year, in the area, is already more than 70 – the highest figure in five years. The worst hotspot for violence has been in the Palestinian village of Beita…

Hypersonic warfare: how China is edging ahead in the race for the fastest missile
The hypersonic arms race between China, Russia and the United States has taken a surprising and dramatic turn…lowering of the nuclear threshold. China is believed to have carried out a successful test…combining Cold War ballistic missile technology with new, super-speed advances to demonstrate an ability to place a nuclear-armed, hypersonic “glide vehicle” into orbit.

Illinois Sheriffs Reject Mayor Lightfoot’s Urgent Plea To Cover Police Shortage In Crime-Hit Chicago
As hundreds of Chicago police are being put on “no-pay leave” over their refusal to submit their personal Covid vaccination status with the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears to have fewer and fewer allies as she desperately tries to fill the gap of officer shortages due to the vax order. Area county sheriffs are refusing to send additional manpower that’s she requesting to urgently cover the gaps, telling her that’s it’s a problem of the mayor’s own making. Joe Biden during his CNN Town Hall remarks Thursday night continued pushing his view that emergency responders should be fired for defying local vaccine mandates. Biden just said first responders should be FIRED for refusing the vaccine. Wow.

‘Build Back… You Know, The Thing’: Americans Have No Idea What’s In Biden’s Economic Plan
In a Wednesday speech in Scranton, PA, Biden tried – and failed – to convey how his economic agenda would help working class families – by intermingling stories about growing up in the area and programs contained in the legislation. “Frankly, they’re about more than giving working families a break; they’re about positioning our country to compete in the long haul,” said Biden, doing his usual poor job of reading a teleprompter. “Economists left, right, and center agree.”

Russia Gives No Explanation of Navy Ships off Iceland’s Coast
In late summer of this year, a convoy of Russian military ships set off from the northern port of Severomorsk. The expedition was intended to be a routine Arctic voyage, but it did not end up that way. Three ships from the convoy took an unexpected turn west, sailing close to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago and then into Icelandic waters on August 20, RÚV reports. The ships made their presence clear to Icelandic authorities, yet Russia has not answered their inquiries as to why the ships entered Icelandic waters, or why the destroyer Severomorsk circumnavigated the country.

The vaccine and the mark of the Beast
My inbox overflows with the same question from dozens of readers — Is the vaccine the mark of the Beast? The short answer — the COVID-19 vaccine is not the mark of the Beast. Taking the vaccine is not an automatic condemnation to spend eternity in hell. The opposite is also true — refusing the vaccination does not grant anyone eternal life. Heaven and hell will contain both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.

Lesbian Presbyterian Pastor Blames God for Her Relentless Support of Child Sacrifice
She then goes on to attribute her affinity for child sacrifice on God, blaspheming him by saying: As clergy, our calling comes from a higher power. We’ve taken sacred vows to accompany people, to love them, and to follow God’s call on our lives; to follow God as we move and breathe and exist in this world. If there are consequences for doing that, so be it.”

Putin says Russia mulling removing Taliban from terrorist list
Vladimir Putin says Moscow is considering removing the Taliban from its list of extremist organizations as it expands engagement with the new rulers in Kabul. The comments during a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club on October 21 come a day after Russia hosted a high-level Taliban delegation for talks attended by officials from China, Pakistan, and eight other countries.

La Palma volcano, live updates today: eruption, tsunami warning and latest news | Canary Islands
Volcanic activity enters 33rd day on Friday, having begun on 19 September. 35,000 earthquakes and tremors recorded in La Palma during the past month

US response to Russian and Chinese hypersonic missile tests; 2 wins, one fail
The US ran three missile tests in response to Russia and China testing hypersonic missiles. While China and Russia hit their targets, one US missile exploded just after leaving the launch pad.

Liberals exclude Jewish groups from climate activism: “Zionism not compatible with Democracy
Sunrise DC, an affiliate of the national group the Sunrise Movement that aims to organize youth to protest against climate change, tweeted a statement on Wednesday stating that it has declined its speaking slot at Saturday’s Freedom to Vote Relay‒Rally at the Finish Line because of the inclusion of Jewish organizations. The statement singled out the Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA), National Council of Jewish Women and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), which are scheduled to participate at the rally as these groups support Zionism and the State of Israel.

Historic: Israeli and German Aircraft Fly Over Jerusalem
As part of the international Blue Flag exercise, Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin and German Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz led a joint flight over Jerusalem. The commanders also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center, where they participated in a memorial ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance. During the ceremony, the commanders lit the eternal flame and laid a memorial wreath in honor of the victims of the Holocaust.

Will Biden make it till January’s State of the Union?
All things considered, it doesn’t take a fortune-teller or palm reader to predict Joe Biden isn’t long for this earth. At least he isn’t long for this earth in a bipedal position. It’s not just delusional and an outright lie to argue Biden is competent to execute the most basic functions associated with the office his minions stole; it is a sign of psychological impairment. Biden is a shuffling, mumbling, disaster of a human being who, as I have oft said, needs sticky notes with pictures on them posted in bathrooms to show him how to pull down his zipper. He is the semi-ambulatory textbook definition of non compos mentis, which is a legal phrase for “not of sound mind or not mentally competent to conduct one’s affairs.”

Powerful storm wreaks havoc across Europe, leaves over 500 000 homes without power and at least 4 fatalities
A powerful autumn storm named Aurore by Meteo France brought severe weather to France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, the Channel Islands, and parts of southern England on Wednesday, October 20, and Thursday, October 21, 2021. This is the year’s first violent autumn storm in Europe. In Germany, this storm is known as Ignatz.

Vaccination Rates Not Linked to Lower COVID Rates, Epidemiology Paper Finds
A new paper in the European Journal of Epidemiology that analyzed 168 countries and 2,947 US counties found that higher vaccination rates were not associated with fewer COVID-19 cases.

Millions Of Americans Are Getting Fired For Not Taking A Jab That’s Now 3% Effective
CNN is reporting that a new study involving over 600,000 veterans has found that Johnson & Johnson’s covid vaccine’s protection “fell from 88% in March to 3% in August.”

Five Days In, Here’s How the John Deere Worker Strike Is Already Impacting Farmers During Harvest 
More than 10,000 John Deere workers have been on strike for five days. Both Deere and United Auto Workers Union (UAW) insist negotiations are ongoing, but the strike is already impacting farmers who are busy with harvest. From sourcing parts to manufacturing tractors and planters, the strike could sting a supply chain that’s already strained.

Unvaccinated lawmakers now getting locked out of government buildings
Members of the Washington House of Representatives who have not gotten “vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) are being locked out of the Capitol building in Olympia, according to new reports.

Victoria, NSW mask rules: Experts shred Burnet Institute study
A “world-first” Australian study which Victoria’s government has held up as proof its mandatory face mask policy worked is riddled with basic errors and should never have been published in a major journal, medical researchers and experts say.

HORROR: In order to make covid vaccines, Pfizer cuts open live babies without anesthesia to harvest tissues
A disturbing, but not surprising, revelation has surfaced about how Pfizer harvested organs and other body parts from live babies in order to produce Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines.”

Are the US Supply Chain Disruptions Deliberate? 
Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo may have accidentally leaked the cause of America’s supply chain issues. “The reality is the only way we’re going to get to a place where we work through this transition is if everyone in America and everyone around the world gets vaccinated,” Adeyemo admitted in an interview with ABC News.

COVID Has Become The New Religion And Adherents Must Receive The Sacrament Of Vaccination In Order To ‘Buy And Sell’ In The New System 
Today on the podcast, we talked about how coronavirus has become the new religion, and that the congregation must receive the sacrament of vaccination in order to be allowed to ‘buy and sell’ in the new economy.

In-N-Out Fined for Refusing to Check Customers’ Vaccination Status
An In-N-Out in Contra Costa County, California, has been hit with fines for refusing to ask customers to present evidence showing they are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to reports.

Farmers struggle to find more space to grow crops, Biden makes the situation worse 
Farmers say the surge in demand for food means they need more space to grow crops to meet the demand. But their situation is about to get even more dire as President Joe Biden pushes to increase the use of renewable fuel.

Illinois Sheriffs Say They Won’t Send Deputies To Help Fill Gap Created By Chicago’s Vaccine Mandate
Multiple sheriffs in jurisdictions near Chicago said they will not respond to fill the potential gap in police manpower created by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.


Maine Hospital Fired So Many Unvaxed Employees They Had to Close the ICU

A hospital in Maine fired so many of its employees for being unvaccinated that the place was forced to close its ICU because it didn’t have enough workers to staff it. The administrators of Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston, Maine, enacted a vax policy demanding all employees to take the vaccine.

Union Pacific Railroad enacts federal vaccine mandate
Union Pacific Railroad is the latest company to board the mandatory vaccine train. The company’s 31,000 employees across 23 states have been given just under two months to comply or face additional consequences.

In Australia, DOUBLE vaxxed to be locked up if they fail to take all required “booster” shots
Premier Daniel Andrews, a politician from the Australian state of Victoria, has announced that people who are “fully vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) will only remain such if they agree to also take all existing and future “booster” jabs.

China’s Military Declares Biotechnology Warfare as its Fundamental Guiding Principle
China’s People’s Liberation Army believes that biological weapons, not nuclear weapons, are the key to global military dominance.

National security laws may suggest that COVID-19 is a falsified pandemic ‘exercise’
One of the approaches used to determine whether COVID-19 may be a falsified pandemic is to observe the legal actions, plans, and strategies leading up to and during COVID-19 in any way relevant to emerging infectious diseases, vaccinations, or pandemics.

Texas Governor Abbott: Border Crisis “Escalating Into a Firing War”
On Sunday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, told Fox News that the situation at the U.S. Southern border with Mexico has deteriorated to the point where “aggressive” Mexican cartels feel emboldened to fire on National Guard troops patrolling the area for illegal immigrants. Abbott further stated that the Biden administration has “abandoned” the people living on the U.S. side of the border.

Chaos coming to streets of Chicago as mayor won’t back off vaccine mandate and 3,200 cops refuse to take the jab 
As bad as murder and violence is in parts of Chicago at present, things are about to get a lot worse across the entire city if Mayor Lori Lightfoot doesn’t stop playing the role of Democrat tyrant with her nonsensical COVID-19 vaccine mandate, especially when it comes to the Chicago Police Department.

Civil War By Politicians Via Covid
..Governments want A New World Order and are doing everything to get you to comply – they are pushing people too far. As time marches on, people are waking up and realizing their government is the enemy.

White House Getting Ready To Have 28 Million Children Between 5 and 11 Vaxxed By Christmas
Pertinent Question in ‘The Time of Covid’: Why should a White House administration, including an abortion advocating President and House Speaker be trusted on its plans to vaccinate 28 million children age 5 to 11 with the Pfizer shot by Christmas?

America’s Frontline Doctors agree: murdered infants at the heart of vaccine research “Not only are the babies delivered alive, horrifically, their organs are often removed when they are still alive. This is how they got the HEK293 kidney cells used in the manufacture of the vaccines and why Pfizer wanted it to remain a secret…”

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/10/23/23-oct-2021/

YouTube removes rapper’s ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ song citing ‘medical misinformation’Posted: 23 Oct 2021 05:31 AM PDTRapper Bryson Gray announced on Twitter Thursday that his music video poking fun at President Joe Biden was removed from YouTube due to “medical misinformation.”“YouTube has banned ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ song from YouTube due to ‘medical information,’ Gray posted on Twitter. “What medical misinformation is in the song? Whoa.” Gray said that initially the lyric version of the video was banned but then the actual music video was taken down. “Update: The music video was just banned,” Gray tweeted.Continue reading YouTube removes rapper’s ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ song citing ‘medical misinformation’ at End Time Headlines.
(NEW PODCAST) 6 Ways that God speaks to believers todayPosted: 22 Oct 2021 06:17 PM PDT(OPINION) In today’s segment, We discuss six ways that God still speaks to believers today to get their attention. To watch or listen to this message click one of the links below:To watch this message click HERE
To listen to this message click HEREContinue reading (NEW PODCAST) 6 Ways that God speaks to believers today at End Time Headlines.
Group wants to train Christians in ‘hand-to-hand combat’ at SW Missouri eventPosted: 22 Oct 2021 05:08 PM PDTA group that says its mission is “to halt and push back the forces of darkness” is holding a tactical event in southwest Missouri this weekend to train Christians in “hand-to-hand combat” and “fighting from your vehicle.”Called the Missouri Embattled Warriors Event, the gathering is reminiscent of the militia exercises and preparedness training that spread across the country in the 1990s. It is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.Continue reading Group wants to train Christians in ‘hand-to-hand combat’ at SW Missouri event at End Time Headlines.
Now the CDC says the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ could soon changePosted: 22 Oct 2021 04:49 PM PDTRochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday the U.S. “may need to update” its definition for what it means to have full vaccination against COVID.According to Axios, The CDC and the FDA have officially approved boosters with every authorized vaccine in the U.S. for people who meet specific requirements. Walensky explained that since not everyone is eligible for a booster,the definition has not been changed “yet.” Currently, the CDC’s definition is the following: “Fully vaccinated persons are those who are 14 days post-completion of the primary series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.”Reuters noted: “We have not yet changed the definition of ‘fully vaccinated.’ We will continue to look at this.Continue reading Now the CDC says the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ could soon change at End Time Headlines.
Illinois Mother fatally shot while reading Bible to her youngest daughterPosted: 22 Oct 2021 03:19 PM PDTAccording to Fox News, An Illinois mother was fatally injured by a stray bullet Sunday night while she was preparing her 7-month-old daughter for bed and reading the baby the Bible, a report said.HEARTBREAKING: 23-year-old Melanie Yates was inside her suburban home Sunday night reading the Bible to her 7-month-old daughter when she was struck by a stray bullet. She later died at the hospital. https://t.co/nSsV9OOXpt— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) October 22, 2021Melanie Yates, a 23-year-old registered nurse, was shot in the head at around 9 p.m.Continue reading Illinois Mother fatally shot while reading Bible to her youngest daughter at End Time Headlines.

Weekend Snapshot · Oct. 23, 2021

 “From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”

Fact v. Fiction: The ChiCom Virus Vaccine and Hospital Deaths

MARK ALEXANDER
It’s not a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” but if you aren’t vaxxed, caveat emptor.

Team Biden Pushes Vaccines for Kids

THOMAS GALLATIN
COVID is not a major health threat to kids, but that isn’t stopping the push for the FDA to approve vaccines for them.

‘Losing Control of Inflation’

NATE JACKSON
Rising prices have been the story of Joe Biden’s presidency, and more folks are sounding the alarm.

Blame Unions for Supply Issues

LEWIS MORRIS
Partially, at least, labor unions have gummed up the works and hampered deliveries.

Pete Buttigieg, You Can Come Out Now

MARK ALEXANDER
Supply chain bottlenecks are choking the nation’s markets, but the secretary of transportation is MIA.

AG Garland Defends Targeting Parents

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
Biden’s attorney general tried to explain why concerned parents of schoolchildren have been classified as “domestic terrorists.”

Of Border Apprehensions and Overnight Flights

BRIAN MARK WEBER
The Biden-Harris border disaster rolls on, setting records and terrible precedents.

Will Biden Follow the ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy?

MICHAEL SWARTZ
Dragged kicking and screaming by the courts, Team Biden will reinstate it … for now.

Now Joe Biden Loves Fracking

THOMAS GALLATIN
The president asked America’s fossil fuel industry to control spiking gasoline and natural gas prices.

Joe Biden’s Anti-Cop Flip-Flop

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
The president is desperate to separate himself from the stench of his party’s “defund” movement.

‘Rachel’ Levine’s Unfair Promotion

EMMY GRIFFIN
Levine is not the first woman to achieve the USPHS’s honorary title of four-star admiral.

Senate Republicans Save the Republic

NATE JACKSON
Meanwhile, Democrats claim they’re killing democracy. The fight over election laws continues.

What’s Joe Manchin’s Game?

THOMAS GALLATIN
The Democrat senator from West Virginia denies claims that he’s contemplating leaving the Party.

Dems’ Plan Goes From $0 to $1.9 Trillion

NATE JACKSON
Planned cutbacks are now taking place to make Republicans look bad.

Public Health Hijacked

ROBIN SMITH
The politicization of science and healthcare during COVID is a dire problem.

Many Women Taking a Break From Politics

EMMY GRIFFIN
This is especially bad news for Democrats as we approach the midterms.

Rand Paul Was Right — Fauci Lied

THOMAS GALLATIN
“NIH … categorically has not funded gain-of-function research.” Yes it has.

Parents Fight Leftist Segregation

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
The “affinity group” is the Left’s noxious effort to separate schoolchildren by race, but a group of Boston-area parents is pushing back.

How to Respond to the Left’s Witch Hunts

HAROLD HUTCHISON
A lot of Patriots are wondering: Is it time for a response in kind?

Will Trump’s TRUTH Set Speech Free?

DOUGLAS ANDREWS
The former president’s new foray into social media promises to be full-throated and well-funded.

Chicago Police Battle ‘Little Napoleon in Pant Suits’

EMMY GRIFFIN
For now, Lori Lightfoot hasn’t enforced a vax mandate. But this is just the latest rebellion against her governing style.

ChiComs’ Hypersonic Missile a Sputnik Moment?

THOMAS GALLATIN
Americans learn of China’s successful test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile.

The Sentencing of Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller

MARK ALEXANDER
A military judge was critical of the USMC’s handling of this Infantry Marine officer’s case.

Colin Powell, American Patriot

B.B. BELL
The great American and extraordinary military leader I knew.

Biden’s Town Hall Debacle

NATE JACKSON
Despite CNN’s best efforts, it’s clear that Biden is not up to the job of president.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“So if I understand this, in [San Francisco] you need to show proof of vaccination to eat at In-N-Out… unless you shoplift the burger because then it would be illegal for anyone to stop you. The Hamburglar loophole.” —Frank J. Fleming

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Watch Massive Migrant Caravan Push North Into Mexico as US Reports Record Apprehensions

The crisis on the US-Mexico border has turned into one of the biggest challenges facing the Biden administration. Last month, a Quinnipiac poll found that just 23 percent of Americans approved of the president’s handling of the issue.

Source: Watch Massive Migrant Caravan Push North Into Mexico as US Reports Record Apprehensions

I’m suspicious of para-church organizations. Here’s why

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Where did all these para-church organizations come from? Why do we need them?

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While laudatory in many cases, these organizations increasingly draw women away from their home church, infuse them with false doctrine, and re-seed them back to their church to infect it.

What are para-church organizations? Wikipedia definition: “Parachurch organizations are Christian faith-based organizations that work outside and across denominations to engage in social welfare and evangelism. Parachurch organizations seek to come alongside the church and specialize in things that individual churches may not be able to specialize in by themselves.”

GotQuestions defines a parachurch ministry this way: “The definition of a Christian parachurch ministry is “a Christian faith-based organization which carries out its mission usually independent of church oversight.”

Some different types of para-church ministries are, those involved in evangelism (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Child Evangelism Fellowship), discipleship, (The Navigators…

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Fauci Says Attacking Puppy Torture Is An Attack On Science — The Babylon Bee

BETHESDA, MD—Concerned citizens are raising questions about some experiments conducted by Dr. Fauci’s NIH, including one where puppies were tortured to death, their vocal cords severed to mute their screams. In an interview, Fauci said that anyone who attacks puppy torture is attacking science itself. 

“Puppy torture is science,” said Fauci angrily. “So is grafting baby scalps onto lab mice and engineering viruses that kill millions! I AM SCIENCE! I AM GOD!!!” Fauci then threw back his head and laughed maniacally at the sky. 

Fauci insisted that his experiments are “super important”, and “real science.” He also defended some of his other experiments, such as the “Kitten Drowning Experiment”, the “Orphan Punching Experiment”, and the “Piranha Kiddie Pool Experiment.” 

According to several sources, millions of progressives have quietly thrown away their Fauci pillows, candles, and plush dolls.

Authorities say Fauci is still at large, being pursued by James Bond. 

Fauci Says Attacking Puppy Torture Is An Attack On Science — The Babylon Bee

Investigators Find MONSTER Fauci’s NIH Reportedly Gave $375K To Lab That Placed Live Beagle’s Heads In Cages Filled With Hungry Sand Flies That Ate Them Alive — The Gateway Pundit

Dr. Fauci—is he the worst monster America has ever known or is he a hero, as the Democrat Party would like us to believe?

100 Percent Fed Up reports – In July 2020, In Style magazine featured a slick photo of Dr. Fauci poolside, wearing shades and looking very relaxed, while at the same time, he was asking Americans to remain hidden under their beds. The leftist media used every tool at their disposal to help push the propaganda that Dr. Fauci America’s “Good Doctor,” including doing personal stories about America’s highest-paid government worker and his bioethicist wife who is also paid by American taxpayers.

On Oct 20, after several months of denying that Dr. Fauci’s NIH funded the “Gain of function” experiment in the Wuhan lab in China that brought us the CCP virus, the NIH released a statement setting the record straight. The statement claims that they did, in fact, fund the research in Wuhan, China. Instead of pointing the finger at the all-powerful Dr. Fauci, who for almost two years has been controlling the way Americans are allowed to live their lives, they throw Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance under the bus, saying they “violated terms and conditions of the NIH grant.”

Richard Ebright tweeted out about how these frauds brazenly lied and listed each offense below:

Now The Hill is reporting yet another breathtaking story that reportedly involves funding by Dr. Faucis’ Dr. Frankenstein’s NIH  –

A bipartisan letter demands answers from the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden’s chief medical adviser.

The White Coat Waste Project, the nonprofit organization that first pointed out that U.S. taxpayers were being used to fund the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology, has now turned its sights on Anthony Fauci on another animal-testing-related matter — infecting dozens of beagles with disease-causing parasites to test an experimental drug on them.

White Coat Waste claims that 44 beagle puppies were used in a Tunisia, North Africa, laboratory, and some of the dogs had their vocal cords removed, allegedly so scientists could work without incessant barking.

Leading the effort is Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), writing a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) saying the cordectomies are “cruel” and a “reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.”

“Our investigators show that Fauci’s NIH division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sandflies so that the insects could eat them alive,” White Coat Waste told Changing America. “They also locked beagles alone in cages in the desert overnight for nine consecutive nights to use them as bait to attract infectious sand flies.”

Mace’s letter was signed by several members of mostly Republican members of Congress, along with 9 Democrat lawmakers.

Are American taxpayers okay with paying for this monster to fund projects that include insects eating live puppies? What about paying for the funding of viruses that are unleashed on the world, causing lockdowns that lead to most Americans believing our 2020 election was stolen? When will Democrats and the media stop praising Dr. Fauci, and when will our DOJ make him pay a price for these crimes?

Investigators Find MONSTER Fauci’s NIH Reportedly Gave $375K To Lab That Placed Live Beagle’s Heads In Cages Filled With Hungry Sand Flies That Ate Them Alive — The Gateway Pundit

What Happened to the Beloved Military? — Christian Research Network

“This selective politicization of the military has now reached dangerous levels. After various officers wrote vociferously about the dangers of using military troops to restore order during 120-days of continuous rioting, violence, and arson during the summer 2020, they went absolutely quiet when Joe Biden ordered tens of thousands of federal troops, barriers, and barbed wire to militarize Washington, D.C. in winter 2021—the greatest militarization of our nation’s capital since the Civil War.” 

(Victor Davis Hanson – American Greatness)  The highest echelon of the U.S. military is becoming dysfunctional.

There are too many admirals and generals for the size of the current U.S. military. It now boasts three times the number of four-star admirals and generals than we had during World War II—when the country was in an existential war for survival and when, by 1945, our active military personnel was almost nine times larger than the current armed forces.

Somehow a gradual drift in the agendas of our military leadership has resulted in too many various emphases on domestic cultural, social, and political issues. And naturally, as a result, there is less attention given to winning wars and leveraging such victories to our nation’s strategic advantage.

The consequences of these failures are downright scary for a world superpower upon which millions at home and billions worldwide depend.

There are too many concurrent Pentagon crises. Any one of them would be dangerous to our national security. Together they imperil our very freedoms and security.    View article →

What Happened to the Beloved Military? — Christian Research Network

The importance of integrity and truth for Christians working in the media

“Speaking the truth can be threatening and costly. Jesus ended up on a cross for it,” said Tim Pemberton, Head of Religion and Ethics for the BBC’s audio output.

Source: The importance of integrity and truth for Christians working in the media

NSBA Apologizes For Working With Biden Administration To Target Parents As ‘Domestic Terrorists’ — Conservative Review

The NSBA’s initial letter was the basis for Attorney General Garland’s Oct. 4 memorandum, in which he announced the FBI would investigate acts of ‘domestic terrorism’ against school administrators.

NSBA Apologizes For Working With Biden Administration To Target Parents As ‘Domestic Terrorists’ — Conservative Review