Devotional Thought for Today – 11/15/21

22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 2 Samuel 7:22

2 Samuel 7

CONTEXT: David here in this Chapter is relating to Nathan the desire to build the temple. Matthew Henry breaks is down as follows: David’s care for the ark. (1-3) God’s covenant with David. (4-17) His prayer and thanksgiving. (18-29)

Our text is part of the later a prayer of David acknowledging the greatness and glory of God. John Gill comments on this:

John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible

Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God,…. In his name, nature, persons, and perfections, purposes, promises, and works:

for [there is] none like thee; for his essence and attributes, for his greatness and goodness, for what he is in himself, for what he is to his people, and has done for them:

neither [is there any] God beside thee; there is but one God, the living and true God, the former and maker of all things; all others are but fictitious and factitious gods, see 1 Samuel 2:2;

according to all that we have heard with our ears; concerning what he did in the land of Egypt upon the Egyptians, and in the wilderness, in favour of the Israelites, and in the land of Canaan, by driving out the inhabitants before the people of Israel, and in the times of the judges, in raising them up to deliver his people.

How often do we take time to express the Greatness and Glory of God?

Trading Up: Our Case For Trade Schools

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Are universities the only ticket to a meaningful and financially rewarding career? Or is there another way? Opportunities in the trades are plentiful and profitable—setting young people up for rapid success compared to expensive and time-consuming college degrees. PragerU’s latest short documentary, Trading Up, informs people about the valuable benefits of a career in the trades and the great pride trade specialists derive from their work—despite our current culture’s narrative that “everyone must attend a university.”

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Pro-Life News – Various Sources – 11/15/21

12 Pro-Life Truths To Counter Every Abortion Myth | Stand 4 Life

12 Pro-Life Truths To Counter Every Abortion Myth

Mississippi Attorney General Fitch debunks criticism of pro-life “Gestational Age Act” in powerful rely brief

Baby’s Parents Refuse to End Life Support, Lose Custody to State

Abortion providers ask Oklahoma Supreme Court to quickly put three laws on hold

Stop the Virginia Right-to-Abortion Amendment—It’s Up to You!

Gov. Murphy {NJ} opens floodgates to abortion on demand performed by non-physicians

Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: “I Have Been Very Clear, It is Homicide”

40th City Bans Abortion, Declares Itself a “Sanctuary for the Unborn”

Joe Biden Can’t Even Pick a “Devout Catholic” to Represent America at the Vatican

Planned Parenthood Lies to Supreme Court, Falsely Claims Abortions “Save Lives”

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/13/21

Isaiah 59:14-15 | Isaiah 59, Jesus, Worship lyrics

Isaiah 59

CONTEXT: Once again the sins of the nation v.2 of Israel have separated them from God. Let me be clear, God is still sovereign and in control of all things yet His hand of providence over Israel has been lifted. In v.3-8 Isaiah lays out all the sins committed and the apparent lack of remorse. In v.9-11 he lays out the consequences of their sin and then in v.12-15a he confesses those sins. Finally, in v.15b-21 Isaiah lays out the need for a Savior and the promise thereof.

Out text, today comes from the NLT and is really v.14-15a, with …The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice completing the verse.

This should seem like a familiar tone of what is happening all around us today. Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. With the courts legislating from the bench and the fact that you are guilty until proven innocent our legal system is turned upside down.

Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Go ahead, speak out about LGBTQ, abortion, or some other woke or cancel culture hot topic and find out how fast truth and honesty are outlawed.

Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. We should all expect that natural man can not understand the ways of God and is therefore corrupt and unrepentant. The disconcerting thing is that the church, v.20-21, and individual “Christians” failing to speak out and call to judgment the evil being perpetrated. John Gill comments:

and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment; he took notice of all this, and resented it, though in a professing people, that there was no judgment or discretion in matters of doctrine and worship; no order or discipline observed; no justice done in civil courts, or in the church of God; no reformation in church or state.

For far too long “Christians” have bought into the lie that we are not to be judges based solely on Matthew 7:1-2. Read these verses in CONTEXT and with the WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD and it is clear we are to judge righteously.

Was the Apostle Paul a lier? He wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things… and later in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, he writes that Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?

It is time that those calling themselves “Christians” started acting like it. As James Chapter 2 notes, a true Christain faith is a faith working for God not sitting by afraid to speak out.

GTY BLOG Series: Profiles in Godliness

The woman at the well is a familiar figure to most churchgoers. This poor Samaritan woman from John chapter 4 has managed to gain a semi-regular role in many Sunday sermons and Wednesday night Bible studies. She has been held up as a poster child for everything from social justice to stylistic worship preferences. Yet a careful examination of the passage reveals one of the most profound theological lessons in all of history—one that every true Christian must grasp.

A Strange Encounter on Sacred Ground

A Life-Changing Conversation

A Stunning Revelation

An Amazing Transformation

‘Let’s go Brandon’ might wake up the woke

The phrase “Let’s go Brandon” has swept across the United States.  Ever since NBC reporter Kelli Stavast “misheard” NASCAR fans chanting “F— Joe Biden,” college students, internet memes, and millions of Americans have made it their rallying cry…

Source: ‘Let’s go Brandon’ might wake up the woke

Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson…

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Talk about misreading your audience. Democrats have been scrambling for months to find an answer for the party’s rift with suburban parents over Joe Biden’s radical education policy. But instead of backing off and listening to the local outcry, they’ve dug in — vilifying parents and deepening the divide between Washington Democrats and the rest of America. Now, by trying to sack a man who’s championing the parents’ cause, they’ve given Republicans exactly what the president didn’t want: more ammunition…

SOURCE: Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson…

Pentagon nominee can work ‘side by side’ with people she hates

Pentagon nominee can work 'side by side' with people she hates
Military chaplains could have a new boss at the Pentagon if lesbian activist Brenda Fulton, who has a history of making derogatory remarks about religion and Evangelicals, is approved by the U.S. Senate.

The people being nominated by the Biden administration to oversee powerful positions in America’s federal government represent an eye-opening parade of radical leftists. The latest name at the Pentagon is a Christian-hating, Republican-mocking lesbian whose role would put her in charge of evangelical military chaplains…

SOURCE: Pentagon nominee can work ‘side by side’ with people she hates

Fewer Children… Because of “Climate Anxiety”?

Perhaps, we should apply that historical knowledge to today’s crises. What if the kids and their carbon outputs aren’t the problem to be solved, but instead the very ones to solve whatever climate change problems we face?

In a recent article in The Atlantic, Emma Green writes that “a third or more of Americans younger than 45 either don’t have children or expect to have fewer [children].” This is, of course, not really new news. Birth rates have been falling for years, for various reasons. What’s notable in Green’s article is the somewhat new reason younger Americans claim they are choosing childlessness: because they are “worried about climate change.”

SOURCE: Fewer Children… Because of “Climate Anxiety”?

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/12/21

God's Decree Quote by Thomas Boston

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks:

  Q. 7. What are the decrees of God?

 A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.

The WSC confirms what Paul wrote in Romans 11:36, all God degrees, that is all God does is for His Glory. I have written and said this ad museum, it is never about us and always about God.

Paul makes an equally compelling appeal to the church in Colessea when in 3:23 he writes, ‘do all as unto the Lord’ {paraphraased}. Why v.24 tells us because we serve the Lord Christ! Who else deserves more glory and honor? You or I?

My question for you today is what sort of church are you attending (hopefully you are following the Biblical mandate for church attendance)? Is the emphasis there on you or God, your “experience” or glorifying the sovereign ruler of the universe?


Other Resources:

God’s Decrees Are… by Thomas Boston

What are the Decrees of God? – From the Shorter Catechism explained

Of God’s Decree – LBC 1689 with Scripture

God’s Decree And Creation

The Decrees of God by A W Pink

The Decrees of God by Charles Hodge