Devotional Thought for Today – 06/18/2021

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For those of us old enough to remember Julie Andrews singing My Favorite Things in the Sound of Music both the song and the thought of all those things brought a smile to our faces (still does 😉)

Everyone has things they like and dislike, some of our likes become favorites. When we are talking about food, tools, cars, or things that bring us comfort in storms favorites are one thing, but when we are talking about how we practice our FAITH, the bible, James 2:1, is very clear favoritism is a bad thing.


Today’s Drawing Near devotional

Friday, June 18, 2021

Looking Beyond Externals

My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism” (James 2:1).

Your true worth is based on the value of your soul, not on external considerations.

Jesus is “our glorious Lord” (James 2:1)—the Sovereign One who rules over all His creation, and the One in whom the fullness of God’s glory is revealed. John said, “The Word [Jesus] became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Paul said, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Col. 2:9).

As God, Jesus shares the impartiality of the Father. He knows that a person’s worth is based on the value of his soul, not on external considerations. That’s why He always looks on the heart and never judges on externals alone.

That was evident in the way Jesus dealt with sinners when He was still on earth. He never hesitated to confront them—whether they were influential Jewish religious leaders or common folks. Even His enemies acknowledged His impartiality when they said, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any” (Matt. 22:16).

Like the Father, Jesus also extended the offer of salvation to men and women of every race, social class, and moral standing. That’s illustrated by the parable He told in Matthew 22:1-14 about the marriage of a king’s son (an illustration of Himself). The invited guests (Israel) didn’t show up, so the king commanded his servants to go out and gather everyone they could find to furnish the wedding with guests. As a result, people of every station in life attended the wedding, just as people of every station in life are called to salvation.

As you have opportunities to minister to others today, don’t be influenced by externals such as looks, clothing, or economic level. Do as Jesus did: treat them with compassion and speak the truth without compromise.

Suggestions for Prayer

Praise the Lord for His impartiality, and ask Him for special grace as you reach out to others today.

For Further Study

Read Matthew 20:1-16. How does that parable illustrate the impartiality of God?

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.

Your Body, Whose Choice?

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In a rather stunning op-ed at CNN a couple of weeks ago, a medical doctor offered an answer to one of the great worldview questions: “What is the highest good?” Bodily autonomy, wrote Dr. Alexis Drutchas, is the highest human right, and should trump all other considerations in medical decision making: “Adults with capacity should hold the ultimate authority over their own bodies and the medical decisions for their minor children.”…

SOURCE: Your Body, Whose Choice?

Devotional Thought for Today – 06/17/2021

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CONTEXT: Chapters 3 and 4 of Galatians are all about Theology and the final chapters (5 and 6) the application of that in a person’s life.  Matthew Henry describes this Chapter as an earnest exhortation to stand fast in the liberty of the gospel. (1-12) To take heed of indulging a sinful temper. (13-15) And to walk in the Spirit, and not to fulfill the lusts of the flesh: the works of both are described. (16-26)

Paul sets up our text for today by v.13-15 describing bitterness between brothers in Christ. He says simply that instead of surrendering to your natural lust of the flesh by lashing out at one another, Walk in the Spirit.

If we are truly that new creature (creation)2 Corinthians 5:17 then turn not to the old ways but the new. Turn to the Holy Spirit to guide us in our times of weakness.

Luther said he feared his own heart, more than Pope or Cardinal. The heart is the fomenter of sin. It mints evil thoughts-and blows up the coals of fiery passions. It is the Trojan horse out of which comes a whole army of lusts! Shall we not fight the good fight, and discharge with the fire of zeal against this bosom traitor, the flesh! The primitive Christians chose rather to be destroyed by lions without-than by lusts within! – Thomas Watson

Whom are you relying on today the old man or new?

Two Nevada Counties Declare a Constitutional Course Correction

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It’s come to this. After a year in which America saw government bodies commit unprecedented violations against the constitutional rights of ordinary citizens in the name of “public safety” because of COVID-19, two counties in Nevada have had enough. This week, Elko County and neighboring Lander County both declared themselves to be “constitutional counties,” meaning that the elected commissioners in both counties “declared that the Bill of Rights will be upheld in their jurisdictions, even if it means standing against unconstitutional acts by state and federal authorities.” They are the first two counties in the entire country to make this declaration…

SOURCE: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA21F34&f=WU21F12

The Death of Rational Science

Humans see ourselves as rational beings who make decisions based on facts.  “Science is king,” we say, “Listen to the experts.” The scientific method was first formulated in the 17th century, but people have been quest…

Source: The Death of Rational Science

Critical Race Theory Will Destroy Our Military

What if the black Marines judged the white Marines from the perspective of oppressed and oppressor? How could this group of Marines have operated as a team, especially when stressed in a combat situation?

CONTINUED AT SOURCE: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/06/16/critical-race-theory-will-destroy-our-military/?

Mother unloads on school board over young children being taught about masturbation, anal sex, transgenderism

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A furious mother in Bloomington, Illinois, recently spoke out against the implementation of educational standards that force children to learn about masturbation, anal sex, and transgender ideology before their teenage years. What are the details? Becky Swan, a District 87 parent and alum, passionately voiced her opposition to the sexualization of yo … Read more

Overmedicated America

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Americans spend a fortune on healthcare, but it doesn’t seem to be making us any healthier. In fact, all the trend lines point to an increasingly obese, overmedicated, comorbid population. Why is this happening, and what can we do to reverse it? Johns Hopkins Medical School professor Dr. Marty Makary prescribes a remedy. Click here to watch.

Culture Wars and the Whole Counsel of God

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My friend Dan Darling recently offered insight on an oddity of Christian subculture. He tweeted, “If ‘stop fighting culture wars’ means rejecting irrational fear and worship of politics, yes. If it means ignoring Jesus’ command to love our neighbors by using our voice and vote to speak and work against injustices that hurt our neighbors’ flourishing, then no.”

CONTINUED AT: Culture Wars and the Whole Counsel of God

America’s Nonprofits Face ‘Severe Shortage’ of Fundraisers

RALEIGH, N.C., June 14, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — A new report on America’s multi-billion-dollar nonprofit fundraising industry suggests it is on the brink of a staffing crisis that could affect millions of people.

America’s 1.5 million-plus charitable organizations face a “severe shortage of qualified fundraisers” that could seriously restrict their efforts to raise critically needed funds — and impact millions of people served by them, the report says…

SOURCE: America’s Nonprofits Face ‘Severe Shortage’ of Fundraisers