Devotional Thought for Today – 30/03/2021

Isaiah 55:8 - “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither...

Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55 can be divided into two sections:

Verses 1-7: God’s free gift of salvation is offered to all who will receive it. Those who are spiritually hungry and thirsty may come to eat and drink “without money” (or freely). He promises an “everlasting covenant” to the Gentiles like the one He established with Israel. His invitation to all men is clearly stated by the appeal, “Seek ye the Lord” and “call ye upon him.”

Verses 8-13: God’s sovereignty and omniscience are extolled by the statement that His “thoughts” (i.e., purposes and intentions), and “ways” (derakim, or “directions”), are “higher” than ours.  –https://bible-studys.org/index.html

Our text for today comes from the latter, v.8-9, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LordFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

A few years ago an interesting press release hit my inbox, citing a recent survey by the Barna Research Group. It seems most folks do not know that some of their favorite biblical quotes aren’t actually from the Bible. See how much you know—which of these famous phrases is found nowhere in scripture:

“To thine own self be true.”

“God helps those who help themselves.”

“The truth will set you free.”

“God works in mysterious ways.”

The only phrase above that is in the Bible is “the truth will set you free,” in the Gospel of John. According to Barna’s poll, only 24% of adults knew that.

So what does that have to do with today’s devotional?  How many times have you heard folks say the last one? Hundreds, maybe more, so unbiblical.  Let us look at a few points:

God’s ways are different and better Proverbs 14:12

His knowledge is boundless and ours limited Psalm 147:5 

The mystery is to those outside the faith 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

The great mystery is revealed to the saints Colossians 1:26, 2 Timothy 2:15

When we say or agree with someone saying “God works in mysterious ways” we are acknowledging that God’s will can not be known for our lives.  That the God of the bible is unpersonable, unrelatable, and by proxy uncaring. I don’t know about y’all but that is definitely not the God I read about in my collection of Bible’s no matter the translation. 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Lord God, I come to you today denying that you are a God that can not be known, that all your works are mysteries and we are but puppets in this life.  You promise to instruct me (Ps 32:8) in your ways and watch over me to ensure my walk, I pray your Holy Spirit will guide my path daily.  Grant me the ability to serve in your will daily, with understanding and compassion. – AMEN


What is the mystery of God referred to in the Bible?

‘Ground-Breaking’ Child Safety Standards

I know nothing about The Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention (ECAP), but their findings and recommendations are worth reading and possibly utilizing in your church or ministry operation. As the following picture shows abuse is a serious problem in America. 


 

‘Ground-Breaking’ Child Safety Standards Offered for Public Review by Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 3, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ —

The Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention (ECAP) has released “ground-breaking” standards for child safety and opened them for public review, March 1. The standards are offered to assist ministries of all kinds as they work to protect children in their care.

The ECAP standards were developed by a team of experts and ministry practitioners, reviewed by a team of attorneys, and approved for public review by the ECAP board of directors. A full list of persons who helped develop the standards is available on the ECAP website. ECAP seeks to bring support, resources, and sustainability to the realm of child safety, especially within the evangelical world, which has witnessed abuse within its ranks and the surrounding culture.

“Our aim is to honor the name of Christ by equipping and educating ministry leaders to protect the vulnerable in their care,” said Jeff Dalrymple, Executive Director of ECAP. “This is a matter of biblical stewardship, and we want to see Christian schools, churches, and ministries become safe places for our little ones to hear the gospel, grow as disciples of Christ, and be protected from harm.”

The ECAP standards address issues of organizational governance, volunteer and employee screening and training, how to respond to a variety of circumstances, and more, with numerous suggestions for best practices. ECAP has made these standards available for public review from March 1 through April 30, seeking feedback, especially from frontline ministry workers and leaders.

“ECAP’s standards and the rest of its work is ground-breaking and extremely important for churches and other ministries seeking to protect children and uphold high standards,” said Sally Wagenmaker, an attorney serving as the organization’s general counsel. “I can’t wait to see ministries using ECAP’s valuable accreditation standards and related tools — for improved child safety, better risk management, and the glory of God in all they do.”

The standards will serve as the basis for an accreditation program, which has been developed in partnership with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The standards and accreditation program will give Christian organizations resources that protect them from making false assumptions in regard to child abuse. The ECAP standards will help prevent abuse and inform an appropriate response when an incident occurs.

To review the standards, visit the ECAP site at www.ecap.net/standards, where feedback can be offered online.

 

Personal Prerequisites for Bible Study

While reading this excellent article, two things came to mind Pharisees and Revelation 22:18-19. The only "first and foremost for a "Christian" is God and his unfeigned Word. 

Personal Prerequisites for Bible Study

All the talk today is about personal identity. A growing number of people are convinced that what qualifies or disqualifies a person to lead a corporation, to teach second graders, or to hold public office is not ability, achievement, or expertise but one’s ethnic, social, or sexual identity. This obsession was vividly illustrated by White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s answer to a question submitted to a February 16 online forum. Suffering from the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, a business owner asked, “What is President Biden doing for my small business?” Psaki responded, “First and foremost, he nominated a woman to lead the Small Business Administration.” While Psaki did attempt to provide other details in the rest of her answer, her “first and foremost” comment is indicative of the transformation taking place in our culture. The greatest causes of and solutions to society’s problems are believed to be located in ethnic, social, or sexual identities…

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Devotional Thought for Today – 03/02/2021

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Philippians 1

Chapter 1 includes a brief introduction (Philippians 1:1–2) followed by three key sections. First, Paul gives thanks and prayer on behalf of the Philippian Christians (Philippians 1:3–11). Second, he focuses on the expansion of the gospel (Philippians 1:12–18). Third, he emphasizes that, for the believer, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:19–30). Along the way, Paul explains that how the Christian life is a reflection of what they set their mind on. He stresses the importance of rejoicing and joy and connects the faith to concepts such as glory.¹

Our text for today comes from the last section. Prior paul speaks about suffering for Christ. In one of the most quoted verses, v.21, Paul says For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].  Paul seems to be saying here I have much to do for the Kingdom on earth but yearn to leave this suffering behind. 

This leads to his emphasis on our text. The keywords are “STRIVE TOGETHER.”  Interestingly these words Greek, Sunathleo, soon-ath-leh’-o, are used only by Paul and only here and Philippians 4:3Both infer living a life worthy of Christ and the Gospel but even more, the meaning invokes a  fighting spirit of togetherness for the advancement of those goals. 

What are you doing to fight the fight today?

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word of truth and the Foundation upon Whom we stand – the gospel of Christ crucified. I pray that I may keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace and conduct myself in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ. I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ and ask that together we may stand firm in one spirit, with one mind – striving together for the faith of the gospel. I pray I will always be in remembrance of those who fight the good fight of faith praying diligently for them and for those who oppose us.  – to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name, I pray, AMEN

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¹ https://www.bibleref.com/Philippians/1/Philippians-chapter-1.html

Nadler on God: He’s ‘No Concern of This Congress’

 “God has no authority in the House of Representatives”  was the quote filling social media, of course, it was false, and worse many “Christians” were spreading it. Mr. Nadler’s own words were dumb enough there was no need to embellish them. 

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Nadler on God: He’s ‘No Concern of This Congress’

There were a lot of powerful arguments against the Equality Act, but Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) resorted to the ultimate authority: the Bible. During an intense debate on the House floor, the Florida representative said it was time for his colleagues to hear the truth about the transgender issue. But Democrats aren’t interested in the truth — or God. And far-Left radical Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) didn’t mind saying so…

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Pro-Life News Updates (Various Sources)

Abortions worldwide this year:

😥 7,034,395 😪

The number of abortions performed worldwide so far this year and counting.

This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.

In the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion [1], there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. [2]

Stats are from https://www.worldometers.info/abortions/


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortion.  In 2019, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions.  Only 4,279 patients were referred to outside agencies for adoptions; therefore, abortions outnumbered adoption referrals by nearly 81 to 1.  According to their 2019 annual report, Planned Parenthood received $616,800,000 from taxpayers and made a profit of $110,500,000.

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Stand 4 Life

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Have You Ever Thought of Praying outside an Abortion Clinic? | National Review

Democrats Removed Pro-Life Protections From Massive COVID Bill, GOP Lawmakers Say

Planned Parenthood Is Providing More Abortions, Transgender Services

Yes, Biden’s Views on Abortion Contradict His Catholicism

‘This kid wanted to be here’: Mom refused abortion multiple times for son with heart condition

Planned Parenthood Abortion Numbers Hit 15-Year-High, Pro-Life Group Says

EXCLUSIVE: GOP Will Use ‘Every Tool In The Legislative Arsenal’ To Protect Hyde, Congressman Promises

Biden Health Nominee Mum On Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

Connecticut public health committee passes anti-pregnancy center bill

Becerra Threatens Lifesaving Pregnancy Centers Nationwide


Inequality of Equality Act stretches from locker room to court room


Pro-Life News Report

Top Stories
 Pope Benedict Criticizes Joe Biden for Supporting Abortion: “He’s in Continuity With” Democrats
 David Daleiden Appeals Ruling Forcing Him to Pay Planned Parenthood $16 Million for Exposing Baby Part Sales
 ABC, CBS and NBC Ran 401 Reports on Andrew Cuomo in 2020, Just 2 Mentioned Nursing Home Scandal
 Priest Calls Joe Biden the “Most Aggressively Anti-Catholic” President Because He’s Pro-Abortion

More Pro-Life News
 Ted Cruz: I Will Vote Against HHS Nominee Xavier Becerra, He’s a Pro-Abortion Extremist
 Top Donors Halt Support For Andrew Cuomo Amid Sexual Harassment, Nursing Home Scandals
 New Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine Created With Fetal Cells From Babies Killed in Abortion
 Pastor Slams Abortion: “Abortion is the Leading Cause of Death, More Than Heart Disease and Cancer”

Read these news stories and more at LifeNews.com


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National Right to Life Pro-Life Essay Contest 2021 Senior Winners Announced

Dutch MD Describes Euthanasia and Organ Harvesting

Media does its self-assigned job: providing cover for pro-abortion Democrats

Teens are loving the pro-life resources in our Teen Impact Boxes! Here’s what they have to say!

The face of true pro-abortion fanaticism on display

NRLC says Vote “No” on H.R. 1 (the so-called “For the People Act”)

Answering “Hard Questions for the Hard Cases: How to Defend Life” at CPAC

New Mexico Gov. signs abortion on-demand bill into law

Biden’s Radical Nominees to Oversee Health in the US and World

Once a teen mom, Mackenzie chose life twice, tells her story on Capitol Hill

 

What Is Identity Socialism?

What Is Identity Socialism?

There’s a new socialism in town. Its foundations are more cultural than economic. Dinesh D’Souza explains this major development in leftist thinking and its impact on your life. 

Watch now.

A Promise to America’s Children

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A Promise to America’s Children

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Thirty years ago, the idea of socially and medically experimenting on children to advance a controversial and unproven ideology was unthinkable. Today, it’s considered by some to be unquestionable. There is a full-court press to fully and finally embed transgender ideology in public life, especially with school-aged children, starting with the Equality Act…

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ALSO SEE

Responding to the Equality Act – Emilie Kao and The Promise to America’s Children

Devotional Thought for Today – 03/01/2021

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:25-26

PSALM 73

 Curiously enough this Seventy-third Psalm corresponds in subject with the Thirty-seventh: it will help the memory of the young to notice the reversed figures. The theme is that ancient stumbling block of good men, which Job’s friends could not get over; viz. –the present prosperity of wicked men and the sorrows of the godly. Heathen philosophers have puzzled themselves about this, while to believers it has too often been a temptation. – C.H. Spurgeon

In studying our main text today v.26,  it is helpful to also read v.25; Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.

You will note that I emphasized the word “heart” if you follow this blog you will note that yesterday’s Sunday Sermon Series was entitled The Heart of the Matter.   Regardless of what society and all the self-help gurus would have us believe, it is every man’s heart that will always let him down.  Conversely, it is God and God alone that can and will always revive man’s heart. 

 Samuel Blackerby the Puritan preacher of the 17th Century comments are some of the best I have ever read on this verse: 

My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. In which words we may take notice of five things.

1. The order inverted. When he mentions his malady he begins with the failing of the flesh, and then of the heart, but when he reports the relief he begins with that of the heart. From hence observe that when God works a cure in man (out of love) he begins with the heart–he cures that first. And there may be these reasons for it.

a. Because the sin of the heart is often the procuring cause of the malady of body and soul.

b. The body ever fares the better for the soul, but not the soul for the body.

c. The cure of the soul is the principal cure.

2. The suitableness of the remedy to the malady. Strength of heart for failing of heart, and a blessed portion for the failing of the flesh. Observe, that there is a proportionate remedy and relief in God for all maladies and afflictions whatsoever, both within and without. If your hearts fail you, God is strength; if your flesh fails you, or comforts fail you, God is a portion.

3. The prophet’s interest; he calls God his portion. Observe, that true Israelites have an undoubted interest in God: –He is theirs.

4. The prophet’s experience in the worst time. He finds this to be true, that when communicated strength fails, there is a never-failing strength in God. Observe, that Christians’ experiences of God’s all-sufficiency are then fullest and highest when created comforts fail them.

5. There is the prophet’s improvement of his experience for support and comfort against future trials and temptations. Observe, that a saint’s consideration of his experience of God’s all-sufficiency in times of exigency, is enough to bear up and to fortify his spirit against all trials and temptations for the time to come.

Thus you may improve the text by way of observation, but there are two principal doctrines to be insisted on. First, that God is the rock of a saint’s heart, his strength, and his portion forever. Secondly, that divine influence and relief passeth from God to his people when they stand in most need thereof.

First. God is the rock of a saint’s heart, strength, and a portion forever. Here are two members or branches in this doctrine.

1. That God is the rock of a saint’s heart, strength.

2. That God is the portion of a saint. Branch 1. God is the rock of a saint’s heart, strength. He is not only strength and the strength of their hearts, but the rock of their strength; so Isa 17:10. Ps 62:7, rwu, the same word that is used in the text, from hence comes our English word “sure.” Explication. God is the rock of our strength, both in respect of our naturals and also of our spirituals: he is the strength of nature and of grace (Ps 27:1); the strength of my life natural and spiritual. God is the strength of thy natural faculties–of reason and understanding, of wisdom and prudence, of will and affections. He is the strength of all thy graces, faith, patience, meekness, temperance, hope, and charity; both as to their being and exercise. He is the strength of all thy comfort and courage, peace and happiness, salvation and glory. Ps 140:7. “O God, the rock of my salvation.” In three respects. First. He is the author and giver of all strength. Ps 18:32: “It is God that girdeth me with strength.” Ps 24:11: “He will give strength to his people.” Ps 138:3 68:35. Secondly. He is the increaser and perfecter of a saint’s strength; it is God that makes a saint strong and mighty both to do and suffer, to bear and forbear, to believe and to hope to the end; so Heb 11:34: “Out of weakness they were made strong; “so 1Jo 2:14. And therefore is that prayer of Peter, 1Pe 5:10. Thirdly. He is the preserver of your strength; your life is laid up in God. Col 3:3. Your strength is kept by the strength of God; so Ps 91:1. God doth overshadow the strength of saints, that no breach can be made upon it. Ps 63:7. “In the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”

TODAY’S PRAYER

Oh Lord our God, we declare our weakness of the heart unto you oh God and understand that it is only through our weakness that we can be made strong in Christ.  We ask that your Holy Spirit who indwells all true believers will guide us and mold us daily to be our strength and portion that we may repent of our failings and walk worthy of your Amazing Grace. – Amen

 

News to Ponder (Various Sources)

As always; these are opinion and news pieces mainly from a conservative constitutionalist view and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs, doctrine, and views of this ministry or any individual associated with it. They are provided for and intended for individuals to be able to read and form their own opinions and views on issues at hand. (Sad that we even have to explain this!)


Tomorrow's News Today: The Gateway Pundit Led the Nation in Several Recent Reports

Mike Lindell to Bannon War Room: “Absolute Proof” Film Was Seen by Over 10 Million People After Friday Release – Five Million Completed the Film


Blaze Media

GOP rep exposes wasteful spending in Democrats’ stimulus bill by proposing $10,000 stimulus checks

GOP senator warns Republicans will lose future elections if party continues to ‘idolize’ Trump

Andrew Cuomo addresses sexual harassment accusations by saying his ‘playful banter’ was ‘misinterpreted’ by accusers

TikTok video shows Gavin Newsom inside a restaurant while not social distancing

Soros-backed DA, who now faces recall, hires prosecutor who called LAPD ‘barbarians’ and wants to abolish prisons

Former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay deletes Instagram account after flood of angry comments from fans who falsely accused her of defending racism

Hyatt Hotels fires back at Democrats demanding boycott of hotel chain for hosting CPAC

Soccer star says LeBron should stay out of politics, James responds: ‘I am kind of the wrong guy to go at’

Bill Maher mocks social justice warriors, warns cancel culture is ‘real, insane, and coming to a neighborhood near you’

New reports on Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick’s possible cause of death could rule out murder charges

White House climate czar faults Texas for failing to connect to national power grid, calls storm a ‘wake-up call’

VIDEO: Jim Acosta confronted at CPAC over CNN’s coverage of Gov. Cuomo’s scandals


Storm? What Storm? It Was Barely a Breeze.

Enough Is Enough: Time to Finally Follow the Science on Masks

Crazy Old Biden and the Countdown to Kamala

The Left’s Latest Battleground Is Your Neighborhood

Big Business Caters to a New Generation of Racist Customers

Don’t Let Progressives Control the Language of the National Debate

Trump knows he won the election

Not a Rose Garland

Set Yourself Apart from This Corrupt Generation

The Moral Lessons Of A Liquor Store In L.A.

Getting Woke before Woke Was a Thing

Woke Coke is No Joke

Time To Impeach Our Government


Cuomo Accused Of Sexually Harassing Second Former Aide

Powell’s Plan Has A Blind Spot And It Means Market Violence

Is Anyone Else Fed Up With Dr. Fauci’s Forever Moving Goalposts?

How Global Health And Wealth Has Changed Over Two Centuries

Why The Capitol Riot Terrified The Elites


Conservative Freedom Network

Noem: South Dakotans ‘Devastated By Keystone XL Pipeline Cancellation

Capitol Police Chief Says Militias From Jan. 6 Riot Are Plotting To Blow Up The Capitol During Biden’s State Of The Union Address

Donald Trump Jr. After Bruce Springsteen’s DWI Charge Dropped: We All Know It’s Liberal Privilege

Student Suspended From Education Program For Saying, A Man Is A Man, A Woman Is A Woman

Fauci Falls Silent Following New York Nursing Home Scandal After Repeatedly Praising Cuomo Response

Psaki Blames Trump For Biden Border Surge


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Here’s Why HR 1 Would Spell Disaster for Our Elections

Cartoon Network’s ‘Anti-Racist’ PSA Tells Americans to ‘See Color’

Heritage Launches PolicyLAB Video Series to Explain the World of Public Policy

LA School Board Has No Excuse. Kids Should Be Back in Classroom, Father Says.

Planned Parenthood Is Providing Fewer Breast Screenings, and More Abortions, Transgender Services

8 Things You Must Know About Deeply Flawed COVID-19 Plan

CNN’s Finger-pointing on ‘Misinformation’ Should Be Done in Mirror

We Hear You: Missing Rush at the Golden Microphone

ICYMI: Biden’s Assault on Gun Owners

Biden’s Immigration Plan Validates Illegal Immigration