Devotional Thought for Today – 11/27/21

John Calvin quote: When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them...

That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation. 15The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. 16The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. 17The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 18For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. 19Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. 20Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Psalm 9

CONTEXT: Form C.H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David: The strain so continually changes, that it is difficult to give an outline of it methodically arranged: we give the best we can make. From verses 1 to 6 is a song of jubilant thanksgiving; from 7 to 12, there is a continued declaration of faith as to the future. Prayer closes the first great division of the Psalm in verses 13 and 14. The second portion of this triumphal ode, although much shorter, is parallel in all its parts to the first portion, and is a sort of rehearsal of it. Observe the song for past judgments, verses 15, 16; the declaration of trust in future justice, 17, 18; and the closing prayer, 19, 20. Let us celebrate the conquests of the Redeemer as we read this Psalm, and it cannot but be a delightful task if the Holy Ghost be with us.

The main text v.16 is appropriate for Calvin’s quote and for many nations today. Spurgeon noted on this: Verse 16. Jehovah is known by the judgment which he executeth; his holiness and abhorrence of sin is thus displayed. A ruler who winked at evil would soon be known by all his subjects to be evil himself, and he, on the other hand, who is severely just in judgment reveals his own nature thereby. So long as our God is God, he will not, he cannot spare the guilty; except through that one glorious way in which he is just, and yet the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus. We must notice, secondly, that the manner of his judgment is singularly wise, and indisputably just. He makes the wicked become their own executioners. “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made,” etc. Like cunning hunters they prepared a pitfall for the godly and fell into it themselves: the foot of the victim escaped their crafty snares, but the toils surrounded themselves: the cruel snare was laboriously manufactured, and it proved its efficacy by snaring its own maker. Persecutors and oppressors are often ruined by their own malicious projects. “Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves;” the contentious are involved in ruinous costs; the vicious are devoured with fierce diseases; the envious eat their own hearts; and blasphemers curse their own souls. Thus, men may read their sin in their punishment. They sowed the seed of sin, and the ripe fruit of damnation is the natural result

We are believers need to pray that all men, all nations will come to the understanding that David pronounced in v.20: Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men, and repent of their evil ways.

Poll: Majority of Christians shrug off ‘Way, Truth, and Life’

This is what a water down Gospel gets you, the failure to PREACH from the pulpit has ruined the Biblical understanding of these folks. I have said it many times, Jesus was the most dogmatic person ever, His declaration in John 14:6 makes it plain and clear (backed by the whole of scripture). Those who would deny this are not true believers.

A poll of born-again Christian believers found that an overwhelming major believe all roads lead to Heaven, a belief that Christian thinkers consider unbiblical and terribly illogical…

SOURCE: Poll: Majority of Christians shrug off ‘Way, Truth, and Life’

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/26/21

When God Said “Do Not Pray” | Thinking on Scripture

If you are like most evangelical Christians this banner is probably disconcerting right now. After all, we have been taught from the beginning of our conversion that we are to Pray without ceasing, and commanded to pray for everything.

Yet there are three incidents in the Bible when God says or implies “Do not Pray.” The first is when Mosses is banned from crossing the Jordon, the last is in 1John 5:16, and then in the middle, we find Jeremiah 7.

Jeremiah 7

CONTEXT: In Matthew Henry’s Commentary we find: The prophet having in God’s name reproved the people for their sins, and given them warning of the judgments of God that were coming upon them, in this chapter prosecutes the same intention for their humiliation and awakening. I. He shows them the invalidity of the plea they so much relied on, that they had the temple of God among them and constantly attended the service of it, and endeavours to take them off from their confidence in their external privileges and performances (v. 1-11). II. He reminds them of the desolations of Shiloh, and foretels that such should be the desolations of Jerusalem (v. 12-16). III. He represents to the prophet their abominable idolatries, for which he was thus incensed against them (v. 17-20). IV. He sets before the people that fundamental maxim of religion that “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Sa. 15:22), and that God would not accept the sacrifices of those that obstinately persisted in disobedience (v. 21-28). V. He threatens to lay the land utterly waste for their idolatry and impiety, and to multiply their slain as they had multiplied their sin (v. 29-34).

In our text for today the key verse is verse 16, where God tells Jeremiah to stop praying for Judah:

“Therefore, do not pray for this people [of Judah] or lift up a cry or entreaty for them or make intercession to Me, for I do not hear you.

There comes a time in the history of every nation where they decide that they are greater than He who created them. In our text, Judah had again forsaken God, and God was fed up, resolute in His determination to punish that nation he tells the prophet to stop praying for their benevolence.

We in America and many other “civilized” countries around the world are on that threshold, where God will forsake us, where He will give us over, to our own reprobate minds. Are we there yet? I do not think so and it is incumbent upon every believer to pray for our nation until such time as God clearly says “Do not Pray.” Below is a list of prayers for your nation that you may find helpful.

Pray for the Moral Decency and Civility of your Nation

Pray for the Healing of your Nation’s Unhappy Divisions and Success Against your Nation’s Enemies

Pray for your Head of State

Pray for the Educational Institutions and Common Citizens of your Nation

Pray for the Continuance of your Nation’s Outward Peace and Tranquility

Pray Earnestly for National Mercies and the Blessing of the Gospel Ministry in your Nation

Pray for the Nations of the World and for Your Own Nation

Pray for the Safe and Righteous Continuation of your Civil Government

Pray for all who are Employed in the Conduct of Public Affairs

Pray for your Judges and Judicial Rulers

A challenge to climate alarmists

The climate is the most complex system on Earth. Is it really possible to project with any precision what it will be like 20, 40, or even 100 years from now? Steve Koonin, former Undersecretary for Science in the Obama Administration, challenges the confident assumptions of climate alarmists. 

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Education in America – Various Sources – 11/26/21

With the increase number of verbal attacks on parents and the all out assault (indoctrination) of our children (grandchildren in our case here at FSM) we thought this an appropriate topic to follow.

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  1. Parents Warn of Their Children Being Subjected to Transgender Indoctrination
  2. Is the Public School System Constitutional?
  3. NSBA apologizes for letter calling parents ‘domestic terrorists’
    1. National School Boards Association Issues ‘Weak’ Apology for Letter Likening Parents’ Actions to ‘Domestic Terrorism’
    2. Bad Call: Authors of Anti-Parent Letter Phonying It in
  4.  It’s Madness to Quarantine Schoolchildren
  5. After High School Goes Viral For Massive Brawl, Community Dads Organize To Help Fatherless Students
  6. Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards
  7. Woke School District Accused of Mishandling Vicious Bullying, Beating of 15-Year-Old

Pro-Life News – Various Sources – 11/26/21

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Texas Heartbeat Case on November 1
  1. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Texas Heartbeat Case on November 1
  2. DC Cops Say Department Pressured Them To Have Abortions
  3. St. Louis Mayor: I Like Abortion Because Our City Makes Money
  4. Wisconsin Senate Passes Four Pro-Life Bills to Defund Planned Parenthood and Save Babies From Abortion
  5. Thousands of People are Praying for Nancy Pelosi to Have a Change of Heart on Abortion
  6. Court Rules Hippos are People, But It’s OK to Kill Unborn Babies in Abortions
  7. Mom Says Raising Her Son With Down Syndrome is “My Greatest Pro-Life Work”
  8. Here’s the Truth Feminists Refuse to Admit: Women Regret Abortions
  9. After Abortion at Planned Parenthood Fails, Mother Decides to Keep Her Baby
  10. An open letter to a young Texan: Above all, you are precious
  11. PolitiFact misleads with ‘half true’ rating on claim that Roe v. Wade ended abortion deaths
  12. An oasis of Hope: the HOPE Pregnancy Center
  13. The unborn child is a patient, not a disease, though pro-abortionists couldn’t care less
  14. Do Babies Know the Difference Between Good and Evil?
  15. When it comes to abortion, pro-lifers agree with Biden: “What am I doing here?”
  16. Oklahoma strongly defends three pro-life laws in brief to state Supreme Court
  17. AG asks Kansas Supreme Court to pause abortion case pending vote on “Value Them Both” constitutional amendment
  18. Abortion Pill Reversal’s “record of safety and efficacy” means real choice for women who started and regretted having an abortion
  19. Pro-abortion Terry McAuliffe wants to use YOUR tax dollars to pay for abortion on Demand.
  20. Hey Pope Francis, If Abortion is “Murder” Then Rebuke Joe Biden for Promoting It
  21. MSNBC Says Concerned Parents are a “Radicalized Far Right Threat” That Must be Stopped
  22. Elizabeth Warren: It’s “Extremist” to Protect Babies From Being Killed in Abortions
  23. Catholic Bishop Urges Pro-Life Americans to Pray to End Abortion
  24. Mother and Daughter Both Scheduled to Have Abortions at Planned Parenthood Choose Life
  25. Abortion is Wrong Because It Kills a Human Being Who is Very Much Alive
  26. Teacher on Peacock Show “One of Us Is Lying” Helps Student Get Secret Abortion Without Her Parents Knowing
  27. Florida City Passes Pro-Abortion Resolution Condemning Texas for Saving Babies’ Lives

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/25/21

Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God, to whom we declare all our miseries, whose support and help we implore and desire in our adversities, and whom we laud and praise for our benefits received. So that prayer contains the exposition of our sorrows, the desire of God’s defence, and the praising of His magnificent name, as the Psalms of David clearly do teach. 

– John Knox 
Psalm 32:5 - Bible verse (KJV) - DailyVerses.net

Yesterday in Sunday School the theme was prayer and the sermon was repentance. These two go hand in hand. Yet I often find folks praying for needs and desires rather than confessing and repenting BEFORE petitioning God for something.

One way we can get our prayer life back on track so to speak is to study and prayer through the Psalms. They are a guide book of sorts as to differing ways in which to approach God in Prayer.

“The more deeply we grow in the psalms, and the more often we pray them as our own, the more simple and rich our prayer will become.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

“Not without reason, it is my custom to call this book [Psalms] ‘ And Anatomy of All the Parts of the Soul’ since there is no emotion anyone will experience whose image is not reflected in this mirror.” – John Calvin, Commentary on the Psalms

Below is a breakdown I found online https://standrews.ws/files/2017/11/Praying-with-the-Psalms.pdf that I thought was helpful:

Praying Through the Psalms
You can choose to work through all 150 Psalms in order or approach them thematically. There are a variety of ways to categorize the Psalms (with some overlap). Below are six commonly used themes:

  • Psalms of Praise & Devotion: 8, 19, 23, 33, 65, 100, 103, 104, 111, 113-115, 117, 134-136, 145-150
  • Psalms of Confession: 14, 32, 38, 51, 130
  • Psalms of Lament (Pain, Complaint, Anger): 12, 22, 42, 44, 58, 60, 74, 79, 80, 83, 90, 106, 123, 137
  • Psalms of Petition (Request): 3, 4, 13, 25, 26, 55-57
  • Psalms of Intercession (Help): 12, 27, 44, 58
  • Psalms of Thanksgiving: 30, 32, 34, 41, 65-67, 92, 105, 116, 124, 138

Sunday Sermon Series – 11/24/21

The more Christian you are in this town, the more makeup you wear. I'v...  Quote by Peter Hedges, What's Eating Gilbert Grape - QuotesLyfe

I am guessing a few of y’all are thinking that I have lost my mind, quoting Hollywood here. I chose this because it is appropriate to today’s sermon that comes from Jeremiah 4. In the quote we see folks putting ‘lipstick on a pig’ as we say here in the south. That is they are camouflaging the truth behind a false front. You can dress as fancy as you want, go to church every Sunday but God does not care for outward appearances, He knows the depths of your heart.

Are you prepared to meet God suddenly?


Jeremiah 4

CONTEXT: In Matthew Henry’s Commentary we find: It should seem that the first two verses of this chapter might better have been joined to the close of the foregoing chapter, for they are directed to Israel, the ten tribes, by way of reply to their compliance with God’s call, directing and encouraging them to hold their resolution (v. 1, 2). The rest of the chapter concerns Judah and Jerusalem. I. They are called to repent and reform (v. 3, 4). II. They are warned of the advance of Nebuchadnezzar and his forces against them, and are told that it is for their sins, from which they are again exhorted to wash themselves (v. 5-18). III. To affect them the more with the greatness of the desolation that was coming, the prophet does himself bitterly lament it, and sympathize with his people in the calamities it brought upon them, and the plunge it brought them to, representing it as a reduction of the world to its first chaos (v. 19-31).


SERMON

The Wailing of Risca

Delivered on Sabbath Morning, December 9th, 1860, by the REV. C. H. Spurgeon, At Exeter Hall, Strand.

“Suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.”—Jeremiah 4:20.

…There are three points upon which I shall try to address you this morning, though I feel inadequate to such a task. First, I shall say somewhat upon sudden bereavements; then I shall dwell awhile upon the fact of sudden death; and afterwards we will say but a little, for we know but little, of the sudden exchange which sudden death shall bring both to saints and sinners…

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/23/21

Psalm 19: ppt download

PSALM 19

CONTEXT: This song very distinctly divides itself into three parts, very well described by the translators in the ordinary heading of our version. The creatures show God’s glory, 1-6. The word showeth his grace, 7-11. David prayeth for grace, 12-14. Thus praise and prayer are mingled, and he who here sings the work of God in the world without pleads for a work of grace in himself within. From Spurgeon’s Treasury of David

It is common to hear refrains in modern music, writings, and even conversations amongst believers using this phrase. Everyone wants that which is sweeter than honey and more precious than Gold. The problem is when it comes down to it we all want it but usually balk at the cost.

The What – What is it that is so precious, v.7 makes it clear the Law of God. David repeats this in v.8 using the term Statutes of the Lord. In the Old Testament, we find three types of laws mentioned. The ceremonial law, the moral law, and the judicial law. David here is speaking primarily about the moral (think Ten Commandments) law. While some argue that these laws no longer apply today, the Bible clearly states otherwise. Jesus said he came not to abolish but to fulfill the law, and when He gives His synopsis of the law in Matthew 22, He says all the Law depends on this.

The Why – God’s Holy Law converts souls and makes simple men wise, v.7. They make the heart rejoice and open the blind (enlighten) eye, v.8. The law in itself does not save, for we know For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) Yet it is the word of God, that convicts the soul of man unto righteousness. Without hearing of the Good News, man will always remain in his state of despair.

The Cost – Man will be judged v.9, and that is for many a deal-breaker. Even though there will never be a more righteous judgment many think that it is unfair for any god to judge them. Yet when we look at this view we need to see the complete self-centered, conceited attitude this is. We make ourselves a god, above the true and living God.

The Reward – For those who do surrender to God’s judgment there is great reward. In a Word, GRACE, v.10, the Law combined with God’s righteous judgment equals God’s Grace for man. Considering that we are all born into sin, that the wages of sin are eternal death, the reward is truly sweeter than honey and more precious than Gold. God’s word, His law, statutes, precepts, etc… all are a source of righteousness in a true believer’s life.


Drawing Near

The Source of Righteousness

God’s Word is true and produces righteousness in the believer’s life.

QOTW – Could God create a rock so heavy He could not lift it?

The naysayers love to come up with “cute” ways to trick (Matthew 22:15-45), someone into making a false claim. Of course it is always their understanding of God, (doctrine, theology, etc.) that is false and the basis of the trickery.

Question: “Could God create a rock so heavy He could not lift it?”

Answer: 
This question is frequently asked by skeptics of God, the Bible, Christianity, etc. If God can create a rock that He cannot lift, then God is not omnipotent. If God cannot create a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it, then God is not omnipotent. According to this argument, omnipotence is self-contradictory…

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-rock-heavy-lift.html