She sat on the floor in the dark corner of her bedroom. Her head rested on her knees. “You’re worthless,” she muttered to herself. “You can’t do anything right.” “I’m such an idiot.” She repeated the phrases over and over. They were like a mantra. Eventually, she started believing the phrases she repeated each night. Her performance suffered. Her work began showing mistakes. She began living up to the words she had convinced herself were true.
So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life. (James 3:5-6a, ESV)
The power of the tongue, the power of words, is recognized throughout the Bible. It is a topic spoken of extensively in Proverbs and the New Testament. Our last study addressed how words can be used to destroy others, but words can also be used to destroy ourselves. Even when alone, we need to be mindful of what we say about ourselves. Otherwise, we might start believing the lies. It is also important to be careful what we say in public.
September 23, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Hebrews 1-4
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Commentary: This is a letter, from an unknown author, to a community of Jewish Christians who were struggling because they had been cut off from their community in an attempt to force them back into the Jewish faith. The author begins by reminding the reader that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was not a prophet or an angel, but the Son of God, superior to all prophets and angels. We are saved because of Jesus sacrifice on the cross. Due to the difficult and lonely situation in which the community found themselves, they were contemplating abandoning their faith in Jesus Christ. The author reminds the readers of the superiority of Jesus Christ - He is greater than Moses or Joshua, greater than angels or prophets. The author also warns against unbelief, which was the downfall of Israel and led to the Israelites wandering the desert for 40 years.
Focus Verses: 3:7-19 What are these verses saying? What do they mean to you? How can it be applied to your life?
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:49 am EDT
Troy James Clark is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Fifty-one-year-old Troy is convicted of the murder of 20-year-old Christine Muse on May 19, 1998, in Tyler, Texas. Troy has spent the last 18 years on death row in Texas.
Troy had a difficult childhood and a history of alcoholism in the family. He dropped out of school after 6th grade. At home, he was frequently left unsupervised and suffered from abuse. His brother committed suicide while Troy was still living at home. Troy had twice served time for possession of a controlled substance. He was on parole at the time of the murder.
Troy Clark and Tory Bush lived together in Tyler, Texas, using and selling methamphetamine. For a brief time, Christine Muse also lived with the couple. Clark became concerned after she moved out that she would go to the police with information about their drug dealing.
On May 19, 1998, Christine made a social visit to the couple. Clark shot her with a stun gun and used duct tape to bind her hands and legs, and cover her mouth. He placed her in a hall closet for several hours. He then took her into the bathroom, beat her with a board, and, with the help of Bush, drowned Christine in the bathtub. Clark placed her body in a barrel and filled it with water, lime, and cement mix, which Bush had purchased. Bush, at Clark’s direction, then placed trash on top of the barrel, which was then left on the property of their landlord who lived outside of town.
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:48 am EDT
Daniel Clate Acker is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Daniel is convicted of murdering 32-year-old Marquetta George on March 12, 2000, in Hopkins County, Texas. Daniel has spent the last 17 years on death row in Texas.
Daniel was born in Hunt County, Texas. He had previously been arrested and served time for burglary. Prior to his arrest for murder, Daniel worked as a plumber’s helper, and electricians’ helper, and a general laborer.
Daniel Acker and Marquette George had been dating a short while when they decided to rent a trailer home together in February 2000. On March 11, 2000, the couple went to a nightclub called “Bustin’ Loose,” where they had an argument. Witnesses testified that they heard Acker threaten to kill Marquette. Acker was kicked out of the club, but returned several times looking for Marquette.
Acker’s sister picked him up from the club’s parking lot and drove him to his truck, threatening to hurt Marquette if he found her with another man. Acker continued looking for Marquette the rest of the night. Unable to find her, Acker told his sister on the morning of March 12, that when he found Marquette and the guy he believed her to be with, he was going to beat them. Acker also threatened to kill Marquette in front of her mother.
September 21, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 38
Barbados: The House of Assembly has passed a bill which abolishes the mandatory death sentence for murder. All 11 inmates on death row for murder will now be resentenced. They can be resentenced to death, as capital punishment is still permissible on the island.
Indonesia: Prosecutors have demanded that 32-year-old Samsul Anwar be sentenced to death for dealing drugs. Samsul was arrested in December of last year when the police raided the MG International Club in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta. Four others were also arrested, however Samsul is suspected to be the ringleader. The owner of the club, Agung Ashari, is on the run. Police seized liquid meth and found rooms where the drugs appeared to be produced and bottled. The four others arrested were 43-year-old Wastam, 23-year-old Ferdiansyah, 40-year-old Dedi Wahyudi, 45-year-old Mislah, and 40-year-old Fadly.
Iran: On Saturday, September 15, 2018, 31-year-old Aref Rigi was executed by hanging at Zahedan Central Prison. He was convicted of “trafficking, possessing, and selling drugs and carrying out armed action.” Aref had denied participating in armed action during all stages of his trial and appeals.
Iraq: On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an alleged deputy leader of the Islamic State, has been sentenced to death. Abu was captured in Turkey, and brought to Iraq for trial.
Do you aspire to be a “better Christian?” Do you want to deepen and strengthen your relationship with the Lord? Well, I’ve got good news for you! It is possible! In as little as one year, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries can help you transform your relationship with the Lord!
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)
Right there! That is how you are going to grow and deepen your relationship with the Lord! You have to take the first steps and draw near to Him! You have to actively seek after a relationship with the Lord. How?
A great starting point is simple: daily study of His Word, the Bible. God has given us the Bible as a history book, a textbook, a praise book, a philosophy book, a book of warning of the coming future, and so much more! By following along with our “52 Week Bible Reading Plan” (available here), daily study will allow you to completely read through the Bible in one year. It is perfect for beginners who don’t know where to start, or for those who have already read the Bible a couple dozen times. Each reading, each study can bring new meaning and realization.
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries wants to help you! Each day, we will post a summary of the day’s reading on our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org. We will also post specific verses to focus on each day. Read through the entirety of the day’s reading. Then come back and re-read the focus verses. Prayerfully contemplate the questions asked about the reading. If you miss a day, don’t worry! Past commentary can be found under our “Scriptures” tab.
Our 2018 Daily Bible Study begins on December 31, 2017, but join us anytime! So, are you ready to deepen and strengthen your relationship with the Lord this upcoming year? Then let’s go!