O LORD, God of my salvation,
         I have cried out day and night before You.
Let my prayer come before You;
         Incline Your ear to my cry. 

Psalm 88:1-2 (NKJV)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Reading list

Dracula, by Bram Stoker.

Today's verse

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Matthew 19:3-9 (KJV)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Today's verse

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27:14 (KJV)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today's verse

For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Deuteronomy 20:4 (KJV)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Update on Asia Bibi



The death sentence against Asia Bibi has been upheld.

There can be only one of two reasons why the members of the court did what they did:

  • (1) They are afraid.
  • (2) They approve of murdering people because of religious reasons.

    If (1) is the reason then I cannot criticize. It is an easy thing to speak out against persecution and injustice when your own life and the lives of your family are not on the line.

    But if it is (2) then we are dealing with demons in human form, and it is no use to pretend otherwise. The Bible warns us that "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12). Those who think that killing someone is morally justified because of "blasphemy" have become apostles of Satan, whether they admit it or not (after death, when they stand before the Judge, they will not be able to evade the truth any longer).

    Read Asia Bibi's own words.

    The online petition calling for mercy for Asia Bibi can still be found here.

    For those who do not know who she is, here is the story about Asia Bibi's unjust imprisonment and death sentence for "blasphemy" against the Prophet Muhammad.

    Please pray for Asia Bibi and her family. Also, please pray for those who are risking their lives to free her.

  • Today's verse

    Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

    Psalm 82:3 (KJV)

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Update on Asia Bibi



    Lela Gilbert has written an article about Asia Bibi and the plight of Christians in the Middle East and other places. It is nice to know not everyone in the media has forgotten about Bibi.

    Read Asia Bibi's own words.

    The online petition calling for mercy for Asia Bibi can still be found here.

    For those who do not know who she is, here is the story about Asia Bibi's unjust imprisonment and death sentence for "blasphemy" against the Prophet Muhammad.

    Please pray for Asia Bibi and her family. Also, please pray for those who are risking their lives to free her.

    Today's verse

    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 (KJV)

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Update on Asia Bibi



    Asia Bibi's court date is October 16.

    Key quote:

    Asia Bibi's lawyers are working on the final "statement of defense" that will be presented at the Lahore High Court on 16 October, a date that – unless there are more surprises - may be the last and decisive hearing of the appeal process for the Christian woman and mother sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy.

    Lawyer Naeem Shakir, a member of the defense team, said: "we will try to demonstrate the existence of a conspiracy against this woman, who has endured many challenges during the process and paid, so far, a very high price.. However, Asia has remained and continues to be steadfast in her Christian faith".

    Read Asia Bibi's own words.

    The online petition calling for mercy for Asia Bibi can still be found here.

    For those who do not know who she is, here is the story about Asia Bibi's unjust imprisonment and death sentence for "blasphemy" against the Prophet Muhammad.

    Please pray for Asia Bibi and her family. Also, please pray for those who are risking their lives to free her.

    Today's verse

    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Today's verse

    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

    Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Today's verse

    And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

    Luke 19:1-10 (KJV)

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Today's verse

    And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

    Mark 2:1-12 (KJV)

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    Today's verse

    Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

    Proverbs 20:5 (KJV)

    Thursday, October 09, 2014

    Today's verse

    If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

    Psalm 11:3 (KJV)

    Wednesday, October 08, 2014

    Today's verse

    I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

    Isaiah 43:11-12 (KJV)

    Tuesday, October 07, 2014

    Today's verse

    Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

    Psalm 141:1-4 (KJV)

    Monday, October 06, 2014

    Today's verse

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    Ephesians 6:10-13 (KJV)

    Sunday, October 05, 2014

    Today's verse

    Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    Isaiah 55:6-9 (KJV)

    Saturday, October 04, 2014

    Today's verse

    Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

    Psalm 100 (KJV)

    Friday, October 03, 2014

    Reading list

    My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles, by Martin Gardner.

    Fundraiser for Mandy Nagy

    Mandy Nagy, a writer at the blog Legal Insurrection, suffered a stroke on September 7.

    Please pray for Mandy. You can also donate to this fund to help with her recovery.

    Today's verse

    Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

    Psalm 147:5 (KJV)

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014

    Today's verse

    Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

    Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Today's verse

    Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

    James 1:27 (KJV)

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Today's verse

    And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

    Mark 6:1-6 (KJV)

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Today's verse

    For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

    Deuteronomy 30:11-20 (KJV)

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Today's verse

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

    Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Today's verse

    When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

    1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Interview with Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag

    Over at Mission Netrwork News Julie Oosterhouse has an article about Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, who was released by Sudanese authorities this past summer after she and her two children (one of them a newborn infant) were held in prison. Mariam was sentenced to death for the crime of being Christian.

    Here is the interview on Fox News:

    Give thanks to God for Mariam's release, and please pray for our oppressed Christian brothers and sisters worldwide.

    Update on Asia Bibi



    At Mission Network News, Ruth Kramer has an article about the plight of Christians in Pakistan.

    Read Asia Bibi's own words.

    The online petition calling for mercy for Asia Bibi can still be found here.

    For those who do not know who she is, here is the story about Asia Bibi's unjust imprisonment and death sentence for "blasphemy" against the Prophet Muhammad.

    Please pray for Asia Bibi and her family. Also, please pray for those who are risking their lives to free her.

    Today's verse

    The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

    Psalm 18:2 (KJV)

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Today's verse

    Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

    Hebrews 10:35-36 (KJV)

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Today's verse

    In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

    Psalm 44:8 (KJV)

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Today's verse

    For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

    Romans 12:3 (KJV)

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Today's verse

    For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

    Hebrews 10:1-2 (KJV)

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Today's verse

    Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

    Amos 8:11-12 (KJV)

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Today's verse

    Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

    Galatians 6:2 (KJV)

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Today's verse

    Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

    Philippians 2:3-4 (KJV)

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Today's verse

    The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

    Psalm 11:5 (KJV)