Daily Archives: April 9, 2018

April 9: The Global Reset Button

Deuteronomy 15:1–17:20; 2 Corinthians 4:7–18; Psalm 37:1–22

When I was a kid, I loved playing Super Nintendo—especially Donkey Kong. Despite my love for it, it would just make me angry at times. When I couldn’t handle the way the game was panning out, I would slam down the controller and hit the reset button. I would start fresh. It’s more than a little sad that my entertainment made me act like a caveman. Yet those moments of resetting the entire system felt like another chance at life (albeit a virtual one).

With the state of the global economy, it often feels like the world needs a reset. It’s tempting to say something as radical as, “Let’s forgive all debts and start again.” Though this couldn’t happen—and it would be highly problematic since the statement depends on good will, free economy, and general care for one another—it doesn’t stop us from hoping.

God actually created a system for this audacious idea: in the Year of Jubilee, or the Sabbatical Year, slaves were freed and debts were forgiven (Deut 15), people were celebrated as equals (Deut 16), and the land was given a rest to prevent famine. (Famine was often caused by overworking the land.) It was a reset button.

The global economy is complex. I’m not suggesting that it’s time for a Year of Jubilee, but maybe it is time for an economic evaluation of our lives. Who is God calling you to forgive? Whose life could be better if you lifted their debts? Who needs your generosity right now? Who could you make an equal by changing something about your work or friendship? How can you celebrate with those who feel like lesser people in this world?

The economy proves the point that we are all interdependent. It also makes the case that doing something for those at the bottom of the economic ladder can have a massive impact—not just on them, but on others. Those that are forgiven are likely to forgive.

Whose life can you make better today? Who can you bring jubilee (celebration) to?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

April 9 Inheriting the Earth

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5).

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Someday God will reverse the curse and return the earth to His people.

God said to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen. 1:28). But their sin cost them their sovereignty and brought a curse upon the earth (Gen. 3:17–18).

The Apostle Paul said, “The anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God … in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption” (Rom. 8:19–21). Someday that curse will be reversed, and God’s people will once again inherit the earth.

The Greek word translated “inherit” (Matt. 5:5) means “to receive an allotted portion.” The earth is the allotted portion of believers, who will reign with the Lord when He comes in His Kingdom (Rev. 20:6). That’s an emphatic promise in Matthew 5:5, which literally reads, “Blessed are the gentle, for only they shall inherit the earth.”

Many Jewish people of Christ’s day thought the Kingdom belonged to the strong, proud, and defiant. But Jesus said the earth will belong to the gentle, meek, and humble. Proud, self-righteous people don’t qualify (cf. Luke 1:46–55). Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become [humble and submissive] like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3).

As a recipient of God’s promises, you should be thrilled knowing that you will inherit the earth and reign with Christ in His earthly Kingdom. Be encouraged to know that even when evil people and godless nations seem to prosper, God is in complete control and will someday establish His righteous Kingdom on earth.

Rejoice in that assurance, and seek to be all He wants you to be until that great day.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God that all of creation will someday be freed from sin’s corrupting influences. ✧ Praise Him for His mighty power, which will bring it all to pass.

For Further Study: Read 1 Corinthians 6:1–8. ✧ What issue did Paul address? ✧ How does the future reign of Christians apply to that issue?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 112). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

APRIL 9 “I WILL NOT FORSAKE YOU!”

And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:20

Men without God suffer alone and die alone in times of war and in other circumstances of life. All alone!

But it can never be said that any true soldier of the cross of Jesus Christ, no man or woman as missionary or messenger of the Truth has ever gone out to a ministry alone!

There have been many Christian martyrs—but not one of them was on that mission field all alone. Jesus Christ keeps His promise of taking them by the hand and leading them triumphantly through to the world beyond.

We can sum it up by noting that Jesus Christ asks us only to surrender to His lordship and obey His commands. When the Spirit of God deals with our young people about their own missionary responsibility, Christ assures them of His presence and power as they prepare to go: “All power is given unto Me! I am no longer in the grave. I will protect you. I will support you. I will go ahead of you. I will give you effectiveness for your witness and ministry. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations—I will never leave you nor forsake you!”

Thank You, Lord, that You are very near to me and my loved ones at all times.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

April 9, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

Israeli aircraft carried out an attack on an airbase in Syria early Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said, shifting suspicion away from the U.S. after President Donald Trump had vowed retaliation for a reported chemical weapons attack.

Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott will announce he’s running for the U.S. Senate Monday, according to Politico, challenging third-term Democrat Bill Nelson in a showdown that’s likely to be one of the year’s most expensive and bruising fights.

Federal agencies from the Department of Transportation to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are expected to sign an agreement Monday that seeks to slash the time needed for environmental review and permitting on major infrastructure projects, White House official said.

Some South African cities are “on the brink of collapse” and “can’t be allowed to fail,” Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said.

Saudi Arabia plans to build a military base and nuclear dump on a proposed project that would turn the peninsula of Qatar into an island, the Al Riyadh newspaper reported.

China is evaluating the potential impact of a gradual yuan depreciation, people familiar with the matter said, as the country’s leaders weigh their options in a trade spat with U.S. President Donald Trump that has roiled financial markets worldwide.

A Congressional critic of Facebook Inc. said lawmakers may need to consider regulating the social media giant, ahead of two days of high-profile congressional testimony by founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.

AP Top Stories

North Korea has told the United States for the first time that it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets President Donald Trump, a U.S. official said on Sunday.

The number of Facebook users whose data political research firm Cambridge Analytica obtained “absolutely” could be higher than Facebook’s recent estimate of 87 million, according to whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

A proposal from the Trump administration would open about 90% of America’s coast to new offshore drilling with only one state receiving an exemption: Florida.

A rebel ambush in Yemen killed dozens of Sudanese soldiers belonging to a Saudi-led coalition fighting on the side of the government, military sources and the insurgents said Saturday.

South Carolina Republicans have introduced a bill that would give the state capital the power to secede from the United States if the federal government violates the Second Amendment and begins seizing legally purchased guns.

Hundreds attended the funeral of a well-known Palestinian journalist in Gaza on Saturday who was killed while covering mass protests along the Israeli border the previous day.

Mark Esper, secretary of the U.S. Army, said the United States should expect its enemies, such as Russia and China, to rapidly increase their weapons stockpiles and technology, as well as a host of other variables.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a United Nations base in Central African Republic’s capital late on Sunday, capping a day that saw at least one civilian killed and dozens of people injured, a U.N. spokesman said.

Frank Luntz, a leading Republican pollster, has predicted Donald Trump could take a hit in the 2018 midterm election, with Republicans in danger of losing control of the Congress and the Senate.

A section of route 30 has collapsed and damaged an apartment building in East Pittsburgh following recent rain.

A series of shallow earthquakes shook parts of western Japan on Monday and authorities warned that further strong shaking is possible over the coming days.

The Philippines is looking to seal a pact with China within a few months to jointly explore for oil and gas in a part of the busy South China Sea waterway claimed by both countries, a Philippine official said on Monday.

The Air Forces recently released Bomber Vector calls for wide range of new technologies for the fleet – to include newer stealth materials, faster computer processors, upgraded weapons and new sensors to ensure the force will still be able to launch attacks in more advanced, future high-threat scenarios spanning into the 2050s.

A new round of talks on the use of so-called killer robots reopened at the United Nations on Monday, with a focus on defining the characteristics of autonomous lethal weapons.

BBC

Scientists have compiled a record of snowfall in Antarctica going back 200 years. The study shows there has been a significant increase in precipitation over the period, up 10%. The effect of the extra snow locked up in Antarctica is to slightly slow a general trend in global sea-level rise.

Texas is deploying National Guard members to the border with Mexico following a call from President Trump. A Guard spokesman said 250 personnel would be sent to patrol the area.

WND

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a tough crackdown on knives Sunday as the city reels from a spike in stabbings that have led its number of homicides to top New York City’s for two straight months.

People are surging to sign up for training to carry concealed weapons in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, as experts say sustained media coverage and calls for more gun control encourage people to look for ways to protect themselves.

A 27 year old woman in Ulyanovsk Russia has died in excruciating agony after she was embalmed alive due to a horrific medical blunder.


The Briefing — Monday, April 9, 2018

1) Tragedies in Canada and Syria expose differences between natural evil and moral evil

CNN (Ralph Ellis, Nicole Chavez, Carma Hassan) –
At least 15 killed in bus crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

2) Syria, chemical weapons, and Just War Theory: Why there is no way to underestimate man’s capacity for moral evil

New York Times (Ben Hubbard) –
Dozens Suffocate in Syria as Government Is Accused of Chemical Attack

Washington Post (Louisa Luveluck and Erin Cunningham) –
Dozens killed in apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, rescue workers say

3) Secular world grapples with the reality of evil even as it lacks the basic categories for understanding its meaning

New York Times (Robert Leonard) –
Why Gun Culture Is So Strong in Rural America

Washington Post (E.J. Dionne) –
Liberals are well aware of the capacity for evil


The brave new age of gender-neutral kids

(Margaret Wente – The Globe and Mail) “Men and women exhibit significant behavioural differences not (or not only) because they’re socialized differently, but because they’re wired differently. Give a girl a pot and she’ll play house. Give a boy a pot and he’ll beat it like a drum.”

When Storm was born seven years ago in Toronto, he or she became the most famous baby in the city. That’s because Storm’s parents announced that they were going to raise the baby as gender neutral. “If you really want to get to know someone, you don’t ask what’s between their legs,” Storm’s father, David Stocker, told The Toronto Star. In an e-mail, Storm’s parents told their friends, “We’ve decided not to share Storm’s sex for now – a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation.”

Storm’s parents, it turns out, weren’t oddballs. They were pioneers. More and more progressive parents have decided to liberate their children from the chains of gender. They give their children gender-neutral names such as Zoomer or Scout. They refer to them using gender-neutral pronouns. They buy them gender-neutral toys and scrupulously avoid pink and blue. They tell people that it’s up to the child theirself to decide what gender they identify with.

These parents don’t like the term gender-neutral, explains New York magazine. They prefer gender-open, gender-creative or gender-affirming. For them, the gender binary is a trap constructed by society to imprison their children and restrict their human potential. Gender is a spectrum, not a binary, they argue. They hope that freeing our children from the shackles of arbitrarily imposed gender norms will be the first steps in a sweeping cultural change to create a better, fairer, more egalitarian society.

Progressive parents are not alone in this Utopian project. Sweden is also engaged in a deliberate experiment in social engineering. Instead of “boys” and “girls,” teachers are urged to call the children “friends.” Many Swedish preschools have dropped gendered pronouns in favour of the newly invented gender-neutral term “hen.”View article →


News – 4/9/2018

Two major crop scourges are hybridizing to produce a new mega-pest
The impact of these evolving pests is already damaging agricultural output in Brazil, and the researchers warn that if these mega-pests establish as a discrete species it would be agriculturally problematic for the entire Americas and beyond.

Was Monday’s Strike in Syria the Damascus Fire Prophesied by Jeremiah?
Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, known in Israel as the author of the Torah blog “Sod Ha’Chashmal,” understands the recent attack as having end-of-days ramifications. “Jeremiah predicted a fire in the fortresses of Damascus that will presage Messiah,” “Though the Arabs certainly did not intend a reference to the Midrash, Assad is referred to in the Arab world as the ‘Nero of the East,” Rabbi Fish explained.

“Toxic Assets”: Ruble Crashes, Russian Stocks Plunge Most In 4 Years After US Sanctions
Last Friday’s sanctions imposed by the US on Putin-allied Russian oligarchs and billionaires – including aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska – as well as associated companies, have had an adverse impact on both the Russian currency and local equities, with the ruble crashing 2.3% to a fresh YTD low of 60 to the USD, the biggest drop since November 2016 and bringing the 3-day drop to 3.5%…

Apple Co-Founder Deletes His Facebook Page
Elon Musk isn’t the only Silicon Valley luminary to delete Facebook pages (or rather, the pages belonging to Tesla and SpaceX) in response to the widening scandal over how Facebook stores, shares, leverages and sells its users’ personal data: on Sunday, Woz also deactivated his account saying the social network had brought him “more negatives than positives.” “I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It’s brought me more negatives than positives. Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages.”

Trump’s Pro-Life Credo: Children Are Endowed with Human Dignity ‘from Conception’
In a powerful statement on the right to life of unborn children, President Donald Trump has declared that a child’s human dignity begins at conception. “We must always remember that all children are blessings from our Creator,” the president said in proclaiming April 2018 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. “They are endowed from conception with value, purpose, and human dignity.”

Two For Israel: US Blocks Second Proposed UN Probe Into Latest Gaza Escalation
For the second week in a row, the United States has blocked a United Nations (UN) Security Council statement that would demand a probe into the IDF’s response over the last two weeks, to Palestinian riots at the Gaza border.

Iran: US will ‘regret it’ if they violate the deal
Hassan Rouhani on Monday warned the United States not to cancel the 2015 “Iran deal.” “We won’t be the first ones to break the deal, but they need to know that if they break it, they will regret it,” Rouhani told participants at a conference honoring Tehran’s National Nuclear Technology Day. “We are a lot more ready than they think, and they will see that if they violate this deal, in a week – in less than a week – they will see the results.”

PA lifts ‘disguise’ on ‘martyr’ payments, defying Taylor Force Act
After three years of disguising its payments to families of martyrs and imprisoned terrorists, the Palestinian Authority has lifted its veil on those payments in a “blatant act of defiance against the US,” a new intelligence center report says. The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report…argues that the PA’s removal for the first time of its disguise on payments is its response to the Taylor Force Act.

Russia, Syria accuse Israel of carrying out strike on Syrian air base
The Russian Ministry of Defense accused Israel of bombing an air base in Syria overnight, the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Monday. Syrian state media also accused Israel of carrying out the strike. Russia said Syrian air defense systems shot down five of eight missiles fired by two Israeli F-15 combat jets from Lebanese air space, Interfax said.

Iran warns: Donald Trump will regret pulling out of nuclear deal
Donald Trump will regret it if he pulls out of the nuclear deal with Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, warning the US president that the Iranian response would be stronger than he thinks. US sanctions that were lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015 will resume unless Trump again waives them on May 12. Trump has effectively set that as a deadline for European powers to “fix the terrible flaws” of the deal.

Israel strikes Gaza target following infiltration attempt
The Israeli Air Force struck a terrorist target belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, said the IDF on Monday morning. The IDF said the strike was executed in response to the attempted infiltration of Israeli territory by a squad of terrorists with an improvised explosive device on Sunday. The IDF attack targeted a Hamas military compound.

N Korea-US talks: Pyongyang ‘ready to discuss’ nuclear programme
North Korea has promised the US it is ready to discuss the future of its nuclear arsenal when the two nations’ leaders meet, US officials say. Preparations for the summit have included secret, direct talks with North Korea, unnamed Trump administration sources said. US and North Korean intelligence officials are said to have spoken many times, and met in a third country.

Iran hit by global cyber attack that left U.S. flag on screens
Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”… “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

Chinese facial recognition company becomes world’s most valuable AI start-up
The Chinese government’s plans for mass surveillance using facial recognition have received a boost from one of the country’s tech powerhouses, after Alibaba led a $600m investment in SenseTime, which develops technology for tracking individuals. The company is working on facial and object recognition technology that accurately can spot people using cameras, recently demonstrated on CCTV in Beijing.

Arab citizens back Israel, slam Hamas over Gaza border protests
Aside from the usual clamor flooding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Arabic social media outlets denouncing Israel for its treatment of the Palestinian populace, a surprisingly large number of people voiced their support of the state…”This is the land (of Israel), and who are you?” wrote one commentator addressing the Great March of Return protesters, questioning their right of return to territories that are now Israel. “My heart is with my Jewish cousins. There is no escaping the fact that Hamas’ Palestinian terrorism will inevitably end,” he added.

Has the California backlash against liberal craziness finally begun?
…in the most ridiculous and egregious example of overreach, the state legislature says it will arrest any waiter who gives a customer a plastic straw if they don’t ask for one.  With all the problems in our state, I don’t think that jailing unsolicited straw distributors in restaurants should be a top priority.

Is Jesus Suddenly Appearing To People All Over The World Or Is It The Promised End Times Deception?
The Bible says that in the end times, there will be a worldwide deception that will take place, and people will be deceived into thinking they have met Jesus Christ when in fact they have actually met Antichrist. Now we know that this will take place during the time of Jacob’s trouble after the Rapture of the Church, but could it be that the Devil is getting a jump start on things  by manifesting himself even now?

Video: George Soros Says The Happiest Time Of His Life Was Rounding Up Jews For The Nazis
Alex Jones presents video footage of George Soros’ 60 Minutes interview where he claims that the year he worked for the Nazis, rounding up Jews for concentration camps, was the happiest time in his life.

The Real Reason Why Trump Ordered the Military to the Border
…there is a well-orchestrated coup underway against the sovereignty of the United States and the enemies of the Republic are apparent for all that have eyes to see.

Syria turns Kurds over to Turkish forces for slaughter
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse in Syria, the government in Damascus appears to be turning over the Kurdish city of Afrin to the Turkish military and pro-Turkish militias.

Russia Says ‘Chemical’ Attack In Syria ‘Fake News,’ Warns Against Intervention
Reports of an alleged gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma are ‘fake news’ aimed at justifying potential strikes against Syria, Moscow said. It warned of “dire consequences” in the event of any military interference.

American Medical Association now pushing for transgender troops on the front lines of war
The nation’s largest physicians organization has made it a top priority to demand that men who think they’re women, and women who think they’re men, be allowed to brandish high-tech weaponry and fight on the front lines of America’s proxy wars around the world.

Strikes hit Syrian airfield, state media report
A military airport in Syria has come under missile attack, the country’s state media has reported.

Muslim Mayor of London Declares New ‘Knife Control’ Policies as Fatal Stabbings Soar
The Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan declared a new knife control policy as stabbings in London soar to unprecedented levels.

Bloody Nose for Brussels: Landslide Triumph as Anti-Globalist, Anti-Soros Orban Wins Third Term in Hungary
Hungary’s conservative-populist premier Viktor Orbán has won a third term in office in a landslide election victory.

Top NASA scientist previously claimed all ice will VANISH from the Arctic by this summer
Climate alarmists are everywhere — but real science continues to show that these scaremongers are the ones full of hot air. Back in 2008, a top “climate prophet” from NASA predicted that the Arctic would be free of sea ice by summer 2018. But data from 2017 has shown quite the opposite: Ice mass in the Arctic has been growing — not disappearing, much to the chagrin of climate change propagandists everywhere, no doubt.

Belgium: Islamic party says, “Our goal is a 100% Islamic State…establishing Sharia law”
For the second time in 6 years the ‘Islam’ party will participate in Belgium’s municipal elections. The party wants to create an Islamic State and separate men and women in public transport, Belgian newspaper HLN reports.

Terrorists Rt to False-Flag Chemical Attack Scenario again amid Syrian Army Rapid Advances in Douma 
Terrorists have embarked on launching a false-flag chemical operation in Douma to blame the Syrian Army for the attack, field sources said Sunday, reminding that the Syrian and Russian military forces had continuously warmed of such a move by Jeish al-Islam terrorists.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 9, 2018

Judge Okays Infringing the Second Amendment

The legal contortions necessary for upholding Massachusetts’ ban on the AR-15 are astounding.

The Foundation

“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” —James Madison (1788)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 9

  • Russia Points Finger at Israel as Missiles Strike Base in Syria (Read More)
  • Russian stock indexes, the ruble tumble on U.S. sanctions (Read More)
  • Deripaska’s Rusal Roiled by Sanctions as Aluminum Prices Jump (Read More)
  • Stocks Point Higher as Trade Concerns Ease (Read More)
  • Appointing New CEO Only Fixes One Crisis at Deutsche Bank (Read More)
  • Tough Questions Zuckerberg Can Expect From Congress (Read More)
  • Xi Takes Center Stage to Defend China’s Trade From Trump Barrage (Read More)
  • North Korea confirms that it is willing to talk about denuclearization (Read More)
  • Older, educated, white voters are shifting from GOP (Read More)
  • Europe’s Boom Reawakens the Ghost of Crisis Past (Read More)
  • Britons Back Holding a Vote on May’s Brexit Deal (Read More)
  • Saudi Plans Military Base and Nuclear Dump Near Qatar (Read More)
  • China Is Studying Yuan Devaluation as a Tool in Trade Spat (Read More)
  • As GM union faces big job losses, South Koreans turn cold shoulder (Read More)
  • America’s Virtual Border Wall Is a 1,954-Mile-Long Money Pit (Read More)
  • Meet the Judge Presiding Over the Government’s Case Against AT&T (Read More)
  • Ryan Fundraising Committee Pulls in $11.1 Million for Midterms (Read More)
  • ‘Smile and nod’: Latin American leaders brace for tense Trump visit (Read More)
  • PayPal Makes a Move Toward Traditional Banking (Read More)
  • Brazil Turns Rightward, Heralding New Chapter for Latin America (Read More)

Headlines – 4/9/2018

Abbas sets conditions for hearing out Trump’s anticipated peace plan

Residents of Jerusalem neighborhood petition High Court against US Embassy

Israel and Hamas may both be violating international law at Gaza fence, ICC says

Arab-Israeli lawmaker calls for West Bank Palestinians to join Gaza protests

PA won’t be responsible for Gaza if Hamas stays in charge, Abbas warns

Abbas says won’t return to Gaza unless Hamas cedes control

Abbas adviser: Hamas is ‘sending Gazans to their deaths for good headlines’

Hamas official signals that Israeli boosting of Gaza economy could curb protests

Chief ICC lawyer calls for end to violence along Gaza border

Gaza war crimes may be prosecuted: ICC prosecutor

IDF shoots at 3 Palestinians who breach border fence, flee back to Gaza

IDF: Palestinians who breached fence planted explosives

Israeli jets strike Gaza after Palestinians plant bombs on fence

Amid Gaza unrest, Jeremy Corbyn calls for UK to review arms sales to Israel

Swastika Flag at Gaza March Exposes Underlying Antisemitism of “Palestine”

Senior Iranian cleric: Hezbollah will destroy Haifa and Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange inks cybersecurity deal with Kazakhstan counterpart

Iceland welcomes its first rabbi while considering a ban on circumcision

Israeli chief rabbi: Jews have ‘moral obligation’ to intervene in Syria

Lapid: ‘Use of chemical weapon in Syria is illegal, world must act’

‘Most of them were going to die’: Syria aid workers tell of apocalyptic scenes

Syria chemical attack: Footage shows families ‘gassed to death’; death toll could surpass 100

After Syria gas attack, Saudi-backed rebels give up last foothold in Damascus

Syria war: Trump condemns Syria for ‘chemical attack’ on Douma

Trump, Macron agree to ‘strong, joint response’ to Assad’s chemical attack

Trump threatens to retaliate against Syria for chemical weapons attack

White House official says won’t ‘take anything off the table’ in response to Syria attack

Trump: ‘big price to pay’ for Syria chemical weapons attack

Israeli officials: U.S. must strike in Syria

Syrian media: Major air base struck by missile attack overnight

Syria says suspected U.S. missiles fired at air base; U.S. denies strike

‘We are not striking Syria:’ Pentagon denies reports of US missile attack

Syrian news reports missile attack as likely ‘American aggression’

John McCain Accuses Trump Of ‘Emboldening’ Assad With Talk Of Withdrawal

Trump slams Obama over not crossing ‘red line’ in Syria with ‘Animal Assad’

Trump Blames Putin, Iran For Backing ‘Animal Assad’ In Wake Of Reported Chemical Attack

Iran condemns Syria chemical charges as ‘conspiracy’

Moscow denies claims Syrian regime used chemical weapons in Douma

Russia says Syria gas attack reports ‘fabricated’

U.S.: If true, deadly Syria chemical attack demands international response; Russia to blame

Pope condemns Syria attack as unjustifiable use of ‘instruments of extermination’

After Syria attack, France calls for UN security council meet

Syria attack shows we now live in a world where using chemical weapons is considered OK — and that should terrify us

Former IDF Intel Chief urges grounding of Assad’s helicopter fleet

Rebels reach final deal with Russia to evacuate Douma – negotiators

Russia is aiding Iran Axis prepare for war with Israel

Russian FM taunts UK counterpart with UK players’ 1938 Nazi salute

North Korea ready to discuss denuclearization with US – report

Trump predicts trade concessions by China, despite rising tensions

Farmers who propelled Trump to presidency fear becoming pawns in trade war

26,000 evacuated in west German town for WWII bomb removal

Soros Organisations Seeking to ‘Break Hungary’ Ahead of Sunday Election, Says Government

Why millennials will learn nothing from Facebook’s privacy crisis

Facebook suspends another data analytics firm after CNBC discovers it was using tactics like Cambridge Analytica

Zuckerberg to face angry lawmakers as Facebook firestorm rages

Facebook could face record fines, say former FTC officials

Stock market cooling off from the ‘Trump bump’

Americans Face Highest Pump Prices in Years

Did astronaut really see a UFO on way to the moon? Buzz Aldrin reportedly passed a lie-detector test over claims he saw an alien craft

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Oda, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Biha, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Aoba volcano on Vanuatu erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Strengthening Tropical Cyclone Keni to renew flood threat across Fiji

Meet the ‘fearless’ drag queens of Beirut

After Nearly 100 Years of Gun Control, London Adding Knife Control

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Oppenheimer – His stripes healed who when?

Dr. Michael Brown – The Shepherd for Wolves

Billy Graham’s regrets, in his own words – What I Would Have Done Differently

NAR Apostle Randy Clark, his Apostolic Network & his ‘Voice of the Apostles’ Conference

Raise the Dead for $50: Todd Bentley Will Teach You How to Raise the Dead

Conjuring Hell at the Cafe with Apostle Dave Kelly

Muslims given say as New York City drafts surveillance guidelines

This Group Slaughtered 225 Christians in March Alone but World Is Silent

California Introduces ‘Dangerous Bill’ That Would Make It Illegal for Christians to Counsel LGBTQ Adults

Posted: 09 Apr 2018 06:24 AM PDT

California Introduces ‘Dangerous Bill’ That Would Make It Illegal for Christians to Counsel LGBTQ AdultsCalifornia LGBTQ activists have introduced a bill that would make it illegal for Christians to provide biblically based counseling for those wanting to get help for unwanted same-sex attractions. N Assemblyman Evan Low’s bill, AB 2943, states that “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” is illegal under state’s consumer fraud law.  This comes six years after the state deemed it illegal for minors to receive counseling for same-sex attraction,

even if they and their parents wanted help.  AB 2943 would essentially stop adults from getting counseling as well. “California can be an instigator of broadening these laws across the country,” Mat Staver, Founder, and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, told CBN News. Staver said the Liberty Counsel is working to stop this legislation from becoming a law. He believes this bill is harmful. READ MORE

 

This Church Is Warning Christians Not To Do Yoga

Posted: 09 Apr 2018 06:15 AM PDT

This Church Is Warning Christians Not To Do YogaThe debate surrounding yoga has always been a hot topic in the church, but in recent years it has grown increasingly more controversial.  Recently, a church in India took a stand against the practice of yoga, stating it did not align with Christian beliefs. The Syro-Malabar Church, in Kerala India, is an Eastern Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church. Their doctrinal commision recently released a report against the practice of yoga.

The Mananthavady diocese claimed that even though yoga brings positive benefits, it cannot unite a person in a closer relationship with God. The report stated, “There is danger in interpreting the results obtained through yoga practice as spiritual benefits. Hindu leaders also do not agree in presenting yoga as separate from Hindu religion. The contention that yoga practice will help in building religious amity in a multi-religious culture is baseless.”  READ MORE

Robots Replace Soldiers in First Exercise of its Kind…

Posted: 09 Apr 2018 06:06 AM PDT

Robots Replace Soldiers in First Exercise of its Kind…Humans took a backseat during a base exercise on Friday, in which robots cleared obstacles for manned tanks and fighting vehicles.  U.S. and British troops participated in the Robotic Complex Breach Concept demonstration, during which several remote-controlled vehicles performed a task usually carried out by soldiers.  “We did a robotic breach today, which has never been done before. This is a historic moment,”

said 1st Lt. Cody Rothschild, an officer with the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, currently on rotation in Europe. “This is a great step forward for the Army, and for robotics.” The rotational armor brigade was the main armor element during the exercise. It provided suppressing fire with M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, while remote-controlled U.K. Terrier engineering vehicles cleared a simulated minefield and bridged a tank trench. READ MORE

Israel blamed for missile strike in Syria; 14 reported dead

Posted: 09 Apr 2018 04:20 AM PDT

Israel blamed for missile strike in Syria; 14 reported deadRussia and the Syrian military blamed Israel for a pre-dawn missile attack Monday on a major air base in central Syria, saying Israeli fighter jets launched the missiles from Lebanon’s air space. A war-monitoring group said the airstrikes killed 14 people, including Iranians active in Syria.  Russia’s Defense Ministry said two Israeli aircraft targeted the T4 air base in Homs province, firing eight missiles. It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base. Syrian state TV

quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4. It gave no further details.  Israel’s foreign ministry had no comment when asked about the accusations.B Since 2012, Israel has struck inside Syria more than 100 times, mostly targeting suspected weapons’ convoys destined for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside Syrian government forces. READ MORE

WAR DRUMS: Russia warns of ‘gravest consequences’ if US takes military action over Syrian chemical attack

Posted: 09 Apr 2018 04:12 AM PDT

WAR DRUMS: Russia warns of ‘gravest consequences’ if US takes military action over Syrian chemical attackRussia has threatened the “gravest” of consequences to any foreign power considering military action against Syria over “fabricated” reports of a chemical attack.  Moscow warned against taking action as US President Donald Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” for the atrocity. Russia, whose military backing of President Bashar al-Assad turned the course of the war in his favor, denied that Syrian government forces deployed chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma.

A joint statement by the medical relief organization Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the civil defense service, which operates in rebel-held areas, said 49 people had died in the attack late on Saturday.  Others put the toll even higher. But Syrian state media denied government forces had launched any chemical attack as soon as the reports began circulating. READ MORE

BREAKING: Airstrike on Syria’ reports of fighter jets and missiles over Lebanon

Posted: 08 Apr 2018 06:42 PM PDT

BREAKING: Airstrike on Syria’ reports of fighter jets and missiles over LebanonDEVELOPING: Reports of explosions have been heard at Syria’s Tiyas Military Airbase amid reports of jets flying across Lebanon into Syria as well as unknown projectiles, it has been reported.  Lebanon residents have reported hearing unidentified jets towards Syria. Speculation is rising of a foreign attack against the Syrian regime just a day after a chemical attack. It happened roughly at 3.30 am local time on

Monday. Residents reported hearing loud booms and the sound of jets. There are reports that Syrian air defense has intercepted missiles. There are also reports that US warships from the Mediterranean are reportedly launching Tomahawk missiles into Syria. Syrian state television has reportedly confirmed. READ MORE

Iran claims Syria gas attack reports ‘excuse’ for military action

Posted: 08 Apr 2018 04:18 PM PDT

Iran claims Syria gas attack reports ‘excuse’ for military actionIran’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday reports of a gas attack in Syria were not based on facts and were an “an excuse” by the United States and Western countries to take military action against Damascus, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported.  “Such claims and allegations by the Americans and some

Western countries point to a new plot against the Syrian government and people, and are an excuse to take military action against them,” IRNA reported foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying. The news agency also quoted Qasemi saying that the reports of the gas attack “do not match facts.”  READ MORE

Mattis authorizes up to 4,000 National Guard troops for US border with Mexico…

Posted: 08 Apr 2018 04:05 PM PDT

Mattis authorizes up to 4,000 National Guard troops for US border with Mexico…Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has signed an order to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to to the U.S.-Mexico border but barred them from interacting with migrants detained by the Border Patrol in most circumstances.  The order, issued in response to President Trump’s call for using troops to stem illegal immigration, specifies that National Guard troops will assist the Department of Homeland

Security along the border but not perform law enforcement missions and will be armed only when necessary for self-defense. Given the restrictions, it’s unclear if the Guard units will play a significant role in Trump administration efforts to lock down the border. The Border Patrol has more than 19,000 sworn agents, although not all are assigned in the Southwest, and illegal immigration is at its lowest level in decades. READ MORE

WAR DRUMS: Russia calls Assad gas attack “Fake News”

Posted: 08 Apr 2018 03:51 PM PDT

WAR DRUMS: Russia calls Assad gas attack “Fake News”Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday reports of a gas attack in Syria were bogus and any military action taken based on such “invented and fabricated excuses” could lead to severe consequences. “The spread of bogus stories about the use of chlorine and other poisonous substances by (Syrian) government forces continues. Yet another such fabricated piece of information about an alleged chemical attack in

Douma appeared yesterday,” the ministry said in a statement. “We have warned several times recently against such dangerous provocations. The aim of such deceitful speculation, lacking any kind of grounding, is to shield terrorists … and to attempt to justify possible external uses of force.” READ MORE


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The “Admirable Method” of God’s Providence (Calvin)

The Reformed Reader

Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (8 vols.) Around 1560 John Calvin wrote “A Brief Confession of Faith” which was probably meant to be a shorter version of his larger confession for French Reformed churches.  Like other Protestant confessions of faith, it gives a good summary of the main teachings of Scripture – summaries which date back to the Nicene and Apostles’ creeds.  Below I’ve posted a paragraph on providence from “A Brief Confession of Faith.”  God’s sovereign providence is a comforting reality for the Christian.  As we face trials and hardships in life, we pray for submission to the good providence of our good God:

I confess that God once created the world to be its perpetual Governor, but in such manner that nothing can be done or happen without his counsel and providence. And though Satan and the reprobate plot the confusion of all things, and even believers themselves pervert right order by their sins, yet…

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The Brainwashing of Our Children: Satan in Our Public Schools and Universities

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

When the kids were young, I stayed home and was a licensed day care provider.  We needed the money and I felt that this would be good for our kids and also for the kids who would come into our home. I made sure that any prospective parents knew that their children would hear the name of Jesus in our home.  I told them that we prayed and I read Bible stories to the kids.  Most of the parents had no problem with this – some did, so it worked out for everyone.

When our children entered elementary school, I had talks with them about things they might learn in school – things that didn’t match what we read in our Bible. I told them that the Bible was Absolute truth, so if they heard something which contradicted it, then they should always believe the Bible.

I knew that as…

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A warning about Hillsong’s Facebook marketing ‘con job’.

Brian Houston often says that it’s by the grace of God he is where he is today. This is complete fraudulent on so many levels. With that in mind and given its wordwide impact, it is worth examining the marketing arm of Hillsong.

While biblical Christianity trusts that Jesus will grow His church through the preaching of His gospel, Hillsong have relied heavily on marketing research and innovations to grow their empire. In this example, we highlight their latest marketing ploy.

If you are on Facebook, have you seen this ad put out by Hillsong?

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If you click on the add, you are taken to a Hillsong web page heavily promoting their Hillsong brand and overpriced product. The website is all about their merchandise marketing the Hillsong brand, encouraging their followers to part with their money to pay not only for their TV channel, but also flooding the Christian…

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In Response To Growing Number Of Fistfights, London Mayor Bans Hands

LONDON—In response to a recent outbreak in fistfights, London mayor Sadiq Khan announced Monday a sweeping ban of hands in the city, effective immediately. “No excuses: there is never a reason to have hands in a modern, civil society. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law,” Khan said […]

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Muslim Mayor of London Declares New ‘Knife Control’ Policies as Fatal Stabbings Soar

The Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan declared a new knife control policy as stabbings in London soar to unprecedented levels.

This of course completely crushes the ‘guns cause violence’ narrative the left pushes since the UK has some of the strictest gun laws in the world.

Islamic terrorist attacks are on the rise in London because of dangerous immigration laws, yet people like Sadiq Khan and the Met Police Chief are blaming social media for the rise in violence.

In fact, London’s murder rate is higher than New York City’s for the first time ever.

Sadiq Khan’s answer is to turn London into a police state (more than it already is).

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Via London.Gov:

Since 2016, Sadiq Khan has been taking action to tackle the scourge of violent crime in London, together with the Met Police. With the tragic rise in knife killings on our streets this year, he’s introduced tough, immediate measures to address the violence.

The Mayor is determined to ensure criminals are caught and punished – but he’s also investing millions in tackling the complex root causes of violent crime to help prevent future deaths.

Here’s what the Mayor is doing:

Boosting police power

  • A new violent crime taskforce of 120 officers has been created using additional funding from City Hall announced by the Mayor in February. The taskforce will focus solely on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality.
  • The Met Police has introduced targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected by knife crime
  • The Mayor is protecting the number of frontline police officers on London’s streets byinvesting £110m in the Met Police.
  • Police made more than 900 arrests during Operation Winter Nights in November and December, taking more than 350 weapons off London’s streets

Preventing future violence

  • In February Mayor created the £45m Young Londoners Fund to help steer young people away from violent crime
  • Knife wands are now available for every school in London to help keep young people safe, with 150 schools so far taking up the offer
  • The widely shared London Needs You Alive campaign brings together role models and youth influencers to send a positive message to young people – that they shouldn’t put their lives at risk by carrying a knife
  • The Mayor’s granted £7 million to projects to combat youth violence across London and £250,000 to community groups and grassroots initiatives
  • The Mayor is working to bring in more Safer Schools Officers to help to drive down knife crime in schools

The Muslim Mayor of London proudly tweeted his new knife control law.

Sadiq Khan tweeted: “No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”

Mayor of London

@MayorofLondon

No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law. http://www.london.gov.uk/tackling-violent-crime 

The Met Police has stepped up stop and search in worst-affected areas

Here’s what the Mayor is doing to tackle violent crime

City Hall and the Met Police are taking action to tackle the scourge of violent crime in London.

london.gov.uk

So now Londoners cannot carry guns or knives.

Of course the criminals and Muslim gangs will continue to carry weapons so the law abiding citizens of London are sitting ducks with no way to defend themselves.

This is of course by design.

Americans must defend their 2A rights now more than ever so we don’t become Londonistan.

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Bibles Pulled from Online Stores as China Increases Control of Religion

Sarah Cook, senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House, said the sales ban “is an important example of how internet censorship intersects with restrictions on religious freedom. … Sensitive religious topics and groups are among the most censored in China,” she said. “In our research we found the Chinese authorities increasingly using more high-tech methods to control religion and punish believers — including surveillance and arrest of believers for sharing information online.”

The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion.

China has always controlled sales of the Bible, only allowing it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches, but in recent years it had been available to buy online.

That loophole now appears to be firmly closed. Searches for “Holy Bible” did not return results on JD.com, and results on Amazon.cn did not include the main text, but did include study guides and the Koran.

On Taobao, China’s biggest online marketplace, a search returned results for the “baby food bible” and the “autoimmune disease healing bible,” but not the Christian scripture, though some related products such as an illustrated set of children’s Bible stories were still available.

JD.com, Amazon.cn and Taobao did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Thursday was a public holiday in China.

Two online merchants told CNN customers may still obtain copies of the holy book from them through private messages, but public listing of the Bible is now impossible on Taobao.

Historical hostility

Sarah Cook, senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House, said the sales ban “is an important example of how internet censorship intersects with restrictions on religious freedom.”

“Sensitive religious topics and groups are among the most censored in China,” she said. “In our research we found the Chinese authorities increasingly using more high-tech methods to control religion and punish believers — including surveillance and arrest of believers for sharing information online.”

Religious practice in China is tightly controlled by the government, with the five recognized faiths — Chinese Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism and Taoism — supervised by official organizations such as the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church or the Buddhist Association of China.

According to a recent five-year plan on Christianity in China, published by the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), maintaining the “principle of independence and self-management” is important due to the “humiliating history of the Chinese people” and the use of Christianity by the powers of “colonialism and imperialism.”

Chinese Catholic bishops are not appointed by the Pope, which has been a key sticking point between Beijing and the Vatican since relations broke down in 1951.

Progress did appear to have been made in recent weeks, with some Chinese officials saying a deal with the Holy See could take place over Easter, but this did not pan out.

William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International, said the Vatican “should probably take this issue into consideration in its discussions with their Chinese counterparts — since the banning of the sale of Bibles is obviously a worrying move demonstrating the worsening state for freedom of religion in China.”

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