Daily Archives: April 13, 2018

April 13: The Curious Thing about God’s Work

Deuteronomy 26:1–27:26; 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1; Psalm 40:1–17

Doing God’s work is a curious thing. It requires both mad rushes and patiently waiting.

Christ followers are meant to think like the psalmist did: “I waited patiently for Yahweh, And he inclined to me and heard my cry for help” (Psa 40:1). Yet Jesus’ followers are also meant to do His work at breakneck speed, as described in Deut 26:1, where the Israelites are told to take possession of the promised land and settle it.

We’re meant to recognize where the answers and timeframe come from: God. Giving the first of what we make to God’s work indicates this understanding: “You shall take from the firstfruit of all the fruit of the ground that you harvest from your land that Yahweh your God is giving to you … and you shall go to the priest who is in office in those days, and you shall say, ‘I declare today to Yahweh your God that I have come into the land that Yahweh swore to our ancestors to give to us.’ Then the priest takes the basket from your hand and places it before the altar of Yahweh your God” (Deut 26:2–4).

In ancient Israel, the firstfruits wouldn’t be wasted. This sacrifice would provide the priest with a livelihood so that he could serve Yahweh by serving others.

God has asked His followers to listen and to act, but to leave the timeframe of doing both up to Him. Giving after we complete both tasks shows that we realize that God has given us all we have, and it requires us to understand the purpose of sacrifice.

Just as the Israelites were a wandering people (Deut 26:5), we were also once wandering sinners. It’s for this reason, and many others, that we must trust our God in our patience, in our speed, and with our giving.

What is God asking you to be patient about, and where should you make haste? How are you currently neglecting to give?

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 13 Being Filled with Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matt. 5:7).

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Mercy is a characteristic of true believers.

Like the other Beatitudes, Matthew 5:7 contains a twofold message: to enter the Kingdom, you must seek mercy; once there, you must show mercy to others.

The thought of showing mercy probably surprised Christ’s audience because both the Jews and the Romans tended to be merciless. The Romans exalted justice, courage, discipline, and power. To them mercy was a sign of weakness. For example, if a Roman father wanted his newborn child to live, he simply held his thumb up; if he wanted it to die, he held his thumb down.

Jesus repeatedly rebuked the Jewish religious leaders for their egotistical, self-righteous, and condemning attitudes. They were intolerant of anyone who failed to live by their traditions. They even withheld financial support from their own needy parents (Matt. 15:3–9).

Like the people of Jesus’ time, many people today also lack mercy. Some are outright cruel and unkind, but most are so consumed with their quest for self-gratification that they simply neglect others.

Christians, on the other hand, should be characterized by mercy. In fact, James used mercy to illustrate true faith: “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself” (James 2:14–17). He also said mercy is characteristic of godly wisdom: “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy” (3:17).

As one who has received mercy from God, let mercy be the hallmark of your life.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for His great mercy. ✧ Ask Him to give you opportunities to show mercy to others today.

For Further Study: Read Luke 10:25–37. ✧ Who questioned Jesus, and what was his motive? ✧ What characteristics of mercy were demonstrated by the Samaritan traveler? ✧ What challenge did Jesus give His hearer? Are you willing to meet that challenge?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 116). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Still Using Snopes To Fact Check? PLEASE Just Say Nope to Snopes!

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

****This is a reprint of an article I wrote over a year ago.  I will probably be put in FB jail again – the first time I shared this I was in jail after just 3 shares!  

It horrifies me when Conservative Christians come to me and say “I fact checked this on Snopes and they said it’s not true.”

Just say NOPE to SNOPES!  

This left leaning outfit, run by an ultra liberal couple is definitely not the place for Conservatives to go for verification of facts. May I just say that if you want to be lied to, then Snopes is for you!  Talk about Fake News – Snopes is the place where left wing fake news is verified and news stories from Conservative sites are vilified.

Where is the discernment?

Actually, it is just as shocking to me when Conservatives are duped by rag websites…

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Wretched Radio 04/12/2018

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•Psychiatric drugs, emotional blunting, and mass shootings
•Rick Thomas explains why Hope works and psychiatric drugs don’t
•Words from the pastor of the Humboldt Broncos
•Applying theology in times of grief
•Robert Morris and the Prosperity GospelDownload Now (right click and save)

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Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry – normalizing mysticism.

With thanks to Rick Becker from ‘Famine In The Land’  – his latest article. Another excellent resource to help our readers understand the dangers of attending the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.


Rick writes:

The Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry School Planting website has published an article entitled “Pastoring People With Unique Spiritual Giftings.”  Their article reveals their progressive slide into mysticism and Gnosticism, and reaffirms the need to expose this school for what it is.  Some have compared it to Hogwarts, the school of Wizardry from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  Bethel itself has been labelled a cult by others.  What is certain, is that Bethel church and their School of Supernatural Ministry are deceiving thousands of people all around the world.  In this post, we examine an article published on the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry School Planting website.

Bill Johnson has groomed his underlings to take risks beyond…

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‘Praise the Lord!’: Christian ‘American Idol’ Contestant Blows Katy Perry Away With Stunning Performance

Shannon O’Hara is a 17-year-old contestant on American Idol who, like every other performer, wants to win. There is something different about O’Hara though, as she credits her musical talent to God.

The 17-year-old’s story of faith and determination is failing to receive media attention, but it is extremely fundamental to her musical journey. She has not only captured the love and attention of millions of fans, but also that of the American Idol judges.

In order to place in the top 24 of contestants, O’Hara made the bold move of singing a Katy Perry song. Not only did she sing “Unconditionally” by the judge, but she added her own twist to it, raising the stakes even higher.

How an American Idol Contestant Went From an Anxious Teen to a Christian Rockstar Touring the Country

https://www.faithwire.com/2017/01/10/how-an-american-idol-contestant-went-from-an-anxious-teen-to-a-christian-rockstar-touring-the-country/embed/#?secret=qufDLrB7VS

Luckily, Perry, like so many watching, was wowed by Shannon’s performance. Perry called O’Hara a, “secret spiritual ninja,” and teared up during her performance.

O’Hara was not only trying to impress the judges that day but to praise God on national television.

“For me, that song is almost like a worship song — it can be taken that way, and that’s how I took it. My faith is really important to me, and it’s a big part of my life, so I wanted to do something that I can kind of relate in that sense,” Shannon told The Charlotte Observer.

O’Hara grew up singing in church. She did not get a formal education of musical training of any sorts. The only time of formal training she received was a few years of piano lessons. She is a self-taught guitar player and singer. But that does not mean she doesn’t sing plenty. She leads her youth group worship on Thursday night as well as Sunday mornings, singing at the church twice a week.

During the show, Perry asked O’Hara about her roots.

“Shannon, you’ve primarily sang in church, correct?” asked Perry, who also comes from a Christian background with Christian parents.

“I know exactly how it feels to be raised in church,” she remarked.

The show apparently cut another comment Perry made.

“You have the hand of God in your voice,” Perry said.

“She actually said that to me,” Shannon said, “but they didn’t show that whenever they showed me getting judged. I wished they would have shown that.”

Shannon made it to the next round, placing in the top 24. The 17-year-old posted to Instagram to update and celebrate.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhFwb2-H3f4/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=500#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A1756367.5%7D“PRAISE THE LORD!!!! I can’t even believe it. Thank you Jesus for this opportunity. HERE I COME!!” O’Hara wrote.

In her promo video, O’Hara also explains that American Idol signals a, “chance for me to bring some hope to my family in this extremely difficult time.”

The singer continued to detail that her father’s health was so bad that the family had to sell their home in order to afford his medical bills.

The Charlotte Observer also reported that her dad was the manager of a restaurant that was shut down a year and a half ago.

“The restaurant he was the manager of shut down a year and a half ago, and not long after that, his health started getting bad,” Shannon said. She also added that he has had to go through “multiple surgeries” and has been in a “lot of pain.” Her father has a vascular disease.

She hopes that she can help the family financially with this opportunity.

“My dad worked really hard my entire life until now, so I’m just trying to help my family financially with this opportunity, as well as following my lifelong dream,” she said. “Hopefully, American Idol can bring my family out of our current situation.”

O’Hara told the Observer that her father has vascular disease. He recently had to have a toe removed, and it has been a tough recovery.

Carrie Underwood Makes Surprise Appearance at Massive Christian Conference

https://www.faithwire.com/2017/01/03/carrie-underwood-makes-surprise-appearance-at-massive-christian-conference/embed/#?secret=vq2OaVsxFz

“It’s taken over six months for the wound to close; it’s been a really slow process,” Shannon added. “For awhile, he was going to wound care and going to the doctor every other day.”

Despite the hard times, Shannon’s trust stays firm in God. Her social media is filled with worships songs, Bible verses, prayers, and encouraging words. Her Twitter bio reads, “HE is my strength.”

She took to Instagram on Easter to thank God publically for her time with American Idol thus far.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhCbPJRnlPO/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=500#%7B%22ci%22%3A1%2C%22os%22%3A1756373.5%7D“As I look back to that day in August where it all began, I can’t believe where I am now,” she wrote. “In my weakness, the Lord’s power has been made perfect in my life. He makes me brave. He rose out of the grave that I was supposed to be in!”

“He is the greatest love I have ever known, and my life has been radically changed because of what Jesus did for me. May we remember what He did everyday, not just today,” she added.

American Idol Winner Explains the Very Moment She Knew God Had Answered Her Prayers

https://www.faithwire.com/2016/12/28/american-idol-winner-explains-the-very-moment-she-knew-god-had-answered-her-prayers/embed/#?secret=BPPdn2XW1H

The young girl stays positive and grounded in her faith, stating that she plans to pursue ministry and worship in college.

“I’d really like to go to this ministry school in California,” she said. “That also involves worship and worship-leading – which is music.”

Source: ‘Praise the Lord!’: Christian ‘American Idol’ Contestant Blows Katy Perry Away With Stunning Performance

J. Warner Wallace: I am not a Christian because it works for me

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Here’s a must-read post from Cold-Case Christianity author J. Warner Wallace.

Excerpt:

Life on this side of my decision hasn’t always been easy. It’s been nearly seventeen years since I first trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior. I still struggle to submit my prideful will to what God would call me to do. Christianity is not easy. It doesn’t always “work” for me. There are times when I think it would be easier to do it the old way; easier to cut a corner or take a short cut. There are many times when doing the right thing means doing the most difficult thing possible. There are also times when it seems like non-Christians have it easier, or seem to be “winning”. It’s in times like these that I have to remind myself that I’m not a Christian because it serves my own selfish purposes. I’m not a Christian because…

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I’m old enough to remember when ‘evangelical’ was a bad word

According to Jesse Johnson “evangelical suffers from an ambiguity largely owning to its diversity. The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is different than the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, yet members of both would sign the Manhattan Declaration. If you believe the gospel and the fundamentals (inerrancy, virgin birth, bodily resurrection, personal conversion, etc.), does that make you evangelical? There is no clear answer to that question.”  But what is clear says Johnson is that “an evangelical is someone who says with their feet that Catholicism and liberalism are wrong, but they just would never say so with their mouths. They leave the Catholic church on Sundays, but turn around and call Catholics our brothers in the Lord on Tuesdays. This is evangelicalism’s squishy middle.”

Does Jesse offer a solution to the confusion over how to better define evangelicalism? Is there a better word we could use? If so, what word would that be? Jesse Johnson shares his thoughts over at The Cripplegate. He writes:

 

If there ever was a word in need of a definition, it’s evangelical. While confusion with evangelical didn’t start two years ago, it was exasperated and exaggerated by the election of President Trump. More specifically, by the Pew exit poll declaring that 81% of white evangelicals voted for him. This led to much hand-wringing, soul searching, blame shifting, and guilt-casting about what exactly is wrong with evangelicals, particularly the white ones. (A side note—you might be an evangelical if you are naive enough to believe an exit poll).

Many called “white evangelicals” to repent of their love affair with presidential politics, while others have lamented that so-called evangelical churches are largely white. Meanwhile, some African-Americans are “quietly” leaving their churches over the issue—no word yet on how “quietly” it can be when it is a lead story in the New York Times.

I watch these unfold as a spectator. As I mentioned, I’m old enough to remember when evangelical was a bad word. If I was even older, say 500 years old, perhaps I would embrace the label. William Tyndale declared that evangelical encompassed anyone who is made “good, merry, glad and joyful… who sings and dances and leaps for joy in believing what we call the gospel.” By that definition, count me in. Also, by that definition, count most white evangelicals out.

But as time went on, the word “evangelical” did what words do: it changed. In England and Scotland as pulpits went liberal, evangelical came to describe a church where the gospel was still preached. If a person said they went to an Anglican church, a fair follow-up question might be: “But is it evangelical?” Some were, most were not.

State-side, the term took a different slightly different path. Here, liberalism, evolution, and alcohol consumption started to creep into the church. Some denominations began to question, then later deny, the historicity of Genesis, the virgin birth of Christ, and even the veracity of the bodily resurrection. These denominations were white, and that is more than a side note; it will matter very much in the year 2016. View article →

Nancy Ortberg Describes the Perverse Actions of the Reprobate Bill Hybels

FLAWED PROCESS, WOUNDED WOMEN

April 12, 2018 

My name is Nancy Ortberg.  I served on the Board of the Willow Creek Association and served on staff at Willow Creek Community Church for nine years.  I would like to make clear why, after Bill Hybels’ accelerated retirement, I remain deeply concerned about the process and church governance that brought us all to this point, as well as the stories of the women who have spoken up.

Read it here.  #IBelieveHer

Fed Up Parents Organize ‘Sex Ed Sit Out’ to Protest ‘Gender-Bending Propaganda’ Taught in Schools

Many parents are concerned about the growing number of attempts to expose young public school children to explicit sexual content under the guise of “sexual education.” With the rise of demonstrations surrounding the gun control and abortion debates, one group of parents have decided to make their frustrations surrounding the issue of sex-ed known through a “Sex Ed Sit Out.”

Media Silent as Students Across America Participate in Pro-Life Walkout

Nation’s Evangelicals Warn They’ll Only Give Trump 1 Or 2 Hundred More Mulligans

U.S.—The vast majority of the nation’s evangelical Christians stressed Friday that they were “this close” to abandoning their support of Donald Trump as they coped with a seemingly endless string of moral scandals surrounding the president. “I swear, if 197 or so more egregious moral failings come to light, I am DONE supporting this guy,” […]

The post Nation’s Evangelicals Warn They’ll Only Give Trump 1 Or 2 Hundred More Mulligans appeared first on The Babylon Bee.

Christian Leaders Will Meet to Discuss Future of Evangelicalism in Today’s Political Climate

A group of evangelical churches, organizations and seminaries will meet next week at Wheaton College to discuss the future of evangelism under President Donald Trump’s White House.

APRIL 13 RUNNING LIFE’S RACE

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Hebrews 12:1

The writer to the Hebrews gives us good New Testament counsel: “Let us run the race with patience.”

The Holy Spirit here describes Christian believers as runners on the track, participants in the race which is the Christian life. He provides both strong warning and loving encouragement, for there is always the danger of losing the race, but there is also the victor’s reward awaiting those who run with patience and endurance. So, there are important things each of us should know and understand about our struggles as the faithful people of God.

For instance, it is a fact that the Christian race is a contest. But in no sense is it a competition between believers or between churches! As we live the life of faith, we Christians are never to be in competition with other Christians. The Bible makes this very plain!

Christian churches are never told to carry on their proclamation of the Savior in a spirit of competition with other Jesus churches. The Holy Spirit tells us to keep our eyes on Jesus not on others who are also running the race!

Lord Jesus, help me to keep my eyes on You as I run the race of the Christian life.[1]


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

April 13, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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The U.S. and its allies edged toward punitive measures against Syria as President Donald Trump met with his national security team to discuss a response to an apparent chemical weapons attack by the country and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet said it is “vital” to react to the incident.

President Donald Trump ordered the creation of a task force to review business practices at the United States Postal Service, a move that could affect one of the president’s favorite corporate targets: Amazon.com Inc.

India is reducing its dependence on Russia for critical defense programs, with the joint venture BrahMos missile set to be guided by a locally-developed target tracking device in the next year.

Like much of the ex-communist region, the European Union’s poorest member has watched its citizens head west in droves to snag fatter salaries in countries including the U.K. Add to that already low fertility rates and a growing share of elderly people, and Bulgaria is among the most exposed to demographic threats. The population is on track to drop below 7 million.

Members of an 11-nation Asia-Pacific trade pact said Friday they opposed any renegotiation of the deal to accommodate the U.S. should it decide to rejoin at a later date.

Lucara Diamond Corp. has recovered yet another massive diamond in Botswana, at a site previously owned by giant De Beers. The 472-carat light brown stone is the third largest found by Vancouver-based Lucara at the Karowe mine. The site has proven a windfall for the Canadian miner which now produces some of the biggest and best diamonds in the world.

AP Top Stories

President Donald Trump is poised to pardon Scooter J. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the president’s thinking.

The son of a disgraced former Michigan judge is accused of killing his father and dumping the body on an abandoned golf course near his Florida home. Investigators aren’t saying much about the death of James “Skip” Scandirito, 75, who resigned a judgeship in Macomb County, Michigan, in 2000 in the face of sexual misconduct charges. But they’ve arrested his only child, James Anthony “Jimmy” Scandirito, 49, and charged him with murder.

At a time when President Donald Trump tweets about potentially launching missile strikes against the Syrian government, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says the chief executive can do that without congressional approval. “The existing AUMF gives him the authority he needs to do what he may or may not do,” Ryan said Thursday at a press conference.

Taliban attacks overnight in Afghanistan killed at least 13 policemen and wounded several others, officials said Friday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed the “urgent” need to build a powerful navy during a surprise visit to observe naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea, state media reported as the country prepares for live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait.

The National Park Service decided Thursday that it will raise fees at 117 national park sites, but the increases are quite modest compared to the previous proposal. Facing a more than $11 billion backlog in the upkeep of national parks, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke previously proposed raising fees to $70 in 17 of the most popular parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. The government allowed the public to weigh in on the fee increases, and the responses showed overwhelming opposition to the dramatic increase.

President Donald Trump has nominated the first African-American woman for promotion to general. Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general, if confirmed, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday.

The government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi expressed “serious concern” on Friday over a move by the International Criminal Court prosecutor seeking jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to arrest an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor if she conducts activities in his country, arguing it was no longer an ICC member so the court had no right to do any investigating.

Five U.S. military aircraft crashed over a period of less than a month beginning in mid-March 2018, killing 16 crew members and alarming military officials. Two of the crashes involved U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, underscoring concerns that the naval aviation fleet is overworked, undertrained and poorly-maintained.

Israelis stood still on Thursday for a nationwide moment of silence in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, as a two-minute siren wailed across the country and the nation paid respects to those systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators in World War II.

The number of civilians killed and wounded by suicide bombings and “complex attacks” in Afghanistan has more than doubled so far this year, the United Nations said on Thursday.

BBC

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said a reported chemical attack in Syria was staged by foreign agents. The US and France say they have proof it took place and, alongside the UK, are considering military retaliation.

Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers.

Portugal’s parliament has approved a new law making it easier for people to change their legal gender. Citizens from the age of 16 will now be able to change their gender and name in documents without the need of a medical report.

WND

Goldman Sachs analysts attempted to address a touchy subject for biotech companies, especially those involved in the pioneering “gene therapy” treatment: cures could be bad for business in the long run. “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” analysts ask.


The Briefing — Friday, April 13, 2018

1) Looking at the real legacy of Cecile Richards as influential media outlets celebrate her tenure leading Planned Parenthood

Time Magazine (Belinda Luscombe) –
Outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Is Not Done Fighting

2) Why it’s essential to understand the categorical distinction between humans and animals

New York Times (Nicholas Kristof) –
Choosing Animals Over People?

3) Glory bearers vs. image bearers: Showing proper concern for animals without worshipping them

New York Times (Margaret Renkl) –
Pet Owners Gone Wild


RenewAmerica Newsletter

April 13, 2018
CHERYL K. CHUMLEY — Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, ripped into the FBI for its raid on President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, comparing the federal action to the Nazi regime. And insofar as the rather ridiculous raids on Cohen’s files go – – he’s got a bit of a point. These are moves that ring more of Gestapo, less of constitutional America – – more of police state, less of republic, land of the law…. (more)

April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that he will retire from the House at the end of this year, closing out a two-decade career in Congress and igniting soul-searching in a party bracing for a rough election season. Mr. Ryan rejected claims that he was fleeing a sinking ship. He predicted that Republicans will keep their House majority despite headwinds in November’s elections…. (more)


April 12, 2018
BOB UNRUH — A lawsuit has been filed against the departments of Justice and State to discover what influence Russia had on Hillary Clinton when she was U.S. secretary of state under Barack Obama and Russian interests gave her foundation $140 million…. (more)

April 12, 2018
‘Enough is enough! We will no longer tolerate legal abortion in our nation’

WORLDNETDAILY — High-school and college students at an estimated 350 schools across the U.S. are walking out of their classes to support life and protest Planned Parenthood on Wednesday. The walkout was coordinated by the Students for Life of America. The teenagers are leaving class for 17 minutes, which the organization says is the same amount of time it takes Planned Parenthood to perform as many as 10 abortions…. (more)


April 12, 2018
NEWSMAX — The New York Times grudgingly acknowledged Thursday what the book world has known for weeks: conservative author Jerome Corsi’s widely acclaimed “Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump” is a bonafide bestseller…. (more)

April 11, 2018
NEWSMAX — Author Jerome Corsi told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that longtime Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen “would have gladly cooperated” with Russia special counsel Robert Mueller – – and that would have staved off an FBI raid of his home and office…. (more)

April 11, 2018
Senator: ‘This is an enormous power used against anybody’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says all Americans should be worried about civil liberties in the wake of the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen. The nebulous limits to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation, coupled with his willingness to test them, had the Republican lawmaker ringing alarm bells Tuesday. Mr. Paul told a Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that the FBI’s legal tendrils have wandered far from their original target – – the truth about possible collusion between Russian state actors and Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign…. (more)

April 11, 2018
Lawsuit uncovers emails showing effort to undermine president-elect
BOB UNRUH — Former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power kept up a steady flow of emails lashing out at then-President-elect Trump, strategizing on how to undermine his agenda and coordinating opposition to him during her last few months of Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House, a new report reveals…. (more)

April 11, 2018
Facebook CEO pressed on definition of ‘hate,’ feeling ‘unsafe’
ART MOORE — In much-anticipated testimony before a Senate committee amid anger over the sale of the personal data of 87 million users, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted to lawmakers Tuesday he hasn’t done enough to prevent his global social-media platform from being used “for harm.”… (more)

April 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off against senators Tuesday, acknowledging growing pains as his company evolved from a dorm-room project to internet colossus that now faces a crisis of confidence after mishandling users’ data and seeing its platform abused by Russian operatives who meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election…. (more)

April 10, 2018

DAILY CALLER — Sen. Ted Cruz clearly rattled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday by grilling him about Facebook’s well-documented censorship of conservatives…. (more)


April 10, 2018
NEWSMAX — The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook allegedly was fake, run by a white Australian man who used it to raise at least $100,000 for various causes, CNN reported. Titled Black Lives Matter, the page was suspended on Monday after CNN inquired about it. The reportedly fake account came to light as Facebook grapples with its public relations nightmare of allegedly failing to protect personal data of its users and for sharing fake news…. (more)

April 10, 2018
RICH LOWRY — Once again, Mark Zuckerberg is sorry. The founder of Facebook, who has apologized for privacy breaches throughout much of his company’s existence, is back at it, on a much larger stage than ever before…. (more)

April 10, 2018
‘They’ve already disarmed the wrong people by taking their guns away’
GREG COROMBOS — Officials in London are responding to 50 stabbing deaths this year by declaring war on knives and pleading with people never to carry one in public, decisions one Second Amendment expert calls “silly” and says is proof that taking away people’s guns doesn’t remove the desire of criminals to harm people…. (more)

April 10, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Florida lawmakers reacted to the deadly Parkland shooting by allowing certain teachers to carry firearms at school, but instructors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School won’t be able to participate. The Broward County school board voted Tuesday against taking part in the newly enacted Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, named for a popular coach who died in the Feb. 14 massacre that killed 17 people…. (more)

April 10, 2018
John Stossel: One can’t talk about how genes affect intelligence without being threatened
JOHN STOSSEL — We’ve been told conservatives don’t believe in science and that there’s a “Republican war on science.” Sponsored But John Tierney, who’s written about science for the New York Times for 25 years and now writes for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, told me in my latest online video, “The real war on science is the one from the left.”… (more)

April 10, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday for a government-wide review of welfare programs, with a goal of putting more people back to work, White House officials said. The order directs all federal agencies involved in providing more than $700 billion in low-income assistance annually to study programs that are “failing Americans,” and to report back in 90 days with recommendations, said White House domestic policy council director Andrew Bremberg…. (more)

April 9, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In articles published earlier (read them here and here), I wrote about the strategic implications of Mexico’s involvement with the so-called refugee caravan that was making its way through Mexico toward the U.S. border. According to the latest reports available as I write this, President Trump’s firm, timely warnings to the Mexican government, along with the actions he has ordered to underline them, have had the desired effect…. (more)

April 9, 2018
Economy to surge, unemployment to hit record low under Trump
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republicans’ tax cuts and the new spending bill Congress approved last month will send the economy surging this year to 3.3 percent growth – – but will also send the deficit soaring back to the record levels of the early Obama years, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday…. (more)

April 9, 2018
The police will now stop and frisk people believed to be carrying knives.

DAILY WIRE — An epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks in London has gotten so bad that London mayor Sadiq Khan is announcing broad new “knife control” policies designed to keep these weapons of war out of the hands of Londoners looking to cause others harm…. (more)


April 9, 2018
ONE NEWS NOW — Muslim London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the addition of a knife control crusade to curb the endemic crime rate – after nearly 100 years of gun control enforcement in the city – but his recent move to lower searches he called “Islamophobic” could be responsible for the spike in violent crime…. (more)

April 9, 2018
Sense of vulnerability: ‘Unprecedented’ spike in firearm training courses after Parkland shooting
WASHINGTON TIMES — 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. Gun sales also appear to be on the rise, based on federal background checks…. (more)

April 9, 2018

NEWSMAX — Ripping FBI special counsel Robert Mueller as a political “zealot,” Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz reminded staunch Mueller supporters about the former FBI director’s role in protecting “notorious mass murderer” Whitey Bulger as an FBI informant…. (more)


April 9, 2018
NEWSMAX — Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday offered a truce to Sean Hannity after several days of trading barbs with the Fox News host and apologized for making fun of First Lady Melania Trump…. (more)

April 9, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — One of the most vexing aspects of daily life is the nonstop flow of anti-Trump propaganda masquerading as news analysis. That is, unless you hate Donald Trump, as most of the media clearly do. Fake news oozes from nearly every media pore, some of it more subtle than others…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 13, 2018

Comey Outs Himself as a Partisan Hack

The disgraced former FBI director makes clear his decisions were political, not legal.

The Foundation

“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?” —Patrick Henry (1775)


Why Military Action Against Syria Is A Really Bad Idea

The United States is on the verge of going to war, and we need to do all that we can to stop that from happening.  Everywhere I go in Idaho’s first congressional district, people are telling me that they do not want to see military action against Syria.  The Russians have already indicated that they plan to strike back if their forces are threatened, and many of the voters that I am talking to are extremely concerned about what could happen once U.S. and Russian forces begin exchanging fire.  And what makes the rush to war all the more alarming is that we don’t even have all the facts yet.  There is absolutely no reason to rush into a war, and that is why our founders gave the power to declare war to Congress.  They wanted debate and deliberation before a decision was made to go to war, and without a doubt launching missiles at Syria would be an act of war.  As a candidate for Congress in Idaho’s first congressional district, I am completely and totally against a military strike, and I am finding that voters in this district are overwhelming with me on this.  America cannot be the police of the world, and when I go to Washington I will do all that I can to keep us out of unnecessary wars. (Read More…)


News – 4/13/2018

Israel Threatens to Topple Syrian Regime if Iran Makes Any Foolish Moves
On Tuesday, Iran threatened harsh retaliation after Israel allegedly bombed an Iranian-held air base in central Syria. “The crimes will not remain unanswered,” insisted Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Wednesday, Israeli officials returned the favor, stating that if Iran made any foolish moves then everything it has gained in Syria over the past decade would go up in a puff of smoke. Senior Israeli defense officials told prominent journalist Ben Caspit that Syrian dictator and Iran-ally Bashar “Assad’s regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the world if the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory.”

Franklin Graham slams university for ‘promoting sin’
It was a week ago that Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, called out the University of Tennessee-Knoxville for having a “sex week” on campus. The evangelist asked people to tell Chancellor Beverly Davenport what they think of using a publicly funded campus for such events. “Email your concerns to the university chancellor’s office at chancellor@utk.edu,” he asked, in response to events such as “queer history,” “queer theory,” “trans sex positivity,” “art gallery – send nudes” and many more that should not be mentioned in a family publication.

14 people killed in 36 hours in Cancun near tourist destinations
16 people have been killed in Cancun so far this month. The tropical coastal town, which is perched along the Caribbean Sea in southeastern Mexico, attracts millions of Americans to its warm beaches each year. The U.S. government issued a travel advisory earlier this year for several popular tourist spots in Mexico…

Threat of U.S.-Russia clash hangs over Syria
The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russia hung over the Middle East on Friday but there was no clear sign that a U.S.-led attack was imminent. International chemical weapons experts were traveling to Syria to investigate an alleged gas attack by government forces on the town of Douma which killed dozens of people. Two days ago U.S. President Donald Trump warned that missiles “will be coming” in response to that attack.

Israeli official: Honduras passing resolution moving embassy to J’lem
The National Congress of Honduras passed “with an overwhelming majority” a resolution to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon posted on Twitter Friday morning.

Germany vows to keep pressure on Russia over Syria
BERLIN – The German government on Friday said it would do all it could to maintain political pressure on Russia over the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday. Seibert said there was “serious evidence” that pointed to use of such weapons in violation of international law, and said Germany remained in close touch with the United States and other allies over how to respond.

First Time in 50 Years: Israeli Flag Flies on Temple Mount Thanks to Chinese Non-Jews
The last time the Israeli flag flew on the Temple Mount was for a very brief time after the IDF conquered the site in the 1967 Six Day War, but on Wednesday, a group of Chinese Christian tourists posed with a flag on the steps leading up to the Dome of the Rock. Yosef Rabin writes, “An Israeli Flag has not flown on the Temple Mount since the 1967 War. Today Chinese tourists brought an Israeli Flag up to the Temple Mount. I am not sure how they got the flag past security and how the Waqf [Jordanian Islamic security that controls the Temple Mount] or police did not notice, but this sets a massive precedent – I hope. In the meantime, A BIG THUMBS UP FOR THE CHINESE!!!”

Gaza violence resumes with attempt to breach the border
Six Palestinian protesters were wounded on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday as Israeli troops fired on demonstrators hurling stones and burning tires near the frontier fence. One of the Palestinians was in critical condition, Palestinian medics said, as a protest dubbed “The Great March of Return” moved into its third week.

Palestinians prepare to burn Israeli flags on third weekend of protests
The hashtags #RaisingFlag, referring to the Palestinian flag, and #BurningFlag, referring to the Israeli flag, have been prevalent in recent days among Palestinians on social media as they prepare for protests Friday near the Gaza border fence. Mass burning of Israeli flags is planned for Friday as the “Great March of Return” enters its third weekend.

Iran envoy: Iran will destroy Tel Aviv, Haifa if Israel makes ‘excuses’
Iran can destroy Israel so Tel Aviv should avoid any stupid measures against the Islamic Republic, the supreme leader’s representative to the Quds force said on Thursday… “If Israel wants to continue its treacherous existence… it should avoid stupid measures. If they give excuses to Iran, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be destroyed,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative…was quoted by Fars as saying. “Iran can destroy Israel.”

China man caught by facial recognition at pop concert
Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers. The suspect, who has been identified only as Mr Ao, was attending a concert by pop star Jacky Cheung in Nanchang city last weekend when he was caught. Police said the 31-year-old, who was wanted for “economic crimes”, was “shocked” when he was caught.

rDrought expands; Oklahoma sees worst conditions
Drought is tightening its grip across the Southwest as extreme conditions spread from Oklahoma to Utah, according to a new federal data released Thursday. On the southern high plains, Oklahoma remains ground zero for the worst drought conditions in the United States. About 20 percent of the state is facing exceptional drought conditions — the worst possible classification.

Gas Prices Increasing 14% This Summer
Gas prices are expected to increase 14% this summer compared to last. That would push the average price for a gallon of gas in California to just over $4. The Energy Information Administration released the report Tuesday. The agency considers April until September the summer driving season. Summer prices are typically higher due to consumer demand; however, this spike is mostly due to higher crude oil prices.

Obama Campaign Harvested Data from 100 Million More Facebook Users Than Cambridge Analytica
Facebook announced in early April that the data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with a political consulting firm connected to President Trump during the 2016 election.

Nogel Farage: Globalists Hate Christians And Want War With Russia
Nigel Farage joins Alex Jones live via Skype for an exclusive interview in which the famous Brexit leader lays out why he believes the globalist forces want to demonize Russia.

Director of UN Weapons: Chemical Attack In Syria Was Not By Assad
Iran can destroy Israel so Tel Aviv should avoid any stupid measures against the Islamic Republic, the supreme leader’s representative to the Quds force said on Thursday according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

WW3 RED ALERT: Iran openly vows to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa due to Israeli airstrikes that killed their soldiers in Syria
Iran can destroy Israel so Tel Aviv should avoid any stupid measures against the Islamic Republic, the supreme leader’s representative to the Quds force said on Thursday according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Russia TV Instructs Viewers How to Prepare Bomb Shelters For Nuclear War (Video)
Russia TV 24 instructed viewers how to survive a nuclear attack this week. This comes after two years of Democrats and the liberal mainstream media pushing war against Russia as an excuse of Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.

Devout Muslima Caught with USB Containing Identities of 2,626 French Intelligence Officials
While the West continues to pretend the problem is islamophobia, not the ‘peaceful’ adherents waging holy war all across the world, Europe descends into darkness – literally and figuratively.

After War Breaks Out In Syria, the Red Dawn Invasion of the Western United States Will Commence
Last night while appearing on the Hagmann and Hagmann Report, I promised Doug and Joe’s audience that I would provide irrefutable proof of Putin’s intentions to invade the United States in a “Red Dawn” style of invasion. I stated that this article would solely focus on the military buildup of Russian-aligned military forces in Latin America all of which are hostile to the United States.

Mainstream media finally admits U.S. honey is contaminated with glyphosate weed killer (Roundup)
Freedom of Information documents obtained by the group U.S. Right to Know reveal that the FDA has confirmed the presence of glyphosate contamination in honey being sold on U.S. store shelves.

 PA Tries to Pass Off Holocaust Victims as ‘Palestinians’ With Images
The Palestinian Authority took a photograph from the Holocaust showing scores of dead Jewish people and tried to use it as a propaganda tool — by claiming it was an image of “Palestinian” people.

Air Force hits Gaza gunmen after they shoot at plane, trigger rocket sirens
Israeli Air Force aircraft bombed a team of Palestinian gunmen early Thursday, after they directed machine gun fire at an IAF aircraft. The gunfire missed the plane, but set off rocket sirens in Israeli communities near Gaza, the army said.

Walmart just filed six patents for robot bees – and it sounds like an episode straight out of Black Mirror
As honeybees and other vital pollinators continue their decline into what looks like total extinction, the Walmart corporation appears to be in the process of developing artificial bee “robots” that will presumably one day be used to pollinate plants in the absence of real bees, as well as identify crop damage and even spray pesticides.

In Hungary, pro-government weekly prints list of ‘Soros mercenaries’ 
A Hungarian magazine has published more than 200 names of people it says are likely part a group of what Prime Minister Viktor Orban alleges are “mercenaries” paid by US-Hungarian billionaire philanthropist George Soros to topple the government.


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 13

  • JPMorgan, Wells and Citigroup Earnings Top Expectations (Read More)
  • TPP Nations Welcome Trump’s Interest, Don’t Want Renegotiation (Read More)
  • Trade war backfire: Steel tariff shrapnel hits U.S. farmers (Read More)
  • Mob Boss? Slime Ball? Trump, Comey Trade Barbs Near Book Release (Read More)
  • Comey Compares Trump to Mafia Boss (Read More)
  • Trump Forced to Juggle Syria Response, Rage Over Mueller Probe (Read More)
  • Wells Fargo faces $1 billion fine to settle loan abuses (Read More)
  • Companies Pressured to Pay More in Overtime Wonder If It’s Worth It (Read More)
  • Volkswagen’s new CEO asserts authority as sets out on road to reform (Read More)
  • Tesla May Be the Most Hated (and Loved) Stock in America (Read More)
  • Russia spied on Skripal and daughter for at least 5 years: UK (Read More)
  • Trade-War Panic Is Hard to Find Outside Stocks (Read More)
  • Catalan parliament calls for Spanish judge to be charged over jailed politician (Read More)
  • The Aramco Accounts: Inside the World’s Most Profitable Company (Read More)
  • Russia lawmakers draft list of U.S. imports that could be banned (Read More)
  • Mysterious Swiss Franc Slide Shows Reach of Russia Sanctions (Read More)
  • Trump lawyer tries to prevent use of materials found in FBI raid (Read More)
  • Moelis Reminds Staff to Treat Young Bankers Well (Read More)
  • The Wall Street Era of Deducting $65 Steaks Could Be Over (Read More)
  • China’s Built a Road So Smart It Will Be Able to Charge Your Car (Read More)
  • Comcast will add Netflix to cable bundles in U.S. (Read More)

Headlines – 4/13/2018

With snipers and tanks, IDF braces for fresh Gaza border clashes

1,297 Palestinians Shot and Wounded by Israeli Soldiers Overwhelming Gaza’s Hospitals

Lieberman Sends Message to Gaza on Holocaust Remembrance Day: ‘You Will Never Break Us’

Liberman calls on Gazans to live peacefully alongside Israel

Palestinian Authority FM says Arab states will block Israel Security Council bid

Ramallah conference: ‘Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine’

Honduran National Congress urges embassy relocation to Jerusalem

Guatemala to move its embassy to Jerusalem on May 16

Leading US House members urge Iceland to back down on circumcision ban

The toxic reality of antisemitism in Europe

US told Israel to resolve row with Poland

Israeli president in Auschwitz: We do not expect justice in Europe

Study shows Americans are forgetting about the Holocaust

4 in 10 millennials don’t know 6 million Jews were killed in Holocaust, study shows

US astronaut sends Holocaust remembrance message from space

Striking Photos Show Israelis Standing Still For Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel-Russia tensions put aside for joint Holocaust Remembrance event

Russia: Israeli Strike in Syria ‘Worsened Stability’ in the Country

We Vowed ‘Never Again.’ And Then We Let Assad Make Chemical Weapons

Syria Tensions: Unannounced Air Force flyover terrifies Central Israel in what was later revealed to be rehearsals for Israel’s Independence Day celebrations

Israeli diplomatic official: Iran’s the one destabilizing Syria

Khamenei’s envoy says Iran can destroy Israel

Iranian Official: Iran Will Turn ‘Tel Aviv and Haifa Into Dust’ if Attacked

US Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo: Iran’s Activities Threaten Israel’s ‘Very Existence’

Pompeo says he ‘wants to fix’ Iran deal, work with allies if can’t be fixed

Iran reiterates support for Syria in face of ‘foreign aggression’

Syrian government forces gain full control of eastern Ghouta

Syria war: Fall of Eastern Ghouta pivotal moment for Assad

Syria ‘chemical attack’: France’s President Macron ‘has proof’

U.S. officials: Blood samples show nerve agent, chlorine in Syria gas attack

Syria says it will facilitate chemical probe

Inspectors head to site of suspected gas attack in Syria

International military action against Syria awaits Trump decision

Trump considering 8 targets in Syria

Trump weighs Syria options, Russia envoy says he ‘cannot exclude’ war

Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

Trump meets with national security team as Britain joins U.S., France in planning Syria strike

Trump’s tweets run far ahead of US military’s readiness to hit Syria

Trump Makes Syria Attack Timeline Even More Confusing – “Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”

Fears of a U.S.-Russia conflict recede as Trump, Moscow and Macron dial back the rhetoric

Syria crisis: US concerned military strike would ‘escalate out of control’

Moscow calls on West to ‘seriously consider’ consequences of Syria threats

Russia warns of ‘dangerous’ escalation over Syria

Russia’s Amb. Nebenzia: ‘Our priority to avoid war’

CIA chief confirms U.S. strike killed ‘hundreds’ of Russian mercenaries in Syria in February

A Syrian man has been trapped in an airport in Malaysia for over a month with nowhere to go

Egypt FM: We stand with Saudi Arabia against anyone threatening its security

Pompeo: ‘No reward for North Korea without irreversible denuclearization’

Trump is right: FBI raids against his attorney Michael Cohen threaten everyone’s rights

U.S. trade war fears ripple through China’s “workshop of the world”

Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership amid trade dispute with China

Break-up of California moves a step closer as billionaire gets enough signatures to trigger vote

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Porgera, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate now ‘officially retired’

Report: Drought expands; Oklahoma sees worst conditions

CDC investigating E. coli outbreak now in 7 states

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Friday 4-13-18

Elizabeth Prata – How to do online discernment ministry part 1

Televangelist Todd Coontz Case Opens Window Into Televangelist Money Trail

End of the World 2018: Will the Rapture Occur on April 23? SHOCK Prediction Says YES
More nonsense from David Meade and Michael Rood

Bethel School Of Supernatural Ministry – Normalizing Mysticism

Why You Need to Walk by Sight and Doubt if God Loves You in Christ According to Bill Johnson and Randy Clark

Evangelist Acton Bowen Jailed for Alleged Sex With Young Boy

Tyndale Sued by Boy Who Didn’t Come Back From Heaven

Is Jesus Christ’s Tomb Leaking BLOOD? Frenzy as Bizarre Footage Surfaces From Jerusalem

 

Thursday 4-12-18

Mike Ratliff – Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Kris Vallotton’s Church — Everyone is a Minister but No One Gets Saved

Creflo Dollar Rebukes Church for Criticizing Snoop Dogg’s Decision to Make Gospel Album

‘Imprisoned’ Palestinian Christians Down to Last 1,000 in Gaza; Priest Pleads for Prayers

Nikki Haley Blasts Russia and Syria on Chemical Attacks: ‘We Definitely Have Enough Proof’

Posted: 13 Apr 2018 10:11 AM PDT

Nikki Haley Blasts Russia and Syria on Chemical Attacks: ‘We Definitely Have Enough Proof’US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted Russia and Syria Friday and praised the way President Trump is handling the aftermath of a chemical attack on Syrian civilians.  Haley said the US has enough proof to act in response to the attack, and President Donald Trump is looking at all his options.  “We definitely have enough proof, but now we just have to be thoughtful in our action,” Haley said. “The national security team is trying to give him as many options as we can, and we’ll be thoughtful

about it and see what happens.”  Haley did not mince words about Russia during a heated emergency United Nations Security Council meeting which kicked off Monday. “The Russian regime, whose hands are also covered in the blood of Syrian children, cannot be shamed by pictures of its victims. we’ve tried that before,” Haley said. “Russia could stop this senseless slaughter, if it wanted, but it stands with the Assad regime and supports it without hesitation.” READ MORE

Christian Teen Ruthlessly Bullied by Popular YouTuber Because She Loves Jesus Too Much

Posted: 13 Apr 2018 10:02 AM PDT

Christian Teen Ruthlessly Bullied by Popular YouTuber Because She Loves Jesus Too MuchYou’d be forgiven for never having heard of YouTuber Cinnamon Toast Ken. According to YouTube.Wikia, he’s risen to internet fame by uploading gaming videos. He has also (somehow) managed to garner over 3 million followers on Twitter, despite posting some despicable cyberbullying videos, including one mocking a teen girl because of her love for Jesus.  In one video titled, “Crazy Girl

Obsessed With Jesus,” Ken relentlessly picks on Christian YouTuber Emma Mae Jenkins, mocking her appearance and scoffing at her religious convictions.  Endure the painfully unfunny 11-minute clip and you will come away wondering why anyone would subscribe to viewing such crass, insensitive and uninspired content. Despite this, however, YouTube has yet to shut it down. READ MORE

It’s Time for the “Heresy Hunters” to Get a Life

Posted: 13 Apr 2018 05:54 AM PDT

It’s Time for the “Heresy Hunters” to Get a Life(By Bert Farias) One of the great obstacles to unity and one of the biggest causes of division within the body of Christ is doctrinal disagreement and disputes. The media and the internet are the largest facilitators of this strife and division within the body of Christ. The gossip, the slander, the defamation of character of godly ministers that is found on websites, YouTube and social media is at an all-time high.  Heresy hunters, who appear to be growing in number, are the primary advocates and instigators of this strife. They seem to glory in their self-appointed purpose of policing the body of Christ against what they claim is false

doctrine and heresy. To these self-proclaimed heresy hunters, everyone is a heretic except them, including anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do. How arrogant! For example, there are websites dedicated to exposing even great pioneers of the past who have already departed from us such as Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, Billy Sunday, C.S Lewis, Martin Luther, John Calvin and even the recently departed Dr. Billy Graham, one of the most humble, respected and high-character men of this past century. Then there are the websites who are critical of some of today’s preachers such as Bill Johnson, Andrew Wommack, Paul Washer and Charles Stanley, to name a few. READ MORE

Don’t Be a Prophecy Chaser—Be a God Seeker

Posted: 13 Apr 2018 05:47 AM PDT

Don’t Be a Prophecy Chaser—Be a God Seeker(By J. Lee Grady) I meet many people today who tell me they need a word from God. I’ve seen Christians line up in front of prophets, hoping for a quick solution to their problem. I’ve also seen those same Christians stand in line a second time, in front of the same prophets, because they didn’t like the word they received the first time! I call these people “prophecy chasers.”  I love the gift of prophecy, and I’m grateful that the church

today has made room for this precious gift. God has used me to give many prophetic words. Yet it concerns me that some people in the Spirit-filled community have dragged this gift down to their own level—to misuse, abuse and cheapen.  God loves to speak to His people, and I believe He has a fresh word for all of us at the right time. But there is a right way and a wrong way to seek God for His prophetic direction. Here are some guidelines that will help you:  READ MORE

CDC investigating E. coli outbreak in 7 states…

Posted: 13 Apr 2018 05:43 AM PDT

CDC investigating E. coli outbreak in 7 states…The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating an outbreak of a particularly nasty strain of E. coli that’s sickened people in seven states. The illnesses from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 has landed six people in the hospital.  So far, the CDC reports 17 people have been affected in Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Health officials have not yet been able to identify the source of the outbreak.

“It can be very difficult to determine where someone got sick,” officials from the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement. “Individuals could have eaten a number of meals in a number of places before becoming ill. They could have eaten at several restaurants, at home or eaten food purchased at a supermarket. Sometimes the food source associated with illness is never determined.”  READ MORE

Shocking Claims of the Tomb of Jesus leaking Blood.

Posted: 13 Apr 2018 05:36 AM PDT

Shocking Claims of the Tomb of Jesus leaking Blood.The footage shows the Stone of Anointing in Jerusalem – the site which Christians believe is where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.   The shock video shows a red substance sitting on top of the object. Nicola Kanaan, a resident in Galilee, Israel caught the moment and said it was blood “leaking” from the slab. It happened inside Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in Christianity, which is

believed to contain the site where Jesus was crucified and his tomb. Thousands of viewers have commented on the footage since it circulated last week. “The truth is in front of people and they just deny it,” one commented. Another added: “Praise the Lord Jesus Christ.” Others claimed the incident had actually been recorded back in 2015 and had simply re-circulated. READ MORE

More than 89 quakes strike near Old Faithful Geyser in Wyoming within 24 hours

Posted: 13 Apr 2018 05:26 AM PDT

More than 89 quakes strike near Old Faithful Geyser in Wyoming within 24 hoursIs this the second earthquake swarm of 2018 at Yellowstone? There is at least something going on. Within 24 hours, more than 89 small quakes have hit a region situated 32 km east of Old Faithful Geyser in Wyoming and their number is increasing each hour now. The earthquakes are aligned forming a

fissural dike next to Yellowstone Lake. This swarm seems to indicate an intrusion of magma inside the Caldera of the Park.  The earthquake swarm began on April 11, 2018 with approximately 25 earthquakes rattling 32km east of Old Faithful Geyser in Wyoming: 24 hours later, the new earthquake swarm at Yellowstone is counting more than 89 earthquakes and this number increases every hours: READ MORE

Quarter Of Millennials Have Never Heard Of Holocaust…

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 04:54 PM PDT

Quarter Of Millennials Have Never Heard Of Holocaust…More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults overall haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they did.  Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found. Six million Jews were killed in

World War II by Nazi Germany and its accomplices. Two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was. “The survey found there are critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust,” said a news release on the findings. A majority of American adults surveyed — 70 percent — agreed with a statement reading: “Fewer people seem to care about the Holocaust as much as they used to.” And 58 percent of Americans believe that something like the Holocaust could happen again, the survey found.  READ MORE

Exorcist Says Once You Have Heard Devil’s Voice ‘You Recognize It’…

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 02:46 PM PDT

Exorcist Says Once You Have Heard Devil’s Voice ‘You Recognize It’…A Catholic priest who has been performing exorcisms for 10 years says that demand for exorcists is on the rise as more and more pastors become convinced that the devil is real and needs to be fought.
“Christ was the first exorcist,” says Father César Truqui, a Mexican priest based in Switzerland. “The power of casting out demons was one of the signs that Christianity was a true religion.” While the majority of people who come to him for help are dealing with psychological or physical problems ratherthan diabolical activity, Truqui said in a recent interview, a small percentage undeniably face true demonic “vexation.” The presence of the devil becomes apparent, the priest said, when a person does what is humanly impossible, such as performing feats of superhuman strength or suddenly speaking in Hebrew or Aramaic despite never having studied the languages. READ MORE

The 4 Dangers of “Date Setters”

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 02:40 PM PDT

The 4 Dangers of “Date Setters”(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we discuss the 4 Dangers of Date-Setters to the Body of Christ.


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‘Red Letter Christians’ Redefine Christianity

 

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Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, and other “Red Letter Christians” recently held a two-day event called a Red Letter Revival. Unlike the Church’s great revivals of the past that called sinners to repentance and faith in Jesus, the Red Letter Revival’s objective was to protest toxic evangelicalism. To put a finer point on it, the Red Letter Christians believe that if you’re a conservative Christian, you’re toxic.

This ‘n’ That for 04/13/2018

  • We do not know when Christ will return, but we do know that He will return!
  • Oh, wait a minute. Forget what I just said. He’s coming on April 23!
  • Read this. Study it. Learn it. Obey it.
  • I think I just found my dream job. Bonus that it’s in Ireland. Please excuse me while I go pack.
  • We need to share Christ’s view of Scripture.
  • I think it’s safe to say that many Christians struggle with prayer, but it is our lifeline.
  • Now, that’s a neat story!
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This is a really helpful article that leads us to consider why we should be careful about baptizingyoung children.
  • What a comfort to know that our Father holds us tightly!
  • I’m no fan of Saturday Night Live, but this is funny. And true.
  • I wish that my writer’s block could be this productive!
“By the key of faith, we fetch daily new grace out of Christ’s treasury to sanctify us more and more.” —Edmund Calamy

Weekly Watchman for 04/13/2018

The Muslim Dilemma for Christians

How do Christians overcome fear against radical Islam’s agenda enough to love and reach out to Muslims in our communities and share the true Gospel of salvation and eternal life? This is just one of the topics our listeners want to discuss on today’s show.

Throughout the week, many of you podcast listeners write in with comments and questions. Each week, we take a few and address them on air. With everything you hear, always take it to the Word of God as it is our only source for wisdom and truth.

Today’s topics include:

Is political involvement futile?
Can believers hear the Voice of God?
The attack on biblical manhood.
Is the local church our greatest mission field in sharing the full gospel?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The “New Reality” of Christian Leadership

The Bible clearly warns us that as we approach the time of the Lord’s return that things would get worse and worse. Sin and evil will grow and the attacks on God, His Word and His Church would be magnified.

We had better understand this new reality.

Christianity was once the norm in our society; now it is becoming increasingly hated, scorned and attacked.

In our final segment this morning we look at public allegations against Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church, alleging sexual misconduct and improprieties. Are the charges warranted or fabricated to further disgrace the Christian Church in America?

But first we talk with author and Christian Apologist John Stewart about his latest book “In Defense of the Gospels: The Case for Reliability”. How can we defend the authenticity and truth of the gospel against the growing chorus of attacks, reaching the lost with the hope of eternal life with God?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Real Bullies

For all their bluster about hating bullying the far left in our nation has become the masters of bullying and intimidation. They espouse freedom of speech and expression…as long as your views line up with their views. We are seeing a focused targeting of free speech in our nation and the primary target is bible-believing Christians who dare oppose the left’s march toward globalism and control.

Brannon Howse, founder of World View Weekend, experienced this intimidation and bullying first hand last week. Two scheduled conferences in Wisconsin were shut down when left-wing organizations conducted a coordinated effort to intimidate the venues that were to host Brannon’s conferences, forcing them to cancel the events at a tremendous cost. This morning we talk with Brannon as we see this increased intimidation and bullying against Christians.

In our first segment, Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us to discuss the attacks against the Bible’s integrity and accuracy.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Changing Ethics and Morals in a Turbulent World

“Situational Ethics” seems to be the standard by which the world is evolving. No longer is there a strong sense of absolute right or wrong; rather people of the world simply decide what is “right” based on their own personal preference and situation. The final verses of The Book of Judges summarizes us perfectly as a society: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)

A society cannot survive long when there is no righteous standard of ethics and morality. Is our nation on the cusp of moral and ethical anarchy? And how will we as the church respond as morality crumbles?

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss Christian ethics and morality in a nation that is ushering God and His Word out the door.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Is Hollywood Ignoring Success of Christian Films?

Christian films are generally money-makers. Why do you think this is? A lot of people are tired of the trashy, godless, profane products Hollywood typically puts out. Numbers indicate there’s an enormous audience across the country desperate for clean, positive, redemptive, God-centered entertainment.

It doesn’t add up. What does Hollywood love more than money?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Christians on the Defensive

In case you haven’t noticed, the world is changing, and as the Word of God warns us, not for the better. The blatant attacks on God’s Word and His people are increasing in frequency and severity. Around the world, thousands of Christians are being rounded up, imprisoned and even martyred for Jesus Christ. And here in America we are seeing increasingly open discrimination against the religious freedom and rights of Christians.

We are blessed to have two special guests on-air today as we address this issue on two fronts. In our first segment we are joined by Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute to look at increased discrimination against Christian churches, businesses and individuals—and how we can fight back. Next, we check in with Tim Chaffey of Midwest Apologetics, as we look at the importance of Christian Homeschooling as our public education system continues to deteriorate and push an anti-Christian, humanist agenda on America’s children.

Coming up: a new Wisconsin Homeschool conference near Milwaukee, April 20-21

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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04/13/18 Unfaithfulness and Death

By Chuck Lawless on Apr 13, 2018 01:30 am

READING: 1 Samuel 28-31, 1 Chronicles 10

“So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.”

1 Chronicles 10:14

Saul was dead, and the writer of Chronicles understood his death in theological terms: “Saul died for his unfaithfulness to the Lord because he did not keep the Lord’s word. He even consulted a medium for guidance, but he did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse” (1 Chron. 10:13-14). The chronicler’s understanding was twofold: Saul died because he was disobedient to the Lord, but God was ultimately in control of Saul’s death. A righteous God brought judgment on a disobedient king, and the judgment was severe.

Saul was unfaithful to the Lord. He did not keep the Lord’s word. He consulted a medium rather than consult the Lord.  The cost was heavy. Indeed, it was judgment and death.

There is much we can learn from this simple summary. First, our sin has consequences. We know that, but seldom do we see it stated as clearly as, “Saul died for his unfaithfulness to the Lord.” Second, God draws a line in the sand. We can sin against Him so recurrently that He calls us home in judgment; in the New Testament, it’s the step of turning someone over to Satan “for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:5). Third, God uses even judgment to accomplish His plan, even as He opened the door for giving the kingdom to David at the death of Saul.

Clearly, we must think about our walk with God every day and make the decision to follow Him fully.

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Each step of the way today, be faithful to God.
  • Pray for someone you know who is living in disobedience.

PRAYER: “God, guard me. Keep me from living in disobedience.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  Psalms 121, 123-125, 128-130

Source: 04/13/18 Unfaithfulness and Death

Friday: A Psalm That Is Repeated

By James Boice on Apr 13, 2018 12:00 am

The fruit of sin. Sin destroys the one who pursues it, of course. But verse 4 also shows how it impacts others. The verse uses a simple image, describing evildoers as “those who devour my people as men eat bread.” In the Middle East, as in the western world, bread is the most common of food staples. It is eaten regularly and with scarcely a thought. This seems to be how the psalmist regards evildoers as acting when they further their own interests. They devour the weak and poor in order that they might grow strong and rich themselves. What an apt description of our own “dog eat dog” world! We know people who function exactly like that. They don’t care what happens to anyone else. Underneath the glamour, that is sin’s true nature.

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