Daily Archives: April 18, 2018

April 18: Operating Standards

Deuteronomy 33:1–34:12; 2 Corinthians 8:16–24; Psalm 46

Sometimes I operate on the premise that if I’m honoring God and following Him, I don’t have to be concerned with what other people think. But carrying this too far is just as faulty as basing my identity on the approval of others. One leads to foolish pride and independence, and the other results in idolatry.

Paul, upon receiving a generous gift from believers in Jerusalem, felt called to explain his actions to the Corinthian church. He was intentional about how he would accept the gift, “lest anyone should find fault with us in this abundant gift that is being administered by us” (2 Cor 8:20). He explains why he is so concerned: “For we are taking into consideration what is honorable not only before the Lord, but also before people” (2 Cor 8:21).

In his ministry, Paul considered how his actions would be interpreted by observers. Since he experienced opposition in the community, he wanted to communicate how he would receive the gift—to be above reproach. The gospel was primary, and he wanted to avoid accusations that would impede the message of salvation.

Daily, we face situations where we can be governed by others’ opinions. We also can offend them. When are we too vigilant? How do we keep from becoming a robot, motivated by other people’s desires instead of love for God? When do we challenge other people’s faith, instead of tiptoeing around them? Answering these questions takes incredible wisdom.

In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul draws from Proverbs 3: “May loyal love and truth not forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them upon your heart. And you shall find favor and good sense in the eyes of God and humankind” (Prov 3:3–4). Acting out of love, with a foundation of truth, can help us learn to honor God and love people. Being human, we will not always carry this out successfully. But operating on both love and truth and seeking wisdom and guidance for every situation, we can trust God to work out those places where we fail.

When it comes to relationships, what is your basis for operation?

Rebecca Van Noord[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 18 Entering the Kingdom

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8).


There are basically only two kinds of religion in the world: those based on human achievement and those based on divine accomplishment.

Religion comes in many forms. Almost every conceivable belief or behavior has been incorporated into some religious system at some point in time. But really there are only two kinds of religion. One says you can earn your way to Heaven; the other says you must trust in Jesus Christ alone. One is the religion of human achievement; the other is the religion of divine accomplishment.

Those who rely on their achievements tend to compare themselves to others. But that’s a relative, self-justifying standard because you can always find someone worse than yourself on which to base the comparison.

Jesus eliminated all human standards when He said, “You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). Even the Jewish religious leaders, who were generally thought to be the epitome of righteousness, didn’t qualify according to that standard. In fact, Jesus told the people that their righteousness had to exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees if they wanted to enter Heaven (Matt. 5:20). That must have shocked them, but Jesus wasn’t speaking of conformity to external religious ceremonies. He was calling for pure hearts.

God doesn’t compare you to liars, thieves, cheaters, child abusers, or murderers. He compares you to Himself. His absolute holy character is the standard by which He measures your suitability for Heaven. Apart from Christ, everyone fails that standard because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). But the glorious truth of salvation is that Jesus Christ came to earth to purify our hearts. He took our sin upon Himself, paid its penalty, then bestowed His own righteousness upon us (Rom. 4:24). He keeps us pure by continually cleansing our sin and empowering us to do His will.

Your faith in Christ—not your personal achievements—is what makes you pure. Let that truth bring joy to your heart and praise to your lips!


Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank the Lord for accomplishing salvation on your behalf and for granting you saving faith. ✧ Pray that your thoughts and actions today will evidence a pure heart.

For Further Study: Read Psalm 24:1–5 and Ezekiel 36:25–29. ✧ Who is acceptable to God? ✧ How does God purify the hearts of His people?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 121). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Israel sees an Iranian ‘air force’ assembling in Syria — and looks ready to deal it a knockout blow

REUTERS/Amir Cohen

  • Israel is letting on that it sees an Iranian “air force” forming in Syria and that it may destroy it if it seeks to harm Israel.
  • Russia, Syria, and Iran have accused Israel of killing Iranian troops in an airstrike on a Syrian air base earlier this month.
  • Iran has announced plans to retaliate.
  • But experts say Iran’s forces in Syria are exposed to Israel’s air force and are being warned that they could get knocked out if they cross a line.

Israel’s military on Tuesday apparently let leak a series of news reports indicating that it sees an Iranian air force forming in Syria and hinting that it may be willing to deal it a knockout blow.

Iran and Israel have clashed in the air recently, with Israel downing an Iranian drone it said flew over its territory with explosives in February and amid suspected Israeli airstrikes designed to punish Iranian forces in Syria.

Earlier this month, Russia, Syria, and Iran accused Israel of carrying out a strike on an air base in Syria known as T-4 that left at least 14 dead, including Iranian troops, and Israel made no effort to deny it.

The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman quoted a senior Israeli official as saying Iran had opened up a new front in the long-simmering conflict by trying a direct drone attack on Israel.

Friedman said the strike in April killed the Iranian colonel who led the drone unit. Iran threatened to retaliate but has not.

Iran’s growing forces in Syria

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On Tuesday, an Israeli security official told Reuters that “the Israeli defense establishment” saw an Iranian “air force” in Syria “as the entity that will try to attack Israel, based on Iranian threats to respond to the strike on T-4.”

Though Israel doesn’t comment on its air incursions into Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear that it is willing to do whatever necessary to prevent Iranian forces there from creeping closer to its borders or seeking to arm aligned anti-Israel groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon.

“The Iranians have been exploiting the chaos of the Syrian civil war to build up military assets there that target Israel, all the while sending advanced weaponry to Lebanon by way of Damascus, also under the fog of war,” Tony Badran and Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in The Wall Street Journal in February.

But while Iran has used “the fog of war” in Syria to cover its moving as many as 70,000 fighters and tons of military equipment through the country, Israel could crush its forces under that fog too.

Israel is positioned to knock out exposed Iranian forces

The Aviationist

According to Reuters, Roni Daniel, the military editor for the Israeli TV station Mako, said Israel was signaling to Iran that its forces in Syria were “totally exposed to us, and if you take action against us to avenge [the T-4 strike], these targets will be very severely harmed.”

Badran previously described Iran’s military presence in Syria as “vulnerable.”

“It’s exposed to direct US fire, just like it’s exposed to direct Israeli fire,” he told Business Insider.

If Israel were to enter Iranian airspace to strike its military, it could cause a massive international incident and meet backlash from the UN and Arab countries alike.

But with Iranian forces far from home in Syria, where more than 70 countries have bombed or contributed to fighting, an Israeli strike could get lost in the noise.

“Israel is headed for escalation,” Yaakov Amidror, Netanyahu’s former national security adviser, told a Tel Aviv radio station, according to Reuters. “There could be a very big belligerent incident with Iran and Hezbollah.”

In an indication of the possible extent of fighting between Israel and Iran, Israel chose to keep its F-15 air superiority fighters home and on alert instead of sending them to the coming Red Flag military exercises, one of the world’s best jet-fighter-training programs, as planned.

With Syria’s air defenses apparently a pushover target for Israel, and exposed Iranian forces openly posturing against the Jewish state, it seems a small retaliation from Iran could launch a much bigger conflict.

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Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 28:20

Do not try to short-circuit God’s plans for your discipleship and spiritual maturity here. If you and I were already prepared for heaven in the moment of our conversion, God would have taken us home instantly!

We must remember that God exists in Himself. His holy nature is such that we cannot comprehend Him with our minds. He is of a substance not shared by any other being. Hence, God can be known only as He reveals Himself!

I have found this to be a fact: Every redeemed human being needs the humility of spirit that can only be brought about by the manifest presence of God.

This mysterious yet gracious Presence is the air of life eternal. It is the music of existence, the poetry of the Christian life. It is the beauty and wonder of being one of Christ’s own—a sinner born again, regenerated, created anew to bring glory to God!

To live surrounded by this sense of God is not only beautiful and desirable, but it is imperative!

Lord, I am so grateful that You have revealed some of Your nature to Your children. But I want to know You even more![1]

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

Californian Arrested For Concealed Carrying Bible Without Permit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Local San Francsico resident Matthew Pearson was arrested Wednesday morning for concealed carrying a Bible without the proper state permits, sources at the San Francisco Police Department confirmed. California law prohibits residents from carrying any written material that contradicts far-left progressive agendas without a difficult-to-obtain permit from the state. Hurdles applicants need to […]

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Moralistic Therapeutic Deism Part 2: God — Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

Most people you know believe in a god—since about 90% of Americans do. References to God are ubiquitous in our culture, but not everyone who talks about “God” is talking about the God of the Bible. 21 more words

via Moralistic Therapeutic Deism Part 2: God — Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

April 18, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Some 65 years since open hostilities ended, North and South Korea are still technically at war. But after a sudden warming of relations this year, the two sides are set to meet at the end of this month for talks. According to the South Korean publication, Munhwa Ilbo, they’re planning to announce the end of military hostilities.

Barbara Bush, the wife of one U.S. president and mother of another who embodied the old-fashioned sensibility that family comes before careers or politics, has died. She was 92.

The Trump administration notified Russia’s U.S. embassy in Washington Sunday that it has no plans to impose any further sanctions soon, according to a Foreign Ministry official.

The House will hold a vote this year to make individual tax cuts permanent, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, even though the effort is unlikely to become law during this Congress.

India’s cash machines are running dry, leaving policy makers and bankers scrambling to assuage the public and prevent perception about the nation’s fraud-hit financial system from worsening.

Goldman Sachs says that the extraordinary rally in aluminum unleashed by U.S. sanctions against United Co. Rusal may have way, way further to go, forecasting the metal may spike to $3,000 a metric ton, while raising the possibility of further curbs against Russian coal supplies.

AP Top Stories

Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the Russian upper house of parliament, said on Wednesday that Moscow’s response to U.S. sanctions will be targeted and painful.

Russia and Assad’s regime claim it’s too dangerous for chemical inspectors to get into the suburb hit by poison gas, and that they need more permits. Meanwhile, the U.S. says Russia may be tampering with evidence.

Israel readied to mark 70 years since the country’s creation while celebrating its improbable economic success and military prowess, but facing a range of political and security challenges.

The political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch is stepping in to urge lawmakers to pass legislation to help the so-called Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents and who benefitted from an Obama-era program that President Trump axed.

BuzzFeed News has obtained and published a database of nearly 18,000 New York Police Department disciplinary findings amid a fight over whether city police disciplinary records should remain secret.

Israel released details on Tuesday about what it described as an Iranian “air force” deployed in neighboring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday that he had personally ordered the detention of an elderly Australian Catholic nun, warning that any foreign critics of his government face deportation.

South Korean security officials may visit North Korea to finalize details ahead for the first summit since 2007, where the South hopes the North will confirm a commitment to give up its nuclear program, a South Korean official said on Tuesday.

Elon Musk has said that “excessive automation” is partly to blame for the serious backlog in production of Tesla cars, noting that human beings can in some situations do a better job.

The U.S. State Department met with U.S. carriers ahead of a deadline later on Tuesday to extend an agreement with Russia that would allow for continued overflights by U.S. airlines and said it was working to prevent any disruptions.

Britain’s armed forces are ill-equipped to handle the increasing threat of cyber-attacks from Russia and a new era of “electronic warfare” because of a shortage of intelligence experts, a new report has suggested.

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia would be happy for crude to rise to $80 or even $100, three industry sources said,


CIA director Mike Pompeo forged a “good relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they met last week, US President Donald Trump has tweeted.

China is conducting live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait amid growing tension in the region.

Zimbabwe’s government has sacked more than 10,000 nurses who went on strike on Monday, in an apparently hardline attempt to quell labor unrest.

Members of Cuba’s National Assembly will gather for a two-day session in Havana later on Wednesday which will mark the end of the Castro era. President Raúl Castro, who took over as Cuba’s president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006, will step down at the meeting. This means no Castro will be at the helm of the country for the first time since the revolution in 1959.

More than 100 people have been detained across Germany in raids against an organized crime gang involved in people trafficking and forced prostitution.


A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.

A robot has been nominated to run for the position of mayor in Tokyo, promising to be “fair and balanced” to all its constituents.

Easy access to black magic and Satanism via the Internet has led to an increase in demand for exorcisms, delegates at an annual course on exorcism at the Vatican have heard. More than 250 people from 50 countries arrived in Rome on Monday to attend a week-long course “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation” at the Catholic university, Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, in Rome.

The Briefing — Wednesday, April 18, 2018

1) Theological language shows up in European politics as Macron warns of ‘Civil War’

2) Why true community can’t exist without shared truth or morality

Wall Street Journal (William Galston) –
The Perpetual Battle for Freedom

3) British Prime Minister urges other nations to substitute their old colonialism for a new secular colonialism

News – 4/18/2018

Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight

These muscles are capable of not only lifting up to 12,600 times their own weight, but also supporting up to 60 MPa of mechanical stress, providing tensile strokes higher than 25% and specific work of up to 758 J/kg. This amount is 18 times more than the specific work natural muscles are capable of producing.

‘Super gonorrhoea’ spreading fast as ANOTHER Brit hols hotspot struck with STI

Two people in Australia have been diagnosed with the STI for the first time as it makes the jump from South East Asia. Health officials confirmed the cases of gonorrhoea – also called the clap – were found to be resistant to antibiotics in the last month. And Australia is packed with both British tourists on their holidays along with more than 1.2 million expats from the UK.

Muslims queuing up to have demons EXORCISED by Catholic priests

Albanian priest Cardinal Ernest Simoni told almost 300 delegates he personally had performed exorcisms on Muslims. He said: “Jesus came for everyone. They remain Muslim.”Giuseppe Ferrari, who is said to be an authority expert on the subject of exorcism, said: “I don’t see why we cannot do it for Muslims if they ask.” “They say, ‘Someone has done black magic to harm me, can you help?’”

Russia puts UK on ALERT: Putin sends warships to English Channel

The Royal Navy is preparing to “take appropriate action” when the Minsk 127 approaches, the Ministry of Defence told the Daily Star Online. The ship regularly carries huge amounts of weapons and has been heavily involved in helping Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad cling onto control in his country.

‘We’re ALL racist now!’ Morrissey claims term has been stripped of meaning by ‘Loony left’

MORRISSEY has declared the word “racist” has become meaningless in today’s society because it is so widely used as a “way of changing the subject” The singer said it was far easier to “distract” by calling people a racist than to listen to or argue against their “enlightened” comments. “And as far as racism goes, the modern loony left seem to forget that Hitler was left wing!

The Southwestern Hemisphere Is Sliding Towards Its Own “Arab Spring”

South and Central America are on a crash course for regional collapse and a geopolitical disaster which could drastically alter the political landscape of the Western Hemisphere and plunge the United States into dire crisis. The past year in particular has been marked by a growing number of indications that a significant number of Latin American nations are due for some level of civil strife, which creates the real risk of a major migrant crisis for the United States….

Mike Pompeo: CIA chief made secret trip to North Korea

CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump has confirmed. A “good relationship” was formed at the meeting last week, Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday. News of the visit first emerged on Tuesday. US officials were quoted as saying the aim was to prepare a summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Investigators await UN green light on Douma

Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday if the UN says it is safe to do so, Syria says. OPCW experts have been in Damascus since Saturday. A UN security team visited on Tuesday, Syrian permanent representative Bashar Jaafari told the UN Security Council.

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos. Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners. The new request is one of several opt-in permissions being rolled out in advance of a new data privacy law.

Officials Warn Russian Hackers Targeting US Routers

Officials are warning that hackers from the Russian government are targeting an electronic item found in millions of homes and businesses across the United States. Russian spies are reportedly trying to hack into routers. They’re the devices that allow communication between the internet and your computer and other connected devices.

Political killings shake Mexico election

Magda Rubio had just launched her campaign for mayor of a small city in northern Mexico, when a chilling voice came through her cell phone. “Drop out,” the caller warned, “or be killed.” It was the first of four death threats Rubio said she has received since January from the same well-spoken, anonymous man.

Israeli F-15s won’t participate in US exercise due to tensions in north

The Israel Air Force’s F-15 aircraft will not participate in the Red Flag exercise, which is set to take place next month in Alaska, because of the high tensions on the northern border in the face of the threat of Iranian reprisal for an attack on the T-4 air base in Syria, which has been attributed to Israel. Other IAF aicraft, including aerial refuelers, will still take part in the exercise.

Israel commemorates Memorial Day

Israel is honoring the memories of 23,646 fallen soldiers, security forces members and terror victims on Wednesday, Memorial Day. According to the Family, Commemoration and Heritage Wing of the Ministry of Defense, some 1.5 million people are expected to visit the 52 military cemeteries, hundreds of military plots and thousands of graves across the country on Memorial Day.

South Korea says discussing peace deal with North Korea ahead of summit

South Korea said on Wednesday it is considering how to change a decades-old armistice with North Korea into a peace agreement, as U.S. officials confirmed an unprecedented top-level meeting with the North Korean leader.

Iran says will make or buy any weapons it needs, lambasts ‘invading powers’

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would make or buy any weapons it needed to defend itself in a region beset by “invading powers”, as the military paraded missiles and soldiers in front of him on National Army Day. Fighter jets and bombers flew overhead as Rouhani told the Tehran crowd and a live TV audience on Wednesday that Iran’s forces posed no threat to its neighbors.

Iranian Commander: ‘Date Has Been Set’ for Israel’s Destruction

As tensions continue to rise along Israel’s northern border, Heidari said Iran’s armed forces “are much more powerful than before” and that “the date has been set” for Israel’s destruction, according to official news agency Mehr. He was speaking in Tehran ahead of Iran’s Army Day.

Israel Issues Stern Warning To Iran Fearing Independence Day Attack

Israel will respond decisively to any Iranian retribution against it carried out from Syria, Israeli security sources said Tuesday, referring to threats made by Tehran that it would respond to a missile strike the T-4 military airport in which seven Iranian military advisers were killed.

Defense Minister warns Israel’s neighbors: Don’t test us

Defense Minister Liberman warns Israel’s neighbors: Israel won’t compromise on security, don’t test us. “My advice to our neighbors, both to the north and south is: Take this [warning] into account, and take it seriously.”

Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image

In a period of two weeks earlier this year, five explosions took place in the country. It’s not unusual these days — Swedes have grown accustomed to headlines of violent crime, witness intimidation and gangland executions. In a country long renowned for its safety, voters cite “law and order” as the most important issue ahead of the general election in September.

San Diego County Joins California’s ‘Sanctuary-State’ Revolt

San Diego County, California’s second-most populous county, on Tuesday joined at least a dozen other municipalities in supporting the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state over its so-called “sanctuary” law. The county’s all-Republican Board of Supervisors discussed the issue in a closed session Tuesday and afterward announced that it had voted in favor of supporting the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state law.

Facebook Could Face Billions in Fines over Facial Recognition Features

A federal judge has ruled that a class action lawsuit including millions of Facebook users can proceed with their claims that the social media firm violated an Illinois law relating to the collection and storage of biometric data without users consent, according to Bloomberg.

Lebanon’s Army is cooperating with Hezbollah in a bid to destroy the Jewish State of Israel

The Times of Israel reports: Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Monday told the army’s top brass to prepare for an Iran-led threat coalescing on Israel’s northern border, which he said includes the Lebanese Armed Forces.

PUTIN REVENGE BEGINS: Russia hacks British homes as cyber agents set to cripple laptops, phones and ‘critical’ infrastructure after secretly accessing millions of computers

Russia is targeting millions of laptops and phones in UK homes in preparation for a cyber attack on Britain’s ‘critical infrastructure’, senior security experts revealed. They added that once access has been gained, Moscow backed agents could hide undiscovered until they decide to attack.

FIGHTING WORDS: Iran boasts that the date for Israel’s destruction has already been set

As tensions continue to rise along Israel’s northern border, Heidari said Iran’s armed forces “are much more powerful than before” and that “the date has been set” for Israel’s destruction, according to official news agency Mehr. He was speaking in Tehran ahead of Iran’s Army Day.

Breaking News! Massive Military Movements-Reservists Call-Ups-Leaves Cancelled
This is a breaking news report which encompasses many recent current events, ND military movement of equipment and personnel. These events are indicative of a world that is about to war and a nation that is about to descend into terrorism and occupation.

Rand Paul: Syrian Chemical Attack A False Flag

…“In fact, for that matter, I still look at the attack and say Assad either must be the dumbest dictator on the planet or maybe he didn’t do it. I have yet to see evidence that he did do it. The intelligence agencies claim they have that evidence. But think about it: does it make any sense?”

Earthquake, hail, fierce rain rattle Bay Area — but, nope, there’s no link

Hello, Monday! A 3.8 magnitude quake jolted the South Bay this morning, in an area notorious for seismic restlessness, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Snow records toppled in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Records fell as an April snowstorm blanketed the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service says the 14.9 inches (37.8 centimeters) at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a record for the largest April snowstorm ever there. It’s also the snowiest April on record in the Twin Cities. And it’s the snowiest start to a calendar year there, with 70.3 inches (178.6 centimeters) since Jan. 1.

Australia flesh-eating ulcer ‘epidemic’ a mystery, doctors say

Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a “worsening epidemic” in the state of Victoria.

Depopulation already unleashed: Shocking new research finds prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors can impact male fertility for generations

The long-term negative effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, extend far beyond just the immediate generation exposed to them, new research has found.

Homeless encampments increasingly affecting California train traffic

The explosion of homeless encampments alongside railroad tracks has contributed to a spike in delays for California’s rocketing passenger ridership, an outbreak of accidental fires and deadly collisions, frustrating executives who call the impact on passengers “unacceptable.”

77 holistic practitioners now dead since 2015: This is beyond strange, they are dropping like flies and MSM ignores them

Since June of 2015, 77 holistic practitioners, more with other deaths associated with them, have died, official causes ranging from suicide to heart attacks, with the latest woman, doctor Annie Fairbanks, found murdered in her home, along with her husband, their 3-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son, in Arizona.

Miniature human brain implants survive, grow inside mice for months 

Miniature human brains, or human brain organoids, can survive and grow after being implanted in the skulls of mice. It’s the first time human cerebral organoids have been installed inside another species.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 18, 2018

Trump Makes Progress on North Korea

CIA Director Mike Pompeo lays groundwork for a Trump-Kim summit on denuclearization.

The Foundation

“Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” —George Washington (1796)

Headlines – 4/18/2018

‘A Fulfillment of That Great Prophecy’: Israel Turns 70, a Light to the Nations

At 70, Israel’s population is 8.842 million, 43% of world Jewry

Intel CEO, and 300 of his drones, to attend Israel’s independence celebrations

Israelis bow heads in silence as siren signals start of Memorial Day

Israel prepares to remember 23,646 fallen soldiers and 3,134 terror victims

8,000 join Israeli, Palestinian bereaved families for Memorial Day ceremony

French mayor refused entry to Israel over support for BDS and a Palestinian state

IDF fires tank shells at Palestinians trying to cross Gaza border fence

Iranian general: ‘Date set’ for destruction of Israel

Bennett to Iran: Don’t test us

Israel ‘struck advanced Iranian air-defense system’ in Syria, not just attack drones

Israel planning for direct retaliatory attack from Iran

IDF preparing for Iranian retaliation in the air, abroad or through a cyber attack

Israel hints it could hit Iran’s ‘air force’ in Syria

Israel is concerned about Iranian retaliation from Syria. So it will keep its fighter jets at home.

EU fails to agree new Iran sanctions as Trump deadline nears

Iran says will make or buy any weapons it needs, lambasts ‘invading powers’

Rouhani: We’ll produce any weapons we need, won’t wait for world’s consent

US, Syria give conflicting accounts on global chemical weapons experts

Russia claims to find Syrian rebel chemical weapons lab in Douma

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Investigators await UN green light on Douma

Chemical weapons experts press for access to Syria attack site

France says proof likely disappearing from Douma, inspectors must have full access

France earmarks EUR 50 million for new Syria aid projects

Syrian medics ‘subjected to extreme intimidation’ after Douma attack

Assad prepares to assault last rebel enclave near Damascus

Trump administration reportedly seeks an ‘Arab force’ to replace the U.S. military in Syria

Saudi Arabia Would Send Troops To Syria As Part Of “Islamic Coalition”

Arab Coalition downs two Iranian drones in Yemen’s Midi

Erdogan, Rouhani agree to maintain Turkey, Iran, Russia cooperation in Syria

Six dead in Iran armed clash near Pakistan border

Turkey’s security council advises to extend state of emergency

Imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson rejects terror charges in Turkey trial

Trump rebukes Turkey for espionage trial of pastor Andrew Brunson, tweets ‘I am more a Spy than he is’

Don’t trust Qatar PM: Terror expert, author advises Trump administration

Macron warns of European ‘civil war’ over growing East-West divide

China sends warning to Taiwan with naval drills near island

Trade And Nukes On The Agenda As Trump Meets Japan’s Prime Minister

Trump says US had ‘high level’ talks with North Korea, cites possible summit

CIA Director Pompeo secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

South Koreans may visit North again ahead of first summit in decade

The Supreme Court just handed the Trump administration a loss on immigration – and Gorsuch was the tiebreaking vote

As GOP balks, McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller

Washington, D.C., may allow 16-year-olds to vote for president in the 2020 election

IRS grants one-day extension after website suffers technical difficulties on Tax Day

Sandy Hook Parents Sue Radio Host Alex Jones for Calling Shooting a Hoax

A Southwest Airlines Passenger Has Died After An Engine Explosion Caused Her To Be Nearly Sucked Through A Window

‘Sheer panic’ grips cabin in first fatal U.S. flight since 2009

As Southwest plane dropped in sky, frantic passengers tried to send out final messages to loved ones

Weekend Asteroid Flyby Confirms We’re Worrying About the Wrong Space Rocks

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Fais, Micronesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tual, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits South of Panama

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

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Fuego erupts to 15,000ft

Kanlaon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Volcano may force permanent relocation of more than 10,000 people in Vanuatu

More than 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

New viruses, superbugs found in study of New York house mice

There’s a 24-fold rise in organ transplants from drug overdose donors

Family Research Council Subpoenaed in Lawsuit Against Trump Over Transgender Military Ban

Starbucks to close all company-owned stores on the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias education day

Easy access to black magic and Satanism via Internet increases exorcism demand

Exorcism: Vatican course opens doors to 250 priests

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Benny Hinn’s Nephew Calls Bethel Church Leader Kris Vallotton ‘False Prophet’ Who ‘Deceives People’

Apostolic Twirling Picnic Blanket Sports Coat Is Coming to a City near You!

Publishers Suspend Publication of Bill Hybels’ Books After Misconduct Allegations

Exorcism by cellphone: Beating the devil in the 21st century

Sandy Hook parents hit Alex Jones with defamation lawsuits

DEVELOPING: Multiple earthquakes have been felt beneath volcanoes across the world

Posted: 18 Apr 2018 05:53 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Multiple earthquakes have been felt beneath volcanoes across the worldA large number of earthquakes have been felt beneath volcanoes across the world, sparking fears of major eruptions, so are any volcanoes erupting and could there be a violent explosion?  In Hawaii, a total of 18 earthquakes have been measured under Kilauea volcano during the last 18 hours. The largest earthquakes measured on the Big Island was a magnitude 2.2 earthquake measured on Wednesday, 6km southwest of the volcano.

Kilauea is showing increased signs of activity, as the summit lava lake remains at a high level and continues to rise. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory spokeswoman Janet Babb said: “Overall, it’s been on the high side. With this latest inflation, it’s just pushing up even higher.”  A swarm of earthquakes has been detected under the Clear Lake volcano in California – 16 have been measured during the past 21 hours at depths ranging between 4.4 and 0.2km. READ MORE

‘Super gonorrhoea’ spreading fast…

Posted: 18 Apr 2018 05:41 AM PDT

‘Super gonorrhoea’ spreading fast…Health officials confirmed the cases of gonorrhea – also called the clap – were found to be resistant to antibiotics in the last month.  And Australia is packed with both British tourists on their holidays along with more than 1.2 million expats from the UK. One case was uncovered in Queensland, while the second was found in Western Australia. Tourists were feared to be at risk after a UK man became the world’s

first to be diagnosed with super gonorrhea after a holiday in Asia. Gonorrhea is spread through all forms of sex and can leave women infertile if untreated.  Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendon Murphy said: “Drug-resistant gonorrhea exists in many countries, including Australia. “However, these latest cases and a recent one in the UK appear to be the first reported that are resistant to all of the antibiotics that have been in routine use against gonorrhea.”  READ MORE

NYC Mice Are Carrying Antibiotic-Resistant Germs

Posted: 18 Apr 2018 04:44 AM PDT

NYC Mice Are Carrying Antibiotic-Resistant GermsPeople who live in cities are used to the company of furry vermin. But a new study reveals that mice and men may be sharing much more than just living quarters.  In a study published in the journal mBio, researchers led by Dr. Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, studied the gut microbes of 416 mice collected from mostly residential buildings all over New York City.

Lipkin and his team did a thorough genetic analysis of the microbes they extracted from the feces of the mice, and found that they contained a number of disease-causing bacteria.  Nearly 40% of the mice carried at least one potentially disease-causing bacterium, including C. difficile, Salmonella, E. coli, Shigella, Klebsiella pneumonia, Clostridium perfringens and Leptospira. (One mouse carried five of the bacteria.) The disease-carrying mice lived in higher income and lower income neighborhoods in similar concentrations. READ MORE

Mysterious Gatherings of Nearly 1,400 Sharks Spotted Off Northeast Coast

Posted: 18 Apr 2018 04:39 AM PDT

Mysterious Gatherings of Nearly 1,400 Sharks Spotted Off Northeast CoastAerial photos have captured odd gatherings of almost 1,400 basking sharks and researchers aren’t totally sure what it is the animals are up to.  It’s not uncommon to see the sharks individually, but seeing them in large groups is rare. It’s still unclear why the animals are coming together, but researchers suggest they are likely gathering in the waters from Long Island to Nova Scotia to grab a bite, according to recent findings published in the Journal of Fish Biology.

The scientists studied aerial photos taken between June 1980 and November 2013 and found 10 large groups of the sharks circling an area and acting as if they were feeding, a release on the findings said. After studying more than three decades’ worth of aerial photos collected during studies of North Atlantic right whales, the scientists found that the sharks tend to gather in the summer and fall when temperatures on the sea’s surface ranged from 55 to 75 degrees. READ MORE

Nebraska struck with 6 rare earthquakes in less than a week

Posted: 18 Apr 2018 04:23 AM PDT

Nebraska struck with 6 rare earthquakes in less than a weekMore earthquakes have hit in central Nebraska. The U.S. Geological Survey say that an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 hit around 4:48 p.m. Monday. With this most recent earthquake, there have now been a total of six earthquakes that hit that area in less than a week! Although earthquakes are not a new thing here in Nebraska, there have only been 46 since 1975.

Six earthquakes have shaken Nebraska already this week. That is really a lot knowing that just 46 hit the state since 1975.  The quakes are most likely due to fault lines that run a few miles underneath the ground. But it’s certainly not a fault that officials can map at the surface because if you know anything about this area of Nebraska, you know that there aren’t any rock-out crops and mostly when seismologists map faults they map them in bedrock. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Mysterious flesh-eating bug spreading at unprecedented levels in Victoria, Australia

Posted: 18 Apr 2018 04:17 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Mysterious flesh-eating bug spreading at unprecedented levels in Victoria, AustraliaIt’s pretty much tripled over the last five or six years,’ Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Brett Sutton told reporters on Monday. Cases are also becoming more severe and occurring in new areas, but efforts to control the outbreak have been thwarted because it’s not known how humans become infected. Native and domestic animals, including dogs, cats, possums and koalas, have all developed the disease, but it’s unknown whether they spread it.

Researchers are appealing for government funding so they can figure out how to contain the bacteria, which causes a disease called Buruli ulcer. Most commonly found in tropical Africa and usually associated with stagnant water, it can have devastating impacts on sufferers, including long-term disability and deformity. In the following video, Victorian health authorities warn of flesh-eating ulcer spreading. READ MORE

North Korea joins forces with Syria to defend ‘just cause’

Posted: 17 Apr 2018 11:04 AM PDT

North Korea joins forces with Syria to defend ‘just cause’North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has spoken out in support of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad after a US-led coalition launched a strike on chemical weapons factories in retaliation for an alleged gas attack on the city of Douma.   North Korea’s state news agency KCNA reported leader Kim Jong-un had congratulated dictator Bashar Assad for the “big achievements” he made to defend Syria’s sovereignty despite the recent coalition missile strike.

The United States alongside the UK and France unleashed a bombing on chemical weapons’ factories in response to a reported chemical attack on the city of Douma on April 7.  KCNA said: “Kim Jong-un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, sent a message of greeting to Bashar Al-Assad, president of the Syrian Arab Republic, on Tuesday.  “In the message, Kim Jong-un extended warm congratulations to the Syrian president on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the independence of the country. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Russian cyber attacks coming for phone, computer and internet

Posted: 17 Apr 2018 10:55 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Russian cyber attacks coming for phone, computer and internetVladimir Putin, the bear-riding Bond villain, is listening into your inane conversations about picking up milk from the shop or who is shagging who in the office… or so the mainstream media would have you believe.  According to sections of the British press – who, let’s be honest, don’t often get carried away like this – are insistent that Russia is about to launch a full-scale cyber attack on the United Kingdom… or they already have, depending on who you ask.

And all because the UK, USA and France launched a missile attack against the Syrian Bashar Assad regime. If you ask the Express, “Russia is ‘SPYING’ on THOUSANDS of UK households in ‘RETALIATION to Syria strikes.” Apparently, your home could become a part of a Russian “botnet,” used to launch large-scale cyberattacks. No explanation was provided as to what a botnet is though… but when you’re whipping the British population into a fearful frenzy, who has time to explain?  READ MORE

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The Gospel for Single Moms — Practical Theology for Women

I don’t want to be a single mom, but I am one. I am in good standing with my elders, and if anyone has a concern about that, my elders welcome questions on my behalf. But the fact that I have to add that last sentence highlights why we don’t see many orthodox Christian writers…

via The Gospel for Single Moms — Practical Theology for Women

Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian ‘Chemical Attack’ Site, Concludes…

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Robert Fisk’s bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he’s encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.

Fisk is the first Western journalist to reach and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack widely blamed on Assad’s forces. Writing from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk has interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well-known videos which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack