Daily Archives: April 20, 2018

April 20: Be Generous to Consume?

Joshua 4:1–6:27; 2 Corinthians 9:6–15; Psalm 48

Our culture encourages us to absorb the latest and greatest, and then cast off our gently used devices. We are targeted to accumulate and consume. The new feature we learned about yesterday is now the one we can’t live without. At first, 2 Corinthians 9 seems to appeal to our consumer lifestyle: “The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor 9:6).

This verse has often been used to encourage giving, because then, God will provide us with even more. But should we give more for the sake of consuming more? Should this be our motivation for generosity?

Paul debunks this idea in the next verse: “Each one should give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or from compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Certainly God will provide for those who give; He takes care of those who follow Him. But our willingness to give should not be out of compulsion, obligation, or giving in order to receive. Selfish giving produces selfishness, not the love and mercy God desires (Micah 6:8).

God is incredibly generous. He gives us gifts—even sending His Son to die for us. As a result of His gracious love, we should also freely give. It reflects the thankfulness in our hearts: “being made rich in every way for all generosity” (2 Cor 9:11).

God’s generosity doesn’t hinge on our giving. We should give out of love for Him, and not from expecting a return on our investment.

What are your motives for giving?

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 20 Becoming Pure in Heart

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

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You have a part to play in becoming pure in heart.

Purifying a heart is the gracious and miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, but there are some things we must do in response to His prompting. First, we must admit we can’t purify our own hearts. Proverbs 20:9 says, “Who can say, ‘I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin’?” The implied answer is, no one!

Next, we must put our faith in Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice on the cross is the basis for our cleansing. Acts 15:9 says that God cleanses hearts on the basis of faith. Of course, our faith must be placed in the right object. First John 1:7 says, “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Finally, we must study the Bible and pray. The psalmist said we keep our way pure by keeping it according to God’s Word, which we must treasure in our hearts (Ps. 119:9, 11). As we pray and submit to the Word, the Spirit purifies our lives.

That’s how you acquire and maintain a pure heart. As a result you “shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). That doesn’t mean you’ll see Him with physical eyes, but rather with spiritual ones. You’ll begin to live in His presence and will become increasingly aware of His working in your life. You’ll recognize His power and handiwork in the beauty and intricacy of creation (Ps. 19). You’ll discern His grace and purposes amid trials and will learn to praise Him in all things. You’ll sense His ministry through other Christians and will see His sovereignty in every event of your life. Life takes on a profound and eternal meaning as you share Christ with unbelievers and see Him transform lives.

There’s no greater joy than knowing you are pure before God and that your life is honoring to Him. May that joy be yours today, and may God use you in a powerful way for His glory!

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask the Lord for continued grace to live a pure life so others will see Christ in you.

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 6:1–8. ✧ Describe Isaiah’s vision of God. ✧ How did Isaiah respond to God’s presence?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 123). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Contradictions in the Bible?

Do you ever find yourself questioning things about the Bible and God but are not sure who you should ask? Here at the John Ankerberg Show our motto is Real Answers to Real Questions.  We believe there should be a safe place to ask your questions, and we want to be able to provide resources that will help as you work through those questions.  

Each week we are addressing some of our most asked questions. This week we would like to address the question: Is the Bible Really Filled with Contradictions?  In this brief article Dr. Dillon Burroughs addresses many of these “contradictions” and offers practical steps for how to approach things that appear contradictory or uncertain in the Bible.


Is the Bible Really Filled with Contradictions?
By: Dr. Dillon Burroughs

Skeptics often accuse the Bible of being filled with contradictions. The Freedom from Religion Foundation even states, “Paul said, ‘God is not the author of confusion’ (1 Corinthians 14:33), yet never has a book produced more confusion than the Bible!” What truth is there to this accusation?

 

Thabiti Anyabwile Tells White Evangelicals No Reconciliation Without “Owning” Their Complicit Racism — Pulpit & Pen

Ron Burns, or Thabiti Anyabwile, explains that white people are complicit with racism and need to “own it” if there’s going to be racial reconciliation. In the latest video from Thabiti Anyabwile at The Gospel Coalition, he mirrors his statements from two weeks ago that white people are complicit in the murder of Dr. King.

Anyabwile’s real name is Ron Burns. Burns took the name “Thabiti Anyabwile – he says – to identify with the Black Nationalist Movement. A product of the mentorship of Mark Dever who popularized Burns through his ministry, 9 Marks, Burns has continued to show a more and more radical Cultural Marxism as the years have progressed. For more links on Burns/Anyabwile, click here.

In the video posted today at the mostly political organization known as The Gospel Coalition, Burns says:

“There can’t be any reconciliation that is deep and lasting if my white evangelical brothers and sisters don’t own this, and not as…not merely as a mercy for others as a kind of benighted paternalism to others, but own it as a people who are complicit…like all the rest of us…and own it as a people who need restoration…”

For Burns, the price of reconciliation between minority and white evangelicals is simple; white people must acknowledge that they are complicit in racism and “own it.”

via Thabiti Anyabwile Tells White Evangelicals No Reconciliation Without “Owning” Their Complicit Racism — Pulpit & Pen

04/20/2018 — Wretched

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•Your questions answered
•Dealing with the loss of intimacy when leaving the NAR
•Did God give the Holy Spirit for when the sufficient Scriptures aren’t sufficient?
•It takes a Church for a family to adopt
•Can Christians walk out to demand better pay?
•Was Jesus’ Gospel only for the Jews?
•Why do we gather in specific places to pray?
•Getting Don’t Stub Your Toes into the hands of unbelievers
•How can teachers be judged more harshly if we are covered by grace?
•Should I leave a church that refuses to discipline?
•Why doesn’t Todd lead people in The Sinner’s Prayer?

via 04/20/2018 — Wretched

APRIL 20 SEEKING AFTER TRUTH

We have received…the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1 Corinthians 2:12

We live in a mixed-up kind of world in which many people are not at all sure of what they believe or what they ought to believe.

Some churches advertise that way—you do not have to believe anything: “Just be a seeker after truth.” Some actually settle for poetry, siding with Edwin Markham who “saw his bright hand sending signals from the sun.”

I, for one, never had any such signals from God. We have Bibles everywhere and the gospel is preached faithfully. Yet men and women seek God in old altars and tombs—in dark and dusty places, and finally wind up believing that God is sending signals from the sun.

Some folks get mad at me when I say that this kind of “seeking after truth” needs to be exposed. We need to double our efforts in telling the world that God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.

It must be the Truth of God and the Spirit of God! Far from being an optional luxury in our Christian lives, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit is a necessity!

Dear Lord, I pray that Your truth will go out into all the world with a mighty surge today. I especially pray for this to happen in Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu nations.[1]


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

April 20, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

A summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks increasingly likely to happen in the next few months, as their aides intensify preparations for what would be a historic meeting.

The push to decriminalize marijuana has picked up another high-profile backer — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer — just a week after President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate the drug.

U.S. sanctions on Russian oligarchs that sent the ruble tumbling and roiled metals markets had the effect the Trump administration wanted, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

According to the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, nine of the world’s countries most at risk of losing citizens over the next few decades are former East bloc nations. Porous borders and greater opportunity in the west have lured people away. Meanwhile, the populist wave sweeping the continent has made it next-to-impossible for African or Middle Eastern refugees to take their place.

One of the biggest U.S. online gun markets can be held liable for negligence for the private sale of a weapon used in a fatal shooting spree, Wisconsin’s highest court said in the first decision of its kind.

NASA’s latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Trump’s choice of a tea party congressman to run the agency in an unprecedented party-line vote.

President Donald Trump slammed OPEC for inflating oil prices after the cartel showed a willingness to further tighten crude markets.

Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to settle U.S. probes into mistreatment of consumers, the largest sanction of a U.S. bank under President Donald Trump, as the firm tries to resolve a year and a half of scandals across its operations.

NASA’s goal of returning to the moon should see a major push in early 2019, when the agency awards its first contract for the lunar “Gateway” program.

Almost 20 percent of American families had no one bringing home a paycheck — even with the unemployment rate finishing the year at a 17-year low, according to data from the BLS.

AP Top Stories

Students across the country are expected to walk out of their classrooms Friday to protest gun violence, coinciding with the 19th anniversary of the gun massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

American defense contractor Lockheed Martin plans to offer Japan a new hybrid stealth fighter jet. Two sources exclusively told Reuters the new plane would be based on Lockheed’s export-banned F-22 Raptor and the advanced F-35.

The Republican food stamp bill would cut benefit spending by billions of dollars by shrinking enrollment, but the bill’s author says nobody would actually be kicked off the program.

The head of the global chemical watchdog agency on Wednesday rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned.

DARPA, a secretive Department of Defense agency, is building new software and artificial intelligence that will scan images to check for alterations in an effort to fight against fabricated news.

The United States has credible information that Russia and Syria are trying to “sanitize” the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria while denying access to the area by international inspectors, the State Department said on Thursday.

U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window.

With weeks to go before President Donald Trump is expected to torpedo the nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and five world powers, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sees a small chance the landmark deal might survive.

Annual U.S.-Philippine military exercises involving thousands of troops will be expanded for the first time to include other countries, with Japanese and Australian forces invited to join what will be the 34th edition of the war games.

Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, asserted his country’s rights to conduct patrols in the South China Sea after reports of a confrontation with China amid rising tensions in the disputed waters.

BBC

The Prince of Wales will be the next head of the Commonwealth, the BBC understands. The Queen had said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles would succeed her in the role “one day”.

A Hindu priest from a temple in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad made headlines for carrying a Dalit (formerly known as untouchable) man on his shoulders into the temple’s inner sanctum.

German police have defused a World War Two bomb in central Berlin, after about 10,000 people were evacuated.

WND

More than 100 suspected members of MS-13 and other gangs were released in 2017 by sanctuary jurisdictions even though federal authorities had formally requested that they be held, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.

Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world’s oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research. The top 10 rivers – eight of which are in Asia.


The Briefing — Friday, April 20, 2018

1) California set to enact legislation barring sale of any books expressing orthodox Christian beliefs on sexuality

National Review (David French) –
California Progressives Launch (Another) Attack on Free Speech

2) Christians no longer welcome? What’s really behind the line of questioning in a Senate committee hearing

Washington Post (Eugene Scott) –
Cory Booker grills Mike Pompeo on whether he believes being gay is a ‘perversion’

3) Army chaplain under fire after refusing to facilitate a marriage retreat for same-sex couples

Army Times (Kyle Rempfer) –
Army chaplain faces same-sex discrimination claim; lawyer says he was following Army guidance


TIME 100 List: Liberals Outweigh Conservatives 14 to 4

(Kyle Drennen – NewsBusters) “Singer Cher touted the “humility” and “grace” of openly gay Olympic skater Adam Rippon, who made headlines for his repeated attacks against Vice President Mike Pence.”

On Thursday, TIME magazine released its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, spanning across politics, entertainment, music, and sports. Predictably, the reliably liberal publication featured 14 glowing profiles of liberal activists, politicians, entertainers, and athletes, but only managed to find four conservative figures to highlight, one of which was a nasty hit piece.   View article →


News – 4/20/2018

Romania to Move Embassy to Jerusalem: Netanyahu Promises Six More to Follow
After meeting last week with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely last week, a Romanian politician has announced their nation will be moving their embassy to Jerusalem. This will make Romania the fourth nation to do so and the first European Union country to break ranks and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In Iran-Israel spar, Netanyahu says Iran will pay a heavy price
Anyone who aims to harm us will pay a heavy price, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday morning at a special cabinet meeting that took place at the location where, 70 years ago, the establishment of the State of Israel was declared. “We hear the threats from Iran, and the IDF and security forces are prepared for every possible Iranian move. We will fight whoever tries to harm us. We will not shy away from action against those who threaten our security. They will pay a heavy price.”

Belgium companies sold deadly chemicals to Assad in violation of sanctions
Antwerp’s Criminal Court has opened cases against three Flemish companies for the alleged violations of EU sanctions relating to the sale of illegal chemicals to the Syrian regime, according to a Wednesday report from the Belgium newsweekly Knack. The magazine reported that the Belgian companies – AAE Chemie, Danmar Logistics, and the shut-down Anex Customs – exported the chemicals to the Syrian regime, which included isopropanol, a chemical that can be used in the manufacturing of sarin nerve gas.

Trump Slams OPEC: “Oil Prices Are Artificially High, Will Not Be Accepted”, Oil Tumbles
Update: we didn’t have long to wait for the Saudi response, which came just 30 minutes after the Trump tweet: THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ARTIFICIAL OIL PRICES: SAUDI MINISTER Which is ironic coming from the head of an oil cartel whose only purpose is to keep prices artificially high. It is even more ironic because just two years ago OPEC itself was slamming “evil speculators”, hedge funds and anyone else who it suspected of selling oil for creating an “artificial oil price.”

Trump Rages At “Shadey” James Comey: “Is This The Way Life In America Is Supposed To Work?”
Specifically, Trump questioned how Comey has been allowed to misrepresent himself and his work, leak classified information to the press, and occasionally tell outright lies, while former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has had his life and career totally destroyed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book (that should never have been written). Is that really the way life in America is supposed to work? I don’t think so!”

Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years
A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain. Mount Io spewed smoke and ash high into the sky Thursday in its first eruption since 1768. Japan’s Meteorological Agency on Friday expanded a no-go zone to the entire mountain from previously just around the volcano’s crater.

Greenblatt says Palestinians have ‘right to protest dire circumstances’
President Donald Trump’s top Middle East envoy affirmed the right of Palestinians “to protest their dire humanitarian circumstances” in the Gaza Strip adding that they should do so at a safe distance from Israel’s border with the strip and with no violence.

South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent protests at home. Police fired rubber bullets on Friday to break up crowds of protesters shortly before he was was due to arrive in the troubled North West province. Clashes have taken place in the area where protesters are demanding jobs, housing and an end to corruption.

Syria returns Légion d’honneur award to France
Syria has returned to France the prestigious Légion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad, saying he would not wear the award of a country that was a “slave” to America. The move comes days after France said a “disciplinary procedure” for withdrawing the award was under way. France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in ‘Big Brother’ satellites
Microsoft’s Bill Gates is backing a start-up that will provide ‘live and unfiltered’ high definition footage of every inch of Earth. The startup, EarthNow, plans to launch 500 satellites to cover Earth’s atmosphere in ‘Big Brother’ real-time video surveillance. As well as Gates, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and aerospace giant Airbus are also backing the project.

2 Florida deputies fatally shot in Gilchrist County
Two young deputies in Gilchrist County, Florida were murdered in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon. Investigators are calling it a senseless act of violence. Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were just sitting down for lunch at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton, Florida, when a lone gunman approached the window and fired two shots – killing them instantly.

Government accidentally sends file on “remote mind control” methods to journalist
When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of Homeland Security) to obtain information about Antifa and white supremacist groups, he got more than…he was looking for – he also…received a mysterious file on “psycho-electric weapons” with the label “EM effects on human body.zip.” The file included methods of “remote mind control.”

‘Yes, I’m Running as a Socialist.’ Why Candidates Are Embracing the Label in 2018
There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers. But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, there was still something impressive to celebrate. Many in the crowd were members of the Democratic Socialists of America…

Gaza protest camps move closer to Israel border fence
Gaza protest organizers moved sit-in tents closer to the Israeli border fence Thursday, a day before a fourth planned mass demonstration, raising fears of more bloodshed. The protests, largely led by Gaza’s Hamas rulers, began March 30. Organizers said they’ll gradually move the camps toward the fence until May 15, but made conflicting comments about a possible breach.

Trump slams OPEC, says will not accept high oil prices
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized OPEC for rising oil prices that he said were being artificially raised and would not be accepted, as oil prices appeared set for a second consecutive week of gains. “Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

Thousands Of US Troops Amass On Syrian Border For Military ‘Drill’
Thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the United States, the United Kingdom, and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordan’s neighbor, Syria.  Shortly after the US-led bombing of Syria over alleged chemical weapons use, the Marine took part in military drills.

Facebook Will FORCE All Users To Accept Being TRACKED Around The Internet
Facebook has finally responded to requests to stop tracking users for advertising. But they aren’t going to. Instead, Facebook is going to force all of those who continue to use their social media service to accept being tracked around the internet.

Gov Cuomo Gives 35,000 Felons Right To Vote In New York Mere Months Before Election
When the felon vote is crucial, it’s got to be a Democrat primary. Showing he knows where the real power rests in his party, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week opened the door to tens of thousands of ex-cons on parole in the Empire State to vote despite a state law that forbids it. And he did it in pure Obama-Democrat style.

Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Banning Abortions On Babies With Down Syndrome
As people with Down syndrome are quickly being exterminated by the scourge of abortion, some states have stepped up efforts to protect them.

New Yorker To Christians: We Don’t Want Your Kind Around Here Chick-fil-A, that alluring purveyor of delicious chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, has long been a target in certain quarters. These criticisms have nothing to do with the addictiveness of the chain’s food (a shame, really, because this is a real problem), but its perceived political stances. Most such attacks have stemmed from the chain’s indirect donations to groups that oppose same-sex marriage, and from CEO Dan Cathy’s comments on the subject.

Netanyahu thanks Trump: We have no better friend than America
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his greeting in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. “Thank you, President Trump! We too have no better friend than America. We are greatly looking forward to your moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital,” tweeted Netanyahu.

Scores Assassinated in ‘Most Violent’ Election Season in Mexico’s History
Scores of politicians and candidates have been assassinated leading up to Mexico’s July 1 federal and local elections in what one expert is calling the bloodiest election season ever seen in Mexico.

Netanyahu on Israel’s 70th: We’re just getting started
…Seventy years “is the blink of an eye in historical terms,” the prime minister noted, adding: “I have no doubt that 70 years from now, Israel will be even stronger, even more prosperous than it is today.”

You have been warned: The civil war begins when Hillary Clinton gets indicted
It’s important to recognize events that are likely to trigger the coming civil war. And by “civil war,” I mean a domestic, kinetic conflict between anti-American Leftists and pro-American patriots. In this case, “civil war” is not a political metaphor. I’m warning about actual kinetic conflict.

Heroic pilot is calm, cool, collected…and Christian
one reason for her incredible sense of calm that probably won’t be mentioned in many reports is that Schults is a devout Christian.

China Stages Last Minute Live Fire Drill in Show of Support For Russia
One of the objectives of China’s last minute live-fire drill in the Taiwan Strait this week was to send a message of support to Russia in the face of increasing tensions over Syria with the United States, according to experts.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 20, 2018

Comey’s Memos Prove to Exonerate Trump

No new bombshell revelations, just more evidence confirming Comey’s anti-Trump bias.

The Foundation

“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” —James Madison (1788)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 20

  • Trump says will not accept high oil prices, crude dips (Read More)
  • OPEC, Russia Oil Officials Hint at Extending Production Cuts (Read More)
  • Comey Memos Reveal Trump’s Early Doubts About Flynn (Read More)
  • Global stocks set for second week of gains, commodities ease (Read More)
  • U.S. Prosecutors to Weigh a Criminal Case for McCabe (Read More)
  • Hedge Fund Titans Pull Money From Funds to Pay Massive Tax Bills (Read More)
  • Audit Cleared Facebook’s Privacy Practices Despite Cambridge Analytica Leak (Read More)
  • Corporate crooks set to face tougher penalties under new rules to be revealed by Government (Read More)
  • China’s ZTE slams U.S. ban, says company’s survival at risk (Read More)
  • America’s nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go (Read More)
  • Wanted: New Home for a Lot of Russian Aluminum (Read More)
  • U.S. sorghum armada U-turns at sea after China tariffs (Read More)
  • GE Takes Hit From Old Mortgage Unit, Cites Other Progress (Read More)
  • GE Surges After Brushing Off Wall Street’s Worries (Read More)
  • Kudlow’s Candid Style Marks Transition to White House (Read More)
  • The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History (Read More)
  • Barclays chief Staley survives whistleblowing inquiry with only a fine (Read More)
  • Japanese Official Says Font Size on Sexual Harassment Complaint Was Too Small (Read More)
  • Trade Policies Are Puncturing America’s Economic Optimism (Read More)
  • Mattel Taps Its Fourth CEO in as Many Years (Read More)
  • Soros body mulls future in Hungary as Orban vows migration fight (Read More)
  • What If Tesla’s Time Is Running Out? (Read More)

Headlines – 4/20/2018

Netanyahu says recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will advance peace

US State Department says it ‘looks forward to moving Embassy’

Netanyahu: At least six states in ‘serious’ talks to move embassies to Jerusalem

Defying EU policy, Romania advances proposal to move embassy to Jerusalem

Romania’s president dispels rumors of embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Netanyahu: Preferential treatment given for first 10 embassies moving to Jerusalem

It’s Israel Independence Day — and millions around the world are being aided by the Jewish state

Natalie Portman refuses to visit Israel to accept prize, citing ‘recent events’

New York Times Greets Israel’s 70th With Piece Claiming 1948 Was ‘Catastrophe’

Dozens protest for Palestinian right of return on Israel’s Independence Day

Thousands of Israeli Arabs join Nakba Day march

Poll: 82% of Israelis proud of the country, half fear war is near

Gaza protest camps moved closer to Israel border fence

Israel drops leaflets warning Gaza protesters to keep away from fence

Greenblatt: Gazans have right to protest, but at ‘safe distance’ from fence

Trump’s top envoy upholds right of Palestinians to protest ‘dire circumstances’ on Gaza border – peacefully

Islamic Jihad sets sniper sights on top IDF commanders in threatening new video

Russian Missiles Alarm Israel, Stoking Risk of Next Syria Crisis

Russia says no reason not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia hold ‘anti-terrorism’ meeting

Russia says Syrian rebels preventing inspectors from reaching Douma

Britain’s May, China’s Xi agree chemical weapons use ‘unacceptable’

China’s Xi urges ‘objective’ probe into suspected Syria chemical weapons attack

Pentagon: Syria retains limited capability for chemical attack

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

Rebels in Syria’s south brace for onslaught, fear wider war

Democratic Lawmakers Ask Trump How It Was Legal To Bomb Syria

Iraq orders air strikes against ISIS militants inside Syria

Iraq Just Dropped Bombs In Syria – With Help From The Assad Regime

Turkey, Iran vow to continue alliance with Russia on Syria

Video of Iran ‘morality police’ wrestling with woman sparks outrage

Earthquake Rattles Iran’s Only Nuclear Power Plant

Iran warns of ‘unpleasant’ response if US drops nuclear deal

Rivlin: ‘We must do anything possible to stop Iran’s evil regime’

Don’t scrap Iran deal, MPs from UK, France and Germany urge US

US hopes for success in talks with Europeans on “fixing” Iran nuclear deal

US calls for keeping up pressure on North Korea ahead of summit

Threat to walk out on Kim highlights risks of Trump’s volatile diplomatic approach

N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

South Korea’s Moon says North seeking ‘complete denuclearization

China challenged Australian warships in South China Sea: Australian media

China looks to speed up chip plans as U.S. trade tensions boil

Kremlin says can’t rule out further unfriendly US moves in future

Comey memos released to Congress, track his testimony and new book

In Comey memos, Trump talks of Russian prostitutes, jailed journalists

Trump Claims Vindication After Memos Released

Rosenstein Tells Trump He’s Not a Target in Mueller, Cohen Probes

Government Accidentally Releases Documents on “Psycho-Electric” Weapons

Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law

Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Prince Edward Islands region

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Rattles Canada, Suburban Detroit

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

More spring snow in Chicago, and forecasters call April’s start among coldest in 130 years

April on track to be the coldest in 143 years

Smartphone Addiction Increases Loneliness, Isolation; No Different From Substance Abuse, Experts Say

Some male sexual assault victims feel left behind by #MeToo

Teens are breaking old rules about gender. Now they want to change old rules about prom.


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Friday 4-20-19

Mike Ratliff – The keys to the mortification of sin

Rush Limbaugh Is Disliked Because of the Leviathan Spirit Says Lance Wallnau

Snoop Dogg Gathers ‘Gospel Greats’ for ‘Bible of Love’ Album as Others Decry Worship of ‘Another Jesus’

Conservative Evangelicals Walk Out During Wheaton’s Marxist Brain Trust Meeting

Gwinnett pastor charged in alleged fake immigration lawyer scam

Pastor charged with lewd act on child in Covina back in custody

Army Chaplain Facing Possible Discipline for Declining to Conduct Marriage Retreat After Lesbian Signs Up

 

Thursday 4-19-18

The Original Lie

Mangling the Word of God for the False Teaching of Mandatory Healing

Justin Peters & Jim Osman on Spiritual Warfare: Binding Satan

NAR Leader Uses the Term NAR: Says NAR Will Converge with Evangelical Churches

Bob Buford – Father of the church growth movement has died

Egypt Cabinet Legalizes 166 Unlicensed Church Properties

Video – The Rise of the Crisis Actor Conspiracy Movement
Warning for language

California school district says parents can’t pull kids from new LGBT sex ed

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:31 AM PDT

California school district says parents can’t pull kids from new LGBT sex edCalifornia is about to implement new abortion- and homosexuality-promoting sex education lessons, and one school district has told parents they have no choice but to expose their children to them.  California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial provisions starting to take effect in classrooms. Under the auspices of health, the law says it will equip students to develop “healthy attitudes” on “gender [and] sexual orientation,” among other things.

It also says it will inform students about the “effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods,” and facilitate “objective discussion” about “parenting, adoption, and abortion.”  RedState contributor Kira Davis, a resident of Orange County, California, warns that among the teaching materials approved for use under this law are a study guide for the transgender children’s book I Am Jazz, as well as a “sexual health toolkit.”  READ MORE

Rare 3.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Detroit, Michigan

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:26 AM PDT

Rare 3.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Detroit, MichiganOn Thursday, April 19th, 2018 in the evening, at eight p.m., in Detroit, Michigan a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck the region.  The 3.6 quake struck near Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, according to the United States Geological Survey. Amherstburg is about 20 miles from downtown Detroit.

“They happen from time to time, right in that magnitude” in the region, said David Gurney, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake. “They are rare, but not unheard of.” According to the National Weather Service, there are no reports of damage and it was reported as the strongest earthquake in Michigan in over sixty-seven years. READ MORE

San Francisco Church to Hold Beyoncé Mass; Pastor Insists ‘We’re Following in the Way of Jesus’

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:10 AM PDT

San Francisco Church to Hold Beyoncé Mass; Pastor Insists ‘We’re Following in the Way of Jesus’A San Francisco church will host a “Beyoncé Mass,” featuring songs from the pop star that congregation members will be invited to sing along to, and one of its pastors is insisting that the event goes hand in hand with the teachings of Jesus Christ.  “I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” the Rev. Jude Harmon, director of innovative ministries for Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal Church, told SFGate on Tuesday.   “But Jesus used very provocative

images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.”  Harmon, who is also the founder of Vince, a weekly contemporary worship service project espousing progressive theology, insisted that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s music “opens a window into the lives of the marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females.” READ MORE

Missionary Tortured by ISIS Led 40 to Christ

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 05:57 AM PDT

Missionary Tortured by ISIS Led 40 to ChristCharged with being a spy, Czech missionary Petr Jasek endured a 14-month imprisonment in Sudan where he was tortured by fellow cellmates. But Jesus supernaturally imparted peace during his confinement and he became a bold witness, winning many to Christ.  In his role as the Africa regional director for Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), Jasek went to Sudan to document the persecution of Christians, which was happening in the Nubah Mountains in clashes between the government and rebels.

He was detained by the Sudanese police at Khartoum Airport in December 2015. It seems immigration staff found a duplicate passport Jasek carried for security purposes, which led to his immediate arrest and imprisonment. “I arrived at this cell at about 1:30 a.m.,” he told VOM. He found the cell overcrowded, with people covering the floor. “They had to squeeze a little bit so they would create some small room for me to lie down on the floor.”  READ MORE

GAME CHANGER: Could a California Bill Ultimately Lead to the Banning of Bibles?

Posted: 20 Apr 2018 05:43 AM PDT

GAME CHANGER: Could a California Bill Ultimately Lead to the Banning of Bibles?A pro-LGBTQ bill is quickly making its way through the California state assembly after it was approved on the floor Thursday. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote.  If passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians.   It uses the state’s consumer fraud statute to restrict religious freedom and free speech when it comes to issues of

homosexuality and gender identity. This means the bill would make it illegal to distribute resources, sell books, offer counseling services, or direct someone to a biblically based model for getting help with gender confusion and homosexuality. Randy Thomasson with SaveCalifornia.com says the bill is very broad and could affect just about anything helping people overcome same-sex desires. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Cashless society slowly gaining traction around the world

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 07:41 PM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: Cashless society slowly gaining traction around the worldSeveral countries around the world have moved quickly towards cashless societies in the last five years, most notably China and Denmark.  As electronic payment apps, debit cards and credit cards replace paper currency, governments, bank and corporations delight in the level of control this allows them over the population.  The United States has held out longer than other countries, but now has started to show signs that cash, and the freedom it brings, is on the decline. Businesses, from Starbucks to Sweetgreen, are now experimenting with no-cash policies at some locations and debit/credit/app only policies are

creeping into other sectors as well. The Church of England has now adopted electronic payment systems such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and the major credit cards. Not yet abandoning cash, the introduction of the new payment systems is a response to a social movement that is increasingly rejecting cash. Though the numbers are not easy to track, the number of young adults who pay their bills, send money to friends, fill up their cars and buy groceries all without touching cash is growing to the point where some financial experts believe that today’s teens may, in another decade, be the first cashless generation in the United States. READ MORE

April in Chicago brings coldest weather in 130 years…Detroit in 143 years…

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 07:27 PM PDT

April in Chicago brings coldest weather in 130 years…Detroit in 143 years…Chicago area residents may wake up to snow on the ground Thursday, the latest reminder that winter weather’s grip is delaying so many spring rites of passage, from Major League Baseball games to bridge-lifting season on the Chicago River downtown – the parade of boats heading for slips offering the surest sign of warm weather ahead.  And if those early morning walks to the bus or train stop weren’t convincing enough, forecasters say this is the second coldest start to April across Chicago in 130 years.  Though next week is poised to bring dry weather and seasonal temperatures of about 50 degrees, it’s too early to predict whether Chicago has beaten winter yet. READ MORE

 

No, you’re not crazy. It has been the coldest April in more than 140 years. A year ago today, on April 19, 2017, it was 78 degrees and sunny, while Thursday’s expected high is 48 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Trent Frey. As of Thursday, the average temperature for April is 38.3 degrees, slightly warmer than April 1874, the coldest on record at 37.6 degrees.  “The average high (in April) for Detroit last year was 60 degrees, believe it or not,” Frey said. “If April ended tomorrow, it would be the second-coldest on record.” READ MORE

Qatar and Saudi Arabia launch military drills as Middle East tensions reach boiling point

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:27 PM PDT

Qatar and Saudi Arabia launch military drills as Middle East tensions reach boiling pointQatari forces have participated in joint military exercises in Saudi Arabia in what could be a sign of some compromise among US-allied Arab states locked in a near year-long dispute.  Qatar News Agency, quoting the Defence Ministry, said the ‘Joint Gulf Shield 1’ drill was conducted in the town of Ras Al Khair, north of Jubail city in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia from March 21 until April 16. Officers from the Qatari Armed Forces, led by Brigadier General Khamis Mohamed Deblan, took part in the

exercise, along with land, sea and air forces from 25 other countries. It featured several stages, including a command centre drill and field training, and finished with the implementation of fire with live ammunition, followed by a military parade military parade. The Qatari Armed Foces said in a statement that Qatari Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Ghanem bin Shaheen al-Ghanim was present for the closing ceremony on Monday, attended by Saudi King Salman and other heads of state. READ MORE

SPREADING: E. coli outbreak spreads to 16 States in US

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:16 PM PDT

SPREADING: E. coli outbreak spreads to 16 States in USPublic health officials are warning consumers not to eat store-bought, chopped romaine lettuce as an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable worsens.  Fifty-three related E. coli infections have been reported in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the past several days, 18 new cases have been added to the CDC’s investigation, including some in states where E. coli illnesses hadn’t yet been reported.

Additionally, the CDC said, “nine more hospitalizations have been reported, including two people who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.” The CDC said the exact source of the tainted lettuce hasn’t been identified, but that “information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region could be contaminated … and could make people sick.” READ MORE

Strong earthquake strikes Iran shaking up nuclear power plant

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:06 PM PDT

Strong earthquake strikes Iran shaking up nuclear power plantA Strong earthquake has struck in Iran, rattling the country’s Bushehr nuclear plant as well as parts of Bahrain and Qatar.  No injuries are expected because the epicenter of the earthquake was located in a sparsely located area, the Iran Red Cross said. However as many as 10 million people felt some level of shaking due to the quake, CSEM-EMSC said. In Bahrain, people were evacuated from high-rise buildings.

Some witnesses left testimonies on the CSEM-EMSC website. An Iranian witness said: “It was intense.” A resident in Kuwait said: “I was lying on my bed and suddenly I felt dizzy and felt like my bed was shaking. And then the door of my room, which I had kept had open, started to bang on the furniture placed next to it.” READ MORE

Deadly hailstorm strikes northern Vietnam, 1,500 homes damaged

Posted: 19 Apr 2018 12:55 PM PDT

Deadly hailstorm strikes northern Vietnam, 1,500 homes damagedHailstorms and strong winds hit Vietnam’s northern mountainous region on the evening of April 14, 2018, damaging houses and destroying crops. The storms have left many without a roof over their heads and destroyed crops that were ready for harvest. In the northeastern province of Bac Kan, authorities said that over 1 000 houses had been damaged in an hour-long hailstorm. It bombarded three districts with hailstones of up to 3 cm (1.2 inches) in diameter, the size of a grape, according to local media.  Some

residents were forced to spend the night out in the open, the province’s disaster control unit said. A large area of cornfields and orchards in the province was also damaged. “The hailstorm crushed most of the corn, and about 70 hectares (173 acres) of plum trees that were near harvest time dropped their fruit prematurely. Seedlings at tree nurseries were also severely damaged,” said Nguyen Dinh Diep, vice chairman of Pac Nam District, according to VNExpress. READ MORE


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for April 20, 2018

April 19, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — After my recent column on “fake news,” someone sent me an email accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America. The email stated the common charge that the Constitution was the product of men of the Enlightenment, many of whom were under Masonic influence as well…. (more)

April 19, 2018
MICHAEL BARONE — As the likelihood of the charges of Trump campaign “collusion” with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of “collusion” seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility because of businessman Trump’s dealings in Russia and candidate Trump’s off-putting praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was fueled by breathless media coverage of such trivial events as Jeff Sessions’ exchange of pleasantries with the Russian ambassador at a Washington reception…. (more)

April 19, 2018
CHELSEA SCHILLING — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is facing criticism for a bizarre email she sent for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday that said special counsel Robert Mueller had been “fired.”… (more)

April 19, 2018
BOB UNRUH — Andrew McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director, was accused by the Department of Justice’s inspector general of lying, and now he’s been referred to federal prosecutors. The IG’s report on the FBI’s onetime second-in-command concluded he lied about media contacts. The IG found McCabe “lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions” in connection with a disclosure to the Wall Street Journal in violation of FBI codes…. (more)


April 19, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — (Author’s note: In August 2016, I wrote an article entitled “James Comey and the Stinking Fish Factor,” warning readers that the Comey fish was already rotting and that things were bound to get worse. Clearly, they just did. And it’s just as clear that the uncontrolled hysteria we are witnessing from Democrats has to do not with bogus accusations about Russia, but the criminal indictments coming down the pike for the people they’ve blindly defended for decades – – that would be Bill & Hill Clinton – – and possibly against even bigger fish! I’ve updated this article by abbreviating its length but also adding a few sentences. -JS)… (more)

April 19, 2018
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — Alan Dershowitz reacted to James Comey’s new book “A Higher Loyalty” on Friday’s edition of Tucker Carlson’s FOX News show. He called the book “gossipy,” “scandalous and shameful.” He also called the former FBI director “revenge-driven” and said he should never have been hired in the first place. Dershowitz said the way Comey condoned leaks sent a “horrible message” to FBI agents…. (more)

April 19, 2018
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — Tucker Carlson said Monday night what he learned from the interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday is that James Comey admires liars and gives them the benefit of the doubt while not extending the same courtesy to President Trump. Carlson said Comey is a partisan and should have never been director of the FBI…. (more)


April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The memos written by former FBI Director James Comey that were delivered to Congress by the Justice Department on Thursday have been leaked. The memos were obtained by the Washington Examiner. Comey, who was fired by President Trump last May, said in congressional testimony he kept memos memorializing conversations with the president…. (more)

April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Republican chairmen who demanded Congress get access to James Comey’s memos blasted him late Thursday, saying the revelations they contain show he “was blind to biases within the FBI and had terrible judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe.”… (more)

April 19, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — In yesterday’s column, I contended that it was outrageous for federal district judge Kimba Wood to direct that talk-radio and Fox News host Sean Hannity be publicly identified as Michael Cohen’s third client. Cohen, whose law practice is, shall we say, less than thriving, is under criminal investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY). He claims only three clients. The other two, President Trump and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, acknowledge retaining Cohen. Hannity denies ever having had a formal attorney-client relationship with him…. (more)

April 19, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — At a hearing in Manhattan federal court Monday afternoon, a judge denied a request by President Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to prevent investigators from reviewing materials seized from Cohen’s office and residences…. (more)

April 19, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The Southern Poverty Law Center has removed the “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” from their website after attorneys for Maajid Nawaz, a practicing Muslim and prominent Islamic reformer, threatened legal action over his inclusion on the list…. (more)

April 19, 2018
PHILIP KLEIN — When Republicans fail to advance a limited government agenda when they have power, it does not merely entrench the status quo – – it paves the road for liberals to fulfill their expansionist dreams when they’re in charge. There is no better example of this than on healthcare policy. For decades, Republican inaction and acquiesce has allowed liberals to make uneven yet substantial progress toward their ultimate goal of imposing government-run healthcare on the United States. This time, Republican dithering may just enable Democrats to reach that promised land…. (more)

April 17, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Alan Keyes says Congress needs to do more than ‘just listen to these jokers’… (more)


April 16, 2018
‘A Higher Royalty’; ‘James Comedy’
KYLE SMITH — For months, the media and President Trump’s loudest opponents convinced themselves that James Comey’s much-anticipated book was the ticking bomb that would blow up the Trump administration. Instead: No boom…. (more)

April 16, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Former FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated weekend TV interview fell flat for key members of the press. The one-hour interview, which aired Sunday on ABC ahead of the publication of Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty,” received extensive coverage in the national press for Comey’s sharp rebukes of President Trump, but there were almost no revelations in his answers, and some critics said Comey came across as self-serving…. (more)


April 16, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Acrimony between the FBI and Department of Justice was so bad in the waning days of the Obama Administration some agents quit the bureau, a former G-man said. Feuds over the direction of investigations – – and particularly some of the high-profile politically-involved probes – – began to build up as the 2016 election approached, and as the FBI felt pressure from its political masters at the department…. (more)

April 15, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Federal judges sit on the bench for life and can either uphold the law or rule like tyrants. This puts judicial appointments right near the top of the most important things a president can do. The newest Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, has already shown what a difference a constitutionalist can make. But we need many more to counter the hundreds of Clinton, Obama and Jimmy Carter-appointed judges who issue zany rulings that override common sense and thwart democratically enacted popular will…. (more)

April 15, 2018
Says missile attacks were ‘in the vital national security and foreign policy interests’ of U.S.
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump formally notified Congress Sunday that he had constitutional authority as commander-in-chief to order the military strikes against Syria Friday night. In a letter, Mr. Trump said missile strikes against Syrian chemical-weapons facilities were “in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States to promote the stability of the region, to deter the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, and to avert a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe.”… (more)


April 15, 2018
JOHN TIERNEY — Imagine if the head of a federal agency announced a new policy for its scientific research: From now on, the agency would no longer allow its studies to be reviewed and challenged by independent scientists, and its researchers would not share the data on which their conclusions were based. The response from scientists and journalists would be outrage. By refusing peer review from outsiders, the agency would be rejecting a fundamental scientific tradition. By not sharing data with other researchers, it would be violating a standard transparency requirement at leading scientific journals. If a Republican official did such a thing, you’d expect to hear denunciations of this latest offensive in the “Republican war on science.”… (more)


April 15, 2018
JOSEPH FARAH — Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, will be sentenced Tuesday following conviction on 23 felony counts related to using charitable donations for personal and campaign expenses. Wait a minute! Didn’t Hillary Clinton do that? Oh, yes, in spades, but I digress. I’ve known Steve for many years. There’s not a corrupt bone in his body. Don’t believe anything else you read about this case anywhere – – including Fox News, which hung him out to dry. Steve went to Washington to do one thing – – defeat the Deep State…. (more)


April 15, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The film “Chappaquiddick,” which premiered last Friday, concerns the efforts of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to save his career and reputation after the accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne, a young, pretty aide to his dead brother Bobby…. (more)

April 15, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — “A Quiet Place” is an oddity for a No. 1 box office attraction – – a family-focused horror movie that has no profanity, nudity, sex, gore or R rating and offers a subtle pro-life message. Directed, co-written and co-produced by John Krasinski (Jim from the NBC sitcom “The Office”), the $17 million, PG-13 production rocked Hollywood last weekend with its $50 million box office haul – – and could crack the $100 million mark this weekend, Forbes.com predicts…. (more)

April 15, 2018
BBC NEWS — John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s – a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret…. (more)

April 14, 2018
REUTERS — Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s progress in the 7-year-old civil war…. (more)

 

Lies Young Women Believe for April 20, 2018

How to Speak up About Someone Else’s Sin

by Sarah Garrett | 4/20/18

In Wednesday’s post, I tackled why it’s okay to keep other Christians accountable when it comes to sin.

Since I said we should do it, I wanted to also share how to do it. The following verses explain how to effectively hold someone accountable.

Speak the Truth in Love

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (Eph. 4:15–16).

Before I experienced someone lovingly calling out my own sin (read more about that here), my approach to accountability would not have been loving. Instead, it would have been rooted in superiority.

If you are close with someone who claims to be a Christian and you see them in open sin, ask yourself why you want to point it out to them. Is it to help them grow in their walk and keep them out of sin, or is it to make you feel superior because you think you’re better?

If love is not your motivator, you will fail and the Body of Christ will suffer.

Follow the Steps

Matthew 18:15–17 provides clear steps for accountability.

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

Here’s the breakdown:

Step 1: Start by telling the person with just the two of you there. In an attitude of love, explain what you see happening and ask if they see it, too.

Step 2: If they refuse to see, then ask a few people to join you who care for the person and have also seen the behavior. This way the person will know you’re not just making it up.

Step 3: Many times it will not get to the third step, which is to tell the church. If the person doesn’t listen after the first two steps, enlist the help of a pastor or youth pastor.

Step 4: If all of these measures fail, God allows us to no longer carry the burden of making the person see the truth. He can find another way to reach the person even if it isn’t through you.

As a final step, never stop praying that the person’s eyes will be opened even if they don’t listen to you. (For more on how to pray, check out this post from our archives, “How to Pray When Someone You Love is Stuck in Sin.”)

I am passionate about Christians keeping each other accountable, because it truly changed my life and I am forever grateful. Because someone else was brave enough to call out sin in my life, it has helped me to grow in my faith and approach people in a more loving way. I am more effective in ministry because of the gift of accountability, and I think we could be more effective as the Body of Christ if we were not afraid to hold one another accountable.


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Why legalism destroys churches and kills Christians

What if your church’s elders passed down a fiat that members could not take more than 1,999 steps on the Lord’s Day without facing church discipline? One more step would be too closely akin to taking a long trip and that is a no-no on the day God set aside for worship.

What if they forbid you to carry your Bibles to church because such heavy lifting would too closely resemble work? Anything heavier than a dried fig is strictly taboo on this day, they say.

Or, what if they added a clause in the constitution and bylaws that members must not leave a radish in salt because that vegetable might become a pickle and pickle-making is work, which is, of course, forbidden on this day.

And, they added sub-paragraphs to the constitution that prescribed disciplinary action for those found guilty of other activities on the Lord’s Day such as carrying a pen (lest you be tempted to write with it), carrying a needle (lest you be tempted to sew with it), helping those who are sick but with non life-threatening maladies (it can wait till Monday), looking in the mirror, spitting, removing dirt from clothes. You get the picture.

Real-life legalism

Such boorish legalism would make both a congregation and its elders miserable and would likely lead to an elder election. Yet, these were merely a few among the dozens of Sabbath laws added to the Torah by the Pharisees who lived in the Roman Empire during New Testament times. Ironically, the Pharisees and their scribes were the theological giants of the day, yet in Mark 2:25-26 and in other passages in the four Gospels, Jesus asks them, “Have you not read?” In other words, don’t you understand the Scriptures? Jesus tweaks the Pharisees in John 5:39 with similar words, telling them, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.”

In the Mark passage, the Pharisees are watching Jesus—who is a rabbi—to see if he breaks their rabbinic laws related to the Sabbath. In the final verses of Mark 2, they charge Jesus with spiritual criminality because his disciples pick the heads of grain while walking through a field and eat the kernels to satiate their hunger. Jesus points out that David and his band of brothers ate the showbread in the tabernacle with divine impunity while on the run from Saul (1 Sam. 21:1-6). At the outset of Mark 3, Jesus heals a man with a lame hand in direct violation of the Sabbath laws of the Pharisees.

Of course, the Pharisees are infamous for encrusting the moral law of God with hundreds of their own manmade laws and traditions. And we get the idea from the New Testament that trying to obey the laws as a means of salvation made them a miserable people. 

Small wonder.

Alive and well today

While few of us today seek to follow the Pharisaical model, this level of misery is alive and well among those who misunderstand the complementarity of law and gospel and seek to earn favor with God through both keeping the law and misappropriating it to extrapolate a set of personal convictions—often related to modes of dress, music, movies, etc.—that become a system of expected ethical norms to which they hold both themselves an other Christians. As Spurgeon once said of the legalist, “His slogan is, ‘You cannot be spiritual unless you are uncomfortable.’” 

Indeed. 

The law of God as a ground for salvation, as a means of accruing merit, leaves the worker exhausted, miserable—and lost. The law as a guide to salvation is a terrible taskmaster.

For this reason, discussions of law and gospel remain vital and deeply practical. After all, in 1 Timothy 1:8, Paul wrote, “The law is good if one uses it lawfully.” But how can Paul say the law is good? Elsewhere, in Romans 7:11, Paul says sin came alive through the law and killed him. In Galatians 3, Paul says the Law once held us captive and he calls it a “guardian.” If the law kills, holds us captive and leads the Pharisees to lead such shriveled up lives of pure misery, then how is it good?

Rightly divided

I think Paul gets at it earlier in Romans 7:7, “Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have know what it is to covet if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’” The law exposes our sin. The law shows us the holy, spotless character of God. The law produces despair in us—not a despair the leads us to forego attempting to merit any favor with God and drives us to the only place it can be found—in union with Jesus Christ, in his person and work.

Rightly appropriated, the moral law of God unmasks our self-righteousness and exposes us for who we really are: sinners devoid of the righteousness necessary to salvation, sinners hurtling headlong toward a just destruction at the hands of a holy God, sinners in desperate need of a mediator before God.

It shows us that we have indeed sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It points up our desperate need for the gospel. As the Puritans so well put it, the law breaks sinners, the gospel heals them. Calvin saw three good functions for the law: it serves as a mirror, clearly showing our sin, it reveals the will of God (as a guide to sanctification), and it works to restrain evil—protecting God’s people from the machinations of unbelievers.

The law left the Pharisees (and their disciples) miserable because they viewed it as a vehicle to glory, a means of salvation. They used it unlawfully and the result was a shrunken, joyless, bitter existence. This is the result when we misinterpret Scripture and replace the grace of God with legalism. But rightly understood, the law of God is good, unmasking our self-righteousness and exposing our depravity. It sends us running for cover in the righteousness of Christ won at Calvary through his selfless love. It liberates us to rest from our labors at keeping the law, and leads us to green pastures of deep and overflowing joy in Christ alone.

“Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).

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There is evidence of collusion to get a presidential candidate elected

WINTERY KNIGHT

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Nobody knows American politics better than Michael Barone. In this article for Real Clear Politics, he explains what we now know about collusion during the 2016 presidential election. This piece was tweeted by Brit Hume AND Hugh Hewitt (of MSNBC) so you know it’s fair and balanced.

First, here’s the status of the Russia collusion investigation:

The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility because of businessman Donald Trump’s dealings in Russia and candidate Trump’s off-putting praise of Vladimir Putin.

It was fueled by breathless media coverage of such trivial events as Jeff Sessions’ conversation with the Russian ambassador at a Washington reception — and, of course, by the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel. But Mueller’s prosecutions of Trump campaign operatives were for misdeeds long before the campaign, and his indictment of 13 Russians specified that no…

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Why Are We Afraid Of Death?

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

Just a week ago I was in the hospital after having a procedure on my heart and guess what? Here I am, thank God! But not everybody makes it through surgery. In fact, not everybody makes it home from work.

It brings up the question of the ages: What happens to us after we die? Well, that depends.

What if I died on the operating table? First of all, this video wouldn’t exist. My body would’ve been prepared for a funeral, and my spirit would be on its way to be with my Master and Savior in Heaven; the One who created us all.

You may be thinking, ‘how can I be so sure?’ Faith. The Bible offers assurance of eternal life with Christ in Heaven for those who believe.

I realize most people would rather not think about it, but ten out of ten people die. Life comes to…

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Watch this Amazing Video on How Soros “Rents” Evangelicals to Push Social Justice

George Soros, who disguises his cash through a chain of various foundations, before he gives it to Southern Baptist and other evangelical institutions…

Pulpit & Pen has been exposing George Soros’ funding and partnership of Russell Moore and James Riady’s funding of Ligon Duncan. In reality, both Soros and Duncan have been funding numerous groups and speakers who are represented at the The Gospel Coalition, Together for the Gospel, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. However, much of their funding is “Dark Money,” contributions that come not directly from Soros or Riady, but from a series of “foundations” (sometimes the cash goes through nearly a dozen foundations before it reaches places like SBTS, TGC, the ERLC or RTS).

Watch this incredible video which helps demonstrate how the cash-flow from Globalist-Marxist forces is used to “rent” evangelicals to push their agenda.

Please keep in mind that Jim Wallis is a political ally of Russell Moore, with the two regularly appearing together at partnering together on the Soros-Funded Evangelical Immigration Table.

The money is dark, but we intend to keep shedding light on it.

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Weekly Watchman for 04/20/2018

Friday is Listener Comments & Questions Day

When we first come to saving faith in Jesus Christ we are on fire but still immature in the Christian faith. With the myriad of Christian teaching and television out there ranging from excellent all the way down to flat out heresy, how do we help new believers understand the difference between biblical truth and human error and deception? What should we say to a new believer who really enjoys listening to Joel Osteen for example?

This is one of your questions we will cover today. Other topics you want to discuss include:

The resignation and legacy of Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church

The “13 reasons Why” documentary of teen suicide.

Mysticism and emergent theology creeping into churches.

Is the Pope right about atheists going to heaven if they have their children baptized?

Were the Founding Fathers just godless bigots and slave owners?

The Christian struggle with occasional sin and hypocrisy.

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

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He Said What?!

In our final segment we discuss more controversial comments from Pope Francis, this time regarding an apparent statement that “good atheists” go to heaven. And one thing that makes them good? Baptizing their children.

With each passing year we see more and more dangerous, incorrect theology infiltrating a growing number of Christian churches and denominations. False beliefs that would have been soundly rebuked a few decades ago are now being discussed within churches. Satan is a master at twisting the truth and appealing to our human emotions and desires, and he is working his plan through perhaps well-intentioned but spiritually naive people.

Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins us to discuss this and other recent issues including how we find the correct spiritual balance between God’s sovereignty and man’s free will and responsibilities.

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

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Big Brother is Watching and Waiting

George Orwell’s chilling novel about a futuristic state of government control and censorship seems to be unfolding right before our very eyes. The left, infamously touting their cause as one of respect and tolerance, has shown itself mean and spiteful toward anyone who dares publicly oppose their ideology. They are now willing to intimidate those who speak out against their agenda because they know they can get away with it for the most part.

Freedom of speech is under attack in our nation and when it is finally vanquished, sharing the gospel and the Word of God as truth will be punished. Today’s discrimination and mocking of Jesus Christ and His followers will be replaced with outright hatred and persecution. But hey that could never happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave, could it?

Today we focus on the intensifying attacks against the Word of God and those who trust in it. From Christian churches being vandalized to leftist politicians all but saying people who believe in the Bible shouldn’t be allowed to serve in government, the attacks are real and intensifying with each passing year. We had better wake up!

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio joins us to talk about the attacks on our freedom of speech and religious expression along with what he calls “The 5 Stages of Persecution.”

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

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Destroying a Generation Through Tolerance

As we become a post-Christian nation the natural effect is that absolute truth becomes a thing of the past, replaced by “individual morality”. As we have systematically ushered God and His Word out of government and public education, we are seeing a generation of youth deceived and manipulated because they have been taught that God is a myth and it is up to them to make the world a better place.

Our youth have been led to believe they are being empowered to lead this world when in reality they are being conditioned for slavery to serve the elite of the new world order who consciously or not are serving the father of lies, Satan himself.

In our final segments we will look at how government and media are polluting the minds of our children through harmful legislation and television series such as “13 Reasons Why” which documents suicide among teens and has reportedly led to more suicides by youth who watch the series.

But first, where did we start to lose our children and what can we do to fight and reverse the influence of the radical left that has its fingers everywhere including education, government, media and increasingly even mental health care? Dr. John Rosemond joins us to discuss the dilemma and what we can do about it as parents.

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

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Understanding the End Game

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in an event or time that we fail to take a step back and look at the big picture. If you take a snapshot of what is happening in the world these days it might look like this: A decaying moral society; leaders who care more about their personal wealth and power instead of serving those they lead; an imminent major war in the Middle East; and an overall feeling of anxiety permeating every aspect of society and the lives of many. Yes a simple snapshot at any given time can paint a powerful picture… and the picture we see these days is not a pretty one.

But God has given us His Word so that believers might not be deceived by what we see around us. We are to take note of what is happening around us so we can understand it in context of God’s promises. And our guest this morning is a voice of reason and hope for such a time as this.

Gary Kah of Hope For the World has written insightful books on the coming one world government and one world religion, all the while encouraging believers to always maintain the eternal hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gary joins us this morning to look at the crisis in Syria that has the world on the brink of another huge war, along with the accelerating movement toward a one world government and religion where humanity will pledge its allegiance to the enemies of 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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This ‘n’ That for 04/20/2018

  • Sadly, it seems that we need to be reminded of this basic fact.
  • Conrad Mbewe always says things well.
  • If you need a list of “Christian” musical groups/artists to avoid, here you go. If they have Christine Caine’s endorsement, it’s safe to say they aren’t safe.
  • This is sad on so many levels.
  • Speaking of our Creator, I thought this was fascinating.
  • Does Elyse Fitzpatrick want us to date and marry Jesus? This is nonsensical. Stay away!
  • Michelle Lesley shows us how Jesus handled hurt.
  • I enjoyed this sermon from Pastor Jerry Wragg on the comfort of the doctrine of the rapture.
To say that God dwells in heaven is not to say that He is contained there. But it is uniquely His home, His center of operations, His command post. It is the place where His throne resides. And it is where the most perfect worship of Him occurs. It is in that sense that we say heaven is His dwelling place. —John MacArthur