Daily Archives: April 24, 2018

April 24: Tongues, Flames, and Other Things That Devour

Joshua 12:1–13:32; 2 Corinthians 11:7–15; Psalm 52:1–53:6

I’d like to skip over the description of the “mighty man” in Psa 52. Of all of his destructive influences, the mighty man is most judged for his use of words. The psalmist’s words burn because I’ve set more than a few forests ablaze with careless words (Jas 3:5). So how should someone like me respond to the psalmist’s judgment?

“Why do you boast about evil, O mighty man? The loyal love of God endures continually. Your tongue plans destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceit. You love evil more than good, a lie more than speaking what is right. You love all devouring words, O deceitful tongue” (Psa 52:1–4).

Prideful self-reliance is at the root of the evil man’s devouring, razor-sharp tongue. He boasts to make himself appear mighty. He takes “refuge in his destructiveness” (Psa 52:7). In contrast, the psalmist finds refuge in God, in the sanctuary of His loyal love: “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. I trust in the loyal love of God forever and ever” (Psa 52:8).

On my own, I’m more like the mighty man than the stable and prosperous olive tree. I can try to manage my words, fabricating my sense of security on the basis of good behavior. But efforts born out of self-reliance—the root problem of my flippant speech—always fail me. Unless I recognize the foolishness of my pride, I cannot see my desperate need for God. Without hope in Jesus, who provided refuge through His sacrifice, I’ll never resemble the psalmist’s prosperous olive tree.

Oftentimes, the places where we fail so miserably, where we need the most grace, are also the places we see God’s work all the more. His Spirit changes us into people who bear the fruit of thankfulness. It makes us ever more eager to say with the psalmist: “I will give thanks to you forever, because of what you have done” (Psa 52:9).

Where do you see pride and self-reliance taking root in your life?

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.

Is the SBC Slowly Becoming Catholic? — Pulpit & Pen

Beth Moore The idea that Roman Catholics can simultaneously be born-again believers is new and novel among Protestants. The controversy has always been the issue of justification. The question is, “How is one justified before God?” Southern Baptists have thus far been convinced that there is no salvation outside of belief if grace alone (Sola…

via Is the SBC Slowly Becoming Catholic? — Pulpit & Pen

04/24/2018 — Wretched

WR2018-0424 •Culture wars and the rape crisis in India •Western Culture is not “white culture” •When should judges show mercy? •Are parking tickets unjust when parking isn’t available? •An abused wife skips her abuser’s trial and goes to jail. •Fragments of Truth; a documentary about the manuscript evidence for the Bible •Islamic persecution of Christians…

via 04/24/2018 — Wretched

April 24 Christ Is Our Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).


Christ’s atonement made it possible for man to be at peace with God.

After World War II the United Nations was created to promote world peace. But since its inception in 1945 there has not been a single day of global peace. That’s a sad commentary on man’s inability to make peace. In fact, someone once quipped that Washington D.C., has so many peace monuments because they build one after every war!

It hasn’t always been that way. Prior to the fall of man, peace reigned on the earth because all creation was in perfect harmony with its Creator. But sin interrupted peace by alienating man from God and bringing a curse upon the earth. Man couldn’t know true peace because he had no peace in his heart. That’s why Jesus came to die.

I once read a story about a couple at a divorce hearing whose conflict couldn’t be resolved. They had a four-year-old boy who became distressed and teary-eyed over what was happening. While the couple was arguing, the boy reached for his father’s hand and his mother’s hand and pulled until he joined them.

In a sense that’s what Christ did. He provided the righteousness that allows man and God to join hands. Romans 5:1 says that those who are “justified by faith … have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:20 says that God reconciled all things to Himself through the blood of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

Yet on the surface, the scene at the cross wasn’t peaceful at all. Pain, sorrow, humiliation, hatred, mockery, darkness, and death were oppressively pervasive. But through it all Christ was doing what He alone could do: making peace between man and God. He paid the supreme price to give us that precious gift.

In the future Jesus will return as Prince of Peace to establish a Kingdom that will usher us into an eternal age of peace. In the meantime He reigns over the hearts of all who love Him. Let His peace reign in your heart today!


Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the peace of heart that comes from knowing Christ.

For Further Study: Read Philippians 4:6–9. What must a person do to know God’s peace?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 127). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Bible Ban? CA Fast-Tracks Bill Aimed at Censoring Biblical Christian Teachings

A California bill with the aim of banning Christian books and resources which address issues of homosexuality and gender identity could pass in the California Senate as soon as late May.

Source: Bible Ban? CA Fast-Tracks Bill Aimed at Censoring Biblical Christian Teachings

April 24, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


A divided Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state, paving the way for the CIA director to gain approval from the full Senate later this week and handing a victory to President Donald Trump.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington on Monday for a three-day visit heavy on symbolism and substance as Donald Trump hosts the first official state visit of his presidency.

India is seeking more oil, drones and aircraft from the U.S. to help narrow its $28 billion trade surplus amid rising concerns of possible collateral damage to its economy from President Donald Trump’s trade spat with China.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will dine together Friday after the first inter-Korean summit in 11 years at the border village of Panmunjom.

A driver plowed a rental van through a crowd of pedestrians on a busy Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing 10 and injuring 15, in Canada’s worst mass killing in almost three decades.

A bronze statue of women’s rights campaigner Millicent Fawcett was unveiled Tuesday outside Britain’s Parliament – the first woman to be commemorated there alongside statues of 11 men including Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.

Dozens of former senior U.S. military leaders pressed senators to block Gina Haspel from becoming the next CIA director, citing allegations that she oversaw torture in interrogation programs overseas.

At least four Chinese carmakers and three Chinese-owned startups-SF Motors Inc., NIO and Byton-plan to sell cars in the U.S. starting next year. At the same time, Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co. is building electric buses in California; Baidu Inc. is partnering with Microsoft Corp., TomTom NV and Nvidia Corp. on a self-driving platform; and Beijing-based TuSimple Inc. is testing autonomous-driving big rigs in Arizona.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note hit 3 percent intraday for the first time in more than four years on Tuesday.

Apple’s five largest device assemblers reported a sharp slowdown after peaking at the end of last year, suggesting demand for the high-end device may have faded just a quarter after its release.

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Inspecting its 737 engines round-the-clock on Monday, Southwest canceled 3 percent of its total flights, inconveniencing several thousand passengers.

The EU and UN begin a two-day conference to drum up fresh aid pledges for war-torn Syria and reinvigorate the faltering Geneva peace process as the conflict enters its eighth year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed his “bitter sorrow” after dozens of Chinese tourists were killed when a bus they were travelling in plunged off a bridge.

The United Nations called Tuesday on Nicaragua to investigate a crackdown on protests that have left at least 27 dead, saying that a number of the killings may have been “unlawful”.

Two Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israel were pronounced dead Monday, a Gaza official said, bringing the toll from Israeli fire since March 30 to 40.

Standard & Poor’s said Tuesday that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index reported a 6.3% annual increase in February, up from 6.1% a month earlier. Year-over-year prices have risen continuously for the past 70 months, since May 2012.

China’s Didi Chuxing, already disrupting the global ride-hailing market and taking on U.S. rival Uber, has its sights set on an even bigger potential prize: designing and getting built its own dedicated fleet of Didi cars.


Oil prices hit $75 on Tuesday, the highest level in nearly three and a half years, as fears mounted over the prospect of new US sanctions on Iran.

The Spanish resort city of Palma, on the island of Majorca, is to ban flat owners from renting their apartments to travelers, becoming the first place in Spain to introduce such a measure. The restrictions follow complaints from residents of rising rents due to short holiday lets through websites and apps.

A Tunisian man who once allegedly protected Osama Bin Laden has lived in Germany since 1997 and gets $1427 a month in welfare payments.

Baroness Tessa Jowell has become the first person to donate her medical information to a new global database. Researchers will be able to access the anonymized data in the UCD, set up by an Australian billionaire, for free.

Two dams in Kenya are close to overflowing because of heavy rains, threatening the lives of thousands of people. 200,000 had already been displaced because of flooding, many staying in schools or open areas.

Hackers have used ransomware to take the website of Ukraine’s energy ministry offline and encrypt its files.

Iran’s central bank has banned other banks from dealing in crypto-currencies, over concerns the technology could be used illegally.


Former President George H.W. Bush, who just buried his wife first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday, is in intensive care, CNN has learned.

Multiple states lack the ability to guarantee the accuracy of election outcomes in the event of a suspected breach. The big picture: Five states – Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey and Delaware – have no paper trails of votes. The other nine are in better shape, but still do not have all their counties’ machines spitting out a paper record.

According to a new study, a quarter of children six and under actually own a mobile device.

News – 4/24/2018

Swedish Activist: “Everyone’s Afraid To Be Branded A Racist”
If I speak about Islam, they interpret it as hating Muslims. But I do not hate Muslims. I believe that this ideology is dangerous for all mankind. The Muslim community will also suffer under the Sharia.” — Mona Walter, Swedish activist from Mogadishu, Somalia. Jesus said we should love our enemies, but not that we should be stupid.”

Israel Strikes Syrian Army Position After Mortar Lands in Golan Heights
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) on Monday fired on a Syrian army position in the Golan Heights in retaliation for a mortar that hit Israel’s side of the Golan Heights region. “The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for everything that happens in its territory and will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents,” the IDF said in a statement.

Iran warns Trump: Remain in nuclear deal or ‘face severe consequences’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned US President Donald Trump on Tuesday to remain in the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, or face “severe consequences.”

The Politics Of Pope Francis Is Getting Ready To Split The Catholic Church Right Down The Middle
After all, the schisms of East and West, Catholic and Protestant, were world-shaking, often bloody events. But in today’s Church—and specifically in this pope—Douthat sees the possibility that the Roman Catholic Church will once again break apart.

US CENTCOM Chief Makes “Secret And Unprecedented” Visit To Israel As Russia Mulls Arming Syria
Since the massive strike which involved the US, UK, and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on delivery of its advanced S-300 missile defense system, which would be a monumental upgrade allowing Syrian defenses to far surpass current capabilities which utilize the Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems.

Report: Facebook Spent More on Swamp Lobbyists in 1Q than Ever Before
After the 2012 election, Facebook went on a spending spree in D.C., amassing a bipartisan group of Swamp denizens to help Zuckerberg’s FWD.us political group push for amnesty legislation and massive increases in H-1b visas for technology companies. Facebook, which reportedly spent $11.5 million on Swamp lobbyists in 2017, is now actively looking to hire at least 11 more DC lobbyists to more aggressively defend its own interests as the company has come under fire from both sides of the political aisle after the 2016 election.

IDF hits Syrian targets after mortar shell lands in Israel
A mortar shell fired from Syria, likely the result of errant fire from the raging civil war, landed inside Israeli territory in the Golan Heights on Monday, prompting the IDF to carry out a precision artillery strike on a Syrian military position. No one was hurt in the stray mortar fire, which landed east of the border fence near Quneitra.

German CEO: Israel should no longer rely on Germany for its existence
In an eye-popping commentary…Mathias Döpfner, the pro-Israel CEO of the Axel Springer media conglomerate in Berlin, wrote that the Jewish state should no longer depend on Germany if it is attacked and its existence is on the line. Döpfner wrote that in the past, he would answer “Yes” to the…question…about whether Germany would send weapons and soldiers if the Jewish state faced attacks that threatened its survival.

‘Bin Laden bodyguard’ on German welfare
A Tunisian man who once allegedly protected Osama Bin Laden has lived in Germany since 1997 and gets €1,168 (£1,022) a month in welfare payments. The figure was revealed by a regional government, after the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) asked about the man, known as Sami A. German media have not reported the man’s full name for privacy reasons.

Nicaragua riots: Relatives of US embassy staff told to leave
The state department has ordered relatives of US government employees based in Nicaragua to leave the Central American country. Services at the US embassy in the capital in Managua will be curtailed. The order comes after days of deadly rioting triggered by planned changes to Nicaragua’s social security system.

New form of DNA discovered inside living human cells
A new DNA structure inside human cells known as the “i-motif”, has been identified by scientists. This form resembles a twisted “knot” of DNA, instead of the well-known double helix first described by James Watson and Francis Crick. Lab work has previously suggested the existence of DNA in this form, but this is the first time it has been observed in living cells.

Netanyahu turns up volume as Iran deadline nears
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a fresh call Monday for an overhaul of the Iran nuclear deal as US President Donald Trump’s deadline for further Iranian concessions edged closer. Trump has threatened to tear up the 2015 agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear activity, unless it curbs its ballistic missile programme by May 12.

Trump’s revenge: U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia
As OPEC’s efforts to balance the oil market bear fruit, U.S. producers are reaping the benefits – and flooding Europe with a record amount of crude. Russia paired with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries last year in cutting oil output jointly by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd), a deal they say has largely rebalanced the market and one that has helped elevate benchmark Brent prices close to four-year highs.

Exotic Tick Species Arrives In Garden State
A tiny parasite could become a big problem this year in New Jersey. It’s an exotic tick that’s never been seen before in the United States. It was first spotted on a sheep in Hunterdon County, and efforts to wipe it out have failed. New Jersey has always been home to different species of ticks – five to be exact. But a new variety of the bloodsucking bug is now in the mix.

Iran, China Seek to Loosen Dollar’s Grip on Global Markets
…Iran last week became the latest when it pledged to replace the dollar with the euro in its foreign-currency accounting. China introduced the world’s first yuan-denominated oil contracts last month, part of a continuing effort to raise its currency’s global profile, while Venezuela launched a bitcoin-like cryptocurrency earlier this year. Russia has ramped up its gold reserves to diversify away from the dollar.

State Department drops ‘occupied’ from West Bank description
For years, the international community and the U.S. government have described the West Bank in Israel as “occupied.”  That is, governed by Israel even though Palestinians claim ownership.But just days ago, the U.S. State Department discontinued that description.

New Zealand Braces For ‘Super Gonorrhea’: It’s A Matter Of ‘WHEN, Not If’
The island nation of New Zealand is bracing itself for what scientists are calling “super gonorrhea.”  They say it is not a matter of ‘if’ the nation will be impacted by the disease, but a matter of ‘when.’

Iran Dumps The US Dollar: ‘The Dollar Has No Place In Our Transactions Today’
The nation of Iran has dumped the United States dollar in favor of the European euro amid tensions with Washington.  Tehran’s supreme leader has proclaimed that the “dollar has no place in our transactions today.”

Putin warns Russian students in the UK that they should leave IMMEDIATELY and return home – what does he know?
Russian students and graduates living in Britain should go home immediately, so they can be sent to study or work in Siberia, says a new official initiative.

Venezuela Banned Guns. Now Their Murder Rate Is Skyrocketing.
Want an example of how dangerous gun prohibition for citizens can be? Try Venezuela, where since April 2017 at least 163 pro-democracy protesters have been murdered by the Maduro dictatorship.

Pelosi Laments ‘Rising Temperatures, Surging Seas and Record Floods, Fires and Storms’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi put out a statement to memorialize Earth Day, warning that “global leadership is needed” to “combat the growing climate crisis.”

Army Building “Self-Aware” Squid-Like Robot That Can Be “3-D Printed” During Combat
The Army Research Laboratory’s next robot weapon isn’t a new predator drone or even a robot dog like the infamous prototype developed by Boston Labs. Instead, it’s a “self-aware” robot built from flexible materials inspired by invertebrates like squid, the Army Times reports.

AG Sessions Builds Legal Wall Against Caravan’s Economic Migrants
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is quickly building a legal wall to block asylum claims by economic migrants in the so-called “caravan” which has traveled from Honduras to Texas.

Health Ministry warns of possible measles outbreak in Israel
Health ministry officials are concerned that Israel could be facing an outbreak of measles after an unusually high number of cases struck the country in recent weeks.

Mexico murder rate soars with 7,667 killed in 3 months
Some 7,667 people were killed in Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, up 20 percent on the same period last year, making it the most violent year in two decades, government figures showed Sunday.

Google Tech Can Pick Voices Out Of A Crowd
Google engineers are currently developing a new system capable of isolating voices out of a crowd.

WAR AGAINST THE NEW WORLD ORDER – Hungary victorious in their battle against Soros, as he decides to move his organizations out of the country
In February, Hungarian legislators introduced a “Stop Soros” bill in parliament with the express intention of “empower[ing] the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a national security risk.”

SHOWDOWN=> DHS Vows to Arrest, Prosecute Caravan of Illegal Aliens if They Enter US
On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security vowed to arrest and prosecute the caravan of illegal aliens currently marching through Mexico if they enter the United States.

Leaked: New Purge Film Pushes White-On-Black Race War
Alex Jones covers The First Purge, a new film coming out July 4 which pushes racial division in America:

Headlines – 4/24/2018

US envoy says Jerusalem under Israel is ‘model for coexistence in the world’

Twitter suspends MK who said Palestinian teen ‘deserved a bullet’ in the kneecap

Israel Security Forces Arrest Hamas Cell in Samaria

Nasrallah: assassination of Hamas engineer a ‘Zionist crime’

Killing of engineer a possible blow to Malaysian terror hotbed

Israeli intelligence company mining Facebook for counterterrorism data

Israel strikes Syrian army position after mortar shell hits Golan

Commander of US troops in Syria makes unannounced first visit to Israel

Trump’s Grand Strategy: Get the United States out of the Middle East, Now

Report: Israel asked Moscow not to give Syria advanced missiles

Russia to move air defenses to Syria ‘soon,’ warns Israel against attack

Syria: western nations may seek to bypass Russian veto at UN

Syrian army targets south Damascus insurgent enclave

Syrian regime drops leaflets warning Homs, Hama residents of imminent strike

Global donors to seek more than $6 billion for Syrian aid

Russia’s New Energy Gamble in the Middle East

Russia, China vow to block any US attempt to ‘sabotage’ nuke deal with Iran

Nuclear test ban monitor says he sees hope of Iran joining treaty

France’s Macron visits Trump as Iran nuclear deal hangs in balance

Iran says ‘either all or nothing’ on nuclear deal

Netanyahu vows to prevent Tehran getting nukes as Iran deadline nears

Iran Says It’s Ready to Attack Israel at Any Moment

Iran bans cryptocurrencies as Rial hits all-time low

Iran, China Seek to Loosen Dollar’s Grip on Global Markets

China conducts live fire combat drills in East China Sea

Saudi Arabia Says It Intercepted Missiles Fired at Major Oil Facility by Houthis

Saudi-led Airstrikes Kill at Least 20 at Yemen Wedding

Yemen war: Houthi political leader Saleh al-Sammad ‘killed in air raid’

Egypt’s Rice Farmers Brace for Crisis as Ethiopia Prepares Nile Mega-dam

Egypt’s New Internet Law Blocks Sites Over ‘National Security Concern’

Nicaragua riots: Relatives of US embassy staff told to leave

New U.S. Drone Base in Niger Ramps Up War Against Extremism in Africa

Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian PM resigns after days of protests

‘Kippah march’ to be held in Berlin to fight ant-Semitism

French Muslims blast anti-Semitism letter as attack on Islam

NYPD On The Hunt After Orthodox Jewish Man Attacked In Brooklyn

UAE minister: Qatar’s ‘terrorist wedding’ undermined dozens of Doha’s PR efforts

Carnage in Toronto: Van mows down pedestrians, killing at least 10

Canada police say deadly ramming ‘deliberate’ but refrain from calling it terror

Toronto: Bodies and debris scattered over mile-long strip

Waffle House shooter arrested, after cops say he stole BMW days before deadly rampage

Colombia’s Migrant Crisis Worsens With Venezuela Nearing ‘Implosion’

WikiLeaks To Countersue Democrats; “Discovery Is Going To Be Amazing Fun”

UK government moving forward as one on Brexit plans

How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google

Media Declares ‘End of Internet as We Know It’ after Net-Neutrality Repeal

YouTube says computers helped it pull down millions of objectionable videos in three months

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Samsat, Turkey

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Neira, Colombia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Mawlaik, Burma

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Langila volcano Papua New Guinea erupts to 13,000ft

Tropical Cyclone Fakir forming near Madagascar

Exceptional Drought in Parts of Seven States in Southwest

Pentagon Warns of Major Incoming Cyberattacks

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 09:37 AM PDT

Pentagon Warns of Major Incoming CyberattacksCyber experts have warned that within the next two or three weeks, the U.S. and other countries may face an even more widespread and damaging infrastructure cyberattack.  Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a Pentagon briefing that there has been a “2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours,” following the coordinated military strike against Syria, according to the Christian Emergency Network (christianemergencynetwork.org).

In May, 2017 Cyber Command Commander and Director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Mike Rogers, told Congress he was concerned about foreign nations using attacks against critical infrastructures that run the electric grid, financial systems, communications networks, the transportation systems and other key infrastructure systems. Rogers warned of foreign nations attacking the U.S. using cyber attacks as “trial balloons” to determine vulnerabilities or to damage our critical infrastructure for a prolonged period of time. READ MORE

State Department drops ‘occupied’ from West Bank description

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 09:19 AM PDT

State Department drops ‘occupied’ from West Bank descriptionFor years, the international community and the U.S. government have described the West Bank in Israel as “occupied.”  That is, governed by Israel even though Palestinians claim ownership. But just days ago, the U.S. State Department discontinued that description. The agency’s new “Country Reports on Human

Rights Practices for 2017, released Friday, assesses human rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. “These reports are required by U.S. law and are used by a variety of actors including the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and the judicial branch as a factual resource for decision making in matters ranging from assistance to asylum,” the department said. READ MORE


Google rejects Christian publisher over ‘faith we express’

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Google rejects Christian publisher over ‘faith we express’Concordia Publishing House has been in business since 1869 as the official publishing arm of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod denomination.   But apparently, the Christian content of its website, particularly an ad for an upcoming Vacation Bible School, is too much for Google AdWords, the online advertising service. Google, said Concordia CEO Bruce Kintz in a Facebook post-Monday, will no longer

do business “because of the faith we express on our website,” the Federalist reported. Kintz said one of his associates was told by Google AdWords, as an example, that the “Bible Challenge” on the publishers Vacation Bible School Web page “would clearly need to come down before they could consider us for ads.” “Incredibly sobering and disappointing,” Kintz wrote. “It is an uphill battle but our mission and customers are worth it. It is why we are here.” READ MORE


Abraham’s Bosom and the Location of Hell

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 06:52 AM PDT

Abraham’s Bosom and the Location of HellIn this second message of our latest series, We will dig deeper in the topic of Abraham’s Bosom mentioned in Luke Chapter 16 as well as discuss the location of the Underworld called Hades or as many know it as “Hell”. For the entire message watch the video below:

Quarter of children Under 7 now own a smartphone!

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 02:15 PM PDT

Quarter of children Under 7 now own a smartphone!How young is too young when it comes to owning a smartphone? Believe it or not, according to a new study, a quarter of children six and under actually own a mobile device.  Researchers with musicMagpie, a company that helps people declutter by selling their unwanted electronics online, conducted the study after they noted a 300% increase year-over-year in customers who were buying first-time phones for their children.

A third of parents made the purchase simply because their kids asked, while one in five bought it to keep the little ones entertained.  Though the study didn’t indicate how many parents were surveyed, the results showed that most agreed 11 was the “ideal” age for children to receive their first smartphone. Nonetheless, the stunning findings showed 25% of parents purchased devices for children six and under. What’s worse, nearly half of those kids spent as much as 21 hours per week on the devices.  READ MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: Russia to move air defenses to Syria ‘soon,’ warns Israel against attack …

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 11:13 AM PDT

RUMORS OF WAR: Russia to move air defenses to Syria ‘soon,’ warns Israel against attack …Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied reports that Moscow will supply Syria with S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems “soon” after a senior Russian official warned Israel that it would “suffer catastrophic consequences” if it attacks the system.  TASS News Agency quoted Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Monday Moscow had not yet decided whether it would deliver the advanced systems to Syria, but that it would not be a secret if it took such a decision.  “We know what

President Vladimir Putin said. He has discussed such matters with an official of our Defense Ministry from the standpoint of preventing a situation where Syria might turn out insufficiently prepared for aggressive attacks, like the one that occurred on April 14. It remains to be seen what decisions will be made by the Russian leadership and Syrian officials,” he said. According to Lavrov, Moscow has warned the US and Europe of carrying out additional strikes in Syria, but “certainly, one should be prepared to see more provocations.” READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Van strikes numerous pedestrians in Toronto, 9 Dead and 16 Injured

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 11:05 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Van strikes numerous pedestrians in Toronto, 9 Dead and 16 InjuredPolice say a white van has struck numerous pedestrians in Toronto. The incident happened at the busy intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, according to the Toronto Police Service. Initial estimates

suggest eight to 10 people were struck. The extent of injuries is unknown and ambulances are on the scene. Photos posted online show multiple individuals on the ground. Toronto paramedics are advising people to stay out of the area of Yonge Street near Finch and Sheppard Avenue. READ MORE

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What Should I Do? Some Great Promises Of God To Lead And Guide His Children — The Blazing Center

Have you ever found yourself not knowing which direction to go? What to do with your life or your time? Maybe you wonder, as The Clash asked, “Should I stay or should I go?” Maybe you don’t know what your gifts are, where you should serve, how can you best use your life to glorify…

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Pope Francis Tells People to Not to “Idolize Truth,” but Instead Turn to Mary — Pulpit & Pen

Don’t idolize truth. Worship Mary instead. Here’s a list of things that are actual idols: Icons of Mary and the Saints Supposed holy relics Dead people, when you pray to them Rosary beads and holy water Those are idols; physical objects or created beings who are worshiped, prayed to, or ascribed with spiritual power. You…

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He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

Song of Solomon 2:4

Consider with me the appealing Old Testament story of the beautiful young woman in the Song of Solomon. Deeply in love with the young shepherd, she is also actively sought out by the king, who demands her favor. She remains loyal to the simple shepherd, who gathers lilies and comes to seek her and calls to her through the lattice.

In many ways, this is a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus, of His love and care for His Bride, the Church. In the scriptural account, she does turn her loved one away with simple excuses. But condemned in heart, she rises to go out and search for him. As she seeks, she is asked: “What is he above others that you should seek him?” (see 5:9).

“Oh, he is altogether lovely,” she replies. “He came and called for me, and I had not the heart to go!” (see 5:16).

But at last she is able to confess, “I have found him whom my soul loveth!” (3:4).

He had been grieved but He was not far away. So it is with our Beloved—He is very near to us and He awaits our seeking!

Lord, You are “altogether lovely.” Thank You for pursuing the human race even in our state of unloveliness.[1]

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