Daily Archives: April 27, 2018

April 27: Walking in Circles

Joshua 18:1–19:9; 2 Corinthians 12:1–10; Psalm 56:1–13

I often wish things were more obvious. I ask God to help me understanding His timing so that I can easily act. I ask for everything to happen at the right moments. I ask Him to give me such clear directions that I can’t fail in following them. I used to think this was a good thing, but I realize now that all my questions could indicate a lack of faith. It seems that my questions lead to more questions. Like a man losing his memory in old age, I end up walking in circles around the block rather than finding my way home.

Maybe it’s not the lack of knowing that disturbs me, but that when I really know what God wants, I will have to act. In general, this seems to be the problem with faith in western Christianity. We say we don’t know what God wants. However, if we’re honest with ourselves, perhaps we don’t really want to know what God wants. In our hearts, we’re certain that knowing will mean uncomfortable change.

Joshua calls the Israelites on this type of faith problem: “How long will you be slack about going to take possession of the land that Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, has given you?” (Josh 18:3). The same question applies to us. How long will we wait? We really know what we’re supposed to do? If we don’t, might the reason be that we don’t want to know?

Often we hesitate because we’re afraid of our weaknesses—that we don’t think we have what it takes. Paul addresses this when discussing his own weaknesses: “And [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, because the power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore rather I will boast most gladly in my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may reside in me’ ” (2 Cor 12:9).

Rather than live in fear, we should boast in our weaknesses. Christ is working in us, to use us, in spite of them. No one is perfect; only Christ has the honor of perfection. And while we are weak, He will give us strength in Him. His strength can overcome whoever we are, wherever we have been, and whatever we will do.

Rather than walking in circles looking for home, let’s realize that we are already home. Our home is Christ.

In what ways are you currently walking in circles? What should you be doing instead?

John D. Barry[1]


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

“No Attacks, No Victims”: Syria Chemical Attack Video Participants Speak At OPCW Briefing | Zero Hedge

“No one has died. No one suffered from chemical exposure.”

Russian officials brought fifteen people to The Hague from the city of Douma, Syria, said to have been present during the alleged April 7 chemical attack – including  11-year-old Hassan Diab, who was seen in a widely-distributed video taken by the controversian NGO organization known as the “White Helmets,” who filmed themselves giving Diab “emergency treatment” after the alleged incident.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-27/no-attacks-no-victims-syria-chemical-attack-video-participants-speak-opcw-briefing

April 27 Are You Avoiding Persecution?

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness” (Matt. 5:10).

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If you don’t experience persecution, people probably don’t know you’re a Christian.

I heard of a man who was fearful because he was starting a new job with a group of unbelievers whom he thought might give him a bad time if they found out he was a Christian. After his first day at work his wife asked him how he got along with them. “We got along just fine,” he said. “They never found out I’m a Christian.”

Silence is one way to avoid persecution. Some other ways are to approve of the world’s standards, laugh at its jokes, enjoy its entertainment, and smile when it mocks God. If you never confront sin or tell people that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, or if your behavior is so worldly no one can distinguish you from unbelievers, you will probably be accepted and won’t feel the heat of persecution.

But beware, for Jesus said, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you. … Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory” (Luke 6:26; 9:26). The last thing anyone should want is for Christ to pronounce a curse on them or to be ashamed of them. That’s an enormous price to pay for popularity!

If you take a stand for Christ and manifest Beatitude attitudes, you will be in direct opposition to Satan and the evil world system. And eventually you will experience some form of persecution. That has been true from the very beginning of human history, when Abel was murdered by his brother Cain because Cain couldn’t tolerate his righteousness.

You should never fear persecution. God will grant you grace and will never test you beyond what He enables you to endure (1 Cor. 10:13). Nor should you ever compromise Biblical truth in order to avoid persecution. In Philippians 1:19 Paul says persecution is as much a gift of God as salvation itself. Both identify you as a true believer!

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize 1 Peter 2:20–21. Ask God to continually grant you the grace to follow Christ’s example when difficulties come your way.

For Further Study: Read 2 Corinthians 11:23–33, noting the severe persecution Paul endured for Christ’s sake.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 130). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Albert Mohler Blog: “Life in the Balance in Liverpool — Alfie Evans Is Not Alone”

In this essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. considers the case of Alfie Evans and the UK’s subversion of parental rights. Mohler writes:

“One of the most important rights throughout human history is the right of parents to make decisions concerning their children’s welfare. Almost every culture and civilization has honored this principle—formally or informally–as a basic human right and a necessary foundation for family flourishing. Western countries often recognized parental rights as natural rights—rights that cannot be compromised by government interference. But in the case of Alfie, the state is redefining parental rights so that they extend only as far as the government or other elites, such as the medical elites, determine.”

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Planned Parenthood Defends Bill Cosby: ‘Sexual Assault Is Only 3% Of What He Does’ — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—While almost nobody is willing to defend Bill Cosby any longer after he was convicted of sexual assault Thursday, the former television star and comedian found an ally in abortion provider Planned Parenthood. President Cecile Richards came forward to claim that since sexual assault is only about 3% of what Bill Cosby performed…

via Planned Parenthood Defends Bill Cosby: ‘Sexual Assault Is Only 3% Of What He Does’ — The Babylon Bee

APRIL 27 ENOCH ESCAPED DEATH

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death…he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Hebrews 11:5

The Genesis record concerning Enoch should speak to us of our own troubled times—for that is the purpose of the Word of God. It should be our concern that we hear and that we obey!

The faith and deportment of the man Enoch compose a vivid picture—a powerful object lesson—to encourage every believer in his or her faith. There is only one conclusion to be drawn—Enoch was translated into the presence of God because of his faith, and thus he escaped death!

It is my strong conviction that Enoch’s experience of translation is a type, or preview, of the coming rapture of the Church, the Bride of Christ, described in the Scriptures.

It is evident that there was no funeral for Enoch. Perhaps members of his family did not fully understand his walk with God, but they could answer with the facts! “He is gone! We thought he was extreme in his beliefs but now he is gone, and we are still here in a troubled world!”

Lord, some days it is especially good to know that there will be an eternal reward for those who walk in close fellowship with You.[1]


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

April 27, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Kim Jong Un’s historic call for peace also included an unspoken message to U.S. President Donald Trump: North Korea won’t surrender its nuclear weapons easily. The agreement Kim reached Friday with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in declared “a new era of peace” and sought a formal end to the seven-decade-old Korean War. While it said both countries committed to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, it gave no details on concrete steps to achieve it.

The White House released photos of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, marking the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the pariah nation since 2000.

U.S. economic growth cooled last quarter as consumers pulled back following outsize spending in the prior period, though solid business investment cushioned some of the weakness and employee-compensation costs accelerated amid a tight job market.

Washington lawyer Joseph Simons, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Trade Commission, was confirmed by the Senate as the agency tackles high-profile consumer-protection cases like the Facebook Inc. data scandal.

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, got a lot richer Thursday. The Amazon.com Inc. founder added $12 billion to his fortune as the company’s shares surged 6.3 percent to $1,614 in extended trading at 4:33 p.m. in New York — on top of a 4 percent gain during the regular session — after the retailer reported results that beat Wall Street estimates. That lifted Bezos’s net worth to to $134 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

AP Top Stories

About 170 migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers have arrived in Tijuana, joining about nearly 200 others on their final stop before entering the United States.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday she would be willing to meet her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping “for peace and stability” in the wake of a landmark summit between the leaders of the two Koreas.

A 118-year-old statue of the “Oh! Susanna” songwriter was removed from a Pittsburgh park Thursday after criticism that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo.

Israel’s envoy to the United Nations said on Thursday that Iran had recruited at least 80,000 Shiite fighters which it was training at a base just over five miles from Damascus.

On April 26, 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl plant, some 100 kilometers north of the capital Kiev, exploded during a botched safety test. The reactor burned for 10 days, sending radioactive elements into the atmosphere that contaminated three-quarters of Europe, according to some estimates. Soviet authorities tried to cover up the accident. Sweden was the first to raise the alarm after scientists detected a spike in radiation levels on April 28. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev did not make a public statement until May 14. The number of deaths directly due to the accident is still a matter of debate, with estimates varying from around 30 to one hundred thousand.

The U.N.’s top Mideast envoy warned Thursday that the Gaza Strip is “about to explode” and declared the world “must do everything possible to prevent another war” between Israel and the Palestinians as well as elsewhere in the Mideast.

At least four people were killed when Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked northeast Nigeria’s biggest city, the emergency services said on Friday, as residents returned home.

Today we’re looking at the massive undertaking to connect Hong Kong to Mainland China via a 34-mile-long sea bridge. When it opens to the public, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will be the longest bridge of its kind and will cut driving time between Hong Kong and Macau by roughly 60 percent. Just make sure to hit the rest stop before getting on the bridge.

U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers have carried out training in the vicinity of the South China Sea and the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, the Air Force said on Friday, in what a Chinese newspaper linked to China’s drills near Taiwan.

A top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader said on Thursday Tehran would not accept any change to its nuclear deal, as Western signatories prepare a new package in the hope of persuading U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the accord.

According to Subway, it will be closing down the 500 stores as it looks for the best locations for its business. It will also be relocating some of its stores in an effort to maximize its potential in the U.S.

Teachers in Arizona and Colorado turned their state Capitols into a sea of red Thursday as they kicked off widespread walkouts that shut down public schools in a bid for better pay and education funding, building on educator revolt that emerged elsewhere in the U.S. but whose political prospects were not clear.

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Member states have voted in favor of an almost complete ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides across the EU.

A double amputee says she is “so blessed and touched by the outpouring of support” after she climbed a steep local hiking trail using only her arms. Mandy Horvath climbed the more than 2,700 steps of the Manitou Incline in Colorado – dubbed the “holy grail of cardio” – in four hours. She lost both legs in a train accident in 2014.

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If you’re a college student stressed out over the class deadlines and final exams, the University of Utah has a plan to help you eliminate your anxiety: Just lock yourself in this dark “Cry Closet” for 10 minutes, cuddle a stuffed animal and cry it all out.

A school district in Virginia is being warned by a team of lawyers that the presentation of explicit sex videos to classes of 14-year-old girls likely were felony violations of state and federal laws. “The Albemarle County Public Schools must sever its relationship with Planned Parenthood’s shocking assault on children,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel.


The Briefing — Friday, April 27, 2018

1) Why, from a biblical worldview, the arrest of a suspect in the ‘Golden State Killer’ case is deeply satisfying

New York Times (Thomas Fuller and Christine Hauser) –
Search for ‘Golden State Killer’ Leads to Arrest of Ex-Cop

2) From family values to felonies: How Bill Cosby helps us understand the entertainment culture as detached from real life

New York Times (Graham Bowley and Jon Hurdle) –
Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault in Retrial

3) As a new season begins, Handmaid’s Tale reaches the limits of its dystopian appeal

4) Should we be surprised when a society that condemns the corruption of sexuality then turns around and demands the corruption of sexuality?

Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 27, 2018

Korean Leaders Meet, Trump Expresses Guarded Hope

Kim Jong-un reiterates willingness to denuclearize and end hostilities with South Korea and the U.S.

The Foundation

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” —George Washington (1796)


News – 4/27/2018

Declaring the end of war, leaders of two Koreas aim for denuclearization

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embraced after pledging on Friday to work for the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” punctuating a day of smiles and handshakes at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade. “The two leaders declare before our people of 80 million and the entire world there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula and a new age of peace has begun,” the declaration said.

New embassy quarter to be built in Jerusalem, could be called ‘Trump Town’

Gallant suggested a couple possible names for the area where the embassies would be located. He initially called it “Embassy Town,” but then said he may decide to instead call it “Trump Town,” after US President Donald Trump, who initiated next month’s move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

U.S. official: We don’t seek to renegotiate Iran deal

U.S. non-proliferation envoy says Washington hoping to fix Iran deal’s flaws with supplementary agreement.

President Donald Trump, who has blasted the 2015 nuclear deal as “the worst deal ever negotiated”, in January decided to extend a waiver on nuclear sanctions that were imposed on Iran. However, he made clear it was the last time he would extend the waiver and has given the European signatories the May 12 deadline to “fix the terrible flaws” of the deal.

Head of Iranian Navy Threatens to Sink US Navy Vessels

Ali Fadavi, the commander of Navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, threatened to sink US Navy vessels. “They will definitely figure it out when their ships are sunk, or when they find themselves in a catastrophic situation.”

Palestinian U.N. aid still $200 million short after Trump cuts

Emergency food aid for around a million Palestinians in Gaza may run out from June if the UN agency for Palestinian refugees cannot raise another $200 million following a cut-off in US funding, the agency said on Tuesday.

Trump’s Mideast envoy Greenblatt signals hope of lasting peace

“Past failures do not absolve us of the responsibility to try,” said Greenblatt. “I ultimately believe there may be a clear path toward peace,” adding that it will be “up to the parties themselves” to negotiate and conclude an accord.

Mattis, receiving Liberman, warns of ‘likely’ conflict between Israel and Iran

“I can see how it might start, but I am not sure when or where,” the secretary told lawmakers. Mattis said it was “very likely” from his perspective, “because Iran continues to do its proxy work there through Hezbollah.”

North Korea threatens Israel with ‘merciless, thousand-fold punishment’

“This is the cynical ploy to escape the world denunciation and curse as disturber of peace in the Middle East, occupier of the Arab territories and culprit of crimes against humanity,” the spokesman said.

WHITE LIVES MATTER: Another racist murder against whites rocks South Africa as black gang who ‘hates whites’ shoots a woman dead and beats the hell out her brother-in-law

Four men have been arrested after a woman was shot dead and her British brother-in-law tied and beaten during a raid on their South African farm by a gang who said they ‘hate whites’.

World War 3: Turkey’s Erdogan calls for ‘ARMY of Islam’ to ATTACK Israel on all sides

TURKEY’S President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have announced they want to create an “army of Islam” to wage war against Israel, it has been revealed.

Google to Christian publishing house: Remove references to Jesus, Bible in ads

On Tuesday, Concordia Publishing House (CPH), the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, said it was told by Google to either remove all references to Jesus Christ and/or the Bible in all of its ads or use a different ad product.

Average People Presenting Evidence That America Is Under Attack
…this happens as the Wisconsin National Guard prepares for their full-scale training exercise known as Dark Sky, a drill that will prepare for a possible long-term mass power outage. The drill is scheduled for May 15-17 in multiple counties.

Genealogy Database Helps Capture ‘Golden State Killer’
Commercial genealogy websites helped crack the 44-year-old case of the infamous Golden State Killer, Investigators tracked down suspect Jo— comparing it to genetic profiles available online through various websites that cater to individuals that submit DNA samples to learn more about their family backgrounds,

Israel To Build New Embassy Quarter In Jerusalem As More Countries Decide To Follow President Trump And Move Their Embassies There
EDITOR’S NOTE: When President Trump made the twin blockbuster announcements that 1). the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and 2). the United States would move their Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14th, it triggered a flood of other nations to also decide to move their embassies there. Now Israel is mapping out an all-new embassy quarter for the Old City. It’s so exciting to see the Lord working things out, and preparing the fulfillment of prophecy as we watch.

Dems Reorganize Immigrant Invasion Of US Southern Border
This group of immigrants, claiming to be seeking asylum and organized by the group ‘People Without Borders,’ have been reorganized by Democrat operatives and George Soros-funded NGOs.

Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers ‘cannot tell the time’

Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.

Former Head of IDF Intelligence: This Will Be Israel’s Most Dangerous May Since 1967

The former chief of Israel Defense Forces intelligence believes the upcoming month of May could be the most dangerous Israel has faced since before the 1967 Six Day War.

Oklahoma Suffers Its 2,724th Earthquake Since 2010

A cluster of earthquakes in Oklahoma earlier this month helped push the state to 62 temblors this year alone of magnitude 3.0 or more — and 2,724 of that magnitude or more since 2010.

Transgender inmate sues to practice witchcraft in NC prison

One of North Carolina’s most notorious all-male prisons is the focus of a court fight over religious liberty led by a transgender witch.

500 Million Africans Could Invade Europe Under ISIS Plan – UN Official
A United Nations official has warned that jihadist factions are working on a scheme to destabilize a region of Africa that could ultimately drive some 500 million migrants into Europe.

Maine House Democrats Vote to Allow Female Genital Mutilation
Following swift action from Maine House Democrats on the last day of the legislative session, there will be no Female Genital Mutilation ban in the Pine Tree State. After months of pretending they wanted to stop the barbaric ritual child abuse of FGM, the Democrat caucus showed their true colors on the issue late Wednesday night.

Czech Republic: New play depicts Jesus raping a Muslim woman – and it’s sold-out

Migrants are overrunning Europe. And a million more are expected. Coming with the Islamic trend in the West: in Norway, all rapes in the past 5 years were committed by Muslims — one 12-year-old rape victim was told by her Muslim rapist, “he had the right to do exactly as he wanted to a woman.” “Why?” “Because that is how it was in his religion. Women did not have rights or opinions, he was in charge.”


Headlines – 4/27/2018

Israel at UN: Iran has more than 80,000 fighters in Syria

Liberman: ‘If Tel Aviv attacked – we will strike Tehran’

Mattis, receiving Liberman, warns of ‘likely’ conflict between Israel and Iran

Recent Iranian shipments to Syria concern US intelligence

Iran’s Khamenei urges Muslim nations to unite against U.S.: state TV

Trump: Iran messed with Obama, they don’t mess with me

Trump: If Iran Threatens America, They ‘Will Pay a Price Like Few Countries Have Ever Paid’

Pompeo said set to visit Israel next week during first trip as top US diplomat

Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state; Senate OKs Germany ambassador

Haley: Hamas using ‘children as cannon fodder’ in Gaza

‘EU lets Hezbollah bring rockets to aim at Israel’

Russia says its witnesses discredit alleged chemical attack in Syria

Russia slammed for trying to refute Syria chemical weapons attack

UK envoy: Russian briefing at OPCW chemical arms body is stunt

Macron calls for global cooperation to combat terror financing

Nigerian Mass Becomes a Massacre: Herdsmen Kill 18 Worshipers, Adding to Hundreds of Victims

Parents of late US Jewish student sue North Korea for ‘brutal torture, murder’

Kim Jong Un walks into South Korea to shake hands with Moon Jae-in

Kim Jong Un says Koreas on “starting line” of a new history

N.Korea’s Kim, S.Korea’s Moon plant tree for peace at border

The Moon-Kim summit is historic, but denuclearization wins aren’t guaranteed

Trump says N. Korea has made nuclear concessions before talks

Giuliani: I’ve never seen a case with as much evidence as the one against Clinton

Trump says Comey ‘guilty of crimes,’ warns DOJ he won’t ‘stay away’ forever

Amazon’s operating income nearly hit $2 billion in Q1 – almost double what Wall Street expected

Walmart is taking a direct shot at Amazon and making checkout lanes obsolete

800,000 people are about to flee New York and California because of taxes, say economists

UC Berkeley must face lawsuit alleging bias against conservative speakers

AI Candidate Promising ‘Fair and Balanced’ Reign Attracts Thousands of Votes in Tokyo Mayoral Election

Facial recognition may be coming to a police body camera near you

Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers ‘cannot tell the time’

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sukadana, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volvano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Vanuatu to 11,000 Residents in Path of Erupting Volcano: Get Out Now

Tropical Storm Fakir turns deadly after unleashing destructive winds, mudslides on La Reunion

49 Inches Of Rain Recently Fell In One Day Over Hawaii – Is That A Record?

Kenya dams ‘a flood risk’ after heavy rains

Nine Teenagers Killed, One Still Missing, After Flash Floods Hit Israel’s South

Two Palestinian Children Drown as Rains Flood West Bank and Israel

Heavy rains, landslides kill 18 in Rwanda: government

Emergency alerts loom as drought takes hold in war-torn Afghanistan

The True Cost of the Chernobyl Disaster Has Been Greater Than It Seems

Rabbis ask Kansas senator not to compare Holocaust, abortion

More children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in recent years

Pig Brains Can Be Kept Alive Outside the Body. Human Brains Might Be Next.

Authorities used DNA, genealogy website, to track down ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect decades after crimes

Bill Cosby guilty in sexual-assault trial, lashes out at DA

Cosby conviction sends a clear message: #Timesup on sexual assault

Thousands Protest in Spain After Five Men Escape Gang Rape Convictions

Only Slim Majority of Americans Believe in God of Bible, Numbers Decline Among Gen X, Millennials

Most US Jews believe in God, but don’t think God judges them

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Friday 4-27-18

Mike Oppenheimer – The Deteriorating effect of an Apostasy

Grace Cathedral’s Beyoncé Mass draws faithful crowd of 900-plus

The Paul Revere Anointing and Rank Simony from Prophet Jeremiah Johnson

Atlanta Pastor Says He’ll Make Aerialists Regular Part of Worship; Some Say He’s Gone Too Far

Activists Confess California ‘Bible Ban’ Bill Does Target Faith Community

Former pastor sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing child

Some 39 Nigerian Christians Massacred, Houses Burned Down in Violent Rampage

Thursday 4-26-18

A Good Man: My Father the Freemason

Should Christians Still Believe in the Rapture

Rwanda Weeds the Church Plants – Thousands of churches closed in attempt to curb bad buildings—and bad preaching

RUMORS OF WAR: US Secretary of Defense warns of coming war between Israel and Iran

Posted: 27 Apr 2018 08:32 AM PDT

RUMORS OF WAR: US Secretary of Defense warns of coming war between Israel and IranDirect conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is increasingly likely in Syria as Tehran pursues a permanent military presence there, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned on Thursday.  Addressing a congressional panel before hosting his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Liberman, at the Pentagon, Mattis said it was “very likely” from his perspective, “because Iran continues to do its proxy work there through Hezbollah.”   Receiving Liberman, Mattis told reporters that he saw no reason for Iran to ship advanced missiles to Hezbollah through Syria except to threaten Israel.  “I can see how it

might start, but I am not sure when or where,” the secretary told lawmakers. Mattis then echoed Liberman’s warning from earlier in the day, issued through a Saudi newspaper, in which he said Israeli forces would strike Tehran if Iranian missiles ever hit Tel Aviv. The two met at the Pentagon after Liberman met with US President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton; his special representative for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt; and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, at the White House. READ MORE

Slim Majority of Americans Believe in God of the Bible, Numbers Decline Among Gen X, Millennials

Posted: 27 Apr 2018 07:05 AM PDT

Slim Majority of Americans Believe in God of the Bible, Numbers Decline Among Gen X, MillennialsAlthough some 80 percent of Americans say they believe in God, only a slim majority of the nation’s approximately 327 million people believe in God as described in the Bible, according to results of a new study released by the Pew Research Center. And among those younger than 50, belief in the God of the Bible drops lower than 50 percent.  The findings from the survey of more than 4,700 adults conducted nationwide between Dec. 4–18, 2017, reveal that one-third of Americans say they do not believe in the God of the Bible, but believe there is some other higher power or spiritual force in the universe. Applying these results to the general population, that translates to approximately 109 million people who believe

in a higher power that is not the God of the Bible.  Only 56 percent of the people surveyed indicated that they believe in God “as described in the Bible” and the strongest supporters of this response were Christians who self-identified as members of the historically black Protestant and evangelical traditions. Some 92 percent of those who identified with the historically black Protestant tradition said they believe in God as described in the Bible while 91 percent of those who identified as evangelicals support that position. These groups also overwhelmingly supported the view that God is all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful.  READ MORE

Dozens of Nigerian Christians massacred, Houses burned down

Posted: 27 Apr 2018 07:02 AM PDT

Dozens of Nigerian Christians massacred, Houses burned downChristians in Nigeria suffered a second mass-scale slaughter in the space of a few days, according to reports, after Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked villages in Benue state this week, leading to the deaths of at least 39 people.  Morning Star News reported of several attacks throughout the state that targeted Christian communities, including one on Tuesday night on the predominantly Christian Tse-Umenge,

Mbakpase and Tse-Ali villages, where 160 houses were burned down. Mbakpase resident Alice Terwase explained that the attackers wore army camouflage and carried AK-47 weapons.  “The herdsmen destroyed more than 60 houses in our village, and three members of my community were also killed during the attack,” Terwase told the news service. READ MORE

‘Censorship Is Not a Hoax’: Diamond and Silk Testify in Congress About Facebook Bias

Posted: 27 Apr 2018 06:38 AM PDT

‘Censorship Is Not a Hoax’: Diamond and Silk Testify in Congress About Facebook BiasThe pro-Trump, conservative, social media personalities known as “Diamond and Silk” claim Facebook has treated them like they’re a danger to the world.  Facebook denies it, but the two women report the social media giant launched a campaign of “bias censorship and discrimination” against their D&S brand page.  On Thursday they testified before Congress, passionately defending their claim and bashing the tech giant.

“Facebook along with other social media sites have taken aggressive actions to silence conservative voices such as ourselves by deliberately restricting and weaponizing our page with algorithms that censored and suppress our free speech,” the women said. “We’ve also noticed how someone with a liberal point of view that spewed hate against the President can garner up to 19 million views with only 539,000 followers, yet we have 1.2 million followers and only received 13,000 views on our video.”  READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Emergency declared as explosion rips through oil plant injuring at least 20

Posted: 26 Apr 2018 11:09 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Emergency declared as explosion rips through oil plant injuring at least 20An explosion has ripped through an oil refinery and an emergency has been declared – with at least 20 casualties. Firefighters rushed to the scene at the Husky oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, after a blast at the plant.  Workmen inside the building said the explosion sounded like a “sonic boom”.  The refinery had been shut down for maintenance when the explosion occurred –

which was described as the “most dangerous time”. Superior Police urged people to avoid the area and roads surrounding the plant were closed down. Employees on the site have been evacuated from the scene as the fire crews battled the blaze. At least 20 people have been injured in the explosion, but there are not believed to be any fatalities. READ MORE

Iranian Naval Commander Threatens To Sink US Ships, Create “Catastrophic Situation” If Trump Kills Deal

Posted: 26 Apr 2018 10:53 AM PDT

Iranian Naval Commander Threatens To Sink US Ships, Create “Catastrophic Situation” If Trump Kills DealPresident Donald Trump offered some of his most bellicose rhetoric yet about Iran on Tuesday when he said Iran would have “bigger problems than they have ever had before” if the country’s leadership dared to restart its nuclear program following a US pull-out of the JCPOA (otherwise known as the Iran deal), per the Times of Israel.  And today, a top Iranian general hit back at Trump with an aggressive threat to

sink US Navy ships, while warning that the US would find itself in a “catastrophic situation” if it withdraws from the deal and reimposes economic sanctions.  “The actual information that the Americans have about us is much less than what they think they have. When will they figure this out? When it is too late,” the Revolutionary Guard Corps’s navy commander, Admiral Ali Fadavim, told Iranian television on Saturday.  READ MORE

Vanuatu urges 11,000 Residents to evacuate NOW in wake of erupting volcano

Posted: 26 Apr 2018 10:45 AM PDT

Vanuatu urges 11,000 Residents to evacuate NOW in wake of erupting volcanoThe archipelago nation east of Australia is attempting to evacuate all 11,000 people who live on Ambae Island to nearby Santo Island because of ongoing eruptions at the Manaro volcano, according to the Guardian. A state of emergency was declared and many people began having respiratory problems as the smoke and ash from the eruption filled the air, the report added. Evacuations were even more difficult because of heavy rain that triggered flooding and mudslides, the Guardian also said. Vanuatu’s leaders

are also keeping an eye on several other volcanoes rumbling on islands near Ambae, Radio New Zealand reported.  “It is really challenging for the affected community, it is their home and all they know, they’ve been there for their entire life,” Cate Heinrich, UNICEF Pacific’s chief of communications, told the Guardian. “At the moment, our priority is helping women and children who have been affected, making sure children have safe spaces and helping them begin to process and understand what is happening to their home, using techniques like drawing.” READ MORE

5.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Iran, Third quake in a month

Posted: 26 Apr 2018 10:35 AM PDT

5.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Iran, Third quake in a monthWhile Iran is busy threatening to destroy Israel, They are once again jolted with another strong earthquake, making this the third earthquake to strike the region in a month. An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck a town near the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday night, state media reported, but there were no initial reports of casualties or significant damage.  Last month, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit villages and towns in Iran’s western Kermanshah province along the mountainous border with Iraq, killing 620 people and injuring thousands of others.

Authorities said they were gathering information about the latest quake, which hit in the late evening at a depth of 7 km (4 miles). They asked residents to remain calm but be prepared for possible aftershocks. The epicenter of the quake was 3 km from the city of Malard, and not far from Meshkin Dasht, which sits about 50 km west of Tehran, state news agency IRNA said. The quake was also felt in Alborz, Qazvin, Qom, Gilan and Markazi provinces, according to state media. READ MORE

Earthquake rattles Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Moreno Valley in California

Posted: 26 Apr 2018 10:23 AM PDT

Earthquake rattles Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Moreno Valley in CaliforniaCalifornia was hit by the earthquake at 9.52am (5.52pm BST).  The earthquake hit 96km from LA, 16km from San Bernardino and 5km from Moreno Valley.  Earthquake tracker CSEM-EMSC said the quake struck at a depth of 14km. The website said more than 400,000 people lived in the ‘felt area’ of the

California earthquake. One resident described the quake, which registered a relatively weak 3.2 magnitude, as “very loud and strong”. The earthquake was originally registered at 3.4 magnitude.  One said: “It was very strong and loud considering we are so far from the epicentre.” Another said: “In Moreno Valley. Rumble then quick, hard jolt.” A third said: “House shook for about five seconds.” READ MORE


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Douma Eyewitnesses Debunk Fake CW Incident Narrative

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On Wednesday, Russia and Syria brought 17 Douma false flag CW incident eyewitnesses to OPCW headquarters in the Hague.

Their testimonies proved no CW incident occurred. No forensic evidence corroborates one.

Russia’s envoy to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin issued a statement, saying:

“Taking part in the news briefing (were) eyewitnesses of shooting of the footage that featured the fake pseudo-humanitarian action staged by the White Helmets and that provided grounds for the US/UK/French missile strikes at Syria on April 14,” adding:

“In all, there (were testimonies from 17 witnesses), including physicians who were right at the scene on that day. They recount(ed) the true story of the (false flag) incident.”

“(D)elegations (of OPCW member states got) first-hand evidence on the forged footage that misled the world community.”

“The briefing (was) organized in support of the OPCW fact-finding” Douma mission to investigate the alleged incident and report on its findings.

“(W)e had no doubt that the allegations of chemical use in Douma are a fabricated and provocative play staged by the so called White Helmets and Western media outlets.”

“We can prove that the video of the White Helmets is fabricated, and therefore there is no basis or validity to the signals of Western countries that this material is evidence of a chemical attack in the city of Douma.”

Facts on the ground don’t preclude new provocations. “(T)he Americans are (again) threatening to use force again against Syria, but we will not allow it.”

As previous articles explained, Russian forensic experts visiting Douma, its residents, and doctors treating alleged CW victims reported no one affected by chemical toxins, just respiratory problems from smoke and dust inhalation following detonations of explosives.

Soil samples taken by Russian experts found no CW residues. Douma resident Hassan Diab, aged-11, one of the 17 witnesses in the Hague, explained the following:

“We were (in) the basement, and we heard people shouting that we needed to go to a hospital. We went through a tunnel. At the hospital they started pouring cold water on me” – referring to al-Qaeda-connected White Helmets involved in staging the fake incident.

Douma hospital emergency ward administrator Ahmad Kashoi explained “(t)here were people unknown to us who were filming the emergency care.”

“They were filming the chaos taking place inside, and were filming people being doused with water. The instruments they used to douse them with water were originally used to clean the floors…”

“That happened for about an hour. We provided help to (the alleged victims) and sent them home. No one has died. No one suffered from chemical exposure.”

Hospital medical provider Halil al-Jaish said patients treated only suffered from respiratory problems because of smoke and dust inhalation, not CW exposure.

Other witnesses confirmed the same thing, including hospital doctors. The alleged CW incident was staged, not real, blaming Assad for what didn’t happened, used as a pretext for US, UK and French warplanes to terror-bomb Syrian sites.

The OPCW separately interviewed six of the 17 witnesses. It’s unknown what questions were asked or answers received.

The OPCW’s report on the alleged incident remains to be released. As explained in a previous article, if the organization supports the official falsified narrative, it’ll lose more credibility than already.

If it debunks the fake narrative, Syria and Russia will be falsely accused of sabotaging site evidence.

A Final Comment

As expected, Western media scoundrels ridiculed testimonies by 17 Douma eyewitness. Here’s a sampling of reports:

The NYT featured a Reuters report calling bona fide witness testimonies a “stunt.”

The Qatar dictatorship-controlled Al Jazeera reported the same falsified characterization, condemning legitimate testimonies as an “obscene masquerade.”

London’s Guardian used the same falsified language, claiming nonexistent evidence that other “victims (sic) exhibited symptoms consistent with a toxic gas attack” – a despicable Big Lie.

AP News said US, UK and French representatives “boycotted” Hague testimonies, calling them “nothing more than a crude propaganda exercise.”

Funded by billionaire Pierre Omidyar, complicit with CIA efforts to topple independent governments, The Intercept’s credibility is sorely lacking.

Reporting on Hague testimonies, it called genuine evidence presented an “underwhelming case.”

It disgracefully accused Russia of “undermining the credibility of (staged White Helmets’) video…”

It lied claiming witnesses brought to the Hague were under “extreme intimidation,” including “threats to harm their families if they made any mention of chemical weapons” – citing the disreputable London Guardian as its source.

It called public testimonies of 17 eyewitnesses “bizarre.” It turned truth on its head claiming “piles of dead bodies, some with foam on their lips…” There were none!

Other media scoundrel reports were just as disgraceful – repeating the falsified narrative, debunking hard truths.

It’s just a matter of time before another staged false flag CW incident occurs, more US-led terror-bombing to follow.

In the Hague, Kremlin envoy to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin said Russia “will not allow” further US-led terror-bombing on Syrian sites.

Will Russian actions back up his words? Much depends on it.

Source: Douma Eyewitnesses Debunk Fake CW Incident Narrative

The Holiness of God and the Sinfulness of Man — Ligonier Ministries Blog

One word that crystallizes the essence of the Christian faith is the word grace. One of the great mottos of the Protestant Reformation was the Latin phrase sola gratia—by grace alone. This phrase wasn’t invented by the sixteenth-century Reformers. Its roots are in the theology of Augustine of Hippo, who used it to call attention…

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