Daily Archives: May 4, 2018

May 4: More Than I Can Handle

Judges 6:11–7:25; Philippians 2:1–11; Psalm 66:1–20

“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.”

This Christian maxim is a well-meaning attempt at putting our difficult times into perspective. It holds the view that God knows our weaknesses and knows when we can’t measure up to a challenge. But if we’re going through trials, this same saying can be debilitating when we feel that we can’t possibly handle a situation.

The psalms often describe circumstances that leave the nation of Israel hopelessly struggling and helplessly in need of God:

“For you have tested us, O God; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you placed a heavy burden on our backs. You let men ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you have brought us out to the place of abundance” (Psa 66:10–12).

Israel doesn’t often “handle” situations very well. Throughout its history, the nation chosen by God repeatedly rebelled against Him. Only when God gave them over to their enemies and they suffered through trials would they cry out for deliverance. Only when they stopped relying on themselves or foreign gods to sustain them would He come to their rescue.

It may be that God does give us more than we can handle. But this is actually—perhaps strangely—a source of comfort. If we could handle every circumstance, we’d never reach the end of our self-reliance. And it’s only when we get to the end of ourselves that we realize how much we desperately need Him.

Our trials give us hope. The people of Israel were “tried as silver is tried” (Psa 66:10). Just like them, we’ll be purified by fire. We will go “through fire and through water,” a process by which He makes us more wholly devoted to Him. And His work will bring us through “to the place of abundance” (Psa 66:12).

His faithfulness to us, even when we’re unfaithful, is reason to praise Him. And this is precisely the psalmist’s response: “Blessed be God, who has not turned aside my prayer, or his loyal love from me” (Psa 66:20). We see God’s perfect love for us in Jesus, who was obedient when we couldn’t be and suffered so we wouldn’t have to (Phil 2:5–8).

Do you think you can handle the troubles in your life? How can you see God’s faithfulness to you, even when you’re going through difficult circumstances?

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.

May 4 Chosen to Be Sent

“Having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these . . .” (Matt. 10:1–2).


Every disciple must also be a discipler.

Have you ever met someone who constantly absorbs what the church has to offer, yet never seems to plug into a ministry where he can give to others? I’ve met many people like that. Some have attended church for many years, and have even taken evangelism and other special training classes. But they never quite feel qualified to minister to others or even to share their testimony. Eventually that has a crippling effect on their spiritual lives and on the life of the church in general.

When Jesus called the disciples to Himself, He did so in order to train them for ministry. We see this in Matthew 10:1–2. The Greek word translated “disciples” means “learners.” “Apostles” translates a Greek word meaning “to dispatch away from” or “to send.” In classical Greek it refers to a naval expedition dispatched to serve a foreign city or country. Disciples are learners; apostles are emissaries. Jesus called untrained disciples, but He dispatched trained apostles. That’s the normal training process.

In Matthew 28:19–20 Jesus says, “Go … and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Paul said to Timothy, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2).

As wonderful and important as it is to learn of Christ, you must never be content to be a disciple only. You must also be a discipler!


Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize Matthew 28:18–20. If you aren’t currently discipling someone, ask the Lord for an opportunity to do so.

For Further Study: An important part of discipleship is spending time with Christ. One way to do that is to read through the Gospels on a regular basis. You might want to obtain a harmony of the Gospels to help in your study. Tell a friend of your plan so he or she can encourage you and hold you accountable.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 137). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

A Christians College Gone Pagan — TruthXchange

A Christian College Gone Pagan The religious confusion naturally plays out in sexuality. Confusion seems to be the prerequisite for acceptance and success in today’s world. In pagan spirituality, as well as in pagan sexuality, God the Creator, distinct from creation, has been eliminated from consideration in most of our educational institutions. If we construct…

via A Christians College Gone Pagan — TruthXchange

05/04/2018 — Wretched

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Green Berets Are Now On The Ground Assisting The Saudi War On Yemen In “A Marked Escalation”

Once again a creeping, years’ long shadow war is expanding from indirect proxy intervention to direct engagement, complete with US “boots on the ground” where no American ground forces were previously thought to exist. And it’s not Syria, or Libya, or central Africa where the now familiar pattern played out before, but in the Arabian peninsula where the Pentagon has long claimed to merely coordinate intelligence, refuel jets, and provide logistical support to the Saudis which have been bombing Yemen since March of 2015.

Source: Green Berets Are Now On The Ground Assisting The Saudi War On Yemen In “A Marked Escalation”

Covert US Special Operations Worldwide

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

Sputnik News reported on US Green Berets operating covertly in Yemen, involved in combating Houthis, the Trump administration largely keeping what’s going on under wraps.

Should it surprise? It’s more surprising where US special forces don’t operate than where they’re sent.

They’re deployed in over two-thirds of the world’s countries on every continent, not sent as goodwill ambassadors.

They’re involved in covert commando operations worldwide as part of Washington’s Global War OF Terror (GWOT), not on it,  as falsely claimed.

Launched by Bush/Cheney in October 2001, it’s part of America’s permanent war on humanity – tens of thousands of special forces involved, notably in the Middle East, Central and East Asia, along with much of Africa.

They’re waging covert wars on the phony pretext of combating terrorism Washington created and supports. Their operations get scant media attention, a “grey zone” between war and peace, including in US war theaters.

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) head General Raymond Thomas earlier turned truth on its head, saying the following:

“In just the past few years, we have witnessed a varied and evolving threat environment consisting of: the emergence of a militarily expansionist China; an increasingly unpredictable North Korea; a revanchist Russia threatening our interests in both Europe and Asia; and an Iran which continues to expand its influence across the Middle East, fueling the Sunni-Shia conflict,” adding:

“Nonstate actors further confuse this landscape by employing terrorist, criminal, and insurgent networks that erode governance in all but the strongest states.”

“Special operations forces provide asymmetric capability and responses to these challenges.”

In February testimony before House Armed Service Committee members, Thomas lied saying US special forces “played an integral role as part of the Joint Force to the defeat the physical caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).”

He lied claiming they’re “confront(ing) ISIS and al-Qaeda wherever they (seek) sanctuary.”

He lied saying “US prosperity and security is confronted by strategic competition by the ‘revisionist powers’ of China and Russia, and ‘rogue regimes’ such as North Korea and Iran which destabilize regions by pursuing weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, chemical, and biological – or by sponsoring terrorism.”

No nations anywhere threaten US “prosperity and security.” America threatens all nations unwilling to bow to its will.

Special Operations are involved in Washington’s drive for global hegemony. Their missions are largely classified, including intelligence gathering on the ground, drone strikes, commando raids, assassinations, and other disruptive activities.

All of the above have nothing to do with combating ISIS and other terrorists, as Washington claims, their fighters used as imperial foot soldiers – proxies doing Washington’s killing and dying for it.

The 9/11 mother of all false flags launched what’s ongoing, including operations to destabilize countries, remove foreign leaders like Saddam and Gaddafi, eliminating Assad and Islamic Republic leadership planned.

Washington’s GWOT constitutes a major threat to world peace and stability, allied with other NATO countries, Israel, the Saudis, and other nations – part of America’s grand scheme for unchallenged world dominance, all sovereign independent governments targeted for regime change by wars or color revolutions.

GOP and undemocratic Dem administrations wage undeclared naked aggression against one nation after another, along with covert special forces operations worldwide.

It’s all about advancing America’s imperium at the expense of world peace, stability, perhaps eventual nuclear war, threatening humanity’s survival if ever launched.


Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

John 3:7

This may sound like heresy in some quarters, but I have come to this conclusion—that there are far too many among us who have thought that they accepted Christ, but nothing has come of it within their own lives and desires and habits!

This kind of philosophy in soul winning—the idea that it is “the easiest thing in the world to accept Jesus”—permits the man or woman to accept Christ by an impulse of the mind or of the emotions.

It allows us to gulp twice and sense an emotional feeling that has come over us, and then say, “I have accepted Christ.”

These are spiritual matters about which we must be legitimately honest and in which we must seek the discernment of the Holy Spirit. These are things about which we cannot afford to be wrong; to be wrong is still to be lost and far from God.

Let us never forget that the Word of God stresses the importance of conviction and concern and repentance when it comes to conversion, spiritual regeneration, being born from above by the Spirit of God!

Lord, I pray that new believers will become firmly discipled in the Word of God and that their lives will reflect the transformation from death to life.[1]

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

Lessons About Worship and Faith – GTY Blog

Luke 10:38-42

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We don’t often consider the lessons we might learn from the strife between siblings—even when it is recorded in Scripture. But through a brief episode in Luke’s gospel, the Holy Spirit has much to teach us about the nature of faith and worship.

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)

The Priority of Worship over Service

It’s interesting to read this narrative and try to imagine how the average woman might respond if placed in a situation like Martha’s. My strong suspicion is that manywomen would be inclined to sympathize with Martha, not Mary. After all, it would normally be considered rude to let your sister do all the hard work in the kitchen while you sit chatting with guests.

So in a real sense, Martha’s feelings were natural and somewhat understandable. That may be one reason Jesus’ rebuke was so mild. In normal circumstances, any older sister would think it obligatory for the younger sister to help in serving a meal to guests. In other words, what Martha expected Mary to do was, in itself, perfectly fine and good.

Nevertheless, what Mary was doing was better still. She had “chosen the good part” (Luke 10:42). She had discovered the one thing needful: true worship and devotion of one’s heart and full attention to Christ. That was a higher priority even than service, and the good part she had chosen would not be taken away from her, even for the sake of something as gracious and beneficial as helping Martha prepare Jesus a meal. Mary’s humble, obedient heart was a far greater gift to Christ than Martha’s well-set table.

This establishes worship as the highest of all priorities for every Christian. Nothing, including even service rendered to Christ, is more important than listening to Him and honoring Him with our hearts. Remember what Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well: God is seeking true worshipers (John 4:23). Christ had found one in Mary. He would not affirm Martha’s reprimand of her, because it was Mary, not Martha, who properly understood that worship is a higher duty to Christ than service rendered on His behalf.

It is a danger, even for people who love Christ, that we not become so concerned with doing things for Him that we begin to neglect hearing Him and remembering what He has done for us. We must never allow our service for Christ to crowd out our worship of Him. The moment our works become more important to us than our worship, we have turned the true spiritual priorities on their heads.

In fact, that tendency is the very thing that is so poisonous about all forms of pietism and theological liberalism. Whenever you elevate good deeds over sound doctrine and true worship, you ruin the works too. Doing good works for the works’ sake has a tendency to exalt self and depreciate the work of Christ. Good deeds, human charity, and acts of kindness are crucial expressions of real faith, but they must flow from a true reliance on God’s redemption and His righteousness. After all, our own good works can never be a means of earning God’s favor; that’s why in Scripture the focus of faith is always on what God has done for us, and never on what we do for Him (Romans 10:2–4). Observe any form of religion where good works are ranked as more important than authentic faith or sound doctrine, and you’ll discover a system that denigrates Christ while unduly magnifying self.

Not that Martha was guilty of gross self-righteousness. We shouldn’t be any more harsh in our assessment of her than Christ was. She loved the Lord. Her faith was real, but by neglecting the needful thing and busying herself with mere activity, she became spiritually unbalanced. Her behavior reminds us that a damaging spirit of self-righteousness can slip in and contaminate even the hearts of those who have sincerely embraced Christ as their true righteousness. Martha’s harshness toward Mary exposed precisely that kind of imbalance in her own heart.

Jesus’ gentle words of correction to Martha (as well as His commendation of Mary) set the priorities once more in their proper order. Worship (which is epitomized here by listening intently to Jesus’ teachings) is the one thing most needed. Service to Christ must always be subordinate to that.

The Primacy of Faith over Works

Another vital spiritual principle goes hand in hand with the priority of worship over service and is so closely related to it that the two actually overlap. This principle is the truth (taught from the beginning to the end of Scripture) that what we believe is ultimately more crucial than what we do.

Martha’s “preparations” were a distraction (Luke 10:40) from the “one thing” (v. 42) that was really needed—listening to and learning from Jesus. Religious works often have a sinister tendency to eclipse faith itself. Proper good works always flow from faith and are the fruit of it. What we do is vital, because that is the evidence that our faith is living and real (James 2:14–26). But faith must come first, and it is the only viable foundation for true and lasting good works. All of that is wrapped up in the truth that works are not the instrument of justification; faith is (Romans 4:4–5).

Martha seems to have forgotten these things momentarily. She was acting as if Christ needed her work for Him more than she needed His work on her behalf. Rather than humbly fixing her faith on the vital importance of Christ’s work for sinners, she was thinking too much in terms of what she could do for Him.

Again, this seems to be the natural drift of the human heart. We wrongly imagine that what we do for Christ is more important than what He has done for us. Every major spiritual decline in the history of Christianity has come when the church has lost sight of the primacy of faith and begun to stress works instead. Virtually every serious doctrinal deviation throughout church history has had this same tendency at its core—beginning with the error of the Judaizers, who insisted that an Old Covenant ritual (circumcision) was essential for justification. They denied that faith alone could be instrumental in justification, and that undermined the very foundation of the gospel.

Human instinct seems to tell us that what we do is more important than what we believe. But that is a false instinct, the product of our fallen self-righteousness. It is a totally wrong way of thinking—sinfully wrong. We must never think more highly of our works for Christ than we do of His works on our behalf.

Of course, such a thought would never consciously enter Martha’s mind. She loved Christ. She genuinely trusted Him, although her faith had moments of weakness. Still, on this occasion, she allowed her anxiety about what she must do for Christ to overwhelm her gratitude over what He would do for her.

I’m very grateful that Christ’s rebuke of Martha was a gentle one. I must confess that it is very easy for me to identify with her. I love the privilege of serving the Lord, and He has blessed me with more than enough to stay busy. It is tempting at times to become swept up in the activity of ministry and forget that faith and worship must always have priority over work. In these hectic times, we all need to cultivate more of Mary’s worshipful, listening spirit and less of Martha’s scrambling commotion.

Martha and Mary also remind us that God uses all kinds of people. He has gifted us differently for a reason, and we’re not to despise one another or look at others with contempt, just because we have differing temperaments or contrasting personalities.

Martha was a noble and godly woman with a servant’s heart and a rare capacity for work. Mary was nobler still, with an unusual predisposition for worship and wisdom. Both were remarkable in their own ways. If we weigh their gifts and their instincts together, they give us a wonderful example to follow. May we diligently cultivate the best instincts of both of these extraordinary women.


(Adapted from Twelve Extraordinary Women.)


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May 4, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


The Republican-controlled Oklahoma legislature approved an adoption measure on Thursday that critics say discriminates against same-sex couples, non-Christians and single parents.

The unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in April, an 18-year low, even as nonfarm payrolls rose by just 164,000, the BLS says.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said late on Thursday that the chamber’s chaplain will remain in his position, after he unexpectedly asked Reverend Patrick Conroy to resign two weeks ago, outraging some lawmakers and the Jesuit priest himself.

The Missouri General Assembly will convene a special session on May 18 to consider impeachment or any other discipline that a special House investigative panel may recommend against Governor Eric Greitens, legislative leaders announced on Thursday.

The Trump administration on Wednesday stepped up efforts to win Senate confirmation of career CIA officer Gina Haspel to become the intelligence agency’s first female director.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is postponing his plans to travel to Brazil this month in order to ensure foreign policy resources are focused on President Donald Trump’s coming talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pence’s spokeswoman said on Thursday.

South Korea’s national security adviser is in Washington to meet his U.S. counterpart, John Bolton, ahead of an expected summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, officials in Washington and Seoul said.

The Swedish Academy which decides the Nobel Prize for Literature said on Friday it would not make the award this year because of a sexual misconduct scandal that has caused turmoil in its ranks and led to a string of board members stepping down.

Taliban fighters seized a district in Afghanistan’s remote northern province of Badakhshan after several days of fierce fighting, officials said on Friday, as the insurgents pushed forward their annual spring offensive launched last month.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc bought 75 million additional Apple Inc shares in the first three months of the year, CEO Warren Buffett told CNBC on Thursday, aggressively ramping up its bets on the iPhone maker.

AP Top Stories

Kilauea, one of Hawaii’s most active volcanos, erupted on Thursday, spewing lava and steam into a nearby residential neighborhood and prompting officials to issue a mandatory evacuation notice.

A group of thieves staged a brazen theft Thursday at an automotive assembly plant in the US state of Michigan, crashing through a security gate and driving off with a convoy of newly-minted pickup trucks.

Six people have drowned in Kenya in overnight flooding and 11 others are missing, local authorities said, the latest of dozens of deaths caused by heavy seasonal rains in recent weeks.

Busch bet big on hydrogen fuel for its semitrailer trucks Thursday. The Budweiser beer maker announced it would buy up to 800 big rigs from Nikola Motor Company by 2025 and nearly replace its entire dedicated corporate fleet with trucks powered by renewable energy.

Taliban fighters seized a district in Afghanistan’s remote northern province of Badakhshan after several days of fierce fighting, officials said on Friday, as the insurgents pushed forward their annual spring offensive launched last month.

A bet by Japanese auto makers that Americans still want sedans is turning out to be expensive. April sales in the U.S. from Japan’s big three auto makers-Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co.-were down, with Nissan suffering a double-digit drop. The big culprit was the sedan, the bread-and-butter car for the Japanese car makers since they entered the U.S. decades ago.

A month after India’s central bank barred regulated lenders from facilitating cryptocurrency transactions, trading volumes have surged dramatically alongside a sharp rally in prices.

Spencer Bogart, a blockchain venture capitalist, says the cryptocurrency market is too large to ignore. Goldman Sachs is moving ahead with plans to open the first bitcoin trading firm of any Wall Street bank and other banks will likely follow, said Spencer Bogart, a partner at Blockchain Capital. “That’s what a lot of banks do, follow what Goldman does,” the blockchain venture capitalist told CNBC on Thursday.


Four miners have died after an earthquake caused a cave-in at a South African gold mine.

Argentina’s central bank has raised interest rates for the third time in eight days as the country’s currency, the peso, continues to fall sharply. On Friday, the bank hiked rates to 40% from 33.25%, a day after they were raised from 30.25%. A week ago, they were raised from 27.25%.

In what might just be the best day ever, a Canadian man has won a $1.5m lottery jackpot on the day he retired, which was also his birthday.

Guyana’s President David Granger has described as a “massacre” a pirate attack last week that is feared to have killed at least a dozen fishermen.

Mining companies have agreed a 400m compensation deal for tens of thousands of South African miners who contracted deadly lung diseases while working underground.


Venezuela’s inflation rate, already by far the world’s highest, spiked from 4,966 percent to nearly 18,000 percent in just March and April – a trend that, if it continues, could push the country’s annual rate to more than 100,000 percent by year’s end, economists say.

A 17-year-old North Texas student is accused of criminal solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat in an Islamic State-inspired plot to carry out a mass shooting at suburban Dallas mall, officials said.

The Briefing — Friday, May 4, 2018

1) Examining the radical worldview and ideological imbalance on America’s college campuses

Washington Times (Bradford Richardson) –
Democratic professors outnumber Republicans 10 to 1, study shows

2) Historic women’s colleges struggle to answer the question, ‘What is a woman?’

Chronicle of Higher Education (Julian Wyllie) –
‘What It Means to Be a Woman Is Not Static’: How Women’s Colleges Are Handling Transgender Applicants

3) MCAT changes highlight the transformation of medicine as a profession

Weekly Standard (Devorah Goldman) –
The Politicization of the MCAT

News – 5/4/2018

Trump’s Peace Plan Reported: Four Neighborhoods in Jerusalem as PA Capital
On Friday morning it was reported that US President Trump’s plan for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) was revealed to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman during his visit to Washington last week. According to the report, Israel will be called upon to relinquish four sections of Jerusalem that will serve as the capital of a newly formed Palestinian state. It has already been reported that the agreement will include total US support for Israel in anything concerning the Iranian nuclear weapons program.

‘For the Liberty of Jerusalem’ Coin Found on Lag B’Omer Holiday
As Jews across Israel and around the world celebrated Lag B’Omer, a holiday commemorating the life of anti-Roman Torah sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Israeli authorities announced that they had found a symbol of the revolt by Shimon bar Kochba against the Romans in the form of a small bronze coin. The Bar Kochba rebellion, or “Great Revolt,” lasted three-and-a-half years. During that time, more than 1,000 Jewish towns and 50 fortresses were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of Jews were killed.

Russian News Site Accuses Israel of Using Tactical Nukes In Airstrike Against Syria
In what amounts to a modern blood libel, a baseless claim that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) used tactical nuclear weapons in a reported airstrike against an Iranian base in Syria has gone viral. Despite being debunked, headlines and tweets claiming this to be truth continue.

Abbas apologizes for speech widely panned as antisemitic
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas expressed remorse on Friday to anyone offended by a statement he made earlier this week, in which he said Jews were not massacred in Europe because of their religion but rather their “social role related to usury and banks.”

Sharon Afek, openly gay IDF officer, promoted to Major General
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman appointed Brig. General Sharon Afek, the army’s Military Advocate General, the rank of Major General, where he will continue in his current rank for the next five years, on the recommendation of IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, media outlets reported Thursday.

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts, Evacuations Ordered
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday after a week of earthquakes and a lava leak which prompted authorities to issue evacuation orders to those living in the nearby Puna District. The earthquakes began on Monday after the Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse, pushing magma over 10 miles downslope towards the island’s more populated southeastern coast.

German Air Force Only Has Four Combat-Ready Jets In Case Of Emergency
Germany better hope that Europe’s various artificial war-deterring monetary, customs, economic, political and so forth “unions” hold for the foreseeable future, as the alternative could be dire. According to Spiegel, only four of the Luftwaffe’s state-of-the-art Eurofighter jets are currently in good enough shape to be called on in the event of an invasion of German airspace, leaving the German armed forces to once again have to fight off allegations that their forces are not fit for combat.

Turkey: Erdoğan’s World Of Terrorists Includes Everyone But Terrorists
For Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, for instance, the entire Western civilization is a terrorist machine programmed to spill Muslim blood. Turkey’s strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is no exception. In an April speech Erdoğan, evidently overcome with amnesia regarding Turkey’s invasions of Northern Cyprus and, a few weeks ago, Syria’s Afrin, called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist.” Erdoğan told party loyalists:

Amid Trump threats, Tehran says nuclear deal is all-or-nothing
Iran’s foreign minister insisted on Thursday that his government has implemented its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers fully and in “good faith” – just days after Israel and the Trump administration accused the Iranians of lying about the nature of their nuclear work at its outset. Javad Zarif, who has remained Iran’s top diplomat since negotiating the deal during two years of talks, spoke to an international audience in a YouTube video.

Iran uranium enrichment site opens for first time in 2 years, images show
For the first time since the Iran nuclear agreement was signed, the entrance gate to Iran’s Fordow uranium enrichment facility was opened and activity at the compound commenced, according to satellite images taken last Sunday and published on Thursday. In the photos, provided by ImageSat International (ISI), new structures that were built recently in the nuclear compound are visible, as well as buses and other vehicles parked outside the complex.

India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue
At least 125 people are now reported to have died in fierce dust storms in northern India, with officials warning of more bad weather to come. High-speed winds and lightning have devastated many villages, brought down walls and left scores injured. A spokesperson for the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner’s office told AFP the death toll was the highest from such storms in at least 20 years.

‘Kill them all’: ISIS thugs call on fanatics to launch attacks at the World Cup in chilling new propaganda
ISIS thugs have called on their supporters to launch attacks at the World Cup in chilling new online propaganda. The terror group’s latest poster, showing a knife set on a red back ground in front of a football stadium in Russia, comes with a French caption translated as ‘Kill them all’. It is the latest in a series of ISIS threats made against football’s showpiece tournament, which kicks off on June 14 in Moscow.

Iowa set to ban abortions after six weeks
Iowa is set to become the first US state to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, after lawmakers approved the most restrictive ban in the country. Republican lawmakers in the state passed the bill banning the procedure after the point that a foetal heartbeat is detected. The bill must now go to Iowa’s top official to write the bill into law.

Eruption sends lava soaring 100 feet into the air; evacuations ordered
Residents in Puna’s Leilani Estates subdivision fled with little more than the clothes on their backs Thursday night after an eruption in Kilauea’s east rift zone created a fissure in the community, spewing lava into the air as high as utility poles, covering roads and nearing several homes. Evacuation orders remain in place for the community, home to about 1,700 people, and it’s not yet clear when residents will be able to return home.

In Venezuela, inflation quadruples to 18,000 percent in two months
Venezuela’s inflation rate, already by far the world’s highest, spiked from 4,966 percent to nearly 18,000 percent in just March and April — a trend that, if it continues, could push the country’s annual rate to more than 100,000 percent by year’s end, economists say. The 17,968 percent rate registered at the end of April already surpassed the 13,864 percent rate predicted by the International Monetary Fund for all of 2018.

Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots. Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said the U.S. government made diplomatic protests to the Chinese government over several recent incidents of laser firings near China’s first overseas military base at Djibouti.

Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark
There have been coups and revolutions, external invasions and proxy conflicts, but the Middle East hasn’t seen a head-to-head war between major regional powers since the 1980s. There’s a growing risk that one is about to break out in Syria, pitting Israel against Iran. The Islamic Republic’s forces are entrenching there, after joining the fight to prop up President Bashar al-Assad.

Saudi Arabia Inks Deal with Vatican to Build Christian Churches
For the first time in history, Saudi Arabia has entered into a joint agreement with the Vatican to build churches for Christians living in the officially Muslim nation. The agreement was signed by the Secretary General of the Muslim World League Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa and the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue in the Vatican, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran…

Rioters take to Gaza border with incendiary kites on sixth week of protest
The “Great March of Return” protest on the Gaza border will resume on Friday for the sixth week in a row, with IDF officials and residents of the Gaza vicinity weary of increased usage of incendiary kites intended to set fire to their fields. Hamas plans to sustain the momentum it has gained with the weekly rioting near the border fence until Nakba Day in a week and a half.

Guatemalan flies flag in Jerusalem ahead of embassy move
Two weeks before Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is supposed to officially move his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Guatemalan flag was flown for the first time on Wednesday in Israel’s capital. The Central American country’s embassy will become operational, at least in the first stage of the move, on the third floor of the Jerusalem Technology Park and will later start operating from its permanent location on the eleventh floor of an adjacent building.

China offers to increase U.S. imports, cut tariffs on some products
China has offered to buy more U.S. goods and lower tariffs on some goods including cars as part of negotiations to resolve an escalating trade dispute, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter and a document reviewed by Reuters. China also asked that Washington treat Chinese investment equally in its national security reviews and stop issuing any new restrictions on investments…

Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration for Favoring Abstinence Programs over Family Planning with Title X Grants
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday for making changes to Title X family planning grants to favor abstinence education.

This One Sentence Trump Said At The White House Prayer Event Truly Separates Him From Obama
…Trump described his newly signed faith initiative as an “office that will also help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and the equal right to exercise their deeply-held beliefs.” Trump then made a comment that few could imagine ever coming from a previous presidency: “Faith is more powerful than government, and nothing is more powerful than God.”

Illegal Immigration Back To Obama Levels
Arrests of illegal aliens along the southwest border ticked up slightly in April from the previous month, marking a sustained rise in illegal immigration that has reversed gains made in the early months of President Donald Trump’s administration.

N.Y. Times, left turn against Abbas after Holocaust remarks
The denial of the Jews’ 3,000-year-old history in the Holy Land and the distortion of the Holocaust by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this week were not new, reflecting sentiment regularly expressed in Palestinian media and education.

Netanyahu and his defence minister given the unilateral power to take Israel to war
Previously, Israeli leaders had to seek the approval of the full Cabinet to go to war or even to embark on a military action

Argentinian President Claims Former Obama Official Asked The Country To Provide Iran With Nuclear Fuel
…During a 45-minute speech, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed that in 2010 a former Obama administration official asked Argentina to “provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel” under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Hawaii volcano could erupt after 250 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours
Hawaiian volcano could be set to erupt after hundreds of earthquakes and the collapse of a crater floor.

77 killed as powerful dust storms ravage north India
Dust storms tore across northern India killing at least 77 people and injuring 143 as trees and walls were flattened by powerful winds, officials said Thursday.

Episcopal Church Removes Terms Husband, Wife and Procreation from Marriage to Make it More LGBT Compliant
The Episcopal Church (TEC) is removing the terms husband, wife, and procreation from its marriage service in favor of creating a more modern, LGBT compliant service. The terms will be replaced with gender-neutral pronouns such as two people or spouse.

Explosions, Gunfire And Black Helicopters Terrorize New Jersey Town: Learn The Rest Of The Story
Unannounced military drill scared residents

Reporter Shouts Porn Star Question at Trump During Prayer Meeting
A reporter was chastised by attendees at Thursday’s White House prayer meeting after shouting questions at President Trump about porn star Stormy Daniels.

Ministry boycotts California amid state threats to Bible
Responding to a California bill that critics charge could ban the sale of the Bible, a Colorado-based Christian group has canceled conferences it planned to hold in in the Golden State and instead will send students to “other states where we can tell them the truth.”

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: May 4

  • Trump Gambit Over Disclosing Porn-Star Payment Stuns Staff (Read More)
  • U.S. Wants $200 Billion Cut in China Trade Imbalance by End of 2020 (Read More)
  • Here’s What the U.S., China Demanded of Each Other on Trade (Read More)
  • Small manufacturers tap the brakes as tariffs bite (Read More
  • Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote (Read More)
  • Trump not seeking to curb US forces in South Korea: U.S. national security adviser (Read More)
  • U.S. jobs growth expected to regain momentum in April (Read More)
  • Ex-Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn charged in U.S. over diesel scandal (Read More)
  • In Birthplace of Junk, Investors See Risks After Decade of Debt (Read More)
  • A Haircut Costs 5 Bananas and 2 Eggs in Venezuela (Read More)
  • How to Look Like a Pro at Buffettpalooza This Weekend (Read More)
  • Palestinian leader Abbas offers apology for remarks on Jews (Read More)
  • Should Supply and Demand Determine the Price for a Fast Commute? (Read More)
  • Walmart Beats Amazon in $15 Billion Flipkart Battle (Read More)
  • 5 Questions for Buffett Ahead of the Annual Meeting (Read More)
  • Buffett’s Berkshire Braces for ‘Wild’ Swings From New Accounting (Read More)
  • What to Do Now the Deduction for Investment Fees Is Dead (Read More)
  • Altria Group and Nikon Quietly Stay Away From the NRA’s Big Show (Read More)

Waiting for the Stormy to Blow Over

Giuliani initiates chaos in the Trump affair, but there is a method to the madness.

A Good Economy Is Bad for Democrats

The numbers won’t blow anyone away, but they’re certainly headed in the right direction.

Richards’ Legacy in Planned Parenthood’s Cult of Death

The abortion mill’s erstwhile president oversaw the termination of more than 3.5 million lives.

Will Gas Prices Cut Into Our Summer Fun?

Russia and Saudi Arabia play a big role in how much it costs to fill your tank.

Clinton’s Latest Excuse for Losing: Capitalism

Hillary suggests that electing more Democrats is the only way to save capitalism.

Anti-Gun Lawmaker Encourages Outright War in America?

Rep. Eric Swalwell didn’t come right out and suggest as much, but confiscating guns will cause it.

NFL: Making Cheerleaders Go Topless OK, but Christianity’s Not

Both the Redskins cheerleaders and one particular Christian were mistreated.

Trumpism and a Reckoning at RedState

Salem Media cleaned house at the conservative media site, and its founder takes issue with it.

Video: The University of Texas and Restrictive Masculinity

Chad Prather eviscerates a social justice program in academia and tells men to man up.

Friday Short Cuts

The BIG Lie: “On this panel, no one — as far as I could tell — has ever said anything negative about Trump voters.” —Joy Behar

Friday Opinion

Read Jonah Goldberg, L. Brent Bozell, Tim Graham, Erick Erickson, David Harsanyi, Marc A. Thiessen and more.

Friday Top Headlines

Judicial picks, House chaplain stays, Trump’s religious initiative, U.S.-China trade talks, and more.

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

The Foundation

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” —Samuel Adams (1775)

Headlines – 5/4/2018

Five Days of Fear for the Middle East – and for the World – A dangerous series of events converging next month would challenge any U.S. administration

Trump to ask Israel to withdraw from 4 east J’lem neighborhoods

When the NY Times says Abbas is no partner, something fundamental is shifting

Abbas re-elected PLO head amid furor over anti-Semitic speech

Israel says Gaza protests are ‘state of war’

Rioters take to Gaza border with incendiary kites on sixth week of protest

Facing flaming kite threat, IDF could shoot Gazans who fly them – report

IDF shoots, arrests Palestinian damaging Gaza fence

Sara Netanyahu’s lawyers said seeking last-ditch deal to avoid indictment

Sara Netanyahu said to prefer jail over admitting guilt, paying fine

King David’s city discovered? Ancient site linked to biblical kingdom, archaeologists say

Unearthed Bar Kochba coin points to far-reaching support for rebels against Rome

WZO rep in France: ‘There is no future for Jews in France’

Official: Germany’s far-right AfD helping make anti-Semitism ‘presentable’

Defense Minister Liberman seeks assurances from Russia on Syria and Iran

Israel hopes Trump scrapping nuclear deal could ultimately lead to Iran regime change

Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark

Iran uranium enrichment site opens for first time in 2 years, images show

Israeli satellite firm reports ‘unusual’ activity at Iran nuclear site

Iran’s foreign minister says no renegotiating nuclear deal

EU ambassador insists Iran deal works, ‘worth keeping’

Iranian prisoner’s execution ‘delayed after Twitter outcry’

Hezbollah ‘Settlers’ Changing Syria’s Demography Under Iranian Direction

OPCW experts to dig up bodies of Douma attack victims

UN: No respite for civilians as Syria’s war grinds on

Russian jet crashes after takeoff from Syria airbase killing crew

Turkey: Erdogan’s World of Terrorists Includes Everyone but Terrorists

‘Still some work to do’ to free US prisoners in North Korea, official says

UN chief Guterres sees meaningful negotiation ahead on North Korea

China says summit with Japan, S. Korea to focus on cooperation, not N. Korea

China cites N. Korean leader as saying denuclearization is resolute position

Trump reportedly wants to reduce number of US troops in South Korea

White House warns China on growing militarization in South China Sea

US says will be consequences for China’s South China Sea militarization

Laser From Chinese Base Aimed at U.S. Military Pilots In Africa’s Skies, Pentagon Charges

Venezuela’s Maduro threatens ‘armed revolution’ ahead of May 20 election

In Venezuela, inflation quadruples to 18,000 percent in two months, with no end in sight

Illegal Immigration Back To Obama Levels After 200 Percent Year-Over-Year Surge

TSA asks foreign airports to tighten screening

Twitter urges all 336M users to reset passwords due to hashing bug

Accusations of censorship at UN on World Press Freedom Day

Trump acknowledges he repaid lawyer for ‘Stormy’ hush money

Giuliani May Have Exposed Trump to New Legal and Political Perils

Analysts: Giuliani’s media blitz gives investigators new leads, new evidence

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Easter Island region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Fern Acres, Hawaii

Lava Spews From Hawaii’s Kilauea Hours After 5.0 Quake

Hawaii’s famed Kilauea volcano spews lava from giant crack, forcing evacuations

Somalia seeks int’l aid as flood affects 500,000 people

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue

Nile dam won’t harm Egypt, says new Ethiopian leader

Norwegian scientists making the desert sand bloom

A Fatal Shooting Causes Panic in a Tennessee Mall Just Two Weeks After Waffle House Killings

DNA match sought to Zodiac Killer after break in Golden State Killer case

Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration for Favoring Abstinence Programs over Family Planning with Title X Grants

James Dobson Speaks Out in Horror Over Alfie Evans’ Death, Urges US Christians to Fight Socialized Medicine

SC Senate votes to outlaw virtually all abortions in South Carolina

Forced surgery, sterilization: Japan’s trans community faces uphill battle

IDF’s top lawyer to become first openly gay major general

LGBT Alarm as President Trump Signs ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order

‘There is Revival in the LGBT Community’: Pulse Nightclub Survivor Says He Found Jesus and is No Longer Gay

Posted: 04 May 2018 06:13 AM PDT

‘There is Revival in the LGBT Community’: Pulse Nightclub Survivor Says He Found Jesus and is No Longer GayLuis Ruiz heard the gunshots, smelled the gunpowder, and felt sheer terror as a gunman brutally mowed down 49 people inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL in June of 2016.  Ruiz barely escaped with his life. Now, he says Jesus is his personal Savior and he’s no longer gay.  “I should have been number 50!” Ruiz wrote in a Facebook post.   “Going through old pictures of the night of Pulse, I remember my

struggles of perversion, heavy drinking to drown out everything and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV,” he continued.  “The enemy had its grip, and now God has taken me from that moment and has given me Christ Jesus. I’ve grown to know His love in a deeper level. 2 out of the 49 were my close friends and are no longer with us. They lost their life that night. I should have been number 50 but now I have the chance to live in relationship and not religion. READ MORE

For the first time in history, Saudis agree to build Christian churches

Posted: 04 May 2018 06:08 AM PDT

For the first time in history, Saudis agree to build Christian churchesFor the “first time in the country’s history,” Saudi Arabia has agreed to build Christian churches for its Christian population, which before now has been banned by law from practicing their faith openly.  The Egypt Independent reports the signing of a cooperative agreement between Saudi officials and the Vatican to “build churches for Christian citizens to advocate the important role of religions and cultures

in renouncing violence, extremism, terrorism and achieving security and stability in the world.” The report explains the deal was reached between the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Secretary General of the Muslim World League Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa and the French cardinal of the Catholic Church Jean-Louis Tauran. “The agreement also states that a coordinating joint committee will be established comprising two representatives for both sides to organize future meetings. READ MORE


PROPHECY WATCH: Mark of the Beast forerunner happening in India

Posted: 04 May 2018 06:00 AM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: Mark of the Beast forerunner happening in IndiaSeeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones.  Civil libertarians are horrified, viewing the program, called Aadhaar, as Orwell’s Big Brother brought to life. To the government, it’s more like “big brother,” a term of endearment used by many Indians to address a stranger when asking for help.  For other countries, the technology could provide a

model for how to track their residents. And for India’s top court, the ID system presents unique legal issues that will define what the constitutional right to privacy means in the digital age.  To Adita Jha, Aadhaar was simply a hassle. The 30-year-old environmental consultant in Delhi waited in line three times to sit in front of a computer that photographed her face, captured her fingerprints and snapped images of her irises. Three times, the data failed to upload. The fourth attempt finally worked, and she has now been added to the 1.1 billion Indians already included in the program.  READ MORE

Over a dozen sinkholes open in Florida neighborhood

Posted: 04 May 2018 05:50 AM PDT

Over a dozen sinkholes open in Florida neighborhoodFor residents of an Ocala neighborhood that had been forced to evacuate last week due to sinkholes, it seems terra firma has it in for them.  Two more sinkholes opened up in that same neighborhood Tuesday, bringing the number to 12 plaguing the Fore Ranch community recently in this Central Florida

city of nearly 60,000 residents.  Cars, swallowed whole, have sunk into gaping maws as if on a disaster movie set.  “Yeah man, it’s crazy,” Ocala neighbor Eddie Betaseourt told WCJB ABC 20. “I got kids in the house and I want them to play in the backyard, but if a sinkhole opens up, they could get hurt.” READ MORE

DEVELOPING: US will ask Israel to withdraw from four Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem

Posted: 04 May 2018 05:42 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: US will ask Israel to withdraw from four Arab neighborhoods in east JerusalemThe Trump administration will ask Israel to withdraw from four Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, which will likely become the capital of a future Palestinian state, US officials told Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman during his visit to Washington last week.  The transfer of control over the neighborhoods – Jebl Mukabar, Isawiya, Shuafat and Abu Dis – was presented to Liberman as just one piece of the larger peace plan the administration has been working on over the last year. Israel, the

officials indicated, would be expected to accept the plan once it is presented despite the potentially painful concessions.  News of the demand come less than two weeks before the US Embassy officially moves to Jerusalem on May 14.  The full plan is expected to be unveiled shortly after the embassy moves. US officials categorically denied the report, speaking to The Jerusalem Post. President Donald Trump’s plan has not yet been completed but has entered its final stages of development. READ MORE

French president wants to form a “10-Nation Coalition” for future emergencies

Posted: 04 May 2018 05:37 AM PDT

French president wants to form a “10-Nation Coalition” for future emergenciesImpatient with German foot-dragging on defense, French President Emmanuel Macron will bring together a 10-nation coalition of the willing next month designed to prepare European armed forces to take action together in emergencies, and to bind Britain into military cooperation as it leaves the EU.  Defense ministers of France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark and Estonia will sign a letter of intent in Paris in June, officials told me, pledging to develop a common strategic culture, share analysis and foresight on trouble spots that may require intervention

and work to coordinate their forces for future operations. Macron outlined the idea in his keynote Sorbonne speech on European integration last September, calling for a common European intervention force, defense budget and doctrine for action in contingencies where the United States and NATO may not get involved. France wants to recruit allies that could help share its military burden especially in Africa, where it intervened alone in Mali in 2012 to prevent Islamist militants seizing control of a weak state.  READ MORE

Hawaii volcano erupts causing mandatory evacuation, Lava spews 150ft

Posted: 04 May 2018 05:28 AM PDT

Hawaii volcano erupts causing mandatory evacuation,  Lava spews 150ftResidents in Puna’s Leilani Estates subdivision fled with little more than the clothes on their backs Thursday night after an eruption in Kilauea’s east rift zone created a fissure in the community, spewing lava into the air as high as utility poles, covering roads and nearing several homes. Evacuation orders remain in place for the community, home to about 1,700 people, and it’s not yet clear when residents will be able to return home.  Two emergency shelters have been opened for evacuees — one at

Pahoa Community and the Keaau Community centers — and a number of families had hunkered down at the facilities for the night.  Meanwhile, fire officials warn they’ve detected extremely high levels of dangerous sulfur dioxide in Leilani Estates and are reiterating this message: Get out of the community — if you haven’t already — and stay out until the threat has passed.  READ MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark

Posted: 03 May 2018 11:02 AM PDT

RUMORS OF WAR: Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits SparkThere have been coups and revolutions, external invasions and proxy conflicts, but the Middle East hasn’t seen a head-to-head war between major regional powers since the 1980s.  There’s a growing risk that one is about to break out in Syria, pitting Israel against Iran. The Islamic Republic’s forces are entrenching there, after joining the fight to prop up President Bashar al-Assad. The Jewish state,

perceiving a direct threat on its border, is subjecting them to an escalating barrage of airstrikes. Nobody expects those strikes to go unanswered. The path to escalation is clear, and the rhetoric is apocalyptic. “We will demolish every site where we see an Iranian attempt to position itself,’’ Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the London-based Saudi newspaper Elaph, adding that the Iranian regime is “living its final days.’’  READ MORE

Nearly 100 people killed and 160 injuries from deadly dust and rain storm in India

Posted: 03 May 2018 10:53 AM PDT

Nearly 100 people killed and 160 injuries from deadly dust and rain storm in IndiaAt least 90 people have died and another 160 were injured as heavy rain and a dust storm struck northern and western India overnight, officials said.  Some of the most severe damage was reported in Agra, the northern Indian city that’s home to the Taj Mahal. More than 40 people were killed in the city when winds as high as 80 mph collapsed houses and brought down trees, Uttar Pradesh state Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said.

The Taj Mahal was not damaged by the storms. “Satellite imagery shows that a cluster of strong thunderstorms developed in northwest India and swept through northern parts of the country,” said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. “The storms were accompanied by high winds, which not only caused damage but also swept dust into the region.” READ MORE

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018
If you want more Deep State inroads, send Romney to Washington; if not, Utah has a choice
WES VERNON — So it’s all settled: Mitt Romney is Utah’s next United States Senator. Right? Not necessarily. There’s a conservative alternative in the June primary, but that (ahem) is mere formality. The skids supposedly are greased. He’s in. That’s what the Deep State tells us.”Deep State” includes powerful media; moneyed elitists in both parties; Democrats who tolerate Republicans who behave and cave to Democrat demands, etc…. (more)

May 4, 2018
CBN NEWS — After President Donald Trump held a celebration for the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden, and signed an executive order setting up a new faith-based office, Vice President Mike Pence did an interview with CBN News’ David Brody – – in his office…. (more)

May 4, 2018
CBN NEWS — He had the backing of Pope Francis, but what about the Church in his home country of the United Kingdom? Did 23-month-old Alfie Evans and his parents’ alternative plan of medical treatment in Italy have its support?… (more)

May 4, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — Federal investigators were reportedly “monitoring” at least one phone call Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to the White House before the FBI raids, a revelation that prompted Rudy Giuliani to demand intervention by Attorney General Jeff Sessions…. (more)

May 4, 2018
Pat Buchanan: President should tell Congress: ‘Impeach me and be damned’
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN — If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions…. (more)

May 3, 2018
House reveals intel community’s ‘tradecraft failings’
WORLDNETDAILY — A House of Representatives report is blasting the intelligence community’s claims that Russia intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Donald Trump. The Republican majority report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Washington Times reported, said the intelligence community’s conclusion “that Vladimir Putin interfered in the 2016 presidential election to specifically help Donald Trump was flawed by ‘tradecraft failings.'”… (more)

May 3, 2018
WESLEY PRUDEN — Everybody wants to be a snowflake, now including even newspapermen. There’s nothing inherently wrong with something called “World Press Freedom Day,” but journalism has always been a contact sport. That’s what made freedom of the press one of the best ideas the Founding Fathers ever came up with…. (more)

May 3, 2018
‘It’s so important right now because no one is calling to repeal the other amendments’
WORLDNETDAILY — Thousands of students in as many as 400 schools are walking out of their classes Wednesday to join 16-minute rallies in support of the Second Amendment. The national walkout was organized by high-school senior Will Riley, 18, who attends Carlsbad High School in New Mexico. Riley told Fox News he believes the national gun walkout on March 14 was depicted by the media as a “united front from my generation and for my generation” in favor of increased gun control. He explained, “That’s a myth I want to dispel.”… (more)

May 3, 2018
‘If he doesn’t have a crime, he doesn’t get to ask a bunch of questions’
GREG COROMBOS — A former federal prosecutor says Robert Mueller’s threat to subpoena President Trump demonstrates a Justice Department in need of “adult supervision,” and the special counsel’s questions leaked to the media show he still hasn’t found a crime to prosecute…. (more)

May 2, 2018
Former staffer for Sen. Feinstein raised $50 million to drive Russia ‘collusion’ narrative
WORLDNETDAILY — A new report released by House Intelligence Committee Republicans reveals between seven and 10 “secret donors” behind the anti-Trump dossier continued to pour cash into a coordinated effort to “continue exposing Russian interference” even after the 2016 presidential election…. (more)

May 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday compared the articles of impeachment drafted against him by members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to an extortion attempt. “There have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time, and I think they should understand the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted,” he said, speaking at the Newseum’s Law Day event. “We are going to do what is required by the rule of law and any kind of threats anybody makes are not going to affect the way we do our job.”… (more)

May 2, 2018
Organization ‘seeing fewer women, under federal investigation and facing the loss of taxpayer funding
WASHINGTON TIMES — Cecile Richards received a hero’s send-off on her last day as president of Planned Parenthood, but pro-life activists say her uncompromising stance on abortion and alliance with the Democratic Party have left the organization on shaky ground…. (more)

May 2, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The Republican-controlled Iowa legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Since a heartbeat is often found as early as six weeks into pregnancy, the measure would qualify as the most stringent abortion restriction in the country if Republican governor Kim Reynolds signs it into law…. (more)

May 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Nearly 200 members of Congress and 100 state and national pro-life groups are calling on the Trump administration to take taxpayers out of the abortion business. The coalition sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday asking him to cut off abortion providers from Title X dollars, which are earmarked for family planning services…. (more)

May 2, 2018
Lawsuit could undercut 2012 amnesty, end ongoing legal battles over Trump phaseout
WASHINGTON TIMES — Texas led a coalition of states Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty, opening up a new legal front in the increasingly messy battle over illegal immigration. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in southern Texas, asks judges to rule against the 2012 program that’s granted tentative legal status to more than 800,000 Dreamers…. (more)

May 1, 2018
Government’s vicious assault on parental authority
ALAN KEYES — One thing right- and left-wing totalitarian regimes have in common is their hostility, in practice, toward parental authority. The “property right” they target most consistently is the one by which children belong to their parents – – not just in the existential sense in which objects belong to the people who possess and use them, but in the sense of the shared way of being in which all humans belong to the same species…. (more)

April 30, 2018
NEWSMAX — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when the country closes its nuclear test site in May, Seoul officials said on Sunday, as U.S. President Trump pressed for total denuclearisation ahead of his own unprecedented meeting with Kim…. (more)

April 30, 2018
HAARETZ — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a cache of documents he says proves Iran lied to the world about its nuclear program for years, even after the 2015 nuclear deal with the world. “Iran did not come clean about its nuclear program,” Netanyahu said in a prime time address in English. Iran, for its part, blasted the speech as “propaganda.”… (more)

April 30, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Iran nuclear deal was “built on Iran’s lies,” and was not established “on a foundation of good faith or transparency,” after Israel announced it had obtained 110,000 files from an Iranian storage facility on Iran’s efforts to develop a secret nuclear weapons program…. (more)

April 30, 2018
NEWSMAX — The reviews are in: President Donald Trump gave a thumbs-down Sunday to the comedian who roasted his chief spokeswoman at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, offending present and past members of his administration, including one who walked out in protest…. (more)

April 30, 2018
Snopes.com plays fast and loose with the First Amendment and makes Christianity a target
ROBERT KNIGHT — Snopes.com is handy at times. The “fact check” site is useful when vetting a news story that favors a progressive take. If even the left-leaning Snopes finds it false or mostly false, that’s pretty persuasive. But not so much when it comes to something involving conservatives or conservative causes…. (more)

April 30, 2018
FORBIDDENKNOWLEDGETV.NET — A video by filmmaker Alexandra Bruce, posted at her website ForbiddenKnowledgeTV.net, reveals the striking fact that local news stations throughout the U.S. share identically-worded scripts in order to control the public’s views and attitudes. Exactly who controls the shared scripts is the question, since the local stations are affiliates of different networks…. (more)

April 30, 2018
DHS vows ‘prosecution’ for those that break the law
WASHINGTON TIMES — The illegal immigrant caravan swamped border officials in San Diego Sunday as hundreds of people showed up at the San Ysidro port of entry and demanded admittance and asylum as reporters, immigrant rights activists and Mexican watched. After a month of traveling across Mexico, hundreds of people, most of them from Honduras, massed in Tijuana and began to present themselves to U.S. border officials, reciting the script they’ve been coached to deliver to clear the first hurdles toward asylum…. (more)

April 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation. The findings by the scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China may shed new light on North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s announcement that his country was ceasing its testing program ahead of planned summit meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump…. (more)

April 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Former CIA Director John Brennan ripped President Donald Trump on Saturday for his attacks on former DNI chief James Clapper, who was cited in a House Intelligence Committee report for his role in the release of an unsubstantiated Russian dossier shortly before Trump’s inauguration last year…. (more)


Trump Cuts Off Funding For Syria’s “White Helmets” | Zero Hedge

The Trump State Department has frozen funding to the controversial Syrian aid group known as the White Hemlets, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which provided the sole evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly used chemical weapons on his own people in an April 7 attack on the city of Douma, according to CBS News.

Having not received U.S. funding in recent weeks, White Helmets are questioning what this means for the future. They have received no formal declaration from the U.S. government that the monetary assistance has come to a full halt, but the group’s people on the ground in Syria report that their funds have been cut off. –CBS News

The evidence provided by the White Helmets of the alleged chemical attack was used by the West to justify several airstrikes on Syrian scientific and military facilities throughout April – the first one conducted on Syria’s T4 airbase by Israel 48 hours after the White Helmets’ report. Many Douma residents, meanwhile – including Hospital personnel, say the chemical attack never happened.

The White Helmets are a 3,000 member NGO formally known as the Syrian Civil Defense. Established in “late 2012 – early 2013” after a group of 20 Syrians were trained and organized by former British army officer James Le Mesurier. The group then received funding from Le Mesurier’s Netherlands-based non-profit group, Mayday Rescue – which is in turn funded by grants from the Dutch, British, Danish and German governments.

The US has provided at least $32 million to the group – around 1/3 of their total funding – through a USAID scheme orchestrated by the Obama State Department and funneled to the White Helmets using a Washington D.C. contractor participating in USAID’s Syria regional program, Chemonics.

According to their website, the White Helmets have been directly funded by Mayday Rescue, and a company called Chemonics, since 2014.

Yet there’s evidence that both of those organizations started supporting the White Helmets back in early 2013, right around the time the White Helmets claim to have formed as self-organized groups.

Mayday Rescue, as we said, is funded by the Dutch, British, Danish and German governments. And Chemonics?

They are a Washington, D.C. based contractor that was awarded $128.5 million in January 2013 to support “a peaceful transition to a democratic and stable Syria” as part of USAID’s Syria regional program. At least $32 million has been given directly to the White Helmets as of February 2018. –TruthInMedia

So the US, Dutch, British, Danish and German governments have been funding the White Helmets, a non-governmental organization, through proxies for around five years.

Shut It Down

Perhaps fueled by troubling reports that the White Helmets have been accused of staging incidents, the Trump administration has now frozen funding to the group, and has placed support under “active review.”

Now they are not getting any U.S funding as the State Department says the support is “under active review.” The U.S had accounted for about a third of the group’s overall funding.

An internal State Department document said that its Near East Bureau needed confirmation from the administration to green light funding for the White Helmets in Syria by April 15th or the department would initiate “shut-down procedures on a rolling basis.” –CBS News

“This is a very worrisome development,” an official with the White Helmets told CBS. “Ultimately, this will negatively impact the humanitarian workers ability to save lives.”

Or not, depending on how one feels about the White Helmets…

Questions over authenticity

Last week, 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 White Helmets video receiving “emergency treatment” in a local hospital after the alleged incident.

“We were at 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,” said Diab, who was featured in the video which Russia’s ambassador to the Netherlands says was staged.

The boy and his family have spoken to various media outlets, who say there was no attack.

Others present during the filming of Diab’s hospital “cleanup” by the White Helmets include hospital administrator Ahmad Kashoi, who runs the emergency ward.

There 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 actually,” Ahmad Kashoi, an administrator of the emergency ward, recalled. “That happened for about an hour, we provided help to them and sent them home. No one has died. No one suffered from chemical exposure.” –RT

Also speaking at The Hague was Halil al-Jaish, an emergency worker who treated people at the Douma hospital the day of the attack – who said that while some patients did come in for respiratory problems, they were attributed to heavy dust, present in the air after recent airstrikes, but that nobody showed signs of chemical warfare poisoning.

The White Helmets have previously come under fire for allegations of fabricating evidence and staging bodies. Several of their members have been pictured with, or bear an uncanny resemblance to fighters from the various anti-Assad terrorist groups operating in the region.

Photographic and video evidence gathered over social media and elsewhere depicting White Helmets who appear to be affiliated with terrorist groups can be found here.

And Donald Trump just yanked 1/3 of their funding… 

Source: Trump Cuts Off Funding For Syrias “White Helmets”

JACOB’S COMING TROUBLE: Israel And Iran On Path To War As Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark To Ignite — Now The End Begins

There have been coups and revolutions, external invasions and proxy conflicts, but the Middle East hasn’t seen a head-to-head war between major regional powers since the 1980s. There’s a growing risk that one is about to break out in Syria, pitting Israel against Iran. “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not…

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Ex-Homosexuals, Free Speech Advocates Join Forces Against New Law — Christian Research Network

(Elizabeth M. Economou – LifeZette) ‘Junk science will increasingly become the basis of legislation’ — groups plan Freedom March on May 5 in nation’s capital A new California law — coupled with an egregious attempt by those on the Left to ban books they deem inappropriate (note the irony) — is exactly why free speech advocates, ex-gays,…

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Weekly Watchman for 05/04/2018

The God of Israel, History – and America?

Fulfilled prophecy and God’s faithfulness throughout the Bible encourage us because we know we can trust that He will make good on the remaining prophecies regarding Israel, the return of Christ, and the end times. No nation or world leader comes into power apart from God causing or allowing it to happen. The book of Daniel states: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things (Daniel 2:20-22).”

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The Sneaky Agenda of Globalists

Some would argue that globalists are knowingly supporting Satan’s agenda for a one-world government while others argue they are simply ignorant pawns doing what they think is best for humanity. More than likely most are simply being used by those in power because they are ignorant of God’s Word.

But the reality is Satan’s ill-fated agenda is progressing rapidly through governments, science, culture and even in professing Christianity. The moves are often subtle, but the end-results chilling as the world will one day worship the Anti-Christ instead of the one true God.

Patrick Wood of Technocracy News is a disciple of Jesus Christ on the cutting edge of the globalist agenda. Today he shares more news stories on how technology and world systems are slowly bringing humanity into captivity.

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This ‘n’ That for 05/04/2018

  • I don’t normally link to this site, but I think this issue is important.
  • This is another important issue. It’s not okay to encourage women to stay in abusive relationships. I have news for leaders who would teach accordingly: if a man is striking his wife, he already has abandoned the marriage. The church should be a place of safety and protection for her, not a place where she is told she must “submit to” and “elevate” her husband, who is the source of her black eyes.
  • Golly, gee, do you think the Bible might be true?
  • Let’s pray for this boy!
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Good grief, people are stupid.
  • I still think it’s worth it.

God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His promises. God promised David to give him the crown, to make him king; but providence turns contrary to His promise; David was pursued by Saul, was in danger of his life; but all this while it was David’s duty to trust God. The Lord does oftentimes, by cross providence, bring to pass His promise. God promised Paul the lives of all that were with him in the ship, but now the providence of God seems to run quite contrary to His promise; the winds blow, the ship splits and breaks in pieces; and thus God fulfilled His promise; upon the broken pieces of the ship, they all come safe to shore. Trust God when providences seem to run quite contrary to promises. —Thomas Watson

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May 4, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Worry Fails to Understand Divine Pleasure

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (12:32–34)

This promise of giving His own the kingdom is the highpoint of our Lord’s teaching on this occasion. The Bible reveals that God was pleased to offer His Son as a sacrifice for sin (Isa. 53:10) and Jesus, “for the joy set before Him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2). For that reason, God also takes pleasure in His people, those whom Christ redeemed through His death and dwells within. Therefore there is no need for the redeemed, affectionately addressed here as the little flock, to be worried or fearful, for their Father has chosen gladly, not reluctantly, to give them the kingdom. Eudokeō (gladly) means “to delight in,” or “to take pleasure in.” It is God’s good pleasure to grant the kingdom in all its fullness to His children. All of its riches of righteousness, peace, and joy (Rom. 14:17) are theirs as “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17), with whom He will “freely give [them] all things” (v. 32; cf. Matt. 25:21, 23, 34; Luke 22:29; 2 Cor. 9:8; Eph. 1:3–14; James 2:5; 2 Peter 1:3–4). Here is yet another reason that worry is foolish and unnecessary for believers. Since God has freely given them all the glorious riches of His kingdom, how much more willingly will He give them what they need to serve Him in that kingdom?

Knowing that some in His audience were not yet in the salvation kingdom, however, the Lord closed His discourse with an invitation to enter it. But His command, Sell your possessions and give to charity, must have shocked and puzzled many in the crowd, as did the one that followed: Make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. Those radical statements seem contrary to the gospel, as if salvation is earned by good deeds. But they merely reiterate a principle Jesus repeatedly emphasized. In the Sermon on the Mount He had made a similar statement:

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:19–21)

What He said here is exactly what He said to the rich young ruler when He challenged him, “Go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Matt. 19:21). Earlier in Luke’s gospel Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23; cf. 14:27), while in Luke 14:33 He declared, “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”

Jesus’ concluding statement, For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, interprets and clarifies His meaning. Salvation comes only from embracing Jesus the Messiah by grace through faith (John 1:12; 3:16; 3:36; 5:24; cf. Eph. 2:8–9). Salvation is for the desperate, the humble, who mourn over their sin and hunger and thirst for righteousness. But how a person views money and possessions is a measure of the genuineness of repentance and faith. Anything that vies for a person’s allegiance to Christ is a roadblock to salvation. As Jesus succinctly put it, “You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13). Those who would enter the kingdom of God must submit unreservedly to the rule of the King. They store up their treasure securely in heaven, rather than on earth, understanding that, as the missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” (Elisabeth Elliot, Shadow of the Almighty [New York: Harper & Row, 1979], 247).[1]

32 “Do not be afraid” (mē phobou) introduces another contrast. The “little flock” (to mikron poimnion) that now needs to be fed and defended will one day inherit the kingdom and possess its benefits and authority. The fatherhood of God and its connection with the giving of the kingdom are themes not only characteristic of Matthew but also foundational in the Sermon on the Mount, of which this passage may have been originally a part. The encouragement not to fear is appropriate in view of the hostility of the “experts in the law,” who, instead of opening the way to the kingdom and its truth (11:52), stand in the way of those who seek it.[2]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2013). Luke 11–17 (pp. 146–148). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 224). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Neil Cavuto rips Trump over Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels story shifts – Business Insider

Fox News host Neil Cavuto went on an epic 4-minute rant on President Donald Trump’s pattern of false statements, saying “Mr. President, that’s your swamp” durin
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New study: faculty ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans is 12 to 1


The Daily Wire reports on the political convictions of the people who are being paid tens of thousands of dollars to “educate” our children.


An extensive study of 8,688 tenure-track professors at 51 of the 66 top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the U.S. published by the National Association of Scholars found that the ratio of faculty members registered as Democrats compared to those registered Republican is now a stunning 10.4 to 1. If two military colleges that are technically described as “liberal arts colleges” are removed from the calculations, the ratio is 12.7 to 1.

The researcher, Mitchell Langbert, Associate Professor of Business at Brooklyn College, found that nearly 40% of the colleges in the study had zero faculty members who were registered Republican. Not a single one. Nearly 80% of the 51 colleges had so few Republican faculty members that they were statistically insignificant.

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When Psychological ‘Science’ Defines Ultimate Cosmology — Christian Research Network

(Peter Jones – truthXchange) “The great danger is that the state, in classic Marxist fashion, and in the name of psychological science, will take on the religious role of defining the “true” mystery of human life and will impose that definition on other religious views of human life, punishing by the power of the state…

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May 4 Jesus on God’s Love: To Be Like the Father

Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.—Matt. 5:48

These words embody all the truths Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount—in fact, they are the apex of all He teaches in the gospels. The ultimate goal of our redemption and the sincere, strong yearning of God’s heart is for all who would trust in His Son to be like Him.

The word translated “perfect” essentially means arriving at an intended end or realizing a completion of something. The word elsewhere in the New Testament is often rendered “mature” (cf. 1 Cor. 2:6; 14:20; Eph. 4:13, etc.). But here Jesus clearly intended to convey the meaning of perfection, because He is presenting God as the ultimate, holy standard for being and doing. It is the criterion of absolute perfection.

In our own power, such supreme and divine perfection is completely impossible to attain. And if we wonder how our Savior can demand the impossible, we simply have to remember His later instruction, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26). God always provides the means and the power to accomplish what He commands.

Simply because God’s righteousness is perfect, it is impossible in human strength to attain it. However, the impossible becomes possible for those of us who trust the Lord Jesus, because God gives to us the very righteousness of Christ.


Are you willing to believe God for the impossible—that you can actually be “wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil” (Rom. 16:19)? How could you cooperate with Him today in drawing closer to this noble goal?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 133). Chicago: Moody Publishers.