Daily Archives: May 7, 2018

May 7: Making Good out of Bad

Judges 11:1–12:15; Philippians 3:1–11; Psalm 68:15–35

God is renowned for working through unlikely means with the most unlikely people. During the period of the judges, there were few candidates less likely for God’s work than Jephthah himself: “Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior; he was the son of a prostitute, and Gilead was his father” (Judg 11:1). The man is the son of a prostitute and an adulterer who had other sons with his wife (compare Judg 11:2). It can seem odd that details like this are included in the Bible. This one is there because God is about to do something unexpected.

When Jephthah is told that he won’t inherit anything from his father, he flees and assembles a motley crew of other outlaws (Judg 11:3). If you’ve seen The Magnificent Seven, you might be tracking with this Wild West story: “After a time the Ammonites [a threatening nation of strong warriors], made war with Israel [a small nation with a reserve army at best]. When the Ammonites made war with Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob. And they said to Jephthah, ‘Come and be our commander’ ” (Judg 11:4–6). Just like in The Magnificent Seven, the fates are about to turn: the misfit rebels will rise to the defense of the people who don’t understand them.

Jephthah goes to war against the Ammonites and wins, but he makes an impulsive and tragic mistake in the process (Judg 11:29–40). God had prepared him for this great work, but he fumbles—resorting to the types of vows made to foreign gods. He rebels against Yahweh and ends up killing his daughter as a result of his mistakes.

Although Jephthah was unexpectedly called to a great purpose, he didn’t respond to that call with a proper understanding of God. Jephthah could have repented from his rash vow, for God would not have wanted him to do such a thing as kill his daughter, but instead, he chose to view Yahweh like every other foreign god that demanded child sacrifice. In return, the life of Jephthah’s daughter was lost, and the spiritual life of Jephthah and the people he led was compromised.

What can we learn from Jephthah and his tragic mistake? Follow God’s calling, even when it’s unexpected. But in doing so, we must understand and embrace who He is and how He is working among us.

What does God want to do through you? How can you obey with a proper understanding and knowledge of Him?

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.

She’s a Picture of Health! Hillary Clinton Steps Out in Back Brace — The Gateway Pundit

Remember when the liberal media called Hillary Clinton’s health concerns a right-wing conspiracy? Then she passed out in the street like a sack of rocks… Then she broke her toe.Then she broke her foot in December 2017. Then in India she fell down the stairs in March. Then she broke her wrist in a bathtub…

via She’s a Picture of Health! Hillary Clinton Steps Out in Back Brace — The Gateway Pundit

May 7 Building a Leader: The Right Raw Material (Peter)

The twelve apostles included “Simon, who is called Peter” (Matt. 10:2).

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God can use your natural abilities as a basis for your spiritual service.

Peter is a good illustration of how God builds a spiritual leader. He begins with a person’s natural traits and works from there. Natural traits alone don’t make a spiritual leader; the person must also be gifted and called by the Holy Spirit to lead in the church and to be a model of spiritual virtue. But often God endows future leaders with natural abilities that constitute the raw materials from which He builds spiritual ministries. That was certainly the case with Peter, who demonstrated the leadership qualities of inquisitiveness, initiative, and involvement.

Peter was always asking questions. In fact, the Gospel records show that he asked more questions than all the other disciples combined! People who aren’t inquisitive don’t make good leaders because they’re not concerned about problems and solutions.

Initiative was another indicator of Peter’s leadership potential. He not only asked questions, but also he was often the first to respond when Jesus asked questions (e.g., Matt. 16:15–16; Luke 8:45).

Also, Peter loved to be in the middle of the action, even when it got him into trouble. For example, we might criticize his lack of faith when he sank after walking on water, but remember, the rest of the disciples never even got out of the boat.

Peter was inquisitive, showed initiative, and sought to be involved. How about you? Are you inquisitive about God’s truth? Do you take the initiative to learn about Him? Do you want to be involved in what He is doing? If so, you have the raw material for spiritual leadership. Continue to cultivate those qualities, allowing the Spirit to use you for God’s glory.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Pray for your spiritual leaders. ✧ Ask God for opportunities to lead others in the way of righteousness. Use every opportunity to its fullest.

For Further Study: Read the following verses, noting the kinds of questions Peter asked: Matthew 15:15; 18:21; 19:27; Mark 13:2–4; John 21:20–22.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 140). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

God’s Awe-Inspiring (theodoxic apocalyptic) Mission and Motivation

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9781433535826God’s mission is theodoxic – it is driven by his plan to reveal (apocalyptic) the fullness (pleromic) of his consummation-producing (metamorphic) glory (doxa) in his creation. Though the first Adam failed, the second Adam brought and is bringing (already/not-yet) this about. In light of this, the glory of God is a tremendous orienting theme of biblical theology, and in his book, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul Tripp speaks to this wonderfully in terms of our awe:

What is the overriding worldview of [Psalm 145]? It is that every human being has been hardwired by God to live in daily awe of him. This means the deepest, most life-shaping, practical daily motivation of every human being was designed to be the awe of God….

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Israel Threatens Assad: “If You Continue Allowing Iran To Operate Out Of Syria, It Will Be Your End”

One month after Trump launched another 105 Tomahawk missiles at Syria, the latest US assault on a sovereign nation has been mostly forgotten, but not to Israel which keeps reminding the world that another provocation to be follower shortly by another regional war, is just a matter of time.

Source: Israel Threatens Assad: “If You Continue Allowing Iran To Operate Out Of Syria, It Will Be Your End”

The Current Downgrade of the Evangelical Church — Pulpit & Pen

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition. –II Thessalonians 2:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have…

via The Current Downgrade of the Evangelical Church — Pulpit & Pen

Kim Jong Un Specifically Requests Summit Meeting Be Held At Chuck E. Cheese’s — The Babylon Bee

PYONGYANG—Multiple sources were confirming Monday that North Korean President Kim Jong Un had specifically requested that the upcoming historic peace talks take place inside a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant location within the United States. The dictator stated he had never gotten the chance to visit a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant as a kid, but had heard rumors…

via Kim Jong Un Specifically Requests Summit Meeting Be Held At Chuck E. Cheese’s — The Babylon Bee

Queen bee — Triablogue

Beth Moore’s open letter is getting a fair amount of buzz:https://blog.lproof.org/2018/05/a-letter-to-my-brothers.htmlFor me, Beth Moore is just a name. I certainly don’t read her stuff. But apparently she has a huge female following. A few observations:i) The tone of her letter is like the high school diva in teen dramas. Very presumptions. Very self-important. No fewer…

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MAY 7 FAITH AND EXPERIENCE

O taste and see that the Lord is good.

Psalm 34:8

I insist that the effective preaching of Jesus Christ, rightly understood, will produce Christian experience in Christian believers. Moreover, if preaching does not produce spiritual experience and maturing in the believer, that preaching is not being faithful to the Christ revealed in the Scriptures.

Let me say it again another way: The Christ of the Bible is not rightly known until there is an experience of Him within the believer, for our Savior and Lord offers Himself to human experience.

When Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden” (Matthew 11:28), it is an invitation to a spiritual experience. He is saying, “Will you consent to come? Have you added determination to your consent? Then come; come now!”

Yes, our Lord gives Himself to us in experience. David says in Psalm 34: “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” I think David said exactly what he meant.

Surely the Holy Spirit was saying through David: “You have taste buds in your soul for tasting, for experiencing spiritual things. Taste and experience that God is good!”

Lord, the great need of people within and outside our churches today is to experience the “real thing”—God in all His power and majesty and personal involvement in our lives. Help me to inspire others to “taste” You, Lord.[1]


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

May 7, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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As President Donald Trump pursues his goal of making the federal judiciary more conservative, his fellow Republicans who control the Senate are poised to confirm another batch of his picks for influential U.S. appeals courts to the dismay of some Democrats.

President Trump defended his pick to run the CIA after U.S. media reports surfaced that she had sought to withdraw from the nomination over concerns about her involvement in the agency’s interrogation program.

Talks to update the NAFTA trade deal enter a make-or-break week on Monday, as ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico seek to resolve an impasse in key areas before elections in Mexico and the United States complicate the process.

The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law on Friday a bill outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which often occurs at six weeks and before a woman even realizes she is pregnant, and Reynolds acknowledged the likelihood of a court challenge.

The Trump administration said it will end temporary protections for immigrants in the U.S. from Honduras on Jan. 5, 2020, leaving potentially 57,000 people vulnerable to deportation.

U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers released details on Friday of a $717 billion annual defense policy bill, including efforts to compete with Russia and China and a measure to temporarily halt weapons sales to Turkey.

A U.S. pastor denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court and called them “shameful and disgusting”, in a prosecution that has been condemned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Oil prices rose to their highest levels since late-2014 on Monday, boosted by fresh troubles for Venezuelan oil company PDVSA and a looming decision on whether the United States will re-impose sanctions on Iran.

AP Top Stories

President Vladimir Putin stuck with his long-serving prime minister in his first act after being sworn in for a new term on Monday, signaling that he would keep faith with a policy direction that has brought Russia into conflict with the West.

The FBI tallied a record number of attacks by active shooters last year with a record-breaking death toll of 138, according to a bureau report. There were 593 people wounded in 30 such shootings in 2017. The number of active shooter attacks was 50 percent higher than the previous year. There were 20 such crimes in 2016 that claimed the lives of 83 people. It’s the first time an annual death toll in active shooting incidents exceeded 90 since the FBI began tracking the crimes in 2000. There was a single incident that year.

An explosion in Gaza killed six Hamas gunmen on Saturday, the group said. It blamed the incident on Israel, which declined comment.

A 17-year-old Indian girl was fighting for her life Monday after being raped, doused in kerosene and set alight, the second such case to shake the country this week as it reels from a series of brutal sexual assaults. The teenager was attacked on Friday — the same day a 16-year-old was raped and burned to death, also in the eastern state of Jharkhand.

Gunmen shot dead a parliamentary candidate at his home in northern Iraq on Monday, a local official told AFP, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Two air raids targeted the office of the presidency in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa on Monday, leaving at least six people killed and 30 wounded, a medical source told AFP.

At least 45 people died in an attack on a village in northern Nigeria, a police official told Reuters on Sunday, the latest in a string of incidents underscoring insecurity in parts of the country.

Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Monday referred 555 terror suspects to a military court on charges of joining a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

U.S. and Philippine forces on Monday began their largest annual military exercises since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power and vowed to scale down America’s military presence in the country as he sought closer ties with China and Russia.

More than 30 Syrian government troops have been killed in a southern district of the capital in a fierce counter-offensive by Islamic State group fighters, a monitor said Monday.

NASA’s newest Mars explorer has busted out of Earth orbit and is zooming toward the red planet.

SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, the company said, a few hours after leaving the International Space Station Saturday carrying 4,000 pounds of gear.

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The eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has destroyed 26 homes and is threatening hundreds more, with new fissures opening overnight on Sunday.

Argentina’s central 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%.

WND

A small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium about the size of a U.S. quarter is missing from an Idaho university that was using it for research, leading federal officials on Friday to propose an $8,500 fine.

Fears have been raised a laboratory could clone humans after its controversial experiments were revealed. The research institute combined two types of stem cells to create a viable embryo, which could then be replicated multiple times. Amazingly, it means the researchers didn’t use either an egg or sperm to create the very beginning of human life.

For billionaire Bill Gates, the scariest recurring nightmare is a global pandemic, triggered by a bio-terror attack, that kills 33 million people in 200 days, and he’s trying to reach out to new National Security Adviser John Bolton about a vaccination plan he believe can prevent it or mitigate its catastrophic effects.


The Briefing — Monday, May 7, 2018

1) After series of moves to the left, Boy Scouts officially drop the ‘boy’

Washington Post (Rachel Siegel) –
Boy Scouts drop the ‘boy’ as they welcome girls to Scouts BSA

2) Amidst fast-paced moral revolution, few organizations have shifted as rapidly as the Boy Scouts

USA Today (John Bacon) –
Boy Scouts are dropping the word ‘Boy’ from flagship program; Girl Scouts shrug

3) Iowa adopts new pro-life legislation that will be very hard for the Supreme Court to ignore

USA Today (Stephen Gruber-Miller) –
GOP hopes a challenge to Iowa’s abortion bill will overturn Roe v. Wade. How would that work?

New York Times (Julie Bosman and Mitch Smith) –
Iowa Lawmakers Pass Abortion Bill With Roe v. Wade in Sights

4) In the face of opposition from tech companies, Kansas and Oklahoma adopt legislation protecting faith-based adoption agencies

AP (Mitchell Willetts) –
Kansas, Oklahoma approve religious veto on LGBT adoptions


News – 5/7/2018

Major Kabbalist Says Unusual Rains Sign Messiah is Imminent
Rabbi Kook announced that he had a vision of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a Jewish sage from the second century known by the acronym Rashbi and who, according to tradition, wrote the Zohar, the basis of Kabbala. In the vision, the Rashbi told Rabbi Kook that the current unseasonable rains are a sure sign that the Messiah’s arrival is imminent.

Illinois counties form ‘sanctuaries’ for gun owners to thwart state’s push for gun control
Multiple rural Illinois counties have passed resolutions establishing a so-called “sanctuary” for gun owners in a bid to thwart the state legislature’s efforts to enact stricter gun control. At least five counties declared themselves sanctuary counties for gun rights, co-opting a word that most conservatives associate with the liberal policy of ignoring federal immigration laws.

Two notable FBI lawyers leave for new jobs
James Baker, the FBI’s top lawyer before reassignment by new director Christopher Wray, resigned Friday, reports The New York Times. Lisa Page, another FBI official who advised former director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, also resigned, the Times reported. Baker has reportedly been under investigation as part of the Justice Department inquiry into the possible sharing of classified information with reporters, but he has not been charged. Baker told the New York Times he will join the Brookings Institution and write for its blog Lawfare on national security.

Mueller Investigation In Jeopardy As “Witch Hunt” Accusations Play Out In Court
…the deck appears to have been heavily stacked against Donald Trump by bad actors operating at the highest levels of the FBI, DOJ, Obama admin and Clinton camp, and the real Russian conspiracy in the 2016 election was the participation of high level Kremlin sources used in the anti-Trump dossier that Hillary Clinton paid for. Now, as the out-of-control investigation moves from the headlines and into court, the all-encompassing “witch hunt,” as Trump calls it, may be in serious jeopardy. As of Friday, three separate Judges have rendered harsh setbacks to the Mueller investigation – demanding, if you can believe it, facts and evidence to back up the Special Counsel’s claims – in unredacted format as one Judge demands, or risk having the cases tossed out altogether.

Hawaii volcano shows ‘no sign of slowing down,’ destroys dozens of homes
Molten lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to spew into an idyllic lush paradise on the Big Island Monday, as an eleventh crack —or fissure—opened up, destroying at least 26 homes and spewing lava hundreds of feet in the air.

Netanyahu: ‘Better Now Than Later’ to Confront Iranian Threat
Speaking at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu declared that “we are determined to block Iran’s aggression against us, even if this means a struggle. Better now than later.” “We do not want escalation, but we are ready for any scenario,” he added.

ANALYSIS: Turkey Working to Islamicize Jerusalem Ahead of US Embassy Move
In the run-up to the US Embassy move to Jerusalem, Turkey, together with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, is pumping a quarter of a billion dollars into the Islamification of the city, according to Israel’s Hadashot News (formerly Channel 2 News). The Wakf, the Muslim custodian of the Islamic holy places on the Temple Mount, and a slew of Islamist organizations in Israel’s capital received the bulk of the money officially to ‘rescue’ the holy sites and to finance ‘renovations.’ Israeli security agencies, however, fear the money will end up financing fresh riots once the US moves its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14…

‘We may have to eliminate Assad’
Senior Israeli minister warns Assad may be ‘eliminated’ if he continues to allow Iran to use Syria as base for attacks on Israel.

Macron: Trump leaving nuclear deal could lead to war
French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Sunday that war could ensue if U.S. President Donald Trump withdraws from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported. “We would open the Pandora’s box. There could be war,” Macron was quoted as having told German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

Israeli minister: If Iran attacks from Syria, Assad’s ‘blood is forfeit’
“If Assad allows Iran to turn Syria into a military vanguard against us, to attack us from Syrian territory, he should know that would be the end of him, the end of his regime.”

Report: Iran planning to launch a barrage of missiles against Israel
Iran is preparing a barrage of missiles to launch against Israeli military positions from Syrian territory, Hebrew media reported Sunday, citing defense officials. Iran plans to avenge alleged Israeli strikes on its bases in Syria, Ma’ariv defense analyst Alon Ben David said, by targeting military targets in northern Israel.

Hail and thunderstorms: Unseasonal weather continues in Israel
Tel Avivians were surprised by the sounds of thunder and large hailstones drumming at their windows on Monday morning, as the unpredictable and unseasonal weather continued.

Netanyahu: Israel must keep Iran from Syria even if it means a ‘struggle’
Israel is determined to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria…Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated…before a…meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the issue…Netanyahu said that while all his meetings with Putin are important…this meeting is especially important “in light of Iran’s growing efforts to establish military bases in Syria against Israel.”

Israeli minister: If Iran attacks from Syria, Assad’s ‘blood is forfeit’
Israel could respond to any Iranian attack on it from Syria by toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, an Israeli security cabinet minister said on Monday, hinting that Assad himself may be targeted for assassination. Israel and Iran have traded blows over Syria since February, stirring concern that major escalation could be looming ahead of next week’s review decision by US President Donald Trump on the 2015 international nuclear deal with Tehran.

Major Kabbalist Says Unusual Rains Sign Messiah is Imminent
Rabbi Kook announced that he had a vision of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a Jewish sage from the second century known by the acronym Rashbi and who, according to tradition, wrote the Zohar, the basis of Kabbala. In the vision, the Rashbi told Rabbi Kook that the current unseasonable rains are a sure sign that the Messiah’s arrival is imminent.

Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway
Hezbollah and its political allies won just over half the seats in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, unofficial results showed, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran’s growing regional clout. Branded a terrorist group by the United States, the heavily armed Shi’ite Hezbollah has grown in strength since joining the war in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad in 2012.

Putin is inaugurated for fourth term as Russian president
Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for a fourth term as Russian president and pledged to harness the country’s talents to “achieve breakthroughs”. Some 5,000 guests attended the lavish ceremony in an ornate Kremlin hall. He has been in power for 18 years, as president and prime minister, and opponents have likened his tenure to the reign of a tsar, or emperor.

Kilauea: Hawaii volcano destroys dozens of homes
The eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has destroyed 26 homes and is threatening hundreds more, with new fissures opening overnight on Sunday. Nearly 2,000 people have so far been evacuated. Some residents were allowed home to rescue pets, but authorities said it was not safe to stay. New fissures and vents opened overnight in the Leilani Estates area, where lava leapt up to 230ft (70m) into the air.

Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem
Police in Israel have started patrols and security sweeps of a southern Jerusalem neighbourhood, anxiously preparing for a US embassy inauguration that Israelis and Palestinians fear may launch a week of violence. The move on 14 May will mark the start of a potentially volatile week when Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary and Palestinians mark the “catastrophe”, or Nakba, of their displacement on the 15th.


Mid-Day Snapshot

John Kerry Goes Nuclear, Secretly Negotiates With Iran

He’s actively working to undermine Trump to save a horrible deal in which he has a personal stake.

NRA Cheers Trump’s 2A Promises

“We will never give up our freedom. Americans were born free, we live free, and we will die free.”

Judge Smacks Down Mueller’s ‘Unfettered Power’

The judge asserted that the charges against Paul Manafort were trumped up for a reason.

Destroying America, One Miseducated Student After Another

A corrupt public school system indoctrinates semi-literate cannon fodder for the Democrat Party.

AmazonSmile Frowns on Conservatives Because of SPLC

Alliance Defending Freedom was booted from AmazonSmile after SPLC labeled it a “hate group.”

America and the Proxy War in Yemen

Our troops are aiding and supplying the Saudis in their fight against Iranian-backed rebels.

Video: How Big Government-Backed Bad Science Made Americans Fat

When the U.S. adopted dietary guidelines in 1980, its wrong recommendations made us fatter.

Video: Kayne West, Racist — Wait … What?

Kanye West escaped the Democrats’ plantation and people are losing their minds, Bill Whittle says.

Monday Short Cuts

Non Compos Mentis: “I know people like to say that CNN has picked sides. We picked the side of truth.” —Don Lemon

Monday Opinion

Read Paul Kengor, Hans von Spakovsky, Tony Perkins, Todd Starnes, Peggy Noonan and more.

Monday Top Headlines

Border crossings, North Korea’s warning, climate change alarmists, gun sanctuaries, and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” —Joseph Story (1833)

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Headlines – 5/7/2018

Israel braces for Iran missile attack from Syria over last month’s deadly strike

Iran planning to launch a barrage of missiles against Israel

Netanyahu steps up calls to end Iran nuclear deal

PM Netanyahu will be judged by how Israel confronts Iran militarily

Israel turns directly to Iraqi citizens

Iranian President Rouhani Assails ‘Vicious Zionist Regime’ in Key Speech Defending Nuclear Deal

Netanyahu: deal enabling Iran to retain nuclear know-how ‘a horrible deal’

Israel doesn’t know if Trump will pull out of Iran deal, top official says

UK ‘making progress’ convincing Trump to uphold Iran deal

Airplane and oil deals at risk if Trump pulls out of Iran deal

Macron: If Trump pulls out of Iran deal ‘it could mean war’

Ex-Def. Min: Israel nearly shot down Russian plane

Cabinet could nix new law that allows Israeli PM to declare war without cabinet

Gaza blast kills 6; Hamas accuses Israel of ‘deplorable crime’

Palestinians claim men killed in Gaza blast were senior Hamas militants who thwarted Israeli intel plan

Hamas claims 6 gunmen were killed by exploding Israeli spy system, vows revenge

Body of Gazan killed in infiltration reportedly held by Israel

Palestinian rioters vandalize Gaza border crossing that brings in humanitarian aid

Defense Ministry: Terrorists will get NIS 10 million each from PA

Hamas said to offer Israel long-term ceasefire in Gaza

New US Embassy building in Jerusalem unveiled

Iran jails 16 women for joining IS in Syria

Low turnout in Lebanon election amid voter scepticism

Hezbollah strong-arms Lebanese elections

Turkey to retaliate if U.S. halts weapons sales, foreign minister says

Erdogan vows fresh military action against Kurdish militants

Putin set to be inaugurated for fourth term as president of Russia

Putin 4.0 to launch amid crackdown on opposition

Nearly 1,600 reported arrested in Russian anti-Putin protests

Saudi air defense destroys Houthi ballistic missile fired toward Najran

Giuliani Says Trump Would Not Have to Comply With Mueller Subpoena

Political opponents target NRA with charges of funneling Russian money to Trump campaign

US crude rises 50 cents, settling at $68.43, on OPEC output cuts and worries about Iran sanctions

Idaho school lost weapons-grade plutonium, enough to make a dirty bomb

Pentagon moves closer to ‘swarming drones’ capability with new systems test

Televangelist Jim Bakker calls his Missouri cabins the safest spot for the Apocalypse

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Intipuca, El Salvador

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Prince Edward Islands region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Conchagua, El Salvador

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Intipuca, El Salvador

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Morioka-shi, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Yasuj, Iran

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gyegu, China

Rare Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Louisiana Near New Orleans

Five coal miners missing after 4.3 earthquake hits Poland

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

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

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Hawaii volcano destroys 21 homes, spews lava 200 feet in air

At least six wounded as ‘disaster’ rains flood Turkey’s Ankara

Yellow fever threatens South Florida after Zika scare

Pulse survivor and others gather to celebrate ‘freedom’ from being gay


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Anthony Wade – The NAR Cognitive Dissonance of Dr. Michael Brown

Museum of the Bible Founder Steve Green, participated in a fraudulent scheme to illegally smuggle ancient artifacts in violation of the laws of both Iraq and the USA

Televangelist Jim Bakker calls his Missouri cabins the safest spot for the Apocalypse

Beth Moore Goes Ambiguously #MeToo: Plucking Heartstrings to Validate Unbiblical Ministry Positions for Women?

Saudi Arabia, Vatican reportedly agree to build churches in the Kingdom
This will open a door for the true gospel to be proclaimed in Saudi Arabia

Trump, Giuliani Hint at Possible Release of US Christian Prisoners in North Korea

Nigeria’s Christians Cry Out ‘Enough Bloodshed’ as Muslim Fulani Violence Continues

Netanyahu warns that it is ‘Better now than later’ to confront Iranian threat

Posted: 07 May 2018 10:09 AM PDT

Netanyahu warns that it is ‘Better now than later’ to confront Iranian threatIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed on Sunday that since Iran is supplying advanced weapons to Syria, posing a direct threat to Israel, it would be better to confront Tehran sooner rather than later.  Speaking at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu declared that “we are

determined to block Iran’s aggression against us, even if this means a struggle. Better now than later.” “We do not want escalation, but we are ready for any scenario,” he added.  Israel has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate a permanent Iranian military presence in neighboring Syria. Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has provided crucial military aid to his forces. READ MORE

Disney Cans Massive Christian Music Festival After 30 Years

Posted: 07 May 2018 09:58 AM PDT

Disney Cans Massive Christian Music Festival After 30 YearsWalt Disney World canceled Night of Joy, an annual Christian music festival held on Disney property in Orlando for more than 30 years.  The elimination of the Night of Joy event was part of the resort’s philosophy of “continually changing our offerings,” a Disney spokesperson tells the Orlando Sentinel.

The event featured top Christian artists including: MercyMe, TobyMac, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective, Zach Williams, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp and Tye Tribbett. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the event began in 1983 at Magic Kingdom, where it remained for most of its 35-year run. The last two years, it was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. The second night of the 2017 event was called off because of the threat of Hurricane Irma. READ MORE

Televangelist Jim Bakker selling cabins to escape the Apocalypse

Posted: 06 May 2018 05:00 PM PDT

Televangelist Jim Bakker selling cabins to escape the ApocalypseTelevangelist Jim Bakker suggests that if you want to survive the end of days, the best thing you could do is buy one of his cabins in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. And while you’re at it, be sure to pick up six 28-ounce “Extreme Survival Warfare” water bottles for $150.  Bakker, 78, made comments promoting his Morningside church community alongside his co-host and wife, Lori, on an episode of “The Jim Bakker

Show,” which aired Tuesday. The show is filmed there, near Branson. Bakker was known for hosting the evangelical Christian TV program “The PTL Club” in the ’70s and ’80s — up until 1987, when his empire came crashing down amid a sex scandal and charges of fraud. Jessica Hahn told The Charlotte Observer last December that Bakker had manipulated her into having sex in a hotel room in 1980, back when she was a church secretary. At the time, Bakker was married to Tammy Faye.  READ MORE

UPDATE: Toxic gas coming from new cracks bubbling with lava in Hawaii

Posted: 06 May 2018 04:48 PM PDT

UPDATE: Toxic gas coming from new cracks bubbling with lava in HawaiiKilauea continued Saturday to alter the tropical landscape and foul the air on the island of Hawaii, sending toxic gas and molten lava through new fissures and raising anxiety among thousands of evacuated residents.  “This is as bad as it gets,” said John Bennett, 61, a resident of the Leilani Estates

neighborhood forced to evacuate. “We can’t go back in yet. I feel lost. I don’t know what to think. I’ve never been in this situation before.”  An estimated 1,800 people live in the affected area, and many have sought housing in shelters, with friends or on other islands. Some don’t know the fate of their homes or pets left behind.  READ MORE

Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as USA prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem…

Posted: 06 May 2018 04:42 PM PDT

Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as USA prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem…Police in Israel have started patrols and security sweeps of a southern Jerusalem neighborhood, anxiously preparing for a US embassy inauguration that Israelis and Palestinians fear may launch a week of violence.  The move on 14 May will mark the start of a potentially volatile week when Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary and Palestinians mark the “catastrophe”, or Nakba, of their displacement

on the 15th.  Nakba day has previously seen violence as the Israeli army responds to demonstrations in the occupied territories. This year, tensions are far higher than usual. Six weeks of protests along the Gaza border, during which Israeli soldiers have shot dead nearly 40 people and wounded hundreds, will culminate that week.  READ MORE

Yellow fever threatens South Florida

Posted: 06 May 2018 12:56 PM PDT

Yellow fever threatens South FloridaThe Zika scare of 2016 could lead to a yellow fever panic this year if South Florida residents let down their guard when it comes to protecting themselves from disease-carrying mosquitoes.  There hasn’t been a yellow fever outbreak in the United States in more than 100 years, but state health officials are concerned that a large outbreak in Brazil and others in South and Central America could lead to infected

travelers bringing the disease to South Florida, which has the right mosquitoes and climate for it to spread. The disease is deadlier than the Zika virus. Zika raised alarms because many infected pregnant women gave birth to infants having microcephaly, a condition that causes abnormally small heads and developmental defects. Yellow fever can kill. Brazil reported 1,131 cases and 338 deaths attributable to yellow fever from July to March. READ MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: Iran planning to launch a barrage of missiles against Israel

Posted: 06 May 2018 12:46 PM PDT

RUMORS OF WAR:  Iran planning to launch a barrage of missiles against IsraelIran is preparing a barrage of missiles to launch against Israeli military positions from Syrian territory, Hebrew media reported Sunday, citing defense officials.  Iran plans to avenge alleged Israeli strikes on its bases in Syria, Ma’ariv defense analyst Alon Ben David said, by targeting military targets in northern Israel.

As of now, Israel isn’t “on the eve of war against Iran,” he said, “but the Iranians do want revenge for their losses.”  Iran plans to use Shiite militias already deployed in Syria along with experts from Hezbollah, according to Channel 2 News military analyst Roni Daniel. The proxies would be overseen by general Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps abroad. READ MORE

Rare magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes off coast of New Orleans

Posted: 06 May 2018 12:37 PM PDT

Rare magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes off coast of New OrleansAn earthquake struck off the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, about 120 miles southeast of Grand Isle, according to the National Weather Service in New Orleans.  There was no tsunami threat from the earthquake, according to the NWS.

The Weather Channel reported that the rare 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck in the Gulf about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans.  No injuries or damage was reported, according to The Weather Channel report.  READ MORE


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“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” —Joseph Story (1833)

“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” —Joseph Story (1833)

GTY Blog: The Christian’s Job Description

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

Code: B180507

Years ago, a mundane event turned into one of the more interesting and memorable moments of my life. I was flying from Los Angeles to El Paso, Texas, to speak at a men’s conference. I was seated in the dreaded middle seat, slowly progressing toward El Paso. The man in the window seat next to me was a Muslim from the Middle East. His presence was distinguished and palpable—he was in traditional dress and had a quiet demeanor. About thirty minutes into the flight, he looked over at me. I had my Bible out and was writing a few notes. He said, “Excuse me, sir. May I ask you a question?”

“Sure,” I said, and he asked, “Is that a Bible?”

“Yes, it is a Bible.”

“Oh,” he replied, “Sir, can I ask you then another question?”

“Of course,” I said.

He said, “Can you tell me the difference between a Catholic, a Protestant, and a Baptist?”

That was not at all what I was expecting him to ask, but I was happy to oblige. And after I explained the difference between Catholics, Protestants, and Baptists, I said to him, “Now may I ask you a question?”

“Of course, of course,” he said.

We were already talking about the nature of the gospel, but I wanted to bring the issue to his spiritual doorstep. I asked him, “Do Muslims sin?”

“Oh, yes. We have many, many sins.”

Testing his self-awareness, I asked, “Well, do you commit them all the time?”

The honesty of his answer still stuns me. He said, “Yes. In fact, I am flying to El Paso to commit some sins.”

“Really?” I said, somewhat surprised.

“Yes. I have just immigrated into the U.S. I came through the El Paso immigration center, and I met a girl there. We have arranged to meet this weekend to commit some sins.”

Since he was comfortable with blunt honesty, I said, “May I ask you another question? How does Allah feel about your sins?”

I had clearly found a sore spot. “Ah,” he groaned, “it’s very bad. I could go to hell forever.”

“Really? Why don’t you stop doing those sins?”

“I can’t stop,” he said.

I prodded a little further. “Do you have any hope that in spite of your sins, you might escape hell?”

I’ll never forget what he said next. “I pray Allah will forgive me.”

“Well, why would he do that?”

Somewhat hopelessly, he said, “I don’t know. I just pray he will.”

Here was the opportunity I had been pressing for. I said, “Well, let me tell you something. I know God personally, and I can promise you, He won’t.”

He looked at me like I was crazy, as if to say, You know God personally, and you’re in the middle seat on Southwest? You’ve got to be kidding me. I was determined to push past his visible incredulity. “I know the one true God personally, and He cannot overlook your sin.”

“But,” I said, “I have some good news for you. There is forgiveness available. There is a way to be reconciled with God.” And I went on to present the gospel to him.

That’s what I do—I tell people how to be reconciled to God. It’s my job; it’s my life. And it’s yours, too, if you’ve been reconciled to God through Christ. That’s what Christians do—it’s our primary function. We preach the forgiveness of sins and redemption by God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

In 2 Corinthians 5:18–21, Paul speaks about the responsibility that we have as believers to proclaim the message of forgiveness—the message of reconciliation. And that’s the pivotal word we’ll carefully examine in the days ahead.

 

(Adapted from Good News)

 


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The Key to the Christian’s Joy — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The word joy appears over and over again in the Scriptures. For instance, the Psalms are filled with references to joy. The psalmists write, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Ps. 30:5b) and “Shout for joy to God, all the earth” (Ps. 66:1). Likewise, in the New Testament, we…

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EPIC: Actors Read The Real “Facts On FEMINISM” From A Teleprompter, Their Responses Are Priceless — The Gateway Pundit

Conservative filmmaker and personality Austen Fletcher recently hired a group of actors to cold read a script from a teleprompter; they were told that they were being filmed for a short video on feminism… only the script contained the *actual* statistics and explanations behind many far left talking points. Among the debunked myths is the…

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A Poem for the Ill (Toplady)

The Reformed Reader

 Here are a few verses from a poem Augustus Toplady wrote for those suffering with sickness:

Jesus, since I with thee am one;
Confirm my soul in thee,
And still continue to tread down
The man of sin in me.

Let not the subtle foe prevail
In this my feeble hour
Frustrate all the hopes of hell
Redeem from Satan’s power

Arm me O Lord from head to foot
With righteousness divine;
My soul in Jesus firmly root,
and seal the Savior mine.

Proportioned to my pains below,
O let my joys increase,
And mercy to my spirit flow
In healing streams of peace.

In life and death be thou my God,
And I am more than safe;
Chastised by thy paternal rod,
Support me with thy staff.

Lay on me Savior what thou wilt,
But give me strength to bear;
Thy gracious hand this cross hath dealt,
Which cannot…

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HERE Is the Complete List of Mueller’s Team of 13 Angry Democrats: What the Conspiracy Media Tells You, And What Is the Truth — The Gateway Pundit

Guest post by Joe Hoft President Trump this morning mocked crooked cop Robert Mueller and his band of angry Democrats in their failed attempt to steal and election. The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects…

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Scaling the NAR language barrier: ‘Local Church’ means ‘One City-wide Church Government’.

Cult expert Walter Martin was a master in understanding ‘cultspeak’, warning people to realize there is a language barrier between Christians and cultists. He stated,

“The average non-Christian cult owes its very existence to the fact that it has utilized the terminology of Christianity, has borrowed liberally from the Bible (almost always out of context), and sprinkled its format with evangelical cliches and terms wherever possible or advantageous. Up to now this has been a highly successful attempt to represent their respective systems of thought as “Christian.””

Source: Walter Martin, http://www.waltermartin.com/cults.html#encount, Accessed 02/08/2017.

In his famous book ‘Kingdom of the Cults’, Walter Martin had a chapter titled ‘Scaling the Language Barrier’ identifying how cultists dishonestly engage with semantics when attempting to seduce Christians into embracing their heretical ideas.

Since the inception of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) infiltrating Christianity with their false teaching on end-times Apostles and…

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May 7, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Interpretation

the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. (18:6–8a)

The phrase the Lord said introduces Christ’s explanation of this story in the context of His return. He began by contrasting the unrighteous (dishonest, corrupt, unjust) fictional judge with the true God, who is holy, just, and righteous. The judge was cruelly indifferent to the widow’s plight. Yet in the end, worn down by her persistent determination to force the justice due her, he finally gave in and did the right thing, albeit for purely selfish motives.

In an argument contrasting the lesser with the greater, Jesus asked, “Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?” The elect, like the widow, are helpless, and at the mercy of God as their judge. But the corrupt, wicked judge was not at all like God. Yet even though he was indifferent to the demands of justice and mercy he finally, reluctantly, and for his own selfish interest, did what was right for a person for whom he had no feelings. How much more will God, who loves His own perfectly, do what is right for them, whom He chose from “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4), when they cry to Him day and night because they “long to see one of the days of the Son of Man” (17:22; cf. 1 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 6:10)? He is the one, in contrast to the unrighteous judge, “who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23); who has said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (Rom. 12:19); and whose “judgments are true and righteous” (Rev. 19:2). Unlike the uncaring, merciless judge, God is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness” toward His people (Ps. 103:8).

The phrase delay long over them might better be translated “be patient over them.” The long interval between the first and second comings of Christ is a period in which God is exercising patience on behalf of His own. Delay long translates a form of the verb makrothumeō from makros, which in terms of time means “far distant,” or “remote,” and thumos, which refers to anger or wrath. Makrothumeō here indicates that God has delayed for a long time His eschatological wrath in order to extend His mercy in gathering the elect. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness,” wrote Peter, “but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9; cf. Rom. 2:4; 9:22; 1 Tim. 1:16; 1 Peter 3:20). God is bringing salvation to His elect; His patience is for their redemption (2 Peter 3:15). Once all the elect have been gathered, He will both satisfy His justice and glorify them. When God does vindicate His elect He will do so suddenly and quickly, as the Lord’s rhetorical question, Will He delay long over them? indicates.[1]


7 “Chosen ones” (eklektōn, GK 1723) is a term used throughout Scripture that is especially significant in describing those who, at the end of history, are marked out as on the victorious side (Mt 24:31; Mk 13:27; Rev 17:14). To call the disciples of Jesus the “chosen ones” is also significant when the election language of the OT is now applied to those who are included in God’s kingdom. “Will he keep putting them off?” (kai makrothymei [GK 3428] ep’ autois) is one of several possible translations of these words (see Notes). The point of the verse is that God patiently listens to his elect as they pray in their continuing distress and waits for the proper time to act on their behalf. This theme is clearly present in early Christian eschatological discussions (see, e.g., Ugo Vanni, “The Apocalypse and the Gospel of Luke,” in Luke and Acts [ed. O’Collins and Marconi], 14–15).[2]


18:7 / his chosen ones: The expression heightens the difference between the widow, a person of insignificance for whom the corrupt judge had no regard, and God’s children whom he loves dearly.

Will he keep putting them off?: Lit. “will he be slow for them?” Compare 2 Pet. 3:9 (“The Lord is not slow”).[3]


18:6–8a. Jesus applied the story for his disciples. If an uncaring human judge acts like this, how much more does a loving heavenly Father care for his children. He will never put you off. He does care for you. You will get a quick answer. You will receive justice. But remember, this involves continuing to pray day and night. Your definition of quick may not equal God’s definition.[4]


18:6, 7 Then the Lord explained to the disciples that if an unjust judge would act in behalf of a poor widow because of her importunity, how much more will the just God intervene in behalf of His own elect. The elect here might refer in a special sense to the Jewish remnant during the Tribulation Period, but it is also true of all oppressed believers in every age. The reason God has not intervened long ago is because He is longsuffering with men, not willing that any should perish.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2014). Luke 18–24 (pp. 8–9). 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, pp. 275–276). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 270). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, p. 297). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1438). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

‘Irrevocably Redefining Marriage’: Episcopal Church Deletes the Words ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ From Marriage Liturgy — Faithwire

The Episcopal Church in the United States has decided to scrap the terms “husband” and “wife” from its marital liturgy in its latest move to find favor with the LGBT community. Phrases related to “procreation” will also be deleted, as they may offend those who do not identify as heterosexual. ‘We Trust in Jesus’: Ashers…

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