Daily Archives: May 10, 2018

May 10: Old, Wise, and Desperately in Need of God

Judges 18:1–19:30; Philippians 4:10–20; Psalm 71:1–24

Sometimes we expect that we’ll naturally grow in faith as we grow older. We tend to see elderly people as those who have been molded and shaped by life—rock-solid in their faith and untapped sources of wisdom. That, or we speed around them in the grocery aisle, blissfully disengaged with the reality that our bodies, too, will slow down and endure pain.

While the psalmist seems to express a shadow of both these perspectives in Psa 71, neither of them is complete. Adopting the point of view of an elderly person, he reflects on his life. His prayer to God shows us that maturing in faith isn’t automatic.

The elderly man is respected by others, but he doesn’t trust in the honor that some ascribe to him. He knows that Yahweh is the source of his strength, and he praises Him continually: “I have become a wonder to many, but you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, with your glory all the day” (Psa 71:7).

Perhaps forsaken or looked down on by others, he makes a request for God’s presence: “Do not cast me away in the time of old age” and “even when I am old and gray, O God, do not abandon me” (Psa 71:9, 19). He continues to request God’s nearness: “O God, do not be far from me. My God, hurry to help me” (Psa 71:12).

Perhaps most poignant is the intensity of the psalmist’s trust in God. Even in his old age, though he has “leaned from birth” upon God, he can’t place his trust in his past years of faithfulness (Psa 71:6). His “praise is of [God] continually” (Psa 71:6). He also feels a responsibility to pass on the testimony of God’s works: “I will come in to tell the mighty deeds of Lord Yahweh. I will make known your righteousness, yours only” (Psa 71:16).

Maturity in faith isn’t awarded like a badge after we have put in our time. It’s not an achievement. The elderly man’s prayer acts as a testimony of God’s faithfulness—past and present. Maturity of faith is something you continue to “be” and “do” and “seek.”

How do you treat the elderly people in your life? What can you learn about God from them?

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.

YouTube Flags All ‘Mister Rogers’ Videos As Hate Speech — The Babylon Bee

SAN BRUNO, CA—As part of a broader effort to combat offensive and hateful content on its video platform, YouTube has flagged all Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes and snippets on its platform as “hate speech,” displaying a stark warning when users try to access the “dangerous” video content. YouTube confirmed the “harmful” content had been flagged…

via YouTube Flags All ‘Mister Rogers’ Videos As Hate Speech — The Babylon Bee

05/10/2018 — Wretched

WR2018-0510 •Disney has cancelled its Christmas celebration •Northern Ireland is moving left with help from U2 and Aslan •Canada forces school to close for using the Bible •Denny Burk explains to journalists the difference between conversion and Conversion Therapy •India’s rape epidemic is the result of Hinduism •The eroding Christian foundations of Ireland Download Now…

via 05/10/2018 — Wretched

Katy Perry Invited to Speak About Transcendental Meditation at Vatican Conference Along with Other Meditation Teachers — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Katy Perry Invited to Speak About Transcendental Meditation at Vatican Conference Along with Other Meditation Teachers LTRP Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement of the source or the content. It is not surprising to Lighthouse Trails that the Pope would be drawn to those who teach…

via Katy Perry Invited to Speak About Transcendental Meditation at Vatican Conference Along with Other Meditation Teachers — Lighthouse Trails Inc

The Church’s firm foundation

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. Matthew 16:18 (NASB)

There are times as we observe the carnage in the visible church and it feels very much as if we are in a fight to the death battle with men falling all around us. I know this because I see it myself and I get your emails. The evil forces of apostasy seem to be winning on every side. If we claim to hold to God’s Word as absolute truth then we are very close to coming to that point of being laughed to scorn as Josiah’s men were who attempted to get the survivor’s of the Northern Kingdom’s capture to come to Jerusalem in repentance for Passover. Truth, it seems, has become relative to most people…

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May 10 Building a Leader: The Right Results (Peter)

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

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God knows how to get results.

God makes leaders by taking people with the right raw material, putting them through the right experiences, and teaching them the right lessons. That’s how He trained Peter, and the results were astonishing. In the first twelve chapters of Acts we see Peter initiating the move to replace Judas with Matthias, preaching powerfully on the Day of Pentecost, healing a lame man, standing up to the Jewish authorities, confronting Ananias and Sapphira, dealing with Simon the magician, healing Aeneas, raising Dorcas from the dead, and taking the gospel to the Gentiles. In addition, he wrote two epistles that pass on to us all the lessons he learned from Jesus. What a leader!

Peter was as much a model of spiritual leadership in death as he was in life. Jesus told him he would be crucified for God’s glory, and early church tradition tells us that Peter was in fact crucified. But before putting him to death, his executioners forced him to watch the crucifixion of his wife. As he stood at the foot of her cross, he encouraging her by saying over and over, “Remember the Lord, remember the Lord.” When it was time for his own crucifixion, he requested that he be crucified upside-down because he felt unworthy to die as his Lord had died. His request was granted.

Just as God transformed Peter from a brash and impulsive fisherman into a powerful instrument for His glory, so He can transform everyone who is yielded to Him.

You will never be an apostle, but you can have the same depth of character and can know the same joy of serving Christ that Peter knew. There’s no higher calling in the world than to be an instrument of God’s grace. Peter was faithful to that calling. May you be faithful too!

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise God for the assurance that He will perfect the work He has begun in you (Phil. 1:6). ✧ Ask Him to use the experiences you have today as instruments that shape you more into the image of Christ.

For Further Study: Read John 21:18–23. ✧ How did Jesus describe Peter’s death? ✧ What was Peter’s reaction to Christ’s announcement? ✧ What misunderstanding was generated by their conversation?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 143). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Generation Z teens hold fewer jobs, thanks to school – Business Insider

Generation Z is the least-employed American generation on record. Don’t expect to see a lot of teens working at ice cream parlors, swimming pools, or fast food

Generation Z is finally old enough to get a job.

• But today’s teens are less likely to be employed than ever before. Almost 60% of teens in 1979 had a job, compared to 34% in 2015.

• For some teens, it’s partially thanks to their ultra-stressful school schedule.

— Read on www.businessinsider.com/generation-z-teen-jobs-2018-5

Katy Perry Invited to Speak About Transcendental Meditation at Vatican Conference Along with Other Meditation Teachers — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Katy Perry Invited to Speak About Transcendental Meditation at Vatican Conference Along with Other Meditation Teachers LTRP Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement of the source or the content. It is not surprising to Lighthouse Trails that the Pope would be drawn to those who teach…

via Katy Perry Invited to Speak About Transcendental Meditation at Vatican Conference Along with Other Meditation Teachers — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Rising housing costs mean more millennials live with their parents

Housing costs that are outpacing wages along with student loan debt has left more than one in five millennials living with mom.

The Great Recession has been in the rear-view mirror for years now, yet the percentage of millennials still living with their mom remains high.

— Read on www.cnbc.com/2018/05/10/nearly-25-percent-of-millennials-live-with-their-mom-.html

Iran attack on Israel and got beaten bad and internationally abandoned – Business Insider

• Iran launched a missile strike on northern Israel late Wednesday night, with 20 Grad and Fajr rocket s taking off from Syria in what was widely seen as a retaliation after months of Israeli airstrikes punishing their forces.

• Israel’s response reportedly crushed Iranian forces in Syria.

• After the attack, not even Iran’s allies came to its defense, with even Bahrain condemning Iran’s attack, even though Iran was badly punished for it.

• Now, Iran’s only recourse may be to silently take the beating or unleash Hezbollah for all-out war on Israel.

Iran launched a missile strike on northern Israel late Wednesday night, with 20 Grad and Fajr rocket s taking off from Syria in what was widely seen as a retaliation after months of Israeli airstrikes punishing their forces — but it looks like they got crushed.

Not only does Israel say it intercepted a number of the Iranian missiles, it says the other missiles failed to reach their target and sputtered out while still in Syria.

The response from Israel included many more missiles, and, according to Israel, did serious damage that will take a long time to rebuild.

How we got here

Israeli security forces examine the remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane near the Israeli village of Harduf, Israel February 10, 2018.

REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

For years, Iran’s clerical regime has chanted “death to Israel” and supported Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas on Israel’s borders in Gaza and the West Bank, which the US designates as terror organizations.

Since Iran became involved in Syria’s civil war, Israel assesses it has attempted to move in forces and military assets to the Jewish state’s borders in an attempt to arm its allies and attack Israel within its borders. Israel rarely admits to specific strikes, but owns that it has struck Iranians in Syria more than 100 times since 2012.

In February, Israel reported that an armed Iranian drone flew into its airspace, which it shot down. Israel then launched massive air raids on Iranian-linked targets in Syria, and claimed to have wiped out half of Syria’s air defenses in the process.

Scattered strikes in April escalated tensions by targeting not just Iranian proxies, but actual uniformed Iranian soldiers, and some high-up ones at that. Israel started warning of a prospective Iranian retaliation around this point.

The strike

Missile fire is seen over Daraa, Syria May 10, 2018.

REUTERS/Alaa al-Faqir

Israel released maps and even a simulated video of the strikes it carried out on Iranian targets in Syria. Russia claimed Syrian defenses downed more than half of the Israeli missiles, but they have consistently made dubious, unverified claims about Syrian missile defenses in the past.

Here are the Israeli media posts:

A map posted online by the Israel Defense Forces showing what they say are Iranian positions they struck. Embedded is footage from one of the strikes.

Israel Defense Forces

The aftermath

Lebanese soldiers inspect the remants of a missile in Haberiyeh, Lebanon May 10, 2018.

REUTERS/Karamallah Daher

Iran’s long-awaited retaliation finally came. Former Israeli deputy defense minister Ephraim Sneh told Business Insider that Israel targeted “the intelligence and the infrastructure” of Iran’s forces in Syria, doing “heavy damage” which “will take time to repair.” Israel’s current defense minister said they took out most of Iran’s infrastructure in Syria.

In the end, the US, UK, and France all condemned Iran for its missile attack on Israel without mentioning Israeli incursions into Syria to strike Iranians. France went as far as saying that Iran’s actions towards Israel merit revisiting and expanding the Iran nuclear deal to rein in Tehran’s regional activity.

Bahrain, a Gulf Arab country that rarely speaks well of Israel, even condemned Iran’s attack and asserted Israel’s right to defend itself. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told Business Insider that while they might not say it, other Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, probably support Israel pushing back Iran’s influence.

Russia urged mutual calm in the wake of the massive air war in which its ally, Iran, suffered badly.

What was missing was a total lack of international outrage. Israel carried out the strike with impunity after entering Syrian airspace uninvited. It lost no soldiers or civilians. Iran has been badly beaten by its great enemy and condemned on the world stage days after the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Now, Iran’s only recourse may be to silently take the beating or unleash Hezbollah for all-out war on Israel.

But Israel may be ready for that as well, as Israeli reporter Barak Ravid quoted Israel’s defense minister as saying, “If it rains in Israel, it will pour in Iran.”
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/iran-attack-on-israel-defeated-internationally-abandoned-2018-5

Here’s a List of Major U.S. Allies Celebrating an End to the Iran Nuclear Deal – Katie Pavlich

In the aftermath of President Trump announcing earlier this week the United States is leaving the Iran nuclear deal, Obama administration officials, Democrats and their friends in the media have dishonestly proclaimed “all” of America’s allies are upset with the decision.

While the French, Brits and Germans have expressed disapproval of Trump’s decision, U.S. allies in the Middle East are practically jumping for joy. Some are even praising God.

— Read on townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2018/05/10/here-are-the-us-allies-celebrating-an-end-to-the-iran-nuclear-deal-n2479369

Trump Admin Being Filled With Christians Who Are ‘on Fire for Christ’ — Pence Might Be the Reason – Faithwire

The leader of the D.C based ministry organization “Capitol Ministries,” Ralph Drollinger, has commended Vice President Mike Pence for influencing President Trump in his selection of what he’d call “on fire” Christians to be a part of his administration.
— Read on www.faithwire.com/2018/05/09/trump-admin-being-filled-with-christians-who-are-on-fire-for-christ-pence-might-be-the-reason/

MAY 10 BEYOND EMPTY PROFESSION

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Preaching from the pulpit about the Christian “deeper life” does not automatically produce a deeper-life church and congregation. The profession of men and women that they believe in “the deeper Christian life” is no assurance that their fellowship is actually a deeper-life church.

The deeper spiritual life many people say they want is not a message; it is not a sermon; it is not a profession.

I am a pastor and I think I major in telling the truth. It is true that it is about time we stop coddling and apologizing for congregations that have reputations for being deeper-life churches.

The deeper spiritual life is not something just to be talked about. It is a quiet enjoyment of daily blessing and peace and victory that is lived day by day, beyond empty profession and without any two-faced circumstances!

Lord, with Christ living in me, I have the Source of joy and victorious living. Thank You for Your promise of daily blessing and peace. I want more of You, Lord.[1]


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

CNN’s May Ratings Already Collapsing by 20-Plus Percent | Breitbart

While Fox News and MSNBC are more or less holding steady this week when compared to the full month of May last year, the far-left CNN is already in a total ratings freefall by 20 percent and more.
— Read on www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/05/10/cnns-may-ratings-already-collapsing-by-20-plus-percent/amp/

America’s Changing Religious Landscape: Protestants on the Decline, No Religion on the Rise | CBN News

Recent national polls reveal a shift in the country’s religious composition with individuals who say they are members of a Protestant denomination on the decline, while people who say they have no religion are on the rise.
— Read on www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/may/americas-changing-religious-landscape-protestants-on-the-decline-no-religion-on-the-rise

White Evangelical Population Share Declining, Poll Finds

A major analysis based on polls spanning the past 15 years in the United States found that white evangelicals are decreasing as a share of the population while the non-religious are increasing.

A study posted on Thursday by ABC News/Washington Post of the past 15 years, ranging from 2003 to 2017, noted that while those who identified as Protestants made up 50 percent of the nation at the start of the study period, they are now down to 36 percent.

White evangelical Protestants registered an eight-point drop over the 15-year period, down to 13 percent in 2017. Non-Hispanic whites also saw an eight-point drop, from 69 to 61 percent of the population, suggesting that the decline of white evangelical population share could be more due to their whiteness than their religious identification.

The non-religious population meanwhile nearly doubled as a share, going from 12 to 21 percent in 2017.

ABC explained that the analysis, carried out by Langer Research Associates, stems from 174,485 random-sample telephone interviews conducted from 2003 to 2017.

Overall, Christians dropped from 83 percent of Americans to 72 percent last year. Catholics continued to be a stable minority at about 22 percent of the country, while those from other Christian denominations, including Orthodox churches, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses rose from 11 to 14 percent.

Looking closer at the Protestant statistics, ABC noted that non-evangelical white Protestants have also declined, from 17 to 11 percent.

It offered that “the change in Protestant self-identification overall has occurred disproportionately among whites,” with 39 percent of white Americans now describing themselves as members of a Protestant church, which is down 13 points from 2003.

The analysis clarified that most Protestants do not actually identify as a Protestant, however, but by specific denomination, such as Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and others.

When it comes to politics, white evangelicals continued to be more likely to lean to the right, with 48 percent identifying as Republicans, 31 percent as political independents, and only 14 percent as Democrats.

Non-evangelical white Protestants and white Catholics were more evenly divided among the three partisan groups.

Muslims and Jews were found to be the religious grouping most likely to identify as Democrats, at 57 and 48 percent respectively, while 45 percent of those with no religion said that they were politically independent, which was the highest score for that grouping.

Other surveys, including one from 2017 by Gallup, have also found that Protestants are seeing big drops in identification, though they remain a significantly higher portion of the U.S. population than the ABC News/Washington Post poll suggests.

Read more about white evangelicals on The Christian Post.

— Read on www.christianexaminer.com/article/white-evangelical-population-share-declining-poll-finds/51641.htm

May 10, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump welcomed three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea back home on Thursday, thanking its leader Kim Jong Un for their release and sounding upbeat about a planned U.S.-North Korea summit.

Having returned from North Korea on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will embark on talks to persuade allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to press Iran to return to negotiations over its nuclear and missile programs, U.S. officials said.

The United Nations human rights investigator on North Korea called on Thursday for six South Korean nationals in custody there to be freed, voicing concern over conditions of their detention.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the remaining signatories of the Iran deal were working to find ways to preserve it, because it was important to keep the international agreement in place despite the U.S. withdrawal from it.

Fifteen years after invading Iraq over weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Qaeda that both proved non-existent, the United States is again steering toward a possible confrontation with a Middle East power for suspected work on nuclear weapons and support for terrorism.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his administration will begin work on a section of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Diego, at the request of the major California county.

There is a growing chance of explosive eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in coming weeks that could shoot rocks for miles and cause ash fall for dozens of miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday.

U.S. consumer prices increased modestly in April, pointing to a steady buildup of inflation that will likely keep the Federal Reserve on a path of gradual monetary policy tightening.

AP Top Stories

The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to work in “hazardous occupations.” But President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor is working to relax these protections for young workers.

Russia places 10 deadly Mig-31s on “Experimental Combat Duty” to Carry “Hypersonic” Missile. The Kremlin’s new “hypersonic” Kh-47M2 Kinzhal-or Dagger in English-missile made its public debut during Russia’s annual Victory Day Parade onboard a pair of newly modified MiG-31K Foxhound supersonic interceptors on May 9.

Former President Barack Obama slammed President Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement that Obama helped negotiate.

Suicide bombers and gunmen launch apparently coordinated attacks on two Kabul police stations, killing at least five people, with security forces still searching for assailants as the city braces for more violence.

An auction of artwork belonging to late billionaire David Rockefeller has fetched an unprecedented $646m on its first night.

A truck recently overturned on a highway in Poland, but instead of flaming avocados or cold hard cash, tons of liquid chocolate spilled into the road.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked Afghanistan and various parts of Pakistan on Wednesday, sending people racing out of buildings in the two capitals and injuring at least 13 people and damaging dozens of homes in both countries.

BBC

Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as prime minister of Malaysia again after a shock election victory, 15 years after he stood down. The man who governed for more than two decades has become, at the age of 92, the world’s oldest elected leader.

Scientist David Goodall, 104, has died after choosing to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland, a right-to-die organization says. The lauded London-born ecologist and botanist, who was not terminally ill, said the decision had been driven by his deteriorating quality of life. Mr Goodall had flown from Australia for his assisted suicide, attracting the attention of people around the world.

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has vetoed a law that would have made it easier for people to change their gender and name in documents.

Drones that monitor crops, control mosquito populations and deliver defibrillators are to be tested in US airspace. Ten commercial drone projects have been selected to try out new ways for unmanned aircraft to be integrated into the skies.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will end its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, a joint statement said. The Mormon Church said it severed ties with the Scouts because it hopes to create its own global youth program.

At least 41 people have died after heavy rains caused a dam to burst in Kenya, sweeping away homes across a vast area of farmland.

WND

A mother in Georgia pleaded guilty to allowing several men, including a 78-year-old, rape her two young daughters, 5 and 6, in exchange for cash, officials said Friday.

An ocean zone nobody knew existed, which is home to more than 100 new species, has been discovered by Oxford University.

Taking another step to battle the nation’s opioid crisis, Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will provide no more than a seven day supply of the medications to some customers. Within the next sixty days, they will begin imposing the time limit on initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain, along with a mandate that the medications top out at 50 morphine milligrams per day.


The Briefing — Thursday, May 10, 2018

1) Once the outlier in mainline protestantism’s leftward shift, United Methodist bishops propose plan opening door to LGBTQ inclusion

Religion News Service (Emily McFarlan Miller) –
United Methodist bishops want to let pastors, conferences decide on LGBT clergy

United Methodist Church (Council of Bishops) –
United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

2) In debate over LGBT issues, United Methodist Church redefines holiness

The Institute on Religion and Democracy (Mark Tooley) –
United Methodist Choices

3) Lessons from the Episcopal diocese of Washington D.C.: When you abandon the faith, people will abandon the church

The Institute on Religion and Democracy (Jeffrey Walton) –
DC Episcopalians Opt for Open Borders and Transgenderism, Eschew Gendered Pronouns for God

The Institute on Religion and Democracy (Jeffrey Walton) –
Episcopal Church Still Skidding Downhill

4) In New Zealand, yet another example of theological compromise on the definition of marriage

Anglican Communion News Service –
Anglican Church in New Zealand opens the door to blessing same-sex relationships


News – 5/10/2018

Israel strikes dozens of Iranian targets in Syria
Israel struck 50 Iranian targets in Syria after 20 rockets were fired towards Israel’s front defensive line in the Golan Heights…The targets all belonged to IRGC’s Quds Force and included intelligence sites, logistics headquarters, a military compound and logistics complex in Kiswah near the Syrian capital of Damascus, weapons storage sites belonging at Damascus International Airport, intelligence systems and installations, as well as observation, military posts and military hardware in the buffer zone.

Trump welcomes back Americans freed by North Korea
A plane carrying three Americans released by North Korea landed at a military base bear Washington early on Thursday to be welcomed by US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania. North Korea released the three – Kim Dong-chul, Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, and Kim Hak-song – and handed them over to US.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang on Wednesday, clearing a major obstacle to an unprecedented summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kenya’s Patel dam burst ’causes huge destruction’
A dam burst in Kenya on Wednesday night after heavy rain, causing “huge destruction” and killing at least 32 people, police say. The breach happened on farmland near the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. The dead are thought to include children and women trapped in mud. The Kenyan Red Cross says it has rescued some 40 people so far. More than 2,000 people are said to have been left homeless.

Italy breaks up Syrian jihadist funding ring
A network suspected of financing al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria has been dismantled, Italian police say. Fourteen people were arrested on the island of Sardinia and in parts of northern Italy. Police said 10 of those detained were suspected of money laundering and of illegally distributing money from across Europe to the jihadists.

Stray dogs are killing children in India, scientists want to find out why
A team of scientists in India is investigating why packs of stray dogs in villages near the north Indian town of Sitapur have mysteriously started killing children. In just a week, six children between 5 and 12-years-old were killed by snarling strays, while more than two dozen others have been injured in attacks. The attacks have terrorized the town and, according to local reports, school attendance has dropped and villagers…believe the killer beasts are hyenas, not dogs.

Bill Nye Gives Planned Parenthood Props
Comedian Bill Nye gave a talk at Planned Parenthood Tuesday night in which he suggested that keeping the population level to a minimum is the best way to roll back the scourge of global warming.

Storm exposes 70-year-old copy of independence declaration
A copy of Israel’s Declaration of Independence dating back to the year that the State of Israel was born was discovered Monday during efforts to remove an old tree damaged during surprise storms two weeks ago.

Google’s robot assistant now makes eerily lifelike phone calls for you
Google’s virtual assistant can now make phone calls on your behalf to schedule appointments, make reservations in restaurants and get holiday hours. The robotic assistant uses a very natural speech pattern that includes hesitations and affirmations such as “er” and “mmm-hmm” so that it is extremely difficult to distinguish from an actual human phone call.

Amazon’s Ring launches a neighborhood-watch social network
Ring, the Amazon -owned doorbell-with-a-camera company, is launching a social network called Neighbors for sharing photos and videos of package thieves, burglars and other suspicious activity.

Worst river flooding since 1981 to threaten lives, property in Montana
Ongoing flooding along streams and rivers is likely to worsen across parts of the northern Rockies this week. Surging temperatures are causing over intermediate and high elevations from this past winter to rapidly melt. Temperatures have lunged into the 60s, 70s and 80s F since late April.

Nuns arrested for torturing 65 children
Two nuns in western Colombia have been arrested for allegedly torturing as many as 65 children by pushing their heads into toilets and burning the kids’ hands.

IDF: Iranian forces fire 20 rockets at Israel; Iron Dome intercepts some
Some 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military bases by Iranian forces in southern Syria just after midnight on Thursday, with some of the incoming missiles being intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the army said, amid sky high tensions on the northern border.

Boy Scouts Lose 425,000 Boys 1 Week After Announcing Name Change
The Scouts should have been prepared for this. One week after the century-old Boy Scouts of America announced it was changing its name and its mission to accept girls at all levels of scouting, its single biggest participant announced Tuesday that it was cutting ties to the Scouts. And taking one-fifth of the Scouts membership with it.

Coldest April in 20 years across the United States, feds say
Temperatures in the contiguous United States were 2.2 degrees below 20th Century averages last month, making it the coldest April in 20 years, according to the government analysis released Tuesday.

Nikki Haley Spikes The UN’s Climate Pact
The United Nations will likely vote on a proposal Thursday that would streamline international environmental law and codify it under one “legally binding” document enforceable over all nations, Fox News reported.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Demo Hypocrites Blocking Haspel

Leftists insist Haspel isn’t qualified to run the CIA due to “enhanced interrogation.”

Making a Mockery of Legal Immigration

Leftists champion open borders while virtually ignoring immigrants who play by the rules.

Profiles of Valor: U.S. Navy SEAL Britt Slabinski

This particular Medal of Honor for a battle in Afghanistan is not without controversy.

NAACP: We Need Mandatory ‘Implicit Bias’ Testing for All Public Officials

The real-life implications of the NAACP’s call would see the end of Americans’ First Amendment rights.

Faith Community Wins More Support From Trump

Trump signed an executive order establishing the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

Americans Tune Out the Bible

We love the Good Book, but more than half of Americans have read little or none of it.

The Left Tries to Kick the Right Out of Med and Law School

Leftists are clearly moving to hang signs saying, “Conservatives need not apply.”

Video: Betsy DeVos Responds to Her Critics

Public schools have stuck with the same education system we’ve had for more than a hundred years.

Devolution of the Demos’ ‘Identity Politics’ Constituencies

Democrats insist identity trumps reality — but they are now having some second thoughts.

Thursday Short Cuts

Non Compos Mentis: Conservatives “are so much more willing to lie, cheat, steal, deceive, break the law,” says Cecile Richards.

Thursday Opinion

Read Gary Bauer, Hans von Spakovsky, Victor Davis Hanson, Ed Feulner, Larry Elder, John Bolton and more.

Thursday Top Headlines

More deregulation coming, North Korea meeting, Israel strikes, immigration and more.

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


The Foundation

“War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perserverance, by time, and by practice.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

Headlines – 5/10/2018

IDF: Iranian forces fire 20 rockets at Israel; Iron Dome intercepts some

Israel says Iran’s Soleimani commanded attack on its Golan bases

Syrian official: ‘Israel’s aggression to be met with missiles’

After alleged Iranian barrage, Israel launches massive counterattack in Syria

Israel launches most extensive strike in Syria in decades after Iranian rocket barrage

Israel strikes ‘dozens’ of Iranian targets in Syria

Liberman: Israel destroyed ‘nearly all’ Iranian military sites in Syria

Israeli defense minister hopes fighting with Iran in Syria over for now

Lieberman: IDF’s strike in Syria isn’t absolute victory

IDF: Overnight raids set back Iranian military in Syria by ‘many months’

IDF: ‘It will take Iran a lot of time to recover’

Israel says informed Russia ahead of its strikes in Syria

Amid Iranian missile barrage, US says Israel has right to defend itself

The “Game” Israel and Iran Must Play in Syria

Liberman warns Iranian anti-aircraft systems in Syria could shut Israel skies

US warns government employees to avoid Golan amid Iran attack fears

Amid talk of war, Israelis are keeping calm and carrying on

As border tensions rise, army urges Golan residents not to disrupt daily lives

Problems are mounting for Iran, which may make it particularly dangerous

Iran deal: how Trump’s actions could flare violence in Middle East

Trump’s warns Iran of ‘severe consequences’ if it resumes nuclear program

IAEA says Iran keeping ‘nuclear-related commitments’ under deal

Putin Warns of ‘Fragile’ World a Day After Trump Exits Iran Deal

How Trump’s Iran deal exit could hit aviation, oil and car industries

Trump Iran sanctions just gave Saudi Arabia and Russia more clout in the oil market, so watch for higher prices

Oil prices hit highest in years as markets adjust to looming sanctions on Iran

OPEC: Saudi Arabia can boost oil output after US quits Iran deal, won’t act alone

Iranians worry about impact of sanctions after Trump nuclear decision

Trump’s Iran deal exit forces EU to confront US ‘economic policeman of the world’

In 1990s redux, EU to consider blocking US sanctions over Iran

Europe licks wounds as Saudi Arabia and Israel hail Trump on Iran

Europeans say nuke deal not dead, plan high-level meet with Iranians

Iranian Lawmakers Mock Trump’s ‘Mental Capacity,’ Burn U.S. Flag After U.S. Pulls Out Of Nuke Deal

Iranian lawmakers burn US flag, vow response ‘US and Zionists will regret’

Iran’s Khamenei slams ‘silly’ Trump speech, says U.S. ‘made a mistake’

Bolton: Trump decided to pull out of Iran nuclear deal ‘just before the speech’

Trump says Iran will negotiate or ‘something will happen’

EU rushes to arrange crisis meeting with Iran over nuclear deal

Europe has limited opportunity to preserve nuclear deal, Rouhani tells Macron

Mattis: US to work with partners to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons

Egypt wants Arab nations to have say in altering Iran nuclear deal

Arab League: Iran destabilizing region, nuclear deal should be reexamined

Saudi Arabia set to pursue nuclear weapons if Iran restarts program

Saudi FM says kingdom to resume efforts to address Iran’s hostile policies

Top official: US, Israel coordinated closely in lead up to Iran deal withdrawal

Netanyahu surges in polls after Trump withdraws from Iran nuclear deal

Putin and Netanyahu hold talks as tensions flare over Syria strikes

Netanyahu: Russia unlikely to limit Israeli actions in Syria

Netanyahu says he told Putin: Israel has a need and right to defend itself in the face of Iranian aggression

After Putin meet, PM indicates Moscow won’t curtail Israeli strikes in Syria

Netanyahu tells Putin: Iran wants to carry out another Holocaust

Netanyahu to Putin: Iran calling for our destruction 73 years after Holocaust

Trump’s envoy praises Muslim League leader’s declaration on Holocaust

Canada to apologize for turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany

Blood and mud poured on Netherlands Holocaust monument

International efforts being made to prevent Gaza escalation ahead of US embassy move

Hamas leader: Next week’s border protests will be ‘decisive’

Ultra-Orthodox population grows in Israeli settlements

If there’s a Trump Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, Netanyahu says he hasn’t seen it

Paraguay confirms relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem, following US

Israeli tourism up 25% in 2018 to new record

U.S. forces set up new base in Syria’s Manbij despite Turkish threats

Iraq to close airports and border crossings during election

Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen fire missiles at Saudi capital

U.S. officials planning for Trump-Kim Jong Un summit to happen in Singapore

Trump: Secretary of State Pompeo heading back from North Korea with 3 released prisoners

Trump adviser Bolton criticized Obama’s ‘hostage’ talks; now welcomes them with North Korea

Three Americans held in North Korea released ‘in good health’

Nat’l Security Expert: N. Korea Prisoner Release ‘Historic,’ Trump Must Be Considered for Nobel

Trump says he’ll rebuild border wall in California despite Gov. Brown

Border deployment leads to arrest of 1,600 more illegal immigrants

DHS requesting 700 additional troops, helicopters for border security

Activists sue to keep 350,000 would-be illegal immigrants in U.S.

‘I would do it again,’ McCain writes about release of Steele dossier to FBI

Matt Drudge warns Trump is opening a pandora’s box of censorship with ‘crusade on fake news’

Bolton pushes to abolish White House cyber role as Dems fear foreign hackers

Forget the Hackers, Watch Out for the Phone Snoopers Over Your Shoulder

Amazon is showing what it’s like to have a home completely controlled by Alexa

Amazon shut out of FAA testing autonomous drone deployment

Jill Tarter Says Congress Wants To Give NASA $10 Million To Search For Aliens

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ishkashim, Tajikistan

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Padangcermin, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Rota, Northern Mariana Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

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

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Explosive eruptions, “ballistic rocks” possible from volcano in Hawaii

Dangerous vog may spread across Hawaiian Islands as winds shift late this week

Invest 90E May Become the First Tropical Depression of the 2018 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season Today

Kenyan dam bursts causing ‘huge destruction’, deaths: official

‘Allergy explosion’ across much of the country linked to climate change

E. coli-tainted romaine outbreak spreads to 29 states, sickens 149 people

30 California counties sue drugmakers for opioid crisis

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No Place To Hide – Facial Recognition Technology Will End Your Privacy

Posted: 10 May 2018 06:17 AM PDT

No Place To Hide – Facial Recognition Technology Will End Your PrivacyThe Chinese police in Nanchang made news in mid-April when the press reported the arrest at a concert of a man wanted for fraud. The story was significant because automatic facial recognition systems, linked through now 176 million cameras across the country (rising to 600 million by 2020), had picked the man out of a crowd of 60,000 concertgoers and allowed the police to pinpoint his location in real time.

The episode was promoted by the Chinese government as proof positive of the benefits of the Chinese surveillance state, but the notion that an authoritarian government uses automatic facial recognition to track its citizens everywhere has sent shivers down the spine of anyone concerned about privacy and who may not have full faith in the benevolence of the Chinese government. READ MORE

 

Earthquakes and eruptions spark talks of Yellowstone super volcano

Posted: 10 May 2018 06:08 AM PDT

Earthquakes and eruptions spark talks of Yellowstone super volcanoA cluster of earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park followed by the fourth eruption of its usually dormant geyser has sparked speculation about the world’s largest supervolcano.  Is the big one about to blow, blanketing the U.S. with ash and sending the Earth into a volcanic ice age?  Probably not, but some of the signs are there.

Watch the latest video at foxnews.comThe United Nations world heritage site, which lies over giant chambers of molten magma, is actually the world’s largest super volcano, which erupted 2.1 million, 1.3 million and 640,000 years ago, causing massive devastation across the planet. Today, Yellowstone bubbles away with its hot springs and geysers with endearing names. The most famous is Old Faithful, so called because it puts on a show for visitors every 91 minutes. READ MORE

Iran likely to launch cyber attacks on Western businesses…

Posted: 10 May 2018 05:58 AM PDT

Iran likely to launch cyber attacks on Western businesses…Iran is likely to launch cyber attacks on Western countries ‘within months’ in retaliation for the U.S. ripping up the nuclear deal, experts warn.  ‘All bets are off’ with Donald Trump’s move to reinstate tough sanctions as the Islamic regime was angry and saw no reason not to use its capabilities in response. Most

at risk were banks and financial services, government departments, critical infrastructure providers, and oil and energy firms.  Planning for suck attacks was likely already underway, according to intelligence received by researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. They said a former Iranian state-backed hacker revealed more than 50 operatives were competing for government-directed cyber attacks.  READ MORE

 

Trump warns Iran of severe consequences if they restart nuclear program

Posted: 10 May 2018 05:50 AM PDT

Trump warns Iran of severe consequences if they restart nuclear programUS President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday there will be severe consequences if it restarts its nuclear weapons program.  In a conversation with reporters in Washington before a cabinet meeting, Trump said he believes Tehran will eventually renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal with the six world powers.   “I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program. I would advise them very strongly. If they do, there will be very severe consequence,” he said.

The president spoke one day after he announced America’s withdrawal from the Iran deal and the reimposition of US sanctions on Tehran.   “Iran will come back and say, ‘We don’t want to negotiate.’ And of course, they’re going to say that. And if I were in their position, I’d say that, too, for the first couple of months, ‘We’re not going to negotiate,’” Trump said. “But they’ll negotiate, or something will happen. And hopefully that won’t be the case,” he said. READ MORE

Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria as Regional Tensions Mount…

Posted: 10 May 2018 05:39 AM PDT

Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria as Regional Tensions Mount…Israel’s military carried out strikes against Iranian targets in Syria after it said Iranian forces based there fired rockets at its soldiers in the Golan Heights, raising the risk of a wider regional war just a day after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the international nuclear deal with Tehran.  Iran’s attack in the Golan appears to be the first time Iran has opened fire from Syria on Israeli targets. The

Israeli military said dozens of Iranian military sites across southern and central Syria were struck. The Israeli military called the strikes—which focused on sites related to logistics, intelligence and ammunition storage—its largest-ever operation against Iranian positions in Syria. “It will take substantial time for the Iranians to replenish these systems,” said Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman.  READ MORE

USGS warns Hawaii could see “Explosive Eruptions”, Produce ash fall for hundreds of miles.

Posted: 09 May 2018 04:05 PM PDT

USGS warns Hawaii could see “Explosive Eruptions”, Produce ash fall for hundreds of miles.There is a growing chance of explosive eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in coming weeks that could shoot rocks for miles and cause ashfall for dozens of miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday. Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano, erupted on Thursday and lava flows from fissures

have destroyed at least 36 structures and caused the evacuation of about 2,000 residents. Explosive eruptions could occur if the lava lake in Kilauea’s crater continues to fall to the level of groundwater, causing an influx of water to create steam-driven explosions, the USGS said in a statement. READ MORE

Iranian forces fire 20 rockets at Israel!

Posted: 09 May 2018 03:59 PM PDT

Iranian forces fire 20 rockets at Israel!Some 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military bases by Iranian forces in southern Syria just after midnight on Thursday, with some of the incoming missiles being intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the army said, amid sky-high tensions on the northern border.  There were no reports of Israeli casualties in the attack. An army spokesperson said damage was caused to Israeli military bases, but that it was “limited.”

The Israeli army said the missile barrage was carried out by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Forces. This appeared to be one of the few instances of a direct attack on Israel by Iran, which generally operates through proxies.  Tehran vowed revenge after the T-4 army base in Syria was struck in an air raid — widely attributed to Israel — on April 9, which killed at least seven IRGC members, including the senior officer responsible for its drone program.  READ MORE

New volcano fissures force more evacuations in Hawaii

Posted: 09 May 2018 01:23 PM PDT

New volcano fissures force more evacuations in HawaiiEmergency crews ordered Hawaii residents to leave their homes after two new fissures opened up near the Kilauea volcano, almost a week after it started a series of huge explosions. People in the Lanipuna Gardens neighborhood in the southeast corner of Big Island were told there was an “immediate danger”. “The residents … are going through a very difficult time. We ask for your understanding. We ask for your help,” the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said in an alert.

Kilauea started spewing fountains of lava as high as 300 feet (90 meters) into the air on Thursday. Walls of molten rock destroyed houses in the southeastern corner of the island as deadly volcanic gases rose through cracks in the earth.  Around 1,700 people have already been ordered to leave their properties. No deaths or major injuries have been reported. But two new fissures – the 13th and 14th – formed on Tuesday and started releasing toxic gases, the agency said. READ MORE


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BREAKING: Iran vows “revenge” attacks against Israel. Tehran launches missile attacks on Israel overnight. Israel hits 50+ Iranian targets in Syria. Tensions spiking. Israel tells residents to unlock & prepare bomb shelters. Here’s the latest.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

(Jerusalem, Israel) — Tensions between Iran and Israel are spiking dramatically after four major recent events:

  1. Israel stole 100,000 top secret Iranian nuclear weapons documents and then revealed them to the world.
  2. President Trump denounced the fatally flawed Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and announced the U.S. is withdrawing from the agreement and will impose tough sanctions.
  3. Israel has repeatedly attacked Iranian military bases in Syria, vowing to prevent Iran from building a permanent military presence on Israel’s northern border.
  4. President Trump on Monday will formally move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Overnight, Iran fired dozens of missiles and rockets at northern Israeli towns and military bases. Israel hit Iranian forces in Syria again.

More than ever, I’d ask readers to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and everyone in the region, and to mobilize others to pray, as well. 

While the prospect for a full-blown war is…

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Doctrinism and Antinomianism (Newton)

The Reformed Reader

 Here’s a section from one of John Newton’s sermons on those who are orthodox in doctrine but destitute of good works.  Or, in other words, their doctrine is right, but they have no deeds that show their faith to be true.  Maybe we could call this “doctrinism,” when a person is only concerned about doctrine and not practice.  Notice below how “doctrinism” goes hand in hand with antinomianism.

It is very possible, yea, very easy, by the help of books, sermons, and conversation, to acquire an orderly and systematic knowledge of divine truths.  It may be learned thus, like any other branch of human science, and the head be well stored with orthodox sentiments.  There may also be an ability to prove and defend them, in a way of argumentation, while the heart is utterly a stranger to their salutary influence.

Such characters are too common. None make a greater…

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Conservatives Don’t Need Spokesmen Like Paige Patterson; We Need a Better Vision of Manhood & Womanhood — Julie Roys

Paige Patterson, the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and hero to many conservatives, is fighting for his professional life after his regrettable remarks concerning battered wives and a “very attractive” and “built” teenage girl. While many evangelicals are calling for Patterson’s resignation, including nearly 3,000 Baptist women, some are defending him. In fact, one…

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