Daily Archives: May 27, 2018

May 27: Math: Maybe Not a Mystic Language After All

1 Chronicles 21:1–22:19; 2 Timothy 2:14–26; Psalm 86:1–87:7

In a world of metrics, it’s easy to become obsessed with statistics and start to quantify every aspect of our lives. Stats can even become a type of scorekeeping between churches or pastors: “We have more members than you do.” We may never say those words out loud, but we think them; more than one person has made the mistake of measuring a ministry based on attendance. But God has His own method for measuring success.

Prompted by an adversary (“Satan” is often better translated as “adversary” or “accuser” in the Old Testament), David decides to seek metrics—to count the people of Israel. This account illustrates the harm of seeking gratification or understanding in numbers. In 1 Chronicles 21, major problems emerge from this: including placing an adversary’s will above God’s and predicting God’s will rather than seeking it regularly.

Rather than counting our successes, we should be counting on God for success. We should also be tallying how often He is faithful rather than how many we are in number. We’re more likely to see God’s faithfulness when we’re looking for it rather than looking for probabilities. David succeeded as a warrior and king not because he deserved it, but because God chose for him to do so. In 1 Chronicles 21, David forgets God’s role, even though his (often wrong and bloodthirsty) general reminds him otherwise. In fact, God’s use of Joab as His messenger demonstrates that God’s providential will can come from the least likely places.

Keeping a tally isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and we shouldn’t avoid metrics and stats. But we need to keep information in perspective. It’s not about baptizing 200 people on a Sunday—although that’s a blessed thing. It’s about lives being transformed and people being blessed so that they can experience transformation.

How can you count on what God is doing instead of counting what you deem success?

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.

May 27 From Terrorism to Discipleship (Simon the Zealot)

The twelve apostles included “Simon the Zealot” (Matt. 10:4).

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Even people of vastly different backgrounds can minister together for Christ.

During the time between the Old and New Testaments, a fiery revolutionary named Judas Maccabaeus led the Jewish people in a revolt against Greek influences on their nation and religion. The spirit of that movement was captured in this statement from the apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees: “Be ye zealous for the law and give your lives for the covenant” (1 Maccabees 2:50). That group of politically-oriented, self-appointed guardians of Judaism later became known as the Zealots.

During the New Testament period, Zealots conducted terrorist activities against Rome to free Israel from Roman oppression, prompting Rome to destroy Jerusalem in a.d. 70 and to slaughter people in 985 Galilean towns.

After the destruction of Jerusalem, the few remaining Zealots banded together under the leadership of a man named Eleazar. Their headquarters was at a retreat called Masada. When the Romans laid siege to Masada and the Zealots knew defeat was imminent, they chose to kill their own families and to commit suicide themselves rather than face death at the hands of the Romans. It was a tragedy of monumental proportions, but such was the depth of their fiery zeal for Judaism and their hatred for their political enemies.

Before coming to Christ, Simon was a Zealot. Even as a believer, he must have retained much of his zeal, redirecting it in a godly direction. We can only imagine the passion with which he approached the ministry, having finally found a leader and cause transcending Judaism and political activism.

It’s amazing to realize that Simon the Zealot and Matthew the tax-gatherer ministered together. Under normal circumstances Simon would have killed a traitor like Matthew. But Christ broke through their differences, taught them to love each other, and used them for His glory.

Perhaps you know believers who come from totally different backgrounds than yours. Do you have trouble getting along with any of them? If so, why? How can you begin to mend your differences? Be encouraged by the transformation Christ worked in Simon and Matthew, and follow their example.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Pray for a spirit of unity in your church.

For Further Study: According to Romans 12:9–21, what attitudes should you have toward others?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 160). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Michelle Lesley Explains the Pharisee Card — Pulpit & Pen

 

At Pulpit & Pen we are often condemned as “pharisees”.  Such is the result of being polemical of and discerning about today’s money-and-popularity-driven evangelical industrial complex. This type of condemnation is such a frequent occurrence that we published an article, The Pharisee Card with which to page slap the frequent detractors who send us emails accusing us of being pharisaical.   The term “pharisee” has come to be abused, used as an epithet for anyone who would speak against unholiness and doctrinal error.  Michelle Lesley is a popular Christian blogger and a discerning critic of (what passes for) female-oriented Christian literature.  She is outspokenly polemical of popular authors such as Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Lysa Terkeurst, Jen Hatmaker, Anne Voskamp, Sarah Young, and Joyce Meyer.  I imagine she also frequently falls victim to being incorrectly labeled a pharisee.  That’s why I was glad to see a video she released today in which she provides an astute, biblically-grounded analysis of the proper use of the term “pharisee.”

 

via Michelle Lesley Explains the Pharisee Card — Pulpit & Pen

Giuliani: ‘The Basis on Which’ Mueller Was Appointed Is ‘Illegitimate’

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the “basis” on which special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was “illegitimate.” Giuliani said, “First of all there are two different investigations.

Source: Giuliani: ‘The Basis on Which’ Mueller Was Appointed Is ‘Illegitimate’

GOP Rep Meadows: ‘No Question’ a ‘Spy’ Was Collecting Info on Trump Campaign

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said there was “no question” a “spy” who was “collecting information” during the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Meadows  said, “There is no question that there was a spy that was collecting information, and the definition of that: somebody who does something in secret without the knowledge of another person.” He added, “At what point do we as Americans say, it is not right to spy on a campaign? Whether it’s Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, it’s not right.”

Source: GOP Rep Meadows: ‘No Question’ a ‘Spy’ Was Collecting Info on Trump Campaign

POTUS Trump: Mueller Phony Russia Witch Hunt Has Devastated and Destroyed Many Lives — The Gateway Pundit

The gloves are off.

President Trump slammed Robert Mueller and his team of hack lawyers AGAIN Sunday morning in a pair of tweets.

The President said many lives have been devastated and destroyed by Mueller’s phony Russian collusion witch hunt. 

 

Robert Mueller is a dirty cop.

Mueller and his team of Hillary-Obama donors have hunted down anyone and everyone in Trump’s inner circle for the sole purpose to destroy lives.

To this date, the FBI has not done a forensic inspection of the DNC servers to determine if they were hacked, and if hacked, by whom?

Yet here we are two years later with an unconstitutional witch hunt costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

President Trump says Mueller has destroyed many lives.

Trump tweeted: Who’s going to give back the young and beautiful lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt? They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation…They went back home in tatters!

The President then slammed Crooked Hillary and brought up the DNC’s servers. 

Round two: Why didn’t the 13 Angry Democrats investigate the campaign of Crooked Hillary Clinton, many crimes, much Collusion with Russia? Why didn’t the FBI take the Server from the DNC? Rigged Investigation!

GENERAL MIKE FLYNN

For no legitimate reason, Mueller has made life hell for Mike Flynn, a three-star General who served this country honorably for decades.

Because of Mueller’s witch hunt, General Flynn got buried in mounting legal fees causing him to sell one of his homes.

CARTER PAGE

In a recent interview with the New York Post’s Paul Sperry, Carter Page says the FBI witch hunt ruined his life.

FBI surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page cost him business, income and even his girlfriend.

Page tells The Post that during the media barrage he faced in late 2016, he visited his girlfriend at her London flat, where she was “freaking out with the fake news about me.”

MICHAEL CAPUTO

Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo says Mueller has made life hell for him and his family.

Caputo went off on the Senate Intel panel recently.

“Forget about all the death threats against my family. I want to know who cost us so much money, who crushed our kids, who forced us out of our home, all because you lost an election,” Caputo said. “I want to know because God damn you to hell.”

GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS

Papadopoulos was a Trump campaign volunteer who was enticed by cash and a trip to London by FBI informant Stefan Halper.

As a result he plead guilty to making a false statement to the FBI and will receive his sentence very soon.

PAUL MANAFORT

Trump’s former campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort was raided by the FBI at gunpoint last summer and indicted on charges that have nothing to do with Russian collusion.

As a result, Manafort has lost his freedom and is fighting Mueller in two different cases which of course is costing him a lot of money.

MICHAEL COHEN

One of Trump’s personal lawyers was recently raided by the FBI on Rosenstein’s orders with Mueller’s blessing.

The only reason Cohen is being hunted down is because he is connected to President Trump.

As a result his financial records have been leaked to the public.

Cohen has also become of target of Mueller’s investigation.

ROGER STONE

Stone is one of Trump’s longtime friends and advisors and also a target of Mueller’s witch hunt along with his aides.

The Special Counsel has recently probed Stone’s finances including his tax returns.

In a recent op-ed for The Gateway Pundit, Roger Stone said, “Mueller can indict a ham sandwich but I’m not interested in being his lunch.”

These are just a few people who are caught up in Mueller’s political witch hunt.

Many other lives have been affected including members of Trump’s family.

Just as Tom Fitton always says, “SHUT IT DOWN!”

via POTUS Trump: Mueller Phony Russia Witch Hunt Has Devastated and Destroyed Many Lives — The Gateway Pundit

MAY 27 THE HUMBLE PLACE

All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility.

1 Peter 5:5

I have met two classes of Christians: the proud who imagine they are humble, and the humble who are afraid they are proud!

There should be another class: the self-forgetful men and women who leave the whole thing in the hands of Christ and refuse to waste any time trying to make themselves good. They will reach the goal far ahead of the rest.

The truly humble person does not expect to find virtue in himself, and when he finds none he is not disappointed. He knows that any good deed he may do is the result of God’s working within him.

When this belief becomes so much a part of any man or woman that it operates as a kind of unconscious reflex, he or she is released from the burden of trying to live up to the opinion they hold of themselves. They can relax and count upon the Holy Spirit to fulfill the moral law within them.

Let us never forget that the promises of God are made to the humble: The proud man by his pride forfeits every blessing promised to the lowly heart, and from the hand of God he need expect only justice!

Lord, it is very difficult to “put on humility” in a culture that idolizes self-promotion and individuality. I invite You to do a work in me, Lord, molding my life to be a useful instrument in Your hands.[1]


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

Rudy Giuliani: The Spying on Trump by the Obama Administration “Completely Taints” the Entire Mueller Probe (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rudy Giuliani made the rounds this morning on the Sunday talk shows.

Rudy told FOX News Sunday that the spying on Trump by the Obama administration and deep state players comletely taints the investigation.

Rudy Giuliani: The whole thing with this investigation that was going on which we consider spying was done before Mueller got involved but it completely taints his investigation.

He’s right.

The Obama administration and cohorts in the British intelligence community were spying on Trump since 2015 and never were able to find collusion between any Trump official and the Russian government.

via Rudy Giuliani: The Spying on Trump by the Obama Administration “Completely Taints” the Entire Mueller Probe (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Paige Patterson Covered up For Paul Pressler, Molester of Males — Zwinglius Redivivus

Pressler, along with Patterson, were the two Fundamentalist leaders that dismantled Southeastern Seminary’s faculty and staff while I was there including seeing to it that the trustees, a collective of cowards. carried out the dismissal of Randall Lolley, President, and many distinguished professors.

These two craven evildoers have now been exposed to be the lowest sort of criminals, not only engaging in molestation (Pressler) but covering up those molestations and rapes (Patterson).

These servants of Satan ruined so many lives.  May they feel the sting of God’s eternal justice.

via Paige Patterson Covered up For Paul Pressler, Molester of Males — Zwinglius Redivivus

Church Of England Pushing For Transgender Priests — The Gateway Pundit

Get ready for Father-Mother Pat. The Church Of England is staging a “diversity drive”, and one of their specific goals is to recruit transgender folks for Priesthood.

The Telegraph reports:

Bishops in the diocese of Lichfield have issued new guidance to parishioners and clergy reminding them that LGBT people “can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church”.

The guidance, titled “welcoming and honouring LGBT+ people”, warns that the church’s reputation as being unwelcoming towards gay and transgender people is stopping young people attending.

“We very much hope that they, like everyone else, feel encouraged to serve on PCCs, or as churchwardens and worship leaders, for instance, and are supported in exploring vocations to licensed lay and ordained ministries,” the guidance says.

“Nobody should be told that their sexual or gender identity in itself makes them an unsuitable candidate for leadership in the Church.”

The group, led by diocesan bishop The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, also warn against “intrustive questioning about someone’s sexual practices or desires, or their experience of gender”, saying it is “almost always inappropriate”.

(The Church) voted to support the introduction of a new liturgy for transgender people, though bishops announced earlier this year that one was not needed, and that people in this circumstance could instead use the existing liturgy for affirmation of baptismal faith. 

The new guidance, which is signed by three other bishops within the diocese, warns clergy that they may not “tell or insinuate to people that sexual orientation or gender identity will be changed by faith or that homosexuality or gender difference is a sign of immaturity or a lack of faith”.

Progressive groups within the church welcomed the move. OneBodyOneFaith, which works to promote LGBT inclusion, said the guidance was “encouraging”. 

At the time the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide.

“Central to Christian theology is the truth that every single one of us is made in the image of God.”

Priests and bishops in the Church of England are allowed to enter civil partnerships, but not same-sex marriages.

They are allowed to enter into same-sex relationships only on the understanding that they will remain celibate.

Several gay priests have left the church in order to get married, while one, Jeremy Pemberton, lost a discrimination case after he was prevented from taking up a post as a hospital chaplain having married his male partner.

via Church Of England Pushing For Transgender Priests — The Gateway Pundit

How much it costs to spend a day at America’s most popular theme parks, ranked

Getty Images The cost of a theme park ticket is just the beginning — with parking, meals, and accommodation, the price to pay for a day of thrills adds up. Home2Go recently calculated the total cost to visit 45 of America’s most popular theme parks across 31 states.

Source: How much it costs to spend a day at America’s most popular theme parks, ranked

Half of Republicans in new poll say millions of ballots were cast illegally in 2016

Almost half of the Republican respondents in a new poll said they believe millions of voters illegally cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Meetings on potential North Korea summit going ‘very well’ Freed American ‘overwhelmed with gratitude’ after being released from Venezuela Ivanka Trump to campaign for Devin Nunes in California MORE has claimed.

Forty-eight percent of Republicans in the HuffPost/YouGov poll said they believe as many as 5 million votes were cast illegally, compared to 17 percent who said they do not. More than one-third of Republican respondents, 35 percent, said they are unsure.

A majority of Democratic respondents, 51 percent, said they don’t believe millions of people voted illegally. Approximately one-quarter of Democrats said they believe millions of ballots were cast illegally, while the other 26 percent said they are unsure.

More than one-quarter of all respondents, 28 percent, said they believed millions of illegal votes were cast, pollsters found. Roughly one-third of all voters said the opposite and roughly one-third said they are unsure.

The president has refused to back down on his claim that millions of voters illegally cast ballots in the 2016 election, despite providing no evidence to support the assertion.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last month defended Trump’s claims about widespread voter fraud in the election, but said the administration has no evidence to back up the claims because states have refused to cooperate with a federal review.

“The president still strongly feels there was a large amount of voter fraud and attempted to do a thorough review of it. A lot of the states didn’t want to cooperate and participate,” Sanders said.

The new poll of 1,000 adults was conducted between May 17-20. Its margin of error is 3.7 percentage points.

Source: Half of Republicans in new poll say millions of ballots were cast illegally in 2016

May 27, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

From Natural Vices to Supernatural Virtues

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (4:31–32)

The final change Paul mentions is from natural vices to supernatural virtues and amounts to a summary of the other changes.

Man’s natural tendency is to sin, and the natural tendency of sin is to grow into greater sin. And a Christian’s sin will grow just like that of an unbeliever. If not checked, our inner sins of bitterness and wrath and anger will inevitably lead to the outward sins of clamor, slander, and other such manifestations of malice.

Bitterness (pikria) reflects a smoldering resentment, a brooding grudge-filled attitude (see Acts 8:23; Heb. 12:15). It is the spirit of irritability that keeps a person in perpetual animosity, making him sour and venemous. Wrath (thumos) has to do with wild rage, the passion of the moment. Anger (orgē) is a more internal smoldering, a subtle and deep feeling. Clamor (kraugē) is the shout or outcry of strife and reflects the public outburst that reveals loss of control. Slander (blasphēmia, from which we get blasphemy) is the ongoing defamation of someone that rises from a bitter heart. Paul then adds malice (kakia), the general term for evil that is the root of all vices. All of these, he says, must be put away from you.

These particular sins involve conflict between person and person—believer and unbeliever and, worse still, between believer and believer. These are the sins that break fellowship and destroy relationships, that weaken the church and mar its testimony before the world. When an unbeliever sees Christians acting just like the rest of society, the church is blemished in his eyes and he is confirmed still further in resisting the claims of the gospel.

In place of those vices we are rather to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven us. These are graces God has shown to us and they are the gracious virtues we are to show to others. God did not love us, choose us, and redeem us because we were deserving, but purely because He is gracious. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.… While we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Rom. 5:8, 10). If God is so gracious to us, how much more, then, should we be kind, … tender-hearted, and forgiving to fellow sinners, especially to one another.

Being unconditionally kind characterizes the Lord, as Luke 6:35b shows: “For He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” Paul speaks of “the riches of His kindness … that leads you to repentance” (Rom. 2:4). We are to be like our heavenly Father, says Christ, and are to “love [our] enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and [our] reward will be great, and [we] will be sons of the Most High” (Luke 6:35a).

Tender-hearted has the idea of being compassionate, and reflects a feeling deep in the bowels, or stomach, a gnawing psychosomatic pain due to empathy for someone’s need. Forgiving each other is so basic to reflecting Christlike character that it needs little comment. The most graphic illustration of forgiveness is in the parable of Matthew 18:21–35. When Peter asked about the limits of forgiveness, the Lord told him a story of a man with an unpayable debt who was forgiven by his creditor, the king. This was a picture of salvation—God forgiving a sinner the unpayable debt of unrighteous rebellion against Him.

The forgiven man then went to someone who owed him a small amount and had him imprisoned for nonpayment. He who eagerly accepted a massive, comprehensive forgiveness would not forgive a small, easily-payable debt of another person. The incongruity of his action shows the heinousness of a believer’s unforgiving heart, and the man was severely chastened by the Lord for his wicked attitude.

Paul has this same relationship in mind as he calls for believers to forgive just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Can we who have been forgiven so much not forgive the relatively small things done against us? We, of all people, should always be eager to forgive.

The parallel text to this passage, found in Colossians 3:1–17, forms a fitting summation to Paul’s teaching here.

If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in Glory.

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone, just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.[1]


32 Now Paul moves, at least for the moment, to the positive side of the ledger—to several of the virtues believers must “put on” (recall v. 24; cf. Col 3:12). In contrast to the preceding, they must become kind or benevolent (chrēstos, GK 5982) to one another. (The word is also used of God’s kindness in 2:7; cf. Lk 6:35; Ro 2:4.) They must also be compassionate or tenderhearted (eusplanchnoi, GK 2359). This word’s only other use in the NT occurs in another list of virtues (1 Pe 3:8). It speaks of the need to have tenderhearted feelings toward others in the body of Christ, which naturally leads to the third virtue—forgiveness. Again God is the standard: they are to forgive as God has forgiven them “in Christ.” The corporate body in Christ forms a forgiven people. The word charizō (GK 5919) can mean “to give freely” or “to forgive freely,” but the close parallel in Colossians 3:13 points to the sense of “forgive” here. (Other uses with this sense include 2 Co 2:7, 10; 12:13.) Motivated by God’s incredible generosity (recall 2:7) toward his people in granting them complete forgiveness, they are to extend that to one another.[2]


4:32 / This verse provides a striking contrast to the previous one by emphasizing the virtues that should characterize believers in their interpersonal relationships. Instead of those negative and destructive qualities, believers are admonished to be kind and compassionate to one another. Both of these virtues promote a spirit of acceptance, tolerance, and patience within the congregation.

Beyond that, the readers are to be continually forgiving each other. The word for forgiveness (charizomai) is also the word from which grace (charis) is derived. Within this context, believers are to respond to each other with the same grace, forgiveness, and generosity that they have experienced from God: hence forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Christians have been forgiven by Christ (echarisato, past/aorist tense), but they are to go on forgiving (charizomenoi, present tense) one another on the strength of the example that Christ has provided.[3]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1986). Ephesians (pp. 189–191). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Klein, W. W. (2006). Ephesians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 133). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (pp. 254–255). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Deep State Hits the PANIC SWITCH as GOP Lawmakers Move Closer to Second Special Counsel

Twenty-five GOP lawmakers are fed up with the double standard in Washington D.C. and just pushed forward major legislation demanding a second special counsel be appointed to investigate misconduct at the highest levels of the DOJ and FISA abuses.

From The Blaze

Lead by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), 25 Republicans co-sponsored legislation on Friday demanding a second special counsel be appointed.

“Expressing the sense of Congress that the Attorney General of the United States should appoint a Special Counsel to investigate misconduct at the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, including an investigation of abuse of the FISA warrant process, how and why the Hillary Clinton probe ended, and how and why the Donald Trump-Russia probe began,” the resolution states.

What are the details?

The legislation, just 12 pages long, lists nearly four dozen reasons why a new special counsel investigation is needed. Some of those reasons include:

  • “Misconduct” high in DOJ ranks may have led to “premature conclusion” of FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, despite clear evidence to suggest serious violations of the law occurred.
  • Former FBI Director James Comey’s seeming contradiction over when he chose to not bring charges against Clinton. He told Congress it was after investigators interviewed her. It was later revealed to have happened months earlier.
  • The DOJ’s failure to “fully investigation” Clinton for her part in the Uranium One deal and its connections to the Clinton Foundation.
  • The DOJ using “politically biased, unverified sources” to obtain secret FISA warrants on Carter Page.
  • The FBI failed to follow its own procedures, known as the “Woods Procedures,” when obtaining the warrant on Page.
  • The fact that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia remains ongoing, despite uncovering hardly any evidence in two years. The legislation also alleges the investigation is “based on questionable and insufficient intelligence and biased motivations.”
  • The fact that Comey admittedly leaked information to a lawyer friend about his meetings with Trump.
  • The text messages between FBI senior agent Peter Strzok and now-former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
  • The informant placed in the Trump campaign.
  • The DOJ’s refusal to comply with many requests made by Congress.

For all of those reasons, Zeldin wrote that “the DOJ and FBI cannot be expected to fully investigate themselves regarding this matter.”

“The concerns of the American people are serious and the issues requiring an immediate, unbiased, independent, and thorough investigation are broad,” he added. “The Attorney General of the United States should immediately appoint a special counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation of these grave concerns.”

Special Counsel Investigation by Katie Pavlich on Scribd

Source: Deep State Hits the PANIC SWITCH as GOP Lawmakers Move Closer to Second Special Counsel

Roseanne Asks America for #ObamaNetflixShow Ideas and Responses Are HILARIOUS

On Friday, Roseanne Barr created a special hashtag for Obama’s new Netflix show, #ObamasNetflixShows, and asked Americans what some good ideas for the show could be. #ObamasNetflixShows ideas? — Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 26, 2018 The responses were, of course, BEYOND HILARIOUS.

Source: Roseanne Asks America for #ObamaNetflixShow Ideas and Responses Are HILARIOUS

‘Every country does it’: Ex-US under secretary of state backs propaganda use (VIDEO)

Richard Stengel, once the fourth-ranking official in the US State Department and a former editor at Time, has seemingly backed the use of government propaganda against citizens during a discussion about ‘fake news.’ Read Full Article at RT.com

Source: ‘Every country does it’: Ex-US under secretary of state backs propaganda use (VIDEO)

Former CIA Dir. Hayden Calls Out Clapper For ‘Unknowable’ Russia Claim

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden called out James Clapper on Sunday for claiming to know that Russians decided the 2016 election. WATCH: Clapper wrote in his new book that he has “no doubt” Russian meddling swung the election in favor of Trump, but during a Friday night CNN interview he all but admitted he has […]

Source: Former CIA Dir. Hayden Calls Out Clapper For ‘Unknowable’ Russia Claim

May 27 The Problem of Spiritual Debt

And forgive us our debts.—Matt. 6:12a

Sin dominates the hearts and minds of lost men and women, separates them from God, and is therefore their greatest enemy and problem. It is the common denominator for every crime, immorality, pain, and sorrow—and there is no natural cure: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good who are accustomed to doing evil” (Jer. 13:23). The natural individual does not even want his or her sin cured (John 3:19).

If sin is our greatest problem, our greatest need is the forgiveness God provides. Though forgiven from sin’s ultimate penalty (cf. Rom. 8:1), believers need God’s constant forgiveness for sins they still commit. The apostle John cautions us, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8–9).

Jesus’ act of washing the apostles’ feet (John 13:5–11) is more than a picture of humility; it also portrays God’s repeated, cleansing forgiveness to His disciples. The forgiveness that secures our saving position in Christ at regeneration does not need repeating; but we need God’s practical forgiveness every day to cleanse us from sin’s contamination as we live in this world. Out of God’s vast heart of forgiveness He is ever willing to continually pardon His children (cf. Neh. 9:17; Rom. 5:20).

ASK YOURSELF

There are probably a small number of things in your life that are clearly in violation of what you know to be right—things that are top-of-mind as you consider again the depths of our sin and our need for God’s forgiveness. Deal with these in prayer today as you repent before the Father and receive His promised mercy.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 156). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

US mission in Afghanistan failing as govt ‘overestimated its ability’ – watchdog

The United States wasted billions of dollars trying to stabilize fragile parts of Afghanistan from 2001-2017, a US government watchdog has said in a report published on Thursday. It added that successes in stabilizing Afghan districts rarely lasted longer than the physical presence of coalition troops and civilians.

Deep State Confession: 2017 UK Article Indicates Obama’s Spygate Started in 2015 – Much Earlier than Currently Reported — The Gateway Pundit

Another Internet sleuth (REX) put together some more pieces to Spygate over the weekend.  The sleuth’s analysis shows that Obama’s Spygate scandal started much earlier than expected and Deep State leaks support this claim.

On April 13, 2017, the far left Guardian posted an article about Trump and Russia collusion that began by making a couple now key assertions,

1)  British spies played a crucial role in the Trump – Russia conspiracy
2) Trump – Russia scandal began in at least 2015
3) The UK was involved
4) The UK and US worked together for the next six months

Via The Guardian:

Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.

GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.

Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.

GCHQ is the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is an intelligence and security organisation in the UK.

[It’s unknown who in the Trump campaign was even remotely linked to Russia in 2015.  General Flynn visited Moscow in December 2015 but this was no reason to spy on President Trump.]

After noting that Germany, Poland, Estonia, Australia, the Dutch and the French were all involved in the scandal and passing information on to the [Obama Administration in the] US, the Guardian article pointed out that the UK spy agency was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. –

It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. The alleged conversations were picked up by chance as part of routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets. Over several months, different agencies targeting the same people began to see a pattern of connections that were flagged to intelligence officials in the US.

This on face value is a lie.  The investigation was a targeted hit and not something “picked up by chance.”

The article goes on to report that President Trump’s Press Secretary at the time, released information that Trump was wired at Trump Tower and that it was the UK that wired the future President –

The issue of GCHQ’s role in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into possible cooperation between the Trump campaign and Moscow is highly sensitive. In March Trump tweeted that Barack Obama had illegally “wiretapped” him in Trump Tower.

The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, claimed the “British spying agency” GCHQ had carried out the bugging. Spicer cited an unsubstantiated report on Fox News. Fox later distanced itself from the report.

The claims prompted an extremely unusual rebuke from GCHQ, which generally refrains from commenting on all intelligence matters. The agency described the allegations first made by a former judge turned media commentator, Andrew Napolitano, as “nonsense”.

“They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored,” a spokesperson for GCHQ said.

One source called the British eavesdropping agency the “principal whistleblower”.

So according to the sources in the article the UK began spying on President Trump in late 2015 but Judge ‘Nap’ and Sean Spicer were incorrect to say so because the UK spy agency said this was ‘utterly ridiculous’.

We’ve been told by the MSM and even the article above that the Trump – Russia story started in mid-2016.  But this Guardian article pushes the spying back into 2015:

We also now know that a number of FBI Agents traveled to and from London in 2016. @JohnWHuber wrote an excellent thread noting the visit of Comey’s FBI crooks to London in May 2016 at the same time as Downer (Australian) was ‘meeting’ with Papadopoulos.  This is consistent with the Guardian post above.

It’s now very clear that the UK spied on the Trump team starting at least as early as 2015.

They were sharing information with the US from at least that time going forward.

Maybe this is why former British Spy Head Robert Hannigan resigned from the GCHQ in January 2017.  This was shortly before Spicer’s comments about the British spying on President Trump.

Once again, it appears the UK meddled in the 2016 election — NOT Russia.

via Deep State Confession: 2017 UK Article Indicates Obama’s Spygate Started in 2015 – Much Earlier than Currently Reported — The Gateway Pundit