Daily Archives: June 1, 2018

June 1: What Wealth Reveals

2 Chronicles 1:1–3:17; Titus 1:1–4; Psalm 91:1–16

“What would you do if you won the lottery?”

This question always seems to generate the same responses: There’s the person who devises an investment strategy, the dreamer who envisions ending global poverty, the individual who would travel the world, and the person who would buy the house, boat, or car they’ve always wanted.

These responses tell us something about each person’s character and what fulfills them. The root of these desires reveals something about how they perceive their identity in relationship to their culture, family, and God. They feel “in their identity” or “most themselves” when they pursue happiness, others’ happiness, or the things they want.

Solomon experiences an unexpected “wish” scenario. Like winning the lottery or being granted three wishes, Solomon’s response reveals what is important to him, the core of his identity, and how God responds to people who know what He desires. God says to the king, “Ask what I shall give to you” (2 Chr 1:7). Solomon replies with some of the most humble words ever spoken: “Now, give to me wisdom and knowledge that I may go out and come in before this people [an idiom for a type of leading], for who can judge this, your great people?” (2 Chr 1:10).

In response, God reminds Solomon of all the great things he passed up in this moment, and how doing so showed his true character. As a result, God says that He will also bless Solomon with “wealth, possessions, and honor” (2 Chr 1:11–12). Solomon’s humility demonstrates what it looks like to have a godly identity that’s focused on others rather than ourselves.

To combat selfishness, Paul regularly reminds himself and others that he is “a slave of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of the chosen of God and knowledge of the truth that is according to godliness” (Titus 1:1). He grounds his statement by testifying to God’s eternal work (Titus 1:2–4).

The difference between present gain and eternal gain is focus: Are we working toward the eternal good of God’s work or the temporal good of our own success? When we align ourselves with who God created us to be, our desires become His desires. Our thirst for gain is quenched by God—sometimes surprisingly. We, like Solomon and Paul, should understand our role in God’s work and request what we need to fulfill that role, trusting that He will provide the rest.

What would you do if you came into a large sum of money? How can you align your desires with God’s?

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.

June 1 Examining Your Faith

“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).


God wants you to know whether your faith is genuine or not.

Our studies this month center on James 1:19–2:26, which deals with the issue of true faith—a most important consideration indeed. Knowing your faith is genuine is a wonderful assurance, but thinking you’re saved when you’re not is the most frightening deception imaginable. In Matthew 7:21–23 Jesus speaks of those who call Him Lord and even do miracles in His name but aren’t redeemed. Second Timothy 3:5 speaks of those who have “a form of godliness” but deny its power. They’re religious but lost. Sadly, many people today are victims of the same deception. They think they’re Christians, but they’re heading for eternal damnation unless they recognize their true condition and repent.

Deception of that magnitude is a tragedy beyond description. But you need never fall prey to it because James gives a series of tests for true faith. This month we’ll be applying one of those tests: your attitude toward God’s Word. That’s an especially crucial test because the Word is the agency of both your salvation and sanctification. The Holy Spirit empowered it to save you, and He continually works through it to conform you to the image of Christ. That’s why Peter said, “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. … [Therefore] like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Peter 1:23–2:2).

Jesus Himself characterized believers as those who abide in His Word and obey His commandments. They receive the Word with an attitude of submission and humility. However, unbelievers resist and disobey the Word (John 8:31, 43–45). Psalm 119:155 says, “Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Thy statutes.”

As you study this test of true faith, ask yourself, Do I pass the test? I pray that your answer will echo the words of the psalmist: “I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes forever, even unto the end” (Ps. 119:112).


Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God for clarity and confidence about your faith in Christ.

For Further Study: Read the book of James, noting the instructions he gives regarding Christian living.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 165). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

BABYLON THE GREAT: Pope Francis Summons Big Oil Billionaires And Investment Tycoons To Vatican For Climate Change Summit — Now The End Begins

Pope Francis is hosting a gathering next week at the Vatican with executives of major oil producers and investment firms to talk about how the companies can address climate change, according to several people familiar with the event.

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH….And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.” Revelation 17:5, 18:9,10 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The wealth of the Vatican is beyond calculation, but they are easily the world’s richest corporation. For the last 1,693 years, the Catholic Churchhas been plundering their way to staggering sums of treasure because they have always had a knack for knowing where the money is. In 2018, the big money is in climate change, just ask Al Gore. Peddling the climate change hoax has added hundreds of millions of dollarsto his bank account. The ambitions of Pope Francis cannot be satiated by merely playing the role of the Roman hellish father. No, he needs to do as Revelation 17 and 18 says he will do and financially fornicate with the ‘kings of the earth’. Francis is summoning the Big Oil moneymen to the Vatican for a climate change ‘summit’, and they are obediently compiling. Such is the power of the Whore of Babylon

It’s one of the most significant developments showing how corporations are working with other world leaders on climate change amid President Trump’s whole-scale retreat on the issue.

One year ago today, Trump announced his intention to withdraw America from the Paris climate deal, which now has support from every country except the United States. Three years ago, Pope Francis wrote his encyclical — a papal letter sent to all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church — on the importance of addressing climate change, a first in the church’s history.

Here’s a list of some of the participants in the private conference, with more expected:

  • Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, world’s largest asset manager.
  • Bob Dudley, CEO of BP.
  • Darren Woods, CEO of ExxonMobil.
  • Eldar Sætre, CEO of Equinor, oil and energy producer partially owned by the Norwegian government (formerly Statoil).
  • Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Energy Secretary under then-President Obama.
  • Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP and current executive chairman of L1 Energy, an oil and gas investment firm.
  • Ben Van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, was invited but declined because he had an obligation elsewhere, according to an official.

The big picture: The Pope, BlackRock and big oil companies are increasingly focusing on climate change as cleaner sources of energy have become more competitive, the impacts of a warmer world have become more apparent, and public pressure to address the issue mounts. This meeting reflects this convergence.

The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.source

The details: The focus of the gathering is similar to the encyclical (“On Care For Our Common Home”) with an emphasis on the energy transition of a “shared home,” according to people familiar with it. The event is occurring late next week, with two people saying the Pope is likely to talk Saturday.

  • The University of Notre Dame is helping convene it. Leo Burke, director of its business school’s climate investing initiative, declined to comment. “All along the way, we have said that any energy-related meeting involving the Vatican and Notre Dame would be a private dialogue among the attendees,” Burke told me by email.

Yes, but: While it’s a significant meeting, it’s still just a meeting. Deep political stalemate persists in the United States on the issue. Tensions are flaring over lawsuits alleging big oil companies are liable for climate change and some environmentalists say the industry’s greener moves aren’t big or fast enough. To what degree the Vatican gathering prompts change and new developments is a big question mark. source

For the record:

  • BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said Dudley is “looking forward to the Vatican dialogue. He believes gatherings of this kind help develop a better understanding of the energy transition and the best ways for corporations, countries and wider society to participate in it.”
  • An Exxon spokesman said the company is “hopeful that this kind of dialogue can help develop solutions to the dual challenge of managing the risks of climate change while meeting growing demand for energy, which is critical to alleviating poverty and raising living standards in the developing world.”
  • A spokesman for Moniz confirmed his attendance.
  • A BlackRock spokesperson declined to comment.
  • A spokesperson for Equinor said the company looks forward to the “opportunity to discuss how we can address climate change and opportunities in the energy transition.”
  • A spokesperson for Browne didn’t return a request for comment.
  • Efforts to reach the Vatican by phone and email were unsuccessful.

via BABYLON THE GREAT: Pope Francis Summons Big Oil Billionaires And Investment Tycoons To Vatican For Climate Change Summit — Now The End Begins


Much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Romans 5:15

It is a typical and accepted teaching in Christian churches today that Moses and the Old Testament knew only God’s law, and that Christ and the New Testament know only God’s grace.

I repeat: That is the “accepted” teaching of the hour—but I also hasten to add that it is a mistaken concept, and that it was never the concept held and taught by the early Christian church fathers.

God has always been the God of all grace, and He does not change. Immutability is an attribute of God; therefore, God at all times and in all of history must act like Himself!

He is the God of all grace; therefore, the grace of God does not ebb and flow like the ocean tides. There has always been the fullness of grace in the heart of God. There is no more grace now than there was previously, and there will never be any more grace than there is now!

The flow of God’s grace did not begin when Christ came to die for us. It was part of God’s ancient plan of redemption and was manifested in the blood and tears and pain and death at Calvary’s cross!

Lord, I am a recipient of Your abundant grace, and without it I would perish. I pray that others will see Your grace in my life today.[1]

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

Number One in Poverty, California Isn’t Our Most Progressive State — It’s Our Most Racist One

California seems to be a progressive paradise, but it is number one in poverty and inequality in America. How can this be? And how does California maintain its reputation as a progressive leader given the reality on the ground?

Source: Number One in Poverty, California Isn’t Our Most Progressive State — It’s Our Most Racist One

June 1, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former Illinois governor’s prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law.

U.S. election officials responsible for managing more than a dozen close races this November share a fear: Outdated voting machines in their districts could undermine confidence in election results that will determine which party controls the U.S. Congress.

Italy’s new anti-establishment government was being installed on Friday, calming markets spooked by the possibility of snap elections that might have become a de facto referendum on quitting the euro.

The two Koreas agreed at a high-level meeting on Friday to hold talks this month on military issues and reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War, they said in a statement.

Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez took over as Spain’s prime minister on Friday, after parliament toppled his predecessor Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote triggered by a corruption scandal involving members of his center-right party.

The Vatican will host executives of the world’s top oil companies for a conference next week on climate change and the transition away from fossil fuels, a Vatican source said on Friday.

America’s leading group of cancer doctors is wary of new Trump administration proposals for lowering drug costs, warning that patients must not be barred from medicines that could help them.

Shrouded in Chinese military secrecy and hidden from the eyes of journalists, Beijing’s build-up of man-made islands on reefs deep in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia is a vexing story to report.

The population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species, which survives on the forest-cloaked volcanoes of central Africa, has increased by a quarter to over 1,000 individuals since 2010, wildlife authorities said.

AP Top Stories

A federal court jury has awarded the family of a man who was fatally shot by a Sheriff’s Deputy in the garage of his own home $4 in a wrongful death suit. The jury awarded $4 in damages to Hill’s family, with $1 going towards funeral expenses and $1 going towards each of Hill’s three children for their loss.

A new study that concluded the number of deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria have been vastly underestimated is fueling the debate over the territory’s possible future statehood. A study by a Harvard researcher released Tuesday estimated that at 4,645 people died last year as a direct or indirect result of Hurricane Maria. That total is 73 times the official government count of 64 and is in line with reports from the island, including interviews with funeral home directors.

India’s government announced Thursday that its auction for a majority stake in its debt-stricken airline Air India had received no bids.

Eleven people were killed on Wednesday in one of the worst days of violence since protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began more than a month ago, a rights group said.

A developmentally disabled Missouri man was forced to fight another man for the “amusement” of people who ran the private care home where he lived and was left to die in a bathtub, his mother has alleged in a lawsuit. Government agencies responsible for her son didn’t provide required care and didn’t check on DeBrodie for months. DeBrodie’s body was found in April 2017 encased in concrete in a container inside a storage area, months after he went missing.

In addition to a new chief, the U.S. military command for Asia and the Pacific region received a new name on Wednesday. The U.S. Pacific Command will now be called the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, a mostly symbolic shift meant to recognize India’s growing importance to the Pentagon.

On a frontline of the gender equality battle in the United States is Den 13, a suburban Virginia Cub Scout unit made up of girls on their way to next year becoming the first female Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America.

The U.S. is vowing to veto an Arab-backed resolution that asks the U.N. chief to propose measures to ensure “international protection” for Palestinian civilians.

In May, the U.S. economy created 223,000 new jobs while the unemployment rate fell to a new post-crisis low of 3.8%.


US teenagers are ditching Facebook in favor of platforms such as YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, a study said. Only 51% use Facebook, which is a 20 percentage point drop since 2015.

Fifteen people have died and dozens more have been injured in the latest protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, officials said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it will send two surgical teams to Gaza to help with an “unprecedented health crisis”.


“As many as one in four students at some elite U.S. colleges are now classified as disabled, largely because of mental-health issues such as depression or anxiety,” starts the Wall Street Journal’s recent report on the alarmingly high level of mental disorders and psychological problems currently plaguing America’s college students.

Jaelene Hinkle, a star women’s soccer player, rejected a call from the U.S. women’s national team last year because team organizers and sponsors were promoting homosexuality at the time. Hinkle, who had made eight appearances for the team, hasn’t been called up to the national team since then.

News – 6/1/2018

IDF: Some Hamas Rockets Made in Iran; UNRWA Sacks Used in Terror Tunnels

As Hamas changed tactics, ending eight weeks of violent riots attacking Israel’s security fence in favor of rocket and mortar barrages, unlikely sources for their terror efforts were discovered. The IDF released a statement saying the some of the more than 70 rockets and mortars fired into Israel in the last week were made in Iran.

Is Biblical King Og Rematch About to Take Place In Syria?

Daraa, a small city in southern Syria noted for being the powderkeg that set off Syria’s civil war seven years ago is about to become the scene of what may be the final battle between Syrian government forces and the rebels. The city’s identity as a battlefield has its roots in the Bible, and according to Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, it may be the surrogate that replaces Israel as the scene of the devastating War of Gog and Magog.

U.S. military looking at deploying anti-missile system in Germany – sources

The U.S. military has held preliminary discussions about moving a powerful missile defense system to Germany to boost European defenses, according to two sources familiar with the issue, a move that experts said could trigger fresh tensions with Moscow.

Moment of truth arrives for EU after U.S. tariffs strike

After all the condemnation of U.S. tariffs on EU metal exports and calls for unity, the European Union still has two decisions to make – how hard to hit back at the United States and whether to engage in trade talks with Washington.

Marc Thiessen: Democrats’ dishonesty about MS-13 hands Trump a winning issue

How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan. According to prosecutors, the gang leader (known as “Diabolico”) told the young girl that “the Beast” wanted “a soul” before having his partner shoot her in the head and dump her body on a street corner. MS-13 is a demonic death cult. And President Trump has Nancy Pelosi defending its members’ humanity.

Imran Awan Allegedly Tried ‘To Hide His Money’ While DOJ Negotiates With Him

Embattled former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan has as recently as weeks ago attempted to get someone to create an LLC to hide the ownership of real estate, and two people to buy a $40,000 gold bar for him, sources told The Daily Caller News Foundation. This while his lawyer has told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran “doesn’t have a pot to piss in.”

After embassy move, Trump weighs Jerusalem consulate changes

US President Donald Trump considers bestowing US envoy to Israel David Friedman authority over US outpost in charge of Palestinian affairs; such move would have significant policy implications since it suggests Washington considers Palestinian Authority to be under Israel’s jurisdiction; Friedman, who has pushed for changes to consulate since arriving in Israel, is seen by Palestinian leadership as staunchly pro-Israel.

IDF sees possibility of settlement with Hamas

As another round of clashes winds down, a senior Southern Command officer says Israel is ‘closer to than ever for a battle greater than the previous Gaza war,’ adds IDF does not wish for it, but remains prepared.

Google labels Republicans ‘Nazis’

Under fire along with Facebook and other social media giants for its left-leaning bias, Google listed “Nazism” as the chief ideology of the California Republican Party. The designation was in a “knowledge panel,” a summary that pops up next to search results, reported Vice News.

Report: Iranian forces, Hezbollah prepare to leave southern Syria

Iran-backed forces, including Hezbollah, are preparing to withdraw from southern Syria against the backdrop of regional and international negotiations currently underway between the United States, Russia and Jordan over the war-torn country’s future, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday. Specifically, the London-based organization reported, Iran and Hezbollah are planning to withdraw forces from the Dara and Kuneitra areas near Israel’s northern border.

Haley: ‘We’ll veto UNSC resolution for force to protect Palestinians’

The United Stated pledged to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution that calls for an international protection force for the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The Kuwaiti draft which will be debated on Friday afternoon in New York, was initially written in response to the IDF shooting of Palestinians during violet riots on Israel’s border with Gaza, during an eight week event dubbed the Great March of Return.

ANZ, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup face ‘criminal cartel’ charges

Financial institutions ANZ, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup will be prosecuted on criminal cartel charges, Australia’s consumer watchdog says. The allegations concern arrangements for the sale of A$2.5bn (£1.4bn; $1.9bn) worth of ANZ shares in 2015. The three banks said they would fight the charges. ANZ said it would also defend allegations against an employee.

Italy government: Giuseppe Conte to head populist coalition

A coalition government has been agreed in Italy, ending months of uncertainty in the EU’s fourth-biggest economy. Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte presented his list of ministers to President Sergio Mattarella for the second time in a week and the new government will be sworn in on Friday. Ministers are drawn from both the anti-establishment Five Star (M5S) and the right-wing League.

Gaza violence: Red Cross sends surgeons ‘to help health crisis’

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it will send two surgical teams to Gaza to help with an “unprecedented health crisis”. More than 13,000 Palestinians have been injured since violence flared up along the border with Israel in March, the aid agency says. As well as surgeons, it will send other medical staff and additional supplies.

Chinese SILENT KILLER lasers can now eliminate aircraft – as tensions with US soar

Chinese company Poly Technologies showed off its new bit of next-age tech at a military exhibition in Kazakhstan this week. The “Silent Killer” laser is able to obliterate unmanned drones from about 328 yards away. It is, however, only able to target slow-moving, low-flying, and small-sized targets. Silent killer’s lasers are also able to jam incoming electronic attacks, effectively making an hack attempt impossible.

Report: US Oil Output Jumps To Record High In March

U.S. crude oil production jumped 215,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) to 10.47 million bbl/d in March, the highest on record, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a monthly report on May 31. Production in Texas rose by 4% to almost 4.2 million bbl/d, a record high based on the data going back to 2005. The Permian Basin, which stretches across West Texas and eastern New Mexico, is the largest U.S. oil field.

Russia reportedly gives Israel conditional ‘green light’ on Syria strikes

Russia gave Israel the “green light” to operate in Syria’s territory, so long as assets belonging to the Syrian regime remain unscathed, a Russian source told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper Friday. According to the same Russian official…Russia and Israel also reached an understanding regarding removing Iranian forces from Syria’s southern frontier.

Israel to invest in neglected Palestinian areas in Jerusalem

The Israeli government on Thursday unveiled what it billed as a groundbreaking program to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in long-neglected Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem. The “Leading Change” program aims to reduce the huge social gaps between the Palestinian neighborhoods and the overwhelmingly Jewish western part of the city.

U.S. allies hit back at Washington’s steel, aluminum tariffs

Canada and Mexico retaliated on Thursday after Washington imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports while the European Union had its own reprisals ready to go, reviving investor fears of a global trade war. Germany’s Economy Minister said early on Friday the EU might look to coordinate its response with Canada and Mexico.

Mandatory evacuation ordered as Hawaii eruption hits four-week mark

The Hawaii community hardest hit by the Kilauea Volcano was ordered sealed off under a strict new mandatory evacuation on Thursday as the eruption marked its fourth week with no end in sight. The Big Island’s mayor, Harry Kim, declared a roughly 17-block swath of the lava-stricken Leilani Estates subdivision off-limits indefinitely and gave any residents remaining there 24 hours to leave or face possible arrest.

Ice Raid On ‘Sanctuary’ Chicago Nets 156 Illegals: Sex Traffickers, Rapists, Drunk Drivers, Drug Dealers, Thieves

ICE agents descended on 37 communities in the area to arrest 156 illegal immigrants, nearly half of them criminals with prior convictions

Google labels Republicans ‘Nazis’

Under fire along with Facebook and other social media giants for its left-leaning bias, Google listed “Nazism” as the chief ideology of the California Republican Party.

HELL FROZE OVER: Guess who the anti-Semitic EU and UN blame for the barrage of rockets fired into Israel

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) came out condemning a mortar barrage from Gaza that struck Israel on Tuesday morning, the worst since the 2014 war.

Catholic League: Irish Central Celebrates Abortion, Just Like the Nazis

Commenting on Irish Central news’ support for legalizing abortion in Ireland and its comparison of the win to the “glorious” victory of gay marriage, Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the publication had rejected morality and was exhibiting the same “mentality” as the “Nazis.”

Ayatollah Khamenei Calls for Gun Control—in the U.S.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has released a statement calling on the United Nations to “seriously” pursue seven “human rights” cases in the United States. One of these is what Khamenei perceives as the need for gun control.

India’s crazy weather and storms have killed over 200 people in May

There seems to be no respite for Indians from deadly weather conditions.

Incredible dust storm with near hurricane force winds batters eastern Iran

A powerful dust storm struck parts of eastern Iran on Monday causing near zero visibility. The city of Zabol, near the border with Afghanistan reported a wind gust of 60 knots (112 km/h) during the height of the storm which lasted around 12 hours.

Cryptic emergency alert panics Oregon city’s residents

Oregon’s emergency alert systems blasted a cryptic alert to cellphones around the capital city, panicking residents by telling them simply “Civil Emergency” and “Prepare for Action” and leaving off that the threat was toxic algae at a local water supply.

Why millions of college kids are mentally ‘disabled’

“As many as one in four students at some elite U.S. colleges are now classified as disabled, largely because of mental-health issues such as depression or anxiety,” starts the Wall Street Journal’s recent report on the alarmingly high level of mental disorders and psychological problems currently plaguing America’s college students.

Eight million bottles’ worth of Champagne grapes wiped out by freak hailstorms

Champagne has become the latest French wine growing region to feel the wrath of the heavens after freakishly violent hail storms wiped out the equivalent of eight million bottles of grapes and roughly €125 million (£110m) of fizz.

Effects of E.coli Outbreak in Lettuce Ripple Through U.S. Food-Supply Chain

A deadly E.coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce has shaken consumers’ faith in the nation’s favorite salad green, resulting in millions of dollars in losses for growers, retailers and restaurants.

TWISTED: College “doula” training teaches students to support women during ABORTIONS, not childbirth

..the “Spring Abortion Doula Training” workshop, as it was dubbed, was designed specifically to teach people how to provide emotional support for pregnant women who intend to murder their unborn children with an abortion.

DENIED: Supreme Court strikes blow to infant death industry by refusing to strike down Arkansas ban on “medication abortion” 

It isn’t often that pro-life advocates who’ve spent their lives trying to save unborn babies get a legal victory in 21st-century America, where dealers of death get far more love and respect than they would if our culture wasn’t so sickened with violence.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Record Wage Increases, Record-Low Unemployment

A good economy is bad for Democrats, and today brings more good economic news.

Google Says Republicans Are Socialists

A search listed the California Republican Party’s ideology as “Nazism.”

Pleading for Criminal Justice Reform

Backed by Trump, the House passed the First Step Act, but opposition remains entrenched.

WaPo: The Poor Die Before They Can Vote for Socialism

Researchers claim political inequity for the poor because they lose political viability sooner.

Calling Out a Republican Entitlement Reform Hypocrite

One governor calls for Republicans to engage in reform after contributing to the problem.

Video: Do Leftist Racists Really Fight Racism?

The upside to the Roseanne tweet controversy is the Left is now on the record opposing racism.

Friday Short Cuts

“An entire network’s legal and editorial team knew exactly what Bee would say, approved it, and broadcast it.” —Sean Davis

Friday Top Headlines

Jobs report, tariffs and NAFTA, Mueller’s spending, asset forfeiture horror, and more.

Today’s Opinion

L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham

Roseanne’s Spontaneous Combustion

Marc A. Thiessen

Democrats’ Dishonesty Hands Trump a Winning Issue

David Harsanyi

Why Aren’t Liberals Celebrating Higher Gas Prices? It’s What They Want

Tony Perkins

Starbucks on Shaky Grounds With Planned Parenthood

Michael Barone

Danger of Authoritarianism May Come From the Center, Not the Right

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

The Foundation

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days they were mutinous and quarrelsome, finding fault with their Pork, the Bread, and in continual ill-humour.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 1

  • Moment of truth arrives for EU after U.S. tariffs strike (Read More)
  • U.S. Tariffs Raise Fear of Trade War (Read More)
  • Spanish Socialist Sanchez succeeds Rajoy as prime minister (Read More)
  • Stocks Head for a Positive End to a Tumultuous Week (Read More)
  • May Jobs Report Expected to Show Hiring Kept Apace (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank’s Credit Rating Cut by S&P (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank gets key investor backing as S&P doubts strategy (Read More)
  • Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge (Read More)
  • Trump To Grant Lifeline to Money-Losing Coal Power Plants (Read More)
  • China’s Mighty Piggy Bank Is Shrinking (Read More)
  • Stormy Daniels Lawyer Avenatti Dogged by His Own Legal Battles (Read More)
  • Starbucks Racial Bias Training ‘Uncomfortable’ and ‘Enlightening’: Employees React (Read More)
  • U.S. military looking at deploying anti-missile system in Germany (Read More)
  • U.S. Opens Criminal Probe Into Trading in Fannie, Freddie Bonds (Read More)
  • Using satellites to count buildings in South China Sea (Read More)
  • A group of Bitcoin nerds are trying to secede from America (Read More)
  • Wall Street Firms Are Moving West. Here Come the Luxury Hotels (Read More)
  • For Master Class in Amazon’s Success, Look at Its Cloud Business (Read More)

Headlines – 6/1/2018

Israel unveils plan to pump billions into neglected East Jerusalem

After embassy move, Trump weighs Jerusalem consulate changes

Trump to give David Friedman control of PA affairs?

J Street urges Senate to probe Friedman over comments on settlements, Democrats

Rein in illegal Israeli horse farms in West Bank? State signals nay

EU slams Israeli decision to demolish West Bank Bedouin village

Corbyn’s ‘anti-Semitism’ could drive Jews from UK, Jewish leader says

In Britain, poll indicates, 23% ‘unwilling’ to have a Jew in the family

As Hamas faces a crisis, it tries to turn up pressure on Israel

UN Security Council delays vote on proposal on Palestinians

US says it will veto Kuwaiti Security Council measure on Gaza violence

Palestinians say 500 prisoners in Israeli jails to start hunger strike

Army said to urge lifting some economic restrictions on Gaza

IDF says it targeted ‘advanced’ Hamas naval capabilities in Gaza airstrikes

After violent week ends in cease-fire, Israel braces for new wave of protests on Gaza border

Israel and Hamas: Negotiating With Rockets and Bombs

Top IDF officer: Iran may use Gaza terrorists again to distract from Syria

Israel said in ‘advanced talks’ with Russia on Iranian pullout from Syria border

Liberman thanks Moscow for ‘understanding’ Israel’s security concerns in north

Assad denies presence of Iranian forces in Syria, but acknowledges advisers

Steinitz: Assad lying about Iranian presence in Syria

New Report: Iran’s Influence in Syria Far Broader Than Commonly Understood

Assad raises prospect of clashes with US forces in Syria

Assad threatens to expel U.S. troops from Syria by ‘force’

Pentagon warns Syria’s Assad against attacking Kurdish-led forces

Weeks Into Unrest, Still More Bloodshed Roils Nicaragua’s Cities

In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger

N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un says North’s will for denuclearization ‘unchanged’

North Korea’s Kim criticizes US ‘hegemonism’ as sides move toward summit

North Korean leader Kim sends letter to Trump amid talks of ‘good progress’

U.S. Military ‘Prepared’ To Face China and North Korea Ahead of Major Asia Conference

US warns of ability to take down Chinese artificial islands

Rumors of War With the U.S. Run Rampant in Venezuela

Activists turn to international law to try to stop Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ border policy

Trump imposes steel, aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies and Europe plans to retaliate

EU to impose measures against ‘unacceptable’ U.S. tariffs: Juncker

Trump threatens NAFTA after imposing tariffs on U.S. allies to punish ‘unfair competition’

Macron talks to Trump, says tariffs illegal and a mistake

Outrage Over U.S. Steel Tariffs Set to Spill Over Into G7 Meeting

Over 146,000 Americans will lose their jobs because of Trump’s trade tariffs

Dying shopping malls are wreaking havoc on suburban America

Sears, Kmart parent company to close another 63 stores as sales crisis continues

Tech’s Titans Tiptoe Toward Monopoly

Mark Zuckerberg hammered by shareholders over scandals

Facebook investors grill Zuckerberg: ‘Emulate George Washington, not Vladimir Putin’

Like Roseanne, all Americans are just one bad tweet away from being fired

Kennedy: Not everybody gets fired for their comments

Samantha Bee vs. Roseanne Barr: Double standard? Twitter reacts

Constant Interruptions From Smartphone Can Impact Brain Chemistry, Scientists Say

Google under fire for listing ‘Nazism’ as the ideology of the California Republican Party

Russia probe has cost taxpayers nearly $17 million since Mueller’s appointment

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 38,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 31,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Hottest, Fastest Lava Yet Prompts Further Evacuations in Hawaii

Hawaii man pulls gun on neighbor as tensions run high in community overrun by lava

Puerto Rico’s governor says there will be ‘hell to pay’ if officials withheld mortality data

Americans viewed Hurricane Maria as if it was happening in another country

North Carolina Governor Declares State of Emergency for Part of State as Alberto Continues Slamming Southeast U.S.

Deadly flooding, landslides leave devastating damage in North Carolina after Alberto

3 people swept away in floodwaters remain missing amid heavy rain in Virginia

Chicago sets rainfall record for May

Toxins in Salem drinking water prompt Oregon governor’s emergency declaration

More Drivers Killed Under the Influence of Drugs Than Alcohol

Blood test to ‘detect cancer years before illness’ hailed as major breakthrough

Twin Cities archdiocese to pay $210 million to priest sex abuse victims

Pope vows ‘never again’ to clergy sexual abuse and cover up in Chile

Church Sued for $2.3 Million for Not Hosting LGBT Event in Building It Owns

India: 2017 Saw 20 Percent Increase in Atrocities against Christians, Says Lawyer

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Rick Becker – BSSM – soaking, declaring and spinning into delusion

Lance Wallnau Follows Jesse Duplantis’ Lead Asks for Money for Fractional Ownership of a Jet

Wave Church’s Levels of Giving

“You were brainwashed spiritually,” judge says, sparing fraud conspirator jail time

American Bible Society Requiring Employees to Adhere to Biblical Behavior; Some Quit

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Cuts All Ties With Paige Patterson, Terminates Emeritus Status

Homeschooling surges as parents seek safer option for children

Strange Sounds continue over California, Minneapolis and Southampton (UK) leaving everyone baffled

Posted: 01 Jun 2018 05:53 AM PDT

Strange Sounds continue over California, Minneapolis and Southampton (UK) leaving everyone baffledThe strange sounds from the sky are back again. They were recorded in May in California, Minnesota and Southampton.  A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing to baffle people all over the world – as well as giving those who hear it sleepless nights. Sounding like a trumpet or a collective from a

brass section of an orchestra, a selection of videos shot from Canada to Ukraine, via the U.S., Germany and Belarus show strange goings on above us. And the eerie sounds have been continuously heard at all different times and locations for almost a decade. CONTINUE

Christian Professional Soccer Player Turned Down Chance At National Team Because of LGBTQ Pride Jerseys

Posted: 01 Jun 2018 05:39 AM PDT

Christian Professional Soccer Player Turned Down Chance At National Team Because of LGBTQ Pride JerseysJaelene Hinkle is a professional soccer player that indeed stood for her faith and moral convictions. She turned down her chance at playing for the prestigious U.S. women’s national team because she could not morally support wearing a jersey that commemorated the LGBTQ Pride Month. Initially .  Hinkle did not give a reason for her decision to turn down, what many would call the chance of a lifetime, in June of 2017. However, she revealed to the Christian Broadcasting Network, CNB, the intentions behind her decision.

Hinkle states that she; ‘just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey.’ She continued; ‘I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what He was asking of me to do in the situation,’ she continued. ‘I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their entire life, and I’m saying no to. It was very disappointing.’ ‘I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient. But just because you’re obedient doesn’t make it easy.’ she said. READ MORE

Is Your Church Flirting With Delilah?

Posted: 01 Jun 2018 05:27 AM PDT

Is Your Church Flirting With Delilah?(By Bert Farias) A happy church … one that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable … one that will never offend you … one that will always tell you how much they love you and how much God loves you. They change their church name for branding an image. They change their church culture for wooing the masses. They assemble cool young bands that play cool uplifting music and songs. They adapt their message for itching ears and unknowingly take away the power of redemption. This is the current trend of many

churches. The happy church will entertain you. They say they exist to give people hope. They have fun programs for all your children. All their music and songs will make you feel special and soothe your guilt-ridden emotions. And they’ll do whatever they can to keep you coming back for more. This is the church who is flirting with Delilah. If they stay there too long, their conscience will be seared, and they will be prime targets for deception and destruction. They won’t be able to shake themselves free because they won’t know that the anointing has departed from them. READ MORE

Return Of The Hybrids and the Days of Noah

Posted: 31 May 2018 05:11 PM PDT

Return Of The Hybrids and the Days of NoahIn this message, We will show you how we are witnessing elements of history repeat itself with the patterns of the “Days of Noah” with Men trying to “Play God” with laboratory creations with hybrids paving the way for the intents of cloning human beings.

Homeschooling surges as parents seek safer options…

Posted: 31 May 2018 11:39 AM PDT

Homeschooling surges as parents seek safer options…After a gunman opened fire on students in Parkland, Florida, the phones started ringing at the Texas Home School Coalition, and they haven’t stopped yet.  The Lubbock-based organization has been swamped with inquiries for months from parents seeking safer options for their kids in the aftermath of this year’s deadly school massacres, first in Parkland and then in Santa Fe, Texas. “When the Parkland shooting happened, our phone calls and emails exploded,” said coalition president Tim

Lambert. “In the last couple of months, our numbers have doubled. We’re dealing with probably between 1,200 and 1,400 calls and emails per month, and prior to that it was 600 to 700.” Demands to restrict firearms and beef up school security have dominated the debate following the shootings, but flying under the radar is the surge of interest in homeschooling as parents lose faith in the ability of public schools to protect students from harm. READ MORE

Storm clouds begin gathering for the next global financial crisis …

Posted: 31 May 2018 11:31 AM PDT

Storm clouds begin gathering for the next global financial crisis …Is another global financial crisis on the horizon?  Investors are increasingly worried that an escalating political crisis in Italy could lead to a populist, euroskeptic government taking power. As a result, there’s rising uncertainty about whether the country might eventually abandon the euro currency zone or default on its giant debt pile. To make things worse, the Trump administration continues to toy with the idea of a trade war with Europe and China. That would be the last thing the global economy

would need if the Italian situation deteriorates further. Debt crises and trade wars are a toxic combination.  To fully understand the risk, it’s helpful to recall that before there was a Brexit, there was the threat of Grexit. There was widespread concern a few years ago that Greece’s government debt crisis would force it to exit the eurozone, and that such a shock departure would be a crushing blow to both the broader European economy, in the middle of recession, and the American economy, which was still recovering from its own downturn. READ MORE

Shopping Malls across America turning into abandoned buildings as “Retail Apocalypse” continues

Posted: 31 May 2018 11:25 AM PDT

Shopping Malls across America turning into abandoned buildings as “Retail Apocalypse” continuesDozens of malls have closed in the last 10 years, and many more are at risk of shutting down as retailers like Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears— also known as anchor stores — shutter hundreds of stores to staunch the bleeding from falling sales.  The commercial-real-estate firm CoStar estimates that nearly a quarter of malls in the US, or roughly 310 of the nation’s 1,300 shopping malls, are at high

risk of losing an anchor store.  When anchor stores close, it can be hard to find businesses to replace them, because they occupy the multistory buildings at mall entrances that are often at least 100,000 square feet. If no replacement tenant is found, the loss could trigger a decadeslong downward spiral for the shopping mall and surrounding communities. READ MORE

END OF AN ERA: Sears plans to shutter 72 more stores

Posted: 31 May 2018 11:20 AM PDT

END OF AN ERA: Sears plans to shutter 72 more storesSears Holdings said Thursday it will be closing more than 70 additional stores in 2018 as its sales continue to erode, dropping more than 30 percent in the latest quarter from a year ago.  The retailer has identified 100 unprofitable stores in total, and it will begin closing sales at 72 of these stores “in the near future.”  “We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which are a critical component in

our transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed and as warranted,” Sears said in a statement announcing its fiscal first-quarter results. The department store chain has been caught in a vicious cycle — shuttering weak stores to reduce costs. But even as it closes more stores, sales fall further. In the latest period, Sears said roughly two-thirds of its sales decline was tied to store closures. READ MORE

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for 06/01/2018

June 1, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — After a gunman opened fire on students in Parkland, Florida, the phones started ringing at the Texas Home School Coalition, and they haven’t stopped yet. The Lubbock-based organization has been swamped with inquiries for months from parents seeking safer options for their kids in the aftermath of this year’s deadly school massacres, first in Parkland and then in Santa Fe, Texas…. (more)

June 1, 2018
NEWSMAX — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton’s appointment of former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz to serve as NSC chief of staff has sparked a storm of controversy on the left as former intelligence officials and other security experts have rallied to his support…. (more)

May 31, 2018
NEWSMAX — A conservative college student leader determined to “Make Stanford Great Again” is the son of Obama administration official Susan Rice – – and says his parents might have put him on a right-leaning path by listening to Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin…. (more)

May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The FBI’s own guidelines restrict the deployment of informants to spy on Americans, such as the bureau’s decision to plant a human source among Donald Trump’s presidential campaign aides. The cautionary regulation is contained in the FBI’s nearly 700-page Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide. The restrictions are prompting national security analysts to say the FBI should have heeded its own rulebook, which encourages alternatives to human spies in any investigation, much less one into a presidential political campaign…. (more)

May 31, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Well, well, well. The bipartisan Beltway establishment has apparently had its fill of this “Trump colluded with Russia” narrative – – the same narrative the same establishment has lustily peddled for nearly two years. The Obama administration recklessly chose to deploy the government’s awesome counterintelligence powers to investigate – – and, more to the point, to smear – – its political opposition as a Kremlin confederate. Now that this ploy has blown up on the Justice Department and the FBI, these agencies – – the ones that went out of their way, and outside their guidelines, to announce to the world that the Trump campaign was under investigation – – want you to know the president and his campaign were not investigated at all, no siree…. (more)

May 31, 2018
BYRON YORK — Although his questioners at the time didn’t know what he was talking about, Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson raised eyebrows on Aug. 22, 2017, when he told Senate Judiciary Committee investigators that the FBI had a “human source” inside the Trump campaign…. (more)

May 31, 2018
Radio host hits industry’s double standard: ‘If you are a left-winger, you can say whatever you want’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Roseanne Barr’s attempt to bridge the political divide came crashing down Tuesday, when ABC canceled her rebooted hit sitcom hours after the television star sent a racially tinged tweet. The cancellation comes as a blow to President Trump’s supporters who said “Roseanne” accurately represented their political perspective…. (more)

May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — I’d like to think that if it weren’t for Roseanne Barr’s remark about Valerie Jarrett looking like a Muslim monkey-human hybrid that we would have spent much of this week still laughing in a resigned way about how liberals and reporters shared Obama-era photos of illegal immigrant children sleeping in cages, having wrongfully thought that they were new images of President Trump’s immigration policies at work…. (more)

May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The New York Times issued a correction Wednesday about the crowd size at President Trump’s rally after the president challenged the paper’s mistake, acknowledging the audience in Nashville, Tennessee, was more than five times larger than The Times initially reported…. (more)

May 31, 2018
CAL THOMAS — The scientific, moral and theological battle between life as an “endowed unalienable” right and the evolutionary view that we are just material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe with no author of life, no purpose for living and no destination after we die has been won in Ireland by the evolutionists…. (more)

May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — It did not come as a surprise to see that the Republic of Ireland voted to repeal their relatively strict abortion ban. What was disturbing was the large margin by which the vote passed and the zealous celebration that followed. On social media and in the news, Irish citizens celebrated the vote that legalized abortion with the kind of pure joy usually seen in victorious sporting events or at concerts – – not the approval of murdering babies in utero…. (more)

May 30, 2018
USA TODAY — The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to block an Arkansas law targeting medication abortions, which threatens to leave the state with only one abortion clinic…. (more)

May 30, 2018
NEWSMAX — Harvard University’s student newspaper is calling on the school to hire more conservative faculty to bridge a “stark divide” that is not reflective of society and might be contributing to “declining trust” in higher education. In an editorial, The Crimson cited its finding the political makeup on the prestigious Ivy league faculty was out of touch with America…. (more)

May 30, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Mitt Romney was faced with many of the same lines he dealt with throughout his 2012 presidential campaign, including on guns and immigration, while taking part in Tuesday night’s GOP primary debate for the open Senate seat in Utah…. (more)

May 29, 2018
WES VERNON — The 1992 Republican National Convention gave a special ovation to the words of one of its speakers, Patrick J. Buchanan, who warned, “There is as religious war going on in this country. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as the Cold War itself.”… (more)

May 29, 2018
Alan Keyes diagnoses leaders’ ‘arrogant disdain’ for the authority of the Constitution
ALAN KEYES — I fear that many people who profess to be staunch supporters of the U.S. Constitution belie that claim in the way they speak and act. In ordaining and establishing the Constitution of the United States, the people of the United States exercised the chief power of their sovereignty over themselves. The provision that declares the Constitution, and all laws and treaties made in pursuance thereof, to be the Supreme Law of the land confirms this fact…. (more)

May 28, 2018
DAN POPP — Let’s say you had some fish…in a barrel…and people kept shooting them. Let’s say that the fish were important to you for some reason, and you didn’t want them to get shot. What would you do? Well, you might set up surveillance cameras around the barrel, and you might try to restrict access to guns. What else? Anyone have any other ideas? How about removing the barrel?… (more)

May 28, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump participated in a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to honor fallen service members and their families, promising those gathered that Americans “will never forget our heroes.”… (more)

May 28, 2018
NEWSMAX — First lady Melania Trump issued her Memorial Day message Monday on Instagram, calling it a day “to remember that freedom isn’t free.” The first lady is currently recovering from minor kidney surgery, and has not been seen in public for two weeks. Shortly before her hospitalization, Melania Trump unveiled her “Be Best” campaign in a speech in the White House Rose Garden, which aims to “teach children the importance of social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills, and responsible decision making.”… (more)

May 28, 2018
ZEROHEDGE — A photograph of two migrant children sleeping in a cage at an ICE detention facility quickly went viral on Sunday after several prominent liberals tweeted it in a white-hot rage at President Trump’s immigration policy. After a laundry list of journalists and public figures angrily tweeted the photo – including CNN’s Hadas Gold, NYT Mag’s editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein, Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and former LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, they deleted their tweets in shame when it emerged that the photo was taken in 2014, under Obama. Indeed – nobody thought to check the date on the attached article, published in June of 2014…. (more)

May 28, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Sam Clovis, a former national co-chairman of the Trump campaign, is one of three Trump figures known to have been contacted by FBI informant Stefan Halper during the 2016 presidential campaign. Clovis received an email, out of the blue, from Halper, whom he did not know, on August 29, 2016 – – after Halper had been in touch with Carter Page and just before he contacted George Papadopoulos…. (more)

May 28, 2018
One Twitter follower: ‘Dude. Do you understand how the government works?’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Gun-control activist David Hogg called Monday for perpetual social-media trolling of President Trump and for disruptive demonstrations at his brand-name hotels. He told his 809,000 followers that they should respond to every tweet posted by the president with demands for gun control…. (more)

May 28, 2018
NEWSMAX — A GoFundMe campaign started for the Indiana middle school teacher who swatted a gun out of a seventh grader’s hand and tackled him to the ground has raised $55,000, The Hill reports. Noblesville West Middle School teacher Jason Seaman threw a basketball at the shooter and ran toward the bullets as screaming students ran for cover around 9 a.m. Friday…. (more)

May 28, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — The culture war reached into the quiet Washington, D.C., exurban town of Purcellville, Va. last week. This is how the left makes examples out of ordinary folks in order to transform America from the “home of the brave” into a nation of people deathly afraid to speak up. Who wants to be turned into an object of hate for offending one of the left’s identity groups?… (more)

May 27, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — About twenty years ago, I produced a story for D. James Kennedy Ministries on the subject of a school prayer case in Santa Fe, Texas. On the one hand, many parents and ministers were eager to promote godly influence in the school district. On the other hand, the judge ruled against such influence and did so with great hostility…. (more)

Weekly Watchman for 06/01/2018

Questions and Comments from the Email Bag!

Thank you so much for keeping us busy! On Fridays, we read your comments and answer your questions from the week, always reminding you to prayerfully check everything you hear with the perfect, eternal Word of the living God.

Some of the topics we discuss this week include:
Liberal theology and prosperity preaching infiltrating the church
ignorance about Islam in America
Christian college students struggling with liberal, secular professors
the latest apostasy of Jim Wallis and Sojourners
does implementing church security mean we don’t trust the sovereignty of God?
pastors that avoid teaching from the Old Testament
our interview with Tony Gurule of ratio Christi Ministries on Sharia Law
a listener from England concerned about political correctness and the growing Muslim population
the conundrum within the Southern Baptist Convention
On Monday we check back in with former Muslim, Elijah Abraham from Living Oasis ministries. Send your comments and questions to us by next Friday: comments@standupforthetruth.com

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Selective Social Justice

The outcry against sex trafficking is growing and rightly so, and more awareness must be raised on this issue. These tragic stories need to be reported on as every year, tens of thousands of young girls and boys are being kidnapped and conditioned for sex slavery, prostitution, or pornography. Who could possibly get in trouble for exposing sex trafficking? Apparently, a person who exposes radical Islam over in England is guilty – for standing outside a courthouse reporting on it. In our final segment we will discuss the story of conservative activist Tommy Robinson who has been imprisoned for his campaign to expose sex trafficking in England, often being run by Muslims there.

First up, we check in with Pastor Randy White to discuss Satan, Job, and ‘Heavenly councils’ as spoken of in God’s Word. You might be surprised to hear who is still a part of these councils and what he is up to these days. Pastor White also warns us about the growing ecumenical movement that threatens to water down the gospel of salvation.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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What the Media Won’t Tell You About Islam

These are some of the mantras you will hear the mainstream media spout when talking about Islam: it’s a religion of peace and tolerance, we all worship the same God, Muslims just want to live and let live. For whatever reason—ignorance or willful deception—the media refuses to look at the true history of Islam with objectivity.

The fact is Islam is a socio-political system disguised as a religion with a track record of violence and oppression wherever it spreads. While most Muslims may be people who want to live peacefully and are not radicalized, they have pledged allegiance to a false deity who calls for violence and oppression of anyone who defies its creeds and teachings.

Tony Gurule of Ratio Christi Ministries is host of Truth Matters, Colliding Worldviews, and Islam and the News, and is an expert on Islam, Shariah Law, and The Muslim Brotherhood. This morning he joins us to continue our discussion from part 1 of this interview, and shed light on what the media refuses to discuss about Islam.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Is The Church In America Losing Its Moral Authority?

Jesus established His church to evangelize to the lost, build strong disciples, and equip believers for the work of the Holy Spirit. The responsibility of the Church is to represent Christ, shining into a world of darkness, influencing culture for righteousness, and declaring the hope of the gospel. Instead, at least in America, the church has generally been compromised in several areas and instead of affecting secular culture, she has been infected by it.

To be sure, we are not talking about every church; there are many who stand firm on God’s Word and are actually being what the church is called to be. But as a whole, the church in America is in spiritual and moral decline, ill-equipped or unprepared to do what Jesus calls it to do.

This morning, Mike and David look at a couple of scandals and false teachings that have infiltrated “American Christianity” as well as what the future might hold if we do not repent and return to the fundamentals of God’s Word. We focus in on the scandals and controversy rocking The Southern Baptist Convention, the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s compromise on creation and gender, and still another Word Faith Prosperity Preacher who says God has told him to get money from people because he “needs” a private jet.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Mike LeMay and David Fiorazo join Jan Markell on Understanding the Times

Storm Warning! In this special interview, Jan Markell’s guests include David Fiorazo and Mike LeMay from “Stand Up for the Truth” radio. Is Christianity being eradicated from culture in America? Because government is god to the secular Left, there is an all-out assault on everything Christian. True believers are the targets of choice and often discriminated against. Prepare yourselves as this will likely come to your neighborhood. Some suggest a terrible storm is coming; others say the storm is already here.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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This ‘n’ That for 06/01/2018

  • For those who work with words.
  • I don’t disagree with this outcome at all.
  • I really appreciate the approach of this article at the Things Above Us blog.
  • We all get scared. Thankfully, our God is bigger than that.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • More good stuff from Things Above Us.
  • A little encouragement in this messed up, sinful world. Glad to see the American Bible Society actually standing firm on the Bible.
  • Yep, he’s back.
  • We cannot compromise.
  • Fascinating (thanks, Paula!).
It is good for a man to have a holy care and to pay due attention to every item of his life, but, alas, it is very easy to make it into an unholy care and to try to wrest from the hand of God that office of Providence which belongs to Him and not to ourselves. —Charles Spurgeon

June 1 Why Pray?

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?” (Luke 18:6-7)

It is sometimes taught that Jesus is here encouraging what is called “prevailing prayer,” which is often another way of describing an attempt to belabor God, to give him no peace, to picket the throne of heaven until we get the request we want. This is not Biblical.

Some years ago an article appeared in the newspaper concerning a man who announced that he was troubled about moral conditions in this country, and had determined to fast and pray until God sent a great awakening, a sweeping revival to correct the moral degeneracy of the day. He announced that he would keep on even until death, if necessary, expecting God to move. The papers carried the story day after day. His strength began to fail and he grew weaker and weaker and finally was confined to his bed. Bulletins were issued each day following his condition. He was evidently a man of unusual determination, for most of us we would have quit after the third day and settled for a good steak, but this man did not. He went on with his fast until he died. The funeral was widely covered and many lauded his persistence.

Was that really prayer? No, it was not! It was an attempt to blackmail God. This man was holding his own life as a pistol to the head of God and demanding all his money! He was insisting that God move on his terms and according to his time schedule. That is not prayer.

Jesus says God is not an unrighteous God demanding that we wheedle and struggle and persuade him to move. He is not grudging. No, prayer is forever the cry of a beloved child to his father, and frequently it is the cry of a lost child who does not know his way, who is lost in dark woods, with noises in the bush, strange, frightening noises. The child may cry out to be led to an open road or to be home safe in bed or at least to see a light in the distance so he can know his way, and that prayer, that particular prayer is not always answered that way, for God is a Father and, as Jesus said in another place, he knows already what we have need of before we pray.

Paul reminds us that we do not know what we have need of, we do not know what to pray for, but God knows. The Father knows, and because he is a father he knows if it is not yet time to answer in that particular way, or if it is even the best thing to do, or sometimes even the possible thing within the circumstance. No, while it is true that specific answer may indeed be long delayed, still there is no delay at all in God answering our prayer. This is what Jesus is saying, that when we cry out there is immediately an answer, without delay. Speedily God rushes to the help, to the succor, of his child. The answer is the squeeze of a Father’s hand on ours, the quiet comfort of a Father’s voice, the reassurance of a Father’s presence even though the woods are still dark and the noises are louder still. There is an immediate answering reassurance that the Father is with us and in his own time and way, will lead us to the house and put us safely in bed or bring us to the light again.

Father, these words of Jesus have made me aware of the lack of faith in my life. I cry out to you now in my weakness and my failure to exercise faith and say, O Father, teach me to pray. Teach me to depend continually upon you, to pour out to you every aspect of my life without reservation and listening to you about all things.

Life Application

How significant to us is the astounding relationship of God as our Everlasting Father? Are we learning to value prayer as communication with Him, or is prayer no more to us than an emergency S.O.S.?

Related Message

For more on this portion of Scripture read the message:

Why Pray?

June 1, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

the body is a temple of the holy spirit

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (6:19–20)

As Christians our bodies are not our own. Paul puts sting into this verse by framing it as a sarcastic question. They are the Lord’s, members of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit, who has been given by God to indwell us. So Paul calls for sexual purity not only because of the way sexual sin affects the body, but because the body it affects is not even the believer’s own. Understanding the reality of the phrase the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God should give us as much commitment to purity as any knowledge of divine truth could.

To commit sexual sin in a church auditorium, disgusting as that would be, would be no worse than committing the sin anywhere else. Offense is made within God’s sanctuary wherever and whenever sexual immorality is committed by believers. Every act of fornication, every act of adultery by Christians, is committed in God’s sanctuary: their own bodies. “For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Cor. 6:16). The fact that Christians are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit is indicated in passages such as John 7:38–39; 20:22; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; and 1 Corinthians 12:3. The fact that God sent the Holy Spirit is clear from John 14:16–17; 15:26; and Acts 2:17, 33, 38.

We no longer belong to ourselves because we have been bought with a price. We were not “redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from [our] futile way of life inherited from [our] forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ” (1 Pet. 1:18–19).

Christians’ bodies are God’s temple, and a temple is for worship. Our bodies, therefore, have one supreme purpose: to glorify God. This is a call to live so as to bring honor to the person of God, who alone is worthy of our obedience and adoration.

A friend once took a visitor to a large Catholic cathedral in the east. The visitor wanted to pray at the station of his favorite saint. But upon arriving at that station, he was startled to find no candles lit, and a sign saying, “Do not worship here; closed for cleaning.” The Corinthians provided no divine focus, either, no place for seeking souls to worship, since they were unclean. That, Paul said, had to change.[1]

20 As a final summary, Paul emphasizes, as he did in 6:11, that we as believers have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. His blood is the price paid for us (cf. Rev 5:9, which also uses agorazō, “to purchase,” GK 60). This means, of course, that we belong to him—body, soul, and spirit (see comments at v. 17 above). Because we belong to him, we must “glorify” (doxazō, GK 1519; NIV, “honor”) him with our bodies. To glorify God means to reflect by the way we live the glory of God. That is, when people see us, they should be able to see by our actions how glorious and majestic is our God, who has changed us from sinners into saints living holy lives before him. As far as Paul is concerned, no one doing so will commit sexual immorality. May God give us the strength to present this picture to church members today who are faced with a host of temptations via TV, movies, and the Internet to commit sexual immorality in thought, word, and deed.[2]

6:20 / In concluding his deliberation as it extends through chapter 6, Paul expounds the foundation of the relationship that forms each element of life in relationship to God. Stated bluntly, believers have been bought by God! In 7:23 Paul will reiterate this same idea, you were bought at a price, which he makes here as the crescendo of his argument. In 6:11 Paul used the metaphors of washing, sanctification, and justification to elaborate the meaning of Christian existence. Now, he reaches back to and through those images of the ongoing nature of Christian life to give a glimpse of the creation and nature of Christian existence. God did something, humans did not. God paid a price, humans did not. God bought, and so God owns or has a claim on the lives of the believers.

The language Paul uses is vivid and would have been familiar to the Corinthians, who were accustomed to the purchasing of slaves in the marketplaces. Today we are unfamiliar with this practice, but the idea is simple. Slaves were bought and sold, and in the purchase they came under the absolute authority of the one who paid the price for them. Paul’s statement can be literally rendered, “You were bought for cash!” He does not state, and he may not care, to whom the purchase price was paid; his concern is to underscore the initiative and the rightful authority of God in the relationship between the believers and God.

Therefore, Paul utters his final words of instruction, Therefore honor God with your body. The address is a command in the plural form, saying more literally, “Therefore you all glorify God in your body.” The niv attempts to make sense of Paul’s command by translating “honor” rather than “glorify” and by using “with” instead of “in,” but the result is questionable. Paul may intend to say more than “Act honorably,” which is the simplest understanding of the niv. “Your body” includes all the individual bodies of the Corinthians, but it literally names the corporate body of all the believers, so that the life manifested by the Christian community in both moral and mission-related dimensions of existence brings praise and honor to God’s work in the world.[3]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (p. 152). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 312–313). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 134). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Comedy’s Unfunny Ladies Are Making Nasty People Of Us All. We Can Do Better — The Federalist

Growing up in New York, we knew how to quickly shut down crazy comments: “If everyone else were jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it too?” we would disapprovingly ask whenever another kid proposed doing something foolish or morally questionable. It’s an apt question and one that I’d like to put to many Americans today.

In an era when our president has bragged about his adultery and is known for using vulgar language, we all have a choice to make — elected officials, everyday Americans, and comedians alike. Will we imitate the least laudable parts of Donald Trump’s character, or will we carve out our own path?

This week has been a real low point, culturally speaking, watching the public debate about Roseanne Barr’s infamous tweet and Samantha Bee’s immigration bit smearing Ivanka Trump. It’s all been a searing reminder that our culture regularly showcases the complete opposite of what I hope to teach my own children.

Civility is regularly and repeatedly dying a painful death in our public square. But I want to do my part to ensure that manners and decency make a comeback, because these are values I teach my daughters each day. The outside world may sneer at those values as anachronistic, but everything is so much uglier without such niceties.

Many things that used to be considered gauche or even beyond the pale are now justified. Yet whose mother ever allowed her to get away with something because a naughty friend (or frenemy) did it first? Certainly not mine. I can’t be the only one who was raised to be civil to others, and yet if ever one wanted to see Darwinism or Hobbesian philosophy in action, today’s politics and pop culture exemplify their brutishness.

On the pop culture front, the women of comedy have been leaders, charging breathlessly toward the lowest common denominator. Last spring, Kathy Griffin made headlines for posing with a likeness of a decapitated Trump head, and no, she’s still not sorry.

Then this past week, Barr and Bee engaged in a public contest to be the most vile, hurling racial and sexual epithets at women whose political affiliations they despise. It’s as if no one ever explained to Bee or Barr that it’s possible to criticize another woman’s political views without attacking her personally, including her appearance.

It’s also possible to dislike something someone says and to say so without slandering them, something like a corollary to the Christian idea of hating the sin, while still loving the sinner. Humans are complex beings, and we are more than a sum total of our political views.

Come on now, ladies. Using coarse language isn’t creative or funny. It isn’t even edgy anymore. It’s intellectually lazy.

Barr isn’t new around here, and neither is the long and ugly history of her “ape” comment. Bee announces she’s speaking as a mother before swearing like a sailor, joking about incest, and encouraging an Orthodox Jewish woman to tart it up (while pushing for Bee’s preferred policy changes)?

For all the talk of women being victimized by men as part of the national #MeToo conversation — which has brought a mountain of reprehensible, and even illegal, behavior to light — these “funny ladies” seem committed to showing that women can hold our own in maligning and abusing our own sex. Of course, invectives are only hurled at women with wrong-think, as defined by the comedienne telling the unfunny joke.

There is no recognition that the target is a human being and might be someone’s wife or mother. On the one hand, it’s easier to hurl invectives at someone you’ve already dehumanized. On the other, it’s hard to be funny when you so blatantly despise the target of your joke.

“Joking” that turns political adversaries into enemies is also bad for society’s cohesion and democracy’s continued functioning, further pushing us all into perpetually warring political tribes. We may not agree about particular public policies, but it shouldn’t be hard to remember that this land belongs to all of us.

What ever happened to comediennes who made us laugh? Or think? Those are the funny people we need, especially now.

via Comedy’s Unfunny Ladies Are Making Nasty People Of Us All. We Can Do Better — The Federalist

PM of Hungary Makes Historic Speech Against Forced Migration: Show This To Your Liberal Friends

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

In light of what is happening in the U.K. with Tommy Robinson, I felt led to republish this piece written about a courageous man, Victor Orban of Hungary. If you can get any of your liberal friends to read this, I pray that their eyes would be opened to the truth!

This man is a hero. He speaks for every freedom loving person on this planet. He is PM Orban of Hungary. He knows what it is like to be overtaken, and he also knows freedom. I have documented his words in English for the convenience of the reader. I have also added my own commentary with his words.

Please send this to as many people as you can. The world needs to know that this mass forced migration of these so-called refugees is not grounded in humanitarianism. It is part of the ultimate plan of the U.N. to knock…

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Struggling With Depression? You Can Rely on These 9 Bible Verses Every Day — Faithwire

Depression is a storm that overtakes the souls of many. It’s a storm that brings monstrous waves, huge swells, and at times makes you feel like you are going to capsize — possibly drown.

Even though you might feel hopelessly lost, remember that Jesus is in that boat with you.

The Bible was not created for us to read and feel good about every day, but to speak truth into our lives. One of these important truths is the strength and support God will give to you when you feel like your own strength and support has vanished.

Simply reading these Bible verses won’t heal you of your depression, but they will help you ground yourself in TRUTH so that when these feelings arise you can remember who you are rooted in.

Here are 9 Bible verses to remind you of the strength and love that the Lord gives you each and every day no matter what you do: 

1. He will give you strength when you feel powerless.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 

Some days you might feel like you have lost all your strength. That the world could go on perfectly fine without you. Remeber: You are loved and wanted by a God bigger than the entire universe.

When you are feeling lonely, anxious, or depressed look to our Heavenly Father, for He will give you the strength you need to keep going.

Even when you can’t hold onto God anymore, He will keep holding onto you, and if you fall, He will keep you steady with His hand.

2. God is always by your side, even in the darkest of moments

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 31:8

We have nothing to fear in life because God walks beside us.  When you feel lonely remember that even if no one else is there, He is.

When you experience feeligns of fear remember that He will never leave you. Other people will come and go but God will never leave you.

3. He will protect you

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

Psalm 3:3

When you are feeling weak, hopeless, or lost look to God. He works as a shield around you, protecting you from harm. Even when you feel completely broken by the feelings of depression, He is still there to lift you up and shield you from harm.

When you are feeling depressed, remember that He is there to protect you. He will lift you out of your sorrows and place you on solid ground!

4. He hears your cries. 

I waited patiently for the Lordhe turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

Psalm 40:1-3 

He hears your cries and will rescue you from whatever pit you are in. He will steady you, and put a song in your heart, that you’ve never experienced before.

When others ignore your cries for help or your tears from pain, God will be there. Not only is He there, but He is waiting to lift you up out of the pit, and place you in a spot where you can stand firm.

5. He is near to the brokenhearted and will save those whose spirits feel crushed

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;

Psalm 34:18-19 

When you are facing depression you can feel like your spirit is entirely crushed, like there is no life left in you. When you are experiencing this pain remember that he is near to you.

When you are feeling sad and upset, look to the God who created you and remember that He wants you, and He is near to you.

6. He will bring you rest when you feel weary and burdened 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

When you feel like you can’t go on, and there is nothing left of your strength, remember that He is there to give you rest. When you feel like you have nothing left to give, and your body is burdened, look to Jesus.

He is not only the light for you at the end of a dark tunnel, but also a place of rest.

7. He will renew your strength, even if you feel helpless 

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31 

Depression can make you feel like there is not an ounce of strength left in your body. It can cause you to feel like you’ve reached a point of no return, but in reality, there is no pit too deep for God.

He will renew your strength, despite how helpless you feel.

8. He will not break you. 

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring forth justice;

Isaiah 42:3

In this Bible verse, we read that God will not break a bruised reed nor will He blow out a small flame. What is a bruised reed? It is a reed that is almost broken. What is a smoldering wick? A flame that has nearly gone out.

Sound similar to your feelings? It’s easy to feel like you are about to burn out, or about to break when you’re dealing with depression, but remember that God is there.

God will not break the reed, or blow out the flame. He is there to help nuture you and heal you.

9. Nothing can separate you from the love of God 

neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38 

Lastly, remember that there is nothing in this world that can separate you from the love of God. There is no sin too bad, no failure too deep, and no insecurity too large to ward off the love of God. While everything else in the world will fail you, He is the one constant that never will.

H/T  The Blazing Center

via Struggling With Depression? You Can Rely on These 9 Bible Verses Every Day — Faithwire

June 1 Postscript on Forgiveness

If you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.—Matt. 6:14–15

Believers should forgive others because they have received forgiveness from God themselves (cf. Eph. 1:17). We can’t claim to know God’s parental forgiveness—that which keeps our fellowship with the Lord rich and open—apart from forgiving others in heart and word.

Paul had this in mind when he wrote, “I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience” (1 Tim. 1:16). An unforgiving spirit not only is inconsistent for one who has been totally forgiven by God, but also brings the chastening of God rather than His mercy.

Jesus states the truth of verse 14 in a negative way when He says, “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” The sin of an unforgiving heart and a bitter spirit (Heb. 12:15) forfeits blessing and invites judgment.

We must seek to manifest the forgiving spirit of Joseph (Gen. 50:19–21) and of Stephen (Acts 7:60) as often as needed (Luke 17:3–4). To receive pardon from the perfectly holy God and then refuse to pardon others when we are sinful people is the epitome of abuse of mercy. “Judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13). So be sure you are practicing forgiveness of others.


What breaks down in your relationship with God when you withhold forgiveness from those who have wronged or mistreated you? How does it choke out your openness and freedom in the Lord’s presence?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 161). Chicago: Moody Publishers.


And be renewed in the spirit of your mind:…put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

EPHESIANS 4:23, 24

God is faithful—He is never going to be done with us in shaping us and fashioning us as dear children of God until the day that we will see Him face-to-face!

Truly, in that gracious day, our rejoicing will not be in the personal knowledge that He saved us from hell, but in the joyful knowledge that He was able to renew us, bringing the old self to an end, and creating within us the new man and the new self in which can be reproduced the beauty of the Son of God!

In the light of that provision, I think it is true that no Christian is where he ought to be spiritually until that beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ is being reproduced in daily Christian life.

I admit that there is necessarily a question of degree in this kind of transformation of life and character.

Certainly there has never been a time in our human existence when we could look into our own being, and say: “Well, thank God, I see it is finished now. The Lord has signed the portrait. I see Jesus in myself!”

Nobody will say that—nobody!

Even though a person has become like Christ, he will not know it, because humility and meekness are also a part of the transformation of true godliness![1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

CNN’s Astonishing Silliness Pervades Airports Everywhere | National Review

The hysterical chyrons, the endless drama, Stormy, Stormy, Stormy . . . Better to watch sports or read a book.

In airports across the land, CNN is everywhere, and unless you have a giant pair of virtual-reality goggles and noise-canceling headphones, there is no escape. Time to change the channel, or just turn off the TV.
— Read on www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/cnn-silliness-hysterical-endless-drama-pervades-airports/

Like the McCarthy Era, but with No Communist Threat to Support It — National Review

How many divisions does the Deep State have?

During the so-called McCarthy era, a single question cut across all partisan and philosophical lines: Were you on Senator Joe McCarthy’s side or not? McCarthy’s conspiratorial, bullying, blunderbuss anti-Communism and “red-baiting” was either defensible or it wasn’t.

Remarkably, for many on the right, the question of whether you were “with” McCarthy almost completely crowded out the question of whether or not you were right-wing or left-wing, Democrat or Republican, or even where you stood on the question of Communism itself. The pressing issue was whether McCarthy went too far in his accusations of vast Communist conspiracies within the government and in other insinuations of treason on a mass scale.

via Like the McCarthy Era, but with No Communist Threat to Support It — National Review

June 1 A Change of Nature

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

When you receive Jesus Christ, are born again, and enter into God’s kingdom, you become a totally different individual. The change that occurs when you’re saved is more dramatic than the change that will occur when you die because then you already have a new nature and are a citizen of God’s kingdom. Death simply ushers you into God’s presence.

In his epistles, the apostle Paul says that when God transformed us, He gave us a new will, mind, heart, power, knowledge, wisdom, life, inheritance, relationship, righteousness, love, desire, and citizenship. He called it “newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). Some teach that when a person becomes a Christian, God gives him something new in addition to his old sin nature. But according to the Word of God, we don’t receive something new—we ourselves become new![1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 170). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.