Daily Archives: June 11, 2018

June 11: The Danger of Success

2 Chronicles 26:1–28:27; 1 John 2:1–6; Psalm 103:15–22

Western culture is obsessed with success. Society places successful people on a pedestal, as if they’re somehow smarter or better than everyone else. Christians certainly aren’t immune to this trend, as is demonstrated by the growing celebrity-pastor following. The need to succeed can tilt a church out of balance when the leader or the donors with the deepest pockets become the focus, and ultimate authority, instead of Christ.

Uzziah’s story demonstrates the danger of success. Most of the kings of Judah prior to Uzziah—who was appointed king at the age of 16—failed God and His people. They achieved success in their own eyes, but biblical history paints them as men who were spiritually weak and sought their own gain at the sacrifice of others. Success achieved through force may look like strength, but it’s actually weakness. The distinction of great leaders is their ability to rise alongside those they lead, not over them.

At the beginning of his reign, Uzziah showed every sign of becoming a great leader: “And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that Amaziah his father had done. And he began to seek God in the days of Zechariah who was teaching in visions of God. And whenever he sought Yahweh God made him have success” (2 Chr 26:4–5). Uzziah rose with his people, and he was willing to be taught by those he respected.

But then King Uzziah became proud: “But on account of his strength his heart grew proud unto destruction. And he acted unfaithfully against Yahweh his God” (2 Chr 26:16). Uzziah went so far as to place himself in the role of the priests; as a result, God afflicted him with leprosy. Instead of following God’s will as he always had, Uzziah let success—and the desire for ultimate authority—become his guide (2 Chr 26:16–21).

We should not judge success according to societal norms, but on our submission to God’s will and reign over our lives. We should question whether we are living up to our God-given potential and using our God-given gifts for His glory. And we should be cautious of pride—both in ourselves and others—so that we can discern whether confidence comes from self or from God, as it should.

What do you feel proud of? How can you be better at helping others rise with you?

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.

06/11/2018 — Wretched

– Episode 2304 –

Royal Wedding Sermon Disaster

Segment 1 (00:00) – Love defined as a law

Segment 2 (09:06) – Love defined to each person

Segment 3 (18:13) – We can save the world through love

Wretched Surprise! (26:07) – Sermon Illustration, Moose fight

via 06/11/2018 — Wretched

June 11 Gazing into the Perfect Law

“One who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).


God blesses you when you obey His Word.

James 1:21–24 contrasts hearers of the Word and doers of the Word. Hearers don’t respond to Scripture or benefit from its truths, though they may study it in depth. Doers receive it in humility and obey its commands. James 1:25 adds that they are “blessed” in what they do. That means there is blessing in the very act of obedience.

James here calls Scripture “the perfect law, the law of liberty.” It is “law” because it’s God’s obligatory behavioral code. Grace doesn’t eliminate God’s moral law; but it gives us the spiritual resources to obey it, and forgiveness when we fail. That’s how Jesus fulfills the law in us (cf. Matt. 5:17).

Scripture is “the perfect law” because it is complete, sufficient, comprehensive, and without error. Through it God meets every need and fulfills every desire of the human heart. In addition, it is “the law of liberty.” That may sound paradoxical, because we tend to think of law and freedom as opposites. But as you look intently into the Word, the Holy Spirit enables you to apply its principles to your life, thereby freeing you from the guilt and bondage of sin and enabling you to live to God’s glory. That’s true freedom!

“Looks intently” translates a Greek word that pictures bending down to examine something with care and precision. This implies humility and a desire to see clearly what Scripture reveals about your own spiritual condition. It’s an attitude as well as an action.

As you study Scripture, let this be your underlying attitude: “Lord, as I gaze intently into Your Word, reveal the things in my life that need to be changed. Then grant me the grace to make those changes, so I can live more fully to Your glory.”


Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize Psalm 139:23–24, and make it your sincere prayer.

For Further Study: Read Hebrews 4:12–13. ✧ To what is God’s Word compared? ✧ What effect does the Word have on those who are exposed to it?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 175). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

10 Reasons Why You Should Trust the Bible

Are there any good reasons to believe the Bible is true? Can an old book like the Bible really be trusted? There are, of course, many good reasons to believe that the Bible is indeed a trustworthy document.

We can have confidence in the Bible as God’s true and trusted speech to us. Here are ten reasons to trust the Bible.

1. The Bible is historically accurate.

The field of archaeology demonstrates that the Bible is historically accurate. Now, this does not mean that it is inherently “true.” It does mean that it is reliable in its historical details—which gives some pretty good credibility to what else it has to say. If we can trust that the Bible accurately records for us geographical places (Israel, Egypt, Babylon, etc.) and historical people (Herod or Pontius Pilate, for example), it’s very likely it has many other true things to say. One reason I could never trust the Book of Mormon, in contrast, is that most of the places listed in its geography are make-believe. It’s very difficult for me to trust a book that is claiming to be nonfiction when its geography is clearly fiction.

2. Compared to other ancient documents, there is no comparison!

The New Testament has been preserved more than any other ancient work. There are over 5,800 Greek manuscripts. The runner-up for ancient texts is Homer’s Iliad, with less than 2,000 copies. After that, the works of Aristotle, Herodotus, Tacitus, and others are even more poorly represented with only two handfuls (or less!) for each.

Now having an abundance of manuscripts doesn’t tell us whether or not the original text is true—it only tells us that we accurately have a handle on what that original text was. We have to read the New Testament itself if we want to find out how trustworthy it is. Still, we do have good reason to trust that the English printed edition we have on our bookshelf or next to our nightstand is, in fact, the very Bible that was completed in the first century. That’s another great place to start in being able to trust the Bible, and it’s more than we can say for any other ancient text in the world.

3. The New Testament manuscripts were written by eyewitnesses.

These eyewitnesses were real people who saw (and touched, see 1 John 1) firsthand the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Luke does mention that he did historical research before writing his Gospel (Luke 1:1–4), but he went straight to other eyewitnesses in order to write these things down. The whole New Testament claims that Jesus Christ died on a cross and rose from the dead three days after dying…

— Read on www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2018/06/10-reasons-why-you-should-trust-the-bible.html


I pray…that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

John 17:15

Christianity today is so entangled with this present world that millions never guess how radically they have missed the New Testament pattern.

Compromise is everywhere—but actually no real union between the world and the Church is possible. When the Church joins up with the world, it is the true Church no longer but only a pitiful hybrid thing, an object of smiling contempt to the world, and an abomination to the Lord!

Nothing could be clearer than the pronouncements of the Scriptures on the Christian’s relation to the world. The confusion which gathers around this matter results from the unwillingness of professing Christians to take the Word of the Lord seriously.

This whole thing is spiritual in its essence. A Christian is what he is not by ecclesiastical manipulation but by the new birth. He is a Christian because of a Spirit which dwells in him. Only that which is born by the Spirit is spirit, no matter how many church dignitaries work on it!

Lord, I pray that the leaders in my church will stand firmly on biblical principles when faced with social and political issues of moral importance.[1]

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

June 11, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore could “work out very nicely” as officials from both countries sought to narrow differences on how to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

Cuba said on Sunday it remained baffled by health issues affecting U.S. diplomats, after the U.S. State Department reported two Cuba-based functionaries had symptoms similar to previous cases that began in late 2016.

Nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from October 2016 through February of this year, according to a senior government official, as President Donald Trump implemented stricter border enforcement policies.

The United States on Monday called on clashing factions in Yemen to work with the United Nations to end the more than three-year-old conflict that has pitted Iran-aligned Houthis against other Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

Spain offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean Sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.

Britain’s Rolls-Royce said a costly compressor problem that had grounded Boeing planes had now been found in a different type of engine, compounding pressures on a group that is due to cut more than 4,000 jobs this week.

A suicide bomber killed 13 people and wounded more 25 during rush hour on Monday at the entrance to Afghanistan’s rural rehabilitation and development ministry in Kabul as workers were leaving for home, government spokesmen said.

Oil prices fell on Monday, pulled down by rising Russian production and the highest U.S. drilling activity in more than three years. Benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 was down 65 cents at $75.81 a barrel by 1330 GMT. U.S. light crude CLc1 fell 60 cents to $65.14.

AP Top Stories

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that G7 leaders had agreed on the wording of a common statement at their ongoing summit which would include a commitment to a “rules-based” trade framework.

Pope Francis met with oil and gas executives and investors in a closed-door session at the Vatican on Saturday to sound the alarm on fossil fuels’ dire threat to humanity and urgently call for greater efforts to develop alternative energy.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of three Chilean bishops following sex abuse scandals, including Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, the city at the epicenter of the uproar.

More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the United Nations said Monday.

A Sikh Coldstream Guards soldier became the first to wear a turban during the Royal Horseguards ceremony Saturday – a move he said he hopes will be a “new change in history.”

China has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fueled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.

A plan to diversify New York City’s most elite public high schools is drawing fire from the minority group that has come to dominate the schools in recent years: Asian-Americans.

The only way to get the result America wants in negotiations with North Korea is to get a nuclear force in place in South Korea and trade it away in exchange for the North’s nuclear arsenal. The United States made a terrible mistake to pull its nuclear weapons out of South Korea in 1991, but today it has a chance to rectify that error.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview published Sunday that the West is fueling the devastating war in his country, now in its eighth year, with the aim of toppling him.

n Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip destroyed a Hamas tunnel giving frogmen unseen access to the sea from their base, the Israeli army said Sunday.

An Israeli aircraft fired a warning shot Saturday to deter a group of Gazans preparing to fly a balloon fitted with explosives over the border, in the first such case, the army said.

Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms.


Summit, the US’s new supercomputer, is more than twice as powerful as the current world leader. The machine can process 200,000 trillion calculations per second – or 200 petaflops. China’s Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer, until now the world’s most powerful machine, has a processing power of 93 petaflops.

Nigerian authorities say they have rescued nine young girls and one boy who were being trafficked to Moscow.

A US Special Forces soldier has been killed in an attack by suspected al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia, officials say.

A fire has been brought under control at Iraq’s biggest ballot paper storage depot days after an election recount was ordered.


New scientific research has set out to identify how spiritual experiences are processed by the brain and identified where that occurs, concluding neither God nor religion is necessary.

Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in for one-on-one sessions at his Washington office.

Loneliness may double a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, research has found.

News – 6/11/2018

Erdogan Predicts ‘War Between the Cross and Crescent’ over Austria Mosque Closures
Erdogan attacked Austria’s impending closure of mosques and consequent expulsion of Turkish-funded imams, saying the move is anti-Islamic while promising a response. “These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Keith Ellison & Ilhan Omar: Clear And Present Dangers
Minnesota has two CAIR candidates running for office without being labeled as such by our supine, Regressive Left media who have actively enabled their rise and continued political survival. And here we are.

Winds fanning wildfires won’t die down until Tuesday:
Gusting winds driving the flames of a largely uncontrolled wildfire are expected to keep fanning the blaze through an 11th day on Monday on the bone-dry hills of southwest Colorado, where more than 2,000 homes have already been evacuated.

Kurz vows Vienna to support Israel security needs in ‘tough neighborhood’
Israel’s neighbors are not like Austria’s – Liechtenstein and Switzerland – and for that reason Vienna will try to raise the awareness of Israel’s security concerns inside the European Union, visiting Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday after meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kurz, who is in a coalition government with the far-right Freedom Party which has a history of antisemitism and with whom Israel refuses to engage, said, “I can assure you that Austria will fight with determination against antisemitism in Europe,” both the old and new forms of antisemitism.

Giuliani to Israeli Bereaved Families: “Europeans Unable to Defend Against Terror”
“Why should we look at … Europe that is a failure,” Giuliani said. “They can’t even defend themselves. They are frightened. France is frightened of terrorists. We’re not frightened of anyone, not just because we’re strong but because we’re right, and we’re decent, and we love people. And in order to love people and accomplish it you have to have courage. Cowards can’t protect people.” Giuliani continued his speech by praising the current US President.

IDF Reservists Called Up as Border Tensions Mount
The Israel Defense Forces called up thousands of ‎reservists on Sunday as part of a surprise exercise in ‎the Golan Heights on Israel’s border with Syria.‎ The drill is expected to last several days and will ‎include heavy security vehicle traffic in the area. ‎

Trump Top Advisors Lash Out At “Double-Crossing” Trudeau: “Special Place In Hell” For Him
Peter Navarro, the White House National Trade Council director, exclaimed that there is a “special place in hell” for any leader who engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Trump, slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his remarks on trade.

Beware Hawaii-FEMA Barges Are the Newest Form of FEMA Camps
FEMA has essentially told America that we are on our own when it comes to a disaster. Then why is FEMA using barges to imprison people after pretending to rescue them?

BOMBSHELL: “Consensus” theory of evolution of the species falls apart; new mitochondrial DNA study reveals NO animal species more than 200,000 years old
A surprising new study is casting serious doubt on the popular theory that modern animals are the result of millions of years of evolution. After looking at the mitochondrial DNA of thousands of animal species, including humans, researchers reached the stunning conclusion that nearly every species dates back just 100,000 to 200,000 years.

Hurricane Bud to strengthen, threaten Mexico with flooding as Aletta weakens
On the heels of Aletta, the first hurricane of the East Pacific hurricane season, Hurricane Bud has developed and will threaten western Mexico with flooding rainfall this week.

Officials order new evacuations as Colorado wildfires rage on
As wildfires continue to roar through southwestern Colorado, authorities announced more evacuations on Saturday.

Superbug infections rising among injection drug users
One type of superbug bacteria is increasingly spreading among people who inject drugs, according to a new government report. Users of heroin and other injection drugs were 16 times more likely than other people to develop severe illnesses from MRSA, said the report published Thursday.

Flesh-eating bacteria: Vibro Vulnificus in Florida ocean hospitalizes 32, kills 10
ABC Action News has confirmed that there was a death in Sarasota County from the vibrio vulnificus bacteria. The Sarasota Health Department apologized for not reporting it sooner.

Thousands march for LGBT rights in pride parades across Europe
Thousands of people in cities across Europe marched in pride parades to support LGBT rights on Saturday.

The Government WILL Take Your Supplies: Venezuela is Seizing Cattle and Inventory

Something has been happening in Venezuela these last few days: the seizing of cattle, food, and staples from the production sites, by the so-called “authorities” that are not such. In the past years, factories such as GM and Kimberly Clark were seized by the government, and many other means of production have been taken from citizens. Then, they fell into disrepair and production stopped in many cases.

CFR admits all governments use propaganda to “control the narrative” to enslave their own populations
Speaking before an audience during an event held by the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Stengel, a former high-level U.S. government official, head of the office for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department from 2013 to 2016, and regular commentator on the fake news network MSNBC, argued that governments have a responsibility to direct propaganda  at their domestic populations and ultimately control the political narrative.

Homeschooling skyrockets as more parents get fed up with Left-wing social engineering and violence in public schools
Thanks to the incessant Left-wing counter-culture social engineering and increasing levels of violence and bullying, more American parents are pulling their kids out of failing government schools and teaching them at home.

Italy’s far right coalition refuses migrant rescue boat with 629 on board
The new Italian populist government has announced it is closing its ports to migrants from Libya, leaving more than 600 rescued migrants stuck on board a rescue ship waiting to see if Malta would instead allow the boat to dock and disembark.

Assad: UK & NWO ‘Puppets’ Behind ‘Staged Chemical Attacks’ in Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lashed out at the UK, accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of leading the US, UK, and France into staging chemical attacks in Syria.

NAACP Supports Abortion Of Black Babies
Rev. Clenard Childress joins Owen Shroyer live via Skype to break down how the NAACP actually supports Planned Parenthood and the coordinated effort to mass-exterminate black babies.

Shariah judge denies Jewish links to Jerusalem
The supreme Shariah judge for the Palestinian Authority, who advises President Mahmoud Abbas on religious issues, is denying the Jewish links throughout history to the city of Jerusalem.

Turkey Condemns Austria’s ‘Racist’ Move to Close 7 Mosques… Weeks After Turkey Seized ALL Christian Churches in Historic City
The conservative Austrian government announced plans this week to shutter seven mosques and expel 60 Turkish-funded radical imams.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the country can no longer put up with ‘parallel societies.’

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.” —Benjamin Franklin and George Whaley (1774)

In Today’s Edition

  • Trump accomplishes what he meant to at the G7 summit.
  • The Left has turned “diversity” into a racket.
  • The Miss America beauty pageant is not a pageant and there are no more bikinis.
  • The science is not settled on evolution, either.
  • George Soros has a complaint: Not everyone likes what he’s doing.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Trump Shakes Up G7, Demands Fair ‘Reciprocal’ Trade

Trump played the G7 summit leaders the way he has played Washington’s establishment class.

The Diversity Racket

The Left’s efforts to eviscerate meritocracy in favor of “inclusion” is reaching metastatic levels.

Miss America Ditches the Bikini

It’s all part of significant changes to the multimillion-dollar organization in the age of #MeToo.

Settled Science on Evolution and History?

New research brings into question two commonly held theories on ancient timelines.

Soros Laments ‘Everything Has Gone Wrong’

Why? Because people around the world are rising up to reject his socialist, globalist worldview.

Video: Matthew Charles and Justice vs. the Law

Matthew Charles was released on parole in 2016 … and now he’s being sent back to jail.

Humor Video: Honest VBS Volunteer

“Wanna play Simon Says? Not at VBS. Here we call that Jesus Says!” John Crist is the honest VBS Leader!

Monday Short Cuts

The Gipper: “The system has not failed. Some human beings have failed the system.”

Monday Top Headlines

G7 and Korea summits, China hacks, Iran’s admission, women in college, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Charles Krauthammer
Rich Lowry
Trump Is Not Destroying Himself
Ken Blackwell
Bold Reforms Needed to Fuel the Trump Economy
Gary Bauer
Pelosi’s Prattling
Tony Perkins
Social Media Giants ‘Friend’ Extremist SPLC

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 11

  • U.S.-Canada Trade Feud Escalates After Fraught G-7 Summit (Read More)
  • Stocks, euro climb as calm in Italy overshadows chaotic G7 (Read More)
  • Singapore Summit: U.S., North Korea Huddle in Last-Minute Talks (Read More)
  • Art of the Foreign-Policy Deal: Trump’s Tactics (Read More)
  • Mexico minister calls for ‘flexibility’ in reworking NAFTA (Read More)
  • Italian Markets Rally After Finance Minister Commits to Euro (Read More)
  • The Return of the Political-Risk Trade (Read More)
  • UK Data Cast Doubt Over Health of Economy (Read More)
  • Suicide bomber kills 13, including women, outside Afghan ministry (Read More)
  • Foxconn says investigating labor conditions at China factory used for Amazon (Read More)
  • Jaguar Land Rover to Move Discovery SUV Production to Slovakia (Read More)
  • China’s Xiaomi books $1 billion quarterly loss ahead of blockbuster IPO (Read More)
  • Mexico leftist’s pitch to Trump: growth, not walls to fix migration (Read More)
  • HSBC Outlines Plan to Spend $17 Billion by 2020 (Read More)
  • The Foreign Funds Making Cyprus Their Gateway to Europe (Read More)
  • China Bought Enough American Cotton Futures to Make 400 Million T-Shirts (Read More)
  • Audi CEO Is Suspect in Diesel Case, Prosecutors Say (Read More)
  • Rolls-Royce, preparing to cut thousands of jobs, says engine problem has spread (Read More)

ApostasyWatch Daily News

It’s Not Bigotry to Believe Homosexuality Is a Sin

Christian Author Lisa Bevere Urges Believers to Stop Sharing Church Abuse Stories in Public

The Evangelical Industrial Complex Comes to Dallas – 100,000 flock to D-FW mega events like Harvest America, praising God and spending millions 

Two former child brides who were forced to marry pedophile cult leader Tony Alamo tell their harrowing stories a year after his death in prison

Members of NC church known for ‘blasting’ out demons accused of bilking taxpayers

CrossFit Fires a Christian After Gay Rights Activists Demand It

Singapore churches urge prayers for peace as Trump-Kim summit nears

Headlines – 6/11/2018

Friedman in Washington for talks on Trump peace plan

Palestinian negotiator shoots back at Trump official in ongoing spat

Latvian FM: Anti-Israel resolutions don’t advance peace

Gaza’s financial crisis is sending Hamas back into the arms of Iran

No decision to ease Gaza humanitarian woes after top ministers meet

Bennett, Liberman condition Gaza humanitarian steps on Hamas freeing Israelis

Kite warfare: Fire forces evacuation of Israeli town

Eleven fires burning near Gaza said caused by incendiary kites

IDF destroyed Hamas undersea tunnel for first time in last week’s airstrikes

Explosive device neutralized near Tomb of the Patriarchs

Israeli military opens surprise exercise in the Golan

IAI develops ground-to-air robot system for border surveillance

Austrian leader visits Yad Vashem, vows to ensure ‘horrific crimes’ remembered

Hezbollah flags to fly unimpeded at London anti-Israel march

PM urges Diaspora Jews to visit Western Wall pluralistic prayer platform

Israel approves $30 million plan to counter 5-year drought

Netanyahu bypasses the Ayatollahs – offers water tech to Iranians

Netanyahu: Europeans support Israel’s demand for Iran to leave Syria

Assad says West is fueling Syria war, hoping to topple him

Assad claims Russia not running show in Syria, slams US ‘colonial’ moves

UN chief calls for investigation of Syria strikes in Idlib

Ballot box storage site catches fire in Baghdad, say officials

Fearing a second Arab Spring at their doorstep, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States are eager to help Jordan’s economy

Gulf states offer $2.5 billion to bail out cash-strapped Jordan

U.N. Pushes to Avert ‘Catastrophic’ U.A.E. Attack on Yemen Port

Aid groups in Yemen warned attack could endanger all supplies

Erdogan Predicts ‘War Between the Cross and Crescent’ over Austria Mosque Closures

Turkey’s election: Erdogan set to gain new presidential powers despite growing voter resentment

Turkey says troops already inside Iraq and ready to move on Kurdish stronghold

Kurdish party announces killing nine Iranian Revolutionary Guards

Report: Iran kills 6 terrorism suspects near Iraqi border

Meeting Rouhani, China’s Xi backs keeping nuclear deal intact

Iran’s Rohani criticizes U.S. ‘unilateralism’ over nuclear deal

Liberman says Iranian regime ‘living on borrowed time’

Iran, spurned by US, angrily watches Trump-North Korea talks

Isolated North Korean Public Mostly Unaware of Historic Trump-Kim Summit

Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit

Summits are tricky: Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan learned the hard way

Trump, Kim to open summit by meeting one on one

N. Korean, US officials try narrowing differences on eve of Trump-Kim summit

Pompeo says US committed to “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”

Christians Unite in Prayer and Fasting before North Korea Summit

Pope Francis says praying that Korea summit leads to peace

The US-North Korea summit may help decide a trade war with China: Jack Ablin

Brace for the World Economy’s Most Important Week of the Year

Trump’s willingness to walk away at the G7 and North Korea summits shows his foreign policy is working

Trump’s tweets slam Canada and Trudeau anew from Singapore

White House adviser says Canada’s Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’

Larry Kudlow calls Justin Trudeau’s verbal attacks ‘amateurish,’ a ‘betrayal’

Trump Trade Adviser: ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Canada’s Trudeau After G-7

Trump says US is like a ‘piggy bank that everybody is robbing’ on trade

Trump told Macron EU worse than China on trade

Merkel: EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminium

Germany’s Merkel calls Trump’s G7 slams ‘sobering,’ ‘depressing’

One ‘rant,’ rough talks sour G7 mood in confrontations with Trump

France on G7: ‘Fits of anger’ cannot dictate international cooperation

Putin says G-7 criticism of Russia is ‘chatter’

China, Russia Solidify Growing Eastern Bloc as Trump Rattles G-7

Under attack, billionaire George Soros plans to redouble his efforts

Brexit is even messier than critics expected. So what happens now?

New Italian economy minister vows to stay in euro, cut debt level

Venezuela’s Long Road to Ruin – Few countries have provided such a perfect example of socialist policies in practice

Revamped EU copyright law could mean the death of memes

Army prototypes new self-powering ‘Iron Man’ soldier suits

Budget cutters may doom the International Space Station

The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet

Earthquake felt across northern England as residents describe underground rumble and shaking homes

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

In Guatemala, woman searches for 50 relatives buried by volcano

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Update: Explosions Continue to Plague Island Nearly 40 Days After Initial Eruption

Lava flow sparks Winter Weather Advisory on Big Island

Tropical Storm Bud grows off Mexico’s Pacific coast

Netanyahu boasts Israel only Mideast country that ‘welcomes gays’

After Celebrity Deaths, Suicide Hotline Calls Jump 25%

Anthony Bourdain was ‘doing really well’ before death, championed women, ‘Top Chef’ host Padma Lakshmi says

What Anthony Bourdain Said About Harvey Weinstein After Asia Argento’s Rape Allegations

Flashback: Anthony Bourdain calls Hillary Clinton’s Weinstein response ‘shameful’

An Indiana educator survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas – and then a shooting at her school

Mexican Politician Shot Dead After Promising To Fight Violent Crime

Colorado Fire Doubles in Size, Forcing the Evacuation of More Than 2,000 Homes

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 06:39 AM PDT

Colorado Fire Doubles in Size, Forcing the Evacuation of More Than 2,000 HomesA wildfire blazing in southwestern Colorado doubled in size Sunday, keeping thousands of residents away from their homes.  The so-called 416 Fire burning 10 miles north of Durango has consumed 26 square miles as of Sunday and was 10 percent contained. Fire spokesman Brian Eady told the Associated Press that the increase is the result of both the fire’s natural growth and intentional blazes

sparked by firefighters in an effort to control its movement. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” incident commander Todd Pechota told The Durango Herald. Another 675 homes were evacuated Sunday, bringing the total to more than 2,000 homes evacuated. Deputies are going door to door to alert residents. There have been no reports of homes being damaged by the blaze. READ MORE

Man asked to leave restaurant because of ‘large’ cross necklace

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 06:28 AM PDT

Man asked to leave restaurant because of ‘large’ cross necklaceA restaurant in Indianapolis, Ind., allegedly asked a customer to leave because of the size of the cross and necklace he was wearing.  Jerry Bond was out with his minister and some friends at Kilroy’s Bar N’ Grill last month when he said he was singled out by a bouncer who came up to him and asked him to remove his necklace or leave the restaurant.

“The bouncer comes back over, really bad attitude, [and says] ‘We’re going to ask you to either tuck your necklace, remove it or you have to leave,” Bond said to WRAL. “I’m not going to tuck my cross in because of my beliefs. I believe in wearing this cross and what it represents.” READ MORE

New York City may soon add third gender option on birth certificates

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 06:24 AM PDT

New York City may soon add  third gender option on birth certificatesThe traditional two boxes “male” or “female” on New York City birth certificates could be a thing of the past. For people born in New York City, a third gender category may soon be available.  City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is introducing the legislation, said the third option would be a box labeled “X” and would be something adults could choose for their own birth certificates.

As the law stands now, if parents of a newborn do not want to identify the sex, they can say the sex of the child is “unknown.” But transgender adults need a letter from a doctor to change their gender on the government form. Ashton, who is a transgender man, said he wishes his parents had the “X” option when he was born. But not everyone agrees with the idea. READ MORE

A Yellow Alert Has Just Been Issued For 2 Major Volcanoes In North America

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 06:18 AM PDT

A Yellow Alert Has Just Been Issued For 2 Major Volcanoes In North AmericaMassive eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano and Guatemala’s Fuego volcano have captivated the entire world in recent days, and now it looks like even more volcanoes are starting to wake up.  In fact, yellow alerts were just issued for Mexico’s Mt. Popocatepetl and Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano.  Mt. Popocatepetl and Great Sitkin both sit along the “Ring of Fire” that roughly encircles the perimeter of

the Pacific Ocean, and many are becoming concerned that we may be witnessing some sort of “chain reaction” as volcanoes all over the globe begin to exhibit signs of increased activity.  This even includes some unusual happenings at Yellowstone, and we will cover that near the end of this article.  But to start with, let’s take a look at the yellow alert that was just issued for Mt. Popocatepetl.  The following comes from a government website in Mexico… . In the last 24 hours, through the monitoring systems at Popocatépetl volcano, were registered 30 exhalations with emissions of steam and gas..  CONTINUE

Rise of secularization fueling violence and verbal abuse against Christian clergy

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 06:09 AM PDT

Rise of secularization fueling violence and verbal abuse against Christian clergyGrowing secularisation is leading to an increase in violence and verbal abuse against Christian clergy, experts fear. Priests told of experiences including discovering a witchcraft symbol sprayed on a church door and being followed home as academics launched a mass survey of priests to find out the scale of the problem. There are also concerns that sex abuse scandals and a growing number of female clergy is

contributing to a growth in threats and violence against priests.  Academics at Royal Holloway, University of London, are to survey around 7,000 Church of England clergy using £5,000 in funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The survey, which is to be circulated online this month, will ask clergy whether they have experienced verbal abuse, threats or physical violence in the last two years, and how often church property is damaged. READ MORE

Lava sparks winter weather advisory in Hawaii

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 06:04 AM PDT

Lava sparks winter weather advisory in HawaiiAccording to a recent report, Kilauea lava flow has prompted a winter weather advisory for Hawaii’s Big Island.

The steam from lava in the ocean goes into the atmosphere, cools down and falls back to the Island as freezing rain and fog. READ MORE

Deadly dust and lightning storms strike India, claiming another 26 lives

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 05:53 AM PDT

Deadly dust and lightning storms strike India, claiming another 26 livesTwenty-six people were killed in dust storms and lightning that struck parts of Uttar Pradesh yesterday, while two persons died on Saturday in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra. A downpour battered Mumbai, causing disruptions in rail and air traffic, and a dust storm hit the national capital and its surrounding areas that had been reeling under the scorching heat for a few days. There were

reports of rains in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, which had been sweating it out in sweltering conditions. As many as 26 people were killed due to dust storms and lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, a government spokesperson said today. Dust storms and lightning hit places in 11 districts of the state last night resulting in the death of 26 people, he said. READ MORE

Fulfilling Last-Days Prophecy? Christians, Jews Worldwide Gather for Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 05:48 AM PDT

Fulfilling Last-Days Prophecy? Christians, Jews Worldwide Gather for Jerusalem Prayer BreakfastHundreds of Christians from around the world gathered in Jerusalem this week, together with Israeli Knesset members and Jewish leaders, to pray for the peace of Jerusalem at the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast.  “I think about the fact that God is joining Jews and Christians together for such an event. This is a wonder. This is such a wonder happening in our day and age,” said Sharon Daugherty, founding pastor of the Victory Christian Center.   “We are in the last days. And we recognize that God

is moving by His Holy Spirit around the world, but particularly here in Israel,” Daugherty told CBN News. This is the second year that the gathering has taken place. Knesset Member Robert Ilatov initiated the breakfast, which is co-chaired by former U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. It’s part of a global movement to encourage Jews and Christians to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This year, representatives from 70 nations came to Jerusalem. Some noted that there were 70 nations in Israel’s 70th year. READ MORE

UPDATE: Indiana Teacher Out of a Job after Challenging the School’s Transgender Policy

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 05:45 AM PDT

UPDATE: Indiana Teacher Out of a Job after Challenging the School’s Transgender PolicyAn Indiana teacher is out of a job after refusing to follow school policy and call transgender students by their preferred names.  John Kluge says Brownsburg High School gave him the option to follow the policy, resign or be fired. So Kluge submitted a letter of resignation. “I’m being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that’s a dangerous lifestyle,”

he told The Indianapolis Star newspaper.  According to the Indiana Family Institute, a conservative research group, Kluge believes it’s his job to protect the well-being of his students.  “He is troubled by the research showing that individuals who adopt a gender different than their biological sex and who transition, through hormone therapy and surgery, are 20 times more likely to commit suicide,” they wrote.  READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Hurricane “Bud’ affecting southwestern Mexico, heading toward Baja California Sur

Posted: 11 Jun 2018 05:41 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Hurricane “Bud’ affecting southwestern Mexico, heading toward Baja California SurHurricane Bud has become the second major hurricane in just over three days in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and will bring at least more peripheral impacts to parts of Mexico’s Pacific coast than its predecessor last week, Aletta. Bud’s center is currently just over 200 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, moving northwest. Infrared satellite imagery shows some outer rainbands wrapping toward

the southwest coast of Mexico, particularly Jalisco and Colima states. These outer rainbands will continue to push ashore at times through midweek. Bud is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated totals up to 10 inches, through Tuesday afternoon over portions of southwestern Mexico. This heavy rain could cause life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides in high-terrain areas. READ MORE

May 2018 was hottest May in 124 years of recording keeping for the continental US

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 02:07 PM PDT

May 2018 was hottest May in 124 years of recording keeping for the continental USMay 2018 was the hottest of any May in 124 years of recording keeping for the continental United States, eclipsing the extreme heat of that month in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl era.  The average temperature for the Lower 48 states last month was 65.41 degrees Fahrenheit, 5.21 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1901-2000 average, according to the state of the climate report released by NOAA on Wednesday.

That knocked out May 1934 for the warmest May on record. Rounding out the top five warmest Mays are 1936, 2012 and 2000.  Eight of the 12 calendar months have now notched warmth records since 1998: January (2006), March (2012), April (2006), May (2018), June (2016), September (1998), November (1999) and December (2015). Last month, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia broke state warmth records. Another eight states from Washington to Rhode Island had their second-warmest Mays. READ MORE

Facebook Is Now Trying to Hire ‘News Credibility Specialists’ to Deal With Its Fake News Problem

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 01:00 PM PDT

Facebook Is Now Trying to Hire ‘News Credibility Specialists’ to Deal With Its Fake News ProblemYears ago, Facebook fired its Trending News team and replaced them with algorithms after a Gizmodo article featured former workers claiming the site discriminated against conservative news. Then, Facebook tried and failed to suppress hoax news sites and propaganda with a series of methods designed to avoid the ire of conservatives, like third-party fact checkers and yet more algorithms. In the meantime, its so-called “fake news” problem grew worse than ever.  Now it looks like Facebook is back to hiring staff to help it sort the problem out directly.

Per a report in Business Insider, as of Thursday, Facebook had two contract positions for “news credibility specialists” open on its job site. The jobs are based out of Menlo Park, California, where the site is headquartered, and one of them lists fluent Spanish as a requirement: “We’re seeking individuals with a passion for journalism, who believe in Facebook’s mission of making the world more connected,” one of the two listings reads. It continues: “As a member of the team, you’ll be tasked with developing a deep expertise in Facebook’s News Credibility Program. You’ll be conducting investigations against predefined policies.” READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Terrorists Near Heidi Baker’s Ministry in Mozambique

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 12:50 PM PDT

DEVELOPING: Terrorists Near Heidi Baker’s Ministry in MozambiqueEvangelists Rolland and Heidi Baker have reportedly contacted Mike Bickle and the International House of Prayer to ask believers for worldwide prayer for what they are calling a “great crisis” in their Iris Global ministry in Africa, according to a post on Facebook.  The prayer request was posted by the Global Prayer Room & Revival Center – New York City and claims to be released from Mike Bickle and the International House of Prayer. The release was not available on Mike Bickle’s official Facebook

page, but was posted by the official IHOPKC Twitter account, giving the claims credibility. Two other users on Twitter reposted the same or similar information prior to the official IHOPKC post, verifying the prayer request’s authenticity. A video from Baker herself was reportedly circulating Saturday but has since been removed from Facebook. In the post, Bickle says Heidi Baker has told him that terrorists are attacking her area and “beheading people and burning villages” in Pemba, Mozambique. Baker asked that IHOP spread the word to “urgently” pray for the people of the Pemba area as well as Iris Global, as terrorists are attacking villages in the Pemba area and “numerous” people have been killed in the last few days. READ MORE

Freak storm strikes Britain producing Large Hail, Snowstorms and Fiery Lightning

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 12:44 PM PDT

Freak storm strikes Britain producing Large Hail, Snowstorms and Fiery LightningBritain has been hit by a freak weather storm this weekend, with parts of the country experiencing snowstorms, lightning fireballs and flash flooding in the space of just a few hours yesterday.  A freak weather storm hit Britain yesterday, disrupting the summer heatwave that has swept across the country over the last week. Scotland bared the brunt of the bizarre weather pattern, with the region

stunned by snowstorms, huge hail and lightning explosions. In one of the worst weather-related incidents yesterday, a family house in Lenzie suffered an unusual lightning fireball, which set their home ablaze. A lightning bolt struck the family home in East Dunbartonshire, which quickly erupted in flames, forcing the family to flee in terror. READ MORE

Yellowstone Geyser Erupts for Eighth Time in Three Months, Stumping Scientists

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 12:37 PM PDT

Yellowstone Geyser Erupts for Eighth Time in Three Months, Stumping ScientistsYellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser, the largest in the world, has now erupted eight times in less than three months, in a geological puzzle that has fascinated scientists working at the site.  The most recent Steamboat eruption occurred Monday just after 9 a.m. “It was unbelievable,” Jamie Farrell, a geologist at the University of Utah who happened to be at the geyser during the eruption, told Newsweek. He’s

seen plenty of other geysers go off—but not Steamboat, which is capable of the largest eruptions of all currently active geysers. “The first thing that comes to my mind when I think back on it was just how loud it was, the roar of the eruption,” he said, comparing the second part of the eruption to the sound of a jet engine. That came after a dramatic half hour of the geyser gushing water—and the occasional baseball-sized rock—about 200 feet into the air. READ MORE

How an Angel Rescued Me From Getting Mugged in a Dark Alley

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 12:28 PM PDT

How an Angel Rescued Me From Getting Mugged in a Dark Alley(By Angela Hunt and Bill Meyers) One night I stayed late at work. I don’t remember why, but I remember it was dark when I left. I walked briskly because the wind was a little cold. I passed the last corner where the crime-scene tape ended. I only had one more block to go before I reached the lot where we were allowed to park. A few cars passed on Broadway, but almost everyone was already home.  I remained vigilant, just as my parents always taught me. I knew a single female, no matter where she was, could be a target. But I wasn’t scared.

Until suddenly, about 20 yards up ahead of me, a man stood, blocking my path. I didn’t know how he got there. A brick building stood where he could have come out of a doorway, but there was no door. There was not any kind of alleyway or place where he could have hidden. Fear chilled my body. His eyes gleamed with menace even though he was smiling at me. He wore a heavy, brown leather duster, and he flashed it open, as though he was showing me he had no weapons. He started to walk toward me. No one else was around. No car driving by. No people walking to their cars. Even the street lights around us seemed to dim, and I suddenly realized how black the night was. CONTINUE

Leader of Hezbollah threatens Israel: ‘The day of the great war is coming’

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 12:23 PM PDT

Leader of Hezbollah threatens Israel: ‘The day of the great war is coming’The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group said Friday his men will not leave Syria even if the whole world tries to force them to do so, adding that only a request from the Syrian government would prompt such a move.  Hassan Nasrallah said Israel had for years hoped for Syrian leader Bashar Assad to fall. Now that such a ambition seems unlikely, he said, Israel has set a new goal — to drive Iran and Hezbollah out of Syria.

Nasrallah also threatened Israelis, saying, “The day of the great war is coming.”  Nasrallah’s comments came during a televised speech he gave to hundreds of supporters who gathered in the village of Maroun el-Ras on Lebanon’s border with Israel to mark Quds Day.  The close ally of Iran said Israeli claims that Iran is planning to resume uranium enrichment to wipe out six million Jews in Israel were lies. Iran and its allies don’t want to kill Jews, he claimed.  READ MORE

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The Empire Strikes Back: Europe Wakes up to the Reality of Islamic Invasion — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

If by chance, you are a Leftist liberal, then no matter what you read in this article, you will continue to parrot everything you’ve heard on CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the Marxist news sources.

Facts are of little importance to you because your thinking is part of an Ideology, and facts are pesky little road blocks which get in the way of your Marxist mindset.  John Adams said this about facts:

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” ~John Adams  source

If you will allow me the time to tell you TRUTH (Facts and Evidence), then I applaud your willingness to think for yourself!

The Migrant “Crisis” was a U.N. Initiative (forced migration)

From the U.N Sustainable Development Goals (2015)

“We recognize the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development. We also recognize that international migration is a multi-dimensional reality of major relevance for the development of countries of origin, transit and destination, which requires coherent and comprehensive responses. We will cooperate internationally to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration involving full respect for human rights and the humane treatment of migrants regardless of migration status, of refugees and of displaced persons. Such cooperation should also strengthen the resilience of communities hosting refugees, particularly in developing countries. We underline the right of migrants to return to their country of citizenship, and recall that States must ensure that their returning nationals are duly received.” (emphasis mine)

“We recognize the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development. We also recognize that international migration is a multi-dimensional reality of major relevance for the development of countries of origin, transit and destination, which requires coherent and comprehensive responses. We will cooperate internationally to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration involving full respect for human rights and the humane treatment of migrants regardless of migration status, of refugees and of displaced persons. Such cooperation should also strengthen the resilience of communities hosting refugees, particularly in developing countries. We underline the right of migrants to return to their country of citizenship, and recall that States must ensure that their returning nationals are duly received.”

**** The ONLY reason that the U.N. added “Forced Migration” to their Sustainable Development Goals was clearly to destabilize the Western nations of the world.”

WHY would the U.N. want to destabilize Western Culture you ask?  It’s all about bordersand patriotism.  George Soros, who funded most of the forced migration, is vehemently against borders separating European countries and patriotism. This is text book Marxist ideology.

It is also how the New World Order will finally come to fruition.

How can you have a One World Government if individual countries resist giving up their borders and their cultures?

 You can’t.

I highly recommend that the reader goes to the aforementioned article, and reads it in its entirety:

Read article here 

Muslim do not Assimilate into Western Societies

I wrote a few articles on the very heroic leader of Hungary, Victor Orban. Here is one which includes his epic speech against forced migration of Muslims:

PM of Hungary Makes Historic Speech Against Forced Migration

Here is the video of the PM with English subtitles:

Instead of assimilating into European cultures, the Muslim migrants arrogantly form pockets of “No Go Zones” where not even the police are allowed to go. This is part of political jihad.

In London, the mayor is a radical Muslim named Sadiq Kahn. Right now there is much drama in the U.K. because a very outspoken and heroic man, Tommy Robinson, who dared to speak out about Muslim rape gangs who groom young British girls to be raped by them.Tommy has been imprisoned for 13 months with no due process of law for speaking against these Muslims.  These monsters believe that it is their right to rape these young girls.

Assimilation?   I think not.  More like “Invasion.”

Geert Wilders Comes to London in Solidarity with Imprisoned Tommy Robinson  <CLICK TO READ ARTICLE

THOUSANDS of Brits turned out for the rally to FREE TOMMY ROBINSON!

From timesofisrael.com

Austria to close seven mosques, expel imams in radicalism crackdown

Austria’s government said Friday that it is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on “political Islam” and foreign financing of religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques.

The actions by the government are based on a 2015 law that, among other things, prevents religious communities from getting funding from abroad. Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said the residence permits of around 40 imams employed by ATIB, a group that oversees Turkish mosques in Austria, are being reviewed because of concerns about such financing.

Kickl said that, in two cases, permits have already been revoked. Five more imams were denied first-time permits.

The conservative Kurz became chancellor in December in a coalition with the anti-migration Freedom Party. He is expected to visit Israelthis month, despite tensions between Jerusalem and Vienna over the inclusion of a far-right party in the Austrian government.

In campaigning for last year’s election, both coalition parties called for tougher immigration controls, quick deportations of asylum-seekers whose requests are denied and a crackdown on radical Islam. The government recently announced plans to ban girls in elementary schools and kindergartens from wearing headscarves, adding to existing restrictions on veils.

“Parallel societies, political Islam and tendencies toward radicalization have no place in our country,” Kurz told reporters in Vienna. He added that the government’s powers to intervene “were not sufficiently used” in the past. –source

From independent.co.uk

Most Europeans want immigration ban from Muslim-majority countries, poll reveals

47 per cent of Britons want to stop immigration from Muslim majority countries

A majority of Europeans want a ban on immigration from Muslim-majority countries, a poll has revealed.

An average of 55 per cent of people across the 10 European countries surveyed wanted to stop all future immigration from mainly Muslim countries.

Only 20 per cent disagreed, while 25 per cent said they did not know.

The Chatham House study, conducted before US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries, found majorities in all but two of the ten states opposed immigration from mainly Muslim countries.


A ban was supported by 71 per cent of people in Poland, 65 per cent in Austria, 53 per cent in Germany and 51 per cent in Italy.

In the UK, 47 per cent supported a ban.

In no country did more than 32 per cent disagree with a ban. source

So there you have it.  Europeans have seen first hand what the forced migration of Muslims has done and continues to do to their countries.  And they don’t like it one bit.

The Globalists who joined with the U.N. to put this mass migration into effect, never dreamed that the people of Europe would begin to reject this Trojan Horse.

At first, most of the countries were onboard. Perhaps it made them feel that it was their duty to appear humanitarian by receiving these people.  Or perhaps it was out of a sense of guilt.

But as they say “The gig is up.”  More and more Europeans are seeing clearly that they were used by the Globalists.

And the European “Empire” has struck back!

Shalom b’Yeshua


via The Empire Strikes Back: Europe Wakes up to the Reality of Islamic Invasion — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

June 11, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Performance of the New Man

And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. (3:12–13)

In 3:5–9a, Paul told believers what to put off, while in 3:9–11 he describes the believer’s new identity in Christ. In 3:12, Paul begins to tell believers what to put on. In 3:9–11, Paul describes what God has done for the believer. In 3:12–17 he describes what God expects of the believer in response. A righteous identity must issue in righteous behavior. Such behavior is the outward manifestation of the inward transformation, and it is the only sure proof that such transformation has taken place.

No one becomes a Christian solely by their own choice. Rather, believers are those who have been chosen of God. The truth of divine election is clearly taught in Scripture. Ephesians 1:4 says that God “chose us in Him [Christ] before the foundation of the world.” Paul was confident of God’s choice of the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 1:4) and thanked Him for it: “We should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13). God did not call us because of our good works, “but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity” (2 Tim. 1:9). Believers’ names have been written in the book of life from before the foundation of the world (cf. Rev. 13:8; 17:8). Underlying our response to God’s free, sovereign grace is His plan and initiative.

Because of God’s election, believers are holy and beloved.Hagios (holy) means “set apart,” or “separate.” God chose believers out of the mainstream of mankind and drew them to Himself. They are different from the world. When believers fail to act differently from the world, they violate the very purpose of their calling.

That believers are beloved of God means they are objects of His special love. Election is not a cold, fatalistic doctrine. On the contrary, it is based in God’s incomprehensible love for His elect: “In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will” (Eph. 1:4–5).

Chosen (Deut. 7:6; 14:2; 1 Chron. 16:13; Ps. 105:43; 135:4; Isa. 41:8; 44:1; 45:4), holy (Ex. 19:6; Lev. 19:2; Jer. 2:3), and beloved (1 Kings 10:9; 2 Chron. 9:8; Hos. 11:1) are all used of Israel in the Old Testament. A change has taken place in the economy of God. What was once true of the elect nation is now true of all who come to faith in Christ. Israel has been temporarily set aside and Gentiles grafted in (cf. Rom. 9–11). The saved in the church are chosen by God. We are called “the chosen” (cf. John 15:16; Rom. 8:33; 2 Tim. 2:10; Titus 1:1; 1 Pet. 1:1). Acts 13:46–48 speaks of those ordained by God to eternal life:

Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For thus the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles, that You should bring salvation to the end of the earth.’ ” And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

Romans 9:13–16, 19–22 expresses God’s sovereignty in choosing whom He will:

Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?

Romans 11:4–5 speaks of “God’s gracious choice.” Ephesians 1:4 affirms that believers were “[chosen] in Him before the foundation of the world.” The Thessalonians were “chosen from the beginning for salvation” (2 Thess. 2:13). Perhaps 2 Timothy 1:8–9 sums it up as well as any text: “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.”

The doctrine of election crushes human pride, exalts God, produces joy and gratitude to the Lord, grants eternal privileges and assurance, promotes holiness, and makes one bold and courageous, for one who has been chosen by God for eternal life has no need to fear anything or anyone.

Put on is from enduō, which means “to put on clothes,” or “envelope in.” The qualities that follow are to cover the new man.

A heart of compassion is the first character trait that is to mark the new man. Heart translates splanchna, a Hebraism that literally refers to the inward parts of the human body (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc.). As already noted in the discussion of 2:2, however, it is often used in the New Testament to speak figuratively of the seat of the emotions. That is its use here. Oiktirmos (compassion) means “pity,” “mercy,” “sympathy,” or “compassion.” Taken together, the phrase could be translated, “put on heartfelt compassion,” or “have a deep, gut-level feeling of compassion.” That divine quality (Luke 6:36; James 5:11), so perfectly exhibited by Jesus (Matt. 9:36), was sorely needed in the ancient world. For example, sick, injured, or elderly people were often left to fend for themselves. As a result, many died. Believers must not be indifferent to suffering, but should be concerned to meet people’s needs.

Kindness is closely related to compassion. The Greek term refers to the grace that pervades the whole person, mellowing all that might be harsh. Jesus used the word when he said, “My yoke is easy” (Matt. 11:30), not harsh or hard to bear. The kind person is as concerned about his neighbor’s good as he is about his own. God is kind, even to ungrateful and evil people (Luke 6:35). In fact, it was His kindness that led us to repentance (Rom. 2:4; cf. Titus 3:4). Jesus’ kindness was expressed in His invitation to “take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light” (Matt. 11:29–30). Kindness was epitomized by the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37), whose example we should follow.

Tapeinophrosunē (humility) and its related words always have a negative connotation in classical Greek (cf. H. H. Esser, “tapeinos,” in Colin Brown, ed., The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1977], 2:259). It took Christianity to elevate humility to a virtue. It is the antidote for the self-love that poisons relationships. Paul advocates genuine humility, in contrast to the false humility of the false teachers (cf. 2:18, 23). Humility characterized Jesus (Matt. 11:29), and it is the most cherished Christian virtue (Eph. 4:2; Phil. 2:3ff.; 1 Pet. 5:5).

Prautēs (gentleness) is closely related to humility. It is not weakness or spinelessness, but rather the willingness to suffer injury instead of inflicting it. The gentle person knows he is a sinner among sinners and is willing to suffer the burdens others’ sin may impose on him. This gentleness can only be produced by the Holy Spirit (cf. Gal. 5:22–23) and should mark the Christian’s behavior at all times, even when restoring a sinning brother (Gal. 6:1), or defending the faith against attacks from unbelievers (2 Tim. 2:25; 1 Pet. 3:15).

Patience translates makrothumia. The patient person does not get angry at others. William Barclay writes, “This is the spirit which never loses its patience with its fellow-men. Their foolishness and their unteachability never drive it to cynicism or despair; their insults and their ill-treatment never drive it to bitterness or wrath” (The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians [Louisville: Westminster, 1975], p. 158). Patience is the opposite of resentment and revenge. It was a characteristic of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote to Timothy, “For this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life” (1 Tim. 1:16). Were it not for God’s patience, no one would ever be saved (2 Pet. 3:15).

Bearing with one another means “to endure, to hold out in spite of persecution, threats, injury, indifference, or complaints and not retaliate.” It characterized Paul, who told the Corinthians, “when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure” (1 Cor. 4:12). It did not characterize the Corinthians, who were actually taking each other to court. Paul exclaims, “Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?” (1 Cor. 6:7). Believers are to exhibit forbearance (Eph. 4:2). Such were the Thessalonians, of whom Paul wrote, “We ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure [anexomai, the same term used here in 3:13]” (2 Thess. 1:4).

Believers are to be marked not only by endurance, but also by forgiving each other. The Greek charizomenoi literally means “to be gracious” and the text uses a reflexive pronoun, so it literally reads, “forgiving yourselves.” The church as a whole is to be a gracious, mutually forgiving fellowship. By including the phrase just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you Paul makes Christ the model of forgiveness. Because He has forgiven us, so also must we forgive others (Eph. 4:32; cf. Matt. 18:21–35). The phrase whoever has a complaint against anyone refers to times when someone is at fault because of sin, error, or debt. The Lord Jesus is our pattern for forgiveness, because He forgave all our sins, errors, and debts. He is also the model for the rest of the virtues discussed in this section.[1]

12 According to v. 11, the Colossians now belong to a new race of people in which differences do not ultimately define them and cannot be allowed to divide them. Moreover, v. 12 describes this (Gentile) congregation with labels that describe Israel. (Garland, 210, cites the following OT parallels: Dt 4:37; 7:6–8; 14:2; 26:18–19; Ps 105:43; 135:4; Jer 2:3.) Although these people once dwelt in darkness and did dark deeds (1:13, 21), by virtue of their having been redeemed by and reconciled to God through Christ, they may now be called “God’s chosen [or elect] people, holy and dearly loved” (cf. Ro 1:7; Eph 5:1). They constitute and participate in, if but in part, not only a new humanity but also a new Israel (cf. Caird, 207). Election in Christ, the Chosen One of God (cf. Lk 9:35; 1 Pe 1:20; 2:4), is not meant to devolve into a theological talking point or a personal entitlement. Election is better viewed as a vocation one has embraced in Christ and a mission in which one is engaged for Christ. Moule (“New Life,” 491) aptly states, “To be called out is really to be sent in.”

A privileged spiritual standing before God entails ethical responsibilities to God. As those who have been grasped, graced, and gifted by God, believers are to clothe themselves with Christlike qualities (cf. “the fruit of the Spirit,” Gal 5:22–23). The five ethical attributes listed here, which stand in contradistinction to the ten (two sets of five) moral vices cataloged in vv. 5 and 8 respectively, are: “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” It has been noted that the virtues advocated here (as well as in vv. 13–14) “are those gentle traits that would ease the common life of a close and intense community” (Meeks, “ ‘To Walk Worthily,’ ” 49; cf. Wilson, 248; Moule, 123; Lincoln, 647). These named attributes, which are supposed to characterize Christians, merit additional consideration.

The list of virtues believers are meant to put on commences with “a heart of compassion” (v. 12 NASB; splanchna oiktirmou, GK 5073, 3880). Paul also pairs splanchnon (“heart” or “affection”) with oiktirmos (“compassion”) when admonishing the Philippians to unity and humility in Christ (Php 2:1; NIV, “tenderness and compassion”). Paul perceived God as “the Father of compassion” (2 Co 1:3; cf. Ro 12:1). Furthermore, Jesus’ earthly ministry was characterized by compassion, i.e., a pity for and mercy on others, particularly those in need (Mt 9:36; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34; Lk 7:13). Likewise, Christians should be marked by compassion as they relate to one another and to unbelievers.

In addition to compassion, Christians are called to “kindness” or “goodness” (chrēstotēs, GK 5983; i.e., “a gracious sensitivity toward others that is triggered by genuine care [for them]” [so Garland, 210]). Among other things, love is kind (1 Co 13:4). Paul declares that God is kind and maintains that it is “God’s kindness [that] leads [people] toward repentance” (Ro 2:4; cf. Lk 6:35). Furthermore, the apostle enjoins (Gentile) believers to continue in the kindness of God made manifest in Jesus Christ (Ro 11:22; cf. Tit 3:4). Paul regarded kindness as one of the qualities that typified his own ministry (2 Co 6:6), and he encouraged believers to cultivate this spiritual fruit in their lives (Gal 5:22; cf. Mic 6:8). Christians are to “be kind … to one another” (Eph 4:32) and to outsiders (Ro 12:17–18, 21; 1 Th 5:15).

The third quality with which the Colossians were to clothe themselves is “humility” (tapeinophrosynē, GK 5425). If there is a (false) humility (or self-abasement) that Paul condemns (2:18, 23), there is also a (true) humility that he condones. Even though humility was not considered a virtue in Greco-Roman antiquity due to its association with “contemptible servility” (Lincoln, 647; cf. Meeks, “ ‘To Walk Worthily,’ ” 49; Dunn, 229), early believers were called to emulate Christ, who was “gentle and humble in heart” (Mt 11:29) and who “humbled himself by becoming obedient unto death, even cross-death” (Php 2:8, my translation). In humility they were to consider others as more important than themselves (Php 2:3; cf. Ro 15:1–2).

The people of God in Christ are also meant to don “gentleness” or “meekness” (prautēs, GK 4559; cf. Gal 5:23; Eph 4:2; Tit 3:2). In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus depicts himself and his rule as meek (i.e., as one considerate of other persons and their concerns and not demanding of his own way [11:29; 21:5]), and pronounces a blessing on those who are the same (5:5). Paul appeals to the “gentleness of Christ” when instructing the Corinthians and indicates his desire to relate to the assembly in such a manner (2 Co 10:1–2; cf. 1 Co 4:21).

The last quality specified in v. 12 that the Colossians were meant to put on is “patience” (makrothymia, GK 3429), i.e., “the ability not to become frustrated and enraged but to make allowances for others’ shortcomings and to tolerate their exasperating behavior” (Lincoln, 648). In the Pauline letters, both God (Ro 2:4; 9:22; cf. 2 Pe 3:9) and Christ (1 Ti 1:16) are described as patient. Love is also depicted as patient (1 Co 13:4). Believers should not presume on the patience of God, but they should practice patience or long-suffering in relating to one another (Gal 5:22; Eph 4:2; 1 Th 5:14; 2 Ti 4:2; Jas 5:7–8). Paul sought to exhibit patience as he worked among his churches (2 Co 6:6; 2 Ti 3:10), and he prayed that the Colossians might be steadfast and patient in their received faith (1:11).[2]

Election: a new realization (v. 12a)

Christians are defined here as ‘the elect of God, holy and beloved’. This means that God has chosen them from eternity for salvation (Eph. 1:4–5; 2 Thes. 2:13; Rom. 9:6–13; 1 Peter 1:2). Once saved, Christians are holy before God, being set apart in Christ by the Holy Spirit who indwells them. Election is not arbitrary or random. It is not some show of pride by God, nor a display of his power, but an act of divine love that flows from his heart (Rom. 9:13a). God loves the elect enough to give his only Son for them (John 3:16; 1 John 4:10; Eph. 5:25).

Conversion: a new look (v. 12b)

The Christian wardrobe contains garments that were bought by Christ when he died on the cross. This collection of spiritual apparel, tailored by his Spirit, needs to be searched daily in order that garments appropriate for the moment are chosen and worn. The resulting ‘new look’ and behaviour will bring praise and acclaim to the head of the church. With this holy fashion, new behaviour will display the believer’s new life in Christ. The new wardrobe is not for special occasions only, but for everyday use, and when it is put on it also ‘feels’ good.

The beloved people of God are to ‘put on’ new attire, clothing themselves with five holy ‘garments’: ‘tender mercies’ means ‘a heart of compassion’, and indicates deep feelings. ‘Kindness’ is the desire for another’s good, and shows sweetness of disposition (Titus 3:4; 2 Cor. 6:6). ‘Humility of mind’ speaks of lowliness (Eph. 4:2; Phil. 2:3–5) and allows us to recognize that we have no reason or right to be assertive. ‘Meekness’ is the opposite of self-interest and reveals itself in gentleness. It is a spirit of quiet submission, not weakness but rather a spirit of Christian courtesy. Thomas Watson once said, ‘Meekness is a grace whereby we are enabled by the Spirit of God to moderate our passions’ (see 2 Cor. 10:1). ‘Longsuffering’ is patience in the face of provocation and suffering. This is a divine attribute (Rom. 2:4; 9:22). It is the opposite of anger and ‘it is associated with mercy’. Possession of this grace stops us being angry with God (Heb. 6:12, 15).[3]

3:12 / Verses 12–17 are a continuation of Paul’s discussion of those who are baptized. He already has dealt with the negative side by showing that those who have died to their old life are to put off those vices that characterized them as pagans. In this section, Paul turns to the positive side by listing a number of virtues that are to characterize their new or resurrected life. The therefore indicates that what follows is linked to the previous ideas on the new self (3:10, 11).

There are several features of this list of virtues that are worth noting: First, as already explained, this list is part of a body of traditional material that was transmitted in the early church (cf. disc. on 3:5). The language “put on” (clothe yourselves) shows that this belongs to the context of baptismal instructions. Second, these virtues are very similar to the “fruit of the Spirit” mentioned in Galatians 5:22, 23. Three of the “fruit” (compassion, kindness, humility) are directly in the list, while “love” and “peace” are picked up in 3:14 and 3:15 respectively.

A third characteristic of these virtues is that they are “godly qualities,” which are used to describe either God or Christ. Many references in the nt, for example, talk about the mercy or compassion (Rom. 12:1; 2 Cor. 1:3), kindness (Rom. 2:4; 11:22; Eph. 2:7), humility (Phil. 2:5–11), meekness (2 Cor. 10:1), and long-suffering (Rom. 2:4; 9:22) of God and Jesus. The application of these virtues to the Christian would follow naturally from the call to imitation, union, or likeness with Christ. Believers are to act toward one another as God and Jesus act toward them.

Fourth, these virtues are social in nature, that is, they describe attitudes and actions that are important for healthy personal relationships. As the Christian has emptied (put off) his or her life of harmful and selfish vices, he or she now is instructed to fill (put on) that void with virtues that have the well-being of others as their prime goal. These virtues are lived out in the context of the local church (body, 3:15) where the Colossians are members with each other (3:13, 16). Their relationships with each other, including worship (3:16, 17), should bear witness that they are new people in Christ.

In verse 12, the believers are identified as God’s chosen people, literally, the hagioi, “saints,” “holy ones” (1:2). This was made possible, Paul tells his readers, because of God’s love and election. Their status had nothing to do with their own striving; it was God’s choosing. All three concepts (saints, love, election) are reminiscent of ot descriptions of Israel but are taken over and applied to the new Israel, the church (cf. 1 Pet. 2:9).

The Colossians are instructed to put on a number of virtues: Compassion is a translation of two Greek words, splanchna and oiktirmos, literally translated as “bowels of mercy” (kjv) because the bowels, or inner viscera, of a person were regarded as the seat of emotions. As such, the term denoted compassion that comes authentically from the heart and that is translated into corresponding action toward another person.

Kindness (chrēstotēs), with such corresponding concepts as goodness, generosity, or courtesy, describes an individual whose life and relationship with others are gracious and empathetic—genuinely concerned for the feelings of others. Humility (tapeinophrosynē), when properly directed (i.e., not false humility), is a spirit of modesty and disregard for status. It is that quality of Christ that best describes his willingness to become incarnate and suffer for humanity (Phil. 2:5–11).

Gentleness (prautēs), which appears in the rsv as “meekness,” sometimes has been taken as a sign of weakness, particularly by the Greeks. In the nt, however, it is a disposition characterized by gentleness, consideration, and submissiveness—just the opposite of arrogance, rebellion, and violence. Patience (makrothymia) is a passive virtue, amplified by additional concepts such as endurance (cf. 1:11), forbearance, and steadfastness. In personal relationships, it is the grace of one who may have the right to retaliate but who chooses to exercise patience instead.[4]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1992). Colossians (pp. 153–157). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Still, T. D. (2006). Colossians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, pp. 331–332). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] McNaughton, I. S. (2006). Opening up Colossians and Philemon (pp. 64–66). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[4] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (pp. 77–79). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

June 11 Example of the Flowers

And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!—Matt. 6:28–30

Many of the people Jesus spoke to likely had little clothing to their name. So He pointed again to their surroundings, this time to flowers, to assure them of God’s concern and provision.

“The lilies of the field” may have been a general term used for the beautiful wild-flowers that graced the fields and hillsides of Galilee. Such decorations of nature make no effort to grow and have no part in designing or coloring themselves. The naked eye can see much of the amazing detail, shading, and coloring of a flower, yet under a microscope it shows itself to be even more marvelous and intricate than people in Jesus’ day could ever have imagined.

The simple point is that not even Solomon, one of most resplendent kings the world has ever known, could clothe himself like one of those little flowers growing abundantly on the hillside.

If Jesus told those who had but one simple garment not to worry about their clothing, what would He say to us? If God bothers to array the grass of the field with beautiful but short-lived flowers, how much more is He concerned to clothe and care for His very own children?


Nature is indeed a constant reminder not only of the wonder and splendor of God, but also of His daily provision. Perhaps the radical policies of today’s green generation—a fervor that borders on and often becomes an idolatrous worship of the earth—can make us wary of learning from the world around us. But creation is a gift of God to us, designed to help us look to Him as our source.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 171). Chicago: Moody Publishers.


…He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

1 JOHN 5:10

True faith must always rest upon what God is, so it is of utmost importance that, to the limit of our comprehension, we know what He is.

The psalmist said: “They that know thy name will put their trust in Thee,” the name of God being the verbal expression of His character, and confidence always rises or falls with known character.

What the psalmist said was simply that they who know God to be the kind of God He is will put their confidence in Him! This is not a special virtue, but the normal direction any mind takes when confronted with the fact. We are so made that we trust good character and distrust its opposite, and that is why unbelief is so intensely wicked!

The character of God, then, is the Christian’s final ground of assurance and the solution of many, if not most, of his practical religious problems.

Though God dwells in the center of eternal mystery, there need be no uncertainty about how He will act in any situation covered by His promises. These promises are infallible predictions. God will always do what He has promised to do when His conditions are met. And His warnings are no less predictive: “The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous” (Ps. 1:5).

We cultivate our knowledge of God and at the same time cultivate our faith. Yet while so doing we look not at our faith but at Christ, its author and finisher![1]

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

Free Syrian Army, US Preparing Chemical Provocation in Deir ez-Zor – Russian MoD – Sputnik International

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Monday that militants of the Free Syrian Army had already brought canisters with chlorine to a settlement in Deir ez-Zor to stage another “chemical attack against civilians.”
— Read on sputniknews.com/amp/middleeast/201806111065302789-syria-provocation-chemical-weapon/

June 11 Be Truthful

You shall not bearfalse witness against your neighbor.

Exodus 20:16

A Christian should never tell any type of lie. The most familiar kind of lie is saying something that isn’t true. But there are other kinds, such as exaggeration. I once heard the story of a certain Christian man who shared a powerful testimony, but one day he stopped reciting it. When asked why, he said that through the years he had embellished it so much he had forgotten what was true and what he’d made up.

Cheating in school, in business, at work, and on your taxes is a form of lying. So is the betrayal of a confidence, flattery, making excuses, and remaining silent when the truth should be spoken. There’s no place for lying in the Christian life. We are to tell the truth.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 180). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

The Briefing Monday, June 11, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

As suicide rates rise, there are basic questions we must ask about why the problem is not getting any better

Washington Post (Amy Ellis Nutt) — Suicide rates rise sharply across the United States, new report shows

Why the church’s response to the rising suicide rate must not be one of confusion, but of clarity

New York Times (Benedict Carey) — Defying Prevention Efforts, Suicide Rates Are Climbing Across the Nation

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn goes to Harvard: How one man who didn’t know how not to tell the truth, told the truth in a 1978 speech
— Read on albertmohler.com/2018/06/11/briefing-6-11-18/

June 11 Monday: Rest in God Alone

By James Boice on Jun 11, 2018 12:00 am

Do you ever feel like an endangered species? If we are to believe what we read in the papers, there are a lot of endangered species these days, and there are many powerful organizations that have been brought into existence to try to save them. There are endangered whales, endangered seals, endangered plants and animals, even the endangered snail darter that held up a major hydroelectric project in the south for many years. When we are discouraged, depressed or threatened we sometimes feel that we too are one of these endangered species and that we are soon going to be destroyed, wiped out or forgotten.

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“Hallowed Be Your Name” — Ligonier Ministries Blog

We have a tendency to read these words and to conclude that they are part of the address, that they are simply an acknowledgment of an existing truth. That is, we believe we are saying: “Our Father in heaven, Your name is holy.” But that’s not the format of the prayer. This line of the Lord’s Prayer is not simply an assertion that God’s name is holy. Rather, it’s a petition.

Everyone knows what a petition is—it’s a piece of paper that people pass around for others to sign in hopes that this written evidence of agreement on an issue will induce the government or the ruling body of some association to change the rules of the game. A petition, then, is a request. For this reason, those specific requests Jesus gave His disciples in the Lord’s Prayer are known as the petitions. These are the priorities that Jesus indicated His disciples should ask for in their prayers. And the very first thing that Jesus told them to pray for was that the name of God would be regarded as holy.

What does it mean to say that God is holy? It means that He is different from anything that we experience or find in the material universe, that God the Creator differs from all creatures. The primary way in which God differs from all creatures is that He is uncreated and eternal, whereas each of us is created and finite. We are not eternal but temporal. If nothing else separates the Creator from the creature, it is that high, transcendent element of God’s own being, so marvelous, so majestic that He is worthy of the adoration of every creature.

I can’t emphasize too much how important it is that we grasp that this line of the Lord’s Prayer is not just a part of the address but a petition. We must see this if we are to understand what Jesus is teaching us about prayer. Jesus is not saying, “Father, Your name is holy,” but, “Father, may Your name be hallowed.” That is, He is teaching us to ask that God’s name would be regarded as sacred, that it would be treated with reverence, and that it would be seen as holy. We must see this if we are to pray according to the pattern Jesus set for us.

I find it striking that when Jesus taught the church how to pray, the first thing He chose to tell us to pray about is that the name of God might be regarded as sacred. Very few people today would list the hallowing of the name of God as a top priority for the supplications of the people of God. It almost seems foreign to our environment to place so much emphasis on proper treatment of a name.

Yet, I am aware that it annoys me when people simply mispronounce my name. I am embarrassed to think I am so vain and proud that it bothers me when people call me “Sprowl” or “Sproll” instead of “Sproul.” When a person calls me “Sprowl,” I’ll say, “You call me Sprowl and I growl, my name is Sproul, it rhymes with soul. It’s soul with ‘pr.’” Do you feel similarly bothered when people mispronounce your name? I suspect you do. Why is that? It’s because they don’t seem to be taking you seriously. It suggests that they don’t even have enough concern for you as a person to get your name right. We somehow feel slighted if our names are forgotten or mispronounced. Well, God is not sensitive in the sense that He is upset or loses His dignity if someone doesn’t regard Him properly with the pronunciation of His name. But Jesus gives this petition within the context of a set of petitions. The Lord’s Prayer continues like this: “Hallowed be Your Name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9b–10). I’m going to take the liberty to speculate here. I often have wondered whether Jesus, when He set forth the priorities of prayer, had a reason for listing the petitions in the order that He did. First He listed “Hallowed be Your name,” second was “Your kingdom come,” and third was “Your will be done.” Those petitions may be distinguished one from another, but they’re so interconnected that we dare not divorce them from one another. I’m convinced that although we pray for the manifestation and the victory of the kingdom of God, it is futile to hope for the victory of God’s kingdom on this planet until or unless the name of God is regarded as sacred, because God’s kingdom does not come to people who have no respect for Him. Likewise, we pray that the will of God will be done in this world, but God’s will is not done by people who do not regard Him with reverence and with adoration. So the very beginning of godliness, the very beginning of transformation in our lives and in our society, begins with our posture before the character of God.

This excerpt is adapted from The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul.

via “Hallowed Be Your Name” — Ligonier Ministries Blog

June 11, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

1 The first word of the psalm, “The Lord” (Yahweh), evokes rich images of the provision and protection of the covenantal God. He promised to take care of his people and revealed himself to be full of love, compassion, patience, fidelity, and forgiveness (Ex 34:6–7). The psalmist exclaims, “Yahweh is my shepherd,” with emphasis on “my.” The temptation in ancient Israel was to speak only about “our” God (cf. Dt 6:4) in forgetfulness that the God of Israel is also the God of individuals. The contribution of this psalm lies, therefore, in the personal, subjective expression of ancient piety. For this reason, Psalm 23 is such a popular psalm. It permits individual believers to take its words on their lips and express in gratitude and confidence that all the demonstrations of God’s covenantal love can be claimed not only corporately by the group but also personally by each of its members.

The metaphor of the shepherd has a colorful history, as it was applied to kings and gods. King Hammurabi called himself “shepherd” (ANET, 164b). The Babylonian god of justice, Shamash, is also called “shepherd”—“Shepherd of the lower world, guardian of the upper” (ANET, 388). The metaphor is not only a designation or name of the Lord, but it also points toward the relationship between God and his covenantal children (cf. 74:1–4; 77:20; 78:52, 70–72; 79:13; 80:1; Isa 40:11; Mic 7:14). The people of God were well acquainted with shepherds. David himself was a shepherd (1 Sa 16:11), as the hills around Bethlehem were suitable for shepherding (cf. Lk 2:8).

The psalmist moves quickly from “my shepherd” to a description: “I shall not be in want.” Dahood, 1:146, may stretch its meaning when he writes, “Implying neither in this life nor in the next”; but so do those commentators who find allusions to the Lord’s provisions, guidance, and protection of Israel in the wilderness (cf. A. A. Anderson, 1:196–97; Craigie, 206–7). The conclusion of the psalm (v. 6) gives at least some support to Dahood’s contention; however, the psalm should not be narrowly interpreted in terms of “the eternal bliss of Paradise” (Dahood, 1:145).[1]

23:1 Despite its worldwide popularity, the Psalm is not for everyone. It is applicable only to those who are entitled to say, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” It is true that the Good Shepherd died for all, but only those who actually receive Him by a definite act of faith are His sheep. His saving work is sufficient for all, but it is effective only for those who actually believe on Him. Everything therefore hinges on the personal pronoun my. Unless He is my Shepherd, then the rest of the Psalm does not belong to me. On the other hand, if He is really mine and I am really His, then I have everything in Him![2]

23:1The Lord is my shepherd: The word pictures David uses for God come from his own life and experience. He had been a shepherd in his youth (1 Sam. 16:19).[3]

23:1. The psalmist employed the figure of a shepherd to recall the blessings he enjoyed from the Lord (cf. God as Shepherd in 28:9; 80:1). The metaphor was a natural one for David, the shepherd-king. It was also a common metaphor in the ancient Near East, as many kings compared themselves to shepherds in their leadership capacity. The prophecy of the coming Messiah incorporated the same (Isa. 40:11), and Jesus identified Himself as that expected “Good Shepherd” (John 10:14). He is also called the “Great Shepherd” (Heb. 13:20) and “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4). Because the Lord was David’s Shepherd, his needs were met.[4]

23:1 — The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

If you have the Lord, you have everything; if you don’t have the Lord, you have nothing. Is the Lord your shepherd? Is Jesus your Savior? Are you a part of God’s flock?[5]

23:1 The Lord is my shepherd. Cf. Ge 48:15; 49:24; Dt 32:6–12; Pss 28:9; 74:1; 77:20; 78:52; 79:13; 80:1; 95:7; 100:3; Is 40:11; Jer 23:3; Eze 34; Hos 4:16; Mic 5:4; 7:14; Zec 9:16 on the image of the Lord as a Shepherd. This imagery was used commonly in kingly applications and is frequently applied to Jesus in the NT (e.g., Jn 10; Heb 13:20; 1Pe 2:25; 5:4).[6]

23:1shepherd. The deity-as-shepherd motif is common in the Bible (e.g., Gen. 48:15; 49:24; Ps. 28:9; 80:1; 95:7; 100:3; Rev. 7:17; cf. Ps. 49:14). The Lord is the Shepherd of the people as a whole, as well as individual members; and in this psalm the particular member is in view. want. That is, to lack what one needs.

23:1 Jesus is the good shepherd (John 10:11–18, 27–29) who embodies God’s care for his people.[7]

23:1Yahweh is my shepherd The psalmist portrays Yahweh as a shepherd, a common depiction throughout the ot. The metaphor emphasizes His care for and protection of His people (28:9; Isa 40:11). He is also called the shepherd of Israel (Ps 80:1). Several times, the title is specifically applied to His care of Israel in the wilderness (77:20; 78:52–53).[8]

23:1 shepherd. The image of God as shepherd is inexhaustibly rich. The shepherd stays with the flock (Is. 40:11; 63:9–12). His sheep are totally dependent upon him for food, water, and protection from wild animals. In the New Testament, Jesus is revealed as the shepherd of His people (John 10:11, 14), fulfilling the prophecy that God will come to shepherd His people (Ezek. 34:7–16, 23).[9]

[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 253). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 580). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 663). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 811). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 23:1). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 23:1). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 966). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[8] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 23:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[9] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 756). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

Michael Goodwin: New York Times reporter broke the biggest rule in journalism | Fox News

Public trust in the media is at an all-time low, and this case illustrates a seedy link between the Washington press corps and the Washington swamp.
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Hypocrisy and the left — American Thinker

No matter what President Trump does he will always be criticized.

The Democrats and mainstream media say that President Trump is anti-women.  Yet Samantha Bee calls Ivanka the “C” word.  The Democrats and mainstream media say they are in favor of diversity yet late talk show host Jimmy Kimmel rolled footage of the First Lady reading a children’s book, and the audience laughed at her accent. When she read, “…ask lots of questions about this and that,” the audience laughed louder. For further comic effect, Kimmel repeated, “About dees and dat.” The Democrats and mainstream media call President Trump a warmonger after his statement about North Korea being met with fire and fury; many had the attitude of Representative David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, who said in a tweet, “This is not a time for escalating rhetoric that threatens to bring the world to the brink of war.” But now they criticize him for his diplomatic moves.  Even Bill Maher argues against the liberal trashing of this meeting by cable news networks, quoting one of them as saying, “Well, we’ll just be giving Kim the respect he and his family has always craved.”

Anyone who looks at the picture of Merkel and Trump that is being circulated by the left sees their insincerity. I wonder if it was reversed if people would accuse him of bullying her.  The way she is leaning forward with a stern face, hands on the table, and Trump sitting down. I guess the Germans forgot that even though they were so brutal, the U.S. was still willing to help them to become an economic power. Why is she not being accused of bullying?  President Trump only wanted a complete removal of the trade barriers, and a fair playing ground. But when have the Germans ever been fair?

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Bourdain: Casualty of Leftist Mindset — American Thinker

Merely suggesting that people are better off with God in their lives is venomously attacked and branded fanatical religious hate speech.

In 1798, founding father John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” Today, Christian politicians are branded “dangerous” by leftist-dominated mainstream media.

The Democrat party hijacked by leftists removed God from their platform. When Democrats voted God back into their platform the convention floor erupted with angry boos. Can you imagine a political party so wicked that they boo God?

Leftists laugh at Christians. Leftists erroneously believe man is the ultimate power, capable of regulating equal outcomes. They foolishly believe man can save or destroy the planet. Michael Crichton brilliantly articulates leftist folly in his novel Jurassic Park. Believing themselves to be wiser than God, leftists always fight to change God’s original intent regarding biology, marriage, and gender.

This scripture nails the leftist mindset. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22) Folks, we witness their foolishness every day. They say that if a man awakes feeling like a woman that day, he should be legally permitted to use public women restrooms. They say that teachers addressing students as boys and girls is hateful and exclusive and must not be tolerated. They say four-year-olds must be introduced to homosexuality and taught “gay love is beautiful”.

For eight years Obama forced anti-God extreme liberal foolishness down the throats of mainstream commonsense thinking Americans. Thank God Trump is rolling back Obama’s war on Christianity, restoring our constitutional religious liberty.

Obama was the left’s dream president. He aggressively stripped the God of Christianity from our government. Obama chastised Christians at the National Prayer Breakfast. He relentlessly tried to bully the one-hundred-year-old Little Sisters of the Poor into funding abortion services, an anathema against their religious convictions. Obama enthusiastically honored homosexuals, Black Lives Matter, and Muslims with celebrations at the White House while turning away the National Day of Prayer. Obama was the most biblically-hostile president in U.S. history.

Disney’s movie, A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey struggled at the box office. Perhaps the reason is leftist producers stripped Bible quotes, a reference to Jesus and historical Christian figures from the movie adaptation of the beloved children’s book.

While threatening to jail anyone disrespectful of Islam, leftists boldly display disdain for Christianity. They hate Jesus for saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John14:6)

How dare Jesus declare himself the only way to heaven. Liberal media goddess Oprah has decreed that Jesus is not the only way to God. Oprah foolishly professes herself to be wise, too enlightened to believe Jesus Christ is the only path to God.

The gangster movie Scarface has a strong biblical message. Drug lord Tony Montana had everything he thought would bring him happiness; power, a mountain of cocaine, extreme wealth, and beautiful women at his command. And yet, Tony was miserable. All Tony’s stuff could not fill that spiritual void inside which produces peace, happiness, and a fulfilled life.

Sadly, Mr. Bourdain’s and Ms. Spade’s extreme wealth, power, and fame failed to produce inner peace and happiness. Both are unfortunate casualties of leftist mindsets, too smart and too sophisticated to humbly trust in the God of Christianity.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

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