Daily Archives: June 13, 2018

June 13: For It Is Better

2 Chronicles 31:1–32:33; 1 John 2:15–17; Psalm 104:16–35

“If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it from you! For it is better for you that one of your limbs be destroyed than your whole body go into hell” (Matt 5:30).

We might struggle to relate to this outspoken Jesus; we prefer gracious Jesus, offering us a pardon from sin through His sacrifice. We like friendly, loving Jesus, who wraps His arms around us even when we act disgracefully. Jesus is all of these things, but He is also very serious about sin.

One of the most tragic trends in church history is the increasingly casual attitude toward sin. We so badly want people to receive God’s grace that we’ve stopped expecting others—and ourselves—to fight against sin. Yet Jesus knew that fighting sin was necessary. In Matthew 5:30, He is not suggesting that we can be sinless by our own merit; salvation comes solely from the free grace He offers through His death. Jesus is telling us that we must rip sin out of our lives. Doing so is how we experience heaven on this earth that is, at times, nothing short of a hell. Jesus is building on what He knew about idolatry and the need for it to be completely abolished.

When the Israelites were confronted with their idolatry, they ripped it out of their lives: “All Israel … went out and shattered the stone pillars, cut down the Asherahs, and destroyed the high places and the altars from all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh to the very last one” (2 Chr 31:1). We must do the same. What are we idolizing? What is causing us to sin? We need to rip that idol out or rip that arm off. Otherwise our sins will continue to torment us and prevent us from knowing God.

John the evangelist perhaps put it best: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because everything that is in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance of material possessions—is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever” (1 John 2:15–17).

Let’s allow the things that are passing away to be destroyed so we can embrace what is eternal.

What sins do you need to remove from your life? How can you do away with the things that are causing you temptation?

John D. Barry[1]

[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

June 13 Speaking from a Pure Heart

“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26).


Your speech reveals the condition of your heart.

In verse 22 James talked about the delusion of hearing the Word without obeying it. Here he talks about the deception of external religious activity without internal purity of heart.

That’s a common deception. Many people confuse a love for religious activity with love for God. They may go through the mechanics of reading the Bible, attending church, praying, giving money, or singing songs, but in reality their hearts are far from God. That kind of deception can be very subtle. That’s why James disregards mere claims to Christianity and confronts our motives and obedience to the Word. Those are the acid tests!

James was selective in the word he used for “religious.” Rather than using the common Greek word that spoke of internal godliness, he chose a word that referred to external religious trappings, ceremonies, and rituals—things that are useless for true spirituality.

He focused on the tongue as a test of true religion because the tongue is a window to the heart. As Jesus said, “The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matt. 12:34). Corrupt speech betrays an unregenerate heart; righteous speech demonstrates a transformed heart. It doesn’t matter how evangelical or Biblical your theology is, if you can’t control your tongue, your religion is useless!

You can learn much about a person’s character if you listen long enough to what he says. In the same way, others learn much about you as they listen to what you say. Do your words reveal a pure heart? Remember Paul’s admonition to “let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29). Make that your goal each day, so you can know the blessing and grace of disciplined speech!


Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask the Lord to guard your tongue from speaking anything that might dishonor Him. Be aware of everything you say.

For Further Study: Read James 3:1–12. ✧ What warning does James give? ✧ What analogies does he use for the tongue?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 177). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.


And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Matthew 24:12

The first and greatest commandment is to love God with every power of our entire being. Where love like that exists, there can be no place for a second object.

Yet popular Christianity has as one of its most effective talking points the idea that God exists to help people to get ahead in this world! The God of the poor has become the God of an affluent society. We hear that Christ no longer refuses to be a judge or a divider between money-hungry brothers. He can now be persuaded to assist the brother that has accepted Him to get the better of the brother who has not!

Whoever seeks God as a means toward desired ends will not find God. God will not be one of many treasures. His mercy and grace are infinite and His patient understanding is beyond measure, but He will not aid men in selfish striving after personal gain. If we love God as much as we should, surely we cannot dream of a loved object beyond Him which He might help us to obtain!

Lord, show me what it means to love You as You commanded—with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind (see Luke 10:27).[1]

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

A Book Review: To Unpack Roma Downey’s “Box of Butterflies” Is to Discover a Core False Teaching (And Christian Leaders Love It)

LTRP Note: The fact that Roma Downey’s recently released, New Age-promoting book, Box of Butterflies, is being endorsed by numerous evangelical leaders like Rick and Kay Warren, Focus on the Family, Jonathan Falwell, Craig Groeschel, John Hagee, Max Lucado, Erwin McManus, Luis Palau Association, Hillsong, and Ronnie Floyd (the last SBC president) is reason … [Read more…]

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June 13 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, nor is it the “biggest and most dangerous problem” for the United States, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on his return from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un showed Russian President Vladimir Putin had been right to advocate direct dialogue as the only way of reducing tensions with North Korea.

At least 15 people died when two boats sank in rough waters Indonesia, authorities said, and rescue workers scrambled to search for dozens believed missing.

The Gulf state of Qatar has extended a $500 mln aid package to Jordan that includes investments, project finance and job opportunities for Jordanians, an official source said on Wednesday.

A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen’s main port city on Wednesday, the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.

Facebook is installing new controls it says will better inform its members about the way companies are targeting them with advertising, the latest step to quell a public outcry over the company’s mishandling of user data.

Many top U.S. shale oil producers are missing out on the rally in oil prices to more than $70 a barrel – because they sold their oil through futures contracts at about $55 last year when that looked like a good deal. Now, it looks cheap.

AP Top Stories

North Korean state media lauded the summit as a resounding success, saying Trump expressed his intention to halt U.S.-South Korea military exercises, offer security guarantees to the North and lift sanctions against it as relations improve.

A Florida man shot a police officer and killed four children before turning the gun on himself during a nearly 24-hour standoff with authorities, who tried in vain to prevent the massacre.

A dramatic proposal to split California into three separate states has gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot during the upcoming midterm elections in November.

Young gun violence prevention advocates gathered in Washington and elsewhere around the country on Tuesday, issuing a call to action on the second anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The loosely organized rallies were held as part of National Die-In Day, an initiative recently launched by three students who say they’re tired of legislative inaction in the face of massacres and routine gun violence.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be glad to host everyone in Moscow, when asked if he would invite high-ranking U.S. officials. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was responding to a journalist who asked if Putin would invite officials from North America to Moscow if the United States won a bid to host a future soccer World Cup.

A GOP candidate is taking heat for comments he made calling diversity “crap” and “un-American.” And instead of apologizing, the New Jersey congressional candidate is doubling down. The April comments made by Seth Grossman, the surprise winner of last week’s Republican primary in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, were posted in a video by American Bridge to the 21st Century, a political action committee monitoring GOP candidates.


Egypt has been ranked the safest country in Africa and higher than both the UK and US, according to a new global poll. The survey placed Egypt 16th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Singapore was ranked the safest, with Venezuela was seen as the least.

Adulthood is about to come a lot earlier in life for many in Japan. The government has enacted a bill lowering the age of adulthood from 20 to 18, which will affect millions across the country when it takes effect in 2022. It’s the first time the age of adulthood has been changed since it was set in 1876.

Lawmakers in Argentina are due to vote on a draft bill that would allow women to have abortions in the first 14 weeks of their pregnancies.

Indian chess champion Soumya Swaminathan has pulled out of an Asian tournament in Iran over the country’s compulsory headscarf rule.

The Australian government has accepted almost all recommendations from a landmark inquiry into child sexual abuse as it prepares to deliver a national apology to victims. The five-year inquiry found tens of thousands of children had suffered abuse in Australian institutions.

Iceland’s largest online marketplace is to expand the number of drones it flies across the country’s capital, Reykjavik. The company Aha, which launched a limited trial with Israeli company Flytrex last year, will phase in further drones over the next two years.


Two years after the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, gay, lesbian and transgender Americans are nervous. According to the Human Rights Center (HRC), a US LGBTI advocacy group, 52 gay people were murdered in the US last year because of their sexuality, and 28 transgender people met the same fate. In increasing numbers, they are fighting back by taking up arms.

There’s a layer of 300 million-year-old rock under Interstate 95 that’s capable of killing the lights from Washington to Boston and beyond the next time the sun erupts in all its fury. A solar storm is now viewed as enough of a risk in fact that grid operators across North America are working on plans to respond to just such a disturbance.

The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, it said on Tuesday.

One third of Americans are taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as birth control pills, antacids and common heart medications that may raise the risk of depression.

News – 6/13/2018

Unusual Summer Rain: Is God Crying On Jerusalem?
“It just seemed so clear that Hashem (God, literally ‘the name’) was crying,” Wander told Breaking Israel News. “I am going through a roller coaster of feelings because of what is happening there. Families are being torn from their houses.” “Rabbi Yosef Dayan, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin and a descendant of King David, agreed with Wander. “We pray for rain in its season and when it comes out of season, this is surely a sign of divine intervention,”

Nasrallah: ‘the whole world can not remove us from Syria’
Nasrallah said that if Israel will continue the occupation a great war will come. He also stated that nothing on earth – except a request from the Syrian government, will make Hezbollah pull forces out of Lebanon.

Putin and Rouhani meet in China, discuss joint efforts in Syria
Rouhani spoke highly of the Russian stand during negotiations over the nuclear deal, from which the US withdrew in May this year, calling the Russian role “important and constructive.”

Hezbollah to be outlawed in Britain
The United Kingdom merely banned Hezbollah’s so-called military wing in 2008, but now all of the terror group will be out of bounds.

Winter hits Israel – in June
Rainfall on Wednesday morning caused flooding in the southern cities of Sderot and Ashkelon, with cars sinking into the water. Sderot resident David Mansour told Army Radio, “The entire city has turned into Venice. Everything is flooded…

U.S. disaster-response force stretched thin as hurricane season starts
With the 2018 hurricane season already underway, FEMA is scrambling to hire more people who are willing to depart at a moment’s notice for assignments that can last months at a stretch. Internal documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show the agency’s disaster-response force is understaffed by 26 percent. And as last year revealed, many of those who sign up don’t always respond when needed.

US changes tactics at UN: From defending Israel to offensive
The United States has decided to change tactics at the United Nations and instead of merely settling for defending Israel, it is now going on the offensive against countries that refuse to condemn the Hamas terror organization.

Homes, residents under threat from 6 wildfires in Colorado
Thousands of homes in Colorado are under threat from growing wildfires in the state, which have also forced a number of evacuations and closures. In Summit County, about 1,400 homes have been evacuated and more than 1,000 could be in danger in the path of the Buffalo Mountain Fire. It’s one of six wildfires burning in Colorado.

Trump Slams OPEC Again, Demands Lower Prices: “Oil Prices Are Too High, OPEC Is At It Again”
Trump doubled down on his oil- price targeting,…”Oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!”

Prediction: Courts will end Obamacare for good
Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general for Virgina, tells OneNewsNow he was relieved and excited after learning the U.S. Department of Justice will not defend the Affordable Care Act a case brought by Republican state attorneys general and two governors. “While it is rare for the Department of Justice not to defend a federal statute, it is probably even more rare that the basis of their decision not to defend the statute, in this case Obamacare, is based on court precedent,”

G6 leaders break with Trump, move forward on climate action
Leaders representing six of the world’s most powerful economies committed to addressing climate change and environmental crises at the conclusion of this year’s Group of Seven (G7) summit over the weekend. But the United States made no such agreement, as President Trump doubled down on both his opposition to international climate efforts and his support for fossil fuels.

Colorado Blaze Continues to Grow; Entire San Juan National Forest to Close
A wildfire blazing in southwestern Colorado continues to grow Monday after more than doubling in size over the weekend amid dry, gusty conditions. Due to the extreme fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it plans to close the entire, nearly 3,000-square-mile San Juan National Forest to the public.

Polio Returns to Venezuela As Economic Crisis Cripples Healthcare System
The deadly polio virus has returned to Venezuela 30 years after being eradicated, as the country’s health care system struggles under a nationwide economic crash.

WELLS OF ABRAHAM: PM Netanyahu’s new water plan is truly a light unto the nations
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an ambitious new desalination project that will address the current multi-year drought. But the surprising way he chose to present the new program, offering much-needed aid to Israel’s sworn enemy, had a Biblical precedent as well as prophetic end-of days implications.

Over 2,300 Online Pedophiles Busted in Operation ‘Broken Heart’
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that its Internet Crimes Against Children task force busted over 2,300 online sexual predators.

White South African Farmers Trained By Israeli Special Forces To Fight Off Violent Attacks
With rising violence, being a farmer in South Africa has become a dangerous job. Some are hiring former Israeli special forces experts to teach them self-defense.

Chilling NCMEC Report Shows 88% of Missing Sex Trafficked Kids Come from US Foster Care
America has a dark secret that no one wants to admit. Talk of this secret will get you labelled as a conspiracy theorist, fake news, and outlets who report on it will have their organic reach throttled by social media and Google alike. Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many in the mainstream media and the government refuse to see this very real epidemic of child sex trafficking in the United States. What’s more, according to the government’s own data, the vast majority of a portion of these trafficked kids are coming from the country’s own foster care system.

Mass Shootings and Psychiatric Drugs: The Connection
I’ve been tracking the connection since 1999, when I wrote a long white paper, for the Truth Seeker Foundation, on school shootings and psychiatric drugs. The paper was titled: “Why Do They Do It? School shootings Across America.”

Proof Obama sent your money to defeat Bibi in Israel election
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu The U.S. government was informed of the overtly political agenda of OneVoice Israel and OneVoice Palestine – to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – but gave the groups American taxpayer money anyway.

Guatemala Volcano Consumes Entire Village: ‘No Survivors Left’
Rescue workers in Guatemala have been tirelessly searching for survivors within the dark and grey blanket of left after Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted near the capital.

Calls For Sadiq Khan To Resign As Total of 1,296 Stabbings In London This Year
Another stabbing has been reported in the same area of London within a 24 hour period making the bloody knife attack total 1,296 this year alone.

US Special Forces Caught Helping FSA Plot Next False Flag Attack in Syria
US Special Forces has been exposed for helping Syrian rebels plot a false flag attack to trigger strikes from the West in Syria.

California University Refuses To Speak With Pro-Life Group About Free Abortion Drugs
A pro-life group has persistently sought to speak with California State University at Long Beach about its stance on an abortion bill that may soon take effect at all California public universities, but the university has refused to respond.

Kasie Hunt Badgers Jim Jordan Over Tough Immigration Policy — Is It A ‘Christian Approach’? 
MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan three consecutive times on Tuesday if Jeff Sessions’ new crack down on immigrant asylum is a “Christian approach.”

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

In Today’s Edition

  • The Republican economy has small businesses nearly as optimistic as ever.
  • Seattle City Council reverses its redistribution scheme.
  • Yes, Snopes, California water restrictions will affect showers and laundry.
  • The Trump/Sessions immigration crackdown is strategic.
  • Why Germany and Canada deserved the G7 smackdown.
  • Leftists contort definitions so as to expand victim classes and, thus, their power.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Small Business Optimism Through the Roof

Business optimism soars to 1980s levels. Good news for America. Good news for Trump.

Seattle’s Redistribution Scheme Reversed

The city council repealed the “head tax” passed just last month to “combat homelessness.”

Snopes Deceives Again With CA Water Rationing ‘Fact-Check’

“The laws do not render it illegal for Californians to do laundry and take showers on the same day.”

Trump Crackdown on Illegals May Force Dems’ Hand

AG Sessions is leading a new charge of border enforcement and tackling visa overstays.

Why Canada and Germany Deserved a G7 Smackdown

Both nations are failing miserably to uphold their NATO commitments.

The Left’s Catch-All Strategy to Redefine Issues

The underlining cause is the promotion of the neo-Marxist ideology of equality of outcome.

Video: Tucker Carlson on Trump’s Political Genius

“The end game is always the same, which is to take back power. Trump took power away from them.”

Wednesday Short Cuts

“Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.” —François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Wednesday Top Headlines

Record tax revenue and charity, Tuesday primaries, immigration, Iran, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Trump’s Critics
Byron York
On North Korea, a President Who Tried Something Different
John Stossel
Patriarchy Defender
Star Parker
Why Can’t We Fix Social Security and Medicare?
Walter E. Williams
Diversity and Inclusion Harm

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Anthony Wade – When the Apostate Church Leads the Call for Unity

NARpostle Joseph Prince’s kenotic Christ and demonic sonship spirit

Headlines – 6/13/2018

US peace envoys to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt next week for peace talks

Palestinians push for UN vote on Israel’s use of ‘indiscriminate force’ in Gaza

UN to vote on resolution bashing Israel, with US pushing for Hamas condemnation

US changes tactics at UN: From defending Israel to offensive

In Israel, even eggs are cause for conflict: New poultry law slammed as ‘creeping annexation’

DHS secretary tours Israel-Egypt border for Mexico wall inspiration

Johannesburg suspends councilwoman for saying city is a ‘friend of Israel’

The Rampage: Supersonic missile developed to destroy high quality targets

Syrian military reinforcing its air defenses near Israeli Golan

Iranians defy regime on Twitter, express support for Israel

Iran arrests 27 suspects over Quds Day ‘terrorist’ plot

Police minister: Social media monitoring has foiled 200 terror attacks

Islamist militants are ‘preeminent threat’ to the West, Homeland Security chief tells Israeli forum

Hezbollah to be outlawed in Britain

Major Qaeda terror plot thwarted in in eastern Yemen

Dutch anti-Islam party to hold Prophet Mohammad cartoon competition

Saudi-led forces begin assault on key Yemen port city

Rouhani tells Macron: Impossible to stay in nuclear deal unless Iran benefits

Macron urges Iran to ensure commitment to nuclear deal is ‘without any ambiguity’

Trump hopes ‘brutal’ sanctions against Iran will spur ‘real deal’

With eyes on Iran, Netanyahu praises Trump over North Korea summit

Likud minister: Kim summit shows Trump can deal with tyrants; bring on Rouhani

Nancy Pelosi Trashes Trump over North Korea Summit; Called Iran Deal ‘Diplomatic Masterpiece’

Ingraham: Anti-Trump Media Response to Summit ‘Galling, Predictable, Blatant’

Trump praises Kim Jong Un as ‘strong,’ ‘funny,’ ‘smart’ and a ‘great negotiator’ in Hannity interview

Backslapping Trump summit legitimizes Kim, say critics

Labor’s Gabbay: Trump-Kim summit signals peace with Palestinians possible

Joel Rosenberg: The Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore was definitely “historic.” Will it also prove successful? Here are 7 things you need to know.

N.Korea state media says Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North

Trump’s pledge to stop ‘provocative’ military exercises provokes alarm and confusion in Seoul and Washington

GOP senator ‘troubled’ by Trump announcement to halt US-South Korean military drills

Graham warns that Trump’s deal with North Korea needs approval from Congress

Japan’s defense minister says US-S.Korean military drills ‘vital’

S.Korea says halt to US drills may be needed to help denuclearization talks

Trump and Kim commit to ‘complete denuclearization’ of Korean Peninsula

Trump, North Korea’s Kim agreed to visit each other’s country

Mars Opportunity rover is in danger of dying from a dust storm

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Muara Siberut, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Muara Siberut, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Muara Siberut, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Lava from Hawaii volcano destroys up to 700 homes, and there’s no end in sight

Yes, it’s hurricane season – but it’s also wildfire, tornado, flood and volcano season, too

Hurricane Bud now a Category 3 storm, forecast to weaken before hitting Mexico’s Baja

Intelligence Community Wants to Use DNA to Store Exabytes of Data

Rare type of tick inexplicably turns up in Arkansas

One in three Americans take meds with depressive side effects: study

Gay Americans are arming themselves to stay alive

A Chip in the Windshield: China’s Surveillance State Will Soon Track Cars

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 06:29 AM PDT

A Chip in the Windshield: China’s Surveillance State Will Soon Track Cars

China is establishing a nationwide program to track cars using an electronic identification system, according to records and people briefed on the matter, adding to a growing array of its surveillance tools used to monitor its citizens.  Under the plan being rolled out July 1, a radio-frequency identification chip for vehicle tracking will be installed on cars when they are registered. Compliancewill initially be voluntary but will be made mandatory for new vehicles in January 2019, the people said.  Authorities have described the plan as a means to improve public security and to help ease worsening traffic congestion, documents show, a major concern in many Chinese cities partly because it contributes to air pollution. But such a system, implemented in the world’s biggest automotive market, with sales of nearly 30 million vehicle a year … CONTINUE

PEACE AND SAFETY? China pulls missiles from South China Sea island in possible nod to Trump

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 06:16 AM PDT

PEACE AND SAFETY? China pulls missiles from South China Sea island in possible nod to TrumpThe Chinese militarization of the South China Sea has been happening for some time. Since the weak Obama administration wouldn’t stand up to any dictator, the Chinese, along with other adversaries, probably just said “Why not?” and proceeded with their malignant behavior in creating the ability to block traffic in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.  Anti-ship missile batteries, anti-aircraft defense

systems, fighter jets and bombers have all been sighted on the atolls in the region that China has claimed and fortified.  Satellite imagery and new analysis from Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI), dated June 3, suggested the Chinese surface-to-air missile systems on Woody Island, in the Paracel Islands, may have been removed or relocated, The South China Morning Post reported. CONTINUE

Korean Missionaries Arrested, Church Closed in Wenzhou

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 06:06 AM PDT

Korean Missionaries Arrested, Church Closed in WenzhouChinese authorities arrested two South Korean missionaries in the city of Wenzhou in late May. The police searched their church, which was closed for a week. The community is not part of the Three Autonomies Movement.  Over the past month alone, thirty Korean pastors have been arrested and taken to court in Ningxia region and in the provinces of Shanxi, Hebei and Henan.

Since April, the Religious Affairs Department has intensified checks on foreign religious. The persecution is particularly centred on missionaries from South Korea. Measures and progress reports have been posted on Chinese government websites regarding the activities of Korean Christians in China.  READ MORE

Tennessee HS football player hospitalized with tick-borne illness, brown recluse bite

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 05:53 AM PDT

Tennessee HS football player hospitalized with tick-borne illness, brown recluse biteJust over a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an increase in tickborne illnesses, a Middle Tennessee high school football player has been hospitalized from a tick and brown recluse bite.  The Mt. Juliet High School football team issued a tweet on Monday asking for

prayers for defensive end Mason Greenwood, a senior at the school.  “No matter what color uniform u wear, or what kind of field you play on, we need ur prayers for 1 of ours. Mason Greenwood, an upcoming SR 4 us, is at Vandy Childrens Hospital & he’s struggling rn. It’s a combo of a brown recluse bite/tick born illness. Please pray 4 him & family.” CONTINUE

Fort Wayne VA hospital replaces military flags with LGBT pride flag

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 05:42 AM PDT

Fort Wayne VA hospital replaces military flags with LGBT pride flagFort Wayne residents took notice after the local VA Hospital removed military branch flags to fly a LGBT flag in its place.   One resident, in particular, said she noticed the difference when she visited the hospital Tuesday morning, June 12, when she saw the usual military flags were all removed and replaced with a pride flag on the northernmost pole in honor of LGBT pride month.

VA Public Affairs Officer responded to the situation with a statement saying the facility was flying the flag to honor LGBT veterans.   He said due to the limitations in the number of poles outside the VA, the Service Flags were temporarily lowered. He said rather than take one flag down completely, all flags were lowered to be equal.  Here is his full statement: CONTINUE

Rare type of tick inexplicably turns up in Arkansas

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 05:35 AM PDT

Rare type of tick inexplicably turns up in ArkansasA hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in the country, nor how it made its way to the middle of the continent. The Arkansas Agriculture Department said late Monday researchers at Oklahoma State University had confirmed a

tick found on a dog in Benton County in the far northwestern corner of the state was a Longhorned tick. Until then, the bug had only been reported in New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. “It’s a mystery to a lot of people who are trying to figure out how exactly it got here,” New Jersey Department of Agriculture spokesman Jeff Wolfe said Tuesday. CONTINUE

City Stops Church from Holding Worship Services in Church-Owned Coffee House

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 05:29 AM PDT

City Stops Church from Holding Worship Services in Church-Owned Coffee HouseA church in Laurel, Maryland opened a coffee shop and planned to serve coffee six days a week, and hold worship services at the shop on Sundays.  But soon after Ragamuffins Coffee House opened its doors, city officials told them to stop using the space for worship services or face steep weekly fines. The church filed a discrimination case against the city in February after relocating its church there

with the hopes of reaching the underprivileged and homeless seven days a week.  The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) recently presented oral arguments before the Federal District Court of Maryland on behalf of Redemption Community Church. “We’re trying to represent the tremendous love of God,” Rev. Jeremy Tuinstra told the Baltimore Sun about the church. READ MORE

Trump Confronted Kim Jong Un About Atrocities Against Christians

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 05:13 AM PDT

Trump Confronted Kim Jong Un About Atrocities Against ChristiansPresident Donald Trump says he addressed the plight of persecuted Christians when meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  “I brought it up, absolutely. They will work on that. We did not put it down in the document. It will be worked on. Christians, yes,” Trump said, according to a transcript. “We brought it up. Franklin Graham spent and spends a tremendous amount of time in North Korea. He has it close to his heart. It did come up and things will be happening.” Open Doors

USA, a Christian persecution watchdog group, ranked North Korea as the No. 1 persecutor of Christians on the planet. Trump’s announcement that he did bring up the Christian persecution encouraged David Curry, president of Open Doors USA: Though we have few details of what was said, President Trump’s decision to address North Korea’s human rights atrocities was diplomatically bold, and we are particularly glad to hear the president say he brought up the plight of the more than 300,000 Christians who face persecution and even death under the regime of Kim Jong Un. READ MORE

Earthquake swarm detected under Galeras volcano, Colombia

Posted: 13 Jun 2018 04:40 AM PDT

Earthquake swarm detected under Galeras volcano, ColombiaColombian authorities are reporting significantly increased seismic activity under Galeras volcano, one of Colombia’s most frequently active volcanos. Increased seismicity was first recorded on May 29 and June 2, 2018. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2014 (VEI 2).  Earthquakes are located between 1 and 8 km (0.6 – 5 miles) to the northeast of the volcano at depths between 1.2 and

7.5 km (0.7 and 6 miles) from the top of the volcano (4 200 m / 12 800 feet a.s.l.), the Colombian Geological Service (SGC) reported in a special bulletin published 04:35 UTC today. A total of 310 earthquakes have been reported between 09:35 UTC on June 12 when a M4.5 volcano-tectonic earthquake was recorded and 04:35 UTC today. Other geophysical and geochemical monitoring parameters have no significant changes. READ MORE

God is setting YOU up!

Posted: 12 Jun 2018 04:32 PM PDT

God is setting YOU up!In this message, we will show you how the Lord is orchestrating our paths and putting hurting people in our paths so that we can share “Living Water” to those who are dry and thirsty!

Ongoing volcanic eruptions in Hawaii continues to stun scientists

Posted: 12 Jun 2018 04:05 PM PDT

Ongoing volcanic eruptions in Hawaii continues to stun scientistsHawaii’s ongoing eruption continues to stun scientists, with shock aerial footage today revealing that lava from the Kilauea volcano has caused “dramatic devastation” and created flowing rivers on the verge of overflowing.   Hawaii’s explosive volcano has taken another shock turn, as officials revealed the rivers of lava could be on the verge of overflowing.  The fast-moving lava channel was filmed in

stunning footage by a helicopter this morning close to Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone. According to the US Geological Survey, scientists are closely monitoring the lava bank, which is full but not yet overflowing.  The volcano, which has been erupting since early May, also sent huge clouds of ash and volcanic gas into the air today at about 30,000 feet (9,145 meters) above sea level. READ MORE

Maine Allows Third Gender ‘X’ for Non-Binary Persons on Driver’s Licenses, IDs Documents

Posted: 12 Jun 2018 03:56 PM PDT

Maine Allows Third Gender ‘X’ for Non-Binary Persons on Driver’s Licenses, IDs DocumentsMaine is joining the list of states now allowing a third gender option for persons identifying as non-binary on their driver’s licenses and identification documents.  In June of last year a resident of South Portland, Ian-Meredythe Dehne Lindsey, filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission, desiring a driver’s license with a non-binary gender marker but was unable to obtain one due to

computer limitation, the Portland Press Herald reported. An agreement with the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles was reached this week. As can now be done in a few other states, individuals who say that their gender identity does not fit into the traditional male/female category and prefer to go by “gender non-binary,” will be designated as “X.” Starting Monday, Maine residents can apply for a sticker that reads “Gender has been changed to X – non-binary.” READ MORE

Rare river sinkhole in Arkansas creates whirlpool that swallows up and kills kayaker

Posted: 12 Jun 2018 03:28 PM PDT

Rare river sinkhole in Arkansas creates whirlpool that swallows up and kills kayakerA kayaker bypassed a part of an Arkansas scenic river known as Dead Man’s Curve during a weekend trip, but a rare sinkhole created a whirlpool along his alternate channel and dragged him to his death. Donald Wright, 64, from Searcy, Arkansas, died Saturday at Saddler Falls along the Spring River, said

Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. At least one other person was injured. Sinkholes are common in the northern half of Arkansas, where subterranean limestone erodes away easily. Small whirlpools are common where bits of land extend into waterways, but having a sinkhole open a whirlpool in the middle of a stream is uncommon. READ MORE

Korean Churches Witnessing a ‘Miracle’

Posted: 12 Jun 2018 10:46 AM PDT

Korean Churches Witnessing a ‘Miracle’A lot has happened on the Korean peninsula in the last few weeks. South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met for the first time; Kim took some serious steps toward denuclearization; and Kim and President Trump agreed to talk, but Trump abruptly canceled the historic meeting. On June 1, however, following a meeting with a high ranking North Korean official, President Trump announced that he plans to meet Kim Jong-un.  I watched these events unfold with

interest since two months earlier, I had traveled to South Korea with 12 journalism students to report on ongoing religious, political and cultural developments. When we landed at Seoul’s Incheon Airport, the warm diplomatic tailwinds of the Winter Olympics had thawed relations between the North and South. Kim and Moon would soon meet. And there were rumors of a Trump and Kim parlay to follow. READ MORE

Citi bank warns up to 10,000 jobs could be lost to robots…

Posted: 12 Jun 2018 10:39 AM PDT

Citi bank warns up to 10,000 jobs could be lost to robots…Citigroup’s investment bank will shed up to half of its 20,000 technology and operations staff in the next five years, according to the division’s head, as machines supplant humans at a faster pace. The prediction by Jamie Forese, president of Citi and chief executive of the bank’s institutional clients group, was the starkest among investment banking bosses in a series of FT interviews to mark the 10th anniversary of the financial crisis.

Mr Forese said the operational positions, which make up almost two-fifths of investment bank employees at Citi, were “most fertile for machine processing”. “We’ve got 20,000 operational roles. Over the next five years could you make it 10,000?” he added, in comments that had echoes of former Deutsche Bank chief executive John Cryan’s claim that up to half of the German bank’s workforce could be replaced by technology. READ MORE

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