Daily Archives: June 15, 2018

June 15: Encouragement and Positivity

2 Chronicles 35:1–36:23; 1 John 2:28–3:4; Psalm 105:23–45

If we were to make encouragement one of our main strategies, we’d see positive results in most situations. If we made providing for others one of our goals, the world would be a kinder place. King Josiah epitomizes both of these attributes in 2 Chr 35:1–19.

Josiah’s actions mark not only a remarkable transition from being unfamiliar with God’s Word to living it out (2 Chr 34:8–33), but also a move from religiosity to compassion. Josiah could have coldly observed the Passover out of ritual, but instead he encourages the religious leaders and empowers them to do God’s work. His encouragement changes the outcome: The religious leaders embrace their task.

Josiah also provides for them, allowing them to make the necessary changes. He frees them up from their usual obligations so that they may help others (2 Chr 35:3); he takes care of their fiscal needs (2 Chr 35:7). His example inspires others to give as well (2 Chr 35:8–9).

As a result of Josiah’s actions, we see God’s work being done: “So all the service of Yahweh was prepared on that day to keep the Passover and to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar of Yahweh, according to the command of King Josiah” (2 Chr 35:16).

Our actions can either inspire others or discourage them. If we’re willing to develop a character of giving and encouragement—focusing on the positive rather than the negative—we’re more likely to be successful in carrying out God’s work.

How can you encourage someone to follow God’s path for his or her life? How can you provide for someone today?

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 15 Demonstrating Sacrificial Love

“This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27).

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Sacrificial love is the hallmark of true Christianity.

Recently a local newspaper reported the story of a young woman who had been brutally beaten, sexually assaulted, repeatedly stabbed, then dumped down a hillside and left for dead. Miraculously she survived the attack and crawled up the hill to a spot along the road where several people were parked enjoying the panoramic view of the city.

Covered with blood from head to foot, she went from car to car pleading for help, only to have one person after another roll up their windows and drive away. No one wanted to get involved. Finally someone came to her rescue and took her to a hospital where she was treated for her wounds. The article went on to describe the anger of her rescuer toward those who turned their backs on the woman’s cries for help.

That tragic story illustrates the lack of compassion so prevalent in our society. Many people won’t become involved—even when the lives of others are at stake. They’re unwilling to risk personal injury or inconvenience, or perhaps they’re just complacent and insensitive.

That should never be true of Christians! Jesus showed great compassion to those with special needs, and He expects us to do the same.

Just as James used the tongue to represent a pure heart (v. 26), so he uses widows and orphans to represent pure love. “To visit” means to bring love, pity, and care to them. Widows and orphans are an especially needy segment within the church. As such, they represent all who are destitute and unable to repay your kindness.

Let your love be sacrificial. Give with no intention of receiving anything in return. Generously invest your time and resources in ministering to those who have no resources of their own. That’s the essence of true religion!

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Is there someone in your neighborhood or church whom you can help today? Ask God for wisdom and discernment on how you might best demonstrate His love to that person.

For Further Study: Read Exodus 22:22–24, Deuteronomy 14:28–29, Psalm 68:5, Acts 6:1–6, and 1 Timothy 5:3–16, noting God’s provisions for widows and orphans.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 179). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

US releases 6.6$mn for White Helmets, UN agency

The U.S. has resumed funding for the controversial Syrian aid group, the White Helmets. The Trump administration had decided to freeze funding for the rescue organisation back in March, as part of a broader programme of cuts. Check out http://rt.com RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT!

JUNE 15 ASCRIPTION OF GLORY

Yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

1 Peter 1:8

I am discovering that many Christians are not really comfortable with the holy attributes of God. In such cases, I am forced to wonder about the quality of their worship.

The word holy is much more than an adjective saying that God is a holy God. It is an ecstatic ascription of glory to the triune God. Everything that appears to be good among men and women must be discounted, for we are humans. Abraham, David and Elijah, Moses, Peter and Paul—all were good men, but each had his human flaws and weaknesses as members of Adam’s race. Each had to find his own place of humble repentance. Because God knows our hearts and our intentions, He is able to restore His believing children in the faith!

So, we should be honest and confess that much of our problem in continuing fellowship with a holy God is that many Christians only repent for what they do, rather than for what they are!

Lord, I confess before You this morning that at my very core I am a sinner—but one who has been saved by Your grace. I desire to please You, Father, as a child adopted into Your family.[1]


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

Weekly Watchman for 06/15/2018

Countering College Indoctrination

It’s no secret that the vast majority of college campuses are filled with radical liberal ideologies promoting Humanism and Marxism, and worldviews contradictory to the Bible. With each passing year, we see our young people being indoctrinated more and more into lies and false teachings that steer them and our nation away from God and biblical morality. This has been going on for decades, and as these young people assume the mantle of leadership in our nation and churches, who knows what the future might hold?

Fortunately, there are committed Christians doing what they can to help university students see the light and truth of Jesus Christ. We speak with two of those believers today, Devin and Melissa Pellew of Ratio Christi Ministries. They are Directors at Ratio Christi’s Winthrop University Chapter, spreading the gospel on campus and helping Christian students maintain a biblical worldview through apologetics.

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

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Risking Your Life and Family for the Gospel

Have you ever thought about how you would react if suddenly you or your family were threatened, demanding you to deny your allegiance to Jesus Christ? And if you’re thinking to yourself, “I would never do that, no matter what,” remember the Apostle Peter said the same thing – and then cowered.

Today, Mike and David talk with a man who was confronted with that horror. Bishop Pervaiz Joseph, a Christian leader from Pakistan who had a good relationship with government leaders there. He was able to share the gospel freely until he was falsely accused of a crime, kidnapped, tortured, and his family was forced to flee to Sri Lanka and eventually to the U.S. His story became known by Voice of the Martyrs.

He started Bishop Joseph Ministries International in December 2016, a non-profit organization, working with people around the globe uplifting communities and spreading a message of Hope, Peace and Love. Joseph, along with his family moved to the United States of America after facing religious persecution in his homeland and stayed in exile for a little over four years. They now run a local Church in affiliation with the Foursquare Missions and connect, build and uplift communities around the world by organizing mission trips, conferences and seminars within various states and worldwide.

In our final segment, we look at a chilling commentary on how youth are being brainwashed and indoctrinated into socialism and atheism by social media giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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Is There Really a Shadow Government in Our Nation?

There will always be conspiracy theories in every day life. Back in the 1960s there was talk of a “shadow government” that really set the agenda and pulled the strings of government officials, doing the bidding of power hungry globalists. These theories were widely dismissed.

But is the ‘Shadow Government” a reality, and if so, what would it mean for Christians in America? Could it threaten our freedom to worship God and share His Word? Could it one day force us to worship government instead of God, like in Marxist nations?

Author and Pastor Carl Gallups joins us to share his research and thoughts. We will also discuss the strange journey of Pastor Andy Stanley, who has said increasingly provocative things about the Bible over the past couple years. Has Stanley left the camp of solid Evangelical Christianity?

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

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On the Brink of Cataclysmic Change?

You would be hard pressed to remember a time when world leaders faced such a series of important decisions that could lead to world wide war or calamity. Here are just a few things to consider: increased attacks against Israel by Hamas, an Iranian regime developing nuclear weapons; Russia is entrenched in Syria with an eye on Israel; Islam is sweeping across Europe and Asia; and Western nations are arguing about trade and tariffs which could lead to economic turmoil.

All of this is set against the background of Bible prophecy and is happening at a time when the ‘professing’ Christian Church in America and Europe seems to be floundering due in part to apathy, heresy, and an ecumenical movement that puts unity and peace above truth.

This week, a crucial summit is taking place between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un spurred on by the president’s tough rhetoric against North Korea. Without God’s word as our anchor of hope, we could easily get depressed. But His word is truth and His promises everlasting. Gary Kah of Hope For the World has studied and written about the coming one world government and religion, and joins us to put all this into proper context and perspective.

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

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June 15, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said on Friday a Justice Department inspector general’s report that concluded there was no bias in how the FBI handled its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails was wrong, saying there was “total bias.”

Spain’s new socialist government promised on Friday it would restore free healthcare for undocumented migrants, a right removed by the former administration as part of cost-cutting.

President Donald Trump announced hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports on Friday as Beijing threatened to respond in kind, in a move that looks set to ignite a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Forces from an alliance of Arab states fought their way to the outskirts of the airport in Yemen’s main port city on Friday, as the Eid holiday saw a battle the United Nations fears could trigger a famine imperiling millions of lives.

Media company Comcast Corp’s record all-cash US$65bn bid to buy Twenty-First Century Fox’s media assets, a day after AT&T’s long-sought acquisition of Time Warner received a green light, signals an oncoming wave of M&A that banks will aggressively compete to finance.

Wells Fargo & Co said on Friday a district court in California approved a $142 million class-action settlement to compensate customers who were affected by a sales scandal related to the opening of phony bank accounts.

China’s navy carried out drills in the South China Sea to simulate fending off an aerial attack, state media said on Friday, as the country trades barbs with the United States over responsibility for heightened tension in the disputed waterway.

AP Top Stories

The Antarctic ice sheet is melting at a faster rate than at any previously recorded time, according to a comprehensive new study. The planet’s largest ice sheet is now losing more than 240 billion tons of ice every year ― a threefold increase from less than a decade ago. The melting is happening so fast that it could cause sea levels to rise 6 inches by the end of the century, the study projects.

For students at one of Indonesia’s oldest Islamic boarding schools, the holy month of Ramadan doesn’t only mean fasting from dawn till dusk. It also means intensive study of the Koran.

NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun. They’re hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers one-quarter of Mars and is expected to encircle the planet in another few days. It could be weeks or even months, though, until the sky clears enough for sunlight to reach the Martian surface and recharge Opportunity’s batteries through its solar panels.

A 525-year-old copy of a letter by Christopher Columbus that was stolen from the Vatican was returned on Thursday after joint sleuthing by U.S. Homeland Security agents and Holy See antiquity experts.

A man in his 70s has been arrested as part of a probe under the Official Secrets Act, police said on Thursday, amid reports he was a former Rolls-Royce engineer suspected of divulging secrets about Britain’s new stealth fighter to China.

Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeted areas around Yemen’s rebel-held port of Hodeida on Thursday, as an offensive to retake the vital aid gateway entered its second day.

An American citizen of Vietnamese descent has been detained in Vietnam after joining a protest over a controversial draft law on special economic zones that protesters fear would favor Chinese investors.

Four people were killed and eight wounded in Turkey after clashes erupted during a ruling party member’s campaign stop Thursday, the latest indication of boiling tensions in the run-up to the country’s June 24 elections.

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to blame Hamas for the violence.

Comcast’s $65 billion bid for 21st Century Fox (FOX) is the largest in history, but analysts overwhelmingly are expecting the Walt Disney Co. to top it.

U.S. industrial production fell slightly in May amid a sharp drop in manufacturing output, the Federal Reserve said on Friday. Overall industrial output fell 0.1 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.9 percent increase in April.

BBC

Yemen’s government says its forces are not attacking the port of the rebel-held city of Hudaydah, the main entry point for aid to the war-torn country. “We are not planning to destroy the infrastructure,” Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany said.

A new report from Google has revealed that little has changed despite a commitment to increasing diversity among staff employed by the tech giant. Overall nearly 70% of Google staff were men, as has been the case since 2014. In the US almost 90% were white or Asian, 2.5% were black and 3.6% Latin American.

A 24-hour general strike has brought much of Nicaragua to a standstill, as anti-government campaigners demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega.

A Ugandan inventor won a prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.

India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, with 600 million people facing acute water shortage.

WND

Set to debut June 28 is an animated show about “toddler drag queens” called “Drag Tots!” features voicing from “famous drag queens,” including RuPaul. Then there’s the Netflix cartoon “Super Drags.” The new programming has advocates for children aghast.

A dust-enshrouded, giant black hole ripping apart a star blasted out a superfast jet of particles that packed about 125 billion times the amount of energy the sun releases per year.


News – 6/15/2018

A Closer Look At Extreme FBI Bias Revealed In OIG Report
Don’t believe anyone who claims Horowitz didn’t find bias. He very carefully says that he found no “documentary” evidence that bias produced “specific investigatory decisions.” That’s different. But he in fact finds bias everywhere. The examples are shocking and concerning, and he devotes entire sections to them. And he very specifically says in the summary that they “cast a cloud” on the entire “investigation’s credibility.” That’s pretty damning.

FBI employees took favors from media
‘Tickets to sport events, golfing outings, drinks and meals’ The report said that while FBI policy “strictly limits the employees who are authorized to speak to the media, we found that this policy appeared to be widely ignored during the period we reviewed.”What was going on, the report said, was “numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media … were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters.” It also pointed out that there were deals going on between reporters and agents that wouldn’t stand up under scrutiny.

IG refers 5 FBI employees over ‘hostile’ messages
The report said five employees, who were not named, have been referred for investigation into whether their messages violated FBI code. “The FBI will handle these referrals pursuant to the FBI’s disciplinary investigation and adjudication processes, and will impose disciplinary measures as warranted.”

US may leave UN Human Rights Council
A US source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent” but had no details. Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council, which is holding a three-week session through July 6. A separate US official in Geneva had no information about a looming pull-out during the upcoming talks, saying: “We are still moving ahead with our engagement for the coming session.”

Pakistani Taliban leader killed in air strike in Afghanistan near border
Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan.

Europe must pay for its appeasement of Iran
Northern European leaders are the spineless leaders of pampered populations hostile to Israel. Israel must approach them with that in mind. Israel must learn from the mistakes of the past. Instead of groveling to Europeans for compassion and empathy it should send the discreet but unmistakable message that for every nuclear missile that in the future hits Israel from Iran, Israel will fire three towards the nations that made Iran’s nuclear attack possible.

Return of Lost Tribe of Menashe Signals New Stage in Redemption
Rabbi Michael Freund, head of Shavei Israel, brought home another 225 Bnei Menashe this week as part of the return of the tribes of Israel that was prophesied to follow the return of Judah. “The return of the Bnei Menashe is a clear and explicit indication that we have entered a new stage of the Redemption,” Freund told Breaking Israel News. “In so many places, the prophets talked about the return of Judan and the return of Israel. At first glance it seems repetitive unless it was intended to tell us that the tribes of Israel were meant to return separately from the tribe of Judah, or, what we know today as the Jews. The prophecy clearly states that the tribes of Israel and Judah will return separately, and that is what is happening right now with the Bnei Menashe.”

U.S. air strike kills Al-Qaeda terrorist in Libya
The United States military conducted an air strike in Libya targeting an Al-Qaeda affiliate, killing one “terrorist,” the U.S. military said Thursday, according to AFP. The strike took place on Wednesday, approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of the town of Bani Walid, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement. “In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord, US forces conducted a precision air strike against Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)… killing one terrorist,”

PA official: Jews ‘are not a people’
The Palestinian Authority (PA) envoy to Iraq recently said that the Jews “are not a people” and also invited Iraqi militias to “liberate Palestine”. The comments by the envoy, Ahmed Aql, were made during a recent interview with the Iraqi Al-Rased TV channel and were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). In his remarks, Aql complained that U.S. President Trump had recognized Jerusalem “as the capital of the Jewish people and not just the capital of the Jewish people.”

IDF hits Gaza terrorists launching ‘balloon bombs’
Israeli aircraft opened fire on a terrorist position in the Gaza Strip Friday afternoon, after a terror cell was spotted launching incendiary balloons and kites into Israeli territory. According to an Israeli military spokesperson, IDF aircraft fired warning shots towards the terrorists to deter them from launching the incendiary balloons.

U.S. says will ‘take firm measures’ against Syria violations near Israel border
The US will “take firm and appropriate measures” in response to Syrian government violations in a so-called de-escalation zone in the southwest of the country, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday. The southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights, is one of the remaining parts of the country still outside the control of the state after seven years of conflict.

Last remnants of Falash Mura community still hoping to come to Israel
In the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in what can only be described as a shanty synagogue made of corrugated iron and breeze blocks, with a corrugated iron roof held up by wooden poles, women clad in white shawls and men with yarmulkes sing and chant in Hebrew…With another approximately 5,500 in Gondar in the north, these approximately 8,200 people are the last remnants of the Falash Mura, and many have been waiting for years, some for decades, to get approval to come to Israel.

Palestinians prep 5,000 kite bombs in Gaza to mark end of Ramadan
The IDF struck a target in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, two hours after it fired warning shots in the same area toward Palestinians who were preparing airborne incendiary devices near the Bureij refugee camp. “The IDF struck…the area where a squad had previously been preparing Molotov cocktails in the southern Gaza Strip,” the IDF said. “The IDF considers the use of incendiary kites and balloons to be severe, and will act to prevent their use.”

India facing the ‘worst water crisis in its history’
India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, with some 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says. The Niti Aayog report, which draws on data from 24 of India’s 29 states, says the crisis is “only going to get worse” in the years ahead. It also warns that 21 cities are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020 despite increasing demand.

Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion
Catholic Argentina’s lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 against while one abstained. The bill will now have to go to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri is strongly opposed to the bill but has said that he would not veto it if it was passed by both houses.

Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis
Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards the goal of giving paralysed people control of their hands again. The team at King’s College London used gene therapy to repair damage in the spinal cord of rats. The animals could then pick up and eat sugar cubes with their front paws.

IQ Scores Are Declining And The Environment Is To Blame, New Study Finds
IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says. The research suggests that genes aren’t what’s driving the decline in IQ scores… Norwegian researchers analyzed the IQ scores of Norwegian men born between 1962 and 1991 and found that scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 — but then saw a steady decline among those born after 1975.

It’s ‘raining’ green crystals in Hawaii, thanks to Kilauea volcano eruption
In the never-ending parade of weird phenomena erupting from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano comes a “rain” of green crystals, which have supposedly been spotted on the ground after falling from the sky. “It is literally raining gems,” tweeted Tucson meteorologist Erin Jordan, who posted a photo sent to her by a friend in Hawaii.

As trade war with China looms, U.S. readies second wave of duties
The United States has nearly completed a second list of tariffs on $100 billion in Chinese goods, as President Donald Trump prepares to enact an initial round of duties that is expected to trigger an in-kind response from Beijing, several sources said. The second wave of products has been cued up as Washington prepares to announce on Friday a list of about $50 billion of goods to be targeted.

WW3 RED ALERT: Turkey warns missile system from Russia “WILL be used” by their military as Turkish tensions with Donald Trump and NATO soar
AS TENSIONS between Turkey and the US soar, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a strong statement on Tuesday in which he claimed Turkey will put to use the S-400 surface-to-air missile systems once they are delivered from Russia, adding its main objective was to reduce Ankara’s dependency on US arms supplies.

Black South Africa shows its hate of Israel yet again, by suspending a senior official in Johannesburg who said the city was a true friend of the Jewish State
The mayor of South Africa’s economic hub Johannesburg suspended a senior councilor Tuesday after she made a public declaration that the city was a “friend” of Israel.

ATX TV Festival Hosts Panel Calling for More On-Screen Abortions, Especially on Shows With Younger Audiences
Producers appearing on a panel about abortions at the ATX Television Festival over the weekend called for more abortions to take place on screen so that it is treated “more casually” — especially on shows with younger audiences.

Idaho Child Diagnosed with State’s First Case of Plague in Humans Since 1992
An unidentified child in Elmore County, Idaho, is being treated for the state’s first human case of plague in over 25 years.

Starbucks Gets Million$ from U.S. Govt., Picks Soros-Funded Group to Lead Anti-Bias Training
Children’s cartoons these days are getting seriously depraved, no joke. With the degradation of basic morality in this country has come the disturbing trend of pulling young children–even preschool aged–into a very adult world of homosexuality and gender-bending.

New Children’s Cartoons Feature Toddler Drag Queens And Crossdressing Superheroes
Children’s cartoons these days are getting seriously depraved, no joke. With the degradation of basic morality in this country has come the disturbing trend of pulling young children–even preschool aged–into a very adult world of homosexuality and gender-bending.

Mexico’s ‘Grand Warlock’ Casts World Cup Spell to Help Team
With the help of two priestesses and a rain stick shaped like an ancient Mesoamerican god, Mexico’s “Grand Warlock” cast a spell Wednesday to help the nation at the World Cup.

Roswell UFO Crash Site Will Be Open To The Public SOON
For the first time in 70 years, the site of the infamous Roswell UFO crash will be open to the public.  But will there be enough evidence left for people to see for themselves? Or will this be more of what many consider to be a massive government cover-up?

IG Report: FBI Agents Regularly Received Free Handouts From Journalists
The Department of Justice inspector general identified a number of instances where FBI employees regularly spoke with members of the media and received a number of free perks from journalists including meals and tickets to various events.

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

US Secret Service Employee Among 2,300 Suspected Child Sex Offenders Nabbed in Nationwide Operation
A three-month operation has resulted in the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected child sex offenders, including a Secret Service employee, the Justice Department has announced. The investigation also identified 383 abused children.

The United Nations Votes To Condemn Israel For Defending Themselves Against 3 Months Of Terror Attacks From Hamas In Gaza Strip
The United Nations resolution condemned the “firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas,” which have increased following clashes, and requested the UN secretary general submit a written response regarding the safety of the Palestinian civilian population. The votes reflected wide concern in the 193-member world body that the resolution sponsored by Arab and Islamic nations was one-sided and failed to even mention Hamas, which has fired over 100 rockets at Israel.

Nationalist Leaders Planning Migrant Sanctuaries Outside EU
Multiple European leaders have now confirmed that planning is moving forward to establish “protection centers” for migrants somewhere outside the EU.

For America to survive, Google must be defeated
The radical Left — which now controls tech giants like Google and Facebook — can’t win any debate (or elections) based on facts or logic, so they resort to brazen censorship to silence all opposing views in the hopes of dominating the culture by cheating.

False Flags Are Coming Before the Midterms-The Empire Will Strike Back
Merkel’s done more damage to Germany than Hitler. Her globalist policies have created a massive transfer of wealth from the German middle class to the immgrants that are overruning Germany. Finally, the German people are saying “Enough is Enough”.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington (1789)

In Today’s Edition

  • Putting the DOJ’s latest report on the Clinton case in proper context.
  • The Trump salute controversy was blown way out of proportion.
  • Consumer confidence soars despite Democrats’ best efforts.
  • The importance of free trade and how that plays with Trump’s tariffs.
  • Father’s Day preview: Dads attempt to stay relevant.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

The DoJ IG Report: Comey and His Corrupt Clinton Cronies

Washington Post: “The report is a blistering rebuke of Comey.”

Trump Salute Controversy Blown Out of Proportion

We’d prefer that he avoided it, but put in appropriate context, the faux pas is pretty small.

Consumer Confidence Soars

Economists adjust their expectations higher as retail sales numbers come in strong.

The Importance of Free Trade

Trump’s America-first agenda is welcome, but he must take care to ensure beneficial negotiations.

Dads Attempt to Stay Relevant

In the modern feminist portrayal, a father is almost as useful as one’s appendix.

Video: Why I Left Liberalism and the Democratic Party

Groupthink, hypocrisy, division, stereotyping, resentment and the acceptance of victimhood mentality.

Friday Short Cuts

“Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday Top Headlines

FBI report, House DACA bill, tariffs, SCOTUS ruling, faith and life, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
The Cover-Up Continues
Marc A. Thiessen
Trump Deserves More Latitude and Less Attitude
David Limbaugh
Our Reaction to the North Korea Summit Depends on Our Predisposition About Trump
David Harsanyi
Free Trade Already Puts America First
Ken Blackwell
Supreme Court Backs Accurate Voter Rolls and Honest Elections

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 15

  • Trump Hits China With Tariffs, Vows More If It Strikes Back (Read More)
  • Trump announces 25 percent tariff on Chinese technology (Read More)
  • Merkel’s government frays as migrant row festers in Germany (Read More)
  • Trump Insiders Seek Pardon for ‘Junk Bond King’ Michael Milken (Read More)
  • ‘What’s He Doing Here?’: Inside Trump’s Turbulent Relationship With Michael Cohen (Read More)
  • Pakistani Taliban leader killed in air strike in Afghanistan near border (Read More)
  • Ackman’s hedge funds gain after years of losses, Chipotle helps (Read More)
  • Wall Street Bankers Pile Leverage Onto Riskiest Buyouts (Read More)
  • Behind the Scenes at G-7 Meetings, Allies Dismayed by Trump’s Jabs (Read More)
  • Volcker ‘fix’ may cause new headaches for Wall Street (Read More)
  • Deleting Your Online DNA Data Is Brutally Difficult (Read More)
  • Former Trump campaign chief Manafort to ask judge not to jail him (Read More)
  • Ford Unit Teams With Startup Developing ‘Waze’ for Self-Driving Cars (Read More)
  • Brazil’s 7-1 World Cup Humiliation Helps Sell TVs Four Years Later (Read More)

Headlines – 6/15/2018

Trump team seeks to avoid ‘dead on arrival’ peace plan

Netanyahu unexpectedly meets with Indonesian Muslim leader – stresses he came to affirm ‘Palestine’s sovereignty’

Palestinians prep 5,000 kite bombs in Gaza to mark end of Ramadan

Israel Adapts New Rifle Sighting Technology to Intercept Gaza Kite Bombs

Hamas leader joins thousands of Palestinians at fresh Gaza border protest

Watch PA envoy to Iraq says Jews “are not a people”, invites Iraqi militias to “liberate Palestine”

Iran leaders focus on Palestinians in Eid messages to nation

Netanyahu: In fighting Iran, we serve security and peace beyond Mideast

Israel calls on Twitter to shut down terror groups’ accounts

Russia breaks from pack, holds national day reception in Jerusalem

Report: U.S. withdrawal from UNHRC ‘imminent’

Winds of war as Iran axis prepares for Golan offensive – A major battle against the rebels along the Israeli and Jordanian border seems unavoidable

Netanyahu: Iran has brought 80,000 Shiite fighters into Syria

U.S. says will ‘take firm measures’ against Syria violations near Israel border

Israel warned to avoid Syria strikes as World Cup kicks off in Russia

Islamic State threatens World Cup with video of burning stadium

Report: Hezbollah refused Russian demand to leave south Syria

IDF general warns foreign officials Iran setting up bases in Syria

Assad: I wouldn’t object to permanent Iranian base in Syria

Parts of missiles fired at Saudi Arabia came from Iran: U.N. chief

UN rejects plan to demand immediate ceasefire in Yemen port

U.S. air strike kills Al-Qaeda terrorist in Libya

North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US

North Korea’s state media depict Kim as hero and star of the Singapore summit with Trump

Israeli Foreign Ministry said to send out very skeptical paper on Trump-Kim meet

Caroline Glick: The Donald Trump Negotiations Academy

Man running for mayor killed in Mexico, 16th candidate dead

White House blames Dems for children split from illegal-immigrant parents: ‘Fix those loopholes’

Sessions cites Bible to defend immigration policies resulting in family separations

Congressional Republicans break from Trump on zero-tolerance border policy

Inspector general blasts Comey and also says others at FBI showed ‘willingness to take official action’ to hurt Trump

IG refers five FBI employees for investigation, as more anti-Trump messages revealed

Five takeaways on the IG’s scathing report on the FBI

Sessions Says More Firings Possible Following DOJ Report

Giuliani calls for suspension of Mueller’s probe after bombshell DOJ watchdog report

FBI vows to train employees to avoid bias after devastating report

‘Foreign actors’ accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show

Obama had direct contact with Clinton on private email server: IG report

New York sues Trump and his charity over ‘self-dealing’

Donald Trump Approves Tariffs on About $50 Billion of Chinese Goods

Canadians boycott US products, cancel vacations to America

Mexico studies tariffs on billions of dollars of U.S. corn, soy

Putin Meets Saudi Crown Prince in Moscow Amid Soaring Oil Prices

Millionaires Now Control Half of the World’s Personal Wealth

Hungarian PM: ‘Population Replacement Underway in Europe, Speculators Like Soros Hope to Profit from Its Ruination’

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

Strong earthquake swarm in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Explodes Again

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical storm or tropical depression: Taiwan and Japan disagree

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Water System

Beshear Sues Walgreens For ‘Dual Role’ In State’s Opioid Epidemic

Obama’s Birth Control Mandate Halted at 2 Christian Colleges by Iowa Judge


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Forgiveness: The Missing Message of the Social Justice Movement

Occult Practices in the Churches – How the occult has been fully integrated into many Christian lives…

Brian Houston accidentally identifies as a false prosperity teacher? We already knew that….

Spain Fines Christian Television Station 6,000 Euro for ‘Homophobic Content’

Mysterious explosions in past 2 months rattle Pennsylvania residents…

Posted: 15 Jun 2018 07:14 AM PDT

Mysterious explosions in past 2 months rattle Pennsylvania residents…Authorities are investigating a string of suspicious explosions in Pennsylvania, according to ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV.  The most recent explosion occurred Thursday afternoon, when a worker cutting grass hit the suspicious device with a lawnmower, WPVI reported. It left a 2-foot crater in the ground, and both FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents are

investigating. The worker was uninjured. Resident Melissa was with her kids at home when she felt the explosion, which was so forceful it knocked over a bookcase, she told the station. “It’s kind of scary when you got little guys,” Pfinster said. There have been upwards of three dozen explosions over the past two months in upper Bucks County and Lehigh County, according to WPVI. CONTINUE

Machine that anticipates your movements several minutes in advance could pave the way for next-level Big Brother surveillance

Posted: 15 Jun 2018 07:03 AM PDT

Machine that anticipates your movements several minutes in advance could pave the way for next-level Big Brother surveillanceAn intelligent machine capable of anticipating your next move minutes in advance sounds like the stuff of nightmares – but is now a reality.  Researchers have taught an AI to recognize patterns in people’s actions, allowing it to accurately predict the next move in a sequence minute in advance. The software, which was built by a team at the University of Bonn in Germany, was taught to anticipate

actions by watching hours of cooking videos. Dr. Jürgen Gall believes the intelligent software will eventually be able to prophesize your actions ‘hours before they happen’.  If the team manages to fine-tune the algorithm to be able to anticipate actions that far in advance, it’s possible to imagine a slew of real-world application, from home automation gadgets, to Big Brother-esque surveillance.  READ MORE

Wisconsin Mom Arrested for Attempting to Support ISIS

Posted: 15 Jun 2018 06:56 AM PDT

Wisconsin Mom Arrested for Attempting to Support ISISUS authorities have charged a woman with attempting to provide support to the Islamic State group, saying that she helped “facilitate” attacks around the world.  The FBI arrested 45-year-old Waheba Issa Dais Wednesday in Cudahy, Wisconsin. According to the FBI, she maintained “a virtual library of instructions on how to make bombs, biological weapons, and poisons.” She is also accused of hacking Facebook accounts and using them to recruit attackers. The Department of Justice tells CBN News

that Dais “helped facilitate planning for attacks in the United States on behalf of ISIS.” In addition, the affidavit said she “provided detailed instructions to people interested in attacks and attack planning. Dais has also expressed a personal desire to travel overseas in support of ISIS.” The FBI was first alerted in January after Facebook’s security team told them there was a Wisconsin-based user posting detailed instructions on how to make explosive vest bombs. READ MORE

Twister and Baseball-sized hail causing extensive damage in Canada

Posted: 15 Jun 2018 06:48 AM PDT

Twister and Baseball-sized hail causing extensive damage in CanadaThe skies lit up over southern Manitoba Thursday night as a lightning storm dropped hail the size of softballs over some areas, caused power outages and whipped up a tornado that touched down in the southwest corner of the province.  Environment Canada confirmed a tornado touched down near Waskada, 280 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg just north of the U.S. border, in the evening. No

damage was reported. The twister followed a series tornado and severe weather warnings through the southwest. Amid those warnings, nearly 100 km/h winds and huge hail swept across the south, knocking out power to thousands. About 18,000 Manitoba Hydro customers were left without power during the storm, about 550 of them in Winnipeg, Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen said. READ MORE

Canadians boycott US products, cancel vacations to America

Posted: 15 Jun 2018 06:27 AM PDT

Canadians boycott US products, cancel vacations to AmericaCanadians have taken to practicing pocketbook diplomacy in defense of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is caught in a trade war of words with President Trump, by boycotting American goods and canceling vacations to the United States, according to a report.  Shoppers are shunning Kentucky bourbon, California wine and Florida oranges, and avoiding American companies like Starbucks,

Walmart and McDonald’s, Canadian network CTV News reported on Wednesday.  On Twitter, hashtags like #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts and #BoycottUSA are spreading as outrage over Trump’s trade tariffs grows.  An Ottawa man posted a “Trump-free grocery cart”full of products from Canada or from “countries with strong leadership.” Vacationers said they would be staying up north this summer instead of booking trips to the US. CONTINUE

Trump slaps China with tariffs, Beijing ready to retaliate…

Posted: 15 Jun 2018 06:17 AM PDT

Trump slaps China with tariffs, Beijing ready to retaliate…The Trump administration will impose a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese goods, a decision that brought swift condemnation from Beijing as trade conflicts between the world’s two largest economies escalate.  In a statement Friday, President Donald Trump said the measures will affect Chinese goods “that contain industrially significant technologies.” The action comes “in light of China’s theft of intellectual property and technology and its other unfair trade practices,” he added.

Trump noted that the White House could impose additional tariffs if China retaliates with duties of its own on American crops or other products. Shortly after Trump’s announcement, China’s Commerce Ministry said it would impose tariffs immediately and at the same scale as the U.S. did. Beijing added that all previously agreed to trade negotiations are no longer valid. READ MORE

With Two Category 4 Eastern Pacific Hurricanes In Four Days, Should We Be Worried About the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 06:32 PM PDT

With Two Category 4 Eastern Pacific Hurricanes In Four Days, Should We Be Worried About the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season?With two Category 4 hurricanes – Aletta and Bud – forming in roughly four days in the eastern Pacific Ocean, you may be wondering if we’re in for another active Atlantic hurricane season as well. The short answer: It’s unclear, according to our analysis of past similar quick eastern Pacific season starts. In reliable records dating to 1971, NOAA’s historical hurricane database has 10 other years in which the first two named storms in the eastern Pacific basin were hurricanes: 2015, 2011, 1999, 1996,

1995, 1990, 1983, 1976, 1973 and 1971. Admittedly, this is by no means a large sample size for any statistical study.  In those 10 years, the average number of Atlantic named storms (12.3), hurricanes (6.6), and major hurricanes (2.8 Category 3 or stronger) almost exactly matched the 30-year average from 1981-2010 of 13, 7 and 3. Of course, averages mask extremes. There was quite a range in the number of named storms, from a mere 4 in 1983 to 19 in both 1995 and 2011, and in hurricanes from 3 in 1983 to 11 in 1995.  CONTINUE

DEVELOPING: Earthquake swarm detected under Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 06:17 PM PDT

DEVELOPING: Earthquake swarm detected under Bardarbunga volcano, IcelandAn earthquake swarm is currently occurring in the Northern part of Bárðarbunga beginning with a quake of the magnitude of 4.1 at 13.14 at noon. Several quakes followed suit and then a larger one occurred at 15.05 at a magnitude of 4.9.  That’s the largest earthquake measured in Bárðarbunga since

the eruption stopped at Bárðarbunga in early 2015 and is the same size as an earthquake that occurred on January 30th this year.  The Iceland Met Office, however, says that there are no signs of an eruption but are surveilling the area closely.  READ MORE

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: For the first time, Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 06:10 PM PDT

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: For the first time, Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys starFor the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close to the cosmic monster.  The scientists tracked the event with radio and infrared telescopes, including the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299, nearly 150 million light-years from Earth. At the core of one of the

galaxies, a black hole 20 million times more massive than the Sun shredded a star more than twice the Sun’s mass, setting off a chain of events that revealed important details of the violent encounter. Only a small number of such stellar deaths, called tidal disruption events, or TDEs, have been detected, although scientists have hypothesized that they may be a more common occurrence. Theorists suggested that material pulled from the doomed star forms a rotating disk around the black hole, emitting intense X-rays and visible light, and also launches jets of material outward from the poles of the disk at nearly the speed of light. READ MORE


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This ‘n’ That for June 15, 2018 — Do Not Be Surprised…

  • Shocking. Or not, considering David Jeremiah’s always been one to avoid.
  • Let’s get the beginning of the book right.
  • Knowing that many SBC churches are biblically sound (and sadly, many are not), I’ve nevertheless long been perplexed by the odd love affair American evangelicals seem to have with the SBC. It is what it is, though, and because it is such a machine, they must never be foolish enough to elect a woman as their president.
  • This might actually be an even worse idea than allowing a woman to run the SBC.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I already wanted this book. Now I really want it.
  • All Christians have a duty to discern.
The Christian church…is characterized by love…this love that gives oneself for the brethren, like Christ’s love. The prototype, therefore, is Christ. It originates in God. It issues in self-sacrifice, and its evidence of eternal life. 
—S. Lewis Johnson 

via This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

To Unpack Roma Downey’s Box of Butterflies Is to Discover a Core False Teaching — Christian Research Network

New Age, Roman Catholic mystic Roma Downey has a new book to sell. So she has turned to several evangelical luminaries to help promote her book. Check out who the people are who “rave over Roma’s every word.” Names are included as well as a few key words/phrases taken from their glowing testimonials.

But this is not about so-called evangelical leaders who endorse the work of false teachers like Roma. Lois Putnam of Learn to Discern Grannyhas written a stellar review of Downey’s book Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us:

Have you ever received a package wrapped in the most attractive paper only to eagerly rip off its wrappings to find something inside you couldn’t have imagined?  This is much like Roma Downey’s beautiful new book Box of Butterflies for although its author is sincere and gracious, and its stories are inspirational and hopeful, when fully opened, one will discover a core false teaching that runs throughout its pages. And so, because Scripture reminds us to test all things, this review will attempt to unpack how its author incorporates this teaching throughout the book.

A Review:  Box of Butterflies:  Howard Books (An Imprint of Simon and Schuster) March 2018

Unpacking Its Foreword

Box of Butterflies begins with a short foreword by the late Della Reese with whom Roma had an extraordinary relationship that began with Della playing “Tess,” Roma’s partner-angel, on the well-known Touched by an Angel series. About Della, Roma wrote, “She has become the first person I call when I need wisdom, and she is a loving teacher and instructor.” (p.36)  Such was Della’s influence on Roma that she also became Roma’s surrogate mother, a godmother to Roma’s daughter Reilly, and the officiator at Roma and Mark’s wedding.  (p.35) (p.132)

Della was also a pastor of the New Thought “Up Church.”  New Thought teaches one that the Bible is just a book containing the sacred writings of any religion.  It believes too ” … in God, the living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute, and self-existent Cause; and it believes ” …in the incarnation of the Spirit in US, and that all PEOPLE are incarnations of the One Spirit.”  Dear reader, this is what Della believed, for Della Reese, along with such men as Eckhart Tolle, and Neale Donald Walsch, are listed among their “Modern Notable Members.”  As Christian as Reese’s foreword may seem, Reese’s beliefs are unbiblical. https://www.amazon.com/Box-Butterflies-Discovering-Unexpected-Blessings/dp/1501150936 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Thought

Unpacking Its “Introduction”

Mary Oliver Roma’s “Introduction” begins with Mary Oliver’s poem: “I Have Decided.”  Roma writes, “I love the poems of Mary Oliver … there is something about the beauty and honesty of her poems that echoes the prayers of my heart.  She reminds me of the simplicity of faith, of how God’s image is reflected in nature all around us, and when we are quiet we can connect to the stillness within ourselves, we can hear him speak.” (p.1)

Here the question must be asked, “What do we know about Mary Oliver’s beliefs?”  One answer can be found in “Maria Shriver Interviews Poet Mary Oliver” (Oprah.com)  As they discuss “religion” Oliver comments, “I’ve written before that God has ‘so many names.’  To me, it’s all right if you look at a tree, as the Hindus do, and the tree has a spirit.  It’s mystery, and mysteries don’t compromise themselves-we’re never gonna know. … I like to think of myself as a praise poet.”  Shriver queries Oliver as to what this means.  Oliver replies, “That I acknowledge my feeling and gratitude for life by praising the world and whoever made all these things.”  It’s worth noting too that Oliver often emphasizes paying “careful attention,” and is listed over and over by mindfulness sites as a mindfulness poet. http://www.oprah.com/entertainment/maria-shriver-interviews-poet-mary-oliver/1

While Oliver praises the world and whoever made these things, there is but one we are to praise for as Revelation 4:11 declares: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” View article →

Related:

Several articles on Roma Downey

See our Research Paper on Roman Catholicism

via To Unpack Roma Downey’s Box of Butterflies Is to Discover a Core False Teaching — Christian Research Network

June 15, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

2:11 Another truth concerning the judgment of God is that it is without respect of persons. In human courts of law, preference is shown to the good-looking, wealthy, and influential; but God is strictly impartial. No considerations of race, place, or face will ever influence Him.[1]


2:11For there is no partiality with God: An eternal truth is that as God deals in condemnation without favoritism, likewise He deals in salvation without favoritism. God is impartial because He does not change His pattern “to the Jew first,” whether righteousness or unrighteousness is involved.[2]


2:11 partiality. Lit. “to receive a face,” that is, to give consideration to someone simply because of his position, wealth, influence, popularity, or appearance. Because it is God’s nature to be just, it is impossible for Him to be anything but impartial (Ac 10:34; Gal 2:6; Eph 6:7, 8; Col 3:25; 1Pe 1:17).[3]


2:11partiality The word prosōpolēmpsia describes making unfair distinctions between people and treating some better than others. God does not show partiality (see Deut 10:17; Acts 10:34–35); He judges both Jews and Gentiles on the same basis—according to works (see note on Rom 2:6). Paul is attempting to convince some Jews that God will not overlook their sinful activity just because of their ethnicity.[4]


2:11 Right standing with God is not on the basis of ethnic background, nor any natural or self-generated distinctions among humanity (9:6–13; Gal. 6:15).[5]


2:11 No one should think that God’s judgment is tainted with favoritism. He is a just Judge of both Jews and Gentiles.[6]


[1] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1683). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1426). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 2:11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 2:11). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1615). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[6] Blum, E. A. (2017). Romans. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1783). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

RenewAmerica Newsletter for June 15, 2018

June 14, 2018
He has secured Kim Jong-un’s acquiescence to the agreed objective
CONRAD BLACK — The president’s idiosyncratic methods conceal the strength of his effort to reverse the disintegration of America as a Great Power and a just force in the world. Beneath or with his almost avuncular comments on Kim Jong-un being “a nice guy,” Trump has gained Kim’s formal acquiescence to his definition of denuclearization in exchange for contemporaneous wind-down of sanctions and of the close presence of overwhelming military force…. (more)


June 14, 2018
NEWSMAX — The United States is committed to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after briefing his South Korean and Japanese counterparts on President Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un…. (more)

June 14, 2018
MICHAEL BARONE — It has been a week full of wins for Donald Trump – – at least from the perspective of those who share Trump’s view of the way the world works, and perhaps even for some who don’t…. (more)


June 14, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — It is known in the industry as a good get. Andrew C. McCarthy has joined Fox News Channel as a contributor. A network spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Times that Mr. McCarthy will provide legal analysis during daytime and prime-time programming on Fox News as well as Fox Business Network…. (more)

June 14, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether the government has used the Justice Department’s awesome investigative authorities as a weapon against political adversaries. We learned yesterday that, in response to this very investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein . . . threatened to use the Justice Department’s awesome investigative authorities as a weapon against political adversaries…. (more)


June 14, 2018
NEWSMAX — Federal policy shifts that put a crimp in the Obamacare market are likely to drive up premiums for remaining policyholders next year – – especially those who are older and in poorer health, a report released Wednesday said…. (more)

June 14, 2018
THE NEW AMERICAN — Vermont will require all residents to have health insurance by 2020, despite the national backlash against ObamaCare’s individual mandate that demanded the same requirement of all Americans. Just days after Vermont signed its individual mandate into law, New Jersey followed suit. The two states now join Massachusetts, which has had a similar mandate in place for years. The laws prove that the federal government is not the only government capable of overreach… (more)


June 13, 2018
THE NEW AMERICAN — When Abby Johnson quit her job as director of a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic in 2009, she had no intention of becoming a pro-life activist. Then Planned Parenthood tried to get a judge to slap a permanent gag order on her. The attempted silencing of Johnson not only failed in court but also spurred her to speak out…. (more)

June 13, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar made clear this week that Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions if they wish to keep their government funding. Varadkar said that hospitals that follow Catholic medical ethics will have to find someone willing to perform the procedure…. (more)


June 13, 2018
NEW YORK POST — Where President Obama flew, so flew his trusty stenographer – – and now she’s written a memoir that offers a fair share of drugs and sex, but is frustratingly short on naming names. Beck Dorey-Stein traveled for five years alongside the White House press corps, describing the experience as “summer camp on steroids” in her new book, “From the Corner of the Oval.”… (more)

June 13, 2018
BYRON YORK — Reaction to President Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has broken down along the usual Trump-anti-Trump divisions. The truth is, it will take a while before it’s clear whether the summit achieved anything or not…. (more)

June 13, 2018
North Korean dictator in ‘science fiction fantasy’ with U.S. president
ART MOORE — Culminating a historic summit described by Kim Jong Un as something out of a “science fiction movie,” the North Korean dictator sat down at a ceremonial table in Singapore Tuesday and signed a document along with President Trump stating the rogue communist state would work toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”… (more)


June 13, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The way Mike Kennedy sees it, he’s “just a plain old guy.” He’s no Mitt Romney, the millionaire Republican elder statesman and Kennedy’s opponent for the party’s nomination for Utah’s soon-to-be-open Senate seat. And he’s certainly no Ted Kennedy, the late liberal senator with whom he shares a surname but not a bloodline. Nope. Mike Kennedy’s “just a plain old guy” who “comes from dirt.”… (more)

June 13, 2018
NEWSMAX — Corey Stewart has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia and will face incumbent Tim Kaine in the November general election. Stewart beat state lawmaker Nick Freitas and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson in Tuesday’s race…. (more)

June 13, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Trump’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, expressed regret on Tuesday for saying this past weekend that “there’s a special place in hell” for Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. “Let me correct a mistake I made,” Navarro said at the Wall Street Journal’s yearly CFO Network conference. “In conveying that message, I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message. I own that. That was my mistake. Those were my words.”… (more)

June 12, 2018
WES VERNON — Victoria Toensing, one of the insightful attorneys on Fox News, cut to the quick the other night when she spoke with her fellow panelists of the odd statement by House Speaker Paul Ryan that there was “no evidence” that then President Obama ordered the FBI to “spy” on the Trump campaign…. (more)

June 12, 2018
ALAN KEYES — “A true democrat, lowercase ‘d,’ thinks they’re no better than anybody else. That’s what a Democrat is. And the party regains that when white, black, Hispanic people, everybody, starts to think of themselves as one of them instead of being better than them.”… (more)

June 11, 2018
CNN — Nearly five hours of unprecedented and surreal talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un culminated on Tuesday with fulsome declarations of a new friendship but just vague pledges of nuclear disarmament. For Trump, that amounted to a triumphant outcome in his extraordinary gamble with the rogue kingdom’s despotic leader. But there were scant details on what new commitments had been secured from Kim, even as Trump announced he would end the regular military exercises the US conducts with South Korea…. (more)


June 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — First lady Melania Trump is thoughtful, classy, intelligent and kind. And it drives the media nuts. There’s nothing – – not one thing – – to legitimately criticize Mrs. Trump about. So they create fake news (aka: lies) in a vain attempt to vilify, discredit or embarrass her…. (more)

June 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will begin their historic summit with a one-on-one meeting, focusing on their personal rapport as they seek a deal for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons, an administration official said Monday…. (more)


June 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro used unusually harsh language Sunday in blasting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for holding a “stunt” press conference to say his nation will not be pushed around by tariffs imposed by President Trump…. (more)


June 11, 2018
POLITICO — Mitt Romney is mapping out plans to become a major player in the Senate – – positioning himself to be the spokesman of a listless Republican Party establishment that’s been steamrolled by President Donald Trump…. (more)

June 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Those blaming the deadly Parkland shooting on the National Rifle Association need to take a harder look at the Broward County school superintendent and sheriff, according to NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch. She told the Western Conservative Summit that school authorities “protected” the confessed mass shooter by failing to get tough on him in the name of reducing student arrests prior to the Feb. 14 shooting…. (more)

June 11, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Since November 2016, the deep state and its media allies have spent considerable time and money cultivating animus toward President Trump and the Republican-led Congress among younger voters. Many millennials came unglued in the wake of the election and still are. The left is counting on their turning out to elect progressives in November. Social media bristle with anti-Trump and anti-conservative invectives, and some of it spills over into anti-American rants…. (more)

June 10, 2018
Report offers proposals in 10 policy areas to make communities thrive again
GREG COROMBOS — Black Americans can escape the cycle of failed schools, rampant poverty and government dependence if America as a whole embraces the proven values that made it the envy of the world, according to a new report from the conservative Project 21 Black Leadership Network…. (more)

 

June 15 Jesus’ Definition of Judging

Do not judge so that you will not be judged.—Matt. 7:1

One of the central messages of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to His followers is for them to be discerning and perceptive in what they believe and what they do. All Christians need to make every effort to judge between truth and falsehood, between the internal and the external, between reality and sham, and between true righteousness and false righteousness.

Every message we hear is to be judged for the soundness of its doctrine. Paul told the Galatians, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” (Gal. 1:8).

Not to rebuke sin is a form of hatred, not love. Refusing to warn a person about his sin is just as unloving as refusing to warn him about a serious disease he may have. The writer of Hebrews calls for a level of spiritual maturity wherein Christians “because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Heb. 5:14).

So in Matthew 7:1, Jesus is not telling us never to think or make value judgments. He is referring to the self-righteous, egotistical judgment and unmerciful condemnation of others practiced by the scribes and Pharisees. Their primary concern was not to help others from sin to holiness, but to condemn them to eternal judgment because of actions and attitudes that did not square with their own worldly, self-made traditions.

Jesus is referring to the judgment of motives that no human being can know of another—judgment of external form. What Jesus is forbidding is self-righteous, hasty, unmerciful, prejudiced, and unwarranted condemnation based on human standards and human understanding.

ASK YOURSELF

This is one Bible verse our culture feels good about knowing—and thrusting into the faces of Christians at every opportunity. But how do you see this concept twisted in people ’s dealings with others and in matters of morality?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 175). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JUNE 15 EVERYTHING GOD DOES IS WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE

God is a spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

JOHN 4:24

It is characteristic of the unregenerate man that he sees God only in nature, and of the immature Christian that he can see God only in grace!

Because sin has injured us so deeply and because the whole transaction of repentance and deliverance from the guilt and power of iniquity makes such a mighty impression upon us emotionally, we naturally tend to appreciate the work of God in redemption more than in nature.

But everything God does is praiseworthy and deserves our deepest admiration. Whether He is making or redeeming a world, He is perfect in all His doings and glorious in all His goings forth.

Yet the long, long ages, however far they may carry us into the mysteries of God, will still find us singing the praises of the Lamb that was slain. For it is hardly conceivable that we sinners can ever forget the wormwood and the gall.

We human sinners above all other creatures have benefited by His grace, so it is altogether natural that we above all others should magnify the blood that bought us and the mercy that pardoned our sins.

Yet we glorify God’s redeeming grace no less when we glorify His creating and sustaining power. If we miss seeing God in His works we deprive ourselves of the sight of a royal display of wisdom and power so elevating, so ennobling, so awe-inspiring as to make all attempts at description futile. Such a sight the angels behold day and night forever and ask nothing more to make them perpetually satisfied![1]


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

World Cup 2018: Christian Campaign Aims to Spread Gospel to 3 Million People in Russia

An evangelistic campaign aiming to reach as many as three million people has begun alongside the soccer World Cup in Russia on Thursday, despite what some faith leaders say is a crackdown on evangelism in the country.
— Read on www.christianpost.com/news/world-cup-2018-christian-campaign-aims-to-spread-gospel-to-3-million-people-in-russia-225008/

What Is Discernment? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Someone I know recently expressed an opinion that surprised and in some ways disappointed me. I said to myself, “I thought he would have more discernment than that.”

The experience caused me to reflect on the importance of discernment and the lack of it in our world. We know that people often do not see issues clearly and are easily misled because they do not think biblically. But, sadly, one cannot help reflecting on how true this is of the church community, too.

Most of us doubtless want to distance ourselves from what might be regarded as “the lunatic fringe” of contemporary Christianity. We are on our guard against being led astray by false teachers. But there is more to discernment than this. True discernment means not only distinguishing the right from the wrong; it means distinguishing the primary from the secondary, the essential from the indifferent, and the permanent from the transient. And, yes, it means distinguishing between the good and the better, and even between the better and the best.

Thus, discernment is like the physical senses; to some it is given in unusual measure as a special grace gift (1 Cor. 12:10), but some measure of it is essential for us all and must be constantly nourished. The Christian must take care to develop his “sixth sense” of spiritual discernment. This is why the psalmist prays, “Teach me good judgment and knowledge” (Ps. 119:66).

The Nature of Discernment

But what is this discernment? The word used in Psalm 119:66 means “taste.” It is the ability to make discriminating judgments, to distinguish between, and recognize the moral implications of, different situations and courses of action. It includes the ability to “weigh up” and assess the moral and spiritual status of individuals, groups, and even movements. Thus, while warning us against judgmentalism, Jesus urges us to be discerning and discriminating, lest we cast our pearls before pigs (Matt. 7:1, 6).

A remarkable example of such discernment is described in John 2:24–25: “Jesus would not entrust himself to them . . . for he knew what was in a man” (NIV).

This is discernment without judgmentalism. It involved our Lord’s knowledge of God’s Word and His observation of God’s ways with men (He, supremely, had prayed, “Teach me good judgment . . . for I believe Your commandments,” Ps. 119:66). Doubtless His discernment grew as He experienced conflict with, and victory over, temptation, and as He assessed every situation in the light of God’s Word.

Jesus’ discernment penetrated to the deepest reaches of the heart. But the Christian is called to develop similar discernment. For the only worthwhile discernment we possess is that which we receive in union with Christ, by the Spirit, through God’s Word.

So discernment is learning to think God’s thoughts after Him, practically and spiritually; it means having a sense of how things look in God’s eyes and seeing them in some measure “uncovered and laid bare” (Heb. 4:13).

The Impact of Discernment

How does this discernment affect the way we live? In four ways:

1. It acts as a means of protection, guarding us from being deceived spiritually. It protects us from being blown away by the winds of teaching that make central an element of the gospel that is peripheral or treat a particular application of Scripture as though it were Scripture’s central message.

2. Discernment also acts as an instrument of healing, when exercised in grace. I have known a small number of people whose ability to diagnose the spiritual needs of others has been remarkable. Such people seem able to penetrate into the heart issues someone else faces better than the person can do. Of course, this is in some ways a dangerous gift with which God has entrusted them. But when exercised in love, discernment can be the surgical scalpel in spiritual surgery that makes healing possible.

3. Again, discernment functions as a key to Christian freedom. The zealous but undiscerning Christian becomes enslaved—to others, to his own uneducated conscience, to an unbiblical pattern of life. Growth in discernment sets us free from such bondage, enabling us to distinguish practices that may be helpful in some circumstances from those that are mandated in all circumstances. But in another way, true discernment enables the free Christian to recognize that the exercise of freedom is not essential to the enjoyment of it.

4. Finally, discernment serves as a catalyst to spiritual development: “The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning” (Prov. 14:6, NIV). Why? Because the discerning Christian goes to the heart of the matter. He knows something about everything, namely that all things have their common fountain in God. Increase in knowledge, therefore, does not lead to increased frustration, but to a deeper recognition of the harmony of all God’s works and words.

How is such discernment to be obtained? We receive it as did Christ Himself—by the anointing of the Spirit, through our understanding of God’s Word, by our experience of God’s grace, and by the progressive unfolding to us of the true condition of our own hearts.

That is why we also should pray, “I am your servant; give me discernment” (Ps. 119:125, NIV).

This excerpt is taken from In Christ Aloneby Sinclair Ferguson.

via What Is Discernment? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

11 Quick Things To Know About The Inspector General’s Report — The Federalist

On Thursday, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a long-anticipated report on the FBI’s handling of the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server that handled classified information. Here are some quick takeaways from the report.

via 11 Quick Things To Know About The Inspector General’s Report — The Federalist

Friday Briefing, June 15, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

How the psychotherapeutic revolution has led us to the dangerous belief that unhappiness is a problem that must always be solved

Washington Post (David Von Drehle) — Our culture assumes happiness is the normal human condition. Why?

Can money buy happiness? New survey says yes, but this type of happiness comes with regrets

New York Times (Paul Sullivan) — Balancing the Benefit and the Burden of Wealth

The quest for inner peace: Competitive meditators and their unmindful mindfulness

Wall Street Journal (Ellen Gamerman) — Competitive About Your Meditation? Relax, Everyone Else is Too

Not dying will not work: How the fear of death drives us to desperation which can be satisfied only in Christ

Wall Street Journal (Alison Gopnik) — Who’s Most Afraid to Die? A Surprise

— Read on albertmohler.com/2018/06/15/briefing-6-15-18/

June 15 Useless Speech

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth.

Ephesians 4:29

Rotten fruit smells terrible and is worthless. You don’t want to get near it, let alone eat it. The same thing is true of rotten language. Whether it is off–color jokes, profanity, dirty stories, or crude speech, in no way should it characterize a Christian.

Psalm 141:3 tells us how to eliminate such speech: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” If Jesus Christ is the doorkeeper of your lips, He will be the one to determine what comes out of them.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 184). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.