Daily Archives: June 18, 2018

June 18: What Is Love?

Ezra 5:1–6:22; 1 John 3:19–24; Psalm 106:30–48

I find it easy to talk about myself. I like to get to the root of why I act the way I do. Sometimes this is helpful—it helps me nail down where I struggle. But this tendency also reminds me that I’m geared inward.

The danger is that I often filter others through the sieve of my experience. Our culture encourages the mindset that other people ought to make us feel good about ourselves and help us fulfill our dreams. In this mindset, our relationships ultimately become about self-fulfillment.

John squashes this idea. He tells the recipients of his letter, “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18). He’s not saying we should refrain from expressing love and care through words. But displaying love—putting others’ needs before our own—requires much more of us.

John doesn’t go on to define love. However, he does describe the ultimate example of love: “We have come to know love by this: that he laid down his life on behalf of us, and we ought to lay down our lives on behalf of the brothers” (1 John 3:16). Love is best displayed in the cross, not in poetry and with eloquent words that demonstrate more about ourselves than actual, concrete care for others.

The love displayed on the cross is a reminder that we aren’t meant to lead comfortable, self-focused lives. Jesus’ actions show us that love isn’t merely emotion—it’s sacrifice and self-denial. We live to love both God and others, and that’s best done with actions that serve.

Are you really loving the people around you? How can you love them better?

Rebecca Van Noord[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 18 Looking Beyond Externals

“My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism” (James 2:1).


Your true worth is based on the value of your soul, not on external considerations.

Jesus is “our glorious Lord” (James 2:1)—the Sovereign One who rules over all His creation, the One in whom the fullness of God’s glory is revealed. John said, “The Word [Jesus] became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Paul said, “In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Col. 2:9).

As God, Jesus shares the impartiality of the Father. He knows that a person’s worth is based on the value of his soul, not on external considerations. That’s why He always looks on the heart and never judges on externals alone.

That was evident in the way Jesus dealt with sinners when He was still on earth. He never hesitated to confront them—whether they were influential Jewish religious leaders or common folks. Even His enemies acknowledged His impartiality when they said, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any” (Matt. 22:16).

Like the Father, Jesus also extended the offer of salvation to men and women of every race, social class, and moral standing. That’s illustrated by the parable He told in Matthew 22:1–14 about the marriage of a king’s son (an illustration of Himself). The invited guests (Israel) didn’t show up, so the king commanded his servants to go out and gather everyone they could find to furnish the wedding with guests. As a result, people of every station in life attended the wedding, just as people of every station in life are called to salvation.

As you have opportunities to minister to others today, don’t be influenced by externals such as looks, clothing, or economic level. Do as Jesus did: treat them with compassion, and speak the truth without compromise.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise the Lord for His impartiality, and ask Him for special grace as you reach out to others today.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 20:1–16. How does that parable illustrate the impartiality of God?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 182). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Is Jesus the Only Way?

The Christian Post ran a lengthy piece recently on the question, “Is Jesus the only way?” That is, is the message of the cross of Christ exclusive: do only those who repent and believe receive eternal life? The article began by quoting a megachurch pastor in New York City who certainly doesn’t think so.

Reportedly, Michael A. Walrond Jr. of First Corinthian Baptist Church declared in a sermon,

There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, “well, if you don’t believe in Jesus you going to Hell.” That’s insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes. . . . And so the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God I celebrate that. Personally, I celebrate that.

The article went on to discuss institutions of higher education, including supposed Christian ones, that are undermining the biblical belief that only Christ is the way to God and to salvation. In our pluralistic society, the message of the exclusivity of the cross is offensive. But that shouldn’t surprise us: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame” (Romans 9:33).

Our western culture teaches that all roads lead to God and that you just have to be good or sincere. And many Christians are beginning to think this way. (In doing research for my coauthored book Ready to Return, America’s Research Group found that 65% of millennials who regularly attend churches in the USA think good people get to heaven.) Why? For the same reason so many Christians compromise with God’s clear words in Genesis. It’s not that the Bible isn’t clear on the issue of salvation. It is, just as it is clear on the details of creation in Genesis, the six literal days of creation, Adam made from dust, death after sin, global Flood, etc. Here are some salvation verses:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Scripture is abundantly clear: salvation is found in Christ alone. To deny that truth is to deny the authority of God’s Word. No longer is God’s Word the authority in many places—we are. And the thoughts of our culture, or our own thoughts, become our standard, rather than God and his Word.

Biblical authority is what I’ve been speaking on for decades now. No matter what the issue, God’s Word must be our authority. And that’s what the AiG ministry is all about—proclaiming biblical authority and the saving gospel. Whenever we allow sinful man to be the authority over God and his Word, compromise follows.

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I discussed this item on Answers News today with regular cohosts Bodie Hodge and Dr. Georgia Purdom. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also discussed the following intriguing topics:

  • Is Europe not as secular as previously thought?
  • Earliest known insect tracks discovered.
  • Is earth’s magnetic field a “solar shredding machine”?
  • And more!

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Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

Source: Is Jesus the Only Way?

Revoice Conference Bans Pro-Christian Activist from Attending, Refunds Registration Fees — Pulpit & Pen

In case you’ve yet to hear, the Revoice Conference is an event designed to celebrate “Queer Culture” within the Christian Church, to “de-sin” Same Sex Attraction (SSA), and to move American evangelicals to abandon a traditional, historic and orthodox understanding of human sexuality. Although a conference like this is standard fare among mainline liberal denominations like the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), the Presbyterian Church USA, or the United Methodist Church, embracing and celebrating celibate homosexuality is not typical among more conservative denominations like the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) or the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The Revoice Conference, however, will be hosted by the PCA, is being promoted by Southern Baptists affiliated with the SBC entity, the ERLC (Matt Chandler, Karen Swallow Prior, and many more), is being organized by a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate and former faculty member (Nate Collins) and is even being promoted by a Master’s Seminary graduate (Preston Sprinkle). The conference is seen as a bellwether   for the direction of conservative evangelicalism, or at least the remnant of it that still exists. Members of the Evangelical Intelligentsia who aren’t promoting the conference explicitly are (laughably) claiming they’re unaware of it (as Russell Moore claimed at the annual meeting of the SBC, even though his ERLC research fellows are helping to promote the conference, and its infamy has been reported widely in the media). As Revoice is aiming to make the evangelical church more inclusive to the LGBTQXYZLMNOP lobby, its organizer, Nate Collins, has rejected the registration of conservative Christian advocate, Peter LaBarbera, excluding him from the event.

LaBarbera is the founder of Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH). AFTAH was founded in 2006 and educates the public regarding homosexuality and argues that homosexuality is not inborn or innate, but a decision made by the homosexual and is in part created by the environment rather than genetic variables. LaBarbera was once the editor for the highly esteemed Family Research Council (FRC), and has a long track record of social conservatism, particularly on the issue of human sexuality. Prior to serving the FRC, LaBarbera was a reporter for the Washington Times. He first came to wide acclaim for his 1994 video, The Gay Agenda, which was promoted by the Christian Coalition. That documentary is seen in the eyes of many as being nearly prophetic in its accuracy of the homosexual goals and their fulfillment in America. LaBarbera has promoted traditional marriage and the Sanctity of Life in both the United States and Canada and is a well-known opponent of the normalization of sodomy as a valid lifestyle choice or identity group.

via Revoice Conference Bans Pro-Christian Activist from Attending, Refunds Registration Fees — Pulpit & Pen

Journalist Booted by ERLC For Asking Russell Moore Questions Gives Full Testimony — Pulpit & Pen

We covered the breaking news that Thomas Littleton, a conservative Southern Baptist and freelance journalist with press credentials, was tossed from the SBC annual meeting after  ERLC employee, Brent Leatherwood, allegedly made a false accusation toward him in retaliation for asking Russell Moore inconvenient questions about the LGBTQ Revoice Conference. You can read that post here.

In no uncertain terms, the Ethics and Religous Liberty Commission (ERLC) has thrown its unofficial support behind the queer-normalizing conference through its underlings, while allowing Russell Moore to maintain plausible deniability. However, in one of the most egregious acts of censorship and thuggery ever committed by the Southern Baptist Deep State, a member of the press was literally hauled off the property being rented by his own denomination just for asking questions (and asking them politely).

Littleton has explained the encounter with Leatherwood and his ouster from the Convention on Janet Mefferd’s program, and has gone on to write about it extensively on his blog, Thirty Pieces of Silver. You can read it below…

via Journalist Booted by ERLC For Asking Russell Moore Questions Gives Full Testimony — Pulpit & Pen

Four in 10 people have deleted a social media account in the past year due to privacy …

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There is a serious lack of trust in social media such as Facebook and Twitter and consumers expect brands that advertise on such platforms to urgently find solutions, according to research published Monday.

Privacy concerns and the circulation of fake news are contributing to people’s distrust of content on social platforms, said the study by public relations consultancy Edelman, with 70 percent of respondents expecting businesses and advertisers to put pressure on social media sites to address false information and remove offensive content.

Obama-Land Fiasco Worsens – Chicago Taxpayers Now Face $224 Million Bill

Authored by Mark Glennon via Wirepoints.com,

The taxpayer bill for the Obama Center to be built on Chicago’s Southside now appears to be $224 million, not $172 million as initially reported, and it’s certainly not privately funded as initially promised.

And how many Chicagoans know they may be subject to a special property tax, in addition to those amounts, for the center?

Obamaland rendering, coming to Chicago

The elements of that $224 million are described in a Washington Examiner article yesterday. We shouldn’t be surprised because funding was stuck into the new Illinois budget — over 900 pages presented to the General Assembly only hours before being voted on it. It’s only now being read closely.

My monthly article in Crain’s, written early last week, is a polite request to former President Obama to turn down public funding and raise the money himself. Scratch that. With more known and public anger rising, a demand is in order, and maybe the whole project should be scrapped.

The public has been bamboozled. To see why, you should first understand what’s nicely laid out in the federal lawsuit filed last month by Protect Our Parks, a not-for-profit.

That lawsuit is focused mostly on how the transfer of parkland for the center to the Obama Foundation trampled state law. The case looks strong. The complaint is in plain English and straightforward so you can read it yourself. Jackson Park is among the finest parks in Chicago and beautiful by any city’s standards. Some of it is being taken for the center with no compensation.

To get the parkland transfer properly authorized, Springfield amended the state’s Museum Act to cover the center, which the complaint describes. That’s how authorization for additional property taxes also resulted because the Museum Act provides for that. See paragraph 119 of the complaint.

That tax money forms the basis of a First Amendment claim, which is also in the complaint. The First Amendment not only protects free speech, but has also frequently been used to strike down “compelled speech.” Using taxpayer money for political purposes can be challenged as compelled speech. (Coincidentally, compelled speech is also central to the Janus case on forced public union membership, an important decision on which will come this month.)

Why would the Obama Center be compelled speech? That’s where the “bait and switch” happened, which is the phrase used in the lawsuit. A presidential library became Obamaland.

The center was initially pitched as a presidential library to be privately funded. Per my Crain’s article:

“Your foundation’s request for proposals in 2014 explicitly described a presidential library and contained nothing about state funding. ‘Construction and maintenance will be funded by private donations, and no taxpayer money will go to the foundation,’ the foundation’s spokeswoman said, and the interpretation was that you and your wife assured 100 percent private funding.”

Planning how to spend your money.

But that’s not what we got.

The center will not be a presidential library because Obama’s archives and documents won’t be there there and it won’t be federally run. From my Crain’s article:

What’s left without the library is unquestionably political, at least in large part….

You’ve been open about its political mission. The RFP described “an institute that will enhance the pursuit of the president’s initiatives beyond 2017 and have local, regional and global impacts.” You’ve said, “What we want this to be is the world’s premier institution for training young people and leadership to make a difference in their communities, in their countries and in the world.”

And now, with no public debate or legislative hearings, $172 million appeared in the Illinois budget presented to the General Assembly for vote with no time for review. We know how that happened: Chicago politicians simply asked for it, and they control the General Assembly.

The money is for mass transit and roadways associated with the center, but that’s part and parcel of the project…. [M]uch of the state money will be reimbursed by the federal government, but that’s no consolation. Taxpayers outside Illinois, who won’t benefit from any economic impact, have even more reason to object than Illinoisans.

Protect Our Parks’ lawsuit was filed before the budget was published and the state money became known. I assume the complaint will be amended to describe the state funding, which bolsters the First Amendment claim.

But forget the legal aspect. This is just wrong. Taxpayers shouldn’t be funding an Obama political operation and the whole thing stinks. $224 million is a lot of many that Illinois desperately needs. Obama could easily raise it from his friends. Heck, just those folks giving a standing ovation to Robert De Niro at the Tony Awards probably would be glad to cover it and get their names somewhere on the center.

Beyond the Washington Examiner article, FOX News and others are now on the story. Our initial story on this from June 1 was also reproduced nationally. More will come.

Maybe the controversy would abate if Obama rejects the public money and raises it privately.

He probably won’t. He’ll take the money from taxpayers and the center will be known forever as Obamaland, a monument to little more than misuse of government power, hubris and Chicago machine control over Illinois government.

Source: Obama-Land Fiasco Worsens – Chicago Taxpayers Now Face $224 Million Bill

50 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List

We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about. That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.”

But as self-appointed arbiters of truth, we’ve largely excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting. The truth is, formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago.

Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions.
What’s worse, we defend ourselves by trying to convince the public that our mistakes are actually a virtue because we (sometimes) correct them. Or we blame Trump for why we’re getting so much wrong. It’s a little bit like a police officer taking someone to jail for DUI, then driving home drunk himself: he may be correct to arrest the suspect, but he should certainly know better than to commit the same violation.
So since nobody else has compiled an updated, extensive list of this kind, here are:


Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Matthew 11:27

I believe there is a positive warning in the Gospels that a person’s faith may stand in the revealed Bible text—and still be as dead as the proverbial doornail!

Consider the prayer of our Lord in Matthew 11:27: “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”

There is more than a body of truth—and if we do not get through to the soul of truth, we have only a dead body on our hands.

When the power of God moves in on the text and sets the sacrifice on fire, then you have genuine Christianity! We try to call that revival, but it is not revival at all. It is simply New Testament Christianity.

People who thought they were saved get saved! People who have only believed in a code now have placed their faith and trust in Christ’s person. It is not any deluxe edition of Christianity—it is simply New Testament Christianity having its place!

Lord, I am grateful for the day that You called me to Yourself. I invite You to do Your cleansing work in my soul so that I may be a more useful servant.[1]

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

The Southern Baptist Convention’s progressive immigration policies threaten public safety


Russell Moore and Barack Obama Russell Moore and Barack Obama

I have a confession to make. I have really been struggling with the Southern Baptist Conventions slide into liberalism, not just on moral issues, but on policy issues as well. The straw that broke the camel’s back for me is the SBC slide towards open borders. Thankfully, not everyone thinks it is “compassionate” to spend other people’s money and risk other people’s safety. The Heritage Foundation, my favorite think tank, is still taking the conservative view on immigration. And they do it by looking at the evidence of how open border policy is working out in other times and other places.

Here’s the latest on Germany from Robin Simcox, writing at the Daily Signal.


Diana Feldman received an unusual text message from the phone of her 14-year-old daughter, Susanna, late last month.

Written in broken German, the message said she would be back home in…

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Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories — Christian Research Network

(Reuters) – Only a quarter of U.S. adults in a recent survey could fully identify factual statements – as opposed to opinion – in news stories, the Pew Research Center found in a study released on Monday.

The survey comes amid growing concerns about so-called fake news spread on the internet and social media. The term generally refers to fabricated news that has no basis in fact but is presented as being factually accurate.

Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc’s Google and other tech companies have recently come under scrutiny for failing to promptly tackle the problem of fake news as more Americans consume news on social media platforms.  View article →

via Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories — Christian Research Network

Report: Democrats, Republicans Deeply Divided On Exactly How To Misinterpret The Bible — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A new report performed by a coalition of Christian theologians confirmed Monday what many have already suspected: that the nation’s Democrats and Republicans are more divided than ever before over exactly how the Bible should be misinterpreted, misapplied, and misused to support their own political agenda. The nation’s leftists and conservatives are drifting further and…

via Report: Democrats, Republicans Deeply Divided On Exactly How To Misinterpret The Bible — The Babylon Bee

White House Responds to Southern Border Migration Crisis, Policies and Family Separations – With a Historic Recap… — The Last Refuge

The White House responds to the growing influx of illegal aliens seeking to exploit a loophole through the use of children seeking asylum to enter the U.S. . To really absorb the history of this issue we must analyze current year events through the reality of prior year events. CHANGE THE LAWS! — Donald J. […]

via White House Responds to Southern Border Migration Crisis, Policies and Family Separations – With a Historic Recap… — The Last Refuge

The Logic Of Fruit As Evidence — The Heidelblog

The charge made by Rome and the Anabaptists, among others, was that the evangelical doctrine of salvation sola gratia, sola fide would make Christians cold and careless about their sanctification. The Reformed churches refuted that charge by arguing that the same grace by which we have been given new life also produces faith and it…

via The Logic Of Fruit As Evidence — The Heidelblog

June 18 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Monday blamed migrants in Europe for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime in Germany and for violently changing the culture, adding that what was happening with immigration there presented a similar threats to the United States.

President Donald Trump’s former election campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was sent to jail pending trial on Friday after being charged with witness tampering, the latest episode in his long fall from grace.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, Japan’s second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday, killing three people, halting factory lines in an industrial area and bursting water mains, government and company officials said.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will visit the White House on July 2 and discuss security goals within NATO, trade and other issues with U.S. President Donald Trump, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas on Sunday for Father’s Day demonstrations against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie said on Sunday.

Syrian state media said on Monday that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the U.S. military denied it was responsible.

President Donald Trump on Monday blamed migrants in Europe for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime in Germany and for violently changing the culture, adding that what was happening with immigration there presented a similar threats to the United States.

Military patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij have begun and Turkish forces will enter the town step by step, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.

China’s threat to impose duties on U.S. oil imports will hit a business that has soared in the last two years, and which is now worth almost $1 billion per month.

Only a quarter of U.S. adults in a recent survey could fully identify factual statements – as opposed to opinion – in news stories, the Pew Research Center found in a study.

AP Top Stories

A study in the journal Pediatrics links lack of sleep to higher odds for heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. It found that less than a third of kids get the recommended amount of sleep.

Nearly 40 foreign fighters allied to Syria’s regime were killed in an overnight bombing raid near the country’s eastern border with Iraq, a monitor said on Monday.

A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire.

At least 20 people have been hurt and one suspected shooter killed, after gunfire broke out at an all-night art festival in New Jersey. A total of 16 of the 20 injured were treated for gunshot wounds and four of those hurt – among them a 13-year-old boy – were in a critical condition.

South Korea on Monday began two days of war games to practice defending the disputed Dokdo islands off its east coast — against an unlikely attack by Japan.

The Israeli military said its aircraft struck a vehicle early Sunday belonging to someone who sent burning kites into Israel from Gaza.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian demonstrators are expected to head to the Gaza-Israel border fence today, as protests against the Israeli government continue. Islamist group Hamas said it would launch as many as 5,000 fire kites across the fence, the Times of Israel reported.

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

Ukrainian police said Sunday they had detained 56 far-right activists who tried to disrupt a gay pride march in central Kiev, which saw around 5,000 people take part and a huge security presence.


A military hat belonging to Napoleon, said to have been salvaged from the battlefield after his 1815 defeat at Waterloo, is due to be auctioned in Lyon later on Monday. The hat being auctioned on Monday – which was bought by a private individual in 1986 – is expected to fetch in the region of $35,000-$40,000.

An organization providing a “safe space” for LGBT and ethnic-minority football fans in Russia says it was evicted from its premises in St Petersburg on the eve of the World Cup. Diversity House was supposed to open for the duration of the tournament.

Two suicide bombers have attacked a town in north-eastern Nigeria only hours after the country’s army chief urged displaced residents to return home because it was safe. The blasts hit the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening and residents say at least 31 people died.


While a growing body of pediatric research provides evidence of the long-term health benefits of infant male circumcision, the Nordic nations of Denmark, Iceland and Norway all have active movements promoting restrictions on the practice for any reasons other than medical needs – prompting concerns of anti-Semitism by Jews around the world.

Some theaters are adding health warnings to their ticket counters in the wake of a Twitter thread about strobe light effects in Incredibles 2.

Mathematical Prophecy or Predicting the Future

Kullok discovered that major events affecting the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel can be numerically obtained by a mathematical relation between two observable physical factors: the inclination of the planet and the latitude of the Biblical borders in Israel. The study is complicated but that is not what intimidates other scientists according to Kullok.“They fear the implications,” Kullok said. “It proves that God established a timetable in nature, that this is what determines the movement of the earth and not just the known laws of nature.”

District Court Bars UN Construction in Jerusalem Without Israel’s Permission

Jerusalem’s District Court required the United Nations last week to freeze all new construction projects at the UNTSO’s Armon Ha’Natziv compound.

IDF attacks 9 Hamas targets in Gaza

Responding to arson terror and explosive kites and balloons, IAF fighter jets strike nine targets in northern Gaza. “The strikes were conducted in response to arson and explosive kites and balloons that have been launched into Israel. These are terrorist acts that endanger Israeli residents living in southern Israel and damage extensive areas in Israeli territory,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit in a statement.

Under pressure from Pence, US aid directed to Christian, Yazidi communities in Iraq

The premier U.S. aid agency is poised to send millions of dollars directly to Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq under a rarely used, streamlined funding arrangement after coming under pressure from Vice President Mike Pence.

The final nail in the ACLU’s coffin

The director of the American Civil Liberties Union has now acknowledged what should have been obvious to everybody over the past several years: that the ACLU is no longer a neutral defender of everyone’s civil liberties; it has morphed into a hyper-partisan, hard-left political advocacy group. The final nail in its coffin was the announcement that for the first time in its history the ACLU would become involved in partisan electoral politics, supporting candidates, referenda and other agenda-driven political goals.

‘I CAN’T work with THIS woman’ Minister BLASTS Angela Merkel over REFUGEE policies

Merkel has been slammed by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer after the leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) said he “could not work with the woman anymore” as the German chancellor continues to clash with her coalition Government over EU migration policies. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CSU, has become infuriated with his country’s Chancellor….

Texas Judge Denies New Trial To Woman Convicted Of Voting Illegally In 2016, Will Now Serve 5 Years In Jail

After serving about three years in prison for a felony tax fraud charge, Crystal Mason was granted probation. The mother-of-four believed that she was eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election and promptly cast her ballot in Tarrant County. However, Texas law states that felons may not vote until they successfully complete their probationary period.

Anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok willing to testify before Congress — and leave no stone unturned

FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose controversial text messages with an ex-FBI lawyer exposed apparent wrongdoing inside the Department of Justice, is willing to testify before Congress, his lawyer said in a surprise letter Sunday. Strzok is willing to testify without immunity and would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any question from a member of Congress. He also said Strzok is willing to testify before any committee that requests him.

Rockets fired toward Israel from Gaza Strip, IDF strikes terrorist targets

Three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel early Monday morning, one of which landed in the Gaza Strip… Several rounds of red alert sirens were heard in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, the Ashkelon industrial zone, Kibbutz Yad Mordechai and Netiv Ha’asara. In response…IAF fighter jets struck 9 military targets in two military compounds and in a munition manufacturing site belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip.

Mystery surrounds overnight airstrikes on pro-Syrian regime fighters

Just after midnight in the first hours of Monday morning airstrikes targeted Syrian regime targets in the Euphrates valley near the Iraqi border. The strikes hit in the proximity of Syrian military positions near Albu Kamal in a village called Al-Hari. They reportedly killed members of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.

Israel foils Hamas plans for major attacks across Israel

Twenty Hamas members from the West Bank city of Nablus who planned lethal attacks across the country – including a suicide bombing in Jerusalem – have been arrested, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said in a statement on Sunday. “In recent months, the Shin Bet, Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police uncovered a Hamas terror cell, extraordinary in its size and level of activity, which operated in the Nablus area,” the statement said.

Japan earthquake: Child and two men dead and hundreds injured

A strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan has killed at least three people, including a child, and injured more than 200. Airports in the area were closed for several hours, train lines interrupted and factories had to halt production. The 6.1 magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami warning and nuclear plants in the area are operating normally.

Spotlight falls on Russian threat to undersea cables

The Trump administration’s new sanctions on Russia are casting light on the threat posed to the undersea cables that carry the world’s electronic communications between continents. The Treasury Department sanctioned five Russian firms and three Russian nationals this week for aiding the Kremlin’s domestic security service, the FSB. One of the companies is alleged to have provided support for Moscow’s “underwater capabilities”…

N.Y. Assembly passes single-payer universal health care legislation

The New York state Assembly has again endorsed a single-payer universal health care system. The Democrat-led chamber passed the measure last week for the fourth year in a row. Passage of the legislation is largely symbolic, however. The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure before lawmakers adjourn for the year next year.

China’s tariffs on U.S. oil would disrupt $1 billion monthly business

China’s threat to impose duties on U.S. oil imports will hit a business that has soared in the last two years, and which is now worth almost $1 billion per month. In an escalating spat over the United States’ trade deficit with most of its major trading partners, including China, U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he was pushing ahead with hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, starting on July 6.

Great News: The Fewest Americans In 8 Years Are Dependent On Government For Food

Food Stamp usage in America has fallen 7.8% since President Trump’s election – the fastest such drop in Americans’ dependence on the state for sustenance ever. Even better news, at 40.08 million people, this is the fewest Americans to rely on government food handouts since February 2010.

New York Times Reveals Soros & Clinton Paid Women to Accuse Trump of Rape

Evidence has emerged that money tied to Hillary Clinton and George Soros was used to pay women to make-up false claims that President Trump sexually assaulted them, according to a bombshell report in the New York Times.

Turkey is trying to take over Jerusalem – why is Israel’s government doing nothing about it?

…Turkey is using Muslim “tourism” to gain a foothold on the Temple Mount and other holy sites, possibly aiming to take control of them.

Clear-Cut Scientific Proof That G-d is Protecting Israel…in Just 2 Minutes
You can ignore the evidence and call it ‘luck’ but you’re just burying your head in the sand…

Christians furious ad Pope compares Christianity to Islam in saying they BOTH share the ‘idea of conquest’

Islam and Christianity share an inherent “idea of conquest”, and those who refer to Europe’s roots as Christian often veer into colonialism, Pope Francis said in a wideranging interview about the migration crisis and the ability of Christians and Muslims to live together harmoniously.

New study: Christ figure moving in Shroud of Turin

A YouTube video causing a buzz on the web presents evidence the Shroud of Turin – believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ – bears the image of a man who was moving when the image was captured.

Criticize ‘child abuse’ on Facebook, get banned for ‘hate speech’

Posting a video on Facebook in which an adult is seen enthusiastically indoctrinating very young children in the wonders of being homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, a “gay icon,” or at the very least a “gay ally,” is just fine.

Galapagos: Volcano Erupts After Series of 9 Earthquakes

…The eruption took place between 11:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. (Galapagos time) and was preceded by a series of nine earthquakes ranging from 2.5-magnitude to 4.1-magnitude. La Cumbre volcano measures 1,476-meter high and occupies almost the entire island. The eruption occurred on the northeastern sector of the volcano.

Why Aren’t More Men Working?

With unemployment at 3.8 percent, its lowest level in many years, the labor market seems healthy. But that number hides a perplexing anomaly: The percentage of men who are neither working nor looking for work has risen substantially over the past several decades.

Russian Army Gets The Weapons Of The Future Today

Many nations are working hard to put unmanned systems onto the battlefields, but Russia appears to be leading this race, fielding its military robotics more quickly than anyone else…

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Without law, liberty … loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” —James Wilson (1790)

In Today’s Edition

  • Democrats are exploiting emotions over illegal alien children.
  • Are Republicans moving right, or are Democrats moving far to the left?
  • How to verify North Korean denuclearization.
  • New York’s political lawsuit against the Trump Foundation is a farce.
  • It’s time to talk Turkey with F-35s for our NATO “ally.”
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Dems Exploit Children of Illegals for Political Fodder

Democrats seek to stoke emotions over the immigration issue to win votes in November.

Just How Far Are Democrats Lurching Left?

The party’s presidential hopefuls are leading the charge toward ever more socialism.

How to Verify North Korean Denuclearization

That is the biggest question after Donald Trump’s recent summit with Kim Jong-un.

Teaching Cultural Degradation to Children

While the pro-life agenda is anathema, the LGBT agenda is an integral part of the curriculum.

NY’s Political Suit Against the Trump Foundation

The lawsuit alleges wrongdoing by Trump and his foundation. Anyone remember the Clintons?

Time to Get Tough With Turkey

Given Erdogan’s hostility to the U.S., cutting Turkey out of the F-35 program is a good way to reset.

Video: Black Fathers Matter

Fathers matter. Until we have a government policy that makes that its first priority, nothing will change.

Video: Make Black America Great Again

Donald Trump is unexpectedly popular with black Americans. Are they ready to Make America Great Again?

Video: Genius at Work

Was history just made? Or was the Singapore Summit a made-for-TV charade?

Monday Short Cuts

Non Compos Mentis, part II: “He gave birth. He breastfed. Now, he wants his son to see him as a man.” —CNN headline

Monday Top Headlines

Immigrant children, FBI grilling, gerrymandering, gun laws, Cruz vs. Kimmel, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer

‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’

Tony Perkins

Immigrate Expectations

Hans von Spakovsky

Supreme Court to Minnesota: First Amendment Rights Don’t End at the Polling Booth

Kathryn Jean Lopez

‘Pro-Life’ Label Must Be Earned at the Border

Joe Bastardi

Another Drought to Bite the Dust?

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Samuel E. Tolley III – Black America Walking Off the Cliff

Liberal’s Are  Outraged at Detaining Children But Not Killing Them

Gothardism – Former Stay at Home Daughters Reject Christian Patriarchy

YWAM—Wants Every YWAMer to Practice Contemplative Prayer!

Rob Bell Calls Evangelical Church Culture ‘Freak Show,’ Says Electing Trump Exposed Their Real Values

Pastor pleads no contest to bilking fellow Christian out of $150,000

Christian Lesbian Rock Star Vicky Beeching Reveals Male Priest Sexually Assaulted Her

Father Impregnated His Daughter, Planned Parenthood Did Abortion and Sent Her to Him to Rape Again

Headlines – 6/18/2018

Europe trying to intervene in peace initiative

Report: EU funding legal action against IDF

UN chief said to slam Israel, Liberman over Gaza in new report

Trump administration will ask Gulf states to invest up to $1 billion in Gaza economy

Shin Bet: Israel busted large Hamas cell planning Jerusalem, Tel Aviv bombings

PM: Busted Hamas cell shows Israel must control security west of Jordan

For 3rd time in a day, IDF conducts airstrikes over Gaza ‘fire balloons’

IDF said opposed to directly targeting Gazans launching incendiary devices

IDF says if it escalates response to Gaza kite arson, it could cause war

Hundreds of turkeys choke to death on smoke as fires rage near Gaza border

Ministers move to cancel law giving prime minister power to declare war

US envoy scolds Israeli MKs for demanding US recognition of Golan

Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Netanyahu to Putin: Iran needs to withdraw from Syria

Netanyahu: Israel will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

Report: Iranian-backed Syrian militias change uniforms, head toward Golan

US-backed fighters expel ISIS from Eastern Syria bastion

India to resume military strikes on Kashmir militants

Death toll from suicide bombing in Afghanistan climbs to 36

Woman yelling ‘Allahu akbar’ slashes two with blade in France

Suicide blasts in Nigeria kill at least 31

Nigeria Plunges into Darkness as Power Grid Collapses

Russia, Saudi Arabia are getting increasingly chummy, and that has big implications for OPEC and oil prices

Opec: Saudis keen to pump more oil but cartel’s other members not sold

Xi to Counter Trump Blow for Blow in Unwanted Trade War

S.Korea, US to announce suspension of major military drills this week

Report: North Korea looks to set up back channel communications with Jared Kushner

Melania Trump ‘hates to see’ families separated at border, hopes for immigration reform

Trump lawyer calls for inquiry on Mueller’s Russia probe

Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near San Nicolas, Philippines

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Takatsuki, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lapuan, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pyu, Burma

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Da Qaidam Hu, China

Galapagos: Volcano Erupts After Series of 9 Earthquakes

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

School District Will No Longer Acknowledge “Biological Sex”

Thousands hold gay pride march in Ukrainian capital of Kiev

Queen Elizabeth II’s Cousin to Become First in Royal Family to Have Gay Wedding

FALLING AWAY: 4 in 10 LGBT Americans Identify as “religiously unaffiliated”

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 09:59 AM PDT

FALLING AWAY: 4 in 10 LGBT Americans Identify as “religiously unaffiliated”Approximately four out of ten LGBT Americans identify as religiously unaffiliated, roughly equaling the percentage that identify as Christian, according to a new survey.  A poll conducted May 24 to June 1 by BuzzFeed News and Whitman Insight Strategies of 880 LGBT Americans, whose findings were released last week, found that 39 percent of respondents did not have a religious affiliation.

By comparison, 41 percent identified as either Catholic or Protestant, 8 percent identified as some “other” religion, 4 percent identified as Jewish, 3 percent identified as Buddhist, and 1 percent identified as Muslim.  Marilyn Paarlberg, the executive director at the LGBT organization Room for All, told Newsweek in an interview published Sunday that she was surprised by the fact that a plurality of respondents identified with a religious affiliation. READ MORE

Keep Working Until the Master Returns!

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 07:02 AM PDT

Keep Working Until the Master Returns!In this message you will discover the danger of many that are so pre-occupied with trying to pinpoint the day of the Lord’s return that they have neglected the “Great Commision” and have become “Cloud Gazzers” and not “Soul Winners”

U.S. denies U.S.-led coalition bombing in Syria that resulted in deaths

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 06:14 AM PDT

U.S. denies U.S.-led coalition bombing in Syria that resulted in deathsSyrian state media reported Monday that an airstrike against pro-government forces in the far east of the country caused casualties, while Iraqi officials said 20 Shiite paramilitaries were killed just across the border.  The Syrian state TV report said the airstrike occurred around midnight in the village of al-Hari,

to the southeast of the border town of Boukamal, and was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group. But a coalition spokesman said it had not carried out any strikes in the area. The state TV report, quoting an unnamed military official, gave no breakdown of the casualties other than saying there “were several martyrs and others were wounded.” READ MORE

Porn Addict Warns ‘Wrong Click Changed My Life’

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 06:06 AM PDT

Porn Addict Warns ‘Wrong Click Changed My Life’American conservative group the Family Research Council has released an analysis examining the harmful effects that pornography has on women who watch it, with addicts opening up about the downward-spiral such material sends them on. “I’m not being dramatic when I say that one wrong click changed my life … I was instantly taken to a world of seeing men and women treating each other like

animals, depicting abusive sex,” one unnamed female addict from Alaska says in the recently released FRC analysis. “What I saw shocked me, but I couldn’t bring myself to click away from the site because of how the images made me feel. I started going back to it again and again and it quickly started to twist my perception of what was supposed to be love. The images were burned into my mind and I couldn’t get them out.” READ MORE

Canada Supreme Court Says Christian Law School Can Be Denied Accreditation for Opposing Homosexuality

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 06:00 AM PDT

Canada Supreme Court Says Christian Law School Can Be Denied Accreditation for Opposing HomosexualityThe Supreme Court of Canada issued two 7–2 rulings Friday morning, concluding that the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario can deny accreditation to Trinity Western University.  In the decision regarding Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada, the court ruled that the law society “significantly advanced the statutory objectives by ensuring equal access to and diversity in the legal profession and

preventing the risk of significant harm to LGBT people.” “The LSUC’s decision means that TWU’s community members cannot impose those religious beliefs on fellow law students, since they have an inequitable impact and can cause significant harm,” claimed the majority opinion.  “The LSUC chose an interpretation of the public interest which mandates access to law schools based on merit and diversity, rather than exclusionary religious practices.” READ MORE

Google Is Training Machines to Predict When a Patient Will Die

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:50 AM PDT

Google Is Training Machines to Predict When a Patient Will DieA woman with late-stage breast cancer came to a city hospital, fluids already flooding her lungs. She saw two doctors and got a radiology scan. The hospital’s computers read her vital signs and estimated a 9.3 percent chance she would die during her stay. Then came Google’s turn. An new type of algorithm created by the company read up on the woman — 175,639 data points — and rendered its assessment of her death risk: 19.9 percent. She passed away in a matter of days.

The harrowing account of the unidentified woman’s death was published by Google in May in research highlighting the health-care potential of neural networks, a form of artificial intelligence software that’s particularly good at using data to automatically learn and improve. Google had created a tool that could forecast a host of patient outcomes, including how long people may stay in hospitals, their odds of re-admission and chances they will soon die. READ MORE

Destructive flooding washes away roads across Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:44 AM PDT

Destructive flooding washes away roads across Michigan, Wisconsin and MinnesotaHeavy storms moving across the Upper Midwest this weekend created hazardous flooding that resulted in many road closures and washouts.  Some of the worst damage occurred in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Sunday morning. The hardest-hit areas included the towns of Houghton, Lake Linden, Dodgeville and Hancock, where over 60 sinkholes were reported, according to MLive.com.

Many roads that were not washed out were impassable and covered in debris, officials said. Houghton County Emergency Management and law enforcement requested that residents should shelter in place in Houghton County and should not attempt to travel on area roadways. Some of the flood damage was reported to be “historic” across northern Houghton County. Up to 7 inches of rain fell in the area between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. READ MORE

Bright fireball streaks over Belgium, Nearly 170 reports received

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:29 AM PDT

Bright fireball streaks over Belgium, Nearly 170 reports receivedA bright fireball was observed streaking through the night sky over northern Europe at 21:11 UTC on June 16, 2018. The event lasted several seconds.  The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 168 reports by 09:50 UTC on June 18. The object was observed Belgium, the Netherlands,

Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and France. It was recorded by several cams of the FRIPON network as well as residents. First analysis indicates the meteor flew above Belgium. Its visual flight started over Vielsalm and Saint-Vith, Belgium. READ MORE

Veggie trays have made at least 78 people sick

Posted: 17 Jun 2018 06:40 PM PDT

Veggie trays have made at least 78 people sickThe FDA is investigating a multi-state outbreak of a serious intestinal illness linked to Del Monte veggie trays.  The CDC said that 78 people have contracted cyclosporiasis in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The patients all had bought Del Monte veggie trays at gas stations and supermarkets including

Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket and Peapod. The veggies were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and have “Best If Enjoyed By” date of June 17, 2018 or earlier.  The FDA said that most people infected with Cyclospora develop diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. READ MORE

Powerful 5.9 earthquake rocks northern Osaka, Strongest in decades

Posted: 17 Jun 2018 06:14 PM PDT

Powerful 5.9 earthquake rocks northern Osaka, Strongest in decadesOne of the most powerful earthquakes in decades struck the Osaka region Monday morning, but there were no immediate reports of casualties and Kansai Electric Power Co. said its nuclear plants in Fukui Prefecture were operating normally. The earthquake, measuring a magnitude 5.9 and a lower 6 on the

Japanese seismic scale to 7, hit at 7:58 a.m. and was centered in northern Osaka Prefecture, the Meteorological Agency said.  No tsunami warning was issued. As of 9 a.m. all JR West trains and the Kintetsu Line were shut down as well as some expressways. All JR trains and Nankai trains from Osaka to Kansai international airport were also stopped. MORE

Sea creatures fall from sky during insane storm in China

Posted: 17 Jun 2018 06:07 PM PDT

Sea creatures fall from sky during insane storm in ChinaThese images show the extraordinary moment an octopus and starfish fell from the sky after being sucked up by a powerful storm.  The sea tornado fizzled out before making landfall on the coastal city of Qingdao, China, but the marine creatures which had been whirling around in the storm cloud were suddenly spat out.

Images shared on social media showed different creatures stuck to car windscreens after the rainstorm. According to the Qingdao Meteorological Administration, the violent weather was recorded late on Tuesday afternoon. Hurricane-force winds blew at a shocking 34.8 miles per second, registering storm force 12 on the Beaufort scale. READ MORE

Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

Posted: 17 Jun 2018 05:57 PM PDT

Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of ConflictThe Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups.  Until now, the Cyber Command has assumed a largely defensive posture, trying to counter attackers as they enter American networks. In

the relatively few instances when it has gone on the offensive, particularly in trying to disrupt the online activities of the Islamic State and its recruiters in the past several years, the results have been mixed at best.  But in the spring, as the Pentagon elevated the command’s status, it opened the door to nearly daily raids on foreign networks, seeking to disable cyberweapons before they can be unleashed, according to strategy documents and military and intelligence officials. READ MORE

A Father to the Fatherless!

Posted: 17 Jun 2018 05:50 PM PDT

A Father to the Fatherless!In this message, you will discover how God steps in the shoes of the absent Fathers on this side of Heaven and uses what the enemy intends for evil and turns it for good!

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FLASHBACK: Obama Admin Kept Illegal Mexican Kids In Camps…

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Thousands of DACA recipients with arrest records, including 10 accused murderers, allowed to stay in USA…

Thousands of DACA recipients with arrest records, including 10 accused murderers, allowed to stay in US By Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News close Video DHS: 13 percent of DACA recipients had arrest record EXCLUSIVE – Nearly 60,000 immigrants with arrest records — including 10 accused of murder — have been allowed to stay in the United States under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed Monday.

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June 18, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

7  The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8  The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 121:7–8). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

7–8 The change from the participial use of “guardian” or “watch” (šômēr) to the imperfect (yišmōr [three times], vv. 7–8) marks the new emphasis from the present to the future. This is the proper conclusion of the stairlike parallelism, in which the psalmist has built up the conviction that the Lord is present to deliver now and forevermore. This conclusion is such a comfort to believers that they cannot but be assured of the Lord’s beneficent care.

The Lord’s care extends to all adversities, as he is sovereign over all the affairs of life, especially the “life” (nepeš, lit., “soul”) of his own child (cf. 1 Th 5:23). Whatever the psalmist does—whether he arrives at Jerusalem, goes on a far journey, or returns home—the Lord will “watch” over his affairs (cf. Dt 28:6; Jos 14:11; 1 Ki 3:7; Ps 139:2–3). The extent of God’s care is both “now and forevermore” (v. 8; cf. 113:2; 115:18).[1]

121:7, 8 There is the guarantee of deliverance from all evil. It is a solid fact that nothing can come into the life of a believer apart from God’s permissive will. There are no random circumstances, no purposeless accidents, no fatalistic tragedies. Though He is not the author of sickness, suffering, or death, He overrules and harnesses them for the accomplishment of His purposes. In the meantime His trusting child can know that God is working all things together for good to those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

Finally there is the guarantee of God’s watch-care over all our movements in time and throughout all eternity. He will keep our going out and our coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.

The words “keep” and “keeper” occur three times in the space of these eight verses. Preserve occurs three times. They join to declare that no one is as secure as the person who has received the Lord as his only hope.

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,

He’ll never, no never desert to his foes.

That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,

He’ll never, no never, no never forsake!

Richard Keen (1787)[2]

121:7–8. The psalm closes with the psalmist’s renewed affirmation that the Lord will keep and watch over (cf. vv. 3–5; i.e., protect) the pilgrim from all harm at all times (vv. 7–8).[3]

121:7, 8 While this seems to have a temporal sense at first glance, there are indications that it looks beyond to eternal life, e.g., all evil (v. 7) and forevermore (v. 8).[4]

121:7–8 These verses could be translated as a “bidding prayer” (“May the Lord protect”). They can also be translated as a promise for the future, “The Lord will protect you from all harm” (most Bibles have a similar rendering). The immediate context was concerned with divine protection for the holy mission to the temple in obedience to the law, but the words in any rendering express a general belief of the faith, only occasionally cast into doubt (Ps 44).[5]

[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 896). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 750). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 883). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 121:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 898). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.