Daily Archives: June 19, 2018

June 19: The Story behind the Story

Ezra 7:1–8:36; 1 John 4:1–6; Psalm 107:1–22

The Bible is full of unexpected moments. Some events seem almost coincidental, where people are in the right place at the right time. This is exactly the case with Ezra.

In ancient times, it was unusual for a king to honor a foreigner with a decree. It was even stranger for a king to offer his own wealth to help such a foreigner. Yet that’s what happened to Ezra: King Artaxerxes of Persia sent Ezra, and any Israelite willing to go with him, to his own land (and the people living there) with the blessing of silver and gold (Ezra 7:11–28).

The Bible doesn’t give the reason for Artaxerxes’ spontaneous generosity. He may have been motivated by politics, trying to gain the allegiance of the Israelites, govern the population in Babylonia, or inhabit a new land to control the native people there. Yet the most convincing reason for his actions seems to be that his heart was moved.

While the text doesn’t explicitly say, it appears that Yahweh motivated Artaxerxes to do not only the right thing, but the selfless thing. For at least this brief moment, Artaxerxes was compassionate and empathetic. He understood that God’s people needed to practice their religion freely and worship Him in their own land.

Ezra’s involvement in these events wasn’t a matter of chance. God intended for him to be there, in that moment, to do that work. His providential work was part of every step.

How have you been intentionally placed to do God’s work? What influence can you use for His kingdom?

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.

Flashback: Both Hillary And Obama Advocated Separating Migrant Families, Strict Border Control | Zero Hedge

“We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border – doesn’t mean your child gets to stay” -Hillary Clinton

“The Internet Never Forgets”

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While the left rages against “separated migrant children” which they blame on President Trump’s “zero tolerance” enforcement policy of Bush-era rules, several “inconvenient” video clips have cropped up revealing both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama advocating virtually the same border policy they are currently attacking Trump over.

For example, Hillary Clinton said during a 2014 CNN Town Hall;

“We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border – doesn’t mean your child gets to stay”

“Just because your child gets across the border that doesn’t mean your child gets to stay”

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What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis. Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018

Such virtuous signaling could only be outdone by this clip of Obama:

Wow. Obama really did agree with @realDonaldTrump on Immigration.

Show this to your friends. pic.twitter.com/oQGcz5Ng87

— Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee) June 19, 2018

And let’s not gloss over the fact that Obama separated migrant families, while taking criticism for encouraging migration while ignoring the growing crisis at the border.

‘How many precious lives must be needlessly lost, women raped, girls forced into sex trafficking or people trapped into the drug trade before the Obama administration stops luring them here with continued grants of amnesty, legal status, work permits, and benefits?’ asked Rep. Louie Gohmert. –Daily Mail (2014)

But wait – rolling the calendar back to 1995 when Bill Clinton promised to crack down on illegal immigration, we have the following quote:

“In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace. We are a nation of immgrants, but we are also a nation of laws.”

Bill Clinton on ILLEGALS 1995

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Meanwhile, in 1993 and 1994, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had some harsh words about immigrants:

“We’ve got to enforce our borders… The day when American can be the welfare system for Mexico is gone… I think we should enforce our borders…”

(D) Sen. Dianne Feinstein 1993 and 1994 Stop Illegal immigration

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Somehow we missed the “internment camp” analogies at the time…

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-19/flashback-both-hillary-and-obama-advocated-separating-migrant-families-strict

June 19 Ministering to the Poor

“If a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, ‘You sit here in a good place,’ and you say to the poor man, ‘You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool’; have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (James 2:2–4).

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You must show equal respect to poor and rich alike.

Partiality is an age-old problem that exists in almost every area of life. Perhaps its most common manifestations are racial, religious, and socioeconomic discrimination. By implication James denounced partiality in any form, but in James 2:2–4 he specifically mentions preferential treatment of the rich over the poor. He knew such favoritism was devastating not only because it is sinful, but also because the majority of believers in the early church were poor, common people. Discriminating against them would have struck a blow at the very heart of the church!

From its inception the church has upheld the priority of ministering to the poor. Acts 2:44–45 says, “All those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.” Paul organized a relief fund for the needy saints in Jerusalem (1 Cor. 16:1–4), and during one severe famine, “in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea. And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders” (Acts 11:29–30).

God has chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom, but some of James’s readers were dishonoring them (vv. 5–6). That had to stop! We too must honor the poor by treating them with dignity rather than prejudice and by meeting their needs whenever possible. Be alert to those around you whom you might help in some practical way.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask the Lord to keep you sensitive to those around you, and for wisdom to know how to respond to their needs.

For Further Study: Read 1 Corinthians 1:26–29, noting the kinds of people God uses to accomplish His purposes.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 183). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

The Banned Speech by Tommy Robinson in the UK: If We in America Think That This Could Not Happen Here – Think Again

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I have been following the saga of Tommy Robinson of the U.K. and his unjust (illegal) 13 month incarceration with no due process of law.  Why was he arrested?  For speaking TRUTH.

Tommy Robinson is not a trouble maker.  I’ve heard some Leftist liberals label him as such; and I’m telling the reader that it is NOT true.  This man spoke out about Muslim grooming gangs who “groom” young British girls to be raped by them.  Pretty shocking – wouldn’t you say?

The Speech

Tommy Robinson gave a speech to alert the people of the U.K. and freedom loving people across the planet, of what was happening to him and his family.

Here is the speech which had been banned in the U.K.:

Sadiq Khan

Mr. Khan is a radical Muslim who just happens to be the mayor of London.  The U.K. and London in particular is a snapshot of…

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Albert Mohler Blog: “Prayer, Piety, and the Glory of God: The Lord’s Prayer in the 21st Century”

In this essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. reflects on the relationship between prayer, piety, and Christian faithfulness in post-Christian America. Mohler writes:

Jesus shows that something is going to be disclosed in our piety—either the glory of God or the superficial, insincere “piety” of the believer. Jesus is also decidedly clear that those who wish to be seen as pious have already received their reward. The Pharisees make themselves look famished and hungry when they fast in order to draw attention to their artificial piety. What they desire are the approving and admiring looks of those who see them. They want to be considered holy by men. They may get what they want—but that is all they will get. Their only reward is the praise of man, but that is where their reward ends. Jesus commends another type of piety—a secret piety that will be rewarded by the Father. The contrast is stark. We can pursue the glory of the Father by humbling ourselves, or we can pursue our own glory by exalting ourselves before others. We simply cannot do both.”

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Barna Update | How Political Views Shape Beliefs About Global Poverty

In this excerpt from The Good News About Global Poverty, a new report produced in partnership with Compassion International, we look at how liberals and conservatives view issues around poverty differently—and how practicing faith provides common ground for serving the poor.

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JUNE 19 THE CONDITIONS OF PEACE

He…came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas…and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Acts 16:29–30

In a world like ours, with conditions being what they are, what should a serious-minded man or woman do?

First, accept the truth concerning yourself. You do not go to a doctor to seek consolation, but to find out what is wrong and what to do about it.

Then seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Seek through Jesus Christ a right relationship to God and then insist upon maintaining a right relation to your fellow man.

Set about reverently and honestly to amend your doings. Magnify God, mortify the flesh, simplify your life. Take up your cross and learn of Jesus Christ, to die to this world that He may raise you up in due time.

If you will do these things in faith and love, you will know peace—the peace of God that passes all understanding.

You will know joy—the joy of resurrection. You will know too the comfort of the indwelling Spirit of God, for you have sought to do the will of God at any price!

Dear Lord, teach me and my family what it means to both live in this world and at the same time “die to this world” for the sake of Christ.[1]


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

Why The Bible Condones American Immigration Policy — Pulpit & Pen

Here are the facts regarding the endless virtue signaling of evangelicals in relationship to the current (and manufactured) immigration “crisis” regarding children being separated from parents. First, people who invade our country illegally should be detained until they can be tried and dealt with according to the law. Second, we do not want to incarcerate children with their criminal parents; to do so would be a grievous betrayal of justice. Therefore, third, we separate children from their incarcerated parents until they can be retrieved by family members or “sponsors” within the United States. Fourth, this has been the policy for decades but has only become controversial in recent days, primarily as a political maneuver designed to attack the President of the United States, who is not responsible for the policy and neither can he change it (it is the purview of Congress). Fifth, the only real alternative is to not enforce immigration law, effectively dismantling our sovereign national borders and abandoning the rule of law. Sixth, evangelicals of all stripes are among the regiment now known as “woke” Social Justice Warriors, decrying a common sense program that best ensures the rule of law while preserving basic human rights (like not incarcerating innocent children with their criminal parents). Seventh, these facts-deaf and low-information wave of evangelical cultural commentators are being led by globalist billionaire financier, George Soros, whose Open Societies Foundation is funding the work of Russell Moore on the Evangelical Immigration Table, a well-documented Soros front-group. Eighth, new SBC president, JD Greear, is poised to serve out his term in full alliance with the leftist forces that have commandeered the Neo-Evangelical agenda, which have indistinguishable talking points from the American political left.

[Editor’s Note: For the sake of the record, I endorsed Ted Cruz for President of the United States and was – during the electoral process – a “Never Trumper.” I did not vote for Donald J. Trump for president on the grounds that he is a highly immoral man with what I believe is a provenly poor character; of this I am still convinced. I also believed that Trump did not hold any real ideology and would not govern based upon conservative political philosophy or principles; of this I am less convinced than I once was. However, I have repeatedly referred to Trump in terms of being “lost” and a “pagan” (in the textbook definition of the term). So, if anyone wants to prejudge the content of this article with a presupposed pro-POTUS bias on my part, they are ill-informed.]

The Other #MeToo Movement

With the grave revelations surrounding Harvey Weinstein and other prominent celebrity men making the national press, a highly coordinated movement developed in social media known as the #MeToo movement, in which women who were victimized by men would tell their story, identify themselves with victimhood and tweet their account with the hashtag, #MeToo. The movement itself, although not without broad cultural consequence, is also not without rightful criticism. While countless women (since time immemorial) have been the victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by men and while society should have a zero-tolerance policy regarding the mistreatment of women (as this ministry has taken toward adulterers and scoundrels like Greg Locke, Clayton Jennings, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Darrell Gilyard and many others), and while women should tell their stories and seek justice through the proper legal channels, #MeToo went off the rails almost as soon as it began. Hollywood celebrities championed #MeToo, even while acknowledging they were well aware of the plight of women in Hollywood for decades but had remained utterly silent. With victimhood in vogue, many women joined #MeTo with tales about regretting their own voluntary promiscuity, drowning out the voice of the real victims of sexual assault. In the frothing, fanatical #MeToo mob mentality, a “guilty until proven innocent” ethos developed, which is sure to lead to many miscarriages of justice. Now, a number of high-profile men have been accused of vague and unsubstantiated (and eventually disproven) claims that have had even the most ardent feminists and victims’ advocates lamenting what #MeToo has become. Sadly, the greatest negative consequence of #MeToo is that because it was commandeered by those with a shameless political agenda, many victims of real abuse will be overlooked in a sea of contrived victimology.

However, there is another #MeToo movement out there. It is the #MeToo Movement of the Southern Baptist Convention and broader “woke” evangelicalism. The agenda of Social Justice Warriors who have infiltrated America’s conservative denominations throughout Spring of 2018 has been lockstep – let me be clear, it has been identical – with the agenda of the American political left. While many lament an “American Christianity” tied to the Republican Party, those crying in sackcloth and ashes when the evangelical and (credibly) professing Christian VP of the United States spoke at the Southern Baptist Convention, the reality is that the woke evangelical movement driven by Soros and Riady cash infusions to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) are even more inextricably tied to the political left. Whatever the agenda of leftist-progressives has been the exact same agenda of these evangelicals. Consider examples below.

In the Spring of 2018, first there was the veneration of Dr. Martin Luther King (who treated women as deplorably as Donald Trump) at TGC and ERLC event, MLK50. Following on the heels of MLK50 was the race-fixated Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference, which similarly promoted ideas steeped in Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and Cultural Marxism. With a slight Jesusy vibe to make the political philosophy seem uniquely Christian (it is not), these events served to advance the discussion of reparations, collective guilt, and identity politics. When TGC announced a women’s event in which white women were explicitly barred from attending (apparently judged by the color of their skin and not the content of their character), Thabiti Anyabwile and other Black Nationalists in the movement claimed that criticism had led to “hate-speech” toward TGC and the FBI was investigating (P&P has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see if the claim is true, but it is highly improbable, if not asinine). An ecclesiastical Affirmative Action was explicitly promoted by almost all involved as the solution to these problems. The movement led to exactly what Cultural Marxism is designed to do, which is to cause disharmony. It ended with prominent evangelical thought leaders accusing other prominent evangelical thought leaders of being “racist” for daring to take exception with claims of systemic institutional racism in the church or denying their assertion that one man is guilty for the sins of any other man not named “Adam.”

Springboarding off of the MLK veneration conference came a full-scale blitzkrieg of egalitarianism, perpetrated by these very same Social Justice Warriors. Beth Moore was demanding apologies and Ron Burns (Thabiti Anyabwile’s real name) apologized on behalf of men everywhere. Soon, there were real and serious discussions of nominating Beth Moore for president of the SBC after Greear’s terms expire. Any question regarding whether a female should be in leadership authority over the nation’s largest Protestant denomination was derided as sexist. Drawing parallels to Deborah and Esther (who served in magisterial and not ecclesiastical office) were made in blogs across the country, redefining Complementarianism completely, leaving room for women at the “top positions” of leadership (as JD Greear himself argued). The accusations of misogyny against Paige Patterson – led by a clearly limp-wristed bundle of sticks, Jonathan Merritt, and renown leftist, Karen Swallow Prior – only heightened the dopamine highs of the “latte mafia” of evangelicalism, upon signaling their egalitarian, bleeding-heart feminist virtue. It became cool to push the boundaries of what it means to be Complementarian, while others who flatly reject Complementarianism altogether (like Karen Swallow Prior) were elevated to even higher esteem in the Downgrade toboggan going downhill at breakneck speed.

In the third volley of leftist-driven evangelical social justice during the Spring of 2018 came the issue of Revoice, a pro-queer “Christian” conference hosted by a PCA church and organized and promoted by Baptists who graduated Master’s Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS). Designed to “de-sin” Same Sex Attaction (SSA) altogther, which has been a goal of the ERLC and TGC for several years, the conference has drawn criticism from many conservative voices, but typically not conservative voices in the upper echelon of prominence. ERLC employee and scandalized former political knee-breaker, Brent Leatherwood, accosted media member, Thomas Littleton, and then filed a false complaint against him and had him forcibly removed by the Dallas Police Department from the SBC annual meeting (Littleton’s “crime” was asking Russell Moore about Revoice). Promoted by Karen Swallow Prior, Matt Chandler, and other ERLC research fellows, the conference is poised to normalize homosexual thoughts and desires. In recent days, as Pulpit & Pen has reported, numerous conservative Christians and at least one ex-gay Christian were banned from attending the conference altogether.

But the fourth and final #MeToo movement in evangelicalism during the Spring of 2018 is the immigration uproar. It has been well-established that Russell Moore is on the financial take of George Soros, working for his Evangelical Immigration Table. We have written before about Russell Moore repeatedly attacking the idea of national sovereignty, calling border walls “a golden calf” and demanding amnesty for illegal aliens. With the Soros-funded agenda of Moore, the latte mafia is busy decrying a not-so-new policy of not incarcerating immigrant children with their parents. Capitalizing on statements made by AG Jeff Sessions in regards to Romans 13 and the rule of law, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore and others have run to the microphone (literal or metaphoric) to decry the public servant in a blatant appeal to emotion.

The Facts Regarding Immigration Policy

1. The current policy of separating children from their criminal parents who chose to not seek asylum but rather invade the border through a non-checkpoint is due to a decision made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (the most famously liberal appellate court in the nation), called the Flores Consent Decree. It mandated that children can be detained with their invading parents for only a very short period of time. There has been zero change to the law under the Trump Administration. The only thing different between administrations is that Trump is enforcing immigration law more robustly than Obama (guarding the borders more closely and prosecuting offenders more consistently), but Obama literally was under legal obligation to submit to the same policy. The only “choice” Trump has is to ignore the law. Any Christian advocating for that is asking for tyranny.

2. Without wanting to detain children with their parents in adult detention facilities (a real human rights violation), the only option is that they be cared for in the exact same way as American children who are separated by the poor decision making of their parents, and that is by the Department of Health and Human Services. It is not an ideal situation for children; neither is being snuck across the Arizona-Mexico border by a human trafficker. However, parents are usually processed rather quickly and sentenced to time-served, retrieving their children (who’ve been cared and provided for, often with tax-payer medical attention if necessary) and going back home.

3. There are three options. First, adults can be detained in a children’s facility (that is dangerous for children). Secondly, children can be detained with their parents in an adult facility (that is also dangerous for children). Third, border laws can just not be enforced (that is dangerous for everyone).

4. Anyone seeking asylum at a border checkpoint is not being separated from their children;  only those entering illegally are being separated from their children.

What Does God’s Word Say About Border Sovereignty and the Rule of Law?

Jeff Sessions was right in his citation of Romans 13, and he used the verse properly in context. He would have been equally as justified should he have cited 1 Peter 2. Both passages clearly explain our role in relation to the Civil Magistrate. The government exists to punish the wicked and reward the good. It carries the sword (of punishment) for a reason. We are to submit to those governing authorities so long as it does not require us to rebel against God.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. (Romans 13:1-2).

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13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor (1 Peter 2:13-17).

A systematic theology of Civil Governance would reveal times when the Magistrate must be disobeyed in order to keep the laws of God. These include Daniel’s refusal to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s image (Daniel 3:8-27) and Peter and John’s refusal to stop preaching (Acts 4:19). Clearly, neither Sessions nor any other Christian should argue that there are never times to disobey a Civil authority. The point of Sessions is that God demands people obey the laws of the government.

Likewise, as I pointed out in my sermon just a few weeks ago, our chief ruling authority is not a flesh-and-blood emperor, but in American government (and Western Civilization in general) our authority is the rule of law under the Social Compact Theory of government. All laws, but especially that ultimate earthly authority, the Constitution, must be obeyed unless it requires violating God’s laws. When evangelicals like Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, Karen Swallow Prior, or JD Greear demand that Donald Trump not operate by the rule of law, they are asking that Trump (or those who work for him, like AG Sessions) sin. It is wicked to demand someone sin. Furthermore, if you care about religious liberty, which should be nearest and dearest to our hearts as believers, you must not set a precedent of encouraging the Magistrate to simply ignore the ruling authority of the law.

So then, the question is whether it is justified to ignore the law – our emperor – in the case of immigation law. Consider the tweet from JD Greear.

Greear, of course, does not believe the quotation he cites. Greear doesn’t believe it is “wicked” to keep children out of prisons. When parents are arrested every single day in the United States and sent to county jails and ultimately to state or federal penitentiaries, they are sent without their families because we are not a barbaric society that punishes children for the sins of their parents. The only way it would be “wicked” to separate families in relation to the border situation is if invading a country illegally is not a crime and if illegal immigrants are criminals. However, the rule of law says that to invade a country by sneaking into its unprotected border is a crime, and to do so makes you a criminal. Then, the law sets aside a process to detain that criminal and put them through the due process of law. What Greear seems to want is to act as though the rule of law can simply be ignored or to act as though breaking into a country illegally is not a crime.

Here are a few inconvenient facts for those who act as though it is a moral obligation to defy U.S. immigration law.

1. God invented the nation-state and Citizenship. That’s right, it was God that invented the “nation-state” as the children of Israel came out of Egypt with a concept of social construct not tied exclusively to kinship or geography. While it is true that the three building blocks of a nation are (A) borders (B) culture and (C) language, the development of Hebrew identity as a nation came about in an interesting vacuum in which they did not have a border or a geographical anchor. Historical anthropologists recognize that the Old Testament Israelite nation may very well be the first people group in the world to form a “nation” not tied directly or exclusively to kinship and geography, but instead was a social Covenant between Yahweh and his people. The idea of nation via compact was born. Israel was Israel even outside the Promised Land, because Israel had a Covenant with Yahweh. Those obeying that Covenant were seen as Israelites and those disobeying it were seen as Gentiles, and the concept of “Citizenship” was born. This proto-Citizenship in the historical record is demonstrated in the clear delineation of how Israelites were to be treated under Sinaitic civil codes given by God through Moses and how non-Israelites were to be treated. While aliens and sojourners were to be treated well, Old Testament laws make it very clear that Citizens of Israel were unique and were to be treated with different privileges than those not of Israel. This is seen even in the “Courtyard of the Gentiles” constructed outside of the Temple. It took more to become an Israelite than to simply sojourn in the land. Citizenship requires adherence to the Covenant, and formal admission into the body politic by a special rite.

2. God invented national sovereign borders. God himself gave the boundaries for the nation of Israel in Genesis 15:18 and in Genesis 17:8. In this, God ensured that the nation-state of Israel had applied to it the first and most important aspect of its existence; borders. Encroachments upon these boundaries were to be met with hostility. God commanded the Israelites to protect their borders and boundaries, and they were given total and unilateral control of those boundaries. Rather than causing conflict with neighboring nations, the borders clearly delineated property lines, defusing potential conflicts and better enabling the Israelites to govern their affairs in accordance with their Covenant with Yahweh.

3. God invented the border wall. There is an entire book of the Bible devoted to the building of a border wall. Nehemiah 1:1-7:3 explains God commanding the construction of a wall around Jerusalem to protect its strategic interests and prevent foreign invasion. There is nothing unethical, unbiblical, or sinful, about protecting national sovereign borders. And by the way, that border wall was well-armed.

When the United States lets in more than one million immigrants a year to attain Citizenship and nearly that many more to work and attend our educational institutions, it clearly does not exhibit institutionalized bigotry toward the foreigner. A nation that lets in two million foreigners a year does not suffer from xenophobia. That is not systemic racism; it is systemic kindness. That the United States has border crossings where anyone can seek legal asylum through an open and forthright and generous asylum policy, it makes it all the more criminal to instead choose to sneak across the border criminally. That parents aren’t separated from their children by death as America protects its sovereign borders by force (which is its right) is a testimony of America’s shining generosity. Any other nation in virtually any other part of the world would fire upon those invading their sovereign borders. Instead, America applies the rule of law while feeding them, clothing them, providing them due process, and putting them in a detained “time-out” until they can be returned to their home of origin.

And that’s called Christian charity.

[Contributed by JD Hall: By the way, the only possible solution that allows the rule of law to be followed while not separating children from parents would require the construction of camps with FEMA-type family housing, behind lock-and-key, in which community services like medical care and education would be offered until at such time the individuals could receive further legal scrutiny and either cleared for entrance or sent back to their country of origin. In other words, it would like an awful like a Japanese internment camp. I’m not recommending it, I’m just saying, “Good luck with that.”]

via Why The Bible Condones American Immigration Policy — Pulpit & Pen

06/19/2018 — Wretched

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13 Facts the Media ‘Pros’ Don’t Want You to Know About ‘Family Border Separation’

Because of “catch and release,” this dumb and destructive loophole, the number of illegal aliens using children to enter the U.S. increased by 315 percent between October 2017 and February 2018. Anything other than zero tolerance only serves as an incentive for human traffickers and other criminals to use these children as their free pass into America.

Source: 13 Facts the Media ‘Pros’ Don’t Want You to Know About ‘Family Border Separation’

June 19, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump, facing a blast of criticism for the detention of children separated from their immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, is slated to meet with Republican lawmakers on Tuesday ahead of votes on immigration legislation.

The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military but setting up a potential battle with the White House over Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corp.

China and the United States sank into a deepening trade conflict that roiled financial markets Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese products, prompting Beijing to accuse Washington of starting a trade war.

Prime Minister Theresa May cannot accept a proposal to hand parliament more control over Brexit, her spokesman said on Tuesday, setting up a showdown with lawmakers who want the right to step in if Britain risks crashing out of the EU with no deal.

France said an investment budget for the euro zone and a backstop for European banks demanded by President Emmanuel Macron are non-negotiable, raising pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel before talks on Tuesday on reforming the bloc.

Hungary will proceed with a parliamentary vote this week on the government’s so called “Stop Soros” bill without waiting for the opinion of a panel of law experts, the country’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Warplanes struck an opposition-held area in Syria’s southwestern Deraa province on Tuesday, a war monitor and local activists reported, a military escalation in territory where government forces are threatening a major offensive.

U.S. homebuilding surged to near an 11-year high in May amid an acceleration in both single-family and multi-family home construction, but a second straight monthly drop in permits suggested housing market activity would remain moderate.

UPS said it will invest $130 million to buy 730 compressed natural gas vehicles and build five more domestic CNG fueling stations as the industry moves to shift from petroleum-burning vehicles to those that use less-polluting alternative fuels.

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In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players.

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), but disaster officials said it did not cause any damage, including at the Fuego volcano where recent eruptions have killed 110 people.

Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, a divisive idea has gained momentum as a way to stem school shootings: arm teachers. At some schools in Ohio, armed teachers have been in classrooms for as many as five years.

Shunned by other Mediterranean countries, the Aquarius rescue boat, accompanied by two Italian military vessels, was finally, after a week on the high seas, headed for port in Valencia, Spain, an elegant city famous for oranges, paella and its annual festival of Las Fallas, in which oversized effigies are set alight, covering the city in smoke. This weekend it was the site of a raucous gay pride festival with concerts and celebrations in all corners and spilling into the square in front of City Hall, which for days had been festooned with a banner: “Valencia: City of Refugees!”

Americans make up 4 percent of the world’s population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday.

The South Korean Defense Ministry confirmed Tuesday that their major military exercise with the US planned for August has been suspended.

More than 20 fighters from an Iraqi paramilitary force key to the battle against the Islamic State group were killed in an eastern Syria air raid the United States linked to Israel.

As the annual review gets under way this week, the 25 largest lenders are gearing up to announce dividends and buybacks totaling roughly $30 billion more than last year, representing a 25 percent increase, according to analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. are likely to distribute more than 100 percent of their profits in the next four quarters, according to the estimates.

BBC

Yemeni pro-government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, are reported to have stormed the airport serving the rebel-held Red Sea city of Hudaydah. The UAE’s state news agency, Wam, said troops had gained control of large parts of the facility and that dozens of Houthi rebels were dead or wounded.

On a stage in San Francisco, IBM’s Project Debater spoke, listened and rebutted a human’s arguments in what was described as a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence. The machine drew from a library of “hundreds of millions” of documents – mostly newspaper articles and academic journals – to form its responses to a topic it was not prepared for beforehand.

President Donald Trump has ordered the US military to establish a sixth branch of its armed forces – a “space force”.

WND

Thirty-eight percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today, similar to last month’s 37% satisfaction rate but marking the numerical high since a 39% reading in September 2005.

Conservative author Ann Coulter suggested Sunday that immigrant children who are “weeping and crying” at the border after being separated from their parents are “child actors,” who have been given scripts to read as they appear on news networks.


News – 6/19/2018

Republicans demand names of anti-Trump FBI employees from bombshell IG report
“As representatives of the American people, Congress deserves to know exactly who contributed to the abuse of power at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI,” the letter reads. “These individuals need to be held accountable and only transparency will ensure that action.”

Trump directs creation of sixth military branch: The Space Force
US President Donald Trump has asked Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford to oversee creation of a sixth branch of the military, separate from the Pentagon’s five traditional uniformed branches. “We’re going to have the space force,” Trump said. “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space,” Trump said today at a White House event on space policy. “We must have American dominance in space.”

Merkel-Macron meeting is ‘moment of truth’ for Europe: French minister
France said an investment budget for the euro zone and a backstop for European banks demanded by President Emmanuel Macron are non-negotiable, raising pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel before talks on Tuesday on reforming the bloc.

SOLAR WIND QUICKENS
Earth is moving deeper into a stream of solar wind that arrived during the early hours of June 18th. This is causing the solar wind near our planet to quicken, blowing faster than 500 km/s (1.1 million mph). High latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras…

‘Slow earthquakes’ on San Andreas Fault increase risk of large quakes, say ASU scientists
Creep on the central San Andreas during the past several decades, so the thinking goes, has reduced the chance of a big quake that ruptures the entire fault from north to south. However new research by two Arizona State University geophysicists shows that the earth movements along this central section have not been smooth and steady, as previously thought.

Mathematical Prophecy or Predicting the Future
Saul Kullok, a scientist with many patents to his name, has developed a formula correlating the axis of the earth and the latitudes of Israel’s Biblical borders to Prophecy. The proofs are convincing but what he said about next year will shock you.

US Official: “Israel Struck Iranian-backed Iraqi Militia in Syria”
A US official told CNN Monday that the airstrike targeting Kata’ib Hezbollah members was carried out by Israel. This came eighteen hours after the Syrian regime had blamed the US-led coalition for the airstrike that hit near Syrian regime soldiers and their foreign militia allies.

Was a Disgraced Former Israeli Politician Spying for Iran?
If Segev is convicted of the charges laid against him, there is some speculation among lawyers that he could either potentially face the death penalty or life imprisonment. To-date, Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann – who was convicted of crimes against humanity – is the only individual whom the state of Israel has executed.

Trump tariffs: US escalates trade threats to China
US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a growing trade row. Mr Trump said the 10% tariffs would come into effect if China “refuses to change its practices”. The threats would be a major escalation of the dispute and sparked further falls on stock markets.

Israel charges ex-minister Gonen Segev with spying for Iran
Israel has charged a former cabinet minister with spying for Iran, the Shin Bet internal security service says. Gonen Segev, a medical doctor who served as energy minister in the 1990s, was allegedly recruited by Iranian intelligence while living in Nigeria. He was detained during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited following a request by Israeli police.

Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories
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.

US official says Israel behind overnight airstrike in Syria
A White House official told CNN Monday evening that Israel is responsible for an airstrike that was carried out against Syria overnight Sunday which left scores of pro-regime fighters dead. Syrian state media, citing a military source, reported earlier that US-led coalition aircraft had bombed “one of our military positions” in eastern Syria, leading to deaths and injuries, but the US military denied carrying out strikes in the area.

George Soros: Trump is Single-Handedly Destroying My Plan for This World
Billionaire globalist George Soros has lashed out at President Trump, accusing him of single-handedly destroying his plans for the world “he created.”

The Flag of Palestine Before 1948 That Will Shut Up Every Muslim in The World
Further proof of the lie (as if we needed any more) of the vicious historical revisionism by the Muslim world to erase the Jewish State and create a mythical Islamic narrative surrounding five thousand years of Jewish history.The fact is that Palestine is Israel – the Jewish homeland.

Canada’s Supreme Court rules that LGBT rights come BEFORE your religious beliefs
Canada’s top court has ruled in favour of denying accreditation to a Christian law school that banned students from having gay sex.

80,000 Muslim migrants enroute to Europe, armed forces deployed to stop them
There are 100,000 Muslim migrants enroute to Western Europe. The New York Times is reporting, ” Countries along a new Balkan migrant route pledged on Thursday to work together to prevent a repetition of the 2015 influx that brought more than a million refugees into Europe from North Africa and the Middle East..

American Medical Association sliding toward support of physician-assisted suicide… here come the death panels
Will the American Medical Association soon be in favor of physician-assisted suicide? In early June, the AMA decided not to reaffirm its position against assisted suicide – a decision which has shocked many. But indeed, the AMA has gone against its own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, which recommended the AMA maintain its opposition of euthanasia for humans.

Who Is A Bigger Threat To The LGBT Community, Chick-fil-A…Or ISIS?
June is Pride month, so naturally we’ve been subject to lots of self-righteous op-eds, naked middle-aged men marching down the main streets of major American cities, and way too much rainbow.

Outrage as a Thousand Muslims Pray in French Street Following End of Ramadan
France banned street prayer but sharia law supercedes man-made law. Islamic supremacism and conquest. Takbir! A territorial declaration, not to mention the mind-numbing caterwaul of the call to prayer at dawn. In other words, $%##** everybody else who isn’t Muslim.

Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says
The Obama administration failed to protect thousands of Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border since 2011, leaving them vulnerable to traffickers and to abuses at the hands of government-approved caretakers, a Senate investigation has found.

Violent crime rises in Germany and is attributed to refugees
Young male refugees in Germany got the blame on Wednesday for most of a two-year increase in violent crime, adding fuel to the country’s political debate over migrants.

CNN’s Ana Navarro: ‘Shame on Any Christian’ Who Uses Scripture to Justify Separating Families
Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” network commentator Ana Navarro said it was the “utmost cynicism” for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to quote scripture in defense of separating immigrant children from their families.

Portland Gives $96,000 Blacks-Only Grant To Hip Hop Marijuana Shop
In an effort to combat racial stereotypes, the government is giving welfare to black folks for drugs and rap music. No, it’s not a Dave Chappelle skit, it’s real…The “marijuana dispensary” was started with a $96,000 “Portland Opportunities Industrial Center” grant, specifically designed for black folks.

Illegal Aliens Using Minors to Enter U.S. Increased 315 Percent Since Last Year
The number of illegal aliens at the U.S.-Mexico border who are using minors to gain entry to the country has increased more than 300 percent since last year, White House officials say.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice.” —James Madison (1789)

In Today’s Edition

  • Ted Cruz steps up with a bill to end family separation at the border.
  • Hillary Clinton offers “Biblical” justification for opposing Trump’s border policy.
  • SCOTUS leaves gerrymandering to the states.
  • Washington Post employees slam billionaire Bezos for pay practices.
  • After Trenton gang shootout, Dem governor blames guns.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Ted Cruz Offers Solution to End Family Separation

The Texas senator proposed a law to mitigate the Democrat- and MSM-created firestorm.

Hillary Clinton’s Hypocritical Biblical Outrage

She slams the Trump administration with a disingenuous appeal to the words of Jesus.

SCOTUS Leaves Gerrymandering to the States

Cases in Wisconsin and Maryland are left to lower courts and the political branches to sort out.

WaPo Employees Demand Bezos Open Up Purse Strings

Is the wealthiest man in the world not practicing what he preaches at his own company?

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NJ Dem Governor to Blame for Trenton Shooting

The gang member and now murderer was released 10 years early thanks to Democrat policies.

Video: Students Say Bakers Should Bake the Cake

Campus Reform asks students about the recent Supreme Court case on religious liberty.

Tuesday Short Cuts

Self-evaluation: “Our party right now … is pickled in identity politics and victimology.” —Democrat Matt Flynn

Tuesday Top Headlines

Americans are satisfied, immigration kerfuffle, Space Force, tariffs (again), and more.

Today’s Opinion

Rich Lowry
The Unfairness of Harvard
Gary Bauer
Horowitz Report Day 5
Dennis Prager
The Bad Hate the Good: The SPLC vs. Prager University
Stephen Moore
Fake Support for a Free Market in Energy
Todd Starnes
Church Forced to Remove ‘Anger-Provoking’ Billboards Declaring ‘America Is a Christian Nation’

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Stupid pastor tricks – how you’re getting fooled

Why Mohler is Wrong on Immigration

First Baptist Dallas ‘America is a Christian nation’ billboard removed

4 in 10 LGBT Americans Identify as Christian, Similar Number Unaffiliated, Poll Finds

Pastor, Five Family Members Murdered in Nicaragua


Headlines – 6/19/2018

Netanyahu holds rare meet with Jordan king ahead of US peace push

Abbas Rejects Trump’s Plan for Gaza: An Attempt to Divide Palestinians

Israel needs ‘Iron Dome for diplomacy,’ deputy minister says

IAF strikes 9 Hamas targets in response to kites terrorism

Top minister urges shooting to kill Gaza kite launchers

Lieberman says won’t allow for daily fires from incendiary kites to continue

Red Cross: IDF fire causing ‘unprecedented crisis’

Gaza Palestinian killed during attack on border fence

Abbas aide slams reported US plan to raise funds for Gaza

Woman with 10-inch knife screamed ‘I want to kill all you Jews’ as she chased children outside synagogue

Britain condemns ‘anti-Israel bias’ at UN Human Rights Council

Minister blasts Prince William for listing Old City as Palestinian in itinerary

Mayoral candidate Elkin upset Brits call east Jerusalem ‘occupied’

Former Israeli minister could potentially face death penalty for spying for Iran

Iran FM says Israel’s nukes real threat to Middle East, beyond

US envoy scolds Israeli MKs for demanding US recognition of Golan

Iraq force accuses US of killing 22 of its fighters in Syria

US official: Israel behind mysterious Syria airstrike that killed dozens

At least 52 pro-regime fighters said killed in east Syria strike

As war rages, Iran says ‘military approach in Yemen will fail’

Erdogan’s Plan to Raise a ‘Pious Generation’ Divides Parents in Turkey

Over 30 killed after 2 suicide bombs hit end-of-Ramadan celebration in Nigeria

Papua New Guinea declares 9-month state of emergency due to riots

Russia Military Fires Nuclear Capable Missile in New Video Amid Tensions With NATO

Russia argues the Marine Corps’ beefed-up presence in Norway is an attack

US and South Korea to announce suspension of major military drills this week, report says

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

Israel could get hurt in Trump’s trade war with China

Russia cuts Treasury holdings in half as foreigners start losing appetite for US debt

Mergers Would Make AT&T, Comcast World’s Most Indebted Companies

President Trump believes IG report ‘totally exonerates’ him

Comey Under Investigation For Handling Of Classified Information

Americans grapple with recognizing facts in news stories: Pew survey

Four in 10 people have deleted a social media account in the past year due to privacy worries, study says

The government’s creepy obsession with your face

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Easter Island region

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Guanagazapa, Guatemala

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sabtang, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

At least four killed, more than 300 injured after strong earthquake rattles Osaka

Strong explosion from Sakurajima volcano creates a tall ash plume and pyroclastic flows

Sabancya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 19,000ft

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 18,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 11,000ft

Wisconsin dam fails; flash flood warning includes Minnesota town

Flash flooding wipes out roads, damages buildings in Houghton, Michigan

Massive swarms of bugs are invading the World Cup ahead of England-Tunisia in Volgograd

Monsanto Faces Man Dying of Cancer in Roundup Trial

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

Google Is Training Machines to Predict When a Patient Will Die

Millennials are on track to have worse health in middle age than their parents, according to a new report

Fewer teens are having sex and using illicit drugs, but more feel persistently sad or hopeless, CDC reports

United Methodist Church Slams Family Separations, Calls Trump Policy “Antithetical to the Teachings of Christ”

White House on family separations: Trump enforcing the law

Obama’s Immigration Agencies Separated Children From Their Families, Too

UN rights chief: US policy on migrant kids ‘unconscionable’

Former CIA chief compares Trump admin to Nazis over separating children from parents

Who’s In Your Corner?

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 06:58 AM PDT

Who’s In Your Corner?In this message, you will discover how when you and I go through hardships, trials, and tribulation, You will either have “encouragers” or “discouragers” in your corner! Which do you have?

Kilauea lava transforming into a wide, flowing river traveling long distances.

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 06:21 AM PDT

Kilauea lava transforming into a wide, flowing river traveling long distances.Lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has been spewing for over a month, but the thick, slow-moving lava has taken a new shape, transforming into a wide, hot, flowing river of lava traveling long distances.  The 2100-degree lava is flowing together into a molten red river running 9 miles from the fissure into the ocean at Kapoho. The transition into fast-paced lava moving about 200 yards per hour seen Monday is due the location of the fissure.

The fissure, the 8th of 24 fissures, is located in the lower east rift zone near Leilani Estates. The magma under the surface in this area is hotter, more fluid and less crystallized. “The whole lower east rift zone has a plumbing system two miles below surface and it is delivering hotter magma at fissure 8, which is giving runnier lava that’s flowing to the ocean,” said Charles Mandeville, program coordinator for volcano hazards program at United States Geological Survey. READ MORE

Owners of the Bar That Launched the Modern LGBT Movement Call It a ‘Gay Church’

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 06:06 AM PDT

Owners of the Bar That Launched the Modern LGBT Movement Call It a ‘Gay Church’The current owners of the bar believed to be the site for the birthplace of the modern LGBT movement have labeled it a “gay church.”  Kurt Kelly and Stacy Lentz became the owners of The Stonewall Inn, a New York City-based bar that was the site of riots by LGBT individuals and activists in 1969.  Kelly and Lentz, who became the bar’s co-owners in 2006, told The Huffington Post about overseeing the historic

site in an interview published Monday, comparing it to a place of worship.  “I would say it is a gay church,” said Lentz. “For me, it’s a platform for social change and social justice. That’s what I’m passionate about.” “It represents a movement, it’s a living, breathing part of history and it’s our responsibility to keep it alive and it also means to me the birthplace of gay rights and the ability to keep that equality in place.” READ MORE

‘Sex Assigned at Birth’ Will Be Taught After Virginia School Board Ignores Parents’ Concerns

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 05:58 AM PDT

‘Sex Assigned at Birth’ Will Be Taught After Virginia School Board Ignores Parents’ ConcernsDespite overwhelming opposition voiced by parents, one of the largest school districts in the country has approved controversial LGBT-friendly changes to its sex education curriculum that critics say were pushed by left-leaning political groups and lacked medical justification.  The Fairfax County School Board in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., voted 10-1 last Thursday to pass a set of proposed changes to its sex education curriculum that, among other things, scrubs the term “biological sex” everywhere in the curriculum and replaces it with the term “sex assigned at birth.”

Other changes opposed by parents include the teaching of HIV/AIDS prevention pill Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, no longer teaching students that abstinence from sexual activity is the only 100 percent effective way to avoid teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and scrubbing clergy from a list of “trusted adults.” Parents were also outraged that the school district will not teach its students about the health risks of hormone therapy and supression associated with gender transition. CONTINUE

 

Record-breaking monsoon rains affecting Myanmar’s Mon State

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 05:42 AM PDT

Record-breaking monsoon rains affecting Myanmar’s Mon StateRecord-breaking monsoon rains affecting Myanmar’s Mon State since June 16, 2018, triggered landslides and worst floods parts of the state have seen in more than 40 years. At least 16 people have been killed or are missing across the country since 2018 Southwest Monsoon arrived more than a week ago.  Hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes on June 17 after floods swept Mawlamyine and other townships in Mon State after hours of heavy rain, the Myanmar Times reports. Floods and

landslides hit Mawlamyine before dawn, submerging homes and roads in what locals are describing as worst floods to hit the town in over 40 years. Most areas in Mawlamyine are flooded, such as Thiri Mingalar, Thiri Myaing, Kyauk Tan, Zayar Thiri and Thaya Aye, the paper wrote. “Normally, some quarters of the town would flood when the tide rises in the Thanlwin River, but this time was not only about tide but also about heavy rain, the drains in the town are overflowing,” one resident said. READ MORE

These Types of Christians Are at Great Risk of Renouncing Jesus

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 05:35 AM PDT

These Types of Christians Are at Great Risk of Renouncing Jesus(By John Burton) Are you in one of the groups of Christians who will be quick to renounce Jesus? You might be shocked. Few can argue that we are experiencing a falling away right now. Many are surrendering wholehearted passion for Jesus for other more immediately satisfying, carnal pursuits. Our culture is growing darker by the day.  However, as great as the falling away is today, it cannot compare to what the Bible calls the apostasy, or the great falling away.

This will be a far-reaching rebellion against God and an abandonment of truth. “Do not let anyone deceive you in any way. For that Day will not come unless a falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself as God” (2 Thess. 2:3-4). The Bible makes it clear that legitimate followers of Jesus will, during a time of great pressure, fall away. CONTINUE

Canada’s Trudeau Accused of Running a ‘Totalitarian’ State and Pushing Christians Out of Work

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 06:51 PM PDT

Canada’s Trudeau Accused of Running a ‘Totalitarian’ State and Pushing Christians Out of WorkChristian medical professionals are calling on Canadian Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau to give them “equal freedoms and access to employment.”  According to Robert Walley, executive director of MaterCare, Trudeau is unfairly targeting people of faith by endorsing practices that discriminate against those with strong religious beliefs. Earlier this month in an open letter to Trudeau, Walley, a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada, had this to say:

“Medical students, residents, and physicians have begun to experience discrimination through denial of their right to practice according to their consciences if they do not accept your government’s dictatorial policies with the consequence their recruitment into programs and positions are obstructed, though they equally qualified,” he wrote. MaterCare, a Catholic-run health organization, says they are concerned that the result of these restrictions will be that “fewer young doctors are entering certain specialties, and others sadly compromise their moral integrity in order to sustain their careers.” READ MORE

Man Wakes From Coma With Vivid Recollection of Jesus, Robes and Angels

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 01:58 PM PDT

Man Wakes From Coma With Vivid Recollection of Jesus, Robes and AngelsATTENTION: The following testimony does not reflect the personal views or opinions of ETH

A Montana man who was seriously injured in a horrific car accident says that he spent time in heaven after falling deeply unconscious for seven days.   Tom Dolezal was driving through Wolf Creek Canyon in Helena when he collided head-on with another truck pulling a horse trailer. Knocked out and with 22 broken bones, Dolezal is absolutely convinced he saw Jesus Christ in person. “I flew up into Heaven… and Heaven is stacked,” he told the Liberty County Times. He told the newspaper that he witnessed Jesus walking in a field during his eight-day coma.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, Dolezal said he saw people in purple robes, and even spotted an angel with a “very pleasant” if tired face and short pants. Many others have claimed to see Jesus and visit heaven after serious accidents. One such person was Dr. Mary Neal, who appeared on “The Billy Hallowell Podcast” last year to discuss her staggering spiritual experience that followed a deadly kayaking accident. READ MORE

Philadelphia Bans Catholic Agency From Placing Foster Kids with Christian Families

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 01:52 PM PDT

Philadelphia Bans Catholic Agency From Placing Foster Kids with Christian FamiliesA Philadelphia judge heard oral arguments Monday in a case that bans a Catholic foster care agency from placing children in families with religious convictions.  According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing families in the case, the ‘city’s harmful new policy keeps foster children from loving homes.’

The group has posted several stories from clients in the case on its Facebook page.  “Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children over 25 years,” reads one post page. She currently cares for two young siblings with special needs and she couldn’t provide a safe and loving home without the ongoing support of Catholic Social Services.” READ MORE

Mega-Church Forced to Remove ‘America is a Christian Nation’ Billboards

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 01:46 PM PDT

Mega-Church Forced to Remove ‘America is a Christian Nation’ BillboardsPastor Robert Jeffress is fighting back after he says his mega-church, First Baptist Dallas, was forced to take down two billboards advertising his upcoming sermon, “America is a Christian Nation.”  Jeffress tells CBN News the day after the billboards went up, the Dallas Morning News published two articles characterizing their content as “hateful” and “divisive.” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was quoted in one

of the articles. Jeffress says the articles were sent to the company that created the billboards, Outfront Media, which ended up taking them down and canceling its contract with First Baptist Dallas. The company pointed to the Dallas Morning News articles and classified the advertisements as “anger-provoking.” READ MORE

Chimps and orangutans could be extinct by the end of the century,

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 01:41 PM PDT

Chimps and orangutans could be extinct by the end of the century,Chimpanzees and orangutans are on the brink of extinction, a top scientist has warned. Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo alone harbor two-thirds of all primate species – and a staggering 60 percent of those are threatened with extinction. Among the primates at risk are chimpanzees, orangutans, and lowland gorillas. Species in Madagascar and Indonesia are thought to

be most at risk, with 90 percent reporting a rapid decline in numbers.  Conservation expert Professor Anna Nekaris warned: “Many iconic species will be lost unless these countries, international organizations, consumer nations and global citizens take immediate action to protect primate populations and their habitats. READ MORE

You Won’t Believe What Facebook Is Allowing Planned Parenthood to Tell Teen Girls

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 01:34 PM PDT

You Won’t Believe What Facebook Is Allowing Planned Parenthood to Tell Teen GirlsFacebook is facing backlash for allowing Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, to run a series of ads targeting young girls.  Chris Martin of LifeWay Social uncovered the ads by using a new feature on Facebook that allows users to see the names of those who sponsor political ads on the social media platform.  The ads came out just a day after several lawmakers in Washington urged the Department of Health and Human Services to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood for

“enabling child sex abuse,” based on a report from Live Action. One of the ads features a suggestive photo. Another declares that “Sex Is Hot—Bad Sex Ed Is Not,” targeting girls as young as 13. “Whatever you think about sex, sexual education or Planned Parenthood, you should take notice of the audience receiving these ads,” Martin says in an article posted on his organization’s website. “Planned Parenthood is using Facebook ads to tell middle and high school students that ‘Sex Is Hot.’”  READ MORE

UPDATE: 5.5 magnitude quake in Japan kills 4 and injures more than 300

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 11:40 AM PDT

UPDATE: 5.5 magnitude quake in Japan kills 4 and injures more than 300At least four people died and more than 300 were injured when a strong earthquake knocked over walls and ignited scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in Western Japan on Monday. A falling concrete wall at a school killed a 9-year-old girl during the 5.5 magnitude quake. Two fatalities were men in their

80s, while officials later said they confirmed the death of an 81-year-old woman in Takatsuki. Most of the injured were in Osaka – Japan’s No. 2 city bustling with businesses. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor.  READ MORE


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Scott Klusendorf discusses abortion and euthanasia at the Summit Forum

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Scott Klusendorf, President of the Life Training Institute Scott Klusendorf, President of the Life Training Institute

Here’s the video, featuring my favorite pro-life speakers Scott Klusendorf. Scott is the founder and President of the Life Training Institute. LTI’s mission is to make a rigorous, rational defense for pro-life positions with respect to a variety of ethical issues. If you listen to Scott, you will learn a lot, and learn it from someone who has been tested on the battlefield of ideas.

Three topics:

  • right to life of the unborn
  • reproductive technologies
  • end of life questions

40 minutes of guided discussion, 20 minutes of Q&A. This video was apparently recorded in the summer of 2016.

Abortion:

  • the 1-minute case for the pro-life position (excellent)
  • dealing with those who dismiss the pro-life case as religious
  • how and when do people win arguments?
  • how does one get better at discussing moral issues?
  • who are some of the best books to…

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018
Why SCOTUS has no jurisdiction to rule on ‘establishment’ cases
ALAN KEYES — A senator and a representative solemnly read a new pledge of allegiance today in a dramatic Flag Day ceremony on the Capitol steps. As a new flag donated by the American Legion was raised high over the Capitol dome, Sen. Homer Ferguson, R-Mich., and Rep. Louis C. Rabaut, D-Mich., intoned the words of the allegiance approved by Congress last week…. (more)


June 19, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — I remember as a young teenager going by myself to see “On the Waterfront” at the Whalley Theater in New Haven. I was so mesmerized by the performance of Marlon Brando (30 years old at the time) that it took a dozen more viewings – – really, that’s how many times I saw the film, maybe more – – before I realized that the greatest actors of the day – – Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger – – were also featured in the movie…. (more)

June 18, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said it was “obnoxious to our Constitution” to put former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort behind bars prior to a trial…. (more)


June 18, 2018
[Language alert]
BYRON YORK — It didn’t take long for defenders of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation to claim that the Justice Department inspector general’s report found no bias in the bureau’s conduct of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, nor in the early days of the Trump-Russia probe…. (more)


June 18, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — In the run-up to Saturday’s heavyweight matchup, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took a quick break from trash talking late night host Jimmy Kimmel to play the expectations game. “It may be the biggest crowd assembled to watch the least talent in the history of basketball,” Cruz joked to the Washington Examiner Friday night…. (more)


June 15, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — On Thursday, the Justice Department inspector general released a sprawling 568-page report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton emails investigation in 2015-16 by the FBI and DOJ. There’s far too much in the report to detail here in one bite, as it covered (among other things):… (more)

June 15, 2018
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton joins Tucker Carlson to talk about the Justice Department inspector general’s report’s findings in the handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation. Fitton said the 500-page I.G. report is “the beginning of the story” and “the connection between Peter Strzok, the Clinton emails, and the Russia investigation has yet to be investigated by the I.G.”… (more)


June 15, 2018
FOX NEWS — President Trump broke his silence on the scathing inspector general’s report with a vengeance Friday, first tweeting that the FBI boss he fired was the “worst” in the bureau’s history, then crashing “Fox & Friends” for an impromptu interview where he ripped the “scum on top” of the Obama-era bureau and said the IG “blew it.”… (more)


June 15, 2018
THE HILL — James Comey once described his position in the Clinton investigation as being the victim of a “500-year flood.” The point of the analogy was that he was unwittingly carried away by events rather than directly causing much of the damage to the FBI. His “500-year flood” just collided with the 500-page report of the Justice Department inspector general (IG) Michael Horowitz. The IG sinks Comey’s narrative with a finding that he “deviated” from Justice Department rules and acted in open insubordination…. (more)


June 15, 2018
FOX NEWS — The country is still digesting Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s scathing report on the FBI and the DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but more bombshells could be looming from the same team of investigators…. (more)

June 15, 2018
FOX NEWS — Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a comprehensive and at-times scathing report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, exposed extraordinary text messages by a top FBI official vowing to “stop” Donald Trump – – while calling then-director James Comey’s actions in the case “insubordinate.”… (more)


June 15, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — His administration has argued against providing abortions to illegal aliens who demand them and against taxpayer funding of abortion-business giants. He’s worked to protect doctors who won’t perform the procedure. And now the White House has moved a step further, reversing a trend at the Organization of American States to liberalize abortion laws…. (more)

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 19, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

34:7 The believer is not only saved, but kept as well. The angel of the Lord, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, serves as an encircling garrison for those who fear Him, delivering them from dangers seen and unseen. No sheep of His can ever perish (John 10:28).[1]†


34:7 — The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.

Who knows how often we have been protected or delivered or saved from harm by an angel assigned to guard us? Who knows how that angel is protecting you right now?[2]


34:7 The angel of the Lord. A special manifestation of Yahweh Himself at strategic historical junctures (cf. Ge 16:7ff.; 18; 19; 31:11ff.; Jos 5; Jdg 6; 13). A strong case can be made that these were pre-incarnate appearances of the Lord Jesus Christ. See note on Ex 3:2.[3]


34:7The angel of Yahweh The psalmist portrays the angel of Yahweh as an army that surrounds and protects those who fear Him (Zech 9:8).

Also called the angel of God, the angel of Yahweh appears to be distinct from Yahweh at times (Exod 23:20–23). Other times, He appears as a visible manifestation of Yahweh (Judg 2:1–5). He served as a guide for the Israelites after the exodus (Exod 14:19), fought for Israel, defeating entire armies (2 Kgs 19:35), and gave messages to individuals like Moses (Exod 3:2), Balaam (Num 22:22–23), and Hagar (Gen 16:7–13).[4]


34:7 “Angel of the Lord” (see note in center column) occurs only three times in the Psalter (cf. 35:5, 6). Quite often in the O.T. the “Angel of the Lord” denotes a Christophany, i.e., a preincarnate appearance of Christ (cf. Gen. 16:7, 13).[5]


34:7 There is protection from the Lord for those who fear Him. The “angel of the Lord” may stand for the Lord Himself, but certainly could refer to one of His angelic messengers who do His bidding. The angel of the Lord guards the faithful so that they can do God’s will (see Gn 32:2; 2 Kg 6:17; Ps 91:11; Mt 4:5–6).[6]


34:7 The angel of the Lord can also be translated as “messenger of the Lord.” In most contexts there is a distinction between God and this angel. For example, in the story of Gideon, the angel of the Lord vanished (Jdg 6:21), but Gideon continued to speak to the Lord (Jdg 6:22–24). This seems to indicate that they were different. However, in other contexts the angel of the Lord spoke as if he were God himself (Gn 22:11–12; Ex 3:2). In this sense the angel could be a theophany (an appearance of the Lord). Christian tradition has often identified such angels with the preincarnate appearances of Jesus Christ, but as noted above, this does not work in every instance. It is best to treat each context on its own merit and not impose the same meaning in every text. The connection between the “angel of the Lord” and military imagery (note the word encamps) appears elsewhere to show that the Lord fights for his people (2Kg 19:35). The “commander of the Lord’s army” in Jos 5:13–15 may also be related to this angel.[7]


[1] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 597). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 34:7). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 34:7). 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 (Ps 34:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ps 34:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] 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. 819). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[7] Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 846). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

June 19 Challenging a Brother

Then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.—Matt. 7:5b

Here is Jesus’ corrective to erroneous judgment: first of all we confess our own sin, which is often the sin of self-righteousness and of a condemning spirit toward others, and ask for God’s cleansing. When our sin is cleansed, when the log is removed from our eye, then we can see our brother’s sin clearly and be able to help him. We will also see everything more clearly—God, others, and ourselves. We will see God as the only Judge, others as needy sinners who are just like us. We will see our brother as a brother on our own level and with our own frailties and needs.

David reflects the right balance of humility and helpfulness in Psalm 51: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.… Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You” (vv. 10, 12–13). Jesus told Peter that after he had recovered from his moral defection, he could then “strengthen [his] brothers” (Luke 22:32).

All confrontation of sin in others must be done out of meekness, not pride. We can’t play the role of judge—passing sentence as if we were God. We can’t play the role of superior—as if we were exempt from the same standards we demand of others. We must not play the hypocrite—blaming others while we excuse ourselves.

ASK YOURSELF

When have you seen this interchange done in a way that honored God, considered self, and truly benefited others? What were the key factors that contributed to the purity and peace of it? How was the rebuke handled by the one being confronted? What would make the difference if that person were you?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 179). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JUNE 19 THE TRUE CHRISTIAN: STILL AN ENIGMA TO THE WORLD

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.

EPHESIANS 4:15

Today, as in all the centuries, true Christians are an enigma to the world, a thorn in the flesh of Adam, a puzzle to angels, the delight of God and a habitation of the Holy Spirit!

Our fellowship ought to take in all of the true children of God, regardless of who and where and what, if they are washed in the blood, born of the Spirit, walking with God the Father, begotten unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and rejoicing in the salvation to be revealed!

The true Christian fears God with a trembling reverence and yet he is not afraid of God at all. He draws nigh to Him with full assurance of faith and victory, and yet at the same time is trembling with holy awe and fear. The world will never understand that the Christian, though born on earth, still knows by faith that he is a citizen of heaven!

Some of our critics say: “You Christians talk about yourself and your relation to God as if you were God’s very best!”

I have a good answer to that. The very Christian who believes that he is the apple of God’s eye is the same unselfish Christian who is giving sacrificially of his money, sending his sons and daughters or going himself to preach the gospel to the least and the last of the peoples of the earth![1]


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

June 19 Living Our Message

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17

Unbelievers might pay more attention to our gospel message if we gave them something special to notice. We could start by not lying and always speaking the truth. What if we never became angry in a sinful way but always acted in love; never stole but always shared; and never spoke in a coarse manner but always spoke edifying words? Can you imagine how the lost might react if we never were bitter, wrathful, resentful, violent, or slanderous but were always characterized by kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness? Perhaps they would pay more attention then.

Examine your own actions. Do you speak the truth? Do you have control over your anger so that it operates only in righteousness? Do you share your resources with others? Do you speak graciously? Are you kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving? If you are a new man or woman in Christ, you will live like that.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 188). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Brannon Howse: June 18, 2018 | Worldview Weekend

Topic: What is the worldview of the new president of the largest protestant denomination/association in America? J.D. Greear was just elected the president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Would you be shocked that his admitted mentor is neo-Calvinist and neo-Marxist Tim Keller? Topic: What it means to be “woke.” Topic: We take your calls
— Read on www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-june-18-2018

June 19 Tuesday: A Love Better Than Life

By James Boice on Jun 19, 2018 12:00 am

There are various ways of outlining the eleven verses of this psalm. They can be found in the various commentaries. The New International Version is probably right on track, however, when it sets verse 1 off as a stanza to itself. This is because the verse expresses the longing of David’s soul for God and because the next section (vv. 2-8) describes how that longing has been answered in the past and is being honored in the present.

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The IG Report: They’re Guilty, but It’s Okay — American Thinker

The I.G. report on the Clinton email investigation is proof positive that the entire D.C. justice establishment is corrupt.

The IG report is really Comey 2.0.  Comey spent a long time describing how Hillary had broken the law but then concluded that it was okay.  Similarly, the IG report lists example after example of political bias but declares that it had no impact on the Hillary email whitewash.

The IG report on the Clinton email investigation is proof positive that the entire DC justice establishment is corrupt; that they view themselves a rulers not public servants.

First we were told that Comey was a straight shooter whom we could trust. Then we were told the same about Mueller, Rosenstein, and now the IG.  Yet in every case we’ve discovered that they are biased political actors who put the interests of the Deep State and the Democratic Party ahead of their sworn duty to uphold the law.  It’s time for all conservatives to acknowledge that there are few if any honest people at the top levels of the FBI or the DoJ.

Not surprisingly highly biased people will resort to big lies to protect their power and the big government ideology they embrace.

via The IG Report: They’re Guilty, but It’s Okay — American Thinker