Daily Archives: June 22, 2018

June 22: Love and Peace

Nehemiah 4:1–5:19; 1 John 4:16–21; Psalm 109:1–15

“You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in you.” Augustine’s prayer, spoken so many years ago, is still poignant for us today. It appeals to our created purpose: bringing glory to God. When we’re living outside of that purpose, we try to fill that void through other means.

In his first letter, John shows how the love of God and communion with Him ultimately brings a sense of peace and confidence: “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love and the one who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him. By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as that one is, so also are we in the world” (1 John 4:16–17).

God Himself has addressed the great rift we created between ourselves and Him. Through the sacrifice of His Son, He has made it possible for us to abide with Him and find peace in Him (1 John 4:15). Those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God experience this love that brings peace and confidence.

But this love isn’t merely an emotion or a feeling of fulfillment; it’s a growing desire to be like Christ. Because God dwells in us, we will become more like Him in love. We can be confident of His work in us when we display self-sacrificial love for our neighbor.

How are you resting in God’s love? How are you loving others?

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 22 Siding with God’s Enemies

“Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?” (James 2:6–7).

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You can’t accomplish God’s purposes by siding with His enemies.

Favoritism has a way of blinding its victims to reality. James wrote about Christians who were trying to impress a rich man so they could benefit from his wealth and social status (vv. 2–3). The rich man represented the enemies of Christ, and yet they gave him preferential treatment anyway. The poor man represented those whom God chose to be rich in faith and heirs of His Kingdom, and yet they treated him badly and dishonored him (v. 6). That’s not only inconsistent, it’s foolish! You can’t accomplish God’s purposes by siding with His enemies.

Some ungodly rich people tyrannized Christians by withholding their wages and even putting some to death (James 5:4–6). They forcibly dragged Christians to court to exploit them by some injustice or inequity. They blasphemed the fair name of Christ. The phrase “by which you have been called” (v. 7) speaks of a personal relationship. Typically new converts made a public proclamation of their faith in Christ at their baptism. From then on they were called “Christians,” meaning “Christ’s own,” “Christ’s ones,” or “belonging to Christ.” So when people slandered Christians, they were slandering Christ Himself!

That anyone could overlook those evils and show favoritism to the enemies of Christ shows the subtle and devastating power of partiality. Today the circumstances may be different, but the principles are the same. So for the sake of Christ and His people, remember the three reasons James gives for not showing partiality: 1. You and your brothers and sisters in Christ are one with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the glory of God revealed (v. 1); 2. God has chosen the poor to receive eternal riches (v. 5); and 3. God has called you by His name (v. 7). If you desire to be like Christ, you cannot be partial. Be fair and impartial in all your interactions with others.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Is there a personal or business relationship in which you are showing favoritism in order to gain some advantage for yourself? If so, confess it to the Lord and correct it right away.

For Further Study: Read Romans 15:5–7. ✧ How should Christians treat one another? ✧ What impact will we have if we obey Paul’s admonition?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 186). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

TIME Stands By Erroneous Crying Girl Cover Story Because Of Its Propaganda Value — The Federalist

TIME magazine is standing by a cover photo and story critical of Trump’s immigration policies that reporters exposed Friday as factually incorrect, wildly misleading, and lacking important context.

The cover features a 2-year-old Honduran girl sobbing as she looks up at Trump, with the words “Welcome to America.” Inside, TIME reported the little girl was one of those separated from her mother because of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy on families crossing the border illegally. She was taken “screaming” from her mother by border agents, the report claimed.

The photo and story made a big splash in the media war over the separation policy, which Trump has since ended, but both have now been completely dismantled by the press, resulting in a major correction.

“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene,” the correction reads. “The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”

Reuters talked to the little girl’s father, who said she was not separated from her mother. The Honduran government confirmed his version of events. A border patrol agent who was at the scene, Carlos Ruiz, described what actually happened to CBS News.

We were patrolling the border, it was after 10 o’clock at night. We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her … and so we can properly search the mother. So, the kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to the mother and asked her, ‘Are you doing okay, is the kid okay?’ And she said, ‘Yes, she’s tired and thirsty and it’s 11 o’clock at night.

The father also revealed the mother left three other children behind, and was crossing the border in search of a job — not in search of asylum. She didn’t tell any of them when she left. He told The Daily Mail the photo “broke his heart,” and he didn’t support her decision.

“Why would she want to put our little girl through that?” he said. “But it was her decision at the end of the day.”

In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement told media outlets the mother was attempting to cross the border illegally for a second time — moving her crime from a misdemeanor up to a felony.

“I don’t have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take the baby with her in her arms because we don’t know what could happen,” the father added.

He also claimed he heard the mother paid a smuggler $6,000 to get her across the border .

The combination of erroneous reporting, missing context and lack of due diligence in the reporting process from TIME here are stunning. What was supposed to be a story highlighting the plight of families who are torn apart as they flee violence turned out instead to highlight exactly the kind of case that conservatives say makes the situation at the border complex. Some families are falsely claiming asylum to game the system, and are knowingly putting their children in danger in the process, and drug traffickers and smugglers are taking advantage of the situation. It’s not as simple as the liberal press has made it out to be.

TIME defended its cover and its reporting Friday, essentially claiming the facts are irrelevant because of the propaganda value of the piece. The photo and story “capture the stakes of this moment,” the editor in chief told reporter Hadas Gold.

“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason,” the EIC told reporter Hadas Gold. “Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized the piece in a tweet Friday.

“It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda,” she said. “She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts. Dems should join POTUS and fix our broken immigration system.”

via TIME Stands By Erroneous Crying Girl Cover Story Because Of Its Propaganda Value — The Federalist

This ‘n’ That for June 22, 2018

Well, summer is officially here, so grab a glass of iced tea and sit back while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • We need a High Priest.
  • Hey, ladies, the Great Commission is for us, too.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (HT to Jennifer for the idea for this one!).
  • Some thoughts on living in, but not being of, the world.
  • Perhaps this is why we should leave wild animals alone and let them be what God created them to be: wild animals.
  • Summer is a time for reruns, but this one seemed timely.
Adoption gives us the privilege of sons, regeneration the nature of sons. —Stephen Charnock

JUNE 22 OUR SOVEREIGN LORD

The most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands.…Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool.

Acts 7:48–49

How can you be a Christian and not be aware of the sovereignty of the God who has loved us to the death?

To be sovereign, God must be the absolute, infinite, unqualified ruler in all realms in heaven and earth and sea. To be Lord over all the creation, He must be omnipotent. He must be omniscient. He must be omnipresent.

With all that is within me, I believe that the crucified and risen and glorified Savior, Jesus Christ, is the sovereign Lord. He takes no orders from anyone. He has no counselors and no advisers. He has no secretary to the throne. He knows in the one effortless act all that can be known and He has already lived out our tomorrows and holds the world in the palm of His hand.

That is the Lord I serve! I gladly own that I am His; glory to God! The Christ we know and serve is infinitely beyond all men and all angels and all archangels, above all principalities and powers and dominions, visible and invisible—for He is the origin of them all!

Lord, to begin to understand Your attributes is totally overwhelming. That such an Almighty God would care so much for His creation is truly humbling.[1]


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

21 signs you’re a narcissist

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  • Narcissistic behavior includes self-righteousness, a pattern of cheating in relationships, and taking advantage of other people.
  • We put together a list of 21 typical behaviors of narcissists, based on research and expert opinion.
  • This list isn’t intended to be diagnostic, but it can give you a good idea of whether you or someone you know might be a narcissist.

You’re more likely to find a narcissist in the C-suite than on the street, research suggests.

That’s because the traits that make narcissists so difficult to hang out with or date — including a constant need for validation, a willingness to control people, and a ruthlessness in getting their needs met — happen to make them super effective at rising up the ranks.

To help you figure out if you, or perhaps your boss, are a narcissist, we combed through the psychology literature looking for patterns of narcissistic behavior. We also spoke with Joseph Burgo, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of “The Narcissist You Know.”

Here are 21 common signs of narcissism.

This is an update of an article originally written by Vivian Giang, with additional contributions by Drake Baer. 

You are a bad sport.

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Burgo says some narcissists are bullies — and one of their most troublesome traits is their tendency to be a sore loser and a sore winner.

For example, when they lose in a sports match, they might try to humiliate the referee. When they win, they might gloat excessively or act abusive to the losing party.

 

You constantly feel underappreciated.

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The kind of people that Burgo calls “grandiose” narcissists always hold a grievance against the world.

They typically feel entitled to something better and think they’re not getting the recognition they deserve from others.

 

If you’re not grandiose, then you’re introverted, hypersensitive, defensive, and anxious.

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Psychologists talk about the “two faces of narcissism.” On one end there’s the hyper-aggressive, super-loud type. But there’s a softer form of narcissism, too. It’s called “covert narcissism,” which is denoted by introversion, hypersensitivity, defensiveness, and anxiety.

“Both shades of narcissism shared a common core of conceit, arrogance, and the tendency to give in to one’s own needs and disregard others,” Scientific American reports.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Source: 21 signs you’re a narcissist

TIME Magazine Admits Cover Of Trump Punting Crying Immigrant Child May Have Been ‘Slightly Misleading’ — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—Shortly after publishing a cover of President Trump punting a crying immigrant child up into the air, editors at TIME Magazine admitted that they may have “lightly edited” the photo using Adobe Photoshop, and that it does not perfectly reflect reality. TIME staffers stated that they value truth and honesty in all their…

via TIME Magazine Admits Cover Of Trump Punting Crying Immigrant Child May Have Been ‘Slightly Misleading’ — The Babylon Bee

Everything About Time Magazine “Crying Girl” Immigration Propaganda Story is False…. — The Last Refuge

Time magazine decided to take “fake” news to new levels of jaw-cropping falsity with their latest story of a Honduran toddler crying while accompanying her mother into the U.S.

Dozens of newspapers and magazines around the globe published a picture of a little girl and her mother Sandra Sanchez trying to get into the U.S., but everything about the story is false.

The two-year old and her mother were never separated; additionally, Mrs. Sandra Sanchez was previously deported for illegal border crossing.  This is the second time Sandra Sanchez was stopped attempting to gain entry, making her effort a felony under U.S. law.

The father of the child has told media and government officials, and the Honduran government confirms, the toddler’s mom abandoned her other three children in Honduras and there was no economic hardship.   Everything about this story is fabricated; however, that didn’t stop the media and politicians from attempting to exploit the narrative.

Washington – […] As more information comes out about the situation of Sandra Sanchez and her 2-year-old daughter, ICE confirmed on Friday that Sanchez was previously deported in 2013. (read more)

Reuters is reporting after contact with the child’s father:

“My daughter has become a symbol of the … separation of children at the U.S. border. She may have even touched President Trump’s heart,” Denis Valera told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Valera said the little girl and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, have been detained together in the Texas border town of McAllen, where Sanchez has applied for asylum, and they were not separated after being detained near the border.  Honduran deputy foreign minister Nelly Jerez confirmed Valera’s version of events.

Varela said he was awestruck and pained when he first saw the photo of his crying daughter on TV. “Seeing what was happening to her in that moment breaks anyone’s heart,” he said.

The photo was used on a Facebook fundraiser that drew more than $17 million dollars in donations from close to half a million people for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a Texas-based nonprofit that provides legal defense services to immigrants and refugees.

[…] Sanchez and her daughter had left Puerto Cortes, a major Honduran port north of the capital city, Tegucigalpa, without telling Valera or the couple’s three other children, he said.

He said he imagined that Sanchez left with the little girl for the United States, where she has family, in search of better economic opportunities.

“If they are deported, that is OK as long as they do not leave the child without her mother,” Valera said. “I am waiting to see what happens with them.”  (read more)

Time Magazine issues a correction, but will not retract the story despite the entire claim surrounding the narrative being entirely manufactured:

Today on the floor of the Senate Democrats use the picture to continue a false immigration enforcement narrative:

Democrat politicians and their media enablers are willing to fabricate any story in order to advance political goals.  This is the essence of “FAKE NEWS”:

via Everything About Time Magazine “Crying Girl” Immigration Propaganda Story is False…. — The Last Refuge

12 European States Revolt Against Merkel, Macron Plan To Reform Europe

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Two days ago, when we laid out the components of Merkel and Macron’s blueprint to reform the EU, we said that while “Macron suggested the proposal will be presented to other countries, with specifics to be worked out later this year and the plans to take effect from 2021, it was unclear how he plans to get “other countries” to vote for a proposal which has already led to the alienation of Central and Eastern Europe, Brexit and an openly populist government in Italy.”

We did not have to wait long for confirmation, because just two days later, Europe’s two self-proclaimed leaders were facing an unexpected backlash from most other European governments against the German and French plans for a common eurozone budget, dealing a blow to the two countries’ ambitions for a big overhaul of the single currency area.

As the FT reports, the rest of Europe’s “core”, including the Netherlands, Austria and Finland are among 12 governments questioning the need for any joint eurozone “fiscal capacity”, challenging a central tenet of French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision for the eurozone that he has successfully pressed Berlin to endorse.

As we reported on Wednesday, increasingly unpopular French president Macron and the politically embattled Merkel tried to restart their close collaboration this week ahead of a wider summit of EU leaders. They agreed that a new common pot of eurozone money could be funded by a mixture of national contributions and new EU levies, such as a financial transactions tax.

Ironically, while their agreement supposedly forms part of a broader deal between Paris and Berlin on how to strengthen the currency bloc, the rest of Europe generally disagreed, which incidentally is also the reason why any attempt at “Federalizing” Europe is doomed to failure: Europeans tend to frown upon self-declared “master states” who tends to decide for everyone else, even if these states end up paying for much of the outlays (largely thanks to the presence of the EUR and the absence of the DEM).

As a result, EU diplomats said Merkel’s concession to Macron – as a reminder, having found herself isolated at home, Merkel has been forced to see support abroad – had emboldened other countries to resist the blueprint, out of concern that it would leave their taxpayers too exposed to problems in crisis-hit member states.  And, as the FT writes, the splits were observable at a meeting of EU finance ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday, with increasing signs that governments have formed competing camps with distinct visions on the direction of further integration.

According to a letter seen by the Financial Times, Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra has written to Mário Centeno, the president of the eurogroup, to underline that there is “wide divergence” on the need for any budget, with a number of countries concerned about “moral hazard risks” and questions of “fiscal neutrality” posed by the plan.

The letter insisted that the lack of the agreement on the budget be clearly communicated to leaders at next week’s summit.

“There was clearly no consensus on starting to explore options” at Thursday’s meeting of finance ministers, the Dutch finance minister said in the letter, adding there was also no agreement to start exploring the use of a financial transactions tax to finance it.

And the punchline: the letter was written by the Dutch finance minister on behalf of Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ireland and Malta.

The simple math: 2 vs 12, and it is safe to say that the rest of the eurozone is not aligned with France and Germany either.

It gets better: according to the FT, the 12 countries expands a coalition called the “Hanseatic League” (a reference to the commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and market towns in Northwestern and Central Europe, which in the late 1100s, grew from a few North German towns to dominate Baltic maritime trade for three centuries along the coast of Northern Europe), an initial group of eight smaller fiscally conservative countries, which have insisted on more national responsibility to solve economic problems in the eurozone.

Meeting with vocal resistance, Berlin and Paris have insisted that the Franco-German deal on reforming the monetary union is not a fait accompli for the rest of the eurozone; it is however mandatory that at some point Europe will have to be reformed, and Germany and France will have to likely lead that effort (assuming of course that Merkel is still around). And judging by the Thursday backlash, Europe’s core has just carried out a coup.

Trying to soften the harsh reception, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said that “it is not a take it or leave it road map. It is open for discussion for negotiations among members of the eurozone.”

And judging by the reaction, Europe is done “negotiating” when the outcome is the one pre-decided by just two nations.

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But wait, it gets worse, because while Merkel and Macron may have been hoping to lay the groundwork for what Europe will look like in several years, Merkel may not make it if she is unable to find a common ground in the coming “migration” summit, and fails to provide a satisfactory answer to the CSU’s 2 week ultimatum.

As Reuters reports, Merkel played down expectations of any major breakthrough at hastily-arranged talks among EU leaders on Sunday on the migration dispute dividing Europe. Plans for the emergency meeting, before a full EU summit at the end of next week, were thrown into chaos on Thursday when Italy’s new prime minister said a draft accord on migration had been withdrawn because of a clash with Merkel.

10 Books Every Christian Should Read — Tim Challies

I believe that of all the questions I receive, the most common relate to books. What are some books I ought to read? Can you recommend a book on this subject or that subject? What should I read next? I’m happy to answer such questions, but thought I might be able to answer a bunch at once by suggesting 10 books that every Christian ought to read.

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As you can probably imagine, I get a lot of feedback from people who watch these videos, people who read my website, and I think of all the questions I get, probably the most prominent relate to books. What are some books I ought to read? Can you recommend a book on this subject? Those sorts of questions. I’m happy to answer them. I thought I might be able to answer a bunch of them by suggesting ten books that every Christian ought to read.

Today we’re talking about Christian books and I’m going to suggest ten books that I think every Christian ought to read, or at least try to read, at some point in your lifetime. These are not going to be in any particular order, also these are all contemporary books. Another time I can do some classics everybody ought to read, some of the older books, but for now let’s just focus on ten books, modern books, every Christian ought to read.

We will start with JI Packer and his classic, Knowing God. It’s a true classic book, everybody knows about it, everybody ought to read it. What Packer does so well there, is he simply introduces God as He is. So many of us have notions of God that are wrong, they’ve come in unhelpful ways, we’ve believed wrong things. He simply wants to show us who God is, so we can believe in the God who really is, believe in God as He actually exists. So it’s a fantastic introduction to the person of God.

Next up, The Holiness of God by RC Sproul. What do we say about this book? What RC does so well here, is he introduces God in all His holiness. You know, all the things God is, of all the attributes of God, there’s just one that’s repeated three times, right. God is not wrath, wrath, wrath. He’s not mercy, mercy, mercy. He’s not love, love, love, but God is holy, holy, holy. That attribute that’s repeated to the third degree, that’s an attribute of God we ought to know, we ought to celebrate. The Holiness of God by RC Sproul.

Next, we’ve got Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur and I guess some might say that’s an odd one to add to the list, but there’s good reason. I don’t think we fully understand yet just how deeply pragmatism has infiltrated the Christian church. So many of the principles of church growth and growing churches constantly bigger and bigger, this is built on pragmatism. This notion that the end justifies the means. That if something is working, it’s proof that it’s God’s will. We need to fight hard against that notion and that’s exactly what MacArthur does so well in Ashamed of the Gospel, a book I highly, highly recommend that does battle with something that’s so, so present in the church here in the 21st century.

Then we’ve got The Disciplines of Grace by Jerry Bridges. You’ve probably heard people talk about preaching the Gospel to yourself, probably heard them talk about the centrality of the Gospel in the Christian life and the Christian church. Well, many of those people are really downstream from Jerry Bridges and really this book. He shows how God means the Gospel to be central and I mean that can be cliché, there’s all sorts of ways that can go wrong. Bridges does it so, so well. Read that book, absorb that book, live out that book, you’ll be so much better for it.

I know I said these would be largely contemporary books, but I’m going to make an exception here, well kind of. Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen. Now John Owen wrote a massive body of work, in one of those volumes is this material, sin and temptation. I’m including this in the list because this is a version that Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic have gone over, they’ve modernized it a little. They haven’t changed it, they’ve just adapted it. They’ve changed some of the words that no longer fit, they’ve taken Owen’s strange way of quoting scripture and updated it. So it makes it that much easier to read. But this is a book that’s all about how we can fight hard against sin, how we can overcome temptation, how we can put on Christ’s righteousness. There is no book you’ll read in your life, sure the Bible of course, that will probably have a greater effect on your understanding of your own sinfulness, your understanding of God’s grace to help you overcome that sin.

It’s only right that I should have a biography on the list. I don’t even know that we know how much we benefit from reading about the lives of other believers. Well, how about Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore? Such a great biography of such a great figure. It’s fairly short for a man who accomplished as much as Spurgeon did, it’s so readable and it’s such a living, just a joyful biography to read. So I highly recommend Spurgeon by Dallimore.

I guess we need to have a book about the disciplines of the Christian life, the spiritual disciplines. So how about Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney? Of course there’s so many books about the spiritual disciplines today, and for good reason. This is an especially good one, it’s well into its second edition now. One that will help you understand, what does God call us to do as disciplines in the Christian life? How can we take hold of the means of grace that God offers? Whitney does such a good job in describing those things and calling us to them for all the right reasons.

And how about Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey? Nancy in some ways, in many ways, is following the thought of Francis Schaeffer. And so she’s bringing Schaeffer’s notion of truth into the 21st century. Such an important book as it shows the craziness of relativism around us. It shows this two-tiered version of truth that so many people, perhaps even us, have bought into, the sacred-secular divide. You really ought to read this book, it will help you think better about your own life, help you think better about the world around you.

Of course, we’ve got to have some John Piper on the list, right. Now, most people would think you ought to go with Desiring God. I’m going to go with The Pleasures of God. Here’s why: because it’s secondary to Desiring God. So in some ways, you get the best of Desiring God and yet you get the continuation of Piper’s thought into his next volume. So, you can’t go wrong with reading anything by Piper, but The Pleasures of God is probably as good a place as you’ll find to start, so you can understand, what is it that has so captivated John Piper? What is it about God that has so captured his heart, that so many people are listening to him and enjoying him and just being downstream of his thought? Such a good book, I’m sure you’ll be blessed by it.

And let’s close out with John Stott’s The Cross of Christ. Of course, we need to have a book about the sacrifice, the atoning sacrifice, the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Nobody’s written on this in a better way than John Stott in his absolute classic work, and justifiably a classic work, The Cross of Christ. Pick it up, read it. I’m absolutely certain it will prove to be a blessing to you.

So, of the thousands and tens of thousands of books we could have looked to, here are just ten. I don’t think there’s a person in the world, a Christian in the world who wouldn’t benefit by reading these ten books that every Christian, at least at some point in their lifetime, ought to consider reading. I hope you’ll give some of them a shot.

via 10 Books Every Christian Should Read — Tim Challies

Hostility to Religion Rising Globally, Christians Targeted in 144 Nations: Pew Study

New research reveals that religious hostility is on the rise globally, as government-sponsored restrictions and non-state actor assaults on religious practice have grown for the second year in a row.

Source: Hostility to Religion Rising Globally, Christians Targeted in 144 Nations: Pew Study

Rasmussen Poll Finds Majority of Americans Blame Illegal Immigrant Parents for the Child Border Crisis — The Gateway Pundit

As the mainstream media continues to breathlessly attempt to smear President Donald Trump by tugging at American’s heartstrings over the child border crisis, the majority of citizens blame illegal alien parents — not the administration.

There was a time when people would have believed the narrative being pushed down their throats, but that is clearly over.

According to a Rasmussen poll conducted from June 19-20, 54 percent of likely voters said that the parents are to blame for breaking the law.

Only 35 percent of respondents believe that the federal government is at fault for enforcing the law.

When looking at the numbers by party, 82 percent of Republicans blamed the parents as well as 56 percent of unaffiliated voters. Meanwhile, 60 percent of Democrats blamed the federal government.

This number is likely to go up, now that the infamous photo of a crying toddler who was said to have been separated from her mother at the border turned out to be a media hoax.

Additionally, 54 percent of Americans support President Trump’s statement that “The United States will not be a migrant camp. And it will not be a refugee-holding facility – it won’t be.”

Ramussen also found that 44 percent of voters said in April that Trump is doing a good or excellent job handling issues related to immigration. This is higher approval than President Obama earned on this issue at any point during his time in office.

Only 37% said that they want to live in a sanctuary community that protects illegal immigrants from federal immigration authorities.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 19-20, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

via Rasmussen Poll Finds Majority of Americans Blame Illegal Immigrant Parents for the Child Border Crisis — The Gateway Pundit

Weekly Watchman for 06/22/2018

Culture Collapse: the Dismantling of Truth & Church

When God is abandoned, truth ignored, and moral relativism accepted, any culture or society suffers as a result. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s happening in America. There are many factors involved including the falling away from traditional religion and the past silence of Christians, but what we are seeing today is open rebellion against God as Creator and Jesus Christ as Lord.

Rather than being part of the solution to our nation’s growing immorality, American Christianity has been part of the problem! Rather than being separate from the pattern of this world, too many professing believers have conformed to culture and then end up justifying their actions. Many have failed to build a solid foundation on Truth and the end result is compromise or deception. Is the true Gospel preached and understood in your local church or are essential elements missing in action? This is the heart of the issue.

Today we’re blessed to have Eric Barger of Take a Stand ministries back on the program. He is one of many authors that are included in a brand new book, Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.

We cover much so much ground today as we catch up with Eric. From the Emergent Church and men (wolves) whose teachings we should avoid, to the sugary sweet preaching we often hear in many American churches today, we discuss the importance of context, doctrine, and the lack of depth in the evangelical church today. We touch on the unprecedented level of media bias and hatred toward President Trump, the LGBTQ agenda advancing full speed ahead, and how well-meaning Christians have practically embraced false teachings.

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

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Does the Bible Answer Every Question We Have?

We know the Bible is the Spirit-breathed, infallible, sufficient Word of God.  We know it is eternal truth.  But does it give us every answer to every question we might have about life? What about ‘matters of conscience’? Do we read things into the Bible in order to maintain our own beliefs? Do we try to look righteous like the legalists and Pharisees of Jesus’ time?  Do we ignore or discount principles clearly stated in Scripture to justify our sin like the Gnostics or today’s emergents?

Pastor Randy White (no, not the ex-spouse to Paula White!) joins us this morning to discuss these important questions. And in our final segment we look at the problem of having celebrities in our churches, exemplified by a recent statement by Justin Bieber saying his church, Hillsong, welcomes open homosexuals to attend their church. What is meant by a “welcoming church” these days? Sure, you can “come just as you are,” but Jesus said to repent, not to stay in sin – whatever the sin.

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

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Two Ears, Only One Mouth

Why did God give us two ears but only one mouth?  Perhaps to show us we should listen twice as much as we should speak.  It is certainly much easier to get in trouble or look foolish when we speak instead of listening first. It is almost impossible to hear and understand others when we ourselves are talking.

When we enter into prayer to God, which are we using more, our mouth or our ears?  In our relationship and interaction with our spouse or other Christians, are we more interested in letting others know what we think or believe or do we listen and really hear others?

Dave Wager joins us this morning and we introduce a new ministry partnership of Q90 FM and Silver Birch Ranch — Relate365.com — a place to learn how to become committed disciples and leaders in our families, churches and communities.

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

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Blowing a Big Hole into the Evolutionary Theory

As our children are wrongly taught that evolution is true and not just a theory, one natural effect is they turn away from the truth of God and His Word. When atheists and humanists allegedly discredit the biblical creation account, the logical progression is young people soon believe that the Bible cannot be trusted about anything.

On a closely related subject, have you noticed how zealous liberals and atheists are about dismantling the truth about gender roles and sexuality? Why are they so committed to stopping anything that might question the ideology of gender fluidity, and why do they oppose any biological and scientific evidence that gender is assigned at birth and cannot be changed?

Today, Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project explains why the gender battle is so important to liberals and atheists. After all, if they lose the battle over gender, their evolutionary teachings could be exposed as fraudulent.

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Sarah Sanders SLAMS Dems and FAKE NEWS For Exploiting Little ‘Crying Girl’ Who Was NEVER Separated From Her Mother — The Gateway Pundit

It’s a fake.

The moving photo was used by the liberal media and and far left activists to pummel the Trump administration for its decision to start strictly enforcing immigration laws at the border.

Far left TIME Magazine also used the photo on its cover to hit President Trump.

But it was all a lie.

The mother abandoned a husband and three kids at home in Honduras. The mother was previously deported in 2013. The mother and daughter were never separated. She left her husband and paid a coyote $6,000 to sneak back into the United States.

This is how the Democrat propaganda machine works.

The lie makes its way around the world before the truth comes out. The propaganda arm of the government known as the mainstream media, does not care about the truth.

The media has ZERO credibility. They will exploit little children to push their radical, destructive open borders agenda.

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed the Dems and fake news for exploiting this little girl.

Sarah Sanders tweeted: It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda. She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts. Dems should join POTUS and fix our broken immigration system. #ChangetheLaws

via Sarah Sanders SLAMS Dems and FAKE NEWS For Exploiting Little ‘Crying Girl’ Who Was NEVER Separated From Her Mother — The Gateway Pundit

FAKE NEWS: That Beautiful Little Illegal Immigrant Girl On Time Magazine Cover Was Never Separated From Her Mother — Now The End Begins

The father of the Honduran girl who became the face of the family separation crisis has revealed that he still has not been in touch with his wife or daughter but was happy to learn they are safe.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The news doesn’t get much more fake than the stunt that Far Left rag Time Magazine pulled this week. With the blaring, bright red background reminiscent of an emergency situation, the crying illegal immigrant child looks up in fear at a towering, unsympathetic President Trump, with the implied notion that bad things are going to happen to her because of him. How different is the truth from this pathetic narrative. In reality, that beautiful little girl and her mother, who attempted to cross the border illegally into America, not only were never separated, the mother took the child without the permission of her adoring father. Not only that, both the mother and the little girl were treated great. None of these facts, however, stopped Time Magazine from publishing this obvious lie, or any other of the fake news media from running with it. All I can say is #Trump2020. And #MAGA. For reals, yo. 

Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife Sandra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw the image of them being apprehended in Texas.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told on Wednesday by a Honduran official in the US that his wife and child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are together and are doing ‘fine.’

‘You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,’ he said.

Denis said his wife and daughter were never separated by border control agents and remain together.

A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has told DailyMail.com that Sandra had been previously been deported from the US in 2013. The spokeswoman said that she was ‘encountered by immigration officials in Hebbronville, Texas’ in and sent back to Honduras 15 days later under ‘expedited removal.’ Sandra current immigration proceedings are ‘ongoing’ and she is being housed at a family detention center in Texas.

Denis said that his wife had previously mentioned her wish to go to the United States for a ‘better future’ but did not tell him nor any of their family members that she was planning to make the trek.

‘I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day.’

He said that Sandra had always wanted to experience ‘the American dream’ and hoped to find a good job in the States. Denis, who works as a captain at a port on the coast of Puerto Cortes, explained that things back home were fine but not great, and that his wife was seeking political asylum.

He said that Sandra set out on the 1,800-mile journey with the baby girl on June 3, at 6am, and he has not heard from her since. ‘I never got the chance to say goodbye to my daughter and now all I can do is wait’, he said, adding that he hopes they are either granted political asylum or are sent back home. source

via FAKE NEWS: That Beautiful Little Illegal Immigrant Girl On Time Magazine Cover Was Never Separated From Her Mother — Now The End Begins

TIME Mag Thugs Correct Misleading Cover – Then Stick By Their #FakeNews Cover Anyway — The Gateway Pundit

TIME Magazine this week posted the image of President Trump looking down at a crying Honduran child who they suggest was separated from her mother at the border.

The moving photo was used by the liberal media and and far left activists to pummel the Trump administration for its decision to start strictly enforcing immigration laws at the border.

But it was all a lie.

The mother abandoned a husband and three kids at home in Honduras. The mother was previously deported in 2013. The mother and daughter were never separated. She left her husband and paid a coyote $6,000 to sneak back into the United States.

TIME Magazine later corrected their misleading cover.

This was earlier Friday morning.

But about an hour later TIME Magazine decided to stand by their Fake News cover anyway.

TIME: The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason. Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.

They really don’t give a d*mn

via TIME Mag Thugs Correct Misleading Cover – Then Stick By Their #FakeNews Cover Anyway — The Gateway Pundit

June 22, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections, which he hoped would bring more party members into Congress.

The U.S. military has been asked to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children, officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back a widely condemned policy of separating children from their parents were beset by confusion.

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday delayed at least until next week votes on an immigration bill that was painstakingly negotiated over the last several weeks but has failed to attract enough support for passage.

Prince William will become on Monday the first British royal to pay an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, 70 years after British forces withdrew from the Holy Land leaving behind the divisions that remain to this day.

Dennis Hof styles himself as America’s best-known pimp, a strip-club owner who runs multiple brothels and looks set to win a seat as a Republican in the Nevada legislature with the blessing of many conservative Christian voters.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to meet U.S. national security adviser John Bolton when he visits Moscow, RIA news agency reported on Friday.

Oil prices rose almost 3 percent on Friday as OPEC agreed a modest increase in output to compensate for losses in production at a time of rising global demand.

AP Top Stories

A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists said Thursday could pave the way to outlawing eating canines. The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually.

Residents of China’s southern city of Yulin defended eating dog meat to celebrate the summer solstice on Thursday, as animal rights activists seek new ways to pressure organizers to cancel the annual festival.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed measures to bolster “strategic and tactical” cooperation between the two countries in a second meeting on Wednesday, the North’s state media said on Thursday.

Four Republican senators this week demanded an investigation of the National Science Foundation’s grants, accusing the federal agency of “propagandizing” by supporting a program to encourage TV meteorologists to report on climate change.

Koko, a western lowland gorilla who became internationally famous for learning to communicate in sign language, has died at the age of 46. Her handler claimed she learned to understand and use more than 1,000 different signs, although some scientists questioned the claim.

Pope Francis said he could accept the resignations of more Chilean bishops following a sexual abuse scandal that has shattered the credibility of the Roman Catholic Church.

Chinese oil customers plan to reduce their intake of U.S. crude oil from September onwards to avoid a possible import tariff on American oil in China, due to the uncertain outcome of the current trade tensions.

Oil companies in Norway have more to rejoice about than just higher crude prices: they’re now boasting the best exploration results in almost a decade. If they keep that pace up, explorers could find close to 1 billion barrels of new oil and gas this year.

Thousands of wind turbines from Germany to the U.K. are set to grind to a halt next week, cutting electricity supplies at the same time as the next wave of hot weather arrives.

BBC

Venezuelan security forces have carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings under the guise of fighting crime, the UN says in a new report. The UN’s human rights body says it has credible accounts of security forces raiding poor neighborhoods and killing young men, often in their homes. The rule of law was “virtually absent” in the country, UN human rights chief said.

North and South Korea have agreed to resume reunions for families who were separated when the Korean War sealed the border between two nations. Millions were separated from loved ones by the 1950-1953 conflict, with many dying before they could be reunited. The reunion, to be held in August, will be the first since October 2015, and comes amid a thaw in diplomatic relations on the Korean peninsula.

The EU has introduced retaliatory tariffs on US goods as a top official launched a fresh attack on President Donald Trump’s trade policy. The duties on US goods came into force on Friday.

Italy says it will seize two migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean, citing doubts over their legal status. Italian authorities said the Lifeline and Seefuchs, operated by the German migrant rescue group Mission Lifeline, were “illegally” flying the Dutch flag. The Lifeline is carrying 226 migrants rescued off the coast of Libya.

Hundreds of families have fled rebel-held areas of south-western Syria in anticipation of a government offensive. The UN said at least 2,500 people had been displaced in Deraa province in recent days but a monitoring group put the figure at about 12,500.

WND

Orlando International Airport, Florida’s busiest airport, is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there.

A newly uncovered form of stealthy and persistent malware is distributing adware to victims across the world while also allowing attackers to take screenshots of infected machines’ desktops. Discovered by researchers at Bitdefender, the malware has been named Zacinlo after the name of the final payload that’s delivered by the campaign which first appeared in 2012. The vast majority of Zacinlo victims are in the US, with 90 percent of those infected running Microsoft Windows 10.


News – 6/22/2018

Vikings hosting unprecedented LGBTQ inclusion summit
4 Winds USA President Steve McConkey and his Christian sports ministry lament that the sports industry is inserting itself into politics by promoting unhealthy and unbiblical lifestyles. “So, it’s basically a total endorsement for the sin of homosexuality,” McConkey asserted. “It’s a situation where they’re going to have a summit and discuss how they can further the agenda inside the NFL”

Electronic skin lets any prosthesis feel touch and pain
Researchers have developed an “e-dermis” or electronic skin that could be applied to a prosthetic hand to give the wearer a sense of touch. By using electronic sensors that mimic the nerve endings in the body, the skin can convey both the senses of touch and of pain. The skin is made of a combination of fabric and rubber, into which the electronic sensors are embedded. The technology isn’t invasive, but relays sensation through the wearer’s skin

Fast rising bedrock below West Antarctica reveals an extremely fluid Earth mantle
An international team of researchers, with a new study published in Science with DTU Space as lead author, finds that the bedrock below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising much more rapidly than expected, revealing a very different Earth structure than previously believed. This discovery has important implications in understanding the past, present and future climate changes in Antarctica.

German SPD Said Preparing For New Elections, Euro Slides
on Friday morning Spiegel reported that the next step for Chancellor Merkel now seems inevitable, and that Germany’s SPD party is preparing for new elections, one assumes on the belief that the Merkel coalition government will collapse. Specifically, Der Spiegel reported that Party Secretary General Lars Klingbeil held three internal meetings to prepare for possible new elections, which all happened late last week and early this week.

Migrant Mother and ‘Crying Girl’ on TIME Cover Never Separated; Mom Deported in 2013, Left Husband With Good Job, 3 Other Kids, Paid Coyote $6K to Sneak Back in US
The husband said his wife left him and their three older children for a “better life” in the U.S. He said she was seeking political ayslum but he made no mention of any gangs or threats by the government, just that his wife wanted to live the American Dream. Photographs from Facebook posted by the Mail show a happy mother with her family driving a nice car. However, the husband says his wife left without telling him or giving him the chance to say goodbye to their daughter.

Hungary approves ‘STOP Soros’ law, defying EU, rights groups
Hungary’s parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalizes some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups and narrowing the scope for action by non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Under the new law, officially called “STOP Soros”, individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to prison terms.

China Escalates Hacks Against the US as Trade Tensions Rise
In recent weeks, Chinese hackers have reportedly breached a US Navy contractor that works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, stealing 614 GB of data about submarine and undersea weapons technology. Attacks in the last few months originating from China have also targeted US satellite and geospatial imaging firms, and an array of telecoms.

Jordan’s King to meet Trump
Jordan’s King Abdullah II set off for the United States on Thursday for talks with President Donald Trump on Middle East issues, including the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the palace said, according to AFP. Accompanied by his wife Rania, the monarch is also scheduled to meet with senior officials from the Trump administration and members of Congress, the palace said in a statement.

4 Texans Vow to Uphold Noahide Laws on Temple Mount
In addition to the Seven Noahide Laws, the four accepted upon themselves not to include a shituf in their belief. Shituf is a theological concept meaning “a partner”, more specifically, a partner or additional divine figure other than the God of Israel. “We don’t define ourselves as Christian and no longer believe in Jesus,” Mike explained to Breaking Israel News. “We are ger toshav and are connected to Israel.”

Kushner and Greenblatt meet Netanyahu, set to discuss U.S. peace plan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt in Jerusalem on Friday. Greenblatt and Kushner are expected to present the Prime Minister with details of the American-sponsored peace plan which aims to re-start a negotiation process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Saudi-led coalition faces tough battle for Yemen’s Hodeidah port
A Saudi-led coalition riding high over its successful capture of Hodeidah airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis faces a daunting challenge to seize Yemen’s main seaport, the ultimate prize in the biggest offensive of the war. Alliance leaders Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged a swift operation to take over the air and sea ports, without entering the city center…

EU tariffs on US goods come into force
The European Union (EU) has introduced retaliatory tariffs on US goods as a top official launched a fresh attack on President Donald Trump’s trade policy. The duties on €2.8bn (£2.4bn) worth of US goods came into force on Friday. Tariffs have been imposed on products such as bourbon whiskey, motorcycles and orange juice.

Venezuela crisis: UN says security forces killed hundreds
Venezuelan security forces have carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings under the guise of fighting crime, the UN says in a new report. The UN’s human rights body says it has credible accounts of security forces raiding poor neighbourhoods and killing young men, often in their homes. The rule of law was “virtually absent” in the country, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said.

Canada uses massive US anti-terrorist database at borders
Canadian border guards have been screening travellers using a huge, secretive US anti-terrorism database that is almost never referred to publicly, new documents reveal. The database, called Tuscan, is provided to every Canadian border guard and immigration officer, and empowers them to detain, interrogate, arrest and deny entry to anyone found on it.

U.S. Faces ‘Unprecedented Threat’ From China on Tech Takeover
China’s “Thousand Talents” program to tap into its citizens educated or employed in the U.S. is a key part of multi-pronged efforts to transfer, replicate and eventually overtake U.S. military and commercial technology, according to American intelligence officials. The program, begun in 2008, is far from secret.

First human case of virus spread by mosquitoes reported in Florida
It’s mosquito season and it’s almost impossible to avoid being bitten. Concerns about mosquito-borne viruses like Zika and West Nile are renewed every year, but a mosquito-borne disease thought only to be transmitted to animals seems to have jumped the barrier to humans. Scientists first discovered the Keystone virus in the Keystone area of Tampa 50 years ago.

In China, universities seek to plant ‘Xi Thought’ in minds of students
Armed with interactive online courses, generous funding and new dedicated research institutes, China’s universities are on the frontlines of an effort to promote the thinking of President Xi Jinping to China and the world. Since October, many universities across China have placed “Xi Thought” at the core of their curricula – the first time since the era of Mao Zedong that a Chinese leader has been accorded similar academic stature.

Amazon Hires “Army Of Lobbyists” As Political Spending Outpaces WalMart, ExxonMobil
And or course, let’s not forget Bezos’ $250 million purchase of the Washington Post…

Lawsuit Photos Reveal Inhumane Conditions For Migrant Children Held At Obama Detainment Facility
The national debate over the American system of migrant detainment rages on in spite of President Donald Trump signing an executive order ending the practice of separating illegal immigrant families and a surprise visit by the first lady to a child detainment facility.

Sweden’s most popular musical festival shuts down PERMANENTLY due to sexual assaults by Islamic refugees – so now everyone has to suffer
The organisers of Sweden’s largest music festival have announced that the event will come to a close after cancelling this year’s festival following a wave of sex attacks last year.

Major Gaza escalation: Hamas, Islamic Jihad rewrote the rules against Israel
45 rockets fired at Israel, IDF strikes 25 Hamas targets Army says warning shot fired at incendiary balloon launchers in Gaza  Seven rockets intercepted, one lands near Israeli kindergarten

Texas Flooding Pictures: Heavy Rains Submerge Coastal Towns Under Several Inches of Water
South Texas was struck by heavy rainfall Wednesday, prompting major flooding that left yards and vehicles submerged for hours. The heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue flash-flood emergencies in at least two counties.

9 Abortionists Accused of Breaking Law, Failing to Report Possible Child Sex Crimes
Nine Indiana abortion doctors and every abortion clinic in the state has been accused of breaking the law by failing to report abortions performed on girls younger than 16, some of whom were as young as 12.

Powerful Catholic Cardinal Prepares To Take Down Pope Francis Over Open Borders
As a huge backlash against George Soro’s open border agenda rises throughout Europe, more recently with refugees being turned away from Italy, a powerful Catholic Cardinal along with a group of conservatives are preparing to take down Pope Francis.

City of Berkeley demands forced depopulation to halt climate change “crisis” that it claims is worse than the Holocaust
Leave it to the liberals to not only engage in mass hysteria over purported climate changes, but to also call for a host of ridiculous, overbearing government efforts to put a band-aid on the problem. Berkeley City Council members just put forth a motion, proclaiming that there is a global climate emergency — and they’re calling it the “the greatest crisis in history.” The drama doesn’t end there; according to the loony leftists, climate change is responsible for more devastation to humanity than World War II — which is considered deadliest conflict in history.

Pope Francis Instructs The Vatican To Make Unprecedented Move To Pull LGBTQ Into The Catholic Church
Editor’s Note: I went to the web site of the Catholic Church where I grew up, and was surprised/not surprised to see a prominent graphic announcing that St. Mary’s Church was now a proud, LGBTQ welcoming church. I clicked on the link to that graphic, and it brought me to a site called the Tri-State LGBTQ Interparish Collaborative. A tab on that site invited me to attend the St. Francis of Assisi Pride Mass on June 28th.

Austria: Catholic Children Forced to Learn Islamic Songs, Punished if They Refused
“We were on our way home when he suddenly started to sing ‘Allah, Allah’”.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Newspapers … serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” —Thomas Jefferson (1802)

In Today’s Edition

  • Time magazine’s latest fake news is as egregious as we’ve seen.
  • A pistol-packing pastor saved lives during a violent carjacking.
  • Do we need a Space Force? That’s a complicated answer.
  • The Supreme Court just made online retail more expensive.
  • Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans in the name of diversity.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Time Propagates Bald-Faced Fake News

The magazine egregiously and falsely suggested an illegal alien girl was separated from her mother.

Pistol-Packing Pastor Stops a Carjacker

A Washington state pastor saved lives and is definitely a good shepherd.

A (Space) Force to Be Reckoned With

Do we really need President Donald Trump’s recommended sixth military branch?

Internet Taxes: Killing the Golden E-commerce Goose?

The Supreme Court’s ruling allowing taxation of Internet sales will cost consumers a lot.

Harvard Turns ‘Diversity’ on Its Head

The Ivy League bastion is routinely rejecting Asian-Americans based not on grades but race.

Trump Eyes Education-Labor Department Merger

Being two sides of the same coin, unification could lead to significant reforms.

Socialist DOJ Employee Harasses DHS Secretary

Allison Hrabar decided it was time to call Kirstjen Nielsen a “villain” and “fascist pig.”

Video: Border Patrol Agent Sets Record Straight on CNN

Parents put their kids in horrible danger and yet the American Leftmedia blame Trump.

Friday Short Cuts

Gross hyperbole: “This policy of family separation reminds us of the cattle cars of Nazi Germany.” —Richard Blumenthal

Friday Top Headlines

Immigration bill delayed, Pelosi’s wall, SCOTUS rulings, farm bill, budget and more.

Today’s Opinion

George Will
Charles Krauthammer, a Diagnostician of Our Public Discontents
Rich Lowry
Enforcement, Not Separation, Is the Issue
David Limbaugh
Let’s Find a Balanced Solution to Immigration and Stop the Preening
Hans von Spakovsky
Who’s Responsible for Separating Alien Kids From Their Parents?
Marc A. Thiessen
The Southern Poverty Law Center Has Lost all Credibility

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Southern Baptists May Be in Trouble With J.D. Greear

Popular Arkansas Pastor Timothy Rogers Calls Hell a ‘Fairytale’ No Different Than Santa Claus

End Times Pastor Perry Stone Claims World Leaders Pray to Satan, Believe God Is Jealous (of Satan)

Hostility to Religion Rising Globally, Christians Targeted in 144 Nations: Pew Study


Headlines – 6/22/2018

Jordanian King Says No Peace Without Jerusalem as Capital of Palestine, Days After Meeting Netanyahu

Trump to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah at White House June 25

Kushner, Egypt’s Sissi discuss Israel-Palestinian peace process

Kushner and Greenblatt discuss Gaza, Trump’s peace plan with Qataris

U.S. close to releasing Mideast peace proposal that Palestinian leadership may immediately reject

Trump’s Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

Trump’s envoy: ‘Hamas continues to fail the Palestinians of Gaza’

Israel deploys electronic eye to track fire kites and balloons from Gaza

As Fires Rage, Israel Says Struck Base Used by Gazans to Launch Burning Kites

Hamas: Only lifting Gaza’s blockade will halt incendiary kites

Hamas paid family to claim Gaza baby was killed by Israeli tear gas, says cousin

Bomb thrown at Israeli guards at Tomb of the Patriarchs; no injuries

IDF demolishes home of Palestinian car-rammer who killed two soldiers

UK defends calling Jerusalem Old City part of ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’

‘We’re called scum, rats, pigs’: S. Africa’s Jews protest soaring anti-Semitism

Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud over catering allegations

Sara Netanyahu’s lawyer: Fraud indictment is ‘ridiculous and bizarre’

Sara Netanyahu’s lawyers: Charges ‘absurd,’ rules she allegedly broke ‘illegal’

US still working with UN despite council exit

The ‘Horrific Details’ of Syrian Chemicals Attacks the UN Took Out of Its Report

Syria war: Thousands flee fighting in south-west as troops mobilize

Monitor group: Hezbollah is pulling back from Israel-Syria border, Iran isn’t

Rouhani: Iranian people will not give in to US pressure

Iran lists demands for improving relations with US

Visiting Jordan, Merkel calls for countering ‘Iranian aggression’

Germany’s Merkel calls for solutions to Iran’s ‘aggressive tendencies’

Iran Says Saudi Arabia Will ‘Suffer More’ Over Yemen War as U.S. Sends Kushner to Kingdom

Turkey’s Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers

Could Erdogan lose? What to know about Turkey’s elections

Hungarian STOP Soros laws are openly xenophobic – UN’s Zeid

Japan to halt missile attack drills after Trump-Kim summit

U.S. identifies North Korea missile test site it says Kim committed to destroy

Trump says North Korea has returned remains of 200 US war dead

China Accuses U.S. of Trade ‘Abuses’ as India Hits Back at Trump

US intelligence report: China will have the world’s most powerful naval gun ready for war by 2025

American Military Aircraft Targeted By Lasers in Pacific Ocean, U.S. Officials Say

Trump Admin. May Use DNA Tests to Prove Parents, Not Traffickers, Are Crossing Border With Children

U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit

Here Are The Photos Of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities The Media Won’t Show You

Trump Calls Out Obama For ‘Inhumane’ Treatment Of Migrant Kids

Melania Trump makes surprise visit to Texas shelter, seeks to ‘quickly’ reunite families

House Republicans cancel immigration votes in embarrassing setback

Dow drops about 200 points on trade worries, extends losing streak to 8 days

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Kirishimayama volcano on Japan erupts to 14,000ft

Aoba volcano in Vanuatu erupts to 14,000ft

Nicaragua’s volcano Telica belches out fumes, rocks

Kilauea’s eruption is reshaping Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Say goodbye to the popular lava lake

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to host free events amid eruptions, ash falls

State of Emergency Declared for 6 Texas Counties Following More than a Foot of Rain

Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration for severe flooding across South Texas

Flooding in parts of South Texas create large sinkholes

First case of mosquito-borne Keystone virus found in humans

Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens

FBI warns about sexual assaults on airline flights

‘Just because I’m a porn star, I don’t want to be raped’: adult film industry awaits its #MeToo moment as actresses struggle to be believed

Thousands Gather for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge to Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year

Volcanic eruption reported at Telica volcano, Nicaragua

Posted: 22 Jun 2018 06:12 AM PDT

Volcanic eruption reported at Telica volcano, NicaraguaA moderately strong explosion took place at Nicaraguan Telica volcano at 13:08 UTC (07:08 local time) on June 21, 2018. The last eruptive phase of this volcano started on September 23, 2015, and ended May 11, 2016. It had Volcanic Explosivity Index of 2.  The volcano ejected a plume of gas and ash, sand and some rock up to 500 m (1 640 feet) from the crater. The column drifted to the east, south and southwest. INETER said fragments of ejected rock fell near the crater while the sandy material reached distances of

up to 1 km (0.6 miles). The volcano is now emitting gasses, but they do not represent a danger for the population. The agency said that new explosions are likely to occur during the day. Ashfall was reported in the communities of Los Manglares, Las Marías, Pozo Viejo, El Porvenir and Monte de Los Olivos. This activity represents the normal activity of an active volcano such as Telica and, at the moment, this type of activity does not present a danger to the population, INETER said.  READ MORE

Neuroscientist Claims Majority Of Diseases Caused By Negative Thoughts…

Posted: 22 Jun 2018 06:06 AM PDT

Neuroscientist Claims Majority Of Diseases Caused By Negative Thoughts…Former Surgeon General Doctor Vivek Murthy brought mental health to the forefront last September when he wrote in the Harvard Business Review that loneliness is a “growing health epidemic.” Now a recent survey by health service companyCigna adds to that by showing many Americans say they sometimes or always feel alone. The survey of more than 20,000 U.S. adults ages 18 years and older revealed some alarming findings:

  • Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).
  • One in four Americans (27 percent) rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.
  • Two in five Americans sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful (43 percent) and that they are isolated from others (43 percent).
  • One in five people report they rarely or never feel close to people (20 percent) or feel like there are people they can talk to (18 percent).

Interestingly, Generation Z — those ages 18 to 22 — were the loneliest group in the survey, while adults 72 and older were the least lonely. “Loneliness is defined as a feeling of being alone or lacking social connectedness,” Dr. Douglas Nemecek, M.D., chief medical officer for Behavioral Health at Cigna, told CBS News. “At Cigna, we’ve been hearing more and more from our customers and individuals calling us that they’re feeling lonely, alone and disconnected from others. CONTINUE

Popular Arkansas Pastor Timothy Rogers Calls Hell a ‘Fairytale’ No Different Than Santa Claus

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 04:37 PM PDT

Popular Arkansas Pastor Timothy Rogers Calls Hell a ‘Fairytale’ No Different Than Santa ClausTimothy Rogers, a popular Arkansas evangelist and singer, is coming under fire after he recently declared at a funeral that Hell is a “fairytale” no different than Santa Claus.  Rogers, 38, who leads the Prince of Peace church in Blytheville, made his comments during a more than hour-long presentation at the funeral of a young man he said he did not know but was of the same generation. “‘Is he (the young man who passed) going to Hell? Did he accept Jesus as his …?’ See, y’all have been sold a lie. You’ve been bamboozled.

All that stuff is a fairytale. To believe in Hell means you have to believe in Santa Claus. I don’t care how you cut [it]. Hell is an imaginary place. And I was told that if anything that does not have an explanation must be imagination,” Rogers declared. “So that’s why you can talk about a Hell that you don’t know nobody went to. For a billion years ain’t nobody ever came back and told you that they were hot. For a billion years, ain’t nobody ever came back and told you that they up in yonder singing around in a choir. I didn’t come for you to agree with me. MORE

Fish Swim Through Flooded Streets in Harlingen, Texas

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 02:47 PM PDT

Fish Swim Through Flooded Streets in Harlingen, TexasFlooding in southern coastal Texas got so bad on Wednesday, June 20, fish could be seen swimming along the street of Harlingen. David French captured this peculiar sight on camera.Flash flood warnings were in place for communities on both sides of the Mexican border on Wednesday following days of

heavy rain. Close to 13 inches of rain has fallen since Monday morning and more rain was forecast for Thursday, according to the National Weather Service Corpus Christi. CNN reported there were several water rescues in nearby McAllen and San Juan. READ MORE

Next blood moon on July 27th will be the largest of the 21st century

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 02:39 PM PDT

Next blood moon on July 27th will be the largest of the 21st centuryNext month’s “blood moon” eclipse will be the biggest the world has witnessed so far this century, with large swathes of Europe in line for a spectacular visual display on the night of July 27. And if that isn’t enough to whet the appetites of amateur stargazers, Mars will the closest to Earth it has been since 2003.

During a total lunar eclipse, the sunlight which reaches the Moon is refracted by Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out the Sun’s blue light – making the moon look red.  Next month’s eclipse will be especially long because the Moon will pass almost directly through the center of the Earth’s shadow or umbra.
The Earth will be at its furthest point from the Sun on the day in question, allowing it to cast a bigger shadow. READ MORE

Kilauea shooting lava 180ft into air and showing no sign of stopping

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 02:35 PM PDT

Kilauea shooting lava 180ft into air and showing no sign of stoppingHawaii’s relentless Kilauea volcano is spitting deadly lava up to 180ft into the air six weeks since the monster first began its terrifying eruption sparking fears the devastation is far from over.  In the latest update from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the organization which has been monitoring the beast since its very first explosion on May 3, warned blistering lava has been seen shooting out of the volcano reaching heights of 180ft as Big Island remains on red alert.

The eruption shows no sign of stopping with USGS warning: “The eruption in the lower East Rift Zone continues with little change.” Lava is currently spilling out of Kilauea’s Fissure 8 and pooling towards the ocean where the combination of blistering heat from the lava and the cool water creates laze, a toxic phenomenon containing hydrochloric acid that when it comes into contact with skin causes severe rashes and blindness in eyes. READ MORE

Viral Video Shows Priest Slapping Baby During Baptism

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 02:28 PM PDT

Viral Video Shows Priest Slapping Baby During Baptism

A video posted on Reddit showing a priest slapping a baby during a baptism is shocking viewers and garnering attention.  The video clip shows a French priest attempting to comfort a crying baby at a baptism ceremony. But 24 seconds into the video, the priest smacks the child on the cheek, eliciting louder cries and a gasp from the person filming.  A man standing behind the child, who’s suspected to bethe baby’s father, is also seen looking shocked at the priest’s actions and shortly afterward begins to grab the child away from the priest. The priest doesn’t let go though, continuing to grasp the child’s head as the father pulls him away before the video abruptly ends. Internet users are confused, worried and appalled at the priest’s actions, with one person writing, “That was uncalled for.” READ MORE

Chinese Pastor Tortured in Prison Breaks into Song After Release

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 02:17 PM PDT

Chinese Pastor Tortured in Prison Breaks into Song After ReleaseA Chinese pastor who was reportedly tortured while in prison is now a free man. Yang Hua was released Tuesday from a Chinese prison after spending nearly two-and-half years incarcerated on trumped-up charges.  According to his wife, Wang Hongwu, Yang broke out into loud worship songs after his release.

“Even though my husband experienced misfortune, his belief remains resolute,” Wang told ChinaAid. In December 2015, Pastor Li Guozhi, also known as Yang Hua, was taken into custody by authorities after a raid on his church in central Guizhou Province. Chinese authorities accused him of “illegally possessing state secrets” and collecting “illegal” donations from his church. READ MORE

Former Satanic High Priest Says Christians’ Prayers Hindered Him from Carrying Out Evil

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 12:38 PM PDT

Former Satanic High Priest Says Christians’ Prayers Hindered Him from Carrying Out EvilJohn Ramirez once worshipped the devil and carried out evil in the name of Satan.  Now a pastor, he knows all about the dark side. He once sacrificed animals as part of satanic rituals and his friends even called him, “Luficer’s son.” In his book, Armed and Dangerous: The Ultimate Battle Plan for Targeting and Defeating the Enemy, Ramirez details why Christians need to pray more effectively.

“I wrote this book because I wanted Christians to know that it’s not only a defense spiritual warfare, but there’s an offense spiritual warfare,” he told CBN News. “We need to keep the devil, the devil in his place.”Ramirez said he was most effective in Satanism when believers were prayerless. READ MORE

More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in last 24 hours, Cascadia fault line monitored

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 12:20 PM PDT

More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in last 24 hours, Cascadia fault line monitoredVancouver Island is normally moving toward the Lower Mainland at a rate of about one centimeter per year.  “Ferry fares keep going up but the distance is actually getting a little bit shorter,” jokes John Cassidy, a seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada. But every 14 months or so there is a Tremor and Slip event – a discovery made by two local scientists Gary Rogers and Herb Dragert – when

Vancouver Island slips backward a few millimeters towards Japan. Seismic recording instruments show Victoria moving in one direction and then changing direction for about two weeks during these episodes. These events add pressure to the locked Cascadian Subduction Zone fault. “It involves tiny tremors that we can record. They are not earthquakes. People don’t feel these shaking events. But we can easily record them over many seismic stations at the same time,” said Cassidy. “It looks like a train or a rumbling.”  READ MORE

I Couldn’t Break Free From Lust’s Chains Until I Did This

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 12:13 PM PDT

I Couldn’t Break Free From Lust’s Chains Until I Did This(By Doug Weiss) Since the beginning of my more than 30 years counseling men who are trying to conquer lust, I have used this tip because it gives men the highest likelihood of becoming lust free: Make a phone call. This principle has two applications. The first application is to call another guy every day, regardless of how you are doing with lust. This is a time to check in on both your victories and failures. This phone call tells lust that you are viciously serious about getting rid of it in your life.

The second application is to call a guy when you are being tempted to lust. You make this call when the situation is occurring, or if you have found yourself lusting after another person or image. As soon as you make the call, it will immediately bring you back to reality—to protecting yourself and those you care the most about. The men who choose not to make daily calls also tend not to make calls when they are in trouble. This principle is successful if you use both parts: call daily to check in, and call when you are battling. CONTINUE

Deadly cold wave strikes Peru killing 600

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 12:05 PM PDT

Deadly cold wave strikes Peru killing 600According to Chile’s Ministry of Health (Minsa), 604 people have died of pneumonia by June 20, 2018, due to low temperatures. The number includes more than 400 older adults and 72 children under the age of 5. Since winter season is just beginning, low temperatures, snow and frost are expected to continue.  The director of the National Center of Epidemiology, Gladys Ramirez,

said that Lima has the highest number of influenza AH1N1, followed by Piura, Puno, Cuzco, Madre de Dios and Tacna. This season’s frost arrived earlier than usual and has already affected more than 32 000 Peruvians in 11 regions of the country. In some areas, such as San Antonio de Putinas in Puno, temperatures plummeted to – 15 °C (5 °F), causing deaths of at least 6 children. READ MORE

Daylight fireball explodes over Russia, Meteorites possible

Posted: 21 Jun 2018 12:00 PM PDT

Daylight fireball explodes over Russia, Meteorites possibleA very bright daylight fireball exploded over western Russia during the early morning hours of June 21, 2018. The event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated in a bright flash. The meteor was seen from the cities of Kursk, Lipetsk, Voronezh and Orel.

A sonic boom was associated with this event and reported by residents. Meteorites are very likely and residents are already searching for them. This fireball event is one of the biggest so far this year and we expect more videos, images and information during the day. READ MORE


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018
WES VERNON — As acknowledged by most of the non-communist world, Ronald Reagan did civilization a monumental favor by “bringing down the Soviet Union without firing a shot.” The fact that destroying the “evil empire” did not “end communism,” which still spreads its influence largely unabated, or that the Soviet Union (Russia) may not have been crushed as thoroughly as it might have been, is, for the time being, a matter for another day. The truth is that in the post-Soviet world, today’s Russia is no longer a “super power” and is relatively weak, which for the time being bodes well (or so we hope)…. (more)

June 21, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — In regard to the illegal invasion by criminal traffickers and child abusers from the narco-state of Mexico, Senator Tom Cotton noted on Tuesday that the liberals were promoting a “solution” to “family separation” that should be called the Child Trafficking Encouragement Act. He said the liberals want criminals to know that if they show up at the border with a minor and claim to be its parent, they get released into the U.S. He added, “The children will be abducted & sold to drug cartels & slave-traders as a free ticket into U.S.”… (more)


June 21, 2018
Fifty-six percent of independents join 82 percent of Republicans in that view
WASHINGTON TIMES — A majority of voters blame the parents of the separated children at the southwestern border for the current immigration crisis, not the federal government, according to a new poll. “When families are arrested and separated after attempting to enter the United States illegally, 54 percent of likely U.S. voters say the parents are more to blame for breaking the law,” says a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday…. (more)

June 21, 2018
CAL THOMAS — Need proof that the current controversy over children of undocumented immigrants is more political than humanitarian? Hillary Clinton said she was “adamantly against illegal immigrants” and supported a border wall until she ran for president in 2016…. (more)


June 21, 2018
THE GUARDIAN — Donald Trump has always proudly paraded his Time Magazine covers but the latest may not make it on to the walls at the golf club. The powerful image on this week’s cover depicts the US president looking down at a sobbing two-year-old girl next to the caption “Welcome to America”…though this girl’s father, Denis Valera, told Reuters she was kept with her mother, Sandra Sanchez, during their detention in the Texas border town of McAllen…. (more)


June 21, 2018
‘There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake’
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — ABC News issued an apology Wednesday after a banner during a live report claimed that former Donald Trump aide Paul Manafort had admitted to killing five people. The network covered President Donald Trump’s afternoon meeting live in anticipation of his announcement that he was issuing a directive to end the practice of separating parents and children caught crossing the border illegally…. (more)


June 21, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — One of the shouting socialists who chased Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of a D.C. Mexican restaurant Tuesday night is a Justice Department worker. Democratic Socialists of America member Allison Hrabar reveled in her actions Wednesday to the Washington Examiner, saying it “feels really good to confront people who are actually responsible” for arresting any illegal immigrants. One of the chants on the video says Immigrations and Customer Enforcement should be abolished…. (more)

June 21, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Senators voted Wednesday to block President Trump’s $15.4 billion spending cuts package, with lawmakers saying it trimmed the budget too much. Brushing aside administration promises that the cuts were chiefly to money that was never going to be spent, the Senate voted 50-48 to keep the bill bottled up. Two Republicans – – Susan Collins of Maine and Richard Burr of North Carolina – – joined Democrats to defeat the package…. (more)

June 21, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Three of the five FBI employees dinged for anti-Trump bias in the inspector general’s report ended up on the special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, raising still more questions about the team Robert Mueller assembled. Two of those – – FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her paramour, agent Peter Strzok – – became known when their vehemently anti-Trump text messages came to light. But the inspector general’s report identifies a third person, labeled “FBI Attorney 2,” who also fired off messages denigrating Mr. Trump and saying, “Viva le resistance.”… (more)

June 21, 2018
Applies quick fix while awaiting legislative action
ART MOORE — Amid a national outcry over the temporary separation of children from parents prosecuted for entering the country illegally, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to keep the families together…. (more)


June 20, 2018
DAILY CALLER — The media and political class become more and more outraged over the Trump administration’s decision to detain and prosecute immigrants illegally crossing the border. Lost in the debate is any acknowledgment that President Obama’s administration also used detention facilities. Current U.S. immigration laws, when enforced, have the consequence of temporarily separating adults who arrive with children into separate detention facilities in order to prosecute the adults…. (more)


June 20, 2018
DAILY WIRE — On Tuesday, CNN reported that FBI agent Peter Strzok, who helped head up both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian collusion investigation, was escorted from the FBI building last Friday…. (more)

June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Much-investigated Carter Page is volunteering to help the FBI conduct its planned nation-wide anti-political bias training, saying he is an expert on the bureau’s “reign of terror” against him. Perhaps no other Trump campaign associate has been more investigated by the FBI than Mr. Page, a New York energy investor who lived in Moscow and had many Russian business contacts…. (more)

June 20, 2018
THE HILL — The Trump administration on Monday pushed back against criticism from former first lady Laura Bush of its “zero tolerance” policy that has led to the separation of migrant families…. (more)


June 20, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Much has been written – – some of it either inaccurate or designed to obfuscate the issue ahead of the midterms for political purposes – – about the border fiasco and the unfortunate separation of children from parents. Rich Lowry’s brief analysis is the most insightful…. (more)

June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The national media have focused intense pressure on President Trump and the administration’s “zero tolerance” border enforcement policy by weaponizing pictures and audio of distraught families in illegal immigrant detention centers…. (more)

June 20, 2018
DAVID FRENCH — I once had a pastor who never, ever delivered the Good News of the Gospel without first sharing the bad news. In fact, as he argued, the bad news is what helps us understand the enormous worth of the Good News. And what is that bad news?… (more)

June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration finalized plans Tuesday to let small companies and the self-employed band together and buy health insurance outside of Obamacare’s strict rules, moving to offer coverage to people priced out of the market by the 2010 health care law…. (more)

June 20, 2018
YAHOO — Just 13.9 percent of the US population smokes cigarettes, according to a US government report Tuesday which said the American smoking rate has reached “the lowest level ever recorded.”… (more)

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)