Daily Archives: June 25, 2018

June 25: From Concern to Action

Nehemiah 9:1–10:27; 1 John 5:13–16; Psalm 111:1–112:10

When I approach God, I often try to persuade Him that I am worthy of something or that He should act on my behalf. But there is no reason God should act on our behalf—none is worthy of His intercession.

When we pray, we often need a change in focus. Ultimately, it’s not about our rightness or goodness; it’s about His. It’s about what He can do, who He is, and why we know He can do something about the situation we’re in. We should still be honest and open with God, telling Him how we really feel (even though He already knows), but instead of focusing on our own righteousness, we should focus on God and what He’s already done for us.

When I shift my attention to God and His goodness, many of my previous concerns fade. Before I even begin to pray, gratitude reminds me of God’s care and provision for me, allowing me to move from what I think matters to what matters to God.

Throughout the Bible, we see models of thankful prayers that emphasize God’s character. In the book of Nehemiah, the priestly group descended from Pethahiah (1 Chr 24:16) proclaims: “Stand up, bless Yahweh your God from everlasting until everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name that is being exalted above all blessing and praise! ‘You alone are Yahweh. You alone have made the heavens, the heavens of the heavens, and all of their army, the earth and all that is in it, the waters and all that is in them. You give life to all of them, and the army of the heavens worship you’ ” (Neh 9:5–6).

The people go on to recite God’s history of caring for them, focusing on His goodness and reminding themselves of His faithfulness when they (as a whole) had failed Him (Neh 9:7–37; compare Psa 111). They end their sermon with an agreement to honor God. They move from thankfulness, to God’s story, to agreeing to be part of His work.

By focusing on God, their attention shifts from ordinary concerns (Neh 7–8) to how they will respond to God. It’s this shift in focus that ultimately leads to righteousness. We also see this progression in Psa 112: the path of the righteous is marked by blessing God and acknowledging His work (Psa 112:1–2). After all, recognizing God is the solution to most of our problems.

How can you incorporate thankfulness into your prayer life? How can you do a better job of progressing from concerns to being part of God’s work?

John D. Barry[1]


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

June 25 Showing Mercy

“So speak and so act, as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:12–13).

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Showing mercy is characteristic of a regenerate person.

Divine judgment has never been a popular topic of conversation. Godly people throughout history have been ridiculed, persecuted, and even killed for proclaiming it. In their efforts to win the approval of men, false teachers question or deny it. But James 2:12–13 reminds us that judgment will come, so we’d better live accordingly.

The basis for divine judgment is God’s Word, which James called “the law of liberty” (v. 12). It is a liberating law because it frees you from sin’s bondage and from the curse of death and Hell. It is the agency of the Spirit’s transforming work, cutting deep into your soul to judge your thoughts and motives (Heb. 4:12). It gives you the wisdom that leads to salvation and equips you for godly living (2 Tim. 3:15–17). It imparts truth and discernment, freeing you from error and spiritual deception. It is in every sense a law of freedom and liberation for those who embrace it.

The law liberates believers but condemns unbelievers. The phrase “judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy” (v. 13) speaks of unrelieved judgment in which every sin receives its fullest punishment. That can only mean eternal Hell! If the Word is at work in you, its effects will be evident in the way you speak and act. If you are impartial and merciful to people in need, that shows you are a true Christian and have received God’s forgiveness and mercy yourself. If you show partiality and disregard for the needy, the law becomes your judge, exposing the fact that you aren’t truly redeemed.

Are you a merciful person? Do you seek to provide for others without favoritism? When you fail to do so, do you confess your sin and seek forgiveness and restoration? Those are marks of true faith.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise the Lord for His great mercy toward you, and be sure to show mercy to those around you.

For Further Study: Read Luke 1:46–55, 68–79. Follow Mary’s and Zacharias’ example by rejoicing over God’s mercy toward His people.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 189). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Garrison: ‘Trump Derangement Syndrone’ Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

Authored by Ben Garrison via GrrrGraphics.com,

Trump Derangement Syndrome, otherwise known as “TDS,” has become an epidemic among the left.

In their restless delirium, the carriers shriek out their hatred of President Trump. We’ve all been made well aware of their disease, which is widespread among Democrats, the corporate legacy media, Hollywood, and most disturbingly, security agencies such as the FBI. The Deep State has a deep case of TDS.

Earlier this week we witnessed a fresh outbreak. People come to our country illegally and they bring their children along while doing it. Naturally, those kids don’t go to jail, but the fact they get separated has caused great outrage and bitter scolding from those afflicted with TDS. (Never mind Obama had the exact same policy).

Hillary Clinton used the artificial outrage to ask for donations to a fund that rewards and encourages more illegal aliens. She’s also the one that brought about the mass hysteria that somehow Trump is Putin’s puppet. Those convinced of that hallucination almost always have TDS.

Peter Fonda actually encouraged criminal acts against Barron Trump. He’s since apologized for becoming so unhinged, but calling for violence against our president and his family is a TDS symptom common to many in the entertainment industry.

Jim Carrey is another good example. Once beloved by many Americans, he’s become a miserable, hectoring scold. He expresses his hatred of Trump by scrawling bitter, ham-fisted cartoons. TDS has stripped him of his humor and popularity.

Robert De Niro is another washed-up star whose anti-Trump profanity does nothing except give many a reason to stop watching his old gangster movies.

Rachel Maddow spewed crocodile tears while on air, thereby making her virtue signaling seem more sincere. She shed tears for the border children, but her eyes remain dry for the millions of unborn children aborted each year.

Bill Maher wished for a recession to hurt Trump’s presidency. He continually says Trump is a ‘threat to our democracy’ without any real supporting evidence.

Speaking of Maher, his show should be renamed “The Trump Derangement Syndrome Show,” because it has devolved into nothing but a parade of hatred toward our president and his family. On a recent show, Maher talked about Trump’s tax ‘giveaway’—and one of his guests also expressed outrage that undeserving people (to her) were ‘given’ money. Wrong. People work hard for their money. They earn it and are forced to cough a great deal of it up to the IRS. If they get any back, they’re getting their own money back. The progressive left always wants more taxes and more government, not less. People such as Michael Moore, another severe sufferer of TDS, wants 97 percent of wages taxed. Like Bernie Sanders, he wants communism.

The TDS sufferers look for Trump’s impeachment as a cure. Instead, they may get a red wave, followed by his reelection in 2020.

Source: Garrison: ‘Trump Derangement Syndrone’ Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

Book Burners Disappear ‘Laura Ingalls Wilder’ From Literary Award — Christian Research Network

“This move by the children’s division of the American Library Association, the largest library association in the world, is yet another example of the left’s ongoing fascist crusade to erase history deemed offensive by 21st century standards; to figuratively burn books (and movies and art) through bans …”

(John Nolte – Breitbart)  The American Library Association has removed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major award based on how her iconic Little House on the Prairie novels portray minorities.

“This decision was made in consideration of the fact that Wilder’s legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness,” the Association for Library Service to Children said in a statement.

The vote to remove her name was unanimous. A standing ovation followed.

The award will now be called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. View article →

via Book Burners Disappear ‘Laura Ingalls Wilder’ From Literary Award — Christian Research Network

Boom! 63% if Americans Say Arrest Illegals and/or Send Them Home – 21% (Democrats) Want Them Released — The Gateway Pundit

REALITY WINS!

This is DEVASTATING for the Democrats and their Liberal Media.

A solid 63% of Americans want illegals arrested or sent back to their home country.
Only 21% (hardliner Democrats and open border lobby) want the illegals to be released and trusted to show up for their court hearing.

Via Andrew Bostom:

A full 63% want the illegals arrested and/or sent home.
Only 21% of hardliner Democrats and the media want them released here in the US.

via Boom! 63% if Americans Say Arrest Illegals and/or Send Them Home – 21% (Democrats) Want Them Released — The Gateway Pundit

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JUNE 25 CHRIST RECEIVES SINNERS

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance…and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 5:31

What a gracious thing for us that Jesus Christ never thinks about what we have been. He always thinks about what we are going to be!

The Savior who is our Lord cares absolutely nothing about your moral case history. He forgives it and starts from there as though you had been born one minute before.

The woman of Samaria met our Lord at the well and we ask, “Why was Jesus willing to reveal so much more about Himself in this setting than He did in other encounters during His ministry?”

You and I would never have chosen this woman with such a shadow lying across her life, but Jesus is the Christ of God, and He could sense the potential within her innermost being. He gave her the secret of His Messiahship and the secret of the nature of God. Her frankness and her humility appealed to the Savior as they talked of man’s need and the true worship of God by the Spirit of God.

In Jesus’ day, His critics said in scorn: “This man receives sinners!” They were right—and He lived and died and rose again to prove it. The blessed part is this: He is still receiving sinners!

Lord, I have many family, friends, and coworkers who need You as their Savior. Will You receive them into Your family today?[1]


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

June 25, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said on Sunday that people who enter the United States illegally should be sent back immediately to where they came from without any judicial process, likening them to invaders who are trying to “break into” the country.

Conservative Republican Representative Mark Meadows said on Monday he expects an immigration bill to be offered in the House of Representatives on Tuesday will fail, but that it will be followed by legislation aimed at keeping immigrant families together at the Mexican border.

The U.S. government still has 2,053 children in its custody who were separated from their parents under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and officials said there was a “well-coordinated” process for reuniting families.

The U.S. military is preparing to build temporary camps at two military bases to house immigrants, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday, in the latest sign of a growing U.S. military support role for President Donald Trump’s politically charged immigration policies.

The U.S. Supreme Court, winding down its nine-month term, will issue rulings this week in its few remaining cases including a major one on the legality of President Donald Trump’s ban on people from five Muslim-majority nations entering the country.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan won sweeping new executive powers on Monday after his victory in landmark elections that also saw his Islamist-rooted AK Party and its nationalist allies secure a majority in parliament.

Philippine soldiers mistakenly killed six police officers and wounded nine on Monday during an operation against Maoist guerrillas in thick jungle, an army general said.

Italy’s anti-immigration interior minister said on a visit to Libya on Monday he had proposed setting up migrant reception centers at Libya’s southern borders to help stanch a flow of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy.

Investors have reached $96 million in settlements with the final five defendants in private U.S. litigation accusing banks of rigging a key interest rate benchmark in the global derivatives market, boosting the total payout to more than $500 million.

AP Top Stories

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday as the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

Workers have contained nearly half of the crude oil spilled near Rock River in northwest Iowa over the weekend following a freight train derailment on Friday, BNSF Railway Co said. About 100,000 gallons had been hemmed off using booms out of the estimated 230,000 gallons spilled.

Singapore said on Sunday it spent $12 million on hosting the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, less than earlier reports that had angered some locals.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed survived a grenade attack on Saturday at a massive rally in support of his push for radical political and economic reforms, including a peace deal with regional arch-enemy Eritrea.

China’s drug control agency on Monday said the United States should do more to cut its demand for opioids to tackle the use of synthetic drug fentanyl, but it vowed to step up cooperation after Chinese production of the substance had been blamed for fueling the U.S. opioid crisis.

Singapore urged Malaysia on Monday to fully comply with a water-sharing agreement struck in 1962, after Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was looking to renegotiate it.

EU states that refuse to accept migrants should face financial penalties, French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday, prompting a furious response from Rome on the eve of an emergency mini-summit in Brussels about the escalating crisis dividing Europe.

Air strikes on rebel towns in southern Syria killed five civilians and damaged two hospitals on Sunday, a monitor said, in fresh signs of a looming government assault.

Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 6.7 percent in May, with purchases in the South accounting for all of the monthly gains.

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Harley-Davidson plans to shift some motorcycle production away from the US to avoid the “substantial” burden of European Union tariffs. Last week the EU introduced retaliatory tariffs on US goods, including bourbon, orange juice and motorcycles.

The entire police force of the Mexican town of Ocampo has been detained on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a mayoral candidate. The town’s 27 police officers and the local public security secretary were detained by federal forces in the early hours of Sunday.

At least 86 people have died in central Nigeria after violent clashes broke out between farmers and cattle herders, police in Plateau state said.

Iraq says it has killed 45 Islamic State (IS) group militants, among them some senior leaders, in an air strike in eastern Syria.

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Sources told the South China Morning Post that more than 30 military and government agencies have deployed birdlike drones and related devices in at least five provinces in recent years.

Principals in the Chicago Public Schools have been ordered to undergo more training on how they administrate sex-education classes after the settlement of a lawsuit against a principal who planned to bring in a sex columnist to speak to students.

Ryan Murphy, an economist at Southern Methodist University, recently published a working paper in which he ranked each of the states by the predominance of-there’s no nice way to put it-psychopaths. The winner? Washington in a walk. In fact, the capital scored higher on Murphy’s scale than the next two runners-up combined.


News – 6/25/2018

David Lynch: Trump Will Go Down History for Destroying The New World Order
Iconic American filmmaker David Lynch has said that President Donald Trump could go as one of the ‘greatest presidents in history’ for destroying the deep state and the New World Order.

Recent Tarot Trend as New Age Idolatry
Rabbi Daniel Asore, a member of the Sanhedrin, noted that the anti-divine aspect of divination is precisely the reason why the practice is proscribed and considered one of the more egregious forms of evil. “Diviners and witches both try to take God out of heaven, out of the world, and replace him with ‘self’,’” Rabbi Asore told Breaking Israel News. “They assign the power to nature and try to control it using esoteric methods that do not include God. This has ancient roots but in our era, it has taken on the appearance of New Age. Even if it looks modern, it is exactly the same as the idol worship we read about in the Bible.”

July’s Blood Moon To Trigger Global Chaos On Levels ‘Never Seen Before’
The July full moon will turn red during the eclipse due to the partial sunlight scattered through the atmosphere, but some esoteric and religious groups believe the event is more significant.

Catholic Priest Gets ‘Full Protection’ from Vatican to Escape Child Porn Charges
A Catholic priest who was caught with child pornography whilst working in Washington has escaped prosecution under US law after the Vatican used the full weight of its power to protect the pedophile cleric. Carlo Alberto Capella was in the United States as a high-level Vatican diplomat when he was caught with a trove of indecent images and videos of children being sexually abused that he was trading with other pedophiles

Protesters Swarm Iran’s Grand Bazaar in Tehran
The unplanned demonstration came a day after protests forced two major shopping centers for mobile phones and electronics to close in Tehran. It wasn’t immediately clear who was leading the protests. Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency described the protests as erupting after the Iranian rial dropped to 90,000 to the dollar on the country’s black market, despite government attempts to control the currency rate.

And Just Like That… The Mueller Investigation Was Over
Mueller doesn’t have a case and he knows it. Now he will save face by passing off the investigation to underlings. Meanwhile, the rest of us get respite – until the next drummed up load of horse manure masquerading as high crimes and misdemeanors appears on the scene.

John McAfee ‘Outs’ “Wanted Sex Trafficker” In Post-Poisoning Tweetstorm
John McAfee’s “enemies” recently tried to poison him, the cybersecurity pioneer claims. However, John McAfee isn’t as easy to kill as his myriad “enemies” had hoped. To help drive this point home, the creator of the eponymous computer security software tweeted an alarming picture of himself lying in a hospital bed with an oxygen tube affixed to his mouth. His tweet came accompanied with a warning to the unnamed parties who allegedly carried out the attack: “You will soon understand the true meaning of wrath. I know exactly who you are. You had better be gone..”

California wildfire grows to 7,700 acres; 3,000 evacuate
Northern California’s wind-driven Pawnee Fire has grown by more than 6,000 acres, officials said, as a dozen structures have gone up in smoke and hundreds more are at risk. Fire authorities said the blaze had burned more than 7,700 acres by late Sunday, up from the 1,500 acres they announced earlier. About 600 homes in Lake County, near San Francisco, were under evacuation orders on Monday morning. Those who stayed were advised to limit water use so firefighters can battle the flames.

Bulgaria to put ‘honorary consulate,’ not embassy, in Jerusalem
Bulgaria will, “as a first step,” open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem that will not only deal with Bulgarian interests in the capital, but throughout the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. Netanyahu made this announcement at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, saying he discussed the matter on Saturday night during a phone call with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who was in the country earlier this month.

Mexico town’s entire police force detained after murder
The entire police force of the Mexican town of Ocampo has been detained on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a mayoral candidate. Fernando Ángeles Juárez, 64, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Thursday outside one of his properties. More than 100 politicians have been killed across Mexico ahead of general elections on 1 July.

California wildfire threatens to cut off rural community
A spreading wildfire threatened early Monday to cut off access to a rural community in northern California, where authorities ordered the evacuation of around 2,500 residents. Erratic winds and high temperatures were fueling the Pawnee Fire in the Spring Valley region about 100 miles (160 km)northwest of Sacramento.

Saudi air defences intercept missiles above capital – coalition
Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it intercepted two missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia over the capital Riyadh, as a Saudi-led coalition moved to wrest control of Yemen’s main port city from the Iran-aligned group. At least six loud blasts were heard and bright flashes were seen in the sky over the Saudi capital, a Reuters witness said. Shrapnel was spotted on a street in the diplomatic quarter where most embassies are located and many foreigners live.

Prince Hussein: Jordan’s fast-rising royal heir
A Western-educated trainee helicopter pilot with a huge Instagram following, Jordan’s 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah has emerged as the fresh-faced future of the desert kingdom’s monarchy. The heir to the throne is hosting Britain’s Prince William, 36, from Sunday for a visit billed as a bonding session, when they could swap tales of studying at Britain’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, from which Hussein graduated last year.

US ‘not ready’ for increasing level of deadly bug diseases
…Of the more than 1,600 overnight camps that are members of the American Camp Association, more than a third are in New England and the mid-Atlantic states, where Lyme disease is particularly prevalent… According to a May CDC report, cases of vector-borne diseases — those caused by viruses and bacteria carried by ticks, mosquitoes and other bugs — tripled in the United States from 2004 to 2016.

Presbyterian Church USA passes anti-Israel resolutions
Church’s general assembly votes to condemn Israel as ‘apartheid state’, urges real estate company to boycott Israeli ‘settlements’.

Arab officials: We’ll go over Abbas’ head
Senior officials in moderate Arab states express willingness to hear peace plan even if PA Chairman Abbas opposes. Senior officials in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates expressed interest in a peace deal, even if Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will not cooperate, Israel Hayom reported.

Israel hits targets in Sinai
Arab media outlet claims Israeli forces carried out strikes in Sinai, targeting terror groups operating in the area. According to a report carried by the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed media outlet Monday morning, Israeli aircraft hit terrorist targets inside Egyptian territory in the northern Sinai Peninsula, not far from the border with the Gaza Strip.

FBI sends classified letter to House GOP on use of informants in Trump campaign
In a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif., obtained by Fox News, the FBI says its confidential explanation outlined whether the “FBI utilized confidential human sources prior to the issuance of the Electronic Communication initiating that investigation.” The agency added that it had forwarded House Republicans’ request for summaries and transcripts of any conversations between Trump officials and informants to the director of national intelligence. SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!

Hamas Leader Congratulates Turkey’s Erdogan on ‘Electoral Win’
The head of the Hamas terrorist group was among the first foreign officials to congratulate Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his apparent election victory Sunday. Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh phoned Erdogan Sunday evening, according to a statement posted on Hamas’s official website. Haniyeh congratulated Erdogan and said he would dispatch a delegation to Turkey in the coming days, and indicated a willingness to deepen ties with Ankara, the statement said.

DOJ-IG Report Says Reporters Bribed FBI Agents For Information
The media appears to have paid FBI agents, congressional staffers and others for dirt on the president. One congressional aide, Senate intelligence committee security director James Wolfe, has been indicted for giving false statements to FBI agents looking into leaks given to the New York Times’ Ali Watkins, a reporter 30 years his junior, with whom he had a three-year affair.

Happy Birthday, Global Warming! 30 Years of Failed Predictions and Counting
It was 30 years ago today that NASA head Dr. James E Hansen testified to the US Senate that “global warming has begun”.

U.S. government statistics reveal that the flu vaccine is the most dangerous vaccine in America
..a report released in 2013 by the Department of Justice, shows that more than half of all claims settled by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, also known as the Vaccine Court, were for injuries caused by the influenza vaccine.

Maxine Waters: God Is On The Side Of People Driving Trump Officials From Restaurants
Congresswoman Maxine Waters claimed that God was on the side of people who drove Trump officials out of restaurants during a speech at a “Keep Families Together” rally on Saturday.

Why Thousands Of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Into Themselves
The term biohackers refers to those amateur biologists who conduct experiments in biomedicine, but do so outside of traditional institutions – such as universities, medical companies and other scientifically controlled environments. Just as computer hackers hack computers, biohackers hack anything biological.

Fake News Backfires on Dems – Obama-Era Photos of Illegal Alien Children in Cages Deter Immigrants From Illegally Crossing Into US
The Democrats and their liberal media have been ranting nonstop since photos first surfaced several weeks ago of illegal immigrant children in cages.

Sex dancer hired to teach high-school kids
Principals in the Chicago Public Schools have been ordered to undergo more training on how they administrate sex-education classes after the settlement of a lawsuit against a principal who planned to bring in a sex columnist to speak to students.

President Trump: No ‘Judges or Court’ for Illegal Border Crossers
President Donald Trump called for immigrants who “invade” the United States to immediately be sent back to their countries without a court hearing.

Obama DHS Sec Jeh Johnson: ‘We Believed It Was Necessary’ to Detain Children, Families
On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said that during the Obama administration, they did detain some children alone and families. He argued that at the time it was justified.

Philly Schools Add Muslim Holidays by Cutting Jewish One
Back when public schools were overwhelmingly Christian, scheduling religious holidays meant closing for Christmas and, in some places, for Jewish high holidays.  As American school populations change, deciding for which religious holidays schools should close and on what basis becomes more complex.

Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution
The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican.

Italy: “Migrants are a resource and not a problem,” calls for open borders 
Leoluca Orlando represents the mindset of those who are bent on ensuring that Europe commit suicide. Rape and other crime rates are skyrocketing, and the Muslim migrants are not working, but placing heavy burdens on Europe’s welfare systems, and he is calling for the inundation of migrants to continue. Luckily, Italy’s new national government is saner than he is. We can only hope that they will prevail.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

In Today’s Edition

  • Dems’ hate rhetoric is only going to help Trump.
  • Immediate deportation? The latest in the “separated children” fiasco.
  • Democrats have selective separation anxiety. Ask black families.
  • The Obama administration stood down on Russia cyberattacks.
  • Lessons of the Berlin airlift, 70 years later.
  • The ethanol boondoggle is causing headaches for Scott Pruitt.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Dems Ratchet Up the Hate Rhetoric Against Trump

Chasing administration officials out of restaurants and besieging their homes. This is tolerance.

Immediate Deportation of Illegal Aliens?

The issue is abuse of asylum requests made by people caught illegally crossing the border.

Selective Separation Anxiety

While Democrats rage about kids at the border, their policies have destroyed black families.

Stand Down — or Get Out of the Way?

Obama’s national security advisor gave a “stand down” order to efforts countering Russian hacks.

Lessons of the Berlin Airlift, 70 Years Later

As Team Trump faces various international crises, a look back to 1948 is worthwhile.

Ethanol Boondoggle Causing Headaches for Pruitt

The mandate and EPA waivers continue to pit farmers against the refinery industry.

Video: No, Communism Will Not Win

Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Green discuss the West Point communist.

Video: Is Gun Ownership a Right?

The Second Amendment has always secured an individual right to bear arms.

Monday Short Cuts

“We cannot have a system of catch and release. We are a sovereign nation.” —Jeh Johnson

Monday Top Headlines

Kerfuffle continues, Obama poverty, Mattis in China, opioids bill, fake Facebook, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Hans von Spakovsky
Anti-Trump FBI Agent Peter Strzok Deserves to Be Fired
Ryan T. Anderson
Discrimination Law Isn’t Supposed to ‘Punish the Wicked’
Ken Blackwell
A Viable Democratic Alternative to the Regime in Iran
Todd Starnes
Federal Judge Says Public Prayer by Police Officers Violates Law
Imprimis
‘Our Greatest Inheritance’

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 6/25/2018

Kushner Attacks Abbas in Rare Palestinian Interview, Questions His Ability to Reach a Deal

Kushner says Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ Mideast peace plan will be unveiled soon

Kushner says Mideast peace plan due soon ‘with or without Abbas input’

Kushner: U.S. plan will be public if Abbas doesn’t ‘Come back to the table’

Kushner to Palestinians: Don’t let your leaders reject plan they haven’t seen

Jared Kushner trying to dictate peace, Palestinian chief negotiator says after Al-Quds interview

Erekat Fires Back at Kushner: Peace Plan Tightens Israeli Colonial Control Over Palestine

Erekat hits back at ‘biased’ Kushner, says US views PA as terrorists

‘We will study the peace plan out of respect for the US’

War or an agreement: Israel’s critical dilemma vis-a-vis Gaza

PM: I spoke to US Mideast team about how to solve Gaza crisis without strengthening Hamas

Netanyahu: US envoys offered ‘complete support’ for handling of Gaza clashes

IDF accuses Hamas of being behind Gaza ‘fire kite’ attacks

IDF: We attacked wagon used by incendiary balloon launchers

IDF sparks panic in Tel Aviv with unannounced rocket siren

Palestinians open fire on settlement south of Jerusalem – IDF

Greece’s Energean Reportedly in Talks to Develop Gaza’s Gas

Evangelicals appreciate US Embassy move more than Jews, Trump says

Herzog : Israel-Diaspora rift must be mended

Britain’s Prince William heads for historic Middle East tour

Britain’s Prince William lands in Jordan ahead of Israel visit

Prince Hussein: Jordan’s fast-rising royal heir

Pro-Assad troops take over Golan UN post in demilitarized area on Israeli border

Israel fires Patriot missile at drone from Syria, but misses target

You’re on your own, US tells Syrian rebels, as Assad goes on offensive

Concerns raised southern Syrian regime offensive may spill over to Israel

Russia in Syria: Caught Between Iran and Israel

Russian jets attack rebel-held town near Golan

Assad pledges to regain control of northern Syria by force if needed

Jordan says unable to host new wave of Syria refugees

Turkey accuses Israel of selling them defective drones

Erdogan declared winner in Turkish vote, cementing grip on power

Turkey Elections: Erdogan’s Win Paves the Road Toward Autocracy

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Have You Counted the Cost? The Deadly Price of Spreading the Gospel Abroad

Posted: 25 Jun 2018 04:29 AM PDT

Have You Counted the Cost? The Deadly Price of Spreading the Gospel AbroadThe plight of imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson shines a light on the darkness of persecuted Christians around the world.  Brunson was jailed in 2016 over charges he aided terrorist organizations. Supporters say it was actually over his Christian faith.  Meanwhile, three Americans were freed from a North Korea prison at the behest of President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May. Among them,

missionary Kim Dong-chul.   According to a study from CESNUR, 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016 alone.  Ramon Barboa of Voice of the Martyrs, says Turkey and North Korea are just a few of the countries where Christian missionaries, and really, believers in general face danger and even death.  Speaking to the crowd at the National African American Missions Conference, Barboa recounts the story of Brother John from Syria. CONTINUE

Things Just Went Nuclear In Our Trade War With China, And A Giant Shockwave Is About To Hit The U.S. Economy

Posted: 25 Jun 2018 04:22 AM PDT

Things Just Went Nuclear In Our Trade War With China, And A Giant Shockwave Is About To Hit The U.S. Economy(By Michael Snyder) It is difficult to find the words to describe just how serious America’s trade war with China is becoming.  As you will see below, the two largest economies on the entire planet are on a self-destructive course that almost seems irreversible at this point.  The only way that this trade war is going to come to a rapid conclusion is if one side is willing to totally submit and accept an extremely bitter and humiliating defeat on the global stage, and that is not likely to happen.  So in the short-term, and probably beyond that, we

are going to experience a tremendous amount of economic pain.  In fact, if one wanted to create a recipe for economic disaster, it would be hard to beat having the Federal Reserve dramatically raise interest rates at the exact same time that the U.S. government is starting trade wars with all of the other major economic powers simultaneously.  Unless something drastically changes in the very near future, there is no way that the U.S. is going to be able to get through this without experiencing severe pain. READ MORE

How the World Is Quickly Moving Toward Zechariah’s End-Times Prophecy

Posted: 25 Jun 2018 04:11 AM PDT

How the World Is Quickly Moving Toward Zechariah’s End-Times Prophecy(By Asher Intrater) One of the clearest pictures in the Bible of the second coming of Yeshua (Jesus) is found in Zechariah 14:2-3:  “I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem, the sea shall be taken…then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations as He fights in the day of battle.” For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle.

The city will be captured and the houses plundered and the women ravished. … Then the Lord will go out and fight those nations as He fights in the day of war.” The fact that the second coming of Yeshua is connected with a battle over Jerusalem raises several theological problems. Interestingly, today’s dramatic developments relating to terrorism, Islam and the United Nations are shedding light on how this prophecy could come to pass. CONTINUE

‘Long-duration’ Magnitude 5.5 earthquake Rocks Peloponnese, Greece

Posted: 25 Jun 2018 04:05 AM PDT

‘Long-duration’ Magnitude 5.5 earthquake Rocks Peloponnese, GreeceA shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as Mw5.5 earthquake hit near the coast of southwestern Peloponnese, a peninsula in southern Greece, at 05:14 UTC (08:14 local time) on June 25, 2018. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (5 miles). The USGS reports M5.5 at a depth of 30.4 km (19 miles). The

Institute of Geodynamics of the National Observatory of Athens reports M5.2 at a depth of 7 km (4.3 miles).  The epicenter was located 27 km (16.8 miles) W of Methóni (population), 69.2 km (43 miles) WSW of Kalamata (population 54 100) and 96.9 km (60.2 miles) WSE of Spárti (population 16 239), Greece. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, officials said. READ MORE

1000s Of People In Sweden Are Willingly Microchipping Their Own Hands, And It Is Part Of The “Transhuman” Movement That Is Sweeping The Globe

Posted: 25 Jun 2018 04:00 AM PDT

1000s Of People In Sweden Are Willingly Microchipping Their Own Hands, And It Is Part Of The “Transhuman” Movement That Is Sweeping The Globe(By Michael Snyder) The future is coming, and it is going to look very strange. In the past, many authors had raised the possibility of tyrannical governments forcibly microchipping their own populations someday, but what if most of humanity actually embraces this new technology enthusiastically? Today, thousands of people in Sweden are eagerly having microchips inserted into their own hands, and it is rapidly becoming a natural part of society. Even in the United States, at one time there was great resistance to the idea of microchipping our pets, but now it is almost universally accepted. Personal microchips are being

promoted as a way to make routine tasks faster, easier and more convenient, and Swedish “biohackers” are quite thrilled to be on the cutting edge of this new trend… . Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many people, the idea of carrying a microchip in their body feels more dystopian than practical.  READ MORE

California wildfires destroy buildings and force evacuations

Posted: 24 Jun 2018 05:30 PM PDT

California wildfires destroy buildings and force evacuationsWind-driven wildfires destroyed buildings and threatened hundreds of others Sunday as they raced across dry brush in rural Northern California.  The Pawnee Fire that broke out Saturday near the community of Clearlake Oaks has destroyed 12 buildings and threatened an additional 600 as it burned out of control across about 2.5 square miles (6.5 square kilometers). Authorities ordered people to evacuate all homes in the Spring Valley area, where about 3,000 people live.

“What we’re stressing is that people, when they get the evacuation order, they heed it immediately and get out and stay out until it is safe to return,” state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox said. “This is one of four large fires burning in Northern California. It’s a good reminder that fire season is upon us.” Erratic wind and heat gripping a swath of California from San Jose to the Oregon border drove the flames, READ MORE

Colorado struck by Tornado and Golf ball-Size Hail

Posted: 24 Jun 2018 05:21 PM PDT

Colorado struck by Tornado and Golf ball-Size HailAfter golf ball-sized hail hit Colorado on Monday, storms across the state brought tornado sightings on Tuesday afternoon.  The National Weather Service in Boulder issued a tornado watch for most of eastern

Colorado, including 29 counties. Twitter users across the state captured the cloud formations and several tornadoes including a “rope tornado” that touched down in Weld County. MORE

Christian TV Channel Fined For Speaking Out Against Transgenderism

Posted: 24 Jun 2018 02:09 PM PDT

Christian TV Channel Fined For Speaking Out Against TransgenderismThe British morning show R-mornings, broadcast in Spain on Revelation TV, was hit with a fine of approximately $7,000 for comments made in 2017 that the Spanish government deemed, “could be considered threatening to the dignity of the homosexual and transgender group.”  Spain’s National Commission of Markets and Competition explicitly admits that there “was no manifest incitation to hate

these groups” but instead sanctioned the station for comments which might be construed to impeach the dignity of homosexual and transgendered Spaniards.  In reality, it does no such thing and the Biblical message that was conveyed is no different than any typical Sunday sermon. The comments were centered around the debate over children being removed by their parents from schools that promote and encourage transgender behavior in students as young as five. READ MORE

 

Saudi air defenses intercept missile above Saudi capital

Posted: 24 Jun 2018 01:54 PM PDT

Saudi air defenses intercept missile above Saudi capitalSaudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia over Riyadh on Sunday, the state-run al-Ikhbariya television said on Sunday.  The Houthis’ al-Masira television said later that rockets were aimed at Saudi defense ministry and other targets in the Saudi

capital. Reuters could not verify the report independently. At least six loud blasts were heard and bright flashes were seen in the sky over Riyadh, and puffs of smoke were later visible above the city, a Reuters witness said. No casualties were reported immediately.  READ MORE

Rockford, IL received three times its average June rainfall by June 22

Posted: 24 Jun 2018 01:49 PM PDT

Rockford, IL received three times its average June rainfall by June 22Multiple rainfall records were broken in Rockford, Illinois after heavy rain drenched the Rock River Valley this week, causing significant flash flooding and forcing officials to impose boating restrictions on the Rock River. Heavy rainfall was recorded across the state this month, leading to widespread river flooding. According to data provided by the National Weather Service, Rockford’s June rainfall total

reached an incredible 305.5 mm (12.03 inches) by June 22, 2018. The amount set its new June monthly rainfall record, breaking the previous record of 300.99 mm (11.85 inches) set in 1993. Rockford’s average rain in June is 118.1 mm (4.65 inches), making its current amount three times the normal. The region began keeping such records in 1905.  READ MORE


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PRINCE OF THE COVENANT: Jared Kushner Says Middle East Peace Plan Will Happen Soon With Or Without Abbas — Now The End Begins

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: On the surface, it would look like the chances of Jared Kushner pulling off a peace covenant between Israel and the Palestinians would be an impossible long shot to say the least. But Donald Trump becoming president in the way that he did is the very definition of impossible longshot. NTEB has written extensively on how we feel that Donald Trump is God’s man in the White House as a judgment on the entire world, much like Obama’s presidency was God’s judgment on America as a nation. Could Jared Kushner, who owns a skyscraper located at 666 5th Avenue, actually pull this off? Based on everything that has happened over the last 18 months, I would be inclined to say that, yes, he sure could. And if he did, guess who that would make him? Yep, that guy

In an interview published in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper, Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized Abbas, who has shunned the Trump team over its alleged pro-Israel bias, particularly on the fate of contested Jerusalem.

The interview came out after a weeklong trip around the region by Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. The team met with leaders of Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the administration’s proposals for a peace deal.

The Palestinians refused to meet with Kushner, and leaders have criticized the Trump negotiating team in recent days.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Jared Kushner and Greenblatt on Saturday of trying to topple the Abbas-led West Bank autonomy government and dismantle the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees. On Sunday, Erekat doubled down on his criticism, telling Israel’s Channel 10 that the American negotiators are “not neutral” and predicting their peace plan would fail.

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Any peace plan would face major obstacles, including the increasingly dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, internal Palestinian divisions, and recent cross-border violence between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that he met twice with Kushner and Greenblatt this weekend and discussed “how to solve the humanitarian situation in Gaza without strengthening Hamas.”

It remains unclear how the Trump administration would proceed with a peace plan without Palestinian cooperation.

Kushner said the plan is “almost done,” but offered scant details aside from the promise of economic prosperity. He made no mention of a Palestinian state arising alongside Israel, though he acknowledged that Arab partners support that goal.

The Palestinians seek the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza — territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and two years later, Hamas seized control of Gaza from Abbas’ forces. Abbas now governs only small autonomous zones in the West Bank.

Kushner cast doubt on Abbas’ ability to make a deal, alleging that the Palestinian leadership is “scared we will release our peace plan and the Palestinian people will actually like it” because it would offer them a better life.

“The global community is getting frustrated with Palestinian leadership and not seeing many actions that are constructive toward achieving peace,” Kushner said. “There are a lot of sharp statements and condemnations, but no ideas or efforts with prospects of success.”

Palestinian leaders have refused to meet with the Trump team since the president recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. Jerusalem is an emotional issue at the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel captured the city’s eastern half, home to holy sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it. The annexation is not internationally recognized. Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as capital of a future state.

“If President Abbas is willing to come back to the table, we are ready to engage; if he is not, we will likely air the plan publicly,” Kushner said.

Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh responded to Kushner’s interview by restating that American efforts will yield no result if they bypass the Palestinian leadership, and if they are not aimed at an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. source

via PRINCE OF THE COVENANT: Jared Kushner Says Middle East Peace Plan Will Happen Soon With Or Without Abbas — Now The End Begins

Worship Leader Invites Congregation To Join Him In Time Of Worshiping The Sound Of His Own Voice — The Babylon Bee

SEATTLE, WA—In the middle of a worship service at Life Hope Geyser New Life Community Church, the overhead projector abruptly shut off during Sunday’s service. The lights dimmed. But the band continued to play. In the midst of this raw, powerful moment, worship leader Liam Fabien said, “Won’t you join me now with arms raised,…

via Worship Leader Invites Congregation To Join Him In Time Of Worshiping The Sound Of His Own Voice — The Babylon Bee

Chairman Devin Nunes Discusses The Massive Ramifications of “Spygate”… — The Last Refuge

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes appears on Fox New morning broadcast to outline the latest developments surrounding “Spygate”.

In addition to FISA abuse and fraud upon the FISA court, there is an increased likelihood the Obama CIA, DOJ and FBI ran agents and operatives into the Trump campaign.

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via Chairman Devin Nunes Discusses The Massive Ramifications of “Spygate”… — The Last Refuge

Liberals Now In Favor Of Businesses’ Right To Refuse Service — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—After a restaurant recently asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave, liberals across the country announced they were suddenly in favor of allowing businesses the right to refuse service, despite their previous insistence that everyone be served, even if a business owner has a conscientious or religious objection in a particular case. 21…

via Liberals Now In Favor Of Businesses’ Right To Refuse Service — The Babylon Bee

“If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

“If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

Source: Founder’s Quote Daily

‘Little House on the Prairie’ author scrubbed from library award over ‘complex’ racial legacy

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name will be removed from the title of a major children’s book award, over concerns about her depiction of other races in her almost century-old stories.

Source: ‘Little House on the Prairie’ author scrubbed from library award over ‘complex’ racial legacy

VIDEO: Cory Booker Endorses Call For Harassment of Trump Administration Officials by Low IQ Maxine Waters — The Gateway Pundit

Appearing on MSNBC on Monday, Democratic Senator Cory Booker endorsed the call from Maxine Waters for protesters to harass members of the Trump administration whenever they dare to step foot in public.

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After bumbling through a long-winded response about “radical love” and being civil to even those you disagree with, Booker (D-NJ) took a turn and endorsed Waters’ call to action.

“If I saw an administrator out and about — there is nothing wrong with confronting that person,” Booker said.

Waters had drawn extreme outrage from the right and some of the more decent members of the left for comments she made about publicly confronting and harassing members of the Trump administration.

The comments were made during a speech by Waters at a rally in Los Angeles and echoed in a later television appearance.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents,” Waters said during a rally outside the Wilshire Federal Building.

Appearing on MSNBC, Waters added that “the people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the President, ‘No, I can’t hang with you.’”

In typical Democratic style of refusing any personal responsibility, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi referred to Waters’ comments as “unacceptable” but blamed Trump’s “daily lack of civility” for Waters’ obscene remarks.

via VIDEO: Cory Booker Endorses Call For Harassment of Trump Administration Officials by Low IQ Maxine Waters — The Gateway Pundit

EXCLUSIVE: Diamond and Silk Talk ‘Dummycrats’ – Their First Movie Production will Expose ‘The Real Party of the KKK’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

 

Trump supporters and YouTube sensations Diamond and Silk produced a soon to be released movie called “Dummycrats,” because “while President Trump is draining the swamp, Diamond and Silk are going to be exposing” the swamp, the social media stars told Gateway Pundit.

“We are doing our movie, Dummycrats, because it’s time to expose the hypocrisy coming from the left. It’s time to expose the real party of the KKK. The real party that only wants to give you enough to keep you quiet, but not enough to make a difference. That’s what we are doing,” Diamond said in an interview at Sunday evening at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

Diamond and Silk, who became famous for supporting Trump during the 2016 campaign, have amassed more than 1 million followers for their pro-Trump videos, have accused Facebook of demonstrable political bias and outright censorship after the social media company labeled their Facebook page “unsafe to the community.”

In April, the sisters were called to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee to demonstrate where they blasted the Democratic Party for ignoring their rights to bringing issue of censorship to light.

But conservatives are not beholden to leftist controlled corporations to “bring the good news,” which Dummycrats will demonstrate, Diamond asserted.

“When social media do what they do, oh, honey, when a door closes a big ol’ window opens – you just walk right on through that window. Hop out the window and go ahead and start spreading the good news. This president right here, Donald Trump is going to make America greater than we’ve ever seen it before,” she said. “When they stop you that way, you have to pop up another way.

While the left inundates the American public with propaganda castigating conservatives as “racists” and “Nazis”, as 90 percent of the African Americans consistently vote Democrat, the sisters say they are taking their “message to the streets” and minorities are “amazed” to learn the truth about the Democrat Party.

“We do our chit chat touring across this country – getting the message out about how people should go to the polls and vote, and you want to vote for people that have our president’s agenda in mind,” Diamond said.

“What’s happening, often time to minorities – and I hate to call black people, or Hispanic people or Asian people minorities, but that’s the little word that [lefitists] use –  sometimes people get left because they are not paying attention,” she continued. “You have to get out there in the streets and you have to tell people the hypocrisy on the left and exactly what they are doing. They are amazed, like ‘woah, I didn’t even know that was happening.’ You have to educate. The more they hate, the more you educate. And you have to understand your haters will make you greater. And if they try to smear us, they only do it because they fear us.”

Republicans are in control of the White House, have majority control of both houses of Congress. Most governorships and state legislatures are owned by Republicans. The failures of leftist policies, particularly those enacted during the Obama administration, have become manifestly clear.

Yet, Democrats have yet to be held accountable for crime after crime because they successfully “spin the narrative,” social media stars argued.

“This is how the Left do, they like to spin a narrative – they like to spin a story and think you are going to bite and eat it, but they don’t know the American people look at them as fake news, it’s a fake narrative,” Diamond said.

Americans aren’t buying the liberal propaganda and their brazen lies will ultimately incentivize American’s to resoundingly reelect Trump, Diamond continued.

“We are not just staying woke, we are paying attention. And you know what’s going to happen, President Trump is going to be president in 2020,” she said. “Our president is being railroaded and it’s time for people to come to the table and take responsibility for their actions – for all the corruption and collusion that was going on with the FBI under the Obama administration. People should be held accountable, and then what they should do is march them off in handcuffs and leave this president alone so that he can continue to make America great again.”

“Its time to stop spending our tax dollars on this foolishness,” Silk added, repudiating the Russia probe. “Its time for Mueller to stop this so-called witch hunt of an investigation.”

To learn more, visit DummycratsTheMovie.com.

To preorder a digital download, DVD, signed poster, or tickets to the premiere, visit the film’s GoFundMe page.

via EXCLUSIVE: Diamond and Silk Talk ‘Dummycrats’ – Their First Movie Production will Expose ‘The Real Party of the KKK’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

The Real World Is Starting To Resemble Twitter, And That’s A Problem — The Federalist

The next phase of our ginned-up national moral panic will contain public shunning and harassment in their private lives of people we disagree with. If that’s the way society is heading — a divorce — by all means do this thing right. In the United States, even the pretend oppressed can kick the imaginary Nazi out of their establishment, as we saw when the co-owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia booted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from her restaurant.

Certainly politicians don’t deserves safe spaces from peaceful protest or even confrontation (of course, spitting at Republicans is not peaceful). You want to make their lives miserable, humiliate them, and show everyone how principled and right-thinking you are, by all means stop them from having those chimichangas. That’ll teach ‘em.

But don’t fool yourself into self-idealization. You’re no budding MLK. No matter what you think of Trump, you’re still an insufferable a–h-le. You’re a member of a tribalist, blindered mob, imbued with a false sense of certitude that allows you justify incivility. That is to say, you’re like a Twitter troll made real.

It should be noted that this kind of harassment isn’t widespread in the real world, but it is widely rationalized, justified, and celebrated by liberals on social media. Many of the Left have convinced themselves that Trump administration — elected in a free and legal election and, to this point, comporting with the laws of American governance — should all be in front The Hague.

via The Real World Is Starting To Resemble Twitter, And That’s A Problem — The Federalist

June 25, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27  So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ge 1:26–27). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


26–27 The creation of humankind is set apart from the previous acts of creation by a series of subtle contrasts with the earlier accounts of God’s acts. First, in v. 26, the beginning of the creation of humans is marked by the usual, “And God said.” However, God’s word that follows is not an impersonal (third person) “Let there be”; rather, what is used is the personal (first person) “Let us make.”

Second, throughout the previous narrative each creature is made “according to its own kind” (lemînāh). But the account of the creation of humankind specifically notes that the man and the woman were not made “according to their own kind.” Rather, they were made “in [God’s] image” (beṣalmēnû). They are not merely like themselves, they are also like God; they share a likeness to their Creator.

Third, the creation of humankind is specifically noted as a creation as “male and female” (v. 27). The author has not considered gender an important feature in his account of the creation of the other forms of life, but for humanity it is clearly of considerable importance. Thus the narrative puts heavy stress on the fact that God created man as “male and female.”

Fourth, only humanity has been given dominion in God’s creation. Humankind’s dominion is expressly stated to be over all other living creatures: those of the sky, sea, and land.

Why the author has singled out the creation of humankind in this way? One answer is that the author intends to portray him as a special creature marked off from the rest of God’s works. But the author’s purpose seems to go beyond merely marking humankind as different from the rest of the creatures; the narrative is also intent on showing that humans are like God. As much as they are not like the other creatures, they are to that extent also like God.

Behind the account of the creation of humans in this narrative lies the purpose of the author of Genesis and the Pentateuch. In this broader picture of humankind’s creation, the reader is given a perspective on certain facts that are to serve as the starting point for the larger purposes of the Pentateuch. Humans are creatures. But more than that, they are special creatures. They are made in the image and likeness of God.

There have been many attempts to explain the plural forms: “Let us make [naʿaśeh] man in our image [beṣalmēnû], in our likeness [kidmûtēnû].” Westermann, 1:144–45, summarizes the explanations given for the use of plurals under four headings: (1) the plural is a reference to the Trinity; (2) the plural is a reference to God and the heavenly court of angels; (3) the plural is an attempt to avoid the idea of an immediate resemblance of humans to God; (4) the plural is an expression of deliberation on God’s part while setting out to create humankind.

The singulars in v. 27 (beṣalmō, “in his own image,” and beṣelem ʾelōhîm, “in the image of God”; cf. 5:1) rule out the second explanation (i.e., that the plural refers to a heavenly court of angels), since in the immediate context humans are said to be created “in his image,” with no mention made of humans’ being made in the image of the angels. To this the author adds a further qualification that God made humankind “in the image of God.” This seems to be an intentional refutation of the notion that the plurals in v. 26 refer to the angels.

The third and fourth explanations are both possible within the context, but neither explanation is specifically supported by the context. It is not convincing to point to 11:7 in support of the notion of deliberation, since the use of the plural in that passage is motivated by the chiastic wordplay between the words nabelâh (“let us confuse,” 11:7) and nilbe (“let us make,” 11:3; see J. P. Fokklemann, Narrative Art in Genesis [Assen: Van Gorcum, 1975]). Where we do find unequivocal deliberation (as in 18:17), it is not the plural that is used but the singular: “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” As Westermann has stated, the first explanation is “a dogmatic judgment,” though we could add that it is not a judgment that runs counter to the passage itself. However, if we seek an answer from the immediate context, we should turn to the following verse(s) for additional clues.

In v. 27 it is stated twice that humankind was created (bārāʾ) in God’s image, and a third time that humans were created (bārāʾ) “male and female.” The same pattern is found in Genesis 5:1–2a: “When God created [bārāʾ] man … he created [bārāʾ] them male and female.” The singular “man” (ʾādām) is created as a plurality, “male and female” (zākār ûneqēbâ). In a similar way the one God (wayyōʾmer ʾelōhîm, “And God said”) created humanity through an expression of plurality (naʿaśeh ʾādām beṣalmēnû, “Let us make man in our image”). Following this clue, the divine plurality of persons expressed in v. 26 can be seen as an anticipation of the human plurality of persons reflected in man and woman, thus casting human personal relationships in the role of reflecting God’s own personhood.

Could anything be more obvious than to conclude from this clear indication that the image and likeness of the being created by God signifies existence in confrontation, i.e., in this confrontation, in the juxtaposition and conjunction of man and man which is that of male and female, and then to go on to ask against this background in what the original and prototype of the divine existence of the Creator consists? (K. Barth, Church Dogmatics, 3/1 [New York: Scribner, 1956], 195).[1]


1:27 / The combination of the special term “create” (bara’; v. 1), its threefold repetition, and the phrase image of God conveys that in making humans God reached the goal of creation. “Create,” used elsewhere in the days of creation only with the great creatures of the sea (v. 21), informs us that God was personally involved in the origin of humankind. Man, in the statement God created man (’adam), is a collective standing for all humanity, that is, those God made at the beginning as well as their descendants.

The placement of “the image of God” at the center of a chiastic arrangement stresses its importance, as does the repetition of “the image.” There has been an abundance of scholarly discussion about this evocative phrase, for the text does not explicitly define its meaning. Nevertheless, the way “the image of God” functions in this context and in 9:5–6 gives insight into its significance. It conveys here that humans have the highest position in the created order. As God’s representatives on earth, humans were invested by God with authority to subdue the earth and rule over the animals (v. 28; see P. Bird, “Male and Female He Created Them,” HTR 74 [1981], pp. 129–59, esp. pp. 138, 154).

Genesis 9:5–6 states that every person is inviolate by reason of being made in God’s image. Besides making murder a heinous crime, this text opposes any type of caste or slavery system. Furthermore, the image carries profound moral implications. Both Testaments teach that whatever one person does to another affects God (e.g., Amos 2:7; 1 John 4:20). A person’s manner of interacting with other humans characterizes the way that one relates to God. Moreover, because God made humans in his image, God yearns to redeem those who have disobeyed him by providing the means for them to receive forgiveness and reconciliation.

Male and female he created them. The Hebrew emphasizes the phrase “male and female” by placing it before the verb. This third and final part of the verse contains four important ideas. (a) It ascribes sexuality to God’s design for humans. Thus, an essential aspect of human nature is quite different from God’s nature. An implication of this is that we need to draw on the outstanding qualities found in each gender to have a full view of God. If we imagine God as predominantly male or female, our picture is partial and distorted. (b) This reference to human sexuality sets the stage for God’s blessing humans with fertility and commanding them to populate the earth (v. 28). (c) This phrase establishes the fact that every male and every female is made in God’s image. In the essence of being human there is no qualitative difference between male and female. (d) We learn that God made humans as social creatures who discover their identity and destiny in relationships characterized by rapprochement. “Male and female” conveys that the basic reciprocating human relationship is between a man and a woman (see Gen. 2:21–24). Beyond that basic relationship, humans form communities for sustaining and enriching their lives. Living and working together is thus an integral expression of being in the image of God.

Another one of the many important aspects of being human that this section explores is the ability to handle the word, or language. God recognized this ability at the beginning by blessing humans and giving them instructions (vv. 28–30). God can converse with those in his image, and Scripture is a record of those conversations. Moreover, conversation enables humans to have genuine fellowship with God. This is the basis for God’s calling of Abraham, in which God established a people who would worship him wholeheartedly. Through conversation people also communicate with each other and thereby gain insight into their own identities. Rich personal interchange brings humans great joy, for it flows out of the innermost being, that is, the aspect of humanity that is in the image of God.

In addition, the ability to handle words raises human acts above biological necessity as it enables a person to conceptualize, plan, evaluate, and anticipate. Being cognizant of what they are doing, humans bear responsibility for their deeds. Skill with words also opens the pursuit of wisdom to humans. Words then become an avenue for humans to exercise their creative instincts.[2]


1:27So God created man: This is the third time the verb for create is used in Gen. 1 (vv. 1, 21). Here it is used three times. The language of vv. 26, 28 is elevated prose; this verse is pure poetry. The twelve words of the original Hebrew are arranged in three lines that have their own poetic repetition and cadence. The term for “man” (Heb. ‘adam) is likely associated with the term for “red earth” (Heb. ‘adamâ). Here the word is generic, including male and female. These words are sexual. Some have thought that Adam’s and Eve’s “discovery” of human sexuality was the forbidden fruit of ch. 3. However, these words indicate that human sexuality was a part of the original creation (5:2). Although the misuse of human sexuality is soundly condemned in Scripture (Lev. 18), its proper use is celebrated (Gen. 2:24, 25; Song). Verses 26–28 include the woman no less than the man in the story of creation.[3]


1:27 male and female. Cf. Mt 19:4; Mk 10:6. While these two persons equally shared God’s image and together exercised dominion over creation, they were by divine design physically diverse in order to accomplish God’s mandate to multiply, i.e., neither one could reproduce offspring without the other.[4]


1:27 There has been debate about the expression image of God. Many scholars point out the idea, commonly used in the ancient Near East, of the king who was the visible representative of the deity; thus the king ruled on behalf of the god. Since v. 26 links the image of God with the exercise of dominion over all the other creatures of the seas, heavens, and earth, one can see that humanity is endowed here with authority to rule the earth as God’s representatives or vice-regents (see note on v. 28). Other scholars, seeing the pattern of male and female, have concluded that humanity expresses God’s image in relationship, particularly in well-functioning human community, both in marriage and in wider society. Traditionally, the image has been seen as the capacities that set man apart from the other animals—ways in which humans resemble God, such as in the characteristics of reason, morality, language, a capacity for relationships governed by love and commitment, and creativity in all forms of art. All these insights can be put together by observing that the resemblances (man is like God in a series of ways) allow mankind to represent God in ruling, and to establish worthy relationships with God, with one another, and with the rest of the creation. This “image” and this dignity apply to both “male and female” human beings. (This view is unique in the context of the ancient Near East. In Mesopotamia, e.g., the gods created humans merely to carry out work for them.) The Hebrew term ’adam, translated as man, is often a generic term that denotes both male and female, while sometimes it refers to man in distinction from woman (2:22, 23, 25; 3:8, 9, 12, 20): it becomes the proper name “Adam” (2:20; 3:17, 21; 4:1; 5:1). At this stage, humanity as a species is set apart from all other creatures and crowned with glory and honor as ruler of the earth (cf. Ps. 8:5–8). The events recorded in Genesis 3, however, will have an important bearing on the creation status of humanity.[5]


1:27the likeness of God Being created in the image of God distinguishes people from all other earthly creation. God’s image is not described as being possessed in part or given gradually; rather, it is an immediate and inherent part of being human.

male and female There is no status distinction among bearers of the divine image; they are equal while having distinct capacities and roles in fulfilling the divine mandate to steward the earth.

he created them The Hebrew verb used here, bara, is the same word used in Gen 1:1. However, the plural declaration “let us make” in v. 26 uses a different verb. The verbs for “make” (asah) and “form” (yatsar) are also used elsewhere with bara to refer to God’s work as Creator in chs. 1–2. In ch. 2, yet another verb is used for the fashioning of Adam (yatsar). These verbs are synonyms. Compare note on v. 1.[6]


1:27 This verse establishes the equality of the man and the woman as image-bearers of God, who together have a meaningful purpose in the planning of the Creator-God. However, the text is very specific in defining this equality, which resides in their spiritual being, for that is what it means to be “in the image of God.” This image-bearing most emphatically does not mean that the function of God’s creation is to officiate and act as God. The N.T. counterpart of this verse is Gal. 3:28, in which the apostle Paul is clearly addressing the family of believers and setting forth in this context the spiritual equality of all who are one “in” Christ Jesus. On the other hand, beginning here with the creative act itself, distinctive roles for man and woman are indicated. Therefore, the pattern is equality in essential being and distinctive difference in role or function (2:15–18; cf. Eph. 5:22, note). This equality in personhood and difference in function is beautifully illustrated by the Godhead. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all equal (John 10:30; 14:9), and yet in function the Son submits to the Father (John 5:19, 20; 6:38; 8:28, 29, 54; 1 Cor. 15:28; Phil. 2:5–11), and the Holy Spirit is sent by the Father to testify of and glorify the Son (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13, 14). Thus, the divinely defined relationship between husband and wife is analogous to the relationship within the Godhead, and the relationship within the Godhead is a pattern of instruction for the family unit.[7]


Twisted Scripture

Genesis 1:27

Modern-day vampires trace their origins to this verse and the mythical figure of Lilith, who was supposedly created before Eve. The legend of Lilith derives from a theory that Genesis has two creation accounts (this verse and 2:7, 20–22). The two stories allow for two different women. Lilith does not appear in the Bible (apart from a debatable reference comparing her to a screech owl in the Hb text of Is 34:14). Some rabbinic commentators, however, refer to Lilith as the first created woman, who refused to submit to Adam and fled from the garden. Eve was then created to be Adam’s helper. After their expulsion from the garden, Adam reunited for a time with Lilith before finally returning to Eve. Lilith bore Adam a number of children, who became the demons of the Bible. According to kabbalistic legend, after Adam’s reconciliation with Eve, Lilith took the title Queen of the Demons and became a murderer of infants and young boys, whom she turned into vampires.


1:26–27 “Let Us make …” (3:22; 11:7; Is 6:8) does not indicate multiple gods. Such a polytheistic view would be inconsistent with the lofty theology of the chapter and with the singular “His own image” (Gn 1:27; cp. 5:1–2). Ancient theories of the universe’s origin typically explained creation as the outcome of either a sexual cohabitation of male and female deities or of a battle between the major deity and some other hostile entity. The Bible uniformly affirms that God is asexual with no corresponding female consort. God made the universe by His authoritative speech, not by battling chaos deities. Genesis 1 was written in part to show that the view of the physical world current at that time (i.e., physical entities representing various deities) was wrong. The cosmos is inanimate and entirely under the control of the one God. Plural and singular forms are combined in 1:26–27 (cp. “the Spirit of God,” v. 2), reflecting God’s unity and yet His fullness. Subsequent scriptural revelation develops this further.

Although humans are created in the “image” and “likeness” of God (the terms are essentially synonyms; cp. 5:3), it does not follow that God has a body. “Image” or “likeness” often refers to a physical representation of something that may be non-material. Man was created to serve as God’s representative to govern the earth. Since man is God’s image-bearer, murder merits the strongest retribution (9:6). The OT prohibits making any material image of God (Ex 20:1–4; Dt 4:16) because God is spirit (Jn 4:24). In Lk 24:39 Jesus explains that a spirit “does not have flesh and bones” (see Is 31:3). Because God is spirit, He is invisible (Jn 1:18; Rm 1:20; Col 1:15; 1 Tm 1:17).[8]


1:27 The creation of humanity is the crowning event of chap. 1, as shown by the fact that created is repeated three times. The verb created (Hb bara’) is the same one used in 1:1, referring to a kind of creative activity that only God can do. The term man (Hb ’adam) is used elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible to refer to humanity in general, not just males (7:21); all people, both male and female, are created in the image of God (cp. Jms 3:9). It should not be concluded that God is both male and female. Christians are generally agreed that God does not have a literal physical body. He is in no way limited by space but is everywhere fully present (Ps 139:7–10; Ac 17:28). Therefore, he cannot be said to be literally either male or female, or both. People are the only beings that are created in the image of God (Gn 9:3–6). The Bible never lumps people into the category of animals. Instead, it separates the creation of people from all other beings and attributes the most privileged roles in creation to humans alone.[9]


[1] Sailhamer, J. H. (2008). Genesis. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, pp. 69–70). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Hartley, J. E. (2012). Genesis. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 47–49). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 6). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 1:27). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 51). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 1:27). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[7] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ge 1:27). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Cabal, T. (2007). Are the Days of Genesis to Be Interpreted Literally? In C. O. Brand, E. R. Clendenen, P. Copan, & J. P. Moreland (Eds.), The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 5). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[9] Bergen, R. D. (2017). Genesis. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 6). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.