Daily Archives: June 28, 2018

June 28: Meet and Greet

Esther 1:1–2:23; 2 John 7–13; Psalm 116:1–19

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not speak a greeting to him, because the one who speaks a greeting to him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9–11).

This passage is sometimes used as support for forming exclusive communities—ones that don’t interact with people who don’t believe in the gospel or who have a different faith. Based on this passage, some believe that we as Christians are not permitted to interact with nonbelievers. Is that what John is really teaching?

John issued this warning during a time when false teachers were spreading confusing doctrines about Christ. He exhorted believers to “test the spirits” to see if these teachers were actually from God (1 John 4:1). They would know if these teachers were from God if they confessed the true message of Jesus Christ—specifically that He had come in the flesh and was from God (1 John 2:1).

John wanted the community to be aware of false teachings so they wouldn’t become confused or weakened in their faith. We, too, need to be intentional about the teaching we adhere to. If we are weak and troubled in our faith, we should seek out mature believers who can teach and minister to us. However, if we are confident in our faith, we should be ready and willing to share the message of salvation with those who need to hear it—both inside and outside our communities.

How are you sharing the gospel with those who need to receive it?

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 28 Dead Faith versus Demonic Faith

“Someone may well say, ‘You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’ You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?” (James 2:18–20).

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Even demonic faith is better than dead faith!

In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of professing Christians who believe there’s no necessary relationship between what they believe and what they do. They say you can’t judge a person’s spiritual condition by what he or she does because salvation is a matter of faith alone—as if requiring works violates the principle of faith.

It was that kind of reasoning that prompted James to issue this challenge: “You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (2:18). The Greek word translated “show” means “to exhibit,” “to demonstrate,” or “to put on display.” His point is simple: it’s impossible to verify true faith apart from holy living, because doctrine and deed are inseparable.

Can you know if someone is a Christian by watching his behavior? According to James, that’s the only way to know! In verse 19 he says, “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” In other words, affirming orthodox doctrine isn’t necessarily proof of saving faith. Demons believe in the oneness of God, and its implications fill them with fear, but they aren’t saved. The phrase “you do well” is intentionally sarcastic. The implication is that demonic faith is better than non-responsive faith because at least the demons shudder, which is better than no response at all.

You can’t be a Christian in creed only—you must be one in conduct as well! James makes that very clear. Don’t be confused or deceived by those who teach otherwise. Continually aim your life at bringing glory to God through the obedient application of Biblical truth.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Reaffirm to the Lord your commitment to abide by His Word.

For Further Study: Read John 8:12–47. Make a list of doctrines and deeds that characterize dead faith and a corresponding list of those that characterize true faith.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 192). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

The State Department Ministerial and Christian Persecution — Juicy Ecumenism

The persecution of Christians worldwide is, unfortunately, an uncontested fact. Though this persecution very rarely occurs in the United States, citizens of other countries experience it daily. They live in constant fear for their lives, knowing that at any moment they could be harassed, arrested, raped, beaten, or murdered. Persecution is an issue many governments either refuse to address or completely ignore. But on July 24 to July 26, 2018, the State Department is hosting a ministerial, providing the perfect opportunity to address these horrendous occurrences and begin the process of enacting necessary change.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has decided to host a Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom conference in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Topics covered are extensive, but among them are the roles of government and lessons of civil society. There will also be side events that include a reception hosted by the Save the Persecuted Christians coalition (of which IRD is a founding member), an event describing the best practices in advancing international religious freedom, and discussion on the impact of war on religious freedoms. It will be the first occasion of its kind run by Pompeo, and it is promising that the first Ministerial of his tenure is on this critical issue.

It seems Pompeo, at the very least, realizes the extent of religious persecution that takes place worldwide. This is the first step in a long process. However, the Secretary of State should be sure to have a discourse surrounding the specific persecution of Christians. With “like-minded allies” in fellowship with one another and with the leadership of Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, this event creates the perfect environment  to converse about the egregious crimes committed against the followers of Christ.

The fact that Christians are the most persecuted religion in the world is hardly disputable, making it a necessary topic at the ministerial. In 2013, Huffington Post reported this to be true. Washington Examiner claimed the same thing in 2017. Express made similar reports about  a week ago.

Statistics, likewise, show that thousands are harmed throughout the year based on their religious affiliations. Every year, Open Door USA creates a world watch list, geographically displaying some of the places where the persecution of Christians is most rampant. Unsurprisingly, North Korea is at the top of the list and has been for the past 16 consecutive years. Kim Jong Un consistently deports Christians to labor camps, labels them political criminals, and kills both the supposed offender and his family. An illustration of this was on April 30, 2016, when Chiangbai Han Choong Yeol was murdered by four North Korean agents.

215 million Christians face persecution just because they claim to be followers of Jesus, according to this year’s world watch list. Among these statistics were the facts that “3,066 Christians were killed, 1,252 were abducted, 800 churches defaced, and 1,020 people raped.” 900,000 Christians have been killed between the years 2005 and 2015.

These numbers show that this problem is a pervasive one and it isn’t going to resolve itself. In fact, as the years go on, things have only gotten worse. A study conducted by Aid to the Church in Need examined Christians in places like Egypt, Sudan, Syria, and Turkey. The study noted that Sudan was the only place on the list where conditions for Christians did not worsen. That isn’t necessarily a glimmer of hope since people are still fearing for their lives in the region.

This persecution must end and that cannot happen if it’s never talked about. It deserves a national platform. The ministerial that will be hosted in July is the kind of arena where this issue can be faced, discussed, and hopefully begin a process of restoration for those who need it so badly.

via The State Department Ministerial and Christian Persecution — Juicy Ecumenism

Mueller Investigating ‘Billionaires with Ties to Russia’ Who Attended Trump Inauguration Party — The Gateway Pundit

Robert Mueller and his propaganda arm, the mainstream media were due for a ‘Trump-Russia’ headline this week to distract from the Congressional hearing over the IG report and Spygate.

So here we are.

Robert Mueller is investigating ‘billionaires with ties to Russia’ who attended Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities.

What does this have to do with the DNC server that was supposedly hacked by the Russians over two years ago?

ABC News reported:

Several billionaires with deep ties to Russia attended exclusive, invitation-only receptions during Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities, guest lists obtained by ABC News show.

These powerful businessmen, who amassed their fortunes following the collapse of the Soviet Union — including one who has since been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department — were ushered into events typically reserved for top donors and close political allies and were given unprecedented access to Trump’s inner circle.

Their presence has attracted the interest of federal investigators probing Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, three sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Matthew Olsen, a former senior national security official who now serves as an ABC News consultant, said their presence at inaugural events is “very concerning.”

“This reflects a Russian strategy of gaining access to our political leaders at a time when they are just forming a government,” Olsen said. “They don’t need to be spies in the James Bond sense. They are powerful people with significant wealth who are in a position to exert influence on U.S. policy makers. And they’re in a position to report back to Russian intelligence services on what they’re able to learn.”

The presence of people with Kremlin ties in Washington for Trump’s inaugural celebration was first reported by The Washington Post. But the guest lists obtained by ABC News offer a new glimpse at the level of access granted to several well-connected oligarchs.

It is common for high profile business moguls to attend presidential inauguration festivities.

There is nothing unusual or illegal about billionaires attending and donating to Donald Trump’s inauguration parties.

In fact, campaign donation laws do not apply to inauguration donations; they are totally separate.

Mueller obviously has nothing; he’s roving around to justify his salary and witch hunt.

Shame on Congressional oversight [and AG Sessions] for allowing this multi-million dollar witch hunt to continue.

via Mueller Investigating ‘Billionaires with Ties to Russia’ Who Attended Trump Inauguration Party — The Gateway Pundit

America Has Totally Forgotten History

America is repeating the mistakes of so many nations before it and repudiating its own founding principles. This is happening because the vast majority of the American people have lost touch with their own national history and heritage.

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The Spanish-American philosopher Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (known in English as simply George Santayana) famously said in his book The Life Of Reason, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

For all intents and purposes, America is in the process of fulfilling Santayana’s proverb. If America’s founders were to rise from the grave and look at the country they sacrificed so much to create, they would think they were looking at King George’s England instead of the free and independent republic they birthed.

The only references to America’s past nowadays seem to be those that either condemn our Founding Fathers or glorify Abraham Lincoln. That is pretty much the sum total of what most Americans (including conservatives and Christians) are taught about their history. It is no hyperbole to say that virtually the entire country (with very few exceptions) has thoroughly and completely lost touch with its history. And the consequences of this travesty are everywhere.

For the most part, real American history is not taught in America’s grammar schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges or universities. Neither is it taught in America’s churches, Bible colleges or seminaries. Most Americans will graduate from high school, college and post-graduate school and never learn their own history. Most Christians will go through Sunday School, Christian grade school, high school and college and never learn their own history. Ditto for most private and parochial schools and colleges. Most Americans will live their entire lives and die at a ripe old age having never learned their own history. And even worse: most of them seem to have little desire to learn it. They seem very content to spend untold numbers of hours listening to radio and television talk shows and Internet podcasts rather than studying their own history for themselves.

The only thing most “conservatives” and Christians know is the Republican versus Democrat, conservative versus liberal and “right” versus “left” paradigm. (The same is true for liberals, of course.) That’s it! I mean, THAT’S IT! It’s Sean Hannity or Rachel Maddow, FOX News or CNN and Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. That’s it! I mean, THAT’S IT!

Face it, folks: Donald Trump doesn’t know The Federalist Papers from The Cat in the Hat. His constitutional IQ is about 30—and that’s probably being generous. The same goes for the vast majority of our congressmen and senators—from either party—in Washington, D.C. And the biggest problem is that the people who keep electing and reelecting these constitutional morons to the highest political offices in the country don’t even recognize that it’s a problem.

With Independence Day coming up, I am again reminded of the root cause of America’s woes: vast ignorance of the constitutional, historical and Natural Law principles that birthed this country. So, at the risk of sounding self-serving, I am going to strongly urge readers to become familiar with the following literary works.

The first book every serious student of American history needs to read is THE FREEDOM DOCUMENTS. This is the finest compilation of America’s great historical documents in ONE VOLUME in print. These documents contain the actual words of America’s founders, words which explain and expound the laws and principles of liberty, words that came from the hearts and minds of the men who brought the greatest free nation on earth into existence. These documents form the cornerstone of our nation’s liberties. One cannot possibly understand the significance of Independence Day and be ignorant of these documents at the same time.

This fantastic collection of America’s greatest documents is only available here—and we only print twice a year (for Independence Day and Christmas)—and this special summer printing will only last for another week or so. Therefore, to receive a copy of THE FREEDOM DOCUMENTS, you need to order NOW.

Order THE FREEDOM DOCUMENTS here:

THE FREEDOM DOCUMENTS

The second book I urge readers to obtain is Lex, Rex, Or The Law And The Prince by Samuel Rutherford. Originally published in 1644 by Scottish Presbyterian Minister Reverend Samuel Rutherford, this is a copy of the 1843 printing. Lex, Rex defends the rule of law and the lawfulness of defensive wars and advocates limited government and constitutionalism in politics. This book contains masterful, in-depth research. It is one of the most scholarly works on liberty ever written.

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Lex, Rex, Or The Law And The Prince

The third book I urge readers to get is Second Treatise Of Government by John Locke.

John Locke was the Father of America’s Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson borrowed heavily from Locke’s Second Treatise when he penned the Declaration of Independence. This is the first book one should read to learn the liberty principles of Natural Law.

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Second Treatise Of Government 

And since modern America (including Christians and conservatives) have an ongoing idolatrous love affair with Abraham Lincoln—a love affair that has thoroughly tainted and twisted their understanding of liberty and constitutional government—I urge readers to get the bookThe Real Lincoln by Thomas DiLorenzo.

Through extensive research and meticulous documentation, DiLorenzo portrays the sixteenth president as a man who devoted his political career to revolutionizing the American form of government from one that was very limited in scope and highly decentralized—as the Founding Fathers intended—to a highly centralized, activist state. Standing in his way, however, was the South with its independent states, its resistance to the national government and its reliance on unfettered free trade. To accomplish his goals, Lincoln subverted the Constitution, trampled states’ rights and launched a devastating Civil War, whose wounds haunt us still. According to this provocative book, 600,000 American soldiers did not die for the honorable cause of ending slavery but for the dubious agenda of sacrificing the independence of the states to the supremacy of the federal government, which has been tightening its vise grip on our republic to this very day. This book is MUST-READING.

To order Thomas DiLorenzo’s book The Real Lincoln, go here:

The Real Lincoln

The last book I am going to recommend in this column is a modern book (written just last year) that needs to be read by EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. If it was read and taken to heart by enough people, this book could literally change the course of history and save the American republic. The book is entitled The War On Terror: The Plot To Rule The Middle East by Christopher Bollyn.

From the book’s back cover:

The government and media have misled us about 9/11 in order to compel public opinion to support the War on Terror.

Why have we gone along with it? Do we accept endless war as normal? Are we numb to the suffering caused by our military interventions?

No. We have simply been propagandized into submission. We have been deceived into thinking that the War on Terror is a good thing, a valiant struggle against terrorists who intend to attack us as we were on 9/11.

Behind the War on Terror is a strategic plan crafted decades in advance to redraw the map of the Middle East. 9/11 was a false-flag operation blamed on Muslims in order to start the military operations for that strategic plan. Recognizing the origin of the plan is crucial to understanding the deception that has changed our world.

If you don’t read any other book (besides the Bible) this year, read Christopher Bollyn’s The War On Terror: The Plot To Rule The Middle East. Order it here:

The War On Terror: The Plot To Rule The Middle East

America is repeating the mistakes of so many nations before it and repudiating its own founding principles. This is happening because the vast majority of the American people have lost touch with their own national history and heritage.

I dare say that if one were to read the five books I recommend in this column, he or she would be far more educated in the historic liberty principles upon which America was founded than the vast majority of college graduates, TV talking heads, radio talk show hosts, newscasters, university professors, congressmen, senators and pastors in this country.

There are many more excellent resources, of course. But unless the American people start turning off their radios and televisions long enough to do some serious independent study into the great principles of liberty and constitutionalism, they will be totally ineffective in helping to restore America to its former glory.

Donald Trump will not save America; but George Washington could.

Source: America Has Totally Forgotten History

Representative Jim Jordan Confronts Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein During House Judiciary Committee Hearing… — The Last Refuge

Representative Jim Jordan and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein get into a heated exchange surrounding the ongoing efforts of the DOJ and FBI to conceal the content of documents and evidence from congressional oversight.

via Representative Jim Jordan Confronts Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein During House Judiciary Committee Hearing… — The Last Refuge

JUNE 28 THE SPIRITUAL ESSENCE

By the…renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ.

Titus 3:5–6

We who are the disciples of Jesus Christ often need to be reminded that God is allowing us to live on two planes at the same time.

He lets us live in this religious plane where there are preachers and song-leaders and choirs, teachers and evangelists—and that is religion. It is actually “religion in overalls”—it is the external part of religion and it has its own place in God’s work and plan.

But beyond that and superior to all of the externals in our religious experience is the spiritual essence of it all! It is that spiritual essence that I want to see enthroned in our communion and fellowship in the Church of Jesus Christ!

We need the caution that much theology, much Bible teaching and many Bible conferences begin and end in themselves. They circle fully around themselves—but when everyone goes home, no one is any better than he was before. We sorely need this caution about holding truth that begins and ends in itself. The danger is that we teach and live so that truth is given no opportunity of moral expression!

Dear Lord, I pray today for Your blessing upon all national pastors and Bible study leaders abroad. Bestow upon their hearts and minds a true understanding of Your Word so that many listeners will mature in their faith.[1]


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

Are You a Mary or a Martha?

I don’t know why this segment of scripture has been on my mind so much lately, but earlier this week, I read a little deeper into the verses in Luke (Chapter 10, verses 38-42), and I’ve been thinking about myself and my constant doing, being “busy.” I have also been thinking about my “presentness” in certain situations. Am I truly being present, or am I just going through the motions because what I am doing is on my continuously growing list of things to do?
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Reading and studying these verses, there are a few things that are important to remember.
1. Jesus did not stop Martha from completing her responsibilities. Jesus knew very well that the things Martha was doing were necessary and important. However, he also knew that because she was wrongly emphasizing her necessary labor that her inner communion with Him was suffering.
2. He didn’t admonish her, but spoke to her in a loving way, that he had only done with a few others. When Jesus said, “Martha, Martha…” it was disapproving, but in a loving and affectionate way. As a matter of fact, Martha is the only woman in the bible who receives this type of reproof from Jesus. In Luke 22:31, Jesus did this to Simon, in Acts 9:4, he did this to Saul and in Genesis 22:11 he does this to Abraham. In the repetition of their names, I think Jesus was expressing his earnestness to them in what words were coming afterward.
When Jesus says “she is worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed-or indeed only one.” it is important to see that He is rightly giving a cure for worry and busyness: Himself. Which is absolutely ironic considering that while we are rushing around busy and completing our lists frantically, oftentimes stressed, that the only thing that can take that mentality away is sitting at our Lord’s feet and being fed spiritually. While worry can make a busy woman feel like the many things in her planner are priorities, putting Jesus first can alleviate this way of feeling!
So, are you a Mary or a Martha?
xoxo
Marlena

(originally published HERE)

Source: Are You a Mary or a Martha?

[VIDEO] Trey Gowdy: “We’ve Seen the Bias, Now We Need to See the Evidence”

During Thursday morning’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Trey Gowdy used his time with the two witnesses, FBI Director Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to run through a list of FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump actions and comments and blast the FBI for what he believes is foot-dragging by the agency.

“It’s important to know what Russia did to our country in 2016. When a foreign state interferes in our democratic electoral process, it should be the chance of a lifetime for a law enforcement agent to investigate that, except, apparently, the one that was actually picked to investigate it. That was FBI Agent Peter Strzok.

Gowdy also noted that at the same time Strzok was supposed to be investigating any attempts by Russia to interfere with the 2016 election or collude with either presidential campaign:

  • Strzok called Trump a “disaster” and “destabilizing for the country.”
  • In response to his girlfriend’s comment that Strzok was “meant to protect the country,” Strzok told his girlfriend, “I can protect the country at many levels.”
  • Strzok was talking about an “insurance policy” with Andy McCabe and Lisa Page in the event Donald Trump became president.
  • Strzok said he could smell the Trump support in southern Virginia.
  • Said a Trump presidency would be “effing terrifying,” and that “It will never happen. No, no, we’ll stop it.”

Gowdy alleged that the Russia investigation was only important to the FBI agents involved to the extent that they could use it against Donald Trump.

“So while investigating Russia and their attempt to subvert our democracy may have been important to the rest of the country, it wasn’t all that important to about a half a dozen FBI agents and lawyers who were assigned to the case. For them, it was an investigation to stop Donald Trump.”

Noting that the investigation has been going on for almost two years and that Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation has been going on for more than a year, Gowdy passionately admonished the FBI to finish their investigation.

Gowdy’s closing remarks were blunt, passionate, and, unfortunately, necessary.

“I’m going to say this to you, Mr. Wray, Mr. Rosentein. I realize that neither of you were there when this happened, but you’re there now.

If Russia attacked this country, they should be the target. Russia isn’t being hurt by this investigation right now. We are. This country is being hurt by it. We are being divided. We’ve seen the bias. We’ve seen the bias. We need to see the evidence. If you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury. If you have evidence that this president acted inappropriately, present it to the American people.

There’s an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied. I think right now all of us are being denied. Whatever you’ve got, finish it the hell up, because this country is being torn apart.

He is absolutely correct.

Source: [VIDEO] Trey Gowdy: “We’ve Seen the Bias, Now We Need to See the Evidence”

What Women Really Want (Melissa Edgington) — SBC Voices

In “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” Chaucer creates a king who, as punishment for an evil deed, is sent on a quest to find out what it is that women really want. He travels the entire land, asking women everywhere, and much to his discouragement, every answer is different. He is beginning to believe he will never learn the truth of what it is that women truly desire. Finally, he comes across an old mystic who reveals that the ultimate wish of all women is to dominate and rule over their husbands and lovers. In the end the king is forced to marry the old woman and, once he finally concedes sovereignty to her, they live happily ever after.

It seems like the men of the SBC are on a bit of a quest themselves. To their credit, they are asking the questions and listening to the answers. They are considering what it really means to value women and what that should look like in our church families. But I can’t help but get a sense that in their hearts they are concerned that at the end of all the questioning and searching that they, like Chaucer’s doomed king, will find that all women are really after is domination.

So, as many Southern Baptist men scratch their heads and try their hardest to figure out what in the world will satisfy the women of our denomination, I would submit that asking what the women of the SBC want is asking the wrong question. “What do women want?” is not a question for the church. The only relevant question to be asking in these times or any time is this: What does Jesus want?

The issue of women in the SBC isn’t a matter of what women do or do not wish to see happen. It’s a matter of the church operating the way it is meant to—with input and direction from all of those church members who are made in God’s image. When God created men and women, He didn’t make Adam in His image and then throw Eve together from a few spare parts he had lying around. He tenderly crafted her using a rib taken straight from Adam’s side. He created both of them in His own likeness, and He gave both of them the command to subdue the earth and rule over it. (Genesis 1:28)

Together, men and women of the church show a clearer reflection of what God is like. The church needs both strength and sensitivity, both practicality and emotion, both tenderness and discipline. Men and women each display unique aspects of God’s image at different times in their spiritual lives, and in order for the church to operate at its best, it desperately needs both masculine and feminine viewpoints. Filling our committees and boards with men or, more recently, one or two women, limits our denomination in its understanding of and carrying out of the Great Commission. Men alone can try to comprehend how to best reach certain communities or cultures, but without women’s natural emotional intelligence, the SBC is missing large pieces of the evangelism puzzle.

In our SBC churches, women are serving who understand people and the sometimes delicate nuances of true relationship, who are prayer experts and humble helpers, who have special and sweet and awe-inspiring connections to the God of the Universe. The SBC needs these women in the important meetings. We need these women helping their brothers make the tough calls and navigate choppy cultural and spiritual seas. God designed these women to help men, not just in the home, but in the difficult discussions. In the vision casting and the vote casting. It’s in the thoughts, ideas, questions, and inspired input of both men and women that we present a church that is most truly and effectively the hands and feet of Christ.

When God looked at His precious Adam, He said that it is not good for man to be alone. It was true in the garden, and it’s true today, in our homes, in our churches, and in our denominational committee meetings. Men and women work best when they work together, as God designed it. It isn’t really a matter of what women want to see happen. Women, like all humans, can be blinded by our desire for approval and glory. But, as we each consider where we want the SBC to be in another twenty years, I pray that we will ask ourselves that all-important question: What does Jesus want? Not bitterness or backbiting or grabs for power and honor. Just humble men and women, serving together, helping each other, deferring to one another as we marvel in the great privilege of sharing the gospel with a lost and dying world.

 


Melissa Edgington is a pastor’s wife and mom of three who loves writing about Christianity and church life. You can find her at Your Mom Has a Blog, on Facebook, and on her podcast.

via What Women Really Want (Melissa Edgington) — SBC Voices

The CBO Agrees: It’s the Spending, Stupid! — The Beacon

The Congressional Budget Office has released its 2018 report on the Long-Term Budget Outlook for the U.S. Government. In it, CBO analysts make surprisingly blunt assessments of the government’s worsening fiscal condition, which they confirm is primarily driven by excessive growth in government’s projected spending.

How blunt are they? They’ve directly inserted that message into several of the report’s graphics, starting with the cover page:

CBO 2018 Long Term Budget Outlook Cover Page Graphic

The CBO identifies the projected increases in spending on the U.S. government’s so-called “mandatory” welfare programs, which includes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act as the main drivers, with the amount of Net Interest on the national debt growing significantly over the next 30 years. Amazingly, they show that the amount of money the U.S. government is projected to spend on interest payments to the nation’s creditors will equal the amount it will spend on Social Security by 2048.

CBO Long Term Outlook Spending and Revenue Projections 2018-2048

What effect will that have on the national debt? The CBO charts the answer to that question too!

CBO Long Term Budget Outlook FIgure 2 - Debt, Spending and Revenues

The CBO projects that U.S. revenues from tax collections will grow consistently over that period, while spending grows much faster rate. Over the next 30 years, it estimates that the publicly held portion of the U.S. government’s total public debt outstanding will have grown from 78 percent of the nation’s GDP in 2018 to 152 percent.

It really is the spending, stupid!

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Craig Eyermann is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Managing Director of Political Calculations.

via The CBO Agrees: It’s the Spending, Stupid! — The Beacon

‘Finish The Hell Up!’ Gowdy Tells Rosenstein to Show Evidence of Wrongdoing by Trump’s Camp or End Mueller Probe (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

FBI Director Christopher Wray and DAG Rod Rosenstein are on Capitol Hill Thursday publicly testifying to House Republicans over the FBI and DOJ’s mishandling of Hillary’s email investigation and Spygate.

On Thursday, House Republicans held a vote and passed a resolution demanding the DOJ comply with requests to turn over classified Trump-Russia docs or face impeachment, contempt.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) torched Rosenstein on Thursday and told him to show evidence of Trump-Russia collusion or shut the investigation down because it is ripping the nation apart.

Gowdy said Russia is not being hurt by the investigation, rather the US is being torn apart.

“If you have evidence of any wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn Grand Jury. If you have evidence that this president acted inappropriately, present it to the people …”

“Whatever you got, finish it the hell up,” Gowdy told Rosenstein.

VIDEO:

In another video clip, Congressman Gowdy tells Rosenstein, “You have more bias than I have ever seen manifest in a law enforcement officer in the 20 years that I used to do it for a living.”

Of course we know Rosenstein and Mueller’s plan is to drop an ‘October surprise’ by releasing a report right before the midterm elections as a way to meddle and prevent Republicans from picking up more seats.

Rosenstein’s smug attitude during Thursday’s Congressional hearing was completely unacceptable.

The Deputy Attorney General laughed at GOP lawmakers and refused to answer questions by House Republicans.

Rep. Jim Jordan and Rosenstein had a fiery exchange during the hearing. Jordan reminded the Deputy Attorney General he has “seven days to get his act together” after the House voted on a resolution to compel the DOJ to comply with document requests or face impeachment.

Even more egregious, the corrupt DAG Rosenstein then vowed to ‘clean up the Justice Department’ whilst defending the Russia probe.

via ‘Finish The Hell Up!’ Gowdy Tells Rosenstein to Show Evidence of Wrongdoing by Trump’s Camp or End Mueller Probe (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

FIREWORKS! Rep. Jim Jordan SLAMS Rosenstein to His Face: “We’ve Caught You Hiding Information!” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

 

FBI Director Christopher Wray and DAG Rod Rosenstein are on Capitol Hill Thursday publicly testifying to House Republicans over the FBI and DOJ’s mishandling of Hillary’s email investigation and Spygate.

On Thursday, House Republicans held a vote and passed a resolution demanding the DOJ comply with requests to turn over classified Trump-Russia docs or face impeachment, contempt.

Rep. Jim Jordan slammed Rosenstein and reminded him the House was voting to pass a resolution giving him “seven days to get his act together.”

Rosenstein was visibly uncomfortable as Jim Jordan put him on notice.

As soon as Rosenstein tried to push back, Jim Jordan yelled, “We’ve caught you hiding information!”

This was an intense exchange between Congressman Jordan and DAG Rosenstein.

VIDEO:

Rosenstein’s smug attitude during Thursday’s Congressional hearing was completely unacceptable.

The Deputy Attorney General laughed at GOP lawmakers and refused to answer questions by House Republicans.

Even more egregious, the corrupt DAG Rosenstein then vowed to ‘clean up the Justice Department’ whilst defending the Russia probe.

via FIREWORKS! Rep. Jim Jordan SLAMS Rosenstein to His Face: “We’ve Caught You Hiding Information!” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rosenstein Refuses To Discuss Whether Obama Spied On Trump Campaign

Facing a grilling during the House Committee on the Judiciary hearing this morning, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to say whether or not any member of the Obama administration tried to undermine President Donald Trump’s campaign leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

“What did the DOJ or FBI do in terms of collecting information, spying, or surveillance on the Trump campaign be it via Stefan Halper or anybody else working on behalf of the agencies?” GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida asked Rosenstein during a House Committee on the Judiciary hearing Thursday.

“As you know, congressman, I’m not permitted to discuss classified information in an open setting but I can assure you we are working with oversight committees and producing all relevant evidence to allow them to answer those questions,” Rosenstein answered.

Unsatisfied with Rosenstein’s response, DeSantis pressed him once again.

“Let me ask you this, then, did the Obama administration, anybody in the administration direct anybody, Halper or anybody, to make contact with anyone associated with the Trump campaign?” DeSantis asked.

As I said, congressman, appreciate the — I understand your interest, I’m not permitted to discuss classified information,” Rosenstein said.

Watch the entire exchange below:

Source: The Daily Caller

Rosenstein used the same argument as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), one of the Justice Department’s fiercest critics, repeatedly asked questions centering on whether federal officials began collecting intelligence on the Trump campaign and Russia before launching its investigation in July 2016.

“Did any investigative activity regarding the Trump campaign and Russia occur before July 31, 2016?” Gaetz asked, noting this is the date the FBI initiated its counterintelligence investigation, according to the Democratic memo produced by the House Intelligence Committee.

“Congressman, as you know, we are dealing with the Intelligence Committee on that issue and Chairman [Devin] Nunes met with Director Wray and me. I received the same briefing that he received so I do not know any additional information beyond what he knows about that and I’m not able to produce any information beyond what the FBI has told me,” Rosenstein replied.

Gaetz also asked whether Rosenstein knew of any payments to collect intelligence on the Trump campaign before the FBI launched its probe.

“No, but keep in mind I wasn’t there. I only know the information we’ve obtained from the FBI records,” Rosenstein replied.

But, as The Hill reports, Rep. DeSantis was not done and suggested later in his questioning that Rosenstein should recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, pointing to the fact the deputy attorney general himself wrote the memo to President Trump recommending former FBI Director James Comey be fired.

“They talk about the Mueller investigation. It’s really the Rosenstein investigation. You appointed Mueller. You’re supervising Mueller, and it’s supposedly about collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia and obstruction of justice,” DeSantis said.

“But you wrote the memo saying that Comey should be fired and you signed the FISA extension for Carter Page. So, my question is to you, it seems like you should be recused from this more so than [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions just because you were involved in making decisions affecting both prongs of this investigation,” DeSantis continued. “Why haven’t you done that?”

Rosenstein responded he would recuse himself if “it were appropriate.”

“Congressman, I can assure you that if it were appropriate for me to recuse, I would be more than happy to do so,” Rosenstein said. “But, it’s my responsibility to do it.”

DeSantis drilled down, emphasizing that Mueller is said to be investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president in the Comey firing. While press reports have indicated that the special counsel is looking into possible obstruction of justice, officials have not spoken publicly about the lines of inquiry in the probe.

“I am not commenting on what is under investigation by the Mueller probe and to the best of my knowledge, neither is Mr. Mueller,” Rosenstein said.

Source: Rosenstein Refuses To Discuss Whether Obama Spied On Trump Campaign

REVOLUTION! The New Darling Of The Liberal Left Is Hardcore Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Now The End Begins

Insurgent Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to take her budding political career all the way to The White House, her mother told The Post on Wednesday.

Hardcore Communist dictator Vladimir Lenin once said that “the goal of Socialism is Communism“. In other words, Socialism is halfway between American freedom and Russian oppression. The Democrat Party seems to be rebranding themselves as Democratic Socialists, and their on-fire rising star is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is beautiful, well spoken and a hardcore Socialist who sat under Bernie Sanders. She is very open borders, dismantling ICE, ‘free’ Medicare for all, and views housing as a ‘right’.

In other news, the current rate of inflation in Socialist Venezuela right now is 43,385%. How bad is that? It’s so bad that it takes 5 million Venezuelan dollars to purchase ONE cup of coffee. Think about that as you look long on the beautiful face of Alexandria Ocasio-Lopez and think ‘a little change’ might be good.

“Her aspiration is to be the president,” Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, 55, said at the candidate’s childhood home in the Bronx. “She has been thinking about politics since she was a teenager. She would read historical and political books old and new. She would engage in political discussions passionately.”

Blanca, a 55-year-old secretary for a school in Florida, spent a few days campaigning with her daughter. She said Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory over Congressman Joe Crowley was like “fighting Goliath.”

The Democrat Party is going farther Left than you can possibly imagine

“It’s just incredible,” the proud mom said. “I believe she would do it but so soon — it was shocking.” Blanca discussed how the family struggled to make ends meet and explained her daughter’s appeal as a candidate.

“She is fighting for our community,” Blanca said. “She is fighting for the working class. She is fighting for immigrants. We can relate to that. We are working class. We did struggle. We know what struggle means.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a favorite to beat Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in November.

It’s Time for a Political Revolution: Vote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  June 26th

One of the favorite words of all Socialists and Communists is ‘revolution‘. Every dictator that rose to power anywhere in the world in the last 150 years used that word as they took over thier respective countries in murderous blood baths like we saw in Cuba, Russia, and many other places in the 20th century.

Now Ocasio-Lopez wants to bring that same revolution to America.

Here is the platform of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez taken from her website:

  • MEDICARE FOR ALL: Improved and Expanded Medicare for All is the ethical, logical, and affordable path to ensuring no person goes without dignified healthcare. Medicare for All will reduce the existing costs of healthcare (and make Medicare cheaper, too!) by allowing all people in the US to buy into a universal healthcare system. TRANSLATION: Vote for me, I will give you free stuff. Healthcare is not a right, it is goods and services that is bought and sold like anything else. Just ask anyone who lives in a country with socialised medicine how they like it. My aunt, who lived in England, had to wait 3 months to see a doctor for kidney trouble. 
  • ABOLISH THE IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT AGENCY: It’s time to abolish ICE, clear the path to citizenship, and protect the rights of families to remain together. TRANSLATION: Illegal immigrants should be allowed to continue to come into this country illegally, so by getting rid of ICE, our borders will remain wide open and unchecked. File this one under ‘anarchy’. 
  • GUN BAN: Alexandria will work with the Democrats in Washington to overcome Republican resistance to life-saving, common sense gun reform, and ensure that policies are made for the American people—not the NRA. She will fight to end America’s gun violence epidemic caused by weak gun laws, NRA-controlled politicians, and the apathy preventing progress on addressing this issue. TRANSLATION: Banning alcohol did not stop anyone from drinking, but it did give nearly unlimited funding to the Mafia which propelled their rise to power in the 1930’s and 40’s. Banning guns will stop zero violent shootings, and will ensure that only the criminals are armed. 

America is not a democracy, it is a Constitutional Republic found not on majority rule, but on the rule of law. This system is in direct opposition to all Socialism, Communism, and every other form of repressive government this sin-cursed world can come up with.

The idea of ‘Democratic Socialism‘ in America is antithetical to the founding principles of freedom and justice for all that our great nation is based on. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Cynthia Nixon, and all the other Democratic Socialists are not looking to further our way of life, they are looking to change it.

So when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is calling for REVOLUTION!, you would do well to believe her.

via REVOLUTION! The New Darling Of The Liberal Left Is Hardcore Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Now The End Begins

June 28, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest U.S. judicial body, giving President Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative.

With a second Supreme Court pick less than 18 months into his presidency, Donald Trump is poised to cement conservative control of the court and fire up supporters eager for a rightward shift on divisive social issues.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he wants to pick a U.S. Supreme Court nominee who will serve on the court for 40 to 45 years.

Women activists are planning a “mass civil disobedience” act in the U.S. capital on Thursday ahead of weekend protests across the country against the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

EU leaders meet in Brussels for two days of talks on migration that German Chancellor Angela Merkel described as “make or break” for the union.

The U.S. State Department will downgrade Malaysia in its annual report on human trafficking to be released later on Thursday, a source told Reuters, just a year after the Southeast Asian nation was upgraded for making progress.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to travel to North Korea next week to discuss the country’s denuclearization plans, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on July 16 in Helsinki, the Kremlin and the White House said on Thursday, a first official summit that will be closely watched by nervous U.S. allies in Europe and critics of Russia in America.

AP Top Stories

Puerto Rico’s non-voting representative in Congress is introducing a bill that seeks to make the U.S. territory a state by 2021.

French President Emmanuel Macron, accused at home of straining France’s secular foundations by seeking to mend ties with the Catholic Church, discussed Europe, migration and poverty in an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis on Tuesday.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary victory over powerful U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in the working-class New York district stretching from the Bronx to Queens is likely to propel her avowedly left-wing platform into the Democratic mainstream as the 2018 midterm elections heat up. But her detailed proposals to deal with climate change could prove among the most influential at a time when the Democrats have failed to rally around any policy that could feasibly reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically enough to make a difference.

Chinese President Xi Jinping stiffly defended his country’s claim to disputed islands in the South China Sea after US Defense Secretary James Mattis questioned the militarization of the region in a day of meetings in Beijing Wednesday with top officials.

Poland on Wednesday amended a controversial Holocaust law that sparked outrage in Israel by imposing jail terms on anyone claiming the government was responsible for Nazi German war crimes.

Ultra-plain packaging for tobacco products might become the norm worldwide if a World Trade Organization panel rules in favor of Australia on Thursday in what is seen as a test case for public health legislation globally.

Complex organic molecules have been discovered originating from one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus, adding to its potential to support life, researchers said on Wednesday.

The United States could still block the delivery of F-35 stealth jets to Turkey if Ankara buys Russia’s S-400 air defense system, a senior official said Wednesday.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari faced calls to improve security or resign, after more than 200 people were killed in the latest bloodletting between herders and farming communities.

According to Marvel President Kevin Feige, who confirmed in an interview with The Playlist this weekend that at least two LGBTQ characters are set to appear in future films.

BBC

At least 17 civilians have been killed in an air strike on a basement shelter in south-western Syria, activists say, as warplanes pound rebel-held areas.

The Dutch city of Amsterdam has chosen former political leader Femke Halsema to be its mayor, the first woman to be given the role in its history.

The top court in the US has ruled that states and public sector unions may no longer collect fees from workers without their consent, a defeat for supporters of organized labor.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has called Mike Pence a “poisonous viper” after the US vice-president met Venezuelan migrants in Brazil. Mr Maduro said Mr Pence, who had accused him of running a “devastating dictatorship”, made predictable statements every time he spoke.

A British nurse has been convicted of trafficking five Nigerian women into Germany to work as prostitutes after subjecting them to voodoo rituals.

The Chinese government has criticized a US move to expand the powers of its foreign investment watchdog. The government is worried that the move means the US will use national security concerns unfairly in order to restrict Chinese investments.

Tom Goron , a 12-year-old French boy, has broken the record for crossing the English Channel in a small children’s sailing dinghy. He set sail from the Isle of Wight at 05:00 local time on Wednesday and arrived in France 14 hours and 20 minutes later.

WND

A U.K. court ordered that a relationship heretofore reserved for LGBT members – civil partnerships – must be made available to heterosexual couples, all in the name of human rights.

Anton Krasovsky stands alone: the only out LGBTQ person willing to stand for election in Russia. That’s if the authorities allow him to run for mayor of Moscow this September.


News – 6/28/2018

Abbas to Prince William: Palestinians are serious about peace
Abbas told William that the Palestinians are “serious about reaching peace with Israel, where the two states would live next to each other in security and stability on the June 4 [1967] borders. This has been our position for a long time. We want to achieve peace through peace negotiations.”

Trump-Putin summit to be held in Helsinki
Trump had said on Wednesday that the Finnish capital was a potential site for the summit but the two countries planned to announce the date and time on Thursday.

Journalist presses Charges against Maxine Waters
“I filed a police report w/Capitol Police against Maxine Waters. Yesterday when I confronted her on Capitol Hill, she ASSAULTED me. She hit my hand, then she swatted me in the face twice w/her papers. I’m pressing charges,” Loomer tweeted.

New eruption of Mount Agung disrupts air travel, Bali, Indonesia
Several eruptions were registered at Indonesia’s Mount Agung volcano in Bali on June 27 and 28, 2018. The eruptions produced a dense ash plume that rose up to 5 km above sea level and forced AirAsia to cancel numerous flights on June 28. Officials in Ngurah Rai International Airport are still assessing whether to halt operations again.

Summer snow blankets parts of Newfoundland in late June
It may be summer, but snow was falling in parts of Newfoundland Tuesday. “I never seen it this late in June. I seen it in June but can’t remember it being this late and this much,” said Lushman, who shared a photo of a flowers he had planted on Sunday that were now buried in snow.

Trump: “Lover Strzok” Got “Poor Marks” On Testimony For “Refusing To Answer Questions”
Lover FBI Agent Peter Strzok was given poor marks on yesterday’s closed door testimony and, according to most reports, refused to answer many questions. There was no Collusion and the Witch Hunt, headed by 13 Angry Democrats and others who are totally conflicted, is Rigged!

Judge To Hear Alleged Islamic Takeover Of U.S. Schools
A federal court has scheduled a hearing in July on a case alleging Muslim activists have hijacked curriculum in San Diego’s public school district.

The Lost Tribes Of Israel Are Making Their Way Back To The Holy Land, Just Like The Prophecy Says
Rabbi Michael Freund, head of Shavei Israel, brought home another 225 Bnei Menashe this week as part of the return of the tribes of Israel that was prophesied to follow the return of Judah.

Jeff Sessions says migrant children are smuggling drugs into US
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that officials have recently captured five children who were carrying enough fentenayl to kill “millions of people.”

It’s Almost July and Snow Is Falling in Newfoundland, Canada
Residents of Newfoundland, Canada, were greeted with snow and biting cold winds Tuesday morning despite the fact that July begins in just a few days.

Facebook now under fire for deep spying
Facebook is facing growing negative reaction to its privacy intrusions.

Rico Tice quits Archbishops’ evangelism team over sexuality teaching
In an interview published on the GAFCON website he said he had “profound disappointment” over the way some within the Church have pushed for complete inclusion for those in same sex relationships.

About 200 Christians Murdered in Heinous Killing Spree
In a 60-hour killing spree that began last weekend, about 200 Christians were slaughtered in Plateau State even as the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom was departing Nigeria.

Florida School Drops Common Core – Soars To Number One
A school in Florida has soared to the number one position in the State’s top schools list, after it ditched the Common Core program in favor of traditional teaching methods, according to government statistics.

Swedes Are Taking the Mark of the Beast In Great Numbers
The Swedes have lost their collective minds. They are allowing their country to embrace the fact that they are going to spend a billion dollars facilitating more Muslim immigration into their country. The citizens of Sweden, however, are about to lose a lot more than a billion dollars. They are about to lose their collective souls.

FDA finally approves the USA’s first medicine derived from marijuana – is full decriminalization coming next?
In a move tens of millions of Americans never thought they’d live to see, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the country’s first medicine derived from marijuana, which has led supporters of recreational pot use to believe full decriminalization may be coming next.

White Brits Will Soon be a Minority in UK’s Second Largest City
50,000 of Birmingham’s 1.2 million population cannot speak English

Bill Gates quietly funding effort to develop thousands of new vaccines that conveniently ‘might’ become pandemics
Bill and Melinda Gates, via their Gates Foundation, have donated billions of dollars to fund new vaccines—medicines that, in fact, have caused great harm to a great number of people.

Government document confirms vaccine link to microcephaly
The adverse event-deniers who insist that vaccines are 100 percent safe and never cause any problems in children clearly missed a little-known 1991 study published by the United States Government.

Trump Admin Won’t Intervene As Syria Strikes Obama/CIA Backed Rebels In Southwest
President Trump’s administration has all but given the green light for Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin to destroy the Obama/CIA-backed rebel terrorist groups operating in southwest Syria.

A type of fungus uses a surprising method to talk to each other to infect you better
..as a study in Nature Communications revealed that it can “communicate” with each other to infect more people effectively.

Senator Richard Pan is pushing a bill that would make it a “crime” for anyone to question vaccines
Fake News. The term that didn’t even exist five years ago has now become everybody’s favorite way to suppress free speech. The latest person to jump on the censorship bandwagon is California’s Senator Richard Pan, the very same politician who has already done untold damage by mandating vaccinations for all Californian schoolchildren with his infamous SB277 bill of 2015.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

In Today’s Edition

  • Kennedy’s retirement has Democrats in a bipolar panic.
  • Leftist librarians denigrate Laura Ingalls Wilder for “racism.”
  • Feminists think the U.S. is a dangerous place for women.
  • Why empowered, intelligent women should be conservative.
  • If the (brown) shirt fits…
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

A SCOTUS Tidal Change?

The retirement of Justice Kennedy has consigned Democrats to an alternating bipolar state of apoplexy and shear panic.

Leftist Librarians Denigrate Beloved Children’s Author

The gatekeepers of America’s libraries now claim Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writings were racist.

Feminists: Freest Nation on Earth on Par With Boko Haram

Why is the U.S. ranked so poorly when it comes to safe places for women?

Why Empowered, Intelligent Women Should Be Conservative

Women are trending Democrat, but there are many reasons to reconsider that shift.

If the (Brown) Shirt Fits…

The hateful vitriol of the American Left is reminiscent of a hateful vitriolic 20th century leader.

Video: The Unhinged Left in 2018

The GOP has an effective campaign ad using Democrats’ own words and actions against them.

Democrat Protagonists Are Masters of Hypocrisy

If hypocrisy were a virtue, Democrats would be the most virtuous among us.

Thursday Short Cuts

Disgusting: “Stock up on abortions now. Roe v. Wade is gone.” —”comedian” Michael Ian Black

Thursday Top Headlines

Kennedy retires, House rejects immigration bill, Mexican violence, North Korea, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Tony Perkins
Kennedy’s Retirement a Recipe for Successor
Victor Davis Hanson
Progressives Should Back Up Their Rhetoric on Immigration
George Will
The Fourth Amendment Enters the 21st Century
Cal Thomas
Thirty Years of ‘Global Warming’ Panic
Edwin J. Feulner
Tariffs Harm the Exporting Country and the Importing Country

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Old-Time “Circuit Riders . . . Today’s Preacher” A Comparison

Prosperity Gospel Sweeping Africa, Pentecostals, Ignores Jesus: Anglican Conference Bishops

New Church Parking Tax, Filing Requirements Trigger Fresh Debate on Financial Transparency

Church Refutes Claim Cancer Patient Was Told to Stop Taking Medication Because of Holy Spirit

Former pastor sentenced to prison for molesting 10-year-old

Knife-wielding man demanded woman to worship Satan, deputies say

China – Communist Officials Arrest Pastor During Sermon, Demand Church to Stop Gathering


Headlines – 6/28/2018

Prince William tells Palestinians ‘you have not been forgotten’

Prince William meets President Abbas in first West Bank visit by royal

Abbas tells Prince William: Palestinians serious about peace with Israel

Prince William describes Palestinian Authority as a country in meeting with Mahmoud Abbas

Prince William to Abbas: ‘I’m glad our two countries work so closely together’

Prince William said to refuse to meet with Mayor Barkat in Jerusalem

Bill boycotting Israeli settlements back up for debate at Irish parliament

Lieberman: Abbas pays NIS 100 million to terrorists a month

Liberman blames Abbas, PA terror payments for Gaza’s woes

Knesset bill to stop Palestinian terrorist payments moves forward

Police seize thousands in Hamas cash from family of dead terrorist who killed 8

IDF shoots, wounds 3 terrorists breaching Gaza border

Military branches of all terror organization in Gaza take responsibility for latest rocket fire

Rockets launched from Gaza cause early morning scramble for bomb shelters

Rockets launched at Israel from Gaza hit record number in 2018

Progressive Democrat who accused Israel of Gaza ‘massacre’ upsets NY incumbent

French imam who heads an interfaith group gives sermon predicting Israel’s demise

French Jews call for action against imam who predicts Israel’s demise

Spain: Ground Zero for Europe’s Anti-Israel Movement

Polish party leader: Israel ‘fully confirms’ our position on Holocaust

Netanyahu on softening of Polish Holocaust law: We fulfilled our duty to safeguard historical truth

Netanyahu takes credit after Poland amends Holocaust law, says dispute now over

How the US pressured Poland into softening its law on Holocaust speech

Israel boycotting 38th U.N. Human Rights Council session

Israeli energy stocks plunge on huge Egyptian gas find reports

Israel Confident in U.S. Protections in Any Saudi Nuclear Power Deal

Syria’s role in chemical weapons attacks to be investigated

Syria war: Air strikes knock out hospitals in Deraa

Syrian forces’ push into east Daraa ‘could spark humanitarian crisis’

US begins to dismantle Iran nuclear deal sanctions relief

US presses UN Security Council to sanction Iran

Iranian president blames ‘Israeli and American campaign’ for economic slump

Iran’s Khamenei calls on securing ‘businesses’ amid economic protests

Iran reopens uranium plant after 9 years to step up enrichment

Post-election Crackdown: Erdogan Detains 324 Security Staff in 24 Hours

U.S. Says It Will Sanction NATO Ally Turkey for Russian Defense System

France to host international humanitarian conference on Yemen

Hotel in Russian World Cup host city evacuated due to alleged bomb threat

Putin meets Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton

John Bolton just did a complete 180 on his Russia stance after meeting with Putin

Pompeo corrects Trump, says North Korea is a nuclear threat

Satellite Images Reportedly Show North Korea Upgrading Nuclear Research Facility

In Mexico, rising ‘mass crime’ defies security forces

Mexico goes to the polls this weekend. 132 candidates have been killed since campaigning began, per one count

EU chief says Europe must prepare for the worst with Trump

Poll: 59% fear violence from Trump haters, 31% predict civil war

Rabbis, Pastors and Other Faith Leaders Arrested While Protesting Trump Policies in Los Angeles

Justice Kennedy to retire; Trump can cement court’s conservative majority

Anthony Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court’s pivotal vote, to retire

Liberal Meltdown Over Justice Kennedy Retirement

Schumer Demands Congress Use ‘Biden Rule’ in Choosing Kennedy Replacement

U.S. oil prices settle at highest since 2014 as crude supplies notch biggest weekly drop of the year

Police Storm NYC JetBlue Flight After Pilot Mistakenly Reports a Hijacking

‘Preparing the battlefield’: Hackers implant digital grenades in industrial networks

Japan probe arrives at asteroid after nearly four-year space odyssey

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 31,000ft

Negra, Sierra volcano on Galapagos erupts to 20,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Kirishimayama volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Ebeko volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

‘Unprecedented’ wildfire prompts home evacuations near Manchester

Air pollution killing thousands of infants in Africa, study says

Papua New Guinea polio outbreak declared

Is Gene Editing the New Name for Eugenics?

Jewish couple helps overturn ban in UK on heterosexual civil partnership

U.K. Supreme Court Rules It’s Unfair To Offer Civil Unions Only To Same-Sex Couples

Meet Anton Krasovsky, the Gay Man Running for Mayor of Moscow

String of transgender murders could be the work of a serial killer, activists fear

Florida man pointed knife at woman to get her to worship Satan with him, cops say

Mysterious sonar ‘anomaly’ reported off North Carolina

Posted: 27 Jun 2018 07:38 PM PDT

Mysterious sonar ‘anomaly’ reported off North CarolinaA strange “sonar anomaly” had NOAA explorers diving off the coast of North Carolina on Wednesday, hoping for an explanation.  NOAA has not been afraid to notch up suspense about the area, noting it could be “an archaeology site, a geological formation or otherwise.”

It’s anybody’s guess what “otherwise” means, but UFO enthusiasts might be tingling with ideas. The site is being called the “Big Dipper Anomaly” by the crew aboard NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer, which launched a remotely operated vehicle in the area at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. READ MORE

Destructive flooding strikes parts of Greece

Posted: 27 Jun 2018 07:32 PM PDT

Destructive flooding strikes parts of GreeceDestructive flash floods hit parts of Greece on June 26, 2018, causing serious structural damage. Numerous rivers burst their banks across the mainland, sending high-speed flood waters through populated regions.  One of the worst-hit areas is the town of Mandra, the seat of Mandra-

Eidyllia municipality, where 24 people died after similar flash flooding in November 2017. There are no reports of injuries, but structural damage is very high.  Around 30 homes were flooded and local roads submerged in the area of Kanalia after streams broke their banks, eKathimerini reports. Some 40 firefighters were on duty in the broader area and responded to scores of calls to pump out flooded basements or rescue stranded motorists, with the assistance of 17 fire engines. READ MORE

 

Earthquake strikes Britain near Gatwick Airport, First reported in 250 years, shakes Houses

Posted: 27 Jun 2018 10:33 AM PDT

Earthquake strikes Britain near Gatwick Airport, First reported in 250 years, shakes HousesA magnitude 2.6 earthquake that “shook houses” has struck in Surrey around 4km away from Gatwick Airport, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).  The earthquake, measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale, was recorded near the village of Newdigate in Mole Valley at a depth of 5km at around 12.30pm on Wednesday.

In the wake of the earthquake, there was multiple reports of shaking and a “loud thud” as seismic waves rattled through the region.The tremor comes just three months after a 2.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Newdigate on April 1, Easter Sunday. It was the first earthquake to be recorded in the region for more than 250 years. READ MORE


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Congressman warns US heading towards civil war – 31% of Americans agree

The United States is heading towards civil war, Congressman Steve King has warned. His sentiments are mirrored by a troubling new poll which shows that 31% of Americans believe a second civil war is likely in the next five years.

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POLL: In One Month, Trump’s Approval Rating With Hispanics Soars 10 Points

A new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill revealed something astonishing: not that President Trump’s approval continued to climb, resting at 47%, but that his approval rating among Hispanics soared a staggering 10 points in the last month.

Source: POLL: In One Month, Trump’s Approval Rating With Hispanics Soars 10 Points

Resistance Activists Form Angry Mobs Targeting Undesirables In Order To Stop Rise Of Nazism — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Many on the left are concerned that conditions in the U.S. are similar to those that led to the rise of Nazi Germany, but a number of Resistance activists have come up with a foolproof solution to stop Nazism: angry mobs to intimidate the unpopular and unwanted members of society. According to leftists, organizing groups…

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