Daily Archives: July 5, 2018

July 5: Discernment, Knowledge, and Action

1 Samuel 10:1–11:15; James 2:14–18; Psalm 119:65–80We often wonder whether God hears our prayers. Even when we acknowledge that God deals with each petition we send His way, we experience doubt because we don’t understand how He has handled our plea. Yet instead of asking “Is God hearing me?” we should be asking God to help us grow closer to Him and gain a better understanding of His ways. We should echo the words of the psalmist, “You have dealt well with your servant, O Yahweh, according to your word. Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe your commands” (Psa 119:65–66).We often misunderstand the concepts of discernment and knowledge. Discernment allows us to know God’s will and perceive the decisions He would have us make. Knowledge helps us to understand God Himself, primarily His character. Both of these concepts are grounded in our relationship with God and others, both empower us to work for Him—and we are called to cultivate both qualities in our lives.Unless we know God, we’re incapable of successfully doing His work. We must be willing to talk to God honestly about our relationships, as the psalmist does in Psalm 119:69–72. The psalmist acknowledges that he needs God’s help in all matters of his relationship with God and all matters of his relationship with others. He understands that he cannot even begin to know God without the power of God helping him.We must be empowered for action, both in the intimacy of prayer and in the reality of relationships. And we must support what we believe with our works, as the letter of James call us to do: “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (Jas 2:14–26).Reflecting regularly on how God has worked with us and is working in us allows us to recognize that everything in our lives has a purpose. God often works in others through us, and that great calling requires us to have knowledge of Him and discernment about His workings in our world.How are you discerning the great work of God in your life? How are you enhancing your knowledge of God?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.

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July 5 Union with Christ

“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5).✧✧✧Christ is your life, and you are an integral part of what He is accomplishing in the world.The Jewish culture of Peter’s time centered on the Temple in Jerusalem. Apparently drawing from that picture, Peter used vivid language to teach that God no longer dwells in an earthly, material, temporal house but in a spiritual house. Christ is the cornerstone, and the spiritual house He is building is comprised of individual believers.That analogy introduces us to the first spiritual privilege Christians enjoy: union with Christ Himself. That makes Christianity utterly unique among religions. Buddhists are not said to be in Buddha; Muslims are not in Muhammad, or even in Allah; a Confucian is not in Confucius. Only Christians are united with and receive their spiritual life from the object of their worship.When you came to Christ, the living stone, you became a living stone yourself. You possess His resurrection life and draw from His spiritual resources. That’s what Peter meant when he said that God “has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).Ephesians 2:19–22 adds, “You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” Christ is the cornerstone of the church, built on the foundation of Biblical truth, which is the divine revelation given through the apostles and prophets. Rejoice in the privilege of being united with Christ and learning from His Word!✧✧✧Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for selecting you as one of His spiritual stones. Seek His wisdom and grace in living each day to His glory.For Further Study: Read Acts 17:24, 1 Timothy 3:15, and Hebrews 3:6, noting what they teach about God’s spiritual house.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 199). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Kentucky Defies Leftists & Atheists, Brings the Bible Back to Schools

The state of Kentucky just defied those who want every remnant of the Christian faith to be removed from public schools. In a ceremony last week, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed a bill that allows public schools in the state to teach the Bible, WDBP reported. “The idea that we would not want this to… The post Kentucky Defies Leftists & Atheists, Brings the Bible Back to Schools appeared first on Conservative Tribune .

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Would Jesus Bake the Cake?

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case held that a government cannot punish a baker for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony if that government has also shown hostility toward the baker’s religion. While hardly a resounding defense of the Christian’s right to both own a business and not celebrate sin, I suppose that it was better than finding against the baker.

This kind of case demonstrates the ever-increasing tension for Christians to decide if they are going to accommodate the public’s desire to embrace the LGBTQ movement or not. Refusing to cater gay weddings gives rise to charges of discrimination—never mind the fact that these same bakers regularly served gay customers. They only objected to doing something that would affirm same-sex “marriage” contrary to their conscience. This is why Justice Kennedy, who voted in favor of same-sex marriage, stated in the recent ruling that, “creating a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding would be equivalent to participating in a celebration that is contrary to his own [Jack Phillips’] most deeply held beliefs”).

The artists object to the MESSAGE being sent, not the person. They have routinely served gay people. But they do not want to endorse a message that is sinful or violates their religious convictions. These merchants (bakers, florists, photographers) were often targeted by gay couples who knew they could find services at a dozen other locations, but sought to publicly shame the Christian’s stance and close down their business. They wanted to make an example of them and to instigate cases that could go to the courts, which they knew would generally side with them.

Role Reversals

Yet, when the situations were reversed, say, when a Christian went into a gay baker’s establishment and asked for a cake that stated, “We do not support gay marriage,” it was the Christian who was threatened with a lawsuit. Tolerance and freedom of speech seems to be a one-way street with the LGBT community, and indeed a misguided judicial system which prizes LGBT “progress” over religious convictions (and over bedrock truths which have been the foundation of Western civilization, not to mention most of recorded history).

In a New Mexico case, photographer Elaine Huguenin declined to participate in a same-sex wedding, not wanting to use her artistry to participate in that which violates her biblical faith. The two lesbian women decided to report Elaine for not endorsing their ceremony (so much for their tolerance), filing a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. The Commission found Elaine guilty of “sexual orientation discrimination” and ordered her business to pay nearly $7,000 in fees to the couple (and cost her much business).

“One of the [New Mexico Supreme Court] justices said that the Huguenins are ‘now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,’ and he declared that this compulsion ‘is the price of citizenship.’”

However, when the roles were reversed, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission didn’t care. A homosexual hairdresser named Antonio Darden refused to cut Governor Susan Martinez’s hair because she opposed same-sex marriage. Both refused services, but the homosexual was applauded, while the Christian was fined. The media hailed the hairdresser as a hero, but when the roles were reversed, the Christian was a bigoted, intolerant, hateful, discriminatory, 2nd class citizen who opposed equal treatment. Yet, this was never said about Mr. Darden. And indeed, when the tables were turned, nothing happened to the gay coffee shop owner who refused service to Christians who were pro-life advocates. An outstanding article on the rampant, intentional double-standard and hypocrisy can be found here.

As James Hamilton notes in his commentary on the Song of Solomon:

“Our time is notable for massive sexual confusion, distortion, and perversion. Pornography is pervasive. Adultery is celebrated in the culture at large, the devastation of divorce normalized, the fiction of same-sex ‘marriage’ legalized—all satanic attempts to make immorality moral through the permission of the legislature. In this subverted moral universe, those who adhere to morality as the Bible asserts the Creator intended it are regarded as bigots, or worse.”

So, don’t be surprised if our sexually confused culture calls on you to compromise your biblical standards. If that happens, don’t do it. Let me help you, by asking the question this way: If Jesus was a baker, and He was asked to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony, would He do it? Various actors, journalists, and political pundits are sure that He would.

Here are three reasons why He wouldn’t:

  1. Jesus attested to the truthfulness of the Scriptures, which unanimously condemn any sexual relationship outside of heterosexual marriage.

Homosexuality is a sexual sin like adultery, fornication (pre-marital sex), prostitution, and incest, and all condemned by Jesus. See more on this below). Would Jesus bake a cake and write on it “Happy Adultery Day!”? Of course not. And in the same way He would never bake a cake which endorses the sin of homosexuality (the root) and same-sex “marriage” (the fruit). Anyone who says that Jesus would simply bake the cake is either totally deceived, politically motivated, or is completely ignorant of Jesus and the Bible.

For instance, Jesus said in Mark 7:21-22:  

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23)

Now, the word that’s translated “sexual immorality” [porneia] is a very broad word. If you look in any Greek dictionary, it will say that porneia refers to any sexual sin. It can refer to prostitution, adultery, incest, homosexuality, or other sexual sins.

Jesus didn’t need to list every possible sexual sin, because He simply upheld God’s original design of sex within marriage. But the very fact that he used porneia would no doubt trigger in the Greek reader’s mind that homosexuality was sinful or evil as Jesus said in verse 23. Jesus assumed Old Testament morality, and did not need to repeat what the Hebrew Scriptures said about incest, or bestiality, or a host of other sins, including homosexuality. They’re all captured in this term and in a host of other verses on sexuality throughout the Bible.

Don’t believe the myth that Jesus never condemned or disapproved of homosexuality any more than you should believe the myth that Jesus never condemned wife-beating since there’s no one specific verse from His mouth in the Gospels on that either.

God’s Word wisely often gives general principles because they address more scenarios than referring to one specific case. So, for instance, in commanding husbands to love their wives, Jesus ruled out all abuses, whether physical, verbal, or emotional. And in teaching that marriage and sex is between a husband and a wife (Matt. 19), Jesus ruled out all perversions, especially homosexuality, as any good Jewish rabbi would do. In fact, there are 10 major passages in the Bible, Old and New Testament, which uniformly condemn homosexuality as sin (see Dr. Kaiser’s excellent work on these passages in What Does the Lord Require?: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching Biblical Ethics, chapter 9).

Christians cannot endorse or celebrate homosexuality and its extension, same-sex “marriage” any more than they could endorse adultery or prostitution. Any sexual relationships outside of the one-man, one-woman procreative union is immoral and contrary to our biology, God’s design, and God’s Word. Jesus had the highest view of Scripture – all Scripture is equally God-breathed (2 Tim. 3). Because of this, He would never do anything to promote what His Word calls sin, such as bake a cake which celebrates or endorses homosexuality (cf. 1 Cor. 6). (For those who question our interpretation of Leviticus, it’s important to remember that Jesus set aside the food laws or civil laws that specifically governed Israel as a theocracy under the Old Covenant, but in no way annulled the “moral laws” in the Old Testament for the church under the New Covenant).

  1. In the New Testament, Jesus upheld the definition of marriage from the Old Testament.

In other words, Jesus did refuse to condone homosexuality by upholding God’s pattern for human sexuality and marriage. When the Pharisees questioned Jesus Christ about the thorny issue of divorce, Jesus referred them back to the creation account to remind them of God’s good, original, and holy design. Stay tuned as to why this is so critical.

It is written in Matthew 19:

And Jesus answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? [Jesus, quoting Genesis 2 here refers to the sexual union that only a man and a woman can experience according to God’s good design] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. (Matthew 19:4-6)

With this teaching, Jesus Affirmed God’s Design for marriage.  Jesus didn’t have to repeat what God inspired in the Old Testament. God’s design is simple: one man, and one woman in marriage can have sex, and anything outside of that – premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, rape, or any perversion – is sin in God’s holy eyes. It’s wrong, and is to be shunned, not promoted as normal – and certainly not celebrated, even if it has been enshrined into law.

Jesus never directly spoke out against bestiality, incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, sex with minors, or any other sexual aberration. He didn’t have to. Why? Because by affirming God’s original design for human sexuality, He automatically condemned any and every deviation from that standard. By affirming biblical marriage, He excluded homosexuality as a viable alternative, despite the world’s attempt to make it seem normal, natural, or healthy, all of which are untrue. Because of Jesus’ firm stance on biblical marriage, He would never bake a cake which undermines His revelation about marriage and His creation of it (cf. Col. 1; John 1).

  1. Jesus called sinners to repent.

Jesus did not join them in their sin, promote their sin, endorse their sin, support or participate in their sin, nor celebrate their sin.  He called them out of their sin through repentance, so that they could turn from their sin and follow Him as result of His saving grace and transformative power.

Whether it was the woman at the well (John 4), Nicodemus (John 3), the rich young ruler (Mark 10), Zacchaeus (Luke 19), or Paul (Acts 9), Jesus was a friend of tax collectors and sinners (Matt. 11:19; Luke 7:34), but not of sin. He dined with these people in order to save, redeem, and transform them. He always called them to leave their lifestyle of sin in order to follow Him.

Jesus did not endorse their sin. He is the great physician who came to heal sick souls (Mark 2:15-17), not to leave them in their sickness by calling good evil and evil good (Isa. 5). He always called people to repent, to turn from sin, whether it was greed, idolatry, religious moralism, or sexual immorality. This is a form of love since love does not rejoice in unrighteousness (1 Cor. 13). Love sets people free from sin (John 8; 1 John 3; Rev. 1:5); it does not encourage them to continue sinning.

Typically, the people who say that Jesus would bake the cake, as if He would endorse the sin of homosexuality and the distortion of His gospel design of marriage, are the same people who say, “I can’t believe God would ever send anyone to hell,” or “I think God is in favor of no-fault divorce because I believe He just wants me to be happy.” But this is a god of their imagination, not the God of revelation. In other words, this is a god of their own making, a false god, an idol, designed to reinforce their presuppositions and never to challenge them. As Tim Keller has said, “If your god never disagrees with you, you might just be worshiping an idealized version of yourself.”

Far-Reaching Implications

The Masterpiece Cakeshop case that has implications far beyond LGBT proponents vs. Christians. For instance, should a Jewish caterer be forced to cook and serve pork contrary to their kosher laws for a potential customer’s wedding (or to have to work on the Sabbath)? Should a gay person be forced to print shirts which mock their lifestyle?

We would not expect a baker, who was also a 9-11 widow, to be forced by the government to create a cake which said on it, “9-11 was a success! Allahu Akbar!” just because the Muslim customer cries “Discrimination!” Should a black woman who owns a print shop be forced by the government to print invitations to a KKK rally? (However, I am not equating civil rights based on skin color with sexual choices). In these situations, business owners should have the right to refuse service. If what is being asked of them violates their conscience (and especially their religion), then they have the constitutional right (and God-given right) to object to serving such customers.

Protect Both “Sides”

I submit that both homosexuals and Christians should have their convictions protected and that the government cannot and should not compel either to act against their deeply cherished beliefs. That means a gay baker shouldn’t be forced by the government to produce a cake that say something derogatory about their lifestyle. An atheist web designer can’t be compelled by the government to create an apologetics website, a Jewish filmmaker can’t be forced to produce pornography, and a Christian florist can’t be forced to make a floral arrangement for a ceremony that violates Scripture and her deepest beliefs about God, sex, gender, marriage, family, and the living picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tolerance used to mean that we could agree to disagree. Now, tolerance means you must agree with, affirm, and celebrate what I want. That’s not tolerance. That’s coercion or brainwashing. This incorrect definition of tolerance has led to an incorrect legislative interference that threatens our First Amendment rights. When the government steps in to force people of faith to approve of or celebrate perverse behavior, Christians must practice civil disobedience, especially when such governmental tyranny is unconstitutional and the customer is asking for the artist’s endorsement of their sinful behavior through their ceremony or celebration. This is certainly closer to an Orwellian thought police than the “inalienable” rights granted from God and the freedoms supposedly guaranteed under the First Amendment.

But more is at stake here than simply our freedom. Our culture has already lost the concept of marriage as God-given and God-defined, and if Christians join in celebrating gay weddings we will slowly see the understanding of marriage wane in the church as well. And when marriage falters, the gospel is eclipsed. Christ didn’t marry Christ and the church didn’t marry the church – as same-sex “marriage” pictures. Christ’s bride is the church and is a living illustration of the gospel, as the apostle Paul teaches (Eph. 5:22-33).

Fighting for marriage, as salt and light in the culture, as Jesus called us in Matthew 5, is a battle worth fighting. It’s not our primary objective – that is preaching the gospel and spreading the message of salvation. But, marriage is fundamental to any society, to any nation, and the church must never back down or give up when it comes to promoting what is good for all people and upholding the picture of the gospel (Heb. 13:4).

All biblical Christians believe that marriage is only the union between one man and one woman and cannot endorse or celebrate anything else. One day, when a polygamist asks for a cake, the Christian baker will have to decline this as well. This proves that the issue is not about discriminating against homosexuals, but standing for God’s design of marriage (Gen. 2; Song of Solomon; Matt. 19; 1 Cor. 7; Eph. 5; Col. 3; 1 Pet. 3; Heb. 13). Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead in order to free us from the power of sin and death (Rom. 6).

Because of the previous points and much more, Jesus would never bake a cake which celebrates that which He calls sin and distorts the symbol of His union with the church, namely biblical marriage which He designed. Put simply, Jesus would definitely NOT bake the cake.

 

This article is an abridged work. Please email Steve (31prayersapp@gmail.com) for a much longer and more-detailed argument which addresses a variety of other issues including how homosexuality is a choice and not genetically determined.

For additional study, I recommend: Robert Gagnon’s scholarly tome, The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics; Kevin DeYoung’s What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? and https://bible.org/article/homosexuality-biblical-christian-view

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July 5, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump interviewed three possible candidates to fill a coming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the White House said, a day after he spoke to Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah about the job.

The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded an extensive set of guidelines put in place under President Obama that had called on colleges and universities to consider race as a way of promoting diversity.

A Senate Intelligence Committee report released supports three U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The U.S. Navy stands ready to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce, a spokesman for the U.S. military’s Central Command said on Thursday, after Iran threatened to block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if Washington bans its oil sales.

Germany, Austria and Italy will hold talks next week on how to “shut” the southern migration route into Europe and plan to work together on that issue, Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday.

At least 17 people have been killed in fighting between militants from Somalia’s al Shabaab group and clan militias in the country’s central semi-autonomous region of Galmudug, residents and the group told Reuters on Thursday.

Boeing will buy a controlling stake in the commercial aircraft arm of Brazilian planemaker Embraer under a new $4.75-billion joint venture, cementing a global passenger jet duopoly.

Oil edged lower on Thursday but still stood not far off its highest in 3-1/2 years, boosted by potential disruptions to flows from Iran and the Middle East despite a fresh demand from U.S. President Donald Trump that OPEC cut prices.

The labor market is viewed as being near or at full employment, with the jobless rate at an 18-year low of 3.8 percent. The unemployment rate has dropped by three-tenths of a percentage point this year and is near the Federal Reserve’s forecast of 3.6 percent by the end of this year.

Led by Peru, more than 50 countries urged Venezuela to restore the rule of law and open its doors to humanitarian assistance, as an economic crisis causes shortages of medicine and growing malnutrition.

AP Top Stories

A Thai official overseeing the rescue operation of a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave said the 12 boys and their coach may not all be extracted at the same time depending on their health.

The first lady Melania Trump visited with wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after traveling to the Washington-area hospital on a trip the White House did not publicly announce until after she had arrived.

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked the government to stop providing detained parents with a new form that offers the choice to either be deported to their home country with or without their children after the families were separated at the border.

A Californian wildfire that began on the weekend has rapidly spread across 70,000 acres (28,000 hectares), authorities said Tuesday, with a growing number of areas affected by mandatory evacuation orders.

Despite no signs of North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons any time soon, South Korea is literally bouncing ahead this week with peace efforts with its rival, which was threatening war just months ago.

AT&T, which recently acquired Time Warner in a landmark merger, is hiking up the prices for some DirecTV customers, even after telling a federal judge earlier this year that the merger could lower prices for its customers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is now calling for the abolition of our current immigration system and a restructuring of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after facing criticism for dancing around the issue.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is set to dazzle most of the world, except the U.S., just shy of a year after the 2017 solar eclipse created a path of totality across America.

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A wild banana that may hold the key to protecting the world’s edible banana crop has been put on the extinction list. It is found only in Madagascar, where there are just five mature trees left in the wild.

The home secretary has accused Russia of using Britain as a “dumping ground for poison” after a second incident involving the nerve agent Novichok.

A father died protecting his children in a rare polar bear attack in Canada’s northernmost territory of Nunavut.

A father died protecting his children in a rare polar bear attack in Canada’s northernmost territory of Nunavut. Chinaka Adoezuwe, 26, was killed after instructing the man to shoot him as he was wearing the charms around his neck. The client has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Syrian government and Russian warplanes are reportedly pounding rebel-held areas of south-west Syria, after rebels said talks to reach a truce had failed.

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It seems, according to a report in Reason, that Facebook “flagged and removed a post consisting almost entirely of text from the Declaration of Independence.” As “hate.”

Now the Episcopal Church is debating about overhauling its Book of Common Prayer, which is used in Episcopal congregations worldwide. The debate centers on making sure that prayers in the book are clear that God is not male, but doesn’t have a gender, The Washington Post reports.


News – 7/5/2018

Meet Spain’s First Transgender Woman Competing In The Miss Universe Pageant
Angela Ponce, who was born a biological male, stands at 5’9″ and claims to have started identifying as a woman at age three. She won this year’s Miss Universe Spain and will now compete against all the participating women — who were born female — later this year in Miss Universe.

Westminster Abbey urged by African ambassador to hand over looted relic
Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK said the tabot – a tablet representing the Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments – belonged in an Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Hailemichael Aberra Afework told The Art Newspaper: “We are urging all those who hold items looted from Ethiopia to return them. “This includes the tabot held at Westminster Abbey.

The Left Celebrates July 4 By Denouncing The First Amendment
If you’re on the Right, it is not news that the Left wants to shut us up. The only change is that this goal is being announced openly in the leading publications of the mainstream Left, specifically in a long article in The New York Times warning about “How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment.” Weaponized. That’s right, they’re giving the First Amendment the same treatment they gave the Second. Does free speech seem as scary and dangerous as an AR-15 yet? So what’s wrong with the First Amendment? It protects people the Left doesn’t like. No, really, that’s the argument.

“20lbs Of Human Waste” – Major Medical Convention Abandons San Francisco Citing Street Safety
Tourism is big business in San Francisco, bringing in $9 billion dollars a year to the city’s businesses. Now, a major medical convention expected to bring in 15,000 visitors and drop $40 million in less than a week has decided it will stop bringing its members to the City by the Bay because they don’t feel safe walking the streets. “I come from a third world county and it is not as bad as this,”

The New Oil Cartel Threatening OPEC
When reports emerged that India and China are in talks about forming an oil buyers’ club, OPEC was probably too busy with its upcoming June 22 meeting to concern itself with that dangerous alliance. Now, it may be time for it to start worrying.

Third earthquake reported in Israel’s north
An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale was reported in the cities of Tiberius and Safed in the north of Israel Thursday morning.

Deal with Hamas on the way?
Hamas-affiliated journalist claims process underway for deal in which bodies of soldiers and civilians held by Hamas will be returned.

Palestinians: Mahmoud Abbas hospitalized for second time in two months
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized for the second time in two months, a senior Palestinian official told The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication Maariv.

Netanyahu Lifts MK Ban on Temple Mount Visits
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted a request by MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) and rescinded his executive order banning sitting MK’s from visiting the Temple Mount.

Defense Ministry carries out missile test from central Israel airbase
Israel’s Defense Ministry conducted a missile test from the Palmachim air base early Thursday morning. “In the framework of the Homa [missile defense] directorate, a planned test launch was conducted this morning,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement, without elaborating on what type of missile was launched. The Defense Ministry conducts regular missile tests from the Palmachim air base near the city of Rishon Letzion south of Tel Aviv.

Earthquake hits Israel’s north, for the third time in a week
An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale was reported in the cities of Tiberius and Safed in the north of Israel Thursday morning.This is the third earthquake in the region this week. An earlier earthquake was felt by residents of the Haifa and Western Galilee region at around 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Downing Street sets out some details of new Brexit customs plan
Downing Street has set out some of the detail of how customs could be handled after Brexit. No 10 says its new plan – dubbed the “facilitated customs arrangement” – offers “the best of both worlds”. The details come as Theresa May and Angela Merkel prepare to discuss the progress of Brexit negotiations when they hold talks in Berlin later.

Syria war: Warplanes pound south-west after truce talks fail
Syrian government and Russian warplanes are reportedly pounding rebel-held areas of south-west Syria, after rebels said talks to reach a truce had failed. A monitoring group said there had been more than 600 air strikes and barrel bombings in Deraa province overnight. The attacks intensified after rebels rejected the terms of a ceasefire proposed by the Russian military.

New York City to Roll Out Buses of Peacekeepers After Violence in Communities
New York City will spend $1.8 million this year to roll out “mobile trauma units,” or buses filled with counselors and peacekeepers, to crime scenes throughout the city in an effort to ease tensions in communities after acts of gun violence. The buses will be deployed in January 2019 to each borough to provide trauma relief, as well as job and educational opportunities. Some team members have prior criminal records and former gang affiliations.

Iran’s Guards threatens to block oil shipments in Gulf
An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that Tehran will block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if the United States bans Iranian oil sales. “If they want to stop Iranian oil exports, we will not allow any oil shipment to pass through the Strait of Hormuz,” Ismail Kowsari was quoted as saying by the Young Journalists Club (YJC) website.

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s on Tonight
The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and…smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge. In recent years, data companies have harnessed new technology to immediately identify what people are watching…then using that information to send targeted advertisements to other devices in their homes.

Israel-Syria border agreement in danger of collapsing
The 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria may be in danger of collapsing, with Syria’s announced intention to return military forces to the town of Quneitra, located three kilometers from the Israeli border. The city is located in the buffer zone between Israel and Syria, that according to the Separation Agreement is supposed to remain demilitarized.

Australia Passes Law To Fine Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate Their Children
Australia has passed a controversial new law that has reinforced it’s “no jab, no pay” policy by fining parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.

More Doctors Admit to Diagnosing Healthy Patients with Cancer to Boost Profits
A growing number of doctors are now going on the record to admit they have been intentionally diagnosing healthy patients with cancer as it’s more profitable to treat them for the life-threatening illness.

California Governor Jerry Brown Releases 10,000 Pedophiles, Rapists From Prison
Over 10,000 sex offenders including convicted pedophiles and rapists have been released onto the streets thanks to Governor Jerry Brown and the ruling of a Superior Court Judge in Sacramento who say crimes such as “raping a drugged or unconscious victim” or “intimately touching an unlawfully restrained person” are not violent crimes.

BREAKING! Soros Caught Hiring Crisis Actors To Stage ANTIFA Attacks
Alex Jones breaks down how Hollywood is hyping up domestic terror to create friction between Americans as George Soros hires actors to participate in ANTIFA attacks.

Facebook deletes Declaration of Independence text as ‘hate’
Algorithm can’t tell difference between white nationalists, Jefferson

Home Office Told to Keep Importing Refugees to Every UK Town
George Soros-funded NGO Citizens UK has launched a campaign demanding the Home Office extend the refugee resettlement scheme to every corner of Britain.

Ten Year Old Drag Queen Celebrated By The Left
In case you were wondering what the depths of depravity looks like, we have it on video.

UK Court Upholds Ban on Praying Outside Abortion Clinic
The High Court of England and Wales ruled Monday that a “no-prayer zone” around a London abortion clinic is legal, in a move expected to encourage the establishment of similar buffer zones in the United Kingdom.

Mexico Reduces Legal Age Of Sexual Consent To 12
Mexico has lowered the legal age of sexual consent to just 12-years-old, becoming the latest nation to give in to pressure from an international liberal network of activists determined to normalize pedophilia and legalize sex with children across the world.

Blood Moon: Eclipse over Jerusalem Signals ‘End Times’}
The Blood Moon’s coming appearance over Jerusalem this month is claimed to be hugely significant as many esoteric and astrology communities claim is the sign of ‘end times.’

Scientist Behind Global Warming Theory Admits Data is False
The scientist who is widely regarded as the “Father of Global Warming” has admitted that the data used to promote his theory was false and manipulated to fit an agenda.

Transgender Model to Compete in 2018 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant
For the first time in the international beauty pageant’s 66 year history, a transgender female has been approved to compete in Miss Universe.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times.” —George Washington (1777)

In Today’s Edition

  • The two parties’ visions couldn’t be a starker contrast.
  • Dear Millennials: Don’t conform to what that label is supposed to mean.
  • Facebook’s censorship strikes even the Declaration of Independence.
  • Trump understands the history of the U.S.-North Korean debate.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Contrasting Party Visions — Hope vs. Despair

Donald Trump and DNC Chief Tom Perez present a clear choice for Americans.

Don’t Conform to the Millennial Label

Being born in the 1980s or ’90s doesn’t mean one has to succumb to groupthink.

Unpatriotic Facebook Blocks Declaration of Independence

The social media giant exposes its leftist bias, calling our founding document “hate speech.”

Trump Understands U.S.-North Korea History

John Bolton puts to bed any suggestion that North Korea can pull the wool over Trump’s eyes.

Video: Are College Students Proud to Be American?

Campus Reform hits the streets of New York to ask young people their opinion.

Video: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

This Fourth of July, when you watch the fireworks, think about the Declaration of Independence.

Thursday Short Cuts

Hillary Clinton on her supporters’ vitriol: “If some of that comes across as a little uncivil, well, children’s lives are at stake.”

Thursday Top Headlines

Fourth of July shenanigans, Facebook censorship, Democrats’ future, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Jonah Goldberg
Trump Must Stick to His Supreme Court List
Marc A. Thiessen
The Left’s Contempt Is Going to Reelect Trump
Star Parker
The Demagoguery of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Byron York
Donald Trump’s Mainstream Immigration Policy
Walter E. Williams
College Destruction of Black Students

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Grace Church of the Islands Pastor Deposed for Abusing Men and Boys With Foot Fetish

Supreme Court Finalist Amy Coney Barrett Is Allegedly a Member of a Religious Group That’s Been Called a “Cult”

Episcopal Church Debates Whether to Make God Gender-Neutral in Book of Common Prayer

Former Crystal Cathedral Begins ‘Holy Year of Preparation’ for Grand Opening as Catholic Church

Haunting Images Reveal Eerie former Base of Notorious Lost Cult

UK – ‘Gay conversion therapy’ to be banned as part of LGBT equality plan

‘Thank God for Abortion’ Float Appears in New York City Homosexual Pride Parade

America Is Helping: Iraqi Christians Thank US for Helping Them Rebuild After ISIS Destruction


Headlines – 7/5/2018

Palestinian official slams Trump, Kushner; says ‘real estate men’ won’t solve conflict

Palestinians favour jailed leader Barghouthi as Abbas successor

In ‘surprise’ move, Slovakia says cultural mission to open in Jerusalem

Two more minor earthquakes send tremors through Israel’s north

Ultra-Orthodox MK suggests earthquake was due to Western Wall mixed prayer area

Ban on Israeli lawmakers visits to Temple Mount lifted

Rare Coin From Fourth Year of Jewish Revolt Found in Ancient Jerusalem Drain

Not Just Israel: Middle East Is the Most Active on Social Media, Poll Finds

For the First Time, an Israeli Will Head UN Human Rights Committee

Germany negotiating prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel – report

Palestinian teen shot in Jerusalem embassy Gaza border protests dies of wounds

IDF chief visits Golan Heights as masses of Syrians flee to the area

Defense official to Israeli TV: Syrian troops in buffer zone will be targeted

Assad’s regime pounds south Syria after rebels say talks with Russia failed

Assad’s bombings damage Roman theater in city mentioned by Pharaohs

Iraq launches major offensive against ISIS after they executed abductees

Hezbollah may have pulled half its forces out of Syria

Jordan Says Waiting for Assad’s Permission to Give Aid to Refugees in Syria

Jordan’s foreign minister tells Russia ceasefire needed in southern Syria

Syrian rebels say talks with Russia over south ‘failed’

Russia: Complete Iranian withdrawal from Syria is ‘absolutely unrealistic’

Austria’s Kurz to Rouhani: ‘Unacceptable’ to question Israel’s right to exist

Netanyahu Praises Trump, Calls on Europe to Break Relations With Iran, In July 4 Message

Netanyahu: Rouhani’s attempts to stave off US sanctions will fail

Rouhani calls Trump’s sanctions a “crime and aggression”

Iran says Trump’s oil ban on Iran is ‘self harm’

Rouhani says US has not thought about consequences of Iran oil ban

Iran’s Guards threatens to block oil shipments in Gulf

US vows to keep oil lanes open after Iran threatens to block key strait

U.S. Sidelined as Five Powers Set to Give Iran New Assurance

After Promises Of ‘Transparency,’ Pentagon Under Scrutiny For Troop Number Blackout

Japan’s Shinzo Abe Cancels Iran Visit Over U.S. Pressure, Report Says

Rouhani threatens to cut level of cooperation with nuclear watchdog

U.S. softens North Korea approach as Pompeo prepares for more nuclear talks

U.S. Does Not Recognize Russia’s Annexation of Crimea, Says White House

Russian Nerve Agent Strikes U.K. on Eve of NATO Summit

U.K. Police: ‘Major Incident’ as Couple Poisoned in Attack Similar to One on Former Russian Double Agent

‘Pure Genocide’: Over 6,000 Nigerian Christians Slaughtered, Mostly Women and Children

Somalia’s terror group bans ‘harmful’ plastic bags

Saudi Arabia Still Detaining Dozens From Corruption Crackdown

Turkey issues decree transferring powers to president

Erdogan to be sworn in Monday with new powers

Mexico’s president-elect shuns guards, asks ‘people’ for protection

Trump shocked aides with repeated talk of invading Venezuela, US official says ?

Fish for flour? Barter is the new currency in collapsing Venezuela

Merkel warns against trade war as Trump takes aim at cars

UK reportedly tells Trump he cannot meet with Brexit architect Nigel Farage

Merkel warns of worldwide financial crisis

Rife With Anxiety, Markets Are Churning at the Fastest Rate Since 2008

In U.S., Record-Low 47% Extremely Proud to Be Americans

Journalists struggle to keep online threats from escalating

Police: gas prices fuel stabbing

The New Oil Cartel Threatening OPEC

Trump slams OPEC on Twitter over gas prices, says cartel is ‘doing little to help’

‘Our most fundamental values are under attack’: Democrats issue bleak July Fourth statement

NASA to test ‘quiet’ supersonic flights over Texas

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Dawei, Burma

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Shijak, Albania

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Guatemala raises number of missing to 332 in deadly volcano eruption

West Pacific Tropical Storm Maria Now Quickly Intensifying Near Guam; Why This Name is Still Being Used

Hurricane Fabio rapidly losing strength far off west Mexico

Houston streets flood after heavy rains, sparking memories of Harvey

Record breaking rain kills 6 in Lahore, brings city to stand still

Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week

Heat wave smashes records around the world – a look at the sizzling temperatures

Record-breaking heat wave turns deadly in southern Canada, eastern US

Exploding wildfires in US West derail holiday plans

A July 4 Without Fireworks? Wildfire-Plagued Cities Turn to Drones

A vaccine we don’t even use anymore is a reason polio keeps spreading – yes, really

First test tube rhino embryos could bring extinct species back from dead

Episcopal Church Debates Whether to Make God Gender-Neutral in Book of Common Prayer

Woman Faces 20 Years in Prison for Embezzling Over $800K From Her Church

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 10:19 AM PDT

Woman Faces 20 Years in Prison for Embezzling Over $800K From Her ChurchA 63-year-old woman has been found guilty of embezzling more than $818,000 from a Catholic church in Wisconsin.  Deborah Marcellus, who served as the director of development of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rice Lake, this week pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Madison to wire fraud and filing a false income tax return, according to the Sawyer County Record.

Marcellus generated more than 200 fraudulent checks from church bank accounts for $818,604 from 2011 until April 2017, according to an investigation done by the IRS and the Rice Lake Police Department. St. Joseph’s Church and the Diocese of Superior cooperated in the probe. U.S. District Judge James Peterson has scheduled sentencing for Oct. 2, and she faces up to 20 years in federal prison. READ MORE

Facebook flagged Declaration of Independence quotes as “hate speech”

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 10:08 AM PDT

Facebook flagged Declaration of Independence quotes as “hate speech”It seems all content is not created equal. A Facebook algorithm categorized parts of the Declaration of Independence as hate speech and took down excerpts of it ahead of the Fourth of July.  An editor for the Liberty County Vindicator, a community newspaper in Texas, said Facebook took action after the paper started posting the text of the historic document. The Vindicator posted the Declaration of Independence in 12 parts on its Facebook page leading up the nation’s birthday. Facebook sent a notice that one of those parts “goes against our standards on hate speech.”

According to the Vindicator, Facebook flagged a passage that included the phrase “merciless Indian savages” at the end of a long rebuke of King George III. After the Declaration’s famous opening lines about all men being created equal and having an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it goes on to list 27 specific grievances against the king’s rule. The last of those reads: “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” READ MORE

Series of quakes in Israel stir remembrance of 80-Year-Old prophecy prelude to Gog and Magog War

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 09:55 AM PDT

Series of quakes in Israel stir remembrance of 80-Year-Old prophecy prelude to Gog and Magog WarNorthern Israel was shaken by four small earthquakes in less than 24 hours on Wednesday and though it is impossible to absolutely predict seismic activity, seismologists warn that the region is due for a major shake-up.  The recent earthquakes hint at deeper meanings. One mystic predicted 80 years ago that major earthquakes in Israel would precede the War of Gog and Magog, making the earth-shattering changes necessary to bring the Messiah. And a scientist, seeking to find a historical pattern, discovered a compelling link between earthquakes and prophecy.

The first earthquake hit at around 4:50 a.m., followed by another at around 10:45 p.m..Two more followed at around midnight and 1:30 a.m., all registering aout 4.2 on the Richter Scale with their epicenter approximately 5.5 miles north of Tiberias. Though relatively gentle, the tremors were felt in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  Though there were neither reports of injury or damage, earthquakes are cause for concern in Israel which is part of the geologically active Syrian-African Rift, extending from Lebanon to Mozambique. READ MORE

Eerie ‘eye of God’ appears in the sky in the middle of nowhere

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 09:45 AM PDT

Eerie ‘eye of God’ appears in the sky in the middle of nowhereFootage has emerged that appears to show what some are dubbing the “eye of God.”  The clip was filmed in China’s Inner Mongolia and shows a menacing-looking cloud formation in the shape of a glaring eyeball.  The video is currently going viral on Chinese social media after a resident filmed it in the Hulunbuir Region. No other details appear to be available on the extraordinary clip, which was shot on

June 25. But it does seem like the sky is clear, apart from a single cloud that weirdly hovers over the sun. It comes after incredible footage claims to show God walking across the sky between clouds in a patch of brilliant white light. The astonishing clip begins by showing a storm gathering in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as huge gray clouds loom. The woman who posted it said: “Hey, we’ve got a storm over here. READ MORE

America not prepared for catastrophic asteroid impact

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 06:17 AM PDT

America not prepared for catastrophic asteroid impactMillions of people would die if a rogue asteroid barrelling towards the planet struck as the USA is not ready to deal with such an impending threat, a shocking NASA report revealed.  The National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan report warned an asteroid just 40metres to 60m-wide would be enough to cause unimaginable death and destruction.  Dire asteroid impact estimate maps

show what would happen if such an asteroid struck in the heart of New York.  The resulting blast would completely level the neighborhoods of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, New Rochdale, Jersey city and extend out into Staten Island, Paterson, Newark and White Plains. Current NASA estimates suggest there are more than 300,000 objects larger than 40m orbiting the sun that could pose an impact hazard. READ MORE

Deadly hailstorm strikes Valencia, Italy producing damage to 127,200 acres of crops

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 06:08 AM PDT

Deadly hailstorm strikes Valencia, Italy producing damage to 127,200 acres of cropsAn intense storm that hit Spain’s Valencia on Sunday, June 30, 2018, caused ‘extremely serious damage’ to crops in the region, with up to 11,000 ha (27,200 acres) of crops affected. The storm caused ‘extremely serious damage’ in the La Ribera area of Valencia and many farmers lost their entire crop, Valencia   farming association, AVA-ASAJA said.  According to the first estimate made by the association, the agricultural area affected by the storm exceeds 11 000 hectares (27,200 acres),

with economic losses of up to €47 million (US$58 million).  Persimmons are the worst affected. Some 3 500 ha (8,650 acres) were affected, many of which had 100% losses, AVA-ASAJA said. The organization estimated this would translate into a 15% drop in production on the next crop, which, added to the 10% reduction the industry was already expecting due to frosts in February and March, will lead to Valencia’s persimmon production dropping by a quarter. READ MORE

Record 36,605 lightning strikes in a day, large hail destroys homes, cars and crops in France

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 06:01 AM PDT

Record 36,605 lightning strikes in a day, large hail destroys homes, cars and crops in FranceViolent thunderstorms hit parts of southwestern France on July 4, 2018, producing a total of 36 605 lightning strikes in 24 hours. This is the worst day in terms of lightning strikes in France so far this, breaking the previous record of 33 841 strikes recorded on May 28, 2018, according to Meteo France.

In just four days (July 1 – 4), Meteo France registered approximately 87 000 lightning strikes across the country, which represents more than half of the ‘normal’ July lightning strikes. 28 departments were placed on Orange alert, the second highest warning: For more on this story and incredible pictures click HERE

‘Extra’ Host Mario Lopez Reveals ‘Unfortunate’ Truth for Christians in Hollywood

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 05:46 AM PDT

‘Extra’ Host Mario Lopez Reveals ‘Unfortunate’ Truth for Christians in HollywoodIt’s no secret Christianity is a tough sell in Beverly Hills, and in a recent interview, popular E! News host Mario Lopez described that reality as “unfortunate.”  “[Faith] is alive in me. It’s not really as prevalent [in Hollywood] as I think it should be,” Lopez told podcast host Lucas Miles in early June. “If you don’t think necessarily the way the left does entirely — they don’t embrace diverse thought, so it’s

unfortunate.” The beloved child actor went on to say he knows some people to whom faith holds an “important” place, adding, “It’s just not as embraced as you think it would be.”But despite the unwillingness in Hollywood to rally around Christianity, Lopez noted the irony of how successful faith-based movies have become in recent years. He even predicted more Christian movies coming in the future. READ MORE

How to Know Heaven Is for Real

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 05:34 AM PDT

How to Know Heaven Is for Real(By Jentezen Franklin) Life can be difficult. At any given time, there are precious people who are strained and stretched to their limit emotionally. There are people struggling with physical pain or pressured by financial difficulties. There are people challenged by disharmony and chaos in their families and their marriages. It’s part of life on earth.  Satan tries to keep us focused on our problems so we forget about our promises. He wants us to live shallow, earth-bound lives. Our enemy wants us to focus on the temporary and lose sight of the eternal, because we become dangerous to his plans when we have eternity in our sight.

He doesn’t want us to remember we are headed for heaven. The apostle John wrote these words while marooned on the Isle of Patmos: “After this I looked. And there was an open door in heaven. The first voice I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’ Immediately I was in the Spirit. And there was a throne set in heaven with One sitting on the throne!” (Rev. 4:1-2). READ MORE

Rare 3.0 earthquake strikes England, 2nd Quake in weeks

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 05:22 AM PDT

Rare 3.0 earthquake strikes England, 2nd Quake in weeksAn earthquake has hit England with residents across Surrey and Sussex feeling the 3.0 magnitude tremor. The epicenter has been placed in Cranleigh, a small village a few miles west of Crawley.  The tremor hit the Crawley area at 11.53am, with the United States Geoglogical Survey placing the epicentre at Cranleigh, Surrey. Terrified residents said they heard what sounded like thunder as they felt the ground shaking and furniture moving.  Aleesha Farnham, of Bewbush, just outside Crawley, told the Croydon Advertiser how she was screaming in fear as the earthquake struck. She said: “I’m in a bit of a state of shock. I was getting my son down for his nap. Then for about five maybe six seconds I felt this awful noise. The house was shaking. “Then the only way I can describe it was I thought it was a rumble of thunder. But shortly after the rumble everything started shaking. READ MORE

An earthquake struck Britain on June 27th near Gatwick Airport, First reported in 250 years, shakes Houses – A 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. READ MORE

 

Walmart removes ‘Impeach’ Trump shirts after outrage

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 11:05 AM PDT

Walmart removes ‘Impeach’ Trump shirts after outrageWalmart on Tuesday removed shirts and other gear from its online marketplace bearing the phrase “Impeach 45” after supporters of US President Donald Trump lambasted the retail giant on social media. Walmart nixed the items after images of jerseys and baby gear with the anti-Trump slogan went viral on social media. At midday, the phrase #BoycottWalmart was trending on Twitter.

“These items were sold by third-party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart,” a company spokesman said. “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.” The controversy highlights a challenge of doing business in a country increasingly polarized by politics, where supporters and critics of Trump have become more vocal in pressuring companies with boycott threats when they appear to be taking sides. READ MORE

 

Deadly wildfires continue to spread in the West, Hundreds of homes destroyed

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 10:57 AM PDT

Deadly wildfires continue to spread in the West, Hundreds of homes destroyedA growing swath of wildfires in western United States threatens to damper holiday plans as park rangers and fire officials across the region have greatly curtailed accessibility to National Parks and campgrounds ahead of the Independence Day holiday.  In the Colorado mountains, a wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes, while blazes across the parched U.S. West kept hundreds of other homes under evacuation

orders. Late Monday, a fire near Fort Garland, about 205 miles southwest of Denver, had destroyed 104 homes in a mountain housing development.  The so-called Spring Creek fire is one of six large wildfires burning in Colorado. While investigators believe it was started by a spark from a fire pit, other fires were started by lightning. READ MORE

Bright fireball streaks across skies of Guangdong, China

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 10:49 AM PDT

Bright fireball streaks across skies of Guangdong, ChinaA very bright fireball was recorded streaking across the sky over southeast China’s province of Guangdong at 17:50 UTC on July 2, 2018 (00:50 local time, July 3).  According to EXOSS Citizen Science Project, the fireball crossed over Guangdong’s Buolo County and lasted more than 5 seconds.

Although its middle part was covered by clouds and the last part blocked by a building, it is still possible to notice its great brightness. The event comes just one month after another very bright fireball exploded over the Chinese city of Jinghong in Yunnan Province. READ MORE

Record-breaking rain strikes Lahore, leaving most of it under water and without power in Pakistan

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 10:40 AM PDT

Record-breaking rain strikes Lahore, leaving most of it under water and without power in PakistanHeavy monsoon rains, described as the worst in decades, left at least 9 people dead and 10 injured in the Pakistani city of Lahore (population 6.3 million) on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The city received record-breaking rain that left much of it under water and without power. Heavy rains are expected to continue falling across the region over the next 3 days. Residents are urged to heed official warnings. The city of

Lahore, capital of Punjab Province, received a total of 252 mm (9.9 inches) of rain in 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday, breaking the previous daily rainfall record set in 1980. Floodwaters left many many people were stranded in their homes and damaged over 200 electricity feeders across the city, leaving much of it without power. The storm also disrupted air and land traffic, as major roads turned into pools. READ MORE

Deadly Heatwave grips eastern Canada, leaving 11 dead in Montreal, 15 across Quebec

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 10:34 AM PDT

Deadly Heatwave grips eastern Canada, leaving 11 dead in Montreal, 15 across QuebecA sweltering heat wave is affecting much of central and eastern Canada. At least 15 people have died in Quebec over the past few days, with 11 in the city of Montreal, prompting city officials to unveil their emergency response plan to avoid a spike in the number of deaths. The heat wave started on Friday, June 29 with temperatures reaching more than 45 °C (113 °F) this past weekend along with high humidity. The warm and humid airmass over Southern Quebec will persist through Thursday, July 3.

Today, humidex values will reach near 40 °C (104 °F). However, conditions will grow even more uncomfortable on Thursday with humidex values reaching 43 °C (109.4 °F). Montreal residents made hundreds of calls to 811 and ambulances on Monday and Tuesday, July 2 and 3, 2018, forcing officials to raise the city response level from ‘alert’ to an ‘intervention.’ The city’s public health director, Dr. Mylène Drouin, said officials want to avoid repeating what happened in 2010 when extreme heat caused 106 deaths in the Montreal area. READ MORE

Series of earthquakes rattle northern Israel

Posted: 04 Jul 2018 10:29 AM PDT

Series of earthquakes rattle northern IsraelA minor earthquake rattled the Haifa region and northern Israel early Wednesday morning, followed by several smaller tremors, authorities said. The temblor registered a 4.1 on the Richter scale and was

centered four kilometers deep in the northern Sea of Galilee, the Israeli Geophysical Institute said. It struck at around 4:50 a.m., according to the institute. There were no reports of injuries or damage. MORE


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SORRY DEMOCRATS: Only 25% of Voters Want to Get Rid of ICE – 55% of Voters Want ICE to Stay — The Gateway Pundit

White liberal protesters gathered in Oakland this week to protest ICE officials during a bust.

ICE was breaking up a CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING RING at the time.

Democrats protested the raid.
They wanted ICE out.

From the video: We love our neighbors. They also wrote with chalk on the ground saying, “OPD is a disgrace.” They were thinking this was an immigration investigation because Homeland Security was out here but we just word from Oakland police that this was in fact a federal criminal search warrant executed in connection with human sex trafficking of juveniles right here in the 700 block of 27th street.

Another liberal interviewed in the video was upset that she saw so many ICE agents “entering my neighbor’s house.”Despite their support from the liberal mainstream media — only 25% of voters agree with Democrats and want to get rid of ICE.
55% of voters who still think rationally want ICE to stay.
Via Rasmussen:

A growing number of Democrats are calling for abolishing the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, but even among voters in their own party, there’s not much support for the idea. Maybe that’s because voters think the government needs to be even more aggressive in deporting illegal immigrants.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 25% of Likely U.S. Voters favor getting rid of ICE whose duties include border control. Fifty-five percent (55%) are opposed. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.

via SORRY DEMOCRATS: Only 25% of Voters Want to Get Rid of ICE – 55% of Voters Want ICE to Stay — The Gateway Pundit

HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST: Dirty Cop Mueller’s Indictments and Where They Stand Today — The Gateway Pundit

Dirty and Corrupt Cop Robert Mueller and his team of conflicted liberal attorneys and investigators are seeing their unconstitutional witch hunt fall apart.  It seems like on a daily basis more and more information becomes available of the entire gang’s unlawful acts.  In spite of this, they charge forward hiring more troops while working with their mainstream media (MSM) to report their unlawful and phony leaks planned to keep their criminal conspiracy alive.

More than one year ago, on May 17, 2017, corrupt Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a Special Counsel to look into the phony Trump – Russia collusion allegations, a total scam to remove Donald Trump from the Presidency that he won.Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself of anything related to Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign and the Robert Mueller Special Counsel team took over to investigate the alleged Trump crimes.  Ironically over the past year, no crimes related to the President have been uncovered but numerous crimes have been uncovered related to the Deep State’s corruption, abuse and brazen disregard for the rule of law through the Trump – Russia ‘Witch Hunt’.   One of the most profound interviews that described the events over the past few years by the corrupt and criminal individuals in the Deep State that led to the Mueller investigation was reported by the Daily Caller in January.  Legal expert Joe DiGenova explained the many criminal activities by the Deep State –Corrupt and dirty cop Mueller started the ‘witch hunt’ and began looking into individuals with any relationship with President Trump.  Mueller’s team were not interested in crimes that President Trump committed.  There are none.  Instead, Mueller went after anyone with any relationship to the President.  His entire team has serious conflicts of interest and his investigation is unconstitutional, but this has not deterred Mueller.Dirty Cop Mueller and his team went ahead and indicted some individuals related to the President and then he apparently made up other individuals out of thin air and indicted them too.  Here’s a list of the indictments and their updated current status.

General Mike Flynn

The biggest indictment to date by the dirty cops and attorneys on the Mueller team was the indictment of General Flynn for lying to the FBI.  One of the two individuals that Flynn apparently lied to was Peter Strzok in a discussion at the White House shortly after the inauguration.  Strzok was the lead investigator who took Hillary Clinton’s testimony in her email scandal and Strzok was apparently fine when with Hillary destroyed her server, 30,000 emails, numerous phones with hammers and lied to him and all of America.  However, shortly after Flynn spoke with Strzok, former Attorney General Sally Yates went to the White House and told the President the General had lied.Flynn was fired by the President and then when Mueller started his witch hunt he charged Flynn for lying to the FBI.  Flynn eventually pled guilty but the judge overseeing his plea was recused.  We later found out that Judge Rudolph Contreras was also a FISA Court judge and a friend of Strzok’s.To date Flynn has not been sentenced after the new judge demanded Mueller provide the General with all information related to his case.  Also, new evidence has unfolded of Sally Yates and/or former FBI Head Andrew McCabe doctoring and destroying evidence that led to Flynn’s conviction.  The Senate has asked the FBI and DOJ for this support but it has not been provided to date because some expect it is not there (it was destroyed).  They have also asked for the other FBI Agent who interviewed Flynn with Strzok but to date the FBI will not allow him to be interviewed by the Senate.The entire Flynn case is now not only falling apart but it appears Strzok, Yates, McCabe, Mueller and possibly others may be involved in crimes in doctoring and destroying evidence and charging Flynn for a crime as a result.This past week the judge overseeing this case demanded that Mueller’s team and General Flynn appear next week in front of the court at a status hearing on July 10th.  National Review’s Andrew McCarthy believes that Flynn’s plea is not going away, but we are more hopeful.  General Flynn was innocent and evidence supports this.  Mueller’s team of dirty cops framed him using corrupted information and the FBI probably spied on him illegally during the campaign.  He apparently was forced into a plea by Mueller’s dirty cops who most likely leveraged attacking his son for a guilty plea.  This should not happen in America.  Sure Trump can and will pardon him if convicted, but Flynn should not be charged for a crime he did not commit.Mueller’s team has been postponing the sentencing on Flynn and the best guess is that the band of dirty cops has been trying to delay the embarrassment of Flynn’s plea being overturned until after the 2018 elections.  The judge is not buying this.

The 13 Russians ‘Made Up’ by the Mueller Team

In an effort to tie their corrupt investigation to Russia, the Mueller team indicted 13 Russians after presenting their cases to a grand jury in February of this year.  Immediately, these indictments were suspect as everyone on to the corrupt Mueller team knew that these ‘Russians’ would never be brought to justice, even if they were real, because they would never come to the US to stand trial and risk being put in jail.Unfortunately for Mueller however, this too has turned into a royal mess.Lawyers defending one of three Russian companies indicted with the 13 Russians, Concord Management, showed up for court.  Mueller’s team was caught off guard and never expected this.  They immediately asked the judge for more time but the judge denied their pleas noting that they were the ones who indicted the Russian company in the first place.When the case proceeded, the Concord attorney’s noted that another of the three companies indicted by Mueller was not in existence at the time of Mueller’s indictment.  They called this a case of Mueller indicting the proverbial ‘ham sandwich’.At a following court appearance, the attorneys representing Concord stated that the corrupt Mueller team’s allegations of 13 Russian individuals impacting the 2016 election were “made up” nonsense.  The individuals were not even real.Concord Management’s lawyers revealed that Mueller’s team had ignored over 70 discovery requests they had made for information before the case.  In response Mueller’s team offered to give Concord Management’s lawyers a massive amount of social media data from those dangerous trolls who sought to influence the US election and the majority of the data was in RUSSIAN.Mueller’s lawyers then admitted that they don’t even have English translations for the Russian social media posts.  Mueller’s lawyers don’t have English translations of the Russian social media posts but somehow Americans were influenced by these Russian language posts?It was reported that Mueller’s team didn’t want to hand over the data that had been accumulated related to the Russians because the Russians would then use the information to spy on Americans (ignoring that they supposedly already had).The case of the Russians has quickly turned into a big joke.  The Mueller team should be ashamed for bringing it to the court and indicted for making the whole thing up.

Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort was President Trump’s campaign manager for a short time during the 2016 election.  The Mueller team initially charged him with multiple counts of not filling in forms required by the law starting in 2005.  In an effort to pay his legal fees, Manafort borrowed money using personal collateral or real estate.  Mueller and his team then charged Manafort with bank fraud claiming these loans overstated the value of his properties.  This past week Mueller’s team then charged Manafort with trying to tamper with witnesses.Manafort’s attorneys have argued that the entire case was unconstitutional based on no crime committed by Trump required to set up a Special Counsel and the scope of the case being unlimited and therefore also against the law related to Special Counsels.  However, the judge on one of Manafort’s cases is Obama appointed Judge Jackson.  With her record it is doubtful that Manafort will receive a fair trial and she already has disagreed with these arguments from Manafort’s legal team.Fortunate for Manafort another judge overseeing one of his cases, Judge T. S. Ellis, has asked Mueller’s team for the scope document of the Special Counsel investigation.  When the Mueller team said it was classified, the judge said he would be the judge of that.  Judge Ellis recently hammered the Mueller team for its clear motive not to bring justice in the Manafort case, but to bring down President Trump.Mueller petitioned the court to have Manafort thrown in jail and corrupt Judge Jackson complied.  The abuse that Mueller his Obama cronies have perpetrated on Manafort will go down in history.Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he wouldn’t be surprised if Judge Ellis dismisses Manafort’s cases for government misconduct.  If justice is to be served, then this will be the case.

Rick Gates

Richard Gates pleaded not guilty to all charges against him by Mueller, many related to years before the election.Rick Gates was named alongside Manafort in the recent charges brought by the special counsel. He’s accused of 11 counts related to filing false income tax returns and three counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts.Gates pleaded guilty on Feb. 23 to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges.In wake of the guilty plea, Mueller moved to drop the 22 bank and tax fraud charges against him. The decision to drop the more expansive charges against Gates could suggest that the former Trump campaign official is cooperating and providing good information to Mueller’s team.Manafort has challenged the court as to the constitutionality of indictments for activities before the 2016 election.  He has a valid argument which would no doubt relate to Gates’ case as well.

George Papadopoulos

Papadopoulos has a questionable background.  He was a young man who traveled to the UK and apparently was set up by spies inserted into the Trump campaign by the FBI in early 2016.A former foreign policy adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in 2017 to making false statements to the FBI regarding “the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials,” according to court documents.Papadopoulos, like the others indicted, is under gag orders so we really don’t know what he did or said to the FBI.  If he was set up as has been implied in the recent news stories, he too may have a chance to have his case overturned.

Alex van der Zwaan and Richard Pinedo

These are two individuals no one has ever heard of or will ever remember.  van der Zwan was charged with lying to the FBI and Pinedo was charged for selling bank accounts to Russians, even though Pinedo said he didn’t know he was selling accounts to Russians.  Both cases sound suspect and more related to abuse of power by the Mueller team than actual crimes being committed.

In Summary

In spite of the pitiful cases Mueller’s gang has put together to date, they continue to spin the media with pro witch hunt leaks almost daily.  The Mueller team continues to hide the numerous gang members that have been removed from the team for various legal reasons to the point that Congress has now asked for a list of former and current witch hunt participants.  The gang also reportedly not only is continuing to move forward but they are bringing more crooked gang members on board.It’s sad that the only news coming out of the Mueller witch hunt is fake news leaked to the corrupt media while the embarrassing news about corrupt members of the team being terminated is withheld from the public for months.

All in all, Mueller’s indictments are pathetic and falling apart but this is not stopping dirty cop Mueller.  He and his team of corrupt and conflicted deep state crooks should not only have their cases thrown out, they should be indicted for their actions and efforts to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. 

via HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST: Dirty Cop Mueller’s Indictments and Where They Stand Today — The Gateway Pundit

London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan Authorizes Whoppingly Disrespectful ‘Baby Trump’ Balloon To Fly Over England For President’s Visit — Now The End Begins

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday gave a group permission to fly a 20-foot-tall balloon depicting President Donald Trump as an angry baby over London when the president visits the city later this month

London’s muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, is the man whose legacy will be that he presided over the greatest violent crime wave London has seen since the days of Jack the Ripper. Mayor Khan is astoundingly unapologetic about it, and indeed is seeking to be re-elected to a second term. If Brits are stupid enough to elect him again, then they deserve what they get.

Now this same man has given the green light to a Liberal protest group to fly a 20 foot high helium filled balloon called ‘Baby Trump’, whose only purpose is to mock President Trump when he visits the nation, that we defeated in 1776, on July 13th.

FROM BUSINESS INSIDER: London’s mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday gave a group permission to fly a 20-foot-tall balloon depicting President Donald Trump as an angry baby over London when the president visits the city later this month. Mayor Sadiq Khan described the stunt as a “peaceful protest.” The group’s plan is to suspend the balloon above Parliament Square, beside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, when Trump visits on July 13. It had launched a crowdfunding page for the project, describing Trump as “a big, angry baby with a fragile ego and tiny hands.” The campaign has raised more than £16,000 ($21,000). The London Evening Standard carried a statement from a spokesman for Khan: “The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms. His city operations team have met with the organisers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.” The balloon will not be allowed to fly more than 30 meters (98 feet) off the ground, Sky News reported. It will also be subject to authorization from the Metropolitan Police and UK air-traffic authorities. READ MORE

Now I know that our president won’t care even a little bit about this mockery of him personally, but it goes deeper than that. Mocking the American president is mocking the entire nation of America, and that simply cannot stand.

So I wonder if, in the spirit of free speech and public protest, would the muslim mayor of London allow protest groups to fly a 20 foot high helium filled balloon that mocked their ‘prophet’ Mohammed the pedophile?

Well, let’s see. Mayor Khan is the same person who authorized an anti-Israel march supporting Hezbollah to take place in London, and the same person who said he supports Sharia Law and had subway and bus ads banned that offended muslims. So clearly Mayor Khan doesn’t care if Jews are offended, or non-muslims are offended, and by authorizing that Baby Trump balloon to fly, doesn’t care if every person in America is offended.

I think it’s time to see how thick Mayor Khan’s skin is.

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ANGRY BABY TRUMP BLIMP Will Fly Over London During His Visit

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

The “Midget Muslim Mayor” of London, Sadiq Kahn, has given the go-ahead for the ridiculous blimp to fly over London during Trump’s visit.

Okay, so he’s not a midget – but 5’6″ is truly a little man.  I would stand eye to eye with him – perish that thought!

Theresa May could put a stop to this, but do you think she will?  Highly unlikely.  Either she has converted to Islam herself, or she is fearful of the Muslims who have overrun and overtaken London.

After all, they are the only group who runs down crowds in their vehicles to produce mass casualties, or sets off bombs during concerts.  Whatever it takes to instill fear in the hearts of the infidels – the Muslims will do it in the name of their prophet.

They are instructed to do so in the Qur’an.

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Parents Outraged As Pennsylvania School District Forces Students To Watch LGBTQ Videos Then Denies Parents Request See It — Now The End Begins

Celebrating something called LGBTQ ‘Unity Week’, a Pennsylvania school district forced its 2,800 students to watch pro-LGBTQ videos that the students parents were barred from viewing

An LGBTQ activist group within the Emmaus High School, called the Gay Straight Alliance club, sponsored a school-wide showing of four pro-LGBTQ propaganda videos to 2,800 students within the school. There was no notice sent home to the parents, and no opportunity for any of the students to opt-out. Then things got worse.

When rightly outraged parents contacted the school and demanded links to the videos that their children were forced to watch, they were given a swift and definitive answer. And that answer was a resounding ‘no’.

FROM THE DAILY WIRE: As The Christian Post noted of Principal Kate Kieres of Emmaus High School, where the videos were shown, “Despite parents’ requests to see the videos, Kieres stated that the school board solicitor has advised that ‘these videos cannot be sent to you, because they are part of a student project.’” In June, parents of students and the president of the state’s chapter of the American Family Association objected at a school board meeting. The religious freedom law firm Liberty Counsel sent a letter on June 22 to the superintendent of the East Penn School District asking for the links to the four videos the students saw at Emmaus High School. As The Christian Post noted, “The videos were part of activities organized for ‘Unity Week’ and the nationwide ‘Day of Silence’ sponsored by the national LGBTQ lobbying group GLSEN. The four videos that were shown to students were sponsored by the school’s Gay Straight Alliance club.” In the June 22 letter, attorney Richard Mast threatened a lawsuit under the state’s “Right to Know” law if the school didn’t cough up the links to the videos and all emails sent to the principal or the school’s GSA adviser revolving around the issue. READ MORE

And there you have the state of the Liberal-run public school system in America in 2018. Students being forced to watch pro-LGBTQ propaganda videos while at the same time taking covert measure to keep any of the parents from viewing it for themselves.

Is it any wonder why Democratic Socialism has become the new face of the Democratic Party? Forcing students to watch propaganda videos are one of the classic hallmarks of a Socialist society, as is barring the parents from having any say in the matter. This is the nightmarish vision of America that Democrats want to see become the norm.

If you are a parent of a child in the US Public School system, pay close attention to everything they are being taught. You’ll likely find that it’s rapidly becoming more indoctrination than education. As Socialism continues to rise in America, expect to see more and more nonsense like this.

Perhaps it’s time to consider homeschooling your kids.

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Pro-Life Roe v. Wade Movie Sets Off a Panic in Hollywood — Christian Research Network

“The film has been enveloped in controversy since its announcement last summer. Facebook blocked all crowdfunding for the film on its platform by restricting its ability to share posts or run ads.”

(Kyle Becker – LifeZette) The abortion debate has been rigged in popular American culture for decades.

Now, one filmmaker is looking to change that.

Nick Loeb secretively has begun filming a pro-life Roe v. Wade feature film that is enlisting the star power of Robert Davi, Jon Voight, and Stacey Dash, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film set was struck with drama when a few hired staff members abruptly quit after discovering it wouldn’t portray the pro-abortion narrative about the landmark case.

“I have been doing research on the movie trying to figure out who is producing and what the gist of the story is, and I finally found it and so I am withdrawing from this project,” one location scout said. “I am a staunch pro-abortion feminist activist and I will not be party to such horrible propaganda.” View article →

via Pro-Life Roe v. Wade Movie Sets Off a Panic in Hollywood — Christian Research Network

‘Love Trumps Hate!’ Screams Protester While Beating Republican To Death With A Shovel — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to sources at an anti-Trump rally in D.C., a liberal protester repeatedly screamed the phrase, “LOVE TRUMPS HATE!” while beating a Republican man unlucky enough to walk by the demonstration to death with a shovel. The man was waving a sign reading “DOWN WITH HATE” and shouting the slogan when he spotted the…

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JULY 5 GOD TOUCHES OUR EMOTIONS

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.Colossians 3:2 I have heard people say that “only doctrine is important.”Would they leave no room for Christian experience?Consider the preaching and the example of the famed Jonathan Edwards, used so mightily by God in the Great Awakening throughout New England in the 18th century.But, you say, “Jonathan Edwards was a Calvinist!”I know—and that is my point. Edwards was acknowledged by society to have been one of the greatest intellects of his time. Yet he believed in genuine Christian experience so positively that he wrote a well-accepted book, Religious Affections, in defense of Christian emotion.Charged by some that his revivals had too much emotion, Edwards stood forth and proclaimed that when men and women meet God, accepting His terms, they experience an awareness that lifts their hearts to rapture.What higher privilege is granted to mankind on earth than to be admitted into the circle of the friends of God! Lord, we need only go to the Scripture to see pure joy expressed by those who have been set free from the grip of sin. I pray that others will observe the deep inner joy that I possess because of Your presence in my life.[1]


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

All Sins Are Not Alike: Porneia, Chastity, And Wisdom — The Heidelblog

In some circles it has become axiomatic that sexual sins are no worse and no different from any other sins. This is only half true. To be faithful to Scripture we must divide the question because there are two things to be . . . Continue reading →

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July 5, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

35:3 I will make an altar: Jacob declared his intention to obey God’s command (v. 1). who answered me … has been with me: Jacob recalled God’s constant protection (ch. 32) and His fulfillment of His promises (28:13–15) as a reason to obey and worship God.[1]


35:2–3 Jacob’s instructions are intended to prepare his household for entering God’s presence; Bethel (v. 3) is the “house of God.” They must rid themselves of foreign gods (v. 2). As emphasized later in the first prohibition of the Ten Commandments, those who worship the Lord must not have other gods (see Ex. 20:3). Rachel’s theft of her father’s household gods suggests that polytheistic beliefs existed within Jacob’s household. These must be eradicated. The members of Jacob’s household must purify themselves (Gen. 35:2). While no details are given here, later Israelite tradition emphasized the importance of purification rituals, some of which involved the washing of clothes. This may explain Jacob’s final instruction to change garments (v. 2; see Ex. 19:10). who answers me in the day of my distress (Gen. 35:3). The present tense, “answers,” here indicates that God has consistently responded to Jacob in every time of trouble.[2]


[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 61). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (pp. 110–111). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

ROGER STONE Blasts Deep State and DNC Hacks Following Dismissal of “Russian Hoax” Lawsuit Against Him and Trump Campaign — The Gateway Pundit

On Thursday Federal District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle, a Clinton appointee, tossed a junk lawfare suit by DNC hacks alleging the Trump campaign and Roger Stone colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Judge Huvelle said in her ruling that the allegations of conspiracy were insubstantial to proceed in a court.

Today Roger Stone sent The Gateway Pundit his statement on the news that the lawsuit was thrown out.

Here is Roger’s statement:

I am gratified and delighted that yesterday the United States District Court in our nation’s capital issued a ruling dismissing the “sore loser” lawsuit filed against me and the Donald Trump campaign. This affirms my faith that the possibility of justice, though its wheels grind slowly, remains alive and well in our nation’s judiciary.

This is not only a crushing defeat for the Ivy League lawyers who abused the legal process in the filing of this action but also for the phalanx of deep state partisans who filed a misleading amicis brief with the Court.

Among the losers are John Brennan – Obama CIA Director, James Clapper – Obama Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper – Obama Director of National Intelligence, Michael Hayden – Former NSA and CIA Head Michael Morrell – Former Acting CIA Head.

The court’s unequivocal dismissal of a legal harassment campaign being waged by Clinton-Obama Democrat party proxies gives me confidence that the administration of justice in the courts of this country will not be diminished by the grotesque ploys of hyper-partisan legal mercenaries seeking to abuse our legal system as an illegitimate tool for their political vendettas.

In the meticulous 45-page Memorandum Opinion finally ending this legal travesty, Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle (an appointee of President Bill Clinton I would note) outright dismissed the baseless, malicious, incredibly-sloppy lawsuit filed almost exactly one year ago against the Trump Campaign and me personally by a thinly-veiled political front group of ex-Obama administration lawyers cynically masquerading as a “non-partisan” public interest non-profit called “Protect Democracy.”

Judge Huvelle’s decision was limited to questions of jurisdiction and she was careful to point out that her ruling is not a decision on the lawsuit’s substantive claims, per se. However, the detailed, thorough opinion Judge Huvelle fashioned is nonetheless filled with her explicit findings and statements that belie the essential credibility, believability and basic coherence of the plaintiffs’ shoddy, hyperbolic claims.

Even though the case was not decided on this basis ,plaintiffs provided no evidence or proof whatsoever of their central left-wing conspiracy theory: that I somehow worked with the Russian state to hack the DNC e-mail servers and shared the fruits of this alleged hacking with Wikileaks or the Trump campaign. This is false and can therefore never be proven in any jurisdiction.

As a rational, seasoned jurist, Judge Huvelle likely saw through the legalistic puffery and deceitful bolstering that the Democrat partisan lawfare specialists used to try to insinuate counterfeit legitimacy into their circular repetition and repackaging of nothing more than the same absurd conspiracy theories and false allegations that their partisan Democrat overseers and the fake news media parrots have regurgitated incessantly since the moment they first launched their Russian collusion hoax.

As to my counsel, it is almost impossible for me to say enough to adequately express the gratitude and respect I have for the incredibly-dedicated, singularly-skillful legal team I have in my brilliant attorneys Robert Buschel, Grant Smith and Peter Farkas. I am eternally grateful to have the benefit of such fine legal minds and the wise counsel I know I can trust implicitly with attorneys of their integrity and high caliber.

It was obvious to my counsel and me that at least one despicable ulterior objective behind the ridiculously-broad, expansive complaint the plaintiffs filed was to tie us up endlessly with petty litigious contrivances and thereby drain material and time resources which would otherwise be used to battle them politically. As such, my team worked this case with amazing efficiency and expedition.

I would note that despite this positive development, this phony lawfare action by manipulative Democrat partisan lawyers has cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs, which I will never be able to recover. Notably, Judge Huvelle’s decision to toss out this sham lawsuit is quite timely, given the more sinister tinge we can now see in the motives behind this and other full-scale legal attacks that have been very purposefully coordinated against the president and his allies.

Headline-grabbing sham litigations with the Russian collusion hoax as their impetus take on a far more nefarious cast now that the collusion hoax’s central purpose has been revealed to be not merely revenge, or even just inflicting costs, but in fact to serve as a noisy distraction to cover-up the unprecedented corruption and criminal abuses of power committed by the Obama-Clinton-Democrat government, particularly during the 2016 election.

Fake lawsuits like this one have served to pile another lair of phony diversionary distractions onto an already substantial sediment built up from what are now years of nonstop media puffing and fluffing of the collusion hoax, which nonetheless has yet to produce a scintilla of proof of any sort of coordination, collaboration, collusion or conspiracy between Donald Trump or his campaign and the Russian state or its agents. None.

I have to question why this involvement by former top national security officials, the top two on this list up to their necks in the illegal spying and manipulation activities, targeting candidate Donald Trump and his supporters in 2016 and beyond, amounting to seditious crimes, and many others with track records of lying and abusive, even-illegal excesses using untold police state-grade surveillance resources and spying methods, as well as all other manner of manipulative tradecraft.

Why would these retired or unemployed spook world luminaries suddenly take such a keen interest in a civil lawsuit (for privacy torts, no less – the height of irony given the records of these deep state spymasters) filed by a handful of low-level Democrat Party employees against the Trump Campaign and myself?

I suspect we will never know this for certain, but we do know that at least one layer of their cover-up, represented by this sham lawsuit and their larger Russian collusion hoax, has now been stripped, bringing us that much closer to the truth about who the real offenders were who attempted to manipulate the 2016 election, and continue their efforts to cling to some shadow of their former power and continue to inflict damage on the innocent parties who committed the terrible offense of beating these power-crazed abusers in an election that they had gone untold distance to rig in favor of their preferred candidate and criminal co-conspirator.

via ROGER STONE Blasts Deep State and DNC Hacks Following Dismissal of “Russian Hoax” Lawsuit Against Him and Trump Campaign — The Gateway Pundi

What about all those other books that the Church left out the Bible?

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You may sometimes hear the objection that there were lots of other gospels and books floating around at the time when the 27 books of the New Testament were standardized. The right way to answer this problem is to ask for a particular book that the challenger would like included and then to take a look at factors like the date it was written, who wrote it, and where it was written. When you look at these factors, it becomes obvious why the other books were left out.

Consider an article by Dr. Charles Quarles, who has written against an early dating of a “left out” book called the “Gospel of Peter”. Why was it left out? Because Christian are mean? Because we’re hiding the decline using Mike’s Nature trick to avoid losing billions of…

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