Daily Archives: July 6, 2018

July 6 Access to God

“You … are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).✧✧✧Christ’s death provided access to the Father for all believers.Throughout history, false gods have been portrayed as remote, indifferent, and apathetic to human needs and generally unapproachable by the common masses. Out of fear a man might attempt to appease his idols, but he has no desire or capacity to draw near to them.Even those in Old Testament times who worshiped the true God had limited access to Him. The average Jewish person could commune with God through prayer but was forbidden to approach Him physically. Only the high priest was allowed to enter into God’s presence in the Holy of Holies—but only once a year, on the Day of Atonement. Even then he had to go through a ceremonial washing and offer a sacrifice for his own sin. If he failed to prepare himself properly, he could forfeit his life.Anyone daring to usurp the office of a priest was also in danger of severe punishment by God. King Azariah (also called Uzziah) was afflicted with leprosy, King Saul’s lineage was cursed, and Korah and his rebellious followers were destroyed when the ground opened and swallowed them.However, we as Christians enjoy unlimited access to the Father through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:19–22 says, “Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.”As a member of God’s royal priesthood, you can approach Him with confidence, knowing He loves and welcomes you into His presence as much as He welcomes His own Son. Take full advantage of that access by communing with Him in prayer and offering each day as a spiritual sacrifice to Him.✧✧✧Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise Jesus for shedding His precious blood so you can have access to the Father. ✧ Praise the Father for being a personal and approachable God.For Further Study: Read Exodus 19. ✧ What did God tell Moses? ✧ For what were the people to prepare themselves? ✧ Was God approachable to the people?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 200). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.


If ye will not obey…then shall the hand of the Lord be against you.1 Samuel 12:15 Independence is a strong human trait, so men and women everywhere bristle when anyone says, “You owe obedience!” In the natural sense, we do not take kindly to the prospect of yielding obedience to anyone.Both Old and New Testaments of the Bible make it plain that sin is disobedience to the law of God. Paul’s picture of sinners in Ephesians concludes that the wrath of God will come upon those who are “the children of disobedience” (2:2–3).So, we live in a generation of men and women alienated from God, and who make a great case for individualism and “the right of self-determination.” The individual’s strong statement is this: “I belong to myself. No one has the authority to require my obedience!”Now, if God had made us to be mere machines, we would not have the power of self-determination. He made us in His image, to be moral creatures with the power, but not the right, to choose evil. We have the right to be good. We never have the right to be bad because God, the Creator, is good. If we choose to be unholy, we are using a right that is not ours! Lord, thank You so much for Your willingness to forgive when Your children err. What other religion can boast such a loving and merciful God?[1]

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

This Week in Calvinism – July 6, 2018 — The Contemporary Calvinist

via This Week in Calvinism – July 6, 2018 — The Contemporary Calvinist

Washington Times awakens to the truth that once seemed bizarre: Obama was a “sleeper cell” in the White House |

07-06-2018 • http://www.dcclothesline.com(Natural News)In a December 2015 column, Natural News founder and editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, wrote that President Obama was a “sleeper cell” and he was overseeing the destruction of American traditions, culture, security, and liberty.“As President Obama is about to make a televised speech this evening, it’s important that America realize who he really is. Obama is a sleeper cell who’s intent is the deliberate destruction of America’s culture, economy and national defense. When President Obama speaks, he’s speaking not as an American, but as a radical communist Muslim pretending to be an American,” he wrote.As you can imagine, while the column was widely read Adams was widely mocked, especially by members of the pretend media. But as it turns out, Adams isn’t the only one who thinks Obama was a “Manchurian candidate.” He was just one of the first ones.In an analysis for the Washington Times published July 1, L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others, wrote of his conclusion, “If you look at the evidence, there really is no other conclusion. The calamitous consequences of the Obama presidency will be felt for the foreseeable future.”The term “Manchurian candidate” comes from a novel by that name written in 1959 by Richard Condon. It is about the son of a prominent U.S. political family who is brainwashed into becoming an unwitting assassin for a Communist conspiracy.Obviously, Obama wasn’t an assassin but the point Adams and Wood are making is that he wasn’t who he said he was, either — that his real objective wasn’t to be president but to subvert our country and weaken it.
— Read on www.dcclothesline.com/2018/07/06/washington-times-awakens-to-the-truth-that-once-seemed-bizarre-obama-was-a-sleeper-cell-in-the-white-house/

Persecution NGO Records 101 Incidents of Anti-Christian Violence in India in 2018 | Persecution

ICC Note: The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) India has recorded 101 incidents of violence against Christians in just the first five months of 2018. This new report details the number of attacks on Christians across India and only records incidents that are verified by ADF. Will this report spark a movement to end the violence against Christians in India?07/06/2018 India (Agenzia Fides) – Violence against Christians in India continues to rise. 101 episodes were registered in the first five months of 2018 according to a new report published by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) India, a Christian-inspired NGO that “promotes religious freedom and the sanctity of life in India”.“About 20 episodes of violence against Christians took place every month from January until the end of May 2018”, says A. C. Michael, a Catholic layman and ADF advisor. Out of 101 episodes of violence against Christians in India, 21 occurred in January followed by 19 in February, 20 in March, 17 in April and 24 in May.According to the document sent to Agenzia Fides, the dangerous tendency of threats and intimidation or the aggressions during peaceful meetings of Christians gathered in prayer is increasing. In the same way, attacks against Christian women and children are growing.It should also be noted that believers have difficulty registering complaint against the guilty, due to the unwillingness of the police.…[Full Story]
— Read on www.persecution.org/2018/07/06/ngo-records-101-incidents-anti-christian-violence-india-2018/

Flashback Friday: Understanding Beth Moore

The Outspoken TULIP

Originally posted May 2, 2016.

NarcigesisEarlier today I reviewed a couple articles critiquing Beth Moore. Increasingly, her critics notice  what they call her narcigesis. Narcigesis is a recently coined term describing the practice of interpreting a passage of Scripture as an allegory about one’s personal spiritual experience. Matt Slick’s C.A.R.M. article on Moore cites several examples of her poor exegesis, including this one:

  • Quote: “As stated in the introduction to this book, we may not always be sure God wills to  heal us physically in this life of every disease or prosper us with tangible blessings, but He always wills to free us from strongholds. You will never have to worry about whether you are praying in God’s will concerning strongholds. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free,” (Gal. 5:1)(Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds by Beth Moore, B & H…

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July 6 An Empty Profession of Faith

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.—Matt. 7:21Here Jesus is speaking of the devotedly religious who think they are saved but aren’t. The Lord will continue these warnings later about spiritual self-deception—the foolish, unprepared virgins (Matt. 25:1–12) and the goats who did not really serve Him (Matt. 25:32–33, 41–46).Many factors deceive people regarding salvation. First, some have a false assurance. They rely on past “decisions for Christ,” apart from the Spirit’s convicting work. But our salvation is made secure by increasing evidences of fruitfulness (2 Peter 1:3–11).Second, many fail to examine themselves (cf. 2 Cor. 13:5; 1 John 1:8–9), instead gliding through life unconcerned about sins. One who has no desire to come to God for continued cleansing is likely not saved.Third, a person can be deceived even in the midst of much religious activity. Hearing sermons, reading the Bible, and attending Bible studies are good, but such things may insulate someone from true worship.Fourth, many attempt to rationalize their salvation, thinking that their good deeds outweigh their bad ones. But apart from God, we cannot do anything righteous (Pss. 14:1–3; 53:1–3; Rom. 3:12).We could mention many other spiritual delusions, all of which involve failure to enter the narrow gate with repentance, submission to Christ, humility, and a desire for holiness. The important thing, however, is not to wonder about all those possibilities but to enter God’s one true way to salvation.


Is the validity of your salvation ever in doubt in your mind? Do you see yourself in any of the examples given above? Then anchor your faith today in the sure word and promises of God, and walk in the confidence of eternal life, bought and paid for by Jesus Christ.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 196). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

July 6, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who had been lauded by President Donald Trump for his aggressive efforts to roll back environmental regulations, resigned on Thursday under heavy fire for a series of ethics-related controversies.

The U.S. government is seeking guidance from a federal court over its efforts to reunite migrant parents and their children before court-imposed deadlines, after the administration separated the families for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

The U.S. government is moving some migrant parents to detention sites closer to the young children they were separated from while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to meet a court-imposed deadline to reunify families, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on Thursday.

The State Department on Thursday denied that the United States had softened its approach toward North Korea’s denuclearization, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Pyongyang hoping to hammer out a roadmap for its nuclear disarmament.

World powers and Iran appeared to make no concrete breakthrough on Friday in talks to provide Tehran with an economic package to compensate for U.S. sanctions that begin taking effect in August.

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen has hired Lanny Davis, a crisis manager and former special counsel to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, to help him defend against a federal investigation in New York.

South Syrian rebels said they had agreed on Friday to lay down arms in a Russian-brokered deal that appeared to surrender Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian civilians who fled a government offensive in southwestern Syria will be able to return to their homes with Russian guarantees of protection as part of a deal brokered by Russia on Friday, rebel sources said.

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said its sales fell nearly 68 percent in June, its biggest slump in more than two years, as the struggling firm continues to lose customers amid intensifying competition with nimbler manufacturing rivals.

AP Top Stories

Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

A district court judge on Thursday rejected the Justice Department’s request to block two California laws that protect undocumented immigrants, handing a blow to the Trump administration as fierce debate over immigration policy continues to escalate.

Japan on Friday executed the former leader of a doomsday cult and six other members of the group that carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 13 people and shattering the country’s myth of public safety.

Nineteen people were killed and at least 40 injured Thursday when a series of explosions ripped through fireworks workshops in a town just north of Mexico City.

Following a series of interviews, President Donald Trump has narrowed down his shortlist of candidates to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump’s possible picks include Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are the winners of the 2018 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contests. Chestnut ate 74 hot dogs, a new world record. Sudo won the women’s competition Wednesday when she downed 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has called on the avowed neo-Nazi who is the GOP’s sole candidate in an Illinois congressional race to drop out. Arthur Jones, a former American Nazi Party leader and Holocaust denier, collected enough signatures in March to win the GOP primary for Illinois’ heavily Democratic 3rd Congressional District.

The number of migrants traveling as families arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol dropped just 0.4 percent from May to June – when rising heat in the Southwest normally leads to a dip in the number of unauthorized crossings.

Thai divers scoured the wreckage of a boat with Chinese tourists that sank in a storm off the resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 10 with about 45 others missing on Friday.


Germany’s ruling coalition has agreed on a faster procedure for screening migrants at the border, dropping the idea of creating new holding centers.

Marine wildlife could benefit if some de-commissioned oil rigs were left on the sea bed, a survey said. This challenges the conventional wisdom that the sea bed should be restored to its pristine state when a rig’s life ends.

Kenya’s Health Ministry has advised against the use of a new HIV drug dolutegravir, or DTG, among women after studies in Botswana linked it to serious birth defects.

The German government plans to send 170 anti-bullying experts into schools after the summer break to tackle anti-Semitism among children.


Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California, is offering its students a series of workshops this summer designed to cultivate a “positive white racial identity” in its white participants.

In the United States, where President Trump has promised to unshackle the coal industry and to abandon an international climate change treaty, greenhouse-gas emissions fell last year and are expected to continue falling.

News – 7/6/2018

Netanyahu to Meet Putin Again
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next week. It comes amid both escalating Russian and Syrian military activity against rebel-held strongholds in Syria – the cause of nearly 300,000 internally displaced refugees now amassing close to the Israel-Syrian border -and tensions with Iran.(video)

Dangerous heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend
A dangerous heat wave is expected to hit Southern California this weekend, with the warmest temperatures forecast for Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service said. Temperatures in the valleys, the lower mountains and desert locations are expected to range between 102 and 112 degrees. Parts of the coast could reach around 100 degrees.

We love Donald Trump: U.S. president’s UK fans look forward to visit, denounce protests
“I’m looking forward to the protest quite frankly, who isn’t? It’s going to be really fun seeing all of these liberals whose world view was shattered back when he was elected in November 2016.”

IDF attacks military post in Syria after errant mortar fired toward Israel
The IDF struck a Syrian military outpost on Friday afternoon from where a mortar shell was fired at Israel and landed in the buffer zone east of the border fence between the two countries.

Tropical Storm Beryl strengthens east of Lesser Antilles
Tropical Storm Beryl, the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened Thursday night, the National Hurricane Center said, though it’s not expected to be a serious threat.

Typhoon Maria to threaten Japan, China next week
Japanese meteorologists expect the rapidly intensifying Typhoon Maria to threaten Japan and China next week after passing near Guam on Thursday. The storm was located 184 miles northwest of Guam. Wind speeds doubled in intensity to 126 mph over the past 24 hours, the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.

Trump Offers Elizabeth Warren $1 Million To Prove Native-American Heritage
Reverting to his campaigning days, President Trump offered some red meat to his base during an appearance at a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday when he joked about offering Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren $1 million to take a genetics test that would prove (or disprove) her native American heritage. Trump lobbed insults at “Pocahontas”, adding that he wouldn’t apologize for using what some believe to be a racially charged nickname.

Syrian forces reportedly close to seizing Jordan border crossing
Government forces in south Syria are advancing along the frontier with Jordan and will soon reach a border crossing in rebel hands, a pro-Damascus commander said on Friday. Several witnesses along the Jordan border fence with Syria said they spotted armored vehicles and a tank with a Russian flag heading towards the Nasib crossing.

Report: Russian airstrikes creep toward Golan, rebels reject surrender
Residents in southern Syria reported an increasing crescendo of air strikes they alleged were by Russian aircraft on Thursday, a day after the Syrian rebels in the south walked away from surrender negotiations. Since mid-June, the Syrian regime and its Russian ally have swept the rebels from a swath of territory, pushing them towards the Jordanian border and Israel’s Golan Heights.

Trump launches the opening salvo in US trade war with China as tariffs take effect
The U.S. tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods kicked in on Friday, taking the war of words between the nations into the real economic realm. In response, China implemented retaliatory tariffs on some imports from the U.S., said its foreign ministry, according to a Reuters report. It’s unlikely to stop there, according to experts. In fact, there will be probably be “escalation upon escalation,” warned Geoff Raby, Australia’s former ambassador to China.

IDF deploys Iron Dome batteries in the south
The IDF deployed several Iron Dome batteries in southern Israel Thursday following a situational assessment… “The IDF is prepared for several scenarios and ready to defend the citizens of the State of Israel and its sovereignty,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said. On Thursday, an IDF drone fired “a missile at a motorcycle” east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip…while there were no injuries the motorcycle was destroyed.

Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as ‘exclusively heterosexual’
Homosexuality is no longer the taboo it once was. But figures suggest that young people are even more open to experimentation than previously thought. Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as solely heterosexual, in stark contrast to previous generations, a study has found. Research by Ipsos Mori found that 66 per cent of young people, aged between 16 and 22, are “exclusively heterosexual” – the lowest figure of any generation.

NEW ALLIES: Right-wing Hungary continues to court Israel and the Jews by condemning the rampant anti-semitism at the United Nations
Hungary condemned the growing threat of anti-Semitism during the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 38th session in Geneva on Monday.

2 earthquakes ROCK Israel, leaving citizens wondering if the BIG ONE is on the way
A second earthquake was felt by residents of the Haifa and Western Galilee region at around 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Israeli Technology was the Key Factor in Rescue of Thai Kids
As the world has watched the drama in Thailand surrounding a group of children marooned in a flooded cave, it has emerged that an Israeli communications firm has been a key factor of the rescue effort.

Amazon reinstates Christian top-500 reviewer’s ‘biased’ posts
After WND’s story Thursday exposing Amazon.com’s banning of one of its top 500 reviewers for “bias” for a post recommending a new Bible book, the mega-retailer quickly reversed its decision, reinstating hundreds of the Christian reviewer’s previous posts.

Stunning!… Watch Democrats Protest ICE Officials As They Bust A Child Sex Trafficking Ring!
THIS IS TODAY’S DEMOCRAT PARTY — 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.

Israel Lays Down Red Lines for Postwar Relations with Syria
As Syrian government forces press on with a furious offensive against rebel-held areas in the country’s south, Israel is quietly acknowledging that President Bashar Assad’s forces will soon be on its doorstep, laying down red lines for postwar relations with the Syrian leader.

‘Blood’ Rain in Russia Sparks Talk of Apocalypse, Plague
Blood-red rain in Russia’s Norilsk in Siberia led some to fear a biblical plague or the apocalypse because of the strange phenomenon, but a local business owner has a more logical explanation.

Guatemala raises number of missing to 332 in deadly volcano eruption
Authorities in Guatemala have raised by more than 130 the number of people officially missing from last month’s deadly eruption of the Volcano of Fire. The country’s disaster agency says in a statement that the new figure is 332, up from 197 previously.

Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week
From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week.

First test tube rhino embryos could bring extinct species back from dead
The first rhino embryos have been created in a test tube and could help save the northern white rhino, which is essentially extinct.

“20lbs Of Human Waste” – Major Medical Convention Abandons San Francisco Citing Street Safety
A foul odor permeated from a massive bag of human excrement sludge left on a street corner in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district Saturday. As SFGate reports, the horrendous smell and sight quickly gained notoriety when a Reddit user posted a screen shot of a report made to San Francisco’s Citizen app for identifying crimes.

Illegal Immigrants, Palestinian Refugees, and Their Liberal Cheerleaders: The Startling Similarities
The Democrat, left-wing media, and progressive activists’ current freak-out over what is at least a decade-long crisis on our southern border is not just hypocritical.  Yes, these same individuals taking to the streets in ugly mobs and threatening Trump administration officials and their families were silent when children entering the country illegally were detained under Obama.  In fact, in 2014, after visiting a detention center housing migrant children, Nancy Pelosi asserted that the issue should not be politicized, clearly fearing the poor optics.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“The consciousness of having discharged that duty which we owe to our country is superior to all other considerations.” —George Washington (1788)

In Today’s Edition

  • The Left finally got Scott Pruitt, but his real legacy is a good one.
  • Leftist assaults kid, steals MAGA hat. Thank Maxine Waters.
  • Rolling back Obama’s legacy with 24 rescissions.
  • The housing market is booming but there are warning signs.
  • Unforced errors: Trump and the Reagan record.
  • Using a 10-year-old boy who dresses in drag to promote “pride” is child abuse.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Scott Pruitt’s Lasting Legacy

A litany of minor ethical missteps by the EPA chief finally forced his resignation.

Leftist Assaults Kid, Steals His MAGA Hat

The Left’s hate rhetoric against Donald Trump was manifest again this week.

Rolling Back Obama’s Legacy With 24 Rescissions

The Trump administration undid yet more malfeasance from the previous regime’s rule-by-fiat.

Huff and Puff and Blow the Housing Market Down?

The 2007 crash is a distant memory, but there are signs that lessons weren’t learned.

Unforced Errors: Trump and the Reagan Record

Contrary to his New York bluster, Trump is not the first Republican to win Wisconsin since 1952.

Leftmedia Exploits Child for Homosexual Agenda

Using a confused 10-year-old boy who dresses in drag to promote “pride” is actually child abuse.

Video: Candace Owens on Leftists Against Free Thought

A popular black conservative women says her advice to young conservatives is “Be yourself.”

Friday Short Cuts

“Democrats [are] so opposed to Scott Pruitt … you’d think he once turned a river orange with millions of gallons of mine wastewater.” —@hale_razor

Friday Top Headlines

Pruitt quits, 213k jobs added, tariffs levied, Schumer’s idea, lots of leftist violence, and more.

Today’s Opinion

David Harsanyi
The System Doesn’t Need to Be ‘Fixed’ Every Time Dems Lose
Marc A. Thiessen
Democrats Are Powerless to Block Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee
Mona Charen
Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Cult’
Rich Lowry
Abolish ICE — a Foolhardy Idea Whose Time Has Come
L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham
New Jersey Votes to Fund the Media

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Robert Wise – The Elder in the Church

Megachurch Co-Founder Mark Darling Resigns After Investigation of ‘Inappropriate Conduct’ With Female Members

Rodney Howard-Browne Claims Spiritual Revival Will Shut Down Congress For Days

Mother Teresa India charity home ‘sold babies’

Pro-Life Roe v. Wade Movie Sets Off a Panic in Hollywood

Headlines – 7/6/2018

Jerusalem mayor: ‘No’ to two-state solution

Yad Vashem Rebukes Netanyahu: Israel-Poland Holocaust Declaration Contains ‘Grave Errors and Deceptions’

Bennett: Israel-Poland Holocaust declaration ‘a disgrace, saturated with lies’

Israel irked over Jordanian diplomat greeting Prince William on Temple Mount

Israel said to be jailing young children of illegal African migrants

Knesset Member Behind Israeli Taylor Force Act: Palestinians Will Learn ‘Terrorism Doesn’t Pay Off’

PA: We have a moral obligation to the terrorists

IDF reportedly boosts Iron Dome deployment in Gaza vicinity

Defense Ministry, Rafael complete series of successful Iron Dome tests

Devoid of Jews for decades, one Syrian city is ready to welcome them back

Commentary: Israel Must Stop Syria’s Advance Southward

Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria

Hezbollah Reportedly Commanding Syrian Fighters Near Israeli Border – Exposing Limits of Israeli and U.S. Policy

Report: Russian airstrikes creep toward Golan, rebels reject surrender

Russian Warplanes Pummel Southwest Syria as Refugee Crisis Worsens

Heaviest airstrikes yet batter rebel-held areas of southern Syria

Syria war: Rebels to resume truce talks after warplanes pound south

Divorce on the rise in Iraq as wives cut ties to ISIS militants

Freshly empowered Erdogan set to flex muscles as Turkey enters new era

Yemen war: White House allows Yemeni migrants to stay in US

Arab Coalition shoots down a Houthi drone in Yemen’s Aden

Russia says to do everything possible to maintain Iran nuclear deal

Iran talks in Vienna Friday aim to save nuclear deal after US pullout

France says economic package for Iran deal unlikely before November

Rouhani tells Macron, Merkel Europe’s package does not meet Iranian demands

Iran’s Guards say Strait of Hormuz is for all or ‘no one’

Retreating from threat, Iran says it does not intend to close Strait of Hormuz

Iran prompts China anger over threat to block Strait of Hormuz oil exports

Reacting to Iran’s threat, US Navy says will protect free flow of commerce

U.S.-Iran tensions rise over oil route as EU tries to save nuclear deal

Iran tells Trump to stop tweeting about oil prices

Iran’s OPEC boss says Trump’s tweets have added $10 to oil prices

Trump is pressing Saudi Arabia to lower oil prices

Oil markets volatile as trade conflict between U.S. and China escalates

Trump launches the opening salvo in US trade war with China as tariffs take effect

Pompeo to land in N.Korea seeking initial list of nuclear sites for declaration

Trump will focus on Russia’s ‘malign’ activity at summits, say US officials

A British couple was poisoned with a lethal toxin. The UK is blaming Russia.

Russian diplomats: Britain ‘dumb’ if it thinks Russia would stage nerve attack during World Cup

Mexican leader to invite Trump to inauguration, signals shift on Venezuela

Judge largely rejects Trump bid to block California sanctuary laws

DNA tests are in the works for separated migrant children and parents

Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare

Immigration top issue for U.S. voters, economy a close second: Reuters/Ipsos poll

RNC spokesperson warns Dems will impeach Trump if they win House

Facebook flags Declaration of Independence as hate speech

How Facebook Is Fact-Checking Conservative Sites into Oblivion

How smart TVs in millions of U.S. homes track more than what’s on tonight

Insiders say they designed social media to be ‘behavioral cocaine’

Why bitcoin may soon be worth nothing

China state media slams Trump’s “gang of hoodlums” as tariffs loom

China hits back with tariffs, accusing the US of launching the ‘largest trade war in history’

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ozernovskiy, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

Fifth earthquake in two days strikes northern Israel

Amazing timelapse shows eruptions on Bali’s Mount Agung from the past week

Tropical Storm Beryl Forms in the Atlantic East of the Lesser Antilles

Tropical Storm Beryl could strengthen into hurricane by Saturday

Waters off US East Coast may give birth to tropical storm west of Bermuda

Japan, Korean Peninsula and China put on alert for threats from Super Typhoon Maria

Hundreds of thousands evacuated in Japan as ‘historic’ rain falls; two dead

Blood coloured rain in Arctic? A biblical plague? The apocalypse? What’s going on?

Record-Smashing Heat Wave Kills 33 in Quebec

A dangerous heat wave threatens millions of people in California and the southwest

Syrian seeds could save US wheat from climate menace

Remote Amazon tribe ‘at risk of being decimated by measles outbreak’

Johns Hopkins Hospital buildings evacuated for possible tuberculosis contamination

Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as ‘exclusively heterosexual’

Being transgender is a mental disorder, Israeli insurance company says

Instagram apologises after removing photo of gay couple kissing

Calif. Bill Would Limit What Pastors Can Say about Homosexuality

Priest performs mass exorcism on hundreds of people

Japanese cult leader Shoko Asahara executed for Tokyo sarin attack

America’s Broken Moral Compass Sending Nation in Wrong Direction

Posted: 06 Jul 2018 06:08 AM PDT

America’s Broken Moral Compass Sending Nation in Wrong DirectionAs if proof was necessary, a recent Gallup Poll showed that Americans are holding more permissive views than ever on a variety of cultural and societal issues.  According to Gallup, Americans continue to express an increasingly liberal outlook on what is morally acceptable, with views on several moral issues the most left-leaning they have been to date. The percentages of U.S. adults who believe birth control, divorce, sex

between unmarried people, gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, doctor-assisted suicide, pornography and polygamy are morally acceptable practices have tied record highs or set new ones this year. Religion and culture expert, author and national host Dr. Alex McFarland (AlexMcFarland.com) discussed these findings and what they mean for both Christians and citizens, on the new Stand in the Gap TV program from the American Pastors Network (APN), which considers transcending cultural issues, seemingly difficult to navigate, from a biblical worldview perspective. READ MORE


Bethel Music Worship Leaders Declare ‘Third Great Awakening’ Is Coming to America

Posted: 06 Jul 2018 06:02 AM PDT

Bethel Music Worship Leaders Declare ‘Third Great Awakening’ Is Coming to AmericaBethel Music worship leaders say they believe a third great awaking is coming to America.  During their final tour night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City last week, Josh Baldwin, Bethany Wohrle, and Lindy Conant spoke openly about what they sense is spiritually coming to the United States. “I think God’s going to use healing in America to lead so many people to Jesus,” Conant, the newest member of

Bethel, told Fox News.  The popular contemporary Christian music group recently wrapped up their second annual “Heaven Come Conference“ in Dallas, Texas, which brought out nearly 6,000 people in what the band described as a “life-changing” event.  Bethel Music also performed in Boston, Massachusetts, where hundreds gave their lives to Jesus. “People were so hungry,” Baldwin added. “It does feel like people are re-upping their commitment to the Lord. It’s been powerful every night … we would stop [in worship] and they would lead.” READ MORE

Deadly heatwave strikes California after leaving dozens dead in Canada

Posted: 06 Jul 2018 05:50 AM PDT

Deadly heatwave strikes California after leaving dozens dead in CanadaA killer heatwave which has left dozens dead in Canada has arrived in the western US.   High temperatures have left 33 dead in Quebec this month and the hot weather is now moving into the US. A heatwave has already hit the northeast US and has now arrived on the west coast, with California now suffering 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures.  This month 33 people have died in the Canadian

province of Quebec due to the heat, including 18 in the city of Montreal. Dr. David Kaiser of Montreal’s Regional Public Health Department said most of the victims were more than 50 years old, male and living alone.  None of the victims had air conditioning in their homes,  Dr .Kaiser added. The northeast US has also been hit by heat-related deaths. On Sunday a man running a race in New York died after his internal temperature reached 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Coroner Frank Whitelaw said: “When your brain becomes overheated like that, it can’t function anymore.” READ MORE 


6.4 Earthquake strikes volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia during Football World Cup

Posted: 06 Jul 2018 05:42 AM PDT

6.4 Earthquake strikes volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia during Football World CupA strong earthquake measuring 6.4 has hit the Kamachatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East. The tremor struck 58 miles east of Ozernovskiy at about 1.40am on Friday morning. The city is located in the far east of Russia, which lies on the Pacific coast. The Kamchatka region lies near a subduction zone, where the Pacific plate slides underneath the North American. Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in

very populated areas, but no damage has been reported after the quake so far. Despite thousands of football fans currently in Russia for the World Cup, the Kamchakta Peninsula is located a long way from any of the venues being used for the tournament. The Central Stadium of Yekaterinburg is the closest World Cup venue to where the quake has been felt but the distance amounts to 3,892.63 miles. The Peninsula is the furthest reaches of the Eurasian continent. READ MORE


Ohio interstate buckles due to extreme temperatures

Posted: 06 Jul 2018 05:35 AM PDT

Ohio interstate buckles due to extreme temperaturesAn Ohio interstate buckled Wednesday afternoon, and transportation officials are blaming the heat. It happened on a stretch of Interstate 77 in Noble County, a rural area about 40 miles from the West Virginia border. Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation blamed the highway’s deterioration on extreme heat.

They posted a photo of the cracked road. It happened as temperatures soared into the upper 90s, and feel-like temperatures were well into the 100s. Officials said that northbound lanes of the interstate were temporarily closed near Macksburg. The stretch of road has since been reopened. READ MORE

Johns Hopkins hospital evacuated for possible TB contamination…

Posted: 06 Jul 2018 05:22 AM PDT

Johns Hopkins hospital evacuated for possible TB contamination…Two cancer research buildings at Johns Hopkins Hospital were evacuated Thursday due to possible tuberculosis contamination, according to the hospital. The Baltimore City Fire Department investigated the release of a small amount of frozen tuberculosis in a bridge between the two buildings in the 1500 block of Orleans Street, said Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for the hospital, in a statement. There were

employees in the area when the incident occurred, but hospital officials said they believe no one was exposed to the bacteria and they did not treat anyone after the sample was released. “We have determined there is no risk involved,” said Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. King said the sample that leaked was “equivalent to a few drops.” READ MORE

Three minor earthquakes strike Israel, Mega-Quake only a matter of time

Posted: 06 Jul 2018 05:16 AM PDT

Three minor earthquakes strike Israel, Mega-Quake only a matter of timeA bigger earthquake than those felt by Israelis over the past couple of days is sure to come – and Israelis should be ready for power outages and if necessary to leave their homes. So warned Amotz Agnon, professor at the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Thursday. In an interview conducted by the Israel Project, Agnon said that the “when, how bad and where” are not clear, but additional and more severe earthquakes are sure to come.

Israelis have felt three earthquakes over the past two days; additional ones were recorded by instruments of the Geophysical Institute of Israel. On Thursday an earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale was reported in the cities of Tiberias and Safed in northern Israel. On Wednesday night Haifa and Western Galilee region residents felt a quake measuring 4.5, and earlier Wednesday, residents of the same region felt a tremor placed at 4.1 on the Richter scale. No damage or injuries were reported. READ MORE


Trade War intensifies! China retaliates in ‘biggest trade war in economic history.’

Posted: 06 Jul 2018 05:09 AM PDT

Trade War intensifies! China retaliates in ‘biggest trade war in economic history.’U.S. tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods kicked in on Friday, escalating a war of words between the world’s two largest economies into a full-blown trade conflict.  Washington’s 25 percent duties went into effect at midnight EDT, and China immediately implemented retaliatory tariffs on its $34 billion list of goods issued last month, including soybeans, pork and electric vehicles. Beijing called it the “biggest

trade war in economic history.” It’s unlikely to stop there. In fact, there will probably be “escalation upon escalation,” warned Geoff Raby, Australia’s former ambassador to China.  Ahead of the Friday implementation of American and Chinese tariffs, Raby told CNBC that “it looks like the first shots to the trade war are about to be fired.” China, for its part, was already calling the tariff threats between Beijing and Washington a “trade war” in June. READ MORE

Tornado out of nowhere rips off roof of restaurant in Florida

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 05:31 PM PDT

Tornado out of nowhere rips off roof of restaurant in FloridaCall it a Fourth of July miracle. A small tornado, with winds at 70 to 80 miles per hour, formed near Tavares, Florida, around 2:30 PM ET. The freaky storm caused damage to local business, including the Fish Camp on Lake Eustis. 80 people were celebrating Independence Day inside the U.S. Highway 441 eatery, according to the Orlando Sentinel, when the tornado hit. “I look up and there’s stuff flying from the patio across and I’m like ‘what the heck just happened?’ ”

said Robert Spittle, 41, a Pennsylvania native who was visiting the area. “I was there with my family,” Thomas Wert, an attorney from Orlando, said in an email to the Sentinel. “We left about a minute before the roof was torn off on our boat. I saw the funnel cloud over the restaurant as we pulled away. It was definitely a tornado.” Jim Jordan, the owner of the restaurant, said the tornado “sounded like a 9.0 earthquake,” per Fox 35. “We all ducked and ran out of the kitchen!” READ MORE

Archaeologists unearth 8.6-foot-long sarcophagus buried in Egypt 2,000 years ago beside a massive stone head

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 05:22 PM PDT

Archaeologists unearth 8.6-foot-long sarcophagus buried in Egypt 2,000 years ago beside a massive stone headEgyptian archaeologists have discovered what’s thought to be the largest granite sarcophagus ever found in Alexandria, measuring nearly nine feet long.  The massive stone casket was buried more than 16 feet beneath the surface alongside a huge alabaster head – likely belonging to the man who owned the tomb.

Experts say the ancient coffin has remained untouched since its burial thousands of years ago during the Ptolemaic period. Researchers working under the Supreme Council of Antiquities discovered the ancient tomb during an excavation in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria. The team was inspecting a resident’s land ahead of digs planned for the foundation of his building at Al-Karmili Street when they stumbled upon the remarkable Ptolemaic burial 5 meters deep. The Ptolemaic period lasted roughly 300 years, from 332-30 BCE, making this particular site more than 2,000 years old. READ MORE


Record-breaking rainfall threatens much of Japan, 160,000 advised or ordered to evacuate

Posted: 05 Jul 2018 05:11 PM PDT

Record-breaking rainfall threatens much of Japan, 160,000 advised or ordered to evacuateThe Japan Meteorological Agency has advised or ordered more than 160,000 people to evacuate as seasonal rain front hanging over the country threatens with record-breaking rainfall through the weekend. JMA cautioned of the rising likelihood of flooding, landslides, lightning and tornadoes. Stormy weather on July 5 has already left at least one person dead and several injured.  A low-pressure system

and an active rain front brought heavy rain to wide areas from western to eastern Japan on July 5 even after Typhoon “Prapiroon” was downgraded to an extra-tropical cyclone, the JMA said Thursday, July 5, 2018. In Inagawa, Hyogo Prefecture, three workers were swept away in a drain at a construction site for an industrial area at around 9:30 local time Thursday. All of them were rescued but one of them was later pronounced dead, town officials said, as reported by The Mainichi. READ MORE

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Gowdy Cuts Adam Schiff Down To Size [VIDEO]

California Rep. Adam Schiff has “had a terrible last couple of years,” Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said in a scathing interview about his Democratic counterpart Thursday night. “He wanted to be the attorney general under Hillary Clinton, and nobody in the country worked harder to protect her than Adam Schiff.

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Weekly Watchman for 07/06/2018

How Much Longer Will We Have Religious Freedom?

As we come off the celebration of our nation’s independence, we realize how precious our freedoms are and how easily we take them for granted. We also know how close we might be to losing them. Freedom of speech is under attack by overzealous liberal, politically-correct crowd, and the hatred of Christians is rearing its ugly head right here in the land of the free.

This morning we look at a few stories on how our freedoms are being challenged, and the tactics those on the left are using to silence Christians. It is a multi-faceted attack including the use of words and accusation, attacks that should be taken seriously by believers.

We touch on the battle over nominations for Supreme Court Justice, and also do a follow-up report on the resignation of Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church and examine details about how the most powerful pastor in America was forced to resign.

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

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Celebrating Our Independence

Millions of Americans will take a day off from work tomorrow to gather with family and friends; to cook out, relax and attend fireworks displays. Let’s not forget millions of others have given their lives over the past two hundred and forty-two years so that we might enjoy the blessings of freedom in a Republic once established under God. Most importantly, remember to take the time to thank our Creator for the freedoms we enjoy under the Constitution that was established.

Sadly however, this time of celebration is tempered by real threats to our freedom of speech as we see hateful rhetoric ramping up due in part to liberal activists and radicals who hate Christ, the truth, and what America represents.

Elijah Abraham has lived in Iraq under an oppressive dictatorship. He is well aware of the threats posed to our freedoms by our own government, media, universities, celebrities, and hired protestors as well as radicalized Muslims. Progressives are pushing their globalist agenda including banning expressions of the Christian faith, strict gun control, and open borders. Elijah joins us to help us understand the delicate balance of freedom and responsibility – not only as Americans, but as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Supreme Court, Israel, Spiritual Warfare, and Hating Trump

We tackle several key issues today and do our best to look at everything through the lens of Scripture. With the political debates intensifying, Christians conforming to the world, and the liberal media fanning the flames of division, what do you think will happen with the process of President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination? Does spiritual warfare play into this at all or is it just politics? And what about the alliance between the United States and Israel?

Pastor Carl Gallups is back with us today to comment on some of the most prophetic times in world history – including borders, immigration, Israel, and America. What does the Old Testament teach about Jerusalem and the holy land? Also, how many of the policies of the Trump administration get favorable reviews of informed Christians? This and more on today’s podcast.

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July 6, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

3 The happiness of the godly is likened to a tree. The tree is a familiar metaphor for the blessed life of the godly (Jer 17:7–8). In Wisdom literature, the tree is a metaphor for wisdom itself (Pr 3:18), and the wise person is likened to a tree of life in that his or her speech and activities are life-giving and restorative (Pr 11:30; 15:4). Unlike trees growing wild in wadis or planted in the fields, where the amount of rainfall varies, the tree the psalmist envisions has been planted purposely beside irrigation canals (palgê māyim, “streams of water”), artificial water channels made for the purpose of irrigation (cf. Pr 21:1; Ecc 2:5–6; Isa 30:25).The imagery of the leaves and fruit assures the godly that they will receive God’s blessing and will enjoy life as a gift from God (cf. Eze 47:12). True to the language used in Wisdom literature, the godly are characterized by the success the Lord sends their way. The prosperity of the righteous does not necessarily extend to the assurance of great wealth but primarily to God’s blessing on their words and works (cf. 90:14–17). The psalmist thus encourages the godly to pursue the way of wisdom. The wise are characterized by success. Nevertheless, the psalm does not encourage a success-oriented faith. The godly do not seek success for its own sake, but they do receive a measure of blessing on their lives. The prosperity of the righteous—guaranteed or limited to the godly—is a gift of God, a by-product of wise living; consider Joseph (Ge 39:2–3, 23), Joshua (1:8), Solomon (2 Ch 1:11–12), and Hezekiah (2 Ch 32:30). But success is not an unmistakable token of God’s presence, for the wicked may also prosper (Ps 37:7); rather, the righteous live with the hope of God’s blessing.[1]

What the godly person realizes (v. 3)The outcome of the godly person’s refusing and choosing is not left in doubt. He will be ‘like a tree’.What does the tree suggest? Strength and stability! Fruitfulness! Beauty! Refreshing shade!All of these things are found in the one who delights in the Word of God. And the degree of the delight is the degree to which they are found. The delighting person has strength and stability in the storms of life. He manifests the virtues and qualities that are called the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–23). And such a life makes him beautiful and refreshing to others.The prophet Jeremiah uses the same imagery of the believer as an unwithering, firmly rooted, flourishing tree. But he speaks of the unbeliever as a shrub in the desert (Jer. 17:5–8). The choice placed before each of us is between shrub-living and tree-living. The difference lies in how we regard the Word of God.Jesus himself drew the same distinction in terms of two builders. He likened those who refused to heed his word to one who built on sand and those who heeded his word to one who built on a rock. When the storm came, the house on the sand fell while the house on the rock stood firm (Matt. 7:24–27). The difference, again, was in the response to the Word of God.The contrast drawn by Jeremiah and Jesus leads us to that drawn by the psalmist, as he turns to present—[2]

1:3 The man who is separated from sin and separated to the Scriptures has all the qualities of a strong, healthy, fruitful tree:Planted by the rivers of water—he has a never-failing supply of nourishment and refreshment.It brings forth its fruit in its season—he displays the graces of the Spirit, and his words and actions are always timely and appropriate.Its leaf also shall not wither—his spiritual life is not subject to cyclical changes but is characterized by continuous inner renewal. As D. L. Moody put it, “All the Lord’s trees are evergreen.”This kind of man shall prosper in everything he undertakes. The reason, of course, is that he is living in fellowship with the Lord, and all his service is therefore guided by the Holy Spirit. The only way to be efficient and successful in the Christian life is to be led by the Spirit of God. Self-directed activity is an enormous waste of time, money, and effort![3]

1:3 like a tree: This simile presents an image of a desert date palm that has been firmly planted in a well-watered oasis (Jer. 17:8). Everything about the tree is valuable and productive. Likewise, the righteous are valuable and productive to God—people in whom He finds pleasure (33:15; 147:11). Shall prosper is not a guarantee of the future financial worth of the righteous; rather, the righteous person is always useful and productive to the Lord.[4]

1:3. For all who take their delight in living by God’s Word, there is prosperity. Under the image of a fruitful tree, the psalmist declared that whatever the righteous do will prosper (cf. 92:12–14). Two qualifications need to be noted. First, the fruit, that is, the prosperity, is produced in its season and not necessarily immediately after planting. Second, what the godly person does will be controlled by the Law of God (1:2). So if a person meditates on God’s Word, his actions will be godly, and his God-controlled activities will prosper, that is, come to their divinely directed fulfillment.[5]

1:3 — He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.God loves to bless His obedient children. He moves out ahead of them, preparing the way, bringing them into a good and pleasant place. He doesn’t promise lack of trials, but He does promise eventual victory.[6]

[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 82). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.[2] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (pp. 31–32). Leominster: Day One Publications.[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 549). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 646–647). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.[5] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 790). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 1:3). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

This ‘n’ That for July 6, 2018

  • I’m anxious to read this book for myself.
  • While it’s true that God works all things for His glory and for the good of those who love Him (cf. Romans 8:28), sometimes the truism of, “This is for your good,” becomes a little trite. That’s when we need to dig deeper into who God is.
  • I don’t think anybody saw this coming. I appreciated Justin Peters’ thoughts on the matter.
  • Even the smallest sin is an offense against our holy God.
  • Do you trust God with your kids?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • No, the atonement is not “cosmic child abuse.”
  • Do you know who Anne Dutton was?
  • This is a good idea because, quite honestly, the men driving the “ice cream trucks” these days are super creepy. There’s no way I’d let my child buy ice cream from them!
  • How did I not know about this podcast?
This lovingkindness of the Lord is never removed from His children. To our reason it may appear to be so, yet it never is. Since the believer be in Christ, nothing can separate him from the love of God (Rom 8:39). God has solemnly engaged Himself by covenant, and our sins cannot make it void…The lovingkindness of God toward His people is centered in Christ. Because His exercise of lovingkindness is a covenant engagement it is repeatedly linked to His ‘truth’ (Psa 40:11; 138:2), showing that it proceeds to us by promise. Therefore we should never despair. —A.W. Pink

“If the Gospel is True, Why Don’t We See More Transformation in the Lives of Christians?”


“I really think that today, as Christian apologists, that the biggest challenge to the faith is not an intellectual question. In fact, I have not heard an intellectual question to the faith that has disturbed me. I am more convinced than ever of the message of the Gospel. But the biggest challenge to the Christian faith is this: If the message that we have lays claim to a supernatural regeneration, then why is it that we do not see that regeneration more often? No other religion claims a supernatural regeneration. They may claim ethics and morality. Hinduism does. But we are the only ones who claim a new birth. Born of the Holy Spirit, our hungers have changed, our disciplines have changed, our behavior has changed. If it is a supernaturally engendered thing, why do we not see it more often? And if that is true of the common person…

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‘A Living Hell’: Some 3,000 Displaced Nigerian Christians in Agony Amid Slaughter

Nigerian Christians left displaced by the thousands due to the mass slaughter in the villages surrounding Jos in Plateau state are in a “living hell” and agony, a watchdog group assisting the victims said.

Source: ‘A Living Hell’: Some 3,000 Displaced Nigerian Christians in Agony Amid Slaughter

New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers

Don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

I used to lead, and now work with, LifeWay Research. Here’s an interesting piece of research they just released. It’s a bit counterintuitive in ways, so it caught my interest and I decided to share the story with you!

Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher.

But don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. But more than half say they would strongly consider leaving if the church’s beliefs changed.

Pastors often worry about changing church music and setting off a “worship war,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. But few say they would leave over music.

Churchgoers are much more concerned about their church’s beliefs.

“Mess with the music and people may grumble,” he said. “Mess with theology and they’re out the door.”

Churchgoers stay put

LifeWay Research surveyed 1,010 Protestant churchgoers—those who attend services at least once a month—to see how strongly they are tied to their local congregations.

Researchers found most churchgoers stay put.

Thirty-five percent have been at their church between 10 and 24 years. Twenty-seven percent have been there for 25 years or more. Twenty-one percent have been there less than five years, while 17 percent have been at the same church for between five and nine years.

Lutherans (52 percent), Methodists (40 percent) and Baptists (31 percent) are most likely to have been at their church for 25 years or more. Fewer nondenominational (11 percent) or Assemblies …

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Source: New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers

RenewAmerica Newsletter for July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018
WES VERNON — Everywhere you turn, the media, including some of our conservative favorites, are touting Brett Kavanaugh as having the inside track for President Trump’s nomination to become the Supreme Court replacement for Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring…. (more)

July 6, 2018
PETER LEMISKA — Americans are bewildered and deeply troubled by today’s dangerous atmosphere of political hatred. They’re at a loss to explain why so many are working so hard to destroy the man duly elected to lead the country, why they’re so determined to see him fail…. (more)

July 6, 2018
RICH LOWRY — There are few things more powerful in politics than a dumb idea whose time has come. This accounts for the seemingly inexorable momentum of the rallying cry, “Abolish ICE,” which has rapidly gone from fantastical left-wing cause to mainstream Democratic issue embraced by prospective presidential candidates. The great advantage of “Abolish ICE” is precisely its witless simplicity and emotive symbolism removed from any practical considerations of government…. (more)

July 6, 2018
55% of voters oppose campaign to eliminate federal agency
WORLDNETDAILY — There’s a growing list of Democratic politicians and activists who are agitating for the abolishment of ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement…. (more)

July 6, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Key Trump administration officials have been confronted at restaurants. Representative Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) urged protesters to hound Trump officials at restaurants, gas stations, or department stores…. (more)

July 6, 2018
NEW YORK POST — Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned under mounting pressure on Thursday – – as the number of ethical controversies over his personal and professional behavior continued to pile up…. (more)

July 6, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly calling for more manpower to assist him with the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Bloomberg reported Thursday that Mueller is asking veteran prosecutors from the Justice Department and U.S. attorneys’s offices, as well as FBI agents, for help with new legal battles that have cropped up as a result of his investigation. Though he is not adding to his team of 17 federal prosecutors, he has called on investigators in New York, Alexandria, Va., Pittsburgh, and other cities to help him…. (more)

July 6, 2018
YAHOO NEWS — A few years ago, two researchers took the 50 most-used ingredients in a cook book and studied how many had been linked with a cancer risk or benefit, based on a variety of studies published in scientific journals…. (more)

July 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — A female gangbanger and illegal immigrant who cased businesses and cleaned weapons used in heists carried out by a Maryland MS-13 robbery crew was sentenced Thursday to 95 years in prison on robbery and gang charges, The Washington Post reported…. (more)

July 4, 2018
SELWYN DUKE — There perhaps has never been a time when the Democrats did a better job of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. After being well ahead in the generic congressional polls, those numbers collapsed early this year along with the Trump/Russia/Collusion narrative. Since then, leftists have been flailing around desperately searching for an issue…. (more)

July 4, 2018
The affidavit says a Secret Service officer suffered a possible concussion and a knee injury
NBC WASHINGTON — A U.S. Secret Service officer was injured in an assault while on patrol outside the White House on Saturday shortly after the major immigration rally in Lafayette Park, according to newly filed federal court records…. (more)

July 4, 2018
THE HILL — From the perspective of some House Democrats, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has the right message. She’s just not always the best messenger. The Los Angeles lawmaker’s early calls for President Trump’s impeachment and viral showdowns with administration officials have endeared Waters to the party’s young, liberal base. And those stances have also garnered the respect of many House Democrats, who admire how Waters, 79, sticks to her political convictions…. (more)

July 4, 2018
NEWSMAX — Judicial Watch founder and conservative former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman supports Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill a soon-to-be vacated Supreme Court seat – – but thinks Democrats are “already trying to smear her.”… (more)

July 4, 2018
NEWSMAX — Workers and cast members have walked off the set of a film that features Hollywood actor Jon Voight in protest of the movie’s pro-life angle. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is co-directed by Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn and has faced challenges during its shooting in New Orleans…. (more)

July 4, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Rich and Andy McCarthy discuss how Andy’s love and respect for the law shaped his career…. (more)

July 3, 2018
WES VERNON — “Somebody’s going to be hurt or killed,” warn the pundits regarding the vile insults and threats coming from the far left these days. Now we’re seeing an apparent eager anticipation of just that outcome: Writing an op-ed posted by “a leftist website indirectly owned by Univision” named Splinter News, Hamilton Nolan predicts terror ahead…. (more)

July 3, 2018
Alan Keyes explains Justice Kennedy’s ‘errant constitutional jurisprudence’
ALAN KEYES — Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Anthony Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 11, 1987. In his nominating speech, President Reagan described the U.S. Circuit Judge Kennedy as “a true conservative – one who believes that our constitutional system is one of enumerated power – that it is we, the people, who have granted certain rights to the government, not the other way around…. Those three words, ‘We the People,’ are an all important reminder of the only legitimate source of the government’s authority over its citizens….”… (more)

July 2, 2018
VICTOR SHARPE — Neil Diamond’s acclaimed hit song, “They’re Coming to America,” was his patriotic interpretation of historic and legal immigration into the United States. The powerful melody ends with an interpolation of the traditional and patriotic song, “My Country, Tis of Thee.”… (more)

July 2, 2018
BRYAN FISCHER — To the joy of authentic conservatives all across America, Anthony Kennedy this week announced his retirement from the United States Supreme Court. As if signaling his upcoming departure, Kennedy joined the conservative majority in a flurry of very important opinions published toward the very end of his last term – – opinions that protected First Amendment protections for crisis pregnancy clinics, Christian wedding vendors, and non-union members, and upheld the president’s authority to restrict immigration in order to protect national security…. (more)

July 2, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Remember when President Trump said we were going to win so much that we are going to get tired of it? That’s exactly how it felt this past month. But I’m not tired. Far from it. The Supreme Court has been delivering, big time, on Mr. Trump’s promise to restore the rule of law. And the left is showing America its profoundly un-American and uncivil face every single day. On June 4, the Court upheld the right of Christian baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission not to be forced to help facilitate a same-sex “wedding.”… (more)

July 2, 2018
NEWSMAX — Rod Rosenstein’s testimony before Congress this week has been analyzed and spun by pundits on all sides, each interpreting the testimony in a way that fits their preferred narrative of the Mueller investigation. However, to any current or former military officer or law enforcement executive, the most striking takeaway from this testimony is how Rod Rosenstein thoroughly demonstrated his abject lack of leadership and fundamental misunderstanding of the responsibilities of command…. (more)

July 2, 2018
NERWSMAX — Mitt Romney said it is too early to say whether he would vote to re-elect President Donald Trump in 2020. “It’s too early to say who I will support,” said the former GOP presidential candidate, who is now running for a Senate seat from Utah…. (more)

July 1, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Michael Brendan Dougherty has some advice for President Trump that I think is worth repeating, in regards to replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy this fall: Appoint Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s recent addition to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The facts of Barrett’s life – – that she is a mother of seven children, and that when she speaks about her Catholic faith, she speaks about God as if she really believes in His existence – – will provoke nasty and bigoted statements from Democratic senators and liberal media personalities. Again…. It won’t just be her faith…. (more)

July 1, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — ‘You’re the boss.” That was Representative Jim Jordan’s terse rejoinder during a feisty exchange with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing on Thursday. The Ohio Republican was blasting Rosenstein over information Republicans say Justice Department officials have concealed from Congress for a year…. (more)

June 30, 2018
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Islamic Relief is a Cog in a Dangerous Machine | Westrop at The National (UAE)

by Sam Westrop
The National (UAE)
July 03, 2018


On June 10, at a drab airport hotel outside the city of Albany in upstate New York, a crowd gathered to break their fast and listen to speakers from the international charitable franchise, Islamic Relief, explain its work in Yemen, Syria and Myanmar. This fundraiser was just one of a dozen events conducted by Islamic Relief across the US that week, and one of the many hundreds of events organised each year in mosques, community centres, schools and other hotels all across the West.

Despite the proclaimed charitable endeavours of Islamic Relief, however, many of these events feature speakers known to preach distinctly uncharitable ideas. In Albany, guests were treated to the musings of Suleiman Hani, who has previously promoted conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks.

Founded in 1984 in the English city of Birmingham by students involved with Muslim Brotherhood groups, Islamic Relief is today the largest Islamic charity in the West, with branches in more than 20 countries. It has received at least $80 million of funding from Western governments and international bodies, including the United Nations and the European Union. Its officials are members of government advisory panels, while Western cabinet ministers, European royalty and even Trump administration officials regularly speak at its events. That this international charity regularly promotes extremist preachers has evidently not worried public officials too much. And yet there are plenty of other facts about which politicians should be deeply concerned.

In 2014, the United Arab Emirates designated Islamic Relief Worldwide as a terrorist organisation, because of its links to the global Muslim Brotherhood. In 2016, the banking giant HSBC shut down Islamic Relief’s accounts, following a similar decision made by UBS four years earlier. In 2017, the Bangladeshi government banned Islamic Relief from working directly with Rohingya refugees over reported fears about radicalisation. That same year, the UK Charity Commission started investigating Islamic Relief’s promotion of extremist preachers.​

In 2017, the Bangladeshi government banned Islamic Relief from working directly with Rohingya refugees over reported fears about radicalisation.

Seemingly, however, the scale of Islamic Relief’s bona fide charitable work has been impressive enough for those in the West to turn a blind eye to its ties to global extremist networks, despite the pleas of moderate Muslim activists.

The Middle East Forum, a thinktank in Philadelphia, has now released a report looking extensively at Islamic Relief: its branches, its links to the Muslim Brotherhood, its connections to Hamas, its officials’ extremism and its promotion of preachers who incite hatred against both moderate Muslims and non-Muslims.

There is no doubt that Islamic Relief is a flagship Muslim Brotherhood institution. One of its founders, Essam El-Haddad, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau while also serving as an Islamic Relief board member. In 2012, El-Haddad joined Mohamed Morsi’s campaign team. Following the elections in Egypt, El-Haddad became Morsi’s senior foreign policy adviser. Following the military intervention to remove Morsi, El-Haddad was charged by Egyptian prosecutors with collaborating with Hamas and Hezbollah.

As our report shows in great detail, across the world, other Islamic Relief officials are tied to Muslim Brotherhood networks. In Sweden, for example, a recent government report concluded that Islamic Relief serves to provide “credibility” to the Muslim Brotherhood, and notes that Islamic Relief official Haytham Rahmeh is involved with providing weapons to Muslim Brotherhood fighters in Syria. Meanwhile, Swedish Islamic Relief official Abdallah Salah, is frequently pictured with Muslim Brotherhood insignia.

Islamic Relief collaborates with and funds several Hamas fronts. Islamic Relief UK has given money, for example, to the Al-Falah Benevolent Society, a Hamas da’wah organisation run by Ramadan Tamboura, described by journalists as a “well-known Hamas figure.” Islamic Relief Worldwide, meanwhile, remains financially linked with other organisations connected to terror, including Qatari regime fronts such as the Qatar Charity.

In 2014, the UAE’s decision to ban Islamic Relief was met with confusion and scepticism in the West. At the time, journalists (some, incidentally, since employed by Muslim Brotherhood media) attacked the UAE and deemed the designation “completely ludicrous and defamatory.” But as the Middle East Forum has discovered, the UAE understood what Western politicians have been unable to grasp – that a charity that has served for three decades as a key conduit for international aid efforts could also be the financial arm for an international movement dedicated to promoting extremism and instability, and to radicalising historically moderate Muslim communities.

Islamic Relief is a vital cog in a dangerous machine. Its duplicity may have won over credulous media and politicians, but now governments in Europe and America must follow the UAE’s lead, and restrict the influence and reach of this international Islamist franchise and its hundreds of millions of dollars. As our report concludes: there are plenty of charities that do not promote extremism and subsidise terrorism; why should taxpayers all over the world fund one that does?

Sam Westrop is the Director of Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum

Related Topics:  Muslims in the West, Palestinians, South Asia  |  Sam Westrop