Daily Archives: July 10, 2018

July 10: Oppressors, Victims, and a Just God

1 Samuel 17:1–58; James 5:1–12; Psalm 119:153–176Contemporary culture is often pegged as self-indulgent: We live in a have-it-now world, and we don’t always think about the repercussions of our actions. But when we read James’ letter to the early church, we find that self-indulgence isn’t a modern phenomenon.In his letter James addresses two groups of people. First, he reprimands the self-indulgent rich who live without thinking about the repercussions of their actions, either for others or for themselves. The day is coming when they will have to account for all their evil deeds: “Come now, you rich people, weep and cry over the miseries that are coming upon you!” (Jas 5:1). James presents them with a harsh picture of what they have been doing: “You have fattened your hearts in the day of slaughter” (Jas 5:5). They have behaved like animals; their judgment will come.James also writes to a second group: those who are oppressed. He encourages this group to be patient “until the coming of the Lord,” to exhibit the perseverance of farmers who wait for “the precious fruit of the soil” (Jas 5:7). He recognizes that often, when we’re oppressed or hurt, it’s difficult to avoid living in those wounds—they color our world and our interactions with others. We become bitter and selfish. James tells the oppressed: “do not complain against one another, in order that you may not be judged” (Jas 5:9).Both oppressors and victims put themselves in danger unless they repent and focus on God, who will set all things right. Self-indulgent, self-seeking living appears even in the smallest decisions of our lives. Or we act from a place of woundedness, and we fail to move on to forgiveness.God loves justice, and He gives hope to those who hope in Him. Examine your life, abandon your self-indulgence and your grievances, and seek the one who makes all things right and new.How can you leave your hurts at the cross? How can you move from self-indulgence to trust in God’s ability to make things right?Rebecca Van Noord[1]

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

July 10 The Sacrifice of Praise

“… to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).✧✧✧Praise consists of reciting God’s attributes and mighty works.“Praise the Lord” is a common expression today. Some see it as a catchy slogan, others commercialize it, still others see it as nothing more than the letters “PTL.” But despite such attempts to trivialize it, praising the Lord remains the believer’s expression of love and gratitude to a God who has been abundantly gracious to him. That was the cry of David’s heart when he said, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Ps. 34:1–3). That will be the song of believers for time and eternity!God desires and deserves your praise. That’s why Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through [Christ] … let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” But what is praise? Is it merely saying “praise the Lord” over and over again, or is there more to it?Two aspects of praise are obvious in Scripture. First is reciting God’s attributes. That was the typical means of praise in the Old Testament. For example, Psalm 104 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty, covering Thyself with light as with a cloak” (vv. 1–2).The second aspect of praise is reciting God’s works. Psalm 107:21–22 says, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His works with joyful singing.”Praise involves reciting God’s attributes from a heart of love, giving Him honor and reverence for who He is. It also involves reciting what He has done on behalf of His people. Your praise should follow the same pattern, so it will be an acceptable spiritual sacrifice to your loving God.✧✧✧Suggestions for Prayer:  Read Psalm 103 as a prayer of praise to God.For Further Study: Scripture mentions other spiritual sacrifices that believers should offer. Read Romans 15:16, Ephesians 5:2, Philippians 4:10–18, Hebrews 13:16, and Revelation 8:3, noting what those sacrifices are.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 204). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.


The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Psalm 19:1 Reading my Bible, I am greatly impressed by the manner in which godly men of old revealed in their writings an intense love for every natural beauty around them. They saw nature as the handiwork of an all-powerful and all-glorious Creator!The Old Testament is a marvelous rhapsody on the creation. Start with Moses, and when you get beyond the Levitical order you will find him soaring in his acute consciousness of the presence of God in all creation.Go to the book of Job. In the closing section you will be amazed at the sublimity of the language describing the world around us. Then go to the Psalms, with David literally dancing with ecstatic delight as he gazes out upon the wonders of God’s world. Go to Isaiah, where imagery is neither fanciful nor flighty but a presentation of the wonders of creation.In our generation, how rarely we get into a situation where we can feel the impulses of nature communicated to us. We seldom have time to lift our eyes to look at God’s heaven—except when we are wondering if we should wear our boots! Dear heavenly Father, You have created a beautiful world. Continue to reveal Your power and presence through Your majestic creation to those who doubt Your existence.[1]

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

July 9, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


A U.S. federal judge on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s request to allow long-term detention of illegal immigrant children, a legal setback for President Donald Trump’s push to detain immigrant families taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border.

It may soon become difficult to determine who sits in the hotter seat: U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or Senate Democrats from conservative states who must decide whether they are jeopardizing their political careers by opposing him.

The U.S. government is struggling to reunite immigrant families it separated at the border with Mexico and only about half the children under age 5 will be back with their parents by a court-ordered deadline of Tuesday, a government attorney told a judge on Monday.

India’s top court on Tuesday began hearing arguments challenging a colonial-era law banning homosexuality, and activists said they were optimistic it would be overturned it despite opposition from some ruling lawmakers.

Macedonia is formally expected this week to be invited by NATO to join the alliance – though it will become a member only if it adopts a new name that has been agreed in principle with NATO- member Greece but has yet to be endorsed by Macedonia’s people.

All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that gripped the world.

Pakistan’s army said on Tuesday it will deploy about 371,000 troops to ensure a “fair and free” election on July 25, denying it was rigging the poll to tip the scales in favor of former cricketer Imran Khan.

Japan struggled on Tuesday to restore utilities after its worst weather disaster in 36 years killed at least 155 people, with survivors facing health risks from broiling temperatures and a lack of water, while rescuers kept up a grim search for victims.

China’s commerce ministry said on Tuesday it is raising “anti-dumping tariff rates” for some optical fiber products originating from the United States, effective on Wednesday, July 11.

Iran’s vice president acknowledged on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions would hurt the economy, but promised to “sell as much oil as we can” and protect banking.

AP Top Stories

An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 1,328 pounds has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in Australia, officials said on Tuesday. The 15.4-foot beast was found in a trap downstream from the northern outback town of Katherine after first being spotted in 2010.

Britain must be prepared to fight a future insurgency unless Isil is wiped out in Syria, the Defence Secretary has warned.

Israel imposed sanctions on the Gaza Strip and its dominant Hamas Islamists on Monday in retaliation for attacks by Palestinians using burning kites and helium balloons carrying blazing rags.

China will provide Arab states with $20 billion in loans for economic development, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa.

Syrian archaeologists have begun work restoring artefacts damaged by Isil during the time the jihadist group controlled the ancient city of Palmyra.

The celebrations for Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary aren’t happening in the U.S. only. The entire world is showing the brand some love. This past weekend, the party was in Prague, Czech Republic, and Harlistas from all over the world attended.

Tesla Inc. has reached a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a factory that’ll rival production from its lone U.S. assembly plant, as Elon Musk takes his biggest step yet to expand overseas. Construction will begin soon, after securing needed permits, and it will produce 500,000 electric vehicles a year for Chinese consumers in two to three years.


An Israeli non-profit organization has announced plans to send the first privately-funded unmanned spacecraft to the Moon later this year. SpaceIL said the probe would be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December on a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.

A commercial ship flying the Italian flag, and carrying dozens of rescued migrants, was refused permission to dock at Italian ports. After being turned away from Italian ports, it handed the migrants over to the Italian coastguard.

Sunday was the deadliest day in Nicaragua since a wave of anti-government protests started in April, a local human rights group said. According to the Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights (Cenidh), 38 people were killed during clashes in three areas.

Nigeria’s armed forces have released 183 children, 175 boys and eight girls, who were being held on suspicion of having ties to militant Islamist group Boko Haram.


As Iran faces ongoing protests from a growing movement aiming to bring down the mullah-led regime, its top general is threatening to send an “Islamic army” across the border into Israel from Syria to wipe out the “evil Zionist regime.”

Voters in Oregon likely will have the opportunity to repeal the state’s three-decade-old sanctuary law, which prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal law governing illegal entry.

Medical errors contribute to an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 deaths per year, according to the Institute of Medicine. Burnout — defined as emotional exhaustion or depersonalization — occurs in more than half of doctors, according to the study.

News – 7/10/2018

Scientist: Creation of Earth Calibrated to Mount Moriah

The scientist who mathematically proved prophecy, claims his formula has cosmic implications, showing that the creation of the world was calibrated according to the location of Jerusalem and the return of the Jews to Israel. According to the scientist, Saul Kullook, his discovery is indisputable proof of the existence of the God of Israel. “This is not a theory,” Kullook explained to Breaking Israel News. “It was there, waiting to be seen. I just worked out the mathematical proof.”

Temple Mount Activist: We Are Writing the 25th Book of the Bible This Year

Last year set a record for the number of Jews ascending to the Temple Mount but this week, with two months still left until the Jewish new year, that record was broken. This rising interest in Judaism’s holiest site is hopefully paving the way for the Third Temple and one activist notes that current events may one day be written down as an addendum to the Bible. “The police and government are being more supportive of Jews going up but that would be meaningless if it weren’t for a spiritual awakening among the Jews,” he said.

Assad, aided by Russia, poised to snuff out ‘cradle’ of revolt

Bashar al-Assad is poised to snuff out the Syrian rebellion in the place it first began more than seven years ago, as rebels in Deraa city enter talks with his Russian allies on withdrawing or accepting a return of state authority.

Archaeologists uncover gate to biblical city of Zer

Archaeologists have uncovered the entrance gate to the biblical city of Zer during excavations carried out in the Golan Heights over the past two weeks, the Golan Regional Council said Sunday. “There are not many gates in this country from this period. Bethsaida was the name of the city during the Second Temple period, but during the First Temple period it was the city of Zer,” Arav said, pointing to Joshua 19:35, which says: “The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth.”


As of today, the sun has been without sunspots for 100 days in 2018. If current trends continue, 2018 will end with a 10-year low in sunspot counts. This is a sign that Solar Minimum is approaching–even more rapidly than forecasters expected. What does this mean for us on Earth? Ironically, low solar activity boosts cosmic rays.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: Kavanaugh Is ‘Very Confirmable’

NBC news host Chuck Todd called President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court “very confirmable” on Monday night after the president made the announcement.

US Navy says will protect commerce in face of Iran oil threat

After IRGC warning they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if US tries to cut Tehran’s exports, US military’s Central Command says ‘we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.’

Bombshell: Hunt for Seth Rich’s murderer turns up ‘witness’

Jack Burkman, a Washington-based lawyer and lobbyist, told the Gateway Pundit blog: “We believe that we have reached the beginning of the end of the Seth Rich murder investigation. After two long hard years of work, we have a witness who is prepared to identify the two killers of Seth Rich.” Burkman told the blog in an exclusive interview on Sunday that one of the culprits identified by the witness is an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the other is an agent for the ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Israel closes main Gaza goods crossing in response to arson attacks

Israel has shut the main cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip in retaliation for arson attacks by Palestinians and attempts to infiltrate its territory. Only “humanitarian equipment”, including food and medicine, will now be allowed through Kerem Shalom. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to use a “heavy hand” against the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza.

Watchdog group: United Nations ignores antisemitism, de-Judaizes Holocaust

The United Nations has failed to seriously combat antisemitism and in some cases has de-Judaized the Holocaust, a Geneva watchdog group said on Monday. UN Watch made the accusation in a report it presented at a special event at the Knesset. Israel has long argued that the UN’s treatment of it is tantamount to antisemitism because of the body’s long record of excessively condemning Israeli actions above and beyond those of other nations.

Theresa May’s new-look cabinet meets amid Brexit turmoil

Theresa May’s new-look cabinet has met for the first time after a string of resignations over her Brexit strategy left her government in crisis. Mrs May was forced to carry out a reshuffle of her top team after Boris Johnson and David Davis both quit. The prime minister has warned the Tory party it must unite or face the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in power.

Nicaragua unrest: Bishop’s anger as people die in clashes

A Nicaraguan bishop has accused the government of using extreme violence after 14 people were reportedly killed over the weekend. Rolando Alvarez, bishop of Matagalpa, said an operation to clear protesters’ road blocks had been carried out “at the price of blood and death”. Protesters and pro-government forces are reported to be among those who lost their lives on Sunday.

Brett Kavanaugh picked for Supreme Court by President Trump

US President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a bruising confirmation battle. In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a “brilliant jurist”. The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George W Bush.

Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record Through May

The U.S. merchandise trade deficit with China set a record through May, hitting $152,237,500,000 for the first five months of 2018, according to data released Friday by the Census Bureau. From January through May, the Census Bureau reports, the United States exported $52,902,300,000 in goods to China while importing $205,139,800,000 in good from China.

Backlash building to cashless movement

…Surfside, a popular 24-hour Mexican eatery, doesn’t take cash. No cash means no register for robbers to empty out, no bills for workers to slip into their pockets and no change counting holding up lines. The global cashless movement has reached Washington, where a growing number of fast-casual and other establishments are saying no to greenbacks in favor of plastic and mobile payments.

Eleventh person rescued from Thai cave on third day of operation

An eleventh person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day. A Reuters witness saw three people being carried out of the Tham Luang cave on stretchers separately on Tuesday, the third day of the rescue operation.

Switzerland launches WTO action over U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs

Switzerland has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, it said on Tuesday, the eighth WTO member to start such a challenge. “From Switzerland’s point of view, the additional duties, which according to the U.S. have been introduced to protect national security, are unjustified,” the statement from the Swiss economy ministry said in a statement.

‘Family Friendly’ Netflix Airs ‘Salute To Abortion’ Show As Host Michelle Wolf Declares ‘God Bless Abortions!’

On her weekly Netflix program, “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” Wolf used Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement to tout abortion rights and demean pro-life Americans. Wolf closed by marching out on stage in a majorette’s costume, accompanied by a drum corps, and a huge banner reading, “The Break’s 10th Annual Salute to Abortion.”

Blood moon to bring longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, with Mars to appear unusually bright

Seen as a sign of impending doom by some, to others it is simply an excellent photo opportunity. The longest lunar eclipse of the century will take place this month – and it will turn the moon blood red.

Galilee struck by new earthquakes, rattling northern Israel

Two minor earthquakes were felt in northern Israel on Sunday night, bringing the number of minor temblors to jangle the region to four for the day.

“We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before”: Death toll climbs in Japan floods
People prepared for risky search and cleanup efforts in southwestern Japan on Monday, where several days of heavy rainfall had set off flooding and landslides in a widespread area. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters at least 103 people have died or are presumed dead, and 80 people were unaccounted for, many of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area.

SICK! Yahoo Paints Catholic Judge Amy Barrett as Christian Cultist… Because She is Devout Catholic

There are several leading thinkers in the United States today who believe Satan has taken hold of the Democrat Party. This doesn’t help.

San Francisco’s crisis looks like New York’s future

“A major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s a loss of approximately $40 million for the city and a warning to other cities with similar policies, like New York: You could be next.

Nearly 30 Shot, Four Fatally, over Weekend in Gun-Controlled Chicago
Four people were killed and another 24 wounded by gunfire in gun-controlled Chicago over the weekend.

Corrupt FBI And DOJ Not Only Caught Redacting Their Criminal Acts – They’re Now Caught Creating Fraudulent Documents

Over the past few years the DOJ and FBI redacted documents in the name of national security but their real reason was later uncovered as an effort to hide their crimes.

Planned Parenthood Dares Make Demands About Supreme Court Pick

Planned Parenthood isn’t particularly known for its close relationship with the Republican Party, something I think most Republicans are comfortable with. After all, they currently control both houses of Congress and the White House in spite of a constant fusillade of hyperbolic attacks from America’s foremost industrial abortion supplier.

UK Gears Up For War With Russia Amid Poisoning & Death Of British Citizen

The UK is calling for Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s blood following the death of British citizen, Dawn Sturgess, who died as a result of being exposed to a Novichok poison in Salisbury UK, last week.

Top Bishop: Doctors Should Let Patients Die To ‘Save Money’

Bishop of Kensington, the Right Rev Graham Tomlin says saving lives is a waste of money

Mexico’s new far-left President will collapse the country into third world status, creating an even worse border crisis for America

AMLO, by comparison, is a Leftist. He supports open borders or, at least, open between his country and ours. He has said Mexico “will defend, without conditions, the right of our citizens to earn a living anywhere in the world” — seen as a direct challenge to Trump’s anti-immigration policies.

Pope Francis Orders White Women To ‘Breed’ With Muslims

Pope Francis has compared Jesus Christ to the leader of an Islamic terrorist death cult and suggested Christian missionaries have a lot in common with members of ISIS, during a wide-ranging and shocking interview in which he also openly promoted socialism and ordered European women to “breed” with Muslim migrants in order to counter “declining birth rates.”

Rouhani Claims Iran Has Wonderful Relations With World’s Jews

Iran President Hassan Rouhani, in what must go down in history as one of the most disingenuous moments of all time, said his country has always maintained great relations with the Jews of the world.

Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would ‘Approve’ of Gay Marriage, Some Abortions 

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that Jesus would approve of gay marriage and certain abortions in an interview with HuffPost Live.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.” —John Adams (1776)

In Today’s Edition

  • Trump prudently nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — but Democrats will resist.
  • Trump’s colorblind policies are proving to be a welcome remedy for minorities.
  • What is the calculation behind the burgeoning trade wars?
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Trump’s SCOTUS Nomination Provides Little Resistance Ammo

Democrats find themselves in a bind in opposing the least controversial of the four candidates Trump was considering.

Trump’s Colorblind Economy

Trump’s policies are proving to be a cure for victimitis. No wonder the Left is full-bore scared.

Trump’s Real Tariff Strategy

Trump may be calculating that the U.S. can absorb a mild hit if it means getting our trading partners to change their ways.

Tuesday Short Cuts

“Hysteria over Kavanaugh is strictly political. … He is controversial only because he will faithfully apply the law.” —Andrew C. McCarthy

Tuesday Top Headlines

Brett M. Kavanaugh for SCOTUS, anti-Trumper Lisa Page subpoenaed, judge rejects changes to family detention, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Dennis Prager

Explaining American Leftists: Part I

Stephen Moore

Trump’s Zero-Tariff Solution

Cal Thomas

Is Europe Awakening to the Threat?

Rich Lowry

Don’t Cry for Angela Merkel

Gary Bauer

All About Abortion

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Doing the works Jesus has given us to do

Todd Bentley Sees “Financial Angel” in Yoga Pants and Golden Slippers

Gay ‘Christian’ Journalist, Jonathan Merritt, Leaves RNS Amidst Contract Dispute

Southern Baptist Pastor Resigns Amid Accusations He Sexually Molested Teenage Girls

Pastor Found Guilty of Pocketing Millions in Largest Known Computer Hacking, Securities Fraud Scheme

Man Distraught Over Divorce Tries Pulling Gun at Pulpit; Church Members Take Him Down

Jimmy Carter says ‘Jesus would approve of gay marriage’ but not abortions

UK to ban ‘abhorrent’ practice of treating unwanted homosexual attraction

Headlines – 7/10/2018

China pledges $15 million to Palestinians amid major push for Mideast influence

Israel shuts Gaza crossings to pressure Hamas over fire kites, border violence

Hamas: Kerem Shalom closure a crime against humanity

33 fires break out in Gaza border region due to incendiary balloons

Al Quds channel director criticizes Israel’s decision to declare it as terrorist organization

More countries following Trump in moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Energean seen exporting Israeli gas to Cyprus

Record 2.1 million tourists visit Israel in first half of 2018

Muslim Candidate for Congress Calls Israel ‘Apartheid Regime’

Watchdog group: United Nations ignores antisemitism, de-Judaizes Holocaust

Israel presents red lines on Saudi nuclear aspirations

Iran’s Two-Front Strategy – With simmering conflicts on the Golan and in Gaza, Tehran looks to strip Israel of its strategic advantages

Iranian official: We will fight the enemy from Lebanon

Europe, China, Russia to meet Iran on Friday in Vienna

Destroying Iran deal would have unforeseeable consequences, China’s Li warns

Iran dealt new set back with Austrian Airlines cancelling flights

Iranian Hackers Tried to Impersonate Israeli Cyber-security Company

Protests over water shortages get revived in Iran

Israel Prepares for Syria to Win Back Border but Plans ‘Harsh Response’ If Forces Enter Golan Heights

Syria’s Assad says rebuilding is ‘top priority’

Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revives amid ongoing civil war, lashes out at the U.S. and Israel

ISIS is trying to make a comeback by creating chaos with assassinations – the same tactic it employed before it rose to power 5 years ago

ISIS is putting up a stronger fight than the US anticipated, and that could complicate Trump’s plans

Erdogan sworn in with new powers, promises a ‘strong Turkey’

Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

Pompeo, in surprise visit to Afghanistan, urges Taliban peace talks

What now? Pompeo exits North Korea emptyhanded, leaving US with three options — all of them bad

Trump says he’s still confident Kim will denuclearize

Trump Saves U.S. $14 Million By Canceling Korea War Games. That’s How Much We Spend Every Day Fighting ISIS

Lindsey Graham: China Sabotaging North Korea Nuclear Talks Over Tariff Trade War

Kremlin: Moscow ‘deeply concerned’ about UK nerve agent death

PM May: Britain will not put Brexit deal to a new referendum

British foreign secretary quits in protest over May’s Brexit plan

Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson amid Brexit turmoil

UK Government On Verge Of Collapse Days Before Trump’s Visit

Trump scolds NATO members days ahead of summit

Donald Trump Told Angela Merkel, ‘You Owe Me $1 Trillion’ in Their First Meeting: Report

Transatlantic Ties Hang in the Balance as Trump Comes to Europe

Trade War With China Heats Up, But Tariff Effects Are Already Rippling Across U.S.

Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Protests Already Planned For Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

Kavanaugh nod touches off Supreme Court confirmation battle; Dems warn of ‘deaths of countless women’

Pelosi vows to ‘avenge President Obama’ in Supreme Court fight

New York Gov. Cuomo signs reproductive rights executive order ahead of Trump’s Supreme Court pick

The Stories We’re Missing When We Focus On Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Inside the creepy and impressive startup funded by the Chinese government that is developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhere

Scientists Create First-Ever AI Made From DNA In A Test Tube

YouTube is cracking down on ‘fake news’ with new text previews

With Regulators Wary, Facebook Is Poring Over Its Prize Asset: Your Face

Fireball flies across Midwest skies Sunday, leaves ‘brilliant green light’

A Sign of the End Times? Another Blood Moon Appears in July

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Talkeetna, Alaska

Spate of Earthquakes Leaves Tiberias Feeling Vulnerable

Estimate: 80,000 buildings in danger of collapsing in face of earthquake

Emergency meeting to be held on earthquake preparedness in Israel

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 29,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia eruts to 15,0000ft

Negra, Sierra volcano in Galapagos erupts to 12,000ft

Super Typhoon Maria Spurs Heavy Rain, Wind Warnings for Taiwan

Super Typhoon Maria Huge Danger for Eastern China

Tropical trouble: Beryl’s remnants threaten Puerto Rico, as Chris spins near Carolinas

Power outages, flooding hits Puerto Rico, USVI amid storms

U.S. Virgin Islands Have Been Struggling With Job Losses Since Hurricanes

Death toll in Japan rains rises to 122, as hope for survivors fades

Japan battles shortage of necessities for survivors of worst flood in decades

Record Temperature Readings Throughout Los Angeles Caused By ‘Faulty Weather Stations,’ Meteorologist Says

UN: 1 in 4 children live in country of conflict or disaster

More than 200 hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetables; symptoms can include ‘explosive’ bowel movements

‘No Jab, No Pay’. In Australia, no excuse accepted for unvaccinated kids

Samoa pulls MMR vaccine after two babies die

An Experimental HIV Vaccine Has Been Trialled in Humans With Promising Results

Is the end nigh?: new blood tests can reveal your life expectancy

CRISPR Gene Editing Used on Mammals for the First Time

Netflix Airs ‘Salute to Abortion;’ Host Declares: ‘God Bless Abortions!’

Jimmy Carter: ‘I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage,’ some abortions

Feminists Clash with Transgenders at London Pride Parade

Pastor Found Guilty of Pocketing Millions in Largest Known Computer Hacking, Securities Fraud Scheme

New river of lava emerges in Hawaii as fissure flow becomes unpredictable

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:40 AM PDT

New river of lava emerges in Hawaii as fissure flow becomes unpredictableA river of lava is spreading across Hawaii’s Big Island as the flow from fissure 8 begins to show signs of becoming unstable, with no end in sight for the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. Kilauea has been in an eruptive phase since May 3, with more than 650 homes, including a property belonging to Big Island Mayor Harry Kim, destroyed so far, and more than 2,000 people evacuated. Residents are also having to

contend with noxious vapors know as vog and laze, which result when gases from the volcano react with sunlight and seawater respectively. Hawaii is 11 hours behind the UK. A spokesman for Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) said: “Early this afternoon observer reported multiple overflows occurring along both sides of the main lava channel, in an area extending from near the “Y” intersection at Pohoiki Road eastwards to an area just west of Kapoho Crater. READ MORE

‘God Bless Abortion’: Netflix Show Host Goes Off the Rails in Twisted Pro-Abortion Rant

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:31 AM PDT

‘God Bless Abortion’: Netflix Show Host Goes Off the Rails in Twisted Pro-Abortion RantThis past July 4th, most people spent time with family, eating copious amounts of delicious food, soaking up the summer sun and reflecting on how lucky we are to live in a country like the United States. For one Netflix host, however, attempted to turn the holiday into a bizarre and twisted celebration of abortion.

While the rest of America was out enjoying the holiday, Michelle Wolf released her special fourth of July video that praised abortion and attacked pro-lifers.  If the roles were reversed and Sanders did this to Wolf, the media would likely have been all over it. But supporting and uplifting women is only necessary when the woman’s political views fit agenda, it would appear. READ MORE

Ancient Witchcraft Trend Growing Sharply in Popularity

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:25 AM PDT

Ancient Witchcraft Trend Growing Sharply in PopularitySales of tarot cards have risen sharply in the last year as self-proclaimed witches claim that divination and dark magic are effective in opposing President Trump. One end-of-days expert cites this as an illogical yet divinely guided step in setting the stage for the Messianic showdown in which the two sides, good and evil, are clearly defined.

The BBC published an article last week noting a 30-percent increase in sales in tarot cards last year, citing data collected by US Games Systems, a publisher of tarot games. Tarot may be a modern trend, but its roots are ancient, with some sources claiming the deck has its origins in the Book of Thoth, a legendary tome of Egyptian occult and idolatry. Based on four suits, tarot cards are similar to common playing cards but with some significant differences that serve its primary purpose: divination. READ MORE

This Unhealthy Fascination Is Leading Many Charismatics Away From Jesus

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:22 AM PDT

This Unhealthy Fascination Is Leading Many Charismatics Away From Jesus(By Eddie Hyatt) Many in the charismatic movement today are being led away from Jesus, not by sex, booze and drugs, but by an unhealthy fascination with signs, wonders and miracles. For example, a young man shared with me about being in a meeting where miracles were being greatly publicized. He said that at one point the crowd began to chant over and over “Signs! Miracles! Signs! Miracles!”  Choking back the tears, he said, “I felt grieved in my spirit.” He was also confused. Why did he feel grieved inside? Aren’t we supposed to desire miracles? I assured him that what he experienced was the Holy Spirit in him being

grieved by this crowd’s unhealthy preoccupation and fascination with miracles. Jesus had been preempted by their self-centered desire to see a miracle. This reminds me of Herod, who was “exceedingly glad” (Luke 23:8, NKJV) to finally see Jesus when Pilate sent Jesus to him during His trial. Why was Herod “exceedingly glad” to see Jesus? It wasn’t because Herod wanted to know Him and His message. Luke 23:8 goes on to say, “He hoped to see some miracle done by Him.” Herod wanted to be entertained by a miracle. His interest in Jesus and miracles was centered in himself and his own egotistical desire. READ MORE

25 Preachers Accused of ‘Forced Conversions’ in India

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:16 AM PDT

25 Preachers Accused of ‘Forced Conversions’ in IndiaAuthorities in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand have accused 25 evangelists of allegedly trying to convert tribal Hindu villagers to Christianity. The preachers, seven of whom are women, were sharing the gospel in a remote village some 180 miles east of the state’s capital when they were confronted by local villagers who reportedly got upset with their evangelistic activities.

“The villagers became angry when they began making disparaging comments about tribal places of worship — locally called ‘Manjhi Than’ and ‘Jaher Than’ —saying that Satan resided in such places,” a senior police officer with knowledge on the case told local media. “Angry villagers asked them to stop but they did not.” READ MORE

Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone erupts for the eleventh time in 2018

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:11 AM PDT

Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone erupts for the eleventh time in 2018The Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park has reportedly erupted for the eleventh time in 2018 on Friday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the geyser erupted at 1:37 p.m. and it lasted 32 minutes.  According to reports,

The USGS said the geyser has decided to follow a semi-regular pattern of erupting every 6-8 days over the past two months; however, it has been 20 days 20 hours 42 minutes since the last eruption on June 15th. Is Yellowstone Super-Volcano awakening? Is this leading to a greater future event?

Very bright fireball seen over skies of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:04 AM PDT

Very bright fireball seen over skies of Rio Grande do Norte, BrazilA bright fireball was recorded streaking across the night sky over the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil at 01:35 UTC on July 8, 2018. The object was visible for several seconds before it disintegrated in a bright flash. It is possible some pieces survived the entry. However, even if something did manage to survive, it’s at the bottom of the ocean now.

The fireball was seen by residents of Mossoró, Areia Branca, Assú, Baraúna, Severiano Melo and even cities in Ceará as Icapui and Russas said they had seen the light, according to EXOSS Citizen Science Project. The International Meteor Organization has so far received 11 reports and one video: READ MORE

Nigeria Now the Deadliest Place to Be a Christian

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 05:33 PM PDT

Nigeria Now the Deadliest Place to Be a ChristianA new wave of attacks by Fulani herdsmen against Christians is leading one international human rights advocate to call on the US Congress to appoint a special envoy to investigate. “Nigeria is now the deadliest place in the world to be a Christian,” explained attorney Emmanuel Ogebe. “What we have is a genocide. They are trying to displace the Christians, they are trying to possess their land and they are

trying to impose their religion on the so-called infidels and pagans who they consider Christians to be.” Two weeks ago, 238 people were killed in a village massacre in north-central Nigeria. Six of Ogebe’s relatives were among the victims. “From what we have been able to piece together, the husband and his pregnant wife, he tried to take her out of the house to safety and come back for the kids,” recalled Ogebe. READ MORE

New blood tests can reveal your life expectancy

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 05:20 PM PDT

New blood tests can reveal your life expectancyIt could be just the thing for those who need a nudge to start ticking items off their bucket list; scientists have developed a blood test that reveals how long a person has left to live.  The test draws on nine biomarkers found in the blood that can be used to calculate the biological age of a person’s body – that is, how old it seems from the way it functions, as opposed to how long it has been out of the womb.

Researchers at Yale University in Connecticut found that the test was a more accurate predictor of life expectancy than a person’s chronological age or any of the biomarkers individually. Morgan Levine, a pathologist at Yale, said the test could be used to identify people who are aging faster than normal, meaning they are at greater risk than expected of disease and an early death. READ MORE

Chinese government developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhere

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 05:14 PM PDT

Chinese government developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhereA computer system that can track and identify any face anywhere may sound like science fiction, but, in China, two such companies are barreling ahead at making such technology an everyday reality. The two startups, SenseTime and Megvii, are developing competing facial recognition platforms powered by artificial intelligence. SenseTime became the world’s highest-valued AI startup after raising $600 million in April at a valuation of $4.5 billion.

The company raised another $620 million last month. Megvii isn’t far behind. It raised $460 million last November. While the valuation hasn’t been disclosed, it’s likely that it is close to or tops $2 billion. Two smaller Chinese companies include Yitu Technology, which raised $380 million last year, and DeepGlint. The eye-popping valuations shouldn’t be surprising to anyone paying attention. Last year, the Chinese government unveiled a plan to make the country the world leader in AI and to develop an AI industry worth $150 billion by 2030. READ MORE

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018
Alan Keyes on ‘the spiritual force that powered the nation’s common heart’
ALAN KEYES — I recently came across an article entitled “The Fourth of July once meant speeches, not fireworks.” I thought it would be a thoughtful piece about the reasons why July 4th was once observed as a political memorial day – – i.e., a day on which citizens in the United States remembered the basis for their rights, including the right of self-government. Instead, it turned out to be a denigration of the emphasis on speechifying that was once characteristic of the observance. It sneeringly portrays Fourth of July speeches as boring displays of bombast and verbal fireworks…. (more)

July 10, 2018
‘There is no one in America more qualified or deserving’
ART MOORE — Democratic activists and lawmakers already are nearly two weeks into their “resistance” of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to succeed the retiring Anthony Kennedy, and now they have a name and face for their campaign…. (more)

July 10, 2018
NPR — President Trump has chosen Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit – often thought of as the second-most-powerful court in the country – to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court…. (more)

July 10, 2018
FOX NEWS — Did Judge Brett Kavanaugh write the roadmap for saving ObamaCare? That question has dwelled at the center of passionate debate in the conservative legal community for days as Kavanaugh, a federal appeals judge in the District of Columbia, finds himself as one of President Trump’s four finalists for a place on the U.S. Supreme Court…. (more)

July 9, 2018
While stoking the suspense, the president always leaned toward Kennedy’s choice of successor
POLITICO — After Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Donald Trump he would relinquish his seat on the Supreme Court, the president emerged from his private meeting with the retiring jurist focused on one candidate to name as his successor: Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Kennedy’s former law clerk…. (more)

July 9, 2018
DAILY CALLER — Justice Department documents released on Friday confirm that the DOJ attorney known as Robert Mueller’s “pit bull” arranged a meeting with journalists in April 2017 to discuss an investigation into Paul Manafort. The documents show that Andrew Weissmann arranged a meeting with DOJ and FBI officials and four Associated Press reporters on April 11, 2017, just over a month before Mueller was appointed special counsel…. (more)

July 9, 2018
NEWSMAX — Texas property owners along the border with Mexico are getting notices from the federal government seeking permission to survey their lands for the construction of a possible wall, KENS 5 News reported on Sunday…. (more)

July 9, 2018
NEWSMAX — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has labeled Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel López Obrador a “far-left socialist” whose victory Sunday shows the need for President Donald Trump’s wall to be built along the U.S.-Mexico border…. (more)

July 9, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz made a case Sunday for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russia investigation on MSNBC. The Harvard law professor emeritus brought up Rosenstein as a pivot away from a question host Kasie Hunt asked about whether any Supreme Court candidate that President Trump might nominate Monday should recuse him or herself from the Russia inquiry…. (more)

July 9, 2018
NEWSMAX — Alan Dershowitz said Saturday that he is not a defender of President Donald Trump, but “I’m a supporter of civil liberties” – – and he likened attacks on him to being called “a communist supporter in the 1950s.” “I am not a Trump supporter,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told The New York Times in an interview on Martha’s Vineyard. “I’m a supporter of civil liberties…. (more)

July 8, 2018
THE HILL — Brett Kavanaugh, a top contender to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, is facing pushback from social conservatives who say he’s too moderate to occupy a seat that will determine the balance of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is being considered alongside other top candidates like Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, who also serve as federal appeals court judges…. (more)

July 8, 2018
THE HILL — Amy Coney Barrett has emerged as the favorite candidate for social conservatives in the debate over who President Trump should pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Barrett – – a 46-year-old appellate judge – – checks multiple boxes for the right…. (more)

July 8, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Looking at the current political and cultural climate in Washington, D.C., you might get the idea that the ruling class is in the midst of a conniption fit. Even the walls of the National Cathedral are vibrating with weirdness – – more about that later…. (more)

July 8, 2018
Fear signing statement affirming demands ‘will embolden officials to add even more’
WORLDNETDAILY — The Home School Legal Defense Association is the premiere advocate for homeschoolers worldwide, lobbying for their rights and representing them in court in the United States and globally. Now, it is sending a message to authorities in New Mexico “in protest of unlawful demands” by encouraging homeschooling families in the state “to disregard official instructions for filing the annual notice of intent.”… (more)

July 7, 2018
WRAL — Democratic senators running for re-election in red states where President Donald Trump remains popular face an agonizing choice over his coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats – – and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019…. (more)

July 7, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It was my honor to befriend Judge Robert Bork in the last years of his life. Not surprisingly, I don’t find much amusement in the cesspool that judicial-confirmation politics has become since his name became a synonym for slander in 1987 – – a debacle that changed history for the worse in more ways than the woodenly whimsical Anthony Kennedy’s assumption of what should have been the Bork seat…. (more)

July 7, 2018
NEWSMAX — There are many anti-Trump media pundits announcing they’re leaving the Republican Party, but nobody really cares, an opinion piece in The Washington Examiner argues Saturday…. (more)

July 7, 2018
BYRON YORK — There’s talk going around Resistance circles that when seven U.S. lawmakers, all Republicans, met with top Russian officials in Moscow over the Fourth of July recess, they didn’t even bring up Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They also, according to the story, steered clear of other touchy issues like Russia’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine…. (more)

July 7, 2018
NEWSMAX — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has faced criticism from President Donald Trump and on down since he appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Russian activities during the 2016 election, appears to be fighting back, Washington insiders are saying…. (more)

July 7, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rep. Devin Nunes is referring 42 Obama administration officials, FBI agents and outside political activists to a House task force for as investigation into how the Obama Justice Department targeted the Donald Trump campaign. If the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Judiciary Committee agree, their task force would conduct the most extensive probe to date on anti-Trump government operations in 2016…. (more)

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)

Barna Update | State of the Bible 2018: Seven Top Findings

Barna, in partnership with American Bible Society, conducted its annual State of the Bible survey to examine behaviors and beliefs about the Bible among U.S. adults. The results show that Americans still read the Word and it remains a powerful, transformative tool in their life.

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Jim Jordan Is A Man of Integrity Being Railroaded With Factless Allegations

Like many Americans, when I saw last week’s headlines about my friend, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), I couldn’t believe them. The accusations did not describe the man of character and courage I’ve known for more than a decade. When I read the actual stories under those headlines, my reaction turned from dread to outrage. Jordan isn’t being accused; he’s being railroaded.

Jordan, as you may know, was a two-time NCAA Division I national champion wrestler. After graduating from college, he became an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, from 1986 to 1994. This was during the decades-long career of the now deceased OSU doctor Richard Strauss, who has now been accused of sexual abuse by former OSU athletes. The university just launched an investigation in April of the claims that date back three decades.

Some of the former wrestlers, including two with criminal pasts, are now accusing Jordan of knowingly turning a blind eye to Strauss’s alleged abusive behavior. One is a serial litigant who has made wild accusations not only against Jordan, but Jordan’s brother and nephews as well, also wrestlers.

Jordan categorically denies the allegations, stating on Fox News last week: “I never saw, never heard of, never was told about any kind of abuse. If I did I would have dealt with it. A good coach puts the interests of his student-athletes first.”

Former Wrestlers Stand Up for Jim Jordan’s Integrity

Amidst the sudden allegations, numerous former OSU wrestlers are coming forward to back Jordan and questioning the motivations for the charges.

“There’s a lot more of us who are standing by (Jordan) than those who are accusing him of not acting,’’ former OSU wrestler Dan George told The Asbury Park Press. “I’m devastated by what I’ve heard. My heart goes out to anyone who was abused in any way. But Jim Jordan is a tremendous human being who has always lived his life beyond reproach. If he had any knowledge of any misconduct, he would deal with it. There’s no question in my mind.’’

Former wrestler Andrew Skove said he stands “100 percent’’ in support of Jordan and that “I’m not aware of any incidents that could have potentially been covered-up.”

Other former OSU wrestlers spoke with the Washington Post, including Michael Alf, who said Jordan was, “the most honest person I’ve ever met. The thing is, if he saw something like that, he wouldn’t have tolerated it.” The Post reported that another former wrestler, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said wrestlers didn’t usually speak that frankly with Jordan: “It’s way more likely that [he] didn’t know than did know. We were so guarded around these guys.”

The former wrestler added, “I think the only reason he’s being dragged into it is because of his political stature, and I think that’s terrible.” Indeed, why is Jordan being singled out, decades later, months after the investigation began?

The Circumstantial Evidence Points Against The Allegations

There is a notably strange absence of the other OSU sports staff’s supposed role in this massive conspiracy. The core of the allegation against Jordan is that, as an assistant coach, he must have known what Strauss was doing to athletes. Yet the accusers make no mention of what OSU Head Coach Russ Hellickson “must have known.”

Hellickson himself has vehemently defended Jordan, saying: “At no time while Jim Jordan was a coach with me at Ohio State did either of us ignore abuse of our wrestlers.” Five other former OSU coaches are also vouching for Jordan’s integrity: “It is hard for me to think of another person who embodies the character qualities of honesty, fairness, good judgement and wisdom like Jim Jordan. Jim also never took shortcuts or ducked challenges, that’s not how he became a champion, so the idea that Jim would know of abuse of his wrestlers and do nothing is utterly absurd,” said Lee Kemp, a former University of Wisconsin assistant coach, and former three-time national and world champion.

The accusers had to know making these provocative claims against a nationally popular conservative lawmaker would maximize news coverage and gain the sympathy of a liberal media quick to believe the worst about conservatives.

Then, there is the conspicuous presence of law firm Perkins Coie, which has been retained to do this investigation. Perkins Coie’s clients have included the Democratic National Committee. It produced the infamous “dossier” of conspiracy theories about President Trump and represented the DNC when its computer servers were “hacked.”

Also, the timing of these accusations is suspect, squarely targeting one of the most prominent conservative elected officials in the country, decades after the alleged incidents but just as speculation has grown that Jordan might be running for speaker of the House after Paul Ryan retires next year.

No Facts Support These Allegations

Make no mistake: the allegations against Jordan are serious. But that is a reason to dig even deeper than normal into the facts surrounding those charges. If you or I were on either side of such accusations, we would want nothing less. Investigations are supposed to pursue the truth, not pre-scripted political or media narratives.

As President Trump said last week, “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He’s an outstanding man.” I agree 100 percent with the president.

People like Jim spend a lifetime developing a reputation of honesty and integrity, yet irresponsible media try to destroy that reputation with one misleading story. This is what makes it difficult to attract men and women of character and conviction to political office.

In the case of Jordan, the facts are already telling a different story than the headlines.

Source: Jim Jordan Is A Man of Integrity Being Railroaded With Factless Allegations

Pride Goes Before a Fall – Even for Nations

Something like 80% of all international transactions take place in dollars. The global financial system rests on a dollar architecture. That includes funds transfer, clearing, payments, etc. There’s a special unit set up in the Treasury Department that is the war room where such measures are designed and meted out – just like any war room where military tactics and strategies are implemented to defeat an enemy. How long do you think the rest of the world will continue to be controlled and dictated to by Washington? At any moment, if you fall out of favor with the powers-that-be in Washington, your entire economy and lifeline to the world’s financial system can be shut down.

No country and people want that risk hanging over them like the Sword of Damocles. In all likelihood, these destructive and ill-conceived policies will lead to a collapse in the dollar. It may already be starting. We see Russia, Iran, China, and other nations starting to trade in local currencies and bypass the dollar. Russia is developing its own payments system to avoid having to use the SWIFT system of international funds transfer. China and Russia are trading goods (including oil) now in local currencies. Others are starting to do the same.

Can the US dollar lose its global reserve status? Yes, but not just because we run large trade deficits. Since most of the world’s commerce is denominated in dollars and because oil trade has been priced in dollars, it necessitated that the rest of the world ran trade surpluses with the US in order to get dollars. Therefore, our trade deficits were an expression of high demand for dollars, not vice-versa.

But all that is now changing as the world moves away from trading in dollars. And one of the reasons this is happening is because nations around the world want to escape Washington’s far-reaching control. And the classic illustration of this control (of America’s trying to dictate policy to everyone) is the sanctions we keep imposing on a growing number of countries. The dollar’s days as the global reserve currency are almost over. It’s the beginning of the end. It’s already begun, and you can thank our elected and un-elected idiots and control freaks in Washington.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, September 2017)

July 10, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Faith of Joseph

Genesis 50:24–25Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”One day when he was very young, Dale Carnegie, the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, wrote a letter to Richard Harding Davis. Davis was a highly regarded author at the time, and Carnegie was writing a magazine article about authors. He wanted Davis to tell him how he did his work. Sometime before this, Carnegie had received a letter from someone else that contained at the bottom the words “Dictated but not read.” That sounded important. So when he wrote Davis, Carnegie added these words to the bottom of his letter. Davis never even troubled to answer. He simply returned the letter with a note scribbled across the bottom: “Your bad manners are exceeded only by your bad manners.”In telling that story later, Carnegie confessed that he had been foolish and that he had even deserved the rebuke. But he was hurt by it and resented it—so much so that ten years after, when he read of the death of Richard Davis, this was the memory that came first to his mind. He remembered Davis for the hurt he had given him.It is strange what people are remembered for. A man can spend a lifetime building a company and amassing a fortune, but his children will remember him for the time he spent talking to them at night after dinner—or for the time he failed to spend with them. A woman will pour her time into charitable activities and benefits, but her co-workers will remember her for the harshness of her voice, the hats she wore—or perhaps for the gracious manner in which she deferred to others and saw that they got credit for the benefits.In the next-to-last verses of Genesis we have a declaration of faith in God for which a very great man, Joseph, is remembered in the New Testament. But it is strange for two reasons.First, it is the only thing for which the New Testament remembers and praises Joseph. This is peculiar because the Old Testament records so much about him. The story of Joseph begins in Genesis 37 and continues for thirteen chapters, about the same amount of space as is given to Abraham. But there are only four places in the New Testament where Joseph is even mentioned: (1) he is mentioned in an incidental way in John 4:5, where Jesus is said to have passed near a plot of ground Jacob had given to Joseph; (2) Stephen mentioned his name five times in Acts 7:9–18 in summarizing the history of the Jewish people; (3) Revelation 7:8 mentions twelve thousand persons from the “tribe of Joseph,” along with an equal number from the other tribes; and (4) the closing of Genesis is cited in Hebrews 11:22 as evidence that Joseph lived by faith, as did the other Old Testament saints mentioned in that chapter. Of the four passages, it is only this last passage, in which Genesis 50:24–25 is cited, that commends Joseph. Hebrews 11:22 is the only New Testament text in which the actual words of Joseph are referred to.The second strange thing about Genesis 50:24–25 is its content. Important it obviously is, at least to the author of Hebrews. But it is only a deathbed scene in which Joseph speaks of God’s coming to the aid of the Jews at some future time and instructs them to carry his bones up from Egypt when that happens. We may not understand all that is involved in this passage, but it should teach us this at least: God does not always remember us for what we might consider to be of great importance.Oaks and MushroomsWe must try to understand these closing moments of Joseph’s long life, and the place to begin is with the fact that Joseph had fewer spiritual advantages than his brothers and yet was stronger in faith than all of them.Joseph’s brothers were raised in their father’s household and continued under his influence for many years. They would have been taught stories of God’s dealings with the earlier patriarchs and would have been instructed in God’s promises. They would have participated in the daily worship of God under the direction of their father Jacob.Joseph’s case was quite different. He had been taken to Egypt when he was 17 years old. Since he died when he was 110 years old, this means that he had lived in the hostile spiritual environment of Egypt for 93 years. Egypt was technically advanced but spiritually depraved. Its religion was the rawest form of polytheism, in which gods and goddesses took the forms of animals, snakes, and insects. The worship of these gods was often sexual in nature, and there were probably occult or demonic activities as well. Moreover, Joseph was not an obscure individual. He was second only to Pharaoh and must therefore have been under intense and continuing pressure to conform to Egypt’s customs.Under similar circumstances many a man would have capitulated easily and would soon have been indistinguishable from his environment. Joseph did not follow this pattern. His dying statement, for which he is praised in Hebrews, is proof that faith does not need to be destroyed by circumstances.It also proves that faith can grow strong in adversity, for Joseph’s dying faith was also strong, as we will see. God grows faith in difficulty, and the faith thus grown is a hearty faith. If you want to grow mushrooms, you can grow them quickly in protected conditions. But if you want to grow an oak tree, it must be in the open where it will stand against the storms of summer and the snows of winter. Adversity makes the oak tree strong.Theology of HopeYears ago the German theologian Jürgen Moltmann wrote a book entitled The Theology of Hope. Its thesis, which had a profound effect on many at the time, was that eschatology (the doctrine of the last things) should not be an appendix to Christian theology—something tacked on at the end and perhaps even dispensable to theology—but should be the starting point of everything. It is faith in what God is going to do that should determine what we think and how we act now.This is the kind of faith Joseph had. It is interesting, when we compare the dying words of Joseph with the dying words of his father, Jacob, to find that this is the great point of comparison. Both men certainly believed in the same God, and they believed the promises given to the patriarchs. But Jacob’s dying words have to do almost entirely with the past, while Joseph’s have to do almost entirely with the future.Jacob had prophesied concerning the future of his children. But when he died he spoke of the cave in the field of Machpelah, how it had been bought from a Hittite and how Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Leah had been buried there. He wanted his body to be taken from Egypt and buried with these others in his own land. By contrast, Joseph looked entirely to the future. He saw difficult times for his people, but he also predicted that God would see them through those times and would eventually come to their aid and lead them out of Egypt. In anticipation of that future deliverance he requested that his body remain in Egypt temporarily, but that it be taken up eventually and removed to Canaan.This is a true theology of hope. It is a theology that fixes its gaze on what God is yet to do and disposes present affairs in that light.When we read Joseph’s dying words we see that he was aware of what was coming. Otherwise he would not have spoken of God’s coming to his descendants’ aid.How did he know this? There are several ways. He would have known God’s revelation of these future events to Abraham in the vision recorded in Genesis 15. In that vision God told Abraham: “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions” (Gen. 15:13–14). That revelation would have passed to Joseph through Abraham’s son Isaac and Abraham’s grandson (Joseph’s father) Jacob.Again, Joseph may have received a revelation of these coming events himself. He had been given dreams earlier in his life. He had shown that he was able to understand them. God may have warned him of the future by dreams.Finally, Joseph may have seen the beginning of the coming dark ages in his lifetime. We are not told anything about affairs in Egypt during the last fifty or so years of Joseph’s life; but it may be that events were even then beginning to move toward the grim circumstances seen in the first chapter of the very next book of the Bible.Whatever the case, Joseph did not have high hopes for any schemes of human betterment and so did not allow his hopes to become rooted in Egypt’s political life. He was in the world but not of it, just as we should be. Joseph knew what was coming, as we know what is coming, and for that very reason he fixed his gaze on God and what God would accomplish. If the hymn had been written then, I suppose they could have sung at Joseph’s funeral:This world is not my home;I’m just a-passin’ through.My treasures are laid upSomewhere beyond the blue.The angels beckon meFrom heaven’s open door,And I can’t feel at homeIn this world anymore.Oh, Lord, you knowI have no friend like you.If heaven’s not my home,Then, Lord, what will I do?The angels beckon meFrom heaven’s open door,And I can’t feel at homeIn this world anymore.A Sign of HopeWhen we speak of Joseph’s being oriented to the future, we might suppose that he therefore had very little interest in the present. But biblical hope does not work that way, and neither did Joseph’s anticipations. Joseph knew that dark days were coming and that God would eventually intervene to rescue his people from them. But precisely because he believed that, Joseph did what he could to provide encouragement for those who remained behind.This is why Joseph wanted his body to remain in Egypt for what was to be four hundred years rather than having it brought up out of Egypt and buried in Canaan, like his father’s corpse. Joseph’s fortunes may have been declining during his final years in Egypt, but it is hard to imagine that he could not have had his body returned to Canaan for burial if he had wanted that to happen. He did want to be buried there eventually. The fact that he allowed his body to remain in Egypt temporarily must be due to the benefit he supposed his uninterred remains would have for his descendants during the ensuing years. For he was not buried! His coffin was not deposited in some Egyptian pyramid or tomb. His coffin stood above ground, awaiting its removal to Canaan when the time should come. Therefore, all who looked at it would be reminded of that anticipated day and destiny.F. B. Meyer writes well on this point. “What a lesson must those unburied bones have read to Israel! When the taskmasters dealt hardly with the people, so that their hearts fainted, it must have been sweet to go and look at the mummy case which held those mouldering remains, waiting there to be carried forward; and, as they did so, this was doubtless their reflection, ‘Evidently, then, Joseph believed that we were not to stay here always but that we should sooner or later leave for Canaan; let us brace ourselves up to bear a little longer, it may be only a very little while!’ Yes, and when some were tempted to settle down content with prospering circumstances and to feast upon leeks, garlics and onions, it was a check on them to think of those bones and say, ‘Evidently we are not to remain here always; we should do well not to build all our hopes and comfort on the unstable tenure of our sojourn in this place.’ And, oftentimes, when the people were ready to despair amid the difficulties and weariness of their desert march, those bones borne in their midst told them of the confident hope of Joseph—that God would bring them to the land of rest.”That is precisely what God did, and when he did so, the bones of Joseph accompanied the people and eventually were buried in Canaan at Shechem. Exodus 13:19 tells us that when Israel left Egypt, “Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He had said, ‘God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.’ ” The Book of Joshua closes by saying, “And Joseph’s bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph’s descendants” (Josh. 24:32).What do we have to bolster our faith in hard circumstances or keep us from too great contentment in the land of our pilgrimage—we who live so many thousands of years after Joseph? We do not have a coffin in Egypt. We have no bones for faith. We have something better. We have an open tomb, an empty grave, a risen Savior, a blessed promise: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18); “and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).To Be a PilgrimThe final reason why Joseph’s dying words are exceptional and are therefore mentioned in Hebrews is that they declare whose side Joseph was on. I have noted that Joseph lived in Egypt ninety-three years. During that time he must have seemed to be conformed to Egypt in every outward way. He served an Egyptian king. He bore an Egyptian title. He had married an Egyptian wife. He would have shared in every honorable form of Egyptian court life, politics, and trade. Yet Joseph was no Egyptian, especially in his heart.Alexander Maclaren wrote in this regard, “He filled his place at Pharaoh’s court, but his dying words open a window into his soul and betray how little he had felt that he belonged to the order of things in the midst of which he had been content to live. This man, too, surrounded by an ancient civilization and dwelling among granite temples and solid pyramids and firm-based sphinxes, the very emblems of eternity, confessed that here he had no continuing city but sought one to come.”Joseph was a true pilgrim. Abraham had lived in the highlands of Canaan, refusing to descend, as Lot did, to the cities of the plain. Isaac had lived in the grassy land to the south. Jacob had removed to Hebron, refusing to mingle with the people of the land. Joseph was in Egypt—a very different situation. He was in the midst of utter paganism; but it was where God had put him. And because God had put him there and he remained close to God, he was able to live in Egypt and be uncontaminated by it. He was on God’s side.Most of us are like Joseph. We do not have the luxury of a detached existence. We are in the melting pot of life, and we sometimes think that because our lives are busy and our environments secular, we cannot live for God as “spiritual” people do. If we are inclined to think that way, we should remember Joseph. Joseph was surrounded by every secular pressure. He was a citizen of the world. But his conduct throughout his entire life, as well as his dying words, proved that he did not live for the material things life can bring, but for God and his kingdom and glory. If Joseph lived like that in his circumstances, we can live for God in ours. We can endure and triumph as those whose eyes see things that are invisible.This does not happen automatically. For every Abraham there is a Lot. For every Joseph there are millions who adopt the world’s values. What makes the difference? What keeps one godly in a comfortable world? Two things!First, the invisible must be often, if not always, in our thoughts. If we do not fill our minds with spiritual realities, secular dreams will take true religion’s place and our horizons will shrink to what is now but will surely pass away. The sense of God’s presence will recede. Prayer will become unreal. If we would triumph, as Joseph did, we must think of God and his kingdom often, and we must associate with and encourage others who think the same.Second, the invisible must be always in our wishes. That is, we must look for God’s kingdom and pray that it might come, as Jesus instructed (“Pray: … ‘Your kingdom come’ ” [Matt. 6:9–10]). Joseph did this. All through the long years of his Egyptian service, though his body was in Pharaoh’s country, his mind was in Canaan and he looked forward to that day when his bones should be carried out of Egypt and be buried there in anticipation of the final resurrection and fulfillment of God’s promise. Should we do less, we to whom the promises have been made even clearer and who have in addition the sure and certain knowledge of our Lord’s own resurrection? If that resurrection is uppermost in our wishes, we will live for eternity now and will make a powerful impact on earth.Joseph was the prime minister. If he had wished, he could have had a magnificent burial in Egypt and perhaps one day have had his body discovered and placed on display for the admiring gazes of less privileged persons. Instead, he preferred burial in Canaan after four hundred years. There his grave was forgotten. He himself was certainly forgotten by the Egyptians. But Joseph is remembered in the Word of God, and he is with God today in glory.[1]

50:24–25 / Before his death Joseph wished to give his extended family a word of promise that would sustain and guide them as long as they remained in Egypt. He reiterated the promise that God would surely bring them out of this land to the land that God had sworn to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of Israel is especially known as the God of these three patriarchs (e.g., Exod. 3:6). Joseph had his brothers swear an oath that they would carry his bones up from this place when God came to their aid in Egypt.Genesis closes with a reference to the great promises God gave Abraham (12:1–3), for they contained the destiny of the children of Israel. Since Jacob’s entire family lived in Egypt, the hope of these promises had to be accepted by faith. This faith would have to be kept alive throughout the long, dark years of bondage.Joseph was not raised to the level of his forefathers. His blessing of his children is not recorded, for they had been blessed by the great patriarch Jacob (ch. 48). Although Joseph had enabled the children of Israel to survive the terrible famine, he remained one brother among the twelve, honored as the firstborn by having received a double inheritance through the elevation of his two sons to the level of his brothers.[2]

50:24 God will surely visit you: On his deathbed, Joseph expressed continuing faith in the promises of God. He reassured his relatives that God would continue to work in the family. In His time (15:12–16), God would keep His promise to give Canaan to Abraham’s descendants (12:7; 26:3; 35:12; 46:4). to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob: This phrase is the standard way of referring to God’s covenant to Abraham’s family (48:15; 49:25; Ex. 2:24; 3:16). The recital of the three names reaffirms the certainty of the promise and God’s commitment to fulfill it.[3]

50:24 God will surely take care of you. Joseph died just as he had lived, firmly trusting in God to carry out His promises (cf. Heb 11:22). Almost 4 centuries later, Moses took Joseph’s remains out of Egypt (Ex 13:19) and Joshua buried them at Shechem (Jos 24:32). to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. The death of Jacob had finally allowed for the 3 patriarchs to be mentioned together.[4]

50:24 God will visit you. Like his father Jacob on his deathbed (48:21), Joseph expressed firm confidence in God’s covenant promises and His gracious visitation. The Hebrew verb translated “visit” denotes a divine encounter that will change one’s fortunes for good or ill. For other instances of God’s gracious “visitation” see 21:1 (Abraham and Sarah); Ex. 3:16 and 4:31 (the Exodus); Luke 1:68, 78 (the birth of Jesus); and Acts 15:14 (the extension of the gospel to the Gentiles).Abraham … Isaac … Jacob. For the first time the three patriarchs are mentioned together; that era passed, but not its hope (Ex. 3:6; Deut. 30:20; 1 Kin. 18:36; 2 Chr. 30:6).[5]

[1] Boice, J. M. (1998). Genesis: an expositional commentary (pp. 1264–1270). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.[2] Hartley, J. E. (2012). Genesis. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (p. 368). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 84). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 50:24). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 90). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

“Lifeway Women” Promote Hillsong Prophetess, Christine Caine — Pulpit & Pen

Lifeway Christian Resources is the retail and publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, known easily as the world’s largest retailer of heresy in the United States, if not the world. As we have thoroughly documented on this news site, Lifeway sells books by Anti-Trinitarians, Word-Faith and Prosperity teachers, New Age gurus, gay activists, mystics, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics. In fact, the vast majority of what the Southern Baptist retailer sells is contrary to the denomination’s statement of faith, the Southern Baptist Faith and Message, and much of their selection contains troubling theology that Southern Baptist pastors have to regularly teach against. Lifeway has a blog and podcast for women, from their Lifeway Women division, called (accurately), “Marked.” Yesterday, they promoted the wildly unorthodox and charismatic Hillsong prophetess, Christine Caine.

Marked is hosted by Mary Margaret West and Elizabeth Hyndman. West posted the podcast on the Lifeway site, and her bio says that she is a former “girls minister,” is a “Girls Ministry Specialist” for Lifeway and got her seminary degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Apparently, it’s possible to serve in those ministry positions and have a degree in ministry without ever having covered the basics of Christian theology. Had West been educated like any run-of-the-mill Baptist or Protestant should have been, she would know that Christine Caine is the theological equivalent of an infectious disease. If West loved girls, she wouldn’t expose them to Christine Caine.

West gave Caine’s bio on the podcast’s blog page:

Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded, lover of Jesus, activist, author and international speaker. She and her husband, Nick, founded the global anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign. They also founded Propel Women, an organization designed to activate women to fulfill their God-given passion, purpose, and potential. Christine is the author of six books including Unashamed. Her next book, Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure, released in May 2018.

We’ll provide a different bio for Caine.

Christine Caine got her start at Hillsong Church Australia, the seeker-friendly and worldwide mega cult founded by Word of Faith and Prosperity Gospel teacher, Brian Houston, who helped to cover up his father’s pedophilia. Hillsong might best be known for the music, attracting millions of young people to their catchy jingles who then get sucked into their heresies (this is called the “Arian Snare,” and is a millennia-old tactic of using seemingly innocuous music for nefarious purposes). In reality, Hillsong music is dangerous for the church. Caine, propelled by the Hillsong global campaign, dropped her pants with Hillsong founder, Bobby Houston (left), apparently demonstrating their familiarity and closeness. In reality, Caine is a product of the dangerous Hillsong church.

Hillsong, by the way, is known for its promotion of LGBT worship leaders, its promotion of queer theology like that held to by Jen Hatmaker, naked cowboys dancing on stage at their women’s events (the naked cowboy was a Hillsong pastor), a sleazy burlesque Christmas program (multiple ones, in fact), and its generalized worldliness. Hillsong is a lascivious, devious, and ungodly plague of locusts crossing land and sea making converts twice the sons of hell. Hillsong is not known for raising up godly young men and women or theologians who are committed to the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Word of God. Hillsong is known for raising up false converts like Justin Beiber and other celebrities who dig the music, lights, and laser shows but who bear no more fruit in keeping with repentance than before they ever began traveling with the Australian band of religious gypsies.

Nowhere on the planet do Hillsong followers have the reputation of being theologically serious, doctrinally sincere, or Biblically astute. They have the reputation for being among the most immature, Scripturally ignorant, and carnal people in the history of the world to ever call themselves Christians.

Caine considers Joyce Meyer one of her best friends, chief mentor, and “spiritual mother.” Together, they hold to the “little god theology” and Word-Faith heresies, that – like God – you can create destinies and demand temporal blessings simply by decreeing and declaring them into existence. They hold that Jesus died on the cross to give you possessions, wealth and health, there for the taking if you have enough faith and confess it positively. The heresy began (as best we can tell) with E.W. Kenyon, but has been most popularized by Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and the branch of prosperity evangelists you will see on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Lately, Caine has taken for herself the title of “activist,” fully promoting egalitarianism and Social Justice Warrioring, meaning that she specializes in two deviations from the Gospel – both Social Gospel and Prosperity Gospel – an impressive feat, indeed.

On top of these issues, Caine regularly recalls precise words that she says God has spoken to her, putting herself into the Biblical class of prophet, having supposedly heard direct, divine revelation from God. She is, in every sense of the word, a prophetess.

Now, the question to answer is why Thom Rainer, CEO of Lifeway, Mary Margaret West of Lifeway Women, or the four million Southern Baptists who actually exist (the other reported ten million are entirely MIA) think that Southern Baptist women and girls need to be exposed to Christine Caine.


  1. Is Lifeway Women promoting Christine Caine because they think she has valuable things to say? If so, what are those valuable things?
  2. Is Lifeway Women promoting Christine Caine because of the seriousness or soundness of her doctrine? If not, then for what other reason would they promote her?

This is perhaps some of the best practical evidence for why men – and not women – should be leading women. I genuinely don’t think the vast majority of Christian men would look at Christine Caine, study her for more than a few moments, and consider her much more than chaff. Women, it seems, are particularly susceptible to precisely what the Bible says they are susceptible, and that is false teaching that appeals to their senses and passions, invading households and capturing weak women (2 Timothy 3:6).

In the meantime, the name of Lifeway Women’s podcast, “Marked,” is apropos…

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. – Romans 16:17

via “Lifeway Women” Promote Hillsong Prophetess, Christine Caine — Pulpit & Pen

The psychological motivation of those who embrace postmodernism


Can a person be postmodern and a Christian? Not for long Can a person be postmodern and a Christian? Not for long

Famous analytical philosopher John Searle has written a book “Mind, Language And Society: Philosophy In The Real World”, explaining what’s factually wrong with postmodernism. In the introduction, he explains what postmodernism is, and what motivates people to accept postmodernism.

He writes:

[…][W]hen we act or think or talk in the following sorts of ways we take a lot for granted: when we hammer a nail, or order a takeout meal from a restaurant, or conduct a lab experiment, or wonder where to go on vacation, we take the following for granted: there exists a real world that is totally independent of human beings and of what they think or say about it, and statements about objects and states of affairs in that world are true or false depending on whether things in the world really are the way we…

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July 10 Differences in Houses

The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.… The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against the house; and it fell—and great was its fall.—Matt. 7:25, 27With most tasks in life, it comes down to two choices: doing it the easy, convenient way, or choosing the difficult but rewarding way. In Jesus’ illustration, the foolish man chooses the easy way to build his house, but the wise man chooses the hard way. The former settles for a convenient section of sand in a desirable location, but the latter searches diligently for a rock foundation on which to build.Why is the easy way so attractive? First, it is appealing to those in a hurry who want only to please themselves. Within the church, the foolish don’t care how their methods line up with God’s Word. They just want quick results—simple to see and easy to measure. Thus the foolish are satisfied with easy evangelism and cost-free discipleship.Second, people prefer the easy way because they are superficial. Such ministry requires little planning and effort and not much concern for quality results. That house is all about instant gratification rather than the enduring reward found in plumbing the spiritual depths.Jesus had another description of the superficial, foolish person as one “who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away” (Matt. 13:20–21). By contrast, the genuine believer counts the cost, builds the wise house, and then “work[s] out [his] salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12).


Think of an “easy way” you’ve taken in your life. What convinced you to do it? Think also of a time when you truly did things the “right way.” Examine the difference in results.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 200). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

The Future of the SBC is Similar to the Future of other Christian Denominations — Zwinglius Redivivus

What’s happening in Minnesota and around the country to Lutherans and others today is what is happening to SBC churches tomorrow.

Most Americans still report that they are Christian, but the worshipers in the pews on Sunday increasingly have gray or white hair. The median age is older than 50 for nearly all mainline Protestant denominations, according to the Pew Research Center, a national polling and research group in Washington, D.C. For Catholics, it’s age 49.

“It’s just a matter of time before many congregations won’t exist,” said Scott Thumma, director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, which has examined religious life for three decades. “In the next 20 years, you’ll have half as many open congregations as now. It could be more devastating for certain denominations.”

Church attendance has been declining for decades nationally, but the pace appears to be accelerating. Since 1990, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and United Church of Christ have lost nearly half their national members. The ELCA has lost a third. The Catholic church still shows membership growth, but has 2,000 fewer parishes today, according to Catholic studies.

A record one in five Americans now report no religious affiliation, according to Pew. But membership doesn’t always translate into people abandoning Sunday morning coffee to attend worship. Catholic and Lutheran surveys indicate about one in four church members actually show up each week.

Not every denomination or church is fragile. Some smaller evangelical denominations in Minnesota, such as Assemblies of God, and some megachurches report continued growth. But as a whole, even membership in the evangelical churches has plateaued, according to the Hartford Institute and other studies. “There’s not a lot of good news in all these numbers,” said Kenneth Inskeep, the national ELCA’s longtime statistician. “The model we have used — a church, a pastor and a commitment by people to support the enterprise — is getting harder and harder to maintain.”

Every Church member who makes a habit of staying home, of not participating, of not contributing, of not working, of not witnessing, of not praying, is voting to close the church they attend.  And it will happen sooner rather than later.

via The Future of the SBC is Similar to the Future of other Christian Denominations — Zwinglius Redivivus

Presbyterian Church USA Denounces Religious Freedom Protection — Juicy Ecumenism

The governing body of the fast declining 1.7 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) last month passed an overture concerning religious freedom. The document denounced religious freedom protections for persons “[depriving] people of their civil and human rights to equal protection under the law”, using “’religious freedom’ to justify exclusion and discrimination.” …

In its simplest form, the Presbyterian Church (USA) overture claims Christians and others should comply and participate in any activity asked of them by the state and wider society regardless of whether or not it goes against religious beliefs. If Catholics are asked to provide insurance policies that include contraception, according to the PCUSA, they should provide it. If pastors are asked to perform a homosexual wedding, they should, without question, do so.  Religious hospitals and personnel, regardless of mission statements or personal beliefs, should perform abortions.

via Presbyterian Church USA Denounces Religious Freedom Protection — Juicy Ecumenism


…He that humbleth himself shall be exalted.LUKE 14:11Watch out, Christian brothers and sisters, for the danger of arrogance, in assuming that you are somebody, indeed!God will never let you high-hat somebody else if you are a Christian. He loves you far too much to let you get away with that.You may ask: “What will the Lord do, then, if I get arrogant and presumptuous, full of pride over my victories and successes?”Well, the Lord will remind you of His own example, and will rebuke and chasten you in His own way.Our Lord Jesus Christ would not allow any success or temporary honor to lead Him astray.The Lord had no servants. He bossed no one around. He was the Lord, but He never took the tyrannical attitude toward anyone.I think it is very good spiritual advice that we should never tie ourselves up to public opinion and never consider any honors we may receive as being due us because of our superior gifts.In that day of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the crowd acclaimed Him and cried, “Hosanna!” but on the very next Friday they joined in the shout, “Crucify him!” Humility is a blessed thing if you can find it. Early church fathers wrote that if a man feels that he is getting somewhere in the kingdom of God, that’s pride—and until that dies, he is getting nowhere![1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

What an eroding Christian witness in America urgently needs: mature Christians – Baptist News Global

Thankfully, every epoch sifts its ideas, institutions and theological claims. Renewal movements erupt because God’s Spirit will not be quenched. Some form of church always continues, and faithful Christian witness engages culture with new perception. Invariably we return to Scripture, allowing it to draw us into its theological worldview and rhetorical landscape for our formation as Christian disciples.
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July 10 Holding On to What’s Good

Cling to what is good.Romans 12:9 As a servant of Jesus Christ, God wants you to bind yourself to everything good, to whatever is inherently right and worthy. That task requires the use of discernment. With the help of God and His Word, you must carefully evaluate everything and thoughtfully decide what to reject and what to cling to (1 Thess. 5:21–22).As you separate yourself from worldly things and saturate yourself with Scripture, that which is good will increasingly replace that which is evil. Then, you will fulfill Paul’s message to the Romans: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (12:2).[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 211). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

U.S. Consumers On An Unprecedented Debt Binge As Credit Card Debt Soars To An All-Time Record High

Americans are on an absolutely spectacular debt binge.  Does this mean that the economy is getting better, or does this mean that U.S. consumers are totally tapped out and are relying on borrowed money to make it from month to month?  On Monday, the Federal Reserve announced that total consumer credit in the United States increased by a whopping 24.6 billion dollars in May, which was far greater than the 12.4 billion dollar gain that economists were anticipating.  Total U.S. consumer credit has now hit a grand total of 3.9 trillion dollars, but it is the “revolving credit” numbers that are getting the most attention.  Revolving credit alone shot up by 9.8 billion dollars in May, and that was one of the largest monthly increases ever recorded.  At this point, total “revolving credit” has reached a brand new all-time record high of 1.39 trillion dollars, and credit card debt accounts for nearly all of that figure.

The optimists will tell us that this is yet another sign that the U.S. economy is booming, and hopefully they are correct.

But does it really make sense for U.S. consumers to go on a historic debt binge when much of the country is already drowning in debt and just barely scraping by from month to month?

In a previous article, I pointed out that U.S. consumers have been spending more money than they make for 28 months in a row.

That certainly isn’t sustainable.

I also pointed out that 22 percent of all Americans cannot pay all of their bills in a typical month.

One way to keep things going is to use newer credit cards to pay off the older ones, and I am sure that most of us have been there at some point.

But we are getting to the point where American families are being absolutely overwhelmed by debt.

If you go all the way back to 1980, the average U.S. worker’s debt was 1.96 times larger than his or her monthly salary.  In 2018, that number has skyrocketed to 5.00.

Is that healthy or unhealthy?

Overall, American households are now collectively 13.15 trillion dollars in debt, which is the highest level ever recorded.

So I would submit that rising consumer debt is not a good sign.  Instead, I would suggest that it shows that our debt problems are accelerating.

And the numbers appear to support that hypothesis.

According to one recent survey, 42 percent of U.S. consumers said that they paid their credit card bill late “at least once in the last year”.  And that same survey also found that 24 percent of U.S. consumers made a late payment “more than once in the last year”.

When you pay a credit card bill late, what happens?

Late fees kick in and interest rates shoot up, and that is when debt problems can really start to escalate.

Sadly, the mainstream media continues to encourage Americans to acquire and use credit cards in order “to build credit”

Building your credit is one of the toughest but most necessary financial tasks when you’re entering the working world, and a credit card—when used correctly—can be a great tool to help you secure lower interest rates on a car or house loan.

According to Jill Gonzalez, an analyst at WalletHub, a credit card will help you in the long run. “Getting a credit card and using it responsibly helps people build their credit. Having good credit leads to getting better rates and paying less interest on loans such as mortgages, car loans, personal loans etc.”

Yes, credit cards can be useful tools as long as you keep them paid off.

Unfortunately, much of the country does not do that.

In fact, the same survey that I just referenced above discovered that 22 percent of all consumers believe that “carrying a balance on a credit card account actually helps improve a credit score”.

That isn’t true, but it is a myth that continues to float around out there, and the credit card companies are not exactly discouraging it.

Another reason to avoid using credit cards a lot is because thieves are becoming much more sophisticated.

This time of the year, electronic skimmers at gas stations are commonly used to steal credit card information

Skimmers are small, electronic devices installed secretly at pumps and able to capture a swiped payment card’s protected data, the agency said. Commercial keys purchased online let fraudsters access pumps often left unattended, according to a report from ABC News.

Thieves then return later to retrieve the devices or transmit it remotely via Bluetooth, before using the information to make purchases, Matthew O’Neil, a representative of the agency, told the network.

Of course I am not saying that people should never use credit cards.  They can make it much easier to shop and do business online, and I use them myself.  But I always pay them off each month because credit card debt is one of the most toxic forms of debt.

Today, the national average for credit card interest rates is 16.92 percent.  So let’s imagine a hypothetical for a few moments.  If you are carrying a $10,000 balance at 17 percent, your minimum payment would typically be around $240 a month.

If you only make the minimum payment each month, it will take you 340 months to pay that credit card off, and over that time you will pay $13,607.46 in interest.

In other words, you will ultimately pay the credit card company $23,607.46 for the privilege of originally borrowing $10,000.

We live at a time when there is so much uncertainty, and if things take a substantial turn for the worse you definitely do not want to be struggling with credit card debt.

Because it typically carries such a high interest rate, credit card debt is usually one of the very first forms of debt that you want to get paid off.  Unfortunately, they don’t teach our young people about the dangers of credit card debt in school, so many of them end up learning the hard way.

Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.
— Read on theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/u-s-consumers-on-an-unprecedented-debt-binge-as-credit-card-debt-soars-to-an-all-time-record-high

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