Daily Archives: July 26, 2018

July 26: Courtroom Drama, Daytime TV, and Good Deity

2 Samuel 16:1–17:29; 2 Peter 2:1–11; Psalm 143:1–12

I remember old television courtroom episodes where people beg for forgiveness from a cynical judge when they should seek forgiveness from the person they’ve wronged. Usually these shows take the irony to the next level: The judge shows less mercy to those who beg, viewing their actions as further demonstration of their weak character. Thankfully, God is not this kind of judge, though we often falsely characterize Him that way.

At the beginning of Psa 143, the psalmist remarks, “O Yahweh, hear my prayer; listen to my supplications. In your faithfulness answer me” (Psa 143:1). He then adds, “And do not enter into judgment with your servant, because no one alive is righteous before you” (Psa 143:2). The psalmist’s prayers are well spoken, but are they honest? The psalmist goes on, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; your Spirit is good. Lead me onto level ground” (Psa 143:10). This line demonstrates that he is not spouting rhetoric; he is living in reality.

We’re often determined to convince God to see things our way. Instead, we should be determined to see things His way. God is not a judge in a courtroom drama. Furthermore, His Son has already paid the price for our sins—we have been pardoned through Jesus’ intercession. The only requirement on our part is to enter into a relationship with Him.

We cannot justify our actions, for it is only by God’s goodness that we are able to do good, and it’s only out of severe disobedience and ungratefulness that we act poorly. We need to change our perceptions so that our conversations with God become holistic. We should not just ask; we must act. We should not just speak; we must listen. We should not just petition; we must enter into an honest relationship with God.

In what ways do you falsely characterize God?

John D. Barry[1]

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

Christian Pastor: Facebook Censors Bible Verse “John 3:16” and “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” — The Gateway Pundit

Popular Christian Pastor Steven Andrew says Facebook has shadow-banned and censored his Bible verse posts.

Pastor Andrew says his posts with “John 3:16” and “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” were banned by Facebook.

He has lost close to 5 million readers a month since Facebook changed their algorithm.

Pastor Andrew says, “Christianity is not fake news.”

Standard Newswire reported:

A popular pastor said, “Facebook is blocking almost everyone from seeing John 3:16, ‘The Old Rugged Cross,’ the resurrection of Jesus Christ and my other posts.” Pastor Steven Andrew has a sizeable audience, with 467,000 people liking his page. Yet, Facebook showed these posts to only hundreds of people each. (The number will be higher with media coverage.)

Andrew said, ‘I am being silenced by Facebook. Christianity is being silenced!”

“These posts are filled with God’s forgiveness and truth, which are the greatest message of love,” he said.

Andrew is called the “Facebook pastor” and spent thousands of dollars with Facebook advertising to build up the followers. Before the censoring, he reached 5 to 8 million people per month, with an average post going to 30,000 to 60,000 people. Some posts reached a million people. However, after Facebook said they were cracking down on fake news in 2016, they shadowbanned Andrew, blocking about 5 million people per month.

“Christianity is not fake news,”he said.

Andrew contacted Facebook about the censoring earlier, but they did nothing. He also requested Facebook remove the fake accounts impersonating him that scam followers for money, but Facebook refused. There are over 70 impersonating accounts.

Andrew said, “Facebook caused a loss millions of dollars in donations and the ability to grow my website traffic.”

Because of this Andrew is building a new social network called USA.Life so people can share freely about life, liberty and happiness. “There is no censoring of Christianity and our American rights at USA.Life,” he said. Andrew is a Silicon Valley internet leader, who has run multi-million dollar Fortune 500 initiatives.

via Christian Pastor: Facebook Censors Bible Verse “John 3:16” and “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” — The Gateway Pundit

July 26 Your Secure Inheritance

“… to obtain an inheritance which is … reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4–5).


Your eternal inheritance is doubly secure: it is reserved for you, and you are reserved for it.

When Peter wrote his first epistle, attitudes toward Christians in the Roman Empire were not at all favorable. Because they would not worship the emperor as a god or enter into other sinful pagan practices, Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disdain. In addition, Nero had blamed them for burning Rome (an act he himself perpetrated); so anger and hatred toward them was at its peak.

Peter wrote to encourage them—and all believers—to live out their faith amid persecution, just as Jesus had done when He suffered unjustly (cf. 1 Peter 2:21–23). He reminded them that despite the sufferings they might endure in this life, God will reward them with an inheritance that is eternally secure because it is reserved in Heaven for them.

“Reserved” in 1 Peter 1:4 indicates an inheritance that already exists, is presently protected, and will continually be protected. The place of its protection is Heaven, where “neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal” (Matt. 6:20), and where “nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:27). There is no safer place!

Not only is your inheritance protected for you, but also you are protected for it! That’s what Peter meant when he said that it is “reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4–5). The omnipotent, sovereign power of God will continually protect you until His work is fully accomplished in your life. Then He will grant you glorification—the fullness of the salvation for which He redeemed you.

You needn’t fear the loss of your inheritance. Instead, rejoice in the protection of our gracious God.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for His protection and for the assurance of your inheritance.

For Further Study: What do the following verses teach about the security of your salvation? Romans 8:31–39; Philippians 1:6; and Jude 24.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 220). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

FACEBOOK DEATH SPIRAL=> FB Loses Over $120 Billion Market Value – BIGGEST ONE-DAY LOSS IN HISTORY — The Gateway Pundit

Facebook’s dramatic death spiraled continued into Thursday after taking a beating Wednesday.

It turns out spying on your users, forcing crappy left-wing propaganda into people’s timelines and eliminating 93% of conservative content isn’t a winning strategy for a ‘social media’ company.

The Drudge Report ran a searing headline Thursday scorching Zuckerberg, “HOW LOW WILL IT GO?”

According to the the Daily Mail, shareholders are plotting to fire Mark Zuckerberg as Chairman of Facebook.

CNBC reported:

Facebook was on track Thursday to post the largest one-day loss in market value by any company in U.S. stock-market history after releasing a disastrous quarterly report.

With less than an hour to go in trading, the social media giant’s market capitalization had plummeted by about $120 billion to about $508 billion as its stock price fell by more than 19 percent. At Wednesday’s close, Facebook’s market cap had totaled nearly $630 billion, according to FactSet.

No company in the history of the U.S. stock market has ever lost $100 billion in market value in just one day, but two came close.

In 2017 Harvard and Columbia Journalism Review found that The Gateway Pundit was the 4th most influential conservative news source in the 2016 election.

Because of this we were targeted and have seen our numbers related to Facebook and Twitter decline dramatically.

In every single Facebook category our numbers are down. In page visits our numbers were skyrocketing before the election. Then in three distinct periods our numbers were cut off.

This is a criminal act. Facebook took our money for advertising and promised a fair playing field. Facebook lied to us and every conservative group in America.

Today despite the fact that we have 635,000 Gateway Pundit Facebook fans. We receive almost nothing from Facebook.

Facebook and Zuckerberg are finally paying for their scandals and dishonesty.

via FACEBOOK DEATH SPIRAL=> FB Loses Over $120 Billion Market Value – BIGGEST ONE-DAY LOSS IN HISTORY — The Gateway Pundit

Chairman Nunes: ‘Redacted Portions of Carter Page FISA Docs Even Worse Than What the American People Can See Today’ — The Gateway Pundit

House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said in an interview with The Hill, which aired on Thursday, that what is redacted in the Carter Page FISA docs is even worse than what the public has already seen.

“What’s in the redactions is equally bad, some would probably say worse than what the American people can see today,” Nunes said.

“So just to be clear, there’s 400, roughly 75 percent of them are blacked out,” he continued. “So people learned over the weekend that the dossier indeed was what led this FISA, so they used that dossier and pieces of that dossier to push that FISA out to Carter Page.”

“I would argue that what’s left in there is really bad, if not worse, but also what’s not in there is even worse than what people can see, what people can’t see.”

On Saturday, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page were released by the FBI — and arrived at JW headquarters.

As expected, the documents were heavily redacted.

Obama’s Deep State DOJ and FBI withheld information about Hillary Clinton and the DNC being behind the information used to obtain the FISA warrant.

Obama’s corrupt cronies obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition team.

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary’s fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

The newly released docs also reveal Peter Strzok did indeed provide information which was used to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page, directly contradicting his previous sworn claims to GOP lawmakers.

We also learned the FBI used anti-Trump media reports from liberal news sites in order to obtain the Carter Page FISA warrants.

The House Intel Committee recently called on President Trump to declassify all Carter Page FISA documents so the American people can see the whole truth.

via Chairman Nunes: ‘Redacted Portions of Carter Page FISA Docs Even Worse Than What the American People Can See Today’ — The Gateway Pundit


Speak every man truth…that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Ephesians 4:25, 29

The Christian minister cannot deny that God has called him to be a prophet to his own generation, for the Church is God’s witness to each generation and its ministers are its voice. Through them, the voice of God becomes vocal!

The true minister, therefore, should know what he means when he says that he preaches “the truth.” It is not enough that the man of God preach truth—suppose he recites the multiplication table? That is also truth. A church can wither as surely under the ministry of soulless Bible exposition as it can where no Bible is given at all. To be effective, the message must be alive—it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people.

To preach the truth, the prophet must be under the constant sway of the Holy Spirit. He must be driven to God for wisdom. Otherwise, he will not pierce the conscience of each listener as if the message had been directed to him or her alone. Further, it is necessary that the man of God know the people’s hearts better than they themselves do!

Dear Lord, I pray that You will do a work in the hearts of the Christian young men of this generation. Challenge them to be Spirit-filled dispensers of the truth from our church pulpits.[1]

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

The Night of the Red Moon and the Red Planet – Signs in the Heavens-July 2018 Blood Moon (Video)

Live on the wrong continent, or simply have cloudy skies? Gianluca Masi and the Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 have you covered, with a live webcast of the eclipse from the heart of Rome, Italy on July 27th starting at 18:30 UT.
Be sure to catch Friday’s total lunar eclipse, either in person or online… we won’t have another one until January 21st, 2019

July 2018 Blood Moon will bring the longest eclipse of the 21st century, with Mars to appear unusually bright Just days after this Mars will come closer to the Earth than it’s been since 2003 – Mars is known as the Roman god of war.

July 26, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump accused China on Wednesday of targeting American farmers in a “vicious” way and using them as leverage to get concessions on trade a day after the administration announced a $12-billion farm aid package.

An Iranian military commander said on Thursday that Donald Trump should address any threats against Tehran directly to him, and mocked the U.S. president as using the language of “night clubs and gambling halls”.

President Donald Trump will postpone a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until next year after the federal probe into Russian election meddling is over, national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday.

North Korea is continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs in spite of its pledge to denuclearize, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, even as he argued that the Trump administration was making progress in talks with Pyongyang.

A group of U.S. Senate liberals on Wednesday introduced legislation providing debt relief to Puerto Rico as the island territory struggles to recover from a devastating 2017 hurricane that worsened conditions in an already-suffering economy.

Pakistan’s cricket legend Imran Khan declared victory on Thursday in a divisive general election marred by a long delay in ballot counting and allegations of vote rigging by most opponents.

South Africa cannot afford large-scale expansion of its nuclear power capacity but would still be open to future deals with Russia, a senior ruling party official said on Thursday, shortly before the arrival of President Vladimir Putin for a summit.

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune is set to take a $16 billion hit on Thursday, as the social media giant braces for the biggest one-day wipeout in U.S. stock market history.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose from a more than 48-1/2-year low last week, but continued to point to a tightening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 217,000 for the week ended July 21.

AP Top Stories

Isis has claimed responsibility for a shooting in Toronto that killed two people and wounded a further 13 over the weekend.

The number of wildfires ravaging Europe is 43 per cent higher than the average for the last 10 years.

Witnesses say there has been a large explosion at the US embassy building in Beijing, China, with videos and pictures posted to social media showing a large cloud of smoke and what appear to be police vehicles surrounding the area. Beijing police said the blast was caused by a small homemade explosive device, detonated by a 26-year-old man who hurt only himself.

Islamic State fighters ambushed a city and several villages in southern Syria on Wednesday, triggering ferocious clashes between residents and the militants that provincial health officials said killed more than 200 people.

An official based in Syria and allied with government forces says Islamic State militants have seized the body of a Syrian pilot whose fighter jet was shot down by Israel.

SpaceX took a big step to regularly reusing rockets on Wednesday, as the company landed its third Falcon 9 Block 5 on drone ship Just Read the Instructions in the Pacific Ocean. The landing, just four days after another successful landing in the Atlantic Ocean, took place in the worst sea conditions the company has ever seen for recovering a booster.

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Wednesday against five groups and eight individuals linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program, the department said in a statement.

North Korea will transfer the remains of an unspecified number of soldiers killed in the Korean War on Friday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, after accepting about 100 wooden caskets sent by the United States.

Israel on Thursday intercepted a rocket fired at southern Israel from Gaza, the military sad, a day after it shelled Hamas targets in the coastal strip, killing three Hamas militants.

California Lottery officials handed over a symbolic $1 million check to the owners of the Northern California liquor store that sold the sole winning ticket to an estimated $543 million Mega Millions lottery prize.


A new line of smart clothing from Tommy Hilfiger will track and reward users for wearing its products. The Tommy Jeans Xplore range, which includes T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies, is embedded with a smart chip. Once paired with an app, it will track users and reward them with points that can be converted into merchandise or concert tickets.

India plans to open 18 new embassies in Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, in the latest sign that the Asian state is seeking to strengthen its presence on the continent.

Japan has executed the remaining 6 members of a cult behind the deadly 1995 Sarin attack on the Tokyo subway. Seven others responsible for the attack, including leader Shoko Asahara, were put to death earlier this month.


Americans have a constitutional right to openly carry firearms, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, delivering a major victory to gun rights supporters. While courts previously have recognized the right to own firearms to protect the home, the decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit extends that into the public sphere, calling it a “core Second Amendment right.”

Vanderbilt University, an elite private university in Nashville, Tennessee, is offering its students a variety of sexual workshops, among them fetish and LGBT-centric sessions, meant to “[arm] undergraduate peer educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to help both themselves and their peers make healthy and informed decisions about sex and sexuality.”

News – 7/26/2018

Global War or World Peace? Friday Night’s Lunar Eclipse Will Tell
On the night of Friday, July 27th, the longest lunar eclipse of the century will appear in the heavens over Israel, with one rabbi labeling it “an omen for Israel.” Though it is remarkable in its longevity, lunar eclipses are not rare, occurring an average of three times each year. The same source in the Talmud specifies that lunar eclipses are a bad omen for Israel since Israel is spiritually represented by the moon. If the lunar eclipse takes place in the east side of the heavens, then it is a bad omen for all the nations in the east, and similarly, if it occurs in the western hemisphere of the sky, it is a bad sign for all the nations in the west. It is important to note that the lunar eclipse on Friday night will appear in the eastern sky. “If anything, this may be a warning specifically for Israel and potential war from the east.

Massive Fissure Develops at Grand Teton National Park; Dark Omens?
A 100-ft-wide horizontal fissure has developed across a rock wall at Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming’s far north-west. Park officials fear the crack developed as a result of increased activity in a super-volcano located in nearby Yellowstone. What does the most recent tectonic activity portend? (video).

Syrian Rockets Land in Sea of Galilee
Two rockets thought to be launched from the Syrian Golan Heights penetrated around 50 kilometers into Israeli territory and landed in the Sea of Galilee. The area was full at the time with vacationers trying to escape temperatures well in excess of 100℉ in the region.

Britain scrambles Romania-based jets to intercept Russian plane
Operating from the Romanian Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta on the Black Sea coast, the two Typhoon jets responded to the suspected bomber aircraft heading west towards NATO airspace, the RAF said in a statement.

Report: Obama administration knowingly funded Al-Qaeda affiliate
The Obama administration approved a grant of $200,000 of taxpayer money to an al-Qaeda affiliate in Sudan, the Middle East Forum (MEF) discovered. The grant was approved ten years after the US Treasury designated the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) as an organization which funds terrorists. Government officials also authorized the release of at least $115,000 of the grant after they realized that the Khartoum-based ISRA was on the Treasury’s list of terror organizations.

U.N. body refuses to urge Hamas to release Israeli captives in Gaza
A United Nations body rejected an Israeli text that called on Hamas to release the Israeli captives and the bodies of its soldiers held in Gaza. Israel introduced the one line text into a wide ranging resolution condemning Israel’s actions against the Palestinians that was approved Tuesday in New York by the 54-member UN Economic and Social Council.

Antisemitic incidents in UK at historic high, watchdog group warns
British Jewry’s main watchdog on antisemitism recorded 727 hate incidents through June of 2018, the second-highest total on record its record for a six-moth period. The report by the Community Security Trust, or CST, for this year’s first six months constitutes an 8-percent drop from the corresponding period last year, CST said in the document published Thursday.

Trump team preparing economic plan as part of Mideast peace proposal
A long-awaited Middle East peace plan from the Trump administration will include what the White House is calling a robust economic plan to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an official has said. US President Donald Trump’s envoys are also working on the most detailed set of proposals to date for the overall plan, the White House official said in a briefing with reporters on Monday.

Myanmar flooding displaces more than 16,000 people
More than 16,000 people are thought to have been displaced by floods following heavy monsoon rains in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The flood began at the weekend and worst hit the country’s eastern Kayin state on the border with Thailand. Large areas have been evacuated and people were moved to shelters to wait for the waters to subside.

Trump and EU’s Juncker pull back from all-out trade war
The US and EU have agreed to avoid an all-out trade war and work to lower tariffs, in talks that US President Donald Trump hailed as “a very strong understanding”. He and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker announced a “new phase” in EU-US relations, after more than two hours of talks at the White House. Mr Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on European cars was put aside.

Liquid water ‘lake’ revealed on Mars
Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars. What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet’s south polar ice cap, and is about 20km (12 miles) across. Previous research found possible signs of intermittent liquid water flowing on the martian surface, but this is the first sign of a persistent body of water on the planet in the present day.

Iranian general warns Trump: “War will destroy everything you own”
Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani warned U.S. President Donald Trump against war on Thursday, saying it would “destroy all that you possess”… “You know that this war will destroy all that you possess. You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic,” Soleimani said in a speech, as reported by Al Alam in Arabic.

Artificial intelligence begins diagnosing patients in Eastern Iowa
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has become the first to employ new technology — developed by a company rooted in the university’s research engine — that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose an eye disease. On June 12, the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at UI Health Care-Iowa River Landing in Coralville began using technology developed by IDx, the Coralville-based medical diagnostics company.

Russia praises Israel for attacking ISIS in Syria
The Russian Defense Ministry praised Israel Thursday after the IDF’s attack on ISIS forces in the Syrian Golan area killed several members of the terrorist organization and destroyed rocket launchers. According to the Russian news agency Sputnik, the ISIS terrorists were trying on Wednesday to fire missiles at Syrian army positions, but hit Israel instead with two BM-21 rockets that landed in the Kinneret.

Japan’s deadly heat wave declared a natural disaster as death toll continues to rise
The deadly heat will continue across Japan through at least Thursday, following the hottest day on record in Japan.The highest temperature ever recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) was reported on Monday when Kumagaya reached 41.1 C (106 F).

40 million face West heat, 30 million under East flood watch
Heavy rains drenched much of the Northeast for a fourth consecutive day Tuesday, swelling rivers and flooding roads, while the western U.S. endured scorching temperatures and heat warnings.

California Was Warned Months Ago Its Grid Could Buckle In The Heat. Now It’s Happening
California’s grid operator is asking customers to limit electricity use during peak hours to help keep power flowing as a “heat dome” settles over the southwestern U.S.

Wildfires in Greece kill 74 in deadliest blazes in decades
The death toll from Greece’s deadliest wildfires in decades climbed to 74 Tuesday as rescue crews searched on land and sea for those who sought to escape the blazes that engulfed popular summer resort spots near Athens.

Islamic State’s secret army: Women and children play ‘increasing role in terror attacks’
The roles of women and minors will become more important in maintaining the legacy of the caliphate and have “demonstrated their prominence as security threats” but their numbers are “significantly underestimated”.

List: The 35 Criminal And Destructive Acts By The Democrat Party, Deep State, Media And Never Trumpers To Gut America
Last night Americans experienced another leak and another smear of President Trump from CNN. This leak is a tape from the President’s lawyer which may have been taped illegally, which may have been initially stolen from the President’s lawyer by the Mueller team (to hell with attorney-client privilege) which is just another attempt to damage duly elected President Trump.

Contrived Water Shortages Leading to World War III-50 American Cities Set to Run Out of Water
The world has been pushed to the edge of World War III, three times in recent history, in Ukraine, Syria and North Korea. President Trump has been able to avert the globalist goal of perpetrating World War III. However, the greatest threat to world peace does not come at the end of a gun, at least not initially. It comes from contrived water shortages. Contrived water shortages conceived by the globalists and perpetrated by the United Nations policies, are now the major reason why billions could die in the coming World War III.

Europe is on the edge of calamity: Large European cities could soon become battlefields warns conservative Belgian leader
In this recent story over at Zero Hedge they report that according to a top advisor of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he will now run the country singlehandedly with any and all dissenters fired in the wake of the recent presidential election which granted Erdogan sweeping new executive powers.

Will Trump Be Forced to Declare Martial Law In Order to Survive?
 President Trump faces outright rebellion from George Soros and his multitude of civil disrupters such as Black Lives Matter, Moveon.org, etc. The Deep State is undermining every aspect of elected government.

Parole Board Allows Convicted Serial Baby-Killer to Walk Free
…The controversial board, appointed by Cuomo, is freeing dangerous convicted pedophiles, murderers, cop-killers, and rapists back on to the streets in a bid to make convictions “fairer” for the criminals.The move is causing outrage among citizens as non-violent law-breakers are being jailed for minor crimes, whilst deadly criminals are being set free.

Antifa in Germany publish rioting how-to booklet
Antifa activists in Germany have published a booklet that instructs and encourages their supporters to become “riot tourists” in Germany by violently attacking political party offices and war memorials, and by setting automobiles on fire…The new German publication comes in the wake of Antifa professor Mark Bray’s book last year titled Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. Bray was a lecturer at Dartmouth College…

Thousands of Filipinos Arrested in Duterte’s War on Loitering
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs had already been a source of great controversy for years when he suddenly announced a new crusade in June: a war on loitering.

Headlines – 7/26/2018

Trump peace plan said to include major economic scheme for Palestinians

Trump cuts cause 250 job losses at UN agency for Palestinian refugees

World Bank to Allocate $90 Million for Palestinians, UN Mideast Envoy Says

In first, ‘Palestine’ to head bloc of 134 nations at UN

US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Counter Use of Human Shields by Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad

IDF: Children used in ‘trap’ terror attack before deadly Gaza border violence

Rocket sirens blare as security chiefs meet over fresh Gaza flareup

Rocket shot down by Iron Dome as Gaza border violence persists

Soldier moderately injured by Gaza sniper, 3 Palestinians killed as IDF responds

Wounded IDF officer asked: ‘When am I going back to Gaza?’

Hamas puts forces on alert, threatens revenge after IDF kills three fighters

Abbas advisor: Jewish Israeli MPs ‘defile’ Muslim holy sites

UK anti-Semitic incidents at historic high despite decrease, watchdog says

70 MKs sign letter demanding the aliyah of an Ethiopian community

Bennett: Government must ‘heal wound’ caused to Druze by nation-state law

Amid Druze outcry, Netanyahu calls meeting to examine nation-state law

Islamic State kills hundreds in assault on southern Syria Druze city

2 Syrian rockets said to land in Sea of Galilee, near crowded tourist beach

IDF shells southern Syria in response to errant rocket fire at Golan

US, France introduce new Syria chemical weapons sanctions

Turkey’s Erdogan says to discuss Syria with Russia’s Putin

‘At Least 96 Killed’ in ISIS Suicide Attack in pro-Assad Syrian City Near Jordan Border

Syria war: More than 200 dead in suicide attacks

ISIS claims responsibility for Toronto shooting

Toronto police: No evidence for Islamic State attack claim

Iraqi PM announces arrest of 100 “infiltrators” in recent protests

Ballot-counting underway in Pakistan after vote marred by suicide bombing

Turkey’s Erdogan: The making of a latter-day Sultan

Turkey: We are not bound by US sanctions on Iran

Turkey vows to keep buying Iranian oil: ‘We will not obey’

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Chief: America’s ‘Oil Threats Can Easily Be Answered’

Iran Tabs New Heads of Key Economic Agencies Amid Struggling Economy

Iran says it will never take part in one-sided talks with US

Saudi Arabia Halts Red Sea Oil Shipments After Houthi Attacks

Trump delays meeting with Putin, citing ‘Russia witch hunt’

Republicans: Putin ‘not welcome’ on Capitol Hill as new sanctions push begins

Why do Democrats only care about Russian meddling when it comes to Trump?

North Korea making bomb fuel despite denuclearization pledge: Pompeo

Bomb explodes outside US Embassy in Beijing, suspect injured: report

China says there will be ‘no winner’ in global trade war

Trump announces trade concessions from EU officials on soybeans, energy, tariffs

Facebook plunges more than 24 percent on revenue miss and projected slowdown

Zuckerberg Loses $16.8 Billion in a Snap as Facebook Plunges

Facebook’s grim forecast: privacy push will erode profits for years

Tech stocks set to crater on Thursday with Facebook on track for biggest drop ever

Venezuela to remove five zeroes from ailing currency

Unrest in Nicaragua leads to more deadly clashes

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Easter Island region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Easter Island region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Mauritius – Reunion region

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Aoba volcano on Vanuatu erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Millions under flash flood watches, warnings as rain pounds East Coast

Major flooding is occurring in parts of Pennsylvania, and rivers continue to rise in the Mid-Atlantic

Flooding Forces Hersheypark to Close for 3rd Time This Week, Rescues in Central Pennsylvania Communities

‘Armageddon’ fire in Greece kills at least 80, many missing

Birmingham heatwave sparking plagues of rats and swarms of wasps

The big heatwave: from Algeria to the Arctic. But what’s the cause?

Is climate change causing the worldwide heatwave?

Gene-edited plants and animals are GM foods, EU court rules

9/11 victim reportedly ID’ed 17 years later due to DNA testing

Artificial intelligence begins diagnosing patients in Eastern Iowa

Narcan inventor: Opioid crisis at epidemic proportions

Top cardinal demands Vatican get tough with bishops on sex abuse

Last 6 doomsday cult members on death row executed by Japan

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July 26, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

19 The psalmist calls on the community to recognize the Lord’s kingdom. His “throne” is in heaven (cf. 11:4; 93:2), but his kingdom extends to all creation (cf. 93:1; 96:10; 99:1; 1 Ch 29:11–12). This affirmation is both the conclusion of the hymn (vv. 3–18) and the transition to a universal, communal, and individual call to worship the Lord (vv. 20–22).[1]

103:19 His throne in the heavens. From everlasting to everlasting God has always ruled over all things (cf. Pss 11:4; 47:1–9; 148:8–13). This universal kingdom is to be distinguished from God’s mediatorial kingdom on earth.[2]

103:19 His throne … his kingdom refers to God’s universal rule over all creation (see note on Psalm 93). The marvel of being God’s people is that the one whose kingdom rules over all offers the privilege of gratefully embracing his rule.[3]

103:19 his kingdom rules over all A similar theme to the enthronement psalms (see 93:1 and note). Here, the psalmist emphasizes God’s care and kindness, which distinguishes Psa 103 from Pss 93–99.[4]

[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 759). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 103:19). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1069). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 103:19). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

One more thought on direct revelation

The End Time

Yesterday I wrote anessay describing the preeminence of Jesus and how God in Hebrews 1:1-2 said He has spoken through His Son. What this means, for claimants of direct revelation, is that once God said He has spoken through His perfect, holy, supreme being of His son, God then chose to speak to and through Joe Blow in Peoria and Jane Q. Public in Waco? No. Jesus’ preeminence means God has the perfect vessel through which to speak, He has spoken, and He is no longer speaking through prophets, bushes, donkeys, mountains, or men. I’d made the bold claim that if a person says they have heard directly from God or Jesus, they do not believe Jesus is preeminent.

This post is a PS to that thought regarding direct revelation. It involves the content of these supposed revelations.

One thing you notice about these revelations, visions, dreams and intuitions…

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How the discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation falsified atheism


Christianity and the progress of science Christianity and the progress of science

Prior to certain scientific discoveries, most people thought that the universe had always been here, and no need to ask who or what may have caused it. But today, that’s all changed. Today, the standard model of the origin of the universe is that all the matter and energy in the universe came into being in an event scientists call “The Big Bang”. At the creation event, space and time themselves began to exist, and there is no material reality that preceded them.

So a couple of quotes to show that.

An initial cosmological singularity… forms a past temporal extremity to the universe. We cannot continue physical reasoning, or even the concept of spacetime, through such an extremity… On this view the big bang represents the creation event; the creation not only of all the matter and energy in the universe, but also of…

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The Most Common Objection to God’s Existence on a College Campus


DISCLAIMER: From what I gather, atheists and skeptics have told me “Well, I never bring up the arguments to theists that are mentioned in this post. Thus, no atheist or skeptic that I know would bring up these objections.” My response: This is based on my experience from the last 12 years of doing apologetics on a major college campus. So whether you don’t accept it has nothing to do with my own personal testimony from what I have seen.

In 2004, I started going to the Ohio State University and engaging students for the truth claims of Christianity. I did hundreds of surveys with students and certainly begin to see some of the objections people had to the Christian faith. Around 2006 I moved away from the survey approach and started using a variety of approaches to reach out to the students here. Anyway, it was 2009 when myself…

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July 26 Not Counting the Cost

Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”—Matt. 8:19–20

There is no record that the eager scribe ever counted the cost of discipleship. When considering various costs such as self-denial, homelessness, and maybe suffering, the man disappears. No doubt Christ’s words struck where he was most vulnerable, and he could not overcome loyalty to himself and his comfort.

Jesus never watered down the gospel message as many evangelistic appeals do today. That only compromises God’s Word and does a severe disservice to those who hear such a message. The Lord, by contrast, did not mince words with the apostles: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves” (Matt. 10:16). And He continued that tone at the end of His ministry: “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God” (John 16:1–2). Neither did Paul waver from stern words of reminder that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12).

Knowing and following Jesus Christ includes thrills and joys unlike any others, but they are not the kind the world can understand or appreciate (cf. John 14:27). Living the Christian life is not simply adding Jesus on to your own lifestyle, but it entails the renouncing of your ways for His and being ready to pay the price He may require (cf. Matt. 16:24).


What have been some of the major costs of discipleship in your own life? How have you responded to them? Have they ultimately drawn you closer to Christ, or have you often allowed them to drive a wedge between you and the Lord?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 216). Chicago: Moody Publishers.


But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

LUKE 10:42

Some Christians seem to feel that it is a mark of spirituality to attend banquets and seminars and workshops and conferences and courses, night after night, week after week!

This brings up a lesson from the New Testament concerning the sisters, Martha and Mary. I think it is plain that Martha loved Jesus but her concept of devotion was activity—that because she loved the Lord, she ought to be doing something all the time to show it.

Mary also loved the Lord Jesus but with a different attitude in her devotion. She was fervently occupied in spirit about the love of His Godhead! Our Lord knew the difference then and He knows the difference today.

Jesus commended Mary for knowing the value of the one thing that is necessary—that God should be loved and praised above all other business which may occupy us bodily or spiritually. Mary was fervently occupied in spirit about the love of His Godhead. I like that although I know it sounds strange and almost heretical to our modern activists!

My plea is that we will not be satisfied to continue on as “external” Christians. I believe that our Lord wants us to learn more of Him in worship before we become busy for Him. He wants an inner experience of the heart as our first service, and out of that will grow the profound and divine activities which are necessary![1]

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

July 26 No Such Thing as Payback

Repay no one evil for evil.

Romans 12:17

Some people believe the Old Testament law of “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Exod. 21:24) permits personal revenge. But that’s not what it refers to. It was actually saying that the severity of legal punishment should not exceed the severity of an offense. In other words, if someone put out another person’s eye, he could not be penalized by anything involving more than the forfeiture of his own eye.

The authority to avenge civil and criminal injustices belongs by divine mandate only to governments. God forbids us from exacting personal vengeance. The apostle Peter summarized the principle this way: “Finally, all of you be of one mind…not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Pet. 3:8–9).[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 227). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

House Freedom Caucus Leaders Call For Rosenstein Impeachment

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was hit with possible impeachment proceedings Wednesday as part of an ongoing congressional investigation.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) introduced the articles of impeachment after nine months of being stonewalled by the Department of Justice (DOJ). They hold Rosenstein (pictured above) chiefly responsible for the stonewalling.

Jordan was a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, which Meadows now heads. The includes 31 conservative and libertarian Republicans who are often at odds with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other Establishment GOPers.

Congressional investigators have been reviewing questionable decisions made by the agency during two major FBI investigations related to the election of 2016.

“The stonewalling over this last year has been just as bad or worse than under the Obama administration,” Meadows said in a statement. “Multiple times we’ve caught DOJ officials hiding information from Congress, withholding relevant documents, or even outright ignoring Congressional subpoenas.”

The articles of impeachment claim the agency intentionally withheld embarrassing documents and information, knowingly hid material investigative information, abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, and failed to comply with congressional subpoenas.

“Now we have evidence that Mr. Rosenstein signed off on a document using unverified political opposition research as a cornerstone of a FISA application to spy on an American citizen working for the Trump campaign,” Meadows said.

“This level of conduct, paired with the failure to even feign an interest in transparency, is reprehensible. And whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, this kind of obstruction is wrong,” Rosenstein said.

The House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee launched a joint investigation last year into decisions made by the Department of Justice and FBI. The House even had to pass a resolution June 28 demanding that the agencies comply with congressional requests for documents and subpoenas.

House Republicans are looking into the FBI’s investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state and what led to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump Trump or his associates colluded with Russian interests.

House Republicans have been concerned that the earlier investigations showed a clear bias against Trump. FBI Agent Peter Strzok was even caught exchanging thousands of text messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page which showed a clear hatred for the president.

Strzok was involved in the email investigation before jumping onto the special counsel probe. He was removed from the probe after his text exchanges with Page were uncovered August 2017.

The DOJ Inspector General (IG), Michael Horowitz, released a 500-plus page investigative report on the email investigation in June. The report cited the text messages were unprofessional and damaged the FBI’s credibility, but said IG investigators found no evidence the extreme anti-Trump bias influenced the bureau’s decisions.

Meadows and Jordan introduced the articles of impeachment alongside nine other lawmakers.

Connor Wolf covers Congress and national politics and can be reached at connor.wolf@lifezette.com. Follow him on Twitter.
— Read on www.lifezette.com/2018/07/house-freedom-caucus-leaders-call-for-rosenstein-impeachment/

Artificial Embryo: It’s Possible ‘We May Do This in Humans’ – Scientist – Sputnik International

An international team of scientists have created an artificial mouse embryo from stem cells. In a study published in the Nature Cell Biology journal on Monday, the team revealed that they used cells from mice to develop an embryo-like structure without the act of fertilization.
— Read on sputniknews.com/analysis/201807261066699292-artificial-human-embryo/

Brannon Howse: July 25, 2018 | Worldview Weekend

Guest: Tom Littleton. Topic: Tom responds to Brannon’s claim that the Gospel Coalition is the Emergent Church repackaged.(Part 3) Topic: A closer look at the worldview of Peter Drucker and Bob Buford that launched the Leadership Network, The Emergent Church, and Church Growth Movement. Topic: Tom talks about the millions of dollars that these new “churches” and young pastors can make through the public-private partnership or three legged stool promoted by Drucker and Buford. Topic: We take your calls.
— Read on www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-july-25-2018

July 26, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

21:14 Zelah was a town allotted to Benjamin (Josh. 18:28). God heeded the prayer for the land: Divine justice had been satisfied. God responded to the prayers of His people, bringing an end to the famine.[1]

21:14 God was moved by prayer. The famine ended and God restored the land to prosperity.[2]

21:14 God responded to the plea for the land. An almost identical statement occurs in 24:25 after the lifting of the plague brought on by David’s census.[3]

21:14 The remains were placed in the family tomb of Saul’s father Kish (see 1Sm 9:1). The exact location of Zela (other than in Benjamin) is unknown (Jos 18:28). God was receptive to prayer means that the famine ceased (see v. 1).[4]

[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 422). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (2 Sa 21:14). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 458). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Beyer, B. E. (2017). 2 Samuel. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 492). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.