Daily Archives: July 30, 2018

July 30: Destructive People

2 Samuel 22:1–51; Jude 1:1–16; Psalm 147:1–20

Some destructive people don’t realize the carnage they leave in their wake. Others intentionally cause rifts and pain, driven by selfish motives. Jude’s letter, which contains succinct prose, startling imagery, and a swift warning, is unlike anything we read in Scripture. The letter equipped early Christians to deal wisely with false teachers who had entered the church community. Today, it can provide us with wisdom to respond to some of the most difficult people and situations we encounter.

The community that Jude addressed contained destructive false teachers “who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). They did not respect authority, but acted out of instinct rather than conviction: “But these persons blaspheme all that they do not understand, and all that they understand by instinct like the irrational animals, by these things they are being destroyed” (Jude 10).

Jude’s metaphors for these false teachers give us a sense of what to look for in destructive people: “hidden reefs at your love feasts, caring for themselves, waterless clouds carried away by winds, late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted, wild waves of the sea foaming up their own shameful deeds, wandering stars, for whom the deep gloom of darkness has been reserved for eternity” (Jude 12–13). He depicts people whose destructive, selfish behavior lacks conviction. Like wayward stars, these false teachers go off course, perhaps taking others with them.

After these descriptions, we expect Jude to warn his readers to stay away from these types of people. But he does the opposite: Jude’s closing warning calls readers to interact with people of this sort—though they must do so with incredible wisdom: “have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh” (Jude 22–23).

Interacting with people who doubt and wander requires a deep knowledge of our own weaknesses and failures. It requires maturity of faith. Jude gives three specific instructions: that we build ourselves up, pray in the Spirit, and keep ourselves in the love of God (Jude 21–22). This interaction requires the work of a God “who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy” (Jude 24).

How do destructive people in your life influence you? Based on how they influence you, how should you approach or end the relationship?

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.

Pedophile Priests — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Over the last few decades I have learned about hundreds, if not thousands, of priests who molested children (age 12 and under specifically) and yet were kept in their positions; the ungodly Papist Church just moved them around and around whenever they were caught.  This, of course, has led to many ruined lives as well as victim suicides.
This is one of the issues which is blatant proof that the Papist Roman Catholic Church has never represented God.  (Really, just take a look at the history of the sexual immorality among the popes!).
I have always said that this rampant pedophilia among priests is a result of the Papist dogma requiring priests to be celibate, which is an unnatural state for most men.  These priests then seek sexual gratification among the innocent, and then coerce them into silence.
I recently viewed the movie, “Spotlight,” which is about a 2001-2002 Boston Globeinvestigation exposing almost 100 pedophile priests in the Boston area, as well as the cover-up by the local Cardinal and the Papist Church while they shuffled known predators from parish to parish.
This past week we have another news item about an investigation into over 300 pedophile priests in Pennsylvania.
Then Lighthouse Trails has a report of a Cardinal stepping down due to sexual abuse.
This sex abuse takes place around the world, always protected by Rome.
Popes, Cardinals, Priests — centuries and centuries of rampant sexual immorality among Papism’s leaders is 100% proof that the Roman Catholic Church is a man-made organization, invented to control people.  They are a very cultic organization who exercises onerous control over their members as well as abusing them sexually.  (Interesting how virtually every cult has includes sexual immorality and abuse by their leaders!)
And yet Roman Catholics refuse to acknowledge the fact that their organization is not from God.

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List of Times Media Has Called for Violence Against Trump or His Supporters… — The Gateway Pundit

 

On Sunday New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger complained to President Trump about “potential” violence against reporters. The New York Times has ignored the hundreds of violent attacks against Trump supporters.

There have been over 538 violent attacks against Trump supporters since the 2016 election season.

The liberal mainstream media has ignored these violent attacks.

Instead, the liberal fake news media has fomented, encouraged and threatened, and harassed Trump supporters.

If you run a quick search on Bing of “media calls for violence against Trump” the number of videos that pop us is shocking.

Here are the first 8 pages:

This is the first eight pages.
And this isn’t even all of them.

It’s almost as if the liberal media is purposely avoiding reality.

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July 30 Enjoying Fellowship with Christ

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).

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Fellowship with Christ is built on love, trust, and obedience.

The recipients of 1 Peter, like us, had never seen Christ, but they enjoyed fellowship with Him just the same. And their fellowship was genuine because it was marked by love, trust, and obedience.

The love Peter speaks of in 1 Peter 1:8 isn’t shallow emotionalism or sentimentality. It’s the love of the will—the love of choice. His readers had chosen to love Christ despite never having seen Him physically. Such love is marked by obedience, as Jesus affirms in John 14: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. … He who does not love Me does not keep My words” (vv. 15, 24). To have fellowship with Christ is to love and obey Him.

Another element of fellowship is trust. After hearing reports about Christ’s resurrection, the disciple Thomas declared that he would trust Jesus only after seeing and touching Him. Jesus honored his wishes, saying, “Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing” (John 20:27). But then Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed” (v. 29). We as Christians are among those who believe in Christ without having seen Him.

The result of loving and trusting Christ is “joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). This joy is something beyond the ability of speech and thought to convey. That’s obvious even on the human level—as evidenced by the thousands of songs that have attempted to communicate the joy of being in love. “Full of glory” refers to the divine element in Christian joy. It’s a supernatural endowment bestowed and energized by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22).

Enjoying fellowship with Christ is one of the supreme privileges of your Christian life. Strengthen and enrich that fellowship by learning the Word and relying on the Spirit. As you do, you will learn to love and trust Christ more deeply.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to teach you how to love and trust Him more faithfully. Thank Him for the joy that comes as you do.

For Further Study: Memorize Matthew 22:37.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 224). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Rwandan Government Closes More than 8,000 Churches

ICC Note: Following failure of churches to meet the requirements recently set by the government, a strict measure was taken where a large number of churches had to be closed. Some of the new requirements include all pastors needing to have a theological degree, church access roads needing to be paved, and all churches needing to have lightning-conductors.

07/30/2018 Rwanda (World Watch Monitor) – The Rwanda Governance Board continues to close churches it says fail to meet requirements laid down at the beginning of the year. New requirements set in place for those congregations that want to continue ministry are also complicating efforts to comply. Many see the closures as part of an effort by the government to make its aggressive secular stance clear.

According to a report by Rwanda’s pro-government KT Press, more than 8,000 churches have now been closed, and the number keeps growing.

“On checking which churches were included, we learned that all churches are suffering the same fate, and that even churches considered luxurious for local standards have had to close,” a local analyst, who wished to remain anonymous, told World Watch Monitor.

World Watch Monitor learned that in one village the church was closed while a wedding was ongoing. The couple and all the guests were simply told to leave the church during the service, and the church was closed.

Another church was stopped from having services and other meetings (such as home groups) in a school hall as an alternative after all the churches in that parish had been closed. The church had timber instead of a metal door and window frames, and was told the roof also needed to be elevated “just a little”.

“It seems that the local authorities in the different districts initially had some freedom about the degree to which they could enforce the new requirements,” the local analyst said. “However, it now seems that those who were more lenient have been rebuked and have become stricter. In one district authorities banned all meetings of a closed church, and congregants are not even allowed to meet in home groups.”

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Too Wretched For Radio 07/30/2018 — Wretched

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JULY 30 OUR LOVE FOR GOD

Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18

The taking over of the romantic love ideal into our relation to God has been extremely injurious to our Christian lives. The idea that we should “fall in love” with God is ignoble, unscriptural, unworthy of us and certainly does no honor to the Most High God!

We do not come to love God by a sudden emotional visitation. Love for God results from repentance, amendment of life and a fixed determination to love Him. Then as God moves more perfectly into the focus of our hearts, our love for Him may indeed rise and swell within us till like a flood it sweeps everything before it.

But we should not wait for this intensity of feeling. We are not responsible to feel but we are responsible to love, and true spiritual love begins in the will.

We should set our hearts to love God supremely, however cold or hard they may seem to be and go on to confirm our love by happy and careful obedience to His Word.

Enjoyable emotions are sure to follow!

Heavenly Father, I confess that I have a hard time “loving” the unlovely people of this world. Teach me more about true spiritual love, Father.[1]


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

July 30, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats do not fund his border wall and back immigration law changes, betting that maintaining a hard line will work in Republicans’ favor in November congressional elections.

Paul Manafort on Tuesday will become the first of President Donald Trump’s former aides to go on trial, accused of bank and tax fraud by federal investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

U.S. farmers could receive cash payments from a planned $12 billion aid package as soon as late September, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Reuters on Saturday, warning that the program will not make tariff-hit farmers whole.

Spanish taxi drivers blocked major city streets including Barcelona’s Gran Via and Madrid’s Castellana on Monday in a protest to pressure the government to curb licenses to online ride-hailing services such as Uber.

Monsoon floods in Myanmar have killed at least 11 people and forced more than 100,000 to flee their homes, government officials said on Monday, as rescue workers ferried stranded residents to safety by boat.

Zimbabweans voted on Monday in the first election since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup, with allegations of voter suppression raising fears of a disputed result.

China offered Britain talks on a post-Brexit free trade deal on Monday, reaching out to London as Beijing remains mired in an increasingly bitter trade war with Washington, even as a senior Chinese diplomat reiterated its door remained open for dialogue.

California firefighters on Monday were gaining ground on a massive blaze that has killed six people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, while rescuers searched for seven people unaccounted for in the wildfire.

Venezuela will remove five zeroes from the bolivar currency, President Nicolas Maduro says, in an effort to keep up with inflation projected to reach 1 million percent this year.

AP Top Stories

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not have plans to step down from the nation’s highest court anytime soon. During an event in New York City on Sunday, Ginsburg said she has “at least five more years” to serve on the Supreme Court.

The Islamic State group kidnapped dozens of Druze women and children when it attacked their villages last week in Syria’s southern province of Sweida, a monitor said Monday. More than 250 people were killed on Wednesday when IS carried out a string of suicide attacks and shootings in the provincial capital Sweida and villages to the north and east.

Investigators released a report on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Monday, saying the Boeing 777’s controls were likely deliberately manipulated to take it off course but they were not able to determine who was responsible. The 495-page report draws no conclusion about what happened aboard the plane that vanished with 239 people on board en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, leaving one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries unsolved.

Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, one of America’s most prominent Catholic cardinals, has resigned after an allegation was made that he sexually abused a teenage boy almost 50 years ago.

Somalia’s president paid a rare visit to Eritrea on Saturday in a sign that Asmara is trying to use the opportunity created by a rapprochement with Ethiopia to improve its regional ties.

The 2018 US elections are expected to be the most expensive midterms in history as advertising passes the $1bn mark just 100 days before the election.

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said Sunday it had destroyed sites used by Huthi rebels in neighboring Yemen to launch missiles at the kingdom.

Iran’s currency hit a record low on Sunday of 100,000 rials to the dollar amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions.

Contracts to buy previously owned homes unexpectedly rose in June after two straight monthly declines, but the housing market remains hobbled by a dearth of properties available for sale.

BBC

India has published a list which effectively strips about four million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, a day before neighbouring Bangladesh declared independence.

Hundreds of hikers have been making their way down after spending a night trapped on an Indonesian volcano following an earthquake. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck early on Sunday near Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, triggering landslides that cut off escape routes. At least 16 people died and more than 330 were injured.

WND

The debts of 287 Pakistani families have been paid by a fundraiser organized by the Christian ministry Barnabas Fund.

Messiah-mania has reached a fever pitch in Israel, as one prominent rabbi says the prophesied redeemer was born a week ago, while a group promoting the rebuilding of the Temple released a new TV spot saying, “The time has arrived.” Meanwhile, a group of Muslims clashed Friday with Israeli police on the Temple Mount.

Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.

Eugene Lang College, part of The New School in Lower Manhattan, will offer a course next semester for students who wish to fight “heterosexist” explanations of animals and nature. According to the professor, these “heterosexist” explanations of sexuality and nature often involve referring to male/female animals.


News – 7/30/2018

Rabbi: How Can You Not Notice the Signs of Messiah?
Several rabbis are pointing to last week’s rare lunar eclipse and continued earthquakes as a divine pre-Messianic wake-up call. In fact, it isn’t only the rabbis. Even Arab sources are labeling the recent earthquakes as part of the end-of-days conflict centered around Jerusalem.

China tempts Britain with free trade, says door to U.S. talks open
China offered Britain talks on a post-Brexit free trade deal on Monday, reaching out to London as Beijing remains mired in an increasingly bitter trade war with Washington, even as a senior Chinese diplomat reiterated its door remained open for dialogue. Britain has pushed a strong message to Chinese companies that it is fully open for business as it prepares to leave the European Union next year…

Optical neural network demo
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made a silicon chip that distributes optical signals precisely across a miniature brain-like grid, showcasing a potential new design for neural networks.

SOLAR MINIMUM DEEPENS
The sun has been without sunspots for 32 of the past 33 days. To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century. Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the sun’s atmosphere, and strangely pink auroras.

Messiah-mania hits fever pitch in Israel
Maybe it’s the blood moons. Maybe it’s the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Or, maybe, suggest other rabbis, now that the majority of Jews in the world now live in Israel, prophecy is read to be fulfilled. Perhaps the most surprising development is a statement by a well-respected Israeli rabbi, Chaim Kanievsky, a leading authority in Haredi Jewish society, stating unequivocally that the messiah was born July 21.

Hungarian PM Slams ‘European Elite,’ Predicts Illiberal Shift In EU Leadership
Orban, a member of the conservative nationalist and populist Fidesz party, has been a vocal leader among other EU nations who are similarly rejecting the EU’s attempts to be more lenient on migration and asylum seekers specifically. “Their big goal to transform Europe, to ship it into a post-Christian era, and into an era when nations disappear – this process could be undermined in the European elections. And it is our elementary interest to stop this transformation,” Orban said on Saturday in a speech to ethnic Hungarians in Romania, Reuters reported.

Pope Accepts Resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from College of Cardinals
In a statement from the Vatican this morning, it has been announced that the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals has been accepted in the wake of a rising tide of sexual abuse allegations.

Sisi to Israel: Take advantage of opportunity for peace
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday urged the Israeli public to make use of an opportunity for peace with Palestinian Arabs. “I address the Israeli public opinion that there is a great chance for real peace and stability in the region by finding a solution to this issue,” Sisi said at a youth conference in Cairo University, according to the Xinhua news agency. “This solution will not at all be against your security and stability,” Sisi added.

Iran’s currency plummets further to 112,000 rial per dollar
The Iranian rial plunged to 112,000 for each US dollar Sunday on unofficial markets, a further decline from 97,500 rials on Saturday. Another 29 people were arrested on charges of disrupting the economy and corruption. With tougher sanctions in store, the outlook is bleak.

Lombok earthquake: 14 killed on Indonesian tourist island
Fourteen people have died after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia Sunday, damaging more than 1,000 homes and sending residents fleeing for safety. The earthquake hit early in the morning, at about 5.45 a.m. local time (6:45 p.m. Saturday ET), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, at a shallow depth of just 7.5 kilometers (4.6 miles).

Transgender Madness: Surgeon Performs Mastectomies on 14-Year-Old Girls
Marc DuPéré, who said he performed surgeries to remove the breasts of two 14-year-old girls in the past five years who considered themselves transgender. He has conducted mastectomies on girls ages 15 and 16, too. The surgery costs around $9,000. “Parents should encourage questioning with their children to understand ‘their story,’” he told the website.

Weird Volcanoes Are Erupting Across the Solar System
NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently spotted a possible new volcano at the south pole of Jupiter’s most lava-licious moon, Io. But this volcanically active moon is not alone in the solar system, where sizzling-hot rocks explode and ooze onto the surface of several worlds. So how do Earthly volcanoes differ from those erupting across the rest of the solar system?

Trump Demands Turkey Release “Great Christian”
As part of a “faith-based crusade,” President Trump is threatening sanctions against Turkey over a simple preacher who has become the focus of an international dispute. Andrew Craig Brunson, 50, is an evangelical pastor originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years where he served as pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, a small Protestant church with about 25 congregants.

As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies
Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent US deal which aligns with Israel on key issues. King Salman’s private guarantees to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas…have helped reverse perceptions that Saudi Arabia’s stance was changing under his powerful young son…

Fatah officials, U.N. envoy discuss Gaza crisis in Cairo
Fatah officials arrived in Cairo on Sunday for talks with Egyptian security officials on ways of ending the ongoing dispute with Hamas. United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov was also in Cairo in the context of his efforts to prevent an all-out war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Assam register: Four million risk losing India citizenship
India has published a list which effectively strips some four million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, a day before Bangladesh declared independence. India says the process is to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

Lombok earthquake: Hikers trapped on mountain after landslides
More than 200 hikers are trapped on a mountain on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, after a deadly earthquake triggered landslides which cut off escape routes. Hundreds of rescue workers are now working to evacuate them from Mount Rinjani, a popular hiking destination. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck early on Sunday not far from the base of the mountain.

Iran’s rial hits record-low 100,000 to the dollar
Iran’s currency hit a record low on Sunday of 100,000 rials to the dollar amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions. The unofficial rate stood at 102,000 rials by midday, according to Bonbast, one of the most reliable sites for tracking the Iranian currency. The rate was confirmed by a trader who spoke on condition of anonymity to AFP.

Jewish teens enlisted to fight anti-Semitism in Germany
Sophie Steiert opens a bag of kosher gummy bears and offers them to 20 other German teenagers seated around her in their high school classroom. “They’re really yummy,” Steiert, 16, says with an enticing smile. “And by the way, does any one of you know what kosher means?” The students shrug. Most of the 17-year-olds never have met a Jewish person. In school, they’ve only talked about dead Jews: the 6 million killed by the Nazis.

…Mystery as Russia LIQUIDATED almost ALL of its holdings in US Treasury securities during run up to Helsinki summit…
The Russian government has sold off the vast majority of its holdings of US Treasury securities for reasons that remain mysterious, in a dramatic move that experts are calling unprecedented. A US Treasury report released on July 18 shows that Russian holdings of Treasury securities declined by 84 per cent between March and May, down to just $14.9 billion from March holdings of $96.1 billion.

For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students
Three thousand high school students…trekked to a university sports arena here to attend…the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders…Through their schools, many students…had taken a college-planning questionnaire, called MyCollegeOptions. Others had taken surveys that came with the SAT or the PSAT… In filling out those surveys, the teenagers ended up signing away personal details that were later sold and shared with the future scientists event.

Israel intercepts ship trying to break Gaza blockade
Israel’s military says it has intercepted a ship carrying activists en route to Gaza aiming to violate the legal naval blockade on the coastal territory. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the ship had been monitored and was detained according to the international law. “The IDF forces clarified to the activists on the ship that they are violating the legal naval blockade and that any humanitarian equipment can be transferred to Gaza through Ashdod Port,” the statement read.

Judges banish ‘anything that might resemble prayer’
In a ruling that apparently conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court precedent, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ban on “anything that might resemble a prayer” at board meetings of a Southern California school district.

Did the prophetic war between Iran and Saudi Arabia just start last week when two Saudi tankers were attacked by an Iranian ‘cargo’ ship
The attack on two Saudi supertankers on the Red Sea on Wednesday, July 25, was orchestrated by the Iranian Saviz, a weapons-carrying spy ship, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report.

Boston Globe: Does TSA’s ‘Quiet Skies’ Tracks US Citizens Like Terrorists?
The Transportation Security Administration, in a previously undisclosed program call “Quiet Skies,” is gathering information on U.S. citizens who are neither under any investigation nor in the terrorist screening database, which is costly, time consuming, and raises potential privacy concerns, according to The Boston Globe.

Strong quake hits Indonesian island, killing at least 14
A strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia’s Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said.

Typhoon Jongdari Makes Landfall In Japan As The Nation Reels From Record Floods And Heat
Typhoon Jongdari made landfall east of Kyoto, Japan, just after midnight local time on Sunday, coming ashore as the latest in a long string of weather-related disasters to plague the Japanese archipelago. The weather has not been kind to Japan this month. The typhoon’s landfall comes after weeks of intense rainfall, widespread flooding, and a deadly heatwave.

Scientists warn New Ebola strain found in West Africa has potential to infect humans
Just days after the end of an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo that killed dozens, and two years after a major outbreak in West Africa that left thousands dead, Sierra Leone said it had discovered a new strain of the virus that also has the potential to infect human cells.

Venezuela HIV without medicine try home remedies
When Jesus Eduardo Rodriguez could no longer find his life-saving HIV medicine in Venezuela, a country where everything from chicken to aspirin is in short supply, he turned to Google about a month ago looking for hope. What he found were stories about a Brazilian doctor using a plant called bay cedar, or guásimo, to treat his HIV-positive patients.

Chick-fil-A’s Canadian expansion sparks pro-LGBTQ protests
News of Chick-fil-A’s expansion into Toronto is being slammed online by some LGBTQ supporters, who have declared a boycott of the chicken-centric chain’s future Canadian locations via Twitter.

Messiah-mania hits fever pitch in Israel
Messiah-mania has reached a fever pitch in Israel, as one prominent rabbi says the prophesied redeemer was born a week ago, while a group promoting the rebuilding of the Temple released a new TV spot saying, “The time has arrived.”

Flu Shots Are Killing Senior Citizens in Record Numbers, Study Warns
Researchers have found that senior citizens are being killed by flu vaccines in record numbers, and the death rate is rising at an alarming rate.

Catholic Church: Raping Children is ‘Religious Freedom’ for Pedophile Priests
In a depraved and disturbing statement by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a high-ranking cleric from the Catholic Church, he claimed that pedophilia is granted by God for priests.

President Trump Declares California Emergency After Carr Fire Tornado
President Trump on Saturday declared a California emergency after the Carr Fire that became a tornado and roared into Redding killing 2 firefighters, burning 80,906 acres, causing 38,000 evacuations and threatening another 4,978 structures.

Report: U.S considering military options to keep strait of Hormuz open
The US is considering military options should Iran decide to close the strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route for oil produced in the Middle East, reported Maariv on Saturday.


Headlines – 7/30/2018

As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies

Saudi king backs Palestinian stance on Trump’s peace plan

Saudi king tells U.S. that peace plan must include East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Sissi urges Israeli public to seize ‘a great opportunity for peace’

A self-declared leftist wages war on the Palestinian ‘right of return’

Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi After Her Release: ‘Resistance Will Continue Until Occupation Ends’

Newly released minutes show US pressure on Israel to leave West Bank in ’78

Israeli Navy Intercepts Gaza-Bound Boat Belonging to Hamas-Linked ‘Freedom Flotilla’

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

Petition Urging UN to Condemn Hamas for Eco-Terrorism Gains Thousands of Signatures

Egypt Signals Cautious Optimism as It Mediates Hamas-Israel Talks Over Gaza

Lieberman in Southern Command: ‘We need to be ready for every scenario’

Netanyahu: Left criticism of Nation-State Law ‘absurd’

Netanyahu on Nationality Law: ‘The law doesn’t detract at all from the individual rights of anybody’

Netanyahu to Likud members: ‘Do not apologize for Nationality Law, fight for the truth.’

Mike Pence ‘sickened and appalled’ by anti-Semitic graffiti on Indiana synagogue

With bomb plot on Jerusalem, latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ flick shoots to No.1

Saudi Arabia welcomes 25,000 Yemeni Hajj pilgrims

Yemeni-American Commits Suicide After Trump Travel Ban Bars His Family

Iranian Foreign Minister: Iran and Europe are making progress with the Nuclear Deal

Iran’s rial hits record-low 100,000 to the dollar

In latest English-language video, Netanyahu asks the world to help Iran

Russia Rapidly Expanding Navy With 26 New Ships By End of 2018, Putin Says

Imran Khan: Pakistan’s Trump?

Echoes of Venezuela: Ortega relies on street gangs to crush Nicaraguan government rebellion

Julian Assange looks for deal to end ‘diplomatic isolation’

Buckle your seatbelts for 100 days of political drama before midterms

100 days until midterms, and Trump threatens government shutdown

Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government unless Democrats agree to fund Mexico wall

Trump fires back at ‘insane’ media after NY Times publisher calls rhetoric ‘divisive’ and ‘dangerous’

White House economic adviser: Trump ‘inherited a completely broken world trading system’

Munich airport cancels 200 flights after intruder alert

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon

Lombok earthquake: more than 500 climbers trapped on Indonesia volcano

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

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

Death toll mounts as wildfires rage across California

Heatwave Scorches Europe, Causes Forest Fires, Warrants Barbecue Bans

Firefighters in Europe face another obstacle as forest fires rage: unexploded WWII ammunition

Death toll from fires in Greece climb to 91 as investigation points toward arson

Patient evaluated for potential – but unlikely – case of Ebola at Denver Health

Trump: People crossing border use children for ‘sinister purposes’

Report: Records show scores of allegations of sexual misconduct at shelters for immigrant kids

Pope Francis Strips US Cardinal of Title, Orders Life of ‘Seclusion’ Amid Sex Abuse Accusations


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Obamas Celebrate Historic Legacy On Women’s Rights By Attending Jay-Z Concert — The Babylon Bee

LANDOVER, MD—The Obamas took an evening to celebrate their “historic” legacy on advocating for women by attending a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert over the weekend, excited concertgoers reported.

Fellow Jay-Z fans recorded the former president and his wife jamming along to the songs of the rapper with a history of violent, crass, and crude language targeting women.

“We got so much accomplished for the status of women in my eight years,” Obama told reporters after the event. “And there’s no better way to celebrate that than by jamming to some classic Jay-Z tunes.”

“Man, I was an awesome president,” he added under his breath.

Concert attendees reported they were “delighted” to see the Obamas dancing in celebration of their far-reaching accomplishments on women’s rights. “It was just so inspiring,” said one girl who recorded video of the Obamas at the show. “Knowing that they were there and, like, still fighting for women and stuff even when Trump is trying to attack all the women in the country and stuff.”

At publishing time, Obama had told reporters that he has “99 problems but worrying that the media will rightfully criticize me for my inconsistent actions ain’t one.”

via Obamas Celebrate Historic Legacy On Women’s Rights By Attending Jay-Z Concert — The Babylon Bee

Study: A majority of young evangelicals support same-sex marriage

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A new report has found that a majority of young evangelicals in America approve of equal marriage.

The findings come from a study by HRC, released Thursday, called Coming Home to Evangelicalism and to Self, which is intended to help LGBTQ people who still want to remain religious.

“Evangelical Christians who are [LGBTQ] often find it difficult to be fully themselves in their church communities,” HRC wrote, adding that being rejected can bring “pain, and sometimes deep and lasting trauma, to the LGBTQ person who seeks to remain faithful both to God and to their understanding of themselves.”

While 53% of young, white evangelicals support marriage equality, only a quarter of white, older evangelicals do so.

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Such a generational divide existed regardless of ethnicity. Seventy-five percent of young Hispanic Americans and 69% of young black Americans support same-sex marriage, compared to Hispanic seniors at 38% and African-American seniors at 40%.

Asian-Pacific Islander Americans were the only group to have a majority in both generations, with both young and old supporting equal marriage at 84% and 54%, respectively.

HRC found that 45% of young, white evangelical Protestants would reject policies that allow the right to refuse service of LGBTQ people for religious reasons and 54% support LGBTQ non-discrimination protections.

Two-thirds of black Americans and six in ten Hispanic, Asian-Pacific Islander and white Americans disapprove of service refusals due to sexuality or gender identity.

Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, HRC Foundation director of faith outreach and training, said the intention of the guide is to help evangelical leaders to accept and love LGBTQ members who still want to be part of the church.

“Within evangelical churches, many LGBTQ people, their loved ones and their allies are putting in the important work to create a safe and welcoming place to practice their religion,” she said. “HRC is proud to release this powerful guide as part of our ongoing effort to help faith leaders and organizers fully embrace the LGBTQ faithful.”

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July 30, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

12 The fifth commandment, to “honor” one’s parents, involves: (1) prizing them highly (cf. Pr 4:8; i.e., wisdom, when sought above everything else and prized more highly than all else, will bring honor to its seekers); (2) caring and showing affection for them (Ps 91:15; i.e., God’s honoring of individuals is shown by his care for them in being with them and delivering them from trouble); and (3) showing respect and fear, or revering them (Lev 19:3). When Ephesians 6:1 says, “Obey your parents,” it immediately and necessarily qualifies it with, “in the Lord.” Parents are to be shown honor (v. 2), but nowhere is their word to rival or be a substitute for God’s Word.

Proverbs likewise urges deep regard for one’s parents (see Pr 10:1; 15:20; 17:6, 21, 25; 19:26; 20:20; 23:22; 28:24; 30:11, 17). There are also examples of special care for parents and other members of the family in the OT (Ge 45:10–11; 47:12; 50:21; Jos 2:13, 18; 6:23; 1 Sa 22:3; Houtman, 3:52).

The promise in Ephesians 6:2–3 attached to this commandment to revere one’s parents is unique, even though there is a sense in which the promise of life stands over all the commandments (Dt 4:1; 8:1; 16:20; 30:15–16). The promise of a long life in the land refers primarily to the land of Canaan and the people of Israel. The national character of this language can be confirmed by referring to Deuteronomy 4:26, 33, 40; 32:46–47. The captivity of Israel is caused, in part, by a failure to honor their parents (Eze 22:7, 15). This commandment possesses what we might call a ceremonial or a national promise, but it does have present-day individual application in the same way that all the commandments are meant to give a new quality of life (without creating a merit system to gain eternal life).[1]


20:12 / The fifth commandment is, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (see also Deut. 5:16). The integrity of the newly formed community required that the adults honor parents who were no longer an economic asset in the family. While later applications (by adults) have focused this command on preadult children, the original context was a covenant with the adult children in the community (Deut. 27:20). Young children learned (or not) to honor their parents through the honor (lit., “weight”) they saw adults give to their elders. This commandment mentions both mother and father (mother first in Lev. 19:3), in contrast to the Akkadian Code of Hammurabi (1750 b.c.) that only expressed concern for the father. The attached promise of long life in the land demonstrates the central value God placed on extended families for the health of the community.

Specific laws offer details describing what it meant to radically dishonor one’s mother and father. Children should not attack or curse their parents (21:15, 17; Lev. 20:9; Deut. 21:18–21; 27:16). The commandment, however, is positive, instructing that honor (or “weight,” kabed) is due parents simply because they are one’s mother and father. This is not a question of subordination, but of giving serious weight to parents’ concerns and needs. Leviticus 19:3 adds that children should give “respect” (yareʾ). There is no mention of “earning” the respect. The elder was also liable before God for keeping the six hundred and thirteen laws. The new sociality was based on the command of God, not on social contracts. This commandment does not address the abuse of parental authority. We see this, rather, in the commands against killing (physical abuse), adultery (sexual abuse), and false witness (verbal abuse).

The advice of Proverbs 4:1–27 demonstrates the positive role of the father with a preadult child, guiding the child to a life of wisdom (see also Prov. 10:1; 13:1; 15:5; 19:18). The nt specifically links good parenting and the command to honor parents when it quotes the fifth commandment (Eph. 6:1–4; Col. 3:20–21).[2]


20:12 Honor father and mother. To honor here means to obey. The verse teaches that a life of obedience to parents is the type of life which, in general, insures length of days. A life of disobedience and sin often leads to premature death. This is the first commandment with a promise attached (Eph. 6:2). It teaches respect for authority.[3]


20:12 Fifth commandment. The concept of honouring is usually associated with God or his representatives, prophets and kings. In all likelihood parents were envisaged as representing God to their children; the family unit being a miniature of the nation. The seriousness of this commandment is reflected in the fact that the death penalty was required for children who wilfully disrespected their parents (Ex. 21:15, 17). If parents, as authority figures within the home, are respected by children, then respect for authority figures within society at large will also follow.[4]


20:12 Before the discovery of ancient treaty patterns and their relation to the Ten Commandments, many people assumed that the two tablets of the Law (Ex. 34:1) were divided on the basis of laws relating to God and those relating to other people. In this approach, the fifth command, in this verse, would begin the second tablet. Following our understanding of ancient treaties, however, it is probable that each of the tablets contained all ten commandments. In the ancient world, one copy of a treaty would be placed in the principal temple of each contracting party. Here both copies were kept together before God and the people in the Most Holy Place. Honor your father and your mother: The term honor means “to treat with significance.” It is the opposite of in vain (v. 7). Care of one’s elderly parents was a basic element of social responsibility and godly piety in Israel. Here it is tied directly to how a person would fare in the land. People who were faithless to God in disregarding their parents would not last long in the new Promised Land.[5]


The fifth commandment (20:12)

20:12. Commandments 5–10, the second portion of the Law (vv. 12–17), deal with one’s relationships to others. All the commandments include a negative except the fourth (the last in the first group) and the fifth (the first in the second group). The fifth commandment enjoins respect (honor) of parents. It implies obedience and submission to them (cf. Eph. 6:1–2). The promise of longevity that accompanies the command (live long) refers to duration as a nation in covenant relationship with God (in the land the Lord your God is giving you) rather than a lengthened lifespan for each obedient individual. Cursing one’s parents, tantamount to repudiating their authority, was a capital offense (Ex. 21:17; Lev. 20:9; Prov. 20:20).[6]


20:12 — “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”

With every divine commandment comes not merely a curse for disobedience, but a blessing for obedience. God does not give us commandments because He wants to control us; His commandments prepare us for His blessings.[7]


[1] Kaiser, W. C., Jr. (2008). Exodus. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, p. 482). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Bruckner, J. K. (2012). Exodus. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 186–187). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 109). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Alexander, T. D. (1994). Exodus. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., pp. 107–108). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 123). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Hannah, J. D. (1985). Exodus. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 140). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ex 20:12). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

July 30 Jesus Rebukes the Faithless Disciples

Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?—Matt. 8:26a

Sometimes events seem so obvious to us, we wonder why others don’t see the problems or difficulties just as clearly. During the storm the disciples wondered two things: why Jesus could ask them what was so frightening, and how He could not be afraid Himself. In the midst of chaos, any other response seemed absurd. They even accused Him of insensitivity: “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38).

But Christ had to rebuke His men because their fear sprang from faithlessness. He basically asked them, “Haven’t you been with Me long enough to see what I can do and to know you are perfectly safe? Even if you should drown, that would mean instant heaven. There’s nothing to worry about.” They should have remembered Psalm 89:8–9, “O Lord God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the swelling of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them” (cf. 46:1–3; 107:23–30).

For the disciples, Jesus would literally fulfill the psalm. And for believers today, who are aware of His power and love, there is still no need to be afraid of anything. God will see us through the most tumultuous of life’s storms because He can and will take care of His children.

ASK YOURSELF

When was the last time you despaired of life and safety, feeling as though there was no escape from your current situation without divine intervention? In fact, how many of these has God allowed you to live through—and to see His capable deliverance?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 220). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Dinesh D’Souza Slams Democrats in New Movie for Being Too Racist for the Nazis — AND HE’S RIGHT! — The Gateway Pundit

 

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Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza announced his latest project recently to The Hollywood Reporter.

D’Souza links President Trump to President Abraham Lincoln – the Great Emmancipator – in his latest project: Death of a Nation.

The movie is set for an August 3rd release.

The Hollywood Reporter announced today that a “controversial” segment in the movie discusses how Democrat policy in America was too racist even for Nazi socialists.

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Via The Hollywood Reporter:

The scene in ‘Death of a Nation’ is likely to draw attacks on D’Souza, though he is used to his detractors belittling his work.
Dinesh D’Souza’s newest film will not only make the controversial claim that Donald Trump has a lot in common with Honest Abe Lincoln, but will also suggest that Democrats were once too racist even for Nazis.

According to a clip provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, Death of a Nation, from the conservative provocateur contains a scene where several Nazis are discussing how they should identify Jews in the 1930s.

“How does the American identify the Negro?” asks one Nazi.

“One drop rule. Any discernible black ancestry makes one count as black,” says another.

“Even if someone acts white, they could still be counted as black?” a third Nazi asks.

That’s when D’Souza, who narrates the documentary, intones: “As for the Democratic one-drop rule, incredibly the Nazis found it too racist even for them.”

But Dinesh D’Souza is right.

The Nazis did find Democratic policy too racist.

The LA Times reported:

In the late 1920s, Adolf Hitler declared in “Mein Kampf” that America was the “one state” making progress toward the creation of a healthy race-based order. He had in mind U.S. immigration law, which featured a quota system designed, as Nazi lawyers observed, to preserve the dominance of “Nordic” blood in the United States.

The American commitment to putting race at the center of immigration policy reached back to the Naturalization Act of 1790, which opened citizenship to “any alien, being a free white person.” But immigration was only part of what made the U.S. a world leader in racist law in the age of Hitler.

Here’s more history on the racist Democrats.

Republicans led the charge on civil rights and women’s rights.

This list was originally compiled by Michael Zak at Grand Old Partisan and then posted at Free Republic:

September 22, 1862: Republican President Abraham Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863: Emancipation Proclamation, implementing the Republicans’ Confiscation Act of 1862, takes effect

The Democratic Party continued to Support Slavery.

February 9, 1864: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton deliver over 100,000 signatures to U.S. Senate supporting Republicans’ plans for constitutional amendment to ban slavery

June 15, 1864: Republican Congress votes equal pay for African-American troops serving in U.S. Army during Civil War

June 28, 1864: Republican majority in Congress repeals Fugitive Slave Acts

October 29, 1864: African-American abolitionist Sojourner Truth says of President Lincoln: “I never was treated by anyone with more kindness and cordiality than were shown to me by that great and good man”

January 31, 1865: 13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat opposition

Republican Party Support: 100% Democratic Party Support: 23%

March 3, 1865: Republican Congress establishes Freedmen’s Bureau to provide health care, education, and technical assistance to emancipated slaves

April 8, 1865: 13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate

Republican support 100% Democrat support 37%

June 19, 1865: On “Juneteenth,” U.S. troops land in Galveston, TX to enforce ban on slavery that had been declared more than two years before by the Emancipation Proclamation

November 22, 1865: Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discrimination

1866: The Republican Party passes the Civil Rights Act of 1866 to protect the rights of newly freed slaves

December 6, 1865: Republican Party’s 13th Amendment, banning slavery, is ratified

*1865: The KKK launches as the “Terrorist Arm” of the Democratic Party

February 5, 1866: U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement “40 acres and a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves

April 9, 1866: Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnson’s veto; Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes law

April 19, 1866: Thousands assemble in Washington, DC to celebrate Republican Party’s abolition of slavery

May 10, 1866: U.S. House passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote no

June 8, 1866: U.S. Senate passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no

July 16, 1866: Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of Freedman’s Bureau Act, which protected former slaves from “black codes” denying their rights

July 28, 1866: Republican Congress authorizes formation of the Buffalo Soldiers, two regiments of African-American cavalrymen

July 30, 1866: Democrat-controlled City of New Orleans orders police to storm racially-integrated Republican meeting; raid kills 40 and wounds more than 150

January 8, 1867: Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.

July 19, 1867: Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-Americans

March 30, 1868: Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”

May 20, 1868: Republican National Convention marks debut of African-American politicians on national stage; two – Pinckney Pinchback and James Harris – attend as delegates, and several serve as presidential electors

1868 (July 9): 14th Amendment passes and recognizes newly freed slaves as U.S. Citizens

Republican Party Support: 94% Democratic Party Support: 0%

September 3, 1868: 25 African-Americans in Georgia legislature, all Republicans, expelled by Democrat majority; later reinstated by Republican Congress

September 12, 1868: Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and all other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority; would later be reinstated by Republican Congress

September 28, 1868: Democrats in Opelousas, Louisiana murder nearly 300 African-Americans who tried to prevent an assault against a Republican newspaper editor

October 7, 1868: Republicans denounce Democratic Party’s national campaign theme: “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”

October 22, 1868: While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux Klan

November 3, 1868: Republican Ulysses Grant defeats Democrat Horatio Seymour in presidential election; Seymour had denounced Emancipation Proclamation

December 10, 1869: Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public office

February 3, 1870: The US House ratifies the 15th Amendment granting voting rights to all Americans regardless of race

Republican support: 97% Democrat support: 3%

February 25, 1870: Hiram Rhodes Revels becomes the first Black seated in the US Senate, becoming the First Black in Congress and the first Black Senator.

May 19, 1870: African American John Langston, law professor and future Republican Congressman from Virginia, delivers influential speech supporting President Ulysses Grant’s civil rights policies

May 31, 1870: President U.S. Grant signs Republicans’ Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rights

June 22, 1870: Republican Congress creates U.S. Department of Justice, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the South

September 6, 1870: Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after women’s suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John Campbell

December 12, 1870: Republican Joseph Hayne Rainey becomes the first Black duly elected by the people and the first Black in the US House of Representatives

In 1870 and 1871, along with Revels (R-Miss) and Rainey (R-SC), other Blacks were elected to Congress from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia – all Republicans.

A Black Democrat Senator didn’t show up on Capitol Hill until 1993. The first Black Congressman was not elected until 1935.

February 28, 1871: Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American voters

March 22, 1871: Spartansburg Republican newspaper denounces Ku Klux Klan campaign to eradicate the Republican Party in South Carolina

April 20, 1871: Republican Congress enacts the (anti) Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans

Read the rest here.

Meanwhile, Democrats did this…
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On September 28, 1868, a mob of Democrats massacred nearly 300 African-American Republicans in Opelousas, Louisiana. The savagery began when racist Democrats attacked a newspaper editor, a white Republican and schoolteacher for ex-slaves. Several African-Americans rushed to the assistance of their friend, and in response, Democrats went on a “Negro hunt,” killing every African-American (all of whom were Republicans) in the area they could find. (Via Grand Old Partisan)

via Dinesh D’Souza Slams Democrats in New Movie for Being Too Racist for the Nazis — AND HE’S RIGHT! — The Gateway Pundit

Former CIA Officer: Clinton “Involved In Biggest Treason In History”

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Shipp explains, “Hillary Clinton used this to launder money in foreign banks so it wasn’t subject to U.S. laws, congressional subpoenas or FOIA demands for the evidence.  This was done to launder this money globally into the Clinton Foundation so the U.S. government could not examine it at all.”

The FBI, Hillary’s computers, and the Russians

Part One, “The Premise”: The Russians interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

Doesn’t anyone find it strange that the FBI indicted 12 Russians for hacking computers that the DNC and Hillary refused to let agents see?  James Comey, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “The bureau requested, but was denied direct access to the Democratic National Committee’s email servers and other hacked devices as part of its probe of Russian hacking.”

Part Two, “The MysteryIf the FBI couldn’t get access to the computers, then how did agents decide that the Russians were responsible for the hacking?

Hillary Clinton, either directly or indirectly, ordered her computers to be wiped clean and all her phones to be broken up.  Clinton’s I.T. team used the open source cleaning software BleachBit to wipe the computer systems “so even God couldn’t read them,” according to South Carolina representative Trey Gowdy.

Part Three, “The Charge”: Somebody is lying to the American people.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that CNN confirmed that the Hillary campaign staff destroyed campaign cell phones with hammers.  The Washington Examiner said a contractor for Clinton deleted subpoenaed emails and refused to answer the critical question from the FBI on what he did and why.

Part Four, “The Ultimate Question”

Now the mystery takes us to the ultimate question: if the FBI never had access to the DNC or Hillary campaign computers or cell phones, how could the FBI identify the 12 Russians indicted just before the summit?

One would think that to indict people for hacking a computer, the FBI would have to prove it by working with the computers to find evidence of hacking and who did it.  If there is no proof, then just saying so doesn’t make it true.  The American people would like to see the facts.

Part Five, “The Twist”: The cops support the bad guys.

The Daily Caller reported that the FBI agreed to destroy Cheryl Mills’s laptop as part of an immunity deal.  However, the FBI agents charged with the destruction refused.  There is no indication that the FBI or the Mueller investigation has done anything with the computer.  What a fantastic twist that the supposed good guys can’t or won’t see what is going on in front of them.  There are 33,000 emails destroyed while under subpoena, yet nothing happens.

The vast computer system of the DNC is erased, and the FBI is told it can’t come in and see the data when it inquires about finding out what happened.  What did the good guys say?  Did they protest and demand to look at the computers?  No.  They just went on their way and ignored what had happened.

Here is the most significant twist of all.  We will never know anything about the data that were hacked, because everything was destroyed.  Nobody from the DNC, the Hillary campaign, or the Obama White House has said the information was false.

Part Six, “The Conclusion”

To date, there has been no evidence presented that the Russians hacked the DNC and the Clinton campaign computers and then sent the data to anyone.  There is no evidence that the Russians or any other government changed any vote during the voting process.

Many questions have yet to be asked about what role the Justice Department and the FBI played in this cover-up of wrongdoing.

The outcome of the midterm elections may change the direction of this investigation.  If the Republicans not only keep the House, but also expand their control in the Senate, I see a change coming in the Justice Department.  Look for Attorney General Sessions to resign and a new person taking over Justice and turning the investigation on its head.

Source: The FBI, Hillary’s computers, and the Russians

How God Speaks To Us Today — Tim Challies

In recent days there has been much discussion and debate about how God speaks to his people. The conversation continues, and as it does so, I find myself looking back to the basics, returning to some key principles related to the voice of God. Let me share those with you through four statements.

Statement one: God can speak to people in many different ways and guide them with their cooperation. The Bible is full of stories of God speaking to his people–God speaking to Adam and Eve in the Garden as he walked and talked with them, God speaking to Moses from the burning bush, God speaking to Nebuchadnezzar in a dream. In each case God told people his will and when God told them what he wanted of them, they were able to consciously participate in it, or they were able to reject it. Adam and Eve defied God even though they knew what he demanded of them. Jonah heard from the Lord and ran away. Abraham heard from the Lord and obeyed. All through the Bible we see God speaking and giving guidance and instruction. In all these ways and so many more, God spoke to people and guided them with their cooperation.

Statement two: today God speaks to us by his Son. In the opening verses of Hebrews we read, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets.” That is what we have just said in our last statement. But now the author of Hebrews continues, “In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” In these last days (i.e. today), he has spoken to us by his Son. He has spoken and is speaking through Jesus. This is not past tense but present. And how has God spoken to us through Jesus? He has revealed himself, his own character and glory, in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus God has spoken to us as never before. The man who wrote Hebrews is very careful to distinguish between these two types of revelation—the past and the present. If you have studied the letter to the Hebrews, you know that it is a long discourse that continually shows how Jesus Christ is superior to anything in the Old Testament. That means, of course, that the revelation in Jesus Christ is better than anything that came before. God used to speak in these ways, but today, even better, he now speaks through his Son. So how does God speak by Jesus?

Statement 3: God speaks to us by his Son, through his Spirit in the Bible. By the time the letter to the Hebrews was written, Jesus had long since ascended to his Father. But the author of this letter to the Hebrews writes in 3:7, “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says.” Note the word “says,” not “said.” He goes back and quotes Psalm 95 and says that through these words, the Holy Spirit is speaking. The words that were already thousands of years old when this letter was written continue to speak. He comes back to this a few times in the verses that follow keeps saying that the Holy Spirit speaks through Scripture today. And then he wraps up the section in chapter 4 with the conclusion that the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It is alive. It is active. The conclusion is that the Bible speaks to us today. The Holy Spirit speaks to us today in the Bible. The Son speaks to us today through the Holy Spirit in the Bible. The Bible is not just about what God has said, but what God is saying.

So, we know that God can guide us in many ways but today the Son speaks to us through his Spirit in the Bible. So here’s the fourth statement: Apart from this, speaking by his Son, through his Spirit in the Bible, God does not promise that he will speak in any other way. In other words, we can all expect and believe that God will speak to us through the Bible. But he does not promise to speak in the ways he has spoken before, or in new ways. Of all the ways we may hope or long for him to speak, he promises only that he will guide us by his Son, through the Spirit in the Bible.

So Christian, if you want to know God’s will for you, you need to look to the Bible. God has given us his perfect will in his perfect Word. Do you want to know how to serve God? Do you want to know how to please him? Do you want to know what he wants from you? Do you want to make good and wise and God-honoring decisions? Do you want to be encouraged by God? Then look to your Bible. God can speak and has spoken however he wishes. But today the one way he absolutely promises you can always hear his voice is in his Word.

(I wrote the bulk of this material a long time ago and believe it is drawn substantially from the book Prayer and the Voice of God.)

via How God Speaks To Us Today — Tim Challies

15 Sobering Reminders About Hell (And What It Means for Us) — Credo Magazine

If we are to teach and preach like Jesus, we must address the subject of hell. Here are fifteen biblical truths about hell as we consider eternity and our ministry in these days. After reading these, I will offer some practical pastoral faith lessons and application.

1. Hell is a real place on God’s map (Matt. 8:12; Luke 16:28). Hell isn’t just a nightmare in someone’s mind. Those who go to hell go to a very real geographical place.

2. Hell is absolutely necessary. There has to be hell. The very attributes of God necessitate that it be so. God’s holiness (Hab. 2:4 – no sin can be in the presence of God), God’s righteousness (Heb. 2:2 – every sin shall receive a just punishment.), God’s love (Eph. 1 – God loves his own people so much that he wants to protect them from all kind of vile people in this world), and God’s wrath (Psalms 5, 7, 11, etc. – God is angry with the wicked every day) show us more than “Smile, God loves you” is worth considering.

 3. Hell is heavily populated. More people will go to hell than heaven. Broad is the way to destruction (Matt. 7.13). Hell will be filled with the worst people and the best people (1 Cor. 6:9ff). Even those people who think they are serving God in the church—but who are never truly saved—will be in the bowels of hell (Matt. 7:21-23). There are many roads to hell, but only one narrow road to heaven (Pro. 14:12).

4. Hell is eternal separation. Hell isn’t a separation from God. Perhaps shockingly, God will be in hell and the One inflicting the wrath. God will be in hell because he is omnipresent (Psalm 139, etc.). There’s no square inch where God is not and hell is created by his hand. Also, those in hell won’t be inflicting punishment, nor will the devil. The One who can administer the wrath of God will be doing it directly in hell (Rev. 14:12).

5. Hell is a fiery furnace. This speaks of severe, intense heat of those being baked alive (Matt. 13:42). Frankly, it is graphic: Those in hell are roasted alive but never able to die. The resurrected body will be perfectly suited for their new environment in hell. Likewise, those in heaven, who have repented and believed the biblical Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-18), will never grow tired, serve Christ, and worship him forever. Damned souls will be encased in fire and there will never be any relief outside of the fire (Dan 12:2; Mk. 9:44-49, etc.).

6. Hell is a lake of fire. Everything about hell is fire (Rev. 19:20). There’s no unconscious state or “soul sleep” in hell. All there are fully awake, alert, and in conscious existence. People are, literally, immersed in fire and engulfed in fire and unable to swim out of the lake of fire. In other words, they’re drowning in fire. This isn’t symbolic—it is literal. The picture never fully represents the reality of what it portrays (Matt. 25:41).

 7. Hell is unquenchable fire. This fire is never to be put out or turned down (Matt. 3:12). This eternal God will maintain the eternal fire by his eternal wrath forever and ever (Mk. 9:43).

8. Hell is eternal fire. This is similar to the previous point. However, there is no end to it in the ages to come—it will go on forever (Matt. 25:41; Jude 7). Hell will be as long as heaven exists. Some teach “annihilationism” that posits a God of love will only keep those in hell for a brief moment and will eventually “snuff” them out. The problem with that is that same Greek words used to describe the length of heaven is used to describe hell.

9. Hell is day and night. Revelation 14:11 states that there is “no rest day and night.” Revelation 20:10 says those in hell will be “tormented day and night.” There’s no vacation day or an easy button.

10. Hell is unmitigated. That is, it is never moderated, for it is always severe and intense. Matthew 13:42 and 50 tell us that hell is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” All the weeping in the history of the world (wars, families, deaths, etc.) doesn’t begin to compare to those who are in hell. People in hell aren’t repenting for their sin. Rather, they’re angrier at God than when they were alive on earth. They are to the breaking point…but never breaking (Lk. 16:28; Rev. 14:10-11). Everyone is screaming and crying out. This is God’s Word. All the weeping in the history of the world (wars, families, deaths, etc.) doesn’t begin to compare to those who are in hell. Click To Tweet

11. Hell is outer darkness. The panic of being blind and not being able to see is one thing. Those in hell will live in existence of outer darkness. They will never again be able to see anything with their eyes (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30). R.C. Sproul noted: “You can’t think about hell for long without almost going insane.”

12. Hell is conscious awareness. One’s mind will never be more active, alert, and sharp than when he/she is in hell. Forever in their minds, those in hell will be replaying the torment of their memory of rejecting the Gospel (Lk. 16:25). God will able give them the ability, it seems, to retrace their steps of how he brought people to share the gospel. Such opportunities will haunt them for ages to come (Rev. 20:19-20).

13. Hell is an inescapable pit (Rev. 9:2). Hell is so deep one can’t crawl out or find the bottom flames of it. There are many roads that lead to hell but none that lead out. Doors are locked in hell and the key is thrown away. There’s no parole, no time off, and no weekend leave. Again, one is there forever.

14. Hell is easily accessed. You have to strive to go through the narrow gate to heaven (Lk. 13:24). Yet, it is easy to go to hell.  What do you do? Nothing. Just remain where you are. If you are an unbeliever, you are already headed that way when you refuse to believe Jesus alone is Lord, Savior, Judge, and Redeemer.

15. Hell must be avoided (Matt. 5:22, 28-29). Such truths about hell call for dealing with sin in a dramatic way. It is better to lose a part of your body now than your whole body in hell. Once you’re in, you can’t come out.

As we consider this biblical doctrine, what are some faith lessons for our life and ministry?

1. If you did not wake up in hell this morning, or in a thousand miseries that befell the world last night, there is great reason for thanks. Reflecting on the loss Christians often sustain in this world, Richard Sibbes said, “It is better to limp to heaven than dance to hell.”

2. If there’s no sin, wrath, and hell in what you teach, there’s no gospel in what you preach. If you always talk about grace but never talk about law, sin, or hell, you’re actually never really talking about grace. When the church caters to a godless culture to keep it within the fold, the gospel is lost, God isn’t honored, and the culture goes to hell.

3. God’s glory would not be diminished and creation would suffer no loss if he let us run our course into hell without the slightest intervention. If we don’t know we deserve hell, we don’t know Christ. If you want to know how much God hates sin, look only at the cross of Christ and the reality of hell.

4. I want to be more concerned about my neighbor’s eternal condemnation in hell than I am about my own embarrassment in telling him about it. Charles Spurgeon has famously said: “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies.”

5. The ethnic diversity of hell is a crucial doctrine. No ethnic group can boast of exclusion. All deserve condemnation.

6. Every sin, every crime will be punished—either in hell or on the cross. No one anywhere at any time gets away with anything. Trust in the Lord’s justice as you walk on this unjust earth.

From the heights of heaven to the depths of hell, Jesus of Nazareth is Lord! Adore Him. Worship Him. Follow Him. Imitate Him. Trust Him. Love Him. Obey Him. Serve Him. Proclaim Him. Glorify Him. All until kingdom come.

 

via 15 Sobering Reminders About Hell (And What It Means for Us) — Credo Magazine

JULY 30 OUR VIEW OF GOD’S PRESENCE IS NOT PANTHEISM

lf I were hungry I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.

PSALM 50:12

The fact that God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works is boldly taught by prophet and apostle and is accepted by Christian theology generally.

That is, it appears in the books, but for some reason it has not sunk into the average Christian’s heart so as to become a part of his believing self. Christian teachers shy away from its full implications, probably for fear of being charged with pantheism, but the doctrine of the divine Presence is definitely not pantheism.

Pantheism’s error is too palpable to deceive anyone. It is that God is the sum of all created things. Nature and God are one to the pantheist, so that whoever touches a leaf or a stone touches God. That is of course to degrade the glory of the incorruptible Deity and, in an effort to make all things divine, banish all divinity from the world entirely.

The truth is that while God dwells in His world He is separated from it by a gulf forever impassable. However closely He may be identified with the work of His hands they are and must eternally be other than He, and He is and must be antecedent to and independent of them.

He is transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them. He is here and the whole universe is alive with His life![1]


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