Monthly Archives: July 2018

July 31, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump stepped up his onslaught on federal Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia and the 2016 U.S. election on Tuesday, saying that his campaign did not collude with Moscow but that collusion is not a crime anyway.

A Republican senator who was publicly undecided over whether to back U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh threw his support behind the judge on Monday, improving chances Kavanaugh would win Senate confirmation despite a pitched battle by leading Democrats to block him.

Several U.S. states said on Monday that they would jointly sue the Trump administration in a last-ditch effort to block the public from being able to download blueprints for 3-D printable guns.

President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet Iran’s leader without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying, “If they want to meet, we’ll meet.”

Poland said on Tuesday that the risk of Britain dropping out of the European Union with no agreement on post-Brexit ties “cannot be ruled out” and it would spike if London and the bloc fail to agree details in October.

Vladimir Putin has created a new directorate inside the Russian army to promote patriotism, evoking memories of a Soviet practice that once saw soldiers taught the precepts of Marxism and Leninism by political commissars.

North and South Korea discussed reducing tension but didn’t announce any detailed agreements after military talks on Tuesday, while the United States detected renewed activity at a North Korean missile factory, casting more suspicion over the North’s intentions.

Gunmen stormed a government building in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, taking dozens of hostages after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate, officials and witnesses said.

Two special envoys sent by Pope Francis to investigate a child sex abuse scandal in Chile were meeting priests and Church workers at a university in the Chilean capital last month when aides rushed into the room with an alarming development: police and prosecutors were about to start raiding Church offices.

U.S. consumer spending increased solidly in June as households spent more at restaurants and on accommodation, building a strong base for the economy heading into the third quarter, while inflation rose moderately.

AP Top Stories

A former personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is being investigated for sexual misconduct, including allegations that he hired women he met at bars and on dating websites in the hopes that they would become sexual partners for male employees.

Relatives of two drowning victims are seeking $100 million in damages after 17 people died on an amphibious “Ride the Ducks” vehicle in Missouri 10 days ago.

Russia cannot compel Iranian forces to quit Syria, Moscow’s ambassador to Tel Aviv said on Monday, rebuffing Israel’s long-standing demand that it should work to ensure their total withdrawal from the country.

‘Medicare for All’ plan pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a new study.

Home prices moved sideways in the spring but are still on the rise and pulling down existing and pending home sales.

Oil futures ended higher Monday, with the U.S. benchmark pushing back above $70 a barrel for the first time in nearly three weeks on global supply concerns and strong underlying demand.

The biggest online retailers in China are buying, building and refurbishing big portfolios of convenience stores, supermarkets and department stores, embracing a much more expansive bricks-and-mortar strategy than their U.S. counterparts.

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Pakistan’s helicopter pilots have rescued a Russian climber stranded on a mountain, at a height of nearly 20,670ft, ending his six-day ordeal in subzero temperatures, the army said.

Blueprints for 3D-printed guns, published online four days early amid last-minute attempts to ban them, have been downloaded thousands of times. The designs were not due to be made public until Wednesday, following a ruling from the US Justice Department. But blueprints for nine types of gun were uploaded to the Defense Distributed website on Friday.

Alaska Airlines has apologized to a gay couple after one of them was asked to give up his seat to allow a straight couple to sit together.

For more than 100 days Nicaragua has been gripped by a political crisis that has left more than 350 dead. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets to call for the removal of President Ortega.

Thousands of anti-government protesters in Nicaragua have taken part in a march to show support for the Roman Catholic Church.

Australian Wendy Tuck has become the first female skipper to win the Clipper round-the-world yacht race.

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In what is described by prosecutors as “honor killings,” a Muslim immigrant from Jordan has been convicted by a jury in Texas of killing his daughter’s American Christian husband and an Iranian women’s rights activist.

Iran’s currency traded at a fresh record-low of 119,000 to the dollar on Tuesday, a loss of nearly two-thirds of its value since the start of the year as US sanctions loom. It hit 100,000 to the dollar for the first time on Sunday and continued its decline, losing 18 percent of its value in less than two days.


News – 7/31/2018

Chief rabbi of J’lem against ‘LGBT’ flags

Chief rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Aryeh Stern, sent a letter to mayor Nir Barkat, requesting that “LGBT” flags that were hung ahead of the gay pride parade be taken down near synagogues around the city. “Unfortunately, this year too it is planned to hold the march on which the spirit of the sages does not look kindly. We are already aware that it is impossible to prevent the march from being held, but we have one request not to hoist the flags on King George Street in the section of the Great Synagogue and the Yeshurun ​​Synagogue, which are considered symbols of the sanctity of Jerusalem.”

‘There’s going to be a raid’: A Chilean prosecutor forces Catholic Church to give up secrets

The surprise sweeps, ordered by Emiliano Arias, a provincial prosecutor, marked the start of what experts who track sex crimes in the Roman Catholic Church say is one of the most aggressive investigations ever undertaken by a judicial authority anywhere in the world. Since that cold June afternoon there have been five more raids on Church offices to seize documents, phones, tablets and computers, leaving the Vatican scrambling to respond to a rapidly unfolding scandal that is the worst image crisis of Francis’ papacy, now in its sixth year. “We are not talking about a fraud, or a theft, we are talking about crimes against children,” Arias said in an interview in his office in Rancagua, explaining his decision not to submit the request to the Vatican and instead get a judge to approve the raids.

Portland Police Refused To Help ICE Agents Who Called 911, Agents Say

Portland, Oregon, police refused to respond to at least two 911 emergency calls from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees inside their offices where violent protesters held week-long demonstrations. The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, a union representing ICE employees, wrote a cease-and-desist letter to Mayor Ted Wheeler, asking him to ensure the police enforce the law equally and protect innocent people. “Your current policy forbidding Portland law enforcement agencies from assisting employees of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency who request law enforcement assistance while at or away from work is a violation of the United States Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause,” the letter says.

Trump says he is willing to talk to Iran’s leader without preconditions

US President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet Iran’s leader without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying, “If they want to meet, we’ll meet.” “I’d meet with anybody. I believe in meetings,” especially in cases where war is at stake, Trump said at a White House news conference when asked whether he was willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

North Korea working on new missiles, US officials say, despite thaw

North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with the Trump administration and pledges to denuclearise, reports say. Unnamed US officials told the Washington Post that spy satellites had spotted continuing activity at a site that has produced ballistic missiles. Reuters quotes an official as saying it is unclear how far the work has gone.

Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history

A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state. Ed Bledsoe told CBS News he did not receive any warning to evacuate his home…before the flames came through…and killed his wife, Melody, and his great-grandchildren…

Autonomous indoor drone surveillance system developed

Two European drone companies are partnering to create the first autonomous indoor surveillance drone system. Skysense has partnered with Avansig, to autonomously power the drone for Prosegur, a multinational security company. Skysense says Prosegur’s surveillance drone can execute its own patrol route in a building and land itself on Skysense’s charging pad to recharge.

U.S.’ Pompeo warns against IMF bailout for Pakistan that aids China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Monday that any potential International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan’s new government should not provide funds to pay off Chinese lenders. In an interview with CNBC television, Pompeo said the United States looked forward to engagement with the government of Pakistan’s expected new prime minister, Imran Khan, but said there was “no rationale” for a bailout that pays off Chinese loans to Pakistan.

Mulvaney Shocked to Learn Past Administrations Used Foreign Aid to ‘Discourage Christian Values’

…“It was stunning to me that my government under a previous administration would go to folks in sub-Saharan Africa and say, ‘We know that you have a law against abortion, but if you enforce that law, you’re not going to get any of our money. We know you have a law against gay marriage, but if you enforce that law, we’re not going to give you any money.’”

New video game: Shoot the unborn baby

Aggression against families and infants is soaring in groups battling for abortion “rights,” but Argentine pro-aborts recently surpassed them all. Producing a crudely made video game, “Doom Fetito,” players must furiously battle police, priests and pro-life groups. For this noble skirmish to end victoriously, a little floating fetus known as “The Boss” must be gunned down.

WATCH – Copenhagen Imam: ‘Jihad Necessitates Conquest of Europe’

Imam Mundhir Abdallah, of the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque in Copenhagen, told his followers “the final solution to the problem of the Levant – after the establishment of the Caliphate and the elimination of the Jewish entity – will be through the conquest of Europe.”

Mort Klein: I Read Geraldo’s Anti-Israel Book So You Don’t Have To

Geraldo’s recent second memoir, The Geraldo Show: A Memoir, is another horror show. He calls Israel the “Unholy Land”; describes himself as a “Palestinianist”; falsely twists the PLO/Hamas/Islamic Jihad hostage-taking and seizure of the Church of the Nativity into an “Israeli siege”; and calls his own cowardly, false attacks on Jews and Israel “courageous.”

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

The death toll from wildfires that swept through a seaside area of Greece last week rose to 91 on Sunday and officials said 25 people remained missing.

Scientists Discover Great Pyramid Of Giza Can Refocus Electromagnetic Energy Through Its Hidden Secret Chambers

Scientists have made an absolutely incredible discovery at the Great Pyramid Of Giza in Egypt. As it turns out, the inner chambers of the Great Pyramid are able to concentrate and refocus electromagnetic energy and scientists believe it will have a huge impact on nanoparticle designs for sensors and solar cells.

Germany Uses Weighted Trucks To Prevent Islamic Terrorists From Attacking Gays At Pride Parade

…This year, as a result of Germany’s increased Islamic immigration, German officials resorted to utilizing trucks weighted down with water as physical street barriers to prevent Islamic terrorists from committing vehicular jihad against the gay people attending the gay pride festival.

Is this the next superbug? Understanding drug-resistant candida and why antibiotics don’t work

Move over, superbug: The next drug-resistant pathogen could be a fungus that already calls our body home.

UK Government Caught Rejecting Christian Refugees, Accepting Muslims Only

4,832 Syrians invited to settle in the UK last year, only 11 were Christian.

Billy Graham preaches anew in exclusive video from ‘Unbroken’ sequel

The Rev. Billy Graham is back at the pulpit in “Unbroken: Path to Redemption.” Graham, who died in February at age 99, played a key role in Louis Zamperini’s life that wasn’t told in director Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film “Unbroken.” The film focused on how the one-time Olympic athlete survived at sea for 47 days after his plane was shot down in World War II and endured two harrowing years in a Japanese POW camp.

Facial Recognition Software Firms Move To Prevent Law Enforcement From Using Their Technology
Facial recognition technology is a powerful tool, and it could absolutely prevent and solve a large amount of crimes. But the potential for abuse in the hands of law enforcement is off the charts, so much so that many firms that create facial recognition products and technology are now attempting to prevent the police, CIA, FBI and others from ever using it.

Backlash against BBC ‘No More Boys and Girls’ social engineering
The BBC agenda of gender politics and social engineering is sparking a big backlash.They have pushed a show called ‘No More Boys and Girls’ with the Beeb asking: “Are you sure you don’t gender-stereotype children?”


Headlines – 7/31/2018

US ambassador makes rare visit to settlement, after terror attack

Incendiary balloon lands near Be’er Sheva hospital

Catholic Church in Jerusalem slams nation-state law, urges Christians to protest

Eight former police chiefs urge government to change nation-state law

Rivlin on the Nationality Law: ‘we understands the feelings of the Arab citizens’

Zuckerberg’s stance on Holocaust denial is ‘dangerous,’ Trump appointee says

‘Israel’s security is very important to Russia’

Israel trying to prevent a massacre of Syrians on Golan Heights border

Report: Israel Warns Assad Not to Massacre Civilians in Southern Syria

Amid Assad offensive, Israel said to close border for Syrians seeking treatment

Syria boots IS from Golan Heights, retaking full control of frontier with Israel

36 women, children kidnapped by ISIS during attacks on Syria’s Sweida

Russian military shoots down drone controlled by Syrian rebels

Russian ambassador to Israel: We can’t force Iran to leave Syria

Trump warns Iran can’t be allowed to have nukes

Trump says he is willing to meet Iran’s Rouhani with no preconditions

Pompeo lists conditions for talks with Iran, just hours after Trump said he had no ‘preconditions’

Iran Outlines Preconditions for Potential Meeting With Trump

As rial crumbles, Iran rebuffs ‘speculation’ it may hold talks with US

Trump Pulling US Out of Iran Deal Will Hurt Christian Ministries Sharing the Gospel, Group Says

Turkey says cannot accept threatening language from the US

Roadside bomb hits Afghan bus, killing 11, wounding 40

Impatient Trump drives U.S. push for peace talks in Afghanistan

North Korea’s missile program reportedly continues after Trump and Kim Jong Un’s pledge to promote ‘peace and prosperity’

US detects new activity at N.Korea factory that built ICBMs

Report: North Korea building new missiles that can reach U.S.

U.S.’ Pompeo warns against IMF bailout for Pakistan that aids China

Trump-Supporting Soybean Farmers Say They’ll Gladly Suffer ‘To The Death’ For His Trade War

A new study estimates Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ plan would cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years

Like it or not, America is now seriously debating socialism

Venezuela’s inflation will hit 1 million percent. Thanks, socialism.

Brexit Plans Raise Fears of Food Shortages and Jammed Ports

U.S. government on course to borrow the most money since the financial crisis

US Debt Sales To Surge: Treasury Raises 2018 Borrowing Need To $1.33 Trillion

The market is dealing with something it’s never seen before (bond-buying activity, called quantitative easing) and that has Jamie Dimon worried

Correction Worse Than February Is Looming, Morgan Stanley Says

This ‘prophet of doom’ predicts stock market will plunge more than 50%

Twitter hires academics to monitor its ‘health’ and combat hate speech

Trump’s ‘fake news’ rhetoric crops up around the globe

Rudy Giuliani: ‘I don’t even know if that’s a crime, colluding about Russians’

333 passengers taken off plane at Orlando airport after bomb comment, fight, official says

Lawmakers want answers about TSA program that tracked Americans

TSA calls reports it’s surveilling ordinary Americans ‘ridiculous’

At South Korean beaches and swimming pools, a war against tiny spy cameras

Large Hadron Collider Accelerates Whole Atoms for the First Time

NASA’s Space-Suit Drama Could Delay Our Trip to the Moon

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Negra, Sierra volcano on Galapagos erupts to 11,000ft

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

Weird Volcanoes Are Erupting Across the Solar System

Jongdari targets eastern China with flooding rain after injuring at least 24 in Japan

Myanmar floods force more than 100,000 to flee homes

Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history

Relentless heat to feed California firestorm as Carr Fire death toll reaches 6

2 more towns ordered to evacuate as fires grow

Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to halt climate change case

Worst Red Tide In More Than a Decade Leaves Droves of Animals Dead on Southwest Florida Beaches

Emergency preparedness drill exposes gaps in response after mock virus ‘kills’ 900M

Libraries become unlikely front in opioid epidemic

Transgender Madness: Surgeon Performs Mastectomies on 14-Year-Old Girls

Sessions: US culture ‘less hospitable to people of faith’


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July 31 Tension between Faith and Doubt

Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”—Matt. 8:26b–27

If you have been a believer for very long, you realize that knowing about the Lord’s love and powerful concern and trusting in them do not always go hand in hand. Even when we trust, it is not always complete or without trepidation. When the disciples witnessed Jesus calming the storm and waves, they were no doubt relieved but also still very much unnerved. Matthew says they “were amazed,” and Mark says they were “very much afraid” (Mark 4:41). They were now perhaps more afraid of the One who had just stilled the storm than they had been of the storm itself.

Our human frailties are so much a part of us that even after God has rescued us or done something amazing on our behalf, we still have doubts and fears. Like the apostles and the greats of the Old Testament, we can be most perplexed and fearful right after experiencing God’s greatness and mercy.

Our faith needs continual strengthening, as the disciples came to realize when they implored, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5; cf. Mark 9:24). We know the Lord can and will provide according to His perfect will and timing, but we easily can fail to trust in that reality. If we rely on mere “little faith” rather than complete faith, we will be afraid, timid, and doubtful when difficulties arise.

ASK YOURSELF

What is a proper response to God’s care, even when it arrives in undeniable power and an uncanny arrangement of events? What should gratitude be growing in us each time we see Him working on our behalf and for His kingdom’s cause?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 221). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

New study: “Medicare For All” would cost $32.6 trillion, but it’s actually more

WINTERY KNIGHT

A Christian friend of mine who is divorced with children surprised me by telling me that she favored single payer health-care. I asked her if she realized that people would have to be taxed to pay for all this free health care, and she seemed to be aware of it. But even I didn’t realize how much it would really cost.

Investor’s Business Daily reports on a couple of recent studies – one from the left, and one from the far-left – that both agreed on the price tag for universal health care.

Excerpt:

Last year, 16 Senators, including three presidential hopefuls, co-sponsored Sanders’ “Medicare for all” bill. And earlier this month, more than 70 Democrats signed on to form a “Medicare for all” caucus. Support for the bill is now something of a litmus test for Democratic hopefuls.

Do they have any idea what they’re endorsing?

A new study…

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‘He’s on a jihad’: Fox News host Lou Dobbs fumes over Mueller’s Trump investigation (VIDEO)

Lou Dobbs lashed out at US Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, dubbing the probe into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and alleged involvement with Russia as an “ideologically-inspired jihad” against the POTUS.

Source: ‘He’s on a jihad’: Fox News host Lou Dobbs fumes over Mueller’s Trump investigation (VIDEO)

Iran Ramps Up Persecution of Christians

ICC Sees Increase in Government Activity in July

07/31/18 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) –  International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that during the month of July, Iran significantly increased judicial actions against Christians. At the beginning of the month, President Hassan Rouhani traveled to the West and emphasized that “Christians have the same rights as others do,” despite substantial evidence proving otherwise.

As July progressed, eight believers reportedly had judicial action taken against them. This number represents a noteworthy increase of publicized cases of Christian persecution in Iran.

On July 2, Massoumeh Taqinejad was arrested and detained alongside her son during a raid on her home by intelligence forces. She has been charged with proselytizing Christianity on the internet and they were arrested in Kermanshah. Their fate remains unknown.

On July 13, Ramiel Bet Tamraz was sentenced to four months in prison after being convicted of acting against national security. Ramiel is the third person in his family facing legal action because of his Christian identity. He had previously been detained in Evin Prison.

On July 18, Amir Saman Dashti’s court case was heard and he was sentenced to four months in prison. The case is under appeal. It is reported that he was previously held in Evin Prison for 76 days after his arrest in 2016. He has since been temporarily released on bail.

On July 22, Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was violently arrested when his home was raided. He has been transferred to the so-called quarantine ward of Evin Prison. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of acting against national security. He was also sentenced an additional two years of internal exile.

On July 24, Mohammadreza Omidi and Saheb Fadaie were arrested in their homes. Both have been taken to Evin Prison to begin serving their sentences. They were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Omidi received an additional two-year sentence of internal exile.

On July 25, Yasser Mossayebzadeh was arrested and transferred to Evin Prison. He originally surrendered himself to the police, hoping to avoid a similar situation to Omidi and Fadaie’s, but was told that he would be arrested in a similar manner. His sentence is 10 years in prison for a conviction of acting against national security.

According to a statement by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, “Local observers note that as the Iranian regime has grown more unpopular and citizens have become more vocal in their criticism of corruption in official circles, the government has become increasingly reliant on the support of hard-line ayatollahs, who favour increased pressure on religious minorities.”

“As Christianity is growing fast in Iran, the top religious leaders are alarmed. They then put pressure on the Revolutionary Guard’s security police as ‘what are you doing to stop Christians?’ … the strategy of the government is not a wide spread arrest and execution. Their strategy is to arrest a few but publicize their arrest to put fear in the hearts of 1-3 million Christians and make them isolated, fearful, and prisoners in their homes,” added Dr. Hormoz Shariat of Iran Alive Ministries.

“In the wake of worsening sociopolitical (and) economic situation in Iran, we see an increased level of persecution against Christians in the country,” said Lazarus Yeghnazar of 222 Ministries. “As history has shown, like any despotic regime at the last hours of their brutal control, I expect that the Clerics in Iran (which virtually are the government!) will become more bitter, mindless and unpredictable.”

“Sadly most are deeply corrupt by all counts and simply punish the ‘house church’ and its leaders because they are angry that Christianity is stealing away from their blind adherents, hence endangering their existence. We, the free Christians in the West, need to stand in the gap in united prayer,” he continued.

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “The persecution of Christians in Iran is increasingly building as the regime struggles to maintain its grip over the hearts and minds of its citizenry. It is also no coincidence that most of these eight Christians targeted in July have been sent to Evin Prison, Iran’s notorious ‘torture factory.’ The government continues to disown religious freedom and human rights, despite its own laws saying otherwise. We must keep these eight individuals, as well as Iran’s entire Christian community, in our prayers.”

Source: Iran Ramps Up Persecution of Christians

Studies in Proverbs: Anger

Pastor Dave Online

Anger “works”. Anger can get people to conform, get problems resolved, and produce desired results. But, the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:20). Dad’s yelling may get the kinds to be quiet, at least when they are little, but it won’t draw them to God or to dad. A wife’s temper may compel her husband to conform to her desires, but it won’t draw her husband to Christ or to her. Anger works in certain ways, but it fails in the important matters. The book of Proverbs tells us why the path of anger leads to failure: anger is a manifestation of foolishness.

Within the book of Proverbs anger is often blatantly paired with foolishness. Chapter fourteen gives several examples of this pairing:

A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated. (v. 17)

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AMERICA IN THE END TIMES: A Spiritual Decline Is Happening In America And The First Ones That Evil Is Attacking Is Our Children

America is in a spiritual decline. Satanic influences have seeped into the the culture of our nation. This evil has set his sight on the vulnerable and that has been the plan all along. Propaganda is in full swing to change what is moralistically right in the eyes of God. A sexual revolution to corrupt hearts and blur the lines of what is right and wrong is in full swing. This is America in the End Times and what we are witnessing to our nation is frightening.

Source: AMERICA IN THE END TIMES: A Spiritual Decline Is Happening In America And The First Ones That Evil Is Attacking Is Our Children

TRUMP ANXIETY DISORDER: A New Sickness Has Been Discovered And It Only Affects Democrats That Make Them Unrecognizable

That’s why you can’t mock the ill, when there’s a whole industry selling them terror. The Democratic Party has come totally unmoored from anything resembling guiding principles. Under FDR, the party was distinguished by its support for working-class Americans and organized labor. But they could never unite around such groups today. Instead, their only guiding light is hatred of Donald Trump

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Source: TRUMP ANXIETY DISORDER: A New Sickness Has Been Discovered And It Only Affects Democrats That Make Them Unrecognizable

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Let’s move beyond the whispering, the silence, the shame, and the stigma. Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list.

Yet, this is a conversation the Church needs to have. Suicide may be one of the most complex and demanding topics of all. Over the past few years, the discussion has felt forced, especially when the event is connected to high-profile suicides of prominent Christian leaders or their family members and close associates.

While the circumstances in these situations are varied, the question of mental health always comes up; and when we talk about mental illness and suicide, it immediately creates a unique challenge for believers. The question is “Why?” Why is it uniquely challenging for us to address issues often associated with mental illness?

God Heals

The answer is, at least partly, because we know God heals. He not only restores our spiritual wounds, but many also believe God physically heals… at times in miraculous ways.

So, as people of faith, we accept the miraculous, know of freedom in Christ, experience the forgiveness of sin, and acknowledge supernatural healing. However, we have all seen people, even believers, struggle with severe mental problems. They affect them emotionally, spiritually and relationally, and sometimes deliverance does not seem to come in supernatural ways. The person wants help. His or her family seeks answers.

Others wonder what is going on. So, it makes for awkward and limited conversations. As leaders, we often end up avoiding mental illness concerns altogether, or we fly by the seat of our spiritual pants in response when help …

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Source: The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

JULY 31 CHRIST’S WORDS ARE FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

PSALM 119:11

The gracious words of Christ are for the sons and daughters of grace, not for the Gentile nations whose chosen symbols are the lion, the eagle, the dragon and the bear!

So, the notion that the Bible is addressed to everybody has wrought confusion within and without the church. The effort to apply the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount to the unregenerate nations of the world is one example of this. Courts of law and the military powers of the earth are urged to follow the teachings of Christ, an obviously impossible thing for them to do. To quote the words of Christ as guides for policemen, judges and generals is to misunderstand those words completely and to reveal a total lack of understanding of the purposes of divine revelation.

Not only does God address His words of truth to those who are able to receive them, He actually conceals their meaning from those who are not. The parables of Christ were the exact opposite of the modern “illustration” which is meant to give light: the parables were “dark sayings” and Christ asserted He sometimes used them so that His disciples could understand and His enemies could not.

The natural man must know in order to believe; the spiritual man must believe in order to know![1]


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