Daily Archives: August 6, 2018

August 6 Prophecy Without Love

“If I have the gift of prophecy … but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Cor. 13:2).


Love motivated God to communicate with fallen humanity. That must be your motivation too.

The word prophecy as used in 1 Corinthians 13:2 is the ability to publicly proclaim God’s truth accurately and authoritatively. It’s a greater gift than tongues because tongues were given as a sign to unbelieving Israel in the first century (1 Cor. 14:21–22), whereas prophecy instructs and edifies believers throughout the centuries. Paul said, “One who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation [and] edifies the church” (1 Cor. 14:3–4).

Prophecy has two aspects: revelation and reiteration. When an Old or New Testament prophet received new information directly from God, that was revelation. Whenever that information was repeated through preaching or teaching, it was reiteration. For example, the sermons of Peter and Paul combine new revelation with a reiteration of Old Testament truth. That’s a common element in New Testament preaching.

With the close of the New Testament canon, direct revelation from God ceased. All preaching and teaching today is reiteration. New Testament prophets policed one another to ensure that every prophecy was truly from God (1 Cor. 14:32). Today Scripture itself is the standard by which we test someone’s message. As the prophet Isaiah said, “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn” (8:20).

Paul is saying in 1 Corinthians 13:2, “If I have the ability to speak direct revelation from God, or to reiterate divine truth forcefully and dramatically, but lack love, my ministry is meaningless.” In its broadest sense, that principle applies to every believer because we all are proclaimers of God’s Word. You might not teach a class or preach a sermon, but whenever you tell someone about Christ or share a Biblical principle, you’re reiterating divine truth. That’s why you must always “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15). Then the Holy Spirit can empower your words to minister to others.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to help you guard your words, so that everything you say will be clothed in His love.

For Further Study: Read Deuteronomy 13:1–5 and 18:20–22. ✧ What tests did Moses give for determining false prophets? ✧ What punishment did false prophets receive?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 231). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.


Jesus came and spake unto them…All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:18

You will have to prove it to me if you are among those who claim that Jesus Christ refuses to do for you something that He has done for any other of His disciples!

I address this to all of those who insist that the gifts of the Spirit ended when the last apostle died. They have never furnished chapter and verse for their position.

When some men beat the cover off their Bible to demonstrate how they stand for the Word of God, they should be reminded that they are only standing by their own interpretation!

I find nothing in the Bible that says the Lord has changed. He has the same love, the same grace, the same mercy, the same power, the same desires for the blessings of His children.

Why can we not claim all that God has promised for His redeemed people? What a sad condition for Christians who are in the Church of the mighty Redeemer and Deliverer, who is eternally the Victor, the Rock of Ages. Let us never forget that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! (see Hebrews 13:8).

Almighty God, I thank You and praise You that You are the same yesterday, today and forever. This means that You are exactly the same God who personally led the children of Israel in the desert wilderness. Thank You, Lord, for Your patience and guidance in my life today.[1]

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

August 6 Forgiveness: The Greatest of All Miracles

Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.—Matt. 9:2b

Jesus’ ultimate words to the paralytic, “your sins are forgiven,” represent the greatest of all divine miracles and definitely the most desirable for the one who hears them. This is the holy Son of God forgiving the sins of an unholy man. He could control nature with a word, and with these words He dismissed the man’s sins and graciously made him right with God.

The verb translated “are forgiven” means send away or do away with. David declares, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12; cf. Mic. 7:19). “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance,” Paul asserts, “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all” (1 Tim. 1:15). That means Jesus came to forgive sinners who trust in Him.

Sin is hostility and rebellion against God and His law (Lev. 26:27; 1 Tim. 1:9; 1 John 3:4). It is incurable by human power (Jer. 13:23), affects all people (Rom. 3:23), affects the total person (Eph. 2:1–3), and subjects people to hell if they do not repent (2 Thess. 1:9).

Such a bleak portrait means the best news anyone can ever receive is the word that his or her “sins are forgiven.”


As you pray through a particular issue of need in your life right now, what are you really seeking? Are you only wanting the resolution of a conflict, the alleviation of pain, the mending of a relationship? Or does God want your eyes on even greater spiritual matters?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 227). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Earth Changes Accelerate: What Is Causing These Record Heatwaves, Massive “Firenadoes”, Giant Dust Storms And Large Earthquakes?

Major changes are happening to our planet, and the experts are groping for answers.  In recent days some have suggested that what we are witnessing is the natural progression of “man-made climate change”, but that explanation has generally been received with a lot of skepticism.  Something truly dramatic appears to be happening to the globe, and it isn’t just because the amount of carbon dioxide in the air suddenly reached some sort of magical “tipping point”.  But without a doubt, temperatures are getting warmer.  In July, Death Valley experienced “the hottest month ever recorded on the planet”.  Over in Europe, Saturday was being billed as Europe’s “hottest day ever”, and temperatures in Lisbon, Portugal were expected to top 107 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.  On the other side of the planet, the crippling drought in Australia is devastating farms “like a cancer”, and things are so hot in North Korea that the government has declared “an unprecedented natural disaster”(Read More…)

New York Times Changes Name To ‘The Double Standard’ — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—Amid heavy criticism of recent hire Sarah Jeong to the editorial board of The New York Times, the newspaper announced Monday morning it would be changing its name to The Double Standard in order to better reflect the two sets of standards it uses to judge whether or not an offensive statement is racist.

The change took effect this morning, with the name serving as a helpful reminder for the wildly inconsistent benchmarks used to judge people of differing worldviews and races.

“See, we aggressively attack racism in all its forms all day long, but then we went and hired a woman who tweeted extremely racist things about white people,” wrote James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor, in a piece for the Standard explaining the name change. “To top it all off, we defended her and said we knew about the tweets going in, excusing her racist comments as simply satire, or just fighting fire with fire or something.”

“There was a lot of confusion over that whole thing. So we decided to just come right out and identify our ever-shifting double standard for readers right in the title of our esteemed paper.”

The paper will also now include a helpful tag on each article, identifying whether or not the subject of a piece is being held to the set of standards the paper uses for liberals, or the much different set of standards the paper uses for conservatives, religious people, and “really anyone not on board with a far-left agenda.”

At publishing time, the newly christened Double Standard had begun considering changing its name to The Quadruple Standard.

via New York Times Changes Name To ‘The Double Standard’ — The Babylon Bee

Christian Persecution in Pakistan on the Rise

ICC Note: According to Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) Canada, the persecution of Christians in Pakistan is increasing. This increase has been attributed to a global trend in persecution, which VOM says is a consequence of the spread of the Gospel to more countries hostile to its message.

08/06/2018 Pakistan (MNN) – According to Voice of the Martyrs Canada’s Ray Thorne, persecution against Pakistani Christians has been on the rise for one primary reason.

“Persecution is on the rise globally… because the Gospel has been increasing globally. So, whenever the Gospel increases, so does persecution in response in Islamic, Hindu, or communist countries. This is the reality.”

In Pakistan, Thorne says persecution is an everyday event. Each Pakistani carries an identification card. This card, among other information, lists the person’s religion. In a 98 percent Islamic country, with theocratic rules like the blasphemy law, carrying a card declaring a person to be a Christian can make them a target.

For example, Christians like Asia Bibi, have been imprisoned for years because of the misuse of the blasphemy law. The blasphemy law essentially declares if anyone says or does something in Pakistan which insults Islam, the act is punishable by death and a fine.

Ray says this law is often used to targets Christians. However, through personal relationships, the Gospel is spreading in Pakistan. But when a Muslim background believer chooses a faith in Christ, there is often an intense backlash from family and community members. They are known to face attacks and retaliation for their new faith in Christ.

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Source: Christian Persecution in Pakistan on the Rise

August 6, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

25 Speech, good news. Good news refreshes the weary soul. The point of the verse is transparent (see also 15:30). It is true of love; it is true of spiritual realms. Toy, 469, notes that the difficulty of getting news from a distant place at that time heightened the refreshment of it. See for an illustration Genesis 45:27.[1]

25:25 The gospel is God’s good news from a far country—heaven. Like cold water to a thirsty soul, the gospel is refreshing and thirst quenching.[2]

25:25. The impact of receiving good news (cf. 15:30) from a friend or relative who lives far away is like a refreshing drink of water to a tired person. In Bible times news traveled slowly; thus long periods of anxious waiting usually followed the departure of a loved one or friend to a distant land.[3]

[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 208). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 856). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Walvoord, J. F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 961). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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


U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that his son met with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower to get information on his election opponent Hillary Clinton, saying it was “totally legal” and “done all the time in politics.”

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that his strategy of placing steep tariffs on imports of goods from China is “working far better than anyone ever anticipated,” and that Beijing was talking to the United States about trade.

The United States intends to fully enforce sanctions due to be reimposed against Iran early this week on orders from U.S. President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

The European Union on Monday said it deeply regretted the re-imposition of sanctions by the United States on Iran, adding it and other signatories would work on keeping financial channels with Iran open.

U.S. senator Rand Paul said he invited Russian senators to Washington for talks when he met Russian members of parliament in Moscow on Monday, the RIA news agency reported.

Scenes of destruction greeted rescue workers across Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok on Monday, after an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 killed at least 98 people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week.

Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment with Canada after Ottawa urged Riyadh to free arrested civil society activists, in the top oil exporter’s latest retort to Western criticism of its human rights record.

A Myanmar court heard defense witnesses on Monday vouch for the integrity of two Reuters journalists accused of obtaining secret state documents and will hear final arguments in two weeks, when the trial regarded as a test of press freedom resumes.

Most of U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple’s iTunes and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday.

AP Top Stories

A record number of women have entered primaries for local, state and national office this year, creating an expectation among activists that there will be a record number of women on the ballot in November, and that a record number of women will be among the officials sworn in on January, especially in the House of Representatives.

Police did a good job on Saturday preventing what could have been the most violent far-right rally since last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia – all they had to do was protect the proto-fascists who came to town, and use riot control weapons, flash-bang grenades and chemical irritants against anti-fascist counter-protesters.

Saudi Arabia has issued a sharp rebuke to Canada for criticizing recent arrests of human rights and women’s activists. The Saudi foreign ministry on Sunday gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country and froze all new trade and investment transactions with Canada.

A suicide attack claimed by the Taliban killed three foreign soldiers on patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest assault on US-led NATO troops for many months.

At least five people were killed and a village razed in an attack by Boko Haram jihadists in the northern Nigerian Borno state, militia fighting the Islamists told AFP Saturday.

Drones armed with explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Saturday in an apparent assassination attempt that took place while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television, officials said.

The death toll from a massive dam collapse in southern Laos has jumped to 31, officials said, with scores still missing weeks after the unprecedented disaster that swept entire villages and farmland away.

Mobs looted shops and burned down properties in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region on Saturday, as unrest gained momentum and spread across the province following deployment of soldiers, witnesses said.

With their heads bowed and wearing orange robes, the members of the boys’ soccer team rescued from almost three weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand on Saturday completed their time as novice Buddhist monks.

Egyptian troops and security forces have killed at least 52 suspected militants in recent days, the army said in a statement on Sunday, as authorities push ahead with an operation to crush Islamic State.


Police in the US city of Chicago have asked for more help to combat gun violence after more than 60 people were shot over the weekend. At least 10 people were killed in the city and police say most of the shootings were gang related.

A flaw in a US bank’s computer software led to 625 customers not receiving government loan assistance to which they were entitled – and 400 of those went on to lose their homes. The government scheme was designed to help people struggling to pay their mortgages.

The last member of an immigrant group who fought the Nazis for the French Resistance has died aged 101. Arsène Tchakarian escaped a Nazi crackdown in which 22 of the group’s fighters were shot by the German occupation forces in Paris in 1944. He was awarded France’s highest honor.

Chile has become the first South American country to legally ban the widespread commercial use of plastic bags.


The Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 33 people, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

News – 8/6/2018

Ebola kills 33 in Democratic Republic of Congo
A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed at least 33 people and is suspected of sickening dozens more, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

What now for ‘messianics’ in officially Jewish state?
Under his direction, the most recent survey of messianic believers and congregations shows what he calls “exponential” growth of a movement that in 1948 numbered just 23 people in all of Israel skyrocketing now to some 30,000 with at least 300 congregations throughout the land – 20 in Jerusalem alone.

Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Signals Imminent Biological Attack On The West
Over the past week, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group has published a series of posters encouraging biological attacks on Western targets.

Protests in Iran Hit Boiling Point, Amplifying Calls for Regime Change
Protests against Iran’s hardline ruling regime hit a boiling point over the weekend, as demonstrators took to the streets for the sixth consecutive day in the face of efforts by the regime to beat and arrest those seeking regime change in the Islamic Republic, according to multiple reports from the region. Curfews have been imposed in parts of the country amid nightly demonstrations by Iranian dissidents who have been heard chanting, “death to the dictator” and “Mullahs should go away.” At least one protester was shot and killed by Iranian security forces over the weekend.

US Senate Approves $38 Billion Israel Security Assistance Package
The U.S. Senate has passed the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, a bipartisan piece of legislation that authorizes U.S. security assistance to Israel for 10 years, regardless of which administration happens to be in power.

San Francisco Bans Everything
Here are a few things that are effectively legal in San Francisco: drugs, public defecation and shoplifting. And here are some of the things that are banned or will be banned in the City by the Bay. Straws. Fur coats. Bottled water. Eating at work. Vaping liquids. Upholstered furniture. Plastic bags. Pet stores. Electric scooters. Coffee cups and packing peanuts. Tropical fish. The McDonald’s Happy Meal. If you can think of something, San Francisco has already banned it. Or will be banning it soon.

91 confirmed dead, hundreds injured after powerful earthquake hits popular Indonesian tourist island
A magnitude-7.0 earthquake has hit the Indonesian resort island of Lombok, killing 91 people. The earthquake struck at 6:46 p.m. local time on Sunday and damaged buildings 150 kilometers (93 miles) away in Denpasar, Bali. A spokesperson for BNPB, Indonesia’s disaster relief body, confirmed on Monday that the death toll had risen to 91 people and said that 209 people were severely injured.

Hurricane Hector to pass near Hawaii, where volcano continues to spew lava into ocean
Hurricane Hector roared through the Central Pacific on Sunday and is expected to pass near the Big Island of Hawaii, where a volcano continues to send lava into the sea. The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET advisory that Hurricane Hector is a “strong” category 3 storm with sustained winds of 125 mph and is moving west at 12 mph. The storm is located about 1,360 miles east of South Point, Hawaii, located on the Big Island.

Portugal battles major wildfire as Europe heat wave endures
Emergency services in Portugal continued their fight Monday against a major, four-day wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. The Civil Protection Agency said 44 people required medical assistance as the blaze passed by the outskirts of Monchique, 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Lisbon, in the dark. A 72-year-old woman was seriously hurt. Authorities said that more than 1,100 firefighters with 327 vehicles and eight aircraft were battling the blaze that erupted amid a heatwave caused by a mass of hot air from North Africa.

Poll: Overwhelming amount of Orthodox Jews support Trump
A poll by US-based haredi magazine finds more than 90% of observant Jews support current president.

ISIS executes hostage
ISIS forces in Syria executed one of the hostages they took with them from the city of Sweida when they attacked it last week, Syrian media reported today. The victim was identified as Muhannad Touqan Abu Amar, age 19. The ISIS attack on Sweida – held by Bashir Assad’s forces – took place on July 25. The organization’s terrorists occupied villages and carried out suicide attacks inside Sweida, killing more than 200 people, many of them unarmed civilians.

Report: Hamas political leadership supports agreement with Israel
Hamas has decided to endorse a “staggered” ceasefire with Israel, which would begin with an end to the launching of incendiary kites and balloons and, in exchange, Israel’s lifting of the latest sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip… Hamas sources said that…in exchange for the cessation of all attacks against the border fence, Israel would open the Kerem Shalom crossing to the transfer of goods and the fishing zone would be expanded.

Majority of Palestinians oppose Trump’s peace plan, Oslo Accords
More than 60% of the Palestinians support the Palestinian Authority’s position not to accept the US as a sole mediator in the peace process…The poll, conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center, showed that over 80% of Palestinians don’t believe that US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East…would produce anything acceptable to the Palestinians.

Lombok quake: Thousands evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia island
Some 10,000 people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday left more than 90 people dead. Witnesses spoke of chaos and terror as buildings collapsed and power and communication lines were cut. Boats have been sent to evacuate more than 1,000 tourists from the nearby Gili islands.

Australia’s Turnbull: ‘Now we are the land of droughts’
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that the country has become a “land of drought” as he announced further measures to help stricken farmers. The new package will provide an extra A$140m ($104m; £80m) in payments to farmers and for mental health support. It brings the total amount of government funding to $576m.

‘Too Little Too Late’: Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans
For a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy. The signs of potential trouble — vanishing pensions, soaring medical expenses, inadequate savings — have been building for years. Now, new research sheds light on the scope of the problem: The rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991…and…accounts for a far greater share of all filers.

The maritime barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip
Significant progress in the barrier project against infiltrations from the Gaza Strip has been reported on Sunday. New images and videos show a new breakwater structure, with a high fence surrounding it, and an advanced detection system. The construction is expected to be completed within a year and a half. The Ministry of Defense revealed pictures and videos of the sea barrier construction site at the northern Gaza Strip border, near Zikim beach.

Barak Obama is not a Christian
How long would a Christian president stay silent when large numbers of people of his own religion are being massacred?  Obama can’t be a Christian.

Do ‘Insanely Powerful’ Space Signals Have ‘Artificial Origin’?
The universe’s “invisible light” is sending “puzzling pulses” of “mysterious, ultrastrong sparks of energy” toward us from deep space in the way of fast radio bursts (FRBs) and may be a signal from extraterrestrial life, according to a Live Science.

HORRIFYING: Elderly Woman Forcibly Euthanized in the Netherlands – Doctors Held Her Down
According to LiveAction, the 74-year-old unidentified woman had been suffering dementia for some time and previously told people she would undergo assisted suicide if “the time was right.” As her dementia progressed, she never put in a request to die and had surpassed the point of giving her full consent. It was then that her doctor declared her to be “suffering intolerably” and proceeded to euthanize her. Here’s how the ordeal went down:

Obama Officially Backs ‘White Genocide’ in South Africa
Former US President Barack Obama has officially endorsed South Africa’s leaders for introducing new laws to seize land from White farmers.

Mystery Meteor Explodes Over US Air Force Base- Government Blackout
On the 1st of August the director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen, confirmed a Meteor exploded with 2.1 kilotons force 43 km above Thule Air Base.

Watch: Founder Of Sharia Crime Stoppers Says ‘Sharia Law Is In Michigan’
Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer to Michigan with The United West to investigate Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed, a Muslim candidate running for Governor in Michigan as a Democrat Socialist. El-Sayed is a Sharia compliant Muslim, but his political platform and talking points directly contradict Islamic law.

Weekend Shooting Spree Leaves Six Dead, Over 50 Injured In Chicago
A weekend shooting spree left six dead and over 50 people injured in Chicago, which has left the city in a state of havoc. Sixteen of those shot were said to be teenagers, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Newest electronic spying: Recording you on hold
….“Listening to music while being placed on hold is a scenario many of us are all too familiar with. But did you know some companies are listening to you while you’re waiting for an operator to answer?” he asked.

More than 775,000 pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj
The number of pilgrims coming from abroad via air, land and sea ports until yesterday has reached 776,821 pilgrims, with an increase of 48,637 pilgrims, compared to the same period last year, an increase by 7%, according to the statistics issued by Saudi Directorate General For passports.

Operation Roundup: The final battle with ISIS enters last phase in Syria
Children living in eastern Syria recently emerged from their homes to find Islamic State fighters gone for the first time in more than four years. They had finally been liberated from control by the extremists. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and their US-led anti-ISIS coalition partners are in a multi-phase offensive designed to clear ISIS remnants from eastern Syria.

ISIS Announces Planned BIOWARFARE Attack On The West
As Pamela Geller reported, “Over the past week, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group has published a series of posters encouraging ‘biological attacks on Western targets.’”

Expert: America Could Be “Overrun” by Deep State
Mike Adams calls upon Christians and God-fearing Americans to send their prayers for the United States into the heavens because the deep state criminal cabal trying to destroy it are growing bolder.

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Paula White Sues Critic and Loses –  Judge Orders Her to Pay Over $13,000

Seth Dunn – “Pastor” Greg Locke Offers Free TV and Threatens to Beat Me Up

This Church is Looking For a Pastor Who Will Preach ‘Word For Word’ Sermons From Famous Pastors

Hybels Heir Quits Willow as New Accusations Arise Before Global Leadership Summit

Steven Furtick Preaches from Non-Existent Bible Verse

When Bill Johnson Prays for Holy Spirit Outpouring: Convulsing, Cackling, Spasming, Twitching, Falling

Christian club rejects University of Iowa’s mandate to accept LGBT leaders

Salon Writer: Abortions Can Be Good For Families

Headlines – 8/6/2018

Kushner calls to ‘disrupt’ UN relief agency saying it ‘doesn’t help peace’

U.S. envoy Kushner calls UNRWA corrupt, inefficient, unhelpful for peace

Palestinians slam reported US plan to weaken refugee agency

Security cabinet meets as Gaza at crux between ‘an agreement or war’

Abbas stirs up hornets’ nest by firing PA minister

Israel releases first pictures of underwater barrier with Gaza

Egypt to Begin Importing Israeli Gas in 2019

Amazon removes Nazi-themed items after complaints

Pro-Assad Media Blames Israel’s Mossad for Assassination of Chemical Weapons Chief

Iran is acting to advance its long-term goals in Syria

Iran Guards says it held Gulf drills as U.S. tensions rise

White House to detail implementation of new Iran sanctions Monday: Pompeo

Pompeo vows US will enforce Iran sanctions

Pompeo: Sanctions to be enforced until Iran ‘behaves like a normal country’

European allies fear US seeks Iran regime change as it restores sanctions

Germany upholds export, investment guarantees for Iran business despite US pressure

Iran Eases Exchange Rates in Effort to Stymie U.S. Sanctions

Iran eases currency rules, hoping to buoy rial ahead of sanctions

Iran reaches crisis point as U.S. sanctions return

Iran protests resume for 6th day amid violent clashes with security forces

Hamza bin Laden has married daughter of lead 9/11 hijacker, say family

Attack by Taliban kills 3 Czech NATO soldiers in Afghanistan; one American wounded

Egyptian Troops Kill 52 Suspected Militants in Northern Sinai

Violence as troops deploy in Ethiopia’s Somali region

After two decades of conflict with Eritrea, Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed brings new hope of peace

Washington denies any involvement in Venezuela drone blast

6 arrests in failed plot to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

China Prepared for Long Trade War With U.S., State Media Says

China Will Lose The Trade War With America, And That’s Good For Its Citizens

Beijing is more worried about domestic issues than its trade war with Washington, research firm says

Donald Trump Says Son’s Trump Tower Meeting Was To Get Clinton Dirt But ‘Totally Legal’

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow blames ‘bad information’ for Trump Tower statement mixup, says no sign Don Jr. under investigation

Trump Doubles Down on Attacking “Dangerous and Sick” Journalists: “They Can Also Cause War!”

Social media is making children regress to mentality of three-year-olds, says top brain scientist

U.S. Officials Push New Penalties for Hackers of Electrical Grid

Second straight Sunday Indonesia dealt blow by deadly earthquake

91 Killed, Several Injured As Magnitude 7 Earthquake Hits Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanjung, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Santong, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lokokrangan, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Muara Siberut, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Mohean, India

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

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

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

Sweltering Tokyo Braces for Approach of Typhoon Shanshan

Hector expected to enter Central Pacific as a Category 4 hurricane

2 tropical storms form off Mexico’s southwestern Coast – John and Ileana

World’s Hottest Rain Fell in California, Setting New Record

California fire explodes in size over weekend, is now 4th largest in state history

Trump declares California wildfires as ‘major emergency’, orders federal funding for recovery: White House

Farming impact of Australia’s worst drought in living memory

Lyme disease now found in all 50 states

33 reported dead in Congo Ebola outbreak

In less than 7 hours, 40 shot, 4 fatally as violence rips Chicago

Airlines cut back on flights to Cancun, other tourist spots in Mexico after reports of violence, travelers blacking out

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Why Evangelicals Need to Rethink Contraception, Part Two — Julie Roys

This is the second in a series on evangelicals and contraception. Click here to read part one.

Almost all evangelicals support contraception. According to Pew Research, only 3-percent think it’s morally wrong. Most (55%) don’t even believe it’s a moral issue.

“If you go ask any . . . evangelical pastor, they’ll say if a married couple wants to use contraception . . . that’s fine.” So says David Talcott, a professor at The King’s College and an expert in sexual ethics. “It hasn’t really been a moral issue within evangelicalism,” he added. “(Evangelicals) are going to use the Pill and not think about it.”

This is stunning, given that Christians opposed birth control until the early 1900s. But as I wrote in part one of this series, Protestants soon gave way to cultural trends – first eugenics and then fears of overpopulation.

However, it wasn’t until 1966 that a thorough theological argument in favor of contraception was offered. The argument came in the form of an article published in Christianity Today by evangelical scholar John Warwick Montgomery. It proved extremely influential and swayed evangelical opinion on the matter. In fact, scholar Allan Carlson termed it a second “bombshell.” (The first was Billy Graham’s statement endorsing contraception seven years earlier.)

The article thrilled advocates of contraception and convinced more evangelicals to embrace birth control. But soon, many embraced abortion too. And they began thinking more pragmatically and less biblically.

via Why Evangelicals Need to Rethink Contraception, Part Two — Julie Roys

Rand Paul says ‘big mistake’ not to have dialogue with Moscow, invites Russian MPs to DC

US senator Rand Paul called for increased dialogue with Moscow and invited a delegation of Russian lawmakers to Washington DC during the Republican’s visit to the Russian capital on Monday.

Source: Rand Paul says ‘big mistake’ not to have dialogue with Moscow, invites Russian MPs to DC

Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users

Facebook has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about customers, including card transactions and checking account balances, as it seeks to boost user engagement.

Source: Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users

Walking Away From Freedom … Really?

Unfathomable Grace

Sean Hannity is the polarizing commentator who nightly proclaims, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” Well my friends, you do know he is not the one who first uttered and made famous this phrase, right? It is Jesus who said, “Let not your hearts be troubled … believe in God … believe in me.” He is the one who promised peace to all who would become his disciples and sons of the Father.

However, if we are introspective and honest, many of us find ourselves troubled. Many of us are uncomfortably anxious in regards to our relationship with God. We have lost our experiential peace and our souls are a bit disheveled.

What has happened? It is my contention that we have heard false teachers, chosen to believe a non-gospel, and have walked away from Christ and His Gospel. We have done this easily. We have done this quickly. We…

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What Is the Filling of the Spirit? — Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family

What is the filling of the Spirit? This article attempts to concisely answer to this question from the NT as it describes those who were full of or filled with the Spirit.

Luke and Acts describe many who were filled with the Spirit for the purpose of speaking the Word of God. John the Baptist was filled with the Spirit even from his mother’s womb for his prophetic ministry (Luke 1:15; cf. 1:16–17). Elizabeth was filled with the Spirit to bless Mary as the mother of her Lord (Luke 1:41; cf. 1:42–45). Zechariah was filled with the Spirit to prophesy about his son John (Luke 1:67; cf. 1:68–79). Peter was filled with the Spirit to boldly defend the gospel (Acts 4:8; cf. 4:13). Paul was filled with the Spirit to proclaim the gospel just days after his conversion (Acts 9:17; cf. 9:20–21).

Being filled with the Spirit to speak the word of God could apply to multiple people at once. The believers at Pentecost were filled with the Spirit to speak of the mighty works of God in recognizable languages other than their own (Acts 2:4; cf. 2:5–11). Believers were filled with the Spirit to speak God’s Word with boldness (Acts 4:31).

Being filled with the Spirit could also involve the Spirit’s power for miracles. Paul was filled with the Spirit and smote the magician Elymas with blindness (Acts 13:9; cf. 13:11).

Sometimes being full of the Spirit involved both proclamation and miracles. Jesus was full of the Spirit and thus went about teaching and doing miracles (Luke 4:1; cf. 4:14–15, 18–19, 36). Stephen was full of grace, power, and wisdom to do miracles and powerfully defend the gospel by the Spirit (Acts 6:8, 10). He was again full of the Spirit to see Jesus in heaven and said as much just before being martyred (Acts 7:55).

Being full of the Spirit could involve one’s godly character as well. Being full of the Spirit went along with having faith, a good reputation, and wisdom necessary for ministry as deacons (Acts 6:3, 5). Barnabas was full of the Spirit and faith and thus a good man who exhorted believers to remain faithful to the Lord (Acts 11:23–24). Though persecuted, Paul and Barnabas were filled with joy and the Spirit (Acts 13:52). In his own writings, Paul speaks of being filled with the Spirit only once, commands believers to be so, and does so in a context that indicates the command means to walk carefully as Christians, especially as one relates to other Christians (Eph 5:18; cf. 5:15–21).

While Luke describes prophetic and miraculous phenomena that took place by being full of or filled with the Spirit (phenomena that I as a cessationist believe are no longer available today), he also speaks of being filled with the Spirit for the purpose of godly living. Paul commands us to be filled with the Spirit, and living godly lives shows that we are obeying the command to be filled with the Spirit today.

David Huffstutler

About David Huffstutler

David pastors First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. David holds a Ph. D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His concentration in Christian Leadership focuses his contributions to pastoral and practical theology.

via What Is the Filling of the Spirit? — Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family

ARE TECH GIANTS WORKING TOGETHER TO CENSOR CONSERVATIVES? — Apple and Facebook BAN Infowars on Same Day — The Gateway Pundit

Liberal Tech Giants Facebook, Twitter, Google-YouTube and Wikipedia have all stepped up their harassment of conservative publishers since the 2016 election.

The far left and Democrats understand that conservatives get their news from online publishers.

Since the election The Gateway Pundit found from traffic analysis that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.

** Twitter is shadowbanning and censoring conservative lawmakers and conservative publishers.

** Wikipedia is controlled by far left editors who are regularly accused of liberal bias.

** YouTube is shutting down conservative pages and demonitizing several others.

And a Gateway Pundit June study of top conservative news outlets found that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.

Facebook began eliminating conservative content after the 2016 election.

On Monday Facebook caved to the leftist media mob demanding censorship of InfoWars and permanently banned their page.

Also on Monday Apple removed Infowars podcasts.
CNBC reported:

Apple confirmed on Monday that it had removed five out of six podcasts, which includes Jones’ infamous “The Alex Jones Show” as well as a number of other InfoWars audio streams. The news was originally reported by BuzzFeed News.

It is interesting that Facebook and Apple would ban Infowars on the same day.

It makes you wonder if these tech giants are working together to throttle conservative content online?
And who is behind the scene pulling the strings?

via ARE TECH GIANTS WORKING TOGETHER TO CENSOR CONSERVATIVES? — Apple and Facebook BAN Infowars on Same Day — The Gateway Pundit


For we have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.


Christians have often been accused of being reactionary because they cannot show any enthusiasm for the latest scheme that someone thinks up to bring in the millennium.

Well, it is not to be wondered at. A true Christian’s firsthand acquaintance with God saves him from the nervous scramble in which the world is engaged and which is popularly touted as progress.

A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst!

He dies so he can live, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible and knows that which passes knowledge.

The man who has met God is not looking for something—he has found it. He is not searching for light—upon him the Light has already shined!

His religion is not hearsay. He is not a copy, not a facsimile print: he is an original from the hand of the Holy Ghost!

He may hear the tin whistle starting every new parade, but he will be cautious. He is waiting for a trumpet note that will call him away from the hurly-burly and set in motion a series of events that will result at last in a new heaven and a new earth. He can afford to wait![1]

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

Women Preaching: It’s Not a Secondary Doctrinal Issue

Michelle Lesley

When it comes to Christianity, are the specifics of what people believe important?

I think most of us would answer a resounding “yes” to that question. Of course, the various concepts we believe are important. You can’t just believe anything you like and still be a Christian. There are certain things you must believe in order to become a Christian at all, and there are certain things you will come to believe because you are a genuinely regenerated Christian. But what are those things, and how do we know which is which?

Maybe you’ve heard the terms “essential doctrines” or “primary, secondary, and tertiary theological issues” or “first, second, and third tier levels of doctrine”? For years, theologians have been attempting to organize beliefs of the Christian faith – all drawn from the Bible, naturally – into nice neat categories in order to make things a little simpler. As someone…

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August 6 The Rich Young Ruler

How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!

Luke 18:24

When the rich young ruler approached Jesus concerning salvation, our Lord immediately tested his willingness to deny all and follow Him: “‘Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me’” (Luke 18:22). When the young ruler did not heed Jesus’ words, he revealed an unwillingness to submit to the lordship of Christ.

Anyone who would come to salvation must yield control of his life to the Savior. That means being willing either to give up everything to follow Him, or to be content with all He has given you, with the realization that He may sovereignly give you more as you serve Him.

Salvation is the exchange of all that you are for all that Christ is. Saving faith, therefore, is not merely an act of the mind; it counts the cost (Luke 14:28) and humbly cries out to God as did the publican in Luke 18:13, “‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’”

Are you counting the cost today and every day?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 239). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

August 6 Loving Money Obscures Life’s Simplicity

“And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.”

1 Timothy 6:8


God wants believers’ lives to be simplified, free from the burdens of material cares.

Today’s verse declares how Christians ought to be free from material distractions. The apostle Paul asserts that life’s basic needs should be adequate to satisfy believers. He does not say it is wrong to own nice things, especially if God providentially allows you to have them. What is wrong is to have a selfish craving for money because you are discontent. The highest goal of the Christian life is to love God and glorify Him forever, not to pile up material goods. Even if you have wealth, the Lord wants you to use and manage it from a motivation that puts God first.

The problem you and I continually face is that our fast–paced, complex, technological societies place materialism first. Objects and things come before people; entertainment options replace conversations with members of our family. All this has so often caused us to lose the simple joys of life’s relationships, which are the essence of Christian fellowship.

To keep those simple but essential joys primary, I’d invite you to apply the following principles. I’ve found them helpful in keeping my own life simplified and free from materialism.

First, evaluate every purchase as to how it would make your ministry more effective.

Second, since God owes you nothing, everything you receive from Him should make you thankful.

Third, learn to distinguish wants from needs, and thereby increase the amount of money you have available for the Lord.

Fourth, discipline yourself to spend less than you earn and save the rest for worthwhile causes and needs that arise. Do not amass credit card debt.

Lastly, learn to give sacrificially to God’s kingdom.

If you implement these and other sound principles of Christian stewardship, you’ll experience much joy and realize anew that the simple life means accepting what God provides and avoiding covetousness.


Suggestions for Prayer: Pray that God would motivate you to be faithful in the five principles of good stewardship listed in the lesson. If you have not been following any of them, ask the Lord to help you start today.

For Further Study: Matthew 6:24–33 is one of Jesus’ clearest statements on living the simple life. Is His discussion comprehensive? How so? ✧ Write down two or three ways in which you can seek His kingdom first.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Willow Creek, Your Time Is Now

With the candid and courageous account of Pat Baranowski in the NYTimes, the previous courageous stories of Vonda Dyer, Nancy Beach, Nancy Ortberg, Julia Williams, and Moe Girkins (and others) are now undeniable. Willow is now at a crossroad.

These women represent the hundreds of noble Christians filled with goodness. They have served and toiled for the sake of the gospel through Willow. They are the ones who have made Willow what Willow is. They are the ones who gave up other jobs to join the ministry. They are the ones praying and reading the Bible and attending small groups and supporting the many ministries of this amazing church.

But that congregation of goodness has been violated by the actions of the leaders.

The Basics

More than four years ago the Elders at Willow Creek Community Church were notified of accusations. The WCA, which runs the Global Leadership Summit, was also informed and it did not act. There were some Willow “investigations” but they concluded there was nothing against Bill Hybels. The truth of the women’s stories were therefore silenced and some of them were gaslighted. Some were publicly humiliated by what Willow’s leaders said about them. Instead of an honest investigation where stories were heard, the women were driven to go public in public media, like Chicago Tribune and Christianity Today. The former pastor and Willow’s leaders denied the truthfulness of the womens’ stories and told an alternative narrative: the women were liars.

Then some cracks in the Willow narrative suddenly appeared: “not all the women were lying.” That was an open door to wonder if perhaps the former pastor was the one who was lying, and that accepting his narrative Willow’s leadership was suddenly drawn into the same lying. What did “not all the women were lying” actually mean? We heard from Heather that she did not “always think all the women were lying.” Well, I asked myself immediately, why then did she defend that Willow narrative so vehemently in the family meeting? Was she misleading us then or now?

Cracks appeared, cracks that went unexplained. But we saw them.

Then Steve Carter broke ice and apologized to the women as well for his complicity in that narrative. Heather Larson hitched on to Steve’s apology but softened the apology, and then the Elders spoke of entering into areas of sin. A deeper crack, perhaps?

The issues of this period were basically Who’s telling the truth?

Pat Baranowski

Sunday the NYTimes told a new story. It ended the Who’s telling the truth? discussion. Willow’s “the women are liars” narrative can no longer hold. The women told the truth. The narrative was the lie.

I weep for Pat Baranowski, for the life she has experienced as we weep for the women who have been sexually harrassed and abused by Willow’s pastor and shoved around and threatened by the process of trying to silence them. The story in the NYTimes is a tragedy, and it is beyond sad that a church leader and the church could do such things while accomplishing so many great things.

What is connected to this story is a history of mismanagement, powermongering, threatening, and offering money for silence (NDA: non disclosure agreements). In seminaries in the years ahead these themes will become central to church leadership discussions.

Willow will never be the old Willow. It can become a different Willow, but it will never be the same.

The Time is Up

Willow Creek’s leaders can no longer be in denial even if its former megapastor remains in denial. The grooming, the praising, the indulging, the turning-against, the gaslighting, and then throwing them under the bus are characteristic of these stories.

The women told the truth. The former pastor called them all liars. Willow’s leaders supported the narrative of liars. That story is no longer credible.

The leaders are complicit. The leaders — Heather Larson, elders, etc — supported that narrative and maligned the women. They, both WCCC/Elders and WCA,  refused an independent investigation. They chose not to be transparent.

Their time is up.

What I mean is that those who created and sustained and continued that narrative — a narrative that both denied the truth of the women’s stories and the pastor’s sexual inappropriateness — forfeited their ability to lead Willow Creek Community Church and Willow Creek Association. Their time is up.

It is time to form an independent council of wisdom — leaders chosen by wise, non-Willow evangelical leaders — that can pastor what’s left of WCCC and the WCA, to investigate the governance of Willow and how it was able to be so thoroughly wrong, to work out a new governance and find new leaders.

The present leadership — from Heather Larson to the elders to the Human Resources and beyond — cannot lead Willow forward. They have failed miserably for four years.

And what about the area pastors? Where do they stand?

But with their time up, there is an opportunity for the time to be now.

The Time is Now

The time is now to be guided by this independent council of wisdom to tell the truth about Bill, to tell the truth about the women and Bill’s inappropriate, sexual relations, to tell the truth about governance that protected Bill’s reputation rather than Willow’s congregation, to tell the truth about bullying by the leaders through the Human Resources and buying silence through NDA (non disclosure agreements), to tell the truth about how the WCA’s Board was told by the three who resigned when the WCA refused to investigate Bill Hybels, and to tell the truth about the need for an independent investigation. The investigators cannot choose those who have to be investigated. An independent leadership council must do the choosing. Willow must be willing to listen to the council.  It is also time to tell the truth, in spite of what has been said by leaders after his resignation, about Bill’s continued contact with leaders at Willow to shape decisions.

It is time now to find the truth, to be transparent, to investigate the governance, and to tell that truth honestly.

The women told the truth. The Willow narrative is a false and deceptive narrative.

Why was it so easy for the journalists at Chicago Tribune and Christianity Today to find stories from women but Willow’s so-called investigation turned up nothing?

The time is now. Willow, your time is now. Time to find the truth, tell the truth, and live into that truth.

There is no forward til the truth is found and embraced. There is no forward until the Vonda Dyers and Pat Baranowskis are believed.

Who within Willow Creek Community Church or within the Willow Creek Association will have the courage to work for that truth?

Why now?

Because of truth. Because of the gospel. Because of the grace of God.

Because of the women who have been wrongly maligned, unjustly accused, and publicly wounded.

Because of the structures that have been established that led to the protection of a leader rather than compassion for the women and care of the congregation.

Why now?

Because of Willow Creek’s hundreds of ministry workers; because of the faithfulness of Willow Creek’s congregation. That’s why: hundreds have given up other jobs to work for less at Willow; hundreds are now doing the noble work of evangelism, compassion, ministry and it goes on and on. Thousands have given buckets of money to support the many wonderful ministries of Willow. They have made Willow what Willow is. The goodness of Willow can remain and create a new future for Willow.

That time is now.
— Read on www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2018/08/06/willow-your-time-is-now/