Daily Archives: August 13, 2018

August 13: Haunted by Leviathan

Isaiah 27:1–28:29; Luke 9:28–62; Job 6:14–30

Indiana Jones isn’t afraid of anything—until a snake shows up on the scene. Then we hear him mutter, “I hate snakes” and “Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?” Everyone is afraid of something. Even now your greatest fear is probably creeping through your mind—something completely irrational, like heights, spiders or dolls.

Like Indy and like us, the ancients had fears as well: They hated snakes. In ancient literature the serpent Leviathan was a symbol of chaos—a great monster to be subdued. When a god subdued Leviathan in the ancient stories, it showed his supremacy.

Isaiah uses the same metaphor to proclaim that Yahweh can destroy all fears: “On that day, Yahweh will punish with his cruel, great and strong sword Leviathan, the fleeing serpent, and Leviathan, the twisting serpent, and he will kill the sea monster that is in the sea” (Isa 27:1). Yahweh Himself mentions Leviathan when He responds to Job, who had suffered the loss of all he had: “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or can you tie down its mouth with a cord?” (Job 41:1).

When we struggle, it’s easy to focus on the Leviathans in our life, but God wants us to focus on His majesty. God can provide what we need. He can bring goodness in the midst of heartbreak (Isa 27:6). Perhaps this is why Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to see Him in His glory (Luke 9:28–35). He knew that they needed to understand that His glory was more powerful than anything they feared. Perhaps this is also why Jesus repeatedly pushed back the powers of darkness in front of His followers (e.g., Luke 9:37–43); He showed them that He could subdue anything He encountered.

When the Lord of the universe, who crushes the head of the great Leviathan, is in our corner, we have nothing to fear. All powers of darkness should tremble, for He is creating a great vineyard for us out of the chaos (Isa 27:2). If only Indy had known.

What goodness is God making out of the fear in your life?

John D. Barry[1]


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

August 13 Winning Through Non-retaliation

“Love is patient” (1 Cor. 13:4).

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Love does not retaliate.

We usually think of patience as the ability to wait or endure without complaint—either regarding people or circumstances. But the Greek word translated “patience” in 1 Corinthians 13:4 refers specifically to patience with people. It literally means “to be long-tempered,” and it speaks of one who could easily retaliate when wronged but chooses not to.

That kind of patience is a spiritual virtue reflective of God Himself (cf. Gal. 5:22). It can’t be duplicated on a purely human level. But for Christians, it’s to be a way of life. Paul said, “I … entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love” (Eph. 4:1–2).

God Himself is the supreme example of patience. Peter said, “[He] is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Those who reject His grace are despising “the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience” (Rom. 2:4).

In the Greco-Roman world of Paul’s day, retaliating for a personal insult or injury was considered a virtue. Non-retaliation was interpreted as a sign of weakness. Our society is much the same. Our heroes tend to be those who fight back with physical strength or litigation. But that isn’t God’s perspective, nor was it Christ’s in praying for His killers: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

As you consider your own patience, remember that retaliation isn’t always blatant and forceful. It’s often subtle—like withholding affection from your spouse when he or she has wronged you, or withdrawing from a friend who has hurt you. But godly love never retaliates. It cares more for the feelings of others than for its own.

Remember the Lord’s patience toward you, and allow His Spirit to produce similar patience in you.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  If you are harboring resentment toward someone who has wronged you, confess it to the Lord, and do everything you can to reconcile with that person.

For Further Study: Read Genesis 50:15–21. ✧ What fear did Joseph’s brothers have? ✧ How did Joseph react to their plea for forgiveness? ✧ How did God use Joseph’s brothers’ sin to accomplish His own purposes?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 238). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Finally Fired From FBI…. — The Last Refuge

FBI Agent Peter Strzok was escorted from the building June 15th, two months ago, and his employment has been in administrative limbo -during a review- ever since.  Today it is discovered that Strzok was fired last Friday, August 10th.

DC is so corrupt, you can see the fingerprints of media coordination even in the firing.  Notice how ‘no-leaks’ from Friday to Monday in either June or today’s event.  During the June three-day-delay/prep; Strzok coordinated the USA Today op-ed.  During the current 3-day delay/prep; team Strzok put together a Trust Fund and Go Fund Me to take advantage of Peter Strzok’s martyrdom.

FBI Deputy Director David Bowditch was the official who fired Strzok. Following tradition, and because this is an FBI/Intelligence matter, the corrupt team around Strzok will be giving their side of events to the Washington Post.  So the WaPo article has more details:

[…] Strzok was escorted out of the FBI building in June and effectively relieved of work responsibilities, though he technically remained an FBI employee as he and his attorney challenged the effort to dismiss him. On July 24, they made a final pitch to Candice M. Will, who leads the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Goelman said Will ultimately decided that Strzok face a demotion and 60-day suspension and be subjected to a “last chance agreement.” That would have put him on thin ice if he were commit another offense. But Goelman said Bowdich overruled that decision and ordered Strzok’s termination.

During a June congressional hearing, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said Strzok had been referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility — which he referred to as the bureau’s “independent disciplinary arm” — and that officials would “not hesitate to hold people strictly accountable.” Wray promised that process would be “done by the book.”

Strzok is the third high-ranking FBI official involved in the Clinton and Russia investigations to be fired amid an intensely political backdrop. Trump removed Comey as the bureau’s director and said he did so thinking of the Russia case. Attorney General Jeff Sessions later removed Comey’s deputy, McCabe, after the inspector general alleged he lied about a media disclosure related to Clinton.  (read more)

via FBI Agent Peter Strzok Finally Fired From FBI…. — The Last Refuge

CNN Panel Erupts After Contributor Slams Network for ‘Peddling Lies’ About Blacks Who Work for Trump

Liberal Hypocrisy

Conservative pundit (above, right) easily names those of color who are employed by the administration — others don’t like it

Paris Dennard, a frequent conservative political commentator on CNN (pictured above right), is known to push back on that network’s highly biased narrative and reliably unfair take about all things President Donald Trump.

“Given the political role that race has played in this administration, Dennard presents a remarkably unique point of view,” noted Mediaite of Dennard, “a man of color who defends President Donald Trump, often on issues of race.”

During CNN’s “New Day” program on Monday morning — just a day after former senior Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman spent time on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to promote her book, “Unhinged,” along with snippets of audiotape of her firing by White House chief of staff John Kelly — Dennard was challenged to list people of color who worked in the Trump administration.

He immediately did so with ease, rattling off a number of individuals.

When he sensed he was being cut off “for time,” Dennard called out the program on it.

He said, “You want to wrap up the time because this is not important to you because you want to peddle the lies of Bakari Sellers [a former Democratic state representative in South Carolina-turned-pundit] and others, saying that there aren’t blacks in this administration.” (Sellers is shown above left.)

Related: CNN Columnist Pushes Dangerous View: ‘Hate Speech’ Is Form of ‘Terrorism’

The claim that CNN was “peddling lies” was met with a “palpable wince” from Dennard’s fellow panelists, CNN senior political analyst John Avlon and Sellers himself, according to Mediaite.

Host John Berman quickly went to commercial. That’s the go-to for a host who doesn’t like hearing the truth when it runs counter to the popular and continuous leftist narrative.

Watch the video of this compelling exchange:

Paris Dennard Says CNN is Peddling Lies

Source: CNN Panel Erupts After Contributor Slams Network for ‘Peddling Lies’ About Blacks Who Work for Trump

How Should I Share the Gospel When It Could Cost Me My Job? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Should I share the gospel with my coworkers? From our 2017 National Conference, John MacArthur provides guidance on when to speak and when to stay silent in the workplace. When you have biblical and theological questions, just ask Ligonier.

via How Should I Share the Gospel When It Could Cost Me My Job? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

AUGUST 13 HOW DO WE KNOW HIM?

I know whom I have believed.

2 Timothy 1:12

I must ask this question in the context of today’s modern Christianity: “Is it not true that for most of us who call ourselves Christians there is no real experience?”

We have substituted theological ideas for an arresting encounter; we are full of religious notions, but our great weakness is that for our hearts there is no one there!

Whatever else it embraces, true Christian experience must always include a genuine encounter with God. Without this, religion is but a shadow, a reflection of reality, a cheap copy of an original once enjoyed by someone else of whom we have heard.

It cannot but be a major tragedy in the life of any man or woman to live in a church from childhood to old age and know nothing more real than some synthetic god compounded of theology and logic, but having no eyes to see, no ears to hear—and no heart to love!

O Lord, I pray for the people in churches who may think they are Christians because they were raised in a religious environment. What a tragedy it would be if these men and women are not truly saved. Lord, I pray for each one, that they will receive Christ into their hearts.[1]


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

Paul Craig Roberts Blasts Mueller’s ‘Weaponization’ Of The Law

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Robert Mueller is supposed to be investigating Russiagate, which has been shown to be a hoax concocted by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director James Comey, and current deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. As Russiagate is a hoax, Mueller has not been able to produce a shred of evidence of the alleged Trump/Putin plot to hack Hillary’s emails and influence the last presidential election.

With his investigation unable to produce any evidence of the alleged Russiagate, Mueller concluded that he had to direct attention away from the failed hoax by bringing some sort of case against someone, knowing that the incompetent and corrupt US media and insouciant public would assume that the case had something to do with Russiagate.

Mueller chose Paul Manafort as a target, hoping that faced with fighting false charges, Manafort would make a deal and make up some lies about Trump and Putin in exchange for the case against him being dropped. But Manafort stood his ground, forcing Mueller to go forward with a false case.

Manafort’s career is involved with Republican political campaigns. He is charged with such crimes as paying for NY Yankee baseball tickets with offshore funds not declared to tax authorities and with attempting to get bank loans on the basis of misrepresentation of his financial condition. In the prosecutors’ case, Manafort doesn’t have to have succeeded in getting a loan based on financial misrepresentation, only to be guilty of trying. Two of the people testifying against him have been paid off with dropped charges.

Mueller’s investigation is restricted to Russiagate. In other words, Mueller has no mandate to investigate or bring charges unrelated to Russiagate. In my opinion, Muller gets away with this only because the deputy Attorney General is in on the Russiagate plot against Trump. Mueller and Rosenstein know that they can count on the presstitutes to continue to deceive the public by presenting the Manafort trial as part of Russiagate.

The trial judge has twice criticized the prosecutors, asking them on one occasion if they had any evidence of successful fraud. In other words, the judge can tell the difference between actual fraud and a failed attempt at fraud, a distinction the prosecutors don’t want the jury to consider.

However, prosecutors can frame a judge, just as they are trying to frame the presidents of the United States and Russia. Realizing that, the judge backed off.

What the Manafort trial should tell you is how utterly and totally corrupt the United States is. In my opinion there is nowhere an organization as corrupt as the US Dept of Justice (sic).

That Russiagate continues on its corrupt course should tell you how powerless President Trump is. Trump cannot even influence his own Department of Justice, which is doing its best to destroy him.

Source: Paul Craig Roberts Blasts Mueller’s ‘Weaponization’ Of The Law

TOM FITTON: FBI Has Ignored Our Requests for McCabe Emails — Because They Know They “Will Blow It Wide Open” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch went on FOX News on Monday after news broke that the FBI finally fired corrupt and biased investigator Peter Strzok.

Fitton called Strzok’s firing a “body blow” to the Mueller investigation!

Tom Fitton also dropped another bomb on the Deep State FBI.

Fitton told FOX News the FBI is stalling turning over text messages from Andrew McCabe because they contain as much damning information as the Strzok-Page text messages.

Tom Fitton: We are currently battling the FBI for the text messages of Andrew McCabe, the number two at the FBI, he was corruptly fired. And when you look back at the FBI and the Department of Justice during the Obama administration you have Comey fired for misconduct, Andrew McCabe fired for misconduct, Strzok fired for misconduct. Lisa Page demoted. All who had a hand in this Russia investigation that Mr. Mueller is now running with. Mr. Mueller needs to be questioned frankly about how he used Mr. Strzok and why he was let go and why no one was told about it for months, the reason behind why he was being let go mainly his anti-Trump biases uncovered by the text messages… We are asking for the (McCabe) text messages on behalf of a retired FBI agent, Jeffrey Dannon, about the Clinton email investigation. We suspect he was texting, Andrew McCabe, like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page about the Clinton email investigation and we suspect there’s going to be some interesting material there… You can bet they are just like the Strzok and Lisa Page text messages and will blow it wide open.

via TOM FITTON: FBI Has Ignored Our Requests for McCabe Emails — Because They Know They “Will Blow It Wide Open” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Chelsea Clinton: ‘Roe’ Helped Add ‘Three and a Half Trillion Dollars to Our Economy’

Chelsea Clinton (Screenshot)

Abortion has been an important economic stimulus ever since it was legalized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, Chelsea Clinton claimed at a “Rise Up for Roe” event on Saturday.

At the event promoting opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the former First Daughter of President Bill Clinton credited legalized abortion for helping add trillions of dollars to the U.S economy because women who had abortions were more inclined to enter the labor force:

Source: Chelsea Clinton: ‘Roe’ Helped Add ‘Three and a Half Trillion Dollars to Our Economy’

Trump: Media Covering Up ‘The Biggest Story of Our Time’

President Donald Trump (Photo: Screen capture/White House video)

(CNSNews.com) – President Trump’s long-simmering indignation about the Trump-Russia investigation erupted in a series of tweets over the weekend, many of them quoting other people who agree with Trump that the whole thing is a witch hunt — and that the real story is being ignored.

“Seems like the Department of Justice (and FBI) had a program to keep Donald Trump from becoming President,” Trump quoted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as saying on “Fox & Friends.” “If this had happened to the other side, everybody involved would be in jail. This is a Media coverup of the biggest story of our time,” Trump commented early Sunday morning.

Trump also quoted Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro as saying that the Mueller investigation is “premmised on a Fake Dossier, paid for by Hillary, created by a man who hates Donald Trump & used to con a FISA Court Judge. Bob, I really think it’s time for you to give up your phony investigation,” Trump quoted Pirro as saying. “No Collusion!” Trump commented.

On Saturday, Trump issued four tweets about the investigation, including one slamming Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe:

“Do you believe Nelly worked for Fusion and her husband STILL WORKS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ‘JUSTICE,’ Trump wrote. “I have never seen anything so Rigged in my life. Our A.G. is scared stiff and Missing in Action. It is all starting to be revealed – not pretty. IG Report soon? Witch Hunt!”

In another Saturday tweet, Trump said he may have to declassify some of Andrew McCabe’s text messages if the FBI doesn’t turn them over to Judicial Watch or congressional committees that have subpoenaed them. “FBI said they won’t give up even one (I may have to get involved, DO NOT DESTROY),” Trump wrote. “What are they hiding? McCabe wife took big campaign dollars from Hillary people…..”

Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway was asked about Trump’s tweets in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” Host Jon Karl asked her if Sessions’ days are numbered as attorney general:

“The president is frustrated that the attorney general recused himself in early March of 2017 from anything having to do with the campaign,” Conway responded.

“And what the president really wants, if you look at all of his tweets and don’t just cherry pick them, the (inaudible) of his tweets, Jon, are that he wants to make sure we’re investigating all sides of the, quote, so-called Russian collusion.

“I’ve noticed that the media is almost silent about these new revelations that Christopher Steele and the number four at the FBI, Peter Ohr and his wife Nellie working for Fusion GPS. I don’t want Americans to get so confused at this convoluted mess to miss the essential point here, was that the pro-Hillary people were so afraid that they needed to prop her up, that she was such a non-compelling, non-persuasive pathetic candidate that they had to dig up dirt on Donald Trump early on–”

Karl interrupted her, asking again if Trump intends to fire Sessions:

“Well, how in the world will I know the answer to that question?” Conway responded. “I’m not answering questions as to who will be in the White House at the end of the year. That’s a crazy question. You just want to roll the tape sometime.

“I think the fundamental point here is that the attorney general is doing great work on law enforcement, on — on pushing back on MS-13 gangs, on his SOS which is his Synthetic Opioid Surge task force, working with the new D.A., acting director. But he has recused himself from this. And the president rightfully wants to — wants America to see that this Mueller investigation comes to a conclusion in a timely fashion. So far no Russia collusion proven. And you know it.

“You know I was the campaign manager for the winning part of the campaign. I never talked to anybody in Russia. I talked to people in the Macomb County, Michigan and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Not Moscow. You know it, there’s no collusion. Paul Manafort’s on trial, has nothing to do with the campaign, Russia, collusion, the judge warned everybody not even to say those words.”

Source: Trump: Media Covering Up ‘The Biggest Story of Our Time’

Media Disappointed Only 30 White Nationalists Showed Up At Event They Hyped

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Several members of the press expressed their “extreme disappointment” that the white nationalist rally they hyped up for an entire week was only attended by 30 people Saturday. “We really wanted to use this to inflame the race war, so we were pretty bummed when we couldn’t get a good shot of millions of […] The post Media Disappointed Only 30 White Nationalists Showed Up At Event They Hyped appeared first on The Babylon Bee .

Source: Media Disappointed Only 30 White Nationalists Showed Up At Event They Hyped

President Trump RIPS INTO Peter Strzok After He’s Fired – Calls For Hillary ‘Sham Investigation’ to be ‘Properly Redone’ — The Gateway Pundit

Former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok was fired on Friday for violating bureau policies; his lawyer confirmed the firing Monday morning.

President Trump immediately came out swinging against Peter Strzok, who handled Hillary’s sham email investigation with kid gloves.

Trump railed against the Russia hoax investigation and asked if it would be dropped after the architect of the investigation, Peter Strzok was fired for his misconduct.

Strzok was also one of the ringleaders on Hillary’s sham investigation which makes the Russia hoax an even bigger scandal being that he migrated from Hillary’s investigation to the ‘get Trump’ Russia probe.

The President then called for the Hillary sham investigation to be “properly redone.”

TRUMP: Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI – finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction – I just fight back!

Redo the sham Hillary investigation, says President Trump.

TRUMP: Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!

 

via President Trump RIPS INTO Peter Strzok After He’s Fired – Calls For Hillary ‘Sham Investigation’ to be ‘Properly Redone’ — The Gateway Pundit

BREAKING: Trump-Hating FBI Agent Peter Strzok FIRED — The Gateway Pundit

Former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok was fired on Friday for violating bureau policies; his lawyer confirmed the firing Monday morning.

It is unclear whether Peter Strzok lost his top security clearance at this time.

The New York Times:

 Peter Strzok, the F.B.I. senior counterintelligence agent who disparaged President Trump in inflammatory text messages and helped oversee the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations, has been fired for violating bureau policies, Mr. Strzok’s lawyer said Monday.

Mr. Trump and his allies seized on the text messages — exchanged during the 2016 campaign with a former F.B.I. lawyer, Lisa Page — in assailing the Russia investigation as an illegitimate “witch hunt.” Mr. Strzok, who rose over 20 years at the F.B.I. to become one of its most experienced counterintelligence agents, was a key figure in the early months of the inquiry.

Along with writing the text messages, Mr. Strzok was accused of sending a highly sensitive search warrant to his personal email account.

It is not clear why Mr. Strzok, who was formally fired on Friday, was dismissed at this time. In June, his conduct was laid out in a wide-ranging inspector general’s report on how the F.B.I. handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails in the run up to the 2016 election. And in July, he testified before the House about the text messages.

Peter Strzok and his lover FBI lawyer Lisa Page sent each other thousands of text messages which was discovered by Inspector General Horowitz.

In what is believed to be one of the most damning text exchange between the FBI lovebirds was a discussion about an “insurance policy” to keep Trump out of office.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office…that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected…but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok text messaged to Page in an Aug. 15, 2016 exchange, referring to Andrew McCabe.

“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” Strzok added.

Other profanity-laced text messages between Strzok and Page showed their contempt for Donald Trump.

Peter Strzok also said in a text message to Lisa Page “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming President.

His lover Lisa Page resigned in early May.

James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Comey confidant, James Baker were previously fired and or resigned.

via BREAKING: Trump-Hating FBI Agent Peter Strzok FIRED — The Gateway Pundit

August 13, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Surveying Their Blessings

if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. (2:3)

Peter’s fifth perspective or motivation for desiring the Word of God echoes the psalmist’s words, “O taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8). If is a first-class conditional participle introducing the facts or conditions necessary for a proposition to be true. Since his readers had tasted or experienced the kindness—goodness and grace—of the Lord in their conversion, they already knew how blessed and wonderful it was. Therefore, they should have desired more of that goodness through feeding on His Word. Believers ought to regularly survey the blessings of their salvation, remembering the many times God has answered their prayers (cf. Pss. 40:1; 116:1; 138:3; Jer. 33:3; Matt. 7:7; John 15:7; 1 John 5:14–15), and all the times He has touched their lives with His kindness and mercy (cf. Pss. 17:7; 26:3; 36:7; 103:11; 106:1; 117:2; 118:29; 138:2; Lam. 3:22–23; Luke 1:50; Gal. 6:16; Eph. 2:4). The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts” (Jer. 15:16).

Peter’s simple analogy comparing a newborn baby craving for its mother’s milk with a believer of any maturity level passionately longing for the Word of God concludes the apostle’s series of exhortations that began at 1:13. First, as a result of their salvation, Christians are to respond to God by pursuing holiness (1:13–21). Second, believers must respond to others in the church by loving them as brothers and sisters in Christ (1:22–25). Finally, believers must respond to their essential need for the Word by continually desiring it (2:1–3). With the psalmist all should affirm, “Your word is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth” (Ps. 119:140–142).[1]


3 With a focus on the readers’ experience of Christian faith, Peter employs a partial citation from Psalm 34:8, writing, “now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” While at first glance, the writer’s borrowing from this Davidic psalm may seem arbitrary, very much the opposite is the case. Psalm 34 extols the Lord in the context of affliction (v. 2), deliverance from fears (vv. 4, 7), and salvation from difficulties (v. 6). The psalmist therefore enthuses, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him [cf. 1 Pe 1:17], and he delivers them” (v. 7), which leads into the subsequent declaration (vv. 8–9): “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.”

The points of contact between Psalm 34 and 1 Peter become immediately apparent: trials and difficulties, affliction, deliverance from fear, salvation, and a pronounced reverential fear and trust in the Lord. The remainder of the psalm confesses divine nearness: “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous” (v. 15); “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (v. 18); “a righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (v. 19); and “the foes of the righteous will be condemned” (v. 21). The psalm concludes with the reassuring proclamation that “the Lord redeems his servants” and that “no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him” (v. 22).

Sensitive to his readers’ situation, Peter appropriately enlists the “word of God,” spoken in a similar situation, in order to encourage and strengthen his audience. Indeed, Psalm 34 is of such relevance to the readers that Peter will cite verbatim from it later in the epistle (3:10–12). Peter’s reminder is ethical in trajectory. To the extent that the readers experience (“taste and see”) the Lord as good, they move progressively forward in the continuum of salvation.[2]


2:3 / Now that you have tasted that the Lord is good is virtually a straight quotation from Psalm 34:8, a psalm much in Peter’s mind (see 3:10–12). The citation is highly appropriate to crown his comments, for good translates the Greek chrēstos, a play on the title Christ (Christos). In common with other nt writers, Peter interprets Lord in ot texts as referring to Jesus Christ, and in v. 4 he makes this explicit. Furthermore, the meaning of chrēstos is richer than “kindness” (Luke 6:35; Rom. 2:4; Eph. 4:32). An “easy gentle relationship” (Matt. 11:30) paraphrases the sense intended here. How can new believers, who have now experienced the tenderness of divine love when they came into contact with Jesus Christ for the first time, ever want to slide back into their old way of life? But it will be only too easy to do so unless they continue to grow in the faith and the knowledge of their Lord (2 Pet. 3:18). Such development will not follow automatically. They must play their part by taking in spiritual food.

It will not have taken the early church long to see an even deeper meaning in the choice of vocabulary, for chrēstos is the regular word also for wholesome and pleasant food (Luke 5:39). An allusion to the Lord’s Supper would soon have occurred to them (John 6:35). But feeding on Christ the living Word through the inspired written Scriptures is doubtless what Peter has primarily in mind.[3]


2:3. Believers in Jesus Christ have experienced a taste of God’s grace in their lives. God’s grace is no excuse for us to behave as we please. The goodness and grace of God should be our greatest incentives to spiritual growth and progress.[4]


2:3 If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. What a tremendous impetus for thirsting for the pure spiritual milk! The if does not express any doubt; we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8). His sacrifice for us was an act of unspeakable goodness and kindness (Tit. 3:4). What we have already tasted of His kindness should whet our appetites to feed more and more on Him. The sweet taste of nearness to Him should make us dread the thought of ever wandering away from Him.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2004). 1 Peter (pp. 101–102). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Charles, D. J. (2006). 1 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 313). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (pp. 57–58). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Walls, D., & Anders, M. (1999). I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude (Vol. 11, p. 29). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2257). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

August 13, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post that he would have dinner with Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Friday.

A white nationalist rally in the heart of Washington drew two dozen demonstrators and thousands of chanting counter protesters on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Former White House aide and reality television participant Omarosa Manigault Newman played a recording in a TV interview on Sunday of her dismissal and indicated she had other recordings from her time in the Trump administration.

Three of every 10 candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives have significant security problems with their websites, according to a new study by independent researchers that underscores the threat hackers pose to the November elections.

U.S. Representative Chris Collins, an ally of President Donald Trump charged with taking part in an insider trading scheme, halted his campaign for re-election on Saturday, as Republicans sought to minimize the damage from his case ahead of November’s midterm elections.

The wife of imprisoned Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is facing up to 14 years in jail in Myanmar for allegedly violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, gave birth to a girl on Friday.

Militants behind an attack on Jordanian police supported Islamic State and investigations had revealed plans for more attacks on security and civilian targets, Jordan’s interior minister said on Monday.

Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni, where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting.

Thousands of mourners on Monday buried dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the three-year-old war.

Tunisia’s president on Monday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any challenge to Islamic law.

Iran’s Supreme Leader on Monday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of unconditional talks to improve bilateral ties and he also accused the Iranian government of economic mismanagement in the face of reimposed U.S. sanctions.

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Federal authorities were seeking to learn what drove an airline worker to steal an empty airplane from Seattle’s airport in a security scare that caused the scrambling of U.S. fighter jets and ended when the plane crashed onto a sparsely populated island.

A delegation from the Afghan Taliban met officials in Uzbekistan during a five-day trip to the country last week to discuss issues including transport and power lines and peace in Afghanistan.

The death toll from an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has topped 400, authorities said, as bodies were still being recovered from the ruins of destroyed buildings.

Sunday morning, a NASA rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe was successfully launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – marking the beginning of a seven-year mission that aims to get the probe closer to the sun than any human-made object has gone before.

The death toll of an explosion at a weapons depot in northwestern Syria has risen to 69, mostly civilians including 17 children, a monitor said Monday as search operations continued.

Alaska’s North Slope was hit Sunday by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, the most powerful ever recorded in the region, the state’s seismologist said.

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China has said reports it is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in detention in Xinjiang are “completely untrue”.

Food supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low, as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day, the UN has warned. “Life is getting hard for people, they can’t get food or water.”

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he would allow US FBI agents into the country to help investigate the alleged assassination attempt against him a week ago.

A detachment of Nigerian troops fired into the air on Sunday – at an airport in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri – to protest against their redeployment to the frontline of the conflict against Islamist militants.

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers.

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A British religious-rights organization that has focused on relief of persecuted Christians in Muslim lands has a new fight on its hands – fighting for the right to read the Bible in public in England.

Ten shipping containers filled with food, baby products, and over-the-counter medications like Tylenol – all supplies desperately needed in the days and weeks following Hurricane Maria – were found rotting in a Puerto Rico parking lot last week, never distributed.

Egyptian security forces foiled a suicide bombing attack at a Christian church outside Cairo on Saturday, state media reported.

The Boston Globe has been contacting newspaper editorial boards and proposing a “coordinated response” to President Trump’s escalating “enemy of the people” rhetoric. As of Saturday, “we have more than 100 publications signed up, and I expect that number to grow in the coming days.”


News – 8/13/2018

Oklahoma Noahide On the Trail of Temple Gold
One hour later, Barfield ran the data from the metal detector through his computer. Every spot was a hit and one locus especially so. “It showed up on the metal detector like Fort Knox,” Neese said. The Israeli government is still not permitting Barfield to investigate and there has been a moratorium on archaeological digging at Qumran.

Keith Ellison Facing Violent Domestic Abuse Allegations Less Than A Week Before Minnesota Primaries
A person claiming to be the son of a prominent Minnesota-based environmental activist is accusing Rep. Keith Ellison of physically assaulting his mother while the two were in a relationship. “My brother and I watched our mom come out of pure hell after getting out of her relationship with Keith Ellison,” His post comes as Ellison runs attorney general in Minnesota.

North, South Korea agree on third summit to be held in Pyongyang
North and South Korea agreed to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, the latest step forward in cross-border ties this year after more high-level talks on Monday, the South’s Unification Ministry said.

World stocks hit one-month low as Turkish rout spreads
World markets shuddered on Monday, as Turkey’s worsening currency crisis persuaded investors to dump equities and emerging markets and flee to safer assets such as government bonds and the dollar. “The plunge in the lira, which began in May, now looks certain to push the Turkish economy into recession, and it may well trigger a banking crisis,”…

Quake damage to Indonesia’s Lombok exceeds $342 million as deaths top 400
Indonesia’s holiday island of Lombok suffered damage running into more than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million) from last week’s huge earthquake, authorities said on Monday, as the death toll climbed to more than 430.

West Virginia’s Supreme Court Is So Corrupt, EVERY JUSTICE Faces Impeachment
Who presides over the impeachment trial of a state Supreme Court justice if the entire state Supreme Court is being impeached? It’s an absurd constitutional hypothetical West Virginians are left to grapple with, after the West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee drafted articles of impeachment against four justices on the state’s highest court.

Mega-pastor accused of ‘heresy’ for attack on Old Testament
Mega-pastor Andy Stanley caught a lot of theological flak back in May for telling his congregation it was time for them to “unhitch” from the Old Testament. It’s rare for American evangelical titans to clash publicly over basic theological doctrine. But that’s what’s happening here.

Germany’s Economic Minister Calls On Europe To Defy Trump’s Iran Sanctions
Almaier told Bild newspaper on Saturday that Germany should be assertive and defiant in the face of American sanctions by actually investing more in Iran. He said, “We don’t let Washington dictate [their will] on trade relations with other countries.” The German economic minister further told Bild that the world is on the brink of all-out economic war from which no one will come out ahead:

Bans don’t seem to be lessening reach of Alex Jones, InfoWars
Some of the nation’s largest technology and social media companies have tried to stop Alex Jones and his conspiracy theories. But in a digital world, their attempts seem to have barely slowed him down. InfoWars continues to see more than 1 million page visits per day and has trended upward this month, according to Amazon’s Alexa website traffic report, which also said InfoWars averages more than 25 million page views per month.

Bennett says Israel’s policy of restraint in Gaza has failed
“If we had struck the first kite launchers when there were still one or two of them, it would not have reached thousands,” Minister of Education Naftali Bennett said on Monday, saying that Israel’s policy of restraint has thus far not been successful. Bennett, a member of the security cabinet, told Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster, Israel’s policy of restraint in the Gaza Strip has failed and an alternative response to Hamas must be considered.

Turkish lira recoups losses following Central Bank intervention
Turkey’s lira pulled back from a record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity and cut reserve requirements for Turkish banks, but its meltdown continued to rattle global markets. The currency has lost more than 40 percent against the dollar this year, largely over worries about President Tayyip Erdogan’s influence over the economy, his repeated calls for lower interest rates, and worsening ties with the United States.

Ghazni: Afghans in battlefield city ‘can’t find food’
Food supplies in the Afghan city of Ghazni are running low, as a battle with the Taliban rages for a fourth day, the UN has warned. “Life is getting hard for people, they can’t get food or water,” a man who fled the city on Sunday told the BBC. More than 100 people, mostly government soldiers and police, have been killed since the Taliban stormed Ghazni from four sides early on Friday.

Arms depot blast in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor
At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say. The building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker. Dozens of people are still missing, a monitor and correspondents say.

Sex abuse scandals continue plaguing Catholic Church
With revelation after revelation, a new wave of sexual abuse scandals is rocking the Roman Catholic Church and presenting Pope Francis with the greatest crisis of his papacy. In Chile, prosecutors have raided church offices, seized documents and accused leaders of a coverup. In Australia, top church figures are facing detention and trials.

South Africa risks ‘Zimbabwe-style land chaos’
Shockwaves are still being felt in South Africa after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s controversial announcement that the country’s constitution is to be changed to explicitly allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. Markets reacted negatively and the currency, the rand, has continued to plummet over the last week.

Kremlin says backs use of national currencies for bilateral trade
The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favored bilateral trade with all countries in their national currencies, rather than the dollar, but that the idea needed detailed work before being implemented. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey was preparing to conduct trade through national currencies with China, Russia and Ukraine.

Biggest-ever earthquake recorded on North Slope
So far, there are no reports of any significant impacts to communities or infrastructure as a result of the 6.4 quake. “This is the biggest earthquake within a few hundred miles, at least, of that area that we have records for,” Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Michael West said . In the hours after the main quake, there were series of substantial aftershocks in the region, including a magnitude 6 earthquake at 1:15 p.m. — that’s the second largest earthquake ever recorded north of the Brooks Range.

Grotesque: U.S. gov’t cannibalizing babies so mice can live
In a development that is almost too Nazi-esque to believe, our own government is working with Planned Parenthood to get “fresh” tissue from aborted babies to produce “humanized mice.” Although it is almost impossible to believe, every word you read in that first sentence is true.

Officials: Israel Never Signed Ceasefire; Hamas’ Days Numbered
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) said in an interview with Reshet Bet on Sunday, “We used this last round to seriously harm the missile and UAV infrastructure. We as the Cabinet need to see the bigger picture. We have not signed a ceasefire agreement and we are keeping our cards close.” “Toppling Hamas is an option and we are closer to it than in the past,” Steinitz added.

DNC co-chair, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend
The co-chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Keith Ellison, was accused of emotional and physical abuse by an ex-girlfriend who said: “You know you did that to me.”

Khamenei: We won’t negotiate with the US
“Today’s livelihood problems do not emerge from outside; they are internal. If actions are taken more efficiently, more prudently, more swiftly and more firmly, #sanctions cannot have much effect and they can be resisted,” he tweeted.

Turkish journalist: Erdogan seeming more and more like Hitler
Turkish journalist slams Turkish Pres. Erdogan’s salute, says he sacrifices lives.
Erdogan looks increasingly like a #Hitler as he asks the audience to stand up and salute with his invention of #Rabia sign he borrowed from the street protests of Muslim Brotherhood in #Egypt,” Bozkurt tweeted.

Fight to read Bible in public hits Britain
A British religious-rights organization that has focused on relief of persecuted Christians in Muslim lands has a new fight on its hands – fighting for the right to read the Bible in public in England.

V.A. facility in D.C. resembles ‘3rd world hospital’
A retired U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and prominent veterans advocate is fuming after new revelations that the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington is failing to meet even the most basic medical standards.

Christian Student-Led Group Banned From Campus For Requiring Leaders to Follow Faith Tenants
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a student-led group at The University of Iowa, was kicked off campus for requiring members and leaders to agree with faith tenants.

Some Priests Listed In Massive Sexual Abuse Report Are Still In Ministry
The bishop of Pittsburgh said Friday that some priests named in a massive sexual abuse report remain in ministry because of unsubstantiated allegations.

Democrats Launch Software To ‘Identify Russian Bots’ Ahead Of Midterms
In a failing attempt to prevent Donald Trump from winning the midterm election, the US Democratic Party has launched an internal software that allegedly identifies suspected Russian bots and a fake account.

Expert Exposes Liberals Who Blame West Coast Fires on ‘Global Warming’
Dr. Bob Zybach, a veteran foresting expert has exposed the liberal “coffee shop” fear  mongers who claim that “climate change” is behind the recent spate of wildfires in California.

Secret FEMA Camp In Alaska- Holds 2 million- NSA Blocked This Interview
This is the interview that the NSA went to great lengths to block.  The interview was cut off and the late Josh Coy (WYDE FM host) and I were not able to reconnect. During the course of the interview there was incessant tapping and heavy breathing. That did not come from us.   At the end I was cut off in mid-sentence. Further, we are about to find out why the Deep State is about to need all the FEMA camps they can develop.

China Fires On US Navy In the South China Sea
Ever since President Trump introduced tariffs on Chinese products, the Chinese have greatly increased their naval presence in the South China Sea. Countries from Vietnam, to the Philippines, to Taiwan and Australia are fearful of China’s next move.

What the Globalists Cannot Hide Is Christian Genocide
The UK is turning its back on Christians. Many have applied for asylum only to be denied. Judith Bergman stated that when the anti-Christian United Nations presented a list recommending 1,358 Syrians for refugee status and subsequent resettlement in Britain, that only four were Christian. The rest were Muslim. However, the UN was kind compared to the UK government. At the end of the day, the UK would not accept even one Christian, but did accept 1,112 Muslims.

REPORT: The U.S. intelligence community wants to use DNA as the next data storage trove
The amount of electronic data we generate every year is quickly outstripping the capacity of the latest storage systems. The U.S. intelligence community wants a new storage material that can accomodate all that data. In an article on Live Science, they are looking into a rather concerning source that is known to store dense amounts of data: Human DNA.

Life in the new shanty town taking root on Paris’s abandoned railway
This section of the derelict Petite Ceinture railway – known for its hipster cafe and beer garden – is now home to a squatter camp too. Annabelle Azadé meets some of the 350 people who live in its makeshift shacks

Mysterious dog disease hits Virginia city: ‘There’s an epidemic underway’
Veterinarians in Virginia are warning pet owners to be on the lookout for a mysterious disease — similar to whooping cough — spreading among canines in the Charlottesville area.


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Arrest Warrant issued for NAR Apostle David Tomberlin – exposed for having multiple wives, kidnapping & prostitution?

Willow Creek Has A Lot More to Repent of Than Sexual Abuse Cover-Ups

Pat Robertson’s Operation Blessing Working With ‘Strange Bedfellow’ Lesbian Teachers Union President

John Piper Changed ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness.’ Experts Weigh In

Evangelical Leaders Urge White House To Raise Refugee Admissions For 2019

Shoplifting suspect at Texas Walmart arrested after going back for Bible he forgot

‘I Bless Those Who Have Persecuted Me’: Iranian Christian in Prison for Establishing House Churches Pens Open Letter


Headlines – 8/13/2018

Netanyahu: Israel won’t accept anything less than a full ceasefire in Gaza

Netanyahu: We are the midst of a campaign against terror in the Gaza Strip

Security cabinet huddles over Gaza Strip violence, ceasefire with Hamas

Minister: Toppling Hamas is an option, Israel closer to it than ever

Israel said to confiscate tens of thousands of balloons en route to Gaza

Amid major shortage, PA orders cancer drugs be sent to Gaza

Over half of Palestinian college graduates are unemployed, report finds

Egypt losing hope to partner with Trump for Middle East “deal of the century”

PM: Many Arabs protesting nation-state law want Israel to be a Palestinian state

Netanyahu says waving of Palestinian flags proves there is need for Nationality Law

Netanyahu threatens elections if ultra-Orthodox won’t compromise on draft bill

Isaac Herzog: ‘Diaspora Jews are drifting away from Israel’

Preparing for fight against Hezbollah, army tries out combat reshuffle

Bodies of 3 suspected terrorists found after Jordan shootout

Children among 39 civilians killed in Syria arms depot blast

Turkey ready to create more safe zones in Syria

Turkey Helping Syrian Rebels to Build New ‘National Army’ to Fight Assad

Blast Near Syrian-Turkish Border Kills at Least 18; Cause Unclear

Erdogan Denies Turkey Is in Economic Crisis: ‘It’s Just Fluctuations’

Iran’s Khamenei Calls for Action Amid ‘Economic War’ Fueled by Falling Currency

Iranian forces tasked with protecting Khamenei ‘deploy on Iraq border’

U.S. Ambassador Urges Britain To Ditch ‘Flawed’ Iran Nuclear Deal

US ambassador says UK should join Trump and put pressure on Iran

Russian, Iranian presidents meet on sidelines of Caspian Summit, praise their work to ensure Assad’s victory in Syria

Russia says will ditch U.S. securities amid sanctions

No one can ‘obliterate’ Taiwan’s existence, president says on departure for U.S.

Germany: Trump is ‘destroying economic growth’ with trade war

Drowned out by protesters, Washington white supremacist march fizzles

Poll: One year after Charlottesville, majority of Americans see racial tensions on the rise

Thousands rally to demand Romanian government resignation

Manchester police say 10 people hospitalized after shooting

Omarosa Manigault Newman Releases Alleged Secret Recording of Her Firing from White House

Omarosa’s ‘Unhinged’ bombshells: Trump racist, mentally ‘in decline,’ ‘physically’ unwell

White House exploring legal options against Omarosa Manigault Newman for making secret recording in Situation Room

Horizon Air Plane Theft, Crash Exposes Cracks in Airport Security

On ‘mission to touch the sun,’ Parker Solar Probe has launched

Strongest-ever earthquake strikes Alaska’s North Slope region

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaktovik, Alaska

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaktovik, Alaska

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Southeast of Easter Island

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaktovik, Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaktovik, Alaska

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria could be forced out of their temporary homes

Storms bring dangerous flooding to the East Coast

More than 100 large wildfires in U.S. as new blazes erupt

Wildfire rages on Greek island of Evia, villages evacuated

Nearly 10K people have gotten cancer from toxic 9/11 dust

Algae crisis explodes into leading campaign issue in Florida

Vermont exec would be nation’s first transgender governor


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New Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Are Officially The Party Of Socialism — The Federalist

More Democrats have a favorable view of socialism than those who have a favorable view of capitalism, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Of Democrats and those who lean Democrat surveyed, only 47 percent had a favorable view of capitalism, down from 56 percent in 2016. Fifty-seven percent said they viewed socialism favorably, which is within the margin of error (+\- 3 percent) from the 58 percent of Democrats who viewed socialism favorably in 2016.

By contrast, 71 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of capitalism — a number that is within the margin of error from the 68 percent who viewed it favorably in 2016. Only 16 percent of Republicans said they viewed socialism favorably, which is also within the margin of error from the 13 percent of those who viewed it favorably when Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was on the campaign trail seeking the Democratic nomination for president two years ago.

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Views of socialism and capitalism have remained largely unchanged among Republicans since 2010, whereas Democrats’ view of capitalism has declined by 6 percent since 2010.

Young Americans — defined in this poll as those between 18 and 29 years of age — view socialism significantly more favorably than older Americans. Fifty one percent of those within that age cohort view socialism favorably, which has stayed largely consistent since 2010. But the number of young Americans who view capitalism favorably has fallen from 68 percent in 2010 to 45 percent in 2018. Among those 65 years and older, only 28 percent said they had a favorable view of socialism, while 60 percent said they had a favorable view of capitalism.

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is projected to win a New York congressional seat this November, has advocated for socialist policies in her time on the campaign trail alongside Sanders. Ocasio-Cortez’s embrace of socialism marks a significant departure from her views as a student at Boston College just a few years ago, when she favored Adam Smith’s ideology about the free market and said feminism was a “relic.”

via New Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Are Officially The Party Of Socialism — The Federalist

The Ten Most Hateful Americans and Why they Matter — Christian Research Network

Language alert!

“John Brennan was Obama’s CIA director who once voted for Communist Gus Hall for president. This Deep State denizen, who many believe helped organized the Obama spying on the Trump camp during the election, is suffering from a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

(Frank Hawkins – American Thinker)  The American Left is stoking hatred and it’s tearing us apart. Our media is guilty of not only of failing to shame those responsible, in many cases they egg them on, giving them a platform. The volume of irrational hatred spewing into our ether is extremely unhealthy, even dangerous for our republic and the broader American culture.

To be sure, there has been excessive rhetoric from the man who could well go down as the most accomplished and successful president in our history at the rate his achievements mount. But President Trump’s willingness to verbally punch back at his political enemies, sometimes crudely, pales in comparison to the level of hate being spewed out by leftists.

Our country is 242 years old. One has to wonder how it can survive much longer as the decibels of hate, particularly from the left, continue to rise almost hysterically.  We’ve already had one civil war. That one cost over 600,000 lives. We don’t need another one.

At a minimum, those pumping out the hate need to be identified, shamed and shunned. This is what an active media should be doing. So who are we talking about? Here’s my list of the top 10 most vicious and dangerous haters in America today.  View article →

via The Ten Most Hateful Americans and Why they Matter — Christian Research Network

SO CLUELESS: 100 Anti-Trump Newspapers Will All Post Anti-Trump Editorials on Same Day… As If This Is Different Than Any Other Day — The Gateway Pundit

Do these clowns ever read their own newspapers?

The average broadcast media coverage of President Trump is still 90% negative after several months in office and historic gains in the economy and in foreign policy.

Americans’ trust in the media continues to decline.

The media coverage in America is so awful Trump supporters regularly scream at the media at his rallies.

But the liberal media operatives in America are clueless idiots.

And now 100 far left papers are organizing their hatred for President Trump by agreeing to post anti-Trump editorials this Thursday… Just like they do any other day.

CNN reported:

“The dirty war on the free press must end.”

That’s the idea behind an unusual editorial-writing initiative that has enlisted scores of newspapers across America.

The Boston Globe has been contacting newspaper editorial boards and proposing a “coordinated response” to President Trump’s escalating “enemy of the people” rhetoric.

“We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,” The Globe said in its pitch to fellow papers.

The effort began just a few days ago.

Read the rest here.

Do these far left hacks think they are fooling anyone?

via SO CLUELESS: 100 Anti-Trump Newspapers Will All Post Anti-Trump Editorials on Same Day… As If This Is Different Than Any Other Day — The Gateway Pundit

Christians Facing Serious Crisis in California (Greg Davidson) — SBC Voices

The California Statehouse certainly has the reputation of passing legislation that is extreme and activist against Christians and their Biblical worldview. Recently the Supreme Court struck down AB775, a law passed by the California Assembly and Senate and signed into law by the Governor, that would have forced pro-life clinics to post notices, and tell mothers they can abort their babies and have California taxpayers foot the bill via the state’s Medi-Cal program.

Now we are facing what might be the most dangerous piece of legislation yet. AB2943, a bill backed and supported by the LBGTQ, has passed the California Assembly and is poised to be voted on by the Senate. AB2943, if it becomes law, would jail pastors or teachers. and impose the severest of fines if a speaker is paid by a church as a conference, seminar, retreat speaker, etc., and they speak on God’s loving redemption and way out of the lifestyle of the sin of homosexuality. Furthermore, if a church sells a book that communicates how the Bible offers God’s freedom from the sin of homosexuality, then prison sentences and the severest of fines could be imposed. If a church counselor is paid by a client for services, and the counselor shares that homosexuality is outside of the plan of God, and God offers them salvation that will deliver them from homosexuality, they will be considered a lawbreaker for practicing what they call “conversion therapy.” The law does not apply to a pastor’s weekly teaching and preaching at his church. These are dangerous days for believers in California.

The California Southern Baptist Convention has rallied believers to stand up to oppose the bill. Russell Moore has sent a letter to our Governor requesting that he not sign the bill as it violates religious liberty. Christians have united from across the state and rallied on the steps of the Sacramento Statehouse. I am an ambassador for the Alliance Defending Freedom, and I have spent hours with their lawyers on the phone discussing this dangerous piece of legislation. They will be filing a lawsuit against the State of California if they pass AB2943, and make it the law of the State of California. The Alliance Defending Freedom has already won three cases at the Supreme Court this year. Please pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ in California, and if you have any influence with any elected official in our state, please help us in this challenging hour that we face

Greg Davidson is pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of Vacaville, California. 

via Christians Facing Serious Crisis in California (Greg Davidson) — SBC Voices

August 13 The Sick Need a Physician

When Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.”—Matt. 9:12

Basic human logic and common sense tells us that physically sick people need treatment from a doctor. Here Jesus simply answers the Pharisees’ cynical question with the plain statement that the spiritually sick also need treatment. It’s as if He said to the Jews, “If you’re really so spiritually healthy, you don’t need a spiritual physician. But if by their own confession, the sinners I’m eating with are the spiritually needy who must have the gospel presented, then that’s why I’m ministering to them. I’m the Great Physician who can bring spiritual healing—salvation—to those who recognize their desperate need.”

By analogy, no credible physician would spend all his or her time among healthy people and refuse to be with the sick. By implication, Jesus was asking the Pharisees if they—the self-proclaimed theological and religious “experts” who had all the answers for the unenlightened—were refusing to give them that medicine. This was an incredible indictment of the self-righteous, hard-hearted religionists.

The Pharisees were hypocrites who carefully fussed about the most minute matters of the law but neglected the bigger issues such as “justice and mercy and faithfulness” (Matt. 23:23). They loved themselves but hated others and revealed themselves to be without the compassion and mercy God’s law requires.

We have to ask, How could the Pharisees resent the healing of those sinners God Himself desired to heal? With such an attitude they proved themselves to be sickest of all—actually dead spiritually.

ASK YOURSELF

How are we guilty of spending an undue percentage of our time providing care and attention for the spiritually sound? What is this an indicator of? What can you do to avoid this imbalance in your church and personal ministry?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 234). Chicago: Moody Publishers.