Daily Archives: August 16, 2018

August 16: No Fear and Full Confidence

Isaiah 33:1–17; Luke 11:37–12:21; Job 8:1–10

Jesus didn’t exactly follow social niceties as a dinner guest. Once again while dining with a Pharisee, He exposed the hypocrisy that was rampant among those religious leaders: “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but your inside is full of greediness and wickedness” (Luke 11:39). The “woes” He followed with challenged His host and, by extension, the Pharisees in general.

His boldness is a trait He wanted to pass on to His disciples: “But nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, and secret that will not be made known” (Luke 12:2). The gospel message will not be kept secret; the new kingdom is coming into being.

Jesus wanted the disciples to be fearless among people because it is God who is in charge, not the Pharisees; they had built up a false construct of authority. And although they may have exercised authority—they could kill and spread fear—they weren’t ultimately in charge.

God is in charge: “But I will show you whom you should fear: fear the one who has authority, after the killing, to throw you into hell! Yes, I tell you, fear this one! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered! Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:5–7).

When we’re overwhelmed by rampant sin and evil around us—even in us—it’s comforting to maintain this sure knowledge. It is God who both judges and gives life. If we confess Jesus as God, we have nothing to fear. We can be bold in trials and have confidence in Him.

What confidence do you have in your trials? How can you place your trust in God rather than people?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


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

August 16 Exalting Others

“Love does not brag” (1 Cor. 13:4).

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Love exalts others; pride exalts self.

Most of us shy away from people who have an inflated view of themselves or place themselves at the center of every conversation. Yet perhaps you too struggle with the temptation to spend most of your conversations talking about yourself. Even if you would never openly brag about yourself, might you at times secretly resent others for not acknowledging your accomplishments? That’s the subtlety of pride.

Boasting always violates love because it seeks to exalt itself at the expense of others—to make itself look good while making others look inferior. It incites jealousy and other sins. Sadly, boasting exists even in the church. That’s why Paul exhorted us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, “but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith” (Rom. 12:3). The context of that statement is spiritual gifts, which can lead to pride if not governed by humility and love.

The Corinthians were spiritual show-offs—each vying for attention and prominence. Consequently their worship services were chaotic. First Corinthians 14:26 says, “When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation.” Apparently they all were expressing their spiritual gifts at the same time with no regard for anyone else. That’s why Paul concluded, “Let all things be done for edification.”

Their lack of love was obvious because people who truly love others don’t exalt themselves. They regard others as more important than themselves, just as Christ did when He humbled Himself and died for our sins (Phil. 2:3–8).

Boasting about our spiritual gifts is absurd because we did nothing to earn them. They don’t reflect our capabilities; they reflect God’s grace. That’s why Paul asked the Corinthians, “What do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Cor. 4:7). That applies to physical capabilities as well as spiritual enablements. Everything you have is a gift from God. Therefore, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Cor. 1:31).

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Each day acknowledge your total dependence on God’s grace. ✧ Praise Him for the gifts He has entrusted to you.

For Further Study: Note what God has to say about haughtiness in Proverbs 6:16–17, 16:18, 18:12, 21:3–4, and 21:24.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 241). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Ed Stetzer Attacks John MacArthur Over Social Justice — Pulpit & Pen

It’s hard to find a man who’s been more consistently wrong on important issues pertinent to evangelicalism than Ed Stetzer. Stetzer was an avid defender and compatriot of Mark Driscoll, before he was publicly disgraced and Mars Hill church collapsed like a pile of sand. Stetzer was a defender and compatriot of the Emergent Church, before it was swept into the dustbin of history. Stetzer, during his time at Lifeway, chose to sell fake Heaven Tourism book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, even though he was personally told it was false (when the news story broke worldwide, Stetzer lied, claiming he didn’t know). Stetzer, during his time at Lifeway, marketed books from the dregs of charismaticism, the gutter of theology and the ghetto of evangelical culture. It is hard to find a Word-Faith prophetess or fallen pastor that Stetzer has not taken a smiley selfie, followed up with articles and interviews lauding the false teachers and pimping their material. In spite of being consistently wrong, finding himself to have outlasted many of the movements he’s supported, Stetzer is still a regular evangelical talking head on topics he’s woefully unqualified to speak about, waxing poetic on the problems of evangelicalism and offering solutions to fix them.

Ed Stetzer offering solutions to evangelicalism’s problems is like a prostitute selling anti-biotics out of the trunk of her car. Ed Stetzer is not the solution to the problem. He is the problem. Offering solutions to problems you helped create is not philanthropic, it’s extortion. Stetzer has personally profited (richly) from nearly every fad and fashionable diversion away from the Gospel that has plagued evangelicalism in the last 15 years. You can read more about Stetzer and his slithering, sinister, evangelical simony here. Most recently, he invited Hillsong prophetess, Christine Caine, to his new gig at Wheaton. He had also invited the woman who wrote a book about having sex with God, Anne Voskamp (read about that here).

Stetzer, who calls himself a “missiologist” (that’s essentially a made-up term that refers to someone who is infatuated with culture, has no faith in God’s sovereignty over salvation or the irresistible nature of the Spirit’s effectual call over sinners, and who – in the name of relevance and contextualization – makes a practice of becoming like the world in order to win it), has bravely taken up the mantle of Social Justice just about when everyone else was doing so. With his wetted pinky ever-extended in the wind, Stetzer determines from which way the wind is blowing and rides fads like surfer-dudes in Maui surf the waves. Stetzer, who is one of the most influential people in the Evangelical Intelligentsia,  decided to lash out at critics of Critical Race Theory just as the frothing feeding-frenzy of #woke evangelicalism snorted in Cultural Marxism like a line of coke. Getting “woke” was the new fad, and Stetzer is (like with every other perverse movement) be on that bandwagon come hell or high water.

 

Phil Johnson’s response to Stetzer’s now-deleted tweet was appropriate. Indeed, the same people who championed the Emergent Movement right before it shriveled up and died a still-born birth wrapped in the swaddling cloths of its own irrelevance, are now championing the Social Justice movement.

 

John MacArthur, to the exuberance of myriads, decided to speak out on the topic of Social Justice and earlier this week. In that article, MacArthur points out that he’s been preaching against racism for longer than most of the latte mafia have been alive and that he preached alongside those responsible for the Civil Rights Movement (and MacArthur was on the right side of history). Reports indicate MacArthur is going to be speaking out repeatedly on this topic. The cool kids of evangelicalism are vexed that MacArthur is going to pour cold water all over their little hipster party and that the elder theologian still has enough umph to mount a resistance to their compromised commandeering of the Gospel. We wrote about that article from MacArthur here.

Being gravely displeased that one of the most influential men in Christendom in the 20th and 21st Centuries would dare give his opinion on the topic of Social Justice, Stetzer sarcastically tweeted…

Of course, Dr. MacArthur is a hero for his resistance to all of the above. It’s almost like Stetzer was listing the thoroughly repudiated and embarrassing movements he’s personally been involved in and should repent for. One wonders what universe of delusion Stetzer is living when he suggests that MacArthur’s wise admonitions regarding the charismatic, seeker, and emerging movements weren’t completely warranted, downright prophetic and, ultimately, vindicated by history.

In a checklist, Stetzer lists the things that MacArthur has been 100% provenly right to criticize. In a checklist, Stetzer lists the things that he himself has personally been wrong about.

The irony is apparently lost on him. It was not lost on Justin Peters.

via Ed Stetzer Attacks John MacArthur Over Social Justice — Pulpit & Pen

Ed Stetzer Attacks John MacArthur Over Social Justice — Pulpit & Pen

It’s hard to find a man who’s been more consistently wrong on important issues pertinent to evangelicalism than Ed Stetzer. Stetzer was an avid defender and compatriot of Mark Driscoll, before he was publicly disgraced and Mars Hill church collapsed like a pile of sand. Stetzer was a defender and compatriot of the Emergent Church, before it was swept into the dustbin of history. Stetzer, during his time at Lifeway, chose to sell fake Heaven Tourism book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, even though he was personally told it was false (when the news story broke worldwide, Stetzer lied, claiming he didn’t know). Stetzer, during his time at Lifeway, marketed books from the dregs of charismaticism, the gutter of theology and the ghetto of evangelical culture. It is hard to find a Word-Faith prophetess or fallen pastor that Stetzer has not taken a smiley selfie, followed up with articles and interviews lauding the false teachers and pimping their material. In spite of being consistently wrong, finding himself to have outlasted many of the movements he’s supported, Stetzer is still a regular evangelical talking head on topics he’s woefully unqualified to speak about, waxing poetic on the problems of evangelicalism and offering solutions to fix them.

Ed Stetzer offering solutions to evangelicalism’s problems is like a prostitute selling anti-biotics out of the trunk of her car. Ed Stetzer is not the solution to the problem. He is the problem. Offering solutions to problems you helped create is not philanthropic, it’s extortion. Stetzer has personally profited (richly) from nearly every fad and fashionable diversion away from the Gospel that has plagued evangelicalism in the last 15 years. You can read more about Stetzer and his slithering, sinister, evangelical simony here. Most recently, he invited Hillsong prophetess, Christine Caine, to his new gig at Wheaton. He had also invited the woman who wrote a book about having sex with God, Anne Voskamp (read about that here).

Stetzer, who calls himself a “missiologist” (that’s essentially a made-up term that refers to someone who is infatuated with culture, has no faith in God’s sovereignty over salvation or the irresistible nature of the Spirit’s effectual call over sinners, and who – in the name of relevance and contextualization – makes a practice of becoming like the world in order to win it), has bravely taken up the mantle of Social Justice just about when everyone else was doing so. With his wetted pinky ever-extended in the wind, Stetzer determines from which way the wind is blowing and rides fads like surfer-dudes in Maui surf the waves. Stetzer, who is one of the most influential people in the Evangelical Intelligentsia,  decided to lash out at critics of Critical Race Theory just as the frothing feeding-frenzy of #woke evangelicalism snorted in Cultural Marxism like a line of coke. Getting “woke” was the new fad, and Stetzer is (like with every other perverse movement) be on that bandwagon come hell or high water.

 

Phil Johnson’s response to Stetzer’s now-deleted tweet was appropriate. Indeed, the same people who championed the Emergent Movement right before it shriveled up and died a still-born birth wrapped in the swaddling cloths of its own irrelevance, are now championing the Social Justice movement.

 

John MacArthur, to the exuberance of myriads, decided to speak out on the topic of Social Justice and earlier this week. In that article, MacArthur points out that he’s been preaching against racism for longer than most of the latte mafia have been alive and that he preached alongside those responsible for the Civil Rights Movement (and MacArthur was on the right side of history). Reports indicate MacArthur is going to be speaking out repeatedly on this topic. The cool kids of evangelicalism are vexed that MacArthur is going to pour cold water all over their little hipster party and that the elder theologian still has enough umph to mount a resistance to their compromised commandeering of the Gospel. We wrote about that article from MacArthur here.

Being gravely displeased that one of the most influential men in Christendom in the 20th and 21st Centuries would dare give his opinion on the topic of Social Justice, Stetzer sarcastically tweeted…

Of course, Dr. MacArthur is a hero for his resistance to all of the above. It’s almost like Stetzer was listing the thoroughly repudiated and embarrassing movements he’s personally been involved in and should repent for. One wonders what universe of delusion Stetzer is living when he suggests that MacArthur’s wise admonitions regarding the charismatic, seeker, and emerging movements weren’t completely warranted, downright prophetic and, ultimately, vindicated by history.

In a checklist, Stetzer lists the things that MacArthur has been 100% provenly right to criticize. In a checklist, Stetzer lists the things that he himself has personally been wrong about.

The irony is apparently lost on him. It was not lost on Justin Peters.

via Ed Stetzer Attacks John MacArthur Over Social Justice — Pulpit & Pen

Poll: Congress Approval at 17%

House Speaker Paul Ryan
(R-Wisc.) and House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
(YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) — As the mid-term elections approach, it is interesting to note that Congress’ approval rating is at 17%, according to the latest Gallup survey.

In the poll, Gallup asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

For the 1,024 adults polled, only 17% approved of Congress’ job performance.

Source: Poll: Congress Approval at 17%

AUGUST 16 “FROZEN” UNBELIEF

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief.

Hebrews 3:12

Study the life of faithful Noah and you will know what he would say if he could come and counsel you today: “Whenever you hear God’s truth,” he would say, “you will go either in the direction you are moved, or you will just wait.

“If you wait, you will find that the next time you hear the truth, it will not move you quite as much. The next time, it will move you less—and the time will come when that truth will not move you at all!”

We need that message in our generation, for there is a distressing kind of “frozen” unbelief all around us. Men and women are paying little heed to any of God’s warning signals.

As a farm boy, I learned the lesson of little chicks—an easy prey for hawks overhead. The mother hen heard the high pitched cry of the soaring hawk and gave her own special “cluck cluck” of warning. Her chicks scampered to her side and soon she had them all tucked safely under her feathers.

Thank God, there is a true faith that is not ashamed to move in the direction of the Ark of safety!

Lord, I pray that today I will be especially alert to God’s truth and that I will take any appropriate action that is impressed upon my spirit.[1]


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

August 16, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump praised the strength of the U.S. dollar on Thursday after the greenback reached a 14-month high against a broad basket of other currencies a day earlier.

Hundreds of U.S. newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.

President Donald Trump took steps on Wednesday to loosen limits on when the U.S. government can deploy cyber weapons against adversaries, reversing Obama-era guidelines, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

U.S. senators agreed on Wednesday to debate and vote in the next few days on more than $850 billion in spending on defense, labor and healthcare programs, as the Trump administration announced its objections to some parts of the bill.

The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira.

Hackers operating from an elite Chinese university probed American companies and government departments for espionage opportunities following a U.S. trade delegation visit to China earlier this year, security researchers told Reuters.

U.S. homebuilding rebounded less than expected from a nine-month low in July, suggesting the housing market was likely to tread water for the rest of this year against rising mortgage rates.

A Colorado baker who won a narrow Supreme Court victory over his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is suing the state after it launched another case against him for declining to create a cake for a transgender woman.

AP Top Stories

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency on Monday as a months-long red tide continues to spread throughout the region’s waters, killing hundreds of turtles and sickening people in coastal communities.

A sixth first responder has died battling this year’s wildfires in California, fighting what has become the largest wildfire in California’s history.

National Guard soldiers are supporting response efforts, providing unique military capabilities to contain the fires.

A man has been arrested after more than 76 people overdosed in 24 hours after taking synthetic marijuana suspected of being laced with fentanyl – an opioid.

A man detained on suspicion of carrying out a terrorist attack outside Britain’s parliament is Salih Khater, a British citizen of Sudanese origin, a European security source told Reuters.

With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighboring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay home.

Ford disclosed Tuesday it will spend $740 million on a project to revamp Michigan Central Station, Detroit’s historic but dilapidated former rail station, as well as other neighborhood sites.

A suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday, killing dozens of people and wounding dozens more in an attack blamed on the Islamic State group, officials said.

Two Democrats are poised to become the first Muslim women in Congress, offering a sharp counterpoint to the anti-Muslim policies and sentiment surfacing in Washington and across the country. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota state lawmaker and Somali-American former refugee, is favored to take a seat in Congress after winning her Democratic primary in a left-leaning Minnesota district on Tuesday.

Up to 300 bridges, viaducts and tunnels in Italy are at risk of structural failure, experts warned, as the death toll from the collapse of a bridge in Genoa rose to 39, including three children.

Disillusioned and exhausted, Nigerian troops battling a surge in Boko Haram jihadist attacks have reached breaking point, protesting less than six months before presidential polls.

A new Catholic school in Baltimore will no longer feature the name of a late cardinal accused of failing to act in the case of priests who abused children in Pennsylvania.

The investigation into an assassination attempt on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro using drones has widened to include the arrest of two high-ranking military officers.

BBC

Four students in Mexico have developed a jacket they say could protect those wearing it from attacks. Once armed, the sleeves of the coat can emit an electric shock making anyone holding on to them recoil.

President Trump has signed an order relaxing rules around the use of cyber-weapons.

An Oklahoma school system has reopened after violent threats against a 12-year-old transgender student prompted its closure for two days.

A Libyan criminal court has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad for killing demonstrators in Tripoli in 2011, the justice ministry says.

WND

A mysterious Russian satellite displaying “very abnormal behavior” has raised alarm in the US. “We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it”. She voiced fears that it was impossible to say if the object may be a weapon.

A new report found glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical that some health authority’s link to cancer, in a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children.

The Italian bishop’s conference announced Tuesday that changes to the Lord’s Prayer proposed by Pope Francis will take effect in Italy this November.


News – 8/16/2018

U.S. Warns Neither Israel Nor PA Will Be ‘Fully Pleased’ With Peace Plan
“No one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but that’s the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved,” the officials said. “Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities.” Along with Greenblatt, the other officials behind the statement included US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Greenblatt.

Australian Lawmaker Proposes ‘Final Solution’ To Immigration Problem, Calls For Banning Muslim Migrants
Anning advocated in his first speech to Parliament for a return to Australia’s historic “White Australia” policy, which favored European immigrants over those of other nationalities to preserve “the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society.” Anning remained stalwart in his support for the idea despite drawing heavy criticism from the country’s major political parties …“While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?” he asked.

W. Virginia delegate: All state Supremes had to go
Paperwork for more pay for senior judges falsified, and that’s ‘felony’
All five members of West Virginia’s Supreme Court are off the bench following a corruption scandal resulting in three impeachments, a resignation and one plea bargain to a felony charge.

Measles Outbreak In 21 States, Including New Jersey: CDC
From January 1 through July 14, 107 people from 21 states and the District of Columbia were infected. Those states are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake over nuclear talks
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has admitted he made a mistake in allowing the country’s foreign minister to speak to his US counterpart during negotiations that led to a 2015 international nuclear agreement. Khamenei, who rarely admits in public to making errors, said he had done just that over the nuclear talks. “With the issue of the nuclear negotiations, I made a mistake in permitting our foreign minister to speak with them. It was a loss for us,” he said.

‘I Will Not Relent’: Brennan Calls Revoked Security Clearance An Attack On Free Speech
Former CIA Director John Brennan fired back at President Donald Trump on Wednesday after the White House revoked his security clearance. In recent weeks, a number of people raised questions regarding Brennan and the fact that he still had a security clearance – among them, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who had been wary of Brennan from the start and famously filibustered his confirmation. Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had also named Brennan as the reason the unsubstantiated dossier ever gained traction at the Justice Department.

Colorado baker in case of Supreme Court sues state over ‘persecution’
A Colorado baker who won a narrow Supreme Court victory over his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is suing the state after it launched another case against him for declining to create a cake for a transgender woman. “This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips,” the written complaint alleges. Also named in the lawsuit are Governor John Hickenlooper and Cynthia Coffman, the state attorney general.

‘No one will be fully pleased’ with Trump peace plan, officials say
Senior Trump administration officials working on a proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace issued a joint statement on their work on Wednesday, cautioning a world eagerly awaiting their plan that “no one will be fully pleased” with its contents. The statement was issued amid intensive discussions within the administration over when to release the plan to the public.

Report: Egyptian intelligence chief visits Israel to discuss Gaza truce
Abbas Kamal, a senior Egyptian intelligence official, visited Tel Aviv yesterday and is slated to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported. Kamal and the PA president will meet to discuss both the issue of Palestinian reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah as well as the future of Gaza.

India monsoon floods kill 73 in Kerala
Flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala has killed at least 73 people, shut down an airport and displaced more than 85,000 people, officials have said. The state government said many of those who died were crushed under debris caused by landslides. The Cochin International Airport, one of India’s busiest, has been shut until 18 August due to a flooded runway.

New South Wales battles dozens of winter bushfires
Emergency crews in Australia are battling unseasonal bushfires which have erupted across drought-stricken New South Wales (NSW). Almost 80 fires were burning along the state’s coast on Thursday, having ripped through more than 1,000 hectares in recent days. No lives or homes were in immediate danger, according to officials. Winter bushfires are uncommon but have flared up this year due to dry conditions, authorities say.

Sweden Muslim woman who refused handshake at job interview wins case
A Muslim woman in Sweden has won compensation after her job interview was ended when she refused a handshake. Farah Alhajeh was applying for a job as an interpreter when she declined to shake the hand of a male interviewer for religious reasons. She placed her hand over her heart in greeting instead.

Austin pirate radio station, flagship for Alex Jones, faces $15k fine
A pirate radio station that serves as controversial host Alex Jones’ Austin flagship has been knocked off the city’s airwaves – at least temporarily – and the Federal Communications Commission has levied a $15,000 penalty… A lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Austin accuses Liberty Radio of operating at 90.1 FM without federal consent since at least 2013. Religious programming was airing on that frequency Wednesday, in place of Liberty Radio.

Agency Says Lake Mead Could Drop Below Critical Threshold
Nevada’s Lake Mead, the biggest reservoir in the West, is on track to fall below a critical threshold in 2020, according to a new forecast by the Bureau of Reclamation. In a prediction released Wednesday, the Bureau of Reclamation, a multistate agency that manages water and power in the West, said there is a 52% probability that water levels will fall below a threshold of 1,075 feet elevation by 2020.

81-degree reading likely sets record for highest temperature ever measured in California waters
Two buoys off the coast of San Diego last week recorded what researchers believe could be the highest temperature ever measured in California waters. A sea-surface temperature of 81.3 degrees was logged Thursday by both the Torrey Pines buoy (7.3 miles offshore) and the neighboring Scripps Nearshore buoy (.7 miles from the coast).

Report: Hamas-Israel ceasefire deal to last a year
An anticipated ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas will include a year-long cessation of hostilities and the creation of a maritime route between the Gaza Strip and Cyprus under Israeli security supervision, according to a Thursday report in the Al Mayadeen news channel. The Hezbollah-affiliated pan-Arabist satellite channel in Lebanon claimed that the next 48 hours will prove crucial in the much-sought truce between Israel and the Gaza-ruling terror group.

Netanyahu unveils security plans for next decade
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a document titled “Security model 2030” at the Security Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The document, which outlines the new budgetary additions to the country’s security budget, has been formulated by Netanyahu over the past couple of years. The document was presented at the first Security Cabinet meeitng in a series of meetings on the subject.

Muslims all over the world are calling for an Islamic Army to unite and achieve one goal – destroying Israel
Senior member of extremist Islamist organization calls on Arab armies to unite their forces against Israel.

Public schools all over America are bringing in drag queens to teach children about gender
K-12 schools are bringing drag queens into the classroom to teach gender ideology, a Thursday video revealed.

EXPELLED: Hungary wins the war against ultra-liberal billionaire George Soros , who has decided to move his foundation from Budapest to Berlin
Inside a sleek but unobtrusive office building a few blocks from the River Danube, conference rooms and executive suites that once buzzed with activity will stand vacant by the month’s end.

CDC monitoring measles cases in 21 states, including North Carolina
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday afternoon that 107 people from 21 states, including North Carolina, have reported contracting the measles.

George Soros Invested in Tech Giants Shortly Before Alex Jones Purge
The firm of globalist billionaire George Soros invested millions in several tech giants just months before they underwent a coordinated purge of Infowars and Alex Jones.

San Francisco Forms ‘Poop Patrol’ to Tackle Feces Crisis on City Streets
Government authorities have attempted to tackle San Francisco’s decrepit, feces-ridden sidewalks by deploying ‘poop control’ workers to deal with the worsening problem.

Christian University Caves On Homosexuality
Canada’s Trinity Western University (TWU) has quietly caved to judicial and LGBT pressure to remove its insistence that students agree to refrain from all sexual actuality outside of traditional marriage.

Huge Catholic Church ‘Predator Priest’ Pedophile Ring Exposed by Grand Jury
301 Catholic “predator priests” have been named for their involvement in a mass pedophile ring in the grand jury’s long-awaited bombshell report into clergy child abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

Florida Public Schools to Display ‘In God We Trust’ Signs
Florida public schools will be required to display “In God We Trust” signs on school property starting this week.

A California Mayor Faces Resignation Demands After Writing Piece About ‘Straight Pride’
…“Now before anyone gets their pantyhose in a knot,” wrote Hickman, “this is not really legally anti anything; instead it’s a pro-family; and proud to be a straight American, and me expressing a private opinion.”

Muslim child rape gangs: THIRTY charged over rape, trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls as young as 12 during seven-year period 
Could there be a pattern here? Point to it and you will be punished far worse than these savage child rapists.


ApostasyWatch Daily News

The Christian Church Distorted and Deformed

Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here

Steve Munsey being sued by family of woman who drowned in his pool

Serita Jakes’ Endorsement of Yoga at Potter’s House Sparks Debate

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Honored by Houston Mayor for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

‘They Hid It All’: Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Grand Jury Report Says

University of Iowa Reinstates Nearly 40 Student Groups After InterVarsity Files Lawsuit

Baker Back in Court After Colorado Claims He Discriminated by Declining to Make Cake Celebrating ‘Gender Transition’

Anthony Wade – Poor Charismatic Teaching Part One — Misunderstanding Wolves

Kenneth Copeland Says God Told Him to ‘Lay Hands’ on Private Plane: ‘I’ll Heal It’

Bethel Faith Healer, Beni Johnson, Seeks Medical Treatment for Cancer

Willow Creek paid $3.25M to settle lawsuits over child sex abuse by church volunteer

Beeching: Churches ‘slammed’ door on me for being gay

Religious website triggers complaint against Edwards Air Force Base brigadier general

Religious Studies Professor Claims Opposing Abortion Conflicts With Jesus’ Teaching on ‘Abundant Life’


Headlines – 8/16/2018

US warns no one will be ‘fully pleased’ by Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

Abbas: We will thwart Trump’s plan, Nation-State Law

Abbas: Palestinians and Arab Israelis united against ‘racist’ nation-state law

Michigan congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib endorses one-state solution, pledges to slash Israeli military aid

Palestinian president lashes out at US over Gaza situation

PA source: Abbas is disrupting Gaza peace agreement

Abbas says Hamas not serious about unity, US lying about Gaza

Egypt summons Palestinian groups for Israeli truce, unity talks

UN chief urges support for UN-Egypt truce deal on Gaza

Abbas: Egypt is making an effort, but Hamas won’t settle

Israel says Gaza calm brokered with Hamas, but no ‘real’ deal without captives

After reopening crossing, Liberman tells Gazans: Calm pays, violence doesn’t

Israel Asks the US to Reduce the Cuts to UNRWA

Israel Reopens Gaza’s Only Commercial Crossing Amid Fragile Calm

Israel allows 700 trucks of commercial goods to enter Gaza

UN Secretary-General welcomes Israel’s decision to open the Kerem Shalom crossing

After Facebook, Hamas turns to Instagram to lure IDF soldiers, army says

Israel Launches Three-year Program to Boost Cybersecurity Industry

The Assad Regime Returns to the Golan

Russian military builds 4 posts along occupied Golan Heights

Turkey court rejects new appeal to free detained US pastor

Turkey says ready to discuss issues with US without threats

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

White House condemns Turkey’s tariffs on US imports

Qatar promises $15 bln direct investment in Turkey

Iran VP: US is trying to make Tehran ‘surrender’ through sanctions

Iran’s Khamenei Admits Mistake Over Nuclear Talks With U.S.

Experts say Iran, N. Korea might manipulate, wait out Trump

US Treasury targets companies in Russia, China for violating North Korea sanctions

Vladimir Putin ready to meet Kim Jong-un to discuss ‘urgent issues’, says North Korean state media

After dozens of children die, Trump administration faces mounting pressure over Yemen war

Saudi ready for receiving more than 5,000 pilgrims of martyrs families

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Afghanistan, killing 48

Suspected ISIS member accused of killing Iraqi police officer is captured in Sacramento, officials say

London authorities mull making car-free area around Houses of Parliament after alleged terror attack

Crypto market crash prompts suicide concerns

Venezuela Has $1 Billion Due Today. The Bonds Trade at 28 Cents

Hospitals scrap surgeries, Venezuelans forgo showers as taps run dry

Trump pulls security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan

Almost 350 news outlets to publish editorials denouncing Trump’s ‘dirty war’ on press

Andrew Cuomo shocks crowd, says America ‘was never that great’

Donald Trump goes on Twitter rampage against the governor of his home state

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Alex Jones, election security and regrets – “We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe”

FCC Shuts Down Alex Jones’ Flagship Pirate Radio Station In Texas

Child drownings linked to phone-distracted parents who fail to look up

Think cellphones are bad? Just watch what robots can do to kids

Children Give in to Robot Peer Pressure

NASA is running a 3D printing competition to design homes on Mars

Mystery Russian satellite’s behaviour raises alarm in US

Russia accused of testing a ‘killer satellite’ in orbit

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Corinto, Nicaragua

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

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

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Kuchinoerabu volcano: Japan prepares to evacuate island ahead of feared eruption

Future Typhoon Soulik to target Tokyo, eastern Japan next week

Tropical Storm Rumbia to bring flood threat to eastern China, Ryukyu Islands into this weekend

Tropical Storm Lane expected to be major hurricane when it reaches Central Pacific

Ernesto forms in the Atlantic, 5th named storm of hurricane season

It took 11 months to restore power to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. A similar crisis could happen again.

Dozens killed as Polcevera bridge in Genoa collapses during fierce storm

Italian bridge collapse survivor says it came down “like flour”

Italy PM declares state of emergency after bridge collapse

Tornadoes wreak havoc in China

Flood toll in India’s Kerala state jumps to 67

Kerala’s Kochi Airport Closed Till Saturday, Runway Flooded

‘Sand-blasted’: Large dust storms sweep across Australia video

Canada Fires 2018: B.C. Wildfire Map Shows Where 566 Fires Are Burning as Emergency Declared

A ‘perfect storm’ of wildfires puts Seattle’s terrible air quality in the record books

California’s largest fire ever keeps growing

Trump’s tariffs make lumber more expensive as California recovers from wildfires

81-degree reading likely sets record for highest temperature ever measured in California waters

Heatwave reveals England’s lost prehistoric sites

U.S., Mexico tear down barriers to fight drug cartels

CDC: Drug overdoses hit new record

More than 70 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror

Number of faulty children’s vaccines in China surges to over 900,000

Woman Dies After Using Parsley to Induce Miscarriage, First Death Since Argentina Senate Rejected Abortion Bill

A California Mayor Faces Resignation Demands After Writing Piece About ‘Straight Pride’

Christian baker vindicated by SCOTUS back in court for not baking a gender transitioning cake

Christian University Caves On Homosexuality

The Catholic Church is guilty of a grave moral failure for allowing massive sexual abuse of children

Critics slam Vatican’s ‘disturbing’ silence on abuse cover-ups

Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

These Are The Chilling Stories Of Abuse Covered Up By The Catholic Church

Another Grooming Case: Detectives Charge 31 people in Huddersfield Muslim Rape Gang Case

Buddhist monk master in China resigns after sexual misconduct allegations


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Gov. Cuomo: America “was never that great,” New Dem slogan for 2020? – AC2 News

I love that he inserted “that” into his statement. America, you know, is kind of a meh country, you know. I mean it was never THAT great. It’s OK, I guess…

This is right on up there with, but not quite as bad as Michelle Obama saying that she’d never been proud of her country until the voters elected her husband president.

As one commentator put it, the Dems should go with this slogan. “America was never THAT great.” That’s the spirit. That shows leadership and vision.

What in the world is going on when a guy who wants to be the next president (he might give it a shot if all the corruption scandals don’t take him out) is just taking a you know what on the country? These folks don’t even seem to LIKE the country anymore.

As a libertarian I have my beefs with the ole’ USA, and the list is very long. But I do recognize that this country, especially if we can restore the Constitution at some point, is really an exceptional place. We’re not France or Germany in the New World. We are supposed to be different. But folks like Cuomo don’t think so. This country needs guys like HIM running it.

Yikes.

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I Have a Bit of An Issue With Folk Digging up Dirt on Trump, or Anyone, from their Distant Past — Zwinglius Redivivus

I’m no fan of Trump. I’ve not pretended or suggested otherwise anytime. I do, however, find myself a bit uncomfortable with efforts to find him using various terms 4 or 5 decades back. To be honest I’ve never thought digging through someone’s trash down to the 20-30 year ago level to find dirt on them was very appropriate; not even when it comes to Trump.

Holding a 60 year old responsible for the failures of a 30 year old hardly seems wise. Being angry at a 90 year old for the deeds of a 15 year old seems more than a little unfair. Back 5-10 years, sure. But 30, 40, 50? It just seems shady.

But maybe I’ve been influenced by Jesus and Morgan Freeman. Jesus, who reminds us that we live only in the now. And Morgan, who delivered the best of all speeches in a film when he delivered his parole board hearing speech in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ –

via I Have a Bit of An Issue With Folk Digging up Dirt on Trump, or Anyone, from their Distant Past — Zwinglius Redivivus

Quote of the Day — Zwinglius Redivivus

The press is not the enemy of the people. The press is the enemy of the powerful, unaccountable and corrupt. The unjust, unethical, and dishonest. The bully, the blowhard. The cover up, run around and false pretense. Let’s be clear: that’s made the press the enemy of one person. – S.E. Cupp (Republican)

via Quote of the Day — Zwinglius Redivivus

August 16, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

34:15, 16 In this context, the eyes of the Lord symbolize His care and protection.[1]


34:15 The eyes of Yahweh Describes Yahweh’s protection and care.[2]


34:15 The reference to eyes in relation to the Lord’s watchful care of his people is similar to the singular form in 33:18. His ears being open describes his attentiveness to their prayers (18:6; 130:2).[3]


[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 671). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 34:15). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 847). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

Dems: We Have To Enact Socialism So We Can Find Out What It Is — The Babylon Bee

VERMONT—Democrats across the country have begun urging the nation to enact socialism “so we can find out what it is,” stating that we won’t know exactly what the politico-economic system entails unless we pass it into law.

Speaking to CNN Wednesday, Christine Hallquist, one of the nation’s first transgender gubernatorial candidates stated, “I’m not sure I even know what socialism is,” but added that she agrees with her party’s increasingly favorable view of the failed economic system.

“We need to pass it so we can find out what’s in it,” Hallquist added. “That’s the best reason to pass sweeping overhauls of things like healthcare and our economy: so you can test your policies on the nation like a bunch of little guinea pigs.”

Congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer also pushed for enacting socialism as soon as possible so the nation can find out what’s in it. “It worked for Obamacare. Well, for us, anyway,” Pelosi said in a press conference.

Finally, Ocasio-Cortez chimed in on the conversation, stating that socialism should “like, double the economy or something because we take away all the money and then give it all back so that’s like 2 or 3 times as much money as there was at first.”

via Dems: We Have To Enact Socialism So We Can Find Out What It Is — The Babylon Bee

Is the Roman Catholic church serious about stopping child abuse?

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A conflict of worldviews A conflict of worldviews

At the risk of alienating my Catholic readers, I feel that I have to say something about the recent news story about the Catholic Church leaders abusing children of both sexes, and then covering it up. Let’s start with a news article, then a reaction from a Catholic person I respect, then I’ll give my thoughts about it.

Here’s a news story from ABC News:

Sexual assault survivors shared their stories after a Pennsylvania grand jury report accused hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of assaulting children.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, several of them detailed heart-wrenching accounts of alleged sexual abuse against 301 priests across six of the state’s eight dioceses.

[…]Pennsylvania’s attorney general released the scathing report that revealed the results of a two-year investigation into hundreds of sexual abuse allegations. The probe found that at least 1,000 children had been abused at the hands…

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Chelsea Clinton Claims Holocaust Added $3.5 Trillion To German Economy — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—In a speech delivered at a pro-choice fundraiser, Chelsea Clinton claimed that the Holocaust added $3.5 trillion to the German economy.

“Think about all the impoverished people that the Third Reich was able to rid themselves of,” she said. “Holocaust rights have always been first and foremost about economic rights.”

She pointed out that all the family members of the “undesirables” killed by Hitler were then able to contribute to the war effort rather than take care of their burdensome family members. “It’s not a disconnected fact that once the mass murder of people who were dragging down otherwise productive contributors to the economy was legalized, trillions were added to the German war machine.”

Clinton also claimed that economies are always helped by things like war, genocide, and natural disaster.

“Every person killed, every building destroyed, every window broken is another dollar added to the GDP,” she said. “That’s what my mom and dad taught me anyway.”

via Chelsea Clinton Claims Holocaust Added $3.5 Trillion To German Economy — The Babylon Bee

Trinity Western University to No Longer Require Students to Sign Lifestyle Covenant Saving Sex for Marriage — Christian Research Network

“Students were asked to abstain from sins such as lying, cheating, stealing, drunkenness, viewing pornography, using vulgar or obscene language, and engaging in sexual intimacy outside of the marriage bond between a man and woman. They were to pursue lives of honesty, modesty, purity, generosity, integrity, forgiveness and love, among other biblical virtues.”

(Heather Clark – Christian News)  Trinity Western University, the Christian-identified institution that has been at the center of three lawsuits in which various provincial legal societies that have denied approval for the university to open an accredited law school due to its stance on sexuality and marriage, has decided to no longer require students to sign a lifestyle covenant agreeing to save sex for marriage, and that between a man and a woman.

“In furtherance of our desire to maintain TWU as a thriving community of Christian believers that is inclusive of all students wishing to learn from a Christian viewpoint and underlying philosophy, the Community Covenant will no longer be mandatory as of the 2018-19 Academic year with respect to admission of students to, or continuation of students at, the university,” a statement from Trinity Western Board of Governors outlines.

The covenant, which may be viewed in full here, underscored the “God-enabled pursuit of a holy life” and noted that the agreement “involves a commitment on the part of all members to embody attitudes and to practise actions identified in the Bible as virtues, and to avoid those portrayed as destructive.”

Therefore, students were asked to abstain from sins such as lying, cheating, stealing, drunkenness, viewing pornography, using vulgar or obscene language, and engaging in sexual intimacy outside of the marriage bond between a man and woman. They were to pursue lives of honesty, modesty, purity, generosity, integrity, forgiveness and love, among other biblical virtues. View article →

via Trinity Western University to No Longer Require Students to Sign Lifestyle Covenant Saving Sex for Marriage — Christian Research Network

08/16/2018 — Wretched

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•Voddie Baucham addresses pro-homosexual arguments
•Did Jesus never address homosexuality?
•Is there even such a thing as sexual orientation?
•Why do we pick and choose from Leviticus
•Pointing a gay-advocate to the Gospel

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Educational Limbo: How Low Can You Go? — Christian Research Network

A few months ago Josh Niemi blogged about what he called “educational limbo.” Niemi believes that when tolerating the amount of moral mischief in their child’s school, each parent has a personal limit of how low they will go before removing them. In his piece he quotes Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis who said the following about public schools:

I think parents need to repent of just handing their kids over to the secular world. That’s what they’ve done. They’ve basically handed them over to a system. You know, it’s about time we faced up to it—the public education system, by and large, is nothing but a church of atheism. They’ve thrown the Bible out, they’ve thrown God out, they’ve thrown creation out, they say in their textbooks you can explain the whole of reality by natural processes. What is naturalism? It is atheism.

According to Niemi, most parents recognize the inherent danger in government schools and allow their children to attend anyway.  In his piece over at Expository Parenting, he lays out a case for Christian parents removing their children from what many conservatives caution has become leftist indoctrination in K-12 public education.  He writes:

It’s hard to find a consensus among Christians when it comes to many issues of the faith. Certainly, regarding salvific issues—non-negotiables of the Gospel like the deity of Christ, salvation through faith alone, the bodily resurrection, and so on— there is unanimity. After all, those must be affirmed in order to actually be considered a true Christian. Yet, there is widespread disagreement between genuine believers when it comes to other aspects such as baptism (credobaptism vs. paedobaptism), church government (elder rule vs. congregationalism), or eschatology (premillennialism vs. amillennialism vs. postmillennialism).

With that in mind, what if I told you that there is one significant area of life in which most believers fall in lockstep? In fact, what if I told you that there was one same decision made by nearly 85% of Christian parents?[1] Furthermore, what if I told you that this choice accounts for upwards of 14,000 hours of a child’s life?[2]

That issue is government education. An overwhelming majority of Christian parents are united in sending their children to public school.

Educational Limbo

What’s fascinating about education is that despite its tremendous importance in a child’s life, the most common reasons for sending children to public school are often merely pragmatic (ends justifying the means). Whether it’s a pragmatic reason loosely based on Scripture (the misguided notion that other children won’t be evangelized without the “salt and light” of their children in that hostile environment), or a pragmatic reason based on lesser priorities (socialization, test scores for college, sports, etc.), the bottom line is that many parents adopt an “if/then” rationale (rather than a biblical rationale) for their choice. “If we don’t send Johnny to public school, then he’ll miss out on…” or, “If Susie isn’t in public school, then she won’t be able to…” Of course, in a way this is understandable—without consulting the Bible it only makes sense that the decision would come down to utilitarianism.

Having said that, I think most parents recognize the inherent danger in government schools. And, of course, most parents care deeply for their child’s spiritual well-being. Therefore, what this also means is that most parents probably have an unstated or subconscious limit to what they will tolerate their children being subjected to in a public school situation. In other words, the question for many parents is not whether or not the Bible actually portrays public school as the normative educational route for children. Instead, the question comes down to “educational limbo”how low will I go? How far down will I set the bar? What is the worst a school system can get before I have to take action? In the actual game of limbo, players compete to see who is flexible enough to lean backward and walk underneath an ever-lowering horizontal pole without falling. And when it comes to educational limbo, each public school parent has a personal limit to the amount of moral mischief he or she will tolerate before breaking.

For some, the bar is set at the transgender issue. As bathrooms and locker rooms have become bastions of gender confusion, some parents have said, “Ok, this is over the line.”

For others, the bar is set at evolutionary theory. As science classes have become breeding grounds for intellectual dishonesty, some parents have said, “Ok, that’s enough.”

Still others put the bar at the removal of public prayer and the Ten Commandments. As schools have become strongholds of secularism, some parents have said, “Ok, we can’t do this anymore.”

Dr. Al Mohler describes educational limbo for one couple as follows:

I mentioned this just the other day; this is the most chilling thing I’ve heard in a very long time. I was talking to a man and his wife and they were explaining to me why they’d made a radical change in the education of their children just in the last few days. And it is because they were at dinner and their ten-year-old son heard the mother and father talking about issues related to a headline event with the LGBT complex of issues. And the ten-year-old son said, “That’s hate speech, dad.”[3]

It is most definitely commendable that the parents in the aforementioned scenario used such a startling turn of events to re-examine their child’s educational situation. They didn’t ignore the clear warning signs. Yet, we must also ask, “Is that the standard?” Is that how low the bar has to go? Does a child have to come home articulating an anti-God worldview before the problem becomes clear? After all, for a child to rebuke his father with such a secular perspective means that there has already been a worldview implanted in his heart (cf. Luke 6:45). View article →

via Educational Limbo: How Low Can You Go? — Christian Research Network