Daily Archives: August 27, 2018

August 27: My Momma Done Tol’ Me

Isaiah 55:1–57:21; Luke 21:25–22:23; Job 12:13–25

I went through a phase when I was obsessed with the blues. Something about the soul was at work in the music—a genre created late at night while reflecting on hard times. The music was written more for the songwriter than the audience because the audience had usually gone home by the time these songs were sung. The blues express raw, uncut emotions. The same can be said of the ot prophets.

A blues singer can turn a common phrase into something profound. The idea that “I knew better, but I made the mistake anyway” becomes the blues refrain “my momma done tol’ me,” complete with chord structure and growling voice. And “I’m struggling—everything is falling apart” becomes “my dog done died.” The prophets likewise use mundane things like water and food to describe emotional and spiritual struggles. They explain the root of the problem—the cause of our ills: “Ho! Everyone thirsty, come to the waters! And whoever has no money, come, buy and eat, and come, buy without money, wine and milk without price! Why do you weigh out money for what is not food, and your labor for what cannot satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul take pleasure in rich food” (Isa 55:1–2).

Jesus did the same thing as the prophet—but on a much grander scale—when He turned the idea of bread and wine into a symbol of His sacrifice for all humanity: “ ‘For I tell you that I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ And he took bread, and after giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And in the same way the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you’ ” (Luke 22:16, 19–20).

But Jesus wasn’t singing the blues about His broken body and His blood poured out; He was turning the phrase for a new purpose. Jesus’ work turns our blues into beauty.

What mundane things is God—through the redemptive act of Christ—turning from blues to beauty 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 27 The Triumph of Love

“[Love] endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7).

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Love triumphs over opposition.

Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated “endures” is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances but to incredible opposition—without ceasing to love.

Stephen is a good example of enduring love. He preached God’s message without compromise, but his enemies stoned him to death. His last act was to fall on his knees, crying out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” (Acts 7:60). A lesser man might have hated his tormentors, but not Stephen. He forgave them and beseeched God to do likewise, following the example of his Lord, who on the cross prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). That’s the endurance of godly love.

Love bears all hurts, sins, and disappointments. It never broadcasts them but makes every attempt to reconcile and restore sinners. Love believes the best about others and is never cynical or suspicious. Even when it’s under severe attack, it forgives and clings to the hope of God’s power and promises. That kind of love should characterize every believer.

Your love may not be perfect, but it should be obvious. If you’re struggling with implementing love in some area of your life, remember these five keys:

  • Acknowledge that love is a command (Rom. 13:8–10).
  • Agree that you have the spiritual resources to love others as God loves you (Rom. 5:5).
  • Understand that loving others is normal Christian behavior (1 John 4:7–10).
  • Realize that love is the Spirit’s work (Gal. 5:22).
  • Be fervent in your love for others (1 Peter 1:22; 4:8).

Godly love should be your highest purpose and greatest joy (Matt. 22:36–40). As you love others, you glorify Christ and make Him known to the world.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Review the fifteen characteristics of love from 1 Corinthians 13:4–7, asking God to increase each of them in your life.

For Further Study: Reread each reference in the five keys for implementing love in your life, and commit at least one to memory.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 252). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

08/27/2018 — Wretched

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•Which story is most disgusting
•Abortion Ice Cream, Oprah’s Abortion celebration, Catholic sex-abuse Scandal
•The Republican-majority Senate refused to defund Planned Parenthood
•The physical and Spiritual abuse in the Catholic Church
•One pastor’s tale of adoption in an unsupportive church
•India is putting a muzzle on Christian missions
•Bringing the Gospel into a shooting situation
•Straws and the environment

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AUGUST 27 MEN WHO DO NOT PRAY

The fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1 Corinthians 3:13

The indications are all around us in Christianity that we are greatly in need of worshipers.

We have a lot of men who are willing to sit on our church boards but have no desire for spiritual joy and radiance and who never show up for the church prayer meeting!

It has always seemed to me to be a frightful incongruity that men who do not pray and do not worship are nevertheless running many of the churches and ultimately determining the direction they will take.

It hits very close to our own situation, perhaps, but we should confess that in many “good churches,” we let the women do the praying and let the men do the voting!

God calls us to worship, but in many instances we are majoring in entertainment, just running a poor second to the theater. This is where we are, even in evangelical churches. Yet God’s first call to us is for the offering of true worship!

Lord, just as You taught Your disciples how to pray, I ask that during this current generation there will be a Spirit-led prayer revival in all our churches. What a spiritual power surge that would create![1]


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

Is The Social Media Crackdown On Conservatives About To Get Even Worse?

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog,

Is the social media crackdown on conservatives about to get even worse? 

On Friday, representatives from Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Snapchat and other major social media companies gathered to discuss “strategy” for the 2018 election.  Supposedly they were going to discuss how to combat the flow of “misinformation”, but we know what that means.  Every time the social media giants pledge to do more to crack down on “fake news”, more conservatives get censored.  In recent months we have witnessed the greatest purge of conservative voices in the history of the Internet, and as you will see below, even more prominent voices have been hit with bans in recent days.  Of course the social media companies are pledging that their censorship efforts are being implemented in an even-handed manner, but obviously all of their meddling has greatly enhanced the probability that Democrats will emerge victorious in November.

According to Breitbart, this gathering of social media executives was initiated by Facebook, and it was held at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco…

Facebook is reportedly meeting with multiple other Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe Friday to discuss how to prevent the spread of “misinformation” across their platforms ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Business Insider reports that Silicon Valley tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and Snap will be holding a meeting at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco Friday to discuss the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. According to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher invited 12 representatives from the companies to the meeting.

But this isn’t the first time a gathering like this has taken place.

In fact, we now know that executives from many of the largest tech companies met with representatives from the deep state back in May

In May, representatives from Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Oath, Snap and Twitter met with Christopher Krebs, an undersecretary at the US Department of Homeland Security, and Mike Burham from the FBI’s foreign influence taskforce.

Since that meeting, we have seen social media censorship get much, much worse.

Could it be possible that there is a connection?

And we have also just learned that Facebook will now be rating all users (that means you too) for “trustworthiness”

The social media giant plans to assign users a reputation score that ranks them on a scale of from zero to one, according to the Washington Post.

It marks Facebook’s latest effort to stave off fake news, bot accounts and other misleading content on its site.

But the idea of a reputation score has already generated skepticism about how Facebook’s system will work, as well as criticism that it resembles China’s social credit rating system.

Yes, this is almost exactly like China’s new “social credit rating system”.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Facebook actually got that idea from them.

We are seeing the rise of a tyrannical Big Brother technocracy, and it is getting worse with each passing month.  Just check out some of the big name conservatives that have been censored by social media in recent days…

-The Hagmann Report was just slapped with a 90 day ban by YouTube.

-Verity Baptist Church was just completely banned by YouTube.

-The David Horowitz Freedom Center just had the processing of their donations blocked by Visa and Mastercard.

-“Activist Mommy” Elizabeth Johnston was recently banned by Facebook.

In addition, Facebook’s censorship of PragerU has resulted in a drop of engagement of more than 99 percent

Conservative non-profit group PragerU also recently appeared to be the latest victims of Facebook censorship, as many recent posts from the group’s Facebook paged suffered a 99.9999 percent drop in engagement based on Facebook’s own dashboard. The social media giant also pulled down two PragerU videos, which it labeled “hate speech.”

The social media giants seem determined to try to kill off the conservative movement in this country, and in my latest book I discuss how political correctness has gotten completely and utterly out of control in America.  These elitists don’t believe in free speech, because on some level they understand that their ideas would not win in a free and open marketplace of ideas.

In order to win, they must censor us.  And the more tyrannical they become, the more Americans will start turning against them.

Fortunately, there are signs that the tide is starting to turn.  Facebook’s web traffic in the U.S. is way, way down, and conservatives are beginning to abandon other repressive social media platforms as well.

The Internet is supposed to be a free and open forum where all ideas are freely discussed.  If we do not stand up now, we could lose control of the Internet forever, and we must not allow that to happen.

Source: Is The Social Media Crackdown On Conservatives About To Get Even Worse?

Bible Thumping Wingnut Discusses Tim Keller, Sam Allberry — Pulpit & Pen

Sam Allberry  of  LivingOut claims to be Gay (Same Sex Attracted). No man who desires homosexual relationships should be in any kind of ministry, period! The title of his website is “Christian & Gay.”

Throughout Sam’s website, the terms “gay” & “same-sex attracted” are used interchangeably and often together “Gay/Same-Sex Attracted.” Why? Because they mean the same thing.

Folks, Sam Allberry and Tim Keller are softening the wickedness of homosexuality to make it more acceptable in today’s Christian culture.

On this episode of the BTWN Podcast, Tim is joined by Len Pettis of “Grappling With Theology.” Listen as they address the highly controversial blog by Toni Brown, “Tim Keller’s Full. Endorses Being Gay & Christian.” They also discuss the many defenders of the gay/same-sex attracted movement and  “The Living Out Church Audit.”

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Salvation Through Grace Alone (Acts 15:11) — The Heidelblog

The claim by some that there are two stages of justification (initial and final) and that the so-called “initial justification” is by grace alone (sola gratia) through faith alone (sola fide) and the so-called “final justification” is in some degree (either partly or wholly) through Spirit-wrought sanctification, faithfulness, or good works and the companion claim that “salvation” (i.e., justification, sanctification, and glorification) is in the same two stages has caused me to pay more attention in recent years to Scripture when it speaks of justification and/or salvation.

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How Islam is Holding the World Hostage: Rapes of Women and Children all Across Europe Not Reported by MSM

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Not a day goes by that we do not read how Muslims are raping children and women in foreign countries.  You will not see this on CNN or any of the other uber Liberal new source AKA fake news.

Nope – There is nothing which is abominable in the eyes of these Leftists concerning Islam.  They will defend these people to the end.

It makes NO sense to a rational mind.

I’ve written articles about the kinship of Islam and the Left. I have posed the question “Have the Leftist media outlets not seen Muslims tossing gays from the roof of high rises?  Have they never seen the news coming out of London and may other places where so-called migrants are raping foreign women?

If these Liberal outlets have this information and are purposely not publishing these stories;  that is criminal.  It doesn’t fit their narrative of the “Religion…

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August 27, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

16  Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17  If the LORD had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18  When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.
19  When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
20  Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frame injustice by statute?
21  They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
22  But the LORD has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.
23  He will bring back on them their iniquity
and wipe them out for their wickedness;
the LORD our God will wipe them out.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 94:16–23). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


17–19 In this personal expression of the lament, the psalmist confesses that he is deeply troubled by the evildoers—so much so that he nearly slipped away into the netherworld (“the silence of death,” v. 17; cf. 115:17; see Reflections, p. 663, Sheol—Grave—Death in the Psalms). Yet he has experienced the presence of the Lord (cf. 124:1) by his support (“help,” v. 17; “support,” v. 18) of “love” (ḥesed). He further confesses that he was nearly overwhelmed with despair (v. 19). Disturbing thoughts (“anxiety”; cf. 139:23) had nearly crushed the spirit within him. But the Lord came to his rescue and transformed doubt and death into “consolation” and “joy” (cf. 2 Co 1:5).[1]


94:17–23 / Verse 17 is transitional. With the preceding confession of trust, it continues to refer to God in the third person and offers encouragement to those who would take up the challenge laid down in verse 16. It does so by introducing the speaker’s own testimony of praise, which is addressed to Yahweh directly (vv. 18–19). Yahweh met his slipping with support and his anxiety with consolation.

The wicked (on v. 20, cf. 122:5) continue to oppress the righteous, but the liturgist confesses Yahweh as his refuge and reaffirms that the Lord our God will destroy them. These closing verses summarize God’s action in the psalm, namely protection in the midst of oppressors (vv. 21–22) and ultimate punishment of oppressors (v. 23).[2]


In the Light of God’s Plan (94:17–23)

94:17–23. When affliction by the wicked and the apparent delay of divine justice caused anxious thoughts to multiply within him (v. 19), the psalmist found consolations for his soul in at least two sources: (1) God’s lovingkindness (chesed, v. 18; cf. comment on 5:7) toward him; and (2) his confidence that God will destroy those who do wickedness (cf. vv. 4, 16) in their evil (v. 23). The psalm begins by calling on the Lord to avenge the wrong done to His people (v. 1) and concludes with the assertion The Lord our God will destroy them.[3]


94:16–19 There were times when the psalmist wondered who would defend him against the overwhelming power of evildoers. But he was never left alone. The Lord always came to his help; otherwise he would have soon been ushered into the silence of the cemetery. Whenever he thought he was about to fall before the onslaughts of men, he found himself wonderfully sustained by the mercy of the Lord. When anxieties and doubts began to rise in his mind, the Lord soothed and caressed his soul with all kinds of consolations.[4]


94:16–19 Who will rise up for me is an appeal to the Lord who alone is the sure defense of the believer. settled in silence: The psalmist exclaims that if the Lord had not delivered him, he would have died. As in 6, if the psalmist had died, his voice would no longer be able to praise God in the temple. The comforts of God extend from His hearing the call of the righteous to His meeting their needs even when they are not aware of them.[5]


Consolation from the Lord (94:16–23)

94:16–19. The psalmist’s only consolation was in the Lord. After asking who would stand on behalf of his cause against sinners, the writer acknowledged that his security was from the Lord. When he was almost defeated by despair (when his foot was slipping; cf. 73:2), God’s consolation quieted his anxious heart and gave him joy.

94:20–23. Then the psalmist anticipated God’s retribution on the wicked. The corrupt throne (lit., “throne of wickedness”) refers to villainous rulers whose legislation would seek to destroy the righteous. These have no part with God. So the psalmist trusted in the Lord, his Fortress (miśgoḇ; cf. comments on 9:9; 46:7), Rock, and Refuge (cf. comments on 18:1), knowing that the Lord will repay them for their sins by destroying them.[6]


94:19 — In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

God is an ever-present comfort, even when our emotions bounce off the wall and our hearts zigzag in a thousand directions. God wants to calm our anxieties, but even before that happens, He comforts us in our distress.[7]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 716). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Hubbard, R. L. J., & Johnston, R. K. (2012). Foreword. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Psalms (p. 372). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Rydelnik, M., Vanlaningham, M., Barbieri, L. A., Boyle, M., Coakley, J., Dyer, C. H., … Zuber, K. D. (2014). Psalms. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 837). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 694). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 712). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 862). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 94:19). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

August 27. 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran for president in 2008 as a maverick Republican and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday. He was 81.

A U.S. federal judge on Saturday rejected key elements of President Donald Trump’s May executive orders that would make it easier to fire federal employees and reduce their ability to bargain collectively.

Egyptian security forces have killed five suspected militants who were plotting to carry out unspecified “hostile operations”, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Iranian lawyers asked the International Court of Justice on Monday to order the United States to lift sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Tehran.

Facebook banned several Myanmar military officials, a move that essentially blacks out the military’s main channel of public communication in a country where the social media giant is virtually synonymous with the internet.

Iran has full control of the Gulf and the U.S. Navy does not belong there, the head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Alireza Tangsiri, was quoted as saying.

Pope Francis said on Sunday he would not respond to a former top Vatican official who accused him of having known for years of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent U.S. cardinal, calling on the pontiff to resign in an unprecedented broadside against the pope by a Church insider.

Police on Monday were trying to determine why a gunman opened fire at a Jacksonville, Florida, video game tournament, killing two people and injuring 11 others before fatally shooting himself.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Monday it had noticed Washington was building up its military forces in the Middle East in preparation for what Moscow feared was a possible strike on Syrian government forces, Russian news agencies reported.

AP Top Stories

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near the Iranian city of Kermanshah, killing one and wounding 58, the Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. Two aftershocks above 3.0 on the Richter scale were also recorded, according to the Tasnim news agency.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says the Italian Catholic church will take most of the migrants who have been stuck aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days.

A biometric facial comparison system flagged a traveler using a fake passport – less than three days after the system was installed.

Vietnam has demanded Monsanto pay compensation to the victims of Agent Orange, which the company supplied to the US military during the Vietnam War. It came in response to the firm being ordered to pay $289m to a school grounds man who claims his use of its Roundup weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer.

US President Donald Trump’s cut of more than $200 million in aid for Gaza and the West Bank is the latest in a series of steps Palestinian leaders say aims to “liquidate” their cause.

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday.

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey will meet next week for their third tripartite summit seeking an end to the Syrian conflict, Turkish state television said Monday.

China has lashed back at President Donald Trump for accusing Beijing of a lack of support in U.S.-led diplomatic efforts to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons and missiles. Trump on Friday directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay a planned trip to North Korea this coming week because of what he saw as a lack of progress on nuclear disarmament talks with the North.

An Oregon woman who survived last October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas was sworn in as a police officer earlier this week after being inspired to pursue the profession by those who saved her life.

Iran’s defense minister said Sunday his country will continue its support of the Syrian government to ensure improved security in the region, adding that the nature of the two countries’ cooperation won’t be decided by a “third party.”

Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on Sunday after winning a bitterly-contested election which was the countries first since the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe.

Foreigners will be barred from buying properties in a planned $100-billion Malaysian city, the country’s leader said Monday, after the huge development aimed at mainland Chinese buyers sparked widespread criticism.

Penney’s second-quarter earnings report last week delivered the latest in a string of disappointing numbers, sending shares down almost 27% in their biggest one-day tumble in J.C. Penney’s 40-year history as a public company.

BBC

A UN report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas.

Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have forcefully broken up a regular protest by mothers remembering relatives who disappeared during violence in the 1990s.

WND

David Horowitz’s Freedom Center has announced MasterCard and Visa have backed down from their decision not to accept donations to the conservative organization – a threat Rush Limbaugh believes represents the next big wave of corporate efforts to destroy opposition to the leftist juggernaut dominating technology, media, academia and other powerful cultural and business institutions.

A third of adolescents haven’t even opened a dustjacket – or touched a Kindle for that matter – in the past year.


News – 8/27/2018

Psychiatrist calls today’s left ‘mentally ill’
With the American left, the Democratic Party and the establishment news media displaying ever-more bizarre symptoms of Trump Derangement Syndrome, here comes a veteran psychiatrist making the case that the mental-emotional world of leftists really is tantamount to a mental disorder. “Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.”

Russia Attached 12 Flamethrowers To A “Battle Bot” And Set It Loose In Syria
Russia has created a 12-ton “battle bot” which has been equipped with 12 Shmel-M man-portable rocket launchers classified as Rocket-propelled Infantry Flamethrower by their maker. Those can be fitted with destructive thermobaric and incendiary warheads. If that assessment is accurate, maybe they can iron out the kinks and ship a few to South African farmers? Flame-throwing battle bots and mech suits with giant claws ought to do the trick.

Former Vatican Diplomat Accuses Pope Francis Of Complicity In Covering Up McCarrick’s Abuses, Calls For His Resignation
The former apostolic nuncio to the U.S. alleged that Pope Francis knew of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s abuses but chose to ignore them and empower McCarrick. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who served as the top Vatican diplomat to the U.S. from 2011 to 2016, released an 11-page letter Sunday, detailing Francis’s knowledge of McCarrick,…

Turkey lira PLUNGES 38 PERCENT in a year as row with Trump puts world economy on edge
The lira weakened by three percent against the dollar this morning after the week-long Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. It weakened as far as 6.19 at the close of the business on Friday and this morning it stood at 6.135. An analyst at brokerage Integral Seda Yalcinkaya Ozer said: “The exchange rate sensitivity created by the tension between us and the United States continues.” The slide is driven by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and his current stand-off with Mr Trump over evangelical Christian Andrew Brunson.

Strong earthquake hits northwest Iran, killing two and wounding 241
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near the Iranian city of Kermanshah, killing two and wounding 241, the Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. The majority of the casualties were in the city of Tazehabad, northeast of Kermanshah, according to Tasnim.

Iran inks deal with Syria, vows to continue military cooperation
Iran vowed to continue its military cooperation with the Assad regime, signing a deal with the Syrian government on Monday, in defiance of calls for Tehran to withdraw its forces from Syria.

Is the mainstream media the ‘enemy of the people’?
The verdict: No contest. Numbers are twisted, facts omitted, lies spun like thread in order to pile the dirt on the man who defeated Hillary. And so it goes with the ‘holier-than-though’ media. They are deeply hurt, are they? What an audacious, unmitigated chutzpah!

Will international court force US to lift Iran sanctions?
The International Court of Justice in The Hague is set to begin hearing arguments on a petition filed by the Iranian government last month against the economic sanctions imposed by the US on Iran earlier this year, after the US withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Asteroid the size of Great Giza Pyramid making a ‘close approach’ to Earth
An asteroid listed as “potentially hazardous” by NASA and estimated to be about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza is hurtling toward Earth at 20,000 mph . The giant space rock, known as 2016 NF23, measures between 230ft and 525ft in diameter and is expected to make a “close approach” to Earth on August 29. NASA labelled the asteroid as an “Atens” body, meaning its orbit will come into the vicinity of our planet, and has put it on their “potentially hazardous asteroid” list.

Israel’s Natural Water Reserves Lowest in 100 Years
Israel’s natural water reserves are at a deficit of 2.5 billion cubic meters – the largest in 100 years, Israel’s Water Authority said Sunday. The extreme deficit is down to the drought which has been plaguing Israel for the past five years, with some of the country’s streams and rivers on the brink of reaching historically low levels of waterflow.

Russian Warships Heading for Syria
It was reported Turkey sighted three Russian warships passing through the Bosporus last Thursday en route to Syria. “Debka File’s military sources conclude that the two large Russian landing craft consigned from the Black Sea to Syria are almost certainly carrying Russian marines or special forces for attacking rebel groups in Idlib from the sea or the coast,” the site reported.

‘Sleeper’ case could torpedo Mueller report
The substance of the case is entirely unrelated to Mueller’s investigation into whether any of President Donald Trump’s associates aided Russia’s efforts to intervene in the 2016 election. But if a Washington appeals court set to hear the murder-related case next month sides with the Justice Department and rules that judges don’t have the freedom to release grand jury information that is usually kept secret, it could throw a monkey wrench into any plans Mueller has to issue a public report on his probe’s findings, lawyers following the issue said.

Little change in the tropical Pacific; El Niño remains possible in 2018
The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently neutral. While the tropical Pacific Ocean has cooled in the past month, most international climate models forecast warming to resume in the coming weeks, with El Niño development possible in the southern spring. Therefore, the Bureau’s ENSO Outlook remains at El Niño WATCH. El Niño WATCH means there is approximately a 50% chance of El Niño forming in 2018; double the normal chance.

Iran says it has control of Gulf and Strait of Hormuz: report
A top navy general in Iranian said Monday the country took full control of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a major shipping route that the Iranians threatened to block in the past amid worsening American-Iranian relations.

Two linked to ‘extremist Muslim’ New Mexico compound wanted to attack hospital, prosecutors say
A couple accused of training children to carry out mass shootings at an “extremist Muslim” compound in the New Mexico desert singled out an Atlanta hospital as one target before police arrested them, according to court documents filed Friday.

IDF acquiring new rockets to hit all targets with unprecedented precision
Israel’s Ministry of Defense has signed a deal to develop and acquire advanced precise short and long range rockets worth hundreds of millions of shekels with Israel Military Industries (IMI). According to the Ministry of Defense, the precision firepower will significantly improves the IDF’s capabilities of accurately hitting a target from a distance at immediate availability and with a low mission cost relative to other combat systems.

Iran to U.N: U.S. sanctions violate friendship treaty
Iranian lawyers are asking the International Court of Justice to order the United States to lift sanctions ordered by the Trump administration against Tehran on Monday. The lawsuit filed with the ICJ, also known as the World Court, says the US sanctions, which are damaging its already weak economy, violate terms of a little-known 1955 friendship treaty between the two countries.

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges, says UN
A UN report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas. The report, based on hundreds of interviews, is the strongest condemnation from the UN so far of violence against the Rohingya. The army’s tactics are “consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats”, it says.

Health Officials Worried About Containing Latest Ebola Outbreak
The world has never been so prepared for an Ebola outbreak, but the latest emergence of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ridden east is proving the most dangerous in years. Seventy-two out of 111 patients who have been infected with the hemorrhagic fever have died, making this outbreak the deadliest in more than a decade in Congo, where the disease was first diagnosed in 1976 and named after the nearby Ebola River.

Defense Ministry to buy advanced precision rockets from IMI
The Defense Ministry announced Monday it has signed a deal worth hundreds of millions shekels with IMI Systems for the development and acquisition of advanced precision rockets. The Defense Ministry will acquire precision rockets of several different types—some classified—which will have a range of 30-150 km. The rockets will employ advanced technologies to adapt them to the modern battlefield.

Israel’s water sources rapidly drying up
The Water Authority announced Sunday that even if the coming winter brings average precipitation, or even above average, the hydrological drought will continue. They said that the Kinneret is drying up at a rapid pace and approaching its black line. They added that an accurate weather forecast for the coming year will be available next month.

Iran and Syria sign deal for military cooperation
Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defense ministers of the two countries in Damascus, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami traveled to Damascus on Sunday for a two-day visit, meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and senior military officials, Tasnim reported.

Turkey’s Erdogan to visit Iran on Sept. 7
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Iran on Sept 7, his office said on Monday, on a trip expected to include a three-way summit with Russian and Iranian leaders. The Kremlin said nearly two weeks ago that Russian President Vladimir Putin may take part in a meeting with Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the beginning of September. The three leaders met in April in Ankara, where they discussed developments in Syria.

Jacksonville Shooter Was Member of Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ – Referred to Trump Supporters at “Trumptards” 
Sunday afternoon, police responded to a ‘mass shooting’ at Jacksonville Landing in Florida which left 3 dead and 11 wounded.

‘Mass Shooting’ Reported In Jacksonville, Florida
Police are asking that the public steer clear of the Jacksonville Landing area in Florida after a shooting Sunday reportedly killed three people, including the gunman, and injured several others.

Lacy bras for men are now a thing – and you can also buy matching knickers 
Men can now buy lingerie for themselves…

Can’t Make This Up… Bag of Dismembered Body Parts Found in Clinton Park
Police were called to Clinton Playground on Friday in the Bronx after a bag was found filled with body parts.mPolice later said the victim was a woman.

Holy Nights: New Marriott Rooms to Get Bible, Book of Mormon
Sheraton, Westin and other Starwood hotels are finding their religion. Marriott International, which bought Starwood two years ago, has begun putting copies of the Bible and the Book of Mormon in the recently-acquired hotels. By year’s end, it expects to place the books in 300,000 rooms.

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan Killed, Government Says
The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday.

Official: Mexico, U.S. Likely ‘Hours’ Away From NAFTA Deal
U.S. and Mexican trade negotiators are “hours” away from squaring away bilateral differences on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but work with Canada is likely to stretch into September, a top Mexican official said on Sunday.

Russia Sends Largest Naval Armada Of Syrian War Amidst New Chemical Attack Warnings
Russia has built up its forces around the Mediterranean Sea in response to reports that the U.S., France, and Great Britain could be preparing to attack Syria

Lane’s Rains Topple Records, Inundate Parts of Big Island by Bob Henson
Rainfall amounts were titanic, but damage appears to be limited, after Tropical Storm Lane pulled rainband after rainband across Hawaii from a perch well southwest of the islands. Peak rainfall totals on the eastern Big Island topped 40” at three stations, adding up to amounts that are among the highest ever observed in a tropical cyclone in the 50 U.S. states. Fortunately, wind shear disrupted Lane’s core circulation before the hurricane had a chance to plow directly into any of the islands, and Lane stalled out just far enough to the southwest to keep its central showers and thunderstorms (convection) mostly offshore.

Abortion pill can be taken at home in England, under new plan
Women in England will be allowed to take an early abortion pill at home, under a government plan due to take effect by the end of the year.

A White Farmer Is Killed By Blakcs Every Five Days In South Africa And Authorities Do Nothing About It
The white nationalist lobbying group AfriForum says that when lawmakers passed a motion last month which could see land being seized from farmers without compensation, it sent a message that landowners could be attacked with impunity.

NEW WORLD ORDER: Parents fight back after school drops Pledge of Allegiance for student-authored oath to ‘global society’
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School Principal Lara Zelski decided students will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school’s morning meeting agenda, which she described to parents as “an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community.”

The Anatomy of the Communist Takeover of America
California has already outlawed the sale of the Bible. They are in the process of outlawing homeschooling and they will soon be making it illegal to criticize vaccines and vaccine effectiveness. Now, the Communists in California want to do away with President’s Day in favor of MAY DAY- Here is the story of the communist takeover of America…

Study: More ‘Ecosexual’ Professors Are Having Sex with Trees
A recently published academic article examines “exosexuals’ encounters with the natural environment.”


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – He Lead Captivity Captive

Elizabeth Prata – Shout Your Abortion, and John Owen on Infanticide

Has Hillsong conquered the Australian Government/Law Mountain? Scott Morrison becomes Prime Minister

Former Vatican ambassador says Popes Francis, Benedict knew of sexual misconduct allegations against McCarrick for years

GoFundMe raises thousands for man who punched ex pastor/sex offender during sentencing

Indiana Priest Beaten Unconscious, Allegedly Told ‘This Is For All The Little Kids’

Russell Moore to Speak at George Soros Event

Over 750 Faith Groups, Leaders Say Trump Must Allow More Refugees in the US

Shapiro Slams Attacks on Pence’s Christian Faith

Can Christians Trust Muslim Hospitality?


Headlines – 8/27/2018

PLO official raps reported US plan to cancel ‘right of return’ as nonsense

Minister hails US for reportedly planning to reject ‘fictitious right of return’

Arab MKs said working with PA to condemn Israel at UN for nation-state law

With violence ‘significantly reduced,’ Israel to reopen Erez crossing to Gaza

Police to be deployed along coast amid fears of Hamas infiltration

Minister says Israel hasn’t considered any proposal to topple Hamas in 3 years

Israeli defense officials said to fear UNRWA cuts may strengthen Hamas

Lebanon war broke Israel’s fighting spirit, says Hezbollah chief

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah: Israel cannot avoid defeat

Thousands sign petition seeking Corbyn’s ouster over Labour anti-Semitism

Iran to open lawsuit against Washington’s sanctions at UN’s top court

Iran MPs vote to remove economy minister amid financial crisis

Iran gripped by despair as country faces economic turmoil, drought

Assad to Iranian defense minister: ‘Continued coordination between countries is very important’

Iranian defense minister arrives in Damascus, showing off threat to Israel

Pro-Iran militias turn on Assad, try to establish land corridor to Mediterranean

Ex-mayor of Tehran sentenced to year in jail for panning Iran’s actions in Syria

Dangerous stand-off between Russia and US over Syria

Turkey’s Erdogan says will bring ‘security and peace’ to Syria, Iraq

ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt attack on police checkpoint in Sinai

Afghan officials say ISIS leader killed by airstrikes

Thousands of Saudi Arabian students have to leave Canada because their governments are fighting, so they’re frantically selling their furniture and cars

North Korea newspaper blasts ‘double-dealing’ U.S. after Pompeo’s trip canceled

A battered Trump may escalate the US-China trade war ahead of midterms

Russia Slams Britain’s ‘Dangerous’ Black Sea Air Force Interceptions

Russians on trial for sharing memes, networks ask for law change

Amazon is giving employees $50 gift cards to tweet nice things about the company

96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets

CME sparks G3 suprise geomagnetic storm and reverse polarity sunspot appears on the Sun

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Palana, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Enarotali, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

More floods threaten Hawaii as tropical Storm Lane drifts away

Flood toll in India’s Kerala rises to 445

Israel enters 6th year of worst-in-a-century drought, girds for even worse

Israel’s water sources rapidly drying up

Russian trolls, bots ‘spreading discord’ over vaccine safety, scientists say

Court Ruling Guts Key Law, Child Pornography Now More Likely to Be Produced, Scholar Says

Pope ‘begs for God’s forgiveness’ for sexual abuse scandal

Ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of ignoring abuse claims

Former Top Vatican Official Calls on Pope Francis to Resign Amid Allegations He Knew of U.S. Sexual Abuse

When she reported being abused by a priest, the Catholic Church investigated her

Two killed, dozens wounded in mass shooting at Florida video game tournament

Gamers plead for more security after deadly Jacksonville shooting


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The Silence Over A Potential Chinese Spy In Feinstein’s Office Is Deafening — The Federalist

With concerns over attempts by foreign adversaries to influence the American political system at a fever pitch — notwithstanding that in the case of the president, the commentariat’s charges of certain treasonous Russian collusion have grudgingly been downgraded in slightly more sane quarters to dubious alleged campaign finance infractions — that the story of a Chinese spy in Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office has seemingly died is simply stunning.

From the start, this was a story the media had no interest in covering. Now it is apparent that our political class has no interest in probing it.

The reporting on Feinstein was limited to a few outlets — ignored by large newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and major networks, excluding Fox News, which provided scant details as to what transpired and downplayed the potentially dire ramifications of the alleged breach.

The press took at face value boilerplate statements from Feinstein’s office seeking to dispel any suggestion that the Chinese had penetrated her office, with nary a question directed at the senator herself as she enjoyed her tranquil August recess.

The reporting also universally ignored, and thus concealed, the critical context that with even the smallest modicum of curiosity an observer would have unearthed regarding the fact that the alleged Chinese spy in her office was part of a much broader Feinstein-China mosaic.

Namely, reporters omitted that:

  • Feinstein had cultivated a deep, longstanding, chummy relationship with China, including at the highest ranks of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), over a 40-year period. Or, perhaps, it was the other way around. Such ties dated back at least to the opening of a sister-city relationship between San Francisco and Shanghai, when then-Mayor Feinstein commenced a long friendship with her counterpart Mayor Jiang Zemin. Zemin would later rise to be the Xi Jinping of his day, sitting atop the CCP, and reportedly wining and dining Feinstein and her husband in unprecedented fashion at the residence of Mao Zedong. Zemin rose in tandem with Feinstein, who as U.S. senator would serve as a conduit to his government during the Clinton White House. The two remained close in spite of Zemin’s Marxist ideology and brutality in persecuting the dissident Falun Gong, among others.
  • Feinstein doggedly lobbied for integrating China into the global economic architecture and normalizing trade relations with the U.S., untethering these benefits from Chinese human rights improvements. Feinstein thereby served as an invaluable asset in enabling China’s economic rise. The senator also frequently served as a dovish liaison to the Chinese government over contentious matters of foreign affairs. She took these positions all while repeatedly whitewashing China’s aforementioned human rights abuses, and seeking to draw shameful moral equivalency between Communist bloodshed and violent episodes in American history.
  • Feinstein’s husband, investor Richard Blum, who, a la the Mao Zedong residence meal, frequently accompanied the senator to functions with high-ranking Chinese dignitaries, profited from both direct investments in China and those that appreciated alongside the rapid growth of the Chinese economy. China’s economic growth, and Blum’s profits, were both tied to America’s efforts to incorporate Beijing into the world trading system, and grant it access to U.S. consumers, businesses and technology — all staunchly supported by Feinstein.

Our story merely dug into the basic, public details of certain aspects of this history. An investigator, or even just an enterprising journalist, could surely discover far more worth scrutinizing.

Meanwhile, did it concern anyone that the alleged spy himself, Russell Lowe — a name you also will not find in the mainstream press, or see on television — is seemingly gallivanting freely in California, working for a non-profit outfit dedicated to the issue of “comfort women?”

This would surely please the CCP, who have engaged in a concerted campaign to leverage this issue as part of its anti-Japanese propaganda effort for years.

Was it too much of an effort to dig into the individual’s decades-long leftist, pro-China ties, and ask how this background might have impacted him in his position as “office director” and liaison to the Asian community in Feinstein’s office, his relationship with the senator and his interactions with Chinese officials including those in the its Ministry of State Security?

Lest one think these questions, and others previously raised on this issue are unreasonable, I asked a former longtime CIA operative what he made of China’s apparent efforts to infiltrate Feinstein’s office during a recent episode of the “Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten” podcast.

He described the foregoing as:

…incredibly troubling, and part and parcel of what they’re [the Chinese] doing across the board on a massive scale. And the response to this from [Feinstein’s] office, you know, where they acknowledged that this guy was dismissed … but claim he didn’t have technical direct access to classified information, is just mind-boggling. …

I mean, imagine that you have the functional equivalent in the Chinese government of somebody with her access, and we have an American source on our payroll sitting inside her office. We would consider that to be a coup of epic proportions. The access that individual would have, the conversations they would overhear, the documents they would see, the insights they would provide into mindset, meetings that were being held, I mean it’s just breathtaking to think about the access. So you know, saying something to the effect that technically he didn’t have classified access is just silliness.

By the way, the guy [presumed Chinese spy Russell Lowe] is still … actually apparently doing the bidding of the Chinese government. His big focus now is on what appears to me to be trying to, you know, work propaganda against the Japanese, stir up problems between the Japanese and Americans in that alliance, which seems to me to be pretty clearly the kind of thing that the Chinese would direct him to do.

If this is much ado about nothing, then why is no one asking any of the myriad questions about what occurred in Feinstein’s offices or putting a microphone in Lowe’s face?

Now, the media’s incuriosity in this story is not all that surprising, though it does expose as wholly disingenuous its conniptions over foreign meddling. To turn its attention to Feinstein would 1) distract from the constant drumbeat of stories the media deems detrimental to Trump and the Republican Party in the 2018 midterm election, 2) provide oxygen to the fire Trump himself stoked over this issue and 3) involve challenging a long-beloved Democrat, who in spite of her sagging popularity among progressives in California is among the senior-most U.S. senators, facing a general election challenge from her left.

As for the political class, sadly, it is not worth entertaining the possibility that Democrats would investigate their colleague. But why the GOP establishment remains mum on Feinstein and China however is an issue that deserves deeper scrutiny.

In terms of election year politics, it may well be that congressional Republicans view Feinstein’s opponent, California state Senate Majority Leader Kevin de León, as even worse for its agenda than Feinstein. So why engage in an investigation that might damage her politically? Further, the establishment may believe it politically advantageous to let fester the intra-party fight between the Left and the far Left.

This might explain why the only response by senior members of the GOP to the Feinstein-China revelations has been to highlight the double standard between the FBI tipping Feinstein off, for at least the second time, as to China’s efforts to influence her office, and its silence — not to mention embedding of spies within the Trump presidential campaign team — regarding Russia’s alleged efforts to influence then-candidate Trump. Relatedly, the president himself raised the broader hypocrisy of Feinstein’s pursuit of the Trump-Russia investigation while she herself appears to have had a foreign spy in her house.

The issue of a double standard in treatment between Feinstein and Trump by law enforcement is legitimate, and one can understand why Trump would highlight Feinstein’s hypocrisy.

But these claims concern secondary matters. The heart of the Feinstein-China issue are the dire national security implications of a high-ranking senator — with access to the most sensitive and highly classified information — potentially having her office penetrated by a Chinese spy, while she held sensitive assignments as chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

What does it say about our political class that as far as we are aware, the lone representative to inquire into the merits of the issue was Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, who sent a letter to the FBI — to little fanfare and as of yet zero major public amplification — posing the most basic of queries?

If members of Congress do not care to pursue the truth purely because of 2018 political calculations — and incidentally, their investigation into Feinstein might only bolster her campaign (for a seat that will go Democrat regardless) by rallying her base in her defense — that is a sad commentary that they are prioritizing politics over national security.

If their lack of care is not political, this suggests one of two things: (a) Congress is privy to information we are not, indicating there is nothing to be concerned about regarding Feinstein-China, or (b) Congress does not wish to investigate Feinstein-China.

There is little to indicate the former based on what few comments we have seen from Republican officials.

On the latter, why might Congress not wish to investigate Feinstein-China? First, just as law enforcement and intelligence community officials constantly invoke the need to “protect the institutions,” our elected officials are members of a bureaucracy too, to which they are beholden. They will close ranks and protect their own just like organs of the administrative state. This is a bipartisan reflex. Second, and relatedly, to investigate Feinstein might lead to the exposure of others in Congress with questionable ties to foreign powers — ties that may reflect similarly symbiotic relationships, whether incidental or not, involving political support resulting in personal enrichment, and, yes, potentially disastrous penetration.

Look, after all, at what has happened in the case of the Awans, who breached sensitive congressional systems while working in the offices of prominent representatives who served on the House intelligence committee and appear to be facing minimal penalty for it, with letters of support from the offices of the representatives themselves, to the degree to which you have even heard of the story.

Regardless, that virtually the entire political class remains mum on Feinstein-China illustrates that their fear-mongering over foreign meddling was just that, fearmongering. Rather, their sole interest was in using allegations of Russian foreign meddling vis-à-vis Trump — Clinton-Fusion GPS-Steele-Russian ties be damned — as a pretext to undertake a limitless fishing expedition designed to distract, hamstring and ultimately topple a president.

This is most devastating for our republican system of government. Of all the areas that must remain free from corrosive politicization, national security and foreign affairs sits right at the top alongside the justice system because it deals with matters of life and death.

While it was clear during the Obama years that politics was engulfing our institutions in chilling ways, such as in the weaponization of the IRS, the backlash by the institutions against Trump, lest he upset the status quo under which it retains power, has shown that politics has truly triumphed.

That Congress has shown zero desire to investigate the alleged Chinese spy in Feinstein’s office is another symptom of this politicization, an indictment of both parties and an indictment of the institution itself.

The silence on Feinstein-China is deafening.

via The Silence Over A Potential Chinese Spy In Feinstein’s Office Is Deafening — The Federalist

With the Rise of Seeker-Sensitive Churches, How Do We Understand Biblically “Seeking” God? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

What is a “seeker-sensitive” church? And are they biblical? From our 2017 National Conference, R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur explain how seeker-sensitive churches distort what God commands the church to be and to do. Do you have another biblical or theological question? Ask.Ligonier.org is your place for answers.

via With the Rise of Seeker-Sensitive Churches, How Do We Understand Biblically “Seeking” God? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

August 27 A Right Attitude toward Jesus

Two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”—Matt. 9:27

The attitude of the heart that Christ honors and accepts is one in which the sinner understands his or her personal unworthiness. That was the attitude of the two blind men as they came to Him. They realized they didn’t deserve Jesus’ help, but they also must have known that “The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works” (Ps. 145:8–9; cf. Joel 2:13).

It seems reasonable to suggest that the two men came to our Lord not only for physical healing but to receive His forgiving mercy. They were no doubt burdened by a spiritual need that they knew only Jesus could meet. They approached Him with real humility, publicly throwing themselves on His abundant grace. Their attitude was perfectly aligned with that of the tax collector who mourns over his unworthiness and cries out, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” (Luke 18:13).

It is noteworthy that Jesus initially showed no response to the men’s pleas. But as He moved along with the multitude, the blind men kept pouring out the desire of their hearts with persistence and determination. It’s as if the Lord tested their faith, letting it extend to its extremity and prove its sincerity. But theirs was a Savior of mercy, granting healing and salvation to all who come with a humble, believing attitude.

ASK YOURSELF

How often do your prayers and faith begin to flag after one or two attempts at asking for help? What are some of God’s reasons for requiring persistence in our pursuit of Him?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 248). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

AUGUST 27 RELIGIOUS WORK SHOULD BE MOST OPEN TO INSPECTION

Let all things be done decently and in order.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:40

A spirit of candor would do much to remove the widespread suspicion that Christian people are preoccupied with unrealities. Complete frankness with God, with our own souls and with our critics would take away many a sword from the hands of our enemies.

We have never gone along with the tender-minded saints who fear to examine religious things lest God be displeased. On the contrary, we believe that God’s handiwork is so perfect that it invites inspection. If God performs the work no matter how closely we look into it we may be sure that we will be forced to stand back in wonder and exclaim, “My Lord and my God!”

Of all work done under the sun religious work should be the most open to examination. There is positively no place in the church for sleight of hand or double talk. Everything done by the churches should be completely above suspicion. The true Church will have nothing to hide. Her books will be available to anyone for inspection at any time. Her officers will insist upon an audit by someone from the outside.

Just what quality does a child possess that Christians must have to please our Father who is in heaven? Could it be candor? The little child is so frank that he is often embarrassing to his elders—but maybe he has found the secret![1]


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

The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity #6: Is Christianity Just about Being on a Spiritual “Journey”? — Canon Fodder

Over the last few months I have slowly worked my way through a series entitled “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.”  It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip Gulley.

We come now to the sixth progressive commandment: “Encouraging the personal search is more important than group uniformity.”

In his sixth chapter, Gulley laments the fact that Christians are so concerned about protecting the church from aberrant views that they stifle free thinking and are even kick people out who don’t conform.

To make his point, he proceeds to tell stories about people he knows who were “disfellowshipped” or “shunned” by their churches for certain behaviors or beliefs. They were just trying to think for themselves, but the church was more interested in “group uniformity.”

via The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity #6: Is Christianity Just about Being on a Spiritual “Journey”? — Canon Fodder

August 27 The House Built on the Rock

It did not fall,for it was founded on the rock.

Matthew 7:25

The house founded on the rock represents the life of spiritual obedience. It’s the life that takes a scriptural view of itself and the world, as described in Christ’s Beatitudes in The Sermon on the Mount. It’s the sort of life that’s more concerned about internal righteousness than external form. It’s a life of genuineness rather than hypocrisy, and of God’s righteousness rather than self–righteousness.

The house based on the rock depicts the life that empties itself of pride and human good works and is humble and repentant because of its own sin. Such a life strives, with the Spirit’s help, to enter the narrow gate of salvation and be faithful to the narrow way of Christ and His Word. The life built on the rock trusts in God’s will and hopes in His Word above all else. Where does your hope rest and your trust lie?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 260). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Shout Your Abortion, and John Owen on infanticide

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Evil in the Last Days

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (2 Timothy 3:1-3 KJV)

The word for “natural affection’ here in the Greek means family affection. It involves the natural love people have for their parents or their children.

John Owen speaks to this verse from his book Indwelling Sin:

Paul tells us that the Gentiles are ‘without natural affection.’ (Romans 1:31). In this, sin has driven men below the level of the beasts. The instinct to love and care for their young is deeply inlaid in the nature of all living creatures. Yet such is the power and force of indwelling sin in man that…

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Tweets from Assange’s mum fuel conspiracy theory on Clinton email leaks

Julian Assange’s mother caused excitement on Twitter, saying an ex-DNC worker leaked the Clinton emails. Christine Assange deleted her post after followers concluded that she meant Seth Rich, who was killed in 2016.
— Read on www.rt.com/usa/436588-assange-wikileaks-seth-rich/amp/

Planned Parenthood receives upwards of $500 million annually in taxpayer money through Medicaid (But Republicans didn’t vote to defund it) – AC2 News

Planned Parenthood is a bizarre quazi-private/public/abortion advocacy business that relies on taxpayers to keep it going. That is, it is a crony entity.

It even gave 20 million to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Though abortion is currently legal in all 50 states, it is remarkable that taxpayers help fund such services. Imagine the outrage if 500 million dollars from the pockets of taxpayers went to the NRA to train children to shoot AR-15s? But abortion, that’s OK.

We in this country do not like to discuss the realities of abortion because we fear offending someone (perhaps someone close) who may have had the procedure. (And for other reasons.) And few things will illicit anger from a pro-abortion/choice person like a discussion of why Roe is not “settled law”. (Technically no law is.) The idea is that as long as abortion is legal, that it is somehow OK. If it becomes illegal then somehow it’s not OK.

Such things are not determined by legality.

But we are supposed to be a nation subject to the rule of law, and abortion is legal in this country. Even if Roe is overturned this will remain the case in much of the country. However it seems odd to force taxpayers to PAY for abortions. It seems even odder still that GOP senators, supposedly conservatives, small government people, would vote to continue the forced taxpayer funding of abortion through Planned Parenthood. But that is what happened.

There are few issues that can instantly polarize a conversation like abortion. It is not our intention to illicit knee jerk reactions on either side of this issue here. But it seems the ending of the taxpayer funding of abortion could be something even some pro-choice (particularly of the libertarian variety) people could get behind. That seems a legitimate point of debate. But it was one senate Republicans couldn’t handle.

(From The Washington Examiner)

The fact that some Republicans voted against a bill that would remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood shows just how much they are willing to get into office on a conservative platform, but once there, fail to actually support that. After his amendment failed Thursday afternoon, Paul told reporters Republican leadership “favors bloated government spending more than they care about Planned Parenthood.”

Sadly it could be even worse than that Senator. As you well know.

Click here for the article.
— Read on www.ac2news.com/2018/08/planned-parenthood-receives-upwards-of-500-million-annually-in-taxpayer-money-through-medicaid-but-republicans-didnt-vote-to-defund-it/