Daily Archives: August 30, 2018

August 30: Dawning of a New Era

Isaiah 63:1–64:12; Luke 23:26–24:12; Job 14:1–10

Jesus’ resurrection brings a new era. Although Jesus told His disciples and loved ones that He would suffer, die, and be raised on the third day (Luke 9:22), they didn’t fully comprehend His promise. The women preparing fragrant spices and perfumes for a burial ritual fully expected to find Jesus’ body in the tomb.

Instead, at the dawn of the first day of the week, they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. The women were perplexed by their discovery, but the angels challenged them, reminding them of Jesus’ promise: “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he spoke to you while he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of men who are sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise?” (Luke 24:5–7).

Jesus’ resurrection presents new hope for the disciples and those who believe in Him. It also shows that He prophesied correctly about God’s saving plan—presenting new hope for us. Jesus has the victory; death has no power over Him. By believing in Him, we share in His death and resurrection, giving us incredible hope as we face life, and death. Not only this, but we live knowing that our Savior is alive and acting on our behalf. We live in a new era.

How are you living in the hope of Jesus’ resurrection?

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 30 The Love God Hates

“Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any one loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15–17).

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If you love the world, you’re engaging in a love God hates.

Satan, from the very beginning of his rebellious activities, has been developing an invisible spiritual system of evil designed to oppose God and enslave people to sin. The Apostle John identified that system as “the world” and warned us not to love it.

Satan has had many centuries to develop his evil system; so it is very effective on those who reject Christ. First John 5:19 explains that while we as Christians belong to God, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one,” whom Jesus called “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31). In John 8:44 He identified certain unbelievers as children of their father, the Devil, who is a “murderer” and “the father of lies.” That’s how completely unbelievers are identified with Satan.

As a believer, you are identified with God. You have been delivered out of the domain of darkness and placed into the Kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13). You are from God and have overcome the evil one because the Holy Spirit who indwells you is greater than he who controls the world (1 John 4:4).

Sadly, Christians sometimes flirt with the very things they’ve been saved from. Don’t do that! Satan and his system have nothing to offer you. They are doomed. First John 2:17 says, “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.”

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Suggestions for Prayer:  If you’ve been flirting with the world, ask God’s forgiveness. ✧ Praise God that someday Satan and his evil system will be vanquished.

For Further Study: Read the epistle of 1 John, noting the contrasts between the children of God and the children of Satan.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 255). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Nasty John McCain Is Set to Release Anti-Trump Conspiracy Film One Week After His Death (Trailer) — The Gateway Pundit

Senator John McCain is being treated like an American hero in the week after his death.

But his work is not yet finished.

John McCain hated President Trump and denigrated his supporters.
McCain held onto this until his death…. and beyond.

McCain’s one last nasty act — pushing the anti-Trump conspiracy movie.

The Daily Mail reported:

Senator John McCain appears in an upcoming documentary filmed before his death warning the United States about president Donald Trump and his ties to Russia.

In a clip of Jack Bryan’s Active Matters, McCain joins Hillary Clinton, Yahoo News chief investigative corespondent Michael Isikoff and others as they discuss Trump, the 2016 presidential election and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The documentary debuts in theaters on August 31, less than a week after McCain died from brain cancer.

‘The fact that there was an attack on the fundamental—the absolute fundamental—a free and fair election, should alarm all of us,’ McCain says in a clip obtained by The Daily Beast.

McCain is referring to numerous reports alleging that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election, something Putin denies. Special counsel Robert Mueller has spent the past few months investigating the alleged collusion.

Isikoff appears in the film saying that possible Russian involvement ‘spooked officials in the White House’.

‘And that’s the moment, I think, that the enormity of the Russian influence campaign really started to hit home,’ he added.

Clinton added: ‘People were seeing this dangerous, troubling activity coming from the Russians that was actually in our electoral system.’

via Nasty John McCain Is Set to Release Anti-Trump Conspiracy Film One Week After His Death (Trailer) — The Gateway Pundit

Tom Fitton: ‘Deep State’ Doesn’t Want to Conduct Damage Assessment of Hillary’s Private Server

Tom Fitton said the “deep state” is unwilling to conduct a full damage assessment on how and whether Clinton’s mishandling of classified information damaged national security.

Source: Tom Fitton: ‘Deep State’ Doesn’t Want to Conduct Damage Assessment of Hillary’s Private Server

AUGUST 30 HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY

God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.

1 Corinthians 1:27

To meet the kind of temptations and enemies confronting us in this world, it is not enough for us to stick out our chins, inflate our chests and mutter the old refrain, “Never say die!”

Since I have been a Christian, I have had a negative reaction to that kind of human psychology. I do not mind saying that my favorite hymns are not those that exhort me to flex my biceps and tell the world where to get off! That is not my philosophy because it would put my confidence in the wrong place. If my faith, my belief, my confidence are in myself, then they cannot at the same time be resting in God!

The Bible tells us to believe in God and put our trust in Him. It warns us against having any confidence in the flesh. So I do not want some voice exhorting me to “Rise up, O man of God; go forth to face the foe”—and all of that. I would rather go to a place of prayer, meet God there and then let Him face the world for me.

We rest our case completely on God—then our experiences proceed by faith, through faith and in faith! Our victory must be God’s victory first!

Dear Lord, the devotional this morning is a good reminder to me to always go to You in prayer—first! I need to learn to wait upon You for Your divine wisdom and guidance before I take any blundering steps.[1]


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

How The Pederasty Cover-Up Will Make Civil War Within The Catholic Church — The Federalist

Sixteen years ago, reporters at The Boston Globe conducted an extensive investigation of the sexual abuse of minors by priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Not long thereafter, reporters elsewhere detailed similar abuse in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and the like. The word used in the press to describe what had been going on was pedophilia, which is a misnomer deliberately employed to cover up what journalists then considered and still consider now an inconvenient aspect of the truth.

As a report commissioned by the National Review Board of the American Catholic bishops and issued in 2004 revealed, something like 81 percent of the victims were boys, and very few were, in the strictest sense, children. They were nearly all what we euphemistically call young adults. They were male adolescents on the younger side — at the age when boys as they mature can briefly be downright pretty.

What was involved was what its advocates call man-boy love: a sexual relationship between a grown man who serves as a mentor and a boy who is under his care or simply admires or stands in awe of him. The ancient Greeks, who practiced this systematically in the classical period, called this phenomenon pederasty, and I wrote extensively about it 26 years ago in the first part of my hardback book, “Republics Ancient and Modern” (the pertinent chapter can be found in the first volume of the paperback edition).

In the course of these investigations, a number of other things came to light. First, a priest named Gerald Fitzgerald — who in 1947 founded a small religious order named Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete to counsel priests who had difficulty with alcoholism, substance abuse, celibacy, and the like — had for decades been trying to alert the American bishops and officials in the Vatican (including Pope Paul VI) to the fact that priestly pederasty (which, he said, was unheard of before World War II) was a growing problem within the American Catholic Church. He had persistently tried to persuade the hierarchy to forbid the perpetrators’ supervision of boys and to laicize them, all to no avail.

It also turned out that in 1984, when a scandal of this sort broke out in the diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, a Dominican priest named Thomas P. O’Doyle — who was a canon lawyer working for the Papal Nuncio in Washington and had seen numerous reports of a similar kind cross his desk — joined with a Louisiana lawyer named F. Ray Mouton, Jr., and another priest, a psychiatrist named Michael Peterson, who directed a hospital for troubled priests and knew a great deal, to conduct an extensive investigation of clerical misconduct along these lines throughout the United States.

The report these three men produced was sent to every bishop in the country in May 1985, and then it was ignored. Bishop after bishop continued the long-standing practice of covering up the scandals that arose, of paying off the victims, eliciting from them a non-disclosure agreement, and transferring the perpetrators from one parish to another and even from one diocese to another.

Not long after the scandal first broke and the National Review Board issued its 2004 report, I was a guest at a dinner hosted by a Catholic friend, as was a highly intelligent, young local priest who, everyone knew, would someday become a bishop. By then it was evident to anyone who bothered to read the report that pederasty, not pedophilia, was the problem, and I had long known that there were seminaries in the United States that were essentially cathouses in which all of the cats were male.

When talk turned to the clerical scandal, I suggested that the fatal decision the American bishops had made in 1985 to continue covering everything up must have come from Rome. If, I argued, every diocese followed the same procedures, the bishops must have received guidance from the center.

Could it then be the case, I asked, that this was not a peculiarly American problem — that this was going on elsewhere, all over the world; that Rome was the epicenter; and that the Papal nuncio in Washington or his superiors at the Vatican were complicit? Could the colleges in Rome, established for the education of especially promising seminarians from all over the world, in effect be gay bordellos and promotion into the hierarchy for many a young priest came at a price?

My host knew what I was talking about. He had once been a Jesuit novice, and had been expelled from the Jesuits by the provincial for complaining about the sexual misconduct going on in the novitiate all around him. What I remember most vividly, however, was the silence of the young priest at the dinner table. He had been talkative. Now he said not a word. He was even then a handsome young man, and had studied at the North American College at a time when he was no doubt even more striking. As we left, I remember saying to my wife, “He knows more than he is willing to divulge.”

I do not mean to say that he was complicit. I doubt that very much. I do mean to suggest that he had received unwanted attention and knew that, if he talked about it, it would halt his clerical career.

Later, of course, it became evident that my suspicions of Rome were justified. In the intervening years, there have been scandals identical to the American scandal in Canada, Australia, Belgium, Bavaria, Ireland, Honduras, Chile, and elsewhere.

A few years ago, we also learned that a host of high-level figures in the Curia were being blackmailed by their male lovers. I am told that Pope Benedict, who had by that time contracted Parkinson’s Disease, resigned his office in this connection because he knew there needed to be a purge and he feared that he did not have the physical stamina to carry it out. In his memoirs, Pope Benedict touches on the “gay lobby” and confesses to a lack of resoluteness. As everyone understood at the time, the task of cleaning house was to be left to his successor.

In the interim between Pope Benedict’s papacy and that of his successor, we received another indication of the depth of the problem. In the newspapers of Scotland, we learned that Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien, a cardinal and archbishop who was the primate of Scotland, had been buggering seminarians and young priests for years and nothing had been done in response to the complaints they had submitted to the Papal Nuncio. It was only when they went public in 2013 that the Vatican acted.

Unfortunately, however, Benedict’s successor was Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, the man who calls himself Pope Francis. As a Belgian cardinal named Gottfried Daneels — who had been removed as an archbishop because he had covered up the pederasty of another Belgian cardinal and had come out in support of contraception, divorce, gay marriage, euthanasia, and abortion — revealed in his memoirs, Bergoglio’s candidacy was promoted by the St. Gallen Group, a part of what Catholics call “the Lavender Mafia.”

This disgraced figure stood on the balcony with Bergoglio after he was elected pope. He was chosen to say the prayer at the new pope’s inauguration. And there was joy in the ranks of those inclined to break the vow of celibacy.

If you want to get a sense of what such people thought, I suggest that you read “The Vatican’s Secret Life,” an article that appeared in Vanity Fair in December 2013. It is an eye-opener. Its author, Michael Joseph Gross, is not scandalized by what he found. He celebrates it and, tellingly, never once mentions, even under the guise of pedophilia, the propensity of prominent priests to indulge in pederasty. As Gross observes:

At the Vatican, a significant number of gay prelates and other gay clerics are in positions of great authority. They may not act as a collective but are aware of one another’s existence. And they inhabit a secretive netherworld, because homosexuality is officially condemned. Though the number of gay priests in general, and specifically among the Curia in Rome, is unknown, the proportion is much higher than in the general population. Between 20 and 60 percent of all Catholic priests are gay, according to one estimate cited by Donald B. Cozzens in his well-regarded The Changing Face of the Priesthood. For gay clerics at the Vatican, one fundamental condition of their power, and of their priesthood, is silence, at least in public, about who they really are.

Clerics inhabit this silence in a variety of ways. A few keep their sexuality entirely private and adhere to the vow of celibacy. Many others quietly let themselves be known as gay to a limited degree, to some colleagues, or to some laypeople, or both; sometimes they remain celibate and sometimes they do not. A third way, perhaps the least common but certainly the most visible, involves living a double life. Occasionally such clerics are unmasked, usually by stories in the Italian press. In 2010, for the better part of a month, one straight journalist pretended to be the boyfriend of a gay man who acted as a ‘honeypot’ and entrapped actual gay priests in various sexual situations. (The cardinal vicar of Rome was given the task of investigating. The priests’ fates are unknown.)

There are at least a few gay cardinals, including one whose long-term partner is a well-known minister in a Protestant denomination. There is the notorious monsignor nicknamed ‘Jessica,’ who likes to visit a pontifical university and pass out his business card to 25-year-old novices. (Among the monsignor’s pickup lines: “Do you want to see the bed of John XXIII?”) There’s the supposedly straight man who has a secret life as a gay prostitute in Rome and posts photographs online of the innermost corridors of the Vatican. Whether he received this privileged access from some friend or family member, or from a client, is impossible to say; to see a known rent boy in black leather on a private Vatican balcony does raise an eyebrow.

I recommend that you read the whole article. The author interviewed a great many clerics in Rome, and makes it clear that they were delighted with the choice of Bergoglio and his selection of advisers.

They had reason to be delighted. Since his election, Pope Francis has done everything within his power to soften and subvert the church’s teaching concerning human sexuality. He put the Lavender Mafia in charge of the two Synods on the Family held in 2014 and 2015. They tried to push through their agenda; and, when the assembled bishops balked, they got a tongue-lashing from the pope, and he inserted in the final report without comment two paragraphs that had not received the requisite two-thirds vote.

All of this — including the machinations of the St. Gallen Group and the role Daneels played — is laid out in detail by an English Catholic, who was in Rome during the early year of this papacy, and who writes under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna. The title is “The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy.”

In the last few weeks, we have received further evidence of the power of the prelate-pederasts. A grand jury convened in Pennsylvania has revealed that Donald Wuerl, while bishop of Pittsburgh, covered up a priest-run child-porn ring and a host of other abuse cases involving something on the order of 100 priests, using the age-old trick of pay-offs and non-disclosure agreements. This did not stop him from being named archbishop of Washington DC and of being made a cardinal — which is to say, a Prince of the Church.

He was not even high on the list of possible nominees submitted by the Papal Nuncio. Someone powerful in the Vatican wanted him promoted, and Pope Francis responded to the news of his guilt not by ordering an investigation into Wuerl’s promotion, but with a dodge — by attributing collective guilt to us all.

This past weekend, the chickens finally came home to roost. We had already learned of the predatory conduct of Theodore McCarrick, Wuerl’s predecessor as cardinal-archbishop of Washington. The evidence showed that he had buggered altar boys and seminarians while auxiliary bishop in New York, bishop of Metuchen in New Jersey, and Archbishop of Newark. Formal complaints had been lodged against him as the 1990s and continued to be lodged in later years, but they were ignored, and he was nonetheless promoted.

On Saturday night, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who was the papal nuncio in Washington from 2011 to 2016, released an 11-page testament, revealing that Pope Benedict had learned of McCarrick’s conduct, had acted against the man in 2009 or 2010 by silencing him, prohibiting him from travel, and forbidding him to say mass in public; that in 2013 he had himself personally warned Pope Francis against McCarrick, spelling out in detail the man’s misdeeds; that Francis had reversed the restrictions imposed on McCarrick by Benedict, taken him as his chief American advisor, and ignored the advice of the Papal Nuncio and accepted that of McCarrick in choosing archbishops and bishops for the United States. This includes Blaise Cupich, the cardinal-archbishop of Chicago, and Joseph Tobin, the cardinal-archbishop of Newark.

Viganò also did something on Saturday night that, as far as I know, no high-ranking prelate has done in more than six hundred years. He called on the pope to resign.

In the meantime, Monsignor Jean-Francois Lantheaume, former first counsellor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C. has emerged to confirm that Viganò‘s predecessor had been instructed to confine McCarrick by Pope Benedict, that he had witnessed the confrontation with McCarrick, and that everything else that Viganò had said was true. To this, we must add that Viganò named names in the Vatican, specifying which high officials had obstructed the investigation into McCarrick’s conduct.

As all of this suggests, we are now at a turning point. The Lavender Mafia controls the papacy and the Vatican overall, and Pope Francis is packing the College of Cardinals, who will elect the next pope, with sympathizers. Pope Francis and his minions have now been exposed, named, and shamed; and there will be a civil war within the Roman Catholic Church.

Either Francis leaves and his supporters and clients are purged, or the church is conceded to those who for decades have sheltered and promoted the pederasts and those who regard their abuse of minors as an indifferent matter. It is time that those bishops, archbishops, and cardinals who are innocent of such conduct stand up and force a house-cleaning. In the meantime, the laity should speak up loud and clear.

This article originally appeared on Ricochet.com and is reprinted with the permission of the author.

via How The Pederasty Cover-Up Will Make Civil War Within The Catholic Church — The Federalist

IRS Tea Party persecutor Lois Lerner had help all along: John McCain

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https://www.americanthinker.com by Monica Showalte

It’s the sort of political back-stabbing that defies belief, taking an active role in destroying the Tea Party, which was an authentic grassroots movement of local groups calling for smaller government.  Sure enough, Judicial Watch has found McCain’s central role right there in the documents:

Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”  Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

August 30, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Satisfaction with What We Have

Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?” (13:5–6)

  1. H. Spurgeon said, “I’ve been in a lot of testimony meetings, and I’ve heard a lot of people share how they’ve sinned, and I’ve had people come to me and make confession of sin. But in all my life I’ve never had one person confess the sin of covetousness to me.” I have rarely had anyone confess covetousness to me, either.

A man once came into my office asking to confess a sin. He was obviously serious and quite broken up. He said his sin was gluttony. When I remarked that he did not look overweight, he replied, “I know. It is not that I eat too much but that I want to. I continually crave food. It’s an obsession.”

Covetousness is much like this man’s gluttony. You do not have to acquire a lot of things to be covetous. In fact you do not have to acquire anything at all. Covetousness is an attitude; it is wanting to acquire things, longing for them, setting our thoughts and attention on them—whether we ever possess them or not.

When John D. Rockefeller was a young man, a friend reportedly asked him how much money he wanted. “A million dollars,” he replied. After he had earned a million dollars, the friend asked him again how much money he wanted. The answer this time was, “Another million.” Covetousness and greed follow a principle of increasing desire and decreasing satisfaction, a form of the law of diminishing returns. “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity” (Eccles. 5:10). The more you get the more you want. When we focus on material things, our having will never catch up with our wanting. It is one of God’s unbreakable laws.

Love of money is one of the most common forms of covetousness, partly because money can be used to secure so many other things that we want. Loving money is lusting after material riches, whatever the form is. A Christian should be free from such love of material things. Love of money is sin against God, a form of distrust. For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” Among other things, loving money is trusting in uncertain riches rather than the living God (1 Tim. 6:17), looking for security in material things instead of in our heavenly Father. “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed,” Jesus warned, “for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

Achan’s love of money cost Israel a defeat at Ai, the lives of at least thirty-six of his fellow countrymen, his own life, and the lives of his family and flocks (Josh. 7:1, 5, 25). After Naaman was cleansed of leprosy, following Elisha’s instruction to wash seven times in the Jordan, the prophet refused any payment. But Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, later ran back to Naaman and deceived him in order to profit from the grateful captain. After lying again, he was cursed by Elisha with Naaman’s leprosy (2 Kings 5:15–27). His greed led to lying, deceit, and leprosy. Judas was greedy as well as traitorous, willing to betray the Son of God for thirty pieces of silver. Ananias and Sapphira paid for their greed and attempted deceit with their lives (Acts 5:1–10). Greed is not a trifling sin before God. It has kept many unbelievers out of the kingdom, and it has caused many believers to lose the joy of the kingdom, or worse.

It is not wrong, of course, to earn or to have wealth. Abraham and Job were extremely wealthy. The New Testament mentions a number of faithful believers who had considerable wealth. It is love of money that “is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang” (1 Tim. 6:10). It is longing after it and trusting in it that is sinful. “If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them,” David counsels (Ps. 62:10). Job puts the principle clearly: “If I have put my confidence in gold, and called fine gold my trust, if I have gloated because my wealth was great, and because my hand had secured so much; … That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment, for I would have denied God above” (Job 31:24–25, 28). Trust in money is distrust in God.

Some persons love money but never acquire it. Other persons’ love of money is in acquiring it. They live for the thrill of adding to their bank accounts, stock holdings, or conglomerates. For others, loving money is hoarding it. Misers are not so much interested in increasing their possessions as in simply holding on to them. They love money for its own sake. Still others are more interested in the things they can buy and display with their wealth. The conspicuous consumer is the big spender who flaunts his wealth. Whatever form love of money may take, the spiritual result is the same. It displeases God and separates us from Him. Nicer clothes, a bigger house, another car, a better vacation tempt all of us. But God tells us to be satisfied. Be content with what you have.

Many of those addressed in the book of Hebrews had lost most, or all, of their material possessions, because they knew they had “a better possession and an abiding one” (10:34). Some of them might have been longing to get back what they lost, thinking the cost was too high. They are told not to return to trust in material things. We confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?” If we have the Lord, we have it all. Loss of anything else can be no worse than a bad inconvenience, an inconvenience that, surrendered to the Lord, will always be for our good. Material possessions are temporary, anyway. We are going to lose them sooner or later. If the Lord decides we should lose them sooner, we should not worry. Proverbs 23:5 says “wealth certainly makes itself wings.”

Among the scriptural requirements for overseers, or bishops (also referred to as elders, Titus 1:5–7), is that of being “free from the love of money” (1 Tim. 3:3). No Christian can live effectively, much less lead effectively, who is longing after money. Love of money weakens our faith, weakens our testimony, and weakens our leadership. When we love money, our eye is on the wrong kind of gain. “Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content” (1 Tim. 6:6–8). Discontentment is one of man’s greatest sins. Contentment is one of God’s greatest blessings.

How do we enjoy contentment? How do we become satisfied with what we have? First, we must realize God’s goodness. If we really believe that God is good, we know He will take care of us, His children. We know with Paul that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

Second, we should realize—not just acknowledge, but truly realize—that God is omniscient. He knows what we need long before we have a need or ask Him to meet it. Jesus assures us, “Your Father knows that you need these things” (Luke 12:30).

Third, we should think about what we deserve. What we want, or even need, is one thing; what we deserve is another. We should confess with Jacob, “I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which Thou hast shown to Thy servant” (Gen. 32:10). The smallest good thing we have is more than we deserve. The least-blessed of God’s saints are rich (see Matt. 19:27–29).

Fourth, we should recognize God’s supremacy, his sovereignty. God does not have the same plan for all of His children. What He lovingly gives to one, He just as lovingly may withhold from another. The Holy Spirit gives varieties of gifts, ministries, and effects, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills” (1 Cor. 12:4–11). In regard to material blessings, we should listen to Hannah’s wisdom, “The Lord makes poor and rich” (1 Sam. 2:7). If He were to make us rich, we might be of outstanding service to Him. On the other hand, our becoming rich might be our spiritual undoing. The Lord knows what we need, and will provide us with no less.

Fifth, we should continually remind ourselves what true riches are. It is the worldly, including the wealthy worldly, who are poor, and it is believers, including poor ones, who are rich. Our treasure is in our homeland, in heaven, and we should set our minds “on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2).

Supremely, however, contentment comes from communion with God. The more we focus on Him the less we will be concerned about anything material. When you are near Jesus Christ, you are overwhelmed with the riches that you have in Him, and earthly possessions simply will not matter. Contentment is having confidence that the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?[1]


5–6 Materialism and acquisitiveness are the enemies of the sort of caring love commended in vv. 1–3. The call to be content with what we have echoes the famous advice of 1 Timothy 6:6–10, where “godliness with contentment” is set over against “the love of money.” This would have had particular force for the readers if they were still, as previously (10:34), suffering material deprivation on account of their faith. The basis for this call is not the Stoic ideology of self-sufficiency but an active trust in God instead of in possessions.

The point is made by two OT quotations, which correspond to one another as promise and response. The first most closely echoes Moses’ farewell reassurance to Israel in LXX Deuteronomy 31:6, 8, though the first-person form reflects the similar reassurance issued by God himself to Joshua in Joshua 1:5 (and cf. the promise to Jacob in Ge 28:15; in all cases the “you” is singular, as here); the speaker is not identified in the Greek formula “he himself has said,” but as usual in Hebrews, the words of Scripture are understood to be the words of God. The second quotation comes from Psalm 118:6 in the LXX (which translates the Hebrew “with me” or “for me” more specifically as “my helper”), expressing the confidence of the psalmist, traditionally David, that results from his experience of God’s active deliverance from danger. For the person who knows God’s protective power, human opposition is put in perspective. What was true for these OT saints is equally true for all who trust God, and in that case there is no need to put material security before Christian generosity. Fear gives way to joyful confidence.[2]


13:5 / The love of money is a danger to be avoided by those who would live by faith. It brings further evil with it (1 Tim. 6:9f.) and reflects an improper attachment to this transitory world. In the past the readers had exhibited the proper attitude when they endured the loss of their property gladly “because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions” (10:34). The readers are therefore to be content with what they have. This is again a common theme in the nt (cf. 1 Tim. 6:6ff., where Christians are exhorted to remain content with the bare necessities of life). As is true of so much of the ethical teaching of the early church, this emphasis also derives from the teaching of Jesus (cf. Matt. 6:24–34; Luke 12:15). The readers, however, are to go beyond simple contentment with what they have. They are to find their security totally in God. The quotation introduced with the words God (lit., “he himself”) has said is from Deuteronomy 31:6 (and again in v. 8). Our author, however, has altered the third person of the original (“he will”) to the more vivid first person (“I will”). The same promise, but with slightly different wording, is made in the first person in Joshua 1:5 (cf. also Gen. 28:15; 1 Chron. 28:20). Whereas material possessions are by their nature subject to loss and thus unworthy of ultimate commitment, God and his saving purpose are unchanging.[3]


Be content (13:5–6)

A highly materialistic society like our own, with all the pressures of godless secularism, needs the exhortation of this early Christian writer that we should keep our lives free from love of money and be content with the possessions we already have. Covetousness, either of another man’s wife, or someone else’s property, is a perilous snare. The Christian believes that in his providential goodness the Lord will give him what is good for him. He will work hard, be generous with his possessions, and leave the rest with God.10 He certainly does not spend his precious time fretting about how he can collect more money, or acquire more valuable things. This is the way the godless behave. The believer is grateful for those material necessities he already possesses and rejoices in far more satisfying spiritual possessions. His heart is set on those riches,12 not on the perishable things which have no value beyond death. Covetousness is born of doubt; contentment is the child of faith. It does not come suddenly; it is a habit of mind and can best be acquired by constantly reminding ourselves of God’s fatherly provision and his generous promises. Once more, Old Testament Scripture is used to support the argument. God says something generously to us so that we can say something confidently to others; for he has said, ‘I will never fail you nor forsake you.’ Hence we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper.’ Ultimately, contentment becomes vocal. It is given an opportunity to explain the reason for its astonishing calm, trust and satisfaction.

Possibly there is a hint here not only of the fear of poverty but also of the fear of persecution. The writer recall not only the reassurance given to Joshua but also the peace which came to the afflicted psalmist. He quotes Psalm 118:6: I will not be afraid; what can man do to me? It is possible to covet popularity and be prepared to make almost any sacrifice to acquire it. Believers know that the fear of man is just as enslaving as the love of money. When the Lord is their helper they are released from such tyranny. Pleasure (13:4), possessions (13:5) and popularity (13:6) are all under the sovereign control of their holy, generous and loving God.

The appeal for ‘contentment’ in the New Testament is not intended to convey the idea that ambition of every kind is contrary to God’s purpose. Every believer ought to bring his best to his job or profession, recognizing that whatever he does in life ought to be of such quality that it can be presented as a sacrificial offering to Christ. He does his utmost to be a first-rate worker, but he does not lust fretfully after promotion for its own sake. He is content to leave that in the hands of a providential God who knows what is best for him. Self-regarding ambition can be the most destructive force in the world. Dominated by greed, it pays little attention to the needs of others, the will of God, or even personal health. In a selfishly ambitious society Christian contentment is a quality of great evangelistic worth. It reminds others that there is more to life than transitory success.[4]


13:5. Another threat to family stability is materialism. Obeying two features could control materialism. First, renounce love of money. Do not make the possession of money an end in itself. Second, be content with what you have. The presence of God in all of life encourages such contentment. Knowing the Lord will not abandon us gives us the stability to enjoy what he gives us (Deut. 31:6, 8). Enjoying his unfailing presence is better than coveting glistening bullions of gold.[5]


5a. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.

The next commandments in the Decalogue are “You shall not steal” and “You shall not covet” (Exod. 20:15, 17; Deut. 5:19, 21). In a sense the commandments to which the author alludes are closely related; they uncover man’s desire for someone’s wife, possessions, and property. The Christian must uproot “the love of money,” because it leads to all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). Paul counsels Timothy in these pithy words, “But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim. 6:6). And he himself confesses: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content” (Phil. 4:11–12). Certainly Scripture does not teach that the Christian ought to seek a life of poverty. God told Adam to fill the earth and subdue it (Gen. 1:28), but he warns man against the love of money, for that attitude leads to greed, and greed is idolatry (Col. 3:5).

5b. Because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.”

The choice is simple: either love the Lord your God or love money. “You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13). Instead of worshiping that which is created (money), Christians are exhorted to worship the Creator and to put their trust in him.

Introducing an Old Testament quotation with the words God has said, the author is true to form. For him God is the author of Scripture, and the voice that speaks is the voice of God. To find the exact wording of the quotation in the Old Testament, however, is not easy. Rather, the text itself appears in varying form in many places, and always signals God’s faithfulness and assurance. Jacob fled from his brother Esau and in a dream heard God say to him, “I am with you … I will not leave you” (Gen. 28:15). Near the end of his life, Moses encouraged the Israelites and said, “For the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6, 8). When Joshua began his work as leader of the Israelites, God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Josh. 1:5). And last, when David instructed Solomon to build the temple, he encouraged him with these words, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you” (1 Chron. 28:20).

I conclude that because of its frequent usage the quotation had become proverbial. In all probability, the words were part of the liturgy in the ancient synagogue and early church. The people, then, were quite familiar with this text.[6]


13:5 The sixth virtue to cultivate is contentment. Remember that the adherents of Judaism were continually saying, “We have the tabernacle. We have the priesthood. We have the offerings. We have the beautiful ritual. What do you have?” Here the writer quietly says to the Christians: Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. I should say so! What the Christian has is so infinitely greater than the best of Judaism—why shouldn’t he be content? He has Christ; that is enough.

The love of silver can be a tremendous hindrance to the believer. Just as a small silver coin held before the eye comes between it and the sun, so covetousness breaks fellowship with God and hinders spiritual progress.

The greatest riches a person can have lie in possessing Him who promises, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” In Greek, strong negation is expressed by using two or more negatives. (This is the opposite of English structure in which a double negative makes a positive assertion.) In this verse the construction is very emphatic: it combines five negatives to indicate the impossibility of Christ deserting his own![7]


13:5, 6 Covetousness is addressed in the last of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:17). This attitude destroys a person’s inheritance in the Kingdom (1 Cor. 6:9, 10). I will never leave you nor forsake you: This quotation is one of the most emphatic statements in the NT. In Greek it contains two double negatives, similar to saying in English, “I will never, ever, ever forsake you.” Jesus uses the same technique to express the certainty of eternal life for believers (John 10:28).[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 432–435). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 184–185). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hagner, D. A. (2011). Hebrews (p. 237). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Brown, R. (1988). The message of Hebrews: Christ above all (pp. 253–255). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[5] Lea, T. D. (1999). Hebrews, James (Vol. 10, p. 237). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, pp. 410–411). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2208). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1659). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

‘Another false flag’: US ignores Russian warning of preparation for chem attack in Syria

The US is ignoring warnings that terrorists are preparing a chemical attack in Idlib province in North-west Syria. A State Department spokesperson simply said that they ‘don’t buy into that’ when asked about the intelligence provided by Moscow.

Here’s the List: The Top Ten Instances where the Deep State FBI, DOJ and CIA Spies Attempted to Set Up the Trump Campaign and Administration — The Gateway Pundit

The Deep State flourished under President Obama.  After eight years in office the Deep State wasn’t only spying on the Trump Campaign and anyone related to it, the Deep State was inserting spies into the Trump campaign in efforts to set them up for crimes.

Below is our list of Deep State actions where they were trying to set the Trump campaign up for potential crimes –

General Mike Flynn – General Flynn was the recipient of at least two instances where the Deep State spies set him up.  The first known instance was noted a couple nights ago on the Hannity Show by Sara Carter.  Carter stated that General Flynn was invited by CIA and FBI spy Stefan Halper to attend a dinner sponsored by Halper in February of 2014.  Halper placed General Flynn next to a Russian guest and then later used this information to suggest Flynn was too cozy with Russians.  According to Sara Carter

Flynn was already walking a fine line with the Obama Administration and battling President Obama and the CIA over his deep disagreement with the administration’s narrative that al-Qaeda and extremists groups, had been defeated or were on the run. Several months later Flynn was forced to resign early and ended his tenure as the director of the DIA.

Flynn later joined the Trump team and was outspoken against President Obama.  It’s unknown if a FISA Warrant was used against General Flynn and if so, if it was based on Halper’s set up in 2014.  What we do know is that fired and disgraced former FBI Director James Comey was asked this question by a Trump member (Reince Priebus) and his answer was redacted by the Deep state.

General Mike Flynn (2) – General Flynn was also attacked by the Deep State FBI and DOJ while in the White House a few days after taking over as President Trump’s National Security Advisor.  He was accused of lying to the FBI’s corrupt cop Peter Strzok in spite of evidence that he did not.  Former FBI Director Comey said that Flynn did not lie to the FBI.  Nevertheless, Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI by corrupt Deep State leader Robert Mueller and (after no doubt being coerced) he pled guilty to the plea.  Now we know that the whole thing was a set up by the Deep State.

Carter Page – Stephan Halper was also used by the FBI to get to Carter Page from the Trump Campaign and he eventually assisted the FBI in obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on Carter and the Trump Campaign.  Sara Carter reports

In 2016, Halper was an integral part of the FBI’s investigation into short-term Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page. Halper first made contact with Page at his seminar in July 2016. Page, who was already on the FBI’s radar, was accused of being sympathetic to Russia and sought better relations between the U.S. and Russian officials. Halper stayed in contact with Page until September 2017.

During that time, the FBI sought and obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to spy on Page and used Halper to collect information on him, according to sources. The House Intelligence Committee Russia report and documents obtained by this outlet revealed that the bulk of the warrant against Page relied heavily on an unverified dossier compiled by Former British Spy Christopher Steele and the matter is still under congressional investigation. Steele, who was a former MI6 agent, also had ties to many of the same people, like former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, who were part of the seminar.

George Papadopoulos – Nobody even heard of George Papadopoulos until he pled guilty for making false statements to FBI agents.  This too was all a set up.  As a matter of fact, Papadopoulos was the recipient of numerous attacks by the Deep State and corrupt FBI, CIA and Deep State operative Stefan Halper was involved as well.

Halper set up Papadopoulos with Australian diplomat as the New York Times reported in late 2017:

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.

Halper was involved with giving information to Papadopoulos that was later shared with the NYTimes and used against Papadopoulos.

George Papadopoulos (2)Another action the Deep State took with young George was to offer him thousands of dollars to be a spy.  Chuck Ross from The Daily Caller reported that Sergei Millian, the source of the anti-Trump Steele Dossier, offered George Papadopoulos $30,000 a month to work as a “consultant” (spy) in the Trump White House.

George Papadopoulos (3) –Papadopoulos was no doubt set up by the Deep State a third time in 2016 when he was given $10,000 by a spy in Europe right before Papadopoulos flew back to the States  –

The $10k payment to Papadopoulos was almost guaranteed to be a sting operation; a set-up.

Federal agents were waiting for Papadopoulos at the airport upon his arrival and re-entry into the U.S.  If Mr. Papadopoulos had carried that $10k into the U.S. without declaring a U.S. treasury filing, the FBI/DOJ would have nailed him on a treasury violation.

Bringing $10,000 (or more) cash into the U.S., without reporting, is major trouble; add into that aspect the likelihood the set-up included use of an intelligence asset, and the issue can be compounded into laundering money.  That’s just the type of leverage Robert Mueller was looking for.

Sam Clovis – Former Trump Campaign aid Sam Clovis told Tucker Carlson that Stefan Halper sent him several emails and said he wanted to come in and discuss foreign policy. His research was focused mostly on China. Clovis goes on to say he believes Halper used his meeting as a bona fides to contact George Papadopoulos.

Michael Caputo – Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo went on with Tucker Carlson and he discussed how the Obama FBI was spying on the Donald Trump Campaign. Caputo told Tucker that he now has proof that the man who approached him in 2016 was indeed a veteran FBI spy.

Donald Trump Jr – The President’s eldest son was also the target of FBI spying.  Fusion GPS employees set up Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump campaign to hold a meeting in Trump Tower.  According to Mark Stewart, the General Counsel for the House Committee responding to Fusion GPS, at least three of the people at the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June 2016 were Fusion GPS officials.  It was all a set up.

The Dossier – The entire FBI scandal revolves around the Fusion GPS fake dossier.  This document was created and not confirmed and then presented to the FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump team.  It’s illegal to provide information to the FISA court that is not accurate while stating that it is.  It is also illegal to leave out material information like the source and accuracy of the dossier.  It is clear that Deep State spies were instrumental in the creation of the false narrative in the dossier.

At least 10 times the Deep State inserted spies into the Trump campaign in efforts to set them up for crimes.  The real criminals are walking free today.

via Here’s the List: The Top Ten Instances where the Deep State FBI, DOJ and CIA Spies Attempted to Set Up the Trump Campaign and Administration — The Gateway Pundit

Can feminism be defended with reason and evidence? Jordan Peterson vs Cathy Newman

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Can radical feminism be defended rationally and evidentially? Can radical feminism be defended rationally and evidentially?

There was a short discussion recently on UK Channel 4 between Canadian university professor named Jordan Peterson, and a radical feminist with an undergraduate degree in English named Cathy Newman. While you watch, imagine that she is teaching some non-STEM course that you’ve enrolled in. Would you dare to disagree with her?

First, the video, which has over 11 million views:

And here is an article from the UK Spectator: (paywalled)

Whatever else anybody might think of him, Professor Peterson is a man of remarkable learning and experience, and does not appear to have arrived at any of his views by the now common means of ‘I reckon’. Yet Newman, who approaches the interview with the trademark sourness she employs for everyone she expects to disagree with, treats this is just another chance to burnish her own social justice credentials and…

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August 30, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Wednesday renewed his attacks on technology companies and platforms including Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, saying they were “trying to silence” people.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was due to lead mourners in saluting the late John McCain, his former Senate colleague, at a Phoenix church service on Thursday celebrating the life of the Vietnam War hero and two-time Republican presidential candidate.

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged the United States to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses of minority Muslims in Xinjiang, saying the region was being turned into a “high-tech police state.”

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to remove a proposal from the November ballot that, if passed, would have pumped $690 million into Arizona’s public education system by raising taxes on the state’s highest earners.

Skulls and other remains of massacred tribespeople used in the colonial era for experiments to push claims of European racial superiority were handed over by Germany to Namibia at a church ceremony in Berlin.

Iran has remained within the main restrictions on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with major powers, a confidential report by the U.N. atomic watchdog indicated on Thursday.

The United Nations called on Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday to forestall a battle in Syria’s Idlib province which would affect millions of civilians and could see both militants and the government potentially using chlorine as a chemical weapon.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the European Union on Thursday to modernize its post-Cold War ties with Russia and pursue “strategic relations” with Turkey as well as other close neighbors, including in defense matters.

An overhang of homeless crude in the Atlantic Basin has halved in recent weeks, suggesting oil traders are bracing for a further supply loss from Iran due to U.S. sanctions and a new rally in prices.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend continued to point to a robust labor market that should keep the economy on a strong growth path this year. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 213,000 for the week ended Aug. 25.

AP Top Stories

A soldier based in Hawaii pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to help the Islamic State group- admitting he provided secret military information, a drone meant to track U.S. troops and other support to undercover agents he believed were members of the terrorist organization.

The Army is arming Bradley Fighting Vehicles with heat-seeking Stinger air defense missiles to give the infantry carriers an improved ability to track and destroy enemy air threats such as drones, helicopters and low-flying aircraft.

U.N. experts said Tuesday that evidence “strongly suggests” the governments of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have perpetrated human rights abuses “that may amount to war crimes” during Yemen’s civil war, including torture, sexual violence, conscription of child soldiers, and targeting of civilians.

A Spanish NGO Thursday said it will halt its migrant rescue missions off Libya to support operations in Spain, as it denounced the “criminalization” of humanitarian groups in the Mediterranean.

China’s biggest oil producer PetroChina said Thursday its net profit more than doubled in the first half of the year as global crude prices soared. Net profit surged 113.7 percent from the same period last year to $4.0 billion.

China’s defense ministry said on Thursday that it was supporting Afghanistan’s defense and counterterrorism efforts, a day after Beijing denied a plan to build a base in Afghanistan and to send Chinese forces to the war-torn country.

Thousands of hardline Islamists angered over a far-right Dutch lawmaker’s plans to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest marched toward Pakistan’s capital Thursday after police briefly stopped them because of security reasons.

Amazon hit $2,000 per share for the first time on Thursday morning as the e-commerce giant heads toward a $1 trillion market cap. The stock hovered around the $2,000 mark in early trading.

BBC

Argentina’s government has unexpectedly asked for the early release of a $50bn loan from the IMF amid a growing economic crisis.

Brazil says it is sending its army to the Venezuelan border to “guarantee law and order” amid an influx of migrants fleeing the crisis-hit country.

More than 100 Britons who were sent abroad as children under a resettlement scheme are to sue the UK government over the abuse they suffered. In March, an inquiry said 2,000 survivors should receive financial compensation within 12 months.

Theresa May has announced a tie-up with the Kenyan authorities to help track down British pedophiles as she concludes her tour of Africa.

WND

According to a study by US marketing firm Hill Holliday of Generation Z – people born after 1995 – half of those surveyed stated they had quit or were considering quitting at least one social media platform. When it comes to Gen Z’s relationship to social media, “significant cracks are beginning to show”.

Iran’s mullah-led Islamic regime has sentenced four Christians to a combined total of 45 years in prison for practicing their faith.


News – 8/29/2018

Were 18 To 20 CIA Sources Killed Or Imprisoned Because Hillary Clinton’s Emails Were Being Hacked In Real Time By China?
This is a scandal so huge that it could blow all of the other Clinton scandals totally out of the water. It is being alleged that 18 to 20 CIA sources were either killed or imprisoned in China from 2010 to 2012 because the Chinese were reading all of Hillary Clinton’s emails as soon as they were sent or received.

Rabbi: “UN is Replacement Theology on Steroids”
The United Nations has played a leading role in rewriting history as part of its anti-Israel agenda. A recent editorial in Christian media compared this to replacement theology and one rabbi agreed, noting that pro-Palestinian forces have taken this hated doctrine further than the Church ever had.

Archbishop who called on Pope to resign says corruption reaches the top
The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy.

Newt Gingrich: Trump keeps racking up the victories, despite liberal media’s desperate efforts
In the middle of the liberal media’s desperate efforts to convince us that President Trump is in trouble, there are an amazing number of victories that suggest he is winning. In fact, there are indications that he is winning a lot.

Trump Warns Evangelical Leaders Of Violent Antifa And Rollback Of Religious Freedom If Democrats Win The MidTerm
President Donald Trump warned Evangelical leaders of potential violence from Antifa and the overturn of his administration’s accomplishments if Democrats win the midterms. Trump reportedly made the remarks at a Monday dinner at the White House with Christian leaders who he hosted to honor faith leaders, reassure them of his administration’s commitment to protecting religious liberty, and urge them to vote in the midterms.

Blue-Collar Workers Increasingly Optimistic Under Trump
Nearly two years into the Trump presidency, blue-collar workers are increasingly optimistic about their social and economic circumstances. A new survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers said their lives are advancing in “the right direction.” The survey, commissioned by Express Employment Professionals, took place between July 9 and July 23.

Lira Plummets After Turkish Central Bank Deputy Governor Quits
Today’s drop was initially precipitated after Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey “is not without alternatives” and warning that it won’t “back down over threats.” Alas, as we noted earlier, judging by the plunge in the lira, the market did not seem convinced by Erdogan’s latest rant, and proceeded to slide further after closing last night down 3.0% at 6.469 which was weaker than where it was on the Friday 3 weeks ago…

EBOLA CRISIS: Warning as deadly disease set to be WORST EVER in Congo – 75 dead
The ebola outbreak has devastated the already-troubled city of Oicha in the region of North Kivu, which is besieged by armed militants. The civil unrest has interrupted the delivery of health services with extreme insecurity and logistical challenges in reaching aid groups. So far 112 confirmed and probable cases have been recorded with 75 deaths confirmed, making the case fatality ratio “high”.

Typhoon Jebi to strengthen, may threaten Japan next week
As Jebi moves over the warm ocean waters south of Japan this weekend, the tropical cyclone may reach super typhoon status with winds in excess of 240 km/h (150 mph).

Syrian army preparing phased Idlib assault, the last big rebel enclave
Syrian government forces are preparing a phased offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib and surrounding areas, the last big rebel enclave, a source close to Damascus said on Wednesday. Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s main backer from outside the region, said on Wednesday that militants there must be liquidated and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described them as “a festering abscess.”

Trump accuses China of stalling progress with North Korea
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at China for undermining its work with North Korea, as criticism over progress on denuclearisation mounts. In a series of tweets he also said he saw no reason to resume the joint war games with South Korea that have angered North Korea. Days ago his own defence secretary said military exercises might continue.

Yemen conflict: Coalition rejects UN human rights report
The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has rejected a UN report which said some of its attacks may amount to war crimes. The report contained many inaccuracies, a coalition statement carried by the Saudi state news agency said. In the document, UN human rights experts said they believed war crimes may have been committed by all parties.

Arrest of Iranian Spies in U.S. Just ‘Tip of the Iceberg,’ Lawmaker Warns
The recent arrest of two Iranian agents alleged to have been running spy operations on U.S. soil is just “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the Islamic Republic’s efforts to conduct intelligence operations in America that could result in a terrorist attack, according to a leading lawmaker and U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the matter.

Mad cow disease diagnosed in Florida beef cow
Florida’s Department of Agriculture announced today that a case of Mad cow disease has been detected in a 6-year-old mixed breed beef cow. The department didn’t say where the cow was, but emphasized that it never entered the slaughter channels or food supply…This form of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is not contagious, and is different from Classic BSE, which has been linked to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in people.

Netanyahu to attend UNESCO conference against anti-Semitism
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Secretary-General Audrey Azoulay and will participate in a major international conference on combating anti-Semitism, to be held at the United Nations building in New York on September 26. The event will focus on education designed to combat anti-Semitism and will take place as part of the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations…

Scientists have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria throughout Germany’s waterways
 Earlier in February, a group of German scientists warned locals about the presence of bacteria immune to antibiotics in several lakes, rivers, and streams in the country.

ISAIAH’S PROPHECY COMES ALIVE: Jews are making the deserts of Israel bloom again and it is magnificent
The geography of Israel contributes to its spiritual nature. God communicated to His people in the desert and the prophets of Israel promised a time when the barren desert would blossom and flourish. While under foreign occupation, Israel resembled an abandoned wasteland, but under Jewish sovereignty it has miraculously come to life.

BREAKING: California Lawmakers Raise The Age For Purchasing Long Guns From 18 To 21
Legislators in the Golden State on Wednesday voted to raise the age someone can purchase a long gun from 18 to 21, the Los Angeles Times reported.

STDs hit all-time highs in US for fourth straight year, CDC reports
Sexually-transmitted diseases continue to hit all-time highs in the U.S. with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting a 10 percent spike for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2017. The federal health agency said in a report released Tuesday that the numbers, which include nearly 2.3 million new cases of the aforementioned diseases, reflect a “steep, sustained increase” in STDs since 2013.

The Fall of Rome
…It is bad enough that the Pope betrayed Catholic doctrine to call for a new world religion that has been referred to as Chrislam which is the blending of the Catholic and Islamic faiths. No two faiths could be more diametrically opposed to each other. The Pope and his leadership have betrayed the Bible in calling for a new world order which can only be, by definition, Satanic. His incessant support of Agenda 21 policies constitute the proof in the pudding.

South Africa Replaces White Farmer’s ‘Land Grab’ Bill with Something Far Worse
(Conservative Daily Post) In a shocking move, after President Trump highlighted the racially-disparate aspects of a bill the South African Parliament was pushing, the nation backed off of the bill they had worked on for two years after President Trump tweeted his concern.

US Military Launched 45 Strikes Against ISIS In Last 2 Weeks
Units of the U.S. military and coalition partners operating in support of Operation Resolve (OIR) in Iraq and Syria are still battling and winning against ISIS.

Portland School Teachers Given “Social Justice” Guides – Praising Islam, Che Guevara, Black Panthers
Teachers in Portland Public Schools are being given a teaching guide called “Planning to Change The World – A Plan Book For Social Justice Teachers.” At $18.00 a piece, with 3500 teachers, well, you can do the math to see how much money they’re spending just on this planning book.

Bruce Ohr Testimony Exposes Even Deeper Cesspit of FBI Corruption
During the closed-door testimony of Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr, an even deeper cesspit of corruption at the FBI has been exposed.

Wisconsin drenched by flash floods as crews recover body of man swept away
Searchers on Tuesday recovered the body of a man who was wrenched away from would-be rescuers during flash flooding that forced evacuations around Wisconsin’s capital city and cut power to many homes.

REVEALED: FBI Hero John Robertson Discovered Hillary Clinton Emails on Computer During Child Sex Investigation
It is worth noting that FBI hero John Robertson discovered the Hillary Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner’s computer in a child sex investigation.

Title IX Complaint Filed Against Professor Behind WashPo ‘Anti-Male’ Column
A Title IX investigation has been filed against Northeastern professor Suzanna Danuta Walters who authored the infamous “Why Can’t We Hate Men?” column this year in the Washington Post.

Witness: Clinton Associate Met with Fusion GPS, Trump Tower Participants
A witness has testified that a known Clinton associate met with key players from the Fusion GPS firm and participants in the Trump Tower meeting with Russian agents.


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Michael Horton – The Making of a Heretic

Megachurch Pastor Chris Hodges: Church Is Not Just for Christians

Anti-Putin punk group Pussy Riot headlines UK Christian music festival

Elderly ex-pastor who kept child porn as ‘research’ gets probation, must post sex-offender sign

Should Religion Ever Be a Defense in the Death of a Child?

Mount Vernon man decapitated girlfriend after he ‘had spoken with God’

Trump Admin Speeds Up Process of Defunding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Iran Sentences 4 Christians to 45 Years in Jail For Organizing House Churches


Headlines – 8/29/2018

Abbas backs demilitarized Palestinian state, says funds better spent on schools

U.S. envoy Haley questions Palestinian refugee numbers

Haley: Palestinian ‘right of return’ should be ‘off the table’

Defending $200m. funding cut, US says ‘no value to taxpayer’ in Palestinian aid

Trump administration looks set to end UNRWA funding altogether

‘Over my dead body,’ Abbas reportedly says amid Gaza ceasefire talk

Hamas: ‘We are backed by a national consensus’

French Parliament Evacuated Over White Powder Sent to Jewish Lawmaker

Senior Official: Israel Will Continue to Act Against Iranian Attempts to Transfer Forces Into Syria

U.S. Offered Assad to Leave Syria if Iran Withdraws From South, Report Says

Iran Reveals More Details of Plan to Stay in Syria – in Major Rebuke of U.S.

Erdan: ‘Assad has a lot to lose if he allows Iranian troops in Syria’

Iran ‘put on notice’ for ‘continued mischief’ in Middle East, says US Defence Secretary

Rouhani vows to defeat ‘anti-Iranian’ officials in White House

Iran says it has arrested dozens of foreign spies

In first, Iran seems to confirm arrested Israeli ex-minister was its spy

Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War

NATO Confirms Russian Naval Buildup Off Syria, Calls for Restraint

US warns Russia, Syria against chemical weapons use

Turkish Purchase of Russian Anti-missile System Concerns U.S., Says Mattis

Iranian lawmakers not convinced by Rouhani’s answers on economic struggle

Saudi adviser: US sanctions unlikely to stop Iran oil exports

Saudi Arabia says Iran unable to close Strait of Hormuz

Some Saudi-Led Airstrikes In Yemen May Be War Crimes, UN Experts Say

Eight killed in car bomb attack at Iraqi checkpoint

Children ‘attempting suicide’ at Greek refugee camp

Myanmar rejects damning UN genocide probe on abuses against Rohingya

As Land Confiscations Loom, South Africa Rules 300,000 Gun-Owners Turn Over Their Weapons

Japan says North Korean threat remains despite summit pledge

US ready for talks when it’s clear North Korea will denuclearize

North Korea tells U.S. denuclearization talks may fall apart

Venezuela crisis: Brazil to send army to safeguard border

Iran-based political influence operation – bigger, persistent, global

Iran Exploiting Social Media to Operate Sprawling Worldwide Disinformation Network

Trump warns tech giants to be ‘careful’, steps up claims of ‘bias’

Trump accuses Google of rigged search results about him

Clinton’s emails were hacked by China, Trump says in tweet; appears to call for investigation

Global stocks climb; markets hail U.S.-Mexico trade deal

Theresa May says no-deal Brexit would not be a disaster

Maker of 3D-printed guns begins selling blueprints, despite court order

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Anatahan, Northern Mariana Islands

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kupang, Indonesia

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Lambasa, Fiji

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Kupang, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Bambanglipuro, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vallegrande, Bolivia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kupang, Indonesia

Earthquake east of Los Angeles hits magnitude 4.4, USGS says

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 13,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Typhoon Jebi to strengthen, may threaten Japan next week

There are now 2 tropical storms churning in the East Pacific

Tropical Storm Miriam expected to become a hurricane later this week

TS Norman forms over eastern Pacific; could become hurricane

Hawaii residents hit by floods from Hurricane Lane as new storm forms

Air pollution is making us dumber, study shows

One in seven U.S. adults used marijuana in 2017

China’s African Swine Fever Outbreak Could Spread to Korea, SE Asia

China is withholding samples of a deadly flu strain necessary to develop vaccines from the US

STDs hit all-time highs in US for fourth straight year, CDC reports

Vatican knew of Pennsylvania sex abuse cover-up, prosecutor says

US cardinals defend themselves over cover-up storm

Chicago Cardinal: Global Warming, Migrants Are ‘Bigger Agenda’ than Sex Abuse


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August 30 Christ’s Saving Compassion

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.—Matt. 9:36

Jesus felt compassion for the crowds as only the Son of God could feel. It is among God’s attributes to love and care because “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The term for “felt compassion” literally refers to the intestines, and most often occurs in Scripture with the figurative reference to the emotions, the way we use “heart” today. But Jesus’ concern was not just symbolic. He no doubt physically felt the symptoms of genuine caring—ones such as aching and nausea when encountering the agony of people’s struggles with sin and hardship. In order to fulfill prophecy, “He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases” (Matt. 8:17).

Of course Jesus did not physically contract people’s diseases and infirmities. But in deep, heartfelt compassion and sympathy, He physically and emotionally suffered with all who approached Him for relief. He was not unlike the concerned father who becomes ill from worry about a desperately sick child, or for one in danger or difficulty.

After Jesus had been in a boat following the death of John the Baptist, crowds sought Him and He “felt compassion for them and healed their sick” (Matt. 14:14). Shortly after that, Jesus told the Twelve of His real concern for the masses who had no food on hand (15:30–32). But our Lord’s omniscience saw an infinitely greater need in people’s lives—the profound, pervasive nature of their sin and their desperate plight of spiritual blindness and lostness. Of this horrific condition He was most compassionate of all.

ASK YOURSELF

Without already knowing Him, this is not what most of us would expect from the One who created the universe and continues to sustain it by His mere word. A God who cares? Worship Him today for this gracious quality of His.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 251). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

AUGUST 30 THE BIBLE IS NOT ADDRESSED TO JUST ANYBODY

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.

ISAIAH 40:8

That many people find the Bible hard to understand will not be denied by those acquainted with the facts.

I venture to give a short answer to the question, “Why is the Bible hard to understand ?”: I believe that we find the Bible difficult because we try to read it as we would read any other book, and it is not the same as any other book!

The Bible is a supernatural book and can be understood only by supernatural aid. It is not addressed to just anybody. Its message is directed to a chosen few. Whether these few are chosen by God in a sovereign act of election or are chosen because they meet certain qualifying conditions I leave to each one to decide as he may.

But whatever may have taken place in eternity, it is obvious what happens in time: some believe and some do not; some are morally receptive and some are not; some have spiritual capacity and some have not. It is to those who do and are and have that the Bible is addressed. Those who do not and are not and have not will read it in vain!

The saving power of the Word is reserved for those for whom it is intended. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him. The impenitent heart will find the Bible but a skeleton of facts without flesh or life or breath![1]


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

Trump Slams Heads Of CNN, NBC; Says Media Only Cares About “Hatred And Agenda” | Zero Hedge

“I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time.”

In a now traditional daily spectacle, President Trump ripped CNN President Jeff Zucker on Twitter Thursday morning, saying that network’s ratings “suck” and Zucker should be fired, amid the growing feud between the president and the news channel.

“The hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN has clouded their thinking and made them unable to function. But actually, as I have always said, this has been going on for a long time,” the president tweeted adding that “Little Jeff Z has done a terrible job, his ratings suck, & AT&T should fire him to save credibility!”

The hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN has clouded their thinking and made them unable to function. But actually, as I have always said, this has been going on for a long time. Little Jeff Z has done a terrible job, his ratings suck, & AT&T should fire him to save credibility!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018

Trump and CNN have been clashing all week after the president tweeted that CNN was being ripped apart for “being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake,” pointing specifically to veteran journalist Carl Bernstein. Bernstein wrote an article in July that accused the president of having prior knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign personnel and Russians. However, subsequently Lanny Davis, the attorney for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, told The Washington Post over the weekend that he was an anonymous source behind said story.

Davis then told NBC News that acting as that source was “a major mistake for which I am 100 percent sorry. I never should have done it unless I was certain and could prove it.”

Other news outlets took down their versions of the CNN report following Davis’s latest comments, however CNN has kept it up, even though it specifically said that “contacted by CNN, one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.”

And now that he is commenting, CNN refuses to publish a retraction. Instead, CNN tweeted Wednesday that CNN does not lie, defending Bernstein

Trump then shifted his focus and targeted NBC Chairman Andrew Lack in a subsequent tweet.

“What’s going on at @CNN is happening, to different degrees, at other networks – with @NBCNews being the worst. The good news is that Andy Lack(y) is about to be fired(?) for incompetence, and much worse. When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!”

What’s going on at @CNN is happening, to different degrees, at other networks – with @NBCNews being the worst. The good news is that Andy Lack(y) is about to be fired(?) for incompetence, and much worse. When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018

Finally, Trump lashed out at the media in general, which he again called the “enemy of the people”, and tweeted that he just “cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is” adding that “truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!”

The news from the Financial Markets is even better than anticipated. For all of you that have made a fortune in the markets, or seen your 401k’s rise beyond your wildest expectations, more good news is coming!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018

In this context, Trump also appeared to clarify that the departure of White House lawyer Don McGahn had little to do with Ivanka and Jared, tweeting that “Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner had NOTHING to do with the so called “pushing out” of Don McGahn.The Fake News Media has it, purposely,so wrong! They love to portray chaos in the White House when they know that chaos doesn’t exist-just a “smooth running machine” with changing parts!”

Trump concluded on a positive note, urging his followers to look at the market which hit 4 consecutive days of all time highs, and tweeted that “the news from the Financial Markets is even better than anticipated. For all of you that have made a fortune in the markets, or seen your 401k’s rise beyond your wildest expectations, more good news is coming!” It is not clear how many of Trump’s supporters actually have 401k’s.

The news from the Financial Markets is even better than anticipated. For all of you that have made a fortune in the markets, or seen your 401k’s rise beyond your wildest expectations, more good news is coming!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-30/trump-slams-heads-cnn-nbc-says-media-only-cares-about-hatred-and-agenda

Sadiq Khan bikini-clad blimp to be flown over London in protest at ‘Trump Baby’ | Daily Mail Online

Yanny Bruere, 28, organiser of a ‘Make London Safe Again’ raised more than £58,000 online to pay for the blimp of Mr Khan following the furore over the 20ft balloon, dubbed ‘Trump Baby’.
— Read on www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6111795/Sadiq-Khan-bikini-clad-blimp-flown-London-protest-Trump-Baby.html

Russian FM Lavrov Warns West “Don’t Obstruct Anti-terror Ops” As Idlib Assault “Hours Away” | Zero Hedge

“I hope our Western partners will not give in to provocations and will not obstruct an antiterror operation” – FM Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Lavrov has warned the West not to interfere in Syrian and Russian forces engaged in antiterror actions in the northwest province of Idlib: “I hope our Western partners will not give in to [rebel] provocations and will not obstruct an antiterror operation,” he said.

This as Reuters reports that a planned “phased offensive” is imminent and as massive Syrian Army reinforcements and military convoys have been filmed this week heading toward the last major anti-Assad holdout.

Reuters reports based on Syrian pro-government allied sources:

The offensive would initially target southern and western parts of the insurgent territory, but not yet Idlib city, said the source, an official in the regional alliance backing Assad.

“The final touches for the first stage will be completed in the coming hours,” the official added, without saying when it would start.

Lavrov called Idlib a “festering abscess” that needed to be “liquidated” of terrorists and jihadists, according to reports.

“I hope our Western partners will not give in to [rebel] provocations and will not obstruct an antiterror operation,” he said in comments made Wednesday.

Mention of “provocations” is a reference to Russian assertions this week that the al-Qaeda group that controls Idlib, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, is planning to stage a “chemical attack” incident in order to blame Syrian and Russian forces, in the hopes that the West will intervene militarily against Damascus.

Russia now says it has staged its largest naval build-up in the Mediterranean since its entry into the war at the invitation of Damascus in 2015.

Lavrov further mentioned Turkey in his Wednesday statements, saying Moscow was in contact with Turkey and the U.S. on the situation in Idlib, noting there is a “full political understanding” between Moscow and Ankara, though the Russian FM didn’t provide details.

Meanwhile, NATO has confirmed the large Russian battleship and naval presence off Syria’s coast, and has called on all external powers to exercise “restraint”; and a United Nations spokesman has warned that “up to 800,000 people could be displaced and that the number of people who are in need of humanitarian assistance.”

In statements made on Tuesday the US State Department reiterated to reporters the United States “will respond to any verified chemical weapons use in Idlib or elsewhere in Syria … in a swift and appropriate manner.”

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said further that senior U.S. officials have engaged with their Russian counterparts “to make this point very clear to Damascus” — that chemical weapons “will not be tolerated” — and could meet with massive military response. She also repeated that Assad would be held responsible.

Russian state sources on Wednesday cited the Russian Defense Ministry to say it has detailed intelligence confirming militants in Idlib are planning a chemical “provocation”. Per RT News:

The Russian military has received information from several sources in Idlib Province that “a large supply of poisonous agents has been brought to the city of Saraqib on two trucks from the village of Afs,” Major-General Aleksey Tsygankov, head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria, said in a statement.

The chemicals were delivered to an arms depot, used by the militant group Ahrar al-Sham, “accompanied by the eight members of the White Helmets organization,” Tsygankov said, adding that the cargo was met by two high-ranked Ahrar al-Sham commanders.

Russia says that as Idlib’s al-Qaeda groups face imminent defeat, they plan to stage an event to gain the attention of the West, which has already promised it will hit back at Syrian government positions.

Analysts have predicted the Idlib campaign will be the bloodiest and longest grinding final battle of the war.

But what should by now be obvious to all is this: Assad, on the verge of total victory, has absolutely no incentive whatsoever to commit the one act that would ensure his own demise after emerging victorious after seven years of war.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-29/russian-fm-lavrov-warns-west-dont-interfere-idlib-assault-hours-away

Mueller Probe: Time for Truth | National Review

Americans deserve to know the truth behind Robert Mueller’s probe.

It’s time to stop the stonewalling, redacting, suppression, leaking to the press, and media hysteria surrounding investigations into the 2016 election.
— Read on www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/trump-russia-probe-robert-mueller-time-for-truth/amp/

August 30 Authoritative Teaching

The people were astonished at His teaching,for He taught them as one having authority.

Matthew 7:28–29

One fact that struck Jesus’ audiences as much as any other was that He was an authoritative teacher. The most predominant New Testament word used for authority pertains to power and privilege and demonstrates the sovereignty of Christ.

In contrast to Jesus, the Jewish scribes quoted others to lend authority to their teachings. The Lord needed to quote only God’s Word and could speak as the final authority on truth. He spoke eternal truth simply, directly, powerfully, yet with love and compassion. That astounded His hearers—and it should also profoundly impress us.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 263). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Robert Jeffress Defends Evangelicals’ Support for Trump: It’s About Policy, Not Extra-Marital Affairs

First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress has defended evangelical Christians who support President Donald Trump, declaring that it has to do with policy and not any alleged moral failings.
— Read on www.christianpost.com/amp/robert-jeffress-defends-evangelicals-support-for-trump-its-about-policy-not-extra-marital-affairs-227049/