Daily Archives: September 7, 2018

September 7: God Rides to Battle

Joel 1:1–2:21; Acts 7:1–53; Job 18:1–21

God is good, but in the words of C.S. Lewis, “He is not tame.” When it comes time for evil to be purged from the world, He is not timid, and when He acts, He rarely holds back. We see such a scene prophesied concerning the Day of Yahweh—the day He will return to the earth as Christ—in Joel 2:1–11.

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of Yahweh is coming—it is indeed near. A day of darkness and gloom, a day of cloud and thick darkness, like the dawn spreads on the mountains, a great and strong army! There has been nothing like it from old, and after it nothing will be again for generations to come” (Joel 2:1–2).

When God charges into battle, He seizes control of all that must be yielded so His purpose is not hindered. He then performs great and mighty deeds on behalf of His people. As Joel says, “There has been nothing like it.” So why, then, has God not done this already? What is He waiting for? Why is evil allowed to continue if God can end it?

We find our answers in Joel 2:12–17. God, in His mercy, is allowing a time of repentance: “ ‘And even now,’ declares Yahweh, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, and weeping, and wailing. Rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to Yahweh your God, because he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in loyal love, and relenting from harm’ ” (Joel 2:12–13).

Indeed, God’s trumpet will sound, but even with that time approaching, He is a compassionate God, and His call is simple: “Come back to me.”

What do you need to turn from today? What makes you hopeful about God’s coming?

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.

September 7 The Extent of Satanic Opposition

“Stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).

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Satan opposes everything God does.

The believer’s conflict with the forces of darkness is rightly called spiritual warfare since Satan and his evil world system are hostile toward everything God does. By nature they are anti-God and anti-Christ.

Satan is the antithesis of every godly attribute. God is holy; Satan is evil. God is love; Satan is the embodiment of hatred. God redeems His children; Satan damns his. Jesus reveals grace and truth (John 1:17), but Satan “does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

God gives life, whereas Satan breeds death (Heb. 2:14). God produces “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22–23). Satan produces “immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envyings, drunkenness, carousings, and things like these” (vv. 19–21).

God uses trials to prove the genuineness of your faith and to increase your joy and spiritual endurance (James 1:3). Satan uses temptation in an attempt to destroy your faith and silence your testimony. God grants freedom from the bondage of sin, while Satan wants to enslave you to sin for all eternity (2 Tim. 2:26).

Jesus is your “Advocate,” pleading your cause before the Father (1 John 2:1). Satan is an “accuser,” blaming you incessantly for things God has already forgiven (Rev. 12:10).

Because Satan opposes everything God does, he’ll also oppose God’s children. When he does, don’t be overly concerned or think of it as odd or unfair. Expect trials, be prepared, and rejoice, because they show you’re a threat to Satan’s system and an asset to Christ’s Kingdom.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the joy of knowing Christ and being free from sin’s bondage. ✧ Ask Him to use you today in a powerful way for His glory.

For Further Study: Read Romans 14:17 and 1 John 2:16–17. What characterizes the Kingdom of God? The evil world system of Satan?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 263). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

09/06/2018 — Wretched

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•Paul Washer’s 10 indictments against the Modern Church
•Cussing pastor’s hyper-relevant congregation of 30
•Should Boston City Hall fly the Christian flag?
•One pastor gives letters of recommendation to Heaven
•Laura Ingraham is calling Catholics to depose the Pope
•Reparation and War Crimes
•John MacArthur explains Original Sin and Corporate Guilt
•The Opiate epidemic in America

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SEPTEMBER 7 A LOWER LEVEL

O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Psalm 71:17

There are leaders and there are churches within the Christianity of our day who will surely answer for their failure to apply the disciplines of the New Testament to the present generation of young people.

Much of Christianity today does not hold to the necessity for disciplines in the Christian life. If we have any of God’s concerns in our hearts, we must grieve over the lack of spirituality in the lives of great segments of professing Christian young people.

It is not my calling to assess blame. It is part of my Christian calling to proclaim the fact that no one, young or old, has the right to come to Jesus Christ and stake out their own conditions and terms.

Segments of Christianity have made every possible concession in efforts to win young people to Christ; but instead of converting them to Christ, they have “converted” Christianity to them. Too often they have come down to the modern level—playing, teasing, coaxing and entertaining. In essence, they have been saying to them, “We will do everything as you want it,” instead of giving them Christ’s insistent word, “Take up your cross!”

O Lord, our young people are the future members and leaders of our churches. To the degree that we teach them the ways of the Lord, they will either be vibrant or weak believers. Lord, don’t let us forsake our youth![1]


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

Man Who Intentionally Divided Nation For Eight Years Calls For Unity

URBANA, IL—In a moving speech delivered Friday, President Barack Obama called for the nation to turn from fear, anger, and resentment, despite having stoked these emotions at every opportunity during his time in office.

The man who had carefully stoked divisions and pushed identity politics for a full eight years called the nation to turn away from divisive “politics of resentment” and instead be loving and inclusive.

“Common ground exists, I have seen it, I have lived it,” he said, though his presidency was spent turning people on each other and encouraging a culture of victimhood and resentment. “I know I spent a lot of time encouraging you to feel oppressed by each other so look to the federal government to fix it and turn a blind eye while I massively increased the power of the executive branch. But this time I’m serious. Let’s not hate each other, at least not until a Democrat is in office again.”

He also blasted President Trump for his policies and brash style of governance, hoping the assault on Trump’s rude behavior would help Democrats forget that Obama bombed foreign countries constantly throughout his presidency. “Trump is really mean, let’s all focus on that,” he said.

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Good, Bad, and Ugly — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The Good:
Claims of supernatural experience can certainly be harmful!
The Old Testament condemns American slavery.  The New Testament condemns American Slavery.  And what about Philemon — does that book suggest slavery is okay? Absolutely not.  Yet there are still those who claim the Bible supported it!!!
Don’t be “biblically challenged.” Know how to refute claims of contradictions in the Bible.
What did Jesus mean when he said his followers would do “greater things?”
The Bad and/or Ugly
Girl Wash Your Face: Book review by Elizabeth Prata.  Save your money and leave the book in the store.
Don’t dare attack a sacred cow like “social justice.”  John MacArthur is being excoriated for daring to tell the truth about the Gospel vs “social justice” in the Church. Even these critical “Christians” feel the need to pull the “race card” for disagreeing with them.
More on Tim Keller. He really, really needs to be marked and avoided.
The United Methodist Church cares nothing for the life of the unborn.
The Pope, this “man of God,” this representative of Christ, has more important things to be concerned about than the sexual abuse by priests and bishops; there’s fake global warming and other environmental issues, and there is protecting illegal immigrants and invaders of Europe! That man is a disgrace the human race, let alone to the name of Christ! To add fuel to the fire, take a look at this news item.
What is really going on with the RCC sex scandal is pederasty.  And it has been going on for a very long time.
The humorous
Actually, it has long been this.

via Good, Bad, and Ugly — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Weekly Watchman for 09/07/2018

Where is the American Church Headed?

The Church of Jesus Christ is called to be light and salt to a dying world. We should be influencing culture by living out the truths in Scripture and sharing the gospel and the eternal truth of God’s Word. But instead of influencing secular culture we are seeing secular culture influence the church. This leads many to compromise and conform to the world. On the other hand, sincere missionaries through the years have gone to other nations with the true gospel, but now we have been responsible for exporting things like Word Faith theology and other false gospels.

Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now born-again believer joins us this morning to give us some insight on his recent trip to Africa. We look at how the American version of Christianity is becoming more seeker sensitive and how America, once known for biblical discipleship, is now consumed with comfort, leisure, wealth (compared to the world), and luxury – all things that lead us to love this world while losing our focus on eternal things.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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As the Battle Rages, Many Christians Opt Out

We are in a battle, but how can we successfully fight when half of the army refuses to engage? As Christians, we are soldiers of Christ and the warfare in this life is very real and yet, so many believers don’t want to acknowledge the reality of this fight. John R. W. Stott once said:

“We should not ask, ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘Where is the salt and light? Where is the Church? Why are the salt and light of Jesus Christ not permeating and changing our society?’”

From the family to the church to the community and culture, Christians have been too preoccupied with earthly, temporary concerns than seeking first the kingdom of God. I realize this seems like a broad statement, but don’t you think America would look very different if true believers had been vocal and actively engaged in advancing the gospel over the last hundred years?

Today’s guest is Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council. We discuss everything from our local and state government to the transgender agenda which now includes Drag Queen story hours in our local libraries!

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Pressure to Conform

Children of this younger generation face enormous pressures to conform to the ways of this world that many of us never imagined or had to deal with. They are being taught that at the very least they should be accepting of any and all behaviors, lifestyles, and morals, and even approve of anything but Christ (ABC). In many cases, they are being pressured to conform to unhealthy lifestyles or be ostracized and labeled a hater and bigot.

Today, Mike and David look at more studies that have come out documenting this pressure to conform to the world – along with a few scientific studies pointing out the dangers of gender dysphoria and the media’s attempts to hide the findings from the public by reporting an extremely unbalanced (LGBTQ-approving) side of these stories.

Joining us to discuss this increasing pressure on young people is Tina Griffin, Counter Culture Mom, a conservative Christian activist who helps parents guard their children against the deceptions and evils of this secular society.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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This One Thing is Killing Your Contentment

Today’s guest is Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch.

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This ‘n’ That for September 7, 2018

  • Wow, this is amazing (HT to Amy S.)!
  • I’m not sure how Pepperdine ended up so far down on this list, because it is a gorgeous campus!
  • There’s no color-coded division in the body, which is why some men drafted the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel. If you’re following that whole hullabaloo, it’s worth reading. If you’re tired of everyone jumping on one of the two opposing bandwagons, then just let it be. There will be a new trend along shortly.
  • On Martin Luther and preaching.
  • AI is always listening. Are you?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • In case you haven’t heard.
  • Some clear thoughts on infant baptism and the dangers of inference.
  • Sometimes it seems like there is a mindset among certain Christians that if your pastor’s sermon isn’t long (like, really long. Like an hour+ long), then he’s not a good preacher and you’re not in a truly biblical church. That’s why I really appreciated this piece from Kevin DeYoung. Shaving five minutes off of a sermon isn’t going to hurt it, and in some cases might actually help it. After all, it takes a lot more giftedness to get to the point quickly and succinctly than to get there after taking 15 detours.
  • On a related note, Josh Buice looks at 10 common errors in preaching today.
  • Here’s the deal on heresy.
  • Looking at the story of Mary and Martha in context.
Let us use worldly things as wise pilgrims do their staves and other necessities convenient for their journey. So long as they help us forward in our way — let us make use of them, and accordingly esteem them. But if they become troublesome hindrances and cumbersome burdens — let us leave them behind us, or cast them away. The temptations of prosperity, like unseen bullets, wound and kill us before they are discerned. —George Downame

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False-Flag Failure… US Cuts to the Chase to Defend Its Terrorists in Syria

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• By Finian Cunningham RT News

Last week the US warned of military strikes on Syria “if” government forces use chemical weapons (CW). This week, Trump comes clean by dropping any mention of a CW pretext – simply warning Syria not to attack terrorists.

Trump tweeted his warning to Syria, as well as its allied Russian and Iranian forces, to not launch a military offensive to retake control of the northwest province of Idlib. The area is the last remaining stronghold of illegally armed militant groups in Syria. It’s potentially the endgame to the nearly eight-year war.

On Monday, Trump said: “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy.

The US’ top general, Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also reiterated seeming anxiety for humanitarian casualties, calling for a “tailored operation.”

So, alleged chemical weapons are no longer part of the US rationale. It’s basically: don’t make any military move. The American president added that “hundreds of thousands of lives” could be lost if Syria and its allies move to rid the province of an estimated 10,000 militants among a civilian population of three million.

Trump’s apparent “humanitarian” concern seems alarmist, if not cynical. When did he articulate similar misgivings when US air forces were pounding Raqqa to bits last year, causing thousands of civilian deaths?

This week, Russian and Iranian officials are working with Syria to set up humanitarian corridors in Idlib to remove civilians from harm.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also due to arrive in the Iranian capital, Tehran this weekend to give impetus for a final peace settlement. Clearing Syria’s last bastion of terrorist groups in Idlib is crucial to restoring peace for the entire country. Why are Washington and its allies trying to obstruct that end result?

Trump’s dire-sounding reproach of a final military offensive in Idlib marked a significant shift from earlier warnings issued by the US and its NATO allies, Britain and France. All three powers had last week vowed to take military action if chemical weapons were used by the Syrian Army in the anticipated offensive.

Those admonitions were widely seen as an attempt by the Western powers to set up a false-flag provocation to blame the Syrian government forces and thereby give themselves a pretext to launch military strikes against President Assad. For a start, the Syrian government no longer possesses such weapons, having deleted its arsenal under verified UN supervision.

September 7, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Supernatural Authority

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. (21:33)

The opening phrase of this verse is not mere hyperbole; heaven and earth will indeed pass away. After Christ’s thousand-year earthly kingdom comes to an end, God will destroy the present heaven and earth and create a new heaven and earth. In his second epistle Peter described the destruction of the present universe:

But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.… But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:7, 10–13)

In his vision of the great white throne judgment, John wrote, “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them” (Rev. 20:11; cf. 21:1; Isa. 65:17; 66:22).

In contrast, the words of Jesus will not pass away. They are not ephemeral like flowers or grass (Isa. 40:8), but permanent. His word can neither be added to nor taken away from (cf. Deut. 4:2; Matt. 5:17–19; Luke 16:17; Rev. 22:18–19). The Word of God is the same unassailable, unchanging truth whether it speaks of the past, present, or future. Just as Christians were “born again … through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23) and are being sanctified by the “word of His grace” (Acts 20:32), so also will they in the future be glorified, according to the promises of the Word (Rom. 8:17, 30).[1]


33 The reference to the permanence of Jesus’ words is most appropriate here. In comparison to the temporary nature of the heavens and earth, the promises of Jesus will not be left unfulfilled (cf. 16:17). Significantly, while Luke begins the main section of his story with Isaiah 40 (Lk 3:4–6), in this discourse at the end of the earthly life of Jesus the same chapter is evoked where one finds a note on the permanence of God’s promises (“the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever,” Isa 40:8; cf. 50:10–11). Implicit in this saying is the claim that Jesus’ words are to be equated with the promises of God the Father.[2]


21:33 / Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away: This saying implies that Jesus’ very words are equivalent in authority and permanence to the Word of God. Lachs (p. 88) cites the following rabbinic parallel: “Everything has its end, the heavens and earth have their end; only one thing is excepted which has no end, and that is the Law” (Genesis Rabbah 10.1; see also Philo, Life of Moses 2.3).[3]


33. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. The abiding character of Christ’s message, over against the transient nature even of “heaven and earth” in their present condition, is the foundation on which faith can build. See also Isa. 40:8; John 15:7; Col. 3:16; 1 Peter 1:24, 25.

For Practical Lessons and Greek Words, etc., see pp. 945–948.

21:34–38 Exhortation to Watch

Summary of Final

Days in the Temple

and

Nights on the Mountain[4]


21:33 The atmospheric and stellar heavens would pass away. So would the earth in its present form. But these predictions of the Lord Jesus would not go unfulfilled.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2014). Luke 18–24 (pp. 249–250). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 308). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 314). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke (Vol. 11, pp. 943–944). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1448). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

September 7, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said on Thursday a possible shutdown of the U.S. government over border wall funding “most likely” would not happen until after the November congressional elections.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama will warn Democratic voters in a speech on Friday that the stakes are too high to sit out November’s elections when the party is seeking to wrest control of Congress from President Donald Trump’s Republicans.

George Papadopoulos, a former aide to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, will be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty last year to lying to federal agents investigating whether campaign members coordinated with Russia before the election.

Three-term U.S. Senator Tom Carper successfully fought off a challenge from community activist Kerri Evelyn Harris in Delaware in Thursday’s Democratic primary, after spending several million dollars compared to less than $70,000 by his opponent.

U.S. Republicans, aiming to get another round of tax legislation through the House of Representatives before the Nov. 6 elections, said on Thursday that they are considering ways to minimize political blowback from a new cap on federal deductions for state and local tax payments.

The run-up to a presidential election in Brazil was plunged into chaos on Friday after a knife attack on far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro put the front-runner in intensive care just a month before the vote.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for a ceasefire in the rebel-held region of Idlib in northwest Syria on Friday and said an anticipated government assault on insurgents there could result in a massacre.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Friday for a meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts to discuss Syria, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported.

U.S. job growth accelerated in August and wages notched their largest annual increase in more than nine years, strengthening views that the economy was so far weathering the Trump administration’s escalating trade war with China.

British Airways was forced to apologize on Friday after the credit card details of around 380,000 of its customers were stolen over a two-week period in the worst ever attack on its website and app.

AP Top Stories

A wildfire has swept through forest land in California, closing a major highway connecting the state with Oregon and forcing the evacuation of dozens of families.

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors. At least nine people were killed and at least 366 were injured, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

There is “lots of evidence” that chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib in northwest Syria, the new U.S. adviser for Syria said on Thursday, as he warned of the risks of an offensive on the country’s last big rebel enclave.

Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, will travel to Pyongyang on September 18 for a three-day summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, his top aides confirmed on Thursday.

An American trainer working with Saudi Arabia’s National Guard was killed on Thursday in a helicopter crash in Riyadh in the course of a routine activity, a statement by state media said.

The Trump administration said it plans to withdraw from a court settlement that protects migrant children from being kept in detention centers under inhumane conditions and for more than 20 days. If successful, ICE will be able to run more family detention centers without obtaining state licenses, a requirement of the settlement, and more children will be kept in prison-like facilities for the duration of their immigration proceedings, which can last up to a year.

The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have now “validated” several new weapons on the F-22 Raptor to equip the stealth fighter with more long-range precision attack technology, a wider targeting envelope or “field of regard” and new networking technology enabling improved, real-time “collaborative targeting” between aircraft.

Twin bombings at a wrestling training center in a Shiite neighborhood of Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday killed at least 20 people, including two reporters, and wounded 70.

BBC

Dell, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise warn the new taxes could result in US job losses. The firms are worried the tariffs will increase their costs since many of their components come from China.

An Israeli teenager has fallen to his death in California’s Yosemite National Park while trying to take a selfie, reports say.

The skulls of at least 166 people were found in a mass grave in Mexico’s eastern state of Veracruz.

WND

A relatively unpublicized and unpromoted online statement for Christians to affirm that they are defying the “social justice” agenda of some American churches, and rejecting “values borrowed from secular culture,” is surging.

South Africa slid into an official recession Tuesday, as second-quarter growth domestic product (GDP) figures showed a contraction of 0.7% – the second straight quarter of decline. First-quarter figures were revised down, from -2.2% to -2.6%.

The Democrat-controlled California legislature urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday to sign a ban on bargain-priced short-term health insurance plans sponsored by the Trump administration for being cheaper than Obamacare.


News – 9/7/2018

GOP senator introduces bill targeting UNRWA refugee model
Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced a bill…that would demand the UN Relief and Works Agency change its definition of who qualifies as a Palestinian refugee or else permanently lose its annual congressional funding. The…bill…Palestinian Assistance Reform Act, would siphon UNRWA aid “to other entities providing assistance to Palestinians living in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon,” unless the organization reforms…

Abbas threatens to sever relations with Israel if it negotiates with Hamas
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to sever ties with Israel if the state makes an agreement with Hamas, Palestinian sources told Al Hayat, a London based newspaper on Friday. According to the report, the sources said that Abbas’s position caused Egypt to place the internal Palestinian reconciliation at the top of its list of priorities and to reject the “calm first” option.

Syria war: US ‘has seen evidence’ chemical weapons being prepared
The new US envoy for Syria has said there is “lots of evidence” that Syrian government forces are preparing to use chemical weapons in Idlib. Jim Jeffrey said an anticipated offensive against the last major rebel-held area would be a “reckless escalation”, Reuters reported. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied ever using chemical weapons.

Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars, citing abuse
Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform. The company said Jones won’t be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. In a tweet, it said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Jones or Infowars…

Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted Near Alaska
Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska on Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command disclosed. The bombers were detected flying near the Aleutian Islands, said Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Southwest passengers in Texas possibly exposed to measles
Southwest Airlines says passengers on four flights between Dallas, Houston and Harlingen may have been exposed to the measles. The airline says it has contacted travelers with help from the CDC who shared a plane two weeks ago with a passenger later diagnosed with the highly contagious virus…The Houston Health Department said Thursday night that it is assisting in the investigation into the measles case.

Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads to new city
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in two eastern provinces of Congo has spread to a major international trading hub with almost a million residents, Congolese health officials said Wednesday. Health officials in Butembo, a city with close links to neighboring Uganda, said they had confirmed that a man who died at Butembo University Hospital had tested positive for the virus.

Turkey to open Paraguay embassy after policy shift on Israeli capital
Turkey will open an embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, the South American country said on Thursday, a day after President Mario Abdo Benitez reversed the previous administration’s decision to move its diplomatic mission in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Turkey’s ambassador to Paraguay has been operating out of Buenos Aires. Turkey has a consulate in Asuncion and another in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.

Israeli jets hit Gaza incendiary balloon squad
Israeli jets struck an incendiary balloon squad in northern Gaza on Friday morning after terrorists were seen launching flaming balloons and kites into Israeli territory. The attack disrupts a prolonged period of relative calm on Israel’s volatile southern border, after the defense establishment recorded a significant drop in the number of incendiary balloons from the Hamas-ruled strip…

China warns Britain ties at risk after warship mission
China on Friday warned Britain ties were at risk unless it took steps to “rectify” the situation, after a British warship sailed close to South China Sea islands claimed by China, while a major newspaper said sealing a free trade deal could now be harder. China was infuriated by the HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship, sailing near the Paracel Islands last month, calling it a “provocation”.

Russia’s Multinational Military Exercise Last Week Was A Dry Run For Bigger War Games
The ground trembled as Russian Sukhoi attack jets blasted off at the Shagol airfield in the Ural Mountains. Close behind them, fighters from China and assault planes from Kazakhstan roared into the late-summer sky.

Secret Grand Jury Proceedings Underway Against Andrew McCabe; Witnesses Summoned
He’s gonna need that GoFundMe more than ever…

9 dead, 33 missing after M6.7 quake hits Hokkaido, knocks out power
A powerful earthquake paralyzed Hokkaido on Thursday, killing at least nine people, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents. The death toll from the 6.7-magnitude, pre-dawn quake was likely to rise as rescuers searched houses buried by landslides.

Manhattan, Kan., hit by 500-year flash flood event
Nearly 9 inches of rain that pounded Manhattan, Kan., overnight and into the day Monday caused major flash flooding, forcing more than 300 people to evacuate their homes. Some 750 homes still lack power, the city of Manhattan reports.

151 dead or missing, tens of thousands displaced as major floods hit North Korea after ‘unprecedented’ drought
76 people have been killed and 75 others remain missing after extremely heavy rains hit parts of North Korea at the end of August 2018. Major flooding continued into September. It came after ‘unprecedented’ drought hit the country in July and August, forcing authorities to call on its people to wage an ‘all-out battle’ against a record heatwave that hit hard already fragile crops.

About 100 people fall ill on Emirates flight to New York, says CDC
As many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling ill on Wednesday during an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York, and health workers were evaluating them as the airplane sat on the tarmac of JFK International Airport, authorities said.

India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling
In a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence. The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”.

THREAT: Linda Sarsour Asks Muslims To Form “Jihad” Against Trump, Not To Assimilate
Activist Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the 2017 women’s march against Donald Trump, called for a “jihad” against the president at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Chicago over the weekend. Sarsour was a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

After Over 200 Airstrikes On Iran In Syria, Israel Working Full Time To Prevent Production Of Precision Guided Missiles In Region
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting reiterates that Israel is determined to stop Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, and says it is working to thwart the production of precision missiles in the region “both near and far.”

Thousands of Christians defy own churches’ ‘social justice’ campaigns
A relatively unpublicized and unpromoted online statement for Christians to affirm that they are defying the “social justice” agenda of some American churches, and rejecting “values borrowed from secular culture,” is surging.

Massachusetts RMV handed out nearly 2,000 licenses to dead people, audit finds
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) issued 1,905 licenses to dead people — 97 percent of which were active as of January — in a move the state auditor called “a significant public safety risk.”

Soros-Financed, Kerry-Linked Group Furious USA Out of Iran Nuke Deal
A George Soros-financed organization that was previously identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media has warned Donald Trump that he will “own the consequences” of bolting the international nuclear accord.

Israel Building A Massive Wall On Lebanon Border To Protect From Hezbollah Attacks Stokes Mideast Tensions
Israel is building a massive wall along its northern border, saying the barrier is needed to protect civilians from Hezbollah attacks, but the project has raised tensions with Lebanon, which fears the fence will encroach on its territory.

After Over 200 Airstrikes On Iran In Syria, Israel Working Full Time To Prevent Production Of Precision Guided Missiles In Region
The Israeli army has carried out more than 200 air-strikes against Iranian targets in Syria and fired over 800 missiles and mortar shells over the past year and a half, the IDF has revealed

Israel closes Gaza border till next Thursday, blames recent riots
Announcement of Erez’s shuttering appears mostly symbolic however, as a general closure is at any rate expected in West Bank, Gaza for most of the coming week due to Rosh Hashanah


Headlines – 9/7/2018

Trump to US Jews: I won’t give Palestinians aid until they make deal with Israel

Report: Abbas threatened to cut all ties with Israel if Hamas-Israel agreement reached

Netanyahu to Haley: Thanks for combating ‘vilification of Israel at U.N.’

Paraguay urges Israel to reverse ‘exaggerated’ Asuncion embassy closure

Arab League welcomes Paraguay’s moving embassy back out of Jerusalem

Turkey to open Paraguay embassy after policy shift on Israeli capital

US lobbying Paraguay to keep embassy in Jerusalem

Pro-Israel candidate, who said he would move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem if elected seriously injured in stabbing

Under the sea: antiquities make way for Israel’s Leviathan pipeline

US ambassador sees Golan remaining in Israeli hands ‘forever’

Israel issues travel warnings for Sinai, Turkey ahead of High Holidays

Egypt, US special forces hold drills on combating terrorism

Israeli wall along Lebanon border fuels tensions

As 30-foot-tall border wall goes up, IDF says Hezbollah, Lebanese army colluding

In large northern drill, paratroopers practice war with Hezbollah

The Myth of an Independent Lebanon – The Lebanese Armed Forces won’t do more to confront Hezbollah because the two groups are fundamentally allied

Senior IDF Official: Hezbollah Controls Lebanon’s Army, We Won’t Distinguish Between Them in Next War

Israeli Air Force marks planes to commemorate bombing Syria reactor in 2007

‘Lots of evidence’ Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib, says US envoy

Foreign report: Israel armed Syrian rebels to fight Iran proxy and Isis

Report: Israel armed rebels in south Syria for years, in effort to block Iran

Khamenei says US, Israel wage media war to discourage Iranians

US says it will stay in Syria until jihadists defeated, demands Iran leave

Trump: Iran’s future survival as country in doubt due to his policies

Houthi commander, 16 militiamen dead after Arab Coalition air raids in Hodeidah

US fighter jets intercept Russian nuclear bombers near Alaska: report

Pence, Pompeo deny role in NY Times op-ed as speculation on author runs wild

Rand Paul: Trump would be ‘justified’ in using ‘lie-detector’ tests to find anonymous author

Melania Trump accuses anonymous NYT op-ed writer of ‘sabotaging’ the country

Elizabeth Warren: Time to use 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office

Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars, citing abuse

See Two Bright-Green Comets in 2018’s Night Sky

7.8-magnitude quake strikes Fiji, but no tsunami threat to Hawaii

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Alausi, Ecuador

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Vallenar, Chile

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Yaviza, Panama

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Bam, Iran

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Suva, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Japan acknowledges first Fukushima radiation related death, seven years after disaster

Japan under siege: First came its worst typhoon in 25 years, then deadly landslides

Officials urge Guam to brace for strong typhoon with winds up to 155 mph

Hurricane Olivia may aim for Hawaii early next week

Tropical Storm Helena may soon develop in Atlantic; Caribbean urged to track this storm

Florence weakens to tropical storm but forecast to regain strength and draw close to East Coast

Record-breaking September cold hits northern Minnesota

California takes financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires

State: Staff abandoned residents of Santa Rosa senior care homes during October wildfires

Indian state battles ‘rat fever’ outbreak after worst floods in a century

Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads to new city

CDC Investigating After Multiple Passengers Fall Ill On Separate International Flights Coming Into Philadelphia International Airport

Over a dozen men who were near Ground Zero after 9/11 have breast cancer

UK chief rabbi guides Orthodox schools on supporting LGBT students

French rebel priest takes on church hierarchy over sex abuse

Woman hauled off podium at Mormon church after claiming former bishop raped her

Mexico finds 166 bodies in mass grave – the latest horrifying find in a region hit by bloody drug cartel turf wars


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RenewAmerica Newsletter For September 7, 2018

September 6, 2018
WES VERNON — Public commentary on John McCain’s death cries out for balance. The senator whose departure from this planet left behind six or seven days of unremitting and un-contradicted public praise that – – on TV seemingly deemed him as worthy of the highest level of sainthood. Granted caution, decent respect for the plus side of his legacy cannot be ignored. And it wasn’t…. (more)

September 6, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Using funerals for political purposes has a long, but not distinguished, tradition. In 44 B.C. eulogist Mark Antony claimed to Roman mourners that he came to bury Caesar. But his speech created a frenzy and ended up ensuring a death warrant for the once “honorable” Brutus. In contrast, aside from the commemoration of the dead, Americans mostly have seen funerals as solemn reminders of how frail and transitory life is for all of us, and how our shared fates should unite even the bitterest of enemies…. (more)

September 6, 2018
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN — The campaign to overturn the 2016 election and bring down President Trump shifted into high gear this week. Inspiration came Saturday morning from the altar of the National Cathedral where our establishment came to pay homage to John McCain…. (more)

September 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — Senate Democrats embarrassed their party with their actions during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s first day of confirmation hearings, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday, but she did not find that surprising…. (more)

September 6, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced his first full day of questioning from members of Congress on many controversial issues as his confirmation hearings continued on Wednesday. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) peppered the Supreme Court nominee with questions about his stance on the 1973 landmark abortion-rights case Roe vs. Wade, which Kavanaugh has described as “settled law.”… (more)

September 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh voted 93 percent of the time with his colleague Judge Merrick Garland, who President Obama unsuccessfully nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016, when they both heard cases together on a federal appeals court in D.C…. (more)

September 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — Jerome Corsi, author and investigative writer, has been served papers to appear before the Mueller grand jury in Washington this Friday to answer questions about his longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone, according to a report in The New York Times…. (more)

September 6, 2018
Schedules meeting with state AGs to discuss censorship
ART MOORE — Shortly after executives from Facebook and Twitter testified Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Justice Department announced a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss “growing concern” about censorship by social-media platforms, suggesting they are violating antitrust laws…. (more)


September 6, 2018
NEW YORK POST — On a day when its chief operating officer was on Capitol Hill this morning getting a grilling from DC lawmakers, Facebook is also the focus of a newly released Pew Research Center study that’s chock-a-block with negative trends for the beleaguered social giant…. (more)


September 6, 2018
JOSEPH FARAH — If Dinesh D’Souza went to jail for a trivial campaign finance violation that might have warranted a small fine, what should the Federal Elections Commission do about Google and Facebook? According to research led by Robert Epstein, a Harvard Ph.D. in psychology, in conjunction with the apolitical, nonpartisan American Institute of Behavioral Research and Technology, Google and Facebook are in a position to swing 12 million votes in the 2018 midterm elections due to their overwhelming pro-Democrat bias demonstrated in their virtual monopoly dominance of search and social media platforms. Does that scare you like it scares me?… (more)

September 6, 2018
Former Harvard Medical School dean blasts Brown University for giving in to activists
BOB UNRUH — The former dean of Harvard’s Medical School is warning that Brown University’s failed handling of a controversial study on gender dysphoria poses a threat to academic freedom. Jeffrey S. Flier contended in a commentary in the Quillette that social pressure on the university is influencing its conclusions about the research…. (more)


September 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — The Mexican man charged with abducting and killing an Iowa college student was known for years on the dairy farm where he worked by another name: John Budd. The alias has emerged as Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s employer, a cattle operation owned by a prominent Republican family, faces questions over whether its managers were aware of any warning signs that he was in the country illegally…. (more)

September 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz’s birth mother was a violent criminal and his half-sister is behind bars for attempted murder of a police officer, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Up until recently, the history of Cruz’s birth family was sealed by statute, but now it could be used to keep him off Florida’s Death Row for allegedly killing 17 students and teachers when he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February…. (more)


September 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sat through seven hours of shrill protests and Democratic warnings that he represented a legal apocalypse if confirmed to the Supreme Court – – then tried to defuse those complaints, promising Tuesday to be a careful judge and “team player” with the other justices…. (more)

September 5, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Americans are divided on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the first day of his confirmation hearing begins on Tuesday. A slight plurality, 40 percent, say the Senate should confirm President Trump’s nominee to replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy, while 36 percent think he should be denied a seat on the court, according to a Gallup poll that was released on Tuesday and that was taken from August 20 to 26…. (more)

September 5, 2018
NEWSMAX — Republican ex-Sen. Jon Kyl has been picked to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat in the upper chamber. Kyl, 76, was the second highest ranking Republican in the Senate when he retired in 2013 after serving three terms…. (more)

September 5, 2018
NEWSMAX — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won’t seek a third term in 2019. Emanuel said Tuesday that being mayor “has been the job of a lifetime but it’s not a job for a lifetime.” The Chicago Tribune says he had already raised more than $10 million for another run for a four-year term…. (more)

September 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone spent Labor Day vilifying John McCain in a pair of social media posts, denouncing the recently deceased Arizona senator as treasonous and corrupt. Mr. Stone lashed out at McCain in separate Instagram posts Monday, a day after the Vietnam War veteran and lawmaker was laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland…. (more)

September 3, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Judge Denise Casper has ruled against a Christian’s access to a program that routinely hoists privately owned flags over a city building, concluding that other flags are acceptable because they’re not religious. “The city’s policy of excluding non-secular flags is viewpoint neutral because it excludes religion as a subject matter of speech on the flagpole……. (more)

September 3, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — The Catholic Church would not be able to function as a criminal enterprise without the financial contributions of its members. Unless Catholic parishioners restricted their contributions to the local poor, their largesse was at least partly going toward underwriting the activities of pedophile priests and cover-ups through the Catholic bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. and Rome. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic, should be asked about this growing scandal during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Has he been implicated in the scandal through his donations to the church?… (more)

September 3, 2018
JOHN FUND — The past week has featured so much extravagant praise of John McCain that Jill Abramson, the former editor of the New York Times, had to admit “McCain would cringe over some of the glowing tributes pouring in.”… (more)


September 3, 2018
PJ MEDIA — As the fall elections approach, it’s clear that the Left side of the aisle is getting nuttier by the day. The public spectacles of the two funerals, Aretha Franklin’s and John McCain’s, brought forth the usual characters from our long-running American sitcom-cum-political soap opera, including a lecherous Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan in Detroit; and the leading lights of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Joe Lieberman, in Washington, almost all of whom seemed not to have the dearly departed on their minds, but their bete noire in the White House, Donald Trump…. (more)

September 3, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, tweeted for the first time in more than two years to honor the late Sen. John McCain on Sunday. In the tweet, Abedin hearkened back to how the Arizona Republican defended her years ago against unsubstantiated allegations by House Republicans that she was part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to infiltrate the U.S. government…. (more)

September 3, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The litany has been repeated so often that it’s easy to recite: The walls are closing in on Donald Trump, person x or y or z is going to bring him down, it’s only a matter of time before he is caught or exposed or loses his base of support and driven from public life. The phrases sound out from our cable channels. We see them in newspaper headlines and in our Twitter timelines. This time Trump has gone too far. The end is near. Take that, Drumpf!… (more)

September 3, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — The “progressives”‘ game plan to re-acquire power in Washington and make it permanent has been shockingly obvious for some time: Import millions of illegal immigrants, hook them on government aid and turn them into voters – – legally or illegally. Two Democrats running for Congress in Texas have come out for decriminalizing illegal immigration, along with Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Ted Cruz’s U.S. Senate seat. Virtually all Democratic office holders oppose voter ID laws…. (more)

 

September 7 The Apostles Chosen to Have an Impact

Jesus … gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.—Matt. 10:1

Jesus granted the twelve disciples God’s divine authority to do exactly what He Himself had been doing. To do the kinds of works Jesus did would demonstrate they were sent by Him, just as what He did demonstrated He was sent by the Father. The book of Acts catalogs the very works Jesus gave them the authority to accomplish.

The apostles cast out many unclean spirits and healed every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Peter and John healed a lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the temple (Acts 3:2–8). Their ministry became widespread: “At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people.… Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed” (Acts 5:12, 16). To the man in Lystra “who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked,” Paul said, “ ‘Stand upright on your feet.’ And he leaped up and began to walk” (Acts 14:8, 10).

The apostles manifested the kind of kingdom power that their Lord had manifested, and by their faithful obedience they turned Jerusalem and then the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Jesus promised they would do even “greater works” than His (in extent, not power), and His words began to be fulfilled.

ASK YOURSELF

Are your words and expressions of faith pointing others to Christ? Are they reflective of His distinct power and the presence of His Holy Spirit within you? If you sense yourself burning low in the power tank, where do you think the leak is occurring? Be sure that what you do points to Christ.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 259). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Gowdy RIPS Dems who used SCOTUS hearing for personal gain, has a special message for ‘Spartacus’ Booker — Conservative News Today

Rep. Trey Gowdy slammed grandstanding by Democrats whom he felt used Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings to position themselves for 2020 politics.

Kavanaugh faced intense scrutiny by Democrats in another day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, getting grilled by potential 2020 contenders like California Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Gowdy was especially disappointed in Booker’s antics who compared himself to “Spartacus” as he threatened to release confidential documents and challenged the Committee to penalize him.

“That’s not the Cory Booker that I know, that I watched on television,” the South Carolina Republican said on Fox News’ “The Story” Thursday. “That is not the Cory Booker that I discuss criminal justice reform with. That is someone that is trying to position himself as the front-runner, so he can take on Donald Trump.”

After dramatically blowing hot air during the hearing Thursday, Booker eventually did release 12 pages of emails online which were marked “committee confidential” and included Kavanaugh’s post 9/11 discussions related to racial profiling.

But even after likening himself to Spartacus, Booker’s stunt was a big flop as committee Republicans posted the same documents and scores of others since the restrictions on releasing the emails were already waived.

Cory Booker’s grandstanding stunt backfires bigtime as Grassley beats him at his own game – and then some https://t.co/LMFwsDKHpc pic.twitter.com/qXkqDH5qqj

— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 6, 2018

“They missed a wonderful opportunity, the Senate did, to have a robust, interesting hearing about judicial philosophy and whether you’re a strict constructionist or you’re a minimalist,” Gowdy told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.

“What I watched over the last couple days was a lot of people who want to be the nominee in 2020, and it’s sad,” he added, noting that Americans are probably tired of “four-year-long presidential election cycles.”

Naturally the revelation that Booker’s performance was just for effect as the documents were not an issue did not grab the same media attention, as liberals cheered on the self-titled gladiator for standing up to the GOP. But, Gowdy opined, it’s a “shame” to see what presidential politics can do to people.

“The shame of it all to me is that, that is what ambition and presidential politics can do to otherwise reasonable people” he said. “That was the shame of it to me.”
— Read on www.bizpacreview.com/2018/09/07/gowdy-rips-dems-who-used-scotus-hearing-for-personal-gain-has-a-special-message-for-spartacus-booker-671772

WALSH: This Is How The Ancient Church Dealt With Deviant Priests | Daily Wire

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As we hear news that the New York attorney general is opening an investigation into all Catholic dioceses in the state, and that New Jersey will soon be making a similar announcement, I think it could be worthwhile to consider how the Church used to deal with the sexual deviants in its ranks. Obviously, its modern strategy has been to ignore the problem, cover it up, downplay it, and rationalize it. This has brought about the results any rational person would expect.

But once all of the dirty and terrible truths have been dragged into the light, and all of the predators and cover-up artists have been exposed, what can the Church do differently to prevent a renewed proliferation of sexual sin and degeneracy? For the solution, we need only turn to St. Basil the Great, a 4th century bishop and Doctor of the Church. This was his prescription:

Any cleric or monk who seduces young men or boys, or who is apprehended in kissing or in any shameful situation, shall be publicly flogged and shall lose his clerical tonsure. Thus shorn, he shall be disgraced by spitting in his face, bound in iron chains, wasted by six months of close confinement, and for three days each week put on barley bread given him toward evening. Following this period, he shall spend a further six months living in a small segregated courtyard in custody of a spiritual elder, kept busy with manual labor and prayer, subjected to vigils and prayers, forced to walk at all times in the company of two spiritual brothers, never again allowed to associate with young men.

To review, St. Basil’s recommendations followed these six steps:
— Read on www.dailywire.com/news/35557/walsh-how-ancient-church-dealt-deviant-priests-matt-walsh

Driving out militants from Idlib now top priority in Syria – Putin

Driving the extremists out of Syria’s Idlib province should be the primary goal at this stage of the Syrian peace process, Russian President Vladimir Putin said following a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts.

The Russian leader once again said that Moscow has “irrefutable” evidence that terrorist groups entrenched in the militant-controlled province are seeking to stage false flag attacks using chemical weapons.
— Read on www.rt.com/news/437877-putin-idlib-syria-summit/amp/

SEPTEMBER 7 A MINISTER MUST NOT BE A PRIVILEGED IDLER

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 CORINTHIANS 9:27

I know that my writing this will not win me friends, but some men called to the ministry end up doing what comes naturally and just take it easy!

It is easy for the minister to be turned into a privileged idler, a social parasite with an open palm and an expectant look. He has no boss within sight; he is not often required to keep regular hours, so he can work out a comfortable pattern of life that permits him to loaf, putter, play, doze and run about at his pleasure.

To avoid this danger, the minister should voluntarily impose upon himself a life of labor as arduous as that of a farmer, a serious student or a scientist. No man has any right to a way of life less rugged than that of the workers who support him. No preacher has any right to die of old age if hard work will kill him!

On the other hand, it should be said that some men of God have learned to labor in the Holy Spirit and have thus escaped both idleness and death-by-exhaustion, and have lived to a great age. Such men were Moses and Samuel in olden times and men like John Wesley, Bishop Asbury, A. B. Simpson and Pastor Philpott of more recent times.

These wrought mighty deeds without injuring their constitutions, but not every man has been able to find their secret![1]


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

Putin: Terrorists in Syria’s Idlib Preparing Provocations – Sputnik International

The presidents of Russia, Turkey, and Iran are meeting in Tehran on Friday for the third trilateral summit to discuss the situation in Syria.
— Read on sputniknews.com/amp/world/201809071067832197-putin-terrorists-chemical-weapons/

Arming of Kurds by US in Syria a major concern for Turkey – Erdogan

The Turkish president has told his Russian and Iranian counterparts that the arming of Kurdish militias in northern Syria is a major cause of instability, which requires attention on par with the situation in Idlib.
— Read on www.rt.com/news/437872-erdogan-summit-iran-syria/amp/

US intervention in Syria should be stopped immediately – Iranian president

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for an immediate end to the American and Israeli presence on Syrian territory during a trilateral meeting with his Russian and Turkish counterparts.
— Read on www.rt.com/news/437871-us-israeli-presense-syria-rouhani/amp/