Daily Archives: September 12, 2018

September 12: Diversity in the Church

Amos 8:1–9:15; Acts 10:34–11:18; Job 21:1–16

In our comfortable and familiar church homes, we sometimes fail to see the Church as a community of ethnic and cultural diversity. When I returned from a year in South Korea, I was surprised when my family and friends made thoughtless generalizations about people I had come to know and love—some of them fellow believers in Christ. Most of these comments contradicted the multicultural picture of Christianity presented in the book of Acts.

Peter and the Jewish Christians in the early church underwent a shift in cultural perspective. When Peter came to Jerusalem after meeting with Gentiles, the Jews were shocked that he would eat with “men who were uncircumcised” (Acts 11:3). For so long, they had associated their religion with their identity as a nation and as a people group. Although they knew that God was extending this hope to the Gentiles, they needed to be reminded that Jesus was the Lord of all. Peter tells them, “if God gave them the same gift as also to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?” (Acts 11:17).

The hope they expected had been fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. Now Gentiles were being added to their number. Peter testifies, “In truth I understand that God is not one who shows partiality, but in every nation the one who fears him and who does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34).

Strangely, Peter’s speech still needs to be heard today. We tend to confine our faith within comfortable borders—cultural, regional, or racial. We need to be challenged to see people from other ethnicities and cultural backgrounds as fellow followers of Christ. If God does not show partiality, then neither should we. The reign of Jesus extends over all people; God will draw His children from all corners of the earth, and there will be no “foreigners” in His kingdom.

How does your view of the Church need to be challenged?

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.

Attacking Syria Illegal, US ‘Has No Right to be Judge or Prosecutor’ – Author

Militants in Idlib are filming a staged provocation depicting chemical weapons being used by the Syrian army against civilians, according to the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, which cited information received from inhabitants of Idlib province.

Source: Attacking Syria Illegal, US ‘Has No Right to be Judge or Prosecutor’ – Author

Gingrich Sees Trump as Most Effective Anti-Liberal President Since WWII

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich lauded President Donald Trump Wednesday for combating liberal Democrats’ big government programs and policies more effectively than any other chief executive since World War II.

“I’ve said over and over again that Trump is the most effective anti-liberal president in my lifetime” Gingrich told host Laura Ingraham on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “He’s not an institutional conservative, and he’s not a philosophical guy. But the impact of what he’s doing is disrupting the Left more than any president of my lifetime. I mean, it’s an amazing thing to watch.”

Gingrich pointed to the Supreme Court, which he said “is actually going to move substantially to a more conservative Supreme Court in a way that, if you’re a left-winger, it terrifies you.

It’s not only the federal judiciary that Trump is moving significantly in a conservative direction, Gingrich said. “He’s doing this with regulations, he’s doing it with his tax policies; the tax cuts are working. And so the Left is right on the edge of seeing their entire lifetime of effort to make this a left-wing country just go down the drain.”

Trump positioned himself as an outsider candidate who intended to disrupt the political class. His populous message resonated with working-class voters who felt left behind as elites enjoyed an improving economy. Former President Barack Obama and his highly progressive agenda have been hit hard in the almost two years since.

Related: Hassett Destroys Obama Claim He Caused Trump’s Economic Boom

Obama recently delivered a speech at the University of Illinois in which he explicitly attacked Trump and sought to appropriate credit for the improving economy. Gingrich thinks Obama is bitter because he’s seeing his legacy be replaced with something that is actually working.

“That’s why you get the bitterness in the Obama speech,” Gingrich said. “Obama sees all the radical left-wing things he believes in being put under pressure by Trump.”

Obama and his allies are correct to point out that the economy was improving under his watch as it crawled back from the Great Recession of 2008, but data are piling up that Trump’s tax cuts, deregulation, and trade deal renegotiations are the primary impetus behind record-low unemployment, job creation, and rising wages.

Related: Dem Credits Obama for Trump Economy While Unveiling Jobs Plan

White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett argued Monday against Obama’s claim that the current economic boom began while he was in the Oval Office.

Hassett made his case during the Monday’s White House press briefing, with charts showing how several major trends have changed course since the election of 2016. The first trend he discussed was small-business optimism, followed by business investments, capital goods, shipments, business conditions, and working-age adults entering the labor market.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) found, in its most recent monthly survey on small-business optimism, that it reached a record high at 108.8 points. Former President Ronald Reagan was in office the last time small businesses hit a then-record high at 108 points in July 1983.

Source: Gingrich Sees Trump as Most Effective Anti-Liberal President Since WWII

Lindsey Graham Goes Nuclear: Exposes Corruption in Obama Administration, Demands Action

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defended President Donald Trump Tuesday on Twitter against critics who claimed he “politicized” the Department of Justice (DOJ) by pointing to his predecessor’s actual “politicization” of federal law enforcement.

“I completely support House Republican efforts to have President Trump declassify the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrant applications, the Bruce Ohr/Chris Steele interactions, and all other relevant information regarding allegations of corruption in the DOJ & FBI,” Graham tweeted.

“It is increasingly clear it was the Obama Administration who politicized the DOJ/FBI, not the Trump Administration,” he added.

Graham’s first tweet included an article from The Daily Caller published Sunday, titled “Trump Reportedly Close to Declassifying Carter Page and Bruce Ohr Documents.”

The senator called in August for a special counsel to investigate Ohr, the DOJ’s controversial former associate deputy attorney general, and his role in the FBI’s investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump aides and Russian interests in the 2016 campaign.

Ohr’s wife, Nellie, was an employee of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm used by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign to obtain negative allegations against Trump from Russian sources, via former British spy Christopher Steele.

Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which she controlled as her party’s president nominee, paid for Steele’s compilation of the anti-Trump materials into what became known as the Steele dossier. The FBI used the dossier to justify its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court application and renewals to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and others.

“Bruce Ohr was at least unethical. We need a special counsel to look at all things Department of Justice and FBI when it came to the Trump investigation, particularly the counterintelligence investigation,” Graham said in mid-August during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

The president has long railed against the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias found within the DOJ and FBI and decried special counsel Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” against him.

Many Democrats and liberal pundits accused Trump of politicizing the DOJ and FBI with his repeated criticisms against some of the controversial former and current top officials involved in the Trump campaign investigation.

Related: Graham Calls for Special Counsel to Probe Bruce Ohr

The FBI investigated Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign season for her use of a private email server located in her New York mansion to conduct official business as secretary of state. She was absolved by former FBI Director James Comey in July 2016, even though dozens of messages containing confidential information was found on the server.

In addition to Ohr and Steele, Trump, Graham and other Republicans point to the thousands of virulently anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages exchanged between former top FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page during their work on the Russia collusion probe.

Strzok participated in both the Clinton investigation and the Trump probe.

But Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia probe after the text messages with Page became public.

Check out this video:

Source: Lindsey Graham Goes Nuclear: Exposes Corruption in Obama Administration, Demands Action

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September 12 Resisting the Devil

“Take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Eph. 6:13).

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Spiritual warfare isn’t as much a frontal attack on Satan’s domain as it is the ability to resist his advances.

Spiritual warfare has become a popular topic in recent years. Books, tapes, and seminars on the subject abound, but there is still much confusion. Some say we must rebuke and bind Satan in order to thwart his power and influence. Others say we must expel demonic spirits through “deliverance ministries.” Still others encourage us to band together to aggressively assault the strongholds of supposed territorial demons.

But spiritual warfare isn’t an outright frontal attack on the forces of darkness. Scripture says, “Submit … to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7); “Be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith” (1 Peter 5:8–9). The idea that Christians have the authority to rebuke or bind Satan is foreign to Scripture. Even Michael the archangel treated him with more respect than that (Jude 9).

Spiritual victory involves submitting to God, pursuing His will, keeping your spiritual armor on, being on the alert for Satan’s attacks, and then standing firm and resisting him “in the evil day” (Eph. 6:13).

“Evil day” is a general reference to the sin that exists in this world. As “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), Satan will continue to produce evil until he and his forces are cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10–15). Then “the evil day” will give way to an eternal age of righteousness.

Countless people have pastored churches, taught Sunday school classes, led Bible studies, sung in choirs, and been involved in every conceivable area of ministry only to one day abandon their ministries and embrace the world. Somehow they stopped resisting the Devil and lost the courage to stand firm.

How about you? Is your commitment strong? Are you willing to stand firm for the Lord today?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God for the grace to boldly resist whatever might challenge your faith today.

For Further Study: Read 1 Corinthians 9:23–27. ✧ What was Paul’s great fear? ✧ What measures did he take to ensure spiritual victory? ✧ Are you taking the same measures?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 268). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Exclusive: Christopher Steele Was In Contact with British MI6 and Russian SVR During the 2016 Election — The Gateway Pundit

 

Christopher Steele was an agent of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, during the time that he was working for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the DNC, according to several current and former US intelligence officials.

Christopher Steele first became known to the American public when Buzzfeed published a now largely debunked dossier that he compiled under the guise of his company, Orbis Business Intelligence, which was working for Fusion GPS as a subcontractor. Orbis was paid $168,000 plus expenses for the compilation of the dossier. Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, has testified to congress that he did not know that Steele was in contact with Russian intelligence operatives. If Simpson was paying for Steele’s operational expenses, it would seem unlikely that he would not know where he was flying and whom he was meeting with. Although the FBI had previously paid Christopher Steele, they did not pay him in 2016. It remains unclear whether he received payments from other state actors.

According to several current FBI Counterintelligence Agents in a position to know, Steele was a known agent of MI6 at the same time that he was working to compile and promulgate the DNC and Hillary Clinton funded dossier. This claim flies in the face of mainstream media reporting, which has claimed that Christopher Steele last worked for MI6 in 2008. The FBI’s counterintelligence division specifically focuses on identifying and tracking the whereabouts of foreign intelligence officers operating inside the United States.

According the FBI counterintelligence officials that I spoke to on the condition of anonymity, Christopher Steele visited MI6’s Washington DC station at least two times during the period that followed his completion of the Trump-Russia dossier. During this period, Steele also met with Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff and other mainstream media reporters, specifically with the intention of promulgating the unverified and salacious claims contained in the dossier. The dossier itself, as well as news stories planted by Steele, ultimately became the basis for the FISA warrant issued against Carter Page, a man who briefly worked as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump Campaign.

It remains unknown whether or not British intelligence officials knew of or endorsed Christopher Steele’s meddling in the 2016 election.

During the time that Steele was hastily creating the dossier, he met with several former and current members of Russia’s SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service) and FSB (Federal Security Service). Some of these contacts between Steele and Russian intelligence officers took place in Rome and Vienna, but most took place in London, where Britain’s MI5 counterintelligence apparatus would have likely taken notice. According to a former CIA operations officer who agreed to speak to me under the condition of anonymity, local intelligence officials in Rome, Vienna and London would have almost certainly taken notice when Steele met with Russian operatives, and would have passed that information onto their American counterparts. The same source said that Christopher Steele would have been an ideal target for Russian Intelligence, as they aimed to plant disinformation and sow discord in the American political environment.

Christopher Steele’s contacts with both Russian and British intelligence operatives during his work on the Trump-Russia dossier suggests that foreign powers, not just Hillary Clinton and the DNC, may have ordered him to meddle in the 2016 election. Previous reporting suggests that the FBI cut ties with Steele in 2016 for the sole reason that he made claims to them that they knew to be false, but it’s now clear that Steele’s contacts with Russian and British intelligence officers had much more to due with it. If Steele was feeding Russian misinformation to the FBI, the media and the FISA Court, that would represent an unprecedented degradation of American democracy and would likely represent a blatant violation of US laws against espionage.

via Exclusive: Christopher Steele Was In Contact with British MI6 and Russian SVR During the 2016 Election — The Gateway Pundit

Data Shows that Suicide Rate of Transgender Teens Is Breathtakingly High

One of the most celebrated groups in the mainstream media is transgendered people or people who suffer from gender dysphoria.

This lead to transgenderism becoming a fad that had many people claiming to be transgendered, especially among the young. However, data now shows that those young people who do embrace a life of transgenderism seem to have abnormally high suicide rates.

The study comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which reveals that half of those who say they are transgendered attempt suicide at a rate of near or at 50 percent:

Female to male adolescents reported the highest rate of attempted suicide (50.8%), followed by adolescents who identified as not exclusively male or female (41.8%), male to female adolescents (29.9%), questioning adolescents (27.9%).

Compared to the suicide rate of teens who do not identify as transgendered, this is horrifically high, though any suicide rate is bad. The suicide rate among young women is alarming, even without the trouble of gender dysphoria.

Female adolescents (17.6%), and male adolescents (9.8%). Identifying as nonheterosexual exacerbated the risk for all adolescents except for those who did not exclusively identify as male or female (ie, nonbinary).

This is a shocking find, though not at all surprising. Transgendered individuals tend to suffer a 41 percent suicide rate, and they are more 19 times more likely to commit suicide if they go through with gender reassignment surgery.

What is also shocking, and yet doesn’t move the surprise needle one iota is that the mainstream is embracing this as a brave and beautiful way to live despite it being an actual mental illness, and saying anything contrary to the mainstream narrative will result in you becoming a public pariah.

In fact, the public view on transgenderism is so defended that you can garner a lot more trouble than just generating the attention of the outrage mob as I discuss in this video.

Sadly, the pressure to be “gender binary,” or “gender fluid” is pervasive among the youth at this time. Parents should be on guard if their children embrace the trend.

Source: Data Shows that Suicide Rate of Transgender Teens Is Breathtakingly High

EU will give social media giants 1hr to remove extremist content under new law

The European Union chief executive has proposed a new law which would require Google, Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms to remove extremist content within one hour or face a fine. Read Full Article at RT.com

Source: EU will give social media giants 1hr to remove extremist content under new law

“Leaking Like Mad”: FBI-DOJ-MSM Collusion Went Far Deeper Than Previously Known

The FBI’s coordination with the mainstream media surrounding the 2016 US election – a “media leak strategy” which was first first revealed Tuesday, goes far deeper than first reported, according to Fox Newswhich obtained “new communications between the former lovers.”

A December 15, 2016 email appears to discuss a “political” leaking operation, in which others were “leaking like mad” amid the Trump-Russia probe.

“Oh, remind me to tell you tomorrow about the times doing a story about the rnc hacks,” Page texted Strzok.

“And more than they already did? I told you Quinn told me they pulling out all the stops on some story…” Strzok replied.

A source told Fox News “Quinn” could be referring to Richard Quinn, who served as the chief of the Media and Investigative Publicity Section in the Office of Public Affairs. Quinn could not be reached for comment.

Strzok again replied: “Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried, and political, they’re kicking into overdrive.

In one passage, Strzok apparently misreads a reference to “rnc” as “mc,” and then, realizing his error, blames “old man eyes.”

It is unclear at this point to whom Strzok was referring when he used the term “sisters.” –Fox News

“Sisters” may refer to sister agency.

“Sisters is an odd phrase to use,” retired FBI special agent and former FBI national spokesman John Iannarelli told Fox News Wednesday. “It could be any intelligence agency or any other federal law enforcement agency. The FBI works with all of them because, post 9/11, it’s all about cooperation and sharing.

The US intelligence community is comprised of 17 agencies, including the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI and the National Security Agency.

Fox News notes that the “leaking like mad” reference was texted the same day that several US news outlets reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved – and personally approved, Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Several days before that, an article titled “Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump in Election, U.S. Says,” was published in the New York Times, which cited “senior administration officials.”

Then, on January 10, 2017, The Times published another article which suggested that Russian hackers had “gained limited access” to the Republican National Committee (RNC) – the same day that BuzzFeed News published the “Steele Dossier” accusing President Trump of a variety of salacious and unproven ties to Russia.

Following the text about “sisters leaking,” Strzok wrote to Page:

And we need to talk more about putting C reporting in our submission. They’re going to declassify all of it…

Page replied: “I know. But they’re going to declassify their stuff, how do we withhold…

We will get extraordinary questions. What we did what we’re doing. Just want to ensure everyone is good with it and has thought thru all implications,” Strzok wrote. “CD should bring it up with the DD.”

A source told Fox News that “C” is likely in reference to classified information, whereas “CD” is Cyber Division, and DD could refer to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March for making an unauthorized disclosure to the news media, and “lacked candor” under oath on multiple occassions.

It is unclear what “submission” Strzok and Page were referring to. –Fox News

A source also told Fox News that the messages were part of the newly released batch of Strzok-Page communications obtained by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who uncovered them as part of his investigation into the FBI’s conduct in the Russia investigation.

Source: “Leaking Like Mad”: FBI-DOJ-MSM Collusion Went Far Deeper Than Previously Known