Daily Archives: September 19, 2018

SEPTEMBER 19 HE IS OUR VICTORY

Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 6:20

We will never be delivered from the pride of our own selfish condition until we allow the Holy Spirit of God to demonstrate God’s own victory within us.

I have had disobedient believers assure me: “But, Mr. Tozer, I already know that I am bad. I am a believer in total depravity!” My reply: It is possible to be a confirmed believer in total depravity and still be as proud as Lucifer; to still trust in yourself in such a way that the face of God is hidden and you are kept from spiritual victory.

Our concern here is not with theological depravity. There is no argument with the fact that as soon as we are big enough to sin, we go directly into the business of sinning! But God is trying to reveal by His Holy Spirit the utter weakness of the child of God who is still putting his trust in himself.

Why does it take us so long to put our complete trust in God? He has made it so simple, so rewarding to yield what we are to Him!

Lord, enable me to yield myself fully to You so that I will experience spiritual victory. Excise any remnant of pride and self-reliance in my life.[1]


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

SEPTEMBER 19 TRUSTWORTHY AND ABLE

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

—Romans 4:21

I must confess that in my ministry I keep repeating some of the things I know about God and His faithful promises. Why do I insist that all Christians should know for themselves the kind of God they love and serve? It is because all the promises of God rest completely upon His character.

Why do I insist that all Christians should search the Scriptures and learn as much as they can about this God who is dealing with them? It is because their faith will only spring up naturally and joyfully as they find that our God is trustworthy and fully able to perform every promise He has made….

God’s eternal blessings do not depend on how you feel today. If my eternal hope rested on how I felt physically, I might as well begin packing for a move to some other region! Even if I do not feel heavenly, my feelings in no way change my heavenly hope and prospect.

I dare not relate even a fraction of my faith and hope to my emotions of the moment and to how I feel today. My eternal hope depends on God’s well-being—on whether God Himself is able to make good on His promises. And about that there is no doubt. JMI081-083

Lord, forgive me for my faltering faith. Remind me constantly that my hope rests on Your good character, in which I have confidence. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Eric Holder: Declassifying FISA documents is ‘an especially dangerous abuse of power’ – AC2 News

We have to wonder why Holder is so concerned?

That we have secret court in the United States is really a shame. FISA (as it is now) is a great example of the broad government power grab in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 crisis. FISA is part of the Swamp. A particularly dangerous part.

Why should the American people know what happened at the highest levels in the last days of the Obama administration? Better to keep things quiet, right Mr. Holder? No need to rock the crony Obama boat.

No. They cronies should be made to feel uncomfortable (at the very least) and the American people should get the full picture of what happened in the FBI and elsewhere leading up to and after the 2016 election. This MAY mean that people like Holder and perhaps other people are exposed. This could be potentially catastrophic for the Obama/Clinton crowd.

But perhaps not. The government guys, the high level government cronies, always seem to get away with it. We hear Lois Lerner is sipping Singapore slings on a cruise somewhere.

(From The Washington Times)

The 19 documents declassified would provide an insight to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application process, FBI interviews with DOJ official Bruce Ohr, and interview reports regarding the FISA application to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Republicans contend that Mr. Ohr had a hand in organizing the Steele dossier, which they argue was the basis for spying on Mr. Page and the Russia investigation into the Trump campaign.

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September 19 Daily Help

WE have each of us peculiar gifts and special manifestations; but the one object God has in view is, the perfecting of the whole body of Christ. We must, therefore, bring our spiritual possessions and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and make distribution unto all of what God has given to us. Keep back no part of the precious truth, but speak what you know, and testify what you have seen. Let not the toil, or darkness, or possible unbelief of your friends, weigh one moment in the scale. Up, and be marching to the place of duty, and there tell what great things God has shown to your soul. We too must bear our witness concerning Jesus.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 266). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: Science and Miracles

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Book Review: The Case For Miracles by Lee Strobel

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Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan Encourages Deep State to Defy President Trump’s Declassification Order — The Gateway Pundit

 

The Deep State is in an obvious panic mode since President Donald Trump ordered a number of documents relating to the Russia investigation be declassified. Joining the loud choir of those who are pushing for insubordination against the president is former CIA Director John Brennan.

Appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday, Brennan urged people in the intelligence community to ignore the president’s order. The former CIA head was stripped of his security clearance by Trump in August for his bizarre behavior.

“A number of individuals are trying to protect Mr. Trump and abusing their authorities and their powers, whether it be in Congress or within the executive branch,” Brennan said.

“And this is something that I am hoping that individuals of conscience are going to stop and prevent because I am concerned that this is just one indication that Mr. Trump is going to increasingly look for steps to take in order to further try to subvert the Mueller investigation,” Brennan continued.

Brennan joins Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mark Warner, and Senator Charles Schumer who sent a letter to the heads of the intelligence agencies demanding that they commit an act of insubordination and defy the presidential order.

“Your agencies’ review, and any communication with the White House on the substance of the material, should not proceed further until you have briefed the Gang of Eight in person,” the letter orders.

The intelligence agencies serve at the pleasure of the president — and this clearly crosses the line separating the branches of government.

On Monday, President Trump went scorched earth and ordered the DOJ to publicly release all text messages WITHOUT REDACTIONrelating to the Russia investigation from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.

On Wednesday, it was reported that the FBI and DOJ are planning redactions despite the order from the president.

“The Justice Department and FBI are expected to submit their documents and proposed redactions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which will assemble all the material into a package and hand it over to the White House,” Bloomberg reports.

As the Gateway Pundit reported earlier on Tuesday, Congressional sources now fear intel agencies will slow-roll the process to frustrate President Trump and others who want these documents released to the public.

House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes said Monday evening that the FBI’s “insurance policy” that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discussed over text message will be exposed along with other exculpatory evidence once the Carter Page FISA documents are made public.

via Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan Encourages Deep State to Defy President Trump’s Declassification Order — The Gateway Pundit

Bill Clinton Accuser Wants FBI To Probe Violent Rape Claim After Hillary Bobbles Kavanaugh Question

Hours after Hillary Clinton sidestepped a question involving her husband’s rape allegations, one of Bill Clinton’s accusers, Juanita Broaddrick, demanded an FBI investigation into her claim that the former President committed a “forcible, brutal rape” in a Little Rock, Arkansas hotel room on April 25, 1978 in which she says Clinton nearly bit her lip off.

Broaddrick described the incident in a 2016 interview:

And he grabbed me again, very forcefully. And started biting on my top lip. And this was extremely painful. I thought he was going to bite my lip off. And that’s when he pushed me back onto the bed.

I was completely dressed. I had a skirt and a blouse. He tore the waist of my skirt. And then he ripped my pantyhose. And he raped me. It was very vicious. I was just pinned down… I did not know what to do. I was so frightened. -Juanita Broaddrick, 2016

The former nursing home administrator also claimed in January 2016 that Hillary Clinton “tried to silence” her:

Hillary dodges the question…

Appearing on MSNBC with host Rachel Maddow Tuesday night to discuss an 11th hour accusation levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Clinton completely ignored the question over whether we have learned anything about “due process” in the aftermath of the Bill Clinton rape allegations.

Maddow questioned, “Your husband when he was president faced allegations that were not the same as this, certainly, but had connections to these kinds of old allegations from years ago. And I know you had concerns at the time. Your husband certainly had concerns at the time that he never really had due process to defend himself from allegations like this. Have we learned anything over the years about due process not just for the accusers but also for the accused?”

Clinton – who once tweeted that “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported,” promptly changed the focus from her husband to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of an attempted rape 35 years ago – saying that Ford’s due process rights are paramount.

Hours later, Broaddrick tweeted: “If you want the FBI to go back that far @HillaryClinton @MSNBC to investigate Ford’s allegations…. let’s investigate my RAPE allegations against Bill Clinton, too.  Seems only fair.”

Broaddrick went on record in October, 2016 with Breitbart, during which the obviously shaken Clinton accuser offered vivid details of the 1970’s encounter with the then Governor of Arkansas that left her traumatized for decades.

Here are some of the vivid details from the interview.

BROADDRICK: And then as he points over my shoulder, he grabs me and turns me to him. And that was a shock. And I tried to push him away. And I only weighed about 120 pounds at that time. He was a very large man. And I kept telling him, “No. I don’t want this at all.”

And he grabbed me again, very forcefully. And started biting on my top lip. And this was extremely painful. I thought he was going to bite my lip off. And that’s when he pushed me back onto the bed.

KLEIN: He bit you at the top of your lip. He pushed you onto the bed. And then what happened?

BROADDRICK: It’s been so long and it is just so hard to go into. I need to stop.

(crying)

BROADDRICK: You, know, why? Why is it still so painful?

(crying)

KLEIN: What is going through your mind right now?

BROADDRICK: That I am afraid of him.

KLEIN: You are still afraid of him?

BROADDRICK: Yes. That I am still afraid. Especially if she becomes president. And I know it’s looking that way. So it’s frightening, Aaron. It’s frightening.

I was completely dressed. I had a skirt and a blouse. He tore the waist of my skirt. And then he ripped my pantyhose. And he raped me. It was very vicious. I was just pinned down… I did not know what to do. I was so frightened. I was only 35 at the time. And it was horrible. I just wanted it to be over with. So he would go away.

KLEIN: He got up?

BROADDRICK: No, he held me down for a long time. And then he did it again. I was so ready for him to leave me alone. When he started raping me again. And it was very brief… And he did get up and he straightened himself. And my mouth was bleeding and it was hurting. And he just straightens himself and goes to the door.

KLEIN: With you still on the bed?

BROADDRICK: Yes, crying. He straightens himself and he goes to the door. And puts on his sunglasses. And tells me to get some ice on that on my lip. And goes out the door.

He would push down on my left clavicle and it hurt so much I thought my clavicle was gonna break. And my lip was just ballooning out four times the size that it should have been.

KLEIN: While he was raping you?

BROADDRICK: Yes.

So – FBI investigations all around?

Source: Bill Clinton Accuser Wants FBI To Probe Violent Rape Claim After Hillary Bobbles Kavanaugh Question

BROADDRICK: FBI Should Investigate MY RAPE ALLEGATIONS…

 

Juanita Broaddrick, right, and

then-Arkansas Attorney

General Bill Clinton, 1978.

(YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) — Commenting on Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her at a beer party some 36 years ago and that the FBI must investigate the matter now before she will testify about the supposed incident, Juanita Broaddrick tweeted that if the FBI goes back that far then it must also “investigate my RAPE allegations against Bill Clinton, too.”

“If you want the FBI to go back that far @HillaryClinton @MSNBC to investigate Ford’s allegations …. let’s investigate my RAPE allegations against Bill Clinton, too. Seems only fair,” Broaddrick tweeted on Sept. 18.

Juanita Broaddrick, a retired nursing home administrator, has long maintained that Bill Clinton, when he was the Arkansas Attorney General, raped her — a “forcible, brutal rape” — in a hotel room in Little Rock, Ark., on April 25, 1978. At the time, Broaddrick was 35, Clinton was 31.

(Source: Twitter.)

Clinton first met Broaddrick earlier that year during his 1978 gubernatorial campaign. Broaddrick wanted to volunteer for the campaign and Clinton invited her to stop by campaign headquarters in Little Rock. While in Little Rock for a nursing home conference, Broaddrick called the campaign office and Clinton said they should meet in the coffee shop at her hotel, the Camelot Hotel. Once there, however, Clinton suggested they have the coffee in her room to avoid reporters.

Once in the room, according to Broaddrick, Clinton chatted about some policy issues, then he forcibly kissed her.  She pushed him away, told him she was married, and that she was not interested in him.

As Broaddrick explained in an interview with NBC Dateline on Feb. 24, 1999, “Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip … He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me.”

(Source: Twitter.)

“It was a real panicky, panicky situation,” she said. “I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip. … When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says, ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”

On April 25, 2018, Broaddrick tweeted, “On this morning, 40 years ago, my life changed forever. On 4-25-78, I was brutally raped by Ark AG, Bill Clinton. I have spent the majority of my life trying to forget….. and watching the Evil thrive. A timeline of that day follows….”

President Bill Clinton apparently has never denied Broaddrick’s rape allegation. His attorney, David Kendall, has denied it on Clinton’s behalf. Kendall on Feb. 19, 1999, said, “Any allegation that the president assaulted Mrs. Broaddrick more than 20 years ago is absolutely false. Beyond that, we’re not going to comment,” reported CNN on Feb. 20, 1999.

When asked about Broaddrick’s claim at a press conference, President Clinton said, “Well, my counsel has made a statement about the . . . issue, and I have nothing to add to it.” (See Washington Post, 2/25/99.)

Source: BROADDRICK: FBI Should Investigate MY RAPE ALLEGATIONS…

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

The Good:
Why did God create satan if He knew Satan would cause evil?
“Social Justice” is NOT a Gospel issue.
Laughter is Good Medicine.  Look closely at the memes!
The Bad and/or Ugly
Prayer, by Tim Keller.  More bad teachings from Keller; don’t buy the book.
Now it’s Satan’s fault that the Catholic bishops and priests were caught. I guess if Satan didn’t expose them, then everything would have been okay?!?s. Another take says it looks like the victims are being used as Satan’s accusers.
Teachings coming from The Gospel Coalition are getting worse by the day.
If your pastor does this sort of nonsense, find another church. This isn’t an issue which needs to be brought to anyone’s attention in the assembly.
I couldn’t care less about the issue of prayer in public schools; if you fight for prayer, then who’s God will be prayed to?  But homosexuality, abortion, as well as the “transgender” lie are indeed important moral issues. These “Baptists, Presbyterians, and Methodists” and Anglicans are all worshipping another god and a socialist, apostate “Jesus.”
Pat Robertson: another rank false prophet who leads people astray. Jesus will probably say to him at the end, “I never knew you.”
Matt Chandler just can’t keep to the Christian faith without attacking those who disagree with his politics; he is betraying Christ.  Chandler really seems to not understand what the Bible teaches! He is pure seeker-sensitive/market-driven mentality.
Eastern Orthodoxy — Don’t even try to tell me this is Jesus’ church!
Bill Johnson, and his ilk, betray Jesus by leading people into occult practices.

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

Department of Justice Responds to Latest Project Veritas Undercover Video Exposing DOJ Official ‘Resisting From Inside’ — The Gateway Pundit

On Wednesday Project Veritas released the second installment in their undercover video series unmasking the Deep State.

This video features a Department of Justice paralegal, Allison Hrabar, who reportedly uses government owned software and computers to push a socialist agenda and punish people she disagrees with.

Allison Hrabar talked about the ‘resistance from inside’ and bragged she ‘can’t get fired.’

Also featured is Jessica Schubel, the former Chief of Staff for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the last Obama administration.

The Department of Justice responded to Project Veritas’ latest undercover video Wednesday.

“These allegations are deeply concerning. Department policy prohibits misuse of government resources to advance personal interests. We are looking into this immediately and have referred this matter to the Inspector General as well,” said the DOJ in a statement.

via Department of Justice Responds to Latest Project Veritas Undercover Video Exposing DOJ Official ‘Resisting From Inside’ — The Gateway Pundit

FBI, DOJ To Defy Trump Order; Redactions Planned As Top ‘Deep State’ Dems Demand Insubordination

Despite President Trump’s Monday order for the “immediate declassification” of sensitive materials related to the Russia investigation, “without redaction,” the agencies involved are planning to do so anyway, according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are going through a methodical review and can’t offer a timeline for finishing, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive matter. –Bloomberg

Trump ordered the DOJ to release the text messages of former FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, now-fired special agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page and twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

Also ordered released are specific pages from the FBI’s FISA surveillance warrant application on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, as well as interviews with Ohr.

The DOJ and the FBI are expected to submit proposed redactions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – which will prepare a package for Trump to sign off on.

“When the president issues such an order, it triggers a declassification review process that is conducted by various agencies within the intelligence community, in conjunction with the White House counsel, to seek to ensure the safety of America’s national security interests,” a Justice Department spokesman said in a statement. “The department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are already working with the Director of National Intelligence to comply with the president’s order.”

The agencies are likely to cite national security concerns over revealing classified “sources and methods” pertaining to the Russia investigation – which will put them in direct conflict with Trump’s order. Trump, as president, has the power to override the agencies and declassify material on his own.

Trump’s order to release the documents comes after months of requests from GOP lawmakers, while the DOJ has repeatedly denied their requests for more transparency.

The FBI’s spy…

According to Bloomberg, the DOJ is interpreting Trump’s request to include information about the use of confidential informant (spy) Stephan Halper during the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation. After taking in over $400,000 from the Obama Pentagon under the auspices of a research contract, Halper befriended and spied on members of the Trump campaign, including aides Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Showdown?

Top Congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and Mark Warner penned a joint letter to ODNI Director Dan Coates, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding that the agencies defy President Trump.

In the letter, the lawmakers “express profound alarm” at the decision to “intervene in an ongoing law enforcement investigation that may implicate the President himself or those around him.”

“Any decision by your offices to share this material with the President or his lawyers will violate longstanding Department of Justice polices, as well as assurances you have provided to us.”

The letter then demands that the agencies brief the Gang of Eight before releasing the materials “to anyone at the White House.”

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/388985966/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=false&access_key=key-2N4JgANZHX1A9u2s8hFJ

In short, prepare for fireworks

Source: FBI, DOJ To Defy Trump Order; Redactions Planned As Top ‘Deep State’ Dems Demand Insubordination

Hungary Responds to UN, Rails It Will ‘Never Be a Country of Migrants’

The news comes following an EU Parliament vote held last week that favored triggering Article 7 against Hungary, calling its new legislation concerning domestic media and opposition to EU migration policies a “threat” to democracy.

Source: Hungary Responds to UN, Rails It Will ‘Never Be a Country of Migrants’

Stop Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts for Research, 85 Congressmembers Tell FDA

Eighty-five members of Congress are demanding an end to the federal government’s contract with a company that supplies tissue from aborted babies for research purposes in mice.

Source: Stop Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts for Research, 85 Congressmembers Tell FDA

September 19, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

4 The NIV, probably correctly, identifies the unnamed (see MT) speaker as the “angel” of the Lord. The removal of the filthy clothes (apparently by angels—“those who were standing before him”) may connote that Joshua is thereby deprived of priestly office. If so, he is reinstated in v. 5. Theologically, however, there also seems to be a picture here of the negative aspect of what God does when he saves a person. Negatively, he takes away sin. Positively, he adds or imputes to the sinner saved by grace his own divine righteousness (cf. v. 5). The act of causing Joshua’s sin to pass from him (cf. Heb.) represents justification, not sanctification. It is forensic forgiveness that is in view, as seen from v. 9, which interprets Joshua’s cleansing by applying it to the land (i.e., the people)—another evidence that more than Joshua himself is in view here.

Next, Joshua is to be clothed with rich or fine garments—God’s representative clothed in God’s righteousness. God’s servant goes from filthy clothes to festive garments. The “rich garments” (the Hebrew word is used only here and in Isa 3:22) speak of purity, joy, and glory; but their chief significance is that they symbolize the restoration of Israel to her original calling (Ex 19:6; Isa 61:6). There is a contrast here: Joshua in filthy garments, representing Israel as a priest but defiled and unclean, versus Joshua in festive garments, representing Israel’s future glory in reconsecration to the priestly office.

“I have taken away” emphasizes the agent of the forgiveness. It is God who causes sin to be removed, ultimately on the basis of the messianic Servant’s substitutionary death. But here it was actually the Angel of the Lord who forgives sin, thus identifying him with deity (cf. Mk 2:7, 10), or at least as God’s representative.[1]


3:4 — “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

God says, “put off the old man with his deeds,” and “put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Col. 3:9, 10). We must wear Jesus like a garment.[2]


3:4 The removal of filthy garments by the angels (“who were standing before him”) depicted the promised future forensic justification, the salvation of the nation (cf. v. 9; 12:10–13:1; Ro 11:25–27). The High-Priest was symbolically clothed with rich robes, which spoke of righteousness imputed (cf. Is 61:10) and the restoration of Israel to her original calling (cf. Ex 19:6; Is 61:6; Ro 11:1, 2).[3]


3:4 The Lord also acts to cleanse Joshua from his iniquity. He commands his servants to remove the filthy garments, so removing Joshua’s iniquity, and to clothe Joshua in pure vestments, garments suitable for him to wear in the presence of the King of kings. Since the filthy garments represent iniquity, these “pure vestments” represent a new righteousness imputed to Joshua.

3:4 The removal of iniquity symbolizes justification in Christ (Rom. 3:23–26; 5:1).[4]


3:4 the ones standing before him Probably refers to other angels, though human associates of the priest are possible.

will clothe you with rich garments The priests were to wear specially consecrated garments (see Lev 8:7–13, 30; 16:4).[5]


3:4 Remove the filthy garments. God makes Joshua fit for the priesthood by giving new garments. In this way Joshua is a type of the coming Branch (v. 8), who will fulfill a priestly function and provide clothing of righteousness for us from His own merit.[6]


[1] Barker, K. L. (2008). Zechariah. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel–Malachi (Revised Edition) (Vol. 8, pp. 755–756). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Zec 3:4). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Zec 3:4). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1755). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Zec 3:4). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1330). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

September 19, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday it was up to the U.S. Senate how to handle a sexual assault allegation brought by a woman against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

President Donald Trump is expected on Wednesday to visit North Carolina, where thousands of homes and roadways remain underwater and swollen rivers threaten more flooding less than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall.

China’ foreign ministry said on Wednesday China does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet accusing China of trying to sway the U.S. election.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday there is no reason to delay the testimony of Christine Bassley Ford, and an invitation for her to appear before the committee on Monday stands.

President Donald Trump hailed Wednesday’s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and said there had been “tremendous progress” with North Korea on several fronts including Pyongyang’s denuclearization.

Turkey has slashed the financial and investment criteria for foreigners to become Turkish citizens, in a move expected to double annual property investment by foreigners to around $10 billion, according to sector officials.

A majority of Europeans support taking in refugees although many disapprove of how the European Union has handled a record influx of migrants that peaked three years ago, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

North Korea said on Wednesday it would permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, the latest gesture by leader Kim Jong Un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his country’s nuclear program.

Hyundai Motor said on Wednesday it will sell 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks in Switzerland over the next five years through a new tie-up, betting the vehicles could beat battery-powered models sold by the likes of Tesla Inc.

U.S. homebuilding increased more than expected in August, a positive sign for the housing market which has underperformed the broader economy amid rising interest rates for home loans.

The U.S. current account deficit decreased in the second quarter as goods exports rose, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday in a report that also showed U.S. firms paid about $169 billion in dividends from repatriated earnings.

AP Top Stories

The Vatican could send a delegation to China by the end of the month, Beijing’s state-run media said Tuesday, with the visit potentially paving the way for a historic agreement on the appointment of bishops.

A Joint statement says the two Koreas have agreed to seek to obtain the rights to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw by the middle of next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart.

An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent jihadist described as a deputy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to death on terrorism charges.

More than five million children risk famine in war-torn Yemen as food and fuel prices soar, Save the Children said Wednesday, warning an entire generation may face death and “starvation on an unprecedented scale”.

Saudi Arabia is now comfortable with Brent oil prices rising above $80 a barrel, at least in the short term, as the global market adjusts to the loss of Iranian supply from U.S. sanctions, according to people familiar with the kingdom’s view. The world’s largest exporter has tried to keep crude from trading above $80 so far this year, in part because U.S. President Donald Trump sent several tweets in May and June calling for OPEC to rein in prices as they flirted with that level. During the exchanges of views, the Saudis expressed concern both about the impact of American sanctions on Iran and effect of emerging-market turmoil on oil demand growth.

BBC

A judge in the US state of Georgia has approved the use of electronic voting machines – despite being “gravely concerned” that they could be hacked. There wasn’t enough time before November’s mid-term elections to switch to a secure paper-based alternative, said District Judge Amy Totenberg.

The organization behind Sesame Street has denied co-habiting duo, Bert and Ernie, are gay, following comments by one of the show’s writers. Sesame Workshop then issued a statement saying the pair “do not have a sexual orientation”. Bert and Ernie may look human, but the pair “remain puppets”, it said. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.”

The top forensic official in Mexico’s Jalisco state has been fired after it emerged some 150 corpses were being stored in a refrigerated trailer because local mortuaries were full.

Australian airline Qantas will place an order next year for planes capable of making the 20-hour flight between London and Sydney.

Walmart will no longer sell clothing with Soviet hammer and sickle symbols, Lithuanian officials have said.

WND

From mischievous behavior to flu outbreaks to bad grades in school, do you find yourself constantly worrying about your kids? If so, you’re far from alone. A new survey finds that parents spend a whopping 37 hours a week stressing over their children.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un stating he’d permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only if the United States takes corresponding measures.


News – 9/19/2018

N. Korea Signs ‘Very Exciting Deal’
It includes missile site shutdown, joint Olympic bid. The leaders of the two Koreas have signed what President Trump calls a “very exciting” agreement on the second day of a three-day summit in Pyongyang. South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un that they had agreed to turn the peninsula into a “land of peace without nuclear weapons,” the Guardian reports.

State Department bureaucrat caught plotting ‘deep state’ resistance: Project Veritas
Project Veritas has caught a State Department bureaucrat on hidden camera proclaiming he is part of the anti-Trump opposition and his job is to “resist everything” at “every level.” Conservative activist and Veritas chief James O’Keefe released the video on Tuesday. He said it kicks off what he promises is wide exposure of the so-called “Deep State” actively working to defeat President Trump from within via media leaks and policy sabotage. “What you are about to see is the hidden face of the resistance inside the executive branch of our government,” Mr. O’Keefe said.

Geoscientists find unexpected ‘deep creep’ near San Andreas, San Jacinto faults
we want to take advantage of all the tinier earthquakes happening all the time in order to understand how the San Andreas and San Jacinto are loaded. If we can understand how they are being loaded maybe we can understand better when these faults will going to rupture.”

Air Force Calls For 24% Increase In Squadrons To Prepare For War Against Major Power
Under the expansion plan outlined by Wilson, the Air Force needs to grow by 74 additional squadrons, a 25% increase, by 2030. She said the number was based on internal reports, using intelligence estimates of what the service would need as far as manpower to be victorious in the next conflict.

George W. Bush Stands Behind Kavanaugh
Former President George W. Bush reaffirmed his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in a letter to Politico Tuesday. Bush’s statement comes as Kavanaugh faces an allegation he made unwanted sexual advances as a 17-year-old in the early 1980s.

Jews Ascending to Temple Mount in Record Numbers
“It is a new phenomenon to have rabbinic authoritative rabbis ruling that not only is it permitted to go up to the Temple Mount, but that we are required to go up,” Hayman told Breaking Israel News. “The real shame is that since 1967 when the Temple Mount was returned to the Jews, this important issue has never been fully discussed by the Chief Rabbinate or by rabbinic authorities in any organized fashion.”

Emmy’s Host Says Only “White Republicans and Ex-Crackheads” Thank Jesus
Fewer and fewer people watch as the “hate speech” in Hollywood continues.
“My mother is not watching,” Che said. “She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough.” “That’s true,” he continued. “The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”

Statement from the President on the National Biodefense Strategy and National Security Presidential Memorandum
Biological threats emanate from many sources, and they know no borders. They have great potential to disrupt the economy, exact a toll on human life, and tear at the very fabric of society. My Administration will take steps to improve our understanding of the risks posed by biological threats and to respond to them effectively and efficiently.

Thousands pray at Western Wall as Yom Kippur approaches
The crowds swelled at the nightly Slichot prayers at the Western wall as Yom Kippur fast approaches. Slichot, a prayer for forgiveness consisting of songs, laments, confessions and blowing of the shofar, is practiced on the nights of Elul and the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, also known as Hayamim Hanorayim, Days of Awe or High holy days.

North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country’s main missile testing and launch sites, says the South’s President Moon Jae-in. After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders “agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation,” said Mr Moon. The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a “leap forward” towards military peace on the peninsula.

US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears
A judge in the US state of Georgia has approved the use of electronic voting machines – despite being “gravely concerned” that they could be hacked. There wasn’t enough time before November’s mid-term elections to switch to a secure paper-based alternative, said District Judge Amy Totenberg. Fears that e-voting machines could be hacked have caused some to warn against their adoption in some countries.

Deep State Unmasked: State Department on Hidden Cam, “Resist Everything,” “I Have Nothing to Lose”
Today, Project Veritas released the first installment in an undercover video investigation series unmasking the deep state. This video features a State Department employee, Stuart Karaffa, engaged in radical socialist political activity…while advocating for resistance to official government policies. In addition to being a State Department employee Stuart Karaffa is also a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA.)

Michigan resident infected with deadly mosquito-borne illness, health officials say
For the first time since 2016, a Michigan resident has been diagnosed with a case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne virus that can lead to “lasting brain damage” and even death, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said in a Monday statement. The news comes after the Lansing resident, who has not yet been identified, was hospitalized in August “with a neurological illness,” the department said.

Russians could face jail for not deleting news judged ‘fake’
Russians who refuse to take down online information that has been judged “false” by a court could be sentenced to up to a year in prison under a bill approved by MPs Tuesday in a key second reading. Deputies in parliament’s lower house voted to approve the measure that would apply to individuals on social media as well as to those working for media groups.

Big Brother: China’s chilling dictatorship moves to introduce scorecards to control everyone
CHINA’S chilling dictatorship is moving quickly to introduce social scorecards by which all citizens will be monitored 24/7 and ranked on their behaviour. The Communist Party’s plan is for every one of its 1.4 billion citizens to be at the whim of a dystopian social credit system, and it’s on track to be fully operational by the year 2020.

Beefed up security forces, extra medics on alert as Israel marks Yom Kippur
Israel’s security forces began placing a closure around the West Bank overnight Monday while shutting the Eerez and Kerem Shalom border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip as security forces take extra precautions ahead of Yom Kippur—the Jewish holiday of atonement and repentance. The closure around the West Bank will continue until midnight between Wednesday and Thursday…

Turkey Makes An Agreement With Russia And Syria That Will Make US And Europe Very Happy — If It Holds
Russia and Turkey have agreed to establish a buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib province that could stave off a catastrophic battle between Syrian forces and insurgent groups in the rebel-held region.

Bill Gates: Africa Has Reached A ‘Turning Point’ As Population Booms
Bill Gates, who is the second wealthiest man alive with a net worth of $90 billion, has described the projected birth rates in the poorest parts of Africa as “mind-blowing” and pressed the need for action.  Gates said if Africa’s population growth was left unchecked, it could unravel decades of progress and fuel instability across the globe.

Dem Congressional Candidate Appears to Say He Supports Abortion at Any Stage of Pregnancy
Josh Harder, the Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Denham in California’s 10th District, appeared to express support for abortion during all nine months of a pregnancy last year, according to newly surfaced footage.

Teen Vogue magazine now calling for abortion clinics on college campuses; celebrates abortion and encourages youth to pursue them en masse
In the Continental United States, you need to be 21 years old before you can legally drink alcohol. That’s because it is a recognized fact that young people are prone to impulsive, reckless behavior, which means that if they drink, they’re likely to get drunk, and highly likely to end up in sometimes fatal vehicular accidents.

Bert and Ernie are gay lovers, ‘Sesame Street’ writer reveals
Bert and Ernie are more than just friends, according to “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman.

Project Veritas unmasks anti-Trump ‘deep state’ fighter
The government employee is identified as Stuart Karaffa, a State Department staffer and “a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America.”

Big Brother: Google Admits to Altering Android Phone Settings Remotely Without Permission
Tech giant Google has admitted to changing Android phone settings remotely without user permission, a move considered by experts to be bad for “transparency and consent.”

Rubio Asks Justice Department to Find Whether Kerry Broke Federal Law by Meeting With Iranians
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) has asked the Department of Justice to determine whether former Secretary of State John Kerry broke federal law by meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister to try to preserve the Iran nuclear deal

Emmys: Thandie Newton — ‘I Don’t Even Believe in God but I’m Gonna Thank Her Tonight’
Actress Thandie Newton said that she didn’t “even believe in God” but would “thank her” anyway after she won an Emmy award for her role on Westworld.

JW: Obama Admin Knew About Benghazi Before It Happened
JudicialWatch’s documents show that the so-called conspiracy theory about arms being run out of Benghazi into Syria was actually true. And then there is the linkage of Benghazi & the deterioration of Libya w/ the rise of ISIS.

Administration to cap refugees at 30,000
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that the US would cap the number of refugees it would accept at 30,000. This is down from 45,000 the previous year and down considerably from the 110,000 refugees admitted during the last year of Obama’s presidency.

Liberal Emmy’s Host Trashes Christians: The Only White People That Thank Jesus Are Republicans and Ex-Crackheads
The 70th Emmy’s Awards aired tonight complete with racist jokes, slavery jokes and anti-Christian humor. This passes for humor on the left today.

Professor Refuses to Write Letter For Student Wanting To Study Abroad in Israel
On Monday, a professor at the University of Michigan reportedly refused to send a student’s letter of recommendation— after originally agreeing— because the student wished to study in Israel.


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Are Christians “confusing the Gospel with Christian nationalism”?

The Jewish Feast of Yom Kippur Was PERFECTLY FULFILLED By Jesus Christ!

This Week in Leclaire Lunacy — Spirits of Innovation Accelerated into New Wineskins

Hillsong just became its own denomination

No Greater Law’ documentary tracks Canyon County’s faith healing debate

Man Allegedly Helped Wife Kill Herself by Convincing Her She Was Too Weak to Survive the Rapture


Headlines – 9/19/2018

Abbas will try to bypass Trump – PA chairman plans in coming weeks to receive European sponsorship for negotiations with Israel

Humanitarian Concessions Will Not Reduce Hamas Violence. Here is the Evidence

Palestinian attempts Yom Kippur stabbing in Jerusalem, is killed by police

Palestinians say 2 killed in fresh Gaza border clash

United Nations International Day of Peace 21 September

In rare move, IDF admits Syria strike, expresses sorrow over Russian plane

IDF: ‘Assad regime responsible for downing of Russian plane’

Russia summons Israeli envoy after warning of response over downed plane – Israeli strike threatens to damage ties between Jerusalem and Moscow

Netanyahu, Putin talk amid tensions over downing of Russian spy plane

Russian aircrew deaths: Putin and Netanyahu defuse tension

Putin blames downing of Russian plane in Syria on ‘tragic chance events,’ plays down Israeli culpability

Putin absolves Israel in downing of spy plane, but warns PM: Don’t let it recur

US: Downing of Russian Military Plane Highlights Need to End Iranian Arms Transfers Through Syria

Russia-Turkey deal may delay, but not prevent, a battle for Syria’s Idlib province

Syrian rebel official says Idlib deal ‘ends Assad’s dream of total control’

Oil Prices Jump On Saudi Arabia’s $80 Claim

Saudi cabinet calls for joint efforts to ‘counter Iranian terrorism’

Fierce battles over past 10 days in Yemen result in death of 1,300 Houthis

Libya rivals clash south of capital causing blackouts

Top German spy ousted after clash with Merkel over anti-migrant riots

Russians could face jail for not deleting news judged ‘fake’

Google Vows to Fight U.S. Air Pollution While Censoring Data on Chinese Smog

Big Brother: China’s chilling dictatorship moves to introduce scorecards to control everyone

China Cuts U.S. Treasury Holdings as Trade War Intensifies

Kim Jong Un reportedly tells visiting South Korean leader that summit with Trump stabilized regional political situation

North and South Korea commit to ‘era of no war’

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

North Korea to invite foreign experts to permanently scrap missile sites

Kavanaugh Accuser’s Lawyer is Vice Chair of Soros Funded Org Opposing Kavanaugh

Hillary: Kavanaugh’s Accuser Deserves ‘the Benefit of the Doubt’

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford demands ‘full investigation’ by FBI before testifying, in letter from her lawyers

Kavanaugh accuser forced out of her home over threats, lawyers say

Hannity Blasts Dems’ ‘Selective Moral Outrage’: They Reject ‘Presumption of Innocence’ for Political Gain

CNN’s Jake Tapper Dedicates Segment to Trump’s Penis

Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency

US military given more authority to launch preventative cyberattacks

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Gizo, Solomon Islands

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Dili, East Timor

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kaktovik, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ishinomaki, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Philippines typhoon: Families line up to identify landslide dead

Florence was another 1,000-year rain event. Is this the new normal as the planet warms?

Footage shows massive colonies of fire ants floating in Hurricane Florence floodwaters

Florence kills 5,500 pigs and 3.4 million chickens. The numbers are expected to rise.

Deadly pig virus threatens China’s $128 billion pork industry

Deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in mosquito in metro Atlanta

Maine restaurant to get lobsters high off marijuana smoke before killing them: ‘It is more humane’

‘Sesame Street’ writer says Bert and Ernie are a gay couple, but the show quickly denies it

Pope defrocks Chilean priest amid sex abuse scandal

Mexican Street Dogs Fight for Discarded Human Head in Tijuana

45-year-old arrested for threatening to shoot his 11-year-old Fortnite rival: Police

Fortnite the reason for hundreds of divorces, website says


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Are the Washington Post and the New York Times trustworthy or fake news?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Why do people think that CNN are biased leftist clowns? Why do people think that CNN are biased leftist clowns?

If someone asked you to name the most prestigious national newspapers, you might be tempted to name the Washington Post and the New York Times. Both papers enjoy wide circulation, and they both used to have a reputation for honest journalism. But lately, people have been accusing them of publishing fake news stories in order to benefit the Democrat party. What is the truth?

Well, consider this article from The Federalist about two recent news stories, one from each paper.

Excerpt:

The Washington Post is standing by its August 29 report that the Trump administration is cracking down on potentially fraudulent passports, although it is marked by a stunning number of reporting failures, detailed most thoroughly by The Huffington Post on Monday. Reporters and editors on the story got facts wrong, misled readers, left out key data contradicting the premise…

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for September 18, 2018

September 17, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In an issue (Sept. 6, 2018) of the New England Journal of Medicine this month, two professors have written an article calling for euthanasia of the elderly to harvest their body parts for organ donation, “if consent is obtained.”… (more)

September 17, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — Conservatives who backed Judge Brett Kavanaugh without examining his record are looking like complete fools. Before the sexual assault charges surfaced, he was already on record saying the atrocious Supreme Court decisions on abortion-on-demand and “gay marriage” were “settled law.” Now, his character is under assault as questions surface about the party atmosphere and secular nature of his Jesuit-run Catholic high school. Catholic “education” has become another crisis…. (more)

September 17, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — Judge Brett Kavanaugh has always been in the crosshairs of the left, ever since he played a major role in urging the impeachment of their icon of moral rectitude, President Bill Clinton, and also led the investigation into the alleged suicide (or fishy murder) of Vince Foster, Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel and close friend of Ms. Hillary…. (more)

September 17, 2018
BRYAN FISCHER — An accuser has crawled out of the shadows to charge Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with sexual assault. The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, contends that 36 years ago Kavanaugh, in a drunken stupor, shut her in a room at a party and clumsily attempted to undress her…. (more)

September 17, 2018
Joseph Farah explains why the Pharisee’s question has much deeper meaning
JOSEPH FARAH — I have always found the story of Nicodemus, told in three separate passages in the Gospel of John, among the most fascinating stories in the Bible. Like much of Scripture, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. Here was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin whose very Greek name has two seemingly relevant meanings – – “Innocent Blood” and “Victory of the People.” With a name like that, Nicodemus might have been expected to be on the lookout for the Messiah who would restore the world to the way it was intended to be at Creation before the fall. Or maybe we read too much into some Bible names…. (more)

September 17, 2018
White House moves as Lisa Page admits ‘no collusion’
ART MOORE — President Trump has directed the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence to immediately declassify documents related to the Obama administration’s handling of claims of Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the 2016 election…. (more)


September 17, 2018
Want American people see his committee’s depositions before election day
WORLDNETDAILY — Ever wonder how the Deep State works? Do you understand how what is becoming known as “the Media-Intelligence Complex” works? Fox News’ Maria Bartiroma took the time Sunday morning to explore these issues with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who patiently exposed how leaks by law enforcement and intelligence agencies to the media result in fake news stories that bolster the case for investigations and indictments of innocent people and prosecutions in which no crimes were actually perpetrated…. (more)

September 17, 2018
Meteorologist Ryan Maue says Gore’s assertion made ‘without any evidence’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Another climate-change claim by former Vice President Al Gore is coming under fire, this one involving Hurricane Florence. Mr. Gore said Friday that two major storms from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans had never made landfall at the same time, referring to Hurricane Florence, the Category 1 hurricane that struck North Carolina on Friday, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which hit the Philippines early Saturday…. (more)

September 17, 2018
USA TODAY — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has repeatedly told the news media that Twitter doesn’t ban content based on users’ viewpoints. Earlier this month, at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, members of Congress tested him on that assertion and asked several times whether Twitter engaged in suppressing more conservative voices. Each time, Dorsey replied no…. (more)

September 17, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — “The Constitution poses no threat to our current form of government.” That was the late Joe Sobran’s ironic take mostly on the courts’ blatantly unconstitutional usurpations over the past few decades. The most powerful evidence that federal judges have eclipsed the other branches of government is the circus surrounding President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. This should not be as big a deal as it is…. (more)

September 17, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration ripped up federal regulations at a record pace this year and saved taxpayers $1.3 billion, double the goal set by the president, according to an American Action Forum analysis. Casey Mulligan, chief economist of the President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, said the budget savings are actually higher because the Obama administration underestimated the cost of its red tape. Government budget scorekeepers use the estimated budget cost at implementation to assess savings from a rollback. The same data were used in the analysis…. (more)

September 17, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 represented a new chapter in history. His meteoric rise to the presidency was swift and shocked not only a nation, but also the political elites, including Democratic favorites such as Sens. Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. But as we look back on the eight years that Obama served as president, we see a much different picture – – a picture that’s certainly historic, but for all the wrong reasons…. (more)

September 17, 2018
Warns if students can’t hear different sides, education becomes ‘indoctrination’
WORLDNETDAILY — A university professor who beat his school in a fight over free speech says it’s essential that students hear more than one side of an issue. If they can’t, warns John McAdams, “then it becomes not education, but indoctrination.” His comments came in an interview with Foundation for Individual Rights in Education only a few weeks after the state Supreme Court rebuked Marquette University in Milwaukee for its politically correct code of conduct for tenured professors that succumbs “to the dominant academic culture of micro-aggressions, trigger warnings and safe spaces.”… (more)

September 17, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hundreds of evacuees from Hurricane Florence, many of them with children and pets, made their way through the Smoky Mountains this weekend to a Christian summer camp, relieved to find shelter from the deadly storm. “It was kind of like they walked in and they could breathe,” Camp Cedar Cliffs staffer Haley Duerstock, 28, said Saturday…. (more)

September 17, 2018
Only licensed domestic religious groups would be permitted
WORLDNETDAILY — China’s period of quiet tolerance of religion is coming to an end. Just a day after the government banned Zion Church, one of the largest unofficial Protestant churches in Beijing, confiscating “illegal promotional materials,” the National Religious Affairs Administration released a draft of regulations that prohibit all foreigners from preaching online…. (more)

September 15, 2018
YOUTUBE — The entire 40-minute interview is available to see on Fox News Online. Look for: Life, Liberty & Levin” Air Date: 09-09-2018… (more)

September 15, 2018
Lifts 30-day ban on Jamie Glazov for warning about jihadists
WORLDNETDAILY — Facebook has lifted its suspension of Jamie Glazov of Frontpage Magazine and his warning about jihadists, and the author and commentator is crediting media reporting, including by WND, for the victory…. (more)

September 15, 2018
BRIETBART — Silicon Valley giant Google employs nearly 10,000 foreign workers, importing them to the United States on visas, a newly leaked video obtained by Breitbart News reveals. The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 presidential election in which President Trump historically beat out Democrat Hillary Clinton. These Google meetings occur on a weekly basis and are known inside the company as “TGIF” meetings, short for “Thank God It’s Friday.”… (more)

September 15, 2018
GRABIEN NEWS — Hurricane Florence is now bearing down on North Carolina, and the media is looking to score political points. On MSNBC, host Chris Hayes invited meteorologist Eric Holthaus on to argue global warming is making hurricanes worse, and that President Trump is to blame. “We have a president that is denying the impacts of, you know, this hurricane season last year and this year and actively making the problem worse by, you know, not addressing this root cause of worsening storms,” Holthaus told to a nodding Hayes… (more)

September 15, 2018
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER — The Weather Channel on Friday defended a meteorologist who was captured bracing against the wind while two people appeared to stroll casually behind him during a report on Hurricane Florence. The reporter, Mike Seidel, was reporting from Wilmington, N.C., Friday afternoon, where he was shown hunched over and appearing to brace against a strong wind…. (more)


September 13, 2018
DAVID USHER — Our extensive new Report: The Costly Fraud of Marijuana Normalization reveals the dark truths and frightful economic costs of the Democrat agenda. Progressives fooled everyone by claiming that “medical” marijuana (a subterranean synonym for “recreational” pot) must be legalized as a painkiller for victims of disease, old age, and ultimately minor pain and stress. In this report you will see that the sea of red ink caused by state-sponsored drug addiction is horrendous and unsustainable…. (more)

September 13, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — At the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, they have a display of many burned Bibles. This is the book that, down through the centuries, has been burned more than any other. Ironically, that even happened sometimes at the hand of church officials…. (more)

September 13, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A legal watchdog asked the Senate ethics committee Wednesday to open an investigation into Sen. Cory Booker after he released confidential documents during Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing last week…. (more)

September 13, 2018
Shadow diplomacy aids Iran’s regional pursuits
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Former Secretary of State John Kerry disclosed that he has been conducting rogue diplomacy with top Iranian officials to salvage the landmark nuclear deal and push the Islamic Republic to negotiate its contested missile program, according to recent remarks…. (more)


September 13, 2018
Limbaugh: ‘Almost like a demonic possession that has come over these people’
ART MOORE — As President Trump warns residents of the Carolinas that Hurricane Florence will be “tremendously big and tremendously wet,” the Washington Post is asserting the commander-in-chief is “complicit” in the storm…. (more)

 

September 19 Bound to Obey

That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:4

Some people believe that since we are saved by grace and are no longer under the law, then we are no longer bound to the law. That’s true in this sense: we are not bound to the penalty of the law. Since we came to Christ, the law no longer has power to condemn or execute us. However, we are bound to its precepts, for God has not changed His morality.

The apostle Paul said, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom. 8:1–3). The sacrifice of Christ freed us from the penalty of the law—He died in our place. So we are free from the law only in the sense that it cannot condemn us, yet we are still commanded to obey its precepts.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 284). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

September 19 Spirit–Filled Submission

“Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”

Ephesians 5:21

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Spirit–filled believers will submit to one another.

To the world, submission implies personal weakness or the coercive dominance of one person by another stronger, more intimidating individual. Such perspectives, however, are unbiblical. The noted expositor Martyn Lloyd–Jones describes submission’s original meaning in a military context, which helps us understand its scriptural definition:

It is the picture of soldiers in a regiment, soldiers in a line under an officer … and if he [the soldier] begins to act on his own, and independently of the others, he is guilty of insubordination and will be punished accordingly. Such is the word the Apostle uses; so what he is saying amounts to this—that we who are filled with the Spirit are to behave voluntarily in that way with respect to one another. We are members of the same regiment, we are units in this same great army. We are to do that voluntarily which the soldier is “forced” to do.

In addition to Ephesians 5:21, the New Testament repeatedly expresses the importance of submitting to one another. Philippians 2:3–4 tell us how mutual submission ought to operate: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” And Hebrews 13:17 commands us to submit to our spiritual leaders: “Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

The only way we can possess any of those traits or exhibit any of that behavior is to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit. Then we will be able to voluntarily and joyfully submit to the Lord and one another in love, just as the apostle John urges: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and every one who loves is born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Examine your heart and see if your attitude has been a biblically submissive one. ✧ Ask God’s Spirit to reveal and correct any sinful shortcomings you’ve had in that regard.

For Further Study: Read Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Timothy 5:21; James 2:1. List comparisons and contrasts between these verses and what Philippians 2:3–4 says about mutual submission.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Sarah Sanders Defends Her Faith and Working for Trump: ‘We’re All Sinners, That Is Christianity’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has defended her work for U.S. President Donald Trump as a Christian, insisting that the basis of the faith is that “we are all sinners.”

Sanders made the comments in a detailed profiled in The New Yorker, a hard copy of which is due to be published next week.

The in-depth piece looks at the press secretary’s upbringing, including being the daughter of former governor of Arkansas and pastor Mike Huckabee.

It points out that she and husband Bryan, along with their children, attend an evangelical church in Washington D.C. that is an affiliate of the Hillsong megachurch.

“I believe in the Bible,” Sanders said, explaining that one thing that is “non-negotiable” for her are her pro-life views.

“One of the things that makes Americans unique is that we value life. We think each life has intrinsic value and worth, whether you are a baby in the womb or an elderly woman,” she argued.

Sanders was asked how she reconciles her religious beliefs with working for Trump, who has received both praise but also strong criticism from  Christians on a variety of issues. Controversies that have dogged him include accusations that he committed adultery with a porn star and a Playboy model.

“I’m not going to my office expecting it to be my church. Frankly, if people of faith don’t get involved in the dirty process, then you’re missing the entire point of what we’re called to do. You’re not called to go into the places where everyone already thinks like you and is a believer — you have to go onto a stage where they’re not,” Sanders said in response to a question about the porn star allegations.

“You have to take that message into the darkest places, and the dirtiest places, and the most tainted and dysfunctional places. If you can influence even one person, that’s what you’re supposed to do,” she added, clarifying that she is broadly talking about her social duty as a Christian.

When it comes specifically to Trump and the views of many Americans that he needs the most help, she said, “We all need help.”

Sanders added: “That’s the whole basis of Christianity. No one is perfect. We are all sinners.”

— Read on www.christianpost.com/news/sarah-sanders-defends-her-faith-working-trump-were-all-sinners-that-is-christianity-227431/