Daily Archives: September 24, 2018

SEPTEMBER 24 OUR DAILY PROBLEMS

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Christian believers are wrongly taught if they believe that the Christian life is a guarantee against human trials and problems. If they believe that, they have mistaken earth for heaven and expect conditions here below which can never be realized until we reach the better world above.

There is a sense in which God makes no difference between the saint and the sinner. He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). It is strange that we rarely notice the other side of this truth: that God also visits His children with the usual problems common to all the sons of men.

If we cannot remove our problems, then we must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. We will learn too that problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. Think of our Lord and Savior—He was surrounded by enemies from the moment of His birth. They constituted a real and lasting problem which He simply had to endure for the period of His earthly life. He escaped it only by dying!

Lord, I pray for Your strength to carry me through the problems I will be facing today. Thank You that Your Spirit is a “resident” Helper in my life.[1]


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

SEPTEMBER 24 NO MORE DOUBTS

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

—1 Corinthians 1:9

Are we going to trust God? Are we going to commit our entire future to Him? What more assurance do we need than the character of God Himself? It is God’s own eternal Person and His faithful character that tell us our salvation is secured through the blood of Jesus Christ, our Savior. It is because God is who He is that we can trust Him and be assured that His covenant will never change.

How rewarding it is to be able to make a proclamation like this! Our forgiveness, our hope for salvation, our confidence in the life to come rest upon God’s unchanging love and faithfulness….

Because holiness is God’s being, He cannot lie. Because He is God, He cannot violate the holy nature of His being. God does not will to lie. He does not will to cheat. He does not will to deceive. He does not will to be false to His own dear people.

Or to put it positively, in the very perfection of His character, God wills to be true to His children. Because He is perfect and because He is holy, His believing children are safe. Confidently knowing that the Lord God omnipotent reigns, and knowing that He is able to do all that He wills to do, I have no more doubts. I am safely held in the arms of the all-powerful God. JMI087-089

Thank You, Father, that You are faithful to Your promises. I’ll trust you and have no doubts today. Amen. [1]


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

Jen Hatmaker: Jesus Came to Affirm the LGBT Community — Pulpit & Pen

When Pulpit & Pen first warned about Jen Hatmaker, she was still one of Lifeway’s best-selling authors. Eventually, she crossed the threshold into heresy such that not even Lifeway could tolerate (and that’s saying something). Hatmaker, a popular mommy-blogger and pseudo-Christian teacher came out in support of the sin of sodomy in 2016, and Lifeway subsequently stopped selling her antibiblical material. Since then, Hatmaker has received even greater stardom and fame, being a constant figure on the leftist speaking circuit, propelling herself forward as a champion of LGBT inclusivism and speaking out against “patriarchy.” Recently, Hatmaker tweeted that she wanted to be baptized an Episcopalian by a pro-gay bishop and her (still) good friend and compatriot, Beth Moore, ‘liked’ her tweet.

Hatmaker’s affirmation of sodomy came not long after Obergfell vs Hodges, indicating that the dictates of the United States judiciary are what truly inform her moral resolve. She was immediately championed by the evangelical left for her bravery. Today, Hatmaker posted a long-winded status on Facebook that claims Jesus came to affirm the LGBT community, as well as to accomplish other leftist agenda items.

As a leader and author, pastor and teacher, let me just be positively clear where I stand on a few things. In the most outrageous twilight zone ever, these issues have now become “partisan” but to me, these are purely a matter of my faith which compels me. I will always champion a working faith ethic that:

Believes women.

Clearly Hatmaker is referring to the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her when he was 17. She has not only failed to provide any corroborating evidence, but a number of what were supposed to be her witnesses have denied the account. Kavanaugh has calendars proving he was not in the area at the time of the alleged occurrence. There is no evidence whatsoever that she is telling the truth, but Hatmaker “believes women,” apparently on no other grounds that they are women.

Condemns the pervasive, patriarchal power structures that keep women silenced, underpaid, underrepresented, exploited, denigrated, shamed, and abused.

Names, repents from, resists, and actively fights white supremacy in all its forms, structures, systems, language, and evil practices.

God set up a patriarchal power struggle, with an all-male leadership of Israel’s tribes and an all-male roster of disciples, apostles and elders. That aside, it’s good to oppose “white supremacy” when and where it actually exists. One wonders who exactly she’s talking about. It might also be worth asking if other kinds of supremacy are okay.

Actively resists children being held in detainment apart from their parents at the border as a wicked, punitive, unconscionable political strategy.

Apparently, that “political strategy” was good for Barack Obama because that was his policy. It was further mandated by a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Hatmaker did not complain about it then. Now, who is being political again?

Affirms the LGBTQ community, defends their rights, and cherishes their humanity.

Alright, there is nothing new here. Hatmaker embraces sodomy. It’s just another day that ends with “y.” But, then get this…

The thing is, this is the only way I understand the gospel. I cannot come to any other conclusion than this path laid out for us by Jesus. Anything other than a radically inclusive faith that honors the dignity of every person makes no sense to me. I can’t find any other road through my faith than one that condemns patriarchy, misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, ableism, abuse, and white supremacy. NOTHING ELSE MAKES SENSE. This is who Jesus is and what He came to do.

“Affirming the LGBT Community” is the only way Jen Hatmaker can understand the Gospel.

Regardless of what else Jen Hatmaker may in fact understand, the biblical Gospel is not on that list.

You see, Christianity is not an inclusive faith. It is an exclusive faith, built upon the Doctrine of the Exclusivity of Christ. God will one day exclude from his kingdom the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, and those who practice homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). And while “misogyny, sexism, racism, ableism,” and all kinds of racial supremacy are wrong and unloving to our neighbor, it is clear that Hatmaker doesn’t understand the Gospel at all. Of course the Law includes the Second Table (loving our neighbor), but it is not the Gospel. 

And by the way, affirming people in their sin and thus facilitating their eternal perdition is not loving. It is extremely, extremely hateful.

Jen Hatmaker: Jesus Came to Affirm the LGBT Community — Pulpit & Pen

‘Orwellian’ move: Facebook teams up with US government to police ‘fake news’ in foreign elections

Facebook has teamed up with two US government-funded think tanks as part of a new initiative to bolster the social media giant’s “election integrity efforts” around the globe.

Source: ‘Orwellian’ move: Facebook teams up with US government to police ‘fake news’ in foreign elections

Project Veritas Catches Deep State Redhanded — Christian Research Network

“I know opponents of President Donald Trump roll their eyes in ridicule at the mere suggestion of a deep state committed to undermining Trump’s agenda. That’s the stuff of paranoid conspiracy theorists or unhinged Trumpublican tribalists, they say. Well, James O’Keefe, and his Project Veritas, has shown, again, that there is a “there” there.”

(David Limbaugh – Daily Wire)  We’ve long known that unelected leftist bureaucrats embedded in the bowels of the federal government have been lawlessly targeting conservatives and abusing their power to thwart the agenda of duly elected Republican policymakers. The proof keeps pouring in.

The Obama administration’s IRS deliberately discriminated against conservative groups in their applications for tax-exempt status. This isn’t an empty partisan allegation from an imaginary “right-wing conspiracy.” In 2013, an IRS official admitted scrutinizing groups with right wing identifying names, such as “Tea Party” and “patriots.” An inspector general’s report that year confirmed this nefarious practice.

At least two groups of cases were settled in 2017 with the IRS agreeing to a “substantial financial settlement” in one and expressing “its sincere apology” in another. This is the kind of tyrannical behavior that liberals used to care about. View article →

via Project Veritas Catches Deep State Redhanded — Christian Research Network

Video: Tim Keller Trashes ‘Social Justice and the Gospel Statement’ — Pulpit & Pen

Tim Keller was recently asked about the Dallas Statement on Social Justice and Gospel, and his words weren’t very kind. According to Keller, the statement can’t be judged based upon whether or not the words are right, but by the consequences those words might eventually bring about. To summarize Keller another way, the words contained within the Dallas Statement may be true, but they are still bad because of their ramifications. Unable or unwilling to explain any theological deficiencies in the statement, Keller cites Marxist philosophical tenet called Speech Act Theory.

This tenet is a subset of the discipline of pragmatics, and it holds that words not only convey information (their literal reading) but they can also be used to carry out actions. Speech-Act Theory was developed by American philosopher, J.R. Searle. Searle is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and he is a protege and fan of Jürgen Habermas, the German Marxist and supporter of the Neo-Marxian Frankfurt School. Speech Act Theory has been pivotal in the aggression of Marxism in the fields of both philosophy and linguistics and has been essential in developing the notion of verbal microaggressions. Through Speech-Act Theory, Marxists have popularized the notion that words can be bad, even if they’re true if they cause adverse side-effects. Seemingly innocent and innocuous speech can be sinister if it’s a subtle cue from the majority to further oppress the victim class. 

Keller began, “You can’t just analyze words by what they say, but analyze words by what they do.”

And that’s how Keller begins his denunciation of the Dallas Statement, with actual, honest-to-goodness, Marxist theory.

After acknowledging that the words in the statement are essentially true, Keller says, “In the end, what concerns me most about it is not what it says, but what it’s trying to do.”

Keller went on to complain about the political polarization of the church. Of course, John MacArthur has been very clear that politics can’t save you. It’s Keller’s side that is steeped, soaked, and saturated in the political philosophy of Marxism. Social Justice is a political ideology, not a Biblical doctrine. What Keller says is precisely the opposite of the truth. In fact, it was Tim Keller who recently met in Washington D.C. with other leftists to discuss how to move evangelicalism to the political left (source link).

While saying that what the Bible says about sexuality may sound conservative, Keller says:

A lot of things the Bible says about race and justice and the poor and today come out sounding extremely liberal.

So says the Marxist. He continues:

It’s not so much what [the statement] says, but what it does. It’s trying to marginalize people talking about race and justice, it’s trying to say, ‘You’re really not Biblical’ and it’s not fair in that sense…if somebody tried to go down [the statement] with me, ‘Will you agree with this, will you agree with this,’ I would say, “You’re looking at the level of what it says and not the level of what it’s doing. I do think what it’s trying to do is it’s trying to say, ‘Don’t make this emphasis, don’t worry about the poor, don’t worry about the injustice, that’s really what it’s saying.’ Even if I could agree with most of it…it’s what it’s doing that I don’t like.

Without pointing out a single unbiblical thing about the Dallas Statement or referencing Holy Scripture, Keller denounced the Dallas Statement based upon a Marxist linguistic and philosophical tenet. The words are true, but they’re still bad, so goes the argument. Impugning the drafters of the Dallas Statement with the intention of “marginalizing” the oppressed, Keller claims the statement is bad, even if it’s true.

via Video: Tim Keller Trashes ‘Social Justice and the Gospel Statement’ — Pulpit & Pen

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)

Texas Board of Ed Defends Decision to Put Moses in Classrooms, Cut Hillary Clinton and Hellen Keller

Posted: 24 Sep 2018 06:37 AM PDT

Texas Board of Ed Defends Decision to Put Moses in Classrooms, Cut Hillary Clinton and Hellen KellerThe Texas Board of Education faced backlash after voting Friday to include Moses in the list of significant leaders students are required to study, while cutting figures like Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller, and Barry Goldwater. Donna Bahorich, chair of the Texas State Board of Education, says the decision wasn’t about religious or political bias. Instead, it was about streamlining the education process to make meeting Texas’ high educational standards more reasonable.

Consequently, some important people must be omitted if Texas wants its students to prioritize key leaders instead of just memorizing a long list of figures, Bahorich explained in an op-ed for The Washington Post. “It is difficult to see partisanship, as critics alleged, in the recommended removal of Hillary Clinton if another target was the conservative icon and 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, notable as the first candidate of ethnically Jewish heritage to be nominated by a major American party. READ MORE

September 24, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump on Monday defended his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a second woman came forward with an allegation of sexual misconduct against the judge that has further complicated his confirmation prospects in the Senate.

A year after Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in his first speech at the United Nations, the U.S. president will return to the podium in New York this week to tout diplomatic efforts that have reduced the risk of war.

Russia announced on Monday it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks against strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that the attackers who killed 25 people at a military parade were paid by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and that Iran would “severely punish” those behind the bloodshed.

Libya’s coast guard rescued 235 migrants in three separate operations on Sunday night off its western coast, a naval forces spokesman said.

The sleek Juul electronic cigarettes have become a phenomenon at U.S. high schools, vexing educators and drawing regulatory scrutiny. Now, a new wave of lower-priced Juul knock-offs is showing up at convenience stores.

Canada’s Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Randgold Resources Ltd in an $18.3 billion share deal to create the world’s largest gold company by value and output in an industry under investor pressure to put capital to good use.

Benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 hit its highest since November 2014 at $80.94 per barrel, up $2.14 or 2.7 percent.

The United States and China imposed fresh tariffs on each other’s goods on Monday as the world’s biggest economies showed no signs of backing down from an increasingly bitter trade dispute that is expected to knock global economic growth.

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Thousands of coastal residents remained on edge Sunday, told they may need to leave their homes because rivers are still rising more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas.

Fire crews dealing with the clean-up operation after Hurricane Florence are having to move thousands of dead fish from roadways after storm surges and flooded rivers brought shoals far inland.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday pointed blame at Arab separatists for a deadly attack on a military parade and accused an unnamed US-backed Gulf state of supporting them.

China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attaché and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.

An Indonesian teenager spent 49 days at sea in a fishing hut before he was spotted by a Panamanian-flagged vessel.

Russia has said it is to supply its ally Syria with more advanced anti-missile technology, and jam radar signals in the eastern Mediterranean, after a deadly incident of friendly fire.

Hong Kong’s controversial bullet train got off to a smooth start on Sunday, as hundreds of passengers whistled north across the border at speeds of up to 125 mph, deepening integration of the former British colony with mainland China.

A Chicago priest has been removed from his position a week after he burned a rainbow flag outside of his church.

The Panama Maritime Authority has revoked the registration of search and rescue ship Aquarius 2 in a move that means there will be no charity rescue ships off the Libyan coast in the near future unless the vessel can find a new flag to sail under.

Pope Francis on Sunday paid homage to Holocaust victims who perished in the Vilnius ghetto, 75 years to the day after the Nazis liquidated it, and remembered those who risked and lost their lives to challenge the Soviet regime in Lithuania.

Sports car maker Porsche said Sunday it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal and resulting urban driving bans.

BBC

A Chinese hospital ship has docked in Venezuela, where for the next week it will provide free health care to local patients.

Ebola prevention activities have been suspended in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Beni after a deadly rebel attack. Treatment centers will stay open but vaccinations and the tracing of people who have been in contact with suspected Ebola patients have stopped for now.

A man has been rescued from a ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, two days after it overturned with the loss of at least 207 lives. The engineer reportedly survived in an air pocket inside the MV Nyerere ferry, which capsized near Ukara island on its way from Bugorora.

WND

Companies such as Google, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon have put limits on conservatives such as Diamond and Silk, Center for Immigration Studies, Ann Coulter, Alex Jones, California Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute Daniel McAdams, Milo Yiannopoulos, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Prager University, Overpasses for America, Ex-Muslims of North America, Canadian intelligence expert and prominent anti-Islamist researcher Tom Quiggin, Jihad Watch, David Horowitz of Frontpage Magazine, YouTubers James Allsup and Lauren Southern, Steven Crowder and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin.


News – 9/24/2018

Dobson: If Christians don’t vote, socialism will take over
‘God help us if you and I fail to fulfill our moral responsibility’. “Socialism would replace freedom and free enterprise,”. “Everything is on the line, and a wholly new interpretation of the Constitution looms before us.

Likud source: Olmert is now Abbas’ mouthpiece
A senior Likud source on Saturday responded to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Likud source slams former PM Olmert, says he’s ‘still living in the previous decade.’

Rick Perry on Cabinet Bible Study and President Trump’s Leadership: ‘It Starts at the Top’
Did you know members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet meet weekly for a Bible study? “There are a number of men and women on the Cabinet who have a Bible study every Wednesday morning,” Perry told CBN’s Jenna Browder. “Number one, it gives us an opportunity to see each other outside of our normal work environment, but it’s also sending a message that this administration bases its life experiences on that, biblical values.”

Iran Blames US and Israel for Attack on Parade That Killed 29
The Iranian government is blaming several foreign countries, including the U.S. and Israel, for an attack on Saturday in which gunmen opened fire at a military parade in southwestern Iran on Friday, killing 29 and wounding over 70.

Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes off Guam: USGS
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the U.S. territory of Guam on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Big earthquake ROCKS Brit holiday hotspot – hotels left ‘SHAKING’
The whole island reportedly shook when the earthquake hit this morning. A magnitude 5.2 quake struck the Caribbean nation this morning where thousands of tourists flock to. Hotels reportedly shook at the height of the terrifying tremor as holidaymakers on the island were left panicked. The epicentre was near the city of Santiago, and was felt in neigbouring Haiti which was devastated by a quake in 2010.

Ellison Accuser Predicts His Denials ‘Will End Up Humiliating Him And His Family’
Ellison accused Monahan of fabricating her allegations during a debate Friday night, where the congressman also suggested that more women may “cook up” allegations against him. In a string of tweets early Sunday morning, Monahan claimed Ellison is using his daughter to “smear and lie about me.”

Mega-pastor: Ten Commandments no longer applicable
A mega-pastor of one of the largest “evangelical” churches in the U.S. is attacking the Old Testament again, this time insisting Jesus rendered the Ten Commandments null and void, issuing one new law “as a replacement for everything.”

PM off to New York – will meet Trump on Wednesday, address U.N. Thursday
Amid concern about a crisis with Russia over Syria’s downing of Russian spy plane that Moscow blamed on Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will leave Tuesday for New York where he will meet US President Donald Trump and address the UN General Assembly. The crisis with Russia is expected to be one of the issues Netanyahu will discuss with Trump.

ISIS video claims attack on Iran, Iran still blames US
A video purported to show three ISIS members on their way to Ahvaz to commit a terror attack emerged on Sunday in the wake of the attack in the southwestern Iranian city. The attack targeted a military parade of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that marked the Iran-Iraq war. The video put out by the ISIS Amaq media shows three men in a vehicle. Two of them speak Arabic and one speaks Farsi.

Iran warns Israel and U.S. to expect ‘devastating’ revenge
The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami warned Israeli and US leaders to expect a “devastating” response from Iran, as reported by Reuters. In a speech before the funeral of the victims in Ahvaz, broadcast live on the state television, he accused them of involvement in Saturday’s attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz that killed 25 people, including military personnel and a four-year-old child, and wounded more than 60.

Russia to provide S-300 missile defense system to Syria within two weeks
Russia will supply an S-300 air defense missile system to Syria within two weeks as a response to the downing of an Ilyushin military plane over the war-torn country last week, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Monday. The delivery of the advanced missile defense system to Syria is “an adequate response” to Israel’s role in the downing of the Russian plane last week, he was quoted as saying by Russia media during a briefing.

China accuses US of trade bullying as new tariffs imposed
China has accused the US of trade bullying after a new round of US tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in. The US imposed tariffs on a further $200bn ($152bn) worth of Chinese products, the largest round yet in the escalating trade war between the economic superpowers. The tariffs are in response to what the US says are unfair trading practices by China.

US tells Iran to ‘look in the mirror’ after Ahvaz attack
The US ambassador to the UN has urged Iran to “look in the mirror” for the causes of an attack on a military parade that killed 25 on Saturday. Nikki Haley said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had “oppressed his people for a long time”. She was responding to Mr Rouhani’s fierce criticism of the US, in which he blamed it for enabling the attack.

Mike Pence warns Christian conservatives against complacency in midterm elections
Two years after Mike Pence helped convince evangelical Christians to back Donald Trump’s presidential bid, the vice president warned faith voters that complacency is the greatest threat to Republicans keeping control of Congress. “The other side is mobilized, and some say they’re motivated as never before,” Pence said… “But I say we must match – in fact, I say we must surpass – the energy of the American left and their enthusiasm and passion.”

Hamas says ceasefire talks with Israel have halted, promises more border violence
Gaza’s Hamas rulers said on Sunday their indirect ceasefire talks with Israel have halted, despite expressing optimism regarding the deal earlier followng a round of meetings with senior Egyptian intelligence officials in the strip on Saturday. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri blamed the impasse on the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, which has voiced its strong opposition to the talks.

‘Looks like a war zone,’ Mayor compares tornado with ’17 flood, ice storm ’98, in update from city
There are some silver linings to be found, as large portions of the capital region deal with a lack of power, while others pick up the pieces of their homes.

Number of gay, bi men living with HIV jumps 70 percent in Georgia
Gay and bisexual men under 30 make up nearly half of all new HIV diagnoses and they’re the only age group whose rate of infection is getting worse, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Parts of Alberta Record their Snowiest September Ever – More on the Way
Brutally cold September air and bouts of heavy snow gave parts of Alberta the “first widespread measured snowfall event” last week.

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey exposed for ties to Big Pharma abortion pill maker… effort to derail Kavanaugh is plot to protect abortion industry profits
Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who claims — without any evidence — that Kavanaugh inappropriately touched her at a drunken party while in high school, turns out to have ties to an abortion pill pharmaceutical company called Corcept Therapeutics. This discovery brings to light an obvious conflict of interest in Blasey’s story, revealing that she works for a pharmaceutical company that manufacturers an abortion pill drug, whose profits could be strongly impacted by future Supreme Court decisions on abortion rights.

FY 2018 Refugee Admissions: 70.8 Percent Christians; 15.4 Percent Muslims
The proportion of Christians to Muslims among refugees from around the world admitted to the United States has changed significantly in FY 2018, with Christians comprising seven in ten new arrivals, and Muslims fewer than two in ten.

Proof! News search leans way left
A survey of the percentages of search traffic received by 36 U.S. news sites, including many of the biggest, provides stark evidence that Google, representing nearly 90 percent of the market share of U.S. searches, is playing ideological favorites with those leaning left and most antagonistic to President Trump and the Republican Party near the last stretch of the 2018 mid-term elections that could change the balance of power in Congress.

New elastic “skin-tech” wearable display may revolutionize home healthcare
Professor Takao Someya, from the University of Tokyo‘s Graduate School of Engineering pioneered the project to build a revolutionary home healthcare device. The device is the latest development in wearable technology, featuring an integrated biomedical sensor system and a hyper-elastic “skin” that can stretch up to nearly 1.5 times its original size. This combination of wearable tech has been dubbed “skin electronics” for good reason, it seems.

Why is the Central African Republic waging a war to totally wipe out Islam from its Christian-majority nation
This is just one of the many reasons: Dozens of Christians are dead after suspected Islamic terrorist rebels attacked civilians in the Central African Republic earlier this month.

Radical Leftwing Groups Linked To Soros Are Bussing In Protest Mobs For This Week’s Kavanaugh Hearings
Far-left Protestors are gathering for tomorrow’s Senate Hearings and many are being bussed in to disrupt the event by Soros sponsored entities!

George Soros Funded Group Demands EU Revoke Article 50, Terminating Brexit
Anti Brexit campaign group, ‘Best for Britain’ who recently received £800,000 from globalist George Soros, have ramped up their efforts to revoke article 50 by targeting voters in ‘swing’ constituencies.

‘Iran Is On The ‘Brink Of Collapse’ Top US General Says
The Iranian regime is on verge of collapse, according to a top US general.General Charles “Chuck” Wald claims we are now witnessing the “beginning of the end” for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Mega-pastor: Ten Commandments no longer applicable
A mega-pastor of one of the largest “evangelical” churches in the U.S. is attacking the Old Testament again, this time insisting Jesus rendered the Ten Commandments null and void, issuing one new law “as a replacement for everything.”

Far Left Protest Plans for Kavanaugh Hearing Leaked Out: Block Hart Senate Building – Intimidate Senators – Wear White Shorts “Stained with Blood”
Far-left Protestors are gathering for this week’s senate hearings. Many are being bussed in to disrupt the event by Soros sponsored organizations.


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Mike Ratliff – God is sovereign and that sovereignty is not partial

Downplaying the Devil in NAR

Nigerian Pastor Worth $150 Million, Sells Oil Claiming to Cure HIV…. David Oyedepo

Two Religious Organizations File Suit In Attempt To Stop Drag Queen Story Time At Lafayette (La.) Library

Shot fired outside LifeWay office building shatters fifth-floor window

‘I lost my entire family to a cult’: How one woman escaped Grace Road

Pastors in China Prepare to Lose Their Lives for Preaching the Gospel, Defying Communist Crackdown

Catholic Church Surrenders to Communists, Will Allow Chinese Govt to Approve Bishops

More Than 20 Nigerian Christians Drown in River Attempting to Escape Fulani Attackers

FY 2018 Refugee Admissions: 70.8 Percent Christians; 15.4 Percent Muslims


Headlines – 9/24/2018

Egypt ‘Presents New Framework’ for Palestinian Reconciliation Between Hamas and Abbas

Hamas says indirect ceasefire talks with Israel halted, protests to escalate

Watchdog group calls on Trump to deny US entry to Abbas for UN General Assembly meeting

Irish FM: We’ll recognize Palestine if peace talks remain stalled

Netanyahu off to New York – will meet Trump on Wednesday, address U.N. Thursday

At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

King Abdullah II tells Pompeo the international community must support UNRWA

UNESCO chief says schools must fight anti-Semitism, extremism

IDF rejects Moscow claim of ‘criminal negligence,’ vows to keep targeting Iran

After plane downed, Russia to give Syria advanced S-300 anti-aircraft system

Amid crisis in Russia ties, lawmakers urge greater US involvement in Syria

After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadists

Turkey vows to impose secure zones east of Euphrates in Syria

Russia and Iran, Military Allies, Are Fast Becoming Economic Rivals

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says she disagrees with Trump, Iran is honoring nuke deal

Iran warns Israel, US to expect ‘devastating revenge’ for parade attack

Iran says response to terrorist attack on military parade will be ‘crushing’

Iran warns US, Israel after parade attack, arrests ‘large network of suspects’

US tells Iran to ‘look in the mirror’ after Ahvaz attack

Islamic State releases video claiming to show Iran parade attack gunmen

Muslim Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

Deadly Yemen famine could strike at any time, warns UN boss

Saudi Energy Minister Rips Trump Tweet: ‘I Do Not Influence Oil Prices’

Wildfire Breaks Out Near Camp In Greece, Home To Thousands Of Refugees

Pompeo sees ‘long ways to go’ to get North Korea’s Kim to fully denuclearize

US and China exchange new trade war blows as latest round of tariffs takes effect

The Kavanaugh confirmation is a festival of misdirection and ugliness

Top Democrat cites Kavanaugh’s ‘outcome-driven’ legal philosophy as reason to deny him due process

Republican Women On Kavanaugh Assault Claims: ‘What Boy Hasn’t Done This In High School?’

Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years

Grassley promises evaluation of new claims against Kavanaugh, hits Dems for withholding info

Kavanaugh denies 2nd accuser’s sexual misconduct allegation as Avenatti claims ‘evidence’ of ‘targeting’ women for gang rape

Feinstein, other Dems largely silent on abuse claims against Keith Ellison

Michael Moore Warns Trump Could Use a Terror Attack Like Hitler to Grab Power

BIS warns global economy risks crisis ‘relapse’

Space: Israel’s final frontier

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kainantu, Papua New Guinea

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Super Typhoon Trami a Potential Danger to Taiwan, Japan’s Ryukyu Islands Late This Week

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September 24 Daily Help

BELIEVER, do you remember that rapturous day when you first realized pardon through Jesus the sin-bearer? Can you not make glad confession, and say, “My soul recalls her day of deliverance with delight. Laden with guilt and full of fears, I saw my Saviour as my Substitute, and I laid my hand upon him; oh! how timidly at first, but courage grew, and confidence was confirmed, until I leaned my soul entirely upon him; and now it is my unceasing joy to know that my sins are no longer imputed to me, but laid on him, and like the debts of the wounded traveller, Jesus, like the good Samaritan, has said of all my future sinfulness, ‘Set that to my account.’ ”[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 271). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

September 24, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

11 In the teaching of 2 Peter, eschatology and ethics are indivisible. The certainty of judgment and the inevitability of “that day” (thus, e.g., Ob 1:8; Joel 2; Mic 4; and Zep 1) of moral reckoning prod believers on to holy living. Christians by nature are future-oriented rather than being fixed solely on the present. Creation and all of life point to a climax in the purposes of God. Outside the community of faith, from the perspective of nihilism and self-indulgent living, there is nothing ultimately to live for. Therefore, it matters how the readers of 2 Peter orient their lives.[1]


3:11 / In view of the fact that the present world, with all its human and spiritual depravity, is to be totally replaced, it follows that God’s people ought to prepare themselves for the new order. This they can do by living holy and godly lives, thus fitting themselves for the righteous environment that the new world will provide. In other words, Peter is using the certainty of the second coming, not to terrify believers, but to spur them to righteous living. If the false teachers had been correct in their denial of the Lord’s return to set up a new order, then life in the present world would be without real purpose. The pagan slogan, “eat, drink, and be merry” (Luke 12:19), for extinction is all that lies ahead, would be depressingly true; there would be in reality nothing to live for. Peter knows better. His Master had taught him to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom (Matt. 6:10) and to evangelize the nations: “then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).[2]


3:11. Peter sees all this as a strong motivational expectation which should provoke holy living. The question, What kind of people ought you to be? is rhetorical. But in case someone should miss the point, Peter answered it: You ought to live holy and godly lives. “Holy lives” (en hagiais anastrophais, lit., “in holy conduct”) refers to Christian separation and sanctification—apart from the world, apart toward God. “Godly” (eusebeiais; also in 1:3, 6–7) refers to piety before God. The word “live” (hyparchein) is in the present tense, indicating that these qualities are to be constantly present in light of the Lord’s return. Scoffers, questioning the Lord’s coming with its ensuing judgment on them, lead ungodly lives (2:7, 10, 12–15, 18–20; 3:3). By contrast, Jesus’ followers, anticipating His return, are to be godly (v. 14; cf. Titus 2:12–14; 1 John 3:3).[3]


3:11 Now Peter turns from the scoffers to the saints and presses home the obligations that devolve on them. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness. Everything material has the stamp of oblivion upon it. The things of which men boast, the things for which they live are passing things at best. To live for material things is to live for the temporary. Common sense tells us to turn from the tinsel and toys of this world and live in holiness and godliness. It is a simple matter of living for eternity rather than time, of emphasizing the spiritual rather than the material, of choosing the permanent over the passing.[4]


3:11 what manner of persons: The primary purpose of prophetic teaching is not to satisfy our curiosity but to motivate us to change our lives. Rather than working for things that will ultimately be destroyed, we should work for things that are eternal.[5]


3:11 what sort of people ought you to be. This is an exclamation rather than a question. It means, “How astoundingly excellent you ought to be!” This is a straightforward challenge for Christians to conform their lives to God’s standards in light of the reality of coming judgment and eternity (cf. 1Co 4:15; 2Co 5:9). holy conduct and godliness. “Holy conduct” refers to the way a Christian should live life—separate from sin. “Godliness” refers to the spirit of reverence which should permeate a Christian’s attitude—that which rules the heart.[6]


[1] Charles, D. J. (2006). 2 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 408–409). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (p. 219). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Gangel, K. O. (1985). 2 Peter. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 877). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 2302–2303). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1700). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (2 Pe 3:11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 24 A Conscious Choice

Above all things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

Colossians 3:14

All believers need to make a conscious choice to love others. Some time ago I counseled a couple who had been struggling seriously in their marriage for quite a while. I shared with them that they needed to make a conscious choice to love each other. They had to train themselves to love at times when they felt angry or taken advantage of. They needed to replace rudeness and unkind words with love.

Two days after our talk, the husband called me and said, “I just wanted to let you know that each time a problem arises, we are endeavoring to do all we can in the Spirit of God to make a conscious choice to love, make peace, and show kindness no matter what the price to our own ego might be.” Choosing to be kind to others and forgive them is a factor in learning how to love. The Holy Spirit enables you to do that when you train your mind and make a commitment to obey the Lord.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 289). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

September 24 The Spirit’s Intercession

“But the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Romans 8:26

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Because He understands our struggles in this life, the Holy Spirit continually prays for us before the Father’s throne.

In the midst of life’s many difficulties and stressful times, there is hardly anything more comforting than knowing you have a friend—someone on your side. In the legal realm, an attorney formally argues your case when you need to settle a judicial or financial dispute. This concept of friend and advocate is right at the heart of the Holy Spirit’s role as our Paraclete, one called alongside to help (John 14:16).

Paul’s words in today’s passage comfort us with the knowledge that the Spirit is fulfilling the promise of John 14 by being on our side and shepherding us toward Heaven. In the process He is continuously ensuring the security of our salvation and interceding for us and all believers, just as Christ does (see Luke 22:31–32; Heb. 7:25).

We would be at an eternal loss if the Holy Spirit did not intercede for us. He understands our sinful frailties and knows that, by our own wisdom, we don’t know how to pray properly for ourselves or how to consistently maintain our walk with the Lord. This intercession is done “with groanings too deep for words” (Rom. 8:26).

Those “groanings” refer to divine communications between the Father and the Spirit that transcend any human language. They are more like sighs that can’t be put into words. That means we can’t know precisely what the Holy Spirit says when he intercedes on our behalf, but we can be certain that He is praying for us.

The Spirit’s lofty ministry of intercession reminds us again of how utterly dependent we are on Him to support us and help us with our daily discipleship. As the Christian writer A.W. Pink once said, “Only by His [the Spirit’s] strengthening of the heart are we delivered from being engrossed in the things around us, and our earthbound affections are drawn to things above.”

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God that when you are perplexed or confused and unsure how to pray, the Spirit will already be interceding for you.

For Further Study: Jesus’ most notable time of intercession for His disciples came in John 17. Read this chapter, and record the items that compose His intercessory list. How do these apply to us?[1]


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

Arnold Ahlert: America’s Totalitarians — The Patriot Post

Today’s leftists believe it is their solemn duty to take the country back even if our republic is destroyed.

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it” was a quote popularized during the Vietnam War. Today’s Democrats, along with their allies in Hollywood, academia, Big Tech, and media, believe it is their solemn duty to take the country back from the “dregs of society” and their “ally in the White House,” even if our republic is destroyed.

And they’re increasingly embracing totalitarianism as the means to their end.

“I don’t use the ‘T’-word lightly,” writes columnist Sohrab Ahmari. “I’ve spent years pushing back against those who fling it about in free societies like ours. But totalitarianism doesn’t require cartoonish, 1984-style secret police and Big Brother. The classical definition is a society where everything — ethical norms and moral principles and truth itself — is subjugated to political ends.”
— Read on patriotpost.us/articles/58416-americas-totalitarians

September 24 Water and Spirit; Flesh and Spirit

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ ”—John 3:5–7

Jesus answered Nicodemus’s objection by elaborating on the truth He introduced in verse 3: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” “Water” and “Spirit” often refer symbolically in the Old Testament to spiritual renewal and cleansing.

It was surely Ezekiel 36:24–27 that Jesus had in mind, which shows regeneration to be an Old Testament truth with which Nicodemus should have been acquainted. Christ’s point was unmistakable: Without the spiritual washing of the soul, a cleansing accomplished only by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) through the Word of God (Eph. 5:26), no one can enter God’s kingdom.

Jesus continued by further emphasizing that this spiritual cleansing is wholly a work of God and not the result of human effort: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Just as only human nature can beget human nature, so also only the Holy Spirit can effect spiritual transformation.

Even if a physical rebirth were possible, it would produce only flesh. Thus only the Spirit can produce the spiritual birth required for entrance into God’s kingdom. Regeneration is entirely His work, unaided by any human effort (cf. Rom. 3:25).

ASK YOURSELF

What have you needed washing from your heart in the last several days or weeks? How have you gone about seeking the Lord’s cleansing and renewal? How have you experienced the reality of His refreshment?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 276). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Media indoctrination is integral to the Dems’ political strategy

It is becoming clearer every day how the dominant left wing media are conspiring with the Democrats to indoctrinate the public.
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/09/media_indoctrination_is_integral_to_the_dems_political_strategy.html

Why Most of Us Think It’s Silly to Remove Wilder’s Name from A Children’s Literature Award — Cold Case Christianity

Recently, the Association for Library Service to Childrenrenamed the award it gives authors or illustrators whose books “have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” This award used to be called the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, but the association’s board decided to rename it the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. Why? Because, according to board members, Wilder’s books include “anti-Native and anti-Black” references that fail to represent the association’s “core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect.”

Wilder wrote about her childhood experiences in a 19thCentury pioneer family. Perhaps her most famous book, Little House on the Prairie, describes Native Americans as “wild animals” and includes characters who believed “the only good Indian was a dead Indian.”

Despite these references (and others like them), most people in America probably think removing Wilder’s name from an award for Children’s literature is silly. The majority of us have been raised in a Christian tradition (over 70% of us still claim a Christian identity), and we’ve read many of the Biblical narratives. As a result, we understand an important distinction that seems lost on those who decided to rename the award:

We understand the difference between descriptive and prescriptive literature.

The Old and New Testaments include both types of prose. The Biblical authors described the adulterous activity of King David (2 Samuel 11) and the polygamous lifestyle of King Solomon (1 Kings 11:3), for example, without prescribing these behaviors for their readers. The Bible describes people who engaged in a variety of sinful activities, but Christians who read these passages understand we are not to emulate this behavior.

Similarly, the New Testament authors described early believers who sold all their personal belongings, attended temple on a daily basis, and met together in homes (Acts 2:44-46), without prescribing this behavior for subsequent generations. Christians recognize these first century descriptions are simply that: descriptions of the first century. They are not mandates for future behavior.

If you were exposed to Christian scripture growing up, you probably understand this important distinction. Sometimes an author denounces a belief or behavior (prescribing a better alternative), and sometimes an author pronounces a belief or behavior (describing what someone believed or practiced without endorsing it). This is true for the ancient Biblical authors and it is also true for Laura Ingalls Wilder.

It’s important to leave descriptions in place, even if we find them offensive. We can learn a lot about what not to do by reading the Biblical descriptions (especially when we see what happened to David and Solomon), and in a similar way, we can learn a lot about what not to do by reading Wilder’s descriptions. Good writers “tell it like it is” (or “how it was”) and allow their readers to evaluate thebehavior.

That’s why most of us think it’s silly to remove Wilder’s name from the award. We grew up reading her books (and then re-reading them to our children), yet we didn’t adopt the descriptions of her past as prescriptions for our future. We understood this important distinction by relying on both on our rational tradition as thinking humans, and our religious tradition as American Christians.

This article first appeared on TownHall.com

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case DetectiveChristian Case Maker, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and the author of Cold-Case ChristianityCold-Case Christianity for KidsGod’s Crime SceneGod’s Crime Scene for KidsForensic Faith, and Forensic Faith for Kids.

Why Most of Us Think It’s Silly to Remove Wilder’s Name from A Children’s Literature Award — Cold Case Christianity

Monday Briefing Sept 24, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

How can a morally serious person weigh the claims being made against Brett Kavanaugh in his Supreme Court confirmation process?

The Atlantic (Benjamin Wittes) — Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof

New York Times (Ross Douthat) — The Burden of Proof for Kavanaugh

What does it mean to ‘believe women’ in the MeToo era?

Washington Post (Monica Hesse) — Do we really ‘believe women’? How the Kavanaugh accusation will put a slogan to the test.

Wall Street Journal (Editorial Board) — The Presumption of Guilt

New York Times (Brett Stephens) — This I Believe About Blasey v. Kavanaugh

New allegations against Kavanaugh raise serious questions of credibility, motivation, and the knowability of truth

New Yorker (Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer) — Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years
— Read on albertmohler.com/2018/09/24/briefing-9-24-18/