Daily Archives: October 21, 2018

OCTOBER 21 FAITH AND PRAYER

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16

In Hebrews we find a long list of benefits which faith brings to its possessor: justification, deliverance, fruitfulness, endurance, victory over enemies, courage, strength and even resurrection from the dead.

Then, everything that is attributed thus to faith might with equal truth be attributed to prayer, for faith and true prayer are like two sides of the same coin—they are inseparable!

Men may, and often do, pray without faith (though this is not true prayer), but it is not thinkable that men should have faith and not pray.

Whatever God can do, faith can do, and whatever faith can do, prayer can do when it is offered in faith.

It should not be considered strange, then, that an invitation to prayer is an invitation to omnipotence, for prayer engages the Omnipresent God and brings Him into our human affairs. According to the Bible, we have because we ask or we have not because we ask not. It does not take much wisdom to discover our next move. Is it not to pray and pray again and again until the answer comes? Let us not fail the world and disappoint God by failing to pray!

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are a God who welcomes dialogue with His children! My prayer this morning is that You will build Your Church in significant ways around the world today.[1]


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

US senators cry foul over Riyadh’s ‘insulting’ Khashoggi story, say crown prince involved in death

US senators are speaking out against Saudi Arabia’s account of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying they believe the crown prince is responsible and calling Riyadh’s version of events “insulting.”

Source: US senators cry foul over Riyadh’s ‘insulting’ Khashoggi story, say crown prince involved in death

Sunday Talks: Bret Baier Interviews Saudi Minister Adel al-Jubeir About Death of Jamal Khashoggi… — The Last Refuge

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks exclusively to Fox News’ Bret Baier on the death of Jamal Khashoggi.  al-Jubeir calls it a ‘terrible mistake’ that happened at the Saudi consulate in Turkey and says those responsible will be held accountable.

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One theory is that Jamal Khashoggi held a strong alignment with Brennan-minded U.S. intelligence officials, hence his working relationship with the Washington Post. Khashoggi negotiated with Saudi for a meeting in Turkey because the Pro-Iran sketchy Brennan types have close relationships with corrupt Turkish intelligence officials.  After setting up the meeting at the Saudi consulate in Turkey and coordinating therein; U.S. and Turkish intelligence were closely monitoring the visit anticipating the outcome.

Brennan-aligned Saudi ideologues like ostracized Prince Alweed Talal; who use massive amounts of money to corrupt U.S. politicians and intelligence officials; coordinated an opportunity to strike back at Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS) through the death of Khashoggi.

This theory would explain the outcome and massive attention therein. See below:

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Saudi Crown Prince Spoke To Khashoggi By Phone Moments Before He Was Killed: Report

In the latest bombshell report involving the Khashoggi murder, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly spoke on the phone with journalist Jamal Khashoggi moments before he was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Safak disclosed the new alleged details of the case in a report on Sunday, contradicting claims by Saudi authorities that Prince Mohammed played no part in Khashoggi’s murder.

“Khashoggi was detained by the Saudi team inside the consulate building. Then Prince Mohammed contacted Khashoggi by phone and tried to convince him to return to Riyadh,” the report said.

“Khashoggi refused Prince Mohammed’s offer out of fear he would be arrested and killed if he returned. The assassination team then killed Khashoggi after the conversation ended,”it added.

While the report is so far unconfirmed, the New Arab reports that so far Turkish pro-government media have been receiving a steady stream of leaks many of which turned out to be accurate, including pictures of the hit team as they entered Turkey and reports of audio recordings of the murder said to be in the possession of Turkish authorities.

Meanwhile, the Saudi version of events has been changing significantly over the past two weeks with authorities conceded Saturday that Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist and a Riyadh critic, was killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul diplomatic compound following a “brawl”. The admission came after a fortnight of denials with the insistence that the journalist left the consulate alive, starting on October 5, when Crown Prince MBS told Bloomberg that Khashoggi was not inside the consulate and “we are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises”.

On Saturday, the kingdom announced it had fired five top officials and arrested 18 others in an investigation into the killing – a move that has widely been viewed as an attempt to cover up the crown prince’s role in the murder.

The shifting Saudi narrative of the killing has been met with scepticism and condemnation from the international community, and has left the U.S. and other allies struggling for a response on Sunday. As Bloomberg reports, France demanded more information, Germany put arms sales to Riyadh on hold and the Trump administration stressed the vital importance of the kingdom and its economy to the U.S.

In Sunday radio and TV interviews, Dominic Raab, the U.K. politician in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, described the latest Saudi account as not credible; French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called for “the truth’’; and Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his government would approve no arms sales so long as the investigation was ongoing.

Earlier on Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir acknowledged a cover-up attempt. The dramatic reversal, after Saudi officials had previously said the columnist left the building alive, has only complicated the issue for allies.

Saudi Arabia’s al-Jubeir told Fox News on Sunday that the journalist’s death was an “aberration.”

“There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to cover up,” he said, promising that “those responsible will be punished for it.”

More importantly, he said that Prince Mohammed had no knowledge of the events, although if the Turkish report is confirmed, it will be yet another major flaw with the official narrative.

Several senior members of US President Donald Trump’s Republican Party said they believed Prince Mohammed was linked to the killing, and one called for a “collective” Western response if a link is proved. In an interview with The Washington Post, President Trump, too, said the Saudi narrative had been marked by “deception and lies.’’ Yet he also defended Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “strong person,’’ and said there was no proof of his involvement in Khashoggi’s death. Some members of Congress have questioned his willingness to exonerate the prince.

“Obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies,” Trump said on the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh.

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to disclose details about the case at a meeting of his AK Party’s parliamentary faction on Tuesday, Haberturk newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, as Western firms and high-ranked officials scramble to avoid any Saudi involvement, Russia is more than happy to step in and fill the power vacuum void left by the US. As a result, Russian businesses are flocking to attend the investment forum in Saudi Arabia, as Western counterparts pull out.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had considerable success boosting Moscow’s influence in the Middle East at U.S. expense, by standing by regimes that fall afoul of the West, including in Syria and Iran. Last week Putin signed a strategic and partnership agreement with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, backed by $25 billion in loans to build nuclear reactors. Until El-Sisi came to power, Egypt had been closely allied to the U.S.

Meanwhile, all eyes are fixed squarely on the Crown Prince whose position of power is looking increasingly perilous. Congressional leaders on Sunday dismissed the story proffered earlier by the Saudis, with Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee saying they believed the crown prince was likely involved in Khashoggi’s death.

Lawmakers said they believe the U.S. must impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia or take other action if the crown prince is shown to have been involved. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. should be formally expelled until a third-party investigation is done. He said the U.S. should call on its allies to do the same.

“Unless the Saudi kingdom understands that civilized countries around the world are going to reject this conduct and make sure that they pay a price for it, they’ll continue doing it,”’ Durbin said.

The obvious question is what happens and how the Saudi royal family will respond if it is pushed too far, and whether the worst case scenario, a sharp cut in oil exports, could be on the table if MBS feels like he has little to lose from escalating the situation beyond a point of no return.

Source: Saudi Crown Prince Spoke To Khashoggi By Phone Moments Before He Was Killed: Report

Harvest Bible Chapel and James MacDonald Sues TED and a Journalist — The Elephant’s Debt

On 17 October 2018, James Sherwood MacDonald, individually, and Harvest Bible Chapel, corporately, filed a complaint in law as well as a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the authors of this website, the wives of the authors, and an independent journalist by the name of Julie Roys.
The complaint and TRO stem from the contents of this blog, and for simplicity sake, the essential legal allegation is defamation.  According to the article published by the Cook County Record, Ms. Roys “declined to meet with church leadership for a story on Harvest she is currently reporting for World Magazine.”

While the authors of this website would never have chosen to resolve our differences in a litigious manner, we are confident that the legal process will ultimately uphold the values of the first amendment right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press, all of which are essential to safeguarding the values of the Protestant Reformation and our common life.

via Harvest Bible Chapel and James MacDonald Sues TED and a Journalist — The Elephant’s Debt

Harvest Bible Chapel And Pastor James MacDonald Sues Former Workers For Publishing False Information About The Church.

Online congregation here we go again when alleged Christians need a court to intervene on their behalf.  Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, IL and it’s founding Pastor James MacDonald who is best known for his radio and writing ministry, Walk in the Word. Is accusing former workers of publishing false information about the church, its finances and governance in a defamation lawsuit filed Oct. 16 in Cook County Circuit Court. ( You Can Read About It Here ) The evangelical megachurch based in Rolling Meadows is a plaintiff in the action, as are Senior Pastor James MacDonald, Senior Executive Pastor/Chief Operating Officer James Scott Milholland, Elder Board Chairman Ronald Duitsman and Elder Board member William Sperling. Several defendants, identified as Ryan M. Mahoney, Melinda Mahoney, Scott W. Bryant and Sarah Bryant — are accused of funding and operating The Elephant’s Debt, a website the church says defrauds and defames. Another plaintiff, Julie Stern Roys, is named for comments made as host of a show on Moody Radio in Chicago, as well as on her personal website.

Source: Harvest Bible Chapel And Pastor James MacDonald Sues Former Workers For Publishing False Information About The Church.

OCTOBER 21 GOD WAS FORCED OUT

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

—Matthew 16:24

Before the Lord God made man upon the earth He first prepared for him a world of useful and pleasant things for his sustenance and delight. In the Genesis account of the creation these are called simply “things.” They were made for man’s use, but they were meant always to be external to the man and subservient to him. In the deep heart of the man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come. Within him was God; without, a thousand gifts which God had showered upon him….

Our woes began when God was forced out of His central shrine and things were allowed to enter. Within the human heart things have taken over. Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne….

The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution. POG021-022

Lord, deliver me from this dependence on material things. If You need to completely remove some things from me, help me to be willing to give them up in complete submission to You. Amen. [1]


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

Defiant Migrant Mob Swells To 5,000 Strong Says They Are Ready To ‘Storm The Border’ To Gain Entrance Into US — Now The End Begins

Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, a growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico.

First off, let me just say that America is a nation of immigrants, and that a steady influx of legal immigrants is in fact the lifeblood of this great nation of ours. My own grandfather arrived in the US way back in 1922 as a legal immigrant at Ellis Island. When he arrived there he had to follow all the rules and procedures in place at the time in order to gain admittance into the country. He was not allowed in simply because he showed up.

Such is not the case with the rapidly-growing mob of migrants who wish to cross our border any way they can, legal or illegal. They are not asking to be let in, they are demanding to be let in as if  they had the right to do so. President Trump is 100% correct when he says the mob will not be allowed to cross our borders, and will deploy the military to prevent that from happening. This is what a good leader does, he protects the homeland and seals the borders to keep the people inside those borders safe. Anything else is anarchy.

FROM YAHOO NEWS: A U.S.-bound caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants who have been condemned as unwelcome by President Donald Trump, began moving into Mexico on Sunday, shadowed by hundreds of Mexican police en route to the border city of Tapachula.

The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if the caravan advances and warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they cannot justify seeking asylum in Mexico.

Dressed in riot gear, police arrived along a southern highway in several buses, ahead of the throngs of men, women and children marching north after they crossed the Guatemalan border. An unidentified police officer told Reuters there were no orders to block the caravan.

“We’re just making sure they pass safely and then we’ll steer them” to a migrants shelter outside the city center of Tapachula, about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the border.

Homan Says Trump Is a ‘Bulldog’, Applauds Threat of Military at Southern Border

Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan praised President Trump’s threat of military action at the southern border Sunday on Fox & Friends.

As a military helicopter circled overhead, migrants who said they were fleeing a toxic mix of violence, poverty and corruption in Central America wondered if police would seek to turn the caravan back.

Most said they felt safer advancing as part of a large group.

“We’re going to make it, we’re going to keep moving so long as they don’t stop us,” said Honduran Jaffe Borjas, 17, marching alongside a childhood friend at the head of the column that stretched far down the highway to the horizon.

The multitude of migrants clogged the highway leading north from the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, many breaking into song.

“If you send us back, we will return!” a large crowd shouted in unison under the intense glare of the morning sun.

“We are not criminals, we are workers!”

Trump has threatened to halt aid to Honduras and Guatemala, and potentially close the U.S. border with Mexico with the help of the military if the migrants’ march is not stopped.

Mexico’s government has said throughout the past week that it would register the migrants and process requests for asylum. Those attempting to skip the process would face deportation, but the size of the caravan will test Mexico, which has sought help from the United Nations to manage the issue. READ MORE

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