Daily Archives: November 5, 2018

NOVEMBER 5 TOO FAMILIAR WITH GOD

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

—Psalm 34:3

Worship rises or falls in any church altogether depending upon the attitude we take toward God, whether we see God big or whether we see Him little. Most of us see God too small; our God is too little. David said, “O magnify the LORD with me,” and “magnify” doesn’t mean to make God big. You can’t make God big. But you can see Him big.

Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God; that is why I do not believe in these half-converted cowboys who call God the Man Upstairs. I do not think they worship at all because their concept of God is unworthy of God and unworthy of them. And if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is. We’re too familiar with God. WMJ021

Oh, God, may my concept of You be worthy of Your majesty. Forgive me for being too familiar and for seeing You so small. I magnify You and fall on my face in worship. Amen. [1]


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

Christian voter guide — Triablogue

Political Repercussions of the LGBTQ Agenda – Robert A. J. Gagnon
ROBERT A. J. GAGNON·MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018
Every time Democrats are in political power, these are the kinds of things that Christians and others face with increasing intensity from a Party given over wholly to the LGBTQ agenda. The list is not exhaustive. A vote for Democrats is a vote to imperil your greatest liberties.
1) Children coercively indoctrinated by schools into the belief that anyone who does not support the LGBTQ agenda is a bigot akin to the most virulent racist; children made more confused as to their own sexuality, taught to disconnect gender from biological sex, with the increased risk of harm that attends increased “LGBTQ” identification.
2) Grant males who claim that they are females (many of whom remain sexually attracted to women) complete access to the private spaces of women (restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, women’s shelters) and to female sporting events (regardless of the mismatch) and prosecute anyone who attempts to stop them from doing so to the fullest extent of the law as a “civil rights” violation.
3) Colleges and universities become places for punishing free discourse among faculty, staff, and students about the subject on the claim that anything other makes pro-“LGBTQ” fanatics “unsafe”; Christian groups derecognized for not allowing leaders that defy the orthodox Christian position on sexual ethics; and Christian schools lose their accreditation if they do not foster such ungodliness.
4) Lose one’s job if in the workplace (or even on social media in some cases) one speaks critically of “gay marriage” or fails to use the “preferred pronoun” and name of a “transgender” person who denies his or her biological sex; and experience in the workplace, like schools, heavy-handed indoctrination (brainwashing) into the ideology of homosexualism and transgenderism; mandating that companies institute affirmative-action policies for immorality or otherwise be denied contracts or grants from the federal government.
5) Prosecute business owners connected with weddings (photographers, bakers, caterers, florists) and even some that are not (like T-shirt designers) who do not use their artistic talents to promote, or even  do not write messages that express approval for, homosexual unions; being fined tens of thousands of dollars and losing their businesses and even life savings; prosecute also business owners who do not accommodate male employees who want to come to work dressed up as women, with a female hair-style and make-up.
6) Require that bed-and-breakfast places in a private residence must accept persons having “gay” sex under their roof irrespective of personal religious beliefs; and that churches let out their facilities for “gay weddings” or any “gay” or “transgender” celebration if they allow their facilities to be rented by anyone else.
7) Put out of business Christian adoption agencies unless they are willing to place orphans in “gay” and “transgender” homes, not just as a last resort but on equal grounds with a stable heterosexual union.
8) Forbid children being placed for adoption or foster care with prospective parents who do not agree to encourage any possible homosexual or transgender self-identity that the child may grow into at a future date; and require that state Social Services remove one’s own natural child from the home if the parents attempt to thwart their child’s homosexual or transgender self-identification and behavior, including not allowing one’s child to attend a “gay student alliance” group at school or even to receive “puberty blockers” or sexual “reassignment” surgery.
9) Make it a violation of the law to promote sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) or even change of homosexual or transgender behavior, so long as there is an exchange of funds, possibly including even the sale of books; and this not just by professional therapists but also by church officials.

via Christian voter guide — Triablogue

What Is the Gospel? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The gospel is not about meaning, peace, or God’s plan for your life. It’s about Jesus. From our 2015 National Conference, R.C. Sproul and Sinclair Ferguson discuss how the New Testament defines the gospel message.

Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at Ask.Ligonier.org.

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Calvinism: A Message for the Lost — Our Reformed Christian Heritage

By Rev. Aaron Dunlop – Posted at Sermon Audio:

https://embed.sermonaudio.com/player/a/112091931300/

Link: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=112091931300

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The Gospel According to Progressive Christianity: Is it Really Good News?

​In my last post, I reviewed the book, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. It struck a chord with some, and clanged like an out of tune banjo with others. Sure, there were some fence-sitters who just wanted everyone to get along, but for the most part, people either really really loved it, or they wanted to burn it to the ground. Here are two comments I received that represent the reactions:

When I read your post, a few silent tears ran down my face. It was full of grace. Full of truth.

And:

You are a judgmental bit*h. (Yes that was the message in its entirety.)

One book review. Two radically different reactions. I noticed that a number of the divergent comments and messages were centered on my explanation of the gospel.

Some found it repulsive, while others found it life-giving. But that’s what the gospel does, doesn’t it? It divides. And it unites. In direct reference to how the gospel would actually divide people, Jesus said, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” He also prayed that His true followers would be united in Him.

So it got me thinking about the gospel, and the emerging Progressive Christian “gospel” that seems to be underlying some of the contrary comments. After all, Hollis wrote that after she studied the gospel, she “finally grasped the divine knowledge that I am loved and worthy and enough . . . as I am.” (p. 30)

I’ll define both the historic Christian gospel and the Progressive gospel in a moment, but first, a couple more quotes:

He breaks the pow’r of reigning sin, He sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood availed for me. — Charles Wesley, 1739

That God needed to be appeased with blood is not beautiful. It’s horrific. — Michael Gungor, 2017(source)

Why does Charles Wesley find the blood of Jesus to be soul-saving good news, and Michael Gungor find it to be gruesome and horrific? It all comes down to how one defines the word “gospel.”

Gospel is a word that literally means “good news.” It’s used a lot in the Bible, and Christians say it all the time. The Apostle Paul said he wasn’t ashamed of it and anyone who preaches a different one should be cursed. He called it “the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.” Jesus called it “the gospel of the kingdom.”

What is the historic Christian gospel? 

Greg Koukl describes it beautifully and simply in his book,The Story of Reality. He explains that every worldview must account for four things: Creation (How things began), Fall (How things got broken), Redemption (How things will get fixed), and Restoration (How things will look once they are fixed).

For two thousand years, Christianity has had specific answers to these questions.

How did things begin?God made the world and called it good. How did things get broken? Sin. How will things get fixed? Bear with me, this part is a bit more complicated. You see, God is just. This is very good news for anyone who has ever been abused, oppressed, or mistreated in any way. It means that injustice will be paid for. No sin will go unpunished. (In other words, ISIS won’t get away with it.) That sounds great if you’re talking about a terrorist or serial killer, but…aren’t we all sinners? Yes. It goes for us too. All sin must be paid for.

This is where Jesus comes in. God took on human flesh, lived a sinless life, and died a horrifying death to take on the sins of the world. He was raised from the dead, and whoever puts their trust in Jesus as their Savior will be reconciled to God and find eternal life.

How will things look once theyarefixed? Those who reject God’s free gift of forgiveness in this life will get their wish. God will quarantine them and all evil in a place of eternal punishment called hell. For those who have received His forgiveness, He’ll wipe away every tear in a place called heaven (or the New Heaven and New Earth, to be precise) where there will be no more crying, pain, or death. Of course, entire books have been written exploring all the deeper meanings and metaphors the Bible uses to describe what happened on the cross. But this is the Christian gospel in a nutshell.

What is the Progressive Christian gospel? 

Enter Progressive Christianity. Everything I just explained is something Progressive author Brian McLaren calls “The six-line Greco Roman narrative.” (He lays the points out a bit differently, but it’s the same storyline.)  Along with many others, he rejects this view of the gospel. He suggests that this six-line narrative is nothing more than a copycat philosophy swiped from Plato and Aristotle.

Aside from pointing out some vague similarities between the ideas of these ancient philosophers and Christianity, McLaren never defends his theory much beyond simply asserting it. Yet Progressives have fallen for it in droves. Kevin DeYoungnoted, “McLaren’s six-line Greco-Roman story looks like something you come up with after one semester of Western Philosophy.”

McLaren claims the true gospel can be found by reading the Jesus story through a Jewish lens. By “Jewish lens,” he means that Jesus’ “gospel of the kingdom” is not about who’s “in or out,” or who goes to heaven or hell when they die. It’s about confronting systems of oppression in the here and now and ushering in God’s dream for creation. He explains that Jesus didn’t come to start a new religion. Instead, this “liberator king” came to announce a new kingdom that is “much bigger than a new religion, and in fact it has room for many religious traditions within it.” (p. 139)

Is the Progressive gospel really good news? 

I agree that we should understand the Jewish context in which Jesus lived and carried out His ministry. But McLaren’s “Jewish lens” and “new kingdom” focus reads more like a political manifesto championing causes like health care reform, green energy, climate change, and a “healthy, sustainable, and regenerative economy.” (p. 63)

McLaren’s main beef with the historical gospel seems to be that it’s a “get your butt into heaven and ignore the world around you” type of attitude. But this is not biblical Christianity. I can wholeheartedly agree with him that if this is someone’s view of the gospel, they’ve got it all wrong.

It must be noted that throughout history,Christians have confronted oppression, impacted their societies for good, and had a strong emphasis on helping the poor, orphans, and widows. We haven’t always done it perfectly, but the historic understanding of the gospel sees these good works as a sign that our faith is living and not dead. (James 2:26)  It doesn’t throw sin, atonement, and heaven and hell out the window in exchange for building a better home here on earth.

So there you have it. Two very different ideas of what “gospel” means. Two ideas that contradict each other at every turn. Two ideas that elicit very different reactions.

But this is to be expected.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he explained that God was using him and others “to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere.” He went on to say that not everyone found that smell to be so sweet.

Some thought it smelled like a rotting corpse.

This is because thereal gospel confronts our personal sin—the sin we cling to and inherently love. Sin that deserves death. Even if we work together to build a better society, we will still be rotten to the core without repentance and the transformation of the Holy Spirit. Only when we grasp how treacherous our sin is can we recognize how beautiful the gift of God’s grace is. This is why a bloodless gospel is not good news at all. 

To some that message is the fragrance of life, and to others it’s the stench of death. There’s no middle ground. ​As the Apostle Paul said, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”


In my next post, I’ll zoom in for a closer look at how Progressives specifically answer the four worldview questions surrounding Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.

Source: The Gospel According to Progressive Christianity: Is it Really Good News?

Christians Face Clear Choice Between Party That’s A Hypocritical Mockery Of Their Faith And One That’s Openly Hostile To It

U.S.—Christians voting their conscience have quite a choice this Election Day with the two major political parties.

With the Republicans, Christians have the option of declaring all their beliefs hollow by supporting a party that pays lip service to Christians while it is full of lies, greed, a hostile pose to foreigners, and a cavalier attitude about war. Christians can especially show their hypocrisy by throwing yet more support behind a president who stands anathema to just about every moral standard they’ve previously claimed important while he makes only a marginal effort to show support of faith (though the other day he referred to the second epistle to the Corinthians as “Corinthians 2: Corinthians Harder”).

With the Democrats, though, Christians can basically opt for suicide by giving support to a party that is actively against them, having shown they are very willing to make Christians face trial and lose their jobs for holding the same moral beliefs they’ve held for thousands of years. The only religious belief the Democrats seem to hold dear is that every knee shall bow at the altar of abortion (and pay forced tribute).

“It’s a really interesting choice,” said Christian Tanya Lloyd. “By supporting the Republicans, I’m giving people further ammunition to dismiss my beliefs as an empty cultural pose. At least they like to pretend to be Christian, though, while sometimes it seems like the only thing keeping the Democrats from hunting me down with hunter-seeker drones like from The Terminator is lack of technology.”

However the election turns out, though, Christians express confidence that they’ll be fine since they ultimately put their faith in “a much higher power than either political party” (presumably they’re referring to the Supreme Court).

Source: Christians Face Clear Choice Between Party That’s A Hypocritical Mockery Of Their Faith And One That’s Openly Hostile To It

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Black Pastor: If White Evangelicals Are Repentant, They’ll Vote Democrat — Pulpit & Pen

Wendell Griffen, an Arkansas circuit judge and the pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock, claims that he’ll be watching the election returns to see “signs of repentance from white evangelicals.” According to Griffen, if white evangelicals are repentant over their racism, they’ll vote Democrat. If the election returns show that evangelicals vote Republican, Pastor Griffen claims that’s an indication they’re not really sorry for their racism.

Griffen writes for Baptist News Global

On Nov. 8, 2016, 81 percent of white evangelical voters in the United States supported Donald Trump despite evidence of his personal and commercial racism, misogyny, fear and hatred of immigrants, and deceitfulness. Their votes did not show that they see God in our neighbors who are immigrants, sick and otherwise vulnerable.

This is quite a list of blanket accusations from Griffen. One wonders, other than sheer repetition of the leftist narrative wherein lies President Trump’s racism. While his whoremongering is a matter of public record, his alleged racism, on the other hand, is hardly provable. Trump seems perfectly willing to bed, mistreat, use or flatter people of all races. Likewise, I doubt that President Trump feels any “fear” of immigrants, except perhaps vicariously, for the millions of Americans who live in areas who are overrun by criminal trespassers or near our national borders with approaching angry and anarchist mobs threatening to overtake them. Furthermore, Griffen alleges that those who voted for Trump (ostensibly, even his black supporters, which is an ever-growing number) must not see the image of God among the victim-class.

The theological concept of the “imago Dei” (that all humans are made in the image of God) is a favorite talking point of leftists who use it as an excuse for murdering babies without the slightest hint of conscience but still trying to maintain the moral high-ground on other issues that might gain them votes for their compassion. Here’s a little fact for you: leftists only care about who is made in God’s image when that person can get an ID (real or fake) and vote in an election.

That illegal aliens are imago Dei should have no more bearing on our immigration policy than that murderers and child molesters are equally as imago Dei. This matter relating to anthropology deals with humanity in toto, and was never employed as a means to pardon law-breakers.

Griffen continues…

White clergy who claim to be followers of the Palestinian Jewish fellow named Jesus – whose parents were forced to seek asylum with him in Egypt during his early childhood – have been silent as Trump has ordered military forces to prevent unarmed immigrants from Central America from seeking asylum in the United States.

Full stop.

First, Jesus was not a “Palestinian Jewish fellow.” There is no such nation as “Palestine.” Jesus was not Palestinian. No one is Palestinian. Secondly, you don’t “seek asylum” by barging down the walls of a nation and coming criminally. That’s how you invade a nation. Third, you don’t “seek asylum” from poverty or general life issues. That’s absurd. Fourth, the presumption that the migrant horde criminally seeking to violate our national sovereign borders (for noother reason than we have nicer stuff than their trailer-park-of-a-nation does) is “unarmed” is absurd. Not only is the group consisting of 80 percent single adult men armed (there are arms besides firearms), but they are also armed heavily. And once they cross into Texas, they’ll have access to a whole world of firearms. And finally on this point, if Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown taught us anything, it’s that you don’t have to have a firearm in your hand to pose a deadly risk.

White clergy were silent after the President referred to immigrants from Haiti and nations on the continent of Africa as being from “shithole” countries.

I guess truth is racist now.

Or does Wendell Griffen want to move to Rwanda? He continues…

Most white clergy were silent when Trump urged Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act that guarantees access to affordable healthcare.

I want in on some of that “affordable healthcare” supposedly guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, because my insurnace has gone up by 300%. I digress…

If many white pastors reminded their congregants that Jesus spent most of his ministry healing people who were sick and poor and did so without charging anything – let alone requiring a co-pay – I suspect that would have been newsworthy. I don’t recall seeing news reports that white clergy suggested that efforts to dismantle a system of affordable health care don’t square with the gospel accounts of the healing ministry of Jesus.

Apparently, pastor Griffen is pro-slavery. He thinks one man can demand the labor, goods and services of another man. White evangelicals aren’t against theft or slavery because they’re white, but because they’re evangelicals. Demanding to have someone else pay for your medical treatment is theft. It is sinful. It is wrong. Socialism violates the 8th Commandment. Jesus gave what he had to offer. He did not steal from one man to give to another.

And again…

At the same time, I’m watching to see if white people who attend evangelical churches across the nation will vote the way they did in 2016. I’m watching for signs that white people who call themselves evangelical followers of Jesus will turn away from the hateful, fear-mongering, bellicose, power-driven dishonesty of President Trump and his political cronies. I’m watching for signs of repentance from white evangelical voters.

Yes. We will vote the same way we did in 2016. We will vote that way because it’s still wrong to murder black babies and white babies and red babies and whatever other colors of babies I’m not supposed to say because it’s politically incorrect. Unless infanticide somehow became acceptable to God, you can bet your bottom dollar that all evangelicals will vote the way they did in 2018. It’s not that “black evangelicals” vote differently, it’s that they’re not really evangelical at all. I would highly doubt that Wendell Griffen even knows what the evangel of evangelism is. He probably thinks the Good News is about spaying cats, teaching dolphins to read and saving the rainforest.

I join others who question whether white evangelicals are followers of Jesus at all. They often seem to confuse the gospel of Jesus with white supremacy and notions of a U.S. empire. White religious nationalism is heresy to the gospel of Jesus, not faithfulness to it.

I join others who question whether black evangelicals are followers of Jesus at all.

What, should I not have said that? Was that racist? Is it wrong to say something like that?

In reality, I don’t question whether or not black evangelicals are followers of Jesus. That would be racist. I do question whether or not Democrats are followers of Jesus, regardless of their skin color. I think the pretty obvious answer to that is no. Your party platform can’t be basically a list of reason why people go to hell (murder, theft, homosexuality, etc) and expect the rest of us to take seriously your moral arguments about why you believe in slaughtering babies but saving murderers from death row. Evangelicals (black or white) don’t give a @#%#% about your fair-trade coffee so long as Planned Parenthood has turned the wombs of American women into more hostile environments than an Auschwitz oven.

So Tuesday night, I’ll watch election returns to see whether white people who call themselves evangelical followers of Jesus will, again, prove that they prize white supremacy above the inclusive and liberating gospel of divine grace, truth, justice and peace.  I’ll look for evidence that white people who claim to be followers of the Palestinian Jewish itinerant prophet and healer named Jesus are turning away from white religious nationalism. I’ll be watching and hoping for signs of white evangelical repentance. I don’t expect that election results tomorrow will support my hope.

Whitey votes Republican. Honky votes conservative. Those slices of wonderbread jive turkeys are white devils.

White. White. White. White. Black. Black. Black. Black. Geez. Who has the race-fixation here? Who’s caught up on skin color? Who’s the racist? I’m thinking it’s the guy who throws the skin color he clearly doesn’t like into every sentence.

Voting Democratic is not “repentance.” In most cases, in most elections, with most binary choices (exceptions notwithstanding) it is a sin against a righteous God to cast your vote in a way that will perpetuate the murder of human beings or the theft of private property. In short, if given a choice between two people and one doesn’t have baby blood down their tie like a bib, vote for that one. This precludes most Democrats from the Christian vote from the onset.

It’s not about race. It’s about morality. While it’s unlikely God is a Republican, I’m pretty positive Satan is a Democrat.

Jesus rode a donkey. But not that kind…

Black Pastor: If White Evangelicals Are Repentant, They’ll Vote Democrat — Pulpit & Pen

Ex-SEAL’s hammering of CNN’s Don Lemon goes viral

Ephraim Mattos (YouTube screenshot)

A former Navy SEAL, Ephraim Mattos fought the Taliban and ISIS, and later returned as a volunteer to help civilians in war zones, getting shot by ISIS soldiers in the process.

So when CNN host Don Lemon declared last week that “the biggest terror threat in this country is white men,” Mattos had something to say.

After all he’s gone through, Mattos wrote in a statement spotlighted by BizPacReview, he’s “now returned home to the USA where a CNN host has labeled me as a radicalized right wing terrorist simply because of my gender and the color of my skin.”

“If CNN does not fire Don Lemon immediately, it only goes to show that they are truly the ‘enemy of the people,’” he wrote.

Mattos made it clear he identifies himself as “simply ‘American,’ not as ‘white’ or ‘male’ or ‘Republican.’”

“After surviving three wars, a gunshot wound, a near fatal drowning, a failed parachute, Taliban ambushes, ISIS snipers, mortars, mine-fields, suicide bombers and laying down my life for the cause of freedom while fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with my brother Arabs, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Animists, and Atheists, I have now returned home to the USA where a CNN host has labeled me as a radicalized right wing terrorist simply because of my gender and the color of my skin,” Mattos wrote.

His response to Lemon went viral on Twitter, with reactions such as “God Bless Ephraim Mattos! I can’t imagine a better response, or a better man to make it. And I can’t imagine a smaller ‘man’ than the one who made the incendiary remarks.”

Another Twitter user wrote: “That was very powerful and moving regardless of party.

The former Navy SEAL said his “forefathers are the 3% who founded this Republic against the might of the British Army.”

“It was white Conservative men who died by the tens of thousands after charging into our southern states to free our black brothers from the slavery imposed on them by the Liberal left,” he wrote.

“We were the ones who acknowledged that women have a right to vote. We held the line in WWI and charged the beaches of Normandy in WWII. We have fought for freedom and liberty for generations and we continue to do so today alongside all of our brothers and sisters regardless of their race or religion.”

Mattos said Lemon is “the true face of the Democratic Party.”

“First they enslaved and killed blacks, and now they use them to spew hatred and lies against the very people who have fought for generations to free them and uplift them,” he said of Democrats.

“Remember that when you go to vote.”

He warned that “identity politics does not lead to freedom.”

“It only leads to hatred and division and an ‘us vs. them’ mentality.”

Mattos co-authored the new book “City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul.”

‘Cold hard facts’

Lemon was speaking with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday in the wake of the mail bombs sent to Democratic leaders and the deadly attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh when he said the “biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most are radicalized to the right.”

His comment drew rebukes from a broad spectrum of commentators while CNN remained silent.

On Wednesday, however, Lemon doubled down, insisting the “cold hard facts” were on his side.

“Earlier this week, I made some comments about that in a conversation with Chris [Cuomo]. I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men,” he said.

“That angered some people. But let’s put emotion aside and look at the cold hard facts. The evidence is overwhelming,” he claimed, according to the Hill.

Lemon cited a Government Accountability Office report saying that since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, right-wing extremists have killed 106 people in 62 different attacks in U.S., while Islamic extremists have killed 119 people in 23 different attacks.

Lemon pointed to another finding “that for every eight deadly attacks by right-wing extremists,” there was one by left-wing extremists.

“So people who were angered about what I said are missing the entire point. We don’t need to worry about people who are thousands of miles away. The biggest threats are homegrown. The facts prove that,” Lemon claimed.

On Tuesday, the Gateway Pundit blog urged Lemon to read the long list of terror attacks in America by Muslims posted on his own network’s news website.

See Lemon’s comments:

“The only attack in this list by CNN that did not involve Islamist killers is the August 2017 attack in Charlottesville where one protester was killed at a Unite the Right rally,” the Gateway Pundit said.

“Every other terrorist attack involves radical Islam.”

Among the attacks on the CNN list were the 1993 bombing of the 2 World Trade Center building, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing, the attack on a Marine recruiting center in 2015 and the massacres in San Bernardino and Orlando.

Source: Ex-SEAL’s hammering of CNN’s Don Lemon goes viral

November 5 A Good Soldier

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:3

Courage, conviction, and integrity are respectable qualities from a secular viewpoint, yet it is essential that they be manifested in the life of every Christian. That’s because the name “Christian” identifies us with Christ, who never compromised or deviated from the truth. He is the perfect example of courageous integrity.

It stands to reason, then, that we are called to be stable and steadfast like Christ and not waver (James 1:6). Injunctions to stand firm (Eph. 6:11, 13–14) and be strong (1 Cor. 16:13; 2 Tim. 2:1) affirm that we are to be bold and uncompromising in living for Jesus Christ.

Most of us earnestly desire to stand firm and not stumble in our Christian walk. None of us wants to be crushed under the weight of life’s trials or be defeated by the onslaught from the world, the flesh, and the devil. But we must realize that standing firm and being strong isn’t easy because we are engaged in spiritual warfare (2 Tim. 2:3–4). We have to be prepared to “endure hardship” along the way—as a “good soldier” of faith.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 334). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

November 5, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made dueling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country’s problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign.

The United States imposed strict sanctions on Iran on Monday and threatened more action to stop Tehran pursuing “outlaw” policies, steps the Islamic Republic condemned as economic warfare and vowed to defy.

Iran is not concerned about reimposed U.S. sanctions and will not yield to pressure to change its policies, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.

Pope Francis called on Monday for the eradication of anti-Semitism following an increase in attacks and hate crimes against Jews in several countries and said it was vital to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Bulgaria has seized more than $1.35 million in fake banknotes and charged three men suspected with membership of an organized crime ring making counterfeit bills, prosecutors said on Monday.

The Pakistani lawyer who helped free a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy has fled to the Netherlands, a Dutch Christian rights group said on Monday.

The legal fight over a 2016 lower court ruling upholding Obama-era net neutrality regulations aimed at ensuring a free and open internet – rules that have since been repealed by President Donald Trump’s administration – came to a formal end on Monday, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to take up the matter.

Venezuela is seeking to repatriate about $550 million in gold bars from the Bank of England because of fears it could be caught up in international sanctions on the country, two sources with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters.

Lowe’s is closing 20 underperforming stores in the United States and 31 in Canada as part of a restructuring, the home improvement retailer said on Monday.

AP Top Stories

A report by the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee concluded that no evidence supported the “numerous allegations” of misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that surfaced during his confirmation process.

Nineteen suspected jihadists linked to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in central Egypt have been killed in a shootout with police, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Gunmen killed at least seven Christians who were returning from baptizing a child at a Coptic monastery in Egypt on Friday, officials said – the most serious attack on the minority in more than a year.

The Trump administration is set to defend its controversial decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a closely watched federal trial that will begin Monday in New York City.

The United States has warned its citizens in Tanzania to be cautious after the commercial capital Dar es Salaam announced a crackdown on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the country.

Iraqi officials and fishermen are at a loss to explain how hundreds of tons of carp have suddenly died in fish farms in the Euphrates River, fueling anxieties about soaring water pollution.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with visiting Cuban president in Pyongyang and discussed “crucial issues of common concern” on the current international situation, the North’s state media reported Monday.

An oil export pipeline in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region has been upgraded to a capacity of 1 million barrels per day from 700,000 bpd, the Kurdish regional government’s natural resources ministry said on Sunday.

The husband of a Christian woman acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, but not released after countrywide protests, appealed on Sunday to U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May to help the family leave Pakistan.

The mayor of a Utah city was killed in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent insider attack, the state’s lieutenant governor said.

The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, while vowing to be “relentless” in pressuring Tehran.

BBC

At least 78 students and three others, including the school principal, were abducted on Monday morning in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region of Cameroon.

The first members of a large group of migrants travelling through Mexico towards the United States have arrived in the capital, Mexico City. About 450 people, mostly men and boys, were given temporary shelter at a sports stadium. They are part of a now 5,000-strong group, known as the migrant caravan, which left Honduras on 12 October.

Germany’s foremost Jewish organization has called for special classes for Muslim immigrants to help stop the spread of anti-Semitism.

Child suicides in Japan are the highest they have been in more than three decades. In the fiscal year 2016/7 up to March, 250 children from elementary to high school age were recorded as having taken their own lives.

WND

Three 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges are considering a case in which government officials facilitated sex-change treatments for a minor child against the parent’s specific instructions.


News – 11/5/2018

Breakingviews – Brazil’s Bolsonaro gives China electric shock

Like U.S. President Donald Trump, Brazil’s new president-elect intoned darkly about Beijing on the campaign trail. “The Chinese are not buying in Brazil,” he said. “They are buying Brazil.”

Oprah stumps for evil while Trump stands for good

The Democrat Party is evil. They are worse today than ever before – worse than during slavery, Jim Crow, lynch mobs, or the heyday of the KKK. Most people don’t realize we are in a spiritual battle of right versus wrong, good versus evil. There are people of all cultures, male and female, on the side of good. And there are men and women of all races, all cultures, on the side of evil.

Armed With Assault Rifles, Black Panthers March For Stacey Abrams

Members of the Black Panther Party marched through the city of Atlanta, strapped with assault rifles and brandishing Stacey Abrams campaign signs. In a video posted on the group’s Facebook page on Saturday, members of the Black Panther Party are seen marching through the West End neighborhood of Atlanta in support of Stacey Abrams gubernatorial campaign. As they marched, the Black Panthers carried assault rifles and continually shouted slogans such as “black power”

What If We Listened To The ‘Progressive’ Christians?

Had we followed the advice of these leaders: 1) there would be almost no chance of overturning Roe v. Wade for another generation; 2) our religious freedoms would continue to evaporate; 3) our children would be forced to endure an increasingly aggressive LGBT agenda in their schools; 4) there would be less and less pushback to the intimidating, silencing tactics of the left. (This is just a short list of the most obvious concerns.) “It’s ironic that ‘progressive’ Christians blast evangelicals who voted for Trump, calling us hypocrites. Yet they support pro-abortion candidates, they support radical LGBT activism, and they often stand against Israel. Perhaps this is the pot calling the kettle black?”

Synagogue-vandalism suspect worked for Obama

A 26-year-old man charged with vandalizing a historic New York City synagogue days after the Pittsburgh massacre has been identified as a former campaign worker for Barack Obama. James Polite was described as having “much of his childhood in foster care” and performed canvassing work for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. After a chance meeting, he got a job that year as an intern for Christine Quinn, a former speaker of New York City’s city council who was also a former mayoral candidate.

Georgia Investigating Democrats For Allegedly Hacking Voting System

Two days before the Nov. 6 midterm elections, Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp revealed on Sunday that his office is opening an investigation into the Georgia Democratic Party on allegations that it attempted to hack the state’s voting system, including allegations of possible cyber crimes

Kremlin says Putin, Trump to hold substantive meeting at G20 in Argentina

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S President Donald Trump will meet for a long session on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina in a month’s time, a Kremlin aide said on Friday. A separate meeting between the leaders on Nov. 11 during events in Paris to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One would be short, said the aide, Yuri Ushakov.

Trump Begins New Iran Sanctions for Non-Compliance With Nuke Deal

The second round of American sanctions on Iran will take effect on Nov. 5 at 12:01 a.m., the Trump administration announced on Friday. That’s been the plan since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in May from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, which lifted those sanctions. The upcoming round will include targeting Iran’s “energy, shipping and the ship-building sectors, as well as the provision of insurance and transactions involving the Central Bank of Iran and designated Iranian financial institutions,” said State Department spokesperson Rob Palladino on Wednesday.

American Jewry’s False Prophets

Between a quarter and 30% of American Jews voted for Trump. A quarter of American Jews intend to vote Republican in next week’s election. Foer wants them all to be ostracized because, he says, they are dangerous. Taken to its logical conclusion, Foer’s statement was also a declaration of war against the Jews of Israel. For as much as Foer and his totalitarian comrades hate Trump, Israeli Jews support him. More than 75% of Israeli Jews consider Trump a great friend.

US troops seen setting up barbed wire near Mexico border

The protection reportedly includes roughly 1,000 feet of fencing along the Rio Grande. The barrier was installed near the Hidalgo Texas Port of Entry, underneath the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, which crosses the river from Texas into Mexico. A Border Patrol spokesperson said the fencing was being used as part of “necessary preparations”

Hollywood Raises $60 Million to Support the IDF

Perhaps its a sign of the times, when support for the “Palestinian cause” is waning, that the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) raised more money than ever before at its annual Western Region Gala last week. The Western Region Gala naturally encompasses Hollywood, where, despite its overtly liberal veneer, the Israeli military has many supporters.

Report: Netanyahu backs advancement of bill calling for death penalty of terrorists

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly given his blessing to advance a bill that seeks the death penalty for terrorists. According to Israel’s public broadcaster Kan, a Knesset committee will begin preliminary discussions on preparing the law for the first reading, after the heads of parties agreed on the advancement of the bill on Sunday.

October 2018 was best ever month for Israel’s tourism industry

The month of October might have just ended, but it was certainly an impressive month for Israel’s tourism industry. The Ministry of Tourism released a report in which it said that more tourists had visited Israel in October than ever before, with a total of about 486,000 registered entries to the country. This represents a 19% increase of April 2018 numbers, which held the previous record for tourist entrances, and a 14% increase from October of last year.

Report: Bill allowing only party leader to form gov’t to be raised in Knesset on Sunday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not initiate a new election for the Knesset until a law is passed limiting the power of the president, Likud sources said Sunday, confirming a report on Channel 2. The bill will raised in Knesset on Sunday, Walla! news reported on Monday. The report said that Netanyahu had obtained the support of his coalition partners for a bill that would prevent the president from asking an MK who is not a party leader to form a government.

Delhi panic over toxic air ahead of Indian festival Diwali

Panic gripped the Indian capital Delhi on Monday as residents woke up to a blanket of thick grey smog ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights. Visibility is poor as pollution levels reached 20 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended limit. The air quality is expected to worsen in the coming days due to the use of firecrackers, experts have warned.

Xi Jinping pledges to cut Chinese import tariffs

China has promised to further cut import tariffs and open its economy as it tries to address criticisms that its trade practices are “unfair”. In a speech at a Shanghai trade expo, President Xi Jinping also made a robust defence of the global free trade system which he said was “under attack”. The comments are being seen as a reference to the US, with which China is fighting a bitter trade war.

Ireland warns UK over post-Brexit border issue

The UK government has been warned to stick to its commitment to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said a time-limited arrangement – or one that could be unilaterally ended by the UK – would never get EU backing. The border issue is the main barrier to progress between the two sides.

Iran sanctions: Rouhani defiant as US re-imposes measures

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to “break” swingeing sanctions re-imposed by the US targeting core parts of the economy. The Trump administration is restoring all sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal in a bid to pressure Iran. They will hit oil exports, shipping and banks, and make it difficult to do business with the oil-rich nation.

Another Kavanaugh accuser admits to fabricating rape story

One of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s accusers admitted this week that she made up her lurid tale of a backseat car rape, saying it “was a tactic” to try to derail the judge’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee revealed the fraud in a letter to the FBI and Justice Department Friday, asking them to prosecute Judy Munro-Leighton for lying to and obstructing Congress.

Are you ready for a chip implant?

You walk into a grocery store and pick up eggs. No smartphone? No problem. You swipe your hand across a reader, and the amount is deducted from your bank account. If that sounds far-fetched, you obviously haven’t been to Sweden recently, where thousands of people have reportedly had chips implanted in their bodies. A company called Biohax has already “installed” around 4,000 chips in customers, inserted just below the thumb.

Canada offers a life lesson to a timid, quiet Church

A longtime Canadian activist has been warning for years that Christians are the enemy of the State, and now an allegation of outright discrimination in Ontario is highlighting that ongoing antagonism.

DARPA Requests FAA Approval For Military Drones Over US Cities
It wasn’t long ago that drone surveillance inside US borders was considered a conspiracy theory, but now it is widely accepted as part of our daily lives without question.

Oprah stumps for evil while Trump stands for good

The Democrat Party is evil. They are worse today than ever before – worse than during slavery, Jim Crow, lynch mobs, or the heyday of the KKK. Most people don’t realize we are in a spiritual battle of right versus wrong, good versus evil. There are people of all cultures, male and female, on the side of good. And there are men and women of all races, all cultures, on the side of evil.

2018 DEA Report: Mexico Poses the ‘Greatest Criminal Drug Threat to the United States’

Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) “remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them,” according to the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, released today by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Amazon Hires 20,000 Less Workers For Holiday Season As Robots Continue To Take A Larger Slice of The Workforce Pie

Most people are not aware the extent to which robots are replacing humans in the workforce. Mega-companies like Amazon, Google and Apple have been spending billions on robotics and AI, as companies like Tesla and others work to perfect the self-driving automobile. Wages are going up for existing employees, but new hires are dropping drastically.

Typhus spreads through Los Angeles; over 100 cases reported

When we reported on Los Angeles in early October, the city was experiencing an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus. At that point, 20 cases had been reported. One month later, the number of recorded cases has risen to over 100.

Popular Leftist Website Urges Readers to Cut Through Border Fences to Assist Migrant Caravans

A popular far-left Antifa website, which is frequently linked to or used as a source by more mainstream outlets like the Daily Beast, is urging readers to cut through border fences to assist the migrant caravans making their way to our border.

Mexico Says Nearly 3,000 Migrants Have Abandoned The ‘Migrant Caravan’
The caravan is now down to around 4,000 migrants.

Donald Trump: “We trust in God, Protect Freedom of Worship, Believe in the Power of Prayer

Picture President Donald Trump making his way waist-high through a vile and treacherous swamp, Home Office of the Deep State. Is that a tree stump up ahead, or a camouflaged crocodile lying in wait?

Transgender Men Showering with Abuse Victims? A Vital Women’s Shelter Run by Christians Is Now at Risk

A faith-based women’s homeless shelter in Anchorage is pushing back against the city after it tried to require the shelter to accept transgender people.

See proof that Democrats are now the party of MASS MENTAL ILLNESS
See the video proof that Democrats have now become the party of mass mental illness. “Unhinged” doesn’t even begin to describe the lunatic behavior of left-wing activists. One left-wing professor named Christine Fair recently said that conservative (GOP) senators should be murdered, have their genitals cut off, and then their genitals should be fed to pigs.

BREAKING: Deranged Man Charges Priest on Altar Screaming Profanities During Live EWTN Broadcast

Video: The channel airs round-the-clock Catholic-themed programming. On this morning’s broadcast of Sunday mass a crazed man charged the altar during Communion.

Israeli security forces raid PA offices outside Jerusalem, sparking clashes

Israeli security forces raided the Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem Governorate headquarters and Jerusalem Affairs Ministry on Sunday, the official PA news site Wafa reported.

WHOA: Anti-Brexit Cadwalladr Accidentally Admits Soros Link

Her stream of endless falsehoods has earned her the nickname “Carole Codswallop“, though I now suspect that rather than being just a moron Remain running dog barking up the wrong trees, she is a useful idiot on behalf of… you guessed it… George Soros and his Open Society Foundations.

Egyptian leader says peace treaty with Israel ‘stable and permanent’

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Sunday affirmed that “the peace agreement with Israel is stable and permanent” and said most Egyptians support the nearly 40-year-old treaty.

‘Jesus Can Change Anyone’: These Ex-LGBTQ People Are Bringing a Freedom March of Hope to L.A.

The message of the Good News will be shouted from the rooftops by former transgender, lesbian, and gay individuals. People who have left the LGBTQ lifestyle and turned to Jesus are taking part in a freedom march in Los Angeles this weekend.

U.S. finally admits Agent Orange residue poisoned its own soldiers

After decades of denial, the Department of Veteran Affairs finally acknowledged that Monsanto’s Agent Orange, a herbicide sprayed across Vietnam during the war, was responsible for the health ailments of over 2,100 Air Force servicemen.

President Donald Trump Returning God to the Public Square

Few mainstream or social media ever mention it but it is as true as day follows night,  President Donald Trump is not only Making America Great Again, he is returning God to the Public Square.

Egypt says it killed 19 in shootout with perpetrators of attack on Christians
Egypt said Sunday that security forces have killed 19 jihadists in a shootout, including the gunmen suspected of killing seven Christians in an attack on pilgrims traveling to a remote desert monastery.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.“—Thomas Jefferson (1823)

In Today’s Edition

  • Hypocrisy is once again off the charts for one “constitutional law professor.”
  • Senate investigation finds “no evidence” of any claims against Kavanaugh.
  • Vote for the party that doesn’t despise you.
  • How do Evangelicals cope with the modern political world?
  • The mail “bombs” were almost certainly fake. Why isn’t that being reported.
  • Closing the asylum loophole for illegals.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

Unconstitutional Expert Weighs in on Trump

“A president doesn’t get to decide on his own who’s an American citizen and who’s not.”

Senate Investigative Report Exonerates Kavanaugh

The big takeaway: No evidence has been found to corroborate any of the accusations.

Vote for the Party That Doesn’t Despise You

From anti-Semitism to anti-White bigotry, the Democrat Party hates a lot of Americans.

Politics and Evangelicals: In the World or of It?

The New York Times has an exposé on “Evangelicals” that — surprise — misses the mark.

Fake Bombing Headlines?

Within 24 hours of the discovery of the mail packages, federal investigators knew those “bombs” were inert.

Closing the Asylum Loophole for Illegals

The president announced an executive order aimed at preventing the abuse of the nation’s asylum system.

Video: Does Birthright Citizenship Win Elections?

Scott Ott, Bill Whittle, and Steve Green talk about the political implications of Trump’s move.

Video: What Americans Think About Birthright Citizenship

The Heritage Foundation asks, how much do people really know about the issue?

Video: Is Having Kids Socially Irresponsible?

If the world’s population continues to grow, our natural resources are going to have to keep up.

Video: Censored in America

Private companies have every right to ban whomever they want, but Stossel asks, should they?

Monday Short Cuts

“One of the (many) odd conceits of celebrityhood is the notion that … [it] somehow qualifies one to tell others how to vote.” —Pat Sajak

Monday Top Headlines

Midterm hoopla, caravan swells, Demo “PTSD,” Kavanaugh cleared, and more.
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Today’s Opinion

Scott Powell

Our Democracy Depends on Midterm Elections

Gary Bauer

Jobs Boom

Hans von Spakovsky

Why Trump Can End Birthright Citizenship by Executive Order

Burt Prelutsky

Race Relations, 2018

Imprimis

America’s Cold Civil War


Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 11/5/2018

Greenblatt meets Netanyahu – “Discussed important topics including the situation in Gaza and regional developments”

GOP Candidate: No Peace in Israel Until Jews Convert to Christianity

Jordan says Israel has asked to discuss canceled borderlands deal

Egyptian leader says peace treaty with Israel ‘stable and permanent’

Fatah said to back Egypt’s bid for Israel-Gaza calm, but not a full ceasefire

Egypt not opposed to letting Qatar pay Hamas salaries, despite PA concerns

Sirens blare in southern Israel in false alarm amid reports of ceasefire

Florida imam: Palestine must be liberated, even at cost of millions of martyrs

Jerusalem’s Catholic leaders seek repeal of Israel’s Jewish nation-state law

Many countries planning to move embassies to Jerusalem, official says

Moving the Australian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem Will Advance the Peace Process

Muslim states pan Brazil for pledging Jerusalem embassy move

Jewish Nurse Who Treated Suspected Pittsburgh Shooter: I Did It Out of Love

Hate crime increase against Jews in 2017 is MUCH worse than being reported

Florida woman’s Nazi death camp-themed yard display angers neighbors

Transport chief to visit Oman to push rail link plan between Israel and Gulf

Israel Announces New Oil and Gas Venture in Eastern Mediterranean

Israeli Gas Exports to Egypt Hit Snag Over Capacity of Pipeline

Nineteen ‘involved in attack on Copts’ killed in clashes with Egypt police

Assad, Russia envoy discuss Syria constitutional committee

Syrian rights group says 16 individuals died after torture in detention centers

Islamic State Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Car Bomb That Killed One in Syria’s Raqqa

Blasts across Baghdad kill six people, say sources

Europe opens door to sanctions on Iran after terror plots in Denmark, Paris

Israeli Defense Chief Thanks Trump for Reimposing Sanctions on Iran; Rohani Warns of ‘War Situation’

Iran launches military drill in response to return of US sanctions

Iran sanctions: Rouhani defiant as US re-imposes measures

US unleashes “toughest ever” sanctions on Iran

Iran braces for fresh US sanctions including oil embargo

Iran will sell oil and break US sanctions, President Rouhani says

Pompeo insists US sanctions will not hurt the Iranian people

Pompeo rebuts critics who want sterner Iran sanctions

Liberman: Reimposed Iran sanctions a ‘sea change’ for Mideast

Notorious Antisemite Louis Farrakhan Leads ‘Death to America’ Chant on Solidarity Trip to Iran

Farrakhan compares Trump to Satan during visit to Iran

‘Whatever it takes’: people brave war in Yemen in hope of reaching Europe

UK backs UN call for Saudi Arabia and Houthis to end Yemen bloodshed

Saudi-backed Forces Advance Towards Yemen’s Hodeidah as UN Warns of Famine

How a Saudi royal crushed his rivals in a ‘shakedown’ at the Ritz-Carlton

In wake of Khashoggi killing, Saudi rights record comes under UN spotlight

Saudi Arabia to UN Rights Council: Khashoggi probe to bring culprits to justice

Jamal Khashoggi’s sons say father’s death ‘over politicized’ by some parties

Saudis Call for Amazon Boycott Over Anger At Washington Post

North Korea issues nuclear threat ahead of high-level talks with US

North Korea threatens to resume nuclear weapons program over sanctions

Cuban president meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

China to help Pakistan avert fiscal crisis, ‘more talks needed’

Brazil’s next president declares war on ‘fake news’ media

Migrant caravans swell to 12,000, get some help along the way

Democrats traumatized by 2016 are having pre-midterms nightmares

Non-stop ads and robocalls: welcome to America’s costliest election

Abrams’ foe Kemp announces probe into Georgia Democratic Party for ‘possible cyber crimes’ days before election

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Otrada, Russia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Veniaminof volcano in Alaska erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Italy floods: Death toll climbs to 17 – as 14 million trees destroyed

Sicily: Storms, floods kill at least 10 people; 2 missing

Severe weather likely on Election Day as a major storm develops in central and eastern U.S.

Leading into Election Day, severe weather outbreak could bring possible tornadoes

Carp ‘annihilated’ as Iraq’s water pollution woes worsen

Typhus outbreak in Los Angeles County surpasses 100 patients

Vaccination campaign launched in Orthodox neighborhoods amid measles outbreak

Indian mother killed with daughters for failing to produce male child

11-year-old shoots grandmother, kills self after refusing to clean his room, police say

Teen Accused Of Killing Mom And Burying Her Body Over Bad Grade – He was “very proud of what he did”

Senate Judiciary Committee releases full Brett Kavanaugh report: ‘No evidence’ to back sexual assault claims

In France, spate of homophobic attacks on record is just ‘the tip of the iceberg’

U.S. warns its citizens in Tanzania before anti-gay crackdown

Transgender Men Showering with Abuse Victims? A Vital Women’s Shelter Run by Christians Is Now at Risk

Catholic bishops promised reform in sex-abuse scandal. But they didn’t look at their own misdeeds


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Steven Kozar – A Parable About Ignorance in the Church (And Some Solutions)

Alistair Begg on Voting

Tim Keller: Darwinian Evolutionist

James McDonald – Making False Biblical Excuses to Sue Brethren

Megachurch Pastor Victor Couzens Denies Suicide Note, Asks God to Help Him Keep Job After Sex Scandal

Growing up in Westboro Baptist Church: We were “true believers,” everyone else the enemy

The end of GOD? Claims humans will ‘worship AI Messiah’

Asia Bibi prohibited from leaving country in deal to end Pakistan protests over blasphemy case

Asia Bibi: Lawyer flees Pakistan in fear of his life

Asia Bibi blasphemy case: Husband pleads for asylum

Coptic Christian attack: Egypt police ‘kill 19 attackers’


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Fox News and NBC Cave, Pull Trump Caravan Ad After Major Backlash — The Gateway Pundit

Fox News and Fox Business pulled Trump’s caravan ad after a huge backlash from critics who decried the 30-second video as “racist.”

First CNN refused to air the caravan ad and lectured Donald Trump Jr. after he took a swipe at CNN for refusing to show the real threats to the US.

Fox News has now joined CNN after it caved to pressure.

In a statement to Mediaite, Fox News ad sales president Marianne Gambelli said, “Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network.”

The ad focuses on the migrant caravan marching towards our border and features cop killer Luis Bracamontes, who was deported twice and snuck back in, murdered two police officers and was seen laughing in court about his crimes.

“The migrant caravan must be stopped,” the narrator of Trump’s caravan ad says after it shows cop-killer Luis Bracamontes lamenting he should have murdered more officers.

President Trump wants to secure our borders and keep Americans safe–this is now considered “racist” by the left and mainstream media.

President Trump also ran this stunning ad on NBC during Sunday night football and the left went ballistic.

NBC caved and pulled the caravan ad as well.

Mediaite reported that after a backlash, which included far-left actress Debra Messing, whose show Will & Grace airs on NBC — the network said it was pulling the ad from the air.

Fox’s announcement came shortly after NBC’s statement on the ad, said Mediaite.

This type of censorship is another reason why Americans flock to alternative media and social media for real news, however; the tech tyrants are doing everything they can to shut down conservative voices across social media as well.

President Trump’s 2020 Campaign Chair Brad Parscale slammed the networks and tech giants for censoring the caravan ad.

“So, @NBCNews @CNN @facebook have chosen to stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY. Instead of standing with LEGAL IMMIGRANTS and those that follow our laws. The #FakeNewsMedia and #PaloAltoMafia are trying to control what you see and how you think. STOP THE CARAVAN!” Brad Parscale said in a tweet Monday.

via Fox News and NBC Cave, Pull Trump Caravan Ad After Major Backlash — The Gateway Pundit

FRIGHTENING VIDEO from Mexico Shows ENORMOUS CARAVAN of THOUSANDS Heading Towards US Border! — The Gateway Pundit

There are currently at least four caravans marching to the US southern border with Mexico.

The latest caravan working its way up through Mexico to the US with help from liberal activist groups is HUMONGOUS!

This is reportedly the third wave of illegals marching to the US border.
THIS IS AN INVASION NOT IMMIGRATION!

According to Conservative Treehouse the translated caption reads: “CENTRAL AMERICAN BROTHERS CROSS THE SUICHATE. Fleeing from poverty and violence, Central Americans make the third crossing to Mexico in caravan to the vain mirage of the “American dream.” Let us be in solidarity with your passage through our country.”

STOP THE CARAVAN!

via FRIGHTENING VIDEO from Mexico Shows ENORMOUS CARAVAN of THOUSANDS Heading Towards US Border! — The Gateway Pundit

November 5, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

6:5. The faith statement of the Shema is followed up by the charge to love the Lord your God, implying complete devotion to Him and not just emotional attraction. Moses’ sense of love is to express loyalty to Him with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. The whole person is to express this loyal devotion to God. The heart was generally associated in Hebrew thinking with the mind, the soul denoted the innermost being or emotions, and might refers to doing the previous two injunctions exceedingly (lit., “very, very much”). The repetition of the word “all” shows that Israel’s commitment to the Lord was to be undivided and complete.[1]


6:5. To love the Lord means to choose Him for an intimate relationship and to obey His commands. This command, to love Him, is given often in Deuteronomy (v. 5; 7:9; 10:12; 11:1, 13, 22; 13:3; 19:9; 30:6, 16, 20). Loving Him was to be wholehearted (with all your heart) and was to pervade every aspect of an Israelite’s being and life (soul and strength).[2]


6:5 — “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Of all God’s commandments, this is the central and most important one. When we love God first and foremost, obedience follows as a natural result and ceases to be a chore (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3).[3]


6:5 love. See 4:37. all. That the Lord alone is Israel’s God leads to the demand for Israel’s exclusive and total devotion to him. heart … soul … might. All Israelites in their total being are to love the Lord; “this is the great and first commandment” (Matt. 22:38). In Matt. 22:37, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27, Jesus also includes “mind.” In early Hebrew, “heart” included what we call the “mind”. “Might” indicates energy and ability.

6:5 Love for God is the greatest commandment (Matt. 22:37–38). One’s relation to God himself is central to life, and true love for God and reconciliation to God are possible only in Christ (John 14:6; Rom. 5:1–10).[4]


6:5 you shall love The command is not a demand to manufacture false emotion but to cultivate a disposition (see Lev 19:17–18).

with all of your heart and with all of your soul The Hebrew terms levav (often translated “heart”) and nephesh (often translated “soul”) do not refer to separate components of the human person. Rather, the terms overlap in meaning, conveying the internal life, dispositions, emotions, and intellect.

might The Hebrew word here is not a noun but an adverb meaning “exceedingly.” This description of love of Yahweh thus implies totality: as Yahweh is undivided unity and alone worthy of worship, so the Israelites must have undivided loyalty to Him.[5]


6:5 all your might. The Hebrew expresses totality. For this reason the New Testament sometimes renders it with “mind and strength” (Mark 12:30). This is the language of devotion. God does not demand mere outward obedience to a law, but the heartfelt love and commitment of the whole person (Prov. 23:26).[6]


6:5 The principle of love is a major theme in Deuteronomy. In Luke 10:27 Jesus stressed love as the essence of pure religion, and elsewhere He referred to it as a kind of “eleventh commandment” (Matt. 22:34–40; John 13:34; cf. Rom. 13:10).[7]


[1] Coakley, J. F. (2014). Deuteronomy. In The moody bible commentary (p. 277). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Deere, J. S. (1985). Deuteronomy. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 274). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Dt 6:5). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 341). 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 (Dt 6:5). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 254). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[7] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Dt 6:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Obama Campaigns with Fake Nurse in Final Chicago Rally — The Gateway Pundit

Democrats call Congressional candidate Lauren Underwood the “Naperville nurse running for Congress.”

Good Morning America ran a segment on ‘Nurse Lauren” and is promoting Lauren Underwood for Congress in Illinois’ 14th district.

GMA is also promoting ‘Nurse Underwood’ on their Facebook page in a video.

There’s just one problem.

Lauren is not a registered nurse in Illinois or any state.
She has never worked a day as a nurse in her life.

On Sunday Barack Obama held a small rally in Chicago in a final push to Get Out the Vote.

He stood with the fake nurse on stage.

Obama Campaigns with Fake Nurse in Final Chicago Rally — The Gateway Pundit

Why should an independent voter vote Republican in the mid-terms?

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After Trump tax cuts, real GDP growth far exceeds Obama years After Trump tax cuts, real GDP growth far exceeds Obama years

I have a friend in Canada who asks me about American politics. For some reason, the first things out of my mouth are always the latest scandals about Democrats. I am just getting started when she says “no, no, no… don’t tell me why I shouldn’t vote Democrat. Tell me why I should vote Republican.” Well, there are three good reasons to vote Republican. Job creation, law and order, national security.

Let’s look at the first one. The latest economic numbers came in last week, and they were very good for the country, and for the Republicans.

The Washington Post reported on the numbers:

Hiring surged and wages grew more than they have in almost a decade, the government said Friday in a report seized on by Republicans just before the midterm elections as evidence their policies are delivering…

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November 5 Living a Fulfilled Life

“Fear God and keep His commandments.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13

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Living life apart from God is futile.

The Book of Ecclesiastes is greatly misunderstood. It is a difficult book to read simply because it is hard to understand. Everything in it appears wrong and as if it doesn’t fit with the rest of Scripture. But it is part of the Old Testament wisdom literature because it is a statement of human wisdom. Ecclesiastes tells us how man perceives his world, God, and the realities of life.

Most scholars believe Ecclesiastes was penned by Solomon. They debate whether he wrote it before he was a true believer or after. He may have written it in retrospect, or he may have penned it sometime before he had a full understanding of the life–changing truth of God.

Ecclesiastes is a fascinating book because it reveals the folly, uselessness, senselessness, and frustration of human wisdom—that which James calls “earthly, natural, demonic” (James 3:15). In Ecclesiastes 1:16 Solomon says to himself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me.” That verse shows me that when God initially gave Solomon wisdom, He gave it to him on a human level. He gave Solomon wisdom to make successful decisions and judgments as king. But although divine wisdom was available to him, I believe Solomon opted for human wisdom the greater portion of his life. And that wisdom was never able to answer his ultimate questions.

The sum of Solomon’s perspective on human wisdom is in Ecclesiastes 4:2–3: “I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living. But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed.” That’s a death wish and is the logical end of worldly wisdom—futility.

Fortunately, Solomon did eventually embrace true wisdom. At the end of his book, he said, “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (12:13). What then can satisfy your heart and make life worth living? The wisdom of God alone.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Ask God to help you follow His ways for a blessed and fulfilled life.

For Further Study: Read Proverbs 3:13–26, noting how the benefits of true wisdom are in contrast to what Solomon experienced.[1]


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

LOUIS FARRAKHAN Leads Chants of “Death to America!” in Tehran — Refers to America as “Great Satan” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

 

Democrat Party favorite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan traveled to Iran this past week for meetings with regime leaders.

Farrahkan led chants of “Death to America!” on Sunday during his visit with Iranian leaders.

Farrakhan also referred to America as the Great Satan during a Tehran University speech.

Algemeiner reported:

Nation of Islam leader and prominent antisemite Louis Farrakhan chanted “Death to America” and claimed that “America has never been a democracy” on Sunday during a solidarity trip to Iran, ahead of the re-implementation of US sanctions on the country this week.

According to Iran’s semi-official state news agency Mehr, Farrakhan said at a meeting with the Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei that America is conspiring against Iran.

“I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots,” he said.

He also blasted American support for Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch-rival in the region, and added, “Satan seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other, while God tells us in the Quran to be united.”

The anti-Semite Farrakhan is frequently pictured with US Democrats.

LOUIS FARRAKHAN Leads Chants of “Death to America!” in Tehran — Refers to America as “Great Satan” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit