Daily Archives: November 14, 2018

TGP Exclusive: Senator Rand Paul to Force Vote Against the War in Yemen — The Gateway Pundit

Senator Rand Paul secured a vote to proceed to S.J. Res. 65, his resolution of disapproval to block the sale of offensive weapons and support to Bahrain, a member of the Saudi-led coalition waging a devastating war in Yemen that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and left millions of Yemenis on the edge of famine.

According to a press release from Senator Paul’s office, Senate is expected to vote early Thursday afternoon.

The Gateway Pundit has obtained a copy of the “Dear Colleague” letter than Senator Paul sent out on Wednesday, urging other senators to join the effort.

The letter reads as follows:

“Dear Colleague:

Tomorrow the Senate will vote to proceed to S.J. Res. 65, a resolution of disapproval that would block the sale of offensive weapons to Bahrain, a member of the Saudi-led coalition that has devastated Yemen. This vote is about more than weapons; this is a vote against the war in Yemen. This vote will send a message to the Saudi coalition that the Senate will not support further destruction in Yemen, and that further arms sales to participants in the Saudi coalition will be restricted until the war in Yemen is ended. Bahrain itself has been an ally of the United States in the past, and this would not be an open-ended ban on arms sales to Bahrain. Rather, this is a one-time action limited to Bahrain’s proposed purchase of rockets. Blocking this sale is a small step that could nonetheless serve as the beginning of the end for the war in Yemen.

Last week, the United States military ceased operations to refuel Saudi combat aircraft engaged in the war in Yemen.  This is a positive first step in our disengagement from the conflict. However, according to Secretary of Defense Mattis, the United States was only providing this kind of support for twenty percent of their aircraft.  Additionally, the Saudi Press Agency reported that the Saudi government itself requested an end to this support because they had developed their own capability and no longer needed American support. This means that our effort to withhold refueling support will not apply sufficient pressure to change the conduct of the war in Yemen. We must take additional actions, and this resolution is an important first step. 

As the humanitarian disaster in Yemen has worsened, a growing chorus of international voices have called for the end of the war in Yemen.  In December 2017, then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Tim Lenderking said, “…there is no military solution to end the war in Yemen.”  This was reiterated this August by Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, the Permanent Representative to the UN of Kuwait—another Saudi coalition member.  Secretary of State Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mattis also made this conclusion clear in October of this year.  Secretary Pompeo is on the record: “The United States calls on all parties to support UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in Yemen. The time is now for the cessation of hostilities.”  Similarly, Secretary Mattis said on the same day: “Thirty days from now we want to see everybody around a peace table based on a ceasefire […] to get them together in Sweden and end this war.”

The world has accepted the inescapable conclusion that the war in Yemen must end. Tomorrow, the Senate can take an important step toward that end, and I hope that you will join me in voting in favor of S.J. Res. 65.

Sincerely,

Senator Rand Paul”

Senator Paul has led multiple bipartisan efforts to stand against U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen by blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Per the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, a senator can force a vote on an arms sale.

Senator Paul said in a press release, “This vote is about more than yet another arms sale. The Senate has a chance to stand up for innocent life, speak out against a humanitarian tragedy that is getting worse by the day, and demonstrate it will not support further destruction in Yemen.”

TGP Exclusive: Senator Rand Paul to Force Vote Against the War in Yemen — The Gateway Pundit

7 eye-opening facts we learn about early Christianity from a Roman Historian who hated Christians – Is Jesus Alive?

Most of what we learn about Jesus and early Christianity comes from the New Testament. This is not a big shock. But what does come as a shock to some is that we can also learn a lot from non-Christian sources. There are some hostile sources from the first century from whom we can glean a lot. One of them is from a guy named Tacitus.

Who is Tacitus?

Publius Cornelius Tacitus is his full name, and that’s as Roman as it gets. Tacitus was a Roman senator and is also considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians. His works – The Annals and Histories gives us a lot of info on Roman politics and history.

Tacitus was no friend of Christians. You’ll see from what he says that he thinks Christianity is a hateful superstition. He seems rather unmoved about the Christians who were “covered with the skins of beasts and torn by dogs”. Seems like a really nice guy.

To give some background, when Tacitus was only 8 years old, there was a huge fire in Rome. This is one of those things that would have led the news on all networks in our day. There are some rumors that Nero himself may have been responsible for the fire. What an emperor to do when you burn down a big part of the capital? Blame these newfangled Christians, that’s what.

Here’s what Tacitus had to say:

Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judæa, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind.

There are seven facts that stand out here that tell us a good deal about Jesus and the early church. A lot of these are external confirmations about what we already know about the New Testament.

1. There was a group of people called Christians.

Now you might say “OK, big deal.” But this does confirm what Luke tells us in Acts 11:26. The church was called “The Way”. It was in Antioch that they were first called Christians. Scholars estimate this was in the 40’s when Christians first were called Christians, and here that’s confirmed from events that happened in the 60’s.

2. That their name came from “Christus”.

Some people will tell you that Jesus isn’t referenced anywhere else but the Bible. And you can’t use the Bible, because it’s a biased source. First of all, we don’t discount history because of biased sources. If we did, we wouldn’t know much. But here’s a hostile source that tells us that there was a man named “Christus”. Christ means anointed one, and refers to him being the Messiah. So we see that 30 something years after his death he’s known as the Messiah. This is another external confirmation what we already read in the New Testament.

3. That Christ was executed under Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius Caesar.

There are some wackos in dark corners of the internet that say Jesus isn’t a real historical person. It’s very odd then to say he was sentenced to death by a Prefect that we have evidence that exists. We learn about Pilate not only here, but also in Philo and Josephus.

If that wasn’t enough, we have a pretty amazing archaeological find. It’s called the Pilate stone, and I’ll let you read more about it here.

This has led even the most skeptical of Jesus scholars to conclude that the crucifixion is a sure thing. The Jesus Seminar is antithetical to modern Christianity. They believe most of what we have in the Gospels is a legend. Yet their leader, John Dominic Crossan has this to say about the crucifixion:

“That he (Jesus) was crucified is as sure as anything historical can ever be”.

He’s not alone, this is what all serious scholars believe. This fact militates against the Muslim belief that Jesus never died. And it goes against others who say that Jesus only appeared to have died, but he recovered and that somehow explains the resurrection appearances. Serious historians don’t believe that nonsense.

4. The Romans saw Christians as superstitious

When Paul preached in Athens, they were all ears. Until he got to the part about Jesus’ resurrection. Then they were like “Ew. Gross”. (Acts 17:32) Paul also talks about preaching Christ crucified, which is to the Gentiles “foolishness”. (1 Corinthians 1:23) Saying that God became a man, died like a humiliated criminal and came back to life would sound weird. Especially to Roman ears who worshiped their emperors and saw power as a big deal. That a crucified man could be the Lord of the universe sounded quite strange.

5. The Romans hated Christians – they believed they performed abominations.

The Romans thought Christians were gross. There are a few reasons for this. First, they misunderstood communion. When Jesus said that his bread was his body, and the wine was his blood, the Romans got wind of this. (Mark 14:22-24, John 6:54) And they thought it was creepy.

Early Christian apologists like Minucius Felix said the Romans thought they were cannibals. They also thought the Christians were into incest. You know, because they called each other brother and sister, and greeted one another with a holy kiss. (Romans 16:16) (Side note: I’m an introvert. I have a hard enough time during the greeting time in church. I’m glad we don’t practice this today.)

The Christians also got up very early every Sunday and met in houses to allegedly do this stuff. You know, what’s with these secret incest cannibal meetings? Or so the Romans thought. We gotta get rid of these sickos.

6. The movement started in Judea and spread to Rome.

Again, this confirms what we know from Acts. The church started in Jerusalem and spread out in the face of persecution. This is a pretty interesting external confirmation. The reason being is that it confirms they were preaching Jesus in Judea. The very place where Pilate had Jesus crucified.

We know that Christianity spread to Rome early. This is because Paul wrote his magisterial epistle to them in 56 AD, a church that he never yet met but longed to see.

We’re also told that Paul was beheaded in Rome in around 64-68 AD. Peter was crucified upside-down around the same time. So this was probably part of the persecution of Nero.

7. That Christians were said to hate “all mankind”,

Why would the Romans think this? Didn’t Jesus preach love? He did. But he also told them that if he was persecuted, so would his followers. (John 15:19) Because he claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life – to the exclusion of all others. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12) This exclusive message is no more popular now than it is today.

In fact, it was probably was even less popular back then. Christians were not saying that Jesus was another god, like Jupiter, Diana or Ares. They were saying that he was the one true God, and everything else was a mere idol.

Summing it up:

We learn a lot about Jesus and the early church from just a paragraph. And all this from someone who thought the Christians had it coming to them. But there’s no doubt that Tacitus is a first-rate historian.

We knew a lot of these things already from reading the Bible. But you’ll always run into that one guy who says “the Bible stinks as a source”. That’s a bad argument for various reasons. But you can use sources outside the Bible to confirm what the Bible already says and see what they think. I’m not saying that this proves Christianity, but it is definitely an interesting part of the puzzle. Our faith isn’t without historical basis.

For more on evidence for Jesus outside of the Bible, watch:

https://youtu.be/JjqSRUE5vy0

https://youtu.be/RebKd23Aaho

Erik is a former atheist turned Christian after having an encounter with the Holy Spirit. He is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training College and is interested in the intersection of evangelism and Christian apologetics.

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NOVEMBER 14 THE ONE THING MISSING

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

—Revelation 3:17, 19

Christian churches have come to the dangerous time predicted long ago. It is a time when we can pat one another on the back, congratulate ourselves and join in the glad refrain, “We are rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing!”

It certainly is true that hardly anything is missing from our churches these days—except the most important thing. We are missing the genuine and sacred offering of ourselves and our worship to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ….

We have been surging forward. We are building great churches and large congregations. We are boasting about high standards and we are talking a lot about revival.

But I have a question and it is not just rhetoric: What has happened to our worship? WHT009-010

Lord, may we not become caught up in all we have and yet be found wanting in the most important element in our church life! May we understand that true success comes from the intimacy with You that we experience in true worship. Amen. [1]


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

Holidays and Politics: Rebuilding Civility — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

With the chill in the air and the leaves already falling, the holidays are just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting or being hosted, the old rule of not discussing religion, money, or politics serves as a reminder of the issues which can divide even those who love each other the most. But in an era where everything, from ice cream to music, is politicized, avoiding political topics in conversation with those of differing views becomes almost impossible. Is this overly divisive and ever-present political tension healthy for society?

If the idea of wading into a political subject with friends or family with whom you disagree gives you a sinking feeling of dread during the most wonderful time of the year, you’re not alone. According to a Pew Research Study, 59% of Americans find discussing politics with those who share different views of the Trump Administration stressful or anxiety-inducing. Among individuals leaning to the left, only 28% find that discussing politics with those leaning to the right can be interesting and informative.

This divisive picture is darkened by the fact that nearly one in four Americans feel that their relationships with friends, family, or co-workers have been strained by voting for opposing candidates. Unsurprisingly, these feelings of relational division only increase with greater partisanship or deeper ideological commitment, as nearly half of all strongly-identifying liberal Democrats feel their relationships with Trump voters have been weakened by the last presidential election.

With the polarization of the 2018 midterm elections, who knows how much worse these measurements will look just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner?

Keep in mind, though, that these percentages are more than just ivory-tower analysis and have a greater effect than making your holiday gathering more uncomfortable than usual. These numbers, which capture the inescapable feelings that come along with living in America today, illustrate that political divisions are eroding the important social institutions which hold society together. Family, friends, and community organizations form the basis of a peaceful civil society. If these intimate relationships are torn apart by politics, is there anything that isn’t in the line of fire in the battle of red versus blue?

In the wake of increasing political violence over the past few years – ranging from bipartisan acts of domestic terrorism to radical riots in cities and towns across America – the time for trying to heal these political divisions is long overdue. The best time to start on this journey towards reconciliation is at the holiday table with those you love.

Although the state of America might not be the merriest thing to discuss this holiday, shutting down the lines of communication deepens the polarization which is driving a wedge between a once united people. While political conversations can be unpleasant – ranging from mildly awkward to absolutely agonizing – the best place to start a meaningful dialogue is within your own circle. If you want to make a change within society, the best place to start is within yourself.

This does not mean setting out to win an argument. This does not mean trying to change someone’s mind. Rather, engaging in a respectful dialogue and learning from the perspectives of others just as much as sharing your own is a way to strengthen a relationship and to foster a mutual understanding. Laying the foundation necessary to rebuild civility in American political discourse can only happen one brick at a time.

A conversation at a holiday celebration won’t solve the significant policy issues which divide us. Even the magical spirit of this time of year can’t mend the brokenness of our country overnight. Despite this, applying the holiday season’s themes of love, charity, and kindness to our individual political engagement, especially when addressing individuals of differing views, is a step in the right direction.

via Holidays and Politics: Rebuilding Civility — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

November 14 The Lord Is Near

The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing.

Philippians 4:5–6

The Lord Jesus Christ encompasses all believers with His presence (Ps. 119:151). When you have a thought, the Lord is near to read it; when you pray, the Lord is near to hear it; when you need His strength and power, He is near to provide it. In fact, He lives in you and is the source of your spiritual life. An awareness of His presence will keep you from being anxious or unstable.

Knowing the Lord is near helps us “be anxious for nothing” because we know He can handle everything we encounter. Fretting and worrying indicate a lack of trust in God. Either you’ve created another god who can’t help you, or else you believe God could help you but refuses, which means you are questioning His integrity and Word. So delight in the Lord and meditate on His Word (Ps. 1:2). Know who He is and how He acts. Then you’ll be able to say, “The Lord is near, so I’m not going to worry.”[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 343). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Alexander: Winning Elections the Democrat Way

“The more time that passes since Election Day, the better things keep looking for Democrats.” —Demo Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

“No Wall of words, no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington (1798)

In the inimitable words of Baseball Hall of Fame sage Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Who could’ve guessed that, after the closing bell of the 2018 midterm election, the Florida results would turn into a ballot brawl, tied up in nine legal challenges (at current count)?

Perhaps Karl Marx got something correct when noting that history repeats itself, “first as tragedy, then as farce”

Given the Trump administration’s extraordinary midterm scorecard of domestic and foreign policy achievements, it’s unfortunate that Republicans lost control of the House. Still, it wasn’t anything like the 63-seat bloodbath Barack Obama suffered in his first midterm referendum.

But in the end, the combined “Hate Trump” salvos from the Democrat Party and its Leftmedia advocates was enough to saturate the polls.

Though Obama’s Democrats also lost six Senate seats in his first midterm, it appears that Trump’s Republicans have gained two seats — maybe.

A week ago, it looked like Republicans had picked up three seats, with former Air Force fighter pilot Martha McSally capturing the Senate seat being vacated by anti-Trump Republican Jeff Flake. Instead, she conceded Monday in a narrow loss to a petulant leftist, Kyrsten Sinema. The latter once described her state as “a meth lab of democracy,” a dig at Arizona’s “deplorables.”

It is a notable irregularity that Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, defeated his opponent by a whopping 15%, while McSally’s loss to Sinema was under 2%, though Sinema failed to win a popular majority. What can explain such an extraordinary level of ticket-splitting? Clearly, McSally got “Flaked.”

Now, sore-losing Democrats are trying to cut Republican Senate gains to just one seat by overturning the results of Rick Scott’s victory over Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson. Last Tuesday evening, it was apparent Republicans had won that Senate seat and the governor’s race. In the latter, corrupt Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum had conceded to Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Not only is Gillum part of a corruption investigation stemming from his years as Tallahassee mayor, but his Senate campaign was heavily funded by California billionaire leftist Tom Steyer.

As for Nelson, sensing his campaign was in trouble three months ago, he laid the groundwork to contest the election results by claiming the Russians had hacked Florida election headquarters, a fallacious claim that even The Washington Post was unable to substantiate. When pressed on the claim by the media, Nelson declared, “That’s classified.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray have both refuted Nelson’s claims.

So now both Nelson and Gillum are contesting the election results. And with crooked election supervisors like Broward County’s Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County’s Susan Bucher, why not? Miraculously, they’re finding thousands of previously uncounted votes in those two deep-blue counties.

According to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), “Florida law requires counties report early voting and vote-by-mail within 30 minutes after polls close. [Days] after polls closed two Democrat strongholds [—] Broward County and Palm Beach County [—] are still counting and refusing to disclose how many ballots they have left to count. … Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely results. Yet over 41 hours after polls closed #Broward elections office is still counting votes?”

Regarding the flood of Democrat lawyers contesting the Florida election, Rubio added, “[Those] lawyers aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted. They’re here to get as many votes for their client as possible counted & get as many votes for opponent as possible thrown out.”

Even left-of-center Politico offered this scathing assessment of Snipes’s sordid history of vote pilfering: “Counting unlawful votes. Destroying ballots. Sunshine Law violations. Busted deadlines. So many controversies have bedeviled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes … that her days in office are now numbered.”

For her part, Snipes now says, “It is time to move on,” adding, “I think I have served the purpose that I came for, which is to provide a credible election product for Broward.”

“Election product”?

According to Demo Senate leader Chuck Schumer, “The more time that passes since Election Day, the better things keep looking for Democrats.”

Exactly!

And Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former disgraced head of the Democrat National Committee, defended the fraudulent efforts, insisting, “The process is simply working.” And she has some experience with how Snipes makes the process work. In 2016, Snipes helped Wasserman Schultz win her primary by destroying opposition ballots. And she posted those election results 30 minutes before the polls had closed.

But here we are again. It’s now likely there will be mandated state-wide recounts challenging both the Scott and DeSantis victories.

Apparently, not much has changed in Florida since the 2000 election of George W. Bush over Albert Arnold Gore. The outcome of that state’s election, and thus the presidency, was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which, after a 36-day recount battle, correctly decided in favor of Bush by overruling the Florida Supreme Court’s order for a recount of “undervotes” — those ballots that, for any number of reasons, were not counted.

Gore finally conceded for a second time. But it’s worth noting that a consortium of media outlets contracted the accounting firm BDO Seidman to examine more than 60,000 “undervotes” from all of Florida’s counties, and that review determined Bush would have won the statewide recount of undervotes if SCOTUS had not intervened. The study also determined that the most lenient standard of vote counting (which Gore’s attorneys sought) would have given Bush an even greater lead.

In the 2000 election, neither Bush nor Gore gained a popular majority of the votes, with Bush wining 47.9% (271 electoral votes) to Gore’s 48.4% (266 electoral votes).

Of note, in the two presidential elections prior to 2000, Bill Clinton failed to win a popular majority in either, receiving just 43% in 1992 and 49% in 1996.


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Neither of those results, however, caused Republicans to take to the streets in protest, as Democrats and their screaming masses and anti-fascist fascists did in 2016. In that election, neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump received a popular majority of votes, but Trump won where it mattered, trouncing Clinton 304 to 227 in the Electoral College.

For the record, Democrats have a long history of election tampering that far eclipses any influence of remote (and nonexistent) Russian collusion in 2016.

And when it comes to “finding votes” that had not been counted, Lyndon Johnson’s Texas Senate run in 1948 is a case study. In his first attempt six years earlier, even with Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigning for him, LBJ lost by 1,311 votes — and, of course, he alleged voter fraud. In his 1948 runoff with his Republican opponent, it appeared once again that LBJ had lost, this time by 20,000 votes. But miraculously, after various “adjustments” to the reported numbers, Johnson was only about a hundred votes from victory. And, shazam, a box of uncounted ballots was discovered, giving Johnson an 87-vote win.

LBJ’s campaign manager, future Texas Gov. John Connally, was present for the newfound ballot count. Among the 202 additional votes, it would later be determined that some voters were deceased and others were not in the county on Election Day. (Coincidentally, recall that Gov. Connally was in the limousine with John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated, making LBJ president.)

Almost 30 years later, The New York Times published an exposé on the 1948 election titled, “Ex-Official Says He Stole 1948 Election for Johnson.” According to that report, “The disclosure was made by Luis Salas, who was the election judge for Jim Wells County’s Box 13, which produced just enough votes in the 1948 Texas Democratic primary runoff to give Mr. Johnson the party’s nomination for the United States Senate. … ‘Johnson did not win that election — it was stolen for him and I know exactly how it was done.’ … Mr. Salas said he decided to break his silence [to gain] ‘peace of mind.’ … ‘I was just going along with my party.'”

The Times article concluded, “A former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, T. Keilis Dibrell … confirmed Mr. Salas’s statement that the last 200 votes had been in alphabetical order. … Mr. Dibrell said, ‘Also, the last 202 names were made with the same colored ink, and in the same handwriting.”

In 1990, The Washington Post published David Broder’s review of a detailed analysis of LBJ’s theft of the 1948 election. In it, Johnson biographer Robert Caro assessed Johnson as “driven by ‘a boundless ambition.’ … His career had been a story of manipulation, deceit and ruthlessness … in which nothing matters but victory and any maneuver that leads to victory is justified. … Johnson stole the victory in the 1948 Senate race.”

Of course, in the 1960 presidential contest between John Kennedy (with LBJ as his running mate) and Richard Nixon, Kennedy defeated Nixon by a microscopic margin of 0.2%, and he failed to secure a popular majority. The deciding electoral victory hinged on Kennedy winning Illinois, where corrupt Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and his Cook County dynasty turned out enough votes for the Kennedy victory. Esteemed JFK and LBJ biographer Robert Dallek concluded that Daley’s political machine “probably stole Illinois from Nixon,” while JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy conceded that the Daley political machine was “the whole ballgame.”

And the other big state that JFK needed to win the electoral majority in 1960? You guessed it — Texas. LBJ had it covered for him.

Despite such an agonizingly narrow loss, Nixon had the decency to concede on the morning after the election. He noted, “In our campaigns, no matter how hard they may be, no matter how close the election may turn out to be, those who lose accept the verdict and support those who win.” (It was only the second time in history that a vice president conceded defeat — the first being Abraham Lincoln’s opponent in 1860, when Lincoln won only 39.8% of the vote.)

Don’t expect such humility and decency from Bill Nelson or Andrew Gillum in Florida. Humility and decency simply aren’t in the political toolbox of today’s Democrat Party. Nor should we expect The New York Times or The Washington Post to call out the abject corruption undermining the Florida elections, or those elsewhere across the nation.

A more recent example of the LBJ model was the 2008 Minnesota Senate race where now-disgraced Demo comedian Al Franken “defeated” incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. At the end of that election, Coleman was 215 votes ahead of Franken, which triggered a recount. That reversed the victory and provided Franken a 225-vote win. Months after Coleman conceded, it was determined that the final count included 1,099 votes from ineligible felony offenders.

Because felony offenders overwhelmingly support Democrats, for that reason Florida is now allowing convicted felons to vote.

What could go wrong!

Source: https://patriotpost.us/alexander/59476-winning-elections-the-democrat-way

 

Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: The Case for Apologetics

Source: Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: The Case for Apologetics

Sarah Sanders Rips Jim Acosta and CNN Over Lawsuit, and She’s 100 Percent Correct

Sarah Sanders is taking about as much guff from CNN as President Donald Trump did.

While Trump has a talent for saying things that get under the press’s skin and pokes at their narcissism, the White House Press Secretary’s delivery in her messaging is so matter-of-fact and steady that it hits its target like a freight train.

Upon learning of CNN’s lawsuit against the White House on behalf of its now-banned White House correspondent Jim Acosta who had his press pass revoked for his behavior last week, Sanders issued a harsh statement that further slapped Acosta and CNN for their childish behavior, indicating first that the lawsuit is just more “grandstanding from CNN.”

“We will vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” she wrote. “The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor.”

Sanders then cut Acosta by what seems to be her pointing out his ego driven actions.

“Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with the respect to the First Amendment,” wrote Sanders.

“After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions — each of which the President answered — he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters,” the statement continued.

What Sanders seems to be saying here is that CNN and Acosta appear to believe that they deserve to be heard and seen more than other reporters of news outlets and that while the First Amendment is definitely to be respected, Acosta seemed to be the only one in the room not willing to respect the speaking rights of others by hogging the microphone, to the point of force, for himself.

Acosta fits this description well and, as I’ve said many times in the past, acts more like an activist than a reporter. To be the story seems to be his goal, not to tell the story, and this is demonstrated by how often Acosta asks inappropriate questions at inappropriate times, and they’re often loaded questions to boot.

This is seemingly the result of Acosta’s ego, and Sanders isn’t the only one who recognizes it. Jon Stewart, while speaking on the press in general, noticed that Trump is so good at getting under the skin of the media covering him because they possess more narcissism than they do professionalism.

“But I think the journalists have taken it personally,” Stewart said during an interview with CNN of all places. “They’re personally offended and wounded by [Trump]. He baits them and they dive in — and what he’s done well I thought was to appeal to their own narcissism, to their own ego.”

Stewart isn’t the only one who sees this as well. Veteran reporter Bob Woodward, famous for covering the Watergate scandal, noted that CNN’s lawsuit isn’t going to help CNN, or the press, win the fight against Trump. It’s leaving emotions at home and focusing on what Trump is doing that will win the day.

“In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump,” Woodward noted, adding “Too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged about this.”

“The remedy [isn’t a lawsuit],” said Woodward. “It’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”

Source: Sarah Sanders Rips Jim Acosta and CNN Over Lawsuit, and She’s 100 Percent Correct

Fox News Announces Support for CNN Lawsuit Over Jim Acosta Being Barred From White House — The Gateway Pundit

Fox News President Jay Wallace issued a statement Wednesday morning announcing the Fox would be filing an amicus brief in support of CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration over the revocation of the White House ‘hard pass’ of Jim Acosta following Acosta’s abusive behavior at President Trump’s press conference last Wednesday.

Jay Wallace, Fox News President, image via Twitter avatar.

Acosta argued with Trump and assaulted a White House intern as she tried to take a microphone from him to pass to another reporter called on by Trump. CNN filed suit on Tuesday claiming First and Fifth Amendment rights.

The Fox statement reads:

“FOX News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court. Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.”

Video clip of Acosta hacking intern’s arm.

via Fox News Announces Support for CNN Lawsuit Over Jim Acosta Being Barred From White House — The Gateway Pundit

Bob Woodward Is Right: The Press Is ‘Emotionally Unhinged’ About Trump

Here’s what The Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward has to say about media coverage of Donald Trump:

BOB WOODWARD at Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Fla., shortly after CNN sues White House over @Acosta :: “In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump … too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged about this.”

In subsequent tweets, NBC’s Dylan Byers adds:

WOODWARD on CNN lawsuit: “This is a negative … Trump is sitting around saying, ‘This is great.'”… “When we engage in [Trump’s strategy] we’re taking his bait.”…

+ WOODWARD: “The remedy [isn’t a lawsuit], it’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”

This strikes me as essentially correct—and it’s worth noting that Woodward is talking about both pro- and anti-Trump folks. Although the latter vastly outnumber the former in the press, there’s no question that Trump Derangement Syndrome cuts both ways. Recall, for instance, the Wall Street Journal piece by David Gelernter about “The Real Reason They Hate Trump” for a classic example of pro-Trump derangement.

Woodward’s comments call to mind recent remarks by Jon Stewart. The former Daily Show host told CNN (of all places):

[Journalists are] personally wounded and offended by this man. He baits them and they dive in, and what he’s done well, I thought, is appeal to their own narcissism, to their own ego…

It’s all about the fight. He’s able to tune out everything else and get people just focused on the fight and he’s going to win that fight.

Stewart is right. Anybody who tries to go toe-to-toe with Trump reliably ends up getting flattened or, at the very least, wasting his or her time. And Woodward is right to stress the need for more and better reporting, regardless of your feelings about the president.

For instance, is the president’s deregulatory agenda actually doing anything? Trump partisans say yes while a recent report says no. What is the reality? Read this by Reason‘s Christian Britschgi to find out. Is the migrant caravan still an existential threat (no, it never was)? Did the end of the world speed up because the United States pulled out of the Paris climate agreement (no)? Is Trump adding massively to the national debt, which is coming due with a force that threatens to swallow economic growth for years to come (yes)?

There are a hell of a lot important stories to figure out. It would be a shame if the press lets its feelings get in the way of doing its basic job.

Source: Bob Woodward Is Right: The Press Is ‘Emotionally Unhinged’ About Trump

How Could a Good God Send Anyone to Hell?

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“There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that he believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.” Bertrand Russell isn’t alone in this sentiment either. Lots of people find the very idea of hell repugnant and beyond the character of a loving God.

Do they have a point? Is it overly harsh or unfair of God to consign people to hell for all eternity? No, it’s not. In fact, I think it’s quite the opposite. But before I get into why, let me first lay some ground work.

What is Hell?

Hell is a place of eternal conscious punishment where people are separated from the grace of God. Jesus describes it as a place of both “outer darkness” (Mt 25:30) and “unquenchable fire” (Mk 9:43). While these two descriptions seem to contradict one another, no contradiction exists when you understand Jesus uses figurative language in these texts.

Before anyone accuses me of bending the truth, I simply want to point out that none of us take every part of the Bible literally. For example, no one takes Jesus literally when he says, “I am the door” (Jn 10:9) or “I am the bread of life” (Jn 6:35). Furthermore, none of us believe we’re literal pottery when the Bible calls us “clay in the potter’s hands” (Isa 64:8) or that we’re literally supposed to hate our relatives (Lk 14:26). We rightly recognize the genre that’s being employed and interpret those phrases accordingly.

I believe the same is true for the fire and darkness language. All throughout Scripture, authors use fire figuratively to describe God’s judgment. Deuteronomy 4:24 says, “God is a consuming fire,” and Daniel 7:9 declares, “his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning with fire.” In Jeremiah 4:4, God warns that his “wrath will flare up and burn like fire because of the evil you have done — burn with no one to quench it.”

Likewise, darkness is a figurative expression as well. John 1:5 says Jesus is the light that shines into the darkness. Again, a literal interpretation just doesn’t fit.

Thus, “We may conclude from many passages of Scripture,” affirms John Calvin, “that [eternal fire] is a metaphorical expression.”

Does this soften the severity of hell? Quite the opposite actually. For figurative language seldom does justice to the realities it seeks to describe. This is true of heaven, which will be far greater than we can possibly imagine. And it’s true of hell — far worse than we can possibly imagine.

Is Hell Eternal?

It’s increasingly popular to deny that hell is a place of eternal punishment in favor of a shorter finite punishment. I don’t think, however, we have biblical warrant for the annihilationist view. Jesus, for example, declares that the wicked “will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (Mt 25:46). In this text, Jesus makes a parallel between eternal life and eternal punishment. Both, that is, will last the same length of time — eternity.

For some, this raises a justice question. Would God really punish someone eternally even though they committed sins for a finite time? Wouldn’t this be unfair of God? I have two responses to this question.

First, we know that the duration of the crime has nothing to do with the severity of punishment. For example, it might take me two seconds to murder someone and two hours to steal their bedroom furniture. Yet, my punishment will be much more severe for the two second crime. That is to say, it’s not the duration of the crime that matters; rather, it’s the nature of the crime that’s important.

Second, who you commit your crime against also factors into the severity of the punishment. For instance, if you punched me in the face, you’ll get a small slap on the wrist. But if you punched the Queen of England in the face, you’ll get a lengthy jail sentence. Why? Because she’s more important and powerful than I am. Yet God is the most important being in the universe. He’s the infinite creator. Any offense against an infinitely great being justly receives infinite punishment.

Who Goes to Hell?

John 3:18 declares, “Whoever believes in [Jesus] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already.” In other words, people who deny they’re sinners in need of forgiveness through the cross of Jesus will go to hell.

Even though the Bible portrays hell as a painful place, it never indicates that the people there wish they were with God instead. According to New Testament scholar D. A. Carson, “There is no hint in the Bible that there is any repentance in hell.” Instead, it seems that people in hell will continue to consciously reject God for all eternity.

C. S. Lewis affirms as much when he remarked, “I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.” For Lewis, it was his view that those in hell don’t want to leave. None of them wish they were in heaven because that would mean being with God — the very one they despise so much. In essence, God has given them exactly what they wanted.

What about Moral People?

Some question whether it’s fair for moral people, like Ghandi, to receive the same judgment as murderous people, like Hitler. According to the Bible, they don’t.

We read in Luke 12:47-48, “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving of punishment will be beaten with few blows.” Additionally, Jesus declares to Chorazin and Bethsaida in Matthew 11:22, “It shall be more tolerable on the day of judgement for Tyre and Sidon than for you.” Both texts indicate different degrees of punishment for unbelievers.

We must also remember that even though we perceive the likes of Ghandi as moral people, they still have committed the worst sin imaginable. Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God with every fabric of our being. Therefore, those who don’t love God, are by definition, committing the worst sin imaginable. They have rejected the one who created them, loved them, and sent his Son to bear their judgment. For them, they don’t need God or his forgiveness.

Additionally, Jesus affirms everyone will get perfect justice when he says, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs” (Lk 12:2-3). God will mete out judgment in the end. He’ll leave no stone unturned. No one will be able to say God judged them unfairly — including Ghandi.

Is there Justice without Hell?

If hell doesn’t exist, all the injustices done in the world will never be righted. Joseph Stalin, whose godless regime was responsible for millions of deaths, won’t ever receive justice for his cruelty. After all, he died an old man in his bed. Even Adolf Hitler got off pretty easy by killing himself. His pain was brief, but compared to the six million Jewish lives, I’d hardly call that justice.

Additionally, every rapist, murderer, corrupt politician, and powerful person who preys on the weak will never get justice unless hell exists.

Imagine if God didn’t judge people for their sins. What kind of God would that be? After all, if someone raped your friend or murdered your mom, and the judge let the person go free, you’d rightly condemn that judge. You’d say he’s not a good judge, and you’d be right. God, however, is a righteous judge who always judges rightly. He cannot turn a blind eye to the sins in the world. Therefore, because God is good, hell exists.

Jesus is the Answer to Hell

This entire post has been about bad news. Hell is a horrible place to think about, but it’s only part of the story. The better part — the Good News — is that Jesus came down from heaven to experience God’s judgment in your place. When he died on that Roman cross, God poured out his wrath on Jesus as if he had lived our rebellious lives. In other words, Jesus experienced hell so we wouldn’t have to.

This is good news, because if we’ll confess that we’re sinners deserving of God’s judgment, and believe that Jesus’ death paid the just penalty for our rebellion, God will forgive us of our sins. Instead of getting eternal judgment, we get eternal life.

On the cross, we see both the justice and mercy of God coming together. Justice, because God rightly condemns all our sins. He doesn’t leave one of them uncovered. And mercy, because he’s able to forgive anyone who trusts in Jesus. So for those who put their faith in Jesus, God judged their sins on the cross. For those who don’t put their faith in Jesus, God will judge their sins in hell. Either way, God judges everyone’s sins.

In the end, some people receive justice and some receive mercy. Nobody will be able to say that God judged them unfairly.

Author: Ryan Leasure

Holds a M.A. from Furman University and a M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently serves as a pastor at Grace Bible Church in Moore, SC.

Source: How Could a Good God Send Anyone to Hell?

November 14, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is expected to remove Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen and is considering replacing chief of staff John Kelly in another shakeup of his administration, a source close to the White House said.

U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday the Senate could vote within weeks on legislation to punish Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen and the death of a journalist at its consulate in Istanbul.

Two prominent U.S. senators expressed alarm on Tuesday about the military and political consequences if China gains control of a port terminal in Djibouti, and said they were concerned it could further boost Beijing’s influence in East Africa.

Austria will not unilaterally expel any Russian diplomats in response to a case in which an Austrian army colonel is suspected of having spied for Moscow for 26 years.

Bangladesh has begun preparations to repatriate an initial batch of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar on Thursday, but it is still unclear if any of them want to return.

Sri Lanka bought about 3,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans last year. China bought about 32 million tons – but now buys almost none after Beijing slapped a 25 percent tariff on U.S. imports in July. The move came in retaliation for U.S. duties on Chinese goods imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. farmers would need about 11,000 markets the size of Sri Lanka to replace Chinese soybean purchases, but these days many growers will take any shred of new business they can get.

A special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed U.S. sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking U.S. punishment.

OPEC and its partners are discussing a proposal to cut oil output by 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd), three sources familiar with the issue said, although Russia may not be on board for such a large reduction.

U.S. consumer prices increased by the most in nine months in October amid gains in the cost of gasoline and rents, pointing to steadily rising inflation that likely will keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates again next month.

AP Top Stories

The death toll in Northern California’s Camp fire climbed higher to 48 people on Tuesday as emergency responders found more bodies five days into the ongoing blaze.

The bulk of the migrant caravan travelling from Central America towards the US border are preparing to leave Mexico City to start the most dangerous part of their journey. Almost 4,000 Central American migrants will depart a stadium in southern Mexico City having spent much of the week in the sports complex. The group have spent the past few days in the Mexican capital resting, receiving medical attention and deciding how to proceed with their arduous trek.

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls.

After a delay in ballot counting following last week’s midterm election, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was officially announced as the winner of Arizona’s Senate race on Monday. She becomes the state’s first female U.S. senator.

Avon has publicly stated its support for the LGBTI community. The beauty giant is advocating the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, as part of its commitment to social progress.

The Russian-controlled branch of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine said it would not participate in the establishment of a unified church there as Kiev seeks to cut spiritual ties with Moscow.

BBC

Hundreds of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico to seek asylum in the US have reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana. The group of 400, who include LGBTQ migrants, broke away from the larger caravan of 5,000 people in Mexico City.

Iran has executed a currency trader known as the “Sultan of Coins” for amassing some two tonnes of gold coins. Vahid Mazloumin and another member of his currency trading network received the death penalty for “spreading corruption on earth”.

An iconic painting by famed US artist Edward Hopper has sold at auction in New York for nearly $92m.

Plans to ban the cremation of morbidly obese people in the Spanish city of Valencia have been withdrawn, reports say. The proposal was made on the grounds of reducing pollution.

The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to lift sanctions against Eritrea after nine years. An arms embargo, asset freeze, and travel ban were imposed in 2009 amid claims Eritrea supported al-Shabab militants in Somalia.

A rare pink diamond has fetched $50m at auction, a record price per carat. Pink Legacy, weighing in at just under 19 carats, the price of around $2.6m per carat marked a world record for a pink diamond.

Jewels once belonging to ill-fated French Queen Marie Antoinette are being auctioned in what is being called one of the most important royal jewelry auctions in history. They have not been seen in public for 200 years and include a pearl and diamond pendant, earrings and necklace.

WND

The United States Preventative Services Task Force is advising that all adults, not just pregnant women, be screened for unhealthy alcohol use by their primary care providers.

The Victoria’s Secret brand hopes to showcase a ‘transgender’ biological man in women’s underwear, says Ed Razek, the brand’s chief marketing officer. Razek’s statement came after progressives and transgender activists rallied on social media to complain he was excluding men who live as women from the brand’s glitzy idealization of women’s sexual power.


News – 11/14/2018

Texas Abortion Clinics: We Should be Able to Dismember Unborn Babies While Their Hearts are Still Beating
A closely-watched abortion trial concluded Wednesday in Texas with the abortion industry arguing that they should be allowed to continue dismembering living, second-trimester unborn babies while their hearts still are beating. “At the end of the day, the abortion industry was forced to graphically describe the draconian and violent process of taking a child’s life through dismemberment, while also defending the practice they claim Texas has no right to prohibit,” the pro-life group said in a statement.

Minnesota’s CAIR‘s Jaylani Hussein Tries to Link White Christian Protestants to the KKK!
Jaylani Hussein Executive director from CAIR Minnesota (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and Linda Gordon author of “The Second Coming of the KKK” join up at St. Cloud State University November 2, 2018, in hopes of playing the sympathies of the ignorant, about 30 people showed up

Illegal Alien Accused of Killing Three Was a DACA Recipient
An illegal alien accused of killing three people has been a recipient of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, immigration officials say.

British, EU Negotiators Settle On Draft For Brexit Deal
Downing Street says the negotiators settled on the technical terms for Britain’s divorce from the EU and that officials on both sides will review the plan for final approval. British cabinet officials are set to meet Wednesday afternoon to consider the draft agreement, May’s office said.

Israel Ambassador to UN: No ‘Two Sides’ Concerning Gaza
Danon also said, “Certain morally bankrupt members of the Security Council will jump to blame Israel, and others who pretend to be objective will call for restraint on both sides. But let me be clear: there is no ‘both sides.’” “There is Hamas that attacks and fires over 460 missiles at civilians, and there is Israel that protects its people,” he added. “The Security Council must condemn Hamas for its aggressive assault and finally designate it as a terrorist organization.”

Israelis Develop Breakthrough Technology for Engineering Body Tissues
A “breakthrough” in basic research has just been reported by researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel…They have succeeded in developing a technology for engineering all types of body tissues from a tiny piece of fat from the recipient. The results of the groundbreaking study were published in the journal Advanced Materials, and the new technology has been successfully tested on animals and human immune cells.

Death toll in California’s Camp Fire now 48
The death toll in the largest wildfire in California history rose Tuesday as the remains of six additional people were found, officials said. The human remains – which were found in Paradise, Butte County – were located in homes, Sheriff Kory Honea said at a news conference Tuesday. The discoveries bring the death toll in the Camp Fire to 48.

‘If Liberman resigns, Netanyahu will dissolve Knesset’
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s apparent plans to resign from the governing coalition would lead to the end of the 20th Knesset and early elections, a senior coalition official close to the Prime Minister said Wednesday.

THE NEXT GEOMAGNETIC STORM
As Earth exits one stream of solar wind, another stream is on the way. Estimated time of arrival: Nov. 18th.

As California Burns, Jerry Brown Takes Heat For Vetoing 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Bill
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to veto a 2016 bipartisan bill aimed at mitigating wildfire risks from power lines and utility equipment has become the focus of critics as fires rage across the state. Wildfires have scorched more than 221,000 acres across California since Thursday, and Brown’s critics are pointing to the two-year-old veto as news reports suggest power lines may have sparked the deadliest wildfire in California’s history.

Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia? See for yourself
For villagers and Bedouins in northwest Saudi Arabia, it’s simply a matter of fact that the “mountain of Moses,” where the great prophet received the Ten Commandments directly from God and other iconic biblical events took place, is in their midst. That assertion conflicts with the conventional wisdom of scholars who believe the site is in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. But the few Westerners who have visited the highly restricted area in the highly restricted Islamic kingdom insist that seeing is believing. And there are others who have done extensive research over the years who agree. “Local Saudis we met were proud of the fact that Moses and the Israelites were there,” Mauro said. One local said, “This is our land, but it is also the land of the Yahud [Jews] who came here long ago.”

Ireland Probes Possible UFO Sighting After Multiple Pilots Report “High Speed, Bright Lights”
… the pilot can be heard saying they witnessed a “a bright light” that had been flying at a very fast speed beside her plane before it “disappeared at very high speed.” And as it turns out, the British Airlines pilot wasn’t the only one to see the vessel. After a Virgin Airlines pilot joined the conversation to suggest that it might have been a meteor re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, the pilot added that there were “multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory,” and that they were “very bright where we were.” Then a third pilot joined the conversation to say “Glad it wasn’t just me,” and reported a UFO that was “astronomical, it was like Mach 2.”

Netanyahu defends Gaza ceasefire, says Hamas ‘begged’ to stop fighting
Hamas “begged” for a ceasefire, and “they know very well why,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday morning, in his first public statements since the government agreed to a ceasefire in the South that went into effect Tuesday evening. Speaking at Midreshet Ben-Gurion in Sde Boker at the annual memorial for David and Paula Ben-Gurion, Netanyahu said that he cannot detail Israel’s plans for the future regarding the situation in Gaza.

Ceasefire goes into effect in south following unprecedented rocket barrage
An unofficial cease-fire went into effect in the South on Tuesday evening following a barrage of some 460 rockets fired on Israel from the Gaza Strip. Whether the cease-fire will remain in place, one Israeli official said, is dependent on what happens on the ground. The joint command of the Palestinian armed factions announced the cease-fire on Tuesday afternoon, saying they would abide by the Egyptian-brokered deal “as long as the Zionist enemy does the same.”

Brexit: Theresa May to face cabinet showdown over deal
Theresa May faces a crunch cabinet meeting later as she tries to win colleagues’ support for a draft Brexit agreement between the UK and EU. Senior ministers will gather in Downing Street at 14:00 GMT amid calls to reject the deal from both senior Brexiteers and some Remain supporters. The Democratic Unionists have warned it could lead to the break-up of the UK.

Italy budget: Rome rejects European Commission demands
The Italian government has defied the European Commission by sticking to its big-spending budget plan. Finance Minister Giovanni Tria said it would stick to a deficit target of 2.4% and a growth forecast of 1.5%. The Commission, worried by the impact of high spending on Italy’s high levels of debt, had told Rome to revise the budget or face possible fines.

Oil price drops amid fears over demand
Oil prices have dropped to their lowest level in over eight months amid fears about a slowdown in demand. International benchmark Brent crude dropped almost 7% to $65.11 (£50.24) a barrel, its lowest level since March. US oil – known as West Texas Intermediate – fell over 7% to $55.69, its lowest level since November last year and the twelfth day it has fallen.

Activists fear Woolsey Fire may have released toxic materials at Santa Susana Field Lab
Santa Susana Field Laboratory cleanup activists fear that hazardous materials may have been released when the Woolsey Fire burned a portion of the contaminated site last week. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control, which is overseeing the long-planned cleanup of the field lab, site of a 1959 partial nuclear meltdown…says it doesn’t believe any contaminants that pose a risk to people were released.

Sniper bullets that never miss, weaponised insects and human experiments to boost brainpower… the incredible sci-fi innovations developed by DARPA
BULLETS that never miss, super soldiers with extreme strength and robot warriors capable of rising up against humans may sound like the stuff of science fiction… but the truth is that they have all already been developed. A top-secret US government body called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)…has developed as part of its mission to revolutionise the way America fights the wars of the future.

Privacy concerns as Google absorbs DeepMind’s health division
Privacy advocates have raised concerns about patients’ data after Google said it would take control of its subsidiary DeepMind’s healthcare division. Google, which acquired London-based artificial intelligence lab DeepMind in 2014, said on Tuesday that the DeepMind Health brand, which uses NHS patient data, will cease to exist and the team behind its medical app Streams will join Google as part of Google Health.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the CDC is warning of a deadly turkey salmonella outbreak
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching which means family gatherings, lots of laughter, and of course the traditional consumption of one particular kind of bird. But while you’re making plans to whip up the most impressive turkey dish you can muster, remember that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still working on a nearly year-long investigation into a turkey salmonella outbreak that has already claimed at least one life and left over 150 sick.

To eliminate Islamic migration permanently, Hungary passes the STOP SOROS LAWS which ban any form of aid to illegal Muslim migrants
Hungary’s parliament passed a series of laws on Wednesday criminalizing the act of aiding undocumented immigrants seeking asylum in the country, despite strong objections from leading European rights bodies.

Professor Warns: Amazon Echo is “Always Recording” Your Conversations
A media professor has warned that Amazon Echo and other such devices are “always recording” private conversations without the consent of their owners.

THIRD TIME THE CHARM? After Starting Both World Wars I and II, Germany Now Calls For The Creation Of A Massive European Army
If history is any guide to future events, Germany will indeed be the driving force behind the start of WWIII whenever that finally begins. There is just something about the mindset of the German people in Europe that leads them towards dreams of world domination. They came pretty close in WWI, they came frighteningly close in WWII, and one might well imagine the third time just may be the charm.

Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia? See for yourself
For villagers and Bedouins in northwest Saudi Arabia, it’s simply a matter of fact that the “mountain of Moses,” where the great prophet received the Ten Commandments directly from God and other iconic biblical events took place, is in their midst.

FBI says hate crimes against Jews in the US rose by 37% last year
Hate crimes against Jews in America rose by more than a third last year and accounted for 58 percent of all religion-based hate crimes, according to data released Tuesday by the FBI, even though Jews make up only some 2 percent of the population.

Judge Orders Amazon Echo Recordings To Be Handed Over For Murder Case
A judge in New Hampshire has ordered Amazon to hand over recordings taken by one of its smart home devices in the hopes that it will solve a murder case from 2017.

UK Company Set To Implant Microchips Into ‘Hundreds Of Thousands’ Of Workers
No longer a conspiracy theory? Back in September Neon Nettle reported that experts were warning that everyone will end up receiving a microchip implant.

Prenatal Surgery Exposes Abortion for What It Is
In an age of prenatal medical breakthroughs—and I mean incredible breakthroughs—it’s hard to imagine how abortion can still be considered healthcare.

Hamas Just Launched More Than 300 Rockets Into Israel, International Community is Silent
Over the past two days terrorist organization Hamas, in partnership with Islamic Jihad, launched more than 300 rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israeli communities.

The Trump Effect: The formerly anti-Israel US State Department stands 100% behind the Jewish State’s retaliation against Hamas rocket attacks, blames terror group alone for the chaos
As the latest attacks against Israel from Hamas have taken place in Gaza, the U.S. State Department condemned the terrorist group and reaffirmed that Israel has the right to defend itself.

Despite Rocket Attacks, Israel Continues Delivering Supplies To Gaza
According to reports there were five gas tankers, 30 fuel tankers and hundreds of other trucks with humanitarian goods that delivered their goods to Gaza.

Turkey demands an immediate end to Israeli retaliatory strikes, as Erdogan slams the Jewish State for protecting itself against Hamas rockets
Following massive wave of rocket attacks by Gaza terror groups on Israel, Turkish government demands Israel refrain from responding.

Mandatory/Forced Vaccinations a Blatant Violation of the Nuremberg Code
“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

Berkeley Christian Student Senator Pressured To Resign For Abstaining From Vote For Religious Beliefs
A Christian student senator at the University of California, Berkeley, is being ousted from her position after abstaining from a resolution that condemns the Trump administration for considering narrowing the definition of gender.

At least 108 people wounded in Israel in two days of rocket fire
Hospitals say dozens treated for shock after over 460 rockets and mortar shells fired at Israeli towns by Gazan terror groups

Gov’t Should Not Punish People for Disagreeing with State-Mandated Sexual Orthodoxy
It’s a tactic followed by all totalitarian regimes: To control people’s thoughts, begin by controlling their speech. Require them to verbally affirm the regime’s dogmas—even if they disagree with those dogmas.

Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist – Ice Age Now
“It could happen in a matter of months,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center.

France Minister: Europe Must Become an ‘Empire’ to Compete with U.S.
France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has called for Europe to become an “empire” to compete with the United States after the country’s President Emmanuel Macron called for an EU army to defend against the NATO ally.

Women’s March Loses Human Rights Award Due To Rampant Anti-Semitism
Since the Women’s March was founded in 2017 before President Donald Trump had actually done anything, praise has been heaped upon it merely for existing and being made up of women. But now that the anti-Semitic beliefs of some of the group’s founders are finally starting to get recognition, some of those who formerly praised the organization are now pulling back.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Socialist Family Feud Over Amazon HQ2

Ocasio-Cortez blasts Amazon as the e-commerce giant announces its location for its new headquarters.

‘Hate Crimes’ and Demo Demonization of ‘Racist’ GOP

Leftist leaders blame Republicans 24/7, so it’s no wonder the rank and file believe it.

Dear Anti-Gun Doctors: Stick to What You Know

Doctors deal with gunshot wounds, but the American College of Physicians gets the prescription wrong.

Facebook Forced Out Trump-Supporting Exec

A rising star in virtual-reality tech was ousted from Facebook because he supported the “wrong” guy.

Video: The Enemy of Capitalism? Capitalists

John Stossel says politicians shouldn’t pander to companies, and companies shouldn’t pander to politicians.

Video: Where Farm Subsidy Money Goes

The biggest beneficiaries of American farm subsidies are the biggest farms with the least need.

Wednesday Short Cuts

“Think how demeaning our politics has become in terms of how we talk about one another.” —Joe “Put Y’all Back in Chains” Biden

Wednesday Top Headlines

Midterms slog on, some caravan migrants arrive, Mueller indictments, health reform, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Ben Shapiro
Nationalism and Patriotism Don’t Have to Be Opposites
Caroline C. Lewis
Restoring Sexual Ethics
John Stossel
Single-Payer Health Care
Walter E. Williams
We Have an Identity Problem
L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham
6 Reasons the CNN-Acosta Lawsuit Is Lame

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 11/14/2018

State Department: Latest attacks from Gaza makes peace plan ‘more urgent’

Kuwait, Bolivia ask UN Security Council to discuss Gaza on Tuesday

UN Security Council fails to agree on how to deal with Gaza crisis

Israel envoy sounds rocket siren as UN debates Gaza violence

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Near The End Of His Life, Mafia Kingpin Al Capone Prayed To Receive Jesus Christ As His Saviour In Terminal Island Prison In 1939 — Now The End Begins

At the close of the talk, Capone’s face seemed to radiate, and when I asked those prisoners to stand who felt the need and will to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, he was the first to rise.’ That this ‘conversion’ had taken place, no one doubted.

Back in November of 2017, I made a lot of people mad with an article entitled ‘AS DYING SERIAL KILLER CHARLES MANSON WAITS FOR THE FLAMES OF HELL, COULD YOU PRAY FOR HIS SALVATION?‘. Evidentially, there were a lot of Christians who felt that Charles Manson could not be saved, and if he could, should not be allowed to be saved because of all the evil that he had done. Ironically, of course, that’s the whole point of salvation now, isn’t it?

But speaking of evil people who ‘don’t deserve’ to get saved, here’s one that may just shock you.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 (KJV)

Without going into the long and storied history of Al Capone and his many stints in prison, I want to focus on an event that happened to him on March 19, 1939, in the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institute in California.

Al Capone was released from Alcatraz on January 6, 1939, and sent to the Federal Correctional Institute at Terminal Island near Los Angeles.  There, one Sunday Reverend Silas A. Thweatt, pastor of the First Baptist Church of San Pedro, California, held a church service.  When he asked if any needed prayer, Capone raised his hand.  They prayed.

When Thweatt gave the invitation, according to his account in Time Magazine, “‘At the close of the talk, Capone’s face seemed to radiate, and when I asked those prisoners to stand who felt the need and will to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, he was the first to rise.’ That this “conversion” had taken place, no one doubted.”  Al Capone was the first of 16 men to stand up.

If you’re like me, at this point in the story, you are very tempted to dismiss this account as ‘urban legend’, I know I was when it was first presented to me. But it is indeed true, and was documented in Time Magazine, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Los Angeles Times and in many other outlets of the day. Shocking, isn’t it?

Al Capone was not a man afraid of prison, having had spent most of his adult life behind bars at this point. He knew he was about to be released shortly, and he was, so this was no ‘jailhouse conversion’ to impress the parole board. No, by all accounts in the newspapers, and from Reverend Silas A. Thweatt who was there preaching, Capone heard something in the message that day that convicted him, and he prayed and asked Jesus to save him.

We have preached on the streets here in Florida for the past 6 years, and in that time 20 people have come forward and prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Did all those people actually get saved, were they all sincere? I have no idea, but they responded to the preaching, became convicted, and prayed and asked Jesus to save them just like Al Capone did. Good enough for me.

“And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?” 2 Samuel 3:33 (KJV)

Interestingly, the title of the sermon that Rev. Thweatt preached that fateful day was ‘Dying Like A Fool’ in a text taken from 2 Samuel 3:33. The Los Angeles Times noted that Capone attended the prison church services regularly after his professed conversion, an excellent sign that he was sincere.

Christian, I hope this story inspires you today on many levels. First, no one is so wicked and so evil that Jesus cannot save them. Jesus shed His blood on the cross at calvary for the worst of the worst. Remember, the thief on the cross that Jesus took to Paradise was also the same guy spitting in His face at the start of the day. Don’t look at the lost as people unworthy of salvation, no matter how lost they may seem to you to be.

Second, you may never preach in a prison but if you’re saved you have already been called to be a witness right where you are. And you may never have the chance to witness to a famous figure, but God will almost certainly use you as the means that a lost soul bound for Hell gets turned around and given a hope of Heaven.

Lastly, Christians are the most powerful people on the face of the earth, for they are the only ones who can point a lost soul towards Heaven. We received that commission to preach and teach the gospel at the moment we became saved. DL Moody once said ‘if you give a man a taste for soul winning, you will spoil him for anything else’. How true that is.

When was the last time YOU shared the gospel of the grace of God with someone who needed to hear it?

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The Same Liberal Media Defending Jim Acosta BLOCKED Breitbart and Gateway Pundit From Obtaining Senate Gallery Press Pass — The Gateway Pundit

Last Wednesday CNN’s Jim Acosta once again took over the White House press briefing, started screaming at the President of the United States, refused to sit down, refused to turn over the microphone, hurled insults at the US President and took a swipe at a young female intern.

In response to this latest outburst Acosta’s hard press pass was revoked.

The liberal mainstream media then uniformly defended Acosta’s right to harass and abuse the US president and hijack a press conference.

The media even invented a COMPLETE LIE that the White House “doctored” a video of Acosta taking a swipe at the female intern.

This is modern liberal journalism in the United States.

** These same liberal reporters actually BLOCKED The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart.com from accessing a Senate Press Gallery pass in 2017.

As TGP previously reported, on Monday, June 12th 2017, The Gateway Pundit’s founder and EIC Jim Hoft along with D.C. Correspondent Lucian Wintrich and Media and Ethics Lawyer, Charles Glasser, counsel to Gateway Pundit, met before the Senate Press Gallery Executive Committee.

The Senate Press Gallery Executive Committee is a group made up entirely of liberal journalists and pseudo-journalists.

We argued the implications and the necessity for alternative voices in the room – voices that aren’t financed by special interests – but voices that are a specific and genuine reflection of the voices of America and every day Americans.

The Gateway Pundit was one of the largest and most vocal pro-Trump websites before the November election.

We later received a call from a liberal reporter that we did not win our appeal.

The committee’s decision was leaked to the far left Daily Beast — They didn’t even contact us.

We went into the hearing with good faith and with the expectation that we would be treated fairly and that the committee would listen to our arguments.

But we were told by Lloyd Grove at The Daily Beast that the committee rejected our appeal the minute we left the room.

They accused us not reporting enough original content. Have they even read their own websites?

Our readers would take offense to that.
The Gateway Pundit has over 20 million page views a month.
Has over 19 million unique visits.
The Gateway Pundit is listed in the top 10 of most commented websites.
The Gateway Pundit breaks national stories that are regularly cited by The Drudge Report and FOX News.
The committee’s arguments just don’t hold water.

And yet NOT ONE media outlet came to our defense or to the defense of Breitbart.com — the largest and most influential conservative website next to The Drudge Report.

Now these same people are defending jackass Jim Acosta.

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72 percent say media ‘dividing Americans,’ spreading ‘hate’ — Christian Research Network

Overall, 72 percent said “the mainstream media has played a major role in dividing Americans along racial, gender and political lines. This has led to a spread of hate and misunderstanding among some people.”

(Paul Bedard – Washington Examiner)  Nearly three-quarters of the country believes that the media is “dividing Americans” along political, racial, and gender lines, a stunning condemnation of the press, according to a new national survey.

What’s more, the Zogby Analytics poll provided to Secrets said that the media bias is sparking hate and misunderstanding.

And while Americans also blame President Trump for dividing voters, the survey analysis said the media is worse. Those surveyed, said Zogby Analytics, “felt the mainstream media spreads hate and misunderstanding, also felt that President Trump is responsible for the spread of hate and misunderstanding, but more voters overall, and in most sub-groups, blame the media slightly more!”

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November 14, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Participation of Comfort

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. (1:11)

As noted in the previous point, the apostle was confident that God would continue to comfort him in the future. But he urged the Corinthians to participate in that gracious work of God by joining in helping him through their prayers. Paul understood, as did James, that “the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16). Therefore he viewed the prayers of the saints as crucial to his ministry. He implored the believers at Rome, “Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me” (Rom. 15:30). To the Ephesians he wrote, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel” (Eph. 6:18–19; cf. Col. 4:3; 2 Thess. 3:1). He wrote confidently to the Philippians, “I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:19; cf. Philem. 22). In 1 Thessalonians 5:25 he said simply, “Brethren, pray for us.” Paul understood the balance between God’s sovereign purpose and believers’ responsibility.

In prayer, human impotence casts itself at the feet of divine omnipotence. When God’s people intercede for each other, His power and sovereign purposes are realized. Thus, the purpose of prayer is not to manipulate God but to exalt His power and submit to His will. When God answered the Corinthians’ prayers for Paul, thanks would be given by many persons on the apostle’s behalf for the favor bestowed on him through the prayers of many. Prayer, like everything else in a Christian’s life, is to glorify God (cf. 1 Cor. 10:31).

Katharina von Schlegel’s magnificent hymn “Be Still, My Soul” expresses the confident hope of every believer in God’s comfort:

Be still my soul: the Lord is on thy side;

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In ev’ry change He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend

Thro’ thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord,

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.[1]


11 The genitive absolute συνυπουργούντων καὶ ὑμῶν (synypourgountōn [GK 5348] kai hymōn) may be conditional in sense: “provided you, too, work together with us.” The bestowal of divine favor is intimately related to the offering of human prayer (Php 1:19; Phm 22). And the verb implies that prayer is cooperative work (Ro 15:30), expressive of the interdependence of the members of Christ’s body (1 Co 12:25–26).[2]


1:11 / Paul has set his hope on God for continued deliverance from death (v. 10b). In verse 11a, Paul indirectly requests the Corinthians to pray for him in his ongoing apostolic ministry. The Corinthians’ prayers function not only as entreaty on behalf of the apostle for deliverance from death but also as a sign of solidarity with him in the face of opposition (see also Rom. 15:30–31; Phil. 1:19). Prayer is just one way to achieve unity (cf. also 1 Thess. 5:25; Phlm. 22).

In verse 11b the ultimate purpose (hina, lit., “in order that”) of the Corinthians’ prayers on behalf of the apostle is doxological, that is, praise to God for Paul’s ministry. By intervening and saving Paul from death, God enabled him to continue ministering. Therefore, when they meet together for worship, many believers should give thanks to God for Paul’s deliverance, which is here called a gracious favor (charisma; cf. 12:9). Even Paul’s most severe crisis must contribute to the praise of God. Certainly Paul’s approach to his own apostolic experience of suffering and dying differs sharply from that of his opponents in Corinth, who believe that these things demonstrate that Paul is an apostolic pretender, a fraud (cf. 5:16).[3]


11. As also you help us through your prayers for us. Then from many people thanks may be expressed on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many people.

This text presents a number of difficulties that are apparent from the intricate word order. First, should the first clause of verse 11 serve as the conclusion to verse 10? The context seems to favor such a linkage. Next, the verse repeats the phrase from/of many people. Some translators change the second occurrence to “in answer to many prayers” (RSV), “because of their many prayers” (NCV), or “through many” (NKJV). Third, is Paul accommodating himself to the Jewish custom of avoiding the use of the divine name? His wording implies that God has granted a blessing to those who are praying (NCV, NJB, REB, SEB).

  • “As also you help us through your prayers for us.” Paul commends the readers for being prayer warriors on his behalf (compare Rom. 15:30; Phil. 1:19). He alludes to the bond of fellowship they have by praying for one another. The act of helping is a continuous one and points to two parties cooperating in a certain cause, which in this case is praying. The Corinthians are asking God to rescue Paul from mortal danger and to do so continually. The Greek gives the word prayer in the singular, but English usage demands the plural.
  • “Then from many people thanks may be expressed on our behalf.” Those people who prayed for Paul’s deliverance could now with Paul thank God (4:15; 9:11–12) The Greek has a word that literally means “faces” but is translated “persons.” We are not amiss, however, to see that the Greek term portrays faces lifted upward to God in prayer.
  • “For the blessing granted us through the prayers of many people.” The blessing that God granted refers to Paul’s rescue from lethal danger. The Greek gives the term charisma, which in the Corinthian correspondence usually signifies a spiritual gift. But here Paul has in mind the gift of restoring his life by rescuing him from the clutches of death. Finally, the Greek text is remarkably brief by saving “through many.” This phrase can mean either “many people” or “many prayers.” Of the two translations, the first one is favored because Paul wants to emphasize the involvement of his readers.[4]

11. Paul “remembers that God acts through the prayers of his people” (Barrett, 67) in a sequence of thought similar to Phil 1:19. The picturesque verb (συνυπουργούντων; lit., “working together to support [me]”), a participle which asv translates as an implied imperative (“you also must help us by prayer,” but tev renders the verb form as a clause of attendant circumstances, “as you help us by means of your prayers”; our translation offers a third option), recalls the part played by the intercessions of Paul’s friends who stood with him in his apostolic mission (2 Thess 3:1–3). The value Paul set upon these prayers of supplication is seen in the consequence: many people will have occasion to give thanks to God for the “favor” (χάρισμα; i.e., his deliverance [Dunn, Jesus and the Spirit, 206]) freely granted (εὐχαριστηθῇ) by God in answer to “the many,” i.e., the loyal Corinthians who have prayed for Paul. Normally we associate Paul’s prayers for his congregations with what he has to say regarding prayer; here it is their prayers for him that are praised. “The many” (οἱ πολλοί) suggests the majority of the Corinthian church who had recently declared their allegiance to the apostolic ministry in a time of testing and had dissociated themselves from the recalcitrant person(s) who had fomented a rebellion against Paul (2:6; 7:12). This exegesis, we submit, is preferable to that which sees two classes of persons in Paul’s word “many” (ἐκ πολλῶν … διὰ πολλῶν). If the text is not corrupt—a suggestion made because it looks overloaded and convoluted—Paul’s wording is deliberately emphatic in praising “the many” who were on his side. Otherwise, with Bratcher’s suggestion (Translator’s Guide, 12), we might think that Paul’s commendation of the first group of “many” is meant to influence a second group. So he translates: “Many people will pray [to God] for us, and God will answer their prayers and bless us. And so many [others] will thank God for blessing us.” But this seems a needless expedient. Cf. Baumert, Täglich Sterben, 106.[5]


11. That the gift bestowed upon us through means of many persons. As there is some difficulty in Paul’s words, interpreters differ as to the meaning. I shall not spend time in setting aside the interpretations of others, nor indeed is there any need for this, provided only we are satisfied as to the true and proper meaning. He had said, that the prayers of the Corinthians would be an assistance to him. He now adds a second advantage that would accrue from it—a higher manifestation of God’s glory. “For whatever God will confer upon me,” says he, “being as it were obtained through means of many persons, will, also, by many be celebrated with praises:” or in this way—“Many will give thanks to God in my behalf, because, in affording help to me, he has favourably regarded the prayers, not merely of one but of many.” In the first place, while it is our duty to allow no favour from God to pass without rendering praise, it becomes us, nevertheless, more especially when our prayers have been favourably regarded by him, to acknowledge his mercy with thanksgiving, as he commands us to do in Psalm 50:15. Nor ought this to be merely where our own personal interest is concerned, but also where the welfare of the Church in general, or that of any one of our brethren is involved. Hence when we mutually pray one for another, and obtain our desire, the glory of God is so much the more set forth, inasmuch as we all acknowledge, with thanksgiving, God’s benefits—both those that are conferred publicly upon the whole Church, and also those that are bestowed privately upon individuals.

In this interpretation there is nothing forced; for as to the circumstance that in the Greek the article being introduced between the two clauses by many persons, and the gift conferred upon me appears to disjoin them, that has no force, as it is frequently found introduced between clauses that are connected with each other. Here, however, it is with propriety introduced in place of an adversative particle; for although it had come forth from many persons, it was nevertheless peculiar to Paul. To take the phrase διὰ πολλῶν (by means of many) in the neuter gender, as some do, is at variance with the connection of the passage.

It may, however, be asked, why he says From many persons, rather than From many men, and what is the meaning of the term person here? I answer, it is as though he had said—With respect to many. For the favour was conferred upon Paul in such a way, that it might be given to many. Hence, as God had respect to many, he says on that account, that many persons were the cause of it. Some Greek manuscripts have ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν—on your account; and although this appears to be at variance with Paul’s design, and the connection of the words, it may, nevertheless, be explained with propriety in this manner: “When God shall have heard you in behalf of my welfare, and that too for your own welfare, thanks will be given by many on your account.”

12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

12 Nam gloriatio nostra hæc est: testimonium conscientiæ nostræ, quod in simplicitate et puritate Dei, non in sapientia carnali, sed in gratia Dei versati sumus in mundo; abundantius autem erga vos.

13 For we write none other things unto you than what ye read or acknowledge, and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;

13 Non enim alia scribimus vobis quam quæ recognoscitis vel etiam agnoscitis: spero autem, quod usque in finem agnoscetis:

14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

14 Quemadmodum et agnovistis nos ex parte: siquidem gloriatio vestra sumus: sicuti et vos nostra in die Domini Iesu.[6]


1:11 Here Paul generously assumes that the Corinthian Christians had been praying for him while he was going through this time of deep testing. Actually, many of the believers had become critical of the great apostle, and there could have been a serious question whether they were remembering him before the throne of grace at all. However, he is willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The expression the gift granted to us through many refers to the gift of Paul’s deliverance which was brought about through the prayers of many persons. He sees his escape as a direct result of the intercession of the saints. He says that because many had prayed, many persons can now give thanks because their prayers were answered.[7]


1:11 As Paul trusted the Lord and as the Corinthians prayed, God delivered him (v. 10). We should pray for one another so that thanks may be given. If many people intercede, many will thank God when He answers. Whenever we face difficulties, we should let others know so they can pray and God can be praised. Answers to prayer should always receive public praise, for our Deliverer deserves our adoration.[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2003). 2 Corinthians (pp. 27–28). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Harris, M. J. (2008). 2 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 445). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Scott, J. M. (2011). 2 Corinthians (p. 30). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 19, pp. 50–51). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[5] Martin, R. P. (1998). 2 Corinthians (Vol. 40, pp. 16–17). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[6] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 2, pp. 123–125). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1822). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 1494–1495). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

November 14 The Motive for True Wisdom

“The wisdom from above is first pure.”

James 3:17

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A pure life is necessary for a wise life.

A person whose life is characterized by true wisdom will seek to be pure. The Greek word translated “pure” in James 3:17 refers to spiritual integrity and moral sincerity. It is freedom from bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, and arrogant self–promotion. Christ is the perfect example of purity (1John 3:3).

A true believer will have pure desires. The deepest part of him desires to do God’s will, serve God, and love God. In Romans 7:15–21 the apostle Paul testifies that when he sinned, he was doing what he didn’t want to do. In Psalm 51:7 David cries out, “Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” The true believer hates his sin. Rising out of his innermost being is a longing for what is clean, pure, holy, and honest.

Purity of heart is the motive of someone who seeks to live a life of godly wisdom (cf. Ps. 24:3–4). God says he will “take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19); that new heart will be consumed with purity rather than self. You do still sin because your new heart is incarcerated in your old flesh. But your new heart fights against your flesh. That’s why Paul said, “I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members” (Rom. 7:22–23).

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). As you persevere in battle against the world, the flesh, and the Devil, be encouraged by reminding yourself that one day the fight will be finished. The apostle John said it this way: “We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Read Psalm 51:1–17, making David’s prayer your own.

For Further Study: According to Matthew 5:48 and 1 Peter 1:15–16, what is God’s standard of purity?[1]


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

November 14 Daily Help

And I will give you a heart of flesh.”—Ezekiel 36:26.

THE hard heart does not love the Redeemer, but the renewed heart burns with affection towards him. Many are the privileges of this renewed heart: “’Tis here the Spirit dwells, ’tis here that Jesus rests.” It is fitted to receive every spiritual blessing, and every blessing comes to it. It is prepared to yield every heavenly fruit to the honor and praise of God, and therefore the Lord delights in it. A tender heart is the best defence against sin, and the best preparation for heaven. A renewed heart stands on its watch-tower looking for the coming of the Lord Jesus. Have you this heart of flesh?[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 322). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

November 14 Building a Picture of Salvation

“By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household” (Heb. 11:7).

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The ark is a beautiful picture of salvation by grace through faith.

God called Noah to a gargantuan task. Conservative figures estimate that the ark was about 438 feet long, seventy-three feet wide, and forty-four feet high. That makes it almost one and a half times the length of a football field and more than four stories high. Its three decks totaled almost 96,000 square feet, with a total volume of about 1.3 million cubic feet. Naval engineers concur that its shape and dimensions constitute an incredibly stable ship design.

But beyond the enormity of its size and the precision of its measurements, the ark is a wonderful illustration of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. For example, Noah was instructed to cover the ark inside and out with pitch (Gen. 6:14). The Hebrew word for pitch has the same root as the word for atonement. The pitch kept the waters of judgment from entering the ark, just as Christ’s atoning blood keeps judgment from the repentant sinner.

The ark was large enough to hold two of each species of animals plus every person who turned to God for safety. Only eight persons chose to be saved on God’s terms, but had more come, surely God would have accommodated them. It is His desire that none perish, but that all “come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Those who perished in the Flood did so because they rejected God’s means of salvation.

Similarly, Jesus’ blood is sufficient to atone for every sinner and every sin since man’s fall in the Garden of Eden. No one who comes to Him will be cast out (John 6:37), and yet so few avail themselves of His gracious provision (Matt. 7:14).

Noah was a man who “walked with God” (Gen. 6:9), and yet he wasn’t without sin. That’s obvious from his drunken and immodest behavior after the Flood (9:20–21). But Noah, like every true believer, was justified by God’s grace, his faith being counted as righteousness. That has always been the basis of salvation (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:5).

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for His amazing grace, by which He saved you and continues to cleanse you from every sin.

For Further Study: Read Romans 4:1–8. ✧ What is the main point of that passage? ✧ Who is the primary example?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 331). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.