Daily Archives: November 26, 2018


And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

—Genesis 17:9

We are surrounded throughout our lifetime by a multitude of things designed for specific purposes. Without argument, most things are at their best when they are fulfilling their purpose and design.

For instance, a piano is made with a specific purpose: to produce music. However, I happen to know that someone once stood on a piano in order to put a fastener of some kind in the ceiling…. I have seen piano tops that were cluttered filing cabinets or wide library shelves.

There is an intelligent design in the creation of a piano. The manufacturer did not announce: “This is a good piano. It has at least nineteen uses!” No, the designer had only one thought in mind: “This piano will have the purpose and potential of sounding forth beautiful music!”…

Do not miss the application of truth here. God was saying to Abraham, “You may have some other idea about the design and purpose for your life, but you are wrong! You were created in My image to worship Me and to glorify Me. If you do not honor this purpose, your life will degenerate into shallow, selfish, humanistic pursuits.” MMG022-023

May I be faithful, Lord, to the purpose for which You have created me. Life is too short and too futile to waste on anything other than worship of my Creator. Amen. [1]

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

You Cannot Be a Born Again Believer AND a Liberal Left Wing Democrat

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

For many years I read the Scriptures about Jesus claiming that He never knew a person with some confusion. As a baby Christian, I often feared when I read this; thinking that perhaps He would not “know” me.  Now I realize that was the evil one speaking lies to me.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

“But he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” is certainly the heart of this passage of…

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November 26 Arresting the Flesh

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to your word.

Psalm 119:8

The godly conduct that produces spiritual stability depends on obeying the divine standard of God’s Word. The Word is what cultivates godly attitudes, thoughts, and actions that will keep you from being overwhelmed by trials and temptations.

To understand the relationship between godly attitudes, thoughts, and actions, consider this analogy. If a policeman sees someone who is about to violate the law, he will arrest him. Similarly, godly attitudes and thoughts produced by the Word act as policemen to arrest the flesh before it commits a crime against the standard of God’s Word. But if they are not on duty, they can’t arrest the flesh, and the flesh is free to violate the law of God.

The analogy teaches that right attitudes and thoughts must precede right practices. Paul realized only spiritual weapons will help in our warfare against the flesh (2 Cor. 10:4). By using the right weapons, you can take “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (v. 5).[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 355). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Dramatic Plunge in Clinton Foundation Donations ‘Raises Grave Concerns’

Newly released tax documents showing a plunge in Clinton Foundation donations after Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election defeat have fueled long-standing Republican allegations of possible “pay-to-play” transactions at the organization, amid a Justice Department probe covering foundation issues.

The tax filings, which were made public this month, show the Clinton Foundation pulled in $62.9 million in 2016 — but only $26.6 million the following year, representing a nearly 58 percent drop.

Tax documents for 2018 are not yet available.

A spokesman for the foundation told The New York Post, which first reported the figures, that they “anticipated a decline” in 2017 and said it was “largely attributable to the absence of sponsorship and membership contributions for CGI [Clinton Global Initiative].”

The final CGI meeting was held in 2016, and the wind-down was a likely factor in the donation drop. Representatives for the Clinton Foundation did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

But the filings further emboldened congressional Republicans concerned the foundation benefited first from Clinton’s position atop the State Department and later as a presidential candidate, by way of donors seeking political favors — only for that cash flow to dry up when it was clear Hillary Clinton was out of government.

“The remarkable significance of the drop in Clinton foundation donations raises grave concerns their operations were not above board as the American people have been led to believe,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in a statement to Fox News.

“Whenever we look at the possibility of ‘pay to play’ by government officials, current or former, it demands answers — and anyone who uses public office to sell access for their own financial benefit must be held accountable.”

Related: Time to Declare Clinton Foundation the Biggest Charity Fraud Ever

President Donald Trump, citing reports about the foundation’s fundraising, tweeted Sunday that it “shows that they illegally played the power game” and “monetized their political influence through the Foundation.”

The foundation repeatedly has denied the allegations. The organization, which receives a high four-star rating from Charity Navigator, has a wide-ranging mission to “improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, and help communities” and more.

But former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was fired almost immediately after the midterm elections, revealed in March that he had appointed U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead an evaluation into a range of Clinton-related issues — including the FBI’s handling of the email case as well as the foundation’s operations.

Huber has been mum on the investigation since the start, but House Republicans last week announced they plan to hold a hearing on Dec. 5 to hear Huber’s testimony — just one month before Democrats take control of the House.

Rep. Meadows, who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, told The Hill last week that it was time to “circle back” with Huber on developments in the probe.

“Mr. Huber with the Department of Justice and the FBI has been having an investigation — at least part of his task was to look at the Clinton Foundation and what may or may not have happened as it relates to improper activity with that charitable foundation, so we’ve set a hearing date for December 5th,” Meadows said.

When appointed, Sessions said that Huber was conducting his work “from outside the Washington D.C. area” and would cooperate with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Sessions said, at the time, that Huber’s review would “include a full, complete and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and facts.”

Huber is the twice Senate-confirmed U.S. attorney for the district of Utah. He previously served in leadership roles within the U.S. Attorney’s Office as national security section chief and executive assistant U.S. attorney.

It is noteworthy that the new acting attorney general is Matthew Whitaker, who before joining the Justice Department led The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a conservative nonprofit that focused heavily on scrutinizing Clinton.

Whitaker, while leading FACT, appeared in more than 200 television and radio appearances from 2014 to September 2017 when he became chief of staff for Sessions. According to The Washington Post, Whitaker criticized Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, the investigation into her private email server and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation during those appearances more than 700 times.

For statements like these, Whitaker has been criticized by Democrats since assuming his acting post at the Justice Department. Eighteen state attorneys general called for him to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe.

The scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation will likely continue to be overshadowed by the expected conclusion of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion supporting Trump’s appointment of Whitaker.

The scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation, however, will likely continue to be overshadowed by the expected conclusion of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump continues to deny any such collusion, while suggesting as recently as Monday that Democratic figures should face similar scrutiny.

“When Mueller does his final report, will he be covering all of his conflicts of interest in a preamble, will he be recommending action on all of the crimes of many kinds from those ‘on the other side’ (whatever happened to Podesta?), and will he be putting in statements from hundreds of people closely involved with my campaign who never met, saw or spoke to a Russian during this period?” Trump tweeted Monday.

He added, “So many campaign workers, people inside from the beginning, ask me why they have not been called (they want to be). There was NO Collusion & Mueller knows it!”

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Adam Shaw contributed to this Fox News piece, which is used by permission.

Source: Dramatic Plunge in Clinton Foundation Donations ‘Raises Grave Concerns’

November 26, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

39 The “promise” that Peter speaks about includes both the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Both are logically and indissolubly united in applying Christ’s redemptive work to the believer. They were only separated chronologically, it seems, for what could be called circumstantial reasons. This promise, Peter declares, is not only for his immediate hearers (“for you”) but also for succeeding generations (“for your children”) and for all in distant places (“for all who are far off”). It is a promise, Peter concludes, that is sure, for it has been given by God and is based on the prophetic word of Joel 2:32: “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (cf. Ac 2:21)

Some interpreters see in the expression “for all who are far off” (pasin tois eis makran) a temporal reference to future Jewish generations, thereby paralleling the phrase “for your children” (tois teknois hymōn). But makran (“far off”) is not used temporally in the LXX or anywhere else in the NT, and so it is probably better to interpret it here more spatially than temporally. A spatial interpretation, however, raises the question of whether makran refers exclusively to Jews of the Diaspora or should be seen also to include Gentiles. That two OT remnant passages are alluded to here (Isa 57:19, “Peace, peace, to those far and near,” and Joel 2:32) has led some commentators to assume that makran refers to Jews of the Diaspora. On the other hand, the use of Luke’s report of Paul’s defense at Jerusalem (22:21; cf. Eph 2:13) has led other commentators to argue that makran refers also to Gentiles.

This is probably one of those situations where a narrator (e.g., Luke) has read into what a speaker said more than was originally there, and so implied that the speaker spoke better than he knew. It seems difficult to believe that Peter himself thought beyond the perspective of Jewish remnant theology. Just as he could hardly have visualized anything beyond the next generation, so he could hardly have conceived of anything spatially beyond God’s call to a scattered but repentant Jewish remnant. But Luke’s desire is to show how an originally Jewish gospel penetrated the Gentile world so extensively that it came to enter the capital of the Roman Empire “without hindrance” (cf. 28:31). Very likely, therefore, in recounting Peter’s words here in Acts, Luke meant them to be read as having Gentiles ultimately in mind—whatever Peter may have been thinking at the time. So we may conclude that Luke here used makran in the same sense as he did in 22:21.[1]

2:39 / What a wonder of grace is evident here, in that the promise of the previous verse was made to the very people who not long before had invoked the blood of Jesus upon themselves and their children (Matt. 27:25). But it was also made to those whom Peter described as far off. It is unlikely, however, that the apostle intended to include the Gentiles in this statement. More likely it was a reference to the Jews of the Diaspora. Had he meant otherwise, we might have expected a specific mention of the Gentiles, as in 22:21. It is true there is an analogous phrase in Ephesians 2:13, 17 (cf. Isa. 57:19; also Isa. 2:2; 5:26; Zech. 6:15), where the reference is to the Gentiles, but we must not look in Peter’s first public address for the wider vision that Paul later had. For Peter it was still a matter of our God in the narrow sense of Jewish nationalism, and even the reference in 3:26 to Jesus being sent “first” to the Jews does not necessarily imply “then to the Gentiles also” in the Pauline sense, but only the long-cherished hope that in the new age the Gentiles would flock to Mount Zion to join in the worship of God (see, e.g., Ps. 22:27; Isa. 2:2f.; 56:6–8; Zeph. 3:9f.; Zech. 14:16; Psalms of Solomon 17:33–35; Sibylline Oracles 3.702–28, 772–76). That Peter had not yet grasped the full scope of the good news is evident from chapter 10 (see esp. the disc. on 10:9ff.; cf. 5:31). The last line of verse 39 is an allusion to Joel 2:32, thus completing and complementing the earlier quotation, for none can call on the name of the Lord (as v. 21) except the Lord calls first. The initiative in salvation is always with God. Even repentance and faith are his gifts (5:31; 11:18).[2]

39. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.”

We make these observations:

  • Repentance. The people ask Peter and the rest of the apostles how they can receive remission of sin and find salvation. What does Peter tell them? He speaks no words of rebuke. Rather, he utters the same word spoken by John the Baptist at the Jordan and by Jesus during his ministry: “Repent” (see Matt. 3:2; 4:17). The imperative repent implies that the Jews turn from the evil they have perpetrated, have an intense abhorrence for the sins they committed, experience a complete turnabout of their lives, and adhere to Jesus’ teaching.

Repentance signifies that man’s mind is changed completely, so that he consciously turns away from sin (3:19). Repentance causes a person to think and act in harmony with Jesus’ teachings. The result is that he breaks with unbelief and in faith accepts God’s Word.

  • Baptism. Peter continues and says, “Be baptized every one of you.” In Greek, the imperative verb repent is in the plural; Peter addresses all the people whose consciences drive them to repentance. But the verb be baptized is in the singular to stress the individual nature of baptism. A Christian should be baptized to be a follower of Jesus Christ, for baptism is the sign indicating that a person belongs to the company of God’s people.

Repentance, baptism, and faith are theologically related. When the believer who repents is baptized he makes a commitment of faith. He accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and knows that through Christ’s blood his sins are forgiven. Indeed Peter instructs the people that baptism must be “in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Forgiveness of sins takes place only through Christ in consequence of his death and resurrection (see Rom. 6:1–4). As forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist preached repentance from sin and then baptized the people who turned from sin (Mark 1:4).

  1. Name. Peter asserts that the believer must be baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” The instruction appears to go contrary to the words of the Great Commission, in which Jesus tells the apostles to baptize believers in the name of the Triune God (Matt. 28:19–20). Notice, first, that the term name includes the full revelation concerning Jesus Christ (see also 8:12; 10:48; 19:5). That is, this term points to his person and work and the people he redeems. In other words, Peter is not contradicting Jesus’ baptism formula; rather, he stresses the unique function and place Jesus has in regard to baptism and the remission of sins. Next, Peter uses the double name Jesus Christ to indicate that Jesus of Nazareth indeed is the Messiah. As Jesus fulfills the prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah, so the baptism in his name is a fulfillment of the baptism of John (see 19:1–7). John’s baptism was with water only, but that of Jesus is with water and the Holy Spirit (compare Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5).
  2. Gift. “And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Within the early church, this text proved to be no contradiction to the words of John the Baptist: “I baptize you with water, but [Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8, NIV). In the first century, Christians saw John’s baptism as the shadow and that of Jesus as reality. Accordingly, the person who was baptized in the name of Jesus pledged his allegiance to Christ, particularly with the confession Jesus is Lord (Rom. 10:9; 1 Cor. 12:3).

What is this gift of the Spirit? Peter puts the noun gift in the singular, not in the plural. By contrast, Paul writes to the Corinthian church about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, among them wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, prophecy, tongues, and interpretation (1 Cor. 12:8–11, 28–31; 14:1–2). But to the people who were present at Pentecost Peter says that the baptized believer will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The expression gift appears in the passage about the outpouring of the Spirit on the Samaritans; Simon the sorcerer tried to buy this gift with money (8:20). The term also occurs in the account of Peter’s visit to Cornelius, who with his household received the gift of the Holy Spirit (10:45; see also 11:17). From these passages we are able to learn that this gift refers to the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Notice, however, that in 2:38–41 Luke makes no mention of the converts speaking in tongues (2:4) or of the apostles laying their hands on the converts so that they might receive the Spirit (8:17). We assume, therefore, that “speaking in tongues and laying on of hands were not considered prerequisites for receiving the Spirit.”

The context of the Pentecost account indicates that the gift of the Spirit is not dependent on baptism. The two clauses “be baptized” and “you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” are separate statements. In a detailed study of this point Ned B. Stonehouse observes, “One may conclude with confidence that Acts 2:38 is not to be understood as teaching that the gift of the Spirit was conditional upon baptism.” A study in Acts on baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit reveals that these two are related but do not necessarily follow each other. Hence, in verse 38 Peter instructs the people to repent and to be baptized; then he adds the promise (in the future tense) that they “will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

  • Promise. In the next verse (v. 39) Peter relates to his audience that “the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.”

What is the meaning of the word promise? Luke, who reports Peter’s words, refrains from providing details. The definite article preceding the noun promise seems to indicate that Peter has the specific promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit in mind. The promise refers to the prophecy of Joel 2:28–32, which was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. Before his ascension Jesus tells the apostles, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise my Father made, of which you heard me speak” (1:4; see also Luke 24:49). And the exalted Christ pours out the promised Holy Spirit he received from God the Father (Acts 2:33).

The phrase for you and your children is an echo of God’s promise to Abraham to be a God to him and his descendants for generations to come (Gen. 17:7). Likewise, the promise of the Holy Spirit goes far beyond the Jews and their children who were present in Jerusalem at Pentecost. From the moment of arrival, the Holy Spirit remains among God’s people until the end of time. The Spirit leads believers to Jesus Christ and lives within their hearts, for their physical bodies are his temple (1 Cor. 6:19).

“And for all who are far off—as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” Peter and his fellow Jews consider themselves God’s covenant people, who are the first to receive the blessing of salvation. But through the work of Christ the Gentiles also are included in God’s covenant. Peter himself eventually realizes the import of the words he utters at Pentecost when he reports to the Jews in Jerusalem about his visit to Cornelius in Caesarea. Concludes Peter, “If then God gave them the same gift as he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” (11:17). Years later, Paul writes to Gentile members of the church about their exclusion from the covenant and says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13, and see v. 17).

Two concluding remarks are in order. First, the term far off includes both time and place. God’s promise extends throughout the generations until the end of the world. It also reaches people from every nation, tribe, race, and language, wherever they dwell on the face of this earth. Peter’s words are in complete harmony with those of Jesus: “Make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19). And second, God is sovereign in calling his own people to himself. Salvation originates with him and he grants it to all those whom he, in his sovereign grace, effectively will call. These words of Peter correspond to and have their counterpart in Joel’s prophecy: “And it will be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (v. 21; Joel 2:32).[3]

39. For the promise appertaineth unto you. It was requisite that this should be expressly added, that the Jews might certainly think and persuade themselves that the grace of Christ did belong as well to them as to the apostles. And Peter proveth it thus, because the promise of God was made unto them. For we must always look unto this, because [that] we cannot otherwise know the will of God save only by his word. But it is not sufficient to have the general word, unless we know that the same is appointed for us. Therefore Peter saith, that those benefits which they see in him and his fellows in office were in times past promised to the Jews; because this is required necessarily for the certainty of faith, that every one be fully persuaded of this, that he is comprehended in the number of those unto whom God speaketh. Finally, this is the rule of a true faith, when I am thus persuaded that salvation is mine, because that promise appertaineth unto me which offereth the same. And hereby we have also a greater confirmation, when as the promise is extended unto those who were before afar off. For God had made the covenant with the Jews, (Exod. 4:22.) If the force and fruit thereof come also unto the Gentiles, there is no cause why the Jews should doubt of themselves, but that they shall find the promise of God firm and stable.

And we must note these three degrees, that the promise was first made to the Jews, and then to their children, and last of all, that it is also to be imparted to the Gentiles. We know the reason why the Jews are preferred before other people; for they are, as it were, the first begotten in God’s family, yea, they were then separated from other people by a singular privilege. Therefore Peter observeth a good order, when he giveth the Jews the pre-eminence. Whereas he adjoineth their children unto them, it dependeth upon the words of the promise: I will be thy God, and the God of thy seed after thee, (Gen. 17:7,) where God doth reckon the children with the fathers in the grace of adoption.

This place, therefore, doth abundantly refute the manifest error of the Anabaptists, which will not have infants, which are the children of the faithful, to be baptized, as if they were not members of the Church. They espy a starting hole in the allegorical sense, and they expound it thus, that by children are meant those which are spiritually begotten. But this gross impudency doth nothing help them. It is plain and evident that Peter spake thus because God did adopt one nation peculiarly. And circumcision did declare that the right of adoption was common even unto infants. Therefore, even as God made his covenant with Isaac, being as yet unborn, because he was the seed of Abraham, so Peter teacheth, that all the children of the Jews are contained in the same covenant, because this promise is always in force, I will be the God of your seed.

And to those which are afar off. The Gentiles are named in the last place, which were before strangers. For those which refer it unto those Jews which were exiled afar off, (and driven) into far countries, they are greatly deceived. For he speaketh not in this place of the distance of place; but he noteth a difference between the Jews and the Gentiles, that they were first joined to God by reason of the covenant, and so, consequently, became of his family or household; but the Gentiles were banished from his kingdom. Paul useth the same speech in the second chapter to Ephesians, (Eph. 2:11,) that the Gentiles, which were strangers from the promises, are now drawn near, through Jesus Christ, unto God. Because that Christ (the wall of separation being taken away) hath reconciled both (the Jews and Gentiles) unto the Father, and coming, he hath preached peace unto those which were nigh at hand, and which were afar off. Now we understand Peter’s meaning. For to the end he may amplify the grace of Christ, he doth so offer the same unto the Jews, that he saith the Gentiles are also partakers thereof. And therefore he useth this word call, as if he should say: Like as God hath gathered you together into one peculiar people heretofore by his voice, so the same voice shall sound everywhere, that those which are afar off may come and join themselves unto you, when as they shall be called by a new proclamation.

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Be ye saved from this froward generation.

41 Those, therefore, which willingly embraced his words were baptized: and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued in the apostles’ doctrine, and in fellowship, and breaking of bread, and prayers.[4]

There has been considerable debate about v. 39. Who are “those who are far off”? Are they: (1) future generations of Jews; (2) Jews in distant lands; (3) Gentiles? On the one hand, Acts 13:32–33 would seem to suggest that the meaning is Jewish offspring, in this case those not yet born. On the other hand, it is possible that Isa. 57:19 (LXX) is in view where proximity in space is the issue, and in that text Jews seem surely in view (cf. 57:14, “my people”; Sir. 24:32). Yet in Eph. 2:13, 17 the reference is clearly to Gentiles when the phrase “those who are far off” is used. I would suggest that in view of Luke’s geographical approach to history writing and the telling of the story of the early church, probably (2) is what is meant, with (1) as the second most likely possibility. The connection with the Ephesians passage is more remote, as is any connection with later rabbinic use of Isa. 5:19. In any case, it is said that the promise is for everyone, which by implication could include Gentiles—anyone who calls on the name of the Lord, and at the same time anyone whom the Lord calls (v. 39b).[5]

2:39. The expression for all who are far off could refer to either Jews of the Diaspora or Gentiles. The former seems more likely in view of Peter’s restricted understanding of God’s redemptive program prior to the vision leading him to Cornelius. But, at the time of writing, Luke may have understood it as a prediction of the proclamation of the gospel to the Gentiles without limitation to any ethnic group.

The statement, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself, refers to God’s electing purposes, whereby people are drawn to Christ for salvation. In his prophecy, Joel promised salvation to “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord” (Ac 2:21); Peter was indicating that God is sovereign over the call to salvation.[6]

2:39 Peter next reminds them that the promise of the Holy Spirit is to them and to their children (the Jewish people) and to all who are afar off (the Gentiles), even as many asGod would call.

The very people who had said, “His blood be on us and on our children,” are now assured of grace for themselves and their children if they will trust the Lord.

This verse has often been used mistakenly to teach that children of believing parents are thereby assured of covenant privileges, or that they are saved. Spurgeon answers this effectively:

Will not the Church of God know that “that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit?” “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?” The natural birth communicates nature’s filthiness, but it cannot convey peace. Under the new covenant, we are expressly told that the sons of God are “born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

The important thing to notice is that the promise is not only to you and to your children but to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. It is as inclusive as the “whosoever” of the gospel invitation.[7]

[1] Longenecker, R. N. (2007). Acts. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, pp. 751–752). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Williams, D. J. (2011). Acts (pp. 54–55). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 17, pp. 104–107). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] Calvin, J., & Beveridge, H. (2010). Commentary upon the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 1, pp. 121–124). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Witherington, B., III. (1998). The Acts of the Apostles: a socio-rhetorical commentary (pp. 155–156). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[6] Marty, W. H. (2014). Acts. In The moody bible commentary (p. 1677). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 1587–1588). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Franklin Graham: Trump defends Christian faith

(THE HILL) — Evangelist leader Franklin Graham said he is an outspoken supporter of President Trump because he defends the Christian faith. “Now people say ‘Well Frank but how can you defend him, when he’s lived such a sordid life?’ ” Graham said on “Axios on HBO,” appearing to reference things such as the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the president.

Trump has repeatedly denied any inappropriate conduct.
“I never said he was the best example of the Christian faith. He defends the faith. And I appreciate that very much.”

Source: Franklin Graham: Trump defends Christian faith

Trey Gowdy on politicization of judges

(Washington Examiner) Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., all but endorsed President Trump’s view that the judiciary is politicized on Sunday.

Last week Trump engaged in a public back-and-forth with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who rebuked the president’s assertion that a “Obama judge” ruled against his border policy. “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts said in an extraordinary statement.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, said he wished he could agree with Roberts.

“I wish Chief Justice Roberts were right. I wish there were not a politicization of the judiciary. But it’s not just politicians,” Gowdy said Sunday on CBS’s “Face thew Nation.”

Source: Trey Gowdy on politicization of judges

Obama agents pepper-sprayed migrants: History challenges caravan response outrage

Critics hammering the Trump administration for the migrant caravan response are glossing over a similar episode that occurred under then-President Barack Obama.

Source: Obama agents pepper-sprayed migrants: History challenges caravan response outrage

“I’m Not Going To Agree That I Lied”: Corsi Rejects Mueller’s Plea Deal, Plans To Sue

Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi said on Monday that he is refusing to sign a plea deal offered by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Corsi, who fell under suspicion as an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks during the 2016 US election, said he was offered a deal to plea on one count of perjury.

They want me to say I willfully lied. I’m not going to agree that I lied. I did not. I will not lie to save my life. I’d rather sit in prison and rot for as long as these thugs want me to,” Corsi said.

“They can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie,” Corsi told CNN.

According to OANN Host Jack Posobic, Corsi plans to sue Mueller.

On Monday President Trump raised the question of Mueller’s impartiality – tweeting:

“When Mueller does his final report, will he be covering all of his conflicts of interest in a preamble, will he be recommending action on all of the crimes of many kinds from those “on the other side”(whatever happened to Podesta?), and will he be putting in statements from hundreds of people closely involved with my campaign who never met, saw or spoke to a Russian during this period? So many campaign workers, people inside from the beginning, ask me why they have not been called (they want to be). There was NO Collusion & Mueller knows it!


Source: “I’m Not Going To Agree That I Lied”: Corsi Rejects Mueller’s Plea Deal, Plans To Sue

Hillsong UK Removes London Carols Promo Video Depicting Wise Men Visiting Baby Jesus in Tavern — Christian Research Network

“Hillsong also raised eyebrows in 2015 as its Christmas presentation included the carol “Silent Night” set to a nightclub-like setting with 1920’s-style flappers, as well as the “Little Drummer Boy” featuring shirtless men pounding on drums while a woman in tight gold leather pants belted out the song in thick fog.”

(Heather Clark – Christian News)  A Hillsong branch in the United Kingdom has removed from YouTube a promotional video for its annual Christmas musical that depicted the wise men arriving at a Bethlehem inn to see the baby Jesus, and upon entering, finding an environment with much drinking and dancing just feet from the Christ child.

The “three kings” video promoted Hillsong’s “London Carols” program, scheduled for Dec. 16. According to a description of the production, the “extravaganza follows the timeless story of the three wise men as they travel through different continents and eras, from the plains of Africa, through to the golden age of rock and roll and a space-aged future on their quest to deliver gifts to the newborn King.”

The YouTube advertisement featured the three wise men arriving at the inn, singing the carol “We Three Kings of Orient Are” to announce their purpose to an eccentric woman who answers the door. As they are pulled inside, they find Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus—as well as much dancing and merrymaking, complete with patrons at the bar holding large mugs of beer and servers on top of tables.

Pulpit & Pen first reported on the matter, noting that there were several issues with the portrayal.

“In reality, Jesus was born in the stable—not in the inn, which had no vacancy for his expectant mother—and laid in a manger, or feeding trough (Luke 2:12),” it said. “The wise men, or Magi (a sect of astronomers and seers going back to the prophet, Daniel—Daniel 2:48 ), whose number is unknown, found Jesus at his home sometime during the first year after his birth (Matthew 2:11), just prior to their midnight flight to Egypt.” View article →


Hillsong Christmas Musical Trailer Depicts Jesus Born In A Bar – Hillsong removed one of the Youtube videos we posted. One still remains. 

via Hillsong UK Removes London Carols Promo Video Depicting Wise Men Visiting Baby Jesus in Tavern — Christian Research Network

Mueller Gang Targeted Manafort, General Flynn and Papadopoulos for a Reason – And NOT the Podesta Brothers — The Gateway Pundit

The Mueller gang of conflicted and corrupt former DOJ and FBI operatives is working diligently to destroy their targets.

General Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort were targets of the Deep State coup.  There is a reason for this.

Patriot Magarex on Twitter tweeted a string of tweets yesterday that makes a whole lot of sense.  The Mueller team is a bunch of far left deep state crooks but they are also desperate.  They are doing all they can to protect former President Obama and his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton:

The reason the Mueller gang went after General Flynn, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos is because the Obama gang obtained warrants to spy on these individuals by lying to the FISA court:

Mueller wants to discredit these men in hopes that when it comes out that they illegally spied on then, the far left can claim that they were criminals and ignore the fact that Obama committed crimes by spying on them with illegal FISA warrants.

President Trump no doubt knows this and knows what’s in the FISA documents and other information that Congress has asked him to release.  The only recourse that the Mueller team can take is to keep the scam alive.  However, in order to do this they must continue to commit crimes –

The time has come for President Trump to drop the bomb on these phonies.  It’s time to put the country’s biggest scandal to rest and bring the culprits to justice.  Now!

Gateway Pundit Poll: Should Trump Shut Down The Mueller Investigation?

via Mueller Gang Targeted Manafort, General Flynn and Papadopoulos for a Reason – And NOT the Podesta Brothers — The Gateway Pundit

Thousands More ‘Enemy Combatant’ Migrants Expected To Arrive In Tijuana And Will Also Be Demanding Asylum In The United States — Now The End Begins

Thousands of additional migrants are expected to arrive Tijuana, Mexico, expecting to claim asylum at the U.S border. The migrants expected to arrive are in addition to the approximately 5,000 migrants who already arrived in this border city during recent days.

The border battle is on. Emboldened by wins by the Democrats in Congress, caravan organizers in Chicago are now pushing yet another group of angry migrants forward and they will be arriving in Tijuana, Mexico very shortly. The people of Tijuana have taken to the streets in protest of this invasion of their own land.

Mexicans don’t want them, and the United States after yesterday’s border attack definitely does not want them. These migrants, these ‘enemy combatants’, will not rest until the blood runs in the sand. Looks like the Democrats agenda is getting an early start.

Thousands of Additional Migrants Headed to U.S. Border

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Jean Guerrero from KPBS first reported on the expected migrant arrivals after she spoke to a group who had just made their way to Tijuana, Baja California.

The new migrants appear to be from a group of 200 who, according to Frontera.Info, arrived at the border city after having been stranded for days in Mexicali. The Mexican news site reported that the group was primarily made up of young adult males. The migrants said they felt betrayed by their compatriots who had told them that they would be allowed to enter the U.S and request asylum.

The arrival of the new caravan comes just hours after a group of migrants tried to rush the U.S. border at the San Ysidro port of entry. As Breitbart News reported, the effort forced U.S. Customs and Border Protection to shut down the port of entry and establish barricades with federal officers in riot gear. U.S. Customs and Border Protection tweeted that Border Patrol agents were forced to fire tear gas into the crowds as some of the migrants threw rocks.

The growing number of migrants arriving at Tijuana has stretched the border city’s resources thin, forcing the mayor to call the issue a humanitarian crisis and demand that the Mexican federal government provide the city with needed resources. SOURCE

via Thousands More ‘Enemy Combatant’ Migrants Expected To Arrive In Tijuana And Will Also Be Demanding Asylum In The United States — Now The End Begins

Experts on Climate Change Assessment: ‘Every Conclusion of This Latest Government Report Is False’ — Christian Research Network

“President Trump was required by law to release this report, but he is not required to take it seriously – and he surely will not. To do so would undermine his sensible, deregulatory agenda and restart the war on fossil fuels.”

(Penny Starr – Breitbart) The federal government’s Fourth National Climate Assessment, released on Friday, has gained praise from leftists and left-wing environmental groups as a dire warning of the coming death and destruction in the United States if we don’t stop global warming. 

But critics of the report, including scientists, have slammed it as “exaggeration,” bad science and even said its conclusions are “false.”

“This latest climate report is just more of the same – except for even greater exaggeration, worse science, and added interference in the political process by unelected, self-serving bureaucrats,” Tim Huelskamp, president of the Heartland Institute said in statements released by the free-market think tank following the report’s release.

“With a new volume out in December, The Heartland Institute has published 4,000 pages of the Climate Change Reconsidered series by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Huelskamp said. “Those reports cite many hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers that show how every conclusion of this latest government report [is] false.” View article →

via Experts on Climate Change Assessment: ‘Every Conclusion of This Latest Government Report Is False’ — Christian Research Network

November 26, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump said on Monday that Mexico should send migrants seeking asylum in the United States back to their home countries, a day after U.S. authorities shut the country’s busiest southern border crossing and fired tear gas into the crowd.

President Trump tweeted on Saturday that migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would stay in Mexico until their asylum claims were individually approved in U.S. courts, but Mexico’s incoming government denied they had struck any deal.

President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court rulings blocking a policy barring certain transgender people from military service, declining to wait for decisions from federal appeals courts currently considering the issue.

Russia ignored Western calls to release three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews it fired on and captured near Crimea and accused Kiev of plotting with its Western allies to provoke a conflict.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Monday to introduce martial law for 60 days, a statement on his website said, though it needs parliamentary approval to come into force.

Qatar expects six F-15 war planes will be delivered to its air force by March 2021, the first batch of 36 it agreed to buy from the United States last year in a deal worth $12 billion.

The global chemical weapons agency will investigate an alleged gas attack in Syria’s Aleppo that reportedly wounded 100 people on Saturday, a source said on Monday.

The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned and released a British academic jailed for life on spying charges, granting a request for clemency after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to membership of the UK’s MI6 intelligence service.

GM will cut car production, stop building several low-selling car models, and slash its North American workforce, marking its biggest restructuring in North America since its bankruptcy.

Argentina is on the verge of signing a deal with the United States that would allow two-way trade of fresh beef for the first time in nearly two decades, the South American country’s international trade secretary, Marisa Bircher, told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia raised oil production to an all-time high in November, an industry source said on Monday, as U.S. President Donald Trump piled pressure on the kingdom to refrain from production cuts at an OPEC meeting next week.

AP Top Stories

NASA’s first spacecraft built to explore the deep interior of another world streaked toward a landing scheduled for Monday on a vast, barren plain on Mars, carrying instruments to detect planetary heat and seismic rumblings never measured anywhere but Earth.

The devastating Camp fire ― a massive blaze that engulfed more than 153,000 acres, killing at least 85 people and destroying nearly 14,000 homes in northern California ― is 100 percent contained, fire officials said Sunday.

French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris on Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and beyond and staged road blockades to vent anger against rising fuel taxes.

Somalia was hit by two violent attacks Monday, one killing an Islamic cleric and 17 of his followers for playing music and a second killing at least six people in a car bomb blast in the capital, Mogadishu, police said.

Indian officers had a nervous long-distance face-off with the tribe who killed an American missionary, in their latest bid to locate his body on a remote island, police said Sunday.

India on Monday paid tribute to the more than 160 people killed in a 2008 Islamist militant attack on the city of Mumbai, the 10th anniversary of an assault that raised fears of war with Pakistan.

Critics are slamming the Trump administration’s cunning timing for releasing a devastating federal report exposing the appalling consequences of continued climate change.

More than 700 people were injured in a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that shook western Iran, state television reported in an updated toll Monday.

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of Taiwan Monday, the US Geological Survey said, and was felt hundreds of kilometers away in Hong Kong.

Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in the northern city of Aleppo that Damascus and Moscow blamed on rebels.

George Soros’s Open Society Foundation said on Monday it would cease operations in Turkey, days after President Tayyip Erdogan accused the billionaire philanthropist of trying to divide and destroy nations.


At least one million bees are suspected to have died of poisoning in a wine-producing area of South Africa.

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has hit its highest rate in a decade, according to official data. About 3,050 sq. miles of the world’s largest rainforest was destroyed between August 2017 and July 2018 – an area roughly five times the size of London.


In a major shock to evolutionary science, a sweeping survey of the genetic code shows the human race sprang from a single adult couple. Another surprise for the scientists, however, was that nine of every 10 animal species also come from a single pair of beings.

The head of Russia’s national space agency has proposed a mission to the moon to verify whether the American moon landings really took place.

In a sign that North Korea is not planning to give up all its nuclear arsenal, the communist government has revealed plans to use the weapons to launch EMP attacks that effectively dismantle technology and computers in the blast area.

News – 11/26/2018

Three IDF soldiers injured in car-ramming attack in Gush Etzion
Three IDF soldiers were injured in a car-ramming attack at the Gush Etzion junction, the IDF confirmed on Monday. “A terrorist rammed three soldiers who were doing construction work on a road between Beit Ummar and El-Aroub,” the army said in a statement. “One soldier was moderately wounded and two others were lightly wounded. One of the patrol soldiers fired and neutralized the terrorist. The soldiers were evacuated to receive medical treatment in a hospital.”

Air Force bolsters stealth power as more F-35I fighter jets land in Israel
The Israel Air Force received another two F-35I “Adir” stealth fighter jets on Sunday, bringing the total number of advanced jets in the Golden Eagle Squadron to 14. The two fifth-generation jets landed at the Israeli Air Force’s Nevatim base, southeast of Beersheba. Israel received its first two Adir fighter jets from the United States in December 2016 and the aircraft were declared operational approximately a year later…

A new phase in Israel-Gulf relations
Intelligence and Transportation Minister Israel Katz pushed for cooperation between Israel and the Gulf states in a speech in Oman on November 7. “In my view, cooperation between Israel and the Gulf states can and should be expanded,” he said. “Israel also has a lot to offer when it comes to water desalination and irrigation, agriculture and medicine.”

Whale stranding in New Zealand leaves 145 dead
A group of up to 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The animals were discovered by a walker late on Saturday, strewn along the beach of Mason Bay. Authorities said half the whales had already died by then, while the other half were put down as it would have been too difficult to save them. In separate incidents, 12 pygmy whales and a sperm whale also beached in New Zealand over the weekend.

Queensland bushfires: Evacuations amid ‘highly unusual’ conditions
Hundreds of Australians have evacuated their homes due to bushfires amid “unprecedented” weather conditions in the state of Queensland, officials say. About 40 bushfires are burning across the state following a heatwave, said Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. The most serious blaze, 450km (280 miles) north of Brisbane, has destroyed at least two homes, damaged four others and prompted evacuation orders.

Iran earthquake: More than 700 injured in Kermanshah
More than 700 people have been injured in a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck western Iran on Sunday night, state television reports. The epicentre was in Kermanshah province, where last year more than 600 people were killed in the country’s deadliest earthquake in over a decade. Tremors were reportedly felt across the wider region, with reports of at least one death in nearby Iraqi Kurdistan.

An aging America: Old people will outnumber children for the first time in the country’s HISTORY
Adults 65 and older will soon outnumber children for the first time in America’s history, it has been revealed. The US Census Bureau released new projections this year that showed the country’s changing – and aging – demographics. By 2030 all baby boomers will be older than age 65 and one in every five Americans will be retirement age.

UN representative to Israelis: ‘Why do you keep living on Gaza border?’
A member of a UN Human Rights Council commission…asked two Israelis living near the strip, “If that is the situation, why do you continue living there?” Over the weekend, Batia Holin from Kibbutz Kfar Aza and Adele Raemer from Kibbutz Nirim accepted an invitation to speak in front of the UNHRC’s Independent Commission of Inquiry for events on the 2018 Gaza border and tell its members of life under the threat of arson terrorism and rocket fire.

Russia resists Western calls to free captured Ukrainian ships
Russia resisted international calls on Monday to release three Ukrainian naval ships that its border patrols had fired on and seized near Crimea at the weekend, triggering the most dangerous crisis in years between Moscow and Kiev.

Jordan faces wave of dissent as government’s troubles mount
When a flash flood swept a group of schoolchildren to their deaths in Jordan last month, a wave of public criticism pointed to wider discontent within the kingdom. The backlash against the government on social media questioned how anyone had been allowed into an area at risk of seasonal flooding near the Dead Sea. Two ministers were sacked over the tragedy and King Abdullah ordered an inquiry.

French government blames Marine Le Pen for violent Paris fuel protests}
In a second week of demonstrations, thousands are protesting against the steep rise in diesel prices brought in by the president.

3D-printed vegan steak and fries? Israeli startup says it has replicated meat
An Israeli startup hopes to disrupt the vegan food market by developing 3D printing technology that will be able to produce meat substitutes using plant-based formulations, saying the final product very closely resembles the experience of consuming natural meat. Its founder says it has “replicated… the complex matrix that is meat.”

Microchip: You will get chipped — eventually
You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time. In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate.

New Research Has Concluded That All Humans Are Descendants Of Just One Couple Who Lived 200,000 Years Ago
Scientist David Thaler explained that he ‘fought against’ the conclusions of the ‘surprising’ study which suggests that human beings are the product of one couple that lived from between 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

Mexico To Deport 500 Migrants Who Stormed US Border
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., known as a staunch defender of Christian values during her tenure in the U.S. House, says she has witnessed fulfillment of a prophecy by Ezekiel during her lifetime.

Bachmann: ‘I have witnessed fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy’
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., known as a staunch defender of Christian values during her tenure in the U.S. House, says she has witnessed fulfillment of a prophecy by Ezekiel during her lifetime.

Ukraine’s President Calls For Martial Law, Citing Russian Aggression at Sea
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said late Sunday he would seek parliamentary approval to impose martial law, characterizing the move not as a declaration of war but as a defensive action in response to a clash between Ukrainian and Russian naval vessels near Russian-occupied Crimea.

Hundreds Of Violent Migrants Illegally Storm The US Port of Entry, Attack Guards With Projectiles As Customs Shuts The Whole Border Down
The caravan of migrants passed any number of other countries to get to the United States border with Mexico. And in true illegal immigrant fashion, over 1,000 of them rushed the border today, demanding entry, whilst hurling projectiles at border guards that made contact.

Pedophiles, Killers, Gang Members Arrested by Texas Border Agents
Texas Border Patrol agents have arrested a group of 39 migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally, with many of illegal immigrants having criminal histories that include convictions for homicide, child rape, and other sexual crimes against children.

San Diego Port of Entry Shut Down as Migrants Rush Border
The San Ysidro port of entry, among the largest border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, was shut down by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents Sunday after hundreds of caravan migrants appeared to have attempted to breach a U.S.-Mexico border fence.

Russia Opens Fire On Ukrainian War Ships, Captures 3 Vessels Off The Coast Of Crimea As President Poroshenko Says This Is ‘War’
Russia has opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels in a major escalation of tensions off the coast of Crimea. Three sailors have been wounded after the Ukrainian navy said two artillery boats were hit by the strikes in the Black Sea.

SIGN OF THE TIMES: After massive Islamic terror attacks, Berlin’s Christmas Market now looks like a military base
Christmas markets in Germany were widely known for their great ambiance and their tasty “Glühwein”, but this is changing rapidly.

Russia To Verify If USA Actually Landed On The Moon 50 Years Ago
The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency Dmitry Rogozin has suggested the Russian mission to the moon may involve establishing whether the United State’s moon landings were faked or not, although he seemed to be making a joke.

Iran’s supreme leader lashes out at ‘weak Zionist regime’
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Sunday that Israel is now “weaker” than it was 10 or 20 years ago, listing a number of military “defeats” he said the Jewish state had suffered over the years.

Report: Half a Billion Christians Facing Global Persecution
More than 60 percent of the world’s population of more than 7.5 billion reside in countries where the right to religious freedom is obstructed or denied. An estimated 505 million Christians face persecution for following their faith, a Catholic NGO Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report indicated this week.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” —Benjamin Rush (1788)

Trump Enforces U.S. Border Laws as Dems Cry Foul

The president warns of permanent border closing if Mexico doesn’t deal with the migrant caravan.

Roberts Challenges Trump and Gets It Wrong

The chief justice takes issue with the assertion that the judiciary has been politicized.

What to Make of the Latest Dire Climate Report

The Fourth National Climate Assessment blames humans for destruction ahead.

What the Trump Wing Must Do to Win Back the Suburbs

The GOP now really has two distinct wings, and something’s gotta give for victory in 2020.

The Feds Can’t Prosecute Multicultural-Based Mutilation?

A judge struck down a 1996 law outlawing the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.

Video: Democrat Lawmaker Brings Nuke to Tweet Fight

Stephen Green, Bill Whittle, and Scott Ott, explain the right to keep and bear arms.

Video: Why Is California Such a Mess?

The Foundation for Economic Education explains why all is not well in the Golden State.

Video: Mike Rowe on the Value of Work

The former host of “Dirty Jobs” talks about motivation, beginnings, and responsibility.

Monday Short Cuts

“I wish Chief Justice Roberts were right. I wish there were not a politicization of the judiciary. But it’s not just politicians.” —Trey Gowdy

Monday Top Headlines

Border kerfuffle, climate warning, fracking, Black Friday shift, Brexit, abortions fall, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen
Chief Justice Roberts Is Wrong. We Do Have Obama Judges and Trump Judges.
Edwin J. Feulner
Russia Violates the Treaty and China Builds Missiles
Joe Bastardi
Nuggets From H.L. Mencken Regarding the Climate Report
David Harsanyi
Dear TSA, Please Stop Molesting Kids at the Airport
Burt Prelutsky
Growing Up in Queens

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

Headlines – 11/26/2018

Omani diplomat acknowledges Israel is a ‘fact of life in the Middle East’

Israel said working to forge ties with Bahrain amid unprecedented Gulf opening

In unprecedented ‘breakthrough’ move, leader of Chad lands in Israel for visit

After breaking the ice with Chad, Israel reportedly eyeing ties with Sudan

Netanyahu on Chad president’s visit: ‘more countries are on the way’

Deby to Netanyahu: Diplomatic ties won’t solve Palestinian issue

‘Gaza problem won’t go away until we destroy Hamas’ terror network’

Israel reveals: Hamas exploits sick Palestinians for terrorism

Iran’s supreme leader lashes out at ‘weak Zionist regime’

Khamenei: America targets the Middle East in fear of Islamic ‘awakening’

Report: Syrian regime grants citizenship to Iranians, Hezbollah fighters

Syrian radio host who satirized Assad and ISIS shot dead

Russia Says It Bombed Militants Behind Chemical Attack on Syria’s Aleppo

Russia fires at Ukraine ships and captures three vessels off Crimea

Ukraine, Russia tensions soar after Black Sea naval incident

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: Provocations of Russia in Black and Azov Seas cross the red line

Haley: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine-Russia tensions

Global experts: Khashoggi’s death used to further destabilize Middle East

Ten years after Mumbai terror attacks, US offers $5M reward for info leading to attackers

EU seals Brexit deal as May faces a hard sell at home

Hundreds of migrants try rushing toward California port of entry, as Trump threatens to close entire border

U.S.-Mexico border reopens after clash with migrants prompts five-hour closure

Agents fire tear gas at migrants seeking to breach US-Mexico border

Democrats to probe Trump money ties to Russia, Saudis: lawmaker

Alan Dershowitz Predicts Mueller Report Will Be ‘Politically Very Devastating’ For Trump

What If Democrats Have to Impeach the President? Pelosi would rather avoid the fight. Mueller may make that impossible.

China Is Building a $9 Billion Rival to the American-Run GPS

Beijing plans an AI Atlantis for the South China Sea – without a human in sight

Internal documents Facebook has fought to keep private obtained by UK Parliament

Mark Zuckerberg refuses to give evidence to international committee investigating fake news

Google Reveals Plans to Monitor Our Moods, Our Movements, and Our Children’s Behavior at Home

Pennsylvania woman claims she drove on train tracks because GPS told her to go that way

Amazon reportedly left police in Spain ‘dumbfounded’ by asking them to intervene in a mass warehouse strike and patrol worker productivity

Pay Taxes With Bitcoin? Ohio Says Sure

Large Asteroid Packing 50 Megatons Of Force Might Come Crashing Down On Earth In 2023 – And That’s Not All

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits western Iran; hundreds injured

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Ma-kung, Taiwan

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Mountain, Colombia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Yining Xian, China

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 10,000ft

Snow: 1,200+ flights canceled as storm snarls busy post-Thanksgiving Sunday

Iraq floods leave 21 dead in two days, says health ministry

In the grip of drought: Should Australia’s farmers be subsidised?

After 17 days and with 87 dead, California’s deadliest wildfire finally tamed

Number of missing in deadly California wildfire revised down, more rain on the way

Israeli machine that pulls water out of thin air sent to fire-plagued California

Australia PM adviser says climate change is ‘UN-led ruse to establish new world order’

Potentially ‘Catastrophic’ Chemical Leak Shuts Down Delaware Memorial Bridge Amid Thanksgiving Travel Rush

Up To 145 Pilot Whales Dead After Mass Stranding On New Zealand Beach

Inside the kids-only rehab that treats video games like cocaine

Recreational Marijuana Sales Commenced in This $1.8 Billion Market This Week

Researcher: Alzheimer’s vaccine could cut dementia in half, human trials may be next

Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies

Twitter Is Now Clamping Down On Anti-Trans Abuse

Catholic nuns denounce ‘culture of silence and secrecy’ surrounding sex abuse in church

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Charisma News Teaches to Have Nothing More to do with Francis Chan

Firefighters discover 100 gambling machines inside Houston church

The Message “Bible” removes salvation from Romans 10:13

Tim Keller Espouses More Marxism on Twitter

Jim Bakker: Buy my ‘Turkey Feast’ survival food buckets in case the Apocalypse comes during Thanksgiving

National Security Group Puts Out Dire Warning About Interfaith Dialogue With Muslims

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features lesbians kissing

Massachusetts Democrats Pass Resolution Claiming Using Religious Views for Public Policy ‘Threatening Entire Planet’

Jewish leaders call for new editions of the Bible and the Koran to carry trigger warnings highlighting anti-Semitic passages

Alleged Sodom Site Thought to Have Been Hit by Cosmic Blast

24% Fewer Babies Have Been Killed in Abortions Over the Last Ten Years

Chinese Christians Again Detained for Street Evangelism

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November 26 Seizing Opportunities

“Making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”

Ephesians 5:16


Seize opportunities every day to glorify God.

In one of the cities of ancient Greece stood a statue carved by Lysippos, a famous Greek sculptor from the fourth century b.c. The statue had wings on its feet and a great lock of hair on its forehead and was bald on the back of its head. This is how it was described:

Who … was thy sculptor?

Lysippos …

And who art thou?

Occasion [or opportunity], the all–subduer …

Why hast thou wings … on thy feet?

I fleet on the wings of the wind …

And thy hair, why grows it in front?

For him that meets me, to seize …

And why is the back of thy head bald?

Because none may clutch me from behind, howsoe’er he desire it, when once my winged feet have darted past him.

That fictional character knew how to make the most of every opportunity. In real life, the apostle Paul is calling for you to take advantage of opportunities by “making the most of your time” (Eph. 5:16). The Greek word translated “time” isn’t the Greek word chronos, which refers to time in terms of a clock or calendar. It’s the word kairos, which means “eras,” “epochs,” or “periods.” Making the most of your time is another way of saying you are to make the most of your opportunities—opportunities that can be grasped for God, for His glory.

The psalmist had the right perspective when he prayed, “Teach us to number our days, that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Wisdom numbers the days, sees the limited time, and buys the opportunity. Don’t be foolish—shun opportunities for evil, but seize opportunities for good.


Suggestions for Prayer: Pray through Psalm 90:12 and apply it to yourself.

For Further Study: In Colossians 4:5, what does Paul tell the believers to do?[1]

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

November 26 Daily Help

“THIS Man receiveth sinners;” not, however, that they may remain sinners, but he receives them that he may pardon their sins, justify their persons, cleanse their hearts by his purifying word, preserve their souls by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, and enable them to serve him, to show forth his praise, and to have communion with him. Into his heart’s love he receives sinners, takes them from darkness, and wears them as jewels in his crown; plucks them as brands from the burning, and preserves them as costly monuments of his mercy. None are so precious in Jesus’ sight aa the sinners for whom he died.[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 334). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.