Daily Archives: December 4, 2018

DECEMBER 4 PICK UP THE HARP

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

—1 Chronicles 16:29

Man was made to worship God. God gave to man a harp and said, “Here above all the creatures that I have made and created I have given you the largest harp. I put more strings on your instrument and I have given you a wider range than I have given to any other creature. You can worship Me in a manner that no other creature can.” …

The purpose of God in sending His Son to die and rise and live and be at the right hand of God the Father was that He might restore to us the missing jewel, the jewel of worship; that we might come back and learn to do again that which we were created to do in the first place—worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, to spend our time in awesome wonder and adoration of God, feeling and expressing it, and letting it get into our labors and doing nothing except as an act of worship to Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ. I say that the greatest tragedy in the world today is that God has made man in His image and made him to worship Him, made him to play the harp of worship before the face of God day and night, but he has failed God and dropped the harp. It lies voiceless at his feet. WMJ007-008

Help me, Father, to pick up the harp and bring You the glory due to Your name. I’ve come to know You in a deeper way; may I respond with heartfelt worship. Amen. [1]


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

December 4 A Prisoner for Christ

It has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ.

Philippians 1:13

The apostle Paul always saw himself as a prisoner because of Christ—never because of crime. He was in chains because he believed in, preached, and represented Jesus Christ.

From the point of view of Rome, Paul was a captive chained to a Roman guard. But from Paul’s perspective, the Roman guards were captives chained to him! The result of such close confinement was that the cause of Christ had “become evident to the whole palace guard.” Far from being a burdensome condition, Paul had been given the opportunity to witness for Christ to each guard assigned to him, at six hours a stretch.

What did those soldiers see? They saw Paul’s godly character, graciousness, patience, love, wisdom, and conviction. As members of the palace guard were converted, salvation spread beyond them to “those who are of Caesar’s household” (Phil. 4:22). No matter how difficult it may appear on the surface, no one is too difficult to reach with the gospel.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 365). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

In secular survey, 71% of Christians confess to idolatry — Juicy Ecumenism

Christians’ public witness took another hit the week of Thanksgiving, when a newly released survey exposed rampant idolatry among the people of God who live in America. The Pew Research Center found only 29% of Christians in America claim religion as “the most important source of meaning in their lives.” This dismal result calls into question why unbelievers would find the Gospel attractive when even most Christians don’t seem to care about it very much. Aren’t we all a bunch of hypocrites?

The study asked respondents about where they find “a great deal” of meaning, as well as what the most important source of meaning is for them. 52% of all Christians said that religion provided “a great deal” of meaning in their lives, including 65% of evangelicals and 62% of historically black Protestants. However, only 41% of Catholics and 39% of mainline Protestants said religion provided “a great deal” of meaning for them. The rest indicated that religion provided, “some” meaning, “not much,” or “none at all.”

However, relatively few Christians (29%) considered religion to be the most important source of meaning in their life. This included only 45% of evangelicals, 38% of black Protestants, 17% of Catholics, and 15% of mainline Protestants.

Of course, we Christians have a particular term to describe a situation where someone has elevated something else in their life to be more important than God:

That’s called idolatry.

Idolatry is prohibited in different ways by the first two of the Ten Commandments. It is serious enough to send people to the second death, the lake of fire, right alongside murderers, sorcerers, and the sexually immoral (Revelation 21:8). Idolatry is basically cheating on God, so he treats it like a big deal.

The lack of focus on religion leaves us facing the question: if religion isn’t the most important source of meaning to Christians, what is?

The same survey by Pew also uncovered that the “number one” idol of American Christians is the family. Of American Christians, 42% said that family was the most important source of meaning in their life, including 54% of mainline Protestants, 50% of Catholics, 37% of black Protestants, and 31% of evangelicals. When answering what was most important to them, respondents had to choose among options they had already said were important to them. This means that those who said family was the most important source of meaning had to deliberately choose it over religion, unless religion was not important at all.

And compared to 52% of American Christians who said religion provided “a great deal” of meaning in their lives, 76% of Christians said that family provided “a great deal” of meaning. This includes 81% of mainline Protestants, 75% each of evangelicals and black Protestants, and 73% of Catholics. To many Christians in America, family is more important than religion.

I have to admit, I am skeptical whenever I hear someone say the church has a problem with idolizing the family. I usually suspect the speaker is trying to de-emphasize rampant sins wreaking havoc on the church right now. After all, abuse, divorce, infidelity, pre-marital sex, one-parent families, and plummeting birth rates are plaguing the Church almost as much as the society at large. In our present age, we need more focus on the family, not less!

But while we need more focus on the family, the results of this study also seem to indicate that we need a lot more focus on God. In the short and often neglected book of Haggai, the Israelites who returned from captivity ignored God’s command to rebuild the temple and preoccupied themselves with pursuing material prosperity. So, God supernaturally intervened to prevent the people from ever obtaining that material prosperity while they ignored God (see especially Haggai 1:9). He disciplined the people out of love, because he wanted what was best for them—to serve him. When they repented and became obedient, God blessed them with many good things—including material prosperity.

God often withholds good things when his children become obsessed, until they learn to seek him first—but he does want to bless us! Perhaps the reason why the American family has collapsed so much in recent decades is because Christians are making the family more important than God. For me personally, it took my parents’ divorce for God to show me that I had made an idol out of my family, and that I was living to please my family instead of him.

Besides the family, another 29% of Christians identified various other idols as the most important source of meaning in their lives. This included 33% of Catholics, 31% of mainline Protestants, 25% of black Protestants, and 24% of evangelicals. And it’s likely that many people who claimed religion as the most important source of meaning also have idols; they just didn’t admit it to the interviewer. All that goes to say: American Christians have a lot of idolatry for which to repent in order to restore our witness before nonbelievers. We ought to humble our own hearts, and pray with the Psalmist:

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

via In secular survey, 71% of Christians confess to idolatry — Juicy Ecumenism

Since the Bible Is Sufficient for All of Life, Should We Rule out Psychology in Counseling? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Since the Bible is sufficient for all of life, should psychology have a role in the life of the Christian? From our 2017 National Conference, W. Robert Godfrey and Michael Horton explain the benefits of counseling—but remind us to be cautious.

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

via Since the Bible Is Sufficient for All of Life, Should We Rule out Psychology in Counseling? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Sorry Media: Unlike McCain Family – The Bush Family Wants to Avoid Trump-Bashing at 41st President’s Funeral — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump paid his respects to the 41st President on Monday night saluting President George H. Bush in the Capitol Rotunda.

In a blow to Democrats, the mainstream media and Never-Trumpers the Bush Family says they do not want Wednesday’s funeral to be a Trump-bash like the McCain funeral services.

FOX News reported:

The Bush family has taken great care to assure that services being held to honor the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush do not become a political platform for anti-Trump swipes.

Such rhetoric was prominent in services for the late Sen. John McCain three months ago.

But with the Bush family patriarch’s casket lying in State at the U.S. Capitol this week ahead of Wednesday services in Washington, efforts have been made to avoid a politicized funeral. The family already contacted the White House this past summer saying that President Trump would be welcome at H.W. Bush’s services — and assured Trump that the focus would be on the 41st U.S. president’s life rather than their disagreements, The Washington Post reported, citing a former administration official.

“This will be about the celebration of the noble public service that George H.W. Bush gave. It’s not going to be about anybody else. I don’t think it’s going to be about Trump,” a former Bush associate told Politico.

While Trump and the Bush family have had their differences, the White House has sought to honor the 41st president’s legacy. Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects at the Capitol Monday night.

Former Presidents Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton attended Senator John McCain’s funeral in Washington DC.

President Trump was asked to stay away.

McCain was the third most unpopular US senator serving today.
He hated President Trump.
The liberal media loved him.

Daughter Meghan McCain trashed President Trump at her father’s funeral.

And classless Obama also trashed Trump at McCain’s funeral.

via Sorry Media: Unlike McCain Family – The Bush Family Wants to Avoid Trump-Bashing at 41st President’s Funeral — The Gateway Pundit

Prosperity gospel boosts mood, encourages financial risk, weak on theology, study finds — Christian Research Network

“Mood-boosting effects, rather than the religious content, seem to be more directly responsible for the growth of the prosperity gospel movement.”

(Stoyan Zaimov – Christian Post)  People who listen to prosperity gospel teachings feel more positive but they’re not necessarily learning any theological content, a new study suggests.

The University of Toronto released last month a study in the journal of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, which named such preachers as Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes and Creflo Dollar. 

The study, a copy of which was shared by author Nicholas M. Hobson of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, noted that the prosperity gospel movement is “one of the fastest growing religious movements in America.”

“The prosperity gospel grew out of the 1950s grassroots Christian revival scene. The boom in prosperity gospel movements resulted from the popularization of ‘televangelical’ figures such as Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, and T.D. Jakes,” it states.

“The central doctrine of the prosperity gospel is that God wants a person to be blessed. It says that material blessings are part of God’s will, and to benefit from these blessings, a person must (a) demonstrate positive thought or speech on a regular basis and (b) donate a certain amount of money to the church ministry.  View article →

Research:

Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel

This news story is posted for informational and research purposes and is not in any way intended as an endorsement of Christian Post.

via Prosperity gospel boosts mood, encourages financial risk, weak on theology, study finds — Christian Research Network

Senator Rand Paul Commandeered a Press Conference to Blast the Deep State (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Senator Rand Paul commandeered a press conference set up outside the CIA briefing on Jamal Khashoggi after being blocked from attending.

The senator blasted the deep state for keeping him and other lawmakers in the dark.

Senator Paul was one of several senators who called for CIA Director Gina Haspel to come brief them last week. Following a senate vote to pull US support for the war in Yemen, she finally agreed to come and brief a small handful of senators. The Kentucky firebrand didn’t make the list.

The briefing, according to the New York Times, was “an attempt to mollify lawmakers who last week signaled they might not continue military support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen without more information about the Saudi dissident’s killing.” Their main focus, per the report, was to appease Senator Lindsey Graham.

Never afraid to speak his mind, Senator Paul arrived outside the secure briefing room anyways to take over the press conference set up and tell the media that he has questions for Haspel that he should be permitted to ask — but he is being barred from doing so by the deep state.

“I’ve read in the media that the CIA has said with high confidence that the crown prince was involved with killing Khashoggi. I have not seen that intelligence nor have I even seen the conclusions. Today there is yet another briefing, and I’m being excluded from that. So really, this is the deep state at work that your representatives don’t know what’s going on in the intelligence agencies,” Paul said.

“This is the very definition of the deep state,” Senator Paul told Fox News. “The deep state is that the intelligence agencies do things, conclude things, make conclusions, but then the elected officials are prevented from knowing about this. If we aren’t told about this and I’m not allowed to know about these conclusions, then I can’t have oversight … the deep state grows and has more and more power.”

Senator Paul also blasted the deep state on Twitter earlier Tuesday morning over their secrecy.

“Do you want to know what the deep state is?” the Kentucky senator asked. “The CIA Director is coming to the US Senate and only briefing a select few members of the Senate. Why shouldn’t every senator know what is going on? The deep state wants to keep everyone in the dark. This is just ridiculous!”

The incident lead to a Twitter battle between Senator Paul’s Deputy Chief of Staff and CNN analyst Susan Hennessey — who accused the senator of “doing his ordinary BS grandstanding routine.”

Gor responded by asking how Hennessey is a CNN analyst and calling their raising of a red flag about the CIA excluding 90% of senators from a briefing “bs.”

via Senator Rand Paul Commandeered a Press Conference to Blast the Deep State (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

December 4, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

The historic and ornate U.S. Capitol Rotunda hosted mourners on Tuesday paying respects to the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, who died last week at the age of 94 and will be buried on Thursday in his home state of Texas.

President Donald Trump’s top diplomat promised on Tuesday a new democratic world order in which Washington will strengthen or jettison international agreements as it sees fit to stop “bad actors” such as Russia, China and Iran from gaining.

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Michigan are scrambling to pass last-minute legislation to limit the powers of incoming Democratic officials before their iron grip on state governments is loosened following last month’s elections.

Key U.S. senators are making a last-ditch effort to win approval of a bill to speed the use of self-driving cars without human controls, but face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill.

GMs Chief Executive Mary Barra, will meet with Ohio’s two U.S. senators about the Detroit automaker’s plans to idle five North American plants and cut up to 15,000 jobs.

Iran wants to increase its missiles’ range, a move that would irk the United States which views Tehran’s weapons program as a regional security threat.

The French government on Tuesday suspended planned increases in three taxes on fuel for a six-month period starting Jan.1 in response to nationwide protests against high pump prices and living costs, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced.

Fifteen migrants have died in a boat off the Libyan coast after spending 12 days at sea without food or water, an Egyptian survivor said on Tuesday.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he is in favor of the free market and that the market cannot be regulated by decree, amid questions about how he will manage Latin America’s second largest economy.

Thomson Reuters said on Tuesday that it will cut its workforce by 12 percent by 2020, axing 3,200 jobs, as part of a plan to streamline the business and reduce costs.

Europe’s Airbus is teaming up with a new U.S. partner, Lockheed Martin, to try to crack the U.S. military air tanker market nearly eight years after losing out to rival Boeing in a bitter battle to supply refueling planes to the U.S. Air Force.

OPEC and its allies are working toward a deal this week to reduce oil output by at least 1.3 million barrels per day, four sources said, adding that Russia’s resistance to a major cut was so far the main stumbling block.

AP Top Stories

Canned tuna might be too stinky, processed and inconvenient for Millennials, a new report said. Millennials seem to be choosing yoga pants over jeans, and hot sauce over mayo. Now, it seems that they’re avoiding a former mainstay of American lunches- canned tuna.

Ukrainian authorities on Monday raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia as political and religious tensions between the two countries grow.

Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted.

A soldier based in Hawaii is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for trying to help the Islamic State group.

Israel’s army said Tuesday it had detected Hezbollah tunnels infiltrating its territory from Lebanon and launched an operation to destroy them, a move likely to raise tensions with the Iran-backed group.

BBC

bout two dozen migrants climbed over the border wall separating Mexico from the US near Tijuana on Monday. While some ran to evade capture, most handed themselves in to border guards.

A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he grapples with the concept of religion is being auctioned in New York on Tuesday. The so-called “God letter” was written in 1954 and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million.

South Africa has picked a new chief prosecutor – a key figure in the country’s struggle against corruption. Shamila Batohi – the first woman in the role – said she was ready to fight the good fight.

Three astronauts have docked at the International Space Station, on the first crewed Soyuz rocket launch since a dramatic failure in October.

Islamic State (IS) militant Abu al-Umarayn, who murdered several Western aid workers, has been killed in an air strike in Syria, the US said.

WND

Twitter users have responded with sarcasm to a proposed resolution by lawmakers in Michigan that would pressure fast-food chains such as McDonald’s to stop putting “gender-classified” toys in their kids’ meals.

Bible scholars believe the legendary Ark of the Covenant may have landed in Africa after it was taken out of Israel. The Ark is said to be a gold-covered wooden chest containing two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments – which Moses brought down from Mount Sinai – are written. It is also said to contain other biblical items such as Aaron’s rod, which is thought to have magical powers.


News – 12/4/2018

Switzerland: “Creeping EU Accession”

The EU is now pressing Switzerland to sign a comprehensive “framework agreement” that would require Bern to cede even more sovereignty to Brussels. The EU, for instance, wants Switzerland to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). If Switzerland complies with the demand, the ECJ would outrank the Swiss Supreme Court as the final arbiter of legal disputes in the country.

IDF opens Operation Northern Shield, destroying Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

The IDF destroyed a Hezbollah tunnel that penetrated into Israeli territory south of the Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced in a statement Tuesday, launching Operation Northern Shield to protect Israel from cross-border tunnels dug by Hezbollah. The Lebanese army was placed on high alert following the IDF’s announcement.

Iran announces new weapons and cyber army, ships arms to Hezbollah

The US accused Iran of launching a new missile on Saturday while Tehran boasted it had developed a “radar evading stealth” warship. The two incidents are linked to increased Iranian activity, including a flight to Beirut that allegedly brought arms for Hezbollah, and Tehran’s claims it has pioneered a new cyber army. It shows that Iran is serious about challenging adversaries on sea, land, in the air and online, in a full court press designed to keep the region on alert for Tehran’s next move.

Macron Folds: France Suspends Fuel Tax Hike After “Yellow Vest” Riots

With his popularity rating at record lows (recent polls put it at around 26%, on par with Hollande), his capital city burning and the populists he defeated during his stunning electoral victory last year making serious electoral inroads, French President Emmanuel Macron finally caved, and on Tuesday ordered a six month suspension of planned ‘fuel taxes’ which spurred widespread and destructive protests across France over the past three weeks.

Report highlights growing funding, scope of China’s overseas influence tactics

“In light of growing evidence of China’s interference in various sectors of American government and society, we propose three broad principles that should serve as the basis for protecting the integrity of American institutions [and] core American values, norms, and laws,” a report authored by dozens of scholars under the aegis of the Hoover Institution said.

IDF says found Hezbollah terror tunnel, first of Operation Northern Shield

The IDF destroyed a Hezbollah tunnel that penetrated into Israeli territory south of the Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced in a statement Tuesday. The tunnel, the first discovered in Operation Northern Shield, did not represent a threat to Israel’s security, the IDF said.

UNSC to meet on Iranian ballistic missile test

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday is set to hold closed door consultations on Iran’s test over the weekend of a medium-range ballistic missile… UNSC members France and Great Britain requested the meeting, which will be held in New York. “France is concerned about Iran’s mid-range ballistic missile test…It condemns this provocative and destabilizing action,” France’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said…

France fuel protests: PM Philippe to halt fuel tax rise

The French government will suspend a fuel tax rise which has led to weeks of violent protests, the PM has said. Edouard Philippe told ruling party MPs he would present “gestures of appeasement” in a TV address to prevent the situation from deteriorating. The protests have hit major French cities, causing considerable damage for the past three weekends.

ISIS Group’s NYC New Year’s Threat: ‘Harvest Them with Silencers and Snipers’

An ISIS-supporting media group threatened New York City attacks for New Year’s with suggested tactics including snipers and package bombs. The latest threat circulated online follows other message from jihadists that have specifically cited Jan. 1 in calling for attacks. One poster distributed online in mid-November superimposed a masked jihadist wielding a bloody knife over a collage of images from the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack.

UN climate chief has solution to ‘urgent’ climate threat: ‘We require deep transformations of our economies and societies’

In a rare intervention, presidents of previous UN climate summits issued a joint statement as the talks got underway, calling on states to take “decisive action… to tackle these urgent threats”. “The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore,” said the statement, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. “We require deep transformations of our economies and societies.”

Nasa admits ‘tiny super-intelligent’ aliens may have ALREADY visited Earth – and says some UFO sightings ‘cannot be explained or denied’

A NASA scientist admits that it’s entirely possible aliens have already visited Earth – and we simply never noticed. The space expert also noted that not all UFO sightings can be “explained or denied”, and said scientists should be more open-minded about the possibility of alien visitors. Nasa has long been investing in SETI, the “search for extraterrestrial intelligence” – better known as aliens.

HAVE A NICE TRIP Oregon is close to becoming the first US state to legalise magic mushrooms

MAGIC mushrooms could soon be legalised in one US state after officials took a step closer to a potential ballot on the issue. Oregon’s Secretary of State approved the language needed for the ballot which means those in favour of decriminalising the psychedelic drug now need to get 117,578 signatures. If they reach that target it could go to a vote in the 2020 general election, CNN reports.

Some 1,800 aftershocks have been measured since Friday’s 7.0 earthquake in Alaska

Small aftershocks continued Monday from Friday’s 7.0 earthquake, with more than 1,800 measured by early evening. A total of 153 measured greater than 3.0, 18 were at 4.0 or greater and five were greater than 5.0, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach U.S. border

Central American migrants stuck on the threshold of the United States in Mexico breached the border fence on Monday, risking almost certain detention by U.S. authorities but hoping the illegal entry will allow them to apply for asylum. Since mid-October, thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, have traveled north through Mexico toward the United States in a caravan, some walking much of the long trek.

Shi’ite rivalry paralyzes Iraq’s government

A growing rivalry between two powerful Shi’ite Muslim factions has paralyzed efforts to form a government in Iraq six months after an election… The two largest parliamentary groupings…one led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the other by Iranian-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri – formed a tacit alliance in October when they picked a president and approved 14 out of 22 cabinet ministers.

Vladimir Putin Is Preparing For WW3: Will FORCE The West And Ukraine To Make Tough Choices

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is actively preparing for a third world war. In his preparations are plans to make the West and Ukraine make choices that will be difficult, as he shows just how expensive it will be to wage a war against Russia.

Feminist theologians draft ‘A Women’s Bible,’ challenging male interpretations of Biblical women

A group of feminist theologians have come together to produce a draft of A Woman’s Bible, meant to counter traditional male interpretations of women characters in the Bible.

CONFIRMED: Iran Violates United Nations Treaty, Test Fires Multiple Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles

FROM WASHINGTON BEACON: Refuting Iranian claims that its illicit missile tests are defensive in nature, Trump administration Iran envoy Brian Hook vowed tough reprisals for Iran’s most recent missile tests, which are among the most provocative in recent memory.

Black South African leader says they have permission to kill whites

In this video by Katie Hopkins of TheRebel.media: “Land expropriation without compensation” means that black gangs, the ones currently carrying out brutal farm attacks, now have political permission to carry out murder and torture.”

Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge To The Border Wall

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to President Donald Trump’s border wall Monday, which asserted that the administration violated the Constitution when it exempted border barrier projects from environmental regulations.

SAFE SPACE: University In Michigan Arms Its Students With Hockey Pucks As Protection Against Possible Active Shooter Attack
Don Rickles died too soon. Insult comic Don Rickles, when he really wanted to insult someone for being stupid, he called them a ‘hockey puck‘. Now, an institute of ‘higher learning’ in Michigan, is arming their students with hockey pucks to ward off an active shooter. Hmm. How exactly would that work?

Walmart Getting Ready To Roll Out Autonomous Floor-Cleaning Robots To Replace Janitors, Shelf Stockers Next

For those of you who work at Walmart and constantly complain about how much you hate your job, we have good news. You may not have to do it much longer! Walmart is rolling out robots to clean the floors, robots to take inventory stock the shelves, and may soon be following Amazon’s lead with cashierless locations. So you no longer have to worry about Mexicans taking your jobs, the robots will be happy to do that.

UN passes 6 anti-Israel resolutions in one day, rejects Jewish ties to Jerusalem

Meanwhile, Israel continues to innovate and invent solutions that make the world a better place and alleviate misery and hunger.

Here We Go: Gun Control Advocates In California Now Want to Tax Semi-Automatic Firearms

California Assemblyman Marc Levine (D) has proposed a new gun control measure: taxing the sale of semi-automatic firearms and using the money to support gun violence prevention programs,

Emergency room promoting shocking practice

An advertisement being run on TVs in the emergency rooms of a health system in Canada, where those who are hurting, injured, depressed and suffering wait for help, is promoting … euthanasia.

Google now SPYING on students using classroom technology, while pretending to be “teaching” them

…Google is using school devices to spy on grade-school students in a way that would have certainly made Hitler’s Gestapo and Stalin’s KGB smile with glee:

Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions

When drug companies are caught faking clinical trial data, no one is surprised anymore. When vaccine manufacturers spike their human trial samples with animal antibodies to make sure their vaccines appear to work, we all just figure that’s how they do business: lying, cheating, deceiving and violating the law.

Six MS-13 Gang Members Accused of Butchering Massachusetts Teen

Six members of the MS-13 gang are accused of butchering a Massachusetts teenager with a knife as if they were “chopping wood.”

Uganda: Muslim mob screaming “Allahu akbar” incites police to arrest six Christian pastors for “blasphemy”

Uganda doesn’t even have a law against blasphemy. But it seems as if everywhere in the world authorities are afraid to stand up to violent intimidation.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“[The Judiciary] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

SCOTUS Rejects Ecofascist Challenge to Border Wall

President Trump gets an all-too-rare immigration win in the courts.

Demo High Hopes for Mueller’s Nothingburger

“Special Counsel Mueller is building a report, not a case,” argues Andrew McCarthy.

China, NAFTA, and the Trade Trump Card

The president made some progress toward his goals over the weekend with key trade deals.

Study Finds Humans Came From One Pair

Researchers say 99% of all animal and human life originated no more than 200,000 years ago.

Kids These Days

The young generation is learning things that will have to be unlearned or undone.

Video: Is Rudolph the Reindeer Racist?

Ben Shapiro explains how the Huffington Post’s accusation of racism is insane.

Tuesday Short Cuts

Delusions of grandeur: “I think the field is shaping up to be even more advantageous for someone like me, not less.” —Michael Avenatti

Tuesday Top Headlines

Bush tributes, asylum denials, illegal-immigrant welfare, Mueller hit with criminal complaint, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Cal Thomas

George H.W. Bush: Man of Character

Gary Bauer

Goodbye, George

Tony Perkins

Google Maps Out Plan to Drive Away Right

Stephen Moore

Regaining Trust on Money Issues

James Shott

Hypersensitivity and Victimhood Have Risen to Epidemic Levels


Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 12/4/2018

UN General Assembly approves 6 anti-Israel resolutions

US envoy: United Nations cannot just ‘vote away’ Jerusalem’s status as capital

EU, in unusual move, warns Palestinians to drop Muslim-only language for Temple Mount

Pope renews call for two-state solution after meeting with Abbas

Abbas, in first meeting since J’lem embassy move, says he’s ‘counting on’ Pope

Merkel urged EU countries not to move embassies to Jerusalem

Palestinian leadership has ‘no vision,’ Greenblatt charges

US Ambassador discusses upcoming vote in the UN on condemnation of Hamas – ‘Countries must ask themselves if they’re for or against Hamas’

Hamas head asks international community to thwart UN resolution condemning terror group

Hamas: Violence will resume if there is no progress on ceasefire arrangement

Gaza court says six sentenced to death for collaboration with Israel

Lieberman says money transfer to Gaza makes Israel look like ‘losers’

Hungary politician resigns top positions over recording of anti-Semitic act

Brett Favre, Other Celebrities Duped Into Recording anti-Semitic Messages for White Supremacists

Egypt, France navy vessels carry out joint drills in Red Sea

Report: Syrian Army Raises Alert Over Israel Air Force Activity Along Lebanese Border

Netanyahu’s Meeting With Pompeo Is a Warning to Iran and Lebanon – Before Israel Takes Military Action

Meeting Pompeo, Netanyahu said to threaten Lebanon if no clampdown on Hezbollah

Iran, facing off against Israel in Syria, now sending arms directly to Lebanon

Report: Iranian plane transfers weapons to Hezbollah, returns via Doha

Prince Khalid: Hezbollah helped Iran in ‘killing dozens of Americans’

Iran, Hezbollah targets not hit in alleged Israeli strike, terror group claims

Iran vows to continue with missile tests despite US accusations

France concerned by ‘provocative, destabilizing’ Iranian ballistic missile test

Iran missile tests may breach UN resolution, France and UK warn

US urges Europe to get tough on Tehran over missile tests

Khashoggi friend sues Israeli firm over hacking he says contributed to the journalist’s murder

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for December 4, 2018

December 3, 2018
Alan Keyes decries ‘false evangelism’ that tickles itching ears
ALAN KEYES — There are times when passages from the sacred Scripture speak with startling accuracy about the crisis of our times. It is as if the inspired writer stands in our midst, witnessing the abandonment of truth in word and deed that more and more forcibly strives to darken and pre-empt the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” It has tragically become the norm to read accounts of Christ followers in the U.S. and elsewhere – -… (more)

December 3, 2018
Flashback: Actor Jim Caviezel tells college students to ‘set yourself apart from this corrupt generation and be saints’ who will defend Founders’ vision LIFESITE NEWS — Catholic actor Jim Caviezel, who famously played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, told university students on Sunday that they must set themselves apart from this “corrupt generation” and “be saints.” “You weren’t made to ‘fit in,’ my brothers and sisters. You were born to stand out. Set yourself apart from this corrupt generation. Be saints,” he said…. (more)

December 3, 2018
‘They have the power, they talk about using the power, they use the power’
ART MOORE — To anyone who insists that the left-leaning, anti-Trump bias reflected in the latest leak of internal Google communications has no bearing on the way the tech giant builds or operates its products, there is hard evidence that proves otherwise, contends a Harvard-trained researcher who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016…. (more)

December 3, 2018
CHARLES HURT — It has been nothing short of miraculous in this new season of Advent to hear all the Hosannas and applause for our recently departed former President George H.W. Bush. In The New York Times, Mr. Bush was heralded for his “uncommon grace.” The Washington Post called him a “giant of a man.”… (more)

December 3, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — There’s been loose talk over America’s ideological divide becoming so bitter that it could lead to armed conflict. A Democratic congressman quipped that if gun owners resisted with force his proposal to confiscate rifles, it would be a “short war” because the government has nuclear weapons. Right. The feds are going to nuke Texas. The congressman (Eric Swalwell of California) has since taken a good amount of flak for his statement, which he said was a joke…. (more)

December 3, 2018
REUTERS — Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book…. (more)

December 3, 2018
NTD — A Democratic congresswoman said that she helped some migrants into the United States over the weekend. The pronouncement came as some of the migrant caravan, which is overwhelmingly composed of fighting age males, was moved out of Tijuana to a city further away from the border…. (more)

December 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Illegal immigrants assaulted two more Border Patrol agents in separate incidents in California Thursday, according to court documents filed Friday that add to the rash of violence associated with the current surge of Central American migrants…. (more)


December 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump voiced optimism Saturday about closing in on a trade deal as he sat down for a high-stakes dinner meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Hoping to cool down an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies, Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi got together for a steak dinner in Buenos Aries, where they attended the G20 summit…. (more)


December 2, 2018
MAUREEN DOWD — The snow is falling lightly. My thoughts are racing darkly. I’m feeling something foreign, something I’ve never felt before. It takes me a moment to identify it. I’m feeling sorry for the Clintons…. (more)


December 2, 2018
Episode called ‘Beat the Press’ likens U.S. under President Trump to Libya
WASHINGTON TIMES — CBS’ “Murphy Brown” took its jabs at the Trump administration to a new level this week with a story in which character Frank Fontana is beaten by a mob of MAGA-hat wearing thugs. Rumors swirled this week that Candice Bergen’s show would not be renewed after its initial batch of 13 episodes aired, but the creators’ liberal stance was further solidified on Thursday with a story called “Beat the Press.”… (more)

December 2, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Right after Special Counsel Robert Mueller racked up yet another guilty plea to a false-statements charge on Thursday, a friend asked me, “Doesn’t this destroy Michael Cohen’s credibility as a witness?” Easier to destroy Satan’s conscience, I thought. Cohen would have to have some credibility before it could be destroyed, and how much could reside in a self-described “fixer” who openly compared himself to Tom Hagen, the lawyer-gangster in The Godfather?… (more)

December 1, 2018
The real story behind the Mueller ‘witch hunt’ YOUTUBEMUST WATCH: Sean Hannity reports on a “two-tiered justice system” that has hounded duly elected President Donald Trump since his election. With no serious evidence to support alleged “collusion” by the president with the Russians, Robert Mueller has continued to unjustly and relentlessly undermine Trump’s presidency – -while giving a free pass to Obama, Hillary, and the Democrats for their proven misconduct, including actual collusion with the Russians. Hannity exposes this lawless abuse of authority in his November 30 report…. (more)

December 1, 2018
DAILY CALLER — FBI agents raided the home of a recognized Department of Justice whistleblower who privately delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog, according to the whistleblower’s attorney…. (more)


December 1, 2018
Target of Russia probe to ask court to remove special counsel
WORLDNETDAILY — A lawsuit set to by filed Monday puts journalist Jerome Corsi in a unique position to legally end special counsel Robert Mueller’s “reign of terror,” contends attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch…. (more)

December 1, 2018
Sues over campaign to shut down FBI investigation
WORLDNETDAILY — Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit for information regarding any FBI investigation of allegations that donations were given to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for favors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state…. (more)

December 1, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Homeland Security said Friday that a convicted murderer was among the members of the migrant caravan, and was caught trying to sneak into the U.S. late last week. Until four months ago Miguel Angel Ramirez, 46, was in a Honduran prison serving time for murder, authorities said. On Saturday he was nabbed near the San Ysidro border crossing along with two other Honduran illegal immigrants, having just crossed without permission…. (more)


December 1, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Trump on Friday signed the new North American trade agreement along with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, marking a significant victory on the first day of the G-20 economic summit in Buenos Aires. The pact overhauls the former North American Free Trade Agreement, which has, for the last 25 years, governed the movement of capital and goods across North American borders…. (more)


December 1, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st U.S. president and the man at the center of one of America’s most important political dynasties, died Friday night. He was 94. Funeral arrangements will be made as soon as is “practical,” his office announced. He passed at 10:10 p.m. Central time…. (more)


December 1, 2018
NEWSMAX — Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 rocked buildings and shattered roads Friday morning in Anchorage, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami…. (more)


November 29, 2018
The under-reported Christian angle to the Gary Hart scandal of “Front Runner”
JERRY NEWCOMBE — There’s a new movie out based on the Gary Hart scandal of 1987. It’s called “Front Runner” and stars Hugh Jackman. You may recall that Gary Hart, a handsome Democrat politician from Colorado, was easily the front runner in the road to the 1988 presidential election, at least the primaries. But he derailed himself in 1987 through a sexual scandal on board a South Florida yacht, appropriately called “Monkey Business.”… (more)

November 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Jerome Corsi will file a criminal complaint against special counsel Robert Mueller by the end of the week, according to a new report. Corsi said earlier this week said he would not accept a plea deal from Mueller because he said the special counsel tried to get him to tell lies…. (more)


November 29, 2018
Philosophy professor with no science credentials
WASHINGTON TIMES — A former Obama administration official with ties to a liberal advocacy group funded by Democratic megadonors George Soros and Tom Steyer helped prepare the Fourth National Climate Assessment, whose dire predictions have since been attacked as overblown. Andrew Light, who worked on the 2015 Paris accord negotiations as a senior adviser to the U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change under Secretary of State John F. Kerry, served as a review editor for the assessment, overseeing the pivotal final chapter that concluded under a worst-case scenario that global warming could wipe out as much as 10 percent of the U.S. economy by 2100…. (more)

November 29, 2018
PHILIP KLEIN — CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill, in a Wednesday speech to the United Nations, called for violent resistance against Israel and advocated expanding Palestine “from the river to the sea,” a phrase used by those who believe that Israel should be eliminated…. (more)


November 29, 2018
BYRON YORK — The news is filled with images of migrants massing at the U.S-Mexico border near the San Ysidro crossing in California. Why haven’t they been able to enter the United States? Because a physical barrier prevents them from doing so…. (more)

When the Truth is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Tell the Truth

Americans are now exposed to non-stop lies, deception, manipulation, disinformation, and outright propaganda 24/7, 365 days a year from the controlled media (television news, the print media, the Internet, social media, etc.); from the government – which is essentially incapable of telling the truth; from the leftist controlled public school system; from the pharmaceutical industry and CDC; and from the great majority of Washington politicians in both major parties.

Truth and honesty today are scarce commodities in America. The globalists and political left control all major information outlets through six huge Establishment controlled corporations. The exception are a few dozen alternate media sites on the Internet, a few hundred small anti-Establishment blogs, a handful of newsletters like this one, and a number of conservative radio or TV talk shows around the country. And the Establishment is making draconian efforts at this time to censor and close down all conservative information sources on the Internet and social media.

Total censorship of all alternate (non-Establishment, non-leftist) information sources is fast approaching, and in the next few years the leftist/Establishment monopoly of lies and disinformation may be total – as was the case in Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. And telling the truth may get you jailed or worseRemember George Orwell’s 1984, where all words were twisted (i.e., “slavery” was called “freedom”; “war” was called “peace”; “hate” was called “love”; “evil government” was called “Big Brother”; and “total surveillance” [even in one’s house] was called “privacy.”) More and more, that describes America in 2018.

The political left, which always accuses their opposition of doing what they themselves are doing, is the master of fake news – even as they accuse the conservatives of faking all of their reporting. And sadly, the majority of America is buying into the lies and disinformation, and can no longer tell the difference between the real and the fake – or recognize what is true and what is false. And it should be noted that the lies and disinformation are very slick, sophisticated, effective, and presented in the media in a very believable and convincing way.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, May 2018)

William Lane Craig on the unexpected applicability of mathematics to nature

WINTERY KNIGHT

You might remember that Dr. Craig used a new argument in his debate with Lawrence Krauss in Melbourne, Australia.

My notes on the debate record it thus:

The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics:

  • The underlying structure of nature is mathematical – mathematics is applicable to nature
  • Mathematical objects can either be abstract objects or useful fiction
  • Either way, there is no reason to expect that nature should be linked to abstract objects or fictions
  • But a divine mind that wants humans to understand nature is a better explanation for what we see

And now Dr. Craig has expanded on it in the Q&A section of his Reasonable Faith web site.

The question:

Dear Dr Craig

Firstly can I thank you for all your work. My faith in Christ has been enormously strengthened through studying your work in apologetics in particular and I have grown in confidence in my Christian witness.

My…

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December 4, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

33 The expressions “that it may go well with you” (לְמַעַן תִּחְיוּן וְטוֹב לָכֶם, lemaʿan tiḥyûn weṭôb lākem) and “that you may prolong your days” (וְהַאֲרַכְתֶּם יָמִים, wehaʾaraktem yāmîm) occur repeatedly throughout Deuteronomy. In Deuteronomy, with regard to the nation’s potential fate the former clause occurs with the verb יטב (yṭb) nine times (4:40; 5:16, 29; 6:3, 18; 8:16; 12:25, 28; 22:7) and with the verb טוב (ṭôb) three times (5:33; 6:24; 19:13). The promise of “lengthened” (ארך, ʾrk) days occurs as a positive benefit for the nation in seven passages (4:40; 5:16; 6:2; 11:9; 22:7; 25:15; 32:47) and as something they will not receive because of their disobedience in two passages (4:26; 30:18). These statements occur together four times (4:40; 5:16; 6:2–3; 22:7).

One cannot question that God promises to his chosen nation longevity in the Promised Land and enjoyable life in the wake of covenantal conformity. Is that the ultimate end Yahweh has in mind for his people? In the light of Exodus 19:4–6 and Deuteronomy 26:16–19, where Yahweh commissions his chosen people to represent his character before the surrounding world, these materialistic blessings appear to be immediate objectives rather than ultimate goals. God gave Israel the land of Canaan as a stewardship to provide them with a platform from which they could serve as a witness-nation before the world. Long tenure in the land would give Israel the continued opportunity to carry out their God-given role of demonstrating to the pagan world the awesome and incomparable character of their covenantal Lord.[1]


5:33 — “You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.”

God gives us His commandments for our good. By keeping them His people gain not only life, but a successful life and a long life.[2]


32–33 The attention now shifts from recollection of past events to present and future obligations. The people are charged to “be careful to do just as YHWH your God commanded you … in order that you may live and … prolong your days in the land.” Moses’ point here is that the instruction received on Mount Sinai came from God himself. This is the word of God and the necessary prerequisite for the blessing “that you may live and it may be well with you” in the promised land.[3]


[1] Grisanti, M. A. (2012). Deuteronomy. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Numbers–Ruth (Revised Edition) (Vol. 2, pp. 553–554). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Dt 5:33). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] Christensen, D. L. (2001). Deuteronomy 1–21:9 (Vol. 6A, p. 135). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

December 4 Christ’s Equality with God

“[Christ] did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.”

Philippians 2:6

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Christ is equal with God but willingly yielded His divine privileges for our sake.

At the time Christ lived, even His worst enemies, the apostate religious leaders, knew what Jesus claimed about Himself. John 5:18 says, “The Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but was also calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” In Philippians 2:6 Paul affirms Christ’s claim of equality with God. The Greek word translated “equality” (isos) describes things that are exactly equal in size, quantity, quality, character, and number. Isomorph (equal form), isometric (equal measures), and isosceles triangle (a triangle with two sides of equal measure) are all English terms that describe equality. Christ is equal to God, and He exists in the form of God. A literal English rendering of the Greek text is: “He did not regard the being equal with God”—a tremendous affirmation of the deity of Christ.

The first step in the humiliation of Christ was that He did not hold on to equality with God. Though He had all the rights, privileges, and honors of Godhood, Christ didn’t grasp them. The word translated “grasp” originally meant “robbery” or “a thing seized by robbery.” It eventually came to mean anything clutched, embraced, held tightly, clung to, or prized. Paul meant that though He was always and forever God, Christ refused to cling to His favored position with all its rights and honors. He was willing to give them up for a season.

The Incarnation expresses the humility and unselfish nature of the Second Person of the Trinity. Christ looked down on wretched sinners who hated Him and willingly yielded His privileges to give Himself for their sake. Let us follow His example by being humble and living unselfishly for others.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank the Lord for His example of humility and unselfishness.

For Further Study: Read John 10:38; 14:9. What did Christ say about His relationship with the Father? ✧ In John 20:28 how did Thomas address Christ?[1]


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

December 4 Daily Help

If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”—1 John 2:1.

WHAT words of tenderness, what sentences of persuasion, will the anointed use when he stands up to plead for me! “Jesus Christ the righteous.” This is not only his character, but his plea. It is his character, and if the Righteous One be my advocate, then my cause is good, or he would not have espoused it. It is his plea, for he meets the charge of unrighteousness against me by the plea that He is righteous. He declares himself my substitute, and puts his obedience to my account. My soul, thou hast a friend well fitted to be thine advocate; he cannot but succeed; leave thyself entirely in his hands.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 342). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

One-Eyed-Jack Law for Obama, Clinton, Mueller | National Review

Criminals and partisans, accusing others of criminality and partisanship

Robert Mueller’s legal team may write a damning report on Trump’s ethics, based mostly on flipping minor former business associates of Trump’s and transient campaign officials by threatening them with long prison sentences.

So far, we know that the U.S. government decided to intervene in a political campaign to help one candidate and to smear the other — under the pretext of Russian “collusion.” And so it hired or made use of spies and informants including Hank Greenberg, Stefan Halper, Felix Sater, and others to contact Trump campaign officials to catch them in supposed collusion traps. It enlisted the help of foreign intelligence agencies, specifically the British and Australians. It misled FISA courts into granting warrants to spy on Americans and, post factum, threatened long prisons sentences with those surveilled and interviewed. And as a result, it has so far found no collusion but may well find some misleading statements in hundreds of hours of testimonies from the likes of Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, and perhaps Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone.

Mueller cannot fulfill the hype of the past 18 months, which forecast that the “all-stars,” the “dream-team,” and the Mueller “army” would make short work of the supposedly buffoonish Trump by proving that he colluded with Russia to swing an election. Collusion, remember, was hyped as doing what the Logan Act, the emoluments clause, the 25th Amendment, impeachment, media frenzy, and assassination-chic rhetoric had not.

By indicting a number of minor characters on charges that so far have nothing to do with collusion — for purported crimes mostly committed after the special-counsel appointment — Mueller has emphasized the quantity rather than the quality of indictments.

Mueller was tasked to find collusion (itself not a crime) committed during 2015 and 2016, not to prompt more purported crimes by setting perjury traps, and purported obstruction-of-justice liabilities. If in May 2017 the frenzied media had known that 18 months later Mueller would end up targeting the provocateur Roger Stone and Inforwars’ Jerome Corsi, it would have been sorely humiliated.

Mueller has already weaponized politics, making a crime out of the tawdry business of opposition research — but only sort of, since his interests in doing so are highly selective. And so his chief legacy will have little to do with whatever he finds on Donald Trump. He has already established the precedent that there is now no real equality under the law, at least as Americans once understood fair play and blind justice.

Once Mueller deviated from his prime directive of determining whether Donald Trump colluded — sought help from the Russian to win the 2016 election in exchange for the promise of later benefits — and turned to indicting political operatives for supposedly giving false testimonies about political shenanigans and engaging in illegal business practices, lobbying, and tax avoidance, he either knowingly or unknowingly established a precedent that the serial misdeeds of 2016 would be treated unequally under the law.

— Read on www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/mueller-probe-fisa-warrants-fbi-informants/amp/

December 4 Progressive Revelation

“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son” (Heb. 1:1–2).

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The Old Testament is but a sample of what is revealed in the New Testament.

When Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets [the Old Testament]; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17), He was affirming that Scripture progressed from promise to fulfillment, from partial to complete. We call that progressive revelation.

For example, the Old Testament anticipated Christ’s coming; the New Testament records His coming. The Old Testament writers didn’t understand everything they wrote because it didn’t always apply to their day. That’s why Peter said, “As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit” (1 Peter 1:10–12).

Progressive revelation doesn’t at all imply that the Old Testament is inaccurate. The distinction isn’t in the rightness or wrongness of the revelation but in its completeness. Just as a child progresses from letters to words to sentences, so God’s revelation progressed from types, ceremonies, and prophecies to final completion in Jesus Christ and the New Testament.

Thought incomplete by New Testament standards, the Old Testament is nonetheless fully inspired by God. That’s affirmed often in the New Testament. Peter tells us that no human writer of the Old Testament wrote of his own will but only as he was directed by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). Paul added that “all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, [and] for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16, emphasis added).

The Old Testament isn’t all of God’s truth, but all of it is true. And as you progress from the Old to the New, you see God’s character and redemptive plan unfolding in greater detail.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise God for the fullness of revelation you enjoy in Scripture.

For Further Study: Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16–17.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 351). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Is globalism the new feudalism?

No wonder it’s so unpopular among the would-be serfs (us).

Liah Greenfield, a professor at Boston University, gives her view of how nationalism came about and how it equates with democracy.  Her thoughts are worth considering because they shed a light on the events of today.

According to Greenfield, nationalism was the result of the English War of the Roses (1445 to 1485).  Without going into the details of this civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York, Greenfield’s contention is that due to the savagery and duration of the war, “both branches lost their males, and the English aristocracy was physically destroyed.”  This prompted the victor, the Tudor king Henry VII, to recruit a new elite from the commoners. 

This was a significant break in how feudal society was previously constructed.  Before that, there were basically two distinct and separate classes of people: the aristocracy and the common people. 

But the upper (“blue-blooded”) order of the military nobility and the huge lower (“red-blooded”) order of people, to which the overwhelming majority of people belonged, were in effect believed to constitute two separate species of beings.  They were different as horses and chickens are different; one could no more be born a nobleman and end up – or produce – a commoner, or vice versa, than one could be born a chicken and grow to be – or produce – a horse, or vice versa.  The lives of members of different orders naturally had different value; noblemen and the people were supposed to be treated differently and expected different treatment.

The governing principle of such a society was inequality, enforced by custom, religion, and the sword when necessary. 

In early Tudor England, this rigidity was broken as social mobility became a visible fact.  In the earlier feudal system, the word “people” was understood to be the commoners, while the word “nation” was reserved for the cultural and landed elite.  But due to the upward mobility, the words “people” and “nation” blended together and soon became synonymous.  Greenfield concludes that this is how nationalism brought into being the beginning of modern democracy.

Fast-forward to today.  The current war on nationalism and the attempts to erase it are the workings of the elite, the new aristocracy.  Since the end of WWII, the elite have taken over the United Nations and a whole host of international organizations.  Their prime achievement has been the European Union.  There, democracy is being continually squeezed from the people to extract ever more power for the elite.  What is especially disturbing about the E.U. is that it is happening in Europe, the cradle of the West and the birthplace of democracy. 

In the U.S., who are the globalists?  They are our elite.  According to sociological studies, the elite, both here and in Europe, are becoming more and more insular and inbred.  They go to the same schools; they live in the same communities; they marry among themselves.  Indeed, members of the elite see more of a kinship with the elite of other countries than they do their fellow Americans…by far. 

Judging from their words and deeds, the elite already feel themselves heads-and-shoulders above the “deplorables.” In many ways, globalism looks like a path back to a feudal society.  No wonder there is growing resistance to it.
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/is_globalism_the_new_feudalism.html

When President Bush addressed the Southern Baptist Convention — Denny Burk

On the anniversary of D-Day in 1991, President George H. W. Bush delivered an address to the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Atlanta, Georgia (listen above at 4:47). The speech is fascinating on a number of levels, not least of which is the part where he praises Southern Baptist military chaplains who reported over 1,000 conversions among U.S. service members during Operation Desert Storm (8:26).

I know 1991 isn’t that long ago, but it feels like a million years ago that a sitting President could stand before an evangelical Christian group and laud them for evangelizing employees of the United States government. And he didn’t do it in secret but in a televised speech. It’s quite stunning if you think about it. I don’t think there is any president from any party who would would be willing to do that today.

Another remarkable moment occurs at about the 10:26 mark. President Bush begins reflecting on praying with the First Lady when the air war began in Desert Storm. He says that as an Episcopalian, prayer had always been a “private” thing that involved no emotion. But as they knelt together to pray that night for U.S. servicemen, he couldn’t keep the tears back.

And even as he told the story, the President couldn’t keep the tears back and began to wipe them from his face during this part of his address. He said that he had always worried about crying in public, but on his knees on the verge of war he said, “I no longer worried how it looked to others… in prayer, what mattered was how it might have seemed to God.” It was a real human moment in which he expressed real humility about the decision to go to war.

Another noteworthy item occurs at 22:11, where President Bush exhorts Southern Baptists, “I’d ask that you hold fast to the Southern Baptist ideal of a free church in a free state… Hold fast to protect our most essential unit of life–the family.” Little did anyone know in 1991 how much strain would be put on both a free church and the family in the subsequent years and decades. That tension is what we live in now.

As President Bush is now lying in state at the Capitol Hill Rotunda, I think this speech is worth your time to watch, not only as a piece of history but also as an reminder of what principled statesmanship looks like.


Postscript: I really do appreciate the many gracious remarks that President Bush made to Southern Baptists during this address. Nevertheless, I wish to clarify that I am not a fan of politicians addressing the Southern Baptist Convention. I may be a part of a minority in my denomination on this particular point, but I think it sends all the wrong signals when we do this. Again, I am grateful for so much of what the President said in this particular address, and I do not want to cause a rift in my denomination over this. But I still believe that our denomination would do well not to be inviting politicians to address our gatherings.

When President Bush addressed the Southern Baptist Convention — Denny Burk

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 8, The Magi offer gifts & worship