Daily Archives: December 14, 2018


And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

—Acts 3:10

We find much of spiritual astonishment and wonder in the book of Acts. You will always find these elements present when the Holy Spirit directs believing men and women.

On the other hand, you will not find astonished wonder among men and women when the Holy Spirit is not present.

Engineers can do many great things in their fields, but no mere human force or direction can work the mysteries of God among men. If there is no wonder, no experience of mystery, our efforts to worship will be futile. There will be no worship without the Spirit.

If God can be understood and comprehended by any of our human means, then I cannot worship Him. One thing is sure. I will never bend my knees and say “Holy, holy, holy,” to that which I have been able to decipher and figure out in my own mind! That which I can explain will never bring me to the place of awe. It can never fill me with astonishment or wonder or admiration. WHT085

Renew in me a sense of wonder, Lord—wonder that comes only when I really see Your Holy Spirit at work in the midst of Your people, doing the unexplainable. Amen. [1]

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

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


President Donald Trump on Thursday met with former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and considered him a top contender for the job of White House chief of staff, a position some advisers urged him to give to senior aide Jared Kushner, sources said.

The U.S. Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Donald Trump on Saudi Arabia on Thursday, voting to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A Russian woman pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to a single conspiracy charge in a deal with prosecutors and admitted to working with a top Russian official to infiltrate a powerful gun rights group and make inroads with American conservative activists and the Republican Party as an agent for Moscow.

European Union leaders called for urgent action to combat fake news on the Internet at a summit, saying more needed to be done to safeguard next year’s EU election against disinformation.

Around 2,000 Hungarians protested late on Wednesday outside parliament against new legislation allowing employers to ask staff to work up to 400 hours per year of overtime, a reform its critics have dubbed the “slave law”.

Worshippers at a church in the Netherlands that have been holding round-the-clock prayer services for more than six weeks to prevent an Armenian family from being deported are hoping for a Christmas miracle.

Syrian Kurdish parties said on Friday that Turkish threats to attack northern Syria amounted to a “declaration of war” and urged world powers to prevent an assault on the region.

Greece has seized drugs worth more than $113 million after intercepting a Syrian ship sailing for Libya, the coast guard said on Friday.

U.S. consumer spending gathered momentum in November as households bought furniture, electronics and a range of other goods, which could further allay fears of a significant slowdown in the economy.

China will suspend additional tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts for three months starting Jan. 1, 2019, the country’s finance ministry said on Friday, following a truce in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

General Motors, the largest U.S. automaker, said 2,800 hourly active U.S. workers at four U.S. plants that will end production next year are eligible for new jobs at seven plants in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.

Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, J&J insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product. But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company’s powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public.

AP Top Stories

Speculation that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Seoul for the first time has sparked debate in South Korea over how to allow citizens to express often strongly held views while preventing any international incidents.

Vietnam has reportedly expressed an interest in hosting the second proposed summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

A Philippine court on Friday found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group.

The gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg was shot dead by French police on Thursday as the Islamic State jihadist group claimed him as one of its “soldiers”.

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia is seeking an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping and increasingly an arena of contention with regional rivals like Iran, Turkey and Qatar. Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the initiative without reaching final agreement. A team of experts is expected to meet “soon” in Cairo for technical talks.


Spanish law will be toughened to define any non-consensual sexual act as “assault” or “rape” instead of “sexual abuse”, experts have decided.

A seven-year-old girl who illegally crossed the Mexico-US border with family died hours after being taken into custody, US officials said.

Some same-sex couples in Brazil are rushing to get married, fearful that right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will challenge their right to wed after taking office next year.

At least nine Japanese medical schools manipulated admissions, in part to exclude female students, a government investigation has found.

A bill to legalize abortion services in the Republic of Ireland has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament).


Virgin Galactic completed its longest rocket-powered flight ever on Thursday, taking a step ahead in the nascent business of space tourism. The two pilots on board Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft Unity became the company’s first astronauts.

Legislation prefiled Thursday by Rep. Robert Goforth would require abortion providers to check for a fetal heartbeat before performing a procedure. If a heartbeat is detected–which can happen as early as six weeks after gestation, according to healthline.com–it would become a Class D felony to perform an abortion unless it is deemed a medical emergency.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams (1756)

Bankrupting the Boy Scouts of America

Due to escalating legal costs for sex abuse, the BSA board is considering bankruptcy.

Did the FBI Set Up Michael Flynn?

A judge demands Mueller and DOJ turn over FBI documents related to its Flynn interview.

Challenging the Bureaucratic State

The Supreme Court has an opportunity to rein in the power of executive agencies.

Google’s BIG Lie: ‘Without Political Bias’

The search giant’s CEO claims there’s nothing to see here. History says he’s wrong.

Botching Brexit Leaves No Good Way Out

Prime Minister May had one job: Steward the transition out of the EU. Oops.

The Myth of Capitalism-Caused Inequity

There is no explosion of income inequality in America, despite the cries of leftists.

Video: SJWs Aren’t Offended By Old Tweets

Brittany Hughes says they’re offended by success and those who earn it.

Friday Short Cuts

Identity politics: “I am not sure it’s the time to nominate a white man.” —CNN’s Harry Enten

Friday Top Headlines

Senate’s Saudi vote, China suspends tariffs, budget deficit, “pay to play,” teachers need guns, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Rich Lowry
If There’s No Collusion, There’s Always Stormy Daniels
Michael Reagan
All Is Fair in the War on Trump
Marc A. Thiessen
There’s a Word for the Democrats’ Negotiating Strategy: Insanity
David Limbaugh
Pelosi and Schumer Show Their Colors
Jonah Goldberg
Maybe Trump Can’t Win in 2020, but Democrats Can Lose

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

News – 12/14/2018

Chinese senior military official calls for attacks on US ships in South China Sea
A senior member of the Chinese military recently made remarks indicating that the Chinese navy should be carrying out aggressive and violent responses to the U.S. ships in the South China Sea. Dai Xu, a colonel commander in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, said on Saturday that using force against U.S. ships is justifiable in Chinese territory,

Single-day bomb threat hoaxes sweep nation – evacuations, school lockdowns, more
Bomb threats have swept across the nation on Thursday, but reports are indicating that they may all be hoaxes. Schools and businesses in numerous states reported evacuations and lockdowns after receiving bomb threats, only for media reports to later show that these threats surfaced in the form of email hoaxes, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Tennessee Struck By The Largest Earthquake In 45 Years
The 4.4 and 3.3 magnitude quakes had an epicenter near Decatur, Tennessee in Meigs County did no significant damage, but the fear is when will the next massive quake strike. “A 4.4 magnitude earthquake is a reminder for people to be prepared,”

Hearing scheduled for $350 million lawsuit against Mueller
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for immediately after the holidays in a case brought by New York Times bestselling author Jerome Corsi against special counsel Robert Mueller, who was assigned to investigate claims of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. Corsi alleges Mueller and his team of investigators tried to coerce him to commit perjury in their pursuit of statements that would implicate President Trump. Corsi is represented by former Justice Department prosecutor,… Larry Klayman.

USAID to Close Doors in West Bank and Gaza in Early 2019
The State Department is arguing that the P.A. will cut off all these programs and existing ties with the U.S. if Congress does not delay the law.” “Congress should do no such thing. Congress made a simple policy decision,” the NGO continued. “If the P.A. wants American assistance, it has to do so on the understanding that it will be held accountable for terror attacks that took American lives and caused severe injuries.”

Is a space war brewing? Russia announces it will establish a lunar colony by 2040 just hours after NASA says it’s returning to the moon ‘to stay
Russia will establish a moon colony by 2040, the federal space agency announced. According to officials, getting a human-crewed landing to set up a lunar base is the top priority. The news comes just after NASA revealed it plans to take America back to the moon ‘to stay’ using private firms to run the business.

WSJ Writer Points Out Double Standard in Mueller Speculation
Strassel called out the New York Times and the Washington Post for publishing “highly detailed and classified information,” received from former Obama administration officials — leakers who may have committed a felony punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison. “But what about the potential crimes that put Mr. [Michael] Flynn in Mr. Mueller’s crosshairs to begin with?”

Saudi Arabia and UAE to launch cross-border cryptocurrency
The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Central Bank will jointly issue a digital currency for use in cross-border transactions… “This is probably the first time ever that we witness the cooperation of monetary authorities from different countries on this topic. We hope this achievement will foster similar collaboration in our region,” UAE Central Bank Governor Mubarak Rashid al-Mansouri was quoted as saying.

The Barghouti clan’s jihad against Israel
Saleh Barghouti, the 29-year-old Palestinian who was killed on Wednesday night by the IDF near the village of Surda, north of Ramallah, belongs to a clan whose members are famous for carrying out a series of terrorist attacks against Israel in the past four decades. The IDF says that Saleh belonged to the cell that carried out the shooting attack outside Ofra, which resulted in the nine Israelis wounded.

Queensland Cyclone Owen: Powerful system may ‘wreak havoc’
Australian authorities have issued a warning about a powerful cyclone that is tracking towards the coast of Queensland. Cyclone Owen is moving slowly over waters off the Northern Territory with winds of up to 200km/h (124mph), meteorologists said. It is expected to intensify into a category four system before making landfall sometime early on Saturday local time (late on Friday GMT).

Irish abortion bill passes in senate
A bill to legalise abortion services in the Republic of Ireland has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament). On Thursday evening the report and final stages of the bill passed in the Seanad (Irish Senate), reports Irish Broadcaster RTÉ. The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill will now be given to the President to be signed into law.

Senators vote to end US backing for Saudi war on Yemen
The US Senate has voted to withdraw US military aid for Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen and to blame the kingdom’s crown prince for the murder of a journalist. The historic vote is the first time any chamber of US Congress has agreed to pull US forces from a military conflict under the 1973 War Powers Act. Some of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans defied him to pass the measure with Democrats by 56-41.

Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea
The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Caribbean Sea during a 10-hour training mission. A pair of Tu-160 bombers arrived at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said they were escorted by Venezuelan fighter jets during part of the training mission on Wednesday to practice interaction.

UN Security Council to discuss Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels
The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting next Wednesday to discuss the Hezbollah attack tunnels uncovered by the Israel Defense Forces. The tunnels, of which Israel has uncovered three, are believed to have been dug by Hezbollah fightersfrom Lebanon into Israeli territory in order to carry out attacks on civilians in the Galilee.

China says to halt additional tariffs on U.S.-made cars from Jan. 1
China will suspend additional tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts for three months starting Jan. 1, 2019, the country’s finance ministry said on Friday, following a truce in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. China will suspend 25 percent tariffs on 144 U.S. vehicle and auto part items and 5 percent tariffs on 67 auto items between Jan. 1 and March 31, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

Russia ready to discuss inspections with U.S. on arms treaty: RIA
Russia is ready to discuss mutual inspections with the United States in order to save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, RIA news agency cited Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying on Friday. Last week Washington said Russia must scrap its 9M729 nuclear-capable cruise missiles and launchers or modify the weapons’ range to return to compliance to the Cold War-era arms control treaty.

It may soon be ILLEGAL to say ‘he’ or ‘she’ in Australia, as political correctness hits a shocking new low
Transgender reforms put forward by Tasmania’s Labor opposition and Greens May include a provision forcing people to name others by preferred pronoun Bill passed lower house and must now pass the state’s 15-member upper house Dr Greg Walsh from University of Notre Dame said reforms largely ‘admirable’ But he slammed dictating how people use pronouns ‘completely unacceptable’

This new Israeli bill will declare war on George Soros and other radicals, who openly try to fund the demise of the Jewish State
Amid reports of mobilization of leftist donors ahead of elections in Israel, PM pushes law to reveal donors to NGOs during election period.

Taylor Swift tracked stalkers with facial recognition tech at her concert
Taylor Swift held a concert at California’s Rose Bowl this past May that was monitored by a facial recognition system. The system’s target? Hundreds of Swift’s stalkers.

Congo Ebola Outbreak Spreads to Cities, Threatens Rwanda
The much-feared spread of Ebola virus from rural regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to larger cities and across the border into neighboring countries may be coming to pass, as the ongoing conflict in the DRC continues to impede the efforts of doctors and aid workers.

Report Finds UN Employs 3,300 Pedophiles, Responsible for 60,000 Rapes in Last 10 Years
An outright frightening dossier released by a former senior United Nations official reveals that United Nations employees have carried out over 60,000 rapes in just the last decade. What’s more, the dossier estimates that the organization currently employs at least 3,300 pedophiles.

Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US
A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the US triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt.

Over 95% DACA Applications for Illegal Aliens Approved Under Trump
More than 95 percent of illegal aliens who applied for or renewed their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status — which provides temporary amnesty — received approval in the past two years of President Trump’s administration.

Google CEO Grilled About Hillary Clinton ‘Child Sacrifice’ Videos by Lawmakers
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was grilled by lawmakers before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday and was quizzed about videos that discuss Hillary Clinton “sexually abusing and consuming the remains of children, often in satanic rituals,” on YouTube.

This court just ruled Coca-Cola products are POISON
A Nigerian High Court judge has ruled that some of the soft drinks sold under the Coca-Cola brandcould be poisonous when consumed alongside vitamin C-rich foods, drinks, and supplements.

Why America is the new Middle East in terms of oil production: World’s largest reserves just discovered under Texas
For the first time since 1973, the United States now leads the world in terms of oil production. And according to reports, we have the ground underneath Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico to thank.

Foreign Troops Enter France-The UN’s Kigali Principles Are In Play
The United Nations has ordered Trump to admit all migrants. The United nations has ordered all French protests to stop. EU troops entered Paris. And make no mistake about this foreign occupation in france, the United Nations is behind every bit of it and we are witnessing the roll out of the Kigali Principles which allows the UN to send its proxy forces to enforce UN policy in the face of civil unrest.  Further, and shockingly, the UN says it will be the global authority by the year 2030. Here are the details of this incredible story.

Democrats Draft Bill to Make Abortion a ‘Human Right’
The Democrat party has introduced a bill that would “require the U.S. State Department to include reproductive rights in its annual human rights report,” in recognition of abortion as a basic human right.

Headlines – 12/14/2018

Friedman: PA must choose, is it a political entity or terror sponsor?

Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attacks

Israel continues manhunt, braces for violence as Hamas calls for ‘day of rage’

Dozens of settler youths riot at scene of West Bank terror shooting

Bennett demands coalition back law to move terrorists’ families from their homes

Hundreds rally in Jerusalem in protest of terror wave

Crowd chants for Netanyahu to resign as 1,000 protest outside PM’s residence

Netanyahu to Hamas: ‘terror will not go unanswered’

After terror attacks, Netanyahu threatens Hamas, vows to approve settler homes

AG green-lights legalization of 2,000 settler homes built on Palestinian land

Palestinians call on Muslim states to target Australian exports over Jerusalem embassy

Natalie Portman slams Israel’s nation-state law as ‘racist’

Netanyahu doesn’t rule out taking battle inside Iran

Iranian hackers go after nuclear workers, US officials and think tanks

Iran Engineers Rial Recovery as It Defies U.S. Sanctions

Peace possible in Yemen, says Pompeo on agreement reached in Sweden

In rebuke to Trump, Senate votes to halt US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen, names crown prince as responsible for Khashoggi death

Khalid bin Salman: Saudi Arabia committed to supporting and rebuilding Yemen

UN Chief: We are witnessing beginning of the end of Yemeni crisis

South African politician urges people to ‘kill whites’ and their pets

Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea

‘Strong anger’ in Okinawa as Japan starts work to move US base

House calls Rohingya crisis a ‘genocide,’ urges Pompeo to take a stand

MK Naftali Bennett: ‘French Aliyah – missed opportunity, will be corrected’

France: A Revolt against Europe’s Elites?

Gunman who killed three in Strasbourg market shot dead by French police

Strasbourg attack: Expert seeks sanctions against countries like Qatar

Bomb threats demanding bitcoin funds reported across the country, authorities say

Bomb threats made at Columbine High School, site of 1999 shooting

Wave of bomb threats causes evacuations, anxiety nationwide

Senators push to shield Venezuelans from deportation from US

Trump: ‘Mexico is paying for the wall’ through savings in new trade deal

Trump said to be considering son-in-law Kushner for chief of staff role

Homeland Security Report: Terrorists Pose A Profound Threat To The Electric Grid

Trump was in the room during hush money discussions with tabloid publisher

Trump, in Fox News interview, says he never ‘directed’ Michael Cohen ‘to do anything wrong’

Commentary: Michael Cohen Pled Guilty to Something That Is Not a Crime

Judge in Flynn case orders Mueller to turn over interview docs after bombshell claim of FBI pressure

Maxine Waters Calls for Trump Impeachment: ‘He Is Dangerous,’ Aligned With Putin

‘They don’t care’: Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties

Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper to cease print edition

Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; Still Run $305.4B Deficit

Virgin Galactic flies its first astronauts to the edge of space, taking one step closer to space tourism

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gartog, China

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Reykjanes Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

El Ninos to strengthen because of global warming, will cause ‘more extreme weather’, study says

An Israeli startup with ties to America’s most popular hummus brand says it made the world’s first lab-grown steak — a holy grail for the industry

California lawmaker arrested for child cruelty admits he ‘spanked’ 7-year-old daughter

Detroit pastor accused of murdering transgender woman

A Man Was Told That His Dad Had Abandoned Him. Then He Hired A Psychic Who Unearthed A Murder

Brazil ‘miracle’ healer, who appeared on Oprah, faces arrest in sex probe

Anne Graham Lotz warns her cancer could be sign Israel is in danger of fatal attack

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Jim Baumgaertel – The Evangelical Subculture

With Tears Pastor John Gray Defends $200K Lamborghini Anniversary Gift to Wife

Charlie Shamp: You’ll Stop the Sun in 2019 and an Ironic Clouds Without Water Lecture

9MARKS Mark Dever and Fabian Socialist

Christian Zionist Delusion – Anne Graham Lotz warns her cancer could be sign Israel is in danger of fatal attack

“Shout Your Abortion” Campaign Gains Steam as More Women Brag About Aborting Their Babies

Town ignores atheists’ warnings, keeps Christian cross in Christmas lights display

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12/14/2018 — Wretched


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — You may remember the days when President Trump was calling for a $25 billion Border Wall to be financed by Mexico. Now he’s shouting at the Democrats to give him a measly $5 billion from the hard-pressed American taxpayers. Just as Theresa May faced a no-confidence vote for failing to make a proper deal to remove Britain from the European Union, many conservatives here are becoming increasingly skeptical of President Trump’s claim that “people would revolt” if the Democrats impeach him. Some of his legislative maneuvers are leaving supporters scratching their heads in dismay and disgust. It looks like he’s selling out to the Swamp…. (more)

December 13, 2018
Jack Cashill spotlights 1 issue about which Obama was ‘stunningly dishonest’
JACK CASHILL — Watching President’s Trump’s confrontation on Tuesday with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi on the subject of immigration, I found myself asking, “Is Donald Trump the most honest president ever?” To be sure, Trump is something of a blowhard. To be sure, he can be fairly indifferent to facts, but on big issues, as Pelosi and Schumer experienced up close, he says what he means…. (more)

December 13, 2018
DAILY SIGNAL — A study by Princeton and Yale researchers has found that white liberals act in “patronizing” ways toward blacks and other minorities, while white conservatives do not. White Democratic presidential candidates and self-identified liberals are more likely to downplay their own competence when speaking to minorities, using fewer words that emphasize competence and more words that show warmth, according to the report titled “Self-Presentation in Interracial Settings: The Competence Downshift by White Liberals.”… (more)

December 13, 2018
NEWSMAX — The panel investigating the shooting massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year recommends arming teachers to stop future shootings. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School panel’s suggestions to improve school security include putting guns into the hands of teachers, beefing up security, and employing better law enforcement tactics…. (more)

December 13, 2018
NEWSMAX — The resource officer who failed to confront alleged mass murderer Nikolas Cruz on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last February asked a judge to find he had no legal duty to protect the students and faculty from any harm, but his argument was rejected and a wrongful death lawsuit filed against him will move forward, CBS WFOR reports…. (more)

December 13, 2018
NEWSMAX — The Boy Scouts of America may soon declare bankruptcy as lawsuits over sexual abuse pile up and membership figures continue to dwindle, The Wall Street Journal reports. The group plans to “explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted,” according to a letter sent to its employees Wednesday and acquired by the Journal…. (more)

December 12, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Tuesday he would be “proud” to shut the government down unless he gets a massive infusion of cash to build his border wall, and suggested if Congress doesn’t concede, he would use the military to erect more fencing anyway. Democrats on Capitol Hill said the president would be creating a constitutional crisis if he tries to rope the Pentagon into his wall plans over the objection of Congress – – and countered with red lines of their own, saying they won’t pony up a single new dollar for Trump-style border security…. (more)

December 12, 2018
NEWSMAX — Vice President Mike Pence was forced to step in and cast the tie breaking vote for a judicial nominee Tuesday because Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has vowed to oppose all judicial picks until the Senate votes on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller…. (more)

December 12, 2018
Insists he leads ‘without political bias’ despite email evidence
ART MOORE — An email indicating Google attempted to boost the Latino vote in “key states” during the 2016 election put Google CEO Sundar Pichai on the spot during a House hearing on Tuesday. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, after citing the email, pointed out to the CEO that he had testified just minutes before that he leads the company “without political bias” and works “to ensure that our products work that way.”… (more)

December 12, 2018
Judicial Watch reveals how Obama officials using influence to undermine U.S.
WORLDNETDAILY — Hundreds of millions of tax dollars are being given to organizations run by billionaire George Soros to pursue a “radical leftist agenda” that is undermining American values, according to Washington watchdog Judicial Watch…. (more)

December 12, 2018
ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN — Your Royal Highness: Permit me to express my appreciation to you for taking part in this ceremony. Your participation lends special dignity to these proceedings. This is the first time that the Templeton Prize has been awarded to an Orthodox Christian. With gratitude that our share in the religious life of the world has now been accorded notice, I remain acutely conscious of my personal unworthiness to receive this award as I look back upon the venerable line of outstanding Orthodox churchmen and of Orthodox thinkers from Aleksey Khomyakov to Sergei Bulgakov…. (more)

December 12, 2018
Tens of thousands cheer actress’ choice over that of Time magazine
WORLDNETDAILY — How about Lt. Dan as Time magazine’s Person of the Year? That suggestion by actress Patricia Heaton has generated nearly 19,000 retweets and nearly 39,000 likes in just a day…. (more)

December 12, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Allies of President Trump within the New Hampshire Republican Party are seeking to avoid a politically costly primary by abandoning the state party’s tradition of neutrality in favor of an early endorsement on behalf of the president…. (more)

December 12, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio is suing CNN, accusing the cable outlet of inaccurately labeling him a “felon” in a broadcast and having made no efforts to correct its mistake. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of a misdemeanor contempt of court last year, not a felony – – and was quickly pardoned by President Trump. He has asked the courts to expunge his original misdemeanor conviction, in a case that’s still pending…. (more)

December 12, 2018
Trump administration rule would roll back federal control over waterways
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Tuesday to scale back the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule, a policy embraced by environmentalists but denounced by critics as a power grab that placed even potholes and puddles under federal control. In the Trump administration’s latest strike on federal regulations, the EPA proposed redefining “waters of the United States” in a way that would draw a clear line between navigable waterways under federal versus state control…. (more)

December 12, 2018
CLICK ON DETROIT — On Tuesday, LARA officials said the cemetery is improperly storing more than 300 uncremated remains of infants and fetuses in multiple crypts. The remains dated as far back as 2009. Officials said the remains were entombed collectively in multiple crypts that were repeatedly opened and added to by cemetery workers. The remains were not buried or cremated, contrary to the final disposition indicated on forms, officials said…. (more)

December 11, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Readers familiar with my writings know that I have criticized the economic model that allows Facebook and Twitter to amass billions of dollars in profits exploiting the activities of their users. Users are in many respects like the movie production companies. Facebook and Twitter provide accommodations for sharing their productions with others. But unlike movie production companies, Facebook and Twitter users receive no share of the profits those companies make off their productions…. (more)

December 10, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — Citizen journalist David Risselada has written a book, Psychopolitics in America: A Nation Under Conquest, in which he explains how so many are being led astray by what passes for the “conservative media.” Consider the case of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was sold by Fox News and other beltway groups as a conservative pro-lifer. After Kavanaugh’s Monday ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood, many grassroots conservatives are beginning to realize they were misled about his real record. One conservative website called it a “betrayal.”… (more)

December 10, 2018
DAILY CALLER — The Supreme Court declined to review three cases relating to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level Monday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas. The dissent was significant because it indicates that Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the high court’s liberal wing to deny review of a lower court decision that favored the nation’s largest abortion provider…. (more)

December 10, 2018
Joseph Farah flays man who pushed Sandra Day O’Connor, latest Trump pick
JOSEPH FARAH — I hate to say it, but I saw this one coming. When President Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, I knew it was at least a very risky pick. But he won the hearts of conservatives because of the insanity of the opposition…. (more)

December 10, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — Two separate sources recently questioned the historicity of Jesus. But let us set the record straight. First, on a comedy show on TBS, “The Guestbook,” just before Christmastime, one of the characters likened belief in Jesus to belief in Santa. The episode is called “Tonight you become a man” – – where a character supposedly becomes an adult by realizing Santa and Jesus are just myths…. (more)

December 10, 2018
Special counsel demanded ‘false testimony’ then ‘leaked’ details to apply pressure
BOB UNRUH — Investigative reporter and New York Times best-selling author Jerome Corsi, who just days ago filed a formal complaint against special counsel Robert Mueller for “gross prosecutorial misconduct and criminal acts,” now has filed a case against him demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages…. (more)

December 10, 2018
THE HILL — Many people I know in law enforcement circles shuddered when James Comey tweeted recently that acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker “may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.” To them, Comey’s Twitter attack crossed that “blue line” – – the one that real cops abide by, to never criticize fellow officers and to always have their backs…. (more)

December 10, 2018
DAILY CALLER — South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Saturday that if he takes over as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as is expected, he will “get to the bottom” of whether the FBI misled the federal surveillance court to obtain spy warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page…. (more)

December 10, 2018
DAILY SIGNAL — President Donald Trump’s nomination of Heather Nauert is an excellent choice to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, analysts say. “Heather Nauert is capable, well-informed, and articulate,” Clifford May, founder and president of the Foundation for Defense Of Democracies, said in an email to The Daily Signal…. (more)


Weekly Watchman for 12/14/2018

Chipping Away at Christian Freedoms

We see and hear the stories every day of Christians in China, Iran, Pakistan and Africa being harassed, imprisoned and sometimes murdered for their faith in Jesus Christ. We see the stories here in America of Christians being bullied and intimidated into silence. Yet, we cannot seem to connect the dots. This bullying and intimidation is a precursor to the coming violent persecution of Christians here in America—a persecution few churches and individuals are prepared for.

This morning, Mike and David look at growing persecution in China, along with ways technology is being used to soften our resistance to “Big Brother”, setting us up to walk into slavery as a people.

We also visit with Travis Barham of Alliance Defending Freedom to discuss a legal battle against the University of Colorado’s campaign to kick a Christian Ministry, Ratio Christi, off College campuses.

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Is a True Believer’s Salvation Eternally Secure?

A couple weeks ago we interviewed Pastor Mike Abendroth on the doctrine of eternal security of the true believer through faith in Jesus Christ.  Some listeners have written claiming our belief is wrong and that the belief in the eternal security of the believer is wrong and dangerous. So today Pastor Abendroth joins us again to address those concerns on this very important doctrine.

We will also talk with Mike about sincere questions unbelievers have about God and The Bible and how the Church has a responsibility to answer their sincere questions honestly, because if we cannot they will find the wrong answers in the world.

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Preparing & Protecting the Flock

In our final segment today, we’ll cite yet another example of the radical LGBTQ movement actually hurting the people they claim to be helping. This time, their insane policies are harming battered women by putting transgender issues above the safety of vulnerable women.

In our first two segments, elders have a responsibility to teach the Word of God, equip believers, and protect the flock against false teachers infiltrating the church. But what about the dangers of the increasing anger and evil in our society? What is the responsibility of church leaders to also physically protect its members?

Are we prepared to handle emergencies when we gather as believers. Today’s guest spent 35 years in law enforcement and eleven years as a pastor. An expert on church security, Jimmy Meeks joins us from Texas to discuss the importance of churches developing a strong safety and preparation plan.

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Keeping an Eye on Israel, Prophecy

As our nation continues to be distracted by media spin, alleged Russian collusion, politics, social issues, holidays, and the daily drama of the Stock Market, many are ignoring events in Israel and the Middle East that may be pointing to the continuing fulfillment of biblical prophecy. While it is currently in rebellion against God because of rejecting Jesus as Messiah, Israel is nonetheless very important to God and His final plans for this world are centered on Israel…and a lot is going on there that most are ignoring.

Pastor and bestselling author, Carl Gallups, a student and teacher of biblical prophecy, joins us to share details on interesting news many are ignoring about Israel.

In our final segment, you’ll never guess who Democrats and Humanists in Massachusetts are blaming for all the world’s problems from racism to climate change. We look at the continuing campaign to silence the Christian worldview in the public venue.

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December 14 Unashamed

According to my earnest expectation and hope [I know] that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body.

Philippians 1:20

Today’s verse calls to mind Christ’s promise in Matthew 10:32: “Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.” The one who acknowledges Christ as Lord in life or in death, if necessary, is the one whom the Lord will acknowledge before God as His own.

The apostle Paul could rejoice in that truth. He knew he never would be ashamed before the world, the court of Caesar, or God Himself because he knew God would be glorified in his life. The Old Testament affirms that the righteous will never be put to shame, while the unrighteous will.

To be ashamed means to be disappointed, disillusioned, or disgraced. Paul knew that would never happen to him because of God’s promise to the righteous. He may have had Isaiah 49:23 in mind: “They shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.” Be one of the unashamed.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 375). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

More Criminal Actions: Obama Admin Urgently Provided CLASSIFIED Russia-gate Documents to Senators Hours Before Trump Inauguration — The Gateway Pundit

The Obama State Department and Department of Justice did all they could to destroy the Trump campaign and Trump administration.

The FBI and DOJ even sent several spies into the Trump campaign in an unprecedented operation of government political corruption. The Democrat mainstream media has ignored these criminal actions and instead are working on a daily basis with Democrats to wipe out the president and his administration.

Judicial Watch released evidence on Friday revealing the last minute classified leaks to US lawmakers on the bogus Russia-gate scandal.

These people will never be punished. America’s judicial system is in tatters.
After eight years of Obama we are left with a corrupt cabal that has lost the trust of the American people.

Via Judicial Watch:

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today released two sets of heavily redacted State Department documents, 38 pages and 48 pages, showing classified information was researched and disseminated to multiple U.S. Senators by the Obama administration immediately prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The documents reveal that among those receiving the classified documents were Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Robert Corker (R-TN).

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a June 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department after it failed to respond to a February 2018 request seeking records of the Obama State Department’s last-minute efforts to share classified information about Russia election interference issues with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-01381)).

The documents reveal the Obama State Department urgently gathering classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Donald Trump taking office.

  • In a Thursday, January 5, 2017, email chain then-State Department Congressional Advisor Hera Abassi indicates that then-Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland’s bureau was attempting to get Russian investigation related documents to the office of Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) office as quickly as possible. (In June 2016 Nuland permitted a meeting between Steele and the FBI’s legal attaché in Rome. Nuland told CBS News that the State Department knew about the Steele dossier by July 2016.)

In the email, with the subject line “For Immediate Review – Call Sheet for S Call with Senator Warner,” Abassi writes:

“I told Cardin’s folks … that the process is long. Can we ensure that there are no holdups on our end?”

Minutes later, Abassi confirms that Nuland was fully aware of the information that the State Department was providing to members of Congress alleging Russia interference information:

“This is definitely on EUR A/S radar!”

  • Leaving no doubt that the State Department officials knew they were transmitting classified information, in a Wednesday, January 18, 2017, email with the subject line “Cables/M,” Former Foreign Service Officer Kerem Bilge writes to State Department Congressional advisor Hilary Johnson and others: “Highest class is SECRET/NOFORN.”

Johnson replies:

“FYI – so we can keep the SECRET/NOFORN header, and should declassify it 25 years from tomorrow.

“I forwarded the fully cleared version to the two of you on the high side [Editor’s Note: “high side” is State Department term for high security classification system], but let me know if there’s anything else you need from me on this.

“Note: we’ll need to make sure there is someone in Senate security tomorrow who can accept these.”

  • On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Johnson confirms that classified documents were sent to Senator Corker in addition to Senator Cardin. “Flagging that I sent you a high side request for clearance of the draft transmittal letter to send documents to Senators Corker and Cardin.”

Additionally, involved in providing classified information to members of the Senate was Naz Durakoglu, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. In an email dated Thursday, January 19, 2017, with the subject line “Signed, sealed, delivered” Durakoglu apparently confirms that Obama State Department officials were eager to provide the classified material before Trump was sworn into office: “We made the deadline!” Durakoglu states [Emphasis added] “Thank you everyone for what was truly a Department-wide effort!”

POLL: Should Trump Declassify The FISA Documents?

President Trump was inaugurated less than 24 hours later.

  • In a Wednesday, January 18, 2017 email, Naz Durakoglu signed off on the document transmittal letter on behalf of her bureau. This letter accompanied “the documents to Senator Corker and Cardin”
  • In a Thursday, January 19, 2017 email, Durakoglu appears to confirm that she is who carried the documents from the State Department to Capitol Hill. She states, “I will be carrying over the cables to the Hill.”

“These documents show remarkable evidence of the non-stop, unethical effort in the Obama State Department to gather and send its own dossier of classified information on Russia in an effort to discredit the incoming Trump administration,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

via More Criminal Actions: Obama Admin Urgently Provided CLASSIFIED Russia-gate Documents to Senators Hours Before Trump Inauguration — The Gateway Pundit

Difficult Days Lay Ahead for Harvest — Pulpit & Pen

[World Magazine] Five years ago, Harvest Bible Chapel, a Chicago-area megachurch with multiple campuses and an average weekly attendance exceeding 12,000, sent shock waves through the Christian community when it publicly excommunicated two former elders and indirectly censured a third.

The edict was news beyond Chicago because James MacDonald is Harvest’s pastor: His Walk in the Word radio and TV ministry reaches millions weekly. Harvest also is home to Vertical Worship, Vertical Church Films, Vertical Church Network, and Harvest Christian Academyin Elgin, Ill., and Camp Harvest in Newaygo, Mich.

What many didn’t know at the time was that the September 2013 surprise came just 24 hours after eight former elders—including longtime board chairman Dave Corning—sent a strongly worded letter to the remaining elder board. The letter stated that 2 Timothy 3:1-5 lists nearly 20 traits that disqualify a person from being a pastor or elder, and “it is our opinion that these apply substantially to James.”

The letter charged MacDonald with, among other things, “self-promotion … love of money … domineering and bullying … abusive speech … outbursts of anger … [and] making misleading statements,” adding, “We are prepared to bring forth a host of specific examples and witnesses.” (WORLD has published the entire letter here.)

Harvest officials quickly went on the offense. In a video shown on seven Harvest campuses the next day, four sitting elders accused the three former elders who had resigned most recently—Scott Phelps, Barry Slabaugh, and (without naming him) Dan Marquardt—of “great sin” for sending the letter to the elder board. Current elder Steve Huston warned members to avoid the three men, saying they were “defiling many people.”

WORLD covered the dispute briefly and reported the three censured men’s accusations that Harvest had a puppet elder board that did not even have access to financial details such as MacDonald’s salary. They also said the church fostered a “culture of fear and intimidation” and left a trail of broken relationships.

In September 2014, MacDonald said the church had reconciled “meaningfully and mutually” with the censured elders. He apologized for the harsh manner in which leadership had disciplined Phelps, Marquardt, and Slabaugh. The three former elders told WORLD they had accepted MacDonald’s apology—and WORLD happily relayed news of restoration.

“In exchange for an apology, we agreed to leave [Harvest] alone, and let the elder board bring about the necessary reforms,” the three former elders recently wrote in a joint statement.

But now the three elders believe they were misled: Marquardt told me he hasn’t seen evidence of reforms at Harvest, and instead has heard repeated stories of mistreatment. The five other signers of the 2013 letter likewise say they’ve seen no evidence that the character issues involving MacDonald have been resolved. I’ve also interviewed more than two dozen former staff, elders, and members of Harvest, including some who have left the church within the past two years. They similarly claim that MacDonald and other Harvest leaders have shown an ongoing pattern of relational and financial abuse, a lack of transparency, and outright deception.

In a November interview with WORLD, MacDonald and other Harvest elders and leaders disputed much of the criticism. MacDonald admitted he was sometimes “too intense,” but noted he has not been involved in staff management at Harvest for almost 10 years, and said, “We don’t belittle people.” Former elder board chairman Robert Jones, who said he has worked with MacDonald for over 20 years, said, “His character is not in question, his growth in grace is evident to all.”

What follows are WORLD’s look at major points of contention and responses from MacDonald and Harvest leadership.

MacDonald speaks at the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference.  (Bill Bangham/Baptist Press)

A RELATIVELY RECENT EXAMPLE of questionable practices involved the 2017 dissolution of Harvest Bible Fellowship(HBF), the church’s former church planting network of more than 150 independent churches. In a June 2017 email sent to HBF pastors, MacDonald notified them about “an important decision that I have come to over many months with my senior staff and Elders”—a decision to dissolve the church’s governance of the fellowship, effective immediately. However, in an elder updateposted to Harvest’s website months later, the church’s elders admitted that MacDonald had acted without their approval, violating church bylaws. (They added that MacDonald had “expressed regret” and been “appropriately reprimanded.”)

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Julie Roys and originally published at World Magazine]

via Difficult Days Lay Ahead for Harvest — Pulpit & Pen

This ‘n’ That for December 14, 2018 — Do Not Be Surprised…

  • This gift giving thing is getting out of hand.
  • For those of you who love Bing Crosby at Christmas, you might enjoy this.
  • We have to get the incarnation right, lest we fall into heresy.
  • As we celebrate Christ’s first coming, let’s eagerly anticipate His second.
  • I haven’t read this in its entirety, but it certainly looks to be interesting!
  • The ridiculous controversy over “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a perfect lesson in the importance of considering context.
  • Hm. It’s almost as if the Bible was right all along or something! Can I get a collective, “We told you so”?
For invincible perseverance in our calling, it is necessary to be animated with the blessed hope of our Savior’s final advent. —John Calvin

via This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…