Daily Archives: January 2, 2019

Senate Report on ‘Russian Interference’ Was Written By Disinformation Warriors Who Ran Fake ‘Russian’ Bots

We’ve reported on this before but this story is just too crazy not to cover every aspect. The Democrats who pretended they were Russians meddling in a US Senate race — are the very same people the Senate Intelligence Committee turned to to report on “Russian interference operations”

  • While the impact of the disinformation campaign on the Alabama senate race may never be quantified, the cynicism behind it is hard to understate. A group of Democratic Party operatives with close ties to the national security state waged a cynical campaign of online deception against the American public, while marketing themselves as the guardians against from foreign interference”

On December 17, two reports detailing ongoing Russian interference operations commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee were made public. They generated a week’s worth of headlines and sent members of Congress and cable news pundits into a Cold War frenzy. According to the report, everything from the Green Party’s Jill Stein to Instagram to Pokemon Go to the African American population had been used and confused by the deceptive Facebook pages of a private Russian troll farm called the Internet Research Agency.

Nevermind that 56% of the troll farm’s pages appeared after the election, that 25% of them were seen by no one, or that their miniscule online presence paled in comparison to the millions of dollars spent on social media by the two major presidential campaigns and their supporters to sway voters. This was an act of war that demanded immediate government action.
— Read on russia-insider.com/en/senate-report-russian-interference-was-written-disinformation-warriors-who-ran-fake-russian-bots

New Documents Suggest The Steele Dossier Was A Deliberate Setup For Trump — The Federalist

After nearly two years since the Steele dossier was published, it remains the cornerstone of the case for collusion. The dossier model has also given rise to similar operations.

A trove of recently released documents sheds further light on the scope and logistics of the information operation designed to sabotage an American election. Players include the press, political operatives from both parties, and law enforcement and intelligence officials. Their instrument was the Steele dossier, first introduced to the American public two years ago.

A collection of reports compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, the dossier is now engraved in contemporary U.S. history. First marketed as bedrock evidence that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, the dossier’s legitimacy took a hit after reports showed the Hillary Clinton campaign paid for the work.

New Documents Suggest The Steele Dossier Was A Deliberate Setup For Trump — The Federalist

Hillary’s Russia Doomsday Scenario

The Steele dossier, a document produced by Christopher Steele at the behest of the Clinton campaign is ground zero for the Russia conspiracy theory that is tearing apart the country. Even the Mueller investigation has its ultimate roots in the eavesdropping carried out by the Obama administration using the dossier as evidence and the dubious and unverified claims made by Steele in the dossier.

Dirty tricks are part of politics. But few presidential candidates have the spite and hubris to create a dirty trick that blows up the presidency even when it can no longer benefit them in any obvious way

— Read on canadafreepress.com/article/hillarys-russia-doomsday-scenario

2 January 365 Days with Spurgeon

Faith in perfection

“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalm 138:8

suggested further reading: Deuteronomy 31:1–8

There is yet another confession in the text—the Psalmist’s confession that all he has, he has from God. “Forsake not the works of thine own hands.” I will not, however, dwell upon it, but urge you who are believers to go home and cry aloud to God in prayer. Let this be a New Year’s day prayer. “Forsake not the work of thine hands. Father, forsake not thy little child, lest he die by the hand of the enemy. Shepherd, forsake not thy lamb, lest the wolves devour him. Great husbandman, forsake not thy little plant, lest the frost should nip it, and it should be destroyed. Forsake me not, O Lord now, and when I am old and grey headed, O Lord, forsake me not. Forsake me not in my joys, lest I curse God. Forsake me not in my sorrows, lest I murmur against him. Forsake me not in the day of my repentance, lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith, lest my faith degenerate into presumption, and so I perish by my own hand.” Cry out to God, that he would not forsake you in your business, in your family; that he would not forsake you either upon your bed by night or in your business by day. And may God grant, when you and I shall come to the end of this year, we may have a good tale to tell concerning the faithfulness of God in having answered our prayers, and having fulfilled his promise.

for meditation: Do you open up every area of your life to the One who has promised never to forsake his people? Are there any aspects of your relationship with him which are not all that they should be (Malachi 1:6)?

sermon no. 231[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 9). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

An Inside Look At The Social Decay That Is Eating Away At America Like An Aggressive Form Of Cancer

The character of a nation is a reflection of the character of millions of individual people, and one of the fastest ways to get a sense of the character of individual people is to visit their homes.  It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and if that is true then a home visit has got to be worth a million.  Sadly, there is a reason why so many Americans that make a living making service calls in other people’s homes absolutely hate their jobs.  Way too often they are confronted with the worst that America has to offer, and many of them end up psychologically scarred for life as a result.  For example, the following is from an article in which Lauren Hough described her time as a cable installer

I’d walk in prepared for anything. There was sobbing, man or woman, didn’t matter. There were the verbal assaults. There were physical threats. To say they were just threats undermines what it feels like to be in someone else’s home, not knowing the territory, where that hallway leads, what’s behind that door, if they have a gun, if they’ll back you into a wall and scream at you. If they’ll stop there. If they’ll call in a complaint no matter what you do. Sure, we were allowed to leave if we felt threatened. We just weren’t always sure we could. In any case, even if we canceled, someone else would always be sent to the same house later. “Irate. Repeat call.” And we’d lose the points we needed to make our numbers.

America wasn’t always like this.

Once upon a time, Americans generally treated one another with kindness, dignity and respect.

But now social decay is spreading like wildfire, and this country is rapidly becoming unrecognizable.

Just recently, a congressional report discovered that one of the largest drug companies in the entire nation had shipped “more than 3 million prescription opioids” to a single pharmacy in West Virginia…

In just 10 months, the sixth-largest company in America shipped more than 3 million prescription opioids — nearly 10,000 pills a day on average — to a single pharmacy in a Southern West Virginia town with only 400 residents, according to a congressional report released Wednesday.

McKesson Corp. supplied “massive quantities” of the painkiller hydrocodone to the now-shuttered Sav-Rite Pharmacy in Kermit, even after an employee at the company’s Ohio drug warehouse flagged the suspect pill orders in 2007, the report found. That year, McKesson — ranked 6th in the Fortune 500 — reviewed its customers, including Sav-Rite, and reported to the Drug Enforcement Administration that the purchases were “reasonable,” according to the report.

Of course West Virginia is right at the heart of the horrific opioid crisis that is sweeping the nation.  But what amazes me is that nobody at McKesson Corp. saw anything wrong with pouring millions of highly addictive pills into a very small pharmacy in a town with only 400 residents.

Out on the west coast, drug addicts are shooting up and smoking crack right in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in downtown San Francisco, a woman urinates on the sidewalk and smokes a crack pipe.

Inside her purse are about a dozen used heroin needles. She shoots heroin up to 10 times per day, she says.

About 50 yards away, a man injects another woman in the neck with a needle. She puts her thumb in her mouth and blows on it to make her vein more visible. Her right arm is caked with dried blood.

The Ninth Circuit is the country’s largest federal appeals court, and President Trump recently nominated a radical left wing activist to fill a vacancy on it.  And right out in front of the court it literally looks like a third world cesspool.

You may be tempted to think that this is one of the worst neighborhoods in San Francisco, but the truth is that it is actually one of the best

This San Francisco neighborhood is home to the headquarters of Uber, Twitter and Salesforce. But stroll around here, and you’re also likely to find used drug paraphernalia, trash, and human excrement on the sidewalks, and people lying in various states of consciousness.

During 2018, San Francisco citizens filed more than 20,000 complaints about human feces in the streets.  There are words to describe what San Francisco has become, but I am not able to print them in this space.

We like to think that we are an “example” to the rest of the world, but the truth is that they are all laughing at us.  And I had to laugh too when I recently came across this story

A man has been arrested after he drove his pickup truck into a courthouse in Mississippi.

News outlets reported that the Gulfport Police Department said in a news release that 28-year-old Keith Cavalier told officers he intentionally crashed into the Harrison County Courthouse early Saturday because it was the best way to let them know his drug paraphernalia had been stolen.

What in the world is happening to us?

Let’s switch gears for a bit.  Instead of talking about drugs, we’ll talk about sex for a moment.

At one time, if a teacher had sex with a student it was a major national scandal.  But now it is happening so frequently that it is usually not considered to be “newsworthy” anymore.  In fact, during the most recent fiscal year the state of Texas alone “opened 429 cases into inappropriate student-educator relationships”

During fiscal 2017-18, the TEA opened 429 cases into inappropriate student-educator relationships — an approximate 42 percent increase from the prior year, said Doug Phillips, director of educator investigations at TEA, during a Senate Education Committee meeting this week.

“I think we’re just getting a lot more of these reports that maybe would not have been reported in the past,” he said.

But just when you think that nothing could top Texas, Colorado comes along and says “hold my beer”.

After all, nothing says “classy” like a 1,000 person orgy

A POLYAMOROUS events planner has revealed her quest to organize the world’s largest orgy – inviting 1,000 to the marathon sex party.

Pearl Derrier, 29, from Denver, Colorado, goes to orgies at least once a month as one person can’t fulfill her “every physical and emotional need”.

Her partners, boyfriend Dan Patrick, 35, and “homemaker” girlfriend Tomi Tailey, 30, are also happy for her to have casual liaisons with other people at orgies.

The fabric of our society is literally rotting away right in front of our eyes, but most Americans are still in denial about what is happening.

Just like all other major empires throughout human history, we are decaying from within, and we should be deeply alarmed at what we have become.

In his year in review article, Dave Barry made a great point about the current state of American culture

What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of “Dr. Pimple Popper.”

This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo closeup videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, “Who on Earth would voluntarily watch that?” The answer, in 2018, was: MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. That is the state of our culture. We can only imagine what new reality shows lie ahead. We would not rule out “Dr. Butt Wiper,” or “People Blow Their Noses Directly Onto The Camera Lens.”

Sadly, I have a feeling that a show called “Dr. Butt Wiper” would rapidly become one of the most popular television shows in America.

We truly are a nation in decline, and things are getting worse with each passing year.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.  His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.  From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites.  If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so.  The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.
— Read on theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/an-inside-look-at-the-social-decay-that-is-eating-away-at-america-like-an-aggressive-form-of-cancer

Quick Shot: “There are no objective truths” — Cold Case Christianity

Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, “There are no objective truths.”

Response #1:
“Are you sure? Is that statement objectively true? If there are no objective truths, then the statement, ‘There are no objective truths,’ can’t be objectively true. Do you see the problem? As it turns out, all of us accept some objective truth claims, just as you do when you claim, ‘There is no objective truth.’ The only thing left, then, is to decide whichclaims are objectively true and which are simply a matter of personal opinion. Have you ever considered the claims Christians make about God? Do you think these kinds of claims are objective or subjective?”

If there are no objective truths, then the statement, ‘There are no objective truths,’ can’t be objectively true. Do you see the problem?
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Response #2:
“There are two kinds of truth claims: objective and subjective. Objective claims are grounded in objects, subjective claims are grounded in subjects (individuals). When I say chocolate chip cookies are the best cookies, that’s simply my personal, subjective opinion. But when I say Isoniazid is the cure for Tuberculosis (TB), that truth is more than simply my opinion. It is grounded in the object known as Isoniazid. That drug either cures TB or it doesn’t, and my opinion doesn’t make it true or false. To say that ‘there are no objective truth claims,’ is to deny this claim about Isoniazid. Have you considered how dangerous that approach would be?”

There are two kinds of truth claims: objective and subjective. Objective claims are grounded in objects, subjective claims are grounded in subjects (individuals).
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Our “Quick Shot” series was written specifically for the Cold-Case Christianity App(you can download it on Apple and Androidplatforms – be sure to register once you download the App). When confronted with an objection in casual conversation, App users can quickly find an answer without having to scroll beyond the first screen in the category. Use the App “Quick Shots” along with the “Rapid Responses” and Case Making “Cheat Sheets” to become a better Christian Case Maker.

J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Apologetics at Biola University, author of Cold-Case ChristianityGod’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academyfor kids.

Quick Shot: “There are no objective truths” — Cold Case Christianity

When the Category of Evil Disappears (Carson)

The Reformed Reader

“The Intolerance of Tolerance”

Here’s a helpful discussion of evil, truth, and the “new tolerance”:

Once the category of evil disappears, our moral discernment has no structure. Strong fiber is reduced to mush; the skeleton of moral reasoning is taken out, and what is left is jelly-like protoplasm. We end up not only with rampant ethical relativism but with the anemic inability to feel or express moral outrage over pervasive immorality. The failure to recognize the evil in our own hearts is precisely what convinces so many of us that our opinions and motives are above reproach while those who contradict us are stupid or malign. A healthy dose of Augustinian realism about sin, as Mark Ellingsen puts it, could make America a better place: indeed, that is why the founding fathers cared so much about checks and balances, about constitutional limitations, about division of powers: they did not trust…

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The Only Meddling “Russian Bots” Were Actually Democrat-Led “Experts” | Zero Hedge

“‘Hamilton68’ is probably the single most successful media fraud & US propaganda campaign I’ve seen since I’ve been writing about politics. It’s truly shocking.”

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Cybersecurity “experts” in the United States have long alleged that “Russian bots” were used to meddle in the 2016 elections.

But, as it turns out, the authors of a Senate report on “Russian election meddling” actually ran the false flag meddling operation themselves.

A week before Christmas, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report accusing Russia of depressing Democrat voter turnout by targeting African-Americans on social media. Its authors, New Knowledge, quickly became a household name. Described by the New York Times as a group of “tech specialists who lean Democratic,” New Knowledge has ties to both the U.S. military and the intelligence agencies.

The CEO and co-founder of New Knowledge, Jonathon Morgan, had previously worked for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the U.S. military’s advanced research agency known for horrific ideas on how to control humanity. Morgan’s partner, Ryan Fox, is a 15-year veteran of the NSA (National Security Agency) who also worked as a computer analyst for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Their unique skill sets have managed to attract the eye of authoritarian investors, who pumped $11 million into the company in 2018 alone, according to a report by RT.

Morgan and Fox have both struck gold in the Russiagate scheme, which sprung into being after Hillary Clinton blamed Moscow for Donald Trump’s presidential victory in 2016. Morgan, for example, is one of the developers of the Hamilton 68 Dashboard, the online tool that purports to monitor and expose narratives being pushed by the Kremlin on Twitter. And also worth mentioning, that dashboard is bankrolled by the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy – a collection of Democrats and neoconservatives funded in part by NATO (North AtTreaty Tready Organization)and USAID (United States Agency for International Development).

It is worth noting that the 600 Russia-linked Twitter accounts monitored by the dashboard is not disclosed to the public either, making it impossible to verify these claims. This inconvenience has not stopped Hamilton 68 from becoming a go-to source for hysteria-hungry journalists, however. Yet on December 19, a New York Timesstory revealed that Morgan and his crew had created the fake army of Russian bots, as well as several fake Facebook groups, in order to discredit Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s 2017 special election for the U.S. Senate.

Working on behalf of the Democrats, Morgan and his crew created an estimated 1,000 fake Twitter accounts with Russian names, and had them follow Moore. They also operated several Facebook pages where they posed as Alabama conservatives who wanted like-minded voters to support a write-in candidate insteadIn an internal memo, New Knowledge boasted that it had orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.”RT

This scandal is being perpetrated by the United States media and has so far deceived millions, if not more. The botnet claim made a splash on social media and was further amplified by Mother Jones, which based its story on “expert opinion” from Morgan’s dubious creation, Hamilton 68.

Things got even weirder when it turned out that Scott Shane, the author of the Times piece, had known about the meddling for months because he spoke at an event where the organizers boasted about it!

Shane was one of the speakers at a meeting in September, organized by American Engagement Technologies, a group run by Mikey Dickerson, President Barack Obama’s former tech czar. Dickerson explained how AET spent $100,000 on New Knowledge’s campaign to suppress Republican votes, “enrage Democrats to boost turnout, and execute a false flag to hurt Moore. He dubbed it Project Birmingham.” -RT

There really was meddling in American democracy by Russian bots. Except those bots weren’t run from Moscow or St. Petersburg but from the offices of Democrat operatives chiefly responsible for creating and amplifying the Russiagate hysteria over the past two years in a textbook case of psychological projectionbrainwashing, and Nazi-style propaganda campaigns.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-01/only-meddling-russian-bots-were-actually-democrat-led-experts

Giuliani: Mueller is the “Insurance Policy” Talked About in Text Messages

One of the most disturbing text messages sent between disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, mentioned an “insurance policy” that would take hold if Trump were to somehow win the 2016 election. And now Rudy Giuliani, who is serving as the president’s chief legal counsel, says he believes that he knows exactly what that text was referring to.

“All those texts from Strzok and Page — deleted?” Giuliani said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday. “After they find out that Strzok is texting that he hates Trump, that he’s going to get him and stop him — and that if he can’t stop him, he has an ‘insurance policy’ to get him out of office. I believe Mueller is the insurance policy to get him out of office. I’m not just saying that — Strzok was his first investigator.”

Giuliani said that he has suspicions about the DOJ IG report that concludes the text messages were the victim of a site-wide technical glitch. He believes that someone, upon discovering the content of the messages, took it upon themselves to illegally and unethically wipe Strzok and Page’s phones so that their anti-Trump bias would never see the light of day.

“The person who determined what to eliminate was Mueller’s records officer, who says there was nothing of interest there,” Giuliani said. “It’s hard to believe Strzok and Page suddenly decided, ‘We’re not going to text anymore about Donald Trump.’ They seemed to be obsessively and compulsively texting about him. I don’t know what kind of lovers they were if they were texting about that all the time. It’s ridiculous.”

Giuliani was asked if he expects Mueller’s report to be out soon; he said he wasn’t holding his breath.

“Oh gosh, almighty — first he was coming out in March, then in May — we’re now in fourth degree of separation from the non-crime of collusion,” Giuliani said. “We went to the non-crime of obstruction of justice, that didn’t work out for them. Then he moved on to campaign contributions, which by the way are not violative of the campaign finance law. And then they’re looking at now the Russia tower. They should go to Moscow. There is no tower. It didn’t get built. It didn’t get beyond a nonbinding letter of intent, which is like a wish.

“My ultimatum is ‘put up or shut up, Bob,’” Giuliani continued, addressing Mueller directly. “I mean, what do you have? There are those who believe you don’t have anything on collusion. And, by the way, even if you did it’s not a crime – so what the heck are you doing? Do you have anything that shows the President of the United States was involved in a conspiracy to hack the DNC with Russia? Of course you don’t. If you do, put out a report, or give it to the Justice Department, let them review it, make sure it’s not classified or whatever, put out a report. We’re ready to rebut it. I’ve had the report ready for two months.”
— Read on www.conservativefreepress.com/politics/giuliani-mueller-is-the-insurance-policy-talked-about-in-text-messages/

Truthbomb Apologetics: Debate Video: Albert Mohler vs. Gary Collins- Does Scripture Speak Definitively to the Age of the Universe?

This was a debate that took place at Trinity International University in 2017.  If you are going to debate the age of the earth, this is how it should be done.  I greatly appreciated how both Mohler and Collins presented their respective positions and framed the debate.  This debate should be required viewing for Ken Ham. 

To learn more about Albert Mohler, go there.

To find out more about Jack Collins, go here.


Courage and Godspeed,

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— Read on truthbomb.blogspot.com/2019/01/debate-video-albert-mohler-vs-gary.html

John Piper Wants You to Marry the Bible This Year?!

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John Piper

Happy New Year! The new year is off with a bang after John Piper’s Desiring God Twitter account published this tweet:


Say What???

The tweet links to an article by Desiring God’s Executive Editor, David Mathis, and is based on the following words written by John Piper:

Satan devotes himself 168 hours a week trying to deceive you and fill your mind with junk. He has seen to it that you are surrounded almost entirely by a Christless culture whose mood, and entertainment, and advertising, and recreation, and politics are shot through with lies about what you should feel and think and do.

Do you think that in this atmosphere you can maintain a vigorous, powerful, free, renewed mind with…

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January 2, 2019 Morning Verse Of The Day

The Changes in the New Heaven and the New Earth

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” (21:4–6a)

Heaven will be so dramatically different from the present world that to describe it requires the use of negatives, as well as the previous positives. To describe what is totally beyond human understanding also requires pointing out how it differs from present human experience.

The first change from their earthly life believers in heaven will experience is that God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (cf. 7:17; Isa. 25:8). That does not mean that people who arrive in heaven will be crying and God will comfort them. They will not, as some imagine, be weeping as they face the record of their sins. There is no such record, because “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1), since Christ “bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Pet. 2:24). What it declares is the absence of anything to be sorry about—no sadness, no disappointment, no pain. There will be no tears of misfortune, tears over lost love, tears of remorse, tears of regret, tears over the death of loved ones, or tears for any other reason.

Another dramatic difference from the present world will be that in heaven there will no longer be any death (cf. Isa. 25:8). The greatest curse of human existence will be no more. “Death,” as Paul promised, “is swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:54). Both Satan, who had the power of death (Heb. 2:14) and death itself will have been cast into the lake of fire (20:10, 14).

Nor will there be any mourning, or crying in heaven. The grief, sorrow, and distress that produce mourning and its outward manifestation, crying, will not exist in heaven. This glorious reality will be the fulfillment of Isaiah 53:3–4: “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” When Christ bore believers’ sins on the cross, He also bore their sorrows, since sin is the cause of sorrow.

The perfect holiness and absence of sin that will characterize heaven will also mean that there will be no more pain. On the cross, Jesus was “pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed” (Isa. 53:5). While the healing in view in that verse is primarily spiritual healing, it also includes physical healing. Commenting on Jesus’ healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, Matthew 8:17 says, “This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.’ ” The healing ministry of Jesus was a preview of the well-being that will characterize the millennial kingdom and the eternal state. The glorified sin free bodies believers will possess in heaven will not be subject to pain of any kind.

All those changes that will mark the new heaven and the new earth indicate that the first things have passed away. Old human experience related to the original, fallen creation is gone forever, and with it all the mourning, suffering, sorrow, disease, pain, and death that has characterized it since the Fall. Summarizing those changes in a positive way, He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” The One who sits on the throne is the same One “from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them” (20:11). As noted in chapter 17 of this volume, the present universe will be uncreated. The new heaven and the new earth will be truly a new creation, and not merely a refurbishing of the present heaven and earth. In that forever new creation, there will be no entropy, no atrophy, no decay, no decline, and no waste.

Overwhelmed by all that he had seen, John seems to have lost his concentration. Thus, God Himself, the glorious, majestic One on the throne said to him “Write, for these words are faithful and true” (cf. 1:19). The words John was commanded by God to write are as faithful and true (cf. 22:6) as the One revealing them to him (3:14; 19:11). Though the present “heaven and earth will pass away,” still God’s “words will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). There will be an end to the universe, but not to the truth God reveals to His people. Whether or not men understand and believe that truth, it will come to pass.

Also by way of summary, the majestic voice of the One sitting on heaven’s throne said to John, “It is done.” Those words are reminiscent of Jesus’ words on the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). Jesus’ words marked the completion of the work of redemption; these words mark the end of redemptive history. It is the time of which Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:24–28:

Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

The One who sits on the throne is qualified to declare the end of redemptive history, because He is the Alpha and the Omega (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet; cf. 1:8), the beginning and the end (cf. Isa. 44:6; 48:12). God started history, and He will end it, and all of it has unfolded according to His sovereign plan. That this same phrase is applied to the Lord Jesus Christ in 22:13 offers proof of His full deity and equality with the Father.[1]

Tears and tear-producers (21:4)

There will also be no tears in heaven because ‘God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’ (21:4). The reason there will be no tears in heaven is because the tear-producers—death, sorrow and pain—will all be for ever gone (v. 4).

Death will have died, and all the things associated with death—hospitals, funeral homes, cemeteries, obituary columns—will no longer exist. All sorrow will have vanished. No one in heaven will be broken-hearted or in anguish. Pain will also have no place there. Nothing will hurt in heaven!

There will be no night in heaven (21:25; 22:5). The night, which we associate with sin, will no longer exist.[2]

4. “And he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be death, or grief, or crying, nor will there be pain anymore, because the first things passed away.”

This is now the second time (7:17) that John alludes to Isaiah 25:8 (see Jer. 31:16), “The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.” Like a mother who bends down and tenderly wipes away the tears from the eyes of her weeping child, so the Lord God stoops down to dry the tear-filled eyes of his children. Here is a telling portrait of God’s tender mercies extended to the suffering members of his household. Ever since the fall into sin, mankind has shed countless tears, so that this present world indeed can be called a vale of tears. The shedding of tears is the result of anguish, oppression, persecution, sorrow, and death.

Death rules supreme until the final judgment (20:14). But that power will have effectively come to an end when God and his people are together. Jewish literature also states that at the time of the Messiah death will cease forever. With the departure of death, mourning, crying, and disease also disappear, for all these have been caused by the curse of sin affecting God’s creation (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 8:20–23). None of them have any part in God’s renewed creation, which is marked by peace and harmony, joy and mirth, pleasure and delight (Isa. 35:10; 51:11; 65:19). Indeed the first things have passed away and all things are new (Isa. 43:18; 65:17).[3]

Ver. 4. God shall wipe away, etc.—See Ps. 126:5, 6; Is. 25:8; 65:19.—Death.—See ch. 20:14.—Sorrow.—Mourning for the dead, especially.—Nor crying, nor pain.—Κραυγή is the acute form of sorrow (“vehement outcry,—for instance, at the experience of such acts of violence as are indicated in ch. 13:10, 17; 2:10. [Bleek, Ewald; comp. Ex. 3:7, 9; Esther 4:3.]” Duesterd.). The πόνος, pain, or painful labor, is the chronic form of the same.—For the first things.—To be taken in an emphatic sense, like the first man (1 Cor. 15:4, 5 sqq.)—the present æon. In accordance with the entire mass of Holy Scripture, the world is designed to be a succession of two worlds.[4]

21:4, 5 The expression “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” does not mean that there will be tears in heaven. It is a poetic way of saying that there will not be! Neither will there be death, nor sorrow, nor crying. For God’s people, these will be forever ended.

The One who sits on the throne will make all things new. His words are true and faithful, and will surely come to pass.[5]

21:4, 5 Wipe away every tear fulfills the promises in 7:17 and Is. 25:8. No more death … no more pain goes far beyond the earlier promise of 7:16, which promises freedom from hunger, thirst, and scorching heat. Former things have passed away echoes both v. 1 and 2 Cor. 5:17. The believer’s rebirth through faith in Christ brings newness to that person’s life, but it is only in the eternal state that God will make all things new.[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2000). Revelation 12–22 (pp. 268–271). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Ellsworth, R. (2013). Opening Up Revelation (p. 144). Leominster: Day One.

[3] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Book of Revelation (Vol. 20, pp. 557–558). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] Lange, J. P., Schaff, P., Moore, E., Craven, E. R., & Woods, J. H. (2008). A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Revelation (p. 363). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2379). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1765). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

S&P 500 Snapshot: Index Ends 2018 Down 6.24% YTD – dshort – Advisor Perspectives

The S&P 500 closed 2018 down 6.24% YTD,14.46% below its record close, and in correction territory.

S&P 500

The U.S. Treasury puts the closing yield on the 10-year note at 2.69%.

S&P 500

Here’s a snapshot of the index going back to December 2008.

A Perspective on Drawdowns

Here’s a snapshot of record highs and selloffs since the 2009 trough.

S&P 500 Drawdowns

Here’s a table with the number of days of a 1% or more change in either direction and the number of days of corrections (down 10% or more from the record high) going back to 2013.

Here is a more conventional log-scale chart with drawdowns highlighted.

S&P 500 MAs

Here is a linear scale version of the same chart with the 50- and 200-day moving averages.

S&P 500 MAs

A Perspective on Volatility

For a sense of the correlation between the closing price and intraday volatility, the chart below overlays the S&P 500 since 2007 with the intraday price range. We’ve also included a 20-day moving average to help identify trends in volatility.

Read more updates by Jill Mislinski

— Read on www.advisorperspectives.com/dshort/updates/2019/01/01/s-p-500-snapshot-index-ends-2018-down-6-24-ytd

The Truth About Democratic Morality — American Thinker

Stop being afraid to let our fellow Americans know how the Democrats are stealthily repealing our constitutional freedoms while forcing us to embrace immoral agendas.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s border wall is immoral and too expensive. Hearing Pelosi lecture Trump and the American people about morality is beyond repulsive.

Pelosi, her fellow Democrats and fake news media seek to prevent our side from using the word “morality” in the political arena. Any Republican and conservative who dares bring up the morality of an issue is immediately branded a religious nut, trying to force their wacko outdated values onto the public.

Pelosi and her minions are flooding the airwaves with their absurd perverted narrative that building a wall (to protect Americans) is immoral. Meanwhile, these wicked Democrats who refuse to secure our borders live in highly secured and gated communities. Using their logic, shouldn’t stopping people from invading their personal properties make Democrats immoral?

As I said, Democrats having the gall to throw morality into the face of Trump and everyday Americans who desire a secure border is pretty obnoxious. Here are examples of Democrats’ twisted view of morality.

Democrats have forced LGBTQ lessons into schools. Funded by LGBTQ special interest groups like Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood’s Sex Ed program are infecting curriculum in public schools across America. Brace yourself. Kids are actually being instructed in dangerous and violent sexual practices such as asphyxiation and BDSM.

Planned Parenthood was caught on video advising a 15-year-old girl to allow her boyfriend to beat, whip and gag her.

To deceive parents, Planned Parenthood claims their sex ed includes abstinence. However, PP’s definition of abstinence includes anal sex, oral sex, masturbation and mutual masturbation.

Students are also taught gender-bending and rimming, which is extremely risky due to horrific parasitic infections. What twisted view of morality causes Democrats to desire to fill children’s heads with adult sexual practices as early as pre-k?

Democrat culture-warrior and Trump-hater Perez Hilton tweeted“To my fellow homos and all who like rimming… be extra careful whose ***hole [my edit] you eat.”

Tom DeLay exposed a Democrat secret memo in which Obama’s DoJ’s plans to legalize 12 perversions which includes bestiality, polygamy and make having sex with little boys legal. The secret memo mapped out how Democrats would attack churches who refuse to submit to having their constitutional religious liberty taken away.

Folks, this is the new twisted morality the Democratic Party is aggressively seeking to normalize and cram down our throats via government mandates.

Here is more weird Democratic morality. Democrats know that over 600 convicted criminals, gang members, and drug cartel minions were in the caravan, seeking to force their way into our country.

Insanely, Democrats say that we Americans have no moral authority to keep anyone out of our homeland. Democrats say the idea of having borders is hateful, mean, and racist. Democrats want to get rid of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), claiming it is evil. Meanwhile, Pelosi excoriated Trump for badmouthing illegal gang members who murder, rape, and rob Americans. This woman has a perverted sense of morality.

Thank God President Trump shares the same commonsense morality as the American people. President Trump met with families who have suffered horrific losses at the hands of illegal aliens. Trump announced a new office at DHS titled VOICE (Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement). VOICE gives a voice to families devastated by illegal aliens. In its opening months, VOICE has registered over 2800 families to receive information on their perpetrator; tracking them so they cannot harm anyone again. VOICE provides grief services and follows up on cases; making sure criminal alien perpetrators are detained, removed, and deported. In respect and compassion for victimized American families, Trump pledged to act with strength and resolve to secure our borders.

Void of sympathy or compassion for Americans, Pelosi and her fellow Democrats are hellbent on blocking president Trump from securing our southern border. Democrats ignore the economic and physical pain and the suffering open borders cause the American people.

Our border wall will cost upwards of $25 billion. Democrats have the audacity to say that the wall is too expensive. Meanwhile, Democrats shower illegal aliens with $135 billion annually in giveaways. How can Democrats, with a straight face, tell us that $25 billion is too much? Democrats know fake news media will help them feed the American people any bogus narrative they desire. This emboldens Democrats to lie with impunity, be hypocritical, and lecture us about morality. The truth is that the Democrats’ agenda is the height of immorality, evil from the pits of hell.

To free his people, God told Moses to tell Pharaoh, “let my people go”. It occurred to me that to free his American people from Democrat immorality, God instructs his servants, let my people know. Patriots and Christians must become more outspoken. Stop being afraid to let our fellow Americans know how the Democrats are stealthily repealing our constitutional freedoms while forcing us to embrace immoral agendas. We must find new and creative ways to get our message out. We must spread the truth about issues that Democrats routinely get away with lying about.

Commonsense and truth made me a black conservative Republican. Conservatism offers personal responsibility, dignity, and commonsense solutions to every problem. The Democratic Party appeals to our base sinful instincts; class envy (covetousness), racial resentment, division and victim/entitlement mindsets. The Democratic party stinks with the foul odor of bigotry of low expectations, telling blacks everything wrong in their lives is always the fault of whitey. God made you and me better than that.

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” — George Washington.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John 8:32. Brothers and sisters, to liberate our misinformed and ignorant fellow Americans we must find the courage to spread the truth.

We must let God’s people know. God promises we will eventually emerge victorious.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

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It’s not about the Wall — it’s about Trump — American Thinker

Any wedge that can be driven between Trump and his supporters, still holding firm after two years of nonstop negativity, is a Democrat priority.

As the New Year begins, the federal government is without a budget. Not that a budget matters to Congressional spendthrifts. If we really had a budget, we wouldn’t be $20 trillion in debt. With no signs of fiscal sanity or responsibility returning to Congress anytime soon, regardless of which party is in charge.

The current standoff is due to President Trump’s desire to fund construction of a border wall, or a fence, if the term is more pleasing. But some type of physical barrier on the dividing line between the United States and Mexico.

This was one of candidate Trump’s first campaign promises when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower in June 2015 to announce his candidacy. He must have struck a chord with voters as he jumped into the early lead and never gave it up, ultimately winning the White House a year and a half later.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer adamantly asserted wall funding will, “never pass the Senate.” Recently born-again conservative Senator Lindsey Graham is hitting back saying, “no wall money, no deal.”

The President, using Twitter to the consternation of #NeverTrumpers, backed up his new wingman Lindsey by tweeting, “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall.”

With another Trumpian tweet.Is this really about the wall? Or is the standoff simply about denying the President a win on one of his signature campaign issues?

The answer is simple. Donkeys may be stubborn, but elephants never forget. Neither does the internet.

Let’s harken back a little over a decade and review the “Secure Fence Act of 2006”. This passed the House 66 to 32 percent, supported by 64 House Democrats. It passed the Senate by a wider margin, 80 to 19 percent, with 26 Democrat Senators voting yea.

Notable Democrat yea votes in the Senate included Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein, and Barack Obama (who surprisingly voted yea rather than present).

Have the “journalists” at CNN or MSNBC asked any of these individuals to explain their about face? Here’s the wording in the actual bill. (Emphasis in italics is mine.)

This Act may be cited as the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

Achieving operational control on the border

a. In general.

Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States, to include the following—

(1) systematic surveillance of the international land and maritime borders of the United States through more effective use of personnel and technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and cameras; and

(2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful entry by aliens into the United States and facilitate access to the international land and maritime borders by United States Customs and Border Protection, such as additional checkpoints, all weather access roads, and vehicle barriers.

(b) Operational control defined

In this section, the term operational control means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.

Although the word “wall” is not mentioned in the bill, this is: “2 layers of reinforced fencing.” One man’s wall is another man’s fence. The border between East and West Berlin was a wall. Between East and West Germany, it was a fence. Both were difficult to sneak across, the difference in construction dictated by the required length.

Congress only appropriated $1.4 billion of the full $50 billion, 25-year cost. No surprise. Congress has a credit card with an unlimited credit limit and no requirement that card ever be paid off, or even paid down.

Chump change of $2 billion per year, far below the cost of illegal immigrationwhich is pegged at tens to hundreds of billions per year, depending on who is analyzing the costs.

A bargain for “operational control over the entire border”, a worthy goal then, but not now.

As 2019 begins, relatively inexpensive measures for border security are anathema to Democrats. Regardless of the burdens placed on American taxpayers, the crime and drugs, the diseases and potential terrorism, all merrily entering America without any consideration of the long-term detrimental consequences.

The 2006 bill was signed into law by an “acceptable” president by the name of Bush. A proud member of the ruling elite whose brother would have been welcomed to the uni-party establishment as president, giving America three presidents from the same family within a quarter of a century. Who knew America was a monarchy?

But the current president is an outsider, not part of the establishment club, a man of “poor character” according to Jonah Goldberg, one of many #NeverTrump critics. He was not supposed to win. The deep state and establishment went to extraordinary means to prevent his election and to then drive him from office via their “insurance policy”.

The fact that President Trump still lives in the White House after two years, and that his approval remains in the high 40s, according to Rasmussen, is driving Trump haters in both parties to insanity. It’s this visceral hatred of Trump that is driving the Democrats to oppose what they voted in favor of a few years ago.

Anything to deny a victory to Trump is worthy of Democrat pursuit. Any wedge that can be driven between Trump and his supporters, still holding firm after two years of nonstop negativity, is a Democrat priority. And the President, to the consternation of Democrats and #NeverTrumpers, is tweeting about the wall.

It’s more than the Democrats wanting open borders to replenish their voting base. That same situation existed in 2006. Now it’s about being against anything Trump favors.

Imagine if Trump reversed course and invited the 147 million adults worldwide who want to move to America to come on in, bringing their kids, cousins, parents, aunts, and uncles. Triple the U.S. population overnight and totally overwhelm the system, Cloward-Pivens style.

America as we know it would be kaput. Democrats would be leading the charge to build a border wall as their lives and well beings would also be under siege. This would never happen, but such is the level of anti-Trump hatred.

As the budget standoff and government shutdown continues, remember that this is not about border security but instead about hurting President Trump, damaging him politically, attempting to separate him from his base, in preparation for the 2020 election.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter.

It’s not about the Wall — it’s about Trump — American Thinker

The Sovereignty of God in Salvation

Tune in to “Grace to You” today as we celebrate fifty years of John MacArthur’s Bible teaching. In honor of that anniversary, each month we’re going to air one of our most popular studies. Today we begin John’s series “The Gospel According to Jesus.”


What to Do in a Tumultuous 2019 — The Cripplegate

You can already feel it. This coming year is going to be a rowdy one, again. Depravity didn’t leap frog 2018. And according to my Bible, it won’t do so this year, or any year until glory. Last year ended with a hamartiological bang. Among other things, the year retired with a guy marrying a hollagram, the normal political hulabaloo, a 7 year old was senselessly murdered, a few New Year’s Eve terrorist attacks happened, etc. etc.

All that is likely an ominous omen of things to come in 2019. And it’s nothing new. Even more than our speculation, we know this next year is going to be a rambunctious one. “Evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).

What are God’s people to do amidst a tumultuous 2019? How can we best prepare ourselves for the bumpy ride?

Just about every year has been a rough one for God’s people. His word is given for such a time as these. We need to keep the main things the main things.

  1. Read our Bibles

There’s a sense in which the crazier times get, the more we need to read Scripture. It’s really the only constant in the world. It’s a lamp to see in dark times. Scripture lights the only safe path. It anchors us when the worldly winds beat hard. It invigorates when we are weary. It gives wisdom when swimming in a sea of foolishness.

This past year was like living in a constant burlesque. Doubtful things will change. Marinating our minds in Scripture keeps us sane. As increasingly gross manifestations of depravity become the norm, it’s easy for us to become desensitized. So, we have got to stay planted in Scripture. And, amidst the absurdity of the times, Scripture is the only thing to keep us from losing it. May God’s people read Scripture this year.

Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble (Ps. 119:165).

  2. Enthusiastically plug into a NT church

A sound New Testament church is like an embassy of heaven. Sure, even a good church is imperfect. But it really is a beautiful refuge amidst a perpetual vanity fair. Like the much needed refreshment provided for weary Christian at the Palace Beautiful, a biblical church is a haven for God’s people.

And there’s simply no substitute. How could there be? Christ is building the church. He makes no mistakes and doesn’t need back-up plans. So, the church is his main thing now, and it needs to be for all who profess his name. If you’re going to survive the times, you must enthusiastically plug into a New Testament kind of church. The church is a greenhouse for the Christian in a harsh, parched world.

The church is that institution in and through which God’s people make eternal difference. Think about it. What other organism did the most powerful Person in the universe promise to build and bless (cf. Matt. 16:18)? So, plug all the way in. Become a member. Joyfully serve. Become a part of what God is doing in the church. Trust him that, though it’s not as flashy or adrenaline-inducing as the local political rallies, PTA meetings, protests, and such, it’s the place where God’s blessing is constant.

Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Heb. 10:24-25).

3. Pray a lot

Five minutes on the news or Twitter can elevate one’s blood pressure. It’s normal to be tempted with anxiousness in times like these. Every headline has the potential to induce anxiety. But, as regenerate children of God, we now have a real way to offload the jitters.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6-7).

Spending ten minutes before the evening news can cause you to blow an arterial o-ring. Spending ten minutes before the throne of grace will cause you to walk steady.

Turn the man-ward Twitter rant into God-ward supplication. Channel steaming at your unregenerate co-worker to supplication before Almighty God. Let our fuming in front of the TV mature into affirming God in prayer.

How can we possibly hear and shoulder the daily devastating headlines? We can’t. And playing ostrich is not an option for Christians. Pray. And keep praying.

4. Live godly lives

Paul’s exhortation to Titus always gets me. There he is on a monstrously iniquitous island; in utter and complete moral bedlam (cf. Titus 1:12-13). And what is Paul’s command for Christians to enact change? Just be godly. That’s it. Nothing about protesting or picketing. To really be effective in tumultuous times, Paul basically says this: older men, be godly (Titus 2:2); older women, be godly (Titus 2:3-4a); younger women, be godly (Titus 2:4b-5); younger men, be godly (Titus 2:6-8); employees, be godly (Titus 2:9-10). Just be godly. God will pepper the culture with salt and light as you season yourselves in godliness. A simple reading of the New Testament tells us that is his plain old, timeless plan for Christians in a rowdy culture.

For some of us, perhaps, godliness isn’t flashy enough though. We want to exchange our blue-collar attire for tights and a cape. Godliness, we suppose, is thinking too small. It will get in the way of making real change. But we’re not wiser than God. This is the way he wants it.

Have God’s people ever lived in tumultuous times? Have Christians ever lived in political, social, and moral chaos? Much of the New Testament was written into such contexts. The book of Revelation was written during some terrifying times. Yet, much of the exhortation to the churches in chapters two and three was toward godliness. The call was to just be godly.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16).

5. Tell people the gospel

Like all tumultuous times, the culture around us does not need an external behavioral scrub. They can’t change themselves anymore than the leopard can de-spot himself. The answer to true change has always been simple. We need a spiritual heart transplant. We must be removed from Adam’s cursed race. There is no end to the capability of man’s depraved nature. The only thing natural man loves more than sinning is sinning more. In doing so, he has rendered himself deserving of eternal punishment from a holy God.

What possibly could solve such a conundrum? Earthly solutions are laughably impotent to effectively undo even one, much less all, of man’s predicaments. What can judicially forgive an individual’s millions of sins? What can absolutely render man righteous before holy God? What could actually remove a person from Adam’s line? What can completely transform the depraved nature of a sinner? How can we remove our spirit and put in a new one? What can rescue us from hell?

We can’t. But God has comprehensively addressed these problems in one Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. His lived the life we could never live so that he could die a death that would accomplish what ours never would. The effects of his life and substitutionary death bring a sweeping transformation in position and spirit for all who surrender their life to him in faith. It’s stunning what Jesus accomplishes for those who embrace him as their sin-bearing Lord and Savior by faith alone. Forgiven. Guiltless. Righteous. Regenerate. Born again. New spirit. Redeemed. Adopted. Sealed. Sanctified. Preserved. Glorified. One day, resurrected. Hope.

That is the message that a tumultuous culture needs to hear. They just need the gospel. And God calls us to speak. He saves people and sends them to speak the good news of Christ crucified and risen in our place, for our sin. It was the same approach in the early church. Culture was chaotic during the days of Acts. And what is the church busy doing? Much of the book of Acts is someone preaching the gospel.

I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16).

We need not overcomplicate things. Pray for opportunities. And then, by God’s grace, speak Christ crucified.

Tumultuous years are nothing new because human depravity is nothing new. Thankfully, our great God has inerrantly and sufficiently outfitted us with what we need to live in such times in his word. May God’s people stick to God’s main things: reading Scripture, plugging into a church, praying, living godly lives, and speaking the gospel. We can trust God that is approach is sufficient.

What to Do in a Tumultuous 2019 — The Cripplegate

Populists Have Elites On The Run & 2019 Might Deliver The Coup De Grace | Zero Hedge

People have rattled the elites – now they need to go further…

Authored by Frank Furedi via Spiked-Online.com,

What Next For The Populist Revolt?

In the West in 2018, we witnessed the intensification of a new conflict – that between anti-populist political elites and a growing grassroots movement that is hostile to these elites.

Many commentators have interpreted this conflict in classical economic language. This is fundamentally a struggle over the distribution of resources, they claim. Even an astute commentator like Fareed Zakaria, who recognises that the ‘yellow vest’ protests in France are underpinned by profound cultural tensions, especially between rural and urban France, is nevertheless drawn towards a narrowly economic explanation. ‘It’s part class, part culture, but there is a large element of economics to it as well’, he says.

Zakaria’s commentary – titled ‘The new dividing line in Western politics’ – is a good illustration of today’s widespread reluctance to face up to new cultural and political tensions, to recognise that people are moved to protest these days by concerns that do not fit into the 20th-century model of socio-economic class struggle.

The best way to view the current populist moment is as a delayed response to the top-down cultural revolution that occurred in the Seventies. In that decade, new attitudes towards marriage, family life, relations between the sexes, the role of the nation and the meaning of citizenship came to be codified in many Western societies. By the beginning of the Eighties, new forms of cultural authority had been established by the political elites.

This so-called cultural turn is often attributed to the influence of ‘Cultural Marxists’ burrowing away in universities. But this analysis overlooks something important – that the cultural turn took place right under the noses of Thatcher and Reagan. It was in their era that the new post-Sixties cultural values were institutionalised by Anglo-American cultural elites.

In retrospect, it seems clear that the anti-traditional cultural turn that occurred under the watch of the Thatcher / Reagan political order was an attempt by Western political elites to establish a new foundation to their authority. Most strikingly, the emergent cultural oligarchy perceived themselves as mediators and gatekeepers in a globalised world where public life is impacted on by issues and problems that supposedly transcend the nation state and national control.

They devoted much energy to de-nationalising public life, and delegitimising the attitudes and values held by citizens. This was the era when the dogma that there is no alternative to globalisation really took hold. The belittlement of sovereignty – both national sovereignty and popular sovereignty – was a central task of the new cultural establishment. In a very short period of time, many people found that their long-held belief in the values of community, nation and family was being dismissed as outdated, irrelevant and even prejudiced.

We witnessed the pathologisation of customary attitudes towards family, community and human relationships. And the end result has been the crystallisation of a powerful sense of cultural insecurity in European societies. Over the past two or three decades, significant sections of European societies have been dispossessed of the values they lived by and which made great sense to them. Many of them felt silenced and defensive about voicing their concerns. They felt unable to raise their reservations about multiculturalism, diversity, immigration and the sacralisation of identity politics. In comparison to the younger generations – who are often influenced by the cosmopolitan ethos that is dominant in their schools and universities – older citizens felt culturally insecure and sometimes helpless. Those who lived outside the culturally privileged, globalist urban neighbourhoods felt very strongly that their way of life was despised and scorned by the new cultural elites. They felt like strangers in their own homes.

Most establishment commentators are reluctant to face up to the scope and nature of the current culture war in Europe. That is because disputes over values are more intractable than conflicts over resources. Values pertain to the meaning of life itself. Not even the most skilled negotiator can resolve the tension between someone who has a patriotic outlook and someone else who despises national sentiments. It is far easier to find a compromise in the sphere of industrial relations than it is to find a middle ground between two fundamentally different approaches to life. Values have become politicised to the point where there is little room for negotiation.

Meanwhile, the new elites have tried to de-politicise certain public-policy issues. Why? Because they know their policies go against the grain of public sentiment. So they portray migration as strictly an economic issue, never a political or moral one. They frame their arguments against Brexit entirely in economic terms, overlooking the political and cultural drivers of the movement against the EU.

Both the old and new left have adopted this line of economistic thinking. Typically, left-wing commentators describe protests like those in France as being driven essentially by economic grievances. They frequently criticise working-class and populist movements for not understanding their real economic interests and being too obsessed with issues of cultural insecurity. This idea that supporters of populist movements are not able to grasp their own ‘true’ interests, and are being led astray by wicked demagogues, is a left-wing version of the classical anti-democratic ethos that has prevailed since the days of Ancient Greece.

Whether the positive, democratic potential in the new populism can be developed further remains an open question. As the protests in France show, people are searching for a language through which they might express their very 21st-century form of solidarity. But they seem to lack the intellectual resources and leadership necessary to give their aspirations clarity. In the UK, millions feel empowered by the vote for Brexit. But none of the political parties represents their interests; the pro-Brexit majority is bereft of an institution that might enforce its ideals.

Unless populism can develop greater political clarity, and develop an inspiring view of democratic citizenship, it will struggle to make progress. In face of the considerable power of the political and cultural establishments, it can only advance if it develops a coherent alternative to the values of the prevailing order. There is a lot at stake in the coming years. An enlightened, democratically informed version of populist politics is what we need.
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The media never cares when Americans are killed by illegal immigrants – Conservative Review

Evidently this is not a country belonging to citizens any more.

Police line do not cross

Our country is evidently an illegal alien’s world. We just happen to live in it.

Murders committed by foreigners on our soil are the most avoidable crimes. They are also the number one threat from which the federal government was created to protect us: external threats. Yet because illegal aliens are treated as a protected class, those murdered by them have no representation in the media, unlike the way every illegal alien death at the border is reported and blamed on the Border Patrol.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that among the many desperate people coming over a transnational border illegally from violent countries, there will be many criminal elements. I’ve quantified the illegal alien crime statistics from just one year of ICE apprehensions, and the numbers are staggering. There are over 2,000 illegal alien murder suspects (most of them convictions) apprehended by ICE almost every year.  Yet if we had a border wall, ended the lawfare in the courts, and removed the migration magnets, they would never come here in the first place. And if we didn’t have sanctuary states like California, they would be apprehended immediately, certainly after committing their first crimes, which are often preludes to murder.

Thus, there’s no way we can prevent the deaths of foreign children abused by their parents and human smugglers, but by shutting down illegal immigration, we can prevent every single death of an American at the hands of foreign nationals, as well as the needless deaths of immigrant children making the trek because of our magnetized border.

Which brings us to the death of Ronil Singh, the California police officer killed by an illegal alien last week. On Friday, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, a Mexican illegal alien, was arrested near Modesto, California, on charges of killing Cpl. Ronil Singh after the young cop pulled the suspect over under suspicion he was driving while intoxicated. Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson revealed at a press conference Friday that Arriaga had ties to the Sureño street gang, had two prior arrests for DUIs, and was working as a farm laborer in the Stanislaus County area after crossing the border in Arizona several years ago.

A number of other family members and associates of Arriaga were arrested on charges of being accomplices to the murder. One of the accomplices, Razo Qurioz, was deported twice, according to Breitbart, based on information from ICE.

Once again, we see that without a wall and with the allure of sanctuary states, these criminal aliens keep coming back, even when we finally apprehend and deport them.

Most murderers usually commit other crimes before graduating to the ultimate sins. Many illegal alien murderers are gang members who had previously been arrested for drug trafficking, assault, and DUIs. These are terrible crimes in their own right and should result in immediate deportation upon arrest. While American criminals of such caliber often benefit from our weak criminal justice system, illegal aliens picked up for drugs or DUIs should be out of this country immediately. That is something on which we should all agree. Yet sanctuary city politicians do everything they can to release these terrible criminals when they are caught for what are perceived as “lesser” crimes.

Then there is the issue of identity theft. How was this suspect able to work freely in the country? As we’ve noted before, most of the day laborers can only make it in this country illegally if we fail to clamp down on their identity theft, a crime that local officials in sanctuaries view as a non-entity. Even the feds have failed to use the systems we have to detect them, and in fact, the IRS explicitly invites them to engage in criminality by filing tax returns to receive refundable credits.

The criminal alien DUI problem is also completely covered up by the media.Every year, ICE apprehends illegals responsible for roughly 80,000 DUIs, 76,000 other traffic offenses, 76,000 drug offenses, and 50,000 assaults. Yet the majority of illegals live in sanctuary jurisdictions that won’t turn over those with such “low-level” charges. Thus, one could imagine that the severity of the illegal crime wave is much worse than the ICE apprehensions suggest. Sure, even sanctuaries will turn over illegals once they’ve committed murder, but the murderers usually come from the pool of those who committed these other offenses for which the sanctuaries will not honor ICE detainers.

Over the weekend, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, authorities almost allowed an alien murder suspect to go free because, in the estimation of the local bail bondsman, the new sheriff in the Charlotte-based county recently decided to terminate the287(g) cooperation agreement with federal immigration agents.

The stories are endless. Just last week, another illegal alien killed an American in Pixley, California, after he was previously deported and after he had previously been arrested but set free despite an ICE detainer. According to local media in Houston, two MS-13 members, both of prime “dreamer” age, were arrested for allegedly assassinating a 16-year-old boy and then committed aggravated robbery right afterwards. The week before Christmas, a 12-year-old in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was killed by a Jamaican illegal who had already served time in jail for assault. Bridgeport is a sanctuary in all but name only.

Over the weekend, Breitbart reported that a Mexican national who was given an H2B visa was reported by the Mexican government to federal authorities the very next day that he was wanted for a double homicide. While this man was legally admitted, he is among the same demographic of cheap labor that is being brought in without any regard for public safety or social concerns. The lust of corporate America for cheap labor is turning America into the refuge for the worst criminals of some of the most violent countries.

The question every American must ask is why are all these known criminal aliens on the streets and not turned over to ICE? And this doesn’t even include the one million criminal aliens with final deportation orders who are still at large, as Secretary Nielsen said earlier this month at a House Judiciary hearing.

The criminal alien crime problem is unconscionable and can be solved overnight by not only building the wall, but cutting off all funding to sanctuary cities, using the IRS and SSA to end, rather than enable, illegal alien identity theft, and to immediately ramp up deportations. Finally, it’s time we solve the illegal alien DUI problem. Trump should demand passage of former Rep. Sue Myrick’s old bill – the Scott Gardner Act – to mandate deportation of all illegal aliens arrested for DUI. The consequences of DUI are devastating and completely unnecessary.

It’s simply disgraceful that so few Republicans are augmenting Trump’s message on sovereignty, immigration, and public safety. They spent their final weeks in power promoting weak-on-crime laws rather than getting tough on criminal aliens and sanctuary cities. If our politicians in both parties can’t even address the most avoidable problem of foreign criminals against whom they are charged with protecting us, we have a complete shutdown of law and order.

Who will reopen our government? The DHS is already shut down. When Border Patrol is forced to serve as the facilitators of the drug cartel’s criminal conspiracy and then get blamed for its effects, that is the ultimate shutdown. When ICE is forced to release over 1,000 aliens near El Paso with no regard to how many criminals will roam free, that is a shutdown of the entire purpose of the federal government. And when criminal cities and states or sanctuary courtscan stop the federal government from executing one of the core jobs that distinguishes our constitutional system from the Articles of Confederation, we no longer have a constitutional republic.

As this fight kicks into high gear, rather than backing down on funding the wall, Trump should double down on defunding sanctuary cities.

Author: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.
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Where does our identity come from? — HeadHeartHand Blog

Yesterday’s post highlighted James Clear’s insight that the key to permanent behavior change is changing our identity:

“True behavior change is identity change. You might start a habit because of motivation, but the only reason you’ll stick with one is that it becomes part of your identity…Improvements are only temporary until they become part of who you are” (34).

But this raises the huge question of where does our sense of identity come from? How do we, in Clear’s words, “upgrade and expand our identity”?

Clear’s answer is that it emerges out of our habits. “Your habits are how you embody your identity” (36). Your identity is your repeated actions.

How unsatisfyingly circular! We change our habits by changing our identity….which we change by changing our habits!

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity” (38).

“Habits are the path to changing your identity. The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do” (38).

It’s not a one-off action but a repeated action that changes our identity, Clear explains. We change who we are by changing what we do. And as these habits mount up, the evidence mounts up, and our story that we tell ourselves begins to change too. We become our habits

Clear admits that it’s a reinforcing feedback loop as identity influences habits and vice versa. Later, he reduces it to a simple two-step process:

  • Decide the type of person you want to be.
  • Prove it to yourself with small wins. (39)

Identity is therefore derived from our decisions and our deeds. We become our habits. We define ourselves.

How different to the Christian approach to identity which rests on a divine definition; not on what we decide or do, but on what God decides and what God does. The Christian’s identity is based upon God’s decision and God’s deeds. He elects his people in Christ, redeems them in Christ, saves them in Christ, adopts them in Christ, sanctifies them in Christ, and glorifies then in Christ. That’s why Paul can’t stop describing Christians as “in Christ” (see Ephesians 1).

With such an incredible identity, how much more powerful should be the motivation to change our behavior. What a foundation to build upon. Not the shaky creaky foundation of our own decisions and deeds, but God’s acceptance and action.

Where does our identity come from? — HeadHeartHand Blog