Daily Archives: January 7, 2019

January 7 Stepping Out

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22–33

Key Verse: Matthew 14:29

He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

Many remember watching the news coverage of a young Olympic runner who fell as he came out of the backstretch before the final curve. Wrenching in pain, he tried to stand but collapsed back onto the track’s surface.

A hush enveloped the crowd as eyes turned from the race’s victor to the lone runner struggling to his feet at the far end of the stadium. Suddenly he was joined by an older man who eluded Olympic guards and jumped onto the track. It was the runner’s father. Together, arm in arm, they pressed toward the finish line. The runner might have fallen, but he was not defeated.

When Peter stepped out of the boat and began to walk on the water to Jesus, his one goal was to reach the Savior. And though the darkened waters caused his heart to momentarily doubt, Peter would not settle for defeat, and he called out, “Lord, save me!”

This is not an account of faithless peril. Had Peter truly doubted Jesus’ power, he never would have gotten out of the boat. Never allow the enemy to tell you that you are worthless and defeated because you stumbled in your race to the finish line. Just like the loving father who ran to his son’s side, Jesus runs to be near you and to carry you to victory. Call out to Him as Peter did, and He will save you.

Precious Lord, thank You that when I stumble and fall, You are like the loving father who ran to his son’s side. You are prepared to carry me on to victory. Together, we can make it to the finish line![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 8). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

January 7 At the Feet of Jesus

Scripture reading: Luke 10:38–42

Key verse: Luke 10:42

One thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.

Can you imagine what it was like to sit at the feet of Jesus? Mary of Bethany knew. So did Peter and James and John. They all knew what it was like to be in the presence of Eternal Love. Yet even though Jesus was with them, they still did not have the fullness of God that we enjoy today through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

You may be thinking: That was fine for Mary and the others, but I am so easily drawn away by temptation. I love God, but there are so many other things that grab my attention. What does He think of me, and how can I be sure He will accept me when I come to Him?

God will never turn you away. Those who followed the Savior knew this because they witnessed His love and acceptance each day. Mary was at the Savior’s feet because she chose to be there. God’s love drew her, but she decided to go to Him. The same was true for John and Peter and the others.

There always will be temptations vying for our hearts, but we must decide who or what we love the most. When it comes to God and the things of this world, there is only one choice.

Those who find themselves at the Savior’s feet choose humble devotion over worldly prestige, power, and fame. Love is never complex when it comes to God. He loves us without hesitation, and this is what He longs from us in return.

Thank You for Your love and acceptance, Father. I am grateful that You never turn me away.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 8). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

January 7, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

concerning mutual love

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. (4:8–9)

Mutual love primarily concerns believers’ relationships with each other. Above all refers to the supreme importance of that virtue in the Christian life (cf. 1 Cor. 13:13; Phil. 2:2; Col. 3:14), and the participle rendered keep collects “sound judgment” and “sober spirit for the purpose of prayer” under the priority of fervent … love for one another. Fervent (ektenēs) denotes stretching or straining and pictures a person running with taut muscles, exerting maximum effort. Ancient Greek literature used the word to describe a horse stretching out and running at full speed. Earlier in this letter (1:22), Peter also used its related adverb to describe the intensity and exertion that ought to characterize Christian love. Such love is sacrificial, not sentimental, and requires a stretching of believers’ every spiritual muscle to love in spite of insult, injury, and misunderstanding from others (Prov. 10:12; Matt. 5:44; Mark 12:33; Rom. 12:14, 20; 1 John 4:11; cf. Rom. 12:15; Gal. 6:10; Eph. 5:2; James 1:27).

It is self-evident that genuine love inherently tends to forgive the offenses of others (cf. Prov. 10:12). But commentators differ on how to interpret the expression love covers a multitude of sins. Some say it refers to God’s love covering sins, whereas others say it describes believers who are lovingly overlooking each other’s transgressions. Since the text offers no explanation, it seems best to understand the phrase here as a general axiom. Whether from God or man, love covers sin.

Love derives from the well-known Greek word agapē (cf. 1:8, 22; 2:17; 3:10), which carries a strong volitional significance. Salvation results from the Lord’s choosing to love all those who believe: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8; cf. John 3:16; 1 John 4:19). Christians must follow His example, choosing to love even the unlovely, because “the whole Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 22:40) hinges on doing so (vv. 37–39), as does their witness (John 13:34–35). The command to be hospitable (literally, “to love strangers”) takes that love beyond the circle of Christians’ friends to other believers they do not even know (cf. Heb. 13:2).

According to the Mosaic law, the Jews were to extend hospitality to strangers (Ex. 22:21; Deut. 14:29; cf. Gen. 18:1–2). Jesus commended believers who provided food, clothing, and shelter to others (Matt. 25:35–40; cf. Luke 14:12–14). However, the spirit of hospitality extends beyond the tangible acts of providing meals or a place to stay. It includes not just the act, but an unselfish attitude, so that what is done, no matter the sacrifice, is done without complaint. Biblical hospitality knows nothing of the “Poor Richard’s Almanac” mentality that says fish and guests smell after three days.

Because believers still sin (Rom. 7:18–19; 1 John 1:8; cf. 1 Tim. 1:15), the only thing that will preserve the church’s unity is love that forgives and reaches out in kindness to strangers. Love also plays a foundational role in the evangelization of the unsaved. Jesus told the apostles, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).[1]


8. And above all things. He commends charity or love as the first thing, for it is the bond of perfection. And he bids it to be fervent, or intense, or vehement, which is the same thing; for whosoever is immoderately fervent in self-love, loves others coldly. And he commends it on account of its fruit, because it buries innumerable sins, than which nothing is more desirable.

But the sentence is taken from Solomon, whose words are found in Prov. 10:12, “Hatred discovers reproaches, but love covers a multitude of sins.” What Solomon meant is sufficiently clear, for the two clauses contain things which are set in contrast the one with the other. As then he says in the first clause that hatred is the cause why men traduce and defame one another, and spread whatever is reproachful and dishonourable; so it follows that a contrary effect is ascribed to love, that is, that men who love one another, kindly and courteously forgive one another; hence it comes that, willingly burying each other’s vices, one seeks to preserve the honour of another. Thus Peter confirms his exhortation, that nothing is more necessary than to cherish mutual love. For who is there that has not many faults? Therefore all stand in need of forgiveness, and there is no one who does not wish to be forgiven.

This singular benefit love brings to us when it exists among us, so that innumerable evils are covered in oblivion. On the other hand, where loose reins are given to hatred, men by mutual biting and tearing must necessarily consume one another, as Paul says (Gal. 5:15.)

And it ought to be noticed that Solomon does not say that only a few sins are covered, but a multitude of sins, according to what Christ declares, when he bids us to forgive our brethren seventy times seven, (Matt. 18:22.) But the more sins love covers, the more evident appears its usefulness for the wellbeing of mankind.

This is the plain meaning of the words, It hence appears how absurd are the Papists, who seek to elicit from this passage their own satisfactions, as though almsgiving and other duties of charity were a sort of a compensation to God for blotting out their sins. It is enough to point out by the way their gross ignorance, for in a matter so clear it would be superfluous to add many words.[2]


8 In the mind of Peter, proper thinking will lead to proper action, and a distinctly Christian social ethic is the embodiment of love. Love for others, “above all,” is to characterize the Christian community, and such love is to be tenacious, full-bodied, intense, deep (ektenēs, GK 1756). If the NT teaches anything, it teaches the primacy of love in accord with the teaching of Jesus (Mk 12:31; Lk 10:27; Jn 13:34–35; 15:12; 1 Co 13:1–13; Eph 5:1–2; Php 2:2; Jas 2:8; 1 Jn 2:10; 4:7–11, 19–21). Moreover, in the face of extreme social hostility, love will be necessary for spiritual survival. For Peter the primacy of love is accompanied by a qualification, and this qualification is a partial citation of Proverbs 10:12 similar to James 5:20—“love covers over a multitude of sins,” rather than magnifying the faults of others. After all, love is patient and doesn’t keep a record of wrongs (1 Co 13:4, 5).[3]


4:8 / Above all, as far as fellow believers are concerned, right relationships between them are paramount. The importance of the old tag “unity is strength” became increasingly obvious to the early Christians as members of their community faced hardening antagonism from neighbors and officials. The vital link between Christians is expressed by Peter’s admonition to his readers: above all, love each other deeply. And by way of supporting explanation, he once again turns to the ot for a proof-text: because love covers over a multitude of sins (Prov. 10:12). As a proverb, the expression perhaps originally meant “Love is blind to the faults of others.” It came to be interpreted by Jews as referring to deeds of love, especially almsgiving, that in the Jewish view helped to atone for an individual’s own sins. Significantly, in taking over the ot citation Peter changes the word for “love” to the usual nt term (agapē), and so points to the Christian understanding of the proverb. Love here refers to Christ’s love. At best, a Christian’s love is but a reflection of that of the Lord Jesus, and that is unique because it alone can “cover over sins.” Only Christ’s love is able to hide an individual’s sins from God’s consciousness (Rom. 5:9).[4]


4:8. The second priority is forgiving love. Above all, love each other deeply burns into our minds the supreme importance of love as the controlling factor in all relationships in the church (see 1:22; 2:17; 3:8). This kind of love (agape) can be commanded because it is primarily a decision of the mind, not a feeling into which a person falls. The goal of agape love is always to seek the good of the other person. The evidence of agape love is action, not words. The extent of agape love is sacrifice. Thus, believers are to love each other “deeply.” This word means “to be stretched.” True agape love is constantly being stretched to the limit by the demands made on it. This is precisely where agape love shines, because it is not exhausted when it becomes difficult or inconvenient.

One of the most difficult and inconvenient times to extend love is when someone in the church has hurt or wronged us. We must demonstrate a love that is willing to be stretched because love covers over a multitude of sins. “Covers” means “willing to forgive.” The present tense indicates that which is to be constantly true in the life of the believer.

Love does not ignore the reality of personal sin any more than it justifies or condones sin. Confrontation of sin is appropriate and necessary, especially when we demonstrate love. However, it is just as important to demonstrate a willingness to forgive and then to move on. Forgiveness, like love, is an act of the will, a personal choice. A person chooses either to forgive or not to forgive. According to Grudem, “Where love abounds in a fellowship of Christians, many small offenses, and even some large ones, are overlooked and forgotten. But where love is lacking, every word is viewed with suspicion, every action is liable to misunderstanding, and conflicts abound” (Grudem, 174).[5]


8. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

  • Love

Once again Peter instructs the readers to cultivate mutual love, for in a previous chapter he writes, “Have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart” (1:22; also compare 1 Thess. 4:9–10; 2 Peter 1:7). He prefaces his exhortation to love each other with the words above all. In other words, Peter alludes to God’s law which Jesus taught in the summary: “Love the Lord your God and … love your neighbor” (Matt. 22:37–39). Moreover, Peter refers to the well-known command of Jesus, “Love one another” (John 13:34). And three of Jesus’ apostles repeat this command in their epistles: Paul (1 Thess. 3:12; 4:9; 2 Thess. 1:3), Peter (1 Peter 1:22; 2:17; 3:8; 4:8), and John (1 John 3:23).

Peter qualifies the command to love with the adverb deeply. This adverb conveys the extent of the Christian’s love, for love eases tension and breaks hostility. “Love is capable of being commanded because it is not primarily an emotion but a decision of the will leading to action.”

The second part of the verse, “Love covers over a multitude of sins,” is an allusion to Proverbs 10:12, “Love covers over all wrongs.” Because James in his epistle (5:20) has virtually the same words Peter writes, we assume that the saying circulated as a proverb.

What is the meaning of this proverbial saying? Whose sins are covered? The saying can be interpreted in the active or the passive sense. A Christian either extends love to his fellow man and covers the sins of his neighbor or he himself experiences God’s love by which his sins are forgiven. Although both interpretations are relevant, in the light of the context (which stresses the Christian’s relation to his neighbor) the explanation in the active sense appears to be more plausible. God forgives the sinner who comes to him in repentance and faith (Ps. 32:1). He demands that the forgiven sinner show the same forgiving spirit toward his fellow man (compare Matt. 6:14–15; 18:21–22; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13).

Practical Considerations in 4:7

From the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry to the present, the question concerning the end of time has been on the lips of man. When is the end near? In the early church, Christians expected the return of Christ in their lifetime. During the Reformation, believers thought that the consummation was at hand. And today, because of current international stress and declining moral standards, people frequently raise the question: “When will the end come?”

Jesus instructed his followers to watch for the signs of the time. He told them, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14). True, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is preached throughout the world, but multitudes of people on many continents have as yet not heard the gospel. For example, the teeming millions in India and China must be told about the love of Jesus. When they hear the Good News and turn in faith to Christ, then we know the end is near.[6]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2004). 1 Peter (pp. 241–242). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles (pp. 128–130). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Charles, D. J. (2006). 1 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 346). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (pp. 125–126). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Walls, D., & Anders, M. (1999). I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude (Vol. 11, pp. 72–73). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 167–168). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Does Religion Really Matter in America? — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry

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January 7, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump pledged on Sunday not to bend in his demand for a wall along the southern border with Mexico but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund it.

President Trump said he was in no hurry to find permanent replacements for one-quarter of his Cabinet currently serving in an acting capacity because it gives him “more flexibility.”

Democrat Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as California’s 40th governor, cementing the dominance of his party’s progressive wing and ushering in a leftward shift that could give the U.S. state an even greater role as a counterweight to the policies of President Trump.

Senator Elizabeth Warren informally kicked off the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating fight on a weekend visit to Iowa, condemning the corrupting influence of money on politics and lamenting lost economic opportunities for working families.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delayed several major domestic and world crop reports because of the two-week-old partial government shutdown, the agency said on Friday.

Ukraine’s Orthodox Christian Church celebrated its first Christmas on Monday outside Russian control and President Petro Poroshenko said the document enshrining its newly gained independence had broken “the last fetters tying us to Moscow”.

China has the “good faith” to work with the US to resolve trade frictions, the Foreign Ministry said, as the world’s two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute.

Gabon foiled an attempted military coup on Monday, arresting several plotters just hours after they took over state radio in a bid to end 50 years of rule by President Ali Bongo’s family.

Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, Citadel Securities and other financial companies agreed to jointly launch a new low-cost bourse that will compete with the NYSE and NASDAQ.

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China’s access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups.

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in what China called a “provocation” as U.S. officials joined talks in Beijing during a truce in a bitter trade war.

AP Top Stories

Tuesday will mark an extraordinary milestone for Florida as the right to vote is restored to more than 1 million former felons in the state.

Taliban insurgents have stormed security posts in west Afghanistan, killing 21 police and pro-government militia members, officials said on Monday, the latest in a surge of attacks that has cast doubt on tentative steps toward talks.

Saudi courts will notify women by text message when they get divorced, in a regulation that took effect Sunday. The measure approved by the justice ministry appears aimed at curbing seemingly rampant cases of men secretly ending marriages without informing their wives.

Nonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the U.S. government shutdown lingers.

Pope Francis vowed justice for victims of clerical sex abuse Monday, describing pedophilia as one of the “vilest” crimes ahead of a historic global meet on the crisis roiling the church.

The European Union has recorded the lowest number of migrant arrivals in five years, following moves to curb crossings to Italy and Greece, new figures have shown.

The Israeli army said Monday it had carried out further air raids against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket being fired over its border.

At least 30 Afghan villagers searching for gold in a riverbed perished on Sunday in a flash flood in northeastern Badakhshan province, provincial officials said.

An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 6.6 struck Indonesia’s Molucca islands on Sunday, followed by a series of aftershocks, but with no tsunami risk.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki reopened a border crossing between their countries as part of an ongoing reconciliation between the former foes.

BBC

Vast numbers of bluebottle sea creatures have been pushed ashore in Queensland, Australia, stinging thousands of people and forcing the closure of swim spots.

Two American men fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria have been captured, according to a US-backed Syrian militia alliance.

The northern Indian city of Allahabad witnessed a historic procession on Sunday led by a Hindu congregation of transgender people.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated Egypt’s largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Coptic church.

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria depends on certain conditions, US National Security Adviser John Bolton says, in a further indication that the process is being slowed down.

WND

As many as 10 Anglican bishops are urging the Church of England to rethink a plan to promote transgender-affirmation events in its churches.

One of the most senior German figures in the Catholic Church has controversially denied that sexual abuse was a problem in the Catholic Church, saying that the problem was caused by gay men rather than catholic priests.

A new academic study finds men, on average, are more disadvantaged than women in 91 countries compared with a relative disadvantage for women in 43 countries.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams (1815)

A View of the Shutdown From the Border

Trump floats using emergency powers to construct a wall as Democrats continue their resistance.

What Patriotic Service Looks Like

Reps. Jim Baird, Brian Mast, and Dan Crenshaw know the cost of the oaths “to support and defend.”

A Former ‘Transgendered’ Man Tells the Truth

Walt Heyer’s new book relays 30 stories of people who regret sex-reassignment surgery.

It’s the Phonics, Stupid

Studying why kids can’t read, some teachers have rediscovered a tried-and-true method.

Bernie Sanders: #MeToo Villain or Victim?

NYT publish story alleging that Sander’s 2016 campaign was guilty allowing sexual harassment.

Video: Hey, You’re Not a Leftist!

Both liberals and conservatives need to speak up and take back the meaning of their labels.

Monday Short Cuts

Delusions of grandeur: “My policies most closely resemble what we see in the UK, in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden.” —Ocasio-Cortez

Monday Top Headlines

Little progress on shutdown, Trump’s wall pitch, nominees in limbo, next step in Syria, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Tony Perkins

Court Pulls Rank on Military Trans Ban

Gary Bauer

Day One

Imprimis

Should We Regulate Big Tech?

Guest Commentary

Military Generals and Globalism

Burt Prelutsky

The Gospel According to Mike Lindell


Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


News – 1/7/2019

Earthquake Magnitude 5.5 Hits the Philippines

Moments ago a 5.5 Magnitude earthquake hit 29km NW of Siocon, Philippines. Though the temblor was off land, it was large enough to affect people near the Zamboanga Peninsula and Siocon. According to the USGS people living near those area should expect to experience aftershocks. So far, there were no damages reported nor were there any reports of casualties. It is also important to note that seismologists say that no tsunami warning has been issue.

Eruption updates & news from Stromboli

The activity remains very intense at the volcano. Continuous spattering and sometimes very strong, lava-rich explosions occur from the NE summit vents in particular. The activity is so strong that it is also visible on satellite imagery, showing strong hot spots at the vents of the volcano’s crater.

The Turks are coming – to Syria

Arab hatred of Turkey is so extreme that the last thing the Arab states wish to see is the return of the Ottoman Empire whose police tortured and killed them without mercy. This can and should lead to strange alliances.

Dozens of trans-regretters now ‘out of the closet’

Dozens of trans-regretters now are “out of the closet,” based on their profiles in a new book that disproves the social-agenda claims that a man is a woman if that’s what he says he feels like….he wants others ‘to catch a glimpse of the raw emotions and experiences of people who are harmed by the grand – and dangerous – experiment of cross-sex hormones and surgical affirming procedures,’” the report said.

The 8 biggest lies of 2018

Joseph Farah nails brazen untruths circulating amidst mainstream media

New migrant caravan forming in Central America as US government shutdown continues

A new migrant caravan is preparing to leave Honduras, as President Donald Trump pushes ahead with his government shutdown in a bid to secure funding for a US border wall.

Israel to officially demand $250 billion from Arab countries which expelled Jews

After 18 months of secret research, the State of Israel is preparing to officially demand compensation for assets abandoned by Jews who were forced to flee eight Arab countries after the establishment of the State of Israel. In total, Israel will demand $250 billion from Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, and Iran.

Islamic Jihad leader: ‘We will attack Israel from the north and south’

Nakhalah gave an interview to the Iranian TV channel Al-Alam, in which he revealed the “Axis of Resistance” plan, led by Iran, to attack Israel from the north and the south. PIJ serves as Iran’s proxy in Gaza. Nakhalah’s statements were issued several days after his public meeting in Beirut with the leader of Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. All forces will participate in it, as they will form a single axis.

Khamenei’s regime in danger as Iran prepares for war

Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad Nakhalah this week confirmed that Iran has a plan to start a multiple-front-war against Israel.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 strikes Indonesia: USGS

An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 6.6 struck 174 km (108 miles) north-northwest of the city of Ternate in Indonesia’s Molucca islands on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit at a depth of 60.5 km, it said. An earlier report from the USGS gave the magnitude of the quake at 7.0 and the depth at 10 km.

Brazil: Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits West Brazil

According to reports,”The quake was 575.3 kilometres deep and was centred was centered in the Amazon rainforest, about 89 kilometers west of the Tarauaca municipality in the Acre. Meanwhile, no reports of damage were reported due to earthquake.

Strong earthquake, 6.1 mag was detected near Tanaga Volcano in Alaska

A earthquake magnitude 6.1 (ml/mb) has struck on Saturday, 54 km SSW of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska (34 miles). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 19.1 km (12 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Tanaga Volcano in Alaska (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of President Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

The Trump administration should be allowed to implement its ban on individuals suffering from gender dysphoria serving in the military, a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday, though the ruling does not vacate every injunction against the policy. The unsigned opinion ruled that District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly was wrong to have blocked the ban,…

Trump floats declaring national emergency to build border wall

“I may decide a national emergency depending on what happens over the next few days,” Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for Camp David, a presidential retreat in the state of Maryland, for meetings with senior White House staff on border security and other issues

Parting of the Red Sea? Project Connecting Red Sea/Dead Sea Moving Forward

An agreement to created the canal was originally signed in 2013. The plan was to pump water from the Red Sea to a desalination center in the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The brine byproduct was to be piped 125 miles north to the Dead Sea. This was to the mutual benefit of Jordan and Israel since it would provide potable water to both countries while replenishing the Dead Sea. Palestinians will be able to buy desalinated water from the Jordanians at cost. Since the Dead Sea is at a lower elevation than the Red Sea, this will allow the creation of a hydro-electric power plant.

First Palestinian Congresswoman Sworn in on Koran, Curses Trump, Erases Israel

A newly sworn-in congresswoman has already made waves, using foul language to threaten to impeach the president and reversing her campaign platform to the dismay of her Jewish supporters. This should come as no surprise since Rashida Tlaib is the country’s first Palestinian to sit in the House of Representatives.

Rwanda and Israel open airways to first-ever direct flight

Rwanda Air, Rwanda’s national carrier, is scheduled to operate its first ever direct flights between Rwanda and Israel on Monday, according to Ynet. This development follows an aviation agreement signed on Monday between Transportation and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz and Rwandan Ambassador Joseph Rutabana. “The open sky agreement has led to a significant increase in flights to and from Israel,” Katz said, according to a religious news source Srugim.

Stabbing attack reported in northern West Bank

A Palestinian reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli at the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank, according to local authorities. Border police reported that the woman approached them and did not respond to their orders to halt. They then shot in the air as a warning and when she failed to respond, they shot in the air. They then shot at her lower body. The terrorist is fully conscious but suffered from bullet wounds in her lower extremities.

Syria conflict: Bolton says US withdrawal is conditional

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria depends on certain conditions, US National Security Adviser John Bolton says, in a further indication that the process is being slowed down. On a trip to Israel and Turkey, he said he would seek Turkish assurances that Kurds in northern Syria would be safe. The US also wants to ensure that the remnants of the Islamic State (IS) group are defeated, he added.

Egypt opens Middle East’s biggest cathedral near Cairo

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated Egypt’s largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Coptic church. The newly built Cathedral of Nativity had its first Mass under heavy security on Sunday, the eve of Coptic Christmas. On Saturday, a policeman died trying to defuse an explosive device hidden on a roof in Nasr City outside Cairo.

Super-gonorrhoea EPIDEMIC? Shock rise sparks warnings of STI’s antibiotic resistance

The sexually transmitted infection (STI) is gaining resistance against antibiotics, according to medics who say cases are soaring in Britain. A report by Public Health England (PHE) has revealed resistance to three of the key drugs used to treat the infection – ciprofloxacin, cefixime and azithromycin – has grown. It comes as cases of the STI soar.

Israel staves off Palestinian initiative to become UN member

Israel has succeeded in staving off a Palestinian Authority initiative to upgrade its status from observer state to member state with full voting rights at the United Nations General Assembly. In a bid to pass the draft resolution granting the PA full member status at the UN, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that he would appeal to the UN Security Council.

U.S. Navy ship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks with Beijing

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in what China called a “provocation” as U.S. officials joined talks in Beijing during a truce in a bitter trade war. The USS McCampbell carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Island chain, “to challenge excessive maritime claims”, Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Rachel McMarr said in an emailed statement.

U.S. and North Korean officials met in Hanoi to discuss second Trump-Kim summit: South Korean newspaper

U.S. State Department officials recently met multiple times with North Korean counterparts in Hanoi and discussed planning a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday. U.S. officials discussed the schedule for the second Trump-Kim summit while in contact with North Korean officials in the Vietnamese capital city…

Key Democrat Admits Trump Has Authority To Declare National Emergency To Build Wall

“unfortunately, the short answer is yes.”

Air force reportedly hits Gaza targets after rocket fired into Israel
The Israeli air force hit several targets in the Gaza Strip before dawn on Monday, Palestinian media reports said after terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a single rocket into Israel which was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

LGBTQ Video Game Exhibition Opens In Berlin

Berlin’s Schwules Museum has opened a brand new exhibition named “Rainbow Arcade” to celebrate the history of LGBTQ culture and stories in video gaming.

Drone Captures A Chilling View of Auschwitz That You’ll Never Be Able to Forget

NEVER AGAIN is not just a slogan, it’s a way of life…

Rashida Tlaib is a threat to national security
Newly elected Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), who publicly declared in a foul-mouthed tirade that the Democrats will impeach “motherf***er” Donald Trump doubled down and is refusing to apologize.

Dozens of trans-regretters now ‘out of the closet’
Dozens of trans-regretters now are “out of the closet,” based on their profiles in a new book that disproves the social-agenda claims that a man is a woman if that’s what he says he feels like.

Outrageous! Vatican City Cheered 60th Anniversary of Murderous Castro Communist Regime

What a disgrace. Vatican News celebrated the 60th Anniversaryof the evil and murderous Castro regime this week on their webpage. The credible estimates of the Castro regime’s death toll runs from 35,000 to 141,000, with a median of 73,000.

Former Law Enforcement Official: Benghazi Coverup Was to Protect Clinton Foundation – General Flynn Attacked Because He Knew Too Much

A former Law Enforcement Officer named Roscoe B. Davis unveiled a number or tweets over the weekend tying the attack in Benghazi to the Clinton Foundation.  The foundation reportedly made millions gun running and General Flynn was allegedly attacked because he knew too much.

JUST AWFUL: LA Times Defends Poisonous Anti-Semite and Racist Louis Farrakhan – Compares Him to President Trump

Here we go.The vile left is now defending notorious anti-Semite and racist Louis Farrakhan.

Colleges Are Breeding Grounds for Civil War

We have become a nation of angry people. Too many of us carry a chip on our shoulder and find racism everywhere, sexism everywhere, misogyny rampant, homophobia out of control. It is no wonder we have masked leftists lashing out with violence, a new congresswoman making profanity-laced speeches demanding President Trump’s impeachment. We now have a Democrat majority House of Representatives with scores of avowed communists in their ranks who are in no mood to cooperate with the system as founded, but to overturn it.

Boom: Obama Deep State Put Trump-Russia Intel Scam Into Play In April 2016 – At Exact Same Time Candidate Trump Won GOP Primaries

When it became clear that candidate Trump was going to win the Republican primaries and become the Republican Presidential candidate in the 2016, the Deep State members of the Obama Administration started their slanderous assault on candidate and then President Trump. A review of data from April 2016 proves it!


Headlines – 1/7/2019

U.S. ambassador to Israel: Trump’s peace plan delayed several months

Iraqi FM in hot water after expressing support for the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict

Three Iraqi delegations said to make unprecedented Israel visits, meet officials

Top Trump aide Bolton visits Western Wall, stoking Palestinian fury

Iron Dome intercepts rocket fired at Ashkelon from Gaza

Suspicious drone-shaped device from Gaza explodes in Israeli field; no injuries

IDF strikes Hamas posts in Gaza after explosive flown into Israel

Fatah’s anniversary rally in Gaza canceled due to Hamas threats

Bernie Sanders blasts introduction of anti-BDS bill as ‘absurd’

Rashida Tlaib Blasts anti-BDS Bill Supporters: ‘They Forgot What Country They Represent’

Fake bomb with ‘anti-Jewish writings’ on its package left at UC Berkeley

Hosting top Trump aide, PM asks US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan

Syria conflict: Bolton says US withdrawal is conditional

Trump aide: US Syria withdrawal only after Islamic State defeated

Arab League to meet on Wednesday to discuss Syria’s return to bloc

2 Americans accused of fighting for ISIS are captured by Kurds in Syria

US’s Bolton says Turkey must not attack Kurdish fighters once US leaves Syria

It’s Irrational to Claim Turkey Targets Kurds, Erdogan Spokesman Says

Turkish Islamic scholar says Erdogan opponents ‘must be killed’

Iran, Russia Prepare to Hold Naval War Games in Caspian Sea

Iran’s Central Bank Proposes Slashing Four Zeros From Its Failing Currency

Bashir to those calling for his resignation: Prepare for Sudan 2020 elections

Trump cites unlikely allies Clinton, Obama amid border wall showdown

How Trump’s tweet storms to rally support for the government shutdown seem to be working

Graham: As long as ‘radical left’ reflexively calls GOP racist, shutdown over border wall won’t end

WikiLeaks tells reporters 140 things not to say about Julian Assange

Germany Reportedly Seeks U.S. Assistance After Hacking Breach

British Parliament Gears Up for Crucial Brexit Vote

Alaska still shaking with aftershocks from 7.0 earthquake

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

75 injured in 5.9-magnitude earthquake in western Iran

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Siocon, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Arzak, China

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ayaviri, Peru

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 16,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Krakatau volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Sicilian island of Stromboli on alert due to intense volcanic activity

Cyclone Mona to bring rounds of downpours, strong winds to Fiji through the weekend

Wet weather set to continue, ex-Tropical Cyclone Penny swings back towards Queensland

Harvard to tackle gene editing, altering human DNA

Congrats on the new baby. Would you like a DNA screening test?

New loonie to commemorate end of laws against homosexuality in Canada


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Is Francis Chan Right That God Will Destroy Those Who Challenge Christian Leaders?

Lambo-Gifting Pastor Gray Confesses Cheating On Wife!

After being on brink of divorce, Pastor John Gray and wife to host relationship conference

Kenneth Copeland: “The Lord Told Me I Will Preach Until I’m 120”

Joyce Meyer Ministries sues insurer over wrongful death coverage

IFB pastor ousted for ‘sleeping with prostitutes,’ fellow IFB pastor says

Chicago Catholic Church Holds Mass in Support of Gay Immigrants

SBC’s Russell Moore Signs Statement with Muslim Leaders, Claiming “Common Ground”

Is the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia?

China forces church to take down first commandment given to Moses


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Brent Bozell with Mark Levin: If Media ‘Were Doing Their Job,’ They ‘Would Be Blasting Democrats’ on Gov’t Shutdown

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell speaking on Mark Levin’s Fox News show “Life, Liberty & Levin.” (Screenshot)

Speaking on Mark Levin’s Fox News show “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Sunday night, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell told Levin that “the media, if they were doing their job, would be blasting the Democrats: A) for being dishonest, for the reason I gave you, and B) for being absolute hypocrites.”

“The American people have watched our government spend $8 trillion in the last two years, but they can’t find 5 billion? This is a joke. This is a running and a very bad joke,” Bozell said. The media, if they were doing their job, would be blasting the Democrats: A) for being dishonest, for the reason I gave you, and B) for being absolute hypocrites. In 2006, Senator Clinton, Senator Schumer, Senator Obama all supported building the wall. They all did what you just said. So it is, falsehoods and it’s hypocrisy that is rampant.”

While most of the government is funded through next year, funding for agencies such as the Homeland Security Department, the Justice Department and the Agriculture Department expired on Dec. 21, 2018. President Trump is asking for $5 Billion for a border wall, while Democrats are saying they will not fund the wall.

Below is a transcript between Mark Levin and Brent Bozell:

Mark Levin: “Government shutdown. Now, a few years ago, I had Paul Ryan on my radio show, when he would come on my radio show, and he said in any so-called government shutdown 17 percent of the government is shut down. The rest of it is carved out. You have essential employees, social security, medicare, medicaid are carved out. The checks keep going. The military is carved out. Federal law enforcement is carved out. Border patrol is carved out. He’s giving me all these carve-outs.

“Under this so-called government shutdown, 75 to 80 percent of the government is already funded. So, there little pieces of the government that aren’t, and they keep running to the Air and Space Museum or a national park to show the trash piling up and so forth.

“And it’s a shutdown so-called over what? We have a budget that’s over $4 trillion. We have annual deficits now that are almost $1 trillion. We have almost $22 trillion in federal operating financial debt. We have unfunded liabilities of over $200 trillion. Over the wall, which is $5 billion? The government spends that on mustard every year, and these same Democrats, Schumer is on tape – they’re all on tape – as supporting securing the southern border, calling illegal aliens, illegal aliens. And today, all of a sudden, they are opposing.

“And the media doesn’t bring up those old clips, most of them don’t. The media doesn’t put things in context for the American people in terms of spending and the budget. Is that just, again, another blatant example of the media siding with the left against Donald Trump?”

Brent Bozell: “Sure, this has nothing to do with the budget. The American people have watched our government spend $8 trillion in the last two years, but they can’t find 5 billion? This is a joke. This is a running and a very bad joke. The media, if they were doing their job, would be blasting the Democrats: A) for being dishonest, for the reason I gave you, and B) for being absolute hypocrites. In 2006, Senator Clinton, Senator Schumer, Senator Obama all supported building the wall. They all did what you just said. So it is, it’s falsehoods, and it’s hypocrisy that is rampant.

“Here’s something else that’s going on. I remember when Newt Gingrich shut down the government— This is the point that you are making. It’s always the Republican who is shutting it down. When Newt Gingrich shut down the government in ’94, or whenever it was, there was a story on one network that talked about these people in Washington, these workers, who were making over $100,000 a year who couldn’t afford Christmas trees. And it was this kind of story that John Q. Public is saying ‘You know, I’m making $30,000, I’m making $40,000 a year. I got a tree, and you’re making 100,000.’

“Now, they don’t talk anymore about these bureaucrats. Why? Here’s the dirty little secret that everybody in this town knows. Everyone who has been laid off right now is on a paid vacation. They’re skiing, they’re in Florida, they’re having a whale of a time because everyone’s going to get back pay on this. So, to suggest that this government shutdown is hurting people, it’s a running joke. It’s an insult to the American people.

“I asked the question: where are the Republicans here? I see the president here, who is standing there and saying, ‘I’m all alone.’ He was all alone. The Republicans weren’t there for him. Where was Senator McConnell? Where was the rest of the Republican leadership, standing with him and saying, you know, ‘We’re all here. We’ll vote on something’? They had such an opportunity to really show the face of the far left, of the radical left. You saw them here. They are so vested in not having borders for this country, not having borders, that they lie through their teeth, and the media give them all the support they need.”

Source: Brent Bozell with Mark Levin: If Media ‘Were Doing Their Job,’ They ‘Would Be Blasting Democrats’ on Gov’t Shutdown

Donald Trump: ‘Fake News’ Dishonest Media Full of ‘Crazed Lunatics’

President Donald Trump berated the “fake news” establishment media on Monday, accusing them of no longer caring about the truth.

“[T]he Fake News & totally dishonest Media concerning me and my presidency has never been worse,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Many have become crazed lunatics who have given up on the TRUTH!”

The president pointed to the good news for the American economy and the surprising jump in jobs created in December.

“The Fake News will knowingly lie and demean in order make the tremendous success of the Trump Administration, and me, look as bad as possible,” he added. “They use non-existent sources & write stories that are total fiction.”

It is unclear what prompted Trump’s tweets, but the media continues to blame the president for the government shutdown, despite Democrats failing to negotiate a compromise to fund barriers to secure the Southern border.

“The Fake News Media in our Country is the real Opposition Party,” Trump wrote. “It is truly the Enemy of the People! We must bring honesty back to journalism and reporting!”

Trump said on Sunday he was willing to abandon a concrete wall concept in favor of a steel barrier.

“They don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel,” he told reporters at the White House after returning from a meeting at Camp David. “Steel is actually — steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look beautiful and it’s very strong. It’s actually stronger.”

With all of the success that our Country is having, including the just released jobs numbers which are off the charts, the Fake News & totally dishonest Media concerning me and my presidency has never been worse. Many have become crazed lunatics who have given up on the TRUTH!…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019

…The Fake News will knowingly lie and demean in order make the tremendous success of the Trump Administration, and me, look as bad as possible. They use non-existent sources & write stories that are total fiction. Our Country is doing so well, yet this is a sad day in America!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019

….The Fake News Media in our Country is the real Opposition Party. It is truly the Enemy of the People! We must bring honesty back to journalism and reporting!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019

Source: Donald Trump: ‘Fake News’ Dishonest Media Full of ‘Crazed Lunatics’

January 7 Confronting Barriers

scripture reading: Lamentations 3:19–26
key verse: Lamentations 3:24

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

In her book Grace Grows Best in Winter, Margaret Clarkson writes that foreboding circumstances can be “God’s hedges”:

For most of His children, God’s hedges do not seemingly entail suffering, but only protection. For some, however, they mean unending pain and weakness, disappointment and sorrow, varying in degree to total imprisonment.

Why this must be so, we may not know; sufficient for us to know that God Himself has hedged us in, and God’s hedges are always hedges of protection and blessing.

And God Himself, living there both with us and in us, longs to make of our thorny wall a thing of wonder to men and angels and demons—a thing that will one day bring forth holy blossom and fruit.

Fragrance and fruit from a thorny hedge—how can it be? Only by His Spirit’s enabling.… Did not the thorniest tree of all bring forth the holy flower of redemption?

If God has entrusted you with a hedge of suffering let Him teach you how to live within it so that His holy purpose and His life–giving fruit may be fully accomplished through you!

Father, sometimes I feel that I am hedged in by my circumstances. Let me recognize these barriers as Your protection and blessing. Let the thorny hedges in my life bring forth fragrance and fruit for Your glory.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Is Francis Chan Right That God Will Destroy Those Who Challenge Christian Leaders? — Christian Research Network

“Consider if someone teaches that we are all little gods or messiahs, or that Jesus is not God in the flesh, or that there is no Trinity. According to Chan, we have no right to speak on this. Chan calls it gossip and warns you will be judged. In contrast, what does Scripture say about exposing false doctrine and those who spread it?”

(Let Us Reason)  I’m going to use an example of a disturbing sermon from a popular teacher* to show why the church is being misled by false teaching and starving for truth in God’s Word. Recently, Francis Chan spoke to a group at Bethel Church, and using Bible verses, he warned that God will destroy (kill) anyone who questions or opposes the teachings of Christian leaders. He proceeded to name some of those leaders (e.g., Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll, John Piper, etc.) who should not be spoken against.

His main premise: using the Old Testament where God told the people of Israel not to speak or act against God’s temple in which the penalty was death.

In the New Testament, people are now the temple of God. Therefore, we must never speak or act against God’s temple. His basic text: “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3:17).

Chan used the story of Uzza who was struck dead for touching the ark to keep it from falling, saying, “we don’t understand the word sacred.”

He gave other examples of those who were punished, such as Moses. In referring to Moses, Chan recalled the first time he read this and of thinking to himself that God is not going to keep him out of the promised land.

Chan interprets God’s response to Moses as: “Because you didn’t treat me as holy [which fits in the greater context of Chan’s message], I’m not going to let you enter the promised land.” But this is not exactly what happened. In Numbers 20:11-12, Moses was told to speak to the Rock, but he instead “smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly” (Moses was angry at the people). “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” Moses was angry with the people which led him to disobey God.

Chan also refers to the story of Saul and Samuel. Samuel is late, and Saul makes the sacrifice; God then says he will tear the kingdom from him.

Chan’s reasoning from the Scriptures goes from bad to worse. I am certainly aware that there is great need for broken relationships to be reconciled, but what Chan is saying is just not accurate in so many ways.

Along the way, he tells us that unity is what gets the world to believe. No, it isn’t. John 13:35 says, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”  View article →

Research:

Word of Faith

via Is Francis Chan Right That God Will Destroy Those Who Challenge Christian Leaders? — Christian Research Network