Daily Archives: January 24, 2019

January 24 Faith to Cling To

Scripture Reading: Genesis 7

Key Verse: Hebrews 11:7

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

It is an old saying that people are “creatures of habit.” Of course, we love occasional variation in the routine, but we strive for stability as much as possible.

If you ever feel stressed when dealing with the unknown, then you have a small idea of how Noah felt when God told him to build an ark. An ark? He probably didn’t have a clear idea of what it even looked like until God’s blueprint began to take shape.

In a single encounter, Noah’s concept of daily life took a violent twist. Though he was surrounded by a self-serving, sensual society with no interest in God, he knew where he and his family stood. But suddenly his vision of the future changed forever. No more neighbors, no towns, no noise of crowds, no marketplace—what would the world be like?

Hebrews 11:7 (nasb) notes that in spite of the questions: “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household … and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”

Faith was all he could cling to; God was literally his only port in the storm. When your circumstances turn upside down, when you don’t have the answers, trust the Lord. His plan is perfect.

Almighty God, You are my port in every storm of life. When my circumstances are confusing, when I don’t have all the answers, help me trust You. Your plan is always perfect.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 25). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

January 24 Keeping in Step with God

Scripture reading: Galatians 5:16–26

Key verse: Galatians 5:25

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Have you ever held someone’s hand as you walked along together? You surely noticed how important it is to maintain the same stride. You can’t walk too slowly and you can’t walk too fast, at least not without pulling your hand away.

That is what Galatians 5:25 is talking about when it says “walk in the Spirit.” The New International Version captures the original Greek flavor of the word walk here: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” The word picture is one of “walking in line with.”

When you are not following your fleshly urges to walk at your own pace, you feel the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit step by step along the way. When you are walking in harmony with the Spirit, the fruit of this relationship is evident. It makes sense that the fruit of the Spirit is the subject of the remaining verses of Galatians 5.

How many of these fruits do you see in your attitudes and behavior—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? It is truly an awesome list. As you think through these attributes, remember that they are not the products of a decision to try harder. The fruits of the Spirit are products of a walk with God, a personal relationship with Him. When you keep in step with Him, He keeps your feet on His good path.

Let me keep in step with You, O Lord. Manifest the fruits of Your Spirit in my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 25). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Clinton’s 2016 Strategy Revealed: Overwhelm FBI With Trump-Russia Narrative Until Something Stuck — ZeroHedge News

As it became clear during the 2016 US election that Donald Trump had a mountain of support underneath him, nervous Democrats connected to the Hillary Clinton camp reached out to US officials over a half-dozen times, “each tapping a political connection to get suspect evidence into FBI counterintelligence agents’ hands,” according to The Hill‘s John Solomon, citing internal documents and testimonies he has reviewed, along with interviews Solomon conducted.

Each contact by a Clinton crony was unsolicited, according to Solomon’s FBI sources, in what they described as a “classic case of information saturation” meant to inject toxic and unverified opposition research into the agency’s counterintelligence apparatus that should have known better than to eventually bite.

Ex-FBI general counsel James Baker, one of the more senior bureau executives to be targeted, gave a memorable answer when congressional investigators asked how attorney Michael Sussmann from the Perkins Coie law firm, which represented the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party, came to personally deliver him dirt on Trump.

You’d have to ask him why he decided to pick me,” Baker said last year in testimony that has not yet been released publicly. The FBI’s top lawyer turned over a calendar notation to Congress, indicating that he met Sussmann on Sept. 19, 2016, less than two months before Election Day. –The Hill

Perkins Coie, as we know, paid Fusion GPS to produce opposition research assembled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele in his now infamous “Steele Dossier,” which suggested that Donald Trump colluded with Moscow during the 2016 election.

By the time Perkins attorney Sussman reached out to the FBI’s James Baker, the Steele dossier had already made its way inside the FBI. Sussman, however, “augmented it with cyber evidence that he claimed showed a further connection between the GOP campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin,” according to Solomon. Some of this digital evidence was delivered on a thumb drive, according to Baker.

“[Sussmann] told me he had cyber experts that had obtained some information that they thought they should get into the hands of the FBI,” Baker testified. “I referred this to investigators, and I believe they made a record of it,” he added, telling his colleagues to “Please come get this.”

Baker acknowledged that the Clinton-linked attorney’s evidence did not follow the typical route into the FBI – but since he was the bureau’s top attorney, agents snapped-to and collected it from him.

Rewinding to Steele’s first outreach

According to Solomon, “the tsunami began when former MI6 agent Steele first approached an FBI supervisor, his handler in an earlier criminal case, in London” on July 5, 2016 – the same day that former FBI Director James Comey made the shock announcement that he would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified emails on her homebrew server.

Steele’s approach was not initially embraced, however, and the FBI took no action on the dossier according to congressional investigators. Then things escalated…

Steele traveled to Washington later that month where he would reach out to two political contacts who were in positions to influence the FBI; a former State Department official under John Kerry, and former #4 DOJ official Bruce Ohr – who immediately took Steele’s “research” to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Ohr would eventually warn the FBI that Steele’s information was biased opposition research, which the agency ignored.

Then-senior State Department official Jonathan Winer, who worked for then-Secretary John Kerry, wrote that Steele first approached him in the summer with his Trump research and then met again with him in September. Winer consulted his boss, Assistant Secretary for Eurasia Affairs Victoria Nuland, who said she first learned of Steele’s allegations in late July and urged Winer to send it to the FBI.

(If you need further intrigue, Winer worked from 2008 to 2013 for the lobbying and public relations firm APCO Worldwide, the same firm that was a contractor for both the Clinton Global Initiative and Russia’s main nuclear fuel company that won big decisions from the Obama administration.)

When the State Department office that oversees Russian affairs sends something to the FBI, agents take note.

But Steele was hardly done. He reached out to his longtime Justice Department contact, Bruce Ohr, then a deputy to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Steele had breakfast July 30, 2016, with Ohr and his wife, Nellie, to discuss the Russia-Trump dirt.

(To thicken the plot, you should know that Nellie Ohr was a Russia expert working at the time for the same Fusion GPS firm that hired Steele and was hired by the Clinton campaign through Sussmann’s Perkins Coie.) –The Hill

The Australia connection

While Ohr had passed the Clinton-funded Steele dossier to the FBI, Australia’s ambassador to London, Alexander Downer, contacted US officials – who said Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos drunkenly admitted to knowing that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Downer has a major connection to the Clintons – securing a $25 million donation from the Australian government to the Clinton Foundation in the early 2000s. Between 2006 and 2014, the Clinton FOundation received some $88 million from Australian taxpayers

Alexander Downer, Bill Clinton

Downer’s tip on Papadopoulos launched Operation Crossfire Hurricane – the FBI’s counterintelligence operation which employed spies to infiltrate the Trump campaign. 

Continuing with the Trump-Russia “saturation campaign” was the September 2016 delivery of more anti-Trump opposition research delivered to Winer and Nuland – the Kerry State Department employees. This time, however, the opposition research was crafted by known Clinton associates Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer. This second “dossier” was also sent to the FBI.

All in all – it was a full court press against Trump and his campaign – including an outreach by Christopher Steele to the media which resulted in the FBI severing their relationship with him (despite using his research as the foundation for a FISA spy warrant against Trump campaign aide Carter Page).

By mid-September — less than a month before Election Day — there likely was agitation inside the Clinton machine: After so many overtures to the FBI, there was no visible sign of an investigation.

Simpson and Steele began briefing reporters with the hope of getting the word out. It is taboo for an FBI source such as Steele to talk to the media about his work. Yet, he took the risk, eventually getting fired for it, according to FBI documents.

Baker, the FBI’s top lawyer, testified to Congress that he was clearly aware Simpson’s team was shopping the media. “My understanding at the time was that Simpson was going around Washington giving this out to a lot of different people and trying to elevate its profile,” Baker told congressional investigators.

Ohr, through his contacts with Steele and Simpson, also knew the media had been contacted. In handwritten notes from late 2016, Ohr quoted Simpson as saying his outreach to reporters was a “Hail Mary attempt” to sway voters. –The Hill

Congressional push…

Clinton’s opposition research got some congressional assistance when then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid – after having been briefed by then-CIA Director John Brennan, sent a letter to the FBI in late October, 2016 “demanding to know if agents were pursuing the evidence,” writes Solomon.

In other words, the Trump-Russia narrative from Team Clinton was promoted through the State Department, Congress, Justice Department and a top Democratic lawyer. And nobody in the FBI – according to what we know, made any efforts to interfere with an obvious attempt at a political hit job.

In another timeline, Hillary Clinton won the election and none of this information would have come to light. That said, it doesn’t seem to matter anyway since there’s clearly a ruling class that’s above the law – whether they win elections or not.

Source: Clinton’s 2016 Strategy Revealed: Overwhelm FBI With Trump-Russia Narrative Until Something Stuck

January 24, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said in a late night Tweet on Wednesday that he would delay a State of the Union address until the government shutdown was over, responding to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s move to obstruct his plans for the speech.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would hold an alternative event to the State of the Union address after Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi barred him from speaking in the House of Representatives until the partial government shutdown ends.

The Republican-led U.S. Senate planned votes for Thursday on competing proposals, one broadly backed by Democrats and the other by Republicans, to end the partial government shutdown, both of which seemed unlikely to resolve the month-long impasse.

Four U.S. senators expressed concern on Wednesday that federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown could lose their dental and vision health insurance benefits if they are unable to pay their premiums.

The United States has offered to hold talks on arm control issues with Russia on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in Beijing next week, a senior State Department official said.

Zimbabwe’s army said on Thursday soldiers accused of beating residents in townships following protests over fuel price hikes were impostors who tarnished the name of the military.

Venezuela’s opposition will on Thursday seek to maintain pressure on isolated President Nicolas Maduro after congress chief Juan Guaido swore himself in as interim head of state with the support of nations around the region.

The Midwestern states hit hardest by job automation in recent decades, places that were pivotal to U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, will be under the most pressure again as advances in artificial intelligence reshape the workplace, according to a new study by Brookings Institution researchers.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell to more than a 49-year low last week, but the drop likely overstates the health of the labor market as claims for several states including California were estimated. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 199,000 for the week ended Jan. 19, the lowest level since mid-November in 1969 when 197,000 applications were recorded.

AP Top Stories

Russia accused the United States of trying to usurp power in Venezuela and warned against U.S. military intervention there, putting it at odds with Washington and the EU which backed protests against one of Moscow’s closest allies.

Talks between U.S. and Taliban officials in Qatar entered a fourth day on Thursday, with the two sides trying to establish a mechanism for a ceasefire in the 17-year Afghan war and open dialogue between the insurgents and the Afghan government.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step aside and urged the country’s military to support efforts to restore democracy. In a statement, Pompeo said Washington would support opposition leader Juan Guaido as he establishes a transitional government and prepares the country for elections.

Boeing said Wednesday its prototype “flying car” — part of a project aimed at “on-demand autonomous air transportation” — has completed its first successful test flight.

Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday approved the government’s 2019 budget, which at $111.8 billion is one of the oil-rich country’s largest ever spending bills. It represents a nearly 45 percent increase from last year and awards even more money for public salaries, including those of the northern Kurdish region. Nearly 90 percent of the budget comes from oil revenues.

A Syrian refugee is expressing his support and love for the United States by offering free food to anyone affected by the government shutdown at his falafel shop in Tennessee. Yassin Terou, who immigrated to the country from Syria in 2011, said he wanted to help his community during the trying times of the partial government shutdown.

Global Chief Commercial Officer Stephanie Linnartz of Marriott International says the government shutdown is “having an impact our business.

The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) repeated its call for the partial government shutdown to end, arguing that it is undermining the bureau’s ability to protect the nation. The shutdown is compromising their work on a host of issues, including terrorism, drugs, gangs and child trafficking.

BBC

The new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, has been sworn into office. He is taking over from Joseph Kabila in the first peaceful transfer of power in the country in nearly 60 years, though many still dispute his victory in last month’s presidential election.

An extreme heatwave in Australia has led to the deaths of more than 90 wild horses in the outback, authorities said. About 40 of the animals had already died from dehydration and starvation. Surviving horses were later culled.

Parliament in Angola has abolished a law widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexuality.

Malaysia has elected Sultan Abdullah of Pahang as its new king after the shock abdication of the previous monarch. Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan abdicated in January after just two years on the throne, a first in Malaysian history.

WND

An environmental group with Democratic socialist ties is calling on the University of Georgia to ban the popular restaurant Chick-fil-A from campus, calling it an “industrial, white supremacist, imperialist, capitalist cult.”

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosts an annual “Pride Discovery Camp,” a summer program put on for teenagers by the school’s LGBT Resource Center.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

Venezuela Tries to Shed Socialist Dictator

The U.S. officially sides with declared president Guaido in direct opposition to dictator Maduro.

Pelosi’s SOTU Shutdown

The speaker has denied the president access to the House for the annual address.

Restoring Common Census

Leftists are fighting a 2020 Census question about immigration status for votes and money.

New York Expands Culture of Death

The Empire State is set to move most restrictions on abortion in the state.

Jackson Lee Sunk by #MeToo Trouble

Texas Dem resigns from CBC Foundation over accusations of retaliation against an alleged rape victim.

Mike Rowe: Lessons Learned From Gun Owners

Rowe highlights the importance of personal responsibility for one’s own self-defense.

Video: Exposing Students to Free Markets

It’s school choice week. Many kids don’t have choice in where they go to school.

The Leftmedia’s ‘Hate’ Narrative Lynch Mob

“Mob of white racist MAGA boys taunts noble native warrior”? What really happened at the Lincoln Memorial and why.

Today’s Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson
Auditing Our Auditors
Veronique de Rugy
Be Careful What You Wish for on the Minimum Wage
Jeff Jacoby
A Less Religious America Will Be a Less Generous America
Tony Perkins
Reading Between the Maligns
Joe Bastardi
Who or What Is to Blame for Coldmageddon?
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top Headlines

SOTU postponed, 10,000 migrants bound for U.S., House Oversight probing Trump, BuzzFeed layoffs, and more.

Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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Thursday Short Cuts

D’oh! “There are two coequal branches of government, the president of the United States and the Congress.” —Elizabeth Warren

News – 1/24/2019

Is Saudi Arabia About to Build A Mega City Atop Mount Sinai?
As researchers debate the location of Biblical Mount Sinai, the Saudi Arabian government is moving forward with plans for a mega-city built on top of one of the prime candidates. Mauro is not alone in his assertion that Jabal al Lawz is the Biblical Mount Sinai. After visiting the site in 2018, Bible scholar and bestselling author Joel Richardson told WND, “If those on the fence actually could visit the site, I guarantee they would be fully convinced, or 95 percent there.”

Microsoft Teams with Establishment ‘NewsGuard’ to Create News Blacklist
Without consulting with its users, Microsoft has installed an establishment media browser extension, purportedly designed to rate the accuracy of news websites, as a default extension on mobile versions of its Edge browser. In practice, it creates a news blacklist by warning users away from sites including Breitbart News, The Drudge Report, and the Daily Mail. The browser extension, called “Newsguard,” presents users with a red warning label if they navigate to a website that it judges to be unreliable. A “green” rating is given to websites that NewsGuard considers trustworthy. A number of pro-Trump websites, including Breitbart News, are given a “red” rating by the extension.

Erdogan Seeks Support in Moscow as Putin Becomes Syria Kingmaker
The two leaders met again in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss coordination in Syria, where they’ve been on opposing sides even as they deepened their friendship. Russia has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the eight years of fighting, while Turkey supported militant forces seeking to overthrow him.

New York Abortion Law Worse Than Pharaoh
A new law passed by New York now permits abortion up until the mother’s due date, a horrifying concept some compare to Pharaoh throwing the Hebrew babies into the River Nile. One rabbi emphasized that abortion is murder, the destruction of a soul that is instilled upon conception.

Britain Signs First Post-Brexit Trade Deal with Israel
Uncertainty still swirls around the United Kingdom and the issue of Brexit; will it happen or won’t it? And if it does happen what form will it take? Well, the first moves toward a British exit from the European Union coincided with the announcement that a trade deal has “in principle” been agreed with Israel. Britain’s International Development Secretary Liam Fox, a key cabinet supporter of Brexit, made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon alongside Israel’s Economy Minister Eli Cohen.

The aftershocks keep coming: 4.5 earthquake rumbles through Southcentral Alaska
The shaker was the latest of thousands of aftershocks to roll through the region after the 7.0 mainshock hit Nov. 30. Seismologists say these earthquakes will continue to be considered aftershocks until the region returns to pre-Nov. 30 levels of seismic activity.

PA Accuses Israel, Hamas of Plotting to Assassinate Abbas
Al-Habbash claimed Israel and Hamas share a desire to “assassinate” Abbas. He alleged that Israeli cabinet members have talked about “ways of getting rid of” Abbas, and said this was done in parallel with Hamas urging foreign parliaments to revoke Abbas’s legitimacy as president:

Russia to Israel: Stop ‘arbitrary’ attacks in Syria
The practice of arbitrary strikes on the territory of a sovereign state – in this case, we are talking about Syria – should be ruled out,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, in answer to a question from Russian news agency TASS about recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria. These comments followed a predawn Israeli retaliatory raid in Syria on Monday that the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said killed 21 people, 12 of them believed to be members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

Venezuela’s Guaido declares himself president
Juan Guaido, President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, during a rally against President Maduro’s government in Caracas, January 23. Backed by hundreds of thousands of protesters and the support of the U.S., Guaido declared himself interim president.

U.S. ambassador says Trump peace plan to be revealed in April – report
The Trump administration is seriously considering releasing its Middle East peace plan as soon as possible after Israel’s national election on April 9. White House officials believe they have a window of just a year to roll out its plans for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, after Israel’s elections in April and before the launch of the US 2020 presidential campaign the following summer.

Iron Dome deployed near Tel Aviv, IDF forces fired on from Syria
The Iron Dome air defense system was deployed near Tel Aviv, Israel media reported Thursday morning. Overnight, IDF forces operating near the border with Syria were fired upon, according to a statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. The IDF returned fire. No Israel forces were reported wounded in the incident. The army’s statement did not identify who fired at the soldiers, nor if any enemy forces were wounded.

Australia horse deaths: Wild animals perish at dried-up waterhole
An extreme heatwave in Australia has led to the deaths of more than 90 wild horses in the outback, authorities say. Rangers found dead and dying animals in a dried-up waterhole near Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, last week. About 40 of the animals had already died from dehydration and starvation. Surviving horses were later culled.

Antibiotic resistance plan to fight ‘urgent’ global threat
Drug-resistant superbugs are as big a threat as climate change, the health secretary will say as he unveils a new five-year plan to tackle the problem. Overuse of antibiotics is making infections harder to treat and leading to thousands of deaths a year through drug-resistant superbugs. The government plans to change the way it funds drug companies to encourage them to develop new medicines.

Controversial Fake News Filter NewsGuard Built Into Microsoft’s Mobile Browser
Corporate and neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its “unreliable” news rater to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser.

Maduro Overthrow: Venezuela Rises Up From Ashes of Socialism
Venezuela is in turmoil after President Trump announced he recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s president, rather than socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro.

IT’S OFFICIAL: The liberal left has now openly declared war on Christianity
The Left spent much of last week attacking Karen Pence because she got a job at a Christian school that follows Christian teaching. By the end of the week, #ExposeChristianSchools was trending on Twitter.

CATASTROPHE: Germany is now dumping thousands of Muslim migrants on other EU countries, making them pay for Merkel’s blunders
The German government says that in a first, more asylum-seekers were transferred to other European Union countries than Germany took in last year.

Iran’s General Soleimani primes pro-Iranian militias in Syria and Iraq for terror attacks on exiting US forces
Iran’s Mid East commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani has devised a plot to force US troops not just to leave Syria but to be thrown out of US bases in Iraq as well, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report.

Left Wing American Catholic Priest calls March For Life repulsive
A prominent American priest has dissed the Washington March for Life as “repulsive and futile,” denouncing the pro-life event as “basically a gathering for many right-wing anti-abortion hardliners.”Franciscan friar Father Daniel Horan, a pro-LGBT priest and professor who will be speaking at the upcoming Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, took to Twitter this weekend to bash the March for Life and condemn without trial a group of white Catholic high school boys as “racists” for supposedly “taunting” a Native American man beating a drum.

Deadly Superbug Enters US After People Have Surgeries In Mexico
A potentially deadly superbug infected U.S. patients from multiple states after they had surgery in Mexico, underscoring a worrying trend in the rapidly growing medical tourism sector.

Court ruling confirms Gardasil vaccine kills people… scientific evidence beyond any doubt… so where is the outcry?
May God bless the Tarsell family, who fought the U.S. government eight long years to validate a medical burden of proof that the Gardasil vaccine killed their daughter. The Tarsell’s 21-year-old daughter Christina Richelle “died from an arrhythmia induced by an autoimmune response” to Gardasil, an HPV vaccine that she received only days before her death.

CARBON FOOTPRINT: Environmentalists Take 1,500 Private Jets To Davos, Switzerland, ‘Climate Change’ Gathering
A handful of the world’s wealthiest and most successful people are gathering in Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss how to make the world a better place — and, in particular, how to address the “urgent” threat of climate change — but they’ll take more than 1,500 separate private jets to get to the tony ski resort.

Vermont Looks To Make Abortion Up To Birth A Constitutional Right
Taking a que from radical New York Democrats, Vermont is on track to make abortion up to birth a constitutional right.

Simmering, Ready to Explode: The War Between Iran and Israel Heats Up in Syria
As American pundits and policymakers debate how to approach Syria following President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops, the stage is being set in the war-torn country for a region-wide conflict. The key to this coming storm is the war between Iran and Israel, which escalated in important ways on Sunday night.

Venezuela Pres Nicolas Maduro Tells US Diplomats To Get Out After Trump’s Latest Move
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday he is severing diplomatic ties with the U.S. and expelling U.S. diplomatic personnel within 72 hours after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized his rival as the country’s true leader.

Venezuela Erupts Against Dictator Maduro as His Socialist Regime Starts to Completely Collapse
Hundreds-of-thousands of people took to the streets in Venezuela Wednesday afternoon in protest of illegitimate President Nicolas Maduro and in support of internationally recognized President Juan Guadio.

Acetaminophen can induce a zombie-like state that makes people emotionless and uncaring
 it turns out acetaminophen (the active ingredient in drugs like Tylenol) can turn off more than just your pain — it can dull your emotions and reduce your ability to feel empathy for others.

Prog-Left Now Openly Calling All Would-Be Killers To The Kill
Fuelled by mainstream, social media and celebrity Twitter accounts, the hate-spewing progressive-left is now openly calling all would-be killers to the kill.

IT’S PARTY TIME! New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Celebrates As He Signs Reproductive Health Act Bill Authorizing Killing Of Babies Up To The Moment Of Birth
Just one generation ago, the world has horrified when newsreels from the Allied Forces liberating Germany shocked the world with raw moving images of Hitler’s concentration camps. People watched with jaws scraping the floor as they saw in utter disbelief the mass killing of human beings in gas chambers, ovens, and being shot in large groups.

Taliban Resumes Peace Talks with U.S. ‘Hours’ After Killing at Least 45
Afghan Taliban narco-jihadis issued a statement saying they had restarted peace negotiations with U.S. officials “hours” after they carried out a brazen attack on Monday that left at least 45 members of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency dead at a military base near Kabul.


Headlines – 1/24/2019

Pompeo: Peace efforts will resume after Israeli elections

Trump’s Mideast ‘Deal of the Century’ May Be a Raw One for Israel

Israel said pushing US to amend law that threatens security coordination with PA

Security cabinet approves transfer of Qatari cash to Gaza

Hamas warns Qatari cash freeze by Israel could cause ‘explosion’ in Gaza

Qatari cash for Hamas is politically toxic in Israel, but may stave off war

Netanyahu warns of ‘lethal’ reaction to any Gaza escalation

Bomb reportedly targets $500,000 car of billionaire seen as Abbas rival

Israel said to have sent a doctor to help save Abbas’s life last year

Protest closes Israel’s ‘apartheid road’ through West Bank

Court: DNA of Jewish teen suspect found on stone that killed Palestinian woman

Israeli teen charged with terror in stone attack that killed Palestinian woman

‘Raging Crisis’ of anti-Semitism Threatens Europe’s Jews, Community Leaders Warn

Judge lets Arkansas law against Israeli boycotts stand – Ruling says such a boycott is not protected by the First Amendment

Netanyahu’s lawyers seek to open criminal probe into leaks against PM

Rivlin warns Macron: Israel may have to hit Hezbollah rocket factories in Beirut

After Syria’s airport threat, IDF deploys Iron Dome in greater Tel Aviv area

Netanyahu mocks top Iranian general: ‘Look at the state of your bases in Syria’

Israel’s ‘Arbitrary’ Airstrikes on Syria Must Stop, Russia Warns

Opposition raps Netanyahu for touting Syria strikes, ‘forcing’ Russian condemnation

Putin and Erdogan agree to coordinate actions in Syria

Russia and Turkey to act to stabilise Syria’s Idlib province – Putin

Turkey Fighting Terrorists in Syria but More Action Needed, Putin Says

Nearly 5,000 flee last ISIS enclave in eastern Syria

Kurdish-led forces overrun last ISIS-held village in Syria

Car bomb kills soldier near Iraq’s Kirkuk

US backtracks on Iran-focused conference in Poland after objections

Iran arrested 7,000 dissidents in ‘year of shame’, says Amnesty

In Iran, parched lands hollowed by water pumping now sinking

Russia, in Effort to Defuse U.S. Nuclear Dispute, Finally Displays New Missile

US, Britain conduct joint navy drills in South China Sea amid worries about China’s military power

Venezuela’s opposition leader declares himself president, wins US recognition

Maduro Squeezed as Trump Recognizes Guaido and Protests Expand

Venezuela’s Maduro says he is breaking diplomatic relations with US

Venezuelan President kicks out US diplomats after Trump recognizes opposition leader as president

Mike Pompeo: Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro can’t expel US diplomats

Maduro isolated as Latin American nations back Venezuela opposition leader

Turkey’s Erdogan Backs Venezuela’s Maduro After U.S. Backs Opposition Leader

EU leaders and business chiefs are turning up the heat over Brexit

Italian Lawmaker Apologizes for Tweeting That Rothschilds Control International Banking

WikiLeaks sues to unseal any charges against founder Assange

U.S. ramping up probe against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks says

U.S. prosecutors press witnesses to testify against Assange: WikiLeaks

House votes to bar Trump from exiting NATO

Shutdown, Day 33: Democrats work on new offer, but Trump says impasse could last awhile

Trump agrees to delay State of Union until after shutdown ends

Trump ex-lawyer delays Congress testimony over president’s ‘threats’

Microsoft adds fake news warning to mobile Edge browser

Avoiding Social Media To Protect Your Privacy? Your Friends Still Put You At Risk, Study Finds

This Chinese app tells you if you’re within 500 metres of someone in debt

Privately produced satellites open uncharted territory in data collection

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kahale, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Aratoca, Colombia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 50,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Overflowing dam kills at least 30 in Indonesia

It’s so hot in Australia that hundreds of baby bats are falling off trees and dying

Unusually wild, wintry weather hits WA’s south-west as cyclone possible in the north

Rains hit Broome as Tropical Cyclone Riley forms overnight

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The Rebellious Woman and the Destruction of Society — Reformation Charlotte

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not placing the blame of the destruction of our society squarely on woman’s shoulders. After all, God held Adam accountable for Eve’s rebellion, did he not? However, there is a trend in society, and we see it taking place in the Church as well, that when women rebel–that is, they remove themselves from their rightful place in the home, in the Churches, and in society–the judgment of God is imminent.

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.

1 Timothy 2:12

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created night and day, land and water, vegetation, birds, sea creatures and land animals. He then created man and woman, Adam and Eve, and placed them in the garden, known as Eden. God gave them dominion over all of his creation, but gave them one command–not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. All was well, until, one day, the serpent deceived Eve into eating of the fruit–she rebelled against God.

Though Eve was the first to eat of the fruit, Roman’s chapter 5 makes it clear that God held Adam responsible for sin entering the world, and causing death (Romans 5:12-21). God created Adam first and then created Eve to be his helper (Gen 2:18). This means Adam was the head of the two, and Adam was responsible for any sin that Eve committed.

This was the beginning of feminism. Feminism has spread throughout history, especially in recent decades like cancer. It has been largely unstoppable. Voddie Baucham recently talked about how society has “feminized” the office of pastor in the Church. He is absolutely correct. However, the feminization of society, the Church, and especially the pastorate is not just a matter of women usurping the role of men–but that also men, given to the notion of “toxic masculinity,” have become largely feminine themselves.

Stoked by the #metoo movement, the flames of feminism have worked to earn the backing of not only liberal progressives, but even many who would be considered conservatives. However, liberalism is actually one of many fruits of feminism. The feminine subculture seeks to liberate women from the “tyranny” of men, especially white men, by rebelling against their God-given roles in society, the home, and the Church.

The feminist movement has worked not to liberate women, however, but to enslave men to a society that is anti-male. Misogyny is seen as obscene and prurient whereas misandry is seen as virtuous.

Feminist ideology isn’t just espoused by women, it’s embraced by men too. In the wake of a recent string of sexual misconduct scandals in the evangelical Church, men such as Matt Chandler, JD Greear, Tim Keller, and many others have been “reevaluating” the role of women in the Church by redefining what it means to be complementarian. Of course, any rationally thinking biblically-minded person knows exactly where this ends–destruction.

Just to be clear, God did not place women under the headship of men because they are somehow less worthy of leadership, less valuable, or less capable. God placed women under the headship of men as part of the curse of the fall of Adam and Eve. But in the New Testament, we see the role of Christian women in submission to their husbands as a blessing–to be a picture of the gospel of the Church’s relationship to Christ.

Under the Abrahamic covenant, everyone is either under the headship of Adam or the headship of Christ. That is, you’re either under the curse of the law or the grace of God. So we see that male headship is either a curse or a blessing, depending upon which side of the covenant you are under. If you are under the grace of God, male headship is a blessing to proclaim the good news to the world, but if you are in Adam, male headship is a curse–and a curse that can only be lifted by the salvific work of Jesus Christ.

When, as a society we try to lift this curse ourselves through the course of feminism apart from the saving grace of Christ, the end result will always be the destruction of that society.

via The Rebellious Woman and the Destruction of Society — Reformation Charlotte

Joyce Meyer Claims to Have Faith That Will Raise the Dead — Pulpit & Pen

Joyce Meyer, who lives in a four-million-dollar family compound and famously has a $23k gold toilet, claims that she has the faith that can raise the dead, and you can, too.

Meyer holds to “Little god Theology,” which purports that people are sparks of the divine – a perverted twist on the orthodox understanding of the Imago Dei – and can do everything God does. They argue that Jesus’ miracles were done not by his divinity, but by his faith. If you have faith like Jesus, then you can do the things Jesus did. This unbiblical notion is illustrated by Meyer’s last article in Charisma Mag.

Writing for Charisma Mag, Meyer recalled the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. She goes on to posit that with faith, you too can raise the dead.

When you release your faith, you take some kind of action that shows you believe God will do what He says He will do. You line up your attitudes and actions with God’s promises for you, according to His Word, and hold on to those truths when life gets tough. That’s what Jesus was asking the people to do when He told them to roll away the stone from Lazarus’ grave.

The post at Charisma News was entitled, “How to Walk in the Kind of Faith that Raises the Dead.”

Of course, the Bible never tells us to “release faith.” This would imply that faith is innate with an individual (which is what Pelagians like Meyer believe). Faith, however, is a gift given by God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Lost people don’t have to activitate, and there is no such thing as unsued faith or potential faith or dormant faith. Faith, by definition, is active.

Likewise, Jesus didn’t accomplish miracles because he had faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Jesus, being the pre-incarnate Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father, had seen. Jesus accomplished miracles by his divinity and not by faith. Meyer and other practitioners of Little god Theology, however, teach a “Kenotic Christ,” that Jesus emptied himself of all divinity when he took on flesh. This is a heresy that goes back (at least) to 19th Century German theologian, Gottfried Thomasius.

The reason why Little god Theologians “decree and declare” miracles all the time is they truly believe they can do the miracles Christ did because he was no more god than they are, and they are no less God than he is.

In reality, no one has risen the dead since the Apostles walked there earth. There is not a scintilla of evidence that anyone has, anywhere, at any time, raise a corpse back to life after the close of the holy canon. Joyce Meyer may claim to have the faith that can raise the dead, but she has never raised the dead and never will.

Faith given to you by God will save you, but it will not make you God.

via Joyce Meyer Claims to Have Faith That Will Raise the Dead — Pulpit & Pen

Welcome to Bizarro America! The World of Liberalism and the Left — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

What happened to the America we all once knew and loved? The land of – baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. The land of the free and the home of the brave. A country where its citizens felt safe and happy and proud to proclaim, “God bless America!” It seems like those noble ideals which made our country strong and great are rapidly slipping away and being replaced by the strange and bizarre. As some of our readers may recall, the Bizarro World was a fictitious planet in the DC comics universe, first appearing in the early 1960s. In the world of “Htrae” (“Earth” spelled backwards), society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states, “Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!”

So without any further ado we say,

Welcome to Bizarro America (or “Acirema”)….

– Where our country should have been founded by lawless Fascists, Socialists, social justice warriors, anarchy, moral relativism and secular materialists.

– Where abortion, rejection of the God ordained boy and girl, godless immorality, slothfulness and base secularism are called virtuous and protected as constitutional rights.

– Where the secular and unrighteous ACLU, NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Pro – Choice lobby, the Gay Lobby, and Leftist College Professors are called righteous advocates, noble and just.

– Where Chuch Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Barack H. Obama, John Kerry, Hillary and Bill Clinton are great and virtuous statesmen.

– Where Hollywood, The Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Madonna,  Jay-Z, Carli B, MTV and the mother who has an abortion or a child out of wedlock are virtuous role models for our youth.

– Where ALMIGHTY God, the American flag, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers, capitalism, the Tea Party, private enterprise, personal morality and Judeo/ Christian values are viewed as evil hate and abhorred.

– Where people like Mike Pence, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Lee Peterson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Rush Limbaugh, Jim Vicevich, and the Lord Jesus Christ (Who is Almighty God the Son) are wicked and evil haters (Isa 5:20).

Political Correctness has destroyed this great nation and has made right and wrong obsolete.

This is the delusional world of the reprobate mindset of the secular liberals in America today. These slander (demonize) and vilify any and all that do not line up with their Bizarro American vision for this country (Rom. 1:18-32, Jude 1:10). They label by slanderous accusations those who practice morality and believe in Divine absolutes (e.g., natural and spiritual laws), going so far as brading them as haters, cold-hearted, evil, intolerant, racist and their always favorite tag: Nazis. They are extremely motivated by envy, desperately and defensively driven to push their Bizarro ideology on the will of the American people. They are “180 degrees backwards” in all of their ideology and rationale, which are devoid of any truth. Their subjective, sensual, carnally dominated ideology rejects the concept of absolute truth in all forms (spiritual, moral and natural). Thus, these secular Leftists deny and distort facts that are proven, information that is clear-cut and conclusions that are obvious to any reasonably minded individual. Slander and defamation is their only recourse in any discussion much like their fallen spiritual father (Psalm 49:20; 92:6; 1 Cor. 1:27-28; Philip. 3:18-19; James 3:14-16; 2 Peter 2:12; Jude 1:10).

This is the delusional world of the reprobate mindset of the secular liberals in America today. They slander and vilify any and all that do not line up with their Bizarro American vision for this country.

This thinking is nothing new today; this ideology has dominated the world even before the creation of the World. It appeared first in Almighty God’s RIGHTEOUS Heaven where Lucifer and his angels rebelled against pure (undefiled) REALITY, thus abandoning ETERNAL (spiritual) absolutes for a godlessdelusion (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; John 8:44; 1 John 3:8). It next appeared in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3); then in the days of Noah (Genesis 7-8); after that at Babel where its inhabitants rejected Divine revelation for a delusion, which continues until this day (Gen. 11:1-9; John 3:19; Rom. 1:18-32).

The grand conclusion of this madness is coming up in the near future and will be the apex of the upside down, “Bizarro” mindset under Lucifer’s global fascist, the Anti-Christ (2 Thess. 2:7-12). Lucifer and his lawless minion will institute a secular lawless movement of global proportions in “the Abomination of Desolation” or “The Image of the Beast” (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 13:14-15) and “the Mark of the Beast” (Rev. 13:16-18). This apocalyptic movement will be the pinnacle of the abandonment of absolute reality and truth. The end result of this delusion will be the eternal ruin and damnation of billions (Rev. 19:19-21; 20:11-15). (Chart link)

Hear what Almighty God – the Author, Designer and Creator of the cosmos and all spiritual and natural laws governing Heaven and Earth – has to say about these reprobates:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20).

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18).

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are an abomination (a vile stench) to the LORD (Proverbs 17:15).

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8:44).

The liberal, secular movement of today is and has been accelerating at an exponential rate. It now dominates all facets of government, the media and the entertainment industry in the U.S.A. It is going to dominate the world coming up very soon under Lucifer’s Anti – Christ (The Man of Lawlessness) The social and cultural landscape in America today is a wasteland polluted with the refuse of “Bizarro” thinking and ideology. How can we as a nation survive?

In the midst of godless social engineering and a nation on the verge of collapse, the God of TRUTH is the only TRUE refuge today. Do your part as an Founding Father American with all your heart but do not trust in the end results.

My dear friend, Conservatives also need to possess a saving faith in Almighty God. A life that is morally upright and socially upstanding still falls short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:8-9). Even conservatives can possess a “bizarro” thinking mindset when it comes to the RIGHTEOUSNESS demanded by Almighty God and a saving faith to Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:2-4, Gal. 1:4, Eph. 2:8-9).

In these days of truly “Bizarro” thinking and backward values, may you be sure that you know the God of TRUTH, and if you do already, may we all allow Him to guard and keep our hearts and minds in His perfect and wondrous peace (Philip. 4:7).

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock (Matt 7:24-25).

Build wisely my dear friends and see rightly!

The Kingdom of heaven is truly at hand!

DJP I.F.

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via Welcome to Bizarro America! The World of Liberalism and the Left — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

Transports suggesting a recession is not far away? — Kimble Charting Solutions

Transports are often considered a leading indicator of how the economy is doing. Since the Septemeber 2018 highs, the Dow Jones Transports Index has declined more than the broad market. This decline looks to be forming a new falling channel highlighted at (1).

The rally over the past month has this important index testing triple resistance at (2). Recessionary fears would be reduced by a great deal if this important index breaks out at (2).

Transports would be suggesting that the economy is slowing if they fail to breakout at (2).

Many are suggesting that a recession is not far away. What Transports do at (2), should go a long way in clearing up the recession debate!

via Transports suggesting a recession is not far away? — Kimble Charting Solutions

Communist Pope Slams Supporters of National Border Wall — Reformation Charlotte

It’s no secret that the current pope is a socialist. Francis has previously called for open borders–even comparing open borders to being pro-life–and is a staunch supporter of illegal immigration.

Aboard a flight to Central America, a hotbed for socialism, poor economic growth, and swaths of immigrants heading for the U.S. border, the pope was asked by journalists about the proposed border wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, suggesting support for it was driven by an irrational fear of “migrants.”

“Fear makes us crazy,” Francis said, dismissing it as folly.

Anyone with a modicum of understanding in economics and politics can see right through the pope’s comments. He is no religious leader, but a worldwide political activist–an anti-Christ for sure.

Championing the cause of the progressive evangelical left–like the ERLC and The Gospel Coalition–Francis has suggested that “while the wealthy few feasts on what, in justice, belongs to all. Injustice is the perverse root of poverty.” Christians and sane, rationally thinking people know that stealing from rich people just because they are rich is not “justice,” but theft.

The Bible speaks far more of laziness and lack of work ethic as the primary cause of poverty in the world, and even though injustices can be the cause of poverty, the Scriptures never once speak of inter-generational reparations.

If the pope were truly concerned with feeding the hungry and eliminating poverty, he could start by liquidating the assets in the Vatican, which are estimated anywhere between 400 billion and 2 trillion dollars and give it all away.

And why these reporters didn’t ask him about the border wall around the Vatican–nobody seems to know.

via Communist Pope Slams Supporters of National Border Wall — Reformation Charlotte