Daily Archives: January 27, 2019

January 27 Unshakable Faith

Scripture Reading: John 20:24–29

Key Verse: John 20:29

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The apostle Thomas felt deserted. The One he had followed closely and served for almost three years was gone. A cold cave of stone held Jesus’ battered, torn body, and no one knew what to do next.

Later that Sabbath when Thomas arrived at the disciples’ meeting, their mood had changed completely. “We have seen the Lord!” they cried. But Thomas couldn’t share their enthusiasm. He had not seen the Lord, and he did not want to be set up for yet another disappointment. His focus was gone, his grand vision of the future shattered, and his faith shaken.

Have you been there? A negative experience left a bad impression, and you are afraid to trust again. One more letdown, and you aren’t sure how you might respond. If you could have a glimpse of God in the dark times, you would have hope.

Jesus met Thomas right where he was in wavering faith. The living Christ stood before him face-to-face and told him to feel His hands and side. Thomas responded with one of the most moving confessions of faith in the Scriptures: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28 nasb).

Look at Jesus. He is real, and He is there to meet you in the bleakest hour. You will have the same reply when you see Him as He is.

O Lord, sometimes the shadows of the past make me afraid to trust. During these dark times, meet me where I am. Let me see You as You are. Let me touch You with the hand of faith.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 28). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jeanine Pirro Ruins CNN’s Explanation Why It Caught Roger Stone Arrest

Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro noticed something that not many noticed in the raid on Roger Stone.

The explanation from CNN as to why it had cameras there also stinks.

“They begin banging on Stone’s home yelling, ‘FBI, open the door.’ The only people home were Stone, his wife, and his dog,” Pirro said.

“And lo and behold, CNN is there, cameras in tow. Waiting for the FBI for an hour waiting for to it start,” she said.

“Why would they be there? Especially when the FBI considers this dangerous enough to have S.W.A.T. teams and guns drawn,” the host said.

On Friday the CNN reporter who was present said it was reporter’s “instinct” that led him to Stone’s house.

“It’s reporter’s instinct,” he said. “The whole Russia team thought maybe something was happening.”

“There was some unusual grand jury activity in Washington, D.C., yesterday,” Shortell said.

“Robert Mueller’s grand jury typically meets on Fridays. Yesterday, Thursday, there was grand jury activity,” he said.

“We also had some other signs that maybe something was going on this angle, the Roger Stone angle,” the reporter said.

“So we showed up at his house this morning, we were the only ones there, and lo and behold, the FBI agents did come,” he said.

But Pirro found something telling in that explanation that, to her, proved they were tipped off.

“Unusual grand jury activity? Hey, Grand juries meet in secret,” she said/

“What do you know about the activity of the grand jury. What do you know about when they meet or if their schedules change?” Pirro said.

“Does all unusual grand jury activity suggest indictments are being handed up?” she said.

Good questions. How does CNN know when a grand jury meets in secret?

And why does a grand jury meeting mean that an indictment is coming?

And how do you know who the indictment is coming for if everything is secret?

Source: Jeanine Pirro Ruins CNN’s Explanation Why It Caught Roger Stone Arrest

Pope Francis Declares Mary as God’s “Influencer” — Reformation Charlotte

There has long been a push in the Roman Catholic Church for the Vatican to officially recognize Mary as co-redemptrix, however, the Vatican has yet to make this doctrine Church dogma, even though many, if not most Catholics actually already treat Mary this way.

But in a bizarre tweet by the pope on Saturday, he declared Mary to be the first “influencer” of God.

As the Catholic church has long committed spiritually fornication by idolizing Mary, it should be important to note that this statement is in direct opposition to what the Scriptures teach. Scripture emphatically teaches that God is subject to no other than Himself and receives counsel from none. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).

For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?

Romans 11:34

Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel?

Isaiah 40:13

via Pope Francis Declares Mary as God’s “Influencer” — Reformation Charlotte

Before Making it Legal to Kill Babies in the Womb, NY Democrats Extended Protections to Transgenders — Pulpit & Pen

The state of New York made big news last week when it passed the Reproductive Health Act, effectively decriminalizing the act of abortion up until the point of birth. The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, celebrated his government’s wicked action by directing the spire of One World Trade Center to be lit up pink. Nearly lost amongst the controversy surrounding these nearly unprecedented acts of American depravity was prior action taken by New York’s legislature to extend non-discrimination protection to “transgender” people. On January 15th, the legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, “making gender identity a protected class in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation.” It was signed by the governor on Friday, the 25th. With its recent legislative actions, New York now rivals Sodom and Gomorrah in its toleration and promotion of sin.

One World Trade Center was lit pink to celebrate the expanded legalization of murdering babies.

In New York, the state declares that humans at a certain point of development do no have a right to live while simultaneously declaring that other humans have the right to identify themselves as a gender other than that of their birth. In other words, a human adult female can defy both scientific evidence and biblical revelation to declare herself a man while declaring that a developing baby in her womb does not have the right of human life. This shuddering reality gives a whole new meaning to being in a “New York State of Mind”.

Christians familiar with the history recorded in the Bible and in secular textbooks should not be surprised. Depravity like this may be unprecedented in America but it is not new under the sun. We live in a Genesis 3 and Romans 1 world. Only Jesus can save us from the sin which surrounds us on the outside and seeks to dominate us from the inside. Christians would do well to remember this gospel truth when engaging in political discourse regarding the recent developments in New York.

via Before Making it Legal to Kill Babies in the Womb, NY Democrats Extended Protections to Transgenders — Pulpit & Pen

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Marked Amid Revival of Hate, Violence, and Anti-Semitism

Survivors of Auschwitz gather on the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi German death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. They wore striped scarves that recalled their uniforms, some with the red letter “P,” the symbol the Germans used to mark them as Poles. The observances come on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others by Nazi Germany during World War II.

As survivors of Auschwitz marked the 74th anniversary of the notorious death camp’s liberation, a far-right activist who served time in prison for burning an effigy of a Jew placed a wreath there with about 50 other Polish nationalists to protest the official observances.

Piotr Rybak said the group opposes the annual ceremony at Auschwitz to mark the camp’s liberation by the Soviet army, the event that gave rise to the international Jan. 27 remembrance. Rybak claimed it glorifies the 1 million Jewish victims killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death complex and discounts the 70,000 Poles killed there.

“It’s time to fight against Jewry and free Poland from them!” Rybak said as he marched to the site, according to a report by Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza on its website.

Rybak’s claim is incorrect. The ceremony at the state-run memorial site paid homage Sunday, as it does every year, to all of the camp’s victims, both Jews and gentiles, while Christian and Jewish religious leaders recited a prayer in unison together. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also stressed that the Third Reich targeted Poles as well as Jews.

Since last year’s observances, an 85-year-old French Holocaust survivor, Mireille Knoll, was fatally stabbed in Paris and 11 Jews were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue during Shabbat services, the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Human Rights First, a U.S. organization, recalled those killings and warned that “today’s threats do not come solely from the fringe.”

“In places such as Hungary and Poland, once proudly democratic nations, government leaders are traveling the road to authoritarianism,” said Ira Forman, the group’s senior adviser for combating anti-Semitism. “As they do so, they are distorting history to spin a fable about their nations and the Holocaust.”

Former Auschwitz prisoners placed flowers early Sunday at an execution wall at Auschwitz, paying homage before the arrival of the nationalists at the same spot. They wore striped scarves that recalled their uniforms, some with the red letter “P,” the symbol the Germans used to mark them as Poles.

Early in World War II, most prisoners were Poles, rounded up by the occupying German forces. Later, Auschwitz was transformed into a mass killing site for Jews, Roma and others, operating until the liberation by Soviet forces on Jan. 27, 1945.

In Germany, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned in an op-ed in the weekly Welt am Sonntag that across Europe populists are propagating nationalism and “far-right provocateurs are trying to downplay the Holocaust.”

“We shall never forget. We shall never be indifferent. We must stand up for our liberal democracy,” Maas wrote.

Over the past year, Germany has seen a rising number of often violent attacks against Jews carried out by neo-Nazis and Muslims, prompting the government to appoint a commissioner against anti-Semitism and to start funding a national registration office for anti-Semitic hate crimes.

The appearance by nationalists at Auschwitz comes amid a surge of right-wing extremism in Poland and elsewhere in the West. It is fed by a broader grievance many Poles have that their suffering during the war at German hands is little known abroad while there is greater knowledge of the Jewish tragedy.

However recent surveys show that knowledge of the atrocities during World War II is declining generally.

A new study released in recent days by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the Azrieli Foundation found that 52 percent of millennials in Canada cannot name even one concentration camp or ghetto and 62 percent of millennials did not know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Its findings were similar to a similar study carried out a year before in the United States.

In Britain, a new poll by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust found that one in 20 adults in Britain do not believe the Holocaust took place.

The poll of more than 2,000 people released Sunday also found that nearly two-thirds of those polled either did not know how many Jews had been murdered or greatly underestimated the number killed during the Holocaust.

“Such widespread ignorance and even denial is shocking,” chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said.

Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs said in its Global Antisemitism Report released Sunday that 13 Jews were murdered in fatal attacks in 2018, marking the highest number of Jews murdered since a wave of attacks on Argentinian Jews in the 1990s.

The report found that around 70 percent of anti-Jewish attacks were anti-Israel in nature and that most of the attacks were led by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

The United Nations recognized Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005.

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Czarek Sokolowski in Oswiecim, Poland, Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin, Gregory Katz in London and Aron Heller in Jerusalem contributed reporting.

SOURCE: VANESSA GERA, AP

Source: International Holocaust Remembrance Day Marked Amid Revival of Hate, Violence, and Anti-Semitism

January 27 On the Team

Scripture reading: Colossians 3:1–25

Key verse: Colossians 3:3–4

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

In Living Free in Christ, Neil Anderson writes:

While I was pastor, my son, Karl, had established quite a reputation as a soccer player … When I accepted an invitation to teach at Talbot School of Theology, it necessitated a move that was very unsettling for Karl. He had to leave behind a team, friends, awards, and recognition.

However, his reputation preceded him to our new location. There, I was called by a soccer club inquiring whether Karl would care to be a part of their team. After the first practice, the coach expressed to me his delight at having Karl as a player, saying what a vital member of the team he was going to be.

Karl practiced with reckless abandonment and afterward approached me with a long look on his face and a profound sense of insecurity that was baffling to me. Finally, he broke the silence: “Well, am I on this team?”

I replied, “Karl, you were already on the team before we came. The coach had already made the necessary provisions, the roster had already been filled out, and your name was on it” …

Dear Christian, you, too, are already on the team. Your name is on the roster: it’s called the Lamb’s Book of Life. “Your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:3–4).

Dear heavenly Father, I am so glad that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and that my life is hidden with Christ in You. I’m on Your team![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 28). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Confirmed: Kamala Harris Launched Her Political Career in Bedroom As Mistress of Married Mayor Willie Brown — The Gateway Pundit

For the record: We completely expect the tech giants to censor and shadow-ban this report as they have to our previous reports on Kamala Harris.
But this is truthful information the public deserves to read.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown admitted this week to an extramarital affair with Kamala Harris.
Brown also admitted to giving Harris her first state jobs.

In a short article in the San Francisco Chronicle Brown admitted to the extra-marital affair and to appointing Harris to two state commissions.

Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.

And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.

The San Francisco Weekly reported on Kamala’s affair with Willie Brown in 2003.

If she can just get out from under this damn Willie Brown thing.

Harris routinely tries to distance herself from her ex-squeeze, whom she hates even talking about. The mere mention of their former liaison makes her shoulders tense, her hands clench, and her eyes narrow.

“I refuse,” she says vehemently, “to design my campaign around criticizing Willie Brown for the sake of appearing to be independent when I have no doubt that I am independent of him — and that he would probably right now express some fright about the fact that he cannot control me.

“His career is over; I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years. I do not owe him a thing.”

She acknowledges that Brown is an “albatross hanging around my neck” and fears that voters who dislike him will ignore her candidacy — even as she dismisses such an act as irrational. “Would it make sense if you are a Martian coming to Earth that the litmus test for public office is where a candidate is in their relationship to Willie Brown?” Harris asks. “Willie Brown is not going to be around. He’s gone — hello people, move on. If there is corruption, it will be prosecuted. It’s a no-brainer, but let’s please move on.”

Would that politics were so simple.

San Francisco voters tend to have long memories, and Brown himself is complicating Harris’ attempts to shed him politically. He personally gave $500 to her campaign, and a political consultant who worked on both of his mayoral runs is raising money for Harris — without her consent — using a pitch letter signed by Brown. Harris denies asking the mayor for fund-raising help and knows it gives her antagonists even more ammunition.

She also knows there’s not much she can do about it, except to keep saying that the affair is ancient history and that she is a good candidate with good ideas. But as Harris well understands, the more she tries to explain away the Willie factor, the bigger a factor he becomes.

via Confirmed: Kamala Harris Launched Her Political Career in Bedroom As Mistress of Married Mayor Willie Brown — The Gateway Pundit

Willie Brown admits it: Kamala Harris slept her way to the top

Brown says that Harris was his ‘girlfriend’ and on multiple occasions helped boost the famous feminist and presidential candidate to the political top.

Kamala Harris, that vaunted self-righteous feminist candidate who’s using her ‘year of the woman’ chops to challenge President Trump in 2020, has a little problem: She slept her way to the top.

You know, the mistress thing, not exactly moving on up based on hard work or merit, that little advantage of good looks (President Obama called her the ‘best-looking‘ state attorney general), employed to their optimal practical use. Her political patron, former lawyer to pimps, Mayor of San Francisco, and State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, admitted he helped her get her political start, writing in his bloggy San Francisco Chronicle column:

Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.

Now you know where we get these people from. Somehow Harris, who was in her late 20s or at most 30 when she dated the 60-year-old married Brown around 1994 did so because he was just so very irresistable. Here’s how the San Francisco Chronicle reported it on Twitter:

WILLIE BROWN: “I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my ‘relationship’ with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Yes, we dated.”https://t.co/xkzR0YhIl0

— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) January 26, 2019

That of course, was in exchange for certain kinds of favors. Her rival, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren got her start playing fake Indian. Kamala went the old fashioned way, sleeping her way to the top. Democrats have some pool of candidates here in this ‘it’s our turn’ year of the woman and out to Get Trump offerings.

Willie Brown, of course, was California’s most powerful politician, which might have had something to do with why Harris was out ‘dating’ the married man twice her age. And it’s interesting because Brown, a former attorney for pimps in his pre-political days, seems to have a taste for the kind of women often seen in a positive light by pimps, such as this one – who represents Brown’s taste in women. Not that it mattered that he was married, he’s always had a girlfriend in the picture, according to the article. And well, Kamala was one of them.

Other reports say that once Kamala got the office she wanted from Brown, she dumped him. Brown made a cutesy reference to Kamala saying she was going to ticket him for jaywalking, which sounds like overkill, probably the kind of statement someone with a guilty conscience would make, not wanting anyone to know about how she got her office. What’s more, Harris has kept virtually all references to Brown out of her numerous memoirs on the market.

Some feminist she is. She slept her way to the top and now it’s out. It’s actually not the first time it’s been out, but since it’s coming out now so early in the campaign, perhaps it was an inoculation shot, the way that candidate Donald Trump’s team must have released the Melania Trump nude modelling shots to the New York Post to make it ‘old news’ so as to assure it would not become a campaign issue the day before the election.

All the same, it’s disgusting, and while Trump is no angel on the love front, at least he never offered sex for political favors, either to women or from women. He never cheated on someone’s spouse to get himself some political power the way she did. So now that Harris is presented as a role model and antidote-to-Trump these days, is she going to encourage all the little girls out there by saying that getting a politically strong boyfriend is the way to make it big in politics now? One wonders.

Let’s hope she has to answer some questions about it from the Trump camp in what’s sure to be a pious and hectoring political campaign.

Image credit: Twitter screen shot from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Source: Willie Brown admits it: Kamala Harris slept her way to the top

Willie Brown: So What If I Dated Kamala Harris and Gave Her State Jobs?

Former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker Willie Brown confirmed Saturday that he had dated Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and appointed her to two state jobs — and dismissed the fuss.

Former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker Willie Brown confirmed Saturday that he had dated Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and appointed her to two state jobs — and dismissed the fuss.

As Breitbart News reported earlier this month, “Kamala Harris’s career received a boost from a patronage job in dubious circumstances.” In particular:

In 1994, then-outgoing Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) appointed Harris to a state board with a $72,000 salary. The Los Angeles Times reported: “Harris, a former deputy district attorney in Alameda County, was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown’s girlfriend.” (Brown was married but separated.)

The problem was not that Brown was dating Harris, but the apparent nepotism involved in her appointment.

Brown published a short article in the San Francisco Chronicle this weekend, “Sure, I dated Kamala Harris. So what?” In the article, he acknowledged the facts but not the reasons for the controversy:

Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.

And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.

Brown did not — as far as is known — have intimate relationships with any of the other politicians he named.

He also claimed that Harris told him that she would be particularly harsh on him once she won election to the office of San Francisco District Attorney, though it is not clear why that would be relevant to the questions surrounding her earlier appointments.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Source: Willie Brown: So What If I Dated Kamala Harris and Gave Her State Jobs?