Daily Archives: January 28, 2019

January 28 The Way of Faith

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11

Key Verse: Hebrews 11:6

Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11 is an emotional chapter. Spread before you are the spiritual sagas of generations who placed their unwavering trust in God, who took them on adventures beyond their imaginations. Some never saw the end result of their faith, but a great many did. Do you notice some common denominators among their experiences? No matter how different their particular stories might have been, certain principles held true for them all.

Faith was the way of trials. Noah certainly didn’t ask for the ridicule and doubt of his neighbors. Moses would have preferred an easier way out of Egypt. But God used the rough times to sharpen them for the future and to be an even more powerful testimony to others.

Faith was the way of the most misunderstanding. Abraham’s choice to follow God wherever He led was surely confusing to some. It didn’t make sense from an earthly point of view for Rahab to hide the Israelite spies. From God’s perspective, however, their unquestioning obedience opened the door to His blessing.

Faith was the way of patience. David had to wait many years before God fulfilled His promise of giving him the kingship. And many of the believers of the New Testament were put to death after prolonged periods of persecution. God’s ultimate rewards for them were (and are) worth the wait.

Dear heavenly Father, I realize that the way of faith is often a journey of trials. Use the rough times to prepare me for the future. Give me patience to endure the darkest hours.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 29). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

5 Unshakeable Proofs That God Loves You — The Blazing Center

Do you believe that God loves you?

I mean really, really loves you?

Not just in a generic, we are the world, God loves everybody, kind of way.

But in an intense, deeply personal, you’re my child, kind of way.

My goal is to convince you, to persuade you beyond the shadow of a doubt that God loves you with a love so profound it’s beyond your comprehension.

Because when you believe that God loves you, it changes everything.

1. God Loves You Because He Created You

Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

You are not an accident. God himself created you, fearfully and wonderfully crafting every facet of your being. Every fiber of your DNA is the result of God’s master craftsmanship, and because he created you, God loves you.

Have you ever created something and been absolutely thrilled with the results? That’s how God feels about you. He created you in his image. When he looks at you, he sees something of himself, and it fills him with joy.

After God created Adam, God looked at him and said, “Very good.” God says the same thing when he looks at you. You are his creation and he looks on you with great joy.

The very fact that God created you is proof that he loves you.

2. God Loves You And He Died For You

What is the greatest way you can prove you love someone? By sacrificing for them. And what is the greatest sacrifice a person can make for another? Giving up his life for them.

Which is exactly what God did for you.

As Jesus said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Do you want unshakeable, unmistakable, unbreakable proof that God loves you? Look no further than Jesus dying for you on the cross. On that bloody, splintered cross, God himself died for you.

God. Died. For. You.

Ponder the enormity of those words. The Immortal One submitted to death. The Giver of Life allowed himself to be swallowed by darkness. The King of Kings was humiliated.

For you. Because God loves you more than you could possibly imagine. Because God’s love for you is so extravagant that he was willing to sacrifice his son to save you.

Tim Keller puts it like this:

The Christian Gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me.

Do you believe that God loves you so much that Jesus was glad to die for you?

I John 3:16 says, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us…”

Jesus willingly went to the cross for you. Why? Because God loves you so very, very much.

3. God Loves You Because He Adopted You

If the only thing God gave you was the forgiveness of sins, it would be proof enough that God loves you. But he’s gone so much gloriously further than that. God has also adopted you as his own beloved child.

Ephesians 1:4-5 puts it this way, “In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…”

I have friends who adopted two children from Uganda. It cost them thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to make the adoption happen. Why did they go to such effort? Because they deeply love those two children.

Adoption is always an act of staggering love.

God wasn’t content to simply forgive you. God loves you with such an intense affection that he wouldn’t rest until he brought you into his family. Now you are a child of God, and as God’s child, he loves to pour out blessing after blessing on you.

Just like I love to give gifts to my children, so God takes deep pleasure in blessing you.

Because you are a child of God.

J.I. Packer puts it this way:

You sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.

What do you make of the reality that God is truly and really your Father? It should absolutely change the way you live. Being adopted by God changes everything. It is unmistakable proof that God deeply loves you.

4. God Loves You And He Is Praying For You

Who do you pray for most? It’s the people you deeply love, right? You pray for your children, your spouse, your parents, your close friends. You want God to do good to them and so you passionately intercede on their behalf.

Did you know that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are praying to the Father for you? That’s how much God loves you? Jesus and the Spirit are c0nstantly asking the Father to do good to you and the Father takes great joy in answering their prayers.

Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

There are times when you’re weak, weary, and don’t even know what to pray. But the Holy Spirit himself intercedes for you. When your prayers are nothing more than groans, the Spirit pleads with the Father to give you exactly what you need, and the Father joyfully responds.

Why does the Holy Spirit pray for you? Because God loves you.

Romans 8:34 says, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”

Just as the Holy Spirit prays for you, so Jesus also intercedes on your behalf. He prays that God would deliver you from the condemning accusations of Satan. He prays that God would keep you from evil. Just like Jesus prayed for his disciples, so Jesus is constantly praying for you.

Doesn’t that encourage you and warm your heart with affection for God?

Why does Jesus pray for you? Because God loves you with an unfathomable love.

5. God Loves You And Is Faithful To You

How many times has God been faithful to you throughout your life? How many prayers has he answered? How many times has he protected you or kept you from making a stupid decision? How many times has he strengthened you when you were weak?

Thousands upon thousands.

Why? Because God is faithful to those he loves, and God loves you deeply.

Psalm 86:5 says, “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”

God’s love for you is steadfast. It’s a faithful, unshakable, immovable love. God was faithful to save you and he will continue to be faithful as he makes you into the image of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

This verse describes the profound depths of God’s faithful love toward you. He began a good work in you and you can be absolutely sure that he will also finish it.

Would God be faithful to you if he didn’t love you? Absolutely not. God is faithful to you because God loves you.

The Ocean of God’s Love

Charles Spurgeon said it like this:

If a man could know that he was loved by all his fellowmen, if he could have it for certain that he was loved by all the angels, yet these were but so many drops, and all put together could not compare with the main ocean contained in the fact that “God loved us.”

Are you convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that God loves you? I hope you are.

When you know that God loves you, it frees you to follow him with joy and gladness. It allows you to throw off the chains of legalism and run hard after God, knowing that you’re his beloved child.

Don’t doubt God’s love any longer. Take to heart the glorious words of 1 John 3:1:

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

via 5 Unshakeable Proofs That God Loves You — The Blazing Center

When God’s Law Becomes God’s Grace

Unfathomable Grace

None of us deserve any good thing from our Creator and Judge. We cannot claim to deserve any of his kindness. Instant excommunication and eternal condemnation is all we have earned by our wickedness. However, despite our arrogant rebellion, God has chosen to grant some of us written copies of his Law and Gospel. For some unknown reason, we are people who possess the Book that contains divine revelation not possessed by all in the world. And friends, how blessed are we to be the people to whom God specially speaks.

In Genesis 41, God gives a divine vision to Pharaoh and provides the divine interpretation through Joseph. To this world leader, God gives both inside information about an upcoming famine and a winning strategy to be followed. How blessed are they who receive inspired truth from the One True God:

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh…

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Spotify joins Google, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter in censoring Prager University


Prager University explains the central insights of the conservative worldview Prager University explains the central insights of the conservative worldview

Have you ever wondered who is doing a good job of countering the lies of the secular left? Alliance Defending Freedom does a good job on defense at the Supreme Court, but who is on offense, changing the culture? I think one answer that no one would disagree with is Prager University.

Certainly, the secular leftists in Big Technology agree, which is why they keep censoring Prager University videos and ads.

The Daily Caller explains:

Music-streaming platform Spotify removed PragerU’s advertisements from its platform, noting the content does not comply with the company’s editorial policies, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

“Our policy team has re-reviewed the ads that you have submitted through Ad Studio and determined that the content of the ads do not comply with our editorial policies,” Spotify noted in an email to PragerU.

[…]“Our policy…

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Ungovernable — Christian Research Network

“The congressional swearing-in event introduces profound incoherence into the solemn ceremonies of investiture that seek to protect the nation from immoral subversion. Biblically-based law (the truth) and Sharia law (the lie) are irreconcilable. One cannot combine these competing “moral” systems without introducing at the highest level a totally chaotic and irrational basis for our nation’s governing principles.”  

(Peter Jones – truthXchange)   Last November’s elections brought into Congress some of the most extreme office holders ever seen. Recently defeated Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said: “I’d be lying if I did not say I was worried about this place. It just does not work as well as it used to.”[1]Paul Kane of The Washington Post describes how in the early meetings of the new Congress “tensions flared and lawmakers walked toward each other in the well of the House. The chance of physical confrontation seemed to grow by the second… Shouting, near fisticuffs, emotions high…Today’s Washington could get worse.”

In terms of economic and political theory, progressive socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want to destroy the traditional definition of America, calling for open borders, taxes of 70%, free schooling and free medical care for everyone from cradle to grave. Ocasio-Cortez is the latest radical progressive to enter the halls of government. According to one observer, three of the four members of the Democratic Steering and Policy committee have backgrounds with the Communist Party USA, indicating that “the 116thcongress consists of more hard-left members of Congress enjoying more power than at any time in U.S. history.”[2]Loudon adds: “the federal government is infested with hard-core socialists and communists.”[3]How long can a government remain stable with such a deep incoherence between consistent socialism/communism and classic free-market capitalism?

The clash between the Left and the Right is not restricted to political theory. Progressives today target traditional religious beliefs regarding both sexuality and spirituality, paving the way for secular relativism to march into all realms of American society. Senator Kyrsten Sinema is the whole deal. She entered the Senate claiming to be the first bi-sexual senator having summoned a “Pagan cluster” of witches to help in her election bid. Not a hint of moral absolutes of good and evil based on religious truths will hold back such progressives’ application of evolving cultural norms as the basis for defining morality. Progressives use all instruments available to them to enforce their code of secular virtues. One is religious incoherence.  View article →

via Ungovernable — Christian Research Network

Court Orders Planned Parenthood to Answer Questions about Sale of Fetal Tissue, Organs — Blogs

A court has ordered four Planned Parenthood affiliates to answer questions regarding the profits they earned from the procurement and sale of fetal tissue.

According to Life Legal Defense Foundation, Planned Parenthood along with several of its affiliates filed suit against the Center for Medical Progress some three years ago claiming that CMP had lied about Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of organs and tissue from aborted babies. CMP had sent investigators into various Planned Parenthood clinics and events to investigate the organization’s involvement with fetal tissue sale and procurement, where they caught several high-level Planned Parenthood employees on tape discussing the illegal sales.

Planned Parenthood has continuously claimed that CMP altered the video recordings to fit their narrative saying they were “misleadingly edited” to implicate Planned Parenthood in the illegal sale of fetal tissue. The organization stated that they filed the lawsuit to “expose the falsity” of CMP’s videos and to help them “recover millions of dollars in damages for the alleged harm the videos caused,” the Life Legal Defense Foundation writes.

The videos have since been ruled “not deceptive” by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, WND reports.

Throughout the course of the lawsuit, investigators have also found more evidence that could implicate the largest abortion clinic in the country.

According to the Life Legal Defense Foundation, investigators uncovered that the four most prominent affiliates who worked with Planned Parenthood, kept no records of their allowable costs while still receiving payments from fetal tissue brokers. In other words, this discovery begs the question of was Planned Parenthood and or its affiliates making a profit off of the sale and trade of aborted babies’ fetal tissue – an action that violates both state and federal law.

Planned Parenthood is continuing to deny that their revenue exceeded their cost, despite the House Select Panel investigators’ discovery that the cost of the procurement is “nominal to non-existent.”

Planned Parenthood and its affiliates will have until January 31 to answer questions regarding the financial records.

via Court Orders Planned Parenthood to Answer Questions about Sale of Fetal Tissue, Organs — Blogs

Mega-Churches Having Trouble Filling Pulpits With Pulpit Personalities — Reformation Charlotte

Disclaimer: Reformation Charlotte does not endorse Thom Rainer or his ministry, however, this article carries interesting factual information. Further, I would add to this argument that the reason these churches are failing is simply that they are not real churches. They are Sunday morning entertainment venues.

THOM RAINER – You could see it unfolding. Boomer megachurch pastors are retiring. The number grows every month. And, as we thought might take place, the churches are having difficulty finding their successors. In fact, we are seeing search committees or their equivalents taking longer and longer to find a pastor. This trend will soon become a crisis.

So, how did we get here? How did we get to the point where some of the largest churches in North America are having trouble finding pastors? Here are a few observations:

  • These churches have similar profiles of the type of pastor they want. And there aren’t many that meet that profile. I see it repeatedly. The requisite age is 38 to 49. The candidate must have proven leadership experience. The prospective pastor must currently be serving in a church with an attendance of 500 or more. Dynamic preaching is a given. Doctoral degrees are preferred but not mandated by all churches. Oh, and the candidate must be happily married with 2.6 children.
  • The number of Millennials who are in vocational ministry and meet the profile is small. I am amazed at the same prospective candidates I hear every time one of these growing vacancies unfolds.
  • Fewer Millennials are excited about leading a megachurch. They don’t view bigger as better. They want to plant themselves and their families in a community. They are not the prototypical ladder climbers.
  • Millennials are concerned about the large worship centers many megachurches have. They would rather have more services and more campuses than one large worship center. They see a number of megachurches that can’t come close to filling their current space even now.
  • Many search committees (or their equivalent) try to look for a pastor in the old traditional path. You know that path. Vote on a search committee. Have meetings every third week except on holiday weeks. Receive resumes without a filter. And if the church belongs to a denomination, ask the denomination to send the same recycled names. One recent exception, Mariners Church in Irvine, California, retained Vanderbloemen Search Group to take the non-traditional path and found a pastor in relatively short order. Too many of the megachurch search processes simply are old and stale.
  • Many megachurches did not have a succession plan. For the life of me, I don’t understand why. This process, if done well, could save a lot of time and heartache.


via Mega-Churches Having Trouble Filling Pulpits With Pulpit Personalities — Reformation Charlotte

January 28, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


The U.S. government reopened on Monday with about 800,000 federal workers returning after a 35-day shutdown as lawmakers geared up for talks to avoid another standoff before funding runs out again in three weeks.

President Donald Trump expressed skepticism on Sunday that U.S. lawmakers seeking to avoid another government shutdown could reach a deal on border security that he would accept, as he renewed his vow to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

Britain’s food security could be threatened if it leaves the EU without a deal and suffers an abrupt hit to trade with the bloc, a lobby group representing firms including Sainsbury’s, Asda, McDonald’s and KFC said on Monday.

Grief over the hundreds of Brazilians feared killed in a mining disaster has quickly hardened into anger as victims’ families and politicians say iron ore miner Vale SA and regulators have learned nothing from the recent past.

Russian police said on Monday they had arrested a man caught on camera taking a painting off the wall of a major Moscow art gallery and strolling out with it under his arm.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced on Monday plans to increase the standard minimum monthly wage by about 11 percent, the first such hike since the country’s debt crisis erupted almost a decade ago.

A senior U.S. government official, speaking after six days of U.S. peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants, said on Monday that Washington was committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of war.

Psychiatrists say internet addiction, characterized by a loss of control over internet use and disregard for the consequences of it, affects up to 8 percent of Americans and is becoming more common around the world.

A blast of super-cold arctic air is bringing dangerous sub-zero cold to the U.S. Midwest and Northeast as the system cartwheels through the Dakotas into Chicago, Illinois, and on to New England. By Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, Chicago will hit an astounding 20-to-25 below-zero Fahrenheit.

AP Top Stories

The Treasury Department on Sunday announced it was lifting sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Pope Francis warned on Sunday against excessive expectations for next month’s Vatican summit on the global sexual abuse crisis, saying it was human problem that would continue.

A memorial service was held Sunday for a Singaporean actor and soldier who died from injuries at a military exercise, a case that has renewed scrutiny of the tiny Southeast Asian nation’s system of mandatory conscription.

Syria state media said Sunday the country’s air defense systems intercepted and destroyed three “hostile” targets over a Russian air base in the country’s coastal region.

Save the Children and other aid agencies on Saturday appealed to Italy to allow minors rescued in the Mediterranean to land, amid the latest diplomatic row over the fate of migrants saved at sea.

Panama rolled out the red carpet for Pope Francis for World Youth Day celebrations, but here and across Latin America the Catholic Church is losing ground to a growing evangelical movement.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Sunday church bombings on a southern island in the Philippines that killed at least 20 people, the deadliest attack in the restive region in years, Reuters reports.

A 3-year-old boy who was found after missing for two days in the North Carolina woods, says he “hung out with a bear.”

A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, evidence of the type of weapons program it has long criticized its archrival Iran for possessing.


The UAE has been mocked over a tweet announcing the winners of awards for gender balance that featured only men.

The US has warned Venezuela that any threats against American diplomats or opposition leader Juan Guaidó will be met with “a significant response”.

A Duke University in North Carolina professor has been removed as director of a graduate program, amid a furor over an email she sent urging students not to speak Chinese. She said that not speaking English could lead to “unintended consequences” for international students.

Six children in south-western Tanzania have been killed and had their ears and teeth removed. Some of the bodies of the children, aged between two and nine years old, were also missing limbs. “This is all about superstitious beliefs and many believe they will get help from witchcraft.”

Denmark has started building a 43-mile fence along its border with Germany in an effort to control the migration of wild boar.

A no-deal Brexit threatens the UK’s food security and will lead to higher prices and empty shelves in the short-term, retailers are warning.


A showdown between religious freedom and transgender privileges is underway in Texas, where six pro-LGBTQ bills are targeting the constitutional rights of Christians.

No less than $136 million was paid during 2018 by the Palestinian Authority to convicted terrorists. The salaries were paid to terrorist prisoners and released terrorist prisoners.

The federal government has approved “spouse” or “fiancé” visas for children as young as 13.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

Shutdown Politics: Where to Now?

By all appearances, Pelosi beat Trump, but there’s a strategic play yet to be made.

‘Peace Deal’ for Afghanistan Departure?

U.S. and Taliban agree in principle to a peace deal that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops.

First They Came for MAGA Hats…

For far too many leftists, the MAGA hat provides a springboard for rationalizing sub-humanization.

Bullying: A Problem Sometimes Used as a Tool

In teaching our kids not to bully, are we actually creating more bullies and more victims?

Planned Parenthood Promotes Facade of Health Care

The abortion mill isn’t about “women’s health”; it’s about killing unborn babies.

BuzzFeed CEO Has History of Promoting Fake News

Second Amendment advocate John Lott reveals the corrupt practices of BuzzFeed’s founder and CEO.

Humor Video: The 2020 Apology Tour

Listening to these Democrats makes you realize how insincere they really are.

Humor Video: Social Justice Warrior Therapist

Louis has been feeling sad, but since he’s a straight white cis man, he shouldn’t be.

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News – 1/28/2019

CRISPR gene-edited monkeys cloned in China
New research out of China has confirmed the birth of five gene-edited monkey clones. Two recently published papers describe how a CRISPR-gene-edited long-tailed macaque has been successfully cloned, demonstrating the first time in the world a gene-edited monkey has been effectively cloned. It has been suggested that by editing this single gene the monkey would subsequently exhibit a variety of different symptoms, such as anxiety, depression and even schizophrenia-like behavior.

Facing populist assault, global elites regroup in Davos
For most of the past quarter century, the worldview symbolized by the World Economic Forum — of ever-freer world trade and closer ties between countries — had dominated. Then came a backlash from Americans and Europeans whose jobs were threatened by low-wage competition from countries like China and who felt alienated at home by wealth inequality and immigration. In 2016, U.S. voters elected Trump, who advocated restricting immigration and scaling back free trade, and the British chose to leave the EU.

Mild Earthquake in Northern Israel; Scientists Wonder When the Pre-Messiah Big One Will Hit
Rabbi Haim Shvili, a 20th-century Jewish mystic, described precisely how these earthquakes will play out. In “Cheshbonot HaGeula” (Accountings of the Redemption), Rabbi Shvili’s book of predictions concerning the Messiah published in 1935, he assessed that these earthquakes will come during the holiday of Sukkot, coinciding with the War of Gog and Magog. Rabbi Shvili noted that the seismic activity will specifically target Muslim and Christian sites, destroying pagan temples and monuments to foreign gods throughout Israel.

Iran Demands Russian Protection From Israel in Syria But Russia Says They Are Protecting Israel..But Are They?
“The Israelis claim their actions are against Iran, while they are attacking Syrian infrastructure, security and defense installations,” Falahat-Pisheh said to Iranian media. He went on to say that Russia was responsible for not activating countermeasures against Israeli warplanes while they flew over Lebanon.

Human drug trials explore strange link between gum disease bacteria and Alzheimers
A provocative new study, published in the prestigious journal Science Advances, is suggesting the same bacteria responsible for gum disease is also the primary pathogenic cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Not only that, but a new drug developed to inhibit these bacterial toxins and treat Alzheimer’s is moving into major human clinical trials later this year

6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Fiji island
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit near the Pacific island nation of Fiji just before 8:00 local time (2:30 am IST) on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. Shortly after, the area felt another smaller tremor, which registered 5.2 magnitude.

World War 3: ‘Resistance axis’ of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah ‘planning for war with Israel’
HEZBOLLAH has warned it could team up with Iran and Syria to bomb Israel, and is already planning for “the next war”, the Lebanese group’s leader has said, ramping up tensions in the region still further.

Argentina RAT virus: Incurable disease kills 11 after spreading at party – WHO warning
A DEADLY virus has killed 11 people and infected several others after an outbreak in Argentina. The Hantavirus a disease carried by rats and other rodents is believed to have first broken out from a party in the village of Epuyén. There is no treatment, cure or vaccine for hantavirus infection, and the case-fatality rate can reach 35-50 percent.

Chicken-killing Newcastle disease spreads to Norco
The virulent Newcastle disease that has prompted 500,000 Southern California chickens to be euthanized has now been detected in a small flock of backyard chickens in Norco, the city announced Friday afternoon. Beside quarantining those birds, all feed stores in Norco have been quarantined and restricted from having birds on site, the city said.

Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Slovakia leaders to meet Netanyahu in Jerusalem
The leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – the so-called Visegrad states – will meet in Israel in February for a summit that will bring Israel’s relations with these countries up a level. The Visegrad Group is considered the most right-wing of the countries making up the 28-state European Union, and is one of the sub-alliances that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is developing in the EU…

U.N. signs agreement with Qatar for one-time $20 million grant for Gaza
The United Nations and Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding Sunday night for a one-time grant of $20 million for humanitarian projects in Gaza, which the world body has in the past described as mired in a state of “constant humanitarian crisis.” The money is in addition to the close to $10 million distributed in Gaza over the weekend to 94,000 poor families. Each family received $100 in cash.

Brexit: May urged to secure backstop concessions from EU
Theresa May is being urged to secure changes from the EU to the Northern Irish backstop as part of her Brexit deal to get it past parliament. Ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson says winning a “freedom clause” would be “unadulterated good Brexit news”. MPs on Tuesday will vote on a series of amendments to the PM’s plans that could shape the future direction of Brexit.

Venezuela crisis: White House ‘will respond to threats against diplomats’
The US has warned Venezuela that any threats against American diplomats or opposition leader Juan Guaidó will be met with “a significant response”. National Security Adviser John Bolton said any such “intimidation” would be “a grave assault on the rule of law”. His warning comes days after the US and more than 20 other countries recognised Mr Guaidó as interim president.

Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrants
Border Patrol agents have spent nearly 20,000 hours since October driving asylum seekers to and from hospitals for medical evaluations, according to newly released Department of Homeland Security data. Since Oct. 1, 2018, the Border Patrol, which works in rural areas between border crossings, has “seen an increase in the numbers of apprehended individuals requiring medical assistance.”

Nato members increase defence spending by $100 billion after Donald Trump called them ‘delinquents’
Nato states will increase their defence spending by 100 billion dollars in response to Donald Trump’s demands that European allies shoulder a greater financial burden, the alliance’s secretary general has said. Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the alliance had heard Mr Trump’s call for non-US members to shoulder a greater financial burden “loud and clear” and that allies are “stepping up.”

Netanyahu: Nasrallah left ’embarrassed’ by Israel destroying its tunnel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was left feeling “very embarrassed” following Israeli military’s “tremendous success” in Operation Northern Shield, which saw the army locate and destroy six sophisticated tunnels dug by the Lebanese based terror group into Israel.

Polar Vortex To Invade Midwest, Wind Chills May Exceed 50 Below Zero
States such as North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa are bracing for some of the coldest weather in years as we round out the month of January. Major cities, including Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago, could see historic levels of cold by Wednesday with daytime highs staying in the teens and 20s below zero.

GRAPHIC: Cartel Dumps Tortured Bodies Along Mexican Border City Highway
Gulf Cartel gunmen dumped the bodies of three victims along one of the highways in this border city. A large deployment of police forces responded to secure the crime scene. The violence comes at a time when rival factions of the Gulf Cartel continue their fight for control of the border region.

I add colour to Auschwitz registration photos to educate people about the Holocaust
…After getting permission from the museum to colourise the photos that Brasse saved I put together a team of volunteers who helped me create Faces of Auschwitz, a platform where we not only colourise these photos, but tell the stories of those in them.

Russia sends 400 armed mercenaries to try to defeat Venezuela’s uprising against the tyranny of socialist Maduro
As Venezuela’s economy continues to collapse and social unrest rises in response to new political instability, Russia has sent hundreds of “mercenaries” to the South American country in support of embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

FINALLY: Republican Senate to dig into massive Obama-Clinton scandals that have been swept under the rug by the media
Since taking over the House, Democrats have promised to open the investigation floodgates. If Donald Trump or anyone in his administration ever so much as misplaced a paper clip, you can be sure there would be hearings. When the Mueller probe reveals that there is no evidence of Russian collusion, they will start their own investigation, no doubt. Their main objective is to make sure Trump is not reelected, and in the meantime, they will do everything they can to make it impossible for him to govern. To them, that is called transparency and accountability.

LUNACY: Baltimore school board unanimously votes against allowing police officers to carry firearms in schools
The school board of Baltimore City Public Schools in Baltimore, Maryland, unanimously voted its opposition to arming school resource officers on Tuesday.

Iowa Bans Most Abortions As Governor Signs ‘Heartbeat’ Bill
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion bills into law on Friday.

Iran to Conduct Naval Operation in Western Atlantic, as a Warning Message to the United States
A top Iranian commander said on December 4 that Iran will dispatch a fleet of warships on a joint operation with Russia in the Western Atlantic Ocean. Many see Iran as a mere regional power. Yet as the successors to the Persian Empire, Iran is showing the world that it sees itself as a global power.

Iran publicly hangs man on homosexuality charges
The Islamic Republic of Iran publicly hanged a 31-year-old Iranian man after he was found guilty of charges related to violations of Iran’s anti-gay laws, according to the state-controlled Iranian Students’ News Agency.

Headlines – 1/28/2019

Settler held on suspicion of attacking, wounding 2 Palestinians with an ax

After West Bank death, UN envoy condemns ‘settler violence’

Palestinian President Abbas to shake up his government

Polish PM: Hitler’s Germany responsible for Holocaust, not Nazis

California Holocaust ceremony interrupted by man shouting anti-Semitic slurs

2018 was deadliest year for anti-Semitic violence since 1994 – Israeli report

Discovery of Hezbollah ‘attack tunnels’ rattles a northern Israeli town

Ex-IDF chief dismisses Hezbollah claim of more cross-border attack tunnels

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah chief of Israel’s ‘lethal’ power

‘Israel Must Secure Its Existence,’ Merkel Says on Syria Airstrikes

UN envoy meets Arab League chief for Syria talks

Syria air defenses target suspected drones over Russia base

The once vast ISIS ‘caliphate’ is now reduced to a pair of villages in Syria

Damascus condemns Turkish presence in north as breach of deal

Erdogan and Assad: A former friendship damaged beyond repair?

Iran’s military chief warns his forces could shift to ‘offensive approach’

Iran fumes as Germany bans Iranian airline for security reasons

Bashir says Sudan protesters trying to emulate Arab Spring

Afghan Women Fear Peace With Taliban May Mean War on Them

Philippines vows to crush ‘terrorists’ after church bombs kill 20

France’s ‘Red Scarves’ take to the streets to oppose ‘Yellow Vests’ in Paris

Theresa May’s government could declare a state of emergency and introduce martial law under a no-deal Brexit

Venezuela’s Maduro rejects European demands for new election

Netanyahu: Israel decided to recognize Venezuela’s opposition as official government

Graham says Trump floated using military force in Venezuela

‘End this nightmare,’ Pompeo urges U.N. member nations on Venezuela’s political crisis

As West turns on him, Venezuela’s Maduro flexes military muscle

Venezuela’s Guaido calls for new protests as pressure mounts on Maduro

Venezuela’s Christians urge prayer as crisis mounts

Nato members increase defence spending by $100 billion after Donald Trump called them ‘delinquents’

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 11,000ft

Peru landslide kills at least 15 at hotel wedding party

Polar vortex plunge to bring ‘brutally cold’ air to Midwest with ‘life threatening wind chills’

Chicago’s record for coldest temperature ever could fall as polar vortex has city ‘in the crosshairs’

Freezing Finland hits Europe’s winter record low temperature

New Alarms in Brazil as a Second Mining Dam Threatens to Collapse

Washington is under a state of emergency as measles cases rise

Superbug From India Spread Far and Fast, Study Finds

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Where Did All This Pentecostalism Come From? – A Breif History of the Azusa St. Revival

Why did Hillsong apostolic founder threaten pastor and journalist Philip Powell?

Leclaire Lunacy This Week — The Devil’s Digital Dossier

Perry Noble Explains Why He’s Unqualified As His Second Chance Church Opens

A “Reformed Church” Where You Can Believe Whatever You Want, as Long as it Isn’t the Bible

Former minister indicted on indecency charge linked to Cedar Hill youth camp

Pope Francis Calls Mary History’s Biggest ‘Influencer’

Alhambra outlawed marijuana dispensaries, but at least two self-proclaimed churches are selling it

Christian missionary could be tried for genocide after mistakenly entering land of remote tribe

Christians-only foster care agency gets waiver from Trump admin

Jolo church attack: Many killed in Philippines

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