Daily Archives: February 1, 2019

February 1 The Truth About Sin

Scripture Reading: Romans 7:18–25

Key Verse: Romans 5:12

Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Man’s natural state is one of sinfulness. It is a direct result of the Fall and the rebellion Adam and Eve demonstrated in the Garden of Eden. Our fallen nature is evident in feelings and emotions such as jealousy, anger, fear, resentment, lack of forgiveness, lust, and more.

When the apostle Paul became aware of the depth of his sin, he cried out, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death [death meaning a spiritual death]?” (Rom. 7:24 nasb).

Coming face-to-face with our sinfulness should bring the same response from us. If we were left on our own with no thought of God, sin would control our lives. Only by the grace of God and the mercy of Jesus Christ can we say with the apostle Paul, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:25 nasb).

Only Jesus Christ can save us from the clutches of sin. Only He can change the nature of our hearts and give us a new life. We can choose to live for Him and turn from evil, but first we must come to a point where we see our sin as He sees it. Nothing is glamorous about sin. It keeps us from experiencing all that God has for us.

Ask Him to surface anything in your life that reflects the old, sinful nature. Then pray to walk faithfully in the grace He provides through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord, thank You for saving me from the clutches of sin, changing my nature, and giving me new life. I choose to live for You and turn from evil. Surface anything in my life that reflects the old, sinful nature. Then help me walk faithfully in the grace provided through Jesus.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 34). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 1 The Light of God’s Word

Scripture reading: Hebrews 4:12–16

Key verse: Hebrews 4:12

The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Many Christians’ lives are like the proverbial VCR clock. They have a power source from which to draw, but like the unset blinking clock that flashes 12:00–12:00–12:00, their Christian walk is stuck in neutral. They feel no real sense of purpose.

Whether you are operating a VCR or traversing the difficult terrain of life, your most essential obligation is to read the instructions. The only way to know the proper course of action is to see what the expert designer says about each step in the process.

God gave us one instruction manual: the Holy Bible. There is no way to navigate life in a way that glorifies God or edifies yourself and others unless you know what God has to say. If you have cyclically gotten away from His Word throughout your life only to come back later, ask yourself why you keep returning. It’s because it’s much easier with the instruction manual.

There are two reasons why people wander from God’s Word. They may be ignorant of its precious truths and overwhelmed by its magnitude and complexities (as with many new believers), or they simply lay it aside and endeavor to make it in life in their own wisdom.

This start-and-stop approach stymies proper growth and, as with the VCR clock, leaves Christians emitting only an intermittent light.

Keep my light brightly shining, Lord, as it is illumined by Your truth. I want to live my life with Your divine instruction manual as my guide.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 34). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 1, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Military intervention in Venezuela by the United States is not imminent, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Friday, but reiterated that all options remain on the table.

The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

NATO allies “fully support” the United States’ pending withdrawal notice from the INF nuclear missile pact over Russia’s actions, a statement by the alliance said.

Washington is willing to discuss “many actions” to improve ties and entice Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea said on Thursday, but set out an extensive list of demands for the North, including a full disclosure of its weapons program.

Russia is not prepared to restore confidence in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday after the United States decided to suspend compliance with the accord.

The default position means Britain will leave on March 29 without a deal in place unless something can be agreed beforehand. That has led to fears that supply chains will be severely disrupted leading to shortages of food and medicines.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased all assistance to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a U.S. official said on Friday.

AP Top Stories

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he was dispatching a team to make preparations for the next summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be held somewhere in Asia late in February.

US forces have conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed 24 Al-Shabaab militants, officials said Thursday, adding to a spate of such strikes against the Al-Qaeda affiliate.

What started as an online fundraiser to provide President Donald Trump with donations for his southern border wall has morphed into a foundation whose members vow to build a wall themselves. The “We The People Will Build the Wall” campaign has surpassed $20 million.

The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream manufacturer announced that it will soon no longer offer plastic straws and spoons in its more than 600 stores worldwide. The company said it currently uses 30 million plastic spoons and 2.5 million plastic straws per year.

Venezuela has told dozens of expatriate staff working for Citgo Petroleum Corp in the United States that they must return to Caracas by the end of February, people familiar with the matter said, following U.S. sanctions aimed at forcing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

The U.S. State Department issued a “do not travel” advisory Tuesday to Americans traveling to Venezuela amid rising tensions.

The Republican-controlled Senate advanced an amendment urging the U.S. to continue the fight against Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria and Afghanistan and avoid any “precipitous withdrawal” from those conflicts, marking a rare break with President Donald Trump.

The cold has killed close to 30 children in two months among the civilians who have been fleeing the last jihadist pocket in eastern Syria, the United Nations said Thursday.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he will defy a government ban on humanitarian aid by sending large convoys of medicine into the country with the help of neighboring nations.

The remains of 52 people have been found after some 130 migrants went missing off Djibouti when two boats capsized in rough waters, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday, as body bags were laid out on the sand.

Roman Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified around 300 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children. It was one of the largest groups of names disclosed by the church as it faces U.S. state and federal investigations into its handling of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by priests.

The total number of sexual assaults at the three U.S. military academies increased slightly last year, but an anonymous survey suggests far more encounters are going unreported, a new Pentagon report said Thursday.

BBC

Australia recorded its hottest month ever in January, with average temperatures exceeding 86F for the first time. The extreme heat was “unprecedented”.

The US has imposed visa restrictions on Ghana for refusing to accept the return of 7,000 Ghanaian nationals that it wants to deport.

Japanese police are investigating how a substance thought to be uranium was offered in an online auction. The seller and several bidders have been taken in for questioning.

China’s trade delegation says it made “important progress” in the latest round of talks with the US, China’s state media reports. At the end of a two-day meeting in Washington, no deal was reached but China pledged to buy more US soybeans.

WND

The House’s Democratic majority voted Wednesday to give pay raises to federal employees who were disciplined for sexual misconduct. Democrats blocked a Republican measure that would have prevented any federal employee disciplined for sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct from getting a salary increase.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials made a record-breaking seizure of 254 pounds of fentanyl on the U.S.-Mexico border that was enough to kill 57,000,000 Americans. Agents also seized 395 pounds of methamphetamine from inside the 18-wheeler. CBP estimated the value of the fentanyl, which came in the form of powder and pills, to be approximately $3.5 million.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

Turns Out the Shutdown Didn’t Kill the Economy

“Job growth in January shattered expectations, with nonfarm payrolls surging by 304,000.”

Measles Outbreak Reveals Problem of Anti-Vaccination Trend

Individual freedom versus collective societal health has sparked a debate about the role of government.

Attacking Christian Schools

But they’re producing citizens who are compassionate, thoughtful, fair-minded, and principled.

Dems Know Nothing About the Appeal of Howard Schultz

The former Starbucks CEO is a loyal Democrat, but he’s a straight, white, wealthy male.

Colorado Dems Push LGBT Sex-Ed Requirements

Indoctrination into leftist sexual ethics will be the only perspective allowed in public schools.

Video: Pro-Life or Just Pro-Birth?

The challenges of having children are real and legitimate but shouldn’t justify killing children.

Today’s Opinion

Jonah Goldberg
Abortion Maximalists Stand on Shaky Moral Ground
David Limbaugh
Abortion Extremism Exposing Left’s Moral Contradictions
Marc A. Thiessen
Schultz Is Calling Democrats Out for How Radical Their Party Has Become
David Harsanyi
Kamala Harris Sounds a Lot Like an Authoritarian
Michael Barone
Time for Humility for Davos Elite
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top Headlines

Payrolls surge, INF Treaty suspended, emergency wall plan, fentanyl seizure, Cory Booker presidential run, and more.

Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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Friday Short Cuts

Tone-deaf: “I was really surprised by the line of questioning that I got.” —Virginia Del. Kathy Tran

News – 2/1/2019

China acts like it’s ‘preparing for WWIII’ in South China Sea, Sen. Inhofe warns
China’s continuing militarization of the islands in the South China Sea has one member of Congress warning that the communist nation may be preparing for war. Republican Sen. James Inhofe, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Tuesday that China’s ongoing militarization activities resemble preparation for a world war, the Navy Times reported. “It’s like you’re preparing for World War III,” Inhofe said. “You’re talking to our allies over there and you wonder whose side they’re going to be on.”

Store Your Gold At The Bank Of England And You Might Never See It Again
The Bank of England’s decision to deny Maduro officials’ withdrawal request comes after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of StateMichael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to help cut off the regime from its overseas assets, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified.”

The Democrats Lose Their Minds
… the “system” of relatively free enterprise that allowed them to grow rich—and finance or innovate remarkable advances in technology and productivity that have benefited the world—should be altered drastically. Hence AOC’s call for a 70-percent marginal tax rate—backed by the same genius from Berkeley who designed Warren’s expropriation of wealth—to help pay for the “Green New Deal” that will give us “a 100% greenhouse gas neutral power generation system, decarbonizing industry and agriculture and more.

Louis Farrakhan calls for separate state for Black Americans, says that’s ‘what God wants’
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a separate state for Black Americans in an Instagram video posted on Thursday, saying that’s “what God wants” while those opposed he described as “slaves.”

US cuts off all aid to PA security forces
Officials at the US Embassy in Jerusalem confirm that as a result of the Taylor Force Law taking effect on Friday, all American funding for the Palestinian security forces will be discontinued, including for the purchase of equipment and training.

Why Are the Religious Right-Wing and Secular Left-Wing?
But just as it is in Israel, the politics in America and the rest of the world are divided along religious lines; the religious are right-wing and the secular are left-wing. I can think of a lot of reasons for this: Religion trains people to live for a greater good. A non-belief in God teaches a person that they are living just for themselves, that they are the ultimate authority and the ultimate goal. Even when the non-religious express a moral ideal, it is warped and self-centered.

US funding for Palestinian security services ends
The US funding and training program for the PA’s security services was set to end at midnight on Thursday, as diplomats and politicians scrambled to find a way to mitigate the impact on West Bank stability. The 14-year-old US Security Coordinator (USSC) mission, and the $61 million the US provides annually, is perceived to be the cornerstone to an effective Palestinian Authority security service.

ISIS could regain control of Syria within a year, Pentagon reports
ISIS could regain control of Syrian territory within six to 12 months, according to a draft of the Department of Defense Inspector General Quarterly Report on the ongoing Syrian situation. Analysts fear the impending pullout of US troops would created a vacuum filled by the extremist group. US President Donald Trump has ordered all of the approximately 3,000 US troops to leave the civil war-torn country within 120 days.

Attorney-General will decide on Netanyahu’s indictment before Israel’s election
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit formally announced on Friday that he will decide Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal fate before the upcoming April 9 election. Though there have been leaks to this effect, this was the first time that Mandelblit himself confirmed it, rejecting a request by Netanyahu’s lawyers to delay the decision.

UK, France and Germany create payments system to trade with Iran
The UK, Germany and France have created a new payments system to allow European businesses to trade with Iran without falling foul of US sanctions. All three opposed last year’s decision by President Donald Trump to abandon a 2015 deal under which international sanctions on Iran were lifted. Some of the US sanctions make it difficult for European banks to make direct payments to Iran.

Army simulates attack on gas rigs in most complex naval drill in decades
The Israel Navy this week simulated an attack on the country’s natural gas platforms, including a live-fire test of sea-to-sea missiles to destroy an “enemy ship,” the military said Thursday. Four Sa’ar-4.5 model corvettes participated in the week-long naval exercise, dubbed “Raging Sea,” which ended on Thursday.

Despite international disapproval, Lebanon forms government with Hezbollah
Lebanese political factions agreed finally Thursday on the formation of a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country’ economic woes. Rival political groups have been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the country’s first parliamentary elections in nine years.

Polar vortex 2019: While we shiver, Australia is enduring record heat
Extreme weather has wreaked havoc worldwide this month: As the upper Midwest shivered with record-breaking cold temperatures thanks to the polar vortex, wild extremes in weather were reported in other parts of the world.

Liberals outraged as Trump endorses Bible literacy classes in public schools
President Donald Trump raised a lot of eyebrows Monday by endorsing biblical literacy education in public schools, earning praise from socially-conservative supporters and scorn from secular critics.

South Carolina Senate Approves Bill to Ban All Abortions, Declares Unborn Babies People Under Law
The South Carolina Senate approved a measure to ban all abortions in the state Wednesday night, barely 24 hours after defeating a similar proposal.

Republicans Block Democratic Bill Allowing Abortions Up Until Birth
Virginia Republicans swooped in and blocked a proposed Democratic bill that would allow abortions to take place up until the point of birth in the state.

Fox News Films Migrants Moving Closer To US Border
“Fox & Friends” shared footage of migrants moving closer to the U.S. southern border Thursday, reporting the latest caravan numbers nearly 3,000.

Newly-Elected FL Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Executive Order Eliminating Common Core From Florida Schools
Newly-elected Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday at a news conference that he is issuing an executive order to completely eliminate ‘Common Core’ from Florida schools.

Mexican President AMLO: ‘No More War’ on Drugs
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) sent shockwaves after publicly claiming an end to his country’s drug war. The politician said his administration will focus on reducing violent crimes instead of capturing regularly violent drug lords.

Blacklisters at Microsoft’s NewsGuard Label Proven Hoaxes ‘Credible’
NewsGuard, which is the establishment media’s latest effort to blacklist alternative media sites, is giving its sign of approval to proven hoaxes, even to stories that have been retracted.

CBP Announces Biggest Fentanyl Seizure Ever
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency’s history.

Virginia Del. Kathy Tran Submitted Bill To Save Caterpillars On Same Day As Late-Stage Abortion Bill
The Democratic Virginia delegate who has recently come under fire for sponsoring a bill in the Virginia House of Delegates that would allow the termination of a pregnancy up to 40 weeks old, is also the chief patron of a bill that would protect the lives of “fall cankerworms” during certain months.

Disney Is Holding A Pride Parade At One Of Its Theme Parks For The First Time Ever
The Walt Disney Company is embracing LGBT pride month for the first time ever and hosting a gay pride parade in its Disneyland Paris park in France.

33 arrested on sex trafficking charges ahead of Super Bowl
Authorities say 33 people have been arrested in Atlanta on sex trafficking charges ahead of the Super Bowl. Homeland Security Investigations Agent Nick Annan tells…the arrests happened this week, but declined to discuss case specifics due to ongoing investigations.

Tyson recalls chicken nuggets over reports of rubber inside
Tyson Foods is recalling some chicken nuggets after customers said they found pieces of “soft, blue rubber” inside. The U.S. Agriculture Department said the 5-pound (2-kilogram) bags should be thrown away or returned. The agency says there are no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick from the rubber.


Headlines – 2/1/2019

Netanyahu to Meet Trump’s ‘Peace Team’ at Warsaw Mideast Conference

Israeli-Palestinian security ties likely to continue despite US aid freeze

PA chief says he hopes for broad cooperation to hold legislative elections

Abbas says he can negotiate with whoever wins Israel’s election

Facebook busts vast Iranian manipulation campaign targeting Israel, others

Hundreds of Iranian bots working to influence Israeli voters – report

AG rejects Netanyahu bid to delay indictment announcement

Mandelblit: Indictment recommendations on PM case won’t wait until after elections

Netanyahu challenger leaps in polls after maiden speech

Ultra-Orthodox said expected to push hard line on Shabbat in coalition talks

Rep. Ilhan Omar targets Israel again, compares Jewish state to US South during segregation

Israel’s UN envoy: European allies must fight anti-Semitism

Netanyahu touts major offshore gas project

PM hails energy ‘revolution’ as Leviathan edges closer to completion

Israeli army simulates attack on gas rigs in most complex naval drill in decades

David Petraeus: Hezbollah should not ‘forget’ Israel’s massive firepower

Top Iranian general: We can destroy Israel ‘in three days’

Israeli strikes on Iran in Syria may lead to war – U.S. intelligence chief

US Senate vote rebukes Trump on Syria, Afghanistan pullout plans

US judge rules Syrian regime must pay $300m to family of slain journalist

Children and babies die as temperatures plummet in Syria

Australia admits ‘may have killed’ as many as 18 civilians in Mosul raid

Turkey in a pickle over Syrian olives

Iran welcomes EU trade mechanism meant to skirt sanctions as ‘first step’

Ending months of deadlock, Lebanon seals new Hezbollah-backed government

Report: Hezbollah terror group in midst of deep economic crisis

Saudi Arabia, allies meet in Jordan to coordinate policy on regional conflicts

Sudan army says will not allow state to collapse amid protest

US poised to announce withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty

U.S. envoy raises prospect of U.S. compromise in North Korea talks

Venezuela to Sell 15 Tons of Gold to UAE in Return for Euros

Maduro government detains, expels journalists in bid to keep power

European parliament recognises Guaido as interim Venezuelan leader

Trump dismisses border wall negotiations as ‘waste of time’

White House preps emergency wall plan while Congress negotiates

Bloomberg funding secret operation aimed at defeating Trump in 2020 – report

San Francisco area restaurant bans ‘Make America Great’ hats, compares to white hoods and swastikas

Apple’s Empty Grandstanding About Privacy – The company enables the surveillance that supposedly offends its values

Privacy battle brews over home security cameras

Israel’s Beresheet is first private spacecraft to shoot for the moon

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Punta de Burica, Panama

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 26,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

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 12,000ft

January was officially Australia’s hottest month on record

By the numbers: Midwestern US endures worst of polar vortex, all-time record lows broken

Polar vortex reportedly causes ‘frost quakes’ in Chicago: What is the geological phenomenon?

Long johns to short sleeves: Rapid thaw follows polar blast

Polar vortex’s bitter cold could cost US economy $5 billion, though the worst may be over

Brazil’s President Thanks Israel for Post-Dam Disaster Aid, Hails Collaboration in Science and Technology

Woman uses DNA test, finds sperm donor – and pays a “devastating” price

Trump: Democrats ‘becoming the Party of late-term abortion,’ ‘willing to rip the baby out of the womb’

Virginia Del. Kathy Tran Submitted Bill To Save Caterpillars On Same Day As Late-Stage Abortion Bill

UK’s Haredi public vs. ministry – we won’t teach about LGBT community

Man accused of raping three children in a week was released on bail twice by same judge

John of God’s sexual assault arrest tarnishes Brazil’s spiritist movement


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Sarah Leslie – The Revival of Molech and the Return of Bloody Barbarism

Jackie Hill Perry Meets With Lesbian, Agrees the Church Hurts “Queer Community”

Russell Moore Joins With Nancy Pelosi to Address Liberal Organization

Three Things You Need to Know About David Barton

Franklin Graham Calls on Pagan Church to Excommunicate Pagan

Metro Atlanta church may soon be on national list of hate groups

Pastor who fatally shot himself would sometimes stop taking medication, megachurch leader reveals


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for February 1, 2019

January 31, 2019
JERRY NEWCOMBE — We live in a time when tolerance is just a one-way street. Those who clamor loudest for tolerance are the most intolerant people around if they are offended – – which happens often these days. To wit, the recent story involving the Covington kids…. (more)

January 31, 2019
BRYAN FISCHER — The Democrat Party, fresh off electoral victories last fall, is flexing its muscles on behalf of sheer, unadulterated brutality, cruelty, and savagery…. (more)

January 31, 2019
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D.) commented Wednesday about a controversial 40-week abortion bill and in so doing said the law allows an abortion to take place after the infant’s birth. “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam said, alluding to the physician and mother discussing whether the born infant should live or die…. (more)


January 31, 2019
‘Health care provider’ killed record number of babies
WORLDNETDAILY — Planned Parenthood long has marketed itself as a “health-care” provider for women, downplaying abortion, but its own annual report documents hundreds of thousands of unborn babies killed. And its president, Leana Wen, recent affirmed the organization’s “core mission.”… (more)

January 31, 2019
NEWSMAX — Vice President Mike Pence plans to head to Miami on Friday, home to the country’s largest community of Venezuelan exiles, to rally support for the opposition ahead of Venezuelan protests against President Nicolas Maduro, a White House official said…. (more)

January 31, 2019
BREITBART — There are three migrant caravans headed to the United States’ southern border with Mexico, according to top Pentagon official John Rood. Rood testified to the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that one of the caravans contains over 12,000 migrants…. (more)


January 30, 2019
NEWSMAX — Regardless of warnings from conservative Republicans about the dangers of declaring a state of emergency, President Donald Trump would do just that on Feb. 15 if Congress fails to appropriate money to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the White House tells Newsmax…. (more)

January 30, 2019
House speaker ‘traitor’ beholden to illegal aliens
WORLDNETDAILY — Amid all the talk about impeaching President Trump, more than 100,000 people have signed a White House “We the People” petition calling for the impeachment of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accusing her of treason…. (more)

January 30, 2019
THE HILL — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that’s threatening to primary entrenched Democrats. Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables on her and are discussing recruiting a primary challenger to run against the social media sensation…. (more)


January 30, 2019
NEWSMAX — In a move to further U.S. support for Juan Guaidó against Nicolas Maduro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave the Venezuelan opposition leader control of the country’s assets in U.S. bank accounts, The New York Times reported…. (more)


January 30, 2019
NEWSMAX — Roger Stone testified “very openly” before the House Intelligence Committee, and it’s hard to tell what special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing him of lying about, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday. “Any time a person testifies for four-and-a-half hours, you can always go through it and find some misstatement,” the New York Republican told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”… (more)

January 30, 2019
‘Armed agents, handcuffs and shackles must not become a tactic’
WORLDNETDAILY — Alan Dershowitz, a longtime liberal and supporter of Hillary Clinton, says Congress needs to rein in the FBI’s use of SWAT tactics when it makes arrests for process crimes. He pointed to the pre-dawn raid to arrest former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone last Friday…. (more)


January 30, 2019
BREITBART — In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in Tel Aviv on Monday evening, Barr said BDS has “infected” the Democratic Party. Asked what she thought of the newly-installed outspoken BDS proponents Tlaib (D-MI) and Omar (D-MN), Barr said, “We have Hamas in Congress.”… (more)


January 30, 2019
Muslim Democrat in Congress already has unleashed foul tirade against president
WORLDNETDAILY — Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Muslim Democratic newcomer to Congress from Michigan, already has established a reputation in Washington as a radical. She has lashed out at President Trump with a foul tirade, was accused of lying to her voters and insisted on using Thomas Jefferson’s Quran for her swearing-in, perhaps not realizing he likely owned it to learn more about the Muslim Barbary pirates who were kidnapping and killing Americans at the time…. (more)

January 30, 2019
‘If the church loses their moral voice, then what’s the use?’
WORLDNETDAILY — Evangelist Franklin Graham is urging Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York to take a stand against abortion by excommunicating Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Others already have called on Dolan, the archbishop of New York, to excommunicate Cuomo, a Catholic, because of his signature on an abortion law that allows the killing of unborn infants until the moment they are born…. (more)

January 30, 2019
Attack that killed 58 people was ‘all about doing the maximum amount of damage,’ said agent
THE GUARDIAN — A high-stakes gambler who shot and killed 58 people from a high-rise casino suite in Las Vegas wanted infamy and mass destruction, the FBI said on Tuesday. But his motive remains a mystery…. (more)

January 28, 2019
CLIFF KINCAID — In what has been called a “strong message” to President Trump, the new socialist-controlled House of Representatives has passed the “NATO Support Act” (H.R. 676) by a vote of 357 to 22. So while the House under the direction of Speaker Nancy Pelosi has resisted paying for a wall to defend the sovereignty of the United States, the House has voted overwhelmingly to defend the borders of countries in Europe…. (more)

January 28, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump on Monday accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to deliver his State of the Union speech on Feb. 5, a week later than originally scheduled because of the partial government shutdown…. (more)

January 28, 2019
THE HILL — President Trump during an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Sunday said that he is doubtful Congress can come to a deal over border wall funding, claiming that another government shutdown is “certainly an option” once the three-week funding bill comes to an end…. (more)


January 28, 2019
DAILY SIGNAL — The United States is working to support what national security adviser John Bolton called the “constitutional government” in Venezuela, as two men are laying competing claims to the presidency of the South American nation…. (more)


January 28, 2019
DAILY CALLER — The video had all the markings of a pre-dawn “knock and announce” arrest warrant on a meth lab somewhere in the United States. There were some two dozen federal agents donning tactical body armor and toting long guns. Surely, they were going in with overwhelming force to take down armed and violent criminals. Yet, what was CNN doing there and why were they being allowed to film in such a dangerous environment?… (more)

January 28, 2019
Ob/gyn has delivered 4,000 babies over 20 years
WORLDNETDAILY — New York state’s new law allowing abortion virtually up to birth conflicts with the fact that modern technology allows physicians to do heart surgeries and other medical procedures on unborn babies as early as 22 weeks, contends a physician who has delivered nearly 4,000 babies…. (more)

January 28, 2019
JOE KOVACS — At just 23 years old, she’s been prominently featured in magazines such as Maxim and Esquire, and has taken part in photoshoots for Vizcaya Swimwear. Not to mention she’s also majoring in law via the Harvard Extension School, has published two books and is an accomplished figure skater…. (more)

January 26, 2019
DESERET NEWS — Sen. Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump called Democrats’ bluff in making a short-term deal to reopen the federal government to work out an agreement to fund border security and avoid another shutdown. “This decision to reopen government for three weeks basically says to the Democrats, ‘OK, now put up or shut up,'” the Utah Republican said…. (more)

January 26, 2019
KURT SCHLICHTER — Chill. Just chill. The wailing and gnashing of teeth on the hardcore conservative side over Trump’s delaying action – really, a hudna – in the battle for the wall is way over the top and typically overdramatic. Trump’s caved-in! We’re doomed! Pelosi annihilated him with her master stratagems and it’s all over for conservatism! Oh please. Lighten up, Francises, – and many of you are my pals. But you need this bucket of cold water. What happened Friday doesn’t matter…. (more)

 

Weekly Watchman for 02/01/2019

Evil Marches On and Churches Remain Silent

On the heels of New York’s horrendous bill expanding abortion “rights” up to the moment of birth comes a shocking revelation about a similar, even more sinister bill in Virginia. With this one, the Democratic Governor seems to insinuate that this bill would allow a couple to abort a child after it is born.

Radical Liberal theology and progressive thought eventually collapses under its own weight of contradiction. But by the time it is exposed for what it is, much damage has been done. And some are wondering if this current scourge of liberal thought and so-called “morality” might be so powerful that by the time it is exposed our nation will be irreparably damaged. Moreover, that which we call “church” will be so immersed in the ways of this world that it will cease to have any effect on secular culture except to embrace and promote it, leading many toward eternal separation from God.

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The Changing Face of American Christianity

As we gather in Christian fellowship for that precious hour or two every week, it is important we take full advantage of the blessing of gathering, glorifying God, and for leaders – equipping the Body of Christ to be a bright light to a dark world. As the secular culture around us grows darker and more evil, all the more important that we understand the spiritual battle in front of us, put on the armor of God, and do righteous battle for the truth and for souls of our family, friends and neighbors.

This morning we share some good news about Asia Bibi from Pakistan, a strong warning from the publisher of Wisconsin Christian News, and a call to pastors to preach about the evils of abortion and rally church members to get involved for in the battle for human life in the womb. In our first segment we talk with Kevin Michalowski, an expert on church safety, about the importance of developing a security team at your church in the event of violence or an emergency.

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Are American Christian Churches at a Crossroad?

In Mike’s latest book, “American Christianity’s Slide Toward Apostasy: What We Must Do Before It’s Too Late”, he details Satan’s five step plan to bring forth persecution to Bible-believing Christians in America. Spoiler alert: Satan has already accomplished four of the five steps, and step five is knocking at our doors!

We can see how this unfolds when looking at Communist China, where there is a state-sponsored Christianity that is forced to worship government instead of God, and an underground church that is being persecuted frantically. This morning, Mike and Crash contrast two stories from China: The Vatican selling out to Communist government officials and secondly, an underground Christian Church pastor whose home was just ransacked with him being hauled away to prison.

And we continue to look at how Christianity in America is being set up for a similar crossroad. Which churches or denominations will sell out to government and submit to it, and which will be driven underground and persecuted?

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More Evidence of the Bible’s Truth

In our final segment, Mike and Crash continue to look at the growing spiritual insanity in our nation that is inviting the wrath of God on a people who kick Him out of public education and continue to promote the increasing murder of innocent children in the womb. Could God be reaching the point where His patience runs out and His wrath is felt here in America? Are we as Christians prepared if that happens?

First, we look at growing evidence supporting the Word of God, particularly concerning the Book of Exodus: the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt’s bondage. Ryan Mauro recently returned from a fascinating, secretive trip to Saudi Arabia and witnessed what he believes is astonishing artifacts and evidence that brings into new light the account in Exodus. Why has this evidence been secretly guarded and withheld from the world outside of Saudi Arabia? Ryan shares his amazing story and movie documentary with us this morning.

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Is Denying Hell [ECT] a Gospel Issue? A Response to the Anti-Hell Acolytes, and Their So Called Christian Supporters — Christian Research Network

“Denying Hell is a Gospel issue because the everlasting God will render everlasting salvation for His elect, and everlasting damnation for His enemies. This is constituted in His word.”

(Sonny Hernandez – Reforming America Ministries)  Is denying the biblical doctrine of Hell a Gospel issue? Well, that depends who you ask. If you ask an anti-Hell heretic, one who affirms either soul sleep, conditional immortality, or annihilationism, they will tell you that it is not. If you ask a so called Christian or hireling pastor who spends more time listening to their anti-Hell internet buddies, they will tell you the same argument that anti-Hell heretics use. But if you ask a Bible believing Christian, one who affirms the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture, you will undoubtedly hear that denying the biblical doctrine of Hell is not only a Gospel issue, it is heresy!

Please note that anti-Hell heretics are deceptive in trying to justify their heresy: they will deny the biblical teaching of “everlasting conscious torment” [ECT], and accuse Christians who believe in the sufficiency of Scripture—which patently affirms ECT—of adding to the completed and saving work of Christ. Additionally, anti-Hell heretics will say that the biblical teaching of Hell [ECT] is not a Gospel issue.

By this logic, anti-Hell heretics are free to embrace all kinds of aberrant doctrines like women preachers, denial of Satan, etc.—especially since they will argue that these aberrations have nothing to do with the completed and saving work of Christ. This makes me think how easy it is for compromisers to deny the inerrancy of Scripture by appealing to this kind of fallacious argument. For men that believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, which has clearly outlined the teaching of Hell as “everlasting conscious torment,” they will not compromise on this matter. View article →

via Is Denying Hell [ECT] a Gospel Issue? A Response to the Anti-Hell Acolytes, and Their So Called Christian Supporters — Christian Research Network

Senators On Left, Right Come Together To Fight For Only Thing They Agree On: Endless War — The Babylon Bee

Senators On Left, Right Come Together To Fight For Only Thing They Agree On: Endless War

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate advanced a measure this week to rebuke President Trump for withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan in a bipartisan effort to defend the only thing the left and the right still agree on: endless foreign wars.

While the left and the right barely ever manage to eke out a bipartisan bill anymore, their response to the slightest deescalation in an occupied foreign country was swift from both sides of the aisle.

“It’s a beautiful thing when Republicans and Democrats can find common ground, like remaining in the Middle East indefinitely with only vague plans for withdrawal at some ever-shifting date in the future,” said Senator Mitch McConnell. “There are still some traditions that this nation holds sacred, and we can’t allow President Trump to divide us on this.”

“This is America, after all. How are our troops going to defend our freedoms if they’re not all the way on the other side of the globe forever?” McConnell added, drawing applause from both Democrats and Republicans.

Democratic senators also reminded the nation that Trump is a pawn of Putin, as that’s the only possible reason he wouldn’t want to start World War III over a Middle Eastern country.

via Senators On Left, Right Come Together To Fight For Only Thing They Agree On: Endless War — The Babylon Bee

Does the Bible Change Over Time? JD Greear Says ‘Of Course it Does’ — Reformation Charlotte

The current Southern Baptist President, J.D. Greear, is proving himself to be unfit for the position he holds in America’s largest Protestant denomination. Over the last few years, the SBC has taken a sharp turn toward political as well as theological liberalism while pushing a social justice agenda.

Reformation Charlotte reported earlier today that Greear, during an eisegesis of Romans 1, compared homosexuality to “greed” and “boasting,” even stating that most of these sins are “more egregious in the eyes of God” than homosexuality.

Of course, this is foolish, as homosexuality is the one sin that caused God to wipe two cities off the face of the earth. It is, according to the text he clumsily referenced, the sin that God gives people over to because of their other sins. It is actually the wrath and judgment of God being poured out on a people to be given over to depraved minds and dishonorable passions.

It has now come to light that not only has Greear misrepresented the Scriptures regarding the sin of homosexuality, he has also called on Christians to stand up for the rights of LGBT people.

Just what kind of “rights” is he referring to? Of course, all citizens of this country are entitled to the same rights afforded us in the Constitution, and we are all afforded certain God-given, unalienable rights. But no Christians–like literally, none–are actually advocating for the loss of these rights among LGBT people.

The “rights” that LGBT people are fighting for are, for example, the right to use the public restroom of whatever gender they choose to identify as on any given day. Rights such the right to get married and practice sodomy in the apartment next door. The right to get married in your conservative church. The right to be fully embraced as an active, affirmed, and participating member of your church. And the right to propagandize you and your children with their vile affections that God has given them over to in order to become a normalized accepted community of unrepentant sinners that can now band together and deaden their conscience against their sin that they commit against a holy and righteous God–and to do so freely without conviction.

Is this what you really want, JD?

Does the Bible Change Over Time? JD Greear Says ‘Of Course it Does’ — Reformation Charlotte

The Left’s Comfort with Infanticide Is a Warning About ‘Medicare for All’ — Christian Research Network

“Not only do the Democrats’ “Medicare for All” socialized-medicine pipe dreams have such staggering price tags that even Kamala Harris felt the stabbing pain in her wallet, but they would put profound and deeply personal medical decisions in the hands of authoritarian bureaucrats whose ideology is hostile to the very concept of individuality.”

(John Hayward – Breitbart)  It’s been a shocking few weeks for abortion extremism, from New York’s shocking late-term abortion law to Virginia’s mercifully unsuccessful attempt to legalize infanticide. It’s time to start talking about death panels again, because this casual attitude toward the destruction of human life is a grim omen of what “Medicare for All” would be like.

If the Left is so comfortable with abortion that it’s openly defending late-term horrors and the slaughter of children outside the womb, imagine what they’ll do with the elderly and infirm once they control medicine and hardcore rationing inevitably sets in.

The Left quickly realized it allowed its anti-human freak flag to fly a little too high in Virginia. Frantic attempts were made to gaslight American voters into believing Governor Ralph Northam didn’t say what he actually said about killing born-alive infants. The effort subsided as Northam’s defenders realized he was, if anything, understating the barbarism of the legislation in question. There was also the inconvenient matter of his equally infamous comment that infants would be “kept comfortable” while their mothers and doctors decided whether they should live or die. View article →

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The Left’s Comfort with Infanticide Is a Warning About ‘Medicare for All’ — Christian Research Network