Daily Archives: February 26, 2019

February 26 God’s Answer to Sin

Scripture Reading: John 3

Key Verse: John 3:3

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

God’s only answer to the problem of sin is Jesus Christ. No one can save himself; no person is “good” enough to get into heaven. One day each of us will stand before God and give an account of why He should allow us to enter His kingdom. What will your answer be?

Reasons such as being good and trying not to hurt anyone won’t work. Jesus told Nicodemus, a man known for his extreme knowledge of the Jewish law and his sensitivity to spiritual matters, that he had to be born again to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3). This “born again” phrase often evokes cynicism from nonbelievers, but God does not apologize for His Word.

The new birth Jesus talked about in John 3 is not physical but spiritual in nature. W. E. Vines explained, “Born again is used metaphorically in the writings of the Apostle John, of the gracious act of God in conferring upon those who believe the nature and disposition of ‘children,’ imparting to them spiritual life.”

Only God’s saving grace through a personal experience with Jesus Christ is the answer to mankind’s sin. God does not want anyone to miss heaven’s wonder and perfect love. His greatest desire is that you would experience the love and forgiveness of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for eternity. Have you placed your trust in Him?

Father God, I come Your way, through Jesus Christ. Thank You for Your Answer to my sin. I place my eternal trust in Him.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 59). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Go to church — even when you don’t feel like it — Southern Equip

The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it.

A few months ago, I talked with three Christians about this—two struggling with depression, and a third who just went through a tough break-up—who’ve stopped gathering with God’s people during a difficult season. Whether for weeks or months, all three have decided to stop going to church.

One said it would be unsatisfying, that there just isn’t a sense of connection. Another said it would be awkward, because they don’t want to see their ex. The last said it would be unhelpful, because they have no desire to be there anymore.

I’m not here to minimize their burdens or condemn them for feeling the way they do. I’m not writing to them or about them. I’m just writing to every Christian who feels the way they’re feeling, who feels (as I have before) like gathering with God’s people will be unsatisfying, unhelpful, or just plain awkward.

I’m writing to say something I said to all three of my friends at some point in our conversations: The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it.

Remember, the church is not a building

Yes, I know the church is a people, not a place. The church is a body, not a building. The church is something Christians are, not just somewhere Christians go. Yes, I also know the church is a family that should meet and study and eat and fellowship and pray and serve throughout the week, not just on Sunday. I know these things, and if you’ve walked with God for a while, you do too.

But I also know the church is marked, known, and enlivened by its regular, rhythmic, ordered gatherings (Heb. 10:24–25). A body that’s never together is more like a prosthetics warehouse, and a family that never has family dinners or outings or reunions won’t be a healthy family, if any family at all.

Sure, you could listen to some praise music and an online sermon, but there won’t be any personalized one-anothering, there won’t be any face-to-face fellowship, and there won’t be any bread and wine. Sure, you could read the Bible and pray on your own, but you won’t hear the voice of your own shepherd teaching and comforting and correcting you. Yes, you could just attend another church for a while because yours has grown unsatisfying, but that’s not treating your church like much of a covenant community.

Covenants are made for the hard times, not the good times. In the good times, we don’t need covenants, because we can get by on feelings alone. But covenant communities hold us up when we’re faltering. They encourage us when we’re weary and wake us when we’re slumbering. They draw us out of ourselves and invite us back to the garden of Christian community, where we grow.

Church is not all about you

I get it. The worship team didn’t pull their song selections from your Spotify playlist; the pastor didn’t have the time and resources to craft a mesmerizing sermon with a team of presidential speechwriters; the membership may not have the perfect combination of older saints to mentor you, younger saints to energize you, mature saints to counsel you, hospitable saints to host you, and outgoing saints to pursue you.

But I know another thing: If your church believes the Bible and preaches the gospel and practices the ordinances and serves one another, then your church has saints, and those saints are your brothers and sisters, your fathers and mothers, your weary fellow pilgrims walking the same wilderness you are—away from Egypt, surrounded by pillars of cloud and fire, with eyes set on the promised land.

Which is to say: This isn’t really about you.

And those people you wish would pursue you and care for you and reach out to you need you to do the same (Gal. 6:9–10). That pastor you wish were a better preacher is probably praying this morning that you’d be a good listener (Mark 4:3–8, 14–20; James 1:22–25). Those people whose spiritual gifts you desperately need also desperately need your spiritual gifts (Eph. 4:15–16). Those people whose fellowship you find dissatisfying or unhelpful or just plain awkward don’t need your criticism but your gospel partnership (Phil. 4:2–3).

And you can’t do any of these things if you’re not present.

Don’t miss a vital means of grace

At all times and in all places, the gathering of the saints is a means of grace established by God for edifying his people. Christians gather to worship not because it might be helpful if all the stars align, or if our leaders plan the service just right, or if everyone smiles at us with the perfect degree of sincerity and handles the small talk seamlessly and engages us with just the right depth of conversation that’s neither too personal nor too shallow.

We gather because the God we’re worshiping has instituted our gathering as a main way he matures and strengthens and comforts us. It’s not just when the songs or prayers or sermons or Sunday school classes touch our souls right where we need to be touched. We meet because God builds up his people through our meeting every time, in every place, without fail, no matter how we feel. Like rain in the fields, it’s how our gatherings work.

Pray, then go

So I know you may not feel like it on Sunday morning. You may not feel like it for a while. But I’m asking you to trust God, ask for grace, and go.

Go, because the church gathers every Sunday to remember the death of Jesus for our sins and the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and that’s precisely what we all need to remember and celebrate, regardless of what else is going on in our lives.

Go, because the stone trapping you in the cave of depression can be rolled away in a night, and once God does it, no Roman soldier or Jewish priest can stop him. Go, because you’re gathering to anticipate a greater marriage than the one you hoped would happen later this year. Go, not because your trials aren’t real, but because that tabled bread and wine represents the crucifixion of the worst sins you could ever commit and the worst realities you’ve ever experienced.

Go, and in your going, grow. Go, and in your going, serve. Go, and in your going, let God pick up the pieces of your heart and stitch together the kind of mosaic that only gets fully crafted when saints stay committed to God’s long-term building project, when they speak the truth to one another in love (Eph. 4:15–16).

The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it. So please, brothers and sisters: Go.

via Go to church — even when you don’t feel like it — Southern Equip

How to Choose a Good Church — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

This past Sunday, we had two guests who drove a good distance to be with us for worship. One drove from the Stone Mountain area while the other drove from Lagrange, Georgia—both are right about one hour from our church campus. As they discussed their situations, each of them are looking for a healthy church where they can grow in God’s Word. As I considered the fact that two different visitors drove an hour to be with us for worship as they’re looking for a church—what exactly should we look for if we find ourselves looking for a new church home?

As we engage in a church search, there are specific things that must be prioritized in the life of the church or it should be crossed off the list quickly. Some lists will look differently depending on specific needs, but there are certain elements that cannot be optional and I’ve listed a few non-negotiable categories below.

Biblical Preaching

Transcending above cultural preferences must come biblical preaching. If we truly want our families to grow in grace, that necessitates a steady diet of biblical preaching. While topical preaching can certainly feed the hearts and minds of people on occasion, the steady practice of the preaching must be centered on consistent sequential verse-by-verse preaching through books of the Bible. Without faithful expository preaching, the church will be left with a superficial understanding of the whole of God’s Word. It was D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones who wrote the following in his classic book, Preaching and Preachers:

The big difference…between a lecture and a sermon is that a sermon does not start with a subject; a sermon should always be expository. In a sermon the theme or the doctrine is something that arises out of the text and its context, it is something which is illustrated by that text and context. [1]

How well would you understand any book on your bookshelf if a friend came over to your home and read to you out of random pages – explaining one central message about how the book ends, but not allowing you to hear how the plot and themes develop through each chapter? It would leave you a bit frustrated and disconnected from the central message of the book—right? Why is the Bible any different? Why would we be led to believe that a random approach to preaching would cause the church to grow deep and wide spiritually?

God Centered Worship

We have a worship crisis within evangelicalism today. It’s not that we aren’t worshipping, but rather, who and what we’re worshipping. Some churches are worshipping themselves as they gather to have their own cultural desires met in the worship service. Others are worshipping a specific pastor or personality who leads the church. Still others are centering their affections on the church campus or building itself. Far too often people in evangelical circles find themselves much like the Ethiopian Eunuch who was returning to Ethiopia from Jerusalem with a scroll of Isaiah’s prophecy—yet completely disengaged from biblical worship. Far too often evangelicals arrive home from church on Sunday without having worshipped God in the slightest degree.

When looking for a church, we must focus on how the worship service places God at the center. Some churches worship one member of the Trinity rather than our Triune God. Some focus on Jesus while others focus on the Spirit and still others focus on the Father. We have so segmented the Trinity that we fail to worship God as he desires. The calling of God’s people is to worship God—which involves an intentional effort to worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

When searching for a church home, pay close attention to how the worship service approaches the public reading of Scripture. How much Scripture is read and is there a balance from Old to New Testament each week? How do the songs point your mind and direct your emotions to engage in worship of our Triune God? This is critically important in order to avoid a severe imbalance and deficient understanding of who God really is and how he desires to be worshipped.

Faithful Administration of the Ordinances

If you visit a church on the Lord’s Day and they’re showing slides of the youth pastor baptizing football players at the local high school in a feeding trough for cows on Friday afternoon—it’s probably a good sign that this is not the church for you. All throughout history, if a church did not have the right administration of the ordinances, they were not considered to be a true church. This is one reason why youth group baptisms in the ocean at summer camp should not be practiced. This is why we shouldn’t encourage members to get rebaptized in the Jordan River when they visit Jerusalem.

It’s critically important for the local church to practice the ordinances within the context of the local church under the oversight of the elders who lead the church. This assures both organization, accountability, and intentionality as to what we are communicating as we engage in worship as a gathered church. This is why observing the Lord’s Supper in your living room on Friday evening with your small group is forbidden. How does such a practice honor God and encourage the local church as a whole? How does a person know if they’re welcomed to the Table? Who fences the Table before engaging in worship if the Lord’s Supper is practiced in a college dormitory at the local college? We must be firmly committed to the right practice of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Practice of Loving Church Discipline

Would you lead your family to join a church that did not practice loving biblical church discipline? When you talk to people about how they came to the decision about membership in a specific church, you will often hear about how good a specific program is in the church that attracted them or you might hear that their church was closer to their job—or perhaps other pragmatic reasoning. When was the last time you heard someone say they chose a church because they practice biblical church discipline? Jay Adams argues that if a church refuses to practice church discipline, we “should declare them to be ‘no church’ since they will not draw a line between the world and the church by exercising discipline.” [2]

Several years ago a family went through our membership class and became members in our church. However, within a year of their joining, they left our church after hearing a presentation on the errors of Roman Catholicism. I went to the church where they were visiting and met with the pastor in his office. I encouraged he and his staff to point them back to us and not to receive them as members because this was a gospel issue that required corrective discipline. The pastor ignored our request and accepted their family as members. Within a short season, the family completely derailed into horrible sin resulting in the husband’s picture appearing on the front page of the newspaper. To this day, their family has never been disciplined by the church who took them in as members.

Church discipline is not a debatable issue. Jesus has commanded that we practice it and that we do so in the manner and with the motives that he has charged us in Matthew 18:15-20. Consider these helpful words from Alexander Strauch:

Love is not just happy smiles or pleasant words. A critical test of genuine love is whether we are willing to confront and discipline those we care for. Nothing is more difficult than disciplining a brother or sister in Christ who is trapped in sin. It is always agonizing work – messy, complicated, often unsuccessful, emotionally exhausting, and potentially divisive. This is why most church leaders avoid discipline at all costs. But that is not love. It is lack of courage and disobedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself laid down instructions for the discipline of an unrepentant believer (Matt. 18:17-18). [3]

When you find yourself searching for a new church home, don’t compromise in the process. You may find a church that meets your needs on many different levels, but yet fails in one of the non-negotiable areas. Always remember a church that hasn’t practiced corrective church discipline in the last 25 years will certainly not begin with you and your family when you wander off the path of righteousness. You need the church, and you need a healthy church for you and your family.


  1. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971), 71.
  2. Jay Adams, Handbook of Church Discipline, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986), 103.
  3. Alexander Strauch, Leading With Love, (Colorado Springs: Lewis and Roth, 2006), 152.

via How to Choose a Good Church — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

13 Glorious Truths About Who We Are in Christ — The Blazing Center

Many secular blogs advise us to tell ourselves we are amazing, there is no one like us, that we should love ourselves, be grateful for ourselves, that we are special and we matter. Or in the words of Stuart Smalley we should tell ourselves, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

Years ago, I heard a Christian teacher say pretty much the opposite. That he thought of himself as “the worst of sinners.” He quoted the apostle Paul:

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1 Timothy 1:15

This teacher regularly told himself “I am the foremost of sinners,” to help him be humble. But is that how believers are supposed to think of themselves? When Paul referred to himself as “the foremost of sinners” he was talking about himself before Christ saved him.

In context (1 Timothy 1:13-17) Paul said that though he had been a horrible sinner, Jesus had been perfectly patient toward him and saved him. So everyone, no matter how horrible a sinner could have hope that Jesus can save them. But Paul was not saying that his identity as a Christian was “the foremost of sinners.”

So who are we in Christ? How should we think of ourselves after Jesus saves us?

Should we think of ourselves as “the foremost of sinners?” Here are 13 ways the Bible describes who believers are. Here are 13 “I am’s” that are true of us:

I am a new creation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 CO 5:17

I am reconciled to God

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 CO 5:18

I am a child of God

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. Galatians 3:26

God is now my Father. I am part of God’s family. I am no longer an outsider.

I am no longer a slave of sin

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Romans 6:6

I am forgiven of all my sins

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

I am washed, sanctified and justified

And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

I am the very righteousness of God

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19

I am at peace with God

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

I am being transformed into the likeness and glory of Christ

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

I am a joint-heir with Christ

And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:17

I am chosen and loved by God

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Colossians 3:12

I am gifted by God to serve others

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10

I am destined to look upon the face of Christ and someday be like him

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

via 13 Glorious Truths About Who We Are in Christ — The Blazing Center

February 26 Benefits of Obedience

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:1–8

Key verse: 1 Samuel 15:22

Then Samuel said:

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

As in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

And to heed than the fat of rams.”

Have you ever considered the benefits of obedience? Being accountable to authority is a topic that is usually spoken of in terms of negative consequences, but obeying the Lord brings a wealth of blessing:

A growing faith. Obedience is a step-by-step process, beginning with the little things. When you say yes to God in personal, daily matters, you see how He takes care of the issues and consequences that arise. Obedience in more difficult situations becomes easier and less of a struggle because you already have a foundation of faith on which to build.

A positive impact on others. Others are watching your behavior, whether you realize it or not. They want to see a difference in your life; they are eager to see the results of living for the Lord. The fruit of the Spirit that God produces in you brings a rich harvest for His kingdom as it blesses others.

A sense of security. Your reasons for worry and anxiety are rendered null and void. When you trust God to take care of you, you do not have to worry about negative response or failure or lack of support.

Then you will say with the psalmist:

Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;

Indeed, I shall obey it with my whole heart.

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,

For I delight in it. (Ps. 119:34–35)

Lord, give me understanding, and I will keep Your law and obey it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for there I find delight.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 59). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Anti-Democratic Politics of Angry, Intolerant Children — National Review

Children stand during a climate march prior to the opening session of the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 at the World Conference Center Bonn, Germany, November 6, 2017. (Wolfgang Rattay/REUTERS)

Teenage Green New Dealers, like some of the Parkland survivors, aren’t interested in debate or democracy.

Last Friday, one of the senior Democrats in the Senate got a taste of what it means to be in the crosshairs of an environmental movement that is increasingly driven by teenagers who believe the world is coming to an end — and adults who shepherd them around. Dianne Feinstein was confronted in her San Francisco office by a group of students who demanded that she vote for the Green New Deal.

The 83-year-old Feinstein has spent, as she told her visitors, the “last quarter-century” in the Senate and was clearly under the impression that her résumé ought to inspire a degree of respect, if not deference, from the students. But when she told them she wouldn’t do their bidding, the group from the Sunrise Movement — which gained notoriety earlier this year with a sit-in at the office of House speaker Nancy Pelosi (where Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a guest appearance) — was having none of it.

The teenagers had zero interest in Feinstein’s arguments about how bills get passed and the art of the possible. Nor were they impressed by her ideas about promoting some of the same goals in proposed legislation that, as she pointed out, had a better chance of being enacted into law than does their laundry list of demands. Instead, they cast the choice before the country as a stark ultimatum: Do what we say, even if it means trashing the economy and abruptly changing American culture, or be counted among the evildoers who are killing the planet.

Most of the Left’s commentary on the viral video focused on Feinstein’s grouchy demeanor and her effrontery in lecturing the kids about the way Congress works. The liberal consensus is that the senator should have been the one showing deference to the bright young things rather than the other way around.

If Feinstein’s reaction seemed so out of place to her media and activist critics, it’s because it flies in the face of the adoring coverage that teenage liberal activists have been getting lately. Examples go beyond the Green New Dealers who sassed the California senator. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has become an international celebrity with her weekly boycotts of school to picket her country’s parliament and with her grim lectures to European parliamentarians.

 

The same can be said for the role played by some of the survivors of last year’s Parkland shooting, as newly minted celebrity activists attacked opponents without blinking an eye, showing disgust at the notion that critics of their ideas deserved a hearing.

There is a clear public interest in encouraging young people to care about politics and policy. That’s especially true in an era when the study of what used to be called civics and government is given short shrift — if not ignored — in many high-school curricula. But while interest in public issues is a good thing, the kind of activism practiced by the Sunrise Movement, Thunberg, or the Parkland kids is not one in which the democratic process or the notion of give and take has any place.

On the environment, global-warming alarmists may have failed to convince enough American voters that the world is soon coming to an end to get their way on legislation, but the extremists have won over children, from Feinstein’s guests to Thunberg. Though Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s initial fact sheet for the Green New Deal — which mentioned the problems of flatulent cows and air travel — inspired derision even among many liberals, to the youthful supporters of extremist climate-change proposals, those are reasonable ideas.

Ocasio-Cortez deflected the discussion about the cows into a critique of factory farming, while insisting that not everyone had to go vegan. Thunberg disagrees. The 16-year-old was the subject of a revealing profile in the New York Times last week that discussed how her activism is a form of therapy for the devastating depression she suffered as an adolescent.

Thunberg is apparently happier now that advocacy on the climate has given her life meaning, but her primary means of communication is lecturing. Like the Sunrise Movement kids, she has no patience for any discussion about the havoc that might result were her absolutist views put into action.

The problem is that few have done what Feinstein did on the viral video and told these teenagers that their “my way or the highway” approach won’t wash. The belief that young people must be obeyed seems to be the guiding principle for those covering their advocacy. Of course, attacks on young activists, such as some of the nastier comments about the Parkland kids in the weeks after the shooting, are uncalled for, but nobody, even teenagers, should demonize others with impunity because of their political beliefs.

Young activists may be entitled to treat their beliefs as earthshaking revelations, even if the wiser among them will someday look back on their extremist views with a little embarrassment. But too few adults are paying heed to their profound hostility to the democratic process — a process that depends on its participants’ treating opposing views with respect and bothering to answer criticisms. Silencing opponents to achieve one’s objectives does long-term damage to democracy.

The certainty of the angry children that the failure to pass extremist legislation requires elders to follow the dictates of youth has a certain charm. But their contempt for debate and persuasion means that, rather than patting them on the head for having strong views, politicians and journalists should stop treating angry children as the arbiters of modern civics.

via The Anti-Democratic Politics of Angry, Intolerant Children — National Review

Sanders Dances Around the Question When Asked How Democratic Socialism Would Be Better Than Capitalism

During a town hall event on CNN, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was asked to explain why democratic socialism was better than capitalism — and he didn’t have a lot to say.

Sanders’ socialist ideas that threw him into the national spotlight during the 2016 Democratic Primary have since been adopted by some of his 2020 Democratic Primary opponents. Although Sanders has been talking about socialism on the national stage for decades, he didn’t have a concrete argument for why his brand of socialism is better than capitalism.

Watch:

“Let me tell you what I mean by [democratic socialism] so we’re clear. Right now, we have a nation which prides itself on a lot of political rights. In other words, under the Constitution, thank God, you have freedom of speech, media can do its thing even though [President Donald] Trump calls you the enemy of the people. […] And we have freedom of religion. All of that is enormously important. But you know what we don’t have? We don’t have guarantees regarding economic rights.”

Sanders explained that, under democratic socialism, workers would have a right to a job with a living wage, healthcare, and education. He pointed out that some European countries consider healthcare to be a right.

“You go to countries in Scandinavia, of course, healthcare is a right, higher education is free, and they have strong preschool programs. They make sure their elderly can retire in dignity,” said Sanders. “These are not radical ideas.”

While Sanders may include the Nordic Model under his definition of socialism, many Nordic leaders do not. In 2015, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen called out Sanders and other Americans for trying to claim that his country is socialist.

“I know that some people in the U.S. associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism, therefore I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy. […] The Nordic model is an expanded welfare state which provides a high level of security to its citizens, but it is also a successful market economy with much freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish.”

Still, Sanders props the Noric Model to be a democratic socialist system.

In concluding his explanation on the superiority of democratic socialism to capitalism, Sanders noted that it could provide freedom from racism and bigotry as a right, as well.

“We have got to, as a right, end the kinds of discrimination, the racism, the sexism, and the homophobia that exists,” said Sanders. “To me, when I talk about democratic socialism, what I talk about are human rights and economic rights.”

Sanders went on to claim that socialism can prevent bigotry, ensure jobs, educate the entire population, and provide healthcare, but he failed to detail how that could happen.

In his entire answer, Sanders failed to explain how the policies outlined in his definition of democratic socialism could be sustained in the U.S. He also failed to note how socialism could rid the world of bigotry without infringing on the political rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Source: Sanders Dances Around the Question When Asked How Democratic Socialism Would Be Better Than Capitalism

RussiaHoax Is Unraveling. Will the Guilty Pay?

America’s greatest Constitutional crisis since the Civil War is ending.

The most immense and dangerous public scandal in American history is finally cracking open like a ripe pomegranate. The broad swath of the Trump-hating media that has participated in what has amounted to an unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the government are reduced to reporting the events and revelations of the scandal in which they have been complicit, in a po-faced ho-hum manner to impart to the misinformed public that this is as routine as stock market fluctuations or the burning of an American flag in Tehran.

For more than two years, the United States and the world have had two competing narratives: that an elected president of the United States was a Russian agent whom the Kremlin helped elect; and its rival narrative that senior officials of the Justice Department, FBI, CIA, and other national intelligence organizations had repeatedly lied under oath, misinformed federal officials, and meddled in partisan political matters illegally and unconstitutionally and had effectively tried to influence the outcome of a presidential election, and then undo its result by falsely propagating the first narrative. It is now obvious and indisputable that the second narrative is the correct one.

The authors, accomplices, and dupes of this attempted overthrow of constitutional government are now well along in reciting their misconduct without embarrassment or remorse because—in fired FBI Director James Comey’s formulation—a “higher duty” than the oath they swore to uphold the Constitution compelled them. Or—in fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s words—“the threat” was too great. Nevermind that the nature of “the threat” was that the people might elect someone he and Comey disapproved of as president, and that that person might actually serve his term, as elected.

A Long List of Offenders—and Offenses
The extent of the criminal misconduct of the former law enforcement and intelligence chiefs is now notorious, but to make the right point here, it has to be summarized. The fact that the officially preferred candidate lied to federal officials about her emails and acted in outright contempt of Congress and the legal process in the destruction of evidence, was simply ignored by the FBI director, who announced that she would not be prosecuted, though he had no authority to make that determination.

The dossier of salacious gossip and defamatory falsehoods amassed by a retired British spy from the lowest grade of intelligence sources in Russia, commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, was circulated to the media by high public officials and cited in illegal and dishonest applications to authorize surveillance of the campaign of the other presidential candidate. A special counsel was empowered on the false pretext of the necessity to get to the bottom of Trump-Russian collusion in the election, of which there was and remains no evidence, because it did not occur and was a complete partisan fabrication.

The special counsel then packed his staff with militant Clinton partisans, and acted very late and only when his hand was forced by the media to remove two officials who referred in texts to each other to the Bureau’s ability to smear and provoke the impeachment of the winning candidate as “an insurance policy” against his filling the office to which he was elected.

Large sections of the media colluded with the Democratic campaign and produced the doctrine that anything was justifiable, no matter how dishonest, to destroy the incoming president’s reputation and damage him in public opinion polls to legitimize attempts to remove him from office. Large sections of the media deliberately deluged the public with stories they knew to be false about the new president and referred to him in terms of unprecedented vituperation in what purported to be reportage and not comment.

This unorganized but widespread campaign of defamation was taken up by a great number of ordinarily newsworthy celebrities and was accompanied by false, unresearched stories denigrating President Trump’s supporters, such as the false claims about Catholic school students’ treatment of an elderly native American and the false claim that actor Jussie Smollett had been beaten up and reviled by Trump supporters. The former intelligence chiefs of the nation under President Obama repeatedly have accused this president of treason, the most heinous of all crimes, and have asserted with the authority of their former positions that the Russians determined the result of the 2016 presidential election. They knew this to be entirely false.

Distracting Public Attention
The special counsel has failed to find any evidence of the collusion and electoral interference that was the justification for establishing his inquiry, and the Democrats are already expressing disappointment in his failure to produce such evidence when the leading Democratic members of congressional investigative committees still robotically claim to have at least prima facie evidence of such collusion.

The dishonest attempt of much of the opposition and what even left-leaning media-monitoring organizations record as 90 percent of the national media, continued for more than two years to try to condition the country to believe that the president had committed the “high crimes and misdemeanors” required by the Constitution for impeachment and removal from office.

The special counsel, apart from smearing the president, distracted public attention from or tended to justify the ever more evident misconduct of the president’s enemies. And we now know that Comey, despite his “higher duty,” lied to the president about his not being a target of an FBI investigation, illegally leaked to the New York Times the contents of a self-serving memo he purloined from the government, and lied to Congress by claiming 245 times in one sitting to be ignorant of recent matters that no one of sound mind could have forgotten.

And now we have Andrew McCabe’s proud confirmation that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein not only continued the illegal counterintelligence investigation of President Trump, but actively discussed methods of securing his removal from office by deliberate misuse of a variety of laws, including the Emoluments Clause, the 25th Amendment to deal with mental incompetence, and the Logan Act of 1799, which has never been used successfully and has not been tested in 150 years.

Make Those Responsible Pay at the Polls
This entire monstrous travesty is finally coming apart without even waiting for the horrible disappointment of the special counsel’s inability to adduce a scrap of evidence to justify his replication of Torquemada as an inquisitor and of the Gestapo and KGB at rounding up and accusing unarmed individuals who were not flight risks. The collapse of this grotesque putsch, under the irresistible pressure of a functioning attorney general and Senate committees that are not hamstrung by NeverTrumpers, will cause a revulsion against the Democratic Party that will be seismic and prolonged.

The disgrace of their misconduct is profound and shocking. Richard Nixon, against whom there is no conclusive evidence that he broke any laws (although a number of people in his entourage did) never did anything like this. J. Edgar Hoover in 47 years at the head of the FBI and its predecessor organization, never tried to meddle in a presidential election. Those responsible will pay for this, including at the polls.

Without realizing the proportions of the emergency, America has survived the greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. All those who legitimately oppose or dislike the president, including traditional high-brow Republicans who find him distasteful, should join in the condemnation of this largely criminal assault on democracy, and then, if they wish, go out and try to beat him fair and square, the good old-fashioned way, in a free election. But they must abide by the election’s result.


Conrad Black has been one of Canada’s most prominent financiers for 40 years, and was one of the leading newspaper publishers in the world as owner of the British telegraph newspapers, the Fairfax newspapers in Australia, the Jerusalem Post, Chicago Sun-Times and scores of smaller newspapers in the U.S., and most of the daily newspapers in Canada. He is the author of authoritative biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, one-volume histories of the United States and Canada, and most recently of Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other. He is a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour.

Source: RussiaHoax Is Unraveling. Will the Guilty Pay?

United Methodists Reject Liberalizing Marriage Teaching — Juicy Ecumenism

In a final vote, delegates at United Methodism’s governing General Conference rejected the One Church Plan heavily pushed by most USA bishops to overturn the church’s definition of marriage as husband and wife. It would have compelled local churches to choose their own marriage definition, localizing to tens of thousands of congregations an issue always reserved by General Conference.

The final defeat of the One Church Plan, in the form of a minority report, was 55% to 45%. Yesterday the plan was defeated in legislative committee.

Delegates are convened in St Louis for this specially called General Conference to adjudicate the church’s teaching on marriage and sexual ethics. Unlike most other historically liberal USA Mainline Protestant denominations, United Methodism teaches sex is exclusively for husband and wife.

Over the last two decades, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have liberalized their marriage teaching. Schisms and accelerated membership losses followed.

Uniquely among Mainline Protestants, United Methodism is growing but only because of its overseas membership. The church has over 12.5 million members, 6.8 million of whom are in America, the rest mostly in Africa. United Methodism in Africa grows by several hundred thousand members annually, while the USA church loses almost 100,000 annually. Africans are currently at least 42% of membership and will soon become a majority.

African delegates nearly unanimously opposed the One Church Plan despite pressure from USA bishops and USA church bureaucracy. They were joined by most Filipino and European delegates.

All the forces of institutional USA United Methodism were arrayed behind the One Church Plan. But USA evangelical and overseas delegates together were an insurmountable majority. As the USA church declines and continues to lose delegates in favor of Africa, overturning the church’s marriage teaching becomes increasingly unlikely.

This afternoon, General Conference delegates will discuss the Traditional Plan, which would enhance enforcement of the church’s marriage teaching. Parts of the plan, which was approved yesterday in legislative committee, must be amended to overcome constitutional objections from the church’s top court.

via United Methodists Reject Liberalizing Marriage Teaching — Juicy Ecumenism

The Mueller Report Is About To Be Released, And It Could Unleash Hell All Across America

After two very long years, the Mueller report is finally going to be released, and it could potentially be the spark that unleashes chaos all over the country.  Initially, some in the mainstream media had speculated that the Mueller report could be released this week, but now it is being reported that this probably will not happen.  However, it is expected that the report will almost certainly be handed over at some point in March.  Robert Mueller will submit a private copy of his report to Attorney General William Barr, and then Barr will make a determination about how much of it should be made public.  On Friday, six committee chairs from the House of Representatives sent a stern letter to Barr informing him that they expect as much of the report to be released to the public as possible

Six Democratic House committee chairs urged Barr in a letter Friday to publicize Mueller’s report. The lawmakers also requested that the Justice Department provide parts of the report that are not made public to Congress, and asked that the department explain its reasoning for any redactions.

“We write to you to express, in the strongest possible terms, our expectation that the Department of Justice will release to the public the report Special Counsel Mueller submits to you — without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law,” the committee chairs wrote in the letter. Besides Schiff, the letter was signed by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

Needless to say, if Barr attempted to keep all or most of the report private, the Democrats would do everything in their power to change that.  In fact, Adam Schiff is already threatening to sue the Trump administration if that is what it takes…

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said that his committee would subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report and even call him to testify before the committee if the report was not made public, and that he was “absolutely” prepared to sue the Trump administration, if necessary.

“We will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary,” Schiff, D-Calif. said Sunday.

In the end, most of the report will ultimately be made public one way or another.  And once the report has been made public, it will be the story that everyone is talking about.

If there is anything in the report that implicates Trump at all, even if it is a very minor thing, Democrats will immediately begin buzzing about impeachment.  Of course many congressional Democrats have already been openly calling for Trump to be impeached, and that includes Representative Ayanna Pressley

In a wild interview with Boston Public Radio, freshman Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) lambasted President Donald Trump and called for his immediate impeachment from office–while also ripping the president over the crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico and attacking federal law enforcement agencies.

Back in September, Pressley said she would “do whatever we can” to impeach Trump and remove him from office, the local public radio outlet noted, and now she feels the same way as she eagerly anticipates Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. But, she added without knowing what’s in Mueller’s forthcoming report, Trump has “lost all moral authority” to lead the United States of America.

Most ordinary Americans on the left already believe that Trump is a crook that deserves to be impeached, and the release of this report will just add fuel to that fire.

But if Democrats actually make a move to impeach Trump, many of those on the right will regard it as a coup attempt by the deep state and their Democratic allies, and they will be extremely upset.

There will be great anger on both sides, and emotions will be brought to a fever pitch by breathless 24 hour coverage by the major news networks.

One insider that understands what is coming is Steve Bannon.  On Sunday he told CBS News that he believes that 2019 “is going to be the most vitriolic year in American politics since before the Civil War”

Bannon cited the upcoming release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the investigation of Trump’s businesses from the Southern District of New York attorney’s office, and House Democrats’ plans for probes of the administration as the reason for the forthcoming chaos.

‘I think that 2019 is going to be the most vitriolic year in American politics since before the Civil War,’ Bannon told CBS News in an interview that aired Sunday. ‘And I include Vietnam in that. I think we’re in, I think we’re in for a very nasty 2019.’

And you know what?

He is right.

Bannon is warning that the Democrats “could weaponize the Mueller report”, and he believes that the next several months are “going to be a real meat grinder”

“I think the next 90 days to four months is going to be a real meat grinder … I mean, the pressure on the president is coming from many different angles,” said Bannon – adding “I think you’ve already seen it from what the Democrats, some of these reports they’ve been dropping here without telling anybody. I think that now they control the House they can weaponize this, they could weaponize the Mueller report.”

In the end, the merits of the case that Mueller has put together are going to matter very little.  The Democrats are going to want Trump out, and the Republicans are going to want him to stay, and there is going to be great chaos as a very heated national argument plays out in front of the rest of the world.

Of course all of this could be avoided if the Mueller report completely exonerates Trump, but that is very unlikely to happen.  Robert Mueller spent an extraordinary amount of time, energy and taxpayer money on this investigation over the past two years, and he is going to want something to show for his efforts.  In some way, shape or form, Trump will be made to appear guilty of something, and that will be all it takes.  The fuse will have been lit, and shortly thereafter we could see great chaos in Washington as both sides angrily contend for what they want to see happen.

I wish that it wasn’t true, but I believe that we are about to witness a very ugly chapter in American history.

And no matter what happens, I don’t know if our political system will ever fully recover from the amount of damage that is about to be done to it.

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Source: The Mueller Report Is About To Be Released, And It Could Unleash Hell All Across America

Democrats Take Steps to Undermine the Electoral College, Part of the US Constitution Since the Beginning

by Christian Ellis : Feb 26, 2019 : CBN News
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2019/february/democrats-take-steps-to-undermine-electoral-college-after-hillary-clintons-2016-loss-to-trump

US Founders “were afraid that if a president was elected by a national popular vote, the candidates would only go to the big cities,” he continued. “They would ignore the rural areas—you know, the places that folks in New York call ‘flyover country.'” -Hans von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation

airlift(Washington, DC)—[CBN News] Democrats across the country are pushing legislation to grant the presidency to the popular vote winner in a move that would undermine the Electoral College system that has been part of America’s presidential elections since its founding. (Screengrab image: via Forbes)

The movement stems from 2016’s presidential election where liberal Americans saw their candidate obtain the most votes but lose to Donald Trump. Election results indicate Hillary Clinton won several million more votes overall than President Trump because she won big in highly populous states like California and New York.

The US Constitution mandates the Electoral College system, giving every state a chance to be heard in presidential elections.

But Democratic officials in at least 11 states have taken steps to pass legislation to force their electors in the Electoral College to vote for the winner of the popular vote, even if the voters in their own states voted for the other candidate. The liberal movement has already received support by states such as New York and California.

Colorado and New Mexico have been recent additions to the movement as the lawmakers in those states push legislation to grant their electoral votes to the popular vote winner. Colorado is expected to be the 12th state to join the movement since Gov. Jared Polis (D) has said he’ll sign the bill.

NPR reports the plan only goes into effect if the law passes in states representing an electoral majority. The national electoral majority is 270 votes, of which Democrats are 98 votes short.

Political commentator Rich Kelsey told CBN News after the 2016 election, “Let’s not pretend that this is some great effort to increase democracy… This is an effort to win elections. And right now, today, the progressives believe scrapping the Electoral College is the best way for their movement to win more elections.”

Republicans and Democrats in Colorado have been divided over the issue. No Republicans voted for the bill that passed.

State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg believes the legislation will cause rural American states to not receive much attention during elections. He sees the movement as an attempt to turn big liberal cities like New York and Los Angeles into the new dominant campaigning ground.

“You drop us from nine votes to 5.5 million people, all of sudden Colorado is irrelevant,” he said. Sonnenberg wants to make sure “presidential candidates realize Colorado is important to the rest of the country.”

Democratic state Sen. Mike Foote of Colorado argues the opposite, insisting the move will uphold a democratic principle of one person, one vote.

“It’s about time that every vote in the country counts equally,” he said. “Right now, if you live in a state that is not a battleground state, then your vote doesn’t count nearly as much.”

John Koza, computer scientist and founder of the movement, says the current system motivates presidential candidates to only campaign in a small number of states known as the battleground states or swing states.

But elections expert Hans von Spakovsky at the Heritage Foundation told CBN News, “If you go back to the Framers, they wanted an Electoral College because they wanted to create a balance between the heavily-populated and less-populated areas of the country.”

“And they were afraid that if a president was elected by a national popular vote, the candidates would only go to the big cities,” he continued. “They would ignore the rural areas—you know, the places that folks in New York call ‘flyover country.'”

Source: Democrats Take Steps to Undermine the Electoral College, Part of the US Constitution Since the Beginning

What Is Socialism?

With so many Democrats now identifying themselves as “Socialists,” and so much public uncertainty as to what this concept means, I thought it might be useful to turn to the words of one of the best-known socialists for clarification.

“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.”

– Adolf Hitler  (speech from 1927)
Head of National Socialist German Workers Party

Source: What Is Socialism?

Crude Oil Suggesting Stocks Are About To Peak? — Kimble Charting Solutions

The correlation between Crude Oil and the S&P 500 has been rather high over the past 9-months.

Both peaked at the same time in early October, as Crude declined over 40% and the S&P fell nearly 18%.

Both bottomed together near Christmas and both experienced strong counter-trend rallies. Crude has rallied 29% and the S&P is up over 18% since the December lows.

The rally in the S&P has it testing old highs and its 78% Fibonacci retracement level of the 2018 highs and lows, while Crude is testings its November highs.

Weakness to start of the week has Crude attempting to break below very short-term support. Keep a close eye on Crude the next couple of weeks, as it could be predicting the next major move for both at this key price level.

What would be sweet news for Crude Oil and S&P 500 bulls? Both break above these resistance levels at the same time!

via Crude Oil Suggesting Stocks Are About To Peak? — Kimble Charting Solutions

February 26, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Provision

They will hunger no more, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes. (7:16–17)

This comforting promise of further provision is drawn from and almost identical to the words of Isaiah 49:10. As they experienced the horrors of the Tribulation, these sufferers of the Great Tribulation had endured hunger, thirst, and scorching heat as the sun beat down on them, a phenomenon which will occur in the Tribulation (16:9). But all the tormenting physical and spiritual elements of earthly life they will experience no longer, but rather will enjoy eternal satisfaction, for the Lamb in the center of the throne (cf. 5:6) will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes. The picture of God as the Shepherd of His people is one of the most beloved and common in the Old Testament (cf. Pss. 23; 80:1; Isa. 40:11; Ezek. 34:23), and Jesus is depicted as the Shepherd of His people in the New Testament (John 10:11ff.; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4). Interestingly, the other three uses of poimainō (shepherd) in Revelation (2:27; 12:5; 19:15; “rule” or “shepherd” in all three cases) reveal Christ in a destroying mode, crushing sinners with a rod of iron, as in Psalm 2:9. The Great Shepherd will guide His flock to springs of the water of life (cf. 21:6; 22:1, 17). He will also wipe every tear from their eyes (cf. 21:4; Isa. 25:8), for in heaven there will be no pain, sorrow, or suffering to cause them.

In this age when Christianity is under siege on all sides, seemingly losing its grip on divine truth and apparently headed for defeat, it is comforting to be reassured of the ultimate triumph of God’s saving grace. In the midst of an even worse situation in the future before Christ’s return, God will redeem His people. That thought should bring present-day believers great comfort, and motivate all to praise God for the greatness of His redemptive plan. And ultimately, in the eternal state, all these promises will come true for all believers.[1]


16 The condition described here contrasts to the earthly experience of those who suffered much for their faith (cf. Heb 11:37–38). For them, starvation, thirst, and the burning desert are forever past. There may be allusion here to Isaiah 49:10, which places the time of relief from such distresses in the days of Messiah’s kingdom. There may also be an allusion to what the four horsemen bring (6:1–8; cf. Mt 24:7).

17 We now have a beautiful pastoral figure—that of the Lamb shepherding his people (cf. Jn 10:1–8; Heb 13:20; 1 Pe 2:25). It is not through some perfect environment but through the presence and continual ministry of the Lamb that their sufferings are forever assuaged. Whereas on earth their enemies may have tormented them, now the Lamb guides them: “He will lead [hodēgēsei, GK 3842—the same verb used of the Holy Spirit in Jn 16:13] them to springs of living water.” In contrast to the burning thirst experienced in their tribulation, now they will enjoy the refreshing waters of life. Thus in the future life the saints will not know stagnation, boredom, or satiation (Ps 23:1–3; Jer 2:13; Eze 47:1–12; Zec 14:8).

Finally, even the sorrowful memory of the pain and suffering of the former days will be mercifully removed by the Father: “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (cf. 21:4). Tribulation produces tears. Like a tenderhearted, devoted mother, God will wipe each tear from their eyes with the eternal consolation of glory itself. Never again will they cry out because of pain or suffering. Only through the resurrection can all this become real (Isa 25:8; 1 Co 15:54).[2]


7:15–17 / The vision’s concluding hymn celebrates a true Israel’s return from its worldly exile and into the promised land of eternal life, when God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (cf. 21:4) and when the Lamb … will be their shepherd. Then he will lead them into God’s shalom where never again will they thirst, because the Lamb will lead them to springs of living water (cf. 22:1–2). God will spread his tent over them, so that the sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. And in that future day of consummation, eschatological Israel will realize the slain Lamb’s work that transformed them into priests to serve God (cf. 5:10)—to serve him day and night in his temple. On that future day, the worship of God will not take place in an actual building—a literal temple—but in a relationship with the “Lord God Almighty and the Lamb” (cf. 21:22).

The hymn resounds with biblical themes, especially of the “promised land” that appears especially good to returning exiles (Mounce, Revelation, p. 175). It is a doxology of promise fulfilled, the concerns of theodicy are answered. Believers suffer in a fallen world, perhaps even more so now that the world has been judged by God through the slain Lamb. Suffering believers have a certain confidence in an exalted Lamb, however, that God’s justice will prevail in the end, when their living conditions will be reversed for the good.[3]


7:15–17. The elder’s answer to John continues with a wonderful poetic statement of ten eternal blessings enjoyed by this redeemed multitude. Most are described in fuller detail in another part of Revelation.

They are before the throne of God. The throne of God is the central focus of Revelation 4. In Revelation 3:21, all overcomers are promised a place with Christ on his throne.

And serve him day and night in his temple. The main reason humans have been redeemed is to serve (Greek latreuó, “worship”) him. To be part of the temple of God forever was promised to the overcomers of Revelation 3:12. Revelation 21:22, however, has no temple, for God and the Lamb are themselves the temple. Similarly, Revelation 21:25 has no night, so the phrase “day and night” here means “without end.”

And he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. The verb spread his tent is a form of the Greek noun traditionally translated “tabernacle” (the holy tent of the Israelites during their early days as a nation). After the Israelites had gone through their times of plagues and tribulation, God promised to dwell among them through the tabernacle (Acts 7:11; Lev. 26:1–13). Revelation 21:3 describes the complete heavenly fulfillment of this promise.

Never again will they hunger. These redeemed people were not spared the ill effects of famine (6:5–6) nor of the pain that resulted because they refused the beast’s mark (13:16–17). Their hunger will be satisfied as they eat from the Tree of Life, promised to all overcomers (2:7; 22:14).

Never again will they thirst. This parallels the promise concerning not hungering. Most of us cannot imagine the agony of literally dying of thirst. Many of these people had done so. In Revelation 21:6 Christ pledges, “To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.“Revelation 22:1–2 describes this river in some detail.

The sun will not beat upon them. The people hostile to God will be “seared by the intense heat” of the sun when the fourth bowl is poured out (16:8). Wicked humans, however, may also force believers out into the literal sun with disastrous effects. One of the striking promises concerning the heavenly city is that “the city does not need the sun” (21:23).

Nor any scorching heat. Different kinds of heat, other than the sun, scorch—for instance, fire and lightning. In our time, we know about the destructive heat of sophisticated weapons of warfare. Believers have never been immune to such. Many through the centuries were burned at the stake. In the blessed state of protection this can never happen again.

The Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. What a strange and wonderful picture: the Lamb who is also shepherd. Three other times in Revelation the verb for shepherding appears, but the picture is of Christ subduing the nations with his iron rod-scepter (2:27; 12:5; 19:15). Here is the only mention in Revelation of Jesus as gentle Shepherd-Pastor of his flock. Other New Testament texts develop this theme beautifully (John 10:14; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25).

He will lead them to springs of living water. A chief responsibility of shepherds is to find adequate watering. This had been applied symbolically as early as the much loved Psalm 23. Christ sees it as his personal duty to lead his people to the place where their thirst may be quenched eternally—both their physical thirst and their spiritual thirst (Rev. 21:6).

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. This great promise is found in the Bible only here and in Revelation 21:4. There the removal of tears symbolizes that God’s people will never again experience death, mourning, or pain.

In summary the first three of these blessings mean that the redeemed will be in the direct presence of God. The next four describe an end to the negative effects of sin. The final three blessings focus on the eternal joys of the redeemed. With this encouraging statement of blessing waiting in heaven, we are ready to move on to think about what is yet to be on earth.

MAIN IDEA REVIEW: All those whom God marks as his own people will without fail one day enter his presence victorious forever.[4]


16. And they will neither hunger nor thirst anymore neither will the sun beat down on them nor any scorching heat.”

  • “Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple.” This report of heavenly bliss is repeated in the last chapter of Revelation, “And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will serve him” (22:3). The scene is similarly described in 21:3–4, where a voice from the throne calls attention to God dwelling with his people to be their God; he cares for them by having removed from them death, grief, sorrow, and pain. The clause “before the throne of God” implies that the saints have direct access to the one who occupies that throne. Their relation to God is the same as it was in the Garden of Eden when God walked and talked with Adam and Eve.

Especially significant is the continuous service God’s people render in his presence. The word temple refers not to the structure of a building but rather to the Holy of Holies, which is the place where God dwells. Some commentators see a conflict in this verse with Revelation 21:22, which reads that the new Jerusalem has no temple. But John explains that “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple,” which means that because of the pervading presence of God and the Lamb the new Jerusalem is itself a sanctuary. Hence, being in the presence of God before his throne and serving him ceaselessly can be compared to the role of the high priest. Once a year the high priest entered God’s sacred presence momentarily on the Day of Atonement, but the saints dwell in God’s presence not for a few minutes but forever. They do not sprinkle the blood of a bull and a goat to be cleansed from sin, for they are sinless. And no longer do they petition God for remission of sin, for they are cleansed. Thus they serve him continually by praising and thanking him (22:3). The saints in heaven know no division of day and night; John remarks, “And there will be no night there” (22:5).

  • “And he who is seated on the throne will spread his tent over them.” This sentence seems to be a poetic description of God protecting his people. The one seated on the throne is the phrase used to describe God, and the clause he will spread his tent over them is significant theologically. Here is the divine promise that God grants his people security with his personal presence. This is a teaching that permeates Scripture from Leviticus to Revelation: God’s desire to dwell with his people and to have them acknowledge him as their God. Notice the repeated wording of this desire in the following passages:
  • “I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people” (Lev. 26:11–12).
  • “I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant.… I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Ezek. 37:26–27).
  • “I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God” (Zech. 8:8).
  • “And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look, the tabernacle of God is with people, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God’ ” (Rev. 21:2–3).

This is covenant language that expresses God’s desire for intimate communion with his people by dwelling with them in the same sanctuary. In the Garden of Eden God had fellowship with Adam and Eve. While sin disrupted this relationship, Christ Jesus restored it through his mediatorial work. The complete fulfillment comes at the renewal of God’s creation.

17. “Because the Lamb at the center of the throne will shepherd them, and he will lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

John’s mind is fixed on the Old Testament Scriptures, particularly a passage that speaks of the restoration of God’s people. “They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has Compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water” (Isa. 49:10; compare 4:5–6). God’s people knew the deprivation of food and water when they had to travel through the deserts that bordered their land.

This Old Testament passage refers to the return from Babylonian captivity to the land of Israel. God told his people that they would be neither hungry nor thirsty. He would supply them with the basic necessities of life to still their hunger and quench their thirst at oases. There he would shield them from the heat of the sun and the scorching wind of the desert.

Further, this passage, taken from a chapter that depicts the Servant of the Lord, that is, the Messiah, predicts the restoration of Israel (Isa. 49). The Messiah will sustain God’s people with spiritual and material blessings in this life and in the life to come. Here is a description of sustenance and solace for all the saints who put their trust in God. Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matt. 5:6).

  • “Because the Lamb at the center of the throne will shepherd them.” The Lamb of God who was slain to redeem his people stands at the center, near the midpoint, of God’s throne. He is between God, seated on the throne, and the four living beings. No being is closer to God himself than the Lamb, who is now given the role of Shepherd. This role change, like so many in the Apocalypse, should be understood symbolically. Peter meditates on the concept of the sacrificial Lamb when he quotes Isaiah 53:9, “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth” (1 Pet. 2:22). Then he notes that the Lamb’s wounds healed his readers. “For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Pet. 2:25).

During his earthly ministry, Jesus revealed himself as the Shepherd of his people He called himself the Good Shepherd and instructed Peter to shepherd his sheep (John 10:11, 14; 21:16). And in turn Peter calls Jesus the Chief Shepherd, while he and fellow elders serve him as shepherds of God’s flock (1 Pet. 5:1–4). These portrayals are taken from agricultural Israel. So David composed Psalm 23 and the prophet Ezekiel transmitted the word of God to his people, “I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd” (Ezek. 34:23). Jesus the Good Shepherd protects his sheep from danger and from harm, leads them to green pastures, and finds streams of refreshing water for them.

  • “And he will lead them to springs of living water.” The Lamb who is now the Shepherd leads the sheep to springs of living water. The imagery is a clear reminder of the Samaritan woman who asked Jesus for living water so that she would no longer be thirsty and have to keep coming back to Jacob’s well (John 4:15). Water symbolizes eternal life (Isa. 55:1; John 7:38, 39). Near the end of the Apocalypse, Jesus refers to himself as the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Then he offers to all those who are thirsty to drink freely from the spring of water of life (21:6; 22:17).
  • “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” If there is one text in Scripture that comforts the saints, it is this verse. Here we meet the infinite tenderness of our God, who is able to remove from our eyes every tear caused by suffering, death, and sorrow. John again quotes from the Old Testament, where God is saying to his people that he will swallow up death forever and will wipe away the tears from all faces (Isa. 25:8; see Jer. 31:16). And in John’s vision of the new Jerusalem, God dwells with his people and as their God will wipe every tear from their eyes. “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:4). This is eternal bliss that can be portrayed only in pictures borrowed from this earthly scene—God bending down as a parent to wipe tears from the faces of his children.

The last line in this verse is a picture of joy and happiness, of deliverance from sin and guilt, of salvation full and free. It is a scene of life in the fullest sense of the word—to be forever in the presence of our covenant God, who dwells in the midst of the glorified saints. It is Paradise restored.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1999). Revelation 1–11 (pp. 233–234). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Johnson, A. F. (2006). Revelation. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 667). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Wall, R. W. (2011). Revelation (pp. 120–121). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Easley, K. H. (1998). Revelation (Vol. 12, pp. 131–132). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Book of Revelation (Vol. 20, pp. 258–262). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

February 26, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump has arrived in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi for his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

A federal judge gave the Trump administration the go-ahead on Monday to ban “bump stocks” – rapid-fire gun attachments used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history – in a defeat for firearms rights advocates.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Monday signed an order withdrawing the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border, saying there was not enough evidence of a national security crisis to justify keeping them there.

The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Tuesday on a resolution to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

U.S. homebuilding tumbled to a more than two-year low in December as construction of both single and multi-family housing declined, the latest indication that the economy lost momentum in the fourth quarter.

Indians took to the streets in celebration across the country on Tuesday after the government said it carried out air strikes inside Pakistan killing hundreds of militants in a training camp.

U.S. aerospace manufacturer Boeing Co said on Tuesday it has nominated Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to join its board of directors at the company’s annual shareholders meeting on April 29.

AP Top Stories

Pakistan’s top civilian and military leaders on Tuesday rejected India’s comments that it had struck “terror camps” inside Pakistan, vowing to prove wrong India’s claims and warning that it will retaliate to Indian aggression.

As US and Taliban envoys met in Doha for their fifth round of talks, Afghan troops told the Telegraph that without continued American support they believed their forces would collapse.

When Nikki Joly’s Jackson home burned down in 2017, some thought the fire was a hate crime against the transgendered, gay-rights activist who had fought for a local anti-discrimination ordinance. But now, instead of a victim, the 54-year-old is accused of being the perpetrator.

An international charity says pledges of donations for humanitarian work in Yemen fall short of what is needed to help the 80 percent of the country’s population now in need of aid. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the pledges have reached $2.6 billion, a 30 percent increase on the amount pledged at a similar donors conference last year.

Robert Kraft, one of the most powerful figures in US sport, has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. Mr Kraft, the owner of Super Bowl winners New England Patriots, is one of 25 people facing similar charges following a lengthy investigation into human trafficking and money laundering across Florida.

US forces have conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed 35 Al-Shabaab militants, officials said Monday, in the latest in a string of attacks against the Al-Qaeda affiliate.

US Vice President Mike Pence passed on a message from Donald Trump to Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido on Monday, telling him “we are with you 100 percent.”

Hungary’s Prime Minister Orban has tried to boost the population by providing tax breaks and grants to mothers with at least two children, but some parents are not inspired by the initiative.

The United States sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait as the U.S. military increased the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad made his first public visit to his closest regional ally Iran since the start of Syria’s war in 2011, meeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Monday and championing their alliance, state media reported.

The international arms control system is facing collapse, the United Nations chief said Monday, as he urged Russia and the US to stop the imminent demise of a crucial nuclear treaty.

Iran successfully tested a cruise missile on Sunday during naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, state media reported, at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

European and Arab leaders on Monday ended their first summit pledging to launch a “new era” of cooperation on topics ranging from counter-terrorism to migration despite sharp differences over human rights.

BBC

Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty in Australia of sexual offences against children, making him the highest-ranking Catholic figure to receive such a conviction.

A United Nations conference in Geneva is hoping to raise $4.2bn to fund humanitarian operations in Yemen, where a civil war has left the country on the brink of famine.

Thirteen French citizens accused of fighting for the Islamic State group are to be tried in Iraq rather than face charges back home in France.

WND

Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison time for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions, leading conservatives to wonder openly whether Democrats were embracing “infanticide” to appeal to left-wing voters. All prominent Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls in the Senate voted down the measure, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

A pair of transgender female athletes finished first and second respectively in a sprinting event at the Connecticut state indoor track championships earlier this month. Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 26, 2019

The Foundation

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

$93 Trillion Green New Deal Means National Bankruptcy

AOC’s socialist takeover would cost the country more than the world economy is worth.


Senate Democrats Support Infanticide

Ben Sasse tried to get the Senate to support children born alive after abortions.


Ecofascists Use Kids as Pawns for Green New Deal

“You’re looking at the faces of the people who are going to be living with the consequences.”


Keep Bombing the Taliban Dope

USAF using F-22 Raptors to attack Afghan drug labs? Good plan, wrong plane.


Bipartisanship and Conservation Are Good, But…

The question we need to ask is simple: When is enough federal land enough?


Kids Shovel Driveway for a Newly Widowed Woman

They chose this particular driveway because their neighbor lost her husband just before Christmas.


Humor Video: The Jussie Exclusive Interview

Chad Prather sits down with Jussie Smollett to find out what REALLY happened.



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News – 2/26/2019

Blizzard brought Winona County, southern Minnesota to standstill
Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency in response to the blizzard, allowing for the Minnesota National Guard to assists stranded motorists around the state. But even the national guard had issues in Wabasha County. According to a Facebook post by the Wabasha Police Department, a tank was stuck Sunday while trying to assist in rescue efforts. “If a tank cannot make it,” the post said, “you should probably not try.”

Russian TV lists potential nuclear strike targets in US after Putin warning
Russian state TV on Sunday listed potential targets in the U.S. in the event of a nuclear strike and claimed that its new hypersonic missile technology could reach them in less than five minutes. Reuters called the report “unusual even by the sometimes bellicose standards of Russian state TV.” The targets included the Pentagon and Camp David.

‘Trump won’t force Mideast peace plan on Israel’
“The rule by Trump is…Trump and his administration will not force Israel to do something that [Israel] views as being against its security interests. If Israel says, ‘No’, Washington won’t force Jerusalem [to accept it], and that is a very important thing.”

Kushner: Trump’s peace plan will focus on drawing the borders of Israel
Jared Kushner was interviewed on Monday on Sky News in Arabic, saying that “the American peace plan is very detailed and will focus on drawing the border and resolving the core issues.” “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been used for years to incite extremism,” Kushner said, “for years resistance to the nation of Israel has united the region, but now it is changing … We see that Iran is the greatest threat in the region.” “We want to see the Palestinians united under one leadership, the Palestinians want a non-corrupt government that cares for their own interests,” Kushner added.

Mystery surrounds Mohammad Javad Zarif’s ‘resignation
A day after Mohammad Javad Zarif announced his resignation on Instagram, the foreign minister of Iran is receiving support from members of parliament in Tehran amid calls for the president not to accept his decision. The resignation of Iran’s most famous diplomat and the man often seen as the foreign face of Tehran, has plunged Iran’s highest levels of government and media into a momentary sense of bewilderment and lack of certainty.

Jesus was a ‘sorcerer,’ Bible a ‘book of magic,’ say Christian witches ahead of first annual convention
The first annual Christian witches convention is set to be hosted in Salem, Massachusetts, this April and will feature internationally recognized Prophet Calvin Witcher who agrees with the convention’s host that Jesus was a sorcerer and the Bible is really a “book of magic.” The Rev. Valerie Love, the force behind the event who describes herself as a practicing Christian witch and an ordained minister of spiritual consciousness, recently launched the Covenant of Christian Witches Mystery School to help Christians tap into magic, which critics are condemning as “dangerous.” In an extended discussion with Witcher … said the Bible is a “huge book of sorcery.”

Netanyahu bids ‘good riddance’ after Iranian FM Mohammed Zarif resigns
“Zarif is gone – good riddance,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Tuesday after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif announced his resignation. Writing on Twitter, Netanyahu said that “as long as I’m around, Iran won’t get nuclear weapons.” “Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and brave people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months,” Zarif wrote on his Instagram page jzarif_ir late Monday.

Balakot: Indian air strikes target militants in Pakistan
India says it launched air strikes against militants in Pakistani territory in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries. A top Indian minister said strikes targeted a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group in Balakot. Pakistan said the strikes hit an empty area but vowed to respond.

Iran hosts Syria’s Assad in Tehran, slams American “plots”
In an important and symbolic visit Syria’s Bashar al-Assad visited Tehran on Monday and met with Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei as well as other key officials. Iran praised Syria’s “victory” as an example of Iran’s victory and condemned US “plots” against the region. In a rare trip abroad for Assad, the Syrian regime leader traveled to Iran where he held numerous meetings with Iranian officials.

Time for Action: Chase Bank Denies Service to Conservatives
It’s hard to imagine how conservatives could be even more complacent than they actually are about what’s being done to this country. The schools our children are taught in are almost universally run by liberals who hate everything we stand for, but we don’t demand that our representatives pull funding from state schools that behave that way.

UCLA Students Support Concentration Camps For Trump Supporters
Kaitlin Bennett went undercover at UCLA as Jenna Talia to ask students to sign a petition to throw conservatives into involuntary re-education camps. Not only were the students she approached ecstatic to sign it, but one member of UCLA’s student government encouraged her to change the language to “diversity” and “sensitivity training” to hide their real intentions so the administration would approve it.

Report: Home Assistants with ‘Moral AI’ Could Call Police on Owners
The Daily Mail reported that home assistants could soon report their owners to the police for breaking the law based on a “Moral A.I.” system, if the ideas of academics in Europe are implemented. The newspaper reported that academics at the University of Bergen in Norway discussed the idea of a “moral A.I.” for smart home assistants, like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, during a conference.

Trump peace proposal inflaming the Right
After Jared Kushner, adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, made some revealing statements about the much-discussed Trump peace plan on Monday, New Right Party is trading barbs with the Likud regarding the possibility that Trump will pressure Israel into allowing a Palestinian state.

Kushner, in Gulf, says U.S. Mideast peace plan addresses borders issue
White House adviser Jared Kushner, giving a broad outline of a U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, said it will address final-status issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including establishing borders. In an interview…Kushner made no specific mention of a Palestinian state, whose creation had been at the foundation of Washington’s peace efforts for two decades.

House set to vote to end Trump’s border wall ’emergency’
The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Tuesday on a resolution to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico. House Democrats introduced the resolution last week, challenging Trump’s assertion that he could take money Congress had appropriated for other activities and use it to build the wall.

Judge gives green light to Trump ban on gun ‘bump stocks’
A federal judge gave the Trump administration the go-ahead on Monday to ban “bump stocks” – rapid-fire gun attachments used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history – in a defeat for firearms rights advocates. Opponents had sought a preliminary injunction saying the government did not have the legal authority to enforce the ban.

Why is ‘locust’ a trigger word for the Bible?
Locusts are swarming in the Middle East, triggering thoughts of biblical plagues and pestilence. Here are a few of last week’s headlines warning of major imminent attacks in the Middle East – not by men and weapons of war, but by grasshoppers.

EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Prevented FBI From Pursuing Gross Negligence Charges Against Clinton
..Early in the Hillary Clinton email case, the Department of Justice reached a decision that would have far-reaching implications in the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Russian State TV: If Putin Strikes America With Nuclear Weapons, These Are His Targets
On Sunday night, Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia’s main weekly TV news show ‘Vesti Nedeli,’ revealed a map of America with marked off targets, should a Cold War-style nuclear war develop between Russia and the United States.

Democrats Hoping To Be The Next President All Voted Against Born Alive Bill And One Republican Didn’t Even Vote
The Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act, which would have ensured that babies who survive abortions are given medical attention, failed to pass the U.S. Senate Monday evening.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hints That People Will Need To Be Prevented Through Forced Sterilization From Having Kids In Order To ‘Stop Climate Change’ From Spreading
Before you go and accuse me of writing a ‘sensationalistic headline’ please hear me out, because what I am telling you is very true. Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as silly sounding and ignorant she may be, has made it to the ‘big show’ of American politics, and she has very powerful backing behind her.

PayPal CEO Admits Partnership with Far-Left SPLC to Blacklist Conservatives
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman admitted during an interview with the Wall Street Journal that PayPal works with the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when it considers blacklisting conservatives.

Prosecutors Charge LGBT Activist with Burning Down Own Home
…The newspaper, citing two individuals who worked along Joly at St. Johns United Church of Christ, where the Jackson Pride Center is based from, reported that Jolly, 54, had become “frustrated the controversy over gay rights had died down with the passage of the nondiscrimination law.”

Six Dead in Mexican Border City Weekend Cartel Clashes near Texas
Six people died in the most recent wave of local cartel violence over the weekend.

NY Democrats’ Health Care Law Spends $500m Taxpayer Money on Illegal Immigrants
Democratic New York lawmakers have introduced a new bill that pushes to spend over $500 million in taxpayer money to provide free health care for illegal immigrants in the cash-strapped state.

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH: The End Times ‘Universal Peace Document’ Pope Francis Signed With Islamic Leader Makes No Reference Of Any Kind To Jesus Christ Or The Bible
Back in 2015, when Pope Francis addressed the United Nations, he said a very unusual thing. Speaking to the General Assembly, the Catholic leader said that he had come ‘in my own name‘ to speak with them. Huh?? I thought that the “holy father” was the ‘Vicar of Christ‘, and was the representative of Jesus Christ on the earth? The Bible tells us, of course, that the pope is no such thing, but the Catholic Church says that he is, right? So why on Earth did he not say that he had come ‘in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth’?

How the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact might unleash a violent civil war following the 2020 election… which is exactly what Democrats want
It’s no longer difficult to see how the next civil war unfolds. Lawless Democrats, driven to the point of madness over the defeat of Hillary Clinton, have already formed a pact of a dozen U.S. states. This pact — dubbed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact — will divert the electoral votes of those states to the candidate that wins the popular vote (i.e. has the most overall national votes), even if those votes are achieved via widespread voting fraud, ballot harvesting and the coordinated mass voting of illegals — all favorite tactics of lawless Democrats.

Islamic Jihad touts new missile that can hit Tel Aviv and beyond
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group boasted Sunday evening that it had developed a new missile that can hit beyond Tel Aviv, threatening to turn Israeli cities into “hell.”

Britain to blacklist Hezbollah in its entirety as a terror group
The United Kingdom on Monday moved to outlaw the Lebanese organization Hezbollah and recognize it in its entirety as a terror group, the British government said in a statement.


Headlines – 2/26/2019

Jared Kushner heads to Middle East to promote peace plan

Kushner: Economy and ‘redrawing of borders’ the focal points of Trump peace plan

Kushner: “deal of the century” to focus on permanent solution

Gulf states offering ‘de facto’ recognition of Israel

Israeli-Palestinian conflict steals limelight at first ever EU-Arab League Summit

Kushner speaks about peace plan, fuels election battles on Right

Trump peace proposal inflaming the Right

New Right, Likud accuse each other of enabling Kushner’s two-state push

Bennett warns: a Netanyahu-Gantz government means a Palestinian state

Numerous Likud MKs support, none oppose, Netanyahu’s empowering of extremist party

US Orthodox group backs Netanyahu over bid to put Kahanists in Knesset

Netanyahu’s defense said to ask minister for documents to help prove his innocence

PA: Hamas, Islamic Jihad behind anti-Abbas protests

Palestinians accused of uprooting trees planted for terror victim Ori Ansbacher

Hezbollah’s tunnels offer sneak peek at looming major conflict with Israel

Britain to blacklist Hezbollah in its entirety as a terror group

After UK, ADL calls on rest of world to proscribe Hezbollah as terror group

Anti-Semitism spreads in Europe: New incidents in Poland, Spain, Greece

Argentina chief rabbi severely beaten in ‘anti-Semitic’ home invasion

The Anti-Israel World Council of Churches

Polarisation causes instability in Middle East, Qatari official says

Report: Iran tried to infiltrate Israel’s rocket alert system

German president under fire after congratulating Iran on revolution anniversary

Iranian foreign minister Zarif abruptly steps down with vague ‘apology’ about ‘inability to serve’ and ‘shortcomings’

US dismisses surprise resignation of Iran’s Zarif

Javad Zarif’s resignation: blow for nuclear deal and win for Iran’s hardliners

Assad Meets Iran’s Khamenei for First Time Since Syria War Began

On first trip to Iran in years, Assad thanks Khamenei for helping him win war

France’s Macron welcomes US reversal on keeping troops in Syria

Syria war: Jihadist takeover in rebel-held Idlib sparks alarm

Iraq’s president in Paris to discuss fight against ISIS

Iraq says it will prosecute 13 French ISIS militants captured in Syria

Iraq saves France from thorny repatriations of Islamic State jihadists

Senior Taliban leaders in Qatar for talks with US peace envoy

‘If the Americans go, then in one day it will collapse’: Afghan army haemorraghing soldiers as US talks peace with the Taliban

Bashir’s state of emergency fails to end Sudan protests

Nigeria election violence killed ‘at least 39’: Monitors

Ballots are being counted in a Nigerian election plagued by unrest and other problems

Burkina forces kill nearly 30 ‘terrorists’ in operation: Military

Algerians take to the streets over president’s plan to seek fifth term

Algerian police use tear gas as rare anti-government protests enter third day

India says its jets strike ‘terror camps’ inside Pakistan

After Putin’s warning, Russian TV lists nuclear targets in US

The Militarization of Xi Jinping’s China “Recovering” Areas They Never Have Ruled

US warships just sailed through the Taiwan Strait again, ignoring China’s repeated warnings

White House vows to shed Obama-era policy of ‘cowering’ before North Korea ahead of second Trump-Kim summit

Sanders praises Trump’s meetings with Kim Jong Un

Trump tamps down expectations as he heads to Kim summit

Vietnam vows ‘maximum level’ security for Trump-Kim summit

Venezuela ex-spy chief reveals Maduro’s ties to Hezbollah, drugs

US vows to take action as Venezuela aid operation turns deadly

US slaps sanctions on Venezuelan governors supporting Maduro

VP Mike Pence: Hopeful for a peaceful transition in Venezuela; all options on the table

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro accuses US government of fabricating a crisis to start war in South America

Cuba overwhelmingly approves new constitution affirming ‘irrevocable’ socialism

New York, California, 14 other states sue Trump in 9th Circuit over emergency declaration

Wisconsin governor issues order pulling National Guard troops from border, citing no ‘crisis’

Trump warns GOP senators wavering on emergency declaration

Trump Slams Spike Lee: Calls His Oscar Speech ‘Racist,’ Implies He Is Illiterate

Trump Slammed as ‘Most Racist President in Modern History’ by Scarborough After Spike Lee Attack

Former Trump campaign staffer sues, alleging that Trump kissed her without consent

Rosenstein: Government transparency isn’t always appropriate

Byron York: Cohen hearings designed to keep public in dark about Russia

Trump Org slams probe; Trump Jr. calls feds ‘Stalinist’

Brexit could be delayed until 2021, EU sources reveal

A man volunteered to have a chip inserted under his skin live on stage at a trade show this week

The Trauma Floor: The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America

Report: Home Assistants with ‘Moral AI’ Could Call Police on Owners

Failed 1970s Venus Probe Could Crash to Earth This Year

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kuril’sk, Russia

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 30,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile eurpts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Ibu volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

The strongest February typhoon on record packs 180 mph gusts, sideswiping Guam

Newest winter storm could bring 8 feet of snow above Tahoe, ‘atmospheric river’ to Bay Area

100 mph winds in Sierra, snow from Oregon to Montana

Wind cuts power to hundreds of thousands of people from the Midwest to the Northeast

‘Ice tsunami’ spawned by windstorm spurs evacuations along Lake Erie, as thousands without power across East

February is coldest in Los Angeles in nearly 60 years

It’s raining fish in Malta

Fish Flood The Streets Of Xemxija After Being Washed Ashore By The Storm

Canada pledges $2.65B to help developing countries tackle climate change

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Could Cost $93 Trillion, Group Says

Ocasio-Cortez: People Maybe Shouldn’t Reproduce Due To Climate Change

Crispr Infuses First Human in Landmark Gene-Editing Study

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

Dems block ‘born alive’ bill to provide medical care to infants who survive failed abortions

Senate Dems block bill to protect abortion survivors, calling it a GOP stunt

Trump claims Democrats ‘don’t mind executing babies after birth’ after blocked abortion bill

Illinois bill will make state the ‘abortion capital of America,’ pro-life group warns

‘Trigger’ abortion bill clears Oklahoma Senate panel

Judge rules Planned Parenthood clinic in Missouri cannot resume abortions

Conservatives defend Trump DC Circuit pick Neomi Rao, after GOP Sen. Hawley raises abortion concerns

New poll finds drastic increase in Democrats identifying as ‘pro-life’ in just 1 month

GOP lawmaker backtracks on anti-gay bill after daughter publicly shames him

Compulsory sex and LGBT+ education sparks religious backlash in UK

United Methodist Church moves closer to breakup over LGBTQ stand

Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex charges

Texas ‘prophet’ followers call ‘Jesus in the flesh’ shown in sex tape with multiple women

AI ‘Deity’ To Preach Buddhism In Japanese Temple


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Priscilla Shirer, Contemplative Mystic Seeker-Sensitive False teacher

New poll finds “dramatic shift” on abortion attitudes towards pro life

Dems block ‘born alive’ bill to provide medical care to infants who survive failed abortions

The world has become more peaceful and despite wars in Syria and Middle East fewer people are dying in armed conflicts, scientists say


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019
Injured workers defrauded of their rights
RENEWAMERICA STAFF — In Utah, unethical “insurance medical examiners” hired to deprive injured workers of guaranteed Workers Compensation medical and other benefits are protected by “state policy” from any liability for harm resulting from their fraudulent examinations…. (more)


February 26, 2019
Alan Keyes says border issue has ‘implications for our survival as a free people’
ALAN KEYES — pening Statement for the Defense People in Congress and the media are snarling like rabid dogs at President Trump’s brave declaration that he intends to use his powers as commander in chief of our nation’s defense forces to re-establish firm control of the U.S. border with Mexico…. (more)

February 26, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s “days are numbered,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted in the midst of a dramatic effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the country…. (more)


February 26, 2019
THE HILL — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted on Friday that a “handful” of Republicans will back a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall. “A handful. … [But] there will be enough [left] to sustain a veto,” Graham told Fox News, asked how many Republicans would vote with Democrats in the Senate…. (more)

February 26, 2019
FOX NEWS — She may be America’s most famous freshman congresswoman, but in New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a virtual ghost. She has no district office and no local phone number, unlike the state’s three other freshman members…. (more)

February 26, 2019
‘Is it OK to still have children?’
DAILY WIRE — Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested on Sunday night that people should consider not having children due to climate change because there is a “scientific consensus” that life will be hard for kids.”Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around and so it’s basically like, there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult,” Ocasio-Cortez… (more)


February 23, 2019
FOX NEWS — Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison time for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during failed abortions, leading conservatives to wonder openly whether Democrats were embracing “infanticide” to appeal to left-wing voters…. (more)

February 23, 2019
Joseph Farah asks why no president in 30 years has talked like this
JOSEPH FARAH — Do you know how long it’s been since an American president gave a sweeping, inspirational talk on the oppressive death cult of socialism? I know for sure it hasn’t been delivered since 1989, when Ronald Reagan left office. But an absolutely stirring one was given last Monday – – and you could hear a pin drop from within the media swamp…. (more)


February 23, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Bernie Sanders reminisced in 1986 about watching the 1960 presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon and how it made him sick to hear them talk tough about Fidel Castro’s uprising…. (more)


February 23, 2019
DAILY CALLER — The first shipment of humanitarian aid crossed the border from Brazil to Venezuela Saturday, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said, but getting aid to the people of Venezuela continues to be beyond difficult…. (more)


February 23, 2019
NEWSMAX — A California couple pleaded guilty Friday to torture and years of abuse that included shackling some of their 13 children to beds and starving them to the point they stopped growing…. (more)

February 23, 2019
‘R’ rating for ‘Unplanned’ effectively endorses pro-life position
WORLDNETDAILY — Abortion, according to Hollywood, is “an act of violence.” That’s the conclusion of the makers of “Unplanned” after the MPAA, the Motion Picture Association of America, gave their movie an “R” rating. The MPAA, noted directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, issued no caution for profanity, nudity, sex or violence, “except for violence directly associated with the abortion process.”… (more)

February 23, 2019
Calls on Americans to urge Congress to support born-alive bill
BOB UNRUH — James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and the James Dobson Family Institute, the author of dozens of books on family and adviser to at least five presidents, has battled the abortion cartel much of his career…. (more)

February 22, 2019
LIFE NEWS — While calling himself a Christian, abortionist Willie Parker admitted Thursday that he has killed tens of thousands of human beings in abortions. Parker made the comment during a debate with Professor Mike Adams at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Summit Ministries and Ratio Christi hosted the event…. (more)


February 22, 2019
AMERICAN GREATNESS — The most immense and dangerous public scandal in American history is finally cracking open like a ripe pomegranate. The broad swath of the Trump-hating media that has participated in what has amounted to an unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the government are reduced to reporting the events and revelations of the scandal in which they have been complicit, in a po-faced ho-hum manner to impart to the misinformed public that this is as routine as stock market fluctuations or the burning of an American flag in Tehran…. (more)


February 22, 2019
NEWSMAX — Special Counsel Robert Mueller will not deliver his long-awaited report next week on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, said a senior U.S. Justice Department official on Friday, amid expectations that Mueller’s report was imminent…. (more)

February 22, 2019
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — A conservative student identified as Hayden Williams was attacked on the campus of UC Berkeley today after he was confronted by several people for his political activism. One assailant punched Williams in the face and is currently being sought by the police…. (more)

February 22, 2019
NEWSMAX — The Trump administration says it will prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions. The policy – – certain to be challenged in court by abortion rights supporters – – was released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department. It pleased religious conservatives, a key building block of President Donald Trump’s political base…. (more)

February 21, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has picked Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Trump says in a pair of tweets Friday evening that Craft “has done an outstanding job representing our Nation” and he has “no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level.”… (more)

February 21, 2019
Alan Keyes says any enforcement of Roe today ‘is contrary to reason’
ALAN KEYES — Many people assume that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is simply a matter of brute force, as it were – – i.e., achieving political victories that force through the appointment of enough previously convinced pro-life justices to achieve that outcome. Consistent with the injudicious temper of our times, no one appears to believe that rational persuasion, in light of rationally presented historical and constitutional evidence, persuasively argued, will dictate the result…. (more)

February 21, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the release of any report on the Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be totally up to U.S. Attorney General William Barr…. (more)


February 21, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that state and local governments are not exempt from the Constitutional prohibition against imposing “excessive fines” on citizens, significantly constraining the ability of law enforcement to seize the property of criminal suspects…. (more)


February 21, 2019
NEWSMAX — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said…. (more)


February 21, 2019
NEWSMAX — The high school student seeking $250 million from The Washington Post has a “reasonable case” for libel, attorney Alan Dershowitz said. Dershowitz appeared on Hill.TV’s “Rising” and commented on the lawsuit filed this week…. (more)

February 21, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Republicans toiling to re-elect President Trump are freshly optimistic, confident a Democratic Party dominated by ambitious progressives is scaring wayward factions of the conservative coalition back into the fold…. (more)