Daily Archives: March 1, 2019

March 1 Obstacles or Opportunities?

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 11:18–28

Key Verse: Deuteronomy 11:26

Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse.

Joshua and the nation of Israel were preparing to enter the promised land. Moses would not go with them. His last responsibility as their leader would be to issue a charge concerning the land they were about to enter. He explained that if they would keep the commandments of the Law, then God would drive out their enemies before them.

Often we find ourselves wondering why God does not remove all the obstacles after He blesses us. The excitement of a new job turns sour the moment we find out the boss has a dark side. The dream house becomes a nightmare when we find out the roof leaks and the water heater needs replacing.

Many times God places obstacles in our lives to keep us humble and dependent on Him. The very name God gave the promised land—Canaan—means “a place of humility.” The Israelites longed to enter the land of promise, yet they realized that along with the promise came the tests and trials of life.

There will be times when you feel as though you have run into a brick wall. The obstacle facing you may seem overwhelming, but take heart. These are the times God wants you to turn to Him and trust Him to remove the obstacle blocking your path.

Dear Lord, when it seems that a brick wall looms ahead, let me turn to You. Help me realize that obstacles keep me dependent on Your power. I trust You to remove every barrier from my path in Your perfect timing.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 64). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 1 Pray Without Ceasing

Scripture reading: Psalm 5:1–3

Key verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

What did the apostle Paul mean when he wrote, “Pray without ceasing”? For one, he was indicating that we can live in an attitude of prayer even though we are engaged in everyday activity. That does not mean we walk around mumbling prayers to God, though there will be days when we pray much more than others.

Instead, the indication here leans to one of opportunity. We can have a natural attitude of prayer surrounding our lives. Prayer is a sign that we are dependent on the Lord and not on ourselves. Should you pray about trivial matters? Yes. God listens to every prayer. A prayer to find lost glasses or to mentally retrieve forgotten information is a worthy request.

God has called us to be people of prayer. Communication on this level is one of intimate fellowship with the Savior. Through prayer, we discover the goodness and personal devotion of God. Though taking time to be alone with God is the ideal, we don’t have to limit ourselves. God hears our prayers no matter where we pray.

Oswald Chambers spoke to this issue: “So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him. But when we pray through the power of the Holy Spirit we realize the resources of God. He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children.”

Dear Lord, give me reckless confidence in You as my loving heavenly Father, one who is concerned about my every need.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 64). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

More than 300 store closures are announced in a single day as the retail apocalypse rips through JCPenney, Gap, and Victoria’s Secret — Business Insider

Store closing
Retailers are closing more stores.

Gap, JCPenney, and Victoria’s Secret announced more than 300 store closures over the course of 24 hours this week, sending a clear signal that the fallout from the retail apocalypse is far from over. Tesla also announced it would close “many” of its 378 physical dealerships in favor of online-only sales.

Gap said Thursday that it would close 230 namesake stores over the next two years as it reported that the brand’s same-store sales fell 7% during the holiday quarter. The company also said it would spin off its Old Navy brand.

Earlier in the day, JCPenney said it would close 27 stores in 2019, including 18 full-line department stores and 9 home and furniture stores. The department-store chain said same-store sales fell 4% during the fourth quarter.

Victoria’s Secret’s same-store sales also fell during the holidays, dropping 3% during the quarter. The company said late Wednesday that it would close 53 stores this year, citing a “decline in performance.”

These announcements will bring the number of planned store closures this year to nearly 4,500, not counting the unknown number of Tesla closings.

“Shifting all sales online, combined with other ongoing cost efficiencies, will enable us to lower all vehicle prices by about 6% on average,” Tesla said in a blog post.

More:Retail Apocalypse JCPenney Victoria’s Secret Gap

Weekly Watchman for 03/01/2019

Learning By Asking Questions

Jesus was the master of asking the right questions to reveal the hearts of men and expose their hearts and their bad thought process.  On our Listener Comments and Questions podcast, Mike shares a conversation he had with a man who was defending a woman’s “right to abortion” and justifying it with God’s Word.  We’ll discuss how we can master the art of asking the right questions to get to the real heart of any matter.We are also very excited as Mike’s new books are now available through Aneko Press as well as Amazon. Mike opens today’s podcast talking about why he believes investing in his new books. (All proceeds support Stand Up For the Truth Radio) It is crucial to help Christians recognize and refute the Satan’s deceptions that have taken over the world and are infiltrating a growing number of Christian Churches.

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Christians Can Bring Clarity to Cultural Confusion

Our guest today is John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio! We discuss several issues Christians in America are dealing with including: the movement to whitewash socialism, public schools pushing secular, LGBTQ agendas, the increase of victim-hood becoming a badge of honor, and how to “right the ship” within Christianity in the west.Has the church generally lost her identity? Is it too late to bear witness against a godless, pagan culture? John offers both a historical, big picture view of our current moral decline and speculates about possible hard solutions.

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Education Matters: The Battle For Truth

Satan and this fallen world has an agenda to conform us into its image.  God also has an agenda. Disciples of Jesus Christ are to be transformed into His image in thought, word and deed.  Obviously these are mutually exclusive agendas, so it’s difficult if not impossible to find a compromise between these conflicting agendas.  Today we look at one of the powerful tools the enemy uses to advance his godless agenda: public education.  Mike and David are joined by Dr. Duke Pesta of Freedom Project Media and the Dr. Duke Show to see how government-run schools and progressive universities are putting the squeeze on anyone who does not conform to its humanist views.We discuss the  sad but not surprising news from the U.S. Senate vote Monday in which Democrats refused to even recognize that a baby surviving an abortion is entitled to life and medical care.  We also look at the decision made yesterday by the divided United Methodist Church regarding its stance on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

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A Quiet but Important Schism

There is a growing schism going on in within Christianity in America. It has been slow and subtle, but it is reaching the point where serious disciples of Jesus Christ are starting to take notice. This schism is centered around two important points:

Is the Christian walk about salvation, or holiness?
The Church’s relationship with the world.

Jesus warned that many who called Him “lord” would be condemned to eternal hell. Jesus and the Apostles warned that a great apostasy would infect the professing church in the days leading up to the Lord’s return. The Bible is clear that evil would grow exponentially in the final days and that Christians are to be a unique, holy people set aside for the glory of God.  This means the true Church of Jesus Christ should be increasingly contradictory to the teachings and behaviors of this wicked world. Instead, some churches are intent on looking more like the world.

Mike and Crash discuss this great schism and how Christians who are serious about pursuing holy living can determine if they are in a church that is increasingly unique, or one that is conforming to the world.

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Christian Devotionals: Quick Fix or Contextual Study?

A lot of Christians read quick, daily devotionals as part of their routine. The concern is in some cases it has replaced reading and studying God’s Word in depth as we become busier and busier and are looking for that “quick fix” instead of a deep, intensive Bible study.

That is certainly not to say that all devotional studies are bad or wrong; but a devotional written by man will often have the slant or perspective of the writer and may or may not accurately reflect God’s message or context on the subject. The best devotional study we can do is one directly from the Bible itself since it is inspired by God and eternal truth.

Pastor Jeff Solwold of Calvary Chapel in Madison joins us the good and bad of daily devotionals for Christians and how to use God’s Word to gain the wisdom and insight we need to navigate life in these challenging times. Pastor Jeff can be heard weekdays at 5a.m. here on Q90 FM Christian Truth Radio.

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March 1, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

We Know That Food Is Not an Issue with God

But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. But take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. And thus, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. (8:8–12)

The third truth with which Paul agreed was that eating or not eating food has no spiritual significance in itself. Neither act will commend us to God. Commend (paristēmi) means “to place near, bring beside, present to.” Neither eating or not eating food will bring us closer to God or make us approved by Him. The general point is that doing things not forbidden by God has no significance in our relationship to Him. They are spiritually neutral. Food is an excellent illustration of that fact.

Common sense and concern for the bodies God has given us should make us careful about what and how much we eat. Gluttony is harmful and eating foods to which we are allergic is harmful. No sensible, mature person will do those things. But, in itself, eating or not eating certain foods has absolutely no spiritual significance. Jesus made it plain that “there is nothing outside the man which going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man” (Mark 7:15). The Lord’s command to Peter to “kill and eat” was both figurative, referring to accepting Gentiles, and literal, referring to eating food previously considered ceremonially unclean (Acts 10:10–16; cf. v. 28). And Paul told Timothy to receive all food with thankfulness (1 Tim. 4:4).

Food makes no difference for food’s sake, for ceremony’s sake, or for God’s sake. But it can make a great difference for the sake of the conscience of some of His children. What would not otherwise be wrong for us becomes wrong if it is a stumbling block to the weak. Obviously, some Corinthian believers could not handle such liberty; it would pull them down into the pit from which they had been delivered. If an immature brother sees us doing something that bothers his conscience, his spiritual life is harmed. We should never influence a fellow Christian to do anything that the Holy Spirit, through that person’s conscience, is protecting him from.

A mature believer rightly sees no harm for himself in dining in an idol’s temple in some family or community event. He does not accept the pagan beliefs or participate in the pagan practices, but he can associate with pagan people because he is spiritually strong; he has spiritual knowledge.

But if a Christian who has a conscience that is weak sees a mature believer eating in the temple, the weak brother is likely to be tempted to go against his own conscience and to eat in the temple himself. That could be dangerous to him, causing him to go against his own conscience. Consequently, through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. Ruined has the idea of “to come to sin.” We cause that person to sin by leading him into a situation he cannot handle.

It is never right to cause another believer to violate his conscience. To do so runs the risk of ruining a brother for whose sake Christ died (cf. Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 1:18–19). Our Christian liberty must never be used at the expense of a Christian brother or sister who has been redeemed at such a price.

The voice of a Christian’s conscience is the instrument of the Holy Spirit. If a believer’s conscience is weak it is because he is spiritually weak and immature, not because the leading of his conscience is weak. Conscience is God’s doorkeeper to keep us out of places where we could be harmed. As we mature, conscience allows us to go more places and to do more things because we will have more spiritual strength and better spiritual judgment.

A small child is not allowed to play with sharp tools, to go into the street, or to go where there are dangerous machines or electrical appliances. The restrictions are gradually removed as he grows older and learns for himself what is dangerous and what is not.

God confines His spiritual children by conscience. As they grow in knowledge and maturity the limits of conscience are expanded. We should never expand our actions and habits before our conscience permits it. And we should never encourage, either directly or indirectly, anyone else to do that. By sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Causing a brother to stumble is more than an offense against him; it is an offense against our Lord. That is a strong warning. Surely no believer would desire to sin against Christ.

We should be eager to limit our liberty at any time and to any degree in order to help a fellow believer—a brother whom we should love, and a precious soul for whom Christ died.

Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, that I might not cause my brother to stumble. (8:13)

Paul restates the principle he has been explaining. In regard to doubtful things a Christian’s first concern should not be to exercise his liberty to the limit but to care about the welfare of his brother in Christ. Paul set the example. He would never eat meat again, or do anything else his own conscience allowed him to do, if that would cause his brother to stumble.

In deciding about whether or not to participate in any behavior that is doubtful, the following principles make a good checklist to follow.

Excess. Is the activity or habit necessary, or is it merely an extra that is not really important? Is it perhaps only an encumbrance that we should willingly give up (Heb. 12:1)?

Expediency. “All things are lawful for me,” Paul says, “but not all things are profitable,” or expedient (1 Cor. 6:12). Is what I want to do helpful and useful, or only desirable?

Emulation. “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). If we are doing what Christ would do, our action not only is permissible but good and right.

Example. Are we setting the right example for others, especially for weaker brothers and sisters? If we emulate Christ, others will be able to emulate us, to follow our example (1 Tim. 4:12).

Evangelism. Is my testimony going to be helped or hindered? Will unbelievers be drawn to Christ or turned away from Him by what I am doing? Will it help me conduct myself “with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity” (Col. 4:5)?

Edification. Will I be built up and matured in Christ; will I become spiritually stronger? “All things are lawful, but not all things edify” (1 Cor. 10:23).

Exaltation. Will the Lord be lifted up and glorified in what I do? God’s glory and exaltation should be the supreme purpose behind everything we do. “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).[1]

9. Take heed that your liberty. He leaves their liberty untouched, but moderates the use of it thus far—that it may not give occasion of stumbling to the weak. And he expressly desires that regard be had to the weak, that is, to those who are not yet thoroughly confirmed in the doctrine of piety, for as they are wont to be regarded with contempt, it is the will and command of the Lord, that regard should be had to them. In the meantime, he hints that strong giants, who may be desirous tyrannically to subject our liberty to their humour, may safely be let alone, because we need not fear giving offence to those who are not drawn into sin through infirmity, but eagerly catch at something to find fault with. What he means by an occasion of stumbling we shall see erelong.[2]

9 But this is precisely the point. If the believer with the weak conscience eats some of that food in the idol temple, in his heart he will be expressing devotion to that idol god. Thus the “powerful insistence” (exousia; NIV, “exercise of … freedom”) of the “knowledge-driven” believer will actually serve as a “stumbling block” to the spiritual development of the believer with the weak conscience. That, Paul says, is a no-no. If we really want to live by the principle of love, we will never let our superior knowledge put a stumbling block in the path of the spiritual growth of a developing Christian.[3]

8:9 / Paul turns directly to those insisting on eating idol meat and issues a strong directive, even an order, in the form of a warning. The niv smoothes the statement, which more literally reads, “See that this right of yours doesn’t become a stumbling block to the weak.” Paul writes to the group in the community that was flaunting its freedom. By insisting on their liberty, they made the exercise of rights their ultimate concern. Paul perceives this insistence to be a threat, for it was self-serving and short-sighted. Nowhere in such exercise of personal freedoms is priority given to others over self. No consensus is sought in such arrangements. So Paul says that when one group’s exercise of freedom or pursuit of rights becomes a scandal to another group’s sensibilities, then the free people should be aware of the problem they are creating. His statement stings; it does not gently raise a hesitation. The force of the statement is so direct that no one should miss Paul’s point.[4]

8:9. Paul responded to this imagined objection, warning them to be careful. He did not dispute the facts; he did not object to the theological perspectives of the knowledgeable ones. Rather, his pastoral concern for those with weak consciences led him to restrain the knowledgeable Corinthians’ behavior. He warned that the freedom enjoyed by those who understood the situation might become a stumbling block to the weak.

Those who understand have freedom, but they also have the responsibility to use that freedom in service to others (Gal. 5:13) and to restrain that freedom when it threatens to damage others. Those who understand sound doctrine must also take into account the weaknesses of others around them. Their knowledge must not overshadow their love for the brethren.[5]

9. But beware that this right of yours not become a hindrance to those who are weak.

With an adversative, Paul indicates that although he agrees with the general sentiment of the quotation (v. 8), he rejects the context in which it is used. In preceding verses (vv. 1–2), he had told the Corinthians that knowledge and love must go hand in hand. Knowledge by itself results in arrogance, but when it is accompanied by love, it edifies. And Paul, discovering an absence of love in the conduct of some Corinthians (compare Rom. 14:15), now registers a pastoral objection.

Paul detects a dangerous attitude that will undermine the unity of the church. He commands the readers to beware of their own conduct. He drafts the phrase this right of yours, in which the pronoun this reflects a trace of his dislike for the apparent haughtiness of some Corinthians (see Luke 15:30). Moreover, this is the second time the word weak occurs in this chapter (see v. 7). If this expression comes not from Paul but from these spiritually strong Corinthians, a measure of arrogance seems obvious. They aggressively claim for themselves the right to Christian liberty.

However, just as knowledge without love produces pride, so freedom without love generates arrogance. The Corinthians have the right to assert their freedom to eat food, for Paul himself teaches that “no food is unclean in itself” (Rom. 14:14). Yet Christian liberty must always be observed in the context of love for one’s neighbor in general and the spiritually weak brother or sister in particular.

The right that a Christian legitimately exercises should never become a hindrance to a fellow believer. Paul uses the word stumbling block to describe a specific obstacle a Christian can place on someone’s pathway. And the hindrance here is eating sacrificial meat, which was an offense to others in the church.

The freedom which a Christian enjoys must always be asserted in the context of serving one another in love (Gal. 5:13). His attitude should not be a hindrance to the weaker members of the church. Paul is not saying that those who are weak take offense but rather that those who are strong give offense. The members who promote their right to be free are exerting undue pressure on those whose conscience restricts them from eating certain kinds of meat. Paul, therefore, alerts the freedom-loving Corinthians to demonstrate love by not offending their fellow church members.[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 195–197). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 1, p. 282). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 332–333). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 177–178). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 137). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 272–273). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

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


President Donald Trump ordered his chief of staff in May to grant his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The White House is advancing plans to form a presidential panel that will question science used in U.S. military and intelligence reports showing that human-driven climate change poses national security risks, according to a source briefed by participants in the negotiations.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee said on Friday he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2020, joining the crowded field as a relative unknown who hopes to catch fire by making climate change a central issue of his campaign.

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators proposed legislation on Thursday that would let an estimated 72,000 Venezuelans remain in the United States after fleeing chaos in their country.

At least 25 Afghan soldiers were killed as they repelled an attack on Friday by the Taliban on a military base in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Venezuela, targeting six Venezuelan government officials tied to President Nicolas Maduro, in its latest move to squeeze the embattled leader.

Saudi Arabia has stripped citizenship from Hamza bin Laden, the son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the interior ministry said in a statement published by the official gazette.

South Korea will work with the United States and North Korea to ensure they reach agreement on denuclearization, the South’s president said on Friday, a day after talks between the U.S. and North Korean leaders collapsed over sanctions.

Thirty-five people, believed to be Rohingya Muslims abandoned at sea, were found safe on a Malaysian beach on Friday, officials said, part of what authorities fear could be a new wave of dangerous people smuggling by sea.

U.S. personal income fell for the first time in more than three years in January as dividends and interest payments dropped, pointing to moderate growth in consumer spending after it fell by the most since 2009 in December.

AP Top Stories

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was relieved that President Trump didn’t make a one-sided deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their summit in Vietnam, but said that even holding a second meeting with Kim amounted to handing a victory to the dictator.

Pakistani officials brought a captured Indian pilot to a border crossing with India for handover on Friday, a “gesture of peace” promised by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan amid a dramatic escalation with the country’s archrival over the disputed region of Kashmir.

Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) pushed back Wednesday against the rash of anti-Semitism accusations that have been leveled against her since she was elected, suggesting her “Jewish colleagues” and others may use accusations of bigotry to chill debate over U.S. policy toward Israel. “What I’m fearful of – because Rashida and I are Muslim – that a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim.

Three former Chilean nuns who claim to have been abused over two decades ago by priests in their religious order have hailed comments by Pope Francis this month in which he recognized the abuse of nuns in the Catholic Church.

Tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees are being forced to return to a remote town repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram, despite lacking security, food, water and shelter, aid agencies said Friday. The United Nations said some 20,000 refugees had returned to Rann from Cameroon on Thursday, taking the numbers who have now gone back to 30,000.

Turkey’s military conducted the second day of its largest naval exercise in its history on Thursday, carrying out drills with frigates, corvettes and submarines in the Black Sea, Aegean and eastern Mediterranean.

British Airways announced a multi-billion dollar order for up to 42 Boeing 777 fuel-efficient passenger jets on Thursday, just two weeks after Airbus said it would no longer make its A380 superjumbo.


Somalia’s security forces are battling gunmen in a building in Mogadishu, hours after a suicide car bomb attack on a busy street left at least 20 people dead, security sources say.

There is no reason to delay having another baby after a stillbirth, research in the Lancet suggests. Although women are often told to wait for a year before getting pregnant again, there is little evidence to back up this advice.

Santiago Lopez is a 19-year-old from Argentina. He’s the first millionaire bug-bounty hacker, which means he gets paid to find glitches in the software of some of the world’s biggest companies.

Australia has experienced its hottest summer on record, according to the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology. Hundreds of individual heat records were shattered across the country over the past three months.

Bangladesh has told the UN Security Council it will stop accepting any more Rohingya Muslims who flee from Myanmar. More than 740,000 Rohingya are in camps in Bangladesh after they were driven out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state during military crackdowns in 2016 and 2017.


Millions of people in Uganda have abandoned social media after punishing taxes were imposed on the use of networking sites and on money transactions using mobile phones.

A new study determined that a cremated man, who was treated for cancer shortly before his death, is the source of radioactive contamination at an Arizona crematorium.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 1, 2019

The Foundation

“A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” —James Madison (1792)

Cut Taxes, Grow Economy

Despite the naysayers, the latest GDP report reveals more good economic news for the nation.

The Left’s Latest Socialist Health Care Plan

House Dems introduce their authoritarian nightmare: Medicare for All.

Some Good Advice for Men From … Obama?

He spoke to young black men about the dangers of promiscuity, bullying, and selfishness.

Baltimore Reverses Course on Arming Cops in Schools

One of the nation’s worst cities for murder finally makes a sensible decision on guns.

Seeing Is Believing

We’ll believe Democrats mean what they’re saying when they start walking the walk.

The Destruction of Journalistic Integrity

“Above all, we are not propagandists or political operatives. That is not our job.”

Video: War on Women — Two Trans ‘Girl’ Athletes

By “transgender women,” we mean two biological guys who just stole awards from biological girls.

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Friday Top Headline Summary

Wheeler confirmed, Sanders hires an illegal, Jay Inslee jumps in, tax refunds up, Netanyahu’s legal trouble, and more.

Friday Short Cuts

Huh? “If you want a party that is moving closer to the center or whose voters say they want to be closer to center, that would be the Democrats.” —Jennifer Rubin

Today’s Meme

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News – 3/1/2019

“Deal of the century” or a plan doomed to failure?
So what’s the problem? The deal of the century’s main flaw is that it is based on the assumption that in 2019, Middle Eastern culture is not the same as it was a century ago, and that the region’s nations as well as their rulers, are prepared to accept Israel as a legitimate national entity with the a priori right to exist as a Jewish state or the state of the Jewish people – if Israel gives up Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the settlements. The problem is that this premise is totally wrong, and even those nations who made peace with us do not recognize the Jewish people’s right to a state of its own.

For Israelis, right or left, Netanyahu’s indictment is sad: editor’s note
The indictments against Netanyahu refer to crimes he is suspected of committing over the last few years while serving as Israel’s prime minister. More than historic though, Thursday will be remembered as a sad day, not just for the people who support Benjamin Netanyahu and believe he is innocent and the victim of political persecution, but also for those opposed to Netanyahu and the policies he has led for the last 10 years as Israel’s powerful prime minister.

Blessings From Heaven: Kinneret Rises Six Centimeters in 24 Hours
As God continues to answer Israel’s prayers for rain, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose by an astounding six centimeters (2.36 inches) over the last 24 hours and almost five feet so far this winter. Prior to this bountiful rainfall, Israel had been suffering from a five-year drought and 2018 was one of the driest in the last 100 years. Though Israel is a leader in water technology, receiving much of its water from desalination and recycling, the Kinneret, supplied by rainfall, still accounts for 25 percent of the drinking water.

Nanoparticle eye drops give mice night vision
Mammals such as humans are only capable of visually processing light in the visible spectrum, hence its name. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, however, wanted to find out if it was possible to extend that capability farther, allowing mice to visually detect longer wavelength infrared light that is given off by objects in both bright and dark environments.

Health officials confirm outbreak of potentially deadly contagious disease
MACON COUNTY, N.C. —Macon County Public Health officials have confirmed an outbreak of meningitis and at least one death caused by the disease. Two deaths have occurred in the last three weeks; one is confirmed to have been caused by Neisseria meningitidis.

‘Liar, liar, pants on fire!’: Republicans bring out posters to mock Michael Cohen during his congressional testimony
During their questioning, Republicans displayed the posters on easels, as is common for members to display charts or evidence in certain cases. On the posters were quotes attempting to discredit Cohen and pictures of a Twitter account created at his request to praise his appearance and sex appeal. One sign simply called him a liar.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren slams Israeli corruption with Netanyahu’s indictment
“Corruption—in Israel, in the US, or anywhere else—is a cancer that threatens democracy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democratic presidential candidate wrote on her Twitter account late Thursday night. Her statement was made in the wake of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s announcement on Thursday that he has intent to indict – pending a hearing – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery.

If India and Pakistan go to war, Israeli weapons could be decisive
As India and Pakistan contemplate their next moves amid rising tensions, airstrikes and the downing of an Indian warplane, Israeli weapons could play a decisive role in a future war. India has become a key defense partner for Israel in recent years with Israeli technology playing a major role in India’s modernization programs for its large armed forces.

Parashat Vayakhel: Who will build the Tabernacle?
In this week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, we read the description of how the fund-raising was done to build the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, the temporary temple that accompanied the Children of Israel until the permanent one was built in Jerusalem. The call to contribute to the building of the Mishkan went out to the entire nation – men and women – and, indeed, the response was impressive:…

Somali militants holed up as battle rages in Mogadishu
Somalia’s security forces are battling gunmen in a building in Mogadishu, hours after a suicide car bomb attack on a busy street left at least 20 people dead, security sources say. The attack was launched late on Thursday by suspected al-Shabab militants in an area lined with hotels, shops and restaurants. The gunmen then seized a nearby building and were surrounded.

Brexit: EU rejects no deal citizens rights call
The EU has rejected calls for an agreement to protect UK and EU expats’ rights, if there is a no-deal Brexit. Tory MP Alberto Costa quit his government job to table an amendment calling for the protections. It was backed by the government in votes on Wednesday, with Mr Costa urging the PM to write to EU chiefs to demand an agreement on rights.

Experts On High Alert After Dead, Sick Dolphins Wash Ashore On Calif. Coastline
From Laguna to Huntington Beach, an unprecedented number of dolphins are washing ashore dead or so sick that they have to be humanely euthanized. “It’s a shock and not happy about it whatsoever,” said Newport Beach resident Eric Fritz. “They’re our friends, are you kidding? I’ve rode waves with dolphins before.”

Humans could get X-Men ‘SUPER VISION’ to see in the DARK after nanoparticles let mice see infrared
HUMANS could get the power to see in the dark after mice were injected with nanoparticles which gave them the ability to see infrared light. The rodents were given infrared night vision for 10 weeks after the injection, with only minor side effects, in an experiment conducted by Chinese and US scientists.

Israel slams ‘hostile’ and ‘biased’ UN report on Gaza deaths
Israel on Thursday hit back furiously at a UN Human Rights Council’s report claiming Israeli soldiers intentionally fired on civilians and could have committed crimes against humanity during a string of crackdowns against Palestinian demonstrators last year in Gaza that left 189 people dead.

The Middle East Peace Plan Being Pushed By Jared Kushner Will Require Israel To Tear Down Their 440 Miles Of Protective Barrier Border Walls
Israel has spent the better part of the last decade and a half building an elaborate labyrinth of protective barrier border walls that shield them from attacks on the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and on their southern border with Egypt. This has reduced the number of terrorist incursions to virtually zero. Illegal immigration? Non-existent. Walls work. The only people against Israel’s wall system are the terrorists. No surprise there.

If I Were The Devil: Paul Harvey’s 1965 Warning To America Comes True
Alex Jones breaks down a special report highlighting the prophetic 1965 speech by Paul Harvey, explaining how the devil deceives humanity.

92% of Berlin left-wing activists live with their parents
The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report found.

‘Atmospheric river’ spawns massive flooding in California, turns town into ‘island’ as thousands told to flee
Days of heavy rain from a weather system known as an “atmospheric river” pounding Northern California has spawned floodwaters that have inundated a town north of San Francisco, cutting off all road access Wednesday as authorities warned thousands to flee.

One Day After Jared Kushner Says Israel’s Walls ‘Must Come Down For Peace’, Benjamin Netanyahu Is Indicted On Fraud And Bribery Charges
Just as the radical Progressive Left in America wakes up each and every day thinking of how they might be able to bring down President Donald Trump, the radical Progressive Left in Israel does the same with their hatred of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Today they scored of victory of sorts as the Israeli attorney general announced his intention to indict Netanyahu on a variety of charges.

Rise of drug-resistant superbugs rings alarm bells in Europe
The spread of superbugs resistant to antimicrobial drugs shows no sign of slowing in Europe, health officials said on Tuesday, making food poisoning and other infections more difficult to treat.

How to Buy Your Way Into a Top Secret US Government Intel Facility – FBI/DOJ Coverup of Clinton Foundation Connected AGT
A 2016 DOJ criminal investigation was suppressed and buried by the DOJ/FBI that involved a major NY Democratic power broker and the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation.

The Queen Signs Official EU Withdrawal Bill, Making Brexit ‘Irreversible’
Queen Elizabeth II has signed the official EU Withdrawal Bill into law which will make Brexit irreversible and an ‘Act of Parliament.’The massive blow will completely derail George Soros’ campaign for a second referendum.

Did CNN Ambush Bernie Sanders With Political Operatives Disguised As Everyday People? 
“Former Biology Professor” (and Chair of the Baltimore County Democratic Party)

Headlines – 3/1/2019

Netanyahu to stand trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, pending hearing

‘You knew you were taking a bribe’: The specifics of Netanyahu’s alleged crimes

With Netanyahu indictment cast, what happens now? Not much (pending a hearing)

Netanyahu’s legal war will wait; it’s his political life he’s fighting for now

Netanyahu campaign calls indictment decision ‘attempted political assassination’

Facing bribery charges, Netanyahu decries ‘political plot’ to topple him from power

Netanyahu: AG recommendations are ‘unprecedented witch hunt’

Netanyahu vows to refute ‘vile charges,’ urges Likud voters to stick with him

Netanyahu, unfazed by indictment, vows to be prime minister for years

After AG’s decision, left calls on PM to resign while right backs him up

Gantz appeals to Netanyahu to put Israel’s interests first and ‘resign’

Gantz calls on Netanyahu to resign, saying Israel can’t have a ‘half-time prime minister’

US Sen. says allegations against Netanyahu are ‘serious’

Putin hopes Israel ties will continue to grow despite Netanyahu’s ‘situation’

How evangelical-supported group has helped 750,000 Jews migrate to Israel

Ex-judge, others jailed over cover-up of Argentina Jewish center attack probe

UN says Israel’s killings at Gaza protests may amount to war crimes

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable for alleged war crimes in Gaza

Israel slams ‘hostile’ and ‘biased’ UN report on Gaza deaths

UN Human Rights Council Derided as ‘Dangerous Joke’ After Issuing Anti-Israel Report on Gaza Border Violence

PLO’s Erekat calls on Iran to act as a ‘responsible state’

IRGC commander: Iran plans to ‘break America, Israel and Saudi Arabia’

Iranian threat puts Israeli-Russia relations on track

Russian train displays Syria War spoils to show Russian People

Trump says all Islamic State territory retaken, contradicting allied commander

Trump surprises allies, claims US-backed forces reclaimed 100% of ISIS territory in Syria

US-backed SDF expects ‘fierce battle’ in final ISIS enclave

The Islamic State is dying … but believers in its radical ideology live on

Death toll from Al Shabaab suicide car bomb in Somalia rises to 29

Turkey launches ‘Blue Homeland’ naval drill

Fethullah Gulen: Erdogan has destroyed Turkish democracy

U.S. lawmakers press for oversight of any Saudi nuclear deal

Four killed in Taliban attack on US-Afghan base in Helmand

Pakistan Will Release Captured Indian Pilot on Friday as a ‘Peace Gesture,’ Says PM

Why China doesn’t want to get caught in the middle of a India-Pakistan conflict

Pompeo: US worried over Chinese moves threatening navigation

#TrumpFail Trends on Twitter After North Korea Summit Falls Apart

Hannity defends Trump ending Kim summit early, says media should read ‘The Art of the Deal’

U.S. and North Korea offer contradictory accounts of why the Trump-Kim summit collapsed

S.Korea to work with U.S. and N.Korea after failed nuclear talks

Limited Trump-Kim nuke deal possible – War could kill millions

Unidentified Men Entered North Korea’s Embassy in Madrid, Bound and Gagged Staff, and Stole Computers

Venezuela’s opposition leader says he will begin exercising his ‘duties as president’

U.S., Russia fail in rival bids for U.N. action on Venezuela

Republicans pressure Trump to back down on border emergency

Trump ordered Kushner be given security clearance despite concerns

Donald Trump slams Michael Cohen testimony as ‘shameful,’ accuses him of lying

Trump Derides ‘Fake’ Hearing but Says Cohen Truthful on ‘No Collusion’

Michael Cohen Makes History – There’s no precedent for such an attack on the essential nature of an American president

Democrats eye new inquiries, witnesses after Cohen testimony

House Democrats to Probe Trump Attacks on FBI, Courts, Media

Dems look to steer clear of impeachment talk after Cohen testimony

Trump adviser asks supporters to ‘put socialism on trial’

Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould: The scandal that could unseat Canada’s PM

In 30 days, the Brexit mayhem will get even worse

Macron says EU may block UK’s Brexit plan: ‘The time has come for the British to make choices’

Stock market wipes away $1 trillion from billionaires in 2018

China lost 161 billionaires because its stock markets tanked

There’s been a mysterious surge in $100 bills in circulation, possibly linked to global corruption

Facebook and Google will be punished with giant fines in the UK if they fail to rid their platforms of toxic content

Deep earthquake with magnitude 7.1 strikes southern Peru

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Macquarie Island, Australia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Anatuya, Argentina

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

Strong earthquake swarm 100 km north of Kolbeinsey island

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Multiple People Rescued in Floods as Heavy Rainfall Continues in Eretz Yisrael (Israel)

1,200 students rescued from Jerusalem school cut off by flooding

Section of West Bank barrier near Jerusalem collapses in rainstorm

India, Pakistan brace for more flooding, mountain snow as new storm targets Kashmir

At least 50 dead after intense rain plague northern, central coastal regions of Peru

Deadly California floods swamp 2,000 homes, turn 2 towns into ‘islands’; record snow hits Sierra

Vineyards become swamped following heavy rain in California wine country

‘Februburied’: Record snowfall stacks up in Sierra Nevada at Truckee Tahoe resorts

PG&E likely started the Camp Fire and expects a $10.5B impact to its bottom line, it tells regulators

Experts On High Alert After Dead, Sick Dolphins Wash Ashore On Calif. Coastline

Cue the X Files Music: Rare Fish Never Seen in Northern Hemisphere Washes Up in Santa Barbara

Cory Booker, other 2020 Dem presidential hopefuls introduce federal marijuana legalization bill

World Health Organization “deeply concerned” over attacks on Ebola clinics

UN warns of ‘complacency’ as measles cases soar worldwide

Arizona Lawmaker Kelly Townsend Compares Vaccines to Communism

House Republicans move to fast-track anti-abortion bill on heels of Virginia debate

Georgia Gov. Kemp backs bill to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Planned Parenthood of Illinois could lose millions over new rule surrounding abortion

An 11 year-old girl was forced to have a C-section in Argentina, after she didn’t get permission for an abortion in time

Meghan Markle says she plans to raise child with ‘fluid approach to gender’

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for March 1, 2019

March 1, 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 28, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Californians brag that their state is the world’s fifth-largest economy. They talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook, and Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian gods. Hollywood and universities such as Caltech, Stanford, and Berkeley are cited as permanent proof of the intellectual, aesthetic, and technological dominance of West Coast culture…. (more)

February 28, 2019
BREITBART — Nearly three-in-five American voters say barriers, fences, and walls at the United States-Mexico border are effective in stopping illegal immigration, a new poll finds. The latest Harvard/Harris Poll reveals sweeping agreement among the American electorate when it comes to the use of border walls at the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. About 57 percent of voters said a border wall at the southern border is either very or somewhat effective in stopping illegal immigration…. (more)

February 28, 2019
CBS-NEW YORK — The NYPD is warning police officers about a possible threat from the MS-13 gang, particularly when they are off-duty. CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports that in a bulletin the NYPD put out this alert: “Members of MS-13 are looking to ‘hit’ NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area as well as possibly Patchogue.”… (more)

February 28, 2019
REUTERS — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, visiting Brazil to drum up support for his bid to push for a change of government in his country, said on Thursday he will return to Caracas by Monday despite threats of imprisonment…. (more)

February 28, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — Venezuela’s oil industry took a major hit after the U.S. slapped energy sanctions on the country’s exports last month, causing them to plummet 40 percent. Exports are down to 920,000 barrels per day of crude and fuel, a significant drop from between 1.47 million and 1.66 million barrels per day Venezuela exported in the three months before the Trump administration’s January 28 sanctions, according to a Reuters analysis and data from the country’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA…. (more)

February 28, 2019
Planned Parenthood used ‘deceptive accounting gimmicks’ to get grants
WORLDNETDAILY — The federal Department of Health and Human Services has released a final rule that bans funding family planning programs at sites where abortions “are performed or recommended as a form of family planning.” The rule change was proposed last year by the Trump administration to deny federal tax dollars to organizations such as Planned Parenthood and others “that provide abortion services.”… (more)

February 27, 2019
CBS NEWS — Americans’ tax refunds are no longer shrinking. The latest data released by the Internal Revenue Service show that the average tax refund issued through the third week of February was $3,143. That’s slightly higher than the average refund at this time last year, which was $3,103…. (more)

February 27, 2019
FOX NEWS — An infant in Tokyo who is believed to be the smallest surviving baby boy in the world has finally been released from the hospital for the first time since his August birth. The boy, whose name remained confidential, was born via emergency C-section at 24 weeks gestation and weighed less than 10 ounces…. (more)

February 27, 2019
DAILY WIRE — On Monday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to voice his outrage after Senate Democrats effectively went on record as pro-infanticide. All but three Democrats in the Senate voted against Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would mandate doctors to provide medical care to babies born-alive after botched abortions…. (more)

February 27, 2019
DAILY WIRE — On February 15, a woman at the Casa Vallarta Mexican restaurant near Falmouth, Massachusetts, allegedly assaulted a young man wearing a MAGA hat and got herself arrested. After viewing Rosiane Santos’ fingerprints, police contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and it turned out that Santos was in the United States illegally. On Tuesday, she was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)…. (more)

February 26, 2019
Dictator of failed socialist state shuts down interview
WORLDNETDAILY — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the arrest of Univision’s Jorge Ramos when the television anchor displayed video of children in the failed socialist nation eating from a garbage truck. Ramos, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, and his team were detained for two hours at Miraflores palace Monday night in a dark room after all of their equipment was seized, Reuters reported… (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)


March 1 Testing Your Spiritual Moorings

scripture reading: Psalm 77
key verse: Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Your spiritual moorings are tested severely when adversity’s ill winds reach their zenith. It is easy to lose heart, to lose sight of God. Your raw, exposed emotions can take over, blurring your focus and weakening your endurance.

In these times you must embrace these crucial truths:

You must remember God’s past deliverances. God’s prior working in your life can be obscured in the storm. But in a moment of deliberate concentration, you need to remind yourself that God has delivered you before and He can do it again. David found faith to duel with Goliath by recalling how God had delivered him from the lion and the bear (1 Sam. 17:37).

You must stake your claim on God’s promises. God cannot lie; His Word is certain. In adversity you can rely on the promises of Scripture to sustain you and uphold you (Num. 23:19).

You must count on God’s unfailing love. God’s loving–kindness—His gracious presence, power, and purpose—is constantly at work on your behalf. God will not fail you. What He has begun in your life, He will complete (Phil. 1:6).

Rely on these truths and your faith will stand firm until the storm subsides.

Father, thank You for the times You delivered me in the past. I stake my claims upon Your promises today. I count on Your unfailing love to see me through.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

1 march (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Rahab’s faith

“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31

suggested further reading: James 2:18–26

Rahab’s faith was a sanctifying faith. Did Rahab continue a harlot after she had faith? No, she did not. I do not believe she was a harlot at the time the men went to her house, though the name still stuck to her, as such ill names will; but I am sure she was not afterwards, for Salmon the prince of Judah married her, and her name is put down among the ancestors of our Lord Jesus Christ. She became after that a woman eminent for piety, walking in the fear of God. Now, you may have a dead faith which will ruin your soul. The faith that will save you is a faith which sanctifies. “Ah!” says the drunkard, “I like the gospel, sir; I believe in Christ:” then he will go over to the Blue Lion tonight, and get drunk. Sir, that is not the believing in Christ that is of any use. “Yes,” says another, “I believe in Christ;” and when he gets outside he will begin to talk lightly, frothy words, perhaps lascivious ones, and sin as before. Sir, you speak falsely; you do not believe in Christ. That faith which saves the soul is a real faith, and a real faith sanctifies men. It makes them say, “Lord, thou hast forgiven me my sins; I will sin no more. Thou hast been so merciful to me, I will renounce my guilt; so kindly hast thou treated me, so lovingly hast thou embraced me, Lord, I will serve thee till I die; and if thou wilt give me grace, and help me so to be, I will be as holy as thou art.” You cannot have faith, and yet live in sin. To believe is to be holy. The two things must go together. That faith is a dead faith, a corrupt faith, a rotten faith, which lives in sin that grace may abound. Rahab was a sanctified woman.

for meditation: Faith has to be seen to be believed (Joshua 2:17–21).

sermon no. 119[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 67). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

1 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

The Erosion of Trust

Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation. Psalm 78:21–22

suggested further reading: John 3:14–21

To remove all thought that divine wrath was unduly severe, the enormity of the guilt of the Israelites is described by the psalmist: They believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation. Indisputably, promises were made to the Israelites which they should have assented to. However, extreme infatuation which carried them away from God prevented them from yielding to those promises.

Trusting in the salvation of God means leaning upon his fatherly providence and regarding him as sufficient to supply all our needs. From this we learn how hateful unbelief is in the sight of God. We learn what the true nature of faith is and what its fruits are. True faith is when men quietly submit themselves to God, being persuaded that their salvation is singularly precious in his sight. It is being fully assured that God will give them whatever they need. We are led to surrender ourselves to him to be governed according to his good pleasure.

Faith is the root of true piety. It teaches us to hope for and to desire every blessing from God. It also persuades us to be obedient to him, even while those who distrust him are murmuring and rebelling against him.

Furthermore, the prophet teaches that pretences to faith, which are made by those who do not hope for salvation from God, rest upon false grounds. When we believe in God, the hope of salvation is speedily produced in our minds. This hope renders to him the praise of every blessing.

for meditation: Trusting God’s salvation is the essence of spiritual life. Unbelief is pledging allegiance to Satan. How can we learn to exercise faith more consistently and to hate unbelief more profoundly?[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 79). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Friday Briefing March 1, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

Talks between U.S. and North Korea break off: How the underlying motives of the Korean dictator revealed themselves in summit meeting

House bill offers single-payer, universal healthcare, but there’s more at stake than what meets the eye 

Religious unbelief is actually belief: New Portland law proves America isn’t as secular as some would think

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March 1, 2019 Morning Verse Of The Day

3. The Prophet now shows by his own example that there is no fear but that God will give help in time, provided we bring our minds to a state of spiritual tranquillity, and constantly look up to him: for the event which the Prophet relates, proves that there is no danger that God will frustrate their hope and patience, who lift up their minds to heaven, and continue steadily in that attitude. Answer me, he says, did Jehovah, and said. There is no doubt but that the Prophet accommodates here his own example to the common instruction of the whole Church. Hence, by testifying that an answer was given him by God, he intimates that we ought to entertain a cheerful hope, that the Lord, when he finds us stationed in our watch-tower, will in due season convey to us the consolation which he sees we need.

But he afterwards comes to the discharge of his prophetic office; for he was bid to write the vision on tables, and to write it in large letters, that it might be read, and that any one, passing by quickly, might be able by one glance to see what was written: and by this second part he shows still more clearly that he treated of a common truth, which belonged to the whole body of the Church; for it was not for his own sake that he was bid to write, but for the edification of all.

Write, then, the vision, and make it plain; for באר, bar, properly means, to declare plainly. Unfold it then, he says, on tables, that he may run who reads it; that is, that the writing may not cause the readers to stop. Write it in large characters, that any one, in running by, may see what is written. Then he adds, for the vision shall be for an appointed time.

This is a remarkable passage; for we are taught here that we are not to deal with God in too limited a manner, but room must be given for hope; for the Lord does not immediately execute what he declares by his mouth; but his purpose is to prove our patience, and the obedience of our faith. Hence he says, the vision is for a time, and a fixed time: for מועד, muod, means a time which has been determined by agreement. But as it is God who fore-appoints the time, the constituted time, of which the Prophet speaks, depends on his will and power. The vision, then, shall be for a time. He reproves here that immoderate ardour which takes hold on us, when we are anxious that God should immediately accomplish what he promises. The Prophet then shows that God so speaks as to be at liberty to defer the execution of his promise until it seems good to him.

At the end, he says, it will speak. In a word, the Prophet intimates, that honour is to be given to God’s word, that we ought to be fully persuaded that God speaks what is true, and be so satisfied with his promises as though what is promised were really possessed by us. At the end, then, it will speak and it will not lie. Here the Prophet means, that fulfilment would take place, so that experience would at length prove, that God had not spoken in vain, nor for the sake of deceiving; but yet that there was need of patience; for, as it has been said, God intends not to indulge our fervid and importunate desires by an immediate fulfilment, but his design is to hold us in suspense. And this is the true sacrifice of praise, when we restrain ourselves, and remain firm in the persuasion that God cannot deceive nor lie, though he may seem for a time to trifle with us. It will not, then, lie.

He afterwards adds, If it will delay, wait for it. He again expresses still more clearly the true character of faith,—that it does not break forth immediately into complaints, when God connives at things, when he suffers us to be oppressed by the wicked, when he does not immediately succour us; in a word, when he does not without delay fulfil what he has promised in his word. If, then, it delays, wait for it. He again repeats the same thing, coming it will come; that is, however it may be, God, who is not only true, but truth itself, will accomplish his own promises. The fulfilment, then, of the promise will take place in due time.

But we must notice the contrariety, If it will delay; it will come, it will not delay. The two clauses seem to be contrary the one to the other. But delay, mentioned first, has a reference to our haste. It is a common proverb, “Even quickness is delay to desire.” We indeed make such haste in all our desires, that the Lord, when he delays one moment, seems to be too slow. Thus it may come easily to our mind to expostulate with him on the ground of slowness. God, then, is said on this account to delay in his promises; and his promises also as to their accomplishment may be said to be delayed. But if we have regard to the counsel of God, there is never any delay; for he knows all the points of time, and in slowness itself he always hastens, however this may be not comprehended by the flesh. We now, then, apprehend what the Prophet means.

He is now bidden to write the vision, and to explain it on tables. Many confine this to the coming of Christ; but I rather think that the Prophet ascribes the name of vision to the doctrine or admonition, which he immediately subjoins. It is indeed true, that the faithful under the law could not have cherished hope in God without having their eyes and their minds directed to Christ: but it is one thing to take a passage in a restricted sense as applying to Christ himself, and another thing to set forth those promises which refer to the preservation of the Church. As far then as the promises of God in Christ are yea and amen, no vision could have been given to the Fathers, which could have raised their minds, and supported them in the hope of salvation, without Christ having been brought before them. But the Prophet here intimates generally, that a command was given to him to supply the hearts of the godly with this support, that they were, as we shall hereafter more clearly see, to wait for God. The vision, then, is nothing else than an admonition, which will be found in the next and the following verses.

He uses two words, to write and to explain; which some pervert rather than rightly distinguish: for as the Prophets were wont to write, and also to set forth the summaries or the heads of their discourses, they think that it was a command to Habakkuk to write, that he might leave on record to posterity what he had said; and then to publish what he taught as an edict, that it might be seen by the people passing by, not only for a day or for a few days. But I do not think that the Prophet speaks with so much refinement: I therefore consider that to write and to explain on tables mean the same thing. And what is added, that he may run who reads it, is to be understood as I have already explained it; for God intended to set forth this declaration as memorable and worthy of special notice. It was not usual with the Prophets to write in long and large characters; but the Prophet mentions here something peculiar, because the declaration was worthy of being especially observed. What is similar to this is said in Isaiah 8:1, ‘Write on a table with a man’s pen.’ By a man’s pen is to be understood common writing, such as is comprehended by the rudest and the most ignorant. To the same purpose is what God bids here his servant Habakkuk to do. Write, he says—how? Not as Prophecies are wont to be written, for the Prophets set before the people the heads of their discourses; but write, he says, so that he who runs may read, and that though he may be inattentive, he may yet see what is written; for the table itself will plainly show what it contains.

We now see that the Prophet commends, by a peculiar eulogy, what he immediately subjoins. Hence this passage ought to awaken all our powers, as God himself testifies that he announces what is worthy of being remembered: for he speaks not of a common truth; but his purpose was to reveal something great and unusually excellent; as he bids it, as I have already said, to be written in large characters, so that those who run might read it.

And by saying that the vision is yet for a time, he shows, as I have briefly explained, what great reverence is due to heavenly truth. For to wish God to conform to our rule is extremely preposterous and unreasonable: and there is no place for faith, if we expect God to fulfil immediately what he promises. It is hence the trial of faith to acquiesce in God’s word, when its accomplishment does in no way appear. As then the Prophet teaches us, that the vision is yet for a time, he reminds us that we have no faith, except we are satisfied with God’s word alone, and suspend our desires until the seasonable time comes, that which God himself has appointed. The vision, then, yet shall be. But we are inclined to reduce, as it were, to nothing the power of God, except he accomplishes what he has said: “Yet, yet,” says the Prophet, “the vision shall be;” that is, “Though God does not stretch forth his hand, still let what he has spoken be sufficient for you: let then the vision itself be enough for you; let it be deemed worthy of credit, so that the word of God may on its own account be believed; and let it not be tried according to the common rule; for men charge God with falsehood, except he immediately yields to their desires. Let then the vision itself be counted sufficiently solid and firm, until the suitable time shall come.” And the word מועד, muod, ought to be noticed; for the Prophet does not speak simply of time, but, as I have already said, he points out a certain and a preordained time. When men make an agreement, they on both sides fix the day: but it would be the highest presumption in us to require that God should appoint the day according to our will. It belongs, then, to him to appoint the times, and so to govern all things, that we may approve of whatever he does.

He afterwards says, And it will speak at the end, and it will not lie. The same is the import of the expression, it will speak at the end; that is, men are very perverse, if they wish God to close his mouth, and if they wish to deny faith to his word, except he instantly fulfils what he speaks. It will then speak; that is, let this liberty of speaking be allowed to God. And there is always an implied contrast between the voice of God and its accomplishment; for we are to acquiesce in God’s word, though he may conceal his hand: though he may afford no proof of his power, yet the Prophet commands this honour to be given to his word. The vision, then, will speak at the end.

He now expresses more clearly what he had before said of the preordained time; and thus he meets the objections which Satan is wont to suggest to us: “How long will that time be delayed? Thou indeed namest it as the preordained time; but when will that day come?” “The Lord,” he says, “will speak at the end;” that is, “Though the Lord protracts time, and though day after day we seem to live on vain promises, yet let God speak, that is, let him have this honour from you, and be ye persuaded that he is true, that he cannot disappoint you; and in the meantime wait for his power; wait, so that ye may yet remain quiet, resting on his word, and let all your thoughts be confined within this stronghold—that it is enough that God has spoken. The rest we shall defer until to-morrow.


Grant, Almighty God, that as thou seest us labouring under so much weakness, yea, with our minds so blinded that our faith falters at the smallest perplexities, and almost fails altogether,—O grant that by the power of thy Spirit we may be raised up above this world, and learn more and more to renounce our own counsels, and so to come to thee, that we may stand fixed in our watch-tower, ever hoping, through thy power, for whatever thou hast promised to us, though thou shouldst not immediately make it manifest to us that thou hast faithfully spoken; and may we thus give full proof of our faith and patience, and proceed in the course of our warfare, until at length we ascend, above all watch-towers, into that blessed rest, where we shall no more watch with an attentive mind, but see, face to face, in thine image, whatever can be wished, and whatever is needful for our perfect happiness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.[1]

3 The reasons underlying the directive of v. 2 are made clear in v. 3. Because the revelation “awaits” a future fulfillment, at “the end,” and its impact extends beyond the present, it must therefore be transmitted and preserved in a permanent form. A further amplification of the important role of the “vision” has come through the discovery that what has been construed as a verb, “it speaks” (weyāpēaḥ) or “hastens” (RSV), is analogous to a Ugaritic noun (ypḥ) meaning “testifier” (NIDOTTE, 2:496–97). With the further possible emendation of “awaits” (Heb. adverb ʿôd, “yet”) to “witness” (Heb. ʿēd), in parallel with “testifier,” we arrive at “for the witness of the vision is for an appointed time; it/he is a testifier to the end, which will not prove false/he will not lie” (cf. Andersen, 198ff.; Roberts, 105ff.).

As in 1:2–4, the “vision” may confound human timing or any expected denouement, as indeed often the Lord’s timetable and agenda differ from that of humans (cf. 1 Sa 13:8–15; Isa 55:8–9; Jn 11:5–21; 2 Pe 3:1–10). However, what may appear slow is nonetheless sure, all based on the certainty of the divine “vision.” Biblical “hope” is not wishful thinking, but instead a perspective based on revelation (Ro 4:18).

“The end” (qēṣ; GK 7891) referred to is definite in Hebrew, but it is not clearly specified; its usage implies the termination of a certain object, activity, or period of time (cf. La 4:18; Eze 7:2–3; 21:25, 29). The immediate context of the “revelation” is the end of the Babylonian oppression (vv. 4–20; cf. Jer 51:13), for which the prophet must “wait” (cf. 3:16). The noun “end” recurs frequently in Daniel (Da 8:17, 19; 9:26; 11:6, 13, 27, 35, 40, 45; 12:4, 6, 9, 13), closely associated with the term “appointed time” (môʿēd; Da 8:19; 11:27, 29, 35; 12:7), as here. In Daniel, however, the time of the end refers to the eschatological termination of Israel’s oppression by wickedness (i.e., chs. 7–12).

Second, the purpose of v. 2—that the reader, or “herald” (NIV) may “run”—is based on the certainty of the “revelation.” There is an “appointed time” for its fulfillment as determined by Yahweh and revealed in Habakkuk’s vision; it will not “prove false” or disappoint (cf. Isa 58:11) but “will certainly come.” In consequence of this assurance, the herald may run with confidence and perseverance the race marked out for him (cf. 1 Co 15:58; Heb 11:1; 12:1). The eschatological vision is further personalized by the LXX, which reads “(the) coming one will come” (erchomenos hēxei), in place of the MT’s “he/it will certainly come” (cf. Mal 3:1; Mt 11:3; Heb 10:37). The logical outcome of this “revelation” is that one should “wait” (cf. Pss 33:20; 106:13; Isa 8:17; 30:18; 64:4; Da 12:12; Zep 3:8).

Verses 2–3 thus provide a suggestive and compressed view of salvation history. Its future development is perfectly determined by God, who allows human beings to glimpse this future as a basis for faith and hope (cf. Ro 8:18–25; 1 Co 15:51–58). However, humans never see the entire pattern of salvation, so that events may seem delayed and disappointing. For this reason believers must lay hold of the future that God has revealed, waiting for it with eager faith and hope that surpass the apparent obstacles to its realization (3:17–19; cf. Ro 4:16–23; Heb 6:11–12, 18–19; 10:32–11:1; 12:1–29).[2]

2:2–3 / Yahweh indeed responds with a revelation (khazon, the noun from the verb translated “received” in 1:1); Yahweh enables the lookout to see something that one could not see with ordinary eyes because it is too far away, or gives insight to the prophet who is seeking it. The bidding to Write down what he sees links with the fact that it relates to events some time in the future. One aspect of this is that writing it down will make it possible to vindicate the claim that Yahweh has said this and that Habakkuk is Yahweh’s prophet. The commission to write it down then implies that Yahweh indeed intends to act, but in a while, not now. Yet Yahweh has a more specific point in mind, related to someone being able to read out the prophecy now and thus make it possible for people to take notice of it; one might compare the dictating and writing in Jeremiah 36, even though that involved a scroll. Admittedly it is difficult to be sure what that precise point is. Perhaps prophets inscribed prophecies on tablets and left them in the temple courts for people to see. The niv then plausibly assumes that to make it plain on stone tablets will mean that a herald (lit., “someone who reads it out”) can run with it. When the moment comes that this revelation is about to be fulfilled, the herald who has to read it out can get about his task with ease. “Make it plain” suggests a declaration that is unequivocal. There is no obscurity about it. Perhaps Yahweh is speaking to the fact that often prophecy is expressed in symbols and images. Only rarely is it concrete in a way that means it can be held accountable. Yahweh here promises something concrete. Revelation is often obscure but immediate, or obscure but distant. This revelation is clear but distant.

But what is the revelation? The rhetoric continues to proceed by building up suspense; there is the comment about waiting (v. 1), then the instruction about writing (v. 2), and now an explanation about time to elapse before the fulfillment of the revelation whose content we have not been told (v. 3). Again, this would fit with the prophecy being a piece of narrative theology, if the readers for whom it is designed are people who have been waiting some time for Yahweh to act.

There will indeed be some time before the moment of fulfillment (v. 3). Habakkuk has implied that one of the problems in the community (as psalms often make clear) is deception; people’s word cannot be trusted (1:4). It would be tempting for people to reckon that Habakkuk’s alleged revelation from Yahweh was something of this sort. Yahweh declares that it will not prove false. But the revelation does relate to the appointed time, to the end (niv has “an” appointed time, but that word also has “the” before it). There is an “appointed time” within Yahweh’s intention to which the revelation relates; the revelation will come true at “the end” of the period that Yahweh has set. “End” (qets) is an ordinary word for the conclusion of a period of time (e.g., Exod. 12:41; Deut. 15:1). It is not a term that would make people think in terms of the End, the “eschaton,” though it may have that meaning in some later visions in Daniel 12 and at Qumran. Prophets do use it to refer to a devastating punishment coming on Ephraim and Judah (Amos 8:2; Ezek. 7:1–7), though there its reference is more existential than chronological. It is the end for them. But those existential connotations might well apply here. The appointed time will come, the end of the time Yahweh has set, and it will mean devastating punishment for Babylon, “the end” for it. In the meantime, Judah must wait in patience and expectancy (v. 3b). Though it linger perhaps reflects the fact that the actual audience of the prophecy is people for whom it has indeed tarried, and it encourages them still to live in expectancy. They will see the revelation’s fulfillment. Whether or not that is so, this is the encouragement and the promise for readers of the book who live under the domination of one superpower or another. Even if the prophecy does not mean action this month or this year, it does mean action and, when its time comes, it will not fail. If there seems a contradiction between “Though it linger” and it … will not delay, we might compare its point with the feelings a couple have about the coming birth of their baby. Pregnancy takes time, but the baby’s time will definitely come.[3]

2:2–3. Habakkuk was instructed to record God’s answer on tablets, an echo of the giving of the law written on tablets of stone (see Ex 24:12; 31:18; 32:16). Record[ing] the message on stone resulted in a permanent but portable message that a messenger could deliver—the one who reads it may run. The message was to encourage the faithful of Judah that the vision of the events was yet for the appointed time, but it would certainly come and will not delay. Babylon did capture Jerusalem, and seemed for a while to be an unconquerable world ruler. Yet within 70 years Babylon would fall to the Medo-Persians, just as God foretold. The Lord’s word is always fulfilled, but often in unexpected ways (cf. Ps 90:4; 2Pt 3:9; Rv 22:20). This verse is quoted in the NT to encourage followers of Messiah to remain faithful to Him until the Lord Jesus returns (Heb 10:37).[4]

God’s certain revelation (2:3)

2:3. Every prophetic revelation demands a certain degree of patience. One must wait for its fulfillment. God’s words to Habakkuk were reassuring: the revelation awaits an appointed time. The prophecy pointed toward a future goal (lit., “it pants toward the end,” like a runner toward the finish line). Reference to the end seems to signify not only the coming destruction of evil Babylonia but the broader fulfillment of the messianic judgment in the fall of “Babylon the Great” at the close of the Tribulation (Rev. 17–18).

One thing is certain: God’s revelation will not prove false. Though the fulfillment seems delayed, it will … come to pass in accord with His perfect plan. For those in Judah about to experience the awesome Babylonian invasion and Captivity, this assurance of fulfillment should have been a great comfort. Their barbaric captors would themselves in God’s due time suffer divine judgment!

The writer of Hebrews referred to this verse in his appeal for persecuted believers to persevere (Heb. 10:37). In his quote, he stressed the messianic significance of this passage in Habakkuk. The day is coming when the King of kings will reign on earth with perfect justice.[5]

Instructions to Record the Answer and Await Its Fulfillment (2:2, 3)

2:2 The Lord commanded the prophet: “Write the vision” (His answer to Habakkuk’s question) so that the one who read it might run with the news (of the downfall of Babylon and the restoration of Judah).

2:3 A. J. Pollock says that this verse refers to the hope of the Jew—Christ’s coming to earth to subdue His enemies, take out of His kingdom all things that offend, and set up His glorious reign, making Israel the head of the nations because He will be at the head of the Jewish nation. When verse 3 is quoted in Hebrews 10:37, the “it” (i.e., the vision) becomes “He” (i.e., the Lord), who will surely come and will not tarry. The NT context refers to the hope of the Christian—the Rapture of the church.[6]

[1] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Twelve Minor Prophets (Vol. 4, pp. 63–69). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Armerding, C. E. (2008). Habakkuk. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel–Malachi (Revised Edition) (Vol. 8, pp. 624–625). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Goldingay, J., & Scalise, P. J. (2012). Minor Prophets II. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 66–68). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Rydelnik, M. A. (2014). Habakkuk. In The moody bible commentary (p. 1390). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[5] Blue, J. R. (1985). Habakkuk. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, pp. 1512–1513). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1144). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Lynne Patton: “Michael Cohen turned on the President because Mueller threatened to throw his wife in jail for up to 30 years”… — The Last Refuge


The appearance of long-time Trump confidante Lynn Patton at the congressional testimony of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen created a considerable stir amid Washington DC.   However, the context of her appearance takes on an even more drama when considered against Patton’s Facebook post from January 18th of this year:

Lynne Patton: […] 3) Many of you may already know that I considered Michael Cohen to be one of my very best friends. Countless people can confirm that we were virtually inseparable during my employment at Trump – and that he is, single-handedly – responsible for introducing me to the Trump family and effectively changing my entire life. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that my heart still breaks for him and for his family, with whom I had grown extremely close.

4) What many of you may not be aware of is the fact that I can personally confirm that the ONLY reason Michael Cohen “turned on” the President of the United States is because Mueller threatened to throw his wife in jail for up to 30 years. Period. She is the co-guarantor of a $20M personal loan that Mueller discovered Michael secured back in 2015 by falsely inflating the value of his taxi medallions – effectively making her part & parcel to the federal charge of “Making False Statements to a Financial Institution,” to which Cohen ultimately plead guilty. This is also the reason why Cohen’s longtime taxi medallion partner, Evgeny “Gene” Freidman, was granted immunity. (read more)

This is a rather stunning statement.  However, it holds the elements of truth and explanation as to why the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller/Andrew Weissmann, would pass off their assembled Cohen prosecution to the Southern District of New York.

If this leverage against Cohen’s wife to gain virtually unlimited legal and political cooperation is true; and it does follow a pre-established pattern of unethical prosecutorial conduct previously displayed by Andrew Weissmann; then many of the issues surrounding the behavior of Michael Cohen do begin to make sense.

Interestingly, this type of unlawful coercion and threat to compel a guilty plea and cooperation from a defendant are specifically prohibited:

In fact, when Michael Cohen appeared before Judge Andrew Carter on November 29th, 2018, part of the plea questioning from the court goes directly to this issue.

The judge specifically asked Cohen, twice, if any threats or promises were made to Cohen in exchange for his cooperation.  [TRANSCRIPT]:

[pdf court transcript – here]

If it is accurate that prosecutors leveraged the potential prosecution of Mr. Cohen’s wife in order to gain his plea agreement – then not only were those threats unethical, demonstrably prosecutorial misconduct and potentially illegal, but also Michael Cohen’s denial therein means he would have lied to the court in his plea hearing as noted above.

However, this could explain how much control is being exerted over Cohen for maximum political value.  Remember this same prosecution twice agreed to defer Cohen’s imprisonment to afford him time to testify to congress.

Additionally, immediately after the guilty plea by Michael Cohen his advisor/spokesman, Lanny Davis, then changed the legal team in preparation for further exploitation by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings and democrat politicians in congress.

WASHINGTON […] Lanny Davis, Cohen’s legal adviser, announced that Michael Monico and Barry Spevack will replace Petrillo, a former federal prosecutor, and his associate, Amy Lester.

Petrillo, who worked for years in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, had represented Cohen through his cooperation with federal prosecutors, including special counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen hired Petrillo on June 19, 2018, replacing white-collar defense attorney Stephen Ryan.

A source familiar with the shakeup told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the change is being made because the focus for Cohen is now on “Washington and Congress” rather than with prosecutors in New York. (link)

Curiouser, and curiouser…

(Lynne Patton Facebook Link)

[…]  9) Lastly, given that Michael Cohen is barred from discussing the Russian investigation when he testifies before the House Oversight Committee, it’s safe to conclude that his testimony … will effectively amount to nothing more than political theater and partisan fodder for late night hosts simply to embarrass a sitting President over past behavior he may or may not have engaged in as a private citizen.

10) In closing, Michael Cohen always wanted to be famous. Sadly, he has gotten his wish. I personally stopped communicating with Michael when it became known in May 2018 that he was defrauding various companies (from a Korean defense firm to a global pharmaceutical company) for millions of dollars by falsely claiming he could leverage his connection with the President to their favor.  (more)


Final thought… Yikes, if what Patton claims is accurate, well, what does that say about the guy in charge of the Mueller process, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein?

Lynne Patton: “Michael Cohen turned on the President because Mueller threatened to throw his wife in jail for up to 30 years”… — The Last Refuge

Core Christianity | Were the Nephilim Aliens?

The Nephilim are mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4,

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”  The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (Gen. 6:1-4)

A lot of people say that these are giants. Some people even say that they’re fallen angels who married human beings. In Numbers 13:33, they’re described as fierce, as large in size compared to the Israelites, who look like grasshoppers in comparison. In Ezekiel 32:27 they’re described as terrifying warriors. Here’s the thing, fallen angels and married women cannot come together and reproduce. They can’t create a hybrid race. Jesus tells us in Mark 12:25 that the angels don’t reproduce. They don’t even have bodies.

Go back a couple of chapters to Genesis 4; the murderous Cain builds his proud city with a long list of descendants marked by their contributions to civilization. Then in verse 26, you get to Seth, who replaced Abel. In contrast with that long line of accomplished children of Cain, Seth’s line is described in one sentence: “then people began to call on the name of the Lord.” So, you have that war between the seed of the serpent, Cain, in this instance, and the seed of the woman, the Messiah, who is going to come from Seth’s line. Satan failed to intercept the Messianic line by enticing Cain to kill Abel. So, what does he do now? He tries a different tack: corrupt the Messianic line by enticing the sons of God, that is Seth’s descendants, to intermarry with Cain’s descendants. The result was a group of apostates, like their forbearer, they were cruel and murderous tyrants.

Apostasy means to abandon the faith, to reject the gospel, the good news. You see that all the way back with Cain. After the Fall, there was a need for not just a tribute offering, the kind of offering that a loyal subject brings to a king to say “thank you for letting me live on your land,” but rather a sacrifice for sin. And an atoning sacrifice without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. Well Cain brought produce of the land. He was a produce farmer and so he brought cucumbers and squash and God wasn’t pleased with that sacrifice because basically he came saying “I don’t need an atoning sacrifice. I don’t need a substitute for my sins.” Whereas Abel brought the sacrifice that God required, which pointed forward to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Essentially, when God was displeased with Cain’s sacrifice he became jealous and he became the first persecutor of the Church of God. What follows this episode of the Nephilim is the story of Noah and the flood and now it all sort of makes sense. God’s wiping out the apostates from his church, whittling it down to Noah and his family.

The Nephilim episode reminds us then of a few things. First, the ever-present danger of apostasy which includes the inter-marrying of believers with unbelievers, Satan still uses that one. Second, this reminds us that God kept his promise of sending the Messiah, in spite of Satan’s untiring attempts to intercept them along the way. And third, it reminds us of Jesus’ promise in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

Adapted from an answer given in Episode 122 of the Core Christianity Radio Show. 
— Read on corechristianity.com/resource-library/3/1135

The Doomsday Scenario – LewRockwell

It was always folly to believe that inflating asset bubbles could solve the structural problems of a post-industrial economy.

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The Doomsday Scenario for the stock and housing bubbles is simple: the Fed’s magic fails. When dropping interest rates to zero and flooding the financial sector with loose money fail to ignite the economy and reflate the deflating bubbles, punters will realize the Fed’s magic only worked the first three times: three bubbles and the game is over.

So what happens when punters realize there won’t be a fourth bubble? They sell. Bids disappear because who’s dumb enough to bet (with Japan and Europe as lessons) that more liquidity and negative interest rates will magically work when zero interest rates didn’t move the needle?

Who’s foolish enough to catch the falling knife (i.e. buying plummeting assets on the way down) on the unsupported assumption that the next dose of Fed magic will reverse a bidless market?

And should the Fed start buying stocks, mortgages, housing and bonds to prop up those bidless markets, what’s the message it will be sending? Desperation.If the only buyer is the money-printing central bank, that’s pretty good evidence that your economy and markets are in free-fall.

The loss of faith in central bank magic will be gradual at first, as magical thinking dies hard. It’s oh so comforting to believe the central bank will rescue every overleveraged mal-investment and bail out every high-risk speculation, but the funny thing about the Fed’s magic is it only works in liquidity crises–in every other condition, it only makes matters worse.

Does making it cheap to borrow improve the productivity of capital investments? You must be joking. The poster child of Fed magic is corporate buybacks, which 1) create no goods 2) create no services 3) do nothing to improve real wealth creation, i.e. higher productivity and 4) burden the company with higher debt loads, inhibiting future capital investment in actual productive capacity.

The only thing stock buybacks accomplish is to enrich shareholders and top managers with stock options. Rather than fix what’s broken in the economy, the Fed’s plan of “make the already-wealthy even wealthier” has created a new and monstrous problem: soaring wealth inequality.

The Fed’s idea of a solution was to triple the value of a small bungalow from $150,000 in the late 90s to $450,000 in 2007. When that bubble burst, the Fed’s solution was to double the bungalow’s value to $900,000 today.

The structural problems of the U.S. economy cannot be solved by inflating asset bubbles, but that’s all the Fed can do. Ironically, everyone cheering on Fed dovishness today is writing the obituary of Fed influence going forward because the masses have awakening to the Fed’s role and the political blowback against enriching the already-rich is going to blow away the Fed’s political leeway to further enrich the already-rich.

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— Read on www.lewrockwell.com/2019/02/charles-hugh-smith/the-doomsday-scenario-for-the-stock-and-housing-bubbles/

March 1 For the love of God (Vol. 2)

Exodus 12:21–51; Luke 15; Job 30; 1 Corinthians 16


in dramatic moments in the life of Paul he is led by some intervening revelation. What we sometimes overlook is how much of his ministry is a function of planning, instruction, pastoral judgments, even uncertainties—much like our own ministries.

In 1 Corinthians 16, Paul tells the Corinthians about his travel plans (16:5–9). He does not want to see them immediately, on his way to Macedonia, and make only a passing visit. Rather, he intends to go to Macedonia first, and then “perhaps” he will stay with the Corinthians a while, or even spend the winter (when it was unsafe to travel on the Mediterranean). “I hope to spend some time with you,” Paul writes, “if the Lord permits” (16:7). Before embarking on any part of this trip, however, the apostle intends to stay for a while longer in Ephesus, “because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me” (16:9). In other words, he still has some unfinished ministry in that great city. Clearly there is uncertainty in Paul’s plans, but he is trying to lay out the next few months of his service in ways that will be of maximum benefit for the promotion of the Gospel and the good of God’s people.

The next two short paragraphs (16:10–12) suggest that the movements of Timothy and Apollos were not always entirely predictable either, though in both instances Paul provides the Corinthians with information covering certain eventualities.

Moreover, the first paragraph (16:1–4) finds Paul instructing the Corinthians to plan ahead in their giving. The “collection” that Paul mentions is a project to help poor Christians in Judea. He knows that if the Corinthian believers start collecting money only when he shows up, they will give little. Faithful, regular giving, set aside “on the first day of every week” (when Christians met for corporate worship, encouragement, and instruction), would ensure that a considerable sum would be raised. Of course, in those days money could not be electronically transferred; someone would have to transport it personally. Paul wants the Corinthians to choose men they themselves approve, and he will provide them with letters of introduction to the leaders in Jerusalem. He may even go with them. Clearly, these sorts of arrangements would vitiate any hint of financial impropriety on the part of the apostle. In this case, too, there is evidence of careful, godly, wise planning, and encouragement to the Corinthians to engage in the same.

Today there is a form of ethereal “spirituality” that wants to wait for explicit guidance for every decision, that regards a phrase like “if the Lord wills” as a sanctimonious cop-out. That was not Paul’s perspective, and it should not be ours.[1]

[1] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 2, p. 25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

03/01/19 Smiling on Us — ChuckLawless.com

READING: Numbers 6, Mark 6:30-56

I’ve heard this blessing at the end of church services, but I didn’t always understand it:

The Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell Aaron and his sons how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: ‘May Yahweh bless you and protect you; may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace.’ In this way they will pronounce My name over the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Num. 6:22-27)

It’s amazing to me that God wants to bless us. He protects us, ever watching over us. He turns His face to us (according to scholars, the equivalent of smiling on us with joy) and gives us peace with Him. He even allows us to carry His name, and others recognize we are His. We’re sinners, yet He makes us His trophies of grace.

Pause for a moment and consider that face-turning image again: God smiles on us with joy. Let it sink in. Meditate on it throughout the day. Rejoice. Let it bring a smile to your face, too.

PRAYER: “God, I’m so grateful that You smile on me.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Numbers 7-8, Mark 7:1-30

03/01/19 Smiling on Us — ChuckLawless.com

‘The House’ Just Hit A New Low | Zero Hedge

“There’s never been a more convincing picture of what US politics and media have become. But they’re all entirely impervious to it…”

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog,

Perhaps against better judgment, I just can’t keep silent about the Michael Cohen’s in da House show performed on February 27. I was watching it and increasingly fearing for the future of America. We had all been able to read his prepared statement before he opened the party with it, and therefore we all knew there was nothing there. So why did this thing take place, and why were all the cameras and reporters there? Do we live in split realities these days?

Both before and after the gruelling -for the viewer- session, words like ‘explosive’ and bombshell’ were all over, so I thought I’d watch, since I might have missed something, but no, there was nothing, there wasn’t even a there there. Apparently, US House members are by now immune to being revealed as nutcases frantically phishing for evidence of accusations they formerly made but could never prove.

A phishing expedition with a willing whale in the center who sort of volunteered to be harpooned, and still came up with absolutely nothing but blubber. And then like 4 hours of that. There’s never been a more convincing picture of what US politics and media have become. But they’re all entirely impervious to it. They’re discussing nothing for hours on end with millions watching, and they see it as normal.

Now, I’ve been following the decay of the American press ever since Trump entered politics stage right, and I’ve written a hundred thousand words about it, but it really hit home during the Cohen session. Tellingly, the Republican House members were exclusively focusing on Cohen credibility, since he had been caught lying to Congress before, and the Supreme Court just days ago disbarred him.

But this was not about the man’s credibility, and sure, I felt sorry for him too, it was about the fact that he had nothing at all to say, but Republicans had nothing on that. They instead joined the Dems in questioning him about nothing, pretending it was big and explosive and stuff. If anything has ever resembled the Emperor’s new clothes, it was that charade there yesterday.

If you insist, we can walk through a few of the topics. 

A nice example that was not in the prepared statement was that Cohen claimed he had never wanted a White House job, but even the CNN pundits were saying he had wanted one for a long time, and was very insulted when he didn’t get it. Poof! went the last shred of his credibility. Well, not for the House members, they have shorter memories even than CNN talking heads.

Second, the issue of a Trump Tower in Moscow, about which Cohen allegedly lied earlier on, in that the plans were shelved later than he had claimed. But the only thing that really interests the House, because even they understand that wanting to build a hotel in the city is not some criminal thing, is Russiagate, invented out of thin air but still popular stateside.

The one thing related to this that collusion ‘experts’ emphasize time and again, and it came up again in the Cohen thing, is that Trump supposedly planned to gift a penthouse apartment in a potential Trump hotel on Red Square to Vladimir Putin. Conveniently, not a single American appears to have wondered whether Putin would be interested in such a gift.

And I can assure you he wouldn’t. Putin can get -just about- any piece of real estate he wants on Red Square, besides he already has the Kremlin, and he can get anything built there which he might desire. Accepting a free dwelling from a US builder makes no sense. Why should he? Still, this is one of the main items Russiagaters keep coming up with. It makes no sense, and that’s fitting, because neither do they.

Third, pornstar pay-offs. Male politicians worldwide and through the ages have had affairs, and in modern times (re: JFK) there’s been an understanding that the media leave these things alone. On the one hand, it’s proof of virility, something voters like in their candidates, and on the other it shows infidelity, something they don’t. A battle no-one can win, hence the understanding.

In France, this all plays out a bit more openly, though never in the open, but in the US you can break the pact if you want. And since the initial story was that campaign funds had been used to pay Stormy Daniels, there was a potential criminal angle. But we now know that that angle was fake, so no there there either. Trump paid so it (true or not) didn’t become a big campaign story, and that he did so just before an election is irrelevant, because the whole topic is irrelevant. Unless you want to exhume JFK.

Fourth and what pisses me off more than anything, is that Cohen both volunteered, and was coaxed into, talking about Roger Stone’s alleged contacts with Julian Assange. Cohen talked about a conversation between Stone and Trump on July 18-19 2016, in which Stone allegedly said he had talked to Assange who told him WikiLeaks was going to release a big batch of Hillary-related mails.

The DNC convention was July 25-28, the WikiLeaks release July 22. Looks like a slam-dunk collusion story, right? Except that Assange had said 5 weeks earlier, on June 12 2016, that such a batch would be released. So even if Stone had talked to him, there was no news there. Moreover, both Assange and WikiLeaks have repeatedly denied the conversation ever took place. And of course Assange can’t defend himself against anything anyone says anymore.

And we can keep going: the assertion that the DNC mails were hacked has been refuted many times, and if they were stolen it was by someone inside the DNC. No story, no collusion, no there there. Only hour after tedious hour of Michael Cohen House testimony about nothing at all.

It felt a lot like a new low point in US political history, but you need to be careful with such classifications these days, since competition’s stiff and still picking up. I liked the following lines from an article in the Guardian this morning to appropriately describe the goings-on:

Trump’s former fixer cautioned that he could not prove the “collusion” with Moscow that the president vehemently denies. Still there was, Cohen said, “something odd” about the affectionate back-and-forth Trump had with Vladimir Putin in public remarks over the years.

Here’s the best thing Cohen could do in the entire time wasted on the topic:

“There are just so many dots that seem to lead in the same direction,” he said.”

How does that not make you want to scream? No collusion, only “something odd”, and “so many dots”. A thorough analysis out of the mouth of an at least questionable character who worked closely with Trump for a decade. That’s all the US House of Representatives had to show for the show it put on. And that’s a really big problem, but there’s no-one in sight to address, let alone rectify, it.

There are a thousand things wrong with Donald Trump, but even though that would not necessarily disqualify him for the presidency, the Democrats and the mainstream press have opted to go all-in on the Russia collusion theme, which even two years and change of Mueller hasn’t been able to prove.

Whether this will be the winning ticket for the Democrats in a next election is very doubtful, and what the press hope to get other than a few more readers and viewers addicted to scandals is anyone’s guess. But more importantly: why do they do it? Why focus on all the made-up stories instead of going out and finding the real ones?

Even if the Cohen show not constitute a new low, it was certainly scraping the gutter of American political reality, and someone better do something, or entirely new and thus far unimaginable lows will be attained. Not a single national political system can survive on entirely trumped-up accusations for long, let alone that of the globe’s most powerful nation. Does anyone ever wonder what the Dems will do if Trump wins again in 2020? Where can they flee to?

I’ll leave you with a few Twitter voices who also see no there there. Note: the first one is dated July 7 2016, some two weeks before Stone -unverifiably- said he talked to Assange (who always denied it, but it wouldn’t matter even if he had) :

18 Really Big Numbers That Show That The U.S. Economy Is Starting To Fall Apart Very Rapidly

Virtually every piece of hard economic data is telling us that the U.S. economy is slowing down dramatically.  Many of the pundits have been warning that we could officially enter recession territory later this year or next year, but these numbers seem to indicate that it could happen a whole lot sooner than that.  But the stock market has been surging over the last two months, and at this point stocks are off to their best start to a year since 1987, and as long as stock prices are rising a lot of people are simply not going to pay much attention to the economic alarm bells that are ringing.  But everyone should be paying attention, because things are really starting to get bad out there.  The following are 18 really big numbers that show that the U.S. economy is starting to fall apart very rapidly…

#1 Farm loan delinquencies just hit the highest level that we have seen in 9 years.

#2 We just learned that U.S. exports declined by 4 billion dollars during the month of December.

#3 J.C. Penney just announced that they will be closing another 24 stores.

#4 Victoria’s Secret has just announced plans to close 53 stores.

#5 On Thursday, Gap announced that it will be closing 230 stores over the next two years.

#6 Payless ShoeSource has declared bankruptcy and is closing all 2,100 stores.

#7 Tesla is also closing all of their physical sales locations and will now only sell vehicles online.

#8 PepsiCo has started laying off workers and has committed to “millions of dollars in severance pay”.

#9 The Baltic Dry Index has dropped to the lowest level in more than two years.

#10 This is the worst slump for core U.S. factory orders in three years.

#11 We just witnessed the largest decline in the Philly Fed Business Index in more than 7 years.

#12 In January, sales of existing homes fell 8.9 percent from a year earlier.  That was the third month in a row that we have seen a decline of at least 8 percent.  This is an absolutely catastrophic trend for the real estate industry.

#13 U.S. housing starts were down 11.2 percent in December compared to the previous month.

#14 Compared to a year earlier, home sales in southern California were down 17 percent in January.

#15 In December, home sales in Sacramento County fell a whopping 22.5 percentcompared to a year earlier.

#16 Pending home sales in the United States have now fallen on a year over year basis for 13 months in a row.

#17 More than 166 billion dollars in student loan debt is now “seriously delinquent”.  That is an all-time record.

#18 More than 7 million Americans are behind on their auto loan payments.  That is also a new all-time record, and it is far higher than anything that we witnessed during the last recession.

It appears that “the recovery” has finally come to an end.  After seeing all of those numbers, there is no way that anyone can possibly claim that economic conditions are “getting better”.

And even though the official government numbers are highly manipulated, we never even had one “boom year” throughout the entire “recovery”.

The final numbers for 2018 are now in, and last year was the 13th year in a row when U.S. GDP growth was below 3 percent.

The last time we had a “boom year” when economic growth was above 3 percent was all the way back in 2005.  That was in the middle of the Bush administration.

We have never seen a bad streak like this before in modern American history.  The following comes from CNS News

But prior to the current 13-year period when real GDP has failed to grow by 3.0 percent in any year, there has been no stretch (in the years since 1930) when the United States went as long as five straight years with real GDP failing to grow by at least 3 percent.

Even though the Federal Reserve pumped trillions of dollars into the financial system over the last decade, and even though we added nearly 12 trillion dollars to the national debt, the best that the authorities have been able to do is to stabilize the system for a while.  Now it is starting to sputter once again, and many believe that the next crisis will be far worse than the last one.

By contrast, the Great Depression of the 1930s featured some really bad years, but following those bad years the U.S. experienced a tremendous economic boom

By contrast, after the stock market crash in 1929, the United States saw four years of negative annual GDP—1930 (-8.5), 1931 (-6.4), 1932 (-12.9) and 1933 (-1.2). But then in the nine full years from 1934 through 1942, real GDP grew by an average of 9.75 percent.

We should have had some boom years too, but we didn’t, and now things are going to get bad again.

The Democrats are going to blame the Republicans and the Republicans are going to blame the Democrats, but all of that arguing isn’t going to solve anything.

What is coming next has been a central focus of my work for a very long time.  The last recession was very painful, but it did not fundamentally alter life in America.

This next crisis will.

The “Everything Bubble” is bursting, the “Perfect Storm” is coming, and all of our lives will never be the same again.

But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope.  In fact, once things really start getting crazy hope is going to be one of the major themes in my work because people are really going to need it.

There will be great challenges, and life will be very different, but that doesn’t mean that life is over.

America is about to experience the consequences of decades of exceedingly foolish decisions, and the pain will be extreme.  But difficult times also offer an opportunity for dramatic change, and that is something that we will need to embrace.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dreamand The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.
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