Daily Archives: March 5, 2019

March 5 Unchanging Joy

Scripture Reading: John 6:32–40

Key Verse: John 6:40

This is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Although the Christian life is most certainly a fight of faith, it is not endless striving and straining. There is a monumental difference between abiding in Christ and striving, and understanding the discrepancy can make a major change in the joy, peace, and contentment we experience as we serve Christ.

  1. Hudson Taylor, the founder of China Inland Mission, wrestled with the distinction until one day, at age thirty–seven, he saw the total sufficiency of Christ for every need. The catalyst for this liberating discovery was a personal letter from a missionary friend, John McCarthy, who wrote,

To let my loving Savior work in me His will, my sanctification is what I would live for by His grace. Abiding, not striving nor struggling; looking unto Him to subdue all inward corruption; resting in the love of an Almighty Savior. This is not new and yet ’tis new to me. I feel as though the first dawning of a glorious day had risen upon me. I hail it with trembling and yet with trust.

I seem to have got to the edge only, but of a sea which is boundless; to have sipped only, but of that which fully satisfies.

Christ literally seems to me now the power, the only power for service; the only ground for unchanging joy.

Lord, help me abide in You and not struggle or strive. You are my power for service, my only ground for unchanging joy.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 68). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 5 A Safe House

Scripture reading: Philippians 4:4–7

Key verse: Psalm 31:3

You are my rock and my fortress Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.

In her book Seeking God, Joni Eareckson Tada explains what turning to God as a refuge means to her:

I know something about fortresses. I have happy childhood memories of my sister Kathy and me constructing a tree house on the farm. Our little fortress was some distance from the farmhouse, so it was private and far away from adults …

To my childlike way of thinking, that tree house was a fortress. Not just a shelter or a place to hide, but a safe house that would protect us from the rain beating on the tin roof and the wind shaking the branches of the tree. We were safe. We felt secure …

There’s a lot more safety and security in the Lord than in safe houses of our own making and design … Now that I’m an adult, I put childish activities behind me and go … to a place, a Person, who is the Everlasting Rock.

Where do you go when you feel burned out, used up, overcommitted? Do you run to the Lord or to your own devices? All other sources of relief—friends, hobbies, sports, vacations—are ultimately disappointing. Once they’re out of the picture, the pressures return.

Take your tensions and troubles to Jesus in prayer. He gives lasting peace that is beyond your comprehension.

You are my safe house, O God. Help me turn to You in prayer for strength in difficult times.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 68). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

‘Dems have gone stone cold CRAZY’: Trump unleashes on Nadler, Schiff for ‘presidential harassment’

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President Donald Trump is not happy with the actions of Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the House Judiciary Committee chairman who launched a sprawling probe Monday of the president’s family, administration and campaign.

And Nadler was not the only Democrat to fire a salvo at Trump, as Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, began an investigation of the president’s private conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking the White House and the State Department for information.

Which makes at least three Democrat-led House committees targeting Trump as it becomes clear that this is all leading to impeachment.

Taking to Twitter, Trump said the Democrats are “stone cold CRAZY.”

“Now that they realize the only Collusion with Russia was done by Crooked Hillary Clinton & the Democrats, Nadler, Schiff and the Dem heads of the Committees have gone stone cold CRAZY. 81 letter sent to innocent people to harass them. They won’t get ANYTHING done for our Country!” he tweeted.

Now that they realize the only Collusion with Russia was done by Crooked Hillary Clinton & the Democrats, Nadler, Schiff and the Dem heads of the Committees have gone stone cold CRAZY. 81 letter sent to innocent people to harass them. They won’t get ANYTHING done for our Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019

Nadler served document requests to 81 agencies, entities and individuals, as part of a new probe into “alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump.”

The president’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, are among the individuals targeted, as was son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The president continues to call it presidential harassment, the “greatest overreach in the history of our country,” as seen in two other tweets posted Tuesday.

The greatest overreach in the history of our Country. The Dems are obstructing justice and will not get anything done. A big, fat, fishing expedition desperately in search of a crime, when in fact the real crime is what the Dems are doing, and have done!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019

PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders ripped Nadler in a statement, saying he opened the “disgraceful and abusive investigation” because the fear Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to prove collusion with Russia.

“Chairman Nadler and his fellow Democrats have embarked on this fishing expedition because they are terrified that their two-year false narrative of ‘Russia collusion’ is crumbling,” Sanders said in the release. “Their intimidation and abuse of American citizens is shameful.”

Statement on Chairman Nadler’s fishing expedition. pic.twitter.com/tBsVzrtGYg

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 5, 2019

The party that made weaponizing the apparatus of the U.S. government a political tactic under President Obama has grown impatient waiting on Mueller to wrap up his probe and is now in a frenzy, hellbent on impeaching Trump.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee — believe it or not — took to Twitter Monday night to rally the troops to the cause.

“For the faint of heart, who’ve been waiting for every ‘t’ to be crossed and every ‘i’ to be dotted, now is the time to demonstrate your patriotism. Support impeachment!” she tweeted.

For the faint of heart, who’ve been waiting for every “t” to be crossed and every “i” to be dotted, now is the time to demonstrate your patriotism. Support impeachment!

— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 5, 2019

The Democrat Party is intent on shaking the bushes until something damning falls out. In the meantime, they’ll have the White House mired in so many investigations that the Trump administration will no longer be able to effectively govern.

Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs characterized this campaign as a “coup” against Trump, calling it an “abuse of power.”

#DrainTheSwamp@SidneyPowell1: GOP needs to quash the subpoenas and fight them in any way they can. @TomFitton: Targets should just say no. This is an abuse of power. The coup against @POTUS is being continued through this abuse of congressional power. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/IVOtte9juh

— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 5, 2019

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Source: ‘Dems have gone stone cold CRAZY’: Trump unleashes on Nadler, Schiff for ‘presidential harassment’

‘Big, fat, fishing expedition’: Trump brands Dems’ extended probe ‘greatest overreach’ in history

President Donald Trump has dismissed a Democrat-spearheaded probe for possible abuses by his administration as a “fishing expedition desperately in search of a crime,” in a barrage of tweets.

He branded the decision by the House Judiciary Committee to look into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by the White House as “the greatest overreach” in American history and said the Democrats behind it are the ones committing the actual crime.

The greatest overreach in the history of our Country. The Dems are obstructing justice and will not get anything done. A big, fat, fishing expedition desperately in search of a crime, when in fact the real crime is what the Dems are doing, and have done!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019

Committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler earlier said it requested documents from 81 individuals connected to Trump in this apparent new quest for something impeachable. The probe was launched amid expectations in the US that the long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was tasked with investigating rumors of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, would come out without serious evidence against the president.

Now that they realize the only Collusion with Russia was done by Crooked Hillary Clinton & the Democrats, Nadler, Schiff and the Dem heads of the Committees have gone stone cold CRAZY. 81 letter sent to innocent people to harass them. They won’t get ANYTHING done for our Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019

PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019

In another all-capitals tweet, Trump said the probe was “presidential harassment!”

Source: ‘Big, fat, fishing expedition’: Trump brands Dems’ extended probe ‘greatest overreach’ in history

SORRY, NOT SORRY! America’s First Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Continues To Bash The Jews And Israel Forcing Nancy Pelosi To Draft Anti-Semitism Bill — Now The End Begins

Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar is catching flak on Twitter yet again for suggesting that US politicians were being forced to “pledge allegiance” to Israel, causing Nancy Pelosi to draft a new anti-semitism bill.

When we first reported to you about the two new Muslim congresswoman, we told you that they had previously declared anti-Israel biases, like supporting the anti-semitic BDS Movement. But Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar is distinguishing herself as being particularly anti-semitic in a recent flurry of comments she has been making against the Jews in  general and against Israel in particular.

“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJV)

Like the peddlers of anti-semitic trash like ‘THE PROTOCOLS OF THE LEARNED ELDERS OF ZION‘, Omar loves to get down in the gutter and rehash endless tropes that present the Jews as ‘hooked-nose money merchants’ and “drinkers of blood’ from the human sacrifices of Christian children. Omar’s most recent outburst involved claiming that the pro-israel lobby was forcing American lawmakers to make a ‘pledge of allegiance‘ to Israel. The only pledge America has ever made to Israel is to protect our little sister from people, like Ilhan Omar and her ilk, who seek to cause her harm.

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-33 (KJV)

Someone should inform the Muslim congresswoman that Genesis 12:3 is still very  much in effect. As for me, I will continue to support God’s holy land of Israel, and to pray for the salvation of His chosen people, the Jews. If you don’t like the Jews now, then you really won’t like them in the Thousand Year Reign of Jesus Christ when Israel rules the universe.

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Romans 11:25-27 (KJV)

Ilhan Omar blasted over latest ‘anti-Semitic’ tweet about Israel

FROM THE NY POST: “It’s ‘Antisemitic Weekends with Omar,’” tweeted former New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind on Sunday night, just hours after the Minnesota Democrat fired off her latest insinuation.

“On this week’s episode, she’ll talk about Jewish power, money and dual loyalty!” Hikind added. “Next week: the apology. Rinse and repeat.”

Ilhan Omar, 37, was responding to a tweet from New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey when she made the alleged anti-Semitic comments Sunday. “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee,” Omar tweeted.

Leading House Democrats will offer a resolution Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest remarks on Israel, a senior Democratic aide said. The declaration, written by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, comes after Omar’s new remarks suggesting American supporters of Israel are pushing people to have “allegiance to a foreign country.” It’s at least the third time the Minnesota Democrat’s words have put her colleagues in a more delicate spot than usual on the U.S.-Israel relationship, and the second time in two months that she’s drawn a stern backlash from party leaders. source

Lowey had been calling the congresswoman out for comments she reportedly made during a bookstore event last week — suggesting that pro-Israel groups were pushing lawmakers to “pledge allegiance to a foreign country.”

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“Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry,” Lowey tweeted on Saturday. “I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.”

On Sunday afternoon, Omar fired back: “Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that!”

In response, Lowey insisted that “no member of Congress is asked to swear allegiance to another country.”

“Throughout history, Jews have been accused of dual loyalty, leading to discrimination and violence,” Lowey added. “Which is why these accusations are so hurtful.”

Omar’s comments are just the latest alleged example of anti-Semitic rhetoric to come from the Somali-born Muslim lawmaker. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called her out last month after she claimed that the relationship between the United States and Israel was “all about the Benjamins.” READ MORE

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House Dems making it clear they are on a witch hunt with document demands from more than 80 Trump associates

House Dems making it clear they are on a witch hunt with document demands from more than 80 Trump associates

House Democrats are inadvertently forming the Beria Caucus: “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.”

I have long predicted that Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) would lead the Democrats to self-destructive behavior that would alienate enough voters to hand victory to Trump and the GOP in 2020.  The letters issued yesterday by three House Democrat committee chairs, demanding documents from 80 people associated in some manner with Donald Trump, are an obvious step down this path.

The Washington Post reports:

House Democrats sent more than 80 letters Monday demanding documents from family members, business associates, political confidants and others with ties to President Trump, launching a sprawling probe into whether he and his administration have engaged in obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.

The farthest-reaching request since Democrats took control of the House underscored lawmakers’ determination to hold Trump and those around him accountable for an array of controversies that have dogged the president during his first two years in office — and perhaps lay the grounds for impeachment.

Those receiving letters from the House Judiciary Committee include the president’s two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump; his son-in-law Jared Kushner; his former personal secretary Rhona Graff; Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization; and former top White House aides Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer and Stephen K. Bannon.

Other demands for documents are directed to institutions including the White House, Justice Department, Trump campaign, Trump transition team and Trump Organization.

The obvious comparison here is to the famous dictum of Lavrenty Beria, Stalin’s secret police head:


Source.

It would not be unfair to describe the three chairmen making the demands, Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs chairman Eliot Engel, and Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings, as the founders of the Beria Caucus.

As a result of this demand, the targets will be forced to hire pricey lawyers, and for those who are not wealthy, the burden can be financially disastrous.  This is an old D game elevated to the level of scorched-earth tactics.  Anyone contemplating working for Donald Trump (or any future swamp-drainer) is on notice that financial ruin is in prospect once Democrats control either house of Congress.

If, as is widely predicted, the Mueller reports finds no evidence of Russia collusion, there is great peril for the Democrats.  Don’t take it from me, though; even David Axelrod, the former Obama political guru, sees the danger.

Maybe I’m missing something,  but the hazard of an omnibus document demand by House judiciary versus discreet, serial ones is that, however legitimate the areas of inquiry, the wide-ranging nature of it is too easily plays into the “witch-hunt” meme.

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 4, 2019

Of course, Axe wants the same end as the Beria Caucus: the destruction of Trump and all who helped him.  But he sees that the frenzied attack is too visible, so he urges stealth.

House Democrats are inadvertently forming the Beria Caucus: “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.”

I have long predicted that Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) would lead the Democrats to self-destructive behavior that would alienate enough voters to hand victory to Trump and the GOP in 2020.  The letters issued yesterday by three House Democrat committee chairs, demanding documents from 80 people associated in some manner with Donald Trump, are an obvious step down this path.

The Washington Post reports:

House Democrats sent more than 80 letters Monday demanding documents from family members, business associates, political confidants and others with ties to President Trump, launching a sprawling probe into whether he and his administration have engaged in obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.

The farthest-reaching request since Democrats took control of the House underscored lawmakers’ determination to hold Trump and those around him accountable for an array of controversies that have dogged the president during his first two years in office — and perhaps lay the grounds for impeachment.

Those receiving letters from the House Judiciary Committee include the president’s two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump; his son-in-law Jared Kushner; his former personal secretary Rhona Graff; Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization; and former top White House aides Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer and Stephen K. Bannon.

Other demands for documents are directed to institutions including the White House, Justice Department, Trump campaign, Trump transition team and Trump Organization.

The obvious comparison here is to the famous dictum of Lavrenty Beria, Stalin’s secret police head:


Source.

It would not be unfair to describe the three chairmen making the demands, Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs chairman Eliot Engel, and Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings, as the founders of the Beria Caucus.

As a result of this demand, the targets will be forced to hire pricey lawyers, and for those who are not wealthy, the burden can be financially disastrous.  This is an old D game elevated to the level of scorched-earth tactics.  Anyone contemplating working for Donald Trump (or any future swamp-drainer) is on notice that financial ruin is in prospect once Democrats control either house of Congress.

If, as is widely predicted, the Mueller reports finds no evidence of Russia collusion, there is great peril for the Democrats.  Don’t take it from me, though; even David Axelrod, the former Obama political guru, sees the danger.

Maybe I’m missing something,  but the hazard of an omnibus document demand by House judiciary versus discreet, serial ones is that, however legitimate the areas of inquiry, the wide-ranging nature of it is too easily plays into the “witch-hunt” meme.

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 4, 2019

Of course, Axe wants the same end as the Beria Caucus: the destruction of Trump and all who helped him.  But he sees that the frenzied attack is too visible, so he urges stealth.

Source: House Dems making it clear they are on a witch hunt with document demands from more than 80 Trump associates

March 5, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

15. The eyes of all hope in thee. David adduces an additional proof of God’s goodness, in giving food to all living creatures, and thus showing himself in the character of the father of a family. Some interpreters, led by the term hope, which is employed, restrict the application to men, as being endued with reason and intelligence, to seek their food from their heavenly father, while the beasts seek it only in a gross manner, by sight or smell. But although not endued with the exercise of reason, leading them to depend upon God’s providence, necessity itself forces even them, by a certain hidden instinct, to seek their food, so that they may very properly be said to hope in God, as elsewhere the young ravens are said to cry unto him. (Ps. 147:9.) Besides, those who would restrict the words to man, still leave them open to the charge of impropriety; for the wicked have no regard to the fatherly care of God, more than the ox or the ass. Since such is the order established in nature—that all animals are brought to a dependence upon their Maker, there is no impropriety in supposing the affection of desire or expectation to be here put for the fact of dependence itself. All ambiguity is taken away by the next verse, where every living thing is said to be satisfied. It is said that he gives them their food, and in its season, for the very variety of it serves more to illustrate the providence of God. Each has its own way of feeding, and the different kinds of aliment are designed and adapted for different uses. David therefore speaks of that food which is particular to them. The pronoun is not in the plural, and we are not to read in their season, as if it applied to the animals. The food he notices as given in its season; for here also we are to notice the admirable arrangements of divine providence, that there is a certain time appointed for harvest, vintage, and hay crop, and that the year is so divided into intervals, that the cattle are fed at one time upon grass, at another on hay, or straw, or acorns, or other products of the earth. Were the whole supply poured forth at one and the same moment, it could not be gathered together so conveniently; and we have no small reason to admire the seasonableness with which the different kinds of fruit and aliment are yearly produced.[1]


145:15 — The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.

God is the great Provider. As Paul said, “He gives to all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25). We do not look to God presumptuously for what we need, but expectantly, for we put our hope in His great love.[2]


145:15 look hopefully to you Describes a hopeful trust in God’s provision.

in due time The psalmist portrays the seasonal cycle of growth and harvest as Yahweh’s direct provision.[3]


145:15 Jesus’s prayer, “Give us today our daily bread” (Mt 6:11), could be based on this verse.[4]


[1] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 5, pp. 278–279). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 145:15). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 145:15). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 940). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

March 5, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Trump will reject a U.S.-China trade deal that is not perfect, but the United States would still keep working on an agreement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a media interview.

Newly installed U.S. Attorney General William Barr must walk a political and legal tightrope in deciding how much of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s role in the 2016 election to disclose, balancing competing demands from President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats, legal experts said.

China sought to shore up its slowing economy through billions of dollars in planned tax cuts and infrastructure spending, with economic growth at its weakest in almost 30 years due to softer domestic demand and a trade war with the United States.

Carmakers are dreaming up futuristic electric car engine sounds to ensure that pedestrians can hear vehicles that lack audible cues like high-revving, howling combustion engines, senior executives at the Geneva car show said.

An HIV-positive man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the AIDS virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, his doctors said.

AP Top Stories

House leaders are planning a vote as soon as Wednesday on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, a senior Democratic aide said, after a series of controversies involving remarks made by first-term Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

At least 23 people including children have died after a tornado swept through the southern US state of Alabama on Sunday.

Four American tourists and a Kenyan pilot were killed when their helicopter crashed on a remote island in a lake in northwest Kenya, police said Monday.

French police are facing a new form of weapon during “yellow vest” protests — bags of fecal matter thrown bomb-like by demonstrators.

Burundi has forced the United Nations to shut its local human rights office after 23 years, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. Bachelet said the central African state’s government had declared it had made sufficient progress in human rights, so that the existence of the U.N. office was no longer justified.

The Afghan Taliban rejected a proposal that would result in U.S. forces being withdrawn from the war-torn nation in five years, posing a serious setback to the efforts aimed at ending America’s longest war through negotiations. The rebel group wants foreign troops to leave the country within a year.

The U.S. has deployed a highly advanced missile defense system in Israel for the first time, the American and Israeli militaries announced Monday, reflecting their shared concerns about Iran’s development of powerful missiles.

Pakistan on Monday announced the freezing of accounts and seizure of assets linked to organizations banned by the UN Security Council (UNSC), as pressure mounted on the country to crack down on militant groups amid tensions with India.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday bypassed a chance to further expand the ability of religious entities to receive public funding, leaving in place a lower court ruling that blocked a New Jersey county from giving historic preservation grants to churches.

Google has compensated many of its male workers after finding they received comparatively fewer bonuses and pay rises than women last year. The company, which has faced many accusations of failing its female employees, said it had automatically topped up men’s pay to address a gender gap within its ranks of software developers.

In terms of those battery packs, the Mark Zero purports to have harnessed a vague and alchemical-sounding technological jump that allows its cells to be fast-charged to 80 percent of their capacity in under five minutes, without the massive heat-related issues endemic to electric charging. Battery partners the Desten Group and charging partners Qingdao TGOOD Electric Co. are both based in China.

The rattle of guns, bomb blasts and black smoke — a deluge of fire is being unleashed on the Islamic State’s last Syrian stronghold by Kurdish-led and international forces.

BBC

The winner of a record $1.5bn lottery jackpot in South Carolina gave up a spot in the queue before purchasing the ticket, officials said. The winner is electing to receive a lump sum pay-out of $877m.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth has shrunk by $8.7bn (£6.6bn) in the past year, according to the latest billionaires’ list compiled by Forbes. The total combined net worth of this year’s billionaires’ list also fell from $9.1 trillion to $8.7tn. But Amazon founder Jeff Bezos keeps his top position, increasing his net worth to $131bn, up $19bn from 2018.

WND

A primary school that taught pupils about homosexuality as part of a program to challenge homophobia has stopped the lessons after hundreds of children were withdrawn by parents in protest. Parkfield community school in Saltley, Birmingham, has been the scene of weekly protests over the lessons, which parents claim are promoting gay and transgender lifestyles. On Friday about 600 Muslim children, aged between four and 11, were withdrawn from the school for the day, parents said.

About 60 people have already joined a new group calling itself “BirthStrike,” consisting of folks “too concerned by the consequences of ecological collapse to have children.”

A lawsuit by some states against a Trump-administration rule change that effectively blocks millions of taxpayer dollars from the abortionists at Planned Parenthood likely will fail.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 5, 2019

The Foundation

“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong…. In fact it is only reestablishing under another name and a more specious form, force as the measure of right.” —James Madison (1786)

Dems Launch Phase Two of ‘Obstruct Trump’ Crusade

Nadler casts a wide net for documents from Trump-connected individuals and organizations.


Blue States Ready to Subvert Electoral College

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact means the winner takes all votes.


Democrat Faces of Socialism & Anti-Semitism

Ocasio-Cortez and Omar are female, young, and pass the Democrats’ Melanin Test, but…


Not a Plan for Victory in Afghanistan

Talking to the Taliban isn’t necessarily bad, but the U.S. must be careful.


Malkin, McCain, and Immigration

The conservative columnist took on the GOP establishment over immigration, but was she right?


Cop Made Sure Girls Were Safe, Then Played Dolls With Them

Officer Fleming said he hopes for real change in police and community relations.


Video: Capitalism vs. Socialism

Decades after capitalism seemed to have triumphed over socialism, politicians are once again arguing.



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News – 3/5/2019

Jews Call for Synagogue on Temple Mount in Response to Muslim Takeover
A confrontation between the Israeli police and the Palestinians is expected as more politicians are calling for the closure of a prayer area that was opened in the area of the Sha’ar HaRachamim (the Gate of Mercy, also known as the Golden Gate). The groups also called for the establishment of a synagogue on the Temple Mount. This project was first advocated by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, in the mid-1990s. His son, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Safed’s chief rabbi, continues to work toward that goal and in 2016, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, generally considered to be moderate in his politics as well as his religious rulings, stunned many when he said in 2016 that there was enough room on the Temple Mount for the addition of both a synagogue and church without infringing on the Muslim sites currently in existence.

Anti-Semitic Vandalism Surges Across Eastern France
Vandals defaced a former synagogue in eastern France with swastikas in the latest of a series of anti-Semitic desecrations plaguing the region. Staff at the synagogue-turned-sports-facility in the town of Mommenheim discovered the swastikas on the building’s door and facade, which still bears Hebrew lettering, Monday, according to The Associated Press. The anti-Semitic incident came hot on the heels of the Saturday vandalism of a monument honoring a synagogue ransacked and burned by Hitler Youth in Strasbourg. The culprits knocked the memorial stone off of its base and left it lying on the ground.

Illinois Fast-Tracks Abortion Legislation So Extreme You Won’t Believe It
The leftist caucus of the Illinois General Assembly looked at New York and West Virginia and said, “Hold my beer.” As a result, a bill being called the Reproductive Health Act and another piece of legislation that repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act have been filed and are making their way through the legislative process. Like the New York law, this would allow for abortion up to and during birth and decriminalize the murder of an unborn child (through, say, physical abuse of the child’s pregnant mother).

US Deploys Improved THAAD Missile-Defense System in Israel for First Time
The U.S .military has deployed its latest Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile-defense system in Israel for the first time for use in an exercise with Israel’s military, announced the Israel Defense Forces on Monday.“The IDF is working in cooperation with U.S. forces in order to enhance coordination between the two militaries and to strengthen the ability to defend Israeli airspace,” it said in a statement.

Vatican to Open Second World War-Era Archives, Allow Investigation into Pius XII
In a surprising move, Pope Francis announced today that the Vatican, after decades of silence, will open its secret archives to allow access to files pertaining to Second World War-era Pope Pius XII. Jewish groups have long accused Pius of remaining silent in the face of his alleged knowledge of the Holocaust.

Trump announces executive order to cut off federal research funds for campuses that don’t protect free speech
President Trump announced that he will sign an executive order denying federal research funding to campuses that do not protect free speech. The promise came after he called to the stage Hayden Williams who was punched in the face on February 19 at the University of California, Berkeley, while manning a recruitment table for Turning Point USA.

Dem House Leadership Values Illegal Aliens Over Law-abiding Gun Owners
Just prior to the vote on H.R. 8, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) made a motion to recommit the legislation to amend it to include a provision that would require the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if an illegal alien attempts to purchase a firearm. Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5), it is already a felony for an illegal alien to possess or receive a firearm. The vote and surrounding furor is instructive in understanding the legislative and political priorities of the Democratic House leadership. This amendment was aimed at alerting law enforcement to felony conduct among a group championed by Democratic leadership rather than imposing new burdens on law-abiding gun owners, and as such Democratic House leadership vigorously opposed it.

Jim Jordan: No evidence of Trump colluding with Russia, but ‘all kinds’ showing Clinton campaign did
The House Oversight Committee’s top Republican said Sunday that there is a double standard in the scrutiny placed on President Trump compared to Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.

Israel Air Force delegation returns from two-week drill in the U.S.
An Israeli Air Force delegation from the 103rd Elephants Squadron has recently returned from two weeks of exercises at the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC), its first time going there in over a decade. Led by IAF Lt.-Col. Het, the delegation included 60 troops and two Samson Hercules C-130J transport planes.

A synagogue on the Temple Mount? Activists call for construction to begin
A large group of Israeli activists are calling on the government to establish a synagogue on the Temple Mount and open it for Jewish prayer, according to media reports. On Sunday, Religious Zionists leaders gathered to discuss the situation on the Temple Mount, known as Har Habayit in Hebrew. The reports did not indicate specifically which leaders took part in the talks.

Mexico apology after police handed youths over to gang
Mexican officials have issued a rare apology to the families of five youths who were killed in 2016 in the eastern state of Veracruz. Corrupt local police officers colluding with the notorious Jalisco New Generation drug cartel (CJNG) seized the five in the mistaken belief they were members of a rival gang. They handed them over to the CJNG which killed them and burned their bodies.

With Nazi salutes around a makeshift swastika, Newport Beach students spark outrage
Newport Beach school officials on Sunday said they are investigating images posted on social media appearing to show a group of partying students — arms outstretched in a Nazi salute — gathered around red plastic cups arranged in the shape of a swastika. Some of the people in the images are believed to be students or recent graduates of Newport Harbor High School, one official said.

Republicans Who Couldn’t Beat Climate Debate Now Seek to Join It
Representative John Shimkus once issued a forceful rejection of climate science at a congressional hearing, invoking the Bible and declaring that “Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over.” Last month, in a turnabout, the Illinois Republican signed onto a letter with the top Republican of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that said “prudent steps should be taken to address current and future climate risks.”

AOC Chief-Of-Staff Funneled $1 Million Of Campaign Cash Into His Own Companies: Report
“Chakrabarti’s companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used.”

MEDIA SILENCE CONTINUES: Clinton Foundation Connected AGT Forwarded Top Secret US Intel to RUSSIA – Made Bribes to Seal Deals – FBI/DOJ Covered It Up – Part VI
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.

Finnish ‘Soldiers of Odin’ vigilante group announce they are hunting for Muslim migrant rapists and pedophiles in controversial new video
The Finnish Police investigates a video published recently in social media by the vigilante group ‘Soldiers of Odin’ that announces a “hunt” for rapists and pedophiles.

Media Claim Abortion Survivors Don’t Exist: ‘There Are No Survivors’
The media race to promote the stories of women who have had abortions. But when women who survived abortions as babies speak up, the media insist they don’t exist.

Muslim Parents Withdraw Children Following Forced LGBT Lessons In Schoo
Around 600 Muslim children have been taken out of school by their parents after they were forced into lessons on homosexuality and gender equality.

H.I.V. Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDS Epidemic
Scientists have long tried to duplicate the procedure that led to the first permanent remission 12 years ago. With the so-called London patient, they seem to have succeeded.

Second skin: Israeli medical device creates temporary nano-layer to treat wounds
Israeli startup Nanomedic Technologies Ltd. has developed a medical device that it says can dress burns and other wounds with nano materials that mimic human tissue and peel off once the skin below is regenerated.

Democrats Refuse to Say ‘So Help Me God’ While Swearing-In at House Committee
Democrats refused to say “so help me God” during the swearing-in oath before testifying to a House committee this week, by simply omitting it when they were sworn in.

IDF helicopters pound Hamas positions in response to explosive balloon
IDF attack helicopters hit two positions of the Hamas terror group in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday in response to an explosive device that was carried into Israel by balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.

New Zealand’s “Bumbling Jihadi,” Known For Inadvertently Tweeting His Location, Caught In Syria
Roundly mocked and scorned, even among his fellow jihadists…


Headlines – 3/5/2019

Putin Proposes to Host Netanyahu, Abbas for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Summit, Lavrov Says

Israel denies new Russian offer to host Netanyahu-Abbas peace talks

Palestinian President Slams Trump: ‘Encouraging Israel to Be a State Above the Law’

Hamas chief warns Netanyahu against Gaza ‘adventure’ as violence ratchets up

Hamas again demands money from Israel – After refusing to receive Qatari money for Hamas employees in Gaza, Hamas has a new condition: no money, no calm

In first since 2014, Egypt allows Palestinians to exit Gaza for Mecca pilgrimage

Bennett jabs Netanyahu for being ‘scared’ of terrorists

Netanyahu, beset by legal woes, launches Likud campaign with solo appearance

Sound Familiar? Netanyahu Tells Likudniks Their Greatest Enemy Is the Media

As Investigators Close In, Netanyahu and Trump Are Following the Same Playbook

A synagogue on the Temple Mount? Activists call for construction to begin

Trump: Ilhan Omar comments are a ‘dark day for Israel’

House Dems plan to introduce resolution condemning anti-Semitic comments amid Omar controversy

Swastikas left at former synagogue, kindergarten in eastern France

Vatican to Open Secret Archives on Pope Pius XII, Accused of Turning Blind Eye to the Holocaust

Israel ranked 8th most powerful country in the world

In first, US deploys advanced THAAD missile defense system in Israel

Al-Jubeir: It is premature to determine the return of Syria to the Arab League

Saudi Arabia: Too Early to Reopen Syria Embassy

Zarif resigned after not informed of Assad trip to Tehran, spokesman says

Iran’s top leader warns against trusting Europe on nuclear deal

Iran insists Moscow ties ‘strong’, shrugs off Israel-Russia coordination

Russia Suspends Nuclear Missile Treaty With U.S.

India, Russia to ink $3 billion nuclear submarine deal this week

French police hit with poo bombs at ‘yellow vest’ protests

Leading Canadian minister resigns over scandal as Trudeau government teeters

George Conway Sees ‘Grounds for Impeachment’ in Bombshell New Yorker Report on Trump White House

Byron York: House Democrats send message: Impeachment is on

Nadler launches expansive Trump probe says, ‘we have to make sure this is not a dictatorship’

Trump on brink of GOP rebellion over emergency declaration

Mitch McConnell: It’s clear Senate will vote against President Trump’s national emergency

Trump and GOP make ‘socialism’ the bogeyman of 2020, as Democrats bristle

Ocasio-Cortez’s mom left New York City over to property taxes: report

As the web turns 30, is it an ‘out-of-control monster’?

France Plans 5% Digital Tax as Governments Chase Internet Giants

NSA Weighs Ending Phone Surveillance Program Exposed by Snowden

Google won’t remove Saudi app that lets men track women, report says

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Madang, Papua New Guinea

4.5 magnitude earthquake near Colorado-Utah border

Strong earthquake swarm in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

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

Minnesota: Record Snowfall In February Precedes Record Low Temperatures In March

Denver Weather: Coldest Early March Temps In Nearly 60 Years

Australia breaks weather records with hottest ever summer

Entire Australian town ‘all but wiped off the map’ in massive bushfire

Coal ash contaminating groundwater nationwide, groups say

‘Starbucks on steroids’: can America’s new weed cafes make smoking social?

Northwestern Neuroscientist Researching Brain Chips To Make People Superintelligent

‘Antivaxxers’ attack U.S. science panel

Ten years after the ‘Berlin patient,’ doctors announce a second person has been effectively ‘cured’ of HIV

Genderless Babies Are the New Craze – ‘We Don’t Want Our Children Pigeon-Holed’

Age of the autosexual: the people sexually attracted to themselves

Fractured after vote against LGBT clergy, weddings, United Methodists face possible split

Mass arrests of Chinese megachurch members continue; some ‘violently beaten’

Kavanaugh slams ‘pure discrimination’ against churches as court declines to hear religious liberty case


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for March 5, 2019

March 5, 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)


March 5, 2019
ALAN KEYES — The president’s ultimate duty is to avoid tyranny while preserving the nation’s sovereign, constitutional existence…. (more)

March 4, 2019
NEWSMAX — Attorney General William Barr said he won’t recuse himself from being in charge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, a major development affecting the fate of the politically charged probe into President Donald Trump…. (more)

March 4, 2019
NEWSMAX — Americans are least favorable toward a presidential candidate who’s a socialist or older than 75, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that said President Donald Trump’s approval rating ticked up in the past month…. (more)

March 4, 2019
JOE KOVACS — Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore has launched a ferocious attack on U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., calling her an “immature bully” and “pompous little twit” with “ZERO expertise” who is “going for the jugular of civilization” and “would bring about mass death.”… (more)

March 4, 2019
(With apologies to CBN)
(CBN NEWS) — A dangerous new internet craze is raising concern among parents and law-enforcement officials. The “Momo Challenge” encourages people to text a random number on the free messaging app called “WhatsApp.” A creepy bird woman responds back, asking the user to perform a series of escalating dares. If they do not complete the challenges, the number threatens to leak their personal information to friends, family members, and strangers…. (more)

March 4, 2019
DAILY WIRE — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has responded to reports that, despite being the author of the extreme environmental legislation known as the Green New Deal, she has a far larger carbon footprint than the average American, and does not appear to have made any changes to her lifestyle, despite her apocalyptic environmental predictions…. (more)


March 3, 2019
CHRISTIAN HEADLINES — Senator Kamala Harris recently shared that she is in favor of decriminalizing prostitution and sex work. According to Life Site News, the 2020 presidential hopeful said that despite her previous crack down on sex work when she was California’s Attorney General, she would like to see prostitution – – between two consenting adults – – decriminalized…. (more)


March 3, 2019
Joseph Farah shines light on recent poll that’s ‘a media nightmare’
JOSEPH FARAH — A Gallup poll was released last Friday that didn’t get much notice – – perhaps because of the hour it came out or maybe because the media disapproved. But it was shocking – – even to me for whom it was not bad news. The headline from Gallup, hardly known as a “conservative” pollster: “Conservatives Greatly Outnumber Liberals in 19 U.S. States.”… (more)

March 3, 2019
AP NEWS — Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump, proclaiming himself the Democrat best prepared to beat the incumbent in 2020…. (more)


March 3, 2019
JUANA SUMMERS — A young civil rights activist named Bernard Sanders was arrested and dragged off to jail for protesting school segregation on the South Side of Chicago in the summer of 1963. Most voters didn’t learn about that episode until photos surfaced in late February 2016, almost 10 months into the Vermont senator’s first presidential campaign. Sanders had been struggling to win over African-American voters, but his topsy-turvy campaign team didn’t know such powerful evidence of his civil rights bona fides existed until five days before South Carolina’s primary…. (more)


March 3, 2019
WIKIPEDIA — Faiz Shakir is an American political aide, who currently works as the campaign manager for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign… (more)


March 1, 2019
‘Charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempting to cause great bodily injury’
WORLDNETDAILY — (Heavy) Zachary Greenberg, 28, is now accused in the assault against a conservative activist at UC-Berkeley who was engaged in political expression about the Jussie Smollett case. Before Greenberg’s arrest, the Berkeley chancellor released a statement condemning the incident. “According to the police, an unknown, unidentified assailant attacked a Berkeley student engaged in political advocacy. Let there be no mistake, we strongly condemn violence and harassment of any sort, for any reason,” it read, in part. Authorities now say that once unidentified assailant was Greenberg…. (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)

 

Girl Washes Her Face, Stops Apologizing, Still On Her Way To Hell Without Christ — The Babylon Bee

FRANKLIN, TN—Following the advice of popular self-help books by Rachel Hollis, local woman Brenda Jenkins decided she’d get up, wash her face, and stop apologizing, seizing the moment and living her life to the fullest.

Unfortunately, Jenkins is still on her way to hell where she’ll be separated from God forever unless and until she repents and trusts Christ as her Savior.

“These books really helped me to see that I needed to live life to the fullest and give up everything to follow my dreams,” said the woman who will spend eternity apart from God unless she denies herself, takes up her cross, and follows Jesus. “I now know that I need to give up shame and guilt and simply live for what’s most important: me.”

The woman who is still on a trajectory that will lead her to a place of eternal condemnation for her sin stated she was “pretty excited” about what the future holds after learning to live today to the fullest, cast doubts and fear aside, and simply become who she envisions herself to be.

“I’m really glad I read these books—now I can become the best version of myself,” she said, not realizing she would never be able to become who she was meant to be outside of Christ.

via Girl Washes Her Face, Stops Apologizing, Still On Her Way To Hell Without Christ — The Babylon Bee

40 Things to Give Up for Lent

Michelle Lesley

Originally published March 3, 2017

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Although, as a Louisiana girl, I’ve had a decades long love affair with king cake, and I totally support the increased availability of fish entrées at local restaurants and getting a few days off school or work, I’m not a big fan of Mardi Gras and Lent.

The intrinsic philosophy behind Mardi Gras – a day of revelry, indulgence, and debauchery to get it all out of your system before you have to start “being good” for Lent – is patently unbiblical.

The practice of Lent often is, as well. Lent is the forty day period, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter Sunday, observed by Catholics and some Protestants. Originally, it was simply a time of fasting, prayer, and worship in anticipation of Easter, and for Christians who continue to observe it this way, it can be a valuable and meaningful…

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A Scoffer’s Search? — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

My dear friend, if you are a scoffer, but truly want to know deep in your heart who Almighty God is and what this life is all about (Jer. 29:13), then call out to Him and ask Him to bring you to Him and show you the TRUTH and… He most surely will (John 4:24, 14:6)! Believe me, I know my friends. Before I came to Jesus Christ I had my lists of justifications for my godless life and God knows I beat my drum, but in the end Almighty God showed me in His mercy and grace how right He was and how doomed and wrong I was (Eph. 2:1-2). Oh my dear friends, DO NOT be a fool! Almighty God does very much care for you and has not forsaken you but YOU have forsaken Him and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom. 5:6-8, 8:32). The whole world has forsaken God – John 1:10) and those who have Almighty God’s pardon – through receiving His precious Son – can testify that ONLY Jesus truly  delivers and sets one free from the bondage of this fallen world, its demonic oppressors and from the ETERNAL consequences of a lawless and godless life (Eph. 2:1-10, Rev. 20:11-15). 

Oh my dear friends DO NOT be a fool! Almighty God does very much care for you and has not forsaken you but YOU have forsaken Him and His RIGHTEOUSNESS!

My friend may you see the ETERNAL picture of what this life (existence – born -die) is TRULY all about. The Son and TRUTH will set you FREE and you will be liberated (FREE) indeed (John 8:32,36)!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

The Gospel of John Challenge 

via A Scoffer’s Search? — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

Are Iran & North Korea working together to build nuclear weapons & the missiles to deliver them? I address this question in my new column in The Jerusalem Post.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Iran-NK-faces(Washington, D.C.) — Despite being widely criticized for a “failed” summit in Hanoi last week, President Trump was absolutely right to walk away from the “denuclearization” talks with North Korea. 

As I explain in a new column in this morning’s Jerusalem Post, what’s at stake here is not just the urgency of stopping one rogue regime Hell-bent on becoming a full-blown nuclear power, but two — North Korea and Iran.

After years of secret tests, North Korea now has upwards of 60 operational nuclear warheads. If Pyongyang wants to give them up, Trump is fully ready to remove all economic sanctions, help the North make a full peace with the South, and mobilize the international community to help the North feed its people and enter the global economy. But Trump says he’s not going to accept anything less than full denuclearization. Amen.

Indeed, the reason Trump shouldn’t accept anything…

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How to deal with addictions: Kill them — Southern Equip

I used to serve as the deacon of grounds at our church, and weeds were my worst enemies. Weeds are the bullies of the domestic plant world. They steal the precious resources needed for growth from your grass and flowers, and they make no apologies about it. So, they must die. A yardman accepts this duty, and he makes his plan. But not all weeds are created equal, and not all will die with the same efforts. Some are small enough to pull up with your hands. Some require a hand tool. Others take even heavier implements such as shovels, machetes, and even nuclear warheads.

There was one weed on the church property in particular that mocked me. This one was tree-like, stretching far above my head, growing from a well-established root system woven into the very foundation of the church building. Every season, I would take a hatchet, a shovel, and even poison to it. Nothing would kill it. Every time I cut back the visible growth, it would grow back. The main problem was that the root system had integrated into the foundation of the building. And that is a great illustration for how addictions distinguish themselves from the normal habitual sins of life.

The unique death of an addiction

When considering how a person can kill addictions in his life, the different levels of effort required for these different types of weeds serve as a helpful illustration. Addictions always involve some idolatry of the heart that, when pursued repeatedly, conditions the soul and the body in such a way that the freedom of personhood becomes warped, bent toward a particular object and, far worse, bent away from God. When this happens, the most entrenched kind of sin takes over a person’s motivations. Addictions are less like a bunch of little weeds out in the open and more like the one weed integrated into the foundation of a building. Addictions thread their roots through the expectations and desires of the soul as well as the impulses and cravings of the body.

So when we speak of putting addictions to death, we have to be careful with what we mean. What I don’t want to communicate is that killing addictions is like pulling up a small weed, root and all, so that it no longer remains a threat. What I do mean is that killing addictions is like going to war with the thick tangle of roots that has penetrated the foundation. It’s about consistently cutting back any sign of growth so that, with no growing leaves to catch the sun’s energy, the roots will weaken their structural hold on the foundation.

Like that one weed, addictions do not die in a decisive action. They die over a long period of time. Of course, we must recognize that God is able to — and sometimes does — free someone decisively from the draw of a particular addiction in a miraculous act. But why does it normally take an involved process over time rather than merely a simple action in a moment? The answer is theological.

God designed us to conform — body and soul — to what we pursue. When we pursue a particular object as a replacement for God over and over again, we condition our bodies and our souls in the shape of that pursuit. In terms of the body, addictive behavior works itself into our neurobiological hardware, our chemical dependencies, and our bodily cravings. The structures of our bodies become dependent on substances not normally needed to sustain life. In terms of the soul, addictive behavior patterns itself into our conception of joy, satisfaction, and wonder; we find ourselves committed to finding those immaterial values in material things. We worship created things rather than the Creator — we become committed to finding God-like value in a particular object that is not God (Rom 1:21–25).

A body and soul conditioned by such pursuits undermines the freedom of personal choice. That’s not to say that an addict is any less culpable for his behavior, nor is it to say that his behavior is any less voluntary. It’s all voluntary, but in a stretched-out kind of way rather than a punctuated kind of way. Addictions are a broad series of choices rather than a singular choice on a given Friday evening.

Kill it by pursuit

If we think of the voluntary nature of addictions in this way, we will create a more realistic and effective plan of action against it. Instead of treating addictions as something a person can decisively choose to rid himself of in a single come-to-Jesus moment, we ought to think of treating addictions as a series of new choices that accumulate into a new pursuit. Killing addictions, then, means helping a struggler think of his responsibility with a specific verbal force to it: not, “You need to kill this addiction,” but rather, “You need to be killing this addiction.” It’s a practice, not a mere action. It’s a new pursuit that kills an old one.

How do we kill one pursuit with another? It’s helpful to think of a pursuit as a series of tasks. These are tasks — not steps. Calling them steps would imply a strict sequence. These are more like the regular actions a person needs to take in order to mortify addictions.

  1. Find the roots in the foundation and acknowledge their strength.

In other words, be honest with God, yourself, and others about how ingrained the desires for the particular object have become.

Desires have a physical and a spiritual element, working their way deep into the structures of the body and soul. While recognizing the unique external difficulties that may have provoked the addictive pursuit, an addict must nevertheless acknowledge his physical and spiritual weakness. Physical dependence on a substance often requires medically assisted detoxification as part of the initial treatment. The body has been conditioned to need the substance, and the cravings a person experiences are grounded in the very structure of his body. An addict should acknowledge that the craving is in part a physiological consequence of past behavior, and therefore not a reliable guide for present behavior. When he feels something as a “need,” it is not because it truly is one, but because he has conditioned his body to think it is.

But desires are not just physical; they are also spiritual. They rival desires for what God says is good, and they are therefore not neutral. They are not just wanting the object itself, but something deeper than the object promises to provide—lasting satisfaction, escape from sorrow, settled peace. An addict must see the deeper value being promised by the surface object, then repent of his dark loyalties and acknowledge his helplessness to change them.

Acknowledging the idolatry and the helplessness will bring both grief and fear. Grief and fear are actually proper responses to the reality of what’s at stake: the heart is inclined to worship an object that will destroy it. Can you imagine how the family of an addict would rejoice to see grief and fear mark his life as a pattern of vigilance rather than merely as part of his regret? Such sober-mindedness is a sign of life (1 Thess 5:5–11).

This is the gospel for addicts: Because Jesus provides all the righteousness they need, they can safely acknowledge before God all of the grievous, frightening things about themselves. They may have roots in the foundation that others don’t—but that is no reason to shy away from God. In fact, the only way out of the addiction involves this painful task of acknowledgment. They must form a habit of describing these desires to God in prayer. As people pour out the particularities of their need for forgiveness and strength, they will find the particularities of grace to help in times of need (Heb 4:14–16).

  1. Cut back the visible growth from the roots. 

Such honest vigilance over desires will increase alertness to behaviors that reinforce addictive pursuits. Not all addictive behaviors directly relate to acquiring the object of addiction itself. Behaviors can be conditioning as well as explicit in their pursuit of the object. For instance, an alcoholic may place himself in the bar on a Thursday afternoon, but he may also be conditioning himself with other behaviors such as overworking. Alcohol becomes the assumed refuge of escape.

As with desires, an addict has to be honest with God about his behaviors. Not just the behavior of giving in but the thousand little choices that lead up to it. Part of acknowledging these behaviors before God is acknowledging them before God’s people (Heb 3:12–13). An addict will need people who are regularly present enough in his life to notice these behaviors if he’s going to remain vigilant.

This is the toughest part of ministry to folks struggling with addictions—the sheer level of oversight is difficult to maintain, especially in situations where the person’s regular circles undermine change and reinforce old patterns. Helping an addict requires an appreciation of the social aspects of addiction. For success, an addict must place himself in ideal relational conditions insofar as he’s able.

  1. Grow something else that’s beautiful.

Do small acts of obedience that establish some new, God-honoring pursuit. In a world of sunlight and water, growth is going to happen.

The question is, what gets prominence in the limited resources of a person’s time, attention, and energy? An addict needs help in establishing some replacement pursuit. Here we have to think holistically. It’s not just about getting him to read the Bible and pray more, but to see how the pursuit of God in those things then compels other pursuits in the regular occupations of life. A person who finds God privately is freed to enjoy the good things of the earth without being bound by them (1 Tim 4:4–5). An addict needs to relearn that enjoyment comes from many sources other than the object that has captured him.

You know, I never did kill that stupid weed. But I made it to the end of my diaconal term without its doing any more damage to the foundation or to the grass around it. How? I never stopped killing it. God doesn’t promise instant death to the addiction or that it will be easy to fight. What he promises to those who trust only in him is that they will always have the strength to be killing it. And in the end, it won’t win.

Editor’s note: This article was originally publishedat Ligonier.

via How to deal with addictions: Kill them — Southern Equip

Lent: Glitter or Gold? — Gentle Reformation

Every Sunday night before evening worship I meet in my study with the middle schoolers in our church to discuss the morning sermon. That goal isn’t always achieved. As I’ve gotten to know them they have also gotten to know me. Sometimes they use that to their advantage to derail the normal topic of discussion. They have figured out that the quickest way to have a tangential conversation is to ask me a serious question. I’ve never told them—and maybe I don’t need to—but these are some of my favorite times as a pastor. In one manipulatively planned digression I was asked about the practice of Lent.

Over a century ago William Ingraham Kip wrote: “For some years past each return of Lent has been, we believe, regarded with additional interest.” That observation remains true today. As Ash Wednesday marks the start of another Lenten season many of us will encounter it. In the spirit of the Apostle Paul who said “test everything” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) we should think biblically about the Lenten season.

Lent is regarded by many to be on of the oldest and most important practices of the church calendar. Traces of its observance can be found in the writings of Irenaeus (d. 202), Tertullian (d. 240), and the Council of Nicea (325). Through the centuries different rules, ceremonies, rites, and liturgies have left Lent without a unified expression individually and corporately. Nevertheless, for many, the Lenten season is a time of preparation for Easter and growing closer to God through fasting, self-denial, and repentance.

With such an ambitious purpose some might wonder if there’s room to question its usefulness. Paul reminds us, however, that not all that glitters is gold. There are “spiritual practices” that can be bad for you! He told Timothy that it is possible to have the appearance of godliness but actually deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5). He also cautioned against submitting to regulations such as “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” which are according to human precepts and teachings because though they had the appearance of wisdom “they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh” (Colossians 2:23). We need to be careful. Just because someone wants something to promote a good and godly end doesn’t mean it will. So, does Lent have the appearance without the power; the glitter without the gold?

First, we should remember that there’s no biblical requirement for observing a Lenten season. Far different from the religious days many have imposed on the calendar, God has permanently set the rhythm of our life according to his calendar: “Six days shall you labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:9-10). That’s how it has been from creation and how it will continue to be until Jesus—who is the Lord of the Sabbath—returns (see Genesis 2:3 and Hebrews 4:9). Under the Old Testament there were all kinds of ceremonial days added to the Jewish calendar. But these days had no permanence and, according to the work of Jesus, are things we’ve been set free from (see Colossians 2:16-17). The only “holy day” the New Testament knows is the weekly “Lord’s Day” (see Revelation 1:10). There’s nothing special or sacred about the forty days of Lent. That means that whatever Lent might promise it cannot offer something unique or different than what we get every Lord’s Day when we gather for the ministry of Word and sacrament.

Second, in the Lenten season people commit to giving up certain types of luxuries in the promotion of piety. In the Roman Catholic Church this is a form of penance. Penance in the Catholic tradition is a sacrament whereby a baptized person makes satisfaction for sin. According to this teaching, after confession of sin you still need to “do something more to make amends for sin.” This includes activities like prayer, giving an offering, works of mercy, or voluntary self denial. In making satisfaction one can regain grace and justice and obtain forgiveness through the Church. One can easily see the connection between Lent and penance. Let me suggest, however, that this view of penance isn’t biblical repentance and seeks to add to the perfect satisfaction of Jesus Christ. While many evangelicals who observe Lent wouldn’t claim to do it in the context of this sacramentalism, the very practice of unnecessarily abstaining from certain luxuries promotes a cheap repentance and a confidence in the flesh. It reinforces that Pharisaical attitude Jesus rejected: “There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him” (Mark 7:15). Sin is a problem with the heart and that’s why we need the resources of the Spirit. Paul asked the Galatians: “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3). These self-imposed rules will not bring one closer to God and further from sin: “Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do eat” (1 Corinthians 8:8).

Third, while fasting is a biblical discipline both individually (Matthew 6:16) and corporately (Joel 2:12), the Bible gives stern warnings against false fasting which is a false godliness. The Prophet Isaiah rebuked: “Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high” (Isaiah 53:4-4). Likewise Jesus warned: “When you do fast do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others” (Matthew 6:16). Biblical fasting is to the end of promoting humility, repentance, mercy, and prayer. Without these corresponding graces a fast is aimless if not hypocrital. The fashionable and culturally savvy Lenten season seems, at least to me, to promote an atmosphere for such hypocrisy to thrive in. John Calvin rightly wrote: “It would have been much better to have had no fasting at all, than have it carefully observed, but at the same time corrupted by false and pernicious opinions.”

I know that Lent means a lot to many Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and Methodists and is a significant part of their traditions. But, as I look at the Bible and the true nature of Christian liberty, repentance, and fasting I’m not convinced that the Lenten season actually encourages those things. It has the glitter but it’s not the gold. I guess that’s one of the reasons I’m Presbyterian! Even if you disagree with me (feel free to!) I hope that you can take some encouragement: put no confidence in the flesh but only in Jesus, rend your heart and not your garments, add to your profession of faith every grace of the Spirit, and take the path of daily self-denial which is identification with Jesus Christ and the promotion of his glory. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

*This post was originally published in March 2017

via Lent: Glitter or Gold? — Gentle Reformation

#ICYMI – John Calvin: On The Superstition of Lent — Zwinglius Redivivus

I’ll happily stand with Calvin on the issue of Lent and leave those who wish to lie in the filth of the pigsty of ‘tradition’ simply for the sake of ‘tradition’ to do so.

Institutes 4.12.20 reads thusly (with particularly useful descriptions of lenten observance and observers bold-faced)

Then the superstitious observance of Lent had everywhere prevailed: for both the vulgar imagined that they thereby perform some excellent service to God, and pastors commended it as a holy imitation of Christ; though it is plain that Christ did not fast to set an example to others, but, by thus commencing the preaching of the gospel, meant to prove that his doctrine was not of men, but had come from heaven.

And it is strange how men of acute judgment could fall into this gross delusion, which so many clear reasons refute: for Christ did not fast repeatedly (which he must have done had he meant to lay down a law for an anniversary fast), but once only, when preparing for the promulgation of the gospel. Nor does he fast after the manner of men, as he would have done had he meant to invite men to imitation; he rather gives an example, by which he may raise all to admire rather than study to imitate him.

In short, the nature of his fast is not different from that which Moses observed when he received the law at the hand of the Lord (Exod. 24:18; 34:28). For, seeing that that miracle was performed in Moses to establish the law, it behoved not to be omitted in Christ, lest the gospel should seem inferior to the law. But from that day, it never occurred to any one, under pretence of imitating Moses, to set up a similar form of fast among the Israelites.

Nor did any of the holy prophets and fathers follow it, though they had inclination and zeal enough for all pious exercises; for though it is said of Elijah that he passed forty days without meat and drink (1 Kings 19:8), this was merely in order that the people might recognise that he was raised up to maintain the law, from which almost the whole of Israel had revolted.

It was therefore merely false zeal, replete with superstition, which set up a fast under the title and pretext of imitating Christ; although there was then a strange diversity in the mode of the fast, as is related by Cassiodorus in the ninth book of the History of Socrates: “The Romans,” says he, “had only three weeks, but their fast was continuous, except on the Lord’s day and the Sabbath. The Greeks and Illyrians had, some six, others seven, but the fast was at intervals. Nor did they differ less in the kind of food: some used only bread and water, others added vegetables; others had no objection to fish and fowls; others made no difference in their food.” Augustine also makes mention of this difference in his latter epistle to Januarius.

True words, Calvin.  Truly said.   Let’s see how the rabid lent-ianists like those apples.

via #ICYMI – John Calvin: On The Superstition of Lent — Zwinglius Redivivus

March 5 Overcoming the World

scripture reading: Psalm 138
key verse: John 16:32

Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

When Jesus saw that His disciples truly understood who He was, He made a startling statement. It was one they were not prepared to hear: “Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me” (John 16:32 nasb).

God’s plan for redemption did not include lifting the disciples out of their immediate surroundings. The pain and stress of facing life as children of God would never deliver them from the earthly reality of trouble. Jesus made that clear when He said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 niv).

Soon after He said those words, the agony of the Cross was His to bear. How did He withstand such tribulation? Christ’s life was anchored in the plan of the Father, not in the things of the world. Jesus was not worried about people and their false accusations, nor was He overwhelmed by trials or earthly tribulations. He had overcome the world.

What is His personal word to you when trials come without warning? “These things I [share with] you, that in Me you may have [a] peace [that passes all human understanding]. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 amplified).

Jesus, You overcame the world, and You live in me. I may have tribulation, but through Your power I will overcome![1]


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

5 march (preached 4 march 1860) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Jesus about his Father’s business

“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34

suggested further reading: John 18:33–40

Satan took him to the brow of a hill, and offered him all the kingdoms of this world—a mightier dominion even than Caesar had—if he would bow down and worship him. That temptation was substantially repeated in Christ’s life a thousand times. You remember one practical instance as a specimen of the whole. “They would have taken him by force and would have made him a king.” And if he had but pleased to accept that offer, on the day when he rode into Jerusalem upon a colt, the foal of an ass, when all cried “Hosanna!” when the palm branches were waving, he had needed to have done nothing but just to have gone into the temple, to have commanded with authority the priest to pour the sacred oil publicly upon his head, and he would have been king of the Jews. Not with the mock title which he wore upon the cross, but with a real dignity he might have been monarch of nations. As for the Romans, his omnipotence could have swept away the intruders. He could have lifted up Judaea into a glory as great as the golden days of Solomon: he might have built Palmyras and Tadmors in the desert: he might have stormed Egypt and have taken Rome. There was no empire that could have resisted him. With a band of zealots such as that nation could have furnished, and with such a leader capable of working miracles walking at the head, the star of Judaea might have risen with resplendent light, and a visible kingdom might have come, and his will might have been done on earth, from the river unto the ends of the earth. But he came not to establish a carnal kingdom upon earth, else would his followers fight: he came to wear the thorn-crown, to bear our griefs and to carry our sorrows.

for meditation: Of what profit would it have been to any man, if Christ had gained the whole world and lost all our souls?

sermon no. 302[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 71). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

5 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

Lovingkindness in Punishment

Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. Psalm 89:32–33

suggested further reading: Hebrews 12:3–13

God does not adopt us as his children to encourage us to commit sin with greater boldness. We read here of the chastisement that God uses to show us that he hates sin. In this, he warns us of what we deserve when we offend him. He also invites and exhorts us to repent of our sins. His fatherly chastisement then, which operates as medicine, holds the line between undue indulgence, which encourages sin, and extreme severity, which pushes people to destruction.

Whenever God punishes the sins of true believers, he does so with wholesome moderation. It is therefore our duty to take the punishment that he inflicts upon us as medicine for us. For God has nothing else in view than to correct the vices of his children so that, having thoroughly purged them of sin, he may restore them anew to his favor and friendship. According to the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:32, the faithful “are chastened of the Lord, that [they] should not be condemned with the world.” Lest they be overwhelmed with the weight of chastisement, God restrains his hand and makes considerate allowance for their infirmity.

Thus God’s promise is fulfilled, that my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from [them], even when he is angry with his children. For while God is correcting them for their profit and salvation, he does not cease to love them.

for meditation: Believers will never experience the wrath of God that they deserve. Though they do feel his discipline, such discipline is the act of a loving Father, not an angry Judge. The rod and stripes may be terribly painful, but they are used with love. God’s lovingkindness is not taken away from those who believe. How does this comfort you?[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 83). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Tuesday Briefing March 5, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

In the wake of last week’s vote to affirm biblical sexuality, theologically-liberal United Methodists are deciding their next move: stay or go?

Parties for the dead? What new alternatives to the Christian funeral reveal about our increasingly secular society

Former VP Joe Biden learns that in an age of heightened political division even describing a political opponent as ‘decent’ is now unacceptable

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