Daily Archives: March 6, 2019

March 6 Christ in You

Scripture Reading: John 14:15–27

Key Verse: John 16:14

He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

How does God Himself, whose immensity cannot be measured, reside in such frail bodies as ours? How does the transcendent Christ live in finite human temples?

We may not comprehend the vastness of this principle, yet the method by which God imparts His presence is plain and clear in the Scriptures: Christ lives in us through His indwelling Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit supernaturally brings the reality of Christ into our earthly frames.

As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is just as much deity as the Father and the Son. He imparts the life of Christ to us through His residence in our lives.

The Holy Spirit reveals and shares with us all that Christ is. By making His home in us, He assures us of the presence and power of the risen Christ.

Because the Holy Spirit possesses all the attributes of deity and because He inhabits our mortal bodies, He is infinitely adequate to meet any of our needs. He is not a God far off but a God who is near.

The resurrected Christ is your sure and steadfast hope for all of life, a hope that is every believer’s to claim because of the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit, and do Your work. Reveal all that Christ is and wants to be to me. Give me assurance of His presence and power. Let the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead work abundantly in me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 69). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 6 Where Do You Go?

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 1:8–11

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 1:8

We do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.

When the world feels as if it is caving in around you and there is nothing you can do to change your circumstances, where do you go to find strength and hope?

In 2 Corinthians 1:8, Paul told of being “burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.” Whatever he was facing, the thought of impending death was on his mind. Yet his hope did not rest in his human ability.

The Person he turned to was the only One who could administer peace to his heart and truth to his mind. Even though he despaired, he did not give up or give in to fears. He ran to Jesus: “In whom we trust that He will still deliver us” (2 Cor. 1:10).

From the world’s perspective, there are many places you can go to find comfort. But there is only one place you will find a hand to catch your tears and a heart to listen to your every longing. True peace comes only from God. Nothing is so great that God is not greater still.

Is there an urgency in your heart? Something that threatens your emotional well-being as well as your ability to perform in life? Take it to Jesus. Run to Him. He is your solid, unshakable Source of strength in cruel and hurtful times, One who is faithful and One who is true.

Heavenly Father, I run to You today. You are the One who is faithful and true. You are my unshakable Source of strength in difficult times.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 69). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Alexander: The House Impeachment Subterfuge

The House Impeachment Subterfuge to Obstruct MAGA

Democrats’ “Hate Trump” Phase 2 plan — the impeachment obstruction of the MAGA agenda — is now underway.

“I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

Game on!

Democrat Party leaders are doing everything they can to derail Donald Trump’s successful “Make America Great Again” agenda and prevent any further success ahead of the 2020 election. Their win-at-all-costs tactics include seeding an economic recession by angling for impeachment, which will undermine all the economic confidence indexes.

Phase 1 of their plan was winning back the House on their “Hate Trump” platform — as they had and have nothing else to offer. Unfortunately, with the help of hundreds of millions of dollars of “in kind” advertising from their Leftmedia propagandists, they succeeded.

Phase 2 is setting Trump up for an inquisition and impeachment. Their angle of attack?

It likely won’t be Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s phony Russian collusion investigation, which was sparked by the fake Russian dossier funded by Hillary Clinton and her DNC hacks. That scheme was then promoted by her political sycophants, former FBI Director James Comey and other deep-state operatives who, in effect, attempted a coup d’etat to entrap Trump and expel him from office.

The fact that Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and other co-conspirators have yet to be indicted is an affront to Rule of Law.

Two years into the “collusion” charade, the Senate has concluded its bipartisan Trump/Russia investigation and determined that there’s not a shred of evidence to support the Clinton/DoJ claims.

So House Democrats will now conduct their own post-Mueller “collusion” investigation, continuing what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defined as a “Wrap-Up Smear” tactic against Trump. It will include accusations of obstruction and campaign-finance violations, the latter fitting neatly into their “stolen election” narrative. Their “kitchen sink” approach will also find plenty of other things to “investigate” as fodder for corruption and impeachment charges.

Riding the publicity wave of House testimony by Trump’s disgraced former lawyer, Michael Cohen, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) launched the second phase of the Demo impeachment smear tactic. This week, Nadler issued “document requests” to 81 people and entities in Trump’s campaign, family, and business orbits. Most of those inquiries are an effort to keep the Russian collusion conspiracy alive, while others are aimed at opening up other pathways to impeachment — or at least endless speculation and media chatter about it.

Three other House Democrats are colluding with Nadler to form a four-pronged attack: Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) simultaneously announced their investigations into Trump’s alleged collusion with Vladimir Putin.

Never mind that Special Prosecutor Mueller, whose investigation will likely soon conclude without evidence of Russian collusion, has already exhaustively probed this matter with far greater reach and resources than these House committees have. But this is not about, and never has been about, “collusion.”

Nadler outlined their impeachment strategy: “We must protect and respect the work of Special Counsel Mueller, but we cannot rely on others to do the investigative work for us. We have sent these document requests in order to begin building the public record. We do not now have the evidence all sorted out and everything to do an impeachment. Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen.”

Nadler’s actions come just two weeks after billionaire Tom Steyer, a charter member of the Archenemies of Liberty club, held an impeachment rally in Nadler’s New York district. “The Special Counsel’s office and the Southern District of New York are aware that we are taking these steps,” said Nadler. “We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence, and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people.”

They will not “act quickly.” They will not “follow the facts.” And this is most assuredly not about “full transparency with the American people.”

House members will haggle over their “findings” for the next year, until it’s politically expedient for a simple majority vote on impeachment. If they get that far, the case would then go to trial in the GOP-controlled Senate for a lot more theatrical Demo handwringing before it dies there ahead of the 2020 election.

Trump responded: “They realize the only Collusion with Russia was done by crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. Nadler, Schiff and the Demo heads of the Committees have gone stone cold CRAZY — 81 letters sent to innocent people to harass them. They won’t get ANYTHING done for our Country! 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!”

He added, “I cooperate all the time with everybody. It’s a political hoax. There’s no collusion. There’s no anything.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declared: “The American people deserve a Congress that works with the President to address serious issues like immigration, healthcare, and infrastructure. The Democrats are more interested in pathetic political games and catering to a radical, leftist base than on producing results for our citizens. 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. The Democrats are not after the truth, they are after the President.”

Even former Obama strategist David Axelrod cautioned: “Maybe I’m missing something, but the hazard of an omnibus document demand by House judiciary … the wide-ranging nature of it too easily plays into the ‘witch-hunt’ meme.”

Political analyst Conrad Black notes that Nadler’s ruse won’t succeed: “As the abysmal, shaming failure of the Russian-collusion fraud reveals itself in the run-up to the production of the Mueller report, the president’s accusers, without even a subliminal hint of embarrassment, regret, or belated moderation, lower their sights. … Every conceivable epithet and charge has been hurled at Trump, and there is almost nothing to any of it. We’re only 20 months from the next election and the Democrats, with no show-stopper to disqualify Trump, are scrambling to the left like lemmings to mount a radical alternative to the incumbent. … The Democrats have had their long turn at mudslinging. Now professionally and discreetly, it is time to unearth the real scandal from the last election.”

Former federal prosecutor Joe DiGenova offered some advice to everyone on Nadler’s list: “This is a perjury trap. It is not a legitimate investigation; it’s a fishing expedition. They are trying to get people up there to make them look bad so they can try to make the president look bad. … This is a fraud … designed to smear people as witnesses and it is designed to perjury trap them and make phony referrals to the Justice Department. … No one should talk to this committee. Everyone should take the Fifth and if everyone takes the Fifth, the American people will understand that this isn’t a legitimate investigation. It’s political theater and disgraceful conduct approved of by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.”

Fully ignored by the Leftmedia and yet fully ensnared within the Democrats’ political crossfire are the American people, whose jobs and income prospects will fall victim to the Demos’ politically induced recession — the direct result of having thrown economic confidence and prosperity under the bus in order to attack a sitting U.S. president.

As Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) concluded, “[Democrats] want Trump to lose more than they want the country to win.”

National Review’s Jim Geraghty concurred with a cautionary note: “If the economy goes into recession in 2019, President Trump may well relish having the Democratic-controlled House to blame. It’s unlikely that House Democrats will have much ability to influence U.S. economic policy, other than blocking any new initiatives from the Trump administration. But the timing for them would be pretty bad — they step into the new majority and the economy suddenly slows on their watch.”

As I noted in 2017, shortly after Trump took office, “The day he arrived in DC, he dropped a bomb on the status quo in Congress and its special interests. He dropped a bomb on the regulatory behemoths and their bureaucratic bottlenecks. He dropped a bomb on the trade and national security institutions and alliances that failed miserably over the previous eight years. And he dropped a bomb on all the pundits and mainstream media outlets.”

Consequently, the Democrats have been focused on a single all-consuming agenda item: a return to power over the American people.

And make no mistake, the current crop of socialist Democrats will stop at nothing. Like generations of socialists before them, they’re fully willing to crush American workers and families — the “Forgotten Man,” including many of their own constituents — in their relentless pursuit to restore their power.

Recall that as Nancy Pelosi took the speaker’s gavel in January, Trump declared, “As I have stated many times, if the Democrats take over the House or Senate, there will be disruption to the financial markets. We won the Senate, they won the House.”

But the Democrats’ failure to retake the Senate does not lessen their threat to our nation’s economy.

Relentlessly attacking Trump and blocking his administration’s MAGA agenda may well get Democrats the recession they’re hoping for ahead of the 2020 elections. If that happens, tens of millions of American workers and their families will be its casualties.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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Fox News’ Judge Napolitano sides with Trump on Dem mega-probe: it’s ‘almost literally a witch hunt’

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The following article, Fox News’ Judge Napolitano sides with Trump on Dem mega-probe: it’s ‘almost literally a witch hunt’, was first published on Conservative News Today.

Andrew Napolitano agreed with President Donald Trump that Democrats “looking for anything they can find” on him are engaged in what is “almost literally a witch hunt.”

The Fox News senior judicial analyst spoke with Charles Payne, who was filling in for Neil Cavuto on “Your World” Tuesday, weighing in on Democrats’ latest attack on Trump.

Payne felt the sprawling investigation launched Monday by Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the House Judiciary Committee chairman, targeting even the president’s family, seems like Democrats are “going down any particular rabbit hole and searching for anything in a man’s past that perhaps had nothing to do with the job he’s in right now.”

Napolitano agreed, noting that “the president can do very little about this” as the committee has the “tools” to execute the investigation. Document requests were issued to over 80 individuals and entities with no specific target, other than Trump himself, in mind.

“It’s not specific what Jerry Nadler is looking for, and the president is right,” Napolitano said.

“This is almost literally a witch hunt. They’re looking for anything they can find,” he added, noting that Trump’s tax returns will also be requested. “What do they need his tax returns for? To embarrass him, to humiliate him, to taunt him, to drive him crazy, because that’s what they think their base wants them to do.”

Payne asked about the significance of calls for impeachment by Rep. Maxine Waters in light of Nadler’s probe. The California Democrat has consistently called for Trump to be impeached and tweeted again on Monday that it is “the only answer.”

Obstruction of justice reality show: Firing Comey, sending coded messages to Manafort & others that he has the power to pardon; lying abt Trump Tower meeting; threatening Cohen’s in-laws; attempting to destroy Mueller. What more do we need to know? Impeachment is the only answer

— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 5, 2019

Napolitano called out Nadler’s investigation as “highly political” but said the congressman along with other Democrats are being more careful by saying “impeachment is off the table until there is broad bipartisan support for it.”

“They’re not crazy, they may want to drive him nuts but if they start impeachment and there is not broad bipartisan support for it, it will explode in their faces,” he said.

Waters “apparently doesn’t feel that way” and is “ready to start the impeachment investigation tomorrow,” he added.

The California congresswoman continued her impeachment rants in other tweets firing up her supporters.

Lying Trump, so you said you did nothing to force security clearance for Kushner, huh? Who do you think will believe that lie? Must give you credit. You are the boldest, most daring liar I’ve ever heard of. A pox on all your houses.

— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 5, 2019

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

Trump slammed Democrats as “stone cold CRAZY” in a tweet Tuesday.

‘Dems have gone stone cold CRAZY’: Trump unleashes on Nadler, Schiff for ‘presidential harassment’ https://t.co/dr0DskTbxS pic.twitter.com/MCM0fmMkQU

— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 5, 2019

Blasting the “presidential harassment” he is being subjected to, Trump called Nadler’s investigation the “greatest overreach in the history of our country.”

PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!

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

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

Twitter users backed Napolitano’s remarks about the “witch hunt” against the president, vowing Democrats will pay in 2020.

How about a GoFundMe to pay for a group of lawyers to investigate them for any wrong doing? Shouldn’t take much.

— Mark Longmire (@DarkBroo) March 6, 2019

Why is there nothing we can do to stop the waste of time and money for witch hunts? How is this legal?

— Judith Cox (@judycx) March 6, 2019

That’s not how it works bud. You do not investigate a person to find a crime, you investigate a crime to find the person.

— Duke Edenfield (@DukeEdenfield) March 6, 2019

So they don’t have any real evidence, just looking and hoping something presents itself…

— Jim Tensing (@JimTensing) March 6, 2019

That’s not how it works bud. You do not investigate a person to find a crime, you investigate a crime to find the person.

— Duke Edenfield (@DukeEdenfield) March 6, 2019

The Dmocrats are devoid of ideas on how to solve the country’s problems. They only know Hate, Division and Trump Derangement Syndrome.https://t.co/c95TY4dD8z #FoxNews

— Old Man With A Pen (@ScottHendrick49) March 6, 2019

@SpeakerPelosi⁩ ⁦@cnnbrk⁩ ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ To the Democrats and Fake News CNN the American people will remember your witch hunt behavior in 2020. We’re behind you Mr. President! MAGA from the Democrats, Socialists & Fake News. https://t.co/TRErpVZrZ1

— Butters (@Butters84271174) March 6, 2019

Source: Fox News’ Judge Napolitano sides with Trump on Dem mega-probe: it’s ‘almost literally a witch hunt’

A Psalm for the Betrayed and Abused: Psalm 55

Guest Post by Pastor Pat Quinn 

It is a glorious truth that Scripture speaks relevantly, personally, and powerfully to the whole range of modern struggles and issues (2 Peter 1:3-4). This includes all forms of personal betrayal and abuse: physical, emotional, and sexual. As people created in the image of the God who speaks (Genesis 1; John 1:1-3), we have been created to have a voice. Diane Langberg says:

“To be in the image of God is to have a voice and speak that voice out into the world. Anything that distorts the voice of God results in the destruction of person….Oppression, cruelty, violence, and …sexual abuse…silence the voice of the one created in the image of the God who speaks.”[i]

One beautiful gift God has given victims of abuse is the book of Psalms. The psalms give us God-inspired words to give voice to our anguish and to hope in God. This is a significant part of healing and restoration.

In looking at Psalm 55 we’re going to tag team with David and the Son of David (whose inner psychology is supremely expressed in the psalms) to see how God’s Word speaks to and speaks for those abused. While both men and women, boys and girls, are victims of abuse, we will primarily address women victims in this blog.

Psalm 55 gives victims of abuse God-given words to:

Approach God Confidently and Cry Out Honestly: Psalm 55:1-3

David asks God to “Give ear to my prayer,” and “Hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!”

This is tragically the opposite of what many victims of abuse experience. People don’t pay attention or listen to their cries for help and they feel they must hide their experience. Many survivors therefore experience great anxiety and terror and continually wrestle with recurring thoughts, memories, and feelings. David models bringing this whole complex of pain to God, confident that he hears and cares.

Courageously Face and Give Voice to Their Agony, Weakness, and Desperation: Psalm 55:4-8

David’s words capture something of the overwhelming effects of abuse: “anguish,” “terrors,” “fear and trembling,” “horror.” This is consistent with the struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, pervasive guilt and shame, hypervigilance and hypersensitivity, panic attacks, relational problems, and helplessness many women survivors deal with.

Notice also David’s strong desire to escape and find a hiding place—“Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” Survivors are often tempted to withdraw socially and relationally or to seek other false refuges in order to protect themselves. God understands this desire for a safe place and offers himself as refuge.

Realistically Assess Evil and Openly Express the Desire for Justice: Psalm 55:9-11, 15, 23

David’s strong words remove euphemistic language about abuse. He describes “violence and strife,” “iniquity and trouble,” “oppression and fraud,” and “blood and treachery.” This reveals the horror of oppression and abuse.

Since many victims of abuse feel shamefully but unjustly responsible for what happened, it is often very difficult for them to call out the evil for what it is and allow themselves to feel a desire for just retribution. David calls for God to “destroy” and “divide their tongues” and “cast them down into the pit.” David’s strong language reveals a good instinct—to see evil punished by God.

Counselors will need to help victims filter the desire for retribution through the gospel, but also to remind them that every sin will be paid for, either on the cross or in hell: judgment for the unrepentant abuser; mercy for the repentant abuser who turns to Christ in faith (James 2:13).

Engage with the Reality and Pain of Betrayal: Psalm 55:12-14, 20-21

The pain of abuse (especially sexual) is often compounded by the fact that it is usually committed by someone known to the victim: a relative, neighbor, “friend,” or someone in a position of authority, like a teacher or clergyman. David expresses this betrayal poignantly when he writes, “He stretched out his hand…he violated his covenant. His speech was as smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.”

David knew that agony of betrayal, as did his greater Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 14:18; Luke 22:48). David gives his heartbroken words to express the pain of betrayal and Jesus gives his sympathetic comfort to the betrayed (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Partner with God in Prayer for Restoration: Psalm 55:16-19

Verse 16 turns a spiritual corner in David’s heart with a small but significant word: “but.”All his honest engaging, lamenting, and pleading have connected David with God in such a way that he is able to say, “But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.”

Spirit-empowered faith has touched the living God and a confident hope has emerged. What an encouragement to survivors of abuse:  honest persistent prayer to God in the agonizing aftermath of abuse can give birth to a holy refusal to be defined and paralyzed by the abuse as well as a humble confidence that God will redeem and restore.

Turn Outward and Minister to Others: Psalm 55:22

In verse 22 David turns from his own concerns to address all who have suffered under the hands of others: “Cast your burden on the LORD and he will sustain you.” Turning outward to pray for or speak to other sufferers is a beautiful sign of God’s redemption and healing.

God never wastes any suffering but uses it for his glory and the good of others! Paul elaborates on this in 2 Corinthians:

  • “If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation” (2 Corinthians 1:6).
  • “So death is at work in us, but life in you” (2 Corinthians 4:12).
  • “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9a).
  • “For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God: (2 Corinthians 13:4b).

Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse are tragically common realities for many women. Only God offers a realistic yet radiant hope for survivors of abuse. No quick fixes but something far better: the redemption and restoration that comes through the One who bore all abuse, shame, helplessness, and hopelessness.

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses)

and carried our sorrows and pains”

(Isaiah 53:4a, AMP).

[i] Diane Mandt Langberg, Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Maitland: Xulon Press, 2003), p. 47.

Pat Quin: Pat is the Director of Counseling Ministries at University Reformed Church, where he applies his love for the gospel to counseling, training counselors, serving as an elder, consulting, preaching, and occasional worship leading. He has degrees from Michigan State University (BA) and Calvin College (MAT) and received counseling training from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Pat has been a member of URC since 1974 and has been married to Judie since 1976. Pat and Judie have two grown children and six grandchildren. He is a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and part of the blogging team. In addition to his responsibilities at URC, Pat leads the Mid-Michigan Biblical Counselors group.

Source: A Psalm for the Betrayed and Abused: Psalm 55

Border Crisis at ‘Breaking Point’ as Unauthorized Migrant Entries Hit 12-Year High: ‘Full-Fledged Emergency’

The situation at the U.S.-Mexico border has reached a “breaking point” as immigrants coming into the U.S. illegally hit a 12-year high in February.

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the number of immigrants trying to cross at the U.S.-Mexico border illegally reached a high since 2007, with 76,103 total apprehensions.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen slammed the politics and policies surrounding open borders as the reason the American people are being “failed.”

“Our broken system endures, and the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at our Southwest Border leaves many minors and families at extreme risk of being exploited by traffickers, human smugglers, gangs, and other nefarious actors seeking to profit at their expense. Activist courts, congressional inaction, and criminals intent on breaking our laws stand in the way of confronting illegal and uncontrolled migration threatening our safety and security.”

“What was a crisis, is now a full-fledged emergency,” Nielsen said, adding, “This cannot be a partisan issue.”

Nielsen suggested the law enforcement at the border is demanding the continued construction of a wall along the southern border, for laws to be strengthened, and for the proper tools and resources.

The rise of apprehensions at the southern border more than doubled in February from the following year, jumping from 36,751 apprehensions in February 2018 to 76,103 in February 2019.

Photo provided by the DHS

Immigration at the southern border also saw a spike in the number of groups trying to cross illegally into the U.S. with 70 large groups of 100 or more individuals attempting to cross in the fiscal year 2019, compared to 13 large groups the previous year, according to the DHS.

Check out the statistics provided by the DHS below:

  • In the fiscal year 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made more than 1,500 human trafficking arrests – 97 percent of them for sex-trafficking.
  • Last year, ICE officers removed more than 10,000 known or suspected gang members already in our country illegally.
  • In the last two years alone, ICE officers have arrested 266,000 aliens with criminal records including those convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 homicides.
  • 20,000 children were illegally smuggled into the U.S. during December 2018, alone.

The 12-year high comes at a time that President Donald Trump is pushing for a national emergency declaration on the southern border in hopes of receiving more funding to construct physical barriers, but he’s being hit with criticism from leaders in both the Democrat and Republican Party as many seek to block his emergency declaration.

Source: Border Crisis at ‘Breaking Point’ as Unauthorized Migrant Entries Hit 12-Year High: ‘Full-Fledged Emergency’

Nielsen: ‘Illegal Immigration Is Simply Spiraling Out of Control’ — National Review

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 6, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday warned lawmakers that the recent surge in illegal immigration at the southern border could overwhelm U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents if they are not provided additional resources.

“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”

“We want to strengthen legal immigration and welcome more individuals through a merit-based system that enhances our economic vitality and the vibrancy of our diverse nation. We also will continue to uphold our humanitarian ideals,” she said. “But illegal immigration is simply spiraling out of control and threatening public safety and national security.”

Nielsen’s testimony came just hours after the Trump administration released a report that details a significant rise in the number of illegal immigrants being apprehended at the southern border. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, CPB has apprehended 268,000 such immigrants at the border, an average of nearly 2,000 per day and the highest rate since 2007.

In addition to raising alarms about the general increase in attempted border crossings, Nielsen told lawmakers that an surge in unaccompanied children and family units arriving at the border poses its own unique problem, as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lacks the resources to detain families together for long periods of time while they await their asylum hearings.

“Over 60 percent of the current flow are family units and unaccompanied alien children, and 60 percent are non-Mexican,” she said, likely referencing the provision in U.S. immigration law that requires that asylum-seekers native to non-contiguous countries must be allowed to remain in the U.S. while their asylum applications are adjudicated.

According to the data released Wednesday, the number of family units arriving at the border has increased 338 percent since the previous fiscal year while the number of unaccompanied minors rose by 58 percent.

Nielsen spoke as Congress is preparing to pass legislation to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, which was designed to re-appropriate $5.7 billion in additional border-security funding for the construction of Trump’s long-promised border wall. She warned lawmakers that if additional resources are not allocated, U.S. national security will be thoroughly compromised.

“Our capacity is already severely strained, but these increases will overwhelm the system entirely,” Nielsen said. “This is not a ‘manufactured’ crisis. This is truly an emergency.”

via Nielsen: ‘Illegal Immigration Is Simply Spiraling Out of Control’ — National Review

Vaccine skeptics under siege | Michelle Malkin

Watch out. Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley have locked their sights on the next targets of a frightening free speech-squelching purge: independent citizens who dare to raise questions online about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

I’m vaccinated. My children are up to date. There’s no dispute that vaccines have saved untold lives. But over the years, I’ve voiced my concerns about vaccine claims and government coercion in my newspaper columns and blog posts. These concerns include my objections to Gardasil mandates for schoolchildren in Texas and California; schools’ threatening parents with jail time for refusing chickenpox shots for their kids; ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine; contamination issues at vaccine plants abroad; lack of data on vaccines’ long-term and synergistic effects on children; and pharma-funded politicians’ financial conflicts of interest.

In 2004, I recounted my family’s firsthand experience with bully doctors who balked at even the mildest questioning of the wisdom of the newborn hepatitis B immunization. When my husband and I asked if we could simply delay this particular shot, as the vaccine is for a virus that is contracted mostly through intravenous drug use and sexual contact, my son’s pediatrician angrily kicked us out of her practice.

Does this informed skepticism make me and other like-minded parents public health menaces, as the World Health Organization has proclaimed? Are we “sociopaths,” as a journalist at The Atlantic once sneered? Apparently so.

At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Washington state’s public health secretary, John Wiesman, demanded that the feds launch a national campaign to counter “anti-vaccine” groups that are spreading what he condemned as “false information.” Weisman called for increased funding from the Centers for Disease Control to combat opponents of the state’s push to prevent parents from opting their children out of immunizations for personal or philosophical reasons. Health officials have blamed vaccine critics’ social media influence for recent measles outbreaks. So Wiesman further urged Twitter, Facebook and Google to “use whatever mechanism they have available to stop promoting pseudoscience.”

Let’s be clear: Misinformation of all kinds abounds on the internet. The world’s most influential “mainstream” media websites and celebrity social media accounts, for example, recklessly fanned the flames of the recent Covington Catholic High School and Jussie Smollett hate crime hoaxes. No one in Washington has called for the boycott of The Washington Post or TMZ over their false and misleading stories. But for some reason (hint: pharmaceutical big business), politicians and government bureaucrats are now hell-bent on deplatforming any and all dissenters who challenge mandatory vaccine regimens.

Under pressure from Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Amazon pulled the documentaries “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” “Man Made Epidemic” and “Shoot ’em Up: The Truth About Vaccines” from its Prime Video streaming service. Last week, Google-owned YouTube moved to demonetize “anti-vaccine” channels, tweak algorithms to suppress vaccine “conspiracy” videos and combat “vaccine hesitancy.” Pinterest blocks users from using the search terms “vaccine,” “vaccinations” and “anti-vax,” no matter the quality of the results. Facebook plans to downgrade vaccine skeptics’ content on newsfeeds, recommended user groups and ads.

Is there junk science on the “anti-vaccine” side? Sure. But you can’t address this issue without also addressing the problem with physicians and public health flacks who are unwilling to discuss the full risks of vaccines as well as their benefits; pro-vaccination groups that provide incorrect information about vaccines’ duration of protection; physicians who refuse to care for children who are not “fully” vaccinated; and the comparative risk-benefit ratios of different vaccines.

As for efficacy, consider this new data: A recent whooping cough outbreak at the private Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles last week resulted in 30 students contracting the illness, all of whom were vaccinated. Of 18 unvaccinated students, none caught the disease. Will pointing this out on my Facebook and Twitter accounts bring down the Silicon Valley ban hammer?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who happens to be a physician and parent himself, was the lone voice of dissent at the Senate hearing this week. While acknowledging that the benefits of vaccines generally outweigh their risks, he noted the plain truth that “it is wrong to say there are no risks to vaccines.” He added that over $4 billion has been paid by the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for adults and children who have been injured or died as a result of receiving federally recommended childhood vaccines.

Is it unacceptable fearmongering to raise that point? How about to share information on vaccine manufacturers’ astonishing exemption from product liability? Or to point parents to new research findings on brain injuries caused by vaccines, which can be found at VaccinePapers.org? Or to link them to a recent statement by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which “strongly opposes federal interference in medical decisions, including mandated vaccines.”

When it comes to protecting our children, skepticism is always the best medicine. We need more free speech, not less. Those who seek to suppress debate and discussion in the name of the “public good” are the true health threats.

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I’ve posted a related Twitter thread here.

Source: Vaccine skeptics under siege

Indoctrination: ‘Coexist’ With Lies and False Teachings? — Stand Up For The Truth

Government education in America kicked God, prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments out of public schools over fifty years ago leaving a massive spiritual void. The doors were then flung open to Atheism, evolution, Humanism, witchcraft, Islam, Liberalism, sexual promiscuity, the LGBTQ agenda, and recently, Buddhism.

Our tax dollars now support the teaching of an ABC curriculum: Anything But Christ. All the religions in the world cannot possibly be true, but in a secular culture influenced by postmodernism, people don’t want to hear there is only one way to God. But if you’re sincerely seeking truth, I suggest you take a look at Jesus before trying everything else.

But many people prefer the coexist philosophy even though world religions contradict each other. The coexist slogan was actually created to oppose Christianity, and demand that we keep our beliefs to ourselves. Public schools follow this philosophy and insist we conform and tolerate all behavior as well as other religious claims.

Just last year, middle school students were asked to write the Islamic declaration of faith known as the “shahada,” which pledges allegiance to the prophet Muhammad and the Muslim god, Allah.

And now, the American Center for Law and Justice has received complaints from parents in eleven states so far about the growing practice of teachers incorporating Buddhism-based mindfulness practices into everyday curriculum of elementary school age children…

“Some students are required to participate in as many as three meditation or mindfulness sessions each school day. Most of the programs include audio recordings encouraging children to empty their minds or watch their thoughts float away on a cloud. Others encourage children to be one with the universe; …several teachers, upon learning of the undisputable religious connection between mindfulness and Buddhism, have ceased using the curriculum and practicing mindfulness in their classrooms.”

…Jesus said He is the Truth, and compelling evidence is available supporting the Bible as being reliable, accurate, and true.

But there’s a problem: recent Barna Group research shows nearly 60% of Americans agree with the philosophy:

“Many religions can lead to eternal life; there is no ‘one true religion.’

Like it or not, it all comes down to what we believe about Jesus. And what about other belief systems? Who do other religions say Jesus is?

  • Bahai teaches that Jesus was a messenger, a manifestation of God; that heaven and hell are not real, there is no Trinity, and all the different religions are part of one single plan by God.
  • Buddhists say Jesus was just an enlightened man, that we will be reincarnated, and we can work our way to salvation or higher consciousness. There is an eight-fold plan to enlightenment, and a few goals of Buddhism include avoiding the extremes of pain and pleasure, and to eradicate worldly desires.
  • Christian Science rejects Jesus’ sacrifice and teaches that sin doesn’t exist so there’s no need for a savior. God is referred to as “the Father-Mother,” known as the Divine Mind, having no personhood or personality…

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March 6, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

9. For with thee is the fountain of life. The Psalmist here confirms the doctrine of the preceding verse, the knowledge of which is so profitable that no words can adequately express it. As the ungodly profane even the best of God’s gifts by their wicked abuse of them, unless we observe the distinction which I have stated, it were better for us to perish a hundred times of hunger, than to be fed abundantly by the goodness of God. The ungodly do not acknowledge that it is in God they live, move, and have their being, but rather imagine that they are sustained by their own power; and, accordingly, David, on the contrary, here affirms from the experience of the godly, and as it were in their name, that the fountain of life is in God. By this he means, that there is not a drop of life to be found without him, or which flows not from his grace. The metaphor of light, in the last clause of the verse, is tacitly most emphatic, denoting that men are altogether destitute of light, except in so far as the Lord shines upon them. If this is true of the light of this life, how shall we be able to behold the light of the heavenly world, unless the Spirit of God enlighten us? for we must maintain that the measure of understanding with which men are by nature endued is such, that “the light shineth in darkness, but the darkness comprehendeth it not,” (John 1:5;) and that men are enlightened only by a supernatural gift. But it is the godly alone who perceive that they derive their light from God, and that, without it, they would continue, as it were, buried and smothered in darkness.[1]


The fountain of life (v. 9)

Here is another marvellous manifestation of mercy: God is the source of all that his people need for the challenges of life. From his limitless supply flows a never-ending stream of strength, wisdom and guidance.

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;

He sendeth more strength when the labours increase.

To added afflictions, He addeth his mercy;

To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

His love has no limit; His grace has no measure;

His pow’r has no boundary known unto men.

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,

He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

(Annie Johnson Flint).

The light (v. 9)

Yet another expression or manifestation of the mercy of God is his light or truth. As we look into God’s Word of truth, we discover the truths we most urgently need.[2]


36:9 In Christ is the fountain or source of life. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). In that light we see light. Just as natural light reveals things in their true form, so the light of God enables us to see things as He does. It enables us to form correct estimates of spiritual realities, of the world, of others, and of ourselves.

Corot, the great landscape painter once said, “When I find myself in one of Nature’s beautiful places, I grow angry with my pictures.” Pleased with them in his studio, the artist was humbled in sight of Nature’s glory. Judging ourselves in the light of the world, we may easily find grounds for personal satisfaction; but to judge ourselves in the light of the Lord, to measure ourselves by the Divine standard, is to put our pride to shame. (Choice Gleanings)[3]


36:9 — For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.

God offers the only real life there is. When we give ourselves to Him and walk in the light He provides us, in His Word and by His Spirit, we begin to see more and more how we can enjoy life to the fullest.[4]


36:9 In Your light we see light. It is likely that this phraseology bears both literal and figurative significance, i.e., God is the source of physical life and also of spiritual life. The Lord is the Source and Sustainer of all light and life.[5]


36:9 The fountain of life is a source for all that refreshes and sustains life; cf. Prov. 10:11; 13:14; 14:27; 16:22. To see light is an idiom for “experience life” (e.g., Job 33:28; Ps. 49:19; in Isa. 9:2 it is light that shines into darkness), and this depends on God’s light that illuminates the world for his people.[6]


36:9 the fountain of life A symbol of renewal and vitality, this is a common term in Proverbs (Prov 13:14; 14:27; 16:22).[7]


36:9 fountain of life. God is the source of all life. The doctrine of eternal life is more fully revealed in the New Testament (e.g., Matt. 22:31, 32; Luke 23:42, 43; John 3:16; Rev. 21:3–7; 22:3–5). See “Resurrection and Glorification” at 1 Cor. 15:21.[8]


36:9 Wellspring of life is used elsewhere to describe the Lord as the source of life (Jr 2:13; 17:13). Light can refer to truth (43:3) or salvation (27:1). The combination of life and light is particularly significant in John’s Gospel and is applied to Jesus Christ (Jn 1:4; 8:12).[9]


[1] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 2, p. 12). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (pp. 144–145). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 602). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 36:9). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 36:9). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 982). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 36:9). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[8] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 767). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[9] Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 849). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

March 6, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives tax committee said on Tuesday that he believed his panel would ask for President Donald Trump’s tax returns in as little as two weeks.

Cory Booker has reintroduced his U.S. Senate bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level. Beto O’Rourke called for expunging the records of those arrested for possession of the drug. Kamala Harris admitted she had smoked pot – and inhaled.

Scientific investigation into the world’s second man cleared of the AIDS virus is zooming in on a gene and a treatment side-effect, as newly-enthused researchers strive to find a cure for the disease that has killed millions.

Police evacuated buildings at two British universities after receiving reports of suspicious packages, a day after parcel bombs were sent to two airports and London’s busiest train station.

Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday said they are evaluating signals of Dutch involvement in a money laundering network alleged to have channeled billions of euros from Russia.

A hospital in Jordan has given a victim of Yemen’s war new hope for the future, thanks to the cutting edge technology of 3D printed prosthetics.

The U.S. trade deficit surged to a 10-year high in 2018, with the politically sensitive shortfall with China hitting a record peak, despite the Trump administration slapping tariffs on a range of imported goods in an effort to shrink the gap.

U.S. mortgage applications to buy a home and to refinance one declined for the first time in three weeks, as home borrowing costs rose in step with higher U.S. bond yields.

Britain plans to treble the number of skilled jobs in its offshore wind sector to 27,000 by 2030, the government said as it readies to publish a deal outlining support for the industry.

AP Top Stories

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness.

Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

The Trump administration warned Republican lawmakers Tuesday about record numbers of illegal crossings at the southern border with Mexico as Congress appeared to be on the verge of terminating President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency there.

The authoritarian president of Belarus on Tuesday called for better ties with NATO and lifted restrictions on U.S. diplomats, an apparent bid to win concessions from Moscow by dangling the prospect of rapprochement with the West.

A resolution condemning anti-Semitism is circulating among members of the House of Representatives in the wake of controversial comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

A U.S. State Department spokesman on Tuesday declined to elaborate on a comment by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday in which he called the Afghan Taliban terrorists.

The sudden death last year of millions of Iraqi carp, used in the country’s signature dish, was caused by a strain of herpes harmless to humans, the United Nations said Wednesday.

North Korea has restored part of a missile launch site it began to dismantle after pledging to do so in a first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last year, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency and a U.S. think tank reported on Tuesday.

Invading North Korea to capture or destroy Kim Jong-un’s nuclear arsenal, or to knock out artillery batteries threatening Seoul, would overstretch and deplete American and South Korean forces. More ominously, this could also trigger Chinese military intervention.

BBC

The US trade gap with the rest of the world jumped to a 10-year high of $621bn last year, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s deficit reduction plan.

President Vladimir Putin has accused foreign intelligence services of beefing up activities in Russia, announcing that hundreds of spies were stopped in 2018 alone. Without going into details, he said “129 staff members and 465 agents of foreign special services were foiled”.

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has vowed to defeat a “crazed minority” that wants to remove him from power.

The UN human rights chief has warned of the threat posed by growing global inequality over income, wealth and access to resources and justice.

Social media apps are increasingly likely to be used by young people to buy illegal drugs, research suggests. It warns that buyers are at risk in terms of personal safety and drug quality and that many have a “false security” of escaping law enforcement. It says educating young people about the risks is “crucial and urgent”.

WND

As Breitbart News reported, more than 76,000 border crossers attempted to enter the U.S. in the month of February – the most apprehensions of illegal border crossers and migrants in this month in 12 years.

A former commissioner for the Federal Election Commission believes jail time is possible for freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., because of her control of a political action committee while running an election campaign.

The median rent for a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco has reached a new peak of $3,690, according to survey data from Zumper, a home and apartment rental app. That’s also a rise of nearly 9 percent from the same time last year, the survey found.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 6, 2019

The Foundation

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” —George Washington (1793)

There Is a Border Crisis, Leftmedia Finally Admits

There’s a drastic increase in migrant families illegally crossing, as well as exploitative crime.


Violent MS-13 Crossing Border, Spreading Throughout U.S.

Begun by El Salvadorans in LA in the ’70s, the gang has spread all over America.


Dan Crenshaw on Limited Government

The congressman eloquently articulated the reason for disagreement on taxes.


States Increasingly Police Family ‘Thoughtcrimes’

As homeschooling rapidly grows, so too are state-level efforts to “oversee” families.


Google’s Male Pay Gap

The tech giant’s internal review reveals a gender pay gap against men, not women.


Unplanned Parenthood

We have all heard the quote, “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” Well, it’s time to plan better.


Video: A 10-Year Tea Party Retrospective

Bill Whittle and Scott Ott, both active in the early days of the Tea Party movement, reflect.


Video: Academic Hoax

John Stossel interviews a trio that got seven phony academic papers published to prove a point.



Today’s Opinion

Ben Shapiro
The Righteous Mission of Bernie Sanders
Byron York
House Dems Send Message: Impeachment Is On
Hans von Spakovsky
North Carolina Election Fraud Should Be a Wake-Up Call for the Left
Gary Bauer
Anti-Semitism in Congress
Walter E. Williams
Our Planet Is Not Fragile
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Wednesday Top Headline Summary

North Korea launch site, Jack Phillips, ethanol blends, anti-Semitism resolution delayed, Cohen testimony, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

“Running ethanol through your vehicles fuel system is a poor idea at any time.” —Jazz Shaw



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News – 3/6/2019

Psychedelic research on microdosing rats with DMT reveals unusual results
The research also uncovered some rather strange and unexpected negative results. In female rats, the microdosing seemed to result in a condition known as neuronal atrophy, a kind of neuronal shrinkage that is the opposite of the neuronal growth previously observed in large DMT dosages. Another odd result was a significant increase in weight, only seen in the male rats. This was despite the fact that the microdosing regime generally resulted in lower appetites.

American Civil War 2: US Media Will Have Only Itself to Blame if All Hell Breaks Loose
For the first time in years, the drumbeat of civil war has become audible across the United States. The nation looks destined to repeat history thanks to a media that is no longer able to objectively perform its job. The predominantly left-leaning US media has just entered its third consecutive year of open warfare against Donald Trump. This non-stop assault risks aggravating political passions to the point where ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ snowballs into something completely beyond our ability to control. Like full-blown Civil War. With a level of audacity and self-righteousness that has become a trademark of the Left, not once did the article float the possibility that just maybe the mainstream media is complicit in the ongoing deterioration of political discourse, …

Christian Baker Jack Phillips Vindicated by “Overwhelming Evidence” of Hostility Toward Religion: Court Case Dropped
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is reporting that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) has decided to drop its transgender cake case against Christian baker Jack Phillips. (Photo: AP/ CBN News) ADF says it was nothing more than anti-religious “harassment” that came even though Phillips had just won his previous case at the US Supreme Court. CCRC’s decision to drop the case comes after members of the commission were exposed by newly discovered evidence that revealed clear hostility toward religious freedom.

‘Israel tells Hamas to rein in border violence or face major military action’
Israel is reportedly warning Palestinian terror organization Hamas that it faces widespread military action if it does not rein in violence along the country’s border with the Gaza Strip, the neighboring coastal enclave that it rules.

Democrats think Trump will be re-elected, says Limbaugh
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday said Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler’s letter to 81 Trump associates seeking dirt on the president is helping set the stage for impeachment after Trump is re-elected in 2020. Only then, he suggests, will the left be confident enough, or brazen enough, to try for impeachment. “The Democrats expect Trump to be re-elected.

Human enhancement: Is it good for society?
These technologies are currently geared towards upgrading or restoring physical and psychological abilities for medical purposes. An application is surfacing, however, that is designed with another goal in mind: embellishing performance. Although using this technology is very much an individual choice, it nevertheless has an impact on society as a whole.

Netanyahu declares Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV a terrorist organization
rime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu signed an order declaring the Al-Aqsa TV channel a terrorist organization on Wednesday, according to a statement released by Israel’s Defense Ministry. The TV channel was declared a terrorist organization under Israel’s Anti-Terrorism law.

Democrats delay vote on antismitism to include other types of bigotry
House Democrats will not vote on an antisemitism resolution Wednesday as they are still refining the language of the measure, with multiple members saying it is likely to be broadened to reject other forms of religious bigotry such as Islamophobia. The resolution is Democratic leadership’s response to recent comments from Minnesota freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar that lawmakers in both parties have said play into antisemitic stereotypes.

North Korea rebuilding Sohae rocket launch site, say observers
New satellite images of North Korea suggest it is restoring a rocket launch site it had pledged to dismantle, say analysts. The images were taken two days after talks between the leaders of the US and North Korea ended without them reaching a deal on denuclearisation. The Tongchang-ri site has been used for satellite launches and engine testing, never for ballistic missile launches.

Thomas Sowell warns U.S. may not resist siren song of socialism: ‘I wouldn’t bet on it’
Thomas Sowell, a living legend in the field of economics, says he fears the U.S. may eventually succumb to the siren song of socialism. The author of “Basic Economics,” “The Vision of the Anointed,” “The Quest for Cosmic Justice” and numerous other books said the U.S. may very well go down a path of financial ruin due to “wonderful-sounding” rhetoric.

U.S. Budget Deficit Widens 77 Percent
The U.S. budget deficit widened to $310 billion in the first four months of the fiscal year, underscoring the revenue hit from Republican tax cuts and an increase in government spending. The budget gap widened 77 percent compared with the same October-January period a year earlier, according to the Treasury monthly budget report released on Tuesday…

‘Israel tells Hamas to rein in border violence or face major military action’
Israel is reportedly warning Palestinian terror organization Hamas that it faces widespread military action if it does not rein in violence along the country’s border with the Gaza Strip, the neighboring coastal enclave that it rules. The two sides are in the midst of indirect negotiations mediated by Egypt meant to consolidate a ceasefire arrangement after months of escalating tensions between the two sides…

Israel hit by widespread floods as wintry weather persists into March
Heavy rains, accompanied by hail and thunderstorms, caused floods across Israel on Tuesday, stranding cars mid-stream in the north and damaging a shopping mall in the city of Modi’in. Southern Israel was hit the hardest with heavy thunderstorm causing the Revivim River in the Negev Desert to overflow.

Record Snowfall In February Precedes Record Low Temperatures In March
Although a record-setting February is behind us, March is on track to set some records of its own.

Denver Weather: Coldest Early March Temps In Nearly 60 Years
Arctic cold will grip the eastern half of Colorado today and tonight with some areas seeing the coldest temperatures for early March in nearly 60 years according to the National Weather Service. Many places on the northeast plains fell below zero Sunday morning including Denver International Airport with a low of -6 degrees.

Australia breaks weather records with hottest ever summer
Australia has endured its hottest summer ever, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, breaking the previous record set six years ago.

Entire Australian town ‘all but wiped off the map’ in massive bushfire
A rural township just outside Melbourne has reportedly been lost to flames. Tonimbuk, a small town in the Bunyip State Park, has been all but razed to the ground by a fire that tore through the State Park on Monday.

Republicans seek first-ever convention in Jerusalem ahead of 2020 election
For the first time, representatives of the Republican Party living outside the United States plan on convening an international conference in Jerusalem.

George Soros-Linked Money Used To Promote BDS Movement Against Israel
The EIRIS Foundation, a charity organization that focuses on investment research, received donations totaling nearly $300,000 from Soros’ Open Society Foundations to build a “Business in Occupied Lands” database, according to financial reports from the U.K. Charity Commission between 2015 to 2017.

8 journalists fired after Menendez comes to Soros’ defense
Eight reporters and editors at U.S. tax-funded TV and Radio Marti, which broadcasts in Spanish to communist Cuba, have been fired after a report aired portraying left-wing billionaire George Soros in an unflattering light.

The Deep State Has Begun Their Final Approach-“The Purge” Has Arrived – Dave Hodges
.there is one connection we might have missed, the genocide of late term abortions. This is the latest purge. This dynamic fits perfectly within the schema of the Purge series, both TV and movies. Although the movie and the TV series of “The Purge” did not deal specifically with late term abortion, all the trappings and innuendos are there for the public to see.

Democrats Push Bill to Give Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards to Illegal Immigrants
Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Tony Evers has laid out plans to give illegal immigrants driver’s licenses and ID cards during his Biennial Budget Address.

Pope Francis Warns Young Children: ‘The Devil is Real’
Pope Francis reportedly told a group of children on Sunday that the Devil exists and is their “biggest enemy, and is not a ‘fairytale’.”

MyPillow CEO: ‘Saving Minnows in California and Killing Babies in New York; Are You Kidding Me?’
Condemning the liberal mindset that defends animal life more than human life, MyPillow CEO promised his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) audience that “This is going to change.”

84-Year-Old Widow Threatened with Eviction for Holding Bible Studies at Veterans Senior Home
California state officials are threatening to evict 84-year-old widow from a Veterans Home unless she shuts down her Bible studies.

Vatican archives to dispel ‘myth of Hitler’s pope’?
Amid claims that the characterization of World War II-era Pope Pius XII as “Hitler’s pope” is slanderous, Pope Francis has ordered the opening of secret archives.

Is Netanyahu a crook? Allegedly. A threat to democracy? That verdict is sadly in
…Israel’s spectacularly articulate prime minister, in his frequent live television appearances to put his case to the public, depicts the charges as a house of cards of flimsy accusations, hatched by opposition parties who seek to harm the country, inflated by a media that shares the opposition agenda and loathes him for his very success, investigated by a biased and dishonest police force, overseen by a politicized state prosecution, and marshaled by a weak, incompetent attorney general who shares the leftists’ agenda.


Headlines – 3/6/2019

Jimmy Carter: Israeli-Palestinian peace impossible with Netanyahu at helm

Right-wing ally of Netanyahu proposes bill to save him from prosecution

Arab Israeli party sues journalist for calling it a ‘terror organization’

Will war between Israel and Hamas break out before elections? – analysis

Egypt trying to restore calm in Gaza

Israel said to warn Hamas that attacks from Gaza risk wide-scale military action

2 balloon-borne bombs from Gaza explode in Israeli border towns; no injuries

Israeli planes strike Gaza targets after balloon bombs hit Israeli towns

UN Human Rights Chief Raps Israel Over ‘Immediate Dismissal’ of Report on Killed Gaza Protesters

UN again delays ‘blacklist’ of companies doing business with settlements

5 Mosques and Counting on Temple Mount

Waqf rejects Israeli court order to shutter Temple Mount’s Gate of Mercy

Commentary: Israel & Jordan’s ‘Tug of War’

Fatah posts story claiming Jews were willing to bury Russians alive in WWII

Belgian carnival float condemned for featuring anti-Semitic puppets of Jews

Top Democrat Blasts Republican Congressman for ‘anti-Semitic’ Attack on Trump Investigations

70 years of transcripts from UK’s parliament show clear ‘obsession’ with Israel

Omar the flashpoint as Democrats confront divide over Israel

Ocasio-Cortez Defends Ilhan Omar as anti-Semitism Storm Roils Democratic Party

Commentary: Time for the U.S. to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty in the Golan Heights

Trump: ‘I agree 100 percent’ with keeping some US troops in Syria

Islamic State’s last stand: the Battle for Baghouz – in pictures

Hundreds of jihadists surrender in eastern Syria enclave

Dramatic Footage of Firefight Between Syrian Kurds and ISIS Caught on Tape

Hundreds of children detained over IS links in Iraq

Sulaimani Forum panel discusses Iraq’s role in ‘new regional order’

US designates Iranian proxy group and its leader as international terrorists

Iran’s Rouhani accuses U.S. of trying to change clerical establishment

Iran says no chance of negotiations, compromise with US

Iran, France to swap ambassadors after strained ties

Top US general in Europe: Don’t give Turkey F-35 if they buy Russian system

Top US general in Europe seeks more troops, warships to counter Russia

US generals and politicians ‘thinking about possibility of nuclear war’, Russia’s ambassador to Washington says

The Russians are coming, to the Persian Gulf

Russia aims to strengthen ties with Gulf countries in all sectors

Rumours grow of rift between Saudi king and crown prince

No peace in Yemen until south’s wish to split with north heard, MPs told

Suicide blast near Afghanistan airport in east kills 16, official says

Pakistan says it intercepted an Indian submarine near its waters, a week after the dogfight over Kashmir

Pakistan starts crackdown against militant groups

With Trump silent, no ‘sheriff’ in town on Pakistan-India crisis, ex-diplomats say

Trump to Strip India of Special Tariff Status, Escalating Trade Tensions

A close ally is terrified the US will drag it into a ‘shooting war’ with China in the South China Sea

North Korea Reportedly Rebuilding Rocket Facilities After Trump-Kim Summit Ends at Impasse

Pyongyang ‘rebuilding’ main satellite launch site, photos show

North Korea food production lowest in more than a decade, UN says

Macron unveils plan for ‘European renaissance’ ahead of EU elections

Irish Police Join Investigation of Bomb Mailed to London Airports, Rail Station

Social media, comedy replace news as Maduro’s grip on media blacks out turmoil in Venezuela

Venezuela crisis: Maduro vows to defeat ‘crazed minority’

Venezuela’s Maduro looks the other way as his foe Juan Guaido comes home

‘Breaking point’: US southern border influx surges to 76,000

Record arrests of Illegal-immigrant families on border bolster Trump’s emergency claim

Illegal Immigration Under Trump Projected to Surpass Obama Era Levels

Migrant Families Arrive In Busloads As Border Crossings Hit 10-Year High

55 Migrants Transported to U.S. Hospitals Each Day, Say Feds

Company offers to build 234 miles of border wall for $1.4 billion

White Supremacist Propaganda Efforts in U.S. Rose by 182 Percent in 2018

White House tells Dems it won’t hand over Kushner security clearance docs

Ivanka Trump could be on next target list from House Democrats: panel chairman

U.S. Credit Card Debt Closed 2018 at a Record $870 Billion

Saudi app used to track women ‘not against’ Google rules

Tel Aviv trials ‘zombie’ traffic lights to save smartphone users from themselves

Selfie from 20,000 miles away: Israeli Beresheet snaps first shot in space

An Asteroid the Size of a Jumbo Jet Just Buzzed Safely By Earth

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Bouvet Island region

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Hinatuan, Philippines

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near the West Chile Rise

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Buldir Island, Alaska

Sabancaya volcanon in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Manam volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Evacuations ordered as California faces new flood risk

Italy could be forced to import olive oil because of extreme weather

UK school program promoting LGBT lifestyle to 4-y-o kids shut down after Muslim parents protest

Colorado drops case against Christian baker Jack Phillips for refusing to make transgender cake


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CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Clinton Foundation Connected AGT Forwarded Top Secret US Intel to RUSSIA – FBI/DOJ Covered It Up – Part VII — The Gateway Pundit

 

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 investigation revolved around the illegal sale of controlled US Homeland Security technology to Russia and China in the years before the 2016 election by a company named AGT.

The DOJ terminated its internal investigation in 2016 despite clear and irrefutable evidence of criminal activity and hid it from the public!

In Part I of our series we discussed the Clinton Foundation and the donations to the Foundation from the COB (Martin L. Edelman) and CEO (Mati Kochavi) of AGT International as well as from Sheikhs in the UAE. These donations in the millions of dollars were for favors from the Clintons. In return the Clintons helped promote AGT –

In Part II of our series we discussed the illegal actions that AGT International took to generate revenues around the globe. Highly sensitive US defense technology and ITAR classified products were provided to China, Russia and other countries in the name of sales growth. These actions were beyond criminal, they were treasonous.

(Below is an AGT article about its premier defense software from its company 4D Security Solutions.)

In Part III of our series we discussed the investigation that the FBI/DOJ started into AGT and the Clinton Foundation but then terminated and covered up before the 2016 Presidential election despite irrefutable crimes!

 

In Part IV of our series we discussed the activities by individuals associated with AGT in obtaining entrance to a highly sensitive US Intel facility circumventing the controls in place that prevent illegal entries to the facility.

In Part V of our series we discussed the efforts by AGT to obtain top secret US Intel for the sole purpose of selling to the Russians. AGT personnel used the information as a means to entice sales from US adversaries. AGT offered Russians the ability to conduct counter-Intel operations (e.g. cell phone intercepts, object and vehicle tracking, etc.). All of this information provided to the Russians was highly classified and never should have been placed in their hands. This information was provided by AGT senior managers like Gadi Lenz, a US national who also held a key executive position at the US based defense contractor 4D Security Solutions.

Image below shows an AGT C4I system deployed in Liaoyuan China. The system among other things was designed to automatically track and create a detailed pattern of motion of vehicles belonging to western embassies.

In Part VI of our series we showed the shady efforts AGT took to obtain contracts in the US and abroad.  AGT utilized its COB (Martin Edelman) and the Clintons to gain access to highly placed Law Enforcement Agents (LEA’s) and former Federal and political figures in in the US and used bribes around the world to initiate contracts.

Today in Part VII of our series we provide evidence that AGT hid its employees identities in the US market by using aliases for all its employees at 3i-MIND. 

AGT provided all its employees( at at least one of its company’s 3i-MIND) aliases as seen from partial list below –

AGT management sent an email to the employees at 3i-MIND and noted that “since the blog will be used in the US as well, we are and we will not be allowed identifying ourselves using our real names.”  This poorly written comment provides evidence that the company encouraged its employees to hide their identities in the US.

This company was so corrupt it had to be involved with the Clinton Foundation!

The AGT family of companies participated in numerous corrupt and criminal activities. The leaders of the company were Clinton friends and major donors to the Clinton Foundation. The Clintons in turn helped promote AGT.

AGT then participated in numerous shady and criminal activities, the worst of which were selling US ITAR regulated products and information to the Russians and Chinese.

The DOJ/FBI started an investigation of AGT but then covered it up. The investigation into the Clinton Foundation and AGT was material to the 2016 US election and yet the FBI and DOJ concealed it from the American public.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The Clinton Foundation and the DOJ and FBI must be investigated and the crimes committed by these entities must be brought to justice!

via CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Clinton Foundation Connected AGT Forwarded Top Secret US Intel to RUSSIA – FBI/DOJ Covered It Up – Part VII — The Gateway Pundit

Is Beth Moore Seeking a Bid for SBC Presidency? — Reformation Charlotte

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a peculiar denomination in Evangelical Christianity. It has morphed over the years from originally conservative when founded in the mid-1800s to a largely liberal and progressive denomination in the 1970s. Then, in 1979, started the “conservative resurgence” which, through systematic election, the convention eventually led to a split between the conservatives and the progressives, who formed that Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Until recently, the Southern Baptist Convention has remained, for the most part, solidly conservative.

However, what we’ve seen right before our eyes in the past decade is, for lack of a better way of putting it, a “progressive resurgence” in the SBC. Instead of holding to staunchly biblical principles and remaining focused on the Church’s commission — the gospel — the SBC has increasingly become both a politically and theologically liberal denomination. It’s different though — it disguises itself well.

Mainly, by piggybacking off of cultural trends, the SBC continuously joins political movements, disguises them with a veneer of Christianity, and incorporates them into the mission. While the movement’s ideologies are founded in Marxism, the gradual progression is not revolutionary and has borrowed its tactics from Fabianism.

Slowly, the seminaries and Churches have worked to undercut the strong adherence to historic, biblical Christian doctrine and has opened the door for open-mindedness. We’ve seen the denomination over the years loosen its stance on homosexuality, open its doors to radical socialist ideas, and, through its latest cultural immersion, we see feminism creeping in.

Through the #metoo movement, which was largely a secular movement that “empowered” women to speak out against sexual abuse, the Church as a whole started its own #churchtoo movement which, while in some cases was justified, actually served only to open the doors to egalitarianism.

Historically, the Christian Church has rejected egalitarianism, both in the home and in the Church. The Scriptures are clear on the different roles men and women follow in the Christian context and this role serves a purpose — to glorify God and depict His gospel. But this is quickly changing.

In the wake of the #churchtoo movement, which gained momentum sometime in 2018, we now see a push in the SBC to “empower” women and to give them more leadership roles. Last year, in a Blog post by Dwight McKissic, a leader in the cultural Marxist movement in the SBC wrote,

To elect Beth Moore would do more to heal our Convention, seal women within our convention who have lost hope and right historic patterns of wrong toward women, without compromising qualifications, integrity, competency, or Scripture. The questions are, “Are we there yet?” or do we have to wait 100 more years and experience more of God’s judgment?

McKissic’s words are powerful words — not because of the integrity of the message or the biblical value they may possess — but because they resonate with the constituency of the denomination. Because secular universities, and Southern Baptist seminaries, for that matter, are largely producing social justice-minded robots, McKissic’s vocal insurrection to traditional orthodoxy garners much applause from progressives.

Which brings us to Beth Moore. Beth Moore is a progressive, Biblically inept “women’s Bible teacher,” as she claims — but has morphed into a preacher who not only preaches to women, but men. While Beth Moore states that she had no intentions of teaching men when she began her pursuit as a Bible teacher, last year, she pleaded with male Church leaders to rethink their adherence to Biblical complementarianism.

Beth Moore wants us to accept her as a female leader in the Church. Just a few days ago, during a Twitter exchange with Denny Burk, she doubled down on her plea for acceptance, stating that the Church has gone too far in limiting women and that there is a “tension between the Gospels and the epistles.”

This, of course, just displays more of Beth Moore’s theological ineptitude as she doesn’t understand the correlation between the books of Scripture — they were all written by the same God.

Last year, the Christian Post asked Roger ‘Sing’ Oldham, vice president for Southern Baptist Convention communications and relations what the convention’s position is on female presidents. He replied,

Other than being a member of a church that cooperates with the Convention, I am aware of no SBC constitution or bylaw statement that would prohibit the election of a woman as SBC president

Of course, when the bylaws for the convention were originally written, it was without question that the Biblical stance on female leadership was complementarian, and was assumed it did not need to be written in. But things are changing, and, as you can see, Beth Moore desires leadership, and the Southern Baptist Convention will likely not prohibit it.

via Is Beth Moore Seeking a Bid for SBC Presidency? — Reformation Charlotte

Beth More and Sarah Young’s book Jesus Calling insanely popular and insidiously dangerous — Christian Research Network

“I commend both men to you, but mainly I wanted to set before you the work of Mr. Dale Wilson, of which you may not be aware. His discernment critiques of Beth Moore were early, good, and remain today as a gold standard.” 

(Elizabeth Prata – The End Time)  Title on the site: The King’s Dale: A Commendable Resource for Beth Moore and Sarah Young Critiques and Book Reviews.

The popular definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” For Christians with discernment, insanity is ‘being sure by the Spirit and the Bible, after research and prayer, that so-and-so is false, but literally NO ONE ELSE around you believes it or even entertains the notion for a second.’

After a while you begin to question yourself, or you question why others can’t see it, or you question God with pleading, upraised hands, ‘why, WHY can’t they see?’ All that. The definition of discernment is also often “Agony.”

It was like that for me, anyway, back in 2011-2012 when I started to question Beth Moore’s teaching.

The church I attended at the time was Southern Baptist in denomination, tradition, and church practice. The members were sweet and they loved Jesus and they were faithful. They had a blind spot about Moore, though. Her lessons were continually used in the Ladies Ministry, and I saw Moore’s books were cradled in more than one woman’s arms as we went about our church-activities.

I was graciously brought to a ladies retreat where the DVD of “The Hairbrush Story” was exegeted. I was also invited to a weekend Living Proof Live event. That was my first exposure to Moore, having been a recent convert and a transplant from the North, where women who wore flannel and LL Bean boots looked at women who said ‘honey’ & ‘y’all’ and wore hairbows with a degree of perplexity and wariness.

But I was now in the Land of Dixie, happily, and I threw myself into the new culture which God had led me, Beth Moore lessons and all. If this was church, I was in.

However, after the Living Proof event concluded, having listened closely to Moore’s lesson for three straight sessions, I was more than a little perturbed. When I arrived home I set to comparing her teaching (I was glad that as a journalist I’d taken copious and precise notes at the LPL event, which I still possess) to the Bible. What I was seeing in my Berean eyes didn’t measure up. But then again, I was a new convert and had just begun in church. I also looked online for credible ministries, pastors, or theologians who had also examined her work. I was a newbie after all.

What did I find? NOTHING.

Nowhere could I find any critique of Beth Moore. OK, that’s hyperbole, I found two, thank goodness! Otherwise I truly would have either gone crazy (hyperbole again) or been accused of being crazy (true fact, not hyperbole).    View article →

Research:

Discernment

via Beth More and Sarah Young’s book Jesus Calling insanely popular and insidiously dangerous — Christian Research Network

March 6 Called Alongside

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3–7
key verse: 2 Corinthians 1:5

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

God stooped down from the heavens to rescue you from sin, and He continues to extend His hand to you each day to soothe your damaged emotions, your frayed nerves, your broken dreams, your heartaches.

“But He seems so distant, so remote, so detached at times,” you say. Although you may feel this way, it is not the truth. God said that He will not “in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake nor let [you] down, [relax My hold on you].—Assuredly not!” (Heb. 13:5 amplified).

What a promise! And God certainly keeps His word. He performs this divine pledge through the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God inside you. He is called the Comforter, meaning “one called alongside to help and aid.”

When you are down, the Holy Spirit knows exactly how to encourage you. When you are grieving, the Holy Spirit knows the balance between shedding tears of grief and gently wiping them from your cheeks. He is at work to comfort you through every trial and adversity.

I’m not alone, Lord. You are right here with me in the midst of my trouble. Soothe my damaged emotions. Touch my frayed nerves. Mend my broken dreams, and heal my heartaches.[1]


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

6 march (1859) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Predestination and calling

“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called.” Romans 8:30

suggested further reading: 1 John 3:19–24

The testimony of sense may be false, but the testimony of the Spirit must be true. We have the witness of the Spirit within, bearing witness with our spirits that we are born of God. There is such a thing on earth as an infallible assurance of our election. Let a man once get that, and it will anoint his head with fresh oil, it will clothe him with the white garment of praise, and put the song of the angel into his mouth. Happy, happy man, who is fully assured of his interest in the covenant of grace, in the blood of atonement, and in the glories of heaven! Such men there are here this very day. Let them “rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice.” What would some of you give if you could arrive at this assurance? Mark, if you anxiously desire to know, you may know. If your heart pants to read its title clear it shall do so before long. No man ever desired Christ in his heart with a living and longing desire, who did not find him sooner or later. If you have a desire, God has given it to you. If you pant, and cry, and groan after Christ, even this is his gift; bless him for it. Thank him for little grace, and ask him for great grace. He has given you hope, ask for faith; and when he gives you faith, ask for assurance; and when you get assurance, ask for full assurance; and when you have obtained full assurance, ask for enjoyment; and when you have enjoyment, ask for glory itself; and he shall surely give it to you in his own appointed season.

for meditation: Are you content with a logical possession of God’s salvation, or do you long for a heart-felt assurance? Both head knowledge and heart knowledge are important.

(1 John 2:3–5; 3:14, 19, 24; 4:13; 5:2, 13, 19–20).

sermon no. 241[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 72). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

6 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

Keeping an Eternal Perspective

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

suggested further reading: Luke 12:16–21

We know that people who have completed the circle of life are forthwith taken out of the world, yet the knowledge of this frailty fails to make a deep impression on our hearts because we do not lift our eyes above the world. Moses awakens us by showing us the eternal perspective of God, without which we do not perceive how speedily our life vanishes away.

The imagination that we shall have a long life is like a profound sleep in which we are all benumbed. Only meditating upon the heavenly life can swallow up this foolish fancy respecting the length of our continuance upon earth. To those who are blind to eternity, Moses presents the view of God as Judge. “O Lord!” he seems to say, “If men would only reflect upon that eternity from which Thou beholdest the inconstant circling of the world, they would not make so great an account of the present life.”

The reason that unbelievers indulge in pleasures is that they have their hearts too much set upon the world and do not taste the pleasures of a celestial eternity.

Hence we learn the application of this teaching. Why do we have such great anxiety about our life that nothing satisfies us? Do we continually molest ourselves because we foolishly imagine that we shall nestle in this world forever?

Moses does not only contrast a thousand years with one day; he also contrasts them with yesterday, which is already gone. For whatever is still before our eyes captivates our minds. But we are less affected with the recollection of what is past. So, let us elevate our minds by faith to God’s heavenly throne, from which he declares that this earthly life is nothing compared with what is yet to come.

for meditation: Maintaining an eternal perspective is difficult. But isn’t our failure to do so the reason why we find ourselves falling into worldliness so often? Yesterday is past. We must keep the next thousand years in perspective.[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 84). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

The Deep State Past and Present — National Review

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman (left) and IRS official Lois Lerner testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on alleged targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status, May 22, 2013. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

The so-called deep state is often weaponized to reflect current orthodoxies.

All great empires of the past created deep states.

The permanent bureaucracies and elite hangers-on adapted as imperial conditions dictated. Imperial Spain’s El  Escorial outside Madrid, the courts of Renaissance Venice, and Byzantium’s Constantinople, or the thousands who lived at 18th-century Versailles, were all thronged with court functionaries. They were the embryos of nonstop dramas of intrigue and coups, and often immune to periodic changes even in autocratic heads of state.

The Byzantine emperor Justinian savagely curbed the influence of his bureaucratic opponents only through the infamous slaughter of the Nika riots of AD 532. The key for the deep-state careerist was always survival, even more than public service. The ubiquitous fifth-century B.C. Athenian Alcibiades was variously an Athenian democratic imperialist, a suspected oligarchic sympathizer, a wanted outlaw of the Athenian state, a turncoat working for Sparta, a returning Athenian democrat, and an aristocratic exile under the protection of Persia — the common denominator being a manipulative skilled survivor of the politics of the Greek city-state.

Similar was the much later example of the “versatile” French minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord. Talleyrand for more than 40 years was a fixture of the permanent Paris court and thus in succession an advocate and betrayer of the Ancien Régime, the French Revolution, Napoleon, and the restored monarchy. His loyalty was to the career of Monsieur Talleyrand rather than to France, much less to monarchy, the revolution, republican government, or dictatorship.

Since the U.S. post-war era, the yearly growth of American state and federal government has been exponential. By 2017, there were nearly 3 million civilian federal workers and another 1.3 million Americans in the uniformed military. Over 22 million local, state, and federal workers had made government the largest employment sector. The three largest American unions were respectively the National Education Association (mostly teachers and public-education staff ), Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. All routinely endorsed progressive candidates. Unions as a rule in the 21st century have grown only among government workers. Over the past four decades, the vast majority of public employees without master’s or doctoral degrees have usually achieved compensation packages higher than their private-sector counterparts. Union membership until 2018 was mandatory for many public employees. Until stopped by a Supreme Court decision, dues had pro forma been automatically deducted by their unions, regardless of actual membership status.

Bureaucracies had become politicized on the premise that big government both required high taxes that Democrats more than Republicans ensured, and could be weaponized to further political agendas and avoid cutbacks in state employment and its compensation. Most federal unions gave far greater donations to Democratic than Republican candidates. According to a report in the Hill, in 2016 about 95 percent of all donations from federal workers to the two presidential campaigns went to Hillary Clinton — apparently on the premise that her agenda of greater regulation, higher taxes, and more entitlements would, in particular, translate into more federal jobs and higher salaries, and in general support a shared philosophy that the administrative state plays the central role in American life and culture.

The insidious power of the unelected administrative state is easy to understand. After all, it governs the most powerful aspects of modern American life: taxes, surveillance, criminal-justice proceedings, national security, and regulation. The nightmares of any independent trucker or small-business person are being audited by the IRS, having communications surveilled, or being investigated by a government regulator or prosecutor.

The reach of the deep state ultimately is based on two premises. One, improper government-worker behavior is difficult to audit or at least to be held to account, given that it is protected both by union contracts and civil-service law. And, two, a government appointee or bureaucrat has the unlimited resources of the state behind him, while the targeted private citizen in a federal indictment, tax audit, or regulation violation not only does not, but is assumed also not to have the means even to provide an adequate legal defense.

Lois Lerner, director of the Exempt Organizations division of the IRS, more or less got away with targeting mostly conservative groups before the 2012 election. She had ensured that dozens of nonprofits would not receive prompt tax-exempt status and ostensibly oppose Obama’s agendas. Eric Holder’s Justice Department surveilled various Associated Press reporters and especially Fox News’s James Rosen on the suspicion that they were receiving leaked information from Obama administration sources.

The so-called deep state is often weaponized to reflect current orthodoxies. In the past 30 years its operating premises have embraced multiculturalism, feminism, and identity-politics diversity — more or less the sacred tenets that Trump has targeted. Between 2009 and 2016 the Obama administration, to take one example, had recalibrated the war on terror and had hoped to change its reality through the use of state-sanctioned euphemisms. Obama sought to use the apparat to institutionalize the notion that radical Islam had no intrinsic connection with terrorism, and that adherents of Islam had no greater propensity to incite violence against Westerners than did followers of other religions — political correctness that Donald Trump campaigned against throughout 2016.

For which he’d never be forgiven.

Editor’s Note: This essay is adapted from Victor Davis Hanson’s new book, The Case for Trump.

The Deep State Past and Present — National Review

Wednesday Briefing March 6, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

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Proof of Border Crisis: U.S. Border Patrol Highlight Jaw-Dropping Stats During Press Conference (Video)… — The Last Refuge

As President Trump’s national border emergency declaration continues to be debated, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and Brian Hastings, chief of operations, US Border Patrol, hold a public briefing to release their new jaw-dropping statistics on apprehensions at the U.S. southern border.  WATCH:

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[U.S. Border Patrol] […] Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) are crossing our borders in record numbers. This fiscal year to date, CBP has seen a more than 300 percent increase in the number of family units apprehended compared to the same time period in fiscal year 2018.

Today, family units and unaccompanied alien children (UAC) make up 60 percent of apprehension that have occurred along the southwest border and are predominantly from Central America, namely Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

[Link to Statistics]

In the first 5 months of Fiscal Year 2019 (October ’18 through March ’19), BorderPatrol agents have apprehended more family units than in all of Fiscal Year 2018.

In FY19 to date (5 months), USBP agents have apprehended over 136,000 individuals classified as a family unit. That compares to 107,212 total in FY18 (12 months).

Additionally, there have been 70 large groups of 100 or more individuals totaling 12,069 apprehensions, compared to what Border Patrol encountered in FY18, which was 13 large groups, and in FY17, which was only two.

“We are currently facing a humanitarian and national security crisis along our southwest border. The vast increases in families and children coming across our border, in larger groups and in more remote areas, presents a unique challenge to our operations and facilities, and those of our partners, including the NGOS who work to assist these individuals and families throughout their immigration proceedings,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan. “This is why I am working with our government partners and have identified additional funding for humanitarian resources in the field, including expanded medical protocols, and the addition of a more appropriate central processing center to handle the increased volumes of family units and unaccompanied minors.”

In response to the vast increases of Family Units and Unaccompanied Children encountered along the Southwest Border, CBP has implemented a directive to increase medical support for migrants while in CBP custody. The Interim Medical Directive works to address emerging health concerns with an emphasis on treatment for juvenile detainees.

CBP will also expand contracted medical support in major “high-risk” locations at and between ports of entry along the SWB where we have seen or anticipate large numbers of FMUA and UAC. This contracted medical support includes medical assessments by certified medical professionals (usually Registered Nurses and Family Nurse Practitioners) and translation services.

In addition, CBP is standing up a Centralized Processing Center (CPC) in El Paso, Texas, to increase the care of and provision for UAC and FMUA in the temporary custody of CBP while awaiting disposition by ICE and/or placement with HHS. (Link)

Proof of Border Crisis: U.S. Border Patrol Highlight Jaw-Dropping Stats During Press Conference (Video)… — The Last Refuge