Daily Archives: March 8, 2019

March 8 Prevailing Peace

Scripture Reading: John 15:18–25

Key Verse: 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

Europe trembled. Hitler’s menacing armies were poised for a strike against Poland. Attempting to appease the dreaded dictator, England’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain traveled to Germany and, on September 29, 1938, signed the infamous Munich Pact. Upon his return Chamberlain triumphantly announced, “I believe it is peace for our time.” A short time later Germany invaded Poland, and World War II began.

Was Jesus’ talk of peace like Chamberlain’s optimistic boast? After all, why talk of such when war, violence, greed, and ill will still abound? Although Jesus talked much about peace and promised the disciples (and us) that He would leave us His peace, He did not ignore the reality of the world’s conflict.

That’s why His Passover message concerning peace was immediately followed by this clarification: “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Jesus was a realist. There is nothing of evasiveness or idealism in His ministry. How, then, could He promise peace?

Christ Himself is our peace. His presence, strength, and comfort are ours in every gale—for He is always with us.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You that despite the tribulation in this world, I can have peace. I claim Christ as my peace right now. I accept His presence, strength, and comfort as I face the storms of life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 71). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 8 The Ultimate Burden Bearer

Scripture reading: Philippians 2:19–30

Key verse: Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Shouldering the load of a fellow Christian’s troubles is both hard and easy. It’s hard because often we are consumed with our own problems and have little time for another’s pain. It’s easy because once we see Christ’s power and wisdom unleashed to solve another’s strait, we develop a taste for the spiritual adventure of burden bearing.

It begins with a commitment to cultivate relationships with a few friends. This is the right context for authentic sharing and caring. We can’t handle everyone’s assortment of woes, but as we see in our Scripture reading for today, we can help bear the hurts of some, especially those friends with whom we have developed accountability and a track record of trust.

Most people are reluctant to unload their burdens for fear of rejection. Actually, many are not sure we really want to hear about their problems. A phone call, a letter, a lunch, a walk around the block are practical means to provide the opportunity for effective burden bearing. Take the initiative. Be sensitive and timely, but don’t wait for the hurting person to knock on your door.

Lean on God, and don’t try to solve the problem alone. Beneath the obvious issue can be a maze of root causes that only God can deal with through the Holy Spirit. Trust Christ to guide, comfort, and provide. Remember, He is the ultimate Burden Bearer.

Father, thank You for the privilege of extending Your love by bearing the burdens of others to You in prayer. Work through me to lighten their heavy load.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 71). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 8, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump said on Friday he would be disappointed if North Korea were to resume weapons testing, and reiterated that he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Congressional Democrats are debating whether to expand the scope of their inquiry into President Donald Trump’s taxes to include his business tax returns along with his personal returns, a risky step seen by some as crucial to effective oversight.

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Thursday by a U.S. judge to less than four years in prison – far shy of federal sentencing guidelines – for financial crimes uncovered during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to end a hush-money agreement she had with U.S. President Donald Trump, court papers showed.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a broad resolution condemning bigotry on Thursday after remarks by a Democratic member that some viewed as anti-Semitic exposed an ideological and generational rift in the party.

Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted an invitation to visit China and is evaluating the best date for the trip, Chinese Ambassador in Brasilia Yang Wanming said on Friday.

U.S. job growth almost stalled in February, with the economy creating only 20,000 jobs as construction and retail payrolls dropped, which could raise concerns about a sharp slowdown in economic activity. The unemployment rate fell back to below 4 percent and annual wage growth was the best since 2009.

An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning after a short-term stay on the International Space Station, capping the first orbital test mission in NASA’s long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from U.S. soil later this year.

Venezuela shut schools and suspended the workday on Friday as the worst blackout in decades paralyzed most of the troubled nation for a second day, spurring outrage among citizens already suffering from hyperinflation and a crippling recession.

Campaigners for gender equality marked International Women’s Day on Friday with protests, discussion panels and celebrations.

AP Top Stories

Iranian naval forces intervened to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, state television reported on Friday.

Staying true to his brand of nostalgic nationalism, President Trump is reviving a conservative line of attack on Democrats that dates back generations – socialism is on the march.

Iraqi President Barham Salih said foreign Islamic State fighters tried in Iraq could be handed death sentences, according to an interview published by Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National on Friday.

Executives at a Miami TV station say their correspondent based in Venezuela has been freed from custody hours after security forces seized him at his apartment.

Angry crowds evacuating from the last shred of territory held by Islamic State militants in Syria praised the extremist group Wednesday and chanted “Islamic State will remain,” in a menacing show of support, even as defeat loomed.

The British government has claimed only one civilian has been killed by RAF bombing in Syria and Iraq that killed and injured more than 4,000 Isil fighters.

Iranian hackers working to penetrate systems, businesses and governments around the world have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, a report said Wednesday. Researchers for tech giant Microsoft said the attackers stole secrets and wiped data from computer networks after targeting thousands of people at some 200 companies over the past two years.


Finland’s entire government has resigned over its failure to achieve a key policy goal on social welfare and healthcare reform. Finland’s extensive welfare systems are under financial pressure as the nation’s population ages, yet reform plans remain politically controversial.

Chinese exports saw the steepest fall in three years in February, adding to worries about growth in the world’s second largest economy. Official data show exports from China plunged 20.7% from a year earlier, as its trade war with the US took a toll.

A new study has found US Civil War-era tunnels and buildings buried beneath the famed Alcatraz island prison in San Francisco, California. Historians had long-suspected that the notorious federal penitentiary were constructed atop US military fortifications built in the 1800s.

Ethiopian Airlines is marking International Women’s Day by operating an all-women flight from Addis Ababa to Oslo.

There is growing anger in Liberia over a video posted on social media and widely circulated on Facebook that shows two naked women being dragged through the streets as a group of young men call on them to confess to being witches.


Based on his 20-year-long studies on integration and assimilation, Dutch professor of sociology Ruud Koopmans has come to the conclusion that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant groups. Ruud Koopmans claims than no Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims.

Newly-restored video clips from nuclear tests conducted in Nevada more than 60 years ago shows how the terrifying power of a 15-kiloton Grable bomb blast can strip the paint off cars.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 8, 2019

The Foundation

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

The Unemployment Rate Can Only Go So Low

Only 20,000 jobs added in February, but unemployment is down and wages are up.

Fascist Democrats Won’t Condemn Anti-Semitism

Even Ilhan Omar voted for the resolution that was originally supposed to rebuke her.

Hyperventilation Over the Trade Deficit

The biggest reason for the increase is that the Trump economy is doing so well.

Save Social Security or Expand It?

Democrats have a plan to keep it solvent, but, of course, it would do just the opposite.

Miserable Military Housing but Billions for Illegals

Illegal aliens gain greater government focus than do U.S. military personnel and their families.

Is Trump’s Free Speech EO a Good Idea?

His proposed order oversteps executive authority and creates sketchy future precedent.

The Day Liberals Went Brain Dead

From Obama’s arrogance to investigating Trump to the mindless Green New Deal…

Video: The Abortion Enthusiasts … Who Are They?

Largely childless women who believe almost any professional goal is preferable to kids.

Today’s Opinion

Michael Reagan
Illegals Hurt Latinos Most
Mona Charen
If You’re Serious About Climate…
David Harsanyi
Democrats Keep Trying to Cover Up Their Anti-Semitism
Rich Lowry
Yes, There’s a Crisis at the Border
Caroline C. Lewis
Relationships, Career, and the Meaning of Success
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top Headline Summary

“Bigotry” resolution, Manafort sentenced, tax-refund stats, jobs numbers, Stormy Daniels lawsuit, impeachment, and more.

Friday Short Cuts

“I think the $33 trillion price tag for Medicare for All is a little scary.” —Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos

Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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News – 3/8/2019

‘Time for a Jewish Exodus from the Democratic party’
Elizabeth Pipko, a 23-year-old Jewish figure skater-turned-model, who recently launched the ‘’JEXODUS’ movement, calling for a “mass Jewish exodus from the Democratic party”.
House Democrats were drawn into an internecine fight over their party’s response to a string of anti-Semitic controversies sparked by Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s criticism of Israel supporters and allegations Jewish groups had bought off lawmakers to support Israel. Her suggestions that supporters of Israel were guilty of ‘dual loyalties’ or allegiance to a foreign power were decried as anti-Semitic by Republicans and even some Democrats. I think we saw it in the Obama presidency, the turn towards anti-Israel policies, accompanied by a rise in anti-Semitism in our country. And its only gotten worse, and right now we have anti-Semitism in the halls of Congress. So if not now, when?”

Islamic Waqf Refuses Order of Israeli Court to Withdraw from Temple Mount
The court ordered that the “Gate of Mercy” (Sha’ar HaRachamim) be closed by next Monday. However, Waqf Council chairman Sheikh Abdelazeem Salhab refused, not only vowing the area would “remain open for Muslims to pray,” but demanding that Israel permit the Waqf to renovate the site. He also demanded that Israeli revoke orders against dozens of Waqf officials and guards who have been banned from the Temple Mount.

Top U.S. general: Fight against ISIS not over – report
ISIS is “waiting for the right time to resurge,” according to the top US general overseeing military operations in the Middle East. Gen. Joseph Votel said that despite ISIS’ territorial loss, the fight against ISIS is “far from over.” Rather, he said, the group is positioning itself for a potential resurgence. “This ISIS population being evacuated from the remaining vestiges of the caliphate largely remains unrepentant, unbroken and radicalized,” Votel said, noting that in the next phase, “we will see low-level attacks, we’ll see assassinations, we’ll see IED attacks, we’ll see ambush type things as they begin to emerge from this.”

A synagogue on the Temple Mount? Activists say let the Jews move in
According to Asaf Fried, a spokesman for an association of organizations dedicated to Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, more than 50 leaders from across the religious spectrum gathered on Sunday to discuss the situation on the Temple Mount. Participants included Rabbi Yehudah Glick (Likud), Baruch Marzel (Otzma Yehudit) and members of the rabbinate. Jews believe the site – venerated as holy in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike – is where the First and Second Temples used to sit.

The U.S. peace plan will divide Jerusalem – Saudi reporter
Saudi Arabia has been in touch with the US administration regarding the peace initiative, as it is rumored that the deal will include recognition of Israel by surrounding Arab countries.

House approves resolution condemning hatred
While critics argued Omar should have been directly named in the resolution, a number of progressives and members of key minority caucuses stood by her this week, balking at the suggestion she be singled out and calling for the language to be broadened to include the condemnation of other forms of bigotry.

Petition seeks deportation for Ilhan Omar
She’s already the target of a petition demanding her resignation. Now, the Department of Homeland Security is being urged to investigate her and begin deportation or other removal proceedings. The petition was submitted to DHS by former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman, who this week added a demand that the House of Representatives “investigate, consider and take remedial action” on the issue.

U.S. House passes resolution condemning antisemitism
After democratic lawmakers revised a resolution condemning antisemitism to include broad condemnation of hate in all its forms, the US House of Representatives passed the new legislation… “We are pleased the House of Representatives took a firm stance against anti-Semitism, including making an explicit statement rejecting the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and other vile slurs…,” the Anti-Defamation League…said…”We strongly agree that anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bigotry, and other forms of hate constitute a threat to our democracy.”

Finland’s government resigns over failed healthcare reform
Finland’s entire government has resigned over its failure to achieve a key policy goal on social welfare and healthcare reform. Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was “hugely disappointed” in the outcome. Finland’s extensive welfare systems are under financial pressure as the nation’s population ages, yet reform plans remain politically controversial.

Venezuela power cuts: Blackouts hit Caracas and spread
The power cut plunged the capital Caracas into almost complete darkness during rush hour on Thursday, before extending to other areas. The government of President Nicolás Maduro has blamed the opposition, accusing them of sabotage. It comes amid rising tensions over opposition efforts – backed by the US and some Latin American countries – to remove Mr Maduro from power.

Students at elite Washington school projected swastikas during assembly
High school students at the elite Sidwell Friends School displayed swastikas during an afternoon assembly Wednesday, the head of the private academy informed families in a letter. The incident happened during an interactive portion of a presentation about a student-run nonprofit that uses soccer to build community among refugee children in the Washington region, according to the letter.

Adults won’t take climate change seriously. So we, the youth, are forced to strike.
We, the youth of America, are fed up with decades of inaction on climate change. On Friday, March 15, young people like us across the United States will strike from school. We strike to bring attention to the millions of our generation who will most suffer the consequences of increased global temperatures, rising seas, and extreme weather. But this isn’t a message only to America.

Historic avalanche danger causes havoc in Colorado mountains
Historic avalanche danger caused havoc in the Colorado mountains Thursday, shutting down portions of two highways and prompting a rare warning for drivers to avoid a route leading to some of the state’s busiest ski resorts. After another round of heavy snow, at least three major snow slides buried vehicles and ruptured a natural gas line. No injuries were reported.

Heads bowed to the ground, suspected IS members surrender
Suspected Islamic State group members, including foreign fighters, sat in a long line in a field of bright yellow flowers, exhausted and hunched over as they were questioned and searched Thursday by U.S.-led coalition members and Kurdish fighters. They were the latest group to surrender from the besieged final pocket of Syrian territory held by the militant group.

New Russian bill introduces punishment for insulting state
Russian lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that imposes restrictions on online media and criminalizes anyone who insults the state. The bill introduces fines for publishing materials showing disrespect to the state, its symbols and government organs. Repeat offenders could face a 15-day jail sentence.

Lebanon warns neighbours against using disputed territory for Israel’s EastMed gas pipeline
Lebanon on Thursday warned its Mediterranean neighbours that a planned EastMed gas pipeline from Israel to the European Union must not be allowed to violate its maritime borders. Beirut has an unresolved maritime border dispute with Israel – which it regards as an enemy country – over a sea area of about 860 sq km (330 square miles) extending along the edge of three of Lebanon’s southern energy blocks.

Suicide, alcohol, drug deaths reach all-time high
The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since federal data collection started in 1999, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by two public health nonprofits.

36 Christians in Greece arrested for erecting a massive cross to scare off Muslim migrants
Police arrested 35 Greek citizens and an Albanian man on the Greek island of Lesbos for raising a giant metallic cross meant to deter migrants and refugees from reaching the island.

Trumps Deal of the Century will force Israel to give up half of Jerusalem to the Muslims for their own state
Saudi Arabia has been in touch with the US administration regarding the peace initiative, as it is rumored that the deal will include recognition of Israel by surrounding Arab countries.

Facebook To Begin Deleting Groups And Pages That ‘Spread Misinformation’ On The Risks And Dangers Of Vaccinations
When I first became a parent some years ago, I did my research on the risks, benefits and known dangers of vaccinating your child. The Internet was still in its infancy, pardon the pun, but even at that time there much evidence to pour over. I concluded my research by deciding to not have our kids vaxxed, opting instead for raising them in a healthy and largely organic lifestyle. Today my children are robust and healthy and with one or two notable exceptions, almost never need to visit the doctor.

Pedophiles Demand to be Part of LGBT Community, Call for ‘Normalization’
Pedophiles are now attempting to ‘rebrand’ themselves as ‘MAP’ (Minor-Attracted Persons) in a strange effort to be accepted into the LGBT community by ‘normalizing’ pedophilia.

Perry HS (AZ) Goes Full Gestapo and Declares Itself to be a Constitutional Free Zone
..at Perry High School in Arizona, the administration has decided what political views will be tolerated and which ones will not be honored. Last week at this school, students were singled out for the political expression of wearing MAGA clothing, they were harassed, belittled and even punished for participating in an administratively sponsored event at the school.

More than 140 children may have had their hearts removed in ancient sacrifice in Peru
Anthropologists have found evidence of a mass ritual killing that involved the deaths of more than 140 children, three adults, and at least 200 young llamas on the northern coast of Peru.

Joe Biden Confronted Over Child Molesting Claims At CSPAN LIVE Event
Joe Biden is a prime example of the permissiveness that infests the inner circle of the D.C. Satanists and pedophiles?The pedophilia problem in government is the elephant in the room, and it used to keep politicians in check.

Sadiq Khan Admits Defeat on London’s Knife Crime Epidemic: ‘I’ve Done All I Can’
As the British government prepares to send military troops to deal with violence in the capital, London Mayor Sadiq Khan rolled his eyes as he admitted defeat on London’s knife crime epidemic.

Southern Poverty Law Center website triggered FRC shooting
The Family Research Council shooter, who pleaded guilty today to a terrorism charge, picked his target off a “hate map” on the website of the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center which is upset with the conservative group’s opposition to gay rights.

Largest Child Porn Bust in History Ignored By Mainstream Media
Norwegian Police has just uncovered over 150 terabytes of child porn, in the largest child sex abuse case in modern history, according to reports.

Election Fraud: Brenda Snipes Destroyed Ballots & Allowed Aliens, Felons to Vote
As the controversy swirls around the election results in Florida, at the eye of the storm is an official who has a long history of losing and destroying ballots and breaking laws by allowing felons and illegal immigrants to vote.

Headlines – 3/8/2019

Jason Greenblatt urges outside parties to back peace plan, not undermine it

Jason Greenblatt urges outside parties to butt out of peace plan: We will be presenting a plan that is fair, realistic and implementable. There will have to be compromises of course.

Yair Lapid Outlines Four Demands for Peace With Palestinians

Palestinian negotiator calls for boycott of new US embassy unit

Abbas expected to tap longtime Fatah ally as next PM, officials say

Western Wall Rabbi: Refrain from bringing your war to the Wall

Orthodox groups warn of ‘Reform conquering Western Wall’

Women of Wall forced to move service amid ‘violent’ ultra-Orthodox protest

Israeli forces gird for fresh violence as tensions mount in Jerusalem, Gaza

Netanyahu warns Hamas over uptick in Gaza border violence

Netanyahu: Israel will strike Gaza doubly hard for every Hamas attack

Future conflicts will bring ‘widespread missile fire on Israel,’ cautions former IAF chief

Settler says outpost neighbors torched her house due to romance with Palestinian

Under threat of indictment, Netanyahu enters campaign’s final weeks

US House passes resolution against anti-Semitism, bigotry after Omar remarks

Full text of House Resolution against hate, including anti-Semitism

US Jews divided by House resolution condemning anti-Semitism, bigotry

Emotional Meghan McCain slams anti-Semitism: ‘What Ilhan Omar is saying is very scary’

Omar retweets post blasting Meghan McCain for ‘faux outrage’ in response to Omar’s remarks on Israel

‘A lesson for life’: Holocaust survivor educates California teens after ‘horrible’ party

Holocaust survivor who is stepsister of Anne Frank says swastika-party teens apologized

Lebanon Warns Israel Not to Violate Maritime Borders in Construction of Gas Pipeline

Syria war: Lawyers submit first war crimes cases against Assad

Tulsi Gabbard Slams ‘Regime Change Wars’ Using Footage of Assad Bombings

Waves of people still leaving Islamic State’s last Syrian enclave

Heads bowed to the ground, suspected IS members surrender

Top US general warns of ‘calculated’ ISIS retreat from Syria amid ongoing battle for remaining territory

Egyptian forces kill seven militants near Cairo, says government

Algeria’s Bouteflika warns of ‘chaos’ ahead of protests against him

Four dead in Somali capital car bombing, says police

Germany charges couple who tested ricin on hamster with plotting Islamist attack

Guards set fire to tires, block gates to 18 prisons in France after ‘terror attack’

Iran strives to be a ‘regional hegemon’: US Commander

US urges UN to impose sanctions on Iran – warns Security Council that Iran’s recent missile-related launches could be capable of delivering nuclear weapons

Saudi Arabia rebuked over detention of women activists at UN forum

For Kremlin, Ukrainian election a choice between lesser of three evils

Afghanistan: Explosions target political gathering in Kabul

India and Pakistan Are Flirting With Nuclear Disaster

As Its Conflict With Pakistan Heats Up, India Looks to Israel for Arms, Tactics

Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militants

Taiwan seeks new warplanes from U.S. as tension with China mounts

North Korea Escalates Rhetoric Following Reports of New Nuclear Activity

North Korea condemns US-South Korea military drill

U.S. open to North Korea talks despite missile program activity

Jimmy Carter offers to visit North Korea to try and break nuclear stalemate

Trump’s Venezuela envoy vows sanctions on banks backing Maduro

Venezuela hit by major blackout, government blames ‘sabotage’

Rubio: Starving Venezuelans about to suffer in ‘a way we have not seen’

Senators push Trump on emergency legal status for 74,000 Venezuelans

Trump reverses Obama-era policy requiring US to report on civilian casualties in drone strikes

White House prepares for Robert Mueller’s report, whatever it says

‘Humiliated and ashamed’: Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

Manafort sentencing marks rare reprieve for Trump world in Mueller probe

Mike Huckabee: Manafort sentencing has zero, zilch, nada, nothing to do with Russian ‘collusion’

Manafort legal woes to continue with DC sentencing next week, possibly new charges in NY

Trump: I did not break campaign finance laws

Michael Cohen sues Trump Organization over legal fees

U.S. judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ hush-money agreement case vs Trump

Stormy Daniels’ nondisclosure lawsuit dismissed; may have to repay Cohen $130G: report

Trump Threatens to Block News Networks From Holding Future Debates

Commentary: Facebook’s new move isn’t about privacy. It’s about domination

Russian lawmakers pass bill to punish online sites for spreading ‘fake news’

New Russian bill introduces punishment for insulting state

China chat log leak shows scope of surveillance

The mind distracted: technology’s battle for our attention

Restaurants are now employing robots – should chefs be worried?

Philadelphia Is First U.S. City to Ban Cashless Stores

US households see biggest decline in net worth since the financial crisis

More than 1,100 stores closures were announced in a single day as fallout from the retail apocalypse picks up steam

Stocks fall for fourth straight day as European Central Bank flashes warning signs

China’s 21% plunge in exports shows weakening global economy

Oil Spill In Solomon Islands Threatens World Heritage Site

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Taitung City, Taiwan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Atka, Alaska

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Historic avalanche danger causes havoc in Colorado mountains

South Korea plans artificial rain to reduce Seoul air pollution

Worldwide student strike is coming to the U.S. on March 15, as global climate protests cross the rising oceans

How CRISPR could save 6 billion chickens from the meat grinder

More Americans under the age of 40 are having heart attacks

Patients Experiment With Prescription Drugs To Fight Aging

Teen who defied anti-vax mom says she got false information from one source: Facebook

Facebook steps up fight against vaccine misinformation

Violence Impeding Fight Against Ebola in Congo, Group Says

22 states sue Trump rule stripping Planned Parenthood of Title X funding

Georgia heartbeat bill takes step closer to passage after clearing state House committee

Utah Legislature Passes Bill to Legalize Sex Outside of Marriage

A Catholic school refused to admit the child of a same-sex couple. More than 1,000 Catholics signed a protest petition.

Majority of churches in decline or flatlining; nearly half see dip in giving, study says

Killer Mike, Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill to Supreme Court: Pittsburgh rapper’s lyrics are not ‘a true threat of violence’

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Biblically discerning the Lord’s Will

Rick Becker – Taken Captive By False Teachers & False Doctrines – 10 signs

LDS Church, moves away from those three letters to ChurchofJesusChrist.org – more changes on the way

Muslim Mobs Attack 10 Church Buildings in Ethiopia

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019
He is fighting for injured workers’ rights
RENEWAMERICA STAFF — In Utah, unethical “insurance medical examiners” hired to deprive injured workers of guaranteed Workers Compensation medical and other benefits are protected by “state policy” from any liability for harm resulting from their fraudulent examinations…. (more)

March 7, 2019
WES VERNON — One hesitates to use the “T” word, even in times like these when arguably treasonous plots are not only publicized, but in some quarters are almost regarded as “just another day at the office.” “So what” if a scheme is hatched by an acting director of the FBI and a deputy attorney general to topple a president-elect even before he is sworn into the office for which the voters elected him. Failing that, a full power-driven effort has been underway to “stick it” to those same voters for daring to defy the not-so-gentle hints of what is often termed “the Deep State” that the elected head-of-state be ousted…. (more)

March 7, 2019
JERRY NEWCOMBE — On Sunday, New York Post had an editorial about how many millennials embrace “socialism” while not really knowing what it means: “Millennials – – ignorant of socialism’s appalling economic and human-rights history – – increasingly embrace socialism and its naively unrealistic prescriptions for ending all human want.”… (more)

March 7, 2019
REV. MARK H. CREECH — Most people can appreciate a practical joke. Some people are really good at setting them up. During Hollywood’s golden years, there was a fellow in the film industry who was probably the best that there has ever been at practical jokes. Writer and movie director Jack McDermott would go to great lengths to pull off a good one…. (more)

March 7, 2019
NEWSMAX — The massive amount of people trying to enter the United States through Mexico and the drugs that flow across the border daily clearly justify there is a national emergency happening, Bill O’Reilly told Newsmax TV. During his regular Wednesday appearance on “The Wayne Allyn Root Show,” O’Reilly was asked about the pushback President Donald Trump is receiving from both sides of the political aisle regarding his national emergency declaration to build more barriers at the southern border…. (more)

March 7, 2019
1 month ago branded Trump liar for declaring emergency
ART MOORE — One month ago, the New York Times claimed in a “fact check” there was “no emergency” at the southern border, but now the “paper of record” says the border is at a “breaking point.” Breitbart News pointed out that the Times branded President Trump a liar when he said during his State of the Union address last month that there is an “urgent national crisis” at the border with Mexico…. (more)

March 7, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Fox News host Sean Hannity introduced the topic by noting that Graham has “been in the forefront trying to urge [his] Senate colleagues that this is a national emergency.” “Well, what did we learn today?” Graham began, referring to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s remarks before Congress about the sharp rise in border apprehensions. “We had the border patrol commissioner and DHS Secretary Neilsen testify that family apprehensions have gone up 335 percent…. (more)

March 7, 2019
CDC warned staff of infections in 2016 without informing public
WORLDNETDAILY — More than 200 Georgia high school students were tested for tuberculosis after a student was diagnosed with the disease, the third case in the state in two weeks. The Gwinnett County Health Department said a Discovery High School student was being treated for TB, reported WSB-TV in Atlanta on Tuesday…. (more)

March 7, 2019
Say vaccines are necessarily risky
WORLDNETDAILY — A prominent physicians’ organization that strongly opposes mandated vaccines is urging the federal government to let parents make medical decisions for their children. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons’ letter to the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions comes amid a new attack on opponents of mandatory vaccination because of minor outbreaks of measles…. (more)

March 7, 2019
NEWSMAX — The Democratic National Committee will not allow Fox News to televise any of its candidates’ political debates through 2020, citing a report on the conservative media network’s ties to President Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported Wednesday…. (more)

March 7, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding access to Obama administration documents that were used to brief Congress and the Trump and Clinton campaigns about Russian interference in the 2016 election…. (more)

March 6, 2019
Obama appointee tries to knock down reputation for deceiving Congress
WORLDNETDAILY — Obama administration National Security Agency director James Clapper is claiming he didn’t lie to Congress when he told members that the NSA didn’t collect “any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans.” The truth was that it did…. (more)

March 6, 2019
NEWSMAX — 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…. (more)

March 6, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A U.S. company is offering to build 234 miles of President Trump’s border wall for just $1.4 billion, a fraction of the $8 billion the Trump administration is hoping to use for that project…. (more)

March 6, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — 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…. (more)

March 6, 2019
THE HILL — CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Tuesday asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) what she thinks “the U.S. should have done post-9/11 regarding Afghanistan” after the freshman congresswoman said that both the GOP and Democrats led her generation “into a disastrous” and “wrong war” and called for an end to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)…. (more)

March 5, 2019
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…. (more)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Weekly Watchman for 03/08/2019

Christian Concerns, Comments, and Questions

Pastors and elders are called to be strong, loving, spiritually mature men that guard and protect the flock of Jesus Christ assigned to them.  They are to stand and fight against disguised wolves that bring false doctrines into the church, guarding the people Jesus has entrusted to them. But a growing number of Christians are seeing that biblical job description morphing into something completely different, where some pastors are corporate leaders and CEOs instead of teachers, nurturers and protectors.  This is one of the subjects on the minds of our listeners in today’s Q&A podcast.

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The Religion of Socialism

Make no mistake, socialism is not the end game, but merely the means by which a people enslave themselves and worship government instead of God.  Socialism inevitably leads to godless Communism.  It is every bit the false religion that Islam is, setting us up to follow and worship Anti-Christ when he appears on the scene.With a growing number of Americans approving of Socialism, Democrats selling out to it, and a church that stands neutral in the battle, America is possibly on the brink of leading the world to the feet of Anti-Christ when he presents himself as “savior” with solutions to the world’s problems.The amazing thing about those who desire Communism is how they ignore history and the facts; it has always destroyed nations and economies that have enacted it, and the very system socialists claim will free us, instead enslaves us.  Our nation is going through it’s Romans 1 moment in which God has turned us over to a debased mind to believe lies and act with unrestrained evil.Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council joins us in our first segment to discuss the importance of knowing what and who you are voting for, and the increasing pressure being put on Christians to conform to this world.

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Indoctrination: ‘Coexist’ With Lies and False Teachings?

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.

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.

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Persecution is Coming Soon to American Christians

We are blessed to reconnect with former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel, David Rubin about the pending corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the peculiar timing of these allegations just before an election, and the impact on Israel and the Middle East should Netanyahu lose his re-election bid.President Trump is also preparing to roll out his Middle East Peace Plan, and David shares his thoughts and concerns. David Rubin is also the founder of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund which helps children heal from the trauma of terrorism.In our second segment today, we look at Step 2 of the 5 Step Plan to bring persecution upon disciples of Jesus Christ in America.  We covered step 1 on Monday: creating doubt about the Bible’s truth, has already been successfully implemented in a growing number of churches.  Step 2: Preaching human unity over biblical truth in churches.

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A Clear Choice for Christians

The most difficult decisions in life come when there is ambiguity and confusion and we are not quite sure of the effects of our beliefs and decisions.  Satan thrives in this world of confusion, convincing us something might be good when in reality it is dangerous or evil.  But when direction, intent and consequences become clear we are able to move forward and make correct decisions in life.America has become increasingly confused morally and spiritually over the past 50 years.  And as a result a growing number of professing Christian Churches and Christians themselves have become confused on issues that God is clear about in His Word.This morning we discuss what the next presidential election will really be about:  Should the U.S. remain a sovereign nation or become the leader in the growing globalist movement that leads to Anti-Christ coming on the scene with his “solutions” to our problems?  Now the Bible tells us it is inevitable that Anti-Christ will rise to power and be given great authority, so it’s really a matter of if the U.S. supports or opposes his agenda…the same question the professing Christian Church in America faces.Pastor and best-selling Author Carl Gallups has studied the bible’s prophecies and this inevitable march toward globalism at length and joins us to discuss the challenge before us as believers.

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Confusion by Creating Doubt About Truth

Over the eight years on this show, we have covered a lot of news and trends in society as well as within the church.  One of our primary focuses has been to expose the darkness and draw a clear picture of a world growing more and more evil.  The vast majority of our public institutions have sold out to Satan’s agenda of globalism under the rule of his puppet, Anti-Christ.  In just the past three years we have witnessed new levels of evil being called good by Hollywood, the media, public education, the courts, and the government:Homosexual marriage legalized by the Supreme CourtChristian business owners and individuals denied their freedom of religious expressionThe rapid advancement of gender confusion and dysphoriaThe celebration of (legal) infanticideSo what are Christians to do? Get back to the basics of our faith in Christ, and don’t be surprised. The Word of God tells us that in the latter days evil would become the norm in our society.  God also tells us that one called “Anti-Christ” will rise to power and deceive many into thinking he is actually the savior of this world.  But before Anti-Christ is revealed something very important and tragic happens:  there is a great apostasy within the professing Christian Church.  (2 Thessalonians)We will continue to point out the growing evil of this world as it marches to worshiping Satan through Anti-Christ one day soon.  We will equip you with how to disarm and confront the growing deception of this world and its institutions.  But we will also focus more on this growing apostasy within the professing church that the Bible says many professing Christians will fall for.  Today we look at what Mike believes is Step One of Satan’s master plan to bring persecution upon true believers in America in the next few years.  How many churches will remain faithful to God when persecution comes – and how many will submit to Caesar instead?

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New study reveals that Majority of churches in decline or flatlining and nearly half see dip in giving

New study reveals that Majority of churches in decline or flatlining and nearly half see dip in giving(CP) – A majority of churches have fewer than 100 people attending services each Sunday and have declined or nearly flatlined in membership growth, according to a new study from Exponential by LifeWay Research. The study, which was conducted to help churches better understand growth in the pews, showed that most Protestant churches are not doing well attracting new Christian converts, reporting an average of less than one each month. “The primary purpose of this study was to obtain a set of objective

measures on churches’ reproduction and multiplication behaviors today as well as to understand their core context of growth,” Todd Wilson, chief executive officer of Exponential, said in a release from LifeWay research. “By combining these measures, we can help churches think about multiplication.” The study found that 6 in 10 Protestant churches had plateaued or declined in attendance in the past 12 months and more than half saw fewer than 10 people become new Christians. READ MORE

Stock Rollover Could Be Starting, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

The NYSE Index is facing a very important price level as Momentum and the MACD are at the highest levels in a year!

The 9-week rally from the late December lows has the NYSE index facing the October, November, December highs and its 78% retracement this past week.

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am- Momentum, MACD, and the NYSE index look to be rolling over from levels that could send a big-time caution message to the bullish case!

Below looks at the yield on the 10-year note (TNX) over the past 25-years

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am- The bullish case for stocks hopes another rollover isn’t taking place here! If support breaks at (1), look for stocks to decline in price along with yields.

Stock Rollover Could Be Starting, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

THE LIST: More than 100 Times the FBI, DOJ and/or Mueller Gang “Deviated from Standard Practice” or Committed Crimes in Effort to Exonerate Hillary and Indict Trump — The Gateway Pundit

The FBI leadership under the Obama Administration took many actions that deviated from standard practice and/or were corrupt and/or criminal in their efforts to exonerate Hillary from her crimes and then spy and frame candidate and then President Trump.  Today current members of the FBI are embarrassed to even turn on their TV’s as a result.

Time magazine of all places reported recently about the many efforts the FBI took related to Hillary exoneration and then the Trump framing.  These corrupt and criminal actions have taken a desperate toll on the current members of the FBI –

In normal times, the televisions are humming at the FBI’s 56 field offices nationwide, piping in the latest news as agents work their investigations. But these days, some agents say, the TVs are often off to avoid the crush of bad stories about the FBI itself. The bureau, which is used to making headlines for nabbing crooks, has been grabbing the spotlight for unwanted reasons: fired leaders, texts between lovers and, most of all, attacks by President Trump. “I don’t care what channel it’s on,” says Tom O’Connor, a veteran investigator in Washington who leads the FBI Agents Association. “All you hear is negative stuff about the FBI … It gets depressing.”

Of course the employees of the FBI are in a funk, their fearless and corrupt leaders, as well as leaders in Obama’s corrupt DOJ, went to extravagant links to exonerate the obvious criminal actions of Hillary Clinton, and then to do all they could to prevent candidate Trump from winning an election.  Then once the election was won by President Trump, they went to unheard of depths of deceit and corruption to attempt to remove him from office.

Here’s a list of more than 100 actions the Deep State FBI and DOJ took that were either outside of policy and/or were corrupt and/or were criminal surrounding the 2016 Presidential election and exoneration of Hillary Clinton and the setup/attempts to remove Donald Trump from office –

Read more: THE LIST: More than 100 Times the FBI, DOJ and/or Mueller Gang “Deviated from Standard Practice” or Committed Crimes in Effort to Exonerate Hillary and Indict Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Party Adamantly Opposed To Hate Struggles To Pass Resolution Condemning Hate — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The party of love and tolerance which is adamantly opposed to hatred in all its forms struggled mightily before finally passing a resolution that vaguely condemns hate, sources confirmed Thursday.

Only after revising the language several times and making sure the resolution didn’t condemn any specific acts of hate was the Democratic Party able to pass the anti-hate resolution.

“We are opposed to hate in all its forms,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a speech Thursday afternoon, after desperately trying to get Democrats to sign onto the resolution. “And we can show how much we’re against hate if we can word this resolution to condemn the specific kinds of hate we’re against while not turning off any Democrats who are actually in favor of a particular brand of hate.”

Party Adamantly Opposed To Hate Struggles To Pass Resolution Condemning Hate — The Babylon Bee

March 8, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

5. Is it such a fast as I have chosen? He confirms the preceding statement, and shews that fasting is neither desired nor approved by God in itself, but so far as it is directed to its true end. He did not wish that it should be altogether abolished, but the improper use of it; that is, because they believed the worship of God to consist in it, and by neglecting or even despising true godliness, thought that bodily exercise was enough; just as hypocrites always put forward external ceremonies, as if they were satisfactions to appease God.

Again, because men, through their rashness, define what is the worship of God, he expressly refers us to his own will, that we may not suppose that he approves of everything which our own judgment pronounces to be right. Although men are well pleased with themselves, and swell with astonishing haughtiness, and indulge in insolent boasting, the Lord rejects and abhors them, because he claims for himself alone the right to “choose.” Now, “to choose” a thing is of the same import as “to take pleasure in it.”

And hanging his head like a bulrush. He says that he is not delighted if a man passes a day in hunger, and then walks with a sad and downcast look. The Prophet employs an appropriate metaphor; because the bulrush, though it is straight, is easily bent. So hypocrites bend themselves, and bow down the head, as if under the influence of oppressive leanness, or display some empty appearance of humility. The Prophet therefore intended to censure superstitious attitudes, in which hypocrites imagine that there is some holiness.

And spread sackcloth and ashes. These things also were added to fasting, especially when they made solemn professions of repentance; for they clothed themselves with “sackcloth,” and threw “ashes” on their head. (Joel 1:13.) Now, such an exercise was holy and approved by God; and we see that the prophets, while they exhort the people to repentance, cry aloud for “sackcloth and ashes.” But as we have said that fasting is not here condemned on its own account, so Isaiah does not condemn those outward ceremonies, but reproves hypocrites for separating them from reality.

If it be asked, Are “sackcloth” and “ashes” suitable to our time? I reply, they are indifferent matters, which may be used for edification; but in the light of the Gospel, which has brought liberty to us, we have no need of such figures. At the same time, we should attend to the difference between Eastern nations, which make use of a great abundance and variety of ceremonies, and Western nations, whose habits are far more simple. If we wished to imitate the former, it would be nothing else than to enact the part of apes, or of stage-players. Yet there is nothing to hinder those who intend to confess their guilt, from wearing soiled and tattered garments, after the manner used by suppliants.

A day acceptable to Jehovah. Hence it is evident that to solemn prayer, when a holy assembly was held, there was added fasting; for fasting, as we have already said, is an appendage to prayer; as we see that it was added to prayer by Christ himself. (Matt. 17:21.) It is not appointed, therefore, for its own sake, but is directed to a different end.[1]

5 Having set the scene, the rest of the chapter is a lesson on proper worship. The criteria for such worship turn on what God chooses, not what the people like to do, but what God requires of any “human being” (אדם). Does God rejoice in seeing a person “wilt” like a plant without water, as when “he spreads sackcloth and ashes?” Is the fast they observe “a day acceptable to YHWH?” The question is answered by a question, but the implication is no, it is not.[2]

58:5 Is it a fast that I have chosen: For related passages, see 1:10–15; Amos 5:21–23; Mic. 6:7. The people’s fast was not an acceptable day to the Lord because it focused on self-righteousness and not on justice for others. Bow down and spread out refer to the mourning ceremonies that accompanied fasting (2 Sam. 12:16; Joel 1:13, 14). Like a bulrush is meant to signify humility (42:3).[3]

58:5 Isaiah uses sarcasm to dismiss false piety. What establishes true religion is not what is acceptable to man but what is acceptable to the Lord (cf. Ps. 51:17; Isa. 56:6–7).[4]

[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 4, pp. 230–232). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Watts, J. D. W. (2005). Isaiah 34–66 (Revised Edition, Vol. 25, p. 843). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 867). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1346). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.