Daily Archives: March 12, 2019

March 12 A Messenger of Victory

Scripture Reading: Acts 18:9–11

Key Verse: Acts 18:9

Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent.”

Corinth was a difficult place to live, especially for a believer. It was a port city, one that embraced visitors and businessmen from all over the known world. Along with an atmosphere of open commerce, was a very liberal view of religion. Paganism and cult worship were common practices.

Warren Wiersbe writes, “Corinthians’ reputation for wickedness was known all over the Roman Empire.… Money and vice, along with strange philosophies and new religions, came to Corinth and found a home there.”

God is not afraid to send His messengers to places where evil abounds. These are the very places the gospel message is needed. Therefore, God sent Paul to Corinth, but the ministry was under tremendous attack. The conversion of Crispus, a well-known Jewish leader, was the evidence that Paul needed to continue preaching God’s message of truth. We must never abandon the post God has given us.

In Acts 18, the Lord spoke to Paul through a dream, encouraging him not to let fear hold him back from speaking (verses 9–10). This was just the encouragement that Paul needed, and it is the same encouragement He has for you.

God is aware of your situation. Take courage and be full of hope. His truth will be taught or spoken. You are His messenger to those who need it most, and you will be victorious in your labors.

Lord, let me be a light in darkness, bringing the message of the gospel to those who need it most.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 75). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jesus was angry?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days.
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” John 2:12-16 (NASB) 

Some today have made a caricature of our Lord Jesus Christ. This man-made image is far from the truth we see…

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Forgive — People Do Stupid Stuff

The Outspoken TULIP

FortressA brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. ~~Proverbs 18:19 (ESV)

We offend each other. Sometimes we even do it in pubic forums, telling ourselves that we merely want to get to the truth. And I’ll admit that some situations actually do  necessitate stepping on toes in order to reprove sin or confront false teaching.Even in those instances, however, we should do our best to be as gentle and winsome as possible.

Regardless of our motives or intentions, the fact remains that we will do stupid stuff to offend our brothers and sisters in Christ. When that happens (as it inevitability will), we shouldn’t be surprised if the person withdraws from us. Haven’t we withdrawn from people who have offended us? Of course we have!

Proverbs 18:19 brilliantly describes the defensive posture of someone who has suffered an offense…

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March 12 The Cycle of Blessing

Scripture Reading: Psalm 145

Key Verse: Proverbs 10:22

The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

Nature’s cyclical pattern marks God’s scheme of blessing. All blessings come from above (Gen. 49:25; Eph. 1:3). As Creator of all, the Lord is the Giver of life along with what sustains us (Ps. 145:15–16).

Heat from the sun, moisture from the rains, and oxygen in the atmosphere originated in His mind and exist through His wisdom and power (Gen. 1:1–2:3). He is the Designer of our bodies—organs, bones, tissues, muscles, nerves.

Our Father is also the Originator of our spiritual blessings. We can know God only because He first chose to reveal Himself through His creation; His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; and the Bible (1 John 4:19).

When we receive the blessings of God through faith, the cycle continues as we share His presence in our conversation and our deeds. God told Abraham: “I will bless you … and so you shall be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2 nasb).

The Lord favors us with His encouragement, hope, and joy. In turn we encourage the fainthearted, revive the sagging soul, and bring cheer to the afflicted.

Are you participating in God’s cycle of blessing? Look to Him as your Resource; then look to help others.

Precious heavenly Father, You are the Originator of all my spiritual blessings. Help me to plug into Your divine cycle of blessing. Let me look to You as my divine Resource in every situation, and then reveal ways I can bless others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 75). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is now fastest growing disorder in America – are you a sufferer?

If anyone you know is suffering from symptoms below, offer emotional support now. 2020 may be too late. If in the presence of Alyssa Milano or CNN staff, don’t mention the word “collusion,” speak no Russian, don’t carry an orange.

The following scientific taxonomy simply identifies those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Congress is currently investing in progressive research into a cure known as impeachment, but no permanent remedies are expected to be available for 18 months, at least.

Also on rt.com ‘I’m trans. I’m an immigrant. I’m gay’: Alyssa Milano identifies as everything at once, gets roasted

Grandiose delusions

TDS sufferers are not Democrat supporters in temporary political opposition, they are the Resistance.

– Build a wall, we’ll tear it down!
– Build a Dictatorship, we’ll tear it apart!
– Build a Lie, we’ll debunk it!
– Build a Cult, we’ll defuse it!
– Build an Environment of Hate, we’ll create an Environment of Love!

We are the Resistance!
We will REBUILD America!
We will RESIST!

— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) March 9, 2019

Some ask me why I wear my white coat during my YouTube videos. First of all, I earned it by graduating at the top of my medical school class with nearly all honors. Nobody can erase that. Secondly, it’s a symbol of protest that we live in a country where speaking out has a cost.

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 1, 2019

Compulsive revenge fantasies

Trump is not going to be beaten in an election. He is going to be impeached. He is going to be spending his last years in a jumpsuit as orange as his face. His heart will explode.

Donald Trump’s day so far:

– His campaign manager Paul Manafort just got sent to prison
– The other judge will tack on an additional ten years
– Trump continues to be dismantled by the day
– We’re closer to ousting him than ever
– Trump is going to prison
– It’s still only 10pm

— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 8, 2019

Victim mentality

The sufferer may be a multi-millionaire celebrity with views endorsed by nearly all of the media establishment. But they are in anguish. Do not be afraid to tell a TDS sufferer that they are one – they will readily agree with you, and blame Donald Trump for a wide range of symptoms.

On Presidents Day, I’d like to thank the Trump family for my awakening. It drove me to see a psychiatrist, unwrap my own personal injuries, write a book, and film a documentary on white privilege. I am awake because of this presidency, and I choose to stay that way.

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 18, 2019

If not at a personal disadvantage, the sufferer may appropriate pain of other victim groups.

I’m trans. I’m a person of color. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled.

I’m everything. And so are you, Kirk.

Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after. https://t.co/znkQizV37k

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019


Trump is #notmypresident and must not be “normalized.” Reality: Donald Trump has been the US president since January 2017, for over two years.

The word ‘president’ followed by the word ‘Trump’ has never left my mouth or been typed by my fingers and never ever fucking will.

— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) March 10, 2019

Black-and-white thinking

There is still good in Darth Vader, but Donald Trump has no redeeming qualities. On the other hand, anyone who has ever opposed him – from Stormy Daniels to John McCain – is a hero.



SEE WHERE I’M GOING WITH THIS? pic.twitter.com/Hn4mb8VJFW

— Ladyhawker (@ladyhawkerfinds) March 3, 2019

Donald Trump: “America first”
The KKK: “America first”

— Paul Solomon (@FrankTheDoorman) March 6, 2019

Impaired judgement

Is this a routine government policy I disagree with, or IS IT THE WORST THING EVER?

You can’t argue w/ Trump supporters. They’e racists, liars and hypocrites. Treat them as if they’re wearing a swastika or white hood. The way to deal w/ them is to ban them from your home and social life, if possible. Don’t do business with them, normalize or “tolerate” them.

— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) March 8, 2019

For many children, school lunch is the only meal they eat all day. Trump’s budget would cut $1.7 billion from child nutrition and eliminate food assistance for millions—literally taking food out of kids’ mouths.

This is not humane. This budget isn’t humane. He is not humane.

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 12, 2019

Lack of emotional control


Bonus fact: Janna DeVylder did not live in the United States at the time of the 2016 election. Expats often suffer the wildest cases of TDS.


Mostly of leaving the country. Can be safely ignored.

Conspiratorial tendencies

Wikileaks, Internet Research Agency, Cambridge Analytica, tax returns, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels, Nastya Rybka, Oleg Deripaska, Paul Manafort’s ostrich jacket, Ivanka Trump spa in Moscow, the woman who owned the spa that Robert Kraft went to, who sold it six years ago, and was then photographed with Trump in 2019. Don’t you see how the puzzle fits?

Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018

2/ I’m seeing, on TV, a perceptible slide into some sort of resignation about a Paul Manafort pardon—even though it would be criminal Obstruction of Justice and one of the most obscene actions taken by any president in the history of the presidency. We *cannot* lie down on this.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 11, 2019

Loss of moral compass

Michael Cohen was a no-good liar for Trump, but against Trump he never lies. Insinuation, omission, unproven claims and outright fabrications, are ‘fake news’, unless they are about Trump, in which case they serve a purpose. Uncontrolled immigration is bad, but if Trump wants to stop it, let them all in. Peace talks with nuclear rogue states are good, but if Trump is leading them, they are worse than bomb tests.


The patient believes that the economy will collapse, lynchings will return, World War III will start, the Pope’s robes will alight with blinding fire. In fact, all these things might already be happening (see: Impaired judgement).

I was fond of the post World War II order. It was imperfect but it was better than the two world wars that preceded it &the global thermonuclear war it avoided & US leadership had its perks. Trump is aggressively dismantling it, unfortunately. Which is…really fucking dangerous.

— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) February 1, 2019

Igor Ogorodnev

Source: Trump Derangement Syndrome is now fastest growing disorder in America – are you a sufferer?

Right From the Horse’s Mouth: A Muslim Educator Explains Their Plans for America

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

First it was “The Religion of Peace.”  We soon understood that this was not a valid description of Islam.  The horrific terror attacks around the world was a wake up call for many countries.

But ironically, after the terror attack using our own airplanes in NY, which took the lives of over 3000 Americans; and the attack on the Pentagon, and of course the plane which was intentionally crashed by passengers who knew that their plane was being used as a missile – instead of anger at Islam, the Left dug in their heals and consoled the Muslims of America because they felt unfairly targeted.

This began the love affair between the Left and Islam, and it continues to this day.


Do I really need to expand on the Islamic State?  These demonic terrorists decimated so many Christian communities in Iraq and Syria; the number of Christians used to…

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Violation of what? Users puzzled by Facebook’s ban on sharing Zero Hedge links

Users complained that Facebook blocked their attempts to share stories published by popular anti-establishment blog Zero Hedge, citing the violation of community standards, ‘abusive’ content, and ‘errors’ among the reasons.

“Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles,” the publication wrote on Monday, calling the practice an “arbitrary act of censorship.”

According to the blog, “virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked” by Facebook with the explanation that the content breached the social network’s community standards.

Some users on social media reported experiencing problems while trying to share Zero Hedge’s stories on Facebook.

I can confirm. That really sucks.
These guys are really making a case for a decentralized social network nobody and everybody owns. Social network standard protocols are necessary to make this happen. pic.twitter.com/m4fQYmPwg8

— gubatron (@gubatron) 11 марта 2019 г.

“Facebook has outright banned all posting of Zero Hedge links,” right-wing commentator and host Paul Joseph Watson has tweeted.

Facebook has outright banned all posting of Zero Hedge links, one of the biggest non-corporate owned news websites on the Internet (and a frequent critic of Facebook’s power). pic.twitter.com/oMX8duQXnB

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) 11 марта 2019 г.

Zero Hedge said that it didn’t receive any notice from the tech giant, and its attempts to reach out to Facebook “have so far remained unanswered.” The publication noted that some of its content may have been flagged by “triggered” readers. It also suggested that the Silicon Valley-based company may have decided to pull the plug on Zero Hedge as retribution for publishing stories critical of Facebook.

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‘Unlike CNN, we get to tell the truth!’ Now-unblocked Maffick hosts flip off censors

Bloomberg, which covered the story, said the social network didn’t immediately respond to a comment request.

Mark Zuckerberg’s company has come under fire from right-wing groups and public figures who accuse it of liberal bias and censoring conservatives. Last year, Facebook effectively banned controversial radio host Alex Jones and his show InfoWars, citing “hate speech.”

In a similar fashion, the company suspended several prominent left-leaning anti-establishment pages, including groups tracking police brutality in the US.

Last month, Facebook, without any prior notice, promptly blocked four pages with millions of subscribers, run by Maffick Media, including ‘In the Now’ – for supposedly concealing the fact that they were partially funded by Russia. The pages have since been unblocked.

Launched in 2009, Zero Hedge is an anonymous anti-establishment blog. Its authors publish articles under the pen name Tyler Durden – a reference to the character from the novel ‘Fight Club’ by Chuck Palahniuk. The image of Durden, portrayed by Brad Pitt in the 1999 Hollywood adaptation, serves as the blog’s logo on social media.

Source: Violation of what? Users puzzled by Facebook’s ban on sharing Zero Hedge links

March 12 Seeking God

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:13–19

Key verse: Matthew 6:33

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Do you long to have a close relationship with God, but getting there seems a distant dream? In her book His Imprint, My Expression, Kay Arthur helps you over some common hurdles to intimacy with the Lord:

Seeking God—intimacy with God—must be your priority.

Maybe knowing God intimately has not been a priority … or maybe you’re so overwhelmed by simply trying to meet the demands of daily living that you don’t see how knowing God intimately at this stage in life could be a priority. That may be why you feel like you’re treading water. You’re not alone!…

Seeking God doesn’t mean that you are to stop earning your living, but it does mean that you may have to be satisfied with less, rather than working harder and longer hours in order to have more!

Seeking God may mean you will have to lay aside some of your time-consuming activities. Television, sports, hobbies … may have to go and maybe some of your ambitions. But not your work. God says that if you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat. Besides, He promises that if you seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, the basics of life will be provided (Matthew 6:33).

Of course you’ll never see the fulfillment of this promise until you do what God says. But when you begin seeking Him, God in His grace will move on your behalf … God keeps His promises!

Father, sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the daily demands of life, but I really do want to make seeking You in prayer a priority.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 75). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why Socialism Fails Every Time | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Virginia Fidler via GoldTelegraph.com,

During the last 100 years, approximately 110 million people have died under the forces of socialist regimes. Today, in Venezuela, citizens who haven’t died of starvation or fled the socialist paradise are rising up en masse against President Maduro’s brutal dictatorship. Incidentally, Maduro himself most definitely is not starving.

Despite these numbers, it is considered chic and intellectually-forward these days in the U.S. to proclaim oneself a socialist. What is it about socialism that makes people hail it at the same time knowing that it eventually will do its best to destroy them?

First, every socialist country has risen on false promises. These promises include untold prosperity, equality for all, and security for its citizens – said security, of course, is provided by gun-toting soldiers of the regime. The promises sound good. Still, every country that has fallen for socialism’s rosy picture has been driven into abject poverty, starvation, despair, and a two-caste social system with a few masters on top and everyone down at heel at the bottom.

Like any Ponzi scheme, socialism must collapse under its own weight. Any initial signs of success under socialism seduce and enthrall, like an enchanting mistress. These successes, however, are quickly eradicated by economic and philosophic reality. Mistresses rarely live up to their initial allure. The record of socialist’s failure is 100 percent and remains unbroken. The result is 100 predictable – poverty, hunger, and a tyrannical government that rules by force instead of rule of law.

Despite the current love affair U.S. millennials have with Venezuela, the country is following in the wake of all other failed socialist dictatorships. At one time, Venezuela was an oil-rich, prosperous and thriving country. Former President Hugo Chavez nationalized many industries, including the oil industry. There were small, initials sign of success when Chavez distributed some of the nationalized – or stolen – property among the happy citizenry. But stolen property can support a nation for only so long. Venezuela’s oil industry collapsed and is currently drawing its last breath. As is Venezuela itself.

Inefficiency and fraud are only part of the reasons no socialist country can survive. The principles of socialism themselves work toward its destruction. There are no incentives under socialism. Under capitalism, incentives are the driving force. Offer a service or product at the best price, and you will prosper. Market forces rule. Under socialism, government imperative rules, so profit and loss and pricing take a back seat. In Venezuela, two week’s wages may buy you a bit of bread, if you are fortunate enough to find any.

Other countries that are still attempting to “perfect” socialism include Cuba, Cambodia, China, and North Korea. Only China’s current efforts at some free enterprise is allowing it to grow economically. Cuba, Cambodia, and North Korea are struggling to survive, with its citizens living under the complete control of its masters.

In the U.S., Bernie Sanders and his somewhat more attractive, newly-elected partisans are preaching a “perfect” version of socialism while living in luxurious homes and enjoying all of the offerings of capitalism. They are calling for 70 percent taxation on the evil rich.

U.S. socialism advocates point a finger of praise at countries such as Sweden and Denmark as “real socialism” while ignoring the misery in Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and others. They also ignore the fact Sweden and Denmark are very business and entrepreneur-friendly. They merely have a huge social safety net. Marx would not approve of them.

The problem is, money, consumer products, and services are finite. As former Prime Minister Thatcher famously stated, “Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.” That sums up the inherent flaw with the socialist theory. What happens when you run out of stolen goods? That is a question Sanders and his acolytes have yet to answer.

We live in an imperfect world. Capitalism does not guarantee riches. It only promises the opportunity to pursue a better life. Wealth is created through hard work and incentives. By its nature, some people will pursue success more ardently than others, thus creating income inequality. But individuals still have a choice. Under socialism, any pretense of choice is removed. Misery and poverty will be distributed equally. Wealth is destroyed instead of created.

Imperfect though it may be, capitalism is the only economic system to offer the incentives to pursue success through market forces. By contrast, socialism everywhere has destroyed its wealth and financial markets.

Source: Why Socialism Fails Every Time

James White and ‘Farewell Francis’ — Pulpit & Pen

Years ahead of our time (again) polemics ministries warned you about Francis Chan many Blood Moons ago. Now, after everybody and their uncle knew that Francis Chan has been off in a different pasture for nearly a decade, Cripplegate has finally ‘farewelled’ him (by the way, Cripplegate is a fine blog). To ‘farewell’ someone is a term taken from John Piper’s famous ‘Farewell, Rob Bell’ tweet, which signified a twitter-version of anathematization (Bell had published Love Wins, which teaches Universalism, a doctrine rightfully considered heretical). Piper’s twitter anathema was a good decade late to the party, but caused still caused no shortage of publicity.

This time the ‘Farewells’ are coming for Francis Chan, a Masters Seminary graduate who seemed to have started on sure footing but who has been repeatedly dragged along to the charismatic fringe. While Francis’ audience is growing wildly among his huge charismatic circles, the relatively small number of orthodox evangelicals who propelled his career are glaring, with arms folded, at what he has become. Jordan Standridge expressed this sentiment in his post at Cripplegate, Farewell Francis.

He went off on a journey searching for the best way to do church that took him to the other side of the world. The journey culminated, for now, with him moving back to America to start a house church movement he learned overseas. His dissatisfaction with two thousand years of church history has led him on a path of searching that sadly has caused him to partner with increasingly questionable folks. Now, in March 2019, he is sharing the stage with false teachers who will spend eternity in Hell. And, while part of me is thankful that the thousands who attended this evil event got to hear Francis preach, it wasn’t his preaching that was of greatest concern…My greatest concern was the fact that Francis not only joined these men on stage, but he openly embraced them as brothers in Christ and commended them on their godliness (2 Cor. 6:14-17

And, while part of me is thankful that the thousands who attended this evil event got to hear Francis preach, it wasn’t his preaching that was of greatest concern. Some may argue that in the same vein of 13 years ago (when he came to the conference I attended and stood out like a sore thumb) he heroically brought the Gospel to a dark place. And while that may be true, there was a big difference between these two conferences. There were no false teachers at the other conference, there were only false teachers at this one. But that isn’t even my greatest concern. My greatest concern was the fact that Francis not only joined these men on stage, but he openly embraced them as brothers in Christ and commended them on their godliness (2 Cor. 6:14-17

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Standridge’s “Farewell” sentiment has been echoed and repeated frequently since his appearance with a few of the more notorious charismatic charlatans. Of course, Francis has been doing this type of thing for a very, very long time. What has perhaps got the attention of so many are recent photos like the ones below.

Francis with Benny Hinn.
Francis with Todd White.

Watching the ‘Farewell Francis’ sentiment grow exponentially in recent days, I had to wonder (genuinely) where Dr. James White would stand on the issue and more importantly, why?

And so, I ask these questions respectfully of James White, obviously in regard to his good friend, Michael Brown (a charismatic prophet who in the minds of most discerning people is every bit as radical as Benny Hinn or Todd White theologically, although certainly more respectable morally).

First, I cede the point (mentioned above) that Michael Brown is not morally reprehensible as is Benny Hinn and Todd White (although White has not had public affairs revealed, as Hinn did with Paula White, I think it’s safe to say the obvious parlor trickery of his ‘miracles’ squarely put him in the immoral category). Brown also seems more intellectually astute than Hinn or White, but I’m pretty sure that damns him more than redeems him in this case.

That said, the following questions are for James White. They are asked with no contentiousness or malice. I would genuinely like his honest opinions (which are the only kind I’ve known Dr. White to give).

First, what does Dr. White think about the ‘Farewell Francis’ mentality of so many likeminded brethren? Simply put, is it wrong or unreasonable to farewell (I’m using that as a verb) Francis Chan over his ministry partnership with Benny Hinn and Todd White? Does Dr. White feel that the farewell is valid, over-due, or overdone? Or is it unnecessary?

Secondly, if Francis Chan should not be farewelled for his associations with Todd White and Benny Hinn, why not? Why are so many – like Standridge in his Cripplegate post – wrong? Is it because his preaching is still good? Is it because Chan’s attempt to reach the charismatic crowd? What would be the reason he should not be farewelled?

Third, if Francis Chan should be farewelled for his associations with Todd White and Benny Hinn, why should Michael Brown not be farewelled? Surely we should all be in agreement that Chan’s theology, even now and as messed up as it may be, is not as bad as Michael Browns…right? I don’t think it’s really a contest as to who has better theology between Brown and Chan, although to be honest, it’s like picking the better kinds of cancer to have. So if Chan receives a farewell rightly, why would Brown not rightly receive a farewell? Is it because he’s been ‘farewelled’ from the get-go and his departure from orthodoxy isn’t new?

Standridge writes…

I think it is time to say that Francis has shifted so far that he has embraced false teachers and has disqualified himself from the benefit of the doubt. That does not mean that he is a false teacher, nor that he is beyond repentance. But it does mean that, as for me and my house, we will not only not recommend Francis Chan as a trusted resource, but I also encourage you to stay away from him. I have never written a post like this (unless you count my posts against the pope), but I felt it necessary since Francis holds a lot of sway among young people in the church.

I feel great sadness writing a post like this; I may never write one like this again, but feel like it had to be said. Benny Hinn and Todd White are some of the most despicable people on earth (2 Peter 2:1-3) as they prey upon the poor, hate upon the sick, and take your eyes off of the Creator and tell you to place it upon the creation, fully embracing the pagan mentality Paul damns in Romans 1. They hate the true Gospel and we must not only never embrace them, but fight against their lies with all our might (Jude 3-4).

I’m not baiting Dr. White in any way. I’m legitimately curious as to how he can agree with the ‘Farewell Francis’ sentiment sweeping our Reformed evangelical circles but defend Michael Brown. Or perhaps, he doesn’t agree with Farwell Francisisms out there, which I think Reformed evangelicalism should know.

My hunch is that Dr. White could provide a lot of distinctions between the two situations, but very little meaningful differences. It would be wonderful if White would discuss the topic, state his position on ‘farewelling’ people for Chan-level and Brown-level theological error, and then defend his position with gentleness and respect.

via James White and ‘Farewell Francis’ — Pulpit & Pen

March 12, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump should not be impeached unless the reasons are overwhelming and bipartisan, given how divisive it would be for the country, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Washington Post interview published on Monday.

The United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela this week, the U.S. State Department said late on Monday, citing the deteriorating situation in the country after months of political unrest.

Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Oman became the latest nations to suspend Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on Tuesday, while identification of the Ethiopian crash’s 157 victims dragged and black boxes were yet to yield the cause.

Norwegian Air will temporarily ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger jets at the advice of European regulators, it said on Tuesday.

Marijuana is an election issue in Israel now that an upstart far-right party that favors legalizing the drug seems to be drawing voters away from conservative Prime Minister Netanyahu.

U.S. consumer prices rose for the first time in four months in February, but the pace of the increase was modest, resulting in the smallest annual gain in nearly 2-1/2 years.

AP Top Stories

A jaguar attacked a woman who reportedly crossed over a barrier while trying to take a photo Saturday at a Phoenix-area wildlife park, according to fire officials. In a tweet Saturday, the zoo said it would not be euthanizing the jungle cat.

White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday Pakistan’s foreign minister has assured him Islamabad is committed to de-escalating tensions with India and dealing “firmly” with terrorists.

Taliban fighters have stepped up pressure on Afghan forces in the western province of Badghis, killing 20 soldiers and capturing 20, an official said on Tuesday, as the militants make advances even as they hold peace talks with U.S. officials.

Three Philippine Catholic priests said Monday they and some church leaders who are critical of the president’s bloody crackdown on illegal drugs have received death threats from unknown people.

President Donald Trump’s newest budget forecasts the U.S. fiscal deficit surpassing $1 trillion this year and staying above that level until 2022.

Children raised in the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” should not be treated as terrorists, the United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) warned Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Russia’s Rosneft was defying U.S. sanctions by buying oil from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and helping President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

The opposition Civic Alliance said Sunday that it will not return to talks with Nicaragua’s government unless President Daniel Ortega’s administration makes goodwill gestures like freeing prisoners.

Philippine troops, backed by airstrikes and artillery fire, killed several militants aligned with the Islamic State group in a new offensive in the marshy heartland of the country’s south, the military said Tuesday.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday for his first official visit, state television said, as Baghdad is under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbor.

At least 20 civilians, including women and children, have been killed in a village in northern Yemen, Saudi and Houthi media reported on Monday, in an attack both sides blamed on the other.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies, for allegedly trying to circumvent U.S. sanctions on the South American country.

U.N. experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan.


Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated. The deadline follows months of national debate over compulsory vaccination.

A UN investigation says violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year may amount to crimes against humanity. It says at least 500 people were killed, including families burnt alive in their homes and a two-year-old who was thrown into a septic tank.

A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in jail and 148 lashes in Tehran, her family said.


House and Senate lawmakers so far have blocked 16 votes to protect infants who are born despite the best efforts of abortionists to kill them.

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but thanks to new research, they may also be the key to detecting Alzheimer’s disease early on. Researchers at the Duke Eye Center say a simple eye scan may reveal activity in the brain associated with the debilitating condition.

The outraged parents of 44 pupils who have not been vaccinated against the measles have filed a federal lawsuit to get their children back in school. The children from Green Meadow Waldorf school had been told by authorities in December that they would not be allowed to enter the school as they had not been vaccinated against the measles virus.

A dynamic new approach to homelessness with roots in settling the West: Conestoga Huts.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 12, 2019

The Foundation

“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” —James Madison (1829)

Pelosi Rejects Impeachment … For Now

She concedes not enough evidence for impeaching Trump, while still leaving the door open.

Carlson and ‘The Outrage Machine’

Leftists have “discovered” some outrageous comments from the Fox News host.

Trump to Allies: No More Free Lunch

U.S. taxpayers have footed a large bill for defending other countries for long enough.

Folding on Foal Eagle With South Korea

Trump’s decision to cut war exercises with South Korea has significant implications.

Nine Young Adults Explain Why They’re Conservative

The Daily Signal interviewed CPAC attendees to learn the story behind their political views.

Video: Sex Matters

Are the differences between men and women biological or socially constructed?

Today’s Opinion

Rich Lowry
Nancy Pelosi’s Threat to Free Speech
Scott Powell
Edging Closer to a Trade Deal
Stephen Moore
The Tariffs Nobody Wants
Dennis Prager
Coming Home From College
Gary Bauer
AOC Hates the USA
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday Top Headline Summary

Impeachment, 2020 budget, Venezuela, Democrat Convention, SPLC, illegals quarantined, Daylight Saving Time, and more.

Tuesday Short Cuts

The BIG Lie: “Women aren’t the only people who get pregnant or the only people who need to access abortion.” —NARAL

Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 3/12/2019

Rabbi: This Passover is “Very Special,” For Better and For Worse
“This particular Passover is a very special holiday for the Jews,” Rabbi Ben Artzi told Breaking Israel News. “More than ever before, this year the Jews are leaving Egypt. The Holy One, Blessed be He, is hugging and loves His children who celebrate Passover in the Land.” The rabbi explained that the world is now entering an era similar to previous eras when Jews outside of Israel are in danger. “These days are a time of danger for Jews outside of Israel,” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. “This situation is only going to get worse.

The world’s first genderless AI voice: Researchers launch neutral-sounding ‘Q’ that’s neither male nor female to fight bias in smart assistants
They modulated the pitch to find a range of 145 to 175hz was gender neutral. Talk to Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa and you’ll notice a common trait: They both have female voices. While this can help make robotic assistants more relatable and natural to converse with, it has assigned a gender to a technology that’s otherwise genderless.

Tucker Carlson says ‘we will never bow to the mob’ amid resurfaced comments
Carlson asked. “What if we acknowledged what’s actually going on?” Carlson described Democrats as “deadly serious” in their effort to “crush” those who oppose their ideology. “Why are the people who considered Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism?” Carlson asked. “How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racist? After a while, you begin to think maybe their criticisms aren’t sincere.”

NYC Could Go Bankrupt for First Time in 40 Years
Financial experts predict that there are already signs the city is headed for financial disaster, as many individuals and businesses are leaving the city for lower tax areas and city government spending is at an all-time high. The last time the city came close to filing for bankruptcy was in 1975 when former President Gerald Ford refused to give the city a bailout package to settle its debt. “New York is already in a difficult financial spot, but it would be in an impossible situation if we had any kind of setback.”

Qatar’s ‘Spiritual Leader’ Prompts World Cup Fears Over Calls For New Holocaust
Qaradawi said. “I will shoot Allah’s enemies—the Jews—and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Allah’s mercy and blessings upon you.”

Dems’ scheme for permanent majority
How does the left expect to permanently dispossess Middle America? Let us count the ways.

Brazil to sign accord with U.S. on space technology next week
The United States and Brazil have negotiated an accord to safeguard U.S. space technology the South American nation hopes will be used in commercial rockets lifting off from its launch site near the equator, the Brazilian government said on Monday. The agreement is being wrapped up in time to be signed next week during a visit to Washington by President Jair Bolsonaro.

Hamas Willing to Risk War to Avoid Economic Collapse
Hamas “should understand now that any display of aggression will be answered with a double and quadruple decisive reply by Israel. It is best that Hamas understands this now, rather than later.”

Non-Jewish Women Join Jewish Women In Praying for the Messianic Era
In the original story, Rivka Malka Perlman, the Baltimore-based Geula Gatherings coordinator, specifically encouraged non-Jewish women when she said, “I’ve had a fair amount of non-Jewish people get very, very excited about this. I feel like one of those on the front lines with all the prophecies coming true and all the Nations coming closer to Torah.

Campaigns move to AIPAC: Netanyahu, Gantz, Gabbay, Bennett all to appear
Blue and White’s candidate for Prime Minister, Benny Gantz confirmed Tuesday that he will deliver a keynote speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference on March 25. Gantz’s spokeswoman said he will use his speech to emphasize that if he wins the election, “he will work to rebuild the relationship with American Jewry and ensure that Israel will once again enjoy the support of its friends across the spectrum in the United States.”

Only 12 percent of Americans think Israel is a top foreign policy partner
Only 12 percent of Americans think Israel is a top foreign policy partner, according to a Pew study released in early March. According to the poll, 37 percent of Americans believe the UK would be the most valuable partner and after that China (26%). One percent less believe Canada would be the most important partner. However, more Republicans seem to believe Israel is a key partner, with 25 percent in comparison to the 5 percent of democrats.

Brexit: MPs to vote on Theresa May’s deal
MPs will vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal later after she says she secured “legally binding” changes following last-minute talks with the EU. The PM said the changes meant the Irish backstop – the insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland – could not “become permanent”. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s updated legal advice is seen as crucial if the DUP and Tory Brexiteers are to back it.

UK economic growth remains sluggish
The UK economy grew by 0.2% in the three months to January, matching the growth of the previous three months. The report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a pick-up in activity in January when the economy expanded by 0.5%. The ONS said strength in IT, health services and wholesale trading offset falls in the manufacturing of metals and cars, and construction repair work.

Venezuela: US withdraws all staff from Caracas embassy
The US will withdraw all diplomatic staff from Venezuela this week due to the “deteriorating situation” there, the state department has announced. In a tweet, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said having staff in Caracas had “become a constraint on US policy”. The US ordered all non-essential staff to leave Venezuela in January amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis.

250 scientists sign petition warning against cancer from wireless tech including the trendy in-ear headphones
Apple’s popular wireless AirPods headphones may pose cancer risks to wearers, according to a United Nations and World Health Organization petition. Some 250 have signed the petition, which warns against numerous devices that emit radiofrequency radiation, which is used in WiFi, cellular data and Bluetooth.

US senator vows to seek recognition of Israeli rule in Golan
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Monday vowed to push for U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, in what would represent a new contentious political gift to Israel from the Trump administration. The South Carolina Republican said he aimed to change the current U.S.-designation of the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967, as disputed territory.

Mormon President and Pope Francis meet for the first time, after decades of hidden diplomacy
The head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with a pope for the first time on Saturday, an event that reportedly followed decades of behind-the-scenes relationship building between denominations whose leaders share a concern over secularism.

Mayor de Blasio: NYC will have ‘Meatless Mondays’ in all public schools
There’ll be no mystery meat, or any other meat, on Mondays at New York City public schools. New York City public schools are expanding their “Meatless Mondays” program in the fall.

Gaza Celebrates Intl. Women’s Day By Using Women as Human Shields, While Firing Rockets at Israel 
Friday was International Women’s Day and Hamas took the opportunity to use Gazan women as human shields in order to attack Israel’s southern border.

The Islamic plan to use American public schools to convert the youth into Muslims
The late managing editor of the International Institute for Islamic Thought’s American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Sharifa Alkhateeb, talks about using U.S. schools to proselytize Islam & about making the state Islamic.

TERRIFYING: This is the true brains behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
I don’t say this lightly…if you care about the future of America then take 22 minutes out of your day and watch this video. If it doesn’t scare the hell out of you, then no offense but you deserve to live in AOC’s future America.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib Follows Anti-Semitic Instagram Account
In the wake of the anti-Semitism scandal involving Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) that rocked the Democratic Party last week, Omar’s close friend and fellow Muslim representative Rashida Tlaib was discovered following an Instagram page that posts images depicting Jews as rats, vampires, Nazis, the plotters of the 9/11 attacks, and members of global conspiracies that control finance and media.

Shocking New Evidence Reveals That Girl Scouts USA Is A Pro-Abortion Organization That Supports Many Late Term Abortion Groups
The Girl Scouts vigorously deny that they support abortion, and deny having a partnership with abortion factory Planned Parenthood. But the list of pro-abortion groups and events that you will find the Girl Scouts at is growing by leaps and bounds.

Human Rights Advocate Calls On DOJ To Investigate Ilhan Omar’s Terror Ties
Evangelical leader Laurie Cardoza-Moore, the special envoy to the United Nations for human rights and anti-Semitism on behalf of 44 million Christians, is calling on the Department of Justice to investigate Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

JUST IN: Jeb Bush Super PAC Hit with Massive FEC Fine For Accepting $1.3 Million in Illegal Donations From Chinese Corporation
The FEC [Federal Election Commission] hit Jeb Bush’s super PAC with a $390,000 fine for illegally accepting $1.3 million in donations from Chinese-owned corporation American Pacific International Capital (APIC) during the 2016 presidential primary.

Radical Dem Rep. Rashida Tlaib Declares Victory Over US in Chicago CAIR Speech, ‘The Muslims Are Here!’ (VIDEO)
Radical Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI) declared victory over the US government in a speech to terror-tied CAIR last month — the video just began making the rounds on social media earlier this week.

Rep. Omar’s comments are worse than you think
A significant crack in the US-Israel alliance broke open last week and it will be very difficult to fix.

Same Leftists who say vaccines promote the “greater good” now insist that ABORTION is a “moral good” for society
A rabid feminist and “Christian social ethicist” by the name of Rebecca Todd Peters recently hosted a lecture at Emory University in Georgia, where she tried to make the case that abortion is somehow a “moral good” for American society.

Headlines – 3/12/2019

Pompeo, Kushner, Greenblatt discuss Middle East peace prospects with Jordan king

Jordan’s King Abdullah to Meet With Pence to Discuss Middle East Peace Plan

White House working to reassure Evangelicals on Middle East peace plan

Trump’s Budget Plan Includes $175m That Could Go to Supporting Mideast Peace Plan

New PA cabinet head: We’ll fight against Israel for the “right of return”

Qatari envoy signs contracts for new projects in Gaza valued at $1.7m

Netanyahu: Money to Hamas part of strategy to keep Palestinians divided

Defending nation-state law, Netanyahu says Israeli Arabs have 22 other countries

‘He’s using his last bullet’: Israeli Arabs condemn Netanyahu comments

Arabs Aren’t ‘Second-class Voters,’ President Rivlin Rebukes Netanyahu

Israel’s attorney general to release Netanyahu evidence after elections

Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Golan Heights, says he will spearhead effort to recognize Israel’s sovereignty

Dozens protest after statue of Hafez Assad re-erected in Syria’s Daraa

Assad says Syria facing ‘economic siege’

Syria’s neighbours press for help to return refugees

Record Number Of Children Died In Syria In 2018: UN

Gunfire, landmines slow SDF advance in ruins of ISIS final pocket in Syria

Dozens of militants killed in shootouts in Egypt’s Sinai, says military

Malaysia deports Egyptians, Tunisian for alleged terror ties

Algerian President Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term following mass protests

Sudan’s parliament shortens state of emergency to six months

Big Business Forgets Khashoggi and Continues to Pump Billions Into Saudi Arabia

Iranian president in Baghdad for his own ‘deal of the century’

Iran President Rouhani in Baghdad to ‘expand ties with Iraq’

Iran’s President Rouhani seeks Iraqi help to mitigate US sanctions

Iranian couple arrested after public marriage proposal goes viral

Modi’s former ally in Kashmir urges India to talk to Pakistan

North Korea sanctions: UN investigating possible violations in about 20 countries

Russian passenger jet makes emergency landing in Baku over bomb threat

US sanctions Russia-based bank over Venezuela dealings

US says to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela

Venezuela congress declares ‘state of alarm’ over blackout

Venezuelan blackout victims ‘murdered’ by government, opposition leader says

Desperate Venezuelans swarm sewage drains in search of water

Last chance? Theresa May wins Brexit assurances from EU on eve of crucial vote

Pelosi: Trump is ‘unfit’ but I’m not for impeaching

‘I’m not for impeachment,’ Pelosi says, potentially roiling fellow Democrats

Mueller probe already financed through September: officials

Fox News ‘Strongly Condemns’ Jeanine Pirro’s Segment Questioning Ilhan Omar’s Loyalty to the U.S.

The man who invented the web says it’s now dysfunctional with ‘perverse’ incentives

Web inventor urges users to seek ‘complete control’ of data

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

Evidence for mysterious Planet Nine continues to mount, could be ‘ solar system’s missing link’

‘Hidden’ Planet Nine at edge of solar system could be five times the size of Earth

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Onan Ganjang, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

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

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

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Deadly storm ‘Eberhard’ sparks travel chaos in Germany

Storm Gareth to threaten UK, Netherlands with damaging winds into midweek

Rare 10-mile-long lake forms in Death Valley after heavy rains and flooding

Heavy rain, rapid thaw to raise flood risk in Upper Midwest this week

Blizzard to develop across central US at midweek, threaten significant travel disruptions

Montana just endured one of the nation’s most exceptional cold spells on record

Trump gets slammed for signing Bibles for tornado survivors even though it’s an ‘old tradition’

More than 2,000 people in ICE custody quarantined for contagious diseases

Global ‘pandemic’ of fake drugs killing children worldwide, report says

NY bill aims for minors to receive vaccines without parent’s consent

Georgia state lawmaker proposes ‘testicular bill of rights’ in response to anti-abortion legislation

Washington State Trying to Force Churches to Pay for Abortions in Their Health Insurance Plans

2020 Dem contenders Harris, Sanders, Gillibrand face #MeToo backlash

Pro-LGBT churches not leaving UMC just yet, advocacy groups say

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019
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 11, 2019
ALAN KEYES — “The Democrat Party has apparently abandoned the modicum of respect for innocent, helpless, human life that led many Democrats in Congress to support the BAIPA [Born Alive Infant Protection Act] in 2002. Anti-life Democrat ideologues, prevalent among them now, have surrendered that shred of decency. Despite their loud denunciations of that surrender, GOP members of Congress and Trump administration officials will be suspect if they do not ask President Trump to end the long, bipartisan failure to see that the BAIPA is faithfully executed.” (“U.S. law already protects infants who survive abortion”)… (more)

March 11, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Democrats and the media will face a “reckoning” if special counsel Robert Mueller finds no evidence of collusion involving the Trump campaign, ABC News’ Terry Moran argued in a panel discussion Sunday…. (more)

March 11, 2019
DAILY CALLER — One credential in particular has been a boon to candidates President Donald Trump considers for judicial appointments: a clerkship with Justice Clarence Thomas. As of this writing, the president has appointed seven Thomas clerks to the federal appeals courts, while an eighth is expected in the near future. As such, Thomas’s legal approach – – sometimes branded unusual or idiosyncratic – – can claim adherents among a new generation of judges…. (more)

March 11, 2019
AXIOS — Generation Z has a more positive view of the word “socialism” than previous generations, and – – along with millennials – – are more likely to embrace socialistic policies and principles than past generations, according to a new Harris Poll given exclusively to Axios…. (more)

March 10, 2019
NEWSMAX — “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” a climate-change activist, is a big fan of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her own push for the Green New Deal, he tweeted Saturday night…. (more)

March 10, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Trump was warned by friends, enemies, and neutrals that his fight against the deep state was suicidal. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, just a few days before Trump’s inauguration, cheerfully forecast (in a precursor to Samantha Power’s later admonition) what might happen to Trump once he attacked the intelligence services: “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community – – they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”… (more)

March 10, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Free speech advocates say that President Trump’s executive order to promote free speech at universities could work if the administration enforces it through research contracts awarded to schools…. (more)

March 10, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A Wichita doctor was sentenced to life in prison Friday by federal courts after he was found guilty of illegally selling opioids that led to one of his patients’ death. Steven R. Henson, 57, was convicted last year on multiple counts, including falsifying patient records and fulfilling prescription requests outside the regular regimen of care. The death of his patient Nick McGovern in 2015 was a result of intoxication of alprazolam and the opiate methadone – – two deadly and highly addictive prescription drugs…. (more)

March 9, 2019
DAILY WIRE — As Girl Scout cookies season comes to a close, parents should be aware that the organization does not exactly have family-friendly values at its heart…. (more)

March 9, 2019
DAILY WIRE — he Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted on Friday to defend local governments that choose to allow illegal aliens to vote in their elections…. (more)

March 9, 2019
ABC7 — A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed the indictment, which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday…. (more)

March 8, 2019
FOX NEWS — President Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Friday surveyed the damage and met with survivors from the powerful tornado that killed 23 people in Alabama. The president visited Beauregard, the community that was hit hardest by Sunday’s storm…. (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)


Is The Stock Market Losing Momentum Here?! — Kimble Charting Solutions

The S&P 500 pullback (last week) feels like a distant memory following the stock market’s 2-day snapback rally.

But investors should take note of what’s happening under the surface for two important market indexes: the S&P 500 Index (SPX) and the Bank Index (BKX).

In today’s 2-pack chart, we look at both indexes and highlight an emerging concern.

Looking at the chart below, we can see that last week’s pullback also saw MACD and Momentum indicators move lower from lofty levels.

This comes at the same time that the S&P 500 and Bank Index are testing important resistance at each (1). This could lead to either an outright failure or a divergence if price makes marginal new highs but momentum does not.

Is the 2-month rally about to run out of gas around each (1)! Stay tuned!

This article was first written for See It Markets.com. To see original post CLICK HERE

via Is The Stock Market Losing Momentum Here?! — Kimble Charting Solutions

Recent examples of law-abiding gun owners defending themselves from criminals


American woman defending herself from an armed home invader A woman defending herself from an armed home invader with her handgun

I’ve noticed that people outside America sometimes don’t understand why Americans are so committed to owning firearms. Well, first of all, it’s specified in our Constitution that we are allowed to keep and bear arms. And second of all, it’s not always feasible to call the police and wait for them to arrive when a criminal shows up and menaces us or our loved ones.

And I have an example from just last week from ABC local news.


A robbery suspect was killed and a second ran away after a liquor store clerk opened fire in southeast Houston, police say.

The clerk opened fire during a robbery Wednesday night at Mike’s Liquor Store in the 8700 block of MLK Boulevard near Reed.

Houston police said that at least two armed suspects went into the store, where…

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Time for Christians to Leave the Democrat Party — David Fiorazo

The party of godlessness is taking their extremism up a few notches to the point you can no longer be neutral. Just a handful of things liberal Democrats have supported in recent weeks include: infanticide, anti-Semitism, environmentalism, illegal immigration, transgender surgeries, the LGBTQ agenda, legalizing prostitution, and of course – socialism.

Does the cycle of godlessness begin with those elected to office or the people who vote them into power? If you haven’t thought about leaving the Democrat Party, it may be time to at least stop blindly voting for them, especially if you’re a Christian. If you refuse to reconsider, you have a serious conflict of interest on your hands.

I am certainly not suggesting the Republican Party is full of angels. I’m thankful for President Trump’s strong pro-life and pro-Israel stance, but don’t agree with him on all the issues, nor do I go along with every single policy they endorse, but there is a stark, glaring contrast today between the two major political parties in the U.S. and the chasm is both wide and deep.

More than ever, progressives are all about power. Their goal is big government control and one-party rule in America. Karl Marx would be proud because the revolution can only advance by doing away with God & Christianity, families, natural marriage, religious freedom, work incentive, and private property.

‘It’s all about the people,’ they say. Nancy Pelosi said Democrats are doing God’s work. They say Republicans and Christians are the ones who are bigoted, intolerant and racist.

But before we get to the slippery slope of socialism, we should call out immorality for what it is. Democrat presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris recently said she would “decriminalize” prostitution based on consent. Wouldn’t that lead to more sexual abuse and less protection for victims of violence?

Next, you already know about Democrats in New York voting to legalize infanticide, the murder of a living baby even up through the delivery process. But the Party of death also voted against providing medical care or protections to a baby born alive in the case of a botched abortion.

Think about this: a living, suffering human baby is placed on a table crying and in pain – and is left to die. They wouldn’t do that to a puppy or a kitten – or a fish.

Condemning the liberal mindset that defends animal life over human life, CEO of MyPillow.com, Mike Lindell said this last week at CPAC:

“I see a Party saving minnows in California and killing babies in New York. Are you kidding me?”

And some say a wall on our southern border is “immoral.” Did you know that on Friday, House Democrats voted in favor of illegal immigrants voting in U.S. elections? The key word here is “illegal.” This is no longer your great grandparent’s Democrat Party.

They did this under the guise of the bill, “HR 1,” and essentially voted to defend local governments choosing to go against federal law and allow illegal aliens to vote. Georgia Democrat, John Lewis said they are “prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in.”

Texas Republican and American Vet, Dan Crenshaw asked, “What kind of government would cancel the vote of its own citizens, and replace it with noncitizens?” He later Tweeted:

“Today I offered a motion to recommit #HR1 reaffirming that only US citizens should have the right to vote. “Dems rejected it. Next time you go to the ballot box, keep that in mind. The future of their party is in cities like San Fran, where illegals can vote. Let that sink in.”

Prior to Democrats regaining power in the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi promised to work hard for the LGBT lobby, for noncitizens wanting to cross our borders, for women wanting abortions, and for those wanting to protect the environment.

Then there’s Corey Booker who first grilled Mike Pompeo, then a judicial nominee, asking if they believe LGBT relationships are a sin. So, if you don’t believe in gay sex, you’re not fit to serve?

Don’t forget Hillary who, from her high perch above the law, thinks Trump voters are just a bunch of deplorables.

But there are plenty of headlines about the 29 year-old college grad and bartender from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC recently said she’s so worried about the environment and the planet she wonders if it’s still okay to have babies.

She also just called for the U.S. to end its relationship with Israel. Her radical socialist policies should are concerning. The “Green New Deal” she introduced would cost trillions and she doesn’t seem to care or understand how we’d pay for it.

Writing about Democrat radicalism, Washington Times contributor, Robert Knight stated:

But she’s the new face of the Democratic Party’s plunge into outright socialism. All six of the major announced contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination have endorsed her sweeping “Green New Deal.” He added that,

“socialism “promises of guaranteed income equality,” “free” medical care,” “free college tuition,” state ownership of the means of production, confiscation of private property, central planning and a one-party system inevitably result in coercion and violence.”

I agree that socialism violates the laws of nature and nature’s God, and the progressive worldview begins with the false idea we’re not really created in God’s image, and we’re merely products of random events.

The sexual revolution was part and parcel of socialist thought in the 19th century, just as it’s a driving force in the Democratic Party today, which pushes LGBTQ sexual anarchy and abortion. A consistent feature of the revolution is that “the ends justify the means.” So, lies are good as long as people keep falling for them.

Marx wrote that socialism is the last necessary step on the road to communism. Ronald Reagan once said, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party; the Democrat Party left me.” But he said this in the 1980s. It’s nearly forty years later and too many Americans believe the same lies and keep voting the same way simply because they always have.

Since our actions and words will be judged, don’t you think God will hold us accountable for how we vote?

For those who trust in Jesus Christ and believe the Bible is true, if you vote for policies that go against God’s teachings and biblical morality, it might be time to reexamine your priorities, values, and even who or what your faith is in.

via Time for Christians to Leave the Democrat Party — David Fiorazo

TIL 197: Helping Families Say Goodbye — Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Brad Bradnt shares how to help families say, “goodbye” to loved ones passing away on this edition of Truth in Love.

  • Seeing joy as a fruit of the Spirit
  • How to cultivate joy in sorrow
  • Develop a biblical theology of suffering
  • Develop a biblical theology of saying, “Goodbye.”
  • Hebrews 5:7 – 8, Hebrews 12:2 -3
  • Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants – Paul Brand
  • Scripture for Suffering: Psalm 23, John 14, Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4, book of Hebrews


via TIL 197: Helping Families Say Goodbye — Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Global warming a ‘fear campaign’ by scientists ‘hooked on government grants,’ Greenpeace founder says — Christian Research Network

“[M]ost of what these so-called scientists are doing is simply producing more fear so that politicians can use it to control people’s minds and get their votes because some of the people are convinced, ‘Oh, this politician can save my kid from certain doom.’”

(Calvin Freiburger – LifeSiteNews)  Conservatives have long argued that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is a politically motivated distortion of climate science. Now that argument is being bolstered by an unexpected source: the co-founder of the leading environmental organization Greenpeace.

Patrick Moore, who is also a former president of Greenpeace Canada, appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight last week for an interview with Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

“Fear has been used all through history to gain control of people’s minds and wallets and all else, and the climate catastrophe is strictly a fear campaign,” he said, adding that proponents of AGW — the view that human activity rather than natural phenomena is primarily responsible for Earth’s changing climate — is also fueled by “guilt” that “you’re killing your children because you’re driving them in your SUV and emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

Moore argued that on top of “the green movement creating stories that instill fear in the public” and the “media echo chamber … repeating it over and over and over again to everybody,” the narrative is bolstered by “green politicians who are buying scientists with government money to produce fear for them in the form of scientific-looking materials” and “the green businesses, the rent-seekers, and the crony capitalists who are taking advantage of massive subsidies, huge tax write-offs, and government mandates requiring their technologies to make a fortune on this.  View article →

via Global warming a ‘fear campaign’ by scientists ‘hooked on government grants,’ Greenpeace founder says — Christian Research Network

Muslim FOX News Producer Who Called Out Judge Jeanine has Twitter Account Littered with Vile Attacks on Conservatives — The Gateway Pundit

On Sunday FOX News “strongly condemned” Judge Jeanine Pirro for asking viewers if Rep. Ilhan Omar’s hijab means she follows Sharia Law.

Judge Jeanine attacked anti-Semite Ilhan Omar on Saturday and asked if her hijab means she’s against the Constitution.

Fox News Channel issued an official statement on Sunday: “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

FOX News released the statement after FOX producer Hufsa Kamal, a Pakistani-American, tweeted her disgust against Judge Jeanine Pirro on Sunday.

Mufsa Kamal tweeted:

@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx. https://t.co/ZfKhRhlvM3

— Hufsa Kamal (@hufkat) March 10, 2019

Mufsa’s remarks made it into a report on The Hill. Mufsa inserted herself into the story.

Now it appears Hufsa Kamal, who is a producer for Bret Baier on FOX News, has a long history of vicious attacks on conservatives.

Hufsa has attacked Michelle Malkin, Candace Owens, Dan Bongino and Charlie Kirk.

Hufsa Kamal made her account private on Monday.

via Muslim FOX News Producer Who Called Out Judge Jeanine has Twitter Account Littered with Vile Attacks on Conservatives — The Gateway Pundit

March 12, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day


And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment as white as snow; and the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. And the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” (28:2–7)

No sooner had the women reached the tomb than they found the stone had been moved aside by a severe earthquake. This was the second supernaturally caused earthquake in connection with Jesus’ death and burial, the first one having occurred at the moment of His death (Matt. 27:51).

God caused an earthquake on Mount Sinai just before He revealed the law to Moses (Ex. 19:18) and on Mount Horeb when He revealed Himself to Elijah (1 Kings 19:11). In the end times He will also send numerous earthquakes (Joel 2:10; Matt. 24:7; Rev. 6:12; 8:5; 11:13–19). Now, within three days, He caused two earthquakes just outside Jerusalem.

This earthquake had occurred when an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, causing the earth around the grave to tremble violently. The angel had come to open the secured and sealed grave, and when he arrived he rolled away the stone and sat upon it. Although it had probably taken several strong men some time to put the stone in place, the angel removed it in an instant.

The angel did not move the stone in order to let Jesus out of the tomb, as many Easter stories and paintings suggest. If Jesus had the power to raise Himself from the dead, which He did (John 10:18), He certainly had the relatively minor power required to escape a sealed grave. As He demonstrated during several postresurrection appearances, just as He was no longer bound by death, He was no longer bound by the limitations of the physical world or of time (see Luke 24:31; John 20:26). In His glorified form He could escape a closed grave just as easily as He could enter a closed room. In comparing the gospel accounts, it becomes clear that Jesus had already left the tomb when the stone was rolled away. The angel moved the stone not to let Jesus out but to let the women and the apostles in.

From John’s gospel it seems that Mary Magdalene apparently left the garden as soon as she “saw the stone already taken away from the tomb” (20:1). Before the angel appeared, “she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him’ ” (v. 2). Obviously she had missed the angel’s announcement of Jesus’ resurrection. She was so overwrought at discovering the tomb empty that she ran frantically to the two most prominent disciples, Peter and John, to tell them what she thought was terrible news. It did not occur to her that Jesus might be risen as He had predicted, and she assumed that someone had stolen the body and hidden it. It is obvious that Peter and John did not consider the possibility of resurrection either, and they immediately ran to the tomb to find out what they could (John 20:3–4).

Meanwhile the angel had manifested himself to those who were near the tomb, and his appearance was like lightning. The description suggests that God transmitted some of His own Shekinah glory to the angel, just as He had transmitted a measure of it to Moses on Sinai when the covenant was renewed (Ex. 34:29). In a similar way, the angel’s glistening garment that was as white as snow suggests God’s purity and holiness. The angel bore the very imprimatur of the character of God in order to make clear to the observers not only that he was a supernatural messenger but that he was an agent of God and not Satan.

The guards were so awestruck that at first they shook for fear of him. Shook translates a Greek term that has the same root as “earthquake” in verse 2, indicating that the soldiers experienced personal earthquakes of both mind and body. But after a brief moment of shaking, they then became like dead men, paralyzed with fear. The idea seems to be that they not only became rigid but unconscious, completely traumatized by what they saw.

The women were also frightened, but, unlike the soldiers, they received comfort from God’s messenger. Aware of their fright, the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid.” Perhaps a better translation than answered would be “explained,” because the women, too terrified to speak, had not asked a question.

The soldiers had good reason to be afraid. Not only was the angel’s appearance terrifying in itself but, because they had been charged with protecting the grave, an empty tomb could spell their death. The women, however, had no reason to fear, and the angel’s first words were meant to give them comfort and assurance.

They had not come expecting to find Jesus raised, but in His gracious mercy God overlooked their weak faith and their lack of understanding. Acknowledging their great love, God responded with great love. “I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified,” the angel said to them; “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.”

Has risen translates a Greek aorist passive and can also be rendered, “has been raised.” Jesus Himself had power to give up His life and to take it up again (John 10:18). But Scripture makes clear that He also was raised by the power of the Father (Rom. 6:4; Gal. 1:1; 1 Pet. 1:3) and of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:11). The entire Trinity participated in the resurrection of Jesus.

The angel gently reminded the women that Jesus’ resurrection should not surprise them, because it happened just as He said. Luke reports that they then “remembered His words” (24:8).

Next the angel invited the women to come, see the place where He was lying. At this point the women went into the tomb and observed that it was indeed empty. The angel joined them in the tomb and reiterated the same basic message, saying, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him” (Mark 16:6). Perhaps the message was repeated because the women found it so hard to believe, despite the fact that they now remembered Jesus’ predictions that He would rise on the third day.

When Peter and John entered the tomb a short while later, they “beheld the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth, which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself” (John 20:6–7). The burial clothes were just as they were when Joseph and Nicodemus laid the body to rest, except for the face-cloth, which was set to one side. Jesus did not have to be unwrapped any more than He had to have the stone removed. At one moment He was encased in the linen, and the next He was free, leaving the wrappings unchanged.

While the women were in the tomb, another angel joined the first, “one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying” (John 20:12). Their positions are reminiscent of the two golden cherubim who were on either side of the Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant (Ex. 25:18). The two angels in the garden were posted at either end of the tomb of Jesus, who, by the sacrifice He had just made of His own life, became the true and eternal Mercy Seat for sinful mankind.

The two angels gave still another reminder to the women. “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” they asked. “He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of the sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again” (Luke 24:5–7). For a third time the women were told the glorious truth of Jesus’ resurrection, a truth whose fulfillment they should have been eagerly expecting.

One of the angels then said, “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead.” The women’s fascination must quickly turn to proclamation. They did not have time to revel in the marvelous reality of the good news but were to go immediately and announce it to the cowering disciples, who were still hiding in Jerusalem.

It would seem more than justified for the Lord to have allowed the disciples to suffer in fear, despair, and agony for a week or so before telling them the good news. They had stubbornly refused to believe that Jesus would die and be raised, although He had told them of His death and resurrection many times. But in His gracious mercy God sent the women to tell the disciples as soon as possible, so they would not have to experience another moment of misery and grief. He did not rebuke them for their lack of faith and for their cowardice but rather sent them messengers with a gracious word of hope and comfort.

One wonders why God chose to reveal the truth of the resurrection first to those women rather than to the disciples. One commentator suggests that it was because God chooses the weak to confound the strong. Another suggests the women were rewarded for their faithful service to the Lord in Galilee. Another holds that, because death came by a woman in a garden, so new life was first announced to a woman in a garden. Others propose that it was because the deepest sorrow deserves the deepest joy or that supreme love deserves supreme privilege.

But Scripture offers no such explanations. It seems obvious that the women were the first to hear the angelic announcement of the resurrection simply because they were there. Had the disciples been there, they, too, would have heard the good news directly from the angel rather than indirectly from the women.

This is analogous to the reality that the closer a believer stays to the Lord and to His work, the more he is going to witness and experience the Lord’s power. Those who are there when the Lord’s people gather for worship and prayer, who are there when His Word is being taught, who are there when the lost are being won to Christ, who are there when others are being served in His name, who are regular in their times of private prayer-those are the ones who will most often experience first-hand the work of God.

The angel’s further instruction to the women was to tell Jesus’ disciples that “He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” Earlier in the week Jesus had told the eleven remaining disciples, “After I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee” (Matt. 26:32). Being both Jewish and Gentile, Galilee represented the world at large. It was there that Jesus began His ministry, in “Galilee of the Gentiles,” where “the people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light” (Matt. 4:15–16). It would also be in Galilee that the disciples would receive the Great Commission from the Lord to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matt. 28:19).

It was not that Jesus would first appear to the disciples in Galilee, because He manifested Himself to them several times before that. He appeared to Peter (Luke 24:34), to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:15; cf. Mark 16:12), to ten of the disciples as they were assembled on resurrection evening (John 20:19), to all eleven disciples eight days later (John 20:26), and to seven of the disciples as they were fishing in the Sea of Galilee (John 21:1).

But Jesus’ supreme appearance to the disciples was to be in Galilee, where He “appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time” (1 Cor. 15:6) and where He would commission the eleven to apostolic ministry.[1]

7. And go quickly, and tell his disciples. Here God, by the angel, confers extraordinary honour on the women, by enjoining them to proclaim to the apostles themselves the chief point of our salvation. In Mark’s account of it, they are expressly enjoined to carry this message to Peter; not because he was at that time higher in rank than the others, but because his crime, which was so disgraceful, needed peculiar consolation to assure him that Christ had not cast him off, though he had basely and wickedly fallen. He had already entered into the sepulchre, and beheld the traces of the resurrection of Christ; but God denied him the honour, which he shortly afterwards conferred on the women, of hearing from the lips of the angel that Christ was risen. And, indeed, the great insensibility under which he still laboured is evident from the fact that he again fled trembling to conceal himself, as if he had seen nothing, while Mary sat down to weep at the grave. It cannot be doubted, therefore, that she and her companions, in beholding the angel, obtained the reward of their patience.

And, lo, he goeth before you into Galilee. When the angel sent the disciples into Galilee, he did so, I think, in order that Christ might make himself known to a great number of persons; for we know that he had lived a long time in Galilee. He intended also to give his followers greater liberty, that by the very circumstance of their retirement they might gradually acquire courage. Besides, by being accustomed to the places, they were aided in recognising their Master with greater certainty; for it was proper to adopt every method of confirming them, that nothing might be wanting to complete the certainty of their faith.

Lo, I have told you. By this manner of speaking the angel earnestly assures them that what is said is true. He states this, not as from himself, as if he had been the first to suggest it, but gives his signature to the promise of Christ; and, therefore, in Mark’s account of it, he merely recalls to their remembrance the very words of Christ. Luke carries out the address still farther, by saying that the disciples were informed by Christ that he must be crucified, and rise again on the third day. But the meaning is the same; for along with his resurrection he had foretold his death. He then adds,

Luke 24:8. And they remembered his words; by which we are taught that, though they had made little proficiency in the doctrine of Christ, still it was not lost, but was choked up, until in due time it yielded fruit.[2]

5–7 The angel speaks (lit., “answered”; see comments at 11:25) words that allay the women’s fears (cf. Mk 16:5–7; Lk 24:4–8). The empty tomb by itself is capable of several explanations (cf. Jn 20:10–15). This explanatory word of revelation narrows the potential interpretations down to one: Jesus has risen from the dead (v. 6), a truth to be confirmed by personal appearances. In Matthew and Luke, but not in Mark, the fact of Jesus’ resurrection, announced by the angel, is also tied into Jesus’ promises “as he said” (cf. 16:21; 17:23; 20:18–19). This is one of several significant “minor agreements” of Matthew and Luke against Mark in the resurrection narratives. The women are invited to see the place where Jesus lay and commanded to go “quickly” (v. 7, a happy touch) to give his disciples the joyous message. Unlike Mark, Matthew does not explicitly mention Peter.

Jesus had promised to go ahead of his disciples into Galilee (see comments at 26:32); the angel now reminds them of this (v. 7). The present tense proagei (“is going ahead,” GK 4575) cannot mean that Jesus is already on his way, because (1) v. 10 places him still in Jerusalem, and (2) a verb like “go ahead,” if pressed to mean Jesus was actually traveling, “would also seem to presuppose that the disciples also were on the way to Galilee” (Stonehouse, Witness of Matthew, 173). The verb is not a progressive present but a vivid future. As he promised, Jesus will arrive in Galilee before they do and meet them there, contrary to their expectation (see comments at 26:32; 28:10).[3]

28:5–7. When the two women arrived, they were also terrified by the appearance of the brilliant being sitting on the stone. The angel said, Do not be afraid. Matthew used a construction that usually implies a command to stop doing something that was already being done. The women were to stop being afraid.

The angel next gave the reason they need not fear: I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. Jesus will forever be known as the crucified one (cf. 1 Cor. 1:23; 2:2; Gal. 3:1). The salvation he wrought through his death, the victory he won, and the obedience he displayed will stand for eternity.

The news the angel brought them was also reason to stop fearing and start rejoicing: He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.

As proof of the angel’s startling announcement, he invited them to look into the open, empty tomb: Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew used the Greek imperfect tense to show that he had been lying there for some time. In Matthew’s abbreviated account, he did not record whether the women actually looked into the tomb, but we can be sure they did. This strengthened their faith and prepared them to serve as eyewitnesses to the disciples.

Once they had become convinced by their own observation that Jesus was gone, the angel gave them these instructions: Go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead. These two women were given the honor of taking the news to the disciples. As it turned out, this was a difficult job. Some of the disciples doubted (28:17).

Jesus had gone elsewhere and would be waiting for them. He had gone ahead into Galilee. There you will see him. This was God’s gentle reminder of the instructions Jesus had given the disciples less than three days before (26:32). They would not find Jesus lingering around the place of his burial. There was no use looking for him in Judea. The king was in sovereign control as he had always been.[4]

As if to make this even clearer, the angel continues, 7. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, He has been raised from the dead, and look, he is going ahead of you into Galilee; there you shall see him. The marvelous message must be imparted. It must be proclaimed everywhere by those who at one time were, and soon will again be, The Twelve. Therefore they themselves must hear the glad news. They must get to know that Christ’s repeated prediction, “I am going to rise again on the third day” has now become a fact. Not only that, but for further confirmation of their faith, they must be told that the promise of Matt. 26:32, “But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee” is also going to be fulfilled. It is there, in the very region (4:15, 16) where death and darkness once ruled supreme, but where the Light of the world had performed most of his work, that he again will meet with his disciples. Galilee! That region of rejection, but also of acceptance; of hardship, but also of joy; of unbelief, but also of faith, must rejoice once more. See further on 26:32. Now I have told you, the angel adds, as if to say, “Now you have heard the glad tidings, and know what to do. So now it is your responsibility.”

Objection: “But Jesus’ first appearance to his disciples did not occur in Galilee but in Jerusalem. These men did not have to wait until they had arrived at last in Galilee, but were going to see the risen Savior this very evening.” Answer: this simply shows that God—or if one prefers, that the risen Savior—is even better than his promises.

But what about Peter, who had bragged in such unrestrained language about his loyalty, but had broken his promises so shamefully, must he also be told? “Yes,” says “the young man,” that is, the angel, “Go, tell his disciples and Peter” (Mark 16:7).[5]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 4, pp. 308–312). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 344–345). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 658). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Weber, S. K. (2000). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 479–480). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 991–992). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

March 12 Darkness Does Not Hinder God

scripture reading: Psalm 143:1–12
key verse: Psalm 143:8

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.

A thousand miles away from his home in the Louisiana bayous, the young hunter navigates unfamiliar terrain in the heart of the Rockies. As long as he follows his mountain–born hunting guide, he is safe. The knowledge and skill of his handpicked guide are his key to success. Just a few minutes of wandering, however, and the beautiful landscape could become his deadly adversary.

As a follower of Christ you are certain to encounter seasons of darkness and difficulty—whether it is in your home, your work, your relationships, your finances, or your emotional life. These times can be confusing: God seems distant; His will remains hidden; His voice is quiet; His presence appears dim.

You can panic; you can become frustrated; you can be disillusioned and disappointed; you can stagger and stumble. In your darkness, however, you must remember that your Guide, Christ Jesus, is the One who navigates your way.

As you cling to Him—trusting Him to guide you—and as you confess your dependence on Him, you learn to be confident in His loving care. Christ knows where you are today and where He will lead you tomorrow. The darkness cannot hinder Him.

Heavenly Father, You know where I am today. You know where You will lead me tomorrow. Help me trust You despite the darkness.[1]

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