Daily Archives: March 14, 2019

March 14 When the Odds Are Against You

Scripture Reading: Judges 7:12–15

Key Verse: Judges 7:12

Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.

Do you need special encouragement today? Does it feel like all your sources of security have crumbled around you? Gideon understood feeling like all the odds were against him. He faced the challenge of his life: fighting the mighty battalions of Midian with an army of only three hundred men.

Judges 7:12 reported that the Midianites and the Amalekites appeared as numerous as locusts. Their camels appeared as numerous as the sand on the seashore. Can you imagine how Gideon’s heart must have sunk upon seeing the awesome view? However, God did not allow Gideon to remain discouraged. When he returned to the camp, he heard two men discussing a dream that, being interpreted, was of God giving Midian over to the Israelites. Upon hearing this, Gideon worshiped God.

Gideon’s boldness was renewed. Yours can be too. Such courage is available to you, though all the odds appear stacked against you. This is because you can know for sure that God will not leave you to face your foes alone. No matter what you face today, God is greater. Trust Him, and He will use you in a mighty, wonderful way to effect victory.

Thank You, Lord, that You will use me today to effect victory in Your name. I move forward with confidence and trust.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 77). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

BREAKING… CONFIRMED: Obama’s CIA, DOJ and FBI Started Targeting the Trump Campaign in 2015 – Long Before What Comey Claimed (July 2016)! — The Gateway Pundit

The pieces of the coup to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America are coming undone.  Evidence from various sources now confirms that Obama’s CIA, DOJ and FBI illegally spied on the Trump team starting in 2015 and then built a coup to prevent him from winning the election and later remove him from office!

As we reported on June 4, 2018, the US Senate released over 500 pages of information related to the Spygate scandal.  Hidden in the information were unredacted Strzok – Page texts that show the FBI initiated actions to insert multiple spies in the Trump campaign in December 2015.

We reported that according to far left LA Times, Comey stated in March of 2017 under oath that the FBI investigation into the Trump – Russia scandal started in July 2016.  Now we know without a doubt that Comey lied about this.

A text message released by the US Senate showed words that were redacted when the FBI released the same texts long ago. The texts show evidence of collusion and wrongdoing by Obama’s FBI.

Super-spy Tony Shaffer retweeted a tweet by Nick Falco showing that text messages between dirty cops Peter Strzok and his girlfriend in the FBI, Lisa Page, lead to information that ‘Spygate’ started in early 2015 –

Unfortunately but not surprisingly, Twitter has since shut down the Twitter account of Nick Falco, the individual Shaffer retweeted, he must have been too effective!

Fortunately we saved the contents of Falco’s tweet.  Falco referred to texts released between corrupt FBI investigator Peter Strzok to corrupt FBI attorney Lisa Page stating the following –

Additional information we also provided showed that Obama’s spy, Stefan Halper, was awarded a contract in September of 2015.

We also pointed out that the problem with Obama spying on Trump before July 2016 is that it is against FBI rules –

Retired assistant FBI director for intelligence Kevin Brock also has questions. Brock supervised an agency update to their longstanding bureau rules governing the use of sources while working under then-director Robert Mueller. These rules prohibit the FBI from directing a human source to perform espionage on an American until a formal investigation has been opened – paperwork and all. 

Brock sees oddities in how the Russia case began. “These types of investigations aren’t normally run by assistant directors and deputy directors at headquarters,” he told me. “All that happens normally in a field office, but that isn’t the case here and so it becomes a red flag. Congress would have legitimate oversight interests in the conditions and timing of the targeting of a confidential human source against a U.S. person.” -The Hill

The problem with Comey lying about the start date of the Trump counterintelligence campaign before Congress is that it is against the law.

President Trump tweeted out a follow up to our post the next day –

Now we know that President Trump was correct in retweeting our story!

US Representative Devin Nunez was on the Sean Hannity [Radio] Show two days ago and he said this –

There’s a lot of information out there that tells us that the FBI was thick into this all through 2016 not just starting at the end of July like they’d like to claim.

In addition, we now know from Jeff Carlson at the Epoch Times who obtained a copy of Nellie Ohr’s testimony to Congress, that Nellie, who was a CIA agent, started working against Trump in 2015

The implication here is that Nellie Ohr approached Fusion-GPS owner Glenn Simpson for a job; essentially to work on political opposition research files Fusion-GPS was assembling in 2015.  This is distinctly different from Glenn Simpson seeking out Nellie Ohr, and opens the entire background to larger ramifications.

Our research has always indicated that Nellie’s work product was transmitted to Christopher Steele as part of an intelligence laundry process.   Chris Steele laundered Nellie’s information, provided second verification where possible, formatted into an official intelligence file, and returned that file -now named the Steele Dossier- to the FBI.

However, if it becomes verified that it was CIA contracted (former or current) Nellie Ohr who approached Simpson, then it becomes possible, perhaps likely, the intelligence information (seeds carried by Nellie), originated from the CIA.

This means that Obama’s CIA, DOJ and FBI, all started working on spying on, infiltrating, harassing and framing the Trump campaign in 2015!

The light is beginning to shine on the many crooks in the Obama Administration.  Let it burn!

hat tip D. Manny

via BREAKING… CONFIRMED: Obama’s CIA, DOJ and FBI Started Targeting the Trump Campaign in 2015 – Long Before What Comey Claimed (July 2016)! — The Gateway Pundit

March 14 Clothed with Power

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:44–49

Key Verse: John 6:63

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to the Father, His disciples were zealous to spread His message of salvation. Yet Christ commanded them to wait until they were “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49 nasb) on pentecost when the Holy Spirit would come for a new, indwelling ministry.

Think seriously about this fact: If the Holy Spirit was necessary for the apostles to live and minister effectively, do we not need His power as well? The Christian life is started by the Holy Spirit in the new birth experience and continued by the same Holy Spirit.

We need God’s Holy Spirit to enable us to live in victory over our circumstances. Only He gives us His hope, strength, and peace in the midst of crises. Only He supplies the mind and life of Christ when our emotions and situations are unpredictable and unstable.

We need the Holy Spirit to carry out the commands of Scripture through us. We can love our enemies, give thanks in heartache, deny ourselves, and turn the other cheek when we are ridiculed—only as He expresses Christ’s life through us.

The Lord gives you His all-sufficient Holy Spirit to glorify Himself through you. Let Him complete what He started in you at salvation by yielding to His reign daily.

Dear Lord, I yield to Your reign in my life so that You can complete what You started in me at salvation. Enable me to live in victory over my circumstances. Give me the mind of Christ when my emotions and situations are unstable.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 77). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 14 A God-Centered Prayer

Scripture reading: 2 Chronicles 20:13–30

Key verse: 2 Chronicles 20:17

You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.

Jehoshaphat’s prayer was God centered. He did not indulge in negativism by dwelling on the details of the difficulty. God wants you to be specific about a problem, His desire is to move your focus onto His power. Name your concern and begin with praise for His action and blessing in the past; then express the truth of His omnipotence.

The king was no novice in rulership, and that wasn’t the first kingdom problem. He had learned the value of coming to God in absolute humility, acknowledging his utter dependence. So complete was his trust that he never lapsed into self-reliance.

In other words, he could have quickly thanked God and then spread out the battle maps to make plans with his commanders. In your situation, the temptation to figure it out yourself may be the same, but God wants you to let Him handle the strategy.

What is even more awesome is that while the king prayed, God already had their deliverance under way. By the time the army of Judah arrived on the scene, what they beheld was a field of corpses. Not one foe was left standing. God provided what they needed, and He supplied them with gracious abundance.

Trusting Him to provide the resources for every demand makes you a God-centered person.

Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness in the past. I praise You for what You will do in the future. I lay my problems, plans, and issues before You right now.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 77). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 14, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


The U.S. Treasury will try to shield President Donald Trump from a congressional request to see his tax returns but its efforts to protect his privacy will be the same given any taxpayer, the Treasury secretary said on Thursday.

Beto O’Rourke, the youthful Texan who gained a national following with his long-shot election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz last year, on Thursday launched a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The U.S. Senate was poised on Thursday to pass a proposal to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the southern border, defying his threat to veto the measure and heavy lobbying of his fellow Republicans.

Congress plans to scrutinize why the United States waited so many days to ground all Boeing Co 737 MAX jets involved in Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia as other countries and airlines acted more quickly.

India and Pakistan agreed on Thursday to go forward with a new border crossing and route for Sikh pilgrims to visit a holy temple in Pakistan, a rare glimmer of cooperation after tension flared over the neighbors’ decades-old Kashmir dispute.

Russian oil company Rosneft spent a fortune on joint ventures in Venezuela even though it suspected it was losing out on millions of dollars. It continued investing because the Kremlin wanted to support its ally in South America.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits increased more than expected last week, suggesting the labor market was slowing, but probably not to the extent implied by a near-stall in job growth in February. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 229,000 for the week ended March 9.

AP Top Stories

Citing poor media freedoms, racism and “ideological prejudice”, China hit back on Thursday in unusually strong terms after the U.S. State Department slammed China’s rights record, including equating abuses on its Muslim minorities with the 1930s.

A leading researcher on China’s ethnic policies said on Wednesday that an estimated 1.5 million Uighurs and other Muslims could be held in so-called re-education centers in Xinjiang region, up from his earlier figure of 1 million.

A new chemical weapons investigation team with the power to assign blame for attacks such as those in Syria will start work in weeks, the head of the world’s toxic arms organisation said.

A senior Iranian security official on Wednesday accused regional powers of spending money on “suspicious nuclear projects”, and warned that such threats would force Tehran to revise its defense strategy.

California’s governor has signed a moratorium halting the use of the death penalty, saying he would be unable to sleep at night if he sent just one innocent person to their death. Citing a National Academy of Sciences report that estimated 1 out of every 25 people on death row was innocent, the governor said. “If that’s the case, that means if we move forward executing 737 people in California, we will have executed roughly 30 people that are innocent.”

International donors are gathering in Brussels hoping to drum up $9 billion to help Syrians uprooted by the country’s bloody civil war, as European countries warn the money must not prop up President Bashar al-Assad.

India’s biggest private oil refiner Reliance Industries has capped crude imports from sanction-hit Venezuela, the company said Thursday, following pressure from the United States.

Western-backed forces on Wednesday claimed Isil’s caliphate was in its “final moments” after thunderous shelling on its last patch of territory in eastern Syria prompted a wave of jihadists to surrender. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) estimated around 3,000 had walked out of the shrinking Baghuz pocket in the last 48 hours, most of whom fighters, suggesting a coordinated surrender.

The Navy between 2020 and 2024 wants to spend around $4 billion buying 10 large unmanned surface vessels and nine unmanned submarines.

The United States aims to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of about 620 miles in August, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday, after Washington announced last month it plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.


Greta Thunberg, 16, the Swedish schoolgirl who has inspired an international movement to fight climate change, has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. If she were to win, she would be the youngest recipient since Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she received the prize.

The new Algerian prime minister, Noueddine Bedoui, has been setting out his objectives in response to mass protests that forced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to withdraw from seeking a fifth term. In his first news conference since being appointed, Mr Bedoui said that he would form a technocratic government that would include young Algerians who led the demonstrations.

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s newly elected President Félix Tshisekedi has pardoned 700 political prisoners, in what is seen as a major gesture of reconciliation since he took office in the troubled nation in January.


A Bible said to have been signed by President Donald Trump sold this week on eBay for $325, according to the listing.

The video-hosting platform Vimeo canceled the account of a church that posted videos of a Bible conference that included teaching on homosexuality.

A new study finds that people who use e-cigarettes face a significantly higher risk of a heart attack, coronary artery disease, and depression compared to people who use no tobacco products. E-cigarettes, also known as “vapes” or “e-cigs,” are battery-operated, handheld devices that many believe is a “healthier” alternative to smoking or chewing traditional tobacco.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 14, 2019

The Foundation

“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. After discriminating, therefore, in theory, the several classes of power, as they may in their nature be legislative, executive, or judiciary, the next and most difficult task is to provide some practical security for each, against the invasion of the others.” —James Madison (1788)

Lee’s Plan to Save Trump’s Emergency Declaration

Republicans are divided on Trump’s border barrier amid concerns over executive overreach.

Beto Was ‘Born to Run’?

O’Rourke jumps into an already crowded Democrat presidential field with his exuberant ego.

Democrats Are Alienating Jewish Millennials

The new “Jexodus” movement aims to pull more Jews away from bondage to Democrats.

Leftist Rahm Emanuel Warns Party Is Too Far Left

Obama’s former chief of staff warns Dems that it will be their fault if Trump is reelected.

Syria Should Prompt the Return of Mattis

Trump’s decision to keep American troops on the ground might be otherwise beneficial.

A Black Female Harvard Professor Reconsiders the Second Amendment

“The NRA has long been a boogeyman for me.”

Native American Tribe Pays for Funerals of Alabama Tornado Victims

“[The tribe] said, ‘Tell us what it would take to cover all of it.”

Video: Environmentalist Rips Green New Deal

Former Greenpeace executive Patrick Moore takes on the ecofascists’ plan.

Today’s Opinion

Cal Thomas
Why Socialism Fails
Jeff Jacoby
Why the ‘Excellent’ Electoral College Is Well Worth Keeping
Larry Elder
It Is Time for ‘Jexodus’
Veronique de Rugy
Politics Trump Policy Once Again in Budget Debate
Victor Davis Hanson
Waging War Against the Dead
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top News Executive Summary

National emergency, Beto O’Rourke, Boeing 737 Max, Paul Manafort, Brexit, Elizabeth Warren, and more.

Thursday Short Cuts

Get ready to see lots of reporters throwing their panties, and I’m not just talking about the men from Vox. Robert Francis O’Rourke is running for President.” —Erick Erickson

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News – 3/14/2019

Bringing Fruit Offerings to God on Temple Mount
Two groups of approximately 50 people each, braved a rainy but blessed morning, to ascend the Temple Mount. A call had gone out a day or two earlier for Jews to take part in Ha’aliyah Hamonit, a mass ascension to create a presence on the site of the two Temples. While there, the woman, who had somehow managed to bring dates with her, distributed them to those gathered. Each person made a blessing over the fruit prior to eating it and Rabbi Ariel said one when everyone had finished.

Palestinian Attempt to Conquer the Temple Mount With Corpses
While the world watches tensions grow on the Temple Mount a side aspect of the conflict is going unnoticed, a “war” for the Temple Mount that is being fought with dead bodies. On Tuesday, a Palestinian terrorist threw a firebomb into a police post next to the Dome of the Rock. A policeman was seriously wounded and riots ensued after police arrested the terrorist. The police responded by closing all entrances to the site and ordering everyone to leave.

House Republicans Urge Sending Cohen Case to Justice Department for Alleged Perjury
leading House Republicans are ramping up pressure on House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings to refer the case of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Justice Department because of allegations that he perjured himself during congressional testimony.

U.S. and India agree to establish six U.S. nuclear power plants in India
The United States and India on Wednesday agreed to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India, the two countries said in a joint statement.

PA organizations in the US reject ‘Deal of the Century’
Organizations representing Palestinian Arabs in the US on Wednesday announced their absolute opposition to participating in any political framework that seeks to promote economic peace with Israel as an alternative to the establishment of a Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

Lisa Page admitted Obama DOJ ordered stand-down on Clinton email prosecution, GOP rep says
Lisa Page: Justice Department told agents not to charge Hillary Clinton. “the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information,” the congressman alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page’s closed-door testimony.

10 Colorado Counties Declare Sanctuary Status Against Gun Confiscation Law
Ten Colorado counties have declared “Second Amendment Sanctuary” status against a gun confiscation law being pushed by state-level Democrats.

Satellite images show another Iranian missile site in Syria
Satellite images taken by Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) on Wednesday appear to show a new missile factory being constructed in the Syria raising additional suspicion of Iranian involvement in missile production in the country. The images show a site surrounded by a fence, three hangers, a newly built water tower and buses and vans were detected in the site entrance within the securely fenced compound…

1,700-year-old inscription found at Negev Excavation
Archaeologists have uncovered a Greek inscription at the Haluza excavation in southern Israel indicating the name of the town. The name Haluza is mentioned in many historic sources, but this is the first archaeological evidence for the name of the city of Haluza found at the site itself. It is one of the two main possible locations for the Biblical city of Ziklag, mentioned in Genesis and I Samuel.

Israel issues complaint to U.N. over terrorists on Golan border
Israel issued a formal complaint to the United Nations Security Council over Hezbollah’s recently revealed “Golan Project,” which has positioned operatives along Israel’s northern border. Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon…wrote to council members stating that Israel “will not ignore the conversion of Syria and Lebanon to a military front against us and will act with force against the aggression from Tehran,” referring to Hezbollah’s Iranian backers.

Senate votes to end US support of Saudi-led Yemen war
The US Republican-led Senate has approved a bill to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen. The bipartisan vote was 54 to 46, and is a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s support of Saudi Arabia and its leader despite recent tensions. Mr Trump has vowed to veto the resolution should it pass through the Democrat-led House.

More than 1,000 drivers stranded in Colorado Springs area, Gov. Polis declares state of emergency as bomb cyclone paralyzes Front Range
Snow driven by winds approaching 100 mph shut down schools, highways, air travel and businesses in the Pikes Peak region Wednesday and left more than 1,000 stranded in their cars awaiting rescue. The rapidly intensifying storm — known as a bomb cyclone — caused whiteout conditions for drivers caught in its fury and prompted the governor to call out the National Guard and El Paso County to declare an emergency.

Parents Blame Elementary School’s Cell Tower After 4th Student Diagnosed With Cancer
A fourth child has been diagnosed with cancer at a San Joaquin County elementary school, and parents believe it’s because of radiation caused by a cell phone tower. The towers are spread throughout the community, but it’s this particular one that parents say needs to go. “We had a doctor tell us that it’s 100 percent environmental, the kind of tumor that he has,” said Monica Ferrulli.

Polish newspaper’s front page teaches ‘how to recognize a Jew’
A right-wing newspaper with national distribution in Poland ran on its front page an article that instructs readers on “how to recognize a Jew.” The Polish-language weekly, Tylko Polska, or “Only Poland,” lists on its front page “Names, anthropological features, expressions, appearances, character traits, methods of operation” and “disinformation activities.” The text also reads: “How to defeat them? This cannot go on!”

‘IDF will shoot African infiltrators,’ Israeli official tells shocked activists
A United Nations plan to resolve the issue of African migrants in Israel has been secretly revived by the government… The renewal of the plan was leaked by activists from South Tel Aviv who are furious at the prospect of around half of the almost 40,000 migrants being allowed to remain in the country. Even more shocking…is a call by the head of Israel’s Immigration Authority for the IDF to open fire on any Africans who…sail to Israel seeking asylum.

US drops ‘occupied’ from description of West Bank, Golan Heights
The US State Department changed its usual description of the Golan Heights from “Israeli-occupied” to “Israeli-controlled” in an annual global human rights report released by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. A separate section on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, areas that Israel captured along with the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six-Day War, also did not refer to those territories as being “occupied” or under “occupation.”

Syria’s Assad struggles to reap spoils after military gains
Eight years since Syria began its descent into war, many of President Bashar al-Assad’s enemies have been defeated and the bulk of the country is back under his control. But he isn’t celebrating. “We must not wrongly think, as happened in the last year, that the war is over. I say this not just to citizens but also to officials,” Assad told supporters in a speech last month.

CUT OFF: Trump is requesting ZERO dollars for the ‘Palestinians’ in the new budget
The difference between Trump and the Democrats could not be clearer. Unlike the Democrats, Trump believes that incitement, terrorism, and anti-Semitism should not be rewarded with financial aid from American taxpayers. Thank god this man was elected President. Any Jewish American who votes against President Trump is mad.

Georgia: Jewish parents furious over map of terror state ‘Palestine’ replacing Israel featured at middle school multicultural night
From Barack Obama to Bernie Sanders to Rashida Tlaib to Ilhan Omar, American Jews turned a blind eye to the anti-Semitism from the left. As a result, anti-Semitism is now normalized in the United States.

Top Catholic Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years for choirboy abuse
Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was on Wednesday sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing two choirboys, in what the judge lambasted as a “brazen” attack and “grave” abuse of power.

Dick’s Throws in the Towel: Pulling Guns from 125 Stores
Dick’s Sporting Goods announced Tuesday it will pull guns from 125 stores around the country.

It has been several years since the term “New World Order was widely used. It almost seems as if it faded from the world scene after George Bush (father) popularized the term in the 1990’s. His use of the term didn’t set too well with conservative voters. After a glorious victory over Iraq, he became a one-term president. Politicians learned not to use the cliché around voters. But across the pond, in stodgy old Europe, the New World Order is as popular as ever.

Swedish Government Pushes New ‘Gender Swap’ Program for Teens | Neon Nettle
Authorities in Sweden are steering male teenagers who apply for summer jobs towards “traditionally female professions” and females to males jobs in a bid to “break” traditional gender roles, according to reports.

The Pope Is Creating a One-World Religion to Complement the Coming One-World Government
The Fall of Rome has commenced. The Pope is holding private meetings in an effort to create a one world religion which will complement the coming one-world government that the UN has publicly stated that they will install by 2030.  Here is the story.

$2M in Soros, Feinstein-Linked Dark Money Connects to Trump Dossier Creators
A dark money group, with ties to liberal billionaire George Soros and senior Democrat Dianne Feinstein, gave $2 million to an organization that contracted Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to investigate the president and create the now-infamous Trump-Russia dossier, it has been revealed.

BOOM! President Trump Warns Obama Deep State – a “Broken and Corrupt Machine” – Justice Will Be Served, More to Come!
For over two years the Deep State FBI-DOJ and their liberal media has been investigating and harassing the Trump administration over a made-up Russia conspiracy.
They have found nothing. Yet they continue to abuse their power.

NY Aggressively Auditing Residents Fleeing State, Tracking Social Media, Phone Records
New York is aggressively auditing its wealthy residents attempting to flee the high-tax state for Florida, going so far as to monitor cell phone records, social media use and visits to the veterinarian or dentist, according to CNBC.

Headlines – 3/14/2019

US alters Golan Heights designation from ‘Israeli-occupied’ to ‘Israeli-controlled’

Abbas aide blasts US report that drops references to Israeli ‘occupation’

US assures ‘no change’ in its policy on the status of Palestinian territories

One-state solution gains ground as Palestinians battle for equal rights

Selling Jerusalem: Middlemen sell Jerusalemite homes to settlers

Israeli group honors Nikki Haley with coin

Israel opens criminal probe into 11 deaths in Gaza violence

Erdogan Accuses Netanyahu of Being ‘Child-killing Tyrant’

Exxon said considering gas, oil exploration in Israel

Syrian flag placed opposite Knesset as gesture of goodwill

IDF: Hezbollah head of Golan operations murdered U.S. troops in Iraq

After Hezbollah cell in Syria exposed, PM says it’s the ‘tip of the iceberg’

Israel petitions UN Security Council to act on uncovered Hezbollah cell

Intel firm: Satellite images back report of new Iranian missile plant in Syria

Up to 3,000 Isis children living in ‘extremely dire conditions’

Russian and Syrian air strikes intensify on last rebel bastion

Syria’s Kurds Defeated ISIS and Were Abandoned by Trump. Now They Must Look to Russia

Syria: Chemical weapons probe team to start in ‘weeks’

Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric tells Rouhani ties must respect sovereignty

US sees room to be more aggressive on sanctions and take Iran oil exports to zero

Iran Threatens Defense Overhaul to Counter ‘Suspicious Nuclear Projects’

Georgia detains two for trying to sell radioactive uranium

EU parliament calls for freeze on Turkey’s membership talks

Portland Trail Blazers star Enes Kanter, fearing Turkish retaliation, won’t go anywhere alone except bathroom

Defying Trump, Senate votes to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen war

Navy Wants 10-Ship Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’ to Supplement Manned Force

India and Pakistan to Hold First Meeting Since Kashmir Escalation

U.S. says China’s treatment of Muslim minority worst abuses ‘since the 1930s’

Niger says it killed 33 Boko Haram ‘terrorists’

10 dead, including 6 kids, in ‘unspeakably brutal’ Brazil shooting; 17 hurt

Venezuela’s water turns black as local say it is contaminated with oil

Power has finally been restored to Venezuela, minister says

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says power recovery will come ‘little by little’

British parliament votes for ruling out no-deal Brexit in any scenario

UK lawmakers vote against no-deal Brexit, now aim for delay

British pound surges the most in nearly two years after UK lawmakers vote to reject a no-deal Brexit

Boeing 737 Max grounded after investigators find similarities between crashes

Boeing faces crisis with worldwide grounding of 737 MAX jetliners

Trump appreciates Pelosi’s ‘statement against impeachment’

Not so fast: Mueller still investigating pivotal Russia probe issues

Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, just sentenced to federal prison, faces new charges in N.Y. indictment

Manafort’s bad day underscores the peril in sprawling Trump probes, some beyond the president’s control

Bader Ginsburg poster vandalized in Brooklyn with ‘Die, Jew b****,’ swastika

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation

Users worldwide report Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram outages

Facebook says outage not due to DDoS attack

Want to turn off the internet? It could happen if a solar storm hits the Earth

Physicists Just Reversed Time on The Smallest Scale by Using a Quantum Computer

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Anan, Japan

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 26,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 12,000ft

A Rare Giant Cyclone Is Set to Make Landfall in Mozambique, Threatening Dangerous Floods

Historic blizzard blasts 100mph winds across central US, turns deadly

Denver airport closes all runways after canceling over 1,300 flights amid severe weather

Gov. Polis activates Colorado National Guard, declares emergency in response to blizzard

‘Bomb cyclone’ blasts Colorado and leaves hundreds stranded in cars

Rare ‘bomb cyclone’ hits Colorado. Here’s what that means

Dire UN climate change report reveals it’s not too late to save planet

Virtual Blood Vessels and 3D Printed Organs: The Israeli Technology Training Doctors

Group of World’s Top Researchers Call For an Urgent Moratorium on Gene-Edited Babies

US warship quarantined at sea due to virus outbreak

Parents Blame Elementary School’s Cell Tower After 4th Student Diagnosed With Cancer

With lawsuits looming, OxyContin maker considers bankruptcy

America’s doctors warn Google, Twitter, and Facebook: Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing tech platforms, prompting outbreaks that can ‘debilitate and kill’

Parents Question State’s Right to Mandate Vaccines

Italy Implements ‘No Vaccine, No School’ Policy In Preschools

Whooping cough vaccine less effective because the bacteria is mutating, study suggests

Iowa Supreme Court: Medicaid Must Provide Coverage for Sex-Change Surgery

High schooler who posted Bible verses in response to pride flags suspended for ‘targeting’ Gay-Straight Alliance club

Most evangelicals favor LGBT nondiscrimination protections: poll

More than a Third of Catholics Consider Leaving the Church Amid Abuse Scandal

Spiritual leader of alleged New York sex cult hit with child porn charges

Mystery infections traced to blood-shedding religious ritual

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Former Estero youth pastor’s bond revoked after police report no-contact order violation

Court Lets Ohio Defund Planned Parenthood in Major Pro-Life Victory

Kenyan pastor who ministers to ex-Muslims beaten with clubs, hospitalized

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March 14, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Warning

Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. (25:13)

For the fifth time in the discourse (see 24:36, 42, 44, 50) Jesus called on those who will be alive during the last days of the Tribulation to be alert, because they will not know the day nor the hour of His appearing. They would know its nearness by the catastrophic signs, but the exact day and the exact hour they would not know.

“Be on guard,” Jesus had said in the Temple on the previous day, “that your hearts may not be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34–36).

In his epic poem Idylls of the King, Alfred Lord Tennyson used figures from the parable of the ten virgins in a song directed to the wicked Queen Guinevere, who learned too late the cost of sin:

Late, late, so late, and dark the night and chill!

Late, late, so late, but we can enter still.

Too late, too late, ye cannot enter now.

No light had we, for that we do repent;

And, learning this, the Bridegroom will relent.

Too late, too late, ye cannot enter now.

No light, so late, and dark and chill the night!

O let us in, that we may find the light.

Too late, too late, ye cannot enter now.

Have we not heard the Bridegroom is so sweet?

O let us in, tho’ late, to kiss His feet!

No, no, too late! Ye cannot enter now.[1]

13 The theme is reiterated once more (cf. 24:36, 42, 44, 50). Jeremias (Parables of Jesus, 52) and others suggest this verse is a late addition to the parable, since it is at variance with the fact that both the wise and the foolish virgins fell asleep. But this misses the purpose of v. 13. “Keep watch” does not mean “keep awake,” as if an ability to fight off sleep were relevant to the story. Rather, in light of the entire parable, the dominant exhortation of this discourse is repeated: Be prepared! Keep watching![2]

25:13. Jesus’ closing exhortation is the central application point of the parable, using almost exactly the same wording as when Jesus first introduced the command in 24:42. As in 24:42, we find again the present tense with the imperative mood of the verb gregoreo, which means, “be staying continually awake, constantly keeping watch.” And the same reason is given—we do not know the day or the hour of Christ’s return. Our preparedness for Christ’s coming demonstrates our personal trust and respect for him.[3]

13. Keep on the alert, therefore, because you do not know the day or the hour. See on 24:36, 42, 44, 50.

Having now studied the parable, and having fixed our attention upon its main lesson, namely the necessity of constant preparedness, hearts and lives ever consecrated to the Lord in the here and now, we are entitled to ask, “In keeping with this main application, what are some of the ancillary truths taught here?” Probably the following:

  1. All who profess to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are alike in many respects; especially in this, that all are on their way to meet the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. See Matt. 25:1.
  2. The resemblances are, however, superficial. There is an essential difference. By no means all who read the Bible, attend and even belong to a church, sing the songs of salvation, make public profession of faith, even preach in Christ’s name, are going to share in the blessings of Christ’s return. Some are sensible. Religion with them is not sham and pretense. They believe in being prepared by faith in the Savior and lives dedicated to him and therefore to God Triune. Others are foolish. “They have a form of piety but deny its power” (2 Tim. 3:5; cf. Matt. 7:22, 23). Unprepared they travel on—to meet the Judge. See Matt. 25:2–4.
  3. A long span of time will elapse between the first and the second coming. See Matt. 25:5; and on 24:9, 14; 25:19.
  4. The return of the Lord will be sudden, visible, and audible. See Matt. 25:6; and on 24:31.
  5. Preparedness is not transferable from one person to another. See Matt. 25:7–9; also Ps. 49:7; Prov. 9:12; Gal. 6:12.
  6. For those who are not ready—that is, for those unsaved before they die, and for those who in their unsaved condition survive on earth until Christ’s return—there is no “second chance.” See Matt. 25:10–12; also 7:22, 23; 10:32, 33; 24:37–42; 25:34–46; 2 Cor. 5:9, 10; Gal. 6:7, 8; 2 Thess. 1:8, 9; Heb. 9:27.
  7. Therefore—and in view of the fact that the moment of Christ’s return is unknown—watchfulness at all times is required. See Matt. 25:13; also Ps. 95:7, 8; 2 Cor. 6:2.

Whether or not the “oil” in this parable has a symbolical meaning is not certain. If it does, it would point to the Holy Spirit, through whose transforming and enabling power men are prepared to welcome the Bridegroom. See Matt. 25:2–4; and cf. Isa. 61:1; Zech. 4:1–6; 2 Thess. 2:13.[4]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 4, pp. 92–93). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] 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. 577). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Weber, S. K. (2000). Matthew (Vol. 1, p. 419). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 878–879). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

March 14 God Is by Your Side

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3–11
key verse: Isaiah 51:12

I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you should be afraid
Of a man who will die,
And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?

The God of all comfort can lovingly touch all heartache, despair, darkness, pain, evil, and desperation. Your tribulations are severe. Your path is hard. Your conditions are bleak. Your outlook is dim. But the God of all comfort—the God who Himself has suffered indescribably at the hands of people—will aid you, encourage you, strengthen you, and guide you.

Because Christ has experienced the ridicule and rejection of people and now stands as the Great High Priest, the throne of grace beckons every believer.

In the heat of the fight—the Light of Life is with you.

In the midst of the storm—the Prince of Peace is your steadfast guide.

In the bottom of the pit—the Chief Cornerstone is your rock.

If you hurt, let the healing love of Jesus Christ sustain you. He longs to comfort and encourage you with His presence, His promises, His people, and His power.

The God of all comfort will not let you go over the edge or sink beneath the mire. He will come instantly to your aid as you call on His name.

One day He will use you to personally carry His comfort to the ailing heart of another—transforming your trouble into His healing balm.

Lord, thank You that in the heat of the fight, Your Light is with me. Thank You that in the midst of the storm, the Prince of Peace is my guide. In the bottom of the pit, O God, the Chief Cornerstone is my rock.[1]

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

14 march (1858) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The solar eclipse

“I form the light, and create darkness.” Isaiah 45:7

suggested further reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1–10

Since God has made the ecliptic, or the circle, the great rule of nature, it is impossible but that eclipses should occur. Now, did you ever notice that in providence the circle is God’s rule still. The earth is here to-day; it will be in the same place this day next year; it will go round the circle; it gets no further. It is just so in providence. God began the circle of his providence in Eden. That is where he will end. There was a paradise on earth, when God began his providential dealings with mankind; there will be a paradise at the end. It is the same with your providence. Naked you came forth from your mother’s womb, and naked you must return to the earth. It is a circle. Where God has begun, there will he end; and as God has taken the rule of the circle in providence, as well as in nature, eclipses must be sure to occur. Moving in the predestined orbit of divine wisdom, the eclipse is absolutely and imperatively necessary in God’s plan of government. Troubles must come; afflictions must befall; it must needs be that for a season you should be in heaviness, through manifold temptations. But I have said, that eclipses must also occur in grace, and it is so. God’s rule in grace is still the circle. Man was originally pure and holy; that is what God’s grace will make him at last. He was pure when he was made by God in the garden. That is what God shall make him, when he comes to fashion him like unto his own glorious image, and present him complete in heaven. We begin our piety by denying the world, by being full of love to God; we often decline in grace, and God will bring us back to the state in which we were when we first began.

for meditation: This sermon was occasioned by the anticipation of the solar eclipse on the following day. Meditate on the significance of the most important solar eclipse in all history. Remember this was not an astronomical eclipse, since it occurred at Passover—full moon (Luke 23:44–46)!

sermon no. 183[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 80). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

14 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

Remembered with Favor

Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation. Psalm 106:4

suggested further reading: Psalm 30

The prophet here declares his chief desire is that God would extend to him the love that he bears toward the church. He might thus participate in all the blessings which, from the very first, God bestowed upon his chosen and which he day by day continues to bestow on them. The prophet desires this not only for himself but also, in the name of the universal church, offers up a prayer for all, that by his example he might stimulate the faithful to present similar petitions.

Remember me, says he, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people; that is to say, grant to me the same unmerited kindness that thou art pleased to confer upon thy people, so that I may never be cut off from thy church but will always be included among the number of thy children. The phrase favour toward thy people refers passively to the love that God graciously bears to his elect. The prophet uses it to indicate the marks of God’s love. From this gracious source flows the proof that God actually and experimentally gives grace to his people.

The prophet considers being numbered among the people of God as the summit of true happiness because by this means he feels that God is reconciled to him. Nothing is more desirable than this. Also, he experiences that God is bountiful. The term remember refers to the circumstance of time. As we shall see toward the end of the psalm, it was written when the people were in such a sad and calamitous state that the faithful might have entertained some secret apprehension that God had forgotten them.

for meditation: Are you, by grace, one of God’s chosen people? If you are numbered among the elect, you will never be forgotten but will be remembered with favor. That should comfort you in the darkest hours.[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 92). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Lisa Page testimony means DOJ might want to re-open case against Hillary Clinton

Lock her up?

More and more, it appears the Justice Department should have tried to do just that to Hillary Clinton and that only nefarious interference kept the attempt from occurring.

My colleague Becket Adams is correct in writing that newly released testimony by disgraced FBI attorney Lisa Page makes former U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch look blatantly dishonest and makes her infamous “tarmac meeting” with former president Bill Clinton look even sleazier than it already had. Specifically, despite sworn assurances to the contrary from Lynch, Page testified that Department of Justice officials repeatedly dissuaded the FBI from building a criminal case against Clinton for “gross negligence” in her handling of classified information.

What bears further comment is the legal importance of the phrase “gross negligence.” Page said DOJ advised FBI lawyers that “gross negligence” was a charge they could not “permissibly bring” against Clinton because it was “too vague.” 

This borders on nonsense. “Gross negligence” is not some vaguely interpretive standard the FBI was creatively deciphering from penumbras of the federal criminal code. Instead, it is a specific, enumerated standard for prosecution under Section 793 (f) of the U.S. Code’s chapter on “Espionage and Censorship.” It says anyone in possession of protected information “related to the national defense” who, “through gross negligence, permits” that information to “removed from its proper place of custody,” “shall” be penalized with up to 10 years in prison.

“Gross negligence” may not be as precise as a numerical equation such as 2 plus 2, but it’s hardly a mystical concept understandable only by sages and seers. Instead, it is a basic legal standard, appearing in U.S. laws too many times to count, meaning “a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care.” 

National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, who led the prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, explained this in 2016 when then-FBI Director James Comey first let Clinton off the hook: “With lawful access to highly classified information, she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was ‘extremely careless’ and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.”

Moreover: “In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense: The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing. The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. [Italics and bolding in the original.]”

What this all means is that even the apparently pro-Hillary FBI lawyers understood that gross negligence had occurred but that the even more leftist Obama-Lynch minions at DOJ convinced them that “malign intent” was needed to prosecute, despite the explicit words of the statute.

This wasn’t just Comey hubristically asserting the authority to decide justice and innocence in Clinton’s case; it was Comey’s hubris combined with interference by the Lynch mob. Minus the interference, based on a plain reading of the law, Clinton should have been indicted. 

By some (admittedly debatable) interpretations of the law and the applicable statute of limitations, she still should be.
— Read on www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/lisa-page-testimony-means-doj-might-want-to-re-open-case-against-hillary-clinton

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