Daily Archives: March 25, 2019

March 25 The Benefits of Darkness

Scripture Reading: John 15:1–5

Key Verse: John 15:5

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when it seemed like your whole world was shattered? Maybe a loved one passed away, a spouse left home, or you or someone close to you was diagnosed with a serious illness. No one—not even committed Christians—are exempt from these dark times of life.

It has been said that the greatest growth in the Christian’s spiritual life occurs during periods of darkness. How can this be so? How can any good come out of the most hideous horrors imaginable? Consider these ways:

  • Hard times prevent us from thinking of ourselves as invulnerable. A hard fact of life is that we cannot do everything by ourselves. In fact, according to Scripture, we can do nothing apart from Christ (John 15:5).
  • Life-shattering hardships cause us to fall at the foot of the cross with open, empty hands. God is not impressed with how much we can handle “on our own”; rather, He desires us to come to Him utterly broken, realizing that He alone can restore our lives (Psalm 51:17).
  • The darkest life is the one that is affected most by the light of Christ. Just as a single candle has tremendous impact on a dark room, so does the blazing light of Jesus illuminate our hearts.

Pray for a clearer understanding of the dark times in your life, so that you may be better prepared to understand and accept the grace that God desires to pour out.

Lord, help me to understand that the darkness makes Your light shine brighter and makes me realize my need for it.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 88). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 25 The Temple Of God

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:9–17

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Before you were saved, you were a reflection of this godless age. Your thoughts and habits, though perhaps good ones, were more benevolent than godly. Once Christ came to live in your heart, your life was changed. Your body, even in its fallen state, has become His place of residence. We know that while God resides in heaven, His Spirit lives within the lives of those who believe in Him.

Rather than living among the trees or in the wind, God who is personal and intimate in nature seeks a dwelling place where He can express Himself. He actually desires to live with His creation and has chosen the lives of those who love Him as His home.

In Old Testament times the Jews worshiped God in the temple. But Jesus’ coming abolished the need for a man-made habitat. Just as our Lord walked and talked with the people of His day, He is doing the same with those who belong to Him through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.

What happens if we, as temples of God, become dirty and dark through our association with the sinfulness of this world? The gravest result is the loss of intimate fellowship with Christ. Nothing equals that. Filling your life with things that sadden God brings tearful consequences.

Don’t darken the light that God has placed inside you. You are His temple, His home this side of heaven.

Father, thank You for coming and living inside me. Continually cleanse every corner of my spiritual temple. Make it a fit habitation for a King.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 88). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Media Has Done Irreparable Damage To The Country — The Federalist

For the past two years, the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan groupthink. Nothing like it has ever happened in American history.

For the past two years, a large swath of the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan groupthink. Perhaps it was Watergate envy, or bitterness over Donald Trump’s victory, or antagonism towards Republicans in general—or, most likely, a little bit of all the above. But now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian collusion, it’s clear that political journalists did the bidding of those who wanted to delegitimize and overturn Trump’s election.

While bad behavior from partisan sources should be expected, the lack of skepticism from self-appointed unbiased journalists has been unprecedented. Any critical observer could see early on that Trump-era partisan newsroom culture had made journalists susceptible to the deception of those peddling expedient stories. Our weekly bouts of Russia hysteria all sprung from one predetermined outcome: Trump was in bed with Vlad Putin.

The natural disposition of journalists—even opinion journalists—should be skepticism. Like him or not, the notion that the president of the United States, a wealthy showman who’s been in the limelight for decades, and ran one of the most chaotic major political organizations in history, had been secretly conspiring with Russia to steal a 50-state election should immediately have been deemed too good to be true by any decent journalist.

Yet once-respectable, if biased, mainstream outlets churned out deceptive and faulty stories on the matter. Even when corrected, the many debunked pieces helped foster an environment that allowed the Big Myth to fester.

Read more: The Media Has Done Irreparable Damage To The Country — The Federalist

With Mueller Done, WSJ Urges “Probe The Real Scandal” | ZeroHedge News

Just hours after reports that Rep. Devin Nunes will refer criminal charges against Clinton operatives & high-level FBI & DOJ officials for perpetuating the Russiagate hoax for over three years, The Wall Street Journal’s outspoken voice of reason, Kimberley Strassel, stresses that Americans deserve a full accounting of the missteps of Comey and the FBI.

Source: GrrrGraphics

Attorney General William Barr has reported to Congress that special counsel Robert Mueller has cleared President Trump and his campaign team of claims of conspiring with Russia during the 2016 election. This is more than an exoneration. It’s a searing indictment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as a reminder of the need to know the story behind the bureau’s corrosive investigation.

Mr. Mueller’s report likely doesn’t put it that way, but it’s the logical conclusion of his no-collusion finding. The FBI unleashed its powers on a candidate for the office of the U.S. presidency, an astonishing first. It did so on the incredible grounds that the campaign had conspired to aid a foreign government. And it used the most aggressive tools in its arsenal—surveillance of U.S. citizens, secret subpoenas of phone records and documents, even human informants.

The wreckage is everywhere. The nation has been engulfed in conspiracy theories for years. A presidency was hemmed in by the threat of a special counsel. Citizens have gone to jail not for conspiracy, but for after-the-fact interactions with Mr. Mueller’s team. Dozens more have spent enormous amounts of money and time defending their reputations.

None of this should ever have happened absent highly compelling evidence—from the start—of wrongdoing. Yet from what we know, the FBI operated on the basis of an overheard conversation of third-tier campaign aide George Papadopoulos, as well as a wild “dossier” financed by the rival presidential campaign. Mr. Mueller’s no-collusion finding amounts to a judgment that there never was any evidence. The Papadopoulos claim was thin, the dossier a fabrication.

Which is all the more reason Americans now deserve a full accounting of the missteps of former FBI Director James Comey and his team—in part so that this never happens again.

That includes the following:

What “evidence” did the FBI have in totality?

What efforts did the bureau take to verify it?

Did it corroborate anything before launching its probe?

What role did political players play?

How aware was the FBI that it was being gulled into a dirty-trick operation, and if so, how did it justify proceeding?

How intrusive were the FBI methods?

And who was harmed?

If Mr. Mueller has done his job properly, his report will address some of this. His team would have had to look into the sources of the allegations as part of determining the documents’ (lack of) veracity. A Mueller report that doesn’t mention the dossier and its political provenance, or questionable news stories used to justify surveillance warrants, for instance, is a report that is playing politics.

The fuller accounting will come only through total disclosure of FBI and Justice Department probe documents. Mr. Trump promised that disclosure in September but has yet to follow through.

Strassel concludes that “transparency is now a necessity. “

The Mueller report is only half the story. With the special-counsel probe at an end, it’s time to go back the beginning – to the documents that explain its origin. Only then will Americans have the full story of the Russia-collusion narrative.

How long before #LockThemUp starts trending?

Source: GatewayPundit

Source: With Mueller Done, WSJ Urges “Probe The Real Scandal”

Mueller Report: Recap of Interviews, Responses and Reactions From Trump Administration… — The Last Refuge

White House and administration officials were on multiple news outlets today giving interviews about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.  Below you will find interviews with Attorney Jay Sekulow, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and White House Senior Advisor to the President, Kellyanne Conway.

Jay Sekulow:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

Kellyanne Conway:

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via Mueller Report: Recap of Interviews, Responses and Reactions From Trump Administration… — The Last Refuge

March 25 Everyday Opportunities

Scripture reading: Psalm 61:1–8

Key verse: Ephesians 2:10

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The Holy Spirit is always at work in your life, conforming you to the image of Christ; that’s called sanctification. And though you do not enhance this development through self-effort, God wants you to pay close attention to what He’s doing, even asking Him specifically to show you the aspects of His activity.

His goals for you are not mysterious; God is not trying to hide His plans for you. When you ask Him to give you direction, whether it’s for coping with daily activities or for grasping His larger vision, He will give you the guidance you request (James 1:5).

All of us have sin habits and negative behaviors that aren’t readily apparent to us. God may use the words of friends to point out such problem areas to you, as painful as that may be. Or He may choose to quietly convict your heart without outside assistance. Either way, He’ll let you know what He wants to change next.

Did you know that God has already planned spiritual activities for you (Eph. 2:10)? Ask Him to open your eyes to everyday opportunities to demonstrate His love to others. He’ll even give you creative ideas for ministry. Remember, all of His riches are yours for the asking.

Dear Lord, as I wait in Your presence today, show me where I need to change. Open my eyes to everyday opportunities to demonstrate Your love to others.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 88). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 25, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, but left unresolved the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining investigations that dogged his presidency.

The White House said on Monday it was up to the U.S. Justice Department to decide if detailed findings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation would be made public, a day after the attorney general said President Donald Trump had been cleared of any collusion.

Russia’s foreign ministry called on the United States on Monday to formally recognize there was no collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign at the 2016 elections following the conclusion of a months-long U.S. investigation.

Yemen’s warring parties exchanged heavy weapons fire overnight in Hodeidah, residents and military sources said, as the United Nations scrambled to salvage a ceasefire deal in the Yemeni port city that is a lifeline for millions at risk of starvation.

AP Top Stories

Dozens of Islamic State group jihadists emerged from tunnels to surrender to US-backed forces in eastern Syria on Sunday, a day after their “caliphate” was declared defeated.

Two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to media reports, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.

Norwegian officials have opened an investigation into why a cruise ship carrying more than 1,370 people set sail along the country’s often wild western coast despite storm warnings, forcing a major evacuation by helicopter.

A United Nations humanitarian agency said on Monday that Yemen has witnessed a sharp spike in the number of suspected cholera cases this year, as well as increased displacement in a northern province. The report from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 100,000 suspected cholera cases were found across Yemen from the beginning of the year until March, and over 190 people have died.

Twelve people accused of crimes in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions bribery case are set to make their initial federal court appearances in Boston on Monday.

The death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummeled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometers, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors.

Israeli aircraft targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after Palestinians there threw explosive devices at the border fence during “riots”, the army said.

Sydney Aiello, a recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived the Parkland school shooting has died by suicide, the student’s mother told CBS Miami. NBC News reported that Aiello died from a gunshot wound to the head.

American Airlines said Sunday it will extend flight cancellation through April 24 because of the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX after two fatal crashes since October and cut some additional flights. American, the largest U.S. carrier, said it is canceling about 90 flights a day. American is the second-largest U.S. operator of the MAX in the United States with 24 jets, behind Southwest Airlines with 34.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country’s bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up.

The Romanian prime minister promised Sunday in Washington that her country would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with both the European position and apparently with her own country’s president.

New Zealand’s government banned a racist, angry manifesto written by the suspected gunman of two recent mosque shootings in Christchurch that killed 50 people, arguing that the 74-page document “promotes murder and terrorism.”

Italy is projected to be the first G7 nation to officially endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). And that’s raising the ire of both the European Union and the United States.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit China for one day next week for talks with President Xi Jinping, adding to signs that any tensions between the two nations are easing.

BBC

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. Prince Charles and Camilla’s trip is being seen as an attempt to help form closer ties between the UK and Cuba, which were foes during the Cold War.

A second cyclone within 48 hours has brought destructive winds and torrential rains to coastal regions of Australia.

The number of people known to have contracted Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has exceeded 1,000, making the current outbreak the second largest ever recorded.

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has pledged to create “the world’s largest minimum income scheme” if his party wins election. He said the Congress Party would guarantee an income for 50 million of India’s poorest families.

WND

A judge in Illinois has torpedoed a town’s plan for gun “regulation” that included both the confiscation and destruction of ordinary rifles.

Amazon has removed the sex dolls that look like children. Amazon [had] sex dolls that look like children for sale on their site. A company called DVKFP has sex dolls that are clearly meant to target pedophiles and represent children, listed on Amazon including a promise for “hidden delivery.”

A majority of French say they are fed up with their current living environment, according to a new survey, and they would much rather live in a rural village than a big city.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 25, 2019

The Foundation

“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” —John Adams (1797)

Executive Summary: Mueller v Trump

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”


The ‘Oh, the Humanity!’ Generation

America’s young people are plagued with First World “problems” brought by luxury.


The Recycled Debate About Recycling

With China’s recent restrictions on buying American garbage, the U.S. faces a big problem.


Immigration Crisis Grows, Border Patrol Overwhelmed

ICE is releasing over 1,000 illegal aliens a day as facilities and courts overcrowd.


The Fatherless Factor in Violent Crime

While the Left focuses on the tool used, too many people ignore the underlying crisis.


National Medal of Honor Day

Today is an opportunity to recognize the recipients of our nation’s highest military award.


Humor Video: Change the Voting Age to 16?

Chad Prather says, “Sure, why not? What could go wrong?” Uh, a lot.



Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
‘Total Exoneration’
Peggy Noonan
Kids, Don’t Become Success Robots
Michael Reagan
Attack of the Desperate Democrats
Todd Starnes
San Antonio Airport Bans Chick-fil-A Over Anti-Gay Accusations
William Federer
Jonathan Edwards v. Socialism on Campus: Whoever Teaches the Children Controls the Future
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Mueller report, Dems unsatisfied, Sanders’ foreign interference, illegal immigration, SPLC, sanctions, fentanyl deaths, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

The Gipper: “A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.”



Today’s Meme

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News – 3/25/2019

NASA satellite snaps fireball 10 times more powerful than Hiroshima bomb
NASA has released images of a meteor exploding over the Bering Sea last December with a force over 10 times greater than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. On December 18, 2018 at 23:55 GMT, the space agency’s Terra satellite took a series of photos of a giant fireball exploding 16 mi (26 km) above the Earth’s surface that is estimated to have released 173 kilotons of energy, making it the largest meteor blast since the Chelyabinsk incident of 2013.

We should all be celebrating the collapse of Hillary’s big lie
Stick a fork in impeachment. It’s dead. Victory doesn’t get any sweeter for the winners. Or more important for our country. The results of the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller are a tremendous vindication for President Trump and the many millions of Americans who never doubted his innocence. We now know that Hillary Clinton and her supporters misled the country in claiming that the White House was stolen from her. She started the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax and her claims, aided by the Obama White House and magnified by a thoroughly partisan media, set in motion a wild-goose chase. The chase undermined a duly elected president and cost taxpayers more than $30 million for an investigation that proved the accusations were flat-out false.

Rocket Strikes Israeli House; At Least 6 Wounded, Miraculously No Fatalities
Seven Israelis were wounded early Monday, when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip directly struck a house; miraculously nobody was killed. The house in Moshav Mishmeret, in the Sharon Plain near to the city of Netanya – Israel’s seventh-largest population center – was almost totally destroyed.

House Majority Leader takes jab at Rep. Omar
House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer at AIPAC conference: When someone accuses American supporters of dual loyalty, I say: accuse me. House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) issued a strong rebuke of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her anti-Semitic remarks in a speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference on Sunday. “I am not Jewish, nor do I do represent a large Jewish constituency. But I have visited Israel fifteen times, and I have seen the courage of its people and their enduring spirit to make their country flourish,” he said.

Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy but some questions left unresolved
Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election…

IDF blames Hamas for rocket strike; reservists called up as troops deployed to Gaza border
‘The rocket fire was carried out by Hamas from a Hamas position,’ army says after 7 hurt in direct hit on family home in Sharon region; Iron Dome and intelligence reservists summoned as infantry and armored troops moved to edge of Strip; Hamas apparently goes underground.

Graham sends ominous tweet to Comey: See you soon
The Hill reached out to Graham for clarification about his tweet and his office referred the website to a letter from Graham to the attorney general about investigating a FISA surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a former campaign adviser to then-candidate Trump.

IDF sends brigades, calls up reservists to Gaza border following rocket
Israel has deployed two infantry and armored brigades to southern Israel and has begun a limited call up for reservists in the intelligence and air defense corps following rocket fire on central Israel Monday morning, the IDF said. According to IDF Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis, the rocket was fired by Hamas operatives from a Hamas military post in Rafiah in the southern part of the Strip and had a range of 120 kilometers.

Venezuela crisis: Russian military planes land near Caracas
Two Russian military planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday, reportedly carrying dozens of troops and large amounts of equipment. The planes were sent to “fulfil technical military contracts”, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported. Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, wrote on Twitter that he saw about 100 troops and 35 tonnes of equipment offloaded from the planes.

Islamic Jihad warns IDF not to strike Gaza, threatens ‘powerful response’
The head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad al-Nakhla, said Monday that if Israel launches an attack on Gaza, it would provoke a “powerful response” from the factions in the Strip. The statement comes in light of an anticipated Israeli retaliation to a Gaza rocket fire that destroyed a residential house in central Israel, wounding seven people, early Monday morning.

Netanyahu cuts short U.S. visit as Gaza tensions spike
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a visit to the United States on Monday and the military said it dispatched reinforcements to the Gaza border after a rocket attack near Tel Aviv wounded seven people. Netanyahu threatened a forceful response to the long-range strike amid accusations from opponents in a closely contested Israeli election…that he had been showing weakness in the face of security challenges from Gaza militants.

U.S. Navy, Coast Guard ships pass through strategic Taiwan Strait
The United States sent Navy and Coast Guard ships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the U.S. military said, as part of an increase in the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks raising tensions with China further but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from Washington amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.

Trump boosts bills to teach his favorite book — the Bible — in public schools
President Trump signaled his support on Monday for state bills that would allow public schools to teach courses in the Bible, which he once proclaimed was his favorite book.

VICTORY: Planned Parenthood sites across Ohio receive notice of state funding termination
Planned Parenthood locations across Ohio on Thursday received notice from the Ohio Department of Health that their state funding will end next month.

Newly Uncovered Clinton Email Exchange Describes Plan To Thwart U.S. ‘Jewish Leadership’
On Thursday, Judicial Watch released what it says is likely the “final batch” of emails recovered or found by the FBI among the 33,000 emails Hillary Clinton tried to “delete or destroy” from her unsecured private email server.

CONQUERED: New Zealand opens Parliament session with a reading of the Koran, as their over the top appeasement of Muslims continues
The Quran was recited during New Zealand’s parliament session on Tuesday, the first since last week’s terrorist attack on two mosques that claimed 50 lives.

Syria vows to go to was with Israel and liberate the Golan Heights, if Trump recognizes it as part of the Jewish State
Trump’s declaration is the latest US step to fuel anger in the region, both in states that are hostile to Israel and others that have relations with it and are allied to the United States.

Texas House Passes Bill Legalizing Child-Run Lemonade Stands
The Texas House passed legislation on Wednesday that would allow children to run temporary lemonade stands without having to obtain a permit.

Ted Malloch: Beware of the Mark of the Beast, Beware of the “Multi”
..Today, we have a new, modern ‘mark’ to beware: it is anything and everything with the prefix — “Multi.” Let me explain. Multi is the shortened form of the word multiple but it often spells pure evil and the opposite of the good or godly.  Here are five vivid examples to illustrate the point.Multiculturalism..

Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil – The Washington Post
Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That’s according to the company making the oil, which says it’s the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S.

Hunt For Blue November: Democrats Would Sooner Destroy America Than Lose To Trump In 2020
“With the likelihood of a Democratic candidate ousting Trump in 2020 looking like mission impossible, the party is resorting to a number of desperate and even dangerous tactics to steal as many voters as possible…”


Headlines – 3/25/2019

Minister says Trump to formally recognize Golan as Israeli territory Monday

Erdogan says Turkey will take issue of Golan Heights to U.N.

Honduran president calls Jerusalem Israeli capital, not moving embassy yet

Romania at AIPAC: We will move our embassy to Jerusalem

Romanian president rebuffs ‘ignorant’ PM over pledge to move embassy

Palestinians blast Romanian prime minister’s pledge to move embassy

Head of AIPAC accuses lobby’s critics of ‘defamation’ as confab kicks off

After late-night border violence, suspected explosives found in field near Gaza

Jerusalem teens indicted for firebombing police on Temple Mount

On 40th anniversary, Egypt-Israel peace treaty endures in troubled region

Poll: 42% of Israelis Back West Bank Annexation, Including Two-state Supporters

One of Germany’s Richest Families to Donate $11 Million After Learning of Nazi Past

Israel’s Environment Ministry Calls to Halt Oil Production: Shale Oil and Fracking Too Dangerous

At AIPAC, Democratic majority leader aims fire at Ilhan Omar

As 2020 Dems call to rejoin Iran deal, Dermer says that’s ‘totally unacceptable’

Top Iranian official: Islamic Republic did hack Netanyahu family phones

Iran to cement ties with Lebanon, Hezbollah despite U.S. pressure

Three ISIS extremists blow themselves up in north Iraq

Syria’s return to Arab League not on summit agenda

Syrian State Media Says Rebels Shell Village With Gas, Injuring 21

Syria Kurds urge world to take back foreign extremists

Erdogan says Turkey will not go back on purchase of Russian S-400s

Russian Air Force Planes Land in Venezuela Carrying Troops: Report

Venezuelan power struggle creates diplomatic duel abroad

Police arrest 70 in ‘yellow vest’ protests as soldiers deployed to prevent Paris rioting

Disneyland Paris ‘attack’ false alarm sparks stampede

UK’s Theresa May faces pressure to step down to save Brexit

Britain must resolve Brexit but changing PM May wouldn’t help, Hammond says

Mueller does not find Trump campaign knowingly conspired with Russia

Trump declares ‘total exoneration’ after Mueller report finds no collusion

Trump Celebrates Mueller Findings: ‘This Was an Illegal Takedown That Failed’

Pelosi and Schumer call for release of report

Top Dem Says AG Barr Must Testify to Congress Because ‘Mueller Did Not Exonerate the President’

The UFO community still believes – and science is starting to listen

Snapping more selfies, Beresheet makes last pass around Earth before moon try

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Nagarote, Nicaragua

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Carlsberg Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Francisco del Mar, Mexico

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 30,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Ibu volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Tropical storm develops off the coast of Brazil, the first in almost 10 years

Australia hit with second ‘severe’ cyclone in two days

Cyclone Idai death toll passes 750 with more than 110,000 now in camps

Midwest, South face ‘potentially unprecedented’ flooding through May, NOAA says

Trump approves Iowa disaster declaration amid massive flooding

Cloud of Cancer-Causing Chemical Hangs Over the Houston Channel

WHO reaffirms commitment to Democratic Republic of the Congo as Ebola outbreak nears 1000 cases amid increased violence

Second Parkland shooting survivor commits suicide within span of a week

Nevada Senate Committee Approves Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

Maryland Senate Committee Advances Bill Allowing Physician-Assisted Suicide for Terminally Ill

Mississippi Governor Signs Abortion Ban: I Want to Tell the Lord “I Fought for Innocent Babies”

Single women are paying thousands to freeze their eggs – but at what cost?

At Least Three UK Children Taken Last Year Because of Parents’ Objections to ‘Gender Transitioning’

Conservative United Methodists gearing up for church court battle over ‘Traditional Plan’


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Ohio Defunds Planned Parenthood Abortion Business After Court Authorizes Defunding


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Let’s review how Russia colluded with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

WINTERY KNIGHT

CNN reported on a false allegation for 22 months CNN reported on a false allegation for 22 months

For the last 22 months, we’ve seen the media keep up a constant drumbeat about how Trump colluded with Russia to sell Russian corporations uranium rights in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation. Oh, wait, the media hasn’t said anything about that. So, there was an investigation, and the investigation went on forever, and found nothing.

The Federalist reports:

In a four-page letter provided to Congress on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr officially revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find any evidence that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign treasonously colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.

No collusion:

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,” Barr’s…

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Nation Awaits Apology From Media That Pushed Fake News Story For Two Years — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—According to sources from all across the country, the nation is still waiting for an apology for the media that pushed a fake news story connecting Donald Trump to Russia for two full years.

While those who supported Donald Trump were understandably a touch upset that they’ve been called Russian bots and Putin’s puppets for years now, they reported they were certain that an apology would be coming shortly from the press that pushed the story every time they got a chance, regardless of the evidence.

“Any second now,” one Trump supporter in Texas told reporters. “I’m absolutely confident that the press will own up to their errors and vow to learn from these mistakes. I mean, it’s not like they’ll just brush this all under the rug, move the goalposts, or somehow spin this into being our fault.”

“That would be, like, totally fake news, and I trust that the American press is above that,” he added.

Conservatives across the country were refreshing their newsfeeds and flipping through major media channels, awaiting the heartfelt apology from political pundits who dedicated their shows and commentary to the now-debunked Russiagate scandal 24/7.

Sources also confirmed that the nation is still waiting for an apology for the media’s complicity in the Iraq War, the smearing of the Covington Catholic students, and the wild conspiracy theories about Brett Kavanaugh.

via Nation Awaits Apology From Media That Pushed Fake News Story For Two Years — The Babylon Bee

CNN, MSNBC And All The Fake News Media Must Be Held Accountable For Misleading The American Public Over Phony Russian Collusion Narrative — Now The End Begins

 

Attorney General William Barr told Congress Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, destroying two years of media speculation and bad reporting.

For two years, CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the Liberal fake news media assaulted their listeners eardrums with the endless and phony narrative that President Trump was guilty of Russian collusion, treason, and about 6 other crimes. Every single one of these fake news outlets didn’t just repeat the same story, their talking heads repeated word for word the exact same script, all in an effort to poison people’s minds that Trump was guilty. As we found out this weekend, none of that was true. Not one bit of it. So what should happen now?

The real fruit of the Mueller investigation is that is showed the American people that the mainstream news media in this country cannot be trusted. This was not simply bad reporting or biased journalism, this was an orchestrated attempt to use the freedom of the press to intentionally deceive. There was collusion, but it was collusion of the Liberal media between themselves to lie and deceive in an attempt to destroy a legitimately elected president of the United States.

I call for an immediate investigation into Hillary Clinton’s connection to Russia, Fusion GPS, Comey’s investigation of Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch’s secret meeting with Bill Clinton on the tarmac, Hillary’s illegal email server, and just for good measure, a new investigation into the 4 dead Americans in Benghazi. Remember those guys? We sure do. Let the games begin.

THE MEDIA’S RUSSIA ‘BOMBSHELLS’ LOOK EVEN WORSE NOW THAT MUELLER FOUND NO COLLUSION

FROM THE DAILY CALLER: The obsession to prove collusion has dampened the media’s journalistic abilities, leading to a seemingly endless list of corrections, retractions and apologies. In light of Mueller concluding his investigation, we’ve compiled a list of some of the worst media screw-ups in the history of Russia theories.

1. CNN Accuses Don Jr. Of Wikileaks Collusion

Last December, CNN’s Manu Raju reported that Wikileaks emailed Donald Trump Jr. to give him access to stolen documents a full 10 days before they were released to the public.

Unfortunately for CNN, it turns out their sources gave them the wrong date. Don Jr. actually received an email with access to the stolen docs on Sept. 14, 2016, after they had already been released publicly.

2. ABC Tanks Stock Market With Fake Flynn News

ABC was forced to suspend Brian Ross after he falsely reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump ordered him to make contact with the Russians.

The stock market dropped a few hundred points at the news — but it turned out to be fake.

ABC clarified that Flynn was actually prepared to testify that Trump asked him to contact Russia while the administration was transitioning into office. Pretty standard preparation for an incoming president.

3. The Mooch Is NOT Under Investigation

CNN earns another spot on this list for their shoddy reporting about former Trump adviser Anthony, “The Mooch,” Scaramucci. In June, CNN relied on a single unnamed source to claim that Scaramucci was under investigation for a meeting he took with a Russian banker prior to Trump’s inauguration.

The Mooch denied the story and CNN later gave him a much-deserved apology. Oh … and three CNN employees resigned over the botched piece.

4. Bloomberg’s Dirty Deutsche Bank Scoop

Bloomberg initially reported in December that special counsel Robert Mueller had “zeroed in” on Trump by subpoenaing Deutsche Bank records for the incoming president and his family.

Bloomberg later admitted that Mueller was looking for records relating to “people affiliated” with Trump.

5. Sessions Exonerated

Last May, CNN was sure that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had botched protocol when he didn’t list meetings he had with the Russian ambassador on his security clearance forms. To CNN and other establishment media outlets, this was proof that Sessions was hiding something related to Russia.

A little over six months later, CNN quietly walked back the scandal, explaining the FBI sent emails informing Sessions’ aide that he did not need to disclose the meetings on his forms because they were carried out in the course of his duties as a senator.

6. Russians Aren’t Just Hacking The Election — They’re Hacking Our Power Grid

The Washington Post claimed in January 2017 that Russians were hacking the U.S. power grid through a company in Vermont, only to change the story to say that only one laptop was infiltrated. It turns out that one laptop was never even connected to the power grid.

7. Republicans Funded The Dossier! 

A number of news outlets have consistently claimed that Republicans initially paid for the anti-Trump Steele dossier, failing to note that Steele wasn’t even contracted by Fusion GPS until after the GOP donors pulled funding. The Republican donors say they paid Fusion for standard opposition research and that they have zero connection to the dossier.

The media has perpetuated this falsehood so consistently that even former FBI director James Comey was confused, repeating the lie in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier.

8. CNN Gets Comey Prediction Wildly Wrong

Prior to former FBI director James Comey’s congressional testimony last June, CNN asserted that Comey was prepared to contradict a key claim by President Trump — that Comey told him he was not under investigation.

Sadly for them, Comey’s prepared testimony was released with the line, “During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower … I offered that assurance [that he was not under investigation].”

9. The ’17 Intel Agencies’ Lie

The media perpetuated a false claim from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for months, insisting that all 17 intelligence agencies agree that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. The New York Times, for example, rated that claim as true only to later say the exact opposite.

Only four intelligence agencies ultimately deemed Russia responsible for meddling because the other 13 have no business making judgments on the claim. As The NYT succinctly explained, “The rest were doing other work.”

10. Manafort Notes Are A Nothing Burger

NBC botched its big scoop claiming that Paul Manafort’s notes from a meeting with a Russian lawyer included the word “donations” near a reference to the Republican National Committee.

Turns out, not only did the word “donations” not appear in Manafort’s notes, but the word “donor” didn’t, either. POLITICO had to correct the NBC report, leaving the legacy network looking awfully embarrassed.

11. NBC Issues Cohen Correction

NBC issued a major correction in May on a story about wiretaps and Michael Cohen.

NBC initially claimed that federal investigators were listening in on Cohen’s phone calls, but it turns out they had what’s called a “pen register warrant,” which means they could see who Cohen spoke to on the phone but could not hear what was said.(RELATED: MSNBC Issues HUGE Correction To Michael Cohen ‘Wiretap’ Story)

12. Did Cohen Go To Prague?

A McClatchy report stated that special counsel Robert Mueller had evidence that Michael Cohen visited Prague in the summer of 2016, which seemed to corroborate the portion of the Steele dossier claiming Cohen visited Prague at that time to meet with a Kremlin official.

However, no other outlets ever confirmed the report and Cohen told Congress during an open hearing in February that he has never been to Prague. (RELATED: Here’s Why You Should Be Skeptical Of That Michael Cohen Prague Story)

13. Busted BuzzFeed 

The special counsel’s office disputed a 2019 report by BuzzFeed claiming that Trump directed his lawyer to lie about a potential business deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The BuzzFeed report was used to float impeachment proceedings and obstruction of justice charges against the president, but Mueller’s team disputed the core premise of the reporting.

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

14. Lanny Davis Obliterates CNN’s Trump Tower Story

CNN reported in July that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that the president had knowledge in advance of a Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians.

ut Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said in August that CNN’s reporting got “mixed up” and that Cohen had no information related to the Trump Tower meeting. Cohen said the same to Congress on two separate occasions.

CNN doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down on its reporting, despite a series of issues with the report.

15. NPR Accuses Don Jr. Of Perjury

NPR published a report in November insisting that Donald Trump Jr. lied to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow because his statements conflicted with those of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

However, NPR failed to realize that the piece of Trump Jr.’s testimony they quoted was about a different project.

“Trump Jr.’s statements about work on a Trump Tower Moscow that ended in 2014 referred to negotiations with Aras Agalarov,” The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Chuck Ross explained. “Felix Sater, a businessman with links to Cohen and Russian officials, tried to make a Trump Tower Moscow happen in 2015.”

16. Mic Claims Russian Spy Infiltrated The Oval 

Shortly after it was revealed that a Russian spy was attempting to infiltrate right-wing networks, Mic writer Emily Singer claimed that same Russian spy was present during an Oval Office meeting with Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov.

Singer claimed Russian spy Maria Butina was spotted in a photo of the meeting, citing the fact that she has red hair like the woman in the photo. READ MORE

Watch As The Fake News Media Coludes With Each Other To Deceive The American People With Phony Narrative Of Trump And Russian Collusion

Here it is, proof positive, that the Liberal fake news media conspire amongst themselves to intentionally get you to believe a lie that President Trump was guilty of conspiring with the Russians to swing the election in his favor.

via CNN, MSNBC And All The Fake News Media Must Be Held Accountable For Misleading The American Public Over Phony Russian Collusion Narrative — Now The End Begins

March 25, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Virgin Birth Clarified

“And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” (1:21)

As if to reinforce the truth of Jesus’ divine conception, the angel tells Joseph that she will bear a Son. Joseph would act as Jesus’ earthly father, but he would only be a foster father. Luke’s genealogy of Jesus through Mary’s line accurately says He was “supposedly the son of Joseph” (3:23, emphasis added).

Joseph was told to name the Son … Jesus, just as Zacharias was told to name his son John (Luke 1:13). We are not told the purpose or significance of John’s name, but that of Jesus was made clear even before His birth. Jesus is a form of the Hebrew Joshua, Jeshua, or Jehoshua, the basic meaning of which is “Jehovah (Yahweh) will save.” All other men who had those names testified by their names to the Lord’s salvation. But this One who would be born to Mary not only would testify of God’s salvation, but would Himself be that salvation. By His own work He would save His people from their sins.[1]


21. And thou shalt call his name Jesus. I have already explained briefly, but as far as was necessary, the meaning of that word. At present I shall only add, that the words of the angel set aside the dream of those who derive it from the essential name of God, Jehovah; for the angel expresses the reason why the Son of God is so called, Because he shall save his people; which suggests quite a different etymology from what they have contrived. It is justly and appropriately added, they tell us, that Christ will be the author of salvation, because he is the Eternal God. But in vain do they attempt to escape by this subterfuge; for the nature of the blessing which God bestows upon us is not all that is here stated. This office was conferred upon his Son from the fact, from the command which had been given to him by the Father, from the office with which he was invested when he came down to us from heaven. Besides, the two words Ἰησοῦς and יהוה, Jesus and Jehovah, agree but in two letters, and differ in all the rest; which makes it exceedingly absurd to allege any affinity whatever between them, as if they were but one name. Such mixtures I leave to the alchymists, or to those who closely resemble them, the Cabalists, who contrive for us those trifling and affected refinements.

When the Son of God came to us clothed in flesh, he received from the Father a name which plainly told for what purpose he came, what was his power, and what we had a right to expect from him. For the name Jesus is derived from the Hebrew verb, in the Hiphil conjugation, הושיע, which signifies to save. In Hebrew it is pronounced differently, Jehoshua; but the Evangelists, who wrote in Greek, followed the customary mode of pronunciation; for in the writings of Moses, and in the other books of the Old Testament, the Hebrew word יהושוע, Jehoshua, or Joshua, is rendered by the Greek translators Ἰησοῦς, Jesus. But I must mention another instance of the ignorance of those who derive—or, I would rather say, who forcibly tear—the name Jesus from Jehovah. They hold it to be in the highest degree improper that any mortal man should share this name in common with the Son of God, and make a strange outcry that Christ would never allow his name to be so profaned. As if the reply were not at hand, that the name Jesus was quite as commonly used in those days as the name Joshua. Now, as it is sufficiently clear that the name Jesus presents to us the Son of God as the Author of salvation, let us examine more closely the words of the angel.

He shall save his people from their sins. The first truth taught us by these words is, that those whom Christ is sent to save are in themselves lost. But he is expressly called the Saviour of the Church. If those whom God admits to fellowship with himself were sunk in death and ruin till they were restored to life by Christ, what shall we say of “strangers” (Eph. 2:12) who have never been illuminated by the hope of life? When salvation is declared to be shut up in Christ, it clearly implies that the whole human race is devoted to destruction. The cause of this destruction ought also to be observed; for it is not unjustly, or without good reason, that the Heavenly Judge pronounces us to be accursed. The angel declares that we have perished, and are overwhelmed by an awful condemnation, because we stand excluded from life by our sins. Thus we obtain a view of our corruption and depravity; for if any man lived a perfectly holy life, he might do without Christ as a Redeemer. But all to a man need his grace; and, therefore, it follows that they are the slaves of sin, and are destitute of true righteousness.

Hence, too, we learn in what way or manner Christ saves; he delivers us from sins. This deliverance consists of two parts. Having made a complete atonement, he brings us a free pardon, which delivers us from condemnation to death, and reconciles us to God. Again, by the sanctifying influences of his Spirit, he frees us from the tyranny of Satan, that we may live “unto righteousness,” (1 Peter 2:24.) Christ is not truly acknowledged as a Saviour, till, on the one hand, we learn to receive a free pardon of our sins, and know that we are accounted righteous before God, because we are free from guilt; and till, on the other hand, we ask from him the Spirit of righteousness and holiness, having no confidence whatever in our own works or power. By Christ’s people the angel unquestionably means the Jews, to whom he was appointed as Head and King; but as the Gentiles were shortly afterwards to be ingrafted into the stock of Abraham, (Rom. 11:17,) this promise of salvation is extended indiscriminately to all who are incorporated by faith in the “one body” (1 Cor. 12:20) of the Church.[2]


21 It was no doubt divine grace that solicited Mary’s cooperation before the conception and Joseph’s cooperation only after it. Here Joseph is drawn into the mystery of the incarnation. In patriarchal times, either a mother (Ge 4:25) or a father (Ge 4:26; 5:3; cf. Brown, Birth of the Messiah, 130) could name a child. According to Luke 1:31, Mary was told Jesus’ name, but Joseph was told both the name and the reason for it. The Greek is literally “you will call his name Jesus,” strange in both English and Greek. Not only is this a Semitism (BDF, para. 157 [2]—the expression recurs in Mt 1:23, 25; Lk 1:13, 31); it uses the future indicative (kaleseis, lit., “you will call,” GK 2813) with imperatival force—hence the NIV, “You are to give him the name Jesus.” This construction is very rare in the NT, except where the LXX is being cited, and the effect is to give the verse a strong OT nuance.

“Jesus” (Iēsous, GK 2652) is the Greek form of “Joshua” (cf. Gk. of Ac 7:45; Heb 4:8), which, whether in the long form yehōšûaʿ (GK 3397, “Yahweh is salvation,” Ex 24:13) or in one of the short forms, e.g., yēs̆ûaʿ (“Yahweh saves,” Ne 7:7), identifies Mary’s son as the one who brings Yahweh’s promised eschatological salvation. There are several Joshuas in the OT, at least two of them not very significant (1 Sa 6:14; 2 Ki 23:8). Two others, however, are used in the NT as types of Christ: Joshua, successor to Moses and the one who led the people into the promised land (and a type of Christ in Heb 4), and Joshua the high priest, contemporary of Zerubbabel (Ezr 2:2; 3:2–9; Ne 7:7), “the Branch” who builds the temple of the Lord (Zec 6:11–13). But instead of referring to either of these, the angel explains the significance of the name by referring to Psalm 130:8: “He [Yahweh] himself will redeem Israel from all their sins” (cf. Gundry, Use of the Old Testament, 127–28).

There was much Jewish expectation of a Messiah who would “redeem” Israel from Roman tyranny and even purify his people, whether by fiat or appeal to law (e.g., Ps. Sol. 17). But there was no expectation that the Davidic Messiah would give his own life as a ransom (Mt 20:28) to save his people from their sins. The verb “save” (sōzō, GK 5392) can refer to deliverance from physical danger (8:25), disease (9:21–22), or even death (24:22); in the NT it commonly refers to the comprehensive salvation inaugurated by Jesus that will be consummated at his return. Here it focuses on what is central, namely, salvation from sins; for in the biblical perspective, sin is the basic (if not always the immediate) cause of all other calamities. This verse therefore orients the reader to the fundamental purpose of Jesus’ coming and the essential nature of the reign he inaugurates as King Messiah, heir of David’s throne (cf. Ridderbos, Coming of the Kingdom, 193, 201).

Though to Joseph “his people” would be the Jews, even Joseph would understand from the OT that some Jews fell under God’s judgment, while others became a godly remnant. In any event, it is not long until Matthew says that both John the Baptist (3:9) and Jesus (8:11) picture Gentiles joining with the godly remnant to become disciples of the Messiah and members of “his people” (see comments at 16:18; cf. Ge 49:10; Tit 2:13–14; Rev 14:4). The words “his people” are therefore full of meaning that is progressively unpacked as Matthew’s gospel unfolds. They refer to “Messiah’s people.”[3]


21. She will give birth to a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. All have an interest in the birth of this child: a. the Holy Spirit, by the exercise of whose power the child is conceived; b. Mary, who, being the willing instrument of the Spirit in conceiving and giving birth to the infant, becomes “blessed among women” (cf. Matt. 1:21 with Luke 1:42); and c. Joseph, who, along with Mary (Luke 1:31), is told to give the child a name; not just any name, however, but the name Jesus. That name has already been explained (see on 1:1), but even if it had not, no more adequate explanation is possible than the one offered by the angel, namely, “he will save.” Whom will he save? Not everybody but “his people” (cf. John 3:16), “his sheep” John 10:11).

It is ever God, God alone, who in and through his Son, saves his people. While some trust in chariots and some in horses (Ps. 20:7), in physical strength, knowledge, reputation, prestige, position, magnificent and impressive machinery, influential friends, and intrepid generals, none of these, whether operating singly or in conjunction with all the others, is able to deliver man from his chief enemy, the foe that is little by little destroying his very heart, namely, sin; or, as here, sins, those of thought, word, and deed; of omission, commission, and inner disposition: all those various ways in which man “misses the mark,” God’s glory. It takes no less than the atoning death of Jesus and the sanctifying power of his Spirit to cleanse hearts and lives.

The marked and prevailing emphasis which, already in the Old Testament, is placed upon the fact that God is sovereign and that he alone can save is evident from such passages as Gen. 49:18; 2 Kings 19:15–19; 2 Chron. 14:11; 20:5–12; Ps. 3:8; 25:5; 37:39; 62:1; 81:1; Isa. 12:2; Jer. 3:23; Lam. 3:26; Dan. 4:35; Mic. 7:7; Hab. 3:18; Zech. 4:6; and a host of other passages equally clear and precious. In the New Testament the emphasis is just as strong, as appears from Matt. 19:28; 28:18; Luke 12:32; 18:13, 27; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 2:12, 13; Rev. 1:18; 3:7; 5:9; 19:1, 6, 16; etc.

To be saved means a. to be emancipated from the greatest evil: the guilt, pollution, power, and punishment of sin; and b. to be placed in possession of the greatest good. Although in the present passage the negative alone is expressed, namely, to save—from sin, the positive is immediately implied. One cannot be saved from something without also being saved for something: true happiness, the peace of God that transcends all understanding, freedom, joy unspeakable and full of glory, answered prayers, effective witness bearing, assurance of salvation, etc. On the concept salvation see also N.T.C. on 1 Tim. 1:15. The promise of the angel to Joseph, then, is this, that this child must be called Jesus—meaning, in brief, Savior—because in the fullest and most glorious sense he will save his people from their sins.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 1, p. 18). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 97–99). 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. 101). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 132–133). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

March 25 Depend on Him

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7–10
key verse: Job 13:15

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.

Sometimes we sow the seeds of our afflictions. Sometimes we are the innocent victims of others’ cruel actions. On other occasions God brings the thorn of adversity.

Regardless of the cause, troubles are the earthly gymnasium that exercises our heavenly faith. In the crucible of adversity, God is looking for faith in His goodness, His sovereignty, His plan, His love, His grace.

  1. C. Sproul writes in Surprised by Suffering:

God was asking Job to exercise an implicit faith. An implicit faith is not blind faith. It is a faith with vision, a vision enlightened by a knowledge of the character of God.…

God deserves to be trusted. He merits our trust in Him. The more we understand of His perfections, the more we understand how trustworthy He is.

That is why the Christian pilgrimage is one that moves from faith to faith, from strength to strength, from grace to grace.

Trusting God in the dark when you doubt, when you do not understand, when you are ready to crumble at any moment, is the stamp of true faith. It rests on the faithfulness of God. You can trust Him because He is trustworthy. You can depend on Him because He is dependable.

Lord, I want to exercise faith in the gymnasium of adversity. Give me implicit faith for my workout today. Take me from strength to strength, from grace to grace.[1]


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

25 march (1855) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Paul’s first prayer

“For, behold, he prayeth.” Acts 9:11

suggested further reading: Colossians 4:2–12

Whenever a Christian backslides, his wandering commences in his closet. I speak what I have felt. I have often gone back from God—never so as to fall finally, I know, but I have often lost that sweet savour of his love which I once enjoyed. I have had to cry:

“What peaceful hours I once enjoyed! How sweet their memory still!

But they have left an aching void, The world can never fill.”

I have gone up to God’s house to preach, without either fire or energy; I have read the Bible, and there has been no light upon it, I have tried to have communion with God, but all has been a failure. Shall I tell you where that commenced? It commenced in my closet. I had ceased, in a measure, to pray. Here I stand, and do confess my faults; I do acknowledge that whenever I depart from God it is there it begins. Oh Christians, would you be happy? Be much in prayer. Would you be victorious? Be much in prayer.

“Restraining prayer, we cease to fight; Prayer makes the Christian’s armour bright.”

Mrs Berry used to say, “I would not be hired out of my closet for a thousand worlds.” Mr Jay said, “If the twelve apostles were living near you, and you had access to them, if this intercourse drew you from the closet, they would prove a real injury to your souls.” Prayer is the ship which brings home the richest freight. It is the soil which yields the most abundant harvest. Brother, when you rise in the morning your business so presses, that with a hurried word or two, down you go into the world, and at night, jaded and tired, you give God the fag end of the day. The consequence is, that you have no communion with him.

for meditation: Jonah’s backsliding was accompanied by a total lack of prayer, even when pagans were trying to pray (Jonah 1:5, 6, 14). God sometimes resorts to drastic measures to bring the believer back to himself and to prayer (Jonah 2:1).

sermon no. 16[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 91). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

25 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

God’s Wondrous Law

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18

suggested further reading: Psalm 19

God gives light to us to see the wonder of his Word, the prophet says. We are blind to the gospel even in the midst of the clearest light until God removes the veil of blindness from our eyes.

The psalmist confesses that his eyes were shut, making him unable to discern the light of the heavenly doctrine until God, by the invisible grace of his Spirit, opened them. The psalmist seems to be deploring his own blindness as well as that of the whole human race. But he tells us that the remedy is at hand, provided we do not, by trusting our own wisdom, reject the gracious illumination that God offers to us.

Let us realize that we do not receive the illumination of the Spirit of God to make us condemn God’s law and take pleasure in secret revelations, like many fanatics who do not regard themselves spiritual unless they reject the Word of God and put in its place their own wild speculations.

The prophet’s goal is very different. He wishes to inform us that God illumines us so we are able to discern the light of life that God manifests in his Word. He mentions the wondrous things of the law to humble us, to help us contemplate that law with admiration; and to convince us of our great need of God’s grace to comprehend the mysteries of his Word which surpass our limited capacity. The law includes not only the Ten Commandments but also the covenant of eternal salvation with all its provisions, which God has made with us. Knowing that Christ, “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” “is the end of the law,” we need not be surprised that the prophet commends it and the sublime mysteries which it contains (Col. 2:3; Rom. 10:4).

for meditation: When we focus on the wonders of the revelations of God’s Word, we are much safer from the temptation to desire new and special revelations from God. The Bible contains so many wondrous things that a lifetime of study would not reveal them all to us; study them further to find new strength for each new day.[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 103). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Another Caravan of Central American Migrants Sets Off North – Reports – Sputnik International

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Another caravan of mostly Central American migrants hoping to start a better life in the United States has embarked on a march to the US border across Mexico, media reported.

Around 1,200 people, including some Cubans, have spent two months huddled near the southern Mexican city of Tapachula on the border with Guatemala before moving north, according to Noticias24.

Thousands of asylum seekers have travelled to the US-Mexican border over the last year and early 2019, prompting the US government to deploy troops to the southern frontier. The latest caravan set off toward the United States in January.

READ MORE: Trump Predicts 1Mln Illegal Alien Arrests in US This Year

Earlier this month, the US Customs and Border Protection said that more than 76,000 illegals crossed into the United States without authorization in February, which is an 11-year high.
— Read on sputniknews.com/us/201903251073508059-american-caravan-sets-off/

Mueller report: Russia responds to the Mueller investigation summary | CNBC

Russian lawmakers welcomed the findings of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, saying the report vindicates Kremlin denials of collusion with President Donald Trump‘s administration. 

Mueller found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, according to a summary of the special counsel’s key findings made public on Sunday by Attorney General William Barr. 

In a letter to key members of Congress, the top Justice Department official said Mueller wrote that the report “does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” 

“So, Mueller’s long-awaited report proved what was known in Russia from the very beginning: There was no collusion between Trump and any of his team with the Kremlin,” Konstantin Kosachev, a senator in Russia’s upper house of Parliament, said in a Facebook post on Monday.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs St. John's Episcopal Church, across from the White House, after attending morning services, in Washington, Sunday, March 24, 2019.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House, after attending morning services, in Washington, Sunday, March 24, 2019.

“Two years of unceasing lies. Two years of the highest-level policy built on the allegation of collusion. A conspiracy explaining the allegedly pro-Russian position of Trump, because of which he was essentially forced to impose more and more stringent measures against our country.”

“That is why two years were not just lost for Russian-American relations, but simply crushing for them. Someone will answer for this damage? Someone apologize? Someone will adjust something?” Kosachev added.

The aim was to ‘demonize Russia’

While the special counsel himself did not determine whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to influence the investigation, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge the president with obstruction.

Barr also said that the probe did not conclude that Trump or anyone in his campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia in its influence campaign.

“Accusations of Russian interference is not news for us, at all levels such narrative has been presented several times and Barr’s evaluation of Mueller’s report does not make any changes,” a Kremlin source, who did not want to be identified, told CNBC.

Trump, who repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt,” claimed victory after Barr’s letter became public. But the attorney general’s summary managed to spark new controversy, particularly about how Barr arrived at his conclusions in two days following a nearly two-year investigation.

Trump may be cleared of obstruction in the opinion of the Justice Department, but other investigations into his conduct will go on.

“From the very start it was a biased, artificial, provocative, conspiratorial, designed-to-fuel-hatred towards Trump campaign. Its second goal was to demonize Russia and prevent any U.S. moves towards better relations with Moscow,” Russian senator Alexei Pushkov tweeted on Sunday.

What happens next?

The four-page summary published by Barr on Sunday is set to intensify Democrats’ public lobbying to see Mueller’s full report over the coming days.

The Democratic-held House is also widely expected to call on Barr to testify on how he came to his conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice.

“In short, Russia did not elect Trump,” Evgeny Popov, the co-host of a pro-Kremlin talk show, said via Twitter on Sunday. 

“Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between Trump’s team with Russia. The U.S. Attorney General submitted a 4-page report on the special prosecutor’s investigation report to Congress. D (is for) Disappointment,” Popov said. 

— CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.
— Read on www.cnbc.com/2019/03/25/mueller-report-russia-responds-to-the-mueller-investigation-summary.html

Mueller Is Done. Now Probe the Real Scandal – WSJ

Americans deserve a full accounting of the missteps of Comey and the FBI.

A copy of Attorney General William Barr’s letter advising Congress of the Mueller report’s conclusions, March 24.

Attorney General William Barr has reported to Congress that special counsel Robert Mueller has cleared President Trump and his campaign team of claims of conspiring with Russia during the 2016 election. This is more than an exoneration. It’s a searing indictment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as a reminder of the need to know the story behind the bureau’s corrosive investigation.

Mr. Mueller’s report likely doesn’t put it that way, but it’s the logical conclusion of his no-collusion finding. The FBI unleashed its powers on a candidate for the office of the U.S. presidency, an astonishing first. It did so on the incredible grounds that the campaign had conspired to aid a foreign government. And it used the most aggressive tools in its arsenal—surveillance of U.S. citizens, secret subpoenas of phone records and documents, even human informants.

The wreckage is everywhere. The nation has been engulfed in conspiracy theories for years. A presidency was hemmed in by the threat of a special counsel. Citizens have gone to jail not for conspiracy, but for after-the-fact interactions with Mr. Mueller’s team. Dozens more have spent enormous amounts of money and time defending their reputations. 

None of this should ever have happened absent highly compelling evidence—from the start—of wrongdoing. Yet from what we know, the FBI operated on the basis of an overheard conversation of third-tier campaign aide George Papadopoulos, as well as a wild “dossier” financed by the rival presidential campaign. Mr. Mueller’s no-collusion finding amounts to a judgment that there never was any evidence. The Papadopoulos claim was thin, the dossier a fabrication.

Which is all the more reason Americans now deserve a full accounting of the missteps of former FBI Director James Comey and his team—in part so that this never happens again. That includes the following: What “evidence” did the FBI have in totality? What efforts did the bureau take to verify it? Did it corroborate anything before launching its probe? What role did political players play? How aware was the FBI that it was being gulled into a dirty-trick operation, and if so, how did it justify proceeding? How intrusive were the FBI methods? And who was harmed?

If Mr. Mueller has done his job properly, his report will address some of this. His team would have had to look into the sources of the allegations as part of determining the documents’ (lack of) veracity. A Mueller report that doesn’t mention the dossier and its political provenance, or questionable news stories used to justify surveillance warrants, for instance, is a report that is playing politics.

The fuller accounting will come only through total disclosure of FBI and Justice Department probe documents. Mr. Trump promised that disclosure in September but has yet to follow through. That transparency is now a necessity. The Mueller report is only half the story. With the special-counsel probe at an end, it’s time to go back the beginning—to the documents that explain its origin. Only then will Americans have the full story of the Russia-collusion narrative. 

Ms. Strassel writes the Journal’s Potomac Watch column.

— Read on www.wsj.com/articles/mueller-is-done-now-probe-the-real-scandal-11553468801

Trump Jr. Launches Hilarious Attack on Democrats, Media as Russiagate Deflates – Sputnik International

Democrats in Congress and the anti-Trump mainstream media faced a massive political defeat on Sunday after a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation concluded that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 US presidential election.

Donald Trump Jr. has issued a hilarious meme-filled string of attacks against all of his father’s detractors, who have spent over two years attacking the president over his alleged collusion with the Russians.

In a series of tweets and retweets, Don Jr. concluded that “after more than 2 years of non-stop conspiracy theories from CNN, MSNBC, Buzzfeed and the rest of the mainstream media, as well as daily lies and smears coming from Democrats in Washington, the Mueller Report proves what those of us with sane minds have known all along, there was ZERO collusion with Russia.”

Trump Jr. expressed hope that any remaining “honest journalists” would “have the courage to hold these now fully debunked truthers accountable and treat them with the scorn and ridicule that they so deserve”.

The businessman then went after his father’s political enemies in a series of comedic tweets, asking if anyone has “heard from slimy Adam #fullofschiff Schiff today?”, saying it must have been “embarrassing” for the anti-Trump congressman “to have spent the last 2 years as the leader of the tinfoil hat brigade and have it all come crashing down so quick.”

Trump also attacked George W. Bush-era ideologue and never-Trumper Bill Kristol, sarcastically quipping that his opinions were “very valuable to us”, adding that he was a big “winner” in “the losing big department”.

Trump Jr. then retweeted a well-known meme known as Luke Crywalker, featuring an anti-Trump protester screaming during Trump’s inauguration in 2017, with the caption accompanying the clip reading “Live shot of the CNN newsroom”.

Trump Jr. then went on to list the details of the Russiagate investigation, saying it was important to get the figures out there “before the media runs cover for the Dem’s 2 years of lies”.

Finally, Trump Jr. took one parting shot at the Democratic Party, saying “I never thought I’d see the day where Democrats are visibly upset that the President of the United States DIDN’T collude with the Russians.”

Trump Jr.’s Twitter followers flooded his tweets with support, with only a few straggling anti-Trumpers to be found attempting to point out that while the Mueller report did not find the president guilty of a crime, it also “does not exonerate him”.

Don Jr.’s sister Ivanka Trump devoted less energy to her response to the release of Mueller’s report, with her tweet simply featuring an Abraham Lincoln quote, that “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.”
— Read on sputniknews.com/viral/201903251073514411-trump-jr-reacts-to-mueller-report/