Daily Archives: March 27, 2019

March 27 Doing the Best He Can

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:3–6

Key Verse: Galatians 5:16

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Many people think that life will be easy after they get saved. Instead, they frequently find they seem to have even more struggles than before. We should not be dismayed, however; this is the normal Christian life. Before we met the Savior, we were walking aimlessly; but upon our salvation, we commenced a journey that would take us through rough terrain and high mountains.

In the epistle to the Galatians, the apostle Paul warned us not to use our newfound freedom in Christ as an excuse to revert—instead of drifting back into our aimless ways, we must take the yoke of Jesus and learn to walk in the Spirit. Paul specifically said “walk” (Galatians 5:16) because the Christian life has direction. We are climbing new heights toward a specific goal, and climbing means struggling.

Every day, we grapple with jealousy, lust, and pride because we live in a world filled with such things. At the same time, we can learn to walk by the Spirit and rise above our temptations and enemies. Yes, it is tough to be in a perpetual fight, and many people have no stomach for such constant exertion. When they see the high standard of Jesus’ example, they sometimes drop out of the contest and settle for doing the best they can in their own strength.

But doing the best we can is exactly what Paul said will not work—it simply isn’t good enough. That’s why the Holy Spirit came. By fully submitting to Him, we can learn to let the Spirit of God do the best He can. Then we will walk in victory.

Lord, I want to walk in victory, not just do the best I can. Do the best You can through me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 90). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 27 A Marvelous Creation of God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 71

Key Verse: Psalm 71:5

You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.

Most of us know hope when it appears. We start our day with the anticipation that something good is just around the corner, but then it happens—disappointment steals our hope, and we wonder if the excitement and joy we felt were from God or our imagination.

Hope stealers are at work twenty–four hours a day. They include the criticism of others, difficult circumstances, trials, feelings of rejection and self-doubt, and more. What can you do to safeguard yourself against such thought patterns?

First, tell yourself the truth about your situation. Don’t beat yourself down. God never does (Rom. 8:1).

Second, remember that God is the God of possibilities. In The Attributes of God, A. W. Tozer maintained,

God is kindhearted, gracious, good-natured and benevolent in intention … We only think we believe, really. We are believers in a sense, and I trust that we believe sufficiently to be saved and justified before His grace. But we don’t believe as intensely and as intimately as we should. If we did, we would believe that God is … gracious and that His intentions are kind and benevolent. We would believe that God never thinks any bad thoughts about anybody, and He never had any bad thoughts about anybody.

What does God think about you? Marvelous. Wonderful. His creation. You are His child, and He is proud of you.

Father, as I face criticism, difficult circumstances, trials, and rejection today, help me remember Your declaration concerning me: I am marvelous, wonderful, Your creation. I accept Your evaluation and reject the negative opinions of others.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 90). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 27 Giving God Glory

Scripture reading: Psalm 24:1–10

Key verse: Revelation 19:1

After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!”

Jesus condemned the actions of the religious leaders who prayed loudly in the streets so that they would be seen and admired by others. The purpose of prayer is to communicate humbly with God, not to gain the praise of men. In her book A Journey into Prayer, Evelyn Christenson relates her personal concerns in this area:

Wanting something for our own glory, not God’s, is one reason why a prayer, although scripturally accurate and acceptable to God, is ruined by our reason for praying it.

Some years ago, as I prayed my birthday prayer for the coming year, my words simply were these: “God, You be glorified, not me!” And when the year ended, my praying for only His glory did not end. Praying the “right prayer” about God getting all the glory has been a learning process for me for a long time.

Through the years, I have prayed before speaking that I will not be seen as I speak—only Jesus … The greatest compliment I ever receive is when someone steps up to me and quietly says, “I saw Jesus standing there instead of you today.” For His glory!

My illustration or point may be very good in itself, but if my motive for bringing it is for my glory, God will not use it to move in the lives of those in my audience. It has to be for His glory.

Lord, reveal the motives behind my prayers. I don’t want to pray for something for my own glory. I want my life to reflect Your glory.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 90). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Alexander: The Coup, Phase Two: Taking Trump Down

“Time to investigate the Obama officials who concocted and spread the Russian conspiracy hoax.”

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington (1798)

The special counsel’s investigation of President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 election has concluded. Attorney General William Barr released to Congress his “principal conclusions” regarding Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year probe, noting most succinctly: “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 U.S. presidential election.”

According to Barr, “The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.” All that notwithstanding, Barr says Mueller “did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

In other words, the setup for this investigation was designed to derail Trump’s agenda and seek evidence that would lead to his impeachment. It has certainly been a distraction from his agenda. But while there is no evidence — zero evidence — of collusion regarding the 2016 election, Democrats did use the Mueller probe to influence the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections.

President Trump responded to the investigation’s conclusion, noting, “It was a false narrative. It was a terrible thing. We can never let this happen to another president again.” He added, “There are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things. Very bad things. I would say treasonous things against our country. And hopefully the people that have done such harm to our country … those people will certainly be looked at.”

Regarding Russian interference, I’ve stated previously that Russia has been trying to influence the politics of the United States since 1917. And as noted above, the Russians did so with great success in 2018, with the unwitting collusion of the Democrat Party. The question this raises is whether Vladimir Putin baited the Demos into this inquiry, knowing it would hinder Trump’s agenda — most particularly his policy toward Russia and China. Is he that smart, or are they that dumb?

Seeding the Mueller investigation was Phase One of the Democrats’ attempted coup of Donald Trump. So where will they take it from here, and how will Republicans respond?

Before answering those questions, let’s briefly review the origins of and motives for the Mueller investigation.

A coup d’état in a democratic republic refers to an effort by a political faction to seize power in violation of a government’s constitutionally prescribed electoral process for party transition. I have previously covered such a coup by key government officials who colluded to, in effect, overthrow the Trump administration by setting Trump up for investigation and impeachment.

In short, the conspirators were Barack Obama (with whom the plan originated), Hillary Clinton and her DNC operatives, former FBI Director James Comey and his high-ranking co-conspirators, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former CIA Director John Brennan, who repeatedly asserted Trump was guilty, and a cast of less-corrupt characters.

There are two reliable and detailed open-source timelines on the government collusion against Trump. The first is the well-documented outline by Republican National Committee research. A second and more concise timeline was published by The Wall Street Journal.

So where to from here?

It appears that Republicans are going to go on the offensive.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is reiterating his call for the appointment of another special counsel: “I’m going to get answers to this [government corruption]. I’d like to find somebody [who] can look into what happened with the [Carter Page] FISA warrants, [and] the counterintelligence investigation. … What makes no sense to me is that all of the abuse by the Department of Justice and the FBI, the unprofessional conduct, the shady behavior — nobody seems to think that’s [very] important. Well, that’s gonna change. … I hope Mr. Barr will appoint somebody outside the current system to look into these allegations, somebody we all trust, and let them do what Mueller did.”

Referring to the abuse of the FISA warrant process, Graham said, “Was it a ruse to get into the Trump campaign? I don’t know but I’m going to try to find out.”

Likewise, Sen. Rand Paul declared, “Time to investigate the Obama officials who concocted and spread the Russian conspiracy hoax! I’m very concerned that it’s becoming more clear that the Obama administration was able to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on our campaign based on phony opposition research from the Clinton campaign. Having federal law enforcement spy on a presidential campaign based on phony campaign research is really distressing and the true untold story.”

Wall Street Journal political analyst William McGurn is calling out Obama intelligence chiefs who set Trump up: “In light of Mr. Mueller’s findings, there are only two ways to interpret these actions and statements from senior members of the intelligence community. The first is that they got played because they were incompetent… But there’s something even worse than an intelligence community that has been played. It’s an intelligence community that chose to play along simply because its members hated Donald Trump.”

Political journalist Sharyl Attkisson concurs: “If [James] Clapper, Brennan, [Susan] Rice, [Samantha] Power, [and] Comey genuinely believed Trump ‘colluded’ with Russia and he didn’t, what does that say about the judgement of our one-time top intel types?”

Former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy concludes: “In sum, we have endured a two-year ordeal in which the president of the United States was forced to govern under a cloud of suspicion — suspicion of being a traitor, of scheming with a foreign adversary to steal an election. This happened because the Obama administration — which opened the probe of the Trump campaign, and which opted to use foreign counterintelligence spying powers rather than give Trump a defensive briefing about suspected Russian infiltration of his campaign — methodically forced its suspicions about Trump into the public domain.”

McCarthy is also calling the bluff of Trump’s Demo antagonists clamoring for the full Mueller report. “Let’s have full disclosure,” he says. “Mueller’s report in addition to the FISA applications; the memoranda pertinent to the opening and continuation of the investigation; the testimony in secret hearings; the scope memorandum Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued on August 2, 2017, after failing to cite a crime when he appointed Mueller — let’s have all of it.”

In addition to calls for another special prosecutor, we soon expect the second part of the report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz — the part regarding the FBI’s abuse of FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign, as well as the Clinton campaign’s collusion with those FBI officials. The first part of the Horowitz investigation concluded that Comey and assorted deep-state operatives provided cover for Clinton, using their offices to undermine Trump’s campaign.

As for the Democrats … it’s on to Phase Two.

Knowing full well that the Mueller report would be a dry well with no evidence to impeach Trump for colluding with the Russians, Democrats have been readying Phase Two of their charade — the assertion that Trump is impeachable for obstruction. This will be a heavy lift, since Mueller has now concluded that there was no crime. And why would Trump (or anyone else) attempt to obstruct an investigation into a crime that never took place?

Comey has an “answer” for that: “The notion that obstruction cases are somehow undermined by the absence of proof of an underlying crime — that is not my experience in 40 years of doing this, nor is it the Department of Justice’s tradition. Obstruction crimes matter without regard to what you prove about the underlying crime.”

Of course he’d say that — he’s got books to sell.

But Democrats don’t actually have to undertake impeachment proceedings to continue obstructing Trump’s agenda; they just have to keep the collusion delusion alive.

Rallying their reliable constituency of “true believer” dunces, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared: “Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers. The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay. … The American people have a right to know.”

They then issued a “one week” ultimatum for release of the report by April 2nd, knowing it will take Barr several weeks to redact sections that reveal sources and methods. This is a set-up to assert that Barr is colluding with Trump to delay release in order to conceal evidence of obstruction. And, once released, all of the redacted sections about sources and methods will be fodder for the same collusion assertion.

In lockstep, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) parroted the Pelosi and Schumer complaint: “Your four-page summary of the Special Counsel’s review is not sufficient for Congress, as a coequal branch of government, to perform [its] critical work. The release of the full report and the underlying evidence and documents is urgently needed by our committees to perform their duties under the Constitution.”

They are also demanding that Barr testify before their committees: “We must hear from AG Barr about his decision-making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts.”

Of course, all this newfound Democrat concern that “the American people have a right to know” and about “duties under the Constitution” warrants endless eye rolls.

Nadler insists: “President Trump is wrong. This report does not amount to a so-called total exoneration. … There must be full transparency in what Special Counsel Mueller uncovered to not exonerate the president from wrongdoing. DOJ owes the public more than just a brief synopsis and decision not to go any further in their work.”

Recall that Nadler concluded, “It’s clear that the campaign colluded, and there’s a lot of evidence of that.”

Schiff insisted, “The Russians offered help, the campaign accepted help, the Russians gave help, and the president made full use of that help, and that is pretty damning.” He concluded there was a cover-up “of a size and scope probably beyond Watergate.”

My friend Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) is calling for Schiff to step down as House intel chairman: “Many, many times he mentioned that there was this credible evidence that he had seen and that he had verified, and after a two-year, lengthy investigation by a very respected prosecutor, we have no evidence of collusion. In fact, the only evidence of collusion has been between the liberal media and the DNC to throw the 2020 election.”

Watch Nadler and Schiff turn on Mueller, as they will on Barr.

Over in the Senate, Richard “Stolen Valor” Blumenthal (D-CT) led the charge: “The evidence is pretty clear that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” Days ahead of the Mueller report, he asserted, “There are indictments in this president’s future. They’re coming.”

The Senate 2020 Demo presidential candidates also got the Pelosi/Schumer memo, all echoing similar accusations of guilt — much the same assumption of guilt members like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker applied in their effort to defeat Brett Kavanaugh.

And predictably, a freshman Democrat, Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), who was among the 2018 herd that was elected on the collusion lie, insists, “We have the evidence over the last two years that the Mueller investigation was not covering that is highly, highly suspicious.” I can’t wait to hear all about it!

All this, of course, amounts to a continuation of the Democrats’ “Hate Trump” platform. They have nothing else to offer beyond their insistence that Trump stole the 2016 election, that he’s an illegitimate president, and that our nation’s very survival hinges on their retaking the White House in 2020.

But will Democrats outside the Beltway develop chronic collusion fatigue? Apparently some Demos are concerned about that.

Signaling a partial pivot from collusion to the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi says the House will return to the health-care debate. “We’ve never taken our focus off the ‘For the People‘ agenda,” she declared. “Never,” except for always. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) actually dismissed Mueller: “I believe that the Mueller report has been done. It’s a chapter that’s closed. This administration opened a new chapter when it moved to completely invalidate the Affordable Care Act.”

Beyond the Demo damage, the best collateral damage to come out of the Mueller report is that of the Leftmedia propagandists, who’ve taken a huge hit for their brazenly biased reporting during this whole affair. As The Hill notes, “The breathless coverage amplified the sense that Trump and some of his family members would go down for crimes, yet in the end, Mueller reported that he found no evidence of a conspiracy.”

The Wall Street Journal called it “A Catastrophic Media Failure,” noting, “America’s blue-chip journalists botched the entire story, from its birth during the presidential campaign to its final breath Sunday — and they never stopped congratulating themselves for it.”

As National Review’s Rich Lowry correctly notes: “The 3 biggest losers from the Mueller report in order — the media, the media, the media.”

Since May of 2017, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC posted a combined 8,507 articles and reports citing Mueller’s investigation. That’s an average of about 13 articles every day.

Recall that the Times and WaPo shared the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for “award winning” journalism, specifically “for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.”

The Pulitzer Prize long ago lost its luster, however, just as has the Nobel Peace Prize. Both of these once-esteemed awards are now grossly tarnished partisan trophies for leftist political hacks.

Of the Leftmedia cable talkinghead platforms, the most aggressively biased has been CNN. It repeatedly trotted out “experts” like Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, who said with great authority, “We do know that Donald Trump Sr. has lied throughout the investigation, that many, many things he has said turn out to be untrue.”

Except he didn’t.

After the Mueller report dropped (and CNN’s viewership with it), Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani confronted CNN’s Chris Cuomo about his network’s bias: “You guys on this network have tortured this man for two years with collusion and nobody has apologized for it. Before we talk about obstruction, apologize for the overreaction of collusion… I’m outraged by the behavior of these networks. Collusion, collusion, collusion, collusion, collusion, collusion. No collusion, Chris. No collusion. Apologize!”

Good luck with that, Rudy.

Leftist Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz also called out CNN: “I have been right from day one… It’s time for them to fess up. It’s time for CNN to issue an apology. CNN banned me from their air because I was being too fair. I was trying to assess what the essential issue was, and I wasn’t being partisan. They didn’t want that.”

Good luck with that, Alan.

According to revered journalist Brit Hume: “We in this business need to look back and say how in the world did several major news organs, networks, newspapers and so on, devote so much time to what turned out to be utterly baseless speculation about the most serious crime you can imagine, mounting in some cases in the accusations we heard in some conversations to treason? It is the worst journalistic debacle in my lifetime. I’ve been in this business for about 50 years. I’ve never seen anything quite this bad last this long. It was a terrible thing. It needs to be investigated. There needs to be a lot of soul-searching among many members of the media today and going forward.”

I couldn’t agree more. But it won’t happen.

As to how a handful of high-ranking government officials, the Democrats in Congress, and the Leftmedia were able to perpetuate this bald-faced collusion lie for the past two years: All Americans of every political stripe should be gravely concerned about what happened here. And, as President Trump said, “We can never let this happen to another president again.”

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

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Media Refuses to Report on Christians Being Slaughtered — David Fiorazo

The media did their job by reporting on the horrific mosque attack in New Zealand last week where fifty were killed, but the ongoing mass slaughter of Christians does not fit the liberal media narrative. Persecution is at record levels – but we’d never know it. Over 300 Nigerian Christians were slain since last month alone, and the media remains silent. The bias, discrimination, and numbers don’t lie.

The radical Islamic group, Boko Haram, is responsible for killing thousands of Christians and displacing countless more in northern Nigeria. Over two million people have been forced to leave their homes due to severe persecution.

In addition, the Muslim group known as the Fulani have also maimed or killed over 6,000 Christian women, children, and elderly in the last two years. Didn’t hear about that either? I wonder why?

The mainstream media, politicians, and world leaders took turns condemning the mosque attacks in New Zealand, and denouncing the violence there. And rightly so. It was front page news for days.

But now it’s up to us to condemn the irresponsible reporting and media malpractice silence surrounding the simultaneous massacre of scores of Christians by Muslim militants in Africa and the Middle East. Over one hundred twenty Christians were killed during the same three weeks in central Nigeria, using machetes and gunfire to slaughter men, women, and children.

They burned down over 140 houses, destroyed property, and spread terror. According to Breitbart News, The New York Times didn’t cover it at all.

Apparently, when assessing “all the news that’s fit to print,” the massacre of African Christians did not measure up. The same can be said for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, the LA Times, and every other major paper in the United States. The news shows from the three major television channels did not mention the story, nor did CNN or MSNBC.”

There are several possible reasons for media silence, but none of them can be justified. Since it happens so frequently, Muslims killing Christians wouldn’t attract the viewers. But a white supremacist shooting up a mosque is right up the politically correct media’s alley of what is considered “newsworthy.”

I know, it’s repulsive to think this way.  But anti-Christian bias and bigotry has been rightly called “the last acceptable prejudice.” Who cares if Christians are offended? Talk about hate and hypocrisy.

There has been a dramatic rise in Christian persecution already in 2019, and we are just a few judicial appointments and elections away from it spreading to America. Our religious freedoms are threatened including our speech.

According to Open Doors, seven of the top ten World Watch List countries are Islamic where the violence and murder is carried out by Muslims. It’s true they are also killing other Muslims, but Christians are the ones who are clearly the most targeted and persecuted religious group in the world. Hands down.

Other countries wanting to stamp out Christianity are Laos, Burma, and Vietnam, each making the top twenty list. The highest mover was China, where the greatest increase of persecution is taking place, and the management of religious affairs lies with the godless communist party.

Millions have escaped countries such as Nigeria, Syria and Iraq since 2015.

Barnabas Fund reports nearly 300 people killed in at least seven Christian villages across Mid Nigeria in February and March of this year, including brutal rapes and maiming with machetes. In a February 14 dawn attack on Karamai,

“41 died when some 300 gunmen engulfed the village, chanting “Allahu Akbar!” as they fired their guns and ransacked homes. Almost all the dead were women and children, apart from a few elderly and blind men who were unable to flee.”

Where are the preachers of social justice? Where’s the #MeToo movement? Where are the Feminists?

Women and girls are on the front line of the violence! Not only are they deemed less valuable or important, but much hostility and persecution is due to their minority status. Among the abuses faced by women and girls are kidnapping and forced marriage, lawful beatings, rape, having acid thrown in their faces, domestic violence, and honor killings.

Where are those against racism when it comes to renouncing the genocide of black Christians?

Is this all too hard to hear? Well, step back and imagine having to go through it yourself – and thank God if you live in America where religious freedoms are still a protected right – for now. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted around the world. Please intervene, Lord!

*Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media; featured photo credit: Barnabas Fund

via Media Refuses to Report on Christians Being Slaughtered — David Fiorazo

CLINTON BODY COUNT: Former Clinton And Obama Advisor Alan Krueger Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide Ahead Of New Book Release In June — Now The End Begins

Professor Alan Krueger, a top adviser to former Presidents Obama and Clinton, has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

Professor Alan Kruger, a man who had a new book coming out in June and everything to live for, suddenly decided to commit suicide for no apparent reason, stunning his colleagues and associates. But I could tell you two people not stunned by this news, Bill and Hillary Clinton. Why? Because they have long since grown accustomed to the people they used to work with dying under sudden and suspicious circumstances. This profoundly unlucky group of people, nearly 60 in total, are members of what we like to call The Clinton Dead Pool. Since they can no longer speak, we shall speak for them.

Going all the way back to their start in Arkansas, Bill and Hillary Clinton have done some really nasty things. Bill has raped and molested various women, while his wife Hillary worked to have a child rapist set free when she was a lawyer, and then laughed about it. But the most disturbing fact about Bill and Hillary is the insanely high number of people who killed themselves or died mysteriously after working for them. A full listing is at the bottom of this article.

And Honorable Mention goes to… Huma Abedin! We have included a special category for Hillary gal pal Huma Abedin because when her laptop was investigated by the FBI over the Anthony Weiner scandal, they found a folder with over 10,000 emails to and from Crooked Hillary? The name of the folder? She had titled it ‘Life Insurance‘. Now you know why Huma is still alive, she got smart.

Former Clinton And Obama Advisor Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

FROM THE FEDERALIST PAPERS: Princeton police reported that they were called to the professor’s home on Saturday where they found him unresponsive, The New York Times reported. One of the interesting things about the suicide is that Krueger has a book set to hit the shelves in June, 2019 and seemed to have everything to live for.

Alan Krueger was an assistant secretary of the Treasury from 2009 to 2010, as President Barack Obama’s administration tried to lead the United States out of its worst recession since the Great Depression. Mr. Obama later named him chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, a post he held from 2011 to 2013. He was the Labor Department’s chief economist under President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 1995.

Krueger was a young, newly tenured professor in 1994 when he was tapped by the secretary of labor, Robert B. Reich, to serve as chief economist for the department, succeeding Mr. Katz. After two years in the job, Mr. Krueger returned to Princeton and vowed never to return to government, according to a 2014 profile in a Princeton alumni magazine. READ MORE

The 2019 Updated Listing Of The Clinton Body Count:

BELOW IS A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF 56 MYSTERIOUS DEATHS AND 2 NEAR-DEATHS CONNECTED TO THE CLINTONS THAT HAVE GRAVE IMPLICATIONS:
  1. James McDougal – Clinton’s convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation
  2. Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
  3. Vince Foster – Former white House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
  4. Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors.
  5. C. Victor Raiser II and Montgomery Raiser, Major players in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
  6. Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September 1992… Described by Clinton as a “Dear friend and trusted advisor.”
  7. Ed Willey – Clinton fund raiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
  8. Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton. He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
  9. James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.
  10. James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.
  11. Kathy Ferguson, ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
  12. Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
  13. Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
  14. Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
  15. Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
  16. Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.
  17. Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.
  18. Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno three weeks before his death.
  19. Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guarantee scandal.
  20. Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.
  21. Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.
  22. Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee, died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton’s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.
  23. Barry Seal – Drug running pilot out of Mena, Arkansas, death was no accident.
  24. Johnny Lawhorn Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.
  25. Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guarantee. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.
  26. Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fund raiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.
  27. Kevin Ives and Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the two boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.
  28. Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, July 1988
  29. Keith McMaskle – Died stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988
  30. Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.
  31. Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.
  32. James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to “natural causes.”
  33. Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.
  34. Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives / Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.
  35. Major William S. Barkley Jr. – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  36. Captain Scott J. Reynolds – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  37. Sgt. Brian Hanley – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  38. Sgt. Tim Sabel – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  39. Major General William Robertson – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  40. Col. William Densberger – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  41. Col. Robert Kelly – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  42. Spec. Gary Rhodes – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  43. Steve Willis – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  44. Robert Williams – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  45. Conway LeBleu – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  46. Todd McKeehan – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  47. John F. Kennedy Jr. – July 16, 1999 JFK Jr. and his wife went down in a still-unresolved and very mysterious plane crash. John was the frontrunner for the NY State Senate seat that ultimately went to…wait for it…Hillary Clinton.
  48. Molly Macauly  – World-renowned “space economist” Molly Macauly was brutally murdered in Baltimore park.
  49. John Ashe– The former President of the UN General Assembly was awaiting trial on bribery charges when he turned up dead in June, apparently having crushed his own windpipe while lifting weights in his home.
  50. Victor Thorn -Prominent CLINTON Critic VICTOR THORN Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide On His Birthday
  51. Seth Rich – Still No Clues in Murder of DNC’s Seth Rich, As Conspiracy Theories Thicken
  52. Joe Montano – Filipino American activist and aide to Sen. Kaine, dies at 47
  53. Shawn Lucas – Death of DNC Lawsuit Processor Shawn Lucas Adds to Seth Rich Conspiracy Theories
  54. Jack Burkman –  He investigated the suspicious surroundings of the murder of Seth Rich, and was shot several times but lived. Because of that he makes the list anyway.
  55. Klaus Eberwein – Found Dead Before Testifying Against Clinton Foundation in HAITI COVERUP
  56. Peter W. Smith – Man who sought Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers committed suicide
  57. Professor Alan Krueger – Now why would a man who was excited about the upcoming release of his new book suddenly decide to suicide himself? Maybe he looked at his resume and realized he used to work for the Clintons.
  58. HONORABLE MENTION: Huma Abedin received an honorary listing here because she was smart enough to take 10,000 incriminating emails from Crooked Hillary, and store them in a folder on her laptop. What was the name of that folder? She called it ‘Life Insurance‘, and indeed it was.

via CLINTON BODY COUNT: Former Clinton And Obama Advisor Alan Krueger Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide Ahead Of New Book Release In June — Now The End Begins

Don’t Ever Be Cavalier About the Truth of God — Ligonier Ministries Blog

In this brief clip from our 2014 Fall Conference, R.C. Sproul encourages us never to be cavalier about the truth of God.

Transcript

I hear it all the time from people saying ‘I’m not interested in doctrine. I’m interested in relationships. I’m interested in Jesus. Doctrine divides.’ Of course, doctrine divides, when didn’t it divide. I’ll tell of the first division that doctrine produced, was when this fellow came into the garden of Eden and I’m guessing—you’ll have to help me here Mike—I don’t think he was slithering on the ground yet I think he was probably standing up. And he came to Eve, and he said “did God say that if you eat of the tree, you will surely die? What kind of doctrine is that? You won’t die. What difference does it make?”

Do you realize that the fall of the human race was a profoundly theological, doctrinal issue? Who’s telling the truth: God or the serpent? So I beg you don’t ever be cavalier about the truth of God. If the truth of God didn’t matter there’d be no reason for us to be here this afternoon, there’d be no reason to have a Reformation Bible College. But it does matter because Christ matters, and because God matters, and because we matter to Him.

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Obamas’ Chicago Fixer Tina Tchen’s Role in Smollett Case | The Daily Signal by Michelle Malkin

How did hate crime huckster Jussie Smollett get away with it? All crooked roads in Chicago lead back to the Obamas. On Tuesday, as part of a sealed deal, the Illinois state attorney’s office dismissed 16 felony charges brought by a grand jury against the Trump-hating actor, who blamed phantom white MAGA supporters for a brutal racist “assault” that left him with a teensy-weensy scratch under his eye.

Source: Obamas’ Chicago Fixer Tina Tchen’s Role in Smollett Case

BREAKING: CHICAGO POLICE FILES RELEASED on Hate Hoaxer Jussie Smollett Case — The Gateway Pundit

CWBChicago filed a Freedom of Information Act request under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act on Tuesday March 26th.

This was after the State’s Attorney’s office under Kim Foxx dropped ALL charges against the disgusting hate hoaxer.

CWBChicago released the files today, saying.

These files were provided by the Chicago Police Department in response to a FOIA request that CWBChicago submitted upon learning that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office had reached a sealed agreement to resolve Smollett’s criminal exposure in the case.

Our requests for video, including bodycam, surveillance, and interrogation, was denied.

FILE ONE

FILE TWO

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WALLS ARE CLOSING IN: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Viewers Desert Rachel Maddow And Fake News MSNBC After Mueller Report Wrecks Ratings — Now The End Begins

The Mueller report and its potential implications have driven Rachel Maddow and MSNBC network’s coverage—and monster ratings—for two years. Now it’s ended with a whimper, leaving execs in a bind.

For two full years, the Liberal fake news media relentlessly pushed a narrative that they themselves knew to be false, and they did it for two reasons. The first reason was Trump Derangement Syndrome that raged in their souls like untreated syphilis. The second reason was simply money, buckets and buckets of money from advertising dollars on hyped shows that the Liberal masses couldn’t get enough of.

It turned last-place finishers like Rachel Maddow into a ratings superstar, as her Trump-hating sycophants propelled her to the top of the Nielsen’s. But as her BOMBSHELL!!! BOMBSHELL!!! BOMBSHELL!!! phony Russian Collusion hoax story was smashed against the rocks with the release of the Mueller report, her viewers are fleeing by the hundreds of thousands per day.

This is why the America people no longer trust the Liberal media, why they call it fake news, and why CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and all the rest have become a national disgrace as well as a national joke. The Liberal media has become so amazingly fake and phony that even Liberals like The Daily Beast, and comedian Jimmy Dore in the video below are calling them out.

MSNBC’s Trump-Russia Ratings Fizzle: ‘Time to Pivot to 2020’

FROM THE DAILY BEAST: Attorney General William Barr’s short letter claiming Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no clear evidence of collusion between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign left some MSNBC personalities dumbfounded on Sunday.

Several hours before Barr’s letter was released, former intelligence officer Malcolm Nance predicted on MSNBC that the report could “technically eclipse Benedict Arnold” in its level of treasonous activity.

But when Nance returned to MSNBC several hours after Barr’s letter was made public, the network contributor did little to hide his displeasure about why the investigation hadn’t resulted in more criminal indictments.

“We’ve seen these things occur and in any other standard, these people would’ve been arrested, they would’ve been polygraphed, and would’ve been brought to trial,” he said.

NY Post’s ‘Mueller Madness’ Meme Mocks Fake News Media

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Over the past two years, Nance has been one of MSNBC’s most outspoken personalities commenting on the network’s most important story: Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference. Hosts like Rachel Maddow have seen their ratings notably increase as the investigation unfolded, while other anchors like Ari Melber have built major elements of their shows around interviews of witnesses of the investigation to get their perspective on Mueller’s probe.

But the release of Barr’s summary letter threw a wrench into the narrative that has driven the network’s coverage and called into question what the primary narrative would be for the network going forward.

Over the past several days, MSNBC and other media outlets have been the targets of criticism from Trump supporters and others who felt the network’s journalists and commentators had spent too much time obsessing over the Mueller investigation and drawing conclusions that were not borne out by Barr’s summary.

The White House shared a meme mocking Maddow’s and host Chris Hayes’ coverage of the investigation. Conservative news outlets and prominent politicians also criticized former CIA director John Brennan, who predicted earlier this month that there could be further indictments and suggested there may be evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Within MSNBC, there’s an acknowledgement that the Trump-Russia narrative on which the cable network—and especially its primetime star Maddow—built monster ratings has fizzled for the moment.

Insiders also claim not to be surprised that the conclusion of the long-awaited Mueller report—or at least the Trump-appointed attorney general’s summary—was a whimper, not a bang for an outlet that has invested so much time and energy, in primetime and throughout its dayparts, in the notion that Trump is unworthy of the Oval Office and might at some point be forced to give it up. READ MORE

Watch And See How The Fake News Media Tried To Indoctrinate You With The Lie Of Phony Russian Collusion Story

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March 27, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

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Jesus is the Only Door to the Fold

So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (10:7–10)

Here Jesus changed the metaphor slightly. In the first figure of speech, He was the Shepherd; here He is the Door to the sheepfold. This is the third of seven statements in John’s gospel where “I AM” is followed by a predicate nominative (v. 11; 6:35; 8:12; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5).

Since the religious leaders had failed to understand His first figure of speech, Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” Sometimes the shepherd slept in the opening of the sheepfold to guard the sheep. No one could enter or leave except through him. In Jesus’ metaphor He is the door through which the sheep enter the safety of God’s fold and go out to the rich pasture of His blessing. It is through Him that lost sinners can approach the Father and appropriate the salvation He provides; Jesus alone is “the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through [Him]” (14:6; cf. Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 1:30; 3:11; 1 Tim. 2:5). Only Jesus is the true source of the knowledge of God and salvation, and the basis for spiritual security.

The Lord’s assertion, “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers,” does not, of course, include Israel’s true spiritual leaders (such as Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Ezra, Nehemiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, among many others). Jesus was referring to Israel’s false shepherds—her wicked kings, corrupt priests, false prophets, and pseudo-messiahs. However, the true sheep did not hear them; they did not heed them and were not led astray by them (see the discussion of vv. 4 and 5 above).

Then Jesus reiterated the vital truth of verse 7: “I am the door;” and He added the promise, “If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved” from sin and hell. Christ’s sheep will experience God’s love, forgiveness, and salvation; they will go in and out freely, always having access to God’s blessing and protection, and never fearing any harm or danger. They will find satisfying pasture as the Lord feeds them (cf. Ps. 23:1–3; Ezek. 34:15) on His Word (cf. Acts 20:32). In utter contrast to the thieving false shepherds who, like their father the devil (8:44) came only to steal and kill and destroy the sheep, Jesus came that they may have spiritual and eternal life (cf. John 5:21; 6:33, 51–53, 57; Rom. 6:4; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:1, 5; Col. 2:13), and have it abundantly. Perissos (abundantly) describes something that goes far beyond what is necessary. The matchless gift of eternal life exceeds all expectation (cf. John 4:10 with 7:38; see also Rom. 8:32; 2 Cor. 9:15).[1]


Life, More Life

John 10:10

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

I am pausing in our study of the tenth chapter of John’s Gospel to give particular attention to verse 10; for it contains an idea that has become popular in some Christian circles, and it is important that we understand it. The idea is that of the abundant life. Verse 10 suggests it: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

What is the full or abundant life? It is not necessarily a long life, although there are verses that promise a long life to some, such as to those who honor their father and mother (Exod. 20:12; cf. Eph. 6:2–3). It is not necessarily a life free from sorrow or sickness either, although God certainly does spare us many sorrows that we might otherwise have and often preserves us from sickness. It is not a life of sickly piety, where everything is “beautiful” or “precious” or “just wonderful.” The abundant life, as Scripture speaks of it, is, above all, the contented life, in which contentment comes from the confidence that God is equal to every emergency and does indeed supply all our genuine needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The contented life is the life of the sheep who finds himself in the hands of a good shepherd. There may be dangers; in fact, there will be dangers. There may be storms at times, even drought and famine. Still, in the hands of a good shepherd the sheep is content and life is bountiful.

Abundance

Contentment means satisfaction, and satisfaction means to have enough. This understanding is reinforced by the meaning of “abundance” in English and in most ancient languages.

Our English word “abundance” comes from the two Latin words ab and undare which mean “to rise in waves” or “to overflow.” The first translation gives a picture of the unceasing rise of the waves upon a seashore. There the waves rise again and again. One wave surges forward and exhausts its force on the sand, but another follows and another and another. Thus it will continue as long as time lasts. The other picture is of a flood. This makes us think of a river fed by heavy rains, rising irresistibly until it overflows its banks. The abundant life is, therefore, one in which we are content in the knowledge that God’s grace is more than sufficient for our needs, that nothing can suppress it, and that God’s favor toward us is unending.

The Greek word for “abundance,” perissos, has a mathematical meaning and generally denotes a surplus. In this sense it is used of the twelve baskets of food that remained after Christ’s feeding of the five thousand, as related in Matthew’s Gospel (14:20). It is translated “remains.” The comparative is used to say that John the Baptist excelled the Old Testament prophets in dignity and importance (Matt. 11:9) and that love is more important than all sacrifices (Mark 12:33).

Made Alive

Before one can know the abundant life, he must first know life. That is, he must first be made alive through faith in Christ. Christ is speaking of this when he says, “I have come that they may have life.” It is only after this that he adds, “and have it to the full.”

Are you aware that you have been made alive spiritually? You should be just as certain of this as you are that you have been made alive physically. In fact, one whole book of the Bible has been written so that Christians (who have been made alive through the new birth) might be certain of it and might grow in Christ on the basis of that assurance. The book is 1 John, and John tells us that this is his purpose in writing. He says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). A few verses earlier he tells us that God has given life to all who believe on Jesus as God’s Son and that they can be assured of this because God himself tells them that this is what he has done.

The Twenty-third Psalm

This brings us to the abundant life itself, and in order to discuss it in its fullest biblical framework I want to take you to the Twenty-third Psalm. This psalm is, above all, the psalm of the contented life. When it begins by saying “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want” this is precisely what it is talking about. Not to be in want is to be content, and this state can exist only when the sheep is in the care of a good shepherd. In the psalm David tells us that he is content in the Lord in reference to five things.

First, he does not lack rest. He indicates this by saying, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

In the small but very rewarding book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, author Phillip Keller, who was himself a shepherd, tells of the difficulty there is in getting a sheep to lie down. Sheep do not easily lie down, he says. In fact, “It is almost impossible for them to be made to lie down unless four requirements are met. Owing to their timidity they refuse to lie down unless they are free of all fear. Because of the social behavior within a flock sheep will not lie down unless they are free from friction with others of their kind. If tormented by flies or parasites, sheep will not lie down.… Lastly, sheep will not lie down as long as they feel in need of finding food. They must be free from hunger.” Freedom from fear, tension, aggravation, and hunger! These are the four necessities. And the important thing, as Keller points out, is that it is only the shepherd himself who can provide them.

This is an interesting picture. For when the psalm begins with the sheep at rest it begins with a picture of sheep who have found their shepherd to be a good shepherd, that is, one who is able to meet their physical needs and to provide them with release from anxiety. Moreover, it is interesting that it begins at this point. For the other advantages of the contented life—guidance, comfort, safety, provision, and a destiny—come only to one who has found the Lord adequate to his every need.

Guidance

Second, the psalmist tells us that he does not lack guidance. For “he leads me beside quiet waters” and “he guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Sheep are stupid creatures. In fact, they are probably the most stupid animals on earth. One aspect of their stupidity is seen in the fact that they so easily wander away. They can have a good shepherd who has brought them to the best grazing lands, near an abundant supply of water—still they will wander away over a hill to where the fields are barren and the water undrinkable. Or again, they are creatures of habit. They can have found good grazing land due to the diligence of the shepherd; but then having found it, they will continue to graze upon it until every blade of grass and even every root is eaten, the fields ruined, and themselves impoverished. This has actually happened to sheep and the land they graze on in many parts of the world—Spain, Greece, Mesopotamia, North Africa, parts of the western United States, and New Zealand.

No other class of livestock requires more careful handling and more detailed directions than do sheep. Therefore, a shepherd who is able to give good guidance is essential for their welfare. He will move the sheep from field to field (before deterioration sets in) and will always stay near water. He will chase strays. He will plan the grazing to fit the seasons of the year. In the same way, we too need the Good Shepherd. We do not lack guidance if we will but have it.

Safety

Third, David tells us that he does not lack safety, even in the presence of great danger. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

This verse often has been taken as providing words of comfort for those who are dying; and it is not wrongly used in that way. God certainly is a source of comfort in death. Primarily, however, the verse speaks of the shepherd’s ability to protect the sheep in moments of danger. The picture in this verse is of the passage from the lowlands, where sheep spend the winter, through the valleys to the high pastures where they go in summer. The valleys are the places of richest pasture and of abundant water. But they also are places of danger. Wild animals lurk in the broken canyon walls to either side. Sudden storms may sweep down the valleys. There may be floods. The sun does not shine so well into the valleys. So there really is shadow, which at any moment might become death’s shadow. It is through such experiences that our Lord leads us in safety.

In the book that I referred to earlier, Keller notes how often Christians speak of their desire “to move on to higher ground with God,” wanting to move above the lowlands of life and yet not realizing that mountaintop experiences are entered into only by passing through the valleys. Strong faith comes from having faith tested. Patience comes from having lived through tribulations. This means that life will not necessarily be smooth under the direction of our Shepherd. He will sometimes lead us through rough places. Nevertheless, as we go through them we can know of his ability to keep us from falling and to present us before the presence of his Father with great joy.

Keller writes: “The basic question is not whether we have many or few valleys. It is not whether those valleys are dark or merely dim with shadows. The question is how do I react to them? How do I go through them? How do I cope with the calamities that come my way? With Christ I face them calmly. With His gracious Spirit to guide me I face them fearlessly. I know of a surety that only through them can I possibly travel on to higher ground with God.”

Provision

Fourth, Psalm 23 speaks of the shepherd’s provision for each physical need of the flock. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Keller thinks that the reference to preparing the table refers to the shepherd’s advance preparation of the high tablelands or mesas where the sheep graze in summer. If so, it refers to the elimination of hazards, the destruction of poisonous plants, and the driving away of predators—all before the sheep arrive. If it does not refer to this, it must be taken merely of God’s provision of peace and feeding even when enemies lurk nearby. In such a time, says David, God anoints him with oil and fills his cup of wine to overflowing.

In biblical imagery oil and wine speak of joy and prosperity; for the growing of olives and grapes and their transformation into oil and wine take time and gentle care. In times of domestic turmoil or war these tasks were forgotten.

Moreover, oil and wine well suited the inhabitants of a dry and barren land and were therefore highly valued. In Palestine, where the sun shines fiercely most of the year and the temperature continually soars up into the hundreds, the skin quickly becomes cracked and broken, and throats become dusty and parched. Oil soothes the skin, particularly the face. Wine clears the throat. Therefore, when a guest arrived at the home of a friend in Palestine in Christ’s or David’s day, hospitality demanded the provision of oil and wine so that the ravages of travel might be overcome and friends might make merry in each other’s company. David spoke of this elsewhere when he prayed, “O Lord … let your face shine on your servant” (Ps. 31:14, 16). A shining face was the face of a friend. In another passage he thanks God for “wine that gladdens the heart of man, [and] oil to make his face shine” (Ps. 104:15).

David knew of God’s great love and provision; his face shone, and his heart was made merry because of it. Oh for the shining face and the merry heart today! Far too many have scowling faces and gloomy hearts, but that is not what God intends for his children. Instead, if we will allow him to lead us to the high pastures of the Christian life we will find our table prepared, our heads anointed with purest oil, and our cups overflowing with the wine of joy.

A Heavenly Home

Finally, having spoken of all these provisions, David adds no less gladly that he does not lack for a heavenly home. He is blessed in this life, but it is not in this life only that he knows God’s goodness. He will know it forever. Thus he declares, “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6).

To have a sure home is one of the great desires of the nomadic people who have generally occupied that area of the Near East bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the great Arabian desert. T. E. Lawrence, who gained fame as Lawrence of Arabia during World War I, has written of this eloquently in his classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom. He tells in the opening pages of that book how, because of the geography of this area, one tribe after another came out of the desert to fight for the lush Judean highlands, which contained the best trees, crops, and pastures. The Israelites in their conquest of Palestine under Joshua were just one of these peoples. When one group (like the Israelites) succeeded, the conquered people generally moved just a bit south into the Negev (which was also good land but not quite as good as that to the north) and displaced others. Those who were displaced in turn displaced others, and those displaced still others, with the result that there was always a constant movement around the entire area. The last of the peoples would be forced back into the desert with nothing before them but Damascus. At some point all the peoples of the Near East had this background. So, for most of them, Damascus with its ample rivers and fields became the symbol of true abundance at the end of life’s pilgrimage. It symbolized home.

For us who know the Good Shepherd there is also a similar longing; but the longing is not for Damascus or any other earthly home. Our longing is for that great and final home that the Lord Jesus Christ has himself gone to prepare for us. He has said, “I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2–3). With such a promise we know that we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Of our state in that home John the evangelist later wrote in the Book of Revelation: “Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev. 7:16–17).

The blessings of this life and heaven too! Nor can we forget that this was achieved for us by One who himself became a lamb in order to die for us so that we might be able to enter into the fullness of such a great salvation.[2]


Life Abundant

John 10:10

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Why did Jesus Christ come into this world? There could hardly be a more important question. Jesus spoke of this frequently, including some of his most memorable sayings.

For instance, when Peter and the other disciples wanted Jesus to impress people with his miraculous power, Jesus refused, since he had not come for that reason. “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also,” he said, “for that is why I came” (Mark 1:38). Jesus came to reveal God and preach his gospel to the world. But those who would limit Jesus’ mission merely to teaching fail to realize that this was just the beginning.

As Jesus drew near to the end of his time on earth, he spoke further about the reason for his coming. In Luke 19:10, he said, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” In Matthew 20:28, Jesus emphasized his death on the cross: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

But probably the greatest statement of the reason for Jesus’ coming into the world is found in John 10:10, as the conclusion of his claim to be the door to salvation. Jesus had said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (10:9). He meant that those who trust in him would be saved, would be safe, and would be satisfied. Then, to make his great purpose clear, Jesus added, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (10:10). It was to give eternal life that Jesus came and taught, and gave his life on the cross.

The One Who Gives Life

We should remember that Jesus spoke these words in the midst of his dispute with the Pharisees. In John 9, Jesus had healed the man born blind, but the Pharisees immediately afflicted this man and even cast him out from the synagogue. So everything that Jesus says about himself in John 10 is intended to contrast with the attitude of the false religious leaders. This accounts for the first half of John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”

This is Jesus’ assessment not only of the Pharisees, but of all false religious leaders. Those who preach a way of salvation based on good works or ritual performance or the paying of money—or any way other than faith alone in Christ—are as wolves among the sheep. The Pharisees were widely admired in their day, but their attitude toward Jesus and his followers showed the evil in their hearts. Today, false religious leaders include those who preach tolerance for sin but who will not tolerate the Bible’s teaching. They also include those who minister for personal gain and twist the gospel to attract followers. Jesus, by his atoning death on the cross, is the one and only door to true life, and faith alone is the one way of entering through him. All others who try to enter themselves and would lead others over the wall are thieves and robbers. Jesus says that they come “only to steal and kill and destroy.”

This is even more true when we consider unbelieving, worldly leaders, who entice the masses with their myths of utopia. D. A. Carson comments:

The world still seeks its humanistic, political saviours—its Hitlers, its Stalins, its Maos, its Pol Pots—and only too late does it learn that they blatantly confiscate personal property (they come “only to steal”), ruthlessly trample human life under their foot (they come “only … to kill”), and contemptuously savage all that is valuable (they come “only … to destroy”).

Moreover, this is true not only of blatant despots but also of the more pleasurable tyrants of materialism and sensualism. Just as the idols of the Old Testament always enslaved their followers, the more sophisticated idols of consumer society never give life but only take it. This is why God’s Son came: to grant life. It was the Tree of Life that Adam and Eve lost when they fell into sin, and only the Savior from heaven can deliver us from sin and restore us to true and eternal life.

When it comes to eternal life, we have a tendency to think mainly in terms of its quantity. It is life everlasting. But in John 10:10, Jesus emphasizes the quality of the life he gives: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Jesus came to give abundant life. In this chapter, he paints a living portrait of the plentiful life he gives, using the illustration of a flock of sheep under the care of a good shepherd. He says that his flock will come in for safety and go out for rich provision in pastures prepared by God, all under the watchful eye of their loving Shepherd.

When we picture this imagery, those familiar with the Bible may think of the Twenty-third Psalm, which depicts weak and foolish sheep who find life and blessing simply because they can say, as the psalm begins, “The Lord is my shepherd” (Ps. 23:1).

I Shall Not Want

Psalm 23 poetically describes the life provided to those who trust the Lord as their Shepherd. Phillip Keller wrote a valuable book on this theme, based on his own experience as a shepherd. He points out the importance of the shepherd’s care to the sheep’s well-being:

The welfare of any flock is entirely dependent upon the management afforded them by their owner.… For Him there is no greater reward, no deeper satisfaction, than that of seeing His sheep well contented, well fed, safe and flourishing under His care.… He will go to no end of trouble and labor to supply them with the finest grazing, the richest pasturage, ample winter feed, and clean water.… From early dawn until late at night this utterly self-less Shepherd is alert to the welfare of His flock.

Based on this analogy, when Jesus says that he came to give abundant life, this doubtless involves his providing care. Meeting the needs of his sheep absorbs a shepherd’s time and energy. And because of this care, those who belong to Jesus can say, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Ps. 23:1).

But this raises a question. When Jesus says that he came to give abundant life, and when Psalm 23 says, “I shall not want,” what sort of provision is promised? This is an important question because of the spread of the so-called prosperity gospel, which teaches that God promises material wealth to all who trust in him.

So widespread is this teaching today that TIME magazine has run a cover story titled “Does God Want You to Be Rich?” The article begins with the testimony of George Adams. Adams lost his job at an Ohio factory and moved his family to Houston, Texas, so that he could join the church of the popular prosperity teacher Joel Osteen. Osteen’s inspirational best seller, Your Best Life Now, is widely credited for spreading the prosperity gospel from Pentecostal churches into the evangelical mainstream. He preaches a Christian faith that not only provides blessings in heaven, but also consists of happiness, success, and fulfillment here on earth. Embracing Osteen’s positive message, George Adams approached life with a new confidence. Applying for a job as a car salesman, he immediately began making sales. He exults, “It’s a new day God has given me! I’m on my way to a six-figure income!” When asked what he hopes to receive through his faith, he says, “Twenty-five acres, and three bedrooms. We’re going to have a schoolhouse.… We want horses and ponies for the boys, so a horse barn. And a pond. And maybe some cattle.” “I’m dreaming big,” Adams declares, “because all of heaven is dreaming big.”4

Osteen expresses his version of the prosperity gospel: “I think God wants us to be prosperous. I think he wants us to be happy. I think he wants us to enjoy our lives.” And he unabashedly defines these in material terms. A more extreme example comes from the popular and aptly named Creflo Dollar, whose list of “Believer’s Rights” consists of financial wealth, glowing good health, power to heal the sick, bearing children, positive answers to all prayers, and constant protection. Moreover, Dollar claims the believer’s right to be a capitalist: “Owning corporations is a part of your destiny as a believer,” he writes. Finally, true believers have power to raise the dead: “If Jesus raised the dead, so can you,” he insists.

What are we to make of this prosperity gospel? First, we might note some of its positive influences. Prosperity teachers often point out that many people feel downtrodden and hopeless and are inhibited by poor self-esteem. They frequently point out that Christians should not approach life pessimistically or doubtful of God’s favor. In this, they are right. When they emphasize that changes in our life demand changes in our thinking, they are also right. Furthermore, people who think optimistically do tend to be more successful. Given the widespread depression in our society today, it is not surprising that people are flocking to hear an upbeat message promising prosperity.

One great concern about the prosperity gospel is its reluctance to speak about sin and our need to find grace at the cross. Sin is a depressing topic, its proponents explain, and telling people to confess their sins and seek forgiveness injures their self-esteem. Prosperity is promised by the sheer power of believing, as though our faith exercised divine power on its own. Moreover, one does not receive God’s favor merely by believing or declaring it to be so, as prosperity teachers emphasize; only sinners who come to God by the blood of Christ will be saved, and only they may rely on God’s blessing in this life and the life to come. To teach otherwise is to deceive the unredeemed with a false hope of God’s favor.

What about the prosperity gospel’s central claim that God wants all his children to enjoy earthly wealth, perfect health, and worldly success? Is this biblical? The answer is No.

Prosperity-gospel preachers typically teach that trials such as an illness, the loss of a job, and relationship problems are the result of a lack of faith. But the Bible says that trials are part of God’s fatherly plan for growing believers into maturity. The apostle James taught, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2–3). Moreover, it is disturbing to read of prosperity believers’ defining salvation almost exclusively in terms of houses, ponds, stables, and other possessions. Jesus taught, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt. 6:19–20). He concluded with a stinging rebuke to all who focus on earthly prosperity: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). This means that those whose treasures are on earth do not have their heart set on God, and it raises questions about the eternal situation of those whose gospel is of earthly riches. Jesus called his followers to self-denial in this life, not self-absorption: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

John 10:10 is frequently cited by prosperity preachers because Jesus states that he came to give abundant life. But Jesus did not say that he came to give an abundance of things. He came to give life, and that abundantly. And Jesus taught, “One’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). The fact is that money and possessions do not convey happiness, much less life. Kent Hughes writes, “Money can buy things—it can even buy a pasture, but it cannot buy satisfaction.” Jesus promises a satisfied soul, especially as his sheep feed in the plentiful pastures of his life-giving Word.

Spiritually mature Christians will often enjoy worldly success, though not always. Those who are blessed with material riches should not feel guilty about it, so long as their true treasure is in heaven. The stewardship of wealth is a high calling, and those with excess wealth to give are often a great help to the cause of the gospel. Nonetheless, Jesus often warned that money is a spiritual snare; he said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20).

It has sometimes been noted that God is a father, not a grandfather: he does not spoil his children but trains them in righteousness. He promises to meet all the genuine needs of his people, but not to gratify our earthly cravings. Paul exulted, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). Our main needs are spiritual. Every believer may rely on God’s provision of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17).

In fact, God especially delights to cause us to prosper spiritually in the midst of earthly difficulties. This is one of the points of the book of Job. Satan argued that Job trusted God only because of his earthly prosperity, but when Job continued to praise God in the midst of suffering, God was greatly glorified. The believer’s true wealth is that his or her joy does not depend on earthly prosperity. Jesus supplies us with abundant spiritual life in any circumstance, so that Christians can contentedly praise him: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Ps. 23:1). Those who pursue worldly happiness will ever be restless, always needing more. But those who find their contentment in Christ can say with the psalmist: “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters” (23:2).

Guidance for the Journey

Having spoken of provision, Psalm 23 goes on to promise the Good Shepherd’s guidance: “He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Ps. 23:3).

The comparison between Christians and sheep is not a compliment. James Montgomery Boice writes: “Sheep are stupid creatures. In fact, they are probably the most stupid animals on earth. One aspect of their stupidity is seen in the fact that they so easily wander away.” Sheep like to eat foods that poison them, and they like to do things that will cost them their life. Therefore, sheep require a shepherd to survive.

The same is true of us spiritually. When Jesus says that he came to give life to his sheep, this involves his ongoing guidance. This is why we have the Bible; the abundant life that Jesus gives is one that is lived under the guidance of his Word. He also provides leaders in the church as well as fellowship among believers. When needed, he is willing to extend his staff to pull us back into line. By all these means, Jesus promises life-giving guidance to all who follow him.

Spiritual Comfort

Psalm 23 continues with spiritual comfort, which the Good Shepherd gives to his flock. Jesus promises abundant life, but still we live in a world shadowed by death. Psalm 23:4 therefore says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

The shadow of death deprives many people of the joy of life. But not so the Christian who knows the Lord’s promise. We must face death, but we need not fear it. Why? Because the Lord promises to be with us, and his sin-atoning cross has removed everything that a Christian has to fear in death.

Some time ago I had the privilege of ministering to a Christian brother who was facing the rapid approach of death. At our last meeting, we both knew that he would pass through death within a day or two. Psalm 23 comforted him with its message that the valley of the shadow of death is not the end; indeed, it is in the middle of the psalm. It tells the believer that death is now but a shadow, the substance of death having been conquered on the cross. But still, my friend worried about the actual experience of dying. He asked me, “Pastor, what is it going to be like to die?” I had to confess that I had little to say, except that the Lord has promised to be with him for comfort and to remove any harm from the experience: “For you are with me,” David exulted; “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Even more, Christians have every reason to look forward to the life that awaits us beyond the grave. Here is where full and unfettered prosperity truly awaits us, where moth cannot destroy, thief cannot steal, and time will cause no rust.

Psalm 23:5 makes three comforting promises about the life to come. First, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” This speaks of our acceptance into God’s glorious presence. Despite the accusations of sin and the devil, a place has been prepared for each believer in Christ. Whatever famine lies before us here, a table of feasting awaits us above. Jesus promised: “In my Father’s house are many rooms.… I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

Second, the psalmist wrote, “You anoint my head with oil.” Ancient hosts provided wine and oil to the weary traveler—oil to soothe the skin and wine to cleanse the dusty throat. For this reason, a shining face was known as the face of a friend. In Psalm 104:15, David thanks God for “wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine.” Here we have a vision of Christ welcoming us into heaven with oil to soothe the hurts of our passage through life and death.

Third, Psalm 23:5 comforts us with promised abundance in the life to come: “My cup overflows.” Whatever we hope for in heaven, holding out our longings as a cup to the Lord, what we actually experience will cause that cup to overflow. What a comfort it is, living in a sinful, difficult world like ours, to know that overflowing glories await us in heaven.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Jesus came to give us not money, not possessions, not earthly positions of power and prestige. He came to give us life. And that life is found through fellowship with him. “In him was life,” John wrote, “and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). David concluded Psalm 23 with a similar statement of divine fellowship and life, both now and in eternity: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6).

But what is the key to this abundant life? Does prosperity depend on our cultivating high self-esteem and a bright outlook, or developing effective life skills? According to Psalm 23, the abundant life depends not on the supposed strength, wisdom, or skill of the sheep themselves. In fact, the characteristic of all sheep is that they have little of these. What matters is having the right Shepherd—a Good Shepherd who will provide for us, guide us, comfort us, and receive us into the green pastures of the life to come. Jesus came as a life-giving Savior. He promises, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

Can you say of Jesus, “The Lord is my shepherd”? If not, then what could possibly keep you from coming to him for this loving care and provision? Is it your love of sin? Surely, as the Spirit helps you, you can see that the beaten-down path of sin never leads to such green and quiet places. Jesus died to free you from the bondage of sin’s false advertising; his cross is the gate to the sheep pen so that there you might confess your sins, have the burden of your guilt drop from your back, and be received into the fold of his purchased, privileged flock.

If you have done that, if you can say, “Yes, I am part of that flock, for the Lord is indeed my Shepherd,” then surely you ought to refresh your faith in him, renew your vow of love for him, and follow with new strength in the path where he is leading. “The Lord is my shepherd,” we say by faith. And Jesus replies with words of manifold blessing: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).[3]


10. The thief cometh not. By this saying, Christ—if we may use the expression—pulls our ear, that the ministers of Satan may not come upon us by surprise, when we are in a drowsy and careless state; for our excessive indifference exposes us, on every side, to false doctrines. For whence arises credulity so great, that they who ought to have remained fixed in Christ, fly about in a multitude of errors, but because they do not sufficiently dread or guard against so many false teachers? And not only so, but our insatiable curiosity is so delighted with the new and strange inventions of men, that, of our own accord, we rush with mad career to meet thieves and wolves. Not without reason, therefore, does Christ testify that false teachers, whatever may be the mildness and plausibility of their demeanour, always carry about a deadly poison, that we may be more careful to drive them away from us. A similar warning is given by Paul, See that no man rob you through vain philosophy, (Coloss. 2:8.)

I am come. This is a different comparison; for Christ, having hitherto called himself the door, and declared that they who bring sheep to this door are true shepherds, now assumes the character of a shepherd, and indeed affirms that he is the only shepherd. Indeed, there is no other to whom this honour and title strictly belongs; for, as to all the faithful shepherds of the Church, it is he who raises them up, endows them with the necessary qualifications, governs them by his Spirit, and works by them; and therefore they do not prevent him from being the only Governor of his Church, or from holding the distinction of being the only Shepherd. For, though he employs their ministry. still he does not cease to fulfil and discharge the office of a shepherd by his own power; and they are masters and teachers in such a manner as not to interfere with his authority as a Master. In short, when the term shepherd is applied to men, it is used, as we say, in a subordinate sense; and Christ shares the honour with his ministers in such a manner, that he still continues to be the only shepherd both of themselves and of the whole flock.

That they may have life. When he says that he is come, that the sheep may have life, he means that they only who do not submit to his staff and crook (Psalm 23:4) are exposed to the ravages of wolves and thieves; and—to give them greater confidence—he declares that life is continually increased and strengthened in those who do not revolt from him. And, indeed, the greater progress that any man makes in faith, the more nearly does he approach to fulness of life, because the Spirit, who is life, grows in him.

11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But the hireling, and he who is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf teareth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is a hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known by mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, I also know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep.[4]


10 Using vivid language, Jesus says that the Jewish establishment (the “thief”) has as its purpose “to steal and kill and destroy.” But this is not true of Jesus the shepherd—he has come so that his followers “may have life, and have it to the full.” The former are life denying, while Jesus is life affirming. The life that Jesus came to provide is not physical but spiritual. Yet that which is spiritual naturally overflows into every aspect of physical existence. Life embraces all that it means to be alive in this world and firmly attached by faith to the living Lord. Fullness of life is the reward of faith. It is by trusting Jesus and forgetting self that real life—physical and spiritual—breaks into one’s consciousness like the dawning of a new day (cf. Mk 8:35 par.).[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 430–431). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 747–752). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Phillips, R. D. (2014). John. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 633–642). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[4] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 1, pp. 401–402). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 502). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

March 27, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Vice President Mike Pence announced on Tuesday an accelerated goal of putting Americans back on the moon within five years “by any means necessary,” and NASA’s top official immediately embraced the challenge.

U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday defeated the “Green New Deal” resolution that called for tackling climate change by moving the United States off fossil fuels, while Democrats said the vote was a political stunt on an issue that will not die.

The U.S. Census Bureau has asked tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter to help it fend off “fake news” campaigns it fears could disrupt the upcoming 2020 count.

About 150 Palestinian students threw firebombs and rocks at Israeli soldiers who responded with tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets in the occupied West Bank after an Israeli raid on their university.

India shot down one of its satellites in space with an anti-satellite missile on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, hailing the country’s first test of such technology as a major breakthrough that establishes it as a space power.

Ford Motor Co.’s Russian joint venture Ford Sollers will close two assembly plants and an engine factory in Russia, exiting the country’s passenger vehicle market, resulting in charges of about $450 million to $500 million.

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the trade deficit declined 14.6 percent, the largest decline since March 2018, to $51.1 billion also as softening domestic demand and lower oil prices curbed the import bill.

Canada’s trade deficit shrank slightly to $3.17 billion in January, the second highest on record, as low crude prices continued to eat into the value of exports, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.

A Saudi court resumed on Wednesday the trial of prominent women activists facing charges related to their human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats, in a case that has sharpened Western criticism of the kingdom.

AP Top Stories

President Trump’s administration vowed to see Obamacare — a massive, but controversial reform intended to bring health care to more Americans — struck down.

Heavy flooding continued in Iran on Tuesday as many provinces geared up for days of waterlogged misery and authorities warned of possible floods in the capital Tehran as well the oil-rich south. President Hassan Rouhani promised compensation for all financial losses and called for the armed forces to help in flooded areas.

A cyclone which struck southern Africa has affected almost three million people, of whom nearly 500,000 have been driven from their homes, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The United States on Tuesday imposed fresh sanctions on a network of companies and people in Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates it said was helping to raise billions of dollars to fund the operations of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

A wary calm returned to Gaza and southern Israel on Tuesday after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire brought an end to hours of intense fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.

Boeing has flown test flights of its 737 MAX to evaluate a fix for the system targeted as a potential cause of two deadly plane crashes, two sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

The first evening of the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, was punctuated by a rousing address from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who like several other speakers sharply criticized the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. “There are 62 new Democratic freshmen in the House,” Hoyer said at one point during his Sunday-evening speech. “Not three.”

An air strike killed seven people at a Save the Children-supported hospital on Tuesday as Yemenis rallied to show support for the Houthi movement on the fourth anniversary of a war that has killed thousands and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

Algeria’s oil and gas production appears to be unaffected so far by the political unrest gripping the country, an International Energy Agency (IEA) official said on Tuesday. Algeria has seen a wave of mass protests over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year rule since Feb. 22.

BBC

Rockland County in New York State declared a state of emergency following a severe outbreak of measles. It barred unvaccinated children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed. Violating will be punishable by a fine of $500 and up to six months in prison.

Google has launched a global advisory council to offer guidance on ethical issues relating to artificial intelligence, automation and related technologies.

More than one in three Africans have considered emigrating, researchers for Afrobarometer said. Their continent-wide survey also found that young and educated people were more likely than others to want to leave their home country. For those who do leave, it is not to Europe or North America that most go to, but another African country.

The all-women board on the Vatican women’s magazine have resigned citing a campaign to discredit them and put them “under the direct control of men”.

WND

A politically charged glossary for Amherst College students that disparages capitalism and dictates a broad range of PC gender terms has been withdrawn after campus Republicans howled in protest, saying the Orwellian language guide threatened to stifle free speech.

President Trump on Tuesday added to his long list of battles by issuing an executive order to increase preparedness for a possible electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack.

Smartphones are draining the number of hours we sleep, making us less productive, and could even be making some people feel physically worse in general.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 27, 2019

The Foundation

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Smollett: Two-Tier Justice, Chicago Style

Even Rahm Emanuel says allowing this hate-hoaxer to walk free is a “whitewash of justice.”


Senate Demos Duck Green New Deal

McConnell put senators on the record, and the ecofascist proposal failed, 0-57.


The Fight for Our Kids’ Minds Is the Fight for Our Republic

No wonder leftists are fighting Betsy DeVos’s reforms in court every step of the way.


Obstructionist Demo Veto Override Fails

The vote to cancel Trump’s emergency declaration was always just for show.


Avenatti Arrest Exposes Degree of Left’s Anti-Trump Obsession

Leftmedia and Democrats once viewed this scam artist as a legitimate presidential candidate.


Toxic Masculinity?

Feminists want to undermine men with a charge leveled not at toxic individuals but a whole gender.


Video: Taste the Tears of the Media Mueller Meltdown

Sweet, sweet tears of the Leftmedia. These talkingheads just can’t accept it.


Video: Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped

Prosecutors said the “Empire” actor won’t be charged for staging hate crime.



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Russiagate: Deceit, Fake News From Democrats
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Nadler’s Precedent: Exonerating Bill Clinton
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News – 3/27/2019

Mueller Madness: The media pundits who got it most wrong
Special counsel Robert Mueller has definitively put to rest the collusion theory of President Trump’s election. The president’s haters no doubt wish to memory-hole collusion and move on to the next anti-Trump theory. But not so fast: We want to laurel the punditry “champion” — the one who peddled the most nonsensical nonsense, the wildest inanities, the weirdest theories and unsubstantiated stories. Pick your brackets — no, not for March Madness. This is Collusion Madness!

The Pentagon Wants to Make an Army of Virus-Spreading Insects. Scientists Are Concerned.
Can a task force of insects carrying genetically modified viruses save America’s farms — or are they an uncontrollable bioweapon in the making? This is the debate swirling around a controversial new Pentagon research project called “Insect Allies.” Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the project involves using gene-editing techniques like CRISPR to infect insects with modified viruses that could help make America’s crops more resilient. If a cornfield were hit by an unexpected drought or suddenly exposed to a pathogen, for example, Insect Allies might deploy an army of aphids carrying a genetically modified virus to slow the corn plant’s growth rate. Members of the scientific community are skeptical.

Defying Laws of Nature, Scientists Force ‘Supercrystals’ Into Existence
A team of physicists used lasers to create “supercrystals,” even as the structures fought to not exist at all.
It was the sort of structure that might fleetingly exist as a material shifts from one state to the next, but not one you’d expect to persist long term. And yet, the researchers showed, this supercrystal survived under warm, room-temperature conditions.

Beneath Earth’s Crust, Hot Rocks Creep As Oceanic Plates Plunge Toward the Core
New research finds that the lower mantle, located between 410 miles and 621 miles (660 and 1,000 kilometers) beneath the Earth’s crust, is more dynamic than previously believed. This deep layer flows and deforms busily at subduction zones, where slabs of oceanic crust plunge down through the Earth’s layers like sinking ships.

Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023
Defense officials want to test a neutral particle-beam in orbit in fiscal 2023 as part of a ramped-up effort to explore various types of space-based weaponry. They’ve asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to develop such beams, more powerful lasers, and other new tech for next-generation missile defense. So the Pentagon is undertaking two studies. The first is a $15 million exploration of whether satellites outfitted with lasers might be able to disable enemy missiles coming off the launch pad. Defense officials have said previously that these lasers would need to be in the megawatt class. They expect to finish the study within six months.

DeepMind and Google: the battle to control artificial intelligence
Judging by the titles of talks, the attendees at the conference tended towards the messianic: “The Mind and How to Build One”; “AI against Aging”; “Replacing Our Bodies”; “Modifying the Boundary between Life and Death”. Hassabis’s speech, by contrast, appeared underwhelming: “A Systems Neuroscience Approach to Building AGI”.

Democrats fail to override Trump veto on border funding
The Democratic-controlled House fell short Tuesday in its effort to override President Donald Trump’s first veto, handing him a victory in his drive to spend billions more for constructing barriers along the Southwest border than Congress has approved. Lawmakers voted 248-181 in favor of overturning his veto, mostly along party lines, but that was 38 votes shy of the number needed for the required two-thirds majority.

Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, setting the stage for a legal showdown.

Veronica dumps more than a year’s worth of rain in less than 12 hours, Western Australia
While the eye of Tropical Cyclone “Veronica” didn’t cross the coast, very heavy rainfall and strong winds hit the Pilbara coast of Western Australia.

Death toll in ‘unprecedented’ Iran floods rises to 21
The death toll from major floods swamping much of Iran has risen to 21, emergency services said on Tuesday, as authorities sent safety warnings to mobile phones across the country.

‘We’re Expecting A Third Wave’: Over 100 Mumps Cases Reported Amid Temple University Outbreak
The number of mumps cases associated with Temple University has now reached into the triple digits as 105 people have come down with the highly contagious disease. Officials say that there are 18 confirmed cases and 87 probable cases.

Coincidence or Divine Reward: Trump Exonerated In Mueller Investigation Days After Recognizing Israeli Golan
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, the spokesman for the Sanhedrin, stated that there was clearly a cause-and-effect relationship between the results of the Mueller investigation and Trump’s support of Israel and recognition of the Golan.

San Antonio Calls Chick-Fil-A Store a “Symbol of Hate,” Bans Christian Business From Airport
Abortion activists have spent years attempting to force Christian companies like Hobby Lobby to pay for abortions and have targeted Christian pregnancy centers with laws attempting to fore them to refer for abortions.

BREAKING: Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Fails In Senate. NO Senators Supported It.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) “Green New Deal” overwhelmingly failed in the Senate on Tuesday when it was put to a vote, as not a single Senator voted in support of it.

Socialism is rooted in godlessness
It’s as simple as that; a country that turns from God opens wide the door for government. The Founding Fathers knew this and that’s why they made clear that this new nation, this new experiment, would be based upon a concept put forth in the Declaration of Independence that all are created equal, “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” and that governments are only instituted to “secure these rights” — not to bestow.

Midwest Flooding Effects Will Be Felt for a Generation Beginning with Astronomical Food Prices As Well As Food Shortages
Grain bins are gone. Seeds are washed away. Runaway prices for food is right around the corner as well as extreme food shortages both in the United States and around the world.

Pelosi to AIPAC: Support for Israel is ‘relentlessly bipartisan’
The Democrat from California says politicians from both sides of the aisle are at the confab because “support for Israel in America is bipartisan… relentlessly bipartisan.”

California School District Forced to dump CAIR’s Islamic Indoctrination Program
The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund forced an unprecedented lawsuit settlement on the San Diego Unified School District, which partnered with the terrorism-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations, requiring the district to shut down its discriminatory, unconstitutional “anti-Islamophobia initiative.”


Headlines – 3/27/2019

Hamas official: Iran ordered rocket attack on central Israel – report

Israel prepared to do ‘a lot more’ after Gaza bombardment, Netanyahu says

Presenting plan for south, Bennett vows to ‘open the gates of hell’ on Hamas

Senior official says no ceasefire with Hamas, as troops remain on Gaza border

Gaza tense after Israel, Hamas exchange heavy fire overnight

Rocket fired from Gaza as Israel warns raids could resume, deploys more troops

Israeli air raids resume, Gaza rocket fired at Ashkelon as calm disintegrates

Palestinian terror groups deny firing post-calm rocket at southern Israel

Gaza groups said to pledge not to escalate as long as IDF halts raids

UN envoy warns of ‘catastrophe’ if Gaza violence resumes

Gaza escalation holds both promise and perils for Netanyahu

Hamas reveals weak spot in Netanyahu re-election campaign

Slamming Golan recognition, Hezbollah chief predicts West Bank is next

Friedman Hints Trump’s Peace Deal Will Include Israeli Security Control Over West Bank

US envoy says Trump understands why Israel needs to hold West Bank

Pompeo Condemns Rise of anti-Semitism, Blasts Britain’s Labour Party

At AIPAC, Republicans and Democrats spar on what defines anti-Semitism

Senate Republicans to introduce two bills against anti-Semitism

Ilhan Omar knocks Netanyahu, AIPAC speakers for obsessing over her

Facebook smashes Iranian manipulation campaign targeting Israel, others

Rouhani slams Trump’s ‘colonial’ recognition of Israeli Golan Heights

Gulf States Denounce U.S. Recognition of Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

Saudi Arabia ‘rejects and condemns’ US recognition of Israeli Golan Heights

Syrians protest Trump’s decision on Golan Heights

After US recognition, Syria requests UN Security Council meeting on Golan

At UN, European states reject Israeli sovereignty over Golan

US says Golan recognition doesn’t apply to other cases

Pompeo Defends Trump’s Recognition of Golan Heights: Israel ‘Is Unique Situation’

How Trump’s Golan decision will further frustrate Mideast peace process

Islamic State group: Syria’s Kurds call for international tribunal

Attack on US-backed fighters kills seven in Syria’s north

Commentary: The caliphate is over, but Isis will be back in another form

Where is the Islamic State group still active around the world?

Yemenis Slam Israel and U.S. in Rally of Support for Houthis to Mark War Anniversary

Algeria army urges removal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

U.S. Calls Russia Deployment of Planes to Venezuela ‘Reckless Escalation’

‘There is no life here’: Venezuelans grapple with another massive blackout

We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001

US shoots down dummy ICBM in groundbreaking military exercise

Trump orders historic plan to thwart EMP, warns attack would be ‘debilitating’

US House fails to override Trump veto in border wall dispute

Pentagon authorizes up to $1B to start 57 miles of border wall construction

Mueller report details to be issued in ‘weeks, not months’: Justice Department

Schumer won’t rule out Trump-Russia collusion

Dershowitz says CNN ‘banned’ him for not conforming to ‘one-sided presentation’ of Mueller report

Hollywood stars apoplectic over Mueller probe findings: ‘You can’t indict a ham sandwich’

Avenatti, facing multiple federal charges, suggests Los Angeles fraud case has connection to Trump

What Next? UK lawmakers seize control, aim to unblock Brexit

Brexit: MPs set out plan to consider alternatives to PM’s deal

UK’s weakened PM May still hoping to push her Brexit deal through

‘Cancel Brexit’ petition surpasses 5.7 million signatures, as Parliament agrees to debate it

European Parliament adopts copyright reform in blow to big tech

Your memes are safe, but these are the other fiercely opposed changes Europe is making to the internet

Facebook takes down 2,632 pages, groups, and accounts in its seemingly endless war on misinformation

Sick Of Human Politicians? A Quarter Of Europeans Prefer AI Government

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

Widespread computer outage briefly affects passengers on American, Alaska and JetBlue airlines

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near La Libertad, El Salvador

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Takanabe, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Tocopilla, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kobuk, Alaska

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

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

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Veronica dumps more than a year’s worth of rain in less than 12 hours, Western Australia

‘Second disaster’ warned in Mozambique as cholera a concern

Trump complains to senators that Puerto Rico is getting too much hurricane relief funding

Heavy Floods Continue to Surge in Iran, Threatening to Take Cities Under Water

Death toll in ‘unprecedented’ Iran floods rises to 21

New Zealand: Waiho Bridge washes away amid flooding and heavy rainfall as state of emergency declared

McConnell to put Green New Deal to vote, forcing Democrats to go on record

Ocasio-Cortez blasts GOP’s upcoming ‘bluff-vote’ on Green New Deal

Senate rejects Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal in 57-0 vote blasted as a ‘sham’ by Dems

Obama warns Dem freshmen on cost of their proposals

Trump DOJ asks appeals court to strike down all of Obamacare

Dems cry foul as Trump calls for striking down ‘Obamacare’

Rockland County Declares Measles State of Emergency, Bans Unvaccinated Minors From Public Spaces

NY county with large ultra-Orthodox community bans unvaccinated minors in public

Measles outbreak in Detroit linked to visiting Israeli

‘We’re Expecting A Third Wave’: Over 100 Mumps Cases Reported Amid Temple University Outbreak

Acid test: how psychedelic virtual reality can help end society’s mass bad trip

Oxford fertility scientists launch last-ditch bid to save ‘extinct’ rhinoceros

Pompeo announces expansion of US ban on aid to groups providing abortion-related services

House Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide For 21st Time, Refuse Care for Aborted Babies Born Alive

Utah governor signs into law bill to ban abortion after 18 weeks

Pete Buttigieg wants to broker ‘peace deal’ with Chick-fil-A: I like their chicken, not their politics

Democrats, Muslim lawmaker decry opening prayer as divisive

Staff of Vatican women’s magazine steps down, citing pressure over nun abuse stories


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Chinese Authorities Ban Major House Church in Beijing


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PERFECT STORM Of Law Enforcement Breakdown In Chicago Threatens To Unleash Massive Crimewave On City — The Gateway Pundit

 

Guest post by Bright Start News

After a long and dark history of corruption, collusion, and in some cases, torture, law enforcement’s dysfunctional chickens are finally coming home to roost in Chicago.

And that tweet was:

This latest chapter of outrage has been set off by the shocking dropping of charges against hate hoaxer, Jussie Smollett.

To say the police, whose valuable and precious time Jussie occupied over a hoax, are furious might be an understatement.

But this is NOT the full story of law enforcement breakdown in Chicago. It’s merely the public tip of the iceberg. There’s another major case of law enforcement breakdown that’s making news in Chicago, but not so much nationally because it doesn’t involve a narrative that can be weaponized against Trump or his supporters.

In other Chicago news, a repeat criminal on electronic monitoring broke the terms of his agreement with the court by letting the battery on his ankle bracelet drain to empty. So, of course, the judge terminated his freedom monitoring and set him free. So of course, he allegedly murdered a cop.

After pleading guilty to attempted burglary last August, Jackson was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and to observe a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew for six months. But, prosecutors say Jackson violated those terms by allowing his monitoring system’s batteries to drain out last month.

Jackson had nothing to worry about. Judge Claps would be treating him with the same kid gloves that Jackson had grown accustomed to enjoying in the Cook County justice system. Rather than punish Jackson for violating the terms of probation—rather than extending the monitoring and curfew period or sending Jackson to jail or prison—Claps ordered the curfew and monitoring to be terminated immediately. There would be no punishment for Jackson’s failure to live up to his probation terms.

This is all on the heels of a massive scandal involving the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, and subsequent attempted coverup by Chicago detectives.

This chronic and systemic dysfunction by police/prosecutors/judges is now resulting in an inevitable rise in violent crime across the city.

Lincoln Park is where the 1% lives.

This is not to say everyone in Chicago law enforcement is corrupt. The majority are honest people just trying to make a living while also putting their lives on the line to keep the city safe(ish).

But they’re overwhelmed by a progressive system that is rotten to the core, and collapsing under its own weight.

This is what a dying city looks like.

via PERFECT STORM Of Law Enforcement Breakdown In Chicago Threatens To Unleash Massive Crimewave On City — The Gateway Pundit

THE CHICAGO WAY: Corrupt Prosecutors Make A Secret, Sealed Deal That Allows Liberal Hate Crime Hoaxer Jussie Smollett To Simply Walk Free — Now The End Begins

 

Jussie Smollett claimed he was attacked by two men who struck him, hurled slurs at him and, in a nod to President Donald Trump, shouted, “This is MAGA country!” Later, Chicago police and prosecutors detailed plentiful evidence and told America it was all a hoax perpetrated by Smollett, an actor on the Chicago-filmed show “Empire,” to further his career.

The message that Chicago DA’s office sent stunned the nation yesterday. They agreed that Liberal actor Jussie Smollett was guilty of what he was charged with, and then announced that he would not be charged for hate crime hoax that attempted to portray Trump supporters as violent, homophobic racists. Smollett paid them $10,000, charges were dropped, then the details of the case sealed. It is really no different  than when Al Capone used his privilege and  was allowed to walk free for his various crimes back in the 1920’s.

In typical Liberal elitist fashion, after Jussie Smollett struck his crooked deal, he then rubbed in your face by making this statement to the press.

“I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’m accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this, I just wouldn’t. Read Full Statement

Shame on you, Chicago, for this travesty of justice. And thank you for reminding the nation why your city continues to deserve the reputation that it enjoys for corruption and partisan politics. This is what Obama and his minions used to refer to as ‘The Chicago Way‘, and it is evil.

Indefensible: With no good explanation, prosecutors give Jussie Smollett a pass

FROM CHICAGO TRIBUNE: It began as an alleged hate crime committed against TV actor Jussie Smollett on a downtown Chicago street at 2 a.m. It then careened into charges that Smollett staged the attack to benefit his career. And now this:

After State’s Attorney Kim Foxx makes errors of judgment that lead her to recuse herself, after Chicago detectives expend thousands of man hours doing meticulous work, after police Superintendent Eddie Johnson excoriates Smollett publicly for dragging the city’s name through the mud, after Foxx’s prosecutors take the case before a grand jury, after the grand jurors indict Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct … after all that, Cook County prosecutors shock Chicagoans and the rest of the country on Tuesday with news that they’re dropping all charges against Smollett.

That is, Foxx’s office essentially says: Never mind. No big deal. Move along.

It’s an indefensible decision, a deal hashed out in secret, with — this is outrageous — Smollett not even required to take ownership of his apparent hoax. Not even required to apologize for allegedly exploiting hate crime laws. And not even required to reimburse Chicago taxpayers for the enormous cost of this investigation.

“This is a whitewash of justice,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters, with Johnson at his side. “Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”

Emanuel spoke for Chicago: Accountability, or lack of it, is at the heart of Tuesday’s stunner. Smollett walks, merely forfeiting the $10,000 cash bond he had posted. Emanuel says that essentially means the forfeiture was a fine — $10,000 in exchange for an expungement. And to make matters even more opaque, Cook County Judge Steven Watkins orders the public court file sealed.

The events are familiar, starting with the January morning at the center of the case. Smollett claimed he was attacked by two men who struck him, hurled slurs at him and, in a nod to President Donald Trump, shouted, “This is MAGA country!” Later, Chicago police and prosecutors detailed plentiful evidence and told America it was all a hoax perpetrated by Smollett, an actor on the Chicago-filmed show “Empire,” to further his career.

But don’t forget what happened between Smollett’s report and his indictment: The Police Department of a violent city with a low homicide clearance rate devoted tremendous resources to unraveling a hate crime that never occurred.

Instead, prosecutors Tuesday issued this statement: “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”

First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, who took charge of the case after Foxx’s recusal, denied that dropping the charges signaled weak evidence or a desire for secrecy. “It’s a mistake and it’s wrong to read into the decision that there was something wrong or that we learned something about the case that we didn’t already know,” Magats told the Tribune.

So what’s the real story here? If prosecutors advanced a solid case this far, why not forge ahead and declare that there’s a price to pay for wasting police resources in a city with so much gun violence? From Tuesday’s Tribune: “A young mother was shot and killed, her husband was critically wounded and their 1-year-old baby took a bullet to the knee in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.” How did Jussie Smollett’s partial redeployment of Chicago’s detective force contribute to solving the host of such crimes that occur here relentlessly?

Unless there’s yet one more big revelation in this case that makes the prosecutors’ decision sensible, it will further erode citizens’ trust in law enforcement.

State’s Attorney Foxx, you recused yourself, but your office dropped the case. You owe Chicagoans answers. Starting with: When did you first learn of this indefensible deal? Why was it cut in secret? Why doesn’t Jussie Smollett have to own what he was accused of doing? Because like it or not, Ms. Foxx, you own this. READ MORE

Jussie Smollett Rubbing It In Your Face

via THE CHICAGO WAY: Corrupt Prosecutors Make A Secret, Sealed Deal That Allows Liberal Hate Crime Hoaxer Jussie Smollett To Simply Walk Free — Now The End Begins

Ted Malloch: CHARGE ALL INVOLVED IN “OPERATION CROSSFIRE HURRICANE” — The Gateway Pundit

“I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” a lyric from a Rolling Stones hit, was an apt prediction of the political storm that has torn the shingles off the entire Establishment.

Ironically it was also the name of the coup staged to take down Trump—that has now been exposed.

President Trump needs to go “full animal” and insure a time of reckoning now that the allegations against him have been put to rest.

He should do it as an act of vindication and a strong statement that the real conspiracy against America, and against himself, was formulated and executed by the Deep State.

Bring them all to justice, now.

Well, you ask whom does this include?

Let’s name names and start at the very top. They need to go under the bright light.

Barack Hussein Obama was clued into and orchestrated this coup attempt as is evident from the Lisa Page emails and testimony.

He needs to be investigated by a new Special Counsel, as do all the following members of his orbit and the gambit to destroy Trump in their treasonous Red November conspiracy.

We should presume innocence but the facts speak to the truth.

John Brennan

He is the kingpin who started and framed this whole plan. His hands are dirty and his vehement attacks on the President underscore his active role. Now he is now caught.

James Comey

He lied, leaked and covered up. He was a signatory of the FISA warrants to spy on Trump and his associates.

Andrew McCabe

Liar and leaker extraordinaire, he was the FBI’s man in this conspiracy

James Clapper

The DNI lied, leaked and furthered the whole Russia myth. He is the same person who brought us the Iraq WMD falsehoods.

Sally Yates

She was key to the FISA process and was behind the horrible effort to frame General Flynn.

Peter Strzok

He is the ‘operator’ who worked on behalf of Brennan to start the counter Intel operation and his actions are utterly despicable.

Lisa Page

The paramour of Strzok was implicated in every move and her anti-Trump emails are the evidence.

Loretta Lynch

We all know what happened on that tarmac in Phoenix. She got Hillary Clinton excused and ramped up the efforts against Trump.

James Baker

He was the FBI bagman on the FISA warrants and gave the salacious dossier to Buzz Feed to publish.

Christopher Steele

This is the foreign MI6 spy who paid Russians to provide fake gossip and dirt for a bogus dossier that is at the very center of the entire conspiracy.

Glenn Simpson

The Fusion GPS opposition research firm was the vehicle the DNC and Clinton used and paid to concoct the whole set of lies.

Hillary Clinton

She knew, approved and expanded the conspiracy after she lost badly in the 2016 election.

Nellie and Bruce Ohr

The wife was a CIA agent working with both Brennan and Fusion GPS to research and draft the dossier. Her husband was a top DOJ official who fronted it to the FBI and other outlets.

John McCain

So opposed to Trump was he that he and his staff took the fake dossier and ran with it.

Susan Rice

Obama’s NSA not only unmasked people illegitimately but had intimate knowledge of the entire operation.

Samantha Powers

Obama’s UN Ambassador was intricately involved in the operation, politicized intelligence, and unmasked many American citizens

Ben Rhodes

Hillary’s flunkie was up to his eyeballs in the operation and implicated in its outputs.

As I have laid out in considerable detail, and everything I said has proven to be correct, this was a Red November conspiracy against the President, not Russia gate.

It is not so much about Russia meddling in US elections.

It is rather the conspiracy by anti-Trump forces from former MI6 agent, Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS to the FBI and DOJ to The CIA’s John Brennan and the Deep State to subvert the President by inventing a narrative that was falsely fabricated and which they themselves concocted to delegitimize, subvert, and depose President Donald Trump.

Now it has been exposed for what it is.

These criminals and liars must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Justice demands nothing less for the long-term health of our democratic republic.

via Ted Malloch: CHARGE ALL INVOLVED IN “OPERATION CROSSFIRE HURRICANE” — The Gateway Pundit

The Gay Christian Ministry Changing the Face of the Evangelical Church — Christian Research Network

“Living Out has imported a serious error into the Evangelical Church, one that denies the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ on a multi-faceted level. That is, they teach that sexual-orientation is something that most people are stuck with, even after salvation.”

(Reformation Charlotte)   Jesus ate with homosexuals, so we should be accepting of them. That is the argument of the progressive gay militant propaganda machine that historically the Church found so absurd that it received little attention inside the ranks of orthodoxy. …

What the Church has failed at, however, is preparing for an inside assault on biblical theology and defending against intrusive militant gays that have infiltrated not only the pews, but the pulpits. When we look at the landscape of the Evangelical Church today, one cannot deny that it is radically different than it used to be.

Today, the attack on biblical orthodoxy is not from the typical atheists, feminists, and homosexuals you would typically see at women’s marches and pride parades — it’s from various ministries within the ranks of the Church that are shifting the paradigm with gay propaganda masquerading as Christian thought. The subtle changes slowly introduced into mainstream Evangelicalism are hardly recognized and any objection to them are generally met with fierce opposition.  View article →

Research:

Sam Allberry

The Gay Agenda

via The Gay Christian Ministry Changing the Face of the Evangelical Church — Christian Research Network

March 27 Make Me a Flame

scripture reading: Psalm 119:153–60
key verse: Job 36:15

He delivers the poor in their affliction,
And opens their ears in oppression.

Founding the Dohnavur Fellowship, Amy Carmichael ministered to the poor and oppressed children of India for fifty–five years. She encountered periodic bouts with ill health, one of which forced her to leave the mission field for almost a year. She penned the following poem, revealing her keen insight into the painful glories of suffering:

 

From prayer that I may be, Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee

From fearing when I should aspire, From faltering when I should climb higher,

From silken self, Oh Captain, free Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things, From easy choices, weakenings,

(Not thus are spirits fortified, not this way went the Crucified)

From all that dims Thy Calvary, oh Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love that leads the way, The faith that nothing can dismay,

The hope no disappointments tire, The passion that will burn like fire,

Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

O Lord, set me free from all that dims the vision of Calvary in my life! Give me the love that leads the way, the faith that nothing can dismay. Make me Thy fuel, O Flame of God![1]


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

27 march (1859) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The way to God

“No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

suggested further reading: Genesis 28:10–17

From the moment when Adam touched the forbidden fruit, the way from God to man became blocked up, the bridge was broken down, a great gulf was fixed, so that if it had not been for the divine plan of grace, we could not have ascended to God, neither could God in justice come down to us. Happily, however, the everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure, had provided for this great catastrophe. Christ Jesus the Mediator had in eternity past been ordained to become the medium of access between man and God. If you want a figure of him, remember the memorable dream of Jacob. He lay down in a solitary place, and he dreamed a dream, which had in it something more substantial than anything he had seen with his eyes wide open. He saw a ladder, the foot whereof rested upon earth, and the top thereof reached to heaven itself. Upon this ladder he saw angels ascending and descending. Now this ladder was Christ. Christ in his humanity rested upon the earth, he is bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh. In his divinity he reaches to the highest heaven, for he is very God of very God. When our prayers ascend on high they must tread the staves of this ladder; and when God’s blessings descend to us, the rounds of this marvellous ladder must be the means of their descent. Never has a prayer ascended to God save through Jesus Christ. Never has a blessing come down to man save through the same Divine Mediator. There is now a highway, a way of holiness wherein the redeemed can walk to God, and God can come to us. The king’s highway:

“The way the holy prophets went—

The road that leads from banishment.”

Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life.

for meditation: The crucifixion of God the Son was the opening ceremony of the way to the Father. As soon as the Son announced “It is finished”, the Father marked the occasion by cutting the veil of the temple from top to bottom (Mark 15:37, 38; Hebrews 10:19, 20).

sermon no. 245[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 93). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.