Daily Archives: April 1, 2019

April 1 The Supreme Moment in History

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:11–15

Key Verses: Colossians 2:12–13

… buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.

In our lives, there are defining moments determining what path we will take. There are events that forever change us. The moment we see the truth brought to light, we run for it, realizing that all we have ever known pales in comparison.

For the world, that moment was when Jesus died on the cross. His death at Calvary closed the chapter on mankind’s separation from God, making a way for all to know Him—and know Him intimately. As the perfect sacrifice for the entire world, Jesus served as the atoning death necessary for us to come into relationship with our heavenly Father.

Jesus’ death on the cross changed the way we live and interact with Him today. God judged sin. With the world’s sin on Jesus’ shoulders, God showed us how much He abhors sin, letting His Son die. God defeated Satan. Our heavenly Father triumphed over the enemy, stripped him of his powers, and exposed him as a liar and a destroyer.

Paul wrote that God made us alive, forgiving us, and paying the price for our sin (Colossians 2:13–14). Through Christ’s death, the barrier between God and us has been removed.

Lord, there is no place for me to take my burden, other than the cross. Thank You for triumphing over sin and setting me free.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 96). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

A Daily Gospel Preached without Words — Gentle Reformation

Unspoken, silent, like the language of the stars, it is there. Unknowingly acted out, a message unheard. Its natural rhythm a silent echo, a sermon without words.

Evening’s shadow never fails to come, casting all into its eventual darkness. Weariness overtakes as eyelids grow heavy, minds blur, bodies tire. The unrelenting night has its way. All lie down, finally succumbing to the blackness.

In the cocoon of sleep, the dark veil closes in further and enmeshes in its grasp. Nightmares torment and dreams escape, while nothing is done by those in midnight’s grip. Time stands still and yet races on all at once, the moon a quiet, solitary witness to what will come.

For suddenly, dawn’s morning rays penetrate, conquering the darkness. Growing in strength, they stir, warm, beckon back to life. Eventually, sun’s soundless call prevails, as night is shaken off, bodies rise up, and the promise of another day is entered.

The sun and earth reverberate with the message, a daily gospel preached without words.

via A Daily Gospel Preached without Words — Gentle Reformation

April 1 The Wonder of the Cross

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:6–15

Key Verse: Acts 26:18

To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.

The wonder of the Cross is that it displayed both the love and the holiness of God. In one moment in time, God’s hatred of sin and His unfailing compassion for sinners blended together in the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Cross was necessary because man could not save himself from sin, and holy God could not condone sin. God’s holiness, however, was matched by His love, which sent Christ to die in our stead, bearing our guilt, dying our death.

In his book The Cross of Christ, John R. W. Stott discussed the significance of sin’s gravity and God’s amazing love:

All inadequate doctrines of the atonement are due to the inadequate doctrines of God and man. If we bring God down to our level and raise ourselves to His, then, of course, we see no need for a radical salvation, let alone for a radical atonement to secure it.

When on the one hand, we have glimpsed the blinding glory of the holiness of God and have been so convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit that we tremble before God and acknowledge what we are, namely “hell-deserving sinners,” then—and only then—does the necessity of the cross appear so obvious.

Dear heavenly Father, as I journey to the cross during this coming month, reveal its true meaning. Help me understand its wonder. Make it real to me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 96). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 1 Discovering Your True Identity

Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:8–10

Key verse: Psalm 139:14

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

The alarm clock rings. Another day awaits. The early morning news brings word of the newest economic summit, the nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, and a report on the national gathering of governors.

Meanwhile, the only financial summit you have is a monthly talk with your spouse to reconcile the checkbook. The only peace you are interested in is stopping the constant bickering between your teenagers. And the only gathering of important people you attended was the recent family reunion.

You can feel small and insignificant in a world of six billion people, millions of worthwhile developments, and thousands of news clips of notable happenings that make your contribution seem almost meaningless.

Although God cares about financial stability, world peace, and social justice, He has one great thing on His mind today—you. You are His workmanship, His masterpiece. There is no one else like you, and God cares for you with infinite watchfulness. He knows exactly how many hairs came out in your brush this morning. Your checkbook matters as much as the federal budget, harmony in your home as much as harmony among nations.

I am Your workmanship! I am Your masterpiece. There is no one else like me, Lord, and You care for me with infinite watchfulness.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 96). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Anti-Abortion Film ‘Unplanned’ Opens Big at Box Office, Tops ‘Captain Marvel’ in Per-Screen Average — The Gateway Pundit

Despite huge forces aligned against it, the anti-abortion movie “Unplanned” pulled in big money in its opening weekend.

The picture hauled in $6.1 million from 1,059 theaters in its first weekend, the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Sunday. That’s a bit more than the movie cost to make — just $6 million.

And “Unplanned” pulled in an average of $5,770 per theater, topping “Captain Marvel” by about $650 per screen, Box Office Mojo reported. For the record, the latest super-hero movie cost nearly $150 million to make.

Said the Reporter:

The R-rated film — landing in fifth place — scored the second-biggest start ever for faith-based distributor Pure Flix behind God’s Not Dead 2 ($7.6 million). The Christian pic did its biggest business in the Midwest and South.

Generally, theaters in New York City and Los Angeles populate the list of a film’s top 20 grossing theaters. In this case, there were none. Instead, the top theater was the AMC Northpark 15 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, followed by cinemas in St. Louis; Detroit; Wichita, Kansas; Temecula in Southern California’s Riverside County; Salt Lake City; Orange County, California; Kansas City; Odessa, Texas; and Nashville.

The film takes a critical look at Planned Parenthood. “As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices,” movie review site Rotten Tomatoes says in a brief description of the film. “Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.”

The movie was hit with an R rating,  which generally reduces viewership, especially for a movie about abortion. Some networks have used that rating as a excuse not to run ads. “Up TV cited the R rating when it also rejected the commercial, as did several Christian radio channels that also refused to air ads for Unplanned,” the Reporter said, noting that Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, HGTV and “several other cable networks” also refused to run ads for the movie.

In addition, the film’s Twitter page was briefly suspended.

“According to Twitter, Unplanned was not suspended on purpose, but rather was linked to another account that had violated Twitter’s rules,” the Reporter wrote on Saturday. Boy, Twitter sure does make a lot of errors like that where they “accidentally” shut down a conservative.

But the movie pushed through all of that. “We are thrilled, gratified and humbled,” co-directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman said Sunday in a statement, the Reporter said. “We are so pleased that the American people have responded with such an enormous outpouring of support at the box office. It humbles us and we look forward to seeing what happens in the weeks ahead.”

While Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie just a 53% rating (with all five “top critics” deeming it “rotten”), the audience review score soared to 94%. The film also earned an A+ rating from CinemaScore.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has been hammering the movie. “The claims in this film are simply false,” the abortion group said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood is proud to provide expert, high-quality health care to our patients, including safe and legal abortion, in a safe and compassionate environment. The movie promotes many falsehoods including most importantly, distortions and incorrect depictions about healthcare.”

via Anti-Abortion Film ‘Unplanned’ Opens Big at Box Office, Tops ‘Captain Marvel’ in Per-Screen Average — The Gateway Pundit

VIDEO: Jussie Smollett Supporters Chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ Clash With Chicago Police Union Outside Kim Foxx’s Office — The Gateway Pundit

The Chicago Police union staged a protest outside Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s on Monday, demanding that she resign, and were met with Black Lives Matter protesters who were there to support hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

Members of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police had rallied outside the office over her decision to drop the charges against Smollett for staging a hate crime against himself.

According to a report from the Chicago Sun Times, protesters from the anti-Foxx side were chanting “Foxx must go!” while the Black Lives Matter demonstrators were chanting “Racists must go!”

“The conduct of her office from the very beginning of this cases was highly, highly suspicious,” Martin Preib, the FOP’s second vice president, told the Chicago Sun Times.

Meanwhile. the Black Lives Matter activists claimed that the calls for her resignation were over the color of her skin — not her seemingly corrupt actions.

“This is not just an attack on Kim Foxx. This is an attack on all black elected officials throughout the state,” community activist Ja’Mal Green said. “We know what this is really about, and we don’t stand for it.”

via VIDEO: Jussie Smollett Supporters Chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ Clash With Chicago Police Union Outside Kim Foxx’s Office — The Gateway Pundit

BREAKING: DHS Secretary Orders “Emergency Surge” of Border Patrol Agents Amid Illegal Alien Invasion — The Gateway Pundit

On Monday morning, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ordered an “emergency surge” of border patrol agents amid the illegal alien invasion.

In a statement, DHS Chief Nielson ordered CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to implement “emergency surge operations” to reallocate 750 officers to the border.

“The crisis at our border is worsening, and DHS will do everything in its power to end it,” Nielsen said in a written statement. “We will not stand idly by while Congress fails to act yet again, so all options are on the table. We will immediately redeploy hundreds of CBP personnel to the border to respond to this emergency. We will urgently pursue additional reinforcements from within DHS and the interagency. And we will require those seeking to enter the United States to wait in Mexico until an immigration court has reviewed their claims.”

The Hill reported:

Nielsen has also directed CBP to expand the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a DHS plan to return migrants to Mexico while they wait for their day in immigration court.

Under Nielsen’s directive, CBP will return hundreds more migrants per day to Mexico, including those caught at or between points of entry, according to DHS.

Nielsen further ordered the agency to plan to expand the MPP plan beyond California and Texas, the locations where it currently operates.

President Trump tweeted late Sunday night, “Homeland Security is being soooo very nice, but not for long!”

The US Border Patrol is being forced to restart “catch-and-release” at the border because there isn’t enough bed space to hold illegal aliens and under the law, they cannot be immediately sent back across the border.

A record surge at the US-Mexico border is forcing border patrol agents to directly release illegal aliens into communities for the first time since the Bush administration.

Over 100,000 illegal aliens will be detained at the US-Mexico border in March alone — this is an invasion.

President Trump recently declared a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall and both Democrats and Republicans are pushing back against the President.

Huge caravans of Central American migrants have marched up through Mexico to the US border which has overwhelmed the asylum system — and another caravan is on the way.

The US is projected to add about 1.5 million illegal aliens (Democrat voters) to the American population by the end of 2019, should the current rates of border crossing and visa overstays continue, reported Breitbart.

The situation at the border is so dire that even Obama’s DHS Chief Jeh Johnson acknowledged there “truly is a crisis” at the southern border.

via BREAKING: DHS Secretary Orders “Emergency Surge” of Border Patrol Agents Amid Illegal Alien Invasion — The Gateway Pundit

Cartoons and Memes · Apr. 1, 2019

Frizziest Man in the World

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As ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden Prepares His 2020 Presidential Campaign, He Finds Himself Having To Defend A Lifetime Of Unwanted Touching And Kissing — Now The End Begins

An allegation that Joe Biden inappropriately touched a Nevada state lawmaker is renewing questions about his appeal to women if he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.

The fact that Joe Biden gave a slow, deep  lingering and unwanted kiss to the back of the head of Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores is not surprising to anyone familiar with the modus operandi of the former vice president. But what is surprising is that he did it to someone as old as she was. Usually, creepy ‘Uncle Joe’ mostly targets children. A quick search on YouTube will show you in no uncertain terms Biden’s preference to give children highly inappropriate touching and leering while using suggestive language. We have posted one of those videos at the end of our article here so you can see for yourself. It’s not good.

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6 (KJV)

As a survivor of unwanted sexual touching at the hands of a pedophile in a position of authority and trust,  I feel obligated to speak out. Not so much for Lucy Flores, who it looks like can handle herself well, but for the children who have been groped, touched and kissed by Joe Biden. The most disgusting part is how Biden has always paraded his unnatural affection for helpless children openly.

But please, don’t take my word for it. Watch the videos of  how Joe Biden has molested children, hear for yourself the disgustingly suggestive words he has spoken to them, and then decide for yourself. The memories of what was done to me when I was 11 have remained with me to this day, and it’s something that only the shed blood of Jesus Christ can cover in terms of both healing and forgiveness.  But I knew exactly what I was watching the first time I watched one of those Biden videos.  I know a pedophile when I see one. I remember, Uncle Joe, how well I remember.

Joe Biden’s history of unwanted touching threatens to put off women voters

FROM THE VIRGINIAN PILOT: The former vice president’s decades of vacillation on abortion rights and his handling of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas at Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991 were already serious vulnerabilities.

If Biden launches his third campaign for president, as expected, he will be joining a crowded field of Democratic rivals that includes four women in the U.S. Senate — and at a time when women have been siding strongly with Democrats in national elections.

Beyond the primaries, the new accusation raises questions about whether Biden, in a general-election contest, would strike a weak contrast with President Donald Trump, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct toward women.

The 2020 presidential race is the first to occur after the explosion of the #MeToo movement, which swept record numbers of women into public office last year. Over the last 18 months, numerous powerful men in media, politics and business have lost their jobs or careers after allegations of sexual harassment or assault became public.

“Running a campaign in the post-#MeToo, or in the middle of the #MeToo movement, with these kinds of things on your record is going to be very difficult,” said Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer. “The old ways on gender are just no longer tolerable.”

In a New York Magazine web post on Friday, former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wrote that she felt demeaned and disrespected when Biden touched her offstage at a 2014 campaign rally. She said she felt Biden’s hands on her shoulders and froze.

“He leaned further in and inhaled my hair,” she wrote. “I was mortified.” Flores, then a 35-year-old candidate for lieutenant governor, wondered why the vice president was smelling her hair.

“He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head,” she said. “My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused.”

Flores said he made her feel gross, and she “wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.” Neither Biden, 76, nor his staff recall the incident that Flores described, spokesman Bill Russo said.

“But Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so,” Russo said.

People who know Biden best, he added, “are speaking up to say that he has always been a champion for women in his office.”

Biden, who co-sponsored the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, has long had a reputation as an affable politician who is quick to smile and put his hands on people. One viral video from 2013 captured how Biden, then vice president, “works the room” while swearing in senators — wrapping their mothers in tight embraces, insisting that female family members stand next to him, even stroking the face of one.

The behavior fed into Biden’s folksy “Uncle Joe” image, epitomized in an Onion satire that envisioned a shirtless vice president fixing a vintage Trans Am on the White House grounds while making mild catcalls.

There Is A Huge Difference Between Being A “Hugger” And Being A Molester

But in another light, Biden’s behavior struck some as disturbing. At a Senate swearing-in ceremony in 2015, Biden whispered in the ear of a senator’s teenage daughter and kissed the side of her head, an interaction that a conservative writer described as a “lecherous elderly man creeping on underage girl” and said Biden would’ve caught more flak if he were a Republican.

“All of us who have been around Joe Biden — he hugs men, women and children,” said Dick Harpootlian, a South Carolina state senator and avid Biden supporter.

“He is a hugger. That’s just the generation he comes from, and that’s his personality. You shouldn’t read anything into it other than he was doing what he has done to me, to my daughter, to my wife, to Barack Obama.”

If Biden made Flores feel uncomfortable, he said, it was unintended.

Mindy Romero, a political sociologist at the University of Southern California, said the effect of Flores’ allegation will depend partly on whether Biden’s rivals — especially the women — try to use it against him.

“If they do, that will elevate it,” she said.

Two of the Democratic contenders campaigning in Iowa on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, told reporters they believe Flores. “Joe Biden needs to give an answer,” Warren said.

A key Biden supporter said there was no panic among his top advisers, and the Flores allegation would likely not change his expected plan to join the presidential contest in April.

Another longtime Biden ally, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, said the Flores story was “obviously a hurdle” but would do no harm to his campaign, even in a general-election contest against Trump.

“Jack the Ripper wouldn’t have a problem with his sexual activity compared to President Trump,” Rendell said.

Ana Navarro-Cardenas, the Republican strategist and commentator, wrote on Twitter that Biden needs to stop the “touchy-feely” conduct that makes people uncomfortable. READ MORE

Watch As Creepy ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden Molests Children While Parents Watch

via As ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden Prepares His 2020 Presidential Campaign, He Finds Himself Having To Defend A Lifetime Of Unwanted Touching And Kissing — Now The End Begins