Daily Archives: April 15, 2019

April 15 The Lamb of God

Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21–26

Key Verse: Romans 3:23

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

In her book The Vision of His Glory, Anne Graham Lotz explains the importance of the blood of Christ. She writes that under the Law of Moses, when someone sinned, the person was required to bring a lamb without blemish to the priest at the temple. The sinner was required to grasp the lamb with both hands and confess his sin. Lotz continues:

It was as though the guilt of the sinner was conveyed through his arms, down to his hands, and transferred to the lamb. Then the sinner took the knife and killed the lamb, so the lamb died as a direct result of the sinner’s action. The priest then took the blood of the lamb and sprinkled it on the altar to make atonement for the person’s sin.… When John the Baptist observed Jesus of Nazareth walking beside the Jordan River, he exclaimed, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” …

Today, when we grasp the Lamb of God with our “hands” of faith and confess our sin, the guilt of our sin is transferred to the Lamb. Although the Romans physically crucified Jesus, it was your sin and mine that was responsible for putting Him to death. He died as my personal sacrifice—and yours. His blood was sprinkled on the altar of the cross for your sin, and God accepted the sacrifice, granting you atonement, redemption, forgiveness, and a way back into His Presence through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.

Lord, thank You for the substitutionary death of Your Son, Jesus, whose blood was shed for my sin.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 110). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 15 The Sin Bearer

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:21–25

Key Verse: Isaiah 53:6

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

A teammate of a partially paralyzed football player tearfully told a national television audience that he would gladly take his injured friend’s place. What a noble gesture! Of course, it could only be a well-intentioned desire, for despite his empathy, he could not assume his friend’s painful condition.

Yet the miracle of the Incarnation was not just that infinite God became finite flesh, but that He did so to bear all our sin on the cross. In God’s magnificent mercy, our sin was heaped onto Jesus’ sinless deity at Calvary’s holy tree. Jesus did not merely sympathize with our helpless plight; He bore the penalty of our sin—spiritual and physical death—so we might be unshackled from death’s horrible irons.

God did that through the substitutionary sacrifice of His Son. Jesus was punished in your place and died for your sins, bearing the full wrath of the Father. Your sin debt has been paid. Jesus became sin for you so you might be restored to a right relationship with Him by faith in His glorious work.

The Sin Bearer has finished His task. Have you trusted Him for the gift of eternal life? Have you thanked Him for going to the tree on your behalf and dying your death?

Father God, my debt is paid! I rejoice! The Sin Bearer has finished His task. Thank You that I am restored to a right relationship with You by faith in the work of Your Son, Jesus.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 110). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 15 The Answer to Your Needs

Scripture reading: Luke 8:43–48

Key verse: Psalm 111:4

He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Jesus is very holistic. A good example is found in Luke 8 when He heals a woman who has experienced hemorrhaging for twelve years. It’s hard to imagine how this woman maintained her hope for healing, especially with the stigma that accompanied her illness. But she continued to look for a cure, and her determination brought her to the feet of the Savior.

A deep longing for love and acceptance is a normal need for any person, let alone someone who has been placed in forced isolation. The cruelty of Jewish tradition blocked this need from being met. Anyone who touched this woman was considered unclean.

The portrait Jesus provided is one of abundant mercy and grace. Not only did He heal her physical disease, but He also healed her spiritually and emotionally. Jesus was not repulsed by this woman’s suffering. He saw her need and knew that only He could meet it. No matter how complex life may appear, God has an answer for your needs. This woman believed if she could just stretch out her hand far enough to touch the hem of Christ’s outer garment, she would be healed. What a tremendous demonstration of faith!

In His compassion, Jesus turned to her and said, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8:48). What is your need? Will you place it in the hands of the Savior and trust Him to meet it in His timing?

You are the answer to all my needs! Dear Lord, I place everything in Your hands and entrust it to Your loving care.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 110). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

White House Implements New Policy Of Dropping All Illegal Immigrants Off At Nancy Pelosi’s House — The Babylon Bee

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—This morning, Nancy Pelosi began her daily routine. She put on a pot of coffee, brushed her teeth, and oiled up her squeaky joints. Emerging into the living room, however, she encountered a shocking scene.

President Trump was just leaving from having dropped off a truckload of illegal immigrants right into Pelosi’s living room, part of a new test program being implemented by the White House this week.

“Good luck, Nance! Ha!” Trump shouted as he jumped back in the presidential Ford F-150 and drove away.

According to sources with ICE, Trump had picked them all up in the California desert late Sunday evening, promising them steady work. He then high-tailed it to San Francisco, careened the truck straight through the large wall surrounding Nancy Pelosi’s residence, and backed it up to her living room window.

“OK, everyone out!” he had bellowed. “Get-oh out-oh of the truck-o! Exitomundo, pronto! Arriba!” Trump then threw a tortilla into the middle of Nancy Pelosi’s living room in an attempt to get the frightened immigrants moving. Finally, he just began ranting incoherently about Mexico, Robert Mueller, and witch hunts, which scared them enough to cause them to scramble into Pelosi’s house.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that Pelosi called security to remove the immigrants from her home and rebuild her wall.

via White House Implements New Policy Of Dropping All Illegal Immigrants Off At Nancy Pelosi’s House — The Babylon Bee

Ron Paul: “As Long As Assange Is In Prison, We Are All In Prison” | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Last week’s arrest of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange by the British government on a US extradition order is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on the US Constitution. It is an attack on the free press. It is an attack on free speech. It is an attack on our right to know what our government is doing with our money in our name. Julian Assange is every bit as much a political prisoner as was Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary or Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

They, and so many more, were imprisoned because they told the truth about their governments.

Repressive governments do not want their citizens to know that they are up to so they insist on controlling the media. We are taught, at the same time, that we have a free press whose job it is to uncover the corruption in our system so that we can demand our political leaders make some changes or face unemployment. That, we are told, is what makes us different from the totalitarian.

The arrest of Assange is a canary in a coal mine to warn us that something is very wrong with our system.

What’s wrong? The US mainstream media always seems to do the bidding of the US government. That is why they rushed to confirm Washington’s claim that the Assange indictment was not in any way about journalism. It was only about hacking government computers!

As the New York Times said in an editorial, sounding like a mouthpiece of the US government, Julian Assange committed “an indisputable crime.” But was it? As actual journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote last week, what Julian Assange did in 2010, for which he is facing extradition to the US, is no different from what New York Times and other journalists do every day! He attempted to help Chelsea Manning shield his identity as he blew the whistle on US government crimes to a publisher. The information in question included a video showing US military personnel participating in and cheering the murder of Iraqi civilians. Why is it criminal for us to know this?

The difference is that what Assange and Manning did embarrassed the US government, which was lying to us that it was “liberating” Iraq and Afghanistan when it was actually doing the opposite. Mainstream journalists publish “leaks” that help bolster the neocon or other vested narratives of the different factions of the US government. That’s why the US media wants to see Assange in prison, or worse: he upset their apple cart.

The lesson is clear: when you bolster the government’s narrative you are a “brave journalist.” When you expose corruption in government you are a criminal. Do we really want to live in a country where it is illegal to learn that our government is engaged in criminal acts? I thought we had an obligation as an engaged citizenry to hold our government accountable!

As long as Julian Assange is in prison, we are all in prison. When the government has the power to tell us what we we allowed to see, hear, and know, we no longer live in a free society. Julian Assange will be extradited to the US and he will have dozens of charges piled on. They want him to disappear so that the next Assange will think twice before informing us of our government’s crimes. Are we going to let them steal our freedom?

Source: Ron Paul: “As Long As Assange Is In Prison, We Are All In Prison”

Are You a Victim of Deceitful Schemers? — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The perfect spiritual victims for deceitful schemers are those with warm hearts and empty heads. The church is full of folks today who have “a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge” (Rom. 10:2). They have a form of godliness but it is not biblically grounded. They are seeking feelings and experiences but not doctrinal truth. They are content to attend churches that do not expound the Scriptures, just as long as they are emotionally moved by the music or drama and comforted by relevant programs.
Gary E. Gilley, Is That You Lord? Pg.23

via Are You a Victim of Deceitful Schemers? — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The True Tyranny of America in Light of Tax Day and the American Tea Party — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

In the days leading up to the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party was a direct action protest against the British government by British-American subjects in the Massachusetts Bay colony of Boston. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists dressed up as Native American Indians boarded these ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. This event remains one of the most memorialized historic events in U.S. history, and its relevance has recently reemerged due to excessive U.S. government growth and its outrageous spending.

We must do all we can, of course, but our hope and expectation must derive from Almighty God. In Him alone is there true deliverance in light of the oncoming tyranny at hand.

Today we have seen an exponential growth of Government and Taxation to a level unprecedented at any other time in our 400-year history. Today, Big Government is reaching into every facet of our lives, and no one or no thing is safe from the brand and bondage. As our God given freedoms and moral rights are being aggressively removed by constitutional apostate Americans, we Americans find ourselves facing a new kind of Governmental tyranny and bondage from which we likely will never be liberated. We must do all we can, of course, but our hope and expectation must derive from Almighty God. In Him alone is there true deliverance in light of the oncoming tyranny at hand.

A Far Greater Tyranny

The Lord Jesus talked of a far greater tyranny to man than Big Government, excessive taxation, burdensome mandates and ceaseless intrusions into the lives of its citizens.

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant [slave] of sin (John 8:34).

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned – For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one – That as sin hath reigned unto death (Rom. 5:12, 17a, 21a).

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Rom. 7:24)

(Other verses: Job 14:1-4, Psalm 51:5, Eph 2:1-3, Rom. 3:23, 5:12, 17a, 21, 7:14-25)

Satan’s Oppressive Rule Over Fallen Mankind

And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Heb. 2: 13-15).

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38).

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Eph. 2:1-3).

[In light of Lucifer, i.e., Satan] That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Is. 14:17)

(Other verses: 2 Cor. 4:4, Luke 4:6-7, Rev.12,13)

True Freedom and Deliverance

Only in Christ is there great freedom and deliverance from the bondage of Satan and our human depravity, the outworking of sin and its terrible consequences (John 8:32, 36; Rom. 7:24-25; Heb. 2:14-16). Humanity has never and will never be able to govern itself, not in this fallen world. Tyranny and the unbridled passions of man will always win the day. Six thousand years of human history has testified to that fact. Our Founding Fathers realized that truth, and that only a moral and God-fearing people would ever have a chance of outworking the kind of human government that could check the depraved appetites of fallen humanity and preserve the basic liberties and freedoms endowed by their Creator. We as a nation today have discarded a sense of healthy morals and ethical guidelines, and are sadly reaping the tyrannical social consequences. Oppressive tyranny is not too far off here in America. When this tyranny and its fearful ramifications fully manifest themselves, what then?

We as a nation today have discarded a sense of healthy morals and ethical guidelines, and are sadly reaping the tyrannical social consequences.

Ask yourself this very simple question. How can an imperfect humanity who lives in an imperfect world bring about an absolutely perfect “Utopian” society? (See Romans 7:24) The answer is a no-brainer yet extremely hard for humanity to digest: it never can. The only hope and deliverance for humanity today is found in its wonderful Creator and Redeemer, The Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior today? Only He can deliver you from the oppressive tyranny of Satan and the World System. He is the only deliverer from our bondage to Sin and all its awful consequences (Romans 6:23). He has come to set at liberty the sons of men (Rom. 4:17,18, 6:14,17-18, 22; 7: 24-25; 8:2, 21; Gal. 5:1; Eph. 4:8). May it be your sincere desire to put your trust in Him today!

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).

The Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand!

Edited by BEL I.F.

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via The True Tyranny of America in Light of Tax Day and the American Tea Party — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

April 15, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Proofs in Discipline

“For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. (12:6–8)

To the Christian who is responsive to the Lord’s discipline, it proves two things: His love and our sonship.

proves god’s love

The first thing we should think of when we are suffering is our Father’s love, for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines. We cannot prove this to anyone, or even to ourselves, except by faith. Even less can we prove, by reason or human understanding, that we are being disciplined because of God’s love. But faith proves it. Faith’s logic is simple: “We are God’s children. God loves His children and is bound by His own nature and His own covenant to do them only good. Therefore, whatever we receive from God’s hand, including discipline, is from God’s love.” More than any earthly father, the heavenly Father wants his children to be righteous, mature, obedient, competent, responsible, capable, and trusting. We benefit in all these ways, and many more, when we accept His discipline.

Paul tells us to be “rooted and grounded in love” (Eph. 3:17), that is, to have a settled assurance that God cannot do anything apart from or contrary to His love for us. God continually loves, whether we are aware of His love or not. When we are aware of it, however, it can accomplish immeasurably more good in us and for us. Instead of looking at our troubles, we look at our Father’s love, and thank Him that even the troubles are proof of His love.

A man who was asked why he was looking over a wall replied, “Because I can’t see through it.” When Christians cannot see through the wall of pain, confusion, hardship, or despair, they need only look over the wall into the face of their loving heavenly Father.

Just as God’s love has predestined us (Eph. 1:4–5) and redeemed us (John 3:16), it also disciplines us.

Children have long wondered why parents insist on saying, “This spanking hurts me more than it does you.” The idea is hard for a child to accept, until he himself becomes a parent. A loving parent does hurt when he has to discipline his child. The parent gets no joy or satisfaction out of the discipline itself, but out of the eventual benefit it will be to the child.

God is more loving than any human parent, and He suffers when He has to discipline His children. “For the Lord will not reject forever, for if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness. For He does not afflict willingly, or grieve the sons of men” (Lam. 3:31–33). The Lord is tender and careful in His discipline. Nothing is more sensitive than love. Because God loves with infinite love, He is infinitely sensitive to the needs and feelings of His children. He hurts when we hurt. He takes no more pleasure in the painful discipline of His children than in the death of unbelievers (Ezek. 18:32). Nor will He discipline us beyond what we need or can bear, any more than He will allow us to be tempted beyond what we can endure (1 Cor. 10:13). He does not discipline to grieve us but to improve us.

God suffers whenever we suffer, whatever the reason for it. “In all their affliction He was afflicted” (Isa. 63:9). Everything Israel went through, the Lord went through with her. Everything she suffered, including punishment for her sins, He suffered with her. God does not understand us simply because He made us, but also because He identifies with us as our Father. We can be sure that our discipline hurts Him more than it hurts us. If He Himself is willing to endure suffering for our good, how can we not be willing to endure it gladly and thankfully?

proves our sonship

And He scourges every son whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. (12:6b–8)

The second thing that discipline proves is closely related to the first. It proves our sonship. All men are subject to God’s punishment, but only His children receive His discipline.

At times we have all wanted to discipline someone else’s children when they disturb or irritate us. When we see an unruly child throwing a tantrum in a store, we think to ourselves, “If I could have him for just about a week.” But we have no continuing desire to discipline children that are not our own, because we do not love them as we love our own. The relationship is not the same and therefore the concern is not the same.

Besides the motivation of love, discipline is given because of obligation. Since our children are our special responsibility, and since discipline is for their good, we are obligated to discipline them as we are not obligated to discipline other peoples’ children. God has a covenant relationship with His people, and has obligated Himself to redeem, protect, and bless them. “ ‘For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,’ says the Lord who has compassion on you” (Isa. 54:10).

We can know we are God’s children by His leading us (Rom. 8:14) and by the witness of His Spirit to our spirits (8:15–16). We know from the fact that we have trusted in Jesus Christ that we are God’s children. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). We also know from our discipline that we are His children, because He scourges every son whom He receives. An undisciplined child is an unloved child and a miserable child. God’s love will not allow Him not to discipline us, and His punishment is another of the many proofs of His love and of our sonship.

The other side, the tragic side, of this truth is that those who are not disciplined by God are not His children. He scourges every son is inclusive. Not a single one of His children will miss out on His loving discipline. Whom He receives, however, is exclusive. Only those He receives through their faith in His Son are His children.

Scourges (mastigoō) refers to flogging with a whip, and was a common Jewish practice (Matt. 10:17; 23:34). It was a severe and extremely painful beating. The point of Hebrews 12:6b, and of Proverbs 3:12 (from which it is quoted), is that God’s discipline can sometimes be severe. When our disobedience is great or our apathy is great, His punishment will be great.

Parents often become discouraged when discipline seems to have no effect. Sometimes we just do not want to go through the trouble for ourselves, even though we know our child needs discipline for his own good. But if we love our children, we will discipline and continue to discipline them as long as they are under our care. “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently” (Prov. 13:24; cf. 23:13–14). Our juvenile courts are constant testimonies to the truth that “a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother” (Prov. 29:15)—as well as to his whole family and community. We can be certain that because God will always love us, He will always discipline us while we are in this life.

So, discipline in the Christian life is not in spite of sonship, but because of sonship. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? A truly loving father is absolutely committed to helping his child conform to the highest standards. How much more is our heavenly Father committed to our conforming to His standards, and to inflicting the pain to make such conformity a reality.

When we look at how well many unbelievers are doing and then at how much trouble we are having, we should take this as evidence that we belong to God and they do not. If they are without discipline, they are illegitimate children and not sons. We should pity, not envy, the prosperous, healthy, popular, and attractive person who does not know God. We should not wish on them our trials or suffering, but we should want to say to them, as did Paul to Agrippa, “I would to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains” (Acts 26:29).

Jerome said a paradoxical thing that fits the point of this passage of Hebrews. “The greatest anger of all is when God is no longer angry with us.” The supreme affliction is to be unteachable and unreachable by God. When the Lord disciplines us, we should say, “Thank you, Lord. You have just proved again that You love me and that I am Your child.”[1]

7. For what son is he, &c. He reasons from the common practice of men, that it is by no means right or meet that God’s children should be exempt from the discipline of the cross; for if no one is to be found among us, at least no prudent man and of a sound judgment, who does not correct his children—for without discipline they cannot be led to a right conduct—how much less will God neglect so necessary a remedy, who is the best and the wisest Father?

If any one raises an objection, and says that corrections of this kind cease among men as soon as children arrive at manhood: to this I answer, that as long as we live we are with regard to God no more than children, and that this is the reason why the rod should ever be applied to our backs. Hence the Apostle justly infers, that all who seek exemption from the cross do as it were withdraw themselves from the number of his children.

It hence follows that the benefit of adoption is not valued by us as it ought to be, and that the grace of God is wholly rejected when we seek to withdraw ourselves from his scourges; and this is what all they do who bear not their afflictions with patience. But why does he call those who refuse correction bastards rather than aliens? even because he was addressing those who were members of the Church, and were on this account the children of God. He therefore intimates that the profession of Christ would be false and deceitful if they withdrew themselves from the discipline of the Father, and that they would thus become bastards, and be no more children.[2]

7 The Greek ὑπομένετε, hypomenete, “endure,” could be read either as imperative (so the NIV) or indicative, in which case the sentence would read, “It is for discipline that you endure hardship”; the imperative sharpens the exhortatory focus, but the resultant sense is not very different.[3]

12:7–8 / Having presented the ot quotation, the author now provides another midrashic commentary in which he utilizes the actual words of the quotation to present his argument (for earlier examples of this procedure, see 2:6–9; 3:7–4:10; 10:5–11). This can be seen in the threefold use of the words “discipline” and “sons” (or “son”) in these verses. The root of the word “discipline” (paid-) also occurs once in each of the next three verses. The readers are first exhorted to endure their suffering as discipline and the sign that God is dealing with them as sons. The author continues with a rhetorical question that points to the universality of the disciplining of sons by their fathers (or children by their parents). Indeed, he adds, without the experience of this kind of discipline (and everyone undergoes discipline), one must count oneself as an illegitimate rather than an authentic son or daughter. In short, it is a part of authentic sonship (and not the contradiction of it) to experience the discipline of God as Father. We may recall what is said of Christ in 5:8: “Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.”[4]

7a. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.

In times of affliction, says the author, keep in mind that all your setbacks come from God; he is training you in godliness and has accepted you as sons. The adversities you encounter are blessings in disguise, for behind your difficulties stands a loving Father who is giving you what is best. God’s children, then, must always look beyond their trials and realize that God himself is at work in their lives.

Translators differ in their reading and understanding of the Greek text of this verse. Here are the three representative translations:

KJV “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons.”

R.S.V. “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons.”

NIV “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.”

The King James Version, based on a variant Greek reading, translates this verse as a conditional sentence. The evidence for the reading is rather weak.

A common translation is that given by the Revised Standard Version. The verse is a statement of fact and informs the reader that the recipients of Hebrews endured suffering as discipline.

The New International Version renders the verse as a command. The author-pastor tells his readers what they must do. The choice is difficult, but the general context of the first part of this chapter features many sentences as commands (imperatives).

7b. For what son is not disciplined by his father?

The question is rhetorical. Of course a son submits to his father’s rule; otherwise he would not be a true son.

The concept discipline in ancient Israel was not limited to describing physical punishment but included the concept education. That is, the father as head of the household taught his children the law of God, the tradition of the elders, and the skills of a trade. Education was meant to inculcate obedience to God’s law, respect for authority, and a love for their national heritage.

The point of verse 7 is that God himself is educating his children. The writer employs the illustration of a human father teaching his son. In a similar way God himself is giving his children moral and spiritual training. In the case of the recipients of Hebrews, the writer relates that they made light of the training God gave them. Therefore, the readers needed a pastoral admonition to submit to discipline. God trains them as sons, so that they may take their place next to the Son of God.[5]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 391–395). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews (pp. 317–318). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 173). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Hagner, D. A. (2011). Hebrews (p. 216). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, p. 376). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

An Age of Insanity When an Ex-Barmaid Has a National Voice

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 It is a disturbing experience to listen to the rambling comments of 30-year old ex-barmaid, Alexander Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). As you listen to the ignorance, inaccuracies, and naïve views, you understand why the Founding Fathers limited the age of eligibility for President to 35. The question is why do her views receive so much attention?

The answer is because a group of technocrats saw an opportunity to push non-issues onto the stage without the danger of association. It is a technique seen as essential for control in today’s insane world. It is called plausible deniability and Obama was probably as good a practitioner as any to date.

If you lack the abilities required to wangle your way to the top or prefer to control from the shadows, then a public figure is an alternative. Obama started as such, a person chosen by George Soros and created by Valerie Jarrett. He was only supposed to serve one term but became enamored of the power and privilege of the job. In Obama’s third year Soros announced he would not support him for a second term. By that point, Obama decided to run and only succeeded because three million Republicans refused to vote for Romney.

The Democrats have no clear political leader or even a potential leader on the horizon. The ones who are apparently considering the position are so far left that they guarantee a loss at the next election. A large number of Democrats will not vote or even vote for Trump. A report said that some 30% of attendees at his recent rally in Grand Rapids Michigan are registered Democrats. They also have no policies because Trump usurped their traditional sectors of American society and their issues.

AOC is one of hundreds of thousands of people with web sites on which they regularly post commentaries. Her comments are not extraordinary or outside of the ordinary, whatever that is on the internet. The first thing that took her above the mob was an election to Congress, but that raises the same questions. What made her stand out above the large number of Democrats in her New York district? The level of ignorance in all aspects of politics, history, and economics was on display after her election. It was undoubtedly worse before she was elected, which makes the question of how she ran for office more pressing.

Nancy Pelosi Claims A ‘Victory’ During The First 100 Days | The Daily Caller

‘The power of the speaker is awesome’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contended Sunday that despite taking control of the House of Representatives three months ago, the Democratic agenda has thus far been successful.

“We’ve only been together 100 days,” Pelosi responded on “60 Minutes” when asked about accusations she refuses to reach across the aisle and therefore “nothing is getting done”. “The fact that we’ve even passed them in the House is a victory.”


“Let’s figure out the places, figure out where we can find common ground,” she continued. “There’s always been bipartisan support for Dreamers, bipartisan support for gun safety, bipartisan support for infrastructure.”

The comments come in contrast to those of the Republican House leadership, who gathered outside the Capitol days earlier to criticize Democrats’ lack of accomplishments since gaining the majority.

“We are three days away from the 100-day mark of Democrats holding the majority of the House … and you can sum up the first 100 days in three words: radicalism, resistance and resolutions,” Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said during a press conference Wednesday.

McCarthy further noted the House was scheduled to vote on a two-year budget plan, but that Pelosi abandoned the vote after the progressive wing of her caucus demanded more spending on social programs and revolted against the legislation. (RELATED: Kevin McCarthy Challenges Democrats To Name One Problem They’ve Solved Since Winning The Majority)

Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, who also spoke at the press conference, challenged Pelosi in January for opposing proposals that the speaker recently supported as a way to resist negotiating with President Donald Trump.

“It’s very difficult to understand when you’ve got the president’s proposal that obviously includes money for the border wall, also includes an extension for the DACA folks, also includes an extension for TPS. Those are issues, DACA in particular, that Speaker Pelosi, she commandeered the floor of the House of Representatives for eight hours less than a year ago on particularly this issue of helping to ensure that people that are here, the so-called dreamers, are not deported,” Cheney said while discussing Pelosi’s refusal to reach across the aisle to secure a funding bill.

“For [Pelosi] now to simply reject out of hand when the president actually has said, ‘Okay, let’s look at ways we can come closer,’ it shows you they’re just not interested in negotiating,” the Wyoming congresswoman continued.

Pelosi told Lesley Stahl “We just started. We just started,” when asked again why nothing is getting done in the House. “We’re three months since we were in office.”

“Hey, may I introduce you to the idea of the power of the speaker is to set the agenda,” she said. “We didn’t have a speaker who would bring a gun bill to the floor. We didn’t have a speaker who would bring a dreamers issue to the floor. We do now and that’s a very big difference. The power of the speaker is awesome, awesome.”

Source: Nancy Pelosi Claims A ‘Victory’ During The First 100 Days

“I Finally Agree With Cher” Trump Exposes Liberal Elites’ Virtue-Signaling Hypocrisy | ZeroHedge News

By threatening to send migrants to sanctuary cities, President Trump has forced liberals to confront their hypocritical NIMBYism as they scramble to come up with excuses to justify why the migrants whom they’ve defended as victims of a ‘White Nationalist’ agenda are actually ‘too dangerous’ to live among the urban elite.

We’ve seen it already with Cory Booker’s admission that releasing migrants to sanctuary cities would “make us less safe.” Then on Sunday, legendary pop diva Cher tweeted that moving migrants to California’s sanctuary cities would be all well and good if it weren’t for the “50,000 American citizens who LIVE ON THE STREETS.”

We wonder if Cher realized when she sent this tweet that she was echoing a popular ‘white nationalist’ talking point. Somehow, we doubt it.

At any rate, President Trump was clearly amused, and on Monday he tweeted a screenshot of the tweet (though the original hasn’t been deleted, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it taken down) with the caption: “I finally agree with @Cher!”

He followed that up with another tweet affirming that some migrants will be moved to sanctuary cities pending review by the Department of Homeland Security.

Having to substantiate one’s virtue signaling with action is every liberal’s worst nightmare. President Trump has found an extremely clever way to stress-test this theory.

We look forward to hearing more liberals explain why we should take in more migrants…so long as they aren’t brought to live in their neighborhoods.

Source: “I Finally Agree With Cher” Trump Exposes Liberal Elites’ Virtue-Signaling Hypocrisy

Hah-Hah! Trump Tweets: “I Finally Agree with Cher!” — The Gateway Pundit

Too funny. Trump rips Cher on Twitter.

For months Cher has attacked President Donald Trump on a regular basis on her Twitter account.

On Sunday liberal mouthpiece and actress, singer Cher had a rare moment of lucidity tweeting about the insanity of the Democrat Party’s plan for open borders.

On Monday morning

via Hah-Hah! Trump Tweets: “I Finally Agree with Cher!” — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump Hits Pelosi After ’60 Minutes’ Puff Piece: “All They Do Is Investigate, as it turns out, Crimes They Instigated and Committed” — The Gateway Pundit

“60 Minutes” interviewed Nancy Pelosi last night in another one of their notorious puff pieces for the Democrat Party.

Pelosi is the woman in charge of the most radical, do-nothing Congress in US history.

She spent most of last week defending freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s dismissive comments of the 9-11 attacks.

Following the interview President Trump posted another epic tweet.

President Trump: Such a “puff piece” on Nancy Pelosi by @60minutes, yet her leadership has passed no meaningful Legislation. All they do is Investigate, as it turns out, crimes that they instigated & committed. The Mueller No Collusion decision wasn’t even discussed-and she was a disaster at W.H.

via President Trump Hits Pelosi After ’60 Minutes’ Puff Piece: “All They Do Is Investigate, as it turns out, Crimes They Instigated and Committed” — The Gateway Pundit

Leftists Demand That All Criticisms Of Trump Cease Until He Stops Getting Death Threats — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—The left has urged people to stop quoting stupid things Representative Ilhan Omar has said and to stop accurately pointing out that she’s a bigot because Omar has received death threats. It was revealed, though, that President Donald Trump has also received death threats.

“Yes, it’s hard to believe, since I’m the greatest president ever,” Trump told the press. “My death would be the worst tragedy this country has ever seen — I’d expect mass suicides if it happens.” Still, he confirmed that the Secret Service has intercepted numerous death threats.

If there is one thing the American left is known for, it’s being extremely consistent and never only espousing certain principles in a partisan or self-serving way. Thus when they heard President Trump had received death threats, they immediately went after those who would criticize the president.

“There is a lot of extreme rhetoric out there about the president, and it has to stop immediately,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Twitter. “All this talk about him being a ‘unique danger to this country’ and that he’s ‘separating families’ is just encouraging the threats against him. It doesn’t matter if you think they’re true; they need to stop, as they all represent dangerous incitement to violence.”

Many on the left began mobbing anyone who said anything even slightly negative about Trump in an effort to protect him from harm. Trump is not making it easy for them, as in the past day he urinated on the Lincoln Memorial, stated that poor people are genetically inferior to people with lots of money, and asserted a constitutional right to deport anyone with an accent. The most anyone on the left would say against Trump, though, was that they “would have to agree to disagree.”

via Leftists Demand That All Criticisms Of Trump Cease Until He Stops Getting Death Threats — The Babylon Bee

THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION ILLUSION and President Trump’s Brilliant Use of Twitter

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Recently, I rejoined Twitter after my page was taken down a couple of years ago. I’m very vocal about my beliefs and convictions, so it would not surprise me at all to wake up one fine morning and find my page missing once again.

Since the day after the presidential election in 2016, the Left have been having hissy fits and tantrums over our president.  I suppose it is their way of dealing with the fact that they are LOSERS.

They screamed, they wept, they spent millions of  OUR Tax Dollars on an investigation which ultimately came to an abrupt end. The findings?



But did that stop them?  NOOOO!

Demands are being made to see all documentation used by the defense.

OY VEY – give it up already!!

I predict that this nonsensical attack on our president will continue until 2020. I also predict…

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The Christian Effectiveness Officer (C.E.O.) (Clayton Pruett) — SBC Voices

Over the last few years, a stunning shift has taken place in church culture.  Successful, influential, and powerful pastors are being dismissed from their churches.  Not for the typical moral failures or money scandals but for unhealthy leadership practices.  Why has this become such an issue?

Understanding the problem

The simplified version is that decades ago as the church began to lose new generations and influence in the culture the church began to adopt a more complex strategy to compete with society.  Basically, everything the culture offered people, the church tried to make a Christian alternative.  The church became increasingly complicated which changed the role of pastors dramatically.  A good pastor was now expected to manage multiple staff, cast vision, oversee building projects, train high-level leaders, and look really good while doing it.  Basically, become a Spiritual CEO. Eugene Peterson made this piercing observation, “The vocation of pastor has been replaced by the strategies of religious entrepreneurs with business plans.”.  Soon plans began to suffocate the soul of the pastorate.

The lost soul of a pastor 

As churches ballooned in size pastors began trading in their shepherd’s staff for S.M.A.R.T. Goals, their counseling couch for a conference table, and their relationships for staff.  Pastors were forced to think in terms of efficiency and effectiveness, instead of faithfulness.  Once the machine starts it doesn’t slow down for anyone, even for the those keeping the machine running.  Success was measured in “How many people are we are reaching?” but a more important question wasn’t being asked, “How many people are we burning out to do this?”.  All that mattered was the “mission” and building a platform for Fortune 500 Jesus.

Fortune 500 Jesus

Fortune 500 Jesus wants you to join his dynamic team.  Be a part of something bigger than yourself and build a legacy that will last for eternity.  I was once given this sales pitch by the pastor of a large church.  He was trying to find staff to volunteer to keep up with the growth and shed some responsibilities from the more “needy” members and staff.  Which was confusing because he had been so excited to have reached them just a few weeks earlier in the big baptismal service.  He let me know we would not be spending much time together and I should not expect a relationship because he was so busy meeting “new” people.  That I should also plan on working 40 to 50 hours a week and somehow work another job that actually paid.  This was a rising compa…church that had so much potential if I would just sacrifice my family, my health, and my life.  Fortune 500 Jesus didn’t sound so good.  To his surprise, I didn’t bite but others did and it cost them dearly.  Those who made the sacrificial plunge soon found out the thriving church ran off their lifeblood.  Those who didn’t make his cut were quietly ushered out the back door as the new recruits were brought through the front.  Anyone who spoke up was labeled as trouble makers who didn’t get the “mission” but something was changing.  There began to be too many trouble makers…

C.E.O. Vs Shepherd

Remember the premium mentioned earlier?  It came due and the aftermath has been devastating.  Abusive pastors have been dismissed which caused some churches to close and others to struggle to restore a healthy culture of leadership.  Worse than that, it’s left a high body count of staff members who didn’t meet the unrealistic expectations or dare stood up to the C.E.O.  So what’s the answer?  Close all megachurches?  Burn all the business books on your pastor’s bookshelf?  No.  We must reclaim the calling of the shepherd.  In John 10:11 Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  This one verse teaches more about ministry than all the ministry strategy books ever written put together.  There is nothing wrong with having a plan but it is sacrificial love that transforms people.  Zach Eswine writes, “But for a church, when greatness is defined as “big, efficient, and now,” ruin follows, even if the shell of the ministry boasts of strength.  Imagine if Jesus would have followed the council of many well-meaning ministry strategy books written today.  I wondered if he would have stopped to speak with the woman at the well?  If he would have picked more efficient disciples based on their enneagram or entrepreneurial score.  If would have bothered to stop for the leapers or those who afforded him no platform.  If he would have leveraged Zacchaeus’ wealth to expand his brand.  Or if he would have gone to the cross for all those needy people desperate for grace.  Thankfully he didn’t, he painfully and slowly loved people.  He only had 3 years of earthly ministry yet he extravagantly loved those in obscurity, those who had been pushed to the margins by the important.  Not only did his example defy common wisdom; he changed the world.

It would appear the church in desperate need of shepherds instead of C.E.O.

A word to the shepherd pastor

You may feel like your life has been spent without any recognition or accomplishment but I beg you to reconsider.  When you brought food to a family struggling you had an audience.  When someone asked you to visit their neighbor’s brother-in-law in the hospital and you went even though you didn’t know them, you had an audience.  When you mowed the church’s lawn because no one else did, you had an audience.  When you stayed up late working on the bulletins, you had an audience.  When you talked to that couple for the 20th time about their marriage who just isn’t getting it, you had an audience.  When you spent time discipling and training people to serve the church, you had an audience.  When you serve God with a shepherd’s heart you might not work under the spotlight but you do work under the smile of your Father.  I pray you know your worth is in the acceptance of Christ and not the audience of the church.  Thank you for faithfully serving God and the church.

The Shepherd and the C.E.O

Below is a comparison between the Shepherd and C.E.O. I pray God moves in our hearts and we reflect the heart of The Good Shepherd.

  • C.E.O. Leaders use people for progress
    • Shepherd Leaders love and invest into people
  • C.E.O. Leaders see friendship and pastoral work as an obstacle to success.
    • Shepherd leaders see friendship and pastoral work as success.
  • C.E.O. leaders see accountability as a challenge to their authority.
    • Shepherd leaders see accountability as caring for their heart.
  • C.E.O. leaders know how to work the system and manipulate to get their way.
    • Shepherd leaders know how to work through things with others to get God’s way.
  • C.E.O.  leaders build a talented team to carry out their vision.
    • Shepherd leaders build a talented team to cultivate the church and each other.
  • C.E.O. leaders see other churches as competition.
    • Shepherd leaders see other churches as family.
  • C.E.O. Leaders use the Bible to reveal their vision
    • Shepherd leaders use the Bible to reveal Jesus

Clayton Pruett is an SBC pastor and woodworker living in Illinois.

via The Christian Effectiveness Officer (C.E.O.) (Clayton Pruett) — SBC Voices

April 15, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, his campaign said on Sunday, far outpacing the total raised by individual Democratic candidates during that period.

Pete Buttigieg, the millennial-aged mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has enjoyed a surge in opinion polls and a torrent of media coverage, formally launched a bid on Sunday for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

President Trump may have threatened to transport illegal immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities to “make everybody crazy” and generate media attention, U.S. Senator (R) Rick Scott said.

Thousands of environmental activists paralyzed parts of central London on Monday by blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a bid to force the government to do more to tackle climate change.

Chinese bombers and warships conducted drills around Taiwan on Monday, the latest military maneuvers near the self-ruled island that a senior U.S. official denounced as “coercion” and a threat to stability in the region.

French arms including tanks and laser-guided missile systems sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are being used in the Yemeni war against civilians, leaked intelligence published by investigative website Disclose showed.

More and more aspiring immigrants – especially Mexicans – are being denied visas based on determinations by the U.S. State Department that they might become “public charges,” dependent on the government for support, according to official data and interviews with attorneys, immigrants and their family members.

U.S. online lenders are scrutinizing loan quality, securing long-term financing and cutting costs, as executives prepare for what they fear could be the sector’s first economic downturn.

The world’s largest aircraft took off over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company enters the lucrative private space market.

AP Top Stories

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dismissed the influence of congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her party, describing the socialist wing of Democrats in the House of Representatives as “like, five people”.

The Canadian government said Sunday it suspended financial aid to Nicaragua last year in response to human rights violations — a decision not publicly disclosed until now.

Sudanese political parties and movements behind nearly four months of anti-government protests met with the country’s military on Saturday, activists and the military said, holding the first talks since the army forced President Omar al-Bashir from power two days ago.

American Airlines said it is extending Boeing Co 737 MAX cancellations through Aug. 19, leading to about 115 daily canceled flights, or 1.5 percent of its daily summer flying schedule.

More than 120 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the U.N. health agency said.

A fresh round of violence gripped Afghanistan and explosions shattered weeks of relative calm in the capital Kabul, one day after the Taliban launched their annual spring offensive.

The devastating floods that have swamped many parts of Iran since March have left two million people in need of humanitarian aid. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods the “largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years”.

Power outages in the Philippine capital and provinces in its main Luzon island will likely continue as some power plants shut, triggering an investigation. As many as 40 cities in at least seven provinces have been affected by the rotating power interruption due to unplanned outages of five power plants in Luzon, which accounts for bulk of the nation’s demand.

Iraq has begun trial proceedings for nearly 900 Iraqi suspected members of the Islamic State group caught fleeing jihadist territory in neighboring Syria, a judicial source told AFP on Sunday.

After eight months in various hospitals, one of the smallest premature babies in the country is finally going home. When he was born at 26 weeks old at a hospital in New York, he weighed 11 ounces and could fit in the palm of your hand.

All 62 migrants stuck on a ship since their rescue in the Mediterranean 10 days ago, arrived in Malta Saturday after four European countries agreed to take them in.


The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from a building housing one of the reactors that melted down after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has said he wants a million more people to join his civilian militia by the end of the year.

A taskforce formed by the Kenyan government has recommended recognition of intersex people as a “third sex”. Intersex people are born with both male and female sex characteristics, which can appear at birth or later in life.


A group of state Republican lawmakers recently signed on to legislation proposing the nation’s third-largest city, Chicago, become the 51st state.

A team of Israeli researchers has “printed” the world’s first 3-D vascularized, engineered heart. The heart, which was made using a patient’s own cells and biological material.

According to the survey of 2,000 British adults with kids between the ages of 2 and 12, parents have an average of 2,184 arguments with their children every year. Broken down, that translates to 182 spats per month, 42 per week, or 6 each day. The average fight lasts about eight minutes – which means moms and dads are using nearly 50 minutes of their day for bickering.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 15, 2019

The Foundation

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” —John Marshall (1819)

Breaking Down Taxes by the Numbers

The vast majority of government spending is unconstitutional wealth redistribution.

Poor Americans More Likely to Be Audited Than Middle Class

Those who receive government handouts also invite more government scrutiny.

Hypocrites Decry Trump’s Sanctuary City Pitch

Is Pelosi upset that Trump is detaining illegal alien children, or that he’s releasing them?

Democrats Turn on Women

From anti-gun legislation to protection for the “transgendered,” women get the shaft.

America’s Trump-Hating Oligarchs

Members of the Ruling Class protect their own against all of us “deplorables.”

Race in America — A Black Conservative Analysis

Many blacks are still preoccupied with race. That’s not nearly so true of whites.

Video: Reparations and Democrats

Democrat candidates for president support paying reparations to the descendants of slaves.

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‘Joint Employer Rule’ Revamp: Too Little, Too Late?
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Don’t Dump the Filibuster — Restore It to Its Former Glory
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Monday Top News Executive Summary

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Monday Short Cuts

“This Tax Day, we can celebrate the fact that an overwhelming majority of people are being taxed less.” —Washington Examiner

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News – 4/15/2019

Report: Trump plan won’t include Palestinian state
Sources familiar with “Deal of the Century” say plan will focus heavily on Israeli security concerns. …but is likely to stop short of ensuring a separate, fully sovereign Palestinian state, people familiar with the main elements of the effort told The Washington Post on Sunday.

‘I can’t be anti-Semitic alone, try it with me together’
the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill hosted the Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities conference, which was cosponsored by Duke University and funded in part by a federal grant of some $235,000. The footage taken by Horowitz includes a performance by the anti-Zionist Israeli-Arab rapper Tamer Nafar, who can be heard calling on the audience to “go that anti-Semitic”, before launching into a rendition of the song “Mama, I Fell in Love With a Jew”,…. “Let’s try it together. I need your help because I cannot be anti-Semitic alone,” Nafar continued, later telling the audience, “You look beautifully anti-Semitic.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could hold first summit with Putin next week
“Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to make a trip to the Far East region around April 24,” a source told Yonhap News Agency. “Chances are fairly high that a summit between Russia and North Korea could take place around that time.”

A deadly drug resistant fungus threatens the world
The Candida Auris attacks patients with a weakened immune system. It was first discovered in 2009 in Japan, but an analysis of Candida strains revealed it was already identified in 1996 in South Korea. In the past five years it has been seen in a neo-natal ward in Venezuela, a hospital in Spain, and has forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit. The fungus has also been identified in India, Pakistan and South Africa.

Border Patrol Union President Says It’s ‘Absolutely Legal’ To Drop Illegals In Sanctuary Cities
“It’s absolutely legal,” Judd explained. “But I’m going to get beaten up by the hard left for this comment. But this is actually a brilliant move on the president’s part.”

Hacker Group Posts Hundreds Of Law Officer Records
The Associated Press counted at least 1,400 unique records of employees of the FBI, Secret Service, Capitol Police, U.S. Park Police and other federal agencies as well as police and sheriffs’ deputies in North Carolina and Florida. The records included home addresses and phone numbers, emails and employers’ names.

Franklin Graham reminds Buttigieg who determines sin
“To set the record straight, Mr. Mayor, the issue isn’t whether somebody has a problem with who you are – the issue is that we all have a problem with God because of our sin,” the preacher from North Carolina told Buttigieg via social media. “And it applies to every single human being. God loves us, and the Bible says we are all sinners who need God’s forgiveness – which He offers if we repent and turn from our sin and put our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.” “We don’t define sin – God does in His Word, the Bible,”

Syphilis Is Spreading Across Rural America
Public health officials say rural counties across the Midwest and West are becoming the new battleground. While syphilis is still concentrated in cities such as San Francisco, Atlanta and Las Vegas, its continued spread into places like Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma creates a new set of challenges.

Madagascar measles epidemic kills over 1,200 people
Madagascar is currently facing the largest measles outbreak in its history, as cases have grown beyond 115,000, according to AP.

17 Wounded and Several Killed in Alleged Israeli Airstrike on Iranian Military Site in Syria
Syrian news reported on an airstrike at around 2:30 am on Saturday in Central Syria that targeted three locations, destroying several buildings, injured 17 military personnel, and killed several others.

Even more frightening than military AI: an AI President of the Republic?
A recent survey by the IE University in Madrid reveals that one in four Europeans would be ready to put an artificial intelligence in power. Should we be concerned for democracy or, on the contrary, welcome Europeans’ confidence in technology? “The idea of a pragmatic machine, impervious to fraud and corruption” is one of the reasons that seems most compelling to the interviewees.

Bioethicists Concerned over Japan’s Chimera Embryo Regulations
Japanese regulators have effectively given the green light to research involving human-animal chimera embryos, which are created by implanting human pluripotent stem cells into animals in early development. The revised guidelines, issued in early March, lift a previous requirement to terminate such embryos after 14 days. The revisions now pave the way for Japanese scientists to study how to grow human organs in animals as an alternative to organ transplantation, and to produce better models to study human development and disease.

Survey: Millenials Know Almost Nothing About Holocaust
A survey conducted by Schoen Consulting in Canada for the Azrieli Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference revealed some disturbing data about Holocaust awareness

No Tsunami After 5+ Earthquake Hualalai, Hawaii
“Although the earthquake occurred under the east margin of Hualālai volcano, there is no indication at this time that the event is related to volcanic activity,” said geophysicist Brian Shiro, HVO’s seismic network manager. “The location and depth of this event suggest it is likely related to flexure or settling of the crust beneath the weight of the island.”

Headlines – 4/15/2019

Trump peace package for Middle East likely to stop short of Palestinian Statehood

White House sees Egyptian energy forum as a ‘roadmap to Middle East peace’

Europe urged to reject US Middle East plan if it is unfair to Palestinians

Abbas believes Trump’s peace deal will be thwarted – makes clear the Palestinians will continue to oppose President Trump’s “Deal of the Century”

Palestinian governor of Jerusalem rearrested by Israeli police

Palestinian government sworn in, again, after botched oath

Palestinians eye Israel’s election: ‘People could make peace… the problem is politicians’

Rivlin said to ask not to sit next to Netanyahu at event, amid coalition talks

B’tselem: Settlers executed Palestinian who hurled rocks at cars

Bolsonaro Says Holocaust ‘Forgiveness’ Remark Wasn’t Said in Historical Context

One third of Americans do not believe six million Jews were murdered in Holocaust

Julian Assange’s Long History of Alleged anti-Semitism

Assange Lawyer: Ecuador Spread Lies about WikiLeaks Founder

Iran’s Zarif Warns of Consequences of ‘Illegal’ U.S. Move Against Revolutionary Guards

Iran’s Zarif urges countries to take position on U.S. step against Revolutionary Guards

New concerns Trump administration may be laying legal groundwork for military action against Iran

Omani minister to Arab nations: ‘Reassure Israel we do not pose existential threat’

Netanyahu security doctrine: Prepare for ongoing conflicts rather than large-scale war

Netanyahu: We will continue to act on all fronts, including in North

Satellite firm releases images of site bombed in airstrike attributed to Israel

UN envoy holds ‘substantial’ talks with Syria FM in Damascus

Arab Spring, Season II, Highlights Assad’s Difficult Path to Remain in Power in Syria

With the ISIS caliphate defeated in Syria, an Islamist militant rivalry takes root in Yemen

Iraq unearths mass grave of Kurds killed by Saddam

Libya crisis: Egypt’s Sisi backs Haftar assault on Tripoli

Haftar forces’ fighter jet downed near Libya capital, says unity government

UN Says 120 Killed Since Fighting Broke Out in Libya

Algeria protests: Youth lead the movement for change

Sudan protesters call for civilian rule in talks with military leaders

Debut of Istanbul mega-airport raises security concerns

Ukraine Stages Large-scale Military Drills in the East

US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

India’s election is a remarkable exercise in democracy; but can violence be kept in the margins?

Hundreds evacuated in Frankfurt so WWII bomb can be removed

White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker

‘National Security Threat’ As Chinese Hackers Are ‘Allowed’ To Target U.S. Businesses

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kiska Volcano, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Jesus Carranza, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kushiro, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 16,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russis erupts to 13,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Death toll from tornadoes, severe storms in South rises to 8

Iran flood death toll rises to 76

Iran says recent floods caused up to $2.5 bln in damage

Egypt’s Revenge: Sandstorm from Sinai disrupts Israel’s Passover cleaning

Measles Outbreak Kills More Than 1,200 in Madagascar

NY bus driver said to refuse to stop for ultra-Orthodox man over measles surge

Autism diagnoses at record high in US state and no one knows why

Planned Parenthood sues Arizona, claiming ‘multi-front attack’ on abortion in the state

Catholic Church must return to God to overcome abuse crisis, says Benedict XVI

Apostasy Watch Daily News

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Keith Green: “The Roman Catholic Church is Not a Cult. It’s an Empire”

Charismatic Magazine Accuses Bethel Student Who Was Kicked Out For Opposing False Doctrine of “Witchcraft”

‘Running from pimps’: Colorado megachurch turns meth homes into a center for homeless moms

San Antonio pastor accused of sexually assaulting child

Kansas pastor arrested on suspicion of theft

Calling All Thieves – Dallas County will no longer prosecute “theft of necessary items” up to $750

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