Daily Archives: April 26, 2019

April 26 Our Great Salvation

Scripture Reading: Luke 7:44–48

Key Verse: Luke 7:47

Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

Did you ever make a decision that proved to be full of unforeseen consequences? Things can snowball until the final product is far beyond what we could ever have imagined. Sometimes this can be positive and sometimes negative. So it is with Jesus. To accept Him introduces us to unimaginable glories, while to reject Him dooms us to unthinkable misery.

When we first get saved, we have little idea of the scope and depth of our salvation. As we progress to Christian maturity, however, we begin to discover the astonishing power of the gospel. This discovery is facilitated by a genuine understanding of how totally lost we were before Jesus found us. Jesus said that he who is forgiven much loves much (Luke 7:47).

The point is that, through the Cross, we have all been greatly forgiven, but few of us realize how much. If your unsaved heart were put under a divine microscope and you were allowed to fully view its desperate wickedness, you would have little trouble appreciating your great salvation. Any remedy that can present you blameless before the presence of His glory is a remedy that demands our entire life’s devotion.

The Bible says that God made us alive together with Christ so “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). Apparently these riches are so unsearchable that it will take ages to properly display and understand them, but our gratitude can begin here and now.

Lord, through the Cross You have forgiven me of so much. Thank You for the divine remedy of the Cross that presents me blameless in Your presence.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 121). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 26 The Offer of God’s Grace

Scripture Reading: Romans 7:5–25

Key Verse: Romans 5:6

When we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

It wasn’t long ago that a Texas toddler named Baby Jessica captured the hearts of Americans. Her plight dominated the media for days as she was trapped in a narrow, abandoned well shaft. Offers to help rescue the little girl poured in from across the nation, which celebrated her subsequent deliverance.

In a striking way, all of mankind, apart from God, is in a similar predicament. Paul put it this way: “While we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom. 5:6 nasb).

Baby Jessica, tightly wedged in the shaft, was utterly helpless to save herself. Left to her own devices, she would have perished. Her only hope was an able rescuer.

Hopelessly trapped in sin, man can receive salvation only through the grace of God. We are as helpless as Baby Jessica to extricate ourselves from our spiritual pit of death. It is tough to admit that we are powerless, but that is our condition before a holy God.

Either we must embrace the offer of His grace through Jesus Christ, or we shall die in our sins. Have you received the offer of God’s grace, the forgiveness of your sins through His death on the cross? Only His grace can save you.

Precious heavenly Father, I embrace the offer of Your grace through Jesus Christ. I accept its liberating truth to free me from the deep well of my sin. Thank You for rescuing me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 121). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 26 An Ambassador of Peace

Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:11–14

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 5:20

We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Since the collapse of communism, many extraordinary events have occurred, most exemplary. However, there has been a darker side that exposes one of sin’s most subtle, yet heinous, streaks.

In parts of Europe, there is now much hatred and rivalry between nationalities formerly separated by political barriers. Various ethnic groups that were kept in check by the oppression of Communist rule now rage against each other.

Paul wrote that Christ broke down all barriers between Jew and Gentile—every man, woman, or child of non-Jewish descent. The cross of Christ transcends cultural obstacles.

As a Christian, you must realize that once you receive Christ, you have been placed into the body of Christ. All believers of every ethnic origin who put their faith in Christ are members together of that body.

As a believer, you are to work for peaceful relationships with the unsaved as well. You are an ambassador for Christ who looks at the souls of individuals, not skin color or cultural heritage. Only the Christian is equipped to bring true peace—God’s peace—to a world steeped in the evil of sin.

Thank You for making me a member of Your body, dear Lord. Make me an ambassador of Your peace who looks at the souls of individuals, not skin color or cultural heritage.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 121). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 26, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is flatly refusing to cooperate in numerous U.S. congressional probes of himself and his administration, taking a defiant stance that could trigger protracted court fights with House of Representatives Democrats.

Senator Elizabeth Warren will introduce a bill Friday that offers new protections for U.S. military families facing unsafe housing, following a series of Reuters reports revealing squalid conditions in privately managed base homes.

A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday blocked a Trump administration rule that would prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado, will release an anti-monopoly plan in California on Friday that could challenge the dominance of such companies as Amazon and Google

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to boost morale at the State Department with an “ethos” statement that some former officials viewed with skepticism, partly because an early draft had language they saw as an admonition not to leak to the media.

Yemeni authorities have rounded up about 3,000 irregular migrants, predominantly Ethiopians, in the south of the country, “creating an acute humanitarian situation.”

Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday.

Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the departure of Algeria’s ruling elite rallied peacefully in Algiers for a tenth consecutive Friday.

U.S. economic growth accelerated in the first quarter, but the burst in growth was driven by a smaller trade deficit and the largest accumulation of unsold merchandise since 2015, temporary factors that are likely to reverse in the coming quarters. Gross domestic product increased at a 3.2 percent annualized rate in the first quarter.

China’s private rocket manufacturers are racing to develop small rockets capable of sending satellites into space at affordable prices, as part of a broader Chinese dream of building commercial satellites that can offer services from high-speed internet for aircraft to tracking coal shipments.

A nationwide measles outbreak has led health officials to quarantine dozens of people at two Los Angeles universities, officials said on Thursday.

AP Top Stories

A Bahraini rights group said Thursday that sexual abuse and torture have been widespread and systematic in jails in the Gulf island nation during a yearlong crackdown.

The United Nations’ top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban’s chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement’s chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war.

The “commander” of a militia group that patrolled the U.S.-Mexico border was attacked in a New Mexico jail, officials said Wednesday.

Guatemala’s electoral court on Wednesday annulled the candidacy of a presidential hopeful who was arrested in the U.S. last week and is accused of ties to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.

Brent crude hit $75 per barrel on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months after quality concerns suspended some Russian crude exports to Europe while the United States prepared to tighten sanctions on Iran.

Hundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday.

A UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon Thursday said a tunnel discovered earlier this year by Israel had crossed the Lebanese-Israeli border, in the third such breach of a ceasefire resolution.

More than a thousand migrants broke out of a detention center in southern Mexico on Thursday evening, authorities said, in a fresh sign of how a surge in arrivals has stretched the country’s resources to the limit.

BBC

Scandinavian airline SAS has cancelled hundreds of flights globally leaving thousands of passengers stranded after pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark went on strike.

Microsoft has seen its stock market value top $1 trillion after reporting better-than-expected sales and profits. The US software giant passed the mark briefly on Thursday, before its share price fell back.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for insisting the country shouldn’t become a “gay tourism paradise”. “Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism.”

A vegan café in Australia that levied a tax on male customers is to close after becoming the “punching bag of the internet”. Handsome Her was accused of reverse sexism.

WND

The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges.

The Satanic Temple, which is featured in a documentary called “Hail Satan?” announced this week that the IRS now recognizes it as a church.

Amazon’s system tracks a metric called “time off task,” meaning how much time workers pause or take breaks. It has been previously reported that some workers feel so pressured that they don’t take bathroom breaks.If the system determines the employee is failing to meet production targets, it can automatically issue warnings and terminate them without a supervisor’s intervention, although Amazon said that a human supervisor can override the system.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 26, 2019

The Foundation

“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know not how, its efficient auxiliary. It follows the substance like its shade; but while a man walks erect, he may observe that his shadow is almost always in the dirt. It corrupts, it deceives, it inflames. It strips virtue of her honors, and lends to faction its wildfire and its poisoned arms, and in the end is its own enemy and the usurper’s ally.” —Fisher Ames (1807)

Fake News About Fake News

Leftmedia outlets claim the Mueller report actually vindicates their reporting over the last two years.


NRA Sues LA Over Free-Speech Violation

City law requires all contractors employed by the city to disclose any association with the NRA.


How Are Corporations Paying No Taxes?

Some billion-dollar giants are paying $0, while small businesses pay out the nose.


NSA Metadata Collection May Be a Thing of the Past

The agency is now calling for an end to the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215 data program.


Hispanics Benefit From Trump Economy

Home ownership and income rates are increasing rapidly for Hispanics.


‘And It’s All Free!’

Except that someone has to pay for it. Who do you think that will be?


Video: Why ‘Reparations’ Will Never Happen

Steven Crowder breaks down the logistical and moral problems of slavery reparations.


Video: Kamala Harris Dodges ‘All the Time’

Her repeated “we should have that conversation” answer earns even CNN’s ire.



Today’s Opinion

Erick Erickson
Flat-Earth Christianity
David Limbaugh
Many University Campuses Are Playgrounds for Insanity
David Harsanyi
Islamic Terrorism Remains the World’s Greatest Threat to Peace
Michael Reagan
Good Luck, Old Joe
Marc A. Thiessen
Impeaching Trump Will Only Help Him
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top News Executive Summary

Impressive first-quarter GDP, judicial activism on abortion, offshore-drilling moratorium, Green New Deal, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

“The man who WROTE the crime bill of 94 which led to the mass incarceration of black men is now running because he’s worried about white supremacy.” —Candace Owens



Today’s Meme

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News – 4/26/2019

CDC admits HIV is exploding among transgender women… total silence from left-wing media, just like with the spread of anal cancer among homosexuals
According to a CDC “Dear Colleague” letter, of the 14 percent of transgender “women” that are disease-ridden, the vast majority are either African American / black (44 percent) or Hispanic / Latina (26 percent). Conversely, only three percent of transgender “men” have HIV, the letter further reveals. As to why these transgenders have disproportionately higher rates of HIV and AIDS, it has nothing to do with their sexual perversion and promiscuity, claims the CDC. No, it’s supposedly because transgender people “face obstacles that make it harder to access HIV services

‘Police ignore court rulings on Temple Mount’
A group of Jews who ascended the Temple Mount on the seventh day of Passover noticed Arab children playing ball in violation of a High Court ruling forbidding ball games on the Temple Mount. The group of Jews asked the policemen who accompanied her to boycott the ball and stop the games, in accordance with the aforementioned High Court ruling, but the police ignored their request and allowed the games to continue.

The Trump “Dayenu”
This is the Dayenu for President Trump, based on the simple realization that there has never been a president as pro-Israel as Trump, and it is almost unthinkable that there will ever be another. Let us count the ways, individual acts for which alone we would sing Dayenu, “it would have been enough:”

Analysis: Are Iran and the United States heading for war?
Reports of US Naval buildup near Middle East as Iran threatens shipping lanes in response to US sanctions. The new measure aims to stop Iran’s oil exports altogether and will result in a critical loss of revenues since these exports make up 40 percent of the state budget in the Islamic Republic.

Putin: NKorea’s Kim ready to denuclearize _ with conditions
Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday that he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad security guarantee first.

DiGenova: ‘Bombshell’ report on Comey coming
While Washington is anticipating Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA court abuse by the Obama administration, a lesser known report centering on former FBI director James Comey will be released soon along with criminal referrals, declared a former U.S. attorney. The Comey report will be “a bombshell,” said Joe diGenova in an interview Wednesday night with “Ingraham Angle” guest host Mike Huckabee.

The founders had power-hungry Dems in mind
The Constitution is grounded in the natural-law principle that human beings derive their rights from God, not from government. On a more temporal level, governmental powers are deemed vested in the states, which delegated certain limited and enumerated powers to the federal government. (The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states this explicitly.)

Jewish Sages on the Global Islamist War Against Christians
In fact, the deadly Islamist campaign against Christians has already become a global war. In Europe, Islamist terror against Christianity is on the rise as well. In France, for example, 1068 attacks on Christian institutes, symbols or churches were recorded in 2018 an increase of 17 percent compared to 2017. The same trend is visible in Germany where not only anti-Semitism is on the rise again but also violence against the Christian community.

Scientists invent way to trap mysterious ‘dark world’ particle at Large Hadron Collider
“One particularly interesting possibility is that these long-lived dark particles are coupled to the Higgs boson in some fashion—that the Higgs is actually a portal to the dark world,” said Wang, referring to the last holdout particle in physicists’ grand theory of how the universe works, discovered at the LHC in 2012. “It’s possible that the Higgs could actually decay into these long-lived particles.”

Co-opting Jesus for unholy purposes
Today’s Progressives, for example, brazenly misquote the Sermon on the Mount as if it were the first draft of “The Communist Manifesto.” They claim that Jesus would back open borders, forced redistribution of wealth, seizure of private property and, most of all, sexual anarchy.

NASA Prepares For Asteroid Armageddon With Simulation Exercises
For over two decades, NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), European Space Agency’s Situational Awareness-NEO Segment and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) have been identifying NEOs (Near-Earth Objects), asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun and Earth as their highest priority.

The universe is expanding faster than we thought, and no one knows why
It’s become clear that something in the cosmos just doesn’t add up. The universe is getting bigger every second. In fact, it’s expanding at a much faster rate than it should. For some time now there’s been a mismatch in observations of the early universe done with the European Space Agency’s Planck Telescope and what astronomers see when they measure the more nearby, modern parts of space with NASA’s Hubble Telescope.

The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems
The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges. An array of cases suggest serious problems with the tech tools used by federal authorities. But the private entities who developed these tools won’t submit them for independent inspection or hand over hardly any information about how they work, their error rates, or other critical information.

‘The Satanic Temple’ Has Evolved Into An Anti-Trump Movement, And Leftists Are Flocking To It
“The Satanic Temple is the perfect religion for progressives.  You can believe anything you want, as long as you hate what Donald Trump, Christians and conservatives believe…”

Church Pedophiles & Child Sex Trafficking Nests Intersect by The Thousands
Do not turn a blind eye. Pedophilia goes far beyond the walls of the church, and spreads much like the plague, infesting local communities and infiltrating daycares, schools, and foster care, while many remain protected by local community leaders and officials.

INSANE: Clinton Connected Dem Arrested For HORRIFYING Crime Against Young Children
A Clinton-connected Democrat has been arrested for horrifying crimes against young children.

Sri Lanka death toll revised down to 253 as top defense official resigns
Authorities in Sri Lanka on Thursday lowered the death toll in a spate of Easter bombings by more than 100 to 253, admitting some of the badly mutilated bodies had been erroneously double-counted.

Fake News Becomes Fake History: New Pearson history book claims President Trump is mentally ill and his supporters are racists
As part of the effort to push extreme leftist propaganda in the nation’s high schools, a new history textbook published by Pearson Education called, “By the People: A History of the United States,” describes President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as racists, Todd Starnesreported on Tuesday.  The book is reportedly going to be used to indoctrinate Advanced Placement student

Beto Responds To Late-Term Abortion Question By Saying Planned Parenthood Saves Lives
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke responded to a question about late-term abortion at a Thursday campaign town hall event by bringing up his belief that Planned Parenthood is “saving the lives” of women.

Shingles vaccine responsible for causing huge number of shingles cases, vaccine injuries
Zostavax, a popular shingles vaccine, is in hot water: The inoculation has been tied to numerous cases of vaccine injury, and even shingles itself.

The Annihilation Agenda: Why globalists are actively working to exterminate 90% of the human race
Globalists are actively working to exterminate 90% of the human race, telling themselves that eliminating “useless eaters” is the only way to “save the planet.” The annihilation of the vast majority of humans on planet Earth is now openly advocated by left-wing influencers and the wealthy elite, including Bill Gates, Ted Turner and even comedians like Bill Maher who just wants people to, “Not have kids, DIE, and stay dead.”

Metals-poisoned residents of Flint, Michigan given go-ahead to sue EPA over faked water quality “science” that exposed millions to heavy metals
Five years after residents of Flint, Michigan, were poisoned by lead in their drinking water, a judge has given them the go-ahead to sue the federal government for failing to act swiftly in ensuring the city’s drinking water was clean.

New One Dollar Canadian Coin Features Two Men Kissing
Canada has unveiled a new one dollar commemorative coin that features two men kissing. The Royal Canadian Mint said the new coin represented “a key milestone for lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two-spirited people.”

Archaeologists Discover Hidden Fortified Wall In The Ancient City Of Lachish Built By King Solomon’s Son Rehoboam That Sheds Light On Judah
2018 was an incredible year in the world of biblical archaeology, and today we read the story of the find of a fortified city in Lachish that looks like it was built by King Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. It’s amazing to me that, even with all these finds, you have people still debating the existence of people like King David, Solomon and all the others the bible mentions.

Assyrian Christians Warn of “Civil War” in Sweden
A prominent organization representing Assyrian Christians in Sweden has warned that “civil war” is looming, citing increasing threats from Islamists vowing to continue their persecution of the endangered group in Scandinavia.

Revelations From Insider Sources Reveal How Close America Is to Simultaneous Civil War and World War III (Part One)
The approach is “death by a thousand cuts”, and it has been very effective in the early stages. My previous articles are causing known sources and new sources to appear with intelligence information which confirms that both an internal and external threat are simultaneously underway.

Facebook Anticipates Fine Of Up To $5 Billion
… Their investigation began a year ago after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that worked with the Trump campaign, had obtained Facebook user data on millions of people without their knowledge or consent.

JUDGE RULES High School Girls MUST Shower With Boys…Girls Have No Right To “Visual Bodily Privacy”
Boys who claim to be girls are dominating in girls sports. And now, those same girls who are being beaten by boys in their sport are also being forced to shower and undress in the same locker rooms with them. We can thank the Obama administration and progressive Democrats for this nightmare.

Google Is Leading the Way In Shadow-Banning Jesus
Social Media is shadowbanning Christianity and Jesus. There is a concentrated and deliberate effort to avoid mentioning any aspect of the Christian religion. Why?  This broadcast covers this critically important topic.

The Latest Invention in the World of Google Tyranny
More big brother, more tyranny, more Deep State Surveillance, and now here comes Google Sensor Vault. This device can reveal your exact location going back 5 years.


Headlines – 4/26/2019

Friedman: U.S. thinking ‘out of the box’ with Trump peace plan

UN Peacekeepers Confirm Third Cross-border Tunnel Infiltrating Israel Was Built by Hezbollah

Swiss government found to be spending millions on anti-Israel lawfare

Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-Israel boycott law

Trump pressure will fail because Iran has a ‘Ph.D. in sanctions busting,’ says Iran’s Zarif

IS conflict: Coalition strikes on Raqqa ‘killed 1,600 civilians’

The Guardian view on Libya: this crisis is international

ICRC: Residential areas of Libya capital turning into ‘battlefields’

Sudan’s ruling military council will retain ‘sovereign authority’

Sudanese Judges Join ‘Million March’ Against Military Government

Sudan to Face Counter Coup Unless Power Handed to Civilians, Leading Opposition Figure Warns

US regrets Afghan civilian deaths, says answer is peace

After Sri Lanka Easter massacre, local Muslims, refugees fear backlash

Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Quits After Suicide Bombings

Sri Lanka PM warns of more attacks as bombers still at large

Sri Lankan police looking for 140 with ISIS links, says President Sirisena

Sri Lanka death toll revised down to 253 as top defense official resigns

As Warning Emerges of New Sri Lanka Church Attacks, Global Christian Persecution Still ‘Obscured’

Putin says he’ll brief US on summit with Kim

N.Korea’s Kim to Putin: US acted in ‘bad faith’ at Hanoi talks

North Korea sends US $2 million medical bill for Otto Warmbier’s care: report

France’s Macron offers tax cuts as part of moves to quell ‘yellow vest’ unrest

Trump denies telling White House counsel to fire Mueller from Russia probe

Clinton-Ukraine collusion allegations ‘big’ and ‘incredible,’ will be reviewed, Trump says

Embattled Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore complains: ‘They’re pulling a Kavanaugh against me’

Biden launches 2020 presidential bid, says ‘we are in a battle for the soul of this nation’

Regulators Around the World are Circling Facebook

Facebook hit with three privacy investigations in a single day

$220,000 For Every Man, Woman And Child – America Is Now 72 Trillion Dollars In Debt

NASA Prepares For Asteroid Armageddon With Simulation Exercises

Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

The universe is expanding faster than we thought, and no one knows why

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Taltal, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Luwuk, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near General Luna, Philippines

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near General Luna, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near General Luna, Philippines

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Flood disaster to unfold after Cyclone Kenneth makes historic landfall in northern Mozambique

Tornados, heavy rain kill 5, leave behind severe damage in Louisiana and Texas

Israel reports highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at turkey farm

UCLA, Cal State LA To Quarantine Students Who Cannot Prove They Had Measles Vaccination

Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ Pastors Sign Letter Supporting Abortion

LGBT rights movement a threat to Poland, says conservative party chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Bolsonaro: Brazil must not become ‘gay tourism paradise’

Pete Buttigieg, a gay Christian, is driving the religious right nuts

Evangelist Graham Called Out for Hypocrisy After Telling Pete Buttigieg to Repent for Being Gay

The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for April 26, 2019

April 25, 2019
Fighting for injured workers’ rights
RENEWAMERICA STAFF — In Utah, unethical “insurance medical examiners” hired to deprive injured workers of guaranteed Workers Compensation medical and other benefits are protected by “state policy” from any liability for harm resulting from their fraudulent examinations…. (more)


April 25, 2019
IAMTV — Join Dr. Alan Keyes and IAMtv for an evening of Truth and Entertainment. Special Concert with Grammy Award and 13 Time Dove Award Winner… Michael English will be performing his hits!… (more)

April 25, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller’s investigation of an alleged crime…. (more)


April 25, 2019
Pat Buchanan sees today’s politics increasingly bringing disunity
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN — President Donald Trump has decided to cease cooperating with what he sees, not incorrectly, as a Beltway conspiracy that is out to destroy him. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump said Wednesday. “These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are out to win in 2020.”… (more)

April 25, 2019
DAILY WIRE — Green New Deal proponents, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), have long claimed that the GND, an expansive, costly, and dramatic change in the American economy (and in American infrastructure), would be worth it if it such extreme measures would in the long run lessen our impact on climate…. (more)


April 25, 2019
‘Maybe make smelling the hair an additional $50’
WORLDNETDAILY — Longtime politician Joe Biden, vice president under Barack Obama, on Thursday added his name to the long list of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for president in 2020. So talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh immediately offered him a solution to the still-developing scandal over women who have accused him of hugging or touching them inappropriately and sniffing their hair…. (more)


April 24, 2019
NEWSMAX — In the wake of federal raids at the homes and City Hall offices of embattled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, one report asserted she has skipped town. The first-term Democratic mayor slipped out of sight April 1, citing deteriorating health, just as Gov. Larry Hogan called on the state prosecutor to investigate allegations of “self-dealing.” She has not been heard from since…. (more)

April 24, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — College students in Los Angeles will now be quarantined if they cannot prove they have received the measles vaccine after being exposed to a confirmed case of the viral infection. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a partnership on Thursday with the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University Los Angeles…. (more)


April 24, 2019
AP NEWS — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country’s prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still at large…. (more)

April 24, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A massive caravan of approximately 10,000 migrants traveling through Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States is expected to arrive in Mexico City this week, according to local media reports on the group’s movements…. (more)

April 24, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — The two Nigerian brothers who claim to have helped Jussie Smollett perpetrate a fake hate crime earlier this year said Smollett “directed every aspect of the attack” in a defamation suit filed Tuesday against the Empire actor’s attorneys…. (more)

April 23, 2019
YOUTUBE — An 8-year-old girl does a spot-on impersonation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… (more)

April 22, 2019
Ex-president ‘is implicated in her scheme’
WORLDNETDAILY — A senior FBI official has admitted under oath the bureau found emails sent from Hillary Clinton’s unsecured server in President Obama’s executive office in the White House. E.W. Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, made the disclosure to Judicial Watch as part of court-ordered discovery into the Clinton email issue, the Washington watchdog said Tuesday…. (more)

April 22, 2019
WES VERNON — Mitt Romney admits Donald Trump has been cleared of charges of obstructing justice. Yet he still says the president makes him “sick,” even though the two men have few disagreements on policy issues…. (more)

April 22, 2019
Alan Keyes says Dems’ agenda of ‘self-willed licentiousness’ will doom it
ALAN KEYES — Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, That rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, “We have made a covenant with death, And with hell, we are at agreement; When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood have we hid ourselves.” (Isaiah 28:14-15)… (more)

April 22, 2019
JOAN SWIRSKY — Just a few months ago, in an article entitled “Still the Smartest Guy in the Room,” I wrote the following about President Trump: Well, whaddaya know? In the midterm elections of November 6, 2018, the American people rewarded the president – – for only the third time in almost a hundred years – – with a net gain of three and possibly four Senate seats, lost half the House seats that his predecessor lost, and left the radical leftwing Democrats not rejoicing at their meager gains, but still chomping at the bit to bring down the president who has effectively destroyed everything they believed in, worked for, and thought they achieved over the past 75 years…. (more)

April 22, 2019
At least 207 dead, more than 450 injured in 8 explosions
CNS NEWS — Sri Lanka police declared an overnight curfew after Easter Sunday’s deadly bombing spree targeting churches and five-star hotels. The country’s prime minister confirmed that authorities had received prior warning about the possibility of a terrorist attack…. (more)


April 19, 2019
Frank Ancona shot because he wanted divorce; 42 cats removed from ‘trashed’ house
USA TODAY — The wife of a deceased Ku Klux Klan leader in Missouri admitted in court Friday to his 2017 shooting death after initially saying two years ago that her son was the murderer. Now, she says her son didn’t help commit the homicide. Malissa Ancona, 46, pleaded guilty in St. Francois County Circuit Court in Farmington, Missouri, to second-degree murder in the death of Frank Ancona Jr., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, as well as tampering with evidence and the abandonment of a corpse…. (more)


April 19, 2019
DAILY SIGNAL — Elisha Doerr would not have had an opportunity to attend Wisconsin Lutheran High School, a Milwaukee-based private boarding school, if it weren’t for a school choice program. The school’s excellent curricula and the religious community were valuable to Doerr, 18, who now attends Harvard University and is deciding between majoring in government or computer science…. (more)

April 19, 2019
YOUTUBE — Last year, President Donald Trump delivered an Easter message from the Oval Office that was remarkable in its unprecedented, God-centered message. The timely message, given March 30, 2018, bears repeating this Easter season…. (more)

April 19, 2019
MEDIAITE — Noam Chomsky, the noted progressive scholar, believes Democrats have focused far too much on Russia. And he thinks it might earn them four more years of President Donald Trump. Speaking at a forum in Boston with Amy Goodman, Chomsky stated his view that he always believed there was going to be little to no proof of collusion in the Mueller Report…. (more)


April 19, 2019
THE HILL — The walls were not coming down. They were not closing in. There was, at the end of the day, no evidence whatsoever of any collusion – – and there was nothing but a president frustrated at being wrongly accused and wrongly investigated over a very effective hoax…. (more)

April 19, 2019
‘Blithely…reversed the burden of proof’
WORLDNETDAILY — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which may have cost taxpayers more than $30 million, concluded there was no Trump campaign collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. None whatsoever. But Mueller waffled on the claims of “obstruction.” He listed 10 “episodes” that potentially could be instances of obstruction…. (more)


April 19, 2019
AG accused of being too ‘generous’ to Trump
WORLDNETDAILY — In a refrain that was to be heard countless times by Democrats and media members Thursday, a CBS reporter accused Attorney General William Barr of acting as if he were President Trump’s personal attorney in his recounting of Robert Mueller’s evidence regarding the allegation of obstruction of justice…. (more)

April 19, 2019
CONRAD BLACK — The crisis of the Democrats is becoming more evident each week. Those of us who have been loudly predicting for years that the Russian-collusion argument would be exposed as a defamatory farce, and that the authors of it would eventually pay for it, are bemused at the fallback position of the Trump-haters: that the distinguished attorney general has whitewashed the president in his summary and his decision that there was no obstruction of justice…. (more)

 

Weekly Watchman for 04/26/2019

Fear of the Lord

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America’s Battle for the Soul of Institutions and our Society

Institutions in our nation and around the world are going through monumental change.  We are seeing governments, media, education, businesses, political parties, and sadly even churches embracing change in direction as well as values. John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio has studied this metamorphosis and the worldview behind the decline, and joins us to discuss the changing fabric of society and its institutions.  How should we as disciples of Jesus Christ understand and respond to this caustic progression (regression?) around us?

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We All Have Assumptions; Plus, ‘Using Jesus to Promote Evil’

Anyone can say they’re a Christian. If you ask most Americans, including our politicians, they will probably say they “believe” in Jesus.  But if we don’t take the time to ask them exactly what they think about Jesus or who they believe He is, we can’t possibly know for certain if they are converts or counterfeits.  Progressive “Christians” claim they are doing the work Jesus commanded us to do.  The only problem is they are teaching and promoting the exact opposite of what Jesus taught, especially on major biblical issues.  When we assume a person is a Christian just because they say so, we are easily deceived.Speaking of assumptions, we welcome a new guest to Stand Up For the Truth, Dave Richardson.  He wrote a powerful book about assumptions and how they can deceive us and even hinder us in our walk with Jesus Christ. Richardson’s book is critically acclaimed and comes highly recommended, as it discusses how our deepest assumptions often control our lives for better or for worse.

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Are Americans Losing Faith in Church?

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After Easter: Jesus is Lord and the Gospel must Advance

We are fresh off of Easter weekend as many of us celebrated the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ—God in the flesh who shed His blood for our redemption.  He has freed us from the power of death and sin.  But with the simple yet profound message of the gospel, many Christians are still often confused about what this life should look like.  Did Jesus die so I could be healthy, wealthy, or comfortable in this life?  Are my physical sufferings or trials a sign of a lack of faith?  If the Bible says Jesus has taken our sorrows, then why do we still struggle with sadness and anxiety?Pastor Randy White joins us to look at the promises of Jesus Christ and how we apply them in correct context to our lives as His disciples.

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Op-Ed: I’m Chris Tomlin, It’s Who I Am (Repeat) — The Babylon Bee

Verse 1My name’s Chris Tomlin, oh oh ooooh
My name’s Chris Tomlin, oh oh ooooh
My name’s Chris Tomlin, oh oh ooooh
My name’s Chris Tomlin, oh oh ooooh

ChorusI’m Chris Tomlin, it’s who I am.
I’m Chris Tomlin, it’s who I am.
I’m Chris Tomlin, it’s who I am.
I’m Chris Tomlin, it’s who I am.

You’re reading this op-ed, yes you are
You’re reading this op-ed, yes you are
You’re reading this op-ed, yes you are
You’re reading this op-ed, yes you are
(Repeat to taste)
(To Verse 2 first time)
(To Bridge next 14,000 times)

Verse 2I write lots of songs, oh oh ooooh
I write lots of songs, oh oh ooooh
You probably sing them every Sunday despite making fun of me oh oh oooooh
Yes you do, yes you doooooooo

BridgeIt’s rising up, all around, my name’s Chris Tomlin, I like the sound
My heart will sing, my name is Chris Tomlin
(Key change)
(Back to chorus)

OutroCome thou fount of every blessing,
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
Before the throne of God above,
I’m Chris Tomlin yes I aaaaaaaaaaaam

via Op-Ed: I’m Chris Tomlin, It’s Who I Am (Repeat) — The Babylon Bee

‘I Was an…Addict’: Inside My Pillow Inventor Mike Lindell’s Amazing Transformation — CBN News feeds

Millions of Americans know Mike Lindell from his popular commercials for MyPillow, but many people are likely unaware of the iconic pillow magnate’s incredible backstory of overcoming addiction, finding faith and using his massive platform to help transform the lives of others.

Lindell, who is the CEO and inventor of MyPillow, helped finance “Unplanned,” a film about abortion clinic director-turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson’s life that has been sparking headlines and is currently in theaters nationwide.

READ ALSO: Ex-Planned Parenthood Director on the Moment She Fled Her Clinic

He poured $1 million into the production, telling PureFlix.com’s “Pure Talk” that he got involved after producers reached out and revealed their plans. Lindell was so moved by Johnson’s real-life story that he prayed over it and instantly decided to fund the movie and film a cameo.

“I said, ‘Are you short any money?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, we’re short about a $1 million and … I just felt right there through the holy spirit — ‘Send this money,’” Lindell explained.

He also shared details of his personal faith journey, revealing that he was a drug addict for nearly three decades before finally stopping in 2009.

“I was a crack cocaine addict,” Lindell said. “I was a very functioning cocaine addict.”

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He was so bad, in fact, that his drug dealers staged an intervention in 2008 and refused to sell to him. They cut him off, and a year later he was done using.

“I got freed of all of my addictions January 16, 2009, but at that point I didn’t do a full surrender to Jesus,” he said. “I didn’t give a full surrender until February 18, 2017, so there’s quite a story in between where God was still chasing me.”

READ ALSO: Inspired by ‘Unplanned’? 5 Pro-Life Movies You Can Watch Now

Now, Lindell travels the country and speaks about his Christian faith and the values that stem from it. He views MyPillow as a platform through which he’s able to have a positive influence — and “Unplanned” is just his latest effort to achieve that goal.

“I really believe you’re not just saving the unborn and the babies, but the peoples’ hearts are changing and healing,” he said of the impact of “Unplanned.” “It was God. Everybody who was involved in that movie, God put them there.”

You can get tickets to “Unplanned” here.

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via ‘I Was an…Addict’: Inside My Pillow Inventor Mike Lindell’s Amazing Transformation — CBN News feeds

Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Is Bad, And a Symptom of Our Self-Obsessed Culture — Faithwire

Taylor Swift just released a brand new song, and one thing is very obvious: She has her finger on the pulse of our culture. And it’s obnoxious.

The latest cringefest to come from the ever-changing pop star is titled “ME!” And it’s just a little on the nose.

If you haven’t had the (dis)pleasure yet of listening to Taylor’s new song, here you go:

Wittingly or unwittingly, Taylor created a song that has no meaning and no message but will nevertheless bubble to the top of the charts because of its shallow hat tip to a society of people obsessed with themselves.

In case you’re not convinced, or you’re concerned I just really don’t like Taylor (which is an astute observation), here is an actual line from the song: “Girl, there ain’t no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ but you know there is a ‘me.’”

I like a pointless, fun song just as much as the next person, but most of this cheeky ode to self-centeredness is just vapid lyrics strung together to an obviously made-for-radio beat, punctuated by occasional shouts of “ME!” from Taylor.

If you’ll humor me, I am going to Jesus juke this song for just a moment (feel free to roll your eyes). Taylor’s song is not the sickness; it’s just the latest symptom. We are a culture drunk on our own self-fascination and I’m not sure when — or how — we’ll sober up.

The apostle Paul warned us in Romans 8:8 that people who are “in the realm of the flesh” — in other words, concerned only with ourselves and our desires — “cannot please God.” And in 1 Corinthians 10:24, he wrote, “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”

Taylor’s message in her zany new song, featuring Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who is the tune’s only saving grace, preaches the exact opposite message.

“I’m the only one of me, baby, that’s the fun of me,” Taylor declares in singsongy style. She’s not wrong, despite the lazy rhyme. We are all unique, and that should be celebrated, but our worth goes much deeper than that. If I’m just “me” and you’re just “you,” there’s no point to any of this.

Songs don’t all need to be preachy and singers don’t need to always wax philosophical, but Taylor’s latest bop is about an inch deep, and really, it’s just boring and pretty un-unique — she just took 2013 Katy Perry and repackaged it.

I’ll wrap this up by noting that if a Christian song were this bad (and there are plenty that are), and it was for some reason considered alongside secular music, it would certainly be tossed aside. Don’t believe me? Look how quickly faith-based movies are bashed for being too cheesy.

Taylor’s song is bad, so what do you say we give it the Christian movie treatment?

via Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Is Bad, And a Symptom of Our Self-Obsessed Culture — Faithwire

Letter to the Editor: Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Taking SBC Far From Its Biblical Moorings — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

As a Southern Baptist, I am concerned that powerful leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are taking the denomination far from its biblical moorings. Bureaucracy within the organization is to blame, as are a few mega-church pastors who take turns filling decision-making posts whether elected or appointed. What can Southern Baptists do to stop the march toward progressivism and apostasy?

Most Southern Baptists who believe the denomination is standing strong on moral issues would be shocked to hear leadership double-talk concerning the normalization of LGBT behavior and involvement in Revoice. Also shocking are stances on contemplative spirituality, immigration, social justice/social gospel, and wealth re-distribution. Alliances with Muslims, Mormons and the Pope have led to compromises in the presentation of the Gospel. The Gospel has also been distorted through LifeWay Bookstore’s sale of books and literature written by false teachers.

It appears some SBC policymakers care more about what is politically and spirituality “correct” than what is biblically correct. We must remember not to be “unequally yoked with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness and what communion hath light with darkness.”

Russell Moore and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission are behind much of what is wrong in the SBC. In an article titled “Cultural Seduction and the Demise of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Jeff Maples said Moore has “dedicated his life and career to changing the dynamics of a denomination that once stood on the authority of the Scripture and the power of the gospel . . . to a voting bloc that seeks to radically change the culture in ways that true conservatives would detest.”

Maples went on to say, “Whether it’s calling Jesus an ‘illegal migrant’ in his push for open borders and immigration amnesty, his advocacy of environmentalist ‘creation care’ his ecumenical worship with adherents of other religions like at the Becket Fund’s multi-faith gathering, his ethical compromise to attend gay wedding celebrations but not the wedding itself, calling conservatives who believe in national sovereignty idolaters, Moore certainly has more in common with Nancy Pelosi than he does Bible-believing Christians.” The article also addresses actions by SBC President J.D. Greear. [https://reformationcharlotte.org/2019/01/31/cultural-seduction-and-the-demise-of-the-southern-baptist-convention/]

Controversy erupted when a sermon Greear gave on homosexuality was released. In Mississippi’s Baptist Record, Tommy Jamison compared God’s Word to Greer’s troubling views. Another controversy arose after Greear called on the SBC to place women in the highest levels of leadership. Since then Beth Moore’s name has been floated as president of the convention, possibly in 2020.

The celebrity speaker and writer, whose imagination gets in the way of sound exegesis has been criticized for having “wild-eyed prophetic visions;” aligning herself with false teachers including Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, and Christine Caine, and promoting contemplative spirituality. Despite Beth Moore’s lack of biblical adherence, her women’s Bible studies continue to be favorites and are financially lucrative for LifeWay. Rick Warren’s books also provide big profits tor LifeWay, so it is doubtful the well-documented problems with his Daniel Plan, P.E.A.C.E. Plan and collaboration with Fabian Socialist Tony Blair will lead to disgrace and ouster from the SBC.

I believe most Southern Baptists are oblivious to duplicity in the denomination and in the “Christian” world because pastors are silent. Until pastors begin warning their sheep, I don’t see a resurgence of biblical understanding and action. In the Book of Hosea, priests had led the people away from the knowledge of God. Hosea prophesied that unless the Northern Kingdom repented, God would destroy it and allow the people to be taken into captivity. This was a popular message before the conservative resurgence in the 1980s. We should take heed for the sake of our Christian witness and for our children and grandchildren. Pray God will awaken us and raise up leaders to the message of Hosea.

Sincerely,

Lettie McNeece

lmcneece@yahoo.com

LTRP Note: Mrs. McNeece has been pro-active in trying to help Southern Baptist pastors in her own home state. For over two years, she has been purchasing Lighthouse Trails booklets and having them sent out to over 1500 Baptist pastors so they might become aware of the apostasy that has entered the church. We commend her for these efforts and also for this open letter.

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via Letter to the Editor: Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Taking SBC Far From Its Biblical Moorings — Lighthouse Trails Inc