Daily Archives: May 3, 2019

May 3 Commissioned by Prayer

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:1–4

Key Verse: Colossians 4:2

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.

In this high-tech world of data and progress, it is important to have fast, clear communication so that mistakes are avoided and redundant operations are kept to a minimum. Bases of operations send out armies of workers to complete specific tasks that work toward a predetermined goal. However, the need for communication is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it was an important concern for the apostle Paul.

The task of spreading the gospel is immense, which is why Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should” (Colossians 4:3–4 niv). Paul needed to be in touch with the base of operations: the Lord God. Paul knew who gave him his marching orders. Paul understood who had the best view of the plans. He also knew who provided the ability, power, and resources to complete the mission.

Be devoted in prayer so that the gospel may be communicated all over the world. E. Stanley Jones writes, “Prayer is commission. Out of the quietness with God, power is generated that turns the spiritual machinery of the world. When you pray, you begin to feel the sense of being sent, that the divine compulsion is upon you.”

Thank You, Lord, for the divine commission of prayer that provides the ability, power, and resources to complete my mission and achieve my destiny.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 130). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 3 Pour Out Your Heart

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:13–17

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:17

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!” Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.

Jehoshaphat had a huge problem. The armies of the Moabites and Ammonites and Meunites were about to march on him and his people (2 Chron. 20:1 nasb). It was a time of national emergency, and most leaders would have called their advisers or mustered the army—but not King Jehoshaphat.

“Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord” (2 Chron. 20:3 nasb). He didn’t falter, complain, or waste time in pessimistic thinking. Instead, he immediately called the people together for a time of prayer with fasting.

Notice the attributes of God he named at the beginning of his prayer: “O Lord, the God of our fathers, art Thou not God in the heavens? And art Thou not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Thy hand so that no one can stand against Thee” (2 Chron. 20:6 nasb).

The king recognized God’s ultimate power and authority, and therefore he was not afraid of what mere men might do to him. Furthermore, he showed that he was willing to be involved in the process of God’s answer. The king didn’t mouth a halfhearted, unemotional statement; he prayed with interest and passion and sincerity.

Have you ever poured forth your heart to the Lord? He wants you to cry out to Him and actively seek His deliverance.

O God, You handle the strategy. Provide the resources for my battles. I know that even while I am praying, my deliverance is on the way.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 130). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 3 Loving God

Scripture reading: Matthew 22:34–40

Key verse: Psalm 107:1

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever.

Some people have problems with the Lord Jesus Christ’s command to love Him with all of their hearts, all of their souls, and all of their minds: “I do not like someone—even if that Someone is God—commanding me to love him. I want my love to come freely.”

Such a reservation melts when we consider why God sets the commandment of love above all others. As we allow the Holy Spirit to love Him through us, we love God with all of our strength because He is worthy of our worship and devotion.

The Lord created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, including us (Gen. 1:1; 2:7, 22). Christ has saved us from eternal destruction. He supplies all of our needs (Phil. 4:19). Christ Jesus died and rose again for you and me.

Understanding God’s majesty and glory is the wellspring of our love. He has done so much for us. How can we not love and worship such a One?

We also love God with all of our hearts because He knows that devotion given to any other person or thing besides Himself is harmful. God created us for Himself. When our highest and noblest love is directed to something or someone else, we have been seduced into treachery. Loving God frees us from competing idols, which only enslave us.

Free me from competing idols, Lord. Set me free to worship You with all my heart.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 130). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 3, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump’s tough approach to Venezuela has won broad support from both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress, but this rare display of bipartisan consensus is starting to show signs of strain as the crisis in the OPEC nation drags on.

Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday.

A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to streamline regulation and permitting requirements for the development of mines for lithium, graphite and other electric-vehicle supply chain minerals, part of a plan to offset China’s dominance in the space.

An effort to end all non-medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations in Maine was in limbo after the state Senate voted to amend it to allow parents to keep opting out on religious grounds.

Immigrant rights groups asked a U.S. court on Thursday to reverse a Trump administration decision that allows asylum seekers who cross the border illegally to be held without bond

Tunisia ordered the army to transport fuel to filling stations on Friday, the second day of a strike by fuel distribution workers that has caused empty pumps and long queues across the country.

The World Health Organization said on Friday it feared continued “intense transmission” of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where deaths from a nine-month-old epidemic is 994 and expected to exceed 1,000 within hours.

The founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc became the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executive to be convicted in a case tied to the U.S. opioid crisis, when he and four colleagues were found guilty of participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive painkiller.

U.S. job growth surged in April and the unemployment rate dropped to a more than 49-year low of 3.6 percent, pointing to sustained strength in economic activity even as last year’s massive fiscal stimulus fades.

On Thursday, Colorado lawmakers voted to mandate LGBTQ curriculum for K-12 public school students. Governor Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay governor, will review the final bill before deciding whether to sign it into law, a spokeswoman said.

A European study of nearly 1,000 gay male couples who had sex without condoms – where one partner had HIV and was taking antiretroviral drugs to suppress it – has found the treatment can prevent sexual transmission of the virus.

AP Top Stories

Fourteen cholera cases have been confirmed in northern Mozambique following floods caused by a powerful cyclone that battered the country last week, provincial authorities said Friday.

The U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan should stop calling on Taliban militants to lay down their arms and convince the United States to end the use of force instead, the Taliban said.

Saudi Arabian authorities on Thursday temporarily released at least four women’s rights activists whose arrests, on charges of undermining state security, had provoked an international outcry and added to criticism of the kingdom’s human rights record.

A San Francisco billionaire is donating $30 million to the University of California, San Francisco, to research root causes of homelessness and potential solutions.

Blue Origin, the space company of Jeff Bezos, completed a record breaking launch of its New Shepard rocket on Thursday. Lifting off from Blue Origin’s facility in West Texas, the mission was the first time the company launched and landed one of its rockets five times. Additionally, the rocket sent a company record 38 research and development experiments to the edge of space.

Dozens of civilians have been shot dead in ethnic clashes in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara state, a regional official said Friday, describing the attacks as retaliation for earlier violence.


Some 12,700 far-right Germans are prepared to commit violence, of an estimated 24,000 far-right extremists, according to interior ministry figures.

The US unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level for more than 49 years in April, according to official figures. The jobless rate fell from 3.8% to 3.6%.

A US cruise ship, owned and operated by the Church of Scientology, placed in quarantine after a case of measles has reportedly left the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

Russia has formally adopted a law that gives its government more control over its domestic internet. The law means the systems that exchange data between the networks forming the Russian internet must share more information with government regulators.

The persecution of Christians in parts of the world is at near “genocide” levels, according to a report ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The review, led by the Bishop of Truro the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, estimated that one in three people suffer from religious persecution. Christians were the most persecuted religious group, it found. Mr Hunt said he felt that “political correctness” had played a part in the issue not being confronted.

The US and human rights groups have expressed outrage over reports that Iran has executed two 17-year-old boys.


By shutting off power in fire-prone parts of its service area, which are home to 5.4 million people, PG&E said in regulatory filings it hopes to prevent more deadly wildfires. The San Francisco-based company sought bankruptcy protection in January, citing more than $30 billion in potential damages from fires linked to its equipment.

A drone in Maryland has made history after it became the first unmanned aircraft to deliver a donor kidney to surgeons, who successfully transplanted the organ in a patient with kidney failure.

Mid-Day Snapshot · May 3, 2019

The Foundation

“This gave me occasion to observe, that when Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

Unemployment Hits Half-Century Low

The Trump economy continues its steady upward growth, as 263,000 jobs were added in April.

De-Platforming Free Speech

Facebook has banned several prominent voices under its convenient “hate speech” rubric.

The Great Infrastructure Boondoggle of 2019

With a bipartisan $2 trillion plan to fix all the things, what could go wrong?

Potholes on the Road to ‘Medicare for All’?

CBO: A single-payer system “could be complicated, challenging, and potentially disruptive.”

Gillibrand Plan: A Voter Slush Fund

The Democrat’s plan to have the wealthy pay toward the campaigns of candidates they may oppose.

The Death of Patriotism

Patriotism: “The quality of being patriotic, devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.”

Video: Why Do We Have the Second Amendment?

The people of Venezuela were once able to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Video: The Unexpected Power Behind the U.S. Military

Land. Sea. Air. Space. Cyber. These Multi-Domain Operations are the battlefields of the future.

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Will Joe Biden’s Long Career Help or Hurt?
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Friday Top News Executive Summary

Economy chugs along, Baltimore mayor out, judicial progress, religious liberty safeguards, Facebook censorship, and more.

Friday Short Cuts

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News – 5/3/2019

Swarm of locusts darkens skies of Saudia Arabia
The infestation started on Sunday, when masses of the insect were reported to have come from Sudan and Eritrea following unusually heavy rainfall in the region. The insect poses a major concern for farmers, given that an adult locust can consume its own weight in fresh food per day, which is about 2 grams, the equivalent of a person eating an average of 2.3 kg of food per day, according to the USDA.

Kushner says Middle East peace plan will be ‘good starting point’
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Thursday he hopes Israel will take a hard look at President Donald Trump’s upcoming Middle East peace proposal before proceeding with any plan to annex West Bank settlements.

Grandson of Nazi Soldier Returning Golden Menorah Stolen by Titus in 70 CE
The Menorah Project required €120,000 in private donations and 18 months to create but they succeeded: a 265-pound gold-plated duplicate of the menorah depicted on the Arch of Titus in Rome is now on its way to Israel. Like the menorah of Titus, the replica was made with several of the branches broken.

Abbas bypasses EU, asks Russia help avert PA collapse over terror payments
The Palestinian Authority has demanded that Russia resolve the terror-payment crisis that could lead to the PA’s collapse as it rejected a European Union compromise solution.

Jewish group alarmed after German police let neo-Nazis march
“The images of the neo-Nazi march by The Third Way party in Plauen are disturbing and frightening,” said Josef Schuster, the head of Germany’s Central Council of Jews.

Rush Limbaugh: Democrats ‘in full meltdown’
Democrats in Washington are “in full meltdown” because their hopes that special counsel Robert Mueller would provide a reason to remove President Trump from office have been dashed. And even worse, says talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, Attorney General William Barr is investigating the genesis of the Russia collusion investigation launched by the Barack Obama administration. “They are in full meltdown. Do not make the mistake of thinking they are running things, that they are in control of things,” he said Thursday.

Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Chinese Espionage Conspiracy
Former CIA operations officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit espionage for China in a case linked to the loss of numerous recruited CIA spies in China. Lee, 54, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Hong Kong, supplied documents and information to Chinese intelligence officers from April 26, 2010, to Jan. 15, 2018 when he was arrested, according to court papers in the case.

Measles Cases Spark Quarantine Of Scientology Retreat Ship In St Lucia
Everyone on board the ship is forbidden from disembarking by authority of St. Lucia’s health officials under their quarantine act and public health act. Measles is highly contagious and can be transmitted via the air through sneezing or coughing, or by physical contact with an infected person or with an object that the person has touched.

‘Last resort’ letter argues pope contradicting Catholic doctrine
A Catholic journalist is among the signatories of an open letter that states the words and actions of Pope Francis have brought about “one of the worst crises” in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Nineteen prominent and respected Catholic clergy and scholars have published an open letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy.

A COMMON WORD: In 2019, As Chrislam Continues To Grow At Lightning Speed, Let’s Check In With The Major End Times Players And See What’s New
Apostate Christianity, represented by mega-church pirates Rick Warren and Brian Houston and others, are preaching that Muslims and Christians ‘serve the same God’, and since we do, we should join forces. Welcome to Chrislam 2019. Chrislam is a term that has been coined to denote the joining together of Christianity, CHRI, and the Muslim religion of Islam, SLAM, forming the new word ‘chrislam’. The bible says in the end times the the professing Christian church will fall away and give heed to ‘doctrines of devils’, and that is exactly what we are seeing in the rise of Chrislam.

Over 23,000 IDF soldiers killed since inception of State of Israel
Some 56 IDF soldiers who died over the last year have been added to the list of fallen soldiers to be commemorated for Yom Hazikaron this year, the Defense Ministry announced on Friday. In addition, another 40 IDF veterans who died as a result of disabilities and injuries over the past year were also added to the list, the ministry said.

Massive 82% spike in antisemitic hate crimes in New York City, NYPD finds
The New York Police Department has reported a massive increase in antisemitic hate crimes in the city, with the data showing an 82% increase in such incidents in the first three months of 2019. The statistics, released on Thursday, also showed a 67% increase in overall hate crimes in New York City over the same period.

Sudan army rejects civilian majority in ruling council
A top official in Sudan’s military council has told the BBC it will not allow civilians a majority on the supreme council set to rule the country during a transitional period. Lt Gen Salah Abdelkhalek said that an equal share of the membership would be an option they might consider. Protesters are continuing their mass sit-in outside military HQ to demand that the army cede control.

Cyclone Fani: Powerful storm slams into eastern India coast
A powerful cyclone has slammed into India’s eastern coastline, bringing torrential rains and winds of up to 200 km/h (125mph). Cyclone Fani, one of the most severe storms to hit the region in recent years, made landfall at 08:00 local time (02:30 GMT) on Friday. More than one million people have been evacuated from the eastern state of Orissa, also called Odisha.

Russia tightens grip on its national net
Russia has formally adopted a law that gives its government more control over its domestic internet. The law means the systems that exchange data between the networks forming the Russian internet must share more information with government regulators. It also lets regulators exert direct control over what Russians can post, see and talk about online when national security is threatened.

‘God is real’: Two teens stranded in the ocean rescued by a boat named ‘The Amen’
When two local teens skipped school for a beach senior skip day, their adventure turned into a fight for their lives, and their savior was heaven-sent. Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, both 17 years old, have been friends since the fourth grade. They decided to swim offshore in Vilano Beach, but became stranded 2 miles off the coastline for two hours.

Islamic Jihad warns will hit major cities if targeted assassinations resume
The Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza Ziad Nahala responded Thursday to the revelation regarding the commander of the northern brigade of the organizations’ military wing Baha al-Atta earlier this week. They believe the publication of his name is an indication that Israel will assassinate him if terror attacks continue.

IDF strikes Gaza overnight, two rockets launched from the Strip
The IDF struck several Hamas military targets in the northern Gaza Strip overnight, in response to the launching of incendiary airborne devices into Israel earlier Wednesday. One firebomb launched on Wednesday caused a fire in a field in the Eshkol Regional Council. The IDF said following the strike, that it views any attempt to harm the citizens of Israel, severely, and that it will continue to act against “all terror acts.”

Pentagon warns on risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic
Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday. The assessment is included in the U.S. military’s annual report to Congress on China’s armed forces and follows Beijing’s publication of its first official Arctic policy white paper in June.

China And Russia: Whoopin’ Uncle Sam At His Own Game
The Russo-Chinese model is built on a more solid, and less extractive, foundation… an interconnected multipolar world…this vision of ‘revitalized capitalism’ that Washington sees as its mortal enemy.

Prominent clergy, scholars accuse Pope Francis of heresy in open letter
Prominent clergymen and scholars including Fr. Aidan Nichols, one of the best-known theologians in the English-speaking world, have issued an open letter accusing Pope Francis of committing heresy. They ask the bishops of the Catholic Church, to whom the open letter is addressed, to “take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation” of a pope committing this crime.

Minnesota Hospital Plans to Euthanize Cancer Patient Who Says in Video “I Want to Live”
A pro-life legal group is advocating for a Minnesota cancer patient who they say may be euthanized despite her desire to live.

Navy issues new policy allowing Sailors to dress in whatever gender they want
The US Navy is doing no favors to the stereotypes that surround it, releasing guidance that allows off-duty Sailors to dress as whatever gender they believe themselves to be.

Hillary Clinton Spits On Constitution With New Plan To Unseat Trump
Hillary Clinton is bitter. Hillary Clinton is jealous. Hillary Clinton is shifty and not to be trusted. Hillary Clinton just went nuclear and called on a foreign power to help unseat Trump in 2020.

GRAPHIC: Dozens Killed over 3 Days in Cartel War near Mexican Avocado Region
The raging cartel violence that reignited this week with gun battles, executions, and arson has killed close to three dozen victims. Officials continue to reassure the public by claiming the dead are mostly criminals.

Is The Media Driving America Insane?
Americans are more depressed than almost anyone in the world – and we may have the media to thank.

Abbas bypasses EU, asks Russia help avert PA collapse over terror payments
The Palestinian Authority has demanded that Russia resolve the terror-payment crisis that could lead to the PA’s collapse as it rejected a European Union compromise solution. “There have been attempts to find alternative channels to pay the prisoners and martyrs allowances, which we will not accept,” PA Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information Nabil Abu Rudaineh said on Thursday.

Kushner: Peace plan will be a ‘good starting point’
White House senior adviser says “people will be surprised” by the contents of the US peace plan to be unveiled next month.

Headlines – 5/3/2019

Kushner: Peace plan will be a ‘good starting point’ – “people will be surprised” by the contents of the US peace plan to be unveiled next month

‘Let’s just not say it’: Jared Kushner says ‘two-state’ label hinders Middle East talks

Kushner hopes Israel will look at peace plan before any West Bank moves

‘Deal of the Century? It’s the Deal of Shame’ – PA will reject all plans that do not include establishment of Palestinian state

Abbas bypasses EU, asks Russia help avert PA collapse over terror payments

Hamas leader Sinwar heads to Egypt to discuss truce with Israel

Islamic Jihad vows to hit major cities if Israel harms members of terror groups

PA tries to pass off Holocaust victims as Arab victims

Rivlin urges end to political divisions sundering Holocaust memorials

UN official compares current climate in Europe to that before Nazis’ rise

Jewish group alarmed after German police let neo-Nazis march

58% of Austrians believe something like the Holocaust could happen again

Cartoonist blames ‘Jewish propaganda machine’ for condemnation of his drawing

New York Times to discipline editor who okayed anti-Semitic cartoon

Most hate crimes reported in New York City are anti-Jewish, police say

High-tech study of ancient stone suggests new proof of King David’s dynasty

Biblical King Balak Was ‘Very Likely’ a Historical Figure, Ancient Stone Tablet Reveals

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says banks have duty to help cut cost of public debt

Nasrallah threatens to invade the Galilee

Hezbollah chief: IDF forces that enter Lebanon will be ‘destroyed on live TV’

Turkey, U.S. getting closer on issue of Syria safe zone: foreign minister

Russian, Syrian Attacks Put Rebel Held Northwest Syria ‘On Edge of Humanitarian Catastrophe’

Sudan’s Bashir to be questioned over ‘financing terrorism’

Qatar Says Tightening Iran Sanctions Harms Oil Consuming Nations

Istanbul police open probes over vote ‘irregularities’

Afghans call for ceasefire as peace summit wraps up

Bitcoin donations to ISIS soared day before Sri Lanka bombings

Pompeo, Russian FM to meet as Venezuela spat intensifies

Venezuela’s Maduro warns of civil war amid power struggle

English voters punish both Britain’s main parties over Brexit

UK judge sentences WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail seven years ago

Assange refuses extradition to US; long legal fight expected

Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as ‘dangerous’

Ukraine embassy says DNC operative reached out for dirt on Trump in 2016

Barr skips House hearing; Pelosi accuses him of lying

Speaker Pelosi accuses Attorney General William Barr of committing a crime: ‘He lied to Congress’

Nadler warns after AG’s no-show: ‘Mr. Barr’s moment of accountability will come soon enough’

House Dems in direct talks with Mueller about his testimony: reports

White House letter blasts Mueller for balking at obstruction charge

Trump says he’s gotten through ‘witch hunts’ by ‘thinking about God’

National Day of Prayer: Americans saying ‘God,’ ‘Merry Christmas’ again, Trump says

Chinese database is tracking cellphone usage, car location and even electricity usage of Xinjiang residents

An uptick in UFO sightings by military pilots raises all sorts of interesting questions

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Buala, Solomon Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tamrida, Yemen

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

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

Asosan volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

100 million people in path of India’s worst cyclone in 20 years

More than 30 million under flash flood watch from Texas to Illinois

Flooding in Iowa breaks record while waters in Davenport continue to rise

Opioid-Maker CEO Convicted of Racketeering for Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Addictive Painkiller

St. Lucia Quarantines Scientology Cruise Ship Over Measles Case

MMR Vaccine Licensing Called Into Question Following ICAN’s Latest FOIA Exposure of FDA Coverup

Pakistan police arrest doctor after 90 infected by HIV syringe

End to Aids in sight as huge study finds drugs stop HIV transmission

Hebrew University researchers create embryo stem cells from skin cells

Protections expanded for doctors with ‘conscience’ objections to abortions, other procedures

Alabama lawmaker sparks backlash for ‘kill them now or kill them later’ comments over state abortion bill

Alabama House passes bill that would make abortion a felony

Abortion doctors could soon be jailed in US

Pope is a Heretic Because of Views on Homosexuality and Abortion, Catholic Group Says

Rocklin school board OKs textbooks with LGBT figures after heated late-night debate

Citigroup CEO defends sponsorship of event for Brazilian president amid controversy over anti-LGBT comments

Senator pleads to God for help in floor speech: ‘division in our nation, the anger, the struggle’

Target Forges Ahead in the Culture War Against Christians

Persecution driving Christians out of Middle East

Terrorists Execute Six Christians in West African Protestant Church

US religious freedom report focuses on growing restrictions in China

Large blaze destroys north Phoenix’s St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Wednesday

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for 05/03/2019

May 2, 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)

May 2, 2019
NEWSMAX — Attorney General William Barr’s appearance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee showed he was right on not charging President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, attorney Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV…. (more)

May 2, 2019
The alleged Russia collusion scandal has become the alleged Bill Barr scandal
NATIONAL REVIEW — The alleged Russia collusion scandal has become the alleged Bill Barr scandal. There are now calls for him to resign or be impeached because he supposedly mislead Congress about Robert Mueller’s discontent, expressed in a letter first reported by the Washington Post last night, over his letter making his summary of conclusions from the probe. But this is nonsense…. (more)

May 2, 2019
‘That’s the definition of collusion’
ART MOORE — If Robert Mueller was tasked with investigating possible campaign collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, why didn’t he probe the so-called Steele dossier financed by Democrats that appears to have been part of a Russia disinformation campaign?… (more)

May 2, 2019
‘How do we know the Steele dossier is not itself evidence of disinformation?’
WORLDNETDAILY — The Russia investigation begun by the Barack Obama administration focused on claims now debunked by the Mueller report that the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia…. (more)

May 2, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — Attorney General William Barr will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as previously planned, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday evening…. (more)

May 2, 2019
‘That’s what’s really gone on here. That’s the story’
WORLDNETDAILY — A Republican U.S. senator charged Wednesday that a few unelected bureaucrats in Barack Obama’s administration decided to take it upon themselves to try to change the results of the 2016 presidential election won by Donald Trump…. (more)

May 2, 2019
Poynter Institute aims to put ‘UnNews’ out of business by ending advertising
WORLDNETDAILY — The non-profit journalism group the Poynter Institute published a list of 515 media sites – – including WND, Breitbart News and Drudge – – that it wants blacklisted and shut down. Poynter claims on its “About” page that “it champions freedom of expression,” noted Breitbart News Editor-at-Large John Nolte. But it describes its list as an “index of unreliable news sites” and calls for advertisers to put the sites out of business…. (more)

May 2, 2019
TWITTER — WATCH AOC impersonator’s latest spoof of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez…. (more)

May 2, 2019
‘Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life’—President Eisenhower
BILL FEDERER — President Reagan stated Jan. 27, 1983: “In 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer. … In 1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the long, weary Revolutionary War during which a National Day of Prayer had been proclaimed every spring for eight years.”… (more)

May 1, 2019
NOLA — Louisiana senators will consider a plan to recreate federal health care protections for people with preexisting medical conditions at the state level if a lawsuit backed by Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry manages to get the federal Affordable Care Act overturned…. (more)

May 1, 2019
ONE NEWS NOW — Since officially declaring himself a 2020 presidential candidate, Democrat Pete Buttigieg has become the darling of the left-wing media. A recent montage aired on Fox News had one mainstream media talking head after another espousing the virtues of the man who’s come to be known as “Mayor Pete.”… (more)

April 29, 2019
AP NEWS — After a 19-year-old gunman fired at least eight rounds into a California synagogue, he stopped to fumble with his semiautomatic rifle and then fled with 50 unused bullets, prosecutors said Tuesday…. (more)

April 29, 2019
Alan Keyes targets ‘the false guise of global citizenship’
ALAN KEYES — The spectacle of Mexican armed forces disarming American soldiers on U.S. soil demonstrates the folly of forgetting the Constitution’s imperative decree affecting the purpose of the Armed Forces of the United States:… (more)

April 29, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, beset from all sides with criticism over his role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, is resigning. Rosenstein submitted his resignation letter to President Trump on Monday, effective May 11, the Wall Street Journal reported. Rosenstein’s designated successor, Jeffrey Rosen, a favorite of Attorney General William Barr, is awaiting a likely confirmation by the Senate…. (more)

April 28, 2019
Says in graduation speech he is proud to be a ‘gay son of God’
WORLDNETDAILY — A valedictorian at the leading Mormon academic institution, Brigham Young University, announced during his graduation speech he is a “gay son of God.” Matt Easton’s speech Friday to BYU’s College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences as the political science valedictorian was met with applause and cheers, reported KUTV-TV in Salt Lake City…. (more)

April 28, 2019
THE MORNING CALL — The deadly shooting attack at a synagogue in Poway on Saturday underscores concerns about rising incidents of anti-Jewish hate across the nation. Authorities have not provided many details about the alleged shooter. But the mayor of Poway said the attack, which killed one person and left three others wounded, appears to be motivated by hate…. (more)

April 28, 2019
JERUSALEM POST — Condemnations of the New York Times increased over the weekend after the paper’s international edition published an antisemitic cartoon. The offensive image was of a blind U.S. President Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke, being walked by a dog with the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wearing a Star of David collar. Despite the paper calling it an “error of judgment” to publish it, congressmen and Jewish organizations joined the chorus of outrage…. (more)

April 28, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama nudged Joe Biden not to run for the White House in 2016, believing Hillary Clinton had a better shot and that his grieving vice president wasn’t in the right state of mind, the New York Times reported…. (more)

April 28, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Cosmetic doctors are certain that former Vice President Joe Biden’s full head of hair, smooth forehead, and Cheshire Cat grin are the result of plastic surgery and other procedures…. (more)

April 27, 2019
FOX NEWS — President Trump announced Friday that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the UN Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans’ right to bear arms… (more)

April 27, 2019
BYRON YORK — Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed May 17, 2017. Twenty-two months later, on March 22, 2019, Mueller sent his report to the Justice Department…. (more)

April 27, 2019
Charges officials failed to address Russian interference
WORLDNETDAILY — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is scheduled to leave his post in two months, long has been criticized by conservative Republicans. Amid what has been described as an attempted coup, he allegedly offered to wear a wire to record President Trump after the president’s controversial firing of FBI director James Comey in May 2017…. (more)

April 27, 2019
‘Much, much more’ coming due to completion of Mueller probe
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump promised Thursday to declassify records related to the Obama administration’s investigation and surveillance of his 2016 campaign. The president told the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity he wanted to wait until after the completion of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation of Russian interference…. (more)

April 27, 2019
Concerned about ‘disclosures of surveillance efforts and other classified information’
WORLDNETDAILY — Attorney General William Barr recently stunned senators in a hearing by declaring he believes the Obama administration spied on the 2016 Trump campaign and is investigating the matter. Now, two top GOP senators are asking for a briefing on the investigation…. (more)


WaPo, CNN Virtually Silent After NYT Reveals 2nd FBI Spy Sent To Infiltrate Trump Campaign | ZeroHedge News

After the New York Times revealed that the FBI sent a second spy to infiltrate the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election – a ‘honeypot’ who went by the name of Azra Turk who posed as a research assistant to the first spy they sent in, Stefan Halper – the rest of the MSM has been virtually silent.

Both the Washington Post and CNN – which breathlessly reported on their peers’ anonymously-sourced anti-Trump propaganda for two years – have somehow failed to write a single article mentioning Azra Turk.

As the Times revealed on Thursday, the FBI operative who went by the name Azra Turk repeatedly flirted with Trump aide George Papadopoulos during their encounters as well as in email exchanges according to an October, 2018 Daily Caller report, confirmed by the Times.

While in London in 2016, Ms. Turk exchanged emails with Mr. Papadopoulos, saying meeting him had been the “highlight of my trip,” according to messages provided by Mr. Papadopoulos.

I am excited about what the future holds for us :),” she wrote. –New York Times

And as the Times makes clear, “the FBI sent her to London as part of the counterintelligence inquiry opened that summer” to investigate the Trump campaign.

CNN has made mention of the report on-air, yet they haven’t written a single article mentioning “Azra Turk.”

Meanwhile, a Russian-born academic falsely accused of being a Kremlin ‘honeypot’ operative against Mike Flynn, Svetlana Lokhova, has an interesting theory as to why the Times published the ‘2nd spy’ revalation in the first place.

CNN law enforcement analyst and retired FBI agent James A. Gagliano opined on Twitter that perhaps the Times was helping the intelligence community get out in front of the upcoming Inspector General report on the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election.

Source: WaPo, CNN Virtually Silent After NYT Reveals 2nd FBI Spy Sent To Infiltrate Trump Campaign

DHHS Institues New Rule for Conscience Objectors of Abortion and Euthanasia — Pulpit & Pen

President Donald J. Trump in the White House Rose Garden on the National Day of Prayer May 2, 2019

President Trump announced Thursday a new rule providing protection for conscience objectors from facing prosecution for refusing to perform such procedures as abortion, assisted suicide, sterilization, and sex reassignment surgery.

The President made the statement in the White House Rose garden while honoring the National Day of Prayer.

Just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students, and faith-based charities, they’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.

The new rule established by the Department of Health and Human Services will prohibit legislation crafted to force physicians from performing these procedures.

Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Roger Severino stated:

Laws prohibiting government funded discrimination against conscience and religious freedom will be enforced like every other civil rights law. This rule ensures that healthcare entities and professionals won’t be bullied out of the health care field because they decline to participate in actions that violate their conscience, including the taking of human life.

The law requires clinics and research institutions that receive federal funding, to include both Medicare and Medicaid, submit in writing guarantees the law will be followed.

As one pro-life advocate, March for Life president Jeanne Mancini noted it is a safeguard for medical professions from violating their conscience.

Those who serve our nation’s sick in the health care industry, or who are training to do so, should not be forced to violate their conscience in the process. No one should be forced to participate in life-ending procedures like abortion or similar activities that go against their religious beliefs or moral convictions.

Although the new law will not take effect for 60 days, only hours after the President’s announcement, the city of San Francisco filed suit against the DHHS seeking to have it ruled “unconstitutional.”

Claiming a loss of billions of dollars of federal funding for Medicare and Medicaid, City Attorney Dennis Herrera released, in part, the following statement:

At its core, this rule is about denying people medical care, this administration is willing to sacrifice patients’ health and lives — particularly those of women and members of the LGBTQ community, and low-income families — to score right-wing political points. It’s reprehensible.

via DHHS Institues New Rule for Conscience Objectors of Abortion and Euthanasia — Pulpit & Pen

Pope Francis Declares That May Is The ‘Month Of Mary’, Commands All Catholics Everywhere To ‘Entrust Themselves’ To Her For Protection — Now The End Begins

In many countries May is the month of Mary. May the Mother of God accompany us and protect Christians in fighting against the forces of evil. Let us entrust ourselves to her and pray for the Church and for peace in the world.

Pope Francis today on Twitter took time out to remind Catholics around the world that Mary is their protector, their life, their light. He reminded Catholics that Mary is the ‘queen of the month of May’, and told them to put thier lives in her hands. This is not ‘respect’ or ‘veneration’, this is old-fashioned idol worship, it is Roman Catholic doctrine and teaching, and it was what I was taught as a Catholic growing up.

Catholics don’t worship Mary, you say? It’s only ‘veneration’, is it? Don’t kid me, man, go kid your grandma, I was there.

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” Jeremiah 7:18 (KJV)

How well I remember going to my 12 years of Catholic school how special the month of May was. May was the month where all the school kids gathered outside in front of an idol of the Virgin Mary, decorated it with flowers, and professed our undying devotion to, not Jesus, but to the Roman Catholic ‘mary’ who we were told was ‘our everything’. Mary was the ‘queen of heaven’, the nuns instructed us, and she was the one that heard our prayers and made sure they got answered. Mary was in charge. Not Jesus.

This is the song we sang as we worshipped Mary during our annual May Day festival in Catholic school:

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Bring flowers of the rarest
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!

Their lady they name thee,
Their mistress proclaim thee,
Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true
as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,
as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue

Sing gaily in chorus;
the bright angels o’er us
re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
their harps are repeating
the notes of our greeting,
for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth

Yes, the bible does talk about a ‘queen of heaven’, and that queen is a wicked idol that the bible says ‘provokes God to anger’, God hates the ‘queen of heaven’ and if you read through the bible long enough, destroys her in fantastic fashion.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)

Mary does not and cannot hear your prayers, and she certainly has no power and no authority to answer them, if  you believe the bible. In the bible, Jesus is the One who protects us, advocates to the Father on our behalf, intercedes for us, saves us and redeems us. Not a single one of these jobs was ever given to Mary.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 (KJV)

If you are ‘entrusting yourself’ to the Roman Catholic ‘virgin mary’, you will die in your sins and spend eternity in a fiery Hell. Only Jesus can hear your prayers, only Jesus can answer them, and He needs no help at all from the ‘virgin mary’. So get off your knees, smash that statues of Mary, and ask Jesus to save you. I did that 28 years ago, and it was the best day of my life.

What day was that? The day that Jesus, all by Himself, with no help from anyone, saved me. And He will save you, too. Ask Him. Jesus went to the cross alone, He suffered and died alone, and on the third day, according to the scriptures, He raised Himself up from the dead. Mary’s help needed to at no point then, no point now.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 (KJV)


via Pope Francis Declares That May Is The ‘Month Of Mary’, Commands All Catholics Everywhere To ‘Entrust Themselves’ To Her For Protection — Now The End Begins

The Incredibly Dishonest and Misleading Rachel Maddow – A Collage of Creepy and Inaccurate Fake News Reports — The Gateway Pundit

Another Internet sleuth has uncovered and reported a series of dishonest and outright crazy tall tales from the left. His list is as follows –

Rachel Maddow is today’s left wing – she’s a dangerous and dishonest nut!

via The Incredibly Dishonest and Misleading Rachel Maddow – A Collage of Creepy and Inaccurate Fake News Reports — The Gateway Pundit

New York Times finally admits FBI spied on Trump campaign during Obama administration


The only collusion and treason was committed by Democrats The only collusion and treason was committed by Democrats

Well, now that the 2018 mid-terms are over, the mainstream media thinks it’s OK to admit that the whole Trump-Russia collusion . The latest admission is from the radically leftist New York Times, which published two ACTUAL Nazi cartoons last week. I guessed they were sorry, because on Thursday, they published a story about how the Obama administration spied on Trump’s campaign.

The Federalist reports on the New York Times story:

Following months of angry claims by journalists and Democratic operatives that the Obama administration never spied on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, The New York Times admitted Thursday that multiple overseas intelligence assets were deployed against associates of the Republican nominee. It is not the first time the Times has revealed widespread spying operations against the campaign.

In addition to noting that long-time informant Stefan Halper was tasked with collecting intelligence on…

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President Trump Retweets Report on Facebook Censoring Conservatives, Including Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson… But Will He Do Anything to Help? — The Gateway Pundit

Facebook has been shutting down traffic to conservative websites since the 2016 election.

Conservatives dominated social media in 2016 where they were able to get the truth uncensored.  Facebook ended that in 2017 and 2018.

The Gateway Pundit spoke with two of the top conservative publishers in America last year.

Floyd Brown is a conservative author, speaker and media commentator. In 2008 Floyd launched Western Journal which quickly became one of the top conservative websites in America. By 2016 Floyd’s organization of Western Journal and other conservative websites under his umbrella had more than a billion page views. Since 2016 Floyd’s organization lost 75% of its Facebook traffic.

Likewise, we spoke with Jared Vallorani from Klicked Media. Jared traveled to Washington DC with The Gateway Pundit and website owners at 100%FedUp in June to discuss Facebook targeting against conservative publishers with Republican lawmakers. Jared told The Gateway Pundit his organization Klicked Media, which hosts over 60 conservative websites, lost 400 million page views from Facebook in the last six months if you compare the traffic to a year ago.  Jared said, “We lost 70% to 80% of our traffic if you compare January to May 2017 vs Jan to May 2018.”

If you combine the total number of page-views lost by just these two conservative online publishers you are looking at a loss of over 1.5 billion page-views from Facebook in one year.

These are numbers from just two of the top conservative publishers in America.  This does not include the thousands of other conservative publishers across the country who lost all of their traffic coming from Facebook.  Here at The Gateway Pundit our Facebook traffic has been effectively eliminated after we were ranked as the 4th most influential conservative publisher in the 2016 election.

The fact that Facebook is targeting conservative publishers should not be a surprise to Gateway Pundit readers.

We have been reporting on this for several months now.

This influence map below by Columbia Journalism Review shows the top influencers during the 2016 election.

And here is that same map showing the conservative publishers who have been targeted by Facebook since 2017.

Facebook has eliminated content from a vast majority of top conservative publishers since 2017.

In February James O”Keefe and Project Veritas published proof from a whistle-blower that Facebook plotted and planned to remove conservative content from their platform.

On Thursday Paul Joseph Watson was banned from Facebook for being associated with Infowars and Alex Jones.

Paul Joseph Watson is a populist who has NEVER broken Facebook rules… But he associates with Alex Jones.

How does this happen in America?

We have lost our freedom of speech — the tech giants took it from us.

Facebook is now banning anyone who is linked to Infowars or has shared too many stories from the conservative Infowars page.

This morning President Donald Trump retweeted a Breitbart.com article on Facebook censoring conservatives.

This is good news.
Now hopefully this administration will take action against these far left totalitarians who are openly eliminating conservative content on their platforms.

via President Trump Retweets Report on Facebook Censoring Conservatives, Including Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson… But Will He Do Anything to Help? — The Gateway Pundit

What Book or Resource Would You Recommend to a New Believer? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

How can new Christians learn more about the faith? What books should they read? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson gives his recommendations. To get real-time answers to your biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org. Read the Transcript

via What Book or Resource Would You Recommend to a New Believer? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Laura Loomer: “I Am Now the Most Banned Woman in the World” — The Gateway Pundit

On Thursday Facebook and Instagram banned conservative journalists and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan from their platforms. Laura Loomer was included in the ban. Laura Loomer is a Jewish-American pro-Trump conservative. Facebook and Instagram could not give her any information on her actions that forced them to eliminate her voice. Facebook has been eliminating conservative content since the 2016 election. On Thursday they eliminated Laura Loomer, Infowars and Paul Joseph Watson. It won’t stop there.

Guest post by Laura Loomer

“I Am Now the Most Banned Woman in the World”

My name is Laura Loomer. I am a 25-year-old American Jewess. Today I was censored by the most powerful corporation in the world for defending my people and exercising my rights.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, is an evil man. He fired Palmer Luckey for supporting Donald Trump and nothing happened.

While other scandals at Facebook don’t touch Zuckerberg directly, that one does. The Trump administration has done nothing about social media censorship. It’s all talk, talk, talk and a photo op with Jack Dorsey in the oval office.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey censors President Trump’s biggest supporters, and Trump does nothing. He is allowing for all of us to be slaughtered in his name.

How does President Trump expect to win reelection in 2020 is his biggest advocates and supporters are all banned?

Today I was silenced by Mark Zuckerberg. I woke up this morning and found out I was banned on Facebook and Instagram by Left wing reporters who were tipped off about my ban before I was even banned. News reports about my ban from Facebook and Instagram were published before I was actually banned from the platforms. In fact, I was able to post that I was banned from Instagram, on my Instagram, 30 minutes before I was banned.

How is it not obvious that big tech social media companies are conspiring with the Left to ban Conservatives? In a world where bias wouldn’t exist, I would have known I was banned before anyone else. Yet it seems like I was the last person to know. I never even received an official notice from Facebook explaining why I was banned. I had to find out from radical left wing reporters via texts. I probably would have known earlier, but I am banned on Twitter as well, and don’t have access to social media, which is where news tends to break first these days.

Mark Zuckerberg has defended the rights of the lowest Holocaust deniers on his social media platform, but today he banned a female activist and journalist for being a pro-Israel Jew. All on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

I am a fierce advocate for Israel and the Jewish people, and yet when I go outside, people know me as “that Nazi bitch banned on Twitter”. Now, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, my life is now in danger because he labeled me as a “dangerous person” today.

I have never committed a crime. I have never advocated for violence. I am just a conservative Jew who voted for Donald Trump.

Thanks, Jack. Thanks Mark.

A quick observation of the behavior of the average employee in Silicon Valley will reveal that they will happily endorse de-platforming and excommunicating “wrong thinkers” to digital gulags controlled by Marxists and jihadists in Silicon Valley. They call me a Nazi, but their behavior proves they are in fact the Nazis. They are in fact the dangerous people. Not me.

Their behavior is fascism, which makes leftists in Silicon Valley classic projectors.

On April 30,2019, I went to Jack Dorsey’s house in San Francisco where I used a projector and projected the names of every prominent conservative and one liberal banned from Twitter onto a wall at his $10 Million house. Jack Dorsey told members of the US Congress that Twitter is a public square, and he told Joe Rogan that social media is a human right. Thus, by banning me and many other conservatives, Jack Dorsey is preventing me from existing and communicating in the digital public square, and he is committing human rights violations against Conservatives.

Jack Dorsey won’t let me post on my Twitter wall. So I made his wall at his house my very own social media wall. Jack Dorsey told Rolling Stone Magazine that he “loves activism and protest”, so I took the protest to his front door. Jack Dorsey won’t let me tweet, so I posted my would be tweets on his house in real time.

I ended my protest at Jack Dorsey’s house at midnight, marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 1, 2019 out of respect for all the Jews exterminated by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Jack Dorsey’s neighbors didn’t like the sound of the loud projector. And Jack Dorsey himself didn’t enjoy the protest, because before midnight struck, the account and livestream on which my protest was being streamed were both banned. With the click of a button, the world was cut off from my #StopTheBias protest in which I was fighting for an end to censorship and social media bias of conservatives.

I suppose he also made a few phone calls too his buddy Mark Zuckerberg, because just two days later, I was banned on Facebook and Instagram, where I had posted pictures and videos of my protest from Dorsey’s home.

Jack exterminated my Twitter account for calling out antisemitism. I outed that Jew hater Ilhan Omar months before everyone else did, and for calling out a pro-terror member of Congress, I lost my Twitter account forever.

Read the rest here at LauraLoomer.us.

via Laura Loomer: “I Am Now the Most Banned Woman in the World” — The Gateway Pundit

Pope Francis Calls For One World Government, Attacks Border Walls and National Sovereignty — Pulpit & Pen

“Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces (Daniel 7:23)

Pope Francis, like other popes before him, desires global government. This was made clear in his call for globalism on Thursday, during a speech before the members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences within the Apostolic Palace. Francis demanded that a new “supranational, legal constituted body” enforce the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (IE population control) and their climate change policies.

In other words, the United Nations isn’t globally powerful enough, and another global body is needed to govern the nations.

The plenary session was entitled “Nation, State, Nation-State,” and included speakers from within Romanism who demanded that all Nation States be governed by a global, one-world government. Speakers included Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a Marxist and German climatologist who claimed that without global government the world’s climate would be irrevocably harmed and Cardinal Walter Kasper who spoke on Social Justice.

Rather than calling for the outright abolition of Nation States, the Pope insisted they all be subjected to external, global governing authorities.

The Pope said, “Individual nations must be given the power to operate as far as they can reach…[but] groups of neighboring nations — as is already the case — can strengthen their cooperation by attributing the exercise of certain functions and services to intergovernmental institutions that manage their common interests.”

Francis claimed that this global government was necessary to ensure the welfare of migrants and the “universal common good.”

Francis went on to deride nations that have border walls.

The Pope commented, “…The Church has warned persons, peoples and governments about deviations from this attachment when it is about excluding and hating others, when it becomes conflictual nationalism that builds walls, indeed even racism or anti-Semitism.”

He continued, “The Church observes with concern the re-emergence, almost everywhere in the world, of aggressive currents towards foreigners, especially immigrants, as well as that growing nationalism which neglects the common good.”

via Pope Francis Calls For One World Government, Attacks Border Walls and National Sovereignty — Pulpit & Pen

Trump’s Religious Advisors Continue to Include Prosperity Heretics — Pulpit & Pen

Donald Trump, who has brought many undeniable victories for Christians and Christians causes during his tenure as President, still seems to have a dubious grasp on Christian theology and continues to surround himself mostly with heretics. While we are thankful that Trump has sought to eliminate grant funding for Planned Parenthood, nominated conservative justices to the Supreme Court, banned the mentally-ill from military service, and moved the American embassy to Jerusalem (all things that should be lauded by evangelicals), we are also worried that Trump has embraced Christian political platforms but not yet personally grasped authentic Christianity. At least, that is, if his religious advisors speak to his grasp of the religion of Jesus.

Kenneth Copeland, one of the world’s most prominent prosperity preachers who has personally enriched himself by the devilish Scripture-twisting of “seed-faith” promises, recently joined the POTUS at a White House dinner, at least according to the Christian Broadcasting Network. Copeland and his wife, Gloria, were members of his evangelical advisory board during his campaign.

Also present at that event were prosperity teachers Jentzen Franklin and Paula White.

However, more orthodox Christian leaders were also at the event, including Franklin Graham, Ralph Reed, Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Robert Jeffress, none of whom teach the prosperity Gospel and all have at least a tentative grasp on the Gospel.

However, towering above the influence of these more respectable Christian leaders is the influence of Benny Hinn’s former mistress and thrice-married ‘blonde bombshell’ evangelist, Paula White.

During the National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden, Paula White (who sometimes uses the surname Cain, the name of her new husband) declared Trump’s White House to be “Holy Ground.”

She decreed and declared, “We thank You for this wonderful White House, for our president, first lady, first family and administration,” Cain said. “We declare it to be holy ground. I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth. So as we thank You for the goodness, for the prosperity of our nation, for Your blessing, for Your hand.”

White then took messianic Psalms, which prophesied Christ, and applied them to Trump.

White said, “You declared in Jeremiah 1:5 that before he was ever formed in his mother’s womb that You had set him apart and ordained him. According to Psalm 139:16, that You ordained all of his days before one of them ever came into being, so not one day take You by surprise. We thank You that You have already given him the victory through Christ Jesus.”

Please pray for President Trump that he might surround himself with quality Bible teachers who will give him godly council about national policies while at the same time preaching to him faith in Jesus and repentance as a sign of saving grace.

via Trump’s Religious Advisors Continue to Include Prosperity Heretics — Pulpit & Pen

May 3, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day


saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (22:42)

The goal of all true prayer is that God’s will be done. Those who genuinely feel the affliction caused by sin and temptation are motivated to submit to Him. In Psalm 40:8 David exclaimed, “I delight to do Your will, O my God,” while in Psalm 143:10 he pleaded, “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Jesus’ model prayer teaches those who address God in prayer to say, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10; cf. Luke 11:2). The apostle John wrote, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:14–15). Submission to God’s will is foundational to prayer.

Jesus’ request, “Father, if You are willing,” highlights once again the contrast between His temptation and those of believers. He submitted to the Father’s will that He be made sin; believers pray that they might submit to God’s will by forsaking sin and embracing holiness. Mark records that Jesus addressed the Father using the intimate, endearing, affectionate term “Abba” (Mark 14:36), revealing the earnestness and intensity of His plea. No Jew would ever call God Father, let alone Abba. But the Lord uses this affectionate, personal term to refer to God, pleading for His intimate love to rescue Him if He wills.

The word “cup” is frequently associated with judgment in the Old Testament (Pss. 11:6; 75:8; Isa. 51:17, 22; Jer. 25:15–17; 49:12; Lam. 4:21; Ezek. 23:31–33; Hab. 2:16; Zech. 12:2). Here it also refers to the agony, guilt, and wrath associated with God’s judgment of Jesus on the cross. Some have imagined that the Lord’s plea, “if You are willing, remove this cup from Me,” was a sign of weakness on His part. But it was not weakness that prompted this request, rather the opposite. His absolute holiness demanded that He recoil at the thought of bearing sin, guilt, judgment, and wrath. No other response was possible for the eternally sinless Son of God.

Jesus accepted that the cross was God’s plan. In John 12 He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (v. 24); “Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” (v. 27); “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (v. 32). In Mark 8:31 “He began to teach [the disciples] that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (cf. 9:31; Luke 9:22, 44). On the final journey to Jerusalem Jesus

took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.” (Mark 10:32–34)

In spite of experiencing satanic assaults beyond the capacity of the human mind to experience or conceive and agonizing over the prospect of bearing sin, Jesus fully submitted to the Father’s will for Him to be the sin offering (2 Cor. 5:21) so that redemption of God’s elect would be accomplished. Therefore He prayed, “Yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Jesus soon demonstrated the reality of that submission when He said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?” (John 18:11).[1]

42. Lord, remember me. I know not that, since the creation of the world, there ever was a more remarkable and striking example of faith; and so much the greater admiration is due to the grace of the Holy Spirit, of which it affords so magnificent a display. A robber, who not only had not been educated in the school of Christ, but, by giving himself up to execrable murders, had endeavoured to extinguish all sense of what was right, suddenly rises higher than all the apostles and the other disciples whom the Lord himself had taken so much pains to instruct; and not only so, but he adores Christ as a King while on the gallows, celebrates his kingdom in the midst of shocking and worse than revolting abasement, and declares him, when dying, to be the Author of life. Even though he had formerly possessed right faith, and heard many things about the office of Christ, and had even been confirmed in it by his miracles, still that knowledge might have been overpowered by the thick darkness of so disgraceful a death. But that a person, ignorant and uneducated, and whose mind was altogether corrupted, should all at once, on receiving his earliest instructions, perceive salvation and heavenly glory in the accursed cross, was truly astonishing. For what marks or ornaments of royalty did he see in Christ, so as to raise his mind to his kingdom? And, certainly, this was, as it were, from the depth of hell to rise above the heavens. To the flesh it must have appeared to be fabulous and absurd, to ascribe to one who was rejected and despised, (Isa. 53:3,) whom the world could not endure, an earthly kingdom more exalted than all the empires of the world. Hence we infer how acute must have been the eyes of his mind, by which he beheld life in death, exaltation in ruin, glory in shame, victory in destruction, a kingdom in bondage.

Now if a robber, by his faith, elevated Christ—while hanging on the cross, and, as it were, overwhelmed with cursing—to a heavenly throne, woe to our sloth if we do not behold him with reverence while sitting at the right hand of God; if we do not fix our hope of life on his resurrection; if our aim is not towards heaven where he has entered. Again, if we consider, on the other hand, the condition in which he was, when he implored the compassion of Christ, our admiration of his faith will be still heightened. With a mangled body, and almost dead, he is looking for the last stroke of the executioner, and yet he relies on the grace of Christ alone. First, whence came his assurance of pardon, but because in the death of Christ, which all others look upon as detestable, he beholds a sacrifice of sweet savour, efficacious for expiating the sins of the world? And when he courageously disregards his tortures, and is even so forgetful of himself, that he is carried away to the hope and desire of the hidden life, this goes far beyond the human faculties. From this teacher, therefore, whom the Lord has appointed over us to humble the pride of the flesh, let us not be ashamed to learn the mortification of the flesh, and patience, and elevation of faith, and steadiness of hope, and ardour of piety; for the more eagerly any man follows him, so much the more nearly will he approach to Christ.[2]

42 It is fitting that Luke, who throughout his gospel stresses Jesus’ conscious fulfillment of the purposes of God, should now emphasize Jesus’ concern for the will of God. “If you are willing” (ei boulei, v. 42) is absent from Matthew and Mark at this point, though they do have the rest of v. 42.

As in Matthew 20:22 and Mark 10:38, Jesus uses the “cup” as a metaphor of his imminent passion. Some, however, have imagined that this metaphor implies that Jesus faced death with less bravery than others have faced it. (But to shrink from a painful death is not necessarily cowardice; the highest bravery may consist in being fully cognizant of impending and agonizing death and yet to embrace it voluntarily.) At any rate, it has been suggested that the cup Jesus feared was that he might die from the strain he was under before he could willingly offer himself on the cross. But this view fails to recognize that Jesus would not have been as concerned with the physical pain of his death as with the spiritual desolation of bearing our sin and its judgment on the cross (2 Co 5:21; 1 Pe 2:24). Moreover, in the OT the wrath of God expressed against sin was sometimes referred to by the metaphor of a “cup” (e.g., Ps 11:6, where the NIV translates kôs as “lot” rather than “cup”; cf. Ps 75:8; Isa 51:17; Jer 25:15–17).[3]

22:42 / this cup: The cup metaphor carries the ot idea of destiny (see Isa. 51:17, 22; Jer. 25:15; Ps. 16:5). We are given an important glimpse of Jesus’ humanity in this utterance.[4]

Ver. 42.—Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. The three synoptists give this prayer in slightly varying terms; “but the figure of the cup is common to all the three; it was indelibly impressed on tradition. This cup, which Jesus entreats God to cause to pass from before (παρά) his lips, is the symbol of that terrible punishment, the dreadful and mournful picture of which is traced before him at this moment by a skilful painter with extraordinary vividness. The painter is the same who in the wilderness, using a like illusion, passed before his view the magical scene of the glories belonging to the Messianic kingdom” (Godet). If thou be willing. He looked on in this supreme hour, just before “the Passion” really began, to the Crucifixion and all the horrors which preceded it and accompaniec it—to the treason of Judas; the denial o Peter; the desertion of the apostles; the cruel, relentless enmity of the priests and rulers; the heartless abandonment of the people; the insults; the scourging; and then the shameful and agonizing lingering death which was to close the Passion and, more dreadful than all, the reason why he was here in Gethsemane; why he was to drink this dreadful cup of suffering; the memory of all the sin of man! To drink this cup of a suffering, measureless, inconceivable, the Redeemer for a moment shrank back, and asked the Father if the cross was the only means of gaining the glorious end in view—the saving the souls of unnumbered millions. Could not God in his unlimited power find another way of reconciliation? And yet beneath this awful agony, the intensity of which we are utterly incapable of grasping—beneath it there lay the intensest desire that his Father’s wish and will should be done. That wish and will were in reality his own. The prayer was made and answered. It was not the Father’s will that the cup should pass away, and the Son’s will was entirely the same; it was answered by the gift of strength—strength from heaven being given to enable the Son to drink the cup of agony to its dregs. How this strength was given St. Luke relates in the next verse.[5]

22:42 Jesus agonized over His approaching death and the effect of God’s wrath. The cup is a figure of speech for wrath (Pss. 11:6; 75:7, 8; Jer. 25:15, 16; Ezek. 23:31–34).[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2014). Luke 18–24 (pp. 303–305). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 311–312). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 320). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 329). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St Luke (Vol. 2, p. 203). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[6] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1298). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

May 3 Snares of the Schemer

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 2:10–11
key verse: 2 Timothy 2:26

And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

Many words are used to describe your archenemy, the devil: evil one, tempter, prince of this world, the god of this age, prince of the power of the air, and accuser of the brethren. He is represented as a serpent, dragon, and angel of light. Whatever his title, you know he works craftily to deceive both people and nations into believing his lies and doubting the truth of God’s Word.

He deceives unbelievers by blinding their minds to the truth. Such comments as “The Bible really isn’t inspired,” and “How can the death of one man thousands of years ago affect my life today?” are just two of his distortions.

He deceives you, a Christian, by working in your mind to cause you to doubt or ignore the truth that is God’s Word. The mind is the battlefield, and deception is his primary weapon.

Jesus resisted the devil with God’s Word. When you are tempted, the truth of the Bible is still your best defense. If you are under Satan’s assault, find the Scriptures that pertain to your battle. Memorize them, meditate on them, and use them against the devil. The truth of God defuses the lie of Satan every time.

Lord, teach me to use the sword of Your Spirit effectively. I praise You that Your Word is a powerful, mighty weapon for the battles of my life today.[1]

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

3 may (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon


“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

suggested further reading: Luke 13:22–30

“Angels, principalities, and powers, would you be willing that men who love not God, who believe not in Christ, who have not been born again, should dwell here?” I see them, as they look down upon us, and hear them answering, “No! Once we fought the dragon, and expelled him, because he tempted us to sin! We must not, and we will not, have the wicked here. These alabaster walls must not be soiled with black and lustful fingers; the white pavement of heaven must not be stained and rendered filthy by the unholy feet of ungodly men. No!” I see a thousand spears bristling, and the fiery faces of a myriad seraphs thrust over the walls of paradise. “No, while these arms have strength, and these wings have power, no sin shall ever enter here.” I address myself moreover to the saints of heaven, redeemed by sovereign grace: “Children of God, are you willing that the wicked should enter heaven as they are, without being born again? You say you love men, but are you willing that they should be admitted as they are?” I see Lot rise up, and he cries, “Admit them into heaven! No! What! Must I be vexed by the conversation of Sodomites again, as once I was!” I see Abraham; and he comes forward, and he says, “No; I cannot have them here. I had enough of them whilst I was with them on earth—their jests and jeers, their silly talkings, their vain conversation, vexed and grieved us. We want them not here.” And, heavenly though they be, and loving as their spirits are, yet there is not a saint in heaven who would not resent, with the utmost indignation, the approach of any one of you to the gates of paradise, if you are still unholy, and have not been born again.

for meditation: Matthew 13:41–43; Luke 16:23–26—at best the unsaved will have a distant view of heaven which will only add to their torment.

sermon no. 130[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 130). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

3 MAY 365 Days with Calvin

Finding Safety in the Church

And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God. Ezekiel 13:9

suggested further reading: Hebrews 10:19–25

The Holy Spirit admonishes us not to conclude that people are true members of the church because most of them seem to excel other people. For just as the chaff lies above the wheat and suffocates it, thus hypocrites bury the sons of God, whose number is small. Hypocrites also shine forth in their own splendor, and great numbers of them seem to make them exclusively worthy of the title of the church.

Hence let us examine ourselves, searching whether we have the living root of piety and faith, which are those interior marks by which God distinguishes his children from strangers, or hypocrites.

This passage also teaches that nothing is more formidable than to be separated from God’s flock. We cannot hope for safety unless God collects us into one body under one head. When we safely reside in Christ alone, we cannot be separated from Christ without falling away from all hope of safety. Christ will not and cannot be torn from his church that he is joined to by an indissoluble knot, as the head is to the body. Hence, unless we cultivate unity with the faithful, we are also cut off from Christ. Nothing, then, is more fearful than to be separated from God’s people, and therefore from Christ.

Psalm 106:4 says, “Remember me, O God, in thy good will towards thy people: visit me with thy salvation.” When the author of the psalm prays this way, he acknowledges that we will have true and solid happiness when the Lord embraces us along with the rest of the faithful. For God’s good will toward his people is that fatherly kindness by which he embraces his elect.

If God thinks us worthy of his fatherly favor, then we may be truly confident of safety.

for meditation: In a day when many Christians are focused only on their own individual relationship with God, this passage reminds us of the importance of the church. The church is not just a means to advance our own walk with God, but a divinely appointed institution. Connecting with the church is therefore not an option, but a requirement for true believers.[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 142). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.