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)

REUTERS

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.

BBC

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.

WND

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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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)

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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