Daily Archives: May 5, 2019

May 5 Christ-Centered Prayer

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:1–12

Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:24

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Jehoshaphat had admonished Israel to return to the Lord, reminding a rebellious nation of the God who had freed it from bondage in Egypt and sustained it through much adversity. Then came the report that three tribes were mounting an attack on Israel.

Jehoshaphat’s response was a godly example not only for Israel but also for us today. The king’s first act was to immediately seek the Lord. By doing so, Jehoshaphat inherently demonstrated the knowledge that God is interested in all of man’s problems and that nothing is bigger than God.

Becoming a Christian does not give us a free ride from the problems of life. When we encounter trouble, our first response always should be to seek the Lord. God will give us a solution to the problem in His timing. We may have to wait for His answer. The wait may be long. He often uses such times to mold our character and to teach us principles He knows we lack. Sometimes, we’re not ready for His perfect answer, so He has to prepare us. Finally, God’s answer to our Christ-centered (not problem-centered) prayers usually requires an act of faith on our part.

Sometimes, as with having a choir lead an army into battle, His plans won’t immediately make sense. But they are perfect. “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

You are faithful, Lord. You will do it in Your timing as You promised.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 132). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 5 Your Enemy

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:25–30

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Just as Jehoshaphat faced the enemy, you have a formidable enemy. His name is Satan. He was created full of wisdom and beauty (Ezek. 28:12–17). He was given a place on God’s holy mountain. He was created a holy and righteous being. However, pride was the beginning of his fall; in the end it led him to exalt himself to the position of God. In his vanity he declared, “I will be like God.”

He is our fiercest adversary (Zech. 3:1; 1 Peter 5:8); accuser (Rev. 12:10); Lucifer, or light bearer (Isa. 14:12), which means “to deceive”; dragon (Rev. 12:7); slanderer (1 Peter 5:8); murderer and liar (John 8:44); deceiver (Rev. 20:10); prince of this world (John 12:31); prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2); destroyer (Rev. 9:11); tempter (Matt. 13:38); and god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4).

Never take Satan’s ability or evil intent lightly. He was created with tremendous power. However, the Lord also equipped us with “divinely powerful” spiritual weapons that, when used correctly, can overthrow Satan’s work against us (2 Cor. 10:3–5 nasb).

Satan’s future is one of eternal death (Isa. 14:15; Rev. 12:7–10), yet he remains a force that needs to be reckoned with. Our only effective course of action is through the power and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Never battle the enemy on your own. Even the angels use the mighty name of Jesus when warring against his evil (Jude 9).

Lord, Your power is my defense against the adversary. Your blood secures my victory. Let Your name, Your power, and the blood of Jesus reign over the circumstances of my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 132). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sunday’s Hymn: He Leadeth Me — Rebecca Writes

 

 

 

He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
Still ‘tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, he leadeth me;
By his own hand he leadeth me:
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by his hand he leadeth me.

Sometimes ‘mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters calm, o’er troubled sea,
Still ‘tis his hand that leadeth me.

Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ‘tis my God that leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When, by thy grace, the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.

Joseph H. Gilmore

 

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May 5 A Divine Dimension

Scripture reading: Psalm 9:1–4

Key verse: Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Just as we can neglect our bodies or minds through lack of physical or mental exercise, we can easily neglect the vital spiritual exercise of praise and worship. Why? Why do we avoid the one dimension of our spiritual existence that Scripture prioritizes as essential to our Christian well-being?

One reason is that we fail to recognize its importance. Sure, we pray over our meals, in church, or in emergencies, but somehow we fail to realize that God has given us prayer, praise, and worship as a direct means of communication with Him.

What value do you place on prayer? How important are talking with Him, sharing with Him, praising Him, and worshiping God?

Another factor in our shunning of prayer and praise is the failure to perceive their relevance to all of life. Jesus taught us to pray for our daily bread. That includes the whole spectrum of our needs: financial, physical, emotional, relational, and vocational. He taught us by example and precept to praise and worship God.

When you are alone with God, you can bring every need, dream, hurt, and longing to Someone who hears, cares, and desires to work through every circumstance. You can praise and worship Him because you know He is at work in the circumstances of your life. When you do this, all of life takes on a divine dimension.

Dear God, thank You for the opportunity to fellowship with You daily in prayer, praise, and worship.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 132). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 4-5, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

News – 5/4/2019

Hamas fires over 90 rockets from Gaza, house hit in Southern Israel
A house was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza by Hamas as more than 90 rockets were fired into Israeli territory on Saturday. The house is located in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council in Southern Israel and no injuries were reported. Iron Dome batteries intercepted dozens of rockets fired at Ashkelon and the Gaza border communities, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

DR Congo Ebola deaths pass 1,000
The death toll from the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed 1,000, the health ministry says. DRC’s Ebola outbreak began in August and is the second deadliest in history. World Health Organization deputy director Dr Michael Ryan said mistrust and violence was harming efforts to tackle the disease as it spread through the east of the country.

North Korea ‘test fires short-range missiles’
North Korea has tested several short-range missiles, according to reports from South Korea. They were fired from the Hodo peninsula in the east of the country, said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. If confirmed, it will be the first missile launch since Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.

US jobless rate at lowest since 1969
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%, the US Labor Department said, the lowest since December 1969. However, the fall was due to a large number of people – 490,000 – leaving the labour force during April.

EU’s Tusk warns of risks in rise of U.S. tech giants
The world needs to be wary of the rise of tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, comparing their powers to those of countries such as China, European Council President Donald Tusk said… “In the East, we see the rise of those capable of controlling everyone’s behavior, and in the West we’ve seen the rise of an uncontrolled, spontaneous empire,” Tusk said in Warsaw in reference to the companies during a speech marking Constitution Day.

Mississippi River in Davenport now higher than historic 1993 flood levels — and rising
During the historic flooding in July 1993, the Mississippi River near Davenport rose to its highest level ever: 22.63 feet. That record is no more. The river hit 22.64 feet shortly before noon Thursday, the National Weather Service reported, and the water continues to rise. The river is expected to reach 22.7 feet by Friday, the weather service said. Even with a dry weekend, it’s not projected to fall below 22 feet until late Sunday.

Black Death pandemic fears after ‘disease found on PLANE’ – two dead
Shocking scenes show the plane being met at an airport by men in white anti-contamination suits, with fears of Black Death being spread. Passengers arriving in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar were escorted into a special facility amid a shocking outbreak of the bubonic plague in the country.
Paramedics boarded the flight as soon as it landed.

U.S. Air Force F-35s Carry Out First Combat Mission Against ISSI Targets
Strikes against ISIS tunnel network mark a first for the USAF – a year after Israel became the first to use the jet in a combat.

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.

Gates, Zuckerberg, Soros, Bezos Are Destroying the U.S. Republic (in Preparation for the New World Order)
The mass media has brainwashed millions of Americans, including top Government officials, into believing that our country is run by a white supremacist freak, when actually it’s the “Resistance” movement that wants genocide, depopulation, communism, and to destroy the entire U.S. middle class. Little do they all realize.

NATION STATE: At The Apostolic Palace, The King Of Vatican City Calls For A One World Government More Powerful Than The United Nations
I am beginning to think that Pope Francis, who is also the ruling king of the Roman Vatican City state nation, is perhaps getting ready to make a real power move soon. From his throne at the papal Apostolic Palace, King Francis spoke frankly of his desire to see global rule on a far-greater scale and scope than that of the United Nations, and the end of borders, walls and nationalism. To boil it down into only 3 words, King Francis called for a One World Government.

UK Foreign Secretary Lambastes World Governments For Being ‘Asleep On The Watch’ Against Anti-Christian Persecution
The U.K.’s foreign secretary lambasted world governments Thursday for failing to respond to growing worldwide anti-Christian persecution that has, in some cases, reached genocidal levels.

Trump Overrules Pelosi, Closes Asylum Loophole For Migrants
..To protect our sovereignty they need to be closed, at least until we get a handle on the humanitarian crisis going on at the southern border. Which is why Trump just overruled Pelosi and the rest of the Dems and closed an enforcement loophole that should help mitigate the crisis.

America’s Most Anti-Christian President
Which American president changed the White House Christmas cards from being about Christmas or faith to cards featuring the family dogs and similar non-Christmas related subjects?

Gunmen attack Christians near Ramallah after dispute involving Palestinian Authority official – Middle East
President Donald Trump on Thursday credited contemplating God with helping him get through special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of Russian collusion, and other probes he had denounced as “witch hunts.”

Trump says thinking about God got him through Mueller probe
President Donald Trump on Thursday credited contemplating God with helping him get through special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of Russian collusion, and other probes he had denounced as “witch hunts.”

Cocaine Discovered in Shrimps from UK Rivers, Study Shows
A team of British scientists has discovered cocaine along with other narcotics, chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs in freshwater shrimp from UK rivers, a new study shows.

Democratic ‘LGBT’ Lawmakers: The Nation is Ready For A Gay President
Democratic lawmakers identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual have said that American voters will soon be ready to for gay American president, according to a report from The Hill.

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

China’s Mass Surveillance App Hacked; Code Reveals Specific Criteria For Illegal Oppression
Human Rights Watch got their hands on an app used by Chinese authorities in the western Xinjiang region to surveil, track and categorize the entire local population – particularly the 13 million or so Turkic Muslims subject to heightened scrutiny, of which around one million are thought to live in ‘reeducation’ camps.

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

It will soon be time for President Trump to unleash military arrests of all the domestic enemies in America: Tech CEOs, journo-terrorists, treasonous lawmakers and more (see full list) 
Events are rapidly coalescing to the inevitable conclusion that America must either rise up and defend itself or fall to the lawless, lunatic Leftists and globalists who seek to destroy it from within.


Headlines – 5/4/2019

Over 90 rockets launched into Israel from Gaza; Iron Dome intercepts dozens

Four Palestinians dead, two Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza clashes

Hamas: We won’t allow spilling of Palestinian blood, Gaza blockade

Shots fired at IDF forces during March of Return protests

US bill would withhold military aid to Israel over detention of Palestinian kids

Abbas pushes Palestinians to the brink of poverty

Netanyahu loyalist said to file bill to grant PM immunity from prosecution

Kushner previews ‘in-depth operational document’ for Middle East peace, says Trump ‘will be proud’

With Trudeau sliding in polls, next Canadian government may take a decidedly pro-Israel tilt

‘Siren call’ of a Fourth Reich is spreading, warns Nazi Germany expert

Jordan’s King Abdullah II reshuffles top brass amid fears of instability

UN report calls for the disarmament of Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Nasrallah Blames Israel for Lebanese Poverty

Syrian Oil Crisis Pushes Assad to Choose Between Russia and Iran

Saudi rescue of Iran oil tanker likely prevented major oil spill

U.S. Intensifies Campaign Against Iran With New Moves to Curb Its Nuclear Activity

US renews Iran sanctions waivers for civilian nuclear work

US renews Iran nonproliferation sanctions waivers for Russia, UK, China, France

Rouhani: Iranian non-oil exports, oil sales must counter US sanctions

Iran’s Rouhani urges unity in face of America’s ‘war on hope’

Iran dissidents call for Tehran’s embassies in Europe to be shut down amid terror threat

Six civilians killed in Yemen in suspected al-Qaeda bombing

Bernie Sanders: US support of war in Yemen yields ‘horrific’ consequences

Afghanistan’s grand council ends with call for peace talks

Shocking video of children in Philadelphia Muslim Society: ‘We will chop off their heads’ for Allah

Trump says discussed nuclear deal that would reduce weapons with Putin

North Korea rebuilding rocket launch site after failed summit, reports say

In First Since 2017, North Korea Fires Short-range Missiles

North Korea says it test-fired tactical guided weapon; Kim calls it ‘event of very weighty significance’

North Korea faces food crisis after poor harvest, U.N. says

Chinese forces expanding to ‘contest US military superiority,’ Pentagon says

Pentagon warns on risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic

China putting minority Muslims in ‘concentration camps,’ U.S. says

Trump says he and Putin discussed getting humanitarian aid to Venezuela

Trump, Putin discussed Mueller report and agreed no collusion, White House says

Lindsey Graham: When The Mueller Report Is Put To Bed, We’re Going To Investigate How All Of This Started

Barr: “Multiple Criminal Leak Investigations Underway” Related To Russia Investigation

UK governing party takes Brexit battering in local elections

UN panel calls WikiLeaks founder’s UK sentence excessive

Although it is removing bigots, Facebook says it will allow Holocaust denial

Bokhari: Link-banning Is Facebook’s Terrifying New Censorship Tool

EU’s Tusk warns of risks in rise of U.S. tech giants

Warren Buffett says no textbook could have predicted the strange economy we have today

The U.S. Stock Market Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Its Endless Rally

Billions of dollars are pouring into Saudi Arabia as investing in the kingdom becomes easier than ever. That has Wall Street grappling with a major ethical dilemma.

Millionaires Flee Their Homelands as Tensions Rise and Taxes Bite

Trump easing offshore drilling safety rules imposed after Deepwater Horizon explosion

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near San Agustin, Philippines

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near the Southern East Pacific Rise

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Hawaii volcano eruption before and after pictures: How Kilauea has changed the Big Island

Cyclone Fani kills at least 12 in India before swiping Bangladesh

Flooding leaves 4 dead across Midwest as waters rise to historic levels

Next week rainfall could threaten recent historic crest

Trouble could be brewing for farmers in the US Corn Belt

California Dispatches Goats to Eat Brush, Prevent Wildfires

Denver voters might decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’

Roxbury Parents Say Needle Dropbox In Front Of School Is Not The Answer To Needles Littering Neighborhood

Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 in Congo amid clinic attacks

Pig ‘Ebola’ Virus Sends Shock Waves Through Global Food Chain

‘His Mother Should’ve Aborted Him’: Alabama Lawmaker Responds to Criticism by Donald Trump Jr.

17 children recovered, 82 arrested in southern US child sex sting

Former Megachurch Pastor Renounces Faith on Instagram and Twitter

Christian persecution ‘at near genocide levels’


News – 5/5/2019

Close to 500 Gaza rockets rain down on Israel – continuous coverage
Close to 500 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since the security situation escalated over the weekend. One person is dead and several more are in critical condition. Dozens are wounded. Red alerts continue to rock the country from the Gaza border, to the south and even central Israel.

Amidror: Iran behind the Gaza escalation
Iran, through Islamic Jihad – its proxy in Gaza – is behind the current escalation in the South, former national security advisor Yaakov Amidror said… Amidror, in a conversation with The Israel Project, traced the current round of massive rocket fire on Israel to Friday, when Islamic Jihad fired on Israeli soldiers patrolling the Gaza border, wounding two officers. Israel responded and killed two Hamas men, and then the rocket barrage began from Gaza.

U.S. Air Force working on laser technology to diffuse missiles in flight
The US Air Force revealed a ground laser system that has the ability to protect fighter jets and other military aircraft from incoming tests such as missiles or anti aircraft material, the prototype is set to be finished by 2021, according to The Drive. The Air Force and Research Laboratory successfully tested the new artillery with defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

North Korea: Kim Jong-un oversees ‘strike drill’ missile component test
North Korea has confirmed via state media that leader Kim Jong-un has overseen a “strike drill” testing various missile components. “A number of short-range projectiles” were also fired from the Hodo peninsula into the Sea of Japan on Saturday. North Korea’s leader gave the order of firing to “increase the combat ability” of the country, the announcement said.

Cyclone Fani: More than 1,000 Bangladesh homes destroyed
Cyclone Fani has caused extensive damage in Bangladesh, despite weakening as it blew north from India. More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed and entire villages submerged in the South Asian country. At least five people died and 63 were injured. With more than a million people evacuated to safety, the director of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said “fear of a major disaster is mostly over”.

Christian persecution ‘at near genocide levels’
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.

Midwest flooding today: Flooding leaves 4 dead as waters rise to historic levels in several states
The latest round of flooding in the Midwest has claimed at least four lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of threatened towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags. In some communities, waters are rising to historic levels.

Globalist Pope Francis calls for new ‘supranational’ authorities that would to rule countries and enforce UN goals
Pope Francis made a strong new push for globalism on Thursday, calling for a supranational, legally constituted body to enforce United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and implement “climate change” policies.

ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK: 250 Rockets Fired Into Israel; IAF POUNDS Terror Targets
Palestinian terrorists on Shabbos fired over 250 rockets into Israel, drawing 120 retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of intense fighting. One Israeli man was killed when a rocket slammed into his home in Ashkelon early Sunday morning, and four Israelis, including an elderly woman and man, were severely wounded.

Houston, Texas: Drag Queen Story Hour Provides Child Sex Offender & Transgender Prostitute To Groom Your Kids
The City of Houston, Texas apparently is not understanding the judgment of God against itself.  They have had issues determining bathrooms for the right gender, electing queer mayors and considering robot brothels.  Now, they are promoting the Drag Queen Story Hour, complete with a child sex offender and transgender prostitute… and the parents are seemingly allowing it.

‘Jihad Is the Best Part of Worship’: Jihadists Gear Up for Ramadan
Terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and the Taliban in recent days made their annual call to arms as Ramadan approaches, claiming Allah exceptionally rewards martyrdom during the holy month.

This Is What Happens When You Preach The Gospel Of The Grace Of God On The Streets To A Lost And Dying World
Street preaching is the time-honored way instituted by God for reaching a lost world with the gospel, and reminding the saints that there is work yet to do. God called me to the streets on March 24, 2012, and by His grace I am still doing it (and loving every minute of it, too).

Trump: Prayer ‘Most Powerful Thing There Is’
Earlier this week, while speaking before over 100 religious leaders at the National Day of Prayer dinner, President Donald Trump said prayer is the most powerful thing people can do, vowing that the United States would be a country that holds the practice in high esteem

Israel closes Gaza crossings, fishing zone in response to rocket fire
Israel on Saturday afternoon announced the closure of the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings between Gaza and Israel, as well as the fishing zone off the coast of the Palestinian enclave, in response to the firing of over 150 rockets at Israel.

Why Are Christian Adoption Agencies Placing Children In Homes With Homosexual Parents?
The answer to the headline is that Christian adoption agencies have abandoned the Bible, plain and simple.  They are not only condoning what God condemns, but they are endangering the lives and souls of America’s children.  Now, a “Christian” adoption agency out of Michigan had decided to work with sodomites, lesbians and gender confused, mentally ill, people who are at war with their Creator to adopt children.

Ron Paul Says War In Venezuela Will Begin with a False Flag Attack In the United States
Ron Paul Remembers the Maine, he remembers the Boston Marathon and he remembers 9/11.  Ron Paul is on the record for saying that war in Venezuela will begin with a false flag attack upon the United States.


Headlines – 5/5/2019

Gaza-Israel hostilities flare with rocket attacks, air strikes

Hundreds of rockets fired at Israel; IDF bombs 120 Gaza sites, including attack tunnel

Over 400 Gaza Rockets Fired at Israel; One Israeli Dead, Six Palestinians Killed

After firing 450 rockets in a day, Gaza terror groups threaten to increase range

Netanyahu said to tell IDF to ‘deal a hard blow’ to Gaza terror groups

Gantz: Israel must strike Gaza forcefully to restore deterrence

Gearing up for days of fighting, IDF sends tank reinforcements to Gaza border

European leaders strongly condemn Gaza rocket fire on Israel

Turkey condemns ‘Israeli terrorism’ for bombing news agency in Gaza

Israel closes Gaza crossings, fishing zone in response to rocket fire

Israeli communities open public bomb shelters as Gaza rocket barrage continues

Ashdod mayor: We are on full emergency footing

Gaza officials say ‘Israel will endure painful hours’

UN envoy says working with Egypt in bid to end Gaza fighting

Despite rockets, arson balloons, Israeli communities on Gaza border keep growing

Why the Gaza rocket fire? Because Hamas thinks Israel is vulnerable to extortion

In video, Islamic Jihad threatens attacks on Dimona reactor, Ben Gurion Airport

As Eurovision delegations arrive, Islamic Jihad vows to ‘prevent the festival’

Kushner rejects calls to delay release of Mideast peace plan

Global group of Christians, Jews working to ‘secure every synagogue in the world’

How Israel Stopped Syria from Becoming a Global Nuclear Nightmare

Erdogan blasts Israel after Turkish news agency in Gaza bombed

Four Turkish soldiers killed by cross-border Kurdish militant attacks

Damascus accuses Kurd-led alliance of ‘treason’

Iran to continue nuclear enrichment despite US move, says Larijani

Sudan faces fuel crisis and worsening cash crunch

Protest in southwest Sudan ends in violence

Battle for Tripoli Has Killed 187, More Than 1,000 Wounded, Says Government

Envoy says US ready for ‘all sides’ to lay down arms in Afghan war

Assembly of 3,000 Afghans calls for immediate truce, ‘orderly’ departure of foreign troops

Militants kill politician ahead of new round of India vote

North Korea tests multiple rocket launchers

North Korea Confirms Kim Jong Un Ordered Rocket-Launch Drill

Russia’s increasing influence in Cuba stirs ghost of Cold War

Department of Defense studying military options for Venezuela

Pompeo tells Venezuelans: ‘The time for transition is now’

Sarah Sanders: ‘Truly mind-boggling’ how people can choose socialism with Trump’s economy

Kimberly Strassel: AG Barr gets attacked because his probe endangers powerful people

Schumer: Graham ‘has an obligation’ to ask Mueller to testify

Kamala Harris asks DOJ IG to probe whether Trump asked Barr to investigate political opponents

House Democrats seek to intervene against Trump lawsuit over bank subpoenas

California Senate approves bill requiring presidential candidates to submit tax returns

Pelosi Warns Democrats: Stay in the Center or Trump May Contest Election Results

Brexit disaster is making Britain a weird place to live in

The FTC is reportedly divided about how to hold Facebook accountable for privacy lapses

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company launches another test of its tourism spaceship

5G signal could jam satellites that help with weather forecasting

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Pimpi, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nemuro, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Mon, India

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Aras-asan, Philippines

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 22,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

In ominous echo of 1993, historic flooding drowns riverfront town and is blamed for at least 4 fatalities in the region

The Mississippi River Has Been Flooding For 41 Days Now

Historic Mississippi River flooding could extend into June, experts warn

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Use of Monsanto’s Weedkiller, Glyphosate on Oats Used in Foods Marketed to Kids

Abby Johnson, subject of ‘Unplanned,’ amplifies her baby’s heartbeat with 4D ultrasound in Times Square


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UPDATE: We’ve now topped 600 rockets fired at Israel in 36 hours. Israel assassinates senior Hamas leader. Three Israelis & 12 Palestinians dead as crisis intensifies. 150 Iron Dome intercepts, but direct hit on Israeli factory. Here is the latest. #PrayForIsrael #PrayForGaza — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

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UPDATED at 6:00pm local time: (Jerusalem, Israel) — Here is the latest:

  • UPDATE: “The Israeli military said it struck over 260 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza on Sunday in retaliation for 600 rockets launched from the Strip that have killed three Israelis,” reports Haaretz.
  • UPDATE: “Gaza health ministry says Israeli strikes killed 12, injured 105 since Saturday,” reports i24 News. 
  • UPDATE: “Senior Israeli Air Force Officer says over 600 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip,” reports a correspondent for the Jerusalem Post.
  • UPDATE: The Iron Dome is functioning at 86% accuracy, but Israelis officials caution that no defense is perfect and under such a heavy barrage some rockets are going to get through and do serious damage, even take lives.
  • UPDATE: “As of Sunday afternoon, 13 people in Israel were hit by rockets, missiles and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip, including two seriously injured, two moderately injured and six lightly wounded, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service,” reports the Times of Israel. “Twelve people were also lightly injured running to bomb shelters, while 66 people received medical treatment after suffering anxiety attacks from the strikes.”
  • UPDATE: Eleven Palestinians have been in Gaza, reports Haaretz.
  • UPDATE: “Hamed Khoudary, 34, was killed in an Israeli airstrike less than an hour ago, while he was driving his car. Was responsible for transferring money from Iran to military factions in Gaza. This is the first targeted assassination in a while,” the Washington Post reported in a Tweet, citing a statement by the IDF.
  • After a massive and near-continuous barrage in the early afternoon, we are now at least 507 rockets and mortar shells that have been fired at Israel from Gaza since 10am on Saturday.
  • At least 150 rockets have been intercepted so far by the Iron Dome system, while 70% of the rockets have hit open fields, or malfunctioned and fallen into the Gaza Strip itself.
  • One rocket made a direct hit on a factory in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
  • An Israeli car also took a direct hit, possibly from an anti-tank missile.
  • Three Israeli are now dead — a 58-year old father of four who was taking a smoking break outside his bomb shelter when rockets landed nearby, and two people killed as a results of these new direct hits.
  • Three Israelis have also been critically wounded.
  • At least 80 Israeli civilians have been treated for stress and trauma.
  • “The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli strikes had killed six Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and her 14-month-old niece in their east Gaza City home Saturday,” reported the Associated Press. “However, Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Sunday that a detailed review found that a Palestinian rocket had misfired [thus landing inside Gaza rather than reaching Israel] and killed them. He said the Palestinians were ‘trying to sell a story that isn’t true.’ The conflicting accounts could not immediately be reconciled.”
  • More detailed information on Palestinian injuries is not currently available, but I’ll share more when I can.
  • “The Israeli military says it has targeted some 40 additional sites throughout the Gaza Strip in response to ongoing rocket and mortar attacks from the coastal enclave,” reports the Times of Israel. “In a statement, the IDF says the targets include tunnels and underground bunkers, military bases, weapons factories and rocket launching sites. In addition, the military targeted a number of weapons caches that it says were hidden inside the homes of Hamas operatives ‘deliberately near civilian populations.’”
  • “Iran, through Islamic Jihad — its proxy in Gaza — is behind the current escalation in the South, former national security advisor Yaakov Amidror said on Sunday,” reports The Jerusalem Post. “ran’s interest, Amidror said, is for Israel to embark on another major operation in Gaza, freeing up Tehran to do what it wants unhindered in Syria. The Iranian idea, he said, is that ‘Israel will be busy focusing on Gaza and not have enough energy to deal with the building up of an independent war machine in Syria.’ Iranian pressure, Amidror hinted, is the only explanation for why Islamic Jihad would fire on an IDF patrol while its leaders were in Cairo talking about an arrangement with Israel.”
  • Please don’t stop praying for Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the border. Thank you so much.

For my last blog post on the crisis, please click here.

via UPDATE: We’ve now topped 600 rockets fired at Israel in 36 hours. Israel assassinates senior Hamas leader. Three Israelis & 12 Palestinians dead as crisis intensifies. 150 Iron Dome intercepts, but direct hit on Israeli factory. Here is the latest. #PrayForIsrael #PrayForGaza — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

600+ HAMAS ROCKETS FIRED: Israel On the Brink Of War With Iran As It’s Revealed That Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Group Waging Proxy Fight For Tehran — Now The End Begins

The Israel Defense Forces said the vast majority of the projectiles fired from Gaza were launched by Hamas, which rules Gaza, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second most powerful terror group in the Strip. A smaller number of rockets were fired by other groups in Gaza.

As you read this, the fighting in the Gaza Strip has elevated to such a level that, if nothing changes over the next 72 hours, all out war will be impossible to avoid. Usually Hamas rockets fall in open fields, every once in awhile they hit a building, but not this time. 4 Israelis lay dead at this very moment after a barrage of over 600 rockets have been fired by Hamas in Gaza. But as you are about to see, it is not only Hamas causing the problem. It’s Iran.

Terror state Iran finances and backs a group called the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and that is who is behind this latest outburst. After the IDF took out a high-level Hamas leader, they asked for a cease-fire. But Palestinian Islamic Jihad said nothing doing. Top IDF commanders think that Iran wants Israel to go to war with Hamas over the Gaza Strip, and when they do, Iran will strike. That’s the current thinking at this moment in the Knesset, and it is highly likely that thinking is correct.

Hamas said seeking ceasefire; Palestinian Islamic Jihad warns of all-out war

FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he ordered the military to continue “massive strikes” against Hamas, which Israel holds responsible for all attacks coming from Gaza. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group on Sunday said that it was preparing to intensify its attacks and threatened the increased violence could lead to an all-out war between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

“The resistance is about to go to a higher level in facing the aggression; a level that could lead to a war,” Palestinian Islamic Jihad spokesperson Mosab Al Braim told the Hamas-affiliated al-Risalah newspaper. Braim warned that the escalation will “hurt the enemy just like it is hurting our people.”

In the rocket attacks on southern Israel on Sunday, an Israeli man was fatally wounded when an anti-tank guided missile slammed into his car as he was driving along the Route 34 highway near the community of Kibbutz Erez, just north of the Gaza border. Hamas claimed responsibility for that attack.

Another Israeli man — Moshe Agadi, 58 — was killed early Sunday when a rocket hit his home in the southern city of Ashkelon, and another 22-year-old Israeli man died of injuries after a rocket blasted into a factory in the city.

From Saturday, some 600 rockets and mortar shells were fired from Gaza at Israel, with about two-thirds of the projectiles striking empty fields, according to the IDF. Over 150 projectiles that were heading toward populated areas were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the army said. Some of longer-range rockets were also fired toward central Israel.

Israel responded by hitting over 260 Gaza targets including those of Hamas, PIJ, and other terror groups. As of Sunday afternoon, at least 14 Palestinians — most of them members of terror groups — were killed in Israeli airstrikes, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry. In addition, at least 80 people were said to have been injured to varying degrees.

One of the Israeli strikes targeted the car of Hamed Hamdan al-Khodari, who was said to be a Hamas field commander connected to the terror group’s leader Yahya Sinwar.

According to the IDF, al-Khodari owned a number of money exchanges in the Gaza Strip and used them to bring large amounts of Iranian cash into the coastal enclave for Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and other terror groups.

It was hours after the strike on al-Khodari that Hamas indicated it wanted a ceasefire, the senior Israeli sources claimed. The army also targeted dozens of sites connected to terrorist organizations throughout the Strip, including the homes of many terrorist leaders that the military said were used as weapons caches.

In light of the ongoing violence, the Israeli military on Sunday sent an additional tank brigade to the Gaza border and prepared for fighting in the coming days.

The PIJ has said it will disrupt the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, due to take place in Tel Aviv May 14-18, and released a video threatening the Dimona nuclear facility, Ben Gurion Airport and other sensitive sites in Israel.

Islamic Jihad, unlike Hamas, is a completely owned and operated Iranian subsidiary, Amidror said. “It was established by Iran, financed by Iran, and does what Iran wants it to do.” Iran’s interest, Amidror said, is for Israel to embark on another major operation in Gaza, freeing up Tehran to do what it wants unhindered in Syria. The Iranian idea, he said, is that “Israel will be busy focusing on Gaza and not have enough energy to deal with the building up of an independent war machine in Syria.” source

The exchange of fire followed several weeks of relative calm between Israel and Gaza amid an unofficial armistice, which appeared to be breaking down as terrorists in the Strip stepped up their violent activities along the border in the days preceding the outbreak of fighting. Gaza terror groups said their actions were retaliation for Israel not abiding by the ceasefire agreement by halting the transfer of Qatari money into Gaza — a charge Jerusalem denied, blaming the delay on Qatar and the United Nations.

Efforts by the United Nations and Egypt to broker a ceasefire between Israel and terror groups in the Strip yielded no concrete results as of Sunday afternoon, as neither side appeared interested in returning to the conditions laid out before the outbreak of violence.

On Sunday afternoon, Israel’s security cabinet held a meeting about the fighting in Gaza and later instructed the military to intensify its attacks in the Strip. READ MORE

via 600+ HAMAS ROCKETS FIRED: Israel On the Brink Of War With Iran As It’s Revealed That Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Group Waging Proxy Fight For Tehran — Now The End Begins

May 5, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Ver. 21.—And Elijah came unto all the people [He is concerned not so much with the king as the people of the Lord. His object was not “to prove that Ahab and not he had troubled Israel,” but to prove that Jehovah and not Baal was God. There is abundant room on the plateau, or “wide upland sweep” (Stanley), above referred to, to accommodate a large concourse of people], and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? [This is a faithful and felicitous rendering. But it must be remembered that “halt” is used in the sense of “limp.” Vulg. Usquequo claudicatis in duas partes. The same word is used in ver. 26 of the swaying, tottering dance of the Baal prophets.] If the Lord be God [Heb. if Jehovah the God], follow him [Heb. go (i.e., walk straight) after him]: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. [Not only were they awed by the presence of the king and the priests of Baal on the one side, and of Elijah on the other, but they were “convicted by their own consciences,” and so were speechless (Matt. 22:12).][1]


18:21 — “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.”

At some point, we have to make up our minds: Will we serve God or not? Is He who He claims to be, or not? We have to take a stand and move on from there. No one can “keep their options open” forever.[2]


18:21 hesitate between two opinions. Lit. “limp along on or between two twigs.” Israel had not totally rejected the Lord, but was seeking to combine worship of Him with the worship of Baal. The issue posed by Elijah was that Israel had to choose who was God, the Lord or Baal, and then serve God wholeheartedly. Rather than decide by his message, Elijah sought a visible sign from heaven.[3]


18:21 limping. The rare Hebrew verb pasakh occurs again in v. 26, where the prophets of Baal “limped around the altar.” The irregular steps of their ritual dance portray an inability to move properly. The worship of the people is no better than the worship of these prophets, as they refuse to choose between the Lord and Baal but look to retain both options.[4]


18:21 you go limping The Hebrew word pasach, denoting “pass over,” “spring over,” or “limp,” can also imply “jump” or “hop” (see v. 26).

opinions The Hebrew word used here, sa’ip, typically refers to the boughs of a tree (Isa 17:6; Ezek 31:6, 8) or clefts in a rock (Isa 2:21; 57:5), but it also can refer to divided thoughts (Job 4:13; 20:2). The usage here creates the image of a bird hopping between branches or rock clefts.

Baal The Canaanite storm god.[5]


18:21 The phrase “two opinions” uses the Hebrew word saif, which means “crutches made from two sticks.” So an alternative translation might be, “How long will you limp about on two crutches?” The point of this metaphor was not about wavering between two opinions, but about the damage Israel was doing to itself by refusing to follow the Lord.[6]


[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 1 Kings (p. 421). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (1 Ki 18:21). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Ki 18:21). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 634). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Ki 18:21). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 530). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

May 5 Suitable Weapons

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 10:3–4
key verse: 2 Corinthians 10:3

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

You don’t have to be a hunter to know that you can’t kill a grizzly bear with a popgun. Success in any conflict requires using weapons suitable to the task.

Second Corinthians 10:3–4 applies this principle in the spiritual realm: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses” (nasb).

The mighty arsenal described in Ephesians 6 is the only sure defense against the onslaughts of Satan and a sinful world. When you reach for other means of protection, you lose the fight and possibly make yourself even more vulnerable to attack.

In dealing with rocky relationships, do you put on the sandals of peace, or do you attempt manipulation and harmful compromise?

When you confront lies, do you use God’s girdle of truth or the authority of people?

For times of temptation, are you covered by the shield of faith or by rationalization?

When emotions overpower you, do you adjust them with the breastplate of righteousness or with aggression and uncontrolled outbursts?

The choice you make in each encounter decides the outcome. Learn how to take up the arms God provides; He gives the victory every time.

The weapons of my warfare are powerful, Lord. Help me use them instead of fighting spiritual battles in my own strength.[1]


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

5 may (preached 4 may 1858) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The Sunday School teacher—a steward

“Give an account of thy stewardship.” Luke 16:2

suggested further reading: 2 Chronicles 34:1–3

I see nothing in the Bible that should lead me to believe that the office of the preacher is more honourable than that of the teacher. It seems to me, that every Sunday School teacher has a right to put “Reverend” before his name as much as I have, or if not, if he discharges his trust he certainly is a “Right Honourable”. He teaches his congregation and preaches to his class. I may preach to more, and he to less, but still he is doing the same work, though in a small sphere. I am sure I can sympathise with Mr Carey, when he said of his son Felix, who left the missionary work to become an ambassador, “Felix has drivelled into an ambassador;” meaning to say, that he was once a great person as a missionary, but that he had afterwards accepted a comparatively insignificant office. So I think we may say of the Sabbath-school teacher, if he gives up his work because he cannot attend to it, on account of his enlarged business, he drivels into a rich merchant. If he forsakes his teaching because he finds there is much else to do, he drivels into something less than he was before; with one exception, if he is obliged to give up to attend to his own family, and makes that family his Sabbath school class, there is no drivelling there; he stands in the same position as he did before. I say they who teach, they who seek to pluck souls as brands from the burning, are to be considered as honoured persons, second far to him from whom they received their commission; but still in some sweet sense lifted up to become fellows with him, for he calls them his brethren and his friends.

for meditation: Never look down on children’s work; it is a serious responsibility to teach them the things of God (James 3:1–2). If it is your responsibility, thank God for the privilege and ask him to make you a faithful steward (1 Corinthians 4:2).

sermon no. 192[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 132). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.