Daily Archives: May 6, 2019

May 6 Learning to Pray

Scripture Reading: John 17:1–26

Key Verse: John 17:20

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.

Do you have a friend upon whom you call when you are discouraged or when you have good news to share? Do you have someone with whom you can converse and confide?

Think about this person for a moment. When you speak with him or her, you probably discuss specific information about the concerns, needs, and victories in your life.

This type of pointed conversation with someone who cares about you is not frightening or difficult, is it? Of course not. Unfortunately, many people approach conversation with God with unnecessary apprehension.

Praying to God does not require the use of eloquent language or carefully constructed dialogue. Rather, God simply wants to communicate with you. Prayer should be a natural expression of the feelings, thoughts, and emotions you experience throughout your day.

If you truly desire to develop or enhance your prayer life, begin by talking to God as you would to your trusted friend. He loves to hear from you and is pleased when you reach out to Him. Bring your praises to Him and await His response. Present your concerns and ask for His advice. Lift up your inquiries before God today and seek His wisdom.

Lord, would You teach me to make prayer more of a conversation and less of an exercise? Help me to get past the language part of it and communicate with the heart.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 133). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 6 Resisting the Devil

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 28:12–17

Key Verse: John 8:44

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

The United States did not win the Persian Gulf War on sheer military strength alone. The commanders, the president’s advisers, and even the president himself spent a great deal of time learning about the enemy. No war is won by brute force. Tactical strategy and in-depth knowledge are always necessary.

If we are going to win the war against Satan and his forces, we must know something about him. For one, he is our adversary, a fallen angel, the prince of this age, and the father of lies. But foremost, he is a defeated foe.

He deceives the body of Christ by coming as an angel of light. He strategically interjects error into our thinking with the purpose of confusing and derailing us in our spiritual walk. Satan’s chief goal is to cause us to doubt God.

The way to oppose him is with the truth of God’s Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you want to win spiritually in this life, begin by memorizing Scripture. Even a single verse can make a big difference when it comes to spiritual warfare. Ask God to reveal any sin in your life. Confess it, and then pray for His strength to turn from it. Dedicate your life to glorifying Him and not the ways of the world.

The enemy will always remind you of times of defeat, but Jesus Christ speaks only of His love and power and victory. You can place your complete hope in Him because He will never fail you.

Master, let Your Word dwell in me richly. Reveal any sin in my life, then give me the strength to turn from it. I dedicate my life to glorifying You and not the ways of the world.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 133). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 6 In Times of Distress

Scripture reading: Psalm 22:1–22

Key verse: Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;

Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,

And with my song I will praise Him.

Worship is often associated with cheerful, happy occasions in our lives. Blessed by God, we gladly praise Him for His goodness. However, a review of the Scriptures reveals another aspect of worship that is as important and perhaps more meaningful. In times of distress, trial, and discouragement, that worship is essential to maintain spiritual stability.

  • The Psalms burst with worship of God while the psalmists were in the throes of affliction. When David was up against the wall with no way out, he consistently sang praises after pouring out his heartaches.
  • When Jehoshaphat saw that he was surrounded by militant hordes, God instructed him to arrange a praise service.
  • At the stroke of midnight in a rank jail, Paul and Silas started a sing-along of praise hymns.

Are you depressed? Is your outlook gloomy? Are you in a tight place with no obvious escape route? Right now is the time to turn your heart toward worship. Deliberately overrule your feelings of despondency and heaviness, and worship God.

Nothing is too hard for God, and nothing like worship awakens you to that reality.

Nothing is too hard for You, O God. I worship You right now in spite of my circumstances.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 133). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Facebook SWAT Team Arrests Man For Illegal Possession Of Conservative Views — The Babylon Bee

LA MESA, CA—As part of a widespread crackdown on unacceptable viewpoints on the social network, Facebook sent out its SWAT teams Monday to arrest local man Kent Rogers for illegal possession of conservative views.

After Facebook took out several fringe personalities last week, conservatives thought they were in the clear, but it turns out they were just next on the list.

Rogers’ arrest was part of a broader push against the illegal conservative view trade, which is estimated to affect millions of innocent Americans every year. Facebook SWAT specialists lined up outside his house for an early-morning, no-knock raid after he was caught posting a meme about Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails on his page.

“We booked him on possession of several tons of illicit viewpoints, including the idea that government should be relatively small, Christian values are generally a good thing, and cisgendered males aren’t always bad,” one lieutenant of the Facebook SWAT force said. “Residents of La Mesa can rest easy tonight knowing these ideas are off the streets.”

Proud officers took pictures with their haul, including hundreds of deadly books that question a far-left worldview, a signed picture of Ronald Reagan, and a copy of The Art of the Deal, a banned substance in all 50 states.

Rogers has been booked on the manufacture, possession, and spreading of conservative values.

via Facebook SWAT Team Arrests Man For Illegal Possession Of Conservative Views — The Babylon Bee

The Spirit Bill Johnson wants you to follow — Christian Research Network

“Bethel Redding children’s pastor Seth Dahl claimed that in a vision Christ came to him Jesus picked him up, began to weep, and asked his forgiveness for what another pastor did by hurting him. A false vision then is the Truth – not the Bible. No passage in the Bible shows Christ asking us to forgive Him, He is perfect and sinless, he is God.”

(Let Us Reason)  If one is driving on the wrong side of the road they will get a fine. If the driver continues driving like this his license is taken away. Spiritually speaking, Bill Johnson’s answer is “I’m not on the wrong side of the Road you are.”

His is perfect example calling what is dark as being light.

I say this because many do understand basic Scripture, the word that counters his particular view of Christianity that he with others have made popular.

He says “A powerless Word is the letter not the Spirit. And we all know, ‘The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.’” (When Heaven Invades Earth 116).

Did not Jesus say The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. Meaning if you read the word you are reading what the holy Spirit is saying. Didn’t Jesus also say If you love me you will continue in my word?

If one reads further in In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul is speaking of the new covenant compared to the old – the Law, written on tablets of stone. Paul explains further in Romans 7: and 8:2 for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Johnson insinuates the powerless word is the Bible, what is written. That the Spirit overrules the word. There is no such dichotomy presented. The Spirit wrote the word through men so we would ALL have the same instructions throughout the centuries.

But in reality, the Bible is a closed book. Anything I get from the Word without God will not change my life. It is closed to insure that I remain dependent on the Holy Spirit.” (When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles p.93) View article →

Research

Bethel Redding

Bill Johnson

New Apostolic Reformation

via The Spirit Bill Johnson wants you to follow — Christian Research Network

Rachel Held Evans and the Rightness of Post-Mortem Discernment — Pulpit & Pen

Nadia Bolz-Weber, one of the most profane blasphemers in evangelicalism, presided over the deathbed ceremony of Rachel Held Evans.

As in her life, Rachel Held Evans’ was surrounded by heretics and applauded by apostates at her death. She was ‘anointed’ with oil in the hours before her passing by the self-professed “profane bulldyke” and mannish, self-graffitied, vulgar blasphemer, Nadia Bolz-Weber, who better personifies the Grim Reaper than perhaps anyone in a clerical collar. It’s hard to believe that anyone ushered into the world to come by Bolz-Weber would be ushered into the right world.

Perhaps her own tweet conveys this point the best.

RHE tweeted this in reference to her critics, who she said were prejudiced against women.

Evans knows that God is male now. She also knows so much more. The God she expected to see is not the God she now knows.

Evans, who has used her life’s energy to attack the authority and inerrancy of the Scripture, Biblical gender roles and sexual ethics, and commit all kinds of ontological heresies against God, has been eulogized as though a saint after her death by many who criticized her as an enemy of Biblical Christianity during her lifetime.

For many, theological debate is Kabuki theater, where each side has a role to play and even the audience has a part to act out. There are protagonists and antagonists who spar on stage, but go out afterward to celebrate their dramatic endeavors and the show they’ve put on for the masses. This is all basically a more sophisticated version of the showmanship of professional wrestling.

However, some of us religious types view apostasy as a serious matter. Furthermore, some of us think hell is real. Likewise, we think people actually go there. And, we believe that we know what it takes to avoid that place. Ergo, we take theology, you know…seriously and stuff.

Pulpit & Pen ran two articles over the weekend about Rachel Held Evans, one by Greg Smith and one by Seth Dunn. Both pointed out that (this is my paraphrase) she was an apostate, is probably in hell, that we should mourn the loss of her soul, and pray for her family.

We weren’t the only ones to speak the obvious (and to write what most were thinking).

Read more: Rachel Held Evans and the Rightness of Post-Mortem Discernment — Pulpit & Pen

May 6, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

4–5 The reasons for the coming calamity are now given, although they amount to one reason. Yahweh’s total sovereignty over the people inside the covenant relationship had been rejected. The people were sharing their allegiance with other deities. They had forsaken (ʾāzaḇ) Yahweh and made this an alien place. The verb nikkēr, “make alien,” is a vivid and highly suggestive term. The place had been denationalized, so that it could not be recognized as Israelite. It is not certain what this place refers to, but it may have been the temple, where foreign religious practices were introduced from time to time. Ezekiel’s vision in Ezek. 8 depicts a variety of pagan cult practices which seem to have been current at the time of Ezekiel’s exile in 597 b.c. But the reference may be simply to Jerusalem as in v. 3. The whole expression occurs almost verbatim in 2 K. 21:12. In particular, the people were offering up sacrifices qiṭṭēr) to other gods which neither they nor their ancestors had known (cf. Deut. 13:6; 28:64). It would appear that the people as a whole19 were involved in filling the place with the blood of innocents (dam neqiyyîm). The reference is to a cultic practice in which children were offered in the fire as burnt offerings on high places (bāmôṯ) built for Baal (cf. 7:31). Human sacrifice in one form or another was known in the Middle East but especially in Phoenicia and Canaan. It was condemned in Israel at an early stage (cf. Gen. 22:1–19); but it is heard of from time to time, as in the days of Ahaz (2 K. 16:3; cf. Mic. 6:7) and Manasseh (2 K. 21:6). The destruction of the sanctuary in the valley of Ben-hinnom in the days of Josiah is referred to specifically in 2 K. 23:10. Evidently the practice was revived under Jehoiakim, and it was to this that Jeremiah addressed himself. It was a practice of which Yahweh did not approve—a thing I did not ever command, nor did I ever speak of it, nor did it ever enter my mind. It was an affront to Yahweh and a rejection of his sole and total sovereignty over his covenant people. Wanton rejection of their covenant Lord could only result in the operation of the covenant curses.[1]


4-5. The reason is given why God would so severely deal with that place. We indeed know that hypocrites are ever ready with their answer; as soon as God threatens them, they bark and bring forward their evasions. The Prophet then shews that the judgment announced would be just, lest the Jews should pretend that it was extreme.

God first complains that he had been forsaken by them, because they had changed the worship which had been prescribed in his Law. And this is what ought to be carefully considered; for no one would have willingly confessed what Jeremiah charged upon them all; they would have said,—“We have not forsaken God, for we are the children of Abraham; but what we wish to do is to add to his worship; and why should it be deemed a reproach to us, if we are not content with our own simple form of worship, and add various other forms? and we worship God not only in the Temple, but also in this place; and further, we do not spare our own children.” But God shews by one expression that these were frivolous evasions; for he is not acknowledged except what he orders and commands is obediently received. Let us know, that God is forsaken as soon as men turn aside from his pure word, and that all are apostates who turn here and there, and do not follow what God approves.

Then he says that they had alienated the place. God had consecrated to himself the whole of Judea: he would not indeed have sacrifices offered to him in every place; but when the Jews worshipped him, as they were taught by Moses and the prophets, the whole land was as it were an altar and a temple to him. Then God complains that his authority in that part of the suburbs was taken away; as though he had said,—“The whole of Judea is my right and my jurisdiction, and Jerusalem is the royal palace in which I dwell; but ye, deluded beings, do by force take away my right and transfer it to another, as though one gave to a robber a place nigh a royal residence.” Thus God justly complains that they had alienated that place.

But we must remember the reason, which immediately follows, because they had burned incense to Baal. They pretended, no doubt, the name of God; but yet it was a most preposterous superstition, when they worshipped inferior gods, as the Papists do at this day. The word Baal is sometimes used in the singular number by the prophets, and sometimes in the plural: but what is Baal? a patron. They were not content with one patron, but every one desired a patron for himself: hence under the words Baal and Baalim, the prophets characterized all fictitious modes of worship: when they worshipped God’s name, they blended the worship of patrons, who had not been made known to them; hence he adds, They have made incense in it to foreign gods. He afterwards says, that these foreign gods were such as neither they nor their fathers nor their kings knew. By saying that they were gods unknown to their fathers as well as to themselves and to their kings, he no doubt calls their attention to the doctrine of the law, and to the many certain proofs by which they had found that he was the only true God.

The Jews might have raised such an objection as the Papists do at this day,—that their modes of worship were not devised in their time, but that they had derived them from their ancestors. But God regarded as nothing those kings and the fathers, who had long before degenerated from true and genuine religion. It must be here observed, that true knowledge is connected with verity: for they who had first contrived new forms of worship, doubtless followed their own foolish imaginations; as when any one in the present day asks the Papists, why they weary themselves so much with their superstitions, good intention is ever their shield,—“O, we think that this is pleasing to God.” Therefore rightly does God here repudiate their inventions as wholly vain, for they possess nothing solid or permanent. At the same time, he by implication condemns the Jews for rejecting his law, whose authority bad been established among them, so that they ought not to have entertained any doubt: for it would have been the greatest ingratitude to say, “We know not who introduced the Law!” God had indeed sanctioned the law by so many miracles, that it could not have been disputed; and they had also found by many evidences and proofs that he was the only true God. He had then been known by their fathers as well as by their kings, even by David and by all his godly successors. Hence their crime was exaggerated, by seeking for themselves foreign gods.

Now we also see how foolishly the Papists lay hold on this passage and similar passages, in order to commend their abominations by the pretext of antiquity: for vain are their disguises when they say, “O, we have been thus taught by our ancestors, and we have the authority of kings.” But the Prophet here docs not speak of fathers indiscriminately; but by fathers he means those who had embraced the true and pure worship of God, as they had been taught by the law; and those kings were alone worthy of imitation, who had faithfully worshipped God according to the doctrine of the law: and thus he excludes all those fathers and kings who had degenerated from the law of Moses.

He at last adds, that that place was filled with the blood of innocents; for there they killed their children. And by this circumstance Jeremiah again amplifies the wickedness of the people; for they had not only despised God and his law, but also cruelly destroyed their innocent infants; and. thus he proved them guilty not only of impiety and profaneness in vitiating the worship of God, but also of brutal and barbarous savageness in not sparing innocent blood.

PRAYER

Grant, Almighty God, that since thou hast been pleased to shew to us the way in which we cannot err, provided we obey thee,—O grant, that we may render ourselves really teachable and ready to obey, and never undertake anything but what we know is approved by thee, nor turn aside on the right hand or on the left; but continue in that form of worship which thou hast prescribed to us in thy word, so that we may be able to bear witness, not only before the world, but before thee and the holy angels, that we obediently follow thee; and may we never blend anything of our own, but with submissive minds worship thee alone, and strive to render ourselves wholly subject to thee, until having at length rendered to thee due service through the whole course of our life, we shall reach that blessed rest which thy Son has procured for us by his own blood.—Amen.[2]


4 The phrase “because they have forsaken me” introduces the indictment against the people because of what they have done. It is similar to phrases in 2:13, 32; 17:13; 18:15, and is explained here in reference to the cult practiced at Topheth; see v 5 below and 7:31–32.

For נכר in the piel, BDB (649b) suggests a sense of profaning or defiling. Certainly the place was profaned and defiled by the presence of a foreign cult. More to the point, the place, a part of Yahweh’s chosen land, was being treated as foreign by the introduction of foreign cult practices. The same root appears in 5:19 (“foreign gods”) and 8:19 (“foreign worthless things [הבל], idols”).

The specifics of the indictment include burning incense to other gods and filling the place with innocent blood. The word describing the burning of incense (piel of קטר) is often used of the worship of other gods or illegal worship. As such the same stem appeared in 18:15. The recurrence of this verb may well mark another link between the two chapters. The mention of innocent blood is made specific in the next verse. The emendation suggested by BHS, omitting the initial waw on ומלאו and moving the athnaḥ to “their fathers,” gives a better balance to the verse. However, the emendation is not necessary. The emendation would have the people guilty of burning incense to foreign gods and the kings guilty of burning their sons (v 6). However, in the closely parallel section in 7:30–32, it is the people of Judah (v 30) who are accused of burning their sons and daughters (v 31).

5 This verse is quite similar to 7:31. The comments made there hold for this passage. There are slight differences in the present passage; here only the sons are mentioned (in 7:31 it is both sons and daughters). Furthermore, this passage adds the phrase “burnt offerings [עלות] for Baal” after the word “fire.” The explanation that these offerings had not been commanded by Yahweh nor desired by him raises the question whether they were performed in Yahweh’s name. Was this a cult site and were the cult practices dedicated to Yahweh or to Baal-Yahweh in a syncretistic manner? The wording of the text seems to indicate an affirmative answer. Yahweh seems to be disavowing any association with the practices, suggesting that the people were making such associations.[3]


[1] Thompson, J. A. (1980). The Book of Jeremiah (pp. 449–450). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Prophet Jeremiah and the Lamentations (Vol. 2, pp. 437–440). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Craigie, P. C. (1998). Jeremiah 1–25 (Vol. 26, pp. 259–260). Dallas, TX: Word, Incorporated.

May 6, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Trump said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not testify in Congress about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump administration is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran and to show the United States will retaliate with “unrelenting force” to any attack, national security adviser John Bolton said.

President Donald Trump said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed on Friday the possibility of a new accord limiting nuclear arms that could eventually include China in what would be a major deal between the globe’s top three atomic powers.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee issued a report citing Attorney General Barr for contempt over a panel subpoena seeking Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full unredacted report.

U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders unveiled a plan on Sunday to help family farmers and rural residents, promising to break up corporate agricultural monopolies and invest heavily in social and economic programs in struggling rural communities.

Forty-one people on board a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane were killed Sunday, including two children, after the aircraft caught fire as it made a bumpy emergency landing at a Moscow airport.

Pope Francis said on Monday the plight of suffering immigrants and refugees was “the cross of humanity,” taking up their case for the second consecutive day during a visit to Bulgaria that has put him at odds with the government.

A ceasefire to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold on Monday after hundreds of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed concern over Chinese and Russian investments in the Arctic and called on both countries to act responsibly in the region.

After two days and nights of Israeli shelling and Palestinian rocket fire, Gazans faced a first day of Ramadan overshadowed by funerals and pulling bodies from collapsed buildings.

UNC Charlotte has a behavioral intervention team (BIT) tasked with reviewing reports about troubled students and intervening to prevent harm to themselves or others. Similar teams meet regularly at hundreds of other U.S. universities.

Oil prices fell on Monday after President Trump said he would sharply raise tariffs on Chinese goods this week, risking the derailment of trade talks between the world’s two biggest economies.

AP Top Stories

Astronomers have assembled the most all-encompassing image of space ever created. It puts together 16 years of data captured from the Hubble Space Telescope, according to a statement from NASA. All together, the composite is made up of nearly 7,500 individual exposures. Dubbed the “Hubble Legacy Field,” this wide view image shows around 265,000 galaxies. These galaxies go back 13.3 billion years to 500 million years after the big bang, showcasing how they have changed over time. This latest Hubble mosaic consists of around 30 times as many galaxies as previous deep fields did.

The Taliban on Saturday said the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington’s special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar, where the insurgent movement maintains a political office.

At least seven people were killed and 55 wounded after a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, with officials saying clashes between gunmen and security forces continued.

Boeing Co did not tell U.S. regulators for more than a year that it inadvertently made an alarm alerting pilots to a mismatch of flight data optional on the 737 MAX, instead of standard as on earlier 737s, but insisted on Sunday the missing display represented no safety risk.

Warren Buffett said on Monday that a trade war between the United States and China would be “bad for the whole world.” Buffett spoke after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he will raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent beginning on Friday.

Thailand’s newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen Sunday, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok’s historic quarter.

Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church appealed for calm and an alcohol ban Monday after clashes between Christians and Muslims in a town scarred by the Easter suicide attacks.

BBC

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has said he is considering asking the US to launch a military intervention in the embattled country.

One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction. Nature everywhere is declining at a speed never previously seen and our need for ever more food and energy are the main drivers. These trends can be halted, the study says, but it will take “transformative change” in every aspect of how humans interact with nature.

In a historic first, the 2019 winners of America’s three biggest beauty pageants are all black women. Nia Franklin, 25, became Miss America in September, followed last week by Kaliegh Garris, 18, as Miss Teen USA and Cheslie Kryst, 28, as Miss USA.

Cyclone Fani has caused more than 1,000 homes destroyed and entire villages submerged extensive damage in Bangladesh, despite weakening as it blew north from India. At least five people died and 63 were injured.

WND

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a powerhouse of civil and religious rights advocacy, has joined other groups in denouncing the Equality Act proposed in the Democratic-majority House as a threat to faith. “Essentially, the Equality Act gives people of faith an ultimatum: Change your faith-based practices or face government punishment.”


Mid-Day Snapshot · May 6, 2019

The Foundation

“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of Commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with Powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.” —George Washington (1796)

Tariff Strategy: A Long-Needed Corrective Measure

The president is letting China know that he’s serious in his demand for real change to fair trade.


Poynter Pulls List of ‘Unreliable’ News Sites Over Its Unreliability

The list included over 500 mostly right-leaning websites. No bias there.


Why Prescription Drug Prices Are Soaring

Perverse incentives drive higher prices, and millions of Americans are fed up.


GOP Needs to Be More Than ‘Not Democrats’

Enter a Republican budget plan that prioritizes the constitutional functions of the government.


Democrats Cope by Attacking Barr

They call him a liar and plan to vote on holding him in contempt. Clearly, they’re desperate.


Trapped in Failing Schools

Passing the ESA for Tennessee is our one opportunity to rectify the issues with our education system.


Video: Facebook Purges ‘Dangerous Individuals’

“They’re also saying you’re too dumb to hear it. … Facebook doesn’t trust you.”


Video: Affirmative Action Hurts Minorities

Freedom Toons explains a simple truth about race preferences in America.



Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Jobs Boom
Ken Blackwell
Assertive Trends in U.S.’s Iran Policy Must Continue
Hans von Spakovsky
Against Liberal Assaults, Barr Proves Unflappable
Kathryn Jean Lopez
More Love, Not Less
Todd Starnes
Grade School Bans ‘God Bless America’
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Iran saber-rattling, China trade talks, new border chief, Trump’s approval rating, Israel-Palestinian cease-fire, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Delusions of grandeur: “We have Jim Crow sneaking back in.” —Joe Biden



Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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News – 5/6/2019

Ebola outbreak grows in Congo after health clinic attacks
More than 1,000 people have died from an Ebola outbreak that began in August in Democratic Republic of Congo. The country’s government is working with international aid organizations to contain the deadly disease but their efforts have been challenged by insecurity, including attacks on health clinics.

Mexican villagers beseech volcano goddess for rain, safety
It’s the Day of the Holy Cross, a religious holiday celebrated in many parts of Latin America that marks Byzantine Empress Saint Helena’s search for the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The ceremony at Iztaccíhuatl, though, mixes Catholic traditions with pre-Hispanic rituals and beliefs. The pilgrims sing Catholic hymns and hold Mass to ask the Virgin Mary to forgive their sins

Imam Calls Out Rashida Tlaib/Ilhan Omar for Defending Hamas Rockets
In the wake of a two-day rocket attack by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad firing approximately 700 rockets at Israel, freshman congressmen Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) made public statements condemning Israel.

Christian Holiday Massacres: The New Norm
Although the Islamic terrorist bombings that rocked Sri Lanka last Easter Sunday—killing more than 300, most inside churches—have shocked many, spectacular terrorist attacks on Easter are much more common than supposed.

Philadelphia Muslim Children Sing About Decapitating Jews
On April 22, 2019, the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia (MAS Philly) uploaded a video of an “Ummah Day” celebration to its Facebook page in which young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang: “Glorious steeds call us and lead us [to] the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us … Take us, oh ships … until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones … Flow, oh rivers of martyrs!”

Trump Taps ‘True Believer’ to Head ICE
President Donald Trump is tapping a former border patrol chief who served in the Obama administration to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the AP reports. Trump tweets that Mark Morgan “will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE.” He added: “Mark is a true believer and American Patriot. He will do a great job!” The announcement comes amid a shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security triggered by the president’s frustration with the increasing number of migrants at the border.

Bolton Announces Carrier Strike Group Deployed In “Message” To Iran
The White House’s sending the USS Abraham Lincoln to the region, likely first near Qatar, makes the potential for a major incident leading to direct exchange of fire between the US and Iran now much more likely.

Study: 42 million Americans look to Bible for answers
The “State of the Bible” study conducted by the Barna Group and commissioned by the American Bible Society found 48 percent engage three or four times a year by using, listening to, watching, praying or using Bible text outside of a church service. Significantly, the study shows that 21 million new people are looking to the Bible for wisdom and guidance this year.

Pence: We stand by our great ally Israel
“We strongly condemn the attacks in Gaza by Hamas terrorists. Israel has the absolute right to defend itself & the U.S. stands by our great ally Israel,” Pence tweeted.

IDF Prepares to Answer Netanyahu’s Call to “Deal Hard Blow” to Gaza Terror Groups
Almost 500 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza in less than 24 hours, beginning around 9:30 am on Saturday. The IDF responded by hitting over 220 military targets in Gaza with airstrikes and tank fire, killing at least two terrorists.

NASA Prepares For Asteroid Armageddon With Simulation Exercises
NASA, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and their international partners are conducting planetary defense exercises for a potential asteroid impact. The “Armageddon” exercise (not the official name) is a simulation in preparation for disaster management planning for a potential asteroid impact and determination of possible ways to the response.

MN Health Education Mandate Tied to Planned Parenthood Ignites Explosive Debate on Minnesota House Floor
There were fireworks on the Minnesota House floor on April 23rd. Buried deep within the Omnibus Education Finance bill (HF2400) is a two page mandate requiring “Sexual Health Education” curriculum, aka Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE). The language in the bill mandates CSE must be taught in every Minnesota public and charter school beginning as young as kindergarten.

Death Toll Rises to Three as Rocket Attacks Continue
Over 500 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since Saturday morning. The sirens reached as far as Bet Shemesh, 12 miles west of Jerusalem, and Beersheba, 26 miles from the border with Gaza. The Iron Dome missile-protection system was claimed to have a 90 percent success rate, intercepting approximately 100 rockets.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have first phone call since Mueller report findings
US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have discussed what Mr Trump again dismissed as the “Russian Hoax” in their first known phone call since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election meddling. Mr Putin chuckled about Mr Mueller’s findings, Mr Trump said. During their conversation on Friday, which the White House and Kremlin said lasted more than an hour,…

Anti-CRISPR molecules discovered that can block the gene editing technology
CRISPR technologies are undoubtedly becoming increasingly precise, but alongside enhanced precision is also the necessity for developing ways to inhibit or block the process – an anti-CRISPR molecule, if you will. New work from the Broad Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has presented a study that homes in on small molecules that may have the ability to safely block the CRISPR gene editing process.

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.

Flooding from Michigan to the South damages homes, sends Mississippi River to 157-year-high in Davenport, Iowa
The Mississippi River ticked above levels reached in 1993 in Davenport, Iowa, the highest level there in 157 years. The city’s downtown area remained under water Friday, days after a temporary levee gave way. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Thursday for Wayne County. At least 3,000 homes have been damaged in Wayne County from flooding.

Pedophilia Being Taught As “Sexual Orientation” in California Schools
That is according to a top official for California’s Brea Olinda School District, who admitted to parents that it was being done — and that it would continue, despite the outrage. The implications are mind-blowing.

“Mass Sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine
The HCG antigen is used in anti-fertility vaccines, but was found present in tetanus vaccines targeted to young girls and women of childbearing age. Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4:

Ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and Gaza officials -report – Arab-Israeli Conflict
Palestinian officials said an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached with Israel on Monday to end a recent surge of violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel.

USS Lincoln strike group deployed to send Iran ‘clear and unmistakable’ message, Bolton says
The U.S. is sending the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in order “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime,” National Security Adviser John Bolton announced Sunday night.

Swedish Doctor Says Deadly Parasitic Disease Has Doubled Since Muslim Refugee Wave
An infectious diseases doctor has warned that the number of cases in Sweden of Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease which can lead to death, has doubled since the 2015 migrant wave.

After 500 are fired at Israel, the IDF sends massive reinforcements to the Gaza border and prepares for war
IDF bolsters forces in south. 8 terrorists eliminated in attacks by Air Force, while Gazan mother, daughter killed by Hamas fire.

San Francisco Sues to Overturn New Trump Rules and Force Doctors and Nurses to Do Abortions
The city of San Francisco has filed a lawsuit to overturn new pro-life regulations the Trump Administration put into place yesterday. The lawsuit could ultimately force doctors and nurses to kill babies in abortions or to refer women to abortion practitioners who will.

As Israel Prepares For A ‘Ground Invasion’ Of The Gaza Strip, Netanyahu Says Hamas Will Pay A ‘Heavy Price’ For Killing 4 Israelis
As I write this, it is 7:51 PM EST here in the state of Florida, and it is 2:51 AM in the sovereign nation of Israel. As the sun rises over the middle east in a little under 3 hours from now at 5:52 AM, Israel tanks will already have parked on the Gaza Strip border, waiting orders to enter into Gaza to root out Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists.

YouTube’s Sinister Pedophile Community Continues To Flourish
YouTube has cracked down on the comment sections of videos featuring minors in them — sort of. Many videos that have young children in them still have comment sections and are still being used to exploit children.

Trump Administration Announces Protection For Religious Health Care Providers’ Conscientious Objections
The Trump administration announced a new rule on Thursday, protecting the right of doctors, nurses, insurers, and hospitals to opt out of providing services that conflict with their religious beliefs such as abortion or assisted suicide.

Facebook Is Involved In Activities That Every Christian Would Find Dangerous 
Facebook is involved in activities that every Christian would find objectionable. What is it?

Senate Dems Delete Embarrassing Poll Showing 70% Prefer Kavanaugh Over RBG
Well that didn’t work out as planned…


Headlines – 5/6/2019

Hamas, Islamic Jihad: ‘We’re close to open war with Israel’

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

Hamas says it doesn’t want a new war with Israel amid a UN call for restraint

Ceasefire reached after Hamas, Islamic Jihad fire 700 rockets at Israel

Rocket fire continues despite reports of progress toward ceasefire

A premeditated Ramadan offensive – Hamas leader Sinwar took a calculated risk by telling his operatives to launch rockets on Israel even while he was away in Cairo

Iron Dome hits 90% of rockets aimed at populated areas

Terror groups say ‘battle’ to continue until Israel gives in to their demands

IDF eliminates terrorist behind Iranian funding of Hamas

Targeted killings begin as security cabinet directs IDF to intensify strikes

Ilhan Omar defends Palestinians after terrorists rain down rockets on Israel

‘Enough is enough!’: Attacks on Israel ‘unconscionable,’ US envoys tell PM

Pompeo: Israel Has a Right to Defend Itself, Hope Cease-fire Will Be Restored

Trump to Palestinians in Gaza: ‘End the violence and work towards peace’

Abbas’ deputy: We will thwart ‘Deal of the Century’

Bible is Jewish deed to Land of Israel, settlement envoy tells UNSC

EU laments the ‘unspeakable suffering’ Gaza rockets inflict on Israelis

At least 28 people died in bloody Israel-Gaza attacks, signaling a violent resurgence for the first time in years

Ashdod man killed by rocket, raising death toll to 4, amid massive bombardment

Ashkelon father of four buried as Gaza conflict rumbles in background

Amid rocket fire, Israel shuts Tamar offshore gas field as precaution

IDF says it thwarted a Hamas cyber attack during weekend battle

Israeli Security Agencies Say Foiled Major Hamas Cyber Attack on Vital Infrastructure This Weekend

Amidror: Iran behind the Gaza escalation

Iran using all resources to sell oil in ‘grey market’: deputy minister

Iran grapples with sanctions in wake of US nuclear pullout

US deploying carrier and bomber task force in response to ‘troubling’ Iran actions

US sends aircraft carrier to Middle East, warns Iran of ‘unrelenting force’

USS Lincoln strike group deployed to send Iran ‘clear and unmistakable’ message, Bolton says

Turkey Says It Will Not Bow to U.S. Sanctions Over S-400 Deal

Turkey builds border wall inside Syria

Qatar tourism official says no visas for Egyptians, describes them as ‘enemies’

Libyan officials say 200 people have been killed in recent fighting

UN calls for week-long Libya Ramadan truce

Ramadan moon sighted in Saudi Arabia, holy month begins on Monday

Saudi King Salman calls for tolerance, moderation in Ramadan message

Taliban suicide bomber leads attack on an Afghan police HQ, 20 injured

Thirteen killed in Taliban attack on Afghan police compound

Pakistan says Indian fire kills two civilians in Kashmir

Trump Shrugs Off North Korean Weapons Test as Administration Seeks New Talks

US destroyers sail in disputed South China Sea

Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka town under curfew after religious violence

Philippines: World’s Top Internet User Taps Fake News Busters for Elections

Trump attacks social media companies after Facebook bans

Trump Retweets Far-right, 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Recently Banned From Facebook

Trump reverses course, says Mueller ‘should not testify’ before Congress

‘Hung jury’: Public remains divided over Mueller probe in new NBC/WSJ poll

Venezuela crisis: Guaido ‘considering asking US for military intervention’

Venezuela to strip immunity from lawmakers who backed coup bid

41 dead in Russian plane blaze disaster

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Santa Praxedes, Philippines

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kainantu, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Amahusu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

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

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Tropical Cyclone “Fani” forced one of the biggest human evacuations in history

India cyclone kills at least 33, hundreds of thousands homeless

Resistant ‘superbug’ hitting hospitals in N.Y., N.J. should be declared public health emergency, lawmaker says

Germany mulls fines to boost measles vaccination rates

Brunei says it won’t enforce gay death penalty after backlash

Buttigieg, husband meet with Jimmy Carter, sit in on Sunday school class


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Deaths of Cedar Hill pastor, family in suspicious house fire ruled murder-suicide

Laurel man who served as Maryland pastor heading to prison on child porn charges

Thousands Pack NYC’s Times Square for ‘Alive from New York’ to Witness Live 4D Ultrasound

Buttigieg, husband attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class

Ancient 3,000-year-old tablet suggests Biblical king may have existed

Israeli rabbi: Notre Dame fire divine retribution? Church-burning can be ok

Christian persecution ‘at near genocide levels’


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