Daily Archives: May 11, 2019

May 11 Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Psalm 69:13–18

Key Verse: Psalm 69:13

But as for me, my prayer is to You,

O Lord, in the acceptable time;

O God, in the multitude of Your mercy,

Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.

Perhaps your conversations with the Lord began as bedtime prayers when you were a child. Maybe you learned the Lord’s Prayer in Sunday school. Throughout your life, the Bible, your pastor, and Bible teachers have stressed the importance of praying to God.

But how do you really feel about prayer? Is it something you do hurriedly out of obligation, or do you truly enjoy conversing with your heavenly Father many times throughout the day? Discovering the spiritual benefits of prayer may help you to understand the great things that can be accomplished by talking to God:

  • Prayer deepens our relationship with Jesus Christ. It helps us to understand the character of the loving God we serve.
  • Prayer purifies our lives. By confessing our sins and leaving them at God’s feet, we can be relieved of unnecessary guilt and shame.
  • Prayer helps us to trust God as our provider. As life’s pressures increase, we will anticipate our times of fellowship with Him.
  • Prayer leads to spiritual growth and maturity. The more time we spend with God, the more equipped we will be to help others and to weather the storms in our own lives.

If you are currently a “dutiful” prayer, reach out to God in a new way today. Ask Him to show you the joys of being a dedicated prayer warrior.

Lord, I surrender to You my sense of duty in my prayer life, and ask in return that You infuse it with the trust and purity that leads to maturity.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 138). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Evangelical SJWs and LGBT Successfully Teamed Up to Get Tech Giants to ‘Demonetize” P&P — Pulpit & Pen

Social Justice Warriors associated with The Gospel Coalition and ‘woke’ evangelicalism have teamed up with the LGBT lobby to get tech giants, Google and Amazon, to demonetize Pulpit & Pen by flagging it as ‘hate speech.’

Pulpit & Pen is not the first conservative news and/or commentary outlet to be censored by the technocracy. Praeger University is taking legal action against Google and YouTube for demonetizing it because of its conservative viewpoint. Steven Crowder and his organization have similarly been blackballed from tech giants from receiving ad revenue. Donald Trump Jr wrote an op-ed about this very issue when Instagram began to ban his posts about problems relating to the (now, provenly false) claims of Jussie Smollett’s supposed victimhood, entitled, Conservatives Face a Tough Fight as Big Tech’s Censorship Expands. Project Veritas revealed that Facebook is intentionally “de-boosting” material from conservatives, and Facebook execs bragged about de-boosting a BlazeTV piece against Social Justice. Both conservatives and liberals alike grew uneasy at the technocracy’s coordinated efforts to ban Alex Jones and his media outlets, and they warned that such censorship would just be the beginning and they would come for all of us next.

The question isn’t whether or not private corporations have the right to censor who they want on their platform, the question is whether or not Big Tech is becoming Big Brother and whether or not such companies should be treated as public utilities. One thing is for sure, if Tech Giants want to start acting as content publishers, they should be legally held liable for everything published on their platforms.

Religious leftists have tried to ban, boycott, and censor Pulpit & Pen many times. A Southern Baptist blog for pastors called for a boycott of Pulpit & Pen because we breached their standard of political correctness. A Baptist newspaper in Missouri warned their readership to stay away from our material. Roving Twitter mobs have called the Tech company to ban us for years, and they often call for boycotts. A gay priest who works with The Gospel Coalition said he’d rather people watch adult entertainment than read P&P. Karen Swallow Prior has called for our censorship, as has Beth Moore. Clayton Jennings fans have tried to get tech companies to ban our publication. Jackie Hill Perry, a Same-Sex Attracted activist and Social Justice Warrior (also affiliated with TGC) had legions of her LGBTQ fans (for she has many) flag us for hate speech.

I’ve been banned from Facebook for posting a P&P article calling Bruce Jenner a man (this was shortly after “deadnaming” became prohibited). I’ve been banned from Facebook for citing a current medical science organization listing ‘transgenderism’ as a mental illness. These bans were done because of ‘flagging’ done by Jackie Hill Perry fans and Social Justice advocates associated with The Gospel Coalition. In short, it was leftist “Christians” in partnership with the LGBT lobby who tried to silence me. I was also banned for ‘hate speech’ after a post critical of Ed Stetzer, a former Lifeway executive and an editor at Christianity Today. And, Facebook has been “throttling” P&P’s page for some time.

When we asked for information corroborating Kyle J. Howard’s claims he was in a gang (which are absurd claims, by the way), his friends at The Gospel Coalition, Beth Moore, and others continued to rally their fans to get us banned, blocked, and boycotted from tech companies for “hate speech,” which you can read about here. This is eerily similar to Instagram censoring Trump Jr for questioning Smollett’s false claims of victimhood.

Read more: Evangelical SJWs and LGBT Successfully Teamed Up to Get Tech Giants to ‘Demonetize” P&P — Pulpit & Pen

May 11 Controlling Your Thoughts

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1–17

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:16

“Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

The computer age is here to stay and, along with it, a new dictionary of technological terms. One that we should be familiar with by now is software, which is the operational basis for all computer systems. Impressive computer hardware is displayed in ads and on desks; but the compact, hidden software makes the system functional.

In a sense a person receives an entirely new software package when he receives Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life. He is taken out of Adam (his old way of living) and placed into Christ (his new way of living). Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, he now has “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16), which allows him to align his thoughts with those of Christ and to view life from God’s perspective.

Such thoughts do not automatically register, however. Our old software package of selfishly oriented, independent thinking has made deep inroads into our personalities. We are presented daily with the mind-set of a godless world and the darts of our constant adversary, the devil.

Experiencing the benefits of your new nature and your new mind depends upon the daily introduction of spiritual programming provided by the Father for your new life in Christ.

Dear God, thank You for reprogramming me—taking out the old, pouring in the new. I praise You that I now have the mind of Christ, which allows me to align my thoughts to view life from Your perspective.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 138). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 11 Praying with Confidence

Scripture reading: 1 John 5:13–15

Key verse: Hebrews 10:35

Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Too often we approach prayer and worship like a child entering his first day of school—very tentatively. That certainly is not the concept of prayer and worship presented in the Scriptures. Like a proven champion, the believer should exude confidence in his rapport with God: “This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).

Perhaps one reason for your hesitancy is your uncertainty over what is God’s will in a given situation. You want God’s direction; you seek to obey Him. But how far should you go when you don’t have the path clearly marked? You may not always know God’s will in a particular circumstance, but you can still pray with confidence when you are willing to do the following:

  • Let God have His way. You work and act in a specific manner, but You are ever ready to change course. God knows what is best for you, and you accept His plan, even if you disagree.
  • Glorify Him more than obtain your answer. Your chief purpose is to honor God. Whatever route exalts Him—not just blesses you—is the path you seek to walk.
  • Praise Him regardless of the outcome. You can confidently give thanks in all things, knowing that God is in control.

Dear Lord, search my heart and reveal my true motives. I want to glorify You more than just obtain answers to my problems.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 138). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jordan Peterson Reveals What Could ‘Fatally Undermine the Radical Left’ | Sputnik International

Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson shot to fame following his refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns and has become one of the most prominent public speakers in recent time.

Jordan Peterson, the self-styled “professor against political correctness”, has shared his ideas on what might crush the ideology of so-called “cultural Marxism”, a frequent target of his criticism.

Peterson is a vocal proponent of ‘equality of opportunity’, a political theory based on the idea that all people should be treated similarly, and there should be no arbitrary discrimination based on their ethnicity, religion, sex, etc.

READ MORE: Jordan Peterson and Slavoj Zizek Clash in Intellectual ‘Duel of Century’

This concept is often set in opposition to ‘equality of outcome’ — the doctrine that says that certain social groups should be given support depending on how much they need, in order to achieve greater fairness of outcomes.

The difference between the two concepts can be illustrated as follows: equality of opportunity means that men and women should have the right to run for parliamentary elections, whereas equality of outcome proponents might argue that women should be granted quotas in parliament, where they are under-represented, to achieve gender equality. For example, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau insisted that half of his cabinet members were women.

“It is my fervent hope, and optimistic belief, that the doctrine of equity contains within it so many intrinsic contradictions that it will fatally undermine the ideology of the radical left,” Peterson wrote in a piece for Canadian newspaper National Post.

“There is simply no excuse for this doctrine,” Peterson believes. He makes the case that it is oversimplified and impossible to implement due to the great diversity of social groups and self-proclaimed identities that pose a possible threat to the desired equality.

While gender quotas are commonly applied through legislation to leadership positions (such as electoral quotas in Scandinavian states or similar proposed initiatives in Australia), Peterson argues that male dominance also persists in jobs with a relatively lower status, such as electricians, construction workers, and plumbers, for instance.

Jordan Peterson speaking with attendees at the 2018 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida

“Now it doesn’t seem like mere imagination on my part that all the noise about ‘patriarchal domination’ is not directed at the fact that far more men than women occupy what are essentially trade positions,” he says.

“Nor does it seem unreasonable to point out that these are not particularly high-status jobs, although they may pay comparative well.”

“It is also obvious that none of these occupations and their hierarchies, in isolation, can be thoughtfully considered the kind of oppressive patriarchy supposed to constitute the ‘West’, and aimed at the domination and exclusion of women.”

He goes on to conclude that if the demands of leftists for gender equality were to be achieved through strict quota systems, similar measures would have to be introduced vis-à-vis an ever-growing list of social groups.

“After concentrating on sexual equity, it will be high time to consider the same set of actions implemented for equity by race and ethnicity,” he writes. “And then we will be equally obliged, morally, to concentrate on the other places where systemic prejudice is apparently self-evident: social class, age, attractiveness, disability, temperament — even perhaps education and intelligence.”

Bringing these changes about would inevitably require an enormous — and hardly feasible — bureaucratic effort, and Peterson insists that this doctrine is “inexcusable, both morally and practically”.

“It should be roundly rejected (at whatever reasonable personal cost that might be incurred) by anyone who takes the ideas of the excessive left seriously, who is concerned in any genuine sense with the increasingly destructive polarisation of our political discourse, and who wants to stand up and be counted when the radicals come knocking — or pounding — at the door.”

Peterson, who is regularly criticized by the left for his rants against identity politics and the feminist narrative, recently saw Cambridge University revoke his fellowship invitation at the Faculty of Divinity.

READ MORE: Student Calls Out Cambridge for Disinviting ‘Enemy of Inclusion’ Jordan Peterson

Cambridge officials explained that Peterson’s fellowship offer was pulled after the YouTube star was pictures standing alongside a man wearing an “I’m a proud Islamophobe” T-Shirt.  Peterson said he was aware of the slogan but that the man had the right to wear the shirt if he felt like doing it.

“I think the Faculty of Divinity made a serious error of judgement in rescinding their offer to me (and I’m speaking about those unnamed persons who made that specific decision). I think they handled publicising the rescindment in a manner that could hardly have been more narcissistic, self-congratulatory and devious,” he replied.

Source: Jordan Peterson Reveals What Could ‘Fatally Undermine the Radical Left’

Investigation on Russia Hoax Origins Intensifies as Bombshell Memo Emerges; Lindsey Graham 2.0 Demands All Communication Between Obama State Department Officials and Foreign Spy Christopher Steele

The investigations on the origins of the Russia probe intensified after a newly-released document showing the apparent political purposes of Christopher Steele’s dossier surfaced.

Lindsey Graham, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, sent a letter (pdf) to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on May 10 requesting the Department of State provide documents related to communications between the department officials and Steele.

He made the requests after handwritten notes of an Oct. 11, 2016, meeting between then Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Kathleen Kavalec and Steele emerged.

According to the notes, Steele reportedly told Kavalec that he “keen to see this information (the dossier) come to light prior to November 8,” the date of the 2016 presidential election. Steele worked for Fusion GPS—which was paid by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign—during that time period.

“It was unclear until recently, however, how significant her communications with Steele may have been,” Graham wrote in the letter addressed to Pompeo.

The document was able to be released due to the Freedom of Information Act.

State Department handwritte… by on Scribd

In the letter, Graham requested the State Department provide all documents and communications on or after May 1, 2016, between State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ) employees or officials relating to Christopher Steele, the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump, or anyone associated with the Trump campaign.

He also required the State Department to make Kavalec available for a transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee.

Chairman @LindseyGrahamSC Continues Investigation into Origins of Russia Probe:
New details show political motivation behind Carter Page FISA warrant applicationhttps://t.co/m71PCQQpZz pic.twitter.com/F7gVnJbY5j

— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) May 10, 2019

Graham simultaneously sent another letter (pdf) to the Inspector General of the State Department, Michael Horowitz, and asked him to consider the newly-uncovered information in Horowitz’s ongoing investigation into potential FISA abuse surrounding the 2016 election.

“I request that you include, if you have not already, consideration of this new information regarding State Department involvement with the Carter Page FISA warrant, the Steele dossier, and direct communications between State Department officials and Steele,” he wrote in the letter.

Steele made several allegations during the Oct. 11 meeting that were proved to be false by the Mueller report, the Hill reported.

FBI ‘Aware the Dossier Was a Lie’ Before Spying Trump Campaign: Mark Meadows

Two days after the Oct. 11, 2016, meeting, Kavalec forwarded her typed summary to officials showing her concern about Steele’s credibility.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) affirmed to the Hill that Kavalec’s memo was forwarded to the FBI in an Oct. 13, 2016, email, eight days before FBI used Steele and his infamous dossier as key pieces of evidence to justify a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump Campaign adviser Carter Page.

Meadows also believed that the FBI knew the dossier was not credible before the FISA warrant application.

“This once again shows officials at the FBI and DOJ were well aware the dossier was a lie—from very early on in the process all the way to when they made the conscious decision to include it in a FISA application,” he told the Hill. “The fact that Christopher Steele and his partisan research document were treated in any way seriously by our Intelligence Community leaders amounts to malpractice.”

However, according to a footnote on page 15 of the Carter Page FISA application (pdf), the FBI stated that the Steele dossier “has been corroborated,” Steele “be reliable,” and “FBI is unaware of any derogatory information pertaining to” Steele.

The evidence is mounting that Comey deceived the FISA court concerning the Steele dossier. State did a quick verification and threw Steele out. Comey did no verification for 5 months and conducted an illicit SPYING OPERATION. Let’s see how long Dem media protects Comey.

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) May 9, 2019

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer, expressed his concern that Former FBI Director James Comey “deceived the FISA court.”

“The evidence is mounting that Comey deceived the FISA court concerning the Steele dossier. State did a quick verification and threw Steele out. Comey did no verification for 5 months and conducted an illicit SPYING OPERATION. Let’s see how long Dem media protects Comey,” he tweeted.

Source: Investigation on Russia Hoax Origins Intensifies as Bombshell Memo Emerges; Lindsey Graham 2.0 Demands All Communication Between Obama State Department Officials and Foreign Spy Christopher Steele

Not Politically Correct, Microsoft Word Will Correct You — Pulpit & Pen

Is Microsoft trying to rehabilitate the image of Clippy?

Sure, the hypercaffeinated anthropomorphic paperclip designed to “assist” you in your writing may have been the worst addition to Microsoft Office ever. “Hi! It looks like you’re writing a breakup letter! Can I help you with some reasons why your significant other might not be the one for you?”

That digital irritant may have been removed from the program over a decade ago, but it still represents a nadir in Microsoft Word development.

I’m not sure anything can replace that stupid paperclip, but according to the business magazine Fast Company, Microsoft is rolling out a series of features called “Ideas in Word” to help users with their writing — and one of those features will have to do with whether your writing is sufficiently woke.

“Microsoft will soon preview a version of Word that will use artificial intelligence to make your writing not just grammatically but politically correct,” Fast Company reported Wednesday.

“Microsoft doesn’t call it a ‘political correctness check,’ but that’s essentially what it is. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Sure, Jerry. I will grumblingly admit there are some interesting features here, including a tool that tells you how long a document will take to read and one that decodes acronyms.

It can pick out key points from a piece of text, Engadget reports, and help you with putting style tables together.

All right, cool. But then there’s this: It’ll underline words and phrases it thinks are politically incorrect or insensitive and then suggest replacements.

“Say you write, ‘We need to get some fresh blood in here,’” Fast Company reports. “The AI is likely to underline ‘fresh blood’ and suggest ‘new employees’ instead.”

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Maxine Waters has no room to scream impeachment while daughter pockets another $183k from her campaign | Conservative News Today

Mad Maxine … credit … Fox News

Repeated ethics complaints filed against California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters have only seemingly served to increase the amounts being billed by her daughter to Waters’ campaign committee for the service of producing endorsement mailers, also called slate mailers.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Waters made payments totaling $50,000 to her daughter Karen in the first quarter of 2019. Another $133,000 is still owed to her that the campaign will make payments on going forward.

The sweet deal Karen Waters has had since 2004 involves running a slate mailer that is sent to about 200,000 residents in South Central Los Angeles that contains a sample ballot and statement by Maxine Waters endorsing other California Democrat candidates who pay five-figure sums to be included in the mailers.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, “The operation brought in $400,000 from candidates running for office during the midterm election cycle, including $52,000 from now-governor Gavin Newsom. Waters’s campaign received more than 20 separate checks of $10,000 or more from other committees this past cycle.

“Karen Waters has greatly benefited from overseeing the slate mailers and has pocketed north of $800,000 over the years,” the Beacon reported.

Numerous complaints to the FEC against Waters over the practice through the years have failed to stop the practice. The FEC issued an advisory opinion in 2004 allowing Waters to run the operation from her federal campaign committee. Using slate mailers is a common practice in  California and Oregon, and the racket is increasingly coming under heavy scrutiny.

The Beacon reports that “Waters appears to be the only federal candidate to run a slate mailer operation from a federal committee, according to a search of the FEC’s database.”

Source: Maxine Waters has no room to scream impeachment while daughter pockets another $183k from her campaign