Daily Archives: May 13, 2019

May 13 Solving Problems Through Prayer

Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:2–5

Key Verse: Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Hi, Bill. How’s your brother doing?” Tom asked. Bill replied, “I suppose he is fine. I haven’t heard otherwise.”

We often overhear exchanges like this, but have you ever stopped to consider what they mean? The implication is that while good things in a person’s life may go by without fanfare, problems will usually be known well by everyone around. People simply enjoy talking about hardships because they make such dramatic stories.

Why is this so? Could it be that others discuss our problems so much because that is what we emphasize in our lives? Are we quicker to discuss our trials than our joys? Within a loving family or church body, it is appropriate and natural to share our concerns with others (Galatians 6:2). We do this so that others may be aware of our circumstances in order to pray specifically for our needs. However, when we become best known for our worries, it is almost impossible for anyone to perceive our joy in Christ.

Jesus takes our hardships quite seriously, and so should we. However, we must view our problems through the lens of our saving relationship with Christ. If you are suffering beneath immense obstacles, make sure that you are discussing the matter with Him more than anyone else. Only He has the power to solve every problem, every time.

Lord, only You have the power to solve my problems. Let me turn to You first in prayer, instead of talking to others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 140). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 13 A Way of Escape

Scripture Reading: James 4:1–8

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Helen Lemmel’s song, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” strikes a comforting chord when facing the temptation to give up. It asks the questions, “O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?” and then it directs the anguished soul to look to the Savior for abundant life. As your eyes are turned upon Jesus and you look into His face, the things of earth grow dim in the light of His glory.

The enemy of our souls sends temptation for the purpose of discouraging us and causing us to give up. God allows temptation. Without its fierce and mighty blows against our lives, we cannot fully develop the courage that accompanies faith.

The Lord knows you will make mistakes. In facing temptation, train yourself to say no to the tempter. There is Someone stronger within you, and He calls you to remain faithful to the One who can save you from the physical and emotional sorrow temptation brings.

Jesus understands the turmoil that comes as a result of fiery trials. Therefore, He has provided a plan of escape from Satan’s angry grasp (1 Cor. 10:13). However, you must first say no to the enemy’s enticement. Jesus used Scripture when He was tempted to turn from God. The Word of God is your sure defense. Hide it in your heart, and call out to the Lord of your soul.

Precious heavenly Father, I turn my eyes upon You for strength for my journey. Enable me to say no to the enemy’s enticements along the way. I cry out to You for help![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 140). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

How Should Churches Address Pornography Use Among Christians? — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

As pornography use is becoming more common and acceptable in today’s culture, many practicing Christians feel trapped in a shameful dependency they know is direct disobedience to the will of God.

With past surveys showing that as many as two-thirds of practicing Christian men reported looking at porn monthly or more often, professor Samuel L. Perry of the University of Oklahoma contends Christians are not being challenged by their churches to change their sinful behavior.

Perry, a professor of sociology and religious studies who comes from an evangelical background, authored the book Addicted to Lust: Pornography in the Lives of Conservative Protestants. The title was released this month, as May marks National Masturbation Month in some circles.

The book features interviews and survey data to help Perry present a balanced overview of how increasingly easier access to internet pornography is impacting conservative Protestants in different ways than porn users of lesser or no faiths might experience.

“I think conservative Christians are really at a difficult place. In the book, I’d like to say I end on a more positive note. I try to be optimistic. I try to give some counsel on what I feel like would be some helpful steps to take for the subculture generally,” Perry told The Christian Post. “And yet, I got to acknowledge that I think conservative Protestants really face a pickle.”

As a scholar of religion and families, Perry began researching more closely the topic of pornography around five years ago when he was curious about the link between pornography use and divorce. Today, around 20 of his over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles have focused on the issues of pornography, lust and masturbation.

With technological advancements over the years with the internet and smartphones, access to pornographic material is less restricted than ever.

Although conservative Christians are known for holding staunch beliefs when it comes to sexual sin, many conservative Christians also report being helplessly trapped in the grip of pornography dependence as technology is making it harder to avoid the temptation.

“This is a real challenge as the broader culture in the United States becomes more antithetical to a traditional Christian sexual ethic,” Perry explained.

Perry said one of the main points of the book is that among the negative consequences that conservative Protestant users of pornography face is the experience of “consistently, willfully, repeatedly violating their own moral convictions by looking at pornography.”

“[T]hey feel stuck, and they feel judged; they feel like they have to hide it, and lie about it,” he said. “It hurts their mental health when they have to kind of pretend they’re not doing this or they feel bad about themselves. It also certainly hurts their marriages and their intimate relationships because they definitely feel like they have to hide that.”

Perry added that data show conservative Protestant women are twice as likely to divorce their husbands over the issue of pornography use as compared to non-conservative Protestant women.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith

via How Should Churches Address Pornography Use Among Christians? — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

May 13 Personal Intimacy

Scripture reading: Psalm 142:1–7

Key verse: Psalm 142:5

I cried out to You, O Lord:

I said, “You are my refuge,

My portion in the land of the living.”

The goal of a married couple is not just to stay married but to develop a personal intimacy that touches body, soul, and spirit. Likewise, the goal of a believer is not just to be a Christian but to cultivate an intimate, devoted relationship with the heavenly Father.

In both instances honest, sincere, and consistent communication is the key to such oneness and nearness. The Christian experiences that process through a deepening, growing, expanding experience of praise, worship, and prayer.

God’s goal in intimacy is not just to answer your petitions or hear your complaints or solve your problems. Although He does address each of these needs, they are only a part of the Lord Jesus Christ’s ultimate purpose—oneness and union with Him.

God wants you to know Him; to enjoy Him; to live continually in the light of His favor, wisdom, and truth. He desires a genuine relationship with you, His child. Daily worship and prayer are the spiritual closet where you and the Father are drawn into a personal intimacy in which God’s love for you and your love for Him become the bedrock of your faith.

Make it your goal to know God intimately. Learn to worship and praise Him—then watch your prayer life move into a new dimension.

Heavenly Father, my goal is to know You intimately. Teach me how to worship. Teach me how to pray.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 140). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Steve Hilton Excellent Recap on China Trade Confrontation… — The Last Refuge

Looking at the retaliatory response from China today; there’s lots of great news.  China is doing exactly what President Trump quietly predicted.  They are walking directly into his trap.  Trump is a friggin’ genius…. more on that coming.

This video from Steve Hilton last night was very well presented.

via Steve Hilton Excellent Recap on China Trade Confrontation… — The Last Refuge

May 13, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Mid-Day Snapshot · May 13, 2019

The Foundation

“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” —James Madison (1816)

The Long-Running Trade War With China

The president aims to end China’s decades-long abusive trade practices.

When Does Life Begin?

As states like Georgia consider “heartbeat” abortion bills, that’s the only question that matters.

No Privacy Equals Totalitarianism

Tech giants are doing a number on Americans’ privacy, and most aren’t even aware of it.

New Judges Confirmed at Record Pace

Trump is gradually remaking the judiciary, as 39 judges are confirmed to U.S. circuit courts.

Tension Points With Iran

Recent weeks have seen already bad relations between nations deteriorate further.

#Blexit2020 — How Black Voters Will Turn Out in 2020

More blacks than ever are seeing through the Democrat facade on the issues.

Video: Leftist Response to Tragedies

Tragedies don’t occur because they don’t believe in God, but because they’re not PC enough.

Video: When Dems Were Against Holding the AG in Contempt

That was before they voted to hold current AG Bill Barr in contempt. Hypocrites.

Today’s Opinion

Hans von Spakovsky
NY Times Publication of Trump Tax Information Violates His Legal Right to Confidentiality
Scott Powell
How the U.S. Can Solve the Current Trade Tariff Impasse With China
Kathryn Jean Lopez
How About Rediscovering the Human?
Guest Commentary
The Children Demand ‘Medicare for All
Todd Starnes
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salvation Army Must Stand Up to Leftist Bigots
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China issues tariffs, oil-tanker sabotage, new border barriers, Google-Leftmedia coalition, biology prevails, and more.

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from James Comey, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Rashida Tlaib, and more.

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News – 5/13/2019

Eleven-year-old ‘Drag Kid’ now a spokeschild for Converse shoes
An 11-year-old drag performer known as Desmond-is-Amazing is now a model for a shoe company. The Converse footwear company, once known for its fashionable high top basketball shoes, has announced a new “partnership” with Desmond Napoles and five other “individuals connected with the LGBTQ+ community” to market its new “Pride collection.”

FBI uncovers Islamic terror training camp in Alabama
The property, similar to another compound in New Mexico the group is now linked to where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were training children to carry out deadly terror attacks on American soil. “The threat of domestic terrorism exists in every region of the United States and affects all walks of life.”

Minister: Iran could strike Israel if U.S. standoff escalates
If there’s some sort of conflagration between Iran and the United States, between Iran and its neighbours, I’m not ruling out that they will activate Hezbollah (in Lebanon) and Islamic Jihad from Gaza, or even that they will try to fire missiles from Iran at the State of Israel,” said Steinitz, a member of Netanyahu’s security cabinet.

Iranian commander: US forces must leave the region
“The presence of the Americans in the Persian Gulf region has reached its end and they must leave the region,” Khanzadi said. In addition, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said the US military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target.

Are the Palestinians Planning Another Round of Temple Mount Violence?
Ramadan began eight days ago and the security situation is already heating up the Temple Mount, threatening to be as violent as it has been in the past.

The Middle East Anti-Peace Movement
Ibrahim al-Karaki, the mayor of the Jordanian city of Al-Karak, 87 miles to south of Amman, with a view to the Dead Sea, is under attack for hosting Israeli (Jewish) tourists during the Jewish Passover holiday. His critics have accused him of promoting normalization with the “Israeli enemy” and are demanding his resignation.

Pence Again Calls for Removal of Omar From House Foreign Affairs Committee
“Ilhan Omar has made statements … anti-Semitic comments … statements against our most cherished ally: Israel … that ought to be rejected by every American,” said Pence during an interview with Fox News. Even before running for Congress, Omar made anti-Israel statements such as tweeting in 2012 that Israel has “hypnotized the world,” a post that has since been deleted.

Catholic philosopher: Why I signed the open letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy
The Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church that was signed by a number of scholars and pastors, including me, furnishes clear evidence of heretical (not just erroneous) statements that may be found in the approved writings of Pope Francis, as well as evidence—in the form of repeated acts and omissions of governance—that he is fully aware of what he is promoting.

Devin Nunes: ‘Comey is in a lot of trouble’ after making ‘a mess of the FBI’
What’s more, according to Rep. Devin Nunes, the former chairman and now ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday, Comey may be facing substantial legal problems in the near future.

6.1 magnitude earthquake in Panama injures two
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled homes in southwest Panama on Sunday near the border with Costa Rica, damaging buildings and injuring at least two people, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities, authorities said. The quake struck some 4 miles southeast of Plaza de Caisán, Panama, at a depth of about 12 miles,…

Remains of 35 found at western Mexico clandestine sites
Mexican investigators have found thirty-five bodies buried around the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, the country’s second city, state prosecutors said on Saturday. The discovery of the bodies was another reminder of the task facing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December vowing to reduce the gang-fuelled violence that produced nearly 29,000 murders in Mexico last year, a record.

Pompeo to meet Putin in Russia next week
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in Russian city of Sochi to discuss “bilateral and multilateral challenges,” US State Department said Friday. Pompeo’s Russia trip is scheduled from May 12 to 14. He would lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Monday, according to a statement issued by the department.

Alexa, Why Are Employees Looking at My Data?
Everyone’s been talking about Bloomberg’s report that Amazon workers are listening to the voice recordings created when you speak to Alexa. But Amazon is far from alone. Here’s how tech companies can—and have—looked at that private data you upload.

Bitcoin donations to ISIS soared day before Sri Lanka bombings
“Globes” can reveal that an investigation conducted by Israeli blockchain intelligence startup Whitestream has found that on the day prior to the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, there were exceptionally large transfers in the bitcoin wallets that ISIS uses to raise contributions. Militant Islamic terror group ISIS took responsibility for last month’s Sri Lankan bombings, which claimed the lives of over 250 people.

Trump bumps up Brazil to ‘major non-NATO’ ally
President Donald Trump said he will grant special military status to Brazil, making it a “major non-NATO ally” in a move to boost cooperation. “I am making this designation in recognition of … Brazil’s recent commitments to increase defense cooperation with the United States, and in recognition of our own national interest in deepening our defense coordination with Brazil,” Trump said in a letter to Congress. Trump said he also was giving consideration to having Brazil become an actual member of NATO,…

Ex-intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified documents to reporter
A former intelligence analyst was taken into custody Thursday after federal authorities unsealed an indictment accusing him of leaking more than a dozen classified national defense documents to a journalist. The document does not identify the reporter or his outlet, but the description suggests they are Jeremy Scahill and the news site The Intercept. The outlet said in a statement Thursday morning that it “does not comment on matters relating to the identity of anonymous sources,” but it described the arrest as an abuse of power.

RED ALERT ‘Unprecedented’ 100,000 people hit by EU measles outbreak – as deadly disease spreads at terrifying rate
MEASLES is spreading at a terrifying rate across Europe with more than 100,000 people hit by the outbreak in the last year.

War with Iran forthcoming? Most experts say they don’t think so
It’s been an intense couple of weeks in the triangle of the United States, Iran and the European Union. The immediate trigger is the one-year mark since US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Trump administration decided to use that anniversary to impose fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Qatari envoy arrives in Gaza Strip, transfers $30 million to Hamas
The Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi arrived at the Gaza Strip through the Erez Crossing and handed over $30 million to Hamas on Monday, and families are now being asked to check whether they received the $100 grant they deserve. After the last round of fighting last week, the Qatari Foreign Ministry issued an official statement saying that Qatar would transfer $480 million in support of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Saudi Energy Minister says two Saudi oil tankers attacked near UAE waters
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two Saudi oil tankers were among vessels targeted by a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), condemning it as an attempt to undermine security of global crude supplies. The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were hit by sabotage near the emirate of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz.

Burkina Faso church attack: Priest among six killed
Gunmen have killed six people including a priest as Mass was being celebrated in a church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officials say. The attackers, said to number between 20 and 30, then burned down the church. The town’s mayor, Ousmane Zongo, said that there was panic as other buildings were burned down and a health centre looted.

Iran commander calls U.S. military in Gulf a target not a threat -ISNA
A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported. The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East in a move that U.S. officials said was made to counter “clear indications” of threats from Iran to American forces in the region.

Handful of ‘left leaning sources’ dominate Google’s ‘Top Stories,’ study finds
A new study from the Computational Journalism Lab at Northwestern found that many of Google’s top hits for news searches came from just a handful of left-leaning sources. Researchers Daniel Trielli and Nicholas Diakopoulos conducted their study by looking at the results of more than 200 news-related questions every day in November 2017.

Coalition deal could pave way for ultra-Orthodox-only communities
The ultra-Orthodox parties are focused on the Housing Ministry and control of Israel’s Land Authority as part of negotiations to join Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition, indicating they will make new neighborhoods already being planned exclusive to the ultra-Orthodox community. According to religious MKs, outgoing Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s policy for subsidized housing, resulted in a shortage of homes for the ultra-Orthodox community…

Face it: If you are using Amazon Alexa in your home, you are an incredibly stupid person
Amazon has really pulled a fast one on the public with its Alexa ploy – and especially those stupid enough to actually pay money for one of these things, which basically allows Jeff Bezos and his brigade of digital peephole perverts to spy on them 24/7.

Mississippi River Flooding: With New Orleans Levee Pressure Increasing, Bonnet Carré spillway Opened; Louisiana Governor Declares Statewide Emergency
As the flood-swollen Mississippi River rises across the South into Louisiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the Bonnet Carré spillway north of New Orleans in a precautionary move to relieve potential stress on the city’s levees, which protect from catastrophic flooding.

Police In New Zealand Looking To Make Arrest of Person Who Left A Chick Gospel Tract About Islam And Muslims Called ‘Men Of Peace’ In Mailbox
Do you get the sense that the wide-open window we have enjoyed for so long is starting to close? I do. Yes, this story takes place in New Zealand and not in America, but guess what? America is a kitten’s whisker away from turning Socialist. Could I see Americans in America arrested for handing out gospel tracts if the Democratic Socialists get power? I absolutely do!

Texas Officials Illuminate Crosses After Atheists’ Call for Removal
Elected officials in an East Texas community defiantly illuminated the crosses on their courthouse after an atheist organization told them to take them down. The move came after the county judge and commissioners voted unanimously to keep the four crosses on the county building.

Horror! Nazis Crash Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony in Arkansas – With Signs About Ovens
Nazis and white supremacists interrupted a Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Arkansas last Sunday. The nazis were chanting, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported:

FBI Breaks Up Homegrown Islamic Terror Camp in Alabama Owned by Terrorist Siraj Wahhaj and his Supporters
A homegrown Islamic terrorist training camp was discovered in Alabama recently. The property belongs to terrorist Siraj Wahhaj who was arrested at a camp in New Mexico.

Vatican Wishes Happy Ramadan to ‘Muslim Brothers and Sisters’ As Christians Are Slaughtered in Ramadan-Jihad Terror Attacks
Why doeasn’t speak in defense of his flock? Outreach is all well and good but Ramadan is the season of jihad — pure terror for non-Muslims living in Muslim countries.

Catholic Clergy Accuse Pope Francis of Heresy, Call to Reprimand Him
A group of Catholic Church clergy members and theologians has called on bishops to admonish Pope Francis, accusing the head of the Vatican of heresy, according to reports.

Chips Ahoy Goes Full SJW – Promotes “Drag Moms” in Bizarre Mother’s Day Advertisement (VIDEO)
Chips Ahoy! promoted “drag moms” and drag queens in their Mother’s Day advertisement on Sunday. Is nothing sacred anymore? An infinitesimal percentage of people dress in drag, yet Chips Ahoy decided to feature a (male) “drag queen” in their Mother’s Day advertisement.

More ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bills Emerge in the Midwest and South
New “heartbeat” abortion bills are emerging in the Midwest and South that will ban pregnancy terminations after a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

Pelosi’s Holy Imam Compared Jews to Nazis and Homosexuality to Bestiality
On Thursday Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave opening prayer duties to Imam Omar Suleiman. Anti-Semitic radical Linda Sarsour praised Pelosi for the choice.

Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a ‘calming feeling,’ shockingly claims Palestinians created ‘safe haven’ for Jews
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has made yet another shocking and historically ignorant claim: That thinking about the Holocaust gives her a “calming feeling” because her Palestinian ancestors provided a “safe haven” for Jewish victims of the tragedy.

Pope Urges Youth to Hear the ‘Anguished Plea of the Earth’
Pope Francis has told young economists and entrepreneurs that the world needs a different kind of economy, “one that cares for the environment and does not despoil it.”

Headlines – 5/13/2019

Trump envoy: PA dismissal of peace plan hurts ordinary Palestinians

Ex-IDF chief said to warn Trump envoy of West Bank violence over peace plan

Israel TV: US won’t oppose extension of Israeli law to all West Bank settlements

Settlers hail ‘historic opportunity’ after report Trump won’t oppose annexation

Netanyahu chooses site in Golan Heights to be named after Trump

Official: Qatari envoy slated to arrive in Gaza by Monday to distribute funds

Years of Gaza rocket strikes leave dark mark on the south’s psyche

Palestinians criticize new booklet praising Abbas handed out in PA schools

Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a ‘calming feeling,’ shockingly claims Palestinians created ‘safe haven’ for Jews

Rashida Tlaib slammed by House GOP over comments on Holocaust, Palestinians

Germany vows to back Israel at UN, in apparent break from past record

Miami man arrested for threatening to ‘get rid’ of Jews in calls to bagel shop

Amid US-Iran tension, Israeli minister fears Tehran ‘may fire rockets at Israel’

Iran says US doesn’t dare attack for fear of provoking assault on Israel

Iran commander calls U.S. military in Gulf a target not a threat

Iran ‘Facing All Out War’ As U.S. ‘Aims To Fix Its Destabilizing Influence’

UAE Says Four Commercial Vessels Targeted by ‘Sabotage Operations’ Near Iran

Two Saudi Oil Tankers Targeted in Sunday’s ‘Sabotage Attack’ Near Iran

Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ pressure from international sanctions, Rouhani says

Inside Syria’s secret torture prisons: How Bashar al-Assad crushed dissent

Isil extremists using Instagram to promote jihad and incite support for terror attacks on the West

Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso

‘It’s time to rise up,’ Venezuelan general tells military officers in video

Nearly 3 dozen bodies found buried in western Mexico, likely linked to gang-related violence, officials say

The Pentagon is reportedly shifting funds from ballistic missile and surveillance plane programs to fund Trump’s border wall

Manning refusing to testify at grand jury probing WikiLeaks

Trump may provoke U.S. lawmakers to impeach him: senior Democrat

Trump’s Trade War Escalation Will Exact Economic Pain, Adviser Says

Handful of ‘left leaning sources’ dominate Google’s ‘Top Stories,’ study finds

YouTube and its users face an existential threat from the EU’s new copyright directive

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Canoas, Costa Rica

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Claveria, Philippines

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Severnaya Zemlya

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 11,000ft

Heavy rains, ‘incredible’ flooding blamed for 2 deaths across Southeast from storm system

‘Up to my kneecaps in water’: New Orleans slammed with heavy rains, flooding streets

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to break record for longest river flood event since 1927 on May 21

UN chief says world ‘not on track’ with climate change

WHO warns Ebola could breach DRC’s borders unless attacks stop

March for Life UK challenges hearts and minds on abortion

Anti-abortion bills mount as GOP-led states angle for Supreme Court fight over Roe v. Wade

Rep. Lee Zeldin says Pelosi showed ‘bad judgment’ allowing anti-Israel imam to deliver House prayer

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Setting Aside the Power of the Gospel for a Powerless Substitute

Former Baptist youth pastor gets 4 years for raping teenage student

Pennsylvania: Former Willow Grove church is now a Sunni mosque

Mother Says 12-Year-Old Daughter Was Taken To Clinic, Had Birth Control Implanted In Arm Against Her Will

Should this cross be removed from public land?

Texas Officials Illuminate Crosses After Atheists Call For Removal

Far-right US pastor becomes first person banned from Ireland under exclusion powers

Asia Bibi’s Cell Now Holds Another Christian Woman on Death Row for Blasphemy

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Cult Member Commissions Students at Liberty University — Reformation Charlotte

Seventh-Day Adventism is a cult — it is not a true expression of Christianity. Founded by false prophet, Ellen G. White, Seventh-Day Adventism adheres to a form of works-righteousness that they call “investigative judgment” whereby they teach that the blood of Jesus “reveals” those who have righteousness of their own. The biblical doctrine of imputed righteousness and substitutionary atonement — that Christ actually died and took the punishment for sinners — is pertinaciously denied in this cult.

Ben Carson, an accomplished neurosurgeon who is well-known for his presidential run in 2016, was invited to speak at Liberty University Friday night commissioning over 20 thousand students.

Ben Carson has openly stated that he is in full agreement with his church’s doctrine, which teaches such heresies and aberrant doctrines such as Jesus is the archangel, Michael, denial of eternal Hell, and soul sleep.

via Cult Member Commissions Students at Liberty University — Reformation Charlotte

Why isn’t the Senate investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter over China, Ukraine dealings? | American Thinker

Party of corruption.

Is selling out U.S. national security OK so long as Democrats are doing it?

What a disturbing picture is emerging from the research of Peter Schweizer, who has a new one out about Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his business dealings with China.

In a New York Post op-ed, Schweizer writes:

In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Less than two weeks later, Hunter Biden’s firm inked a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China. The deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion. In short, the Chinese government funded a business that it co-owned along with the son of a sitting vice president.

If it sounds shocking that a vice president would shape US-China policy as his son — who has scant experience in private equity — clinched a coveted billion-dollar deal with an arm of the Chinese government, that’s because it is.

The details get worse and worse and worse, the further you read — the Chinese, for instance, kept news of the deal away from the English-language portion of its website.  The agreements signed came just ahead of then–vice president Joe Biden’s trips to China.  The deals themselves were to buy into companies that were stealing U.S. secrets.  The secrets they were after involved U.S. nuclear submarines.  And Biden Junior didn’t know jack about nuclear things, Chinese things, or venture capital; he was there just for being the vice president’s son.

And both Joe and young Hunts insist nothing untoward was going on; the Chinese just chose to partner with Hunter based on his amazing business acumen, nothing more.

Schweizer writes that it’s actually a pattern of activity — Biden Junior did the same thing in Ukraine, and the ties between Hunter and Joe as the foreign cash rolled in for Hunter were even more obvious:

Consider the facts. On April 16, 2014, White House records show that Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner in the Rosemont Seneca deals, made a private visit to the White House for a meeting with Vice President Biden. Five days later, on April 21, Joe Biden landed in Kiev for a series of high-level meetings with Ukrainian officials. The vice president was bringing with him highly welcomed terms of a United States Agency for International Development program to assist the Ukrainian natural-gas industry and promises of more US financial assistance and loans. Soon the United States and the International Monetary Fund would be pumping more than $1 billion into the Ukrainian economy.

The next day, there was a public announcement that Archer had been asked to join the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural-gas company. Three weeks after that, on May 13, it was announced that Hunter Biden would join, too. Neither Biden nor Archer had any background or experience in the energy sector.


The choice of Hunter Biden to handle transparency and corporate governance for Burisma is curious, because Biden had little if any experience in Ukrainian law, or professional legal counsel, period. But that didn’t stop Burisma from paying the younger Biden what The New York Times has reported was as much as $50,000 a month while the company was under investigation by officials in both Ukraine and abroad.

Joe Biden’s trip to Kiev in March 2016, and his threats to withhold $1 billion in foreign aid if Ukrainian officials didn’t dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, Victor Shokin, take on added meaning when you consider that Shokin’s office had been leading an investigation into Burisma’s owner.

This guy sounds like a one-man health hazard to U.S. national security, and greedy as heck.  These are the kinds of deals Chavista elites engage in over in Venezuela.

And here they are, going on with their deals as if the U.S. were a third-world country, with Joe Biden’s son cutting his China and Ukraine deals for buku bucks without any apparent rationale other than family ties.

Meanwhile, people such as George Papadopoulos get thrown into prison for process crimes, and little guys such Navy sailor Kristian Saucier get thrown into prison for taking careless photos.  And people such as Don Trump, Jr. get put through the wringer for apparent entrapment operations linked to Fusion GPS and the people who brought us the Steele dossier, not actual spies from an enemy side.

Schweizer thinks that if Congress is going to go around investigating Trump in the pious interest of preventing collusion with foreign actors, then it needs to put its money where its mouth is and get the Senate to start investigating.

But Democrats aren’t saying a thing about Biden or his deals — not even the Democrat rivals fighting to knock Joe from his frontrunner status and win their party’s presidential nomination themselves.

Not only do these Democrats not care about Joe’s kid’s big money deals, they don’t care about the assymetry of justice going on against less powerful people. Worst of all, they couldn’t care less about the threats to national security that arise out of this Democrat cupidity. They are after all, the party of the man from Hot Springs, Bill Clinton, who sold out U.S. interests to the Chinese in acts the U.S. is still paying for as China builds up its deepwater navy. They are also the party that defended his wife’s illegal private server, brimming with classified communications, stored in some guy’s bathroom. That of course was to prevent anyone from discovering, via Freedom of Information Act inquiries, that their Clinton Foundation was offering a pay-to-play operation to gamy foreign players such as the uranium-hungry Russians, with Hillary Clinton then the Secretary of State.

This is corruption, fourth world corruption, and it’s what’s on offer if a Democrat takes power. Is every Democrat this putridly corrupt? Why aren’t they saying anything, if for nothing else to put old Joe out to pasture and reduce the Democrat field for themselves?  The times calls for people to do after these seedy dealings to show a difference. In the Senate, as Schweizer argues, and certainly beyond. Thus far, Democrats don’t seem to think there’s a problem, which makes you wonder what they’re planning for themselves.

Source: Why isn’t the Senate investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter over China, Ukraine dealings?

Trump Throws a Dem Talking Point Back in Their Face, Says They Have Their Own ‘Constitutional Crisis’ | IJR

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to throw a Democrat talking point back in their faces after weeks of them claiming he created a “Constitutional crisis.”

As IJR Blue reported, several prominent Democrats have claimed that President Trump created a Constitutional crisis by allowing Attorney General William Barr to refuse to remove the redactions from protected information about the grand jury.

Both Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) have used the phrase “Constitutional crisis” to attack the Trump administration. Nadler, in particular, has used the phrase to defend himself as he pushes contempt charges against Barr forward.

The phrase has even leaked into Hollywood. As IJR Red reported, Bill Maher recently called out Democrats for repeatedly claiming that Trump created a “Constitutional crisis,” but then refusing to take actions against him.

Maher said, “So it’s a constitutional crisis. Democrats, either do something or stop talking about it because I think you’re just making yourselves look weak.”

Because Democrats are trying to monopolize the phrase and use it against his administration, Trump took to Twitter and threw the phrase back in the face of his opponents. Trump claimed that Democrats in Congress have created a “Constitutional crisis” of their own by refusing to legislate.

Trump pointed to Congress’ inaction on immigration as a key failure of House Democrats. As IJR previously reported, the migrant crisis has brought the U.S. immigration system to its knees as hundreds of thousands of migrants overwhelmed the system and pour into the United States with little slowing them down.

The crisis at the southern border already created friction between the legislative and executive branches when President Trump declared a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border after House Democrats refused to fund the wall.

This is not the first time Trump has hijacked a Democrat talking point. His most notable term is “fake news” which he took after Google and many liberals claimed misleading stories won him the election.

Source: Trump Throws a Dem Talking Point Back in Their Face, Says They Have Their Own ‘Constitutional Crisis’

Decade after recession, 40% of families still struggling… | The Drudge Report

A decade after the recession, 40% of U.S. families still struggling

By Aimee Picchi

May 13, 2019 / 5:01 AM / MoneyWatch

Four in 10 Americans sometimes face what economists call “material hardship,” struggling to pay for basic needs such as food and housing, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. Even middle-class families routinely struggle financially and are occasionally unable to pay their bills.

The finding is striking given the U.S. has experienced a decade of economic growth in the decade since the recession ended. The unemployment rate is at its lowest in half a century, and the stock market has enjoyed a decade-long bull run. But for many Americans, incomes haven’t kept up with the rising cost of necessities such as housing and health care, resulting in financial anxiety.

About 39 percent of Americans ages 18 to 65 experienced at least one type of material hardship last year, statistically unchanged from the 39.3 percent who suffered hardship in 2017, the nonpartisan think tank found. The study spans the first two years of the Trump administration, as well as the first year of the tax overhaul. Yet there was little progress easing the financial challenges experienced by U.S. adults last year, the Urban Institute said.

“The modest declines in hardship during the current favorable economic environment suggest further progress will require additional policies to raise and stabilize incomes, offset the cost of essential expenses and protect families against adverse financial shocks,” the study noted.

The Urban Institute started tracking material hardship in 2017 ahead of proposed cutbacks in federal safety-net programs, such as proposals to add work requirements to food stamps and Medicaid. Some U.S. states have already moved forward with such plans, such as Maine’s work requirement for its food stamp recipients.

The think tank is revisiting the survey each year to measure changes in how American families are are faring financially. The study surveyed more than 7,500 adults about whether they had trouble paying for housing, utilities, food or health care.

The hardships experienced by U.S. families underscores that income is only one part of the equation, the Urban Institute said. “It is also important to consider the cost of major expenses such as housing, utilities, child care, transportation and health care” on household budgets, it noted.

Food insecurity and medical bills remain a sticking point for many families, with nearly 1 in 5 families saying they had experienced difficulty paying for food or medical care.

But the researchers found that even middle-class families are struggling with the bills. Almost 1 in 3 households that earn at least twice the federal poverty level — equivalent to annual income of $50,200 for a family of four — say they struggled with meeting basic needs. The bills that caused them the most trouble — medical and food costs, the study found. About 1 in 7 middle-class families said they struggled with medical bills or didn’t receive medical care because of the cost.

To be sure, low-income families — those earning less than twice the federal poverty level, or less than $50,100 for a family of four — are struggling most. About 60 percent of those surveyed said they struggled to pay their bills, with 53 percent reporting paying more than half their income on housing, considered a severe housing burden.

“These housing-cost burdens are likely to constrain low-income families’ ability to pay for housing and other essential expenses, such as food, medical care, transportation, and child care,” the authors noted.

First published on May 13, 2019 / 5:01 AM

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Source: Decade after recession, 40% of families still struggling…