Daily Archives: May 15, 2019

May 15 Prayer Is Essential

Scripture Reading: Psalm 55:9–22

Key Verse: Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord,

And He shall sustain you;

He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Prayer was a priority in Jesus’ life. He communed with His Father continually. In fact, prayer is an essential priority in the life of everyone mightily used by God—every person who is walking in the Spirit and living a holy life.

When our time alone with God is no longer a priority, we open ourselves to discouragement, doubt, disillusionment, and eventually disaster. When we no longer fellowship with Him, we begin to feel the spiritual, emotional, and physical weight of our earthly circumstances.

Prayer lifts up our burdens so that we don’t have to bear their weight. Whether they are given to us by the Lord in order to teach us, or self-imposed as a result of the decisions we make, God tells us to cast our burdens upon Him. Bearing the weight of burdens we were not intended to carry not only takes a spiritual toll on us but leaves us physically and emotionally beaten as well.

Satan knows that tired and weary Christians are prime targets for his attacks. First, he strikes with discouragement. When we lose hope, we are primed and ready for his next weapon—doubt. A doubting Christian can easily be pushed into discouragement. Listening to the devil’s proclamations, “Where is God?” and “The Christian life doesn’t work!” can breed disaster.

Therefore, prayer is not only a comfort in times of need; it is essential for your survival. It guided Jesus through His life. Let it guide you.

Lord, I am burdened by so many things. I am sorry for thinking I can carry these on my own. Please take them and walk me through each difficult situation.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 142). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 15 The Peak of Pressure

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:4–11

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:11

Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Most temptation comes when we are at the peak of pressure. Immediately following Jesus’ baptism, the devil came to Him and began tempting Him to rely upon His own ability and not the strength and faithfulness of God. This is the same type of temptation the enemy sets in front of us on a regular basis. He is consistently afoot, trying to get us to rely on our own abilities and knowledge.

God calls us to surrender to His will, while Satan whispers that we can do anything we want to do on our own apart from God. Another lie that Satan uses to trick us is the thought that God has forgotten us. For example, those who have never married may find themselves doubting God’s ability to provide a mate. Instead of continuing to seek Him and His contentment, they rush into a marriage that is not in keeping with His will.

Commit yourself to waiting for God’s best. If you do, you will never be disappointed. Jesus stood firm when tried by Satan. The focus of His heart was not on His personal needs but on the will of the Father. Christ gained victory in the temptation because He was more concerned about pleasing God than satisfying His physical needs.

If you are in a trying situation, make it your goal to seek the wisdom of Christ. Pray for His strength to resist the enemy, and trust Him for the outpouring of His blessings in your life.

Dear Lord, change my focus from my own will to Your divine plan. I commit myself to wait for Your best. Give me strength to resist the enemy and trust You for blessings in my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 142). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Should Christians Listen to Bethel Music? Hear What Al Mohler Says About It. — Reformation Charlotte

It’s been a recurring question that gets asked repeatedly in Evangelical circles; should we listen to music that has been produced by false Christian movements. The argument is that even though some of the music that is produced can contain doctrinally sound lyrics, the fact that they are listened to, sung in worship services, or promoted in churches lends credence to the movements that produced them and gives them a tacit approval.

This is particularly true when we speak about cults such as Bethel and Hillsong. These are arguably the two most popular producers of “Christian” worship music in the industry today. While some of the music that is produced sounds okay and is not theologically aberrant, there is no argument that the churches that produced them are theologically aberrant.

Hillsong, as I’ve written about in the past, is a prosperity gospel cult. The theology of this movement is attractive to the carnal-minded individual who desires to seek his own self-interest. In fact, the prosperity gospel movement as a whole is built around the notion of materialism and personal gain to satisfy our carnal greed.

This is much the same with Bethel Music, whom I’ve also written about in the past, that may occasionally produce a song that is not theologically aberrant, but as a movement as a whole, is antichrist.

Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary weighs in on this question as well, and while I’ve had my disagreements with Mohler, unsurprisingly, I found myself in almost fully aligned with his assessment.

Read more: Should Christians Listen to Bethel Music? Hear What Al Mohler Says About It. — Reformation Charlotte

AG Barr Mocks Pelosi to Her Face: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” — The Gateway Pundit

Attorney General William Barr mocked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to her face at a fallen police officer’s memorial gathering in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, according to a reports posted to Twitter by reporters, inlcuding Politico’s John Bresnahan. Barr and other Trump administration officials have been threatened with arrest for refusing demands by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives for the unredacted Mueller report and President Trump’s tax returns. Pelosi had recently commented about arresting Trump officials and locking them in a jail in the Capitol basement.

“AG Bill Barr reportedly mocked @SpeakerPelosi at an event honoring fallen police officers, per source. Barr shook hands w/Pelosi & said loudly “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” Pelosi shot back that the House Sergeant ar Arms was there if needed for an arrest”…./2 Barr laughed & walked away”

Other reporters also posted about the incident:

via AG Barr Mocks Pelosi to Her Face: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” — The Gateway Pundit

“Time to Make Missouri the Most Pro-Life State in the Country,” Says Governor Mike Parson — Pulpit & Pen

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Missouri’s Republican-led Senate is considering bill to ban abortions after eight weeks, a move that comes as GOP legislatures across the U.S. are emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark ruling legalizing the procedure.

The Missouri bill would be one of the nation’s most restrictive if enacted. It’s similar to “heartbeat” bills signed into law in Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia that ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson said leaders in the Missouri House and Missouri Senate were “one vote away” from passing one of the strongest pro-life bills in the country.

“It’s time to make Missouri the most pro-life state in the country,” Parson said on his Facebook page. “Thanks to leaders in the House and Senate, we are one vote away from passing one of the strongest #ProLife bills in the country — standing for life, protecting women’s health, and advocating for the unborn.

“As other states like New York and Virginia venture further away from the American ideal to protect and uphold the #RightToLife, I’m honored to lead a state with so many people who are committed to standing up for those without a voice.”

Missouri is among several states where abortion opponents are working with renewed enthusiasm following President Donald Trump’s appointment of more conservative high court justices.

Alabama’s Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation’s most stringent abortion law to the state’s Republican governor.

Supporters say the Alabama bill is intentionally designed to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally in hopes of sparking a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.

Missouri’s bill also includes an outright ban on abortions except in cases of medical emergencies. But that would only kick in if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Continue reading here.

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by The Associated Press and originally published at KNBC News. Title changed by P&P.]

via “Time to Make Missouri the Most Pro-Life State in the Country,” Says Governor Mike Parson — Pulpit & Pen

May 15 New Levels of Praise

Scripture reading: Exodus 3:1–6

Key verse: Hebrews 3:15

While it is said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,

Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

A river that runs through one U.S. city is extraordinarily clean and clear. Its pristine quality can be attributed to a large watershed area in which rainfall gradually seeps through a thick layer of forest and rock before trickling into the river’s ecosystem.

This is illustrative of the biblical practice of meditation. It is the absorption and retention of truth that distills the essence of Scripture, making it clear, relevant, and applicable to personal needs.

Meditating—thinking through what God has said, why He said it, and what it means to us today—is the means by which we weave the power and life of God’s Word into our spiritual and emotional fabric. God’s Word is alive, so full of spiritual truth and wisdom that even a single passage can be digested for a lifetime.

God has something to say to you personally, but you must have ears to hear. You can behold wonderful things from God’s Word if you are willing to quietly and thoroughly examine its content through biblical meditation.

Put God’s Word to work in your innermost being—your mind, will, and emotions. Allow it to seep into your spirit, receiving its full richness, and you will be inspired to new levels of praise.

Father, as I meditate on Your Word today, quicken it to my innermost being so that I can receive its richness. Lift me to new levels of praise and worship.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 142). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

No “Do-Over” On Russia Investigation: White House Tells Nadler To Pound Sand | ZeroHedge News

White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a Wednesday letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that Congress doesn’t get a “do over” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and others conducted by the Justice Department.

Nadler has led recent efforts in the Democratic-controlled House to continue, which are set to include hearings with Mueller himself, along with key witnesses in his investigation.

“Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized ‘do-over’ of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice,” reads the 12-page letter laying out a legal argument for why Nadler is overstepping his bounds.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

The letter goes on to say “As presently framed, the Committee’s inquiries transparently amount to little more than an attempt to duplicate – and supplant – law enforcement inquiries, and apparently to do so simply because the actual law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice did not reach a conclusion favored by some members of the Committee.

“This is not a proper legislative purpose,” writes Cipollone.

 While the letter does not invoke executive privilege over any of the documents requested — and leaves the door open to a more narrow request from House Democrats — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said last week that President Trump “has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege” over the full, unredacted Mueller report itself. –Axios

Read the letter below:

Source: No “Do-Over” On Russia Investigation: White House Tells Nadler To Pound Sand

The Equality Act Could Let Schools, Not Parents, Make Decisions About Children | The Daily Signal

It’s not an alliance the media is rushing to cover—and who can blame them? After weeks of talking up this phony consensus on the Equality Act, imagine if the story got out that it’s not just conservatives who are opposed—but grassroots liberals, too.

Even in a country as divided as ours, there is no right or left when it comes to one thing—our children. And the message from these unlikely allies is simple: Hands off!

We saw some of these unusual partnerships when President Barack Obama picked a fight over privacy. Even some of the staunchest activists realized that the debate wasn’t just about bathrooms—but kids’ safety, too.

Now, the political lines are even more blurred, as House Democrats aren’t just moving to force gender-free locker rooms on America, but the most extreme version of LGBT indoctrination in classrooms, sports, business, and social services, too. And for movements like the feminists’ suddenly party affiliation doesn’t matter.

Monday night on “Washington Watch,” Jennifer Chavez, a board member of the left-leaning Women’s Liberation Front, talked about just how dangerous the Equality Act is—and how important it is for a coalition as diverse as ours to fight it.

It’s crucial, she said, “for us to acknowledge that we disagree on so many, many things. But … the only way that people in a really polarized society can ever get to a point where we can work on problems is if we can agree on the fundamental importance of things like basic truth.”

And one of those basic truths is that “regardless how you feel about various different issues—that the word ‘woman’ is meaningful, and the word ‘girl’ is meaningful.”

This radical ideology—the same one the American College of Pediatrics calls “child abuse”—is no respecter of persons. It will haunt families—and rob futures—on both sides.

Chavez talked about this and how sad it is that the mainstream media refuses to talk about the threat of the transgender agenda.

Here in the United States, very few journalists with national reach and national name recognition are willing to even touch the issue of gender identity and transgender movement—unless it’s in a completely 110% … supportive way.

“When you search the term ‘transgender’ or ‘gender identity’ in, say, The New York Times or The Washington Post,” she said, “you see story after story of sappy hero stories or heart-wrenching stories about [children]. But what you don’t see here are the opposing views of women who are raising concerns … about this ideology and an increasing number of young women who did at one point identify as transgender and have now dissented and who are now saying that there are serious problems with the movement and its ideas. And it’s manifesting ideas that are really very harmful to young girls who are vulnerable.”

In most cases, she points out, parents aren’t even aware that their kids are talking about this. That’s because schools, she argues, are taking great pains to cut families out of the loop—even now, before the Equality Act.

What we’re seeing in schools is not just a push to support children and nurture them and accept their questioning … But instead, what we’re seeing is an aggressive push to dictate a particular way of looking at it—a way that says that if you have the feeling that you might be the opposite sex—if you really identify with the stereotypical things that are associated with the opposite sex—then you may actually, in fact, be the opposite sex.

That’s terrifying for parents, who are starting to see that these classrooms are being hijacked by an aggressive, take-no-prisoners LGBT agenda that doesn’t care about your rights as parents—or your children’s wellbeing.

If they did, they’d know that “98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls accept their biological sex after puberty.” (Listen to some of the brave young people who are speaking out after going through it.) 

In a lot of these cases, Chavez explains, teachers and counselors are pushing kids in this direction, and it’s “a very, very confusing thing for a child to hear from anyone, much less from an authority figure.” But it’s in their assemblies and reading assignments—and most importantly, their curriculum, which she warns parents, “is being developed by advocacy organizations.”

As an attorney who’s represented a lot of liberal families, Chavez is convinced this is no longer a Republican-Democrat issue.

We have heard from many parents who have reached out to us and expressed a great deal of concern and alarm … that they’re sort of losing their ability to work through these sorts of issues with their children in a loving way, in a way that they think is best.

And it’s not just anecdotal.

You can see it in school policies. For example, in the policy of the school where my child attends, it’s written right up there that if my child were to tell a teacher that he identifies as the opposite sex and said he didn’t want me to know, the teachers at the school would be prohibited from telling me. So there could be something really serious that my child was going through … and he’s trying to deal with, but I wouldn’t even know it.

Parents aren’t just being locked out of the conversation. They’re being locked out of the decision-making process.

Right now, at this very moment, there are 240 men and women in the U.S. House choosing whether moms and dads will have anything to say about how their kids are raised, what they’re taught, the kind of medical decisions they make, even who they share a shower with.

That’s just one aspect of the Equality Act—but it ought to be enough to get every parent on the phone with their member of Congress, demanding to know how anyone could support a piece of legislation as profoundly un-American as H.R. 5.

Originally published in Tony Perkins’ Washington Update, which is written with the aid of Family Research Council senior writers.

Source: The Equality Act Could Let Schools, Not Parents, Make Decisions About Children

Christianity Today Editor Mark Galli on the Heart of the Evangelical Crisis — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

With this article, I begin a new column in which I will share reflections on American Christianity, but especially evangelical Christianity. I’ve been embedded in the movement for over five decades, so I should have something to say by now. And what I have to say about the movement is more or less what I have to say to myself, as I see in myself the same shortcomings and potential that I see in the movement at large.

The title of the column, “The Elusive Presence,” is deliberately borrowed from The Elusive Presence: The Heart of Biblical Theology by Samuel Terrien, originally published in 1978 (it’s now published by Wipf & Stock with the subtitle Toward a New Biblical Theology). I read the book soon after it was published, but today I don’t consciously remember much from it except the title (though I suspect it has formed me in ways I remain unaware of). As this series goes on, the careful reader will understand why this is an apt title for the column. If you want to be alerted to these weekly offerings, sign of up for The Galli Report.

It’s hard to know when the current “crisis of evangelicalism” started, because one characteristic feature of the movement is its relentless self-criticism. Evangelicalism is a reform movement, and one object of evangelicals is to reform is themselves.

I do remember when I became aware of a personal crisis that gave me insight into the challenge we all face. I cannot remember the time and place, but I do remember my reaction.

It may have been as the result of hearing a sermon, or perhaps reading a book. But I distinctly remember thinking that my Christian life was sorely lacking in the love of God. I didn’t have any affection for or yearning to know and love God. I wasn’t angry with him. I didn’t doubt his existence. I wasn’t wrestling with the problem of evil. I was being a faithful Christian as best I knew how. But it occurred to me that I didn’t feel any love for God.

I also realized that even though I prayed and read Scripture regularly, not much in my life would be different if I didn’t pray and read my Bible. That is, I was living as a practical atheist, meaning my personal relationship with God did not really affect much inside me. I was at the time managing editor of Christianity Today, so naturally I edited and wrote a lot of things that were Christian to the core. But I realized that if I never prayed again, that I could still be a very good editor at a Christian publication, and a very good church member at my local parish. I knew how to get along with others, to manage staff, to work with my superiors, to work with fellow church members, and to write on Christian spirituality. But prayer wasn’t necessary to do all that. These other matters were all learned skills that had more or less become good habits. My personal relationship with God really didn’t make any difference.

My next thought was, “Well, if I call myself a Christian, I should have greater love and desire to know God more deeply. Perhaps I should pray for that.” And that’s when something occurred to me with great force: I wasn’t sure I wanted that. I recognize that was an odd admission for a person who claimed to be a good Christian. But there it was. I didn’t think I really wanted to love God more. The reasons for that are complex and will be touched on later, but the bottom line was: I really didn’t want to love God.

I’d immersed myself in enough Scripture and Christian theology to know that there was no greater desire than to yearn for God, no greater joy or happiness than to know God more and more intimately. And yet I had to admit that as I looked at my heart and my will, I had little to no interest in that.

I also realized at that moment that there was no hiding all this from God, and that God had known the state of my heart and will for some time, and that he was patiently and mercifully waiting for me to see it for myself. That’s when I also realized that the most honest prayer was simply this: “Lord, help me to want to love you.”

There is a danger to universalizing one’s personal experience, assuming it applies to others, even an entire body of believers. But I actually believe it worked the other way. For some decades now, as evidenced in my writing, I’ve believed that American Christianity has been less and less interested in God as such, and more and more at doing good things for God. We’ve learned how to be effective for him, to the point that we don’t really need him any longer. It was that continuing concern that finally took hold of me, making me realize that this was not their crisis but a crises we all share.

If I were to pick a moment when evangelical Christians began wondering out loud about the state of the movement and where it should be headed, I’d point to the 1995 publication of Dave Tomlinson’s The Post-Evangelical. He described the book’s genesis two years earlier when at the Greenbelt Festival in Britain a friend made a passing reference to “we post-evangelicals,” although he wasn’t sure what that even meant. Tomlinson decided to figure out what it meant, since the term resonated with him and his friends. The book, in his words, was a “pastoral essay directed at those (and there are many) … who struggle with restrictions in evangelical theology, spirituality, and church culture.”

The book made a big splash in Britain, and the like-minded in America began to take notice. From this and other influences arose the Emergent Church movement, which sought, among other things, to adapt evangelical theology to postmodern sensibilities. Perhaps the most well-known attempt was Brian McLaren’s New Kind of Christian trilogy, first published in 2001 and concluded with A New Kind of Christianity in 2010. By the publication of the latter book, McLaren was not merely questioning evangelicalism but also many doctrines of orthodox Christianity. For him and many other emergent leaders, the crisis of evangelicalism was also the crisis of traditional Christianity. Both, as McLaren argued, were mired in the spirit of “modernity,” of theological rigidity, literal reading of Scripture, cold to mystery, more interested in proclaiming answers than in “living the questions.”

McLaren’s “disillusionment” was intensified by the increasing alignment of conservative Christians with politics of the right. Fast forward to November 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump was elected president, and the disillusionment had spread, and had turned into anger for many evangelical leaders when we were told that 81 percent of voters who identified as “evangelical” voted for Trump.

Fuller Theological Seminary president Mark Labberton summarized the crisis of evangelicalism at a national gathering of evangelical leaders at Wheaton College in 2018. He called it “political dealing,” and he castigated evangelicals for grasping at political power, for racism, for nationalism, and for lack of concern for the poor. As is obvious, he was only talking about conservative evangelicals, but to him and many elite evangelicals, it is these evangelicals who constitute the crisis of evangelicalism today.

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via Christianity Today Editor Mark Galli on the Heart of the Evangelical Crisis — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

‘Godly Tump,’ Never a More Biblical President, Says Michelle Bachman — Pulpit & Pen

Former representative Michelle Bachman and running-mate with presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz,

Donald Trump has lots of good qualities that evangelical Christians should find admirable. Time and again, Trump has proven capable of listening to the evangelical voting block and has even followed through on many of his promises to America’s Christians. His policies are certainly more in line with the Christian ethos than the Democratic Party platform, which is little more than a list of sins God hates. However, recent claims from former presidential hopeful, Michelle Bachman, have some scratching their head.

Michelle Bachman

Bachman said on Understanding the Times radio program…

“He is highly biblical, and I would say to your listeners, we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetime. So we need to be not only praying for him, we need to support him, in my opinion, in every possible way that we can.”

For the record, Trump claims to have never asked forgiveness, was supposedly led to faith by Benny Hinn’s former mistress, Paula White, and seems to grasp the Bible about as well as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez grasps capitalism. On top of that, Trump is a serial adulterer, profane and vulgar potty-mouth, and seems morally incourigible.

That said, his policy decisions seem to be (largely) in accordance with a Biblical worldview, including his stance on abortion, illegal immigration (the rule of law), and opposition to socialism (theft). In this sense, Trump is infinitely more Biblical than, say, for example, Jimmy Carter.

via ‘Godly Tump,’ Never a More Biblical President, Says Michelle Bachman — Pulpit & Pen

Deep State Brennan Tosses Corrupt FBI Director Comey Under the Bus but Evidence Shows They Conspired Together — The Gateway Pundit

The Deep State is starting to eat each other.  Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan is attacking former fired FBI Director James Comey.  But evidence shows these crooks worked together in their Deep State coup.

Yesterday the former US Attorney for Washington DC, Joe diGenova, told Laura Ingraham on her show Ingraham Angle that Comey and Brennan are in serious trouble and better be lawyered up.

Joe diGenova: This is very serious business. For the first time I believe some of these guys are going to prison… Let me tell you something, Horowitz has already concluded that the final three FISAs were completely illegal. He’s now on the brink of finding that the first FISA was completely illegal. Durham has already used a grand jury in Connecticut. They’ve already gotten documents. He’s already talked to the intel people.

Laura Ingraham: How long has this been going on?

Joe diGenova: Durham’s been working for a couple months. The bottom line is this. This is now – big time! This is where Brennan needs five lawyers. Comey needs five lawyers.

In the video former Obama CIA Director John Brennan is recorded throwing the FBI, and specifically James Comey, under the bus. He states that the FBI reviewed everything in an effort to throw any blame their way for the fake Steele dossier being used to obtain the FISA warrant to spy on candidate Donald Trump.

Via The Ingraham Angle:

However, in an interview with Sean Hannity the prior evening, former US Representative Trey Gowdy offered Prosecutor John Durham some advice.

Trey Gowdy: Whoever is investigating this tell them to look for emails between Brennan and Comey in December 2016.

Via Sean Hannity:

The fact is that Brennan and Comey worked together in their Deep State coup.  A text from Comey’s corrupt FBI Investigator Peter Strzok reveals this –

In the text above Strzok asks about Comey’s (referred to as “D” above for Director Comey) conversations (convo) with John Brennan.

Comey and Brennan were in this together.  Their efforts to throw each other under the bus are expected.  That’s what dirty cops do!

via Deep State Brennan Tosses Corrupt FBI Director Comey Under the Bus but Evidence Shows They Conspired Together — The Gateway Pundit

Ramadan 2019 Starts With A Bang As Islamic Terrorists Kill 165, Wound 145 During First Week Of Muslim ‘Holy’ Month To Please Their Moon God Allah — Now The End Begins

Islamic terrorists, mainly the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), carried out more than 30 attacks in over ten countries during the first week of the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, killing at least 166 people and injuring 155 others.

Why do Islamic terror attacks increase so dramatically during the ‘holy’ month of Ramadan in Islam? Because Islam teaches that during that time, their moon god Allah will ‘reward them double’ for acts of martyrdom where they kill themselves and innocent people around them. Allah is angry all the time, it would seem, and the only thing that serves to pacify him to any degree is when his followers murder the ‘infidels’ who don’t believe in him. Ironically, most of the people killed in Islamic terror attacks during Ramadan are Muslims. Go figure.

“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Genesis 16:12 (KJV)

The father of the Muslims, Ishmael, is someone that scripture says is a ‘wild man’ whose hand is against everyone, and that is certainly true when we look at modern-day Islam and Islamic terrorism. The bible further goes on to say, in multiple places like Zechariah 14 and Galatians 4, that the Muslims are cast out of Israel when the King of Kings returns to fight the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming.

Ramadan Rage 2019: Jihadis Kill 165, Wound 145 In First Week

FROM BREITBART NEWS: That means, so far, jihadis have killed an average of 24 people and injured 22 others each day during the first week of the holy month. In 2019, Ramadan, a time when Islamic extremists believe Allah doubly rewards martyrdom and jihad, began at sunset on May 5 and is expected to last through sundown on June 4.

Breitbart News’ count excludes attacks that took place on May 5. This week, the Ramadan death toll covers 33 incidents that took place in ten countries between May 6 and 12: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Iraq, Pakistan, Kenya, Somalia, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria.

During the first week of the holiest month for Muslims, Breitbart News determined that Afghanistan (61 deaths, 44 injuries) and Iraq (29 deaths, 27 injuries) were the deadliest countries. Afghanistan alone accounts for more than 35 percent of all deaths and about 30 percent of all injuries.

Despite the complete fall of the so-called ISIS caliphate in March, U.S. military and intelligence officials believe the group remains a significant threat in its home base of Iraq and Syria and beyond. So far, ISIS is the most prolific jihadi group during Ramadan, responsible for 13 attacks that left 47 people dead and 42 others injured. All but one (Nigeria) of the incidents took place in Iraq and Syria.

Jihadist groups urge their followers and supporters to intensify their efforts to castigate infidels during the holy month, arguing that Allah exceptionally rewards martyrdom on Ramadan.

In the days leading up to Ramadan, ISIS’ elusive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, resurfaced in his first video in five years, urging Muslims to carry out more attacks as he pledged to take revenge on those who demolished the group’s so-called caliphate that once spawned across swathes of Iraq and Syria.

“Our battle today is one of attrition and stretching the enemy. They should know that jihad is ongoing until the day of judgment,” Baghdadi declared, adding, “Truthfully, the battle of Islam and its people against the cross [Christians] and its people is a long battle.”

The religion of Islam has as its focus of worship a deity by the name of "Allah."

In rejecting a Ramadan truce offer by the Afghan government early this month, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, similarly proclaimed, “As jihad is … the best part of worship, doing it on Ramadan is rewarded more than in other months.”

The vast majority of victims during Ramadan are Muslims.

Breitbart News primarily gleans its data for its Ramadan death tally from the Religion of Peace website, but it also relies on media and government reports. News outlets and officials may update some of the fatality figures as some of the injured victims succumb to their injuries, triggering a change in the count after Breitbart News publishes this report.

Most Muslims follow the peaceful Ramadan tradition of abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, having sex, and other physical needs each day, starting from before the break of dawn until sunset. However, the number of attacks at the hands of jihadis tends to escalate during the month when compared to other times during the year.

Breitbart News has documented the following attacks during Ramadan:

  • May 6 — North Waziristan, Pakistan — Suspected Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) jihadis kill four security forces, injure ten others.
  • May 6 — Kirkuk, Iraq — Suspected ISIS kill three police officers, wound one other.
  • May 6 — Takhar, Afghanistan — Taliban kills eight security force members.
  • May 6 — Farah, Afghanistan — Taliban storms army checkpoint, killing 20, abducting two.
  • May 7 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram razes homes and businesses in Molai village, killing 11, including four soldiers, and wounding another 12.
  • May 7 — Pendjari National Park, Benin — Unknown jihadis from neighboring Burkina Faso kidnap two French tourists across the border in Benin and kill their guide in the Pendjari National Park that straddles both countries.
  • May 7 — Yatenga, Burkina Faso — Suspected al-Qaeda jihadis kill toll booth operator and wound two others in the provincial capital of Ouahigouya.
  • May 7 — Laghman, Afghanistan — Taliban-linked bomb blast kills four police officers, including chief, and wounds four others.
  • May 7 — Salahuddin, Iraq — Suspected ISIS terrorists attack police officer’s house in the village of Mazarei, killing three and wounding five others.
  • May 8 — Nineveh, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadis kill five family members and wound two others inside their home in the Hammam al-Alil area south of Mosul.
  • May 8 — Diyala, Iraq — Bomb attack linked to suspected ISIS terrorist wounds two members of the Baghdad-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
  • May 8 — Manbij, Syria — Suspected ISIS terrorists target the U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Aleppo province, killing two and injuring four others, including at least one child.
  • May 8 — Manbij, Syria — Suspected ISIS bomb attack kills three civilians in Aleppo province, reportedly all children.
  • May 8 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Taliban attacks U.S. aid group, killing nine, wounding 24 others.
  • May 8 — Punjab, Pakistan — TTP attacks pilgrims at 11th-century Sufi shrine in Lahore, killing at least ten, including at least one child, and injuring 24 others.
  • May 8 — Ghazni, Afghanistan — Taliban ambushes military convoy in the Qarabagh district, killing three police officers and wounding two others.
  • May 9 — Wajir, Kenya — Al-Qaeda’s East Africa affiliate al-Shabaab claims attack on security forces near border with Somalia, killing at least one soldier.
  • May 9 — Saladin, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadis target grain silo in the town of Shirqat, killing one guard.
  • May 9 — Nineveh, Iraq — ISIS kills a family of eight in Mosul, including the couple and their six children.
  • May 9 — Fezzan, Libya — Suspected ISIS jihadis kill two and kidnapped a third person from the town of Ghadduwah.
  • May 9 — Baghdad, Iraq — ISIS suicide bomber kills eight, wounds 15 others as they broke their Ramadan fast at the Jamila market.
  • May 10 — Mopti, Mali — Suspected al-Qaeda jihadis kill four civilians, wound two others at the market in the town of Bandiagara.
  • May 10 — Badghis, Afghanistan — Taliban targets two outposts, killing 15 security personnel and wounding 11 others in Bala Murghab district.
  • May 10 — Borno, Nigeria — ISIS West Africa kills 11 troops in the town of Gajiganna.
  • May 10 — Bari, Somalia —Suspected ISIS wounds ten in a failed assassination attempt against a local judge in the port city of Bosaso.
  • May 11 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram attacks the Moranti village near Maiduguri, leaving nine dead, at least one wounded, and four missing.
  • May 11 — Balochistan, Pakistan — Ethnic separatist group known as Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) storm stormed a five-star hotel in the port city of Gwadar, killing at least five and wounding six others.
  • May 11 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS-linked bomb blast kills one child, wounds two others in the Jisr Diyala neighborhood located in the southern part of the capital.
  • May 11 — Nangarhar, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban terrorists kill deputy intelligence director for the Afghan National Police (ANP) in the Kama district.
  • May 11 — Mogadishu, Somalia —Al-Shabaab kills Turkish civil engineer
  • May 12 — Baghlan, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban jihadis kill province’s deputy intelligence director and injure an intelligence officer in the Dushi district.
  • May 12 — Hama, Syria — Suspected former al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fires rocket into Christian-majority town of Suqaylabiyah, killing five, including four children and a woman, and injuring six other children. *
  • May 12 — Sanmatenga, Burkina Faso — Unknown jihadis attack Catholic church, set it ablaze, and kill six, including the priest. READ MORE

via Ramadan 2019 Starts With A Bang As Islamic Terrorists Kill 165, Wound 145 During First Week Of Muslim ‘Holy’ Month To Please Their Moon God Allah — Now The End Begins

The manufactured ‘constitutional crisis’ – WND

Over the past several weeks, Democrats have spent their time defending the absurd notion that America is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. What, pray tell, has initiated this crisis? The supposed unwillingness of Attorney General William Barr to turn over to Congress unredacted sections of the Mueller report, plus underlying grand jury materials. Barr, for his part, correctly points out that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure bar him from revealing grand jury testimony. That rule was put in place by Congress itself. Nonetheless, Democrats, seeking to manufacture a feeling of Nixonian chaos, have claimed that the Trump administration is now seeking to block the release of a report that Barr himself released. The Mueller report is, indeed, public.

Playing politics with our institutional health is a dangerous game. Here’s the truth: Our system of checks and balances is working just fine. Our politicians proclaim that the messy friction between the legislative, executive and judicial branches demonstrates that our politics is unworkable. But that friction is a feature of the system, not a bug. As James Madison explained in Federalist No. 51: “The great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. … Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.”

The founders worried greatly that the supremacy of the legislature would make the executive a mere footstool, propping up legislative authority. To that end, they created a unitary executive with control over law enforcement. And they gave a check against the power of the executive to Congress, which has the ability to defund departments or impeach officials. 

Democrats know this. They have the power to impeach William Barr. They’re choosing not to do so, because they recognize that their complaint is itself corrupt. Democrats have the power to impeach Donald Trump. They’re choosing not to do so, because they recognize that their grounds for such activity are weak in the extreme.

Instead, they participate in a cynical game in which they attack the system of checks and balances itself. That’s far more dangerous than any action taken by the Trump administration to date. The same Democrats who claim today that they are deeply concerned about the system of checks and balances are proclaiming from the rooftops that they would be happy to shatter the system to facilitate their agenda. We’ve heard from Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., that as president, she’d simply use executive authority to set gun law. We’ve heard from a bevy of Democrats that they’d consider packing the Supreme Court, or abolishing the Electoral College. A few leftist commentators have even suggested abolishing the Senate, given its non-popular representation. We’ve heard from failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and her Democratic allies, that her failures were the fault of election fraud; we’ve heard the same about Andrew Gillum in Florida.

And now Democrats say that Barr’s adherence to law is somehow violative of the constitutional order. Undermining the constitutional order publicly, supposedly in order to save it, is nothing but cynical partisanship. But here’s the good news: The founders designed a durable system to withstand such nonsense. It continues to work, even if Democrats would prefer it collapse.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2019/05/the-manufactured-constitutional-crisis/

May 15, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the trade war with China “a little squabble” and insisted talks between the world’s two largest economies had not collapsed, as investors remained on guard for a further escalation of tit-for-tat tariffs.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday was mulling whether to sign the United States’ strictest abortion law, part of a multistate effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider women’s constitutional right to abortion.

Alabama’s state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother’s health, as part of a multistate effort to have the U.S. Supreme Court reconsider a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

Germany and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were suspending military training operations in Iraq as the United States warned of increased threats from Iran-backed forces amid an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Iran has officially stopped some commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers following an order from its national security council, an informed official in the country’s atomic energy body told the ISNA news agency on Wednesday.

Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency American employees from its diplomatic missions in Iraq on Wednesday in another show of concern about alleged threats from Iran.

Attacks on Saudi tankers and other vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates this week expose vulnerabilities in the security of a key oil-shipping route amid rising tensions between the United States, Iran and Gulf Arab states.

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in April as households cut back on purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, pointing to a slowdown in economic growth after a temporary boost from exports and inventories in the first quarter.

Declining output of cars and machinery led U.S. factory production to fall unexpectedly in April, a sign the economy is losing a step as a trade war with China intensifies.

Resembling the helmet of a Star Wars stormtrooper, a driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road in Sweden on Wednesday, in what developer Einride and logistics customer DB Schenker described as a world first.

AP Top Stories

California school teachers who conduct sexual education classes are now encouraged to address gender identity and to offer advice for LGBTQ teenagers under new guidelines issued by the state’s board of education. The guidelines offer tips on discussing gender identity with children as young as kindergarten.

Digital criminals using everything from weaponized botnets to ransomware are attacking private industry and the government on a daily basis, increasing the demand for experts with skills in cybersecurity, intelligence and law enforcement. So, after nearly two decades of focusing on terrorism and intelligence, the FBI is in the midst of an even more intensive shift toward cyber.

Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on Tuesday to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy.

Yemen’s Huthi rebels have handed over security of key Red Sea ports to the “coastguard” but much work remains to remove military equipment, the UN said Tuesday.

Amnesty International said Tuesday it believes the Venezuelan authorities have committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on anti-government protests, and urged the International Criminal Court to investigate.

Some diseases can jump between dogs and humans, and one such illness was just confirmed in Iowa. As NBC News reports, canine brucellosis was detected in what is being described as a “commercial breeding facility” in the state. The facility reportedly breeds small breed dogs in Marion County, located in the southern half of the state.

A Boeing 737-800 made an emergency landing in Tennessee on Sunday morning. Delta Air Lines flight 1417 landed safely at McGhee Tyson Airport at 9:17 a.m. after the crew reported a nose gear issue, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

One person was killed in Sri Lanka on Monday as police fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops and imposed a curfew after the worst outbreak of sectarian violence since the Easter bombings by Islamist militants.

Dr. Jeffrey Bado received his first sales visit from a Purdue Pharma representative in September 2005. In the next five years, his prescriptions of OxyContin – the “jet fuel” of America’s opioid crisis, according to Pennsylvania’s attorney general – increased by 600%, as Purdue reps visited two to three times a week. Now, a lawsuit in the state seeks to hold the company accountable.


Actress and singer Selena Gomez says social media has been “terrible” for her generation, and has urged people to set time limits on online activity.

Officials in Mexico City have declared an environmental emergency after air pollution in the Mexican capital reached levels potentially dangerous to human health.

Sudan’s military leaders have announced an agreement with the opposition alliance for a three-year transition period to a civilian administration.

US citizens who need help in Austria can now head to their nearest branch of McDonald’s, because of an agreement signed by the fast-food giant. Any American “in distress” or whose passport has been lost or stolen can get assistance from one Austria’s 194 McDonald’s joints.


The U.S. Embassy in Israel has issued a countrywide security alert warning of possible terror attacks and violence as Palestinians protest the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Mid-Day Snapshot · May 15, 2019

The Foundation

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

America Deserves Spygate Answers

AG Barr has tasked John Durham with digging into the misuse of intel assets against Trump.

Leftists Fear SCOTUS Overturning Precedent (Except When They Don’t)

Their measure of “correct” rulings is preference, not the Constitution.

Alabama Hopes to Challenge Roe v. Wade

The objective is to have SCOTUS rule on whether an unborn child is indeed a person.

Leftmedia Spins ‘Trump Threatening Democracy’ Narrative

Democrats cry foul because Trump refuses to go along with their political witch hunt.

The ‘Democrat Supremacy’ Mystery

Ida B. Wells had a price put on her head because she challenged the status quo.

Video: Should Bill Nye Be That Upset?

Joe Bastardi talks about Nye’s profane eruption warning about climate change.

Video: An Asian Immigrant Switches to Trump

Daily Caller video columnist Lisa Smiley breaks down her top reasons for her vote.

Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen
Trump Didn’t Start This Trade War, China Did
Gary Bauer
Durham vs. the Deep State
Ben Shapiro
The Manufactured Constitutional Crisis
Jonah Goldberg
Holding Barr in Contempt Is a Case of Dirty Politics
Walter E. Williams
Higher Education in America
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Alabama abortion bill, Mueller-report politicking, low birth rate, blue-city debt, and more.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Gary Bauer, Rich Lowry, Matt Walsh, and more.

Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 5/15/2019

The Latest: Kremlin open to any format for Trump meeting
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign affairs adviser says the Kremlin is prepared to agree to any format for a meeting of Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. Yuri Ushakov made the statement Tuesday to Russian reporters following Putin’s meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Black Sea city of Sochi. Trump has said he is aiming to meet with Putin at the G20 meeting in Japan in June. Russian officials say there has been no formal proposal from the White House.

Netanyahu: United in our desire to stop Iranian aggression
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed support for US President Donald Trump’s stance against Iranian aggression. “There is a new efflorescence, a new renaissance of relations between us and many of our Arab neighbors, and many non-Arab Muslim countries. We are united in our desire to stop Iranian aggression,” said Netanyahu at an event marking the one year anniversary of the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem.

America’s largest cities drowning in debt, with Chicago leading the way, study finds
America’s 10 largest cities, largely Democrat strongholds, are drowning in municipal debt, according to a new report from government watchdog Truth in Accounting. “The largest cities in the U.S. issue so-called ‘Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports,’ but most of them aren’t so comprehensive,” ….

US-Iran ESCALATION: Colossal B-52 bombers leave Qatar to ‘send message’ to Iran – Video
THE US’s colossal B-52 bombers have been mobilised and shot to the skies over the Persian Gulf to “send a message” to Iran as tensions between the two nations hurtle towards conflict. The top US defence official has presented an updated military plan to President Donald Trump’s administration that envisions sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons,…

Papua New Guinea earthquake: TSUNAMI THREAT for Pacific after 7.7 quake
The 7.7 earthquake struck the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a threat of tsunami. They said in an alert: “An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 occurred in the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea at 12:58 UTC.

Russia vows to develop unrivalled defences as US tensions ERUPT – ‘Weapons put on ALERT’
RUSSIA has vowed to develop defence technology against weapons Vladimir Putin has claimed only his country possess. The president wants the development to come in order to prepare for when other nations produce its own hypersonic weapons. According to Newsweek, Putin told the Russian Ministry of Defence and the heads of his country’s defence industry warned that “changes in the world military-political situation that adversely affect regional and global security should be taken into account”.

When Will Trump Finally Drop the Hammer on the Deep State?
This country has been put through a holy hell the last two years, a hell based upon a promulgation of a myth by a leftist propagandist media. A recent poll, by CNN of all outlets, shows a huge majority of the American people are in favor of launching an investigation into this spying by the Obama administration. The current US attorney general Bill Barr agrees with the majority of Americans and he has launched an investigation with a wide scope.

U.S. orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Iraq
As tension continue to rise between Iran and the United States, the US State Department ordered the departure of “non-emergency US government employees” from Iraq on Wednesday. The statement urged those affected “depart by commercial transportation as soon as possible.” The statement came after US Central Command (CENTCOM) raised the threat level in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday…

Jews will be barred from Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day
Jews and tourists will be barred from visiting the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day. It reportedly will be the first time that the holiest site to Jews will be closed on the day marking the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli control in 30 years. The site is closed every year on the last days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which this year falls out at the same time as Jerusalem Day, which is on June 1.

Activists storm Yekaterinburg park in protest against new church
About 2,000 people have protested against a church being built on a park square in Yekaterinburg in Russia. Tuesday was the second day of protests in what is a long-standing conflict over the planned church. Activists say building St Catherine’s Cathedral on the square will destroy one of the city’s few green spaces.

Alabama passes bill banning abortion
Alabama has become the latest US state to move to restrict abortions by passing a bill to outlaw the procedure in almost all cases. Supporters say they expect the law to be blocked in court but hope that the appeals process will bring it before the Supreme Court. They want the court, which now has a conservative majority, to overturn the 1973 ruling legalising abortion.

America’s largest cities drowning in debt, with Chicago leading the way, study finds
America’s 10 largest cities, largely Democrat strongholds, are drowning in municipal debt, according to a new report…The report sought out “to determine what … overlapping financial entities mean for taxpayers’ bottom line.” Truth in Accounting said its purpose was to “calculate the various bills (and surpluses, when available) at the city government level and divide them out to determine a per-Taxpayer Burden.”

Polish ambassador in Israel assaulted on streets of Tel Aviv
Poland’s ambassador to Israel was assaulted in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon near the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv by an assailant who apparently shouted curse words at the envoy as he struck him. The attack comes amid the growing diplomatic tension between the two countries, as the former Soviet nation refuses to pay restitution to Holocaust survivors and downplays the county’s involvement in Nazi-orchestrated atrocities.

China Calls For “People’s War” Against The US, Vows To “Fight For A New World”
“The White House might as well try to call on American companies such as General Motors, Ford, Apple, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola to leave China.”

‘Once in half a century’ torrential rain lashes Okinawa island of Yonaguni
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a heavy rain and flood warning for the island of Yonaguni in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa on May 13, saying that the town was being lashed with rainfall on a scale seen only every 50 years.

AFA.net – Target pushes for U.S. government to punish churches and Christian business owners
Target endorses dangerous bill before Congress Over 1.5 million families have pledged to stop shopping at Target since it announced it would allow men to enter women’s dressing rooms and bathrooms, putting women and children in danger of sexual assault.

Watch As Liberal Princeton University Professor Peter Singer Promotes Bestiality, Saying That ‘Sex With Dogs Is Harmless’ And He Knows Women That Enjoy It
If you think that the LGBTQ is not going to add a’P’ for pedophile, you are very much mistaken. Pedophiles have already rebranded themselves as MAPS, and their inclusion under the LGBTQ+ umbrella is all but assured. But the train is not planning at stopping at that point, either. Why, you ask? Because at some point they are going to have to add protection for people who enjoy having sex with animals. Think it won’t happen? Think again. A Princeton professor is already making the case for it.

Soros-backed Jewish group plays defense for Tlaib, Omar
When freshmen Democratic representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib find themselves in yet another controversy involving anti-Semitism and/or support for Islamic extremism and/or support for the annihilation of Israel, what has become their favorite Jewish group springs to action to defend them against any of the aforementioned accusations, or any other issues, whatever they may be.

62% Of Millennials Are Living Paycheck To Paycheck, Says Study
Almost two-thirds of Millennials are living paycheck to paycheck, and only 38% feel financially secure, according to Charles Schwab’s 2019 Modern Wealth Index Survey.

DOOM TOWN: Hit PBS Children’s Show ‘Arthur’ Will Have Third Grade Teacher Mr. Ratburn Come Out As A Homosexual And Get Married While The Kids Watch
Every great empire, right before their decline began, normalized open homosexuality and all manner of other perversions. The Greeks, the Romans, and others embraced homosexuality to their own destruction. Greece today, like Egypt, once ruled the world but today is a nation who displays ruins for tourist dollars. As the Roman empire fell from power it became a religion in 313 AD called the Roman Catholic Church. 1,700 years later what’s the biggest, number one and all-consuming scandal in the Roman church? Homosexual pedophilia of its priests.

MURDER INC: Democratic Party In Vermont BIll Will Provide ‘Unlimited And Unregulated’ Elective Abortion And Declares That Murdering Your Unborn Child Is A ‘Fundamental Right’
Here’s something funny that should make you laugh. Remember way back when in 1996 when all the Democrats wanted was to keep abortion ‘rare, safe and legal‘? You can laugh now, that’s the joke. Because in 2020, Democrats want nothing of the kind. Democrats in the 2020 election will be running on a platform that includes abortion as ‘dangerous, imposed and frequent‘. The Democrats have become Murder, Inc, and they’re bragging about it as you will see in the article below from Breitbart News.

US Press Reaches All-Time Low On Venezuela Coverage
Analyzing 76 total press articles of the “elite” press, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) could find not one voice that opposed Trump’s regime plans in Venezuela. Meanwhile, 54 percent openly supported these plans…

Headlines – 5/15/2019

Trump hails anniversary of embassy relocation to Jerusalem

Embassy is a ‘new shrine’ in ancient Jerusalem, US envoy says on 1st anniversary

Qatar pledges to continue paying Gazan poor for six months

Hamas cancels classes in Gaza to send children to ‘riot’ against Israel, IDF says

Israeli broadcaster says Eurovision webcast hacked, blames Hamas

Israeli spyware firm NSO operates in shadowy cyber world

Poway synagogue shooter pleads not guilty to hate crime charges

Sweden stabbing attack feared to be anti-Semitic

US anti-Semitism envoy: Europe’s kosher meat bans ‘forced expulsion’ for Jews

Libyan parliament designates the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization

Sudan army, protesters agree on three-year transition: General

South Sudan refugees flood into DR Congo

Netanyahu stands by Trump against Iran ‘aggression’

US warns on possible ‘imminent threats’ to American forces in Iraq

No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US

Pompeo Visits Russia, as Talk of Iran Threat Sparks Worries of War

Trump denies U.S. plan to send 120,000 troops to counter Iran threat

US does not seek war with Iran, says Mike Pompeo

Bolton beats war drums in US-Iran standoff

Iran’s supreme leader: There will not be a war with the US

Iran says Trump playing ‘very dangerous game’ and risking ‘devastating war’

Allies split with US over Iranian threat as war worries mount

Pompeo: Nuclear deal increased terrorism, malign behavior from Iranians

Iran’s leader says weapons-grade enrichment easy

Iran drops commitment to cap uranium enrichment, as nuclear deal unravels

Ease oil sales or see end of nuclear deal, Iran says

Yemeni Armed Drones Attack Saudi Oil Pipeline

Saudi Arabia: Terrorist acts against the Gulf are targeting global oil supply

Russia Could Take Hold Of China’s Entire Gas Market

FBI uncovers homegrown terror training camp in Alabama

Ilhan Omar defends Rashida Tlaib, says criticism ‘designed’ to ‘silence’ Muslim voices

Beijing calls for a ‘people’s war’ against the US as Trump threatens tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese goods in all-out trade battle

China shifts tone: ‘We’ll fight til the end’ with the U.S.

White House explores new farmer bailout plan as US-China trade war heats up

Theresa May will put her Brexit deal to a vote—for the fourth time

Putin hopes for closer ties with US in wake of Mueller report

House Democrats plan marathon public reading of Mueller report

Ecuador defends handover of Assange documents to US

US journalism has become more subjective: study

JetBlue operations delayed as ‘global’ computer outage briefly cripples airline, again

5 Earth-directed CMEs, G3 – Strong geomagnetic storm

Nuclear wasteland: Inside the ghost towns of Fukushima

Powerful 7.5 Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea, Tsunami Alert Issued

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Shikotan, Russia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Nishinoomote, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Namatanai, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Southeast of Easter Island

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Ibu volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Joe Biden under pressure from left on climate change

Vietnam culls 1.2 million pigs as African swine fever spreads nationwide

State Senate in Maine reverses course, approves bill to eliminate nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccines

Despite Measles Warnings, Anti-Vaccine Rally Draws Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. headlines anti-vaccine rally in Albany amid measles outbreak

Alabama abortion ban vote: Nation’s strictest abortion law passes, no exceptions for rape, incest

‘It goes after Roe directly’: Alabama’s abortion bill heads to state senate

Alyssa Milano says she is ‘pro-life,’ then defends abortions for women in certain ‘circumstances’

Cuba Violently Shuts Down ‘Illegal’ Gay Pride Parade

Record number of attacks on gays in France: report

Children’s Show Accelerates Gay Programming at Public Expense

Arthur’s teacher comes out as gay and gets married on the PBS Kids show’s season premiere

Australian political leaders agree gays don’t go to hell

In First, Ireland Bans U.S. Preacher Who Called for Gay Executions

Warning: Christians Will Be ‘Forced to Violate Their Beliefs’ if Equality Act Passes

Christian persecution close to ‘genocide levels,’ largely ignored due to ‘political correctness’: report

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Oppenheimer – When the Blind leads the Blind what happens?

Torturing God’s Sick Sheep: Stop Making Excuses for Being Sick Says Sid Roth

CNN’s Redemption Project: Grace, Compassion, and Forgiveness

Alabama Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortion, Would Make Killing Unborn Babies a Felony

Vermont Legislature Passes Bill Declaring “Fundamental Right” To Abort Any Baby For Any Reason Up Until Birth

Activists storm Yekaterinburg Russia park in protest against new church

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May 15, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

10 Not only has God made all creatures; he has control over every person’s life. The phrase every living creature may include the animals, but it specifically refers to people, as the parallel term humanity (ʾîs) indicates (cf. 30:23). A human being is similar to an animal in that both are “living creatures” (nep̄eš ḥay; cf. Gen. 2:7) and composed of flesh (ḇāśār), but human beings are distinct in that they alone possess spirit (rûaḥ); only in one OT passage is spirit associated with beasts (Eccl. 3:21). God sustains human life and directs human destiny. There is nothing that takes place on earth outside of his governance. All is incorporated into his purpose. With these words Job is questioning, without denying God’s sovereignty, the proposition that God immediately carries out retribution on all evildoers. [1]

12:10 / The animals know what Job is talking about—the risky and painful nature of life in the world—because they, like humans, realize that the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind is in God’s hand. Thus, whatever happens must ultimately be traced back to the power and control of the creator. The world and its creatures do not suffer because God has somehow lost control. As the following verses (vv. 11–25) make abundantly clear, Job understands God to be firmly in control of all aspects of worldly power and wisdom.[2]

10. the soul—that is, the animal life. Man, reasons Job, is subjected to the same laws as the lower animals.[3]

Ver. 10.—In whose hand is the soul of every living thing. A brief summary of what had been said in vers. 7, 8, to which is now appended the further statement, that in God’s hand—wholly dependent on him—is the entire race of mankind also. And the breath of all mankind; literally, and the spirit of all flesh of man.[4]

10 The argument is little advanced here. It is another obvious truth that both animals (“every living thing”) and humans (lit., “all the flesh of humankind”) are in the power of God. (No special distinction is being made between נפשׁ “life principle” [rv, nab “soul”] and רוח “breath”; both terms are appropriate for animals and humans.) The implication of such a statement, as set in the mouth of the friends by Job, is that everything that has happened to Job has been by divine arrangement. Job also believes this, but his point is that to speak of God’s “control” of his creatures so glibly is to disregard the character of that control as destructive (vv 14–25). “He’s got the whole world in his hand” would be the theme song of the friends, says Job; but the question is whether that hand is an open palm or a clenched fist.[5]

[1] Hartley, J. E. (1988). The Book of Job (p. 209). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Wilson, G. H. (2012). Job. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (p. 127). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 319). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Job (p. 209). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Clines, D. J. A. (1998). Job 1–20 (Vol. 17, p. 295). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

May 15 The Instrument of Satan’s Defeat

scripture reading: Revelation 20:7–10
key verse: Hebrews 2:14

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.

Some Christians are afraid to talk about Satan or think about spiritual warfare. While we should be careful not to underestimate his destructive arsenal (Jude 9), we should never fear the devil.

Although he is still active by God’s permission, the devil has been soundly defeated. He is a rebellious angelic creature on the losing end of a cosmic struggle with Creator God. He knows his fate is the lake of fire from which he will never escape (Rev. 20:7–10).

The instrument of defeat and our guaranteed victory over his power is the cross of Christ. When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price for our sins and conquered the power of Satan: “He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14 nasb).

At the cross, Jesus “disarmed the rulers and authorities [Satan and his demons]” and “made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him” (Col. 2:15 nasb).

Jesus defeated the devil at the cross by delivering you from sin’s penalty, death. Satan is a vanquished foe, and he knows it. You are no longer under his dominion but under the rule and reign of Christ.

I rejoice today, dear Lord, that through the death of Your Son, I am no longer under the dominion of Satan. My victory is guaranteed through the power of the Cross.[1]

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

15 may (1859) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Holy violence

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12

suggested further reading: Genesis 32:22–32

Frequently complaints are made and surprise expressed by individuals who have never found a blessing rest upon anything they have attempted to do in the service of God. “I have been a Sunday-school teacher for years,” says one, “and I have never seen any of my girls or boys converted.” No, and the reason most likely is, you have never been violent about it; you have never been compelled by the divine Spirit to make up your mind that converted they should be, and no stone shall be left unturned until they were. You have never been brought by the Spirit to such a passion, that you have said, “I cannot live unless God bless me; I cannot exist unless I see some of these children saved.” Then, falling on your knees in agony of prayer, and putting forth afterwards your trust with the same intensity towards heaven, you would never have been disappointed, “for the violent take it by force.” And you too, my brother in the gospel, you have marvelled and wondered why you have not seen souls regenerated. Did you ever expect it? Why, you preach like one who does not believe what he is saying. Those who believe in Christ, may say of you with kind partiality, “Our minister is a dear good man;” but the careless young men that attend your ministry say, “Does that man expect to make me believe that which he only utters as a dry story, and to convince me when I see him go through the service with all the dullness and monotony of dead routine?” Oh, my brethren, what we want today in the churches is violence; not violence against each other, but violence against death, and hell, against the hardness of other men’s hearts, and against the sleepiness of our own.

for meditation: Do you mean business with God or do you just go through the motions? It can make all the difference (2 Kings 4:31–35; Mark 9:28, 29).

sermon no. 252[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 142). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

15 MAY 365 Days with Calvin

Walking in the Lord’s Ways

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. Hosea 14:9

suggested further reading: Numbers 13:25–33

The just find a plain and even way in the Word of the Lord; nothing stands in their path to obstruct their course. By daily advances they attain that to which the Lords calls them, even their celestial inheritance.

The just walk in the Lord’s ways because the Lord leads them by his hand. Faith will be a hundred eyes and wings to them. Hope will sustain them, for they are armed with promises and encouragements. They have stimulants whenever the Lord earnestly exhorts them, and they have his warnings that are so terrible that they keep them awake. The faithful find the best ways in the Word of the Lord, and they follow them.

By contrast, the ungodly imagine all doubts, even the least, to be mountains. When they encounter anything intricate or obscure, they are confounded and say, “I would gladly seek to know the Holy Scripture, but I meet with so many difficulties.” Hence, they regard a doubt as a mountain; nay, they purposely pretend doubts so they may have some excuse when they wish to evade the truth and turn aside from following the Lord.

The ungodly stumble in the ways of Jehovah. So we might read Hosea 14:9 in terms of the ungodly as: “Though the ungodly stumble, yet the just shall always walk in those ways of the Lord,” meaning there is no reason why the ungodly should hold us back by their continual stumbling and by exclaiming that the Word of God is full of offense, for we shall find in it an even way. Let us then ascribe glory to God that he is just and that his ways are right.

for meditation: The Word of God, which clearly lays out the ways of God, has a remarkable power to divide and distinguish men from one another. One finds grace in its pages and loves to follow the Lord’s paths. Another, reading the same pages, finds nothing but stumbling blocks and difficulties. Let us pray that God blesses us with his Spirit so that we find wonderful paths rather than stumbling blocks.[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 154). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

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