Daily Archives: May 17, 2019

May 17 Lifting Our Level of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:18–23

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:18

… that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

Have you ever wondered why church prayer meetings tend to have low turnouts? Think about it: When the church holds a Bible study, concert, or picnic, many people show up. But prayer meetings often slip to the bottom of attendance records.

Perhaps it is because many of us assume in advance how the meeting will go. “It will be too depressing,” we say to ourselves. “I can’t handle hearing all of the heartbreaking prayer requests for sick children, terminally ill relatives, and church members in financial turmoil.”

If you identify with these sentiments, you are not alone. Prayer meetings that support only one aspect of prayer are imbalanced and can quickly be awash in negativity. To correct this problem, we must embrace all aspects of prayer. In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul provided a wonderful starting point. He reminded us of the motivation behind prayer—communicating with the One who is in control of all things. In Ephesians 1:18, Paul wrote, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling” (nasb).

Though lifting our troubles and needs to God is both acceptable and important, we should never forget to express our thankfulness, jubilance, and praise to Him in prayer.

The next time you participate in a group prayer session, speak up with a bold heart and give honor to the almighty God. Your prayer will likely be a welcome reminder to others.

Lord, help me to influence prayer time at my church so that it is a healthy representation of the full Christian life, from supplication to praise.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 144). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The moth-eaten SBC and the women who did it — The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

But I am like a moth to Ephraim, and like dry rot to the house of Judah. (Hosea 5:12)

Privately, however, Moore has never cared much for the delicate norms of Christian femininity. ~The Atlantic

I published an essay, part 1 of 3, in 2011, eight years ago as of this date. It was about how the secret feminists laid the groundwork for a later open rebellion. That rebellion has now occurred. They are openly touting egalitarian principles. The takeaway-

  • These rebellious women live for their work, which is usually a corporation, but called a ministry,
  • These women are the main and sustained breadwinners, and the husband supports the wife by adopting the wifely role,
  • These women actively reject rebuke and correction from elder men, thus fulfilling the feminist’s more famous line, ‘A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.’

They are feminists.

In my 2011 essay I had focused on how Beth Moore, grandma of the Christian feminists, was Exhibit A in laying a devilish groundwork of feminism in the evangelical church. Worse, she was producing spiritual children to follow in her example, like Priscilla Shirer, Christine Caine, and Rachel Held Evans, and others.

Back then I called them secret feminists because these women hid their private ambitions from the public, and they used complementarian language even though they privately disbelieved in it. But discerning women and men were not fooled, these women’s lives were forward. The recent Atlantic Monthly interview of Beth Moore (Oct 2018) with the above quote proves their private ambitions were there all along.

At the time, I warned that the groundwork being laid in their feminist ministry and the examples they set would have dire consequences. As God promised the Israelites that He would be a moth to them, it seems that God has used Beth Moore and her spiritual daughters to eat away the garment. Its sturdiness and functonality has rotted. For church leaders and especially the SBC not to have plugged those holes ensured that the complementarian garment would rot. It has.

But I am like a moth to Ephraim, and like dry rot to the house of Judah. (Hosea 5:12)

We can look back and see…where we were and where we’ve ended up, and why.

“A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” was the feminist motto of the 1970s. The implication was that women didn’t ‘need’ a man at all.

In 2012 when I wrote about this last, there were a number of popular Bible teachers/preachers who traveled widely, filling arenas, marketing their books, selling their products, and leaving the husband at home to take care of the kids. These women had assumed the lead role in the marriage and are the main breadwinner, and the husband is the helpmeet, usually having set aside his career to work in his wife’s corporation ministry. While these women call what they are doing “ministry,” I call it “feminism”.

This is the new crop of what I called Christian secret feminists- but they aren’t as secret as they were in 2012. They live a feminist life inside of Christianity but call it ministry. They are openly rebelling now.

One woman who has much to answer for about this new role is Beth Moore. She was the one who broke new ground in the Southern Baptist Convention, a most conservative denomination, in how far a woman could go in attaining celebrity status, living for her career and not for her home, and promoting gender role reversals.

She showed us how to be the main and sustained breadwinner of the family. She showed us that she could preach in a church and teach anyone in the world, uncensured. Mrs Moore, while speaking conservative values cloaked in all the right Christianese, has lived a very feminist life. You will see more details on this below.

A spiritual daughter of Mrs Moore in this generation of Christian feminists is Christine Caine. Mrs Caine’s language is less cloaked (more open) in her declarations of what women can or should see as their roles in Christian home and work life. Mrs Caine is an ordained minister and part of Hillsong Church in Australia.

For example, in an interview (now deleted from Youtube) from 2010, Caine reassured Pastor’s wives that despite Caine’s visible usurpation of the traditional husband-wife roles, that their stay-at-home role is still viable:

“Predominantly I might teach a little bit and I step out into what would be the more classic leadership gift, so a lot of people say ‘I’m not that, so therefore I must not have a role to play…’”

It’s no wonder that woman are confused when they see peers taking on the ‘classic leadership gift’. And that is one way they cloak their rebellion in Christianese: it is not a role or a job, it is a ‘gift‘. Ultimately, women would not need reassurance from other women that their biblical role is still viable if they themselves were not setting it aside.

Christine continues in the interview by acknowledging that there are “women who are gentle and loving and nurturing”, and there are other “women who come along side and do a bit more “non-gentle prodding help people go to the next level.” But that in “no way diminishes your role.”

Really? Sure it does. It sets up women to be discontent. By justifying herself in the leadership role as a gift from God (and who can argue with that?) and acknowledging that there are ‘levels’ and women need to get to, but at the same time saying it is important to stay at home and be nurturing…she had completely confused any listener as to the clear guidelines of the notion of what Biblical womanhood is. She says one thing (and not too clearly, either) but does another.

Discernment tip: one way to detect if a person is in the Word is to see if what they say and what they do match up over time. If what they say and what they do are different, run away. Beth Moore is a good example of that, see below.

Mrs Caine’s reassurances use a neat scriptural twist. If objecting to a woman’s taking on home or ministry leadership roles, simply acknowledge that the women feel weak or unsure in them, but get around it by assuring them that all they need to do is have courage to step out and let Jesus work through their weakness, citing 2 Corinthians 12:9 out of context (“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”). That’s how Caine works it.

Discernment tip: Once a women steps out of the biblical role assigned to her by God, reasoning becomes confused, because God is the author of clarity and it’s satan who sows confusion. A discerning person will really listen to what she is saying, listen to how she is saying it, and look at the life she is leading to make a decision on whether this teacher is someone to learn from. Is what she is saying clear and easily confirmed by the Bible, or is it confusing?

In that same interview, Mrs Caine said, “The only way I was able to continue in my role is that my senior pastor’s wife stepped into her role and chose not to be threatened or intimidated because the giftings were different.”

Oh, I get it. Women are now complementarians to each other. It’s the height of irony that unwittingly, Mrs Caine acknowledges that these new ‘roles’ set up discontent. It’s so nice that in her situation at least, the pastor’s wife wasn’t jealous of her fabulous gift. A good portion of the middle of the interview is Caine’s description of how women are to be complementarian of each other in church settings. One takes the wifely nurturing role so that the younger ones coming up can step out, so to speak. That’s not complementarianism, that’s rebellion.

Now, female support between and among ministries is a good thing, and it is biblically commanded. (Titus 2:4) but the description in Titus is for elder women to teach the younger is in their biblically defined helpmeet role, not to be a helpmeet to other women who step out into classic male roles.

Priscilla Shirer is another of these new Christian feminists whose life is more forward than their spiritual mothers.

The NY Times article notes that Mr Shirer spends much of the day negotiating Priscilla’s speaking invitations and her book contracts. In the afternoon it’s often Mr Shirer who collects the boys from school. Back home, Priscilla and Jerry divide chores and child care equally.

“Jerry quit his job to run his wife’s ministry. Priscilla now accepts about 20 out of some 300 speaking invitations each year, and she publishes a stream of Bible studies, workbooks and corresponding DVDs intended for women to read and watch with their girlfriends from church. Jerry does his share of housework and child care so that Priscilla can study and write. He travels with his wife everywhere. Whenever possible, they take their sons along on her speaking trips, but they often deposit the boys with Jerry’s mother.”‘

If you delete the name Shirer and substitute Gloria Steinem, and change ministry to job you have a description of a life that any feminist would be proud of.

By 2019 Beth Moore is one of the elders in this realm. Moore has been “on the ministry circuit” for almost 30 years. Thus, her rebellious example has been long in view for many women who have watched her since they were an impressionable teen. Later comers arriving on the scene such as Priscilla Shirer or Christine Caine have learned from the best of the Christian feminists in Moore.

Meanwhile, despite the Bible’s instruction to women to be gentle, meek, quiet, and industrious, tending to their homes and children, Moore has become culturally confrontationalPolitical. And since my essay was first published in 2011, we have a helpful confirmation of exactly what I had written about back then regarding the man left at home to tend to the kids while the wife wins the bread, but was vigorously denied and refuted by Moore’s followers. As the lengthy article about Moore in an October 2018 article in The Atlantic reveals,

Privately, however, Moore has never cared much for the delicate norms of Christian femininity. Her days are tightly scheduled and obsessively focused on writing. She spends hours alone in an office decorated with a Bible verse written in a swirling font (“I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven,” Luke 7:47). Though she often performs domestic femininity for her audience, in her own life she has balanced motherhood with demanding professional ambitions. She traveled every other weekend while her two daughters were growing up—they told me they ate a lot of takeout. Like other Southern Baptists, Moore considers herself a complementarian

We know she never cared for the Bible’s command to live a quiet life at home. If she did, she would not preach to men. Or leave her children behind. Or obsessively focus on her career. She SAYS she is a complementarian, but she IS a feminist. She always has been.

For example, deliberate misrepresentation:

Beth Moore said to Christianity Today in 2010 that her man demanded a regular home life so she only travels every other Friday and comes right back home the next day.

“We walk the dogs together and eat out together all the time and lie on the floor with pillows and watch TV,” Moore says. “My man demanded attention and he got it, and my man demanded a normal home life and he got it.”

Aww, isn’t that nice. But it’s disingenuous in the extreme. The reality was that Mrs Moore was gone from home at least 20 times per year on her Living Proof tours, which is a lot if you have kids and a husband. Mrs Moore appeared weekly on the Life Today television show, traveled for weeks on book tours, where she expounded on the burning question all women in America are apparently asking, “How can women find validation without a man’s affirmation?” and which her book So Long, Insecurity apparently attempts to answer.

She also spent extended private time for weeks in a cabin by herself in Wyoming to write her book (as stated in the preface to “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things”). She is the President of her own company that in 2011 brought in 4.1 million dollars, with an excess after expenses of 1.3M, stated working hours of 40/week. If you think all she does is lay around on pillows gazing adoringly at her man then all I can say is look at what she does, not what she says.  Beth Moore is a Christian feminist because for years she has lived that way, no matter what she disingenuously told Christianity Today.

It’s no wonder women are confused when they see Beth Moore telling us that you can have a corporate career and still be a Christian woman, if you call it ministry. Or like Christine Caine- just call your career ambitions a gift. (c.f. Joanna Gaines).

Feminists like Moore simply misrepresented her life to interviewers and used acceptable language to fool undiscerning readers. Caine twisted scripture to do it, claiming her rebellion is a gift from God that must be used. RHE used the tactic of saying it was all an accident.

Ms Evans also claimed to be an accidental feminist, writing on her blog, “Most of all, if these critics knew me, they would know that it isn’t feminism that inspires me to advocate gender equality in the Church and in the world; it is the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“God surprised me with this ministry” Priscilla Shirer said, as if the big oops was all out of her hands nor will she be morally and spiritually culpable on the Lord’s day of Judgment. And I can assure you ladies reading this, that despite what Mrs Evans said those years ago, Jesus did not deliver the Gospel by His blood so she could use it to promote a different role for women than He has already ordained.

Do not be fooled by what they say. Look at their life. Paul advised Timothy to guard his doctrine and his life. he meant to live the precepts, not just know them or utter them. The old saying from the 70s, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” was the feminist motto. Now the only difference for today’s Christian secret open feminist is the logo on her purse.

 

via The moth-eaten SBC and the women who did it — The End Time

May 17 Where the Battle Is Won

Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:36–46

Key Verse: Luke 5:16

He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

Jesus must have felt that the world was closing in. He knew what lay ahead, and in the fullness of godhood and the fullness of manhood, Jesus understood what death on a cross involved. The physical humiliation and agony of crucifixion would only be compounded by the horror of experiencing God’s wrath for the sins of the world. There was only one solution for dealing with the feelings welling up inside Him—prayer. So Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pour out His heart to the Father in private prayer.

Where do you go when life seems unbearable, when stress is stretching every fiber of your being to the maximum? Jesus identifies with your pain and trial. He knows how it feels to be overwhelmed with conflicting emotions. But think about this: the worst problem you will ever face is nothing compared to what Jesus went through. And Jesus, who is God Himself, handled His ordeal on earth by going to the Father in private prayer.

You need time alone with your heavenly Father. You need solitude to read His Word, to communicate your deepest thoughts, and to discover His answers. Yes, prayer time with others is important to spiritual growth as well, but sometimes just you and the Lord need to be together. Seek a place where you can spend time with Him, and you will discover an intimacy beyond comparison.

I want to spend more time with You alone, Father. Help me find moments of solitude where I can come into Your presence to be renewed and empowered for the battles of life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 144). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Is Covenant Theology the Same as Replacement Theology? — Monergism.com Blog Feed

Israel in the Plan of God

Replacement theology is understood to be the view that the Church has replaced God’s chosen people, the Jews, entirely, and that God wants nothing more to do with them as a people. It says that since Israel rejected their Messiah, they forfeit all of their God-given promises over to the Church. So given this definition, is Covenant Theology the Same as Replacement Theology? This phrase is often used as a pejorative term for what some imagine is Covenant Theology to be, but as the following resources point out, it is a false accusation.  The following are some resources we have found that gives some thought to the subject.

Essays

The Church, Israel, and “Replacement” Theology – Part 1 by Sam Storms

The Church, Israel, and “Replacement” Theology – Part 2 by Sam Storms

The Church, Israel, and “Replacement” Theology – Part 3 by Sam Storms

The Church and Israel in the New Testament by Keith Mathison

Not Replacement… Expansion! by Fred Klett

via Is Covenant Theology the Same as Replacement Theology? — Monergism.com Blog Feed

May 17 Divine Purposes

Scripture reading: Psalm 67:1–7

Key verse: Psalm 66:1

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

George Bernard accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of sixteen. He served for a time in the Salvation Army and was later ordained as a minister, leading many revivals throughout Michigan and New York. Then, in 1913, he experienced a time of extreme crisis.

Bernard did what he had done for years—he turned to the Lord. He spent much time in prayer, worship, and Bible study, meditating deeply about the Cross. Wanting to share the truth he discovered, Bernard wrote his thoughts in verse form with music to accompany them. His work is a spiritual legacy to believers everywhere, the beloved hymn “The Old Rugged Cross.”

The Lord used His dealings with one man to bless countless others. When God deals with us individually, He has divine purposes in mind. God blesses His children and works in our lives because He loves us dearly, and He wants His goodness to go even farther. His plan for you fits perfectly with His plan for the world.

Recognizing God’s overall plan is a key to a growing relationship with Him. You see yourself as He sees you, a much-loved child with talents and gifts to use for His service. When you understand His higher purposes for your life, you are a useful tool in His hands as you exercise your talents to glorify Him.

God, I know You have divine purposes in mind in every aspect of my life. Help me to use each experience to leave a spiritual legacy to others.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 144). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 17, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Friday there was a “good chance” Democrats would back his immigration and border protection efforts ahead of the November 2020 elections, despite their opposition to his latest plan to overhaul the current system.

President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to divert more than $6 billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico will face its first test in court on Friday, when states and advocacy groups are expected to ask a federal judge to block the funding.

Missouri House lawmakers are expected to pass a bill on Friday to ban most abortions eight weeks after conception, days after Alabama introduced the nation’s most restrictive abortion law.

A movement to boycott Alabama over its near-ban on abortion gained momentum Thursday as officials in Maryland and Colorado called for economic retaliation and online flyers urged people not to buy anything in, or from Alabama.

A Turkish court on Friday sentenced fourteen people to life in jail without parole for involvement in twin bombings in Istanbul that killed dozens in December of 2016.

Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality.

Oil edged up towards $73 a barrel on Friday, heading for a weekly gain, supported by supply cuts and concern over potential further disruption to Middle East shipments as political tensions rise.

AP Top Stories

The Islamic State group has disclosed the creation of a new regional chapter in Pakistan, as the group tries to rebrand and rebuild after the destruction of its caliphate. The organizational reshuffle came five days after the announcement of a similar new outfit in India.

A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO has been sold to Ferrari collector and WeatherTech CEO David MacNeil for a rumoured $70 million – a new world record for a classic car.

Warplanes struck in and around the rebel-held Yemeni capital Thursday two days after the insurgents claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

U.S. law enforcement officers raided the Venezuelan Embassy on Thursday to oust a small group protesting U.S. policy toward the oil-rich country, paving the way for the diplomatic compound to be handed to the U.S. envoy of opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to visit China on Friday for talks on “regional and international issues”, state news agency IRNA reported.

Donald Trump’s administration asked Congress to reimburse the Taliban for travel expenses, lodgings and food at peace talks aimed at bringing over 17 years of war in Afghanistan to an end.

Iraq’s national carrier is to resume flights to the capital of neighboring Syria for the first time since the war there erupted in 2011, a spokesman said Thursday.

A US F-35 stealth bomber suffered millions of dollars in damage after being hit by a bird during take-off from an air base in Japan, the US Marine Corps said in a statement Wednesday.

Sudanese opposition leaders behind the protests that drove President Omar al-Bashir from power last month on Thursday criticized the ruling military council for suspending negotiations with their representatives over a peaceful transfer of power to civilian rule.

At least nine people were wounded on Wednesday when Sudanese security forces used live ammunition to clear demonstrators from central Khartoum, a protest group said, ahead of a meeting on who will run the country as it transitions to democracy.

Reuters photos taken on Wednesday show adults and children outside the U.S. Border Patrol station for migrants in McAllen, Texas, sleeping on the ground and rigging up makeshift awnings with reflective blankets to shelter from the sun.

Gunmen killed at least 17 Nigerien troops in an ambush near the Malian border, where several jihadist groups are active, and another 11 soldiers are missing, a government spokesman said.

China’s Huawei poses such a grave security risk to the United Kingdom that the government must not allow it to have even a limited role in building 5G networks, a former head of Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service said on Thursday.

The Swiss government will split off its purchase of new fighter jets from its order of new surface-to-air defenses, it said on Thursday, setting a budget of $5.96 billion for the jets alone.

BBC

Femicide – the killing of a female, on account of her gender – is a global issue. Activists in Kenya say there has been a spike in violence recently, with 40 women reported to have been killed this year alone.

President Donald Trump has outlined plans for a new US immigration system designed to favour younger, better educated, English-speaking workers.

Brazil’s mining firm Vale has warned that another dam is at risk of bursting months after the collapse of a similar structure killed more than 230 people.

Close to a million plastic shoes, mainly flip flops are among the torrent of debris washed up on an “unspoiled paradise” in the Indian Ocean. Scientists estimated that the beaches of Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands are strewn with around 414 million pieces of plastic pollution. They believe some 93% of it lies buried under the sand

WND

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to push phone companies to “block unwanted calls to their customers by default.”

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explained how the company’s Starlink satellite network will serve as the company’s key money-maker, unlocking his vision of sending astronauts to Mars. The full Starlink network would consist of 11,943 satellites flying close to the planet, closer than the International Space Station, in what is known as low Earth orbit.


Mid-Day Snapshot · May 17, 2019

The Foundation

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

Trump Refocuses on Immigration Overhaul

The president seeks to shift immigration to a more merit-based rather than family-based system.


The ‘More Equal Than Others’ Act

House Democrats are poised to pass the grossly misnamed “Equality Act” today.


Robocallers Now an FCC Target

Americans can all agree on one thing: Everyone hates spam phone calls.


There Are Heroes Among Us

Mass shooters are increasingly encountering brave people who are fighting back.


‘Transgender’ Agenda Claims Another Life

Hospital staff thought a pregnant woman was a man. As a result, her baby died.


New ‘Adversity Score’ Added to SAT

Schools seek to instill even more bias and victimitis into admissions testing.


Divide and Conquer

It seems the only strategy the Left has is to pit one group against the other.


Video: Mini Ocasio-Cortez ‘Picked Green Because…’

“I’m still learning my colors,” jokes the famous eight-year-old impersonator.


Video: The Threat of Leftist Court-Packing

Ilya Somin of “The Volokh Conspiracy” discusses the dangers of packing the Supreme Court.



Today’s Opinion

Michael Reagan
Ending Abortion, One Baby at a Time
Erick Erickson
No Room for Honesty
Marc A. Thiessen
Joe Biden’s Heresy
Jonah Goldberg
De Blasio Is the Ferris Bueller of Democratic Presidential Candidates
Gary Bauer
Trump’s Immigration Plan
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top News Executive Summary

Equality Act, illegal-immigrant serial killer, California’s budget train wreck, prudence on Iran, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David French, Jerry Nadler, Ilhan Omar, Joy Behar, and more.



Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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News – 5/17/2019

The Media Won’t Say It, but Christians Are the No. 1 Persecuted Group Worldwide
Sri Lanka. April 21. Five hundred wounded, over 300 dead in terrorist attacks. According to mainstream media and many in the international community, these attacks were another senseless assault on “humanity.” But the destruction of Christian churches on Easter morning was not motivated by generic hatred. We know exactly why these men, women, and children died. They died for their Christian faith. On the holiest day in the Christian calendar, three bombs ripped through Christian churches, killing hundreds who had gathered peacefully to celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. But international leaders have studiously avoided calling this what it is: anti-Christian persecution.

These Big Name Rappers Are Tight With Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan
The rapper said Farrakhan, who has repeatedly demonized Jews as “satanic” and railed against interracial marriage, was banned “for telling truth.” Snoop Dogg’s support for Farrakhan is far from unique in the rap community.

US Suspends All Passenger And Cargo Flights To Venezuela
Though all of the major US carriers have already ended their flights to Caracas, the Department of Homeland Security has officially suspended all air traffic – passenger and cargo – between the US and Venezuela due to the “ongoing political stability and increased tensions.”

‘We did all we could, but it wasn’t enough’ | Asteroid simulation ends with direct hit in NYC
A group of scientists and planners from all across the world met this month in College Park, Maryland to run through a practice scenario and discuss what they’d do if a large asteroid was discovered in an orbit heading towards earth. This exercise was completed over a five day time frame, during which they ran through a 10 year timeline of discovering, observing, and trying to mitigate the threat from a large asteroid heading towards the earth.

In first for Asia, Taiwan lawmakers back same-sex marriage
Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality.

Israeli ambassador’s ‘Bible speech’ at U.N. goes viral
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon’s speech several weeks ago has taken on a new life on social media and YouTube as translations into different languages have propelled the “biblical speech” well beyond the walls of the United Nations building. Wearing a kippah and reading from the Bible, Danon defended Israel’s right to the land of Israel.

Jerusalem Police brace for second Ramadan Friday prayers in Old City
Police are taking security measures and remain on high alert in and around the Old City of Jerusalem over Friday, as visitors arrived and prayers commenced on Temple Mount for the second Friday of Ramadan. Roads in the old city were closed to enable the thousands of worshipers to make their way on foot to the Temple Mount.

Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions
Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May. Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise same-sex unions and the government’s bill, the most progressive of the three, was passed.

Trump unveils ‘merit-based’ immigration policy plan
US President Donald Trump has outlined plans for a new US immigration system designed to favour younger, better educated, English-speaking workers. In an address at the White House, he proposed moving away from the current system that favours applicants with family ties to the US. He said border security would be beefed up and a tougher line taken on asylum seekers.

Apprehensions up 42% on NORTHERN border as Mexicans, Central Americans try to enter US from Canada
The overwhelming surge of illegal immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing agents away from the northern border, where apprehensions are also increasing significantly. Sault Ste. Marie Border Patrol Agent in Charge Henry Laxdal told WJFW apprehensions in the Detroit sector increased 42 percent between 2017 and 2018, though the numbers pale in comparison to the southern border crisis.

Likud members: leaving West Bank settlements was a crime
Likud members sent a message to Prime Minister Netanyahu calling for him to revoke the disengagement law from 2005, that enabled the pullback from Gaza and disbanding four settlements in the Northern West Bank. Nine members of Likud along with others from the right- wing, toured the site of Homesh, a settlement that was evicted in 2005 as part of the disengagement from Gaza.

After Huawei blow, China says U.S. must show sincerity for talks
The United States must show sincerity if it is to hold meaningful trade talks, China said…after U.S. President Donald Trump dramatically raised the stakes with a potentially devastating blow to Chinese tech giant Huawei. China has yet to say whether or how it will retaliate…although…the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily publishing a front-page commentary that evoked the patriotic spirit of past wars.

Farmageddon Looms: Only 30% Of US Corn Fields Have Been Planted, 5 Year Average Is 66%
It is no exaggeration to say that what we are facing is a true national catastrophe.

Facebook Censors Picture of Unborn Baby, Says It May ‘Be Sensitive to Some People’
Facebook censored a pro-life advertisement campaign featuring an unborn baby because it might “be sensitive to some people.”

Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Percent of People Who Become Infected
The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has infected 1,720 and killed 1,136, giving the viral disease a whopping 66 percent fatality rate. And the situation is making public health experts on the ground increasingly nervous.

Turkish Lira Tumbles After Trump Terminates Preferential Trade Agreement In Retaliation For S-400 Order
“I have determined that, based on its level of economic development, it is appropriate to terminate Turkey’s designation as a beneficiary developing country effective May 17, 2019.”

Wettest 12-month period on record leaves US nearly drought-free amid rampant flooding
The continental United States just recorded its wettest 12-month period in recorded history, while also moving one step closer to being drought-free, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Texas Police Raid Dallas Diocesan Offices, Claim Catholic Officials Withheld Information
Texas police raided the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas Wednesday on the grounds that Catholic officials withheld information from authorities’ sex abuse investigation.

Trump: If Iran does anything, they will suffer
US President warns Iran will “suffer greatly” if it targeted US interests.
US President Donald Trump warned on Monday that Iran would “suffer greatly” if it targeted US interests.

President Trump Was Right: CDC Confirms 143 Babies Born Alive After Abortions, Left to Die
The “fact checkers” at Associated Press were the latest to fulminate against President Trump mocking Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam about executing babies born alive after an abortion attempt. The tweet was mockable: “The reality behind President Trump’s false accusation that abortion doctors execute babies.” Apparently, abortion doctors just kill….germs? Cellular clumps?

Walmart Betrays Trump And America In Unpatriotic Move
Walmart is one of the most profitable companies in history and a true American success story. But their success came at a cost.

CNN & MSNBC Caught Meddling In US Democracy
Both Channels put out fraudulent claims about Presidential polls..


Headlines – 5/17/2019

Breaking ranks, influential Likud MK blasts immunity law for Netanyahu

Opposition rallies around Likud’s Sa’ar for criticizing PM’s immunity bid

Likud members: leaving West Bank settlements was a crime

As Australia heads to polls, Labor vows to reverse Jerusalem recognition

Gaza border protest said cancelled due to high temperatures, Ramadan fast

Hamas thanks UK Labour head Corbyn for Nakba Day support

‘PA can pay its hospital bills if it stops paying terrorists’

Rocket Strike on Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Kills 10 Civilians, UN Says

Egyptian forces kill 47 militants, lose five soldiers

Iran, With Eye on Israel, Announces New Firewall Against Stuxnet Computer Virus

Top Iranian general tells militias to ‘prepare for proxy war’

Iran Claims Rights To Respond To ‘Unacceptable’ U.S. Sanctions, Escalation

Saudi Arabia is Blaming Iran for a Drone Attack Amid Calls for U.S. Strikes

Saudi Newspaper, Owned by MBS’ Brother, Urges U.S. ‘Surgical Strikes’ on Iran

Britain Says Shares Same Assessment of Iran as the United States

Kurdistan region worried as U.S. and Iran tensions grow

Pakistan urges US, Iran to exercise restraint

US official: Iranian missiles spotted on boats in Gulf

US warships enter Persian Gulf without incident amid soaring Iran tensions

Trump says he hopes there’ll be no war between US, Iran

Trump, Swiss leader said to discuss setting up channel for Iran talks

Iran’s Zarif says ‘no possibility’ of talks with US

U.S. House speaker: Congress has not approved war against Iran

US Congress to get classified Iran briefings next week, say sources

Commentary: Is John Bolton the most dangerous man in the world?

Angela Merkel says the postwar world order is over and calls for Europe to stand up to China, Russia, and the US

Chelsea Manning will go back to jail after refusing to testify to grand jury probing Wikileaks

Eric Holder: ‘There are grounds for impeachment’ in Mueller report

Federal judge orders parts of Mueller report unredacted, made public

Flynn told Mueller that people tied to Trump and Congress tried to obstruct probe

Obama spymasters point fingers amid Russia probe review: ‘Throwing each other under the bus’

Hannity: ‘Deep State’ officials running scared ‘and they are now turning on each other’

Half of Americans are just one paycheck away from financial disaster

SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background

Cybercriminals behind $100 million malware attacks, U.S. and Europe claim

Massive Gulf oil spill finally being contained after more than 14 years

UN chief concerned nuclear ‘coffin’ leaking in Pacific

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Central East Pacific Rise

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Constitucion, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tacna, Peru

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

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

Rare May storm slams California with record-breaking rainfall, travel-disrupting snow

California will get snow and possibly two months worth of rain from back-to-back-to-back ‘atmospheric rivers’

California braces for feet of snow from storms; ‘significant severe weather event’ to impact Plains

Tornado Alley ‘about to wake up’: Wall of storms threaten 18 states

Mexico City’s air is so bad that schools, playgrounds and a zoo are closed

North Korea suffering ‘extreme drought,’ worst in nearly 40 years amid fears of food shortages

Utah boy gets mumps despite vaccination

‘Rogue doctor’ gives hundreds of people HIV with contaminated needle

The coming civil war over abortion

Why America’s strict new anti-abortion laws could backfire

Missouri passes “one of the strongest” abortion bills yet in U.S.

Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions

Alabama abortion clinics vow to stay open despite ban

Stacey Abrams offers Hollywood an alternative to boycotting Georgia over heartbeat bill – invites Hollywood to stay and be part of the resistance fight

Emily Ratajkowski poses naked in protest of Alabama’s abortion bill passing

Hollywood’s big players stay quiet on Georgia abortion law

Pregnant woman strangled, baby cut from womb, Chicago police say

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in a historic first for Asia

Trump Opposes LGBT Equality Act – It’s ‘Filled with Poison Pills’

Texas’ ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill part of a nationwide, anti-LGBTQ effort, advocates say

China Launches Campaign to ‘Dismantle’ and Eliminate House Churches

21 Christian leaders: Equality Act would gut religious freedom protections


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“So Help Me All Powerful State”

Democrats nix ‘So help me God’ from swearing-in oath; conservatives rankled

Anthony Wade – Dissecting Another Anti-Discernment Hit-Piece

The Family Business Thrives……. Joel Osteen’s son becomes third-generation to preach during Lakewood’s 60th anniversary

Charismatic Pastor Suffering From Depression Leaps From Bridge, Commits Suicide


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for May 17, 2019

May 16, 2019
‘The time is coming for the Supreme Court’ to act

WORLDNETDAILY — Lawmakers in Alabama have adopted a law that makes conducting an abortion punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The governor signed it late Wednesday. And lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union or Planned Parenthood are likely, rulings that inevitably would be appealed…. (more)


May 16, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co…. (more)

May 16, 2019
Rush Limbaugh: ‘This is so delicious’

WORLDNETDAILY — Washington has entered a new era. The report from special counsel Robert Mueller put to rest claims the Trump campaign in 2016 colluded with Russia. There are no charges coming, he made clear…. (more)


May 16, 2019

THE HILL — Attorney General William Barr joked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi about Democrats’ calls for his arrest, asking the California Democrat whether she brought handcuffs to an event on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning…. (more)


May 16, 2019

HUMAN EVENTS — This afternoon, the White House launched a new online portal that will allow users who have been banned or suspended from social media platforms to share their stories with the White House. The portal, called the “Tech Bias Story Sharing Tool,”asks users if any social media platform – – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, or any other – – has taken action against the user’s account. The user is given an opportunity to explain the circumstances of their banning, link to the offending post or tweet, and include any screenshots of emails from the social media platforms explaining why they took adverse action against the user’s account…. (more)


May 15, 2019

ASSOCIATED PRESS — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black’s media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a half years in prison. An appeals court reversed two convictions, but left two others in place…. (more)


May 15, 2019

FOX NEWS — The U.S. attorney appointed to examine the origins of the Russia investigation has been working on his review “for weeks,” a person familiar with the process told Fox News on Tuesday, to probe “all intelligence collection activities” related to the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election…. (more)


May 15, 2019
Barr signaling ‘it’s possible that criminal violations occurred’
WORLDNETDAILY — A former Justice Department official said Democrats should be “quite worried” about U.S. Attorney General Barr’s appointment of a U.S. attorney to look into the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation…. (more)

May 15, 2019
BYRON YORK — A huge controversy erupted last year when President Trump declassified parts of the FBI’s secret request to wiretap former Trump campaign volunteer foreign policy adviser Carter Page. Defenders and critics of the president argued over whether the October 2016 warrant application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court relied extensively on the so-called Steele dossier, which was a collection of anti-Trump allegations compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign…. (more)

May 15, 2019
The times are good and his opponents are not
NATIONAL REVIEW — The full proportions of the debacle that awaits the Democrats next fall is starting to penetrate their complacent disdain and revulsion toward President Trump. Rank-and-file Democrats are so ecstatic at the arrival of a known candidate whose views on principal policy issues cannot be invoked by Republicans to frighten children into eating their breakfast cereal that they have accorded Joe Biden a levitation in the polls…. (more)

May 15, 2019
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN — As his limo carried him to work at the White House Monday, Larry Kudlow could not have been pleased with the headline in The Washington Post: “Kudlow Contradicts Trump on Tariffs.”… (more)

May 15, 2019
Slowly but steadily they build up their economic, military, and technological superiority at our expense

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — The Chinese Communist government does not have so much a strategy to translate its economic ascendance into global hegemony as several strategies. All of them are brilliantly insidious…. (more)


May 15, 2019
RAND CORPORATION — U.S.-based journalism has gradually shifted away from objective news and offers more opinion-based content that appeals to emotion and relies heavily on argumentation and advocacy, according to a new RAND Corporation report…. (more)

May 13, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The U.S. fertility rate fell to a record low in 2018 and the number of births declined for a fourth consecutive year, the National Center for Health Statistics reported Wednesday…. (more)

May 13, 2019
PETER LEMISKA — ou’ve got to hand it to Jerry Nadler and the Democrats. They know just how to sound righteous, patriotic, and even noble when they want to. For two years, they posed as champions of democracy, railing about treason at the highest levels of government. “America deserves better,” they proclaimed. And today when they’re pontificating about abuse of power, threats to our democracy, the rule of law, and congressional oversight responsibility, why it’s nothing less than inspirational…. (more)

May 13, 2019

REAL CLEAR POLITICS — In his Monday night monologue, FNC’s Tucker Carlson said that when it comes to allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, “the Democratic base has been emotionally incontinent for quite some time.” “But the people who run the Democratic party are not crazy. They are coolly rational; they always have been. They want power,” he continued. “That’s all they want. Whatever it takes. These people don’t throw fits unless it’s to serve some higher political purpose. And this fit does serve a higher purpose. They’re trying to divert attention from a much bigger story.”… (more)


May 13, 2019

NEWSMAX — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling out Joe Biden’s national security and foreign policy credibilility – – and says age would be “problematic” for both Biden and rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt…. (more)


May 13, 2019
BREITBART — Street artist Sabo lampooned Pete Buttigieg with Mad Magazine Cartoon only days after President Donald Trump laughed off the candidacy of “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg by comparing the former Indiana mayor to the cartoon character Alfred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine fame…. (more)

May 13, 2019
State governments are on course to virtually eliminate abortion access in large chunks of Deep South and Midwest
NBC – SAN DIEGO — If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law – – like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia – – that will ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant. Alabama is on the cusp of approving an even more restrictive bill…. (more)

May 13, 2019
REUTERS — A Venezuelan general called on the country’s armed forces on Sunday to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro, who has relied on the backing of the military to hold on to power despite an economic collapse…. (more)

May 12, 2019

DAILY WIRE — Google is one of the largest traffic drivers for news websites and, according to the Columbia Journalist Review, its influence is growing as Facebook’s traffic referrals decline…. (more)


May 12, 2019
It’s all that holds the different factions of the party together
MATTHEW CONTINETTI — And you thought that Democrats won the House out of fear Republicans would drop coverage of preexisting conditions. That they wanted to spend this Congress addressing the cost of prescription drugs, building roads and bridges, resolving the legal status of DACA recipients, expanding gun background checks. Don’t be silly! Rashida Tlaib let spill the real Democratic agenda back in January, when she said they were going to “impeach the motherf***er.”… (more)

May 12, 2019
ANDREW MCCARTHY — Russiagate has always been a political narrative masquerading as a federal investigation. Its objective, plain and simple, has been twofold: first, to hamstring Donald Trump’s capacity to press the agenda on which he ran (immigration enforcement, conservative judicial nominees, deregulation, and a military build-up, along with skepticism about military interventions, free trade, and NATO); and ultimately, to render him unelectable come autumn 2020…. (more)

May 12, 2019
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has been critical of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, previously expressed similar views, saying a barrier at the southern border was needed to stop “tons” of drugs from coming into the United States…. (more)

 

Weekly Watchman for 05/17/2019

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Blaming Everyone but Ourselves: Where has Personal Responsibility Gone?

We live in the growing era of triggering, snowflakes and safe spaces.  Most young people are being indoctrinated into the belief that their opinion or worldview is the only valid one and anyone who dares question them is a threat.  It all goes back to Adam, who when confronted by God about his sin blamed Eve and God Himself for his poor choice.

In our final segment this morning we look at an interesting perspective by David Hoffman at the Christian Post, claiming that all the confusion in society and the church is perhaps God’s way of beginning to separate the wheat from the chaff spoken of in Matthew 3:12 by John the Baptist.

Pastor Randy White joins us this morning to look at what the Bible says about personal responsibility and how taking responsibility for our own beliefs and actions is healthy for us as Christians.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Understanding the Blood of the Lamb

Today we visit with Pastor Mike Abendroth and discuss the blood of Christ and the redeeming gospel. We touch on the  meaning of Jesus Christ as the only Mediator between God and man. We touch on the abuse of grace by some as well as the Book of Hebrews, the sacrificial system, and Sabbath rest.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Allure and Danger of Freemasonry

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HR 5: Out With Christianity, in with Marxism?

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May 17, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

11  The grandsons now stand before him, but Jacob addresses Joseph. He still finds it unbelievable that he has seen not only Joseph but Joseph’s sons as well. Both father and son are quick to give credit and glory to God. Joseph’s “my sons … whom God has given me here” is matched by Jacob’s God has permitted me to see. It is not a case of either man being lucky. God has been gracious to both of them. Jacob had earlier referred to Ephraim and Manasseh as Joseph’s “two sons” (šenê-ḇāneyḵā, v. 5), but now he calls them your offspring (zarʿeḵā). Jacob had used “offspring” earlier in the chapter when recalling to Joseph the theophany at Luz (lezarʿaḵā, v. 4).

Jacob may lament that his days have been few and evil, and that he has not lived as long or as well as his father and grandfather (47:9). Yet Jacob is the only patriarch in these narratives who meets and has any dealings with his grandchildren. We do not read of any exchange between Abraham and Isaac’s children, or between Isaac and Jacob’s children. In having this privilege, Jacob is exceeded only by Joseph, who saw perhaps three generations beyond him (50:23).[1]


11 “I never expected” harks back to his earlier belief that Joseph had died (37:33–35; 42:36; 45:26). But despite his unbelief, God’s promise had been fulfilled beyond his bravest hopes, “God has shown me your descendants as well.”[2] †


48:11 — And Israel said to Joseph, “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”

God often blesses us in ways far beyond anything we can imagine. We hope for “A,” and He gives us the whole alphabet![3]


[1] Hamilton, V. P. (1995). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 18–50 (p. 635). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Wenham, G. J. (1998). Genesis 16–50 (Vol. 2, p. 464). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ge 48:11). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

Barr promises country will know ‘exactly what happened’ – WND

Attorney General William Barr said in an interview Congress’ attempts to hold him in contempt are part of the “usual … political circus” and he’s determined to uncover “exactly what happened” when the Obama administration launched a counterintelligence operation against the 2016 Trump campaign.

“The first step is to find out exactly what happened, and we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies and starting to talk to some of the people that have information,” Barr explained.

His comments came in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer during a trip to El Salvador in which he met with law enforcement officials.

Barr fired back at Democrats who have criticized his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. He called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim he lied to Congress ‘laughable’ and dismissed an attempt to hold him in contempt of Congress.

“That’s part of the usual … political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me,” he said.

Barr said there’s much to be learned about the Obama administration’s use of a debunked, anti-Trump dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to obtain warrants to spy in the Trump campaign.

Then there were alleged efforts to entrap campaign volunteers and the leader FBI investigator who vowed to “stop” Trump from being elected and had a “back-up” plan in case they were unsuccessful.

“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” Barr told Hemmer.

“The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities. He was looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russians. But he was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program. And we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it – the main one being the office of inspector general that’s looking at the FISA warrants,” he told Fox News.

Fox News said Barr’s review “could prove as politically explosive as the Russia probe itself.”

President Trump tweeted Friday morning that those who spied on his campaign committed “treason” and could face “long jail sentences.”

Meanwhile, congressional Democrats are probing the Trump administration, including looking at obstruction allegations in connection with the Russia case.

Barr has appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia claims. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., previously promised a review but then said he would back away while the other reviews are going on.

Fox News cited a source saying Barr is working “collaboratively” on the investigation with FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

The source said Durham is also working directly with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

The IG is reviewing allegations of misconduct in issuance of FISA warrants and the role of FBI informants during the early stages of the investigation.

Barr told Hemmer it’s very important that Americans know what their government, under the Obama administration, was doing, and the responses he’s seen so far “don’t hang together.”

“If we’re worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason shouldn’t we be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale?” he asked.

He said that’s among the focal points of the investigations.
— Read on www.wnd.com/2019/05/barr-promises-country-will-know-exactly-what-happened/

Comey Crossed The Rubicon | Zero Hedge

Mr. Comey embarked upon this path knowing he was acting on unverified information bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign.  His journey led the FBI and the intelligence community across the Rubicon…

Submitted by J. Theodore Schatt,

With the Mueller Report now in the can and in light of the information previously uncovered/released, James Comey, with a tip of the cap to Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe, apparently decided in early 2016 that Hillary Clinton would be the next President of the United States and took action, with the full weight of the FBI behind him, with that outcome in mind.

Perhaps concerned that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server for official government business would create a significant legal problem that would hinder the future President once elected, an investigation was undertaken to address this issue.  Mr. Comey’s protestations that this investigation wasn’t predetermined is undermined by the facts now known: 

(1) Mr. Comey, following the direction of Attorney General Lynch, publicly referred to this as a “matter” and not an “investigation”;

(2) Potential witnesses/collaborators were granted immunity without being required to provide any information helpful to the “matter’s” resolution;

(3) Physical evidence was permitted to be destroyed despite being under government subpoena; and

(4) the Attorney General engaged in a secretive meeting with Bill Clinton after Mr. Comey had drafted a report exonerating Mrs. Clinton for lacking intent, but before the FBI actually interviewed Mrs. Clinton to inquire as to her intent (disregarding the dubious legal argument that intent was even required). 

Thereafter, (in the version of events set forth by the FBI) the FBI received information from US intelligence officials in the summer of 2016 that an Australian Diplomat had been present when George Papadopoulous drunkenly bragged about his knowledge of the Russian hack of Democratic Party e-mails.  Instead of properly advising the prospective Republican nominee that one of his campaign advisers might be compromised by the Russians, the FBI decided it was appropriate to have undercover informants interact with multiple members of the Trump campaign to determine what the campaign may know about Russian activity (it should be noted these efforts apparently uncovered nothing, save the creation of a perjury trap). 

Again, in the version of events set forth by the FBI, that decision was based, at least in part, upon the FBI accepting a Clinton campaign funded opposition research project as gospel.  The State Department had knowledge of the political motivations and funding source of that opposition research project and conveyed that information to the FBI.  However, the FBI and the Department of Justice informed the FISA Court the information in that opposition research project had been verified (even though it hadn’t), and provided the FISA court with a general disclaimer of the potential for political bias, while concealing from the FISA Court the specific reasons to believe the information contained in the opposition research project was unreliable.  

Since being ousted from the FBI, Mr. Comey has completed a book tour chiefly aimed at convincing the public that these actions were undertaken in pursuit of “A Higher Loyalty”.  Whatever, the reason for the actions, the result was that the FBI, the Department of Justice and others involved in the counterintelligence investigation gained access to a treasure trove of Trump campaign/transition emails.  Mr. Mueller’s Report leads to the obvious conclusion that these emails did not contain any evidence of coordination with Russia.  Surprisingly, Mr. Comey’s failure to identify such emails under the first FISA application did not fill him with a sense of relief and end his inquiry.  Mr. Comey renewed the FISA warrant multiple times. 

If the counterintelligence operation reviewing Trump campaign/transition e-mails wasn’t aimed at finding evidence of coordination with Russia, what was contained within the emails, besides confidential Trump campaign/transition information, that required the FISA warrant to be renewed multiple times?  How was the confidential Trump campaign/transition information protected?  Who accessed that information and with whom was that information shared?

Attorney General Barr has set his Department of Justice on a quest to hopefully get answers to these questions and others.  If, as appears likely, it is confirmed that, instead of informing the Trump campaign of a potential Russian problem, a counterintelligence operation was run for the purpose of monitoring a political campaign for President of the United States the intelligence community has broken trust with the American public.  Even if the confidential information obtained was properly protected and not shared with political opposition, the act itself is appalling.  How can the populace expect the intelligence community to respect their rights of privacy if they do not respect the rights of a Presidential campaign?

Mr. Comey embarked upon this path knowing he was acting on unverified information bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign.  His journey led the FBI and the intelligence community across the Rubicon.  The die was cast.  The Mueller Report has determinative the outcome for President Trump.  The fates of Mr. Comey and his confederates (Strozk, Page, McCabe and others) is yet to be determined and likely lay in Attorney General Barr’s capable hands.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-16/comey-crossed-rubicon

“Treason!” – Barr Finds “Government Power Was Used To Spy On American Citizens | Zero Hedge

“My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!” – Donald Trump

In his first pair of interviews since being sworn in, Attorney General Barr told Fox Newsand WSJ that he was pursuing the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe – an investigation he has tasked 

John Durham, the US Attorney from Connecticut, with leading – because Americans need to know whether the government “put a thumb on the scale” to try and undermine President Trump both during the campaign and during the first two years of his term, just like “we need to ensure that foreign actors don’t influence the outcome of our elections.”

Separately, he told WSJ that “government power was used to spy on American citizens…I can’t imagine any world where we wouldn’t take a look and make sure that was done properly.”

Barr has doubled-down on using the term ‘spying’, which has angered Democrats, after first using it during Senate committee testimony from April 10, where he uttered the now-infamous phrase “I think spying did occur.”

The AG has declined to elaborate on what prompted these concerns, though he has said he’d be interested to see the underlying intelligence that sparked the FBI decision,in the summer of 2016, to open a counterintelligence investigation. At this point, Durham’s review isn’t a criminal investigation, and Barr hasn’t offered a timetable for when the investigation might be completed. Ultimately, the probe could lead to changing FBI protocols involving investigations into political campaigns.

Appearing to respond to Barr’s interviews, President Trump declared that his campaign was “conclusively” spied on.

As far as we know, the FBI first started investigating the campaign after an Australian ambassador told his superiors that George Papadopoulos had appeared to know about Russian plans to release ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton. The FBI later sent an informant, Stefan Halper, and a woman who identified herself as a research assistant, to meet with Papadopoulos and push him to say whether Russia was helping the Trump campaign.

Watch the Fox interview below:

Quality bull markets prefer to see Banks stronger than the broad markets or at least keeping up with it. Concerns often crop up when banks reflect relative weakness compared to the S&P.

This chart looks at the Bank Index (BKX) over the past few years, reflecting a falling channel of lower highs and lower lows has taken place inside of falling channel (1). This falling channel has now been in play for the past 15-months.

The index hit the bottom of the channel in December of 2018 and a counter-trend rally took place. The rally off the December lows saw the index hit the top of the channel two weeks ago where a bearish reversal took place as the “Sell In May and Go Away” season was getting underway.

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am; A break of support at (2) would send a bearish message to stocks from the banking industry.

Keep a close eye on what banks do at this important test of support!

via Banks Sending Bearish Message To Stocks, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

BOOM! AG Bill Barr on Steele Dossier: “Very Unusual Situation to Have Opposition Research” – to Conduct Counter Intelligence (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

FOX News host Bill Hemmer interviewed Attorney General Bill Barr in Central America that aired on America’s Newsroom on Friday.

During the interview Bill Hemmer asked the Attorney General about the use of the Steele dossier in the spygate scandal. Barr said it was “very unusual” to use “opposition research” to spy on a political opponent!

Boom!

Bill Hemmer: Can you tell us what the Steele dossier had to do with this? What role did that play?

AG Bill Barr: Well, that’s one of the questions we’re going to have to look at. It’s a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that, especially one that on its face had a number of clear mistakes and a somewhat jejune analysis and to use that to conduct counter-intelligence!

Barr went on to explain the curious nature of Jim Comey’s meeting with President Trump in Trump Tower on January 6, 2017.

Via America’s Newsroom:

via BOOM! AG Bill Barr on Steele Dossier: “Very Unusual Situation to Have Opposition Research” – to Conduct Counter Intelligence (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

IG Probe Into FISA Abuse Against Trump Campaign ‘Done’ And ‘Devastating,’ Sources Say — Christian Research Network

Hannity noted that former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova told Fox Business last week that Horowitz “has concluded that the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained” and that new disclosures from an open-records request indicate that “all four FISAs will have been obtained illegally.”

(James Barrett – Daily Wire)  Conservative commentator Sean Hannity said on his Fox News program Wednesday night that his sources say the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into abuse by the FBI of FISA warrants to surveil the Trump campaign is “done” — and “it’s devastating.”….

The conservative host’s comments come a few days after it was revealed that Attorney General William Barr has appointed Connecticut’s top prosecutor John Durham to investigate the increasingly suspicious origins of the Trump-Russia probe amid new troubling revelations.

In comments reported by the Washington Examiner, Hannity first brought up Inspector General Michael Horowitiz’s FISA abuse probe in a discussion with Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett and Fox contributor former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. “I have sources telling me that Horowitz perhaps is even finished with his report and certainly [Attorney General William Barr] has been briefed on what is coming,” said Hannity. View article →

via IG Probe Into FISA Abuse Against Trump Campaign ‘Done’ And ‘Devastating,’ Sources Say — Christian Research Network

Barr: Probe Into Russia Investigation’s Origins Has Yielded ‘Inadequate’ Explanations — National Review

Barr said that the probe has provided more questions than answers due to the “inadequate” and in some cases incoherent answers.

via Barr: Probe Into Russia Investigation’s Origins Has Yielded ‘Inadequate’ Explanations — National Review

President Trump Puts Spygate Coup Plotters on Notice, “TREASON Means Long Jail Sentences, and This Was TREASON!” — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump put the treasonous Spygate coup plotters on notice Friday morning in a tweetstorm. 

The President was very actively tweeting Friday morning and invoked one of his 2016 campaign war cries, “DRAIN THE SWAMP!”

Trump then called out former FBI Director James Comey.

“What happened is that Donald Trump won. Down goes Comey.” Trump tweeted quoting Fox & Friends.

Lock them up, says Trump.

“My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!”

Obama unleashed the might of the US government onto Donald Trump and his associates to spy on his 2016 campaign — and the intel agencies used a Hillary Clinton-funded phony dossier to obtain the spy warrants.

The FBI knew that former British spy Christopher Steele was not a trustworthy source and that the dossier he compiled using his Russian intel sources lacked credibility, but Comey didn’t care, he wanted to take down Trump.

All hands were on deck and former DNI Chief James Clapper, ex-CIA Chief John Brennan and James Comey all promoted the dossier and used it to justify their spying campaign.

The spying continued into Trump’s presidency — in fact, the fourth and final FISA warrant on Carter Page was granted in June of 2017, one month after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former DAG Rod Rosenstein signed the June 2017 FISA warrant and 20 pages are still redacted.

DAG Rosenstein even plotted to wear a wire and oust President Trump via the 25th Amendment.

The Deep State is panicking and a circular firing squad is forming because we have a real Attorney General now who just launched a massive investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

President Trump is right — this was TREASON, a coup attempt that failed and every single person involved should be prosecuted and put in prison.

via President Trump Puts Spygate Coup Plotters on Notice, “TREASON Means Long Jail Sentences, and This Was TREASON!” — The Gateway Pundit

Caravan Of Unborn Babies Heads Toward Alabama To Apply For Asylum — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—According to sources all across the country, a caravan of unborn babies has formed to head toward Alabama in an attempt to avoid the rest of the country’s barbaric abortion laws.

The unborn humans, mostly residing in the wombs of pro-choice mothers, learned of the new law as their moms watched CNN and listened to NPR. Each of them would then sneak out of their mom’s womb in the middle of the night, slip into a state-of-the-art artificial womb they ordered on Amazon, steal their mother’s car, and make a break for the Alabama border.

“All we want is a chance to live the American Dream—or really, just live, to be honest,” a spokesfetus said. “Since the rest of the nation is one of the deadliest places to be in the whole world when you’re an unborn child, we were forced to come here for the future of our children, so we might live.”

“Honestly, as unborn children, it’s safer in a third-world country like Venezuela than here.”

LIberals quickly criticized the caravan, claiming they were “not people” but “animals.”

via Caravan Of Unborn Babies Heads Toward Alabama To Apply For Asylum — The Babylon Bee

May 17 Who’s to Blame?

scripture reading: James 1:12–16
key verse: Proverbs 1:10

My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.

A father loses his temper once more with his children. “That is the way my father treated me,” he lamely reasons. “I guess I am just like him.”

A teenager succumbs to another episode of intoxication. “Hey, everybody else does it,” he says with a shrug. “I cannot be the only Goody Two–shoes in the crowd.”

Temptation. Every believer encounters it. For some, it is an occasional struggle. For most, it is an everyday occurrence, often resulting in failure. When temptation leads to sin, we often explain our conduct by blaming others, our temperament, our environment, or any other acceptable excuse.

The Greek word for temptation is peirazo. It means “an enticement or inducement to evil.” Although God often tests you in various ways to enlarge your faith, He never tempts you to do evil. That contradicts His absolute holiness. Tests from God are for your spiritual growth. Temptations can be for your spiritual detriment if you yield to them or to your spiritual advantage if you reject them.

Whatever temptations you face, do not accuse God. If you succumb and sin, be honest and hold yourself accountable. His forgiveness always ensures a fresh start.

Make me alert to temptation today, dear Lord. Help me meet each enticement in Your power and grow spiritually as I emerge victorious.[1]


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

17 may (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Christ—the power and wisdom of God

“Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24

suggested further reading: Acts 10:34–43

Christ is the power of God, for he is the Creator of all things, and by Him all things exist. But when he came to earth, took upon himself the fashion of a man, tabernacled in the inn, and slept in the manger, he still gave proof that he was the Son of God; not so much so when, as an infant of a span long, the immortal was the mortal, and the infinite became a babe; not so much so in his youth, but afterwards when he began his public ministry, he gave abundant proofs of his power and godhead. The winds hushed by his finger uplifted, the waves calmed by his voice, so that they became solid as marble beneath his tread; the tempest, cowering at his feet, as before a conqueror whom it knew and obeyed; these things, these stormy elements, the wind, the tempest, and the water, gave full proof of his abundant power. The lame man leaping, the deaf man hearing, the dumb man singing, the dead rising, these, again, were proofs that he was the “power of God.” When the voice of Jesus startled the shades of Hades, and rent the bonds of death, with “Lazarus come forth!” and when the carcase rotten in the tomb woke up to life, there was proof of his divine power and godhead. A thousand other proofs he afforded; but we need not stay to mention them to you who have Bibles in your houses, and who can read them every day. At last he yielded up his life, and was buried in the tomb. Not long, however, did he sleep; for he gave another proof of his divine power and godhead, when starting from his slumber, he affrighted the guards with the majesty of his grandeur, not being held by the bonds of death, they being like green twigs before our conquering Samson, who had meanwhile pulled up the gates of hell, and carried them on his shoulders far away.

for meditation: This very same power of God is mighty to save believers through the gospel (Romans 1:16), is at work within them (Ephesians 1:19) and can enable them to fight the good fight of the faith against all evil powers (Ephesians 6:10–13).

sermon no. 132[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 144). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.