Daily Archives: May 24, 2019

May 24 How to Talk with God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 116:1–19

Key Verse: Psalm 116:1

I love the Lord, because He has heard

My voice and my supplications.

Some people are afraid to ask God for the “little things.” They think that somehow He is too big and too busy to care about the trivialities of their lives. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Catherine Marshall explains in her book Adventures in Prayer:

Oddly, we who are afraid to ask that the pain of rheumatism be removed or a lost contact lens be found often do not hesitate to pray for world peace or the salvation of souls or a revival to change the face of our time. It never occurs to us that if God’s power is lacking for these everyday prayers, His power to handle big, all-inclusive petitions will be lacking too.

In order to make sure that we are not retreating from the tension of faith, it is helpful to ask ourselves as we pray, “Do I really expect anything to happen?” This will prevent us from going window-shopping in prayer. At times window-shopping can be enjoyable—but there it ends.…

So we decide to ask His help with some small immediate need. Our asking is like stepping into a tiny anteroom. Taking a hesitant step forward, we discover that the anteroom leads into the King’s spacious reception hall.

To our astonishment, the King Himself comes forward to meet us, offering a gift so momentous as to be worthy only of the King.

Lord, thank You for being present in the small details of my life, for it is in finding You in the little things that I find courage to bring You the large ones.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 151). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 24 The Ups and Downs of Life

Scripture Reading: John 14:25–31

Key Verse: John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

A new believer bemoaned her inconsistent lifestyle only weeks following her rather dramatic salvation.

“If I am a believer, why do I still have so many problems?” she honestly wondered. Whether new or mature believers, we will encounter spiritual cycles—times when we are up and times when we are down.

Jesus was a realist when He described the type of upsetting experience His disciples (that includes us) would face: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 nasb).

If you are in the midst of unsettling circumstances, take courage; the rest of us are too. In such times, we maintain contentment and stability through our constant, unchanging, permanent relationship with Jesus Christ.

Cling to Christ through consistent, personal communion, bringing Him all your needs and fears. He is the Helmsman of your soul in disturbing times, and your safety and peace lie in His steady hands. He will keep you on course.

O Lord, in the world I have tribulation, but You have overcome the world, and I can overcome through You. You are the Helmsman of my soul in disturbing times. My safety and peace are in Your hands. I rejoice that You will keep me on course with my destiny.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 151). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Joe Biden Reportedly Involved in Controversial Early Stages of 2016 Russia Probe | Breitbart News

NEW YORK — Former Vice President Joe Biden was reportedly one of the few Obama administration officials who participated in secretive meetings during the early stages of the Obama-era intelligence community’s initial operations regarding suspected Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Source: Joe Biden Reportedly Involved in Controversial Early Stages of 2016 Russia Probe

CIA Whistleblower: Assange Is Going To Get Railroaded By “Hanging” Judge | ZeroHedge News

A former CIA analyst-turned-whistleblower says that an extradited Julian Assange would have no chance of a fair trial in front of a federal judge who “reserves every national security case for herself.”

Judge Leonie Brinkema, Julian Assange

John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Eastern District of Virginia Judge Leonie Brinkema for telling ABC News about CIA waterboarding, told Russian state-sponsored RT They are going to try to make an example of Julian,” adding “He’s been charged in the Eastern District of Virginia. His judge was also my judge and ex-Snowden’s judge and [CIA whistleblower] Jeffry Sterling’s judge who reserves every national security case for herself.”

“She is a hanging judge. She will not give him a fair trial. It’s impossible for Julian to receive a fair trial in the Eastern District of Virginia,” addid Kiriakou.

Speaking from his own experience with the same district court, Kiriakou argued that it “gonna try to give him as many years as they can,” which means a “sentence of 30-40 years” if served concurrently.

The only avenue worth taking a shot on is to protest the constitutionality of the Espionage Act, notorious for its vague language, to the US Supreme Court, Kiriakou said.

“He’ll have immediate standing to appeal on the basis that the Espionage Act is unconstitutionally vague,” he said. “The Supreme Court has never ruled on this issue. That may be the way to go.” –RT

Source: CIA Whistleblower: Assange Is Going To Get Railroaded By “Hanging” Judge

US declares ‘war on journalism,’ slaps Assange with 17 new charges | RT America

After WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange was slapped with 17 new charges by the DOJ, media freedom groups are ringing the alarm. Many argue that this could set a precedent where a journalist could be criminally prosecuted for publishing truthful information.

President Trump Impromptu Presser Departing White House…. — The Last Refuge

Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  As President Trump and First Lady Melania depart the White House for Japan, the president paused for an impromptu presser with the White House press pool.  [Video and rough draft transcript below]

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[Rough Transcript] […] A — I’m very transparent, so as you know I declassified everything, everything they want, I put it under the auspices of the attorney general. He’s going to be in charge of it. He’s a great gentleman and a highly respected man, so everything that they need is declassified and they’ll able to see how the hoax or witch hunt started and why it started.

It was an attempted coup, an attempted take-down of the president of the United States it should never ever happen to anybody else so it’s very important. People have been asking me to declassify for a long period of time, I decided to do it, and they’ll learn a lot. I hope it’s going to be nice perhaps it won’t be.

Q — inaudible

A — The Middle East, we’re going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective, and uh, some very talented people are going to the Middle East now and we’ll see how, we’ll see what happens. It’ll be about 1500 people.

Q — inaudible

A — Yeah that’s possible, but I do believe you can’t go down two tracks. If you look at Judiciary if you look at what’s going on, all they talk about in the House is this. I’d like to talk about lowering drug prices, which I’ve done better than any president ever. We had a year this year as you know drug prices went down first time in 51 years. I’d like to talk about. Because with Congress you can get it down 40 and 50 percent. But I can’t do that when all they want to do is try and do a redo of the Mueller report. They were very unhappy with the Mueller report, they want to do a redo of the Mueller report. It’s over there is no redo they lost. It was very clear. There was no collusion, there was no obstruction, so there’s no redo.

Q — could Drs be forced to perform gender reassignment surgery ?

A — [hard to hear, either “what do you think’ or ‘we’ll see’]

Q — about Theresa may

A — I feel badly for Theresa. I like her very much. She’s a good woman. She worked very hard. She’s very smart. She decided to do something that some people were surprised at, some people weren’t, it’s of the good of her country. But I like her very much. In fact I’ll be seeing her in 2 weeks.

Q — why are you considering pardoning war criminals, and does that endanger our troops?

A — we’re looking at a lot of different pardons for a lot of different people. Some of these soldiers are people that have fought hard, long, you know we teach ’em how to be great fighters. You know when they fight sometimes they get really treated very unfairly so we’re going to take a look at it, I haven’t done anything yet I haven’t made any decisions. There’s 2 or 3 of them right now. It’s a little bit controversial. It’s very possible that I’ll let the trials go on and I’ll make my decision after the trial.

Q – Michael Avenatti?

A — I wish him a lot of luck.

Q- Theresa May and Five-Eyes?

A — I may very well talk to her about that yeah. There’s word and rumor that the FBI and others were involved, CIA were involved, with the UK having to do with the Russian hoax and I may very well able to talk to her about that yes.

Q — Nancy Pelosi?

A — Well I don’t know about the videos, I can tell you, what I need here is to help the country. That’s why I did this. Our country is doing unbelievably well. We have the best economy we’ve probably ever had. We have the best job numbers we’ve ever had. We have the best unemployment numbers we’ve ever had. With all of the unemployment numbers that’s what I’m all about. I don’t think they can go down 2 tracks.

I want to get drug prices down. I want to get things like if you look at infrastructure and others, I want to get a lot of things done. I don’t think they’re capable of going down two tracks. I think they can only do one thing or the other. So let em finish the one. What I don’t think is right is you do a redo. They were very unhappy with the m report. No collusion, no obstruction, no nothing. They’re very unhappy, they’re angry about it. They have to get over their anger, they have to get over their — wait a minute. They have to get over their anger and they have to get in to infrastructure, drug prices and things like that. Because they want to do a redo. Even the fact that they’re asking bob Mueller to testify. He just gave them a 434 page report which says no collusion, which leads to absolutely no obstruction he just gave that report. Why does he have to testify? That’s ridiculous. They want to get onto drug prices, lowering them, we can cut em by 50 or 60 percent. The one thing I’m v proud of also on drug prices I brought it down first time in 51 years that drug prices went down. But if I can work with congress we can cut 50 percent and more off drug prices. I can work with these people… I can absolutely work.

Q — about Nancy Pelosi

This shows how fake you are. When you say a personal attack. Did you hear what she said about me long before I went after her? Did you hear? She made horrible statements, she knows they’re not true, she said terrible things, so I just responded in kind. Look, you think Nancy’s the same as she was? She’s not. Maybe we could all say that. But I think, I think, frankly I think right now we are I’m only speaking for myself I wanna do whats good for the country I think Nancy Pelosi is not helping this country, I think the democrats are obstructionist, they’re hurting our country very very badly. We can pass so many different bills right now but all they want to do is investigate because they failed with Robert Mueller, the Mueller report.

They want to try to get a do-over of the Mueller report. It doesn’t work that way. And just so you know I was the most transparent and am transparent president in history. We gave 500 witnesses, I allowed attorneys to testify in front of bob Mueller. 2500 subpoenas, 1,400,000 pages of documents, we gave it… and then we get a great result and they say oh this is terrible, let’s do it over again. You can’t do it. The country doesn’t have that kind of time.

We’re gonna say. As you know I declassified I guess potentially millions of pages of documents I don’t know what it is I have no idea but I want to be transparent. Everybody wanted me to declassify I’ve done it. And you could almost say he’s the trustee, he’s a highly respected man. Our AG is in charge. Let’s see what he finds. But we have documents now that I have declassified for the purpose of the AG he can then show them to the public, do whatever he wants to do with them, but you have to get down to what happened. Because what happened is a tremendous blight on our country. What happened, the investigation, they tried to do a take-down and you can’t do that. Let me just tell you this should never ever happened to another president again.

Q- what message do you want to spend to military families who are concerned about you sending troops to the Middle East?

A — I think ti’s going to be very good in the Middle East. Iran has been very as you know they stage terror all over the world. They’re a much different country now than when I first got here. When I first got here, they were in 14 different locations fighting. Right now I don’t think Iran wants to fight and I certainly don’t think they want to fight with us. But they cannot have nuclear weapons and under the Obama horrible agreement they would have had nuclear weapons within 5 or 6 years . They can’t have nuclear weapons and they understand that.

Q – why should people trust the AG to select what’s declassified? Even Robert Mueller expressed concerns…

A — the question is so false and so phony. Let me explain to you something. Th AG is one of the most respected ppl in this country and he has been for a long period of time. He’s going to look at a lot of documents. Some he might find interesting, maybe he’ll find none interesting, but for over a year people have asked me to declassify. So what I’ve done is, I’ve declassified everything.

He can look and I hope he looks at the UK, and I hope he looks at Australia, and I hope he looks at Ukraine, I hope he looks at everything, because there was a hoax that was perpetrated on our country, it’s the greatest hoax, excuse me, excuse me, it’s the greatest hoax probably in the history of our country and somebody has to get to the bottom of it. We’ll see. But for a [long] period of time they’ve wanted me to declassify it and I did.

Q – is this about getting payback?

A — This is about finding out what happened. I won an election. I own it easily. 306 to 223. I won it pretty easily. And I’ll tell you what this is all about what happened and when did it happen because this was an attempted take-down of the president of the United States and we have to find out why did somebody write a text message, two lovers, that if she loses we have an insurance policy? An insurance policy to take down the president? We’re going to find out what happened and why it happened. Let me just tell you, I don’t care about payback, I think it’s very important for our country to find out what happened.

Q — are you worried that these investigations are hurting your re election chances?

A — I don’t know, my poll numbers are very good, you don’t like to report em but I guess we have a 48 today, we have a 51. We have very good poll numbers considering. Now I have to tell you, if you people would give straight news I’d be at 70, I’d be maybe at 75. But you don’t give straight news, you give fake news. With fake news I’m still winning the election. But if you gave serious, good news, the way your’e supposed to, I’d probably be at 70 or 75 based on the economy alone.

Q — on Modi

A — I just spoke to prime minister Modi and I gave him my warmest regards and congratulations. I just spoke to pm Modi minutes ago and I just conveyed congratulations on behalf of our country, myself and everybody. He had a great election when he’s a fine friend of mine, we have a v good relationship with India.

Q — are you being protected by William Barr?

A – No I just want somebody that’s going to be fair. I think William Barr is the most respected man, one of the most respected men doing what he does in our whole country. I just want him to be fair. I don’t want him to be for me or for anybody else, I just want him to be fair and that’s what he is and we’re going to find out what this yields but I will tell you declassifying, people have wanted men to do it for a long time. I think it’s v important to do and basically what are we doing? We’re exposing everything. We’re being, a word that you like, transparent. We’re being ultimately we’re being transparent and that what’s it’s about. Again, this should never ever happen in our country again.

Thank you very much.

via President Trump Impromptu Presser Departing White House…. — The Last Refuge

May 24 Deliverance Is Near

Scripture reading: Hebrews 12:1–4

Key verse: Hebrews 11:39

All these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise.

It’s hard to read Hebrews 11:39 without feeling pain of sorrow. In chapter 11, the writer of Hebrews recounted the faithfulness of the Old Testament saints. He told of the faith exhibited by Sarah and Abraham, of Jacob and Joseph, of King David, and many in between. There’s a passage about Enoch and Abel—two names we rarely mention in our day-to-day conversations.

Each had one thought in mind, and that was to receive God’s promise. Their eyes were turned to the future with the expectation that their generation might witness Messiah’s arrival. However, the writer of Hebrews told us that each died without seeing or physically touching His hand. But in Hebrews 12:1, our dismay is turned into great joy: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and … let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Were these Old Testament saints disappointed because they missed Jesus’ arrival? Not in the least. Their prayers were answered the moment they entered the presence of God. The burden you bear, the tears you shed, the sorrow you carry—God knows it all, and He has assembled a great and mighty host of experienced witnesses to cheer you on to victory.

Therefore, you can praise Him today and wait for Him in peace and joy, for His deliverance is near.

I praise You, Lord, because my deliverance is near. You know my burdens, tears, and sorrows. I humbly bow before You and worship.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 151). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 24, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s review of the events that prompted an investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not think additional U.S. troops are needed in the Middle East to counter Iran, casting doubt on a Pentagon plan to bolster forces in the region.

Democrats seeking to unseat Republican U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020 will choose from the largest and most diverse set of candidates in history – yet, so far, two older white men are leading the pack.

A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died on Monday in U.S. Border Patrol custody in Texas, making him the fifth Guatemalan minor to die after being apprehended at the border since December.

The U.S. Senate approved $19.1 billion in aid to help Americans rebound from a string of natural disasters, and President Donald Trump supported it even though it did not include the funds he requested to address a migrant surge at the southern U.S. border.

Theresa May said she would quit after failing to deliver Brexit, setting up a contest that will install a new British prime minister who could pursue a cleaner break with the European Union.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she respected the decision of her British counterpart Theresa May to quit as Prime Minister and said Berlin would continue to work closely with London to secure an orderly Brexit.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe is considering a visit to Iran as early as mid-June, first such trip in four decades, as global concern grows about rising tension between Iran and the United States.

Rockets hit a luxury hotel in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, early on Friday in an attack the internationally recognized government blamed on eastern forces trying to capture the city.

New orders for U.S.-made capital goods fell more than expected in April, further evidence that manufacturing and the broader economy were slowing after a growth spurt in the first quarter that was driven by exports and a buildup of inventories.

SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit for Musk’s new Starlink internet service.

Same-sex couples tied the knot in emotional scenes in Taiwan on Friday, the first legal marriages in Asia hailed by activists as a social revolution for the region.

AP Top Stories

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said during a congressional hearing Wednesday that a redesign of the $20 bill to feature abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman would not be ready in time for a planned 2020 release.

Venezuelan President Maduro accused the United States of seeking to destroy a food aid program that the government of the crisis-stricken OPEC nation says feeds some 6 million families.

More than 50 people were reportedly killed in an attack by a militia on several villages in the Central African Republic’s volatile northwest near the border with Chad, the UN said Thursday.

A traffic jam of climbers in the Everest “death zone” was blamed for two of four new deaths reported Friday, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safety on the world’s highest peak. Nepal has issued a record 381 permits costing $11,000 each for the current spring climbing season.

The sidearm of a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer constitutes a critical part of the United States of America’s “first line of defense.” For fifteen years, this pistol has been a .40 caliber Heckler and Koch P2000. But in April 2019, the CBP announced that it had adopted the 9x19mm Glock 47 and Glock 19 as the new standard issue sidearms of CBP officers nationwide. The Glock 26 is also being bought as part of the contract for concealed use.

The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world’s top two economies could be further inflamed.

The United Nations named an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator on Thursday, creating a new position to boost efforts to contain a 10-month epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people.

As the F-35C becomes officially deemed “operational” and “ready for war,” the Navy is adding weapons, sensors and software to the aircraft to expand its attack envelope — and may even increase the F-35s ability to carry up to 6 air-to-air weapons in its internal weapons bay.

BBC

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board members have reached a tentative deal worth about $44m with women who accuse him of sexual misconduct.

A majority in Brazil’s Supreme Court has voted in favor of making homophobia and transphobia crimes. Six out of 11 judges voted to consider discrimination against gays and transgender people equivalent to racism.

School students around the world have gone on strike to demand action on climate change. Organizers expect more than one million young people to join the protests in at least 110 countries on Friday.

WND

In contrast to the largely open border views of Pope Francis and other liberals at the Vatican, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke said that resisting large-scale Muslim immigration “is the responsible exercise of one’s patriotism,” and added that you do not have to be a “rocket scientist” to know that many Muslims immigrate because they are “opportunists.” After all, said Cardinal Burke, Islam “by its definition believes itself to be destined to rule the world.”

People are getting dumber. That’s not a judgment; it’s a global fact. In a host of leading nations, IQ scores have started to decline.

A new survey finds that, on average, modern parents view age 5-and-a-half as the right time to begin plotting out and looking ahead to their future career paths.


Mid-Day Snapshot · May 24, 2019

The Foundation

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” —James Madison (1792)

Americans Have No Trust in Congress

Trump calls Pelosi’s impeachment bluff, authorizing declassification of intel documents.


Never Forgotten

Memorial Day is not about mattress sales, cookouts, discounted linens, or an extra day off work.


Memorial Day Pardons

The most controversial of Trump’s proposed pardons are for a sailor and soldier.


Profile of a Hater: Rep. Ilhan Omar

What should have been an inspiring story turned sour due to her own bitter hatred.


UN Says Alexa, Siri Voices Are Harmful Stereotypes

Report claims that the female AI voices reinforce negative gender stereotypes.


Video: Make the Wage Gap Double Illegal

Matt Christiansen on Kamala Harris’s authoritarian plan to solve a non-problem.


Video: Why the Left Now Calls Abortion Morally Good

As “safe, legal, and rare” disappears, Ben Shapiro addresses how the Left is changing.



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The Worst Cover-Up of All Time
David Limbaugh
If You Believe Pelosi and Schumer, I Want to Sell You a Bridge
Erick Erickson
Ending Abortion Is Worth Any Economic Consequence
Jonah Goldberg
The Silliness of the Generation Conflagration
Michael Barone
Using the Big Lie to Delegitimize Election Results
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Friday Top News Executive Summary

Spygate, Theresa May resigns, Assange indicted, farmer and disaster aid, earmark ban, and more.


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Notable quotables from Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi, David Limbaugh, Adam Schiff, and more.



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News – 5/24/2019

Southeastern US to endure lengthy streak with highs nearing 100, challenging records from a century ago
Temperatures approaching the century mark amid the hottest weather yet this year will challenge records in many places that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s Friday into at least Memorial Day. Temperatures are forecast to approach the century mark as areas from Alabama and Tennessee to Georgia, northern and central Florida, the Carolinas and parts of Virginia endure their hottest weather yet this season.

VOA Fires Two More Reporters for Chinese Dissident Interview
Voice of America radio has fired two more reporters for their role in a broadcast interview with a dissident Chinese billionaire amid charges radio executives caved to Chinese government pressure in canceling the broadcast midstream. Fred Wang and Robert Li, veteran VOA reporters with the Chinese language branch, were notified May 15 by the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the entity in charge of VOA, that they were terminated as a result of the 2017 interview with Guo Wengui. Guo is an exiled Chinese billionaire living in New York who has been targeted by Beijing through cyberattacks and influence and propaganda campaigns aimed at discrediting his anti-Chinese Communist Party activities. Pressure from Beijing forced Twitter, Facebook, and Google to block his access to social media.

Washington State Lawmakers Just Approved Human Corpse Composting
Dust to dust” just became a much more literal proposition in Washington state, where the legislature approved human composting on May 21. Bill 5001, “concerning human remains,” is now on the governor’s desk, awaiting a signature after passage in the house and senate. This makes Washington the first US state legislature to approve human composting as an alternative “burial” option…

Tornadoes kill three, hit U.S. Plains state capital
Tornadoes killed at least three people in southwest Missouri and slammed into the state capital just before midnight on Wednesday, with rescue workers in Jefferson City searching into the morning for the injured, officials said. The NWS reported that a “massive” twister also hit the southeastern part of Jefferson City, damaging buildings, toppling trees and power lines and tossing around parked cars.

UNRWA runs on fumes and Band-Aids, can’t be fixed, Greenblatt warns UNSC
“UNRWA is currently running on fumes,” charged US special envoy Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday, at a special appearance at the UN Security Council, “surviving on a surge in foreign donations in 2018 that is unlikely to be sustained this year, or in the future.” Greenblatt spoke after a briefing by UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl, who warned that his organization, which services more than five million Palestinian refugees and their descendants, was in danger of running out of humanitarian funds by mid-June.

Arab states pressuring Palestinians to attend Bahrain workshop
Some Arab states have begun exerting pressure on the Palestinians to agree to participate in next month’s workshop in Bahrain, where the US administration is planning to unveil the economic portion of its long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East. “Some Arab countries are unhappy that we immediately rejected the idea of the workshop,” a senior Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post. “They are now asking us to stop attacking the workshop and not to oppose the participation of Palestinian businessmen.”

Jordanians call for a third intifada to thwart ‘Deal of the Century’
Jordanian thought leaders are calling for a third Palestinian intifada against Israel in order to thwart the “Deal of the Century,” according to a report published this week by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The United States is scheduled to reveal the first part of its peace plan at an economic conference in Bahrain in late June.

Dozens of communities severely damaged in massive heat-wave induced fires
Dozens of houses burned to the ground and at least 3,500 people were evacuated from their homes on Thursday, after more than 20 fires raged across the state. Injuries were minimal, however, with just several people lightly injured or treated for smoke inhalation. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan cautioned Israelis Thursday night that “there is a good chance that tomorrow is going to be worse than today.

Theresa May to resign as prime minister
Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement in Downing St, she said she had “done my best” to honour the 2016 EU referendum result. It would remain a matter of “deep regret” that she had been unable to deliver Brexit, she added.

Majority in Brazil’s top court to make homophobia and transphobia crimes
A majority in Brazil’s Supreme Court has voted in favour of making homophobia and transphobia crimes. Six out of 11 judges voted to consider discrimination against gays and transgender people equivalent to racism. The decision will give the community, which suffers constant attacks, real protection, activists say.

NASA’s first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities
NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator’s line of sight… Multiple drones took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to manage hundreds of thousands of small unmanned commercial aircraft…

UN agency aiding Palestinians rejects US bid to strip it of mandate
The head of the United Nations agency that has supported Palestinian refugees for seven decades hit back on Thursday at a U.S. proposal to have host countries take over the services it provides across the Middle East. The suggestion, from U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt at a U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday, that UNRWA should be effectively dismantled was the latest U.S. attack on an agency that began operations in 1950.

Northern Alberta wildfire ranked at highest danger level, conditions expected to worsen
Town of High Level, Alta., has been successfully evacuated, Alberta premier says

Three Killed in Missouri Tornadoes; Rising Waters Force Entire Oklahoma Town to Evacuate
The Missouri capital of Jefferson City took a direct hit from a violent tornado that produced extensive damage just before midnight Wednesday night. The tornado was part of a multi-day severe weather outbreak in the Plains and Midwest that has killed seven people, caused extensive flooding, damaged buildings and closed highways.

Tornado in Jefferson City, Mo., may have caused ‘catastrophic damage’: reports
Jefferson City, the capital city of Missouri, has taken a direct hit from a tornado and suffered possibly “catastrophic” damage, according to reports.

Televangelist Fraud Kenneth Copeland Is So Surprised By Inside Edition Reporter That He Winds Up Telling The Truth And Exposing Himself
This video starts at a fairly high level of uncomfortability, and as it proceeds, flies right off the charts like an exploding thermometer from those old cartoons. Kenneth Copeland receives a surprise visit from Lisa Guerrero of Inside Edition, asking him questions about his lavish lifestyle and previous comments he has made about his followers being ‘demons’. Copeland by turns stutters before lapsing into silence, lashes out in a frenzied rage, and concludes with some very hard to watch hand kissing combined with some rather creepy comments that were intended to be compliments. You’re watching Kenneth ‘Crazy Eyes‘ Copeland at his finest, showing us the demon that he truly is.

Los Angeles Implements Travel Ban to Alabama Over New Abortion Law
In response to Alabama’s strict new abortion law, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to institute a one-year travel ban to the Yellowhammer state for county business.

Mississippi Floodway May Be Opened, Unleashing 17 Million Liters Of Water Per Second
One of the major barriers that keeps the Mississippi River on its course could be opened for only the third time in its history. The opening would be the result of rising river levels and could also flood parts of Louisiana, which would affect businesses in the region, according to Bloomberg.

First Batch of Declassification to Include ‘Bucket 5’ – FBI Docs Exonerating Papadopoulos and Carter Page
It’s happening! President Trump on Thursday evening announced that at the recommendation of Attorney General Bill Barr, he has directed the Intel Community to quickly and fully cooperate with Barr’s investigation into surveillance activities.

Madonna At Eurovision In Israel Performs As Antichrist Mocking The Sacrifice Of Jesus Christ At Calvary Sending An End Times Message Of Warning To The Jews And Palestinians
Watching Madonna perform at Eurovision 2019 from a biblical perspective was truly staggering, she invoked so much prophetical scripture that it was breathtaking. Here was the aging popstar, performing for the whole world on stage in Israel, with a ‘message’ for the Jews and the Palestinians. What was that message?

Ocasio-Cortez: Christian & Muslim Prayers ‘Go to the Same Place’
Radical Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that Christian and Muslim prayers “all go to the same place” during her speech at the first-ever congressional iftar this week, according to reports.

No, People Shouldn’t Commission A Child Using Their Dead Son’s Sperm
Posthumous sperm collection has been going on in the United States since the 1970s. Its authorized procurement and use has been determined on a case-by-case basis.

A Government Environmentalist Experiment in Brainwashing Parents Through Children in North Carolina
That’s the hashtag for it in Germany, where they know a bit about mass hysteria and brainwashing. It shows up every time students are manipulated into another school strike for the “environment”.

The Pentagon On Thursday Will Ask White House To Authorize 10,000 More Troops To Be Sent To The Middle East To Counter Threats From Iran
In just a few hours, Pentagon officials will be at the White House presenting plans to send a minimum of 10,000 US troops to the Middle East to counter what has been an ongoing series of provocations from the terror-sponsoring nation state of Iran. Over the past two weeks, President Trump has authorized a large-size armada of firepower be dispatched to the region. As we have told you before, it is very unlikely the president would be ramping up this much just to rattle a few sabres.

Planned Parenthood Launches ‘No Judgment’ AI Sexual Health Chatbot Named Roo Aimed At Children To Indoctrinate Them Towards Abortion And Gender Confusion
Planned Parenthood’s perversions and new tactics to target children seem to never end.  I’m certain that the new laws in Alabama have enraged the abortion giant. So, the powers that be decided to target young children with smutty, inappropriate sexual advice, using an AI phone app called “Roo.”

The top 12 ways Israel is feeding the world
Food security is a critical concern as the global population expands and natural resources dwindle. Smart solutions for more efficient farming, hardier crops, alternative sources of nutrition, and safer food packaging and storage are essential. No other single country – certainly not one as young and as tiny as Israel – has contributed more breakthroughs to this area than Israel.


Headlines – 5/24/2019

Running out of time, Netanyahu may seek to swear-in coalition without majority

As Netanyahu mulls minority coalition, Liberman vows to oppose ‘theocracy’

Former Supreme Court president Barak: I’d quit if they passed the ‘override’ law

In first, Brazil’s president celebrates Israeli Independence Day

US should ‘guide’ Israel like a wayward friend, Buttigieg tells Jewish leaders

Israel Labelled ‘Apartheid State’ at New York University Graduation Ceremony

Iraq’s Christians ‘close to extinction’

Russia repels militant rocket attack at its Syria air base

Iran building new crossing on Syria border that would let it smuggle weapons, oil, experts say

Iran, US tension is a “clash of wills”, says Guards commander

Amid Growing Tensions With U.S., Iran Says Will Not Surrender ‘Even if Bombed’

Trump says willing to consider sending more troops to counter Iran

India declares it has ended Iranian oil imports

Pakistan PM Khan congratulates India’s Modi on election victory, calls for peace

Terror accused wins Indian parliament seat

‘American Taliban’ Lindh released as Afghan war still boils

6 Die In Jakarta Riots After President Joko Widodo’s Election Win Is Confirmed

US charges Wikileaks founder with publishing classified info

Julian Assange hit with 18 federal charges in new indictment

Edward Snowden: DOJ ‘declared war’ on journalism by charging Julian Assange with espionage

Trump calls Rex Tillerson ‘dumb as a rock’ after claims about Putin meeting

Alan Dershowitz: Congress is not above the law when it comes to impeachment – Don’t weaponize the Constitution

Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies

Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins

Trump gives AG Barr authority to declassify documents related to 2016 campaign surveillance

Trump, Pelosi trade insults as their feud heats up

Pelosi Suggests Maybe Trump ‘Wants to Take a Leave of Absence’ After ‘Tantrum’

Pelosi tells colleagues Trump is ‘villainous’ – and that he wants to be impeached

NY state passes bill allowing Congress to request Trump’s tax returns

Wells Fargo, TD Bank have turned Trump’s financial records over to House

Senate approves $19 billion disaster-relief bill after Trump backs off from demand for border security money

Trump Gives Farmers $16 Billion in Aid Amid Prolonged China Trade War

Trade tensions slam Wall St. as global growth worries mount

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users

NASA’s first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

NASA unveils schedule for ‘Artemis’ 2024 moon mission

Do swarms of tiny temblors rattling the West Coast warn of a catastrophic quake?

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Amatignak Island, Alaska

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kiunga, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits North of Ascension Island

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

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

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

Nevados de Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Missouri’s capital was hit by an EF-3 tornado that ‘felt like an earthquake’

NWS forecasts Arkansas River to rise to record, “catastrophic” levels

Runaway Barges Slam Into Oklahoma Dam and Sink on Arkansas River

Netanyahu asks for international help as huge fires force evacuation of 3,500 in Israel

Italy, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus offer to send firefighting planes to Israel

Israel braces for fresh fire flare-up as temperatures set to skyrocket

Robots conduct daily health inspections of schoolchildren in China

Indianapolis 500 officials will offer measles vaccine at race

Summer camps harden vaccine rules amid measles outbreak

Health officials considered banning individuals from flying to prevent measles transmission

Orthodox Jews protest opening of women-only London pond to trans swimmers

Majority in Brazil’s top court to make homophobia and transphobia crimes

Taiwan celebrates Asia’s first same-sex marriages as couples tie knot

Alabama Lawmakers Pass Marriage License Workaround Bill That Accommodates Judges Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics hold talks with Church of England bishops over transgender guidance

Liberal UMC leaders promise ‘wide variety of resistance tactics’ against Church position on LGBT issues

Weinstein Reaches $44 Million Deal in Sexual-Misconduct Case


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for May 24, 2019

May 23, 2019
JERRY NEWCOMBE — The goal of the new, strict Alabama abortion law is to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. The law would penalize abortion doctors, and it contains no exception clauses, except for the life and health of the mother. In all of the brouhaha about the new Alabama law, there is a long-stilled voice that has been forgotten. That of the repentant Roe of Roe v. Wade…. (more)

May 23, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — A New York Times op-ed yesterday exemplified the abortion-rights movement’s Orwellian effort to redefine the terms of the abortion debate and obscure the reality of what takes place in abortion procedures. “Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives.” was the headline of the piece written by Warren Hern, one of the country’s most prominent practitioners of late-term abortions, including elective abortions past the point at which a fetus is able to survive outside his or her mother…. (more)

May 23, 2019
NEWSMAX — Sensing an opportunity to push for near-total abortion bans following the passage of an Alabama bill, a coalition of anti-abortion rights groups released a letter Wednesday urging Republicans to “reconsider decades-old talking points” on exceptions to such laws, NPR reports…. (more)

May 23, 2019
LIFE SITE NEWS — Distribution companies are effectively banning the film Unplanned from screening in Canadian cinemas, according to the producers of the pro-life biopic. Speaking at an Ottawa news conference on May 8, producer Lisa Wheeler said, “We have been effectively blocked from distributing the film in Canada.” Chuck Konzelman, the film’s writer, director, and producer, told LifeSiteNews via email that at least one of the two largest Canadian film distributors said “content” rather than a lack of consumer demand is the reason for banning the film…. (more)

May 22, 2019
MEDIAITE — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was challenged by the hosts of Fox & Friends as t0 why the leading story on the Drudge Report this morning reads, “WALL STALL: LESS THAN 2 MILES BUILT!”… (more)

May 22, 2019
CONRAD BLACK — If the Democrats are really tempted by impeachment, bring it on. Since the day after the 2016 election they have been threatening this, placing their chips on the Russian-collusion fantasy and then on the phantasmagoric charade of obstruction of justice. The attorney general accurately gave the ingredients of the offense of obstruction of justice in his four-page summary of the Mueller report: a corrupt act for corrupt purposes in contemplation of a legal proceeding…. (more)

May 22, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is resisting congressional Democrats’ request that he testify publicly about details of his investigation that were not included in his final report, the Washington Post first reported Tuesday. Mueller and his representatives have reportedly reached an impasse in their negotiations with House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, who would like him to speak publicly about a range of issues, including whether the president could be charged with obstruction of justice absent Department of Justice guidelines that prohibit the indictment of a sitting president…. (more)

May 22, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — You can believe that socialism is wonderful, as apparently many people do, and no one will stop you. You will get plenty of support from the media and academic elite. You can rally around their Twitter handles, podcasts, and Kindle tomes…. (more)


May 22, 2019
FOX NEWS BUSINESS — If polls are to be believed, so-called “democratic socialism” Opens a New Window. is reaching new heights of popularity with millennials – -and with the election of people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Opens a New Window. , America’s free market foundations are increasingly under attack. It’s a problem that’s been a long time coming – -and the public school system bears part of the blame…. (more)

May 22, 2019
FOX NEWS BUSINESS — An adorable 8-year-old actress from California who impersonates New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Opens a New Window. has become an Internet sensation. The mini-AOC quickly rose to fame after her father and uncle noticed a resemblance between the two…. (more)


May 22, 2019
WSOC TV — The controversy over a massive American flag is now reaching a new level as the company responsible for flying the flag is rallying community support to fight the City of Statesville, which has reportedly filed a lawsuit to have the flag removed…. (more)

May 21, 2019
UPI — Mormon millennials are leaving the church at about double the rate of their parents and grandparents, according to a new book that draws on a study of four generations of current and former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints…. (more)

May 20, 2019
Alan Keyes targets ‘Deathocrats’ for lulling Americans into support
ALAN KEYES — As a black American, I cannot pretend to be surprised that many people who profess the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ nonetheless support the Deathocratic Party. Many black Americans, including members of my own family, have done so throughout my adult life. Like other so-called Democrats, black Americans pretend to see a valid trade-off between the murder of millions of innocent, helpless human beings and the good supposedly done by government programs assisting low-income families…. (more)

May 20, 2019
BRYAN FISCHER — America is beginning to run out of Americans. We are breeding ourselves out of existence. Our fertility rate has plunged to 1.7 births per woman, the lowest it has ever been. Since the replacement rate is 2.1, this generation isn’t even making enough babies to replace itself…. (more)

May 20, 2019
POLITICAL — Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday said he doesn’t support a recently enacted law prohibiting nearly all abortions at any point during pregnancy in Alabama. “I don’t support the Alabama law,” the Utah Republican and 2012 GOP nominee for president told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “I believe that there ought to be exceptions. I’m pro-life, but there ought to be exceptions for rape and incest and where the life of the mother is at risk.”… (more)

May 20, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. claimed Friday that Republicans do not care about babies because they refuse to sign onto her signature climate change legislation. “The GOP doesn’t care about babies at all – especially brown, black, or poor ones. If they did, they’d: cosponsor the Green New Deal or at LEAST have a real climate plan – guarantee healthcare so ALL can get prenatal care – not stand for the death+caging of babies on our border,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted…. (more)

May 20, 2019
Physician says threat of world ending in 12 years no ‘joke’
WORLDNETDAILY — Public officials making threats about the end of the world is no “joke,” according to a health expert who says socialist U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., stepped out of line. The freshman lawmaker warned the earth would end in 12 years unless extreme action, such as her “Green New Deal,” is undertaken. Cortez later claimed she was joking…. (more)


May 20, 2019
BYRON YORK — From now on, the Trump-Russia affair, the investigation that dominated the first years of Donald Trump’s presidency, will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of the Mueller report. Before the special counsel’s findings were made public last month, the president’s adversaries were on the offensive. Now, they are playing defense…. (more)

May 20, 2019
ANDREW MCCARTHY — Here’s what you need to know: In rushing out their assessment of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Obama-administration officials chose not to include the risible Steele-dossier allegations that they had put in their “VERIFIED APPLICATION” for warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) because . . . wait for it . . . the allegations weren’t verified…. (more)

May 19, 2019
NEWSMAX — Ecuador will hand over to U.S. prosecutors on Monday the belongings of Julian Assange that remain in the country’s London embassy, WikiLeaks told The Guardian on Sunday. Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to permit the Americans to “help themselves” to the possessions, which include two of Assange’s manuscripts, other legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment, so that they can expand their extradition case before the British deadline on June 14, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson told The Guardian…. (more)


May 19, 2019
David Limbaugh looks forward to ‘glorious day’ when SCOTUS overrules Roe v. Wade
DAVID LIMBAUGH — Alabama’s mostly Republican lawmakers and governor passed a strong abortion ban this week, and liberals are fit to be tied. “Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the legislature,” said Gov. Kay Ivey. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”… (more)

May 19, 2019
DAILIY SIGNAL — The pro-life movie “Unplanned” surpassed all expectations in theaters, and is now leading abortion workers to leave the industry. In this episode, Rachel del Guidice talks to Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker, about the stunning trend. Plus: Alabama is set for a legal showdown after passing a law that bans abortion. Thomas Jipping joins us to unpack what could come next and analyzes the prospects of overturning Roe v. Wade…. (more)

May 19, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Some of the migrant families arrested at the southern border weren’t actually families. In a pilot program, approximately 30% of rapid DNA tests of immigrant adults who were suspected of arriving at the southern border with children who weren’t theirs revealed the adults were not related to the children, an official involved in the system’s temporary rollout who asked to be anonymous in order to speak freely told the Washington Examiner Friday…. (more)

May 19, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — The snakiest of snake-oil pitches goes like this: Give us some of your freedom and we’ll take care of you. Socialists have been making similar claims back as far as Plato. The end result doesn’t have to be Venezuela. It can just be . . . Europe…. (more)

 

Weekly Watchman for 05/24/2019

Comments and Questions

Every Friday, Mike responds to your questions and comments. Here are some of this week’s topics: Abortion, Pro-life laws, Reformation movement, 4 Questions to ask unbelievers or even “professing” Christians: Who is God? Who is man (before and after salvation)? How can sinful man be reconciled to God? What is the proof you are reconciled to Him? Freemasonry, Contemplative prayer Will we know our friends and family in heaven? Bill Johnson, Bethel worship, signs and wonders

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Is the Earth Young, Old, or Something in Between?

Mike and David visit with Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project to discuss the controversy around aging televangelist Pat Robertson calling Christians who believe in a Young Earth “an embarrassment.”  They also discuss the growing controversy in a few circles that are now claiming perhaps the Earth is flat after all. Really.Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear suggested recently that Christians who support President Trump might be “winking at sin” to promote their political agenda.  As expected he is receiving some push back for his statement. What did he mean? And how about liberal Democrat Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand claiming that protecting babies in the womb (being pro-life) is not the Christian thing to do!

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 Conflict of Freedom vs. Islam

Islam is a false religion of very strict laws and teachings.  Adulterers and homosexuals are punished severely and women are treated as second class citizens or at times, treated as property.  This directly contradicts the laws of our nation and is completely incompatible with the platform of the Democrat Party that celebrates homosexuality and transgenderism and touts radical feminism.  Yet the radical left embraces Islam at every turn, and if it reaches the point Sharia Law is imposed in America, even far left followers could be thrown in jail or possibly even killed for being “infidels.”Today, Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now disciple of Jesus Christ, joins Mike and David to discuss this as well as the “Islamization” of Europe and the pending Middle East Peace Plan that President Trump will be introducing next month.  Is peace with Islam really possible?

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 Tragedy and Glory of Death

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Seeking Signs, Wonders and Miracles

In Matthew 12:38, the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for “another sign” not long after he had healed the sick and a demon-possessed man who was also blind. Jesus responded:”An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign but none will be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah”That “sign” was when Jesus would rise from the grave to prove His deity and God’s power over sin and death.Many Christians and churches today are continually seeking more signs and wonders.  Let’s be clear: some are sincere believers in Christ, but their continual need for additional signs and miracles testifies to the weakness of their faith in the completed work of Jesus on the cross.  We look at a critique from The Gospel Coalition regarding Bethel Church in Redding, California and its leaders Bill and and Beni Johnson, and we discuss the pitfalls of this charismatic movement.In our first segment we visit with author David Richardson to discuss content in his book Transparent – about how our deeply held assumptions can deceive us and hinder us in our walk with God.

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Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn To Speak At First Annual HeresyCon — The Babylon Bee

HOUSTON, TX—A coalition of prosperity gospel preachers has come together to give the nation the very first HeresyCon, an electric three-day conference where attendees will get to hear some of the very best heresy the nation’s wolves have to offer.

HeresyCon will feature all the nation’s most prominent and notorious hucksters, including Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, and big-name headliner Joel Osteen.

“Those who want to come and be blessed by the very best speakers in apostasy can pre-order tickets today for just $999 for a one-day pass or $4,999 for the whole weekend,” spokesperson Paula White said in an online video unveiling the conference. “Attendees will get the experience of a lifetime hearing the world’s very best pretend pastors espouse every kind of heresy known to man, including the Word-Faith aberration, moral therapeutic deism, and good old-fashioned standbys like modalism.”

The con will also feature a large exhibitors’ hall, where companies can offer products like prayer cloths, blessed holy water, and miracle manna bread for sale at ridiculously high prices. Attendees will be encouraged to dress up as their favorite heretics and fraudsters throughout church history, with fan favorites like Arius and Judas Iscariot expected to make a strong showing.

via Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn To Speak At First Annual HeresyCon — The Babylon Bee

What Does the Bible Actually Say About Abortion? — Faithwire

In a recent column at the Idaho Statesman, former professor at Idaho State University, Diana Hooley, made some bold assertions about the Bible’s instruction with regards to abortion.

Writing in light of the recent legislative changes on the issue, Hooley appeared to argue that the holy text provides zero insight on the subject, nor issues any wisdom with regards to how Christians should approach the destruction of young lives.

“The Bible doesn’t directly address abortion, but it does say in Matthew 23:33 to beware “vipers” like the Pharisees, the legalistic religious authorities of Jesus’ time, whom Christ saw as hypocritical,” Hooley wrote, noting that women “do not need the added burden of Pharisees legislating their behavior and threatening punishment if they don’t act in ways they deem morally responsible.”

But is that a fair assessment? Does the Bible really not give any hint as to the nature of God’s heart toward the unborn?

Let’s take a look.

There are several instances where the scriptures overtly testify to the preciousness of newly-formed human life. Take Psalm 139, for example:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

According to scripture, God made each and every one of us — He is both the author and sustainer life from the very beginning. As such, Christians should surely be compelled to, in light of scripture, view little unborn babies as precious in the eyes of the Lord.

This, in turn, should arguably provoke us to protect them as we ensure that their God-given right to life is upheld.

What about Isaiah 44:24:

“This is what the Lord says — your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself”

Again, the scriptures testify to God “forming us in the womb” — a clear-cut sign that he sees the unborn as of intrinsic value and worth, and not to be destroyed at the hands of man.

We are “the work of Thy hand,” as Isaiah 64:8 declares, and must know the value God has placed upon our lives by forming us by his mighty power.

Not only this, but the Lord rejoices over new life in a profound and wonderful way — he has formed the unborn for a purpose and a future, and this must be held sacred.

Think of the scripture in Luke 1, when Elizabeth’s miracle child “leaped for joy” inside her womb upon being greeted by Mary, the mother of Jesus himself:

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit…[saying] ‘As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy’”

Isn’t that extraordinary? That God would not only ordain such miraculous occurrence to take place to illustrate that the baby itself has a personality, a unique calling, and a life to be lived for the glory of the Lord.

As pastor John Piper pointed out, the Christian church “has seen in this [passage] that what the persons Jesus and John were outside the womb they were already inside the womb.”

Indeed, this joy-filled leap is made even more significant if you glance at the text a few verses earlier. In Luke 1:14-15, the angel of the Lord told Zechariah, Elizabeth’s husband, that “you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”

“So that leap is not only a leap of joy but a leap of Holy-Spirit-inspired joy,” Piper declared.

The pre-born are valuable members of the human community

By the standard set by scripture, we can unequivocally confirm that unborn humans are exactly that — humans. What, then, gives us the right to take their lives? While on many issues the Bible is somewhat vague, when it comes to the taking of innocent life — the words of scripture are abundantly clear:

  • “Thou shalt not kill.” — Exodus 20:13
  • “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.’” — Jesusm Matthew 5:21-26.

Indeed, in Early Church thinking outside of today’s canonized scripture, the pro-life position was also made absolutely crystal clear. In the early Christian treatise, the “Didache,” and the “Epistle of Barnabus,” taking the life of an unborn human was defined as outright murder:

“You shall do no murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not corrupt boys, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not deal in magic, you shall do no sorcery, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill them when born. (Didache 2:2; cf. Epistle of Barnabas 19:5)”

While this is just a brief summary, it gives a good idea of the wide-range of scriptural declarations that point to the Lord’s cherishing of the unborn. And, as Christians, we must be sure to align our affections with that which the Lord loves.

via What Does the Bible Actually Say About Abortion? — Faithwire

NBA To Assign ‘Adversity Score’ To Pudgy White Guys Who Want To Play Professional Basketball — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—The NBA announced Friday that for the upcoming basketball season, the league will be assigning an “adversity score” to overweight white dudes to help more of them get signed with professional basketball teams.

The score will take into account many environmental and biological factors, like the fact that they’re white guys who can’t jump and get winded while walking up a small flight of stairs. It will also take into account the fact that they don’t know anything about the fundamentals of the game and tend to shout things like “I’m open! Hey, I’m open!” even when they’re clearly not open. Finally, white dudes who scarf down whole bags of Cheetos daily, drink a six-pack of beer every night, and haven’t exercised in years will receive a “considerable boost” from the new weighted point system.

“We’ve been going about the draft and recruiting new players all wrong,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “Teams have been objectively evaluating the skills, character, and overall quality of a player when they decide to sign him. They don’t consider all the factors that may have made a person a worse basketball player, such as the fact that he’s 150 pounds overweight, ten years past his prime, and hasn’t played basketball since junior high.”

“This will result in a fairer, more equitable system for all.”

via NBA To Assign ‘Adversity Score’ To Pudgy White Guys Who Want To Play Professional Basketball — The Babylon Bee

Report Shows Only Half of Children Raised Southern Baptist Stay in the Denomination — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

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By now, Southern Baptists recognize that their movement is in a decline that shows no signs of changing course.

By their own measures, they’re not adding as many new believers to their flocks each year—the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) went from baptizing 321,000 in 2007 to 246,000 last year.

Plus, despite adding more than 10,000 more cooperating churches over the past couple of decades, church attendance across the denomination is also dropping.

In 2006, the SBC had 16.3 million members, now that’s down to less than 15 million, according to the denomination’s most recent Annual Church Profile (ACP).

Outside surveys have also tracked the decline. New findings released this year show the Southern Baptist trajectory more closely resembles the downward trend among the United Methodist Church (UMC), the nation’s largest mainline Protestant body, than fellow evangelicals in non-denominational traditions.

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According to the General Social Survey (GSS), nearly the same percentage of Americans identified with the SBC as the UMC in the 1980s, then the two denominations’ trends began to separate, and both experienced a slow, steady decline from the mid-’90s on.

While close to 1 in 10 Americans identified as Southern Baptist in 1987, that number has been cut in half to 1 in 20 (4.8%) in 2018. Data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES) reinforces this point as well, with 5.4 percent of the sample identifying as SBC.

There are four major ways for a religious denomination to change in size over a longer period of time: They add members through conversions, they keep those born into the faith as they grow up, they shed members through people defecting to other religious traditions, or members die and are not replaced by young adults.

Every religious group experiences these losses to some extent—like a bucket that has sprung a few leaks. While some of the water will inevitably trickle out, it’s possible to put more water back in the bucket from other sources. If the amount of water that leaks out is greater than the amount of water that is replaced, then a decline will occur in overall members. The Southern Baptist Convention has a bucket that is aging and springing more leaks every year.

Conversion and Defection

As evangelicals, Southern Baptists put particular emphasis on conversion as a potential source of membership growth and celebrated around a quarter of a million baptisms last year, according to ACP figures. However, nearly all Southern Baptists have been part of the denomination for a while.

CCES, which tracked the same group of 9,500 respondents in 2010, 2012, and 2014, found few newcomers to the SBC during that time. Of the 476 Southern Baptists in the sample in 2014, close to all of them (97.9%) had also identified as Baptists in 2010. Of those who converted to the SBC, two had been Catholics, two were from other faiths, and six had been religious “nones.” These numbers are too small to make claims about converts from any specific group, but the overall impression is clear: Southern Baptists are not seeing significant growth through conversion.

The necessary follow-up question, then is: Are a lot of Southern Baptists leaving the faith? CCES data also showed that 91.8 percent of people who started out as SBC in 2010 were still SBC four years later. Of the 37 people in the sample who left the SBC between 2010 and 2014—not a significant enough portion to extrapolate—31 of them either became a non-denominational Protestant or some other type of Protestant Christian. Just two became “nones.” Obviously, any defection is disappointing for those who want to see the SBC grow, but based on this sample, of the members who do leave, they often don’t stray too far.

Births and Deaths

The last two factors around shifts in the denomination have to do with whether enough children born into Southern Baptist families remain in the church—or return as adults—to offset the eldest generation, which is dying off.

Recent research by University of Oklahoma sociologist Samuel Perry concluded that evangelical Protestants have seen a decline in fertility in recent years. It’s a well-known phenomenon that young people drift away from church attendance in their 20s and 30s but return when they get married and have children.

The GSS, which asks respondents about their current religious affiliation as well as what religion were they were raised as, shows that fewer Southern Baptists are sticking with their parents’ denomination.

For much of the ’80s and ’90s, Southern Baptist kids were pretty likely to grow up to become Southern Baptist adults: Seven in ten maintained their SBC identity into adulthood in surveys conducted between 1984 and 1994.

That has declined precipitously. In the most recent surveys conducted between 2015 and 2018, just over half of those raised Southern Baptist were still with the SBC. In other words, nearly half of Southern Baptists kids leave and never come back.

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Report Shows Southern Baptists Are at Their Lowest Levels in 30 Years — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

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A boost in giving—up to $11.8 billion total—and major church growth in Texas was not enough to fend off more than a decade of declines among the Southern Baptist Convention last year.

The nation’s biggest Protestant denomination isn’t as big as it used to be, according to its Annual Church Profile (ACP), released today. Membership fell to 14.8 million in 2018—its first time below 15 million since 1989 and the lowest it’s been since 1987.

“Facts are our friends, even when the facts themselves are unfriendly,” said new Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Adam Greenway. “Heartbreaking to see these ACP declines. We must do better as Southern Baptists. God help us.”

Compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources, the ACP is based on self-reported data from about three-fourths of SBC churches, so it’s not a comprehensive picture but is still used to capture overall trends in the denomination. For more than 10 years, the trajectory hasn’t looked good.

In 2018, baptisms dipped by 3 percent, not as dramatic as the previous year when they were down 9 percent. Overall, Southern Baptists’ namesake practice has reached a historic low of 246,000 baptisms a year—around how many people were dunked by the denomination back in the 1940s, when it was less than half its current size.

“Like many, I am discouraged to see 7,000 less baptisms this year,” said J. D. Greear, SBC president and pastor of The Summit Church, in a statement to CT. “It is the Lord who saves, but this information should spur us on even more to be intentional in evangelism.”

The slight increases in worship attendance and total number of churches in the previous report did not continue their turnaround in 2018. Attendance saw a tiny decline of 0.43 percent to 5.3 million weekly worshipers, and churches are down by 88 to 47,456.

Still, “four state conventions saw double-digit growth in the number of Southern Baptist congregations,” Baptist Press noted. “The Baptist General Convention of Texas added 44 congregations, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention grew by 31, the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention added 22 congregations, and the SBC of Virginia grew by 20.”

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New Microaggression Goggles Help You Find Something Offensive In Any Situation — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A new pair of Microaggression Goggles has been made available for people who want to find something offensive in any situation.

The goggles are available on Kickstarter. The promotional video claims that the goggles are able to actively identify threats to political correctness and alert you when you’re about to be dangerously oppressed.

“Are you tired of having to search for something to be oppressed by?” a voiceover says in the ad. “With our patented microaggression-tracking technology, you won’t have to search any longer. Now, you can instantly identify up to 100 things to be offended by in any conversation.”

The product will detect a wide range of microaggressions, including the following:

  • White privilege
  • MAGA hats
  • Smiling at you without your consent
  • Manspreading
  • Mansplaining
  • Manbreathing
  • Manexisting
  • Lack of avocado toast
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Cultural exclusion
  • Being hateful toward women
  • Being too friendly toward women
  • Not liking The Last Jedi

You can back the goggles for $99 at a base level or spend $4,999 on a deluxe edition that includes a white guy who will follow you around so you can claim to be even more oppressed. The Kickstarter creator believes they will ship within the next decade.

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Gospel for Asia Releases Report on Epidemic of Missing Girls in Africa and Asia — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Gospel for Asia released a shocking new report the week after Mother’s Day detailing the tragic reality that there are 100 million fewer women in Africa and Asia than there should be.

In the words of the report, they “simply do not exist.” Sex trafficking, inadequate healthcare for pregnant women, poor nutrition for young girls, female infanticide and sex-selective abortion all contribute to the crisis, as the ministry details in their report “One Million Missing Women.”

On average, there are 105 male births for every 100 female births around the world. However, In Asia and Africa, there are 106 males for every 100 females. While this may not appear to be a significant difference, but when by the billions of people who in Africa and Asia, the numbers are startling. “100 Million Missing Women,” tells the stories behind the numbers.

A press release summarizing the content of the report highlights several troubling trends. First, sex-selective abortion and “abortions that go wrong” contribute to the 100 million missing women. In cultures that highly value sons and devalue daughters, sex-selective abortions and female infanticide are rampant. In addition, in food insecure families with a daughter and a son, parents often overfeed the son while neglecting to adequately feed the daughter.

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A Brief Review of the Missouri Presbytery Committee Report on Revoice and ‘Gay Christians’ — Christian Research Network

All sins are heinous, but some sins are more heinous than others.  Homosexual desire is no less forgivable, but it is more pernicious.  If there is no resignation of ordained PCA officers who claim to be gay homosexuals who practice celibacy, then there will be no hope of peace and unity in the PCA.  

(Larry E. Ball – The Aquila Report)  The Committee to Investigate Memorial Presbyterian Church for Hosting the Revoice 18 Conference only found errors in poor judgment; they found nothing erroneous that “strikes at the vitals of religion.”

An Ad Hoc Committee of Missouri Presbytery of the PCA has come to the defense of one of its own ministers who has just recently and publicly confessed that he is a “Gay Christian” who practices celibacy….

Written before his “outing,” this report was discussed and received at a called meeting of Presbytery on May 18, 2019; it pertains just to issues surrounding the Revoice Conference.

The Committee to Investigate Memorial Presbyterian Church for Hosting the Revoice 18 Conference in July 2018 only found errors in poor judgment that originate from such things as imprudence and neglect in both the Pastor and the Church. They found nothing erroneous that “strikes at the vitals of religion.”

The Committee, after numerous interviews with participants in the Conference, found that most of the critics of the Revoice Conference had either misunderstood or misinterpreted the statements made by the participants.  One area where they appear to show some sentiment with the critics is in the area of “aesthetic beauty attraction” as being something “underneath or behind” homoerotic attraction. They seemed to conclude that such a concept was not helpful at all in the conversation.  View article →

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