Daily Archives: May 27, 2019

May 27 Answered Prayer

Scripture Reading: John 16:23–27

Key Verse: John 16:24

Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

We can be assured that God will answer our prayers in Jesus’ name because of our

  • Association: After salvation, we have a new relationship with God through His Son Jesus. Our association with Christ makes it possible to have intimacy with God the Father.
  • Access: We can come to God’s throne of grace with boldness and confidence. The reason is that Jesus’ death and resurrection blotted out our sin problem and cleared the way for us to have unhindered access to God the Father.
  • Authority: Because of the shed blood of Jesus, believers are coheirs with Him (Romans 8:17), identified eternally with God’s holy Son. As such, we are delegated His authority and have the right to pray in Christ’s name. Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, gives us this privilege.
  • Agreement: To pray in Christ’s name, we not only must have His authority but also be in agreement with Him. If we ask for something outside of God’s will, we can be assured that it will not be granted. Our request must be in keeping with the character of God and the content of His Word. Essentially, when we ask something in Jesus’ name, we are saying that we believe Jesus Himself would make the same petition, were He in our situation.
  • Assurance: Asking “in Jesus’ name” means praying in confidence. Jesus meant it when He said He would give us what we ask—as long as we are in association and agreement with Him.

Lord, thank You for answered prayer! I claim the access, authority, agreement, and assurance that makes this knowledge a reality.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 154). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 27 Standing Strong in His Grace

Scripture Reading: Psalm 46

Key Verse: Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

What is grace?

Grace is help.

We all need God’s help. Apart from the gift of His Son, we couldn’t be saved from sin. Apart from the gift of the Holy Spirit, we couldn’t experience His divine provision.

Never be too proud to ask for God’s help. Refusing His aid is like a starving man rejecting a sumptuous feast. The psalmist wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).

Grace is acceptance. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, you never have to earn God’s approval. You already have it. While He does discipline His children, God never rejects us for performance. The love of God is abundantly yours through Christ. His acceptance of you as a member of His family is irrevocable.

Grace is compassion. Jesus sympathizes with us. He identifies with our weaknesses, our fears, our anxieties. God is not distant, cold, detached. When Christ became flesh, He took on all the infirmities of mankind. Though sinless, our God weeps with us in sorrow, is grieved by our sin, and is exhilarated by our obedience.

Stand strong in His grace. Receive His help. Relax in His acceptance. Bask in His compassion. The God of grace is with you.

Dear Lord, You are my refuge and strength, a present help in time of trouble. Thank You for unconditional acceptance and unlimited compassion. Help me stand strong in Your grace.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 154). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 27 Devotion to God

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 11:22–28

Key verse: Psalm 26:3

Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,

And I have walked in Your truth.

Love for God is the foundation for true obedience. Likewise, your obedience to Christ demonstrates the reality of your love for Him. Both parts of the equation are true, but devotion to God not dread or duty, properly primes and fuels the disciple of Jesus Christ. When you heed God’s Word and keep His ways because you love Him, you declare your reverence and honor for who He is.

God is the almighty One, the Alpha and Omega, the Creator and Redeemer, the Lord and King of both heaven and earth. Who cannot love such a God whose lovingkindness and faithfulness are always perfectly expressed toward His people? He is worthy of your sincere adoration and explicit love.

When you obey God out of a heart of devotion, you affirm your allegiance to Him. He is the Master of all, but is He your Master? Your loving obedience demonstrates your joyful, voluntary servanthood to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each act of obedience confirms your willing servitude to the gracious Lord. God sets you free to follow Him. The more you love and obey Him, the more exciting and rewarding your journey of discipleship and your worship experience will become.

You are worthy of my praise, O Lord. Thank You for Your lovingkindness and faithfulness to me. Give me a heart that obeys You out of love rather than dread or duty.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 154). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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EU election results show people are ‘fed up with fake democracy’ | RT

Anti-establishment forces had major gains in the EU elections because voters are tired of parties refusing to challenge Brussels, analysts told RT, saying the results also show that migration is still a top issue.

Source: EU election results show people are ‘fed up with fake democracy’

U.S. investigates airports targeting Chick-fil-A | WND

(Image courtesy Pixabay)

The U.S. government has launched a review of complaints that two American airports illegally discriminated against the very popular Chick-fil-A restaurants – even as LGBT lawmakers resort to tricks to try to protect their campaign against the company for its policy of donating to faith-based charitable groups.

The company has been in the crosshairs of the homosexual and transgender communities since its owner several years ago advocated for traditional marriage. Then the company’s critics were further infuriated when they discovered its contributions go to conservative charities.

Most recently, officials in San Antonio, who discriminated against the Christian-owned company in their airport contract, revealed they are trying to hide from the public their conversations on that issue.

The dispute is ramping up at least partly because, according to the Washington Examiner, the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed it is investigating San Antonio’s actions, as well as those taken in New York’s Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

In both places, officials specifically excluded Chick-fil-A from their premises.

“The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs,” the agency said.

The corporate donations go to organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, and LGBT agenda players are enraged by that.

Federal law, according to the FAA, prohibits “airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding.”

The company also has faced demands from students and faculty for the same discriminatory practices on the campuses of publicly funded schools such as Cal Polytechnic and others. Officials there, however, refused to cooperate with what they described as “censorship.”

It was in Texas, where the San Antonio investigation is being ramped up, that state Rep. Julie Johnson used a legislative trick known as a “point of order” to try to kill a proposed state law that would protect individuals and companies exercising their constitutionally protected First Amendment rights from being targeted with discrimination by LGBTQ groups.

It was revived, however, and Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign it into law after the legislature gave its approval.

The plan prevents “adverse action” by government entities against those companies and individuals exercising their rights.

The company has been in the bull’s-eye for leftists since 2012 when its president, Dan Cathy, said that God has defined marriage and “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage.’”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also has announced an investigation of the San Antonio action.

Keisha Russell, associate counsel with First Liberty, which has been raising concerns about the airport actions, told Fox, “We are pleased that the FAA responded to our request by opening an investigation into San Antonio for its blatant, illegal religious discrimination against Chick-fil-A.

“First Liberty also launched our own investigation into the city’s actions and we vow to get to the bottom of San Antonio’s decision. American business owners should not have to suffer because they want to operate their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs. Few things are more un-American than government hostility against religion.”

Chick-fil-A said in a statement that it is happy to serve all people regardless of characteristics, and it is in the business of serving food and hospitality to all.

The company has been forecast to leap past Taco Bell, Burger King and Wendy’s on the ladder of restaurant chains.

It was First Liberty that requested under freedom of information laws access to the San Antonio City Council’s deliberations and comments on the issue.

In response, the city has asked the Texas attorney general for permission to conceal the information First Liberty is seeking.

A letter from Edward Guzman, deputy city attorney in San Antonio, asks the state for permission “to withhold documents from disclosure.”

He cites dozens of sections of the Texas Government Code.

“What do San Antonio officials have to hide?” asked Russell. “Transparency is essential to ensuring public trust in government. Tolerant and inclusive city officials should have no reason to deny the public an opportunity to review how and why they make important decisions.”

Source: U.S. investigates airports targeting Chick-fil-A

May 27, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

31:6 — “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Could anything feel more disconcerting or frightening than having to face a terrible trial all by yourself? God tells us that those who know Him never have to worry about that. He’s right there with us, in the easiest and most difficult of times.[1]

6. Be strong and of good courage. After he had shewn that God would be with them, for their help, he exhorts the people to firmness and magnanimity. And surely this is one means of confirming our courage, to be assured that the assistance which God promises will suffice for us: so far is it from being the case, that our zeal and energy in acting aright is impaired, by our ascribing to the grace of God what foolish men attribute to their own free will. For those who are aroused to strenuous action in reliance on their own strength, do no more than cast themselves headlong in their senseless temerity and pride. Let us understand, then, that all exhortations are fleeting and ineffective, which are founded on anything else but simple confidence in the grace of God. Thus Moses assumes, as his ground of exhortation, that God will fight for the Israelites. It must, however, be observed that the people were animated to the perseverance of hope, when God declares that He will be their helper even to the end, by which lesson that impious hallucination is refuted, whereby the Popish theologians have fascinated the world. They deny that believers can be certain of God’s grace, except as to their present state. Thus do they hold faith in suspense, so that we may only believe for a day, and even from moment to moment, whilst we are in uncertainty as to what God will do with us on the morrow. Whereas, if faith corresponds with God’s promises, and is, as it were, in harmony with them, it must needs extend itself to our whole life, nay, even beyond death itself; for God removes all doubt as to the future by these words, “I will not leave thee nor forsake thee.”[2]

6 In the language of Holy War, Joshua is commanded to “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear … for YHWH is your God; he is going with you” (cf. also v 7 below). See the discussion above for 1:21 and Excursus: “Holy War as Celebrated Event in Ancient Israel.” The promise that God will be with someone is a familiar one throughout the Bible, as witnessed by the meaning of the name Immanuel (“God is with us”) in Matt 1:23 (quoting Isa 7:14; cf. Gen 21:22; 26:3, 28; 28:15, 20; 39:2–3; Exod 3:12; Josh 1:5–9; Judg 6:12–13; Isa 8:10; Jer 1:19).[3]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Dt 31:6). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[2] Calvin, J., & Bingham, C. W. (2010). Commentaries on the Four Last Books of Moses Arranged in the Form of a Harmony (Vol. 4, p. 314). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Christensen, D. L. (2002). Deuteronomy 21:10–34:12 (Vol. 6B, p. 760). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

Crop-tastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Progress Report Signals Nightmare Scenario | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

The last 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and this has created absolutely horrific conditions for U.S. farmers.  Thanks to endless rain and historic flooding that has stretched on for months, many farmers have not been able to plant crops at all, and a lot of the crops that have actually been planted are deeply struggling.  What this means is that U.S. agricultural production is going to be way, way down this year.  The numbers that I am about to share with you are deeply alarming, and they should serve as a wake up call for all of us.  The food that each one of us eats every day is produced by our farmers, and right now our farmers are truly facing a nightmare scenario.

You can view the latest USDA crop progress report right here.  According to that report, corn and soybean production is way behind expectations.

Last year, 78 percent of all corn acreage had been planted by now.  This year, that number is sitting at just 49 percent.

And the percentage of corn that has emerged from the ground is at a paltry 19 percent compared to 47 percent at this time last year.

We see similar numbers when we look at soybeans.

Last year, 53 percent of all soybean acreage had been planted by now.  This year, that number has fallen to 19 percent.

And the percentage of soybeans that have emerged from the ground is just 5 percent compared to 24 percent at this time last year.

In other words, we are going to have a whole lot less corn and soybeans this year.

Farmers in the middle of the country desperately need conditions to dry out for an extended period of time, but so far that has not happened.

In fact, last week the heartland was hit by yet another string of devastating storms.  The following comes from CNN

Ten people are dead and a 4 year-old boy remains missing after more than a week of severe weather across the central US that put tens of millions of people at risk.

The deadly spring storm system ravaged several states, unleashing more than 170 reported tornadoes, fierce winds, drenching rain, flash flooding and hail.

One of the tornadoes that was spawned absolutely devastated the capital city of Missouri.  It was reportedly a mile wide, and it stayed on the ground for almost 20 miles

A clearer picture emerged Friday of the size and scope of the powerful tornadoes that tore across Missouri on Wednesday night, leaving a trail of destruction in their paths. The state’s capital, Jefferson City, was among the hardest-hit places, struck overnight by a tornado with a peak wind speed of 160 mph that has been given preliminary rating of EF3.

The monstrous nighttime tornado that struck Jefferson City, a city with a population of about 42,000, was almost a mile wide and was on the ground for nearly 20 miles, toppling homes, ripping roofs off homes and business below.

What we are witnessing is definitely not “normal”, and I have had a number of readers write to me about this recently.  The other day one of my readers in Montana sent me a photograph of a freak May snowstorm that had just hit his area, and another one of my readers in Missouri explained that his boss is freaking out because they haven’t been able to get soybeans in the ground.  All over the country people want answers, and they are frustrated with the lack of information that they are getting from the mainstream media.

Unfortunately, the truth is that things are going to get worseGlobal weather patterns are dramatically shifting, and there is nothing that the authorities will be able to do to stop it from happening.

And it isn’t just in the United States where we are seeing widespread crop failures.  I would encourage you to check out my previous article entitled “Floods And Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet – Could A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?”  In that article I discussed the fact that Australia will actually be importing lots of wheat this year, but normally it is one of the largest exporters of wheat in the entire world.  As crops fail all over the globe, there will be a scramble for food, and the wealthy western nations have more money than anyone else.

Over in Asia, the biggest problem right now is African Swine Flu.  Earlier today, I came across a CNBC article which stated that “up to 200 million Chinese pigs” may have already been lost to this nightmarish disease…

A trade fight with the U.S. isn’t the only war China is fighting. African swine flu has decimated the pig population in China and sent pork prices soaring. As many as up to 200 million Chinese pigs have reportedly been lost due to the disease.

Now, Wall Street analysts are scrambling to assess the fallout from the fast spreading illness and how to invest around it.

The entire U.S. pork industry does not even produce 200 million pigs in an entire year.

So another way of looking at this is that the equivalent of what the entire U.S. pork industry produces in an entire year has just been wiped out.

And now African Swine Flu has spread to other countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, and so this pandemic could soon become a true global cataclysm.

We have never seen so many massive threats hit the global food supply simultaneously, and if this article deeply alarms you that is a good thing.

A perfect storm is rapidly developing, and many expect global events to start accelerating dramatically.

Source: Crop-tastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Progress Report Signals Nightmare Scenario

“Everything Is Under Scrutiny”: 38,000 Layoffs Across Auto Industry May Only Be The Beginning | Zero Hedge

Automakers can’t help but acknowledge the global recession in their industry after a decade of growth. As a result, they are slashing payroll across the board, according to Bloomberg. Countries like China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the United States have all seen at least 38,000 job cuts over the last six months in the automotive sector. And this could just be the beginning of larger cuts to come.

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Wednesday that “sweeping cost reductions” are ahead to prepare for what he is calling “unprecedented” industry disruption.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy said: “The industry is right now staring down the barrel of what we think is going to be a significant downturn. The pace of decline in China is a real surprise.”

Automakers are cutting shifts and closing factories across the world but the cost cutting goes beyond that. Salaried workers are also being cut, a surefire sign that slowing sales in both China and the US are taking their toll. Additionally, the slow down is coming at a time when automakers have deployed significant capital to invest in electric vehicles.

We reported about Ford’s plans on Monday to cut another 7000 jobs, representing 10% of its workforce worldwide. And the recession, which was likely due to happen regardless of market conditions, comes at the worst possible time. It could be exacerbated by the ongoing trade war, which foreign carmakers have warned could put 700,000 American jobs at risk.

This chart shows all of the job reductions announced and reported over the last six months.

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said Tuesday: “Auto companies globally are contemplating life where global production has greater downside risk than upside. The chopping may not be over for Ford,” he continued, estimating a 5% decline in revenue could result in 23,000 more layoffs in the future.

Meanwhile, global light vehicle sales were down 0.5% in 2018 to 94.8 million, which was the first annual drop in global sales since 2009. Zetsche concluded: “Everything is under scrutiny.”

Source: “Everything Is Under Scrutiny”: 38,000 Layoffs Across Auto Industry May Only Be The Beginn

How Churches Across America Are Celebrating Memorial Day — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Members of Rolling Thunder listen during the “Blessing of the Bikes” ceremony at National Cathedral in Washington, May 23, 2014. National Cathedral welcomed members of Rolling Thunder XXVII ahead of their annual ride on the Memorial Day weekend. | (Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States centered on remembering members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have died.

In addition to the usual festivities of parades, gatherings, and the decorations of graves, churches across the country have their own ways of observing the solemn holiday.

First Baptist Church of Dallas held a remembrance service on Sunday.

“We will take a moment in the service to remember those who have given their lives to protect our nation,” Pastor Robert Jeffress told CP on Friday via email.

“After verbally acknowledging their sacrifice, ‘Taps’ will be played and a prayer will be offered for the families of our military men and women who have died in the service of our country.”

Jeffress also told CP that FBC Dallas has an annual service with a focus on American nationalism called “Freedom Sunday,” which is scheduled to take place on June 30.

“We will dedicate the entire service to celebrating our freedom as Americans and as Christians,” continued Jeffress, whose congregation has garnered controversy in the past for the patriotic themes of the service.

“In addition to the inspiring patriotic and inspirational music, we will recognize all who have served in all branches of the military.  Our guest speaker that day will be Lt. Col. Oliver North who will share his Christian testimony.”

Rev. Nan Peete blesses motorcycles belonging to members of Rolling Thunder during the “Blessing of the Bikes” ceremony at National Cathedral in Washington, May 23, 2014. National Cathedral welcomed members of Rolling Thunder XXVII ahead of their annual ride on the Memorial Day weekend. | (Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

The Washington National Cathedral, a prominent Episcopal Church congregation in the nation’s capital, held a “Blessing of the Bikes” event early Friday evening.

The event was created in 2014 and held as a way to welcome participants of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle gathering who were traveling to the area for the holiday weekend.

Included on the agenda was a brief service with a two-bell ceremony. From there, attendees departed for a candlelight vigil held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Ruth Frey, director of programs at Washington National Cathedral, told CP in a 2015 interview that the annual event reminds them that “we cannot fully recognize and honor the living without also remembering those who have been lost.”

“This event with Rolling Thunder is part of the Cathedral’s ongoing initiative to recognize and pay tribute to veterans, to offer a sacred space for spiritual healing, and to educate the civilian public about the experience of veterans and the challenges they and their families face when returning home,” said Frey at the time.

This year’s “Blessing of the Bikes” might be the final one, as the Military Times is reporting that Rolling Thunder will not return in 2020.

In Alabama, one church annually puts down thousands of small American flags on its property to remember the soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.

Click here to read more.
Source: Christian Post

via How Churches Across America Are Celebrating Memorial Day — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

May 27 A Reinforcement for Your Faith

scripture reading: Hebrews 4:11–16
key verse: Hebrews 4:14

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Temptation is universal. It tantalizes young and old, educated and unschooled, monks and mechanics. Its presence and constant pull, however, are not indictments of our spiritual condition. Indeed, when we resist them, God can use our temptations to reinforce our faith.

British author C. S. Lewis revealed in his book Mere Christianity how God can turn the tables on the tempter’s evil desires:

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.…

A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it; and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means—the only complete realist.

Guilt should never accompany temptation. Turn it away by turning to Christ.

Lord, temptations are strong, but You are stronger! Help me turn away temptations by turning to You. Let me eliminate guilt by fighting every evil impulse.[1]

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

A global Trump revolution in Europe? American Thinker Blog

One thing the European parliament’s results show is that the European Union is not working. If voters can’t get what they want through the establishment, well…

The stunning results of the European parliamentary election is pretty entertaining stuff, given that supercilious, arrogant, disdainful bureaucrats such as European commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker are going to get a roomful of people like Brexit leader Nigel Farage.  Remember this?  Couldn’t happen to nicer Eurotrash.  Now it’s coming at him in spades, from not just the United Kingdom, but Italy, France, Poland, and Greece and other places that just aren’t happy with his little power-to-me project.

The Associated Press describes what has happened:

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s traditional center splintered in the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades, with the far right and pro-environment Greens gaining ground on Sunday after four days of a polarized vote.

Turnout was at a two-decade high over the balloting across the 28 European Union countries. The elections were seen as a test of the influence of the nationalist, populist and hard-right movements that have swept the continent in recent years and impelled Britain to quit the EU altogether. Both supporters of closer European unity and those who consider the EU a meddlesome and bureaucratic presence portrayed the vote as crucial for the future of the bloc.

The greenie gains seem to be roughly parallel to the rise of “vanguard” Democrats such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  The stronger trend, though, and still seemingly dismissed in the press, is that multiple countries, most strongly Britain, have chosen to go with Trumpian nationalist parties, taking aim at the supranational governing body that is supposedly all in for what’s euphemistically known as “European integration,” which actually means rule by unelected European Union bureaucrats over the elected leaders in one’s supposed democracy.  That’s a fine pickle for that self-congratulatory body to find itself in — Europe’s voters have top-loaded it with enemies of the entire project.

Why does that happen?  Well, because countries are being submerged and ignored when they try to change anything.  They’re being flooded with illegal migrants, for one; people can neither assimilate nor be happy in the countries they are entering illegally, and these people are rapidly harvesting these countries of their resources and paying them back by committing terrorism against them.  They’re seeing their economic growth going anemic by the E.U.’s hideous overbearing regulations, and some, such as Greece, are suffering from Europe’s Germany-led monetary policy, which cuts them off from their competitive advantage of a weak currency.  It was nice to see Greece’s voters throw its hard-left socialist party Syriza out in this bargain.

In short, the European Union was unable and unwilling to respond to what the voters wanted, so now it’s getting it good and hard on the parliamentary side, which is the only way voters have left to communicate with them.  It rather reminds me of the super-concentrated force coming from Venezuela’s national assembly, naming Juan Guaidó acting president over the current dictatorship, because that was the only possible place where power could be exerted, and as a result, it was extreme.

Same thing in the European parliament.  In Britain, the reaction was most extreme, and there was an obvious reason: Brits democratically voted to exit the European Union, and creepy little petty European Union bureaucrats wouldn’t let them.  They demanded monstrous payments for the privilege of leaving, given that their project is so very dependent on British money anyway, and little of that money goes back to Britain — it goes to subsidize Europe’s bureaucrats, failed welfare states, and lousy global warming projects.  The Brits were tired of this, and that drove them out.

Like the Bourbons of old, they’ve “learnt nothing and forgotten nothing,” so this election hit them even harder and was joined by other angry European states who wanted out.

What we are seeing here is a repeat of the Trump phenomenon, a well justified revolt against the “elites,” but most specifically, one set of laws for one group of people and another set for the rest.  I have always felt that the tipping point of the 2016 election was not in James Comey’s investigation of Hillary Clinton, but in his refusal to prosecute her for her mishandling of government secrets, making sure to call it “extremely careless” instead of “grossly negligent,” which would have merited charges.  At the same time, a petty Navy sailor was thrown in jail for a far more minor violation of guarding secrets.  One set of laws for them, another set for us.

The same was obvious with Europe.  Over there, a democratic referendum carried zero weight to the Eurocrats, who vowed to make any exit as miserable as possible and often mocked British voters.  They didn’t respect democracy, and since they were the ruling establishment, they started to make Brits doubt whether they lived in a democracy.

Hence the stunning pressure-valve vote.

What it shows now is that since the European Commission cannot be persuaded to govern democratically; it’s going to be eaten from within.  This is roughly equivalent of President Trump’s “drain the swamp” agenda.  The swamp will fight back, but the momentum is inescapable.  One can only hope these new parliamentarians find a credible means of destroying the whole failed project from within.

Image credit: Pixabay, public domain.

Source: A global Trump revolution in Europe?

Matt Naylor on 140 Veteran Suicides per Week: Don’t Let Them Be ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ | Breitbart News

Matt Naylor, president and CEO of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO, noted the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) estimate of 140 weekly suicides among veterans, offering his remarks ahead of Memorial Day in a Friday-aired interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour and special guest host Rick Manning.

Source: Matt Naylor on 140 Veteran Suicides per Week: Don’t Let Them Be ‘Forgotten Soldiers’

Fort Bragg’s 7,500+ boot display honors fallen service members — Christian Research Network







Heading into Memorial Day…the boots were on display to serve as a reflection of the sacrifices that all military branches have made.

(Rachael Riley – The Fayette Observer) More than 7,500 boots on display at Fort Bragg this month served as a temporary memorial to service members from all branches who have died since 9/11.

The boots — which had the service members’ photos and dates of death — were on display for Fort Bragg’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s annual Run, Honor and Remember 5k on May 18 and for the 82nd Airborne Division’s run that kicked off All American Week.

“It shows the families the service members are still remembered, honored and not forgotten,” said Charlotte Watson, program manager of Fort Bragg’s Survivor Outreach Services.

The idea for the display came from similar ones at Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The first display at Fort Bragg was in Hedrick Stadium in 2014. It was organized by Fort Bragg’s Survivor Outreach Services and Fisher House.

Jonathan Lomax, who was in the Marines for 21 years, was among those who stopped to see the boots and pay his respects on May 17.

Though Lomax knows of Marines who died in combat, he said he hoped he didn’t recognize names on the boots as he strolled among the multiple rows on the field at Hedrick Stadium.

“Any loss of life is severe, so all of these are my brothers and sisters,” Lomax said. “That’s the way I look at it.”

He paused to reflect on what the boots symbolized.  View article →

via Fort Bragg’s 7,500+ boot display honors fallen service members — Christian Research Network

Pursue Integrity Relentlessly — Ligonier Ministries Blog

A small item I read in the news twenty years ago has stuck in my mind ever since. The Rockdale County High School Bulldogs basketball team of Conyers, Georgia, won their first-ever state championship in March of 1987, rolling over all their opponents. After eighteen years of coaching the team without a championship, coach Cleveland Stroud was ecstatic.

But a few weeks after the championship game, Coach Stroud was doing a routine review of his players’ grades when he discovered that one of his third‑string players had failed some courses, rendering the player academically ineligible for the basketball team.

The struggling student was by no means a factor in the team’s victory. He was an underclassman who suited up for games but hadn’t actually seen any playing time all season. During one of the semifinal matches, however, with the team leading by more than 20 points, Coach Stroud wanted to give every player an opportunity to participate. He had put that player in the game for less than 45 seconds. The ineligible man had scored no points. His participation had in no way affected the outcome of the game. But it was, technically, a violation of state eligibility standards.

Coach Stroud was in a distressing predicament. If he revealed the infraction, his team would be disqualified and stripped of their championship. If he kept quiet, it was highly unlikely anyone outside the school would ever discover the offense.

Yet the coach realized that at the very least, the player involved was aware of the breach of rules. It was also possible that other students on the team knew and thought their coach had purposely ignored the eligibility guidelines. But more important still, Coach Stroud himself knew, and if he deliberately tried to keep the facts from coming to light, his greatest coaching victory would be forever tainted with an ugly secret.

Coach Stroud said from the moment he discovered the violation, he knew what he had to do. He never even pondered any alternatives. His priorities had been set long before this. He realized that his team’s championship was not as important as their character. “People forget the scores of basketball games,” he said. “They don’t ever forget what you’re made of.”

He reported the infraction and forfeited the only state championship his team had ever won.

But both coach and team won a far more important kind of honor than they forfeited. They kept their integrity intact and gained an immeasurable amount of trust and respect. The coach was recognized with numerous teacher-of-the-year, coach-of-the-year, and citizen-of-the-year awards, as well as a formal commendation from the Georgia State Legislature. A few years later he was elected to Conyers City council, where he still serves. He was right. People who would have long ago forgotten about the Bulldogs’ victory in the state championship have never forgotten about this coach’s integrity.

Ethical integrity is one of the indispensable attributes of Christlike character. As vital as it is to be sound in doctrine and faithful in teaching the truth of Scripture, it is by no means less crucial for Christians to be upright in heart and consistent in our obedience to the moral and ethical principles of God’s law.

That is no simple duty, by the way. The moral standard God’s people are supposed to live by far surpasses even the highest principles of normal human ethics.

This was one of the main points of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20). The whole sermon was an exposition of the Law’s moral meaning. The heart of Jesus’ message was an extended discourse against the notion that the Law’s moral principles apply only to behavior that others can see.

Jesus taught, for example, that the sixth commandment forbids not only acts of killing, but a murderous heart as well (vv. 21–22). The seventh commandment, which forbids adultery, also implicitly condemns even adulterous desires (vv. 27–28). And the command to love our neighbors applies even to those who are our enemies (vv. 43–44).

How high is the moral and ethical standard set by God’s law? Unimaginably high. Jesus equates it with God’s own perfection: “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (v. 48).

That sets an unattainable standard, of course. But it is our duty to pursue integrity relentlessly nonetheless. Perfect ethical consistency is a vital aspect of that consummate goal — absolute Christlikeness — toward which every Christian should continually be striving (Phil. 3:12–14). No believer, therefore, should ever knowingly sacrifice his or her ethical integrity.

Here are three powerful reasons why:

First, for the sake of our reputation. Of course, Christians should not be concerned with issues like status, class, caste, or economic prestige. In that sense, we need to be like Christ, who made Himself of no reputation and took on the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7).

There is a true sense, however, in which we do need to be concerned about maintaining a good reputation — and that is especially true in the matter of ethical integrity. One of the basic requirements for an elder is this: “He must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Tim. 3:7 nasb).

Nothing will ruin a good reputation faster or more permanently than a deliberate breach of ethical integrity. People will forgive practically any other kind of error, negligence, or failure — but ethical bankruptcy carries a stigma that is almost impossible to rise above.

Several years ago, a parishioner told me something no pastor ever wants to hear. He had invited a business acquaintance to our church. The man replied, “You go to that church? I wouldn’t go to that church. The most corrupt lawyer in town goes to that church.”

I didn’t — and still don’t — have any idea whom he was talking about. There are dozens of attorneys in our church. My hope is that it was a case of mistaken identity and that the person he had in mind was not a member of our church. But the following Sunday I recounted the incident from the pulpit and said, “If the lawyer that man described is here this morning, please take a lesson from Zaccheus: repent and do whatever you can to restore your reputation in the community. In the meantime, stop representing yourself as a Christian. You’re destroying the whole church’s reputation.”

According to Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” You don’t have a good name at all unless your ethical integrity is intact and above reproach.

Second, for the sake of our character. More important still is the issue of personal character. There’s a good reason why Jesus’ exposition of the moral law in Matthew 5 focused so much on uprightness of heart as opposed to external behavior. That’s because the real barometer of who we are is reflected in what we do when no one else is looking, how we think in the privacy of our own thoughts, and how we respond to the promptings of our own consciences. Those things are the true measure of your moral and ethical fiber.

As important as it is to keep a good reputation in the community, it is a thousand times more important to safeguard our own personal character. That is why Jesus dealt with the issues of morality and ethics beginning with the innermost thoughts of our hearts. “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matt. 15:19).

It’s probably not overstating the case at all to say that the single most important battlefield in the struggle for integrity is your own mind. That’s where everything will actually be won or lost. And if you lose there, you have already ruined your character. A corrupt character inevitably spoils the reputation, too, because a bad tree can’t bring forth good fruit (Matt. 7:18).

That brings to mind a third reason why it is so vital to guard our moral and ethical integrity: for the sake of our testimony. Your reputation reflects what people say about you. Your testimony is what your character, your behavior, and your words say about God.

Consider what is being communicated when a Christian lacks ethical integrity. That person is saying he doesn’t truly believe what Scripture plainly says is true of God: That “to do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice” (Prov. 21:3). That “the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him” (15:8). And that God “delight[s] in truth in the inward being”
(Ps. 51:6).

In other words, the person who neglects ethical integrity is telling a lie about God with his life and his attitude. If he calls himself a Christian and professes to be a child of God, he is in fact taking God’s name in vain at the most fundamental level. That puts the issue of ethical integrity in perspective, doesn’t it?

That’s what we need to call to mind whenever we are tempted to adapt our ethical principles for convenience’ sake. It isn’t worth the high cost to our reputation, our character, or our testimony.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

via Pursue Integrity Relentlessly — Ligonier Ministries Blog

‘Soldiers are hero-worshipped but left alone’: US Army asks members how serving ‘impacted’ them | RT

The US Army probably expected an influx of patriotic replies when it asked for testimonies about people’s service. Instead, Twitter offered disturbing stories of debilitating injuries, mental health problems and suicide. READ MORE: The US Army probably expected an influx of patriotic replies when it asked for testimonies about people’s service.

‘TRUMP BROKE CNN’: Layoffs Continue To Rock Far-Left Network, Former Employees Trash Company — Christian Research Network

Earlier this month, 100 seasoned CNN employees took “voluntary buyouts” after the massive layoffs rumors began to surface, causing embarrassment for the network that consistently ranks dead last in cable news ratings.

(Ryan Saavedra – Daily Wire)  A significant portion of CNN’s staff that covers health is being laid off, which comes just days after CNN denied rumors that mass layoffs were coming to the far-left network.

“Specific details were not yet known, but a source told Fox News that ‘basically the whole division’ will lose their jobs,” Fox New’s Brian Flood reported. “CNN did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”

Flood noted that TVNewser, a media reporting website founded by CNN propagandist Brian Stelter, magically got confirmation on Friday — right before the weekend when the news cycle usually dies — that CNN was, in fact, laying off a lot of its employees.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta and correspondent Elizabeth Cohen are reportedly not a part of the layoffs.

A CNN spokesperson told TVNewser: “As part of the normal course of business, our newsgathering team made a small restructure earlier this week that ultimately impacts 6-7 employees within CNN’s Health Unit.”  View article →

via ‘TRUMP BROKE CNN’: Layoffs Continue To Rock Far-Left Network, Former Employees Trash Company — Christian Research Network

A Brief Reflection on Truth | Enjoying God Blog

Of the many things John writes concerning the Word, the Son of God, in John 1, one of the more important is his statement in v. 14 that he is “full of grace and truth.”

Let’s be clear right from the start. God isn’t whatever you want him to be. He is who he is whether you like it or not. God is not like silly putty in the hands of those who wish to twist and shape him into something more palatable to their senses. He has always been, is now, and will forever be the same. His character and revealed will do not change when culture does or when he falls out of favor with human opinion.

Jesus Christ embodies, defines, and speaks truth whether or not you think he does. Simply because you don’t like some of the things Jesus said or did does not mean they aren’t true.

Truth is not what works or what feels good or what the majority of people in a public opinion poll say it is. Truth is not what fits the need of the moment. Truth is not what feeds your self-esteem or makes you feel good about yourself.

Truth is what God has revealed in his Son, Jesus Christ, and what he has stated infallibly in the written Word of God, the Scriptures. The truth about God and humanity, about heaven and hell, about right and wrong, about what is righteous or unrighteous when it comes to human sexual conduct never changes. You may not like it, but your feelings one way or the other have no effect on whether or not something is true or false, right or wrong.

There is no greater tragedy in our day than the relativizing of truth. Pundits tell us that truth is no longer absolute or transcendent or eternal or trans-cultural. Truth is whatever you want it to be, whatever gives you a sense of well-being and value and purpose in life. If you don’t like the truth of the Bible, no big deal. Make up your own truth. Create your own theology. Establish your own sexual ethics. Construct your own doctrines that match your passions and desires and loves and likes.

Well, no. John says, as do all other biblical authors, that truth is who Jesus Christ is and what he has said and what he has done and what he has declared is yet to be.

Truth is not dependent on whether or not you believe it to be truth.

The truth about God and what he is like doesn’t change just because we live in a world of computers or because we’ve succeeded in sending a man to the moon. The truth about what is right and wrong doesn’t change merely because we’ve invented the birth control pill or uncovered the mystery of the genetic code.

You can choose to be offended or have your feelings hurt to hear that two plus two equals four, but that doesn’t change the sum of the equation to five!

Tragically, many think that if we can simply get enough people to believe the opposite of what the Bible says, we can render the latter false. Once again, no. The great need of our day isn’t, as someone recently declared, that Christians must adjust their understanding of truth to the prevailing winds and trends of modern culture. The great need is for culture, human opinion, and behavior to bend and be aligned in conformity with the revelation of truth as seen in the person of Jesus and the inspired Word of God. I’m not optimistic about the latter coming to pass, but regardless of how people respond to what God has made known in Scripture, regardless of what they think about his Son, truth remains unaltered, undiluted, and eternal. End of argument.

Source: A Brief Reflection on Truth

Secretary of State Pompeo and PM Netanyahu Sign Document in Underground Synagogue of the Council of Sanhedrin

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

It has become common knowledge that a synagogue has been built under Jerusalem’s Western Wall.  Some are saying that it is the beginning of the Third Temple. As the reader will see in videos shared in this article, there does seem to be an “Altar” resembling the one in the First and Second Temples of Israel.

There are many things which are problematic with this secretive ‘synagogue’ and I am basically presenting these to the reader.  I do not understand everything that is going on, but the information I have found and received from readers of my writings needs to be shared with the brethren.  As prophecy students, we should be examining the pieces which will ultimately fall into place to form the whole puzzle.

Before I delve into these puzzle pieces, I want to make something completely clear (It SHOULD be obvious to the discerning students of prophecy) that…

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