Daily Archives: June 3, 2019

June 3 The First Component of Faith

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1–10

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 3:10

Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

Our desire to walk by faith, stepping solely within the will of God for our lives, begins with a desire to hear what He is saying. When we have no idea where God is leading us or what He wants to change in our hearts, listening is the first and most crucial component to a greater faith.

Samuel was a young boy when he first heard God speak to him. The first sounds of God’s voice were difficult for him to discern. Yet through some gentle guidance from Eli, Samuel’s faith began to blossom. Listening for God’s voice became a pattern for Samuel’s life. Countless times throughout his leadership in Israel he heard and obeyed the voice of the Lord.

As we deepen our relationship with the Lord, we can improve our hearing in relation to God’s voice through the following:

  • Meditate upon God’s Word. If we know the Word of God already spoken, discerning His voice clearly will be easier.
  • Establish a time to listen to God. Our prayers become more effective when we are willing to hear God’s heart.
  • Expect God to speak. If we don’t believe that God does and desires to communicate to us today, we won’t be as inclined to listen. However, when we do believe the truth—that He does want to speak to us—we hear Him loud and clear.

Lord, open my heart to discern Your voice. Give me the discipline to listen for You and the faith to believe You want to speak to me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 162). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 3 Why?

Scripture Reading: Genesis 50:15–21

Key Verse: Deuteronomy 29:29

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

We may never know the reason why some things happen. A friend is killed in a senseless auto accident; a loved one suffers with a terminal illness; a child dies from a rare, incurable disease. We wonder how any good could possibly come from such heartache.

There are times when God reveals the purpose for our suffering. Other times He doesn’t. In those hidden times our faith is tested and stretched.

Jesus knew the will of the Father. He understood that pain and suffering were part of the plan. Yet He cried from the cross: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46). For one brief moment in time, Jesus felt all the emotions that we feel in tragedy—loneliness, fear, confusion, abandonment.

That is why He tells us to come to Him when our hearts are breaking, when fear has absorbed us, when we don’t know how we will face tomorrow, when all within us wants to question His judgment. He understands our hurt; He personally knows our pain.

There is a mystery to tragedy, but it is not mysterious to Jesus. He knows the plan. He may not always provide all the answers you want to hear, but He promises never to leave you alone in the midst of the trial. Call out to Him, my friend; He is listening.

Heavenly Father, when I feel lonely, fearful, confused, or abandoned, help me remember that You are no stranger to these emotions. You personally know my pain. I am so thankful that I am never alone in the midst of my trials.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 162). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Hair-Sniffing 2020 Presidential Candidate Creepy Joe Biden Declares That The LGBTQ+ ‘Equality Act’ Bill Will Be His ‘Number 1 Priority’ If Elected — Now The End Begins

Democratic presidential candidate Creepy Joe Biden declared Saturday that the Equality Act would be his top legislative priority, an effort to enshrine LGBTQ+ protections into the nation’s labor and civil rights laws.

I want you to pay close attention to what Creepy Joe Biden is saying here, it’s overwhelmingly important that you catch it. He is saying that, if elected president, he will make a bill that affects less than 3% of our national population his ‘top priority’ if elected president. Even if Biden weren’t an hair sniffing child toucher, this one thing he has said, out of the dozens and dozens of incredibly stupid things he has said, is the most troubling of all.

A president is the president of all people, and as such, has to address topics that affect the greater good. We already have laws against people hurting or discriminating against other people for just about any reason you could imagine, we don’t need this biased ‘Equality Act’ which is anything but equality. This bill places the LGBTQ+ above the  needs of 97% of America, and is also a bill that will harm Christians and Conservatives, and we will be talking a lot about that as we get closer to the 2020 presidential campaign.

Everything now has been weaponized by the radical Left in this country. A sporting event is not longer just for fun, it’s used to push Leftist agendas on captive audiences, the same goes for concerts and every other thing you can imagine. If we sit idly by and do nothing, the Left will take control, they will take us off our founding documents, and we will become a Socialist at-the-very-least nation. Now, if YOU can live with that, just keep on doing nothing and staying silent. The Left is counting on it.

Creepy Joe Biden Declares LGBTQ+ Rights His No. 1 Legislative Priority

FROM CBN NEWS: The former vice president shared his hopes of signing the legislation as part of a keynote address to hundreds of activists at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Ohio gala on the first day of Pride Month. In a half-hour at the lectern, his remarks ranged from emotional tributes to his audience and their personal endurance to condemnations of President Donald Trump.

“It’s wrong and it is immoral what they’re doing,” Biden said of the Trump administration. Among other Trump policies, he cited attempts to bar transgender troops in the U.S. military, allow individuals in the medical field to refuse to treat LGBTQ individuals, and allow homeless shelters to refuse transgender occupants.

“Just like with racial justice and women’s rights, we are seeing pushback against all the progress we’ve made toward equality,” Biden said.

The Equality Act would address many such discriminatory practices. It recently passed the Democratic-run House, but will not become law under Trump and the Republican Senate. That means LGBTQ residents in dozens of states are still subject to various forms of discrimination that are either specifically allowed or not barred by state law.

“It will be the first thing I ask to be done,” Biden said.

Biden spoke in Ohio, a political battleground he was visiting for the first time since beginning his bid, on the same day that more than a dozen of his rivals were in San Francisco for the California Democratic Convention and a massive MoveOn.org conference. By the end of the weekend, 14 candidates will have addressed thousands of activists in California, which has more than 400 delegates to the 2020 convention, about a fifth of what it will take to win the nomination.


Among them, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, nodded to Biden’s absence with subtle jabs. “Some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges. … Some say if we all just calm down, the Republicans will come to their senses,” Warren said, an allusion to Biden’s recent prediction that Republicans will have “an epiphany” once Trump leaves office. READ MORE

Creepy Joe Biden Can’t Stop Touching Children

via Hair-Sniffing 2020 Presidential Candidate Creepy Joe Biden Declares That The LGBTQ+ ‘Equality Act’ Bill Will Be His ‘Number 1 Priority’ If Elected — Now The End Begins

Isaiah 53 the Forbidden Chapter in the Tanakh: John McArthur and Ben Shapiro (VIDEO)

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Okay, before anyone jumps me about Todd Friel from Wretched or even about John McArthur, let me say this.   Let’s drop all of the negative stuff  – shake your head to clear it out and PLEASE watch McArthur and Ben Shapiro in their discussion about Isaiah 53, okay?

I brought out an article I wrote about Isaiah 53 because this video with McArthur and Shapiro is a classic and I wanted to embed the video here. The prayer of my heart is that the Lord will use this in the life of Ben Shapiro, and also to draw many Jews to the TRUTH.

Original Article from last year:

After I was saved in 1983, I called a Messianic Congregation in my area and spoke to a lovely lady – a fellow Jewish Christian. She was so excited over my coming to know Yeshua as my Savior! We must have…

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June 3 Building Truth into Your Life

Scripture reading: 2 Timothy 2:15–19

Key verse: Ephesians 1:13

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

How do you build truth into your life?

First, you must rely on the conviction and instruction of the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit of truth” alone can reveal your personal inconsistencies and impart transforming truth (John 14:17). He guides you into the otherwise inscrutable ways of God.

Second, you must develop an unceasing concentration on God’s Word. The body of Scriptures—from Genesis to Revelation—is “the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). The Word of God is your complete specification list for abundant living.

Third, you must be committed to a life of prayer. Through communion and interaction with the heavenly Father, you allow the Spirit and the Word to do their transforming work. Prayer allows you to sift your needs, desires, and troubles through the mind and will of God, gaining His discernment and guidance.

Fourth, you must have the courage to act. Truth can never be left on the table. It must be applied if you are to receive its consequences. It is not just knowing but doing that makes truth relevant.

In cultivating these disciplines, your entire thought processes are altered to conform to God’s pattern for living, and your life becomes a solid reflection of His image.

Dear heavenly Father, help me rely on the conviction and instruction of the Holy Spirit, develop an unceasing concentration on Your Word, and be committed to prayer. Then give me the courage to act.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 162). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The media can no longer hide the truth about Fukushima; the entire world is in danger | Natural News

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(Natural News) We first want to thank Fox News for FINALLY reporting on a subject that has been highly censored by the mainstream media for the past 5+ years, the situation in Fukushima, Japan is completely out of control. While Fox News recently reported that radiation levels at Fukushima were now at ‘unimaginable levels’ more than 5 years after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami struck, as Steve Quayle asked in an SQNote he left while linking to that story, why has the mainstream media been silent all of this time?

(Article by Stefan Stanford from Allnewspipeline.com)

We’ve long believed that ‘reality’ has a way of ‘awakening’ everybody and the stories recently coming across the wire over at ENENews have been mind-numbing the last few weeks to say the least. You can hear the Fox News report on Fukushima in the 1st video below while in the 2nd video, Mike Adams over at Natural News gives us a new update on the ‘Fukushima radiation apocalypse’ that has been steadily spewing poisons into our atmosphere for almost 6 years now with hardly a peep from the MSM.

In the most recent stories from ENENews, on February 5th they reported the heartbreaking news that a record high number of whale deaths had recently been reported surrounding the Hawaiian Islands with the sick and starving animals allegedly a ‘mystery’ to experts. Reporting that rotting carcasses were scattered throughout the islands, how can so-called experts NOT know that Fukushima poisons flowing into our oceans for years are most likely to blame?

As Adams tells us in his video, the sustainability of all life throughout the Northern hemisphere is in danger and the entire MSM up until now has been in a complete blackout mode except for this recent reports. Do CNN, MSNBC and the rest of them think that if they DON’T report upon Fukushima, what’s happening to the fish and our oceans is ‘fake news’? Do they think that because we can’t actually SEE the radiation, it’s not really there? The MSM’s failure to report upon Fukushima may be the final straw that not only breaks the camel’s back but puts that camel out of our misery.

For the past several years, we’ve reported horror story after horror story of sea life dying all across the Pacific Ocean and up and down the entire West coast, from Alaska to California. Also documented in great detail over the past several years by ENENews, with mass animal deaths all across the world being kept track of by End Times Prophecy, it’s clear that the mainstream media has completely failed the American public on Fukushima.

Another recent story over at ENENews reports on Fox News’ sudden admission that Fukushima is out of control, highlighting a few phrases used by Fox in their report that shows just how completely out of touch the MSM has been with reality over the past 5+ years. Their story also brings to light :

Fox News, Feb 8, 2017 (emphasis added): Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple-meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered… He said that critics, including the U.S. military in 2011, have long questioned whether Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and officials have been providing accurate information on the severity of the radiation… He added that critics are now questioning whether the radiation has been this severe all along.

Fox News video transcript excerpts, Feb 8, 2017: “Experts believe melted fuel is leaking inside the plant almost daily… No one knew [in 2011] of the growing threat which today only continues to get worse… Wow, this is a crazy story… What some people are saying is, ‘ Has it been this bad since the beginning?'”

US Manufacturing ‘Hope’ Crashes To Record Low | ZeroHedge News

Following the US Services sector’s collapse (and Canada and China’s plunge), US Manufacturing’s soft survey data tumbled in May.

The headline PMI fell to its lowest level since September 2009 as output growth eased (with output expectations crashing to the joint-lowest since records began) and new orders fell for the first time since August 2009.

The ISM Manufacturing print also disappointed at 52.1 (53.0 exp), the weakest since Oct 2016 (despite a rise in new export orders and employment)

Three of five ISM components declined, including production, inventories and supplier deliveries,and stagflation looms as prices paid rose.

ISM’s production gauge dropped to 51.3 in May, the lowest level since August 2016, even as the gauge of backlogs declined to a two-year low.

As Bloomberg notes, the ISM index’s lowest reading of Trump’s presidency — down from a 14-year high in August — follows a slew of other economic data that suggest the sector was on shakier ground even before the latest escalation of tariffs between the U.S. and China began to pinch margins.

Respondents are unanimous in their tariff tantrums…

“Ongoing tariffs [issue is] impacting costs and influencing supplier realignment on country of origin. Border issue is causing delays in imports from Mexico.” (Computer & Electronic Products)

“The threat of additional tariffs has forced a change in our supply chain strategy; we are shifting business from China to Mexico, which will not increase the number of U.S. jobs.” (Chemical Products)

“Sales continue to decline. Volumes are off, [and] profits haven’t decreased in proportion to sales. Higher-margin vehicles continue strong sales, but low- to mid-range sales are down.” (Transportation Equipment)

“The threat of a 15-percent increase on Section 301 tariffs is a concern. Although the potential has been around for months, the recent deadline was not expected. We had calculated and communicated the potential cost impact to our leadership.” (Petroleum & Coal Products)

As Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit, noted:

“May saw US manufacturers endure the toughest month in nearly ten years, with the headline PMI down to its lowest since the height of the global financial crisis. New orders are falling at a rate not seen since 2009, causing increasing numbers of firms to cut production and employment. At current levels, the survey is consistent with the official measure of manufacturing output falling at an increased rate in the second quarter, meaning production is set to act as a further drag on GDP, with factory payroll numbers likewise in decline.

“While tariffs were widely reported as having dampened demand and pushed costs higher, both producers and their suppliers often reported the need to hold selling prices lower amid lacklustre demand. While this bodes well for inflation, profit margins are clearly being squeezed as a result.

“With future optimism sliding sharply lower in May, risks to nearterm growth have shifted further to the downside.

“While companies of all sizes are struggling, the biggest change since the strong growth seen late last year is a deteriorating performance among larger companies, where surging order book growth just a few months ago has now turned into contraction, the first such decline seen in the series’ ten-year history.”

Source: US Manufacturing ‘Hope’ Crashes To Record Low

Left Vows To Topple Patriarchy By Allowing Biological Males To Dominate Women’s Sports — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Declaring that “the future is female” and that they would “no longer bow to toxic male faux-dominance,” Americans on the left of the political spectrum solemnly vowed Saturday to topple the Patriarchy once and for all by allowing biological males to dominate all women’s sports.

“The Patriarchy needs to be smashed, women need to be empowered, and men who identify as women need to be active in women’s contact sports!” one Portland LGBT activist told reporters. “Once every single female sport in America is utterly dominated by biological males who identify as women, the criminal hierarchy of men utterly dominating all aspects of life will be broken—this is not hard!”

“Not allowing men who identify as women to participate in women’s sports is patriarchal oppression, and probably transphobic, or maybe sexist, we think?” she added sternly.

Questioned about CeCe Telfer—formerly Craig Telfer—the biologically male NCAA runner who went from a ranking of 390th to becoming national champion in one year after identifying as transgender and switching from competing against men to competing against women, the activist said “what CeCe has done is affirming and marvelous.”

“Crushing the hopes and dreams of females who’ve trained their whole lives only to be suddenly forced to compete against physically superior biological males is the perfect way to uplift women.”

via Left Vows To Topple Patriarchy By Allowing Biological Males To Dominate Women’s Sports — The Babylon Bee

Remember: UK Intel and Obama’s Deep State Tried to Stop Trump in 2016 – UK Did More to Interfere on US Election than Russia — The Gateway Pundit

We pointed out in 2018 that the UK did more to insert itself into the 2016 US election than any other country – including Russia.  It now looks like they either got caught or they were duped.  We may soon find out.

The Russia Hoax may have begun in London as Trump team members were constantly spied on in the spring of 2016 long before the FBI says it started its counterintelligence investigation into the Russia – Trump hoax. 

We also know that individuals linked to British Intel were key players in the hoax.

Christopher Steel

We’ve known for well over a year that the Clinton campaign and the FBI worked with former UK MI6 spy Christopher Steele, who authored a dossier of salacious statements about President Trump.  Steele was reportedly paid by Fusion GPS for the document.

Steele was paid $168,000 by Glenn Simpson’s company Fusion GPS for the series of memos containing information that was selectively briefed to journalists approved by Simpson and used by the FBI.

The Steele dossier was never verified and Steele himself told a British Court that he could not verify it.

Joseph Mifsud

George Papadopoulos, the lower level campaign worker for the Trump campaign, appears to have been targeted by at least three individuals with ties to British, Italian and/or U.S. Intelligence: Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer and Stefan Halper.

Mifsud and Papadopoulos obtained positions at an organization named the Centre for International Energy and Natural Resources Law & Security. Papadopoulos was a ‘nobody’ and the Centre sketchy at best. Mifsud apparently provided information to Papadopoulos that the Russians had Hillary’s emails and then he vanished in early November 2017, shortly after Papadopoulos was in the news and indicted. His whereabouts were unknown until he was recently located in Italy.

Although the common story is that Mifsud was a Russian Agent, many ties seem to lead him back to UK Intelligence. Julian Assange put out a Twitter Thread noting the connection between Mifsud and UK Intelligence.

Alexander Downer

Although, not a Brit, Alexander Downer is the Australian individual who apparently overheard Papadopoulos state that Russia had Hillary’s emails in a bar in a meeting at a bar in London.  He next reportedly alerted the US State Department in London about the story.  This story reportedly started the Trump – Russia FBI counter intelligence investigation in July 2016 and more spying on Trump. This story has been refuted for several months.

The Papadopoulos/Downer meeting has been portrayed as a chance encounter in a bar, but this does not appear to be the case… Downer has direct ties to UK Intelligence firm Hakluyt where he served on the Advisory Board from 2008-2014.

Shortly after the Papadopoulos and Downer chance encounter, Peter Strzok was in London per texts released by the FBI. “Strzok texts suggest he was in London on August 3, 2016.” The corrupt FBI’s investigation into Trump officially started a few days earlier.

Stefan Halper

One individual all over the Internet and social media by the name of Stefan Halper has been identified as a potential FBI spy into the Trump campaign. (Note that some believe that Obama may have had more than one spy on the Trump campaign).  The most intriguing individual related to Papadopoulos is Halper.

According to Jeff Carlson at theMarketswork

My guess is Papadopoulos never knew what hit him. A young man, suddenly thrust into a position beyond his experience, Papadopoulos made for an easy intelligence target.

Carter Page almost certainly discussed the just completed Moscow trip with his host, Stefan Halper, during the London symposium.

It’s now being reported that Devin Nunes has learned the identity of a “top secret intelligence source” that was part of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Investigation.

I think there’s a decent chance that source is Stefan Halper.

Halper had contact with both Papadopulos and Carter Page. Halper has connections to UK Intelligence and US Intelligence. Halper met with Carter Page just days after Page’s Moscow trip.

Other Internet sleuths tied Halper to the Obama team of crooks. Halper was paid more than $400,000 in 2016 for his efforts to set Papadopulos up and get him to sing to the Australian diplomat about Hillary’s emails being held by Russia.  Mifsud, Halper and others planted this information on Papadopulos before he reportedly shared this with the Aussie in a drunken London pub discussion.

Additional research shows that Halper was a classmate of impeached President Bill Clinton.  Halper apparently knew Bill Clinton well in their days at Oxford.  He later worked as an Advisor to the Clinton Administration.

London Connections

It looks like Obama’s corrupt leaders at the FBI were connected with many of the Deep State players and British linked spies in London.  We also know that these players met around the world.

Christopher Steele met with Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson and the DOJ’s Bruce Ohr in Washington D.C. shortly after the election in November 2016.  Steele also met with State Department employees in Washington before the election.

Former Arizona Senator John McCain and his assistant, David Kramer, were told of the dossier by an associate of Steele’s, and former British diplomat, Sir Andrew Wood, on November 18th of 2016.  Kramer turned around and ten days later met Steele in Surrey, England on November 28th, 2016.

Ironically, at the same time that Steele was working with the McCain team, the FBI was working on their first meeting of the “Secret Society” that would occur in London.  Lisa Page referred to this society in a text to her lover Peter Strzok in early November 2016:

Then later in the month a group of FBI agents flew to London at the same time Kramer was in England meeting Steele.  Page and Strzok text about this too:

A short time after the meeting of the “Secret Society”, the Head of Britain’s MI6 gave a speech where he said –

The head of the British intelligence agency MI6, Alex Younger, has said cyber-attacks, propaganda and subversion from hostile states pose a “fundamental threat” to European democracies, including the UK.

Younger was referring to Russia but he should have looked at the US and in a mirror.

A short time later, on January 10th, 2017, far left Buzzfeed published to bogus Steele dossier.  It was all over the mainstream media outlets.  At this point it may have become clear to the Brits that the Steele dossier was a sham because the dossier they received may have been different from the one published by Buzzfeed and was never verified.

A couple of days after this, on January 13, 2017, the Brits sent a private letter to the Trump team –

Multiple witnesses have told Congress that, a week before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, Britain’s top national security official sent a private communique to the incoming administration, addressing his country’s participation in the counterintelligence probe into the now-debunked Trump-Russia election collusion.

Most significantly, then-British national security adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant claimed in the memo, hand-delivered to incoming U.S. national security adviser Mike Flynn’s team, that the British government lacked confidence in the credibility of former MI6 spy Christopher Steele’s Russia collusion evidence, according to congressional investigators who interviewed witnesses familiar with the memo.

This report from the Brits was another example that the Mueller team and the FBI had that showed that the dossier was bogus and so was Trump – Russia collusion. 

On the same date the British press stated that MI6 was livid with Steele’s actions related to the dossier:

MI6 Chief Sir Alex Younger is said to be livid if it is true that he accepted a commission to dig dirt on a US politician from a Washington DC rivals.

And one senior intelligence source branded the 53-year-old “an idiot.”

The source told The Sun: “Chris should never have accepted this bit of work.

(Recent reports in the British press now confirm that the Brits knew of Steele’s bogus dossier before candidate and President Trump did.)

This leads us to – Robert Hannigan

Hannigan had been Head of the GCHQ and he suddenly resigned in January of 2017 –

Hannigan only took over at the UK’s surveillance agency in November 2014 to oversee a more open approach after revelations by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden put GCHQ on the defensive in 2013.

His sudden resignation – he informed staff just hours before making this decision public – prompted speculation that it might be related to British concerns over shared intelligence with the US in the wake of Donald Trump becoming president.

But the GCHQ press release stressed his decision was exclusively for family reasons. As well as his ill wife, Hannigan has two elderly parents to look after. He will remain in post until a successor is appointed.

The British Deep State feared Donald Trump like they feared Brexit.

Dossier author Christopher Steele opposed Brexit like he opposed Trump.

And all of the Deep State hacks took turns traveling to the UK during the election “for business.”

In Summary

Based on information to date, the UK had more to do with interfering with the 2016 US Presidential election than Russia.  The Obama team and the Clinton campaign spied on the Trump Administration and used the entire government apparatus, including the CIA, FBI, the DOJ and others, to do so.  They also had help from the UK and others.

The UK either got caught or were misled by the Deep State’s “Secret Society” and were active participants in the spying campaign against Donald Trump and his team.  Either way, they damaged US – UK relations and interfered in the US election almost as much as the Deep State.

Hat tip D. Manny and the SpygateProject

via Remember: UK Intel and Obama’s Deep State Tried to Stop Trump in 2016 – UK Did More to Interfere on US Election than Russia — The Gateway Pundit

Christian Women, Braids, Clothes, and Jewelry — The Reformed Reader

IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament

In 1 Timothy 2:9 Paul tell us that adult Christian women “are to dress in suitable apparel, with modesty and self-control. Their adornment must not be with braided hair and gold or pearls or expensive clothing, but with good deeds…” (NET Bible). Peter says something similar to Christian wives in 1 Peter 3:3: “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;  but let it be the hidden person of the heart…” (NASB).

Does this mean that Christian women are sinning against God if they braid their hair to go for a jog or a hike? Is it a sin for Christian women to wear a gold wedding ring in public or buy a nice wedding dress for that big day? Do women have to repent of these things? Or in other words, should churches put women under discipline for braided hair, wearing gold rings, or going to Bible study in nice clothing?

In a word, no. The apostles’ words quoted above are not an 11th commandment. Nor are they trampling on Christian liberty in a legalistic way. Here are some helpful comments from the IVP NT Background Commentary:

(1 Tim. 2:9) Whereas many men in the Christian community were quarreling (2:8), many women appear to have been violating a different matter of propriety in public prayer: seeking to turn others’ heads. Most Jewish teachers allowed wives to adorn themselves for their husbands, but both Jewish and Greco-Roman moralists ridiculed women who decked themselves out to turn other men’s eyes. Jewish writings warn especially of the sexual temptation involved in such adornments; Greco-Roman writers also condemn wealthy women who show off their costly array. Hair was sometimes braided with gold, which Paul might have in view here; men were especially attracted by women’s decorated hair. Like most other writers who condemned such gaudiness, Paul should be understood as attacking excess, not as ruling against all adornment.

(1 Peter 3:3) Hair was braided in elaborate manners, and well-to-do women strove to keep up with the latest expensive fashions. The gaudy adornments of women of wealth, meant to draw attention to themselves, were repeatedly condemned in ancient literature and speeches, and Peter’s readers would assume that his point was meant in the same way

Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993).

Howard Marshall also has a helpful comment on 1 Peter 3:2:

It is true that Peter’s statement might well be translated: “Your beauty should not so much come from outward adornment … but rather it should be that of your inner self.” Though desire to be beautiful and attractive is manifestly a commendable one, outward beauty, however much desirable, is secondary to beauty of character. The desire for out ward beauty can easily lead to the sins of pride and vanity as well as of a wrong use of money.

I. Howard Marshall, 1 Peter, The IVP New Testament Commentary Series (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991), 1 Pe 3:2.

Finally, Edmund Clowney’s words are also worth reading:

The point is not a legalistic ban on beauty of attire. (The father of the prodigal welcomed his returning son with the best robe and a ring!) The point is the vastly superior value of inward beauty and the danger of extravagant and sensual fashions in dress.

Edmund P. Clowney, The Message of 1 Peter: The Way of the Cross, The Bible Speaks Today (Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1988), 131.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI, 54015

via Christian Women, Braids, Clothes, and Jewelry — The Reformed Reader

David Platt Prays For Donald Trump, Woke Evangelicals Livid — Christian Research Network

“The point of this article is to expose the rank hypocrisy of these so-called social justice warriors who so desperately want to undermine conservative politics while naming Jesus’ name.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  You would think that the one place you could go to and expect prayer and supplication in the name of Jesus to be unfettered by those who name the name of Jesus would be a Bible-believing Christian church. In today’s “woke” world — especially the woke evangelical world — that is simply not the case.

David Platt is woke. He is on board with the social justice movement and has affirmed much of the underlying tenets of the social justice movement, including Critical Race Theory, which is straight out of the Marxist playbook. Nonetheless, this past Sunday, David Platt took the initiative to pray for the president of our country, Donald Trump. View article →


Social Justice “Woke” Christianity

via David Platt Prays For Donald Trump, Woke Evangelicals Livid — Christian Research Network

June 3, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump said on Sunday that White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett will “shortly” leave his post, but did not provide a reason for the latest high-level departure from the administration.

Britain rolled out the royal red carpet for Donald Trump on Monday but the pomp, pageantry and banquet with Queen Elizabeth looked set to be overshadowed by the U.S. President’s views on Brexit, the UK’s next leader and a row over China’s Huawei.

The Kremlin rebuffed criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump of Russian and Syrian government military action in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, saying on Monday it was needed to shut down rebel attacks being launched from there.

Fighting to stave off punitive tariffs announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, a senior Mexican delegation was set to begin high level talks on Monday in Washington, where it will be pushed to do more to hold back Central American migrants.

Goldman Sachs economists said there was a 60% chance that the United States would slap tariffs on the final $300 billion of Chinese imports, up from their previous estimate of 40%.

Security forces stormed a protest camp in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday morning and at least 13 people were reported killed in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Dutch counterpart will discuss Iran and Venezuela during talks in The Hague on Monday, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said.

North Korea’s former top nuclear envoy, Kim Yong Chol, accompanied leader Kim Jong Un to an art performance, state news agency KCNA said on Monday, signaling that the former spymaster is alive and remains a force in the power structure.

Azerbaijan airline AZAL has canceled a $1 billion contract with Boeing to purchase 10 737 MAX jets, a spokesman said on Monday, following the fatal crashes involving the aircraft in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

U.S. manufacturing growth slowed further in May to its weakest pace of activity in more than two-and-a-half years, defying expectations for a modest rebound, a national purchasing managers’ survey showed on Monday.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, and Toyota Motor Corp on Monday posted a rise in U.S. sales in May, as a strong economy and upbeat consumer sentiment fueled demand. Fiat Chrysler, the No. 4 automaker in the United States, reported a 2.1% rise in sales to 218,702 vehicles, as demand for both light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks remained strong.

AP Top Stories

Britain’s Border Force has intercepted 74 people, including minors, on eight vessels that were trying to cross the English Channel into Britain. Two other boats were intercepted by French authorities.

Canada will suspend operations at its embassy in Venezuela immediately because its diplomats will no longer be able to obtain visas, the Canadian foreign minister said on Sunday.

Eight hundred Syrian women and children, including relatives of Isil jihadists, are to be released today on Monday from the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp in northeast Syria despite concerns over security.

British Airways landed back in Pakistan Monday, in a major vote of confidence from a Western airline after suspending operations due to security fears over a decade ago.

Pope Francis on Sunday asked forgiveness in the name of the Catholic Church for the mistreatment of the Roma people, a move likely to increase tensions with Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Israel fired missiles onto a Syrian military air base in the country’s center late Sunday, killing a soldier and wounding two others hours after other Israeli attacks in southern Syria killed three soldiers and wounded seven, Syria’s state-run media said.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani stressed Saturday that Tehran will not be “bullied” into negotiations with the United States and laid down the Islamic republic’s conditions.

Talks between America and the Taliban are deadlocked and risk losing momentum, with the militants continuing to demand an immediate US troop withdrawal and refusing to negotiate with the Afghan government.

Nine French jihadists are now on death row in Iraq after a court sentenced two more to death on Sunday for joining the Islamic State group, rejecting a claim of torture.


Brazil’s economy shrank in the first three months of the year for the first time since 2016, when the country was in recession. It contracted by 0.2% compared with the last three months of 2018. Compared with a year ago, it grew by 0.5%.

Some Kenyan opposition politicians have called the new bank notes introduced over the weekend unconstitutional as they use the image of former President Jomo Kenyatta, privately-owned Daily Nation reports. One side of the notes features a statue of Mr Kenyatta rather than a formal portrait.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered Boeing to replace parts that may be faulty in more than 300 737-Max planes and an older 737 model.

A US Navy Seal accused of stabbing a teenage Islamic State fighter to death has been unexpectedly released days ahead of his trial. Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, 39, is also charged with indiscriminately shooting Iraqi civilians on his eighth combat tour.


Protesters against LGBT teaching at a primary school have been banned from gathering outside the gates by a High Court injunction. Birmingham City Council pursued the legal action after months of demonstrations outside Anderton Park Primary School.

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 3, 2019

The Foundation

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)

Judicial Activism? Tyranny Is More Like It

Hamilton dismissed the judiciary’s threat, but Jefferson was prescient about the “despotic branch.”

Obama’s Iranian Cabal Still Undermining Trump

A new report says several former officials are meeting with Iran to save the nuclear deal.

Common Core Has a Core Problem

Instead of leading to better education, the standards have devolved into a battle over funding.

Twitter Users Dumbed Down

The social-media platform tends toward less-informed rather than more-informed users.

About Those ‘Racist’ Navy Call Signs…

In yet more leftovers from the Obama years, the military is fighting the “real” battles.

How Women Are Losing the Athletics Game

A biological male won the women’s NCAA 400-meter championship. That’s absurd.

Video: Will Blacks Vote Trump in 2020?

There has been a dramatic increase in black support for Trump during his presidency.

Video: 40% in USA Now Support Socialism?

Far more Democrats say socialism would be a good thing; most Republicans disagree.

Today’s Opinion

Tony Perkins
Filmmakers Cast Doubt in Georgia
Peggy Noonan
‘Which Way to Pointe du Hoc?’
Kathryn Jean Lopez
There Is Always Common Ground
Gary Bauer
Alaska Earthquake
William Federer
Grover Cleveland and the Crises He Faced
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Virginia shooting, Trump’s UK visit, trade talks, Logan Act violations, and more.

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Andrew McCarthy, Michael Reagan, Erick Erickson, and more.

Today’s Meme

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

Today’s Cartoon

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

News – 6/3/2019

From ‘young blood’ transfusions to apocalypse insurance – weird ways tech billionaires are trying to live forever
IT’S simply not enough for billionaires to have everything they’ve ever wanted – they need eternity to enjoy it, too. At least a dozen of the world’s richest men have ploughed millions into bizarre ways to live forever. Here are five of the weirdest.

Trump Seeks to Add China to New Arms Treaty
The Trump administration wants China included in arms control talks on extending the 2010 New START strategic arms treaty despite Beijing’s reluctance to engage in multilateral arms negotiations. Senior administration officials on Wednesday outlined the new arms control approach by the president summarized as focusing on arms control a means to an end—and not the process itself—culminating in an agreement designed to enhance U.S. security.

US research university fires 2 Chinese scientists over ‘failure to disclose’ funding
A university in Atlanta, Georgia has fired two Chinese scientists over an alleged failure to disclose sources of overseas financing and research ties in China. Emory University said it had fired two faculty members, who were identified in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper as Li Xiaojiang and his wife Li Shihua, after an investigation revealed that they had “failed to fully disclose foreign sources of research funding and the extent of their work for research institutions and universities in China.”

“It’s All A Fraud”: Deceptive Edits Found In Mueller Report
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Saturday called for the immediate release of “all backup and source information” for the Mueller report after internet sleuth @almostjingo (Rosie Memos) discovered that the special counsel’s office deceptively edited content which was then cited as evidence of possible obstruction. “It’s all a fraud” tweeted Nunes,…

Iraqi Christian burned alive by ISIS three times miraculously survives, sees Jesus in vision
The man said that after stoning him, ISIS members drenched him in 20 gallons of gasoline. But even though he was burned alive a total of three times, he said he somehow survived unharmed. “And they burned me, but I didn’t burn,” he said, crediting Jesus for his miraculous survival.

‘We will never leave Jerusalem’
I think that the test of leaders is first of all to know how to distinguish between two things: to compromise when necessary and to insist when necessary and to stand firm against the entire world if we need to about what is vital to the future of our people,” Netanyahu said.

Pompeo opens up about Trump peace plan in closed-door meeting
The secretary of state added that “the big question is can we get enough space that we can have a real conversation about how to build this out.” Pompeo emphasized that there are “no guarantees that we’re the ones that unlock” the deadlocked conflict.

Kushner: Uncertain if Palestinians can govern themselves
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the Palestinians deserve “self-determination,” but stopped short of backing Palestinian statehood and expressed uncertainty over their ability to govern themselves.

Why are the Palestinians so Opposed to the ‘Deal of the Century’?
When US President Donald Trump began talking about his “Deal of the Century,” Palestinian Arabs responded with vociferous opposition before hearing a single word of its contents. The question is why? And the answers are numerous. The main and most fundamental reason is that both the leading Palestinian organizations, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), cannot – and therefore will not – be part of any deal that legitimizes Israel’s existence in the land of the Jewish people.

The Battle for the Temple Mount That Took Place This Jerusalem Day
A battle was fought on the Temple Mount on Sunday morning between Palestinians who resorted to violence and the Israeli police who stood firm, protecting the rights of Jews to visit their holiest site on a special day. And just as the IDF won exactly 52 years ago, justice prevailed again.

US Ambassador Slams Obama for Treating Israel Like a “Thief”
At a keynote speech at Yeshiva University’s 88th commencement ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman criticized former President Obama’s policy regarding Israel. “Should Israel still negotiate with the Palestinians even though Israel did not steal their land? Of course it should, precisely because we are not suggesting, as our predecessor did — that Israel return to the bargaining table as a thief returning to the scene of a crime.

Smotrich: Israel will be governed as in days of King David and King Solomon
MK Betzalel Smotrich of the Union of Right Wing Parties said that he wants a halachic state in which Israel is governed in accordance with Torah law. Smotrich made his comments on Kan Radio Monday morning, following similar remarks in a speech he delivered on Sunday at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he said was seeking the justice ministry “in order to restore our judges as of old,” and “to restore” Torah law to the Jewish state.

Five killed in alleged Israeli attack on Syria’s T4 airbase
At least five Syrian soldiers were killed in an alleged Israeli attack on the T4 airbase in the eastern Homs province on Sunday night… An ammunition depot was destroyed…and there was material damage to other buildings and equipment. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported…five people were killed in the strike which targeted warehouses at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps military base.

Germany’s Merkel vows to carry on despite coalition setback
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her coalition government will continue despite the surprise resignation of the leader of its junior partner, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Mrs Merkel said she respected the “far-reaching” decision by Andrea Nahles. Ms Nahles resigned after her centre-left party came third, behind Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Greens, in the European elections.

Donald Trump arrives for three-day UK state visit
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have arrived in the UK for a three-day state visit. Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport at around 09:00 BST (04:00 ET). Mr Trump will meet members of the Royal Family, and is expected to discuss climate change and Chinese technology firm Huawei during talks with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

Pompeo: U.S. ready for talks with Iran with no preconditions
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the Trump administration is ready for unconditional discussions with Iran in an effort to ease rising tensions that have sparked fears of conflict. But the United States will not relent in trying to pressure the Islamic Republic to change its behavior in the Middle East, America’s top diplomat said.

Global recession fears grow as factory activity shrinks
Factory activity contracted across Asia and Europe last month as an escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing raised fears of a global economic downturn and heaped pressure on policymakers to roll out more stimulus. Such growth indicators are likely to deteriorate further…as higher trade tariffs take their toll on global commerce and further dent business and consumer sentiment, leading to job losses and delays in investment decisions.

Boris Johnson launches leadership bid: We leave EU on October 31 deal or no deal
Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be Britain’s next prime minister, promised on Monday to lead the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without an exit deal, launching his leadership bid in a campaign video. Prime Minister Theresa May is due to resign on Friday having failed to deliver Brexit on time, leaving behind her a divided nation and parliament with no consensus on the way ahead for the word’s fifth largest economy.

Euthanasia expert invents death pod with ‘die button’ that kills victims ‘within minutes’
An internationally recognized euthanasia expert known as “Dr. Death” has invented an “elegant and stylish” death pod in the shape of a coffin that users can climb into, push the “die button”, and meet their demise “within minutes” as liquid nitrogen quickly lowers the oxygen level.

Tropical threat may brew in Gulf of Mexico, send more downpours into central US this week
“There is a medium to high chance for tropical development in the Bay of Campeche,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. “That means the system could become a tropical depression and perhaps a tropical storm within the next 48 hours.”

Bilderbergs Are Jailing Journalists and Planning for Depopulation
When they are not jailing journalists for daring to cover their deadly plans, they are depriving the masses of life, liberty and planning for unprecedented depopulation.

The media can no longer hide the truth about Fukushima; the entire world is in danger
 We first want to thank Fox News for FINALLY reporting on a subject that has been highly censored by the mainstream media for the past 5+ years, the situation in Fukushima, Japan is completely out of control.

New York Times Describes Fetal Heartbeat As ‘Embryonic Pulsing’
The New York Times described an unborn child’s detectable heartbeat as “embryonic pulsing” in its article this week detailing the bold pro-life movement sweeping the states.

Dems gave $27M to children of illegal immigrants – not vets
Democrats set aside $27 million in tuition assistance for the children of undocumented immigrants in the new state budget — but wouldn’t add hundreds of thousands of dollars to expand a similar program for kids of deceased and disabled veterans.

Moloch Says He May Rethink Presence In Georgia If Anti-Abortion Bill Goes Into Effect
In further backlash against Georgia’s heartbeat bill, which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, the Canaanite god Moloch says he will reconsider his presence in Georgia if the bill goes into effect.

La. Catholic school principal arrested at D.C. strip club on field trip
A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge confirmed late Friday that the principal of the Holy Family Catholic School in Port Allen has resigned after being arrested at a strip club in Washington, D.C. on a field trip….

Pride Month In June Is A Great Time Of The Year To Tell The Lost LGBTQ+ People Where You Live About Their Need Of The Saviour, Jesus Of Nazareth
If you’re a born again Christian, I want to share with you a fantastic opportunity to reach the lost right where you live. June is the start of many things in America, first and foremost it heralds the beginning of glorious summerime, backyard parties, trips to the beach, end of the school year and vacations. It is also the start of Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ people, and is an incredible chance for  you to share the gospel of the grace of God with the lost gay, lesbian, trans and queer people who will be out in force as you see in the above photo I took yesterday on St. George street in Saint Augustine while we were street preaching.

INSANE: Cartel Gunmen Reportedly Brandish Rifles, Intimidate Border Wall Construction Crew
Brian Kolfage, the veteran who started the viral We Build The Wall organization, revealed that cartel gunmen approached border wall construction crews brandishing rifles last night, seeking to intimidate them and prevent them from continuing the border wall construction.

Google Has a Creepy Secret Page That Tracks Your (Online and Offline) Shopping History
Google is very interested in your shopping habits – so much that the tech giant is collecting and saving your purchase history. The company has been quietly keeping track of your online (and sometimes, offline) purchases for years, according to a recent report from CNBC.

Headlines – 6/3/2019

Netanyahu at Mercaz Harav: ‘We will never leave Jerusalem’

Tens of thousands join Flag March to mark unification of Jerusalem

Tens of thousands join annual Israel solidarity march along New York’s 5th Ave

Hundreds of Palestinians riot as Jews allowed on Temple Mount for Jerusalem Day

Hamas: There will be consequences to police presence on Temple Mount

Jordan: Israel’s actions on Temple Mount will trigger new round of violence

Jordan is the weak link to Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

Trump, Pompeo acknowledge skepticism of Middle East peace plan

In recording, skeptical Pompeo says Trump peace plan could be ‘unexecutable’

Trump: Pompeo ‘may be right’ in casting doubt on Middle East plan

Jared Kushner expresses doubt that Palestinians can self-govern

Kushner: Palestinians ‘should have self-determination’ – I’m not here to be trusted by Palestinian Arabs – they should not judge me but rather the peace plan

U.S. Slashed Palestinian Aid as a Result of Decisions by Their Leadership, Kushner Says

Sisi says Egypt will not accept anything against Palestinian wishes

Israeli gas exports to Egypt expected to commence this month

Trump: Israeli politics ‘messed up,’ country needs to ‘get their act together’

More than 25% of Americans say Israel unimportant to their Jewish future

IDF revamps anti-terror strategies in West Bank after attacks

Israeli Army Using Tech to Provide Warning Signs of West Bank Terror

Jordan, Palestinians condemn ‘provocation’ as Jews allowed into Temple Mount

Mount Hermon ski resort releases video footage of rocket attack from Syria

Netanyahu: I instructed IDF to take ‘strong action’ in response to Hermon rocket fire

White House tells Russia it backs Israeli strikes in Syria

Netanyahu threatens Iran, citing overnight Israeli strikes in Syria

Syria says Israeli missiles target Iran-linked base near Homs; 5 reported killed

Foreign fighters among 10 killed in IDF Syria strike after rocket fire

Car bombing kills 14 people in Syria’s Azaz

Trump accuses Russia, Syria, Iran of ‘bombing the hell’ of Idlib province

In seeking to deter Israel and the US, Hezbollah may be risking regional war

Nasrallah Says Hezbollah Has Precision Missiles That Could Strike Targets Throughout Israel

‘Iran transfers $700 million to Hezbollah annually’

As pressure on Iran mounts, the more unstable the region grows

Oil to surpass $100 if first bullet fired in Persian Gulf: Rahim Safavi

Pompeo: Trump admin willing to talk to Iran ‘with no preconditions’ as tensions hit boiling point

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says US sanctions are ‘economic terrorism’

Mike Pompeo says the US is investigating if Kim Jong Un executed a North Korean official after his summit with Trump

U.S., China Trade Accusations of Trying to Destabilize Asia

China has made its trade war demands ahead of the G20 summit: tariffs have not ‘made America great again’

Trump dismisses attempt by ‘abuser’ Mexico to negotiate tariffs

Mexican president says country will ‘overcome’ Trump threats

Trade-War Contagion Puts Markets on Alert for Fresh Risk Selloff

Trump encourages no-deal Brexit ahead of state visit, offers Britain trade deal with US

Mass protests planned for Trump’s state visit to the UK

In a Blow to Maduro, Russia Withdraws Key Defense Support to Venezuela

Canada suspending operations at embassy in Venezuela

Pelosi met with cries of ‘impeach’ at California Democratic convention

Schiff says impeachment ‘is destined for failure,’ calls GOP ‘cult of the president’s personality’

Israel’s AI boom takes the stage at Beijing tech conference

Google’s Dominance Is No Longer a Sure Thing – Crackdown from regulators comes just as the internet giant’s vulnerability is showing up on its own

Amazon could face heightened antitrust scrutiny under a new agreement between US regulators

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

More rain during early June could push river levels higher, expand flooding in central US

How catastrophic flooding could change the course of the Mississippi River

California snowpack 202% of average for this time of year

India heatwave temperatures pass 50 Celsius

Locust attack in Rajasthan sets alarm bells ringing in Punjab

Rep. Smith: Federal funding for tick-borne diseases is a ‘joke’

ABC staff undergoing ‘gender transition’ to be given paid leave

Taylor Swift Slams Donald Trump for Hypocrisy in LGBTQ Policies

Biden: Fastest way to end transgender violence ‘is to end the Trump administration’

Biden Declares LGBTQ Rights His Top Priority

Rhode Island bishop facing backlash for tweeting Catholics ‘should not support’ Pride Month events

Catholic schoolgirls are being taught that God is gender-neutral and are banned from using the words ‘Lord’, ‘Father’ and ‘Son’ in prayers

‘We promise they will be heard,’ Church of England tells abuse survivors

Televangelist Kenneth Copeland defends use of private jets in TV interview, denies calling people ‘demons’

Va. Beach Pastor’s Son ‘Died a Hero Saving Lives’, Survivor Says Holy Spirit Blocked Gunman Who Stared Right at Him

Mass shootings transform how America talks, prays, prepares

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Cousins locked in nasty fight over legendary Hoosier Lester Sumrall’s religious empire

Pastor Sponsored by SBC Church Chokes Out Baby Mama/Mistress Who’s Carrying His Child

Women sue Florida Seventh-day Adventists following Orlando pastor’s abuse

Jesus Army churches close after child sex abuse claims

Faithful followers or killer cult? A look back at how Miami reacted to Yahweh Ben Yahweh

Measles record means US could lose elimination status

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June 3, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

6. Thus saith Jehovah. The Prophet now does nothing else than confirm the preceding doctrine, which was highly necessary; for the hearts of men, being prone to distrust, are easily dismayed by adversity, and may be encouraged by one or more exhortations. It was not superfluous, therefore, to employ many words in confirming them; because we never ascribe as much as we ought to ascribe to the power of God, but are distracted by a variety of thoughts, and are too strongly attached to the present state of things.

The King of Israel, and his Redeemer. After having made use of the unutterable name of God, the Prophet calls him also “King” and “Redeemer;” because it is not enough that we perceive the power of God, if we are not convinced of his good-will towards us. In order, therefore, that his promises may produce their proper effect upon us, he mentions not only his glory, but also his goodness, that we may know that it extends to us. It might be thought absurd that he called him “King,” while there was scarcely any people; but believers ought to rely on this promise, that they might behold the kingdom by faith, and contemplate it as future, though they did not behold it with their eyes. And indeed this doctrine would never have penetrated their hearts, when they were reduced to the greatest extremity, and were almost overwhelmed with despair, if the way had not been opened by this preface. But when God familiarly addresses us, and declares that he is united to us, faith, allured by so gentle an invitation, rises up out of hell itself.

I am the first. By these words he does not assert God’s eternity, but shews that He is always like himself, that they may hope that He will be to them in future what they have found him to be in the past. But why, it may be said, does he speak in this manner to believers, who knew it well? I reply, though men believe God, yet they do not acknowledge him to be what he is, and sometimes ascribe less to him than to the creature. The Prophet, therefore, wishes that our minds should be pure and free from every false imagination, and that we should raise them to heaven, that they may be altogether fixed on God alone. Besides, it was necessary that the people, who had been so terribly distressed, should be fortified against such violent attacks, that they might firmly keep their ground.[1]

6 As is typical of this part of the book, the so-called messenger formula, “Thus says the Lord,” is embellished with several additional titles. While comparison with other occurrences will show a common repertoire, there is no set pattern. In each case it is apparent that the author wants to make clear to the hearers the specific qualities of the one who is making the statement. In this case he chooses three epithets. When combined with Lord they create a chiasm, with King of Israel paralleling his Redeemer, and Lord paralleling Lord of Hosts. The effect is to speak of the special relationship of God to Israel, his intentions toward them, and his ability to carry out those intentions. It is evident that as their King, God does not intend to let Israel be swallowed up in captivity. Instead, he will play the part of the near kinsman who will deliver his abject relative from the effects of misfortune and tragedy. As the Lord of all the hosts of heaven, he has the power to carry out these good intentions whenever he wishes.

The message that this royal Redeemer wants to impart is that there is no one who can even be compared to him. It is not merely that he is the greatest of the gods, but that in comparison to him, there is no other god. Whatever the gods may be, they are not in the same category as the Lord. This is the force of the terms the first and the last, especially with the I in the emphatic postion. Israel’s God encompasses all of existence from start to finish, and no other being can compete with him. Alexander suggests that the force of mibbalʿādî, apart from me, is that without him the gods cannot even exist. That this language (first and last) is applied to Christ not once but four times in Revelation (1:17; 2:8; 21:6; 22:13) is some indication of the force of the early church’s conviction that Jesus Christ was Yahweh incarnate.[2]

6. Here follows an argument for Jehovah, as the only God, and against the idols, as vanity (see on Is 41:4; Is 43:1; Is 43:10–12).[3]

Ver. 6.—The Lord the King of Israel. Therefore entitled to Israel’s allegiance (comp. ch. 43:15). And his Redeemer; i.e. Israel’s Redeemer—he who had redeemed them from Egyptian bondage—who will redeem them from the power of Babylon—who, best of all, will redeem them from their sins. The First … the Last (comp. ch. 41:4, with the comment). Beside me there is no God. This had been distinctly asserted in the Law (Deut. 4:35, 39; 32:39); but Israel could not be induced practically to believe it. The “gods of the nations” were supposed generally to be realities, actual powers, not perhaps so potent as Jehovah, but still real beings, capable of doing good and harm (see ch. 41:23). It is one of Isaiah’s special objects in these later chapters to disabuse Israel of this notion (see ch. 41:21–24; 43:9–11; 45:5, 6, 14–22, etc.).[4]

6a The herald presents God by a double title. He is “King of Israel.” In this empire and especially in its capital city this is easily forgotten. When Israel has lost its Davidic king, one might assume that YHWH’s royal status and authority over Israel have also gone. Daniel’s struggles and those of his friends (Dan 1–6) illustrate this. However, YHWH still claims his title and position. He demonstrates his authority and power by bringing a new emperor to restore his city and set his people free. He is revealed in this act as Israel’s “redeemer, YHWH of Hosts,” in a new setting. He had redeemed Israel from Egypt at the beginning of their history as a people. Now, with Israel in exile and under imperial bondage again, it will take a new ransom price to get her free. God promised Cyrus the treasures of Egypt as his reward for rebuilding Jerusalem and freeing the Jews (43:3–4).

6b This verse with its counterpart in v 8d states the essential core of Israel’s monotheistic faith: “I am first and I am last! Apart from me, there is no God!” Israel had to agree to worship only YHWH in order to enter into covenant with God (Exod 20:2–4; Deut 6). So now she must affirm that YHWH alone is God; he is unique. There is nothing and no one with which to compare him (see C. J. Labuschagne, The Incomparability of YHWH in the Old Testament [Leiden: Brill, 1966]). This singularity applies to all time, first and last. Idol cults rose and fell, as that period of Babylonian history showed, but YHWH stands above and beyond the cyclical waves of popular acclaim.[5]

[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 3, pp. 364–365). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Oswalt, J. N. (1998). The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 40–66 (p. 171). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 480). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1910). Isaiah (Vol. 2, p. 156). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Watts, J. D. W. (2005). Isaiah 34–66 (Revised Edition, Vol. 25, p. 688). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

June 3 The Past

scripture reading: Lamentations 3:19–26
key verse: Lamentations 3:22

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.

How can you forgive yourself? How can you stop the pain that comes from knowing you have injured others?

Here is the key. You can forgive yourself because Christ has forgiven you.

If Jesus Christ, the most stringent Judge, has declared your sin forgiven through His death on the cross, how can you not forgive yourself?

If you believe He can forgive even the most nightmarish sins of another, why do you feel that He cannot forgive you?

One reason is a false sense of pride. Somehow you feel more spiritual if you continually berate yourself. You feel bad if you feel good. Paul condemned that sort of self–abasement. You can no more earn God’s forgiveness than you can earn your salvation. Both are a gift from God.

Another reason is an erroneous view of repentance. Repentance does mean that you say you’re sorry, but its ultimate meaning lies in a change of behavior. Repentance doesn’t mean that you grovel in self–pity; you deliberately trust God to transform your conduct through His Spirit.

Christ has forgiven you—He loves you as you are. Let Christ handle your past and revolutionize your today and tomorrow.

Lord, cover my past with Your forgiveness. I start fresh right now. Revolutionize my today and change my tomorrows.[1]

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

3 june (1860) 365 Days with Spurgeon

High doctrine

“And all things are of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18

suggested further reading: Ephesians 3:7–13

There are some men who seem to think that God does his work bit by bit: altering and making additions as he goes on. They cannot believe that God had a plan; they believe that the most ordinary architect on earth has prefigured to himself some idea of what he means to build, though it were but a mud cottage, but the Most High God, who created the heavens and the earth, when he says, “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness,” has no plan but what is left to the caprice of manhood; he is to have no decrees, no purposes, no determinations, but men are to do as they will, and so virtually man is to usurp the place of God, and God is to become the dependant of man. Nay, my brethren, in all the work of salvation, God is the sole and supreme designer. He planned the time when, and the manner how, each of his people should be brought to himself; he did not leave the number of his saved ones to chance, or to what was worse than chance—to the depraved will of man; he did not leave the choice of persons to mere accident, but on the stones of the eternal breastplate of the great High Priest he engraved the names of those he chose. He did not leave so much as one tent-pin, one single line or yard of canvas to be afterwards arranged; the whole of the tabernacle was given by pattern in the holy mount. In the building of the temple of grace, every stone was squared and chiselled in the eternal decree, its place ordained and settled, nor shall that stone be dug from its quarry till the hour ordained, nor shall it be placed in any other position than that which God, after the counsel of his own will has ordained.

for meditation: Man has no idea what he is doing himself, but he is very good at questioning what God does (Luke 23:34–39).

sermon no. 318[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 161). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

3 JUNE 365 Days with Calvin

Filling the Hungry

He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. Luke 1:52–53

suggested further reading: Isaiah 2:11–22

The dazzling luster of kings and princes may so overpower the masses that few consider there is a God above. If princes brought a scepter with them from the womb, and if the stability of their thrones was perpetual, all acknowledgment of God and of his providence might immediately disappear. When the Lord raises simple people to an exalted rank, however, he triumphs over the pride of the world and encourages simplicity and modesty in his own people.

Thus, when Mary says God hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree, she teaches us that the world does not move and revolve by a blind impulse of fortune. Rather, all change is brought about by the providence of God. Furthermore, judgments that appear to disturb us and overthrow the entire framework of society are regulated by God with unerring justice.

This is confirmed by the following verse: He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. For in it we realize that it is not because of people themselves but for his own good reasons that God takes pleasure in these changes. It is because the great and the rich and powerful who are lifted up by their abundance ascribe all praise to themselves and leave nothing to God.

We ought therefore to be scrupulously on our guard against being carried away by prosperity and vain satisfaction of the flesh, lest God suddenly deprive us of what we enjoy. To godly persons who experience poverty, and almost famine, and lift up their cries to God, no small consolation is afforded by the teaching that he hath filled the hungry with good things.

for meditation: We can be so dazzled by rich and famous people that we praise them for their efforts at building empires. In so doing, we fail to recognize that everything belongs to God, who can reverse the fortunes of men in a single stroke. When have we seen the mighty put down and those of low degree exalted? How did that bring our focus back to our almighty God?[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 173). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Jordan Peterson: No Evidence Islam Would Be Compatible With Democracy – Sputnik International

Peterson rose to fame in 2016 as a critic of identity politics, particularly a Canadian bill that would require citizens to address trans-people with pronouns that reflected the gender they identified with. Over the years, he’s emerged as a popular public speaker covering a variety of topics, from climate change to religion.

Canadian clinical psychologist and public thinker Jordan Peterson has cast doubt on Islam’s compatibility with democratic society.

“It is not clear to me that Islam would be compatible with democracy,” he said in an interview with Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet. “We have no evidence that it would be.”

He said he’d failed to observe a “positive example of a successful, independent Muslim democracy”, also invoking Muslim countries’ generally weak record on freedom and corruption in international rankings.

“So there is a fundamental problem that is unfortunately not allowed to be discussed,” Jordan Peterson was quoted as saying.

— Read on sputniknews.com/world/201906031075570178-jordan-peterson-islam-democracy/

Navigating a Post-Truth Culture | Cross Examined Official Podcast

We live in a post-truth culture, but how did we get here? In this episode, Dr. Ray Ciervo fills in for Frank and answer that and many other questions related to this extremely relevant topic. He shares some great insights on how to reach those who have bought into this whole idea, and how to turn a skeptic into a seeker.

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— Read on crossexamined.org/navigating-a-post-truth-culture/