Daily Archives: June 5, 2019

June 5 A Person of Faith

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:5

… that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Today, let’s take a look at the characteristics of someone who is walking in faith. What will his or her life look like? God’s Word suggests that this person will generally be

  • Firmly rooted in Him. A person walking in faith knows and trusts God.
  • Built up in Him. This person will allow God to provide strength and inspiration for daily living.
  • Established in faith. Knowing what he or she believes—based on truth of God’s Word—will provide stability and security.
  • Open to instruction. Someone walking in faith will demonstrate a willingness both to be taught and to weed out false teaching or flawed ideas.
  • Overflowing with gratitude. One who walks in faith will consistently demonstrate an attitude of thankfulness and praise for what God has done and continues to do.

How does your life compare to this list of qualities? As you read each one, did the Holy Spirit allow a twinge of conviction to enter your heart?

Although the process of walking in faith is a continual journey, we should seek to become stronger with each step. If you felt conviction today, allow God to use it in a constructive way. When you humble yourself before Him, He will provide His wisdom to equip you to serve Him.

Lord, I want to walk in faith, rooted and built up in You. I am grateful for Your guidance. Instruct me and lead me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 164). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 5 Anchor Your Roots

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:22–34

Key Verse: Acts 16:25

At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Mount Mitchell, located just north of Asheville, North Carolina, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a favorite spot for tourists. People come to experience the beauty of the terrain and the excitement of the volatile climate on the summit.

Storms often gather quickly. Temperatures can drop dramatically, even during the summer. By mid-November the Park Service usually closes all roads near the peak because of snow. The rugged spirit of the mountain draws many people. The untamed attitude seems to capture the imagination.

Yet the stamina of the fir trees gains the most attention. Tightly compacted, they have learned to weather the storms of life. Gnarled from the constant winds that sweep across the mountain, they anchor their roots around large rocks. Instead of resisting the gales of winter, they lean with the wind while releasing a sweet mountain fragrance.

When trials come, we can respond in one of four ways: (1) resist, (2) run, (3) retreat, or (4) reap the rewards of going through the difficulty.

How do you respond to the windy trials that suddenly overtake your life? Anchor your roots in Jesus, and He will be your joy and strength.

Father, I do not want to resist, run, or retreat. I want to reap the benefits of my adversities. I anchor my roots in You so that I can stand strong against the gales of life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 164). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 5 The New You

Scripture reading: 1 Cor. 15:21–22, 45

Key verses: Romans 7:24–25

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Trying to live a victorious Christian life while fighting yourself is a losing proposition. But experiencing Christ’s triumph on a consistent basis against the power of sin makes the abundant life feasible.

The Bible speaks of it this way. Before you were saved, you were “in Adam.” That means you were totally apart from Christ, separated from His life, dead to His presence. You were an enemy of the Cross.

Once saved by a supernatural act of God, you were placed “in Christ.” That means you are now entirely pleasing to the heavenly Father. You are totally accepted in the Beloved because your old sin nature (what you were before Christ) has been crucified with Christ.

Even more, the triumph of Christ over sin is now available to each of His children. Since you are in Him, all of His divine resources—His Word, His Spirit, His power—are yours to conquer the power of sin that indwells you but is no longer your master or your identity.

For the Christian, it is Christ and you against the power of sin, not Christ and you against you and sin. Your victory over dominating habits, treacherous passions, and emotional strongholds is entirely possible, for Christ is in you and for you.

Christ is in me and for me! I have authority over all the power of sin. Thank You for this freedom, dear Lord.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 164). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

BORDER CRISIS EXPLODES: 144,278 Illegals Apprehended In May, Up 32% — The Gateway Pundit

The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has exploded.

Border agents apprehended 144,278 migrants in May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Chief (CBP) Operating Officer John P. Sanders told reporters Wednesday. That’s a 32% increase over April, he said.

“We are in a full-blown emergency, and I cannot say this stronger: the system is broken,” Sanders said. The chief said that nearly 700,000 foreigners have been apprehended in the past eight months, which he noted is “more than the population of Miami.”

The May total was the highest in 13 years, border officials said, and included 11,391 “inadmissibles.” Last month’s total was also a 182% over May 2018.

Brian Hastings, Border Patrol Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, said of the number apprehended, more than 84,000 were “family” units, more than 11,000 were unaccompanied minors and some 36,000 were single adults, both male and female. The daily average of apprehensions was 4,286 per day in May.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in the 24 years I’ve been doing this job,” Hastings said.

May was the third month in a row that apprehensions of foreigners illegally entering America surpassed 100,000, with many coming from Guatemalan and Honduran through Mexico.

The flow of illegals into the U.S. has risen each month in 2019. Just last week, more than 1,0oo crossed through the Rio Grande near El Paso and surrendered to border agent — the largest single group of illegals has ever had to process.

“Border Patrol agents have encountered over 180 large groups (100+ individuals) along the Southwest border so far in Fiscal Year 2019, compared to 13 in FY18 and only 2 in FY17. During May alone, USBP apprehended 49 large groups, including a group of 1,045 last week in El Paso,” the CBP wrote on Ywitter.

There were 109,144 foreigners caught crossing the southern border in April. For comparison, there were 103,719 apprehensions in March and 76,534 in February. There were more than 60,000 arrests each of the three months prior to that, and the numbers before September 2018 all ranged from 30,000 to 50,000.

The 109,144 was a new record. Of those, 58,474 were recorded as members of family units, another all-time high, according to data released last month.

Border Patrol agents have been overwhelmed for months, and during a congressional hearing last month, Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said she has been forced to reassign hundreds of agents to handle the influx.

“We cannot address this crisis by simply shifting more resources or building more facilities,” she said. “It’s like holding a bucket under a faucet: it doesn’t matter how many buckets you give me if we can’t turn off the flow.”

via BORDER CRISIS EXPLODES: 144,278 Illegals Apprehended In May, Up 32% — The Gateway Pundit

Christopher Steele ‘to testify FBI lied’ | WND

Christopher Steele, the author of the now-debunked anti-Trump dossier that spurred the Russia probe, will tell investigators that the FBI lied to a top-secret court and to Congress regarding the former British spy’s infamous document, says a former U.S. attorney.

Joseph diGenova was commenting Tuesday night on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on the Times of London report that Steele has agreed to be questioned in the coming weeks by U.S. officials about his relationship with the FBI.

DiGenova, who served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1983 to 1988, said that “obviously been some sort of deal that’s been worked out,” calling it “great news.”

“I assume he’s going to tell the truth now, because this is the big casino now,” said diGenova of Steele.

“And what he’s going to prove is the FBI lied in the FISA warrants, and they lied to Congress and they lied to everybody about what they knew about Steele’s behavior.”

DiGenova was referring to the FBI’s use of the dossier as primary evidence to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump administration.

The then-Republican-led House Intelligence Committee produced evidence that the FBI and the Justice Department did not inform the FISA court that the dossier of salacious claims against Trump amounted to political opposition research commissioned and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Robert Mueller’s special counsel report debunked major claims in the dossier and could not verify any of it. In fact, when put under oath in court, Steele testified that he could not verify its contents.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is investigating whether Obama administration officials abused their power in the process of obtaining the surveillance warrants.

Steele initially declined to be questioned as part of the Justice Department’s inquiry, the source told the Times. But he reconsidered learning the investigation ultimately could question his credibility.

Steele was a confidential source for the FBI while he compiled the dossier for the political research firm Fusion GPS.

The FBI terminated Steele for leaking to the media, he continued to feed the Obama administration information through Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

Source: Christopher Steele ‘to testify FBI lied’

Trump cancels government contract funding fetal tissue research using remains of elective abortions

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Administration officials informed The Daily Caller that the contract is to be terminated on Wednesday. The cancellation follows a nine-month investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) into research that involves fetal tissue provided by abortions.

The Health and Human Services Department announced the pulling of federal funds in a public statement.

“Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration,” the statement said about the decision.

Fetal tissue is used in research and testing to help find cures and treatments to diseases like cancer and HIV.

A White House official described the new move by the Trump administration to The Daily Caller as part of “a consistent charge to take a pro-life perspective on all policies.”

The same official said that an altogether ban on research using fetal tissue from abortions may be in the future. A federal ban on such research was passed in 1988, but that ban was thrown away by the Clinton administration in 1993.

On a possible future federal ban from the Trump administration, the official said, “You can’t rule anything out.”

As for fetal tissue research at the current moment, the pulling of federal funding will not completely stop fetal tissue research. The Health and Human Services Department said in their public statement that federal funding can still be granted to fetal tissue research, but there will be a more strict screening process and more scrutiny on the projects going forward.

University-led programs that are already funded can currently still keep their ships running as planned. One contract that will be expiring is with the University of California, San Francisco.

Federal scientists are unable to take part in the fetal research and projects that are eligible for funding will need to be university-led.

Privately funded research is also still legal.

While many argue that fetal tissue research is extremely beneficial to finding treatments and cures to diseases, many pro-life activists have argued that the act is unethical and should at least not be federally funded. Some have argued federal funds should go to projects seeking to use alternatives to fetal tissue in their research and testing.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, released a public statement praising the Trump administration for the new move to cut federal funds. She said the administration has “once again done the right thing in restoring a culture of life to our government.”

Neuroscientist Sally Temple testified before Congress in December on the issue of using fetal tissue in medical research and she argued that there currently is no alternative to fetal tissue that provides the same benefits.

“It is not the same material,” she said of tissue samples from other points in a human’s life. “It is a different developmental stage. It has unique properties.” She was testifying on behalf of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

The pulling of federal funds into these projects is yet again an undeniable victory for the pro-life movement, which has picked up steam in recent months after states like Alabama and Georgia have moved to outlaw or at least limit abortions.

Source: Trump cancels government contract funding fetal tissue research using remains of elective abortions

What do Democrats like Joe Biden think about the moral teachings of Jesus in the Bible?


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Joe Biden gave a speech to the largest gay rights organization in the United States, the HRC. The co-founder of the HRC, Terry Bean, was recently charged with sexual abusing a 15-year-old boy. Do you disagree with what Terry Bean is charged with? If so, then I think it’s important to know how far Joe Biden would go to punish you for your refusal to approve and celebrate Terry Bean.

Here’s the report on the speech from PJ Media:

Biden announced at an event in Ohio on Saturday that his number one priority, if elected, will be to enshrine LGBTQ rights into federal law via the Equality Act, a contentious, Orwellian effort by left-wing bullies to silence Christians who believe biblical teachings on marriage and reject the view that boys can be girls and girls can be…

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Corporations Push Pride, Ignore ‘Former’ LGBTQ People — David Fiorazo

One week before what some celebrate as Gay Pride month, hundreds of former LGBTQ people attended the Freedom March in Washington D.C. Yes, you heard that right: “former” gays, lesbians, and transgenders. As these individuals declared their freedom from sexual bondage, corporations were gearing up to throw ungodly amounts of money into promoting the LGBTQ movement.

If those who marched in D.C the last weekend in May are no longer gays and lesbians, doesn’t that mean they were not “born that way”? This changes everything, or, maybe it doesn’t because not many people know about it. The extent the politically correct media, entertainment industry, and government will go to hide or downplay the truth is pretty sad.

Liberals bury the facts or if they do mention them, some falsely claim these transformed people are lying or they weren’t really homosexual to begin with.

Naturally, publications such as LGBTQ Nation have put out hit pieces dismissing the Freedom March for obvious reasons. They want to cause others to doubt the possibility that people can actually overcome their homosexual tendencies.

The organizer of Freedom March, Jeffery McCall, said he came out of the gay lifestyle because he had an encounter with God in 2016 and wanted to build a “family of overcomers.” He explains:

“So I will always share about what Jesus has done to set me free from a false identity and show me that I am a son of God through Jesus; …The whole reason I started the Freedom March was because I felt like all these stories of people that have left LGBTQ lifestyles needed to be heard,”

The March is also exposing the lie that sexual orientation is genetic. The personal stories of men and women who lived the LGBT lifestyle for years show it’s possible and rewarding to find freedom in Christ.

Just one more amazing testimony, this from Angel Colon, who was shot multiple times at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and cried out to God while bleeding and laying on the ground. He focused on surviving and promised to worship God for the rest of his life. Angel said it’s not easy, but “change is possible in Christ.”

He added:

“We have learned what true peace is… what true happiness is, we have learned what true love is in Jesus; That our identity is not in our sexuality, but in Jesus Christ; I didn’t pray in the name of Jesus that he would make me straight. I prayed I would die to myself and would become a follower of Jesus Christ…”

As encouraging as this is, and as thousands are coming out of LGBTQ lifestyles, thousands more are being programmed into it. Indoctrinated by the usual culprits, more money is flowing in from corporate America now than ever before.

It’s not just Hollywood, government, and the liberal media, don’t forget public schools and the work of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. GLSEN provides training and resources to LGBTQ activists on school campuses and in politics.

Leading the pack, Target Corp. is donating $100,000 to the leftist organization. According to GLSEN,

“We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country — from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community — to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.”

Kids have been bombarded by this since the late 1980s, but now corporate dollars are being used to push the agenda. Recent ad campaigns promoting LGBTQ include Starbucks, Converse, Nabisco, Gillette, Ford, Home Depot, Kellogg’s, Disney, and the Gap.

A decade ago, boycotts of certain corporations might have worked, but tragically, the ideological root is too deep and too widespread today. Adidas, Reebok, Ugg and Nike have all announced their 2019 rainbow-themed collections.

Other major donors to GLSEN include:

Hollister, Walt Disney, JP Morgan Chase and Co., HBO, Delta Airlines, the NBA, McDonald’s, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, Gucci, Bloomberg, and Colgate-Palmolive. Through its board members, GLSEN also maintains a relationship with the largest teachers union in the United States, the National Education Association.

Those who believe the Bible and stand up for God’s truth on gender and natural marriage are being viewed as evil, hateful, and bigoted. ‘Only a horrible, heartless person would oppose these modern cultural trends,’ right?

This is now an uphill battle as the left has done a good job of marketing evil and normalizing any kind of sexual expression outside of marriage between one man and one woman.

This did not happen overnight, and the gospel must still be preached. In the end, God wins, so keep loving others and do what you can to fight the good fight of faith.

Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media


via Corporations Push Pride, Ignore ‘Former’ LGBTQ People — David Fiorazo

Former Head Of The International Atomic Energy Agency Security Team Warns Israel That Iran Now Only 6-8 Months Away From Nuclear Missiles — Now The End Begins

Olli Heinonen, who headed the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) security team and served as the organizations’ deputy director general, on Wednesday morning told Army Radio that Israelis on the whole are not aware of the severity of the Iranian threat.

Yes, we have been hearing this for some time now, that Iran is only “months away” from having nuclear weapons, and so far it has not come to pass. But Iran not getting a nukes is not due to their lack of trying, not at all. Now, the former head of the IAEA says Iran, if present trends continue, will indeed have a nuclear weapon between now and the end of our current calendar year.

A lot of people back in the 1920’s refused to take Adolf Hitler seriously because no one ever thought he could pull it off, it was a running joke right up to the moment the blood began to run through Europe. If memes were popular back then the ‘well, that escalated quickly‘ one would have been quite applicable. No, America, the Middle East and especially Israel need to sound the alarm because one day, Iran will have nuclear weapons and they will use them. At that point it will be too late.

Iran is ‘six months away from an atomic bomb’

FROM ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: “Israelis need to be worried, and the Gulf states also have reason for concern,” Heinonen said. “How will you be able to ensure your security if Iran achieves nuclear abilities?”

In the full interview, which will be aired Thursday morning, Heinonen said that despite IAEA’s claims, Iran can develop nuclear weapons in up to six to eight months.

Slamming IAEA’s handling of the threat, Heinonen said the agency ignores Tehran’s race to achieve nuclear weapons. In his opinion, even the Trump administration’s decision to leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or “Iran deal” serves Iran’s purposes.

“The Ayatollahs can handle the new sanctions, and in the meantime they’re making new centrifuges,” he explained. READ MORE

Iran and the Bomb

Many countries have nuclear weapons, and many more want them. Only one, though, has its neighbors and the world terrified. That country is Iran. Why is everyone so concerned? Because the Islamic theocracy has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel, sponsors global terrorism, and would leverage the deterrence effect of a nuclear weapon to advance their anti-Western and anti-American interests. Bret Stephens, foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal explains the one thing you really need to know in order to understand why we can’t let Iran get the bomb–they may actually use it.

via Former Head Of The International Atomic Energy Agency Security Team Warns Israel That Iran Now Only 6-8 Months Away From Nuclear Missiles — Now The End Begins

YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing ‘Supremacy, Discrimination, Segregation, or Exclusion’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Content “alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” and videos denying that violent incidents occurred will be removed, YouTube said Wednesday. (Credit: Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate for neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.

The new policy will ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” the company said in a blog post. The prohibition will also cover videos denying that violent incidents, like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, took place.

YouTube did not name any specific channels or videos that would be banned.

“It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence,” the company said in the blog post.

The decision by YouTube, which is owned by Google, is the latest action by a Silicon Valley company to stem the spread of hate speech and disinformation on its site. A month ago, Facebook evicted seven of its most controversial users, including Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and founder of InfoWars. Twitter banned Mr. Jones last year.

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SOURCE: Kevin Roose and Kate Conger
The New York Times

via YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing ‘Supremacy, Discrimination, Segregation, or Exclusion’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Here We Go… Google-YouTube to Remove THOUSANDS of Offensive Accounts — Conservatives to be Hit the Hardest — The Gateway Pundit

In 2019 The Gateway Pundit was more accurate in reporting the top stories than the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and the rest of the liberal mainstream media.

In the top stories of the year:
** The Covington Catholic School Boys Media Assault
** The Jussie Smollett fake hate crime
** The Trump-Russia Collusion hoax

The Gateway Pundit was 100% correct in our instincts and in our reporting.
The far left mainstream media fell short with their bias and lies.

In 2017, following the presidential election in November 2016, both the “Harvard Berkman Klein Center study and the Columbia Journalism Review study ranked The Gateway Pundit as the fourth most influential conservative publisher of the 2016 election.

Since then The Gateway Pundit has been censored or eliminated by the tech giants and far left social media platforms.

FACEBOOK— In March of 2018 Facebook shut down our content. Facebook has targeted and ELIMINATED conservative content since the 2016 election. Over 2 billion conservative page views were deleted from top conservative websites since 2016.  In 2016 Facebook accounted for one-third of the traffic at The Gateway Pundit. Today Facebook accounts for only 2-4 percent of our traffic.

This influence map below by Columbia Journalism Review shows the top influencers during the 2016 election.

And here is that same map showing the conservative publishers who have been targeted by Facebook since 2017.

In September 2018 The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft testified before Congress on the criminal actions by Facebook to eliminate conservative voices.

The Gateway Pundit witnessed the same censorship from Amazon (advertising), Twitter shadow-banning, Wikipedia smears and deletions, Reddit, Pintarest and Google.

On Tuesday The Daily Caller reported that they have obtained documents that show how Google is manipulating search their search results to censor and eliminate traffic to top conservative websites including The Gateway Pundit,  Matt Walsh’s blog, Gary North’s blog “teapartyeconomist.com,” Caroline Glick’s website, Conservative Tribune, a property of The Western Journal and the website of the American Spectator.

The Daily Caller now has proof that The Gateway Pundit is being censored by Google LLC.

This is not surprise to us here at The Gateway Pundit.  It is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find our stories on Google and if your “Google” our website you will typically have to wade through 6-10 hit pieces before you even get to a link to The Gateway Pundit website.

According to the documents obtained by The Daily Caller:

“The purpose of the blacklist will be to bar the sites from surfacing in any Search feature or news product. It will not cause a demotion in the organic search results or de-index them altogether,” reads the policy document obtained by the Caller. What that means is that targeted sites will not be removed from the “ten blue links” portion of search results, but the blacklist applies to most of the other search features, like “top news,” “videos” or the various sidebars that are returned as search results.

Google officials have lied to Congress about their deceptive practices. This information published today by The Daily Caller opens up the company to lawsuits.

The fact that Google eliminates links to the 4th most influential conservative website and several other top conservative websites is immoral and most likely criminal.

Google-YouTube announced today they will eliminate thousands of offensive accounts.
This is likely code for “conservative” content.

After all, this is the same company that censors Trump ads.

Once again the Republican party will sit back and bite their fingernails as tech giants continue their jihad against free speech.

Google says they will eliminate those pushing “extreme views.” It will be interesting to see who makes the cut.
This is clearly against US free speech laws.

via Here We Go… Google-YouTube to Remove THOUSANDS of Offensive Accounts — Conservatives to be Hit the Hardest — The Gateway Pundit

Half of Americans Think Fake News is a Major Problem Caused Mostly by Politicians and Activists — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

FILE – In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019, file photo, a man browses through the Twitter account of Alt News, a fact-checking website. A new survey says half of U.S. adults consider fake news a major problem, and they mostly blame politicians and activists for it. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

Half of U.S. adults consider fake news a major problem, and they mostly blame politicians and activists for it, according to a new survey.

A majority also believe journalists have the responsibility for fixing it. Differences in political affiliation are a major factor in how people think about fake news, as Republicans are more likely than Democrats to also blame journalists for the problem.

The question of how to deal with made-up or misleading stories has embroiled politicians, civil-rights organizations and tech companies in the aftermath of misinformation campaignsby Russians and others aimed at undermining democratic institutions in the U.S . and Europe .

survey from the Pew Research Center, released Wednesday, finds that 68% of U.S. adults believe fake news affects confidence in government institutions. Misinformation was cited more often as a major problem than sexism, racism, illegal immigration or terrorism.

Pew typically left the definition of “made-up news and information” open-ended, though some questions specified that it was information “intended to mislead the public.”

As for who’s to blame for false information, 57% pointed the finger at political leaders and their staffs, while 53% said activist groups bore responsibility. Journalists and foreign actors such as Russia each got the blame from more than a third of survey participants, who were able to name multiple parties.

Republicans were more likely than Democrats to report seeing made-up news and were more pessimistic that it could be fixed. Pew noted that Republicans tend to be more skeptical about the media and more likely to think coverage is one-sided.

President Donald Trump, who often makes remarks that aren’t true, regularly accuses media organizations of making up news he doesn’t like. He has often criticized CNN and prefers Fox News. On Monday, he called CNN “fake news” in a tweet and even suggested a boycott of its parent company, wireless carrier AT&T.

“He tends to see anything that’s politically inconvenient as made-up news or fake news,” said Nina Jankowicz, a fellow at the Wilson Center who studies Russian influence campaigns. “I wouldn’t be surprised if that kind of transferred to his followers as well.”

Republicans take the idea of made-up news to “mean news that is critical of Trump,” rather than nonsense stories, said Yochai Benkler, a Harvard Law School professor who wrote a book on disinformation and right-wing media.

Like Trump, 62% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said fake news is a big problem, compared with 40% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents.

Republicans were more likely to blame journalists for the fake-news problem, at 58%, while 20% of Democrats said journalists create made-up news. Republicans were far more likely to believe that journalists inserting their own views into stories was a big problem in keeping the public informed (60%, compared with 20% among Democrats).

Roughly half of Republicans and Democrats alike said they have unknowingly shared fake news, and about 1 in 10 said they have shared stories they already knew were untrue.

While the government has pressured Facebook, Google and other tech companies to rid their services of misinformation, the majority of those polled, 53%, said that journalists have the biggest responsibility to reduce made-up stories. Another 12% said that fell to government, and only 9% said tech companies had the duty. One-fifth said the public had the greatest responsibility to reduce fake news.

“It’s surprising that people didn’t think the tech sector and the government should be responsible,” Jankowicz said, because journalism has its limits in its ability to stamp out wrong information. “As someone who specializes in responses to disinformation, I know that fact-checking doesn’t always work.” Readers are more likely to remember incorrect information than the correction, she said.

The survey polled 6,127 U.S. adults from Feb. 19 to March 4 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.


via Half of Americans Think Fake News is a Major Problem Caused Mostly by Politicians and Activists — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Will Belief in Extraterrestrials Replace Faith in God? — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

More than half of Americans believe in a God, with the figure for those who believe in aliens only slightly lower. One professor, who has authored a new book called American Cosmic, states that a belief in aliens could replace religious beliefs. The book, written by Diana Pasulka, a professor at the University of North Carolina, focuses on why humans chose to believe in the supernatural, and how we use Gods and aliens to explain the unexplainable.

Now, in an interview with Vox, Prof Pasulka explained how the paradigm is shifting from one to another.

She said this is because no proof of God has been discovered in human history, while alien life could one day be confirmed.

Prof Pasulka said: “I’m a historian of Catholicism, for instance, and what I find when I interact with people in Catholic communities is that they have faith that Jesus walked on water and that the Virgin Mary apparitions were true.

“But there’s something different about the UFO narrative. Here we have people who are actual scientists, like Ellen Stofan, the former chief scientist at NASA, who are willing to go on TV and basically make announcements like, ‘We are going to find extraterrestrial life’.

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SOURCE: The Express, Sean Martin

via Will Belief in Extraterrestrials Replace Faith in God? — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

June 5, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Queen Elizabeth was joined by world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, paying personal tribute to the veterans of the largest seaborne invasion in history which helped bring World War Two to an end.

U.S. President Donald Trump met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the English city of Portsmouth on Wednesday after marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The Trump administration is expected to appear in court on Wednesday to defend itself against claims that its proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census was secretly orchestrated by a political operative seeking to boost Republicans’ voting power.

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said on Wednesday they would try to pass 22 separate joint resolutions that, if passed, would block President Donald Trump’s plan to complete $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without congressional review.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to end the threat of deportation that has long hung over undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who entered the United States when they were children.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Wednesday a U.S. plan to impose tariffs on Mexican goods may not have to take effect, offering a glimmer of hope for Mexico and American businesses concerned that the levies could badly hit both consumers and companies.

Oil prices resumed their slide on Wednesday, with West Texas Intermediate crude futures (WTI) dropping more than 4% after U.S. crude inventories unexpectedly surged.

Current and threatened U.S.-China tariffs could slash global economic output by 0.5% in 2020, the International Monetary Fund warned on Wednesday as world finance leaders prepare to meet in Japan this weekend.

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Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong gathered Tuesday night to mark 30 years since China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, underscoring continuing concern for Chinese human rights in the semi-autonomous territory, even as its own civil liberties are under threat.

The Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four U.S. allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese behavior in Asia.

Hungarian police confirmed Tuesday the discovery of two more South Korean victims of a sightseeing vessel which sank in Budapest last week, raising the toll to eleven tourists killed with 17 still missing.

Scott Peterson, the former Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during the Parkland shooting, has been arrested on 11 charges.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday it was out of the question for Turkey to take a step back from its deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems.

Justin Sun, a cryptocurrency entrepreneur, bid $4.57m to have lunch with Warren Buffett, who once called Bitcoin “rat poison squared.” Mr Sun launched a cyptocurrency called Tron, or TRX Troken, in 2017. It’s valued at $2.56bn, and listed on CoinMarkCap.com as the 10th largest cryptocurrency in the world.

The House Judiciary Committee is launching an antitrust investigation into major tech companies like Google and Amazon, moving Congress closer to legislative action against the tech giants.

The U.S. will take steps to ensure it doesn’t get cut off from the supply of rare earths used in everything from the production of computer screens to missile systems and mobile phones, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.

The United States has insisted it is committed to welcoming Chinese nationals for “legitimate” studies but acknowledged increased visa scrutiny after Beijing warned its students of risks.

German drugmaker Bayer has signed an alliance with Arvinas Inc to gain access to the U.S. biotech firm’s experimental protein drugs and crop protection technology in a deal worth up to $750 million.

Nokia has attracted increased interest in its next-generation telecoms equipment in recent weeks, helping it to move ahead of Chinese rival Huawei in total 5G orders, one of the Finnish company’s directors said.


Naasón Joaquín García, who heads La Luz del Mundo (The Light of the World) church is being held in the US on charges of human trafficking, child rape and other felonies. Known as “the Apostle” among his followers, and his three female co-defendants are facing 26 charges.

A combined army and police force on patrol in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa has dismantled three labs producing the synthetic drug methamphetamine. Officials estimated the labs could produce 17 million doses of meth.

A lively discussion has kicked off on Twitter over the merits of straight people having their own Pride events. A plan by a group in Boston, US, to hold a ‘”straight pride” march in August has sparked more than 45,000 tweets in the last 24 hours.

An invention by a South African engineer that dispenses pills won a major African engineering prize. These lockers cut queues down “from three-and-a-half hours to under 36 seconds.”


Police in Sacramento, Calif., are being asked not to attend the city’s annual Pride events while in uniform.

Researchers from Iowa State University determined that unmarried people who lived with each other had less accumulated wealth compared to those who had never lived together before getting married. This wealth gap was shown to be much wider for people who had cohabited more than once.

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 5, 2019

The Foundation

“I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?” —Benjamin Franklin (1787)

‘Woke Christians’ Offended by Prayer for President

The pastor who prayed over Trump is forced to defend his decision.

Biden Plagiarizes His ‘Green’ Homework

His climate plan for “revolution” and “justice” didn’t properly cite his sources.

Dems Desperate to Block Census Citizenship Question

It’s a full-court press to sway Chief Justice John Roberts against Donald Trump.

BSA Leaders and Demos Ignore Homosexual Predators

In returning abusers to leadership positions, BSA failed boys and their families.

Surprise — China Is a Big Polluter

Scientists discover China is the major source of banned CFC emissions.

The Motive of Margaret Sanger

A broken home full of tragedy and atheism led her toward eugenics and abortion.

Video: Facebook Helped Journalists Dox a Trump Supporter

All for a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. But she already sounds drunk without any help.

Video: The Paid Leave Fairy Tale

Why mandated paid family leave is bad for business and bad for most women.

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Marc A. Thiessen
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In Praise of Clarence Thomas
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Gary Bauer
‘Carnival of Resistance’
Walter E. Williams
Colleges Committed to Ideological Diversity
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Notable quotables from Justice Clarence Thomas, Pete Buttigieg, Kate Gilmore, and more.

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News – 6/5/2019

‘As In the Days of Noah’
A short time ago, my wife and I were having lunch in a small restaurant on a Sunday, and nearby was a lady pastor, dressed in black clergy garb and collar. She was sitting with several couples around a large round table. It appeared this was a group from her church, having lunch after their service. As they ate, there was a lively discussion about “fundamentalist” Christians, and how deluded they are…. she was instilling doubt in the minds of her flock — doubt that the Bible could be trusted, and more than that, she was actually holding Biblical Scripture up for open mockery and ridicule …

Report: Hamas Replenished Rocket Supply, 10,000 Rockets Stockpiled
A media report cited Israeli security officials as saying that terrorist groups in Gaza have replenished their supplies of rockets and now have approximately 10,000 rockets ready to be fired at Israel. Last month, almost 700 rockets were launched at Israel, killing four and landing as far away as Beersheba.

Suicidal Man, Stopped by a Good Samaritan, Just Got Baptized!
Because a Believer named Collin chose to listen to God’s voice, and act, he was able to physically save a young man from ending his life,…

The sun has been without spots for 16 consecutive days–a sign that Solar Minimum is underway. Many people think Solar Minimum is uninteresting. Not so. This phase of the solar cycle brings extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the sun’s atmosphere, and a possible surplus of noctilucent clouds.

America’s social fabric is fraying at the seams
From afar America looks in decline. Not its military strength nor its economy, but its social fabric. The founders established a democracy albeit with some reservations. The debate then about whether the population has the wherewithal to support a real democracy seems prescient. A quick reading of the news, tweets, and comments by government leaders proves the point.

House Dems Pass Mass Amnesty Bill
House Democrats voted 237-187 Tuesday to pass a bill that, if entered into law, would grant amnesty to an estimated 2.5 million illegally resident people. They also blocked a proposed change to the bill from Republicans, which could have helped reduce illegal immigration by funding border crisis relief to the tune of $4.5 billion.

Internet shutdowns don’t make anyone safer
Around the world, governments are hitting on a modish new idea: Turn the internet off. Sometimes they mean it literally. Methods vary, but the trend is clear enough. Countries are increasingly ordering telecoms and other companies to block network access, shut down messaging services, or otherwise restrict digital applications or websites, usually citing public order or national-security concerns. In extreme cases, internet access can be “blacked out” entirely. Worldwide, such shutdowns rose to 188 last year, up from 75 in 2016. Expect that regrettable figure to rise.

Bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maine goes to governor
The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state’s tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has 10 days to act on the bill and has not indicated whether she will let it become law. Her office said she has not yet taken a position.

Pentagon Instructed to Rebuild Missile Stockpile Due to China
With China ramping up their military forces, Congress has instructed the Pentagon to rebuild America’s stockpile of missiles. Actually, the instructions to the Pentagon came from the Republican controlled Senate Committee on Armed Services and not from the Democrat controlled House. Washington Examiner – Congress wants Pentagon to rebuild stockpile and close the China missile gap – The United States needs more production lines making more missiles.

Judicial Watch: New Strzok-Page Emails Reveal FBI Gave Special Treatment to Hillary Clinton’s Demands for Email Investigation Information Just Before Election
Judicial Watch announced today it received 218 pages of disgraced former FBI officials Peter Strzok-Lisa Page emails which show then-FBI General Counsel James Baker instructing FBI officials to expedite the release of FBI investigative material to Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall in August 2016. Kendall and the FBI’s top lawyer discussed specifically quickly obtaining the “302” report of the FBI/DOJ interview of Mrs. Clinton. The emails also show the FBI failed to document at least four interviews of witnesses in the Clinton email investigation.

ABC raid: Australia police search headquarters of public broadcaster
Police have raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC), in a second day of searches targeting journalists. Officers arrived at the public broadcaster with search warrants naming two reporters and the news director. The ABC has protested over the raid. The police action is related to articles about alleged misconduct by Australian forces in Afghanistan.

Prague anti-PM protest ‘biggest since end of communism’
Tens of thousands of people have protested in the Czech capital, Prague, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who is accused of fraudulent use of EU subsidies. Organisers said as many as 120,000 were attending Tuesday’s rally. If confirmed that would make it the biggest since the fall of communism during the 1989 Velvet Revolution.

US bans cruise ship travel to Cuba amid new restrictions
The US has announced a new ban on travel to Cuba for American group tours as well as cruise ships journeying to the island. The move, which was announced by Trump administration officials, intends to roll back a US-Cuba thaw that began under President Barack Obama. It is unclear exactly how the rules, which take effect on Wednesday, will impact travel to the island nation.

Islamic State claims deadly attack in east Congo’s Ebola zone
Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly overnight attack in an area of eastern Congo hit by an Ebola epidemic, although its account of the violence differed from local reports. The deputy mayor of Beni in the eastern Democratic of Congo said 13 civilians were killed late on Monday in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a group thought to be linked to Islamic State.

Internet shutdowns don’t make anyone safer
Around the world, governments are hitting on a modish new idea: Turn the internet off. Sometimes they mean it literally. Methods vary, but the trend is clear enough. Countries are increasingly ordering telecoms and other companies to block network access, shut down messaging services, or otherwise restrict digital applications or websites, usually citing public order or national-security concerns.

Sexually transmitted superbug warning as infections soar 26% in a year
Gonorrhoea diagnoses in England have risen to their highest level for 40 years and jumped 26 per cent since 2017, sparking warnings from health chiefs about the threat from drug resistant strains. Public Health England figures show there were 447,694 sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in 2018, a rise of 5 per cent in a year.

NWS: Heavy rain expected to hit Houston during rush hour, continue into Thursday
UPDATE (6:23 p.m.): As Harris County prepares for heavy rain, the Houston Fire Department deployed its new water strike team for possible flooding rescues. In a news release Tuesday, officials with the department said it would staff nine high-water rescue vehicles across the region, with four of the tall trucks in each quadrant of the city, and the five remaining vehicles to be deployed as needed.

Bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maine goes to governor
The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state’s tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has 10 days to act on the bill and has not indicated whether she will let it become law. Her office said she has not yet taken a position.

China encourages social credit incentives
China’s top economic planner has issued guidelines over introducing incentives to reward role models in the evolving social credit system. The new guidelines by National Development and Reform Commission have specified the standards by which to evaluate if a person should be considered a role model in regards to creditworthiness. They include 15 preferential policies to be enjoyed by those who make the role-model list.

Israel expects U.S.-mediated Lebanese sea border talks in weeks
Israel expects to launch U.S.-mediated talks within weeks with Lebanon on setting their maritime border, a senior Israeli official said Tuesday, naming a UN peacekeeper compound in southern Lebanon as a possible venue. Lebanon has not commented publicly on whether it would attend talks or on any possible timeline.

Sources say U.S. seeks Russian support on Iran at key Israel meeting
The United States believes Russia may be more amenable than in the past to addressing U.S. and Israeli concerns about Iran’s influence, including in Syria, when national security leaders meet in Jerusalem this month, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The United States announced last week that John Bolton, White House national security adviser, would meet his Israeli and Russian counterparts in Jerusalem in June.

Report: Gaza terror groups have some 10,000 rockets stockpiled
Militant factions in the Gaza Strip have restocked their supply of rockets to the same quantities they had before unloading in the last round of cross-border fighting with Israel… In last month’s deadly flare-up, Palestinian militants fired more than 700 rockets into Israel, killing four Israeli civilians, the first Israeli fatalities from rocket fire since the 50-day war in 2014, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge.

Environmentalism: Evidence Suggests it Was Always and Only About Achieving World Government
It is common sense to protect our environment, but what has occurred for 50 years is exploitation of that idea for a socialist agenda. We wasted 50 years believing that humans are not natural, and everything they do is destructive. We wasted and continue to waste trillions of dollars on unnecessary policies and useless technologies, all based on false assumptions, pseudoscience, and emotional bullying.

Arkansas losing over $20M a day from record flooding as residents brace for water to keep rising
Weeks of heavy rainfall in the Midwest have led to relentless flooding along the Arkansas River, inundating communities, tearing through levees and dams, prompting flash flood warnings and evacuations. But as the Arkansas River in Oklahoma begins to recede, the situation in Arkansas is about to worsen.

Lake Erie breaks all-time high water record
Lake Erie last month broke its all-time high water record, set in 1986.

Euthanasia: Teen legally euthanised after suffering rape as a child
Noa Pothoven, 17, has been legally euthanised in the Netherlands, saying the pain she was dealing with after a childhood rape was “insufferable”.

YouTube’s Recommendations Sends Videos of Children to Pedophiles
YouTube’s automated video recommendation system has been allowing otherwise innocent videos of children to be categorized with those preferred by pedophiles, says a report at the New York Times.

Judicial Watch: The Russia Hoax “Rests Entirely on Mr. Obama and His Administration… Let’s Get Obama Under Oath!” (VIDEO)
The Gateway Pundit reported in February 2018 that a text message was released reportedly from corrupt FBI lovers and former Mueller investigators that implicates former President Barack Obama as being involved in the spygate scandal…

Tucker Says ‘Skin Color Is The Central Motivation’ For Brutal South African Killings
Tucker Carlson lit the New York Times ablaze Monday night after one of its own interview subjects was murdered in a racially motivated attack in South Africa.

Key Mueller figure George Nader charged with transporting child porn
George Nader, a Lebanese American businessman with links to associates of President Trump, has been arrested on a charge of transporting child pornography.

Rats at the police station, filth on L.A. streets — scenes from the collapse of a city that’s lost control
The good news is that two trash-strewn downtown Los Angeles streets I wrote about last week were cleaned up by city work crews and have been kept that way, as of this writing. The bad news is that I didn’t have to travel far to find more streets just as badly fouled by filthy mounds of junk and stinking, rotting food.

Pope Francis Authorizes Major Change In ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ Removing ‘Lead Us Not Into Temptation’ Because He Doesn’t Understand What It Means
First of all, this ‘breaking news’ is really more of a non-starter, Pope Francis did not “change the Bible’ for he has no power to do that. What he changed was the Italian Missal which is not Bible and is only used in the Roman Catholic mass, so it’s not even Christian it’s Catholic. Pope Francis changed the wording in The Lord’s Prayer from “And lead us not into temptation” into the meaningless “do not let us fall/be abandoned into temptation.” Why would he do this? Well, for one, Francis has no understanding of the Bible in either Testament, that’s why.

Headlines – 6/5/2019

Trump Middle East adviser Kushner meets EU leaders with international hopes dimming for a US peace plan

After Kushner talks, EU says peace plan must consider both Israel, Palestinians

West Bank leaders livid over PM’s axing of settlement adviser close to Liberman

Israel’s First Lady, Nechama Rivlin, passes away

Inauguration of Golan town named after Trump to be delayed due to new elections

Israel said to expect US-brokered talks with Lebanon on sea border within weeks

US plans to stress to Russia at Jerusalem summit that Iranian forces and their proxies have to leave Syria

In wake of Golan attack, Israel makes it clear Iran cannot hide in Syria

Satellite Images Show Damage From Alleged Israeli Strike on Iranian Base in Syria

Baghdad’s Green Zone reopens to public after 16 years

Iran’s supreme leader vows to continue resisting US pressure

Trump says ‘always a chance’ of war with Iran, but insists he doesn’t want it

Trump officials approved Saudi nuclear permits after Khashoggi murder

US NATO ambassador says Turkey must back down on Russian missile purchase

Russia claims to test fire new hypersonic interceptor missile

Russia likely violating nuclear test ban treaty by conducting secret operations on island, officials say

Russian jet buzzes US recon plane in Mediterranean, US Navy says

North Korea’s 2017 Nuclear Test Estimated to Be 16 Times Stronger Than the Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

Trump vows ‘phenomenal’ trade deal with UK, meets Brexit leader Farage

London pub renamed in Trump’s honor: ‘A great man for his country and for the world’

London’s mayor compared President Trump to an 11-year-old child

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Taitung City, Taiwan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Fiji region

Western Iranian province jolted by two earthquakes

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Australia sees ‘rare’ snowfall in subtropical Sunshine State of Queensland

After a biblical spring, this is the week that could break the Corn Belt

Climate change could pose ‘existential threat’ to humanity by 2050, advocates say

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

Gonorrhea in over-65s rising at nearly double national average with divorce and dating apps blamed

Netherlands Teenager, 17, Legally Euthanised After Rape Due to ‘Unbearable’ Pain

New York passes bill outlawing cat declawing, prompting pro-life outcry on state’s liberal abortion practices

Alabama mayor defends Facebook post calling for ‘killing out’ of gay people, ‘baby killers’

23 couples ‘tie the knot’ at staged mass wedding to advocate for gay rights

Boston heterosexuals plan ‘straight pride’ march with Brad Pitt as mascot

Judge says white supremacists charged over violent riots are protected by First Amendment

Trump’s visit to a Virginia church after mass shooting left some congregants ‘hurt.’ The pastor says he didn’t mean to ‘endorse’ the President

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Good News: God has Chosen Arizona to Make an Appearance (So David Herzog Can Get Your $30)!

Pope Francis Issues Official Update to Lord’s Prayer

Presbyterian minister, 69, ‘took advantage of troubled men who came to him for counsel by telling them oral sex was a healing method he used to get rid of evil spirits dwelling in them’

La Luz del Mundo church leader charged with child rape in US

North Texas UMC Conference ordains openly gay pastor

Chilling PBS Abortion Documentary Shows Woman Killing Her Twin Babies: “I Feel a Sense of Peace”

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June 5, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

10. Fear not. The former doctrine having had for its aim that the people should rely on God, the Prophet concludes from the numerous blessings by which the Lord manifested his love, that the people ought not to be afraid. And we ought carefully to observe the reason which he assigns—

For I am with thee. This is a solid foundation of confidence, and if it be fixed in our minds, we shall be able to stand firm and unshaken against temptations of every kind. In like manner, when we think that God is absent, or doubt whether or not he will be willing to assist us, we are agitated by fear, and tossed about amidst many storms of distrust. But if we stand firm on this foundation, we shall not be overwhelmed by any assaults or tempests. And yet the Prophet does not mean that believers stand so boldly as to be altogether free and void of all fear; but though they are distressed in mind, and in various ways are tempted to distrust, they resist with such steadfastness as to secure the victory. By nature we are timid and full of distrust, but we must correct that vice by this reflection, “God is present with us, and takes care of our salvation.”

Yet I will assist thee. אף עזרתיך (ăph gnăzărtīchā) is rendered by some in the past tense, “Yet I have assisted thee;” but I render it in the future tense, “I will assist thee.” I translate אף (ăph) yet, as it is usually translated in many other passages. Yet it is not inappropriate to translate it even, and accordingly my readers are at liberty to make their choice. If the past tense of the verb be preferred, it will mean “moreover” or “also.”

With the right hand of my righteousness. Under the word “righteousness,” Scripture includes not only equity, but that fidelity which the Lord manifests in preserving his people; for he gives a display of his righteousness when he faithfully defends his people against the contrivances and various attacks of wicked men. He therefore gives the appellation of “the right hand of righteousness” to that by which he shews that he is faithful and just. Hence we ought to draw a remarkable consolation; for if God has determined to protect and defend his servants, we ought not to have any terror; because “God cannot deny himself” (2 Tim. 2:13) or lay aside his righteousness.[1]

10 do not fear. Here is the address of God to his people. Because of their relationship with him they do not need to fear anything. This is not some species of positive thinking; their hope is not in casting off negative thoughts. Rather, in two concise causal (kî, “for”) clauses God states that they can take courage because he, their God, is with them. But who is he? One more of the helpless gods? No, he is the great “I Am.” Every other being in the universe is contingent; he alone is self-existent, complete in himself. That One has given himself to them to be their God; that One is immanently present with them. This was no new message. It was the same word that Isaiah had given to Ahaz (7:14), and that Moses had declared to the Israelites at the Red Sea (Exod. 14:13–14) and to Joshua on the plains of Moab (Deut. 31:8). It was the key to Joseph’s success (Gen. 39:2, 21, 23) and also to Isaac’s (Gen. 26:3, 28). But in a situation that would seem to make a mockery of all that they had believed about themselves and their identity (how could they be elect if they had been forcibly taken from God’s land?), they needed to hear in no uncertain terms that God was still with them and that he was still willing to be called their God.

strengthened … helped … supported. Since God, their God, is with them, they can expect certain things from him. The second bicolon of the verse details what these are with an interesting use of the particle ʾap, moreover. Its use between the three verbs gives them a sense of being piled on top of one another. Not only has he strengthened, but he has helped, and not only has he strengthened and helped, but he also has upheld them (cf. 40:24). That help is symbolized by God’s righteous right hand. It is common in some of the modern translations to translate ṣedeq with “victorious” (so NRSV and REB; cf. CBAT “true,” JPS “gracious,” NIV “righteous”). This is an attempt to convey the recognition that ṣedeq connotes more than ethical behavior—it connotes “right” action in all circumstances. Thus God’s great power (“right hand”) will do the right thing for his suffering people and deliver them. But “victorious” seems to go too far, because it has no relation to standards at all.[2]

10. be not dismayed—literally, anxiously to look at one another in dismay.

right hand of my righteousness—that is, My right hand prepared in accordance with My righteousness (faithfulness to My promises) to uphold thee.[3]

Ver. 10.—Fear thou not. This verse is most closely connected with the two preceding. The clauses in vers. 8, 9 are one and all vocative; here the verb follows. The whole passage is one of great tenderness. I am with thee (comp. Deut. 31:6, 8; and see above (vol. i, p. 132), on the force of the word “Immanuel”). I will strengthen thee; rather, I have strengthened thee, or I have chosen thee (Delitzsch, Cheyne). The two other verbs are also in the past tense. While primarily they declare past favours, they may also be regarded as prophetic of future ones, since “with God is no variableness.”[4]

10 אל תירא, “Do not be afraid.” To be addressed by God, to be called to serve him, is an awesome thing (cf. Judg 6:23). A remarkably similar statement appears in the mouth of Ishtar of Arbela to Esarhaddon: “Do not be afraid. O king, I said to you, I have not overthrown you” (ANET, 450). Note that the admonition is lacking from the prophetic call encounters of Moses, Jeremiah, and others. The formula appears repeatedly in this section of the Vision (40:9; 41:10, 13, 14; 43:1, 5; 44:2, 8; 51:7; 54:4; cf. L. Köhler, “Die Offenbarungsformel ‘Fürchte dich nichts; im AT,” StZ 36 [1919] 33–39; J. Becker, Gottesfurcht im AT, AnBib 25 [Rome: Pontifical Biblical Institute, 1965] 50–55). But the fear addressed here is not simply the anxiety of being in the presence of God; it is the sense that God has abandoned them. For various reasons, because of their sins or in despair over their usefulness to him, they have been well aware of grounds for abandonment.

But YHWH insists עמך אני, “I am with you.” The formula has a long history that reaches back to Moses (Exod 3:12) and continues to the nt (Matt 28:20). See H. D. Preuss, “Ich will mit dir sein,” ZAW 80 (1968) 139–73. Then he adds a second formulaic statement: אן אלהיך, “I am your God.” This also has ancient roots (cf. Exod 20:2/Deut 5:6) that are connected with YHWH’s appearance at covenant ceremonies (W. Zimmerli, I Am Yahweh, Your God, trans. D. W. Stott [Richmond, VA: John Knox, 1982]). God announces to Israel that her breech of covenant that led to exile need not mean an absolute and permanent separation. YHWH is still Israel’s God in her exile and in the new age.

YHWH insists that he has “strengthened,” “helped,” and “upheld” Israel throughout her ordeal. The implication is that she would never have survived if that were not so—“by the right hand of my salvation” (צדקי). The symbol for divine intervention in human affairs, God’s right hand, is associated with צדק, the same word used in v 2 for Cyrus. It carries the meaning of “right,” of “success,” and of “salvation.” God’s righteous, successful, saving action in history has benefited Israel.[5]

41:10 The Lord’s command to the Israelites to fear not contrasts with the fright of pagans in vv. 5, 6. God had bared His right hand at the first Exodus in order to destroy the power of Pharaoh (Ex. 15:6): the phrase indicates His sovereignty and strength over all who oppose Him (40:10).[6]

41:10 — “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Each of us will face fear at some point; it is what we do with it that matters most. We must claim our position as God’s children. We have the power to overcome fear when we apply His Word to our lives.[7]

41:10 Do not fear. Israel need not fear God’s destructive judgment, as the rest of the nations do (vv. 5, 13, 14; 43:1, 5), because He is their God and faithful to His promise to restore the nation.[8]

41:10 You here is the people as a whole (called “Jacob” in v. 8). Unlike the terrified nations of v. 5, the people of God have in him reason to be fearless (cf. vv. 13–14). Unlike the gods of the nations, which must be strengthened and secured (v. 7), the God of Israel secures his people.[9]

41:10 fear not. See notes 35:4; 10:24.

I am with you. The Lord is Immanuel (8:8, 10; 43:2, 5; cf. Acts 18:9, 10).

I am your God. The basic promise for the covenant (vv. 13, 14; 43:1, 5; 44:2, 8; 51:12; Gen. 17:7; 21:17; 26:24; Deut. 20:1; 31:6, 8; Lev. 26:12; Jer. 32:38; Ezek. 37:27; 2 Cor. 6:16).

strengthen … uphold. The Lord is present in graciously delivering, exalting, and vindicating His children (v. 13; 42:1; 44:2; 49:8; 50:7). See note 40:31.

righteous right hand. He establishes order on earth by His power, as He did at the Exodus (63:12; Ex. 15:6).[10]

[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 3, pp. 258–259). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Oswalt, J. N. (1998). The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 40–66 (pp. 91–92). 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, pp. 475–476). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1910). Isaiah (Vol. 2, p. 97). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Watts, J. D. W. (2005). Isaiah 34–66 (Revised Edition, Vol. 25, p. 639). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

[6] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 848). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Is 41:10). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[8] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Is 41:10). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[9] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1313). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[10] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1009). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

June 5 Unforgiveness

scripture reading: John 8:1–12
key verse: John 4:15

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well is a timeless marvel of divine love and forgiveness. But what would have become of His forgiveness if the woman had left without fully receiving and experiencing Christ’s healing love? What if she never forgave herself as Christ did? Would she have ever known the miraculous freedom of forgiveness?

Jesus has forgiven us of all sin. He tells us to forgive others as Christ forgives us (Eph. 4:32). If Jesus forgives you and He asks you to freely extend His forgiveness to those who offend you, is there any reason why you cannot forgive yourself?

You must be able to forgive yourself if you are to truly enjoy the liberation that God’s forgiveness brings. Perhaps you have done something very bad. God forgives all sins; therefore, no sin should imprison you.

All forgiveness, including forgiving self, is founded on the Cross. To deny yourself forgiveness is to try to obstruct God’s holy love.

Don’t wallow any longer in self–pity or guilt that unforgiveness can beget. Fully receive God’s love by forgiving yourself. God has a wonderful plan for your life, and it does not include self–condemnation.

Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful plan You have for my life. I am so glad it does not include guilt and condemnation. Remove these barriers that obstruct Your love.[1]

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

5 june (1859) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The believer’s challenge

“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:34

suggested further reading: Romans 6:1–11

Christ was in his death the hostage of the people of God. He was the representative of all the elect. When Christ was bound to the tree, I see my own sin bound there; when he died every believer virtually died in him; when he was buried we were buried in him, and when he was in the tomb, he was, as it were, God’s hostage for all his church, for all that ever should believe on him. Now, as long as he was in prison, although there might be ground of hope, it was but as light sown for the righteous; but when the hostage came out, behold the first fruit of the harvest! When God said, “Let my Anointed go free, I am satisfied and content in him,” then every elect vessel went free in him; then every child of God was released from imprisonment no more to die, not to know bondage or fetter for ever. I do see ground for hope when Christ is bound, for he is bound for me; I do see reason for rejoicing when he dies, for he dies for me, and in my room and stead; I do see a theme for solid satisfaction in his burial, for he is buried for me; but when he comes out of the grave, having swallowed up death in victory, my hope bursts into joyous song. He lives, and because he lives I shall live also. He is delivered and I am delivered too. Death has no more dominion over him and no more dominion over me; his deliverance is mine, his freedom mine for ever. Again, I repeat it, the believer should take strong draughts of consolation here. Christ is risen from the dead, how can we be condemned?

for meditation: The reality of having been united with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection should be acted out in believer’s baptism; but it should also be acted out in believer’s daily living (1 Peter 3:21–4:2).

sermon no. 256[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 163). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

5 JUNE 365 Days with Calvin

Finding Great Joy

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10

suggested further reading: Philippians 4:1–9

To relieve the fear of the shepherds, the angel declares that he was sent to them to announce the mercy of God. When people hear that God is reconciled to them, those who have fallen down are raised, and those who have been ruined are restored. They are, as it were, recalled from death to life.

The angel begins his message by saying that he announces great joy. Next he explains the reason for that joy: “a Savior is born.” Until we have peace with God and are reconciled to him through the grace of Christ, all the joy that we experience is deceitful and of short duration.

Ungodly men frequently indulge in frantic and intoxicating mirth, but if there is no one to make peace between them and God, the hidden stings of conscience can only produce fearful torment. Besides, to whatever extent they may flatter themselves in luxurious indulgence, their own lusts will provide more tormentors.

The beginning of solid joy is to perceive the fatherly love of God toward us, for that alone gives tranquility to our minds. As Paul says, “the kingdom of God” does not consist of eating and drinking but of joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17).

By promising “great joy,” the angel shows us that we ought, above all things, to rejoice in the salvation brought to us by Christ. This blessing is so great and boundless that it fully compensates for all the pains, distresses, and anxieties of the present life.

Let us learn to be so delighted with Christ alone that the perception of his grace may overcome us and at length remove from us all distresses of the flesh.

for meditation: When have you experienced the mercy of God? How did it raise you up and restore you? By contrast, when have you pursued worldly entertainment and possessions, thinking they will bring you joy, only to find that you are too soon anxious and dissatisfied? Look to Christ for the only joy that lasts.[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 175). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

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The Christian in Secular Society — Grace to You Blog

By most modern metrics of church growth, Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill could easily be deemed ineffective and unfruitful. Acts 17:34 names only two converts from the gathering he drew in Athens—Dionysius and a woman named Damaris. That small harvest somehow looks less spectacular than the revivals Paul saw in Antioch or Thessalonica.

But Paul had a dramatic effect on the city at the top level. He exposed its highest court to the knowledge of the true God. This event planted a church in Athens and launched Paul’s ministry in nearby Corinth. Paul also opened up more opportunities to preach (“We shall hear you again concerning this”). Although the response of the Areopagus court may not have been as sensational as Paul’s preaching had provoked elsewhere, we can be certain that God’s purposes were accomplished and the Word did not return void. The threefold response of that day—contempt, curiosity, and conversion—is typical whenever and wherever the gospel is faithfully preached.

It was immediately after the Areopagus incident that Paul went to Corinth. Years later, he wrote, “When I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:1–2). Some interpreters believe Paul was renouncing the approach he had employed at the Areopagus. That view undoubtedly reads too much into 1 Corinthians 2. Paul nowhere indicates that he viewed his Athens ministry as a failure. I reject the notion that his sermon at the Areopagus miscarried. From all we are told in Scripture, it was totally consistent with Paul’s approach to ministry everywhere else. Nevertheless, this much is clear from 1 Corinthians 2, as well as the rest of Paul’s pastoral epistles: Paul did not believe the secret to his powerful ministry lay in his ability to quote Greek poets. You don’t see him counseling Timothy or Titus to bone up on secular culture, learn to quote the classics, or study philosophy so they could engage in debates with the intellectual elite. He simply commanded them to preach the Word, in season and out of season—and to be prepared to face the world’s hostility if they were faithful in that task.

Acts chapter 17 proves that while Paul adjusted his style in speaking, he never adapted his message. Most significantly, he never adopted the spirit of his age. In 1984, near the end of his life, Francis Schaeffer observed: “To accommodate to the world spirit about us in our age is the most gross form of worldliness in the proper definition of the world.” [1] Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1984), 142.Schaeffer added:

Unhappily, today we must say that in general the evangelical establishment has been accommodating to the forms of the world spirit as it finds expression in our day. I would say this with tears—and we must not in any way give up hoping and praying. We must with regret remember that many of those with whom we have a basic disagreement over these issues of accommodation are brothers and sisters in Christ. But in the most basic sense, the evangelical establishment has become deeply worldly. [2] Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster , 142.

That is precisely what many today are doing—but what Paul would not do. He never conformed himself—and more importantly he never tried to conform the God he declared—to the tastes and expectations of his audience. He was content—as we must be—to allow the power of the gospel to speak for itself.

(Adapted from Ashamed of the Gospel)

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