Daily Archives: June 6, 2019

June 6 Faith Versus Reason

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:12

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:12

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

The wisdom of God was to make the way of salvation easy and simple. True to His Word, He has confounded the wise. Many “intellectuals” consider the Cross foolishness, but they should consider God’s wisdom for a moment. If you were God, separated from the people you created because of their sin, what would be the easiest method by which you could restore them to your eternal forgiveness and fellowship?

Would it be a hard and fast list of certain physical or intellectual requirements? Wouldn’t that cheapen the salvation and build no lasting covenant or meaningful relationship?

No, the simplest way was for God to send His own Son in the form of a sinless Man to serve as a sacrifice for sin. The best and simplest plan would call for man’s salvation to therefore be attained in one word. Just one word. Faith.

Is it not immeasurable wisdom that forges a salvation plan so simple that even a five-year-old can grasp it? But the wisdom of the true God befuddles the wisdom of the world. He sacrificed His Son as a free gift to all who would believe in Him.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).

Lord, the message of the gospel is so clear and so puzzling to the human mind. I embrace it in its simplicity and pray for Your wisdom that I might increase in faith.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 165). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 6 He Will Come to Help

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22–32

Key Verse: Matthew 14:27

Immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Jesus knew a storm was coming. Yet He watched passively as His disciples pushed away from the shoreline and began rowing into deeper water. Finally the sails caught the wind, and the oars were pulled inside the boat.

From a Galilean hillside, Christ continued to study their obedient journey. Perhaps Peter was manning the rudder; John and Bartholomew, in deep conversation, rested against the bow; and Matthew, serious in thought, appeared caught up in Thomas’s animated words.

By the evening’s fourth watch, the scene was dramatically different. The sea had turned into a fierce enemy, and fear filled the hearts of the disciples. Swamped by elevating waves, the tiny boat listed in its struggle to stay afloat. There was no mistake—Jesus had deliberately sent the disciples into the path of the storm.

Some of life’s stormiest moments are found at the heart of obedience. While the storms of life are not easy, they are necessary. Jesus used this one as a catalyst to refine the disciples’ faith. He did not leave them alone. The moment all hope in human help had faded, Jesus went to them.

Whatever you’re facing today, Christ is in it with you. And just as He rescued His disciples, He will help you.

Thank You, Lord, that You are always available to help me. As I travel the pathway of obedience, whatever I encounter on my journey, You are there.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 165). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 6 Who You Are in Christ

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1–9

Key verse: Romans 8:6

To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

You are locked into a bad habit that you cannot seem to overcome. The more you try to do what God says is right, the tighter the vise. You struggle—for months, for years. There is some measure of release at times, but you still feel captive to the problem.

If that sounds like a familiar scenario to you, don’t give up. God has provided a way of escape, no matter how deep the bondage. He is the Rescuer. There is help in the battle. Knowing the truth, not struggling against the lie, sets you free. Receiving the victory, not trying to attain it, is Christ’s liberating message.

When the apostle Paul penned his first epistle to the Corinthians, the church was in a mess. The people lived in immorality, were involved in idol worship, and quarreled about their leadership.

You would think Paul would immediately berate the Corinthians. Instead, he began his letter with a remarkable description of their identity in Christ. He called them “saints” or “holy ones.” He said they had been “sanctified.” He continued to remind them of the grace richly available to them.

Paul spoke the truth that sets men free. Knowing who you are in Christ will change your behavior.

Dear heavenly Father, help me to realize who I am in You, so I will be able to change. Reveal the truth that will set me free.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 165). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

LOCK HIM UP! Speaker Nancy Pelosi Vows She Will See President Donald Trump Put ‘In Prison’ As Impeachment Movement Among The Left Gains Speed — Now The End Begins

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump “in prison” as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings.

When Donald Trump was elected president back in 2016, he was ushered in with a pro-patriot mandate not seen in many generations in America. Trump promised to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, turn around and fix the terrible economy left to him by Barack Obama, investigate the illegal activities of Crooked Hillary Clinton, have her locked up if found guilty, and to build a border wall to protect America.

He has wonderfully kept the promises regarding Israel, dones amazing things for the economy, but failed to keep his promise regarding Hillary, and has failed to build the border wall. Now his enemies have turned the tables and are chanting “lock him up!” in an iconic turn of events. President Trump can still turn this around, but the window appears to be closing. I believe that God placed Donald Trump in office and that only God can remove him. Pray for our president that he, one, will receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and get saved, and two, that God’s hand will continue to be upon him. Because you really don’t want to see America turn Socialist in 2020. Do you?

Nancy Pelosi tells Dems she wants to see Trump ‘in prison’

FROM POLITICO: Nancy Pelosi met with Nadler (D-N.Y.) and several other top Democrats who are aggressively pursuing investigations against the president, according to multiple sources. Nadler and other committee leaders have been embroiled in a behind-the-scenes turf battle for weeks over ownership of the Democrats’ sprawling investigation into Trump.

Nadler pressed Pelosi to allow his committee to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump — the second such request he’s made in recent weeks only to be rebuffed by the California Democrat and other senior leaders. Pelosi stood firm, reiterating that she isn’t open to the idea of impeaching Trump at this time.

“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with the meeting. Instead of impeachment, Pelosi still prefers to see Trump defeated at the ballot box and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes, according to the sources.

They said she was expressing solidarity with pro-impeachment Democrats who want to hold the president accountable while disputing the idea that it is now time to take that step. Pelosi has long argued that certain conditions must be met before Democrats begin impeachment — public support and strong bipartisan backing, neither of which have so far materialized.

Other Democrats said Pelosi’s comment wasn’t that surprising given her previous criticisms of the president, including saying Trump “is engaged in a cover-up,” that his staff and family should stage an intervention and that the president’s actions “are villainous to the Constitution of the United States.”

Ashley Etienne, a Pelosi spokeswoman said Pelosi and the chairmen “had a productive meeting about the state of play with the Mueller report. They agreed to keep all options on the table and continue to move forward with an aggressive hearing and legislative strategy, as early as next week, to address the president’s corruption and abuses of power uncovered in the report.” READ MORE

Report: Nancy Pelosi told Democrats she wants Trump in prison

Watch this video to see how the biased Liberals at fake news CNN get so excited at the prospect of President Trump in prison, they actually start giggling, barely containing their glee. 

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France will never forget the sacrifice of the Allied troops who liberated it from Nazi Germany, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the D-Day operation that helped bring World War Two to an end.

France and the US share the common objective of preventing Iran obtaining nuclear arms and new international negotiations need to be opened for that goal to be met, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would end scientific research at the National Institutes of Health that relies on fetal tissue from elective abortions, and would accelerate efforts to find alternatives for such research, a move welcomed by anti-abortion groups.

Lawmakers in Oregon passed legislation on Wednesday to award its seven Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationwide, rather than the candidate who gets the most votes in the state.

Plaintiffs suing the Trump administration over the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census have until July 12 to file briefs explaining why they believe the government should be sanctioned for allegedly concealing evidence, a federal judge said on Wednesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping presented two pandas to Moscow’s zoo at a ceremony with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, in a gesture the Russian president described as a sign of deepening trust and respect between the two powers.

President Donald Trump threatened to hit China with tariffs on “at least” another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods but said he thought both China and Mexico wanted to make deals in their trade disputes with the United States.

South Korea’s practice of fingerprinting all adult citizens has helped forensic experts identify all of the bodies recovered so far from a boat crash in Budapest that killed 28 people, most of them South Korean tourists, officials said on Thursday.

The United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, four people familiar with the negotiations said, sparking anger from Beijing which is already involved in an escalating trade war with Washington.

Niels Hoegel, a former nurse, was jailed for life on Thursday for murdering 85 of his patients by injecting people with lethal drugs and then played the hero by appearing to struggle to revive them – the worst killing spree in Germany’s post-war history.

In a bid to directly compete with ground beef and pork sausage, Beyond Meat Inc bills itself the world’s first plant-based burger sold in the meat case of U.S. grocery stores.

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The federal government has stopped paying for English-language courses and legal services at facilities that hold immigrant children around the country, imposing budget cuts it says are necessary at a time when record numbers of unaccompanied children are arriving at the border.

The US oil price dove into a “bear market” on Wednesday following a surprising jump in US petroleum inventories and as myriad trade conflicts dim the outlook for global growth.

As the Trump administration puts pressure on Chinese telecom giant Huawei to block its dominance in developing future 5G networks, small European competitors are pitching themselves as more secure alternatives.

The vast majority of Chinese citizens believe the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) could seize islands in the East and South China Seas, even if the U.S. military were to intervene in the conflicts. No less than 87 percent of respondents said that the Chinese military already possessed the capability to take back the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands from Japan

South Korea approved $8 million in humanitarian aid for the impoverished North on Wednesday, authorities said, with negotiations over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal deadlocked and inter-Korean relations at a standstill.

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The ultimate limit of human endurance has been worked out by scientists analysing a 3,000 mile run, the Tour de France and other elite events. They showed the cap was 2.5 times the body’s resting metabolic rate, or 4,000 calories a day for an average person. Anything higher than that was not sustainable in the long term.

Some of the creators of the apps and technology we spend so much time on are now on a mission to keep it away from their kids.

The US has announced a new ban on travel to Cuba for American group tours as well as cruise ships journeying to the island.

Amir Ohana is the first openly gay man to become a minister in Israel has been appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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There has been plenty of attention directed toward what some are referring to as a crisis of education-related debt. According to the Federal Reserve, student loan debt in the U.S. rose by $29 billion in the first quarter of 2019 to $149 trillion. Half (52 percent) of college graduates with student loan debt struggle to make payments toward those loans.

Wendy’s and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, named after the late founder of the fast food chain, are standing up to better the lives of children in the foster care system. While liberals complain about conservatives not caring about children once they are born, a program created by the Foundation, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, finds homes for children who are older, part of a group of siblings, or have developmental disabilities.

NASA images reveal the sun’s face looks completely blank with no sunspots visible – indicating it has reached the solar minimum stage of its cycle. Solar minimums mark a period of reduced activity on the sun and happen every eleven years. During these times sunspots and solar flares are less frequent.


Mid-Day Snapshot · June 6, 2019

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” —John Adams (1808)

D-Day at 75 — They Paid a Heavy Price for Our Liberty

Today marks the anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France that commenced June 6, 1944.


Border Invasion for One Reason: Democrats’ Invitation

The drastic increase in apprehensions of migrants at the border is a man-made crisis.


Put Troops on the Border and Shut It Down

We’re enduring a wholesale invasion of our nation that could top one million this year.


Court Reaffirms 2A and 4A Rights

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court says police violated a man’s rights because he lawfully possessed a firearm.


Dodgeball Bad for Kids, but Drag Queens Are Good?

Social justice turns truth on its head. Out with tried and true games, in with insanity.


D-Day at 75: Two Flags and a Son’s Promise Kept

To honor our Veterans, strive to be, first and foremost, an American citizen worthy of their sacrifice.


Video: D-Day

British military historian Peter Caddick-Adams tells the story of that monumental day.


Video: D-Day Stories: Gunner’s Mate at Omaha Beach

Frank DeVita was in charge of lowering the ramp on the USS Samuel Chase on D-Day.


Video: D-Day Stories: Prayer Book Saves Paratrooper’s Life

Guy Whidden parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. Divine intervention saved his life.


101-Year-Old WWII Vet Commissions Grandson at Air Force Academy

“Walter received a standing ovation, and everyone in the room was gifted with a memory they’ll never forget.”



Today’s Opinion

Cal Thomas
D-Day’s ‘Forgotten’ Woman
Todd Starnes
Trump Derangement Syndrome Infects the Church House
R. Emmett Tyrrell
Who You Callin’ Fascist?
Veronique de Rugy
Numbers Betray Export-Import Bank Advocates
Rich Lowry
The Daily Beast’s Shabby Scoop
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top News Executive Summary

D-Day, border numbers, free speech, fetal tissue, Clinton collusion, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Yuval Levin, Bill de Blasio, Bernie Sanders, AOC, and more.



Today’s Meme

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News – 6/6/2019

Russia has unexpected message for Iran on Syria
The fight over control of strategic assets in Syria has gone up a notch after Russia expels pro-Iranian militias from Tartus port, ahead of Russian-American-Israeli summit over future of Syria and recognition of the regime by US, Israel in exchange for restricting Iranian activity in the country.

Iran is ‘six months away from an atomic bomb’
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. “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?”

Do We Face A Global Food Disaster?
No, this is not at all an endorsement of the apocalyptic scenarios of AOC or that famous young Swedish climate expert, Greta. It is, however, a look at unusual weather disasters in several key growing regions from the USA to Australia, the Philippines and beyond that could dramatically affect food availability and prices in the coming year. That in turn could have major political implications depending on how the rest of the growing season develops.

Palestinian public furious over secret 67% pay raise for ministers
The revelations have rocked the West Bank, where the cash-strapped government has been forced to slash the salaries of its employees because of a financial crisis. Coming during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a time of high expenses for struggling families, the report renewed outrage among Palestinians who have long seen their leadership as out of touch and rife with corruption. “The cabinet members behaved as if the government is their private shop and they can take as much as they want without being held accountable,” said political commentator Ehab Jareri

Greenblatt to PA: Take responsibility for your economy
Jason Greenblatt, the US Representative for International Negotiations, responded on Wednesday to claims by Palestinian Authority (PA) “prime minister” Mohammad Shtayyeh, who said the PA is on the verge of collapsing. “PM Shtayyeh is wrong, the PA isn’t ‘in a collapsing situation,’ the PA caused the situation. Time for the PA to step-up & take responsibility for their people & the economy. The PA can’t continue to blame the US & everyone else for a situation they caused,”

Hannity sources reveal ‘explosive’ IG report may already be in AG Barr’s hands
Sean Hannity said that he has sources telling him that the long-awaited report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz could be released “any day now” and that “it may now have already been handed over to the attorney general.”

Former Arkansas state senator found shot to death: report
Former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith (R) was reportedly found dead from a gunshot wound in her home this week. Collins-Smith, 57, was reportedly found in her Pocahontas, Ark., home with a gunshot wound, Ken Yang, her former press secretary, told KATV. Yang told KATV that her neighbors reportedly heard gunshots a day or two before officials found her body.

PLOT TWIST: Christopher Steele Will Meet With U.S. Officials, Report Says
According to The Sunday Times, former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was responsible for the infamous Trump “golden showers” dossier, will meet with U.S. investigators in London to speak of his relationship with the FBI. Steele has been adamantly refusing to meet with U.S. intelligence officials; the House Intelligence Committee, which was examining the origins of the dossier when it was under Republican control last year, requested for him to meet with them, but he would not. I

Harvard breakthrough shows stem cells can be genetically edited in the body
“Our study demonstrates that we can permanently modify the genome of stem cells, and therefore their progenies, in their normal anatomical niche. There is a lot of potential to take this approach forward and develop more durable therapies for different forms of genetic diseases.

Police on alert as Pride parade comes to Jerusalem
Some 2,500 police officers will secure Thursday’s Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance parade, according to superintendent Micky Rosenfeld, the Israel Police national spokesman to foreign media. Anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 people are expected to attend the event, which has been taking place for the last 15 years.

Israel gets first gay minister: Ohana appointed interim justice minister
Amir Ohana will be the country’s first gay minister ever after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to appoint him interim justice minister…The official Prime Minister’s Office statement announcing the appointment emphasized Ohana’s professional qualifications as “a lawyer who is very familiar with the legal system,” and his apprenticeship in the State’s Attorney’s Office Tel Aviv district.

China’s Xi praises ‘best friend’ Putin during Russia visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping has described Russia’s Vladimir Putin as his “best friend” during a three-day visit to Moscow focusing on trade and relations between the two countries. The visit comes as China-US relations have soured over a bitter trade war. Russia had decided on a pivot to the east years ago after ties worsened with the West over the Ukraine conflict.

Denmark election: Social Democrats win as PM admits defeat
Denmark’s Liberal Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has conceded victory in the country’s general election, paving the way for Social Democrat leader Mette Frederiksen to take power. At 41, Ms Frederiksen is set to be the country’s youngest ever prime minister. The centre-left Social Democrats won 25.9% of the vote and her bloc secured 91 of the 179 seats in parliament.

US-Mexico talks: Trump says more progress needed to avoid tariffs
US President Donald Trump has said “not nearly enough” progress is being made in negotiations with Mexico to avert his threatened tariffs. Trump administration officials will meet for a second day of talks with Mexico’s foreign minister in Washington on Thursday. Mr Trump vowed import duties of 5% will take effect on Monday unless Mexico stems the flow of migrants to the US.

Trump says ‘climate change goes both ways’
President Donald Trump has said he believes climate change “goes both ways” following a 90-minute discussion with environmentalist Prince Charles. “I believe that there’s a change in weather and I think it changes both ways,” Mr Trump told Piers Morgan in an interview that aired on Wednesday. Mr Trump said he shared the prince’s desire for a “good climate” but blamed other nations for increasing pollution.

Trump administration ends federal foetal tissue research
The Trump administration has ended federal research using human foetal tissue, delivering a victory to anti-abortion advocates. The move, announced on Wednesday, has been criticised by scientists who say such tissue is essential in researching diseases like HIV and cancer. The Department of Health and Human Services cited “the dignity of human life” as a “top priority”.

Pelosi tells Dems she wants to see Trump ‘in prison’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump “in prison” as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings. Pelosi met with Nadler (D-N.Y.) and several other top Democrats who are aggressively pursuing investigations against the president…

Oakland in California decriminalizes magic mushrooms and peyote
…Oakland City Council in California…voted unanimously to decriminalize hallucinogenic fungi, otherwise known as “magic mushrooms.” The vote makes Oakland the second U.S. city to decriminalize the natural hallucinogens… The city council’s vote directed law enforcement to cease investigating and prosecuting individuals for using or possessing drugs sourced from plants, cacti and…mushrooms that contain the hallucinogen psilocybin.

Judge weighs fate of Missouri’s only abortion clinic after court hearing
A St. Louis judge said on Tuesday he will work quickly to decide whether Missouri’s only abortion clinic can remain open after a hearing on a lawsuit aimed at forcing state health officials to renew the facility’s license to perform the procedure. Women’s healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood sued Missouri last week after state health officials refused to renew the license of the St. Louis clinic…

Alien news: Belief in ET will soon replace faith in GOD – shock claim
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.

Gaza factions warn of escalation over stalled ceasefire terms
The Gaza Strip’s militant factions…warned that Egyptian mediation efforts Israel’s “foot-dragging” in following through with certain ceasefire arrangement could lead to an escalation beginning with border protests later this week. “We insist on holding our Eid in the locations of Jihad…to communicate to the people of the world that the people of Palestine, and the people of Gaza, will not break and their determination will not break,”…

Trump threatens China with tariffs on further $300 billion of goods
U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to hit China with tariffs on “at least” another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods but said he thought both China and Mexico wanted to make deals in their trade disputes with the United States. Tensions between the world’s two largest economies have risen sharply since talks aimed at ending a festering trade war broke down in early May.

California And Nevada Have Been Hit By 240 Earthquakes Over The Last 24 Hours
The unusual shaking on the west coast continues to intensify. As you can see from this map, over 240 earthquakes have struck the states of California and Nevada over the last 24 hours. Yes, the west coast gets hit by quakes every day, but this is definitely an unusually high number. Fortunately, most of the earthquakes have been very small, but a couple of them were greater than magnitude 3.0.

Drug Cartels, ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, CHICOMS, MS-13 Are One Big Happy Family Awaiting Orders
May you live in interesting times says the Chinese proverb. However, it does not say, may you live in dangerous times. The latter is truer than the former.

Number of measles cases in US this year surpasses 1,000
The number of measles cases in the United States this year has reached 1,001, health officials said Wednesday, as they vowed to stop the spread of misinformation about vaccines.

Democrats Have Removed ‘So Help Me God’ From House Committee Oaths
Yes, Democrats Have Removed ‘So Help Me God’ From House Committee Oaths

Sudan protest organizers say 40 bodies pulled from Nile
At least 40 bodies were pulled from the Nile River in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, organizers of pro-democracy protests said Wednesday, bringing the death toll since the violent dispersal of a sit-in outside the military’s headquarters to 100.

Taxpayers Outraged After The Australian Government Agrees To Pay Global Warming Wizard Al Gore $320K To Conduct ‘Climate Training’ For Low-Information Liberals
Snake oil salesman and global warming wizard Al Gore has once again found a willing sucker, this time the land of down under, Australia. Back in 2009, the climate change charlatan positively declared that the polar ice caps would melt away by 2014, and that the sea levels would rise many feet. In 2019, not only did the seas not rise, there is more polar ice than ever before. Things did not get much better in 2017, when Gore released his ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ sequel and deceptively rewrote his original failed prophecy about New York being taken over by rising sea levels, and saying that it had, in fact, come true. P.T. Barnum never had such chutzpah.

La Luz Del Mundo leader Naason Joaquin Garcia charged with rape
The leader of a Mexican fundamentalist Christian church that boasts more than 1 million worldwide followers was busted in Los Angeles on charges of human trafficking, child rape, child pornography and other crimes, officials said.

Laodicean Christians In The Philippines Start The ‘I’m Sorry’ Movement To Apologize To The LGBTQ+ Community For Believing And Preaching The Bible
From time to time, people will write to me to let me know about a ‘great movement of the spirit’ happening in some foreign country like Africa, China, or in this case, the Philippines. But when I go to check it out, instead of seeing glorious end times revival I see nothing but Laodicean slop produced by bible rejecters who call themselves Christians.

Bishop says ‘Pride Month’ activities are harmful to kids, faces huge international backlash
When Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin tweeted a simple warning to his diocese cautioning against participation in LGBT “Pride” events during so-called “Pride Month,” an international backlash quickly erupted.

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

How A Shift To Majority-Childless Adults Will Deeply Change Culture
This year, the birthrate in the United States has fallen yet again, to 1.7 children per woman—well below the 2.1 replacement rate. With the exception of Hungarian President Viktor Orban, most leaders in the developed world seem to shrug at this news and focus on other matters.

Unseen health dangers: 5G is exceptionally harmful to children
Despite its “blazing fast” speeds, 5G and its soon-to-be ubiquitous presence throughout the world will, in many ways, spell the end of life as we currently know it. Unlike 2G 3G, and even 4G, 5G functionality necessitates a massive grid of very densely-packed transmission towers and equipment, which means that exposure to it will be virtually inescapable.

Doctor warns Los Angeles collapsing into Third World health status… the filth of progressivism has become undeniable
The City of Angels is looking a whole lot more like a Den of Demons these days, as the second-largest city in the United States descends into “complete breakdown,”


Headlines – 6/6/2019

Israel said trying to block bipartisan Senate two-state resolution

Major world financial bodies plan to be at U.S.-led Palestinian conference

PA premier calls Trump plan ‘blackmail,’ says Bahrain workshop to be ‘born dead’

Iran’s Khamenei: US Middle East peace plan a ‘great betrayal’

US envoy tells Palestinian leaders dire situation is of their own making

Abbas Edges PA Closer to Economic Collapse

Gaza Officials Warn of Escalation Over Israel’s ‘Foot-dragging’ in Implementing Ceasefire Agreements

Israeli Startup Develops Firefighting Drone to Combat Gaza Incendiary Balloons

Netanyahu asks to postpone his hearing ahead of September elections

First Lady Nechama Rivlin laid to rest with prayers and song

Erdogan sends condolences to Rivlin on death of his wife, Nechama

YouTube to remove videos denying Holocaust, glorifying Nazism

Archaeologists identify city gate from time of King David

Cyprus $9 billion gas production deal includes Israel’s Delek

Israel’s intelligence giant deployed to thwart Hezbollah

Grasshoppers swarm into Israel from Syria

Islamic State claims attack that killed 8 Egyptian policemen in Sinai

Sudan health ministry says death toll from violence is 46

United Nations says relocating staff from Sudan

UN: 2 million Somalis could die of famine this year

Lean times for Iranians as sanctions push the economy to the brink

UAE, Saudi Arabia, Norway to present findings of tanker attacks’ probe to UN

Iran could make nuclear weapon in 6-8 months, says former IAEA deputy

Saudi missile program expanded with help from China, US intel said to show

Republican, Democratic senators seek to block Trump Saudi arms sales

‘Not the time to do business as usual’ with Saudis: Senators to rebuke Trump over arms sales

US pursues sale of over $2 bln in weapons to Taiwan, sources say

Trump says he’s still optimistic about a deal, North Korea warns its losing patience

‘Executed’ North Korean diplomat is alive, sources say

China ratchets up anti-US rhetoric with old war films and travel alerts

Putin and Xi hail ‘unprecedented’ ties as US relations sour

China, Russia seek closer economic ties to counter U.S. pressure as Xi Jinping prepares to meet Putin

Russia intercepts US aircraft flying over the Mediterranean Sea

Queen, Trump, world leaders honor veterans on D-Day anniversary

D-Day commemorations: Queen pays tribute to ‘resilience of wartime generation – my generation’

EU says disciplinary action is warranted for Italy over its rising debt

Trade war could wipe $455 billion off global GDP next year, IMF warns

Mexico blocks new caravan of Central American migrants

Border arrests skyrocket in May, as officials declare ‘full-blown emergency’

Pelosi: Trump’s Mexico tariff threat is a ‘distraction’ from Mueller report

Pelosi tells Dems she wants to see Trump ‘in prison’

Pelosi: Public Wants Impeachment Now Because They Don’t Understand The Process

Democrats plan Capitol Hill event to put Trump’s mental health under fire

Poll: Americans view fake news as a bigger problem than terrorism

Press freedom in ‘downward spiral’ across the world

Laid-off reporters launch project to ‘Save Journalism’

Hackers May Soon Be Able to Tell What You’re Typing-Just By Hearing You Type

Amazon says drones will be making deliveries in ‘months’

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kulaman, Philippines

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Copiapo, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikol’skoye, Russia

California And Nevada Have Been Hit By 240 Earthquakes Over The Last 24 Hours

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 26,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Tropical system near Texas coast may bring flooding but won’t develop, hurricane center says

Tornado leaves trail of destruction in German town

End of civilization: climate change apocalypse could start by 2050 if we don’t act, report warns

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June 6, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

19. The living, the living, he shall confess thee. He does not include all men without exception; for many live, who yet extinguish the glory of God by their ingratitude, as far as lies in their power, and undoubtedly have nothing farther from their thoughts than that they were born to praise God. But he simply declares that men, so long as God supports them in this life, may justly be regarded as the lawful heralds of his glory, when he invites them, by his kindness, to the discharge of that office. And this contrast shews that the statement which he made a little before, that “in death or in the grave there is no remembrance of God,” is a general declaration, that they who would willingly be employed in praising God are deprived of this favour, when they are driven out of the world.

As I do this day. He solemnly declares that he will be one of the witnesses of the glory of God, and thus gives a manifest indication of gratitude towards God; for he declares that he will not be forgetful, but will continually give thanks to God, and will make known the favour which he has received; and that not only to the men of his own age, but also to posterity, that they too may celebrate those praises and adore the author of so great a favour.

The father shall make known to the sons thy truth. Hence we ought to learn a useful lesson, that children are given to men on the express condition, that every man, by instructing his children, shall endeavour, to the utmost of his power, to transmit the name of God to posterity; and, therefore, the fathers of families are chiefly enjoined to be careful in this respect, that they shall diligently mention the benefits which God has bestowed on them. By the word truth he means that faithfulness which God exercises towards his people, and all the testimonies of his grace by which he proves that he is true.[1]


19 Thus it is indeed the living who will praise God and declare his faithfulness to their children. But the wonder of God’s plan is that living does not cease at the grave for his people. In fact, it enters a wonderful new dimension of life forevermore.

As Young notes, if it is correct that Hezekiah had no heir at this time (see on 38:3), then the opportunity to declare God’s faithfulness to his children through the added years of life would have been a special blessing. Given Manasseh’s apostasy, one can only wonder whether Hezekiah then missed the opportunity when it was given him.[2]


19. living … living—emphatic repetition, as in Is 38:11, 17; his heart is so full of the main object of his prayer that, for want of adequate words, he repeats the same word.

father to the children—one generation of the living to another. He probably, also, hints at his own desire to live until he should have a child, the successor to his throne, to whom he might make known and so perpetuate the memory of God’s truth.

truthfaithfulness to His promises; especially in Hezekiah’s case, His promise of hearing prayer.[3]


Ver. 19.—The living. Those who still enjoy the light of day. The repetition is emphatic, and has the force of “the living, and the living only.The father to the children. Hezekiah may, or may not, have had children himself at the time. Manasseh was not born; but he may have had daughters, or even other sons, who did not survive him. He is not, however, perhaps, thinking of his own case.[4]


19 On the other hand, those who compose the congregation at worship in the temple are חי, “the living.” They give thanks and testify to God’s “faithfulness” and salvation as the psalmist (the king) and every worshiper do. The psalm implies that God gains no advantage by the death of his worshipers. Rather his will would be that they live and worship him. The ot consistently pictures YHWH as the God of life, the living God, and avoids portraying him as God of death. This phrase draws on that understanding.[5]


[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 3, p. 179). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Oswalt, J. N. (1986). The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 1–39 (pp. 688–689). 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. 472). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1910). Isaiah (Vol. 2, p. 39). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Watts, J. D. W. (2005). Isaiah 34–66 (Revised Edition, Vol. 25, p. 595). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

June 6 Rejection

scripture reading: Colossians 1:21–22
key verse: Hebrews 13:5

He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

A loyal company employee is laid off after twenty years. A devoted wife is divorced suddenly by her husband of fifteen years. A once faithful friend no longer desires your fellowship.

The pain of rejection is strong. It attacks the very foundation of your personality, your concept of self–worth.

If you let the assault continue unbridled, you suffer spiritually, emotionally, and physically. You can become a prime candidate for bitterness and depression. Is there a way out? Can you recover your self–esteem when another has cast you into the ditch of rejection?

Yes, you can. It is not an easy road out. But there is a biblical path that can upright you, comfort you, and restore you to wholeness. It begins by understanding that even those closest to you are capable of rejecting you. We are imperfect people who often wrongly judge and think. We are all stained by sin. Even believers are constantly tempted to put self first.

Once you recognize this, you actually can be liberated from being hostage to others’ opinions. Your self–worth is tied not to your performance or another’s faulty judgment but to Christ’s evaluation of you. His appraisal declares you unconditionally accepted and loved.

Father, You knew rejection, so You know how I feel. I don’t want to harbor bitterness, so help me forgive those who have hurt me through their rejection. Take the pain right now.[1]


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

6 june (1858) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The report of the spies

“And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.” Numbers 13:32 and 14:6–7

suggested further reading: Romans 2:17–24

Every unguarded word you use, every inconsistent act, puts a slur on Christ. The world, you know, does not find fault with you—they lay it all to your Master. If you make a slip tomorrow, they will not say, “That is John Smith’s human nature;” they will say, “That is John Smith’s religion.” They know better, but they will be sure to say it; they will be sure to put all the mischief at the door of Christ. Now, if you could bear the blame yourself you might bear it manfully; but do not allow Christ to bear the blame—do not suffer his reputation to be tarnished—do not permit his banner to be trampled in the dust. Then there is another consideration. You must remember, if you do wrong, the world will be quite sure to notice you. The world carries two bags: in the bag at the back they put all the Christian’s virtues—in the bag in front they put all our mistakes and sins. They never think of looking at the virtues of holy men; all the courage of martyrs, all the fidelity of confessors, and all the holiness of saints, is nothing to them; but our iniquities are ever before them. Please do recollect, that wherever you are, as a Christian, the eyes of the world are upon you; the Argus eyes of an evil generation follow you everywhere. If a church is blind the world is not. It is a common proverb, “As sound asleep as a church,” and a very true one, for most churches are sound asleep; but it would be a great falsehood if anyone were to say, “As sound asleep as the world,” for the world is never asleep. Sleeping is left to the church. And remember, too, that the world always wears magnifying glasses to look at Christians’ faults.

for meditation: Like Mary our souls and words may magnify the Lord (Luke 1:46), but does any area of our lives allow the unbelieving world to magnify our sins instead?

sermon no. 197[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 164). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

6 JUNE 365 Days with Calvin

Set up for Destruction

And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Luke 2:34

suggested further reading: John 3:22–36

Simeon predicts here that Christ was divinely appointed to cast down and destroy many in Israel. But we must observe that the ruin of unbelievers results from their own strikes against our Savior. Simeon makes that point when he says that Christ is a sign which shall be spoken against. When unbelievers rebel against Christ, they dash themselves against him, thus setting themselves up for ruin.

The world would not display harmony in opposing the gospel if there were no natural enmity between the Son of God and evildoers. The ambition or fury of the enemies of the gospel carries them in various directions. Dissension splits them into various sects, and a wide variety of superstitions separates idolaters from one another. But while they differ among themselves, these worldly people all agree in opposing the Son of God.

Some have said that opposition made to Christ is too plain an evidence of human depravity. That the world should thus rise against its Creator is a monstrous sight. But Scripture predicted this would happen, and the reason is very apparent. Once people have been alienated from God by sin, they always fly from him. Instances of this kind, therefore, should not take us by surprise. On the contrary, the armor of our faith ought to prepare us to fight all the contradictions of the world.

for meditation: Why do evil people so vehemently oppose the only one in whom no guilt can be found? Why do they seemingly gain strength each day in tempting believers and bringing down the church? Simeon’s words assure us that such enmity against Christ and his followers is to be expected. Rather than being surprised at it, let us take comfort in it, as it indicates that we are suffering like our Master (1 John 3:1).[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 176). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Throwback Thursday ~ Basic Training: 8 Things You Need to Know about Prayer — Michelle Lesley

What’s the point of prayer, and how do we get it right? Here are 8 things to know.

Originally published May 26, 2017

For more in the Basic Training series, click here.

When I was a little girl, I remember one of my Sunday School teachers saying, “Prayer is just talking to God.” With all the complex, confusing, convoluted, and even conflicting resources out there today on prayer, that sounds rather simplistic to our adult ears, but it’s still the best definition of prayer I’ve ever heard. Prayer is, indeed, simply talking to God.

And, along with studying God’s word and being a faithful member of a local church, it’s one of the three legs of the stool we call sanctification, or growth in Christ. Yet prayer is the leg that tends to be most neglected in our churches, our families, and our personal walk with the Lord.

Why is that? Why don’t we want to sit down and just talk – no frills, no weird machinations, just talk – to the most interesting, powerful, loving, and kind Being in the universe? If you received an invitation to sit down and chat with the President, your favorite celebrity, or a long lost loved one, you’d jump at the chance, right? I would, too. So what is it about our broken brains and hardened hearts that causes us to say, “Nah, not today,” to a simple monologue with our King? Those broken brains have learned some unbiblical things about prayer, and those hardened hearts have some ungodly attitudes toward prayer.

Read more: Throwback Thursday ~ Basic Training: 8 Things You Need to Know about Prayer — Michelle Lesley

Thursday Briefing June 6, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 A Godlessness that Leads from Despair to Death: Devaluing Life at Both Its Beginning and End

PART II

 Maine Legalizes Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Radical Claim of Individual Autonomy and its Ultimate End

PART III

 The 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion: A Debt We Owe, Lest We Forget

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING

PART I

PART II

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 Bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maine goes to governor, by Marina Villeneuve

PART III

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Belmarsh Prison Inmate Provides Photos of Julian Assange, Says the ‘Internet is the One Thing They Can’t Control’ — The Gateway Pundit

The Gateway Pundit has obtained exclusive testimony, as well as photos, from a fellow inmate of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside London’s highest security prison.

The inmate, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent multiple photos of Assange from inside the maximum security prison, and spoke to The Gateway Pundit about the WikiLeaks founder’s situation using a contraband phone he has inside.

Assange is imprisoned at Belmarsh Prison in the United Kingdom and faces eighteen charges under the Espionage Act in the United States for his publication of the Iraq and Afghan War Logs. If extradited and convicted, he could be face a maximum sentence of 175 years for the “crime” of publishing material that the US government did not want the population to know.

Along with the photos from inside the prison, the inmate pushed a fundraiser — causing supporters to worry that he was attempting to extort WikiLeaks or harm Assange by violating his privacy. The Gateway Pundit reached out to him to get his side of the story.

This reporter spoke to the inmate through online messages and a phone call for multiple hours on Wednesday evening. At the beginning of the conversation I asked him if he was a prisoner or someone who works there — and if his motive was to extort money from the organization.

“I’m in prison right now,” he said, sending a photo from inside his cell. “Extort him for what reason? He exposed the biggest scandals in the world. Whose side do you think someone in prison would be on? The government who have us locked up in here or a fellow prisoner who actually doesn’t deserve to be here?”

The inmate said that he believes that Assange needs his story told properly and is attempting to do what he can to help.

When asked if they were attempting to sell the photos, the inmate claimed that The Sun had offered him $10,000 for them, but he declined because the publication was not interested in telling Assange’s story properly. He said that he was only willing to share what he had to say, and the accompanying photos, with an outlet that supports his fellow inmate — and reiterated that his goal was simply to raise awareness of the truth of Assange’s case.

The photos feature Assange prior to his illness and being moved to the prison’s hospital wing last month. We have not been able to verify if Assange is aware of the existence of the photographs.

The Gateway Pundit was not asked for, nor did we provide, any compensation for the interview or permission to use the photos.

“I want his case to be understood fully, in detail,” the inmate told TGP. “I want people to know why exactly the USA wants him and what good he has done for the world.”

The prisoner said that while Assange can only spend £6 a week, he is in need of commissary money. Multiple people close to WikiLeaks asserted that this is false and he has more than enough in his account.

“That’s the story with the pictures,” he added. “He needs canteen money and a much better legal team.”

While some of the photos revealed his prison cell and the conditions, we have opted not to share those as they may violate his privacy. The photos reveal a thin blue mattress within a scarce and small cell.

The photos of Assange himself reveal considerable weight loss since I last visited him in the Ecuadorian embassy in March.

Speaking generally about how Assange is viewed by the other inmates, the prisoner said that he is well liked among the prison population. “Everyone’s got a million questions for him — like ‘is the illuminati real?’ He’s probably heard that question a million times,” the inmate said, along with laughing emojis.

The prisoner said that there is a highly influential QC (a British lawyer) named James Scobey that prisoners who support WikiLeaks want to obtain for Assange’s case. “He is known in prison for winning a lot of cases, but doesn’t come cheap. We’ve inquired about his schedule for the next year and decided to launch this support campaign.”

Scobey was ranked by the UK Bar as a “leading individual” in 2019 and has placed in the UK’s Legal 500 multiple times. He is described on the Garden Court Chambers website as “a highly experienced leading counsel with a wealth of experience in defending cases of gravity across a broad spectrum of criminal work. He is instructed regularly in cases of murder, armed robbery, multi-handed conspiracies (involving the importation and supplying of Class A drugs) and fraud.”

We reached out to Mr. Scobey asking if he has been contacted about his services or the fundraiser and his office responded saying that they had not heard anything as of yet.

“This case won’t be won in a courtroom,” the inmate said, asserting that it will be won with a positive campaign of public pressure showcasing who he is.

The inmate also said that security officers in the prison have been spreading rumors and gossip about the Assange rape case among the inmates, saying things like “you don’t know what he’s in here for” to stir the pot. Though he is concerned about the rumors, he does not believe the guards are trying to get Assange hurt — he believes they are simply uninformed about the Swedish investigation and believe the smears from the media.

The award-winning publisher is under investigation in Sweden for sex crimes, which he and many of his supporters believe was a setup to get him into the nation where he could be more easily extradited to the United States. The case involves consensual sex with two women, who later found out he had slept with both. One of the women had claimed that Assange had continued to have sex with her after a condom broke — a crime in Sweden — but the condom she provided to the police had no DNA from her, Assange or anyone else on it.

Swedish authorities attempted to drop the investigation in 2013, but was pressured to keep it open by the British government — further fueling speculation that it is a political hit job. A Crown Prosecution Service had even brazenly emailed Swedish prosecutors telling them, “Don’t you dare get cold feet!!!”

“He isn’t going to win this case through the law, he’s going to win it because there’s public outcry,” the prisoner explained. He noted that the mainstream media is controlled by the government and said that “the internet is the one thing they can’t control,” sounding a bit like Assange himself.

“The same people who run the mainstream newspapers are basically the ones running the USA, but they don’t own the internet,” he said.

On a bright note, the inmate explained that prison isn’t like the movies and he believes that Assange is safe from anyone who would want to harm him. “You can’t sneeze without permission,” he said.

The prisoner stated that Assange is still currently in the hospital wing of the prison. He also said that Assange very much appreciates all the letters he is receiving from supporters and that there was one day when nobody in the roughly 300 person unit received mail — except for him.

“All of the post was for Assange,” he said. “About 500 letters and it was all for him. It made him smile.”

Lawyers for Assange were unable to confirm or deny any of the claims.

While we cannot confirm the authenticity of any of the inmate’s statements or motives, the fact that the photos managed to get out of the highest security prison in the UK at all is stunning it itself.

Prior to his arrest, Assange spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, unable to receive proper medical treatment, and the lack of sunshine and fresh air taking a toll on his system. Doctors who visited him there wrote an article for the Guardian pleading for him to be allowed to go to the hospital for treatment, headlining their account “We examined Julian Assange, and he badly needs care — but he can’t get it.”

The doctors wrote, “experience tells us that the prolonged uncertainty of indefinite detention inflicts profound psychological and physical trauma above and beyond the expected stressors of incarceration. These can include severe anxiety, pathological levels of stress, dissociation, depression, suicidal thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, among others.”

The prisoner was most adamant that he wanted the world to read the UN’s report last week which found that Assange had been the victim of psychological torture.

Last week, the UN issued a scathing report in which Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture said that Assange has been exposed to psychological torture and warned that the award-winning publisher could face the death penalty if he is extradited to the United States.

Melzer visited Assange along with two medical experts who specialize in examining potential torture victims on May 9.

“I am particularly alarmed at the recent announcement by the US Department of Justice of 17 new charges against Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act, which currently carry up to 175 years in prison. This may well result in a life sentence without parole, or possibly even the death penalty, if further charges were to be added in the future,” Melzer continued.

Melzer also wrote that “there has been a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr. Assange, not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Sweden and, more recently, Ecuador.”

“In the course of the past nine years, Mr. Assange has been exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy, and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and humiliation, to open instigation of violence and even repeated calls for his assassination.”

Speaking about the visit that he and the medical professionals had with Assange earlier this month, Melzer said that it was obvious that his health had been seriously impacted by the “extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years.”

“Most importantly, in addition to physical ailments, Mr. Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma,” the UN report said.

“The evidence is overwhelming and clear,” the findings continued “Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.”

The report concluded with a condemnation of the actions of these governments in working to deliberately abuse him.

“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” Melzer said. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!”

In 2016, after 16 months of investigation, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) concluded that Assange is the victim of arbitrary detention. Not only did the group of lawyers and human rights professionals release an opinion that Assange should be released, they  also determined that he should be compensated by the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom for “deprivation of liberty.”

Prior to the release of the UN report, the publisher’s mother, Christine Assange tweeted that the “UK Gov is unlawfully slowly killing my son!”

“They made him very ill by refusing him ANY access to life sustaining fresh air, exercise, sun/VitD or proper medical care for 6 YEARS of illegal Embassy detention,” she tweeted at the United Nations Twitter account. “Then against ALL medical advice threw him into a prison cell.”

WikiLeaks has not yet responded to the photos. We will update this story if a statement is made available.

via EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Belmarsh Prison Inmate Provides Photos of Julian Assange, Says the ‘Internet is the One Thing They Can’t Control’ — The Gateway Pundit

June 6, 2019 Morning Verse Of The Day

31. But they that wait for Jehovah. Hebrew writers employ the phrase, “exchanging strength,” to denote “gathering new strength,” and thus “being restored.” The Prophet therefore shews, that godly persons, who shall hope in God, will not be deficient in strength; and he confirms what he formerly said, “In rest and silence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15.) We must not become agitated, or throw ourselves forward rashly, but “wait” patiently. In this passage, therefore, waiting means nothing else than patience. Violent men dash themselves to pieces by their own eagerness, but the vigour of godly men, though it has less display, and often appears to lie buried while they calmly “wait for” God’s assistance, is refreshed and renewed. We must therefore return to the saying of Paul, that “the power of God is made perfect in our weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9.) We must therefore be fully convinced of our weakness, that we may yield to the power of God. The Jews, who were oppressed by that cruel captivity, had great need of this doctrine; but for us also, during this wretchedly ruinous condition of the Church, it is exceedingly needful.

They shall raise their wings as eagles. It is generally believed that the Prophet uses this phrase in the same sense that the Psalmist says, “Thy youth shall be renewed like that of the eagle.” (Ps. 103:5.) It is certain that the “eagle” is very long-lived as compared with other birds. Aristotle and Pliny affirm that it never dies of old age, but of hunger; that is, that when the upper part of the beak becomes too large, it cannot take food into its mouth, and for a long time subsists entirely on what it drinks. One Zaadias, as all Jews are audacious in constructing fables, pretends that the eagle flies upward into the region that is near the sun, and approaches the sun so closely, that its old wings are burned, and other new ones grow in their place; but this is utterly absurd and fabulous. The Prophet means that they who trust in the Lord will be vigorous, like eagles, till the most advanced old age. But seeing that eagles fly higher than other birds, by which they shew remarkable swiftness, which has also given rise to the proverb, “An eagle among the clouds,” this passage may be understood to denote not only long life, but also strength and agility; so that Isaiah, after having shewn that their strength is recruited, adds that they are more vigorous, and ascend to a great height. Such is also the import of what follows,—

They shall run and shall not be weary. It is as if he had said, that the Lord will assist them, so that they shall pursue their course without any molestation. It is a figurative expression, by which he intimates that believers will always be ready to perform their duty with cheerfulness. But it will be said, “There are so many troubles which we must endure in this life; how then does he say that we shall be exempt from weariness?” I reply, believers are indeed distressed and wearied, but they are at length delivered from their distresses, and feel that they have been restored by the power of God; for it happens to them according to the saying of Paul, “While we are troubled on every side, we are not overwhelmed; we are perplexed, but are not in despair; we suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but are not destroyed.” (2 Cor. 4:8, 9.) Let us therefore learn to flee to the Lord, who, after we have encountered many storms, will at length conduct us to the harbour; for he who hath opened up a path, and hath commanded us to advance in that course in which he hath placed us, does not intend to assist us only for a single day, and to forsake us in the middle of our course, (Philip. 1:6,) but will conduct us to the goal.[1]


Verse 31 includes the third repetition of the two words for wearing out and becoming exhausted (yāgaʿ and yāʿap; note the assonance typical of the book) in four verses. The point being made through the repetition is clear: God is not contingent; even the most powerful of earth are contingent; God graciously makes his vitality available to the failing of earth. But does the receiving depend on any particular condition? Only one, and it is specified here: waiting on the Lord. This expression implies two things: complete dependence on God and a willingness to allow him to decide the terms. To wait on him is to admit that we have no other help, either in ourselves or in another. Therefore we are helpless until he acts. By the same token, to wait on him is to declare our confidence in his eventual action on our behalf. Thus waiting (qāwâ) in Hebrew is not merely killing time but a life of confident expectation (see 8:17; 25:9; 33:2; 49:23; 64:2 [Eng. 4]). Those who give up their own frantic efforts to save themselves and turn expectantly to God will be able to replace or exchange (yaḥalîpû) their worn-out strength for new strength. How like God: he takes the useless and gives back the good (53:11).

they will stretch out their wings as the eagles. While Luther’s rendering, “they shall mount up with wings as eagles,” is possible (so NRSV, RSV; cf. REB), it is not likely. It requires taking ʾēber, which looks like the object of the verb, as an adverbial accusative. The versions take it as the object, but seem to understand the verb ʿālâ to mean “put forth” in the sense of growing new feathers (see NEB, JPS, NJB). This reading might reflect the ancient tradition that eagles grow new feathers every ten years for a hundred years (see Ps. 103:5). This idea would nicely parallel the first colon in the verse and would continue the contrast with v. 30. But, as Alexander notes, there are two main objections to this interpretation: the verb is nowhere else used in this sense of “put forth” (although it is used of growing plants); and ʾēber refers to wing feathers, not feathers in general. Thus some recent commentators (e.g., Smart) have taken the phrase to refer to an eagle’s lifting its wings to fly (see NIV). Young points out that the definite article, “the eagles,” denotes the class—as eagles are wont to do. Far from being crushed to earth by their own helplessness, those who depend on God can stretch their wings in the effortless way of eagles and sail off on the wind.

The final bicolon further emphasizes the possibilities for those who depend on an inexhaustible God. Probably too much is made of the supposed sequence: fly, run, walk. The image of flying is in the first bicolon and is governed by the idea of exchanging strength. Here one should probably take the pair of running and walking not as opposed to each other but in concert to refer to the steady forward progress of those whose resources are limitless. As the second member of the parallel pair, walk gives definition to the concept, showing that it is the total process, not just the temporary bursts of hyperactivity, that depends on the divine supply.[2]


31. mount up—(2 Sa 1:23). Rather, “They shall put forth fresh feathers as eagles” are said to renovate themselves; the parallel clause, “renew their strength,” confirms this. The eagle was thought to moult and renew his feathers, and with them his strength, in old age (so the Septuagint, Vulgate, Ps 103:5). However, English Version is favored by the descending climax, mount up—run—walk; in every attitude the praying, waiting child of God is “strong in the Lord” (Ps 84:7; Mic 4:5; Heb 12:1).[3]


Ver. 31—They shall mount up with wings as eagles (comp. Ps 103:5; and, for the use of the eagle as a metaphor for strength, see Exod. 19:4; Deut. 32:11).[4]


40:31To wait entails confident expectation and active hope in the Lord—never passive resignation (Ps. 40:1). Mount up … run … walk depicts the spiritual transformation that faith brings to a person. The Lord gives power to those who trust in Him. eagles: The eagle depicts the strength that comes from the Lord. The Lord describes His deliverance of the Israelites in Ex. 19:4 as similar to being lifted up on an eagle’s strong wings. In Ps. 103:5 the strength of people who are nourished by God is compared to the strength of the eagle.[5]


40:31 wait for the Lord. See 8:17; 49:23. There is a general principle here that patient, praying believers are blessed by God with strength in their trials (cf. 2Co 12:8–10). The Lord also expected His people to be patient and await His coming in glory at the end to fulfill the promises of national deliverance, when believing Israel would become stronger than they had ever been.[6]


40:31 wait for the Lord. Savoring God’s promise by faith until the time of fulfillment. renew. Find endless supplies of fresh strength.[7]


40:31 They shall go up with wings like eagles Alludes to the exodus miracle (Exod 19:4); the poet casts the vision for a new exodus led by God (Isa 40:3) from Babylon.[8]


40:31 wait. See notes 8:17; 26:8, 9.

mount up … run … walk. These verbs give a vivid picture of the spiritual transformation that comes through faith.[9]


[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 3, pp. 239–240). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Oswalt, J. N. (1998). The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 40–66 (pp. 74–75). 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. 475). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1910). Isaiah (Vol. 2, p. 70). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 847). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Is 40:31). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1312). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[8] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 40:31). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[9] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1008). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

Trump Becomes First Republican President to Promote LGBT Pride Month – Scott Slayton

President Trump ruffled feathers on both sides of the political aisle when he tweeted his support for LGBT Pride Month.
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Beware of False Prophets, Part 1 B | Grace to You: Radio Podcast

Many people think they’re on their way to eternal life only to one day find out that, all along, they’d been traveling down the broad path to destruction. So how can you know for sure which path you are on? John MacArthur answers, today on “Grace to You.”

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Beware of False Prophets, Part 1 | Grace to You: Radio Podcast 

How can you be sure you believe the true gospel? John MacArthur helps you sharpen your discernment today on “Grace to You,” he examines a passage of Scripture that can help you avoid of those who skillfully preach false doctrine.

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Which Way to Heaven? B | Grace to You: Radio Podcast 

Many people today claim to know Jesus. But on the day of judgment what will matter is whether Jesus knows them. So how can you know that you are truly saved? John MacArthur helps to nail down the issue today on “Grace to You.”

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06/06/19 They Would Not Listen — ChuckLawless.com

READING: 2 Kings 16-17, John 11:28-57

You’d think I wouldn’t be surprised by the wickedness of the human heart, but sometimes the Scriptures so vividly describe our condition that it catches me off guard. Today’s reading in 2 Kings takes me in that direction.

In 2 Kings 17, the descriptions of the sins of Israel that led to their downfall are dripping with rebellion. While I won’t include every verse and description here, note the sinful hearts of the people:

  • “This disaster happened because the people of Israel sinned against the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt and because they worshiped other gods” (2 Kgs 17:7).
  • “The Israelites secretly did thingsagainst the Lord their God that were not right” (2 Kgs 17:9).
  • “They did evil things, angering the Lord. They served idols, although the Lord had told them, ‘You must not do this’” (2 Kgs 17:11).
  • “Still, the Lord warned Israel and Judah through every prophet and every seer. . . But they would not listen” (2 Kgs 17:13-14).
  • “They devoted themselves to do what was evil in the Lord’s sight and angered him” (2 Kgs 17:17).

So, they turned against God and followed the false gods of the other nations. They apparently even thought they could keep their sin hidden from God. Then, even though God still warned them through every prophet and seer, they chose not to listen to the warnings. It’s not surprising then that God sent the judgment of exile.

What’s most surprising is that God still kept His covenant with them, and He did not abandon them. He was, and always is, faithful to His word.

PRAYER: “Thank You, God, for Your holy standards and Your gracious mercy.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  2 Kings 18-20, John 12:1-19

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Video: Jordan Peterson at Prager U Summit — Frontpage Mag

In this video, Jordan Peterson discusses good versus evil in confronting life, religion, and human nature during an emotional keynote address at the 2019 Prager U Summit in Santa Barbara, California. Don’t miss it!

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Trump cancels fetal-research funding – WND

President Trump prepares to board Marine One (White House photo)

After a nine-month review of all research involving fetal tissue harvested from elective abortions, the Trump administration has canceled a contract that provides government funding to the University of California, San Francisco.

The Daily Caller reported the Trump administration warned USCF last September that its $2 million annual contract with the National Institute of Health would be curtailed to 90 days and possibly canceled altogether.

An official explained the move is part of “a consistent charge to take a pro-life perspective on all policies.”

Senior administration officials told the Daily Caller the contract will be officially terminated Wednesday.

The Department of Health and Human Services, the news site said, also will install ethics boards overseeing all extramural research involving fetal tissue.

Fetal tissue is the focus of research for cures or treatments for diseases such as HIV and pediatric cancer. But an official argued to the Daily Caller that scientists have been claiming for 26 years that fetal tissue research would lead to significant medical breakthroughs.

Yet, “there have been exactly zero miracle cures.”

Governing funding of fetal-tissue research was banned in 1988. But during the Clinton administration, Congress lifted the ban and voted for government funding.

A senior official said the Trump administration is considering revisiting such a ban.

“You can’t rule anything out,” the official said. “It’s in the suite of options.”

The decision to cancel the UCSF contract was made at the president’s direction, a senior official told the Daily Caller, noting it was a source of tension with top HHS officials.

“This was a decision by the president to affirm that this is a strongly pro-life administration, coming after months of frustration that the gruesome practice hadn’t been ended already by the agency,” the official said.

HHS is considering research alternatives such as stem cells from cord blood and fetal tissue procured after accidents.
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