Daily Archives: June 7, 2019

June 7 The Basics of Faith

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1–6

Key Verse: Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Until we discover what it means to have faith, we cannot begin to walk by faith. Faith in God is more than just believing He exists; it is living with confidence that He will fulfill all His promises and bring salvation to us. We must discover whether we have placed our faith in God or if we only are wishing His Word is true. As our faith is tested, the true spiritual state of our hearts is revealed.

A situation is presented before us where we can act within our own strength, doing whatever we can to manipulate the outcome, or we can trust in God’s strength, taking our hands off the problem and allowing Him to enter the scene.

As we begin to walk by faith, there will be times when we stumble and fall. However, falling and getting up is part of learning how to walk. Once we get up and dust ourselves off, we take our next step with more wisdom, more strength, more faith.

Walking by faith is a lifestyle, a way in which we conduct ourselves. As God molds and shapes us more into His image, He desires for us to live a life of faith, a life that relies upon Him for everything we need. Paul wrote, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.… Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him” (2 Corinthians 5:7, 9 nasb).

Lord, guide me to that place where I go beyond just believing You are real but, rather, rely on Your wisdom for every detail of my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 166). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 7 How to Handle Your Burdens

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:28–30

Key Verse: Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

When our burdens become unbearable, we can seek to dump them in several places. Perhaps we have a friend who will listen to our problems. Perhaps we can find relief in a brief getaway where we can be refreshed and strengthened. We might even have access to a Christian counselor who can give us solid advice.

But nothing or no one can provide the rest and relief that Jesus can when we come to Him with our burdens. Our Savior has broad shoulders, sturdy hands, and a compassionate heart. He bids us to give Him every grievous or weighty matter.

If you are carrying a burden that has you at the breaking point, come to Jesus in prayer. Don’t worry about the right words; just cry out to God. Tell Him how you feel. Prayer is simply talking with God, and that is what you do to shift your burden to Christ.

Come in childlike faith. Jesus said that He would give His light and easy load in return for your heaviness. Does He lie? Is He being too simplistic?

No. God can sustain you as you trust Him. Focus on His power, and receive His all-sufficient help. He will not let you down. He will not let you fall. Jesus hears your plea. He will lighten your load so that you may persevere.

Master, sometimes it seems as if my burdens are unbearable. Thank You for Your broad shoulders, sturdy hands, and compassionate heart. You exchange my heavy load for Your light and easy burden.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 166). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

I bought my dad a Juul e-cigarette to see if he’d give up his Marlboros. Here’s what happened

Casper LaVito smoking a Juul

Angelica LaVito | CNBC

Casper LaVito smoking a Juul

My dad isn’t much of a texter, but he’s been a smoker for 35 years.

I bought him a Juul in November to see if he would finally stop smoking. Now he texts me every day with progress reports.

“Day 24 new beginning hoorah love dad.”

Cigarettes were always part of my childhood memories with my dad. He was always trying to quit, even eating carrots once to try to mimic the experience of holding a cigarette. That didn’t last.

Casper LaVito, 69, recently cut down to a few cigarettes a day. But doctors say even one a day isn’t healthy.

As a health-care reporter, I’ve written about how hard it is to quit. Roughly 68 percent of adult smokers want to quit and about 55 percent have tried, but only 7.4 percent succeeded, according to federal data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

E-cigarettes are marketed to smokers as a way to satisfy their nicotine fix without all the harm that comes from cigarettes. One e-cigarette maker in particular, Juul, has overtaken the market over the past year. I’ve followed Juul’s rise, as well as the backlash resulting from its wild popularity among teenagers.

I wrote a story about adults who quit smoking by switching to Juul and it got me thinking. What if I bought my dad one? I pitched him the idea and he agreed. I live in New York and he lives in suburban Chicago, so we waited until I was home for Thanksgiving to start our experiment.

At home, I bought him a starter kit. I opened the box to show him how to assemble the device. I read through the four flavors — creme, fruit mint and tobacco — but when I reached fruit, he didn’t want to hear any of the others. Juul has gotten criticized for its kid-friendly fruity flavors, so I was surprised to find my 69-year-old father wanted to try one.

He took his first hit after we charged it. I asked him if now he would throw out the pack of Marlboro Lights he had sitting in his apartment. He said no. He wasn’t totally sold on Juul.

I left the Juul with him, thinking it would collect dust and asking him to send updates.

He called the next day, saying he liked “the e-cigarette.” By Friday, he said he was still lighting a cigarette every day out of habit, taking a drag and putting it out.

Nine days later, he called and proclaimed, “No more cigarettes.”

Then came the texts.

“Day 2 no smokes hoorah love Dad thanks”

“Day 11 going strong love dad”

“Day 16 holy cow unbelievable love dad”

“Special report. Food tastes better”

The journalist in me was skeptical. I would do my own investigation when I went home for Christmas.

Sure enough, he showed up to Christmas Eve with his Juul. After dinner, he pulled out his Juul instead of a cigarette. After our annual carriage ride, he used his Juul. He wasn’t kidding. No more cigarettes.

I asked him what happened. He said after a few days using both, he realized it was stupid. Why use the Juul and still smoke?

My dad’s been perpetually “quitting” for years. I don’t think he would ever truly quit on his own.

It’s now been a month since our experiment began. Dad says he now hasn’t smoked a cigarette in 30 days. It takes him one-and-a-half days to go through a pod. Each pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, meaning he’s consuming more nicotine than he was when he was smoking a few cigarettes every day.

Eventually he says he wants to wean himself off the Juul and free himself from nicotine altogether. For now, he seems happy puffing on his mint Juul pods.

WATCH: How Juul made vaping cool and became an e-cigarette giant



E-cigarettes ‘much better for quitting smoking’ – BBC News

E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacements for helping smokers quit, a study suggests.

A trial found 18% of smokers who used them to quit remained smoke-free after a year, compared with 9.9% of those using nicotine-replacement treatments.

The study of 886 smokers is the first to test how effective modern e-cigarettes are for quitting.

Researchers hope their findings will lead to vaping devices being routinely offered by stop-smoking services.

Public Health England has already called for e-cigarettes to be made available on the NHS within five years, pointing to a body of research that suggests they are at least 95% less harmful than cigarettes. 

However, up until now there had been a shortage of evidence on how effective they were as stop-smoking tools.

Lead researcher Prof Peter Hajek, from Queen Mary University of London, said: “Although a large number of smokers report that they have quit smoking successfully with the help of e-cigarettes, health professionals have been reluctant to recommend their use because of the lack of clear evidence from randomised controlled trials. 

“This is now likely to change.”

‘Accelerate’ smoking reduction

Participants in the trial, who were dependent on smoking and had previously failed to give up, attended NHS stop-smoking services and were randomly assigned into two groups: 

  • those who received a nicotine-replacement treatment of their choice, which included gum, patches, lozenges, sprays and inhalators, or a combination of treatments, for up to three months
  • those who got an e-cigarette starter pack with one or two bottles of e-liquid (two to four weeks’ supply) 

Those given e-cigarettes were encouraged to buy future supplies of their own choice of strengths and flavours, and all participants received weekly one-on-one behavioural support for at least four weeks.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that in addition to having higher rates of quitting, more e-cigarette users reduced their smoking by at least 50%.

E-cigarettes also provided higher satisfaction and were rated as more helpful than nicotine-replacement treatment.

A higher proportion of those who used the devices experienced mouth and throat irritation (65% v 51%), although people using the nicotine-replacement treatments were more likely to report nausea (38% v 31%). These effects were mostly mild.

Prof Hajek said he hoped the results of the study would lead to stop-smoking services offering quitters an e-cigarette starter pack and guidance on how to vape, after which they could pay for their own supplies.

“This may ultimately further accelerate the reduction in smoking and in smoking-related diseases,” said Dunja Przulj, another author of the study, also from Queen Mary University of London.

Smoking v vaping: Watch lab test results

The study has some limitations. 

Because people had known which treatment they had received – as opposed to being “blinded” as they are in most randomised controlled trials – it was possible participants may have perceived nicotine replacements as an inferior option and put less effort into quitting, the authors said.

They also said more work was needed to determine if their results would apply to countries outside of the UK and for less dependent smokers.

The study comes after an independent review of evidence on e-cigarettes, by Public Health England, published in February last year, concluded there was “overwhelming evidence” they were far safer than smoking and “of negligible risk to bystanders”.

However, some experts have said e-cigarettes, while safer than normal cigarettes, are not harm-free, and their long-term effects are not yet known.

Responding to this latest research, Public Health England said: “All stop-smoking services should welcome smokers who want to quit with the help of an e-cigarette.” 

— Read on www.bbc.com/news/health-47041111

SBC President J.D. Greear Promotes Word of Faith Heretic, Christine Caine — Reformation Charlotte

Sex trafficking is bad. Watching porn is bad. And watching television shows that include pornographic scenes — like Game of Thrones — is also bad. But, as Christians, there is not one place in Scripture that commands us to align with false teachers and heretics to achieve a noble cause.

Southern Baptist President J.D. Greear, however, likes to regularly set aside the Scriptures to advance some kind of culturally-accepted cause. From softening up on homosexuality and calling on Christians to stand up for LGBT rights to accepting those who support abortion-promoting politicians in our ranks, Greear’s controversies seem to be never-ending.

Now, Greear is promoting one of the most nefarious of the Prosperity Gospel lady-preachers, Hillsong’s very own Christine Caine.

Read more: SBC President J.D. Greear Promotes Word of Faith Heretic, Christine Caine — Reformation Charlotte

June 7 Don’t Believe A Lie

Scripture reading: Colossians 3:1–5

Key verse: Matthew 16:23

But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Paul reminded the Corinthians of their position in Christ—holy, righteous, and blameless—because he knew their thinking must to change before their behavior could be altered.

Here is where many fail to overcome unwanted habits. We try to change our actions without conforming our thinking to God’s truth.

We inevitably act the way we perceive ourselves. If we feel like unworthy sinners, then we will usually act like them—guilt-ridden, erratic, and unhappy. Satan points his dirty finger at our actions and accuses us as vile sinners until we finally believe him.

Don’t believe a lie! Don’t yield to the father of lies and the accuser of the brethren who has no truth in him.

This is the truth: You are a saint who occasionally sins. However, nothing you did yesterday, today, or tomorrow can change your position in Christ. When you do sin, even habitually, you are not acting according to your true desires or identity as God’s holy one. You are acting inconsistently with your new nature in Christ.

God says you are a saint now that you have received Christ. That is why you can experience victory over all sin. Christ is in you. He will make you more than a conqueror as you know the truth that sets you free.

Dear Lord, help me to walk in the victory that is mine. Make me more than a conqueror over sin.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 166). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Evangelicals to Trump: On LGBT issue, ‘you’ve got to pick a side’ | One News Now

“Mr. President, you can’t play it both ways.” That’s the message to Donald Trump from a conservative evangelical leader when it comes to LGBT Pride Month.

Speaking Thursday on American Family Radio, Dr. Michael L. Brown took issue with President Trump’s recent tweets acknowledging LGBT Pride Month.

“I wrote an article saying, ‘Mr. President, don’t do this. You’re going to alienate the people most important to you and you’re not going to win over the gay and lesbian community,'” Brown said. OneNewsNow columnist Bryan Fischer made essentially the same argument earlier this week.

In a series of tweets dated May 31, President Trump said the following:

As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!

While Trump has stated that he has no problem with same-sex “marriage,” he had been silent regarding Pride Month in previous years.

Michael Brown“In my mind, he’s consistent on one level in that he likes gays and lesbians, that he’s got no issue with ‘gay marriage,'” continued Brown. “He fights against this stuff when it infringes upon our liberties and [when it] pushes back against our Christian values – but you can’t play both ends. It’s just not going to work.”

In his column on Tuesday, Bryan Fischer tackled what he calls the “repeated conflict” between religious liberty and the homosexual agenda:

“In those showdowns, one side of the other has to win. Either constitutionally protected rights of religious liberty will win or purely manufactured ‘rights’ will. On this issue, it is simply impossible for everybody to get what they want.

President Trump, just like everybody else, is going to have to pick a side.”

Other people voicing concerns about the president’s tweets include American Family Association president Tim Wildmon and Elizabeth Johnston, also known as “The Activist Mommy.”

Source: Evangelicals to Trump: On LGBT issue, ‘you’ve got to pick a side’

More evidence Mueller Report was a dishonest hit job omitting key facts to distort conclusions | American Thinker Blog

No wonder Robert Mueller does not want to testify before any congressional committees.  The Special Counsel Report that bears his name (that many observers theorize was actually supervised by Andrew Weissmann, who has a track record of deceptive practices causing his politically charged convictions to be overturned) has been exposed as omitting key information to create false impressions of wrongdoing among the public.  It joins the Steele Dossier in ignominy as vile propaganda, and part of the greatest political scandal in American history — the concerted effort of unelected law enforcement and intelligence bureaucrats to determine the results of an election and, when frustrated in that goal, to undo it.  Perhaps someday it will be known as the “Weissmann dossier” to put it in proper context.

We first found out about this betrayal of the public trust by Team Mueller at the beginning of the week because:

… the government filed “on the public docket ‘the transcript of the voicemail recording’ from President Trump’s attorney John Dowd to Michael Flynn.” That recording — in doctored form — had been part of the Mueller Report section on obstruction of justice.

The unexpected release of source material used by Team Mueller exposed the trickery.  Now the Intelligence Community and FBI bureaucrats are doing their best to obstruct the release of other source documents.  I suspect that many Democrats who demanded the release of Mueller’s source document now regret that demand and hope we all forget about it.

Now a second egregious omission intended to mislead has been exposed by John Solomon of The Hill, who has throughout this scandal dug down and exposed the facts, even as media co-conspirators with the Intelligence Community subversives reap Pulitzers for receiving leaks of classified material.  Solomon writes:

In a key finding of the Mueller reportUkrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is tied to Russian intelligence.

But hundreds of pages of government documents — which special counsel Robert Mueller possessed since 2018 — describe Kilimnik as a “sensitive” intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters.

By concealing this key fact, the Report conveyed the impression of subversive contact with a Russian agent, when in fact the purported agent was on our side, a white hat informing on the Russians.

And, as they say on the late-night TV commercials for gadgets, “But wait…there’s more.”  A lot more, as this long and detailed analysis of five discrepancies in the report shows.

Mueller may have thought he could close the case with the press conference that allowed no questions.  The House Democrats have made a huge issue of responding to their subpoenas.  Their words can be used against Mueller by Senate committees — such as Lindsey Graham’s Judiciary Committee — and Mueller has no executive privilege argument to make.  After Mueller, get Weissmann in the hot seat, and we’ll see some real fireworks.

Mueller caricature by Donkey Hotey (cropped).

Source: More evidence Mueller Report was a dishonest hit job omitting key facts to distort conclusions

Responding to “You Can’t ‘Prove’ or ‘Disprove’ God’s Existence” — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Over the years I have heard hundreds of objections to the Christian faith on a major college campus. One of the most common objections I hear is that there is no way to ‘prove’ or ‘disprove’ God’s existence. Sadly, this can allow a person to punt to some form of lazy agnosticism. Thus, they are off the hook and can ignore the God question. When this comes up, I now ask students what they mean by ‘prove’ and then I ask them if they know the difference between deductive, inductive or abductive proof. Unless they have taken an intro to logic course, in most cases, they don’t know any of these terms. I don’t bring this up to be snarky. Nor do I do it to try to show them how smart I am.  Nor am I trying to use confusing terminology. I am simply trying to get them to think through what they mean by the word ‘proof.’ See our chart here.

I discuss some of the issues that are mentioned in the chart above. I also ask them what would convince them God exists. In most cases, they will generally respond three ways. They will say “I have never thought of that before?” In many cases,  they also may say that they think God should show them some sort of sign that He is real. 
Anyway, I hope this helps in your discussions with people.

via Responding to “You Can’t ‘Prove’ or ‘Disprove’ God’s Existence” — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

‘A Disgrace’: Trump Slams ‘Nervous Nancy’ Pelosi Over Prison Comment | ZeroHedge News

Nancy Pelosi may have gone a step too far trying to appease her Democratic colleagues frothing at the mouth for a Trump impeachment, after the House Speaker told senior Democrats that she’d like to see Trump “in prison.”

Pelosi made the statements while clashing with House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) over whether to launch impeachment proceedings, according to Politico.

In response, Trump hammered Pelosi – tweeting on Thursday “Nervous Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace to herself and her family for having made such a disgusting statement, especially since I was with foreign leaders overseas,” adding “There is no evidence for such a thing to have been said. Nervous Nancy & Dems are getting Zero work done in Congress and have no intention of doing anything other than going on a fishing expedition to see if they can find anything on me – both illegal & unprecedented in U.S. history.”

Pelosi’s comment comes two weeks after she claimed without evidence that Trump was engaged in a ‘cover-up’ in regards to the administration’s efforts to prevent former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.

Democrats have been sharply divided over whether to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump over allegations that he obstructed the Mueller probe.

At least 55 House Democrats are on record endorsing an impeachment inquiry, according to The Hill, however Pelosi has been joined by several prominent Democrats in opposing the move because the Senate would never follow suit, which would ‘exonerate’ Trump just in time for the 2020 election. 

Last week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff – who swore up and down that he had evidence of Trump-Russia collusion that was “more than circumstantial” – effectively threw cold water on impeachment, telling The Hill last week “Where it ends I don’t know,” adding “I presume it ends with Donald Trump being voted out of office.”

Meanwhile, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Post titled: “Listen to Pelosi, Democrats. Now’s not the time to impeach Trump.

Source: ‘A Disgrace’: Trump Slams ‘Nervous Nancy’ Pelosi Over Prison Comment

Dershowitz: Pelosi sounds like Stalin | WND

(Washington Examiner) Alan Dershowitz criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after she reportedly said she wants to see President Trump in prison.

“As a liberal Democrat, I am appalled at Nancy Pelosi,” Dershowitz, a civil liberties advocate and former Harvard law professor, said Thursday on Fox News. “The idea of her weaponizing the criminal justice system and calling for the imprisonment of the President of the United States without him being charged with any crime, without him being charged with any impeachable offense. It’s just outrageous.”

“It sounds like the conversation between Stalin and Beria where Beria said to Stalin, ‘Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime,’” Dershowitz said.

Source: Dershowitz: Pelosi sounds like Stalin

Google Deploys Squads Of Firemen To Burn Offensive Books, Videos, Websites — The Babylon Bee

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—It looks like Google is adding hundreds of jobs to Silicon Valley, as its newly opened book-burning division is looking to hire firemen.

These firemen don’t put out fires, but rather, they destroy books, videos, information, and anything else that contradicts a far-left worldview. They utilize fire at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. Google’s robotics division has also reportedly developed a Mechanical Hound designed to sniff out resistance to its totalitarian destruction of offensive content.

Google listed several hundred available positions in the company’s new “Firehouse” department. The listing posted on Google’s Careers page is replicated below:

Position: Fireman

Location: Various


  • Good with fire
  • Won’t question orders
  • At least two years of book-burning experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in gender studies or equivalent practical experience (e.g., screaming at sky, rioting, etc.) 
  • Far-left worldview

About the job

Google aspires to be an organization that doesn’t allow any dissent on the internet. And people have increasingly come to support and vote for policies that cancel, delete, and remove worldviews and people they disagree with. It’s a much cleaner, safer, entertaining world this way.


  • Scour the internet, local book stores and libraries, YouTube, etc. for content that has the potential to make someone uncomfortable and destroy it.
  • Cancel people the Company disagrees with.
  • Go on coffee runs from time to time

In response to the looming destruction of history, books, and dissent, a group of exiles has reportedly fled to the hills, each of them having memorized a book or YouTube video that Google has destroyed in hopes of one day rebuilding society.

via Google Deploys Squads Of Firemen To Burn Offensive Books, Videos, Websites — The Babylon Bee

Bombshell New Report Shows The Catholic Church Spent Millions Trying To Stop Legislation That Would Help Victims Of Pedophile Priests Get Justice — Now The End Begins

A new report released Tuesday reveals that, over the past eight years, the Catholic Church has spent $10.6 million in the northeastern United States to fight legislation that would help victims of pedophile priests sexual abuse seek justice.

The Vatican speaks with a slithering tongue out of both sides of their mouth, that’s one of the reasons why the Papal Auditorium is nothing but a giant reptile. When it comes to the hundreds of thousands of children who have been raped and molested by tens of thousands of pedophile Roman Catholic priests, Pope Francis is quite busy spewing words out of both sides of his filthy mouth as we see in today’s article.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:4-6 (KJV)

This new blockbuster report shows the paper trail of over $10 million spent to stop victims of pedophile priests from every getting justice from the law. This while the Roman pontiff says over and over about how it is “urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.” Ha! Nothing could be further from the truth , the Catholic Church has no intention of ever making any priest pay for any of their crimes, and will only do anything when forced by secular courts of justice. But really, what else would you expect from a group that the Bible calls the “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

The Catholic Church diocese in Texas tried to stop police from investigating child sex crimes, and it took a surprise raid on their offices to get their hands on the proof. Pope Francis issued a gag order on his bishops to prevent them from talking about sex abuse reforms. Pope Francis lied about and got caught in that lie where he pretended he had no idea of what was happening to Catholic children in Chile. His own personal advisor and Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of homosexual child sexual assault, Francis said he “had no idea” of any of it, and defended him against his accusers.

The Roman Catholic harlot is not the “christian church” as they claim, they are a satanic nest of devils who prey on children while they lie and cover for each other. If after you read this article, click on all the links and read the official report, you can still stand with the Catholic Church I cannot possibly fathom how you could be saved. Not in a million years, no sir.

Catholic Church spent $10.6 million to lobby against legislation that would benefit victims of child sex abuse

FROM CBS NEWS: “At the most basic level, we were inspired by frustration,” says attorney Gerald Williams, a partner at Williams Cedar, one of four law firms that jointly commissioned the report. “We represent hundreds of people, who have truly been victimized by clergymen in the Catholic Church. We’ve heard a lot about the church’s desire to be accountable and turn over a new leaf. But when we turn to the form where we can most help people and where we can get the most justice — the courts of justice — the church has been there blocking their efforts.”

In New York, for example, the Catholic Church spent $2,912,772 lobbying against the Child Victims Act, which Governor Andrew Cuomo ultimately signed into law on February 14, 2019. The act gives survivors more time to seek justice against their abusers, increasing the age at which victims are able to sue from 23 to 55.

Similarly, in Pennsylvania — where in 2018 a grand jury report detailed evidence of more than 300 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children — the Catholic Church spent $5,322,979 lobbying to keep current restrictions in place on the statute of limitations in which victims can seek criminal or civil charges against their abusers.

Catholic Church spent $10.6 million to lobby against legislation that would benefit victims of child sex abuse

The funneling of such a large chunk of money to the Church’s lobbying arm, the Catholic Conference Policy Group, with the intention of combating reform that would benefit sexual abuse victims seems directly counter to recent statements the Church has made publicly, vowing to take accountability.

In August 2018, Pope Francis himself said, “The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.”

However, according to the report, “CHURCH INFLUENCING STATE: How the Catholic Church Spent Millions Against Survivors of Clergy Abuse,” the Catholic Church has not only continued to invest in lobbying against the interests of victims, their investments in this area have actually increased over the years.

Catholic Church spent $10.6 million to lobby against legislation that would benefit victims of child sex abuse

“They make a lot of positive statements, but when the Church literally puts its money where its mouth is, it’s on the side of self-protection and not help for the survivors,” Williams told CBS News. “I believe the church has a long way to go to show that it stands with survivors. I believe that these data indicate that it’s not standing with the survivors, that in fact it’s standing against the survivors.”

The data in the report is based entirely on public filings in the individual states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. And Williams believes it’s “likely” that at least some of the money used by the Catholic Church to combat extending the statute of limitations for survivors came from Sunday collections from the faithful.


“It’s hard for us to tell just from the raw numbers, but it’s likely,” he says. “We can’t say for certain where the money comes from. We can only say that it’s a lot of money that could be spent for more constructive purposes.”

“They make a lot of positive statements, but when the Church literally puts its money where its mouth is, it’s on the side of self-protection and not help for the survivors,” Williams told CBS News. “I believe the church has a long way to go to show that it stands with survivors. I believe that these data indicate that it’s not standing with the survivors, that in fact it’s standing against the survivors.” READ MORE

via Bombshell New Report Shows The Catholic Church Spent Millions Trying To Stop Legislation That Would Help Victims Of Pedophile Priests Get Justice — Now The End Begins

Weekly Watchman for 06/07/2019

Praying for Our President

This morning we look at several controversies rocking the Christian world including The Pope changing The Lord’s Prayer, the controversy surrounding Pastor David Platt praying for President Trump when he showed up unexpectedly at his church, and the ongoing argument over whether Jesus would attend a Gay Pride Event.

In our first segment we visit with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to discuss a Madison School’s blatant indoctrination of elementary school students into the transgender movement and a conservative pastor calling out Wisconsin Republican legislators for their cowardice and hypocrisy in not passing strong pro-life legislation when they controlled the legislative process.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Spiritual Disorientation in the Church?

It is quite enough that the Christian Church faces a world increasingly confusing and hostile toward God and His Word.  That is a significant enough battle for a church that is focused and standing on the Word of God.  But when the church becomes confused about what is right and wrong according to God this battle becomes all the more difficult. Mike and David look at some news stories that show rampant confusion infiltrating some churches including one liberal church adding a “Psychic” to its staff and another teaching that God’s gender is “neutral”, and a pastor at a Christian College commencement praying and asking God to come against fossil fuels and “straight white men”.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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A Better Way to Educate and Equip Youth

The accepted American formula for success includes graduating High School and then going off to College to establish a foundation for success as an adult.  The only problem is this:  it isn’t working!  Youth are graduating College often with useless degrees, indoctrinated into an anti-biblical worldview, strapped with massive debt and a feeling of hopelessness.

This morning Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins Mike and Crash Connell to discuss a practical alternative to preparing students for life—one that is based on the Word and practical teachings of God.

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The Importance of Sound Biblical Doctrine

In what we call the Great Commission, Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples and teach them everything He commanded. Doctrine (‘doctrina,’ Lat.) simply means “teaching.” In Acts chapter 2, the foundation of the early church was the teaching of those apostles. Without a solid foundation of accurate biblical doctrine, a church becomes nothing more than a social club.

But doctrine has almost become a bad word in a growing number of churches, as if doctrine is automatically “divisive” and “unloving.”  In reality, biblical doctrine is the foundation for Christian unity and love. Pastor Randy White joins Mike and David to discuss the importance of teaching sound biblical doctrine.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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David Wilkerson: “Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires”

On March 7, 2009 David Wilkerson released an urgent message to his entire mailing list regarding the great civil unrest that is coming to America.  Since that time, America has become more divided than ever.  Hatred, anger and frustration are all rising to extremely dangerous levels, and the mainstream media and many of our top politicians add fuel to the fire on a daily basis.  Here is the entire message that David Wilkerson shared with his mailing list a little more than 10 years ago

— Read on themostimportantnews.com/archives/david-wilkerson-major-cities-all-across-america-will-experience-riots-and-blazing-fires

Visualizing Monthly Mortgage Payments in the United States

Cash is king in real estate, but the reality is that most home buyers will need to take out a mortgage in order to afford a house. Many properties require at least a 20 percent down payment (less than that requires private mortgage insurance), while the rest can be financed through a mortgage loan. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 63% of homeowners have a mortgage. However, the median home prices where you live determine not only how much you will need to amass as a down payment, but also what your monthly mortgage payment will be.

Our new visualization uses data from Zillow Research and the St. Louis Fed to find the metro areas with the most expensive and least expensive mortgage payments. The darker shades of pink indicate higher monthly mortgage payments, while lighter shades of pink are lower monthly mortgage payments. We have assumed a 20% down payment as well as a 30-year mortgage duration. The 4.08% average interest rate for a 30-year mortgage has been retrieved from FRED on 04/04/19. No taxes or insurance payment is included in our analysis. To see how we arrived at our calculations, you can view our spreadsheet here.

Top 5 Metros With the Most Expensive Mortgage Payments

1. San Jose, CA – $4,008
2. San Francisco, CA – $2,994
3. Vineyard Haven, MA – $2,963
4. Santa Cruz, CA – $2,940
5. Edwards, CO – $2,488

Bottom 5 Metros With the Least Expensive Mortgage Payments

1. Coffeyville, KS – $205
2. Newport, TN – $259
3. Union City, TN – $283
4. Rockingham, NC – $294
5. Martin, TN – $296

Overall, mortgage payments tend to be less expensive in the South and the Midwest and most expensive in the Northeast and the West. Seven of the top ten most expensive metros are located in California, especially centered around Silicon Valley. The monthly mortgage payment in the most expensive metro, San Jose ($4,008), is about 33% higher than the second-most expensive metro, San Francisco ($2,994). The cost of a monthly mortgage in San Jose is also almost 20 times greater than the mortgage cost in Coffeyville, KS ($205), the least expensive metro on this list.

Curious to see how much you would have to earn in order to afford a house in the largest U.S. metros? You can view that visualization here.

Data: Table 1.1

— Read on howmuch.net/

June 7, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Proper View of Ourselves

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.” (3:18–20)

Much division in the church would be eliminated if individuals were not so impressed with their own wisdom. A person who thinks that he is wise in this age—that is, wise in contemporary human wisdom—does nothing but deceive himself. Anyone who is so self-deceived ought to become foolish (mōros), that is, identify with those who recognize that human wisdom, including our own, is mere foolishness (mōria) without God. Those two Greek terms are from the same root from which we get moron. Human wisdom is moronic in the Lord’s sight, before God. Unity in the church can never come without recognizing human wisdom to be what God declares it to be: foolish. And unity can never come without Christians becoming foolish in the world’s eyes by conforming to God’s wisdom.

The human wisdom that is foolish is in the area of spiritual truth. Paul is not talking about such things as business, mathematics, science, or mechanics. We can be quite knowledgeable about those things without any special enlightenment from God. Where human wisdom becomes foolish and useless is in matters concerning God, salvation, and spiritual truth. Human wisdom has no way of discovering and understanding divine things.

Even Christians, therefore, do not have a right to their own opinions about the things God has revealed. When Christians start expressing and following their own ideas about the gospel, the church, and Christian living, the saints cannot help becoming divided. Christians are no wiser in their flesh than are unbelievers. The first step in a Christian’s becoming truly wise is to recognize that his own human wisdom is foolishness, a reflection of the wisdom of this world, which is foolishness before God. It is the product of intellectual pride and is the enemy of God’s revelation.

The church must create an atmosphere in which the Word of God is honored and submitted to, in which human opinion is never used to judge or qualify revelation. As far as the things of God are concerned, Christians must be totally under the teaching of Scripture and the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Only then can we be open to God’s wisdom and truly become wise. Common commitment to the Word of God is the basic unifier.

Where the Word of God is not set up as the supreme authority, division is inevitable. Such happens even in evangelical churches, when pastors and other leaders begin substituting their own ideas for the truths of Scripture. The substitution is seldom intentional, but it will always happen when the Bible is neglected. A Bible that is not studied carefully cannot be followed carefully. And where it is not followed there will be division, because there will be no common ground for beliefs and practices. When the truth of Scripture is not the sole authority, men’s varied opinions become the authority.

Some people are not satisfied unless they can express their opinion on virtually everything. Some are not happy unless they take the opposite side from the majority. Intellectual pride cannot be content to listen and admire; it must always speak up and criticize. By its very nature, it must always try to win out in an issue. It cannot stand opposition or contradiction. It must justify itself at any cost and is exclusive. It looks down its nose at all who disagree.

Pride is always at the heart of human wisdom, the wisdom of this world, which is foolishness before God. It is difficult to teach a person who thinks he knows everything. The Roman rhetorician Quintilian said of some of his students, “They would doubtlessly have become excellent scholars if they had not been so fully persuaded of their own scholarship.” A well-known Arab proverb goes: “He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him. He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is simple. Teach him.”

If a congregation were to have ten men with doctorates who were only nominal in their commitment to the Lord and to His Word, and ten other men who had only finished high school but who were completely sold out to the Lord and steeped in His Word, it should not be hard to decide which ten were most qualified to lead the church. By God’s standards it would be no contest. Having members who are highly talented and trained can be of considerable help to a church, but only if those who possess such abilities are submitted to the truths and standards of Scripture. Christ will rule and unify His church if He is given pure channels committed to His Word through whom to mediate that rule.

When believers look to psychology alone, instead of to God’s Word, for answers to personal or marital or moral problems, spiritual disaster results. When Christian businessmen look to popular methods of expediency alone, rather than to the principles of Scripture, to determine business ethics, their spiritual life and testimony are undermined. In science and technology men have made great advances, for which we should be glad and from which we can profit. But in regard to the things of God and His plan and will for men, human ideas and understanding stand completely empty and helpless.

The liberal Bible scholars and theologians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were brilliant men, highly learned in many areas. They often disagreed with one another on doctrines and interpretations, but the one belief in which they were unanimous was that the Bible was essentially a human book. Because they considered it to be primarily human, though perhaps influenced by divine guidance of some sort, they felt perfectly free to reject or modify whatever part of Scripture did not fit their own understanding. Because they did not believe that writing had been developed by Moses’ time, they concluded that he could not have written the Pentateuch. Because they did not believe in supernatural predictions, they did not believe that the man Daniel could possibly have written the book of Daniel, which tells of events hundreds of years after he lived. When Scripture reported that God said or did something that was contrary to their self-invented view of God, they denied that He said or did it. In the name of intellectualism they decimated God’s Word, leaving only that which suited their personal biases. They also decimated a great part of His church, causing unimaginable confusion, doubt, unbelief, and spiritual division. The legacy of those men is still polluting seminaries, colleges, and churches throughout the world.

The person who elevates his own wisdom will always have a low view of Scripture. But the more important truth is that God knows the value of that person’s own wisdom. It is foolishness, stupid, totally unreliable and useless. Eventually God will trip up those who oppose His Word. He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness. Like Haman, they hang on their own gallows (Esther 7:7–10). Their cunning plans turn to condemn them as God catches them in their own trap. He knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.

Human philosophy is totally inadequate to bring men to God, to show them how to be saved or how to live. It will always become entrapped in its own schemes, and entrap those who trust in it. The one who trusts in human understanding does not have the right understanding of himself. He does not see that his spiritual opinions, ideas, and reasonings are useless (mataios), vain and empty.

The proper view of ourselves, the godly and true view, is that apart from divine truth we are fools with empty thoughts. Recognizing this truth opens the door to true wisdom and closes the door to division.[1]

19. For the wisdom of this world. This is an argument taken from things opposite. To maintain the one is to overturn the other. As, therefore, the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, it follows that we cannot be wise in the sight of God, unless we are fools in the view of the world. We have already explained (chap. 1:20) what he means by the wisdom of this world; for natural perspicacity is a gift of God, and the liberal arts, and all the sciences by which wisdom is acquired, are gifts of God. They are confined, however, within their own limits; for into God’s heavenly kingdom they cannot penetrate. Hence they must occupy the place of handmaid, not of mistress: nay more, they must be looked upon as empty and worthless, until they have become entirely subject to the word and Spirit of God. If, on the other hand, they set themselves in opposition to Christ, they must be looked upon as dangerous pests, and, if they strive to accomplish anything of themselves, as the worst of all hindrances. Hence the wisdom of the world, in Paul’s acceptation, is that which assumes to itself authority, and does not allow itself to be regulated by the word of God, or to be subdued, so as to yield itself up in entire subjection to him. Until, therefore, matters have come to this, that the individual acknowledges that he knows nothing but what he has learned from God, and, giving up his own understanding, resigns himself unreservedly to Christ’s guidance, he is wise in the world’s account, but he is foolish in the estimation of God.

For it is written, He taketh the wise. He confirms this from two Scripture proofs, the first of which is taken from Job 5:13, where the wisdom of God is extolled on this ground, that no wisdom of the world can stand before it. Now it is certain, that the Prophet speaks there of those that are cunning and crafty; but as the wisdom of man is invariably such without God, it is with good reason that Paul applies it in this sense,—that whatever wisdom men have of themselves is reckoned of no account in the sight of God. The second is from Psalm 94:11, where David, after claiming for God alone the office and authority of the Instructor of all, adds, that He knows the thoughts of all to be vain. Hence, in whatever estimation they are held by us, they are, in the judgment of God, vain. Here we have an admirable passage for bringing down the confidence of the flesh, while God from on high declares that everything that the mind of man conceives and contrives is mere vanity.[2]

19a Note that when Paul says “the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight,” he is reversing what he said in 1:25—“the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.” In other words, the apostle is setting up two sets of total opposites of wisdom and foolishness: Whatever the world considers wise, God calls foolish; and whatever God calls wise (especially his grand plan of salvation through Christ crucified and risen again), the world calls foolish. There is no middle ground; there is no third choice; there is no planting one foot firmly in the present age and one foot in the age to come. As Jesus himself pointed out, no one can serve two masters (Mt 6:24). When confronted with the gospel, all human beings face an either-or choice.

19b–20 Paul backs up what he has been saying by quoting two texts from the OT: Job 5:13 and Psalm 94:11. Although the first text is a quotation from Eliphaz (and is the only direct quote from Job in the NT), the sentiment Paul expresses—namely, that God knows what is going on in the world and that no one (here labeled “the wise”) can hide from God the shenanigans he or she is doing—is part of the common framework for all the characters in Job; in fact, it is a common theme in many places of the OT (cf., e.g., Ps 139). The quotation from Psalm 94:11 says essentially the same thing, namely, that God knows the thoughts of every person (though Paul substitutes “the wise” for “man” in Ps 94) and that apart from him, human thoughts are futile.[3]

19–20 Paul now gives the theological basis for the preceding exhortation, plus its scriptural support. The way of stating it is the reverse of what was said at the beginning (1:18–25). There he set out to demonstrate that “the wisdom of God [Christ crucified] is foolishness to the world.” Here he says, “The wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” Exactly the same point is made, but now in terms of the divine perspective, which ultimately is the only one that counts. If before they were being shown the foolishness of their “wisdom”—because God and God’s ways stand in contradiction to it—now they are being urged to adopt God’s perspective altogether, since their “wisdom,” after all, is folly.

And how do we know? Because once again, as earlier (1:19), there is sufficient evidence from what “is written” that God has always so regarded human efforts to understand God’s ways. In this case two texts are cited, Job 5:13 and Ps. 94:11 (LXX 93:11), brought together under the keyword “the wise,” along with God’s attitude toward such. The citations together illustrate the utter futility of “the wise,” hence the fact that their “wisdom is foolishness in God’s sight.” The first text is expressed in the imagery of hunting, in which the hunter uses the very craftiness, or cunning, of the prey as the means of capture.450 The ultimate irony is that people are cunningly avoiding the God with whom they have to do; but God has used that very cunning to ensnare them. Thinking themselves to be wise, they are in fact fools. The second text emphasizes their ultimate futility. God knows their reasonings, that they are futile. The obvious point for Paul, therefore, is that the Corinthians are themselves fools if they do not take seriously this divine view of things.[4]

3:19–20 / The initial word, For, indicates that Paul is offering an explanation for the command and advice he gave in verse 18. Although the niv leaves the word untranslated, “for” reoccurs in 3:19b in the introduction to the first scriptural citation. As it is written literally reads, “For it is written.” Thus, the line For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight is a modified inversion of what Paul said in 1:18a, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.” By inverting the dynamics of the controversy, Paul gives a theological explanation for his insistence that any Corinthian wishing to be wise must first become a fool, and he describes the wisdom of this world from God’s point of view: it is foolishness. Paul’s explanation itself requires supporting arguments (in 3:19b-20) and further explanation (in 3:21–23).

Paul offers a combination of explication, precedent, and proof by citing two passages of Scripture in support of his argument, Job 5:13 and then Psalm 94:11 (93:11 lxx). The citation from Job seems very loosely related to the original text, for the lxx refers to God literally as “the one who takes the wise ones in [their] prudence,” whereas Paul names God as “the one who catches the wise ones in their craftiness.” Paul comes closer to the psalm text in 3:20, simply altering the word “humans” in the psalm to read wise. These passages present vivid images. The verb “catch” in Job comes from the language of hunting, so that Paul’s employment of this particular verse presents a divine irony. As people craftily try to avoid God’s will and work through their involvement with “wisdom,” God uses their very craftiness to capture them; for as they posture themselves before God and humanity as the wise, such persons turn out to be real fools. Given the existence of this kind of foolishness in Corinth, Paul cites the psalm to verify and give weight to what is obvious in his argument, The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile. The introductory formula to this citation is simply stated, and again, showing that Paul’s thoughts are connected to the initial “for,” so that in this citation he is still offering words of explanation.[5]

Ver. 19.—The wisdom of this world. Here the word for “world” is kosmos, in the last verse it was aion. Kosmos is the world regarded objectively; aion the world regarded in its moral and intellectual aspect. He that taketh the wise in their craftiness. This is one of the few references to the Book of Job in the New Testament. It comes from the speech of Eliphaz in Job 5:13, but St. Paul substitutes the words “clutching” (drassomenos) and “craftiness” (panourgia for the milder katalabōn and phronēsei of the LXX.[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 87–90). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 1, pp. 145–146). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 288). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Fee, G. D. (2014). The First Epistle to the Corinthians. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Revised Edition, pp. 164–165). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[5] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 80–81). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 1 Corinthians (p. 95). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

PRISON IS COMING: US Attorney Durham ‘Very Dialed In” on Obama FISA Court Scandal – Will Handle Prosecution of Any Criminal Action — The Gateway Pundit

Multiple sources familiar with US Attorney John Durham’s investigation on the origins of the Russia collusion probe say he is very dialed in.

Any criminal actions uncovered in the investigation will be handled by Durham.

John Brennan, John Durham

According to DOJ sources, US Attorney John Durham is examining documents generated by an inter-agency “fusion cell” that former CIA Chief John Brennan set up in mid 2016.

Attorney General Barr appointed special prosecutor John Durham to investigate the origins of Spygate and it was recently revealed the probe is much broader than previously known.

Barr and Durham are working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray on surveillance issues related to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

This suggests a broader inter-agency effort is underway which is why former CIA Director John Brennan, whose fingerprints are all over Spygate, is lashing out at Trump and Barr on Twitter and in media appearances.

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported: According to Main DOJ sources, Durham’s portfolio for looking into the provenance of CH includes examining docs generated by an interagency “fusion cell” Brennan set up in mid-2016 on Russian election interference + pre-election briefings Steele gave to UK intelligence

Via FOX News:

The Connecticut U.S. attorney assigned by Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia probe is “very dialed in” and “asking all the right questions,” according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Separately, sources within the Justice Department confirmed to Fox News that Barr has met “on multiple occasions in recent weeks” with Durham, who was in Washington, D.C., this month.

Fox News has learned that Durham has been getting briefed on the “four corners” of the investigations into the FBI’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants, among other issues. Barr appointed Durham, 68, last month.

News of Durham’s high level of engagement in the probe comes days after Barr said he has not received answers from the intelligence community that were “at all satisfactory” in the early stages of his review into the origins of the Russia investigation.

“In fact probably have more questions, and some of the facts that I’ve learned don’t hang together with the official explanations of what happened,” Barr told CBS News in an interview.

Durham is specifically reviewing the FISA warrant obtained by the FBI to surveil former Trump aide Carter Page, as well as general issues relating to surveillance during the 2016 campaign and matters flowing from the FISA process. Fox News is told Durham would handle the prosecution of any criminal action he might uncover.

via PRISON IS COMING: US Attorney Durham ‘Very Dialed In” on Obama FISA Court Scandal – Will Handle Prosecution of Any Criminal Action — The Gateway Pundit