Daily Archives: June 17, 2019

June 17 An Eternal Perspective

Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:18–22

Key Verse: Matthew 21:21

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

Some of the most noble and valiant events in history were born out of hearts that had an eternal perspective.

George Washington, renowned Revolutionary War general and first president of the United States, demonstrated such a heart. From his earliest days, he was taught by his mother to put God first in his life. When he accepted a position of leadership in the war, he had no idea how much his faith would be put to the test.

One of the most precious documents Washington ever produced as a young man was a small prayer diary that he titled “Daily Sacrifice.” Peter Marshall and David Manuel recount Washington’s prayer in The Light and the Glory:

O most glorious God … I acknowledge and confess my faults; in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day.… O God, who art rich in mercy and plenteous in redemption, mark not, I beseech Thee, what I have done amiss.… Cover my sins with the absolute obedience of Thy dear Son … the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me.

Washington made a habit of private prayer, and his faith inspired his men in the most brutal conditions. He is remembered for his great deeds, certainly, but it is his faith that made his impact lasting. Only when your focus is on the eternal will your work have eternal merit.

Father, like George Washington, I confess that I am often weak and imperfect. I praise You for Your mercy in covering my sinfulness with the blood of Jesus.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 176). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 17 He Will Revive You

Scripture Reading: Job 42:1–6

Key Verse: Job 42:5

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.

Faith works anywhere:

  • At a bedside in the hospital
  • At the dinner table on the family farm whose crop has been ruined by hail
  • At work before the important staff meeting
  • At the end of the month when the checkbook runs red
  • At home when the neighbor will not let go of a personal grudge

Faith works at all times, in all places, because it trusts in God, who is always at work in heaven and earth to achieve His eternal, good purposes. Faith that conquers every obstacle triumphs when our chief concern is that God’s will be done.

Each of us has an agenda to some degree. We want to see our sick loved one healed, our farm productive, our finances solvent, our relationships harmonious. While God does plan for our welfare, He sovereignly weaves our pain, disappointment, perplexity, and unanswered prayers to accomplish His ultimate purpose—to bring glory to Him in all things.

Once you are confident in God’s supreme faithfulness to you, your faith in Him will carry you through any adversity. Your faith in God’s promises, His character, and His unfailing love will sustain and strengthen you. Though you fall, He will upright you. Though you faint, He will revive you.

Dear Lord, when I fall, upright me. When I faint, revive me. Carry me through each adversity by a dynamic faith that conquers every challenge.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 176). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

06/17/2019 — Wretched

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•A Divine Cordial from Thomas Watson
•Sovereignty and Ray Comfort’s kidney stone
•Todd is getting ready to disagree with Phil Johnson
•How do you know you got a word from the Lord?
•Hollywood fights abortion in the name of the women they mistreat
•Taylor Swift turns bad arguments into song lyrics
•180 CEOs think abortion is good for business

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WATCH: “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” Becomes Unofficial Anthem of Anti-Extradition Protesters in Hong Kong — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

 

As record numbers demonstrate in the streets of Hong Kong to protest a proposed extradition law and the mainland Chinese government, a Christian song penned in 1974 has become an “unofficial anthem.”

Christian groups in the autonomous territory in southeastern China of approximately 7.4 million people — a former British colony — have been singing “Sing Hallelujah To The Lord” by Linda Stassen-Benjamin while protesting and marching in the streets. The song, which is catchy and simple in melody, is popular around the world and has been translated into many languages.

The demonstrators have also been protesting against police brutality. The authorities apparently have a distaste for the Christian song, as evidenced by one sign a protester carried, which reads: “Stop Using Baton Or We Sing Hallelujah To The Lord.” Numerous clips of protesters singing the hymn have been posted to Twitter and other social media.

Approximately 2 million protesters have taken to the streets to express their opposition over a proposed law that would send suspected criminals to be extradited to mainland China to be prosecuted and to demand that China-backed Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam resign.

Reports indicate that although further action on the contested extradition law has been suspended though not completely scrapped, the protesters, many of whom are young, are continuing to push back. Demonstrators fear the Chinese government will employ the proposed law to target and effectively silence their critics.

In addition to the Christian hymn, the protesters have being singing “Do you hear the people sing” from the musical “Les Miserables.”

The presence of Christians and others singing “on the front lines of the protests were helpful in making the demonstrations look more like an outdoor worship service rather than the ‘organized riots’ the government said it had to crack down on to bring back law and order,” Shanghaiist noted Sunday, calling the 1974 song the “unofficial anthem” of the uprising.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter

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McConnell Calls Out Dems for ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’: They ‘Reflexively’ Oppose Anything He’s for

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democrats for being unwilling to work on immigration issues, claiming they had “Trump derangement syndrome.”

McConnell discussed Democrats’ reluctance to work with Republicans on the immigration issue, calling it “a real problem.” He used the example of a recent bill to provide aid at the border that was shot down by Democrats, despite there being no mention of the wall.

“I’m going to bring it up freestanding next week and see if they really aren’t interested in dealing with this mass of humanity that we have to take care of at the border,” said McConnell. “What’s the objection?”

He went as far as to claim that the president has had more cooperation with Mexico than with Democrats on addressing the immigration issue.

“I think it’s safe to say the president is getting more cooperation out of Mexico than he is out of congressional Democrats,” said McConnell.

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McConnell also pointed out that Democrats are avoiding helping the president, saying they are against anything he supports.

“I think they’re suffering from Trump derangement syndrome,” said McConnell. “Whatever he’s for they are reflexively against. But this is humanitarian.”

While he did admit that Republicans are still supporting the wall, the bill will solely be addressing humanitarian issues related to immigration.

“We want to build a wall. We think the president has made a good case for that. That’s not what this is about. This is just the humanitarian part of the problem on our side of the border,” he said.

Source: McConnell Calls Out Dems for ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’: They ‘Reflexively’ Oppose Anything He’s for

Trump, Iran, China, #Spygate, and Judges: Senator Lindsey Graham and Hugh Hewitt

Senator Lindsey Graham sits in with Hugh Hewitt to discuss a smorgasbord of subjects including President Trump, Iran, China, Venezuela, #Spygate, Bill Barr, Joe Biden and judicial appointments.

Source: Trump, Iran, China, #Spygate, and Judges: Senator Lindsey Graham and Hugh Hewitt

US planning ‘tactical assault’ on Iran in response to ‘tanker attack’ — report

UN sources believe that the United States is planning to carry out a “tactical assault on Iran” in response to the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which it blamed Tehran for without providing credible evidence.

Source: US planning ‘tactical assault’ on Iran in response to ‘tanker attack’ — report

Truth, by its very nature is exclusive — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Truth, by its very nature is exclusive. If something is true, it means that contradictory statements are necessarily false. Nobody doubts this when it comes to the hard sciences; people believe that the statement “gravity exists” is objectively true, and that the statement “gravity does not exist” is objectively false. But, when it comes to religion and worldviews, people have no problem saying “Christianity may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” —Kim Kurtz (from, The Nature of Truth and Why It Matters to the Faith of Our Kids)

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The Nature of Truth and Why It Matters to the Faith of Our Kids — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

by Kim Kurtz

No other religion emphasizes the importance of truth like Christianity. God in His infinite wisdom knows the high value of truth and does not hold back from us. Truth holds power and truth is necessary. And as sons and daughter of God, truth is our right.

As I’m wrapping up my manuscript and preparing it for publication, I thought I would post one more excerpt. This is from “Chapter 14: Apologetics and Worldviews” of my upcoming book, Pouring In, Inspiring a Personal, Passionate, and Permanent Faith in the Next Generation. (Greg Schrock also contributed to this chapter)

What do our kids need to know to be able to give a reasoned defense for their faith? They need to be able to answer these five questions…

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Thousands of Christians March for Jesus in France

(Evangelical Focus) — On May 25, thousands of French Christians took the streets to participate in a new edition of the Marche pour Jesus (March for Jesus). This year, the marches took place in six cities: Lille, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Paris and Strasbourg. French Christians, as well as a large number of Latino and African migrants, got together to pray…

Source: Thousands of Christians March for Jesus in France

Responding to “You Can’t ‘Prove’ or ‘Disprove’ God’s Existence’ — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

by Eric Chabot

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…

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I was an atheist who took the red pill. Then I took the God pill. Now I’m a Christian — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

by  Dave Cullen

Dave Cullen, better known as Computing Forever, is a popular Irish blogger whose YouTube videos have been viewed over 90 million times. Last week he posted a video announcing his conversion to Christianity entitled ‘Rediscovering faith: My journey back to Christianity’. Here’s what he said

When you take the metaphorical red pill, you realise how much you’ve been lied to all your life.

You discover that you’ve been fed an ideology, perpetuated through biased narratives and spin. You begin to discern truth from illusion and reject the programming that they attempted to indoctrinate you with.

The black pill is where you descend down the rabbit hole further and learn just how bad things have become. It’s where the consequences of evil become truly apparent. It’s also the point where you begin to experience a degree of hopelessness and despondency. This is the point of rock bottom. But luckily, from there, the only way is up. Things can seem bleak, but it’s virtually impossible to stay black-pilled for long. It’s simply too difficult to entertain nihilism or despair for extended periods of time. Eventually, an appetite for hope, optimism and meaning begins to develop. The soul requires nourishment.

Enter the white pill, also known as the God pill…

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Franklin Graham Says America Has a Spiritual Decision to Make, Not Necessarily a Political One — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

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Decisions; we face them and make them every moment of our lives. Some are simple, others are hard. Some are life changing, while others only affect the next moments of our day. From coffee or tea in the morning to how to clean the house faster on the weekends, to deciding what college or next career move, then to what dog, cat or type of exotic fish we will get the following year. And we haven’t even gotten to when and where our next vacation will be. There are a handful of researchers and analysts who suggest that some people spend more time deciding and planning out their vacations each year than they do planning for their future.

Decisions can make us or break us. Great decisions made with bad timing only create more problems. We’ve all been there, right? Horrible decisions can, however, be resolved with God’s creative handiwork and grace. Like me, you’ve probably pleaded with God more than once to fix your mistakes, or to “bless this mess.” Sometimes what we create by our actions—our decisions—can only be fixed by a mastermind (God).

Decisions matter! You matter! What you do with your life is important to others, and it matters to God. We all make flawed decisions every once in a while. Franklin Graham mentioned how when he was younger, that he was sent to boarding school in Long Island, New York and then eventually dropped out to go back home and to a public high school in North Carolina. Later, he went to LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas, where he was expelled. This is the same college where his father, Billy Graham, served on the board of trustees from 1961 to 1975.

As I listened to Franklin speak to over 6,400 people on a rainy evening in Syracuse, New York, my wife and I both agreed that he looks and sounds so much like his father, Billy Graham. He carries the same spirit and gentle compassion for the lost, mixed with the same no-nonsense message of salvation. This event took me back to the day in 1992 when I decided to follow Christ. Not long after, I went to a Billy Graham Crusade, and the entire stadium was packed. Evangelist Billy Graham gave such a simple salvation message, and what appeared to be thousands made their way down to the front to give their hearts to Christ and for prayer.

Like father, like son! With 341 prayer counselors on site and ready, Franklin Graham presented a clear-cut gospel message; one anyone could understand. From where I was seated, it looked like several hundred came forward to give their hearts to the Lord. Young and old, male and female, the drug user and the business professional, all standing in the aisles and taking a first step toward God instead of away from Him as in the past. There were people of all colors, backgrounds, age groups, cultures, and styles—all repenting from how they once had lived, now giving their lives to Christ on May 30, 2019, right there in the amphitheater at 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse, New York. It was a time and place they will never forget. That outdoor theater has been the site of many performances by well-known people and bands making people laugh or cry and singing songs for whatever cause or purpose, but on May 30, God received all honor as many were added to the kingdom of heaven.

Was It a Political Decision That Was Made at the Decision America Syracuse Event?

Absolutely not! The decision for a better America doesn’t rest in politics alone. Franklin Graham stressed that while it is important to pray for our politicians, including our president, the Christian should love God way more than politics. I was able to be a part of a private media interview with Franklin Graham and his team, and Mr. Graham graciously answered all the questions directed to him. During the interview, some of our local liberal media reporters tried to trap Mr. Graham in his words to make it seem that this God-ordained event in Syracuse was about politics. Franklin stated that the Decision America tour wasn’t a political movement and stressed that he prayed regularly for former President, Barrack Obama, when he was in office and he now prays for current President, Donald Trump. As Christians, we all should be praying for our leaders regularly. I will admit that there have been a few presidents who I just didn’t like or trust, but that didn’t stop me from praying for them. Make no mistake; God doesn’t fall off His throne just because a new president comes into office with whom you don’t agree. The Lord knew them before they were born, and He has every king and kingdom in the palm of His hand, directing them the way He sees fit.

“The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NLT).

The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders, regardless of their gender, political background or color of their skin. It doesn’t matter whether or not we agree with them, Christians are required to pray for the president as well as congressional and government leaders.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Tim. 2:1-2, NLT).

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Andy Sanders

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June 17 A Lifestyle of Sin

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:65–72

Key verse: Proverbs 28:13

He who covers his sins will not prosper,

But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

We may travel seventy miles per hour in a sixty–five-mile-per-hour speed zone and not be caught by the police.

We may not report cash income on our income tax statement and fail to be summoned by the Internal Revenue Service.

But we can never fudge on God’s Word and avoid the consequences. God means what He says and says what He means.

Although the consequences of sin will vary according to its nature, God hates all sin.

Unfortunately, because the consequences of gossip at the office, the lustful look at the shopping mall, or the outburst of temper in the home seem minor, we can develop a lifestyle of disobedience.

There may appear to be no repercussions, but all sin disrupts and interferes in our fellowship with Jesus Christ. Our intimacy wanes. Our devotion flickers. Our sense of God’s peace, joy, and love fades. Conversation with Him diminishes. Above all, our hearts are not right with Him. The severest effect of sin is a dulling of our relationship with Christ.

If you have sinned against God, humbly acknowledge your sin, receive His forgiveness, and rekindle the heart of your salvation—intimacy with Christ.

Lord, forgive me for a lifestyle of disobedience. I humbly acknowledge my sin. I receive Your forgiveness. Rekindle my intimacy with You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 176). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 17, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump on Friday urged Lockheed Martin Corp to keep open its Sikorsky helicopter plant in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a week after the weapons maker announced the planned closure of the facility.

The Trump administration and Congress still owe the District of Columbia government $7 million for expenses related to the 2017 presidential inauguration. Raising questions about who will foot the bill for the president’s planned July 4 speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

U.S. Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden will appear on the same stage with Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and six other rivals during the second of two nights of candidate debates scheduled for later this month in Miami.

A U.S. appeals court ruled that the U.S. government cannot deny access to abortions for unaccompanied immigrant minors in federal custody, delivering a blow to a Trump policy.

Iran said it had exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the U.S. CIA, and that several U.S. spies had been arrested in different countries as the result of this action.

Iran said on Monday it would breach internationally agreed curbs on its stock of low-enriched uranium in 10 days — a move likely to worsen tensions with Washington — but it added European nations could still save a nuclear deal that sets those limits.

Mexico will complete deployment of National Guard forces on its southern border with Guatemala this week as part of a new immigration control plan agreed with Washington.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he will meet with the leader of El Salvador in the southern Mexican City of Tapachula, as pressure mounts from Washington to cut the flow of Central American migrants toward the U.S. border.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit North Korea for two days from Thursday, state media in both countries reported on Monday, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years.

Twelve people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s western coast, the Turkish coast guard said, adding that 31 others had been rescued.

At least 30 people have been killed in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, state emergency officials said, in the biggest mass killing this year by suicide bombers.

A string of raids across China has disrupted parts of the informal network of brokers, charities, and middlemen who help people escape from North Korea.

AP Top Stories

A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.

After a two-hour nationwide outage Saturday, Target’s registers are back online in the retailer’s 1,849 U.S. stores,. “The temporary outage earlier today was the result of an internal technology issue that lasted for approximately two hours,”

Military equipment firms in the United States will likely have their supply of Chinese rare earths restricted, the Global Times said on Monday, after China’s state economic planner confirmed industry experts have proposed export controls. China is the world’s dominant producer of rare earths — a group of 17 prized minerals used in everything from consumer electronics to military equipment such as jet engines, missile guidance systems satellites and lasers.

A Vatican document on Monday said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in other areas where clergy are scarce.

Discover is doing away with fees of any kind on its checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts. The move would be a first for a large bank and comes as smaller online fintechs offer no-fee options and high-yield savings to woo younger and more price-conscious Americans. Going forward, Discover won’t charge fees for monthly maintenance, checkbook orders, replacement debit cards, insufficient funds, excessive withdrawals, falling below minimum balances and stop-payment requests.

BBC

Argentina is investigating what caused a massive power cut that hit nearly 50 million people. President Mauricio Macri called the outage “unprecedented”, promising a thorough inquiry. Almost all of Argentina, neighboring Uruguay and some areas of Paraguay woke up to darkness on Sunday.

A jersey worn by legendary baseball player Babe Ruth has become the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. The garment was snapped up for $5.64m at auction in New York on Saturday.

Eritrea’s Roman Catholic Church has condemned the government in the one-party state for seizing and shutting all its health centers last week. In a letter to the ministry of health, the Church said patients were ordered to go home, and soldiers were deployed to the centers to guard them. The seizure of the buildings could not happen in a country where the rule of law existed.

WND

Kmart has come under fire after certain religious words including “Jesus,” “church,” and “Bible” were banned at photo printing kiosks while the words “mosque,” “Islam,” and “Koran” were not.

A study by a team of sociologists at Brigham Young and Ball State universities indicates that fathers today are more engaged with their kids than previous generations.

The gun-banning strategy of the village of Deerfield, Illinois, to outlaw semi-automatic firearms, which it calls “assault weapons,” as well as “large-capacity magazines,” has failed yet again.

A North Carolina mom used a phone tracking app to find her missing daughter who had been pinned underneath her car for more than seven hours after careening down the side of a mountain.


Mid-Day Snapshot · June 17, 2019

The Foundation

“No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was every more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.” —George Washington (1786)

Why Trump’s Latest Polling Numbers Matter

Terrible polling demonstrates just how effective the MSM’s messaging on Trump can be.


United Auto Workers Defeated Again

The good news is workers at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant win by not unionizing.


Social Justice Summer Camp

A radical leftist group in Portland, Oregon, is working to indoctrinate the next generation.


Oberlin Finds Out How Expensive Radical Leftism Can Be

Racially motivated protests and hatred followed a straightforward case of theft.


36 Police Officers Injured in Memphis Race Riot

U.S. Marshals shoot a black man wanted for several violent felonies. Blacks riot.


Colluding With Iran

Two names stand out when it comes to undermining Trump: Diane Feinstein and John Kerry.


A Tribute to My Father: Trial, Tragedy, and Triumph

Bobby L. Hampton overcame illness and poverty to become a great man and father.


Video: Kirsten Gillibrand Compares Being Pro-Life to Racism

“Some issues have such moral clarity that … that the other side is not acceptable.”


Humor Video: America’s Double Standards

Chad Prather explains why leftists don’t actually know how to make sense.


Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Censoring Conservatives
Peggy Noonan
Overthrow the Prince of Facebook
Todd Starnes
Stunning! This Public School Teaches Kids to Love America
Jeff Jacoby
Hong Kong Is Being Strangled, and the Free World Just Watches
William Federer
Withholding Taxes From Paychecks

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.


Monday Top News Executive Summary

Health care, federal-funding squabbles, Iran alarm, impeachment letdown, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Candi CdeBaca, Andrew McCabe, Andrew Klavan, and more.



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News – 6/17/2019

‘China imports over 80% of Omani crude’
The Chinese ambassador added: “We are not talking about normal relations, not just oil-dependent relations. We are talking about a strategic partnership. The agreement between His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and Chinese President Xi Jinping last year to upgrade relations between the two countries to strategic partnership means that such close ties will not be affected by any other events.”

War on the Way? Saudi Prince Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman warned Saturday that Saudi Arabia “will not hesitate to deal with any threat,” after accusing Iran of responsibility for attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, amid growing tensions between Iran and the United States.

For First Time Since the Days of King Ahab: Israel and Lebanon to Open Maritime Border Talks
Israel and Lebanon are readying to open maritime border talks in July, a move which may open up the trade necessary to build the Third Temple. Israel’s Channel 13 news station cited senior Israeli officials who said the two sides have made significant progress with regard to direct talks. The goal of the negotiations is to demarcate the maritime border between the two states. The initial round of direct negotiations is expected to kick off in July.

New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates
Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure minutes after the final vote. The law takes effect immediately but will give unvaccinated students up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they’ve had the first dose of each required immunization. The issue is hotly contested and debate around it has often been emotional, pitting cries that religious freedom is being curtailed against warnings that public health is being endangered.

Human-pig hybrids for organ transplants could develop into monsters with ‘OUR brains’
It was revealed today that in a futuristic Dr Frankenstein-like experiment, scientisist in the US have injected human stem cells into pig embryos to produce human-pig embryos known as chimeras. There are fears that mixing pig and human genes in this way coud see the animals develop looking like animals but with human brains or boosted intelligence. The research is so controversial that last year, the main US medical research agency, the National Institutes of Health, imposed a moratorium on funding such experiments. In Greek mythology, chimeras were fire-breathing monsters composed of several animals – part lion, goat and snake. Other teams in the United States have created human-pig chimeric embryos but none has allowed the foetuses to be born, because of the fears of the hybrid creation.

Evolution Or Extinction: Where Will The Gene Editing Revolution Take Us
… gene modification tools like CRISPR-Cas9 allow genetic material to be inserted, deleted, modified, or replaced, giving humans the ability to change DNA with precision. Understandably, the emerging capability is generating a lot of excitement in the scientific and healthcare community as it can be effectively used not only for prevention and treatment of many human diseases, enhance intelligence, and more, but it also can potentially create new biological species and fundamentally disrupt the human evolutionary process. …there are also some reports emerging of efforts towards de-extinction to bring back extinct animals. That brings us to an important question: should we experiment with de-extinction?

DOJ reports investigation of ‘Deep State’ ‘multifaceted’
The probe by Attorney General William Barr into what triggered the “Russia collusion” probe, in which President Trump’s critics claimed he colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, is going to have results that are “broad” and “multifaceted.” That word comes from Stephen E. Boyd, a Department of Justice official who provided a summary of the investigation, so far, in a letter to House Judiciary Committee chief Jerry Nadler. The DOJ is looking into the “deep state” actions that were brought again the Trump campaign.

The Army’s ‘Big Six’: America Plan to Wipe Out Russia or China In a War
in 2017 the Army formed eight cross-functional teams led by brigadier generals to rapidly cost-efficiently develop a new generation of hardware. These far-reaching modernization initiatives are collectively called the “the Big Six.”

Iran announces it will reach allowed enriched uranium limits in 10 days
Iran announced that it will reach allowed enriched-uranium levels within ten days, the country’s nuclear Spokesperson announced on Monday. Iran is expected to announce further steps to reduce its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal after halting aspects of its compliance in May. A year after the US started a maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic republic and pulled out of the deal, saying that holes in the agreement meant it was not viable…

Argentina and Uruguay reel after massive power outage
Power has been restored to much of Argentina and Uruguay after a massive electrical failure left tens of millions of people in the dark. Argentine President Mauricio Macri has promised a full investigation. Argentine media said the power cut occurred shortly after 07:00 (10:00GMT) on Sunday, causing trains to be halted and failures with traffic signalling.

Saudi crown prince accuses rival Iran of tanker attacks
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in remarks published Sunday that the kingdom will not hesitate to confront Iranian threats to its security. He joined the U.S. in accusing its bitter rival Iran of being behind the attacks on two oil tankers traveling near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital trade route for Arabian energy exports.

Hamas: New phase of understandings with Israel underway
Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, on Monday confirmed the delivery of millions of dollars in Qatari aid, and said that the implementation of an advanced and broader stage of the understandings with Israel was now underway. According to Hamas, these understandings include improvements to the water and electricity supplies, relaxed rules on imports and exports to Gaza, and the expansion of industrial projects.

Qatari envoy delivers millions in aid to Gaza
A Qatari delegation entered the Gaza Strip on Sunday night to deliver $15 million in relief funds for Palestinians residing in the coastal enclave, according to several reports. Another $10 million was transferred to Israel to fund the purchase of fuel for Gaza’s power plant. Palestinian media reported that Khaled Al-Khardan, deputy to envoy Mohammed Al-Emadi, headed the delegation as Al-Emadi was delayed in Israel in order to continue talks with Israeli authorities.

Gaza balloon terrorism continues despite ceasefire efforts
The incendiary balloon terrorism from the Gaza Strip shows no signs of slowing down despite the Qatari aid being transferred to the enclave, with dozens of fires being started in the nearby Israeli communities over the weekend. Qatari envoy to Gaza Muhammad al-Emadi was to enter the Hamas-controlled enclave sometime on Sunday to deliver $25 million in aid to the officials in the Strip, said Palestinian sources.

More millennials dying by drugs, alcohol, and suicide
“Deaths of despair” are increasing among young Americans. These deaths — related to drugs, alcohol, or suicide — claimed the lives of 36,000 American millennials in 2017 alone. Drug overdoses are the most common cause of death.

Heavy toll for French farms and vineyards after brutal hailstorm
Farmers in southeast France counted the costs from lost harvests on Sunday after a fierce storm battered the region with hail the size of ping-pong balls, decimating orchards and vineyards just as the summer season was kicking into high gear.

Biblical plague of locusts is swarming over Italian farmlands. Could it happen in the US?
The Italian island of Sardinia is dealing with its worst swarm of locusts in 70 years as the insects destroy crops, infest houses and devastate animal grazing pastures covering 6,200 acres, according to Reuters.

Newly elected California lawmaker sparks criticism for appearing to invite only Christians to town hall
A recently elected California lawmaker is being criticized for appearing to  invite only Christians to a town hall meeting held earlier this week, just days after being sworn in.

Russia Expert’s 2017 Prophecy About The Nuclear Threat Of Russiagate Is Coming True
“New laws, enacted by Congress last year, allow ‘clandestine military activity’ in cyberspace without the president’s approval… protecting American interests… by keeping the sitting president out of the loop.What a (scary) time to be alive.”

The Bible Keeps Happening All Around Us!
Way back in 1975, I happened to tune in to a..Catholic radio program..where the priest/host was interviewing a representative from a very well known cash register company….But during that radio program in ‘75, neither the priest nor his guest realized that impromptu radio seminar described perfectly the preparations for what I now completely believe initiated the roots of what the Apostle John—nearly two thousand years earlier—identified as ‘the Mark of the Beast’.

VIRAL: Bernie Sanders Says Christianity Is An Insult To Muslims
Bernie Sanders has quite recently demonstrated unequivocally how one-sided he genuinely is against Christians. He demonstrated that by and by as of late when he damaged a Constitutional command that you are not permitted to apply a religious test when running for office.

Visualizing The Father-Absence Crisis In America
There is a father absence crisis in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.7 million children, more than 1 in 4, live without a father in the home. Consequently, there is a father factor in nearly all social ills facing America today…


Headlines – 6/17/2019

U.S. Mideast Envoy Greenblatt: We May Postpone Publication of Peace Plan to November

Foreign minister says Israel will attend US-led peace summit in Bahrain

Amid fraying truce, Qatari envoys said to enter Gaza with new cash delivery

Qatari envoy to Gaza enters Strip with $15 million aid package

Hamas gunmen reportedly open fire on Israeli troops in Gaza, no injuries

US envoy Greenblatt backs Friedman on Israel’s ‘right’ to annex some settlements

Netanyahu inaugurates new Golan community honoring Trump

No plans, no budget: ‘Trump Heights’ inauguration slammed as a PR stunt

PM slams wife’s conviction in plea deal as witch hunt costing millions

Sara Netanyahu convicted of misusing state funds, says she’s ‘suffered enough’

Netanyahu says wife went through ‘four years of hell’ fighting fraud charges

California man arrested after threatening synagogue mass shooting

Turkish Post in Syria’s Idlib Hit by Shelling From Assad-controlled Areas

Top Iranian official says Tehran should drop out of international nuclear treaty

Iran says it will unveil measures reducing commitment to nuclear pact on Monday

Senior EU diplomat, back from Iran, shows support for nuclear deal

‘Tanker Wars’: 30 Years Later, Could the U.S. and Iran Repeat History in the Gulf

Buttigieg: Iran situation ‘disturbingly reminiscent’ of lead-up to Iraq War

Mike Pompeo Calls On Foreign Leaders To Unite Over Alleged Oil Attacks

Pompeo on Iran: US considering range of options including military

Pompeo says US does not want war with Iran, urges diplomacy

Pompeo again blames Iran for tanker attacks but insists ‘we don’t want war’

Trump admin to discuss sending additional military force to Middle East amid Iran tensions: report

Trump says he doesn’t want war, but Sen. Cotton called for ‘retaliatory strikes’ on Iran

Britain ‘Almost Certain’ Iran Was Behind Tanker Attacks, Germany Says U.S. Video Evidence Not Enough

Moscow warns against ‘baseless accusations’ over tanker attacks

Saudi Crown Prince Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks but Says Kingdom Doesn’t Want War

Egypt slams Houthi attack on two Saudi airports

Erdogan says he expects delivery of Russian S-400s to start in July

Former employee: DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties

Huge crowds march in Hong Kong, piling pressure on leader

Hong Kong makes history as black sea of protesters denounce city’s leader and Beijing

Hong Kong protest organizers say demonstrations swell to 2 million amid calls for top official to quit

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises to nation as hundreds of thousands demand she step down

French Protesters Hang Up Their Yellow Vests

Trump accuses New York Times of ‘virtual act of Treason’ with Russia report

Trump claims ‘Obama had to know about’ efforts to undermine presidency

Michael Goodwin: Hypocrites get last kicks at Sarah Sanders, slobbering over her White House exit

Electrical failure cuts power to all of Argentina and Uruguay, supplier says

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Prince Edward Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lailunggi, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

More rain forecast after ‘unprecedented’ flooding in Lincolnshire

France to declare natural disaster after storms rip through crops

Heavy toll for French farms and vineyards after brutal hailstorm

Biblical plague of locusts is swarming over Italian farmlands. Could it happen in the US?

Record number of African migrants coming to Mexican border

Border Patrol agents not immune to onslaught of illnesses plaguing migrant holding centers

ICE Quarantines 5,200 Detained Immigrants Who Were Exposed To The Mumps & Chickenpox

Ugandan medics now tackling Ebola say they lack supplies

Summer camp is newest front in battle with measles outbreak

‘Deaths of despair’ are taking more lives of millennial Americans than any other generation

Tiffany Haddish cancels comedy show in Atlanta over Georgia heartbeat abortion law

Texas pastor who defended proposed bill criminalizing abortions accused of molesting teenage relative for years

Pete Buttigieg says it’s “almost certain” we’ve had gay presidents

Alex Jones offers $1M reward as FBI investigates child pornography planted on his Infowars server


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mother Goddess of The Shack and AA’s “higher power”

Defecting from Todd White & ‘lifestyle’ Christianity

Lucifer Tells His Own Story in New Comic Book “The Falling Star”

The Desert Fathers—Borrowing From the East

God Accused by Eddie Hyatt of Prophesying a Violation of His Own Word

Baptist pastor accused of molesting teenage relative

Exorcist bishop pours holy water on ‘evil city’ from helicopter

Family cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne dead at 98

California Proposal Tells Pastors How They Should Talk About Homosexuality. That’s Not Okay

Wife of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pleads guilty to misuse of government funds

19 killed by gunmen in Burkina Faso: ‘There’s no Christian anymore in this town’


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Most Voters Doubt Impeachment Will Happen, Want Dems to Spend Less Time Investigating Trump: Poll

According to a recent Fox News poll, the majority of American voters don’t believe that President Donald Trump should be impeached, despite calls from Democratic lawmakers to start the impeachment process.

Forty-eight percent of voters believe that Trump should not be impeached based on the evidence presented in the Mueller report. Although some Democrats are pushing to start an impeachment inquiry, 56% of voters polled said it is “not at all” likely the president will be impeached.

Another issue that voters have is the amount of time that Democrats have spent investigating the White House and Trump administration, with 48% saying that Congress should spend less time on trying to pin Trump with a crime.

As IJR Red reported, House Democrats struggled to accomplish anything in their first 100 days as the majority party and now they are focusing on investigating Trump for crimes related to the Mueller report.

Some Democrats have spoken out about their opinions on impeachment, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) previously supporting starting an impeachment inquiry while speaking to reporters, as IJR News reported.

“I think it’s time for us to, at the very least, open an impeachment inquiry … we’ve been given no choice I think, in this scenario … It’s getting to the point where we can’t even do our own jobs. And I think it is entirely appropriate, given this overwhelming amount of evidence and the continued actions from the executive branch, that we exert our power as a co-equal branch of government.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also allegedly said, “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison” while speaking to other lawmakers about investigating Trump. Although she had previously been hesitant to call for impeachment, she is now openly claiming the president is “crying out for impeachment.”

However, some Democrats share the same opinion as voters, requesting the push for impeachment to stop. It is uncertain whether Democratic leaders will listen to their peers or if they will continue to pursue investigations.

Source: Most Voters Doubt Impeachment Will Happen, Want Dems to Spend Less Time Investigating Trump: Poll

Border Patrol Agents Falling Ill at Migrant Detention Centers, Ebola Fear

Border Patrol agents are falling ill at migrant detention centers, with some contracting scabies, chicken pox, mumps, the flu and more. Migrants are bringing in diseases and passing them on to border patrol agents and other migrants.

Source: Border Patrol Agents Falling Ill at Migrant Detention Centers, Ebola Fear

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Launching Campaign for Taxpayer Funded Abortions. — Pulpit & Pen

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launches campaign to force Americans to pay for abortions due to income inequality.

National Review reports the congresswoman began a petition over the weekend to repeal the Hyde Amendment with public support. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funded abortions to be paid by Medicaid.

Ocasio-Cortex says, “The Hyde Amendment isn’t about abortion per se, the Hyde Amendment is truly about equality of healthcare and healthcare access for low income women and women of color and women that get caught in our mass incarceration system.”

This amendment is part of a bigger picture, although the Hyde Amendment has strong bipartisan support, Democrats are pushing to end it. The Democratic Party calls for its repeal and every major Dem. presidential candidate supports its removal as well.

Trying to make the Hyde Amendment seem like it is about equality for low-income families AOC said:

“And so the Hyde amendment is about income inequality and it’s about women’s healthcare in a system of income inequality. So I think that we need to repeal it.”

Framing abortion as a low-income inequality issue is not new to the democratic party. As Ocasio-Cortez mentioned women of color in the statement above, the dark truth of Planned Parenthood and the predatory exploitation towards women of color are the facts.

79% of Planned Parenthood clinics are located within walking distance of African-American and Latino communities. Planned Parenthood has a “Planned Parenthood Black Community” Twitter account and tweeted on October 31st, 2017, “If you’re a Black woman in America, it’s statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth.” The account exists primarily to convince black women to abort their children, Margaret Sanger, the eugenicist, would be so proud.

Democrats have targeted the African-American population like this recently. Cory Booker, presidential hopeful, claimed [In regards to the Hyde amendment] “that is an assault on African American women, too.” Planned Parenthood’s disproportionate attacks on women of color is largely ignored by Democrats to further push the narrative that Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics around the U.S. are supportive of women of color. That could not be further from the truth.

Editor’s note: sources found here
https://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF15F70.pdf

via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Launching Campaign for Taxpayer Funded Abortions. — Pulpit & Pen

LGBTQ: What’s To Be Proud Of? — Christian Research Service

SUPPRESSING THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased [reprobate] mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness… (Romans 1:18-29)

via LGBTQ: What’s To Be Proud Of? — Christian Research Service