Daily Archives: June 25, 2019

June 25 Letting Go of Fear

Scripture Reading: Psalm 55:1–8

Key Verse: Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

When those around you are talking about fears and anxieties, how do you react? Do you let their fears influence your thinking, or do you hold tightly to what you believe? The Lord wants you to be sure of what you believe. What you believe—your faith—is based on what your focus is and whether you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

When you’re focusing on a God who is sovereign, you know that nothing in heaven or on earth is beyond His control. And when you’re in a personal, daily relationship with God through acceptance of His Son, Jesus Christ, you have another anchor. That anchor is the unchanging nature of God. He promises that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).

In Psalm 55:4–8, we read David’s firsthand account of feeling overwhelmed. You may feel overwhelmed right now by difficulties surrounding you. Overwhelming emotions are not wrong; clinging to them is.

God wants you to tell Him how you feel and then let go of it. He wants you to know that because He loves you and is in control of your life, you do not have to live under a cloud of overwhelming doom or anxiety.

Will you trust His Word and let go of your fear?

I trust Your Word, Lord. I let go of my fears. Help me to focus on You today instead of my problems.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 184). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 25 A Surrendered Heart

Scripture Reading: Psalm 77

Key Verse: Psalm 77:6

I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.

Failure to see God at work in the circumstances that accompany brokenness can result in several self-defeating responses:

  • Many people become bitter. Emotionally they internalize their distress, leading to a critical and complaining spirit. Spiritually they are turned off to God, disinterested in His Word, the church, or His people.
  • Others explode or simmer in anger. They are disturbed that God has allowed such difficulty. They grow hostile to any mention of His name.
  • Some try to escape their situations. They either ignore the problem, hoping it will go away, or turn to escapist elements—drugs, immorality, fanaticism.
  • Still others seek to manipulate their environment, hoping their cleverness can eventually solve the problem.

Unfortunately these avenues don’t embrace the solution God offers—entrusting ourselves and our problems to Him, depending wholly on His help and grace.

Can you identify with any of these reactions to brokenness? If so, ask God to forgive you, and look anew and afresh to Him. A surrendered heart is the beginning of a new outlook based on God’s encouraging perspective.

O God, I want to respond properly to brokenness. Don’t let me be bitter or angry. Don’t let me try to escape or manipulate situations. I surrender my heart and life to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 184). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

America’s Adversaries Are Buying Gold Like A Nuke Is Going Off Tomorrow | ZeroHedge News

Having tested $1300 numerous times over the past few years, gold has broken dramatically higher in the last month, hitting 6-year highs as President Trump rhetoric around the world raises tensions and increases the odds of WWIII.

The surge in the precious metal has accompanied a collapse in bond yields around the world and a record level of negative-yielding debt…

And while Gold volatility is soaring…

Demand remains abundant, as Goldman details in its latest note, raising its outlook for gold, countries with “geopolitical tensions with the US” are buying everything:

Central bank demand is gaining momentum and we now expect 2019 purchases to reach 750 tonnes vs 650 tonnes last year. Visible gold purchases YTD are running at 211 tonnes until April vs 117 tonnes over the same period last year (see Exhibit 11).

Importantly, China just raised its gold purchasing pace from 10 tonnes per month to 15 tonnes for April and May as it aims to diversify its reserve holdings. 

With the Fed and ECB now both likely easing monetary policy, more CBs may decide to add gold to their portfolios as they did between 2008 and 2012 (see Exhibit 12).

Also, just recently, trade tensions between India and the US have begun to escalate as India retaliated with tariffs on US goods in response to US steel tariffs. Rising tensions with the US often create upside potential to a country’s gold purchases

Additionally, in case you thought the move was exhausted, Goldman notes that there is about to a pick up in demand as Russia purchases tend to be strongest in Q3…

And finally, Goldman notes that good economic news and bad economic news could both be positive for the precious metal at this point in the cycle.

If DM growth fails to pick up in the second half, gold has substantial upside potential

If DM growth continues to underperform, there is room for a much more substantial build in ETF positions. Last time we were in a similar environment was in 2016. DM growth back then was as weak as it is now and both the Fed and the ECB turned more dovish.

But back then the push into ETFs was significantly higher than it is currently… we think that current low growth makes owning gold appealing from a diversification perspective.

And Goldman notes that an improvement in global economic growth is not necessarily bearish for gold.

Our economists expect the bulk of the acceleration in GDP growth to come from ex-US and EM countries in particular. This should support gold through the “wealth” channel. Importantly, a reduced US growth outperformance points to a weakening of the dollar, which should boost the dollar purchasing power of the world ex-US (see Exhibit 7). In addition to this, gold is starting to build momentum in the local currencies of its two biggest consumers, India and China.

And the momentum gold prices built in the first half of 2019 can lead to an increase in EM retail gold demand in the second half.

Goldman concludes, we believe that gold continues to offer significant diversification value with substantial upside if DM growth continues to underperform… or, as we noted above, global tensions continue to rise.

As we noted previously, combined Russia and China Treasury holdings are at their lowest since June 2010 as China and Russia’s gold holdings have soared…


Source: America’s Adversaries Are Buying Gold Like A Nuke Is Going Off Tomorrow

The Gospel Coalition Still Promoting Revoice “Gay Christian” Resources — Reformation Charlotte

After much criticism from conservative Christians, a large part of the Evangelical Church has distanced itself from ministries that promote the idea of “gay Christianity,” even if they promote “celibacy.” The most notable of these gay movements in the Church is Revoice — a ministry that is designed to normalize homosexual and other aberrant sexual orientations as outside the scope of sanctification and likely to never change, even upon repentance and faith.

Even moderate leaders, such as Al Mohler, have denounced the Revoice movement, albeit after the damage has been done, and many others have followed suit, though still clinging to slightly less atrocious but just as erroneous ministries such as Living Out.

However, one progressive Christian outlet, The Gospel Coalition, is still promoting Living Out’s materials, despite the fact that many of its contributors have openly denounced it. In an article written by Ed Shaw — a gay contributor for Living Out and many of whose articles have been removed from Living Out’s website — wrote a glowing piece titled Figuring Out Faithfulness with Same-Sex Attraction promoting Revoice founder, Nate Collins’ book All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender and Sexuality.

Read more: The Gospel Coalition Still Promoting Revoice “Gay Christian” Resources — Reformation Charlotte

June 25 Consider the Consequences

Scripture reading: 2 Samuel 12:10–18

Key verse: Numbers 32:23

But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.

The fundamental law of physics is this: for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. Just as universally applicable is this unchanging spiritual principle: for every sin, there are corresponding, continuing consequences. In other words, we reap what we sow.

Sin’s most blinding deception is that we can avoid any ramifications. We think we can get away with immorality, indiscretion, or indecency without paying the consequences. Because our loving God understands the inevitable results of sin, He persistently seeks our holiness. Sin has a price. If you are thinking of violating the law of God, think of these sobering truths:

Grace does not cancel sin’s consequences. God will forgive us when we sin. He will still love us and use us, but the damage will not always be erased. A one-night stand can yield a lifetime of regret; a moment of anger can wreak havoc for years. Sin’s consequences affect others as well. Even the next generation can be adversely impacted by our unwise choices.

If you are tempted to disobey, consider the consequences. If you have sinned and you are suffering the aftereffects, turn to God with a repentant heart. He will restore you.

Dear Lord, keep me from sin and its consequences. Help me understand the ramifications of disobedience.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 184). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why are college tuition and college textbooks so expensive?


As subsidies increase, so do tuition costs As subsidies increase, so do tuition costs

This article from Investors Business Daily is very helpful.

It says:

Grey Gordon and Aaron Hedlund, economists at Indiana University and the University of Missouri, developed a method to test various explanations for the share rise in tuition costs. Is it state funding cuts? Or the increased wage premium for a college degree? Or is it related to general cost increases in the services industries?

Not exactly. In a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research the economists report that these factors contributed insignificantly to the rapid rise in tuition between 1987 and 2010.

What did account for almost all of it was, ironically enough, the massive explosion in federal aid over the past several decades. Federal aid — in the form of subsidized loans, grants and tax credits — shot up 134% in the past 15 years, according to…

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The young are regarded as the most tolerant generation. That’s why results of this LGBTQ survey are ‘alarming’ — Christian Research Network

“Ellis is confident the younger generation can rise again as beacons of unbiased values. When numbers dipped a year ago for young males, GLAAD went to where male audiences consume content: video games. The advocacy group worked with the industry to introduce diverse characters and help shape attitudes.”

(Susan Miller – USA Today)  Young people are growing less tolerant of LGBTQ individuals, a jarring turn for a generation traditionally considered embracing and open, a survey released Monday shows.

The number of Americans 18 to 34 who are comfortable interacting with LGBTQ people slipped from 53% in 2017 to 45% in 2018 – the only age group to show a decline, according to the annual Accelerating Acceptance report. And that is down from 63% in 2016.

Driving the dilution of acceptance are young women whose overall comfort levels plunged from 64% in 2017 to 52% in 2018, says the survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.

“We count on the narrative that young people are more progressive and tolerant,” John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll, told USA TODAY. “These numbers are very alarming and signal a looming social crisis in discrimination.”

Among the findings:  View article →


LGBTQ Issues

via The young are regarded as the most tolerant generation. That’s why results of this LGBTQ survey are ‘alarming’ — Christian Research Network

Beth Moore Refuses to Denounce Homosexuality as Sinful — Christian Research Network

“It appears that Moore has made a half-witted, half-hearted attempt to divert the focus of the question by giving the impression that she was answering the question without actually addressing the issue at hand. In her response, she refuses to directly answer the question, “is homosexuality a sin?” and instead, quotes a Scripture that does no mention homosexuality.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Beth Moore has been under scrutiny for the last several weeks due to her outspoken advocacy for feminism and egalitarianism in the Southern Baptist Convention….

Moore has been highly critical of the biblical position on gender roles and has denied God’s commands for women to remain silent during church and has instead taken to the stage to preach not only to women but to men. In recent weeks, Beth Moore has been partnering with several notable homosexual activists, including Jonathan Merritt, the gay son of former Southern Baptist president James Merritt, and Preston Sprinkle, one of the organizers of the “gay Christian” conference, Revoice. Gay-affirming lady-preacher, Jen Hatmaker, as well as the late Rachel Held Evans, are and were regular cheerleaders for Beth Moore. View article →


An Open Letter to Beth Moore


Beth Moore

LGBTQ Issues

via Beth Moore Refuses to Denounce Homosexuality as Sinful — Christian Research Network

Former Fox News Reporter Carl Cameron Says he Left Network Because of ‘Partisan Misinformation’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

FILE: Carl Cameron

Former Fox News reporter Carl Cameron said Monday that he left the network favored by conservatives because “right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation.”

Cameron made the remarks in a promotional video about why he joined Front Page Live, a website whose goal is, in part, to serve as an antidote to the conservative Drudge Report.

“What’s a former Fox guy doing here on Front Page Live partnering with progressives?” Cameron, who worked at Fox News for more than two decades, said in the video. “Well, it’s about facts, not partisanship.”

Cameron, now Front Page Live’s chief political correspondent, said he joined Fox News in its early days because the “idea of fair and balanced news appealed to me.”

“But over the years, the right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation. I left,” he added before noting that he has “unique insight and understanding of how the right operates and literally 30 years of covering Donald Trump.”

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via Former Fox News Reporter Carl Cameron Says he Left Network Because of ‘Partisan Misinformation’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

VP Pence Mocks Democrats After Mexico Deploys 15,000 Troops To U.S. Border: Doing ‘More Than Congressional Dems’ — The Gateway Pundit

Mexico has deployed 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an aggressive move to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the United States, a move Vice President Mike Pence is decidedly more than Democrats in Congress have done.

“In the northern part of the country, we have deployed a total of almost 15,000 troops composed of National Guard elements and military units,”  Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval said.

In addition, some 2,000 Mexican National Guard members have been dispatched to Mexico’s southern border with Belize and Guatemala, where there are already nearly 5,000 troops already. Huge caravans of migrants from Central American countries have been walking through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border, which Mexico now says it will seek to stop.

Pence praised Mexico for the move, while also mocking the do-nothing Democrats in Congress.

“Mexico is keeping its promise & now sending 15,000 troops to border to help with crisis. Meanwhile Dems won’t fund beds for migrant children. Mexico continues to do more than Congressional Dems to secure our border, and its time for them to STEP UP!” Pence wrote on Twitter.

Donald Trump Jr. also ridiculed congressional Democrats for sitting on their hands during the major crisis at the border.

“Mexico doing more to protect America than democrats. The dems have lost their way… they are not your grandfather’s democrat party any longer and haven’t been for far too long,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

The new deployments by Mexico come after President Trump threatened to impose growing tariffs on Mexico. During lengthy negotiations Washington — which sometimes grew heated — Mexico caved and offered to shore up its borders to stem the tariffs.

Earlier this month, Trump wrote on Twitter: “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!”


via VP Pence Mocks Democrats After Mexico Deploys 15,000 Troops To U.S. Border: Doing ‘More Than Congressional Dems’ — The Gateway Pundit

GOOGLE EXECS PANIC! Go Into Hiding – Delete Social Media Accounts After James O’Keefe’s Latest Exposé — The Gateway Pundit

James O’Keefe and Project Veritas released alarming new undercover video, leaked documents, and testimony from a Google insider revealing the tech giant’s plans to meddle in US politics and “prevent a Trump situation in 2020.”

One aspect of the report features undercover footage of longtime Google employee and Head of Responsible Innovation, Jen Gennai, saying Google has been working diligently to “prevent” the results of the 2016 election from repeating in 2020, meaning they are actively engaging in election meddling and working to elect someone from the Democratic Party.

The exposé was so damaging that Google-YouTube deleted Project Veritas’ video exposing the tech giant’s electioneering.

And the Google executives have deleted their social media pages.

Jen Gennai, the Google executive caught on video bragging that “Congress can pressure us but we’re not changing,” panicked, deleted her Twitter account and made her Instagram ‘private.’

Gaurav Gite, the Google engineer revealing the tech giant’s actions to manipulate its algorithms based on its own definition of “fairness,” has deleted his Facebook page.

Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) responded to O’Keefe’s latest undercover sting and said Google needs to be stripped of its section 230 immunity and to be “properly pursued by class action lawsuits by those they have knowingly harmed.”

via GOOGLE EXECS PANIC! Go Into Hiding – Delete Social Media Accounts After James O’Keefe’s Latest Exposé — The Gateway Pundit

RenewAmerica Newsletter for June 25, 2019

June 25, 2019
WES VERNON — Communist China’s seemingly never-ending attempted influence on what you see, read, watch, or do allows no escape at your favorite movie theater. In today’s Hollywood, there is one director and that’s China. So claims a report by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council…. (more)

June 24, 2019
PUBLIUS HULDAH — If the American People (and American lawyers) had been properly educated, they would know that our federal Constitution created a federal government of enumerated powers only, and that most of the powers delegated to Congress over the Country at Large are listed at Art. I, §8, clauses 1-16, U.S. Constitution…. (more)

June 24, 2019
NEWSMAX — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Sunday faced growing fallout over a fatal police shooting in South Bend, an incident that has exposed simmering racial tensions in the Indiana city where he is mayor and which is complicating his presidential ambitions…. (more)

June 24, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — Momentum is building to free conservative former Congressman Steve Stockman from prison. The outspoken conservative activist was targeted by the Deep State after he stood up to the Obama administration, which included him calling for the arrest of Lois Lerner. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly misusing nonprofit funds for political purposes…. (more)

June 23, 2019
TONY PERKINS — Most schools can’t give a child an aspirin without getting a parent’s OK. But in Vermont, kids are about to get a whole lot more than Tylenol. Under a new rule, they’ll be able to get entirely new bodies – -in some cases, without ever calling home…. (more)

June 23, 2019
AP NEWS — U.S. military cyber forces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems on Thursday as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional military strike in response to Iran’s downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, U.S. officials said Saturday…. (more)

June 22, 2019
DAILY CALLER — An ideologically divided Supreme Court delivered a victory for property owners Friday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Elena Kagan that accused the conservative majority of smashing “a hundred-plus years of legal rulings to smithereens.”… (more)

June 22, 2019
BREITBART — Mexican officials announced plans this week to deploy approximately 6,500 of its national guard troops at 12 checkpoints near the country’s southern border. The move comes in response to nearly 400,000 Central American and other migrants who entered the nation in the last three months on journeys to the U.S. Mexico City also discussed plans to deport approximately 2,500 migrants per day…. (more)

June 22, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Republican governor of Texas announced Friday the deployment of an additional 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border because, he said, Border Patrol lacks the resources to deal with the number of people being taken into custody…. (more)

June 20, 2019
YOUTUBE — In one of her trademark instagram live videos, freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC, claims that America is running concentration camps on the southern border. AOC doesn’t provide any evidence of the outrageous claim and goes on to claim that Trump is a fascist…. (more)

June 20, 2019
Democrats are now morally obligated to build the wall
WILL CHAMBERLAIN — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) recently referred to detention centers at the U.S. border as “concentration camps,” suggesting those “concerned enough with humanity” take the words “never again” seriously and must “do something about it.”… (more)

June 20, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Communist Party of the USA will celebrate its 100th birthday this weekend in Chicago, at a conference replete with questions about what the future holds for the organization when national Democrats already embrace some of its most coveted goals…. (more)

June 20, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump raised $24.8 million in the less-than 24 hours after kicking off his re-election campaign. The staggering sum was announced in a tweet on Wednesday morning by Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. It dwarfs what the top Democratic contenders in the 2020 White House primary raised over the course of the first three months of this year…. (more)

June 20, 2019
Jack Cashill notes what happened when ‘the mob’ no longer had presidential support
JACK CASHILL — A December 2018 headline in the New York Times heralded the rare bit of good news the Times allows its readers in the Age of Trump. It read simply, “U.S. Murder Rate for 2018 Is on Track for a Big Drop.”… (more)

June 20, 2019
YOUTUBE — Jordan Peterson talked with Dennis Prager at the Prager Summit in May in Santa Barbara…. (more)

June 20, 2019
Michelle Malkin on ‘grievance-mongering elites’ who’ve ‘bullied and defamed’ whites
MICHELLE MALKIN — As a right-wing alumna of far-left Oberlin College, I have four words for the administration in response to last week’s ground-breaking $11 million jury verdict in the defaming of humble Gibson’s Bakery: You had it coming…. (more)

June 19, 2019
NEWSMAX — The “Jeopardy!” player who won nearly two and a half million dollars donated a chunk of his payout to a charity for pancreatic cancer – – the type of cancer the show’s host Alex Trebek is battling…. (more)

June 19, 2019
YOUTUBE — Vice President Mike Pence introduces President Trump in Orlando, Florida where the Trump 2020 re-election campaign will officially begin with one of the president’s signature ‘MAGA’ rallies. Trump rolls out his re-election bid just as tensions heat up in Congress over growing calls for his impeachment… (more)

June 19, 2019
AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM — Joe Biden said Monday that the first thing he’d do as president is “eliminate” the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “First thing I would do as president is eliminate the president’s tax cut,” Biden said during the Poor People’s Forum in Washington, D.C. on Monday…. (more)

June 18, 2019
But left fights back against Supreme Court justice who wants to get it right
BOB UNRUH — It’s been done hundreds of times, but the urging by one member of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn “demonstrably erroneous” precedents has enraged the left. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote this week in a concurring opinion in the Gamble v. United States decision that the court’s understanding of stare decisis – – the principle that previous decisions guide future rulings – -needs a new look…. (more)

June 17, 2019
The RussiaGate hoax was a failed con job
HUMAN EVENTS — George C. Parker was a con man who specialized in selling unwary immigrants the Brooklyn Bridge. His ruse was discovered when the police had to arrest a few poor souls who set up toll booths on the access ramp. The resulting expression, “I have a bridge to sell you,” is a gibe at the victims of dumb frauds…. (more)

June 17, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended recent comments President Donald Trump made suggesting his campaign would listen to opposition research from foreign sources. “I’ve nothing further to add. I came on to talk about foreign policy. I think is the third time you asked me about a Washington piece of silliness and chase down a story that is inconsistent of what I’ve seen the president do every single day,” Pompeo said Sunday morning during an interview with “Fox New Sunday” host Chris Wallace…. (more)

June 17, 2019
THE HILL — If you read the newspapers, tuned into the cable TV pundits or received an email from one of the Democrats running for president, you’d swear Donald Trump was back to his treasonous ways…. (more)

June 17, 2019
Says there’s ‘little evidence’ Trump can make ‘reality-based decisions’
WORLDNETDAILY — Psychiatrist Bandy Lee, a Yale faculty member who repeatedly and unashamedly has announced a psychiatric diagnosis for President Donald Trump even though she’s never met him, and who previously has condemned him as unstable, dangerous and in need of being locked up, is at it again…. (more)


June 25, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump views this week’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as a chance to see where Beijing stands on the two countries’ trade war, and is “comfortable with any outcome” from the talks, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

President Trump has no plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when he travels to South Korea over the weekend after attending a summit of the Group of 20 leaders in Japan.

President Trump on Tuesday reassured Japan he was committed to a military treaty that both nations have described as a cornerstone of security in Asia, after a media report said he had spoken privately about withdrawing from the pact.

The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee moved to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for defying lawmakers investigating whether the administration was seeking to discriminate against certain groups by adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will tackle a host of delicate issues when he gets into New Delhi on Tuesday for talks with Indian leaders, from trade to India’s long standing defense and energy ties to Russia and Iran.

Iran will never pursue a nuclear weapon, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

The United States will continue with its maximum pressure campaign against Iran until Tehran changes its behavior, and will look for ways to impose even more sanctions.

Iranian fishermen have found parts of the U.S drone shot down by the Islamic Republic last week, Iran’s ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, said on Tuesday.

NATO urged Russia to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response.

Facebook’s fledgling cryptocurrency faced mounting scrutiny on Tuesday as European central bankers and regulators demanded more detail on the social media giant’s Libra project.

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying 24 experimental satellites in what Elon Musk’s rocket company called one of the most difficult launches it has attempted.

The United States is “not where we need to be” on increasing employment levels of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, a top economic policymaker said on Tuesday.

AP Top Stories

Iran said on Tuesday US sanctions on its leaders represent the “permanent closure” of diplomacy with Washington, after President Donald Trump tightened the screws on a nation he has threatened with “obliteration”.

The price of gold and bitcoin was jumping on Tuesday morning as the US hit Iran with fresh sanctions.

The Navy is planning to launch a massive, 50-ton Orca undersea drone to expand mission scope, increase attack options, integrate large high-tech sensors, further safeguard manned combat crews and possibly fire torpedoes — all while waging war under the ocean surface.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday encouraged Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to do more to ensure maritime surveillance with Iran, which days earlier shot down an American drone.

A Missouri judge ruled on Monday the state’s only abortion clinic can remain open for at least five more days, but he ordered Planned Parenthood to take its fight against closure to a state arbiter.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday described as “deafening” Iran’s apparent silence on an offer to negotiate with Washington. “The president has held the door open to real negotiations,” Bolton told journalists in Jerusalem. “In response, Iran’s silence has been deafening,” he added.


A UN expert has warned of a possible “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape from hunger, “while the rest of the world is left to suffer”.

The arrest of a Florida woman who turned in her estranged husband’s guns to police after he was held on domestic violence charges has provoked uproar. A Florida state congresswoman has asked prosecutors to drop the case against Courtney IrbyDemocratic lawmaker Anna Eskamani said charging Mrs Irby, 32, would set “a scary precedent” for victims of abuse. Prosecutors say they have not yet decided whether to pursue the case.

Some 250 migrant children have been moved from an overcrowded border station in Texas where they had been held for weeks. Lawyers given access by a judge said the children were “severely neglected”. One of them told the BBC that children were “locked up in horrific cells where there’s an open toilet in the middle of the room” where they ate and slept.

Italian mafia boss Rocco Morabito has escaped from prison in Uruguay, where he was awaiting extradition to Italy, the interior ministry has said.

Unauthorised drone flying has prompted disruptions at Singapore’s Changi Airport for the second time in a week. The country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) said 18 flights had been delayed, and seven flights diverted due to drones and bad weather.

Arabs are increasingly saying they are no longer religious, according to the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa. The finding is one of a number on how Arabs feel about a wide range of issues, from women’s rights and migration to security and sexuality.


A U.S. school that allowed Muslim students to interrupt classes to “convert” students to Islam now faces a grilling from a constitutional legal team. Two Muslim students who were given permission to interrupt classes during the school day to convert students to Islam “under the guise of teaching them about Ramadan.”

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 25, 2019

The Foundation

“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” –Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Trump: Make Medical Costs Transparent

His executive order isn’t perfect, but the health care system is seriously broken.

Iran Pressured Onto a Precipice

Trump issues new sanctions against the regime after recent attacks bring trouble.

No, Joe, Half of Americans Aren’t Poor

In a huge pander to his base, Biden claims “almost half” are “living in poverty.”

Demo Debt Bill Doubles Down on Insanity

Their $1 trillion spending bill keeps ignoring the $22 trillion gorilla in the room.

Police Officers Lionize Graduate’s Late Father

“A total of 18 officers came to his party. … The officers didn’t come empty-handed either.”

Video: What Is Trump’s Plan for Iran?

Ben Shapiro reacts to President Trump announcing his policy toward Iran on social media.

Video: The Best Book to Read to Your Kids

Read them a Bible story tonight. Who knows? You might learn a few things, too.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Tackling Tehran
Stephen Moore
Blurring the Expense of Medical Care
Dennis Prager
Clarity About Nationalism
Rich Lowry
What a Border Crisis Looks Like
Tony Perkins
St. Louis’s Arch Enemy on Life

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

Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Mexico deploys troops, Iran sanctioned, SCOTUS decisions, Conway’s precedent, and more.

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Jean Carroll, Erick Erickson, and more.

Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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News – 6/25/2019

Hackers hit global telcos in espionage campaign: cyber research firm
Hackers have broken into the systems of more than a dozen global telecoms companies and taken large amounts of personal and corporate data, researchers from a cyber security company said on Tuesday, identifying links to previous Chinese cyber-espionage campaigns. Investigators at U.S.-Israeli cyber security firm Cybereason said the attackers compromised companies in more than 30 countries and aimed to gather information on individuals in government, law-enforcement and politics. The hackers also used tools linked to other attacks attributed to Beijing by the United States and its Western allies, said Lior Div, chief executive of Cybereason. “For this level of sophistication it’s not a criminal group. It is a government that has capabilities that can do this kind of attack,” he told Reuters.

U.S. Kicks Off 19-Nation War Games Drills in Ukraine
The United States military and partners from 19 countries are getting set to kick off a massive series of war drills in Ukraine amid rising threats from Iran and Russia, according to the Defense Department. From July 1 to 12, American military assets will join with “19 nations, 33 ships, 26 aircraft, and over 3,000 troops to participate in a maritime, air, and land exercise that will enhance capabilities, improve interoperability and build upon decades of partnership and friendship,” according to information provided by the Defense Department.

Does America’s next civil war begin in Oregon? Gov. Kate Brown orders state police to round up Republican lawmakers at gunpoint
This story is getting very little coverage in the legacy media for obvious reasons. Just like California, Oregon has gone full authoritarian in trying to force its fake science “climate change” agenda on everyone. Over the last few days, Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown has ordered the gunpoint rounding up of Republican lawmakers in order to force a vote on a climate change “cap and trade” scheme (HB 2020) that only enriches corrupt Democrat insiders.

Project Veritas bombshell: Google engaged in massive censorship effort to prevent “repeat” of 2016 when Trump won the presidency
According to details published by PV and accompanying video taken by its undercover journalists, Google has managed to hire a gaggle of brainwashed Left-wing sycophants who religiously believe they are ‘saving the country’ by altering AI algorithms to filter out any and all pro-Trump content from independent and conservative media on the world’s biggest search platform. In fact, according to one of them, the AI algorithms are designed to filter (censor) content in such a way so that Google can single-handedly prevent the “next Trump situation” — that is, his reelection next year.

Netflix is stirring up trouble in the Middle East
Not content to simply anger parents in the U.S. with its disturbing content for young people, the on-line streaming giant is now outraging moms and dads in Jordan.

Trump puts sanctions on Iranian supreme leader, other top officials
U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials with sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic, unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone. With tensions running high between the two countries, Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions, which U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said would lock billions of dollars more in Iranian assets.

Bolton meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem ahead of historic security meeting
While the meeting between Bolton, Israeli National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat and Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev was initially set to discuss security issues pertaining to Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, the focus is now expected to shift to recent escalation in tension between the United States and Iran. On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the summit “historic and unprecedented” and said it “greatly attests to the current international standing of Israel among the nations.”

Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions
As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it’s the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer’s battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be’s empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran’s 80 million people can be seen everywhere….many Iranians blame their own government, which has careened from one economic disaster to another since its Islamic Revolution 40 years ago.

DEAL OF THE CENTURY: Jared Kushner Just Released His Middle East Plan For ‘Peace To Prosperity’ And The Saudi Kingdom Is Urging The Palestinians To Accept It, They Just Might Do It
…Having the backing of the Saudi Kingdom is a potential game-changer in getting the Palestinians to the table. The close bond between Benjamin Netanyahu and both Jared Kushner and Donald Trump ensures that Israel is already at the table. Are all the elements in place to finally see the ‘deal of the century’ successfully consumated? We shall see, but know this. If it is, then it is not only the ‘deal of the century’, it will be the prophetic ‘deal of the millennium’ and Jared Kushner will be the Antichrist. Let’s see how far it goes, popcorn anyone?

ASCEND WITH PRIDE: New York City Unveils Largest LGBTQ+P For Pedophile 6-Color Rainbow Pride Flag In Its History At Four Freedoms State Park
Pride Month is nearly over, but in its last week be prepared for a 6-color-rainbow onslaught as the festival of Sodom comes to a close. Speaking of that, have you ever wondered why the LGBTQ+P for Pedophile Movement chose a 6-color rainbow as their battle banner instead of the 7-color rainbow that God created? Gilbert Baker, the flag’s creator, will tell  you it’s because of size and space constraints. Hmm. The Bible tells a different story.

Thunderstorm kills more than a dozen in northwestern India prior to delayed start of monsoon
In advance of the delayed start of the monsoon, a thunderstorm in northwestern India killed more than a dozen people on Sunday.

Iran attempted terror attack in Paris, HALF A TON of explosives found
According to the report, the plane arrived from Tehran to Geneva in June 2018, following an Iranian plan to carry out a terrorist attack during a meeting of the Iranian opposition.

UN poised to launch global ban on all criticism of Islam
The world’s largest Islamic supremacist world body, the  Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has relentlessly pursued resolutions on restrictions on free speech for decades. Back in 2012, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, then secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said they wouldn’t try again for a ban  at the UN on criticism of Islam.

PARTY OF DEATH: All 20 Democratic 2020 Presidential Candidates Vowed On Saturday To Passionately Support And Defend Planned Parenthood Abortions At All Costs
Look at the faces of the women in the photo at the top of this article, and I don’t know about you, but it really creeps me out. Here you have women, people who are supposed to be defending and protecting their children, clamoring and demanding the “right” to have them put to death. How is this any different from what Adolf Hitler and the Nazis did to the 12 million “undesirables” they exterminated during WWII? That’s an honest question, please tell me how this is any different from that?

Headlines – 6/25/2019

Scars on Middle East landscape bear witness to past peace failures

Jared Kushner’s economic blueprint for Palestinians faces boycott and derision

US pushes peace initiative amid doubts, hostility

Bahrain confab set to kick off with loaded schedule, but meager expectations

US plan will not follow lines of Arab Peace Initiative, Kushner says

Palestinian businessman pulls out of US-led conference in Bahrain

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ falls flat in West Bank

Hamas warns against applying sovereignty in Judea and Samaria

Palestinians burn pictures, clash with troops ahead of Bahrain meet

US envoy: As the US gov’t works to improve Palestinian lives, Fatah threatens an intifada

US envoy slams Palestinian threat of violence over Bahrain

Kushner: We do not have to help the Palestinians. If the PA continues to criticize us, the aid will be stopped.

Israel shuts off fuel supplies to Gaza after spate of arson attacks

13 fires sparked in southern Israel by Gazan balloons

IDF soldiers accidentally open fire on nearby troops during exercise

Netanyahu offered Gantz rotating premiership in bid to avert elections – report

Lieberman: Netanyahu will form minority government with Arab factions

Ultra-Orthodox block Jerusalem roads in protest of draft evasion arrests

India again reportedly spikes $500 million missile deal with Israel

Thousands Of ISIS Fighters Must Be Tried Or Let Go, U.N. Rights Chief Says

Hezbollah is now giving orders to Syria’s army – and using it to spy on Israel

Netanyahu: Israel Won’t Let Iran Entrench in Syria or Attain Nuclear Weapons

IDF steps up preparedness as tensions rise in Gulf

Netanyahu meets with Russian National Security Council secretary, applauds cooperation

Netanyahu tells Russian official: We will do ‘anything’ to prevent nuclear Iran

U.S., Israel Look to Coax Russia Away From Iran Alliance

Pompeo in Mideast talks on building a coalition against Iran

Pompeo pushes Gulf allies on chipping in to counter Iran

Zarif: Netanyahu, Bolton, Gulf leaders ‘thirst for war’ between Iran and US

U.S. envoy to U.N.: U.S. policy is to bring Iran to negotiating table

Bolton: Iran just has to ‘walk through open door’, enter negotiations with US

US envoy calls on world to ‘urge Iran to de-escalate’

Europe cool on US talk of coalition against Iran, seeks deescalation

Rand Paul praises Trump, says it ‘really takes a statesman to show restraint’ amid calls for war

Anti-Trump MSNBC host Chris Matthews praises president for calling off Iran strike

Iranian official warns more US spy drones can be blown out of the sky

Trump suggests US should be compensated for protecting tankers from other countries

UN Security Council condemns attacks on oil tankers, but not Iran

US slaps ‘hard hitting’ sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei

Iran’s Rouhani: US sanctions on Khamenei futile as he has ‘no foreign assets’

Iran’s hardline media say new U.S. sanctions based on ‘fabricated excuses’

Iran is already in a ‘very dangerous’ economic position as US prepares major new sanctions

Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under U.S. sanctions, but regime shares the blame

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria: ‘Thousands’ could die because of Trump’s sanctions on Iran

Iran says latest US sanctions ends ‘channel of diplomacy forever’

Cruz bill would use Iran sanctions cash to pay for downed US drone

Iran shuns talks with US as Security Council urges calm

Iran says U.S. cyber attacks failed, hints talks are possible

Joel Rosenberg: Summer tensions spiking – Is Iran trying to provoke the US into war?

Erdogan Faces Fallout After His Party’s Loss in Istanbul Mayor’s Race

Scores feared dead in Nigeria pipeline explosion

Advanced Russian warship enters Havana harbor

U.S. Kicks Off 19-Nation War Games Drills in Ukraine

One-Third of U.S. Supports Nuclear War on North Korea, Knowing It Would Kill One Million, Report Shows

North Korea’s Kim not ready to denuclearize: U.S. intelligence agency chief

China says will not allow Hong Kong issue to be discussed at G20 summit

Pilot killed as two Eurofighter jets collide in midair

UK’s Johnson admits needing EU support in event of no-deal Brexit

Belgium arrests man suspected of plotting attack against US embassy

‘Burn that rag!’ Activists to desecrate the flag at Trump July Fourth rally

Mexico’s Crackdown at Its Southern Border, Prompted by Trump, Scares Migrants From Crossing

Mexico says it has deployed 15,000 forces in the north to halt U.S.-bound migration

Nearly 900 migrants found at Texas facility with 125-person capacity: DHS watchdog

Almost 300 migrant children removed from Texas facility described as ‘appalling’

A firsthand report of ‘inhumane conditions’ at a migrant children’s detention facility

Column: Quit arguing about what to call the migrant camps near the border. Children are dying. Don’t look away.

Democrats Agree to Approve Some of President Trump’s Emergency Border Funding

Sex, crimes and incompetence: Smears fly in White House press secretary race

Boston-Based Knitting Site Ravelry Bans Support For Trump On Its Platform

‘A leftward shift’: Communist party USA sees chance as progressives surge

AOC claims it was ‘literally easier’ for her to be elected to Congress than pay off student loans

Google’s Enemies Gear Up to Make Antitrust Case

Guardians of money bristle at Zuckerberg’s new financial order

Artificial Intelligence may not take your job, but it could become your boss

NASA to launch deep-space atomic clock that could transform space exploration

Mars colonisation possible through sperm bank in space, study suggests

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

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Southeast Indian Ridge

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.0 magntude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

Three strong earthquakes in Bardarbunga volcano

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Manam volcano in Peru erupts to 12,000ft

Colorado’s snowpack is 40 times normal after rare summer solstice dump

‘Hell is coming’: week-long heatwave begins across Europe

France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures

Inside China’s ‘thought transformation’ camps

New York man becomes 11th Dominican Republic vacation death

After deaths, more tourists to Dominican Republic say they were stricken with illness

Pain patients left in anguish by doctors ‘terrified’ of opioid addiction, despite CDC change

Alarmed by new ‘CRISPR babies’ plan, top science figures say they’re powerless to stop it

U.K. Court Reverses Ruling That Would Have Forced Mentally Disabled Woman to Have an Abortion

Rhode Island Passes ‘Abortion Until Birth’ Bill; Senator: ‘We Will All Be Accountable To God’

Judge rules Missouri’s last abortion clinic can stay open until Friday

Democrats Unanimous As House Passes Bill Forcing Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete In Girls’ Sports

Elton John: Politicians Opposing LGBTQ ‘Away From God’

Catholic school fires gay teacher so it can stay in the Indianapolis Archdiocese

US Continues to Condemn China’s ‘War on Faith’

Donations to ‘religion’ declined $2 billion in 2018 after years of growth: study

Internet preachers rise as more worshipers migrate online

Supreme Court strikes down ban on scandalous trademarks, in dispute over ‘FUCT’ clothing line

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Climate Alarmism is the Left’s Apocalypticism

Breaking: As a Minister, Ravi Zacharias Pressured Teenage Girl to Have Abortion

Beth Moore Refuses to Denounce Homosexuality as Sinful

PC(USA) to ordain first-ever openly nonbinary clergy candidate

American Pastor Charged With Sexual Abuse of Children to Build Religious Complex in Costa Rica

Inside a Connecticut Sex Cult Overseen By a Man Who Claimed to Be Jesus

Elizabeth Warren Comes Out For ‘Gay Reparations’

We Remember: The Charismatic Day of Infamy, June 23rd, 2008

Behind the music: The baffling views about God held by Bethel Music’s Amanda Lindsey Cook

Pat Robertson: Christians Should Just Ignore What Jesus Said About Divorce

Fundamentalist who founded ‘Biblical Flat Earth Society’ busted on 56 counts of child sexual exploitation

Man Calls 911 After Prostitute He Hired Refuses to Leave His Apartment So He Can Go to Church

Internet preachers rise as more worshipers migrate online

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

Clinic Performs Successful ‘In Utero’ Fetal Surgery Against Spina Bifida

Hong Kong protests: How Hallelujah to the Lord became an unofficial anthem

How Christianity Is Helping Keep Hong Kong’s Stunning Protests A Peaceful Beacon To The World

Saudi Official  “…….the age of going to war with Israel is over.”

White House Releases “Deal of the Century” Middle East Peace Plan

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June 25, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

22 Retribution, God’s work. Leave retribution to the Lord; let him bring about a just deliverance. The verse uses two imperatives to make the point; there is a slight antithesis between the two since one is negative (“Do not say”) and the other positive (“Wait”). The righteous should not take vengeance on evil, for only God can repay evil justly (cf. Ro 12:19–20). The response of the righteous must be to “wait” (qawwēh) on the Lord; this waiting involves belief in and reliance on God. The work of the Lord here focuses on the positive side—he is a deliverer (yōšaʿ) rather than an avenger, although to deliver the righteous involves judgment on the wicked. The spirit of the verse is caught in the Talmud in b. Gittin 7a: “Do not even ask him to inflict punishment on them.”[1]

22  This proverb in its antithetical parallels proscribes foolish speech to respond to the bad speech of fools such as that articulated in verses 14–20, and prescribes in verset B the wise response based on faith in the Source of all Blessings (see v. 21). It juxtaposes both the negative admonition, “do not say” to self and/or others, with “to look expectantly to the Lord,” and the assertion, “I will repay evil,” with “the Lord will help you.” The last, an imprecise parallel, suggests that the Lord will help the disciple by compensating him justly for the wrong done to him. The Helper will both compensate the damage and punish the wrongdoer. Its verb forms exhaust the register of volition forms: negative jussive (or prohibition, “do not say”), cohortative (or resolve, “I will repay”), imperative (or command, “look to”) and positive jussive (“he will help”). Thus it admonishes in the strongest terms not to respond to fools with human vengeance but with faith in divine avenging (see 24:29; cf. 17:13; 24:17–18). Do not say (cf. 1:11) refers to a communication between the disciple and himself and/or an indefinite other. I will repay (see 11:31) to achieve compensation and satisfaction for evil (raʿ, see 1:16), both moral evil, a social wrong against the disciple, and physical damage. Look expectantly (qawwēh, traditionally “hope”) is related to qaw, “tense string,” and depicts expectation and hope as a tense attitude with reference to a specific goal. The disciples looks to God to right wrongs no matter how long he must wait for the divine intervention (Pss. 25:3; 27:14; 37:34, 39, 40; 62:5 [6]; Matt. 5:38–48; Luke 18:7, 8; 1 Pet. 2:23; 4:19;). The repetition of “to” with to the Lord (laYHWH) and to you (lāk) suggests the close bond between Israel’s covenant keeping God and his son (see Prov 30:4b–5). He will avenge (yōšaʿ, see 28:18, cf. 1 Sam. 25:26, 31, 33) is closely related to legal terms and “implies bringing help to those in trouble rather than rescuing them from it,” an interpretation that gives a better parallel with “to repay” than “to save, to deliver.” A wrong done against the son is a wrong against God (Deut. 32:43). Vengeance belongs to the Lord, not to the one who suffered wrong (cf. 16:7; Deut. 32:35, 43; 2 Sam. 3:39; Rom. 12:17–21; 1 Thess. 5:15; Heb. 10:30). because the omniscient, impartial Lord can mete out perfect justice, unlike the restricted earthling, who may also be blinded by lust and prejudice. The self-avenger expresses a lack of faith in the Lord to protect his own kingdom. (8:14–17). Proverbs and Scripture in general, however, do not exclude judicial procedures for justice. God ordained government to uphold the moral order (see Prov. 16:10–15; 20:2; Rom. 12:17–13:7).[2]

20:22 / Synthetic. The “Lord” sayings occur in verses 22–25. For the spirit of this verse see also 24:17, 29 and 25:21–22. There is no expression of personal revenge, for everything is left to the Lord. This saying, according to Plöger (Sprüche), manifests a close relationship between wisdom and yahwistic devotion, a relationship that is even constitutive for wisdom. The formula, do not say, introduces several proverbs (e.g., 3:28; Eccl. 5:5; 7:10, etc.).[3]

Ver. 22.—Say not thou, I will recompense evil (ch. 24:29). The jus talionis is the natural feeling of man, to do to others as they have done unto you, to requite evil with evil. But the moralist teaches a better lesson, urging men not to study revenge, and approaching nearer to Christ’s injunction, which gives the law of charity, “Whatsoever ye would (ὅσα ἄν θέλητε) that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matt. 7:12). The Christian rule is expounded fully by St. Paul (Rom. 12:14, 17, etc.). It was not unknown to the Jews; for we read in Tobit 4:15, “Do that to no man which thou hatest;” and Hillel enjoins, “Do not thou that to thy neighbour which thou hatest when it is done to thee.” Even the heathens had excogitated this great principle. There is a saying of Aristotle, preserved by Diogenes Laertius, “Act towards your friends as you would wish them to act towards you.” The Chinese have a proverb, “Water does not remain on the mountain, or vengeance in a great mind.” Wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee. The pious writer urges the injured person to commit his cause to the Lord, not in the hope of seeing vengeance taken on his enemy, but in the certainty that God will help him to bear the wrong and deliver him in his own good time and way. The Christian takes St. Peter’s view, “Who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” (1 Pet. 3:13), knowing that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28; comp. Ecclus. 2:2, 6). Septuagint, “Say not, I will avenge myself on my enemy, but wait on the Lord, that (ἵνα) he may help thee.” The last clause may be grammatically rendered thus, but it is more in accordance with the spirit of the proverb, as Delitzsch observes, to regard it as a promise. Vulgate, et liberabit te.[4]

22 The form of this saying (“do not say …”) catches attention and occurs elsewhere: 3:28; 24:29; see also Eccl 5:5; Sir 5:3–4. There is a certain risk to be faced by one who obeys the proverb. One may give up one’s judicial right and rely exclusively on the Lord, or one may go ahead and even violently achieve justice for oneself. The former course appears to be much riskier and, in view of the evidence of judicial proceedings (e.g., Lev 24:19–22), much rarer. But many felt that the Lord would not permit injustice to prevail (cf. Ps 37:5–7). See the sermonette by Sirach in 38:2–7, and the words of Amenemope, 22:1–8 (ANET, 424). It is difficult to measure the reception of proverbs like these; to what extent was this ideal realized in judicial or in daily life?[5]

20:22. The short warning here is against personal revenge. Do not say, “I will repay evil.” “The disciple looks to God to right wrongs no matter how long he must wait for divine intervention” (Waltke, Book of Proverbs 15–31, 153; cf. Ps 37:34; Rm 12:19–21). Far wiser than personal revenge is trusting the Lord (wait for the Lord). When He does intervene, he will save His disciple. This deliverance probably entails both caring for the victim and judging the offender. It should be noted that this proverb addresses only personal vengeance, as indicated by the first-person I (Longman, Proverbs, 383). It does not reject a government’s legitimate role in taking action for justice as God’s minister (cf. Rm 13:1–7).[6]

[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, pp. 177–178). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Waltke, B. K. (2005). The Book of Proverbs, Chapters 15–31 (pp. 152–153). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 101). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Proverbs (pp. 387–388). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Murphy, R. E. (1998). Proverbs (Vol. 22, p. 153). Dallas: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Finkbeiner, D. (2014). Proverbs. In The moody bible commentary (p. 938). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

June 25 Envy and Strife

scripture reading: Luke 10:38–42
key verse: Philippians 3:10

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.

Martha had chosen to prepare the evening meal. No one forced her to do it. In fact, if we examined the situation, we would find that Martha really didn’t mind the work. She loved receiving praise for her cooking.

Yet here was the scenario: Jesus was in the front room of the house talking to those gathered near Him. Martha was rushing around the cooking area in the back of the house. All was fine until she discovered her sister was missing. A quick check of the courtyard provided no clue to Mary’s whereabouts. With her jaw set to reprove her sister, Martha stormed by the doorway to the front room.

When she spotted Mary sitting near the feet of Jesus, envy and jealousy took control of Martha’s heart: “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me” (Luke 10:40 nasb).

All of us have fought similar feelings. While God understands our weaknesses, jealousy is intolerable to Him. Why? For one, it proves that we are more interested in taking care of ourselves than in taking care of our love relationship with Him. Jesus told Martha, “Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42 nasb).

Make every effort to rid your life of envy and strife. Let God bless you in the way He has chosen. Set the focus of your heart on Him, and rejoice that He greatly loves you.

Lord, remove envy and strife from my life. I focus my heart on You today. I choose the good part. Release me from the tyranny of the urgent to do the truly important.[1]

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

25 june 365 Days with Spurgeon (preached 31 may 1857)

The sound in the mulberry trees

“When thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.” 2 Samuel 5:24

suggested further reading: 2 Timothy 2:14–19

If any of your acquaintance have been in the house of God, if you have induced them to go there, and you think there is some little good doing but you do not know, take care of that little. It may be God has used us as a foster mother to bring up his child, so that this little one may be brought up in the faith, and this newly converted soul may be strengthened and edified. But I’ll tell you, many of you Christians do a deal of mischief, by what you say when going home. A man once said that when he was a lad he heard a certain sermon from a minister, and felt deeply impressed under it. Tears stole down his cheeks, and he thought within himself, “I will go home to pray.” On the road home he fell into the company of two members of the church. One of them began saying, “Well, how did you enjoy the sermon?” The other said, “I do not think he was quite sound on such a point.” “Well,” said the other, “I thought he was rather off his guard,” or something of that sort; and one pulled one part of the minister’s sermon to pieces, and another the other, until, said the young man, before I had gone many yards with them, I had forgotten all about it; and all the good I thought I had received seemed swept away by those two men, who seemed afraid lest I should get any hope, for they were just pulling that sermon to pieces which would have brought me to my knees. How often have we done the same! People will say, “What did you think of that sermon?” I gently tell them nothing at all, and if there is any fault in it—and very likely there is, it is better not to speak of it, for some may get good from it.

for meditation: If you must have the sermon for Sunday lunch, beware of devouring someone’s faith along with it (Mark 4:4, 15).

sermon no. 147[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 183). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

25 JUNE 365 Days with Calvin

Experiencing Only Temporary Faith

Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Matthew 13:21

suggested further reading: 2 Chronicles 25

Christ says people with temporary faith eventually feel uneasy when they begin to experience the offense of the cross. Certainly, as the heat of the sun uncovers the barrenness of the soil, so persecution and the cross lay open the pride of those who are slightly influenced by but are not actually moved by earnest feelings of piety.

According to Matthew and Mark, such people are temporary. They may profess for a time that they are disciples of Christ, but they soon fall away through temptation. So they only imagine that they have true faith. According to Luke, their faith is temporary because the honor that they render to the gospel merely resembles faith.

They are not truly regenerated by the incorruptible seed that never fades, as Peter tells us (1 Peter 1:4). The words of Isaiah, “The word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isa. 40:8; 1 Peter 1:25), are only fulfilled in the hearts of believers in whom the truth of God, once fixed, never passes away but retains its vigor to the end.

Still, people who take delight in the Word of God and cherish some reverence for it do in some manner believe, for they are vastly different from unbelievers who give no credit to God when he speaks or who reject his Word.

But let us be sure from this teaching that no one partakes of true faith except those who are sealed with the Spirit of adoption and who sincerely call on God as their Father. Because that Spirit is never extinguished, it is impossible that the true faith that the Spirit engraves on the hearts of the godly will ever pass away or be destroyed.

for meditation: We may repent of our sins outwardly and even respect God’s Word, absorbing its teaching week after week at church and in Bible study, and getting a certain amount of joy from it. But if we repeatedly succumb to temptation without heart-sorrow and fail to change our ways, even when we are reprimanded by other godly people, we should beware lest our faith be only temporary.[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 195). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Tuesday Briefing June 25, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com


 British Judge Rules Mentally Disabled Woman Must Abort Her Baby: The Frightening, Coercive Power of the State on Full Display


 The Charade of the ‘Pro-Choice’ Movement Is No More: Evaluating the Common Arguments of the Pro-Abortion Movement


 Developer of ‘The Pill’ Dies at 102: A Look at George Rosenkranz and the Medical Moral History of the 21st Century


 ‘Free’ Never Means Free: Identifying Moral Risk in Bernie Sanders’s Student Loan Debt Proposal






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Bad unless Obama does it? Biden slams Trump for immigration policies he once supported — RT USA News

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has penned a scathing op-ed attacking President Donald Trump’s “morally bankrupt” border policies, but he has spent much of his career enabling the ‘deportation state’ he now decries.

The former vice president took to the pages of the Miami Herald on Monday to lay out his approach to immigration, positioning himself as the antidote to a toxic president who “is only interested in using his policies to assault the dignity of the Hispanic community and scare voters to turn out on Election Day.”

Those policies have created a “horrifying” situation at the border, Biden wrote, and have taken “a wrecking ball” to US relations in Latin America.

Ever eager to wield his credentials as vice president under the Barack Obama administration, Biden boasts that he was involved in crafting the prior government’s policies toward Latin America, but Obama’s legacy on immigration reflects dismally on a candidate running on a pro-migrant platform.

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Throughout President Obama’s two terms, more people were deported than under any previous administration, according to government data, earning him the unfortunate title of ‘Deporter in Chief.’ During Obama’s first four years in office, nearly 400,000 people were deported per year, topping out in 2012 at over 409,000.

Despite Trump’s reputation as a superhawk on the border, his presidency has seen fewer deportations per year than his predecessor, with around 250,000 in 2017 and 2018, and just over 280,000 so far this year.

Critics point out that the separation of migrant children from their families at the border has become more common since Trump took office, but that policy, too, is a carryover from the Obama years. A photo of caged migrant children went viral last year and prompted fierce criticism of President Trump’s inhumane border policies – yet the photo dates to 2014, smack in the middle of Obama’s second term.

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Some of the very cages Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently compared to “concentration camps” were, indeed, constructed under President Obama’s purview. The holding facility in McAllen, Texas, the largest in the country and a creation of the Obama administration, has become emblematic of the problems plaguing migrant detention centers. With ill-equipped health facilities and overcrowded cells, the McAllen center was forced to temporarily close its doors earlier this year amid a deadly viral outbreak.

On ‘the Wall’, Biden will also struggle to set himself apart from the president. While the former VP condemns President Trump’s wall proposal as “divorced from reality,” Biden was a vocal supporter of the Secure Fence Act, a project that spent $1 billion building a 700-mile barrier along the border with Mexico.

A recently surfaced video from 2006 captures Biden proudly telling an audience “I voted for a fence,” as he warns of dangerous drug traffickers crossing the border. Later in the clip Biden highlights his ‘tough on crime’ record, bragging “I’m the guy who wrote the crime bill, I’m the guy who wrote the national drug trafficking bill, I’m the guy who wrote the law that set up a drug czar.”

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If Biden wants to position himself as the open borders, pro-migrant candidate in the 2020 race, he’ll have to do a better job of hiding his record.

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