Daily Archives: July 5, 2019

July 5 No Condemnation

Scripture Reading: John 8:1–11

Key Verses: John 8:10–11

When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Heaping condemnation upon our own heads rarely solves our problems. Perhaps our insensitivity toward someone was wrong. Or maybe we made a mistake, offending someone in the process. Guilty feelings—real or contrived—have a way of taking the life out of us.

They divide our minds, drain our energy, cause us to punish ourselves, and stir up feelings of insecurity. Following our rebirth in Christ, the guilt of our past sins is taken away. But guilty feelings—conviction from the Holy Spirit—return when we sin against God. However, we must learn to be a repentant people, understanding how to accept the forgiveness of God in our lives.

No matter how mired we are in our sin, God will cleanse us when we ask. There might be consequences associated with our actions, but the sin is not held against us. God has forgiven us, and we must accept it, refusing to condemn ourselves any longer.

Like the lady caught in the act of adultery, we must learn to accept God’s forgiveness. Regardless of how dirty and guilty she felt, Jesus wiped away her sin. He simply told her to go and sin no more.

I stand before You free from condemnation. Thank You, Lord, for wiping clean my sins. I will not look back.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 196). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

  • I still haven’t read this entire article about Apollo 11, but it looks to be interesting.
  • I’ve heard a lot of sermons from Ephesians. A lot. Like, a lot. And yet, I recently started listening to another Bible teacher preach this book and I’m finding that God’s Word is completely fresh, even in this book with which I am so familiar.
  • Listen, don’t mock this. I mean, can you do this?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I don’t want to partake, but I otherwise fully support this and would like to see similar efforts allowed in my town.
  • Yeah, this is why public pools are a “no” for me.
  • I highly recommend the brief documentary, Swimming in Auschwitz. It is, as you can imagine, a bit graphic, so let that be a warning to sensitive viewers. I believe it’s currently available with Amazon Prime and I encourage you to take an hour of your time to watch it.

Get to Christ somehow, anyhow, for if you get to him you shall live. It is not the greatness nor the perfection of your faith, it is his greatness and his perfection which is to be depended on.

Charles Spurgeon

via This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

July 5 Self-Reliance

Scripture Reading: Psalm 28

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

In The Adventure of Prayer, the late author Catherine Marshall revealed the power of helplessness:

Why is prayer so startlingly effective when we admit our helplessness? One obvious reason is because our human helplessness is bedrock fact. God is a realist and insists that we be realists too. So long as we are deluding ourselves that human resources can supply our hearts’ desires, we are believing a lie.

This recognition and acknowledgment of our helplessness is also the quickest way to that right attitude which God recognizes as essential to prayer. It deals a mortal blow to the most serious sins of all—man’s independence that ignores God.

Another reason is that we cannot learn firsthand about God—what He is like, His love, and His real power—so long as we are relying on ourselves and other people. And fellowship with Jesus is the true purpose of life and the only foundation for eternity. It is real, this daily fellowship He offers us.

So if your every human plan and calculation has miscarried; if, one by one, human props have been knocked out and doors have shut in your face, take heart. The message is: “Stop depending on inadequate human resources. Let Me handle the matter.”

Lord, free me from self-reliance. Help me stop depending on inadequate human resources. Deliver me from the type of independence that ignores You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 196). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 5 The Peace of God

Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:14–16

Key verse: 1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

The peace of God is usually lost when we lose our perspective of God’s overriding, unceasing care of us.

Writing to a church under intense strain capable of dismantling any semblance of contentment, Peter closed his first letter by telling them to give their troubles to God because “He cares for you.”

What a relief of pressure! What troubles me and upsets my spiritual well-being, even the slightest irritant, matters to God. He is so concerned that He invites me to give Him every care.

Cast your burdens on Him in prayer. Tell God what bothers you, what robs your joy and peace, and then really believe that He has heard you and will answer. If you truly trust Him to handle the problem, then experiencing His peace is a supernatural result. The situation is in God’s hands. He is in control despite appearances. He is able to bring about a solution, whenever and however He chooses.

When you reach that point, the peace of God is yours. The storms may brew, but God is very concerned about you and has taken your cares upon Himself. When the pressure mounts, you cast every burden on Him. All is in His care, and that settles your soul as no other thought.

Father, when the pressures mount today, help me remember that You have taken all my cares upon Yourself. I cast my burdens on You, knowing that everything is in Your care.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 196). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

AOC Says July 4 Parade Was Poorly Attended, but Then the Pictures Start Rolling in | The Western Journal

Alex Wong / Getty ImagesRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on June 26, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York took a shot at President Donald Trump on Friday morning, claiming he wasted money on his “poorly attended” Independence Day parade while holding migrant children “hostage to secure billions for their abusers.”

But Ocasio-Cortez failed to get her facts straight first.

“Trump spent millions on a poorly attended, 1 day parade days after saying he couldn’t afford toothpaste & soap for caged children,” the progressive congresswoman tweeted. “Did he ask Congress for military parade [money]? No.”

Trump spent millions on a poorly attended, 1 day parade days after saying he couldn’t afford toothpaste & soap for caged children.

Did he ask Congress for military parade💰? No.

Trump held these kids hostage to secure billions for their abusers. Congress needs to see that.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 5, 2019

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“Trump held these kids hostage to secure billions for their abusers. Congress needs to see that,” she concluded.

Ocasio-Cortez’s argument seemed to predicated — at least in part — on the assumption that the American people did not want Trump’s “Salute to America” event to happen.

Do you think Trump’s “Salute to America” event was a fitting way to honor our military?

And if the event was “poorly attended,” as Ocasio-Cortez claimed, then she might have a point.

But photos and videos from the day, particularly those from Trump’s address to the National Mall, told a different story.

“The event defied the critics who said the celebration on Thursday would be a partisan political spectacle that would not even attract a significant crowd. CBS, ABC, NBC and MSNBC snubbed the celebration and didn’t air it live, save for their online streaming platforms,” Fox News reported.

in fairness to Trump the crowd size doesn’t appear to be horrible pic.twitter.com/5oTXCrrDTb

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 4, 2019

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— Graham Ledger (@GrahamLedger) July 5, 2019

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Despite the left’s best attempts at destroying a salute to America, the place is PACKED!

God bless @realDonaldTrump and god bless America! pic.twitter.com/XznyJBPfO1

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 4, 2019

Incredible to see all in attendance to hear our @POTUS speak & celebrate our great nation’s Independence Day! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/2graxKsR5H

— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) July 5, 2019

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2019

It was wonderful to see our military celebrating #IndependenceDay at the Salute to America. Thank you to our military and their families for their patriotic sacrifices made to protect our great Nation. God bless our troops! pic.twitter.com/pduF8MWFJQ

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) July 5, 2019

“This is the noble purpose that inspired Abraham Lincoln to rededicate our nation to a new birth of freedom, and to resolve that we will always have a government of, by, and for the people.” – @realDonaldTrump #SaluteToAmerica #4thofJuly #IndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/lP3bc7dQ8z

— Jan Jekielek (@JanJekielek) July 5, 2019

.@AOC, Google “poorly attended.”

We don’t think it means what you think it means. 👍 pic.twitter.com/s4c6SiHIWs

— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) July 5, 2019

Trump’s speech, meanwhile, defied the establishment media narrative that it would be all about politics.

“Trump calls bluff of critics in July 4th speech,” CNN acknowledged.

The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen, meanwhile, noted that “Trump made his critics look small during his ‘Salute to America.’”

Source: AOC Says July 4 Parade Was Poorly Attended, but Then the Pictures Start Rolling in

For Christians, the truth about truth should be self-evident — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

 

For Christians, the truth about truth should be self-evident: truth cannot be relative, because it is rooted in the absolute nature of God. As Isaiah 65:16 tells us, God is the “God of truth.” And Jesus tells us that he is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We can know some truths as self-evident when they are rooted in the revealed Word given to us by the one who is the Truth. —Joe Carter (from, Why Christians Should Defend the Declaration’s Most Controversial Claim)

via For Christians, the truth about truth should be self-evident — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Tired Of Christians Imposing Their Religious Beliefs On Others, Democrats Come Out Against Equality — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A number of Democrats have called the recent laws restricting abortion “imposing religion on others” since the basis of the laws is the ultra-religious view that murdering one’s offspring is wrong. Now some are going farther and attacking other laws they see as imposing the Christian religion on society, specifically any having to do with treating all people as equal.

“Treating all people as equal is an extreme Christian view that has no place in the law,” presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand told a sparse crowd. “If you want to believe people have a soul and are all of equal value, you can, but that religious view has no place in government.”

Christians hold the religious belief that all people have an immortal soul beyond any earthly value and that in Heaven there are no divisions between people. This belief runs counter to the prevailing evolutionary theory that people, like any other animals, are unequal, some adapted better than others. Despite the science, the religious view of equality is the basis of many laws. Democrats now vow to change that.

“I’ve long held onto my list definitively ranking the races, and I think it’s time I share it,” Joe Biden said at a campaign stop, embracing the new anti-equality view. In a similar vein, Democrats are vowing to fight a number of different laws, such as those restricting abortion and laws recognizing human rights, i.e., anything that follows the extreme religious view that human life is valuable and should be treated with dignity.

via Tired Of Christians Imposing Their Religious Beliefs On Others, Democrats Come Out Against Equality — The Babylon Bee

WATCH: “Come On, Man!” After Disastrous Interview With Chris Cuomo Today, Joe Biden Needs to Drop Out of the Race Because he is Not Ready for Prime Time — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Amid increasing signs that his debate performance last week put a dent in his lead in the 2020 Democratic primary, former vice president Joe Biden sat down with CNN for a rare lengthy interview.

It may not have been a reassuring performance for those worried about his presidential campaign.

In the interview with Chris Cuomo, Biden suggested he was surprised by the line of attack — on Biden’s references to race and his position on busing in the 1970s — from Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) in the debate’s feature moment. He also suggested, curiously, that he didn’t think candidates should talk about each other’s pasts and that the debate format doesn’t suit him.

Here’s the exchange about Harris’s attack:

CUOMO: They’re going to come at you.

BIDEN: Sure, they’re going to come at me.

CUOMO: Were you prepared for them to come after you?

BIDEN: I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at — she knew Beau, she knows me. I don’t — anyway, I —

But here’s the deal: What I do know — and it’s the good and the bad news — the American people think they know me and they know me. Since that occurred, I had the most sought-after endorsement for the mayor of Atlanta, a black woman who is a great leader, endorse me. I’ve had numerous members of a [Congressional] Black Caucus endorse me.

Biden’s answer is a bit confusing, but he seems to suggest that he wasn’t exactly expecting Harris to come after him because of their personal connections. (He alluded to this earlier, too.) He even invokes his late son, Beau Biden, and the fact that Beau and Harris knew each other when both served as state attorneys general — Beau Biden in Delaware and Harris in California. The implication, though Biden never really finishes the point, seems to be that this was someone Biden couldn’t have expected would ever do this to him.

It might indeed have been a harsher attack than some might have expected. But this was a subject that was ripe for someone to draw a contrast with Biden. His record on busing had been dealt with in-depth, including by The Washington Post. In the days before the debate, Biden’s comments about working with segregationist senators were perhaps the biggest story in the Democratic primary. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who also has a personal relationship with Biden, even called on him to apologize for the latter.

Was it really a shock to Biden that the other black candidate in the 2020 race, Harris, would go after him on these issues? Even before the debate, she said that Biden ”doesn’t understand the history of our country and the dark history of our country.” Given all that, the idea that Biden wasn’t girding for this exchange is pretty inexplicable.

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SOURCE: Aaron Blake
The Washington Post

via WATCH: “Come On, Man!” After Disastrous Interview With Chris Cuomo Today, Joe Biden Needs to Drop Out of the Race Because he is Not Ready for Prime Time — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Senior Moment? Biden Proclaims Russian Meddling ‘Wouldn’t Have Happened On His And Barack’s Watch’ | ZeroHedge News

Former Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 US election, apparently forgetting the narrative.

Speaking with CNN‘s Chris Cuomo, the 2020 presidential contender insisted that the Kremlin’s evil designs to influence geopolitical outcomes wouldn’t happen under his watch, and didn’t happen when he and President Obama were in the White House.

“Look at what’s happening with Putin,” said Biden. “While Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe. Look what’s happened in Hungary. Look what’s happened in Poland. Look what’s happened in Moldova. You think that would happen on my watch or Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise you it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.

Whoops!

(h/t Daily Caller)

Biden’s comments are particularly intriguing, as many – including President Trump – have questioned why the Obama administration didn’t do anything about Russian interference prior to the 2016 election.

In May, Trump brought it up again, tweeting “Why didn’t President Obama do something about Russia in September (before November Election) when told by the FBI?”

Good question… perhaps someone can ask Biden at the next debate?

Source: Senior Moment? Biden Proclaims Russian Meddling ‘Wouldn’t Have Happened On His And Barack’s Watch’

Former ICE Director Says Trump Administration Has Done More to Solve Border Than Any Other President — Faithwire

A former director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has defended the Trump administration’s response to the humanitarian crisis witnessed on the southern U.S.-Mexico border.

In an interview on CNN, Ronald Vitiello said that the Trump administration was doing its level best to alleviate suffering at the border and deal with the years-old immigration crisis.

“This administration has done more to address this problem than any administration I’ve seen in my 34-year career,” Vitiello told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “The President’s done everything he’s got. He’s used all the tools.”

Last week, $4.6 billion of emergency funding was finally agreed upon by the Democrats and subsequently signed off by President Trump. Vitiello, who previously served as chief of Border Patrol, said that the additional funding will improve the quality of facilities so medical staff and agents “have a more adequate place to process the people that they take into custody.”

When asked what he would do differently to the Trump administration in response to the crisis, he answered simply: “not much.”

Hispanic Pastors Tour Border Facility, ‘Totally Baffled’ by Misinformation in News

A delegation of Hispanic pastors, led by the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, toured a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, last week, and what they saw was “drastically different” from the media’s portrayal of the situation along the country’s southern border.

Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told reporters Monday he “was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”

He told Faithwire via email Tuesday he is “totally baffled by the reports of politicians who visited exactly where I visited and saw exactly what I saw.”

Rodriguez said he and his fellow pastors from the NHCLC had full access to the facility for at least one hour.

“What did our visit reveal? We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions, and no lack of basic necessities,” he added, according to a press release.

Rodriguez said Border Patrol agents “unequivocally denied” they had made any changes to tidy up the facility before the delegation arrived, claiming the space they showed them was in the same condition when a group of attorneys toured it a few days earlier.

The pastor told the Religion News Service the detention center seemed like a “summer camp environment,” in which the migrant children had access to TV and snacks and enjoyed friendly relationships with the guards on duty.

Rodriguez is not the first Christian leader to push back against the media’s characterization of the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border. During an interview with Faithwire last week, Prestonwood en Español Pastor Gilberto Corredera said border agents have good relationships with the children, often spending their own money to buy food and water for them.

“They have families, they have feelings,” Corredera, who has toured detention centers on the border, said of the Border Patrol agents. “I saw them so compassionate about it, so concerned about it, heartbroken for [unaccompanied migrant kids].”

The situation, he added, is “not as simple as maybe the news wants to make it.”

Dr. James Dobson, a Christian author and the founder of Focus on the Family, was also invited by the White House to tour a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, last week.

He said many in the media “have not been truthful about what is going on there,” admitting there are major issues, but placing the blame on Congress for its inaction.

Rodriguez shared some of Dobson’s sentiments, saying the situation along the border is “a problem only Congress can really solve.”

These reports come around the same time Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) toured a migrant detention facility in El Paso. The 29-year-old politician claimed there “is abuse in these facilities.”

“This was them on their best behavior, and they put [migrants] in a room with no running water,” she claimed. “These women were being told by CBP officers to drink out of the toilet. They were drinking water out of the toilet and that was them knowing a congressional visit was coming. This is CBP on their best behavior, telling people to drink out of the toilet.”

But when a reporter asked Ocasio-Cortez if she actually witnessed what she described happening, the lawmaker rolled up her window and the vehicle drove away.

An unnamed border agent who spoke to The Washington Examiner said the woman Ocasio-Cortez saw “didn’t know how to use the faucet in the cell, and drank from the toilet,” but was never told to do so.

What else?

As he continues to call for reform, Rodriguez also revealed this week the NHCLC plans to launch a campaign — “For His Children” — to offer aid to immigrant children held in detention centers at the border. He said the initiative will send supplies, like clothes, water, and hygiene products, to the southern border.

He also told the Religion News Service the group may in the future provide shelter and foster care to migrant children crossing into the U.S.

“It is the job of the government to decide who gets in their country,” Rodriguez explained. “It is the joy of the church to serve those who do.”

The pastor is also urging the government to take swift action, calling on Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve this ongoing crisis.

“What’s heart-wrenching is that we have both Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress who can’t come together for the purpose of doing the right thing and finding a solution to our immigration crisis,” he said.

“Please, President Trump, please White House, work with the Republicans and the Democrats [and] please, please, please, please, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, please come together to solve this crisis, immediately,” he added.

via Former ICE Director Says Trump Administration Has Done More to Solve Border Than Any Other President — Faithwire

The Most Politically Incorrect Bible Passage — Stand to Reason

The Bible is not known for being the authority modern culture consults for political commentary, practical living, or ethical advice. The Apostle Paul is especially derided. Even some professing Christians regard his sexual ethics as outdated. Instead of pulling the old let’s-reinterpret-this-Bible-text-to-be-gay-affirming approach, some believers simply say he’s wrong. Let’s just focus on Jesus, they suggest, who allegedly never said anything about homosexuality. That’s why it’s not surprising that one of Paul’s passages should rise to the top of “The Most Politically Incorrect Bible Passage” Hall of Fame.

Paul’s first epistle to the church in Corinth has many challenging admonitions. First Corinthians 6:9–11, however, seems to top them all, especially in light of our country’s ethos. Let’s look at Paul’s words.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Wow. Just wow. Shock jock radio hosts got nothing on this. Here are three reasons why Paul’s passage is the most politically incorrect passage.

  1. The passage states that homosexual sex is sin. That’s a big no-no. You can’t say that what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom is wrong. Calling it “sin” just overlays a religious tone to it, which makes it doubly wrong. Plus, our country just celebrated “Pride Month,” a time when companies, politicians, and others went out of their way to show their support for the LGBT community. Saying the L, G, and B are morally wrong is countercultural. To be sure, this passage also says that fornicators (those who have sex before marriage), adulterers (those who have sex outside of marriage), drunks, and many others are also equally in sin. Paul claims that anyone engaged in any sexual activity—apart from a married man and woman—is in sin. That throws a whole lot of people in our world into the “sinner” category. Indeed, everyone is guilty of some sin. That includes me. Needless to say, this first point alone qualifies Paul’s words as wildly politically incorrect.
  2. The passage states that practicing homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God. Did you catch that? If you’re not going to inherit the kingdom of God, then you’re going to get what you deserve: eternal judgment (AKA Hell). So, Paul just ensured his passage would remain the most politically incorrect for generations to come. Come on…you can’t tell people they’re going to Hell. That’s the worst thing you can say. This is clearly what Paul is saying, however, based on the context. In the previous chapter, Paul argues that a man who is having sex with his stepmother is immoral, has been judged a sinner, and should be kicked out of the local church body until he repents. To be clear, Paul argues that this is how believers should treat any professing Christian who engages in ongoing, unrepentant sin. He also gives no indication that such an unrepentant sinner should have confidence that they will inherit the kingdom of God.
  3. The passage states that some in the church in Corinth were once homosexuals, but they have changed. Uh-oh! Did Paul just suggest that you can live a life satisfying same-sex desires and then later change? Yes, he did. That’s not even legal in some states! Paul is no longer pulling punches (he never was, actually). This is politically incorrect to the max. Our culture believes that homosexuals are born that way, that there must be a biological or genetic factor that leads a person to develop same-sex attraction. If true, that would mean “change” is as impossible or as dangerous as attempting to change one’s eye color (and I’m not talking about using contact lenses). Yet Paul says homosexuals changed as if it were no big deal—a usual occurrence. He lumps them in with other people who were satisfying other sinful desires. Anyone can change.

Now, I’m not saying this passage is politically incorrect because I’m embarrassed by Paul’s words. After all, though He wrote these verses, it’s the Holy Spirit who inspired them. In other words, God is ultimately responsible for the content of this passage and, indeed, every word in Scripture. These are God’s ethics and, I might add, the ethics of Jesus.

Though Paul’s statement might be the most politically incorrect passage, it’s also a powerfully correct passage. These are the words of our Creator, the One who sustains the universe in existence and grants our every breath. Truer words cannot be spoken.

While this passage does not resonate with everyone in our culture, it does offer hope for anyone who acknowledges they are in trouble with God. As C.S. Lewis says, “It is after you have realized that there is a real Moral Law, and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power—it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk.”

Paul’s main point is the point about changed lives. That’s why, despite the negative effects of sinful behavior, Paul interjects with, “Such were some of you…” (1 Cor. 6:11). But you were washed. But you were sanctified. But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. Though none of us deserves to inherit the kingdom of God, Jesus makes a way that we can be pardoned for our crimes, no matter what they might be. That’s the gospel, and that’s powerfully correct.

via The Most Politically Incorrect Bible Passage — Stand to Reason

President Trump Slams AOC and Radical Democrats: “Certain Members of Congress Say Certain Things and Lie” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Monday Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez smeared the US border patrol telling reporters border patrol agents were telling illegal immmigrant women to drink out of toilets.

This was quickly proven to be another lie by the freshman Democrat-Socialist.

On Friday President Trump slammed Ocasio-Cortez and radical Democrats for their disgusting attacks on the US border patrol, saying “certain members of Congress lie.”

President Trump: I will say this. I think that the border patrol has been treated very, very badly by certain members of Congress, very, very badly. For the most part they are respected by Congress but certain members of Congress say very bad things and lie and exaggerate. And border patrol people are very, very tough. They are not happy about it.

via President Trump Slams AOC and Radical Democrats: “Certain Members of Congress Say Certain Things and Lie” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Why Christians Should Defend the Declaration’s Most Controversial Claim — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Former Senator Rick Santorum once said that the Constitution is the “how” of America—the operator’s manual—but the “why” of America—who we are as a people—is in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Many Americans would disagree that the Declaration’s most famous sentence still represents who we are as a people. Indeed, a primary dividing line in our country today is between those who think that sentence is literally true and those who do not. I believe it is literally true. And I think when we examine it, clause by clause, we find that it’s a claim that all Christians in America should defend.

We hold these truths to be self-evident . . . 

Within the first eight words we already find two claims that today are considered radically divisive—that there is such as thing as truth, and that truth can be self-evident.

For a claim to be self-evident, as the Cambridge Dictionary explains, it must be “clear or obvious without needing any proof or explanation.” In 1776 it could be taken for granted that most people believed there are self-evident truths. However, by the 20th century, the situation had reversed. As Alan Bloom wrote in his best-selling book The Closing of the American Mind (1987):

There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative. If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the students’ reaction: they will be uncomprehending. That any one should regard [relativism] as not self-evident astonishes them, as though he were calling into question 2 + 2 = 4. These are things you don’t think about.

For Christians, the truth about truth should be self-evident: truth cannot be relative, because it is rooted in the absolute nature of God. As Isaiah 65:16 tells us, God is the “God of truth.” And Jesus tells us that he is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We can know some truths as self-evident when they are rooted in the revealed Word given to us by the one who is the Truth.

. . . that all men are created equal . . . 

Critics of the Declaration often contend that this claim about men being created equal is referring only to white men, or more particularly white men with property. While that is a reasonable interpretation, the man who drafted the document—Thomas Jefferson—seemed to have intended a broader meaning. In an earlier draft of the Declaration, Jefferson wrote, “the Christian King of Great Britain [i.e., King George]: determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold . . .”

“In other words, [Jefferson] is calling the slaves ‘men’,” Danielle Allen writes in her book Our Declaration. “And when he does this, he can’t mean males only, because those markets were for men, women, and children. So when, in the second sentence, he writes that all men are created equal, he must mean all people—whatever their color, sex, age, or status.” This is not an anachronistic, modern interpretation, for as Christopher Kaczor notes, Southern Confederates during the Civil War era rejected the Declaration precisely on account of its inclusivity of all human beings.

We can’t fully know how Jefferson resolved the tension between his abhorrence of slavery and his owning of slaves. But his personal failing should not prevent us embracing the truth embedded in his claim. As Daniel Darling says in The Dignity Revolution:

Imagine, for a moment, if God’s people began to lead a new, quiet revolution whose foundation was a simple premise: every human being—no matter who they are, no matter where they are, no matter what they have done or have had done to them—possesses dignity, because every human is made in the image of God. By God’s grace, our churches would change, and our communities would change.

All men—all people—are created equal in dignity, because all are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26).

. . . they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights . . . 

Whether the Founders were Christians or Deists, they agreed that God was responsible for the creation of mankind. Today, though, nearly in one-in-five Americans (19 percent) believe that man developed without any role for God in the process. It’s not surprising then that so many are also skeptical about the concept of unalienable rights, rights that cannot be bartered away, or given away, or taken away except in punishment of crime.

For example, last month the Department of State announced its intention to create a Commission on Unalienable Rights. The stated purpose of the Commission will be to “provide the Secretary of State advice and recommendations concerning international human-rights matters. The commission will provide fresh thinking about human-rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation’s founding principles of natural law and natural rights.” After the announcement Politico pointed out that “some activists fear [the commission] is aimed at narrowing protections for women and members of the LGBT community.” Writing in The Washington Post, political scientist Clifford Bob says, “The Trump Commission on Unalienable Rights is likely to champion the “natural family” and “traditional values.” Like too many of our fellow citizens, Bob does not see championing of traditional values or natural family as a laudable objective.

As Christians we should recognize the reality of unalienable rights. Because we are not our own, but belong to God, there are certain rights given to us as gifts by God that we cannot give away and that cannot be taken from us (1 Cor. 6:19–20).

. . . that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

During his life Jefferson never explained what he meant by this phrase. But scholars believe he was obviously influenced by George Mason’s Virginia Declaration of Rights (adopted June 12, 1776), which referred to “the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.”

In our era we believe that happiness is a subjective state defined solely by the person. But in prior, less individualistic periods, happiness had a more robust meaning. As James R. Rogers explains, it meant well-being in the broader sense, and while it included the right to meet physical needs, it also included a significant moral and religious dimension. “’[H]appiness’ in the Declaration,” Rogers adds, “should be understood centrally as a sort of virtuous felicity, perhaps in the sense of Greek eudaimonia, although one refined by Christian sensibilities.”

We also misunderstand Jefferson’s use of the term “pursuit.” The historian Arthur Schlesinger clarifies that at the time of the Declaration “the pursuit of happiness” did not mean chasing or seeking it, but referred to actually practicing happiness. “So “the pursuit of happiness” means something like occupying one’s life with the activities that provide for overall well-being,” Rogers says. “This certainly includes a right to material things, but it goes beyond that to include humanity’s spiritual and moral condition.”

To put this in a biblical frame, the Declaration is stating that we have an unalienable right to occupy our lives seeking “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable” (Phil. 4:8).

Better Than Jefferson Knew

It’s often claimed that in establishing the American republic, the Founding Fathers built “better than they knew.” The same could be said about Jefferson’s writings, for he often wrote better than he knew.

While Jefferson was not a Christian, he embedded in his well-crafted sentence some of the most essential political truths for Christians: that all people have equal dignity; that rights are given by a personal God; that the right to “Life”—from conception to natural death—is an irrevocable gift to all humanity; that the right to “Liberty” comes with corresponding duties; and that the “pursuit of Happiness” is the means to seek human flourishing, a teleological end to liberty that is ordained, ordered, and constrained in purpose by God.

These are ideas still worth defending.

via Why Christians Should Defend the Declaration’s Most Controversial Claim — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Weekly Watchman for 07/05/2019

Your Comments and Questions

We get to tackle many of your questions and comments every Friday. Here we go!

Books being read to kindergartners about Islam
Why don’t more Christians pitch in and serve at church?
Love how Stand Up challenges and encourages us at the same time
Eternal security – (once saved, always saved?)
Is President Trump’s Middle East peace deal naive?
Should an unbeliever be allowed to lead or serve on the church worship team?
The radical liberals seem unwilling to be tolerant and carry on any civilized conversation anymore.
Our new, young pastor knows little about theology and does not have sound doctrine, but he learned it in seminary and doesn’t think the Bible is inerrant.
For those harping on President Trump’s past and his Twitter rants, consider the alternatives we’re seeing in the Democrat Party candidates running for 2020 nomination. Such a stark contrast.
Is it time to give up on the American “church” that has gotten so sidetracked and watered-down?
What advice can you give us about retirement accounts? How much money do we really need?

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The Infection of Radical Liberalism Within the Church

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The Peace of God

Paul tells us in Philippians Chapter 4 that we should rejoice in the Lord at all times, not be anxious and receive the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding.  Now which of us would not want total peace?  Yet which of us as Christians truly experiences it?

We have been forgiven of our sins and received the promise of eternity with God in heaven, yet we continue to struggle and worry about this life.  Instead of exhibiting peace we are often filled with angst.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins Mike and Crash today to discuss what the peace of God looks like and how we can enter it and enjoy the life He has given us.

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The Dangers and Challenges in Sharing the Gospel

Sharing the gospel in foreign lands has always been difficult, but these days there are challenges that are making the task increasingly difficult and dangerous.  Radical Islam has been emboldened by ruthless leaders and a media willfully silent on its evil actions. Even within missionary circles there seems to be confusion on how best to share the gospel, making the task all the more difficult.

Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries regularly travels around the world sharing the gospel and teaching church leaders to equip their church members in sound doctrine for the work of evangelism and discipleship.  He joins Mike and David to discuss the increasingly difficult challenges of missionary work, and how some mission ministries are making the task even more difficult by preaching a watered-down or even false gospel.

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July 5, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. (8:12)

Here is the capstone of the New Covenant. Here is what men need more than anything else—and what the Old Covenant pictured but could not give. The promise of the Old Testament is finally fulfilled! Under the Old Covenant, sins could never really be forgotten, because they were never really forgiven. They were only covered, foreshadowing and anticipating true forgiveness in Jesus Christ. But for those who belong to His dear Son—whether they believed under the Old Covenant or under the New—God forgets every sin.[1]


12. For, &c.—the third of “the better promises” (Heb 8:6). The forgiveness of sins is, and will be, the root of this new state of inward grace and knowledge of the Lord. Sin being abolished, sinners obtain grace.

I will be mercifulGreek, “propitious”; the Hebrew,salach,” is always used of God only in relation to men.

and their iniquities—not found in Vulgate, Syriac, Coptic, and one oldest Greek manuscript; but most oldest manuscripts have the words (compare Heb 10:17).

remember no more—Contrast the law, Heb 10:3.[2]


12. For I will forgive their wickedness

and will remember their sins no more.”

The description of the new covenant is positive; the stipulations are not implied but clearly stated in the form of four promises (8:6).

  • Written law

For the third time in this lengthy quotation Jeremiah writes “declares the Lord.” God himself makes the new covenant with the people who belong to the messianic age. That is, Jew and Gentile as believers make up “the house of Israel.” The era of the old covenant, characterized by the exclusiveness of the nation Israel, has made way for a new age in which all nations are included (Matt. 28:19).

Who belongs to the house of Israel? All those people, says God, in whose minds I will put my laws and upon whose hearts I will write them. The expressions minds and hearts (parallel terms) represent man’s inner being. God’s people experience the permeating power of God’s Word, so that his law becomes a part of their conscience. That conscience is directed to the law of God, much the same as a compass needle invariably points north.

  • Covenant God

Throughout Scripture God’s recurring message to his people is the promise: “I will be their God, and they will be my people” (see, for example, Exod. 6:7; Lev. 26:12; Jer. 7:23; 11:4; 2 Cor. 6:16; Rev. 21:3). God wanted to make the Israelite nation his special people; they were his “treasured possession.” However, Israel could lose this favored status if the people refused to keep the law of God. The covenant stipulated that God’s people would live a life of obedience.

In New Testament times, too, God addresses the believers in Jesus Christ and gives them the covenant promise: “I will be [your] God, and [you] will be my people.” In this new covenant, God is inseparably united with his people because God’s law has been inscribed on their hearts. He communicates with his people through his revelation, and they communicate with him through prayer. He encourages them to approach the throne of grace with confidence (Heb. 4:16), and he makes it known that his name has been written on their foreheads (Rev. 14:1; 22:4). He wants to have them address him as Father, for they are his children.

Ye children of God’s covenant,

Who of His grace have heard,

Forget not all His wondrous deeds

And judgments of His word.

The Lord our God is God alone,

All lands His judgments know;

His promise He remembers still,

While generations go.

Psalter Hymnal

  • Universal knowledge

The next promise flows from the preceding promises. The knowledge of the Lord shall be universal. In the history of Israel, God’s revelation came piecemeal “through the prophets at many times and in various ways” (Heb. 1:1), and in one instance the Book of the Law was discovered in the temple of the Lord. While the Book of the Law gathered dust, the people lived in ignorance (2 Kings 22; 2 Chron. 34:14–28). Ignorance of God’s revelation was appalling, and God’s prophets repeatedly registered their complaints (see Isa. 1:3; Jer. 4:22; Hos. 4:6).

What a difference in New Testament times! Knowledge of the Lord will be universal, covering the earth “as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9; Hab. 2:14). The need for individual teaching—“a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother,” “from the least of them to the greatest”—will disappear because all people will know the Lord. Filled with the knowledge of the Lord, even novices in the faith are able and equipped to witness for him. All those who have the law of God in their hearts and minds acknowledge God’s grace and mercy. They know that their sins have been forgiven and that their record has been wiped clean.

  • Complete remission

When God forgives sin, he does so by never remembering man’s sin again. That means that when forgiven, man is like Adam and Eve in Paradise: without sin. Man, forgiven by God, is accepted as if he had never sinned at all. God says, “I will remember [his] sins no more.” In the new covenant, grace and mercy are freely given to all God’s children. God gives these blessings in the name of his Son, who is the mediator of a new covenant. This new covenant established through the death of Jesus on the cross is the believer’s guarantee that his sins are forgiven and forgotten.[3]


8:12. God had promised new power to fulfill his laws and a new closeness to know and understand him. His third promise offered forgiveness to sinners. A literal translation of verse 12 has God promising, “I will be merciful to their deeds of unrighteousness.” God had always been merciful. The new covenant gave more open expression to God’s mercy.

The parallel statement that God would remember their sins no more reassured sinners that God’s forgiveness was complete. God, unlike human beings, does not say, “I will forgive, but I will not forget.” God promises to forget our sins.

The ground of forgiveness was not human repentance but Jesus’ sacrificial death. Only the death of Jesus could provide full assurance that God has wiped away sins and made believers righteous in his sight. God took the initiative to give sinners his grace and mercy. Because God really dealt with sins, the blessings of knowing him and serving him with power become possible.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (p. 216). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 460). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[3] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, pp. 226–227). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] Lea, T. D. (1999). Hebrews, James (Vol. 10, p. 156). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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

REUTERS

With U.S. fighter jets flying overhead, President Donald Trump praised the military and reveled in a show of pomp and patriotism on Thursday in a celebration of Independence Day that critics accused him of turning into a political event.

President Donald Trump, facing renewed criticism from Democrats and activists over his handling of a migrant crisis on the U.S.- Mexico border, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that immigrants unhappy with conditions at detention centers should be told “not to come.”

U.S. job growth rebounded strongly in June as government hiring surged, but persistent moderate wage gains and mounting evidence that the economy was losing momentum could still encourage the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this month.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has asked to meet students in the Chinese-ruled city as she tries to fend off pressure from a month of protests over a proposed law that would allow extradition to mainland China.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s view that the European Union cannot admit more members until its governance mechanisms have become more efficient need not delay the accession of Balkan countries to the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Greek authorities have seized what they described as the world’s largest single haul of super-charged amphetamine Captagon pills from Syria worth more than half a billion euros.

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has banned the wearing of the niqab, the full face veil, in public institutions for security reasons, an official source said on Friday.

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to seize a British ship in retaliation for the capture of an Iranian supertanker in Gibraltar by Royal Marines.

Brent oil ticked higher on Friday, supported by tensions over Iran and the decision by OPEC and its allies to extend a supply cut deal until next year, while U.S. benchmark crude prices fell on weak economic indicators.

AP Top Stories

On Thursday morning, southern California experienced its largest earthquake in two decades. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the remote city of Ridgecrest, near Death Valley national park and about 100 miles from Los Angeles.

A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted dramatically on Wednesday, reportedly killing a hiker and sending tourists fleeing.

In a U.S. border patrol facility in El Paso, Texas, labels on holding cells indicate whether migrants have been selected – “yes” or “no” – for a new Trump administration program that sends asylum seekers to wait out their U.S. court hearings in Mexico.

Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for having a “welcoming attitude” to Russia, in an interview ahead of a visit to Italy which will include talks with the pope and former premier Silvio Berlusconi.

An Australian student who was detained in North Korea was freed and safely left the country on Thursday, arriving in Tokyo via Beijing later the same day after Swedish officials helped broker his release.

France’s Catholic Church pronounced a priest guilty of sexually abusing multiple Boy Scouts over several years and defrocked him Thursday, an unusually strong move that reflects France’s growing reckoning with clergy sex abuse.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Ohio’s ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

More than two dozen countries formally called for a U.N. investigation into thousands of killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, activists said.

Non-native iguanas are multiplying so rapidly in South Florida that a state wildlife agency is now encouraging people to kill them.

A senior commander in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards warned on Friday that it would be Tehran’s “duty” to seize a British oil tanker if an Iranian tanker detained in Gibraltar was not immediately released.

BBC

China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang, according to new research. At the same time as hundreds of thousands of adults are being detained in giant camps, a rapid, large-scale campaign to build boarding schools is under way.

A floating mass of seaweed stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico is now the biggest seaweed bloom in the world, according to satellite observations. The Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt extended 5,500 miles and was made up of over 20 million tonnes of biomass.

A 3,000-year-old Tutankhamun bust that Egypt claims was stolen has fetched 6m at auction.

WND

UK – Calling it a “major development of the law,” Christian Concern said it’s “now clear that Christians have the legal right to express Biblical views on social media and elsewhere in public without fear for their professional careers.” “This is the first Court of Appeal judgment regarding freedom of expression of biblical views which sets limits on the rights of professional regulators to limit free speech on social media,” the group said.

Some 12,600 students, from 32 states and five countries banded together during a faith-based conference outside Atlanta, raising $57,000 for abused women and homeless across the U.S.

Older adults across America on average spend more than half of their waking hours alone, according to a new report from Pew Research, and that could be linked to “negative health outcomes.”


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 5, 2019

The Foundation

“Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it.” —James Madison (1788)

Trump Salutes America, Triggering Leftists

The president honors America’s military in the Independence Day celebration.


Dems Invite Illegals Into ‘Racist’ Country

Their policy “is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders.”


June Jobs and the Rising Economic Tide

Far from the recession Dems hope for, the American economy is humming along.


Number of ‘Proud’ Americans Declines

Not surprisingly, “The latest overall declines in patriotism are largely driven by Democrats.”


2020 Is the Critical Mass Election

Will leftist indoctrination in politics, business, media, Hollywood, and academia finally bear fruit?


Children: A Free Pass Across Our Border

The report comes as Trump signs a $4.6 billion bill to address the humanitarian and security crisis.


Russian Nuke Sub Accident Sparks Additional Concerns

Russia’s secrecy regarding this nuclear incident is raising concerns.


Celebrating True Freedom

“To those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor that the protected will never know.”


Video: Crenshaw on AOC’s ‘Bolder Lies’

She slams U.S. Customs and Border Protection over border facilities. He reacts.


Video: The Stagnant Working Class

“If only the government was involved in the rest of the market like health care and education.”



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‘The Greatest Revolution That Has Ever Taken Place’
Gary Bauer
‘What the Fourth of July Means to Me’
Tony Perkins
What the Founding Fathers Knew About Making a Great Nation
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Proud to Be an American
L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham
Trolling the 4th of July
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News – 7/5/2019

Scientists are searching for a mirror universe. It could be sitting right in front of you.
At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in eastern Tennessee, physicist Leah Broussard is trying to open a portal to a parallel universe. Broussard will send a beam of subatomic particles down a 50-foot tunnel, past a powerful magnet and into an impenetrable wall. If the setup is just right — and if the universe cooperates — some of those particles will transform into mirror-image versions of themselves, allowing them to tunnel right through the wall. And if that happens, Broussard will have uncovered the first evidence of a mirror world right alongside our own.

Ridgecrest Earthquake: Las Vegas Earthquake Today 2019
A Ridgecrest Earthquake was felt across California and Nevada. Its strength was so strong that a Las Vegas Earthquake of lesser magnitude was felt as well. The Ridgecrest Earthquake today registered initially around 6.4 and could be felt in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Southern California, across Los Angeles, and even in Long Beach. A dozen aftershocks have hit. Today’s quake was four miles outside of town. It was 16 miles from Searles Valley. It was 58 miles from Barstow. It started 71 miles from Lancaster and 82 miles from Bakersfield.

Trump Mulls Executive Order to Get Citizenship Question on 2020 Census
President Donald Trump is considering if he should use an executive order to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to a report released Thursday.

When President Trump Was Asked About The Epidemic Of Human Feces On Our Streets, Here Is How He Responded
President Trump blamed the liberals that are running those big cities for the current conditions, and he described what some homeless people are going through as “living in hell”…Some people may be tempted to think that Trump was exaggerating, but the truth is that conditions on the streets of some of our major cities just continue to deteriorate at a very rapid pace. Now city streets are treated like dumpsters, or even toilets — on Thursday, the 1600 block of Santee Street was cordoned off after someone dumped a fat load of poop in the street. Of course similar things could be said about Seattle, Portland, Denver or just about any major city out west….a giant human manure pile.

Turkey announces ‘trilateral summit’ on Syria with Russia and Iran
Turkey announced a meeting in August that will be a “trilateral summit” between Ankara, Tehran and Moscow. This is the latest in numerous meetings the three countries have had on Syria that began with a ceasefire in 2016. It also reflects growing influence for Russia and its ability to try to keep the Syrian crises from escalating while working closely with Turkey on military deals.

Russia beginning to deliver S-400s to Turkey on Sunday
The first of the Russian S-400 defense systems that Ankara has purchased will be loaded on to cargo planes on Sunday and arrive in Turkey some time next week, privately-held broadcaster Haberturk reported. Washington has said that US sanctions would be triggered when the missile batteries arrive in NATO ally Turkey.

Qatar to fund project for new Gaza Strip industrial zone
A controlled industrial zone funded by Qatar is intended to be built on the Palestinian side by the now-closed Karni crossing, which is forecasted to employ up to 5000 workers, Walla News reported Thursday. The project was a central topic at the security cabinet meeting led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within the Gaza Division army base.

China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families
China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang…At the same time as hundreds of thousands of adults are being detained in giant camps, a rapid, large-scale campaign to build boarding schools is under way. Based on publicly available documents, and backed up by dozens of interviews…BBC has gathered…evidence to date about what is happening to children in the region.

Iran summons UK ambassador in tanker seizure row
Iran has summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to complain about what it says was the illegal seizure of an Iranian oil tanker. British Royal Marines helped the authorities in Gibraltar seize the ship because of evidence it was heading to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. Spain’s acting foreign minister said the seizure of the ship – Grace 1 – was at the US’s request.

Israel unveils ancient road ‘where Jesus walked’ to temple
Israel officially opened a stairway, known as “Pilgrim’s Road,” that Jesus is believed to have walked on in ancient Jerusalem as another place with the significance of “biblical proportions” to billions, especially for Judeo-Christian visitors to the Holy Land. The City of David Foundation unveiled the 2,000-year-old main thoroughfare…that it says served pilgrims ascending to the ancient Jewish Temple from the Pool of Siloam built by King Hezekiah.

Suicides rock Hong Kong protest movement as despair grows over city’s independence
A lone man in a yellow raincoat stood on top of the scaffolding at a mall in central Hong Kong. Nearby was his banner: “Make love no shoot! No extradition to China!” For hours, police tried to talk Leung down but at around 9pm the 35-year-old jumped to his death, missing the inflatable mattress the officers had prepared to catch him.

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property
Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut. The 27-year-old journalist called the number and asked the owner when they could drop by to take a look. He was stunned by her response: Muslims are not allowed to settle in the town, she said.

Scientists claim to have developed world’s first vaccine with artificial intelligence
A new flu vaccine designed by artificial intelligence has gone on trial in the United States in what researchers are claiming is a world first.

Monster tornado rips through city in China, killing 6 and injuring 190
At least six people were killed and 190 others were injured after a ferocious tornado tore through the city of Kaiyuan, north-east China’s Liaoning province on Wednesday, officials said.

Significant earthquake rattles California, USGS says
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of Southern California and Nevada on Thursday morning.

Former Mosanto bioengineer comes clean, says GMO potatoes absorb MORE toxins – including those that aren’t even in regular potatoes
A bioengineer who worked for Monsanto in the past revealed that all kinds of deadly substances accumulated in the GMO potatoes he helped create. Even toxins not found in the food crop appeared in the genetically modified versions.

Patriots Will Raise the White Flag After the 2020 Election! Will the American Viet Cong Emerge From the Ashes?
It is abundantly clear that the globalists are escalating their timetable to establish a New World Order and they are in a hurry to achieve this goal. The globalists found a formula that worked when they stole the 2018 Midterm Elections. The Republicans, and especially Trump, have done nothing to counter. The emboldened globalists are intensifying their 2018 approach and the 2020 Election has already been decided.

Would-Be Refugees Trying To Buy Children To Enter The US
ome would-be refugees are reportedly trying to buy children in order to secure a trip across the Mexican border into the United States.

Weather: Hottest June ever recorded last month, EU data shows
Soaring temperatures worldwide made last month the hottest June ever recorded, according to data collected by the EU’s satellite agency.

Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress Gives Fiery Speech Says That The Democrats Have Created An ‘Imaginary God’, And He Is Absolutely Correct
Pastor Robert Jeffress hit the nail square on the head in his remarks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition policy conference last week when he said that the Democrats serve an ‘imaginary God’ because they absolutely, 100% do. It is beyond cringe-inducing to hear people like Pete Buttigieg say that ‘God blesses his same-sex marriage‘ when the Bible roundly condemns it. Or how about listening to people like Lady Gaga or Beyonce talk about their ‘faith in God’ when their musical shows regularly feature satanic and demonic imagery. Madonna dressed as the Antichrist and mocking Jesus, is she a Christian, too? She says she is.

Goodbye Dollar, It Was Nice Knowing You!
The significance of the European move cannot be understated. It is the first major step in moving away from the dominance of the dollar as the world’s trading and reserve currency…


Headlines – 7/5/2019

As Bahrain showed, even Trump’s Arab allies see two-state solution as essential

Kushner says Palestinian leaders are acting ‘hysterical and stupid’

Second ‘son of Hamas’ leaves terror group, exposing corruption, Turkish spy ring

Son of Hamas leader calls the militant movement a ‘racist terror organization’

‘I Want To Get The Hell Out Of Here’: Thousands Of Palestinians Are Leaving Gaza

Israel says Hamas bomb-maker used medical permit to leave Gaza

French bill to combat online hate speech excludes anti-Israel sentiment

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in California up 21% in 2018

Israel unveils ancient road ‘where Jesus walked’ to temple

ISIS claims June attack that killed four on patrol in Lebanon’s Tripoli

Iran Threatens To Move Toward Nuclear Weapons if Demands Are Not Met by Sunday

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound supertanker with Iranian oil

US: Detention of tanker loaded with Iranian crude ‘excellent news’

Iran condemns ‘illegal interception’ of oil supertanker in Gibraltar

Iran demands ‘immediate release’ of tanker held in Gibraltar, summons UK envoy

Sudan’s Protesters Claim Victory for Their ‘Revolution’

Russia: Nuclear reactor safe on fire-hit submersible

Russian Sub That Caught Fire Possibly Sent to Cut Internet Cables

Suicides rock Hong Kong protest movement as despair grows over city’s independence

China says existing U.S. tariffs must be removed for a trade deal

U.N. Investigator Reports Possible New War Crimes In Myanmar

Venezuela: UN report accuses Maduro of ‘gross violations’ against dissenters

White House exploring executive order to deal with census citizenship question

Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ brings military might, fireworks and dose of controversy to Washington

Tanks, fireworks, rain mark July 4th as Trump urges to ‘stay true to our cause’

‘Are you proud to be an American?’ Why Trump’s 4th of July was a tale of three different celebrations

Protesters clash after American flag burned outside White House before Trump’s July 4th event

Cruz adds ‘context’ after Kaepernick quotes from Frederick Douglass ‘Fourth of July’ speech

For U.S. Military Drones, Airspace Is Growing More Congested, Dangerous

Internet outages are getting more serious

6.4 Earthquake Shakes Southern California, Strongest to Hit Area in 20 Years

California earthquake generates over 100 aftershocks

Earthquake Rocks SoCal on 4th of July; State of Emergency Declared in Ridgecrest

Strong earthquake sets off fires, damages in Southern California

ShakeAlert fails to send earthquake warning for big SoCal quake

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Robert Mueller Involved in Previous Dossier Cover Up – In 2005 Mueller Covered for Italians Pushing WMD Hoax — The Gateway Pundit

The Mueller Report was not Robert Mueller’s first crooked coverup.  In the early 2000’s Mueller was involved with the coverup of the WMD Hoax!

This man, Robert Mueller, can simply not be trusted!

In the early 2000’s, a story was being passed around that led to the Iraq War.  Today many believe that the story was false.

Americans were demanding justice after the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Centers.  Then it was reported that Iraq was working on building weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s) and was buying uranium from Niger

 

To justify the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, White House officials repeatedly used dubious intelligence to publicly make accusations that Iraq had a clandestine nuclear weapons program. The most compelling accusation was that Iraq secretly sought to purchase 500 tons of yellowcake uranium from Niger to refine and produce nuclear weapons. It was compelling because Iraq had only one plausible use for uranium – making nuclear weapons.

 

 

…In the year 2000 Rocco Martino, a former Italian Carabinieri policeman, was allegedly asked by Italian intelligence agency officer Antonio Nucera if he was interested in earning money. Martino accepted and was placed in contact with Laura Montini, an Italian intelligence (SISMI) agent working inside the Niger embassy in Rome, who began passing documents about a Niger sale of uranium to Iraq – allegedly the true purpose of the Wissam al-Zahawie trip – for Martino to shop around to his European intelligence agency clients. The documents had been faxed from Niger phone numbers, presumably so that French, British and other electronic eavesdroppers could pick them up. By the end of the year 2000 a UK intelligence commission derived from the forgeries a report claiming, “unconfirmed intelligence indicates Iraqi interest in acquiring uranium.” UK later released a White Paper claiming Iraq “sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa, despite having no active civil nuclear power programme that could require it.”

By the summer of 2001, Martino assembled an entire dossier of Niger uranium documents based on forgeries from stolen Niger embassy papers and SISMI intelligence files. Their centerpiece was written in French on Niger government stationary stamped “confidential.” This fake July 27, 2000 letter was from Niger’s President to Iraq’s, signed with the seal of the President of Niger. It read, “I have the honor of referring to accord No. 381-N1 2000, concerning the provision of uranium, signed in Niamey on the 6th of July between the Government of the Republic of Niger and the Government of Iraq…” The letter described future shipments of 500 tons of yellowcake uranium. Different compilations of the Niger dossier circulated in Europe, some with handwritten corrections of the most obvious errors, with an asking price of up to $100,000 euros. On October 15, 2001 the CIA Rome station received SISMI reports of a Niger uranium deal with Iraq, and passed the information to Washington with the caveat that it was uncorroborated.

Just like the current Mueller investigation, Mueller, the CIA, Italian and UK Intel agencies were involved in the WMD debacle created from a bogus dossier (this one involving Niger rather than Trump).

And just like that, Mueller fixed the entire event. According to antiwar.com

 

An analysis of 640 pages of FBI investigatory records obtained by IRmep under the Freedom of Information Act reveals how the FBI Director limited Senator John D. Rockefeller’s urgent 2003 written demand for accountability over faulty Iraq war intelligence into a narrow overseas investigation. The released files, originally scheduled for declassification on December 31, 2028 document how FBI special agents from the Washington Field Office trailed Niger uranium sale forgery suspects in European regions where they held little jurisdiction – but were not allowed by FBI Director Robert Mueller to pursue any officials in their own back yard that twisted dubious intelligence to support the US invasion of Iraq.

 

Mueller, who was FBI Director at the time, prevented his FBI agents from investigating the real suspects behind the crimes.  Mueller then stepped in and exempted Italian agents from their crimes as the Italian authorities were about to arrest a number of individuals related to their actions with the Niger fraud case.

A year or so later, Mueller awarded the Chief of Italian Police, Giovanni De Gennaro the FBI’s prestigious Medal of Meritorious Achievement on December 8, 2006.

Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey was in attendance for the presentation which was the first time that the Medal of Meritorious Achievement was awarded to an international individual.

All you need is Mueller, Comey, UK and Italian spies and a fake dossier and boom – another far fetched major scandal.

via Robert Mueller Involved in Previous Dossier Cover Up – In 2005 Mueller Covered for Italians Pushing WMD Hoax — The Gateway Pundit