Daily Archives: July 12, 2019

July 12 How to Handle Anger

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:43–48

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:26

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.

Like a sore festering on our bodies, so is unforgiveness in our hearts. The gaping wound left by someone angers us. Instead of attending to it, we leave it open. We want the world to see what was done to us. Each time we look at how mangled we are, our anger grows. Anger can destroy us from without and within. It quickly can turn into uncontrollable rage, or it can simmer quietly for years inside of us. Paul told us to not sin in our anger (Ephesians 4:26).

God created us with emotions. Anger is one. However, He does not want us to use it to hurt others or become embittered. Anger should be expressed sparingly—not for selfish purposes or to gain our own way. And always, anger needs to be dealt with immediately and not left to linger in our thoughts.

In teaching, Jesus emphasized the importance of forgiveness, especially when dealing with anger and personal hurts (Matthew 6:14–15). Realize that Satan looks for every possible avenue to thwart your Christian witness. Therefore, don’t allow anger to become a place where he can build a stronghold in your life.

If you are struggling with feelings of anger, ask God to help you deal with it before it grows any further.

Lord, Creator of my emotions, I turn them over to You. When I am angry, give me the desire to rise above self, and the strength to forgive.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 203). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 12 Immorality

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:1–10

Key Verse: Colossians 2:10

You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Our usual defense against immoral thoughts or actions is a recommitment to personal discipline, chastity, or holiness. Gritty determination helps stem the tide of impure thinking or actions for a season; but for those who suffer its unrelenting temptation, immoral desires seriously erode any appearance of a joyful, content Christian life. God knows the severity of such passion, and He has provided a firm defense—although a radical departure from our ordinary tactics.

Our first line of defense against the onslaught of immorality in any form is to understand our new position in Christ. Consider this example: you are asked to put together a model airplane. The box cover portrays the plane, but the pieces inside have been switched. You can imagine the frustration of trying to get the model to match the picture.

If we don’t understand our new identity in Christ, we will be flustered trying to match our behavior to this new Christlike image. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a noted British preacher, explained, “You once were a child. Now you are a man. Therefore, quit acting like a baby.”

Immorality can never match your new identity in Christ.

Precious heavenly Father, cleanse me from immoral thoughts, words, and deeds. I am a new creature in Christ. I want my behavior to match my new identity.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 203). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

President Trump Impromptu Presser Departing White House – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  As President Trump departs the White House for a trip to Wisconsin he stops for the assembled media pool. The president fielded questions on a variety of current topics leading off with the unfortunate resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.  [ Watch Video and Transcript below]

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Congressman accuses Pelosi of sedition | WND

A Texas congressman accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of sedition for urging illegal aliens to resist the Trump administration’s plan to enforce existing deportation orders.

“Suggesting that people break the law in this country is sedition,” said Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, in an interview Friday with the Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney.

“And I think we are going down a very difficult path that we, and I say we to represent Nancy and the gang, that we cannot turn back on.”

The New York Times reported Thursday that a massive deportation operation delayed two weeks ago will be carried out this Sunday.

Pelosi on Thursday urged illegal immigrants to resist deportation, contending they have the right to refuse to open their doors to ICE officers, the Washington Times reported.

“These families are hardworking members of our communities and our country. This brutal action will terrorize children and tear families apart,” Pelosi said during her weekly news conference.

In the interview with FBN, Gooden noted Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas allegedly instructed her staff to cross the border into Mexico and encourage migrants to break the law by crossing into the United States.

Hillary Clinton also has urged illegal immigrants to resist the deportation.

The former Democratic presidential nominee and secretary of state posted “legal advice” in Spanish on how to evade ICE agents, saying, “Por favor comparte (please share).”

The document advises illegal aliens not to answer the door if an ICE agent knocks, letting the agents know they have “the right to remain silent,” and to not sign anything without talking to a lawyer.

Clinton also instructs illegal aliens to take photographs and video of the ICE agents, and write down their badge numbers and type of car.

Schumer: ‘Cruel policy’

The deportation operation is focused on illegal immigrants who have been ordered deported after completing their court hearings and have ignored ICE efforts to schedule an orderly departure.

But other illegal immigrants encountered at the same time also could be arrested and deported, ICE officials said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was among others who urged resistance.

“No matter who you are or what your status is, this is the United States of America — where ALL people have rights. Know yours,” she wrote via Twitter.

A coalition of lawyers has rushed to a federal court in New York to ask a judge to stop the deportations, the Washington Times reported.

The lawyers argued that anyone who was ordered removed in absentia and without an attorney should be granted an automatic new hearing.

“We will not stand by and let the Trump administration arrest and deport thousands of Central American families and children without giving them a fair day in court,” said Judy London, a lawyer at Public Counsel, one of the activist groups, according to the Times.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York predicted that when photos of the deportations go viral, Trump will have to cancel the operation.

“I warn President Trump, the pictures of these raids aren’t going to be pretty,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “You’re going to have to back off from this cruel policy because the American people are a lot better than you.”

Trump’s campaign team accused Democrats of “sabotaging” the deportations and embracing an “open-borders” policy.

“If people who ignore court orders & stay in the U.S. illegally are not deported, we do not have rule of law,” the Trump campaign war room said via Twitter. “Democrats have become the party that puts illegal immigrants first!”

Source: Congressman accuses Pelosi of sedition

“They Have No Fear” – A Dozen New Epstein Abuse Victims Come Forward | ZeroHedge News

Jeffrey Epstein’s defense team is arguing that their client should be released on house arrest until his trial. They’re also arguing that the charges being brought against Epstein in New York were previously resolved in Florida ten years ago, where Epstein struck his sweetheart deal with prosecutors led by now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

But it appears the FBI’s request that any other victims of Epstein come forward succeeded in convincing more than a dozen women, whose cases were not part of the Florida prosecution, to come forward and testify about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Epstein.

According to the Miami Herald, which revived prosecutors’ interest in Epstein with its ‘Perversion of Justice’ series of investigative reports about how Epstein was let off with a slap on the wrist and minimal jail time despite evidence that he was an inveterate, unrepentant pedophile. At least four women have contacted David Boies, the New York power-lawyer who represents some of Epstein’s victims, and at least 10 others have approached other lawyers who have previously represented Epstein’s victims.

Following Epstein’s arrest Saturday in New Jersey, four women have reached out to New York lawyer David Boies, and at least 10 other women have approached other lawyers who have represented dozens of Epstein’s alleged victims in the past.

Jack Scarola, a Palm Beach attorney, said at least five women, all of whom were minors at the time of their alleged encounters with Epstein, have reached out to either him or Fort Lauderdale lawyer Brad Edwards.

“The people we are speaking to are underage victims in Florida and in New York. They are not individuals whose claims have previously been part of any law enforcement investigation,” Scarola said.

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“I believe that there was a fairly effective message that was delivered by New York authorities that victims need not fear that they will be treated in the same way that victims had been treated in South Florida,” Scarola said

For Epstein’s lawyers, the timing couldn’t be worse. The enigmatic financier’s legal team filed a motion Thursday for pre-trial release, arguing that Epstein had maintained a “spotless” record since pleading guilty to Florida state charges a decade ago. Epstein’s lawyers have offered to surrender his passport, “demobilize” his cars and his private jet, hire a security team to monitor Epstein, have him wear an ankle bracelet and have “trustees” live in Epstein’s $77 million Manhattan mansion along with hm. Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, has also pledged his Palm Beach estate for his brother’s bail.

Prosecutors are alleging that Epstein abused dozens of girls between 2002 and 2005. They have also argued that Epstein’s limitless means make him a flight risk, no matter how restrictive his bail conditions are.

But New York prosecutors – who say they found “an extraordinary volume of photographs of nude and partially nude young women and girls” while executing a search warrant at his Manhattan residence last weekend – have already argued that he’s likely to either flee the country or add to what they say are dozens of victims as young as 14 from New York to Palm Beach.

“I don’t care if he gives up his license and his jet, he still has the wherewithal to take off any time,” said Spencer Kuvin, a Palm Beach attorney who represents three Epstein accusers. “Think about it – if he was a plumber in Queens, do you think the judge would say ‘Yeah, let’s give him an ankle bracelet and send him home?'”

Prosecutors have also cited Epstein’s history of alleged witness intimidation as another reason he should be held.

12 years ago, Epstein signed a non-prosecution agreement with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida after federal agents identified three dozen girls who were allegedly victimized by Epstein at his mansion in Palm Beach.

As part of the deal, Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to two lesser prostitution-related charges and serve 13 months in the Palm Beach County jail. During his stay, Epstein’s valet picked him up six days a week and drove him to his West Palm Beach office, where he worked under a work-release program.

Judging by their stories, it appears Epstein abused many of these women in New York, which would clearly constitute new crimes that would be outside the scope of his previous deal.

Source: “They Have No Fear” – A Dozen New Epstein Abuse Victims Come Forward

Beth Moore Labels Christians Against Homosexuality, ‘Hyper-Fundamentalists’ — Christian Research Network

“While some of us aren’t afraid of the term “fundamentalism,” for many evangelicals the term has a negative connotation. Essentially, Moore is insulting those of us who have a Biblical sexual ethic and is implying that we are all stuffy, KJV-only, kill-joys and party-poopers.”

(Pulpit & Pen)  In a continued social media meltdown, similar to the one that had the unstable and hysterical feminist take a break from Twitter back in May, Beth Moore labeled Christians explicitly opposed to homosexuality “hyper-fundamentalists.”

Moore was referencing her Christian critics who have repeatedly asked her to clarify her position on homosexuality, noticing her leftward drift. While Moore sidestepped the issue and refused to say whether or not she viewed homosexuality as a sin, her fans claimed that Moore had been sufficiently clear in past writings, and therefore didn’t need to repeat herself. However, it was revealed over the Independence Day holiday that Moore has deleted anti-homosexuality passages from newer Kindle versions of at least one of her older books, thus covering up any evidence that she opposed homosexuality.

Moore has since taken to playing the victim, claiming that the “attacks” (read that: requests for a clarification on her position) have “almost made [her] cry.” Her friends in the Southern Baptist Convention have been out in full force attacking her critics today, with one ERLC board member claiming that “discernment blogs are a big threat to the SBC.”

In response to those dismayed that she has expunged remarks critical of homosexuality from her books, Moore said the following on Twitter:  View article →

Research

Beth Moore

Discernment

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New Study Confirms All Your Opinions Are Correct — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A fascinating new study released today from a very reliable source confirmed that all your opinions are correct, there are no flaws in your worldview, beliefs, or hot takes, and that everything you say is more or less absolutely correct.

The study researched everything you believe and found that it is true, all of it. From your opinions on religion to your takes on politics, the extremely reputable study found that you are 100% correct both in your high-level assertions and in all the supporting details of your claims.

“Based on this new information, we definitely recommend never examining your beliefs to see if there are weaknesses, never challenging your own assumptions to see if they hold water, and never adjusting your thinking to align with truth,” said one expert. “We also recommend not doubting this study itself. Share its results immediately so you can show everyone on your social media feeds that you are, indeed, right.”

The study also researched everything you disagree with and found that it is deeply flawed, inherently opposed to logic and reason, and totally destructive to human progress. The only logical conclusion, therefore, is to hate people who disagree with you, and maybe punch them.

via New Study Confirms All Your Opinions Are Correct — The Babylon Bee

What is Christian Apologetics and Why is it Important? — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is within you: yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

If you’ve been around church or church people for any length of time, you may have heard the term “apologetics” and wondered what it means. More importantly, you may have read the above verse from 1 Peter and wondered how the defense of your faith plays out in the real world.

The word “apologetics” stems from the Greek word “apologia”, which means defending one’s beliefs through proofs or reason. But what does it look like to “make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason”? Will we have to be Biblical scholars or seminary graduates in order to engage in apologetics?

This is where our text from 1 Peter can be a very helpful guide. Let’s jump in and unpack the meaning of Christian apologetics together…

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Better gear up for the 5 major changes coming to the Church (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

This article by CRN managing editor Marsha West was first published May 25, 2015.

John Burton has written a piece titled “Ancient and Emerging: 5 Major Changes Coming to the Church.”  Before you get all excited, or maybe even concerned over those changes, you should know a bit more about Burton.  As it turns out he’s a “prophet” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement.   According to his blog, John Burton, he “has been developing and leading ministries for over 20 years and is a sought out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. Burton has authored ten books, has appeared on Christian television and radio and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City.”

That Burton was associated with IHOP-KC could only mean that he has served under IHOP’s Pied Piper Mike Bickle.  I spent quite a bit of time researching Bickle for a piece I wrote and discovered his strong ties to the NAR or what some refer to as  Dominionism.  Also identified was his involvement with the Kansas City Prophets (KCP).  According to Pastor Ken Silva, the KCP:

brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever. These so-called prophets were a group of men that coalesced around a church known as the Kansas City Fellowship, pastored by Mike Bickle, that attracted a following of other likeminded churches in that region. (More on the KCP here)

It gets worse.  Mike Bickle believes that God speaks to him in an audible voice.  But here’s the kicker.  He has visited heaven – twice.  On one visit he told false teacher Bob Jones:

I stood in this room and it had…clouds, it was a room only maybe 20 by 20 or 30. It was a little room. It had clouds in the bottom, on the top and the walls…I stood there, I was at the Lord’s left hand, and I stood there, this was not a dream, this was as real as life here…I know it wasn’t a dream or a vision… (Source)

I included Bickle’s background and a snippet of the tall tale he spun on his alleged visit to heaven to highlight the fact that he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

So here’s my question: why is John Burton proud of his association with a false prophet who’s the main man at IHOP-KC?  IHOP–KC is viewed by many mainstream scholars as a cult because it is a “false, unorthodox, extremist” sect of Christianity (dictionary.com).

On his blog Burton calls himself a “prophetic messenger and revivalist.” Revival?  What revival?  There’s no sign of any sort of “revival” in America or any place else (except an occult revival), so the “revival” the so-called prophet refers to is……where?

Before I get to the 5 major changes “Prophet” John B predicts, those of you who are unfamiliar with the nuts and bolts of the NAR should know what we’re dealing with. Over the years it has had many handles such as Kingdom Now; Latter Rain; Joel’s Army; Manifest Sons of God – they keep changing the name as if this will allow them to keep their heretical teachings hidden.

What is the goal of the NAR loons leaders?  To transform society into the kingdom of God on earth.

How do they hope to accomplish this lofty goal?  By taking control of various aspects of society.  (Here’s the plan)

Apologetics Index describes it as:

a dominionist movement which asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle.

Leading figures in this seemingly loosely organized movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them.

They place a greater emphasis on dreams, visions and extra-biblical revelation than they do on the Bible, claiming that their revealed teachings and reported experiences (e.g. trips to heaven, face-to-face conversations with Jesus, visits by angels) can not be proven by the ‘old’ Scripture. (emphasis added )

So, keeping John Burton’s background in mind—especially the part about his affiliation with IHOP-KC, here’s what this so-called prophetic messenger revealed about the future:

Fortune teller looking into crystal ball

I call this the ancient and emerging church. Ancient because it’s rooted in scripture; emerging because the biblical structure has been largely forsaken. What will this ancient and emerging church look like? Here’s just a small peek into a grand shift in the structure of the church:

1. Services will become more like prayer meetings. One of the greatest indictments on the church today is that prayer is not the driving force. Today, people tend to choose churches based on the appeal of the teaching and the worship instead of the fervency of prayer. If the church was a house of teaching, or a house of worship, that would make sense, but it’s not. The church is a house of prayer for all nations. Every person in the church will function as a burning intercessor and the services will be marked by this unified groan of fiery prayer.

2. Personal need will give way to personal mission. Today, churches are often more like organic, socially driven hospitals. People tend to use the church as a way to meet their personal needs instead of serving it as a minister of God. This is going to change. Of course, there will still be personal ministry and true needs will be addressed.

However, instead of the church functioning as a hospital, it will once again function as a mission-driven military. The mission will take precedence. The saints will be equipped for service, not for personal survival. In this ancient and emerging model, their will be MASH units that will take very good care of the wounded with the primary purpose of getting the soldier back into battle. Apostles will again lead with governmental authority and pastors will be seen as the main leader less and less as they focus more on shepherding and less on primary leadership.

3. Teaching will be minimized while instruction is emphasized. Teaching is mostly for personal edification while instruction is mostly for corporate assignments. Today, most churches focus on teaching principles of scripture, providing truths that will help Believers navigate through their lives and giving nuggets of biblical info. While there will still be important Bible teaching, apostolic instruction will emerge as a necessary new ministry.

There is enough Bible teaching online, on CDs, in books and on video to turn every one of us into personal spiritual giants. We need to take it upon ourselves to grow. What is lacking, however, is apostolic leaders, military commanders who give instruction and assignments to a ready army. Teaching is personal growth-based while instruction is a call to corporate action for the sake of mission fulfillment.

An example of apostolic instruction is this: The apostolic leader gives a corporate assignment for everybody in the church to fast for a week and then show up together to prayer walk through the city streets. It’s a corporate call to action versus biblical study. It’s mission focused versus personal growth focused. Personal growth will be largely our responsibility between services so we can be ready to respond to the corporate instruction where we will receive our assignments.

4. We will gather together most days of the week. The 24/7 church will again emerge as the church drives culture instead of reacting to culture. Cares of life will lose their power as we simplify our lives and put corporate prayer and mission ahead of most everything else.

This may be the most challenging change for Christians. Today, Sundays are the days to set aside for corporate worship while we give precedence to our ‘normal lives.’ In The Coming Church, the very reason we live will be to pray on fire together every day, receive apostolic assignments and then move out into our lives as kingdom ambassadors. It wouldn’t be surprising if a tithe of our time is what became the standard. Two to three hours a day, whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or evening, or even in the late night hours, will be given by every believer to praying on site together with others, ministering and giving ourselves to intercession-fueled kingdom ministry. Of course, much of what we have been giving ourselves to will have to be eliminated so we have the time necessary to devote.

5. Worship will be supernaturally driven. There is a new sound coming to worship, and it’s not simply a new style. There is a supernatural, otherworldly groan of intercessory worship that will explode out of the entire body as a new breed of trembling worship leaders lead the way into the shock and awe of the glory of God. We will no longer simply sit in a pew or stand with a raised hand while a familiar worship song is sung.

The prophetic, groaning sounds of Holy Spirit facilitated worship will make it normal to shake and fall to our faces as we cry Holy! The natural, logical sing-a-longs will be no more. We will have a hard time standing as God’s Shekinah and Kabod glory resides in his church. Worship teams will practice less and pray in the Spirit with tears in their eyes more.

Of course, this is an extremely limited glance into the many, many changes that are coming. I wanted to share this to provoke you to preparation. There is much that you and I enjoy in the church, or that is comfortable to us, that we will have to let go. Again, the coming church will be troubling and shocking, but it will result in the power and life that we have been crying out for.

God is about to answer that cry.

This is…..nauseating.  My head is spinning.  Seems the Church is in for some BIG changes, at least according to “Prophet” John B.  Notice that the changes he purports would empower a few and turn the rest of us into mere puppets.  Sound familiar?  The message he’s sending is that we mustn’t hold to God’s sacred Word as our final authority.  No.  We must abide in what those who are supposedly hearing from God tell us.  I mean, really?  Coming from someone with his decidedly unbiblical theology it’s pretty easy to figure out where this rubbish came from.

Hint: The Evil One

We are not to fear evil, brethren.  We are not to back away from it.  We are not to cower in the corner.  We are commanded to:

Armor of God Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,  and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel… Ephesians 6:10-19  (emphasis added)

I’ll close with this admonition: Stand against the schemes of the devil!

Recommended:

Dominionism and the Rise of Western Imperialism by Sarah Leslie

Dominionist are on the move…and they mean business by Marsha West 

Research Sites:

Herescope

Deception in the Church

Apologetics Index

Copyright by 2015 by Marsha West.  All rights reserved.

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What You Need to Know about the Bible and Islam — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

The Revelations of the Qur’an

There is no more widely recognized utterance of the Islamic faith than the declaration known as the shahadah: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.” Islam is about Allah and his prophet, Muhammad. The Qur’an teaches that Muhammad was an ordinary man (43:31). Yet, according to Muslims, Allah sovereignly chose Muhammad to receive a series of revelations through the intermediary presence of the angel Gabriel. While Muhammad was praying and fasting in the hills outside of Mecca in A.D. 610, Gabriel appeared to him.

Many Muslims believe the first revelation to Muhammad was the command to “Recite in the Name of Thy Lord” (96:1). These revelations continued until Muhammad’s death in A.D. 632 (17:82). According to Islamic traditions, approximately 20 years after Muhammad’s death his “recitations” were written down and codified into a collection of 114 chapters (called surahs) known as the Qur’an. The word “Qur’an” is Arabic for “recitation.” The Qur’an, containing 6,346 verses (known as aya), is approximately the same size as the NT. The first chapter of the Qur’an is known as “The Opening” and is widely regarded as the greatest summary of the Islamic message. The remaining chapters are arranged by length from the longest to the shortest.

The Qur’an and the OT

The emergence of Islam and the Qur’an can be properly understood only within the larger context of the Bible and the monotheism of Islam’s two main predecessors, Judaism and Christianity. The dozens of superficial similarities between the Qur’an and the Bible are striking. For example…

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Papal Paganism’s Kiss of Death — TruthXchange

Papal Paganism’s Kiss of Death

Pope Francis is walking away from most forms of historic Roman Catholicism, taking countless followers with him. Obviously Protestants do not accept works righteousness, the divinization of Mary, papal divine inspiration and many other Roman Catholic doctrines. However, Protestants and Catholics believe that God created the world; that Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin; that he died and rose again physically; that he will return, and so on. Protestants could depend on Rome to stand with the rest of Christendom in defending a basic Christian worldview against the forces of atheistic secularism and religious paganism in such areas as pro-life and pro-marriage issues.

What will happen when the present consequences of papal apostasy create a worldwide church whose beliefs undermine all that historic Christianity stands for? What levels of spiritual confusion will inhabit the thoughts of the watching world? What will they believe true Christianity to be? Will they be seduced by this false form of it?

I use the word apostasy deliberately. Apostasy means a complete “standing away from,” an abandonment of essential truth. In three areas, the Pope is leading the Catholic Church into areas of doctrinal and practical heresy that go far beyond any they have promulgated in previous history—in the areas of homosexuality, of interfaith relations with Islam, and of animistic paganism.

Homosexuality

As an Argentinian cardinal, Francis supported civil unions for gay couples[1] As Pope, on July 29, 2013, when questioned about the validity of the practice of homosexuality, he famously stated “Who am I to judge?”[2] One could have answered him: “You’re only the Pope!” On September 20, 2014, Francis named Archbishop Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago, replacing the strongly anti-LGBT Cardinal Francis George. Cardinal Cupich has recently been exposed for having hidden accusations against more than 500 homosexual priests.[3] Later Francis named Robert McElroy, another leading voice for LGBT equality, as Bishop of San Diego, California.[4] In 2018 Francis told a gay survivor of clergy sexual abuse: “…that you are gay does not matterGod made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care.”[5] In general, one could say that if Francis does not care then there is no hope that he will condemn the massive homosexual abuse now being uncovered in the church and even in the Vatican itself. On the contrary, under his papacy, much will be covered up or justified, with little or no traditional moral or theological teaching.

Benjamin Wiker, a conservative professor at Franciscan University notes that:

as Christianity slowly evangelized the pagan Roman Empire, the widespread acceptance of men having sex with boys was replaced by widespread moral revulsion (and the appearance of anti-pedophilia laws that followed upon it). The same is true for homosexuality, sexual slavery, abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. They became moral issues…only because of Christian evangelization.[6]

Wiker sees a horrible irony. By failing to stop the recent sexual scandals in the Roman church, the very men most authoritatively charged with the evangelization of all the nations are moving full-steam ahead to bring about the devangelization of the nations:

This is a massive, massive crisis in and for the [Catholic] Church because a deeply-embedded worldwide homosexual network among our priests, bishops, and cardinals is actively engaged in bringing about the full de-Christianization of the world by preying on boys between 12-18, literally recreating Greco-Roman sexual culture in our seminaries and dioceses.[7]

Islamic Catholicism

The official Facebook page of Turkey’s pro-government daily, Sabah, was filled with praise for the destruction of the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, leading some to think the raging fire was due to an Islamic terrorist attack[8] Ironically, the present Pope is now in league with Islam to burn down the last remains of already weakened Catholic beliefs.

On February 4, 2019, just months before the world’s eyes beheld the flames on the Seine, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, signed a document in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.”[9] The declaration, which they wrote together, opens in the name of a god who is a supposed mixture of the biblical God and Allah. But the triune God of Christians, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is thoroughly denied by Islam. The Sura concerning “authentic worship” states: “He, God, is one! God, the Eternal One! He will not generate, nor was he generated, and none is equal to him! (Koran, Sura 112: 2, 4).” Allah, being a singularity, is impersonal, so the god “worshiped” in the Abu Dhabi declaration is (like the “god” of the Masonic-inspired French revolution) the god of “human fraternity,” “which embraces all men, unites them and renders them equal.”[10] The Abu Dhabi document affirms that the “pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.”

Significantly, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb is a hereditary sheik of the Confraternity of Sufis for Upper Egypt and, in the Islamic world, Al Azhar, the university of which he is rector, is characterized for its teaching of Sufi (the New Age version of Islam) esotericism, as “an initiatory bridge” between Eastern and Western Freemasonry.[11] It is well known that Sufism “solves” the problem of Allah’s impersonality by making all humans divine. In so doing, however it loses God’s transcendence, as do all versions of Oneist spirituality. Ultimately, both Sufism and the Francis-Tayyeb document sink into forms of religious paganism.

Animistic Paganism

The Pope plans to lead a synod October 6–27, 2019, entitled: “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.” The preparatory work has already been done with Francis’s appointment of a number of South American archbishops deeply associated with “liberation theology,” the “theology” that denies the supernatural and espouses socialistic Marxism.[12] These new leaders are “rethinking” liberation theology, to create “regeneration theology,” a novel Latin American derivative of liberation theology, in which the church is “regenerated” by the spirits of Native American animism, who are a “source of God’s revelation.”[13] Interestingly, the shamans of these native religions were often homosexuals and human sacrifice was widespread among them. A Roman Catholic commentator admits that the document does not call for conversion, as in the past, but for the Church to “enrich herself with clearly pagan and/or pantheistic elements of belief.” Not even witchcraft is sidelined in this enrichment, because “indigenous rituals and ceremonies are essential for integral health.”[14] This philosophy of human unity and planetary health, of which the Pope has often spoken, fits neatly with the concerns of the United Nations and with other internationalist bodies that are intent on changing hearts, minds, and society “for the Planet.”[15]

A traditionalist Catholic scholar asks a pointed question: “Will the Amazonian Synod…be a new phase in this rejection of the Church’s mission….? Will Pope Francis kneel before representatives of the indigenous people [of South America]? Will he ask them to transmit to the Church their tribal wisdom of which they are carriers?”[16] This author concludes that “The instrumentum laboris (working document) is nothing short of an invitation for humanity to take a fatal step towards the final abyss of the anti-Christian Revolution.”[17]

This most recent Interfaith attempt will celebrate Masonic and Islamic Sufist paganism infused by South American primitive animism and witchcraft. It is little wonder that the world-renowned Austrian Catholic philosopher, Dr. Josef Seifert (pro-life author of many noteworthy books on Catholic doctrine), seeing what the Pope is doing, has signed a petition calling on the bishops of the world to “investigate Pope Francis for heresy.”[18]

Roman Catholicism as we know it is under serious attack from within. Its liberal office holders at the highest level in the Curia and the papacy will bring down the traditional edifice of faith more effectively than any exterior enemy.

As never before, true Christians must defend the Twoist Gospel of the Creator and Redeemer revealed in Jesus the Son, who, through his atoning death, is the only source for human flourishing and the only way to redemption. This gospel will remain through all the turmoil of a world progressively seduced by a growing pseudo-Christian occult interfaith, masquerading as the only hope for global salvation.


[1]Robert Shine, “Pope Francis Supported Civil Unions While Archbishop,” New Ways Ministries (March 21, 2013).

[2]Art.cit.

[3]Michael Voris, “Special Report—Cardinal Cupich Under Investigation,”Church Militant(June 20, 2019).

[4]Art.cit.

[5]Art.cit.

[6]http://www.ncregister.com/blog/benjamin-wiker/from-a-moral-historical-perspective-this-crisis-is-worse-than-you-realize.

[7]Benjamin Wiker is Professor of Political Science, Director of Human Life Studies, and Senior Fellow of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/benjamin-wiker/from-a-moral-historical-perspective-this-crisis-is-worse-than-you-realize.

[8]“Turkey: Many Celebrate the Burning of the Cathedral of Notre Dame,” Robowombat Gatestone Institute (May 18, 2019).

[9]Roberto de Mattei “The most terrible schism the world has ever seen,” Rorate Caeli(May 1, 2019, posted on 5/1/2019, by ebb tide)

[10]Art.cit, the words of the Catholic theologian, Roberto de Mattei.De Mattei: “The most terrible schism the world has ever seen”Rorate Caeli(May 1, 2019).

[11]Gabriel Mandel, Federico II, il sufismo e la massoneria, Tipheret, (Acireale 2013), referenced in the above article.

[12]Edward Pentin’s website: “Amazon Synod Working Document Criticized for serving Neo-pagan agenda,” https://edwardpentin.co.uk/amazon-synod-working-document-criticized-for-serving-neo-pagan-agenda.

[13]Peter Kwasniewski, “[Catholic Caucus] Why Amazon Synod working doc’s notion of ‘inculturation’ is a false approach,”LifeSite News (June 20, 2019).

[14]Art. cit.

[15]http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3727470/posts.

[16]Roberto De Mattei, “Dear Cardinals and Bishops, do you really want a Church like this? The Amazonian Church of Pope Francis,” Rorate Caeli (June 20, 2019). See also the Aldo Maria Valli blogspot.

[17]Kwasniewski, art.cit.

[18]May 6, 2019, LifeSiteNews.

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REUTERS

President Donald Trump welcomed prominent conservative social media
provocateurs to the White House on Thursday and said that along with
himself, they are being treated unfairly by big tech firms, which he says
suppress conservative voices.

California lawmakers approved legislation to create a $21 billion fund to
help utilities in the state pay for claims arising from future wildfires
sparked by their equipment.

U.S. authorities on Sunday will begin arresting at least 2,000 immigrant
families eligible for deportation in a nationwide series of raids long
threatened by President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported, citing
former and current officials.

Russia began delivery of an advanced missile defense system to Turkey on
Friday, a move expected to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally and
drive a wedge into the heart of the Western military alliance.

More bodies were found from a ship packed with migrants that sank off the
Tunisian coast last week, bringing the official death toll to 72 in a
disaster feared to have killed more than 80 people.

Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that
British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking
European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman
told state news agency IRNA.

President Donald Trump retreated on Thursday from adding a contentious
question on citizenship to the 2020 census, but insisted he was not giving
up his fight to count how many non-citizens are in the country and ordered
government agencies to mine their databases.

U.S. producer prices rose slightly in June as the cost of energy and other
goods dropped for a second straight month, resulting in the smallest annual
increase in producer inflation in nearly 2-1/2 years.

AP Top Stories

China’s exports fell in June as the United States ramped up trade pressure,
while imports shrank more than expected, pointing to further strains on the
world’s second-largest economy.

A fifth of the world’s major cities will face “unknown” climate conditions
by 2050, researchers warned on Wednesday, as rising temperatures heighten
the risks of drought and flooding.

Thousands of residents and visitors on Hawaii’s Maui Island were ordered to
evacuate two communities on Thursday as a spreading wildfire sent smoke
billowing high into the sky.

Thousands of mourners gathered Thursday to commemorate the 24th anniversary
of the Srebrenica massacre, the worst mass killing in Europe since World
War II, as Serbian officials continued to dispute that genocide was
committed in the eastern Bosnian enclave.

Ancient people in China practiced human head-shaping about 12,000 years ago
– meaning they bound some children’s maturing skulls, encouraging the heads
to grow into elongated ovals – making them the oldest group on record to
purposefully squash their skulls, a new study finds.

North Korea slammed South Korea over its ongoing deployment of high-tech
U.S. fighter jets, warning Thursday that it will respond by developing and
testing unspecified special weapons of its own to “destroy” the aircraft.

The Pentagon said Thursday it was discussing military escorts for vessels
in the Gulf one day after armed Iranian boats threatened a British oil
tanker.

Federal wildlife officials were urged Wednesday to withdraw a proposal to
drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on remote islands off the coast of California
to kill a mice infestation until they address questions on the impact to
wildlife.

BBC

At least 37 people were injured on board an Air Canada flight after the
plane hit severe turbulence and had to make an emergency landing.

At least nine people died and 12 others were injured on Friday when a child
was used to carry out a suicide attack on a wedding party in eastern
Afghanistan, local officials said.

Facebook’s artificial intelligence team has made what it describes as a
“superhuman” poker champion, a bot with the ability to beat world-leading
human pros. Facebook is heralding the AI bot, named Pluribus, as a major
breakthrough: the first capable of beating as many as six players, in a
game that involves “hidden” information – the cards that are yet to be
revealed.

The body of a Venezuelan navy captain who died in custody on 27 June has
been buried by government officials without his family’s consent, his wife
said. Members of the Venezuelan security forces interred Capt Rafael
Acosta’s body in a Caracas cemetery. Capt Acosta’s lawyer said he died as a
result of torture, and a leaked post-mortem report suggested he had been
beaten and electrocuted.

WND

With U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement expected to conduct a
nation-wide roundup of illegal immigrant families to deport them as soon as
possible, some outspoken Democrats , New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, in Congress are issuing warnings to them
through social media. The New York Times reported the 2,000 that are being
targeted have been ordered to be deported, some of them because they failed
to appear in court, but continue to remain in the country illegally.

Antarctica is twice the size of the US or Australia. Buried 2 km deep under
domes of snow, it holds 58 meters of global sea level to ransom. The IPCC
have been predicting its demise-by-climate-change for a decade or two. A
new paper looks at 60 sites across Antarctica, considering everything from
ice, lake and marine cores to peat and seal skins. They were particularly
interested in the Medieval Warm Period, and researched back to 600AD.
During medieval times (1000-1200 AD) they estimate Antarctica as a whole
was hotter than it is today. Antarctica was even warmer still – during the
dark ages circa 700AD.


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 12, 2019

The Foundation

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Trying to Hang Epstein Around Trump’s Neck

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AOC ‘Ignorance’ Deepens Demo Race-Card Rift

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America, Where Are You Going?

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Barr Is Right: The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is ‘Bogus’
Gary Bauer
Iranian Piracy
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News – 7/12/2019

How should we respond to alien contact? Scientists ask the public
Scientists wrestling with the delicate issue of how to respond should humanity ever be contacted by an alien civilisation have hit on a radical idea: a survey that asks what the public would do. Members of the UK Seti Research Network (UKSRN) are to launch what they believe will be the largest ever survey of public attitudes towards alien contact on Monday at the Royal Society’s summer science exhibition. The views they gather will help them shape plans for an international protocol that sets the ground rules on how organisations should share news of any signals that are detected; what sense can be made of them; and how, if at all, humans might reply.

Swarm of earthquakes has USGS keeping closer eye on Mt Hood
A swarm of earthquakes have been reported on Northern Oregon’s Mount Hood over the past two days. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), there have been around 40 quakes registered in an area five miles south of the volcano’s summit since Monday afternoon.

Louisiana may get hit by a hurricane this weekend. New Orleans is already flooded.
A storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, and the National Hurricane Center expects it to become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday, with potentially dangerous impacts along the coasts of Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, and the city of New Orleans. The storm could bring as much as 20 inches of rain to the region, which isn’t good, considering that the region is already inundated with rain.

Trump Hits Dems with Census Curveball, Announces Plan To Circumvent SCOTUS
“I am hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and noncitizens in our country,” Trump said, as ABC News reported. “They must furnish all legally accessible records in their possession immediately. We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the noncitizen population.”

Republican Senators Team Up To Give Victims of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Chance To Seek Damages
A group of Republican senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that will make sanctuary jurisdictions subject to civil lawsuits by the victims of crimes perpetrated by illegal immigrants in the U.S.

Bombshell Claim: Scientists Find “Man-made Climate Change Doesn’t Exist In Practice”
Scientists in Finland found “practically no anthropogenic [man-made] climate change” after a series of studies. “During the last hundred years the temperature increased about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about 0.01°C”, the Finnish researchers bluntly state in one among a series of papers. This has been collaborated by a team at Kobe University in Japan, which has furthered the Finnish researchers’ theory: “New evidence suggests that high-energy particles from space known as galactic cosmic rays affect the Earth’s climate by increasing cloud cover, causing an ‘umbrella effect’,”

Dow has first close above 27,000 points
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 27,000 for the first time after a turbulent day on Wall Street. The S&P 500 also hit a closing high milestone of its own Thursday, a day after its first move above 3,000.

Britain sends second warship to gulf amid tensions with Iran – Sky
Britain is sending a second warship to the Gulf amid growing tensions with Iran after Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar last week, Sky News reported. Sky said the destroyer HMS Duncan, which had been earmarked for deployment in the region anyway although not so soon, would sail to the Gulf in the next few days to join the frigate HMS Montrose.

Iran’s hard-to-attack underground nuke facility part of increasing threat
Iran’s hard-to-attack underground Fordow nuclear facility is part of the increasing nuclear threat the country presents as it steadily escalates its violations of the 2015 nuclear deal, a new think tank report says. According to the report by the Institute for Science and International Security, “Fordow is potentially part of Iran’s current threats to progressively go to higher enrichment levels and increase its stocks of enriched uranium.”

Turkey defies US as Russian S-400 missile defence arrives
Turkey has received the first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system despite opposition from the US. The shipment arrived in an airbase in the capital Ankara on Friday, the Turkish defence ministry says. The move will anger the US, which has warned that Turkey cannot have both the S-400 anti-aircraft defence system and US F-35 fighter jets.

Russian nuclear submarine: Norway finds big radiation leak
Norway has found a radiation level 800,000 times higher than normal at the wreck of a Russian navy submarine. The Komsomolets sank in the Norwegian Sea in 1989 after a fire on board killed 42 sailors. A sample showed radioactive caesium leaking from a ventilation pipe, but researchers said it was “not alarming”, as the Arctic water quickly diluted it.

Tropical Storm Barry: Flooded New Orleans braces for likely hurricane
Tropical Storm Barry, which is currently moving over the Gulf of Mexico, is likely to develop into a hurricane. It is forecast to hit the US city of New Orleans, which has already seen thunderstorms and flash floods. A state of emergency is in effect and residents in some low-lying areas have been asked to evacuate.

How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State
An American organization founded by tech giants Google and IBM is working with a company that is helping China’s authoritarian government conduct mass surveillance against its citizens…The OpenPower Foundation — a nonprofit led by Google and IBM…has set up a collaboration between IBM, Chinese company Semptian, and U.S. chip manufacturer Xilinx…to advance a breed of microprocessors that enable computers to analyze vast amounts of data more efficiently.

Texas Reporter Watches 300 Migrants Cross Border in Six Hours
KGBT CBS4 Reporter Sydney Hernandez traveled to the Texas border at Rincon Village Wednesday night at about 6 p.m. The deserted area on the banks of the Rio Grande is a well-known border crossing area. During the next six hours, Hernandez sent out a series of tweets capturing the images of migrants walking up the dirt roads from the border river where human smugglers cross them at will.

Trump rips tech firms at ‘free speech’ summit
President Donald Trump welcomed prominent conservative social media provocateurs to the White House on Thursday and said that along with himself, they are being treated unfairly by big tech firms, which he says suppress conservative voices. Trump said he has told his administration to look for regulations and legislation that could protect free speech – though he did not provide details on what measures were being discussed…

Report: Google Contractors Listen to Recordings from Your Home
A new report claims that Silicon Valley tech giant Google has been employing outside contractors to listen in on the voice recordings of its Google Assistant users without their knowledge.

Christian Leaders Gather to ‘Bless’ Texas Abortion Clinic: ‘God Is Already Present’
…“As people of faith, it’s not that we think we’re bringing God to this place; we believe God is already present in that space,” Fulbright said. “But it’s to ask for prayers of safety, healing and peace, to infuse the space with an energy that is life-giving for women, a lot of whom are in an anxious time.”

Tropical Storm “Barry” forms – long duration heavy rainfall along the central Gulf Coast and inland, U.S.
Tropical Storm “Barry” formed at 15:00 UTC on July 11, 2019, in the Gulf of Mexico, as the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Barry is expected to reach hurricane status on Friday, July 12 and be near the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana on Friday night (CDT) or Saturday, July 13.

6 killed and more than 100 injured as very strong winds, tornadoes and violent hailstorms hit Greece
Very strong winds, tornadoes and violent hailstorms hit northern Greece late Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (local time). Such severe weather is extremely unusual in Greece for this time of year, meteorologist Klearxos Marousakis said.

Exceptional multiple meteor event recorded over Brazil
An exceptional multiple meteor event took place over Brazil at 07:10 UTC on June 26, 2019, and was recorded by a BRAMON video station in Maranhão, Brazil. The preliminarily calculated radiant of this cluster does not seem to be associated with any known meteor shower.

Facebook adopts new policy allowing death threats against “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations”
And judging by Facebook’s treatment of foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women and others, they are likely to find themselves on the “Dangerous Individuals” list.

IAEA finds nuclear material in Iran warehouse
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors found evidence of radioactive activity in a warehouse in Tehran that Prime Minister Netanyahu revealed in his UN speech in September, Channel 13 News reported Thursday evening.

More Links Uncovered Between George Soros and Russiagate through Russian Opposition Official Alexander Navalny|
The Gateway Pundit previously reported on the Soros-related origins of the Russia collusion conspiracy. Now there is more information on George Soros’ role in Russiagate through the West’s favorite Russian opposition blogger Alexander Navalny.

Christian Doctor Fired From Government Job After Refusing to Refer to 6 Foot Bearded Man as “Madam”
A Christian doctor in the UK was fired from his government job after he refused to refer to a 6 foot bearded man as “Madam”.

Shocking moment senior Labour employee says he ‘nearly killed himself’ over leadership’s attitude to anti-Semitism
A former Labour staffer tasked with dealing with anti-Semitism in the party said he ‘actively considered’ killing himself over the leadership’s attitude to the issue. Sam Matthews, the former head of disputes, shockingly claimed that he was driven to the brink by instructions from senior figures in the Labour leadership on how to handle cases of anti-Jewish racism from party members.


Headlines – 7/12/2019

Netanyahu: No uprooting of settlements in any peace plan

Netanyahu: Israel preparing for broad and ‘surprising’ military campaign

PM says preparing for possible ‘surprising’ Gaza offensive, but prefers calm

IDF: Troops mistakenly killed Hamas member who was preventing border breach

Israel in Efforts to Keep Gaza Calm After Killing ‘Misidentified’ Hamas Member

IDF readies for discord on Gaza border, day after Hamas man mistakenly shot dead

Israel fires tear gas at protesters demonstrating demolition orders

Abbas: Aid to families of ‘martyrs’ is a red line – reiterates the commitment to paying terrorists and their families

PA ready to resume contact with U.S. if it commits to accepted rhetoric

Time puts Netanyahu on the cover, says he ‘tests the limits of power’

Netanyahu: Israel has ‘informal peace’ with hostile Arab nations

US Department of Justice to host summit on combating anti-Semitism

Mossad led IAEA to radioactive material at Iran site, proving it broke deal – report

TV: IAEA finds traces of radioactive material at Iran site flagged by Netanyahu

Iran’s hard-to-attack underground nuke facility part of increasing threat

Trump, Netanyahu talk on the phone about Iran’s ‘malign’ acts

US may form joint naval force in Gulf to combat tanker troubles

Iran warns western powers to ‘leave region’ amid Gulf crisis

Iran calls on Britain to immediately release its seized supertanker

US reportedly backs off threat to sanction top Iranian diplomat Zarif

While Iran, US Go Head-to-Head, Iranians Are Turning Their Hearts to Jesus

House votes to end US role in Yemen, poised to block Trump from launching Iran strike

Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey

Sudan’s ruling military council reports it has survived coup attempt

Suicide bomber kills five at wedding party in eastern Afghanistan

New North Korea constitution calls Kim head of state, seen as step to U.S. peace treaty

UN rights council to investigate killings in Philippine drug war

Hundreds of murders threaten Cape Town’s tourist mecca image: ‘We are living in a warzone’

Trump, ‘not backing down’ in effort to count citizens amid census fight, announces executive order

Trump pick to be top general says he will ‘not be intimidated into making stupid decisions’

Blasting Trump, Biden pledges global summit on democracy

Trump rails against ‘Fake News’ in bizarre tirade, warns industry will fold when he leaves office

President Trump rips tech firms at ‘free speech’ summit

Extolling far-right trolls, Trump vows to up war on social media gatekeepers

Trump’s Social Media Summit nearly descends into brawl in Rose Garden

How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State

Google admits listening to some smart speaker recordings

Billionaire Home Depot co-founder shreds Trump haters in new Facebook post

The Dow tops 27,000 for the first time after the Fed signals a rate cut is coming

Fed chairman warns of ‘unthinkable’ harm if debt ceiling isn’t raised

Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, says US has only ‘one real currency’

Sunken nuclear submarine leaking radiation into sea up to 800,000 times normal level

Thousands of people have taken a Facebook pledge to storm Area 51 to ‘see them aliens’

Shakeup at NASA as space agency scrambles to meet Trump moon mandate

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe makes ‘perfect’ touchdown on asteroid

In a first, a Japanese spacecraft appears to have collected samples from inside an asteroid

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Arawa, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Tres Picos, Mexico

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

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Yonakuni, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake hits just outside Seattle

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 12,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Tropical Storm Barry nears New Orleans, raising flood threat

New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry

Tropical Storm Barry forecast to unload feet of flooding rain along the Gulf Coast

Hurricane Warnings for Louisiana Coast; 20-25″ of Rain Possible from Barry

Floodwater in New Orleans like ‘toxic’ stew, experts warn. Swimming in it? That’s ‘crazy’

Floods from monsoon rains kill 3 people, maroon over 400,000 in Assam, India

Freak storm leaves tourists dead in Greece

7 dead after powerful midweek storm strikes northern Greece

People and animals evacuated as raging fire burns 3,000 acres in Maui

A new wave of violence in DRC could cause Ebola to spiral out of control

CDC issues vital signs warning as it preps for potential outbreak of ‘polio-like’ illness AFM in fall

Flu deaths in Australia hit 300 as experts describe flu season as ‘moderately bad’

Oakland Raiders’ Jalen Richard vows to keep children unvaccinated, cites his own ‘research’

Christian Leaders Gather to ‘Bless’ Texas Abortion Clinic: ‘God Is Already Present’

Petition Launched After Amazon Pulls a Number of Books About Leaving Homosexuality

 


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for July 12, 2019


July 11, 2019
BRYAN FISCHER — Once again, Chief Justice John Roberts has overstepped his bounds and arrogated to himself the imagined authority to be chief lawmaker for the United States of America…. (more)

July 11, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to demand citizenship details from all respondents in next year’s census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. “It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the United States population,” Trump said at a Rose Garden announcement. He insisted he was “not backing down.”… (more)

July 11, 2019
Poll challenges Democrat ‘undercount’ argument
WORLDNETDAILY — The Trump administration’s effort to restore the citizenship question on the national census has been regarded by critics as an “attack on immigrants,” particularly Latinos. But a new poll finds a majority of Hispanic voters, along with two-thirds of voters overall, approve of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, the Washington Times reported…. (more)


July 11, 2019
NEWSMAX — Customs and Border Patrol statistics show there has been a 28.5% drop in the number of illegal immigrants at the southern border in June amid a crackdown by Mexico. The CBP figures released Wednesday show there were 104,344 people encountered in June, down from 144,278 the month before…. (more)

July 11, 2019
Accused Trump of ‘inhumane treatment’
WORLDNETDAILY — In an effort to promote its hearing on President Trump’s policies of “putting migrant kids in cages,” House Democrats tweeted a photo of children at a detention center behind a chainlink fence. The problem was that the photograph, intended to scold Trump for “inhumane treatment at the border,” was from the Obama era…. (more)

July 11, 2019
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS — Prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed a lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of 55 families to overturn a new state law that bars parents from refusing to vaccinate their kids on religious grounds. Dozens of parents and kids packed a courtroom at the Albany County Supreme Court as Kennedy joined attorney Michael Sussman, who argued that the measure conflicts with state and federal law…. (more)

July 11, 2019
Social-media giant banned pro-life ads in Ireland referendum
WORLDNETDAILY — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted to a speech to a like-minded audience that his company essentially meddled in the Irish referendum on legalizing abortion by refusing to run advertisements by pro-life groups…. (more)

July 11, 2019
Number of people believing there is nothing wrong with gay sex has fallen, survey finds
THE GUARDIAN — Thirty years of increasingly liberal attitudes towards gay sex may be coming to an end after the number of people who said they considered it wrong rose for the first time since the Aids crisis. In 1987 when every household received sombre leaflets warning “don’t die of ignorance”, nine out of 10 people thought there was something wrong with sexual relations between two adults of the same sex…. (more)

July 11, 2019
FOX NEWS — Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News…. (more)


July 10, 2019
President said his administration would refuse to work with him
NATIONAL REVIEW — The British ambassador to the U.S. stepped down Wednesday amid controversy over leaked cables in which he harshly criticized the Trump administration. Sir Kim Darroch became the object of heavy criticism from the president over the weekend after the leak of private messages to Parliament in which he calls the administration “unpredictable,” “inept,” and “uniquely dysfunctional,” and the president himself “insecure.” The messages also wondered whether the administration would fall in “disgrace” and mused on whether Trump may be indebted to “dodgy Russians.”… (more)

July 10, 2019
NEWSMAX — A federal appeals court panel appeared sympathetic on Tuesday to Republican efforts to overturn Obamacare, expressing skepticism to Democratic calls to overturn the ruling of a Texas judge who found the landmark U.S. healthcare reform law unconstitutional…. (more)

July 10, 2019
NEWSMAX — Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, said President Donald Trump has endured the most “ferocious” media attacks of any president in history. Bozell made his comments during an interview on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s show, which aired on Newsmax TV on Monday night. Bozell is author of “Unmasked: Big Media’s War Against Trump.”… (more)

July 10, 2019
‘It is up to each of us to decide whether or not we want to see it’
WORLDNETDAILY — The CEO of a large movie theater corporation in Canada is doubling down on his decision to screen the controversial “Unplanned” movie, declaring it’s “up to each of us to decide whether or not we want to see it.” Ellis Jacob, CEO of Cineplex, said in an open letter it’s important to remember that Canadian law allows just that…. (more)

July 10, 2019
FOX NEWS — Podcast host Graham Allen called out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for not speaking out about death threats levied against a child actor dubbed ‘Mini-AOC.’ The young girl, Ava Martinez, went viral for her videos impersonating the New York congresswoman. However, following blowback from photos Martinez posted last week, her family has announced that she will abandon her character of ‘Mini-AOC.’… (more)

July 9, 2019
STUDYFINDS — No two people are exactly alike. Therefore, attempting to classify each unique individual’s mental health issues into neat categories just doesn’t work. That’s the claim coming out of the United Kingdom that is sure to ruffle some psychologists’ feathers…. (more)


July 9, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the Justice Department has a new legal strategy for adding a question about citizenship status onto the 2020 census, according to a new report…. (more)


July 9, 2019
‘Severe, serious abuses’ by U.S. agencies targeted future president
WORLDNETDAILY — A powerful House Republican says President Obama’s FBI and CIA committed “severe, serious abuses” against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump that soon will be exposed. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told John Catsimatidis of New York City’s AM 970 “The Answer” that the Obama administration had no legal basis to probe the Trump campaign, The Hill reported…. (more)

July 9, 2019
‘The GOP will mock & sow confusion until it’s their home swept away’
WORLDNETDAILY — A torrential rainstorm stuck the nation’s capital Monday, creating a chaotic situation with numerous motorists forced to abandon their cars on flooded roads. That prompted U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to politicize the weather, as she promoted her climate-change agenda…. (more)


July 7, 2019
NEW YORK POST — Home Depot shoppers have been threatening to boycott the store after its co-founder, Bernie Marcus, revealed in a recent interview that he’d be donating to President Trump’s re-election bid…. (more)

July 7, 2019
HUMAN EVENTS — President Trump’s citizenship question on the upcoming U.S. census is, contrary to popular opinion, the norm for the decennial survey. Barack Obama was the first President to exclude a question on citizenship in the U.S. Census…. (more)

July 7, 2019
Snopes calls claim of candidate’s father ‘unproven’
WORLDNETDAILY — An old article by Sen. Kamala Harris’ father stating his ancestors owned slaves has presented supporters of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate with an unpleasant choice. They either must accuse Harris’ father of lying or admit that their candidate, who made racism a major issue in the first debate, lacks credibility…. (more)


July 7, 2019
DAILY MAIL — The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that sparked huge fires and caused multiple injuries in Southern California on Friday evening was 11 times stronger than the 6.4 tremor in the same region just 32 hours earlier, geologists say. Shockwaves from Friday’s quake were felt in Las Vegas and downtown Los Angeles as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute. Dr Lucy Jones, a seismologist for the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), said it was the most powerful to hit Southern California since another 7.1 temblor in the same area in 1999…. (more)


July 7, 2019
BREITBART — Police have been called in to investigate allegations of death threats made to cinema theater owners in Canada who had scheduled to screen the pro-life movie Unplanned. B.J. McKelvie, president of Cinedicon, the Canadian distributor of the film that tells the story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood manager-turned pro-life activist, confirmed two Canadian independent cinema owners reported threats that caused them to be “fearful for their families,” said LifeSiteNews…. (more)

July 7, 2019
NEWSMAX — U.S. authorities said on Friday they were seeking a court order requiring Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to forfeit $12.7 billion following his conviction for racketeering and drug trafficking crimes earlier this year…. (more)

 

July 12 Give It to God

Scripture reading: Philippians 4:6–9

Key verse: Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord,

And He shall sustain you;

He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

That gnawing feeling of anxiety can grow from what we call the butterflies to full-blown panic if left unchecked. The Lord knows how critical it is that you get rid of anxiety. It destroys your peace, clouds your perception, robs your joy, and consumes your thinking.

Have you ever worried about something and then, after a time of mental agony, finally handed the concern over to God? The relief you felt was indescribable. What’s amazing is that the next time a worry threatens to dominate, you are equally reluctant to let go.

Why? As human beings, we relish the sensation of being in control. We somehow feel that by pondering a problem continuously, thinking through all the options and possibilities, we will come up with good answers. That may be true sometimes, but the process saps all our energy. And when we rely on our limited resources and understanding, we discount completely the wisdom and sovereignty of God.

God wants you to give Him your perplexities, fears, worries, and impossible situations. He is the only One who can handle them, and He knows what is best for you. God has the big picture—you don’t—and trying to manipulate things results in further confusion and anxiety.

If you’re ready to trust Him, He is ready to listen. Pour out your heart to the Lord, and He will lift the burden. Give it to God.

Lord, I’m ready to trust You. Take my burdens, fears, and impossible situations. Give me confidence that You know best.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 203). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 12, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Ver. 21.—The supplications of thy servant. “The great thought of Solomon now is that the centre and core of all worship is prayer” (Professor Dr. James G. Murphy, in ‘Handbook for Bible Classes: Chronicles’). Toward this place (see other instances of this expression, Ps. 5:7; 28:2; 138:2; Jonah 2:4; Dan. 6:10). From thy dwelling-place. 1 Kings 8:30 has, “hear to thy dwelling-place, to heaven,” by probably the mere error of a copyist.[1]


6:21 The temple was God’s dwelling place in the sense that it gave God’s people a place to pray to the living God. Yet God could not be contained within the four walls of a building (v. 18).[2]


6:21 that you yourself might hear from the place of your dwelling, from the heavens As Solomon indicates in 2 Chron 6:18, the temple was only a symbol of God’s dwelling place—an earthly representation of God’s heavenly temple (compare Psa 11:4 and note). By praying toward the temple, the people were directing their prayers toward the symbol of God’s presence. However, Solomon acknowledges that God would answer from heaven.[3]


6:21 listen from heaven your dwelling place. Solomon uses this expression four times in his prayer (vv. 21, 30, 33, 39). The temple was the earthly place that provided access to the heavenly court through the sacrifices offered there and the promise of God’s gracious presence (1 Chr. 13:6 note).[4]


[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 2 Chronicles (p. 63). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 541). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (2 Ch 6:21). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 603). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

July 12 The Requirements of Servanthood

scripture reading: Luke 19:1–10
key verse: Luke 19:10

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The most striking feature about Jesus during His earthly ministry was His unceasing servanthood mind–set. Though He was full deity, His life was a pure reflection of a humble servant.

Since you are created to be conformed to the image of Christ, you should increasingly demonstrate the attributes of a genuine servant. That will occur as you take on the following characteristics:

Awareness. Are you alert to the needs of others around you? Are you sensitive to their hurts, dreams, problems?

Availability. Do you take so much time meeting your own needs that you have no time for others? You have to make time to serve.

Acceptance. One reason you don’t serve lovingly is that you have a hard time accepting others. You look at their faults instead of seeing them through the eyes of the Father.

Abiding. If you are to serve others, you must have something to give. You can give time and love to others only as you depend on Jesus daily and draw your strength and wisdom from Him.

Abandonment. Jesus said that if a man is to find his life, he must lose it (Matt. 10:39). What He meant was that you should cease trying to call attention to yourself and instead concentrate your concern on others.

Dear Lord, make me aware of the needs of others, and let me be more accepting of them. I want to abide in You, drawing strength and wisdom for each task You give me to do. Make me available. I want to lose my life and find it in You.[1]


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

12 july (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

A simple sermon for seeking souls

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

suggested further reading: Ecclesiastes 5:1–7

“I thought,” said somebody addressing me one day, “I thought when I was in the garden, surely Christ could take my sins away, just as easily as he could move the clouds. Do you know, sir, in a moment or two the cloud was all gone, and the sun was shining. Thought I to myself, the Lord is blotting out my sin.” Such a ridiculous thought as that, you say, cannot occur often. I tell you, it does, very frequently indeed. People suppose that the greatest nonsense in all the earth is a manifestation of divine grace in their hearts. Now, the only feeling I ever want to have is just this,—I want to feel that I am a sinner and that Christ is my Saviour. You may keep your visions, and ecstasies, and raptures, and dances to yourselves; the only feeling that I desire to have is deep repentance and humble faith; and if, poor sinner, you have got that, you are saved. Why, some of you believe that before you can be saved there must be a kind of electric shock, some very wonderful thing that is to go all through you from head to foot. Now hear this, “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: … That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart.… Thou shalt be saved.” What do you want with all this nonsense of dreams and supernatural thoughts? All that is wanted is, that as a guilty sinner, I should come and cast myself on Christ. That done, the soul is safe, and all the visions in the universe could not make it safer.

for meditation: “God be merciful to me a sinner” was Christ’s description of a man calling upon God and being justified (Luke 18:13, 14). Any insistence on special experiences and strange happenings is an evidence of having departed from Christ, the head of the church (Colossians 2:18, 19).

sermon no. 140[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 200). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

07/12/19 Burdens — ChuckLawless.com

READING: Nehemiah 1-5, Acts 12:6-13:12

I find it amazing how God moves in our hearts, burdens us for people around us, drives us to our knees on their behalf, and then responds to our prayers. In fact, I think the privilege of praying for one another – especially when someone is hurting or straying – is one of the greatest privileges the Lord gives us.  That kind of praying, though, begins with a burden.

Nehemiah showed that kind of burden when he learned that the city of Jerusalem lay in ruins. Nehemiah tells us what he did then: “I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying before the God of the heavens” (Neh 1:4). He grieved over the sin of his people and its consequences, and thus sought permission from the king to return to Jerusalem to check its status. Before he spoke to the king, though, he prayed, “Give your servant success today, and grant him compassion in the presence of this man” (Neh 1:11).

Nehemiah had never shown sadness before King Artaxerxes, and the king recognized that something was wrong. He asked, “Why are you sad, when you aren’t sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart”(Neh 2:2). Nehemiah apparently couldn’t hide the depth of his burden over God’s people.

That’s what God does in our lives, too. He gives us love toward others that includes a burden over their spiritual condition. Sometimes, in fact, we grieve the sin of others more than they do. We long for them to turn to God, and hiding that burden is difficult when it’s real. It’s through those burdens and our corresponding intercessory prayer, however, that God changes others.

PRAYER: “Father, please increase my burden for non-believers and straying Christians.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  Nehemiah 6-7, Acts 13:13-41

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