Daily Archives: July 13, 2019

July 13 Getting a Grip

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:26–32

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:31

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

We cannot believe someone would commit such an act against us—cut us off in traffic, gossip about us, or show another form of disrespect. We wonder, What did I do to deserve this?

Getting a grip on our anger is imperative, especially when we are in the company of others who have not offended us. If we allow our anger to explode, everyone around us will sense its fury. Nothing can be gained from this. When anger comes, step away from the situation and take time to calm down. Tell God what you are feeling, then ask Him to defuse the situation.

When we acknowledge to God that we are angry, then He will help us identify the source of our frustration. He will also teach us how to deal with the situation from a godly perspective. God has a lesson for us to learn in every circumstance of life. Frustrations will come, and we will feel angry. However, we can say no to anger and yes to God’s ability to deal with our frustrations. Ask Him, “Lord, what do You want me to learn through this?”

When you pray this prayer, He will make His will clear. Anger will disappear once you know that God has a plan in mind that includes freedom and not frustration.

Lord, when I am angry, teach me to surrender my feelings to You and to ask, instead, what I am to learn. Make me willing to hear Your answer.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 204). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 13 Neglect

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1–12

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 5:12

David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.

Have you ever been passed over at work for a promotion that you felt you deserved? Or have you ever not received due recognition for your work?

If so, you will be excited to know about a dynamic principle that runs through the life of David that kept him in line for God’s blessing in similar circumstances. Though anointed as king, David spent many years on the run from his former boss, King Saul. On several occasions David had opportunity to kill Saul and seize the kingdom. In each instance he refused.

When Saul ended his life on a remote battlefield, David could have declared himself king over all of Israel. Instead he initially ruled over the single tribe of Judah. Seven and a half years later, the remaining tribes of Israel asked David to rule them.

The principle is this: David allowed God to promote him in His way and in His time. He refused to take the bull by the horns. David allowed God to give him credit.

Wherever neglect occurs in your life, remember that God will exalt you in due season. Then, like David, you can realize that “the Lord had established him as king over Israel” (2 Sam. 5:12).

Father God, cleanse me from selfish ambition. Establish and promote me in Your perfect timing. Give me the patience to wait.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 204). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Black Pastors Call on Nike to Sever Relationship with Colin Kaepernick

The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) called on Nike Thursday to end its relationship with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has a prominent endorsement deal with the athletic company.

Source: Black Pastors Call on Nike to Sever Relationship with Colin Kaepernick

American Psychological Association Launches Task Force Encouraging Non-Monogamous Relationships — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

The American Psychological Association has launched a task force that will encourage “awareness and inclusivity” for any kind of sexual impulse, according to CBN News.

The APA has said the task force is dedicated to “Consensual Non-Monogamy” and is advocating for “people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical, non-monogamous relationships.”

“Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience,” the APA said on its site. “However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all. This task force seeks to address the needs of people who practice consensual non-monogamy, including their intersecting marginalized identities.”

However, Andre Van Mol, a California doctor and co-chairman of the committee on adolescent sexuality for the American College of Pediatricians, told the Christian Post that there is a “cult of affirmation” of people hoping to understand what he called “marginal sexual behavior.”

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Source: Christian Headlines

via American Psychological Association Launches Task Force Encouraging Non-Monogamous Relationships — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Former ICE Director Slams Dem Rep for ‘Political Theater’ After Clashing at Hearing over Border Conditions | IJR

Former acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Tom Homan is slamming a Democratic lawmaker for the “political theater” after the two clashed a Friday’s hearing.

During Friday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the detention facility conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border, the heat turned up when Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) laid into Homan. Connolly expressed disapproval of the treatment of migrant children.

The Democratic lawmaker shared that he’s heard “horror stories” that he thought was “fiction” and later added, “The equivocation, the enabling, the rationalization is inexcusable.”

After, Connolly was questioning acting Homeland Security inspector general Jennifer Costello when he then shouted, “I’m not calling on you, sir!” after Homan expressed that he was “extremely frustrated.”

“Of course not,” Homan responded, suggesting that the hearing “isn’t about transparency.”

“You’re not at the border right now!” Connolly said. “You’re in a hearing room! It’s my time!”

Watch the video below:

Discussing Friday’s clash at the hearing, Homan told Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs late Friday that he was “insulted” by the Democratic lawmaker because he “threw out dirt and wouldn’t let me respond.”

“This is about political theater. He ran out of there like a little girl. He’s a coward. He didn’t want to hear my response because this was all political theater. … This is about transparency but you won’t let me respond to what you’re saying. If this is a focus of Congress to push a false narrative … that tells you what this is all about. This is about resisting this president, this about open borders. They don’t want to hear the truth.”

See Homan’s interview below:

As IJR Red reported, Vice President Mike Pence visited border detention facilities at the southern border on Friday and blasted the “outrage” comparison of the migrant shelters to concentration camps.

Source: Former ICE Director Slams Dem Rep for ‘Political Theater’ After Clashing at Hearing over Border Conditions

Federal Prosecutors Accuse Jeffrey Epstein of Witness Tampering – Claim He Paid $350,000 to Potential Witnesses — The Gateway Pundit

Jeffrey Epstein

Federal prosecutors argued on Friday that Jeffrey Epstein should be denied bail while he waits for his trial on sex trafficking charges because he is already tampering with potential witnesses. 

Epstein’s lawyers argued to Clinton-appointed US District Judge Richard Berman on Thursday that he should be given bail and confined to his $77 million Manhattan mansion with an ankle bracelet.

Federal prosecutors responded in a filing Friday arguing that Epstein continued his degenerate sex trafficking of young girls after his previous conviction, proving he is unreformed and unrepentant.

“And any doubt that the defendant is unrepentant and unreformed was eliminated when law enforcement agents discovered hundreds or thousands of nude and seminude photographs of young females in his Manhattan mansion on the night of his arrest, more than a decade after he was first convicted of a sex crime involving a juvenile,” prosecutors wrote in their submission.

CBS reported:

They also said they were worried Epstein, 66, might try to derail his trial. They said Epstein recently paid $100,000 to one individual “named as a possible co-conspirator” in a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida 12 years ago.

They said the payment, along with $250,000 sent to another person who was a former employee and was named as a possible co-conspirator in the non-prosecution agreement, came after the Miami Herald last November began publishing a series of article describing the circumstances of his state court conviction in Florida in 2008 and the deal to avoid federal prosecution.

“This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations,” prosecutor said.

Why wasn’t Jeffrey Epstein given the Roger Stone/Manafort treatment and raided by the FBI with a CNN camera crew in tow?

Manafort was also accused of witness tampering by government prosecutors and they tried to transfer him to notorious Rikers Island jail.

When will Epstein be transferred to Rikers?

via Federal Prosecutors Accuse Jeffrey Epstein of Witness Tampering – Claim He Paid $350,000 to Potential Witnesses — The Gateway Pundit

Saturday Sampler: July 7 — July 13 — The Outspoken TULIP

Giving us our “weekly dose of Spurgeon,” Pyromaniacs publishes Turn Away as an encouragement to focus our gaze on the right things. You’ll appreciate the practical instruction in this brief meditation.

Those of you following the current events with Beth Moore might appreciate An Open Letter to Beth Moore — Timeline of Events compiled by Michelle Lesley. Keep this post handy; Michelle will add updates as things progress.

You might also wish to visit The End Time to read The importance of a Bible teacher’s transparency: it relates to accountability by Elizabeth Prata.  She makes extremely important points that we must take seriously.

Ever the gracious Southern gentleman, Justin Peters pens My Thoughts on Beth Moore’s Blog Post with such gentleness and respect that the truth he shares seems easier to digest.  He brings out a fresh perspective on the situation that some of you might really appreciate.

Continuing her series on worldly attitudes that ensnare Christians, Leslie A of Growing 4 Life challenges the ways we respond to criticism in Thinking Beyond the Obvious (Part 4). Given the climate in social media these days, her Biblical wisdom demands our attention.

In his article for Gentle Reformation, Kyle E. Sims cries More About Jesus I World Know. He illuminates the beauty of understanding theology.

Parents,  Matthew Tuck’s  essay, Reading the Bible to My Son in Not Ourselves, is both touching and instructive. Not only will you enjoy reading it (the writing alone is splendid), but you’ll come away inspired to teach God’s Word to your own children.

If you want a more intellectual approach to the Christian response to homosexuality, go to Blog & Magog for Douglas Wilson’s piece, Emoting Like Pelagians. I appreciate the lesson on theology as well as the practical application to one of today’s most pressing issues.

Nathan Busenitz, in his article for The Cripplegate, encourages us toward Heavenly Clarity as we swim through the fog of earthly troubles. Why do I use the metaphor of  swimming through fog? You’ll have to read the article to find out!

Having lived in a nursing home for pretty much two years, I greatly appreciate Michael Coughlin for posting Go Therefore: Nursing Home in Things Above Us. I would add that nursing home residents need more than brief visits and monthly Bible Studies. They need real friends who visit often and spend time with them. It’s a truly horrible way to live — a Christian who makes genuine investments in these suffering people has a powerful opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ.

via Saturday Sampler: July 7 — July 13 — The Outspoken TULIP

Franklin Graham Says Samaritan’s Purse is Heading to Southern Border to Help Minister to Migrants — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

One of President Trump’s biggest evangelical supporters has directed his ministry to begin supporting border churches that minister to migrant families flooding the US-Mexico border.

Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told CBN News that Samaritan’s Purse is now working with 18 partners to assist over 200 churches that are caring directly for immigrants on both sides of the border.

“We have been asked by churches in the area to help them and that’s what we’re doing,” said Graham during an interview on CBN’s Newswatch program.

Graham said churches need bedding, blankets, toiletries and food. “Many of these migrants they’ve been traveling for …as much as six months,” said Graham. “They’re tired. They’re dirty. They’re frustrated and they’re coming into our country.”

In recent weeks, Christian songwriter Nicole Nordeman and some other Christian leaders have urged Graham to support border ministries. But Graham said their pressure did not influence the decision to get involved.

“We respond to need and no question the need on the border has been building for some time,” he said.

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Source: CBN

via Franklin Graham Says Samaritan’s Purse is Heading to Southern Border to Help Minister to Migrants — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Craig Parshall on Christian Viewpoints Being Banned From Amazon — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

CBN has reported this week that a book written by NRB member Anne Paulk, who heads the Christian ministry Restored Hope Network, has been stripped off of Amazon’s popular book site. When questioned about the banning of Paulk’s book, Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction, Amazon replied that the book violated its “content guidelines.” The tech giant’s rules openly state that even though books containing “objectionable” viewpoints will be permitted on its site, nevertheless works exhibiting “intolerance” toward “sexual orientation” issues will be stricken.

While the intolerance by Silicon Valley Big Tech companies toward Christian orthodoxy, along with their pattern of viewpoint suppression, has been established beyond dispute, questions regarding a solution still remain. Congress has held hearings on the problem of viewpoint discrimination by these large internet platforms, and another is slated for later this month in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the focus will be on antitrust issues.

It seems obvious that enterprises like Amazon and Facebook wield market dominance of monopolistic proportions. For instance, the number of monthly users on Facebook’s many platforms exceeds all the users of its seven web rivals combined, according to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ recent op-ed in The New York Times. As for Amazon, Jun-Sheng Li wrote in Tech Crunch last March that “Amazon has nearly 50 percent of all e-commerce trade.” While I am a great believer in free enterprise, antitrust laws were designed to set guardrails around monopolies in order to squelch unfair, anti-competitive conduct that harms consumers. The problem with applying antitrust laws to stop viewpoint suppression by Big Tech companies is that it may be a clumsy fit, as antitrust rules are designed to benefit consumer choice and pricing, not to vindicate freedom of speech. And even if these companies were broken up, it would do little to change the worldview of Silicon Valley that has a record of intolerance toward conservative political opinions and traditional Christian views.

But aren’t these private companies? Absolutely. And aren’t they entitled to decide their own rules and censor anyone they wish? Not necessarily, for two reasons. First, they are unlike traditional businesses that sell their privately owned services and products through their privately operated avenues of distribution. Rather, they are online platforms that have both aggregated control over, and have trafficked in, a quasi-public cyber resource: the internet, which – like our interstate highway systems, navigable rivers, electric power, and radio and television spectrum – is an essential public resource that, by its nature, requires some level of government management and regulation. The internet was first called ARPANET, named after the research unit within the U.S. Department of Defense that originally developed it, aided by the National Science Foundation and a small army of computer engineers and academic institutions acting as defense contractors. It slowly opened to public use – most dramatically in 1983, when a universal Internet Protocol (IP) was established and ARPANET became the internet. While this communications phenomenon has never been clearly defined in terms of legal status, one thing is clear: Neither Amazon, nor Facebook, nor any other tech company may lay claim to ownership or dominion over cyberspace.

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Source: CBN

via Craig Parshall on Christian Viewpoints Being Banned From Amazon — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

The Heart of Darkness: The Sexual Predators Within America’s Power Elite | The Most Important News

(By John W. Whitehead) As I documented in the in-depth piece I wrote earlier this year, child sex trafficking—the buying and selling of women, young girls and boys for sex, some as young as 9 years old—has become big business in America. It is the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns.

Adults purchase children for sex at least 2.5 million times a year in the United States.

It’s not just young girls who are vulnerable to these predators, either.

According to a 2016 investigative report, “boys make up about 36% of children caught up in the U.S. sex industry (about 60% are female and less than 5% are transgender males and females).” (Read More…)

Source: The Heart of Darkness: The Sexual Predators Within America’s Power Elite

July 13 God at Work

Scripture reading: Isaiah 48:1–8

Key verse: Isaiah 48:17

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,

The Holy One of Israel:

“I am the Lord your God,

Who teaches you to profit,

Who leads you by the way you should go.”

The children of Israel were stubborn. No matter how many times Isaiah warned them, they persisted in their disobedience and idolatry. Eventually, in approximately 586 b. c., the wicked nation of Babylon conquered Jerusalem and took the nation of Israel captive, just as Isaiah had prophesied.

Isaiah described part of God’s purpose in giving them the prophecies:

Because I knew that you were obstinate …

Even from the beginning I have declared it to you;

Before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you,

Lest you should say, “My idol has done them,

And my carved image and my molded image

Have commanded them.” (Isa. 48:4–5)

The Israelites refused to recognize God at work in their lives. They attributed the circumstances that befell them to the workings of their false gods. Why? The reasons are many, but a primary cause was an unwillingness to submit to the God of wisdom and authority, Someone they could not control, deceive, or manipulate.

The Israelites were certainly not an isolated case in this respect. Have you ever noticed a refusal to submit to God’s direction in your life? The basic problem is a lack of understanding of the key principle in Isaiah 48:17. As you fully grasp the truth that God is all-wise and really does have the best in mind for you, obedience follows more naturally.

God, You are all-wise and have the best in mind for me. Help me walk by faith, even when I don’t understand.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 204). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Epstein Sexual Abuse Victim on President Clinton: “There Was Sexual Conduct and Foreplay… And a Bed on Epstein’s Jet” — The Gateway Pundit

Earlier this week investigative reporter Conchita Sarnoff, the author of “Trafficking” on the Jeffrey Epstein case, joined Shannon Bream this week and said Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane 27 times and ALMOST EVERY TIME that Clinton was on the plane there were underage girls on the plane.

Sarnoff also said Bill Clinton was lying about his flights with Jeffrey Epstein.

Conchita Sarnoff spoke with Sean Stone on Russia Today about her book “Trafficking” back in April 2016.

Epstein was given only 13 months in prison instead of the minimun 20 years given to other child sex perpetrators.

Sarnoff told RT the abused girls were all under the age of 16-years-old. Sarnoff then read from her book on victim Virginia Roberts who told the judge during court proceedings that Epstein had several prominent clients.

Sarnoff read this part from her book,

“Towards the end of that testimony he asked her about former President Bill Clinton. And she says that there, that there was sexual conduct and foreplay and there was a bed on Epstein’s jet. And she goes on to say what they did and then when Scarola (attorney for victims) asked her, “When you say here what do you mean?”… She placed former president Clinton on the island where Jeffrey Epstein has his residence.

Sarnoff continues to read from her book and the victim’s testimony, “And then the attorney asks her, “Were all of you staying at Jeffrey’s house on the island including Bill Clinton? And she responds, “That is correct.”

This is a devastating interview!

via Epstein Sexual Abuse Victim on President Clinton: “There Was Sexual Conduct and Foreplay… And a Bed on Epstein’s Jet” — The Gateway Pundit

Vice President Mike Pence Says Immigration System is ‘Overwhelmed’ as He Visits Overcrowded Texas Facility Where 400 Migrants Are Held After Being Caught Illegally Crossing Us Border — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Vice President Mike Pence viewed an overcrowded, foul-smelling facility in Texas on Friday where nearly 400 men are detained after being accused of crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Some 384 single men were corralled behind metal fences inside the sweltering facility in McAllen, according to a pool reporter on the scene.

The men did not have mats or pillows and some were sleeping on concrete.

The cages were reportedly so crowded  that it would have been impossible for all the men to lie down at the same time.

Some of the men said that they had been there for 40 days or longer, were hungry, and wanted to brush their teeth. Some agents guarding the cages wore face masks.

Water was available outside the fences, the pool reporter said, citing agents who said the men had access to the water when journalists were not present.

After visiting the facility, Pence said at a news conference that he was not surprised by what he saw.

He said: ‘I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed. This is tough stuff.’

A patrol agent, Michael Banks, said the men were allowed to brush their teeth once a day.

He said: ‘We currently have 88,000 toothbrushes.’

Many of the men had not showered for 10 to 20 days because the facility did not previously have showers, according to Banks, who said it now had a trailer shower. Banks said the longest any man had been at the facility was 32 days.

The men were given three hot meals a day from local restaurants but could not have cots for sleeping because there was not enough room for them.

via Vice President Mike Pence Says Immigration System is ‘Overwhelmed’ as He Visits Overcrowded Texas Facility Where 400 Migrants Are Held After Being Caught Illegally Crossing Us Border — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Enough, It’s Time for Joel Osteen to Surrender His Ordination Credentials and Leave the Ministry! | The Trumpet Online

Posted by Don Boys on July 12, 2019

It must be said so I will say it. Joel Osteen is a heretic as are many other “soft” Evangelicals who have departed from the faith. I am careful about “attacking” preachers since others are quick to do that, and usually the criticism is not valid. However, enough is enough. Joel fits the description of a heretic as being “a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.”

Osteen is obviously very successful depending on one’s definition of success. He is worth 50 to 60 million dollars, has had seven bestselling books, is loved and adored by millions of fans, and lives in a multimillion dollar mansion with another home worth more than a million. He is selling a one-half acre lot next to his “smaller” home for over a million.

Yes, almost everyone would quickly call him successful; however, I think he is a pathetic person and a disgrace to the ministry. Especially is that true when he is compared to hundreds of thousands of preachers who live what they preach, helping those in need, working in obscurity and doing so at very meager wages.

Joel said, “I don’t argue when people say that my message is simple, but I believe Jesus’ message was simple.” It is a simple message and while simplicity is a virtue, the simple message must also be true. Joel’s message is not true, making him a false prophet.

Even the media characterizes him as a prosperity preacher, no doubt the secret of his success. He said, “It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty.” But Christ said, “For ye have the poor always with you.” Joel preaches what people want to hear whereas true preachers tell people what they need to hear.

But in one respect, Joel practices what he preaches since they live in a wealthy Houston suburb. The Osteens paid $10.5 million for their mansion that has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, 3 elevators, a guest house and outdoor pool and pool house. They also own a second $2.9 million mansion in Tanglewood, Houston.

On October 2, 2013, Osteen did a HuffPost Live interview with Josh Zepps where Joel refused to take a biblical position on sodomy. Of course, neither he nor Zepps would ever use that very correct English word.

Zepps quoted from Joel’s book saying, “It doesn’t matter who likes you or doesn’t like you, all that matters is that God likes you. He accepts you, he approves of you.” Zepps then asked if that included homosexuals.

The pastor replied, “Absolutely, I believe that God breathed life into every person and that every person is made in the image of God and you have (sic) accept them as they are, on their journey. I’m not here to preach hate or push people down.” Joel stated. “I’m not here to tell everybody what they’re doing wrong.” If a preacher is not supposed to reveal and explain Bible truths about personal salvation and how to live the Christian life in obedience to God, then why is he preaching? Could it be power, and prestige, and possessions that motivate him? If so, that would make Joel carnal, crass, and commercial.

Of course, the clear implication is those of us who take a biblical position are haters when in reality we are the lovers! If I warn people that smoking, boozing, gaining weight and using illegal drugs will destroy their health and shorten their lives then I am their friend because I told them the truth that, if obeyed, will save their lives. Similarly, since the chosen homosexual lifestyle will shorten a person’s life, fill him with guilt, produce self-loathing leading to thoughts of suicide, saying so makes me a considerate, concerned, compassionate person—not the hater suggested by the media who grovel at the feet of the LGBTQ crowd.

The most recent egregious thing the Osteens have done is their recent appearance at an event celebrating a major LGBTQ “gay” pride event. A news site headlined, “Joel Osteen Attends Lady Gaga LGBT Pride Event.” According to the New York Daily News Gaga began by asking the crowd, “Are you ready to f____ing party tonight?” In the crowd were Joel and Victoria Osteen, who were indeed ready to party.

The event was hosted to celebrate gay pride at the Apollo Theater and “the pastor of the nation’s largest ‘church’ was in attendance….The entire event was oriented around gay pride.” Christian News noted that the concert “coincides with World Pride Month, which this year is being celebrated in New York City.”

Reports say that “Gaga performed a selection of her most beloved hits dancing around, in a most homoerotic latex fantasy, dropping F-bombs…” She told her audience of movie stars, homosexuals, dragqueens, and others, “So, it’s Pride Week. I wish it could exist 365 days of the year, but I’ll take an [expletive] global week.” Prancing about scandalously dressed, she sang about homosexuality in her song Born This Way—“A different lover is not a sin, believe capital H-I-M,” the tune claims. “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive. … I’m beautiful in my way, ’cause God makes no mistakes.”

I wonder if the famous preacher and his wife were uncomfortable as a dog in hot ashes with such depravity or if they have grown numb to such debauchery.

The Daily Mail reported, “Prosperity gospel preacher Joel Osteen wore a navy blazer with a gray-blue shirt, while his wife Victoria Osteen had on an elegant black dress with cut-outs over her short sleeves.”

While the Osteens were wearing more clothing than the movie stars, homosexuals, trans genders in attendance, why were they there whatever their clothing? No doubt, it was related to the Osteens’ radio show on Sirius; however, business is no excuse to sit silently while a celebration of perversion is happening.

What were decent people doing in such an event? What were a leading Evangelical pastor and his wife doing there? Why did he not stand on his chair and call them all to repentance as an Old Testament prophet would have done? As the Apostle Paul would have done?

Jude reminds Joel and all preachers to “contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Titus 5:20 commands preachers, “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” Titus 1:13 requires us, “Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.” In II Tim. 4:2 we are told to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

Joel and Victoria were out of place at that LGBTQ event, and they are out of place when they are in the pulpit.

Joel will not reconsider, repent, and return to his religious roots because the price is too great for him to admit error when that admission would dissolve his salary, status, and security.

(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives who ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis and wrote columns for USA Today for 8 years. Boys authored 18 books, the most recent Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning! eBook is available here with the printed edition (and other titles) at http://www.cstnews.com. Follow him on Facebook at Don Boys, Ph.D.; and visit his blog.)

(Publisher’s comment: I didn’t post Gaga’s name at her picture because I refused to ascribe the title “Lady” to such a sorry representative of womanhood.)

Source: Enough, It’s Time for Joel Osteen to Surrender His Ordination Credentials and Leave the Ministry!

Passive aggressive war of words: ‘Far-left non-white’ US congresswomen & Pelosi at odds | Video

A group of three US Democrat Congress-women – all new to the House, young and progressive – have apparently fallen out with the Speaker. One of them is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who accuses Nancy Pelosi of “singling out” congresswomen of color.

Epstein, Bean & Buck: The Democratic Donors’ Sex-Creep Club — Christian Research Network

“Bean wriggled out of prosecution by publicly dangling $220,000 a cash “compromise” with the alleged victim, who then suddenly refused to testify against him. A judge in the county where the politically influential Bean family reigned, promptly dismissed the charges. Case closed? Not so fast.”

(Michelle Malkin – Daily Wire)  Well, well, well. “Follow the facts,” Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi now advises fellow liberals in the wake of billionaire and high-flying political financier Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking indictment this week. Some of “our faves” could be implicated in the long-festering scandal, the Pelosi daughter warned, so it’s time to “let the chips fall where they may.”

Too bad Ms. Pelosi’s mommy hasn’t adopted that same attitude of accountability. While serving as the highest-ranking elected woman in America for decades, San Fran Nan has chronically downplayed, whitewashed or excused the sleazy habits and alleged sexual improprieties of a long parade of Dem pervs — from former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to former New York Reps. Eric Massa and Anthony Wiener to former Oregon Rep. David Wu to former Michigan Rep. John Conyers and current presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Since the woke-ty woke Democrats are now gung-ho on undoing special treatment of wealthy liberal sex creeps, perhaps they will soon be revisiting the matter of two of their other “faves,” Oregon real estate mogul and deep-pocketed left-wing White House donor Terry Bean and West Hollywood Clinton pal Ed Buck.

Here, let me help.  View article →

via Epstein, Bean & Buck: The Democratic Donors’ Sex-Creep Club — Christian Research Network

Why Do We Need Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms? — Christian Research Network

“A creed or confessional statement gives clear affirmations of what a church believes, and equally clear denials of what that church does not believe. Without this clarity, it is all too easy to sneak false teaching into the church, or to fail to give people the full counsel of God from the Scriptures.”

(Jacob Gerber)  By the grace of God, I grew up in churches that loved the Bible. I have vivid memories of hearing God’s word read, sung, and preached every week. I memorized a good portion of the Bible through AWANA. I still remember specific things I learned about the Bible in Vacation Bible School and Sunday School lessons. In high school, I was introduced to a regular Bible reading plan that I have used since 2000.

I cannot understate the importance of that biblical foundation. I would not be the man I am today without such regular, faithful, careful exposure to God’s word. Upon that foundation laid by my parents and the leaders in my churches, my love for the Bible has continued to grow to this day.

Biblical and Confessional Presbyterianism

In college, though, I met a group of Christians who loved the Bible as much as I did, but with an important difference. Where I had exclusively focused on the Bible, they made use of a specific set of tools from their tradition to assist their study of the Bible: the Westminster Standards, including the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

At first, this emphasis on man-made creeds and confessions troubled me. Wasn’t this precisely the sort of thing Jesus condemned when he warned us not to make void the word of God for the sake of human tradition (Matt. 15:1–9)? Haven’t Protestants pointed out time and again the Roman Catholics errors that have arisen from adding tradition to the word of God?

Eventually, I came to see the crucial difference. Roman Catholics cite their alleged oral tradition as an additional source of revelation beyond the written word of God. The tradition of Confessional Protestants (including the Westminster Standards for Presbyterians) limits itself simply to confessing and teaching what we believe the written word of God teaches.

The best creeds, confessions, and catechisms, then, do not add new information to supplement the Bible. Instead, they only seek to clarify what the Bible teaches. That is, they drive us back to the Bible, instead of beyond the Bible.

The Bible is the only infallible rule of faith and practice (WCF 31.3). Our creeds, confessions, and catechisms are only secondary and subsidiary to the Bible. Thus, we do not put our confessional statements on the same level with the Bible; however, we hold to our confessional statements because we believe that they are thoroughly biblical.  View article →

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via Why Do We Need Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms? — Christian Research Network

Dow 27,000? I Think That We Have FINALLY Reached Peak Stock Market Absurdity | The Most Important News

Even though everything else seems to be going wrong, the stock market just continues to soar to new record highs. In fact, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 27,000 for the first time ever on Thursday. Investors continue to relentlessly believe that bright days are ahead even though we are on the brink of a war with Iran, we are in the middle of a trade war with China, California has been hit by more than 10,000 earthquakes over the past week, and all of the economic numbers are screaming that a recession is dead ahead. There has certainly been a lot of craziness on Wall Street in recent years, but the truth is that stock prices have never been as absurd as they are right now. It is inevitable that a very painful reality check is coming, but for the moment investors are celebrating another historic landmark

The 30-stock average broke above 27,000 for the first time in its history, rising 227.88 points, or 0.9% to 27,088.08. The Dow first closed above 26,000 in January of 2018, so it’s been a little more than a year-and-half trek between 1,000 point moves. The gains were largely driven by expectations the Fed will cut rates, insulating the market from a slowing economy and a trade battle with China.

But if things are so good, then why is the Federal Reserve talking about cutting interest rates?

Sadly, the truth is that the Federal Reserve is considering rate cuts because the economic numbers have been disastrous lately. Global trade has fallen to the lowest levels that we have seen since the last recession, and manufacturing activity just continues to plummet. Here in the United States, manufacturing activity just hit the “lowest level in nearly three years”

US manufacturing activity last month fell to its lowest level in nearly three years — well below the pace when President Donald Trump took office — another warning sign for the world’s largest economy as it marks the longest expansion on record.

The manufacturing slowdown was driven by weakening demand for US-made goods, with factories reluctant to produce stock they may not be able to sell, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly survey.

Meanwhile, JPMorgan’s Global Manufacturing PMI just plunged to the lowest level in nearly seven years

It’s a bloodbath. No matter where you look, global manufacturing surveys are signaling growth is over (and in most cases, outright contraction is upon us).

JPMorgan’s Global Manufacturing PMI fell to its lowest level for over six-and-a-half years and posted back-to-back sub-50.0 readings for the first time since the second half of 2012.

But in the bizarro environment that we find ourselves in, investors see those absolutely horrible numbers as evidence that the Fed will soon cut interest rates, and that means it must be a good time to buy stocks.

Every bad economic number just seems to fuel the feeding frenzy, and there certainly have been a lot of bad numbers in recent days.

For example, we just learned that small business employment has been falling at a rate that we haven’t seen “in over 9 years”

The small business sector leads the cycle and employment here has plunged 61k in the past two months. Haven’t seen this in over 9 years; same decline we saw in Feb-March of 2008 when the consensus was busy calling for a soft landing.

That is terrible news, but for many investors that is a prime buying signal.

Everywhere we look we see signs of economic trouble. The auto industry is mired in the worst slump in a decade, home sales have slowed dramatically all over the nation, and we are pace to absolutely shatter the record for most retail stores closed in a single year. In fact, on Thursday we learned that another major retailer is completely liquidating

Fashion accessory retailer Charming Charlie will close all its stores after going bankrupt for the second time in less than two years. More than 3,000 full- and part-time employees could lose their jobs.

Charming Charlie Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware with plans for going-out-of-business sales at about 261 stores, according to court documents. The chain expects the liquidation to take about two months.

But in an environment where “bad news is good news”, that is just another indication that this is a perfect time for investors to gobble up stocks like there is no tomorrow.

For months, I have been documenting the numbers that indicate that a new economic downturn has already begun. And one of the sectors where we can see this most clearly is in the trucking industry

Freight rates have dipped year-over-year for six months straight while loads on the spot market, in which retailers and manufacturers buy trucking capacity as they need it, rather than through a contract, fell by 50.3% in June year-over-year. Truckers have also continued to warn of a “bloodbath” as they slash their profit expectations and companies file for bankruptcy.

Yet no matter how bad things get for the real economy, the euphoria on Wall Street never seems to end.

Investors just continue to relentlessly pour more money into stocks when everything is telling them to stop.

In fact, even the bond market is flashing warning sign after warning sign. The following example comes from CNN

Something happened in the bond market last week that has occurred before five of the past six major market meltdowns.

The yield on the benchmark 30-year US Treasury bond — the lesser-known but still important fixed income cousin to the 10-year — briefly dipped below 2.5%. In other words, the 30-year was yielding less than the Federal Reserve’s short-term federal funds rate.

But until the next market meltdown actually happens, the irrational optimists on Wall Street are just going to continue to mock those of us that are warning that the party cannot continue indefinitely. Sadly, when the party on Wall Street finally ends it is likely to happen very suddenly, and the pain will be off the charts.

Let me say this one more time. You only make money in the stock market if you get out in time. If you are still holding on to your stocks after the big crash happens, it is not going to matter that the Dow once hit 27,000, because you will never see any of the money that you could have made if you had gotten out at the top of the market.

Source: Dow 27,000? I Think That We Have FINALLY Reached Peak Stock Market Absurdity

This Extensive List Of Bill And Hillary Clinton Connected And Democrat-Tied Sex Scandals… | All News PipeLine

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– Where There Is Smoke, There Is Fire

By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine

While we here at ANP still maintain that just because someone “associated” with another person that does not make them culpable in any crimes committed by said associate because “guilt by association” is not a legal thing, but when specific individuals associate with a long list of deviants, sexual predators and alleged child traffickers, it is fair to at least question those associations collectively.

Democrats have a long list of “associates” that have been accused and/or convicted of sexual crimes, some involving minors, which include  disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, major Democrat donor Ed Buck, former congressman Anthony Weiner, actor Kevin Spacey, and we’ll also take a look at the Clintons long association with recently arrested Jeffrey Epstein.

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(Democrat donor Ed Buck with: Governor Jerry Brown, Rep. Ted Lieu, In a T-shirt, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Hillary Clinton.)

DEM MEGADONOR ED BUCK ACCUSED OF TRAFFICKING AND REVENGE PORN AFTER 2 DIE IN HIS HOME

Democrat megadonor Ed Buck has had two gay black men that have died of a drug overdose inside of his home over the course of the last two years, as can be seen above, Buck regularly hobnobbed with Democrat politicians as well as generously donating to multiple Democrat politicians, including Hillary Clinton multiple times, as well as donating to a multitude of liberal causes.

January 2019, via Fox News, after the death of the second man in Buck’s home:

But, critics are questioning whether Buck’s race — both men found dead were black — or if his wealth or political ties to the Democratic Party influenced an initial investigation of the 64-year-old who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to a slew of liberal causes and candidates over the years, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and a who’s who of top California politicians. “He definitely has not been cooperative, as his attorney says. He refused to answer any questions when I tried speaking with him,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Investigator Quilmes Rodriguez told Fox News via email Wednesday night.

Officials said the investigation of the second death will include a review of Gemmel Moore’s death in 2017. After a slow-moving investigation that went on for months, Buck was not charged.

While the district attorney declined to file criminal charges against Buck, the mother of one of the victims, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore who was found dead of a drug overdose in Buck’s home in 2017, has filed an amended civil suit against Buck which accuses him of human trafficking and engaging in revenge porn, according to a CBS News report.

“Information we received from other victims of Ed Buck that Ed Buck loves to take pictures of these young men, loves to take videos of them in their inebriated state,” Cannick said. The amended complaint alleges that Buck “regularly solicits sex from black men in exchange for temporary housing and/or monetary compensation.”

“Gemmel Moore at the time was 26 years old and Ed Buck flew him here from Texas,” Cannick said. “And within 24 hours, he died of a crystal meth overdose.”

The civil suit comes after another of Buck’s hired “boy toys” publicly released descriptions and pictures of Buck’s deviant fetishes, which included “making his sexual partner take Viagra, injecting drugs into his penis and injecting him with meth while he slept.” Buck was also said to have commonly referred to the man as  ‘my n****r buddy’, ‘my straight n****r buddy’, ‘and ‘black boy.’

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JEFFREY EPSTEIN AND THE CLINTONS

After the recent arrest of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, former president Bill Clinton issued a statement that even the New York Times is questioning, claiming that “In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and he has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”

Full statement below:

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The reference to Little St. James Island is an island Epstein owns that has been dubbed “Orgy Island,” and eye witness accounts contradict the assertion that Bill Clinton never visited the island, as one of the underage “sex slaves” on the island claims she had seen Clinton there, but stated she never witnessed Clinton having sexual relations.

Also note how they specify the 2002 and 2003 dates, in order to imply his traveling with Epstein was infrequent, but flight longs covering a far greater range of dates, show Clinton had traveled on Epstein’s aircraft nicknamed “Lolita Express” far more than had been previously reported.

In 2015, Gawker released the flight logbooks for Epstein’s Gulfstream and the Lolita Express 727. Bill Clinton is among the prominent people listed in the flight logs, having took several trips on the Lolita Express with a softcore porn actress listed under “massages” in Epstein’s address book, also published by Gawker. Clinton shared eleven flights aboard the Lolita Express with Maxwell and Epstein’s former assistant Sarah Kellen, who has been accused in court filings of recruiting young girls, acting as a pimp on Epstein’s behalf. On multiple flights, additional women, listed in the flight logs by their first name or the simple descriptor “female,” joined Clinton aboard Epstein’s plane.

Fox News later reported that flight logs placed Bill Clinton on Epstein’s plane a total of 26 times.

Related: Epstein Business Partner Clinton Foundation Received Money For Epstein “Services”

According to a more recent report, the Epstein/Clinton association goes back to at least 1995 when “then-President Clinton attended a “three-hour dinner” at the time with a “very select group of people” at the Palm Beach home of business magnate Ron Perelman. The diverse group included Epstein — as well as singer Jimmy Buffet, actor Don Johnson, then-co-chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and others.”

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(Bill Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey)

In January 2015, The Smoking Gun reported that Epstein’s phone book contained email addresses and 21 different phone numbers for Bill Clinton.

Immediately after Epstein’s arrest, his Wikipedia page had been edited to remove his ties to Democrats, including Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey, (NoteSpacey is in the midst of his own sexual abuse scandal) both of which traveled together on Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ at least once. According to PJ Media, those edits aren’t necessarily reflective of anything more than the fact that almost anyone can edit a Wiki page unless it is locked, so anyone could have done it, but it is interesting that someone felt the need to rush to Wikipedia to disassociate Democrats with Epstein.

ANP Related: How Many ‘Elite’ Pedophiles Are Freaking Out After The Jeffrey Epstein Arrest? ‘Quite A Few Important People, Powerful People Sweating It Out Right Now’

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DISGRACED HOLLYWOOD MOGUL HARVEY WEINSTEIN & THE CLINTONS

Clinton pal Harvey Weinstein was frequently seen with the Clinton’s and was considered a “good friend” of the two, as well as rubbing elbows with a number of other Democrat politicians, considered one of the “most prolific donors” to the Democrat party.

As many already know Harvey Weinstein was outed as having allegedly raped and sexually assaulted a number of Hollywood celebrities over the course of decades, when they were up and coming actresses.  Despite the number of women that came forward, his arrest and trial, which is set for September 9, 2019, stems from him being accused of forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping a longtime lover in a Manhattan hotel in 2013. (Source)

Despite being categorized as such good friends with Weinstein, both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton have attempted to disassociate themselves from that friendship, both claiming the were not aware of his history.

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FORMER CONGRESSMAN ANTHONY WEINER & HILLARY CLINTON

Former congressman Anthony Weiner, forced to leave congress after a series of images were made public that he had sent to multiple women of his…..errrr…. weiner, sometimes just a bulge in his underwear, described by Pittsburgh Post Gazette as “a photo of an erection barely covered by a man’s underwear.”

Weiner was later convicted of “sexting,” with a 15 year old girl, but that is where the the connection between the Clintons and Weiner took a turn.

Before the investigation and his arrest, Weinders only real connection with Hillary Clinton was his being the husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff when she was secretary of state, and Vice Chair of Hillary’s 2016 Campaign for President, but what investigators found on his laptop brought about a number of questions that have never been answered.

Investigators found 340,000 emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, with a significant amount of them being between Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin. According to notes taken by FBI Randy Coleman from the Counterintelligence Division on October 4, 2016, they stated “Initial analysis of laptop – thousands emails, Hillary Clinton & Foundation, crime against children.” (Found on page 294 of the DOJ Inspector General Report)

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It was widely reported that classified material were part of those State Department emails found on Weiner’s laptop.

STATE DEPARTMENT COVERUP WHILE CLINTON WAS SECRETARY OF STATE

We’ll end with the reports that while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, there was a massive coverup regarding “findings that members of then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s security detail and the Belgian ambassador solicited prostitutes, and minor children.

Among the findings were the following, via New York Post:

* A DS agent was called off a case against US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman over claims that he solicited prostitutes, including minors. “The agent began his investigation and had determined that the ambassador routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,” says the memo.

“The ambassador’s protective detail and the embassy’s surveillance detection team . . . were well aware of the behavior.”

Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy ordered the investigation ceased, and the ambassador remains in place, according to the memo.

Then comes the kicker: “Gutman was a big Democratic donor before taking the post, having raised $500,000 for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and helping finance his inaugural.”

BOTTOM LINE

Democrats constantly continue to be connected and associated with some of the worse deviants, sexual predators and pedophiles, from donors to friends, to political alliances, and no two members of the Democrat party have as many “associations” as Bill and Hillary Clinton. (See more connections at the Must Read: Are Bill & Hillary Clinton Involved with Child Trafficking?)

While “association” isn’t culpability, one does have to wonder how the Democrats and the Clintons specifically, continue to gravitate towards these types of people, as well as ask, how much did they know, when did they know it and finally, were they participants?

Source: This Extensive List Of Bill And Hillary Clinton Connected And Democrat-Tied Sex Scandals…