Daily Archives: July 14, 2019

July 14 The Appeal of Temptation

Scripture Reading: John 8:43–47

Key Verse: John 8:44

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Satan is so cunning that he was able to deceive Eve into sinning. Her response to his question in the third chapter of Genesis reveals that she knew exactly what God had told her.

Aren’t we exactly the same today? We know precisely what God’s Word says. Still, we often fail to obey Him. Do you spend more time indulging your desires—even if it sometimes means bordering on sin—than you do meditating on God’s Word and praying? We humans have finite minds and all kinds of emotions; on our own, it is almost impossible to successfully combat temptations thrown at us by an enemy who is supernatural.

Read Pastor John MacArthur’s commentary on the ruthlessness of Satan as expressed in today’s passage:

Satan, emboldened by [Eve’s] openness to him, spoke a direct lie. This lie actually led her and Adam to spiritual death (separation from God). So, Satan is called a liar and murderer from the beginning (John 8:44). His lies always promise great benefits. Eve experienced this result. She and Adam did know good and evil; but because of personal corruption, they did not know as God knows in perfect holiness.

When Satan throws his darts, simply say, “Lord, thank You that I’m Your child. Please protect me.” Remember that He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). God is faithful. He will lead you to freedom through the way of escape.

Lord, thank You that I am Your child. Please protect me from the fiery darts of Satan.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 205). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 14 Criticism

Scripture Reading: Psalm 18:16–24

Key Verse: Proverbs 15:31

The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise.

Your day started off great. Your devotional time was splendid, and you were on a roll at work—until a coworker walked up to your desk and took you to task over a memorandum you had written.

Suddenly God was distant, anger welled up within you like a flash flood, and resentment raced to the pole position. Your day was ruined.

Sound familiar? Is there anyone who has not undergone a similar negative transformation when on the receiving end of a reprimand? Our response, however, can determine whether criticism is constructive or destructive.

Criticism—just or unjust—is constructive when we listen. It is destructive when we immediately clamp down an emotional tourniquet, refusing its entrance.

Criticism is constructive when we sift it in a spirit of self-examination. It is destructive when we retain it as a reservoir of bitterness.

Criticism is constructive when it drives us to trust Christ as our defense and leave our reputation to Him. It is destructive when we seek to defend ourselves.

When you are criticized, learn and correct what you can with a humble spirit; that is wisdom. If it is without merit, lean on Christ as your Advocate; that is trust. Either way, you win.

Dear Lord, cleanse my critical spirit, then free me from the bondage of criticism by others. Let me heed constructive criticism and turn to You as my Advocate when it is without merit.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 205). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Kellyanne Conway defends immigration raids, points to ‘deporter in chief’ Obama | The Washington Times

Trump administration officials sought Sunday to cool the heated rhetoric over anticipated immigration sweeps, arguing that enforcing deportation orders is routine — and occurred with greater frequency under President Obama.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway declined to discuss operational details, but said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “does this every single day” and that Mr. Obama was known as the “deporter in chief.”

“ICE does this every single day. Law enforcement in this country enforces the law,” said Ms. Conway on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s a tautological definition of their duties. And this of course happened under President Obama. He was referred to as ‘deporter in chief’ very harshly in 2012.”

President Trump told reporters Friday that the apprehensions would begin Sunday. About 2,000 illegal aliens in 10 cities facing deportation orders after having their cases adjudicated are expected to be targeted.

“He [Obama] pushed back on actually Telemundo, a Spanish language station when they criticized him, and they said, you’re deporting 184,000 quote non criminals, and he said, ‘I’m not a king, I have to enforce the law,’” said Ms. Conway.

About three million illegal immigrants were deported from 2009-16 during the Obama administration, hitting a high of about 409,000 in Fiscal Year 2012, while the Trump administration has yet to exceed 300,000 deportations per year, according to Department of Homeland Security figures posted by Axios.

Citing former Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Ms. Conway said “these are not extraordinary actions.”

“Your appeals have been exhausted. Your rights have been adjudicated. These are final removal orders for people who are here illegally and ICE is going to do what they do every day, which is go ahead and enforce the law,” she said.

Even so, the deportations were condemned by Democrats like Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who said Mr. Trump’s announcement was “about scaring everyone in the country.”

“If you wanted to go after security risks, and there are people who are security risks, why would you alert them and say you’re doing this on a Sunday and do it two weekends in a row?” asked Ms. Klobuchar on ABC’s “This Week.” “Why, because you want to make news, right?”

Why is it wrong to deport those who have committed crimes? “Because unfortunately the Trump administration is no longer believable on these issues,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“They said they were going to do immigration enforcement and what we’ve seen is so inconsistent,” Mr. de Blasio said. “They’ve gone after folks who’ve committed no crime, who have had no proceeding against them.”

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, also refused to divulge specifics, but emphasized that “ICE’s everyday job … is enforcing the law Congress passed.”

“We’ve got compassionate, loyal ICE agents who are just doing their job,” Mr. Cuccinelli said. “And it shows you how far we’ve fallen in that it’s become news that they would actually go deport people who have removal orders.”

“While lots of people in this government were saying it is a manufactured crisis… those people are now coming to the border and realizing we do have a real crisis.”@USCISCuccinelli reacts to suggestions Trump is using ICE as a political stunt.#CNNSOTUhttps://t.co/mL8jHkGDmS pic.twitter.com/CeT9plIycF

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) July 14, 2019

He emphasized that such aliens are not undocumented because “they’ve got a court order on a piece of paper, a federal order that says they’ve gotten due process.”

Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said that the priority with deportations is apprehending “criminal aliens,” those who have committed additional crimes after entering the country illegally.

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan says ICE raids are necessary. He tells @margbrennan, “To maintain integrity to the system, we have to apply consequences to everyone.” pic.twitter.com/4n2cvdXHZ7

— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 14, 2019

“But also, part of that priority is to also go after and apply consequences and enforce the rule of law to those individuals who had due process and received a final order of removal from a judge, and they still remain here illegally,” Mr. Morgan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “To maintain integrity in the system, we have to apply consequences to everyone.”

Source: Kellyanne Conway defends immigration raids, points to ‘deporter in chief’ Obama

Why Does The American Media Only Care About Dead Migrant Kids Under Trump? | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Danielle Ryan via RT.com,

The tragic image of a drowned father and child washed ashore on the Rio Grande is being used as easy ammunition against Donald Trump – but where was the outpouring of grief when migrants were dying under the Obama administration?

There is no good argument to be made that journalists should not be critical in their coverage of the Trump administration. After all, to hold the president to account, to inform the public on the consequences of his policy choices, “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” as that famous saying goes, is all in the job description. It’s just a pity they only decided to take the responsibility seriously when Trump took office.

Why should anyone believe that their showy displays of grief and horror are sincere now, given their silence during the Obama years, when many of the same policies causing outrage now were also in place then?

The same thing goes for the Democrats, who are eagerly attempting to cast themselves as the party of compassion. Joe Biden railed against Trump’s “deportation state” in the Miami Herald this week, despite having served as vice president under Obama, dubbed the ‘Deporter in Chief’ by immigrants rights activists.

The Obama administration deported more migrants than any previous administration, with children “moved to the head of the line to be turfed out.

Two years before Trump appeared on the scene, in 2014, 445 people died attempting to cross an increasingly militarized border. Obama boasted in 2011 that the number of border patrol agents had more than doubled since 2004 — proud that he had continued the increases that had begun under the Bush administration.

The University of Arizona’s Binational Migration Institute explained in a 2013 report that “segmented border militarization”had resulted in “the redistribution of migratory flows into remote and dangerous areas such as southern Arizona.” Rights organizations spoke up about the “alarming rise of migrant deaths on US soil.”

It would be inaccurate to say that there was no coverage of the crisis while Obama was president. There was some bland, less-emotional coverage. There was also some in-depth reporting which captured the extent of the crisis — but there was no mass media mobilization against Obama himself. The facts and death tolls were not plastered across the cable news networks night and day. No one argued that Obama was shaming America.

A clip of a Trump administration lawyer arguing that migrant children did not need soap and toothpaste to be “safe and sanitary” went viral last week. It was jarring to listen to, but again, there was nothing new here — only the willingness of some to suddenly be moved to outrage.

A 2015 lawsuit described “inhumane” conditions in border detention facilities under Obama. Men, women and children, it said, were “packed into overcrowded and filthy holding cells with the lights glaring day and night.” They suffered “in brutally cold temperatures; deprived of beds, bedding, and sleep,” were denied adequate food, water and medical care, as well as “basic sanitation items” like soap, toilet paper and diapers. This all while the media treated Obama with kid gloves and liberals sang his praises.

There were no deaths of children in Customs and Border Protection custody under Obama – and there have been six under the Trump administration, so it is fair to argue, that with the implementation of some more extreme anti-asylum policies and perhaps an even greater lack of caring, Trump has taken an already dysfunctional, inhumane and under-funded system – and simply made it worse.

There is a case to be made that he has done this on purpose; to make the situation as unappealing as possible to those who might be tempted to make the treacherous and potentially fatal journey to and across the US’s southern border — but the reality is, however unappealing he tries to make it, for many, it will still be more appealing than the alternative.

The biggest elephant in the room, however, is not that the Obama administration was guilty of many of the same things as the current one. It’s that every single US administration for decades has been guilty of contributing to the creation of this crisis through an abominable imperialist foreign policy that has ravaged the very countries these migrants are coming from.

Democrats and Republicans have spent decades enthusiastically destabilizing Latin America under the guise of democracy promotion. In reality, they have stolen its wealth and resources, engineered military coups and installed dictators, funded and equipped death squads — and imposed deadly economic sanctions. Where are all the liberals crying about that? How could such inhumane policy have led to anything else?

It’s hardly the first time an image of a dead child has been used to serve a political agenda. Remember Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old boy who became the face of Syria’s war after a photo of him, covered in ash and sitting shell-shocked in an ambulance, shot around the world?

Regime-change activists within the mainstream media commentariat had the audacity to use that image to call for more Western bombing – so, seeing some of the same crowd using the image of Valeria Martinez to frame Trump as uniquely evil in the history of the US presidency is no big surprise.

Source: Why Does The American Media Only Care About Dead Migrant Kids Under Trump?

The Alternative Media Can Defeat the Mainstream Media – Here’s the Game Plan

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A couple of years ago, I launched my Unz Review, providing a wide range of different alternative perspectives, the vast majority of them totally excluded from the mainstream media. I’ve also published a number of articles in my own American Pravda series, focusing on the suspicious lapses and lacunae in our media narratives.

The underlying political strategy behind these efforts may already be apparent, and I’ve sometimes suggested it here and there. But I finally decided I might as well explicitly outline the reasoning in a memo as provided below.

The Mainstream Media is the Crucial Opposing Force

Groups advocating policies opposed by the American establishment should recognize that the greatest obstacle they face is usually the mainstream media.

All-Out War On Free Speech Launched By United Nations | Technocracy

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https://www.technocracy.news, By: Judith Bergman

In January, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, tasked his Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, to “present a global plan of action against hate speech and hate crimes on a fast-track basis”. Speaking at a press conference about the UN’s challenges for 2019, Guterres maintained, “The biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is to show that we care — and to mobilize solutions that respond to people’s fears and anxieties with answers…”

One of those answers, Guterres appeared to suggest, is shutting down free speech.

“We need to enlist every segment of society in the battle for values that our world faces today – and, in particular, to tackle the rise of hate speech, xenophobia and intolerance. We hear troubling, hateful echoes of eras long past” Guterres said,

Wallace loses it over Pence video at detention center, but Kellyanne has plenty to teach him | Conservative News Today

(Screenshot from “Fox News Sunday”)

Fox News’ Chris Wallace and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway clashed on Sunday over conditions in migrant detention centers.

Wallace asked Conway about President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence downplaying the bad conditions in detention centers. Wallace showed footage from Pence’s Friday visit to a detention center and read from the OIG (Office of Inspector General) report that described conditions in migrant detentions centers as poor.

(Screenshot from “Fox News Sunday”)

“This was the pool report, ‘Almost 400 men wearing cage defenses with no cots, the stench was horrendous, some of the men were sleeping on concrete, they began shouting and wanted to tell us they had been in there 40 days or longer,’” the “Fox News Sunday” host said. “I understand —”

“I was there,” Conway interjected.

Wallace continued, “I understand that President Trump is trying to stop the flood of people across the border which contributes —”

“We’re also trying to accommodate those who are here,” Conway added.

Wallace answered by continuing his thought.

“—contributes to the overcrowding, but how does it help for the president to minimize the situation and say it’s much better than what they had, or for Vice President Pence, in Kevin Corke’s piece, to say they’re all being well treated, when your own … I mean, you can look at the conditions there, it’s a disaster.”

Conway answered by giving Wallace “facts.”

“Well, let me just say a couple of things that are facts,” Conway said. “First of all, not every facility is the same.”

“But I’m talking about that one,” Wallace interjected.

“Okay, well, and I’m talking about the one that the media who were on the same trip with us completely ignored in all of their coverage,” Conway said.

As the White House counselor was getting into briefs she has received from CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection), Wallace interrupted again.

“What do you say about McAllen Texas, Kellyanne?” Wallace asked.

Source: Fox News

“What I would say is this. That that facility was meant to be, this is what I was briefed on, that facility was meant to be a 72-hour holding facility,” Conway said. “It’s not equipped to keep single males who have broken the law by coming here and were apprehended. If you just want to let them go, then say that we just are open borders.”

Wallace jumped back into the conversation then and said, “But does it help for the president to say well, they’re really, conditions are pretty good, and for Mike pence to say they’re pretty good?”

“In plenty of facilities, they have improved, including the one that we saw with the families,” Conway answered. As she started pushing blame to House Democrats for not making real progress on the issue of illegal immigration, Wallace interrupted her yet again.

“Shouldn’t you be judged on the worst facilities, and the worst mistreatment of these people? Shouldn’t you be judged on that?” Wallace asked.

“Oh yes,” Conway answered. She then circled back around and talked about CBP briefs that show progress made on conditions in migrant detention center.

She said about detained migrants, “those men get three hot meals from local restaurants, they now have to access to showers, there were no shower facilities there to accommodate that many people in the past, but there are now. There’s a bank of showers in the back. They have the access to deodorant, they have access to hygienic products, they have access to toothbrushes.”

Source: Wallace loses it over Pence video at detention center, but Kellyanne has plenty to teach him

Sunday Talks: Kellyanne Conway -vs- Chris Wallace… — The Last Refuge

As immigration enforcement leads the Sunday headlines, White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway appears on Fox News to debate the international defender of all downtrodden economic migration, Chris Wallace.

The ever-insufferable Wallace takes his natural Fos/GOPe cocktail circuit position that all immigration enforcement is antithetical to the global rights of humans to have unfettered access to the United States.

via Sunday Talks: Kellyanne Conway -vs- Chris Wallace… — The Last Refuge

Former ICE Chief Stuns, Embarrasses AOC During Heated House Oversight Hearing | ZeroHedge News

Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan gave Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a much needed reality check during a House Oversight Committee hearing on the treatment of migrant families late last week.

During the exchange, Ocasio-Cortez constantly tries to pin Homan down on the topic of separating families due to a zero tolerance memo that he signed off on.

“The recommendation, of the many you recommended, you recommended family separation,” she said to Homan.

Homan responded: “I recommended zero-tolerance. The same it is with every U.S. citizen parent that gets arrested with their child.”

As AOC pushed further, Homan broke it down into a very simple example that left AOC stunned and without a retort momentarily.

Homan continued: “If I get arrested for a DUI and I have a young child in the car, I’m going to be separated.”

AOC pushed back on asylum seekers, saying that the act of seeking asylum was not illegal.

“If you want to seek asylum, then go to a port of entry. Do it the legal way. The attorney general of the United States has made that clear,” Homan said back, leaving AOC speechless and fumbling with her papers.

Homan was also antagonized by Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Ill.) at the same meeting. Garcia opened his line of questioning by angrily asking:

Mr Homan, do you understand that the consequences of separation of many children will be lifelong trauma and carried across generations? Have we not learned from the interment of Japanese Americans? Mr. Homan, I’m a father. Do you have children? How can you possibly allow this to happen under your watch? Do you not care? Is it because these children don’t look like children that are around you? I don’t get it. Have you ever held a deceased child in your arms?

“First of all, your comments are disgusting,” Homan responded. “I’ve served my country for 34 years. This is out of control. Yes, I held a 5-year-old boy in my arms that was in the back of a tractor-trailer and knelt down beside him and said a prayer for him because I knew what the last 30 minutes of his life were like and I had a 5-year-old son at the time.”

“What I’ve been doing in my 34 years serving my nation is to save lives. So for you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love of my country and for children…that’s why this whole thing needs to be fixed — and you’re the member of Congress! Fix it!”

Homan’s brutal honesty continued on Fox Business’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” where commentator Gregg Jarrett told Homan that “the treatment of you was nothing short of appalling.”

Connolly “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,” Homan said.

“This is about resisting this president. This about open borders. They don’t want to hear the truth.”

Source: Former ICE Chief Stuns, Embarrasses AOC During Heated House Oversight Hearing