Daily Archives: July 15, 2019

July 15 Fear

Scripture Reading: Psalm 56:1–11

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Paul Tournier, the eminent Swiss doctor, made a profound assessment of the Christian life: “Life is an adventure directed by God.”

The seed of life-changing faith is contained in such a view. It can be the difference between a confident, rewarding life or a timid, fretful one. When you are confronted with perplexity, it can be the hinge upon which swings the response of either fear or faith.

Fear comes when you are overwhelmed by the magnitude or implications of a situation. It swells to paralyzing proportions when you think of the possibility of disastrous consequences. It can submerge you in waves of anxiety and insecurity.

But once you understand and embrace the truth that God is indeed in charge of your circumstances and has equipped you for every challenge, it is amazing how faith in Christ can change your outlook. Life isn’t risk free. God has set a divine course for every believer that He oversees and directs with perfect wisdom and love.

Your faith is in His faithfulness to you, in His power that works on your behalf, in His grace that provides all your needs. God is in charge. Life is an exciting journey in trusting Him as your Guide and Companion.

Begin the adventure today, and drop your fears at His feet. He won’t let you down.

Heavenly Father, here I am with all my fears—giving them to You. You have equipped me for every challenge. I know life isn’t risk free, but whatever path I travel, You determine my destiny.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 206). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 15 Freedom from Sin

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:15–23

Key Verse: Romans 6:22

But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

All sin begins with a thought. Our minds are the enemy’s targets. Not only does sin enslave us and bind us to destructive activity, it separates and isolates us from God’s love.

This does not mean that God changes the way He loves us. His love is unconditional and eternal. However, in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve yielded to sin, they immediately “hid” themselves from God. God did not avoid or hide from them. They were the ones who ran from God. Is any sin too great for God to forgive? No. Nothing is greater than God. However, we must make the decision to turn away from sin and return to the Lord.

You may be in a situation where you feel totally out of control. You have given yourself to someone or something and now you are no longer in control of your feelings or emotions. Sin has a stranglehold on your life. What do you do?

Cry out to God—He knows where you are. He sees what sin has done to your life, and He promises to make a way of escape when you cry out to Him. Maybe you are not a believer and you wonder how you can receive true hope that does not fade. Cry out to God, and He will reach out to you and save you.

Make a commitment to say no to everything that does not line up with the Word of God. This will mean spending time studying His Word. Once you have tasted His goodness and learned His principles, sin will lose its appeal.

Lord, I realize that freedom from sin is the privilege and the power to do what is right. Help me to do what is good in Your eyes.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 206). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

New Evidence: U.N. Connected to World Vision Terror Finance Scandal

by Cliff Smith and Sam Westrop
Daily Wire
July 12, 2019

https://www.meforum.org/islamist-watch/58921/new-evidence-un-connected-to-world-vision-terror

U.S. Treasury Department documents obtained by the Middle East Forum through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shed new light on the terror-finance scandal that first erupted last year concerning the Obama-era United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the International evangelical aid charity, World Vision.

These new documents reveal that not only was World Vision funding the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), a U.S. designated charity linked to Osama Bin Laden based in Sudan, with grants from USAID, but also from the United Nations (U.N.). The documents also disclose that once World Vision’s relationship with ISRA was exposed by a whistleblower from the Swiss-based intergovernmental organization, International Organization for Migration (IOM), World Vision mounted a full-court press to strongarm the Treasury Department into allowing the relationship to continue unabated. This effort involved high-ranking members of Congress, who advocated for World Vision, as well as threats of lawsuits aimed at the Obama Administration’s Treasury Department.

When this scandal first broke last year, all that was known was that in 2014, World Vision had subcontracted charitable work in the hotly-contested Blue Nile region of Sudan to ISRA, which was designed as a terrorist entity in 2004 for giving millions of dollars to Osama Bin Laden and raising funds for Hamas suicide bombings in 2003. Initially, this arrangement appeared to be a one-time event. But it soon emerged that World Vision had “prior work experience” with ISRA and had used “other funding streams,” to fund projects with the terror charity. Previously, the source of these revenue streams was unknown.

But according to a May 2015 “Case Summary,” written by U.S. Treasury officials, World Vision gave ISRA $323,928 for the controversial project paid for by USAID, Irish Aid and the U.N, with the U.N. likely paying the lion’s share.

Unfortunately, the U.N.’s relationship with ISRA is not entirely new. ISRA, also known as the Islamic African Relief Agency, previously enjoyed “consultative status” at the U.N. It lost this status in 2006 after the United States highlighted its links to Al Qaeda. Since then, ISRA has repeatedly attempted to regain consultative status – a request repeatedly deferred because of unanswered U.S. government questions about ISRA’s activities. The U.N. has regularly employed ISRA as a partner over the last decade. In 2013, it listed ISRA as a participant in its “Work Plan” for Sudan. And in 2014, the U.N. partnered with ISRA and the Sudanese government on three projects in West Darfur.

That the U.N, which was aware of its member-states’ concerns that ISRA was a terror financing organization, also specifically partnered with World Vision to fund ISRA, was previously unknown.

Additionally, the “Case Summary” document strongly suggests that World Vision was not fully candid with Treasury about its existing relationship with ISRA. According to this document, World Vision disclosed that they had begun using ISRA as a subgrantee in 2013. However, as previously reported, World Vision Austria’s public 2013 Annual Report explicitly states that at least two projects with ISRA stated well before 2013, one as early as April 2011.

That World Vision began working with ISRA in 2011 should come as no great surprise: this was the year South Sudan was partitioned from Sudan, and the Sudanese Government, then headed by radical Islamist Omar Al-Bashir, began requiring international NGO’s to work with local partners in hotly contested regions of Sudan. It should also unsurprising that a genocidal Islamist regime would require partnership with a Bin Laden linked organization like ISRA, a group to which Al-Bashir was particularly close. Before his ouster, in fact, Al-Bashir personally attended ISRA’s board meetings.

Why did World Vision choose not to disclose the extent of its relationship with ISRA to Treasury while seeking the license? This misrepresentation could have serious consequences for World Vision – even now, years later. The license granted on May 5, 2015 to World Vision to pay ISRA in spite of the terror designation explicitly stated if the license was granted “as a result of willful misrepresentation, it may, at the discretion of the Secretary of the Treasury, be declared void from the date of issue, or any other date.”

It is also worth noting just how much pressure World Vision placed on Treasury to obtain a favorable result. Newly available Treasury documents demonstrate that high-ranking staff for U.S. Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), then-Ranking Member and now Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, continually reached out to Treasury on World Vision’s behalf.

In addition, the new tranche of Treasury documents casts clear, additional doubts on World Vision’s denials that it knew ISRA to be a designated organization. The documents show that World Vision admitted to Treasury that they were aware of organizations sharing ISRA’s name on the designated list, but claimed that the Sudanese branch was somehow undesignated. However, extensive media coverage and clear statements on Treasury’s website patently show, all branches of ISRA were tied to its headquarters in Sudan.

Despite multiple statements from Treasury warning World Vision not to work with ISRA, the evangelical charity continued to demand the government permit the partnership and allow World Vision to offer taxpayers’ money to the terror charity. Along with pressure from its friends in Congress, World Vision warned that it was planning legal action. World Vision’s threats and impatience flummoxed Treasury, with one exasperated Treasury official stating that it was “hard to fault us with our response, that’s for sure.”

Ultimately, World Vision got its way. It successfully pressured Treasury to issue a license for a one-time payment to ISRA. But it seems World Vision’s relationship with ISRA did not end with that one-time payment. A World Vision job posting in December of 2015, 11 months after World Vision reported to USAID that it had stopped working with ISRA, specifically listed partnership with ISRA as part of the job description. Given that we now know that the U.N. was a source of other World Vision projects with ISRA, this raises an important question: did World Vision continue to fund ISRA projects, perhaps through European subsidiaries, using U.N. grants or undisclosed private donations? Does it still?

Furthermore, questions also need to be asked about the International Organization for Migration’s role in this drama. While USAID documents clearly indicate an IOM official alerted USAID, and purportedly World Vision, to ISRA’s status as a U.S. designated terrorist funding organization, further emails from World Vision to USAID officials indicate that the whistleblowing individual from IOM was no longer in his job only months after he raised the issue, and that new IOM leadership “does not have an issue with (ISRA).” We asked IOM if it fired the whistleblower. It failed to respond.

Nearly a year after this important issue was first made public, we have uncovered many answers to questions that people in Congress, the international aid community and existing donors to World Vision have been asking. However, these answers only bring about more questions. Those committed to supporting responsible aid programs and fighting the scourge of terror finance, should not stop asking. Only when they are answered can this sort of behavior be brought to full account.

Cliff Smith is Washington Project Director at the Middle East Forum. Sam Westrop is the Director of Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

EXCLUSIVE: Google to block all anti-cancer, “anti-vax” and anti-GMO websites at the…

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(Natural News) By late 2020, Google’s Chrome browser will automatically block all so-called anti-cancer, “anti-vax” and anti-GMO websites as part of Google’s collapse into a Monsanto/Pharma criminal cartel. Users who want to visit websites that expose the scientifically-validated risks and potential harm of vaccines, chemotherapy, glyphosate or GMOs will have to switch to alternative browsers and search engines, since the Google.com search engine is already in the process of eliminating all such websites from its search results.

Within a year or so, the Google Chrome browser won’t even allow a user to visit sites like NaturalNews.com without changing the browser’s default settings. The only websites accessible through Chrome will be those which are “approved” to promote mass medication, chemotherapy, pesticides, vaccines, fluoride, 5G cell towers and other poisons that enrich powerful, globalist corporations while dumbing down the population.

This is the conclusion from a high-level source that told Natural News months ago about the coming purge of organics and natural health websites from Google — a purge that accelerated last week with the removal of Mercola.com and thousands of other natural health sites from Google search results.

The situation has become so insane that now Google is pushing search suggestions like “organics is a lie” and “supplements are bad.” Google’s algorithm has already been trained to claim that “GMOs are good” and “chiropractic is fake.” See the shocking proof here.

The corporate establishment is now pushing total censorship to keep the public trapped in a cycle of disease, medication and ignorance

The war on health and nutrition is accelerating, and just today, the Wall Street Journal published an orchestrated hit piece against “Christ Beat Cancer” while calling for tech giants to ban all websites and content that discusses natural alternatives to chemotherapy and cancer surgery. Big Pharma is behind the push, of course, to scrub the internet of all content that threatens pharmaceutical profits or reveals the very real risks of using their medication, vaccine and chemotherapy products.

Israel Says EU’s Response on Iran Recalls Nazi Appeasement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a European Union response on Monday to Iran’s breaches of nuclear limitations, saying it recalled failed diplomacy with Nazi Germany ahead of World War Two. “(It) reminds me of the European appeasement of the 1930s,”…

Source: Israel Says EU’s Response on Iran Recalls Nazi Appeasement