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

Fans Divide Over Women’s U.S. Soccer Team, Politics — David Fiorazo

How many fans do you need to lose before you understand you’re alienating more than half of your audience when you use sports to make progressive political statements? In case you haven’t been paying attention, outspoken U.S. Women’s Soccer team co-captian, Megan Rapinoe is on top of the world for helping win the 2019 World Cup last week.

Congratulations. But it’s hard not to notice the pink-haired activist makes the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick look like a Boy Scout.

From kneeling during the National Anthem before games to saying “f-you” to President Trump, some of these social justice athletes just don’t get it. Their insults and disrespect come off as anti-American, and fans are turning it off in droves. TV numbers are in for the Women’s US Soccer final, and there was a 44% drop in viewers compared to the 2015 World Cup final when U.S. women played Japan.

Nice job, ladies. Too bad your leaders blew it. The moment had so much potential, but ended up a disappointing celebration clouded by politics.

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins put it this way:

“It was supposed to be a euphoric win – another chapter in American sports dominance. But the message from the captain of soccer’s reigning champs was clear: our country may be wearing the same colors, but that doesn’t mean we’re on the same team.”

Megan Rapinoe forgets that she wasn’t playing for the Trump administration; she’s playing for the United States. Her team and the Flag represents all Americans, not just the radical left. She made it very clear that she has disdain for the country, its president, and emphasized there were a lot of lesbians on the U.S. women’s team.

Okay. We get it. that’s women’s sports today. But to say you’ll never sing the National Anthem again or put your hand over your heart is a ridiculous and immature response to opposing political viewpoints and to losing an election a few years ago. Rapinoe recently said in an interview,

“I’m not going to the f—king White House… [and] I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest.”

Enter liberal hypocrisy. Asked who she would meet with on Capitol Hill, she said, “anyone who believes in the same things we believe in. Yes to AOC, yes to Nancy Pelosi, yes to Chuck Schumer.”

I know, how inclusive.

In another disappointing part of this story, there’s speculation that one of the best players in the nation, Jaelene Hinkle, was snubbed from the team for being a Christian. According to the Washington Times, Hinkle chose not to wear a rainbow-themed women’s soccer jersey in honor of Gay Pride month. In an interview last year with The 700 Club, she took three days to pray and seek God about wearing the LGBT jersey and said she felt convicted in her spirit to not wear it.

You can guess what happened to Jaelene Hinkle. The very next game, fans waving rainbow flags booed her. That was the last time she played for the national team. World Cup women’s team coach, Jill Ellis (who is married to a woman) cut Hinkle from the roster and told reporters her decision was ‘solely based on soccer.’

Many sports fans say Hinkle should have been on that World Cup winner’s podium with a medal around her neck.

But she grew up in a Christian home, became a believer in Christ at age 12, and played soccer at a Christian High School in Colorado. Three strikes right there. Hinkle received a scholarship from Texas Tech, and her professional team won the National Women’s Soccer League championship in 2018.  Even many liberals admit Hinkle is one of the best in America at her position. Apparently, that doesn’t matter anymore.

I agree with many writers pointing to the glaring contrast in treatment – otherwise known as discrimination. One player is glorified for her convictions (Rapinoe) while the other (Hinkle) is punished for them. Those who think this is okay should follow Megan Rapinoe’s advice. “Hate less, listen more.” Just make sure to do what she says, not what she does.

By the way, during the celebration, the women dropped the American Flag to pose for a photo op. One U.S. veteran described their behavior as unpatriotic and narcissistic. Then there’s the campaign for equal pay for women’s soccer players. Never mind they don’t sell nearly as many tickets, draw nearly as many viewers or sell a fraction of the merchandise, but they demand equal pay.

Shooting herself in the foot, Rapinoe alienated and excluded over half her market share by being belligerent about hating President Trump and dissing deplorables who voted for him. She used her soccer platform to promote her own ideology, rather than work to bridge political divides.

She’s not playing soccer for the Trump administration; she’s playing for the USA.

Not that it would help, but she owes the president, Republicans, Christians, and millions of potential (and some former) soccer fans an apology. Just don’t hold your breath because she’s currently being praised in the public eye and enjoying every minute.

To contrast this circus, listen to some heartfelt words from Jaelene Hinkle back in 2015:

“Jesus didn’t come to save those who already believed in Him. He came so that the lost, rejected, and abandoned men and women would find Him and believe. I believe with every fiber in my body that what was written 2,000 years ago in the Bible is undoubtedly true. It’s not a fictional book. It’s not a ‘pick and choose what you want to believe;’ …This world may change, but Christ and His Word NEVER will.”

We need to speak up and support Christian athletes who are taking the heat in practically every sport. The American Family Association has a petition to support Jaelene Hinkle, but notice how the press and the public generally responded to this double standard: with a collective yawn. And the sports world is busy exalting another hero, Megan Rapinoe, not only for her play but her activism as well.

This should have been a uniting victory for all Americans, but it drove the divisive wedge of identity politics even deeper. It also reveals the willingness to discriminate against Christians and unwillingness to tolerate freedom of speech – regardless of who’s speaking.

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Sign the Petition to Support Jaelene Hinkle!

Religious clash leaves USA’s best left back an observer of World Cup bid

BreakPoint: The U. S. Women’s Soccer Team and Jaelene Hinkle

VIDEO – Jaelene Hinkle on 7000 Club: Controversial Decision Threatens Soccer Career

Christian views may have kept star player off US women’s soccer team

via Fans Divide Over Women’s U.S. Soccer Team, Politics — David Fiorazo

Investors are more worried than ever that a major recession or market crash is right around the corner | Business Insider

Associated Press

  • Investors are growing increasingly worried about market volatility, fearing that it means a downturn is ahead, according to a recent survey by Allianz Life. 
  • While the S&P 500 has soared to new highs and bonds have rallied, there have been rocky days in financial markets as drivers like the US-China trade war hang over US stocks.
  • Investors should heed professional financial advice to avoid panicking and doing the wrong thing with investments, says Kelly LaVigne, vice president of advanced markets at Allianz Life.
  • Read more on Markets Insider.

Investors are more worried than ever that market volatility means a downturn is on the horizon, and are looking for ways to protect their money, according to Allianz Life’s most recent quarterly market perceptions survey.

Nearly half of those surveyed said they fear a major recession, marking a troublesome uptick in worried responses from both the first quarter of 2019 and last year. Investors also said they are less comfortable with current market conditions as volatility has risen, and are looking for ways to hedge against risk.

The survey was conducted online in May, and recorded responses from 1,006 individuals over the age of 18.

The numbers did not come as a surprise after the S&P 500 posted its worst month of the year in May, then made that loss up entirely in June. Experts at Allianz note that such market swings capture the cautious attention of investors, even as stocks climb to new highs.

“We’ve been running for a long time with a good market so it’s almost natural when even small things occur and volatility goes up that people get apprehensive,” said Kelly LaVigne, vice president of advanced markets at Allianz Life told Markets Insider.

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The US economic expansion is now the longest on record, having continued for over 10 years. While longevity is not what ends economic expansions, consumer sentiment can definitely factor into market performance long-term.

Right now, there are a few market drivers that have contributed to whiplash. For instance, stocks fall whenever there is negative news about the trade war between the US and China, but rise at any sign of encouragement.

In addition, with both the stock and bond markets pricing in a Federal Reserve rate cut at July’s meeting, any development to the contrary — or disruption to that status quo — could quickly whipsaw either asset class.

This comes at a time when investors are grappling with unique market conditions. Both stocks and bonds are rallying, which is unusual as bonds are generally seen as safe haven assets, while stocks are a riskier investment. As the S&P 500 has soared above 3,000, bond prices have soared as well as 10-year yields fall below 2%.

Read more: A critical recession indicator used by the Fed just hit its highest level since the financial crisis

That means that a downturn could impact both equities and bonds, which some industry watchers are calling a “correlation trap,” said Olivier Marciot, senior vice president and investment manager at Unigestion SA. Because stocks and bonds are moving in the same direction, it makes hedging — or protecting assets with balanced investments — more difficult.

In response to this mounting threat, Marciot’s firm has lightened exposure to both equities and bonds. He told Markets Insider Unigestion is now only slightly overweight stocks and underweight bonds going forward.

“There is a good environment for a carry trade,” Marciot said, refers to the practice of borrowing at a low interest rate and investing in something with a higher rate of return. “We are being very prudent in the medium term.”

Marciot also said that all of the positive news around dovish central banks is already priced into markets, meaning that room for growth may be capped or slow going forward. This means different things for investors with different timelines, especially as good opportunities for making money in the market have become less obvious. 

The Allianz study found that older investors, baby boomers, were the most nervous about the state of their portfolios. This makes sense, because as investors near retirement age, conventional wisdom suggests they should be carefully watching the market to protect their investments.

By that same logic, younger investors don’t need to worry quite as much, as they would have more time to recover from a downturn in the market now. In addition, there are some upsides to cyclical market downturns — stocks become a lot cheaper, meaning it’s often a good chance to buy.

LaVigne said that it’s important for investors to remember that investing in the market is a long-term game, not just about the amount gained or lost in between statements. That’s why it’s best to have an advisor that can help take some of the emotion out of investing.

“Without professional advice, most consumers do the opposite of what you’re supposed to do — they buy high and sell low,” LaVigne said.

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A Theology of Suffering — Reformation Theology

Text: John 9:1-12

When encountering a man blind from birth, the disciples asked Jesus who was responsible for his condition – this man or his parents. Jesus’ answer was clear and it has profound significance for our own suffering also.

via A Theology of Suffering — Reformation Theology

FREE FILM: 180: from pro-choice to pro-life in minutes — Reformed Perspective

Documentary
2011, 33 minutes
Rating: 7/10

The trailer for 180 showed people being interviewed on the street declaring their support for “a woman’s right to choose.” But then each of these interactions was fast-forwarded – anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes – to the conclusion of the interview where each of these same people then declare they have changed their mind and are now pro-life.

Wow!

So what prompted this sudden and dramatic switch? In the 33-minute documentary interviewer Ray Comfort makes use of an illuminating comparison to the Holocaust and follows it up this clarifying question: “It’s okay to kill a baby in the womb when… ?”

What Comfort is doing is confronting people with the incoherence of their own views. Though our culture is becoming more and more calloused to evil, most still don’t believe it is okay to kill human beings…and yet they make an exception in the case of abortion. When Comfort asks them to explain what circumstances make it permissible to kill a baby, each of his interviewees is brought short. They don’t want to say we can kill a human being simply because they might grow up poor. Or because they are unwanted. Or because they are inconvenient. Their conscience convicts them with the knowledge that these are not good reasons to murder someone. By asking his pointed question Comfort makes them realize that they have never really thought through the issue of abortion before.

The documentary does have some graphic content – specifically pictures of Holocaust victims, and aborted children – so it is not appropriate viewing for the very young. For the rest of us, this is a fantastic film that can inspire us to clarify the abortion issue for the many millions who are pro-choice only because they are confused.

To date, it’s been viewed by over 5 million. You can watch it below, or by visiting 180movie.com. In 2019 Comfort and his team released a sequel, 7 Reasons in which they address 7 of the more common justifications for abortion. You can also watch it for free, right here.

via FREE FILM: 180: from pro-choice to pro-life in minutes — Reformed Perspective

Craig Parshall: Silicon Valley Needs to be Held Responsible for Censorship of Christian Views — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

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,” according to CBN. 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 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: Christian Post, Craig Parshall

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July 15 Friends and Your Faith

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:1–6

Key verse: Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction,

And a haughty spirit before a fall.

She hadn’t felt emotional pain like that in years. She was numb inside from the shock of such hurtful words. Forgiveness wasn’t the issue for her; she had already forgiven the offender. It wasn’t anger that kept the words replaying inside her mind; it was their horrible truth.

Today at school, another teacher asked her what was wrong. She said, “Oh, I’m just a little under the weather today.” After all, the teacher was just a casual acquaintance. Why should she dump it all on her?

At home that evening she realized something critical about herself. Her best friend called and immediately recognized the pain she was in. Still, she couldn’t bring herself to open up. Finally, she realized the reason behind her reluctance to seek support—she was too proud to admit she had a need.

Is that a portrait of your inner struggle when something is wrong? You may think that it’s easier to bear the pain than it is to show weakness or vulnerability. Sadly, that attitude prevents you from enjoying what God intended for you to experience, the comfort of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you are hurting today and your faith seems weak, go to a friend. Hiding the need doesn’t make it go away, and you’ll give someone else the opportunity to share with you.

Lord, when my faith is weak, help me to open up to others so they can strengthen me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 206). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 15, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump’s order that all federal agencies provide citizenship data to the Commerce Department could open a new legal front over whether states can redraw their voting maps based on citizenship status.

Immigrants seeking asylum in the United States from Mexico must now also first seek protection from a so-called third party country, the Trump administration said on Monday.

President Donald Trump’s order that all federal agencies provide citizenship data to the Commerce Department could open a new legal front over whether states can redraw their voting maps based on citizenship status.

A proposal to prevent big technology companies from functioning as financial institutions or issuing digital currencies has been circulated for discussion by the Democratic majority that leads the House Financial Services Committee, according to a copy of the draft legislation seen by Reuters.

China’s government and Chinese companies will cut business ties with U.S. firms selling arms to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday, declining to give details of the sanctions in a move likely to worsen already poor ties with Washington.

Prices of cooking oil and other basics soared in Zimbabwe as inflation nearly doubled in June, data showed on Monday, piling pressure on a population struggling with shortages and stirring memories of economic chaos a decade ago.

As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.

More than one in 10 children – or 20 million worldwide – missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children’s fund said on Monday.

AP Top Stories

At least two people have been found dead and thousands were forced from their homes after a major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia, an official said Monday.

Egypt on Saturday opened two ancient pyramids south of the capital Cairo and unveiled a collection of newly found sarcophagi, some containing well-preserved mummies.

Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger – if less devastating – than the state’s last two major oil spills.

The World Meteorological Organization called the wildfires now burning around the Arctic “unprecedented.” The United Nations agency noted that over 100 intense fires burned in the Arctic Circle alone over the past six weeks, releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than Sweden does in an entire year.

A draft of the deal reportedly obtained by The New Yorker says that people seeking asylum from any country who arrive at US ports of entry or are apprehended while crossing between ports of entry could be sent to seek asylum in Guatemala instead.

Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate hit 175 percent in June, official data showed Monday, stoking fears of a return of the hyperinflation that wiped out savings ten years ago when the economy collapsed.

Riot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall Sunday night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating.

Police say they will be reviewing any available video to help them identify protesters who trespassed and pulled down the American flag in front of an immigration detention center in suburban Denver, tried to burn it and replaced it with a Mexican flag.

Republicans have no real plan to establish a new health care system if the courts strike down the Affordable Care Act before the 2020 election. But plenty of them are rooting for its demise anyway – even if it means plunging the GOP into a debate that splits the party and leaves them politically vulnerable.

The so-called Full Buck Moon is on the horizon – so get ready to enjoy the show. As astronomy buffs might already know, this month’s full moon is due on July 16, and brings with it a partial lunar eclipse that’s expected to be visible on every continent around the world, except North America, according to NASA. The first full moon of summer is indeed named after a male deer, who generally grow their new antlers in July.

BBC

Anti-terrorism police in northern Italy have seized an air-to-air missile and other sophisticated weapons during raids on far-right extremist groups. Three people were arrested – two of them near Forli airport. Neo-Nazi propaganda was also seized, in raids in several cities.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, a major transport hub that is home to more than two million people.

The launch of India’s second lunar mission has been halted less than an hour before the scheduled blast-off, due to a technical problem.

WND

The California Board of Education implemented progressive sex and gender education curriculum in public schools across the state, regardless, in some cases, of parental knowledge or consent.

Billy Graham Evangelical Association CEO Franklin Graham says that if Congress adopts the Democrats’ Equality Act, which would nullify constitutional protections for religious rights, the “nation may never recover.”


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 15, 2019

The Foundation

“In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

How Trump Is Uniting Democrats

He calls out “progressive” congresswomen, triggering Dems to circle the wagons.


Dealing With the Democrats’ Migrant Invasion

An update on sanctuary cities, deportations, detention centers, and the overall border crisis.


The Bipartisan Sanctuary City Shell Game

“The Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act” is geared to help victims of illegals.


Reminder: Economic Expansion Helps Everyone

The Left derides it as “trickle-down” economics, but it works for those who need it.


‘Left’ Behind: Old-School Dems Disappointed by Their Party

BET cofounder doesn’t feel today’s Democrat Party reflects his ideology anymore.


Video: How Should We Think About Race?

“We are all in the same race together,” Chad Prather says. “Prove me wrong.”


Video: New Zealand’s Gun Confiscation — Massive Failure

After the Christchurch massacre, the politicians’ “solution” is always more control.



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News – 7/15/2019

Report: Israeli warship enters Lebanon
The Lebanese television channel LBC reported on Sunday night that an Israeli warship had entered Lebanon’s territorial waters. The ship reportedly crossed over near a beach in Israel’s Rosh Hanikra.

CA city takes step toward Second Amendment Sanctuary
The Needles City Council on Tuesday, July 9, adopted a resolution declaring the city a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” giving direction to city officials to begin working with their state representatives on legislation that would exempt the city — and possibly other border cities — from certain state gun laws.

Bastille Day In France Showcases The Ten Nation Confederacy Of The European Intervention Initiative Joint Military Pact As Main Feature Of Parade
the European Intervention Initiative, a joint military pact created last year. Now, that may not sound like much of anything to you right off the bat, but if you dig just a little bit under the surface, you find that the European Intervention Initiative is a ten nation confederacy designed to protect Europe. Well, here there, Mr. Ten Toes from Daniel 2, I was wondering when you would make an appearance.

Polio eradication campaign loses ground
The global initiative to eradicate polio is badly stuck, battling the virus on two fronts. New figures show the wild polio virus remains entrenched in Afghanistan and Pakistan, its other holdout, where cases are surging. The main problem in both countries is that the massive vaccination campaigns held every few months are still not reaching every child. In Africa, meanwhile, the vaccine itself is spawning virulent strains that are hard to contain.

WWIII Is Coming – Dramatic Moment: American Bombers Intercepted by Russians Above the Black Sea- Romania
Several Russian fighter planes were sent Monday to intercept bombers of the US-based B-52N air force bombers that were approaching the southern and north-western borders of Russia. The incident was captured in a video uploaded by the Russian Ministry of Defence on Monday, and is the latest in a series of brushes between Nato and Russian forces.

Congo confirms 1st Ebola case in city of Goma
The Congolese health ministry confirmed an Ebola case in Goma late Sunday, marking the first time the virus has reached the city of more than 2 million people along the border with Rwanda since the epidemic began nearly a year ago. The health ministry said the man who had arrived earlier Sunday in the regional capital had been quickly transported to an Ebola treatment center. Authorities said they had tracked down all the passengers on the bus the man took to Goma from Butembo, one of the towns hardest hit by the disease.

UK’s Johnson would meet Trump to negotiate trade deal after becoming Prime Minister: The Times
Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister would want to meet U.S. President Donald Trump within the first two months of becoming prime minister to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal, the Times newspaper reported on Sunday citing an ally of the former London mayor. “The key to the whole thing is the US. If we get a trade deal with America we will be very quickly in the market for other deals. It encourages others to realize that we mean business,” the newspaper quoted Johnson’s ally as saying.

Earthquake of 6.1 magnitude rocks Japan’s south
An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude rocked Japan’s southern Okinawa prefecture on Saturday, US Geological Survey reported. The earthquake’s epicenter lay in 350 km to the north of the prefecture’s capital city Naha at the depth of 237 km. No injuries or damages were reported, and no tsunami alert was issued.

Netanyahu Threatens Nasrallah with a ‘Crushing Blow’
the Hezbollah leader said that “any [future] war will be bigger than the 2006 war for Israel and it will put it on the brink of extinction.” Netanyahu said in response, “Suffice it to say that for years Nasrallah dug terror tunnels, which we destroyed within days.” He added that if Hezbollah “dared to do something foolish and attack Israel, we would impose a crushing military blow on it and on Lebanon.” “But unlike Nasrallah, I do not intend to detail our plans,” he said.

Giant Barges Carrying Leviathan Natural Gas Platform Set Out from Texas to Israel
The first of four giant barges carrying sections of the Leviathan natural gas platform set out on a 7,000-mile voyage from Texas and the Gulf of Mexico to the Mediterranean Sea last week. The platform, comprised of five operational units, will be erected in 280 feet of water 7 miles off the coast of Israel and will rise 155 feet above sea level. When fully assembled in September, the platform topside decks will be 335 feet long, 260 feet wide, and weigh 38,000 tons, enabling the platform to drill three miles into the seabed.

River turns blood red near Digity volcano
While so­cial me­dia blog­gers have al­ready be­gun proph­esy­ing that the red riv­er was an in­di­ca­tion of dooms­day, EMA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Hay­den Ro­mano said he planned to dis­patch teams to take sam­ples of the riv­er wa­ter for test­ing. Ro­mano said he did not know what caused the riv­er to turn red but once in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­plete, a state­ment will be is­sued.

Chinese Christians Declare Country ‘No Longer Safe for Us,’ Seek To Flee
As China’s policies on surveillance intensify and a crackdown on religion in the communist state continues, Christians are fleeing the country, Fox News reported. The ruling Communist Party of China has recently engaged in a crackdown on any manifestations of organized religion in the country, knocking down mosques and churches. Gordon Chang, Gatestone Institute Senior Fellow, told Steve Hilton of “The Next Revolution” that China “plan[s] to have a nationwide social credit system in place” by next year.

Big earthquakes today in Australia and Indonesia
There are lots of small earthquakes going on all the time, but earthquakes over magnitude 6 are rarer. They are the big ones, which shake more strongly near their epicenters, and which can be felt over longer distances. Today – July 14, 2019 – so far there have been two large earthquakes relatively near each other. The first was a 6.6-magnitude undersea quake off the western coast of Australia. It took place 202 km (125 mi) west of Broome, Australia, and was equal in magnitude to the largest earthquake ever recorded in Australia, which happened in 1988. Today’s second large earthquake had its epicenter 102 km (63 mi) north-northeast of Laiwui, Indonesia. It was an even bigger earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.3..

7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia, causes panic
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Moluccas islands on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, creating panic and causing damage to houses in eastern Indonesia. “There are no reports of infrastructure damage yet,” Iksan Subur, an official with Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency located near the epicenter, told Reuters. “But people panicked and ran out of their houses. Some people who live near the ocean are starting to move to higher ground,”

Hubble spots “impossible” structure around a malnourished black hole
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered structures around a black hole that were thought to be impossible. A small, “malnourished” black hole was found to have a flat disk of material circling it – a feature thought unique to supermassive black holes. This disc is also so close to the black hole that it’s distorting and stretching the light itself. The intense gravitational forces at that range are accelerating the material to over 10 percent of the speed of light. To us the light appears red, because it’s having such a hard time escaping the region that the gravity is stretching out the wavelengths.

Cargill shuts animal-feed mills in China as fatal hog disease spreads
Cargill shuttered animal-feed mills in China in recent months partly because the rapid spread of a fatal hog disease has reduced demand, a company executive said on Friday. The closures highlight the pain for global agriculture companies from the outbreak of African swine fever in China, the world’s top hog producer and pork consumer.

Hamas using Whatsapp to collect intelligence on IDF movements
Hamas has once again been trying to obtain intelligence from Israeli troops stationed along the Gaza border using online messaging applications. Posing as fellow soldiers, Hamas operatives contacted troops on the Whatsapp text messaging service and would ask for intelligence such as troop movements. One combat soldier serving in the Paratrooper’s brigade received a text…asking him to send the dates of the next exercises…

U.S. grants visa to Zarif for U.N. meeting, limits his movement to 6 blocs
The United States has granted a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to attend a U.N. meeting in New York this week, two sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday, saying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had approved the decision. Had Pompeo not approved giving Zarif, Iran’s top diplomat and nuclear negotiator, a US visa it could have been a signal that the United States was trying to further isolate the Islamic Republic.

Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma
The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, home to more than a million people. The health ministry confirmed that a pastor tested positive for the virus in a centre in Goma after arriving there by bus on Sunday. The ministry says that risk of the disease spreading is low.

Galileo sat-nav system experiences service outage
Europe’s satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered a major outage. The network has been offline since Friday due to what has been described as a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure”. The problem means all receivers, such as the latest smartphone models, will not be picking up any useable timing or positional information.

Army researchers building ‘smart’ landmines for future combat
rmy leaders see a future battlefield with networked minefields a commander can see from across the globe through satellite communications and that can be scattered in minutes but also retrieved and reused when needed. The push is an effort to keep landmines of various types in the weapons portfolio while still meeting the agreements made to get out of the old school “dumb” landmine use.

Netanyahu: We’ll respond with ‘crushing blows’ to Hezbollah’s ‘nonsense’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened to hit Hezbollah with a “crushing blow” if the Lebanese terror group “dares to do some nonsense” and launches an attack on Israel. Netanyahu made his comments at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in response to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s speech over the weekend, commemorating the Lebanese terror group’s “victory” in the 2006 Second Lebanon War…

China says will freeze out U.S. companies that sell arms to Taiwan
China’s government and Chinese companies will cut business ties with U.S. firms selling arms to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday, declining to give details of the sanctions in a move likely to worsen already poor ties with Washington. China claims self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Beijing’s control.

US organization exposes the horror of global Christian persecution: ‘It’s a different world’
The battle over the separation of church and state continues to rage in the United States, but David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, wants American Christians to know what persecution is like in other areas of the globe — and it’s a pretty shocking paradigm.

Brain implant restores partial vision to blind people
Partial sight has been restored to six blind people via an implant that transmits video images directly to the brain.

Self-cloning ticks that suck animals’ blood dry spark concern humans may be next
They’re out for blood. Self-cloning super-ticks are sparking worry in some as the insects recently were linked with killing five cows by sucking their blood dry in North Carolina.

Barry Weakens to a Tropical Depression But Remains a Dangerous Flash Flood Threat in the Lower Mississippi Valley
Barry has weakened to a tropical depression in the lower Mississippi Valley, but its dangerous impacts will persist in the region, including the potential for significant river flooding and flash flooding in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Powerful M7.3 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit Halmahera, Indonesia at 09:10 UTC (16:10 WIB) on July 14, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Indonesian BMKG is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

Philadelphia is Using a Sonic Weapon on Kids — To Keep them Out of Parks
The Philadelphia government is reportedly using sonic weapons on it own citizens, youth and young adults, to keep them out of public parks after hours. We at TFTP were initially caught off guard with the news of compliance weapons usually reserved for riot control being used on kids. Admittedly, we believed it was fake news. Unfortunately, after further investigation, it is no laughing matter and is the first such torture device we are aware of regularly being used on young people in the U.S.

Bastille Day In France Showcases The Ten Nation Confederacy Of The European Intervention Initiative Joint Military Pact As Main Feature Of Parade
…At the annual Bastille Day celebrations in Paris this year, the main theme and focus was on something called the European Intervention Initiative, a joint military pact created last year. Now, that may not sound like much of anything to you right off the bat, but if you dig just a little bit under the surface, you find that the European Intervention Initiative is a ten nation confederacy designed to protect Europe.

‘Christianophobia’? Why Anti-Christian Attacks Have Quadrupled in France
There’s a disturbing phenomenon happening in France that you may not have heard about. An alarming increase in anti-Christian attacks on churches, cemeteries and other distinctly Christian sites has gone largely unreported.


Headlines – 7/15/2019

Abbas: We will not renew ties with Trump until Trump recognizes the two-state solution

Calling for two-state solution, Biden says ‘the occupation is a real problem’

Doubling down, Trump says liberal Democrats ‘hate Israel with unbridled passion’

Senior Hamas official calls on members of Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews

Egyptian delegation meets with Palestinian factions to prevent new Gaza flareup

The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Has Even Spread to Israel’s Election

Gantz says ‘in talks’ with Likud reps over unity government sans Netanyahu

Netanyahu set to become Israel’s longest-serving PM on July 20

Netanyahu’s Son Defends Jesus’ Jewishness: It’s in the Bible! What Israel’s enemies intended for evil has sparked a serious discussion about Jesus in the Jewish state

Haredi Jews eat matzah with ‘human blood,’ Egyptian Hebrew scholar claims

Leviathan gas platform embarks on 11,500 km. journey to Israel

Israeli Navy ship crosses into Lebanese waters – report

Netanyahu responds to Nasrallah threat: Will deal ‘crushing blow’ if Hezbollah attacks

Terrorist attacks knocks major gas pipeline out of service in Syria

Netanyahu: IDF the only army ready to fight Iran

Failure of Iran deal could pose ‘existential threat’, says Hunt

Rouhani says Iran prepared to talk to US if it rejoins nuclear deal

Iran knows it can’t win a naval war in the Gulf, but it can provoke an accident

Erdogan says Trump can waive sanctions on Turkey

Sudan protesters delay signing deal with army for second time

Hong Kong’s Summer of Dissent Rolls On as Protesters Broaden Their Agenda

France UPSTAGES America with ‘flying soldier’ at military parade to celebrate Bastille Day

Trump’s Nationwide Immigration Raids Fail to Materialize

Nikki Haley slams ‘disgusting’ silence from Dems after Mexican flag raised at ICE facility

Lindsey Graham: “I Don’t Care” If Migrants “Stay in These Facilities for 400 Days”

Lindsey Graham: 30 percent of migrant families are fraudulent

Omar Questions the Patriotism of American-Born Citizens

Trump targets freshman congresswomen, Pelosi on Twitter, tells progressives to ‘go back,’ ‘help fix’ home countries

Racial politics roil Democratic Party

Douglas MacKinnon: NYC is a warning — the blackout is coming

India aborts moon mission launch citing technical glitch

7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia, causes panic

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Broome, Australia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Laiwui, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bereeda, Somalia

Increase in earthquakes in Katla volcano

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Barry Weakens to a Tropical Depression But Remains a Dangerous Flash Flood Threat in the Lower Mississippi Valley

Floods affect 19.91 million people in China

Record-high of 377 rivers in China report floods

50 killed by floods in Nepal; Sweltering heat remains across Delhi

Building collapse kills 7 in India after monsoon rains

Floods hit western Greece days after deadly storm killed 7

Your Binge-Watching of Netflix and Porn Is Contributing to Millions of Tons of Emissions a Year

Birds poop out flu viruses that could become deadly global pandemics

Congo Confirms First Ebola Case In Major City

Mike Huckabee: ObamaCare’s fate may change soon – That’s why Dems want to blame Trump for their mess

Netanyahu taps linguist and LGBTQ rights activist as foreign media spokesperson

Hundreds Rally for Ouster of Israeli Education Minister After Gay Conversion Remarks

Gay Conversion Controversy Reveals Seismic Shift in Israeli Politics

India’s First Child-Friendly LGBT Film To Air In Airlines Of Country Where Being Gay Is A Crime

‘Utter Insanity’: Activist Mommy Launches Petition After Kids Crawl on Drag Queen at Library Story Hour


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Gary DeMar – Will the Antichrist be a Human Computer Hybrid?

Chip Brogden – The Kingdoms of our Lord

Alcoholic’s Anonymous spiritual principles in opposition to Christ

“Prophetic Deliverance Minister” Says Jesus Crawled Into Bed With Her And Played With Her Hair

Pastor out at famed Riverside Church after sex toy shopping spree

Phil Pringle calls Hillsong leaders Brian & Bobbie Houston ‘major apostles’.

Florida church eliminates $7.2M in medical debt burdening 6,500 families

Judge Upholds Oklahoma Law Banning Dismemberment Abortions


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Donald Trump Triples Down: ‘If You’re Not Happy Here, Then You Can Leave’

President Donald Trump isn’t backing down from calling on progressive Congresswomen critical of the U.S. to move out of the country, saying in a speech Monday, “If you’re not happy here, then you can leave.”

Source: Donald Trump Triples Down: ‘If You’re Not Happy Here, Then You Can Leave’

How To Confront And Cross Examine Incompetent Marxist Educators — Christian Research Network

“There are many questions that can be used to plant a stone in the shoe of students while undermining the efficacy of the indoctrinator who is posing as an educator. In fact, I have several that I provide for students who are forced to take the classes taught by the committed Marxists in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at UNC-Wilmington (where I teach).” 

(Mike S. Adams – Daily Wire)  Each summer, I spend several months at Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado. While I am here, I give pro-life lectures as well as lectures on student free speech rights….

Many of the students who attend Summit’s two-week worldview conferences ask me questions about how best to deal with difficult teachers and professors. Just this morning, a student asked such a question that was so important it requires a column-length response. First, let me supply a little background information.

The student in question attends a public high school. Last year, he took a world geography class that was taught by a socialist. In the class, the teacher tried to advance his socialist ideas. In the process, he claimed that a) communist countries founded on Marxist principles are “not that bad,” and that b) students’ unfavorable impression of communist nations is the result of brainwashing by their parents.

That kind of indoctrination is arrogant. It is also disappointing for at least two reasons. First of all, we expect to hear about socialist professors using the college classroom for indoctrination. But it is truly disappointing to hear this happening in a high school setting. Second, it is deeply disappointing to hear of teachers going beyond merely propping up socialism (to the point of defending communist regimes) and actually attacking the students’ parents in the process. These parents are the very people who pay the taxes that allow the teacher to earn a living.  View article →

via How To Confront And Cross Examine Incompetent Marxist Educators — Christian Research Network

US Women’s Soccer and Our Culture of “Tolerance” — Canon Fodder

I love soccer.  And this Summer has been a great time to enjoy the “beautiful game.”  With the US Women’s team winning the World Cup (and the men’s team placing second in the CONCACAF Gold Cup) there has been a lot to watch.

But, in the Western world, sports are no longer just sports.  Inevitably, cultural and religious issues get mixed in and soon take center stage.

Enter Megan Rapinoe. The openly gay US captain has been making the rounds on talk shows and news programs. She’s even been hailed as an “American hero.”

But, not just because of her soccer skills.  But because of how she promotes LGBTQ issues and calls for more “tolerance” and “acceptance.”

In particular, she complained to the present administration:  “I would say that your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people that look like me.”

Of course, the irony of such statements hasn’t been missed.  Especially if one considers the story of a different female soccer player, Jaelene Hinkle. Hinkle is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the nation.

But, despite her widely-praised talent, she was cut from the US national team. Why?  Because the players were required (just think about that word!) to wear rainbow jerseys to support “gay pride.”  And Hinkle, a committed Christian, wouldn’t do it.

Team officials say she was cut purely for soccer reasons. But with Megan Rapinoe on the team, it is understandable why people are skeptical of that explanation. See full story here.

Apparently, “tolerance” is only given to those people who already agree.  Which, of course, isn’t really tolerance at all.

This whole scenario reminds me of what the earliest Christians faced in the second century.  They had their critics then, too.

One of the most ardent critics was the pagan thinker Celsus.  As James O’Donnell has observed, Celsus “just can’t stand Christians” (Pagans, 101).

So, what did Christians do that caused such irritation in Celsus?  In short, Celsus thought Christians were bad citizens.  Job number one for any Roman citizen was to participate in the public, corporate worship of the Roman gods.

And it was precisely this that Christians refused to do.  After all, they were monotheists.  They worshiped Jesus and him alone.

Why was worshiping the Roman gods so important?  Because it was the gods who gave victory in war, rain for crops, and prosperity to the state.  To neglect the gods was to put the welfare of Rome at risk.

Thus, Christians were viewed as insubordinate to the state.

But, Celsus’ complaint is not just political.  It is also social.  The refusal to worship the gods was seen as anti-social and downright rude.  Instead of joining with their fellow Romans, Christians slinked off to their private, secret meetings where they did who knows what.

Such behavior was suspicious. In the mind of Celsus, it showed that Christians were an “obscure and secret society” (8.49) that threatened the stability of the Empire. Christians “suffer from the disease of sedition” (8.49).

As a result, the insults towards Christians rolled easily off of Celsus’ tongue. Christians were like ants or bats swarming out of their nests; like worms crawling out of a hole; like frogs croaking in a marsh (4.23).  Christians were a menace.

What then should be done with these Christians?  Celsus’ answer is chilling:

If they refuse to render due service to the gods. . . let them not come to manhood, or marry wives, or have children, or indeed take any share in the affairs of life; but let them depart hence with all speed, and leave no posterity behind them, that such a race may become extinct from the face of the earth (8.55)

Translation: get rid of them. Or, at a minimum, don’t let them participate in the normal parts of society.

In many ways, little has changed for two-thousands years.  In our modern cultural climate, Christians are still seen as a threat to the stability of society because they won’t publicly and corporately bow down to the cultural gods.

And make no mistake, the culture always demands that Christians do this publicly.  Everyone has to conform. Or else.

It is ironic, really.  In a culture that so claims to value “tolerance,” Christians who refuse to publicly affirm the cultural gods are given none.

But, the lesson from the early church is clear.  We will not be accepted as citizens of this earthly Kingdom.  But, that is a reason to be even more thankful that Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).

via US Women’s Soccer and Our Culture of “Tolerance” — Canon Fodder

TRUMP IS RIGHT: Democrat Internal Poll Shows Only 22% Favorable Rating for Socialist Nut AOC and ONLY 9% Approval of Ilhan Omar — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump continued to blast the radical freshmen Representatives Ilhan Omar and Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday morning.

Trump is on to something.
The president wants Democrats to rally around their radical young America-hating lawmakers.
And Americans are with him.

A new Democrat Party internal poll of white swing state voters found that only 22% of Americans have a favorable view of Socialist star Ocasio-Cortez and ONLY 9% of Americans have a favorable view of America-hating anti-Semite Ilhan Omar.

Axios reported:

The findings:

  • Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.

Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.

  • Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
  • “Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.

via TRUMP IS RIGHT: Democrat Internal Poll Shows Only 22% Favorable Rating for Socialist Nut AOC and ONLY 9% Approval of Ilhan Omar — The Gateway Pundit

What Is a Good Source for Learning Bible Study Methodology? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

How should we study the Bible? Is there a particular method we should use? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey explains what’s at the heart of our Bible study.

To get real-time answers to your biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org.

via What Is a Good Source for Learning Bible Study Methodology? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Matt Chandler and the Unbearable Weight of Wokeness — Christian Research Network

“This should come as no surprise because social justice is not biblical, it is worldly, and the eyes of a man are never satisfied (Proverbs 27:20). Women pastors were not enough, and so we must have gay pastors. Gay pastors aren’t enough, and so we need transgender pastors. And on and on it will go as long as the church continues to ride this train.”

(Bill Perkins)  The Village Church, pastored by Matt Chandler, is well known for being “woke.” But apparently, that wasn’t enough to satisfy the organizers of the Circles Conference, which is billed as “a three-day creative conference for graphic & UX designers, illustrators, and makers.”….

David Roark, who is the communications and resources director for The Village Church, was invited to speak at the upcoming conference until it was discovered that he worked for an organization with “openly discriminatory policies and practices towards women and the LGBTQ+ community.”

Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with Chandler and his mega-church knows that the Village is hardly a bastion of alpha-maleness whose members are out prowling the streets looking to bash gays or harass anyone wearing skinny jeans and sipping latte. If anything, The Village Church has gone out of its way to craft a “woke” version of Christianity that will appeal to skinny jean wearing avocado toast eaters, much like Roark himself appears to be.  View article →

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Social Justice Christianity – what is it?

via Matt Chandler and the Unbearable Weight of Wokeness — Christian Research Network

Faithful Shepherds in a Frantic Culture — For the Gospel

If you love the church, you must believe that God’s people deserve men who will be faithful shepherds in the midst of a frantic culture. No matter what era you peruse throughout history, faithful shepherds are always in demand. But is every man claiming “compulsion to lead the church” a man that should be trusted? We must ask questions. Does he have the heart of a shepherd? The zeal of a warrior? The humility of a servant? The perspective of His Master? No matter his insistent passion, does he measure up when the grid of Scripture is laid atop his life?

There are plenty of ways that people approach pastoral ministry today. Some are showmen who enter ministry hoping for a cushy job and a flexible schedule. They’re the type who show up once a week collect a paycheck. Others think the pastor is a CEO, sitting in a big office tapping golf balls into a glass while paying others to do what he won’t. Mix in some innovation, a few big events, a motivational speech on Sunday, and he’s got himself a career! Still, others believe that pastoral ministry is more of a fraternity or locker room full of like-minded friends. They see the church as being more about their loyalty to a denomination and venerated leaders. They wear the team colors. They defend each other no matter what but are confused about what it means to stand firm in the truth. They’re “of Apollos” and “of Paul” so they’re more content to preserve unity even it means tolerating errors. Of course, we mustn’t forget the all-inclusive ideology of today’s liberal mob. These, who insist that the “old book” needs their modern-day editorial brush, see homosexuality, gender, and various imperatives as more relative than restrictive. Good PR matters more than truth.

The culture today is a frantic one. Many in the professing church are spinning in confusion. Therefore, the last thing we need are any more thin-skinned shepherds looking for an easy paycheck and notoriety. We need men with guts who wield the staff and put in the work it takes to care for God’s people. Men willing to take God’s word seriously when it comes to being shepherds! The kind of men who heed 1 Peter 5:1-4.

A Pivotal Text for Every Pastor

When Peter wrote to Christians throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, myriad of Christians were scattered, being persecuted, in need of faithful shepherds who would guide and guard them. Nero had set Rome ablaze and needed a scapegoat so who better to blame than a group of narrow-minded monotheists who were loyal to Jesus Christ? They weren’t popular to begin with but now everything turned against Christians. Persecution soared, the Church was under assault, and the sheep belonging to Christ were in desperate need of elders who would shepherd them through the storms of life they faced.

Peter’s letters are pivotal for Christians and 1 Peter 5:1-4 is especially so, for pastors and elders. The man desirous of being a faithful shepherd, and the church seeking the service of faithful shepherds do well to let Peter’s Spirit-inspired words pierce their heart. If the command is to “shepherd the flock among you,” then what does that look like?

Based on Peter’s words, here are six observations of a faithful shepherd in a frantic culture:

1.     A shepherd will suffer

Inferred by the context, and explicitly stated about Christians throughout the New Testament, if sheep are going to suffer then most certainly their shepherds will. Ultimately, Christ the Great Shepherd did and all who follow Him will. Nowhere are we promised an easy life if we are faithful to the gospel and faithful to calling of a shepherd. Jesus was adamant that this world will hate His disciples and it hated Him first (John 15:18). Paul exhorted Timothy, “Join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8), “suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2:3), and “indeed all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (3:12).

2.     A shepherd is aware

In 1 Peter 5:2b he writes, “…exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God.” The word “episkopeo” comes from epi and skopeo meaning “upon” and “mark.” This is a shepherd with his eyes wide open. He’s aware. You could say he pays attention to detail. A shepherd is not aloof of the state of his flock, he is not a weekend warrior simply showing up to preach and then disappearing all week. A shepherd is diligent, keeps his eye on the ball, exercising close attention to the details and daily affairs of those entrusted to his care. He knows them and thus can pray for them and preach to them in a way that reaches their hearts.

In sports a coach will often tell the players, “The difference between winning and losing is often about paying attention to details.” The same can be said about ministry, except that in sports wins and losses are at stake. In ministry, heaven and hell are on the line.

And how does he pay exercise this awareness and oversight? Not with an eye rolling compulsory demeanor. Not with a lazy heart or excuses, but “voluntarily.” Lexical definitions describe this word as “of one’s own accord.” Now apply that and you get a shepherd who takes initiative. Nobody should trigger a shepherd. He lives triggered! He takes initiative because his heart is held captive to the word of God, and he desires the best for the people of God, because he knows this is the will of God!

3.     A shepherd is eager

Furthermore, Peter writes that an elder ought to shepherd “not for sordid gain, but with eagerness” (1 Peter 5:2c). Coming off the heels of the previous statement about a voluntary heart, Peter pushes the point again and adds that shepherds should be the exact opposite of greedy false teachers in that they are not serving for filthy lucre. You can hear echoes of 2 Peter 2:3 here where Peter would late describe false teachers as exploiting people in their greed. This is a sure mark of a false teacher. But a faithful shepherd? Eager whether or not people recognize all you’ve done, sing your praises, or take care of you. For little or no money, small crowds, no live stream, and old dingy buildings. If that’s what God calls you to are you still eager? Your leadership will be contagious for better or worse. If you’re not eager, expect no one else to be.

4.     A shepherd is an example

1 Peter 5:3 exhorts, “…nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. Kleros is “a share or portion given.” This is your part of pie. Tupos is “a statue or something to be resembled.” Literally, shepherding is not “do what I say” it’s “do as I do.” If you take Peter seriously, you’d agree that shepherding is not dominance, it’s devotion. It starts in your own life and pours over into theirs. This begs another question of every shepherd or aspiring shepherd: Is your life a statue worth resembling? If the men loved their wives like you love yours what kind of marriage would they have? If they parented like you how would their kids turn out? If they talked to their colleagues like you talk to yours? If their morning routine was like yours? Are you combative or peaceful? Petty or mature? Are you indecisive or unwavering? It gets convicting doesn’t it? An elder’s greatest sermon doesn’t happen in a pulpit. His greatest sermon is his life.

5.     A shepherd is accountable

One day, Christ the Chief Shepherd will return and that’s who every shepherd answers to (1 Peter 5:4a). If you’re an elder, you don’t enact any will upon the Church, but God’s. The Church is not yours. It’s His. You’re not the Head pastor, He is. One day you will stand — more likely, bow — before His judgment seat and give an account for your deeds in the body. Our chief concern must be for what the Chief Shepherd wants!

We’ve all watched as in the past few years as autocratic and domineering men have fallen publically and brought reproach on Christ and the Church. Their model was built on abuse of power and they lost sight of Whom they were accountable to. We don’t glory in this as those who sneer, “Ha! I saw that one coming…” We learn from this and humbly remind ourselves with fear and trembling that our calling is the highest there is on earth and thus our judgment will be the greatest of all those in the Church. We must live accountable now knowing we will be accountable then.

6.     A shepherd is rewarded

Though judgment is imminent for all, so are rewards for faithfulness. 1 Peter 5:4b culminates with these joyous words for those who’ve run the race well: “you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

The highest praise of man should be our lowest concern. We don’t serve with eagerness because of what we get now but what awaits us in the future. This is fitting for Peter’s theme throughout his letter which points to an eternal focus. If you’ve lived 1 Peter 5:1-3, you get the joy of experiencing of verse 4. This is the motivation of a faithful shepherd. This is what is needed in the midst of a frantic culture.

If you ask me, the greatest moment of embarrassment for any shepherd would be to have spent their earthly ministry climbing some the ladder to a destination that doesn’t exist. What do I mean? There’s this idea that if you just publish a book, or speak at a conference, or pastor a larger church that you will have “arrived” somewhere. There are pastors who always seem to be trying to arrive “there.” Let me tell you, there is no “there” there. You can speak at conferences, write books, rub elbows with your favorite speakers and guess what? All that will ever matter, and the only “there” you need to focus on is the day you stand before Christ and answer for your work here on earth.

The King’s approval awaits, brothers. But there is a flock to be served first. In the midst of today’s frantic culture, do it well.

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*This article is derived from a sermon by Costi Hinn entitled, “Faithful Shepherds in a Frantic Culture” (1 Peter 5:1-4). This message was preached at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. Watch below:

via Faithful Shepherds in a Frantic Culture — For the Gospel