Daily Archives: July 23, 2019

July 23 Fleeing Temptation

Scripture Reading: James 4:7–10

Key Verse: Matthew 6:13

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

A popular response to temptation has made waves in the Christian community in recent years. This method of resistance makes perfect sense—flee from the temptation. On its face, this is a perfectly understandable response. After all, removing yourself from compromising situations is crucial to maintaining solid Christian character.

However, simple flight is not the ultimate answer. Unfortunately, fleeing temptation is only a temporary solution. One way or another, that old temptation will always seem to find you, wherever you have fled.

The idea of fleeing from Satan’s ploys is a slight distortion of biblical counsel. Rather than running away from Satan, Scripture instructs, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, believers have the ability to send Satan himself running in terror.

Also, it is important for Christians to remember that temptation is not a problem that we can solve ourselves, by fleeing or any other manner. Instead, we need deliverance from temptation. Jesus taught, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13 nasb).

Evil is a God-sized problem. Thinking that we have within ourselves any means to defeat it negates the need for a Savior. We cannot win this spiritual war; however, we can rest in the assurance that Jesus has already secured the victory. When temptation comes, remove yourself from the situation, but also stand firm in the Lord. Remember, you are part of the victorious army.

Lord, I cannot always flee from temptation. And temptation has legs to follow me. Give me the strength to resist temptation wherever I meet it.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 214). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 23 Poor Self-Image

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verse: Ephesians 2:10

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Christian psychologist Dr. James Dobson once took a poll of women who, by their own admission, were basically cheerful and secure individuals.

Dobson listed ten sources of depression. Included in the list were such topics as fatigue, boredom, in-law conflicts, and financial problems. The women were asked to identify which factor contributed most heavily to periods of depression.

The overwhelming reply was lack of self-esteem. Were the same poll taken by Christians at large, lack of self-worth would probably be ranked at the top.

Proper and healthy self-esteem is possible when we receive God’s evaluation of ourselves, relying on His estimation of our worth, not the faulty opinion of others or our fluctuating personal performance.

God created us in His image. We are His workmanship. A Stradivarius is worthy because of its maker. We are worthy because God is our Maker.

The apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13 nasb). We have His adequacy, His power, His competency. Should we ever feel inferior again?

Dear God, thank You that my worth is not based on the faulty opinion of others or my own fluctuating performance. I am worthy because You are my Maker.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 214). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 23 Holding Out

Scripture reading: James 1:2–8

Key verse: Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

James opened his book with encouraging news for a discouraged group of believers. His audience was the early church that, at the time this letter-turned-book was written, was under severe persecution.

However, James knew that emphasizing the church’s trials would lead only to discouragement. Thus, he opened his letter with instruction about how we should handle the storms of life. It may surprise some that James highlighted joy and faith rather than anger and frustration.

James understood that God had a greater purpose in mind when He allowed the church to face various trials. He told us, “The testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:3–4).

Often this lesson is not learned within a short period of time. But God is the Source of our hope, and He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).

These early believers wavered in their faith, just as we will at times. But James indicated, as did the writer of Hebrews (Heb. 10:36), that if we hold out, believing that God will guide us through the darkest trial, we will certainly receive a lasting reward.

Dear Lord, strengthen my faith. Help me hold out in hard times, believing You will guide me through the darkest trial.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 214). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why I Left Marxism for the Resurrected Christ: New Credo Podcast with Michael Haykin — Credo Magazine

What drew Michael Haykin toward an intellectual neo-marxism? Why did the resurrection of Christ convince Haykin to leave neo-marxism and eastern religions for the Christian gospel? What persuaded Haykin to become a historian? Why has he devoted his life to studying the church fathers and Baptists like Andrew Fuller?

In this new episode of the Credo podcast, Matthew Barrett is joined by Michael Haykin to discuss his life from intellectual neo-marxism to patristic and Baptist theology.

Michael Haykin (Th.D., University of Toronto) is the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality and Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the ChurchThe Missionary Fellowship of William CareyEight Women of FaithThe Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers, A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards, and To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy

via Why I Left Marxism for the Resurrected Christ: New Credo Podcast with Michael Haykin — Credo Magazine

15,000 WHITE South African Farmers, Fearing for Their Lives, Are Fleeing to Russia | DC Dirty Laundry

This is what happens when racial hostilities get out of hand.

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Ending apartheid was not enough, now Black South Africans want payback.

If you are not aware of the dangers that White farmers now face in South Africa, read these articles (they will open in a new window so you can return when ready):

South Africans Push Back Against Lying American Media — White Farmers Getting Killed Daily

White Existence Is a Crime, Says South African BFL Party Spokesperson

Neon Nettle is reporting that White farmers in South Africa are fleeing their homeland, fearing for their lives, and moving to Russia.

Latest: 15,000 WHITE South African Farmers, Fearing for Their Lives, Are Fleeing to Russia

A delegation of 30 families that have fled South Africa has arrived in Russia’s farm belt Stavropol Region, according to a report by Rossiya 1 TV.

You’re already being watched by facial recognition tech. This map shows where | Fast Company

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Digital rights nonprofit Fight for the Future has mapped out the physical footprint of the controversial technology, which is in use in cities across the country.

Earlier this month, Oakland, California, became the third city in the United States to ban the use of facial recognition technology by any city agencies, including police, behind San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts.

But these cities are in the minority. A new map produced by the digital rights nonprofit Fight for the Future illustrates just how pervasive facial recognition technology is across the country: an overwhelming number of red stars on the map indicate where local and state police are using facial recognition, including in Detroit, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can toggle on and off to see the map pins for each of the groups using the technology, which include police departments (both city and state), as well as airports that use facial recognition and cities that are starting to mobilize against the technology.

12 Popular Children’s TV Shows that Have Gay Characters | ChristianHeadlines.com

12 Popular Children’s TV Shows that Have Gay Characters

The PBS children’s show Arthur captured nationwide headlines and drew the consternation of many parents this year when it featured a same-sex wedding.

Arthur, though, is only the latest children’s show to include LGBT characters. In fact, three of the leading mainstream children’s cable channels — including Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network — have shows with gay or lesbian characters.

Here are twelve popular children’s shows with gay characters:

Source: 12 Popular Children’s TV Shows that Have Gay Characters

An Open Letter to the Child Facing End-of-Life Decisions for a Parent | Crossway by Kathryn Butler, MD

July 23, 2019 by: Kathryn Butler, MD

This article is part of the Open Letters series.Dear brother or sister,

We know these moments loom, hovering like shadowy specters as our parents’ bodies break down and give way. We worry about them as we watch a father’s gait waiver, or when we note the blunting of a mother’s characteristic wit. But as if brushing away smoke, we banish the thought that our parents will one day leave us. There are still too many celebrations that require their silhouettes, too many times when we need them to welcome us home, and to assure us that all is well. Too many wounds still throb unhealed. Too many words remain unsaid. And so we tuck our fears into the remote corners of our minds, the ones enshrouded in dust we never sweep clear.

Even now, as the doctors lean forward across a conference table in their white coats, their expressions severe, nothing seems real. Their words garble together, foreign mantras recited underwater. They talk about decisions, about ventilators or CPR. They talk about a need to act.

They don’t acknowledge that your heart is breaking. They don’t know how you feel ripped apart from the inside, how this weight threatens to crush you. How can you make rational decisions while flailing in grief? How can you think about withdrawing a respirator, when your every fiber aches to cling to your mother or father, to rest your head over a familiar heartbeat and beg him or her to stay? Even if you know your parent’s wishes, and even if you can discern the path forward, the steps feel too ghastly to undertake, the burden too heavy.

But you don’t walk alone.

Hope endures, and in these last moments, you can still provide a witness for God’s love in Christ.

The Lord is with you in this shadowy valley (Ps. 23:4). You may be angry with him right now. You may not feel his presence in this harrowing place of alarms and antiseptic. But he sees you (Ps. 139:7–10). Christ knows your suffering (Isaiah 53:3–4). Grief and fear drove him, too, to his knees, in that dark garden when the evils of the world bore down upon him (Matt. 26:36–46). He, too, wept over loss (John 11:33–35). Bloodied and abandoned, he endured all our pain on the cross for our sake. He knows your burdens, and draws near to you when your strength falters (Ps. 34:18, 2 Cor. 12:9).

Even amid the cinderblock and stoicism of the hospital hallways, his grace penetrates through, a shaft of light piercing the black waters. Even now, as you agonize over what to do, over what is “right,” he guides you. He offers you a hope that will endure the tumult of this moment. He calls you to follow him, to take up the cross. “Love one another,” he implores. “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34–35).

The decisions that so overwhelm you can still be an instrument of Christian love. When illness silences your parent, you can be his or her voice. You can affirm that as an image bearer of God, he or she has dignity by design, and is worthy of love. You can set aside any bitterness and unrest that simmers in your relationship, and strive to view your parents as God sees them: cherished, forgiven, wonderfully made, and unique, with no precise equal on earth (Ps. 139:13–14, Eph. 1:7, John 3:16, Rom. 8:35).

As you grapple along the hard road, consider your parent’s mind and heart. Ask yourself who he or she is. What would he or she say, if disease had not stolen speech? God calls us to engage with one another in humility and compassion (Mic. 6:8). Careful thought about the temperament, stories, and passions interwoven into your parent’s life can guide you toward caring for him or her. As we consider such questions, the choices pass from our hands, into those for whom we speak:

• What matters most to my parent? What drives him in life?
• What comments has she made in the past regarding end-of-life care, if any?
• What are his goals? In the short term? For his life in general?
• What is she willing to endure to achieve those goals? What would she be unwilling to face?
• How well in the past has my loved one tolerated pain? Dependence? Disability? Fear?
If he could speak for himself, what would he say about the current situation?

One day, when he returns, Jesus will wipe away every tear from every eye, and make the splintered fragments of creation new (Rev. 21:4). One day, this talk of ventilators, of failing bodies and anguished goodbyes, will vanish from memory. But for now we trudge on through the mire, through the depths (2 Cor. 5:1–4). Christ has conquered death, but while we await his return our cells still degrade and burst, our memories fade. Our loved ones wither away before our eyes. And so you find yourself in this conference room, in this dreaded conversation. The choices confront you. You recoil as they bare their teeth.

Yet hope endures, and in these last moments, you can still provide a witness for God’s love in Christ. Call on the Lord, and he will sustain you (Ps. 120:1). Prayerfully consider the values and experiences that have infused meaning into your parent’s life, and let his or her own words guide you.

Above all, seek out reminders of Christ’s love. Pursue fellowship. Pray without ceasing. And when the time for decisions passes, rest in God’s promise, that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39).

In his love,
Katie


Kathryn Butler (MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in surgical critical care and served on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. After a decade of experience in surgery, she left clinical practice in 2016 to homeschool her children. She now writes for desiringGod.org, Christianity Today, and the Gospel Coalition blog on topics intersecting faith and medicine.


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Source: An Open Letter to the Child Facing End-of-Life Decisions for a Parent

Feces & flesh-eating bacteria: Study reveals shocking levels of contamination at America’s beaches | RT USA News

Americans may want to think twice before that next summer swim. Many of the country’s idyllic beaches conceal a filthy secret below the sand and waves: dangerous levels of bacteria that put thousands of bathers at risk every year.

In a recently published study conducted by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, researchers found that the water at beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states contained concentrations of bacteria well in excess of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards – including the harmful organisms that inhabit human feces – which they said could sicken millions of beachgoers annually.

“It’s hard to believe that 47 years after we passed the Clean Water Act that we are still concerned with poop in the water when people want to go swimming,” John Rumpler, clean water program director for the center, told USA Today.

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Bacteria levels can spike to dangerous levels on certain days, such as when rain washes waste from the streets into creeks or streams, which flow into larger bodies of water. Some areas fare much worse than others, however.

In Chicago, all of the 19 beaches sampled were considered unsafe for at least one day in 2018, while the city’s South Shore Beach registered contamination in 93 of the 98 samples collected. California’s Cabrillo Beach also came in high on the list, considered unsafe in 85 out of 175 samples in one section.

On the cleaner end of the spectrum, Georgia’s Jekyll Driftwood Beach provided only 2 contaminated samples out of 46, and Florida’s Bird Key Park resulted in 17 dirty samples out of 67, suggesting that even the tidier beaches can be risky on some days.

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The harmful microbes found in the water can cause a litany of unpleasant symptoms in their human hosts, ranging from gastrointestinal illness, respiratory disease, as well as ear, eye and skin infections. However, the most nightmarish surprise lurking below the depths, and one not covered by the center’s study, goes by the name of necrotizing fasciitis – or flesh-eating bacteria. While the horrifying condition is rare, some of the 30 or so organisms that cause the illness are native to America’s lakes and coasts. Two recent cases in Florida left one man dead, while another man nearly lost a leg.

Fortunately, things might not be all bad when it comes to America’s squalid beaches. Luke Ginger, water quality scientist for environmental organization Heal The Bay, told USA Today that the national trends were moving in the right direction, particularly through local government initiatives to treat stormwater runoff, among other anti-pollution measures.

“There are improvements that can be made but for the most part, there’s really good water quality,” Ginger said. “There are just a few beaches that have issues.”

Source: Feces & flesh-eating bacteria: Study reveals shocking levels of contamination at America’s beaches

The UK, German and Italian economies are all tanking at the same time | Business Insider

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  • Three of Europe’s largest economies are under threat of recession, which could spell a crisis across Europe.
  • Dozens of companies in Germany have turned to “short-time” work — cutting employee hours — a canary in the coal mine of industrial weakness
  • Britain could also already be in a recession despite having not left the EU due to the uncertainty caused by Brexit. 
  • View Markets Insider for more stories. 

Three of Europe’s biggest economic engines — the UK, Germany, and Italy — are sputtering simultaneously.

Eurozone growth looks “dire” in the second quarter, Pantheon Macroeconomics said in a report on July 22, “primarily thanks to a crash in German growth.”

The economists see “elevated risks of outright falls in Italian and German GDP,” despite the “resilient” economies of France and Spain.

Outside of the eurozone, but not yet out of Europe, the UK is stumbling as well. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research, said that uncertainty surrounding the decision to leave the EU three years ago means there’s a one-in-four chance the economy could already be in recession.

Pantheon Macroeconomics

Since the end of last year, the German manufacturing sector has performed poorly and is “effectively in a recession,” Pantheon Macroeconomics says.

There are other warning signs. German companies are now putting their workers on “short time.” The Financial Times, citing the Ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys, reported: “German industrial weakness is now beginning to leave its mark on the country’s labor practices,” with “more and more companies seeking to curb their wage costs by reducing employees’ working hours — a sign of emptying order books and slowing output.”

Read More: Germany, the backbone of Europe’s economy, ‘hit a brick wall’ in the second quarter

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Italy’s debt is a huge problem

Italy’s economy, meanwhile is “still on the ropes” says Pantheon Macroeconomics head eurozone economist Claus Vistesen. GDP in Italy “probably stumbled again,” falling 0.21% in the second quarter, he said in the note.

While labor data “will weaken in the second half of 2019,” he said in a separate note on July 16.

Pantheon Macroeconomics

See More: Italy’s ‘perma-recession’ could trigger a €2 trillion financial crisis that threatens the eurozone itself

However, it is debt that is one of the real issues. It currently stands at about €2 trillion ($2.25 trillion). Debt to GDP has reached 130%, a level not seen since World War II.

Jack Allen, an analyst at Capital Economics, told Business Insider back in April that the public debt ratio will probably continue rising and eventually prove unsustainable.

“This would be a bigger problem than the previous euro-zone crisis and could once again endanger the single currency itself,” Allen said.

And then there’s the UK

Read more: The UK might already be in a recession — before even leaving the EU

Britain’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will have the challenge of tackling leaving the EU, which will likely cause decline in the economy whatever the deal.

And given that Johnson, in the run-up to being elected leader, said that Britain would leave the EU “do or die,” “no deal” scenarios are now more likely.

NIESR says: “In an alternative, orderly no-deal scenario, we would expect GDP growth to fall to zero in 2020, and CPI inflation to rise above 4%.”

NIESR

Source: The UK, German and Italian economies are all tanking at the same time

Democrats, Republicans Stop Fighting Just Long Enough To Approve Even More Crushing Debt | The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a rare moment of bipartisan unity, Democrats and Republicans came together just long enough to approve spending even more money we don’t have, plunging the nation into even more crushing debt.

“There are things we disagree on,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an address, flanked by Senator Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. “We don’t agree on exactly how much money to take away from you, for instance. We don’t agree on exactly how many foreign countries to bomb at a given time. We don’t even agree on exactly how much the government should interfere in your personal decisions.”

“But it’s really important,” she continued, “for us to come together to approve the borrowing of trillions of dollars your grandkids will have to pay back.”

Trump nodded thoughtfully throughout Pelosi’s speech and was asked if he wanted to say anything. “Huh? Oh, I wasn’t listening. I was thinking of something else.”

Senator McConnell jumped in to say a few words. “Nancy Pelosi and I might not see eye to eye, but we’ll always set aside our differences to spend future generations’ money. Also war, we’ll come together for war. We could use a good war right now.” He then looked off into the distance dreamily.

With the debt ceiling out of the way, the politicians in Washington say “the sky’s the limit” for how much of our future the government can spend away.

Source: Democrats, Republicans Stop Fighting Just Long Enough To Approve Even More Crushing Debt

Tacitus – Ancient Roman Historian – Reports on Jesus — The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Tacitus – Ancient Roman Historian – Reports on Jesus

by Ryan Leasure

Most of what happened in the ancient world went unrecorded. Think about it. People from bygone eras didn’t have technology like YouTube, TV, or the internet — much less the printing press. It’s sad really. We’ll never know about 99.99% of what happened back then. The less than 1% we do know is because a few literate historians covered the highlights.

We know about famous military commanders and epic battles. Emperors and politicians of powerful kingdoms also make the cut. But most events and people have vanished off the historical landscape.

With Jesus of Nazareth, though, we have four biographies on his life all dating within the lifetime of eye-witnesses. We also have a slew of letters by some of his other followers making him one of the best attested individuals in the history of the ancient world. It’s quite remarkable considering he came from a backwoods section of Galilee far removed from prominent Roman locations.

Historians normally gush over this amount of material. The amount and quality of sources towers just about everyone else. Yet some skeptics cry foul. They don’t accept the Gospels or New Testament letters for the reason that they’re Christian documents.

Well as it turns out, we have other, non-Christian sources also testifying to Jesus. One such source comes from the pen of an early Roman historian named Tacitus. As you’ll see, Tacitus corroborates significant events from the New Testament…

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Christian, do you unintentionally delve in religious superstition and magic? — Christian Research Network

“Many people think that they, like the witchdoctor, can control or manipulate the spiritual realm by performing certain rituals, saying certain words or wearing certain charms.  This is the essence of religion.”

(Pastor Fish)  A number of years ago I spent a couple of days with a hiking club in the rural Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

On the first night of the back-breaking, blister-producing trip, a few of us sat around the fire and a sangoma joined us – one of SA’s few white witchdoctors.

He was dressed in typical traditional garb and wore amulets and charms to ward off various spirits.  He asked us if he could throw some herbs into the fire to cleanse the air of evil spirits.

Most people around the fire were very keen as (I guess) they thought that any kind of cleansing from any kind of spirit could only be a good thing.

Apparently, he then purified the air of evil spirits.

A number of things interested me about that evening:  View article →

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July 23, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

17 Since the Lord “is with” (beqereb, “in the midst of”) his people, they need no longer fear; he is able to save them. “Mighty to save” (gibbôr yôšîaʿ; cf. Jer 14:9) is an expression in Hebrew that can be understood in an active verbal sense—“a warrior who will keep you safe” (REB); “a warrior who gives victory” (NRSV); “a warrior who brings triumph” (TNK); “a hero who saves” (GWT); “his power gives you victory” (TEV)—or as a noun with a modifier—“victorious warrior (NASB, JB); “mighty savior” (NAB, NLT). Isaiah 10:21 mentions the remnant that will return to the “mighty God.” The word gibbôr often refers to a warrior who is going out against the enemy (Isa 42:13).

The last half of this verse is a love poem of three parallel lines, each expressing the great love of God for his people. Robertson, 340, observes “that the Holy One should experience ecstasy over the sinner is incomprehensible.” Other passages that speak of God’s rejoicing in the love of his people include Isaiah 62:4–5; 65:19; and Jeremiah 32:40–41.

The Hebrew behind “he will quiet you with his love” was translated by the KJV, “he will rest in his love.” The reading of the text has been understood and interpreted in various ways: (1) because of his love, the Lord will keep silent regarding his people’s sins; (2) the Lord’s love will be so strong and deep as to hush motion or speech—there will be silent ecstasy; and (3) the Lord’s silence is due to his planning of good deeds toward Israel (see Notes).

Some commentators and versions (NAB, NEB, RSV, JB), however, read the Hebrew form from the root ḥdš (“to renew”) instead of ḥrš (“to quiet”), thus yielding various ideas: (1) he will do new things; (2) he will renew his love; (3) he will renew himself in his love; (4) he will renew Israel through new life; and (5) he will show you his love. Luther perhaps caught the sense when he explained, “He will cause you to be silent so that you may have in the secret places of your heart a very quiet peace and a peaceful silence.”

The prophet continues his description of this saving God as one who “will take great delight in you” and “rejoice over you with singing” (cf. Isa 62:5).[1]


17 Now the prophet moves into the “holy of holies” by a rapturous description of the love of God for his people. This verse is the John 3:16 of the OT.

The love of God for his own people is not a soft, sentimental emotion that has no strength to act on behalf of its object. For this God who loves is Yahweh. He is God. He is a mighty hero who saves. The term for mighty hero (gibbôr) frequently refers to a warrior who overpowers his enemies. The Lord goes forth as a “warrior” who marches against his foes (Isa. 42:13). As the God of Gods, the Lord of Lords, the mighty God, the “hero,” he defends the orphan, the widow, and the alien (Deut. 10:17).

This mighty hero is in the midst of his own people with power to save. Many calamities may befall Israel because of their sin against the Lord. But in the end he shall show his power to save from every enemy. His love acts concretely to deliver his people.

The next portion of this verse may be called a “poem of personal love.” Three parallel lines each containing three phrases express the deepest inner joy and satisfaction of God himself in his love for his people. Delight, joy, rejoicing, and singing on God’s part underscore the mutuality of emotional experience felt by God and the redeemed.

That Almighty God should derive delight from his own creation is significant in itself. But that the Holy One should experience ecstasy over the sinner is incomprehensible.

God breaking out in singing!

God joyful with delight!

All because of you.

The mutuality of the loving response of Redeemer and redeemed is seen in the fact that some of the same terms used in the admonition to his people now describe the response of God himself to his people (cf. vv. 14 and 17). Zion is exhorted to sing (rānnî); he rejoices with singing (rinnāh). Jerusalem shall rejoice (śimṭî); he delights over Jerusalem with joy (śimṭāh). The whole scene depicts a grand oratorio as God and his people mutually rejoice in their love for one another.

The middle line of the poetic triad provides some difficulty in interpretation. Several optional understandings have been offered. But the most straightforward is the most likely: he will be quiet (over you) in his love. The only essential difficulty with this rendering is found in the vividness of the phraseology. To consider Almighty God sinking in contemplations of love over a once-wretched human being can hardly be absorbed by the human mind. But this understanding is supported by the regular usage of the word employed (ṭāraš in the Hiphil) as well as the poetic structure of the verse.

The Hebrew verb ṭāraš, “to be quiet,” is intransitive in meaning, with the possible exception of Job 11:3. It describes the inward condition of the subject of the verb rather than depicting a quietness which is conveyed to another. Here God is the subject of the verb, and he is said to be quiet in his love.

The parallelism of the verse also suggests this intransitive sense. The first and last lines of the stanza contain the middle member over you (ʿālayiḵ). Since it is quite common in Hebrew parallelism to omit a corresponding phrase in one line that appears in another line, this same over you may be regarded as belonging also to the middle line of the stanza.

Almighty God, quiet in his love. God the mighty savior, quietly contemplating, contented in his love for you.

If the prophet’s mode of expression appears excessive, it must be remembered that God in his very essence is love (cf. 1 John 4:8). As the direct source of all true love, he not only is capable of achieving every depth of salutary love experienced by his creation. He by his very nature may excel every human emotion of true love. If a human being with all the limitations of his nature may revel in the purity of essential love in short, snatched moments, then certainly the Almighty himself may reach even greater depths of love and sustain these depths without restriction of time.

So these considerations would remove any hesitation about understanding the prophet to be affirming that God sinks into contemplative quietness in his love for sinners. This much in the verse’s affirmation can be understood.

The real difficulty lies in assimilating personally the prophet’s repeated declaration concerning the object of the all-absorbing love of God. over you he will delight; over you he will rejoice with singing; over you will he be quiet in his love. How could the Sovereign Creator concentrate his whole being in the love of a temporal creature of dust? How could the Holy satisfy himself contentedly in the loving contemplation of the unholy?

One stage in the appreciation of this prophetic affirmation may be achieved by accepting in the abstract this proposition to be true. God can and does absorb himself in his love for human beings. But the total message of the prophet demands personalization. over you he shall rejoice. In his contemplation of you he shall sink into quietness.

This you of the prophet obviously contains the limitation of contextual definition. It is the you that is called “Jerusalem,” “Zion,” “Israel” (vv. 14–16). None other than the elect of God are the objects of such all-consuming love. Them he loves because he loves them (Deut. 7:6–8). Not in them or for anything in them is to be found the reason for his love. In the nature of God himself may be discovered the only explanation of this love.

But not only does the object of this love have the limitation of definition by context. It also has the openness of invitation. Reaching a breadth that stretches “beyond the rivers of Cush,” this incomprehensible love of God embraces all “his suppliants” (v. 10). Whoever they are, whatever their ethnic or moral background, wherever they may be located, this same unchanging love of God reaches to “all who call on the name of the Lord” (v. 9).

This global extension of the love of God is not merely a hypothetical possibility. It is a temporal and historical reality. From all the nations a people with purified lips call on the name of the Lord (v. 9). Every single individual who utters this humble call knows for himself this “love of Christ which surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:19). So the prophet describes a love of God exceeding all human imaginations.“Remember the silence of Jesus, and expound this text thereby,” says C. H. Spurgeon. Although the great preacher’s point may be related more directly to brilliance in homiletical flair than to precise exegetical science in expounding the intention of the prophet, it cannot be dismissed as having no relevance to the verse at hand. For Jesus’ silence in trial and crucifixion was rooted in no other soil than in the fertile depths of the love of God for sinners. “Like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth” (Isa. 53:7). Jesus’ silence lent him the opportunity to contemplate the specific objects of his sacrificing love. He “delighted” to do God’s will as he presented his “body” which had been “prepared” for sacrifice (Ps. 40:7, 9 [Eng. 6, 8]; cf. Heb. 10:5, 7). His love for sinners was no less than the love of the Father’s.

Attempting to comprehend the depths of this love, one may compare the OT version of John 3:16 to a child on the seashore. Digging a sandy trench to the limitless expanses of the ocean, the child stretches out her arms to gather the ocean’s depths into her shallow pool. As the poet has expressed it:

The love of God is greater far

Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

And reaches to the lowest hell.

This contemplative quietness in love is complemented by the rejoicing with singing that also characterizes the love of God for his people. God will rejoice over you with singing.

Once again the language of Zephaniah reflects rather specifically the mode of expression found in Deuteronomy. Moses declares to Israel: as the Lord once rejoiced over you (śāś ʿălêḵem) to do you good, so he will rejoice over you (yāśîś ʿălêḵem) to destroy you (Deut. 28:63). But the nation could take comfort in the fact that ultimately the Lord will return “to rejoice over you for good” (lāśûś ʿāleyḵā ləṭôḇ, 30:9). Zephaniah sees the fulfillment of this ancient promise in the future manifestation of the love of God for his people. [2]


Ver. 17.—In the midst of thee; better, is in the midst of thee (see note on ver. 15). Is mighty; he will save; rather, a Mighty One who will save; LXX., Ὀ δυνατὸς σώσεισε, “The Mighty One shall save thee.” This is the real ground of confidence: the Lord wills their salvation. He will rejoice over thee with joy, now that thy iniquity is purged, and thou art united again to him, as a chaste and comely bride (Isa. 62:5; Jer. 32:41; Hos. 2:19). He will rest (Hebrew, be silent) in his love. This is a human expression, denoting that perfect love which needs no outward demonstration. For the very greatness of his love God rests, as it were, in quiet enjoyment of it. Some take it to mean that in his love for his people he is silent about, makes no mention of, past sins; but this seems less suitable, as this clause is merely an expansion of the preceding one. The Septuagint and Syriac Versions render. “He will renew thee in his love:” and Ewald has proposed to alter the present reading to, “He will do a new thing.” But there is no sufficient reason for making the change. With singing. Again he gives to his ineffable love outward expression. The LXX paraphrases accurately,“He will rejoice over thee with delight as on a day of festival” (Isa. 65:19).[3]


How can I endure in my faith during hard times?

Zeph. 3:17
You are God’s masterpiece, and He has given you His Word as a testimony to the love and joy He has for you. Zephaniah 3:17 says: “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

God rejoices over you, though He knows you are in the process of becoming all that He has planned for you to become. You are not yet what you will be when you step into the eternal presence of God (1 Cor. 13:12; 1 John 3:2). Until that time, God is patiently molding and shaping you into the image of His Son.

You never have a reason to give up (Gal. 6:9). You are not alone! Jesus is with you, cheering you on to victory. He is at your side to strengthen and encourage you. When you fix your eyes on Him and not on your circumstances, you will begin to see life differently. Instead of thinking negatively, the Holy Spirit will teach you to think about the things of God, pure thoughts that honor Jesus Christ.

God has pledged over and over to love you. He walks with you through disappointment and is never disillusioned by your wayward acts. He has seen the finished portrait! While on your own you can do nothing, He knows that through Christ you can and will succeed (Phil. 1:6; 4:13).

This does not mean that you won’t suffer or feel pain. Jesus endured both, and yet He did not give up. He knew that in order to complete His mission He would have to endure until the end, and He wanted more than anything else to accomplish the Father’s will.

How could He possibly bear the weight of all our sins and still remain victorious? God had given Him an eternal perspective. Long before it happened, Jesus saw the resurrection as a completed fact (Matt. 20:18, 19). And after three days, He rose again from the grave to walk in victory. God gives you such victory through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

You can walk in victory because Jesus is your example and His Spirit lives in you. Like colors on an artist’s palette, God uses every frustration, fear, feeling of hopelessness, and even temptation to bring you closer to Himself.

See the Life Principles Index for further study:

12. Peace of God is the fruit of oneness with God.

18. As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances.[4]


[1] Walker, L. L. (2008). Zephaniah. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel–Malachi (Revised Edition) (Vol. 8, pp. 693–694). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Robertson, O. P. (1990). The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah (pp. 339–343). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Zephaniah (p. 52). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[4] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Zep 3:17). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

July 23, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump’s administration pushed ahead with its attempts to
crack down on migration at the southern border on Monday, defending in
court a virtual ban it imposed on asylum seekers and issuing its second
sweeping order within a week.

President Donald Trump said he is now considering a “ban,” tariffs and
remittance fees after Guatemala decided to not move forward with a safe
third country agreement that would have required the Central American
country to take in more asylum seekers.

The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food
stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the
program, USDA officials said.

Boris Johnson, the Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the
European Union with or without a deal by the end of October, will replace
Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the
Conservative Party on Tuesday.

Democratic White House hopeful Kamala Harris will introduce a Senate bill
on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, erase past
convictions and use funds from marijuana sales to invest in communities hit
by the decades-long “war on drugs.”

Around 120 coal miners with black lung disease were due in Washington on
Tuesday hoping to pressure Congress to restore a higher excise tax level on
coal companies to help fund their medical care, as rates of the progressive
respiratory disease rise in parts of Appalachia.

A top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday
praised Iran’s recent downing of a U.S. drone and seizure of a
British-flagged tanker as turning points in “Muslims’ struggle”, the
semi-official news agency Fars said.

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that Iran’s interception of commercial
vessels, including its seizure of a British tanker, in Gulf waters was a
violation of international law and urged the global community to deter such
actions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large newly built submarine,
state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signaling continued
development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program.

Venezuelans in Caracas woke up on Tuesday with the lights back on after the
worst blackout since March knocked out power in half the country a day
earlier, though service remained down in other states and cities.

U.S home sales fell more than expected in June as a persistent shortage of
properties pushed prices to a record high, suggesting the housing market
was struggling to regain its footing since hitting a soft patch last year.

AP Top Stories

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for a federal minimum wage of
up to $20 an hour at a “One Fair Wage” event in Detroit on Sunday.

Regime and Russian air strikes killed 50 people in northwest Syria on
Monday, most of them in a crowded market, a war monitor said, in the latest
violence to plague the opposition bastion.

The United States is placing a leading Chinese oil importer on its
sanctions blacklist for trading in Iranian crude, Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo announced Monday.

The Mexican government said Monday it has reached agreement with the United
States for a joint operation to combat gun smuggling along the U.S. border
after seeing a spike in the number of illegal firearms detected.

Venezuela’s socialist government is blaming a nationwide blackout on an
“electromagnetic attack” against the nation’s hydroelectric system.

Turkish authorities confiscated about $271 million in fake U.S. $100
banknotes in a raid on an Istanbul printing press – the country’s biggest
counterfeit currency seizure in recent years, Hurriyet newspaper reported
on Monday.

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will cut staffers’ hours so
they can effectively be paid the $15-an-hour minimum wage he champions on
the campaign trail.

A tiny shark captured in the Gulf of Mexico was identified as a new species
of pocket shark that shoots glow-in-the-dark fluid from pouches near its
gills, researchers said.

BBC

South Korea said its jets fired warning shots at a Russian surveillance
plane that entered its airspace on Tuesday. South Korea’s ministry of
defense said it scrambled fighter jets in response and fired 360
machine-gun rounds.

A prominent LGBT rights campaigner has been found dead with multiple stab
wounds and signs of strangulation in the Russian city of St Petersburg.

A suspected drug carrier has been arrested after crashing a van packed
$140m of methamphetamine into a patrol car parked outside a police station
in Sydney, Australia.

Singapore authorities have seized 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory, its largest
ever seizure to date. Authorities estimate that the tusks, valued at
$12.9m, have come from nearly 300 African elephants.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Puerto Rico to
demand the resignation of the island’s embattled governor, Ricardo
Rosselló.

The US government is introducing a new fast-track deportation process that
will bypass immigration courts. Under the new rules, migrants who cannot
prove they have been in the US continuously for more than two years can be
immediately deported.

WND

An organization that has provided its services to a library for eight
years, organizing nursery-rhyme sing-alongs for the under-5 set, has been
banished from ever doing it again. Because the songs occasionally mentioned
God. They objected to songs such as “Mr. Noah Built an Ark” and “God Has
Made a Rainbow.”


Mid-Day Snapshot · July 23, 2019

The Foundation

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

Promise Exceeded: Trump’s Deregulatory Record

“We’ve hit 13 to 1,” said the OMB’s Russ Vought of regulations cut for each one added.


Warren Hopes for Economic Doom

She holds out the promise of economic “security” in exchange for giving up individual freedom.


China’s Economy Is Feeling Trump’s Tariffs

Its growth is at a three-decade low as Beijing is under increasing pressure by the U.S.


Royal Navy Weakness a Warning for America

America has a vested interest in the latest flap between Great Britain and Iran.


Military Recruitment Down, So Recruit Younger?

There are proposals floating around for lowering the recruitment age to 16.


Navy SEAL Fixes American Flag Barely Hanging on Pole

“This country continues to have great men and women willing to step up to do what is right.”


Video: Why Can’t America Fill a Pothole?

Kyle Smith of National Review has the surprising (and frustrating) answer.


Video: America’s Issue With Spending

Politicians continue to spend hundreds of billions of dollars more than the government takes in.



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Tony Perkins
Congress Borrows Trouble With Debt Deal
Cal Thomas
End Immigration to Mend It
Ken Blackwell
Attacks on Conservative Speech Take Many Forms
Hans von Spakovsky
Maine and Nevada Show Why the Electoral College Helps Small States, Not Red States
Dennis Prager
America, Google and Me: My Senate Speech
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Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Budget agreement, deregulation, Comey’s surreptitious witch hunt, food-stamp reform, and more.


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News – 7/23/2019

NEW WORLD ORDER Cyborgs will rule the planet within 80 years – but they won’t kill us, British scientist claims
Mr Lovelock believes the rise of the cyborgs to becoming the dominant species is part of evolution. And since the fitness survive, it will be them who inherit the world.

Microsoft Joins Project On Ethical Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft on Monday announced a $1 billion investment in an OpenAI ethical artificial intelligence project backed by Tesla’s Elon Musk and Amazon. The partnership will be devoted to developing advanced AI models on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform while adhering to “shared principles on ethics and trust,” the companies said in a joint release. OpenAI and microsoft expressed a vision of “artificial general intelligence” (AGI) working with people to help solve daunting problems…

Elon Musk’s Neuralink unveils device to connect your brain to a smartphone
Neuralink seeks to build a brain-machine interface that would connect human brains with computers. No tests have been performed in humans, but the company hopes to obtain FDA approval and begin human trials in 2020. Musk said the technology essentially provides humans the option of “merging with AI.”

Read a Harvard geneticist’s plan for redesigning humans
Harvard geneticist George Church makes a list of genes that could be modified to enhance human abilities. The list tracks both positive and negative effects. Redesigning humans can lead to posthumans or transhumans. Here are some selections from the so-called Transhumanist Wishlist, leading to a transformation of what it means to be human:

Netanyahu: Iran is ‘just waiting’ for my opponents to come to power
“We’ve blocked it up until now but it hasn’t been permanently blocked,” he said. “No one knows what will happen… the Iranians are banking on it being only a little while more until they’re free of [us]… The Iranians are just waiting, they’re waiting for our opponents.” “Who will stop [them]?” he said. “Benny Gantz? Who will stop it, Yair Lapid?” Netanyahu said. “These people who said we mustn’t walk away from the [nuclear] deal? That it was alright?”

Leaked docs show China’s Huawei secretly developed North Korea’s 3G network
Documents obtained exclusively by The Washington Post this week revealed Huawei’s workings with Chinese state-owned Panda International Information Technology Co. to provide the equipment used to build the Koryolink cellular network for North Korea. “All of this fits into a general concern we have about corporate responsibility and a company like Huawei that is not trustworthy because of its company culture and numerous incidents indicating a willingness to evade or outright violate laws,”

UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf
Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the waterway last week. Briefing Parliament on the budding crisis, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Iran of “an act of state piracy” that must be met with a coordinated international reaction.

Comey Under DOJ Investigation For Misleading Trump While Targeting Him In FBI Probe
James Comey has been under investigation for misleading President Trump – telling him in private that he wasn’t the target of an ongoing FBI probe, while refusing to admit to this in public. According to two US officials familiar with Horowitz’s upcoming report on FBI misconduct, Comey was essentially “running a covert operation” against Trump – which began with a private “defensive briefing” shortly after the inauguration.

Ex-Ohio judge dragged from court after being ordered to be taken into custody
Tensions reportedly flared inside a Cincinnati courthouse on Monday as a bailiff dragged a former judge out of the courtroom after she was ordered to be taken into custody. The chaotic scene occurred after a judge announced his decision regarding Tracie Hunter’s 2014 conviction and six-month sentence for using her ex-job as judge to help a family member.

Israel begins toppling Palestinian housing in East Jerusalem
Israel said the homes violated a construction ban because they were too close to the West Bank separation barrier, which it considers a security risk. A year-long legal fight over the buildings went to the Israeli Supreme Court in May, when the court cleared the way for demolition.

Whole Foods, A Retailer That Once Promoted Organics And Purity, Is Now Sponsoring ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ That’s Aimed At Grooming Young Children For Pedophiles
Not only are Whole Foods’ product offerings filthy from a food science point of view; its cultural indoctrination programs are rooted in filth and child “grooming” that prepares children to be sexually molested by adult perverts dressed as women. Drag Queen Story Hour is a front for the pedophilia wing of the extreme transgender pervert community.

Boris Johnson set to become next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader
Boris Johnson is expected to be elected leader of Britain’s governing Conservative Party and the country’s next prime minister on Tuesday, tasked with following through on his “do or die” pledge to deliver Brexit in just over three months time.

U.S. to expand rapid deportation nationwide with sweeping new rule
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday it will order more speedy deportations of immigrants who crossed illegally and are caught anywhere in the United States, expanding a program typically applied only along the southern border with Mexico. The rule set to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday would apply “expedited removal” to any illegal crossers who cannot prove to immigration agents that they have been living in the country for two years. Legal experts said it was a dramatic expansion of a program that cuts out review by an immigration judge.

77% of Religious Zionist Israelis Want the Right to Pray on the Temple Mount
A survey conducted by the Direct Polls Institute last week revealed that in Israel’s religious Zionist communities, there is an across-the-board consensus regarding the Temple Mount reports Makor Rishon. The survey was backed by entrepreneur Shlomo Ben-Zvi and included 569 Religious Zionist (Israeli) participants. 77.6% of those surveyed support or strongly supports (25.4% support and 52.2% strongly support) allowing freedom of worship to Jews in the Temple Mount area as opposed to only 9.7% who oppose or strongly oppose it …

Greek Orthodox Church Uses Nefarious Replacement Theology to Protest Legal Sale of Jerusalem Hotel to Jews
A real estate deal in Jerusalem has pitted the Greek Orthodox Church against Jews who want to live in Jerusalem and like many such conflicts, the real issue may go much deeper than money.

Houthi rebels raise close to $300,000 for cash-strapped Hezbollah
A radio station broadcasting in support of the Houthi rebels in…Yemen has raised close to $300,000 in fundraising campaign for Lebanon’s Hezbollah which is facing increasing financial pressure from American sanctions on Iran. The radio station…published a video…showing…bundles of cash alongside…men chanting “From Yemen the faith to Lebanon’s resistance, salute to the well-being of Yemen,” “Death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews.”

MI6 fears Iran used Russian GPS tech to send UK tanker off course – report
MI6 and GCHQ are investigating the possibility that Iran used Russian GPS “spoofing” technology that produces incorrect location data to send the British-flagged Stena Impero off course into Iranian waters before it was seized by IRGC forces… “Russia has the technology to spoof GPS and may have helped Iran in this venture as it was extremely brazen,” said an anonymous security source in a report published by the Daily Mail.

South Korea fires warning shots at Russian military aircraft
South Korea says its jets fired warning shots at a Russian surveillance plane that entered its airspace on Tuesday. Officials said the plane twice violated the airspace over the Dokdo/Takeshima islands, which are occupied by Seoul but also claimed by Japan. South Korea’s Ministry of Defence said it scrambled fighter jets in response and fired 360 machine-gun rounds.

Eight EU nations agree migrants deal, France says
France says eight EU countries have agreed to share the resettlement of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean – but Italy is not one of them. President Emmanuel Macron says another six nations backed in principle a Franco-German plan at talks in Paris. He says he will not agree to releasing EU structural funds to countries that refuse to share the burden.

US expands powers to deport migrants without going to court
The US government is introducing a new fast-track deportation process that will bypass immigration courts. Under the new rules, migrants who cannot prove they have been in the US continuously for more than two years can be immediately deported. Until now, expedited deportations could only be applied to those detained near the border who had been in the US for less than two weeks.

US denounces Venezuela aircraft’s ‘unsafe approach’
The United States military has accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of endangering the crew of a US navy plane in international airspace. The Venezuelan plane made an “unsafe approach” and “aggressively shadowed” the US reconnaissance aircraft over the Caribbean Sea, US Southern Command said on Sunday. Venezuela said the US plane had entered Venezuelan airspace without permission.

Massive protests held in Puerto Rico after governor refuses to step down
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Puerto Rico to demand the resignation of the island’s embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló. It comes a day after Mr Rosselló said he would not step down over a leaked online chat in which he and top aides exchanged obscenity-laced messages. He said he would leave office next year, at the end of his term.

Resistant malaria spreading in South East Asia
Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say. The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs. Researchers say the findings raise the “terrifying prospect” drug-resistance could spread to Africa.

Army Lets Slip That It’s Conducting Secret Operation Around D.C.
The Pentagon has revealed a few details about a secret Army mission that has Black Hawk helicopters flying missions over the Washington, D.C., area backed by active-duty and reserve soldiers. The mysterious classified operation was disclosed when the Army asked Congress for approval to shift funds to provide an extra $1.55 million for aircraft maintenance, air crews and travel in support of an “emerging classified flight mission.”

Hamas meets Iran’s supreme leader during warm visit in Tehran
Iran’s state TV says a delegation from the Palestinian militant group Hamas that is visiting Iran has met with the country’s supreme leader. The TV report on Monday says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held talks with Hamas’ deputy chief, Saleh al-Arouri, who is heading the delegation. The Hamas delegation also met with Kamal Kharrazi, an adviser to Khamenei.

North Korea’s Kim inspects new submarine, signals possible ballistic missile development
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large newly built submarine, state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signaling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program. Kim inspected the operational and tactical data and combat weapon systems of the submarine that was built under “his special attention”, and will be operational in the waters off the east coast, KCNA said.

Japan scrambles fighters to intercept Russian and Chinese planes
Japan’s military scrambled fighter aircraft to intercept Russian and Chinese planes, it said on Tuesday, including an observation jet at which South Korean forces fired warning shots after it entered airspace over an island claimed by both Seoul and Tokyo. Japan, like South Korea, identified two Chinese H-6 bombers and two Russian TU-95 bombers flying over the strait between the countries.

Intense cold front to make landfall in South Africa, Cape Town dam levels soaring to impressive new heights
South African Weather Service issued severe weather warnings and watches for part of the country as an intense cold front, currently positioned SW of South Africa, is expected to make landfall overnight tonight July 22 into 23, 2019 with a second front following closely tomorrow. The cold fronts are expected to result in a significant drop in temperatures, windy and wet conditions as well as snow in the western and southern parts of the country.

Philippines declares national emergency after more than 100,000 people contract Dengue fever
Health officials in the Philippines declared a national emergency this week after a record-breaking 106,630 cases of Dengue fever were reported since January.

At least 50 dead pilot whales wash up on remote beach in Iceland
At least 50 dead whales were discovered washed up on a remote beach in Iceland by a group of sightseers Thursday.

The Bones Of 15-Year Old Murder Victim Emanuela Orlandi May Just Have Been Discovered Under The Vatican As The Catholic Church Denies Being Involved In Her Disappearance
From the time it was created by Rome in the 4th century, the Roman Catholic Church has always been filled with death, murder and intrigue, with the penultimate part of the RCC being the demon-filled Vatican. Yesterday, the bones of 15-year old Emanuela Orlandi who went missing in the Vatican 36 years ago may finally discovered, but the really gruesome thing is that while looking for her, investigators found piles and piles of bones belonging to untold victims.

IWV – Children are Being Rented Out to Cross the Border With Strangers
It’s hard to believe, but there are hundreds of asylum seekers attempting to enter the United States more easily by “renting” children. This “family fraud,” as it’s called, has become a focus for Arizona border control after at least 700 claims were filed. The individuals in question reportedly were found attempting to enter the country with children who weren’t their own, allegedly rented from smugglers.

Oregon approves ‘mental health days’ for students
Important news about the Shroud of Turin, believed by millions to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ, has been flagrantly under-reported.

Shroud of Turin: New Test Concludes 1988 ‘Medieval Hoax’ Dating Was a Fraud
Important news about the Shroud of Turin, believed by millions to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ, has been flagrantly under-reported.

Trump takes action against child trafficking foster care system, dealing huge blow to left-wing deep state pedophilia
Back in February, President Trump quietly signed into law the “Family First Prevention Services Act” which, when it finally comes into effect on October 1, will greatly curtail abuses within the foster care system that facilitate the child sex trafficking and pedophilia rings operated undercover by the evil, left-wing deep state

Viral Russian FaceApp Now Owns the Personal Data of Over 150 Million People
The smartphone app FaceApp has recently gone viral across social media as people all over the world use the eerie photo filter, which uses AI to digitally age your face, to share hilarious images of how they will look in the future.

Severe flooding death toll in India, Nepal and Bangladesh surpasses 300
Death toll from intense flooding in parts of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal surpassed 300 on July 22, 2019.

California’s Homeless Crisis Has Reached “Epic Proportions”
The homeless crisis in the Democrat stronghold of California has reached epic proportions. Even after throwing billions of dollars at the problem, the state is unable to solve the epidemic they created.

Why Is America the Loneliest Nation on the Face of the Earth?
…Many studies show that the Christian religion has declined from 90% to about half of the country actively embrace Christianity. In many cases, Satanic cults have taken the place of Jesus. The net effect is that, in particular, our young people are spiritually bankrupt.

Election Fraud: Brenda Snipes Destroyed Ballots & Allowed Aliens, Felons to Vote
As the controversy swirls around the election results in Florida, at the eye of the storm is an official who has a long history of losing and destroying ballots and breaking laws by allowing felons and illegal immigrants to vote.


Headlines – 7/23/2019

Jared Kushner on Mid-East peace: ‘We’ve turned the battleship, making serious progress’

Khamenei: Palestinians have ‘precision missiles’ to resist US peace plan

Iran: US seeks to destroy ‘Palestinian identity’

Hamas Official Tells Iranian Leader Group Is Tehran Regime’s ‘First Line of Defense’

Liberman claims PM nixed his plan to assassinate Hamas chief

Bahrain, Jordan, France among those condemning Jerusalem area demolitions

Settlement watchdog says West Bank outposts boom under Trump

Ilhan Omar Says Boycotting Israel Is Like Boycotting Nazi Germany

Facing growing anger, Corbyn pushes speedy expulsion of anti-Semites from Labour

Saudi blogger visiting Israel attacked by Palestinians at Temple Mount

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox riot, block roads over draft-dodger arrest

Lithuanian FM: Israel’s rapprochement with Russia is ‘shortsighted’

IAF jet accidentally fired missile into Syrian territory last month

Israel expects to encounter urban warfare in possible future war in Syria

Netanyahu: Iran ‘just waiting’ for my opponents to come to power

Iran not seeking confrontation, Tehran says in message for Boris Johnson

Iran says it dismantled CIA spy ring, arrests 17, sentences some to death: report

Britain says it is planning European-led protection force in Persian Gulf

UK must look after its own ships in the Gulf, says Pompeo

Ships Urged to Alert U.K. Navy Before Sailing Through Strait of Hormuz

Iran says it’s watching all US ships in Gulf, keeping record of their movements

Trump says chance of making a deal with Iran is dwindling

China says it strongly opposes US sanctions on Chinese firm over Iran oil

Libya’s Mitiga airport halts air traffic after it is targeted by air strike

Arab Coalition downs Houthi drones targeting civilian areas in Asir

Experts fear deserted oil tanker off Yemen could explode

Trump, Pakistan’s Khan discuss way out of Afghanistan war

Pakistan PM says country’s intelligence led CIA to bin Laden

Tajikistan says one killed in violence at Kyrgyzstan border

Violent Pro-China ‘Triad’ Mob Attacks Hong Kong Protesters, No Arrests Made

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Trump says China’s Xi has acted responsibly on Hong Kong protests

N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un inspects new submarine, points out weapons systems

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South Koreans fire warning shots at Russian jet

Russia denies its strategic bombers violated S. Korean air space

Trump attacks Mueller ahead of testimony on Russia probe

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Microsoft invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence project co-founded by Elon Musk

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Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

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Tropical depression forms, could bring flooding rain to South Florida this week

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Con Edison, other utility stocks take a hit after customers lose power in heat wave

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Israeli researchers develop algorithm to predict infectious diseases

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Candace Owens: Trump Tweet About ‘The Squad’ Is ‘100% Truth;’ ‘Stop Defending These Racists’ | cnsnews

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“Stop defending these racists,” conservative commentator and Blexit leader Candice Owens urged on Twitter Monday, referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) “Squad” of far-left Democrat congresswomen.

Owens was replying to a tweet by President Donald Trump declaring The Squad “a very racist group of troublemakers.” In voicing her agreement with Trump, Owens pointed to a racial slur about Trump advisor KellyAnne Conway made by The Squad’s Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.):

“This is 100% truth. The media ignored @AyannaPressley referring to KellyAnne Conway as “Becky”—a RACIST perjorative.

“They’ve ignored @AOC’s multiple RACIST attacks on ANY white person that questions her.

@IlhanMN openly HATES Jewish people.

“Stop defending these RACISTS!”

On July 9, Pressley referred to Conway as “Becky,” a slur of white women, NewsWeek reports:

The term “Becky,” used to disparage so-called “basic” white women, gained national notoriety in the 1992 hip-hop classic “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. Two white women can be heard saying, “Oh, my, God Becky, look at her butt/ It is so big, she looks like/ One of those rap guys’ girlfriends,” at the outset of the iconic song.

Owens post was made in reply to the following post by Pres. Trump criticizing The Squad’s racism and opposition to border security:

The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border…And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!

Owens’ “Blexit” movement seeks to introduce conservative values to urban society.

Source: Candace Owens: Trump Tweet About ‘The Squad’ Is ‘100% Truth;’ ‘Stop Defending These Racists’

RenewAmerica Newsletter for July 23, 2019

July 22, 2019
SIENA HOEFLING — Justice Clarence Thomas recently said that all pro-life regulatory laws are useless in overturning Roe v. Wade. Not in so many words. But you may have heard that Justice Thomas joined progressives on the Supreme Court June 28, 2019, in refusing to hear a case on dismemberment abortions. In rejecting Harris v. West Alabama Women’s Center, Justice Thomas laid out the reason behind his vote. Thomas said he denied certiorari because nothing about the case asked the Court to revisit its precedent…. (more)


July 22, 2019
REV. MARK H. CREECH — This week the Washington Examiner reported that Pastor Andrew Brunson said he was “astounded at the speed with which the U.S. is imploding” and that he predicts persecution of Christians will follow. Brunson is the evangelical Presbyterian missionary to Turkey who spent two years in a Turkish prison. He was falsely accused of being part of a failed coup attempt against that country’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The charges against Brunson resulting in his unjust imprisonment triggered a war of words and diplomatic struggles between Turkey and the U.S. government…. (more)

July 22, 2019
ANDREW MCCARTHY — The president can be very entertaining, but I don’t pay much attention to political rallies, including his famously raucous ones. For the faithful, the rallies are fun spectacles, like rock concerts or ball games. I don’t think they can be taken too seriously, except perhaps as a gauge of the president’s support. Not in lieu of polls, but in conjunction. And with healthy skepticism: The polls have a history of undercounting Trump supporters, but the ardor of the Trump base on display at the rallies should not be confounded with national enthusiasm for the Trump presidency – – though it may signal more openness to it, especially in light of the increasingly radical alternative…. (more)

July 22, 2019
JOHN FUND — About every other year, I make it a point to stop by Netroots Nation, the annual gathering of thousands of progressive activists, to take the temperature of the American Left. One year, I was even invited to join a panel, and I enjoyed jousting with attendees while playing the role of piñata at their party…. (more)

July 22, 2019
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Democrats are hoping former special counsel Robert Mueller’s July 24 testimony before Congress next week will provide the impetus needed to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Congress last week voted to table articles of impeachment against Trump…. (more)

July 22, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, was forced out of her job Tuesday…. (more)


July 22, 2019
NEWSMAX — Iran’s ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday as a UK official failed to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker. Britain has called Iran’s capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday a “hostile act.”… (more)

July 22, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — There will be furious embarrassment in the British government this evening over Iran’s seizure of two British oil tankers today. One of those tankers is British-flagged, and the other is British-owned. Still, Iran has made a strategic miscalculation here…. (more)

July 22, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump said he is confident U.S. forces on Thursday shot down an Iranian drone off Iran’s southern coast, after Iran denied losing any of its unmanned aircraft over the Gulf. “No doubt about it, no – – we shot it down,” Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony Friday…. (more)

July 22, 2019
NEWSMAX — The “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” has raised questions about the removal of Japanese and Taiwanese flags on actor Tom Cruise’s famed jacket, The Japan Times reported. Cruise’s jacket, worn by his character Maverick, had shown those flags in the 1980s “Top Gun,” but the 2019 sequel replaces them as the movie is co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Chinese company Tencent, which both declined comment, per the report…. (more)


July 20, 2019
NEW YORK POST — President Trump made a guest appearance at a wedding at his Bedminster, NJ, golf resort on Saturday that left the bride and groom chanting, “USA! USA!” The president, who’s spending the weekend at the resort, walked into the wedding reception for Nicole Marie and PJ Mongelli, according to video of the event…. (more)


July 20, 2019
NEWSMAX — House Democrats are slamming a resolution from Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar that would endorse the right to boycott Israel, with one longtime party member saying the proposal is “dead on arrival.” “I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution,” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., told The Jerusalem Post on Friday…. (more)


July 20, 2019
But even hometown daily says she’s stonewalling
WORLDNETDAILY — The local daily newspaper that has provided enthusiastic coverage of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over the past several years says the Muslim congresswoman has been uncooperative with attempts to resolve the accusation that she committed immigration fraud by marrying her brother…. (more)

July 20, 2019
HUMAN EVENTS — Last week, President Trump suggested that a few particularly acerbic critics of his immigration policies should pack up and leave. For that, he was branded a racist. What’s really going on here? In 1978, the great Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was invited to give the commencement address at Harvard University. In his speech, the exiled dissident harshly criticized Western news reporting for endorsing “fashionable trends of thought and ideas” while suppressing “independent-minded people from giving their contribution to public life.”… (more)

July 20, 2019
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump marked the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon at an Oval Office meeting Friday with former Apollo 11 astronauts . Flanked by Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and the family of mission commander Neil Armstrong in the Oval Office, Trump was briefed on his administration’s plans to send astronauts back to the moon and onto Mars, as well as advances in commercial spaceflight and the reusability of space systems…. (more)

July 19, 2019
NEWSMAX — The U.S. Marine Corps used a new anti-drone system that is mounted to an all-terrain vehicle to down an Iranian drone on Thursday, Military.com reports. The Marine Corps’ Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System, also known as LMADIS, was able to jam a drone that President Donald Trump said came within 1,000 yards of a Navy vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity…. (more)


July 19, 2019
Trump announced situation was ‘latest of many provocative and hostile actions’
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. Navy shot down a threatening Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. The defensive action, he said, came after drone operators refused to “stand down.” The aircraft then was “immediately destroyed,” the president said…. (more)


July 18, 2019
Likens Jewish state to Nazis, Imperialist Japan, USSR
ART MOORE — Seeking to counter a House resolution to condemn the global boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., are co-sponsoring a resolution that would assert a right to boycott the Jewish state…. (more)

July 18, 2019
CONRAD BLACK — As we settle into high summer and the period of maximum difficulty in finding anything to fill in hours of television news, especially 24/7 news television, two well-established political trends are emerging in this pre-electoral period: The president’s opponents continue to dig themselves into foxholes that they will not be able to escape, and the president’s tactical victories continue to be compromised by his verbal sloppiness. In completely nonpartisan terms, both phenomena are disappointing. The process of the president’s leaving verbal lapses for his enemies to exploit, and of the Democrats and national media doing so excessively, is more complicated than it seems…. (more)


July 18, 2019
‘A concentration of wealth in a small handful of elites’
WORLDNETDAILY — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, and her colleagues in the “squad” of four far-left freshman House members have captured attention of late by emphasizing the fact they are “women of color.” But the real issue for the Trump administration and the nation is that the powerful lawmakers are espousing a radical transformation of the nation’s economy and system of government…. (more)

July 18, 2019
President’s re-election strategy exposed with attack on 4 Dem women in Congress
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump has been formally condemned by the U.S. House for his Twitter confrontation with four socialist newcomers to Congress, and some Democrats want to impeach him. Consequently, the party is rallying around the most extreme, divisive and radical members that Congress ever has had…. (more)

July 18, 2019
JACK CASHILL — According to a 2016 study by the by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, self-identified liberals are three times more likely than conservatives to “unfriend” someone on social media for political reasons…. (more)

July 18, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — Facebook has labeled a quote by St. Augustine as hate speech, according to the director of a pro-life group. “Facebook has repeatedly banned a quote from St. Augustine every time I’ve posted it. And it’s not some fire and brimstone ‘Sinners are going to hell!’ quote, but in fact, quite the opposite,” wrote Domenico Bettinelli, director of community engagement for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, in a blog post…. (more)


July 18, 2019
‘It’s idiotic what they’re saying’ about Trump
WORLDNETDAILY — In a stunning moment of clarity on CNN, the Cable News Network tried and failed Tuesday to convince eight Republican women that President Trump is racist, based on his recent tweets against four minority Democratic women in Congress…. (more)

 

“Something extraordinary is happening in the Middle East.” Here’s the Fox News interview on my State Department speech on religious freedom & some signs of progress in our region.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Bad news in the Middle East — from war and terrorism to religious persecution and genocide — nearly always receives extensive media coverage in the Western press.

Good news from the region? Not so much.

That said, Lauren Green of Fox News just interviewed me about my address to last week’s State Department conference in which I discussed the extraordinary and encouraging — but woefully underreported — signs of progress in the Middle East, and about the five Evangelical Delegations we’ve led to meet with Sunni Arab leaders.

Let’s pray it’s the beginning of more coverage of both the good news as well as the bad in our part of the world — and I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the interview. 

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Voted the Best Christian Book of All Time

Reflections

What is the best Christian book of all time? (Outside of the Bible, of course.) And how could something as grand as that claim ever be determined? Well, scholars are typically never afraid to take on big challenges.

Scholar Voting

In a bracket reminiscent of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament, several years ago members of InterVarsity’sEmerging Scholars Networkpicked 64 great books written by Christian authors in four categories: (1) Theology & Apologetics, (2) Christian Life & Discipleship, (3) Fiction & Poetry, and (4) Memoirs, Devotionals, & Spirituality. At the end of the voting, St. Augustine’sConfessionsemerged as “The Best Christian Book of All Time.”1

C. S. Lewis’sMere Christianitywas runner-up, with J. R. R. Tolkien’sThe Lord of the Ringsand Dietrich Bonhoeffer’sThe Cost of Discipleshiprounding out the final four. The elite eight also includedThe Chronicles of Narniaby C…

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AUDIO: Veteran Reporter Seymour Hersh tells Ed Butowsky on Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’: “It Was a Brennan Operation – American Disinformation” (AUDIO) — The Gateway Pundit

Veteran reporter Seymour Hersh recently spoke to Ed Butowsky on the origins of the Trump-Russia witch hunt.

Hersch contacted Butowsky to question him about what he knew about Julian Assange and the leaked emails to Wikileaks.

Butowsky told Hersh the leak was from the inside.
Ed Butowsky later leaked the audio of their phone call and it was posted up on Youtube.

Hersh told Ed Butowsky the Russian witch hunt was started by CIA Director John Brennan and it was an American disinformation operation.

Seymour Hersch: Look, I’m going to tell you something and you’re just going to have to trust me. I have, what they call in my business ‘long form journalism’ a narrative on how that whole f*cking thing began. It was a Brennan Operation, it was an American disinformation and the f*cking president, at one point they even started telling the press, they were back-beating the press, the head of the NSA was going and telling the press, the f*cking cocksucker Rogers was telling the press that we even know who in the Russian intelligence service leaked it. It was all bullsh*t. They were telling the, I worked at The New York Times for years and some of The New York Times they have smart guys but they are beholden on sources… Trump’s not wrong to say they all f*cking lied about him.

Ed Butowsky released the audio conversation after Sy Hersch and Michael Isikoff published a damaging report they knew was untrue labeling Butowsky a Russian agent.

via AUDIO: Veteran Reporter Seymour Hersh tells Ed Butowsky on Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’: “It Was a Brennan Operation – American Disinformation” (AUDIO) — The Gateway Pundit