Daily Archives: July 25, 2019

July 25 Captives of Sin

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:14–30

Key Verse: Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.

Imagine what it must be like to accidentally get locked in your own bedroom. At first, you probably would not even realize it. After all, the room would be the same; there would be no reason for you to think there was a problem. Your furniture would be there, neatly arranged. Your bed would still beckon you with the hope of peaceful slumber. Your window would still offer the pleasant view that you see every day. There would really be nothing out of the ordinary.

Then, say you wanted to make a sandwich. You click the television off, climb out of bed, and head for the door. Reaching for the knob, you are immediately struck with the realization that your door lock has broken, and the door will not open. You pull and jerk on the knob, but the door does not move. You yell for help, but no one is home. You are trapped; and the worst part is, you never even realized you were a prisoner.

This scene is a bit of a parody, but it aptly represents a biblical truth: all people, whether they realize it or not, are captives of sin. Everyone is locked in his own private prison. The good news, however, is that Jesus came into the world to release the prisoners. That is, He came to free the entire world from the grip of sin.

Thank Him today for the glorious freedom offered by the Cross of Christ. He paid the fine, He bore the punishment, and He has set you free!

Father, thank You for the glorious freedom offered by the Cross. Thank You for paying the price, bearing the punishment, and setting me free![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 25 Guilt

Scripture Reading: Romans 8

Key Verse: Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

  1. A Tozer, the noted Christian author and pastor, once talked about individuals who live in the “perpetual penance of regret.”

Are you one of those persons? Do you constantly feel guilty? Are you plagued with unrelenting remorse?

Has your faith in Christ placed you on the staircase to delight and joy, or plummeted you into the cellar of perpetual regret?

The way out of your misery is receiving and extending the magnificent grace of God. Believe this once and for all—your faith in Christ has cleared your account with God. You are forgiven, for past, present, and future behavior. Your debt is paid. Your penance cannot add one merit point to your already perfect standing with your heavenly Father.

But take one more step. As you have received His forgiveness, pass it along to people who have offended you. They owe you nothing. You cannot collect anything from them—not acceptance, security, or affirmation.

Embracing God’s grace to you and extending His grace to others will destroy guilt’s destructive cycle, replacing it with an unceasing celebration of God’s amazing, unconditional love.

Precious heavenly Father, I must admit—guilt over my past often creeps in to haunt me. Free me from guilt’s destructive cycle. Replace my regrets with an unceasing celebration of Your unconditional love.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 25 Waiting for the Answer

Scripture reading: Colossians 2:6–10

Key verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:24

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Do you ever wonder whether you can trust God? Many deny their worry, but their actions speak differently. Have you ever prayed for something and felt as though your prayers were unanswered?

After a while, it is easy to think that maybe it would be okay to help God out—give Him a little shove to start things off. But you may want to consider the following: God is sovereign. He is both personal and loving. He has not forgotten you. Even though you may have to wait for the answer to your prayer, when it comes, it will be a wondrous blessing because you were willing to wait and trust the Lord for the answer.

God is infinitely wise. All knowledge about all things belongs to Him. A deep love and commitment toward those who have accepted His Son as their Savior are hallmarks of His personal care. Therefore, He has provided a way for sin to be eradicated from your life. In wisdom and mercy, He desires for you to live free from the bondage of sin and failure.

God loves perfectly and completely. He can meet all your needs. You may wonder how this can be, especially since you can’t see or touch Him. Deep within the resources of His love, contentment and a sense of peace are waiting just for you. And nothing the world offers can duplicate these things.

Heavenly Father, I thank You that through faith, I can wait for my answer.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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McCarthy Questions What Dems Have ‘Accomplished’ in the First 200 Days of the House Majority | IJR

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) isn’t offering praise to House Democrats as they mark 200 days holding the majority.

On Thursday, congressional Democrats celebrated their first 200 days since taking back the majority in the House of Representatives, in the 116th Congress, since the 2018 midterm elections.

“200 days ago, the most dynamic and diverse House Majority in history took the oath of office and then got to work,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference.

See Pelosi’s comment below:

“What I can’t figure out is…what exactly are they celebrating?” McCarthy asked in response to the House Democrats press conference. “I know the country isn’t celebrating their accomplishments because there aren’t any.”

During Thursday’ press conference, McCarthy doubled down on his criticism as he said he “can’t figure out what they’re celebrating” and “what [Democrats] have actually accomplished.”

“So what I thought I would do I’d actually go and look at what were the numbers at this moment at this time in the last Congress where there was a different majority. … In the last Congress, there were 308 bills passed at this moment. The Democrats, who have celebrated their 200 days, haven’t even passed 200 bills out of committee. They’re at 184.”

“You know why?” McCarthy asked, adding, “It was on display yesterday” during the two House hearings with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Republican lawmaker said, “I hope the failure of what they saw … is the final chapter of this book.”

Watch the press conference below:

Pointing out a recent new poll that revealed that the American people see immigration as the top issue facing the United States currently, McCarthy blasted Democrats for calling the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border “made up.”

“The American public knows it’s a crisis. The only people who do not believe it’s a crisis is the majority party inside the House of Representatives,” he said.

McCarthy continued to slam House Democratic leaders for the “total failure on their part” in holding the Mueller hearings, all awhile they’ve “wasted America’s time, there has been a crisis at the border.”

Source: McCarthy Questions What Dems Have ‘Accomplished’ in the First 200 Days of the House Majority

Meet The Former Epstein ‘Sex Slave’ Who Helped Recruit Underage Girls For The ‘Lolita Express’ | ZeroHedge News

While anybody even remotely familiar with the Epstein story knows that his actions were irredeemably heinous, there are other characters in Epstein’s orbit – characters who may have participated in what appears to be a global sex-trafficking ring – who are more complicated.

One of those characters is a 32-year-old model named Nadia Marcinko. Marcinko, who was once described in court documents as Epstein’s “in-house sex slave” was ferried out of Slovakia on Epstein’s private jet when she was just 15, and lived with the billionaire for years after, Wired reports.

Now working as a commercial pilot, Marcinko is clearly hoping the media will gloss over her involvement with Epstein. She refuses to talk to reporters, and even uses a slightly modified version of her last name (she was once known as Nadia Marcinkova).

A reporter at Wired tried to look into Marcinko’s past to parse whether she was a willing, or unwilling, participant in Epstein’s crimes, and whether she was also one of his youngest victims. Some of Epstein’s other victims told police that Marcinko pressured them to sleep with both her and Epstein. Though her history of flying with Epstein is harder to pin down due to Epstein’s record-keeping practices (he only recorded the first names of underage girls in flight logs, if at all), but it’s become clear that during her first decade in the country, from roughly 2000 to the beginning of Epstein’s prison sentence, she frequently flew between Epstein’s properties in New York, Palm Beach, Monterey, Columbus, Ohio and the Azores. A pilot who once worked for Epstein testified that she had flown with him hundreds of times.

Marcinko’s relationship with Epstein presumably ended when she was given immunity from prosecution in 2008 after being named an accomplice. It’s still not entirely clear how she came to live with Epstein. Was she ‘sold’ to him by family members in Bratislava? Or did she run away with him willingly, hoping for a more glamorous life?

Whatever happened, as Wired claims, Marcinko is part of a small group of people who are both victims of Epstein and possible abusers.

Her testimony could again be useful. That is, if she ultimately avoids being implicated as a ‘rape facilitator’.

Source: Meet The Former Epstein ‘Sex Slave’ Who Helped Recruit Underage Girls For The ‘Lolita Express’

Mueller Testimony Post-Mortem: Two Years Of Russiagate Coverage In Two Minutes | ZeroHedge News

“The beginning of the end of the Trump presidency…”

“The tipping point…”

“The walls are closing in…”

“Trump’s going down…”

“He will not serve out his term…”


“Trump is in trouble…”

“Trump’s going down…”

“He will not serve out his term – no way, no how”

“He’s done!” 

“This will be the watershed week…”

“Today is a turning point…” 

“Rumblings of the word ‘impeachment’…”

“A new bombshell…”

“Trump will resign…”

“Tipping point!”

Meanwhile, in July 2019 no less than The New York Times editorial board laments that Trump-Kremlin relations are not close enough, as Trump’s “approach has been ham-handed” – the ‘paper of record’ now tells us.

Is this some kind of mea culpa? Not quite, perhaps more like being shamelessly self-unaware.

“President Trump is correct to try to establish a sounder relationship with Russia…”  — Editorial Board, New York Times, 7-22-19

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The above Times statement from this week is certainly real  absurd and astoundingly hypocritical as it all is (given the NY Times for years led the way with Russophobic and fear-mongering headlines, effectively undermining the ability of the US to establish a sounder relationship with Moscow, which it now calls for without an inkling of shame over its recent record)  but the below, unfortunately, is not…

Source: Mueller Testimony Post-Mortem: Two Years Of Russiagate Coverage In Two Minutes

Aftermath of Mueller…. — The Last Refuge

What happened yesterday with Robert Mueller’s testimony was a public fiasco. However, for those who have followed the construct of the scheme team assembly from the outset, it was not surprising.

After watching how the special counsel couldn’t respond to appropriate questioning, I sat down to summarize three years of review against the backdrop of Mueller’s appearance and realized everything I was writing was previously written.  Almost word for word.

Then I became angry.  Not angry in the outrage sense of the word, but angry at the obvious construct to the fraud.  A frustrating sense of anger; because if we could see all of this back in early 2018 it must be obvious to those much closer to the epicenter in DC, and yet this fraud just continues.

Responding to reader questions in March 2018 I wrote an article specifically about Robert Mueller and why he was essentially irrelevant in the larger picture.  I don’t often request a review of prior research, but this time it’s important.  Please read what was written on March 31st, 2018, [SEE HERE]

If we could see the issues, including the cognitive incapacity with Robert Mueller, a full year-and-a-half ago, well, the leadership in around the institutions of government (specifically the DOJ and FBI) would obviously be able to see it; yet nothing was done.

In March 2018 Jeff Sessions was U.S. Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein was Deputy Attorney General, Chris Wray was FBI Director and David Bowditch was Deputy FBI Director.

March 2018 was also eight months before the mid-term election.

That March 2018 article about Robert Mueller was written before the first IG report on Andrew McCabe was released (April ’18). That March 2018 article was written before the IG report on DOJ/FBI bias in the Clinton investigation was released (June ’18); and that article about Robert Mueller’s purpose was written two months before the IG investigation of FISA abuse even began (May ’18).

CTH is not gifted with any foresight or special insight, so if we could see Robert Mueller and his purpose within the “small group” obviously those closest to the issues at hand would know even more and yet…

Hence the frustrated anger.

Here we sit…. in the same place we were in March 2018… waiting, once again for another DOJ Inspector General Report… sometime in the “near” future.

Meanwhile, all of the people in/around the current investigative review of the Inspector General are exactly the same people in/around the prior two investigative reviews of the Inspector General.  In essence, the IG investigation that began on January 17th, 2017, is one long continuum of the same IG review still ongoing thirty-one months later.

The only difference in IG report #3 is the subject matter, this time FISA abuse.  All of the central characters are exactly the same.  All of the institutions being reviewed are exactly the same.  It’s one long IG review into exactly the same suspects, and..

…Every minute spent outraged at what Muller did yesterday, is one minute less that Bill Barr has to be worried about being held accountable for what he is not doing today…

♦ President Trump can prove the July 31st, 2016, Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence operation originated from a scheme within the intelligence apparatus by exposing the preceding CIA operation that created the originating “Electronic Communication” memo. Declassify that two-page “EC” document that Brennan gave to Comey.  [The trail is found within the Weissmann report and the use of Alexander Downer – SEE HERE]

♦ Release and declassify all of the Comey memos that document the investigative steps taken by the FBI as an outcome of the operation coordinated by CIA Director John Brennan in early 2016.  [The trail was memorialized by James Comey – SEE HERE]

♦ Reveal the November 2015 through April 2016 FISA-702 search query abuse by declassifying the April 2017 court opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer. Show the FBI contractors behind the 85% fraudulent search queries. [Crowdstrike? Fusion-GPS? Nellie Ohr? Daniel Richman?]  This was a weaponized surveillance and domestic political spying operation. [The trail was laid down in specific detail by Judge Collyer – SEE HERE]

♦ Subpoena former DOJ-NSD (National Security Division) head John Carlin, or haul him in front of a grand jury, and get his testimony about why he hid the abuse from the FISA court in October 2016; why the DOJ-NSD rushed the Carter Page application to beat NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers to the FISA court; and why Carlin quit immediately thereafter.

♦ Prove the Carter Page FISA application (October 2016) was fraudulent and based on deceptions to the FISA Court. Declassify the entire document, and release the transcripts of those who signed the application(s); and/or depose those who have not yet testified. The creation of the Steele Dossier was the cover-up operation. [SEE HERE]

♦ Release all of the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages without redactions. Let sunlight pour in on the actual conversation(s) that were taking place when Crossfire Hurricane (July ’16) and the FISA Application (Oct ’16) were taking place.  The current redactions were made by the people who weaponized the intelligence system for political surveillance and spy operation.  This is why Page and Strzok texts are redacted!

♦ Release all of Bruce Ohr 302’s, FBI notes from interviews and debriefing sessions, and other relevant documents associated with the interviews of Bruce Ohr and his internal communications. Including exculpatory evidence that Bruce Ohr may have shared with FBI Agent Joseph Pientka. [And get a deposition from this Pientka fella] Bruce Ohr is the courier, carrying information from those outside to those on the inside.

♦ Release the August 2nd, 2017, two-page scope memo provided by DAG Rod Rosenstein to special counsel Robert Mueller to advance the fraudulent Trump investigation, and initiate the more purposeful obstruction of justice investigation. Also Release the October 20th, 2017, second scope memo recently discovered.  The Scope Memos are keys to unlocking the underlying spy/surveillance cover-up. [SEE HERE and SEE HERE]


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