Daily Archives: August 25, 2019

August 25 Peace with Others

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:10–18

Key Verse: Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Have you ever encountered a person who would not allow you to be kind to them? Despite your loving comments or gestures, perhaps they insulted you or accused you of having some ulterior motive. How should Christians respond to those who will not accept another’s attempt at peace?

While the New Testament contains several passages instructing believers to practice peace, Romans 12:18 does so with the understanding that some people will not accept your peace offerings. As such, the apostle Paul added two qualifications to the command to be peaceful.

First was the condition, “If it is possible.” This indicated that there are times when peace with another person is not possible. These people may not be interested in a peaceful environment, or they may even enjoy causing other people harm.

Second was the phrase, “as much as depends on you.” This should only be taken to mean as far as you can go without sacrificing your God-given principles. When one’s conditions for peace countermand God’s rules for living, then this peace is unacceptable.

Despite the occasions when peace may be impossible, it is still the Christian’s responsibility to seek peace. Do not use the above qualifications as an excuse to give up. You will only be excused when you have made every effort for peace.

Lord, I realize it is my responsibility to seek peace. Help me to make every effort to achieve peace with others.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 248). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 25 The Power Within

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26–29

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:27

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.

In his book The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, R. A. Torrey wrote,

The Holy Spirit dwells in every child of God. In some, however, He dwells way back of consciousness in the hidden sanctuary of their spirit. He is not allowed to take possession as He desires of the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. Some therefore are not distinctly conscious of His indwelling, but He is there nonetheless.

What a solemn, and yet what a glorious thought, that in me dwells this August person, the Holy Spirit. If we are children of God, we are not so much to pray that the Spirit may come and dwell in us, for He does that already. We are rather to recognize His presence, His gracious and glorious indwelling, and give to Him complete control of the house He already inhabits, and strive so to live as not to grieve this holy one, this divine guest.

How considerately we ought to treat these bodies and how sensitively we ought to shun everything that will defile them. How carefully we ought to walk in all things so as not to grieve Him who dwells within us.

When we grieve God’s Spirit through sin or wrongful attitudes, we miss the full benefits of His presence. The power that indwells us is the same power that indwelled Christ while He was on earth. Pray and ask Him to reveal Himself to you today in a fresh new way.

O Lord, thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit that is at work in me. Reveal Yourself to me today in a fresh new way.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 248). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

EXCLUSIVE: John Brennan Caught in Another Big One – Claims Ignorance of Material Events Involving Trump – Russia Collusion Conspiracy While in Office — The Gateway Pundit

Former Obama CIA Director and current MSNBC contributor John Brennan is believed by some to be the architect of the Russia-Collusion sham.  He now claims he doesn’t know much about the topic!

John Brennan is said to be the mastermind of the coup to remove President Trump from office. Much of this sham started with the still unproven conspiracy that Hillary Clinton’s emails were stolen by Russia.  Once the emails were stolen, they were supposedly used by Russia to damage the US election and Hillary Clinton.

For example, we first hear of “dirt on Hillary” meaning Hillary’s leaked emails in the Papadopoulos setup by the Deep State:

House Democrats’ claim against Papadopoulos:  “Russians, through intermediaries, informed one of candidate Trump’s five named foreign policy advisors, George Papadopoulos, in April 2016 that the Russian government had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails” [source].

The Deep State is trying to claim that the ‘dirt’ term originated with the April 26, 2016, meeting between Professor Mifsud and George Papadopolous:

According to the Deep State, George Papadopoulos met with Professor Joseph Mifsud in London on this date.  Mifsud says Putin has thousands of Clinton emails.  Mr. Mifsud said he had returned from meetings with high-level officials in Moscow. There, he said, he learned that the Russians had “dirt” on Mrs. Clinton as Mr. Papadopoulos later told the F.B.I. Mifsud later denies having said that. [source]

Also, the always anti-Trump House Democrats claim that Mifsud showed Papadopoulos a preview of these leaked emails during this meeting:

In evidence before the FISA Court, the DOJ also revealed that the Russians previewed the release of this information to Mr. Papadopoulos at that time [source].

But the real question here is, when did the FBI/CIA/NSA learn about this “dirt on Hillary”?  Well, if the meeting occurred on April 26, 2016, Brennan said he discussed the “dirt on Hillary Clinton” with Jim Comey and Mike Rogers:

BRENNAN: Well, first, I knew that it was a very intense Russian effort to interfere in the election, number one. Number two, I am well aware and have a lot of experience in observing what the Russians will do to try to suborn American citizens, to get American citizens to work for them. And this was a very intensive effort. And, so, as I said in my op-ed, myself and Jim Comey and Mike Rogers at the NSA, we talked about the importance of making sure that our radar, our collection radar was up so that we had early indications – or be able to uncover – any effort on the part of the Russians to work with American citizens. 

The American citizens were reaching out to the Russians, as well, to see what they could get, see if they could [get] any dirt on Hillary Clinton.  So, my radar was going because I knew the Russians were engaged in this effort and I was aware of contacts with American citizens  – that may have been totally innocent on the American citizens’ part and maybe they weren’t abetting at all.

So it’s safe to assume that the FBI/CIA/NSA learned about the “dirt on Hillary Clinton” somewhere in between April 26, 2016 (date of the Mifsud-Papadopolous meeting where the term allegedly originated) and August 5, 2016 when the FBI/CIA/NSA started reporting on the issue.

But Brennan recently gave an interview to Rachell Maddow where he said he didn’t know the Russians were looking for Clinton’s emails until after he left office:

BRENNAN: So many things I learned since I left office because of what has appeared in the press. You know, the Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr. and others. And also when I was CIA director, I didn’t know that it was the day that Mr. Trump basically gave a public call to the Russians to find Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, that it was in fact the same day that the GRU was actively looking for it (“it” being the emails) [source].

Brennan is not telling the truth again.  For him to suggest that he didn’t know about the Trump Tower setup with Donald Trump, Jr. or to suggest that the he didn’t know of the events involving Papadopoulos and Misfud until after he was out of office are preposterous.

We know that Brennan had regular weekly meetings in the White House where he brought the documents to be shared and let no one leave the meeting with this material.  He didn’t email the material in order to prevent a paper trail.  It wasn’t in Obama’s daily brief, it was too sensitive.  All the king pins in the Trump – Russia farce were there, from Obama on down.

It’s likely that Brennan didn’t just know about the Hillary email sham and all its ingredients but he likely put it all together.

Hat tip D. Manny

via EXCLUSIVE: John Brennan Caught in Another Big One – Claims Ignorance of Material Events Involving Trump – Russia Collusion Conspiracy While in Office — The Gateway Pundit

Videotapes and Documents Show That Paige Patterson Continued to Cover Up for Abusive Pastor Even After He Confessed to His Crimes — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Videotapes and letters from almost 30 years ago are providing insights into how a prominent Southern Baptist leader defended and tried to rehabilitate a popular but predatory pastor. In its ongoing investigation into sexual-abuse coverups in America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Houston Chronicle this week described the newly unearthed documents.

According to the paper’s review of letters, interviews, and almost five hours of tapes, former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president and seminary president Paige Patterson “personally investigated and downplayed” abuse claims against Darrell Gilyard, a pastor he’d mentored. The items also show how Patterson and others attempted to blame and silence Gilyard’s accusers while maintaining the pastor’s reputation and career.

Patterson Defended Darrell Gilyard as a “spokesman of God” 

Gilyard received national attention when televangelist Jerry Falwell featured his “miracle story”—including a background of homelessness that was later questioned. Though Gilyard lacked pastoral training, his charismatic delivery earned him the title of “the black Dr. Vines,” referring to Jerry Vines, another former SBC president who mentored him.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, allegations against Gilyard emerged from several SBC churches he served in Texas and Oklahoma. Even after Gilyard confessed to some claims and resigned from Victory Baptist Church near Dallas in 1991, tapes show Patterson defended Gilyard and spoke about “sins” committed by his accusers, who were “not innocent either.”

Patterson hailed Gilyard as “a spokesman of God” and “one of the most brilliant men who has ever stepped into the pulpit.” He asked church members not to publicly discuss the situation—something Patterson also did in 1987, when Gilyard resigned from another Dallas-area Baptist church after 20 women accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.

In a 1987 letter to E.K. Bailey, pastor of Concord Missionary Baptist Church, Patterson urged Bailey to “forget the past” and keep quiet while Patterson tried to “rehabilitate the gifted young preacher” from “mistakes.” Patterson wrote that Gilyard “is no longer a problem to you” and “is worth salvage,” asking Bailey “not to disparage him any further.”

That year, partly due to recommendations from Patterson, Gilyard was hired at Hilltop Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma. More accusations soon arose, and in a 1989 letter, Patterson admitted to Hilltop’s co-pastor, Dan Maxwell, that it had been “unwise” to promote Gilyard until he’d learned “lessons of life that are important.” Patterson also indicated that any allegations against Gilyard needed to be substantiated by two or more witnesses.

Patterson promised to monitor Gilyard, who was directed to see Dallas counselor Don Simpkins in the late ’80s. During a meeting with eight accusers, Gilyard, and Patterson, Simpkins says Patterson focused on the women’s pasts and frightened them out of pressing charges. The counselor called the situation “a dog and pony show,” saying Patterson stopped taking his calls after Simpkins told him Gilyard “needed to be removed from ministry.”

Gilyard Continued Preaching But Eventually Was Convicted

Gilyard continued to gain popularity, however, and preached at the SBC pastors’ conference in 1989 and 1991. At Victory, allegations of sexual misconduct continued. The newly discovered tapes feature comments from Martha Dixius, a social worker at Victory, who describes Gilyard’s accusers as traumatized and “hurting.” Dixius, now deceased, says in the tape: “There is a lot of depression… It is eating [the women] alive.”

After his 1991 resignation, Gilyard headed to Jacksonville, Florida. In 1996, the insurer of Gilyard’s church paid $300,000 to settle sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Patterson eventually cut ties with Gilyard. Vines, who’d once written that Gilyard shouldn’t be leading a church, wrote in his autobiography that he “had no other option but to forgive” Gilyard after the pastor admitted “moral failings” to him about 2003. Five years later, Vines wrote that he saw “the first sign that I had been misled” by Gilyard.

via Videotapes and Documents Show That Paige Patterson Continued to Cover Up for Abusive Pastor Even After He Confessed to His Crimes — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

August 25 Running to the Father

Scripture reading: John 21:15–19

Key verse: John 13:38

Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.”

Peter spoke passionately to Jesus, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake”(John 13:37). The Lord’s response left His disciple feeling grief stricken and out of control: “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times” (John 13:38).

We know the story well: Peter ended up denying Jesus, not once but three times. It was the pinnacle of temptation: tempting you to deny Christ as your Lord and intimate Friend. Although nothing can keep you from the saving love of God, not even the vilest sin, entertaining thoughts of temptation certainly quenches His Spirit.

Turn a few pages farther in the book of John, and discover the goodness of God’s mercy. The risen Lord was talking to Peter, and He made a point of encouraging and reinstating His wayward disciple (John 21:15–18). This is what Jesus does for you whenever you yield to temptation.

After Peter denied Christ, he remained with the others. He did not leave the stronghold of his spiritual environment. He was there in the Upper Room when Jesus appeared.

When you sin, do not run away from God. Instead, run toward Him. Seek His forgiveness and restoration. Accept His love and the fact that He has paid the price for your sins.

I run to You, Father. Forgive me. Restore me. Thank You for paying the price for my sins.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 248). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

How To Bury A Story – #PropagandaWatch : The Corbett Report

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Propagandists have many techniques for burying a story. Today, let’s examine how a nothing burger distraction story can keep people who would otherwise dig in to something more substantial fixated on a nothing burger.

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A year of vapid ‘feel-good’ journalism: Redacted Tonight reviews most mind-numbing stories — RT World News

A year of vapid ‘feel-good’ journalism: Redacted Tonight reviews most mind-numbing stories

From content paid for by Big Oil to “feel-good” stories about charity-dependent disabled children, America’s media have been hitting it out of the park so far in 2019. RT’s Redacted Tonight took a walk down Bad-Memories Lane.

Host Lee Camp compiled a rage-inducing collection of this year’s most infuriating stories – ranging from a dubious poll tax in Florida which has prevented millions of low income ex-convicts from voting, to parents being threatened with having their children seized by the government if they fail to pay for school lunches.

The common theme that connects all of these stroke-inducing tales? Whether the story touches on the dangers posed by climate change or on the shocking deficiencies in the US healthcare system, the media is always looking for a way to gloss over inconvenient truths.

Watch the full episode.

— Read on www.rt.com/news/467204-redacted-tonight-highlights-lee-camp/

CRISPR Horror: Scientists To Edit DNA In Human Sperm | Technocracy

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Technocrat purist Gianpiero Palermo states, “If we can wipe out a particular gene, it would be incredible… theoretically, in principal, this would be a major, major benefit to society.” Um, like wiping out humanity? ⁃ TN Editor

First it was human embryos. Now scientists are trying to develop another way to modify human DNA that can be passed on to future generations, NPR has learned.

Reproductive biologists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City are attempting to use the powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR to alter genes in human sperm. NPR got exclusive access to watch the controversial experiments underway.

The research is aimed at finding new ways to prevent disorders caused by genetic mutations that are passed down from men — including some forms of male infertility. The team is starting with a gene that can increase the risk for breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers.

The experiments are just starting and have not yet been successful. But the research raises many of the same hopes — and fears — as editing the DNA of human embryos. Nevertheless, the researchers defend the work.

“I think it’s important from the scientific point of view to investigate in an ethical manner to be able to learn if it’s possible,” says Gianpiero Palermo, a professor of embryology in obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine, who runs the lab where the work is being conducted.

During a recent visit to Palermo’s Andrology Laboratory at Weill Cornell’s Center for Reproductive Medicine, NPR witnessed an experiment attempting to edit a single gene in sperm.

“If we can wipe out a particular gene, it would be incredible,” Palermo says. “Theoretically, in principal, this would be a major, major benefit to society.”

Other scientists who are not involved in the research agree. One of the main goals is to try to understand and possibly prevent male infertility caused by genetic mutations.

“Male infertility is a very common condition,” says Kyle Orwig, a professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “And there are some diseases that are incredibly devastating to families. And for those diseases, for me, if you could get rid of it, why wouldn’t you get rid of it?”

But others say editing DNA in sperm raises the same troubling questions as editing DNA in embryos. Would it ever be safe to make babies that way? Would it open the door to someone someday trying to make “designer babies”? Should scientists be trying to tinker with the human gene pool in ways that could affect generations to come?

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re manipulating the embryo or you’re manipulating the sperm,” says Françoise Baylis, a bioethicist at Dalhousie University in Canada, who is advising the World Health Organization about gene editing.

Read full story here…

— Read on http://www.technocracy.news/crispr-scientists-to-edit-dna-in-human-sperm/

‘Knewz’: News Corp Launching New App to Protect Publishers From Google, Facebook Censorship – Laura Loomer Official

In an attempt to halt the global dominance of Google and Facebook, News Corp is developing a news distribution service that will give the publishing empire leverage over the monopolist tech giants.

The news aggregation site and app called Knewz, will aggregate hundreds of news sources and link directly to the publishers’ sites, reports the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by New Corp.

The platform will pull articles from hundreds of news sources, highlighting work by smaller outlets including the conservative leaning Daily Wire and Washington Examiner and liberal news sites like Daily Kos and ThinkProgress.

Prominent publications like The New York Times will also be featured on the site, providing an alternative to Google News and Facebook who surface content for readers. The aggregation site won’t take a percentage of any advertising publishers generate. 

Exclusive, original content will be elevated on the platform over aggregated stories, News Corps told Business Insider, allowing publishers to no longer have to rely on the whims of two tech giants that often don’t have their best interests in mind.

“We are exploring this with the goal of recognizing and rewarding the provenance of journalism, and to drive traffic and data to publishers – including subscription sites – so their original work is respected,” a News Corp spokesperson told Business Insider on Thursday. “We want people to see a wide spectrum of news and views, from local, niche and national sources, without bent or bias.”

In the United States, Google Search and Facebook are collectively responsible for directing an enormous portion of traffic on the web, driving over 70% of referral traffic, according to the traffic analytics company Parse.ly. Performing well on either of those platforms determines whether a publication grows or fails. 

Knewz is slated to launch later this year with both an app and a website, but a spokesperson told the Journal that the company’s work is still in exploratory development. 

The report comes as policy makers on both sides of the aisle and internationally allege Silicon Valley tech companies are crippling credible news outlets. President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers contend the tech giants are censoring conservatives. 

Last week, Trump warned Google interfered with the 2016 presidential election, tampering with as many as 16 million votes, and recommended legal recourse be taken against the monopolist tech giant.

“Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!” the president tweeted.

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June, Dr. Robert Epstein, a liberal Democrat and the senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, revealed Google generated a minimum of 2.6 million votes for Hillary Clinton through deceptive manipulation of search results.

Trump is reportedly drafting an executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies.

Student Asks Ben Shapiro Why a Fetus Is Human Life, His Answer Earns Cheers From Crowd | The Epoch Times

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, 35, delivered a much-anticipated event at the University of California, Berkeley. During his Q&A segment, Shapiro engaged a member of the audience in a powerful discussion; the self-described “left-leaning” student posed a question about the moral value of first-trimester fetuses.

Given the controversial reputation of the speaker, protesters and security guards had already gathered outside. UC Berkeley’s executive vice chancellor Paul Alivisatos even sent out a letter ahead of the event. “No one should be made to feel threatened or harassed,” he stated, “simply because of who they are or for what they believe.”

The footage from Shapiro’s rousing speech has amassed 5.2 million online views, and counting.

“I just wanted to thank you for coming,” the unidentified student began. “As someone who is left-leaning, I truly believe in freedom of speech.” Then came the million dollar question: “I just wanted to know,” the student asked, “why exactly do you think a first-trimester fetus has moral value?”

Shapiro launched into his response without hesitation. “A first trimester fetus has moral value because whether you consider it a potential human life or a full-on human life, it has more value than just a cluster of cells,” Shapiro began. “If left to its natural processes, it will grow into a baby.”

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Shapiro then explained his threefold justification. First up: the heartbeat.

“It’s very hard to draw the line at the heartbeat,” he explained. “There are people who are adults who are alive because of a pacemaker, and they need some sort of outside force generating their heartbeat.”

Next: brain function. “Are you going to do it based on brain function?” he asked the student. “Okay, well what about people who are in a coma? Should we just kill them?”

Excellent.

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Finally: inception. “The problem is,” Shapiro continued, “that whenever you draw any line other than the inception of the child, you end up drawing a false line that can be applied to people who are adults. So either human life has intrinsic value, or it doesn’t.”

At this point, the commentator posed his own question to the liberal student. “We both agree that adult human life has intrinsic value,” he stated, “can we start from that premise?”

The student, considering his position, responded. “I believe that sentience [the capacity to feel, perceive, and reason] is what gives something moral value,” he came back, “not necessarily being a human alone.”

Shapiro was not stumped. He asked the student whether it would be acceptable for him to stab the student in his sleep. No, was the resolute answer; a person is still considered sentient when asleep.

Could Shapiro stab the student if he were in a coma from which he may awaken? Again, no; “That’s still potential sentience,” the student explained.

At that, Shapiro pulled out his trump card. “I agree, it is potential sentience. You know what else is potential sentience?” he asked, triumphant. “Being a fetus.”

Numerous members of the gathered crowd applauded Shapiro’s sentiment.

The student, momentarily silenced, then voiced his concern about the “burden” placed on expectant parents by unwanted children. Shapiro had an answer for that, too. “I don’t believe that you being a burden on somebody is justification for them killing you,” he said.

According to The New York Times, the activist group Refuse Fascism took the lead in condemning Shapiro’s speech, calling him a “fascist” on campus fliers. Their protest prompted a “highly visible police presence” at the event.

They did not succeed in silencing Shapiro.