Daily Archives: August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

3:12 confident access. Every person who comes to Christ in faith can come before God at any time, not in self-confidence but in Christ-confidence. See notes on Heb 4:15, 16.[1]


3:12. In whom [Jesus Christ] we have boldness and access. Believers can boldly approach God through Jesus Christ (Heb 4:16), for they have access to God (Heb 7:25). They can approach God with confidence through faith in Christ.[2]


3:12 As a result of Christ’s work and our union with Him, we now have the unspeakable privilege of entering into God’s presence at any time, in full confidence of being heard, and without any fear of being scolded (Jas 1:5). Our boldness is the respectful attitude and absence of fear we have as children addressing their Father. Our access is our liberty to speak to God in prayer. Our confidence is the assurance of a welcome, a hearing, and a wise and loving answer. And it is all through faith in Him, that is, our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.[3]


3:12. God’s plan of salvation purposed before the world and executed in the cross clears the path to God. Through Christ a person can enter God’s presence with freedom and confidence. The cross has provided salvation which cleanses us of sin, forgives us, makes us holy, and thus enables us to enter the presence of the Holy one.[4]


12. in whom we have the courage of confident access through faith in him. Literally, we would have to translate: “in whom we have the courage and access in confidence.” But if this be hendiadys we obtain the resultant meaning: courage of confident access. The three important words here are courage, access, and confidence. The word used for courage, namely, parrēsía, is very picturesque. It is derived from two Greek words, meaning all and telling; hence, telling all. The word occurs with great frequency in the New Testament, and in more than one resultant meaning. Light is shed upon its connotation here by such a passage as Phil. 1:20, “by my unfailing courage Christ will be magnified in my person,” and by Heb. 4:16, “Let us therefore draw near with courage (“boldness,” A.V., A.R.V.) to the throne of grace.” The word access has already been explained. See on 2:18. It has been defined as freedom of approach to the Father, in the confidence that we, Jew and Gentile, have found favor with him. The third word, confidence (same meaning in 2 Cor. 1:15, but ground of confidence in Phil. 3:4), strengthens the idea already present in access.

Since, then, Christ Jesus is ours and we are his, bought with his blood, indwelt by his Spirit, we know that we have free and unrestricted access to the Father. Cf. 2:18. We can and should approach him without restraint, telling him all our troubles, asking him to help us in all our needs. We know that he will welcome us most heartily. Particularly, we should ask him to enable us so to live that the fruits of his grace may be exhibited in us, and the wisdom of God reflected in us, so that the angels may see us as the mirror of God’s virtues. Such courage of confident access is possible only “through faith in him,” namely, in “Christ Jesus our Lord,” the very One “in whom” we were chosen from eternity. God’s eternal purpose which cannot fail and the redemption accomplished by Christ Jesus our Lord make such fearless access possible.[5]


Ver. 12.—In whom we have our boldness and access. Παῤῥησία of literally means “boldness” or “freedom of speech,” but is used here in a more ample sense for want of restraint, ease of feeling, comfortable self-possession, in our access to God. Contrast with Adam hiding himself among the trees of the garden, and the lost calling on the mountains to fall on them, and the rocks to cover them. The “we” in this verse includes both Jews and Gentiles. The “access,” or introduction (see ch. 2:18), is like that of the high priest into the holy of holies—we have boldness to enter into the holiest of all (Heb. 10:19). In confidence through the faith of him. The confidence of being welcomed and accepted when we go into God’s presence springs from our faith in him. We believe in him as the Propitiation, as our Peace, as the Reconciler, and we go before God with confidence. The clause, “through faith in him,” influences the whole verse. And, as before, we have at the beginning of the verse, “in whom”—an expression denoting generally our union with Christ, and at the end, “through the faith of him”—a specification of the instrument by which that union is formed and by which it operates.[6]


12. Translate, “our boldness and our access (Eph 2:18) in confidence through our faith in Him.” Alford quotes as an instance, Ro 8:38, &c. “the access” (Greek) implies the formal introduction into the presence of a monarch.[7]


3:12 / Lest the readers conclude that the God who worked out this eternal plan is somehow removed from the everyday affairs of mankind, the apostle turns to a practical concern and reminds them that their union with Christ grants them the privilege of communicating with God (in him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence). The words in Greek are “boldness” (parrēsia), “access” (prosagōgē), and confidence (pepoithēsis). Parrēsia is used in the nt in the context of speaking, such as boldness in proclaiming the gospel (Acts 4:31; Eph. 6:20; Phil. 1:20) and confidence in approaching God (Heb. 4:16; 10:19).

Christians have that boldness in approaching God because their faith and union with Christ have given them confidence. In Christ, all barriers have been removed that would keep the believer from approaching God openly and confidently. Christ has revealed the Father as one who has forgiven his children and who loves them. B. F. Westcott aptly comments that “the right of address and the right of access are coupled together as parts of the right of personal communion with God” (p. 49).[8]


12  It is through Christ, the readers have already been assured, that Jewish and Gentile believers alike have their access “in one Spirit to the Father” (Eph. 2:18). This assurance is now repeated. Through faith in Christ they are united with him, and in him they therefore enjoy “freedom of access with confidence.” As his place in the presence of God is unchallengable, so is theirs, because they are “in him.”

The word translated “freedom” (parrhēsia) is used later, in Eph. 6:19, of the freedom of utterance which Paul desires for himself in the proclamation of the gospel—especially, perhaps, at his forthcoming hearing before the imperial tribunal. The attempt has been made to find the same kind of reference here, but the context indicates freedom of another kind—the freedom which is twice expressed by means of the same word in the letter to the Hebrews, where Christians are encouraged to draw near with “confidence” (parrhēsia) to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) and to enter the heavenly sanctuary with “confidence” (parrhēsia) by the blood of Jesus (Heb. 10:19).[9]


12 Though the connection to v. 11 is not obvious, perhaps Paul here explains the consequences of this divine purpose. Not merely expressing a future promise, the verb echomen (lit., “have”; GK 2400) occurs in the present tense and stipulates believers’ present, ongoing possession of two benefits—parrēsia (NIV, “freedom”; GK 4244) and prosagōgē (NIV, “approach”; GK 4643)—with confidence. The first outcome, parrēsia, has several possible senses: frank speech; openness to the public; or boldness, confidence, courage. (This third option is most likely here and in 6:19; cf. BDAG, 781.) Christians now possess a bold sense of courage in their relationship with God. They no longer cower in fear, nor are they any longer demoralized by their shameful pasts. Second, prosagōgē signifies “access.” (Recall Paul’s use of this word in 2:18.) Along with many commentators, we probably ought to see these two nouns—“boldness” and “access”—governed as they are by one article, as a hendiadys, meaning “bold access” or “access to God in boldness” (NRSV). “Access” has a prepositional phrase modifying it—“with confidence.” This reduces to “confident access” to God (the word for “confidence,” pepoithēsei, GK 4301, is a synonym of parrēsia). All told, Paul seems to say that in Christ believers possess the ability to enter God’s presence in a bold and confident way (NIV, “with freedom and confidence”). Not even hostile powers, as formidable as they are, can deny believers access to God.

How has this remarkable state of affairs come about? Paul answers with two prepositional phrases. In Greek the verse begins with “in him” and ends with “through faith [in or of] him.” First, as we’ve come to expect in Ephesians, only by incorporation into Christ do people possess this confident access. Faith is the second key (recall 1:13; 2:8). But it is literally the “faith of him.” The genitival case “of him” puts us in a familiar dilemma. If an objective genitive, then believers have confident access to God through their faith in Christ (the option adopted by the NIV, NRSV, and the majority of interpreters). By placing their trust in Christ as the object of their faith, they have obtained salvation in Christ. Alternatively, if the use is possessive or subjective (“his faithfulness”), then believers enjoy this access to God through Christ’s faithfulness to his calling and to his task to redeem. The KJV retains the unmarked original Greek—“the faith of him”—opting for neither alternative. Paul often uses faith in Ephesians with no object stated (2:8; 3:17; 6:16, 23), where believers clearly place faith or trust in God or Christ. Christ is often the object of faith in Ephesians (though admittedly Paul expresses it more clearly using the prepositional phrase “faith in the Lord Jesus” in 1:15; cf. Col 1:4). I slightly prefer the first option: we have access through our faith in Christ, though the alternative, Christ’s faithfulness, also has much to commend.[10]


12. Through whom we have boldness. The honour of reconciling the Father to the whole world must be given to Christ. From the effects of this grace its excellence is demonstrated; for faith, which is possessed by Gentiles in common with Jews, admits them into the presence of God. When the words, through Christ and by the faith of him, are used by Paul, in connection with the name of God, there is always an implied contrast, which shuts up every other approach,—which excludes every other method of obtaining Divine fellowship. Most important and valuable instruction is here conveyed. The true nature and power of faith, and the confidence which is necessary for calling upon God, are beautifully expressed. That the consequences of faith, and the duties which it performs, should be the subject of much controversy between us and the Papists, is not surprising. They do not properly understand the meaning of the word Faith, which they might learn from this passage, if they were not blinded by prejudice.

First, Paul denominates it the faith of Christ; by which he intimates, that everything which faith ought to contemplate is exhibited to us in Christ. Hence it follows, that an empty and confused knowledge of Christ must not be mistaken for Faith, but that knowledge which is directed to Christ, in order to seek God in Christ; and this can only be done when the power and offices of Christ are understood. Faith produces confidence, which again, in its turn, produces boldness. There are three stages in our progress. First, we believe the promises of God; next, by relying on them, we obtain that confidence, which is accompanied by holiness and peace of mind; and, last of all, comes boldness, which enables us to banish fear, and to come with firmness and steadiness into the presence of God.

To separate faith from confidence would be an attempt to take away heat and light from the sun. I acknowledge, indeed, that, in proportion to the measure of faith, confidence is small in some and greater in others; but faith will never be found unaccompanied by these effects or fruits. A trembling, hesitating, doubting conscience, will always be a sure evidence of unbelief; but a firm, steady faith, will prove to be invincible against the gates of hell. To trust in Christ as Mediator, and to entertain a firm conviction of our heavenly Father’s love,—to venture boldly to promise to ourselves eternal life, and not to tremble at death or hell,—is, to use a common phrase, a holy presumption.

Observe the expression, access with confidence. Wicked men seek rest in forgetfulness of God, and are never at ease but when they remove to the greatest possible distance from God. His own children differ from them in this respect, that they “have peace with God,” (Rom. 5:1,) and approach to him with cheerfulness and delight. We infer, likewise, from this passage, that, in order to call on God in a proper manner, confidence is necessary, and thus becomes the key that opens to us the gate of heaven. Those who doubt and hesitate will never be heard. “Let him ask in faith,” says James, “nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.” (James 1:6, 7.) The sophists of the Sorbonne, when they enjoin men to hesitate, know not what it is to call upon God.[11]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Eph 3:12). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] Bond, J. B. (2010). The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (pp. 873–874). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1928). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Anders, M. (1999). Galatians-Colossians (Vol. 8, p. 130). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Ephesians (Vol. 7, p. 161). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Ephesians (p. 107). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 348). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[8] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (p. 218). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[9] Bruce, F. F. (1984). The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (p. 322). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[10] Klein, W. W. (2006). Ephesians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, pp. 92–93). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[11] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians (pp. 256–258). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

‘I Think It’s Ridiculous’: Biden Denies He Lied After Washington Post Said He Lied — The Gateway Pundit

Joe Biden says the “essence” of a story he told is accurate.

Uh, the essence?

On Thursday, The Washington Post ran a story headlined, “As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden tells a moving but false war story.”

Last Friday, Biden held a campaign event in New Hampshire. There, he told a story about a four-star general he said had asked him to travel to Kunar province in Afghanistan back when he was vice president. The task: award a heroic Navy captain with a medal. Biden told the 400 or so attendees that the captain had rappelled into 60-foot ravine to recover the body of a slain U.S. soldier, and as he went to pin the medal on him, “He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’” Biden said.

“This is the God’s truth,” Biden said. “My word as a Biden.”

But The Post said this: “Except almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect. Based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders and Biden campaign officials, it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.”

Biden visited Kunar province in 2008 as a U.S. senator, not as vice president. The service member who performed the celebrated rescue that Biden described was a 20-year-old Army specialist, not a much older Navy captain. And that soldier, Kyle J. White, never had a Silver Star, or any other medal, pinned on him by Biden. At a White House ceremony six years after Biden’s visit, White stood at attention as President Barack Obama placed a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, around his neck.

The upshot: In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.

After the story came out, the 76-year-old frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination denied it all.

‘I think it’s ridiculous. The essence — that there’s anything I said about that that wasn’t the essence of the story. The story was that he refused the medal because the fella he tried to save and risked his life saving died. That’s the beginning, middle and end. The rest of you guys can take it and do what you want with it,” he told the Palmetto Post and Courieras he campaigned in South Carolina.

“The central point is it was absolutely accurate what I said. He refused the medal. I put it on him, he said, ‘Don’t do that to me, sir. He died. He died,’” Biden said, adding he didn’t “think” he got the story wrong.

“No I don’t think so, but I haven’t seen the article,” he said in reference to The Washington Post piece.

“They went back, I’m told – I didn’t see the story – but, yeah, it’s exactly true. That’s what I was talking about. There was a separate incident that occurred in a different time and a different circumstance. But what I was talking about was a young man. I mean, what is the gaffe when I said there is a young man I tried to pin a medal on and he said ‘I don’t want it sir. He died. He died. He died,’ ” Biden said.

“I was making the point how courageous these people are. How incredible they are. These generation of warriors, these fallen angels we’ve lost. I don’t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong?” he added.

via ‘I Think It’s Ridiculous’: Biden Denies He Lied After Washington Post Said He Lied — The Gateway Pundit

Hey Planned Parenthood: The Black Community Finally Understands Your Wickedness! — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Have you noticed that many in the Black community are becoming more Conservative and voting Republican these days?

They have finally realized that they were deceived by the LEFT for over a century.

Everything in this article was taken from the National Black Pro-Life Union.

Six Million of my people were slaughtered in the death camps of Nazi Germany during WWII.

Over 17 million Black babies have been slaughtered in the womb since 1973. And this is only in America. Whenever the LEFT get into power, they bring back the International slaughter of Black babies paid for for by our taxes. Also, Bill Gates sends over toxic vaccines to 3rd world countries for their children. These vaccines sometimes kill the children, but always render them sterile.

I wrote about this many times. Here is one of my articles:

Bill Gates Insane Quest to Sterilize and Depopulate the World

From nationalblackprolifeunion.com

Margaret Sanger (1879 – 1966) was the founder of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). As an activist in the birth-control and population-control movements, she was one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century.

Many questions have been raised concerning her real views on eugenic, race, and human right, and it is hard to separate the fact from the fiction. The information presented here is drawn directly from her writing, with references.

Sanger’s obsession with eugenics and racism was clearly presented in her involvement of planning the first World Population Conference which took place in Geneva in 1926. She was not mentioned on the actual program, but instead worked behind the scenes and initiate the “Negro Project” in 1939.

The objective of the “project” was to infiltrate the black community by presenting birth control as a health option for women to kill off the black race. Kill them off by limiting the growth of the population by abortion and sterilization.

They knew that some blacks would figure out their sinister plot so it was decided by Sanger to take the plan to the clergy and charismatic member the black community to have them deliver the death message to their congregations.

In a letter to dr. Clarence Gamble, Sanger state, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious member.”

Notice that Sanger said the minsters should be “hired.” There are many black ministers today who support abortion – most of them still receive money from Planned Parenthood. Many have sold their should for “30 pieces of silver.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg New York Times Interview 2009

Regarding Blacks and Immigrants MARGARET SANGER SAID:

“They are human weeds – reckless breeders – spawning human beings who never should have been born.”

On the right of married couples to bear children……..”Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child…..”  ~Margaret Sanger “Birth Control Review” April 1932.

On Sterilization and Racial Purification, Margaret Sanger believed for the purpose of Racial Purification, couples should be rewarded for sterilization – Birth Control in America, “The Career of Margaret Sanger” by David Kennedy, p 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger Speech.

I praise the Lord that many in the Black community are clearly seeing that the Democrats have never had their best interest at heart.  The LEFT are so cunning – so manipulative; it is easy to see how they manipulate the masses.

They have a fine teacher and he certainly is NOT our Lord.

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!

via Hey Planned Parenthood: The Black Community Finally Understands Your Wickedness! — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

New report details Comey plan to ambush Trump with Moscow sex allegation — Christian Research Network

The new IG report is devastating for Comey. His leak of other materials from his memos — sensitive law enforcement material from an ongoing investigation — violated Justice Department and FBI policies, as well as Comey’s own FBI employment agreement, the inspector general wrote. More broadly, Comey set a “dangerous example” for all FBI employees. If other bureau officials acted similarly, the report said, “the FBI would be unable to dispatch its law enforcement duties properly.”

(Byron York – Washington Examiner)  A just-released Justice Department inspector general’s report provides new details on a January 2017 plan by then-FBI Director James Comey, top bureau officials, and the nation’s intelligence chiefs to spring a scandalous allegation on President-elect Trump, quickly record his reaction, use a prearranged secure videoconference to discuss the information, and fit it all into the FBI’s ongoing (but unknown to Trump) “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.

The allegation came from the Steele dossier, the collection of unverified tales about Trump and Russia compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. The story was that in a Moscow hotel room in 2013, Trump had watched as prostitutes performed a kinky sex act — and Russian intelligence service cameras rolled. This is what the Steele dossier said:

TRUMP’s (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs. OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.  View article →

via New report details Comey plan to ambush Trump with Moscow sex allegation — Christian Research Network

Comey Defended Stealing Memos on Dinner Meeting with Trump Saying He was acting as “Human Being” — DOJ Gave Him Complete Pass and Refused to Press Charges Anyway — The Gateway Pundit

On Thursday the Department of Justice Inspector General released its report on the investigation of fired FBI Director James Comey.

The report concluded: James Comey Violated Department and FBI Policies Pertaining to the Retention, Handling, and Dissemination of FBI Records and Information

The Comey report concluded that fired FBI Director James Comey stole memos and kept them at his home. But FBI officials cleared Comey saying the stolen documents did not contain “classified” material only confidential material.

The agents who categorized the memos were deep state operatives: James Baker, Bill Priestap, and lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

This is how the Deep State operates.

Comey was also given a pass for this outrageous lie.
The fired FBI Director was asked why he stole memos on his dinner meeting with President Trump in January 2017.

Comey told the Inspector General he was meeting with Trump as a friend and “human being” and not as the head of the FBI.

The DOJ IG bought it and gave James Comey a complete pass for lying numerous times.

Being a DC elitist has its perks!

Kim Strassel at the Wall Street Journal reported, via Power Line:

There’s good reason to suspect Mr. Trump was the focus of the bureau’s counterintelligence probe from the start, since that is the only way to explain the FBI’s outrageous decision to hide the probe from the president. The inspector general reports that Mr. Comey’s first briefing of the president-elect, on Jan. 6, 2017, was partly done in the hope that “Trump might make statements about, or provide information of value to,” that probe. That may be the real reason everyone on the FBI leadership team agreed “ahead of time that Comey should memorialize” what happened.

Mr. Horowitz’s report methodically skewers Mr. Comey’s claim that his memos were “personal” and therefore his to keep and use. It notes that he interacted with Mr. Trump only in his capacity as the FBI director, in official settings. He shared the memos with senior FBI leaders. Some memos touch on official investigations, while others contain classified information, which “is never considered personal property.” The report makes clear Mr. Comey knew his claim that the memos were personal was a sham. That characterization, Mr. Horowitz writes, is “wholly incompatible with the plain language of the statutes, regulations, and policies defining Federal records.”

Mr. Comey’s attempt to dig himself out of his disingenuous characterization heightens its absurdity. Asked by the inspector general how a memo describing an official dinner between the FBI director and the president could be considered a “personal” document, Mr. Comey explains that he was also present in his capacity as a “human being.”

via Comey Defended Stealing Memos on Dinner Meeting with Trump Saying He was acting as “Human Being” — DOJ Gave Him Complete Pass and Refused to Press Charges Anyway — The Gateway Pundit

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Comey’s Memos Provide Additional Evidence Trump Tower Meeting Triggered Trump Obstruction ‘Trap’ Investigation and Comey, Brennan, Clapper and Obama Were in on it! — The Gateway Pundit

The Gateway Pundit reported on May 25th that the infamous Trump Tower meeting in early January 2017 may have initiated the Trump obstruction investigation.

Then we reported on August 3rd that text messages from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page showed that the Mueller Special Counsel in its first month was already working on an obstruction trap for President Trump to step in.

Then we reported the following day on August 4th that a further analysis indicated that the entire obstruction ‘trap’ started with Comey’s notes that were likely doctored by Comey for use by the Mueller gang!

Now we can report from yesterday’s release of the IG’s Comey report that the investigation into Comey’s actions involving his memos and the Trump Tower meeting that Comey provided additional evidence that we are right!

We reported in early August that Representative Devin Nunes in an interview on FOX News said the following:

What we really need to know [from Mueller] is when did he know about collusion, you know, whether or not it was true. I say it had to have been right when he walked in that door. He may have wanted to check a few things.

But I think a larger question is on obstruction of justice. The obstruction of justice charge was about Comey’s memo’s, that he had fired Comey. What I’ve been trying to say, I said on your podcast last week, I think what the American people need to understand is this investigation is not about collusion, even though they say it was.

It wasn’t about obstruction of justice because that was about the firing of Comey.

I believe what it was was that they set an obstruction of justice trap that lasted for the better part of two years!

As we reported on August 3rd, in less than a month after the Mueller Special Counsel was created, the Mueller gang was already working on their obstruction efforts against the President.

However, a further review indicates that the Comey memos were the key to the Mueller obstruction trap as indicated by Nunes and they likely were edited by Comey. Also, what likely triggered the Trump obstruction ‘trap’ investigation was the infamous meeting at Trump Tower in early 2017.

In our May 25th post we shared the following ==>>

We first knew from leaks to the Washington Post in June 2017 that the Mueller team was investigating President Trump for obstruction as well as collusion:

Donald Trump is reportedly being investigated for potential obstruction of justice by the special counsel looking into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. This marks the first time that the investigation, which has hung over Trump since his inauguration, has potentially implicated the president himself.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday night that the federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia during the 2016 campaign, being overseen by Robert Mueller, has now expanded into whether the president attempted to thwart that investigation.

Trump tweeted early on Thursday morning: “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice.” He later repeated his claims that such investigations were a “WITCH HUNT”.

However, it was not known that an investigation into obstruction was underway at the FBI by this time. According to a transcript released in May from a closed door hearing, the Mueller team noted that an investigation into whether President-elect and then President Trump obstructed justice started long before the Mueller investigation was created:

Based on these testimonies, the FBI opened its investigation into obstruction as a result of former FBI Director James Comey’s meetings with President Trump which were memorialized in Comey’s memos. These appear to be the same memos that Comey took and leaked to the media before the Mueller team was created which may have led to the Mueller investigation.

Comey’s memorandums cover his interactions with President Trump. It is unknown if Comey ever took notes from his discussions with President Obama. One of the first meetings between President-elect Trump and Comey took place on January 6th, 2017, before the inauguration at Trump Tower.

If the obstruction investigation into Trump started from the early January meeting, before the President was even in office, was it legit? Did President-elect Trump even have the authority to obstruct? Was this the real reason for the Trump Tower meeting?

Rosenstein’s first Special Counsel mandate was not clear about Trump being charged with obstruction of justice at the time the investigation began. Here’s how it was hidden in Rosenstein’s order:

“(i) any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and (ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and (iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).”

Rosenstein and the Deep State didn’t want President Trump to know that he was being investigated for obstruction. They wanted to catch him in an act that they could claim was obstruction. So they hid their attempts to catch him obstructing!

In the Mueller case noted above, the lawyer representing Mueller states that 28 CFR 600.4 covers the Mueller gang’s efforts to catch Trump obstructing justice –

This is what the 28 CFR 600.4 actually states:

“(a)Original jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall be established by the Attorney General. The Special Counsel will be provided with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall also include the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses; and to conduct appeals arising out of the matter being investigated and/or prosecuted.”

By noting the regulation rather than the wording of the regulation especially in reference to obstruction, Rosenstein hid from plain site the fact that the FBI was already investigating President Trump for obstruction.

In April 2018 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Trump in a private meeting that he was not a target of “any part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”As noted in the minutes from the the closed door meetings above, this was clearly a lie.

Next on August 3rd we reported ==>>

In less than a month after the Mueller Special Counsel was created, the Mueller gang was already working on their obstruction efforts against the President.

The following texts between the corrupt lovers Strzok and Page occurred on June 7, 2017 –

5:05 pm Peter Strzok text: Unless you’ve got something going, I would. We’re starting obstruction team brief but just come. Sit in on whatever comes next.
5:06 pm Lisa Page text: I mean, I’ve got lots of work to do. But okay. Who is in it?
5:08 pm Peter Strzok text: Don’t then. I’m just saying, come over here and stick your head in. I’ve gotten more the past couple of days after hours talking with Aaron [Zebley] and [redacted] then all day the past week and a half. Was not suggesting it for any particular reason, just a dive in sort of thing. If you have work to do, I’d say do it.
7:06 pm Lisa Page text: I left. F it. There’s no amount of time I can spend and finish everything. Whatevs.

Then on August 4th we reported ==>>

Judicial Watch uncovered evidence that the FBI went to Comey’s house on June 7, 2017. This visit took place the day before Comey admitted leaking the Trump memos to his friend-turned-lawyer-turned-unpaid-FBI-official Daniel Richman, who then leaked the contents of the memos to the New York Times.

“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter [for The New York Times] … I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey said before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017.

One of the problems with the FBI obtaining Comey’s memos on June 7th is that the FBI had stated that they already had obtained the Comey memos in May –

https://twitter.com/JohnWHuber/status/1156693661712814081

The New York Times published a report on May 16, 2017 based on Comey’s memo related to his conversation with Trump about General Flynn and the next day Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

Of course, Comey’s memos were classified material that he never should have taken off FBI premises and should have been kept very secure and not leaked. [Note yesterday the IG’s Comey report stated that these memos were not labeled classified which prevented Comey from being indicted for felonies related to his actions.]  Also, it appears someone is lying about when the FBI obtained the Comey memos.

But maybe the corrupt FBI is telling only part of the story? Comey’s memos were leaked and used to create the Mueller investigation. Comey provided the Mueller gang memos that he likely edited the day before he spoke to the Senate. And, the Mueller gang used this information as the basis for their efforts in setting up President Trump in an obstruction trap!

Text messages between corrupt FBI lovers Strzok and Page show them on June 7th, 2017, the day the FBI now reports that they received Comey’s memos, discussing where the memos were at. They also discussed their obstruction of justice case. This is less than a month since the Mueller investigation was created.

The Mueller gang, including Strzok and Page, were sitting around after lunch waiting for something. They discuss the Comey memos and then ask where they are physically located. Within a few hours the Mueller gang is discussing their obstruction of justice trap against the President which indicates that the Comey memos were what the entire obstruction of justice trap was built on.

It looks like this is why they lied to the FISA court….they were trying to build a case against the President that was all about obstruction of justice charges from the very get-go and Comey’s memos were the key.

Judicial Watch states that there were four memos picked up at Comey’s house on June 7, 2017 –

On June 7, 2017, at approximately 10:15 A.M., Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agents (SA) [redacted] and [redacted] collected memorandums (memos) as evidence from James Comey at his residence at [redacted]. The memos collected described as follows:

    • One memo dated February 4, 2017, two pages;

    • One memo dated March 30, 2017, two pages;

    • One memo dated April 11, 2017, one page;

    • One memo dated “last night at 6:30 pm,” four pages

Our research shows that these memos were the only memos related to discussions between Comey and President Trump when no others were in attendance. The other memos had individuals present which prevented Comey from editing.

These four memos picked up on June 7th by the FBI at Comey’s house look like they were related to discussions between James Comey and the President alone!

2/14/2017 4:15 pm Trump-James Comey private “Flynn” Oval Office meeting. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Comey’s notes, Pg. 10-11
3/30/2017 8:13 am Trump-James Comey phone call regarding refusal to publicly say Trump not under investigation
4/11/2017 8:26 am Trump calls Comey, requests that Comey announce Trump is not under investigation. Comey refers Trump to Dana Boente
1/27/2017 6:30 pm Trump-James Comey “loyalty” dinner held in the Green Room Comey’s notes on “Loyalty” dinner, Pg. 2 – 6

(Note that we make the assumption that the memo related to February 4th is really related to February 14th and the FBI either lied, committed an error or are hiding something else from the American public.)

Comey didn’t resubmit any of those conversations he held with others present.

Remember also that President Trump warned Comey about leaking documents to the press because there might be tapes of these conversations on May 12, 2017?

On June 23, 2017, the President tweeted that he did not have tapes of the conversations but he did not know if anyone else (i.e. Comey) had tapes –

The Deep State FBI and Mueller gang realized by June 7th that the President didn’t have tapes of his discussions with Comey. If there were tapes, they held them and not the President. So on June 7th Comey likely gave updated memos to the Mueller gang that were more damning on the President than his previous memos. These updated memos were what the Mueller gang used in their attempts to entrap the President of the United States!

Yesterday we learned the following from the IG’s report regarding Comey’s memos and his related corrupt actions ==>>

First of all we learned that the memos that Comey took home were all not labeled classified but the memos that Comey left with the FBI were labeled classified.  This prevented Comey from being prosecuted for his many actions surrounding how he handled his memos.

These documents which Comey considered his personal property were all involved in the Deep State’s obstruction ‘trap’ investigation into the President of the United States.

According to the IG Report –

Comey writes Memo 4 on his personal laptop describing, among other things, a one-on-one meeting that day with President Trump. According to Memo 4, Trump stated that he hoped Comey could “see [his] way clear…to letting [Michael] Flynn go.” At the time, Flynn was the subject of a non-public FBI investigation. Comey does not mark Memo 4 as classified. Comey places one signed printout of Memo 4 in his personal safe at home and gives a second signed printout to his Chief of Staff to keep at the FBI. The FBI determines in June 2017 that Memo 4 does not contain classified information, but marks it as “FOUO.”

February 8, 2017 Comey writes Memo 3 on a classified FBI computer system because he believes Memo 3 contains classified FISA information. Memo 3 summarizes Comey’s interactions that afternoon with Trump’s then-Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and President Trump. Comey does not mark the printout of Memo 3 as classified before sharing it with others at the FBI. Comey does not take a copy of Memo 3 home. The FBI determines in June 2017 that Memo 3 contains information classified as “SECRET//NOFORN.”

We now know from the IG’s report and from Representative Nunes on Hannity last night the following per Nunes –

The Inspector General found that he [Comey] was acting as part of the investigation.  So Comey himself was involved himself with the investigation.”

We also know Clapper and Brennan were in on the obstruction trap because they were with Comey at the Trump Tower meeting in early January 2017 and because of this, Obama had to know.  They were all in on it.

The whole Russia Collusion sham was a set up. Deep State was betting on President Trump obstructing their criminal investigation. Instead, he didn’t and their sham was finally shut down.

This is the most corrupt event in US history and James Comey was in the middle of it, just like he was in the middle of the Hillary exoneration.

The falsified Comey memos may have been more important to the Mueller hoax than the fake Steele dossier!  It was a conspiracy!

Hat tip D. Manny

via BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Comey’s Memos Provide Additional Evidence Trump Tower Meeting Triggered Trump Obstruction ‘Trap’ Investigation and Comey, Brennan, Clapper and Obama Were in on it! — The Gateway Pundit

What will the Republican and Democrat plans for the economy mean for you? — WINTERY KNIGHT

I found two very good articles about the Republican and Democrat plans for taxing and spending. On the one hand, there’s an article about the effects of the Trump tax cuts, posted at the Washington Times. On the other hand, there’s an article posted at the radically leftist Vox, about the cost of Democrat party spending plans. I wonder which one is better for you and your family?

First, let’s look at the effects of the Trump tax cuts:

Almost immediately, numerous employers — including Boeing, AT&T, FedEx, CVS, and others — began offering bonuses to their employees. Nearly 200 companies, including Walmart, announced wage hikes due to the 2017 tax cut. Still others enjoyed higher contributions to their retirement plans.

The benefits soon went beyond that, however. The tax cut contributed to the strong economy we’ve been enjoying, leading many businesses to hire more and more workers. The United States added more than 2.6 million new jobs in the year following the passage of the tax cut — nearly a 25 percent increase from the previous year.

Unemployment is way down, with jobless claims at their lowest since 1969, thanks in large part to the tax cut.

[…]The Heritage Foundation used IRS data to produce a special report last year that shows how widespread the tax benefits truly are.

They found that in 2018 taxpayers would save an average of $1,400. Even better, married couples with two children would save more than twice that: $2,917.

So, that sounds pretty good if you’re a taxpayer. You got to keep more of the money you earned, and spend it on the things you wanted for yourself and your loved ones. If that money had gone to government, then government employees would have taken half for their own salaries and benefits, and then the rest might have been spent in a wasteful way by someone who never earned it.

By the way, you might think that taking less money from the people who earn it would cause tax revenues to go down. But that’s not the case. Whenever you allow job creators and workers to keep more of what they earn, they work harder and take more risks developing better products and services. This naturally results in more revenue to the government from increased economic activity. In Feburary of 2018, after the tax cuts were in effect a whole year, federal revenues were $1.4 billion HIGHER than the previous year.

But let’s see what the Democrats can do for the taxpayer, by looking at this article in the far-left Vox.

It says:

Sanders has proposed a Social Security expansion, including higher cost-of-living adjustments and higher minimum benefit levels, that the liberal Tax Policy Center estimates will cost $188 billion over the next decade.

The Tax Policy Center also scores the Sanders “free college” proposal at $807 billion over the next decade. (Note that free college benefits students from wealthy families and those whose tuition is currently affordable.)

Next, the center estimates that Sanders’s proposal of up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for new parents and for people with serious health conditions would cost another $270 billion.

Those costs, however, pale beside the cost of replacing private insurance, including copayments, with a Medicare-for-all plan. The liberal Urban Institute estimates that Sanders’s single-payer health plan would add $32 trillion in federal costs over the decade.

[…]Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Democrats also want to guarantee a job for anyone who wants one, at $15 per hour plus benefits. The liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, commissioned a report by outside scholars Darrick Hamilton, William Darity, and Mark Paul that estimates the cost of a more modest proposal along these lines (with a lower wage, for example). It suggested the cost would be $56,000 apiece for 9.7 million enrollees, for a total of $6.8 trillion over the next decade.

[…]Finally, Senate Democrats have promised $1 trillion for new infrastructure, and House Democrats are rallying around legislation to pay off all $1.4 trillion in student loan debt — both of which the far left generally supports. I will exclude vague promises such as universal pre-K and expanded special education funding.

Total cost: $42.5 trillion in new proposals over the next decade, on top of the $12.4 trillion baseline deficit.

OK, that does sound like a lot of money, but the rich are just sitting on trillions and trillions of dollars that they aren’t even using, right? So the total cost of all this spending is only $42.5 trillion of new spending and $12.4 trillion of existing spending, for  a total of about $55 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. I’m sure that if we just raised taxes by 5% on the rich, we could easily raise 10 times that amount, right?

Not quite.

In 2011, the Tax Foundation explained that even if you taxed ALL THE INCOME from all the people who make $200,000 or more, you would only raise $1.53 trillion dollars:

So taking half of the yearly income from every person making between one and ten million dollars would only decrease the nation’s debt by 1%. Even taking every last penny from every individual making more than $10 million per year would only reduce the nation’s deficit by 12 percent and the debt by 2 percent. There’s simply not enough wealth in the community of the rich to erase this country’s problems by waving some magic tax wand.

Finally, to put everything in perspective, think about what would need to be done to erase the federal deficit this year: After everyone making more than $200,000/year has paid taxes, the IRS would need to take every single penny of disposable income they have left. Such an act would raise approximately $1.53 trillion. It may be economically ruinous, but at least this proposal would actually solve the problem.

Now, if I were a rich person making over $200,000 a year, and someone came along and told me they would take all of it, I would not continue to work. And I doubt they would either. But taking all this money from “the rich” would just barely cover the BASELINE deficit of $12.4 trillion over the next 10 years. It would not cover the new $42.5 trillion of Democrat spending plans.

Think about that. What that means is that can’t pay for their spending even if they take every penny from “the rich”. Do you know what that means? It means they’re going to have to take money from YOU, the ordinary middle class American taxpayer. Something to keep in mind.

via What will the Republican and Democrat plans for the economy mean for you? — WINTERY KNIGHT

Interest Rates And Banks At Critical Inflection Points, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

In the past 5-weeks, 10-Year Yields have declined 26%, 5-year yields are down 24% and 2-year yields are down 17%. Is there more of a decline in yields to come?

How would stocks react if yields rally off support? Could bank start reflecting relative strength if yields rally here?

This chart reflects that the swift declines of late have 2, 5 & 10-year yields testing 7-year support at each (1).

As yields are testing long-term support the Bank Index (BKX) is doing the same thing (lower right chart).

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am; Stocks in the states and around the world are hopeful that yields and banks rally off these long-term support levels. 

via Interest Rates And Banks At Critical Inflection Points, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

Hong Kong Democracy Activist Leaders Charged, Protest March Banned — CBN News feeds

Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong were granted bail August 30, 2019, after being charged with inciting people to join a protest (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong were granted bail August 30, 2019, after being charged with inciting people to join a protest (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail Friday after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities denied permission for a major march as they took what appears to be a harder line on this summer’s protests.

The organizers of Saturday’s march, the fifth anniversary of a decision by China against allowing fully democratic elections for the leader of Hong Kong, said they were calling it off after an appeals board denied permission. It was unclear whether some protesters would still demonstrate on their own.

The police commander of Hong Kong island, Kwok Pak Chung, appealed to people to stay away from any non-authorized rallies, warning that those caught could face a five-year jail term.

He told a daily news conference that he was aware of social media messages urging people to take strolls or hold rallies in the name of religion. Kwok urged the public to “make a clear break with all acts of violence and stay away from locations where violent clashes may take place.”

Police have been rejecting more applications for rallies and marches, citing violence at or after earlier ones. They also are arresting people for protests earlier this summer, a step they said was a natural development as investigations were completed.

Andy Chan, the leader of a pro-independence movement, was arrested at the airport Thursday night under suspicion of rioting and attacking police. Three other protesters were taken in earlier this week for alleged involvement in the storming of the legislative building on July 1, when protesters broke in and vandalized the main chamber.

A leader of the Civil Human Rights Front, which had called Saturday’s march, said that Hong Kong residents would have to think about other ways to voice their anger if the police keep banning protests.

“The first priority of the Civil Human Rights Front is to make sure that all of the participants who participate in our marches will be physically and legally safe. That’s our first priority,” said Bonnie Leung. “And because of the decision made by the appeal board, we feel very sorry but we have no choice but to cancel the march.”

Police arrested Wong and Agnes Chow on Friday morning, both 22 and members of pro-democracy group Demosisto.

Wong, one of the student leaders of the Umbrella Movement in 2014, was released from prison in June after serving a two-month sentence related to that major pro-democracy protest. He has been speaking out regularly in support of the pro-democracy protests that have racked Hong Kong this summer.

They were later charged with participating in and inciting others to join an unauthorized protest outside a police station on June 21. Wong was also charged with organizing it.

“We will continue our fight no matter how they arrest and prosecute us,” Wong told reporters outside a courthouse after they were released on bail.

The protests were set off by extradition legislation that would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial and expanded to general concerns that China is chipping away at the rights of Hong Kong residents.

The extradition bill was suspended but the protesters want it withdrawn and are also demanding democracy and an independent inquiry into police actions against protesters.

Demosisto first reported the arrests on its social media accounts, saying Wong was pushed into a private car as he was heading to a subway station around 7:30 a.m. and was taken to police headquarters. It later said Chow had also been arrested, at her home.

Chow echoed Wong’s comments, saying “we Hong Kong people won’t give up and won’t be scared … we will keep fighting for democracy.”

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.  

via Hong Kong Democracy Activist Leaders Charged, Protest March Banned — CBN News feeds

Obama Returns To Politics With Initiative To “Favorably Position Democrats” (Except Biden?) | Zero Hedge

“He’s coming … And he’ll be ready to roll.”

Authored by Rusty Weiss via The Mental Recession

Former President Barack Obama announced a return to the political arena with an initiative designed to ‘favorably position Democrats’ by ‘combating partisan gerrymandering.’

Obama tweeted a message about a program known as ‘Redistricting U,’ which is part of the All on the Line campaign. That campaign is a merger of his Organizing for Action group with former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Redistricting Action Fund.

“I’ve always believed that training is at the heart of organizing,” Obama explains. “It’s why I made it a priority in my 2008 campaign and throughout our larger movement for change in the years since. The movement for fair maps will determine the course of progress on every issue we care about for the next decade.”

Fair maps, or favorable maps?

He’s Back

Holder warned in 2017 that Obama would be making a return to politics and that his role would specifically involve this effort to combat gerrymandering.

“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder told reporters at an event for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. “And he’ll be ready to roll.”

Well, he’s now rolling …

It’s Not About Fairness

Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker counters that the effort has little to do with opposition to drawing congressional districts based on partisan interests, and more to do with benefitting the Democrat party solely.

Fox News reports that ‘Redistricting U’ is “focused on impacting the redrawing of congressional districts, which will take place in 2021 following the collection of data in the 2020 census.”

In other words, Democrats are okay with redrawing maps as long as it’s in their favor.

Like, for instance, in Maryland where a three-judge federal court panel ruled that the state unconstitutionally drew the boundary lines to benefit Democrats after the 2010 census.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, nominated by Obama in 2010, even asserted during oral arguments in a request to take up the case that Democrat efforts were “excessive.”

The 6th District of Maryland’s composition was flipped “from 47 percent Republicans and 36 percent Democrats to, instead, 45 percent Democrats and 34 percent Republicans, effectively ensuring that Republicans will never win this seat again,” she explained, “how is that not excessive?”

Obama Post-Politics

Did Obama ever really leave the political arena?

In June of 2018, he held private meetings coaching Democrat hopefuls on how they can beat Trump in 2020. He met with a wide range of hopefuls such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and his partner in crime, former Vice President Joe Biden.

He has perpetually badmouthed the President since he left office, including comments that compared the political climate under the Trump administration to 1930s Nazi Germany.

While George W. Bush exited the White House gracefully by not criticizing his successor or meddling in Republican political efforts, Obama seems unable to tamp down his ego enough to do the same.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-29/obama-returns-politics-initiative-favorably-position-democrats

August 30, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump, who is engaged in a trade war with Beijing, said on Friday that the largest U.S. automaker, General Motors Co (GM.N), should begin moving its operations back to the United States.

A month after a white gunman targeting Latinos killed 22 people in El Paso, the Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee will consider new legislation to address rising fears about a convergence of mass shootings and hate crimes.

The United States has imposed sanctions on two people and three firms and identified a blocked ship that it says helped North Korea evade sanctions, the Treasury Department said in a statement on Friday.

U.S. consumer spending increased solidly in July as households bought a range of goods and services, which could further allay financial market fears of a recession, but the strong pace of consumption is unlikely to be sustained amid tepid income gains.

The largest study of its kind found new evidence that genes contribute to same-sex sexual behavior, but it echoes research that says there are no specific genes that make people gay.

AP Top Stories

At least 25 people were arrested across El Salvador on Thursday, including businesspeople, lawyers and a former police officer, as part of an operation to break up an alleged migrant smuggling network.

Investors in Africa must beware of burdening countries with “excessive” debt, Japan’s prime minister warned Friday, an apparent swipe at China whose Belt and Road policy has been accused of saddling poor nations with crippling debt.

West Virginia state Sen. Mike Maroney has been charged with soliciting a prostitute. The Republican lawmaker turned himself in and was arraigned Wednesday morning, a Marshall County court clerk said. He has pleaded not guilty and paid a $4,500 bond.

Iran conducted a third rocket launch Thursday, but satellite imagery of the launch suggests the country’s latest attempt to put a satellite in orbit has ended in failure, NPR reports.

A Russian naval expedition has discovered five Arctic islands, Ranging in size from 900 to 54,500 square meters, as climate change melts glaciers and reveals landforms previously hidden under ice.

Officials in Taiwan demanded Friday that China disclose information about the disappearance of a Taiwanese man who reportedly distributed photos of Chinese troops massing equipment just outside protest-racked Hong Kong.

Hong Kong authorities on Friday charged pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong with organizing an illegal protest as they tighten a clampdown on unrest that has plunged the Asian financial hub into its biggest political crisis in more than two decades.

A 19-year-old freshman arrested in his dorm room at a North Carolina university with two firearms was obsessed with mass shootings and told police he planned to kill his roommate and himself if he failed to get into a fraternity, prosecutors said.

The United States staged a secret cyberattack in June against a database used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to plot attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, The New York Times reported.

For the second time this month, commissioners in a rural Nevada county have pre-signed an emergency declaration ahead of the “Storm Area 51” event that’s drawn more than 2 million RSVPs on Facebook.

The United States Geological Survey says a 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck roughly 170 miles off the coast of Oregon, in the western United States.

Mexico’s drug war appears to be back – and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government’s 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels.

Police believe there are more victims and possibly more suspects involved after an investigation into two men who have been accused of raping and taking pornographic pictures of children.

A new study, due to be published in the journal Organizational Dynamics, has found that, following the #MeToo movement, men are significantly more reluctant to interact with their female colleagues.

A 3.8 million year old skull from Africa is giving researchers a peek into humanity’s evolutionary history, a new study suggests. The find shows what the face of a possible ancestor of the species famously represented by Lucy – the well-known Ethiopian skeleton discovered in the mid-1970s – may have looked like.

BBC

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have been accused of carrying out beatings and torture in the wake of the government’s decision to strip the region of its autonomy.

Security researchers at Google have found evidence of a “sustained effort” to hack iPhones over a period of at least two years. The attack was said to be carried out using websites which would discreetly implant malicious software to gather contacts, images and other data.

The Great Barrier Reef’s outlook has been officially downgraded from poor to very poor due to climate change.

Ghana’s government has decided to arm all police officers on traffic duties after a spate of attacks.

WND

An artificial intelligence system that generates realistic stories, poems and articles has been updated, with some claiming it is now almost as good as a human writer.

The Iranian Guardian Council has sentenced Kurdish Bookseller Mostafa Rahimi to three months in prison on charges of selling copies of the Bible in his bookstore, according to the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Aug. 30, 2019

The Foundation

“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Comey Rebuked by IG but Unapologetic for Coup Attempt

The former FBI director leaked memos designed “to achieve a personally desired outcome.”


Despotic Judiciary Assaults Second Amendment

Seventh Circuit Court upholds a ban on “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines.


Mattis Says ‘We’re Better Than Our Current Politics’

The retired Marine general and former defense secretary challenges Trump’s methods.


College-Educated Women Outnumber Men in U.S. Workforce

Another statistic dispelling the feminist Left’s myth about a gender wage gap.


Democrats Embrace Politicized ‘John Doe’ Investigations

Leftists are increasingly using politically motivated investigations to handicap conservatives.


Scoring ‘Social Credit’

This practice is one import from China that Americans definitely do not want.


Who Are the Heroes?

Recipients of the Medal of Honor tend to have something in common: Humility.


Video: Trump Shouldn’t Back Down On China

Michael Knowles explains why President Trump has to stay strong on trade with China.


Video: Shallow Thoughts on Climate Change With AOC

“The alternative to not spending the money is A: death and B: spending even more money.”



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Headlines – 8/30/2019

Nauru recognizes J’lem as capital of Israel

PA: Arab world must boycott Honduras in protest of next week’s inauguration of that country’s diplomatic mission in Jerusalem

Merkel meets PA President Abbas for talks in Berlin: “We appreciate Chancellor Merkel’s efforts to create multilateral cooperation aside from unilateral solutions to create stability and peace in the world”

‘Don’t Ignore Antisemitic Hatred of Israel,’ Urges German Jewish Leader, as Survey Reveals Growing Demonization of Jewish State as ‘Nazi-Like’

Israel offers Hamas economic benefits in return for long-term ceasefire – report

As tensions spike in north, IDF cancels leave for combat brigades

IDF imposes curfew on soldiers near northern border

Israel deploys mannequin soldiers on border with Lebanon

Another Iranian rocket launch has ended in failure after it apparently blew up on the launch pad

‘Watch out’: In tacit threat, IDF reveals details of Iran-Hezbollah missile plot

Iran Accelerating Hezbollah’s Precision Missile Program After Years of Failure, Israel Says

US sanctions Lebanese bank used by Hezbollah, Gaza terror finance network

UN extends Lebanon border peacekeeping mission, urges full access to Blue Line

Syrian army makes new gains as Russia brings reinforcements: rebels, residents

Turkey’s FM: Turkish forces will leave Syria only after political agreement

Israel Faces a Serious Escalation in its Proxy War with Iran

Netanyahu said to have ‘frantically’ tried to reach Trump over Iran talks fears

UK calls for broad support to tackle Gulf shipping threats

Iranian Oil Tanker Sought by U.S. Changes Course Again, Headed for Turkey, Data Shows

UAE affirms right of self-defense against threats targeting Coalition forces

Trump: Taliban deal close, US troops to drop to 8,600

UN chief fears ‘full civil war’ in Libya

Pakistan’s PM: Islamabad will respond if India attacks

Chinese troop movement into Hong Kong prompts unease

Christian Worship Song Emerges as Anthem for Hong Kong Protests

Blocking social media would be ‘the end of the open internet of Hong Kong.’ It also wouldn’t work

China slams US warship for ‘provocative’ transit through South China Sea, calling it ‘maritime hegemony’

The Trump administration is looking into a plan to cut taxes by the amount it’s taking in from China tariffs

China says it’s willing to resolve the trade war with a ‘calm attitude,’ hints it won’t retaliate for now

Dow surges more than 300 points after China hints it won’t retaliate for now in trade war

Asian markets rally after China’s trade comments soothe nerves

The US economy cooled by more than originally thought in the 2nd quarter as Trump’s trade wars raged

Everyone is losing their mind about the possibility of recession, but in reality the US economy is fine

Japan-South Korea dispute is a sign that the world order is ‘collapsing,’ says trade expert

US spies say Trump’s G7 performance suggests he’s either a ‘Russian asset’ or a ‘useful idiot’ for Putin

House Democrats lose bid to fast-track Trump tax return lawsuit

Mattis on Trump’s Tweets: ‘Beneath the Dignity of the Presidency’

Mattis says he owes Trump silence, but won’t keep quiet ‘forever’

DOJ watchdog finds James Comey violated FBI policy by sharing memo with The New York Times

DOJ declines to prosecute Comey despite finding that he leaked info

Multiple Outlets Haven’t Reported On Omar’s Alleged Misuse Of Campaign Finances To Fund Supposed Affair 48 Hours After News Broke

Ransomware hits hundreds of dentist offices in the US

Trump launches new Pentagon command for space warfare

US intel report says mysterious Russian explosion was triggered by recovery mission of nuclear-powered missile, not a test

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rumbles 150 miles off Oregon coast

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 13,000ft

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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

RenewAmerica Newsletter for August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019
BRYAN FISCHER — He’s an internationally known computer scientist at Yale University – – the New York Times dubbed him a “rock star” – – but he no longer believes in evolution. David Galernter – – whom the UnaBomber tried to blow up in 1993 – – was disabused of Darwin’s theory by science and not religion. “The origin of species,” says Galernter, “is exactly what Darwin cannot explain.” (Emphasis in original. Quotations, unless otherwise marked, are from Galernter.)… (more)

August 30, 2019
CONRAD BLACK — It is not too early to speculate on what the national political media, and especially the high-brow conservative Never Trumpers, are going to do after this president is comfortably reelected. The Washington – -New York – -Los Angeles media threw everything they had against candidate Trump, nominee Trump, and the president, and they have lost everything they had. All surveys show that their audience/readership is sinking and their commercial economics are shriveling, and no reasonable person can fail to be disgusted with the endless malicious slanders and distortions by the Lemons, Maddows, Scarboroughs, Blitzers…. (more)

August 30, 2019

WORLDNETDAILY — The “Deep State,” the career bureaucrats actively obstructing President Trump’s agenda, now are defying the president’s demands for more transparency. Paul Sperry noted at Real Clear Investigations that Trump granted Attorney General William Barr the “unprecedented power” to declassify intelligence files…. (more)


August 30, 2019
O’Donnell says he made an “error in judgment”

AP NEWS — MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday retracted his story about supposed Russian ties to President Donald Trump’s finances and apologized for reporting it – – just as Trump’s lawyer demanded. O’Donnell said, however, he still doesn’t know whether or not the story is true…. (more)


August 30, 2019
FOX NEWS — White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham blasted liberal MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday for running with a singled-sourced, unverified report that President Trump had loans co-signed by Russian oligarchs…. (more)

August 30, 2019

NATIONAL REVIEW — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on Wednesday after she failed to qualify for the third Democratic primary debate, scheduled for September 12. “I think being able to have a voice on a debate stage, when other candidates have that, is really important,” said the 52-year-old Gillibrand. “And without it, I just didn’t see our path.”… (more)


August 30, 2019

NEWSMAX — Some experts say claims that the Amazon fires are burning “Earth’s lungs” and threatening the planet’s oxygen supply are false, reports Fox News. The assertion has caught traction as celebrities, environmentalists and political leaders have blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for destroying the world’s largest rainforest, which they say is the “lungs of the world.”… (more)


August 30, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — A complaint filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission charges Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., illegally used campaign funds to pay for travel expenses for the Democratic political consultant whose wife accuses him of having an extramarital affair with the Muslim congresswoman…. (more)

August 30, 2019
Set for Sept. 4
WORLDNETDAILY — It didn’t take long for the jokes to erupt when the Democrats announced a seven-hour debate about global warming for their remaining presidential nominee hopefuls. Twitter user Thermax wrote, “There will be enough hot air there to smelt steel.”… (more)

August 28, 2019
Authorities finally reveal accusations against parents

BOB UNRUH — A battle over custody of a 4-year-old child seized from his parents by Texas officials without any explanation is being appealed to the state Supreme Court. WND reported the lawsuit brought by the Texas Home School Coalition on behalf of the boy, Drake Pardo, and his parents, Ashley and Daniel. The group set up a Bring Drake Home website and posted a video on Facebook to present their case to the public…. (more)


August 27, 2019
‘It’s very good news for our farmers and ranchers’

NEW YORK POST — President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Sunday that the two countries had agreed to the framework of a trade deal. “We’ve been working on a deal with Japan for a long time. And we’ve agreed in principle,” Trump said, adding that the deal would amount to “billions and billions of dollars.”… (more)


August 27, 2019

August 26, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Inadequate protection of the national electric grid, a key concern of President Trump, threatens the “survival of the United States,” a key defense task force warned on Tuesday…. (more)

August 26, 2019
NEWSMAX — Iran’s foreign minister paid a visit to a G-7 summit in France on Sunday as a guest to French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, a move that blindsided White House officials and some U.S. lawmakers condemned…. (more)

August 26, 2019
DAILY CALLER — South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Americans have to be ready to tighten their belts in order to make China’s government change its trade practices. “I’m glad American companies are in China doing business because there’s a lot of customers. What I don’t like is they close off markets to the American business community in China,” Graham said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “They’re required to have a Chinese business partner when you do business in China, and they steal all of your stuff.”… (more)

August 26, 2019
DAILY WIRE — President Donald Trump’s latest trade war escalation against China appears to have had an immediate effect on Asian markets and the Chinese yuan, sending both tumbling early on Monday morning. “China’s yuan currency fell to 7.1487 to the dollar, its weakest level since early 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis,” AFP reported. “On equity markets, Hong Kong led losses, slumping more than three percent, with investors also spooked by fresh violent protests in the city that saw police use water cannon for the first time. Shanghai lost 1.3 percent and Tokyo ended the morning more than two percent off.”… (more)

August 26, 2019
NEWSMAX — Amid a roller-coaster trade war, President Donald Trump’s upping the ante last Friday got China to blink, according to Far East foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang on Newsmax TV…. (more)

August 26, 2019

DAILY CALLER — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar mocked Republican Rep. Mo Brooks Friday after he said that more Muslims in office is leading to more anti-Semitism. “Oh it’s fine, it’s just a Republican who says something bigoted!” the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted…. (more)


August 26, 2019

DAILY CALLER — CNN’s Brian Stelter speculated Sunday on President Donald Trump’s mental health and called for more media coverage of the issue. “So something is wrong,” Stelter said in the opening monologue of his show, “Reliable Sources.”… (more)


August 25, 2019

DAILY CALLER — At least two former staffers and one friend to New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand say it is time for the lawmaker to quit the race for the Democratic presidential nomination…. (more)


August 25, 2019
Appeals court says they have the right to choose what they will say
BOB UNRUH — Courts base their decisions on U.S. law and the Constitution, right? So it should be no surprise that the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited the Constitution in its decision to reinstate a lawsuit by two filmmakers in Minnesota who had sued the state for trying to coerce them into saying something they didn’t want to say…. (more)

August 25, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — A “conscience rights” rule implemented by the Trump administration that exempts physicians from providing “treatments” that violate religious faith such as abortion has been challenged by lawsuits in New York and California…. (more)

August 25, 2019
Criticize ‘hollow report devoid of substantive policy proposals’
WORLDNETDAILY — A report authorized by Facebook concluded the company has taken “some steps” to address the censorship concerns of conservatives. But it fell short of even beginning to address the real problem. That’s according to a new statement released by nearly two dozen conservative leaders…. (more)

August 25, 2019
NEWSMAX — Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, a court spokeswoman said on Friday. The 86-year old justice tolerated the therapy well and no further treatment is required, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement…. (more)

 

August 30 Your Thought Life

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 10:1–5
key verse: 2 Corinthians 10:4

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.

The power of the imagination—it has created the greatest inventions of all time, the most heartwarming stories, and the solutions to countless everyday problems. The imagination can also be a source of trouble, even as every aspect of your life is touched by the urge to give in to sin. Have you ever found yourself contemplating ideas you knew were not pleasing to the Lord? What was your response?

The Lord knows all too well how your thought life can lead you astray of His purposes and desires. That is why the Bible has so much to say about where you allow your mind to be and the concepts with which you fill it.

If you struggle in this area—and we all do—write down the following verses and commit them to memory. Then when certain alluring notions threaten to overcome your thoughts, you will have God’s truth to conquer them.

Gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on [God’s] grace. (1 Peter 1:13 nasb)

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. (Phil. 4:8 nasb)

Holy Spirit, I prepare my mind to face this day. I choose to dwell on the things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, good, excellent, and worthy of praise. Jesus is all these things, so I will keep my mind fixed on Him.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why Jesus Christ Is of Supreme Value | Unlocking the Bible

Jesus Christ is the pearl of great price. He is the treasure hidden in the field, and He is of supreme value. He is worth more than anything else in this world, more even than life itself. Do you see that? Or is it hidden from you? 

Why Jesus Christ Is of Supreme Value  

i. Who He Is 

In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:19). 

In [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge(Colossians 2:3). 

Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. He is Almighty God, the Creator of the universe, and He came into this world, born as a baby.  

Think about it: Jesus is God in a human body! He is God with a human psyche! He is God tempted in human flesh, God pressed on by the demands of people with every kind of need, God-loving and working, weeping and blessing, God with us and God for us.  

Jesus Christ is of supreme value because nobody else can be who He is! 

ii. What He Has Done 

Jesus has lived the life that God requires of every man and every woman. He lived the life that I have not lived. He lived the life that God has called you to live. 

Jesus Christ has fulfilled the whole law of God in a life of perfect holiness. Then He laid down this life as a sacrifice. He gave that life on behalf of sinners. He took on himself what is due, by the justice of God, to us. And He bore it. 

The story does not end there. Jesus went into death, but death could not hold Him. He rose in the power of an endless life, and he ascended to the right hand of his Father in heaven, where He stands as the Savior and the Advocate for all His people.  

Jesus Christ is of supreme value, not only because of who He is, but because of what he has done. Nobody else can do what he has done. 

iii. What He Offers 

Jesus says to you, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest for your soul. My peace I give to you, a peace that this world cannot give. I have come that your joy may be complete. I am come that you may have life more abundantly.” 

He stands before you today and offers to: 

  • breathe his Holy Spirit into you and fill you with the power and presence of His own life,  
  • cleanse you from your past and present sins, removing them from you so completely that they cannot be charged against you now or at any time in the future, and
  • reconcile you to God the Father, transforming your relationship with God from that of a sinner facing impending judgment, to that of a son or daughter anticipating a glorious inheritance.  

Jesus Christ is of supreme value, not only because of who He is and what He has done, but because nobody else has what He offers. 

iv. He Can Never Be Taken From You  

Alexander Maclaren has this very insightful comment, “Nothing that can be taken from me is truly mine.” [1] Think about the big pearls of your life: Your job, your family, your friends, your freedom, the various pleasures of your life, your health, your money, your independence.  

All of these things can be taken from you, and one day all of them will be. Every pearl you gather in this life you will have for a time, except for one: Jesus Christ. He can never be taken from you. He is the only pearl that you can ever truly say, “Mine.” 

Jesus Christ will stay with you in every circumstance of life. When you walk through the fire, He will be with you. He will walk with you through death. When you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, His rod and staff will comfort you. 

He will stand with you on the other side in the presence of the Almighty, where He is able to present you without fault and with great joy. Jesus Christ alone is able to say to you, “I will never leave you; I will never forsake you.” 

When the pearl merchant saw this pearl, He immediately knew its value. If you are still trying to work out if it is really worth being fully committed to Jesus Christ, you have not yet seen the true value of this treasure. If you feel that it would be too hard to give up your sins, you have not yet seen the unique glory of Jesus Christ   

When you see the value of all that Christ is, of all that He has done, and of all that He offers, and when you see that He is the only treasure that you can have always, you will say: “What do I need to do to get this treasure? How can I get this pearl?” When you see the glory of Jesus, you know you have to make it yours and you’ll be ready to do whatever it takes.  

Photo Credit: Unsplash 

This article was adapted from Pastor Colin’s sermon, “Joy,” from his series Ministry Matters.  

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[1] http://www.ccel.org/ccel/maclaren/matt2.ii.xxx.html 
— Read on unlockingthebible.org/2019/08/why-jesus-supreme-value/

30 august (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Independence of Christianity

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.” Zechariah 4:6

suggested further reading: 2 Corinthians 3:17–4:7

The grand thing the church wants in this time, is God’s Holy Spirit. You all get up plans and say, “Now, if the church were altered a little bit, it would go better.” You think if there were different ministers, or different church order, or something different, then all would be well. No, dear friends, it is not there the mistake lies; it is that we want more of the Spirit. It is as if you saw a locomotive engine upon a railway, and it would not go, and they put up a driver, and they said, “Now, that driver will just do.” They try another and another. One proposes that such-and-such a wheel should be altered, but still it will not go. Some one then bursts in amongst those who are conversing and says, “No, friends; but the reason why it will not move, is because there is no steam. You have no fire, you have no water in the boiler: that’s why it will not go. There may be some faults about it; it may want a bit of paint here and there, but it will go well enough with all those faults if you do but get the steam up.” But now people are saying, “This must be altered, and that must be altered;” but it would go no better unless God the Spirit should come to bless us. You may have the same ministers, and they shall be a thousand times more useful for God, if God is pleased to bless them. You shall have the same deacons, they shall be a thousand times more influential than they are now, when the Spirit is poured down upon them from on high. That is the church’s great want, and until that want be supplied, we may reform, and reform, and still be just the same. We want the Holy Spirit.

for meditation: God doesn’t come to us in the most spectacular ways possible (1 Kings 19:11–12). For his idea of power-evangelism see 1 Corinthians 1:17, 18, 23, 24; 2:1–5, also Romans 1:16.

sermon no. 149[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 249). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

Friday Briefing August 30, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

PART I

 Is Homosexuality Genetic? New Research Reveals an Old Story

PART II

 The Impulse to Ground Homosexuality in Biological Terms Is Driven By Morality, Not Just Science

PART III

 Can an Atheist State Regulate Reincarnation? A Collision Between the Worldviews of the Communist Party of China and the Tibetan Buddhism of the Dalai Lama

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PART III

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 A Visit With the Dalai Lama, by Walter Russell Mead

30 AUGUST 365 Days with Calvin

Sealed with the Holy Spirit

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13

suggested further reading: Galatians 4:1–7

Satan attempts nothing more earnestly than leading us to doubt or despise the gospel. Paul therefore furnishes us with two shields to repel both temptations. In opposition to every doubt, let us bring forward the testimony that the gospel is certain truth, which cannot deceive, and is also the word of truth, as if there were no truth but itself.

Happy are those who have embraced the gospel and whose attachment to it is steadfast, for beyond all doubt, this is truth and life.

Having maintained that the gospel is certain, Paul now comes to the proof: in whom also after that ye believed. What higher surety can be found than the Holy Spirit? “For you have the testimony of the Spirit of God himself, who seals the truth of it in your hearts,” Paul says.

Seals give validity to charters and to testaments. In ancient times, seals were the principal means by which the writer of a letter could be known. In short, a seal distinguishes what is true and certain from what is false and spurious. This is the office the apostle ascribes to the Holy Spirit.

Our minds cannot become so firmly established in the truth of God that they resist the temptations of Satan until we have been confirmed in it by the Holy Spirit. The conviction of truth that believers have of the Word of God, their own salvation, and religion in general does not spring from the judgment of the flesh or from human and philosophical arguments but from the seal of the Spirit, who imparts to consciences such certainty as to remove all doubt.

The foundation of faith would be frail and unsteady if it rested on human wisdom. Therefore, as preaching is the instrument of faith, so the Holy Spirit makes preaching efficacious.

for meditation: We live in a world that constantly attacks the truth of the Bible. In these conditions, it is easy for doubts to creep into our minds. Is the Bible really true? Paul was convinced it was the word of truth. Though rational arguments can never lay every doubt finally to rest, the supernatural witness of the Holy Spirit can. Believers know, in the face of all opposition, that the Word is true and that they are building on the rock.[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 261). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

China blocks Hong Kong axing extradition bill to end protests: report – Business Insider

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  • China refused to let Hong Kong scrap the controversial extradition bill which caused mass protests as a way to end the tension, Reuters reported.
  • Reuters, citing evidence from Chinese and Hong Kong officials, said Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam told Beijing that scrapping the controversial extradition bill which sparked the protests could stop them.
  • In response, the Chinese government rejected Lam’s proposal, submitted before August 7, and outright forbade her from cancelling the bill.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. 

China reportedly blocked Hong Kong from axing the controversial extradition bill which triggered months of protests in the region as a tactic to end the tension.

Reuters, citing testimony from Chinese and Hong Kong government officials, reported that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told Beijing that giving into one of the protesters’ key demands would likely see the demonstrations shrink or even cease entirely.

The Chinese government rejected Lam’s proposal, and blocked her outright from giving in to any of the protesters demand, Reuters said, noting that the request was submitted at some point between June 16 and August 7.

The proposal was submitted to the central coordination group in the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, which then informed Chinese President Xi Jinping of its existence, Reuters said, citing evidence from a senior Chinese official.

In June, protester organisers released their four-point list of demands.

  • Withdraw the bill entirely
  • Retract police characterization of a June 12 protest as “riot.”
  • Inquiry into police brutality at a June 12 protest.
  • Release those arrested.

Reuters reported that protesters have since added a fifth demand: that Hong Kong holds full democratic elections in the future.

China “said no” to all of the demands, an unnamed source told Reuters, saying: “The situation is far more complicated than most people realize.”

Ann Wang/File Photo via Reuters

An unnamed senior Hong Kong official told Reuters that Beijing considered the scrapping of the bill and launching an independent inquiry into the protests as the “most feasible politically.”

It ultimately did not decided to pursue that route, and opted for a more hardline approach. It is unclear why Beijing pulled back from its proposed softer approach.

Lam herself has consistently refused to compromise and, on Tuesday said it was protesters who must compromise.

“It is not a question of not responding; it is a question of not accepting those demands,” she said.

Read more: A protester takes us inside the demonstrations in Hong Kong

AFP

The bill was suspended “indefinitely” on June 15, but has not been fully abandoned. Protests have continued since the suspension, and have morphed into a multifaceted pro-democracy movement, now entering its 13th week.

In response, the Chinese government has labeled the protests “radical,” attempted to intimidate protesters by deploying the military in the border city of Shenzhen, and warned foreign powers not to intervene in domestic matters. 

Zhang Xiaoming, the head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said at a meeting of Hong Kong and Chinese business leaders in Shenzhen on August 7 that if protests continued “the central government must intervene.”

On Thursday, numerous Chinese military vehicles entered Hong Kongon what state media outlet Xinhua claimed was a “routine rotation” of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison.

People’s Daily, a Chinese government-controlled newspaper, said it was “normal routine annual rotation” in line with Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, known as the Basic Law.

— Read on www.businessinsider.com/china-stopped-hong-kong-axing-extradition-bill-solution-protests-reuters-2019-8

Hong Kong Government Accused of ‘Spreading White Terror’ Ahead of Anticipated Weekend Protests | The Epoch Times

Demosisto vice-chairperson Isaac Cheng speaks to press on the arrest of Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, in Hong Kong on Aug. 30, 2019. (Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images)

In the lead up to another weekend of anticipated protests, four democracy activists in Hong Kong were arrested by the police. Meanwhile, two other activists were assaulted, drawing condemnations from legislative councillors.

The police made two “high-profile arrests” on Aug. 30, according to Isaac Cheng Ka-long, vice chairman of Hong Kong’s political party Demosistō, including the party’s general secretary Joshua Wong and party member Agnes Chow.

He said the action was “spreading white terror” ahead of the weekend when it is anticipated that more mass rallies will be seen in Hong Kong as the protests head into their 13th week.

Cheng made the remarks at a press conference and added that such terror was intended to suppress the ongoing Hong Kong protests and the people’s freedom of speech.

According to Demosistō’s official Facebook page, Joshua Wong, who was also the iconic figure from the 2014 Umbrella Movement, was “suddenly pushed into a private car on the street” when he was on his way to a local metro station. He was then taken to the Hong Kong police headquarters in Wan Chai.

Less than two hours later, Demosistō confirmed that Chow, who was also a student leader during the 2014 protest, had been arrested at her home in the morning. She was also taken to the police headquarters.

Cheng explained that Wong had been accused of “inciting unlawful assembly, organizing unlawful assembly, taking part in unlawful assembly.” As for Chow, she was arrested on the grounds of “inciting unlawful assembly.”

Cheng said the Hong Kong government was now trying to create “leaders” in what have been “leaderless and organization-less” protests.

China’s state-run media Xinhua, in an opinion article published on Aug. 13, had accused Wong, Demosistō member Nathan Law, and student representative from the University of Hong Kong Jordan Pang Ka Ho, of being “leaders pushing for Hong Kong’s independence.”

Xinhua then concluded that these “leaders” would eventually “reap what they have sown.”

Cheng said he believes the arrests are the Hong Kong government’s way of showing Beijing that it has the ability to end the protests itself—by targeting the people that the CCP has accused of being “protest leaders.”

Millions of people in Hong Kong have taken to the streets since early June in protest against a now-suspended extradition bill that was first proposed by the Hong Kong government in February. Since its introduction, the bill immediately met with resistance from within Hong Kong’s pan-democracy camp.

Many people have viewed the bill as Beijing’s encroachment on the city’s judicial independence, since China could demand the city government hand over suspects to be put on trial in China’s courts—notorious for being a tool by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to silence critics and punish dissidents.

Later on Aug. 30, Rick Hui Yui-yu, a Sha Tin district councilor of the pan-democracy camp, was also arrested by police and held at Kwun Tong police station, according to Hong Kong media. The reason for his arrest is not known at the time of writing.

Hong Kong media reported that Hui tried to negotiate between protesters and the police while the two sides clashed inside a shopping mall in Sha Tin on July 14.

Andy Chan, a founder of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party that was banned last September, was also targeted by police. Earlier on Aug. 29, he took to Facebook to say that he had been detained at Hong Kong’s international airport.

Hong Kong media the Stand News reported that Chan was accused of participating in “riot” and “attacking the police” in Sheung Shui on July 13.

On that day, about 30,000 people took part in a rally in the Hong Kong territorial town of Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese megacity of Shenzhen. The protest ended in the evening with clashes between protesters and the police.

‘Intimidation’ Attacks

At around noon on Aug. 29, Jimmy Sham, convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the main opposition group behind multiple mass protests in the city, was assaulted in a restaurant in Kowloon by two masked men wielding a long knife and a baseball bat.

Sham was not hurt but his friend was injured trying to protect him and was later sent to a hospital.

A few hours later on the same day, Max Chung, the organizer of a march in Yuen Long on July 27, was attacked by four men carrying umbrellas and metal rods on the banks of Lam Tsuen River in Tai Po.

Chung and a reporter who was about to interview him were both injured and taken to the hospital.

The Democracy Party issued a statement that evening condemning the assault against Sham and Chung. It urged the police to quickly look for the perpetrators behind the attack.

Sham, speaking to local broadcaster RTHK in the morning on Aug. 30, said that he was certain that the attack against him had to do with his participation in the recent protests as part of CHRF.

Chung, also speaking to RTHK, said the attack against him was an act of terror. He said he believed he was targeted as a way to intimidate protesters and deter them from taking to the streets on Aug. 31.

On Aug. 30, RTHK announced that the CHRF march originally-scheduled for Aug. 31 had been canceled after an appeal of a police ban was rejected.

In the past few weeks, Hong Kong police have rejected multiple march applications or forced organizers to change the march routes. However, on Aug. 17, 1.7 million people defied a police ban in heavy rain to continue their peaceful protest calling on the government to address their five demands. No tear gas was fired on that day.

On the CHRF’s Facebook post about the cancellation, many people voice their gratitude and urge the group to hold marches in the future.

Chung added that he would not be deterred to continue taking part in the protest, and said his fellow Hongkongers would also not surrender to such foul tactics.

— Read on m.theepochtimes.com/hong-kong-government-accused-of-spreading-white-terror-ahead-of-anticipated-weekend-protests_3062352.html

August 30 – A witness between you and us – Reformed Perspective

“Let us now prepare to build ourselves an altar, not for burnt offerings nor for sacrifice, but that it may be a witness between you and us and our generations after us.” – Joshua 22:26-27 

Scripture reading: Joshua 22:10-34

Our passage today reveals how a miscommunication nearly turns into a massacre! How what one side did, intending it to be a deed of faithfulness to God, was misconstrued to be a deed of rebellion against God. Out of a zeal for the honour of the Lord, the tribes on the West side of the Jordan prepare themselves to do battle with the tribes on the East side of the River. This zeal was not misplaced. With the building of this “alternate altar,” it appeared that God’s Word was being called into question and God’s honour was being threatened. So Israel was willing to go to war against their brothers.

This teaches us that God’s name is worth more than our ease, that God’s honour is more valuable than our family, that God’s Word is to be kept even if it means offending friends. Thankfully, because of the open conversation held between the offending parties, the misunderstanding was resolved. Honest dialogue prevented disaster. The alter was not built as a substitute for proper worship, but for a memorial for all to see that the Jordan did not separate God’s people. As a witness to the next generation, the memorial is erected.

God’s church today also has a memorial for all to see, a witness to future generations: the Cross of Jesus Christ. May we not fear open conversations and honest dialogue with those around us as we preach Christ and Him crucified. May Jesus be our Witness to the world.

Suggestions for prayer

Ask God to give you godly, humble zeal for His Name. Ask Him to guide you to those who need to hear the honest truth about themselves and about the Good News of the Gospel. Ask Him for wisdom to deal openly with the misunderstandings in your life.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Ed Marcusse is the pastor of the Oak Glen United Reformed Church of Lansing, Illinois.

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