Daily Archives: September 25, 2019

September 25 A Miracle of Life

Scripture Reading: Psalm 45:1–15

Key Verse: Psalm 45:15

With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;

They shall enter the King’s palace.

Why is it that so many of us who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior spend our Christian lives struggling and feeling defeated? One reason may be that we have never grasped exactly what took place at salvation, and we furthermore fail to understand its current meaning in our lives.

God’s viewpoint is that, before trusting Christ as Savior, we were spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:5), under His wrath (John 3:36), and condemned to eternal separation from Him (Revelation 20:15). He saw us in these ways:

  • Walking dead people, who couldn’t make themselves alive
  • People deserving judgment, who couldn’t remove themselves from divine anger by their own efforts
  • Rebellious people who were unable to turn to God apart from the Spirit’s drawing power

Clearly, something outside of ourselves was needed. The Lord loved us to the point that He was willing to do whatever was necessary to rescue us from our desperate condition. God’s solution was grace:

  • He provided a Savior who bore our sins, became sin for us, and endured the wrath of God for those sins.
  • He sent His only Son to pay the debt we owed for our sins—a debt we could not pay.

What took place? A miracle of life for us, who were once spiritually dead.

Thank You for the miracle, God. Thank You for sending a Savior who bore my sin and paid my debt. Thank You for the assurance of eternal life![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 280). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

How to know the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error — Denny Burk

The apostle John explains to his readers how to tell the difference between the Spirit of God and the spirit of antichrist:

1 John 4:6We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

This means that if you want to know Jesus and if you want to know the truth, then you must listen to His apostolic witnesses. If you refuse to listen to and to believe in the apostolic portrait of Jesus, you are listening to the spirit of antichrist (1 John 4:3).

This is John’s expansion of what Jesus himself said in the upper room discourse. Jesus told his apostles that he would uniquely reveal himself to his apostles and would enable them to faithfully communicate his revelation to the world:

John 14:25 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you [apostles] all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you [apostles] into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

The spirit of Christ is saying, “listen to my apostles.” The spirit of error says, “Don’t get hung up on the apostolic teaching; just focus on Jesus.” The spirit of error trades in the lie that we can know Christ apart from the apostolic revelation of him in scripture.

Even though Paul was not with the eleven when Jesus told them that he would guide them into all truth, we know that Jesus intends for us to view Paul as having the same revelatory authority as the other apostles. How do we know that? Because Jesus himself discloses this intention when he appears to Ananias in a vision and said this concerning Paul:

Acts 9:15-16 “Go, for [Paul] is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Likewise, consider Jesus’ words about Paul in Acts 26:16-18:

Acts 26:16-1815 And I said, ‘Who art Thou, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 ‘But arise, and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17 delivering you from the Jewish
people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me’” (italics mine).

Jesus called Paul to be an apostle just as he called the other eleven. Jesus also specifically directed Paul to proclaim his name among the Gentiles. Jesus appointed Paul for this task and intends for Paul’s listeners (and now readers) to heed the message that Paul proclaims.

If Jesus chose and appointed Paul to bear His name among the gentiles, then who are we to gainsay Jesus? Doesn’t King Jesus have the authority to select and enable His own spokesmen? Jesus has chosen to reveal His words and deeds through apostolic witnesses, and he has directed us to listen to the likes of Paul.

When we read the apostolic testimony in the New Testament, we are hearing directly from Christ himself. It was not a generic spirit that inspired the words of Scripture. It was the Spirit of Christ that moved the authors to write what they wrote. Jesus describes the Spirit this way in John 15:26, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father…He will bear witness of Me.” This is the Spirit that Jesus sends to inspire the apostolic witness. It is the same Spirit that inspired the Old Testament, and it is the same Spirit that Peter calls “the Spirit of Christ.”

1 Peter 1:10-1110 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, 11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.”

Paul too spoke of “the Christ who speaks in me” in 2 Corinthians 13:3. That means that there is no daylight between Jesus and Paul when it comes to what Paul communicates to us in scripture. Paul speaks for Christ. If we want to be obedient to Christ, then we must obey the canonical words of Paul and of the other apostles. Those who wish to honor biblical authority will avoid attempts to pit Jesus’ words against Paul’s words, for the words of Paul and of the other apostolic authors of Scripture are nothing less than the very words of Christ.


*The material above is an adaptation of pages 76-84 from my book What Is the Meaning of Sex? (Crossway, 2013).

via How to know the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error — Denny Burk

September 25 So Send I You

Scripture Reading: John 20:19–23

Key Verse: John 20:21

Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

George Grenfell (1849–1906), missionary and explorer of the Congo, made the following entry into his diary:

Thank God we are safely back! It might have been otherwise, for we have encountered perils not a few. But the winds, which sometimes were simply terrific, and the rocks, which knocked three holes in the river steamer as we were running away at night from cannibals, have not wrecked us. We have been attacked by natives about twenty different times, we have been stoned and shot at with arrows, and have been the marks for more spears than we can count.

For thirty–two years, Grenfell labored in Africa planting churches. His memoirs read more like a war novel than a mission’s report and detail wild hardships, dangers, and disappointments. Tenacious in his efforts to spread the gospel, he launched six voyages up the Congo River. The result was the establishment of several mission stations in an area that until his coming had remained unreachable.

This is not a time for fainthearted Christians. Grenfell sailed up the Congo for the gospel’s glory. When you are faced with trials, remember these words: “So send I you,” as well as the One who said them (John 20:21 kjv).

Dear God, this is no time for fainthearted Christians. Increase my dedication and commitment to fulfill Your call. You have sent me. I will go.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 280). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Whole of the Christian Life Is Repentance — Ligonier Ministries Blog

We don’t just repent once. In this brief clip, Sinclair Ferguson explains that the Christian life requires daily repentance and submission to the authority of Jesus Christ.


Most of you know the story of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. The first of these theses was this: When our Lord Jesus said “repent.” He meant that the whole of the Christian life should be repentance. You ever heard somebody say, well I repented twenty years ago, thirty years ago, ten years ago, it’s done and dusted. No it’s not done and dusted for Jesus. It is the whole of the Christian life. This transformation, this newness, this difference that is the Christian life, takes place only when we find ourselves bowing down to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.

via The Whole of the Christian Life Is Repentance — Ligonier Ministries Blog

September 25 Healing for Your Heart

Scripture reading: Psalm 37:1–40

Key verse: Psalm 37:9

Evildoers shall be cut off;

But those who wait on the Lord,

They shall inherit the earth.

One subject that dominates many Christian counseling sessions is the subject of abuse. People seek help in working through the emotional agony that comes from being abused.

We now understand that abuse can be emotional, physical, or psychological. A controlling, domineering person can do as much damage as one who physically takes advantage of another person.

The devastation that follows abuse is a damaged personhood with undertows of low self-esteem, guilt, and shame. Abuse of any kind strikes at the core of who we are and, if not attended to, can put a thick covering over God’s intended purpose for our lives. Those who have been abused often say they feel worthless, shameful, and purposeless. It is difficult to imagine why such pain happens. However, denying it does not remove or help the hurt.

Most of us know someone who has suffered due to the thoughtless actions of another. At times, healing may seem difficult. If you have been abused and continue to struggle emotionally and mentally, you may want to talk with your pastor or a trusted Christian friend. Ask him to listen and then to pray with you about what has happened in your life. While thoughts of revenge are a natural response, they cause only more heartache. God wants to set you free. Give Him your emotional pain, and He will bring healing to your heart.

Heavenly Father, take all my emotional baggage, and bring healing to my heart. Help me forgive my abuser. Set me free from the pain.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 280). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Press Warns That Trump Is Actually A Wolf Coming To Devour The Village And This Time They Mean It — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—In the latest bombshell allegations that will definitely end the Trump presidency and expunge him from all existence, several media outlets are reporting that Trump is actually a wolf coming to devour the village and “this time we mean it.”

During a routine CNN broadcast about Trump Tuesday evening, a reporter came running into the newsroom in a flurry, all out of breath and panting. “Guys!” he cried out. After being lectured on the use of the gender-specific term “guys” and regaining his breath, he continued: “Trump isn’t actually just Hitler—in fact, he is a wolf. A whistleblower told me. And he’s coming this way right now to devour all of us! Run!!!”

Using standard CNN operating procedure, news executives didn’t vet the claim at all but immediately went to print and interrupted the station’s live broadcast to tell everyone that Trump is a wolf. This is the 43rd time that they have run this report. Each one has turned out to be a false alarm. Several interns were seen running around the newsroom with their hair on fire.

However, despite the insanity of the reporting on Trump, there does seem to be some evidence that he has some wolf-like qualities, though not as many as some past presidents. Often they devoured entire villages but the press spun their activities as “environmental activism.” Unfortunately, nobody will believe them when Trump actually devours a village. Sad!

via Press Warns That Trump Is Actually A Wolf Coming To Devour The Village And This Time They Mean It — The Babylon Bee

“We Had a Good Phone Call, It Was Normal” – Ukrainian President Zelensky Defends Call with President Trump at UN Meeting (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump met with Ukrainian President Zelensky at the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday at 2:15 PM Eastern.

The entire meeting was televised.

This comes after the White House released the transcript earlier today of their call in July.

Ukrainian President Zelensky told reporters on the Trump phone call, “We had a good phone call. It was normal.”

via “We Had a Good Phone Call, It Was Normal” – Ukrainian President Zelensky Defends Call with President Trump at UN Meeting (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Justice Department clears Trump on Ukraine call | WND

With attention focused on the release of the transcript of President Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Joe Biden, the Justice Department’s criminal division said Wednesday it already has investigated the matter and concluded Trump did not violate campaign finance laws.

The Washington Times reported a separate division of the department has also ruled that the administration did not break the law by failing to immediately share a whistleblower’s complaint with Congress.

Officials explained the matter didn’t meet the definition of “urgent,” as required by the law.

The transcript of the conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed Trump talked about Biden but did not threaten to withhold military aid as Democrats charge.

Zelensky said a newly appointed prosecutor will “look into the situation” regarding Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukraine.

“The issue of the investigation of the case … so we will take care of that and work on the investigation of the case,” the Ukrainian president said.

President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has said he has records of laundered payments from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma to a Hunter Biden business account amounting to more than $3 million.

In a Fox News interview Tuesday night, Giuliani explained he got involved in his capacity of defending the president. He said that the prosecutor “that Biden helped to put in” dismissed a case against an organization “that was collecting false information about Donald Trump, about Paul Manafort, and feeding it to the Democratic National Committee.”

The organization, he said, was run by left-wing billionaire financier George Soros.

Justice: Trump hasn’t asked us to contact Ukraine

On Wednesday, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Attorney General William Barr was first made aware of the Ukraine call several weeks after it took place.

“The president has not spoken with the attorney general about having Ukraine investigate anything related to former Vice President Biden or his son,” Kupec said in a statement. “The president has not asked the attorney general to contact the Ukraine — on this or any other matter.”

The spokeswoman said Barr also has not communicated with Ukraine regarding the Bidens or “anything relating to Ukraine with Rudy Giuliani.”

A whistleblower reported Trump’s conversation to authorities Aug. 12, despite not having first-hand knowledge. Citing information from “White House officials,” the whistleblower said it appeared Trump was trying to pressure Ukraine to help him win the 2020 election.

The intelligence community inspector general found the report credible while concluding the whistleblower showed political bias.

The IG said the report was urgent enough to be shared with Congress by the director of national intelligence. But the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel concluded the complaint does not fall within the statutory definition of “urgent concern.”

The Office of Legal Counsel also ruled the president’s conversation with the Ukrainian president was a diplomatic communication and not an intelligence activity.

“Such matters simply do not relate to ‘the funding, administration or operation of an intelligence activity within the responsibility and authority’ of the DNI,” wrote Steven Engel, the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.

He said that if there were to be an investigation, it should be done by the Justice Department.

That is what happened, the Washington Times said, and the Justice Department’s criminal division concluded Trump was not soliciting a contribution by asking Ukraine to probe an opponent.

Source: Justice Department clears Trump on Ukraine call

Biden Campaign Calls Trump Ad Racist and Sexist for Showing Democrats Obsessed With Impeachment — The Gateway Pundit

Kamau Marshall, Director of Strategic Communications for the Joe Biden presidential campaign, called President Trump’s campaign ad yesterday on Democrats’ obsession with impeachment racist and sexist, saying on Twitter, “This is a problematic video from a problematic president, particularly targeting people of color and powerful women.”

Screen image from Trump campaign ad showing Rep. Al Green (D-TX) saying, “If we don’t impeach this president, he will get reelected.”

Marshall’s statement was retweeted by Biden campaign spokesman Bill Russo, putting the campaign’s imprimatur on the statement.

Trump campaign video posted Tuesday after Speaker Pelosi announced her approval for an impeachment inquiry against the President:

The video shows numerous Democrat Congressmen and Senators, including presidential candidates, speaking about impeaching Trump (in order of appearance): Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA), presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), presidential candidate Tom Steyer (CA), Richmond again, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI), Rep. Ted Lieu (CA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN), senior Obama administration official Jen Psaki, presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), Rep. Adam Schiff (CA), Rep. Maxine Waters (CA), House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep. Al Green (TX).

Full statement by Marshall and retweeted by Russo, “The first person in this Trump video is the former CBC Chairman, @CedricRichmond. VP @JoeBiden has said – there’s no low too low for this president. This is a problematic video from a problematic president, particularly targeting people of color and powerful women.”

Marshall added, “The last person in the video is my former boss @RepAlGreen who’s been at DJT for sometime now. I stand by and support these individuals for calling Trump out on all his rhetoric. He isn’t above the law. As VP
@JoeBiden has said, this is a national problem.”

Screen image of Bill Russo retweet.

via Biden Campaign Calls Trump Ad Racist and Sexist for Showing Democrats Obsessed With Impeachment — The Gateway Pundit

Impeachment Odds Plummet As Trump Releases Ukraine Transcript | ZeroHedge News

Impeachment Odds Plummet As Trump Releases Ukraine Transcript

The Trump administration has released a White House transcript of a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the heart of a whistleblower complaint.

Among other things, the transcript shows Trump discussing former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Here’s the ‘pressure’ Trump put on Zelensky:

“The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.” 

Earlier in the conversation, Trump says: “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.

Read below:

Meanwhile, the left is already taking issue with calling this a ‘transcript,’ as is it is a “memorandum” – which would suggest it’s not a verbatim account of the conversation.

Regardless, Trump’s odds of impeachment by the end of Trump’s first term has taken a precipitous nosedive according over the past 24 hours, since Trump announced that he would release the transcript and whistleblower complaint.

Source: Impeachment Odds Plummet As Trump Releases Ukraine Transcript

Democrats Had No Problem Asking Ukraine To Investigate Political Opponents When The Target Was Trump | The Daily Caller

‘Avoid the ire of President Trump’

Democrats in Congress previously pressured Ukraine to continue investigations into President Donald Trump or risk losing U.S. aid, despite current cries of impeachment over the president’s similar actions.

In 2018, Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Dick Durbin of Illinois, and Pat Leahy of Vermont sent a letter to the Ukrainian general prosecutor accusing him of trying to “impede cooperation” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion by the Trump campaign.

“On May 2, the New York Times reported that your office effectively froze investigations into four open cases in Ukraine in April, thereby eliminating scope for cooperation with the Mueller probe into related issues,” the senators wrote to General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko. “The article notes that your office considered these cases as too politically sensitive and potentially jeopardizing U.S. financial and military aid to Ukraine.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: U.S. Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) (R) speaks as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) listens during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Democratic policy luncheon June 11, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Schumer used the opportunity to criticize the lack of legislative movement under Republican control. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 11: U.S. Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) (R) speaks as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) listens during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Democratic policy luncheon June 11, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Schumer used the opportunity to criticize the lack of legislative movement under Republican control. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The senators also specifically add that it would be a mistake for Lutsenko to drop the investigations “in order to avoid the ire of President Trump.”

The letter also appears to dangle U.S. support for Ukraine as a reason for the country to continue cooperating with the investigation, stating, “In four short years, Ukraine has made significant progress in building [democratic] institutions despite ongoing military, economic and political pressure from Moscow. We have supported that capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these principles.”

Meanwhile, Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy delivered a similar message to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky earlier this month, warning that Democratic support for the country could dwindle if he complied with the president’s requests to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. (RELATED: President Donald Trump Reacts To The Release Of Ukraine Transcript)

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) talks to reporters ahead of a vote before attending the weekly Senate Democrat policy luncheon on Capitol Hill September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) talks to reporters ahead of a vote before attending the weekly Senate Democrat policy luncheon on Capitol Hill September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“I told Zelensky that he should not insert himself or his government into American politics. I cautioned him that complying with the demands of the President’s campaign representatives to investigate a political rival of the President would gravely damage the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. There are few things that Republicans and Democrats agree on in Washington these days, and support for Ukraine is one of them,” Murphy told The Hill’s John Solomon.

And, of course, in 2016, the Obama administration urged Ukraine to fire the prosecutor leading an investigation into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil company, or risk a $1 billion guaranteed loan from the U.S. Biden bragged about the move in January 2018, despite the fact that his son, Hunter Biden, was being paid by and on the board of Burisma at the time.

Meanwhile, Democrats are pursuing an impeachment inquiry because Trump asked Zelensky to investigate whether Biden called for the firing of the prosecutor in order to protect his own son. A transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky in July confirmed the request, but did not demonstrate that he threatened to withhold aid if the investigation weren’t carried out.

Source: Democrats Had No Problem Asking Ukraine To Investigate Political Opponents When The Target Was Trump

YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS UP! Hypocrite Democrat Senators Wrote Ukraine LAST YEAR to Investigate President Trump — The Gateway Pundit

On Tuesday Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced impeachment investigations against President Donald Trump for allegedly putting pressure on Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate the Biden Crime Family for laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars from Ukraine. The bogus accusations were based on hearsay from an anti-Trump “whistleblower” who supports a rival political opponent.

On Wednesday the transcript of the call between President Trump and President Zelensky was released.

By late Wednesday morning we all know the allegations were false.

President Trump did not put pressure on the Ukrainian leader and did not even bring up the subject with him during the call.

Durbin, Leahy, Menendez Getty

Now this…

Last year three Democrat Senators urged the Ukrainian government to investigate President Trump!

It is clear, by the new Democrat rules, Senators Menendez, Leahy and Durbin must resign in disgrace for using foreign operatives to influence a US election.

Via Mike Cernovich:

via YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS UP! Hypocrite Democrat Senators Wrote Ukraine LAST YEAR to Investigate President Trump — The Gateway Pundit

September 25, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Simeon’s Proclamation

then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. (2:28–33)

Having met Joseph, Mary, and Jesus, Simeon took Jesus into his arms. It is hard to imagine how thrilled he must have been as he realized that God’s promises had come true. Salvation had come to Israel, and he was holding the consolation of Israel, the Messiah, in his arms. Overwhelmed with joy and gratitude, Simeon blessed God.

His song of praise (cf.1:41–45, 46–55, 67–79; 2:13–14, 38) is known as the Nunc Dimittis (Now Lord), from the first two words of the hymn in Latin. God was releasing His bond-servant to depart (die) in peace, according to His word of promise revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit. His hope fulfilled, his joy complete, his heart at peace, Simeon was content to die. With his own eyes he had seen God’s salvation, personified in the infant Jesus (cf. 1:69; 2:11). He understood that salvation for Israel involved much more than the national deliverance promised by the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants, whose blessings will not be fully realized until the millennial kingdom. In the incarnation, Jesus came not to save His people from their enemies, but from their sins (Matt. 1:21; cf. Acts 4:12).

Simeon’s next statement would shock Jewish sensibilities. Fiercely proud of their status as God’s chosen, covenant people, the Jews believed Messiah was their deliverer. They assumed He would establish their kingdom, which would then rule over the infidel Gentiles. The truth that God had prepared salvation in the presence of all peoples, and that Messiah would be a light of revelation to the Gentiles (cf. Acts 26:23), as well as the glory of God’s people Israel (cf. Isa. 46:13; 45:25), ran counter to all their preconceptions. Even after the resurrection, the apostles still did not understand. Shortly before the Lord ascended to heaven “they were asking Him, saying, ‘Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?’ ” (Acts 1:6).

Centuries of animosity toward the idolatrous Gentiles, whose corrupting influence had contributed to Israel’s downfall, was not easily set aside. The Jewish believers in Jerusalem were horrified that Peter “went to uncircumcised men and ate with them” (Acts 11:3) because, as Peter reminded the Gentiles gathered in Cornelius’s house, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him” (Acts 10:28). But salvation is offered to all people, Jews and Gentiles alike, since Christ “made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall” (Eph. 2:14) and “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for [believers] are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). Thus the Lord directed that “repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47; cf. Matt. 28:19–20).

Speaking prophetically of Messiah’s ministry Isaiah wrote,

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. (Isa. 9:1–2; cf. Matt. 4:12–16)

According to Isaiah 42:6, Messiah would be “a light to the nations,” while in 49:6, the Lord said to Him, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” In Isaiah 51:4–5, God declared, “A law will go forth from Me, and I will set My justice for a light of the peoples. My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait for Me, and for My arm they will wait expectantly.” Isaiah 52:10 notes that “the Lord has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.” In Isaiah 60, God once again addressed His Servant, the Messiah:

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (60:1–3)

With each confirmation of their Son’s true identity, Joseph and Mary’s astonishment grew. After hearing Simeon’s song of praise, they were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. Their son, in every sense a normal human baby, was the Divine Savior of the world, the Messiah who would fulfill all the Old Testament promises of salvation and blessing.[1]

27–33 God, active by means of the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has Simeon come to the temple at just the right time and place. God, active by means of “what was customary under the law,” requires Jesus’ parents to bring their son to the temple at this time also. The result of this choreography is this rendezvous. This appointment is not the result of divine coercion, however. Although God is operative through the law and the Spirit to achieve this end, this encounter is dependent on the obedience of these human actors, who by their actions are helpers or supporters of the divine purpose. Their status as helpers contrasts sharply with those about whom Simeon will cryptically speak in 2:34–35a.

The location of this encounter is not without significance: the temple is the locus of God’s presence, the meeting place between the divine and the human. Here it is presented as an important site of divine revelation (cf. 1:11–20; 2:36–38; Acts 22:17–21). This portrayal is ironic, for here and in Acts 22:17–21 this location helps to legitimate the universal reach of the gospel: precisely in the center of the world of Israel, the Jerusalem temple, God discloses that salvation for Israel includes salvation for the Gentiles.

At the center of this pericope stands Simeon’s response to his encounter with Jesus. This “song” is framed by other responses—praise from Simeon (2:28–29), wherein Simeon seems to join the angelic chorus in praise of God (2:13), and the amazement of the child’s father and mother (2:33). Amazement is neither negative nor necessarily positive (cf. 2:18). It is an expected reaction to the miraculous, but does not promise correct understanding or faith in the present or future. That such a response is credited to Mary and Joseph—especially Mary, who has been portrayed so positively—should encourage us to pause for reflection. What Simeon has asserted in his prayerlike hymn is so extraordinary that even Mary and Joseph are amazed. Apparently this portion of the narrative has opened up possibilities requiring further development and clarification.

The Song itself is presented in three couplets, opening with an implicit word of praise (2:29) and proceeding to an explication of the motive for praise (2:30–32). The Song borrows heavily from the vision of salvation resident in Isaiah 40–66 LXX, especially 40:5; 42:6; 46:13; 49:6; 52:10; 56:1; 60:1. These echoes function at a number of levels: (1) they root Simeon’s message firmly in the purpose of God, manifest in the Scriptures; (2) they root Simeon’s message more particularly in the Isaianic vision of divine restoration and healing; (3) they emphasize the universalistic reach of God’s redemption; and (4) they point to the image of the Isaianic Servant of Yahweh as a fundamental scriptural metaphor for interpreting the mission of Jesus as a whole.29

In the Greek text, the word “now” has been placed in the emphatic position: “Now you are releasing your servant, Master.” This emphasizes once again the importance for Luke that salvation has already dawned on humanity with the coming of Jesus (cf. 1:48; 2:11). Also in an emphatic position, at the end of this opening phrase, is the unusual address for God, “Master.” This term, emphasizing submission to God, appears only here and in Acts 4:24 (“Sovereign Lord”) in Luke-Acts. In both co-texts God as “Master” is set in apposition to particular humans as “servants”—here, Simeon; there, David (4:25), Jesus (4:27), and the Jerusalem church (4:29). This underscores that God is the one whose primary aim drives the narrative from creation to redemption, that God will overcome the efforts of those who oppose his purpose, and that the persons named above are those who act in submission to God and through whom God’s purpose is realized (cf. 1:38).

These images are conjoined here with that of “release” or “dismissal,” with the result that we hear a dual message. On the one hand, “to dismiss” can be a euphemism for “to let die.” Cast as it is in proximity to God’s promise that Simeon “would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah” (2:26), a vow God has kept (2:29b), this is a viable reading here. On the other hand, “to dismiss” can be used in the sense of “to discharge,” as from faithful vigil or service.33 This also describes Simeon, particularly insofar as we picture him as a prophetic figure, serving God while awaiting the peaceful era of God’s dominion. With the arrival of God’s “salvation” (2:30), his task is complete.

God’s “salvation,” introduced in 2:30, might be rendered “instrument of salvation.” In the NT this term appears only in 2:30; 3:6; Acts 28:28; Eph 6:17. In Luke 3:6 and Acts 28:28, it is used in contexts that emphasize the universalism of God’s salvation, which “all flesh shall see,” including the Gentiles. And in each case of its appearance in Luke-Acts the Isaianic background of this terminology is evident. Simeon identifies Jesus as this agent of salvation, practically equating the arrival of Jesus, the Lord’s Messiah, with the advent of the new era of divine consolation. In 2:30, 32, “salvation” is set in apposition with “light” (cf. Isa 51:4–5), and in 2:31–32 salvation for “all peoples” is clarified as “revelation to the Gentiles” (cf. Isa 49:6; 49:9) and “glory to your people Israel” (cf. Isa 46:13; 60:1, 19). This complex patterning leaves us in no doubt that the salvation that God has brought is universal in its reach.

Some have doubted whether the phrase “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” implies that the Gentiles are included in God’s salvation, since “open disclosure” need not imply inclusion in salvation. However, the metaphor of “light” is already familiar to us from Zechariah’s Song (1:78–79; cf. 2:8–9), where its salvific purpose is manifest: Through God’s agent of salvation, people do not merely see evidence of the advent of God’s dominion, they are engulfed in it; they are, as it were, led from the dominion of darkness into the light.[2]

2:30–31 / For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people: Isa. 40:5 (see Luke 3:6); 52:10. Luke’s word for “salvation” (sōtērion) is relatively rare in the nt, with three of its four occurrences in Luke–Acts. Tannehill (pp. 40–42) notes that Luke borrowed it from the lxx (as seen in the evangelist’s citation of Isa. 40:5) and probably wanted the reader to understand that Simeon was one of the first to see God’s salvation, a salvation which, thanks to the apostolic mission, the whole Roman Empire would eventually see.[3]

2:27–33. The Spirit controlled everything Simeon did. He spied Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ parents, as they entered the temple. They were simply obeying God’s law. Simeon intercepted them and took the child in his arms. He gave them a blessing they did not expect. Praising God (cf. 1:68), Simeon first claimed his dismissal from God’s army. His tour of duty was done. God had fulfilled his promise. Simeon could now die and claim his eternal peace. He had seen God’s salvation. Named Jesus, “Yahweh is salvation” (v. 21) and proclaimed by the angel as Savior (v. 11), Jesus was what Simeon had longed for and looked for all these years—the salvation, the deliverance of his people.

Such salvation is not a human act or human possession. It is God’s salvation. He prepared for it clearly on the stage of world history where all people could see. He made it a light for revelation to the Gentiles. Yes, salvation was more than fulfillment of Israel’s nationalistic hopes. Salvation was a light revealing God and his purposes and ways to all people, Jew and Gentile alike (see Isa. 40:5; 42:6; 46:13; 49:6; 52:9–10). Israel did have a special place. They were your people. In Jesus they received glory, for the Gentiles saw them as the important instrument God used to bring salvation to the whole world.

Shepherds amazed Bethlehem with their message (v. 18). Simeon amazed Joseph and Mary with his. News about Jesus is never ordinary, daily newspaper stuff. News about Jesus leaves the audience wondering: How can this be? Who is this?[4]

2:27–32. On seeing the Child and picking Him up, Simeon … praised God, the response of godly people toward the Messiah throughout the Gospel of Luke. He then uttered a psalm of praise extolling God for fulfilling His promise by bringing salvation. The Messiah is the Source of salvation, as His name Jesus indicates. In all three of the hymns of thanksgiving and praise recorded by Luke in his first two chapters (1:46–55, 68–79; 2:29–32) lie the deep significance of the births of John and Jesus for the salvation of Israel and the world. Simeon noted that the Messiah was to be for the Gentiles as well as for Israel. The idea of salvation for the Gentiles is set forth many times in the Gospel of Luke.[5] 30. For my eyes have seen. This mode of expression is very common in Scripture; but Simeon appears to denote expressly the bodily appearance of Christ, as if he had said, that he now has the Son of God present in the flesh, on whom the eyes of his mind had been previously fixed. By saving I understand the matter of salvation: for in Christ are hid all the parts of salvation and of a happy life. Now if the sight of Christ, while he was yet a child, had so powerful an effect on Simeon, that he approached death with cheerfulness and composure; how much more abundant materials of lasting peace are now furnished to us, who have the opportunity of beholding our salvation altogether completed in Christ? True, Christ no longer dwells on earth, nor do we carry him in our arms: but his divine majesty shines openly and brightly in the gospel, and there do “we all,” as Paul says, “behold as in a glass the glory of the Lord,”—not as formerly amidst the weakness of flesh, but in the glorious power of the Spirit, which he displayed in his miracles, in the sacrifice of his death, and in his resurrection. In a word, his absence from us in body is of such a nature, that we are permitted to behold him sitting at the right hand of the Father. If such a sight does not bring peace to our minds, and make us go cheerfully to death, we are highly ungrateful to God, and hold the honour, which he has bestowed upon us, in little estimation.

31. Which thou hast prepared. By these words Simeon intimates, that Christ had been divinely appointed, that all nations might enjoy his grace; and that he would shortly afterwards be placed in an elevated situation, and would draw upon him the eyes of all. Under this term he includes all the predictions which relate to the spread of Christ’s kingdom. But if Simeon, when holding a little child in his arms, could stretch his mind to the utmost boundaries of the world, and acknowledge the power of Christ to be everywhere present, how much more magnificent ought our conceptions regarding him to be, now that he has been set up as a “standard to the people,” (Isa. 49:22,) and has revealed himself to the whole world.[6]

30 Simeon has now seen God’s promised salvation in that his eyes, opened by the Spirit of God (Schürmann, 125), have been enabled to recognize in this child the promised messiah (cf. v 26). Salvation is thought of as embodied in the messiah, as the resumption with “light” in v 32 makes evident. “Salvation” is “seen” in Ps 97 [98]:3; Isa 40:5; 52:10; Bar 4:24 The allusion is almost certainly to Isa 52:10, which is further alluded to in v 31 (though the LXX of Isa 52:10 is not followed in v 30). For the emphasis on seeing cf. Luke 10:23–24.

31 The emphasis in ἡτοίμασας is not on a process of preparation (carried on in public); rather the usage is Semitic (as often in LXX) and suggests that God has set up or established this figure (on the public stage), κατὰ πρόσωπον πάντων τῶν λαῶν, “in the presence of all peoples,” echoes Isa 52:10. λαῶν does not reflect the LXX ἐθνῶν, “nations,” but it is a less literal rendering of the הגוים, haggâyim, of the MT. κατὰ πρόσωπον follows perhaps the Hebrew text variant that lies behind the LXX (לפני, lipnê, for MT לעיני, lipnê). Luke uses the plural of λαός, “people,” elsewhere only in Acts 4:25–27 where the word means the “tribes” of Israel, but since in the Nunc Dimittis v 32 seems to be an exposition of v 31, it is best (against Kilpatrick, JTS 16 [1965] 127) to take τῶν λαῶν here as embracing both the Gentiles (ἐθνῶν) and the people of Israel (λαοῦ σαυ Ἰσραήλ). For Luke, only in the singular is λαός a technical term for the People of God (against Schürmann, 125 and n. 40)[7]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2009). Luke 1–5 (pp. 180–182). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Green, J. B. (1997). The Gospel of Luke (pp. 146–148). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 45). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, p. 32). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Martin, J. A. (1985). Luke. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 209). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[6] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 144–145). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Nolland, J. (1989). Luke 1:1–9:20 (Vol. 35A, pp. 119–120). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

DOJ Releases Report on Alleged “Whistleblower” – Finds Anti-Trump Political Bias – Complaint Based on Hearsay and Bogus Accusations (With Full Report) — The Gateway Pundit

It just keeps getting worse for the Trump-hating Democrats.

In July President Trump spoke with the new Ukrainian leader Zelensky after Rudy Giuliani announced he was traveling to Ukraine to investigate the Biden Crime family.

In the transcript released today President Zelensky brought up Rudy Giuliani and his investigations of the Biden Crime Family with President Trump.

Here is the significant segment:

It was Zelensky who brought up the Biden investigation and NOT PRESIDENT TRUMP!

And now this…
The DOJ on Wednesday released their report on the anti-Trump “whistleblower.”

In the report the DOJ reveals that the “whistleblower” has animous against Trump and their entire complaint was based on hearsay. The “whistleblower” was also found to be supporter of Democrat candidate.

Here is the full report released today by the DOJ on the whistleblower.

DOJ Report on Alleged Whistleblower and Complaints Against President Trump – 2019 09 24 Urgent Concern by Jim Hoft on Scribd

The “whistleblower” was wrong about what his/her accusations against President Trump:

The complainant alleged that he or she had heard reports from “White House officials” that, in the course of a routine diplomatic communication between the President and a foreign leader, the President had made statements that the complainant viewed as seeking to pressure that leader to take an official action to help the President’s 2020 re-election campaign. The complainant described this communication as arising during a scheduled call with the foreign leader that, consistent with usual practice, was monitored by a number of U.S. officials. Having heard about the President’s reported statements, the complainant expressed an intent to report this information to the intelligence committees.

The complainant alleged “The complainant alleged, “The President had made statements that the complainant viewed as seeking to pressure that leader to take an official action to help the President’s 2020 re-election campaign.” We now know this is false. The accuser was not on the call and made the complaint based on “hearsay.” And the accusations were false. It was President Zelensky who first brought up the investigations by Rudy Giuliani and others on the Biden Crime family.

The ICIG who conducted the investigation also found that the alleged “whistleblower” an anti_Trumper who supports a Democrat opponent.

Although the ICIG’s preliminary review found “some indicia of an arguable political bias on the part of the Complainant in favor of a rival political candidate,” the ICIG concluded that the complaint’s allegations nonetheless appeared credible.

So the entire complaint is just another hoax, pushed by the liberal fake news media to destroy President Trump.

Nancy Pelosi and Democrats thought this latest hoax would bring on President Trump’s demise.

But they were wrong. They believed their own echo chamber in the fake news mainstream media and they were wrong again.
The Democrat Party is the enemy of America.

via DOJ Releases Report on Alleged “Whistleblower” – Finds Anti-Trump Political Bias – Complaint Based on Hearsay and Bogus Accusations (With Full Report) — The Gateway Pundit

New Poll: 64 Percent Of Democrats Now Support Socialism — The Federalist

A new study shows Democrats running to embrace socialism in the Trump era as radical progressives dominate the 2020 Democratic primary field.

The study, conducted by the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, shows a dramatic shift towards socialism among Democrats since 2016, with 64 percent of Democrats holding a favorable view of it today compared to 56 percent three years ago. Today, only 45 percent of Democrats hold favorable views of capitalism while 58 percent shared the same view in 2016, according to Cato.

Half of Democrats blamed President Donald Trump for making them “like capitalism less.”

While Democrats increasingly flock to socialism, the study shows that a vast majority of Americans still favor critical elements of a capitalist society and report being skeptical of government programs to alleviate poverty.

The study found that 84 percent of Americans believe it’s not wrong for people to make as much money as they can honestly, and 69 percent of respondents agreed that billionaires “earned their wealth by creating values for others.” The authors also found that 60 percent of Americans rejected the idea that welfare programs were created to bring people out of poverty.

The report comes in the middle of the Democratic presidential primary where left-wing candidates supporting proposals such as “Medicare for All,” a “Green New Deal,” reparations for slavery, and other massive expansions of the U.S. welfare state are conquering the field, proposals which experts say are mathematically impossible to fund even with near-impossible tax increases on the rich.

The Democratic primary’s front-runner, former vice president Joe Biden, has worked to frame himself as the moderate in the race, which, compared to the rest of the candidates in the race appears accurate. As The Federalist’s Emily Jashinsky has pointed out however, Biden is by no means a moderate, the whole field’s platforms are just farther left. The former vice president’s platform itself has gone even further leftward of Hillary Clinton’s in 2016.

On health care, climate change, and criminal justice reform, Biden has adopted the prescriptions of the left with the drastic expansion of the federal government cloaked in moderation by the cover provided by openly socialist candidates competing in the race.

via New Poll: 64 Percent Of Democrats Now Support Socialism — The Federalist

President Trump’s Ukraine Call Transcript Has Been Released and Blows Up the Latest Impeachment Narrative — Christian Research Network

The New York Times reported earlier this year that Biden bragged about getting the prosecutor in question fired under a threat of withholding $1 billion in loan assets for the country. At the time of the firing, that prosecutor was looking into Hunter Biden.

(Katie Pavlich – Townhall)  The Department of Justice has released an unredacted transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The text was taken down by note takers. The call took place in July from the White House Situation Room….

It shows no effort by President Trump to pressure Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, in exchange for military aid. This action was falsely alleged by a whistleblower and pushed Democrats on Capitol Hill into an impeachment inquiry. In fact, military aid isn’t mentioned at all.

“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General [Barr] would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me,” Trump said. View article →

via President Trump’s Ukraine Call Transcript Has Been Released and Blows Up the Latest Impeachment Narrative — Christian Research Network

ANOTHER NON-SMOKING GUN: What The Transcript Of The Trump-Zelensky Call DOESN’T Say — The Gateway Pundit

There were two key assertions made by the mainstream media regarding a phone call between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

One, as reported by the Wall Street Journal in the initial story, was that “President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden ’s son, according to people familiar with the matter.”

The second main contention was that Trump threatened to withhold hundred of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine unless Ukraine investigated Biden’s son, who made millions of dollars from a Ukrainian company while his father was vice president — a clear quid pro quo.

The two assertions led Democrats on Tuesday to move forward with impeachment proceedings — before they even knew what the two leaders said.

But the newly released transcript shows that Democrats once again went off half-cocked. There’s no smoking gun whatsoever, just like the Russia collusion case. In fact, a reading of the transcript shows that Trump did neither.

Here’s exactly what Trump said regarding Biden’s son:

“I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.”

That’s it. He never demanded Zelensky “investigate” Biden’s son, simply asks him to if he can “look into it.”

But that also has to be taken in context. Trump had previously expressed his interest in allegations that Ukraine had played some role in meddling with the 2016 election. Here’s what Trump said to the Ukraine president:

“I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.”

That was clearly an effort by Trump to probe backward into the 2016 election. That’s the “favor” Trump was asking — no pressure, just a favor.

As for that quid pro quo, that didn’t happen, either.

In the call, Trump told Zelensky the US has been “very, very good” to Ukraine.

“A lot of European countries are the same way, so I think it’s something you want to look at but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good but the United States has been very, very good to Ukraine,” he said.
Zelensky agreed, telling Trump the United States has been a “much bigger partner” to Ukraine than other European countries regarding sanctions on Russia. Then he said Ukraine was “almost ready” to buy additional Javelin anti-tank missiles from the U.S.

Trump makes no mention of the $391 million in foreign aid that he had directed Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, to put a hold days before the July 25 call. Trump has said that the money was put on hold to press foreign leaders in the region to pony up their own aid. The White House released the funds to Ukraine in September.

So, no quid pro quo, either.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is another non-smoking gun, brought to you by the Democrats.

Said Sen. Lindsey Graham on Twitter: “Wow. Impeachment over this? What a nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger. Democrats have lost their minds when it comes to President @realDonaldTrump.”

via ANOTHER NON-SMOKING GUN: What The Transcript Of The Trump-Zelensky Call DOESN’T Say — The Gateway Pundit

NOTHING BURGER: White House Releases Full Transcript Of Ukraine Phone Call, Trump’s Approval Rating Hits 2.5 Year High As Americans See Through Pathetic Democrat Ploy — Now The End Begins

US President Donald Trump’s job approval rating reached its highest recorded level since the beginning of his presidency, amid the launch of impeachment proceedings against him by House Democrats.

Well, here we are one day after the Democrats started impeachment proceedings, and hours after the White House released the full transcript of President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine. The result? Trump’s approval rating is at a 2.5 year high, as the American people are rejecting this obvious and pathetic rouse by the Democrats to stop Trump from winning reelection in 2020.

“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” Daniel 2:20-22 (KJV)

The Democrats are desperate right now, really crazy desperate to stop Trump, and they have watched each and every attempt by themselves to bring him down fail in spectacular style. They thought Hillary had a 99% chance to win, they were wrong. They thought accusing Trump of Russian Collusion would work, it didn’t. They thought putting Mueller on the stand would do the trick, it was an embarrassing flop. Now they have started impeachment proceedings that have absolutely ZERO chance of succeeding. You can read the full White House transcript of Trump’s Ukraine phone call below.

So what else is there left to do to try and stop the most hated person by Democrats in American history? Only one thing left.

“Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalm 91:9-11 (KJV)

Pray for President Trump, first that he comes to salvation in Jesus Christ, that’s the most important thing. Second, pray that the assassination attempt, when it comes, will not be successful and that God will keep President Trump safe from all his many enemies. These are the times we live in, and yes, I think the Democrats will try to take him out. Everything else has failed, that’s the only thing left for them to do. I pray God will stop it when it comes.

Read: Donald Trump Releases Transcript with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky

FROM BREITBART NEWS: President Donald Trump on Wednesday released the full transcript of his phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The president spoke about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden during the conversation:

Trump: … I just want to let you know that’s the other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you ·can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.

President Zelenskiy: I wanted to tell you about the prosecutor. First of all, I understand and I’m knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament; the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of.that and will work on the investigation of the case.

The president also spoke about Crowdstrike, the cybersecurity company used by the Democratic National Committee in 2016 to examine their hacked servers:


Trump’s approval ratings are bad news for Democrats

Something big happened to President Trump this week, and it’s not the Ukraine scandal. His job approval ratings have returned to where they were before his big August slump — and that’s bad news for the Democrats. But now that Congress has returned, his ratings are up. They sit at 45.3 percent as of Tuesday afternoon, thanks to a recent Emerson Poll putting Trump’s approval rating at 48 percent, a 2½-year high for Trump. He’s still lower than a president should be if he wants to be reelected, but he’s on the way back. READ MORE

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via NOTHING BURGER: White House Releases Full Transcript Of Ukraine Phone Call, Trump’s Approval Rating Hits 2.5 Year High As Americans See Through Pathetic Democrat Ploy — Now The End Begins

September 25, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives were set on Wednesday to move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, a move that could dramatically change the 2020 presidential race.

Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump are expected to appear in court on Wednesday to urge a federal judge to block Manhattan prosecutors from obtaining eight years of the president’s tax returns as part of a criminal investigation.

British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero is still being held in Iran, despite Tehran lifting a detention order on the vessel, its owner said on Wednesday.

Iran is willing to give reassurances on not seeking nuclear arms and accept changes to its 2015 nuclear accord with world power if the United States returns to the deal and lifts sanctions, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

An individual who is born female but later becomes male and gives birth to a child should be legally regarded as a mother, England’s High Court ruled on Wednesday.

The death toll from an earthquake that struck Pakistani Kashmir jumped to 37, officials said on Wednesday, as families mourned relatives and rescue teams sent supplies to the area.

U.S. mortgage applications recorded their steepest weekly fall since December 2016 as some home borrowing costs rose, curbing the recent pickup in loan demand for refinancing and home purchases, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s shaming of world leaders and air travelers over climate change has won her millions of admirers and attracted many new followers to her cause. But it just might cost her the Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg, one of few people whose nomination has become known before the awards ceremony, is the favorite to win the prize next month.

AP Top Stories

A southern Philippine city has turned discarded plastic bottles into flowers to fill a garden of thousands of colorful tulips, capturing tourists’ attention and building awareness about recycling.

International food giant Nestlé is getting serious about its push into the plant-based protein race. Through its brand Sweet Earth, Nestlé will be launching the Awesome Burger and Awesome Grounds, plant-based ground meat, across retailers in the U.S. starting this week and ramp up distribution in the coming weeks.

U.S. consumer confidence ebbed in September as an escalation in trade tensions fanned concerns about business and labor market conditions, a potentially worrying signal for consumer spending, which has been driving the economy.

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inaugurated a second international airport for the Chinese capital with the world’s biggest terminal ahead of celebrations of the Communist Party’s 70th anniversary in power.

Indonesian riot police shot multiple rounds of tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing students who attempted to reach Parliament in Jakarta on Wednesday to protest a new law that critics say cripples the country’s anti-corruption agency.

A U.S. House panel unveiled bipartisan legislation this week that would authorize $1 billion for small and rural wireless providers to replace network equipment from companies including Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp that lawmakers say pose a national security risk.

The United States led more than 30 countries in condemning what it called China’s “horrific campaign of repression” against Muslims in Xinjiang at an event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly that was denounced by China.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned in blunt terms Tuesday of possible war between Pakistan and India over what he called a brutal Indian crackdown in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Stocks skidded in Asia on Wednesday after Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives said they were considered launching an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said nuclear power should either be free for all states or banned completely, and warned that the “inequality” between states who have nuclear power and who do not undermines global balances.

Saudi Arabia has said that US patience with Iran is not inexhaustible and warned that military options are still being considered following the attack on the Aramco oil facilities earlier this month.


Italian authorities have closed roads and evacuated mountain huts after experts warned that part of a glacier on Mont Blanc could collapse. About 250,000 cubic meters of ice are in danger of breaking away from the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses peak.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become the first jurisdiction in the nation to legalize recreational cannabis use. Lawmakers in the territory passed a landmark bill on Wednesday allowing adults to possess up to 50 grams of the drug and to grow four plants at home.

After reading a BBC article about Finland’s baby care boxes, Lucy Wambui wanted to bring the idea to Kenya’s slums. More than 1,300 boxes have already been given out for free, in an effort to make healthcare access easier for newborns and their mothers.


More than 500 scientists and professionals in climate and related fields have sent a “European Climate Declaration” to the Secretary-General of the United Nations asking for a long-overdue, high-level, open debate on climate change.

A Florida-based Coast Guard crew took down a narco-submarine carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth over $165 million, and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Sept. 25, 2019

The Foundation

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

Democrat Collusion 2.0: Game On!

Pelosi launches an impeachment inquiry as Trump releases a transcript of his Ukraine call.

Sanders: Billionaires Should Not Exist

Wealthy Sanders and Warren attack wealthy Americans simply for being wealthy.

Another Nonsense Gun-Grabber Assertion

Sheila Jackson Lee erroneously describes her “experience” with an AR-15.

Trump’s UN Speech: ‘The Future Does Not Belong to Globalists’

Instead, “The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations.”

The Approved Form of Child Abuse

Leftists pump children full of misinformation and then treat them as a protected class.

Video: More Proof Woke Culture Is Garbage

The Emmys host the most poorly rated show in their history. Ben Shapiro reacts.

Video: Webster’s Dictionary Has a New Definition

The Amazing Lucas discusses Merriam-Webster adding “they” as nonbinary pronoun.

Today’s Opinion

Byron York
Dems’ Strategy on Ukraine Call: Strike Fast, Don’t Wait for Facts
Ben Shapiro
Catastrophic Thinking Without Solutions
Terence Jeffrey
Elizabeth Warren: Following in the Footsteps of FDR
Star Parker
Secretary Ben Carson’s Innovation in Homeless Policy: Thinking
Walter E. Williams
Youth and Ignorance
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Impeachment backfire, Sanders’s wealth registry, Iran terrorist funding, fentanyl surge, and more.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Erick Erickson, Tulsi Gabbard, Bill Weld, Al Gore, and more.

Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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Headlines – 9/25/2019

At UN, Trump calls on Mideast nations to fully normalize ties with Israel

King Abdullah warns annexation would have ‘major impact’ on Israel ties

Blue and White, Likud start talks, but can’t even agree who they’re representing

Likud: We will represent the entire right-wing bloc in talks

Likud wins extra seat at expense of UTJ as election committee adjusts results

Netanyahu said to suggest he serve first as PM, but Gantz get more time at helm

Blue and White source: Netanyahu wants elections, not unity – and Gantz knows it

Watchdog urges AG to scrap Netanyahu hearing and proceed with indictments

Abbas meets French President Macron on sidelines of annual UN summit – says Paris plays a key role in supporting the Palestinian cause

First Arab astronaut set for International Space Station voyage, alongside a Jew

Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel was originally mostly Palestinian

Israel angrily rejects Holocaust-Gaza comparison from Turkey’s Erdogan

Turkey’s Erdogan says nuclear power should either be free for all or banned

Photos show ongoing work at Iran-linked Syrian base despite reported IDF strikes

‘Iran did it, A to Z’: Netanyahu blames Tehran for attack on Saudi oil

Japanese PM Abe calls attacks on Saudi oil facilities ‘extremely contemptible’

Iran Warns US Not to Patrol Persian Gulf, Pompeo Says ‘Bloodthirsty’ Iran Looking for War

Trump slams open-border activists for ‘evil’ agenda, decries Iran ‘bloodlust’ in fiery UN speech

Zarif: There will be no new deal with world powers

Iran open to minor changes to nuclear deal if US lifts sanctions

Pakistan PM says Trump asked him to mediate with Iran

Fringe Jewish sect ‘Lev Tahor’ seeks asylum in Iran – calls for cooperation with Iranian government to ‘to ‘liberate the Holy Land’ from ‘Zionist dominance’

Iran announces second round of ‘Trumpism’ cartoon contest

Trump at UN offers his most forceful support for Hong Kong yet

UN chief warns of a world divided between US and China

At U.N., Trump Urges Nations to Place Their Citizens First, Rejects ‘Globalists’

President Trump at the UN: ‘Our rights don’t come from government, they come from God’

Pastors praise Trump for skipping UN panel on ‘imaginary’ climate crisis for ‘real’ problem of religious persecution

House Dems rally behind impeachment action amid reports Trump ordered Ukraine aid frozen

Pelosi orders impeachment probe: ‘No one is above the law’

Nancy Pelosi accuses Trump of ‘betrayal’ as she announces impeachment inquiry

Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry of Trump, who slams ‘Witch Hunt garbage’

Trump slams Pelosi impeachment probe: ‘PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!’

Judge Napolitano: Trump has admitted committing crime in talks with Ukraine

Senate Passes Unanimous Resolution to Hand Whistle-blower Complaint to Intel Committees

Trump says he’ll release transcript of call with Ukraine president over Joe Biden

Commentary: Trump is prepared to go to war against U.S. intelligence agencies

Impeachment Inquiry Poses Risks for Democrats as Well as Trump

Video of a bragging Biden trading $1 billion in Ukraine aid for official firing resurfaces amid Trump flap

WH to release document showing intel community watchdog found whistleblower had ‘political bias,’ official says

Sen. John Kennedy dismisses Dem impeachment push, says they just have ‘hurt feelings’

Newt Gingrich Predicts Trump Will Be Impeached

Gold price to hit $1,600 on geopolitical turmoil

‘Billionaires should not exist’: Bernie Sanders tries to outdo Elizabeth Warren with tougher wealth tax proposal

The World’s Wealthiest Families Are Stockpiling Cash as Recession Fears Grow

Facebook to Buy Startup for Controlling Computers With Your Mind

You have the right to be forgotten by Google – but only in Europe

UK Supreme Court rules Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was illegal

Supreme Court ruling leaves Queen in middle of political storm

UK’s Johnson renews call for election after legal reverse, rebuffs calls to quit

NASA is finally planning to launch a space telescope to detect deadly asteroids before they hit Earth. Here’s how it could work.

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.8 magnitude quake kills one, injuring at least 50 in Pakistan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 29,000ft

Popocatetpl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

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

Cyclonic Storm Hikaa batters Oman with powerful winds, flooding rain

Tropical Storm Lorenzo, chugging along over open Atlantic, expected to strengthen into major hurricane

Tropical Storm Karen dumps heavy rain over Puerto Rico as storm moves slowly north

Bermuda braces for rain, wind and pounding surf from Jerry

England weather: Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos

Parts of the Missouri River Are Smashing Records for Days Above Flood Stage and More Rain Is Ahead

Is This The New Normal? Hawaii Wrestles With Record Heat

How 16-year-old Greta Thunberg’s rise could backfire on environmentalists

Judge dismisses Christian therapist’s lawsuit challenging Maryland’s gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Trump earmarks $25m fund for the protection of religious freedom

Apostasy Watch

James Riley – Romans 13 and the Persecution Seeking Christian

New Video from Steven Kozar – How to Identify and Avoid False Teaching

False Teacher: Bill Johnson and the New Apostolic Reformation

Former Megapastor, Josh Harris Puts Out Bizarre Video, Appears High, Fantasizes Over Male Celebrity

The Tragic Influence of Catholic Priest Richard Rohr’s Mysticism on Millennial Evangelicals

Watch SBC President Say Homosexuality Can Be Thought of as an Affliction and Not Just a Sinful Choice

At U.N., Trump Pushes Religious Freedom at Event Slamming China Over Uighurs

Trump Admin Defends New Pro-Life Rule in Court That Defunds Planned Parenthood of $60 Million

Once Considered ‘Simple,’ the Ancient Edomites Were Actually Tech Geniuses

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