Daily Archives: October 7, 2019

October 7 Your Greatest Legacy

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:10–19

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

People have endeavored to secure their places in history through varied avenues. At one time, great leaders measured their legacies by the vastness of their families or their gains in battle.

Since then, the famous and infamous alike have attempted to break athletic records, flourish in the arts, and perpetrate perfect crimes to remain memorable. Though Christians are often called to competition and dedicated public service, the goal should not be fame in this world. A Christian’s treasure is Christ, so it is the hope of heaven that is the legacy.

Ephesians 3:14–16 instructs, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.”

Man looks to the past for his legacy, but the Christian’s legacy lies in the future. Christ desires that you reflect His holiness and love in this world so that others can understand the reality of His kingdom.

Your legacy might not be acknowledged by historians, but you are certainly celebrated by God for every step in love and holiness that you take here on earth. Let your greatest legacy be to love the Lord your God with all your heart.

Lord, I want my greatest legacy to be loving You with all my heart. That is the measure of true success.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 294). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Hold Fast to the Word of Life

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.” Acts 5:19-20 (NASB) 

We are in a period of the Church in which we must keep our eyes fixed on Christ alone for if we look to men we are in danger of being deceived. To counter this, we must become focused where God wants us to be focused, doing as He desires us to be doing.

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10/07/19 Flaunting Sin — ChuckLawless.com

READING: Isaiah 3-6, Ephesians 2

I am continually struck by the nature and power of sin, even among God’s people. It seems that people personally and corporately choose at first to hide in their sin (much like Adam and Eve did in Genesis 3), then a growing acceptance of sin gives people illegitimate permission to bring their sin increasingly into the public without shame. The combination of the pleasure of sin and numbness toward conviction leads to open rebellion—and God must then bring judgment.

Here’s the way Isaiah described that situation in his day: “For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen because they have spoken and acted against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them, and like Sodom, they flaunt their sin; they do not conceal it” (Isa 3:8-9). Their words, their actions, and, indeed, the looks on their faces revealed that they openly stood against their Creator. They were no better than the people of Sodom, who showed no embarrassment or remorse in their drive to have sex with Lot’s guests (Gen 19:1-11). As one writer said of Isaiah’s people, “Sin is no longer sin, it is the new morality.”*

The sinful revolt of the Israelites in Isaiah’s day would not last without judgment, however; instead, Isaiah wrote, “Woe to them, for they have brought disaster on themselves” (Isa 3:9). The Lord God of Armies would carry out judgment on His people, and they would reap what they had sown (Gal 6:7). Once again, the scriptures remind us of the long-term destructive nature of our sin—and that “the Lord of Armies is exalted by his justice, and the holy God shows that he is holy through his righteousness” (Isa 5:16).

PRAYER: “God, bring me to the place where I detest my sin.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  Isaiah 7:1-10:4, Ephesians 3

*Motyer, J. A. (1999). Isaiah: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 20, p. 64). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

via 10/07/19 Flaunting Sin — ChuckLawless.com

Suicide, Heaven, and Jesus—the Final Answer to Our Sorrow — Randy Alcorn’s Blog

Since it made national headlines, many of those both inside and outside the church are familiar with the story of Jarrid Wilson, the vibrant, passionate, Jesus-loving, 30-year-old associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California who took his life. That happened on September 9, the day before Suicide Awareness Day (September 10). He left behind his wife, Juli, and two young sons.

Over the years I’ve spoken at Harvest four times with my good friend Greg Laurie, at both the Riverside and Orange campuses, and consider it to be on my short list of churches I dearly love. In his ministry, Jarrid had been vocal and vulnerable about his own depression and mental health struggles. Together he and Juli founded “Anthem of Hope,” an organization to help those dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.

In the wake of Jarrid’s death, much has already been said about suicide and mental health and the need to address them within the church. But I want to highlight some things Greg Laurie, the senior pastor at Harvest, has said, and also share some more thoughts related to suicide. This is an issue that will not go away until Jesus returns. Countless Christian families have been profoundly affected by suicide and the constant threat of and vulnerability to suicide.

This issue is very personal for me, too. Three years ago a close friend—a godly brother who loved Jesus and loved to share his faith—took his life, and it rocked my world. A month earlier Nanci and I had talked with him and his precious wife about depression, stress, and sleep deprivation, and had encouraged him to get medical treatment and qualified counseling, and he had taken steps to that end. He had a great family, church, and support system. He drove me to the airport just three days before taking his life, and I talked with him directly about his struggles.  He told me the depression was still there, but that he was feeling better about his life and state of mind, and he assured me all would be well. We hugged and said goodbye on a Sunday evening, and that Wednesday afternoon I got the call telling me he had died. That weekend I spoke at his memorial service.

Does Suicide Keep Someone from Heaven?

Because I’ve written a lot about Heaven, over the years I’ve been asked by readers whether those who have professed Christ but take their own lives would be turned away from Heaven.

Greg Laurie shared in a blog post after Jarrid’s death, “One dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross.” Based on what Scripture says, I agree.

Suicide is the unjustified killing of a human being, and is therefore included in and forbidden by the commandments not to murder. Scripture says very little directly about suicide. However, it says much about God’s character and we can certainly trust in His love, fairness, and judgment. “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Abraham asked in Genesis 18:25, and it is a rhetorical question that assumes and demands a “yes” answer.

At Jarrid’s memorial service Greg said, “I believe Jarrid Wilson is in Heaven. He put his faith in Christ, and Romans 8:38 reminds us that nothing will ever separate us from the Love of God. ….When you stand before God, you won’t be judged by the last thing you did before you died but by the last thing Jesus did when He died.”

If someone truly knows Christ, then regardless of what they do, they cannot be snatched out of the Father’s hand (John 10:28). Ephesians 1:13 and 2 Corinthians 1:22 speak of believers being sealed in Him. Only God knows a person’s heart and if they were truly were a believer.

In the same passage that says we can’t be snatched out of the Father’s hand, Jesus made it even more emphatic: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27). Eternal life could not be called “eternal” if it doesn’t last forever. The promise that Christ’s sheep “shall never perish” would not be true if by choosing suicide they would perish in hell. If people could snatch themselves out of Christ’s hands or the Father’s hands, or be snatched out by others, then that too would make Jesus’ words false. His words are true and the three-fold assurance of John 10:27 should inform our thinking about suicide.

Ruth Graham, wife of Billy Graham, was asked by the family of a woman who took her own life, “What does God say to a Christian who’s committed suicide?” She tenderly replied, “I once heard someone say, ‘God did not call her home, but He welcomed her.’”

God has already forgiven our sins, past, present and future when we trust in Him as our Savior and Lord. But He wants us to confess our sins to restore fellowship with Him, as 1 John 1:9 says. A person who commits suicide, if it is instantaneous, wouldn’t have opportunity to confess that sin before dying. Presumably that would mean having to confess and repent upon meeting God after death. Christ died for sins of suicide, so suicide is forgivable—but it is also tragic, unnecessary, and cruel and debilitating for loved ones left behind. (These loved ones need help and support. See David Powlison’s booklet Grieving a Suicide: Help for the Aftershock.)

Love Gets the Last Word

Greg Laurie and I first connected eleven years ago when he called me after his son Christopher, then 33, died in a tragic car accident. Greg and I talked a lot about Heaven then, and have continued that conversation over the years, and we’ve also talked about the problem of evil and suffering, and the fact that Jesus is the only answer bigger than the questions. (See our first and second conversations at Harvest.)

Greg said at Jarrid’s service, “We shouldn’t be spending too much time wondering ‘Why.’ Better than asking ‘Why?’ We should be asking, ‘Who do we turn to at an hour like this?’ The answer is Jesus Christ.”

In situations like these, we should remind ourselves Jesus has not broken any promises. He never promised that everything in this life would go well. He specifically promised that it wouldn’t. He said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NKJV). He also said in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Those are God’s promises.

In his last tweet, Jarrid wrote,

Loving Jesus Doesn’t Always Cure Suicidal Thoughts.

Loving Jesus Doesn’t Always Cure Depression.

Loving Jesus Doesn’t Always Cure PTSD.

Loving Jesus Doesn’t Always Cure Anxiety.

But That Doesn’t Mean Jesus Doesn’t Offer Us Companionship And Comfort.

He ALWAYS Does That.

Not only in Heaven but also while we are still here on Earth, our God is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). Any sorrows that plague us now will disappear on the New Earth as surely as darkness disappears when the light is turned on. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain” (Revelation 21:4).

Jarrid’s wife Juli wrote on Instagram, “Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said ‘Hope Gets the last word. Jesus does.’”

She’s right. Our sorrow will not have the final say. In the eternity that awaits us, God will replace it with everlasting good and happiness: “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 51:11). Consider these great words from Jason Gray’s song “Love Will Have the Final Word”:

Sorrow may close the chapter
But the story will end with laughter
Cause the worst thing is never the last thing
No, the last thing will be the best thing

Of all the things I’ve ever heard
Let me remember when it hurts
That love will have the final word
As long as God is on His throne
I am carried by the hope
That love will have the final word

A Word to the Depressed

I can’t leave out something I felt was vital to say in my book Heaven. If you are facing depression and especially if you have ever contemplated suicide, please read this:

The fact that Heaven will be wonderful shouldn’t tempt us to take shortcuts to get there. If you’re depressed, you may imagine your life has no purpose—but you couldn’t be more wrong.

As long as God keeps you here on Earth, it’s exactly where He wants you. He’s preparing you for another world. He knows precisely what He’s doing. Through your suffering, difficulty, and depression, He’s expanding your capacity for eternal joy. Our lives on Earth are a training camp to ready us for Heaven.

I have faced depression and I know it can be debilitating. Many godly people have experienced it. But if you are considering taking your own life, recognize this as the devil’s temptation. Jesus said that Satan is a liar and a murderer (John 8:44). He tells lies because he wants to destroy you (1 Peter 5:8). Don’t listen to the liar. Listen to Jesus, the truth teller (John 8:32; 14:6). Don’t make a terrible ending to your life’s story—finish your God-given course on Earth. When He’s done—not before—He’ll take you home in His own time and way. Meanwhile, God has a purpose for you here on Earth. Don’t desert your post. (And by all means, go to a Christ-centered, Bible-believing church, get help to find a wise Christian counselor, and also explore medical treatment as an option.)

If you don’t know Jesus, confess your sins and embrace His death and resurrection on your behalf. If you do know Him, make your daily decisions in light of your destiny. Ask yourself what you can do today, next week, next year, or decades from now to write the best ending to this volume of your life’s story—a story that will continue gloriously in the new universe.

By God’s grace, use the time you have left on the present Earth to store up for yourself treasures on the New Earth, to be laid at Christ’s feet for His glory (Revelation 4:10). Then look forward to meeting in Heaven Jesus Himself, as well as all those touched by your Christ-exalting choices.

For more on Heaven, see Randy’s books Heaven and 50 Days of Heaven. For more on suffering, see his books If God Is Good and 90 Days of God’s Goodness.

via Suicide, Heaven, and Jesus—the Final Answer to Our Sorrow — Randy Alcorn’s Blog

October 7 – Resurrection life — Reformed Perspective

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… – 1 Peter 1:3

Scripture reading: Luke 7:11-17

When hundreds of years after Elijah you read of a prophet raising a dead son to life and giving him back to his mother, who is a widow, you are encouraged to link Elijah’s miracle with that story. Though written by many writers the Bible has one divine Author and through the similarities between the stories, the Holy Spirit is alerting us that 1 Kings isn’t just about Elijah but about a greater than Elijah, the great Prophet Who has arisen among us, God, Who has visited His people. That is, the Old Testament is about Jesus Christ. So, in reading about Elijah, we should learn about Jesus.

In this New Testament counterpart to yesterday’s reading, we learn of Jesus’ compassion for the needy. He is willing to enter enemy territory. By touching the bier, Jesus demonstrates that He shares our uncleanness. He bears our sins and enters our death by experiencing God’s curse on the cross. He engages in conflict with the devil and triumphs. The risen Christ is the victor over sin, death, hell, and Satan. His resurrection life revives our spiritually dead souls and He takes us and presents us to the Father, saying, “See, Your son/daughter lives.”

If they glorified God in Nain because they saw the Lord Jesus’ miracle as an evidence of God’s visitation, how much more ought we to glorify God for the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Himself and His resurrection power that raises the spiritually dead. Surely, God has visited us.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that God would visit us and bring to life the spiritually dead in our church and nation and praise Him that He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. John van Eyk is the Senior Pastor of Trinity Reformed Church (United Reformed) in Lethbridge, Alberta.

via October 7 – Resurrection life — Reformed Perspective

09-07-2019 Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics


Atheist Group: Judge Committed Ethics Violation by Giving Bible to Amber Guyger

Beth Moore answers: Does complementarian theology cause abuse within the Church?

Coyne, Bechly, Miller, Berlinski: Scientists Debate David Gelernter’s Darwin Apostasy

Douglas Axe on Polarized Science, the Reliability of the Design Intuition, and More

The Biblical Edom Unearthed: Not a Myth, a Historical Reality

Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now Misses the Impact of Christianity

Movie Review: Joker

Anne Graham Lotz Completes Cancer Treatment, Says the Spirit Was Her ‘Constant Companion’

The testimony of healing from hearing loss and poor eyesight

Lauren Daigle’s Christian song just broke the record with 62 weeks at No. 1 in the category

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad

Our last edition is here.

via Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics

10/07/2019 — Wretched

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•The eternal question; says who?
•British courts say Genesis 1 is in conflict with human dignity
•Math is racist?
•We are in the times of the book of Judges
•Who is Kanye West’s pastor?
•Have we reached the bottom of the barrel?
•Abortionists allow you to spend time with your aborted baby
•Mattel offers a gender-neutral doll
•Chick Fil A doesn’t want LGBT+ people to exist?

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New Law Requires You To Listen To Greta Thunberg Lecture Before Purchasing Gasoline — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A series of new bills working their way through state legislatures in New York, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and several other progressive states will require you to listen to a Greta Thunberg lecture before purchasing gasoline.

Motorists will be required to watch a 20-minute lecture by the 16-year-old climate activist before they purchase gallons and gallons of harmful fossil fuels.

“We want to make sure drivers are informed,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom, who says he will sign the bill into law. “So we are having them get lectured by a 16-year-old so they will have all the facts before they do something rash like put gasoline in their cars to go to work.”

Once the driver has listened to Thunberg’s entire lecture, they will be prompted to complete a quick, fifteen-question quiz to show they understand how horrible they are for driving a car. Drivers who get at least 80% will then be allowed to refuel their vehicles. As they refuel, the screen will simply play a clip of Thunberg saying, “How dare you!” over and over again.

The law will not apply to celebrities purchasing jet fuel.

via New Law Requires You To Listen To Greta Thunberg Lecture Before Purchasing Gasoline — The Babylon Bee

October 7 Your Umbilical Cord to God

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 33:1–3

Key Verse: Psalm 17:6

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.

How often do you find yourself dropping into bed at night without having told God you love Him? God is not controlled by emotions, but He does have them. Think of Jesus crying at Lazarus’s tomb, compassionately looking into the face of Mary as she anointed His feet with oil, or rearranging His daily plans to meet with the woman at the well. His love, His deep sense of caring, motivated Him to reach out to others.

We reach out to Him through prayer. This is your umbilical cord to God. If it becomes damaged through sin or complacency, your fellowship with Him is the first thing that suffers. The enemy’s intent is to draw you away from spending time with Christ in prayer. He will do anything to distract, discourage, and cause you to doubt God’s good will for your life.

How do you combat this type of covert activity? For one, be creative in your prayer time. God knows your daily schedule. Ask Him to help you organize your day so that you may spend time with Him at some point. Rising earlier or staying up later are simple options.

The heart is the key. God sees your intentions—good or bad. If you are sincere in your desire to pray to Him, He will open the door to intimacy between you and His Son.

Precious Lord, strengthen the cords of prayer that bind my spirit to Yours. Help me organize my day so that I can spend more time with You. Open the door to intimacy between us.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 294). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 7, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A federal judge on Monday rejected Donald Trump’s request to block
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from enforcing a subpoena for eight
years of tax returns related to a criminal probe into the U.S. President
and his family business.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a dispute over the assets of
Puerto Rico’s largest public sector pension fund even as the U.S. Caribbean
island territory’s bankruptcy enters a major new phase.

The United States began pulling troops back from the northeast Syria border
on Monday, opening the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led forces long
allied to Washington, in a move U.S. President Donald Trump hailed as a bid
to quit “endless wars”.

Hong Kong police took to the streets on Monday night in an apparent show of
force in a district that has seen some of the most violent clashes with
protesters in recent months, but retreated after a confrontation with angry
residents.

A record 35 candidates have filed nominations to take part in Sri Lanka’s
presidential election on Nov. 16, nearly twice as many as participated in
the last poll in 2015.

Pope Francis on Monday told an assembly of bishops discussing the Amazon
region of South America that modern society should not try to impose its
rules on indigenous people but respect their culture and let them chart
their own future.

General Electric said on Monday it was freezing pension plans for about
20,000 U.S. employees with salaried benefits, as the industrial
conglomerate makes another drastic move to cut debt and reduce its pension
deficit by up to $8 billion.

Top U.S. officials will welcome a high-ranking Chinese delegation starting
Oct. 10 for the latest round of trade talks aimed at easing tensions
between the world’s two largest economies.

Half of the euro zone’s biggest banks wouldn’t survive a six-month cash
drought, with larger firms and subsidiaries of foreign institutions among
the most vulnerable, the ECB said.

The U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term this week, with a major
dispute on tap over whether a landmark decades-old federal
anti-discrimination law that bars sex discrimination in the workplace
protects gay and transgender employees.

AP Top Stories

The first negotiations in eight months between the Trump administration and
North Korea aimed at breaking the logjam over dismantling the North’s
nuclear program broke down only hours after they began in Stockholm on
Saturday, the North Koreans said. It was the latest indication that
President Donald Trump’s signature diplomatic initiative has stalled.

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit Colma, which is south of San Francisco, on
Saturday morning.

Rwandan security forces have killed 19 people who were part of a group that
carried out a deadly attack in a tourist hub in the north of the country on
Friday, a police spokesman said.

Thousands rallied in Ukraine’s capital Sunday against the president’s plan
to hold a local election in the countries rebel-held east, a move seen by
some as a major concession to Russia.

An elderly convict who confessed to 93 murders of “marginalized and
vulnerable” women across a period spanning 35 years is the United States’
most prolific serial killer, the FBI said.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping will
hold an informal summit in southern India on Friday, officials said, amid
strains in their relationship.

Philippine authorities said they arrested an Indonesian woman who was
carrying $1 million worth of illegal drugs in her carry-on bag from her
flight from Cambodia on Monday, amid a crackdown on drug smuggling
attempts.

Germany’s interior minister warned on Sunday that the country could soon
face a refugee influx bigger than the one it dealt with in 2015, as he
sought support for his plans for an EU quota system for rescued migrants.

Hundreds of climate activists barricaded themselves in a Paris shopping
center on Saturday as security forces tried to remove them, ahead of a
planned series of protests around the world by the Extinction Rebellion
movement.

Ohio University suspended all 15 fraternities on its campus after seven
allegations of hazing at different fraternities were submitted within the
first three days of October.

Nearly a decade after first requesting them, the Taiwanese air force
finally could get 66 new F-16 fighters to begin replacing some of its older
fighter aircraft. But the $8-billion fighter-acquisition likely will do
little to alter the overall balance of power across the Taiwan Strait.

BBC

Heavy rains have extinguished wildfires which destroyed more than four
million hectares of land in eastern Bolivia in recent months, officials
said.

Academic institutions in West Africa have increasingly been facing
allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers. This type of abuse is said
to be endemic, but it’s almost never proven.

Eleven senior Taliban members have been released in exchange for three
kidnapped Indian engineers, sources in the militant group told the BBC.

Unmarried foreign couples will now be allowed to rent hotel rooms together
in Saudi Arabia as part of a new visa regime announced by the religiously
conservative kingdom.

WND

The blacklisting of a London actress for posting a Bible verse about
homosexuality on Facebook several years ago reflects a “chilling” message
society is conveying to Christians, says the head of Britain’s Christian
Legal Center.

The city of Anchorage, Alaska, has given up its demand that a shelter for
abused and homeless women also house men.

A man with a spinal-cord injury leaving him wheelchair bound has been able
to walk thanks to a revolutionary new spinal implant.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 7, 2019

The Foundation

“When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

McConnell Turning Tables on Democrat Impeachers

“The way that impeachment stops is with a Senate majority with me as majority leader.”


Dems Expand Ukraine Charade With Second ‘Whistleblower’

The original complaint was refuted by the phone-call transcript, so Dems pivot tactics.


A Rebirth in Black Conservatism

What really happened at the Black Leadership Summit 2019 (#BLS2019).


Sanders Received Much Better Healthcare Than What He Prescribes for Others

Congressional elites receive far better than the socialism some of them advocate.


NCAA: Is It Time to Pay to Play?

A new California law challenges long-standing policy regarding student athletes.


Atheists Go After Christian Judge

Freedom from Religion Foundation cries foul over judge giving a Bible to a defendant.


Video: Pelosi Threatens Impeachment Charges for Obstruction

If the White House fails to submit to impeachment subpoenas from House committees.


Video: Renewable Portfolio Standard Scam

Does your state have a Renewable Portfolio Standard? Not sure? That’s not surprising.



Today’s Opinion

Ryan T. Anderson
What’s at Stake in Supreme Court’s ‘Sex Discrimination’ Case
Todd Starnes
Christian Crackdown? Students Must Submit Speeches, Swear Oath to School
Peggy Noonan
Can Democrats Take Impeachment Seriously?
Gary Bauer
Ten Hours of Testimony
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Little Moments of Grace
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Tax-return ruling, SCOTUS underway, new whistleblower, immigration decree, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Lindsey Graham, John Brennan, Rashida Tlaib, Cory Booker
, and more.



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Headlines – 10/7/2019

Commentary: Is Israel facing the biggest conflict since Yom Kippur War?

Exiting US peace envoy says he tried to change the discourse about the conflict

Abbas says he’ll discuss elections with Hamas, factions but provides no timeline

‘Israel’s ancient NYC’: 5,000-year-old Canaanite megalopolis may rewrite history

The Biblical Edom Unearthed: Not a Myth, a Historical Reality

Oil in the North: Moses’ blessing coming to life

Kurds protest in Syria against Turkish offensive threat

Turkey Adds Troops to Syrian Border as Erdogan Vows Imminent Incursion

Erdogan, Trump discuss Syria ‘safe zone’ in phone call; to meet next month: Ankara

Syria’s future looms large over Russian-Israeli ties

104 people killed in Iraq unrest, 6,000 wounded: Interior Ministry

After brief respite in Iraq, another 7 protesters killed by gunfire

Iraqi PM pledges reforms to calm angry, deadly protests

‘We have nothing to lose’: Iraqis vow to keep up protests

Netanyahu Seeks Billions to Fund Israeli Defense Against Iranian Cruise Missiles

Merkel’s gov’t says Iran’s call to ‘wipe Israel off the map’ not antisemitic

Trump’s policy of inaction is expanding Iran’s appetite for aggression

Iran Will Use Every Means Possible to Export Its Oil: SHANA

Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5b natural gas deal

Iranian MPs seek probe into violent clashes over uptick in HIV cases

Anger in Afghanistan as Civilian Deaths Caused by U.S. and Government Forces Rise

Rwandan forces ‘kill 19 terrorists’ in retaliatory attack

Thousands Protest Ukraine Leader’s Peace Plan

North Korea’s Demands Throw Cold Water on Denuclearization Talks

N. Korea says no talks unless US stops hostile policies

North Korea accuses the Trump administration of ‘misleading’ the public after nuclear talks break down

North Korea doubts U.S. will have alternative plans inside two weeks

Hong Kong Demonstrators Continue Anti-Government Protests, Clashes With Riot Police

Socialists tipped to stay in power as Portugal votes

Britain’s Johnson asks France’s Macron to ‘push forward’ on Brexit

Macron: EU Brexit deal decision ‘at end of the week’

House Dems believe they have enough votes to pass articles of impeachment, senior member says

Lawyer: Second Trump whistleblower comes forward with first-hand information

2nd whistleblower adds to impeachment peril at White House

Trump blames Energy Secretary Rick Perry for Ukraine call at center of impeachment inquiry

Trump Calls for ‘Pompous Ass’ Romney’s Impeachment as Second Republican Senator Joins in Criticizing Trump

House chairman: Pompeo not complying with impeachment inquiry

Trump should be allowed ‘confrontation rights’ against Ukraine call whistleblower, ex-Clinton prosecutor says

Graham vows to publicly question whistleblowers if Trump is impeached

NYT: The ‘Never Trump’ Coalition That Decided Eh, Nevermind, He’s Fine

‘It Just Exploded’: #WalkAway Movement Grows as Former Democrats Leave Party

Scoop: Mulvaney predicts post-impeachment landslide

Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump of anti-Semitism over his attacks on Schiff

Jewish astronaut to take part in 1st all-female NASA spacewalk

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Calama, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Road Town, British Virgin Islands

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 38,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

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

Developing Typhoon Hagibis may become strongest storm on Earth

Banana republic: Israel faces killer fungus that can destroy the crop nationwide

Trick-Or-Treating Hours Moved Due To EEE Concerns In Methuen

China Is Breeding Giant Pigs the Size of Polar Bears

France IVF bill: Protests gather thousands in Paris

A 17-year-old planned to shoot up his school until his mother turned him into police


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Phil Pringle gives ‘altar call’ for church to tithe, suggests ‘death and curses’ if they don’t?

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Pope Francis Worships Topless Earth Goddess with Pagans at Vatican

California pastor speaks after woman threatens to shoot up church with baby in hand

Michigan church helps eradicate $3.89 million in medical debt

Church Hosted Gas Giveaway Is Shut Down after 2 Times the Anticipated Number of People Turn Up


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