Daily Archives: December 11, 2019

December 11 How to Live Your Life

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14–17

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

The woman explained how she had witnessed her love for Christ to another friend over a period of several years: “I tried not to preach to my friend. Instead, I sought to ‘live out’ God’s love by loving this person unconditionally. I wondered if what I had said and lived made a difference. Then one day, my friend came to me and thanked me for loving her and telling her that Jesus loves her too.”

The unconditional love of God changes hearts and people, though we may not see the immediate results. Jesus was serious about sin, but His first concern always was the sinner. He wanted those who came to Him to understand one thing: God loves them.

If we live for ourselves, the fruit of our labor will be obvious: a need to be noticed first, receive credit for what we do, and a continual striving for a material reward. We could summarize the self-centered life with four words: convenience, comfort, covetousness, and compromise.

Servanthood, personal sacrifice, and a genuine love for others mark the Christ-centered life. Instead of asking what you can get out of this situation, job, or friendship, ask, “Lord, how can You use me to bring glory to You in this particular situation? Whom can You love through me?” Pray that you will live your life in such a way that men and women will see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Lord, I know that the Christ-centered life is the only effective life. Use me. Love through me. Let my life bring You glory today and in the days to come.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 362). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 11 Try, Try Again

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1–24

Key Verse: Galatians 6:9

Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

If Tom had given up the first time he failed, the world would not be the same. He labored in his workshop day after day, trying an endless stream of materials. With each option that did not work, he carefully cataloged the failure and moved on to the next substance with the sense he was that much closer to the answer. Finally the light turned on—quite literally. Thomas Alva Edison had found the secret to building a filament for the first incandescent light bulb.

In your walk with the Lord, failures and mistakes can cause you to have one of two reactions. Either you crumple under feelings of worthlessness, with the belief that things will never change, or you move forward and try again in confident faith.

That is what Jesus encouraged the seventy disciples to do when they met with discouragement and failure. If the people of a town or village welcomed them with open arms and listened to their teaching, Jesus told them to stay there for a while. However, if they met with resistance, they were to go into the streets and proclaim God’s message of judgment against the city before they left.

Jesus was not commanding them to be quitters. They were on a special mission, and negative response was not to be a deterrent to the disciples’ obedience.

O Lord, don’t let me crumple in the face of failure. Help me use my failures as stepping-stones to the future. Give me the strength to try again in confident faith.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 362). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

‘They know they’ve been caught’: Limbaugh nails Dems on Trump spying | WND

Democratic senators on Wednesday made sure the nation knows that “there was political bias, there was personal hatred bias” in the FBI’s abuse of the FISA system to investigate the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race.

How?

They’re “making it obvious here by harping on it.”

Talk-radio host was commenting on Wednesday’s hearing in the Senate featuring Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

His investigation found a massive list of failures on the part of the Obama administration regarding its investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016. He also said he found no evidence of political bias, but then without subpoena power he could only investigate what people voluntarily told him.

Rush Limbaugh explained the realities of the situation.

“So [Sen.] Lindsey Graham was great in his opening statement exposing all of this. Then it got to questioning of Horowitz. ‘I think, well, there’s no bias, no documentary evidence, poor Carter Page, well, we didn’t find, no, ruh, ruh.'”

“Dianne Feinstein asked one question 10 times. ‘You didn’t find any political bias in any aspect of the –’ ‘Well, we didn’t find any documentary testimonial evidence.’ And then Pat Leahy, Senator ‘Leaky’ Leahy, gets to his turn. It’s obvious that they’re trying to create a series of sound bites for the Drive-By Media that say there was no bias whatsoever in the beginning or the decision to begin the investigation into Trump-Russia collusion,” Limbaugh explained.

“They’re going overboard on it. They’re making it obvious that there was political and other kinds of bias. There was political bias, there was personal hatred bias, and they’re making it obvious here by harping on it. I mean, Feinstein must have asked Horowitz four or five different times the same question, and he delivers the same dry, dull, boring answer. ‘Yes, we found no evidence of any documentary or testimonial bias.’ And all that means is that nobody admitted to it,” he said.

There was political bias, he said, because it was “delivered to the FISA court in the form of the Clinton campaign’s hit job known as the Steele dossier. The FBI knew what the Steele dossier was. The FBI knew that it was bogus. The FBI knew that it was totally made up, and they used it repeatedly to get warrants and warrants renewed to spy on this poor guy, Carter Page.

“The FBI knew where it came from. The FBI knew it was garbage, as Lindsey Graham has specified and has made clear. And there’s no reason to knowingly use something that’s garbage unless you’ve got bias driving you. It is paramountly obvious that bias is what drove this. They know it, the Democrats know it, and the Drive-By Media know it. That’s why this constant harping on the fact that there was no bias.”

He said the story is collapsing.

“They know they’ve been caught, folks. They know they’ve been damned because outside of that, everything in this report is an indictment. And even Horowitz said today that there’s not a single person vindicated in this operation. He was asked this question about [fired FBI chief James] Comey specifically.”

Graham, in fact, said, “Former FBI Director James Comey said this week that your report vindicates him. Is that a fair assessment of your report?”

To which Horowitz responded, “I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this.”

He pointed out the evidence shows when the FBI suspected Russians may have had something to do with hacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign, agents briefed her.

“They didn’t inform Trump, they didn’t tell Trump, they didn’t warn Trump. Instead, you know what they did? They sent an agent to conduct a 302. That means an investigation. When the FBI was briefing Trump, they sent an agent in to conduct an investigation that nobody knew was going on,” he said.

“There’s nothing but bias in this entire investigation, a bias that derives from personal, raw hatred for Donald Trump,” he said.

Horowitz admitted the FBI should have told to FISA court “the known political biases of an ex-British spy who salacious and unverified dossier was used to obtain a wiretap on a key Trump campaign aide.”

Source: ‘They know they’ve been caught’: Limbaugh nails Dems on Trump spying

Seven Reasons to Stand Against False Teaching — Unlocking the Bible

“Do your best,” the apostle Paul writes to protégé Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God has one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Paul is promoting a kind of eager, committed persistence for the truth that the flawless Word of God inspires in us who believe.

According to 2 Timothy 2:15-19, we can learn to stand in truth and against false teaching for at least seven reasons:

  1. God is to be pleased.
  2. False teaching leads to ungodliness.
  3. False teaching quickly spreads.
  4. The faith of some believers might be upset by false teaching.
  5. A firm foundation already exists.
  6. God differentiates between those who spread truth versus falsehood.
  7. False teaching is sin.

Paul unfolds his reasons about fervency for the truth on the basis of who God is and the kind of regard we are to have for Him and those around us.

Because God is Worthy

1.) God is to be pleased.

According to Paul’s teaching, one reason to be firm in the faith is for God to be pleased. Timothy was to view his work as a preacher/ leader as being directly for the Lord. In our contexts, we can consider our handling of God’s Word also as labor we present to Him in love.

We stand against false teaching because God is highly worthy to be pleased with our deeds.

2.) False teaching leads to ungodliness.

Paul progresses to instruct Timothy that any talk irreverent toward Scriptural truth will only produce more and more ungodliness. If believers present the Word of God as trivial, as means for personal gain or influence, or as mere material for displays of intelligence, wit, or debate skill, these self-serving attitudes can be readily replicated by others—far more readily than the devotion that comes from following God with one’s whole heart.

We stand against false—irreverent—teaching because we follow a God who deserves our fear and devotion so that our human words might reflect well upon the worth of divine ones.

Because People Stand to Be Deluded

3.) False teaching quickly spreads.

In 2 Timothy 2:17, Paul reiterates that irreverence can spread like a deadly condition. If we are dismissive about the importance of studying, discerning, and conveying the truth of God, others around us stand to be swayed.

Those who might have been receptive to the authority of the Scriptures can find their interest in a complete commitment to Christ and His Word diminished if a less demanding alternative is made to seem viable.

4.) The faith of some believers might be upset by false teaching.

False teaching can also bear an impression upon committed believers. 2 Timothy 2:18 teaches: “[Those who have swerved from the truth] are upsetting the faith of some.” People who have been born again may entertain doubts about orthodox truths because falsehood can often sound profound and persuasive, what was once clear becoming clouded.

We stand against false teaching so that the seeker is not deterred from having ears that hear and the believer is not deluded into believing he or she has an unstable foundation.

Because God Has Spoken

At least three more reasons for determined persistence in truth are conveyed in Timothy 2:19: “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.’”

5.) A firm foundation already exists.

As Paul’s ultimate impetus for presenting oneself as a right handler of God’s Word, he indicates that God’s truth cannot be broken—that its authority stands regardless of the actions or attitudes of men. So, we stand against false teaching because God’s Word is exactly that.

6.) God differentiates between those who spread truth and falsehood.

By way of support, Paul outlines two primary inscriptions on God’s unbreakable foundation. First, God is able to differentiate between those who speak truth versus those who speak falsehood.

While people might be deluded by false teaching, God’s perception is piercing. He knows.

We stand against false teaching because we are not judged by others’ reception to God’s message. Should world, friends, or family reject us for truth—that God sees us and knows us can be our strength and comfort.

7.) False teaching is sin.

Paul then refers to an activity that ought to characterize believers—while not being sinless, we are to be those departing from our sins. We stand against false teaching because teaching God’s truth falsely is iniquity.

Two Ways I Stand Against False Teaching

As a church member

In my daily life, one way I stand against false teaching is through my ongoing commitment to the kind of home church I have selected.

I have confidence that those entering the place our church worships will receive words from the pulpit that arise from the Scriptures and that have been presented to and weighed before God prior to being delivered to the congregation.

And, I have confidence in the eagerness of my church to attend to the truth of all that is being taught throughout its leadership, from pastor and elder to small group leader.

As a parent

Another way I stand against false teaching is through mothering my four-year-old daughter. I engage with her in apologetic and polemical work as we discuss the world in which we live—its reception to Christ and its favorite messages to her age group.

As a family, we also seek to find new ways to discuss and describe the gospel message, teaching nuances and applications. This guards against misconceptions that further teaching can dispel and against the fallenness of human memory that can find itself withered where once stoutly built. All of this I do as a follower of Christ who is ever needful of Him and His cross.

So, as often as I sin against my daughter, I seek to make swift apology—to uphold what is right through failure to do it. After apologizing, I often reaffirm to her the truth of the perfection of God, who never does her wrong—and we rejoice in Him, and His truthfulness and graciousness, together.

Being firm in the faith can be considered a habitual occupation—a layer of good work for the Lord that rests atop the rest of the labor of our days. We can hear Paul’s instructions to Timothy like a refreshing call of reminder to be fervent about what is true, about the faith that has been delivered once for all to us, the saints (Jude 3).

via Seven Reasons to Stand Against False Teaching — Unlocking the Bible

The seven fatal flaws of moral relativism

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Moral relativism is the view that moral values and moral duties do not exist in reality, but only exist as opinions in people’s minds. When you ask a moral relativist where the belief that stealing is wrong comes from, he may tell you that it is his opinion, or that it is the opinion of most people in his society. But he cannot tell you that stealing is wrong independent of what people think, because morality (on moral relativism) is just personal preference.

So what’s wrong with it?

I found this list of the seven flaws of moral relativism at the Salvo magazine web site.

Here’s the summary:

  1. Moral relativists can’t accuse others of wrongdoing.
  2. Relativists can’t complain about the problem of evil.
  3. Relativists can’t place blame or accept praise.
  4. Relativists can’t make charges of unfairness or injustice.
  5. Relativists can’t…

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FLASHBACK: Video Montage of Deep State Hacks Pushing Unverified Trash and Bar Room Banter Steele Dossier as Means to Spy on President Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Obama’s Deep State elites lied to Americans for years about the Steele dossier and spying on candidate and then President Trump.

And the liberal mainstream media pushed this piece of trash dossier as a legitimate investigative report.

On Monday in the IG report it was revealed, as we predicted, the Trump hooker golden shower story in the dossier was completely made up in a bar over beers.

The FBI ran with it.
They knew it was trash.

And yet the anti-Trump Deep State leaders used this report in their attempt to remove President Trump from office.

Flashback video via M3thods.

And Twitter investigator Techno Fog published a long list of liberal media elites who promoted the junk dossier as fact.

via FLASHBACK: Video Montage of Deep State Hacks Pushing Unverified Trash and Bar Room Banter Steele Dossier as Means to Spy on President Trump — The Gateway Pundit

How should Christians respond to the impeachment of Donald Trump? — Capstone Report

Christians must stand and fight for President Donald Trump. The Democrat’s impeachment is a threat to the Rule of Law. It harkens back to the dangerous partisanship of England’s Whigs versus Tories factionalism—partisanship so fierce that it alarmed the Founding Fathers and filled their writings with warnings against dangerous faction. Christians must be good citizens and being a good citizen in the United States requires the Christian citizen to be informed and involved. Here’s what the Christian citizen should know about the impeachment move against President Trump.

  1. Christians should star by learning the facts.

The good citizen is informed. It is a responsibility. Therefore, this is a key part of any Christian’s involvement in politics. A football player watches film before he plays a game. A good general studies the land. The good citizen will know what is happening before making a judgment (“To answer before listening– that is folly and shame,” Proverbs 18:13).

Impeachment is a political process outlined in the Constitution to remove officials from office. The process involves the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The Constitution grants the lower house the exclusive power of impeachment in Article 1, Section 2, Clause 5: “The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”

The Articles of Impeachment if approved in the House of Representatives moves to the Senate for trial. The process is outlined in Article 1, Section 3, and Clauses 6-7:

“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

“Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”

The Democrats advanced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Article 1 alleges Abuse of Power. Article 2 alleges Obstruction of Congress. You can read the entire Democratic document here.

  1. What does the evidence say? It shows this is a Witch Hunt.

Conservative writer Ben Shapiro explained in an excellent Twitter thread that the two charges are a complete joke. Shapiro said,

“The charges Democrats are leveling here are, on their face, laughably inadequate to support impeachment… The second charge, obstruction, is even more absurd. There is literally NO legal grounds for obstruction, since every subpoena legally issued has been challenged in the courts, and Democrats have refused to wait for the outcome, charging ahead anyway… Even WaPo notes that Congress has never charged “obstruction of Congress” in the absence of “obstruction of justice,” because there’s another name for that: checks and balances. Only after the judiciary weighs in does obstruction of Congress become obstruction of justice.”

(You really need to read the entire Shapiro thread. It is an excellent summary of the nonsense of this impeachment of Donald Trump.)

Further undermining the impeachment is the evidence that Ukraine never felt pressure. This is a fact that Ukraine repeatedly said, but Democrats ignore. Ukraine never felt pressured, and this eviscerates the idea of an Abuse of Power on the part of President Donald Trump.

According to Time,

“Based on the testimony from Sondland and other witnesses, the final report from the House Intelligence Committee concluded last week that Sondland made this offer of a quid pro quo clear to Yermak that day in Warsaw. “Following this meeting, Ambassador Sondland pulled aside President Zelensky’s advisor, Mr. Yermak, to explain that the hold on security assistance was conditioned on the public announcement of the Burisma/Biden and the 2016 election interference investigations,” the report states.

“Yermak disputes this. ‘Gordon and I were never alone together,’ he said when TIME asked about the Warsaw meeting. ‘We bumped into each other in the hallway next to the escalator, as I was walking out.’ He recalls that several members of the American and Ukrainian delegations were also nearby, as well as bodyguards and hotel staff, though he was not sure whether any of them heard his brief conversation with Sondland. ‘And I remember – everything is fine with my memory – we talked about how well the meeting went. That’s all we talked about,’ Yermak says.”

In summary, both charges are bogus. Neither are supported by the evidence.

  1. This impeachment is partisan just like the Russia investigation was a partisan abuse of power.

Democrats were sore losers in the 2016 Election. They thought their Coalition of the Ascendant would carry Hillary Clinton into power and usher in an age of social democracy in the United States. They couldn’t imagine Trump would win. And when he won, they unleashed the insurance policy.

Attorney General William Barr told NBC News, “Our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press, and I think that there were gross abuses of FISA and inexplicable behavior in the FBI.”

And get ready, the some Democrats are already talking about another impeachment when this one fails in the Senate.

The Daily Caller reported that “California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass said she would push to impeach President Donald Trump again if he wins the presidential election in 2020.”

  1. Christians must fight for President Trump

Christians must fight this. Good citizens must fight for the Constitution and fair elections. This impeachment undermines the rule of law and is a craven attempt to overturn the Election of 2016 and interfere in the 2020 Presidential Election.

As Ben Shapiro noted, “We’re now set up for a 2020 election in which both sides will claim that a result they don’t like is fundamentally illegitimate: Dems will claim Trump cheated and GOP will claim Dems abused power to drive down Trump via impeachment.”

Yes. These are dire consequences for the Republic. It threatens the legitimacy of every election. And we can thank Democrats for it.

When Russia didn’t bring down Trump, they tried something else. Now, impeachment is an attempt to influence the 2020 Election.

Democrats crossed the Rubicon and dragged the rest of us with them. We either fight this or allow the rule of law and our system of free elections to collapse.

The Christian responsibility to be good citizens compels action. Our action must be to demand an end to impeachment, a Senate vote in favor of the president and strong opposition to the party of impeachment in presidential and congressional races of the 2020 Election.

The public plays an important role in the United States. Citizens participate directly in the political process. Elections matter. But they matter only in proportion to the citizens who know what’s going on and participate in the process. Christians must play their role and send a message in 2020.

via How should Christians respond to the impeachment of Donald Trump? — Capstone Report

‘You Can Accept Jesus Christ’: 1,700 Cambodians Come to Faith During Evangelical Festival — Faithwire

Just under two thousand people made a new commitment to Jesus Christ during a Gospel event hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Cambodia.

Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, addressed thousands in attendance at the “Love Phnom Penh Festival” in the nation’s capital.

“Tonight you can be forgiven, but you’ve got to be willing to come to Jesus,” Graham declared. “You have a choice tonight. You can accept Jesus Christ or you can reject Him.”

Franklin spoke on Sunday night’s final session, with more than 13,000 people coming to listen. “Did you know that you have a soul?” Graham asked the sea of people. “One day you will die, but your soul continues to live… Your soul will live in the presence of God, or it will be separated from God. The decision you make tonight will decide where your soul will spend eternity.”

That night, more than 800 people marched forward to receive Christ for the first time.

“I feel very happy and joyful,” one lady, Chhimreth, declared after making the decision to follow Jesus.

Cambodia has made astonishing progress regards to its attitude towards religious freedom. Remember, this is a country steeped in religious persecution. Between 1975-1979, at least 1.5 million people were murdered by the “Khmer Rouge” — a violent communist mob led by Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot. Thousands upon thousands of religious minorities were dragged out into the “killing fields,” butchered with pickaxes and buried in mass graves.

In fact, the translator helping portray the gospel to those in attendance at the BGEA festival was a man named Barnabas Mam; one of just 200 Christians who survived the genocide.

“The church here has suffered so much as a result of the Khmer Rouge,” Graham said in a video taken at the event. “Almost a third of the population here was murdered. Today, the church has risen up out of the ashes. See what’s happened here… God is working in this country!”

Now, with 1,700 Cambodian people committing their lives to Jesus over the weekend, Franklin hopes that this will be the beginning of a new era for evangelistic work in this deeply scarred nation.

“We pray this [Festival] will open the door for more of the Lord’s work in the future,” he concluded.

Cambodia is predominantly Buddhist, with around 95% of the population adhering to the religion. The practicing of other faiths, however, is permitted. “The law provides for freedom of belief and religious worship, provided such freedom neither interferes with others’ beliefs and religions nor violates public order and security,” reads a 2018 report from the State Department.

The report adds that the law “does not allow non-Buddhist denominations to proselytize publicly.”

Well, given that BGEA was permitted to hold such an enormous evangelical event in the nation’s capital, clearly things are changing in this country! Pray that God would continue to move among the Cambodian people!

via ‘You Can Accept Jesus Christ’: 1,700 Cambodians Come to Faith During Evangelical Festival — Faithwire

December 11, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump berated FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday after a U.S. government investigation found no evidence of political bias when the FBI began investigating contacts between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia in 2016.

President Trump will address the impeachment charges announced on Tuesday during the Senate trial phase of the proceedings, the White House said, continuing to choose not to argue the merits of the charges ahead of an expected vote by the Democratic-led House.

North Korean state-backed hackers appear to be cooperating with Eastern European cybercriminals, a report said on Wednesday, a finding that suggests digital gangsters and state-backed spies are finding common ground online.

Danish police have conducted several operations throughout the country on Wednesday related to suspected preparations of a terrorist attack with a militant Islamist motive, the police said.

The U.S. Army plans to fund construction of rare earths processing facilities, part of an urgent push by Washington to secure domestic supply of the minerals used to make military weapons and electronics.

The Pentagon announced on Tuesday it was halting operational training of all Saudi Arabian military personnel in the United States until further notice after a Saudi Air Force lieutenant shot and killed three people last week at a base in Florida.

AP Top Stories

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday targeting what he sees as anti-Semitism on college campuses by threatening to withhold federal money from educational institutions that fail to combat discrimination, three administration officials said Tuesday. The order will effectively interpret Judaism as a race or nationality, not just a religion.

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who became the voice of conscience for a generation facing the climate change emergency, was announced Wednesday as Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.

The United States changed its mind and is now refusing to sign a letter that would have authorized the U.N. Security Council to hold a meeting on the human rights situation in North Korea, diplomats said Monday.

Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board.

Spanish arms control groups staged a protest Tuesday against the presence of a Saudi cargo ship they suspect is carrying weapons for use in Yemen.

China’s ambassador to Denmark threatened to scupper a trade deal with the Faroe Islands if Huawei was not given a 5G contract in the region, according to Danish newspaper Berlingske.

St. John Properties, a Baltimore-based commercial real estate property management and development company, provided a $10 million bonus for its 198 employees to split at its annual holiday party on Dec. 7. “The [bonus] distribution was based solely on years of service. Individual employee bonuses ranged from $100 to $270,000. On average, each employee received about $50,000.

Police waged an hours-long gunfight with two men armed with high-powered rifles on Tuesday in and around a New Jersey cemetery and kosher market, leaving six people dead, including one officer and both suspects, authorities said.

A Confederate heritage group is suing a Georgia city over the removal of rebel flags and flagpoles from a historic cemetery where more than 500 Confederate soldiers are buried.

Seventeen people, most of them teenage boys, have been arrested in Spain for sharing images of “extremely violent” child pornography on Whatsapp, police said Tuesday following a two-year investigation spanning three continents.

Boeing removed a feature that protects its 787 planes during lightning strikes even after Federal Aviation Administration experts objected, The Seattle Times reported. The FAA approved the change after Boeing appealed its rejection, which had said Boeing could not sufficiently prove that the fuel tank would not ignite.

India’s Parliament approved a controversial bill that prevents illegal Muslim migrants from neighboring countries from receiving citizenship after hours of heated debate among lawmakers and protests in some parts of the country.

Doctors on the South Pacific islands of Samoa are trying to contain a massive, deadly outbreak of the measles. The virus has infected more than 4,800 people and at least 70 have died, many of them young children. The Samoan government says 91% of those eligible have now been vaccinated. To prevent measles from spreading, 93 to 95 percent of a population must be immune.

New Zealand ordered 120 square meters of skin to treat volcano victims who are being treated for severe burns, which in some cases are life-threatening.

The Air Force’s B-2 Stealth bomber has test-dropped an upgraded, multi-function B61-12 nuclear bomb which improves accuracy, integrates various attack options into a single bomb and changes the strategic landscape with regard to nuclear weapons mission possibilities.

BBC

New Zealand’s White Island volcano is showing increased seismic activity, putting recovery efforts on hold. Authorities had hoped they would be able to retrieve the bodies of those left behind on the island, all of whom are presumed dead, on Wednesday.

WND

An Education Department investigation revealed universities failed to report more than a billion dollars in foreign funding, which officials believe is only a sliver of the unreported overseas donations flowing onto campuses.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Dec. 11, 2019

The Foundation

“How much more do they deserve our reverence and praise, whose lives are devoted to the formation of institutions, which, when they and their children are mingled in the common dust, may continue to cherish the principles and the practice of liberty in perpetual freshness and vigour.” —Joseph Story (1833)

Barr Hammers FBI Clinton Cadre’s ‘Gross Abuses’

The attorney general still questions “the agenda” of FBI agents investigating Trump.


Wrong Wray — It’s NOT the Whole FBI

The vast majority of the 12,484 special agents and 2,950 intelligence analysts in the FBI steadfastly abide by their oaths.


Pelosi Announces Impeachment, Then Trump’s Trade Win

Fearing impeachment backfire, Pelosi signs off on Trump’s USMCA trade deal.


No, the Nativity Is Not About Immigration

Leftist church displays nativity scene with Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus all in cages.


Houston Police Chief Goes on Anti-2A Tirade

The chief blames GOP senators and the NRA for the murder of his fellow officer by a known criminal.


The Air Force Made Its Bombers More Vulnerable

The retirement of the AGM-86C missile is a step in the wrong direction for capability.


Animal Lovers or Human Haters?

The total lack of forgiveness for former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is astounding.


Video: The IG Report Bombshell!

The IG Report has vindicated Trump. Of course, Democrats are trying to spin it their way.


Video: Biden Lost on the Campaign Trail

Poor Joe Biden appears to not know where he is while on the campaign trail.


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The Forgotten Debt

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Headlines – 12/11/2019

Guatemalan President: World must recognize Jerusalem

Jason Greenblatt: I still hope peace plan will be released

Report: Six dead in New Jersey kosher supermarket following shootout

New Jersey kosher supermarket shooters ‘targeted the location,’ mayor says

Jersey City kosher market shooting rattles tight-knit Orthodox community

Trump to sign order targeting campus anti-Semitism

Israeli student in Paris says he was beaten unconscious for speaking Hebrew

Europe No Longer Hides Its Hostility to Israel

Barring 11th hour breakthrough, Knesset set to dissolve at midnight

Israeli Lawmakers Submit Bill for 3rd Election in Less Than Year

PA seeks Israel’s permission to hold Palestinian elections in East Jerusalem

‘Israel will not relinquish share of gas reservoir’

Why Would Israel Reportedly Have Missiles That Reach Beyond Iran

Israeli minister Katz: ‘If necessary, Israel will take military action to keep Iran from acquiring nukes’

Satellite photos show Iran building tunnels in Syria to store missiles

Analysis: Turkey’s Erdogan endangering world peace

Soleimani’s multi-national army is destabilizing the Mideast

U.S. grounds Saudi pilots, halts military training after base shooting

After Pensacola shooting, Navy looking at making it harder for foreign trainees to buy guns

Blast outside main U.S. base in Afghanistan wounds five

11 Christians pulled off bus, executed in Kenya for failing to recite Islamic Shahada

Police Defuse Two Homemade Bombs Being Stored at a Hong Kong High School

North Korea’s Kim tests Trump’s patience with rockets, taunts

Russia and Ukraine make small steps toward peace, but no big leap

Cold War redux? U.S. to hold largest Europe exercises in 25 years

Federal judge blocks Trump plan to spend millions in military funds on border wall construction

Trump warned Russia not to interfere in U.S. elections: White House

Trump meets with Russian foreign minister amid impeachment chaos

Barr thinks FBI may have acted in ‘bad faith’ in probing Trump campaign’s links to Russia

Commentary: Trump was legally obligated to ask Ukraine about Biden

Giuliani indicates he’ll report on Ukraine trip this week

A day of history accentuates America’s divide and the distortions of truth in the Trump era

Democrats’ impeachment charges say Trump ‘betrayed’ US

Growing divide between Trump and McConnell over impeachment trial

McConnell bashed by Dems for delaying USMCA vote until after impeachment trial

Trump calls articles of impeachment ‘weak’ and only reason Dems agreed to USMCA

Trump lashes out at ‘crooked bastard’ Schiff: Intel chair refuses to admit Ukrainian president said he felt ‘no pressure’

Analysis: Trump faces narrow but consequential charges

On Impeachment Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi Toasts the Media as “Guardians of Democracy” at Holiday Party

Tucker Carlson: Democrats claim ‘no one is above the law,’ but act like they are

Masked moviegoers interrupt showing of ‘No Safe Spaces’ documentary, police called

In a Blow to Political Correctness, Trump Praises Salvation Army

Former San Francisco mayoral candidate: Years of liberal policies have caused homelessness ‘tragedy’

British PM seeks Brexit breakthrough as polls tighten

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

China’s pork price jumps 110 per cent, sending consumer inflation rocketing to eight-year high

Fed Pumps $70.2 Billion in Short-Term Liquidity Into Markets

We still don’t know what caused the Wall Street cash crunch earlier this year

A 5,000-Year-Old Plan to Erase Debts Is Now a Hot Topic in America

‘Social credit score’: China set to roll out ‘Orwellian’ mass surveillance tool

New owner of consumer DNA database GEDmatch vows to fight police search warrants

Mysterious lights hovering over Mesa skies Sunday night puzzle residents

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Palaikastron, Greece

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 31,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 16,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Eruption warning for Russian city as volcano Avachinsky sitting on the Pacific ring of fire wakes up

High chance of another eruption at New Zealand’s White Island, further hampering rescue efforts

9 dead, 1,400 left homeless as Tropical Cyclone “Belna” makes landfall in Madagascar

Major floods hit the city of Pretoria, South Africa

Estimated 900 flu-related deaths as CDC rings alarm on surprise virus

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Vatican investments linked to global money laundering investigations


Apostasy Watch

Marsha West – A whole lotta ‘Christian’ bestsellers are unfit for Christian consumption

Does the Bible Predict There Will be a Future Rebuilt Temple?

Morris Cerullo opens his $190 million Bible-themed resort

Has the New Apostolic Reformation ‘hijacked’ the White House?

Catholic Church Blasphemously Displays a Flooded Nativity Scene for “Climate Change”

Atlanta church pays off $10K worth of layaway Christmas gifts for families at Walmart

Special Significance Or Cool Coincidence? Final Full Moon Of Decade Peaks On 12/12 At 12:12

Has the Biblical Moses Been Identified in Secular Egyptian Records?


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

December 11 An Invitation to Life

Scripture reading: Psalm 103:1–8

Key verse: Revelation 9:20

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.

Some people have great difficulty reconciling the truth that a God who shows great mercy is the same God who allows incomprehensible destruction. To make sense of these events, we must understand the character and nature of God. He is absolutely loving. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross as payment for the sins that doom every one of us to death. Jesus is the embodiment of love and mercy.

When we reject God’s love, He respects our choice and allows us to experience the consequences that come as a result of going against the sovereign God of the universe. However, until He comes again as reigning King and sovereign Judge, Jesus is committed to offering His salvation to a lost and dying world. He knocks at the door of every heart.

The judgments of the Tribulation period are in keeping with this purpose. It seems hard to imagine that any human being could remain unmoved by these tragedies, but notice the response that comes from those who do escape death during this dark hour: “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands” (Rev. 9:20).

No one wants to face such terrors, and that is why responding to Jesus’ invitation of eternal life is a matter for the present. Reward and blessing await those who accept Him as their Savior.

Thank You for the invitation to eternal life, Lord. I accept, knowing I can face the future with joyful anticipation.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 362). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.